Some choice words from the pundits that I’ve posted, shared, pointed to, quoted, and enjoyed.
Below is a combination of design-specific commentary, some useful insights and inspiration.
There is so much written these days, on a multitude of platforms and outlets–it’s how some designers build careers after all–but as someone recently pointed out objectivity and actual design criticism in relation to tech products is pretty much non-existent. Work is almost always being discussed from a designer’s perspective and often by someone with interests directly connected to what is being examined.
Anyway, here are my indulgences:
How to make useful, friendly software for real people.
We all know about the revolution of the 60’s and we are familiar with terms like “youth activism,” “student protests” and “children of the revolution” – but are these phrases of the past? Where is this happening today? Are we becoming lazy or just revolting via taps of our iPhones?
A little thing like capitalization can be a big deal.
With béton brut (“raw concrete”) as its namesake and primary material, Brutalism initially surfaced in the middle of the 20th century, in part as a quick, economical solution to the urban destruction wrought by World War II. At first centered in England, the style spread across the world in the following decades, proposing a radical new form of Modernism, steeped in socialist ideas, that embraced hard lines and a utilitarian lack of ornamentation. Long reviled but recently revived, Brutalism is nothing if not striking, with its heavy, imposing buildings that privilege function over form. Here are 10 of the world’s most iconic examples of the style.
Joe Toscano spent a month without a computer. Here’s what that experience taught him about mobile-first best practices.
Software for the visually impaired often has trouble with ‘eg’, ‘ie’ etc – ergo gov.uk plans to phase them out.
A while ago I was tasked with designing new features for a client’s data-rich web app. The requirements came from business analysts who, together with the product owner, would talk to the client’s product manager and discuss the features that needed built.
Despite plenty of excitement it’s still unclear how conversational UIs can be made to work in a practical sense.
We have been living in a world of ‘clean and minimal’ for quite some time, so what’s next?
What to do when your team is focused on unimportant details.
Monotype overhauls Johnston, the official font of the London Underground, for the first time since 1979.
When designing for the web, you can analyze usage data for your product and compare different interfaces in A/B tests. This is sometimes called “data-driven design”, but I prefer to think of it as data-informed design — the designer is still driving, not the data.