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What CEO’s Need to Know About Design

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Art/Design, UX, UX101 | Comments Off

Read this succinct exec summary of what DESIGN is… by the former head of design at Google and Yahoo.

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The Rise of the UX Expert

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Art/Design, News, UX101 | Comments Off

User Experience

Hot on the heels of the New York Times article last week, we have this computerworld article about the rise in demand and salaries for UX experts. The article talks about all the usual suspects: Apple, mobile, designer/developer hybrids, the difficulty finding and hiring such folks, and—oddly enough—all the perks that are supposedly being lavished on UX designers. Sounds great, where do I sign up?

Seriously though, it warms my heart to hear such talk. Designers of all type have long been under-appreciated by corporate America. Here’s to hoping that all of this leads not only to more and better employment for designers but also to better products for businesses and consumers.

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Design Trends: Nouveau Vintage

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Art/Design, News | Comments Off

Scary Noises vintage logoI can’t resist the trend in design right now. You know the one I’m talking about—everything looks like it’s 1911 all over again. Technically, there are more geometric and grotesque typefaces, more of an emphasis on lettering (and type that looks like lettering), and lots of monochromatic design. I’ve temporarily ditched my site logo mark (the exclamation point with sound waves emanating) and just gone with the flow for now. Trends come and go but when one swells up that you happen to personally dig, you have to jump in before the wave is over.

What’s the significance of 1981? That’s not when I started this blog (that was 2004); it’s when I designed my first apps.

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New York Times: Design more important than Technology

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Art/Design, Technology | Comments Off

Nike fuel band leads with design

Bits, the New York Times’ technology blog, ran a post today claiming that design is now more important than engineering or technology. I can’t say I was sad to see this article in the New York Times. Of course, the situation is more complex than represented—without tech the design is only an idea—but this is yet another confirmation that design is finally being recognized as being a major (and sometimes the) differentiator in modern products and services.

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A Typography Primer

Posted by on Jun 28, 2011 in Art/Design, Tricks of the Trade | Comments Off

ClassicTypographicScale.pngThis is a great little starter tutorial on the considerations for typography. It discusses how size, color, font face selection, and other choices lead to better typographic contrast and readability.

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The Future gets slightly more uniformly distributed

Posted by on Jul 17, 2008 in Art/Design | Comments Off

 

I finally had a chance to check this out and you should too. Minority Report comes to life. As William Gibson says, the future is here, it’s just not uniformly distributed.

http://labs.cynergysystems.com/Flash.html

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