The Week in Links

After a brief break last week, I was on a mini-holiday, The Week in links is back with it’s 26th edition. This weeks take a look at how we work and think, how the design of the web is pushed a bit more. And then some furter thoughts on Apple Watch, headphones, cameras, and the often speculated Apple Car.

Design Machines ➔

When we let the success and failure of others superficially guide design decisions, we skip over the context and uniqueness of what makes our products different. Design becomes a game of catch-up. Not an intelligent pursuit of finding unique formulas that help the organization stand out on its own.

This is one of those articles that as I read it I found myself nodding along to more and more. It’s easy in a world of short deadlines and on demand solutions to default to what we know works, or at least what appears to work when we’re approaching a new job. But what’s most important in these situations, is that this kind of behvaiour/design does a disservice to our clients.

I’ve lost count of the number of times over recent years that we speak about being professional designer, or designers growing up to be on the level of lawyers and accountants. Experts who know what they’re doing and, in many cases, have earned that respect. The trouble is, that the web doesn’t always portray that, and the glimpses of the web in this piece certainly seem to be back that up.

Each client and each job is unique, treat them that way. There is no one size fits all when it comes to design.

The Week in Links

This weeks edition of The Week in Links covers a rande of topics. There’s the usual dose of Apple things, some thoughts from Shawn Blanc on focus and creativity, an obituary to one of the greatest type designers of all time, a moving video from Israel and a moving story from the Welsh valleys.

With the edition also falling on Father’s Day it would be remiss not to mention my Dad. So just a quick note to him to say thanks for being my Dad, you support me, you help me and you guide me and as well as being my Dad you’re also a great friend. Have a beer on me tonight!

The Week in Links

This weeks edition of The Week in Links is an eclectic mix. The history of Japanese business culture, workspaces, Ethiopia, Apple Watch and a look into designing a typeface to represent a nation to the world.

The Week in Links

This weeks edition of The Week in Links is packed with some great reads and a stunning video. It covers notebooks, Antarctica, workspaces, focus, learning and a stunning piece of branding. Grab a coffee, beer or glass of wine and sit back and enjoy.

The Week in Links

Writing, future uses of new technology, design processes, an interview with a design legend and Apple Watch. The range of subjects covered in this weeks edition of The Week in Links, has a bit more variety in it than previous weeks. Sit back and enjoy.

Itv Branding Development ➔

When I first saw the new branding for ITV I didn’t like it, or more accurately I didn’t like the type. I did like the implementation and the way that the colours matched the imagery the logo sat on, but the lowercase t felt stretched. I’ve now seen it on tv, and reading through the thinking behind it understand it as documented in this post, I’m starting change my mind a little.

Site Updates

Anyone would think I’m a bit of a glutton for punishment. Most people spend their weekends relaxing, I seem to spend mine thinking about work, my blog and side projects that I want to start. This weekend I finally finished one of those little side projects which I’ve worked on in my spare time. A little update to the design of this site to replace the last version which was only ever intended as a bit of a stop gap, even though it was up for the best part of a year.

The design will be familiar to most of you, who’ve been before. It’s largely an update to the typography of the site, which now uses Adelle Sans for the headlines and Adelle for the body copy. I’ve also finally added a proper about page, archives page and a site search which were lacking from the previous version.

Part of the desire to update the look of the site came from me wanting to be able to share more original content. I wanted to be able to post some photos, and use that as a spring board to begin using my camera more regularly.

I also took the opportunity to learn how to implement some of the responsive design techniques I’ve been reading about and to see how it worked with images. I’m pretty pleased with the result and the reading experience on the iPhone and iPad.

There may be a few little tweaks here and there over the next couple of weeks, when is a bog owner never tweaking the design of the site? But for now, I’m pretty happy with it.

“The best” isn’t necessarily a product or thing. It’s the reward for winning the battle fought between patience, obsession, and desire. It takes an unreasonably long amount of time to find the best of something. It requires that you know everything about a product’s market, manufacture, and design, and that you can navigate deceptive pricing and marketing. It requires that you find the best thing for yourself, which means you need to know what actually matters to you.

Dustin Curtis

The Importance of Sensibility in Designers and Developers ➔

Just dip your toe in, you might like the insane rush of building stuff

For a long time I’ve wanted to do more work on the Internet, I’ve always considered myself able to design and build something but not had many opportunities to put that consideration in to practise. Now that I’m working for myself, I’m experiencing this first hand, my biggest job at the moment is redesigning and building a website. It’s not static and I’m finding more and more the experience is forcing me to grow and that rush of building something without hard coding it into the theme files is brilliant!

Instead of striving for purely invisible design, or design that is “stunningly, beautiful visible” but unusable, our aim should be to balance the decisions we make and the aesthetic we choose to arrive at a state of appropriate visibility. Now that’s good design.

Rian van der Merwe in So, is good design invisible, or not?

Here to Work ➔

The iPhone, however, prefers not to play by these rules. Though exquisite in design, it was not born as art to be put on display. It belongs in our pockets. It is a tool. A utility. A gadget of gadgets.

The iPhone is here to work.

I often get asked why I don’t have a case or cover for my iPhone 4. It has a few dings in it from a time I went through a spell of dropping it, but I don’t mind this. People point out a case would’ve stopped this, but I always point out it wasn’t designed to go in a case it was designed to be used as it is. They usually smile, maybe even chuckle, because they know my respect for the design is more important than whether I have a little ding in the glass on the bottom right corner of my phone.