This is a really insightful look into the process behind making an iPad app from an established iPhone app. As a designer I have some knowledge of designing for different screen sizes, but the behaviour of an app is very different to the behaviour of a website, albeit with some similarities. Before I begin any future web design projects I’ll definitely be giving this piece another read or two.
Cereal Magazine is one of my favourite publications, ever since I came across it I’ve preordered every copy and own the Copenhagen field guide.
These Islands looks like a beautiful coffee table piece documenting their favourite places in the British Isles. Definitely one for birthday or Christmas lists this year.
For a while now I’ve owned the domain philbowell.me, I bought it while it was cheap and to make sure no one else got hold of it and thus cause confusion with the domain of this blog. I’ve wondered what to do with it for most of that time, briefly it acted as a micro-blog but I merged that with this site a few months back. This evening while doing a bit of introverting I picked up my iPad (where I designed it and set the basic html structure), then my MacBook (where I implemented the CSS) and ended up with a new web page. A small about me should anyone stumble upon it. The only thing I’ve yet to do is optimise it for an iPhone sized display but it’s working pretty well on an iPad sized screen and upwards.
Microsoft have introduced the Surface Studio which looks incredible. As a designer this has instantly appealed to me. When I was a teenager studying for my GCSEs and A-Levels I had a large drawing table in my bedroom, I used it as my desk to do all my design coursework since at the time it was all mostly done by hand. When I watched this video I was instantly taken back to that time, this looks like the drawing table of today. It looks like the iMac Apple could make if they applied some of their iPad vision to the world of desktop computing.
The desire to tinker is strong in this one.
I have this problem when it comes to my blog. The more I start to post to it, the more I want to tinker. The more active I am on the site, the more I notice little things I don’t like and want to fix. The more I post to it, the more I want all my internet posting to originate on it. It’s like an illness.
It’s something I’ve always struggled with, and I confess it’s a side to blogging that I enjoy. The trouble is, the more I tinker the less I post. The more I craft the design, the less time I spend writing.
It’s a battle, although one I’m sure I do not face alone. It’s not just the battle of a blogger, it’s a battle of a designer. Most of the tinkering I do is design related, little details and quirks in my theme which I notice but very few others will. I also know from experience, that I will get to the point where I’ve caught the little tweaks I need to and they will be fixed. Then it’s just a case of resisting the bigger things I’d like to do. Or at least knocking off the major ones first, like finding a way to post photos here and on Instagram, displaying them in a way I’m happy with. The key though, is to keep the posts flowing. Keep to my challenge of posting everyday, and getting through the tinkering stage until I get to the point where I’m just posting each day and all my published content originates here.
Or is it just a pipe dream? Should I just keep posting and ignore the little bits that nag?
But I know I can’t just ignore the nagging. I’m a designer, I like details and its in my nature to keep refining bits until they’re gone. To keep crafting until they as close to perfect as can be, it’s just important to keep the perspective, to keep in mind that perfect doesn’t exist. It’s about getting things to good enough whilst keeping on posting each day and building momentum so that the writing takes over the tinkering and becomes a creative outlet in its own right.
I always enjoy reading a good process or behind the scenes post. So it’s little surprise that I’m linking to this one from Jeff Sheldon of Ugmonk fame. Jeff has done a write up of the modern kitchen remodel he and his wife have just finished.
I love seeing the homes of people who have an, at least in my opinion, impeccable eye for design and Jeff certainly falls in to that category. Look closely and you’ll see a glimpse of a future product, a coffee related one which will go straight in to my shopping basket!
Interesting comments from Joshua Ginter in the MacBook.
Having commented the other day that I was close to going for the iMac when I last upgraded my Mac, had the MacBook Pro been in the same format as the new MacBook and just as powerful as the Pro, I would likely have gone with a space grey one. Although my design tastes would be influencing me a lot in that decision, I think it’s a stunning design.
These NASA Visions of the Future posters are great. I meant to share them with you at the weekend but was caught up in preparing for my sermon on Sunday. Anyway, it’s so great to see companies do fun stuff like this to build engagement and interest in what they are doing. Best of all, the full res versions are available for you to print and hang on your wall.
Interesting piece of insight in to one of my favourite pieces of design and an object I hope to win one day. The Eames chair.
I really like the openness and insight into a rebrand of Radpad including the thought process and some of the thinking behind the decisions they made. I wish more companies and designers, and I include myself in this, were more open about these things.
The new Ugmonk Lookbook is out and as ever looks incredible. I’m a bit fan of Jeff and the work he’s done with Ugmonk and it remains one of my biggest inspirations.
I’m a big fan of all the Jeff Sheldon of Ugmonk fame does, in fact Ugmonk is one of the things/brands that inspires me the most. This is fascinating insight into all the stages he went through in designing and releasing the 7th Anniversay set.
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.
Whole Brain Creativity – Shawn Blanc with a really interesting take on how we think. Each of us has our own strengths in the work we do and it really is in our interests to seek to work with those who complement that with strengths in other areas.
Online Reading is Becoming More like Print—Why We Think That’s a Great Idea | AIGA Eye on Design – I really like the sentiment behind this piece. I’d love to see more considered article based design take place on the web. Coming from a print background but with a fascination of working on the web finding the right balance between the two mediums seems to be something we are constantly being challenged with. It’s interestingly timed given the recent comments about how the web is starting to look the same.
A Design Guru’s Work Lair on The New York Times
B&O BeoPlay H8 on Minimally Minimal
Please Don’t Buy a Digital SLR on The Brooks Review
The Apple Watch at Work and Play by Fraser Speirs
Ways to think about cars by Benedict Evans
Building Better Defaults by Shawn Blanc
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.
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!
- A Few Thoughts on iOS 9 by David Sparks
- Hypertext: On iOS badges and information density by Justin Blanton
- Step By Step: The Idiot’s Guide To Surviving A Machete Attack Kay Wilson for TEDxBGU
- Prefab for Two: A 290-Square-Foot House for $24,000 on Remodelista
- A remarkable tale of rugby redemption… told by the former wildman who was banned for life twice! on Wales Online
- To Apple, Love Taylor by Taylor Swift
- The Jolt by Shawn Blanc
- Hermann Zapf, font designer in The Telegraph
- Esplanade Riel and The Forks by Joshua Ginter
- Apple News And The Open Web on Bitsplitting.org
- You Have Ideas by Shawn Blanc
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.
- These Japanese Companies Have Stayed in Business for Over 1,000 Years
- Multiple Workspaces and The Myth of the Sit/Stand Desk by Ben Brooks
- Just Smart Enough by Shawn Blanc
- Hope In Ethiopia by Phil Coffman
- Apple Watch and Continuous Computing by Ben Thompson
- Pure Pākati Design Information by Klim Type Foundry
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 Original Field Notes on The Finer Points
- Distractions by Matt Gemmell
- Why I
m not saving the besttil last… by Beth Moran
- The Creative’s Workspace by Shawn Blanc
- Something happened last year and I didn’t tell anyone
- The New MacBook Review on MacSparky
- Germina on Identity Designed
- Avoiding Burnout by Shawn Blanc
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.
- How to Write with Substance by Gregory Ciotti
- Touch & Tap by Chase McCoy
- The difference between Apple and Samsung industrial design on iMore
- From Critique to Collaboration: The Creation of Adobe Comp CC
- Interview with Erik Spiekermann on Freunde von Freunden
- Our favorite OS X launcher on The Sweet Setup
- Watch, Apple Watch by John Gruber
Coffee should always look this good.
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.