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.
I love the interaction and design on this iPad site for Skyfall.
Your website is your home on the web. And in a web where we’re increasingly fractured between social networks, having that sort of “home base” on the web seems increasingly important.
A nice clean and simple solution from Ian Hines as he seeks to solve the problem he so succinctly set out in the quote above. It looks great, although the last two items aren’t necessarily what I would’ve chosen for their relevant actions.
A fascinating read of the story behind how the new Microsoft.com came to be. A blend of both inspiration and pith.
Very nice idea from the guys at Moo who continue to push the printed business card. People say the business card is dying out, but I’m not so sure it ever will, especially with ideas like this on the way.
To put it another way, we’re embracing “responsive” but neglecting the second part: “design.” We’re replacing fixed-width divs with fluid ones. As we undergo a period of reassessment, both of our practice and of our tools, now is the right time to seek out an aesthetic that is truer to the medium.
I, like many, love the notion behind responsive web design but one thing I’ve noticed is that more often than not sites start to look the same. With a little more, well maybe a lot more, consideration we can start to produce designs that are appropriate to their medium (aka screen/bandwidth available) rather than just shrinking or collapsing sections of a web page.
A great trick for keeping typography in responsive design without widows and orphans.
Interesting look at the patterns behind responsive web design. According to this I used the easiest approach, it works for this site so I’m not too fussed.
I’ve been meaning to link to this for a while. Since the iPad 3 arrived it’s time to update the images for your Apple touch icons and Reeder.app
Geckoboard is a Realtime Business Status Board. Basically like the Panic Status board but for your business and hosted for you.
I like the look of this so much I want to start a business just so I have a reason to use it.
(Via Shawn Blanc.)