Posts Tagged ‘design’

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  1. 05 Jan, 2024

    Amazon’s plastic packaging waste grew 18% in 2021, report says | Grist

    If all the company’s plastic from 2021 were converted into plastic air pillows — the inflated pouches inserted in some Amazon packages to reduce shifting during transit — and laid side by side, Miller said it would circle the globe more […]

  2. 27 Jun, 2023

    No Handoff: close the gap between product and engineering

    I love this initiative from Shamsi Brinn: No Handoff: close the gap between product and engineering. Imagine a project where teams work together at each stage, progressively improving the end result based on qualitative and quantitative data. Project handoff is […]

  3. 27 Jun, 2023

    “Artificial Intelligence & Humanity,” an article by Dan Mall

    I love Dan’s Artificial Intelligence & Humanity as it mirrors a lot of my own thinking about how best to wield AI. If I embrace the role of AI as an accident generator, then I’d gladly give it all the […]

  4. 30 May, 2023

    Mini Moog Factory

    Mini Moog Factory is a really fun piece of web design. The aesthetic reminds me of Habbo Hotel from way back in the day.

  5. 16 Apr, 2023

    The Brilliant Inventor Who Made Two of History’s Biggest Mistakes

    Two innovations — Ethyl and Freon, conjured by one man presiding over a single laboratory during a span of roughly 10 years. Combined, the two products generated billions of dollars in revenue for the companies that manufactured them and provided […]

  6. 24 Aug, 2020

    Shift Nudge – Interface Design Course

    Shift Nudge is a new online course that teaches the intricate skills of designing visually beautiful interfaces, while balancing functionality and accessibility. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Matt on client work and he’s a very very very good […]

  7. 22 Jul, 2019

    Design tools are holding us back

    This post by Tom Johnson gives a fantastic overview of the limitations of static design tools and design/dev handoff tools. The author breaks down the various ways static design tools are detached from the reality of how things truly play […]

  8. 03 Apr, 2019

    Future Ethics with Cennydd Bowles at SustainableUX

    I’ve written about Cennydd’s amazing Future Ethics book, and this talk is a great intro to the contents of the book. Highly recommended viewing/reading.

  9. 04 Dec, 2018

    Future Ethics

    I can’t recommend Future Ethics by Cennydd Bowels highly enough. I strongly encourage any person working on digital things to read this book. But I especially want a few million copies of this book to be crop-dusted over Silicon Valley. […]

  10. 02 Dec, 2018

    Who Do Designers Really Work For

    we came up with a little thing we tell all our clients before they agree to work with us: “You may be hiring us, and that may be your name on the check, but we do not work for you. […]

  11. 16 Oct, 2018

    MODALZ MODALZ MODALZ

    MODALZ MODALZ MODALZ by Adrian Egger is fantastic in both its message and design.

  12. 05 Oct, 2018

    The Codification of Design

    Fantastic article by Snook about designer/developer relations. Everything that a designer draws in a Sketch or Photoshop file needs to be turned into code. Code needs to be developed, delivered to the user, and maintained by the team. That means […]

  13. 25 Sep, 2018

    Designing With Code

    Nice case study about designing the Wall Street Journal’s homepage in HTML and CSS instead of first creating static comps. In two of my bigger projects at The Wall Street Journal, writing code has led to new ideas. Problems that […]

  14. 19 Aug, 2018

    An inversion of nature: how air conditioning created the modern city

    Fascinating read about how air conditioning shaped much of society. Source: An inversion of nature: how air conditioning created the modern city

  15. 17 Jul, 2018

    Yes, Alan, There Is An ROI For UX Design

    The obvious place designers go when trying to calculate the bottom line is to ask the question, If I change the design, how much more income could we generate? But there’s another way design can help: reducing the costs. A much-overlooked portion of […]

  16. 13 Jun, 2018

    Your Brain on Front-End Development

    Here’s Chris with a wonderful walkthrough of how his frontend developer brain looks at a design comp. It’s extremely insightful When confronted with a design comp, My brain tends to gravitate towards some of the non-obvious implementation solutions. In other […]

  17. 17 May, 2018

    How to Take Criticism

    How to Take Criticism Ask yourself: Is this helpful or not helpful? Translate. Stay curious. Hang in there until you receive actionable feedback. Very good read about how to take criticism in your work.

  18. 12 Jan, 2018

    Google, You Creepy Sonofabitch

    I recently wrote a post about Facebook being a needy sonofabitch. They desperately try to get you there, and once they have you they do all they can to keep you there. It’s like a restaurant that bombards your doorstep […]

  19. 11 Sep, 2017

    Facebook, You Needy Sonofabitch

    Several months ago, I turned off notifications from Facebook on my phone. Last week, I went ahead and removed the Facebook app from my phone. Now, I genuinely enjoy Facebook. I use it for keeping up with with my family […]

  20. 30 Aug, 2017

    3 Ways to Stop Designing for Addiction

    There’s some really smart stuff in this post. Pamela recommends some actionable things we designers can do to better ensure our creations don’t harm people. Ultimately this comes down to actively thinking about this stuff, so seeing articles like this […]

  21. 17 Aug, 2017

    Things you could be doing instead of designing & building that card component for the umpteenth time

    Making that card pattern more accessible Making that card pattern more responsive Making that card pattern more performant Making that card pattern more agnostic so it can handle different content patterns Making that card pattern more resilient to extreme content […]

  22. 08 Aug, 2017

    What is Technology Doing to Us?

    I re-listened to this podcast episode after seeing that Tristan’s Ted talk was just released. The podcast episode goes a whole lot deeper than the talk, and I think the subjects discussed are critical for any digital designer working in […]

  23. 19 Mar, 2017

    No Share Buttons on Mobile Sites (Except This One Weird Case)

    Josh wrote about social buttons, and I agree. I always had a hunch that social buttons weren’t super effective, and when asked for my opinion, I’d say that I thought they’re crufty, probably don’t get interacted with all that much, and don’t […]

  24. 13 Mar, 2017

    Abstract: The Art of Design

    PSA: this series on Netflix is really good. Each episode highlights a designer in a particular field (illustration, architecture, set design, etc). The subject talks about their work, their process, and their journey, and the whole thing is incredibly well produced. I […]

  25. 30 Aug, 2016

    Clarity Conf Video Online

    I kicked off the amazing Clarity Conf, a conference dedicated to style guides and design systems, earlier this year and they just posted the video of my talk. Enjoy. Or don’t. Whatever.

  26. 17 Feb, 2016

    Frontend Design

    Somewhere between design – a world of personas, pixels, and polish – and engineering – a world of logic, loops, and linux  – lies frontend design. Frontend design involves creating the HTML, CSS, and presentational JavaScript code that makes up a user […]

  27. 25 Jun, 2015

    Sketch, Iterate, Repeat: Prototyping Your Website Design

    Andrew Smyk (@andrewsmyk) discusses how he iterates on his web designs. There’s a strong focus on getting ideas out of his head and onto paper as quickly as possible, which is excellent. I enjoy how he cuts up his sketches to play with […]

  28. 30 Apr, 2015

    Unfinished Business episode 105: ‘Seventeen coats of bullshit’ with Dan Mall and Jeffrey Zeldman

    This is a fascinating discussion between Dan Mall, Jeffrey Zeldman, and Andy Clarke about the role of aesthetics in modern web design and development. This conversation is important as there’s still a bias that responsive design is responsible for bad […]

  29. 16 Oct, 2014

    Primed and Ready to Go

    It’s absolutely essential to treat front-end development as part of the design process. However, the (foolish, artificial) line between design and development “phases” gets in the way of true collaboration between disciplines. This often isn’t due to any malicious intent, […]

  30. 21 Aug, 2014

    Designing an Effective Donate Form

    I reached out to the Pittsburgh Food Bank last year about helping them redesign their website largely because I was having a hard time figuring out how to give them money. So as part of our redesign of the Pittsburgh […]