Not the Best Designers

Former senior designer at Apple, Mark Kawano on the myth of having the best designers: It’s actually the engineering culture, and the way the organization is structured to appreciate and support design. Everybody there is thinking about UX and design, … Continue reading

You’re My Favorite Client

Mike Monteiro’s new book, You’re My Favorite Client: Your business needs vary, so I can’t give you a magical equation for design success. But I can say: whatever your success metric is, make sure your designer both knows about it … Continue reading

Delight

Kevin Roose on delight: “Delight” and “delightful” have become all-purpose marketing words in the tech world, trotted out to describe anything even marginally surprising or well made… For those of us who depend on companies like Amazon and Google to … Continue reading

Digital Malefactor

idleworm.com on the seizure of power by technocrats: No longer is the artwork on paper, it’s digital. Multiple versions can be saved. The image is on layers. Changes can be made for ‘free’ by any opinionated bumbleduff in a suit. … Continue reading

Design Is About Intent

John R. Moran: Good designers create things with specific uses in mind, which implies making purposeful trade-offs. Another way to abdicate design is refusing to accept those trade-offs; it feels better to make something that could be anything for anyone. … Continue reading

D and Design

Benjamin Bratton on the “D” in TED Talks: Instead of our designers prototyping the same “change agent for good” projects over and over again, and then wondering why they don’t get implemented at scale, perhaps we should resolve that design … Continue reading

Logo Design

Marissa Mayer, CEO and President of Yahoo, discusses her involvement in designing the company’s new logo: On a personal level, I love brands, logos, color, design, and, most of all, Adobe Illustrator. I think it’s one of the most incredible … Continue reading