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

Sight Over Sound

In a study by Chia-Jung Tsay, who last year earned a Ph.D. in organizational behavior with a secondary Ph.D. field in music, nearly all participants — including highly trained musicians — were better able to identify the winners of competitions … Continue reading

New Language Online

Nick Bilton on pictures for communication instead of documentation: Photos, once slices of a moment in the past — sunsets, meetings with friends, the family vacation — are fast becoming an entirely new type of dialogue. The cutting-edge crowd is … Continue reading

The Tedium of Success Theater

Jenna Wortham‘s big problem with social media: But I’m growing tired of seeing everyone’s perfectly framed, glittering nightscapes of the Manhattan skyline, their impeccably prepared meals, those beautifully blurred views of the world from an airplane window seat… We’ve become … Continue reading

The N Word

AIGA on the word ‘nice’: “The great enemy of clear language is insincerity,” wrote George Orwell. If indeed there was a more insincere word applied to art and design I haven’t heard it, and I presume the man who coined … Continue reading

Mandatory iPhone photography

The Chicago Sun-Times announced that it had laid off its entire photojournalism staff and would rely on freelance photographers and reporters instead. The Sun-Times plans to rely on reporters to take photos and videos and has begun mandatory “iPhone photography … Continue reading

Selling Out

Creator of “Calvin and Hobbes,” Bill Watterson’s Kenyon College Commencement speech: Selling out is usually more a matter of buying in. Sell out, and you’re really buying into someone else’s system of values, rules and rewards.The so-called “opportunity” I faced … Continue reading