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

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