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
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
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
Alex Cabal: This cult is insidious. Its two main tenents are: The designer is always right. If you don’t like what the designer is doing, you’re wrong, and you should go somewhere else. The Cult of Design Dictatorship is bad … Continue reading
Douglas Coupland: Try and isolate what is already different in the twenty-first century mind as opposed to the twentieth. If you were to attach a stick to each of these slogans and carry them in the street, would they read … Continue reading
Logo Lounge: The standard solution usually involved a graphic being placed in each of the four quadrants formed by these items—a client’s initials, a foundation date, a name, a crown, a simple icon or symbol of some kind. The first … Continue reading
Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity: Anyone trying to create a simple anything–a product, a piece of communication, a service, an experience, a law or regulation–must be ruthless when it comes to editing, purifying, or, to use a harsher word, … Continue reading
Unlike cars or wristwatches, an axe has the sole purpose of being pure utility and yet we’ve managed to add some designs to the handle and turn a product of a simple life into a commodity worth $300.00.
Adobe showing off what web content could be: Now that the internet has helped to make content ubiquitous, we’re starting to see a shift back toward production value. Users want HD video, beautiful and fluid user interfaces, and they increasingly … Continue reading
Massimo Vignelli: The grid is an integral part of book design. It’s not something that you see. It’s just like underwear: you wear it, but it’s not to be exposed. The grid is the underwear of the book.
Ken Levine on Zach Braff ruining Kickstarter: When I used to broadcast for the Orioles one of my partners was the legendary Chuck Thompson. Most of our games were at night. Chuck was an avid golfer. He played the public … Continue reading
designjargonbullshit.com: A neatly compiled list of design jargon bullshit coming from design and branding firms.