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Don’t let idea debt bog you down

Don’t let idea debt bog you down

We’re all familiar with financial debt – those credit cards that reduce your ‘fun money’ every month as you work to pay them down, or that damn student loan that’s keeping you from buying a new(er) car. Anyone that works in Tech is likely familiar with Tech Debt – the concept that those old applications written in …

Motion design is your future

Motion design is your future

Following all the buzz surrounding Google’s Material Design aesthetic, it struck me that animation and behavior was at the center of a lot of it. I’ve had several conversations around creating pleasing animations and reactions to a user’s input and how adding this dimension to a design gives it depth and character far  beyond a typical ‘dead’ …

Timely, not real-time: The Slow Web movement

Timely, not real-time: The Slow Web movement

The Slow Web movement is not about real-time notifications, up-to-date friend feeds or interrupting your lunch to tell you a recuriter would like to link with you. Like Slow Food, the Slow Web starts with what it is not: the Fast Web. Fast Food has an “I’ll know it when I see it” quality, and it has …

Practicing Typography

Practicing Typography

Typekit has a tutorial on how to recreate the shading effect often used in sign painting with Typekit and css, complete with a Codepen/Typekit sand box to try it out yourself. The Typekit Practice site itself is organized around the idea that there is no science to typography, and the only way to master typesetting is …

Beautiful, Open-Source SVG Icons for the Web

Beautiful, Open-Source SVG Icons for the Web

If you’ve attempted to target retina displays on the web in the past few years, you’ve probably realized that vector graphics are the future. The simplicity and accessibility of icon fonts is wonderful, and with resources like the open-source Font Awesome project at your disposal, it’s easy to understand the appeal of the format. However, Ian Feather’s …

Using Storytelling for Better Product Design

Using Storytelling for Better Product Design

The Google Ventures blog has a great article discussing the value of using storytelling to avoid the trap of designing individual, disconnected screens. The best product designers practice story-centered design. They begin by crafting stories that show how customers interact with a product, and only after they’ve accomplished that do they design screens as a …

Internet Throwback

Internet Throwback

Kyle Drake is bringing back one of the things that was wonderful and creative and exciting about the internet circa 1997: GeoCities or, in this incarnation, NeoCities. This is why my goal with NeoCities is not to turn it into a GeoCities parody site, though I don’t really care if people use it that way. …

Catch Me if You Can

Catch Me if You Can

Allen Pikes post get’s it mostly right, but I think the ‘Copy This, Assholes’ is a bit off the mark. iOS7 is just Apple consistently doing what it’s done for the past decade or so – steadily pushing the state of the art: Even with tuned native software, the iPhone 4′s A4 chip can’t handle …

A good (and thorough) guide to Web form usability

A good (and thorough) guide to Web form usability

This guide by Justin Mifsud over at Smashing Magazine is one of the most informative and well-balanced guides to Web form design and usability that I’ve seen on the web. Instead of blindly proclaiming oft-heard things like ‘Labels above input fields are the BEST’ Justin summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of each aspect, providing useful …

Behind the typography of H&FJ

Behind the typography of H&FJ

The AIGA has created a beautiful short video feature of Jonathan Hoefler & Tobias Frere-Jones discussing how they approach creating a new font (start with the H, O and D) and other insights behind their beautiful typefaces.