Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

May 12th, 2009

Still trying to get it to work

Still trying to get it to work

This is a test

May 12th, 2009

Wow! This is really cool!

Wow! This is really cool!

WordPress now has email posting. Rock on!

May 4th, 2009

Moleskine and good design

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So who doesn’t love Moleskine and good design?

Well, here’s the best of both worlds. Here the scoop straight from the horse’s mouth…

“This exclusive two-volume set showcases groundbreaking visual media and design from winners of the 2008 ADC Young Guns competition, plus the finalists of The Undiscovered Letter, a creative challenge envisioning the 27th letter of the alphabet.”

I’m about to purchase my set right now!

ADC Young Guns 6 Annual/The Undiscovered Letter Book.

April 28th, 2009

This aint your daddy’s office space!

So somewhat related to my previous post regarding environmental influence on creativity, This Aint No Disco is a cool site dedicated to featuring unique and inspiring workplaces.

Go and take a visit and enjoy (or even drool over) some of the workplaces listed.

April 23rd, 2009

Can your physical environment influence creativity?

I’ve always hated fluorescent lighting, even to the point of climbing on a chair at work to twist the bulbs until they turned off. Is there a correlation between your physical workplace, or any environment for that matter, and your level of creativity? I’ve always felt so and a recent article over at Scientific American spends some time looking at the theory.

So what’s your take? Does it matter if your working in a government-like building dressed in gray and flooded in fluorescence, or a swank and colorful loft soaked in incandescence and adorned with bean bags?

April 15th, 2009

Firefox 3.5

So the nice people at Mozilla are renaming Firefox 3.1 (beta 3) to 3.5, maybe due to the absolute avalanche of newly supported features. Go have a look for yourself. I personally am stoked, espcially about the downloadable font CSS2 support!

March 26th, 2009

Mobbler no longer

Mobbler Screenshots

Well, according to a recent post on Last.fm’s blog, one my favorite S60 app is going bye-bye. Yes, Mobbler, along with all other 3rd party Last.fm apps, are being silenced. This is a sad day indeed : (

It has yet to be seen whether or not existing apps will continue to work, or if this effort is designed to thwart future app development and consumer downloads. Let’s hope it’s the latter.

March 23rd, 2009

10 things they don’t teach you in design school…

So you think you learned everything you need to know in kindergarten? Well, here are 10 things you didn’t learn in Design school.

March 17th, 2009

What I’m reading

What Im Reading

I thought I’d let everyone know what I’m currently reading. Some really good stuff, albeit, some pretty heady stuff as well.

Art as Experience by John Dewey

I read about Art as Experience while reading a short book about Paul Rand. In the book Rand mentioned Dewey and his aforementioned work regarding aesthetic theory. Rand goes on to mention that anyone considering themselves a designer should read this book. Furthermore, he mentions that if you can get through the first chapter, the rest will be worth the challenge. With that, I began reading and found the book to be quite engaging. Again, very heady stuff, at least for me, but very thought provoking nonetheless. The first chapter, as Rand mentions, is a challenge as Dewey attempts to set the stage regarding modern societies compartmentalization of Art into a box (the modern museum) and out of it’s rightful place in society and as an expression of the people and their culture. Anyway, I’ll leave the rest up to you.

Visual Thinking by Rudolf Arnheim

Another heady, but well worth the effort, read by one of the most notable thinkers in the area of perceptual psychology. Arnheim begins by challenging the early theories of visual perception dating back to Plato and Aristotle by arguing that the dichotomy between perception and reasoning is false and misleading. The rest, well, is history.

Designing Interaction by Bill Moggridge

Not the heady reads like the previous two books, Designing Interactions is a nice look at the authors involvement in the birth of a new design practice, eventually called “interaction design.” The book continues with interviews with other designers responsible for the development of the discipline. The title is a little misleading in that it’s not a book for those wishing to learn how to become interaction designers, but a book on the history of interaction design. All in all, a nice read.

March 14th, 2009

The ultimate resource in grid systems

This is a nice resource for those wishing to learn more about grids and how to use them.

The Grid System