Journal

Workflow 19

New year, new stuff. Four books I intend to read this year.

  1. 51ea+dRJcvL._SX105_Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
    Kevin Mitnick & Steve Wozniak
  2. 510tRCeCMCL._SX105_The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
    Brad Stone
  3. 51Mlwv-XW9L._SX105_Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World
    Gary Vaynerchuk
  4. 51GjtknGluL._SX105_The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work
    Scott Berkun

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“Good Morning!” said Bilbo, and he meant it. The sun was shining, and the grass was very green. But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out further than the brim of his shady hat.

“What do you mean?” he said. “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”

“All of them at once,” said Bilbo. “And a very fine morning for a pipe of tobacco out of doors, into the bargain.

Be clever with words – J.R.R. Tolkien.

Workflow 14

Inspiration can come from anywhere.

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A few smart words recorded at ‘Hello, My Name is Paul Smith’ exhibition at Design Museum London.

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A one-page web project framework.

A simple aim; create a one page web project template – an easily customisable, flexible platform to showcase your latest work.

  1. Bootstrapped
  2. LESS integrated stylesheets – commented, variables, mixins, retina ready, minified.
  3. jQuery & Google Web fonts ready.
  4. Mobile friendly design.

Please feel free to download and use in your own projects.

Words 125

Brand guidelines also play an important role in a designer’s efficiency. In the current climate, where everyone has their eye on time and money, a well-managed visual identity can equal greater creative output. All the hard work has already been done, so it’s just a case of implementation. Therefore, you spend less time worrying about the how it looks and can focus your efforts on generating great ideas.

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From a designer’s point of view, we like following rules. We can’t get enough of them. Grids, colour palettes, point sizes, ‘x’ heights, margins – we love them. What we hate is being restricted. It is important to give designers enough room for interpretation, that’s why brand guidelines should be just that – a guide, not a creative straight jacket.