Another day, another rough sketch.
I still always start with a sketch, however rough.
Doing my best to Learn Sketch 3. We created Sketch specifically for designing interfaces, websites, icons …
Listen to ‘Hello my name is Paul Smith’ on Audioboo A few smart words recorded at ‘Hello, My Name is Paul Smith’ exhibition at Design Museum London.
Currently admiring the simplicity of the Google Drive UI.
Feedly have a new underbar design.
An example of a good welcome email – Slack.
In terms of a quick design inspiration fix, Pinterest is a great place to be – composition, form, typography, color, texture.
Square Space on dribbble. I’m not sure what else to say but a showcase of inspiring work.
People tell me “print is dead”.
The term “remarkable” means being worthy of notice or attention or, in the context of the web, naturally persuading the viewer to mention or recommend a website to a friend.
Design is not purely visual. Visual or graphic design is only a small part of what we do. Knowing that your first role as a designer is “problem-solver”, rather than “guy who draws stuff” is a good place to be.
I take time out of each day to sketch.
A nice package arrived in the post, courtesy of Newspaper Club.
Do you label a button Submit or Save or Update or New or Create? That’s copywriting. Do you write three sentences or five? Do you explain with general examples or with details? Do you label content New or Updated or Recently Updated or Modified? All of this matters.
I recently visited the Käthe Kollwitz Museum, Cologne, Germany – stumbled across these great posters on the way in.
When you write like everyone else and sound like everyone else and act like everyone else, you’re saying, “Our product is like everyone else’s”.
Think about your customers and think about what those buttons and words mean to them. Don’t use acronyms or words that most people don’t understand. Don’t use internal lingo. Don’t sound like an engineer talking to another engineer. Keep it short and sweet. Say what you need to and no more.
Build predictable websites. Design what the user expects. Do not try to build the next big web feature unless its absolutely a better, more intuitive way to complete an old task.
Always anticipate that a user may not use your website the way you intend. Predict how they might misuse the website, and don’t let the consequences of misuse be undesirable.
Great brands work, they say to people that you care about quality.
Always look as good as you can and as good as you wished you felt without being too fussy.
Admittedly I have never used the service but I love the idea of Newspaper Club.
Sometimes books are best for inspiration.
Digging through some old magazines – this Roy Lichtenstein inspired cover design for Creative Review still works for me.
Holly Daniels and I recently visited the Imperial War Museum – a beautiful building, a posh cafe and some inspiring artwork.
Users should never have to guess if something is clickable or not.
The price the user sees in their shopping cart should be the same as what the user is charged on their credit card.
Showcase your best work, not all of your work.
A piece of the Berlin Wall.
People overestimate what they can accomplish in the near term and underestimate what they can accomplish in the long term.
It’s important to get away from work until you miss it.
Taking time to sit back and watch is important – a million ideas will come to you.
Google being helpful again. Intuitive, easy yet descriptive – helping users along their way with minimum fuss.
An overwhelming amount of amazing design work – the @Dropbox team on @dribbble.
You know you’ve done something right when everyone at the conference table is smarter than you.
One premium package by Viktor & Rolf.
Is web design an artistic undertaking? Or, is it a pragmatic process.
We do not remember days, we remember moments.
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination can take you anywhere.
Set goals, reach, repeat.
I recently visited the Detroit Institute of Arts with team @Nutshell. A truly extensive and varied collection that rivals any museum I have ever been to. If you are ever in the Detroit area, it’s well worth a visit.
When Winston Churchill was asked to cut arts funding in favour of the war effort, he simply replied, “then what are we fighting for?”.
The young are always coming up with the good ideas; it’s because they waste time. They follow their passion and do something, not looking for a payoff, just doing what’s interesting.
Branding is what people say about you when you are not in the room.
I want a life that other people tell stories about.
Be passionate about whatever you do.
It’s not that I have more energy. I also get tired. It’s more a case of choosing to use it.
Treat every job interview as a success. You then have very little to lose once you get there.
Old, wise or experienced?