Pretty printed items for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
The way you treat people, the way you treat yourself, the choices you make, your stress level, what you care about, how tolerant you are of others – these make you, uniquely you.
Invest in knowledge not pensions.
Set goals, learn new things, measure results, repeat. Happy New Year.
listen to ‘Placebo @ Brixton Academy’ on Audioboo Inspiration can come from anywhere.
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.
You need to accept the lows to appreciate the highs.
A Google Maps tooltip that made me smile. “This map is built for you”. Software for humans.
Brand is the big picture. It’s what differentiates one business from another.
A company’s brand is paramount. It expresses your culture and character and, in turn, helps establish your reputation in the minds of your customers.
Always challenge the old ways.
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.
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.
Even the nicest car won’t make driving in traffic enjoyable.
A good pitch starts with a crystal-clear exposition of the problem you are trying to solve. The unspoken response you want in the minds of your audience are: ‘He may not have solved it yet, but this guy really knows what our problem is.’ Then elaborate.
Stress is not attractive at all. We love people who work hard but we don’t want them to be white and shaking.
Go on a ‘re-launch’ programme to get yourself in better shape, get a tan, tone up and dress a bit more interestingly.
The illustrations in Remote, the new book from 37signals are gorgeous.
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.
Good writing is good design. It’s a rare exception where words don’t accompany design. Icons with names, form fields with examples, buttons with labels, step by step instructions in a process, a clear explanation of your refund policy. These are all interface design.
How you look and feel really matters. This is a totally pragmatic thing, not a style or fashion thing. From now on always try make the very best of what you’ve got. People will make instant snap decisions about how they feel about you, based on how you look. So there’s a need to groom,Continue reading “Words 104”
Every feature has some maintenance cost, having fewer features lets you focus on making them work well.
People can copy what you’ve done, but they can’t copy what you still want to do.
It’s pretty hard to be efficient without being obnoxious.
Never be afraid to sit a while and think.
Sometimes books are best for inspiration.
I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.
Digging through some old magazines – this Roy Lichtenstein inspired cover design for Creative Review still works for me.
Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.
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.