Last Build Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:05:10 +0000
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:05:10 +0000
AS THE HEAD of a newish design studio, I spend a fair amount of time writing proposals. And here’s how I like to do it. I do it like a conversation, and that’s how we start: with phone calls and emails to one or two key decision makers, followed by a research period of about […]
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:52:14 +0000
Cat rearing as a metaphor and the joy of a feces-free tub.
Sun, 09 Apr 2017 20:09:54 +0000
CHICAGO. Spent my Sunday writing a contract for the ________ design. I find I really enjoy writing proposals. It gives me a chance to see the whole project clearly in my mind, and to demonstrate to clients not just competency but genuine concern for their products and a vision of how to help their business. […]
Sat, 01 Apr 2017 00:04:30 +0000
RAINY MORNING IN NYC. Put my kid, my ass, and my suitcase in an Uber. Dropped Ava at school, then crawled to JFK via every emergency-vehicle-blocked thoroughfare Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens had to offer. The roads were all rain and sirens and nobody getting anywhere. From JFK, flew across the country to surprisingly sunny […]
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:26:21 +0000
TEN great links to launch your weekend: If you missed Gerry McGovern’s brilliant An Event Apart talk on “Top Task Management,” the video’s here for your pleasure. If you missed Eric Meyer’s article “Practical CSS Grid: Adding Grid to an Existing Design” in A List Apart, drop what you’re doing and read! If you missed […]
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:09:56 +0000
WHEN my daughter Ava was much younger—about seven—I took her to Toys R Us in Times Square one Saturday that was also Saint Patrick’s Day. You couldn’t ask for a more chaotic location and crowd. After stocking up on a sufficient number of Barbie accessories (Ava was in a girly phase at the time), we […]
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:24:53 +0000
Basecamp 3’s automatic check-in feature can build community and help you design your career and your life. It even brings back some of the joy we once derived from the days of the personal web.
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 22:13:23 +0000
THIS year’s Poynter Digital Newspaper Design Challenge was an attempt by several designers and pundits, working and thinking in parallel, to save real news via design. In Part 1 of my report from Poynter, I discussed the questions driving the challenge, and talked about the design work done in response to it by my colleagues Kat […]
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Sat, 28 Jan 2017 21:32:29 +0000
CAN design create a better user experience that engages readers and drives revenue? Can it fight fake news and help save real journalism at a time when news organizations large and small are underfinanced and under attack? These questions drove the Poynter Design Challenge, “a project to create new visual models for digital news publications” […]
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Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:12:30 +0000
LARA HOGAN kicked ass at the Lara Hogan Demystifies Public Speaking event sponsored by Postlight and A Book Apart, and held last night in Postlight’s big beautiful public space on Fifth Avenue, around the corner from NYC’s famous Union Square Park. Speaking coach Bill Smartt led the smartly paced Q&A session. Postlight co-founder and event […]
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:15:13 +0000
We who create websites and applications must remain mindful, honest, and vigilant. We must strive to work in diverse teams that are better than homogenous groups at glimpsing and preparing for the unforeseen. More than ever, we must develop design practices that anticipate the horrible and tragic—not to mention the illegal and authoritarian. And in life, as well as design, we must do a better job of asking ourselves what we are not seeing—what struggles the people we meet may be hiding from us, and how we can help them before it is too late.
Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:55:57 +0000
SORRY. I disagree. Nonsemantic classnames that refer to visual styles will always be a bad idea. I’m sure you’re a good coder. Probably much better than I am these days. I know most of you weren’t around for the standards wars and don’t know how much damage non-semantic HTML and CSS did to the web. […]
Mon, 19 Dec 2016 17:44:00 +0000
IN a world where newspapers are dying and half the public believes fake news, what online news experiences need is design that is branded, authoritative, and above all, readable: Branded, because we need to convert the current hummingbird model (where readers flit from flower to flower) back to the idea that your news source matters—and […]
Wed, 14 Dec 2016 15:23:38 +0000
Most of the sites we’ve designed in the past few years have not had a text size widget, but I believe this was due to our privileged assumptions and biases, and not to the reality of the needs of those we serve.
Mon, 12 Dec 2016 19:17:10 +0000
BOY, was this show overdue. For the first time ever on The Big Web Show, I chat with my friend, front-end developer extraordinaire Brad Frost, author of the spanking new book, Atomic Design. We have fun. We go way over time. We kept talking after the show stopped. There was just so much to discuss—including […]
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