Category Archives: Design

Picking Up On Flat Design

This is trendy now, the flat design aesthetic.

As I write this, I’m currently working on a redesign and relaunch of this link blog, and I’m implementing a flat design.

Personally, I’m finding it liberating, which is unexpected.

Less time spent fiddling with effects and textures. More time spent on more practical aspects of designing a web interface, like placement of elements, font choice, color choice, and the copy.

I’m much less intimidated by the blank canvas. I feel like I can more quickly dig in and start putting idea to paper or screen. It feels simplified in the technical execution of the design in terms of how much Photoshop-fu one needs to bring to bear on a design problem, but it feels like the emphasis on important stuff, like the usability of the finished product, is increased.

It’s intriguing enough to me that I’m going to spend some time digging into what makes this style work, and better understand its strengths and weaknesses.

I’ve done several searches for examples on Pinterest with great success. On Niice with less.

I’ve scanned through some interesting articles, and it looks like the biggest push for this style is the increased role mobile devices play, and the UI limitations that they present. Usability is paramount. And that seems to be what flat design is able to accomplish.


Flat Design is in: Should you get in on the trend?

Making it Work: Flat Design and Color Trends – Designmodo

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A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design

Shots from the Microsoft video

This is a great critique by Bret Victor of the “vision” of the future that Microsoft trotted out in their recent popular video.

Victor:

My problem is the opposite, really — this vision, from an interaction perspective, is not visionary. It’s a timid increment from the status quo, and the status quo, from an interaction perspective, is actually rather terrible.

This matters, because visions matter. Visions give people a direction and inspire people to act, and a group of inspired people is the most powerful force in the world. If you’re a young person setting off to realize a vision, or an old person setting off to fund one, I really want it to be something worthwhile. Something that genuinely improves how we interact.

Victor’s arguments really make Microsoft’s look into the future seem dull and unimaginitive.

Fascinating.

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A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design – via Daring Fireball

Very awesome, but very limited back to the future poster


From HeyUGuys:

The poster has been created by artist Justin Erickson, who will also design posters for the other films in the series. Sadly this poster won’t be available to buy anywhere and there will only be ten physical copies made with five going to those involved with the screening and five will be given away at the screening. The first three people through the doors will receive a copy each and the remaining two will be given away as competition prizes through Twitch Film. So if you’re not at the Toronto screening you’re out of luck I’m afraid.

Love it.

Creating a woodworker logo from start to finish


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Fascinating look at Illustrator Von Glitschka’s logo creation process.

Many times an agency will mock up a design direction in order to get a client to sign off on it. Once they have it approved they’ll approach me with their rough idea and want me to flesh it out into it’s final form. This type of project usually means I’ll be leveraging both my design and illustration skills to pull it off.

This project will take you through the entire creative process I used to pull off this illustrative logo design, from shooting my own photo reference material to refining my vector artwork with precision.

Links


Logo Illustration

Creating a woodworker logo from start to finish


iclass.jpg

Fascinating look at Illustrator Von Glitschka’s logo creation process.

Many times an agency will mock up a design direction in order to get a client to sign off on it. Once they have it approved they’ll approach me with their rough idea and want me to flesh it out into it’s final form. This type of project usually means I’ll be leveraging both my design and illustration skills to pull it off.

This project will take you through the entire creative process I used to pull off this illustrative logo design, from shooting my own photo reference material to refining my vector artwork with precision.

Links


Logo Illustration