TO: SIDEREEL. STFU. THANK YOU

Sidereel apparently hasn’t gotten the memo about user-centered design and a positive user experience. Otherwise, they would stop having their annoying Entertainment Tonight-style faux “news” videos start playing as soon as the page loads.

This interesting blog from Stephen Burgess, is a beautiful example of minimalism, use of color, and using jquery to powerful effect, while keeping the focus on the reading experience.

This interesting blog from Stephen Burgess, is a beautiful example of minimalism, use of color, and using jquery to powerful effect, while keeping the focus on the reading experience.

Robby Leonardi’s interactive resumé is clever and informative—and doesn’t use the fever bar visual cliché to describe his level of expertise. Bravo!

Clever! A MOMA app manages to integrate pregnancy and design history. The perfect gift for your expectant design friends.

Clever! A MOMA app manages to integrate pregnancy and design history. The perfect gift for your expectant design friends.

A brilliant concept turns “making something out of nothing” on its head, and results in a fundraising effort wildly exceeding expectations. 
Read about how Rice Creative conceived of a UNICEF fundraising campaign to reach Vietnam’s elite to combat child mortality. 

A brilliant concept turns “making something out of nothing” on its head, and results in a fundraising effort wildly exceeding expectations. 

Read about how Rice Creative conceived of a UNICEF fundraising campaign to reach Vietnam’s elite to combat child mortality. 

I love everything about this site for a workout app: Color, use of photography, a kind of parallax effect. 
It‘s more Ruby on Rails goodness from the Pointless Corp., part of the team at Viget Labs. Read about the design and development process on their blog.

I love everything about this site for a workout app: Color, use of photography, a kind of parallax effect. 

It‘s more Ruby on Rails goodness from the Pointless Corp., part of the team at Viget Labs. Read about the design and development process on their blog.

The Endless Cube animation once again demonstrates the power of simplicity.
Via gregmelander and dvdp

The Endless Cube animation once again demonstrates the power of simplicity.

Via gregmelander and dvdp

Lessons from CmdSpace

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Last night web designer/developer Michael Dick talked to a Meetup group in Arlington, VA about his process in developing ⌘+Space, an online tool to build a portfolio from your Dribbble profile. While the talk was titled Building ⌘+Space in a Weekend, Dick actually took all of four (maybe five!) weekends to build the tool. A key takeaway?

Design for [Up to No] Good

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Every time I open my bill from Cox Communications—aka, your friend in the digital age—I have a 1984 newspeak moment. You know, when black becomes white and bad becomes ungood. Like that. Because the bill is designed in a way to obfuscate what is really going on.

Asked to design an identity for a music ensemble, designer Demian Conrad discovered the work of physicist Ernst Chladni—and eventually, to a method of visualizing music by frequency. The result is a striking suite of materials, and a music pattern generator.
Story thanks to Under Consideration’s Brand New blog.

Asked to design an identity for a music ensemble, designer Demian Conrad discovered the work of physicist Ernst Chladni—and eventually, to a method of visualizing music by frequency. The result is a striking suite of materials, and a music pattern generator.

Story thanks to Under Consideration’s Brand New blog.
This recipe card is one of multiple components laying out the new on-air branding for the A&E cable network, executed by Troika. The refresh encompasses photography, iconography, typography, textures, and characters. Read more at Brand New.

This recipe card is one of multiple components laying out the new on-air branding for the A&E cable network, executed by Troika. The refresh encompasses photography, iconography, typography, textures, and characters. Read more at Brand New.

Designer D. Kim and colleague Mirtho Prepont share an intriguing exploration of how a cultural icon, the San Francisco MUNI transit system, might look if brought into the multi-platform, multi-channel world in which today’s commuters live.
Pictured above are the backs of passcards, providing an opportunity to promote local artists. In addition to refining the logo, the designers also explore variations in bus livery to communicate types of routes; uniforms; bus stop signage; and smartphone app design. A tour-de-force of holistic design for an entire technological ecosystem.

Designer D. Kim and colleague Mirtho Prepont share an intriguing exploration of how a cultural icon, the San Francisco MUNI transit system, might look if brought into the multi-platform, multi-channel world in which today’s commuters live.

Pictured above are the backs of passcards, providing an opportunity to promote local artists. In addition to refining the logo, the designers also explore variations in bus livery to communicate types of routes; uniforms; bus stop signage; and smartphone app design. A tour-de-force of holistic design for an entire technological ecosystem.

From my personal blog
An inspirational quote poster I did for The Popular Romance Project.

“I can have as many book boyfriends as I want and it’s not cheating.”—Gena Showalter

Boot photo courtesy of Rod Waddington.

From my personal blog

An inspirational quote poster I did for The Popular Romance Project.

“I can have as many book boyfriends as I want and it’s not cheating.”—Gena Showalter

Boot photo courtesy of Rod Waddington.

Branding and science can be a happy marriage

Many academic researchers I’ve worked with over the years have a great disdain for the notion of marketing, the need for communicating their work in an engaging way to the general public, or the concept of design as involving more than someone, often a grad student or admin assistant, who can fire up Photoshop or Publisher. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

In a recent article in FastCoDesign, 

Living in a staccato world

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How many times have you seen a job ad asking for the ability to multitask? If you’re like me, you’ve lost count. And, if you’re like me, you may have found yourself asking, so, which projects do you want done poorly? Which clients are high value enough to focus on?

I was reminded of the workplace multitasking myth when the Washington Post published an obituary of Clifford Nass,