All posts filed under: design

Chic work duds from Ben Davis

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It was the late ‘90s. I was in grad school at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. One day I happened up to the Hall Mall. A few blocks of downtown Iowa City are a pedestrian mall. In the middle of one block, there was (is?) a stairwell that led to a hallway on the second story that had a bunch of tiny shops. It was the alternative. I remember an incense/new age store that […]

What fonts do you hate?

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Allan Haley, Director of Words & Letters at Monotype, writes in the Interactive Annual 2012 for Communication Arts that there are four reasons typophiles despise certain typefaces: The design is overused. It’s a copy of another typeface. It’s considered poor quality. It’s just hateable. He leads in with low hanging fruit: Comic Sans. He cites several reasons for the hatred such as overuse and ubiquity. Comic Sans is also the official typeface of unprofessional relaxation. Every flyer […]

Digital Creativity: The fuzz of analog in a digital world

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One of the problems with using a computer as a creative tool is that it’s too easy to be clean. If you’re creating animations in Flash or designs in Illustrator, those tools will want to smooth the edges and simplify the lines automatically. Software is generally geared towards making things clean and easy. The perennial challenge then with creating things in the digital realm is being able to keep some semblance of dirt, fuzziness, analog, […]

Empowering Designers and Developers

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Okay, there’s this guy named Mike Monteiro who started Mule Design out in San Francisco. He’s funny and a bit profane. But in March, he gave a half-hour talk hosted at the Typekit offices. It’s a good explanation about how and why designers and developers when working with clients should get it all in writing upfront. Mike is joined by his lawyer who gives some practical advice about dealing with clients. The talk is definitely […]

Smashing Magazine smacks it down on CSS

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Smashing Magazine has a great post chock full of ideas for improving your CSS code. If you’re a webbie, you’ll get something of use out of this post. It’s called 70 Expert Ideas For Better CSS Coding. The tips are basically a best of, of CSS tips from a variety of other sources around the blogosphere. The sources for the tips are indicated after each tip, and the complete bibliography is at the end. I […]

A List Apart: Doing the survey, crunching the stats

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The web design gurus of A List Apart have finally taken it upon themselves to codify and quantify this thing called web design. “Who does it?” they ask. “And why?” So if you do any web work – in the design or development arenas – feel free to take a stab at their quick-to-fill-out survey. You’ll feel better after you’ve done it, and it will be for the good of the industry. And prizes! You […]

The Elements of Typography

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If you’re up on matters of typography, then you’ve surely read or at least seen Robert Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style. It is the book on typography. It is not surprising then that some enterprising webists are using the book as direct inspiration for a website entitled The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web. It contains a burgeoning list of rules and ideas for setting type in the web world. For example: […]

A new look

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I’m always testing out new ideas for designs. This time though is the most significant redesign in a number of years. This redesign required some reworking of the underlying HTML templates that drive this site. Mostly just a reorganization of the metadata into a separate from the blog content. I styled up the div’s and floated the metadata left and floated the content right. Add in a few touches of design and that was it. […]

Curiosity cabinet

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Here’s a site for your curiosity cabinet. It’s called NFCTD. The concept is simple, but the execution is especially nice. There’s audio on the site, if you like. It’s interactive and the imagery comes mostly from Dover Publishing, which seems to have a lock on that public domain Victorian drawings. At the end of the site are credits for the audiologist, Dallas Johnson, and the animator/programmer, Caleb Johnston. Subdued in a disturbing kind of way.