You are not a web designer. I am the web designer.
You wouldn’t tell Mr. Marks of Spencer how to make slacks or Mrs. Audrey Audi how to build motor cars, would you? So please, Sir, don’t tell me I should “bevel” things. Get back to doing what you do best and let me do the web designing.
If you take control, you’ll end up with a huge lump of dog muck, and people will laugh at it behind your back.”
“One evening, well into the night, we asked some of our friends on the Apple design team about their view of user-centric design. Their answer? “It’s all bullshit and hot air created to sell consulting projects and to give insecure managers a false sense of security. At Apple, we don’t waste our time asking users, we build our brand through creating great products we believe people will love.”
Very good but, it boils down to each U.S. citizen owing about $32,000 in federal debt. If I am not mistaken. Not good at all but, somewhat more “tangible” than showing the entire pile of money as a giant sky scrapper.
“Students at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan agreed to address their graduate school experience in an infographic for the (NYTimes) Education Life. All of the students whose work is featured here are in the Master of Fine Arts program.”
“Most computer users aren’t conscious of such subtleties, but their combined effects are profound. Long-time Mac users might remember a time when scroll thumbs were perfectly square regardless of the total size of a window’s content. When I think back to my time using those scroll bars, I don’t recall any problems. But just try using these so-called “non-proportional” scroll bars today. The modern computer user’s mind revolts at the lack of information, usually treating it instead as misleading information about the total size of a window’s content. (“This window looked like it had pages and pages of content, but when I dragged the tiny square scroll thumb all the way from the top to the bottom, it only revealed two new lines of text!”) Only when this cue is gone do you realize how much you’ve been relying on ”
“However, it’s very hard for a design studio to create digital products on a contract basis because the messy timelines and continual course corrections that are required to launch a truly effective software product are anathema to the way clients like to be billed. No matter what a design studio promises, it’s very likely that in its first iteration a digital product will take longer to complete, will cost more, and will be less effective than originally promised. The most critical time for designers to be involved in a digital product is all the time, but it’s perhaps most important for them to stick around after the launch, when they can see how a real user base is using it, and then amend, refine, revise and evolve it. But it’s at just about this time that most studios are preparing invoices and shuffling their staff on to other clients’ projects.”
But in my opinion, the aging baby boomers killed it (demographic change) and it was simply over capacity in the book selling industry. Amazon had convenience advantages. I used to be a regular Borders customer but, the past five years, I have not been in one. Partly because I already have too many books (mostly design and type) and Amazon is more convenient.
I wish Borders had been the survivor. They tended to have a better and larger design section while B&Ns never did.
“There is no evidence that we are on the verge of a great new glittering cultural age, there is evidence that we may well be on the verge of a new dark age in cultural terms… where the creative world is destroyed and where all we have is cacophony and self opinion, where we have a crisis of democratized culture.”—
Happy to see can’t-get-no-respect Myriad at 6 and often- forgotten Syntax at 8. Also nice Scala at 19 and Rockwell at 20. I think rather than a numbered list, it should be a couple of lists. Akzidenz-Grotesk is at 28 but could be next to Helvetica as another option.
But really, just the top 30 are in the running. Missing are classic options like Garamonds. Adobe Garamond family probably the best of the Garamonds. Clarendon or similar slab serifs too. More…
“I stayed in Misurata for the rest of the week after that day against everyone’s wishes, hunkering down in the care of the other journalists still there and watching over Guy Martin and Michael Christopher Brown who were injured. I didn’t sleep or eat, not because I wasn’t hungry or tired, but because it helped to keep everything surreal. The hospital in Misurata was a living nightmare; I can’t imagine a place in this world closer to hell. I wanted to stay in that nightmare precisely because it didn’t seem real. I thought that maybe this way when I returned home, it could be like it never happened.
I began to lose all recognition of myself, of the woman who had lived through this tragedy. She was not even a woman, she was just a girl, and that girl was gone. I watched her float away on the way back to the hospital after the attack. I saw her reach so high into the sky that she arrived at the sun, and exploded, like the dust from the blast on Tripoli Street. She remains there to this day. She doesn’t get to be with Tim and Chris. She is alone, floating in space. Some of her particles made it back down to the Misurata pavement, others reached the Mediterranean Sea, but the pieces can never come back together.”
Photo journalist Katie Orlinsky wrotes about Libya.
“Rare Book School (RBS) provides continuing-education opportunities for students from all disciplines and levels to study the history of written, printed, and born digital materials with leading scholars and professionals in the field. Founded in 1983, RBS moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in 1992.”