Posts Tagged ‘designers’

EyeWriter Initiative

November 13th, 2009

The EyeWriter project is an ongoing collaborative research effort to empower people, who are suffering from ALS, with creative technologies. More information at

The Eyewriter from Evan Roth on Vimeo.

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Principles of good design

September 24th, 2009

I recently came across a couple of lists of design principles. Whether we realise it or not, all designers work to their own set of values. They are an essential part of the design process. Therefore it’s important to remind yourself of these once in a while and check your work against them.

The first example is the “Ten principles for good design”. I like these because they are universally applicable. You can apply them to almost any type of design in any market. I think this is a great set of values for the individual designer:
Good design: Dieter Rams’ ten commandments

The second example is Facebook’s Internal Design Manifesto. This resonates a lot of the values from the first list but repackages and refocuses them so they are specific to Facebook:
Facebook’s Internal Design Manifesto – Thomas Crampton

Does anyone know of design principles for other organisations?

UPDATE: Here’s a fantastic round-up of principles by fellow designer James Mansfield

UPDATE: The Principles of Good Web Design (with real world examples): Part 1: LayoutPart 2: NavigationPart 3: Colour.

UPDATE: Carsonified » 10 User Interface Design Fundamentals

Favourite quotes from the week

September 21st, 2009

“The best designers are not just good at design, they are good consultants. Design, uncoupled from good advice, is a commodity.” – @blairenns

“Design is… an understanding that all the senses were created equal.” – Tom Peters

“A leader is a dealer in hope” – Napoleon, 1807

“It’s a very short trip. While alive, live.” – Malcolm Forbes via @Don_Crowther

“Do, or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda.

“Living better, with less, that lasts longer.” - Mark Adams, managing director of Vitsœ

“I take my coffee cold, fizzy and in a can that says ‘V’ on it – what can I say?” – @ozdj

“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

“Everybody’s a webdesigner until, you know, they actually try to do it” – via @gabeboning

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Online Portfolios – Resources & Examples

September 19th, 2009
Online Portfolios – Resources & Examples

I’m currently working on a redesign of my portfolio, so I’ve been doing a bit of research into current trends, techniques and basically looking for some great inspiration. The following is a collection of great resources and some stunning examples from both studios and individuals. While I believe the star of the show should be the work itself, the portfolio needs to tie it all together and take the user on a journey.

To be honest I’m a little daunted as the benchmark is pretty high. The old version of my portfolio is here. Hopefully it’s not long before the new one is ready.

12 Tips for Creating a Great Portfolio Site
Portfolio Design Study – Another great deconstruction by Smashing Magazine.
10 Cool Photo Portfolio and Gallery WordPress Themes
60+ Helpful Resources for Portfolio Design
Design a Textured Portfolio Site Layout Using Photoshop
Five Popular Design Portfolio Website Styles
Top 10 Portfolio Faux Pas
How to Design a One-Page Portfolio in Photoshop
Stacey, Simplified portfolios

6 Absolutely Stunning Design Portfolios
50 Beautiful and Creative Portfolios
50 Fresh Portfolio Websites for Your Inspiration
Elliot Jay Stocks – I’ve always been a fan of Elliot’s work. His new website is awesome.
Purple Rock Scissors
Five Popular Design Portfolio Website Styles
Marius Roosendaal – I love the way the theme changes depending upon the time of day.
Travis Isaacs | My Life In Pixels
45royale Inc.

UPDATE: Elliot Jay Stocks also has a 2 part screencast on how to design a portfolio site.
UPDATE: Smashing Magazine’s  Showcase of Case Studies in Design Portfolios
UPDATE: Ready-made portfolios Hosted Portfolio Roundup on Heavy Backpack

Blogging tips, tricks and tardiness

September 9th, 2009

About a week ago it seemed as though the Interweb was going into meltdown. I think I first noticed something was amiss when my iPhone denied my my morning serve of email, tweets and analytics on the way to work. The disconnectedness continued at work when it became apparent that a major Telstra connection was down. This was soon followed by Gmail going offline and Twitter went into another tailspin (probably due to everyone tweeting complaints about Gmail being down). Finally there were the reported attacks on WordPress blogs. Luckily my blog is akin to a Mac – it’s small and insignificant so who would want to waste their time with malicious intentions?

While the folio and resume are for public consumption, the blog is really for myself anyway. If someone else finds it useful or interesting then it’s just a bonus. But really it’s just a scrap book of random thoughts and links about design that I want to save for later. It wasn’t always like that though. Back when I started my blog in 2004 there were only a handful of design blogs. I on the other hand was too busy writing about my travels around Europe. Then there was a long period of neglect before I imported my old Blogger database into WordPress. At first I was sceptical of the cookie cutter approach to applying pre-made themes, but now I am continually surprised by the ease with which you can make endless changes and additions. There really is no excuse for tardiness anymore.

It’s still early days in this new format and I’m still finding my feet, or more to the point my voice. Anyway, below is a collection of articles that will hopefully help me to get where I’m going. Where ever that may be.

100 Ways To Improve Your Blog
16 Excellent WordPress Security Plugins To Secure Your Blog
Must See SEO Guide for All WordPress Bloggers
Key Elements to Blog Visibility
The Anatomy of a Blog
Top 7 Crimes Best Bloggers Commit!
9 Things to Do To Make Sure Your Next Blog Post is Read by More than Your Mom
Writing Blog Post Titles That Grab Attention
Designers Discuss the Benefits of Running a Blog
The Benefits of Running a Blog as a Freelancer (Tips Included)

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