These are the things I've written that are tagged "design"

Trail Type

A user-generated collection of typography from national parks and other ‘wild’ spaces. Beautiful stuff.

obelisk.js

Obelisk.js is a JavaScript Engine for building isometric pixel objects. … and it looks like a million bucks. This may have to be the basis for my life’s work: A modern remake of the SNES version of SimCity. (via Jesper)

Float Labels with CSS

Slick technique that is worth looking into for many applications. As someone who deals with a lot of form inputs both as a user and a designer, there are some useful ideas here.

Layer Comps in Photoshop

Neven Mrgan just blew my mind: Layer comps is a panel—found in the Window menu—which helps you organize different versions of a designs or different views of it in the same file. If you are a responsible digital citizen at all, you probably have some sort of system for keeping around alternate elements and various […]

Oryx Design Lab

The creator of the previously-linked (and awesome) lo-fi fantasy tile set has opened a store for making / selling licenses for new ones. I applaud this. Make money on your art.

Yours vs. Mine

I’ve always used “Your” instead of “My,” when designing interfaces and I think Dustin Curtis has figured out some of the “why”: After thinking about this stuff for a very long time, I’ve settled pretty firmly in the camp of thinking that interfaces should mimic social creatures, that they should have personalities, and that I […]

“Could The World’s Fastest Shoe Really Have Come From A Printer?”

Fast Company: The process allows Fusaro to take 3-D scans of a runner’s foot, use digital tools to cater the stiffness of the soles to the athlete’s physical abilities, then print the shoes out of nylon polyamide powder, a material that is “one of the strongest in the range of additive manufacturing,” Fusaro says Uses […]

Peapod Studios

My friends at Peapod Studios have released a new version of their website, and it looks as great as you’d expect. If you need design, branding, web development, or otherwise, you can’t do much better than Peapod.

Field Notes Colors: “National Crop” Edition

The spring 2012 Field Notes release is so effortlessly charming that it feels something like Field Notes coming full circle. Draplin has always been fascinated by the working-man no-BS design of old farming equipment, manuals, and almanacs. Now Field Notes is paying a more direct homage to that influence.

Josh Clark .vs. Jakob Nielsen on Mobile Usability

Kid gloves are off, and I’m with Clark: For all of Jakob Nielsen’s many great contributions to web usability over the years, his advice for mobile is just 180-degrees backward. His latest guidelines perpetuate several stubborn mobile myths that have led too many to create ‘lite’ mobile experiences that patronise users, undermine business goals, and […]

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My name is Phil Nelson and I make beautiful objects for a troubled world in CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. I'm a designer / developer at Occipital.

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