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.
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 soak up design and tech resources.
There are no mobile browsers, just browsers. Handicapping your site on “mobile” is a good way to bug your users and make your site less useful to them.
Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
I’ve spent an embarrassingly large portion of this week parsing Bruce’s 5000-word ramblerant on The New Aesthetic. Consider it required reading for anyone who makes or designs.
A collection / demo of the “best” typefaces from Google’s web font directory. Well-curated and paired nicely. This is a great resource.
Sounds about right.
Jon Hicks makes great icons, and I look forward to learning what he has to teach. The 323-page book ships January 30th, 2012 and there’s a PDF sample.
A pretty great rant by one of the designers of the iPad on the future of a profession that many of my friends put on their business cards.
Marco Arment is, once again, on point. One of the largest problems with Android is the same problem Windows has had since its launch: The lack of attention to detail, nuance, and usability focus in the built-in applications and OS make developers feel like they can be lazy.
Based on my experience with the Android market 90% of all Android apps would absolutely not make the App Store, much less sell many copies.
Very nice typefaces with a pay-what-you-like profit model. The website is fun, too.
Kyle Tezak is making mini icon sets for famous films, with the constraint of only using 4 icons for each. I’m fond of the Life Aquatic challenge, myself.
The icons are of varying quality, but it’s certainly a useful round to have in the chamber. Via Zeldman.
Obviously crowd-sourced patronage will never work. The project still has 3 weeks lefts to go, too.
Factory Records founder Anthony H Wilson died in August 2007. Just over three years later, a memorial headstone designed collaboratively by Wilson’s long-term associates Peter Saville and Ben Kelly with Paul Barnes and Matt Robertson, was unveiled in The Southern Cemetery in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Manchester.
I don’t link to many interviews on ExFu but when Lukas is interested enough in someone’s work to talk to them I listen, and you should too.