If you’re intrigued by the kind of design sprints I wrote about recently, here’s a handy collection of resources to get you going.
Myself and Batesy spent last week in Ipswich doing an intense design sprint with Suffolk Libraries. Leon has written up process from his perspective as the client—I’ll try to get a case study up on the Clearleft website soon.
This is really great write-up; it captures the sense of organised chaos:
I can’t recommend this kind of research sprint enough. We got a report, detailed technical validation of an idea, mock ups and a plan for how to proceed, while getting staff and stakeholders involved in the project — all in the space of 5 days.
Really interesting to see how Jason, Lyza, and co. are handling the process side of responsive design by using Agile sprints. This is how we’re doing it at Clearleft too.
There’s a really good point in here about starting with small-screen sketching:
For most of the sprint, we focus on small screens. We’re often asked how things will work on wider screens early in a sprint, but we try to resist thinking about that yet.
If you’ve managed to organize your life to fit inside a New York City apartment, you’re not going to have any trouble adjusting to a big house in the suburbs. The same is true of responsive designs.
If you nail the small screen design, the larger sizes will be easy by comparison.
This was a fun way to spend the day—getting my hands dirty with ink and type.
Print out the plans, fold and glue/sellotape the paper together, and you’ve got yourself the best sci-fi robots in recent cinema history.
A nice profile of BERG’s Little Printer. That Matt Webb is a smart cookie. He is also a very thoughtful cookie.
Michael Weinberg’s follow-up whitepaper to “It will be awesome if they don’t screw it up.”
There’s an interview with me in the new issue of Offscreen Magazine. Some of sort of clerical error, I’m guessing.
I know have a visualisation of my public data in the form of 3D-printed snowflake, thanks to Medaler.
Dan makes a very good point about Little Printer: it’s not the “printer” part that matters; it’s the “little”.
3D printing an exoskeleton for a child with arthrogryposis — technology can be so fricking awesome!
I really like what Tom has done here, printing out his bookmarks.
They capture a changing style of writing. They capture changing interests – you can almost catalogue projects by what I was linking to when. They capture time – you can see the gaps when I went on holiday, or was busy delivering work. They remind me of the memories I have around those links – what was going on in my life at those points.
An excellent piece by Stephanie on how to approach print stylesheets. I’ve always maintained that Print First can be as valid as Mobile First in getting you to focus on what content really matters.
Moo and Lanyrd sitting in a tree, helping promote my SXSW panel. Excellent!
You think that Digital Rights Management is bad? What about Physible Rights Management?
Anil shares his thoughts on where there’s room for improvement in 3D printing, or as he calls it, teleporting.
This evolution of Tom Taylor’s microprinter looks like it’s going to be absolutely wonderful (and packed full of personality). Watch this space.
Brendan is posting pictures of everything he fabs. Fab!
A great idea from Jessica Hische: find a good printer in your area. It’s beautifully designed and executed, with a lovely dollop of responsiveness.
Rejoice! For Kevin Cornell’s new book is available to you through the power of print on demand. I’ve ordered mine. And should you.
A peek behind the scenes of the printing of the Korean version of HTML5 For Web Designers.
Tom Phippen points to an excellent real-world example of a print layout that’s superior to the desktop version.
A great way of supporting the best podcast on the planet: a limited set of prints by five designers, illustrators and artists. Grab yours quick before they’re all gone.
A handy papernet tool for emergency situations. “Zombie apocalypse” is not, alas, one of the default options.
If you’d like to place your cup of tea on one of these lovely Fontdeck coasters, make sure you get a ticket for the Ampersand conference.
This may be one of the best pecha kuch— I mean, Ignite presentations I’ve ever seen.
What a brilliant idea! This book on dreams uses physical threads as hyperlinks. The result is a gorgeous object.
Excellent! Warning labels for bad journalism for you to print off and stick on.
A fantastic blog of letterheads. Some of the typographic choices are perfect.
A beautiful site for long-form content, also available in dead tree format.
The most beautiful piece of letterpress art from Cameron thus far.
James Bridle's lovely notebook for his first visit to South by Southwest.
The redesign of everyday things.
This is the reason why we chose Vzaar for hosting the videos on the Reprieve website.
Yes. Yes. YES! "We’ve shaken off the restrictions of the early days, opened up all kinds of technical possibilities, but web design seems less exciting and less experimental than it did fifteen years ago."
In praise of Gutenberg's contribution to typography.
Wonderful calligraphy — something we don't make much use of on the web.
A CSS gallery with a difference. This one highlights sites with good print stylesheets.
This is wonderful: maps that travel from the internet to the papernet and back to the internet again. Print out from OpenStreetMap, annotate in the real world, and scan the annotated map.
This is just brilliant! Natalie has taken the Flash-based Pocketmod and reproduced it using HTML and CSS (including CSS transforms).
A text to punch card translator. Who wants to be the first to pipe Twitter messages through this?
A lovely set of letterpress printing
A paper app—like a web app, but for the papernet—that provides a DIY portable log book for diabetics.
The details of Tom's hardware hack at PaperCamp: an old-school printer receipt printer hooked up via arduino.
I had a good browse through "Things Our Friends Have Written On The Internet 2008" at PaperCamp. It's lovely.
How awesome is this? A real-world "print'n'paper magazine" for web developers. "An elegant, timeless, collectable magazine for people who love web design and are intrigued by the possibility of the web"
Thanks to Brian and the Moo API, you can know print your own microformats stickers.
You can now order a poster of the beautiful Dopplr visualisation of where we are travelling.
Make your own 3D printer (you know, like the replicator in Star Trek) using sugar and an air pump. The results are astoundingly cool.
The idea I like most from this portfolio is the heat-sensitive wallpaper with blooming flowers.
The site that sparked my love affair with the web returns as a quarterly book.
New from Moo—postcards. Yay!
Pulling together a bunch of CSS tricks from a range of sources: reseting, baseline typography and grids (fixed width, unfortunately).
This is a brilliant idea by Aaron: printing QOOP books of Flickr pics where each picture is accompanied by a map. It's all about the context, baby!
They're here! New from Moo: NoteCards. Beauteous.
Flickr will be doing publishing on demand. Looks good.