Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
Data visualisations created for The Times, complete with code.
Monday, July 31st, 2017
A Weekly Journal of Visual Essays
Some lovely data visualisation here.
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
Are you a UI designer? In Brighton? Well, feel in this form if you’re interested in gathering with like-minded people.
This local, monthly and free meetup will let designers show their work, share any methods, processes and tools and ask for the odd critique.
Saturday, January 21st, 2017
Having spent half a decade encouraging people to make their pattern libraries public and doing my best to encourage openness and sharing, I find this kind of styleguide-shaming quite disheartening:
These all offer something different but more often than not they have something in common. They look ugly enough to have been designed by someone who enjoys configuring a router.
If a pattern library is intended to inspire, then make it inspiring. But if it’s intended to be an ever-changing codebase (made for and by the kind of people who enjoy configuring a router), then that’s where the effort and time should be concentrated.
But before designing anything—whether it’s a website or a pattern library—figure out who the audience is first.
Friday, December 23rd, 2016
Thursday, November 24th, 2016
An illustrated history of digital iconography.
Monday, November 21st, 2016
Here you go: a free book on icon design in three parts, delivered via email.
Monday, September 19th, 2016
But, like, have you have ever really looked at your hand?
Monday, August 29th, 2016
The history of the GIF—a tale of licensing, compression, and standards.
Monday, April 25th, 2016
An ongoing photography project from Curtis:
Beyond Work tells stories about humans at work, with no judgement or glorification. It’s an attempt at unearthing the social, cultural and functional world of work, that’s become invisible in everyday life.
Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
Michael Bierut on that logo …and graphic design in general.
Graphic designers, whether we admit it or not, are trained for the short term. Most of the things we design have to discharge their function immediately, whether it’s a design for a book or a poster, a website or an infographic, a sign system, or a business card. In school critiques, architecture and industrial design students produce models. Graphic designers produce finished prototypes. As a result, the idea that we create things that are unfinished, that can only accrue value over time, is foreign to us. It’s so easy for us to visualize the future, and so hard to admit that we really can’t. That’s what we face every time we unveil a new logo.
Friday, January 22nd, 2016
A fascinating slice of ethnographic research in Myanmar by Craig. There’s no mention of the web, which is certainly alarming, but then again, that’s not the focus of the research.
Interestingly, while Facebook is all omnipresent and dominant, nobody is using it the way that Facebook wants: all the accounts are basically “fake”.
What I found fascinating are the ways that people have found to bypass app stores. They’re basically being treated as damage and routed ‘round. So while native apps are universal, app stores would appear to be a first world problem.
Now if there were only some kind of universally accessible distribution channel that didn’t require any kind of installation step …hmmm.
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
Thursday, November 19th, 2015
Sara enumerates some handy tips aimed squarely at designers exporting SVGs. It focuses on Illustrator in particular but I’m sure a lot of this could equally apply to Sketch.
Sunday, November 8th, 2015
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015
An old-school styleguide.
Monday, August 3rd, 2015
Sounds like a good exercise for explaining just about anything. Smart.
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
This infographic offers a visual way to explore the various stages of the Earth’s history using a 12 hour clock analogy.