Posts Tagged: Design

Wireframes done right, they might not be what you think they are…

Someone emailed me yesterday, and mentioned they were going to make “a” wireframe to figure out how their site/app would work. Here’s my response… Wireframe are about QUESTIONS not answers. You should check out the website “whichtestwon.com”. They have a free test every month that you can see. It’s amazing because such subtle changes can… Read more »

It’s not your client… it’s you.

The client was old school. She said she didn’t like it and kept focusing on details. Some people might consider this a sign of a bad client, but I see it as a sign of a bad designer or creative lead (or a bad design process maybe?). OK here’s the deal. If a client doesn’t “like” a… Read more »

How to land a five-figure design/UX job

Louise Campbell wrote a great article titled “How I Landed My First 5-Figure UX Design Contract“, but it really could be “how to get a job”. Steps are simple: Find where you want to work (limit yourself to people who can pay you fairly) Use technology to stalk them. When they’re ready, jump on the… Read more »

Hold music that sucks

I’m not musically inclined. in fact I’m sort of the opposite. I love music, but I’m not a musician by any stretch of the imagination. But one thing I know is that high notes (flutes, violins, etc.) sound like a crackly mess over the phone! So why do so many companies have pretty hold music… Read more »

The Difference Good Design Makes

Yesterday I was in the office and saw a slide Andrew was working on. It wasn’t a masterpiece, just a closing slide for a talk… BUT it’s really eye-catching. That’s what a professional design is all about. Every experience crafted. (PS: Ironically I should probably apologize for my photo being out of focus).

Inclusive Design

‘The design of mainstream products and/or services that are accessible to, and usable by, as many people as reasonably possible … without the need for special adaptation or specialised design.’ Patricia Moore would dress up as an elderly person and limit her mobility to explore public places and improve design of public spaces. Thanks to… Read more »

How to tell if something is “overdesigned”

Christine has a rule of thumb which is: If you’re designing something for a while an you can’t name one specific thing that made the design significantly better in the past 15 minutes, it’s time to stop working. The crew at Core 77 talks in a bit more depth about how to tell if something… Read more »

Best Infographic Inspiration

Check out the “100 Best Infographics of the Last Decade” over at The Visual News, which includes lots of award-winning infographic examples.  I’m always a little torn on the value of visual gimmicks in infographics. On one hand if you have an infographic about David Bowe, you might as well make it look like him, on… Read more »