“The main golden calf in design is simplicity. Speaking as someone who looks at, makes, and uses design each and every day, I am tired of simple things. Simple things are weak, they are limited, they are boring. What I truly want is clarity. Give me clear and evident things over simple things. Make me things that presume and honor my intelligence.”—
I post this because I agree with it. It is increasingly obvious that simplicity continues to be idolized in light of all evidence. Cars are more complicated, phones are more complicated, websites are more complicated, devices are more complicated. But the UIs have been refined and user patterns have been standardized: you only have to learn things once, rather than re-learning for every device.
We should be taking advantage of this standardization rather than re-creating functionality with a different name, or omitting it entirely in the name of simplicity.
“We believe that as digital technologies continue to evolve, design learning should not be focused on any given brand, but on the techniques and processes that allow for the expression of critical thought.”—
“Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”—The Secret of Life from Steve Jobs in 46 Seconds | Brain Pickings
“What Tumblr did instead was to design a more thoughtful form of community engagement by requiring people to repost content in its original context rather than simply piping in an anonymous comment. According to Karp, this meant that people who had “put themselves out there” through a guitar performance or a poem were more likely to attract a sympathetic, encouraging community rather than trolls. He added that comments are “a second class feature” because a commentator is subsumed to a tiny text stream below the main piece of content. To foster engagement, Tumblr is instead choosing options like “Fan mail” which aspire to create more careful, thoughtful and elegant interactions.”—
San Francisco-based social media startup Buffer just did something unprecedented: It published the salaries of every one of its employees online, available for the public to see. “We hope this might help other companies think about how to decide salaries, and will open us up to feedback from the community,” CEO Joel Gascoigne wrote in…
As a fan of transparency, I’m very interested in seeing how this pans out. My expectations are high.
“Too many people think graphic design is not a specialty, but something anyone can do, because the tools to make decent-looking Web pages, newsletters, books, and the like are readily available. But design isn’t putting stuff on a page. It’s about solving visual problems through an iterative process of decisionmaking, which may involve consultation, or may happen in private. If you can’t master that process, you can’t work in the field. No one will hire you because your work looks obviously bad to any trained eye, and is interpreted poorly by any untrained eye.”—Yahoo’s Logo Reveals the Worst Aspects of the Engineering Mindset from the Glog
“Quality has no room for egos. Other people will have better solutions. You are going to miss things. You are going to break things. You are going to make mistakes. And people are going to point it out.”—Relentless Quality · by Kyle Neath
“This is a bold claim, but i stand behind it: if you learn and follow these five typography rules, you will be a better typographer than 95% of professional writers and 70% of professional designers. (The rest of this book will raise you to the 99th percentile in both categories.) All it takes is ten minutes—five minutes to read these rules once, then five minutes to read them again.”—Butterick’s Practical Typography
“Nick does excellent work. Which means that when I’m busy and have a lot to do, I curse his name, the air he breathes, and everybody who’s ever been nice to him. I suspect his heart is black and terrible and full of hatred toward me personally. Which is just to say, again: Nick does excellent work.”—inessential.com: Putting the Q in QA