This is pretty spot on. UI Designers are cooler. #justsayin
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This is pretty awesome. Being able to format text blocks into shapes (much like you can in InDesign for print) could vastly change how we layout content heavy pages.
I guess the question now is when will all the browsers catch up with this newish CSS style? Also does this make sense for mobile? hmmm.
flat design is more than just an artistic treatment; it’s a response to the serious functionality issues that skeuomorphism presents.
Another excellent read about the positives of the Flat Design “trend”. What I like about this one is how they tackle the subject of it being a trend. Is it really a trend or is it a solution to a problem?
I think these 2 bullets pretty much explain how and why flat design is the right way to approach web design.
The author also articulates the point about how going “flat” doesn’t mean you have to go without perspective and dimensionality:
Flat design doesn’t necessarily mean that anything hinting at dimensionality is out of place. For example,this website features an angled illustration with a clear perspective. But the overall trajectory of the trend is towards simplicity and minimalism. The buttons are plain fields of color with sharp corners. There’s not a drop shadow, beveled edge, or gradient to be seen.
Once again UX Mag publishes an article that is a must read for any designer out there.
Quite simply one of the most brilliant pages I’ve seen in a while. Especially if you’re in the market to sell a client on WordPress.
There are some good tuts in here. I would suggest everyone use a New Years Resolution and take some of these. Me, I plan on taking Flat UI Pro Tutorial: How To Use LESS to Create a Sign-In Form
Working with Types: Typography Design Tutorial for Beginners
as a refresher.
Off canvas navigation is especially effective when you have webapps with a complex and deep content structure, because it hides the navigation from the view when the user is focused on the content, and when the user wants to navigate, the view changes and the navigation is in focus. And it allows the navigation to take up the space needed to give the user a good overview of the webapps content.
Great read about flat design and some of it’s challenges and techniques to consider.
Another great article that explains why rotators and carousels and sliders just don’t solve the content problem that most sites that utilize them suffer from.
WHOA this is awesome. Web Font Blender. This tool lets you:
“checkout neat webfont combinations. Obviously we all want to make the web look better, don’t we?”
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So there has been a lot of talk lately as to what is the best approach to digital design. Should it be user focused? Should it be data driven? How much does any of that matter? Can data driven design be the wrong approach?
Well last night my wife (@alexaseretti) and I got into a discussion about a 3rd type of designer or design team. The GENIUS DESIGNER. From a great article by Jared Spool:
Genius design is a sophisticated approach to making design decisions. Through deep study of similar projects, a team learns what works and what doesn’t. This makes the team more valuable over time, bringing it to a new level with every subsequent project. We’re seeing more teams take the plunge with the genius design approach. It’s a great way to move away from the commoditization of design work, while delivering real value to clients.
I personally consider myself a hybrid between a user focused designer and a genius designer (although I think that title is cheesy). My career has focused me on 4 particular “genius” subjects. Financial, eCommerce, Healthcare and more generically Branding. Any designer who has spent any amount of time with a client or working in-house has probably developed some of these “genius” skills.
I think this all leads me to the approach Google has taken in the past couple of years. It’s a cross between focusing on the user and the data but letting the designer, the “genius”, add their 2 cents. They can really help focus the design taking into consideration the other factors and adding a style to things that is just as important. This has proven to work for them and it shows.
Not sure how I missed this article when it was originally posted back in January, but man is this a good one. Especially this:
Great design is not something anybody has traditionally expected from Google. Infamously, the company used to focus on A/B testing tiny, incremental changes like 41 different shades of blue for links instead of trusting its designers to create and execute on an overall vision. The “design philosophy that lives or dies strictly by the sword of data” led its very first visual designer, Douglas Bowman, to leave in 2009.
I’ve recently proclaimed that my UX and Design philosophy is about the user. I don’t want that to be confused with it being about DATA. The user and data are 2 very different things.