What Zen was to the 70’s (most famously with motorcycle maintenance), the Tao Te Ching was to the 90’s. From Piglet and Pooh to Physics and back, many have sought sense in applying the Tao Te Ching to something (the Tao of Physics), or something to the Tao Te Ching (the Tao of Pooh). It can be a cheap trick, but lately it has struck me that there is more than a little to be understood about web design by looking through the prism of the Tao. Article Continues Below Daoism is a philosophy, like Buddhism, a way of living, of being in the world, which stems from a text of great antiquity, the Tao Te Ching, whose 81 “chapters” enigmatically sweep across human experience, but with a strong common theme, that of harmony. For the last couple of years, for better or worse, my life has revolved more than a little around style sheets. What I sense is a real tension between the web as we know it, and the web as it would be. Same old new medium? Controlling web pages#section2 [The Sage] The Way#section5
Subtraction.comResponsive & Adaptive Web DesignIf you work in or with the web and make even a modicum of effort to remain buzzword compliant, you're probably uber-familiar with the term "responsive web design." Perhaps you've also heard of "adaptive web design" and "progressive enhancement"? If you're like me, you may have found yourself wondering what exactly these words mean, what the differences are, and why everyone seems so giddy to use them in a sentence. Humble Beginnings Let's start by acknowledging that the web, by its very nature, began as a rather "responsive" thing. Designers Are Control Freaks As the web evolved into something that more and more businesses were using, more and more designers could get paid to work on making websites instead of brochures, annual reports, business cards and the like (not that there's anything wrong with those). Tiny Screens & Slow Internet to the Rescue! And then there were iPads A responsive response Fluid GridsFlexible ImagesMedia Queries An adaptive response But, isn't it all so responsive?
13 Graphic Design Blogs to Follow in 2013Whether you’ve dreamt of becoming a successful graphic designer your whole life or you simply enjoy perusing through delightful designs, graphic design blogs are a great source of education, conversation and inspiration. Some blogs are administered by industry pros who are eager to share their knowledge and experience with others. Some serve as a meeting place for design enthusiasts to interact and gather feedback from each other. Others exist for the sole purpose of exposing the work of designers to inspire others. So for designers of all experience levels, we compiled a list of 13 graphic design blogs you can’t afford to ignore this year. 1. Why follow? While its name may be a bit complicated, its mission is simple: To be an open channel to the design community, encouraging feedback from its followers. You can also follow Adbuzeedo on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. 2. This blog aims to provide its followers with a daily dose of design tips and inspiration. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.
Future of Web Design Conference 2011 – Day 2 ReviewPosted on 15'11 Nov Posted on November 15, 2011 along with 7 JUST™ Creative Comments The 2011 Future of Web Design Conference was recently held in NYC and I was fortunate enough to attend the two days of talks. Below is the summary of Day 2. The Day 1 FOWD summary can be found here. As a disclaimer, these notes were quickly jotted down & summarised and may not be understood out of context but I’ve done what I could from my notes. Below are the summarised keynotes which you can click to jump to. Pith, Passion & Productivity – Cameron Moll How can you make a name for yourself? “If you don’t write, you don’t know how you think.” – Jeffrey Zeldman“The details are not details, they make the product.” – Charles EamesWords with pith, convey knowledge & personality.Good writing not only comes from grammar & sentence structure, but practice.Start writing, don’t just convey information but write with authenticity, passion & pith. Recommended reading: Editing tips for designers Who’s A-Game Pithy? 1.
Trend alert: 20 animated website designsIn order to be a great designer, you need to be on top of the trend before it becomes a trend. Being able to have this sense of what’s going to take off is key in creating a wonderful product. You’re recognized for being one of the ‘firsts’ and you’re also given props for your innovation and new approach to common problems. All this is great and desired. With advances in technology, I think it’s safe to say one of the trends to look forward to are animated web designs. Le Singe Fume Sa Cigarette This website is odd and creative. Adventure World There are many theme parks that have websites that normally just tell you about attractions and how to go about purchasing tickets. Pragmatic Mates Pragmatic Mates is a creative studio that focuses in app development and creation. Baroque.me This is another simple project or experiment that illustrates music in real time. blacknegative Blacknegative is one of my most favorite sites. Copywriters of Distinction Denise Chandler Blue Acorn Games We Played
When Editors Design: Controlling Presentation In Structured ContentAdvertisement Thanks to the skyrocketing popularity of mobile devices, a new generation of designers and CMS developers has found the religion of Structured Content. Once the domain of semantic markup purists and information architects, structured content models are at the heart of most multi-channel and multi-device Web projects. At Lullabot, we often work with media, publishing and enterprise clients. This challenging requirement — providing editors and writers with more control over the presentation of their content — is where many well-intentioned content models break down. The Easy (But Problematic) Answers Sadly, a common response in projects on a deadline is to give up on well-structured, reusable content. To avoid that chaos, some teams go to the opposite extreme. Both of these extremes can make cross-channel reuse more difficult because they all treat design-dependent information as an integral part of the content. Principles That Work Use Grouping and Priority, Not Manual Layout