Posts Categorized: Design

You Need Fresh Eyes!

It’s become cliche to say that you should get fresh eyes to look at what you’re working on once in awhile. It’s cliche though because it’s true. So, I don’t have a problem with the saying, per se. My problem is with the way that people approach the cliche. All too often, I’ve seen it… Read more »

A Little Design Inspiration

We’ve all had that time where we need to work up a design and we just aren’t getting inspired. So, we search around to see what others have done in the hopes that it will get us thinking of a look and feel that will work for us. If you want a place that scours Behance, Dribbble, Designspiration, Fubiz & Minimalissimo,… Read more »

Don’t Enable Bad Behavior!

I know you think I’m talking about enabling others. I’m not. I’m talking about enabling yourself to engage in more behaviors that distract you from what you should be focusing on. I was reminded of this by an article from Lifehacker discussing the placement of a second monitor. It sounds like a harmless addition and… Read more »

Killer Terms of Service

There are three kinds of people in this world. People who can’t understand Terms of Service, people who don’t want to waste their time on them and, of course, lawyers. Terms of Service are usually long and hard to decipher legalese.  They’re designed to methodically detail what the relationship you are entering into when you… Read more »

Free vs Paid Expectation Paradox

After I graduated from Santa Clara University, I spent the next 5+ years working for a Big 5 consulting company doing large scale enterprise software implementations. While the software I worked with was solid and fairly easy to use, I learned that most wasn’t. And all the options were crazy expensive. Companies paid a lot… Read more »

We Judge Books By Their Covers

I hate to break it to everyone. Despite what we’ve all been taught, we really do judge books by their covers. The way something is presented to us has a profound effect on the way that we perceive that item. That is what I was reminded by an article from Lifehacker entitled: “Why We Can’t… Read more »

Features First, Polish Later

ArsTechnica had an article today showing some early iPhone prototypes that illustrate a point that is important for first time entrepreneurs to remember. Your early attempts at designing your product should focus on function, not form. I’ve included one of the photos here to show how Apple approached this with the first iPhone. If you… Read more »

Transforming the Ordinary

People think that to make something exceptional, you have to start with something exceptional. I found a video by Nick Bertke that proves that isn’t the case. Nick was traveling across Australia and recording footage and audio all along the way. He took some unusual, but mostly ordinary sounds from his recordings and stitched together… Read more »

Simplification With Feeling

Design is a passion of mine. There’s something about a product that is designed really well. Some people think that great design means stripping a product down as much as possible while still allowing it to work. I think that’s almost right, but not quite. I think the right balance is to strip something back… Read more »

Design, Design, Design

“Design, design, design” is the digital equivalent of the brick and mortar axiom “location, location, location.” In the brick and mortar world you get business opportunities by being in the right place at the right time. That’s what it takes to deliver something when someone needs it. In the digital world, it’s not about where… Read more »