I’ll use the shit out of this: What Theme? helps users discover which themes are being used for their favorite sites, not unlike Shazam for themes. Brought to you by the smart and thoughtful team at Inspired Mag.
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Hey creatives, head over to Inspired Mag and grab these gorgeous icon sets! There’s ten, they’re all free, and they’re all beautiful!
For fans of film, architecture, set design, and the laws of space (that’s everyone, right?), I highly recommend Steven Jacobs’ The Wrong House: The Architecture of Alfred Hitchcock. Incredible consideration given to every choice made in the film director’s career, complete with sketches, plans, photos, and more. “The architectural historian should address the imaginary architecture of cinema.” Indeed. You can also browse some of the PDF version of the book here.
I love the idea behind TRNK. Tariq and Nick love good design and wanted to rethink the way men shop for and think about it. TRNK offers readers an opportunity to meet inspirational, creative, and innovative men in their homes and workplaces and hear their story, then shop adjacently. It’s a wonderful mix of magazine and marketplace, offering a beautifully simple way to get inspired and act. And for the record, can be enjoyed by women just as well. The blog also offers great resources like “The Art of the Home Bar” and a tour of the Pendleton mill.
Recovering the Classics is a collaboration between DailyLit, Harvard Bookstore, and Creative Action Network. Pulling original cover art from a variety of talented designers, Recovering the Classics offers customers a chance to buy a copy of a classic with the cover art they choose on the site. So many wonderful titles to choose from! Another wonderful reason to read a physical book once in a while (or gift one).
“Choosing to use hollow icons for the sake of lightness / very-modern aesthetic is not the issue, it’s that to sacrifice the usefulness of what an icon does (aide in reading speed) for aesthetic feeling is really bad. Don’t follow bad design decisions to appease a platform.”
Read the article at Medium.
Update: a really thoughtful follow up and response is over at The Fox is Black.
I know that the world of icon creation can get sticky really fast for both users and designers. There’s not a clear line between visuals the universal mind understands, and visuals that require prior knowledge or context. Either way, the continuation of the illustration-as-information remains a critical part of our human experience in the physical world, as well as our (accessible) online one. The NounProject is an exceptional example of aspiration in this department. “The Noun Project is building a global visual language that everyone can understand. We want to enable our users to visually communicate anything to anyone.” They don’t want to talk about blind people as humans, but that’s ok – it’s clear what their goals are and they’re admirable. And as Khoi says, they’re having fun. Anyone can throw some work on Dribble, NounProject is crowd-sourcing design for good.
Magazine Advertisement for Interiors: 1960; Magazine Advertisement: 1956. More at Herman Miller.
Was tipped off to Macaw this morning. It’s still in preview but looks like an amazing tool for interface design. Very much looking forward to testing it out, as it functions as a web design tool, but also spits out real code. Take your wireframes and turn them into full-blown mockups that have real code you can transfer to your developers. Just amazing. Lots of amazing features to check out on their site, like absolute positioning within the interface, but static document conversion flow upon export, reusable components, saving of common styles, default percentage CSS, and fluid canvases and grids.
Have a look at the sneak video here – functions as a tutorial and preview of what Macaw can do. And don’t forget about Sketch, which already exists and works in a similar way. You can read what Khoi Vinh had to say about Sketch here.
98 year old Hal Lasko uses Microsoft Paint ten hours a day to continue working in the graphic arts, a field he started in when designers still used pencil and paper.
We start every project with a short, written specification that includes project goals, feature descriptions, site information architecture, a site map, and a branding profile. For a recent project Bearded worked on with the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, we kept everything in a text document on Basecamp, where it was editable (and version-controlled) by everyone on the project. That helped us update it quickly, without misleading, out-of-date versions floating around. Version control also made sure that we had a record of any changing decisions, should they come into question later.
Many projects probably start with a similar document, but making it “live” somewhere editable at all times seems like the key to success here (huge benefits for the agency and the client).