Hoekman’s User Experience Tenets

Great piece by Robert Hoekman Jr. on Smashing Magazine offering thirteen essential tenets of user experience. My favorite is number one: User experience is the net sum of every interaction a person has with a company, be it marketing collateral, a customer service call, or the product or service itself. It is affected by the company’s vision and the beliefs it holds and its practices, as well as the service or product’s purpose and the value it holds in a person’s life. Read them all @ Smashing. ...

The Art of Pat Perry

Thanks to This is Colossal for the heads up on Pat Perry's illustrations. Just beautiful. Browse his Flickr for more when you've digested the site. ...

Gift Watch: Colin O’Dowd’s Graphkins

Colin O'Dowd's Graphkins are beautiful, geeky and infinitely useful. Gift these to design geeks, architect friends, math nerds, doodling artists, or anyone who likes creative use. Wonderful around the office too, for long meetings that require some useful outlets for side thoughts, immediate thought gratification or very uniform note-writing. As seen in Eighty One Design's "14 Items All Design Geeks Must Have". ...