Your design philosophy not style

July 20th, 2009  |  Advice, Philosophy

Whenever I think of how a person designs I think of the term “design style,” but I’ve been thinking recently maybe it’s not the right word to use. “Style” seems to imply that a person visually designs a certain way all the time.

I think a better term is design “philosophy.” What I’ve always been interested in is why someone designs the way they do, not how. A person can potentially design different ways visually, but there will seem to be a connection between their designs if they have a certain philosophy.
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Why I write

July 16th, 2009  |  Advice, College, Recommendations

I was never much of a fan of English when I was growing up.

Well, I take that back. As a child, my mother read me books, and I was a reading-level ahead of most of my classmates. In elementary school, they gave test in every English class to see what kind of textbook to give to each student, and I was always one of the few using the textbook a grade-level ahead. Also at this point in my life, I was obsessed with R.L. Stine and read Goosebump novels whenever I had free time, including my lunch periods.

But somehow when I got to middle school I lost a passion for reading. I don’t remember liking books at that stage of my life at all actually, and I have no idea why. After my English grades began to slip, I came to the conclusion that I hated English, and acted as such.
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Sony Pictures Television site redesign

July 15th, 2009  |  Case Study

A little while ago, two co-workers and myself were asked to each create some exploratory redesign mock-ups for our business-to-business (B2B) web site SonyPicturesTelevision.com. Unfortunately, things have been put on hold and it is unlikely our designs will ever see the light of day. But that doesn’t mean I can’t share it with you.
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Twittered Quotes

July 14th, 2009  |  Inspiration, Philosophy

Bloggers seem to be fixated on list. I frequent design blogs, and everyday I see blog post with titles such as 35 Beautiful Photography Websites, and 50 Creative and Inspiring 404 Pages, and The 4 essential web writing tips. I can see the appeal of numbered list, but it’s just not my thing.

Nevertheless, I have a few quotes I would like to share, but I refuse to number them and title this post “10 quotes I like.” I’m taking a stand.
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Charles and Ray Eames

July 13th, 2009  |  Advice, Inspiration

On my short list of designers I admire, I’ve just added two more—Charles and Ray Eames. I just learned about them through TED, which is a site I frequent since it is updated often with inspirational videos.

What I’ve always been interested in is not a designer’s final designs, but the process behind why they design something the way they did. The video below gives a sneak peak into the “why” of the duo  Charles and Ray Eames.
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Great Designers Steal?

July 6th, 2009  |  Advice

My article, “Great Designer Steal,” is now on Webdesigner Depot.  It’s about the saying, “Good designers copy. Great designers steal,” and how we should try to avoid both copying and stealing and instead strive to be original.

“For some reason, a lot of web designers believe that there’s nothing truly unique left to create and that there is no such thing as originality. I disagree, or at least I don’t want to accept that notion. You shouldn’t either.”

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Be frank with clients

July 2nd, 2009  |  Advice

For some, dealing with clients can be difficult. Clients don’t always know what is best for themselves, yet designers often give in to client demands, no matter how ludicrous they may be.

A technique some designers use to combat such clients is the “portfolio exclusion” technique. To implement this technique, what the designer does in response to an absurd demand from a client is say, “Sure. I can do that for you, but so you know I’m not going to put it in my portfolio.” Naturally, the client will be stunned by the response and will begin to question themselves. Once they ask “why?” the designer has them where they want them.

The designer kindly explains to the now potentially vulnerable client that they don’t agree with the clients absurd demand and with some luck, the client may give in. But if you’ve read my previous posts, you’d know I don’t condone this method.
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New Coke Dispensers

July 1st, 2009  |  Technology

If you live in Atlanta, Salt Lake City, or Orange County, you may see new Coca-Cola dispensers over the summer in McDonalds and other places. Dubbed “Freestyle,” these machines appear to stand pretty tall but will allow for up to 100 varieties of sodas, teas, juices, and flavored waters to be made.
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One line…

June 29th, 2009  |  Inspiration

While browsing the web, I stumbled upon a video from a guy who calls himself Dave the Chimp. In the stop motion video, Dave the Chimp draws characters while only using one line. I found it very inspirational, although his website isn’t particularly well designed.
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Michael Jackson Quotes

June 26th, 2009  |  Misc

In memory of Micheal Jackson, here are five quotes from him.

“In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.”


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