Mercedes (is it ok if I call you MB?), I think we need to talk. You’re doing great in Formula 1, congratulations on that! That said, you’ve gone in a weird direction with your passenger car dashboards. I suspect there are five different teams competing to win with these dashboards and I don’t think anyone, … Continue reading On recent Mercedes-Benz dashboard designs
Wherein thinking, instead of reacting, is good
Wherein developers are designing and may not even know it
Wherein writing tools get better.
Steve Smith on woodworking and furniture
My favorite design touch in the Gowalla apps was the rainbow bar. Small wonder that fellow Gowalla alumni Mattt Thompson included one on the landing page for his collection of NSHipster essays that you can now buy as an eBook with cash money. Ed. apparently all the Gumroad pages have a rainbow bar. Mattt's still … Continue reading NSHipster rainbow bar
Applied Discovery: What future are we building, given that we play a role in such an important process? On the role designers play, what they do as careers progress, and how design can positively enhance the world. Reminder: if you tilt your head just so, developers do a lot of design activities too.
Here it is: I'm somewhere between horribly afraid and way-too-smart to seriously attempt front-end web work. Browsers are not the software whose bugs I am interested in knowing about. That said, putting information on the web that doesn't look like utter dross is a kind of required literacy in our field. While bravely dipping my … Continue reading Web design for busy programmers
Designing with context: Context is a slippery topic that evades attempts to define it too tightly. Some definitions cover just the immediate surroundings of an interaction. But in the interwoven space-time of the web, context is no longer just about the here and now. Instead, context refers to the physical, digital, and social structures that … Continue reading Context is data to burst your bubbles
You could do a lot worse than following the heuristics set out by this Software Architecture cheat sheet. The tip I need to follow more often is "Is There Another Way"; I frequently get way too caught up in my first idea, which is usually too simplistic or requires too much architecture. The tip I … Continue reading A handful of useful project mantras