A must-read interview on the AIGA Eye on Design blog covering inclusive ways to approach teaching design, taking away the hierarchy in the classroom, and fostering community.
I love this quote by Nicole Killian: “We need to remove that power and figure out how we can create a space where people actually feel comfortable and excited to be a designer, rather than being siloed at their laptops and trying to “win” against their peers. So many designers work by themselves, but it’s an important time, especially socially and politically, to talk about why it’s important to be in a space together. How can we consider community, and not just audience, in our work?”
A well-crafted sequence visualizing German designer Dieter Rams’ guiding principles for good product design. This clip, produced by Trollback & Co., is from the documentary Rams by Gary Hustwit. Although I’m not a fan of idolizing designers (the idea of “legendary” designers often leaves out minority groups), I thought this documentary was interesting from a non-product designer’s perspective.
From BP&O: “Heyday is a range of 150 moderately-priced high-quality own-brand consumer tech products from American retailer Target and their first foray into the electronics and tech accessories sector. The range includes battery packs and chargers, cables, covers and wireless speakers amongst many other products. These share a form language that balances an everyday simplicity, robustness and utility with novelty and cheerfulness by way of shape, colour and materiality.”
I especially love the clever copy and system of iconography on this branding project. View more images here!
For web designers: here’s a new Chrome extension that works as a visual inspector and interface editor. See also: DevTools for Designers.
Lovely animated holiday ad by Apple. Read more and see behind-the-scenes on Adweek.
This brand identity for Sydney Dogs & Cats Home is super clever!
This incredibly insightful research project by AIGA landed in my inbox a couple of days ago. AIGA says the intent is “to help designers and educators anticipate and prepare for the future, to lead change in their offices and schools, and to make each phase of their careers a learning opportunity rather than a fixed reality.” Having graduated recently, I found these trend reports fascinating. Take a look!
I’ve heard this quote thrown around recently, and it’s really latched on in my mind: “Strong ideas, loosely held.”
What I love about this principle is how accurate it is, especially for designers working in teams. In a collaborative environment, generating valuable ideas and believing in what you create are so essential. At the same time, being receptive to feedback is an equally important skill.
So, what is possible with the marriage of these two concepts? I believe when you have good ideas and hold an open mind, great design can happen:
Successful design criticism
In critiques and conversations around design, this principle is helpful for bringing in new and different ideas to the discussion. One approach isn’t valued over others; instead, all ideas are treated as viable, and the goal of the exchange becomes iterating on and changing the work. In turn, the more rapid flow of ideas can lead to stronger outcomes because ideas that may not have been considered before are now included in the process.
In the design process, “strong ideas, loosely held” can help improve what you’re designing because ideas aren’t solidified early on. This means there is more time to reflect on and change parts up until the last minute, to deliver the best possible product.
Working in a creative field has shown me that communicating in a team and keeping an open mind to grow and learn are fundamental skills, not only for ourselves but for creating great work for our clients. With this mindset, you can more easily absorb and share knowledge, remain flexible, and be confident when it comes to design.
This sneak peek of Photoshop’s revamped Content-Aware Fill tool looks very impressive. Content-Aware Fill is one of those tools I rarely get to use, but when I do it can be a fantastic time-saver.
This is a relevant and concise write-up of ethics in front-end development. I believe it is critical to apply ethics before doing work so that we can think through the consequences of our code and designs.