Better Cookie Consent Experiences

April 10, 2019

Smart and timely deep dive on how to deal with cookie consent prompts from a privacy and UX perspective:

With the advent of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, the web has turned into a vast exhibition of consent pop-ups, notifications, toolbars, and modals. While the intent of most cookie-related prompts is the same — to get a user’s consent to keep collecting and evaluating their behavior the same ol’ way they’ve been doing for years — implementations differ significantly, often making it ridiculously difficult or simply impossible for customers to opt out from tracking.

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Queering Design Education

February 8, 2019

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?”

Dieter Rams’ 10 Principles of Good Design

February 8, 2019

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.

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Heyday Packaging by Collins

December 9, 2018

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!

AIGA Design Futures

November 9, 2018

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!

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Strong ideas, loosely held

September 26, 2018

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.

Greater work
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.

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