Musings of a busy user experience designer on
design, art, music and working life.
Design and music intersect in many ways; fashion, album art, set and instrument design. I look at the mysterious and fascinating craft of creating graphic scores.
Are you depressed about your design skills? Panic attacks over that presentation? Looking down the abyss of artistic failure? Well, it’s not that bad. All you need are a few basic principles to help you through.
I seem to remember that popular physics books crowded the shelves of major bookstores about 10 years ago. Now it’s cognitive and behavioural psychology.
The Vignelli Canon is the little red book where Italian designer Massimo Vignelli presents his life’s work through his design philosophy and a wealth of examples.
Product designers are hiding the workings of the system as they try to create a better user experience. Users are becoming increasingly divorced from their actions. Is there a danger here? Why should designers counteract this and can we be smarter without sacrificing simplicity?
Described as the ‘Mount Everest’ of graphical musical scores, Treatise still manages to surprise with its invention and beauty of graphic notation.
They are overly expensive, closed to any modification and difficult to fix by oneself if hardware goes bad. So why are designers so fixated by their Macs?
A selection of articulate and informative UX and Web experts in design land who are perfect to listen to on your commute to work if you are so inclined.
How to make better design decisions under tight deadlines, by using design research to show us the best design patterns to use.
How many UX books have you read that were uninspiring reads? I present some of the best UX books out there for your reading pleasure.
Badly designed software and bad user experience can make the user feel that they are in a Kafkaesque nightmare. Here’s an example that will make your eyes water.
How Picassos’ series of simple and brilliant bull sketches can teach us about creating better user experience.
I have tested out some of the best gel and ink pens for design and UX sketchnoting.
I take a look at one of the finest film posters by French designer Jouineau Bourduge, which perfectly complements arguably one of Kubrick’s finest films.
This is a design case study on HireHive, an online recruiting platform. I go through the design process and design thinking behind the project.
Album art is not dying. Not this year anyway. It is as inventive as ever. Here are my favourite album covers from the last year.