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Design Better Forms – UX Collective
I love this type of design advice. Simple do/don't guidance on the most basic of things that many people either don't consider or wilfully ignore.
Whether it is a signup flow, a multi-view stepper, or a monotonous data entry interface, forms are one of the most important components of digital product design. This article focuses on the common dos and don’ts of form design. Keep in mind that these are general guideline and there are exceptions to every rule.

General gu...
ofinterest  form  design  ux 
12 days ago by markboulton
The Design Sprint Canvas
Useful template from Clearleft for design sprints.
ofinterest 
4 weeks ago by markboulton
FontBase — a Free, Beautiful, and Fast Font Manager
For years there has been a gap for a bloat-free font management tool. I've used a few over the years: Suitcase, Adobe Type Manager, FontBook... Almost without exception, they've ended up bloated or expanding into font sales and marketplace-type offerings. So it's refreshing to see a slim, professional solution here with fontba.se. However, slightly concerned that it's free. For me, that only ever ends up in one place if the software is actually any good: acquisition. And we all know how those th...
ofinterest  typography  tools  mac  software 
7 weeks ago by markboulton
Re-approaching Color – Lyft Design
The Lyft design team document their colour usage – and new tool they've built, <a href="https://www.colorbox.io/">Colorbox</a> – for their design system. A detailed walkthrough and some great accessibility features.
ofinterest  colour  design  lyft  color 
7 weeks ago by markboulton
Australian Government Performance Dashboards
Interesting take on KPI performance visualisation. Simple KPI's tracked over time and measured across several services. That I like about this it's easy to cross compare. What I don't like is this feels like showing justification rather than being a useful tool for delivery teams.
ofinterest  australia  dashboard  goverment  performance 
7 weeks ago by markboulton
Change is hard but not impossible - Gerry McGovern
This rings very loudly in my ears today.
That’s where you come in: helping your organization catch up. It won’t be easy. You’ll have to be careful. You will become the enemy of those whose career depends on maintaining the status quo. And even when things go well, they won’t go perfect. And there will be so many setbacks.

ofinterest  digital-transformation 
8 weeks ago by markboulton
Building what’s useful: governance and agile delivery
This is a great, older post from the Co-op on governance principles. How do you do governance in an agile team?
Picking the right things to measure, at the right time helps motivate and focus the team. Trust teams to monitor their own performance. Make sure what you’re measuring can be verified independently. This helps build trust and confidence in what the team is doing.
ofinterest  agile  governance  coop  government  management 
8 weeks ago by markboulton
We’ve added user research guides to the design system
Presenting guidance in this way means that instead of individual researchers writing a strategy for a team now and then, we can give more general advice.We want to make sure people are doing good, useful research in the right way and we can now add value to any digital team by giving them a ‘best practice’ resource.
ofinterest  userresearch  co-op 
8 weeks ago by markboulton
Dense Discovery
A newsletter for the discerning web worker with fresh apps, accessories, and food for thought.
ofinterest  ux  newsletter  newsletters 
8 weeks ago by markboulton
We are Oxvik
This is fantastic. Two of my favourite web folk – <a href="http://www.suda.co.uk">Brian Suda</a> and <a href="http://www.hicksdesign.co.uk">Jon Hicks</a> have formed Oxvik, a creative cooperative. I am expected great things.
ofinterest  design  agencies 
8 weeks ago by markboulton
Only One Deliverable Matters
Some good stuff from <a href="https://bigmedium.com">Josh</a>, as always.

Just as we get developers involved earlier in the design process, we also get designers contributing to development. In traditional process, designers deliver corrections and updates to developers in the form of redlines. These are marked-up comps showing where spacing, font size, border radius—you name it—needs to be adjusted. Instead of using redlines, we enable designers to handle those changes themselves.

Depending on the project, we use either a design token platform or a simple SASS variables file to create a single place where all design values are held. It’s where all the hex colors, typefaces, paddings, margins, and the like are defined. With little to no coding know-how, designers can get in there and edit the variables, which go straight into the build process to update the design—no redlines needed.
ofinterest  design 
8 weeks ago by markboulton
It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work
I've been a fan of 37Signal's (sorry, 'Basecamp's) writing since their first book 'Defensive Design' – a great look at how to design around blank states, content entropy, and for when things go wrong. This book builds on their not-so-recent drive for working better. Can't wait to give it a read.
ofinterest  basecamp  37signals  book 
9 weeks ago by markboulton
One Small Step for the Web…
Tim berners-Lee launches <a href="https://solid.inrupt.com/">Solid</a>. An open-source project to 'restore the power of agency and individuals on the web'.
Solid changes the current model where users have to hand over personal data to digital giants in exchange for perceived value. As we’ve all discovered, this hasn’t been in our best interests. Solid is how we evolve the web in order to restore balance — by giving every one of us complete control over data, personal or not, in a re...
ofinterest  Web  Solid  decentralization 
9 weeks ago by markboulton
Trix: A rich text editor for everyday writing
Compose beautifully formatted text in your web application. Trix is an editor for writing messages, comments, articles, and lists—the simple documents most web apps are made of. It features a sophisticated document model, support for embedded attachments, and outputs terse and consistent HTML.

Trix is a really good looking text editor from the folks at 37signals. If you really must have a WYSIWYG editor (and, actually, my experience is that a lot of editorial users expe...
ofinterest  WYSIWYG  editor  Basecamp 
10 weeks ago by markboulton
Form Design Patterns Book by Adam Silver
One of the first projects I had in my first job was designing a form. It had to fit on a single piece of A5 paper and included a *lot* of fields, instructional notes, and explanatory text. To this day, I think it was one of the most valuable design exercises.

This new book from Adam looks like a superb addition to any web designer's library. Looking forward to the release!
ofinterest  forms  typography  webdesign  book  form-design  form 
10 weeks ago by markboulton
Use the words normal people use
Oh. This.

I'm no fan of over-complicating simple things. Words, especially. For a long time now I think we've fallen foul of this in the web industry. Particularly around design or UX. By selling methods with fancy names we somehow legitimise our practice. This is particularly strong in the science or academic fields where design has yet get a foothold.
ofinterest  designtheory  writing 
10 weeks ago by markboulton
The Complete CSS Demo for OpenType Features - OpenType Features in CSS
An invaluable, easy to read reference on all OpenType features available in CSS with associated browser support.
ofinterest  typography  css 
august 2018 by markboulton
Design from Code by UXPin
This is interesting from UXPin. Designing from code, with code. A real-live representation of design patterns in a repo. Really useful to design alongside existing mature code. Not so useful for starting afresh *unless* your organisation has managed to do what so many fail: synchronous design, development and deployment.
ofinterest  design  ux  designtools 
june 2018 by markboulton
Introducing Spectrum: How Adobe Is Building a Design System at Scale | Adobe Blog
If anyone can reap the benefits of a large scale design system, then it's Adobe. But I wonder at what cost to product brand differentiation and diversity. Time will tell.
ofinterest  designsystems 
may 2018 by markboulton
Letters from Sweden
Lovely looking design for the type foundry.
ofinterest  typography 
may 2018 by markboulton
Rebranding Snag – Part 1, Brand Strategy
Excellent four-part write-up of the recent Snag rebranding process that Peter led. It's a thorough story of the work behind a rebranding – starting with picking the right partner, to working on the nuts and bolts of a logo with an illustrator.

There are many points Peter makes that are quotable, but this stuck with me:
The biggest reason I left design consulting to move in-house was that instead of handing off a design and hoping for the best, I wanted to be “in the room” where the umpteen big and little decisions happen that ultimately affect the quality of the final product.


This mirrors my reasoning exactly; agency work can only take you so far.

Parts <a href="https://www.peterme.com/2018/04/19/rebranding-snag-part-2-brand-identity/">2</a>, <a href="https://www.peterme.com/2018/04/25/rebranding-snag-part-3-the-logo/">3</a> and <a href="https://www.peterme.com/2018/04/26/rebranding-snag-part-4-reflections-and-lessons-learned/">4</a> are worth your time, too.
ofinterest  branding  process 
april 2018 by markboulton
JAMstack Comments
Nifty approach of building an inherently dynamic system (comments) into a <a href="https://jamstack.org">JAMstack</a> website (Javascript, APIs, Markup). Uses some very fancy <a href="https://www.netlify.com/blog/2018/03/20/netlifys-aws-lambda-functions-bring-the-backend-to-your-frontend-workflow/?utm_source=css-tricks&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=css-0418">Lambda scripting and Netlify</a> to create some auto-approve buttons within a Slack message.
jamstack  forms  cms  ofinterest 
april 2018 by markboulton
CopyChar – Copy special characters to your clipboard
Copy special characters to your clipboard. Arrows. Emoji. Other random things. What a good idea.
ofinterest  typography 
march 2018 by markboulton
Every Notes App Should Work Like Agenda + Subtraction.com
A compelling write-up from Khoi on the new note taking app on the scene, Agenda. Like email clients, I'm a bit restless when it comes to note-taking apps. I flit between Evernote, Notes, and iA Writer. All of which have their positives, and negatives. For a while, Evernote really worked for me; I bookmarked, made notes, dumped travel stuff in it. But, then the cracks started to appear in the service. The app wasn't upgraded for a while. Task lists didn't behave quite like I wanted.

Notes app from Apple isn't much better. Whilst it's great for the odd shopping list, I find it too 'slim' on Mac OS. I want something a bit more robust that doesn't heavily favour the Apple cod system. But, as Khoi points out, the big attraction to Agenda is the close relationship between notes and dates. Couple that with integrations coming down the line, and an iOS app, this could be something special. Until it gets bought by Microsoft and disappears into obscurity, that is. But for now, I shall continue with my flirtation of different apps to meet my needs and Agenda is next on the list.
ofinterest  applications  Agenda 
march 2018 by markboulton
Observable
I'm doing a lot of thinking about long form editorial at the moment. Specifically of how it fits with our work at EMBL, and how rich graphics might play a part in that overall storytelling. The challenge with imagery created by a lot of smart scientists, however, is they require a lot of interpretation. You have to understand the graph to understand what it tells.

Observable's interface is perhaps the most interesting to me. It combines a Medium-like experience with rich *working* interactive data elements and/or code. Just imagine the possibilities of content if you can combine real working, interactive, rich visualisations alongside words. A powerful combination, indeed.
ofinterest  datadesign  visualisation 
march 2018 by markboulton
Flourish – Data Visualisation & Storytelling
This looks like an interesting platform. Although the positioning is a bit weird. I got to this link from Design Week, where it was described as 'data visualisation for designers who don't code'. That negative isn't it? Or rather ambiguous. Do these designers choose not to code? Or is it too hard? Is this platform smarter than designers?

Anyway. I think that's probably more Design Week that than Flourish, to be fair. Regardless, I see some amazing possibilities here in terms of visualising data for editorial teams. Newsrooms are always so stretched, under crazy deadlines, and lack any multi-disciplinary roles to quickly produce this stuff. Let's face it, from real data, it's hard to produce quickly.

Top marks, Flourish. I hope you... erm... flourish.
ofinterest  datadesign  Publishing  visualisation 
february 2018 by markboulton
Why you should stop using product roadmaps and try GIST Planning
I've had my fair share of strategies and roadmaps going out of sync with reality. It's refreshing to see things like OKRs (which I've had mixed results with, to be honest) packaged up with other ideas and presented as a planning methodology. As with all of these things, though, the challenge seems to always revolve around selling this upwards into a management structure so fixed in their ideas. Had my fair share of those, too.
ofinterest  project  management 
february 2018 by markboulton
Pace Layering: How Complex Systems Learn and Keep Learning
More on Pace Layering from Stewart Brand. Since reading the book, and watching the talk I posted a while ago, I can't stop thinking about this and how it affects my work at the moment. Big institutions have layers. The pain I regularly feel in trying to affect change is because I'm doing something wrong and/or too quickly in the wrong the layer.
ofinterest  design  pace-layering 
february 2018 by markboulton
In Defense of Utility-First CSS
Utility-First CSS makes my teeth itch. *But* I see the attraction for the sake of scale and predictability. I can't help think, though, that this is symptomatic of imbalance in our approach (and resourcing) of large scale web projects. Good, maintainable CSS *is* achievable at scale but it requires the people, skills, and support from the right people..

However, this article by Sarah Dayan walks through the advantages in a pragmatic, clear way addressing almost all of the concerns I have. I've got to say, it's a pretty compelling argument.
ofinterest  css  design  frameworks 
february 2018 by markboulton
Stewart Brand, Paul Saffo: Pace Layers Thinking - The Long Now
A fabulous talk by Stewart Brand starting with his book, through pace layering and how different generations view these layers of time. A key insight – amongst many, I might add – for me, was (and I'm paraphrasing here):

If sudden fast change happens in a slow layer – such as governance, or culture – bad things can happen. An example of this would be the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, when the US government removed the Iraq government and left it with nothing. This can also happen when one layer above influences the layer below.
ofinterest  video 
january 2018 by markboulton
Laws of UX
Nicely done. Still hate the word 'Law' in this context though.
ofinterest 
january 2018 by markboulton
How to design words – John Saito
Easy to digest advice on writing for product interfaces. Sage advice:

Because of that, you shouldn’t just write words and paste them into your design. As you write your words, you might find that your design needs to change. If you can’t explain an action in a few words, it’s a sign that your design is probably too complex.
ofinterest 
january 2018 by markboulton
A simple technique for evaluating content - Pete Gale
A really simple, really useful technique being used at GDS to evaluate if content makes people feel confident or not. Quick, easy and insightful.
ofinterest 
january 2018 by markboulton
The DO Lectures 10th Anniversary
I've attended twice and spoken at the Do Lectures once. Both times it changed my life a little bit. Not by a lot. But it made me think slightly differently. Make me view the world slightly differently. I think that can only come from enforced isolation in rural West Wales, a melting pot of incredibly interesting people, and the space to think, listen, reflect all whilst being very sleep deprived from sleeping in a tent for a few days.

Do yourself a favour. Register for 2018. Change things. Starting with yourself. You only need to do a little bit.
ofinterest 
january 2018 by markboulton
Facebook Can’t Be Fixed. – NewCo Shift
I can't wait to see how this turns out. Zuckerberg plans to 'fix Facebook's problems'. Thing is, when a company is public, it's a slave to The Street. When you're set to post 16 Billion *profit!* this year, then there is such little room to manoeuvre.

You cannot fix Facebook without completely gutting its advertising-driven business model.

And because he is required by Wall Street to put his shareholders above all else, there’s no way in hell Zuckerberg will do that.

Put another way, Facebook has gotten too big to pivot to a new, more “sustainable” business model.
ofinterest 
january 2018 by markboulton
A founder's playbook: Lessons from what I did wrong — Collyn Ahart
Collyn is writing some very useful stuff at the moment. This latest honest piece digs into her founding a startup a few years ago, and what she'd do differently now. Refreshingly honest reading. I particularly like this section on being dispassionate:

Rein in the enthusiasm and passion with some serious bullshit checks. Maybe that’s finding a partner or advisor who will stand up to you — but also who you will actually listen to. I know my enthusiasm sold people on my idea, which was exactly what I intended it to do. But the smart founder would have taken a more cautious approach and focused on the weaknesses, not the strengths.
ofinterest 
january 2018 by markboulton
Don't Be Evil
Fred Turner on Utopias, Frontiers, and Brogrammers:

Engineering culture is about making the product. If you make the product work, that’s all you’ve got to do to fulfill the ethical warrant of your profession. The ethics of engineering are an ethics of: Does it work? If you make something that works, you’ve done the ethical thing. It’s up to other people to figure out the social mission for your object. It’s like the famous line from the Tom Lehrer song: “‘Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down? That's not my department,’ says Wernher von Braun."
ofinterest  culture  tech 
january 2018 by markboulton
Listen to Wikipedia
Beautiful, mesmerising visualisation (and audiolisatiog!?) of the additions, edits and activity of Wikipedia. The sounds of the web. Lovely.
ofinterest 
january 2018 by markboulton
Medium article with CSS grid
Mostly just testing. But this looks interesting.
And some stuff in a block quote for added interest
ofinterest 
january 2018 by markboulton
BenjaminKeen.com
Very useful bookmarklet that renders the page you're viewing in several device sizes. Great for testing responsive designs.
ofinterest  rwd 
january 2012 by markboulton
2012 UX Bootcamps
I'm very excited to be running a Bootcamp again for UX Bootcamps in April next year. This year, it was great fun working alongside some talented UX-ers up their graphic design skills. And, considerable progress was made in just two days.

Alongside the Visual Design Bootcamp, there will be a Cognitive Psychology bootcamp in February with Joe Leech from CX Partners, and Information Architecture UX Bootcamp with Mags Hanley. Both of which, I'm sure, will be superb.

So, if you fancy any of them, <a href="http://www.uxbootcamp.org/uxbootcamp-dates-2012/">tickets will be on sale from midday on 5th January 2012.</a>
ofinterest  speaking  design 
december 2011 by markboulton
Feelings: The Technology Podcast About People
Joe Clark with a superb idea; a series of podcast interviews with the focus on the person, not their work, projects or how successful and wonderful they are. Joe: please make this happen.
ofinterest  podcasts 
december 2011 by markboulton
5by5: Me on Grids
<p>I had the pleasure of speaking with Jen Simmons () on her show on <a href="http://www.5by5.tv">5by5</a>: <a href="http://5by5.tv/webahead/">A Web Ahead</a>..</p>

<p>For a whole 100 minutes (!) I harped on about responsive design, grids, design process, news, advertising and a few other things. Despite my dodgy sore throat, I had a great time discussing some of the nuances of adopting new and challenging approaches to design and build the web sites and services we do.</p>
ofinterest  podcast  grids  design  responsi  from twitter
december 2011 by markboulton
The New, Convoluted Life Cycle Of A Newspaper Story
<p>Great piece from 10,000 Words on the natural growth of news.</p>

<p>Having done a ton of thinking about this over the last year, this resonates so much with my thoughts and conclusions. This particularly struck me:</p>
<p>Unlike a blog like TechCrunch, for example, a newspaper is publishing to multiple platforms. TechCrunch has one platform, one story type: blog posts. Newspapers are the only type of publishing company to have the distinct differentiation of “print stories” (which are posted to the web) vs. “blog posts” vs. “web updates” (to the print stories). The different platforms, web CMS and print CMS, have different workflows associated with them.</p>


<p>So many news publishers are hand-tied by their own mental-models of perfectly manicured journalism similar to TV or Print. One to many, final-state publishing. The web's different, but what's crucial is how we show the change of the story for the user. How do we do that?</p>
ofinterest  news  newsdesign 
november 2011 by markboulton
The making of FF Tundra | I love typography, the typography and fonts blog
A wonderful story about the creation of FF Tundra on <a href="http://ilovetypography.com">I Love Typography</a>. Such a great insight into the design decisions, and motivations behind them, when crafting a typeface design.
ofinterest  typography 
october 2011 by markboulton
Five & Ten
Jason Santa Maria – the talented bastard – goes and redesigns his site and serves up a masterclass in understated elegance. The subtleties here are sublime. Look, absorb, learn.

Interestingly, Jason states one of the reasons he redesigned this way because he felt the weight of pressure that every post had to be a considered, designed, art-directed masterpiece.
ofinterest  design 
august 2011 by markboulton
An alternative to employee options/equity grants
Very interesting, simple solution to equity/share options which is similar to an annual profit share scheme. Except this example is when the company is sold or IPOs. A very elegant solution.
ofinterest 
august 2011 by markboulton
How Much Design Is Too Much Design?
Khoi echoes some of my own thoughts about the value of design in digital products: is it pixel-perfection, or 'good enough' iteration.
ofinterest  design  from instapaper
june 2011 by markboulton
Explorations in Typography
A great looking book by Carolina de Bartolo and Erik Spiekermann out in April 2011:
Explorations in Typography: Mastering the Art of Fine Typesetting (A Visual Textbook for Intermediate to Advanced Typography) is a vast collection of beautiful typesetting examples. Page after page, a brief article by Erik Spiekermann has been set in hundreds of different ways in hundreds of different typefaces, creating an extended visual taxonomy of typesetting that allows you to “learn by looking."


Interestingly, the site has 'key features' of the book listed in the same way you would list features of an electronic product or web app.
ofinterest  typography  books  design 
february 2011 by markboulton
The Ghosts of Old London
Wonderful imagery from 1800's London. Some of the buildings shown look incredibly ramshackled. More Elizabethan than Victorian, I wish some of London looked like this now.
ofinterest 
january 2011 by markboulton
Nike Better World
What can be done with a bit of imagination, some great photography, HTML5 and CSS3 and a decent browser. Nike Better World takes parallax scrolling on the web to another exciting level.
ofinterest  html5  animation  inspiration 
january 2011 by markboulton
From The Guardian: 20 predictions for the next 25 years
Predictions for Advertising:
Society once did a deal accepting advertising because it seemed occasionally useful and interesting and because it paid for lots of journalism and entertainment. It's not necessarily going to pay for those things for much longer so we might start questioning whether we want to live in a Blade Runner world brought to us by Cillit Bang.


For The Web:
The open web created by idealist geeks, hippies and academics, who believed in the free and generative flow of knowledge, is being overrun by a web that is safer, more controlled and commercial, created by problem-solving pragmatists.


Slightly concerning. But, interestingly:
By 2035, the web, as a single space largely made up of webpages accessed on computers, will be long gone.

As the web goes mobile, those who pay more will get faster access. We will be sharing videos, simulations, experiences and environments, on a multiplicity of devices to which we'll pay as much attention as a light switch.


The price of ubiquity, I guess.
ofinterest  culture  2030predictions 
january 2011 by markboulton
A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: You Should Self-Publish
For me, the choice to self-publish was never financial motivated; it was about control (primarily of the design of the finished article), but this post from Joe Konrath (a thriller author) goes into great detail on the numbers.
Let's say publishers wise up and begin selling ebooks for $2.99. That would mean authors only get 52 cents from each sale, or 1/4 of what they could make on their own. That's $6k a year in royalties, rather than $24k.

If that went on for ten years, an author who signed with a publisher would make $60,000. An author who self-pubbed and sold the same amount of ebooks would make $240,000.

Numbers aside, this pretty much encapsulates a changing industry. An industry that is well and truly on the back foot:
If I look at the poor royalty rates publishers offer, the changing, volatile marketplace, the long time to publication, and then add in the multitude of mistakes publishers continue to make (like high ebook prices), I'd be hard pressed to think of ANY reason to sign a book deal.

So, self publish now. Or approach some publishers who's <a href="http://www.fivesimplesteps.com">doing</a> <a href="http://books.alistapart.com>things</a> <a href="http://www.rosenfeldmedia.com">differently</a>.
ofinterest  publishing 
december 2010 by markboulton
A New Canon
In January, I'll have the delightful opportunity to speak at the New Adventures conference in Nottingham on a subject that is very dear to my heart: book design. In a round about way. I'll be talking about connectedness, craft, objects, space and a little bit about monks. Here's the topic description from the site:
In the real world, responsive design is nothing new. Products adapt to our needs. Technology monitors local environments to adjust lighting, temperature and even physical spaces. But what about web? In designing with words, the desire to bind content to a device has been around as long as there have been books. Mark will take you from desire to implementation, from theory to practice. How can we build upon what we know from literally hundreds of years of responsive design practice to define a new era of online publishing? An era where we strive for the same level of human / technology connection that started with the monks.


I can't wait to give this talk. Everything is changing at the moment. It's an incredible time to be a designer on the web with a deep interest in publishing. <a href="http://newadventuresconf.com">The conference</a> is sold out (has been for months), but I'm sure the content will be out there in the wonderful interweb shortly after the event. Once it is, I'll link it up.
ofinterest  conferences  grids  publishing  #naconf  naconf 
december 2010 by markboulton
Ampersand · The Web Typography Conference
From those busy Brighton lot, <a href="http://www.clearleft.com">Clearleft</a>, comes another UK web conference. This one's about Web Typography and with <a href="http://www.clagnut.com">Richard Rutter</a> at the helm, I'm sure it will be superb.
ofinterest  conferences  typography  webtype 
december 2010 by markboulton
UI Sketcher: The User Interface Sketching Tool iPad App
From my good friends at <a href="http://www.boxuk.com">Box UK</a>, UI Sketcher was:
Created by User Experience professionals and built upon the principles of
Design Studio Method and Adaptive Path's Good Design Faster, UI Sketcher enables you to rapidly sketch, refine and share user interface ideas.


I saw an early demo of this app a good few months ago now. Whilst I'm not sure it's for me (i just don't get on with anything other than a pen and paper for my sketching), it's well worth a look. Buy it.
ofinterest  UX  sketching  iPad  iPadapps 
december 2010 by markboulton
From optional.is: HLS World Map
Brian Suda explores the visualisation of every town with over 1000 population, resulting in a rather lovely looking map.
ofinterest  datadesign  visualisation 
december 2010 by markboulton
UXPin
Our UX Director, Alex Morris (<a href="http://twitter.com/aexmo">@aexmo</a> on Twitter) just showed me a nifty little paper prototyping kit called UX Pin.
UXPin Portable Kit was designed to let you easily document one web project. We provide you with basic user interface elements (buttons, combo-boxes, check-boxes etc. – 50 each), universal elements (to easily make menus, lists, boxes – 50 each) and 50 pages paper browser notepad. Everything is smartly packed in beautiful hard-cover, so you can pass your prototype to your teammates and don’t lose anything.


My only beef is it doesn't leave too much space for annotation or notes. The plus side is, it's got me thinking about grid sketch books.
ofinterest  design  sketchbooks  ux 
december 2010 by markboulton
24 ways: Extreme Design
<a href="http://blog.hannahdonovan.com/">Hannah Donovan</a> talks about Extreme Design over at 24ways. It mirrors a lot of how we work at Mark Boulton Design. The traditional studio system is becoming increasingly irrelevant and incompatible with modern web/software methods.
Like extreme programming, extreme design requires us all to be equal partners in a collaborative team. I think this is especially worth noting for designers; our past is filled with the clear hierarchy of the traditional studio system which, however important for taste and style, seems less compatible with modern web/software development methods.


This approach takes lo-fi over high, stickies over documents, pairing over isolated working.
ofinterest  design  agileux 
december 2010 by markboulton
Pinboard - antisocial bookmarking
Pinboard is what <a href="http://www.delicious.com">Delicious</a> should be. Simple, extremely fast, integrated with Twitter, reeder, Instapaper. The list goes on. It comes at a slight cost though: $6. That's it. Looks like a very slick service.
ofinterest  bookmarks  delicious 
december 2010 by markboulton
From Kickstarter: The Noun Project
The Noun Project aims to 'share, celebrate and enhance the world's visual language'. Their goal is to pull together all of the visual icon standards and give them away for free. Nice idea. I've pledged some money to get a tee. You should too.
ofinterest  design  inspiration 
december 2010 by markboulton
From Louis Rosenfeld: UX and Publishing
A slidedeck and interesting description of a recent unconference Louis attended, presenting on Publishing and UX.
It made clear to me the parallels between UX—which, for me, is about designing products and services that engage users, and publishing—which I think is about designing content that engages readers.

Parallels that I've seen emerge in the relatively short time i've been involved in both practices.
ofinterest  ux  Publishing 
december 2010 by markboulton
A template for intensive design
Leisa documents a project we worked together on recently. It was a scary, tiring, fascinating and rewarding few days work. For those who doubt intensive, short-term projects, Leisa shows us just where you need to be flexible and how to come out the other side smiling.
ofinterest  ux  process 
december 2010 by markboulton
The Webfont Revolution Is Over, Let the Evolution Begin
From Typographica: With the imminent standardiszation of WOFF – a webfont file format – we'll be seeing webfonts become just part of a web designer's toolbox. Won't that be nice?
ofinterest  typography  webfonts 
november 2010 by markboulton
Nozzman
Beautiful, roboty illustrations from Nozzman
ofinterest  illustration 
november 2010 by markboulton
Khoi Vinh writes a book
At last, we will have a grid book from Khoi. Out in December. Preorder it now from Amazon. In this blog post, however, Khoi tells us all about it and gives us a sneak preview of the front cover.
ofinterest  design  grids 
november 2010 by markboulton
On the term “HTML5”
Jeff Croft makes a compelling point. Why can't HTML5 be like AJAX? A catch-all term.
ofinterest  html5.  webstandards 
august 2010 by markboulton
The Celebrated Miscellany of Colly
Rather lovely redesign a long, long time in the works. Simon delivers the goods. Yet again.
ofinterest  redesign 
january 2010 by markboulton
Mike Rundle's Portfolio — Flyosity: Mac & iPhone Interface Design
Mike Rundle's great tutorial on interface design for the Mac and iPhone. Interesting to note how this aesthetic is now transcending the platform and becoming much more commonplace on the web. Mike also provides a free PSD template for us to use!
ofinterest  design  UI  iphone 
january 2010 by markboulton
Helen Gordon | Exclusive collection for children, inspired by some of our best loved fairy tales.
A new site by Mark Boulton design for textile designer, Helen Gordon (who also redesigned the drop caps illustrations on this blog!)
ofinterest 
january 2010 by markboulton
Charlotte Read
Very nice work from this talented young designer.
ofinterest  illustration 
august 2009 by markboulton
Beautiful Web Typography (#5)
Really good typography presentation illustrating the current state of play.
ofinterest  typography 
july 2009 by markboulton
Pimp Your *Imaginary* Admin (Come Wireframe With Us!)
Come pimp your imaginary admin. Come on, it'll be fun!
ofinterest 
march 2009 by markboulton
Austin Zen Sub Theme
Aforementioned Zen sub-theme being developed by Colleen Carroll.
ofinterest  drupal  theming 
march 2009 by markboulton
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