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Tropico Vernacular: A recent history of graphic design and nationalism in the Philippines. - Triple Canopy
Why was Helvetica, with its idealized geometries floating above pristine white fields, yoked to the Technicolor identity of the Philippines, where nothing is the color of snow (too much dust and smog), and the very notion of blankness seems utopian (too little empty space)? Filipino graphic design is as over-crowded as the landscape of our country, which has the region’s second-highest urban population density rate. Here, minimalism can be understood as a sign of poverty, only surfacing when the designer does not possess enough technical or financial prowess for the addition of borloloy (lavish ornamentation), and fills the gaps with decorations that cost time and signify money. A white void might also denote a spiritual lack. There is no greater Filipino sorrow than being alone, and the singular focus—the whiteness—of minimalism can hardly be sold to a people whose idea of visual pleasure is an explosion of the colors and textures that constitute the experience of community. To us, variety is necessary to attract the eye and soul. Universality in design is not about the blurring of all colors into white—a color we wear to funerals—but rather the representation of every facet of the community
helvetica  design  modernism  graphicdesign  global  aesthetics  whiteness  webtext 
20 days ago by rachaelsullivan
HOW TO CHOOSE FONTS THAT REFLECT YOUR BRAND. — GO LIVE
Dynamic font choices can be the ultimate way to make a statement with your brand & showcase your personality
branding  fonts  typography  design  com202 
9 weeks ago by rachaelsullivan
Logobook - Discover the worlds finest logos, symbols and trademarks
“Logobook is curated by Svizra, a growing community of international branding designers. Our ambition is to improve global design standards in logo and identity design, and encourage businesses and designers to create original logo designs.”
logos  design 
september 2017 by rachaelsullivan
The Myth of Invisible Design – Medium (nov. 2016)
Sometimes, making things invisible is downright harmful. Hiding information and controls — even when infrequently used—can be very disruptive.
design  interface  blackbox  users  userfriendliness  ux  webdesign 
august 2017 by rachaelsullivan
Why a Toaster's "A Bit More" Button Is a Design Triumph - The Atlantic
The designer’s job is not to please or comfort the user, but to make an object even more what it already is.
design  ux  bogost  objects  users  userfriendliness 
july 2017 by rachaelsullivan
Sexual assault in Japan: 'Every girl was a victim' | International Women's Day | Al Jazeera
Apart from making the badges more widely available, Matsunaga also wants offenders to see them and think: "The world is changing, some people have started talking about it."
design  sexualviolence  socialchange  japan 
april 2017 by rachaelsullivan
How Technology Led a Hospital To Give a Patient 38 Times His Dosage
Of course, it was natural for doctors, nurses and pharmacists to expect that, once computers entered our complex, chaotic and often dangerous world, they would make things better. After all, in our off-duty lives we are so thoroughly used to taking out our iPhones, downloading an app, and off we go.
healthcare  ux  interface  medical  usability  design 
april 2017 by rachaelsullivan
Why Care About Design? - The Industry
We don’t get excited about half-assing things. We get excited about creating things that are well-considered and thoughtful.
ux  interface  design  usability 
april 2017 by rachaelsullivan
Material Literacy and Visual Design (lester faigley 1999)
Thousands of teenagers now have personal Web pages, many of which display the multimedia capabilities of the Web.
1990s  webdesign  design  visualrhetoric  internet  rhetoric 
march 2017 by rachaelsullivan
Learning to See – iA
The way that you accomplish tasks with a product—what you do and how it responds—that’s the interface —Jef Raskin
And again, using “interface” in the sense of only what you see on the screen or the surface of a product is not bad or wrong, it’s just the non-expert use. As interface designers we need to be careful. Our definition of “interface” is, again, not just what you see, but for better or worse how it works.
raskin  interface  design  visualculture 
february 2017 by rachaelsullivan
The Real Name Fallacy – The Coral Project (1/17)
Our concerns about anonymity are overly-simplistic; system design can’t solve social problems without actual social change.
harassment  twitter  facebook  anonymous  design  virtualcommunity  identity 
january 2017 by rachaelsullivan
The World is Designed for Men – HH Design – Medium
designing for the extremes often yields disproportionate rewards which benefit the general use case as well
design  accessibility  hci  feministhci  diversity  users  userfriendliness 
january 2017 by rachaelsullivan
Why Can’t the U.S. Decolonize Its Design Education? What truly diverse + inclusive international programs can teach Americans
I followed up with the panelists after the conference to get a better understanding of why non-Western design isn’t more of a focus in higher education. Tunstall says the reason is complicated by the fact that it’s not just a conversation about aesthetics. Rather it’s “the way in which design is implicated in the politics of the nation relating to colonization in a direct way, and to a history of decimation of Native American communities.”
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In Toronto, OCAD University has entered a new educational paradigm, following principles that Tunstall calls “respectful design.” Their goal as educators is to “prepare students to understand the cultural implications of what they’re designing, as well as understand the role they play in the creation of culture by the making of things. That leads to questions of ethics, questions of social justice, questions of accountability, appropriation, indigenization, and decolonization.” “When you begin to ask those questions of what it means as a designer to be a culture maker, you ask harder questions about what kind of culture you’re creating.”
ethics  modernism  race  design  global  feministhci  postcolonial 
january 2017 by rachaelsullivan
The Uncomfortable
"The goal is to re-design useful objects making them uncomfortable but usable”
design  art  userfriendliness  objects 
december 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Six Designers Take On Some of the World’s Toughest Redesign Challenges
Design experts or not, we can all think of a long list of objects that are calling out for review. Chances are that at least one of the six objects reimagined in the pages that follow — the cell tower, the hospital gown, the toilet, the airport baggage-delivery system, the bike lock and the prescription-medicine label — have led you to howl in despair more than once.
design  com202  objects  users  audience  difficulty 
november 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Feminist Tech Tools | GenderIT.org
They are the kind of tools that we haven’t seen in the past, because of the hierarchy of whose needs have been met and the preferential way in which voices and opinions have been valued. But things are changing – feminist priorities are being recognised within the realm of tech tools and innovation. Slowly but surely, the default “user” is moving from being a white cis-gendered heterosexual man, to including other, diverse possibilities for human preferences and needs.
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Building upon the feminist principles of the internet, the above tools are practical examples of how feminist attitudes towards technology are manifesting themselves online.
feminism  feministhci  internet  design  diversity  privacy  browsers  gender 
september 2016 by rachaelsullivan
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