I love beautiful design. However, you can never allow form to undermine function as is the case with the Apple TV remote control. This is a lesson we need to learn for websites as well as product design.
I came across this great way of thinking on drawar.com: What if you knew you only had one second to make an impression though? Would you completely change your approach to design? It would definitely change mine and maybe that is how we should be thinking. People actually make up their minds about the quality […]
It amazes me how terrible some websites are when printed. I think this is because web designers don’t think anybody ever print web pages. However, a lot of people do. In this audio tip I explain why printing matters and how to ensure your site prints as well as possible.
As you will have gathered from my last post I am reading Steve Job’s biography. The latest thing I have just read is the balancing act Steve had to achieve between his desire for Zen like simplicity and the needs to add personality to his products: Jobs felt that design simplicity should be linked to […]
Do you struggle to explain or understand why a website looks different in different browsers? If so, I might just be able to help.
I have been working on a wireframe walk through of an ecommerce checkout the last few days. What has struck me most is how important it is to question the details of your design.
Designers love it, website owners want to fill it. Whitespace seems to be one of the most controversial aspects of design. Why then is it so important and how can we ensure it is maintained?
Most “in-page” imagery on websites suck. Grabbed from random sources and slapped on the website, they lack design and consistency. However, your iPhone can help.
I am fed up with web designers who are seeking mythical perfection in design. Its time to become a pragmatist.
While at Web Direction @Media I caught up with Aral Balkan and Christian Crumlish to discuss playful design and whether it is appropriate to add elements of playfulness and humour to any website.
A chef in a restaurant wants his food to be more than edible, he wants it to be delicious. As designers we should want our websites to be more than usable. Stephen Anderson shares techniques for delighting our users and ensuring they love our sites.
Do you read tutorials and look at inspiration galleries? Do you actually implement the things you have learnt? Too many of us spend more time reading about design than actually doing it.
We all want our users to do something. Unfortunately we cannot force them. However, as good charity web design shows us, we can nudge them in the right direction.
Dan Rubin joins Paul and Marcus on the 200th episode of Boagworld to discuss the importance of giving attention to details.
When it comes to wireframes I am a fanatic. I believe they are an indispensable part of the development process. That is why I enforce 5 unbreakable rules.
Jeffrey Zeldman and Ethan Marcotte talk about the third edition of Designing with Web Standards as well as discuss the future of the web.
I believe we live in a world where the hand-held web device equipped with an accelerometer is going to become more and more prevalent, and quickly.
I am sick of stock photography. We should refuse to use one more photograph of business men shaking hands or ethnically diverse people laughing together.