I’m told that this is a famous poster for designers that I just applied a lot of whiteout to. (The missing words seem to have been inspired by Samuel L. Jackson.) I like “Believe in yourself” and “Trust your gut.”
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“Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.”
~ Henry Petrosky
One of my gripes with both MacOS and Ubuntu is that it’s harder than it needs to be to grab a window corner or edge to resize it. IMHO, designers are choosing form over function.
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said, ‘Faster horses.’” ~ Henry Ford
I think of this quote when I see both good and bad design. Some people build/design faster horses, others invent cars.
Starbucks provides an important lesson about making sure you think about all of your design use cases.
Introduction: Recently I was talking with some people recently about “design”, and as an effort to show how the design process works, I used the process of designing a coffee mug as a way of explaining the process. This article walks you through this process, though the actual designs are up to you.
This image comes from an article titled Design is Mainly About Empathy, where the main part of the article is that design is about understanding the user’s mental model about the thing you’re trying to design.
This is another sketch of Luke Skywalker from whatever the last Star Wars movie was called. I started with this earlier image I created, then converted it to a Gimp “life sketch” by going to Beautify > Beautify > Art > Life Sketch > 100%.
While I’m in the neighborhood, I also created this fake Luke Skywalker “hoodie” oil painting.
Twitter UI redesign: After using Twitter for the last several months, it seems like their user interface is out of sync with how I want to use their data. As I was waiting for dinner to cook last night I spent a few minutes thinking about the Twitter user interface (UI) and how I might redesign it. Here are my thoughts.
The current Twitter web interface
The things the Twitter web interface does well currently are:
This is a cartoonize’d version of Yoda on Luke Skywalker’s back during Luke’s initial training in the swamp. To create it, I found the original movie image with a Google search, opened the image in Gimp, then worked back and forth with a “Cartoonized” plugin effect, the Beautify options, and the Artistic/Oilify effect. I can do a lot better than this, but for the purposes of this example, I created this cartoon image in less than five minutes. Given more time, I would clean up Yoda quite a bit before using the Cartoonize effect.
I’ve used Gimp to create almost 2,000 images that I use with the Mac screensaver “rotate images” feature, and this is the latest addition.
(Click the image to see the full-size, 1200x600 pixel image.)