Way back in the beginning — 1998, to be exact — I started this website as devdaily.com. Today I was going through a box of old things and came across this image, which shows one of the original logo design ideas I came up with way back then.
Back in 2017, Wesley Reisz shared this image with the text, “Artist’s secret toolbox for creating art ... transformations.” The slide is from Brian Kane.
“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.
“I have never been forced to accept compromises, but I have willingly accepted constraints.”
This medium.com article contains a fair balance of pointing out the good and bad of design at Apple under Jonathan Ive. Most people know the good parts, so this image shows a discussion of just two of the worst design decisions made by Apple’s design team. Other bad designs under Apple include pretty much every mouse ever made, the horribly infamous butterfly keyboards, and the trashcan Mac Pro design.
It seems like at some point every design quits thinking about what’s the best for the customer and succumbs to something that looks pretty. As the old saying goes, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Here’s my latest favorite coffee mug, given to me by a friend, and filled with some organic espresso this afternoon.
(And if you like coffee mugs, you might also like my article, How to design products people love.)
A famous and funny, “If you watch, if you help,” web design cartoon. From the book, The Non-Designer's Design Book.
When it comes to working as a business analyst, I’ve learned that there are just three things you need to keep in your mind when meeting with your customers (the project sponsor (gold owner) and domain experts (“goal donors”)) to gather requirements. These three thoughts will keep your meeting on track, lead you to the next question, and will help you know when your work is done.
“To do the best design you have to live and breathe the product.”
~ from the book, Jony Ive, The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products
It’s worth mentioning that my last post about a glass teapot was inspired by a book titled Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things by Don Norman. In that book he shows this image of three teapots, and the glass one in the middle is known as a “Nanna teapot.” I just saw that one sold on eBay for $275; that’s a little more than I had in mind. :) Mr. Norman earlier published a best-selling book titled The Design of Everyday Things.