How we need a complete revolution on how we think about layout for the web.
Responsive Web Design is another shift in how we create websites.
“Wondering how many more ‘reading experiences’ we'll see on the iPad before we start to focus on the content again.”
On conferences, nourishment, and the web design community.
Why we should not apply old thinking to a new technique.
“Fluid grid or perfect typographic measure. Pick one. You can't have both.”
You can create good design without knowing your content.
“There's a subtle, but important, difference between being in a room of smart people and a room of people trying to be smart.”
Let's start proper, considered design critique on the web.
“Type size shouldn’t dictate reading distance. Type size serves reading distance.”
“Setting type really large doesn't make it any easier to read.”
“I think one of biggest problems with designing on screen is pixels are cheap. Material constraints don't exist.”
“If your default position is to disagree, then you're doing it wrong. Shut the fuck up. Listen. Think. Then speak. ”
Content isn't doing anything intelligent.
“The single biggest mistake I see with responsive web design is designers don't alter vertical space when horizontal space is reduced.”
“Someone wise once said to me that your ‘work’ changes as you mature as a designer. Your ability to adapt to it defines you. Smart bloke.”
“I wonder when we're going to stop being silly and trying to invent the one web design tool that does it all. There is no Indesign for web.”
“In my experience there is nothing better than you writing some content to make your client sit up and pay attention.”
“Latin, greek, fake line fonts. They're all designed for you to delay, or ignore, the content problem. Just. Write. Some. Content.”
“Good designers design flat. Great designers ask why.”
“Whenever we design with words, we’re designing with type.”
“There's no getting around it. Creating something – anything – is a frustrating, maddening, tiring, messy business.”
“Writing a book is like climbing a hill on a bike. You don't have to go fast, you just have to keep going.”
“Craft is an emotional word not appropriate to describe the job of designing.”
Revisiting the first universally accessible web browser.
“I'm not sure we can create great web experiences by designing the bits first and hoping they all come together and work beautifully.”
“Great ingredients don't necessarily make a beautiful plate of food. Great components don't necessarily make a beautiful website.”
“Everyone is finding everything hard right now.”
“‘Do what you love’ is a wholly selfish pursuit. I prefer my grandfather’s take on it: ‘Find love in what you do’.”
“‘VISUAL DESIGN’! Seriously, that term must go away. Unless you don’t mind being described as a decorator.”
A step-by-step guide to creating an ebook in ePub and mobi formats.
“Design is so often not about designing beautiful, useful products.”
“I have a beautiful watch. It keeps track of time for me. I have a phone. I don’t need to know my heart rate every second. Or my stock price.”
How to create responsive ads that engage and delight.
“The big dirty secret of agile is the relentless pressure to ship erodes the need to iterate. Instead, it’s basically mini waterfall.”
“Everything looks the same. Flat colour, circles with faces, thin type, menu bars snapped to the top. Design can differentiate, y’know?”
“Any portfolio is the start of a conversation.”
“I design with my mouth.”
“The single best decision I ever made as a young designer was to never learn Powerpoint to avoid doing other people’s presentations.”
“I’m still flabbergasted at how many organisations require you to be in an office every day and then you sit there with headphones on not speaking.”
“‘Should designer’s code?’ To which I respond: Define ‘design’. Then define ‘designer’. Then define ‘code’.”
“Someday soon there will be so many designers making design tools for designers there will be no designers left that use the design tools designed by the design tool designers.”