“It’s not enough that we build products that function, that are understandable and usable, we also need to build products that bring joy and excitement, pleasure and fun, and yes, beauty to people’s lives.” - Don Norman
“The purpose, the site, the material determine the shape. Nothing can be reasonable or beautiful unless it’s made by one central idea, and the idea sets every detail. […] Its integrity is to to follow its own truth, its own single theme, and to serve its own single purpose. A man doesn’t borrow pieces of his body. A building doesn’t borrow hunks of its soul. Its maker gives it the soul and every wall, window and stairway to express it.” - Howard Roark in Chapter 1 of the The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
“I am convinced that in one or two generations architecture and the world of design … will have been transformed with a universality of style, the style of logical form and the purity of idea.” - Henry van de Velde, Le Nouveau: Son Apport à l’architecture et aux industries d’art, Brussels 1929, p. 104
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Idea Sketch Sheets
If you are planning an idea-generating session with your team, give these idea sheets a try.
Identify the needs or features you would like to explore
Have each participant run some timed sprints, individually
Then take time to share the results (Even the ones you don’t think are solid)
And if your really brave, have clients or consumers go through the same exercise (empathic innovation, anyone?)
via UX Array
Today I attended the second year of the Chicago Web Conf at 1871. These folks threw a great conference and really elevated the whole conference. The folks running the event video recorded the presentations so hopefully they’ll get those up soon. In the meantime I thought I shared some of the rough notes I took with some of the links I was able to round up.
“What can be done if we speak truly and honestly to the audience of our work? Perhaps this changes the success metrics of design to more soft, meaningful qualities, like enthusiasm, engagement, and resonance. Reframing the practice [design] as something more than commerce and problem-solving lets us focus on fundamental issues about utility. It requires us to raise simple, difficult questions about our work, such as, “Does this help us to live well?”” - Excerpt from the introduction to The Shape of Design by author Frank Chimero
This is a list of selected devices’ displayed pixel density in pixels per cm (ppcm) and pixels per inch (PPI). A display device has a limited number of pixels it can display, and a limited space over which to display them. On a small portable computer or cell phone, a higher pixel density is desirable, as these devices are designed to be viewed up close.