Mess to meme to meaning

Last February I gave a lightning talk at the Manila leg of World Information Architecture Day (WIAD)—and I kind of love how it started from meta commentary but grew into something deeper. It’s totally my genre. These are my behind-the-scenes notes on it:

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Stellify, realigned

It’s taken me ages, but I’ve tidied up a bit around here. Welcome to the new-ish, old-ish Stellify: let me show you around.

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Design & other dirty words

I’ve been increasingly bothered by the characterization of design lately, which goes a little something like this:

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Infographic Interviews, Bill Gates edition

It’s already ultra-cool of The Verge to have Bill Gates taking over as guest editor this February, but besides the much-awaited interview feature, he’s narrating how he envisions technology will solve problems in developing countries by 2030—accompanied by animated infographics. Here’s his take on mobile banking helping the poor: And, animations like this one are interspersed in both the article and video: I’ve seen a few comments saying the animations […]

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Google Material Design kit by Manual

Five months ago I lusted over the gorgeous packet they handed out at this year’s design-focused Google I/O, so it was a wonderful surprise to get my hands on it, thanks to Chelle! I could try to photograph it, but you’re better off looking at shots from the designers themselves, San Francisco-based studio Manual. Our concept was to reinterpret the graphic language of Material Design and present it in a reductive […]

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“We build experiences by manipulating their shadows”

“An important part of my design process now happens in the browser, and it has been extremely difficult to make myself work this way. However, as a result, I feel much closer to the ephemeral, flexible, multi-dimensional nature of the things I make. Designing for the Web is like visualizing a tesseract. We build experiences by manipulating their shadows.” Tim Brown Geometry aside, the tesseract reference also gives me Avengers […]

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The business of giving a damn

“Here is why The Ninth Watch is an important piece of design. Not because a big ad agency did it, or because it’s a clever media stunt. It’s important because it was designed like someone gave a damn. And not just about the science or the facts–but about you and me. That’s where design starts. And you don’t need to be BBDO to do it.” Finally, Science Branding That Doesn’t […]

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Replace with V

Where this brand name trend came from, we can’t be certain, but if there’s anything Web 2.0 has taught me, it’s that companies need to stand out and snap up a good domain name at the same time. This looks like one of the easier solutions. The difference is while it’s still a form of “bastarized text”, it’s not a variation on spelling that retains how the word is pronounced, […]

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Design + code + words for a better web, made in the Philippines by Sophia Lucero.