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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Choice check

TL;DR: Do people tend to design interfaces with checkboxes even if the behavior actually requires radio buttons, because people are more familiar with check marks? This seems to be a case that pits web standards & usability vs. aesthetics & user experience, which is not a good place to be in. Ever since the first edition of Inside Macintosh in 1984, the rule has been the same for when to […]

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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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#socialmediaprobz

Social media is not as easy or brainless as you think it is. Especially when you’ve spent a fair amount of time on it for things that you’re really passionate about. The more you use it, the more you want the workflow—the experience—to be better.

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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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MiniFFC #14 in pictures: lean UX, lean coffee

Quite a few things happened with this month’s MiniFFC, despite having only two general agenda initially—a classic example of being concise but meaty, perhaps? First up: Lean UX. We did Lean Startup last month, and here the focus is on user experience in a lean environment. Attended #miniffc this evening with @sheiladelacruz. Learned a lot. #webdesign #ux #leanstartup #mobile #responsive — redelbautista Besides returning to our favorite venue, the TechBar […]

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Empathy from Vulnerability

“We can’t begin being empathetic when another person arrives. We have to already have made a space in our lives where empathy can thrive. And that means being open—truly open—to feeling emotions we may not want to feel. It means allowing another’s experiences to gut us. It means ceding control. Empathy begins with vulnerability. And being vulnerable, especially in our work, is fucking terrifying.” The Pastry Box Project entry on […]

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Droid delight

Delight me in surprising ways Real objects are more fun than buttons and menus Keep it brief It’s not my fault Sprinkle encouragement Five of the 17 Design Principles for building on the Android platform. Co.Design details from the 2013 I/O session how Google’s team weighs interface choices with “jars of emotion”: The team follows the guiding rationale of psychologist Barbara L. Fredrickson, who discovered that it takes three positive […]

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