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The Personality Layer

“Oh hai Smashing Magazine!” That’s one of the dozen ways that Flickr welcomes its users upon signing in every time. It’s an easily overlooked detail, one that the service would work without flawlessly. Yet this detail is a big part of Flickr’s particular design character… Read More »The Personality Layer

Visual Hierarchy

We have many words for the frustration we feel when an interface isn’t directing us to what we need to know. Loud, messy, cluttered, busy. These words have been appropriated from other parts of life, of course, but we need them to express our feeling… Read More »Visual Hierarchy

Visual Design Basics

Visual design focuses on the aesthetics of a site and its related materials by strategically implementing images, colors, fonts, and other elements.  A successful visual design does not take away from the content on the page or function.  Instead, it enhances it by engaging users… Read More »Visual Design Basics

Failing Gracefully

July 24, 2012 | by Ted O’Meara Noticing and tracking failures helps discover unexpected uses of your product or service and improves flow for primary use cases. You stumble, you fall, you keep getting up until you can walk. Failure is an integral part of… Read More »Failing Gracefully

The State of Ethics in Design

The topic of ethics has been talked about for years, and while “technoethics” (the study of moral, legal and social issues involving technology) dates back to the 1970s, it primarily involves technologists, scientists, and philosophers. But why aren’t designers involved in these conversations? Why isn’t… Read More »The State of Ethics in Design