Pretty things


  • Learning CSS grid layout with the Swiss. A very nice introduction to CSS Grid and how you can combine it with Flexbox and CSS Columns. I love how the examples recreate the layouts from contemporary print magazines to Bauhaus posters to Wolfgang Weingart’s New Wave work.

Asking the right questions

Design is more about asking the right questions than having the right answers. “Rather than asking ‘What will make this design successful?’ we can ask, ‘What would make this design fail?’” For example:

Question: How can we get users to complete the onboarding process?

Inverse: What would make users abandon onboarding?

Question: What would make a user check this app every day?

Inverse: What would make a user forget about this app for days at a time?

Question: How can I be a great design manager?

Inverse: What would make me a terrible design manager?

Ilya


  • AtF Spark, a font to render sparklines with only text.







  • Scott Jenson: The paradox of empathy. “Design isn’t a deliverable, it’s a process.” I love the observation of designers “burying the lead” and the comparison to Asimov’s quote on “that’s funny...” being a much more common precursor to scientific discovery than “eureka!”.

















  • Codex Seraphinianus. In the late 70s, Italian architect, illustrator and industrial designer Luigi Serafini made an encyclopaedia of unknown, parallel world. The 360–380 page opus is written in an unknown language, using an unknown alphabet.



  • StuckInCustoms. Gentleman explorer Trey Ratcliff's HDR photos are stunning.







  • Time for the wide. Six examples of neat, clean, beautiful extra wide fonts, from the very nice folk at Disturb.









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