The case for responsive web design
The next generation of websites is being designed in a very different way. Instead of creating different designs for each device (desktop, tablet, mobile) the next generation of websites is being designed as a collection of elements that are automatically rearranged for the device on which they are viewed.
It's referred to as responsive web design and, if web design was chess, responsive web design is three-dimensional chess.
I've found it a little hard to get my head around, but I'm beginning to like the idea. There is room for distinguishing your design from others, but the fact that you're designing a layout that will be recast in three or four different ways offers a new and exciting challenge.
If you're not familiar with the process, here are some links that will get you started.
First, some examples. Got to the actual pages and resize your browser to see how they respond as you shrink the width... Here
The idea seemed to catch fire with this article on A List Apart by Ethan Marcotte... Here
This is no "flash in the pan." Here, for example, is Google's whole-hearted endorsement... Here
This presentation piece by John Polacek has some excellent links... Here
There are many sources offering frameworks and templates that are slowly perfecting the process. One example... Here
Meet Illustrator Daniel Lee Christofferson
I like the diversity of Christofferson's lyrical work.
The story behind the illustration... Here
The story behind Example 2... Here
Daniel Lee Christofferson's blog, Beeteeth... Here
There are lots of powerful design ideas hidden in the wayback
A recent post at eighthourday.com pointed to a set of vintage automobile logos and that got me on one of those subject search jags and I thought I'd take a moment to share some of what I found.
These remind me of how important a design statement the automobile once was. I say "was" because I have a hard time differentiating models anymore - in most cases, distinctions are much more subtle these days.
That said, you never know where you'll get inspiration for your next design. Just goes to show: there are lots of powerful design ideas hidden in the wayback.
The article that got me started... Here
If that interests you, CarType.com houses a big collection of modern and vintage examples... Here
The AutoPuzzles.com forum offers this fascinating collection of images that show automobile and its relationship to Diners and Drive-Ins... Here
And this collection regarding Motorhomes and Self-Propelled Campers... Here
Some of the posters and associated ephemera must have been trend-setting... Here
The Vintage Auto Posters website... Here
And a huge collection of automotive related signage... Here
May I recommend...
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Topaz Labs... Killer add-ons for Adobe Photoshop Here
Lynda.com... A huge library of top-quality, design-oriented tutorials. Click here for a 7-day free trial. Here
Microsoft rolls out its first logo makeover in 25 years
Following Mom's instructions, I won't have anything to say at all.
The official release... Here
The rollout video... Here
From the Seattle Times... Here
Interesting: The New York City Street Design Manual
I heard mention of New York City's DOT Street Design Manual in a video clip by Ingrid Fetell, a Human Factors Specialist at IDEO.
It's interesting to see how design thinking of all kinds is permeating society.
About the New York City Street Design Manual... Here
A low-res version of the (11.1 MB PDF) (The high-resolution version is available from the page above)... Here
Ingrid Fetell's blog and book-in-progress, Aesthetics of Joy... Here
Will you join me on twitter? Here
Are you a designer? Do you have a profound idea? This is for you.
The Designer Fund is an angel fund for designers. As they explain it, "We're looking for the best entrepreneurial designers in the world who have amazing teams, missions and products that create positive social impact. We're interested in businesses whose success can inherently produce social good in domains like education, energy, environment, food, health, creativity and productivity."
Its a new world isn't it? I love the idea that capital is not longer a barrier to entry. With resources like the Designer Fund and Kickstarter, the barrier to entry is now great ideas. If you've got one and have the ability to articulate it, there is no reason you can't play it out.
The bad news is, we have no more excuses.
The Designer Fund... Here
An article on FastCoDesign.com on the phenomenon of designers founding startups... Here
An earlier post about Kickstarter... Here
From the Ideabook.com Design Store
Tintbook CMYK Process Color Selector: A palette of 25,000 CMYK process colors in print... Here
Color Harmony Guide: From French designer Dominique Trapp... Here
Communicating With Color: Based on Leatrice Eiseman's seminars on the psychology of color... Here
Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to Graphic Design: One of my favorite design books... Here
Expanding the spectrum of design knowledge -- an encouraging sign
This fall marks the launch of the new MFA in Products of Design track at The School of Visual Arts in New York. As I read it, it is a kind of a hybrid reinvention of the conventional industrial design program.
At its core is the idea of exposing students to what Michael Chung, one of the instructors, characterizes as the vast spectrum of knowledge necessary to address the complex design issues of the future.
I'm pointing you to this because I think it's valuable to see how educational institutions are attempting to upgrade their curriculums to address fast-changing professional realities. This, I believe, is a encouraging sign.
MFA in Products of Design... the mission... Here
There are three curriculum paths: Making, Structures, and Narratives... Here
One of many video introductions by instructors: Michael Chung on Video Storytelling... Here