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Advertising Faces – a photo set on Flickr

Posted in ideas, photos by solle on 25/11/2009

New idea. Series of close ups of faces that appear on any form of advertising. Efforts will be made to geotag each one (though obviously most types of advertising change) in the effort to build a record across (mainly) Greater London.

All photos will be delivered to this set on Flickr. (You can follow it on RSS.) many will be posted on Twitter with this tag: #advertfaces.

Here’s a selection of where I’m up to so far (new ones every day):




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Conference feedback (big and small, it effects us all)

Posted in events, ideas by solle on 08/09/2009

My feedback and stuff to learn regarding recent conferences I have attended and assisted putting on (including London IA and dConstruct):

conference feedback

Sketchbooks

Posted in design, ideas, information architecture, UX by solle on 27/08/2009

My preferred list of sketchbooks readily available. There are many others but these are the ones I choose. Some better than others in terms of paper thickness, how they cope with ink, watercolour, glue, Selulotape, 2B pencil etc

Try a few out – you really can’t have enough sketchbooks, in fact I’ve started collecting them.

Seawhite of Brighton renowned for their well made hard backed sketchbooks – readily available

(Pity about their appalling website.)

A post like this obviously couldn’t possibly be complete without mention of Konigi’s Wireframe Sketchbook

konigi-wireframe-sketch-book-small

Quite a bit of sketchbook porn at Fabriano

I can vouch for the quality – maybe something for the weekend 😉

Muji is always reliable in offering affordable and plenty of choice.

teNeues Slim Journals are a pleasant edition to the Moleskine-type notebook – cheaper too, if you can find them. (I got mine in a bookshop in Crystal Palace.)

teneues-sketchbook

Pencils Sketchbook from We Are Family is very sweet – I got mine at the ICA in the Mall

pencils-sketchbook

I also have a fondness for Chartwell Survey Stationary. Great for organising your boxes and arrows in all weathers. Available here

chartwell

Action Book from Behance Outfiltter. Plenty of other stuff to choose from.

action book

Rhodia offer good selection. I like the rise and fall variety.

Loads to choose from at the Design Museum Shop (and a good place to get your ODW (see below).

Other worthy mentions include this pocket calendar sketchbook and these two blog posts Sketching Tools and Piggyback Post: Sketching Tools

and no post on the subject of sketchbooks would be complete without mention of the Original Designers Workbook (ODW) – a great way to start any new project – and of course the Moleskine range

Links, bookmarks, discoveries

Posted in content, ideas, links, Online by solle on 11/07/2009

Week ending 11 July

Profits before patients: Wendell Potter talks to Bill Moyers about 20 years inside the health care industry with perfect Dante quote “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of moral crisis, maintain a neutrality.”

Kosmix – semantic search engine – what’s happening on the web (well quite a lot really and it isn’t only conversations regarding the custody of MJ’s children.

Joshua Porter’s Designing with psychology in mind

Eventually discovered Tiltshift for the iPhone

Considering the somewhat different paths Great Designs Should Be Experienced and Not Seen and Disruption versus Usability: has UXD become TOO good? and Design With Intent: How designers can influence behavior

Started playing around with Mapumental

Fill up a page of your sketchbook a day – Pretty sketchy and its Flickr group

Post-it easel pads

Future Perfect

Walking Papers: Print maps, draw on them, scan them back in

Maglev toy train

User Experience Trading Cards – check the ones you didn’t manage to get at UXLondon

The 1kb CSS Grid and the Grid System Generator

From Adactio Revealing Design Treasures from The Amazon

Maps as service design: The Incidental

Google Dark – godark.us

Web Trend Map V 2_1 – about

@craigmod – nice grid

AxLib – A robust design library of usable interaction patterns for Axure RP

Smart.fm and An owl’s life

ruiz+company – design inspiration

cortex – Xavier Encinas Studio personal visual library

@font-face: The potential of web typography

Content-Preserving Warps for 3D Video Stabilization

Abandoned Britain – Photographing ruins

Matt Webb and his opening presentation at reboot 11. Scope – Design and contributing to culture; ourselves as individuals and the big picture; taking action.

10 informative web design presentations

keep an eye on this – Luca De Rosso’s OTTO Beatslicing is more fun when you hold the sample in your hands

Open Plaques

Stop motion paper prototyping

Best RSS feeds for information graphics

Design Ethnography & Mood Maps over at Semantic Foundry

and Hicks Design Icons for Interaction and a revisit to Old News about Icons

and finally The Best of French Cheeses

Proud of my Buck Rogers puzzles (here’s an example)

Buck Rogers puzzle

Buck Rogers puzzle

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That I must complete my input for Russell Davies’ Speculative Modelling

Finish my cardboard camera

hole-on ex

& finish my cardboard menagerie

cardboard menagerie

UXLondon Redux

Posted in events, ideas, Twitter, Uncategorized, UX by solle on 08/07/2009

We at the London IA group have organised an evening of recaps of the recent – and hugely successful – UXLondon

The line up for the evening at this point is (though it may change):

6.30pm doors open

7pm London IA Welcome

7.05 Presentation round up: Christian Petzny on Dan Saffer – presentation/workshop

Questions

7.30 Workshop/presentation round up: Francois Jordaan on Jared Spool – presentation/workshop

Questions

7.55 Workshop/presentation round up: Desigan Chinniah sums up Peter Merholz, Donna Spencer, Don Norman

Questions and 15 minute break

8.30 presenter view: Luke Wroblewski (prerecorded video)

8.35 Workshop session: Wireframing 2.0 redux James Box

Questions

9.15 Workshop session: Sketching UX Pictionary – Jane Austin/Frances Eida

10.00 presenter view: Jared Spool (prerecorded video)

10.05 Clearleft view & future: Andy Budd

11pm finish

The event is being hosted by Jason Mesut at The Team and is being sponsored by Nick Cochrane at Zebra People with a few prizes and giveaways including copies of Balsamiq

Over the course of the evening we hope to gain insight and feedback into the first day presentations from UXLondon and the second and third day workshops from the perspective of delegates, presenters, people who ran workshops and organisers. We will also endeavour to run a couple of ‘mini’ workshops based on UXLondon workshops.

The event is open to all members of London IA and there will be no charge.

There will be refreshments and a background of music from Martin Belam and I hope Jason Mesut and myself.

Below is the evening’s poster and supporting image:

uxlondon

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The Lord’s Prayer

Posted in ideas, Online, Politics and links by solle on 17/06/2009

Oh Carter, who art in Government (briefly),
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
thy licence will be done,
on rural earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day a rather poor connection.
And forgive us our piracies,
as we forgive those who pirate against us.
And lead us not into mobile temptation,
but deliver us from mobile evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory. for ever and ever. Amen

What a grid day

Posted in design, ideas, information architecture, UX by solle on 10/06/2009

Yesterday was an excellent grid day. I discovered an excellent blog from Vladimir Carrer with a host of ideas around grids and layouts and handling typography – this one especially O rule + golden proportion for calculating the gutter in the grid

Carrer web log

and then remembered this indescribably good roundup of grid tools and resources by Fuel Your Creativity Grid Based Design Toolbox.

Grid Based Design Toolbox

Combine these two resources with The Grid System and inspiration like Information Architects and Mark Boulton Design and you should never find yourself stuck again.

Also check out this beta of the new Information Architects’ site

Further resource: 960 Grid System, Grid Systems – Making grids in Illustrator, The 1kb Grid System, Grid System Generator, Prototyping With The Grid 960 CSS Framework

Watching digital readers

Posted in content, Data, ideas, Online by solle on 02/06/2009

One of the things our grandchildren will find quaintest about us is that we distinguish the digital from the real‘ William Gibson

Somewhere between Nicholas Carr’s ‘Is Google Making us Stupid?‘ and Clive Thompson on the Future of Reading in a Digital World there is the issue of how we are viewed when we read. It has become increasingly evident that depending on how you are reading, what you are reading and upon what you are reading you are viewed very differently.

how-computer-works

It is said that it is more acceptable to read a newspaper at the breakfast table than a paperback novel. Why? Is it because the viewer can see something of what the reader is reading and approximately where they are in their reading but with a paperback novel it is hard to establish exactly what is being read and where the reader is? Books can seem private and cut off.

Is reading a newspaper or magazine or book at the breakfast table more acceptable than reading from a Kindle (or like), laptop or iPhone (or like)? Why? Is it because the viewer can see something of what the reader is reading and approximately where they are in their reading – be it the title, the cover, the cover story or at very least that it is a book or a newspaper etc – but when the reader is using a digital device they can’t even be sure they are actually reading and if they are reading you have no way (apart from maybe facial expressions) what they are reading? Viewer feels no sense of engagement.

Of course in some circumstances (ie dinner party) it is frowned upon to read anything but especially a newspaper or a paperback novel but you might just be able to squeeze in reading a short summary of a sporting event on your mobile phone without too much objection (or risk of never being invited again).

Likewise when attending a lecture, panel event or roundtable it is perfectly acceptable to multi task reading connected and non connected stuff from a mobile phone or laptop – the feeling is that the reader is still engaged with their surroundings, involved with the event, in the conversation – but reading a newspaper or book in this environment would give the impression of non interest, non engagement, being separate from their surroundings (even though they may be reading something directly relevant).

Like the William Gibson quote describes, in time these differentiations will become quaint references to a time when individuals discussed the digital and non-digital/’real’.

Please comment below with any other references on the subject.

Thanks newhousedesign for Ladybird picture

CV format – is it broken? Does it need fixing

Posted in content, design, forms, ideas by solle on 27/05/2009

Recently I have been playing around with my CV frustrated with the standard format. I have tried out various ideas including a persona style and one based on a grid but am still scratching my chin not quite sure if I have solved a problem that as one recruiter recently offered maybe ‘doesn’t need fixing’.

There is no doubt that a growing number of design types (especially those more at the beginning and development of careers – where ultimately a strong CV is most relevant) have realised that they have got to increase chances of being ‘noticed’ whatever it might be for and the starting point is obviously been to visually enhance their CVs.

various CV examples

The conversation has picked up with the growing interest and spread of infographics. Fine examples are Michael Anderson’s and Greg Dizzia’s. Web Designer Depot added to the discussion with a recent post 30 Artistic and Creative Résumés that garned plenty of discussion regarding readability and inappropriateness of overkill design – ‘a CV is meant to be a document not a poster’ ‘a CV is meant to convey information… your portfolio is for showing off your creativity’. And as one creative director writes quite scathingly ‘I mostly ignore these types of vanity projects when I get them. They look like some school assignment. I want to know about you in 5 seconds. And, that comes from the text.’

There’s no doubt that hiring folk when looking through CVs look for well organised and easily skimmable documents that a decision can be quickly made on.

So what to do? How do you create a balance?

The discussion has also started to appear on Twitter where some good ideas have cropped up such as Bob van Vliet and Clement Boutignon’s innovative use of Daytum.

My advice is pull out a grid and ensure that the written words describing your successes, experiences and deeds are easily readable. If you feel you can add some visual accoutrement to it without obscuring the main information then go ahead though a good barometer is to get as much feedback as you can from recruiters and HR professionals. Some will love innovation, some will be more than non plussed.

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1. theories to live by: Milton Glaser

Posted in ideas by solle on 27/05/2009

(this needs repeating in full) from Ten Things I Have Learned Part of AIGA Talk in London November 22, 2001

IF YOU HAVE A CHOICE NEVER HAVE A JOB.

One night I was sitting in my car outside Columbia University where my wife Shirley was studying Anthropology. While I was waiting I was listening to the radio and heard an interviewer ask ‘Now that you have reached 75 have you any advice for our audience about how to prepare for your old age?’ An irritated voice said ‘Why is everyone asking me about old age these days?’ I recognised the voice as John Cage. I am sure that many of you know who he was – the composer and philosopher who influenced people like Jasper Johns and Merce Cunningham as well as the music world in general. I knew him slightly and admired his contribution to our times. ‘You know, I do know how to prepare for old age’ he said. ‘Never have a job, because if you have a job someday someone will take it away from you and then you will be unprepared for your old age. For me, it has always been the same every since the age of 12. I wake up in the morning and I try to figure out how am I going to put bread on the table today? It is the same at 75, I wake up every morning and I think how am I going to put bread on the table today? I am exceedingly well prepared for my old age’ he said.

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