Tag Archives: Design

Simplicity as an Outcome of Thinking

Simplicity as an Outcome of Thinking

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The concept of simple is all around us – the rise of Apple means that our exposure to a beautiful design ethic is ever-increasing. A lot of companies want to take a shortcut to compelling design by imitating Apple, but there’s a great quote from Steve Jobs on the reason that’s hard to do: ‘When […]

My son at 2 years old, finding out how steering works.

Getting under the hood

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A lot of the web people I’ve met over the last couple of years (designers, developers, user experience people, content strategists, information architects, and so on) seem to love physical products, and not just the latest gadgets – at the upcoming Build 2012 conference for example, there are workshops in axe restoration and leather craft. […]

The Evil of Mandatory Fields

The Evil of Mandatory Fields

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Forms are a vital part of an information business – they’re the primary way that organisations capture data about their users, and often the mechanism by which they understand what their own teams are doing. But, if they’re so useful, why is it that no-one likes them? I’ve been working with a large organisation in […]

The Problem with Solutions

The Problem with Solutions

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In the race for progress, we often rush for the first solution that presents itself, and rarely spend enough time thinking about the problem itself. Charles Kettering – a man who counted the electric motor, automobile paint, the modern fridge, and the first aerial missile among his inventions –  said ‘a problem well-defined is a […]

Shared Language – the Key to the Kingdom

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‘I like it’, or more often; ‘I don’t like it’ – we hear these two phrases more than any others when we’re presenting solutions / proposals / ideas to colleagues, clients, and managers. But what does it mean? Even the famously creative and design-literate Steve Jobs was renowned for saying ‘I know it when I […]