Are Designers Crazy?

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...or do I just need new glasses? I'm not a graphic designer. I find it hard to get into the mindset of excellence through beauty. I understand user flow, interactions, happy paths, delighting the user, humane design, and so on - but when it comes to the art of making something look nice I'm all… Continue reading →

Bitcoin Sucks - But It Doesn't Have To!

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Bitcoin me! 1JDDn6cHgzqsRtgQJZwhToJPAX4oYZg19T If that "sentence" makes any sense to you - you're not a muggle. Muggles (for want of a better epithet) don't want to invest a lot of time into things which don't fit with their mental model of how the world works. Without getting into a philosophical discussion on what money is… Continue reading →

QR Tetris

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Designer Ming Ling has created the most wonderful QR code constructed out of Tetris pieces. The full size version is a work of beauty. As I've explained before, this works because the QR scanner sees the image in black and white - so light colours disappear. Anything else is covered by the fairly generous error… Continue reading →

The Design Of Everyday Hotel Rooms

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One of the most influential books I have ever read is Donald Norman's "The Design of Everyday Things". In the book, Norman rails against the usability flaws which seek to undermine our comfort and sanity. Everything from lightswitches which never seem to have a consistent state, to to alarm clocks with impossible to figure out… Continue reading →

How Not To Design A Mobile Site - TasteLondon

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I'm a huge fan of TasteLondon.  Their card gives discounts in hundreds of restaurants around London.  It's saved me quite a bit of money  and I really recommend the service to anyone who likes eating out. There is a small problem with it, though.  The directory of restaurants it covers is a fairly heavy paperback… Continue reading →