Don’t worry, you’re in good company—finding your way around the many disciplines and specializations in today’s design world is a job in itself. And to make things more difficult, job descriptions and industry trends are shifting on a monthly basis.
The news that Harvard University has put over 32,000 digitised Bauhaus School works online set the creative world buzzing recently. We explore what the movement was about, and set out how contemporary web design continues to show Bauhaus influences.
Last year, the Washington Post reported that “the hottest trend in Web design is making intentionally ugly, difficult sites”, an approach which they called “web brutalism”. But is this what Brutalism, a twentieth-century architectural movement, was really going for?
Perhaps the most significant challenge when talking or writing about Dada is to settle on a definition, and in trying to define it we probably impose more coherence on the movement than its short and fragmentary existence really warrants.
Frank Chimero is best known for his beautiful and insightful book The Shape of Design, which has recently been reissued in paperback and is also available to read online for free. In this article, we’ll explore 4 key lessons from Chimero’s work.
We’ll examine the Psion Series 3 line of palmtop computers, the much-loved Nokia 5110 cellphone, and the PalmPilot personal digital assistant (PDA), the last of which helped to push the mobile device sector towards embracing touch screens and gesture input.
Tim Brown is CEO and President of IDEO, a global design and innovation firm founded in 1991. He is best known for his work advancing user-centred design—and in particular for developing the idea of “design thinking”.
Apple today announced the latest iteration of the iPhone—the iPhone X. The arrival of iOS 11 delivers something significant: a mainstream, mass-market mobile product that for the first time has an Augmented Reality (AR) engine baked right into the OS.
Have you ever had a nightmare where you were literally drowning in little red notification badges? I did once, and it got me thinking: what actually are notifications? And are they just another dark pattern—a form of coercion and online trickery?
In this piece, we explore some upheavals in the tech world that might come sooner rather than later, manifesting a reaction against products and corporations that are increasingly perceived as both too powerful and too self-serving.
“I want to say that this is the best, smartest article I’ve read about design in a long time, but what I probably really mean is that it is delightfully aligned with my own design values. Beauty and purpose, persuasion and ethics: thank you!”
“Lovely article. Always good to remember such an important reference as Bauhaus. Thank you.”
“Not what I thought. I really enjoyed the arc of this story. Coming from ‘what is web brutalism?’ the visuals and descriptions, like ugly and hard-to-use, supported my initial expectation (based on the name). I had no idea I’d end up with transparency, honesty, usability — all the things I care about and am focused on as a Product Designer. Thank you for the enlightening ride!”
“Brilliant article. Great comparison between architecture and web design.”
“Very interesting read. I wonder what iterations we would be seeing in UI design 10 or 20 years from now.”
“Great and well researched article. Loved that you brought it back to the well worded design principles at the end.”
“Really excellent article. Just shared with colleagues who work on notifications.”
“Yes! This. Brutalism never seemed like an appropriate label for this aesthetic. To me Brutalism in interface design would be wireframes or something similar. Postmodern seems most appropriate.”
Since bursting onto the scene in 2010, Sketch has become an essential part of any modern UI designer’s toolkit.
For nearly 30 years Photoshop has been a crucial tool for photographers and graphic designers alike.
Figma combines the simplicity of Sketch with real-time collaboration features, prototyping, and powerful extra tools.
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