Category Archives: design

Design in the details

If you haven’t already, go read Jared Spool’s telling of the “$300 million dollar button”: “The form was simple. The fields were Email Address and Password. The buttons were Login and Register. The link was Forgot Password. It was the login form for the site. It’s a form users encounter all the time. How could [...]

The right tool for the job

Sometimes it’s not that easy to see what a new tool can really do without some level of adoption. Adoption translates into self investment, since you’re going to end up spending time and energy evaluating a new tool. The tricky part is determining the right level of self investment necessary to evaluate the tool, and [...]

Visualizing consumption

A colleague sent me a link to this nifty flash based building monitor for UVM’s new student union. It’s nice to be able to visualize resource consumption on this kind of scale, and still have it tied to something you use every day. Hopefully there will eventually be more than a months worth of data [...]

Traffic flow and community development

Most of the major streets leading into and out of in my neighborhood are one-way – a fact that appears to run counter to the city’s revitalization efforts in the area. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a number of businesses come and go, just within a block or so of us. There have [...]

Choosing a typeface with which to brand Barry Bonds’ ball

Barry Bonds’ record-breaking home run ball is going to be branded with an asterisk, then put in the hall of fame. Is anyone else itching to see what typeface is used to set the brand? I also wonder how it is going to be set – will the brand be burned into the ball? Printed [...]