Category Archives: Design Issues

Digital Arts: Designing for the unknown

Last week, Craig Grannell asked me some questions about designing for the unknown. The result was a really fantastic article called Designing for the unknown: how to design templates and frameworks, and has contributions from some really smart people. The title image is from my writeup of the Default Perch Theme project I did with… Read more

Digital Arts: The future of web design

Over the next few days I’m catching up on things I failed to share in recent months. It’s been a very busy few months, but I still like to have a record of what I did and where I’ve been! In April, I spoke to Neil Bennett about the future of web design, and the… Read more

Interview with Heart Internet

Yesterday, Heart Internet posted an interview with me on their site. They start off saying some very kind things about me, and then it covers accessibility, design, speaking at conferences and a bit of client work. As a bonus, it’s interspersed with photos of me pulling weird faces at conferences (and being business on the… Read more

Writing on The Pastry Box and my first post on ethics

Today is the day my first “thought” of the year is published on The Pastry Box. When Alex asked me if I wanted to be a part of The Pastry Box project, I leapt at the chance. There are some fantastic people who have contributed such interesting thoughts and ideas over there in the last… Read more

Browser windows and responsive language

In the same way that we continually evolve the processes we use when working with clients, I’ve now found myself evolving and refining the language I use with clients when discussing responsive web design. “Devices” It started out with talking about devices. “This design will use X on a mobile phone, Y on a tablet… Read more

Fonts.com mockup fonts

I do like the way that fonts.com do web fonts. (I also like all of the web font services for different reasons and different projects.) Mockup fonts Fonts.com have this new system that really works. It involves an app called SkyFonts. This allows you to try out different fonts in your desktop mockups as rentals.… Read more

Fl*t design trend

I’m about to apply a mute filter to the word “flat” on Twitter. That or start unfollowing a lot of people. What’s flat? There’s an aesthetic “trend” that’s been around for a while. It involves fewer gradients and textures and has thus been described as “flat” design. It’s often described as the opposite of “skeuomorphism,”… Read more

24 Ways: Design Systems

I’ve been thinking a lot about the design in ‘responsive’ design lately. My post on 24ways is where I started to get some of my thoughts and ideas out. Here I talk about design systems and how thinking in this way, and basing our processes around this concept, can help us create more flexible future-proof… Read more

display: none;

Or The things you think are common knowledge but really they aren’t. I was on the ShopTalk show a few weeks ago, and a few people have asked me what I meant when I said “display: none; naughties.” I foolishly thought that people would understand what I meant, (and I’ll come to that later) so I… Read more

Will understanding the mainstream affect me as a designer?

I’ve been contemplating how designers can identify better with more mainstream users. I had a thought last week. What if, by rejecting Facebook, I’m actually missing out on design patterns that are so influential on the mainstream user that it affects their perception on the rest of the web? And the same goes for Google… Read more

Critiques, giving and receiving useful feedback

Funnily enough, a couple of days before Mark Boulton said and wrote his piece on design critiques, I’d been thinking about that same topic. I’ve been struggling through an iPhone app icon design, and had asked Twitter for help. Knowing that the 160 character limit wasn’t going to help me much, I emailed everyone who… Read more

Labels in input fields aren’t such a good idea

There’s something that’s been bothering me lately. It seems to be some kind of form interface trend where the labels for text inputs are placed inside the fields themselves. Example: There might be some pros Admittedly, this makes an interface slicker. It saves space where you’d usually have a label, then some padding, then the… Read more

Future Of Web Design 2011 – The Summary – Day Two

Day Two Ethan Marcotte – Responsive Web Design Femi T Adesina – Enhancing your Creativity I mis-hastagged the first tweet! Josh Clark – Buttons Are a Hack: The New Rules of Designing for Touch My thoughts at this point: Josh Clark – Buttons Are a Hack: The New Rules of Designing for Touch continued… John… Read more

Future Of Web Design 2011 – The Summary – Day One

A few people have recommended that I post all the tweets summarising the great talks at Future Of Web Design in a blog post. So here it is! Day One Aarron Walter - Transforming Ideas into Interfaces I arrived late for Aarron’s talk so it took me a while to engage properly. Mike Kus – Designing… Read more

Girlguides UK Anti-airbrushing Campaign

I don’t like to say it, but I think the Girlguides UK campaign (#gukforrealimages) call for labelling all airbrushed images of women is unrealistic. Our girls and young women are demanding action from the Prime Minister to introduce compulsory labelling to distinguish between airbrushed and natural imagesin order to ‘shape a generation of self-confident girls and… Read more