Molly’s Big Brain

Molly E. Holzschlag is a well-known Web standards advocate, instructor, and author. Here she is contemplateing the massive brain power needed to operate in information-rich environments like the intertubes: Web designers and developers are challenged in a way that very few learners and thinkers are challenged. Not only is the complexity of the subjects that […]

Portfolio Tip #72: Wear Your Passion On Your Sleeve

Graphic designer Michael Beirut busted out his 1979 portfolio for Design Observer. Beirut describes the piece above: We’ll start with this portrait of jazz saxophonist Sam Rivers, copied from photographs on his album The Complete Blue Note Sessions. This is the kind of thing upon which I had built my reputation by the time I […]

Given 200 Words, You Make Them Count

A Brief Message, a new site from Khoi Vinh and Liz Danzico, features design opinions expressed in short form. Somewhere between critiques and manifestos, between wordy and skimpy, Brief Messages are viewpoints on design in the real world. They’re pithy, provocative and short — 200 words or less.

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Taking The High Road With Clearview

Joshua Yaffa, writing for the NYT Magazine, examines the ongoing transition from Highway Gothic to Clearview on the nation’s highway signs. Looking at a sign in Clearview after reading one in Highway Gothic is like putting on a new pair of reading glasses: there’s a sudden lightness, a noticeable crispness to the letters,” he writes. […]

Design Skills Needed

Bruce Nussbaum, assistant managing editor at BusinessWeek, gave a speech on innovation and design at Royal College of Art in London recently. Here’s one of the ideas he offered: Design is so popular today mostly because business sees design as connecting it to the consumer populace in a deep, fundamental and honest way. An honest […]

Big Media Wants One Of Those You Tube Things

Wall Street Journal is reporting that four major media companies–News Corp.’s Fox, Viacom Inc., CBS Corp. and General Electric Co.’s NBC Universal–might join to create a video web site able to compete with Google Inc.’s YouTube. Nate Anderson wonders if the Big Guys can properly design such a site. In their own attempts at creating […]

Learning As They Go

Carson Sloan and Luke Watkins, two graphic design graduates from the University of Delaware, are on a mission. They are also on a road trip. Before we take that leap, before we accept that first job, and before we dive into the competitive world of design, we have one last class to take… call it […]

Lofty Ideas Bandied About

What role can creativity play in shaping our world? Can creatives become instruments for social and political change? That’s the subject of the evening of September 21, 2006 at the Art Directors Club ADC Gallery panel discussion called “Designism.” “Designism will address the question of how you use your career to make the world a […]

Technorati’s Tweaked Identity Tweaks Noses

Greg Storey of Airbag Industries is less than impressed with the new Technorati website redesign. It’s my understanding that drug users sometimes have flashbacks that cause them to hallucinate and do unexplainable, unimaginable things. So when a friend told me to go see the new Technorati website and it finished loading, the first thing that […]