Paint By Numbers Design Rules

BusinessWeek canvassed a broad range of Internet luminaries to discover the design rules they live by.
1. Thou shalt not abuse Flash.
2. Thou shalt not hide content.
3. Thou shalt not clutter.
4. Thou shalt not overuse glassy reflections.
5. Thou shalt not name your Web 2.0 company with an unnecessary surplus or dearth of vowels.
6. Thou shalt worship at the altar of typography.
7. Thou shalt create immersive experiences.
8. Thou shalt be social.
9. Thou shalt embrace proven technologies.
10. Thou shalt make content king.
Contributors ranged from the guru of Web usability, Don Norman, to the design director of, Khoi Vinh, and John Maeda, president-elect of the Rhode Island School of Design.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. yes, but every commandment should have an asterisk linking to: *unless the client tells you otherwise.