“UX proponents tell tall tales about how good design really takes place. Bottom-up, evidentiary design implies that the designer is ultimately unnecessary, a mere facilitator who draws out a solution from the collective… And top-down, genius design becomes indistinguishable from salesmanship. As a result, design dissolves into other, more established disciplines like business intelligence, product marketing, and corporate evangelism. It’s an error that makes good design look far easier and more replicable than it really is. And worse, it allows people to conclude that their own expertise from data analytics to advertising to illustration is a sufficient stand-in for design.”
My old compadres at Daemon are looking for a new producer. Is this you? You can read the job posting for the official description but perhaps I can talk about what the role meant for me (and yes, cat herder was officially in my job description at the time which might give you a little insight into the minds of this crew).
So today I hear that HP, faced with mounting competition and a more focussed business strategy are bowing out of consumer electronics. Obviously the competition is too fierce and their efforts not enough. While their electronics generate the most revenue they reap the least profit. I must admit that between an iPad and a netbook I may choose the former, but I am so glad I have the latter for now.
I put my juvenile interviewing skills to use by asking my friend and UX pro Dori Miller why she is planning to swim a double crossing of the English Channel. Thats right, Dori plans to swim to France and then back again and all for a good cause. Check out her answers to such probing questions as “Is peeing while you swim and getting that warm feeling the best thing that will happen to you on your epic challenge?” on her blog: Over the Bounding Main: Eriettas Top Ten Questions about Channel Swimming.
I am going to make a version of my graphic design portfolio as a Blurb book in the coming weeks. I already have an old layout I’m pleased with but it’s in A3, so I have to start again. I’m not quite sure what size I will choose as yet. I made some page size graphics in the mean time, that show each Blurb book size on an A3 page. I also made a composite of all the books sizes together for easy comparison.
Courtesy of http://twitter.com/henaredegan/status/13388324999 is this link from http://twitter.com/thesc to a mosaic of the main party leaders in the UK election made with their own leaflets. Check out the artwork and the zoom control: http://zoom.thestraightchoice.org/index.html
I just listened to episode one of The Flickerman on Radio National. It is the story of Cornelius Zane-Grey’s search for his missing girlfriend Lucinda. Someone is posting photos of her on Flickr!
I picked up a copy of MX today, (sophisticated reading I know) and noticed this advertisement by State Rail. It warns that anti social behaviour will attract an on the spot fine. I thought Aggressive Guy was pretty close to a persona in marketing. Not a very fleshed out persona I’ll admit, but I think we have all come across someone like this. Bogans, you have been warned!