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| Journal | The Personal Disquiet of Mark Boulton

The Personal Disquiet of

Mark Boulton

Blog Category: five-simple-steps

A griddy, sneaky peek

Some proof that I’m actually working on the book. Here’s a little screeny of one of the example projects in Chapter 5.

Diagram showing compound grid with design applied

It’s a compound grid: 6 column and 4 column combined, but on this layout using the asymmetric 5 column arrangement. The grid is a reworking and adaptation of Karl Gerstner’s compound grid used on Capital magazine.

Filed in: five-simple-steps. on January 10th, 2012

A Practical Guide to Web App Success

I’m very pleased to announce that, yesterday, Five Simple Steps launched A Practical Guide to Web App Success from Dan Zambonini. You can buy it now in DRM-free ePub, PDF and mobi formats bundle for just £15.

A Practical Guide to Web App Success by Dan Zambonini

Like our other Practical Guide books, Dan’s book is very useful. It’s about taking that might seem overwhelming, complex or just plain big, and breaking it down into manageable, empowering chunks. For almost anyone working on the web, but particularly for designers and developers wanting to take an idea to market, this book is a great place to get an understanding of what’s involved; starting from a scratchy beginning of a side project to a full-time venture.

Personally, what I got from Dan’s book was enough breadth to make me believe I could do the same. Not only that, but that it might just be a success.

Of course, it looks great. Our designer Nick, and particularly our new apprentice at Mark Boulton Design, Colin, have spent many weeks crafting a beautiful experience.

.Net magazine have published a sample chapter on ‘Prototypes and User Tests’, and of course, you could download the sample from the Five Simple Steps website if you wanted to see what it’s all about.

We’re thrilled to bits with it. If you pick a copy up, please let us know what you think @fivesimplesteps.

Filed in: five-simple-steps, news. on November 16th, 2011

The Icon Handbook by Jon Hicks

It is with great pleasure that, today, after much discussion, I can announce that Five Simple Steps will be publishing The Icon Handbook by Jon Hicks later this year.

Icon design is hard. I find it one of the most challenging aspects of our craft. It’s a complex process with a fair degree of magic involved. But with all Five Simple Steps titles, our aim is to break down the ‘magic’ and complexity into something that is practical. Something you can do today, even if it’s just a simple technique.

Jon’s work is everywhere in my dock. The Firefox logo, Shopify, Silverback, Thunderbird, Mailchimp. The list goes on. I couldn’t think of anyone more suitable to explain to us all how he creates such beautiful and distinctive work. We know this book means a lot to him. He’s thought a lot about it for many years now, and finally, he’s at a place where he wants to write it and we’re thrilled he’s chosen us to help him create a beautifully designed and produced book.

More details will be forthcoming on when it will be available and what will be covered, please follow Five Simple Steps on Twitter to keep up to date with where we’re up to.

Excited? I can barely contain myself!

Filed in: five-simple-steps, news. on February 24th, 2011

24 Ways Annual: The Cover

Ever since Migy emailed me — about 3 years ago now — i’ve been looking for the right opportunity for us to work together. When we were hatching the plan to do a 24 Ways Annual, in the back of my mind, I knew it would be great for Migy to do the cover. After a week or so of working on it, I’m delighted to show it off here. I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s beautiful.

24 Ways Annual Cover

Migy will also be providing us with some illustration work for the rest of the Annual to make the author’s pieces the best they can possibly look.

We’re trying to raise £10,000 for UNICEF. With the help of VPS.NET and Remy Sharp – who are kindly sponsoring the printing and other costs — we’ve only £6000 more to go by the end of December. With your help, I’m sure we can do it. Go on, treat yourself to a copy.

Filed in: 24-ways, five-simple-steps. on December 10th, 2010