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| Journal | The Personal Disquiet of Mark Boulton

The Personal Disquiet of

Mark Boulton

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Very useful bookmarklet that renders the page you’re viewing in several device sizes. Great for testing responsive designs.

Filed in: ofinterest. Additional: rwd on January 28th, 2012

2012 UX Bootcamps

I’m very excited to be running a Bootcamp again for UX Bootcamps in April next year. This year, it was great fun working alongside some talented UX-ers up their graphic design skills. And, considerable progress was made in just two days.

Alongside the Visual Design Bootcamp, there will be a Cognitive Psychology bootcamp in February with Joe Leech from CX Partners, and Information Architecture UX Bootcamp with Mags Hanley. Both of which, I’m sure, will be superb.

So, if you fancy any of them, tickets will be on sale from midday on 5th January 2012.

Filed in: design, ofinterest, speaking. on December 22nd, 2011

Feelings: The Technology Podcast About People

Joe Clark with a superb idea; a series of podcast interviews with the focus on the person, not their work, projects or how successful and wonderful they are. Joe: please make this happen.

Filed in: ofinterest. Additional: podcasts on December 12th, 2011

5by5: Me on Grids

I had the pleasure of speaking with Jen Simmons (@jensimmons) on her show on 5by5: A Web Ahead..

For a whole 100 minutes (!) I harped on about responsive design, grids, design process, news, advertising and a few other things. Despite my dodgy sore throat, I had a great time discussing some of the nuances of adopting new and challenging approaches to design and build the web sites and services we do.

Filed in: design, ofinterest. Additional: grids, podcast, responsi on December 1st, 2011

The New, Convoluted Life Cycle Of A Newspaper Story

Great piece from 10,000 Words on the natural growth of news.

Having done a ton of thinking about this over the last year, this resonates so much with my thoughts and conclusions. This particularly struck me:

Unlike a blog like TechCrunch, for example, a newspaper is publishing to multiple platforms. TechCrunch has one platform, one story type: blog posts. Newspapers are the only type of publishing company to have the distinct differentiation of “print stories” (which are posted to the web) vs. “blog posts” vs. “web updates” (to the print stories). The different platforms, web CMS and print CMS, have different workflows associated with them.

So many news publishers are hand-tied by their own mental-models of perfectly manicured journalism similar to TV or Print. One to many, final-state publishing. The web’s different, but what’s crucial is how we show the change of the story for the user. How do we do that?

Filed in: news, ofinterest. Additional: newsdesign on November 29th, 2011

The making of FF Tundra | I love typography, the typography and fonts blog

A wonderful story about the creation of FF Tundra on I Love Typography. Such a great insight into the design decisions, and motivations behind them, when crafting a typeface design.

Filed in: ofinterest, typography. on October 5th, 2011

Five & Ten

Jason Santa Maria – the talented bastard – goes and redesigns his site and serves up a masterclass in understated elegance. The subtleties here are sublime. Look, absorb, learn.

Interestingly, Jason states one of the reasons he redesigned this way because he felt the weight of pressure that every post had to be a considered, designed, art-directed masterpiece.

Filed in: design, ofinterest. on August 26th, 2011

An alternative to employee options/equity grants

Very interesting, simple solution to equity/share options which is similar to an annual profit share scheme. Except this example is when the company is sold or IPOs. A very elegant solution.

Filed in: ofinterest. on August 15th, 2011

How Much Design Is Too Much Design?

Khoi echoes some of my own thoughts about the value of design in digital products: is it pixel-perfection, or ‘good enough’ iteration.

Filed in: design, ofinterest. on June 13th, 2011

Explorations in Typography

A great looking book by Carolina de Bartolo and Erik Spiekermann out in April 2011:

Explorations in Typography: Mastering the Art of Fine Typesetting (A Visual Textbook for Intermediate to Advanced Typography) is a vast collection of beautiful typesetting examples. Page after page, a brief article by Erik Spiekermann has been set in hundreds of different ways in hundreds of different typefaces, creating an extended visual taxonomy of typesetting that allows you to “learn by looking.”

Interestingly, the site has ‘key features’ of the book listed in the same way you would list features of an electronic product or web app.

Filed in: design, ofinterest, typography. Additional: books on February 12th, 2011