Blog posts filed under “design”
- Centred or Informed?
- Design In Flight - Issue 4
- Five simple steps to better typography
- Five simple steps to better typography - Part 2
- Five simple steps to better typography - Part 3
- Some thoughts about signs
- Modularised stuff - where to draw the line?
- Five simple steps to designing grid systems - Preface
- Five simple steps to designing grid systems - Part 1
- Five simple steps to designing grid systems - Part 2
- Tags and Folksonomy - I need your help
- Professional CSS: A first look
- Five simple steps to designing grid systems - Part 3
- Five simple steps to designing grid systems - Part 4
- New look Guardian
- Five simple steps to designing grid systems - Part 5
- Turning the corner: Designing for Web 2.0
- Icons, Symbols and a Semiotic Web
- Emigr? calls it a day
- Gerry McGovern’s clear lack of understanding
- Carson Workshops - CSS for Designers
- Semantic Typography: Bridging the XHTML gap
- Typeface of the month: Gill Sans
- What makes a good business card?
- Five Simple Steps to Typesetting on the web: Dashes
- SXSW: Traditional Design and New Technology
- Five Simple Steps to Typesetting on the web: Printing the web
- Pimping my brother’s site
- A bit of a realign
- Wikipedia and Bowing to the Brand
- Penguins in Perth
- When less is more
- Podcasts and an article
- Web designer’s guide to print design
- Atmedia 2006 is just around the corner
- Kitdesigner Beta goes live
- Sorting my workflow out
- Sorting my workflow out, part two
- OS X theme for a Sony Ericsson k800i
- The advantage of working client side
- Professional body for the web design industry?
- Five Simple Steps to designing with colour
- Back to Green (for now)
- Small is beautiful
- SXSW panels: Take two
- Yes, we know the web is not print
- Five Simple Steps to designing with colour part 3: Colour combinations
- What is up with Flow?
- One Principle to Design By
- A small dig at web process and smelling paper
- Incremental leading
- Mark Boulton Design launches
- Links That Deserve More Than The Sidebar
- The Death of Print. Again?
- Be A Beautiful Designer
- CSS Eleven
- Type in Berlin
- Typesetting Tables at 24ways
- BBC redesign tellys have rounded corners, right?
- Coolspotters and Garcia Media
- Start Your Own Business
- Ten Crimes Against Web Typography (and how to avoid them)
- From Poly to Pole
- Coolspotters. Where people and products meet
- Where’s the D in D&AD?
- Design isn’t about tools
- Design By Community
- Drupal.org, Design Iterations, and Designing in the open
- Why Self Publish?
- Designing and building an eBook delivery system
- Drupal 7 Redesign
- Audience Matrix: Our thoughts on the Drupal 7 audience
- Drupal7UX: we need you NOW!
- The Personal Cost of Designing on Spec
- Designing for the Web: Paperback available 14th April
- New shoes
- A roundup of speaking
- Web Directions & Typographic Structure
- New Drop Caps
- Timeboxing Triage
- Something's afoot
- Designing from one end to the other
- On defining UX
- Zeroing the desk
- New design
- A Richer Canvas
- The difference between a Trend and a Shift
- Visual Design is not a thing
- Rethinking CSS Grids
- What is Spec(ulative) Work, really?
- Responsive Advertising
- This post won't take long to read
- Design Compromise
- A Responsive Experience
- Responsive Summit: Workflow
- Responsive Summit: The One Tool
- A New Make Mantra: A Statement of Design Intent
- It's Not Working For Me: #crit
- Digital Patina
- Responsive Content is not a thing
- Open letter to W3C CSS Working Group re CSS Grids.
- Gridset and the Red Pill
- New design, new CMS, a return to writing. Hopefully.
- Adaptive Content Management
- Goodbye, Ceefax
- Look Mum! No gutters!
- Doing less
- CSS Spreadsheets, er, I mean Grids
- A New Canon
- Abstractions After The Fact
- Sparkicons and the humble Hyperlink
- Design is veneer
- The In-Between
- UI is visible. Type is visible.
- The First Website
- I'm not a Craftsman
- The Lull
- The Business of Responsive Design
Design Abstraction Escalation
An essay on the risks of designing using design patterns.
The article I wrote for 24ways on how to typeset the right rag on the web.
Al Jazeera & Content shelf-life
A write-up of work for Al Jazeera between 2010 and 2013 working on a redesign of their digital design language.
How we work
I've had a few people ask me recently about how we work at Mark Boulton Design. And, the truth be told, it slightly differs from project to project, from client to client. But the main point is that we work in an iterative way with prototypes at the heart of our work every step of the way.
Responsive Web Design – Defining The Damn Thing
A post in which I describe the cyclical way of the web design industry to keep trying to define itself and what it does.
How and when we do collaborative moodboards with clients at Mark Boulton Design.
My Handbook – Environment
Number one in a series of posts called ‘My Handbook’
Visual Design might be a thing
In which I disagree with my previous articles
A Design SDK
How we can create design SDKs to ensure our design work is progressed in the right way with other designers
Designing a good portfolio
An article about how to design a portfolio and my experience of applying advice from one of the first Art Directors I worked with.
The difference between a goldfish and a human
On Marginal Degredation and how tiny, little deviations from a product design, or brand, can have a massive, cumulative effect.
Design systems in difficult places
How to go about creating, launching and managing a design system in a place that makes it hard to do so.
Design systems and Postel’s law
What do design systems and Postel’s law have in common?
Defining design principles at EMBL
How I define design principles and specifically for EMBL.
Write it down
A post in which I outline my little method for getting people to think before asking.
- The Fast and Slow of Design
The Ugly Truth about Design Systems
A few weeks ago I presented at
Adobe Fonts for under a fiver
After 24 years of using Adobe design software products – starting with Photoshop 2, today, I've finally cut the chord and cancelled my subscription to Creative Cloud.
In 1984 my uncle's mother died. She lived in a tiny bungalow at the end of a small street with a long garden leading on to a golf course. It was always raining in 1984. On this day it was drizzling with heavy grey skies. The trees at the end of the garden complaining as much as the adults in the house sorting through a lifetime of stuff.
Designers are people, too
Design teams in large organisations are scaling faster every year. These are organisations that have heavily invested in design as a differentiator and in doing so are struggling to provide the best management structure and processes to help brilliant designers to do amazing work. My growing fear is that this is at the expense of the work, but also of the health and wellbeing of swathes of designers.
Yesterday, I was pondering on how discussion frameworks can help streamline all sorts of things within design. Discussion guides help keep user research focussed and the results comparable. Kickoff meeting agenda guides can accelerate projects and are designed to uncover project difficulties before you start. The Five Whys is designed to really get to the heart of a problem and help the receiver to work through a potential solution in answering. Diamond discussions is a discussion framework to help you get from A to B to solve problems faster.
The day I fixed my RSS feeds
I fixed my RSS feeds! Hurray! To be honest I didn't know they were broken until a couple of friends let me quietly know. The surprising thing was the amount of users I'd be neglecting and the amount of subsequent bandwidth this website used since fixing them!
Progressive brand enhancement in design systems
How does your design system turn the brand dial up or down in a diverse organisation?
On design tasks
I talk about design tasks and why they are a terrible idea, how organisations can do better, and how designers might approach interviewing in a slightly different way.
- You've found yourself leading a remote design team
- My own firehose
- Problem space. Shipping space.
- Optical Size tweaking for dark mode
- The pros and cons of remote office work
- The problem with UX/UI portfolios
- The morning test