Archive for August, 2013

Putting a Systems Sensitive Design Tool Through its Paces

@ 3:54 PM on August 30, 2013

“More and more colleges and universities are asking questions about the nature and shape of a civic-oriented design curriculum through the development of classes, symposia and newly launched design degrees. My institution, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), has been one of those institutions, and some of the results are embodied in a master’s degree called Design for Sustainability, which launched in 2009. The program is built on a triple-bottom line pursuit of wellbeing through a three-pronged approach to innovation (see figure above).”

Your Business Needs Six Months in the Bank

@ 3:12 PM on August 30, 2013

“Impatient and ready to get started? Don’t make the mistake of trying to pay for these basics out of operating expenses, because that defeats the purpose of having the funds there. You can, however, look for a loan. Banks are typically reluctant to lend money to cover operating expenses since there is no guarantee they will ever be paid back.  They will often lend money for some capital expenses, tangible items which have value even if the business does not. In most cases they are going to ask you to personally guarantee the loan. Reluctant to risk your house on your business? You may not be ready.
Don’t get me wrong, I love owning a small business and I think it is a great path for many people. I just want you to be successful when you do, and having enough money in the bank is an important first step.”

Bio-Degradeable, Critter-Friendly Forest Pavilion is World’s First 3D-Printed Architecture

@ 2:10 PM on August 30, 2013

“The bioplastics will enable the pavilion to eventually decompose naturally within the forest, just like the trees that grow all around it. That process will take 30 to 50 years. It will also become a habitat for insects, moss and birds during … A typography and legibility sandbox

@ 1:40 PM on August 30, 2013

“Legibility is important to effective communication online and in print. Learn how various typographic properties and metrics interact with each other to affect the legibility of your message. Click any term to see what it means. Adjust the sli…

Exegesis: How early adapters, innovative publishers, legacy media companies and more are pushing toward the annotated web

@ 1:26 PM on August 30, 2013

“The idea for annotations is obviously a borrowed one, whether it’s writing in the margins of a college text book, or filling in the blanks of a corporate strategy memo, Seward said. In both of those cases, the fact that the notes are pinned to a specific point in the text is key. It’s the same with Quartz annotations, Seward said, which they hope will result in a better quality of discussion that stays on topic. “The goal is to encourage more thoughtful and directed conversation,” Seward said.”

Article Says Graphic Designers Must Eat and Be Healthy to Be Creative. Do You Agree?

@ 12:35 PM on August 30, 2013

This article has interesting perspective. What are your thoughts? How much do diet, exercise, sleep, and fish have to do with YOUR creativity and design work?

Facebook Makes Us Feel Bad About Ourselves—Here’s The Research That Proves It

@ 12:05 PM on August 30, 2013

How do you feel after spending time on Facebook? Better, worse, or about the same? If you believe many of Facebook’s well-produced marketing videos, you’d expect most people to answer that they have a warm, fuzzy feeling. After all, you’re sharing time with friends, the people you care about.


10 Super Useful Free Flat UI Kits

@ 11:09 AM on August 30, 2013

“In web design, we are continuing to see a move toward simplicity. We’re seeing fewer websites that are over-designed, and more that are focused on letting the content shine. On the graphical element level, this trend has taken on the name of “Flat Design”. This means less decorative elements like gradients, reliefs, and realistic forms are being used, and more flat colors.

To help you get started creating your own flat designs, we’ve rounded up some super useful flat UI kits. Enjoy!”

Content as Medium #eprdctn #DPS

@ 10:39 AM on August 30, 2013

“The faddish buzzwords of interactivity (for its own sake) and “digital experiences” are fading in the rear-view mirror, hopefully for good. In their place, we find much more comfortable words: simplicity, focus, and quality. Writing that’s meant for readers, written by those who are passionate readers themselves.”

YouTube as a Marketing Tool for Creative Professionals

@ 10:19 AM on August 30, 2013

“One of the challenges most creative folks face is explaining how they do what they do and the importance of the creative process in developing a focused concept. Showing your work and educating your prospective clients will provide them with i…