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10 Steps to Better Design
Anton Repponen, the Creative Director at Anton & Irene, is sharing his personal insights into better design over at Creative Bloq. He offers 10 simple steps to boost your career and your designs. We thought his tips were really useful; what do you think?
“This design checklist is a guide that I created for myself over time – it allows me to find the balance between the two extremes I face daily as a designer.
At times I can get carried away and only focus on all the little details without seeing the project from a bird's-eye view, while at other times I only think of the project from a holistic perspective, without really focusing on the important details.
Following these 10 steps allows me to stay on track with multiple projects simultaneously, and allows for a healthier design process overall.”
Built to Last?
Jason Santa Maria, is taking apart the longevity of the world and looking at how we preserve things of importance whilst letting go of the stuff that doesn’t matter so much:
“In his article “Ordinary Plenty” Jeremy Keith looks at the value of the all digital stuff we make, and their ability to last or not.
Preservation is a topic dear to my heart, and one I have a lot of feelings about that I often have trouble putting to words. Thankfully, Jeremy thinks, writes, and talks a lot about this stuff, so I can usually just read along and nod.
As I was reading his article yesterday, something finally clicked for me. One of the arguments I often hear for why preservation isn’t that pressing is that “important things will get saved.” That and “who cares about saving status updates.”
Thrill Seeking Design?
Over at Print Mag, Patrick McNeil is examining our magpie-like quest for the latest technological thrill:
“In 1945, Vannevar Bush’s watershed article, “As We May Think” was published in the Atlantic Monthly. Here he forecasts many technologies that wouldn’t show up for fifty years or more. In particular he predicts a personal device he calls the “Memex,” which would store all of an individual’s books, records and communications. It would allow the user to consult that information with “exceeding speed and flexibility.” Although his thorough description is far from the reality of today, the core idea is crystal clear: We do have personal computers and phones that not only store all of our personal information and communications, but they grant us access to more information than Bush ever imagined.
Among these technologies, Bush also foreshadows new forms of encyclopedias. One idea is based on a trails running through them. That is to say that the information is interconnected, creating pathways through the knowledge. Again, he goes on to describe this in vivid detail based on the ideas and technology available to him in 1945. What emerges is a description of the internet as we know it today – complete with the interlinking of topics and a trail of knowledge.”
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