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Designers: never, ever be a pair of hands. If a client says 'just do it this way'. It's your duty to ask why. If no response, then walk away
Interesting #cern facts: its work led to the creation of PET/MRI scanners. Also, your iPhone screen was invented there in the 70's.
Well, I hope the Sparrow team are as happy as the Gowalla team. Build up a bunch of loyal users then go tell them to fuck themselves.
I really wish everyone would stop making digital things look like real things. A screen is not a drop shadowed, bevelled, wooden plank.
Fluid grid or perfect typographic measure. Pick one. You can't have both.
A good CMS should fit into a production workflow. Eg: Design > Build > Deploy. Not Design > Build > Rebuild for CMS > Deploy.
Being honest is not the same as being insulting. You can be honest without insulting someone. Think before you speak.
'Realism' (shadows, bevels, texture) is a crutch. Solve the real UI problem. Strip it right back and ask 'what's wrong?'.
'Design a system, not a page'. Know when I heard that phrase first? 1995. Typography class, Portsmouth Uni. Designing encyclopedias.
If there's one rule to live by — online or in real life — it's: 'don't be a dick'. Living by that rule will get you far in whatever you do.
You can only make crap bread quickly. Same for web sites. Love takes time.
Little tip: use odd number gutters. Then you can put a pixel key line in the middle of it and still have an even space either side.
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