Thoughts on Constraints in Design

A Constraint That Hinders Creative Freedom In both art and design, we can identify three dimensions of constraint: material, functional, and cultural. The beauty of art often lies in the freedom of expression where a constant, self-indulging or self-induced struggle over the constraints by those dimensions. All three pose fascinating challenges to an artist, who…

Is Everyone a Designer?

All Are the Designers? The déjà vu discussion started from a tweet by Jared Spool: Anyone who influences what the design becomes is the designer. This includes developers, PMs, even corporate legal. All are the designers. — Jared Spool (@jmspool) March 1, 2017 Which led to a fascinating discussion down the line here: @jmspool Going…

How Not to Design: 13 Effective Ways to Fail

Here’s a great summary of the many ways we can fail at designing, quoted from the book Understanding Design: Always cling to your first idea. Jump into the details immediately. Solve one aspect of the problem first. Ignore a stakeholder, preferably a vital one. First design the form, then sort out how the thing should…

Bookview: Experience Required by Robert Hoekman Jr

Experience Required: How to become a UX leader regardless of your role by Robert Hoekman Jr The Bottom Line Your first book towards a designer career and constant reminder of any career, because, seriously, you don’t get such sobering insights and decent advice very often in life or career. Official Summary For all the resources…

Demons Run When Designer Goes to Work

Demons Run When Designer Goes to Work Demons run when designer goes to work Client will fall and drown the tongue When designer goes to work Artsy dies and business lies Taste will fade and user will rise When designer goes to work Demons run, but count the cost The design’s done, but meaning is lost When…

Bookview: Design for Hackers

Design for Hackers: Reverse Engineering Beauty by David Kadavy The Bottom Line A mixed bag of anecdotes, best practices, principles and insights related to design. You can start reading it from any page. Official Summary Discover the techniques behind beautiful design – by deconstructing designs to understand them. The term ‘hacker’ has been redefined to consist of anyone who has an…

Book Review: Design Thinking: Understanding How Designers Think and Work

Design Thinking: Understanding How Designers Think and Work by Nigel Cross The Bottom Line Written by one of the leading figures in design research, the book is supposed to “help anyone interested in design to develop their understanding of how designers think and work.” And it’s only 150 pages. Official Summary Design thinking is the core creative process for any designer; this…