Archive for May, 2005

Your categories aren’t mine

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

Clay Shirky takes on the holy grail of classification in a written piece based on two recent talks at the ETech and IMCExpo conferences. Traditional classification may be the ticket when you’re managing books on a self, but does that translate to digital, online, interactive? It’s tempting to think that the classification schemes that libraries […]

Like a sunflower

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

In the June issue of Fast Company, Danielle Sacks writes about working with, and thinking like, designers. One of the techniques she explores involves getting at the metaphor behind the design as an innovative way to uncover its essence. It’s explained by Jump Associates Principal Dev Patnaik in an anecdote about Steve Jobs: “When Steve […]

Prioritize. Limit. Choose.

Tuesday, May 10th, 2005

When you’re meditating on the state of your web site, this is your new mantra: Prioritize. Limit. Choose. Repeat that over and over. Jerry McGovern talks about creating the web site you can manage as opposed to the one that tries, and usually fails, to be all things to all potential users: Most people I […]

Wither Adobe?

Thursday, May 5th, 2005

As design and web professionals our tools are dominated by two companies, Adobe and Macromedia. Or were. Of course the old news is Adobemedia, the new lumbering mothership of print and web design. I’ve accepted (somewhat) the inveitable announcement that my beloved Freehand — drawing companion since somewhere in the 1.x range and already aquired […]