Sample chapter from Mike Monteiro’s new book, Design is a Job.
I’m not a designer, but I love working with them, and have a client services past as an engineer. Tons of great insights in the three chapters I’ve read so far.
“Get to know the people on the client team and treat them well. Make them a valuable part of the project and make sure their voices get heard. People change jobs. If the current project goes well, the person who hired you will have her stock rise within the company, and the rest of the staff will eventually spread out far and wide to other companies who will need design services at some point. Your DNA travels with them. (Not literally. I’m hoping I don’t need to add a chapter explaining that.)”
I am digging the heck out of this. A lovingly-designed calendar app replacement for the iPhone which interacts with your existing calendars, so all the lovely syncing goodness of iOS keeps on working.
Fab essay by Mike Monteiro.
“It’s like buying a melon. Any sample the grocer is handing out won’t come from the melon you’re about to buy. And don’t buy on looks. To really know a melon you’ve got to squeeze it hard at the ends. Also, a melon analogy? Not my best moment. Let’s move on”
“I’ve re-imagined four common products from 2010 as if they were designed in 1977: an mp3 player, a laptop, a mobile phone and a handheld video game system. I then created a series of fictitious but stylistically accurate print ads to market them, as well as a handful of abstract posters (you know, just for funsies).” Wonderful!
One of the things that most excites me about the iPad is getting to read magazines without that deadtree cluttering up our house. BERG have worked with Popular Science to create the first compelling iPad magazine. Can’t wait to see what other publishers do.
“ONLY BUILD STUFF FOR YOURSELF. That’s the Golden Rule of Building Stuff. If you’re planning to build something for someone else, let someone else build it.”
About the UI design of Wells Fargo ATMs. My decision to open a Wells Fargo account after moving to SF was largely influenced by the experience I had at one of their ATMs, so it’s definitely a good design.
Interview with Jason Spaceman and Mark Farrow about the fantastic packaging they’ve put together for Spiritualized’s albums. They’re one of the few bands where I make sure to buy the “deluxe” CD.
“The Jack Principles is the first set of comprehensive guidelines for designing, writing and performing for an interactive conversation.” Great reading if you’re developing software for humans.
The new Google personalised homepage themes are gorgeous. Updating them based upon time and local weather is just ridiculously lovely!
Nothing earth-shattering or new, but food for thought.
Some very clever ideas about visually alerting users to the existence of microformats on a web page, plus some interesting debate in the comments about how much Firefox should visually change the look of a page in the name of “usability”.
The awesomeness that *is* the British 3-Pin Plug. The article covers most of the beautiful design decisions, such as the longer earth pin (so earth is the first connection made when you plug it in) and the cable being attached to the bottom, so you’re less tempted to pull the plug by yanking the cord. Well done British Standards chaps!
This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.