Doodle Rant

“Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.” — Jeffrey Zeldman I have noticed more doodles lately. My working definition for doodle is an illustration misrepresented to be a design. (If there is no misrepresentation then it is not a doodle) They can be …

Quick Start: Image Rights

Image includes photography, drawing, paintings, clipart, etc. There are exceptions to all these rules. When in doubt err on the side of caution. These rules may seem unnecessarily cautious. It is my contention that it is better to universally apply best practices rather than attempting to use them only in …

Hard Graphic Design

I recently ran across this diagram. It is originally from the 1970’s, and as far as cognitive science is concerned, it is not nearly as relevant as it once was. Two things jump out at me when I see this diagram. The first is, it is fascinating to see a …

Font Licensing Tips

  Font manufacturers are still called foundries, a reference to movable type. Fonts (software) can be copyrighted. Typefaces (the aesthetic qualities) cannot. Legally you need a license for all the fonts on your computer. You have a license if your fonts were included with other software (Word for example), but …

Success through Failure?

Failure has become a trendy meme in creative and popular culture . From popular books, TED talks, IDEO comments and even Dominos commercials, some version of failing is good is pervasive in our culture. As is often the case, language can be dangerous and in this instance it may prevent …

Electric Youth

Zappin’ it to ya / The pressure’s ev’rywhere / Going right through ya / The fever’s in the air / Oh yeah, it’s there! / Don’t underestimate the power / Of a lifetime ahead / Electric youth / Feel the power / You see the energy comin’ up / Coming …

Lies We Tell Ourselves

“…The world is a random and meaningless terrifying place and then we all—spoiler alert—die. Most critters are designed not to know that. We are designed, uniquely, to transcend that, and to understand that—I can quote myself—a thing isn’t beautiful because it lasts.” “…the main function of the human brain, the …

Graphite and Lab Coats

Pay close attention to the sharpening process. Basically, be mindful of this humble act so that your enjoyment may increase thereby.” – David Rees, Professional Artisanal Pencil Sharpener Graphic Designers before me and after will espouse the virtues of sketching and while I agree it is a virtuous activity, for …