Posts in category: Design

00211 Monument

00211 Monument

Playing with the contrast of a visually heavy, bunker-like base-half, and a visually lighter...
00196 Chine

00196 Chine

An apartment tower – the result of playing with mirror-imaged angular plates. I ran out of...
00189 Block

00189 Block

An office, apartment, or mixed-use tower block. The wedge-shaped lower block creates two angular plazas on both main faces of the building. The semicircular elements was initially conceived as balconies. But looking at the scale, they are probably more reasonably cast...
00175 Counterpoint

00175 Counterpoint

Two variants of the same design – one with a wing that is longer than the other. This could be a hotel. With two entry...
00153 Sail

00153 Sail

Evolving the previous version to give more prominence to the curved face, and de-emphasise the block mass while using it to anchor the...
Three simple rules for applying logos

Three simple rules for applying logos

As the basic function of applying a logis one of distinctive legibility, the follow three L A D rules can be more practical for everyday use than the specific, technical specifications used in style guides. While these do not replace the exacting specifications...
00142 Zaftig

00142 Zaftig

Continuing the experiment with non-traditional building techniques. Adding a curved face to block...
00134 Prism

00134 Prism

Playing with angular and block, white and transparent elements. Experimenting with non-traditional (ie beyond just bottom-up) building...
00129 Catherine

00129 Catherine

Playing with the idea of a large mass with a pronounced over-hang/cantilever. Scale-wise, the round Catherine windows would be one storey (3m or 10 feet) to two stories in...
Hawaii missile warning: a hypothetical UI improvement

Hawaii missile warning: a hypothetical UI improvement

The recent Hawaiian missile warning mistake piqued my interest in just how the user interface of the WAS alert system may have contributed to the mistake, and how it could be improved. The screen-grabs used below came from here; thanks to Peter R for the link. I am...
00097 Thalatha

00097 Thalatha

This is the first model of a series exploring architectural forms using Lego. It presents two slightly different faces to the world. This is part of a decision to engage in more “work” that is innately satisfying, different from what I have been doing, and...
A big psychological step forward for robocars

A big psychological step forward for robocars

GM has announced self-driving cars with no steering wheels or pedals. Laws aside, this is significant move from a psychological safety perspective. Steering wheels and pedals in cars have always signalled control to users. Even when they are not actively used in...
Experience design must move beyond marketing

Experience design must move beyond marketing

The increased focused on customer experience has brought design into more businesses than ever before. Unfortunately, there is still a tendency to see experience design as just another marketing function. If you want to maximise the returns from customer experience...
Sketch-draw digital art process

Sketch-draw digital art process

Here is something different in the lead-up to Christmas: after some experimentation, I believe I have found a way to create digital art that works for me. It combines the precision of vector drawings with the rich chaos of hand drawn elements. The broad steps are...
Ill-differentiated triggers

Ill-differentiated triggers

This was on the wall next to a secure door. To exit, I had to touch one of these buttons. But which one? With such ambiguity, I wonder if they get lots of false alarms? I wonder if all the doors in the building have panels arranged in the same way? Or whether some of...
If you want to survive in design

If you want to survive in design

I took the screengrab on the left. And mocked up the one on the right. It still astounds me how often I come across illegible designs. I can understand why the designer chose the typeface on the left. It does have a rather run, rhythmic quality to it. It conveys an...
Details details details

Details details details

This is one of the monitors in a local McDonald’s. Do you notice anything odd about the display? It has been like this since I first came here over 5 years ago. The vertical white line pans left and right endlessly. Order numbers appear behind the words...
The humble index.html page

The humble index.html page

In the age of WordPress and other cheap and easy content management systems, we should not forget the humble index.html file. You can build one with nothing more than Notepad. It is a fast way to get a simple web page up; such as one with your logo and contact...
Macbook Pro 2020 Prediction

Macbook Pro 2020 Prediction

Just for fun, here is a parody prediction of the next Macbook Pro refresh in 2020. Thinner, completely portless, and still stubbornly non-touchscreen....
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