The matter of taste

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Rather than understanding taste as the particular way a person does a thing, I will argue that it is a measurement of how well a person is able to see and act within a problem space. When business hinges on the user experience and how products make people feel, success or failure is often a matter of taste. Continue reading

The brief, the scope and the dance

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Frustrating, ugly websites that don't live up to their promise are the result of a misunderstood brief and a lack of real scope. How can makers and clients work together to ensure better solutions? By reframing brief and scope as communication tools for collaboratively dealing with project realities as they unfold. Continue reading

The instantaneous language of beauty

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We use the pre-verbal language of asethetics to sense our environment before we can think. As much as we repel from danger, we're drawn to seamless, cohesive symmetry, which we find beautiful. We are naturally attuned to beauty because we know it represents a higher chance of holding worthwhile information. Continue reading

Designers should code

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If you want to know how to make software that connects with and works for real people, there's no substitute for shaking hands with the invisible demons programmers wrestle with. Continue reading