Three Questions Part 3

Three Life Questions continues. Watch the video to find out where these Bostonians have traveled, what the nicest thing someone’s done for them is and what they would write a book about if they could write about anything.

5 Creative Instagram Accounts You Should Follow

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This one is obvious, because their twitter and website are equally good/better, but Design Milk is always there when you need some inspiration.

 

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HER creative is run by Heather Rivendell who is an interior designer. Everything in here is clean and elegant.

 

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Cedric Dasesson shoots absolutely stunning photos. Follow if you like staring at beautiful natural scenes.

 

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The Carbon Copy’s instagram is full of striking concepts. Go for the vibrant colors and bold lines. Tumblr.

 

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Mboligstyling is great at capturing modern interiors. Check out their website too!

Small-scale manufacturers and workshops in Istanbul

When I was in Istanbul two months ago, I was struck by how many handmade household goods there were for sale at the grand bazaar. I always wondered what the makers’ studios look like, how the goods were made, and if the makers worked in fair conditions.

I found out recently that my friend, Rezzan, spent time this spring studying the exploitation of underground metal-smiths and woodworkers in Istanbul for her graduate thesis at Sabanci University. She worked hard to find and contact these workers, who don’t often publicize where they hone their craft. Most of them have worked in their industry for 30+ years, starting as apprentices and rising to become masters of their craft. Her photography reveals old and young people who work tirelessly to produce quality goods in all kinds of environments. All images are Copyright Rezzan Hasoglu.

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6 Things I learned from 3 Talks at UXPA Boston 2014

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Things I learned from UXPA – The TL;DA (Too Long; Didn’t Attend) Version

Designing for Large Touch Interfaces

  1. Make sure people know they can touch the screen.
  2. Orientation affects how users perceive the kiosk
  3. Transitions are important as cues when navigating. Use gestures everyone is familiar with.
  4. Designer is also a performer – make them look good
  5. Height is important. Make sure user can reach the cancel button
  6. Adjust the drag and inertia on objects. Don’t make large objects feel “heavy.”

Designing with Real Data

  1. Fake data = fake design = fake feedback = wrong decisions. Real data will enter the equation eventually.
  2. Understand the data
  3. Organize data into information to enable users to gain knowledge
  4. Real data has a min and max, an average and a distribution. Think about this when designing screens with potentially extremely short or long text. Consider the outliers.
  5. You can do a lot with Indesign Datamerge/Kimono/Chartwell fontface/Sublimetext/Screenscraper chrome extension.
  6. Ben Salinas (@bensalinas) from Involution Studios is a REAL unicorn.

Design Psychology

  1. Self-determination theory levels: amotivated/external/introjected/identified/integrated/intrinsic
  2. Motivation is autonomy, competence, relatedness
  3. If you want people to do something, minimize external pressures and maximize internal ones
  4. Establish shared rules of engagement
  5. Convey belongingness
  6. If you use social media – be responsive to your customers.

 

Design Food for This Week

Crystal Rock Lighting by Arik Levy for Lasvit

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These lamps are a collection of precisely cut glass fixtures that resemble meteorites. The surfaces of the lamp create interesting reflections and deflections of light.

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Natri shirts are minimalistic and well-designed.

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Tile is small plastic chip that you can attach to an object to help detect its location. The tiles work within a certain distance range, but other people’s tiles can pick up your lost item. It comes with an iPhone app. Definitely something I need.

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Free iPhone Vector Wireframing Toolkit

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Here is a free iPhone wireframing toolkit for Illustrator CC. (The attachment is on the linked page.) It is possibly the most comprehensive template on the interwebz. I spent hours and hours on this, so please share it! Free for commercial and personal use.

3 Questions in Boston: Asking people about favorite things and biggest fears

I’m continuing my three question video series in Boston. It’s been fun getting to talk to random people about things they like about the city and what they’re afraid of. Thanks to everyone who decided to help me by being in the video.

Design Food for This Week

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And more at First Things First 2014 Manifesto

“There are pursuits more worthy of our dedication. Our abilities can benefit areas such as education, medicine, privacy and digital security, public awareness and social campaigns, journalism, information design, and humanitarian aid. They can transform our current systems of finance and commerce, and reinforce human rights and civil liberties.”

 

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The Tea Cup SlingsHOT

A *great* idea.

 

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Who Made Your Clothes T-shirt

These shirts are made from certified organic cotton and printed with chemical-free, seaweed-based dyes. They were made at a geothermal, solar-powered factory. You can’t get much greener than that.

 

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Mike Monteiro – How Designers Destroyed the World

Mike calls for designers to be responsible about what we put out into the world. It’s a great talk that’s delivered with a ton of passion. Great to watch if you are in a I-want-to-stand-up-for-my-work mood.