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Week #181-182

Another fortnight passes with lots of random and interesting things happening. We’ve had our head down these weeks to try and manage all the projects that we have up in the air right now. Many deadlines have passed and we’re proud of the results.

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Intuitive Design or something else …

Next time you say “Intuitive” listen to the words exiting your mouth and think. Intuitive is relative to culture, education and past experiences. If you’re entire system relies one some past knowledge, then you’d better have a good system in place to education your readers, but there is a much simpler other option.

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Tapped out

The office sink is so poorly designed, it triggered this article about everything that’s wrong with it, and how it can be improved.

Remember, if the you’re doing it wrong, it’s not always your fault. It was the job of the designer to build a product that was both easy to understand and easy to use. When that fails we tend to blame ourselves for being stupid. We should be appalled at the bad design that we accept on a daily basis. Not any longer!

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Fast, Cheap, Good—Pick Two

Inspired by a talk and a few cliché sightings, I decided to create my own stylized triangular t-shirt design. This article details the background, process and final product available for purchase and/or download.

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Five Simple Steps: Designing with Data

Over the last 6-7 months, I have been working on an introductory book. It is over 40,000 words on the topic of charts and graphs. It is more interesting that it sounds. I managed to sneak past the editor sections about crop-circles and the holy grail.

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