Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Free sketching templates for downloading

Find yourself tired of constantly making screens? Does your arm smart after too many rectangles? Worry no more! Download sketching template PDF!

Collect them all: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 16 up! If you act now, receive all in one convenient PDF.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A time visual design made my life better

Two things really helped me apply for college: 
  1. A very visual roadmap of the process (I can't find it so I recreated what I remember below). I wish I could find this again!
  2. The (very thick) Fiske Guide to Colleges 

Monday, August 18, 2014

How to explain design in 75 minutes

Those of us working in design have seen a huge spike in interest in our profession. No matter the cultural zeitgeist however, we feel like designers. People who make stuff well.

Watching Objectified was awesome as it explains the UX process.

I cringed when one designer equated design with for-profit work. Sure, that's something designers do too, but it clashed with something I've thought for a long time but needed to see the movie to expand on:

Everyone is a designer.

Seriously, everyone. We are natural designers, because design is embedded in everything we do.

  • Did you put on clothes? Then you crafted an experience for those around you. 
  • Did you arrange your own furniture? Then you designed an experience for yourself, family & guests.

This movie is great

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Meet PIG

I created the Project Inspo Generator to help you jumpstart your brainstorming.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What a little typography can do

I recently discovered the fun of google fonts. See how they take this boring site design: 

And gives it a modern, sleeker touch? I'm a fan.

Monday, August 11, 2014

You may be visual if...

You've printed a crib sheet for your date in the city.

The notes include: 
  • ferry departures
  • nearby restaurants
  • the meeting place and  description of the tour

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Oakland's homepage in wordcloud format

City of Oakland homepage wordcloud:

Word clouds are a visual way to see word frequency. Note the 3rd most important word, Click.

Of high importance:
  • Click
  • (City) Council
  • Budget
  • Illegal (Fireworks)
  • Business
  • Parking
  • Night
  • Public
  • Information 
  • Report

Notably small or absent:

  • Citizen
  • Services
  • SeeClickFix

Does the word cloud tell us something the visual design does not? I'd say so. The Banner photo of Chinatown, Mayor Jean Quan, and the Maintenance Notification feature prominently.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Where men are men, women are moms.

One of these things is not like the other..

  • A mom's invention helps kids.
  • A man is expecting Quintuplets.
  • A mom meets her baby.  
Pulled from story titles on Huffington Post

Friday, May 23, 2014

A quick citizen experience tour of Government websites

At a quick glance, which website would you rather use?



 The UK

New Zealand


United States