"Colors are tricky"

a Pantone-branded product

a Pantone-branded productI read a good article today about the development, and recent explosion in pop culture visibility, of the Pantone color system. It opened with the observation that colors are tricky—and if you've ever tried matching your wall color to a particular tone in your favorite rug, you know that all too well.

As the article says,

The colors you see depend on everything from


Design principles go corporate!

Here's a really interesting article. One statement resonated because it reflects our approach to website design as well:

Many products built on an emotional value proposition are simpler than competitors’ offerings. This restraint grows out of deliberate decisions about what the product should do and, just as important, what it should not do. By removing features, a company offers customers a clear, simple experience.

Mobile first?

I've never been a fan of "mobile first," largely because it assumed that we already know what the future holds in the way of devices - a pretty rash assumption, given the pace of change. There's some good sense in this article - and also a lively discussion in the comments. Semantically speaking, I think the author would have done better to talk about "context" where he says "screen" - that might have made his point more clearly.

Note the interesting infographics showing how much time ...

The world is flat, at least for now

September 18, 2013, is a date that may (or may not) go down in web and app design history: the day Apple's iOS7 was released. That's the day the earth (or at least the web-o-sphere) went flat. The iOS redesign was in large part the trigger for a new trend toward flatness and simplicity in design.

What do I mean by "flat"? No beveled edges, no (or minimal) shadowing, no more buttons made to look raised with shiny surfaces and chrome rims. No more skeuomorphism, the practice of designing virtual objects to reflect their real-world ...

No one wants to get "blasted"

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation even among people who should and do know better.
—George Orwell

I recently read a very good blog post by Jason Rodriguez in which he argues that use of the word blast in reference to email messages "shows a lack of respect for the subscriber. It shows that you don’t care about the relationship into which you were invited." In his view, marketers who "blast" are " ...