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Vannevar Bush + Chasing New Technology

Posted on: December 15th, 2014 by patrick



In 1945, Vannevar Bush’s watershed article, “As We May Think” was published in the Atlantic Monthly. Here he forecasts many technologies that wouldn’t show up for fifty years or more. In particular he predicts a personal device he calls the “Memex,” which would store all of an individual’s books, records and communications. It would allow the user to consult that information with “exceeding speed and flexibility.” Although his thorough description is far from the reality of today, the core idea is crystal clear: We do have personal computers and phones that not only store all of our personal information and communications, but they grant us access to more information than Bush ever imagined.

 Read the full article on PrintMag.com


Posted on: December 1st, 2014 by patrick



Trends are the sort of thing that come and go, we all know that. At times we even start to consider the fall of a brand new design trend because we know the trend will eventually be a thing of the past. And yet, in the moment of the trend it would seem that it perfectly represents the time. I have been writing about web design trends since 2007, and I can honestly say that every trend seemed appropriate for the time. That is to say, trends never feel forced, they always feel great, like a perfect form that seems to represent the best that we have to offer.

And this brings us to today, not tomorrow, or yesterday. What is the state of trendy design as it stands today. I want to briefly look at 3 different visual design trends that are the “go-to” styles right now...

Read the full article on WebDesignerDepot.com


3 Essential Editorial Design Tips for Interactive Designers

Posted on: November 19th, 2014 by patrick


I am getting back in the saddle and starting to write a lot again. This piece was just posted to HOWDesign.com. I think it is particularly interesting to see how Editorial Design can influence and inspire Interactive Design.

Online editorial design has had brief moments in the limelight, as with the New York Times Snow Fall article of 2012 (In fact, the New York Times is doing amazing work in this area as evidenced in this lovely collection). Everyone pretty much agreed that the results of this particular project were pretty much amazing. This project certainly was an interesting exploration of what modern, interactive editorial design could be. And there have been many other explorations along the same lines.

- Read the full article at: http://www.howdesign.com/web-design-resources-technology/taking-inspiration-editorial-design-tips/


Print to Web Series: Digital Magazines

Posted on: December 4th, 2012 by patrick No Comments


One niche in print graphic design that’s been hit hard by the digitization of information is the news industry—and we’re going to focus on a subset of this: magazines. Although printed magazines clearly continue to sell, their sales have been on the decline. And while it might be tempting to suggest that digital versions of these magazines have displaced them, this is not true across the board (though it might be in individual cases).

The reality is that magazine sales and circulation are overall on the decline. (My opinion is that readers are simply going elsewhere for information, particularly on the web.) Despite this, there’s real opportunity for magazines to find a new home in the digital era. And no, it doesn’t include 300MB downloads with layouts that simulate the page-turning experience—an old-fashioned design approach that ignores the real possibilities of the web. Following are some great examples of online publications that marry great magazine content and great user experience design.

-- Read the full article on HOWInteractiveDesign.com

Print to Web Series: Product Catalogs Go Digital

Posted on: November 16th, 2012 by patrick No Comments


With the holiday shopping season looming over us like a calm before the storm, there’s one thing we can count on: Our mailboxes getting stuffed with an explosion of product catalogs. For some, these are a welcome sight; for others, an obnoxious nuisance. From a marketing perspective, there’s nothing like putting a product catalog in front of people; it lets you guide their attention, giving them key products to focus on that will hopefully draw them to your (bricks-and-mortar or online) store and entice them to buy.

So, how does this mailbox spam translate to the web? At a basic level, a product catalog is a guide to a retail store. It highlights key items, shows products in context (like an outfit or a room setting) and allows customers to scan the offerings. This sort of approach is difficult in the online world. When customers land on the homepage for a large retailer, they have to choose product categories and then see tens or hundreds of items in a grid. So it makes sense that retailers would translate the “guided tour” experience that a print catalog offers customers to the web. In fact, retailers are increasingly moving in this direction.

Read the full article on HOWInteractiveDesign.com

Web Hosting 101, part 3: Hosting Services & Plans

Posted on: November 13th, 2012 by patrick No Comments


In this final article in my 3 part series on web hosting I finally talk about the actual web host! If you find yourself confused by all of the options and lingo surrounding hosts, this should finally clarify things for you. In this I focus on clarifying the types of hosts including shared hosting, dedicated servers and cloud hosting.

Read the full article on HOWInteractiveDesign.com

Web Hosting 101, part 2: Domain Name Services

Posted on: November 9th, 2012 by patrick No Comments


Here I continue my three part series on the fundamentals of web hosting. In this particular piece I focus on some basic elements of working with DNS. And though this is a very technical topic I have worked extremely hard to make sure it is easily digested by anyone, including those with zero knowledge of the topic.

Read the full article on HowInteractiveDesign.com

Web Hosting 101, part 1: Registering a Domain

Posted on: October 26th, 2012 by patrick No Comments


As a result of my presentation at the HOW Interactive conference I have started a three part series on the HOW ID blog about web hosting. This designer friendly guide to the world of web hosting should serve as a nice foundation for understanding the nuances of domain names, DNS and web hosts. Part one is on registering a domain name. I encourage you to dig in and check it out.

Read the full article on HOWInteractiveDesign.com


Web Hosting 101 – As presented at HOW ID 2012

Posted on: September 27th, 2012 by patrick No Comments


I am happy to share with you here my presentation from the 2012 HOW Interactive Design Conference. My presentation was an introduction to web hosting. This included a primer on domain names, DNS and web hosts. You can view the slide show here or on slideshare.


A Crash Course on Responsive Web Design

Posted on: July 31st, 2012 by patrick No Comments


Have you heard all the buzz about responsive web design but felt hopelessly behind? I know how you feel—every wave of new technology brings a flood of new stuff to learn. But responsive design is a revolutionary approach to web design that can’t be ignored: It impacts the industry in every way, from the way we sell sites to the entire design and development process.

Read the full article on HOWInteractiveDesign.com