“A rustic cabin in Fontainebleau serves as a retreat for designers Jérôme Dreyfuss and Isabel Marant. Photographs by Adrian Gaut”
Another one of my little fascinations, apparently I abandoned my blog for a little bit for a dalliance into the land of tumblrs! This one is about the tea sandwiches I make, find around me and on the interwebs! http://teasandwiches.tumblr.com/
Beautiful, Patti Smith reads 2 excerpts from her book Just Kids. About meeting Allen Ginsburg and her last letter to the dying Robert Mapplethorpe.
My boyfriend always pulls me up on songs that I sing along to because I have the words wrong.. i.e. ‘I went through the danger zone’ rather than ‘highway to the dangerzone’ (i’m still not convinced on that one).
This morning I heard this tune on the radio.. I though it was awesome, and started singing it when it finished, boyf teased me becasue I was singing ‘Shiny gun.. shiny shiny gun….’ and he said it was ‘Shiny blunt….. shiny, shiny blunt’ (that doesn’t even make sense!) – But victory pervailed when I googled ‘Shiny blunt’ and got nothing and tried ‘Shiny gun’ and found ‘Murder Weapon’ by Tricky – It has a mean Guy Ritchie-esque video clip and a killer showdown, Tarantino-esque baseline..
I love this blog, I look at it every morning. I entered their caption contest last week and my entry was chosen from thousands apparently 😉
I found recently that one of my knowledge/skill gaps was in working with our visual designer. Knowing how to give her constructive feedback was something I realised I was lacking, I didn’t know how to talk about visual language, I didn’t know what to look for. I didn’t want to comment on the emotional aspects of the design but more on the functional elements. I decided to look in to graphic design theory, and the visual aspects of usability and accessibility. After doing so I came up with this kind of check list, I think the act of writing it instilled most of the knowledge but having it as a reference in the future should be good b/c my mind is like a sieve sometimes, especially when working on more than one project.
This is a guide of what to look at in a visual design, to check it is usable, accessible and follows graphic design standards.
It is based on http://www.maxdesign.com.au/articles/checklist/, our company VCD process and research into visual/graphic design techniques and standards.
Some of the guides are more strict and specific than necessary; they’re really included more as a reminder or reference for future phases of the development.
Does the design follow the single sentence that summarises the focus of the design; has it been a reference point for all design decisions, ensuring a clear message?
Is there a clear visual hierarchy?
Organise and prioritise the contents of a page by using size, prominence and content relationships Is the visual hierarchy correct, do the colours and sizing of elements convey their level of importance correctly? Do the navigation elements and key elements stand out against the contextual elements?
Do the links look like they should be clicked? Do the buttons look like they should be pushed?
“The property of an object or system’s action possibilities being easily discoverable” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affordance “To maximize the perceived affordance of clickability,” http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20040510.html
Is the design suitable and appropriate for its purpose.
This is achieved by using language and imagery that reflects the audience and industry, which they will be able to use and recognise.
Does the typography of the design suit users reading methods, is the text easy to read and scan.
Ensure that all information conveyed with colour is also available without colour, for example from context or markup. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines – checkpoint 2.1
“There are basically three types of colour deficiency; Deuteranope (a form of red/green colour deficit), Protanope (another form of red/green colour deficit) and Tritanope (a blue/yellow deficit- very rare). Colourblind Webpage filter Vischeck” (maxdesign.com.au)
Do all the pages sit nicely together?
Have all the elements been placed on the grid in a compelling and orderly manner.
Following the ideas of subtractive design, reduce the clutter by eliminating visual elements that don’t contribute directly to the visual communication.
Instead of crappy corporate xmas gifts this year my companies donating time and money to creating a new website for the New Zealand Child Cancer Foundation. I’m on the project as UX designer, so working through the requirements, the wish list with the UX lead, PM and the amazing team at CCF.. then doing the IA and interaction design, working closely with our Visual Designer b/c it’s a site with such a strong message..
The research for the site has been pretty hard on the heart strings, and I’ve come across some pretty sad stories. The most recent is this one, the story of the Falling Whistles: