It’s a new year, full of new and exciting adventures. That is, if you want it to be. It’s all about taking control of your destiny. Recently I ran into a product video that spoke more to me as a person, than it did as a product. Wait, what? Yes, that’s right a product video that captivates an audience by fully investing in a message and then subtly weaves in the product. At the end you aren’t smacked upside the head with a product, rather you are left inspired. What a brilliant brand message and brilliant product video!
Sometimes things get a little bit silly around the office — especially in the last few hours before you go on vacation. But everyone needs a smile every now and then. Enjoy!
Quotes to live by
I’ve come across many great quotes while browsing the web, but here is a collection of a few of my favorites related to user interface & user experience design:
“The user will die if they discover, a gradient reversing upon a hover.”
– Mr. Karl Brightman
On choosing a background color:
“Anything that resembles a Geocities theme circa 1997. Also, no marquees or anything that effing blinks. No animated GIFs. In fact you’d actually have to go out of your way to somehow mess up choosing a coloured background.”
“The design is done when the problem goes away.”
– Jason Fried, 2012 (via Luke W.)
“Bad web navigation is like a roach motel – users go in, but they can’t get out.”
– Doren Berge
“I don’t want to use my creative energy on somebody else’s user interface. ”
– Jeff Bezos
“Making products easy can be hard work.”
– Vredenburg, Isensee, & Righi.
“Users are not designers.”
– Jakob Nielsen
“The public is more familiar with bad design than good design…The new becomes threatening, the old reassuring.”
– Paul Rand
“Business success is always defined by the quality of the overall customer experience.”
– Forrester Research
As the year winds down to an end there’s always that last minute push to get things done. Here’s are a few of the things that I’ve been working on in the past month and a half. Enjoy!
Users VS Software
Software should talk to its users more like a person and less like software. Why? Because most people like most people and most people hate most software.
UI, Web Design & Banners
Here’s a peek at what I’ve been busy designing this past month. April & May’s projects include: User Interface design for online software, a complete, from scratch – hotel website, and banner ads for a content management system and a resort in Bulgaria.
Here’s a look:
More sneak peeks!
2012 has started with a bang and there are no signs that it will be slowing down anytime soon. So since I can’t seem to find the time to publish full designs on all the latest projects I’m working on, here are a few “dribbble-ish” snapshots of a few of the projects I’m currently working on, including: logo design, web design, user interface design and wedding invitations. When the projects are complete and I have authorization to release the full designs I promise to get around to posting the full designs.
Ciao for now!
Husiutlandet.no, up & running
My latest web design project is for a Norwegian vacation villa/housing developer. Currently they have villas in Thailand and Bulgaria with plans to expand to several new destinations in the next few years. Check out the full site here: husiutlandet.no
Upcoming Projects – Sneak Peek
2012 has started with quite a bang! New projects have been coming in and I’ve seen a mix of both web and print design. Below are two sneak peeks into projects that are launching this spring.
Like what you see? Check out some more of my web design.
These days we are all busy running from here to there with a To Do list a mile long. But just because the world moves faster, doesn’t mean we don’t have time to give back. In 2012 I would like to make a personal effort to help out those who are in need, be it with design, my time or my social network. We all find ourselves aimlessly wandering the web, so next time, how about giving a few minutes to a good cause. Here are 3 easy ways you can give back:
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