Every successful career has its fair share of failures. The most memorable ones often happen early on—when you’re trying so hard to prove yourself, and haven’t yet realized that screwing up is an inevitable part of getting better. You will make a mess of things many more times throughout your career, but the sting of that first big one never quite goes away. advertisement advertisement Fortunately for us, our favorite designers have also made their fair share of mistakes, and it didn’t keep them from getting where they are now. Type designers sometimes screw up a font’s weight. Identity designers are haunted by the failed logos of projects passed. Susan Kare, for her part, designed an icon for systems failure—that turned out to be a failure itself. (Why? It scared people.) We asked eight designers to divulge: what was your first big work screw-up? Check out their answers below (and when you’re done, read about … [Read more...] about My First Big Screw-Up: Lessons From 8 Top Designers
Its name derives from the phrase “yet another indexer,” but the web-search firm Yandex is much more. One of the few search engines to fend off Google, Yandex holds a 65% share of Russian search. It ousted Google as Firefox’s default search engine in Russia and launched an English-language service last May, winning praise for its results’ neatness. (The complexity of Russian, with its Lego set of prefixes and roots, forces Yandex to create more nuanced algorithms.) It’s growing Google-style too, recently unveiling portrait search to find the face you seek in a photo, real-time traffic maps of Russian cities, and predictive search that “reads users’ minds,” says spokesman Alexander Amzin. Just a bit more evidence that Yandex is more than yet another indexer. advertisement advertisement advertisement … [Read more...] about 26_Yandex
Manas ChakravartyEconomists Ajit Karnik, Mala Lalvani and Manali Phatak have recently published a paper in the Economic and Political Weekly, titled ‘Determinants of Electoral Outcomes’. The authors analyse constituency-level data from the last ten parliamentary elections, focusing on constituencies where the incumbent has won the previous election by narrow margins.What are the findings? The researchers find that, for elections held after 1998, there is a strong disadvantage for incumbents. However, the trend is not uniform across states. In states where the share of the rural population is higher than average, there is strong anti-incumbency sentiment. The same goes for states that are poorer than average.Close The authors have divided states into two groups---poor, rural, less-well-educated, where there is a strong incumbency disadvantage and rich-urban-educated, where there is no discernible incumbency effect. In the former grouping are Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, … [Read more...] about Comment | How much does anti-incumbency sentiment matter in Indian elections?
Every career has ups and down. If you’ve been working for a while, you can often look back on your work and recognize the moment it began to hit a steady stride—a major opportunity, maybe, or a job that offered enough financial stability to let you go off on your own. A lucky few find that big break in their first job, and keep following a relatively straightforward trajectory from there. But for many others, the path is more meandering. At some point, unexpectedly, the pieces start to fall into place. advertisement advertisement It can be hard to identify that inflection point in your own career, but we asked 10 well-known designers to try. In our latest installation of Co.Design’s series about designers’ firsts (check out first job and first rejection as well), they recall the jobs, projects, and events that became formative in their careers, from working with Apple in the 1980s, to joining the team that would define a new … [Read more...] about Is The Big Break A Myth? 10 Designers On How One Job Can Shape Your Career
Work and love rarely belong in the same sentence, but most careers usually do begin with a spark. Something–or someone–ignited your curiosity about design. advertisement advertisement For our final installment of our summer series on designers’ major firsts, we asked 11 designers who, or what, made them fall in love with with the field. From Paul Rand and Barbara Kruger to Alan Fletcher and Michael Doret, there’s plenty of inspiration in this one. Read on to discover a new design love (and read installments one, two, three, and four if you haven’t already). Mike Essl, Acting Dean, The Cooper Union’s School Of Art My first design love and a piece that continues to inspire me is the cover of Kiss’s Rock and Roll Over, designed by Michael Doret. The first time I saw RARO it blew my 13-year-old mind. The laser-beam eyes, the lightening bolts, and the way Gene’s tongue … [Read more...] about The FedEx Logo, Paul Rand, And Degas: What Made These Designers Fall In Love With Design