Somewhere in the universe, there is a shelf of neatly organized books with titles made of nonsense. One of these books contains 410 pages of uncapitalized English words strung together in no intelligible order. On page 26 of this particular book, about halfway down, bookended between “holons” and “linkman“, is a 26-word couplet that my 4-year-old daughter will attempt to recite in her preschool’s Christmas pageant. Somewhere else, on a different shelf, is another book: this one contains a precise transcription, down to the syllable, of how my daughter will adorably mangle those 26 words onstage when her cue arrives. advertisement advertisement If this scenario sounds familiar, it’s because the 20th-century Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges imagined it in his mindbending short story “The Library of Babel”: The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite and perhaps infinite number of hexagonal … [Read more...] about How Do You Design A UX For Infinity?
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Words shape design. Real words, not lorem ipsem, should form the ground-up basis for product design. This thought has been paraphrased on this site multiple times, by numerous contributors. Increasingly, the design community seemingly takes this truth to heart and has heartily paid lip service to the importance of “content” (words, the copy). I’ve read several articles written by designers who give sound advice on how to write good UI copy. Many of these pieces, like John Zeratsky’s piece on good interface writing, provide insightful tips on how to write better product copy. advertisement advertisement I read a recent piece published here, “Why Content Reigns Supreme in UX Design” with interest because I am a product content strategist at Airbnb embedded within a UX design team. I think content is not just pretty important, but the primary component of many user experiences. Unfortunately I could feel the collective groan of the UX writer … [Read more...] about Designers: Stop Asking Copywriters To “Punch Up” Your Work
Monotype Imaging, the publicly traded type foundry behind some of the world’s most iconic fonts, is being sold. Palo Alto, California-based private equity firm HGGC plans to acquire all Monotype’s stock for $19.85 a share, or about $825 million, and Monotype will no longer be listed on any public exchanges. advertisement It’s the latest, and likely biggest, deal to underscore how digital technology has disrupted the business of design. As brands have embraced digital media, firms that historically practiced classic design disciplines, such as industrial design or graphic design, have had to broaden their scope, offering services like UX and UI, creative consulting, and venture funding (in which designers invest in their clients’ companies) to thrive. In many instances, prominent independent firms have sold stakes to, or been acquired by, larger companies. Monotype is no exception. Though the 132-year-old, Woburn, Mass., company commissioned many … [Read more...] about Legendary type foundry Monotype sold to private equity for $825 million
Check out all of our 2019 Innovation by Design winners and honorees here, and read more coverage of the winning designs here. advertisement The nail gun seems like the perfect invention—just pull a trigger to drive metal into wood—but current models are either tethered to a bulky air compressor or require a mix of butane cells, lithium-ion batteries, and even explosive charges to do the job. The Airbow Framer is driven solely by air stored within the device, utilizing what the New Zealand–based company has dubbed Hammerforce technology. “The mechanism is a fast valve that gives precise control over ultrahigh-pressure air,” explains Richard Evans, COO of Airbow. Hammerforce directs a single gram of air onto a nailhead to drive it into wood. Currently sold exclusively in New Zealand, the device can fire up to 300 nails, as quickly as 3 nails per second, and can be charged to 80% capacity in under 10 seconds with Airbow’s air compressor. The … [Read more...] about A New Zealand company has created a truly portable nail gun
Frank Lloyd Wright’s living laboratory in the Arizona desert, Taliesin West is one of the most revered architectural projects of the 20th century. Nearly 80 years old and in continuous use since its construction in 1937, the complex is certainly showing its age. To restore the building to its former luster, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation hired Harboe Architects to forge a preservation strategy. advertisement advertisement Taliesin West was Wright’s winter home and a school until he died in 1959. Today, it operates as an architecture school. It perfectly illustrates the philosophy that drove Wright to design buildings which commune with and connect to their landscape. The architect channeled the desert’s rugged characteristics in low-slung structures built from boulders, adobe, and redwood beams. Built on a 160-acre site, the campus includes studios, living quarters for apprentices, classrooms, Wright’s office, communal spaces, a bookstore, and … [Read more...] about Restoration Of A Frank Lloyd Wright Masterpiece Is An Exercise In Detective Work