Great British Design Quest

Vote for your favourite British design icon from 1900 onwards. The Great British Design Quest is a vote to discover the public’s favourite British design icon. Organised by the Design Museum and The Culture Show, the vote opens with a shortlist of 25 and is narrowed down to a Top 10, Top 3 and a […]

Your site may never get a second chance to make a first impression

It’s an aura thing. Internet users make up their minds about the quality of a website in the blink of an eye, a study shows. Researchers [from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada] found that the brain makes decisions in just a twentieth of a second of viewing a webpage. They were surprised as they believed […]

Is “one size fits all” ever true?

Can you think of an example of something that exists in one size and one size only and is manufactured for one purpose? I can’t. Yet. Some suggestions talking to colleagues (and my uber-pedantic reasons why they don’t count): Red Nose – they make them for cars too Earrings – I reckon they do different […]

Food4Thought campaign from the British Heart Foundation (BHF)

With junk food giant visual design treatment. Frightening food facts about what’s really on your plate. More info on the Food4Thought website. More than one in three children do not know what chips are made of, a survey for the British Heart Foundation reveals. A worrying 36% of 8-14 year-olds could not correctly identify the […]

Dodgy information design

Here’s something to mark World Usability Day. Boots does a thing called Meal Deal which means for a fixed price you can get a sandwich, drink and snack/dessert. There are two types of meal deal, one where the products are marked with a red circle and the slightly more expensive option which uses a green […]

WYSIWYG is dead, long live WYGIWYS

Macintosh-style interaction design has reached its limits. A new paradigm, called results-oriented UI, might well be the way to empower users in the future. In his latest alertbox, Jakob Nielsen explains how the concept of what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) is no longer useful or valid and is evolving into what-you-get-is-what-you-see (WYGIWYS) or “results-oriented UI [user interface].” He […]

Treat others as you would like to be treated

To promote their tv series The New Ten Commandments, shown in February 2005, Channel Four commissioned this sulpture by Sokari Douglas Camp. It’s called “The 11th Commandment”. It represents the most popular new commandment as chosen by the British public: “Treat others as you would like to be treated” (see also British Humanist Assocation on […]

I am constructively ignorant

Visionary stupidity: in which Cordy Swope discusses how companies go wrong with product design and development. My approach to design is as “consumer in context”. I leave the domain knowledge to the experts. The article argues that without a good dose of ignorance and objectivity in the design process brands become myopic to the point […]

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