Picking (At) a Successful Design

A new client, apropos of nothing, interjected, “Why do committees usually produce crappy design?” That client is not a designer, so it was an insightful question and difficult to answer in concise talking points. We do not intend to enshrine designers, but there seems to be something intangible at play in their best work. Something […]

Web Browsers and Standards of Perfection

For web developers and designers who, sometimes, push the limits of their tools… It’s old news that different web browsers sometimes have different ways of interpreting web-site code. That’s more true when it comes to newer features of the evolving coding languages, and to our complex or novel uses of them. In all except pixel-perfect […]

Clicks ‘n Taps

Heads-up, copyeditors: in some contexts, “click” and “tap” are in the process of becoming synonymous. We expect that to continue and to bleed into non-technical contexts. “Touch,” however, is almost never appropriate when a more-specific verb is accurate; it’s too lingering for a tap or click, but too short and/or imprecise for a press-and-hold gesture. […]

Of Hype and “The Cloud”

Shadows and silver linings Someone1 on Google+ mentioned: “The hype around cloud reminds me of the hype around outsourcing or programming without programmers. These are marketing concepts, not technical solutions.” To which we replied, as follows. Yes, more hype than usual. Plus, perhaps consumers need a reminder that the model before personal computers was that […]