Dan Saffer, like many designers, likes to quote Charles Eames. But unlike many designers, Saffer—Director of Interaction Design at Smart Design—wrote a whole book inspired by one of his favorite Eames quotes: “The details are not the details. They make the design.” Saffer’s book, titled Microinteractions, takes Eames’s maxim to heart and then some. “For the last decade or so, designers have been encouraged to tackle ‘wicked problems’ and to address systems,” he tells Co.Design.
Pinterest’s new UI tour uses punctuation in titles, which drives me slightly crazy, but I like the red circles that indicate where in the tour I am. The red reminds me of Target’s visual system, which makes me kind of happy.
Aw. It’s OK, Johnny.
As we move towards a quantified society, one shaped by data, we start to dismiss things that are unquantified. Empathy, emotion and storytelling — these are as much a part of business as they are of life. Here is why.
A forensic artist draws a series of women based on how they describe themselves. The outcome of this exercise is compelling—and offers a nice lesson about how important it is to see yourself in the most positive terms. While the video borders on marketing to and for “ladies & gals,” it’s still pretty powerful because it hits at a primal insecurity everyone experiences in some way. Oh, and it’s created by Dove.
I like how very Tumblr this Tumblr how-to is.
Selfies are back and here to stay. Create a photo post, click “Take a photo” on the bottom right corner, and GPOY to your heart’s desire.*
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