Continued from Trend vs. Timeless – Back to the Basics

On my quest to re-visit the basics of design, resonant constants appear at every turn. †I hadnít expected that a refresher of the elements and principles would, at the core again and again, circle back to how people see, the way they think, and how we read. I didnít even realize I had lost sight of this! But now that Iím reminded, I find myself consciously weighing the implications every day.

In my first blog I was drawing a lot of circles reading ďYou Can Draw in 30 DaysĒ by Mark Kistler. And yes itís been 30 days but unfortunately Iíve been a bad student and still canít draw. I found myself more caught up in the whys than the hows! The book illustrates how to create the illusion of depth in drawings – how people see. Itís a great read and if you want to learn to draw, I highly recommend it.

Part of the time I was supposed to be drawing I was reading ďThe Design of Everyday ThingsĒ by Don Norman. Itsí principles sparked my current obsession with interaction. Affordances, signifiers, mapping, feedback and the advantage we can strike with a balance of interplay between knowledge in the world and in the head. Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence says of it, ďDesign may be our top competitive edge. This book is a joy – fun and of the utmost importance.Ē

Iíve just started a short read, ďDonít Make Me ThinkĒ by Steve Krug. The focus is more specific to Team 218ís website design services and emphasizes Web Usability. And right next to it, just waiting to have a hint of coffee oops on itís new pages, is “Made to Stick” by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. (Yes Iím one of the tactile, lets say mature generation, who still buys books)

Ahhh, the homestretch to Spring… Happy sunsets AFTER we get off work to all the other eight to fivers whoíve been missing the light of day!

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