Perhaps my biggest struggle, in both my professional and personal life, is my tendency to over think everything. In life, for example, I'm that person that takes FOREVER to choose from the menu. I'm probably thinking through what I ate last night, what I'll have later, and how this will fit into my day nutritionally. Also, which item will both be enjoyable now and not produce regret during my upcoming client meeting or yoga class? Which choice is also cost effective?
In design, this means that I can get bogged down attempting to think through all of the details at once. Well-considered details are what makes a design, but when I start obsessing over them too soon, I risk missing the larger picture...
I'm a big fan of Simple. In addition to just being a solid banking service, they have lovely branding and a great app.
The category picker in Simple's iPhone app delights me every time I use it.
Despite the fact that many people espouse prototyping, there is relatively little on the web about how to actually go about it. Through trial and error, I have arrived at a robust solution that is flexible enough to handle a wide variety of projects.
Frequently, I find that paper prototypes are sufficient for smaller projects since the functionality and interactions are pretty standard. On these projects, I am frequently acting as a front end developer as well as a designer, so a fully-fledged prototype seems redundant.
On larger projects I find that a prototype is worth a million words, both to me as I test out ideas, and to the developer...
On one of my recent web projects part of my design included a hexagonal grid of images. The design involved being able to hover over the images to reveal a description. While building out the site I ran into an interesting problem - how does one build hover-friendly hexagons?
After much futzing, I am finally happy with my business cards. I've been through several designs in the last year and none of them "passed muster". Iterative design process, indeed.
Part of the problem has been with nailing down my own branding. I assume it will always be a work in progress but I think these cards should hold up pretty well. Or at least I won't be sick of them by the time I use the last one.
I knew I wanted my brand to show my love of classic, clean and high quality craftsmanship. But I also wanted them to have an element of the handmade. I knew I wanted edge-painted, letter-pressed cards on 160lbs cotton paper...
2012 is over! I'm looking forward to a new year and to new discoveries. But in an effort to remember my favorite things / moments of 2012, here is a list. Also, its an excuse to make a list...