Graphic Design Quote of the Day: The Delusional Quest for Originality

Graphic Design Quote of the Day: The Delusional Quest for Originality

 Kota Kobayashi - Graphic Designer; James Kinney - Art Director/Copy Writer - New York, NY

Most designers are untroubled by the notion of originality, but others are obsessed with it, and I see many problems caused by the delusional quest for originality. In my view originality is an overrated and misunderstood quality in contemporary graphic design. Copying is bad, no question. Infringing someone’s copyright for personal gain is immoral, not to mention illegal in most countries. But the only people who copy are the terminally second-rate and the downright dishonest, whereas the good designer freely borrows and adapts from sources in precisely the way artists have done for centuries. And furthermore, the good designer readily admits to this ‘appropriation.’ It is a quality of many good designers that their influences and sources are clearly visible and readily acknowledged.”

—Adrian Shaughnessy, How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul

Typography Quote of the Day: Can Anyone Set Type?

Typography Quote of the Day: Can Anyone Set Type?

Designed by Christopher Thomas Allen

Typography is a rather modest field, but perhaps it is the most significant ingredient for visual communication. Anyone can set type, but to utilize it creatively is quite a different thing.

—Minoru Morita

Typography Quote of the Day: Attracting attention is part of communicating

Typography Quote of the Day: Attracting attention is part of communicating

Work of: Wolfgang Weingart

Work of: Wolfgang Weingart

 “What’s the use of being legible, when nothing inspires you to take notice of it?”

—Wolfgang Weingart

52 Question Checklist for Responsive Web Design Projects (with PDF)

Responsive web design, or RWD for short, is here to stay. It’s rapidly maturing but not without some serious pitfalls for certain sites. If you are considering converting your existing site into a RWD, or are being roped unwillingly into a RWD project, this prickly list of 52 questions will come in handy.

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Web design is not fun anymore in 2013

Web design is not fun anymore in 2013

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There is a great article over on Smashing Magazine called Choosing a Responsive Image Solution that has a fair amount of commenting going on. The whole image and page weight conundrum and the swirling circus of slippery solutions for these problematic areas of responsive web design is reaching towards a tipping point, in my opinion. Yes, people are being weeded out of the web design business, but for those that remain, if the current paradigm holds, things will never be the same. I shared a comment on this article I want to share here:

I remember not too long ago when web design was fun.

None of this is fun anymore. It takes half-a-dozen js libraries on top of some flavor of HTML5 boilerplate – all before you even look at a CMS – to get going with responsive design. It’s more like we are crossing the threshold into a new paradigm were fully-baked software platforms will have to create and manage website development.

It’s getting to the point where making a website is like coding an illustration by hand in SVG, or coding a PDF in PostScript by hand. Sure you can do it, but those technologies, especially PostScript, made fully-baked IDEs for creating documents based on it a sure necessity. Where is the Quark, PageMaker, InDesign, Illustrator for websites going to come from? Does Adobe have anything up their sleeves?

And if you flip over to app development – man that sure looks a lot more fun by comparison!

I think my philosophical waxing about responsive web design was finally terminated by the all-of-them-are-too-complicated solutions around images. Or rather, they are too-complicated to be *fun*…

You may agree or disagree — that’s fine. The point is that the technical complications and wavy-gravy permutations of web design solutions, in 2013, are seriously unfun and a big killjoy to what used to be a process more like building with Lego bricks, which shall forever remain FUN. After 18 years doing web design, I wish it was more like Legos again. Like it used to be :(