Do you make a distinction between “flat” and “round” characters?
If you describe someone, it is flat, as a photograph is, and from my standpoint a failure. If you make him up from what you know, there should be all the dimensions.
This is why this conversation goes on, why it is worth having. The desire for more honest (or at least more interesting) interfaces and a certain aesthetic have been lumped together and called “flat design”. I’m concerned with the deeper drive for mor pure interaction design, and there is more to it than altering your style or changing your habits in Photoshop. There is a fundamentally different process, something genuinely unique from print design. That difference goes much deeper than tools, and even defies directly translatable principles. “What’s good for print is good for digital” doesn’t hold up as a mantra of ‘flat’ design.
IBM’s CEO Holiday Card, 2010, commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the company’s founding. This card was printed in a very limited number and I do know that one was sent to Obama. Great ice breaker if I should ever run into him at Gap or something.
A small gesture for the holiday season… In lieu of purchasing gifts and shipping them out to every person I know in this world and many that I do not know, I made these lil’ iPhone/iPad wallpapers. They may not seem like much, but they will brighten a barren homescreen and warm your heart. Follow the links below to grab the iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and iPad versions.
I see software as the testing ground for the future, a place where we can put on our training wheels and get our ethics right and develop cultural and social norms for how technology should relate to humans.
I am more than optimistic about the ability of technology to go deeper, for our relationship to technology to become more intimate and meaningful, and, in turn, our relationships with each other. This will have less to do with the capability of engineering and more to do with the capability of users. We do not engineer meaning, but we can engineer things that pull wonderful things out of people. If you believe people are no more than like-button clicking machines you should be working to change that, or you should not be working for the internet.
From the archives: Christmas Party Flier
Original Archiving Co. / Identity Illustration 4 : The Curator
Original Archiving Co. / Identity Illustration 3 : The Reader
Original Archiving Co. / Identity Illustration 1 : The Writer
Original Archiving Co. / Identity Illustration 2 : The Editor
WikiWeb (one of my all time favorite iOS apps) by Friends of the Web (one of my all time favorite creative shops) is on sale today for $1 (normally $5). This app is easily worth 500 pennies, and 100 pennies is a steal! Because I love it so much, I am going to buy 5 of them and gift them out to the first 5 people to spread the news about the WikiWeb sale today (reblog + tweet this).
So you have three ways of aquiring this awesome app.
2) Share the news and I will buy it for you (lmtd. quantity)
3) Send 100 pennies in a sealed envelope to 1 Infinite Loop Cupertino, CA 95014
I am in no way a rich man, but I really love this app and the amazing team that built it and want them to continue to build awesome stuff.