Last Thursday I was honored to accept a last minute invitation from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design to lunch with Matthew Carter and Roger Black (thank you Mary Alice Bankert!). Carter and Black were in town last week as part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series – one of the best things the School has done for the Ann Arbor community.
It was good to be back at the North American International Auto Show during industry preview days visiting our client, Clark Hill PLC. And it was encouraging to see that the reigning Detroit-based auto show was up to speed with more of the energy and excitement of new vehicles and new ideas that were missing a few years ago.
OK, I’ll admit it. I’m not a car gal even though I was born and bred in the Motor City.
Just finished Aarron Walter’s Designing for Emotion this Thanksgiving weekend. What a treat! I was happy to see that Q implements a number of his suggestions in our web site design process: personas, mood boards, digging into the personality traits of the companies and organizations we work with, but what inspired me the most was the reminder to design for “delight” and don’t forget about the human connection.
I’m Andrew Hainen and I am currently a graphic design intern at Q. A project I worked on recently involved making a GIF animation for a holiday email.
Last Friday Alissa and I attended the University of Michigan 2011 Alumni Show.
In the last few years, visual bookmarking sites have exploded. It only makes sense, we are very visual creatures and it helps to remember a link when you see an image attached to it. Plus, it’s way more fun, especially for us designer-folk! I only recently started exploring and using some of these services, but I thought I’d share a quick roundup for anyone interested in learning more.
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How Green Is Your Internet? from Patrick Clair on Vimeo.
Not something I think anyone thinks about very much, but we should.
Very inspiring day at TedExUofM on April 8, 2011. One of my highlights was MIT PhD student Jameson Toole’s work on data visualization and what we can learn from "big data".
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Learn more about Toole here and see more visualizations on this Flickr page.
We’re a social bunch. You’ve heard about our legendary parties, epic volleyball games, and international adventures. But, we hadn’t fully ventured into the virtual social world until now.
In the last year (the last six months alone!), the world of web typography has evolved significantly. This is because most browsers are now supporting the direct delivery of fonts from a host computer via the latest version of Cascading Style Sheets, CSS3. Put simply, instead of choosing from the 10 default fonts used previously, there are now hundreds of choices and the list is expanding quickly! (image: @typekit)
The excitement began to build at the beginning of the year. Whetting my appetite was actor/writer Stephen Frye’s sneak-peek review I came upon in a doctor’s waiting room. Peter Morville was an early adapter, bringing his into the office upon it’s release in April. At that point, it became a simple matter of when.
Attended the Brand New Conferenceon Friday, November 5, in NYC along with my colleagues Alissa, Thilo, and Laurenz. What a treat!
As a follow up to the original User Experience People stencils for Omnigraffle, I’ve developed an additional set (guys and gals) of stencils that allow users to create personas and personalities. And with inspiration and support from Peter Morville, we’ve created a stencil of caricatures of leading figures in the field of user experience design. All are available for download at Graffletopia.
Last Monday and Tuesday, Todd, Rie, and I attended Voices That Matter, a web design conference at the Mission Bay Center in San Francisco.
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