31/10/2011

Phone UI and product concept


What is being creative? from Kristian Ulrich Larsen on Vimeo.

Brilliant phone concept by Kristian Ulrich Larsen. The VO is a bit cheesy, but the UI and product design in here is worth taking the time to watch.

28/10/2011

Blogging about blogging

Blogs are dead right? Wrong my friend, blogs are double awesome. I couldn't even begin to count the amount I've learnt from blogs in the past 5 years. And whilst I can see that blog reading and writing has taken a different steer since the boom of microblogging, I'm finding it's still very much alive and that there is some great stuff out there.

Here is a small nugget of what blogs have been tickling my design senses lately

  • Antrop.Se - in particular there ideas on redesigning the browser window
  • Pleasure & Pain - a brilliant idea to collate good and bad UX by Claire Sutcliffe
  • Alan Colville - Bristol based UX designer
  • What Katie Does - Curating beautiful interiors, products, photos and cats
  • Little Big Details - those tiny UI details that raise a smile
  • Mobile Inc - Industrious mobile designer
  • Mari Sheilbley - Foursquare's design mama
  • Maxvoltar - Tim Van Damme pixel fucker at Gowalla
  • Visuelle - bookmark this sucker. I hope that one day I'll design something beautiful enough to be included on this blog

11/10/2011

Rolling out the new BBC homepage design

Last month the design team at the BBC rolled out a new homepage in Beta. As per usual with any changes to the BBC site, there has been a whole heap of moaning from disgruntled members of the public, who it seems wish for the BBC to never make any changes of any kind. I'm not interested in wading in to the 'why did you change in the first place' criticisms, but instead I wanted to take a moment to look at the strategy behind the work and its rollout.

Over the past few years the UX team at the BBC have slowly been applying and developing its much lauded Global Experience Language (GEL). These standards have dictated some structural updates to the BBC's online stable, which in turn has meant some updates to the visual design of keys areas. However the GEL goes further than that and lays out an approach to creating a refined experience for users, regardless of how they choose to consume the BBC's output.

Whilst I don't agree with the principle of designing a homepage in isolation, I think the fact that the new page was designed around tablet browsers is fantastic. It hints at a forward thinking strategy, based around an evolving audience.

Moreover how the BBC has chosen to roll out the page is impressive. They started with a Beta launch and an accompanying launch page. They monitored the reaction on site and on twitter, then have released a formal response and progression plan. They have moved rapidly and publicly demonstrated that their team is listening. For an organisation of the BBC's scale, this is flippin' impressive.

10/10/2011

What I learned from Steve Jobs

What I learned from Steve Jobs by Guy Kawasaki

I'm not sure about the timing of this article and why it has taken this long to write, seems a little opportunistic. However the information contained here is worth your time.

The part that particularly resonates with me is how Guy describes Jobs' aversion to market research and how customers cannot tell you what they need, as they "can only can only describe their desires in terms of what they are already using".

If you don't know about Guy, he worked at Apple through the 80s/90s and was on part of the launch team for the original Mac.

05/10/2011

I frickin love Innocent

It's true. I love em.

Not only do they have brilliant packaging...

and a beautifully crafted brand, (the inner workings of which, I recommend you read about). And not only because they really get digital and understand the importance of listening and responding (as demonstrated in this blog post)


...but also because they have created a strong in-house creative team. A team which uses ad agencies, but only to execute their ideas. Instead of turning to external supplier to articulate their brand. They rely on their own creative strengths for concept creation and bring in specialists to execute their ads. It shows a great deal of confidence in themselves and challenges the notion that someone working in a different organisation can know your brand better than you.

There's is not a model you see very often, which is probably why it's so successful. It's no secret that Innocent have had trouble finding the right set up with ad agencies, in the past. But i'm glad to see they have found a comfortable mix.