Several great links this week. Giving and Receiving feedback is often a difficult process, it takes practice. Fail often, fail fast. Good design is always based on many iterations and decisions, some physical, some emotional, but this process is not limited to just the domain of designers, but everyone. The Nintendo Switch logo is a great example of this iterative process, as is the video of the early iPhone prototypes. And even evident within the new direction for the best Jazz station, WBGO.
Have a great week.
How To Give Designers Better Feedback
“Feedback’s a touchy subject for most designers. So touchy, in fact, that many of us would love to skip that stage of the process sometimes. In the worst-case scenario, it can even feel like feedback providers stand between our pristine, beautiful concept and a delighted world. But we know feedback’s necessary.”
The Art Of The SVG Filter And Why It Is Awesome
“After almost 20 years of evolution, today’s web typography, with its high-density displays and support for OpenType features, is just a step away from the typographic quality of the offline world. But there’s still one field of graphic design where we still constantly fall back to bitmap replacements instead of using native text: display typography, the art of staging letters in illustrative, gorgeous, dramatic, playful, experimental or unexpected ways.”
Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?
“Editor’s note: As you navigate a world of choices, revisit this 2011 magazine story on the paralyzing effects of decision fatigue. ‘Three men doing time in Israeli prisons recently appeared before a parole board consisting of a judge, a criminologist and a social worker. The three prisoners had completed at least two-thirds of their sentences, but the parole board granted freedom to only one of them. Guess which one:'”
The Nintendo Switch’s Logo Is Not Symmetrical, And Arrrrgghhh
“Games artist David Hellman pointed this out on Twitter over the weekend. I will never unsee it, and I’m not sure how I’m going to reconcile this over the years to come.”
“Did you notice the Switch logo is not symmetrical? Each side has a different apparent visual weight, so the logo is “balanced” by eye…”
New Video Pits iPhone Click Wheel Prototype Against Scott Forstall’s Icon-Based iPhone Prototype
“A couple days ago Sonny Dickson shared a look at one of two early prototypes for the original iPhone, the iPod Click Wheel-based OS that iPod “Godfather” Tony Fadell was working on. Tonight, Dickson has shared a video pitting Fadell’s version against Scott Forstall’s icon-based iPhone prototype, which went on to become the basis for iOS.”
The Alarming Downsides to Tech Industry Diversity Reports
“The tech industry doesn’t just have a diversity problem. It has a results problem. Major tech companies pour millions of dollars into recruiting, but there remain significant, quantifiable discrepancies—in workforce diversity, in gender equity among people of color, and in representation among top leadership. Even the industry’s annual diversity reports, a crucial step towards transparency, can hide vital information and nuance.”
WBGO Is Giving Jazz a Higher Profile Online
“WBGO, the Newark public radio station, has long been one of the nation’s premier outlets for jazz on the air. Now it wants to be a destination for the music online as well.”