Fundamental Design Principles

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Fundamental Design Principles

  1. 1. Fundamental Design Principles http://flickr.com/photos/ryanricketts/2295726918/
  2. 2. Hi. I’m Nathan Smith. I work at as a designer + front-end dev. http://fellowshiptech.com/
  3. 3. dign quot;... An orderly method of arrangement to drive a particular purpose.
  4. 4. MAYA – Human Centered Design (video clip) http://maya.com/practices/human-centered-design
  5. 5. WE ARE HARD-WIRED TO RESPOND TO TYPES OF UNIVERSAL STIMULI:
  6. 6. Hi! http://flickr.com/photos/nathansmith/3265163619/
  7. 7. “Big-D” design is broad. Today, I will address... http://flickr.com/photos/yakobusan/2363688612/
  8. 8. Shapes Ratios Symbols Brands Audience Workflow Usability Interface
  9. 9. But, if it’s not all about JESUS I’m wasting your time.
  10. 10. Man’s initiative vs. God’s command Tower of Babel
  11. 11. Structure + Dimensions of Tabernacle http://templebuilders.com/Index_Tabernacle_of_Moses_2.php
  12. 12. Literal Symbol http://flickr.com/photos/freefoto/2552357124/
  13. 13. Idealized http://flickr.com/photos/paullew/2215265396/
  14. 14. Presbyterian United Church Methodist (USA) Church
  15. 15. Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. http://umc.org/
  16. 16. THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER BRANDS HAVE BECOME RED http://joinred.com/
  17. 17. Pyramids Endure Triangle = basic 2-dimensional shape. Used to point towards goal (skyward). http://flickr.com/photos/liberato/185902386/
  18. 18. FATHER Trinitarian theology IS places emphasis on a triangular NOT NOT GOD relationship. IS IS SPIRIT SON NOT
  19. 19. Arrows signify progression of time + spatial direction. http://flickr.com/photos/icampbellzoom/451536289/
  20. 20. Roman Arch (has staying power) http://flickr.com/photos/8177037@N06/684520414/
  21. 21. http://sonspring.com/
  22. 22. Arch + Dome implies authority and stateliness http://flickr.com/photos/eob/70343169/
  23. 23. Triangles + Arches Structurally Sound http://smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/27/smashing-texture-contest-results/
  24. 24. Heck, just ask your everyday honeybee http://flickr.com/photos/justusthane/1252907196/
  25. 25. Also good for backgrounds http://squidfingers.com/patterns/
  26. 26. Early Pictograms http://flickr.com/photos/upyernoz/2149312640/
  27. 27. Modern Pictograms http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pictogram
  28. 28. Industrial Revolution http://flickr.com/photos/zou-san/2293618925/
  29. 29. Our craft is becoming a commodity and people in charge don't care about the quality of the markup, CSS or how nice our JavaScript is. What matters is how fast you can get it to market, how many people it reaches and how cheaply it can be built. – Christian Heilmann http://thinkvitamin.com/dev/web-development-is-moving-on-are-you/
  30. 30. Luddites were a social movement of British textile artisans in the early nineteenth century who protested, often by destroying mechanized looms, against the changes produced by the Industrial Revolution, which they felt were leaving them without work. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luddite
  31. 31. I’m convinced the people railing against CSS frameworks are just trying to drum up false job security. – Jeff Croft http://jeffcroft.com/blog/2007/nov/17/whats-not-love-about-css-frameworks/
  32. 32. There’s a somewhat disturbing thing going on with people advocating a rebirth of table based web design. Why? Probably because CSS layouts are “hard.” – Marco van Hylckama Vlieg http://i-marco.nl/weblog/archive/2009/02/18/the_death_of_web_development_a
  33. 33. http://twitter.com/nathansmith/status/1212765549
  34. 34. Modularity http://gun-parts.com/
  35. 35. Good designers solve problems
  36. 36. Great designers prevent them
  37. 37. “Good enough” stops short of great. http://uiandus.com/2009/02/19/video/gems-of-unnoticed-problems/
  38. 38. Well Executed Typography is Timeless http://flickr.com/photos/mwichary/2140391908/
  39. 39. Never use these fonts • Papyrus • Comic Sans
  40. 40. 1966 http://flickr.com/photos/ekusupo/114732870/
  41. 41. 2007 http://helveticafilm.com/
  42. 42. Helvetica – Documentary on Typography (video clip) http://helveticafilm.com/
  43. 43. In Lives of the Artists, Giorgio Vasari relates that when the Pope sent a messenger to Giotto di Bondone, asking him to send a drawing to demonstrate his skill, Giotto drew, in red paint, a circle so perfect that it seemed as though it was drawn using a compass and instructed the messenger to give it to him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giotto_di_Bondone
  44. 44. Civilian http://flickr.com/photos/bwjones/2064502024/
  45. 45. Military http://flickr.com/photos/kamoda/61229055/
  46. 46. Most efficient ratio of surface-area to volume http://flickr.com/photos/kingfal/3048352401/
  47. 47. Good for storage of mass quantities http://flickr.com/photos/ride/2150067632/
  48. 48. Icons = 1x1 ratio. Many are circular. Firefox Safari Chrome IE 7
  49. 49. Fibonacci sequence http://flickr.com/photos/lucapost/694780262/
  50. 50. FIBONACCI – GOLDEN RATIO http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_ratio
  51. 51. GOLDEN RATIO – BOOK LAYOUT http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_ratio
  52. 52. Rectangles = lingua franca of web
  53. 53. Rectangles = lingua franca of web
  54. 54. Rectangles = lingua franca of web
  55. 55. How do you eat an elephant? http://flickr.com/photos/flametree/145019107/
  56. 56. (one bite at a time) lion lion lion lion lion lion http://flickr.com/photos/24027284@N08/2277860703/
  57. 57. SELF-MANAGED TEAM – GREEK MYRMIDONS Μυρμιδόνες = elite + fearless + took initiative http://imdb.com/title/tt0332452/
  58. 58. Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has. – Rev. Billy Graham http://billygraham.org/mediaRelations/photographs.asp
  59. 59. Attitude, not aptitude, determines altitude. Zig Ziglar hover mode = 230 bps http://flickr.com/photos/mommamia/2857914776/
  60. 60. My brother Wesley acted wisely – the souls that were awakened under his ministry he joined in class [study groups], and thus preserved the fruits of his labor. This I neglected, and my people are a rope of sand. – George Whitefield
  61. 61. “SCRUM WALL” at FELLOWSHIP TECH http://flickr.com/photos/34694527@N06/3221379926/
  62. 62. If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six hours sharpening my axe. – Abraham Lincoln http://flickr.com/photos/bigberto/2764464101/
  63. 63. Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. – Albert Einstein http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein
  64. 64. Conflicting brands + messages http://flickr.com/photos/cennydd/3191424928/
  65. 65. http://flickr.com/photos/sensorydrive/3003498238/
  66. 66. Once the pedestrian begins walking, there is no safety indicator. When you’re halfway across the road, you have no idea whether or not it is safe. – Jeremy Keith http://adactio.com/journal/1154/
  67. 67. Documentation is no substitute for good design http://adactio.com/journal/1154/
  68. 68. Must unlearn what you have learned.
  69. 69. Let choirs sing well or not at all. Otherwise we merely confirm the majority in their conviction that the world of business, which does with such efficiency so much that never really needed doing, is the real, the adult, and the practical world; and that all this culture and religion (horrid words both) are essentially marginal, amateurish, and rather effeminate activities. C.S. Lewis
  70. 70. fivesimplesteps.co.uk principlesofbeautifulwebdesign.com
  71. 71. 960.gs – Helpful tools are available :)
  72. 72. Those who code XHTML + CSS as well as they design will always have an edge over those who only design... You’re able to foresee potential layout and coding issues while the comp is still in Photoshop or Fireworks or even Illustrator. – Cameron Moll http://cameronmoll.com/archives/000036.html
  73. 73. The artisan is not dead! Modern-day craftsmen are in high demand. 31three.com SquaredEye.com
  74. 74. Objectified – Documentary on Industrial Design (video clip) http://objectifiedfilm.com/
  75. 75. Design is Anticipatory • Don’t wait for problems. Solve ahead of time. • Know your audience, adapt your workflow. • Communicate function via aesthetic form. • Learn to convey more, by saying less. • Don’t lose sight of the primary focus.
  76. 76. That’s all. Keep in touch! twitter.com/nathansmith slideshare.net/nathansmith http://flickr.com/photos/mrjoro/89187454/

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