Web / Design News Round Up: November 30th- December 4th
You already know by now (unless you’ve been designing under a rock, that is) how Google’s Material Design has taken the world by storm. You’ve seen its influence on every screen, and you’ve likely even put it to use yourself. But have you stopped to think about what it is that makes this cutting edge design language so good? Carrie Cousins has, and her article explores all the many benefits of Material Design and why it may be around to stay for a while.
They say it’s not what you say but how you say it that matters. As challenging as can be for a designer to accept this fact, whoever “they” are, they are right. This article explores the art of presentation and why it’s so important that designers master that art in order to convince clients of their ideas’ value.
If you work with a web design company like S2N, your business probably already has developed its own way of asking these questions. But if you’re a freelance designer and have to manage all the accounts and client interaction yourself, knowing to ask these questions (and pushing through the awkwardness and making yourself ask them) is vital to making your clients happy and keeping yourself sane. Even those of you who work on design teams like us can get something from this article though: it’s a great reminder of those back-to-the-basics things to keep in mind when approaching a design for a client.
A short and sweet take on Starbucks’ design approach for the 2015 holiday season, which factors in much, much more than just the infamous red cups. Calling the red cup controversy “the largest protest on minimal design seen yet,” this blog post looks at the cup in the context of Starbucks’ trend toward flat and minimalistic design on its website as well as in its logo over the past several years.
An absolute must-read for anyone designing for today’s web user that spends more than 20% of his or her waking hours on a phone (according to this very well-researched article, which is actually an excerpt of Josh Clark’s book Designing for Touch). As the world of touch screens expands beyond smartphones to tablets, “phablets,” and coming full circle to touchscreen laptops, designers have a whole new world of ergonomics and ease of use to consider. Clark examines not only how we are holding our gadgets, but also reveals the hot spots of accuracy as well as the no-go zones of our devices for our most used digit: the thumb.
BAD WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
If there was an award for being the most confusing website on the world wide web, the Swedish James Bond Museum website would undoubtedly be a strong contender for the prize. Visitors are greeted by a wall of hyperlinked text interspersed with randomly placed images and videos. Seriously, 99.99% of the homepage text is a mishmash of links made all the more confusing by the vacillating between Swedish and English (Google Translate alleviates the confusion only mildly). Yet for all its chaos, the site manages to be overwhelmingly underwhelming. The shameless lack of forethought in its font choice (Times New Roman of course) and solid white background seems odd for a museum dedicated to one of the most impeccably stylish and smooth characters ever to grace page or screen. Nonetheless, I highly recommend a trip over to the 007 Museum site. You might just learn something, like “How many people James Bond kill in James Bond movies? Bodycount, Died in each film?” or how to maintain a bounce rate that is off the charts.