Change is bad unless it’s great:

App devel­op­ers need to be hon­est with them­selves about whether a redesign is about solv­ing a cus­tomer prob­lem in a bet­ter way or is part of a cor­po­rate strategy.

Designer Duds:

In order to avoid los­ing its place atop orga­ni­za­tions, design must deliver results. Design­ers must also accept that if they don’t, they’re not actu­ally design­ing well.

Status

Put together a quick theme idea tonight and pushed it live to this site. Pos­si­bly a few rough areas around the edges. Over­all I’m pretty happy with it, though. Really sim­ple to put together; though I did miss my goal of keep­ing it under 1,000 lines of CSS. Will need to find a way to trim 50 lines. :)

Con­tent as Medium:

The indus­try seemed to assume that it was the very phys­i­cal­ity of books, news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines that we craved – or that we required in order to com­pre­hend the idea of a dig­i­tal equiv­a­lent. The indus­try was wrong.

Logo, Bull­shit & Co., Inc.

This post is not about the tech­ni­cal qual­ity of the logo. I am not writ­ing about brand design, but about brand man­age­ment. This is about a sim­ple rule: Brand design fol­lows brand man­age­ment, not the other way around.

Check­boxes that kill. Great post about the dan­gers in com­plex, cus­tomiz­able set­tings. Two key take­aways: reg­u­larly audit how peo­ple are using your prod­uct and con­sider whether more than 2% of your users will use a setting.

On Thing­punk. Inter­est­ing read via Matt Pear­son about what the author dubs Thing­punk. Essentially:

Thing­punk is a deep bias in design think­ing that sees phys­i­cal prod­ucts and the built envi­ron­ment as the most impor­tant venues for design and inno­va­tion even as we enter a world that’s increas­ingly digital.

Not sure how to cap­ture it but it was an intrigu­ing read.

Learn­ing to See is a fan­tas­tic post from iA. It’s tough to pick out any one high­light but I liked this statement:

Beauty in design is not found by adding pret­ti­ness to a bold, func­tional design, it’s adding detail to the essence, so the func­tional logic becomes more humane, refined, and clear.