If you follow me on Twitter you might know that I moved to London last September. You might also know that since then I’ve had nothing but trouble trying to get an Internet connection set up in my home. Fortunately, last week I finally got everything up and running and to mark my triumphant return to the world of the Internet I went a little crazy and shared 30 of my favourite websites on Twitter.
The majority of them are single-serving sites. Some are very useful while others, others just plain entertaining. Bobby enjoyed the list so much that he suggested I share it with you. So, without much further ado, I present (in no particular order) 30 great links for your enjoyment.
Making airlines feel approachable seems to me like a difficult challenge. A lot of airlines (save for Virgin) can feel cold and detached, nearly clinical some times. Interbrand decided to take the opposite approach and bring a more personal touch when rebranding Royal Brunei airlines.
Earlier this morning I attended a Herman Miller event where they showcased their latest designs and explained the many innovations they’ve made recently. It took place in the Carondelet House, an old, Spanish villa here in LA that was built back in 1928, which provided an interesting foil for the modern furniture. On hand to explain things were Herman Miller Creative Directors Craig Bassam and Scott Fellows, as well as Eames Demetrios, the grandson of Charles and Ray Eames.
Eames gave us a slideshow of how many of the products that the Eames crafted, and Herman Miller still carries, were originally thought up and created, which was especially cool to hear from an actual Eames. There were lots of historical slides, old photos of Ray and Charles, but one slide in particular caught my attention, a quote from Charles Eames.
“Let’s try to think of design as planned goodness, not art art art.”
I find this quote to be so charming. If you ask me, the world needs a lot more planned goodness, and phrasing it that way certainly simplifies the act. As designers our focus should be on solving problems, while being careful to not be distracted by the allure of creating a shiny object. The Eames are the quintessential examples of this, creating objects which are human-centric first but are still extremely beautiful pieces.
CNN reported yesterday that here in the U.S. the FDA is proposing a change to nutritional labels, the first since their inception over 20 years ago. The new design would focus on highlighting the number of calories, adjusting serving sizes to more accurately represent how people eat, as well as the daily values for certain nutrients such as sodium, dietary fiber and Vitamin D.
From a design perspective it’s nice to see a hierarchy introduced, putting calories and serving size front and center. The delineation between sections is also well done, though I think it’s weird to have the percentage of daily values first before you know what it’s a percentage of. Shouldn’t that be flipped back? Either way it’s good to see the government making strides to educate people on what they’re putting in their body. Hopefully this trend continues.
Last weekend, Kyle and the dogs and I moved to a brand new apartment. It can be a pain to move into a new place, but when I look at the big picture it’s a therapeutic act. Being able to remove the unnecessary elements of your life and start fresh with a new space allows you to examine things differently. What once worked so well in a space just might not fit anymore, and that’s ok.
All of this change got me thinking about this very blog and what I want it to be. When I first started the site over six years ago it was a site for me to share the things I thought were cool, simple as that. It still works essentially like that, only I think I lost a little bit of myself on the way. I’ve realized that in trying so hard to be a legitimate “website” that I’ve lost the charm and fun of being, well, me.
I still love to write about design, illustration, and art, but my true passion lies in ideas around web design, apps, technology, the future, etc. I’m uncertain if you, the reader, are interested in what I’m interested in. But I do think what’s more important is being honest and putting my true self out there, something I don’t think I’ve done a good job of in the last couple years.
So as simple as that, you’ll start to see a shift in the site. There will be more random thoughts and ideas being pushed out and less of me worrying about whether or not what I’m doing fits with the old space. It’s time to fuck things up, burn things down, and try to again to create something that truly fits me.