Design

For work, I need to edit a file originally made in Adobe inDesign. I have never used it before. I will report my findings.

Speaking of Design, I just finished reading Donald Norman’s book, The Design of Everyday things. I also just started another of his books, Emotional Design. The books are fairly well written and give a no-nonsense manifesto on why Design (with a capital D) is the most important thing in the world. Everything that has happened in history has been designed. Wars, Inventions, assassinations, Speeches, The Last Dragon. It is the details of how something is accomplished and designed to be accomplished that makes all the difference.

I have been thinking more and more about this subject. I am going to be reading up on this in the coming months. Some books on the radar: The Inmates are Running the Asylum and The Elements of User Experience. That last one looks very good.

This is such a critical area for success. Each area requires thoughtful design. Without it, you have complete anarchy and usually crappy products.

One example recently I have seen is Microsoft Live. There is clearly an intense amount of design work going into this. Is this pronounced L-if-v or L-eye-v? Hmmm.

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