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  The Value of the Designer Who Codes


"Well, it's a start, but basically it stinks," said Steve Jobs, telling early Apple engineer Chris Espinosa exactly how he felt about the company's first calculator application. Iteration after iteration, Jobs continued to be dissatisfied with the calculator. Espinosa continued to code, slowly inching his way to perfection. But nothing was quite right. In a flash of both brilliance and perhaps frustration, Espinosa put together a visual builder that let Jobs design the calculator himself...

   Designer,Coder,Value,Designer knows code     2012-01-03 10:49:39


  What Separates Good Designers from Great Ones


Most of the design books you read, including my own, are about how to be a good, competent designer. They are about how to make strong, reasoned design decisions and about design methods and tools. But what they won’t—can’t—teach you is how to become a great designer. The only way to be a great designer is to produce great products. Everything else is…well, everything else. I’m convinced that the people who are great designers, while assuredly they’re both talented a...

   Designer,Feature,Great designer,Good designer,Comparison     2011-12-06 02:25:17


  The Golden Age of Design in Startups


I just returned from Dave McClure’s excellent Warm Gun Conference, and I haven’t been this excited to be a designer in a while. The entire event was about design, metrics, and products, and even more importantly the people at the conference were many of the who’s who in Bay Area design. From what I saw and experienced there I daresay there are signs we’re entering a golden age of Design. The evidence: 1. The startups being invested in are designer-led. Take the new Designer Fund ...

   Designer,Golden age,Startup,Talent,Founder     2011-12-05 12:35:33


  7 big mistakes that make your layout a disaster


Even though the web design field has become a real industry, building a website is part art, part science. The design of a website may attract people but it may also make them run away, it depends on the work of the web designer. The experience, the talent and the capacity of endeavor are the greatest tools of a web designer, a good layout is based on all of these and, besides that, it is a very time consuming activity.Making a good layout is difficult and judging its value is subjective, a desi...

   Web design,Mistakes,Content,White space     2011-11-24 03:36:23


  Open Letter to sites with annoying interfaces


Remember those childhood games where you are given two nearly identical images and your objective was to find some number of subtle differences? Well, I shouldn't have to play that game when I'm using your damn website. I show here two examples of a common practice that is plaguing the modern web. First, a clipping from a project page on github.com.     And now the second image:     See the difference? My question is this: why? That edit button is the only component of...

   Web design,User interface,User friendly,Layout     2011-12-27 09:32:10


  DESIGNERS NEED ENGINEERS


Like so many of you, I’ve been indulging in the amateur analyses all over the web about why Steve Jobs, p.b.o.h., was so great. The recurring message is pithily summarized by Mathew Ingram: “Technology is the least important thing about Apple products”.Bullshit. The reason why Apple manages to build such magnificent products is because design and usability drive the engineering, yet the technology behind their products is by no means trivial. Apple cares a lot about eng...

   Engineer,Designer,Relationship     2011-10-24 11:54:53


  Good programmer made bad designers


I got an email request to publish this article a few days ago.I was actually on the verge of moving the email to the trash when I noticed the first name of the author: Rand.For those of you not familiar with the Wheel of Time series, the main character’s name is Rand.I admit that it’s an embarrassing weak reason to respond to a strange email, but reading some 10,000 pages of a fantasy series obviously messes with your mind.Then again, it’s probably no stranger than Rand Mendoza&n...

   Programmer,Designer,Comparison     2011-08-29 22:06:33


  5 essential job search tips for web designers


Being a web designer is about many things – an in-depth technical knowledge, a flair for great aesthetics and excellent communication skills. Even if it sounds complex (and perhaps precisely because it does), the job can be immensely rewarding and creatively stimulating. How to break in and go straight for success in this profession? Here are 5 essential tips for getting lots of web design work. 1. Develop technical skills that matter Before you enter the job market, you'll need to have a ...

   job search tips, job seekers, job search     2015-04-17 10:17:19


  iWatch is coming to us before 2014


There are a variety of rumors around Apple iWatch. But according to Bloomberg,  Apple's smart watch is expected to be on sale at the end of this year.It is reported that iWatch might have phone and location tracking capabilities, it will also have a built-in pedometer and some health monitoring sensors. Previously Apple supplier and Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning said that iWatch would be available only after at least 3 years. But recently Apple retained some iWatch related patents, it...

   iWatch,Apple,Google Glass     2013-03-04 18:09:42


  Faster than C


Judging the performance of programming languages, usually C is called the leader, though Fortran is often faster. New programming languages commonly use C as their reference and they are really proud to be only so much slower than C. Few language designer try to beat C. What does it take for a language to be faster than C? Better Aliasing Information Aliasing describes the fact that two references might point to the same memory location. For example, consider the canonical memory copy: void...

   C,Performance,Speed,Fortran,Criteria     2012-03-25 09:12:23