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Make It So Takes User Interface Design Into the Final Frontier

Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction<p>With Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons From Science Fiction, authors Nathan Sherdoff …

UX Design

A GeekDad Review of Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff - GeekDad

Once upon a time, the future was a place of progress, where even the darker corners of human nature were illuminated by hope of a better tomorrow and …

Storytelling

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love 3-D

3-D is the future in Ridley Scott's Prometheus, just one of the movies that 3ality Technica has helped bring onto (and off) the big screen this …

The Great Gatsby

Design 101 for Educators: An Icon Is Worth (at Least) a Dozen Words

Although modern syllabic languages are far more complex than the hieroglyphic languages of the ancients, a well-placed pictogram (or icon) can still …

Graphics

No Matter What Anyone Says, Wonder Woman Will Always Be a Feminist

Several years ago, I was having dinner with a Vice-President of a major financial institution. I was doing design work for the bank, and she and I …

Feminism

Design 101 for Educators: Choose Your Fonts Carefully

Before we dig in, let's start with a quick multiple-choice quiz:<p><b>Font : Text ::</b><p>A. Hat : Head<br>B. Coffee : Tea<br>C. Voice : Speech<p>The answer is C. The font …

Typography

How to classify fonts for the web

There is a power in the ability to name things, and that's no different when trying to name fonts. Although it will not make you a better designer, …

Typography

8 Tips to Power-Up Your Classroom Presentations

Last month, I attended a Back to School Night for parents, sitting through presentation after presentation by teachers, some with slides that helped …

Emotions

Design 101 for Educators: 5 Simple Typography Tips

Once upon a time, typography was the domain of a few arcane professionals with ink-stained fingers who labored away at huge machines, setting letters …

Typography

What is temporal design thinking?

Heading to UX New Zealand 2016? Check out what Jason CranfordTeague has to say about temporal design thinking before his presentation.

Design Thinking

10 pro tips to get people to trust your site

In the report 'Truth, Lies and the Internet', think tank Demos found that a third of teens polled in the UK believe any information found online was …

UX Design

Creativity Under The Microscope: Running A UI Design Critique

Criticism is easy. It seems like everybody has an opinion, but, as the author Harlan Ellison points out, "You are not entitled to your opinion. You …

UX Design

66 Geeky Insults You can Use (Almost) Anywhere

In general, geeks prefer to use brains rather than brawn, to get themselves out of a situation. So, their insults are often witty, literary and …

William Shakespeare

6 things to do to stop climbing the prototyping fidelity cliff

"…In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of …

Why your typography doesn't need to be readable

Ask most designers what the goal of good typography is, and they will respond without much thought: "It's about readability." I beg to differ.<p>Good …

Remembrance of The Doctor: A Personal Journey Through Time and Space

On November 22, 1963 a hero was killed.<p>The world watched in horror as the modern King Arthur was shot on the streets of Dallas, Texas, in the prime …

TV Series

10 Things Sci-fi Promised Us That DID Happen in 2013 (or Thereabout)

Last week I published a list of top 10 things science fiction promised us that didn’t happen by 2013. So, lest you think I’m completely negative, …

Skin

10 Things Science Fiction Promised Us That DIDN'T Happen in 2013

Science fiction makes a lot of predictions about the future–that’s really the point, isn’t it?–but the predictions often go awry. The best science …

Science Fiction

Do You Want Your Daughter to Excel at Math and Science? Get a Little Help From GEMS

GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) are clubs for girls in grades 3-8 with expansions into high school. The organization was founded in 1994 …

Education

10 Must-see Events at the Nation's Largest Interactive Festival

Later this week, I’ll be knee-deep in SXSW, one of the geekiest professional events in the world. While a lot of people think of it a film and music …

Texas

I Miss Douglas Adams

I miss Douglas Noel Adams. I miss him like I would miss a friend and mentor who will no longer be able to share his words of wisdom and bizarre …

Literature

Yuri's Night Is a Time to Celebrate and Reflect on Why We Must Go Into Space

Fifty-three years ago today, Yuri Gagarin pierced the veil of Earth’s fragile atmosphere in his Vostok 1 space capsule, becoming the first human …

Space Travel

Help Do Some UX for Good

UX for Good is an organization that brings user experience skills to bear on some of the most difficult social issues we face. For this year’s annual …

18 ways Doctor Who can make you a better designer

Doctor Who has been with me since the very formative years of my life. As a young pre-teen in the US of A, I discovered my life-long hero one …

Five Tips for Choosing the Best Webfonts

Web and print typography have a lot of obvious differences. Beyond resolution, variable medium sizes, user interface, and the fact that one medium …

Typography

What You Need to Know About Webfonts: Part 2

The best estimate I’ve come up with is that there are around 150,000 digital fonts, at least for print design. You might think that as long as you …

Typography

What You Need to Know About Webfonts: Part 1

Imagine if we lived in a world where there were only five voices, where one in every five people sounded exactly the same. That’s where we were with …

Typography

CSS Fundamentals

<i>This article is excerpted from</i> Speaking in Styles: Fundamentals of CSS for Web Designers <i>by Jason Cranford Teague. Copyright © 2009. Used with</i> …

Web Development

Prototyping a Responsive Design

Expanding your design skills beyond sketches, wireframes, and visual comps doesn't have to be scary.<p>After all, instead of pushing pixels endlessly, …

Web Design