Design as haiku

You probably already know roughly what haiku is—a Japanese form of poetry that roughly follows a pattern of 5-7-5 syllables (or, more technically, morae)—but you might not be aware of some of the more subtle constraints of this exceptionally restrained style of...

Design like an astronaut

When I think of the people who were the most influential role models in shaping my approach to business and life, I keep coming back to astronauts. I don’t know where I’d be if it weren’t for astronauts. You see, I’m an emotional guy. I cry easily at movies. My blood...
The Hamburger Menu Doesn’t Work

The Hamburger Menu Doesn’t Work

This is a hamburger menu: It’s called a “hamburger” because it it looks roughly like a bun-meat-bun sandwich. (Others have insisted that it looks much more like a triple hot-dog, but they’ve thus far been unsuccessful in winning the public’s hearts and minds.) The...

Powerful Designer+Developer Collaboration

There are few forces as formidable as designers and developers working together. When they’re working effectively, they hardly need anyone else. Entire companies have sprung up around strong designer+developer teams, and these collaborative teams have built many of...