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In the next couple of days, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be releasing a new version of its missionary site, This new site is meant to introduce the church to friends and family and to the world.

The new has been years in the making as I will share what has been our process and our experience. We hope that this post could benefit designers visiting our site. Honestly, this is motivation for me to record what has been done to make such a site.


posted by gilbert on Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010

“And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.”
Steve Jobs, Stanford 2006 Commencement Speech

posted by gilbert on Friday, Jan 16, 2009

I just read a couple of great posts for designers during these hard economic times. Both offer great advice: Michael Beirut’s Designing Through the Recession and Greg Storey’s Goldfish.

One of my favorites (from Beirut): “And don’t forget that recessions are a great time for the kind of research and development that manifests itself in self-initiated projects…”

posted by gilbert on Monday, Jan 05, 2009

This is a good reminder when designing interfaces, no? Cartoon from the New Yorker.

Via Chris Willis, who hasn’t updated his site in ages.

posted by gilbert on Friday, Jan 02, 2009

The chronotebook is an entirely different take on the boring, and mostly limiting daily planner. The idea is simple: create a notebook that brings some structure to your day if you need it, while keeping you open and flexibility to whatever comes to your mind.

The chronotebook is the new moleskin, baby!

Notes from the designer. Photo above taken by Jack Cheng.

posted by gilbert on Wednesday, Oct 15, 2008

This weekend’s general conference will feature a new online video player using the super fantastic Move Networks streaming technologyz. The live video will be available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and American Sign Language. The quality of the video is quite amazing. The better your connection, the sharper the picture. (Try the fullscreen.) And it is crazy fast.

Each talk, musical number, prayer and conducting will be “clipped” for easy navigation. You can watch it live beginning tomorrow at 10:00 am MST (12:00 pm EST).

Rob Jex and Brian Hansbrow led product management of the online General Conference. Chris Mayfield, Wayne Pullman and I designed the new player. Darin Warren developed the flash player. Brent Lewis, Tyler Dalton, Travis Foxley, Mindie Sorenson, Chris Jones, Chris Twitty, Vicki Bird, Bill Bush and many others who helped put it on the site with many hours of testing (I’m sure I missed others).

And lastly, thank you to the great people of Move Networks who helped us provide this great service. Wish us luck! (We hope we can handle all of the load this weekend.)

And please give us your feedback. Thank you!

posted by gilbert on Friday, Oct 03, 2008

Beautiful website: Kathleen Edwards. I love how the page “turns”. Music is great, too. Designed by Expo Cooperative.

posted by gilbert on Sunday, Sep 28, 2008

Just found this: Design & Emotion Conference. Wow.I wish I could go.

posted by gilbert on Thursday, Sep 25, 2008

Beautiful skull rings. They actually don’t look like Hot Topic, Jason.

posted by gilbert on Monday, Sep 22, 2008

Inspiring images from the the Beijing Summer Paralympic Games.

posted by gilbert on Saturday, Sep 13, 2008

I love how this boombox (called HiddenRadio) uses the “least” amount of user interface. The entire product is the UI!

From MocoLoco : “The product attempts to be silent both visually and functionally by having the cap in the downward position. By lifting up the cap the user proportionally increases the volume. The further the cap goes up the louder the sound gets. To tune the radio you simply rotate the cap and receive feedback of tuning quality via the LED on the front.”

What other products have you seen designed this way?

posted by gilbert on Monday, Sep 01, 2008

Communication Arts Interactive 14 is now available online. The screen above is from FirstBorn. I love the layout and typography of the titles. So simple. They also have Vision Street Wear on the list this year. No website can top that at the moment.

posted by gilbert on Tuesday, Aug 26, 2008

For Cameron. iPhone GUI PSD.

posted by gilbert on Thursday, Aug 21, 2008

Pattern Tap is a showcase of web design, uh, patterns. I promise it’s not a CSS link farm. Just close to it.

posted by gilbert on Tuesday, Aug 12, 2008

Love the design of Method’s blog called “Thoughts.” Posts have their own URLs, too.

posted by gilbert on Friday, Aug 08, 2008

The Girl Effect. Do not skip the video. I love the typography on the site and the logo/nav on the top left.

posted by gilbert on Thursday, Jul 24, 2008

42nd International Children’s Games print ads. That soccer head is awesome.

posted by gilbert on Thursday, Jul 24, 2008

“The recent push by the Church for members to get into the blogging habit does provoke an interesting question – perhaps rhetorical, perhaps not: with all the Church asks its members to do (and to be sure, those most motivated to start blogs will be those most committed to the Church in other areas), are we increasing the risk of member- and family-level burnout as we cram more and more things to do during the course of the day?”
Comment from a reader on LDS Media Talk

posted by gilbert on Thursday, Jul 10, 2008

“David Yocum and Brian Bell’s architecture office is located at the back of a courtyard formed by the walls of what was once an auto-repair shop.” Slideshow.

posted by gilbert on Sunday, Jul 06, 2008

Search patterns from Peter Morville. Great resource! We’re working on faceted search for General Conference.

posted by gilbert on Wednesday, Jun 25, 2008