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The mistake of over-designing

In our quest to design simple, intuitive, and efficient things, we must be careful to not over-design. I have run into several examples recently where I believe the designer (or more often, the business employing them) is trying too hard—too hard to be everything, too hard to have too many options, too hard to up-sell, too hard to be original or innovative, too hard to be too simple—and has failed. A fine line is walked between questioning traditions and standards for irrelevance, age, or oversight, and respecting them for their tenure of existence. A delicate balance must be struck between production costs, competition, patents, marketing, aesthetics, work-flow, and usability. While we most often are not the one with the final say, I believe it’s a designer’s duty to satisfy a project’s many requirements simultaneously while diligently advocating usability—resisting and preventing the mistake of over-designing.

posted by wade on Monday, Jun 29, 2009 · 4 comments

“Graphic design is an organic process that uses type and image to create a visual solution for a communication problem. Much like leaves make up the shape of a tree, a graphic design solution is made up of many elements working together to create the whole. Research and knowledge are at the root of design. Formats and grids offer structure—the branches. But it is the smallest elements of design—the letterforms—which bring a design to life.”
Thoughts on Leaves & Letters, a leaflet from Vangool Design & Typography

posted by wade on Sunday, Oct 19, 2008 · 0 comments

“Your Journey Made Simple” by Shaz Madani

A response designed to promote the M25 motorway. On one side the poster gives exact directions that would have to be taken in order to travel from one side of London to the other illustrating the complexity and confusion involved in taking alternative routes through the center of the city. The reverse side reads: “wipe away the confusion take the M25″.

posted by kaleb on Friday, Sep 19, 2008 · 0 comments

Sony Walkman advertisement via adgoodness

posted by kaleb on Monday, Sep 15, 2008

I will forever be in debt to Mig Reyes and Matt Born for this video because through it I discovered The Hush Sound.

Created for the Art Institute of Schaumburg’s annual Artimation festival.

posted by sam on Tuesday, Aug 12, 2008 · 3 comments