The System 724: How Are Websites Made?

Originally written/posted on Medium.com here. This week’s post can be found:

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We're also very adamant about it.

(You can buy this as an 11×17 poster from my online store here.)

When I was teaching Intro to Graphic Design, I would give a speech very similar to this comic. A lot of times people use a pencil to represent graphic designers (because we’re creative? We write things sometimes?), but I think this is a better analogy. Designers use creativity, but we are precise and analytical and, well, all the other things I mention in this chart.

Consider this my ode to designers.

A lot of times (especially lately) people have asked me what designers do. Or rather, assumed what designers do. Here’s what we don’t do:

  • Sit on our asses until an idea strikes.
  • Play around all day.
  • Make things just look pretty.
  • Throw things together.

We actually:

  • Consider the best solution to problems.
  • Edit content to better make a point.
  • Edit a layout to better emphasize content.
  • Wonder how to best reach the goals of a project.
  • Think about how one change may have 1,000 ramifications to other moving pieces of the project.
  • Research what tools can best get the job done.
  • Pay attention to every detail of the final result.

I’m sure I missed some. Help me fill them in the comments.

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Yup.

This happened.

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Screen Shot 2013-06-06 at 3.22.14 PM

Just check out Nippl.es.

 

 

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A while back I did an explanation on wheelchair icons, and some information on a new icon that was starting to appear across the US. (Check it out below the comic here.) TLDR: The old icon implies a level of inactivity in the handicapped that isn’t that great, a new icon that is more “active” is a much better idea.

A group of academics are looking to change the handicapped icon on a grander scale, working to get New York City to adopt the new symbol you see above. The story starts as a guerilla marketing campaign and grows into a full-blown movement. An interesting read.

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Don’t worry. I saw it.

Today’s Google Doodle (when they change the main image on Google.com?) is in honor of Saul Bass’ 93rd birthday. Saul Bass was an amazing graphic designer who also worked on movie title sequences (as well as posters for) many films, including many Alfred Hitchcock films. Or, to put it another way, you know that poster behind Wilson’s desk in House?

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Saul Bass.

If you want to read more about Saul Bass’ career start with his Wikipedia page. And you may also want to check out this listing of all the Google Doodles and their history, it’s an interesting read.

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This is like a real-life cheese that I would have written.

Systemic Rebecca sent me news of undies for the designer in us all. Underpants by Pantone color matching system. But what happens when you wash them a ton and the color fades, do they go from 382C to 382U?

This also may be a great time to encourage designers to hook up with each other, just so someone around you appreciates the reference. There’s a “color bridge” joke in there somewhere.

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The System 626: Exasturbation

I’m still deciding if I’m really going to make the next comic about “procrasturbation”. Also, thanks to Systemics Marty and Grace for help figuring out how to write this one. I can’t say it took the whole month but I was a little stuck.

Super Art Fight at the Black Cat on February 22nd!

In an ongoing effort to pretend to be a rock star, the Super Art Fight crew (including myself) is playing a show in Washington, DC at the legendary Black Cat rock club! I couldn’t be more excited. February 22nd, 9:30pm doors, $12 tickets, all ages. More details and info on preorders here.

I’m talking about comics and stuff in Baltimore!

I’m giving a talk called “How Comics Can Make Us Better Designers” to the web/design/development community in Baltimore as part of “Refresh Baltimore” on February 26th. It’ll be based upon but a revised and awesomer version of the talk I gave at Refresh last fall. It’s free. You should come! Here’s the EventBrite. Here’s the other details.

I’d love to see some Systemics in the crowd, and I’ll have time to answer all the questions people have on design and comics and stuff. Let me know if you can make it!

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…in which my stunt double explains the deal with Comic Sans. I’m down with it.

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Someday you will find me underneath a landslide...

This seems like the logical evolution of the iTunes logo. Soon, the interface will be so glossy it’s entirely white.

Be sure to check out the other iTunes and logo posts. That’s what those big yellow words below this text is for!

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