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Good finds on a Wednesday

Every once in a while, you hit up something pretty cool over your lunch break reading. Today was two in a row, both dealing w/ design and css-3 properties I wasn’t completely familiar with.

Rotation in css-3. Or moreso it’s application in a baddass little poster experiment: http://www.everydayworks.com/css_typography/everydaytweet.html

And a sweet read on typograpy using css-3 that was well illustrated with some great usage examples: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/03/01/css-and-the-future-of-text/

It’s the kinda reads that make me look forward to my lunch breaks again!

Couple site’s I’m diggin in March.

After a nice long weekend of soaking my head in the sun of Palm Springs, I’m back to the grind on Monday and thinking about a few things I’ve been reading up on in the past week.

WebAssist’s Roadmap Series: Having played w/ their products before, WebAssist helps web programers prototype more quickly w/ an impressive array of tools and information. Besides this, they provide some nice information about the what and why’s of web design. Their roadmap series is boiled down, 4-6 page basics of web design. Why is this handy to for experienced designer? Besides some nice refreshers of the basics, the one that really got me thinking was their explanation of SEO, boiled down to 2 pages. I stutter to think how many lengthy emails to clients explaining the basics of search-ability this would have saved me.

The result is it really got me thinking how I could improve my professional practice by creating a series of short documentation myself; Covering theses buzzword topics that clients always ask about. It would help clarify the process and educate the client BEFORE their web-site was designed and built.

Web Designer Wall: Always searching for great sites, especially ones that inspire the web design process. So many times, these sites are garbage “showcase” sites, where you get a bunch of screenshots without qualifying the WHY these sites are listed. This site provides great reading, looking at trends in web design, showcasing great sites as examples of those trends, and backing it all up w/ a great amount of the HOW with their tutorials. In particular, I’m, digging on their JQuery tutorials and thinking of ways to incorporate more Javascript animation into the sites I create. Kudos to these guys for elevating the web-design blog one more notch.

Design Observer: Collect a bunch of rock-star designers from a variety of disciplines and have them write, coherent, passionate articles? What could be better. Great inspiration, and a good read for that 4pm coffee break.

Core 77’s Design Directory: This is my Monday morning treat, their email newsletter id geared towards industrial design, but runs the gamut from furniture design to new sanitation ideas to save children in Africa. It’s the sort of stuff that gives me the brain jitters and informs the soul.

Morning coffee and that feeling of insignificance

So a longstanding Friday morning habit of mine has been to spend the first hour or so catching up on my design rags and blogs. This inevitably leads me on the wild goose-chase from site to site; destructively loaded on caffeine and bumping aimlessly through the pretty pictures of a dozen sites or so. At the end of which, I’m feeling a little mentally numb and begin feeling that everything I’m doing with my design career is equivalent to running in place at the retard farm. It’s a frustration that use to drive me nuts after architecture school, but as the years have past, I’ve become more comfortable with doing little and looking at the great work of others. And then you bump into a truly bad-ass site with people doing good work. Hell, they had me sold at the studio name, “We should do it all”. No shit, that should be MY name. I want to do it all too!

Then again, they probably didn’t just spend the first two hours of their morning wearing off a tequila hangover by surfing. anyhow, nice site, some great work, and maybe the envy will motivate me to do something other than sit here: http://www.wsdia.com/

UPDATE: Now I know why they hit so far into my creative gut – they’re architects gone designers! nice little interview with them at Archinet

Architecture school is the highest test for anyone who wants to be a designer/creator. It’s an incredible test of your love for this profession, and you don’t love it…architecture school will definitely weed you out. The most appreciated skill I gained from Kent’s program was being able to communicate my ideas about concepts and ideas through heavy critique. This tool is vital for our studio in expressing our designs to our clients. Being able to critique your own and other’s work, and being able to take criticism, is something I am proud of.