Friday, July 27, 2007

Innovative search box

Checkout this search box on istockphoto. It presents all the advanced search options as a dropdown within the text field.


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Megan Jaegerman's brilliant news graphics

Megan Jaegerman produced some of the best news graphics ever while working at The New York Times from 1990 to 1998. Her work is smart, finely detailed, elegant, witty, inventive, informative. A fierce researcher and reporter, she writes gracefully and precisely. Megan has the soul of a news reporter, who happens to use graphs, tables, and illustrations--as well as words--to explain the news.

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Getting Schooled In Design

Ideation rules:

  • State the obvious
  • No hierarchy
  • Encourage wild ideas
  • Build on the ideas of others
  • No criticisms, no judgements
  • Ban the devil's advocate
  • Focused chaos is good
  • Enlightened trial-and-error succeeds over the planning of the lone genius
  • No lone genius: ideas come from everywhere; creative process is collaborative
  • Try stuff and ask for forgiveness, rather than asking permission
  • Rapid prototyping to test things out to get a good idea if they work
  • Fail often in order to succeed sooner
  • No hidden agendas
  • Schedule/time tracking is important
  • Generate as many ideas as possible: Quantity vs. quality
  • Stay focused