Stick Figures in Peril

Stick Figures in Peril Photo Pool

Stick Figures in Peril is one of my favorite Flickr groups. I figure it takes out two birds with one stone. You get to see an endless number of approaches for designing icongraphy that can communicate concepts internationally without words… surely a great intellectual excersize for anyone in graphics and design. Second, some of the images are just halarious, and some border on  excessive. Check out the group and be sure to contribute if you have any great perilous photos of your own!

An Eames Primer

An Eames Primer - Cover

An Eames Primer is an excellent book written by Eames Demetrios, grandchild of Charles and Ray Eames. I can’t provide a full book review, as I’m only a few chapters in so far, but I did want to write a quick post about this book. So far I’m really enjoying it. Eames Demetrios has given a perfect mix of name-and-date history and personal antidotes about the lives of these two famous designers. The book is equal parts text and beautiful full color photos with descriptive captions.

The book covers, of course, the Eames’ work in furniture, as well as film, illustration, and presentations, among other things. The author doesn’t just present dry facts and examples though, and attempts to convey personal insight into the theology and methodology behind the duo’s work. The paperback edition can be bought at Amazon for $11, and is really perfect for anyone even remotely interested in learning about two people who did a lot to change the world of applied design.

Edward Tufte on the iPhone Interface

Edward Tufte has posted a video critique of the iPhone’s interface. Please take a moment to watch it before reading my reactions, I don’t want to bias your own reaction.

[Full Disclosure: I own an iPhone, and I really enjoy it. I am generally a proponent of Apple’s approach to product design, but I do not consider myself a “fanboy”. I’ll be the first to criticize something I don’t like, and I really try to approach everything without a bias.]

Tufte makes some really great points. I was constantly nodding my head as he spoke about the content becoming the interface. Just last week I was commenting to another designer on how the interface in software should get out of the way when it’s not needed. Tufte’s definition of “computer administrative debris” is spot on, and I’m great full to have a term for something I’ve been having trouble defining in words.

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