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How Susan Kare applied embroidery skills to create the iconic Macintosh icons

In the early 1980s, Susan Kare joined Apple Computer to design fonts and user interface graphics. A legend of pixel art, Kare created the look of the original Macintosh, from the Chicago typeface to the Trash Can to the Happy Mac icon. She's currently creative director at Pinterest. David Kindy profiles Kare in Smithsonian: Pioneering designer Susan Kare was taught by her mother how to do counted-thread embroidery, which gave her the basic knowledge she needed to create the first icons for t...
Tags: Apple, Art, Facebook, Post, Design, News, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Ui, Computers, Chicago, Illustration, Ux, Apple Computer, 8-bit, Interface Design

Apple debuts new iPad Pro alongside revamped MacBook Airs

Inside the new iPad Pros are the new A12x Bionic chip, which are apparently faster than 92% of the laptops out there.MacBook Airs come with Retina display, first true update in 8 years. The iPad Pro starts at $799 while the MacBook Air starts at $1,199.Apple product launches are sort of like sports drafts in that there's a lot of pageantry and hullabaloo surrounding what is ostensibly just an introduction to a slightly updated lineup. 99.5% of the people out there are going to be doing roughly...
Tags: Apple, Technology, Computers, Creativity, Innovation, Tim Cook, MacBook Air, Drake, Apple Pencil, Interface Design, Intel Core, MacBook Airs, MacBook Airs MacBook Airs, Mac Mac Mini, NYC Pharrell

Hire two designers, not one

Right now the market for designers is C.R.A.Z.Y.. Across all industries, across all disciplines, everyone is looking to hire designers. Every single one of our clients is looking to hire production designers. At least four of our clients at Rocket are looking for design directors. In fifteen years I have never seen design so much in demand. And there are more designers than ever on the market. But, counter-intuitively, many companies cannot seem to hire even a single designer. Why is that? The...
Tags: Design, Blogging, Hiring, Interface Design, Don

[Basecamp 3 Redesign] Phase 1: New Nav and a unified Hey! Inbox.

Over the next few months we’ll be rolling out a visual refresh to make Basecamp 3 even easier to use — and more approachable for new users. Today we launch the first set of updates. Most products get more complicated as they go. More stuff, more screens, more options, more ways to do things. It’s natural — evolution tends to create more complex creatures over time. Software development is no different.That’s why it’s on us to push back on complexity and clutter as we go. If we’re smart about it,...
Tags: Blogging, Small-business, Signal, Conor, Project-management, Product-design, Basecamp-updates, Interface-design, Automatic Check Ins

Atomic is like Google Docs for interface prototyping

 Meet Atomic, a prototyping service for your next mobile app or website. It works in your browser, but it’s a lot more powerful than you’d expect. Atomic handles animations and lets you make interactive designs. And you can collaborate on your designs with your team in real time. The startup launched the version 2 this week adding a bunch of new features that make your design… Read More
Tags: Startups, TC, Developer, Tech, Ui, Google Docs, Ux, Atomic, Interface Design

8 UX Design Mistakes Too Many Bloggers Are Making

If you’re a dedicated blogger, you probably have a lot on your plate. You have to generate content, grow your followers and email list, form valuable partnerships, promote your blog, and so much more – all before breakfast. There’s no rest for the weary when it comes to blogging, so crucial components of your blog can easily fall by the wayside. One of these crucial components, perhaps the most crucial of them all, is design. Sure, you probably know that your blog should look good, but have you ...
Tags: Blogging, Ux, Usability, Interface Design, Design Tips, Blog Design, Blog Navigation, Sidebars

Tips on how to hire a good designer

It seems like everyone is hiring designers! They’re hiring product designers, UX designers, creative directors, directors of design, UI designers, visual designers, etc. There are even acquihires of entire design teams! So…how do you find a good designer? First, a quick backstory for people who have never read my blog before. Until this past August I was the Director of UX at HubSpot, a SaaS marketing company here in Boston that went public in October. So for three years (in which HubSpot was...
Tags: Facebook, Design, News, Boston, HubSpot, Product Design, Interface Design, Don, Irene, Paul Adams, Braden Kowitz, Cap Watkins, Lindsay Mindler

In detail: Designing in context for mobile

I’m noticing an interesting practice emerging when designing for mobile: in-context messages that help you learn or give feedback about an app. Here’s an example: In this example from the New York Times Now app, the designers have dropped in a “quick tip” to let you know that you can swipe left to discover new content in the “Our Picks” section. Swiping in this way does the same thing that tapping on the arrow in the nav bar. This is a really nice way to let people know something, in this c...
Tags: News, Product Design, Interface Design, New York Times Now, Meh

In detail: Square’s email receipt and feedback flow

Since paper receipts aren’t very useful these days, I’ve been choosing recently to have my receipts emailed to me. The other week I filled out my email address on a Square checkout device at my local coffee house (Atomic Cafe) and didn’t think much of it. But when I read the email receipt later I noticed that the Square designers had very nicely embedded a feedback flow into the email. Nice UI details: Feedback is embedded into the receipt. This has several positive effects. First, it t...
Tags: News, Square, Copywriting, Interface Design, Email Design, Microcopy, Square Square

Why you should help users recover gracefully from their mistakes

We all like to talk about how organizations can recover from their own customer service failures: the gadget that won't connect, the handle that snaps off, the delivery that never arrives.But how about when the customer screws up? How easy do you make it for them to recover lost information, correct a mistake or get out of a dead end?Put it this way: if the web is like an episode of The Simpsons, is your site more like helpful, compassionate Lisa, or Nelson "Haw, haw" Muntz?After a pretty Nelson...
Tags: Twitter, Customer Service, Workflow, Ux, Interface Design, Rogers Communication, Rogers_kate, Lisa, Rogers Communications, Nelson Haw