• Copywriting as Interface Design

    • Tom Kenny

    Since copywriting is interface design, you can do an awful lot of great design in a text editor. Don’t worry about where things will go, or how they will fit. Worry about explaining it clearly and then build the rest of the interface around that explanation. Interesting idea and definitely something I want to explore.

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  • The Problems with Design Awards

    • Tom Kenny

    We need to reevaluate the whole system of evaluation, we need to build a new meritocracy of design where success is viewed as a holistic function of how a design solution propagates across culture. We need a more complete answer to what makes good design. And we don’t have that today. I hate awards. Another […]

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  • A Pressing Matter

    • Tom Kenny

    Cennydd Bowles highlights the problem with the terms “click” and “tap” and suggests we use the term “select” instead. I’m with Andy Clarke in thinking “select” isn’t as intuitive as saying “press”. That’s smart thinking, but I’m not convinced “select.’ is the right word either. I can’t imagine talking an ‘average“ person through an interface […]

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  • Photoshop Likened to a City

    • Tom Kenny

    “I love and hate Adobe,” he said when we first discussed this piece. See, Adobe doesn’t build Photoshop for my dad. Adobe just builds Photoshop, and Photoshop is an insane mess. Every couple years brings a new version, costing hundreds of dollars, chock full of new features he doesn’t need, and lacking the improvements he […]

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  • Quotes & Accents

    • Tom Kenny

    We all need to use them but hardly any of us know how to type them. Here is a brief guide of how to type smart quotes and accented characters (and dashes) on a Mac. If you have the latest OS you probably discovered that you can also find accented characters by holding down a […]

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  • Big Ideas

    • Tom Kenny

    Design can have a myriad of purposes: to inform, persuade, sell, or delight. To delight means to present something with a different point of view, while retaining clarity. It makes others see the world in new and different ways. We are taught a set of skills important for our growth and survival: communication, arithmetic, wellness, […]

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