Praying Mantis

While heading out on a walk this afternoon I came across this Praying Mantis sunning itself on the sidewalk…

Are decorative design elements going out of style?

A few days ago Netmagazine published Big question: are decorative design elements going out of style? where they ask a number of prominent digital designers their view on skeuomorphic design. The day before the Fast Company design blog had Will Apple’s Tacky Software-Design Philosophy Cause A Revolt? These two excellent pieces got me thinking about my views on what essentially amounts to mimicking the look of a real world objects in digital design elements.

While I get that the use of these visual metaphors creates an understanding of the use of an interface for the end user I do find an over dependence on this troubling. I – for example – have refused to use the default Notes app in iOS on my iPhone and iPad because of the fake legal pad look and the terrible typography. The Fast Company article notes that even at Apple there is growing discontent about the insistence on this design approach.

What are your thought about this?

Responsive Web Design Resources

Excellent list of Responsive Web Design Resources here on This Is Responsive.

Power Of Pinterest

The Fast Company Design blog has a fascinating look at The Astounding Power Of Pinterest. Including the very cool info-graphic.

How are you using Pinterest? Leave a comment…

Eleven years later


Last year on this day I wrote this post. The wishes I expressed last year seem even more relevant today.

Eleven years later:
I wish that we could be transformed to care more about the most marginalized people around the world.

Eleven years later:
I wish that this nation could be transformed to better care for its poorest and most vulnerable citizens.

Eleven years later:
I hope and pray that the human family can be transformed and stop hurting each other in the name of God and spiritual beliefs.