Not everyone feels the same as me about the “happy barista vs. sad designer” thing, but to be willing to say, “I am more important than the work,” opens up your choices. You can drop the mic and walk away to take care of yourself. You are more than your job. You can do other things and still be you. That isn’t insightful to normal people, but for me it was, because design is all I’ve ever done. And maybe it will be for other design folks, since we assign so much identity to the job. That whole “design is a way of life” thing makes me uncomfortable.
Article published in issue 213 of WebDesigner Magazine.
User interface design is a hot topic these days.
High-profile redesigns, notably across all of Google’s web and mobile interfaces, and in Apple’s recent iOS facelift, have led to everyone wanting to get in on the conversation.
Graphic user interfaces have come a long way since the days of being keyboard- controlled, green text on black backgrounds.
In recent years, mobile technology in particular has changed the way we see user interfaces. There’s more pressure than ever on designers to make smartphones and tablets accessible and easy to use, even for the most inexperienced user, At this stage, it probably won’t come as a surprise to hear that this responsibility all boils down to the user interface (UI).