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Process

A sense of completion

Throughout a career primarily as a visual designer, I’ve always struggled with the judgement of when a piece of work is “done”. In graphic design, the urge to continue adding, embellishing is almost overwhelming. Maturity and of course experience influence better decision-making, but inevitably you find yourself mentally revisiting each project many times in the months after...

Putting the spotlight on ‘delight’

Disclaimer: I tend to react adversely to industry buzzword memes. A new word has been gradually creeping into the design industry lexicon. Designers should now, apparently, design for “delight” – and once again a word has been introduced without context into the forefront of design debate. I’ve avoided ‘cool’ for most of my professional career. I don’t do...

Reflections on Refresh

…or how I learned to stop worrying and love the Responsive Summit. Apart from work itself, two industry events dominated last week for me. I was directly involved in one, but watched the other from afar with many others. As it transpired the two were not unrelated. On Monday evening I was fortunate enough to co-host a session of RefreshBelfast with none other than Richard Weston under the title...

Small viewports… and the death of the fold

Like all the best/worst B-movies, the bad guy you thought was dead and gone has summoned up his last ounce of strength for one last attack. The Fold is back. With a twist. A short debate The debate about whether a ‘fold’ exists on the web begins and ends with the following assertions: yes, content goes off-screen in the majority of websites and yes, users are willing to scroll to read...

Late nights, passion and the creativity myth

My first professional job was in a small advertising agency. Despite knowing many fine people there who have gone on to great careers elsewhere, for a graduate designer it was, put simply, a sweatshop. Working there taught me two important things: 1) I had to get out of advertising as soon as I could 2) Routinely working long hours reduces quality, productivity and creativity During my time there...

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In My Experience is the personal blog of Rick Monro, a designer & researcher in Belfast, N. Ireland

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