In My Experience

Thoughts on design strategy • UX • product experience • innovation & culture • by Rick Monro

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Gonna be some changes around here

Kinda. Sorta. Started tinkering today trying to knock a new WP template together for the blog. Putting up a temporary template in the meantime. Perhaps not the most advisable method – working on the live site – but I’m thinking the stakes aren’t exactly high :/
Could be a few false starts along the way, suffice to say the blog will be in a state of flux for a wee while.

Laws of Simplicity

The recently rejuvenated UX Bookclub Belfast, brought to us by the good people at Front, had “Laws of Simplicty” by John Maeda as its September selection. I wish this had been written when I was a student or graduate designer. I come from a generation of designers where the goal was generally to embellish, embellish, embellish, and that was evident in the the wave of websites which...

Leaving Flash behind

Even before the Apple vs. Adobe bunfight erupted, we were beginning to assess every rich media requirement on every one of our projects to see if it could be done without Flash. If it could be done in code, then we would avoid Flash. That is now standard practice. Flash, as the default choice for delivery of rich media, has had its day. For us at least. Adobe has had plenty of time to look for...

Simplicity vs minimalism

My work tends toward simplicity to the point that I sometimes I think it marks me out as some kind of design luddite. As I grow older I’ve become increasingly aware of how difficult it can be to simply stop designing. There is a time when a design – or to be more accurate – a style is done, finished. Simplicity is the art of removing complexity (my definition but apologies if...

There’s something about airports

Airport architecture makes them enjoyable places to be. I rarely travel by air, but I do know that it’s possible to waste hours at a time in them. It seems that ever since the Pan Am terminal at JFK airport in New York appeared, airport terminal design took a turn for the transcendent. I can’t say that Stansted Airport is up there with the best, but it’s beautiful by night.

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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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