In My Experience

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

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.

Vancouver 2004/2010

It’s been kind of odd watching the 2010 Winter Olympics. I was in Vancouver at the time that the city won the bid, back in 2004. Although on a holiday, my professional interest soon peaked when an emerging story related to the Games’ logo started to emerge. The Vancouver Olympic Committee (VANOC) launched a competition to design the Games’ logo, open to amateurs and...

Welcome to the future

Remember all of those sets in sci-fi movies, anytime from the 60’s to the 90’s, and you thought “There’s no way we’ll ever live/work in buildings like that”…?
Think again. Welcome to the future..

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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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