They advocate words and language – both their meaning and visual form – as the starting point in any design process, before things like colour and aesthetics. Tone and voice play a critical role in communication. When you craft words with as much care as visual elements, the effect you achieve with your design is greater than the sum of its parts.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a novel by Robin Sloan. The story starts humbly with Clay Jannon, an unemployed young man in San Francisco adept at the interwebs, who gets a job working the night shift at a bookshop.
A Practical Guide to Designing the Invisible by is a compact, useful primer for web design beginners with refresher lessons for more experienced designers.
I’ve spent this last weekend gripped reading Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking. The author, Susan Cain, is a self-confessed introvert and ex-corporate lawyer. Her premise is that our lives – friendships, work, lovers, leisure – are driven by whether our personality is introvert or extrovert.