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Path is pretty in the same designy way as our modern museums…These museums are very exciting when they open. You show up and marvel along with all of the other fans of architecture. Maybe you return for one of those nights where they stay open late and there is a band and drinking. “A great space,” you think. Maybe one day you’ll be rich and rent out the atrium for a private party. The art doesn’t get talked about so much at these museums. The museum itself is the “social object,” as it were. Eventually the particulars around which the museum was designed fall out of fashion. A fresh crop of architects finds it to be too flashy, or too dull, or to have been guided by faulty principles. There is congestion where there should be flow. Certain rooms are simply exhausting. Maybe it is even an eyesore. This is good for the museum. Now they can really fuck up the place…Path is a monument to Path. It is no place to scribble in. I wish it longevity so that it might find shabbiness.

Sexpigeon 

This is the best thing I’ve read about Path, and it perfectly articulates something I’ve thought not only about Path, but also a lot of other exemplars of the fussy, post-Apple wave of “high design” in tech products. Khoi Vinh has written about the same phenomenon, arguing that the obsessive design polish we in the industry have come to fetishize can lead to products without the “breathing room” to feel truly lived in by users.

(via buzz)

(via buzz)

2) More web product design talent. This is the scarcest talent of all (more so than engineering). NYC has perhaps the best design community in the world, but most of the designers are trained in non-web design fields (e.g. print design).

cdixon.org – chris dixon’s blog / What the NYC startup world needs (and doesn’t need)

I both agree and disagree with this.  I don’t think there is any shortage of web product design talent; the said designers need to realize, however, that they must be assertive with their visions and beliefs in order to do good work.  This means saying ‘no’ a lot more than ‘yes’ to business people, and really respecting and engaging with developers.

The problem is not that there is a dearth of design talent, but a glut of ‘idea people’ who are great at spewing impressive sounding blather for investors.  Of course this is the case though, it’s New York.

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kryptoniterazor:

The new beatport layout is no match for my Katamari skills.

kryptoniterazor:

The new beatport layout is no match for my Katamari skills.

I don’t know who is in charge of UI design these days at Google, but between the Gmail redesign and Plus they are stepping it up in a big way.  Things are starting to look much less like an over-a/b-tested utilitarian product and more like Apple’s carefully and minutely designed experiences.

I don’t know who is in charge of UI design these days at Google, but between the Gmail redesign and Plus they are stepping it up in a big way.  Things are starting to look much less like an over-a/b-tested utilitarian product and more like Apple’s carefully and minutely designed experiences.

Designing a Better Bitcoin Identity

I’ve designed a fair number of identities in my day, but recently have been mostly focusing on UX/UI stuff, so after seeing the bitcoin logo all over the internet recently and having friends repeatedly ask ‘dude, can you design a better logo than that’ I knew I had to take on this project.


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The de facto bitcoin logo going around looks a little cartoony for what is ostensibly the future of currency.  The modified B is a good start, but we need something a bit more serious.  And why is everything tilted?



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Alright, at least the ‘B’ is vertical now.  This looks a commemorative poker chip graphic in some casino advertisement though.

We gotta make something hotter than this.

First, let’s look at some other, more established currencies.



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Now these are some iconic currency symbols.  I’m really liking the angles on that Euro. Now, time for some quick drafts in Illustrator.



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A quick snapshot of just a few of dozens of B’s that were tried.  Serifs look too old school, definitely gotta go with a sans font.



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The cleanest most modern looking icon was the last in this series, a modified take on Museo - a very nice, clean, new font.

What’s nice about this execution is its cleanliness and versatility.  It’s simple enough to write, and unique enough to stand apart from both the ‘$’ and ‘B’ characters.  And with a bit of color it really pops.



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And with a little polish you can still get a nice looking coin icon out of it.  I’m horrendous when it comes to shiny metal designs, but perhaps someone will take this idea and run with it properly.

Now, for a proper logotype lockup with a bit more Museo.



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Much cleaner!

And now, a proper button for vendors that doesn’t look like the shady, unproven, cryptocurrency that bitcoin is.



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Who’s ready to do some online shopping?



That concludes the better bitcoin design hour.  All source files are available for free use here.

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