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Entries about design

Aug 8, 2007

Where to show off your work (and get noticed)

After 6 years as a professional designer, there’s one reason why I still don’t have an online portfolio: it’s a pain in the ass to create and maintain. Online portfolios just involve labor-intensive design, coding, updating, and promoting. I know I’ll eventually get around to making a stellar online portfolio. But for now, I need […]

Aug 6, 2007

Who shrunk my New York Times?

Today the New York Times shrunk it’s newspaper size from 13.5 inches wide to 12 inches. Commuters on overcrowded buses and subway trains will rejoice. Despite the narrower columns, I quite like the smaller size. But really, does anyone read actual (paper) newspapers anymore?

Aug 3, 2007

How to be a designer in 2 seconds

Want to be a designer right now? Just look in the mirror, and say, “I’m a designer.” Okay, I know that sounds like a lame self-help motivational trick, but hear me out: Everyone designs, even you First, what is designing? Before I write a dissertation to answer that question, here’s a concise definition from Nobel […]

Jul 27, 2007

Where to find rare and amazing design books

Are you sick of the gluttony of wretched design books cluttering the shelves at Borders and other megabookstores? Why not look to the past for inspiration. Many of my favorite design books were published before I was born, and unlikely to ever be printed again. To find these rare design gems from the past, you […]

Jul 25, 2007

10 portfolios that get right to the point

I’m not a fan of online portfolios. Why? Because most sites bury the actual work under layers of splash pages, flash animations, clunky page navigation, and jargony copywriting. These gimmicks show technical prowess and cleverness but reek of overcompensation. When designing your next online portfolio, don’t get too fancy. Just get to the point, and […]

Jun 26, 2007

iPhone: A sweet and simple setup

The iPhone debuts to crowds of feverish fans this Friday. I’m definitely waiting in line, though I probably won’t be camping out in a tent like I did at the Apple Store San Francisco grand opening. Everyone and their momma is buzzing about the numerous iPhone features (and lack of). But the most revolutionary feature […]

Jun 18, 2007

One t-shirt, millions of possibilities

Sick and tired of having the same t-shirt everyone else has? Check out Usman Haque’s Configurable T-shirt. The shirt lets you create your very own design by simply “turning off” pixels with a permanent marker. Here’s the story behind its design: I was asked to design a t-shirt for my country.This presented me with two […]

Jun 4, 2007

The Helvetica movie is selling out fast

Helvetica, the first film about everyone’s beloved and hated typeface, has been touring the world and selling out quickly to hungry typophiles and designers. I almost got shut out of the upcoming San Francisco screening, but due to fervent demand, a second screening was added for the same night on June 13th. As of today, […]

May 30, 2007

See your site on a PC, without a PC

If you create websites, you know the trouble of getting it to look right on all browsers, especially in Internet Explorer on Windows. Thanks to NetRenderer’s free web testing tool, you can instantly test what your site looks like in IE, without even owning a PC. Simply type in a URL, and NetRenderer will open […]

May 22, 2007

Paul Rand: Thoughts and despair on logo design

Steve Jobs once called Paul Rand, “the greatest living graphic designer.” Though no longer alive, Rand’s legend still thrives in his work and in his writings. With a body of work that includes logos for IBM, Westinghouse, ABC, UPS, and NeXT, he’s still someone you should listen to. In Design, Form, and Chaos, Rand shares […]

May 18, 2007

Portfolio tip: Look real by faking it

What’s an easy way to improve your design portfolio? Make your work look real. Did you design a killer poster? Show it hanging on wall or on a billboard. If it’s a magazine, take a picture of someone reading it. A web page? Put it in a browser and show it on a monitor. In […]

May 14, 2007

584 ways to design a business card?

Looking for inspiration for your next business card design? Check out Kariann’s collection of designer business cards on Flickr. The set has 584 business cards ranging from traditional to wacky. Most belong to individual designers and small consultancies. So it’s not a surprise that many are overdesigned and outright gimmicky. They simply stand out more […]

May 7, 2007

One notepad to rule them all

As a designer, I often use gridded notepads to sketch out ideas. They’re great for drawing, but not the best for writing or taking notes. Doane Paper notepads solves this problem by marrying grid and college-ruled lines together on the same sheet. Now you can easily sketch and take notes all on one notepad. Chad […]

Apr 24, 2007

Coda: One-window web development

The boys at Panic have done it again. Coda is a new web development tool that combines a text editor, FTP client, css editor, web browser, terminal, and reference library into one killer app. I haven’t had a chance to fully play with it yet, but this looks like one beauty of a program. If […]

Apr 17, 2007

Show & tell: Chanpory’s portfolio

PortfolioSince I’ll be reviewing portfolios in June, it’s only fair I show you mine, right?

If you’re curious, here are a few spreads from my portfolio:

Apr 12, 2007

So you wanna know what I really think?

Here’s your chance. On June 2nd, I’ll be reviewing student portfolios at AIGA’s annual portfolio day in San Francisco. If you’re in the area and want my opinion about your design work, make sure to sign up. It’ll be my fourth year reviewing and the work generally ranges from dismal to promising. I’m direct, but […]