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Sass for Web Designers

A few months ago, we started using the Sass preprocessor to help make our projects easier to manage. I wish we’d had Dan Cederholm’s excellent, just released Sass for Web Designers before we did. (Quick note: the good people at A Book Apart sent us a copy last week so, …

Written by on November 13, 2013 | Filed Under: Design, Technology | 3 Comments

Responsive Design in iTunes 11

The redesigned iTunes 11 hit yesterday with what web designers will recognize as some responsive flourishes in the layout. Previous versions did little more than reflow thumbnails or just list everything in a table. I’d say the new iTunes is more responsive than even the more web-native Rdio. Nice to …

Written by on November 30, 2012 | Filed Under: Design | 3 Comments

Designing Navigation as Touch Interfaces Grow

The proliferation of touch devices and their multitude of screen sizes, resolutions, and orientations, as well as use-contexts, is set to upend web and digital design. I think we’re long way off from the massive touchy-tappy-flingy screens of Minority Report and James Bond, but a simple row of menus across …

Written by on November 8, 2012 | Filed Under: Design

From Constraints Springs the Wild: On Research, Anthropology, & Anxious Marketeers

In an interview with Shadoe Huard, Katie draws on her background as an advocacy filmmaker and anthropologist to give a better sense of how the fields twine and influence our research process at Mule. Most people do not just hang out and think about web pages for fun, they’re there …

Written by on January 5, 2012 | Filed Under: Design, Promotional

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Designers

For one, choose better problems to solve: Designers are, by definition, problem-solvers. And the world has never been so blessedly full of problems. Our infrastructure is rotting, the economy is crap, Wall Street is awash with criminals and millions of people can’t get basic medical care, food, and water. We …

Written by on January 4, 2012 | Filed Under: Design, Promotional

Responsibility for What You Bring into the World


Part 2 in a 2 part series about the use of female bodies in media and design and preventing problematic design decisions. In part one of this series, I laid out the real and troubling issues with the use of female body parts in design, specifically with the product name …

Written by on December 8, 2011 | Filed Under: Design | 3 Comments

(Parts of) Women in Design


This is part 1 of a 2 part series on women, design research, and taking responsibility for what we bring into the world. There have been, and will continue to be, discussions about diversity and women in design. These discussions are totally necessary given the current state of design and …

Written by on November 29, 2011 | Filed Under: Design, Social Matters | 2 Comments

Design Education: Interview with Dina Ravvin, Design Student at Cooper Union

In the first interview of this series, I interviewed Nathan Shedroff, an educator and design professional about the expectations and experiences surrounding design education. Now, I welcome the thoughts of Dina Ravvin, a fourth-year design student at The Cooper Union and an aspiring art director who has learned the importance …

Written by on October 6, 2011 | Filed Under: Design

Design Education: Interview with Nathan Shedroff, Designer & Educator

Coming to the Bay Area not long after graduation, I met many young and highly successful designers both with and without college degrees. I’ve heard some people say that it’s hard to find a “good” designer. That led me to wonder what they mean by “good” and how much of …

Written by on September 7, 2011 | Filed Under: Design

Until Gotham No Longer Needs Batman


I totally understand the appeal of ownership, especially for skilled, thoughtful designers who have earned their Decade of Service badge.

Written by on July 21, 2011 | Filed Under: Design | 8 Comments

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