I usually try to write fairly in-depth posts, but came across this blog post from John Gruber today that made a point that I find myself constantly trying to make, so I wanted to re-post it real quick.
He writes about how Walter Isaacson misrepresents design as how a product looks and feels instead of understanding what it’s really about — how a product works:
Isaacson clearly believes that design is merely how a product looks and feels, and that “engineering” is how it actually works.
Jobs, in an interview with Rob Walker for his terrific 2003 New York Times Magazine profile on the creation of the iPod, said:
“Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it’s this veneer — that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
"Design" is so core to what Apple is and why it’s so successful that I’m glad Gruber corrects this distinction. It’s unfortunate that so many people assume, as Isaacson did, that design is fluff (or veneer as Jobs puts it).
User Interface design and User Experience design should be so intertwined that you never consider one without the other. And therefore, clearly, design must be at the crux of every product…otherwise, what’s the point?
Last year, I co-founded a start-up aptly named dscover.me. The idea behind it is to help people serendipitously discover new sites, articles, and interests online. Although, its implementation still needs a pivot, I’ve found it to be extremely useful in seeing what my friends, family, and network ACTUALLY do online. From shopping to reading, etc…
Which brings me to today’s topic. Where to GO on the web? Depends on the category of course, so I figured I’d break it down that way.
Here are a few of my favorite design-oriented destinations…not so much Internet design, but more fashion/home design:
Pinterest (www.pinterest.com) - UGC Design
Allows me to “pin” photos and links of various designs, fashion, etc that I enjoy across the web. In web geek speak, it’s like Instragram except for design.
ApartmentTherapy (www.apartmenttherapy.com) - Home Design
This is a cool site with great home design tips from DIY tips to personal home tours. If you’re wondering how to spruce up your digs, look no further.
Rue Magazine (www.ruemag.com) - Design Inspiration
Say hello to the “new” kid on the block. Although, Rue is only on its fourth issue, the founders of this design inspiration machine have built quite the following even before starting the magazine. With a style all its own, look to Rue for all things chic.
The Foundary by Hayneedle (www.thefoundary.com) - Home Decor Deals
The Foundary is the lesser known (and better, in my opinion) version of One Kings Lane. The deals aren’t ostentatious and actually seem to be made up of stuff one would actually buy. Think of that…
Lastly, but not least, is a mention for Everlane (www.everlane.com).
Still in beta, but this is one to keep an eye on. Looks very promising as most things made by Jesse Farmer and company are…