Typography – good and bad examples

Posted by on 12. November 2014 filed in General | | tagged with

The next Explorative Design workshop is about typography. As an introduction to the typography topic we read The Basics of Typography, which is a really good warming-up article about typography. I can also recommend the Design and discovery TED Talk by David Carson – it’s both quite interesting and very amusing.

As a preparation for the workshop itself we have to find examples for typography, a good and a bad one.

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Example for good design

Posted by on 12. November 2014 filed in General | | tagged with

Last week we had our first Explorative Design workshop and we were asked to bring an everyday object of good design. I have to admit, that finding something that is good designed is quite hard for me since it’s something you normally don’t recognize, which is somewhat unfair from a designer perspective. Designer (hopefully) put everything they got into something to make it the best possible product but it mostly gets more attention if it is flawed. Just look around you, it’s more easier to find something that could be designed better. :D

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Daily Sketch, Comments & 7 new pictures

Posted by on 28. October 2014 filed in General | 2 comments | tagged with

There wasn’t much to do today – which did fit into my schedule since I was on the way the whole day: Yesterday we had to do an exercise called “take your pencil for a walk” and today we had to check out how the others did and comment on those works. There’s also the seven pictures a day task still running, but this isn’t a problem at all since it became a habit to take a picture every time I see something interesting. If you want, you can checkout the pictures I’ve uploaded so far on my flickr photo stream or in the sidebar of my blog.

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Take your pencil for a walk

Posted by on 27. October 2014 filed in Creativity, General | 2 comments | tagged with

The next Explorative Design task is called “Take your pencil for a walk” – it’s both, funny and weird – at least after you look at the outcome. To give you a little introduction to “Take your pencil for a walk”: While listening to or watching some kind of story, you draw a line without looking on it and without lifting the pencil. You’re concentrating on the story and should try to react to changes.

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Collecting, Storing & Sharing

Posted by on 24. October 2014 filed in General | | tagged with

Today’s chapter in the Sketching User Experiences book is about collecting and storing not only images but also real objects. Whereas it’s quite simple to store images by using digital libraries or cutting them out and collecting them in small boxes or sticking them into sketch books, real objects are another story. From a designer view I totally understand that it’s great to collect all kind of things that look interesting, inspiring or weird – to hold an object in your hands is always better than looking at a picture of it. But from the perspective of someone with a small flat and somewhat limited space, it’s not that easy – at least without renting a few storage rooms. :D

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