ART asks and inspires - DESIGN answers and motivates
Asking and inspiring vs answering and motivating is for my point of view the difference of art and design.
And it’s again and again the thing I have to tell upcoming designers or often experienced one. Yes as designer we have the freedom to do many things – to go various ways – but we have a clear aim: “helping people”.
To help someone you have to be understandable and meaningful. Understandability and meaningfulness is possibly the most important issue to be considered while judging the goodness of a design. And if we talk about design I am talking about visual appearance and content.
On the one hand beauty is subjective, and that makes our world so diverse. On the other hand it follows rules which we all learned as we grow up. To design something there are some rules and guidance we have to have in mind and should stick to. Yes for sure you can break rules and often it’s good and useful to do it but you should know what you bre…
ContrastRepetitionGrid & AlignmentProximity
... have been and are standard knowledge for architecture and design for decades and surprise - surprise - they apply also for digital design.
I know or better I expect that already at that point one or two readers’ hackles get up - and you think hey come on I am a designer I will be free and do not need rules and guidance.
Perhaps it might be helpful for you that I often mention at this point ‘The Code is more what you call guidelines, than actual rules … !’ But I firmly believe that it’s important to learn the rules.
Because then you can a) deal and design better than others
and you know b) which rules you might break (if you have a good reason for it).
A difference in lightness, brightness and / or hue between two colours that makes them more or less distinguishable.
Using and finding a good color contrast is actually very important not just for the accessibility reasons and design reasons. More p…
I already mentioned BMW's approach - here is a video by BMW.
This video gives us an idea what could be possible in the near future. In essence, the HUD helmet integrates your usual dash equipment with smart technology, offering you access to things like your GPS, your mobile phone and a whole host of other functions that you can access, control and observe in front of your very eyes.