Respect the Style Guide: The Importance of Consistency in Design

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If you want to earn trust and respect from your users and customers, consistency in your branding is crucial. Consistency means the tone, feel, and style of the company’s branding is the same everywhere it appears. It means committing to the visual appearance of your product and its marketing and not trying to sell yourself as anything else. This creates loyalty in users and customers as they get a solid sense of who you are as an organization. (more…)

IoT World 2019

IoT World 2019

IoT World 2019 was definitely a solid show. We’ve been exhibiting or attending for 5 years now and it’s been great to see the show evolve. It’s gone through a few iterations as they’ve added and then removed “co-shows” like AI and Blockchain. This year’s co-show is Autonomous Vehicles. Fewer cool cars than I had hoped for, but still fun, informative, and useful.

Other than autonomous vehicles, the more general themes that stood out for me from this year’s show include: (more…)

Design Roles – UX & UI

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(. . . and how these are two very different phases of a software project)

 

Back in the day, we were all “web designers” – simply put.

We knew everything from buying the domain name to launching the site and figured out everything in between as the project progressed. Granted, it was mostly static HTML, links had blue underlines, and was still a novelty, but the role “web designer” was a catch-all title for a fresh new industry — digital design.

My, how things have changed.

Similar to how the role of “neighborhood doctor” has branched into a myriad of specialized fields of medicine, the same has happened in the world of web design. Technological developments, more advanced tools, focus on human-centered design and in-depth studies of user psychology has caused web design to branch out into its own specialized roles. (more…)

Good Design Can Revolutionize an Industry

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When it comes to operating equipment and machinery that are governed by environmental rules and regulations, there are many reasons it is unquestionably a good idea to be in compliance. Fines for failing to do so are massive, often in the hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. More tangibly, compliance also cuts costs and saves money by not losing valuable product from leakage. In fact, the EPA estimates that facilities can save $730,000 per year (per facility) by complying with Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) regulations. Proper functioning of refinery equipment is also better for the long-term functioning of the machinery that helps avoid dangerous breakdowns and expensive fixes. (more…)

Let’s Talk about Nondestructive Testing (NDT)

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Nondestructive Testing (NDT) is an approach to evaluating products or materials, that doesn’t require their disassembly or otherwise impair their functionality. NDT can employ magnetics, ultrasound, x-rays, and other technologies. Art+Logic has worked on a variety of NDT-related projects. The brief interview that follows, addresses some of the more common questions about NDT.

Andrew: Hi Bob. So let’s start out with me asking you, who does nondestructive testing? Is that something I could just jump into?

Bob: No, there are specially certified NDT experts who design the techniques and do the testing, and there are three levels of certification. (more…)

May is MIDI Month!

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The MIDI Association has announced the plans for May Is MIDI Month 2019.

The MIDI Association, the free community for MIDI users, is launching the second annual May is MIDI Month membership and donation drive.

You can join The MIDI Association here.

May is MIDI Month is a celebration of MIDI for the entire MIDI community: companies making MIDI products, the press/media, and musicians and artists who regularly use MIDI. MIDI connects products from different companies together and also connects creative people from around the world. (more…)

Designing for ADA Compliance (WCAG)

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Navigating the physical world is hard enough for people with impaired vision. Imagine trying to navigate a website? or buying items on Amazon? something as simple as checking your online bank account is nearly impossible… unless the website meets WCAG compliance regulations. (more…)

Book Review: Artful Design

What We Make, Makes Us

In our age of rapidly evolving technology and unyielding human restlessness and discord, design ought to be more than simply functional; it should be expressive, socially meaningful, and humanistic. Design should transcend the purely technological, encompass the human, and strive for the sublime.

Sublime design presents itself, first and last, as a useful thing, but nestled within that window of interaction lies the novel articulation of a thought, an idea, a reflection—an invisible truth that speaks to us, intimate yet universal, purposeful without necessity of purpose, that leaves us playful, understood, elevated. It is a transformation so subtle that it escapes our conscious grasp but that once experienced—like music—we would never want to be without again.

— Manifesto

Ge Wang is a professor and computer music researcher, perhaps most widely known in the field as the creator of the ChucK language for creating computer music systems and one of the founders of the company Smule, creators of numerous iPhone music creation apps including the Ocarina and “I Am T-Pain”. In this new book from Stanford University Press, he lays out a set of strong arguments about design (mostly focusing on his work in computer music, but also thoughtful ruminations on pencil cases and other artifacts) focusing on how we as designers can aspire to the sublime in the systems that we build. (more…)

The Importance of Design in Digital Therapeutics

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Find me a person who has no issues with the medical industry and I’ll find you a pig that can fly. There isn’t a person around who isn’t disturbed or appalled by the industry for one reason or another. These reasons range from misleading or inaccurate information, expensive and potentially dangerous misdiagnoses, overworked doctors and nurses too hurried to give patients the time they need, mountains of confusing rules and regulations, baffling insurance practices, costly hospital services and equipment, and finally, sick, scared patients who have no choice but to work within this system. (more…)