Great design embraces who we are; it accepts our flaws and amplifies our strengths. I love design that is for everyone.
I find joy in applying design methods to understand our complex world and carve out small spaces of clarity for myself and others. I strive to make complexity approachable instead of merely dumbing down facts until they are no longer relevant; I want people to have tools to think and express, not just apps to consume.
When I reflect on my practice, the following mindsets have been constant companions:
- Step back and observe.
- Amplify what’s there.
- Fill in the gaps.
- Embrace complexity.
- Respect people’s capabilities.
I love to be inspired by books and history lessons by designers who take the time to share their insights; here are some of my favourites.
- Badass: Making Users Awesome
- The Laws of Simplicity
- Thoughtless Acts?
- Sketching User Experiences
- Living With Complexity
- Designing for the Digital Age
- Designing Interactions
- Understanding Comics
- The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
- Making the Invisible Visible
- Doing with Images Makes Symbols
I like to immerse myself in great design to learn to understand what makes it tick. A place I like is the Vitra design museum and I wish for similar immersive museums for digital interfaces; the Museum of Digital Arts in Zürich is a start.