Future of Web Design NYC 2008 (FOWD Nov. 4th)

I was able to attend Future of Web Design: FOWD NYC 2008. This event proved to be a must attend conference. It was refreshing to get away from my computer and listen to some really amazing thought leaders in the design industry.

I really enjoyed all the speakers but especially, Mike Kus and Nick La. They were both really inspiring and are great examples of forward thinking and unique designers. I really enjoy both of these designers because their styles shine through their designs.

Mike Kus incorporates hand drawings into his websites. His sites are incredibly creative but also convey meaning. Nick La’s illustrations are incredible and so beautiful. He often uses them as backgrounds and they definitely enhance the aesthetic of his work.

Nick’s explanation of where he gets inspiration was also extremely inspiring. He is always looking and documenting patterns and details with in his environment. He takes pictures, sketches or writes about elements that he can include into his designs or into his illustrations.

I feel like I do that but not to the extent that Nick does. I want to try to make this a more extensive practice in my own design journey.

Another thing that was talked about is how designers are starting off with HTML/CSS and then going to the design and not making every pixel picture perfect but in the code making everything line up perfectly. The designers are working much closer with the developers to create impeccable design and code so the site comes out perfectly. I think this is a really interesting process.

I want to work this way because I often feel like some designs could be tighter in the coding stage and less on point in the design stage because eventually it is going to be coded.

There was so much more that was discussed, but I only want to talk about the things that really stuck out to me. More information and details about the conference can be seen here: FOWD NY 2008.

I am really glad I went to this conference and definitely plan on going next year if it comes to the area.

June 13th - AIGA Design Event: Gourmet Typography

AIGA Event: Gourmet Typography

This event was taught by a woman named Ilene. She was extremely knowledgeable and is a typographer. She was very witty and clever as well.

I learned a lot and I also met some new people/designers which was also very exciting. I always like meeting new people and it was a lot of fun to talk and be with creative people that work in the same industry as I do.

The first activity that we participated in was drawing the missing letters in the alphabet. We got to choose between different fonts and I choose a sans serif because I thought it could be easier. However, it was quite the opposite. We drew in the missing letters and then we critiqued our letter forms. Everyone’s letter forms were really off.

Ilene spoke about how each letter is created with an enormous amount of detail. Often times, the letter r is shortened because if it weren’t it would run into other letters and create unnecessary negative space. She also talked about how a lot of people think that the letter X is perpendicular but often times the legs are skewed and off center. It was really interesting to think about letters in a different way that I have before.

She also talked about different techniques to use in print design and how web design is lacking in the typography practice. I completely agree. After we talked about different techinques like kerning, em and en dashes, hyphens, etc. we critiqued book covers and different print design that utilized really bad typography usage.

This was really interesting because it sharpened my eye to typography mistakes that people often don’t pay attention to.

Over all, this event reminded me of the typography classes that I took in College, but it was really good refresher. I enjoyed the alphabet exercise and the information about the letter R and X. If you are a designer, and want to expand your knowledge about typography, I recommend this event.

Design Lecture: David Small

I went to a design lecture conducted by David Small at Mass Art last spring. He talked about his interactive projects. He is amazing! He spent a lot of time in the MIT Media Lab and was able to experiment with many different types of ground breaking technology that other people usually don’t have access to.

His specialty is interactive surfaces. His work is geared toward educational interactivity.

You can view his work here: http://www.davidsmall.com/

You have to view his work to really understand what I am talking about. He is doing amazing things. Check it out!!

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