Squarespace Logo

I landed in NYC today, opened my Twitter timeline and found a bunch of angry designers getting at Squarespace for having created Squarespace Logo. I was stunned.

The never ending stream of snarky comments on the new tool that helps anyone create simple “logos” made my heart sink. What is it with the design community so quickly lashing out at other creators? It’s totally ok to disagree but not to ridicule other people’s creations. I have no respect for that.

I am impressed by the simple tool they built. I have respect for the thoughtfulness and craft that went into it. Am I super thrilled that they are saying ‘anyone can design a great logo’, not really, but that’s not the point. Their logo builder is not much different than a tool like Adobe Illustrator.

I know quite a few folks over at Squarespace and I can assure you one thing: They care about design. They care about the web being a more beautiful place. And I am grateful for it. They even state in their blog announcement that this tool will never replace the need for professional designers.

Next time your cousins, uncles and aunts ask you to design a website and logo for $250, just know, that there is such an amazing tool like Squarespace that will help them get online, in a beautiful minimal way, at a low price.

Never forget: The web is a place of abundance. There will always be folks that appreciate the importance of a custom tailored brand. So, designers, take a deep breath. It’s all good. There’s a place for basic tools like Squarespace Logo *and* for your craft.

And, next time we want to ridicule someone else’s labor of love, let’s all remember this great talk by Jason Santa Maria.

UPDATE: Yes, as Erik has mentioned in the comments, Squarespace has been supporting this blog over the last year with sponsored posts. I would have written this post even if they weren’t my sponsor. I have had the pleasure to meet a few Squarespace team members over the last year and have grown fond of the their passion for what they are building. I respect their craft and hustle. They are good people! I will not accept the design community lashing out at people I admire. There is too much negativity in our community and I hope that posts like this will help swing the pendula the other way.

Jauntful

Jauntful

Jauntful allows you to create shareable, printable city guides. Love this idea!

(Thanks Nate)

MotaWord

Mota Word

MotaWord claims to be the world’s fastest, lowest cost, cloud-based, collaborative human translation platform. While I haven’t tried it (yet) myself I can for sure say that their site design is absolutely beautiful. Also, the brand mark, so smart.

Print All Over Me

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Print All Over Me offers hats, scarves, totes, pillows etc for you to print all over. In addition to ordering your own unique pieces, you may also sell your designs on their site, and receive 20% of every sale.

All pieces are made to order and take 2-3 weeks for delivery. Interesting tidbit on their site: “Print All Over employees are full-time, receive full health care coverage, and make at least four times a fair wage. Our design studio is based in the Flatiron district of New York.”

Definitely giving this a try!

(via Kate)

Madesum

Madesum

To all of you serial collaborators out there: Madesum is a friendly way to keep track of things you’ve been working on and together with whom. You simply post/showcase things you’re proud of and link that thing to everyone you’ve been working together with. Really lovely idea.

MakeSpace

MakeSpace

In a place like NYC where space is tight, the service of MakeSpace sounds like a dream come true. It’s a new personal storage service that will pickup, store, and return your boxes on demand so you never have to visit a storage unit again. Hello extra closet space!

(via Amrit)

Do Lectures Blog

Do Lectures Blog

The fine folks over at Do Lectures just launched their brand new blog. Definitely bookmarking this one.

STET by Editorially

Stet

My studiomates of Editorially just launched STET, a writers’ journal on culture & technology. STET’s goal is to demystify writing by drawing attention to how writing works. It pairs good writing with notes that explain what makes writing good. Topics range across culture and technology, with special attention paid to the intersections between them.

STET is published by Editorially, a fantastic collaborative writing and editing platform. Team Editorially never ceases to amaze. Such good and smart folks.

Tick To-Do App

FastCo Design wrote a blog post about a new To-Do App called Tick. I am fascinated how people organize their work flow and can definitely see the appeal of this one.

I use my own app called TeuxDeux.

Podcast Thing

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Podcast thing features brief interviews with interesting folks who share their favorite podcasts. A project by Max Temkin and Veronica Corzo-Duchardt to help people find great podcasts to listen to.

UI Stencils Case

UI Stencil Case

I can hear user interface designers rejoice over this UI Stencil Case!

Fotor

fotor

Now here’s a useful online resource: Fotor allows you to easily edit your photos online; ranging from basic cropping to HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing. Impressive!

Designers & Books Book Fair

Designers & Books Book Fair

Your heart is about to go pitter patter if you are a lover of design books. The fine folks of Designers & Books launched an impressive Online Book Fair, featuring nearly 400 books about design from 13 internationally distinguished publishers.

Hold on to your wallet, some of the books at the Fair are being offered at discounts of up to 50% off their retail price.

The Designers & Books Online Book Fair provides a well crafted browsing and discovery experience of books online. I was especially impressed by the refined search, sort, and filter capabilities.

The Book Fair includes books about architecture, fashion, graphic design, interior design, landscape design, product and industrial design, urban design—and all related design fields: 14 in total. Impressive!

New books and publishers will constantly be added to the site. Check out the site! Congrats to team Designer & Books. Well done!

UX Archive

UX Archive

Any UX Designer working on mobile apps will love UX Archive, a project by Arthur Bodolec, co-founder of Feedly. UX Archive simply documents and archives interesting iOS apps’ user flows. Incredibly helpful for designers who are working on specific tasks like onboarding, creating a list, deleting a list, signing up users etc.

Check it out: uxarchive.com

Etsy Pages

swissmiss on Etsy

I was thrilled when the fine folks over at Etsy reached out to me and asked if I would like to be one of the first bloggers equipped with what they call Etsy Pages. My love for Etsy and what it stands for, is so big, how could I say no? They just launched the project today which means you can now follow my swissmiss Etsy Page to discover some of my favorite and recent finds.

I’d recommend you also check out other curated pages such as Sweet Paul Magazine, Walker Art Center and Martha Stewart Weddings. And here is Etsy’s official announcement of Pages.

do not link

do not link

Most of us know that linking to a questionable website will stengthen its position in search engines. But using donotlink.com when linking to questionable websites will prevent your links from improving these websites’ position in search engines. I’ll definitely make use of this in the near future.

(via Jon)

Sticky Jots

sticky jots

Do you design User Interfaces for mobile devices? Then you might like the idea behind Sticky Jots: They are sticky notes and chipboard bases for sketching of mobile and tablet apps. The notepads come with 50 sheets per pad and the bases are made out of chipboard. Great idea.

Mightybell

Mightybell from Mightybell on Vimeo.

I discovered Mightybell while researching services that allow you to create mini social networks on the web.

I am part of a quarterly womens salon here in the city, with incredibly inspiring members, but there’s no simple resource where I can see who is part of this small community.

Do you know of similar services like Mightybell that would allow our group to create a small, pretty, private social network online?

An All New Designers & Books

Designers And Books

Woah! Designers & Books has a new look! If you’re into books on design, this site is for you. The Designer & Books team believes that books are an important source of inspiration for creativity, innovation, and invention. And for people that share this love for books, they publish lists of books that esteemed members of the international design community identify as important, meaningful. Pages full of lists with formative—books that have shaped their values, their worldview, and their ideas about design.

From Vitruvius to William Morris to Frank Lloyd Wright to Edith Wharton to Le Corbusier to Paul Rand—there has always been a particularly special and robust relationship between designers and books: reading them, writing them, designing them, collecting them, learning from them, and being inspired by them. Designers & Books celebrates that relationship.

Check out the growing roster of designers that share the books that influenced them the most. Ever wondered what books Michael Bierut, Paula Scher or John Maeda would recommend? Or what the Notable design books of 2013 are? Ever wondered what books feature a designer as the main character? Or what the recently published books in graphic design are? Designers & Books answers all of that.

I can’t praise Designers & Books enough. I loved the site before the redesign, but now, well, I want to move in. Congratulations, Steve Kroeter and Team!

EduPunks’ Atlas

EduPunks' Atlas

EduPunks’ Atlas is a sortable database of educational resources from the EduPunks’ Guide and around the web.

What an absolutely fantastic resource! So many organizations and sites I’ve never heard of. Learning!

Macaw

The first public demonstration of Macaw, a code savvy web design tool! Interesting!

Meet The Ipsums

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Finally, a beautifully designed Lorem Ipsum resource, offering themed placeholder copy. Some of the Ipsum options are: Cororate, Pirate, Bacon, Cupcake, Gangsta or Cat.

(via Khoi)

Ouch!

ouch

I canceled our Zendesk subscription today as my Tattly support team prefers HelpScout. I personally think Zendeks is a great support ticketing service, I especially like their iPad app. I had nothing bad to say about Zendesk, until I canceled my account a minute ago and got the above cancelation screen. Ouch! Talk about harsh and undesigned. Don’t slam the door into a former customer’s face. Just don’t. Be thoughtful, courteous and graceful until the very end. Please.

Update: Thanks for all your comments. I added a response below as well.

Behomm

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How often do you come across a website that makes you jump out of your seat of excitement? I just did: Behomm is a house swap website for designers and visual artists only. The homes featured on the site are stunning, absolutely breathtaking.

I am a big believer in house swaps, we do it every year with ‘friends of friends’ in Switzerland. You know: I stay at your house while you stay at my house.

Behomm is by invitation only.