Peek Calendar just totally caught my attention. As someone who spends *a lot* of time in my calendar, I am craving a more enjoyable interaction, especially when on the go. Peek aims to add a human touch on calendar experience. Consider me intrigued. I’ll download the app.
Everything Justin told me about Somewhere, got me incredibly excited and reminded me a bit with what we are trying to achieve with the CreativeMornings profiles. Linkedin profiles feel sterile and cold. What I want is to see how someone works, what side projects they work on and what super powers they have. I think Somewhere is about to offer that.
Team Somewhere was so kind to create a custom sign-up link for swissmiss readers, so you don’t have to request an invite. (YAY!) Voila, use this link and Go Somewhere!
What do you think?
ps: Justin McMurray gave the November CreativeMornings talk in Berlin. Watch it here.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.