Graphic Design for the Electronic Age

Jan V. White  is a designer and over his forty-year design career, wrote twelve books on grids, page layout, typography, designing charts and graphs, the use of color, and other aspects of information design. Now, eight of his classic design books can be yours, free.

VisualAlgo

VisualAlgo a series of algorithms explained through visualizations.

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 Apple - Designed By Apple - Intention

Pablo Picasso’s The Bull to explain the design process

Picasso’s The Bull, created in late 1945, reveals how a great artist turns an idea into a masterpiece. Starting the series with a realistic drawing of a bull, Picasso used the following 10 lithographs to mutate and dissect its form, stripping away details and stylizing its anatomy. In the end, Picasso turned a highly literal representation of a bull into an intertwined series of abstract elements that balance and counterbalance each other to make up a powerful and expressive work of art. The last image is a single sinuous line that is still unmistakably a bull.

Many artists have studied The Bull over the years. It is almost a master class in its own right on the artistic process. (You can read more analysis about The Bull here.)

At Apple University, “The Bull” is used as a way to explain the company’s design ethos, which Jony Ive once described as "A Thousand No’s for Every Yes."

“You go through more iterations until you can simply deliver your message in a very concise way, and that is true to the Apple brand and everything we do,” one person who took the course told the Times.

Steve Jobs was influenced by 20th-century European artists. In fact, the original Mac logo from 1984 was inspired by Picasso’s contemporary and sometimes rival, Henri Matisse. That logo, incorrectly, is usually credited as the “Picasso logo” but the Spanish painter’s legacy is obviously still alive and well at Apple.

Read more about Apple University at the New York Times.

“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful”
— Maeda, John. “Laws Simplicity.”
“Design meant making impact in the world, not designing a new podium or table. — David Kelley”
“If you can get that diversity of thinkers and you can get them to work together and build on each other’s ideas, you’re definitely going to come up with new-to-the-world stuff. — David Kelley”
Best Flat Colors For UI Design

Best Flat Colors For UI Design

“Great products don’t spring from great designers like Athena from the skull of Zeus; instead, they were usually the result of a lot of trial and error, missteps and blind alleys, and hard work and deep thinking.”
“You have to explore. You have to prototype. You have to test. You have to see it live. You have to see someone using it. Only then do you get a refined design. No one gets it right the first time.”
Dan Saffer
“Good design is aesthetic. The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products are used every day and have an effect on people and their well-being. Only well-executed objects can be beautiful.”
— Dieter Rams