I think Glenn Fleishman nails it with this piece regarding Yahoo!’s new logo. It shows a fundamental lack of understanding when it comes to design, and a lack of dignity to ask for professional design help.
I love Optima. I think it’s a beautiful typeface. One that has been mutilated in this case.
I don’t have much time to play games anymore, but this, the PS Vita TV caught my attention. To me, this is where the Apple TV (minus the cartage slot, of course) should have been years ago. It will be interesting to see how well it sells.
I could not agree with Mr. Mrgan more. I noticed this at the introduction last Monday, but refrained from comment because I haven’t spent time with the beta. Let’s hope they fix this before the fall launch.
Adobe will be offering their Creative Suite, now to be known as Creative Cloud, apps only through a subscription starting this summer. They can claim it is for better cloud integration amongst the suite, but we all know it is to cut down on piracy.
This very much reminds me of the transition Apple made from the original iPhone, to the iPhone 3G. That is, the original iPhone was offered without a subsidy for an astronomical price, but the service was cheaper and the the end-user came out ahead in the long run. With the move to the subsidized model, the entry cost was lower, enticing new users, but the there was a higher cost of ownership over it’s lifetime.
This will cost $49.99 a year for the full Creative Suite Creative Cloud apps. Not bad, I guess.
College teaches you two thing- how to deal with people, and how to deal with bullshit. Sure, you pick up practical skills and knowledge in your area of interest, but more often you learn how to manage your time, other people, and meet fluctuating goals and deadlines.
My generation, the one born in the 90s, seems to think that this gives them an advantage, or at the very least some sort of entitlement. Although it was nice to grow up in a time of stability, it’s really no better than any other time period. But I digress.
Microsoft has put out a new ad for Internet Explorer, and ti is one of the better ads the company has put out in some time. It’s tastefully done, and invokes nostalgia, which at least to me, goes a long way to selling someone on a product, regardless of the products merits.
I try to find the appeal in all things, but I must say that I am not that impressed with either the hardware or the software. Unfair to judge at this stage, and without hand-on time, but it strikes me as a Android clone and little more. Plus, screaming “open” more often and louder doesn’t make it better.
My Quick Thoughts on Some of President Obama's Gun Legislation Proposals
I think the president has a savvy political mind. I really do. He’s a bright man. I voted for him, so I take a share of the responsibility as everyone else that voted for him does. However, I’m not a “fan” of the executive order. I believe it is being overused in recent decades. That’s why yesterday, at least at first, I was a little disheartened when I heard the president was issuing twenty-threeexecutive orders to help quell gun violence.
As I see it, these executive orders could usurp some of the power that congress holds. The path to a tyrannical government is a long and winding one, and too many people these days are jumping to that conclusion as if we are living in the final days of the United States of America. This is not so, but I share the concern of a possible overstepping of constitutional power on the part of the presidency.
Then I read the executive orders. They have no teeth, they merely redirect some of money and power that the president has over the executive bureaucracy. That’s it. He’s not coming for your guns. That task will have to fall to congress, as it should. Congress is also where I expect this notion to die.
As for the role that congress should play in this mess that has cropped up in the wake of an awful tragedy, I believe that assault weapons should be severely limited if not banned. As much fun as they might be to own and shoot, the devastation that can come from such a device outweighs the fun you might have. Get rid of them.
Next, limiting ammunition isn’t a bad idea in of itself, until you begin to dig into the ramifications. As an example, lets say that the federal government puts a hefty tax on ammunition in an effort to curb how much is on the streets with simple economic principles. This method would create an inequality in favor of people who can afford it, and that is something that I cannot abide. Stamping identification numbers into each round and casing might work. From there each round could be traced back to its point of sale and who it was sold to.
Many gun control proponents will totally disagree with me, but I do believe there is a place in modern America for handguns, rifles, and shotguns. Keep them. There are millions of responsible gun owners in America with these at their disposal. I am one of them.
But that leads to the line of thinking that guns beget guns and that more guns lead to more safety. In a perfect world guns could be banned and all of the gun violence disappears. But it won’t. The bad guys will always have guns. That’s why I partially agree with the idea that guns should be accessible for protection.
On the other hand, more guns thrown into a situation doesn’t necessarily mean anyone is any safer. I would say it means they are less safe. This is the most difficult part of the gun control discussion for me because I can see either side of the argument, and both sides certainly have merit.
This issue is vast and complex. More so than any side wants to admit. People who I respect and admire, such as Mike Monteiro of Mule Design, simply want all guns gone now. I don’t’ think this will work or is fair. On the other end, the NRA would like the country to devolve into an idealized Wild West where justice is dispensed with a gun. Both are extremes, and don’t address the issue while being fair. And to me, fairness is what liberalism is about.
Finally, I am surprised by the number of people who are amazed at the actions that president is taking. What was expected of a center-left president that had previously hinted at gun control, and is starting his second term? It is what it is, and he was reelected by a sizable margin, as the President of the United States of America. This line of thinking, like it or not, is in the White House for another four years.
Some amazing things were shown at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. For me, the dimmest moment, aside from Qualcomm’s keynote, was the ridiculous sized televisions introduced by Samsung. The highlight? Valve’s ambitions for the living room. Watch them closely.
I couldn’t agree more. The lengths in which some people, or even studios, go to prove that they are worth something to a client is obnoxious. As designers, you are helping to solve a business problem, whether that be branding, or outreach, or the shopping experience. Don’t make it out to be something that it is not.
Certainly, Ubuntu for phones looks to be ascetically pleasing, but as others have pointed out, an entirely gesture-based UI is dangerous. For touchscreen devices, gestures are like keyboard shortcuts- great for getting around quickly, but not necessary. To me, there should be at least a single button on screen to remind users which gestures do what in the system. That would be the bare minimum.
On the other hand, I admire what Ubuntu is doing- they are trying to get everything out of the way, so that all screen real-estate can be devoted to the user’s content. I just think that a completely gesture-based UI would be disastrous, say, in the hands of my mother or people of her generation. They wouldn’t know where to begin.
I’ll wager that Ubuntu for the phone won’t go farther than Ubuntu for the desktop, but it’ll be fun to watch nonetheless.
Ever since Skyfall was released in theaters it seems that more and more of us are trying to explain away the existence of Pierce Brosnan’s last outing as James Bond. You know the film we’re talking about- Die Another Day. This new article by Paul Savage at Cracked, continues that trend of desperation.
The simple truth is that Die Another Day was a shit movie and the producers are trying to cleanse that taste from our collective mouths by creating some exceptionally good Bond movies in recent years. Remember, Die Another Day is a film that is so goddamned bad that Roger Moore even thought it was too much. Keep in mind that Moore’s Bond was the one that went into outer space in one film.
As the nation’s collective tears begin to dry, and the humdrum of everyday life once again, inevitably, creeps back in, I still find myself reflecting back on Friday’s tragic events. Here are a few more of my thoughts on this issue.
This problem needs to be first addressed as a mental health issue. Clearing away everything else, and looking at the nut of this problem, at least as I see it, is the fact that mental health is not being addressed in this country. If you give people the help and attention they need, you cut off where the violence stems from. This is an over simplification if there ever was one, but I believe it is the root of the problem in cases such as Aurora and Newtown. If people are helped before they have these irrational, evil, thoughts, then they have no reason to reach for the gun in the first place.
The culture around the gun must change. Once upon a time guns were seen as devices for protection and for sport. You were taught to respect the gun as dangerous in the wrong hands, and a life-saving tool in the right hands. Today, they are a fetishized piece of machinery with a “tactical” cultural growing up around them. They are still used by many rational people as tools to protect their family or their livestock, or for hunting. But there is also now a segment of people who treat this all as a game and go out and play army and practice “tactics.” Tactics against what? The impending doom that is the federal government? Someone who doesn’t agree with you? What? Any way you slice it, this is an upsetting trend.
Gun education needs to be a top priority. Changing the culture around the gun is what is needed. Ripping guns from owners’ hands is not the right way to handle this. At least not as a blanket approach. Doing this would only exasperate the problem. There would be resentment, and when people feel cornered, or wronged, you get more problems. Take prohibition for example. Removing the alcohol made the problem worse, treating the alcoholics makes it better. Change the culture around the gun, don’t remove them all at once. Sadly, I see bad things being done if all of the guns are suddenly taken.
Lastly is the issue of the gun. I own a gun. It’s a .22 caliber pistol. It’s all I really need or want. I have no intention of ever killing someone or something with it. It is for plinking around with target ammunition on a Saturday afternoon and nothing more. I am rational enough to leave it at that, others concern me in this regard.
Assault weapons, devices which were designed to kill a lot of people in one setting, need to be outlawed once again. They need to go. You’re not hunting with them, you’re not protecting anyone with them. No, you’re setting out to go on the offensive with one of these goddamned machines. They need to disappear. Things such as high capacity magazines, which were developed to mow down as many people as possible without reloading, need to go as well. In other words, anything that can rapidly fire bullets and carries more rounds than you should need to protect yourself, need to go.
Rifles and shotguns are still acceptable to my mind, if they are licensed and regulated as well as cars are in this country. Lets say each gun is to be registered to an owner, with a title. Lets also say you must be licensed to own a gun, and as with an automobile license, you must get it renewed every few years, and safety tests and standards of operation must be met before you are given the license. If you do not hold a license, or if it is revoked for any reason, you cannot own a gun.
That reminds me- over the past few days I’ve heard this argument that cars kill more people than guns in this country, therefore we should outlaw cars if we are going to outlaw guns. This is certainly true, more people are killed by cars in this country than guns, but let’s think about the ubiquity of the car for a second as compared to the gun. Only once or twice in my life have I seen someone openly carry a gun around who was not a law enforcement officer. Every person I deal with on a daily basis owns and operates a car. Besides, the express reason we own a car is for transportation, not destruction as is the case with a gun. This is a poor argument at best, because the intentions of the two machines are entirely different.
In summary, something needs to be done, but we should make changes carefully. Guns, for better or for worse, are a part of our culture. Personally, it wouldn’t bother me if guns were outlawed tomorrow. But I know this would upset quite a few people, some of which may have legitimate reasons for owning a gun. As a country, we do not need to act rashly, but something needs to be done, and it needs to be done now. We have proven in the past, ever since our inception as a great nation, that we can sensibly own guns. Just in the last two decades something has broken down, that was in place for nearly two centuries prior. I don’t know what that might be, but the gun culture that kept us safe for so long, has now been twisted into something new and volatile.
We must rectify the situation, and I believe this issue can be handled sensibly, although I do not clam to have the answers to solving this problem. We might look to other countries for ideas, however. Take Switzerland for instance. Gun ownership is high in that country as well, but they also seem to have their shit together. You don’t hear about mass shootings in that tiny country with plenty of guns. In fact, we’re the only gun-owning country that you hear of regularly having mass shootings. This is lunacy. We are the world’s example. It’s time to lead on this.
This has to stop. We’re at a juncture in our history where something can and must be done. We’re living in a country where this is becoming all too familiar. As a country we are becoming accustomed to this occurrence, which is a pitiful state of affairs. In what realm has this become possible, if not outright tolerated by the masses? This is lunacy. As Americans, if we heard of this occurring in another country, we would dismiss that state as a third world country.
There is far more here than guns and the laws regarding them. There is a cultural issue at play. There is a perversion of the gun, of the idea of the gun. No longer are they a device used for protection, or sport. No, they have now been glorified into these devices used by buxom women to destroy inanimate objects “for fun”. This has to change.
There is the issue of mental healthcare in America. Too long has this gone without attention. There are obviously mentally ill people in this country that are not receiving the help that they need. The help that might prevent another godforsaken atrocity such as this one. As it stands, the general attitude towards mental illness in this country, is “Shrug it off, and get over it”. This has to change.
This is a terrifying trend that has accelerated just in my lifetime. It seems that more and more people with no business owning guns are getting their hands on them. Background checks are failing, and the legal mechanisms we have in place are obviously not enough to save us the grief of laying to rest more of our neighbors, friends, and family. This has to change.
The fact that we as a nation are hesitant to touch the issue of gun control, proves to me that these are inherently bad machines who’s existence have been justified over the centuries for one reason or another. The time in which the second amendment was put into place was one of turmoil and war. This was the same time in our history when white men owned slaves, women were repressed, and progressive ideas were still a hundred years away. America has changed. We are the world’s example for so many things. This sadly, is not one of them. This has to change.
Twenty children and six adults are dead. We must not forget that. An atmosphere is in place now for change to occur. The president will begin his second, final term. The fact that he does not have the opportunity to run for reelection, should liberate him to act as he must in the face of this evil event. His party controls the Senate, and public sentiment should put the House in line. Little kids, by all measures, babies, died today, and we must fix this.
I don’t think the new logo is as wretched as some of the other scathing critiques I’ve read have suggested, but that’s not saying much. The gradient is totally unnecessary, and it doesn’t immediately read as anything of any importance. There is certainly little indication of a major university underneath the veneer.
They’re trying to be “hip” and it’s coming off as a comical, half-assed attempt. The University of California should be proud of what it is as an educational institution. They shouldn’t be trying to masquerade as some coffee shop where people with tiny hats and lots of denim come to pretend to be intellectuals.
This new logo strikes me as a fad, in a desperate attempt to entice new students who are caught up in the trends of the times. Perhaps this speaks as much to our broken post-secondary education system here in the US, as much as it presents an interesting and poorly-handled design problem.
Your handling of the PHP is unparalleled compared the rest of the class. Good stuff. The front page is nice, clean and everything is easily accessible. Good job. However, at the expense of simplicity, you’ve sacrificed character. The text is placed in areas, that at least for me, are usually ignored when viewing other sites. That said, everything looks exceptionally well laid out.
The overall design really shines on a second tier page. The gallery scrolls at the top, as to no get in the way of the viewing of the selected image. Everything is proportionally spaced, and the image information is nicely laid out and reminds me of a finely printed magazine.
Overall, this is a very nicely implemented design, with my only complaint being the layout of the links to the other pages. Perhaps they would be more noticeable if they weren’t so close to the top? Food for thought.
I know your methods and your tastes, and I think this design complements your work on the art show poster in Graphic Design III very nicely. On the front page, everything is very straightforward, which is nice. I totally understand where it was a technical issue, but my only complain on this page, is the layout of the images. It would have been nice to see all of the images snugly fit into place like puzzle pieces.
Once the user accesses a gallery, they are greeted with a pleasant experience. The other images in the gallery are represented by thumbnails, and the pertinent information is presented in a small panel to the right, much like a real gallery. To me, this skeuomorphism is charming and could help ease some less tech-savvy users into navigating the site more readily.
Overall, this is a charming site that conveys the idea of “gallery” very well.
The simplicity and straightforwardness of this layout is to be admired. The well displayed navigation, and neutral color palette all work for it. However, as with Ryan’s front page, the design seems to be lacking. Perhaps this is due to a lack of content. In fact, I would wager that it is.
On a second tier page, the design really begins to stand on its own. You’ve managed to get all of the cruft out of the way, so that users can enjoy the images. The tumbrils are nicely spaced, and presented to the user at the top so that they are quickly accessible. The main image fits nicely below, and the image information floats below.
The forwardness of this design is to be admired. Everything is constantly accessible to the user, and can’t be mistaken for anything other than its intended purpose. Good stuff.
I’m seriously considering tracking the children in Evansville wearing leashes. This is a niche market, yes, but it is funny.
As for the design, I will select a neutral, toned down color palette. I’m thinking greens and blues. The layout will be pre-canned. I hope to create a web app that will work with the iPhone 5 as well as previous generation devices. This may fall away due to difficulty and time constraints.
The function of this app will be to amuse the public with the blunders of bad parenting. I think it’s a silly, fun idea. This may change however, if the market for this app proves to be too small.