25 UI Pattern & Inspiration Resources →
A large compendium of pattern libraries and associated resources. Lots of familiar faces but some I’d never seen before. It’s a great collection.
So You Wanna Build a Library, Eh? →
This is a wonderfully written and clearly presented process for anyone considering the creation of an internal pattern library or component library. The basic idea is that creating and maintaining a pattern library is a huge undertaking so you’d better be darn sure you need one before investing all the necessary, and valuable, resources. Read it. You won’t regret it. The author is...
A few weeks ago I attended the IxDA11 conference in Boulder, Colorado. For many years the first night of this conference has ended in a very well attended, and well-lubricated, karaoke event. Sadly, despite my ability to play several instruments, I cannot, and should not, sing. In these situations I choose to protect my fellow conference-mates and remain in the audience. Why am I bringing this up?...
The IxD Library →
Currently at the IxDA11 conference in Boulder and there’s talk about the basic educational underpinnings of the field. Here’s a start.
Jared Spool References Postcard Patterns
I need to email him and, if he responds to my humble self, find out the context for using my slide from my IxDA’09 talk on Postcard Patterns. Jared’s presentation is from his recent appearance at the An Event Apart conference. Based on how animated he looks in the photo it’s gotta be something good… Photo by jaredvolkl from this Flickr photostream
Android Developers Publish Twitter Patterns
I love pattern libraries…and love it even more when folks publish their libraries as they’re being developed. Google’s Android team has just posted a compendium of emerging patterns for their Twitter application. Highlights Pattern 2: …QuickContact for Android This is a slick little context-menu widget that “provides instant access to a contact’s information...
Yahoo!'s "Pattern Detective" Graduates →
Christian Crumlish was Yahoo!’s Pattern Library curator for more than three years. He followed on the footsteps of Bill Scott and took the public library from 24 patterns to 59 with an entirely new category focused on social design patterns - which led to the excellent book Designing Social Interfaces, which he co-authored with Erin Malone. Yahoo!’s site has been an inspiration and a...
The Journey is the Destination
Mashable Media recently published a wonderful and insightful article about YouTube’s “War Room” for the challenging, contentious and complicated redesign of their video page. As we search for improved processes at my workplace, I’m always intrigued when given a chance to look under the covers at the inner workings of other successful, growing and evolving design...
iPad Orientation CSS
There’s plenty of new patterns, components and widgets with the innovation bonanza that is the iPad. One of the most subtle, but potentially exciting, features for webkit users is the ability to specify different stylesheets based on the orientation of the browser display. Most of the core and add-on apps take advantage of this by shifting the layouts and available functionality based on the...
A new global visual language for the BBC's digital... →
This is a fascinating article about the internal design process at the BBC to define what they called a “Global Visual Language 2.0”. We should all be so lucky to work on such exciting, enriching and absorbing projects. Above is what they deemed their “Wall of Shame” - a colleciton of disparate pattern examples from all the various BBC sites.
Video of my Postcard Pattern talk at IxDA '09 →
I think I’m like most folks when I say it’s hard to watch, and hear, myself talk but thought folks might like to see the actual talk from the IxDA conference in Vancouver, BC. And yes, I know IxDA ‘10 just wrapped up - it’s taken me a while to get this blog rolling.
The long version of the Postcard Pattern deck →
This is from a workshop I ran at the 2008 Agile Conference in Toronto, Ontario.
Postcard Patterns slide deck →
This is the slide presentation I used for my lightning round talk at the IxDA ‘09 Conference in Vancouver, BC.