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Top 5 Things I Love & Hate

I’m going to do a version of a Letterman Top-10 list and present my Top-5 list of things I love and Top-5 things I hate in the, mostly aesthetics-related, world. Some are new loves and hates, some are old loves and hates. Some are fleeting and some of these will last a lifetime.

Things I Love

1. Maps

Probably one of the most universal meetings of design and function are maps. Maps have been essential to human civilization. I love seeing maps of all sorts. Maps as art, maps made up of typography, if it’s a map I’ll probably want to take a look at it. Remember the Thomas Guides? I wish I would have saved my parents’ copies from my when I was a child so that I could use them as an element in a collage piece. Sigh.

Los Angeles (Downtown) by Jazzberry Blue (Credit: Society6.com)

Los Angeles (Downtown) by Jazzberry Blue (Credit: Society6.com)

2. Ikat print

According to Wikipedia: “Ikat is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye on either the warp or weft fibres prior to dyeing. The word ikat derives from the Malay word mengikat ‘to tie’.” I personally have an Ikat printed chair. I love how it adds a burst of personality to the room. You can find countless items in Ikat print from clothing to home goods. Check out this pintrest board for a cool collection of ’em! 

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Ikat print ties (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

3. Flash sales

Sorry, I can’t help myself, but I love a good internet flash sale sometimes, m-kay? Hautelook.com is my current go to.

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Buy me something? (Credit: Hautelook.com)

4. Font spotting

For my type nerd peeps, this one is for you. A free download that is worth clickin’ download. You get to print these awesomely-designed flash cards and play who-knows-their-fonts with your fellow type nerds and enthusiasts. Is that Helvetica or Arial my B****es? The download and instructions can be found at Fontspotting.org

Font Space Packaging (Credit: Fontspace.org)

Font Space packaging (Credit: Fontspace.org)

5. Simon Pegg

This is the man that made me be able to watch a zombie movie and love it. I basically have the fear sensitivity of a 5-year old, so I can’t handle scary or scary-ish movies without my eyes closed. Then came “Sean of the Dead”. My quick point here is that Simon Pegg does great movies. He has also dabbled in television. So, if you haven’t check out his series, “Spaced,” you should.

Simon Pegg (Credit: nme.com)

Simon Pegg (Credit: nme.com)

 

Things I Hate

1. Too many layers of navigation on a site

It seems a lot of businesses and big sites have a problem: Too much content and no way for people to get to it. The solution is often an overkill of navigation. Multi-tiered levels of navigation and drop downs on top of that. I think it would be a good point to make that people can easily search what they need to search for, if you have a good search backend.

Also, don’t underestimate people’s ability and willingness to look around for the content that they need. I think discovery is OK for users and maybe even welcome. If you present your important content in an attractive way, they will click. Assuming everything must have a navigation item is sort of an easy out. Let’s try for something more interesting, people! Ticketmaster.com is a prime offender of this and even TechCrunch.com is starting to get overloaded at the top. I’m sure there are a ton more examples but those jump out at me at the moment.

2. “Keep Calm and Carry On” posters or any sort of play on that

I will not keep calm and I will carry on about how lame this trend is. I just made a terrible joke for you. I regret nothing.

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An example of the offenders (Credit: Simplyfreshdesigns.com)

3. Full-page “welcome ads” on home pages

Not good. It is so spammy and slimy. You are making me click one more time to get past it to even see your site. Trust me, I’m looking to hit next or close before ever trying to digest the garbage (the ad unit) you are trying to get down my throat.  Marketing/ad peeps all over the world do you hear me? Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out Forbes.com as one of the (most annoying) and famous examples.

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Roadblock ad! Argh! (Credit: Forbes.com)

4. Alarm Clocks

I recently did a post on alarm clocks apps and such. But seriously, who actually loves an alarm clock?

(Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Alarms! (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

5. Crocs

Crocs are basically plastic versions of wooden clogs. There is a reason people don’t wear clogs anymore — hard wood. Hard plastic or even “flexible and soft plastic,” as they claim, seems like not the most comfortable option. Plastic, no matter how you paint it, is not shoe material. So why do they exist? Someone tell me why.

Crocs (Credit: Crocs.com)

Crocs plastic shoes. Eek! (Credit: Crocs.com)

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  1. Jeff S says: October 5, 2013

    I also hate those full page welcome ads and crocs. I hate them as much as software licensing agreements. Nobody reads licensing agreements. Eddie Issard(sp) does a comedy routine where he asks his audience whether they read licensing agreements. Nobody admits to reading as much as 1 sentence.

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