Why is consistency important in design?

I love Quora, the website that answers questions you have never thought to ask. It has some brilliant designers:

[As designers] our job is to turn those abstractions into a crisp mental model for the user.

These aren’t always the same. Take the typical volume slider as an example. The following is from iOS:


The software abstraction (I’m guessing) ties pixel position to a numerical value. However, the mental model offered by the interface presents the choice as a continuous band. This makes more sense to users as the human ear doesn’t perceive volume in discrete steps. There’s the volume level you want, and everything else is either too high or too low.

http://www.quora.com/Why-is-consistency-important-in-design

Oil Derrick Gift Wrap For Sale

Order your own gift wrap!

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http://www.spoonflower.com/giftwrap/3353192
 

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http://www.spoonflower.com/giftwrap/3353112

ART SHOW: “For the Love of Crude”

WHEN: Thurs. Sept 4, 2014

WHERE: Manning Centre, 514 11 Ave SW, Calgary AB

ABOUT: Fossil fuels gives us comfort, mobility and freedom. What’s not to love? At a time when oil is a dirty word, Olivier Ballou thinks it’s time to give crude its due. Inspired by the Art Deco movement that celebrated the Machine Age, he proposes a new aesthetic for the Oil Age. Olivier is a graphic artist and the Manning Centre’s Director of Communications.

EXAMPLES:

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OIL DERRICK WRAPPING PAPER

Pillow

OIL DERRICK PILLOW

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DRILL BIT RING

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HORIZONTAL DRILLING PENDANT

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OILSANDS TRUCK TIRE RING

Preparing my art show

I’m working on my upcoming art show (Sept 4, 2014 at the Manning Centre in Calgary).

It’s been a challenge to conceptualize something that can be called “art” as opposed to mere design.

I was inspired by an exhibition in Charleston, SC featuring an artist-designer: Shepard Fairey (of Obama hope poster fame). He does a great job using icons and decorative art elements to get his ideas across:

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I don’t share Fairey’s politics, however.

A book on Art Deco in the gallery library got me thinking: what if rather than criticizing our Oil Age, art celebrated it – like it does for electrification in the bas-relief below?

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“Minimalistic Callouts Heighten Visual Appeal”

Call-outs are a good principle of visual design. This article shows how minimalism works better. I love that people take the time to look into this.

In short:

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GOOD

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Full article

 

 

Spread of Religion Visualized

 

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http://www.businessinsider.com/90-second-animated-history-of-religion-2013-11

The governor of the Bank of England likes my infographic

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“Mark Carney, widely regarded as the “steady hand” that helped keep Canada’s fiscal position strong throughout global economic slowdowns and crises, says he will proudly display the infographic in his new office at the Bank of England.”

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The infographic can viewed here.