Site of the Week: Pencil talk

If I ever have a piculiar obsession, aside from soap, it has to be stationary. Whether it’s writing utensils or media, I can’t help but admire the effort and engineering that goes into old fasion “pen-to-paper” aides. Pencils in particular tend to catch my eye and I think it may be some terribly strong nostalgia to the good old ways of sharing ideas vs. the high-tech alternatives we’re forced to use these days.

Pencil talk

...a meditation on the basic tools used by writers, artists, students, and office workers, and how these tools influence us.

What’s really astonishing is the sheer breadth and debth exploring this often forgotten segment of modern civilization.

Whether you’re interested in industrial design, engineering, the tools of writing or are just a good old fashioned geek, this is a site worth exploring today.


Site of the Week: Bad Designs

Don’t be fooled by the 1990’s site design, this is actually a smorgasbord of interesting usability foibles. 

Bad Designs

Bad Human Factors Designs

It never ceases to amaze me how much we’ve adjusted our own lives to the gadgets and devices we use rather than the other way around. It’s almost as if our perceptions of everyday usability inconveniences have been so worn down by years of self-training that we’ve still managed to love them and can’t live without them. A virtual industrial design Stockholm Syndrome.

One thing that you may consider is that the site itself is so simply designed that even with the outdated HTML, it’s still very usable… In keeping with the Michael Darnell’s own sentiments. And so from a web designer’s perspective, always mold the design to the content and not the other way around.