“A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.”

– William Strunk, Jr.

HIERARCHY IN DESIGN

One of the fundamental tenets of graphic design is the idea of creating a visual hierarchy in your layout. You want the viewer’s eye to settle on an area of the page (using scale, color, white space etc.) and then be naturally drawn in a logical manner to supporting elements that make up the design. Otherwise, the viewer’s…

Mondrian/Pollack

CONTROL VS. SPONTANEITY

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of tennis and Roger Federer in particular. I enjoyed the Australian Open final over the weekend and read a great post-match quote from Federer: “Be free in your head, be free in your shots, go for it. The brave will be rewarded here.” I started thinking about…

100 dollar bill counterfeit

THE NEW $100 BILL

My family and I were at the Greenway in Boston recently. All of the new construction coupled with the gorgeous weather had us staring up and around in wonder. All of us but my 8-year old, who was sharp enough to spot what appeared to be a crisp $100 bill on the ground. My wife…

autonomous pilot

SECURITY AND THE PILOTLESS PLANE

I’ve previously written about the advent of autonomous vehicles: cars that drive themselves. With the tragic Germanwings crash this week – which was allegedly caused deliberately by the copilot – I’ve been wondering about the possible role of autonomous systems in commercial flights. If the technology exists to allow planes to fly by themselves, then…

THE MOUSE

My five-year old computer mouse recently began to act up. I’ll admit it, I’m a little obsessed with input devices for my computer. Adjusting bezier curves on a detailed infographic with a mouse that momentarily ignores you, only to suddenly skip an inch or two can get old really fast. After blowing, tapping, shaking, and…