I love design and designers, except on the days following any well-known brand introducing a new design/logo/color, etc. Designers then lose their shit and seem to find it impossible to offer rational, coherent, or constructive criticism.

Apple is really bad at design – Topolsky

Joshua Topolsky, in an unabashedly clickbaity article:

Ok fine, Josh, I’m not going to argue with you. Lots of other people will do that. And many others will argue with them . And so on.

But also: Pot, meet Kettle.

I mean, have you looked at The Outline’s website? I love what they’re trying to do there, but wow what an affront to the senses.

I just love that the pull quote above is bordered by those tacky animated wiggly lines. Good times.

 

Everything is gorgeous and I am lost – Track Changes

Drew Bell:

Lately, though, I’ve often found myself halfway through a poorly-considered post before realizing I was devoting reading time to a hack job. We’ve developed a sense of the signifiers of thoughtfully-assembled web sites in the last decade, but these days it’s all a wash of 21px #333 Georgia.

I do appreciate nice, readable typography, but dammit can’t we have fun any more? When choosing a template for jack.baty.net I wanted something unique and fun but ended up with a simple, readable, basic layout. I guess for now this hack job remains part of the problem.