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Bad Processes, Budgeting and Constraints

In a recent blog post Ben Horowitz talks about how one bad process can poison your company culture and break the company's back.The takeaway is this:Many startup founders - interestingly especially those with an engineering background - screw up the budgeting process by not applying any constraints to growth.According to Ben Horowitz a typical budgeting process goes like this:Set goals that will enable us to growBreak the goals down so that there is clear ownership and accountability for each goal by ... Read more

Erik Spiekermann on Type as Visual Language

At this year's beyond tellerrand design conference Erik Spiekermann talked about type as visible language.Erik Spiekermann is a design and typography legend. Having started his career in the early 1970s he's been a both prolific and seminal designer. He's worked for BVG, Deutsche Bahn, Düsseldorf Airport, Audi, Volkswagen and Heidelberg Printing. So, chances are you've already come across some of his works and you've most certainly seen one of the typefaces designed by him.Besides imparting lots of knowledge on type, typefaces ... Read more

Accessible Design: Empowering People

At the beyond tellerrand 2014 design conference, Robin Christopherson talked about inclusive and accessible design (Technology - The Power And The Promise)Robin is Head of Digital Inclusion at AbilityNet - a company that according to their mission statement 'exists to change the lives of disabled people by helping them to use digital technology at work, at home or in education'.Being blind himself Robin provided an insightful perspective on the difficulties people with disabilities face in everyday life and how inclusive design ... Read more

SVG is Ready For Prime Time

At the very inspiring beyond tellerrand 2014 design conference that took place from 19 - 21 May this year in Düsseldorf (I'll write another bit or two about this conference in the next few weeks), Chris Coyier (of CSS-Tricks fame) held an interesting talk on Scalable Vector Graphics aptly titled 'SVG Is For Everybody'.In this talk Chris explained that although SVG tends to be sidelined it's quite ready for being used extensively today. To name but a few aspects:SVG allows you ... Read more

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