February 8th, 2011

Topic tips: people

Filed under: Inspiration — Ondřej Válka @ 10:27
  • Ian Cole is a world-class visual and interaction designer. Author of the recently praised Nike Better World. His works are highly interactive and innovative.
  • Nicholas Felton is an information and data designer from NY. Rather than information graphics designer, Nicholas is best known for several Personal Annual Reports (see the latest one) that reflect his year’s activities via graphs and maps.
  • Anne Lamott, the author of Bird by Bird, a book about writing, explains the actuality of co called “shitty first drafts“. Every design comp one produces has to start somehow. Anyhow. Therefore every first draft by ANY designer must be so shitty.
  • Holger Lippmann is a generative art guru from Germany. A brilliant intercourse of technology and fine arts. See his works at Behance.

February 6th, 2011

Wallpaper reinvented

Filed under: Know-how — Ondřej Válka @ 21:52

Since I switched to the Mac OS X a few years ago, I started to use my desktop in a different way then before. All the application icons I use every day were moved to the Dock and the desktop itself became a blank space.

Just for a second, try to thin out what does your table desk looks like. Is it cluttered up with stuff or is it a workbench where current items are operated? I use my desk in the second way and the same is for my desktop. Anyway, from time to time, the desktop gets filled up and mastering all the files becomes difficult.

Is there a way of managing desktop in an effective an elegant way? As I got used to a GTD-like system of personal project management, I came with an answer to the question.

Having divided the desktop in 5 vertical bars I gained 5 space for 3 to 6 projects. Just a few notes on the system:

  • The very right bar is an inbox and working space for any short-time temporary files and drives that are mounted to the system.
  • The bar next the very right one is an inbox in fact. It’s the place where to put all the inspiration images, links and documents, found while browsing the Web. I clean up this space usually once a week.
  • If a project is extensive, it usually takes up a whole bar. If there are more projects, placing the icons to the top (resp. to the bottom) of the screen one gains a space for all of them.
  • The system is able to handle large amounts of icons which might not be possible without using it.

Not satisfied with the colors? Design your own scheme!