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Want to dig into design? Facebook’s UX master offers some must-reads

Facebook’s director of product design, Margaret Gould Stewart gives us a list of must-read books for designers. Well worth a look!

As Facebook’s director of product design, Margaret Gould Stewart (TED Talk: How giant websites design for you (and a billion others, too)) has to come up with designs seen by literally billions of people. No pressure. She’s an old hand at this game, though, having previously worked on the digital output of those other giants, Google and YouTube. So what principles of design does she live by, and how does she think about scaling them? Check out her must-read books and articles.

Great reads on design

1. The Design of Everyday Things
Don Norman
Basic Books, 2013

“Originally published in 1988, this is a longstanding classic in the field (25 years is a long time in technology!) which really helps you see the world around you differently. We are surrounded by design, and yet we don’t always have the vocabulary to describe what works and what doesn’t. This book provides readers with a solid…

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Previously, On Breaking Bad…

Yesterday I decided to take the bull by the horns and buy a home development kit for black and white film.  My Pinhole Moments project has developed into a hobby as well as a final year university project.

2015-01-19 15.50.56After researching developing black and white film at home I spoke with a few professionals and hobbyists, as well as YouTubing the heck out of it.  I thought, “yeah, I can do that” and went down to Silver Print in Elephant and Castle to look at the kits and chemicals.  They were very helpful and really friendly, I can’t recommend them enough!  I ended up buying the kit and chemicals and even developed my own 120 B&W film that very evening. (Results coming soon)

There is something beautiful and exciting about developing your own photos.  I did feel a bit like Jesse Pinkman mixing up the chemicals but that’s all part of the fun.

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10 minute compost bin

Two makeshift compost bins made from bed slats and nylon rope.



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