Journal

Everything labelled Design

Blood Sword Cover Design

Recently I had the pleasure of working with Dave Morris, renowned game designer, author and veritable gamebook king. Dave is republishing his classic “Blood Sword” series and I offered a little design help with the logo and typography of the new covers.

Blood Sword Cover Design

Do gamebooks need fights?

Fighting Fantasy, the brand that defined the 80s gamebooks did exactly what it said on the tin: fantastical adventures with plenty of fights. But were those fights really necessary?

Do gamebooks need fights?

Gmail Labels improved

Waking up to Gmail this morning gave me a nice surprise — they’ve finally implemented two long over-due features: assigning labels and archiving in one function, and assigning multiple labels to posts.

Gmail Labels improved

Slow animations are killing your UI

Accordions, colour attention grabbers, fading popups, expanding lists, complex slideshows, bouncing widgets. What do all these have in common? The animations are largely redundant.

Slow animations are killing your UI

Facelift for Frisk Design

Well it’s taken me quite a long time, but I’ve finally finished my re-design of friskdesign.com! Here’s a quick breakdown of my design process.

Facelift for Frisk Design

Sticker overload

Web 2.0 is not a design aesthetic. Yet that hasn’t stopped thousands of designers perpetuating a commonly understood “Web 2.0″ look. A bad offender is the peeling sticker.

Sticker overload