With the help of some great friends we’ve started DesignRally, an event series about design, communication and creativity in Charlottesville. The first event will feature Mike Ryan, the Design Director at Journey Group.
Charlottesville has plenty of professionals in field of design, but rarely do they get together. We hope to draw the scattered community of designers and creators in Charlottesville for a great night of interesting presentations, discussion and refreshments.
Recently I did some work for the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design. They want to create a repository of student and faculty essays on a common website. “This website seeks to provide a structure for the contextual understanding of architecture in history and within the broader culture. To that end it draws on geography and historical events as well as other products of culture: philosophy, literature, science, art and music.”
Working with them, I starting with sketches and wireframes, then moving on to create a working prototype.
I’ve taken up work with Maternity Neighborhood, a terrific company that produces digital tools for midwifes, nurses, and their patients: expectant mothers. In its short life of four years, it produced the leading Electronic Health Record software for maternity care in the United States. No other tool assists nurses, midwives, and their patients better through childbirth.
In the not too distant future we’ll be launching an improved, redesigned EHR, and new features like billing, patient education, and scheduling. We’re expanding into the UK market as well.
My talented wife recently finished a showreel of her photography work. It covers a lot of our trip last summer to Europe. Our baby and I make a lot of cameo appearances.
Among other projects I hope launch soon a brand new Sidwell Photography website.
Among Apple’s announcements at the World Wide Developers’ Conference, perhaps the most interesting was the new iOS 7. “iOS 7 brings with it the most significant changes to the user interface since the introduction of the very first iOS,” says Jonathan Ive.
Flat aesthetic. Every area of the interface has been redesigned to a new aesthetic pattern that is light, sharp and flat. A light typography appears throughout. No more protruding glossy buttons, strong drop-shadows, brushed metal or leather textures. They’ve abandoned their tradition of skeuomorphism.
Simplicity. They’ve taken an already simple interface and reduced it even more. Apps are redesigned to better the experience with the principles of minimalism and clarity.
Better apps and features: Apps and features like Notifications, Multi-tasking, Photos, Camera have been reimagined and refined.
Despite all these changes, the core functionally hasn’t changed and users will have no problem learning the new OS. That seemed to be fatal flaw of Windows 8. It has a huge learning curve and most Windows users don’t want to learn it.
It’s worth it to read Apple’s treatise on the new design and to see a video walkthrough by Engaget.