Animation of Photoshop CS5 filters

You may get a kick out out this video of filters in Adobe Photoshop CS5, as I did, even though I found it loud and too fast-paced.

The Google home in 1999 and on 4 June 2013

Google home in 1999.

Google home in 1999.

Google home on 4 June 2013.

Google home on 4 June 2013.

Simplicity prevails in the home design for both dates despite the approximately fourteen year difference. Interestingly regarding responsiveness, when I resize my Firefox and Google Chrome browsers in my laptop, I get a horizontal scroll bar in each browser at below 1000 pixels width, roughly. In my iPhone 4S, however, Google.com does  display without a horizontal scroll bar.

“The Elements of Style” applied to analytic design

As a student, I imbibed many of the lessons in William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White’s The Elements of Style  and tried to get them to flow out with the ink of my pen or printer. The book concentrated guidelines on grammar and writing style into its few pages advising to omit needless words or warning of commonly misused words or expressions.

Edward R. Tufte’s The Visual Display of Quantitative Information   has been likened to The Elements of Style.  Tufte notes that we spend years educating students how to write and that newspaper articles, for example, are written at a relatively rather high level, whereas students get scant training on how to present graphical data. And the quality of graphical presentations and the common understanding of them reflect that lack of investment. Tufte, who has self-published for decades, produced several other similar, somewhat redundant, books on analytical design. While these do not deal primarily with web design, and while there are important differences between design for the web and design for other media, much of what Tufte writes does apply to the web. Tufte’s readers will learn why he dislikes pie charts and three-dimensional pie charts even more. They can also view his re-designs of some basic chart types while learning his philosophy on graphical design.

Strunk and White advise to omit needless words; Tufte advises to omit needless non-data ink. There is more to Strunk and White and to Tufte than that, but that’s not too bad of a start.