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Design is in the Details

Design is in the Details – A presentation by Rob Soulé of Viget Labs



  1. Posted September 6, 2009 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Love the colors and the custom type.

  2. Posted September 8, 2009 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Category slides are very simulating and exemples well choosed !
    Good job

  3. Posted September 8, 2009 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    The slides are absolutely gorgeous, as are the design examples within. There are some really good points as well, though it’s not as easy to come away with the presentation’s talking points without hearing Rob in person I’m sure.

  4. Justin
    Posted September 14, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    I actually disagree with a lot of what this presentation is saying. Don’t mistake visual aesthetic for good design!

    design != art

  5. Posted September 14, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    @justin: Thanks for your comment. I agree with you on your point and I don’t think that came across in these slides. Design _without_ function is, at its core, art. What I set out to explain is what I think separates good design from great design. There are a lot of things that go into account when judging a site’s design — not JUST the aesthetic. GREAT design bridges the gap between strong visual aesthetics and function. These slides aren’t simply a collection of ‘pretty pictures.’ That would be a gross understatement. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that art isn’t or can’t be design because I think, in a lot of cases, they’re synonymous.

  6. Brandon
    Posted September 16, 2009 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to say, first, that I think the slides themselves are terrific. Second, the designs that you chose, Rob, are fantastic.

    While Justin draws a fine line between art and function, we have to remember that the people who visit websites are people after all! They will be greatly influenced to think favorably of your site even if Justin turns out to be 100% right and it’s just eye candy.

    Building in dynamic graphic design that is still easy to navigate will leave your visitors with a good impression of your business.

    Not that we should go so far as “mystery meat” navigation or anything. But I’d rather go to a site with visual pizazz any day.