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It is entirely possible that Hugh Dubberly is one of the very
few people in the design community who quotes easily and
unself-consciously from Plato's Dialogues. As the former vice
president of Netscape's Web Design and Site Integration Department
and the recent co-founder of his own eponymous design consulting
firm, Dubberly—like favorite Greek philosopher—is a professional
shiner of light into the murk and ambiguity of life. “My central
concern,” he says, “is to figure out how design can be employed
make complex ideas visible and understandable so that we can make
better products.” With impeccable design and digital pedigrees,
Dubberly has been on the cusp of what's next since the Internet's
earliest days. So it's worthwhile paying attention to his present
thoughts on what's next for the business of design—and the design
Like iron filings arrayed around a magnet, Dubberly's thoughts
are organized around two poles. The first is that design and
designers are now utterly central to big, important and
fast-growing companies. The second is that designers now have an
opportunity and responsibility that meld into and perhaps even
herald a new field of practice.
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Is it ever too late for a print designer to learn the language of the web? Heller hopes not. Calling all tutors!
Section: Inspiration -
web design, personal essay, Voice
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Section: Inspiration -
typography, web design, personal essay, Voice
In-house creative departments have reached new heights in creativity, rivaling that of their agency contemporaries. In this panel discussion organized by AIGA New York, Johanna Langford of J. Crew, Ji Lee of Facebook and Julia Hoffmann of the Museum of Modern Art discuss their work leading design teams of some of the world’s most respected brands. Debbie Millman of Sterling Brands moderates.
Section: Tools and Resources -
in-house design, in-house issues, INitiative, business, chapters
Having your first bona fide
design job at a well-respected firm or agency can be an
exhilarating and stressful experience. These eight tips will help you keep—and excel at—your new job.
Section: Tools and Resources
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