Website Interface Stencil by Design Commission

Web Stencil

If you’re a web designer who still likes to do your initial sketches using good old fashioned paper and pencil, this ingenious little web stencil kit may be exactly what you need.

Originally sent out as a limited-edition promotional item by Design Commission, their web stencil was so popular they’re doing another run that will go on sale in January, 2009.

The kit will include:

  • Custom-etched eraser shield
  • Browser pad (fully W3C compliant!)
  • A handy mechanical pencil for those “hard to reach” places

See their blog post for more information.

via Swiss Miss

Content precedes design

I just came across this quote by Jeffrey Zeldman in my bookmarks and realized I forgot to blog about it:

Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.

I couldn’t agree more.

It seems pretty simple, right? It’s along the same lines as, “form follows function”. But regardless of whether it’s a website, brochure, poster, or whatever, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been asked… Can’t you just design it, and I’ll give you the content later? My answer is always the same… yes, but it won’t be as good.

Now that’s a big freakin calendar

Stendig 2009 Wall Calendar in our kitchen

For 2009 Anne Marie and I decided to dress up our kitchen with a little classic design… or should I say, a BIG classic design. It’s the Stendig 2009 Wall Calendar, available from Crate & Barrel.

This 4’x3′ calendar is based on a 1966 design by Massimo Vignelli, which is on permanent display in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. It alternates every other month from black text on white to white text on black. It really is beautiful.