Thursday, January 24, 2008

Simply Google

John Maeda of Laws of Simplicity fame has created an official theme for iGoogle.  iGoogle constructs a homepage for your browser much like yahoo provides.  It is an interesting theme of shapes and colors that change each time you access it.  Probably too much color for me but I am going to live with it for a while to see if it grows on me.  Thanks to Len Accardi of my University of Pennsylvania HCI class for calling my attention to this.

One suggestion on studying Maeda's Laws of Simplicity .  Although the web page is a great place for discussion and listing of the laws, you have to read the book with Maeda's commentary to get the full impact of his study of simplicity.  One particularly discouraging comment of a student in one of my classes was why not just list the laws rather than requiring the book.  One really has no chance of getting what Maeda's is trying to accomplish without reading his book and commentary regarding the laws.

His book will definitely make my Valentine's Day list of books to suggest to your significant other as potential Valentine's gifts for yourself.


Friday, January 4, 2008

RISD Business

I recently discovered that John Maeda, author of The Laws of Simplicity, will become RISD's president in June of 2008. RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, is a remarkable place. RISD's mission says it all:

RISD fulfills its contemporary mission by providing the highest quality instruction in the visual arts, design, architecture and art education to prepare its students and the broader community to be creative and responsive to the needs of a global society.

IMHO both made a great choice and I will keep you posted on their joint growth. It should be simply amazing.

Later and Happy New Year!