Canon’s EOS RP just came out. It has been panned by the camera community for a number of reasons, all of them unfortunate. But the story starts with the Canon EOS M50. Continue reading “Canon EOS RP – Hamper Gate”
Tom’s Toothpaste – Take two, they’re small…
I like Tom’s toothpaste, but like so many other products, the parameters that make the product what it is seem to change every six months. In a previous story, I showed how Tom’s had simplified their design from Serif fonts and difficult-to-produce imagery to mostly sans-serif, less wording and less graphics on the front of the tube. But now they’ve gone to plastic tubing instead of metal tubing – which I preferred – and they’ve gone from 6.0 ounces to a 5.5 ounces per tube. Continue reading “Tom’s Toothpaste – Take two, they’re small…”
Product Layout and Design Is Going Simple.
It may be a response to economics, or it may just be a fashion trend. Product design is going simple. As an example, let’s look at Tom’s of Maine toothpaste line of products. They used to have very colorful boxes. The different colors made it easy to locate your preferred flavor on the shelf faster. I always looked for the purple box for the Fennel-flavored Propolis & Myrrh Anti-plaque toothpaste. Today, I went in to find the box and it was gone. It took me a few seconds, but I saw that all the boxes were now all the same layout and same color, but each sporting a slightly different color photo of whatever flavor they are. The emphasis is taken off ‘antiplaque’ and ‘natural’ and put on ‘propolis & myrrh’. Continue reading “Product Layout and Design Is Going Simple.”
Filemaker 11 – The Missing Design Tools
Filemaker 11 is certainly leaps ahead of previous versions. charts, scripted report creation, quick find, object inspector, object focus scripting, portal filtering and object badges are awesome editions to the pallet of tools available for data developers and designers. There are a lot of excellent reviews out there about what the latest version contains. However, there are a few features that could use some attention. Some features haven’t changed but need to. Some are features that might have made sense to have in the current version, and probably would have been easy to implement, but weren’t. Others are features for the future that would make a truly excellent application even better. I’m categorizing them into three columns: ‘shoulda’, ‘coulda’ and ‘woulda’. Continue reading “Filemaker 11 – The Missing Design Tools”
A Google Artistic First?
Rarely in the history of Google’s logo alteration is the search engine logo image so removed from its original shape that the word ‘Google’ is not readily apparent in some respect. As attractive as this Mucha tribute is, I have trouble seeing the word ‘Google’ in this adaptation of Alphonse Mucha’s work. Even with the Joseph Frank birthday image I could squint and imagine the word ‘Google’ wrested from the lines in the image. Continue reading “A Google Artistic First?”