December 13, 2008
A few days ago I started writing about what I learned in 2008. The first draft was about typography, then I wrote a bit about music, followed by a draft about film (and video in general). With a few drafts in place, I wondered how I would design the articles. I really like how the current design iteration of Wolf’s Little Store turned out, but deep inside, there’s a certain desire to design the content, instead of dumping your blog post into a fixed template.
I believe more web designers should follow Jason Santa Maria’s example to design individual articles within a set of “rules”. Designing from scratch is always good fun, but defining a ruleset and working within that ruleset can lead to wondrous results. Some projects at work I design the website, design some examples, and at a certain I leave the website in the client’s hands. Sometimes that works out, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s always painful to see your design go awry. It’s part of the job, but it leaves you wondering whether there is even a place for art direction on the web.
That being said, please enjoy my personal review/best of 2008 in five categories: typography, music, film, reading and a personal selection of visual interestingness from the catalog. The overview of categories can be found here.