Good Morning I’m Aaron Moodie, a designer living in Brooklyn, New York.

On Giving Feedback

Giving feedback is one of the easiest things to do, and one of the hardest to master. To give feedback, all you need is an opinion. To give really good feedback you need to not only to understand the problem, but deliver you thoughts in a way that will be valued. No one likes to be criticized.

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The Interface. A Conversation

Your phone right now probably contains anywhere from 500 to 5000 contacts. Some of these people you haven’t interacted with for months, possibly years, but you keep them in your phone on the off chance you may need to in to future. There is no additional cost to keeping them, after all. You address book is digital and easily navigable via search. You probably already have your favorite contacts saved for easy access, so there is no real need to venture into that long list anyway.

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Imagery For The Screen

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The new Sonos logo by Bruce Mau Design

There was quite a bit of buzz around the new Sonos logo that came ealier this year. The cleaver use of optics and the refresh rate of a screen makes the logo look like it is pulsing as you scroll the page. Indeed, this is a very striking effect, but I was curious as to why we’ve not seen more of this type of image making in recent years.

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Brooklyn JS

Last Thursday night I made it along to my third Brooklyn JS event, one of the best tech meet ups I’ve had the pleasure of attending. It's just always a lot of fun. I found Nolan Lawson’s talk on mobile HTM5 apps one of the most informative of the evening, and something I’ll be looking into further. Meredith Myers’ talk about her RATMAP was also really enjoyable. As a bonus, I also got to catch up with half of the Australian JS community.

If you’re planning on attending, it’s worth noting that presenters get first dibs on tickets, which normally sell out in a matter of minutes. You can propose an idea for a talk by submitting a pull request.

Input Typeface

I’ve been using Source Code Pro as my goto typeface for coding for the last couple of years now. I made the switch from Droid Mono not long after Source Code Pro was released, as I found it generally easier to read when scanning over hundreds of lines of code a day. That, and I really liked the fraction characters (seriously, check them out).

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A new year, and another site update. I’ve been playing around with writing journal updates, as opposed to titled posts. There is something about not having or needing a title that I find helpful when trying to write down your thoughts. The new site is set up to handle the regular titled entries still, so I can ramble on about a specific topic when needed. I've also decided to not migrate all of my previous posts, though I might backfill a a select few that are worth keeping.

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Make More Crap

It's better to make a big pile of crap than not make anything at all. — Kate Bingman-Burt

I was really into comic books in my teens. I spent a lot of my time trying to draw my own characters using the art in the comics as a guide. I’d never leave the crappy versions of these drawings in my sketchbook though, either ripping out the pages or erasing them in an attempt to keep only the best ones. As you can imagine, the sketchbook was quite thin.

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The Endless Climb

Learning is hard. I know that in the general sense we spend our lives learning, but taking the time and having the inclination to master a new skill is no easy task. On the surface this may seem like an trivial thing. I mean, how hard can learning ‘X’ really be? But as we all know, this is never really the case.

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Input Placeholder To Label

A really impressive UI that gives context to inputs once the placeholder text has been obscured. Although the placeholder attribute is a useful addition to the HTML spec, I've often found it lacking when used on it's own, and it's relationship to the label somewhat awkward. This solution, initially designed by Matt Smith, provides a great use for both.

Facilitating Digital Distribution

One of the best innovations in distribution I've seen recently is Readmill's 'Send to Readmill' feature.

For those of you who have not seen or used it, Readmill—a book sharing network and iOS reading app—have partnered with independent publishers to provide a great way of getting your ebook purchases to your iOS device. Along with the usual download options, there is also a 'Send to Readmill' option, which associates the item you've just purchases with your Readmill account, syncing it to your device.

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