Category Archives: Uni

What’s Design Mean to You? Interview with Andy Budd by Matt Balara

Matt Balara has asked some of the “top faces” in webdesign to come up with clever answers to the question “What’s design mean to you?”

Below please find what Andy Budd has to say – I find it remarkable and somewhat re-assuring that he is stressing design to be first and foremost about problem solving which is exactly what was rammed down my throat during my degree and emphasized in Bob Gill’s lecture in Leeds quite some time ago.

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Accessibility done right

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Following the positive news today that the UK and other nations intend to ban cluster bombs I checked out the website of the Cluster Muntions Coalition to get some more background information on this topic.

What caught my attention right away was the neat design/layout of the website and it soon became clear it is made by kite.

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What’s up?

Want to know what I’m up to this month? Best check out the dedicated blog for my final Masters degree project/dissertation at the Bath School of Art and Design.

It keeps track of my progress in

  • designing and developing a website for a 4 Star Wellnes & Spa Hotel in the North of Germany (which is a particularly steep learning curve for me as a non-programmer, trying to hand code this standards compliant and with usability/accessibility in mind)
  • researching for and writing my dissertation which is based on the notion that Web accessibility and the LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) movement share a lot of almost unrecognised common ground and the former could learn a lot from looking at some successful principles and products that helped making LOHAS mainstream and being perceived as sexy (e.g. Bionade)

Activity on this blog…

… will most probaly be outsourced to this dedicated Uni blog for the remaining year.

Doubt I will have much time to blog regualary on other things while juggling work with the final laps of my MA at Bath Spa University.

Update

Bob Gill @ Leeds University short report now online here.

Degree Show 05

My exhibition stand at our degree show:

While my peers showed off a lot of work on their walls I decided to use it as a canvas with one central, attention-grabbing element.

Using almost Mueller-Brockmann style typography the poster displays a rather bizarre “helpful” message enhanced by two pistacchio nutshells on a pedestal.

This aimed to provoke an instant reaction, be it amusement or bemusement.
I hoped my stand would stick in the mind of a visitor after having seen the work of over 50 students and might even encourage interactivity, which it did on quite a few accounts.

All my work was in my portfolio or animated on the screen of an eMac.

All projects handed in

Feel a bit like this now: