Friday design links roundup

Plenty of good reading to keep you busy this weekend:
  1. Blasting the Myth of the Fold by Milissa Tarquini, Boxes and Arrows
    Stop worrying about the fold. Don't throw your best practices out the window, but stop cramming stuff above a certain pixel point. You're not helping anyone. Open up your designs and give your users some visual breathing room. If your content is compelling enough your users will read it to the end.

  2. Redesigning The New Yorker to a High Degree of Fussiness by KT Meaney, AIGA Voice
    Conventional design is fine, if it is functional. I believe that the New Yorker layout is comprehensively flawed and a revision is overdue. Any redesign is up against a begrudging audience of grammatically-correct-but-graphically-unconscious standpatters (and design giants as well). So how do you persuade such obstinate admirers? The answer is, respectfully.
  3. Jakob Nielsen: The Web Design Guru That Web Designers Love to Hate by Jack Schofield, The Guardian
    Nielsen evaluates sites using principles described by Don Norman, his partner in the Nielsen Norman Group, in his book, Emotional Design. The idea is that all designs work in three main ways: visceral, behavioural and reflective.
  4. PDF Prototypes: Mistakenly Disregarded and Underutilized by Kyle Pero Soucy, Boxes and Arrows
    Creating a clickable PDF to prototype a new design is not a new concept, but it is a valuable tool that is often overlooked and underutilized. While working over the years with other designers, information architects and usability professionals, I've noticed that many of my colleagues believe the same fallacies about the limitations of PDFs.

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