Balderton Capital is one of the largest venture funds in Europe, run by entrepreneurs with a track record of helping build some of Europe’s most successful software companies. It was so great to be there!
Last week at Glug London
The Design Museum is moving to a new place. It was so great to spend the day with Holger Jacobs (the founder of Mind Design) and with his family on this bright summer Sunday. This building and its content has been always special to me. I discovered Grafik Magazine in the Museum Shop back in 1999 which completely opened my mind and fell even more deeply in love with London...
It is amazing to be the part of this! Availo Ambassador meeting few days ago at Google Campus. Availo is changing the way freelancers work. It gets top freelancers the best jobs at startups, studios and agencies, all within a single app. getavailo.com
Thanks, Rob Bye for the photo! Thanks, Nick Wood for the pizza! We missed you Nick Clement!
"Increasingly a brand is defined by what a product actually delivers [...]
Do I care what it looks like?"
A brilliant 5-minute read by Paul Woods at FastCompany
Simple Action day, London, 13 April 2016
"The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has published a call for evidence about how T&Cs can be made more accessible for consumers. You can find it here:
Thanks to all those who came to the Simple Action day on 13 April in London. We came up with some interesting responses to the consultation from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). They are looking for ways to make Terms and Conditions (T&Cs) more accessible.
We felt that rather than dive into recommending specific solutions such as ‘put key facts in bold’ (one of those in the consultation document), it’s better to encourage better design processes and realistic performance standards.
You can download our draft report from here."
by Rob Waller – www.simplificationcentre.org.uk
I met these amazing guys at Barclays Techstars back in April 2015. We made a long journey since the first meeting creating prototypes, wireframes and different styles. We are busy working on the interface of their core product launching in 2016.
The revolutionary financial technology company's website has been launched promoting its services: www.originmarkets.com
The Taste Hungary logo is a good example how to retain the recognised characteristics, keep the personality, the look and feel of a dated, poorly designed logo. When I started the design process it was also quite important to create a scalable shape due to the social media requirements. The new logo is legible even in small icon size.
Taste Hungary is run by very friendly and professional people organising wine and food tours in Hungary – I can only recommend them.
Take the 7-step Paul Rand logo test:
- Is it distinctive?
- Is it visible?
- Is it adaptable?
- Is it memorable?
- Is it universal?
- Is it timeless?
- Then, when you have said “yes” to everything above, ask this final question: is it simple?
For each step except for the last one, rate on a scale from 1 to 10. For the last step of simplicity, rate on a scale from 1 to 15. This mathematically gives weight to what is most important in a logo. A score of 75 is perfect, and anything below a 60 is discardable.
Read more about Paul Rand by Dave Schools @DaveSchools in this article. Thanks!
"Design has become a game changer in Silicon Valley. Last year, John Maeda joined KPCBas the firm’s first Design Partner, joining from his role as the President of the Rhode Island School of Design. Now, in his inaugural #DesignInTech Report, Maeda highlights the rising importance of design in the entrepreneurial ecosystem."