Tag Archives: design

December 8, 2015

The DNA of a London Underground Station

On 1st December 2015 Transport for London (TfL) unveiled its new design bible, the Design Idiom. Though the name may sound grandiose, the goal is simple: create a document that captures the design aesthetic of the Underground, so that good design can help drive decision-making at London Underground.

The document itself can be found here (PDF), and I whole-heartedly recommend reading through every part it. It’s an excellent example of a set of design guidelines that isn’t touchy-feely and alight with cockamamie buzzwords. Instead, it is the product of proper research that provides concrete examples of how to implement each high-level concept. In essence, it explains why the guidelines matter.

The article is great, too.

April 3, 2015

During this peaceful Easter holiday, I’ve been thinking about how much time (cumulatively) I’ve spent tinkering with the HTML and CSS used on this site. I haven’t kept count, but it must be in the hundreds, if not thousands, of hours. I’m never 100 per cent happy with the results, but I guess for people who care even remotely about the appearance of a product, that’s normal.

I wish everyone a great holiday.