I’ve been working on internets in various capacities for about a decade. Every so often I like to nuke my workflows or inject fresh concept and practices. This nuking is what led me to largely
css prototyping in my professional life. It’s enabled me to delineate between experience design, interface design and graphic design as things I do. It also leaves photoshop free to make weird shit.
Kadavy’s book was a refreshing jump back into basics of design. I thought it left some promises of actual workflow insights unfulfilled, but it was solid in its coverage of typography, layout and the myriad aspects of digital design. I was most inspired by some really basic things, like the use of size scales for typography and shape compositions (logos, icons, etc.). If you’re a more backend-centric reader, it could go a long way, but I would alternatively recommend Ellen Lupton’s Thinking With Type, which is much more fun to read.
Hay’s aptly titled Responsive Design Workflow has been a real treat. Concession: I had assumed I possessed German Shepherd levels of intelligence when it came to implementing a truly responsive design. I was wrong, kind of. Hay’s book chronicles his, and the professional world’s, changing workflow. What his workflow has evolved to is not entirely different from what I’m up to these days. The emphasis on small screens and thinking about linear sites, flows and content was new to me, at least explicitly. Much of the book is reaffirming and reawakening lessons learned doing work in grad school that centered on web accessibility. It’s awesome.
I’d like to go more into my own personal design workflow (it usually involves sticky notes, yelling, crying and rails), but I think that’s for another post.