What has smoky news media intrigue, heart-pounding ballistic missile threats, and a few boxes of steamy cheesy pizza? This week’s edition of the Postlight Friday Design Links, that’s what. Let’s dig in.
- It was a big week for news media brands! Slate Magazine reimagined their brand and redesigned their site. Jason Santa Maria, Slate’s director of design, gives us the inside take. The Guardian also rebranded. The effort included a partnership with Commercial Type to design the new Guardian Headline, which is of course very stately and suitable to The Guardian’s interests. (via Paul Ford and Matthew Famularo)
- Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency sent an incoming ballistic missile alert to Hawaii residents. It turned out to be an error, and a notice was issued about the mistake—but not before the residents of the Hawaii were forced to grapple with the reality of having only 15 minutes left to live. Here’s what it felt like to be in the state during the mishap. Designers erupted with collective disdain at the alert system’s interface design, but John Allspaw reminds us that the design goes much deeper than interface: accidents usually involve “multiple, intersecting causes”. There’s also the political reality that everything in government needs funding. These are sobering reminders that our work takes place in a particular situation, often involving factors outside our control. Finally, on a lighter note, Anil Dash put out a call for “the worst possible mockup” of the testing system. The Twitterverse responded in kind. (via Gina Trapani and Matthew Famularo)
- Pepperonius Caesar, aka the Caesar from Little Caesars Pizza, lost his chest hair and sprouted legs. What a lovely and shall we say smooth little rebrand! (via Skyler Balbus)
- We love the vibe and the illustrations on Buffy.co, created by Zero Studios. It made some of us type “all of a sudden I want to buy a comforter”. Later, others of us wrote “welp” in a thread along with a screenshot of a Buffy logo situated above a message stating “Thank you for your purchase”, all of which is to say we love the vibe and the illustrations on Buffy.co. (via Skyler Balbus)
- Watch Eric Hu, Hassan Rahim, and Erik Brandt discuss their experiences with design education. Each of the three guests brings a unique angle to the conversation, so the insights feel fresh. (via Matthew Famularo)
- Here’s a list of tools to equip you for dealing with bad design suggestions. My favorite line: “You may find that, while the solution being proposed isn’t a good fit, the problem addressed is important.” (via Neil Renicker)
- Here! Two websites that are just plain fun to look at: “Fifty chapters of adorable cuteness” and “Onym: Tools and resources for naming things”. Hint: shake your phone ever so slightly on that last one for a clever approach to navigation. (via Skyler Balbus and Matt Quintanilla)
That’s it from us. Enjoy your weekend. We hope for your sake that it involves pizza.