Quick links #5

As fun & useful as it is to get all hand-wavey about big design issues (design thinking! innovation! stop designing products! soylent green is people!), sometimes it’s equally fun & useful to take a good hard look at just one design element.

  • History of the Button – "Tracing the history of interaction design through the history of the button, from flashlights to websites and beyond." (thanks Phil!)
  • The dashed line in use – "Even though the dashed line has emerged from a designer’s shorthand and
    from the limitations of monotone printing techniques, it has a clear
    and simple visual magic, the ability to express something three- or
    four-dimensional in two dimensions."
  • And an oldie but a goodie from Luke: The History of Amazon’s Tab Navigation. Long live the uber-tab.

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