H&M - Fashion for your home

H&M HOME

The new H&M - Fashion for your home is finally available online at shop.hm.com. But unfortunately it is only available online and not in their stores. When it comes to beddings and towles and things I really like to check the quality first. With my hands. I want to feel the fabrics. Nothing worse than some itchy linens. (The last itchy bedding I bought from IKEA were converted into our new bedroom curtains...) There are some items I really like but there's also some stuff that makes me feel like I've already seen it at IKEA several years ago...And I truly with they would sell all the props and the furniture, too.

H&M HOME

A Simple Pledge


"Does someone in your studio use one of these typefaces? Does it make your typographically sensitive skin crawl? You can help. Order this poster and make your hack designing colleague take this pledge and sign it. Preferably in their own blood. Hell, you might be an offender and need to sign one yourself. Make a difference. Do it today."

With this post I pledge that I will never use this fonts! So help me god!

Most Common Usability Mistakes In Web Design

Based on Dmitry Fadeyev's list of the 9 Common Usability Mistakes In Web Design I made my own list of the most common usability mistakes. Things that bug me as a avid web user and as a designer and front end developer with 9 years experience. If you are interested in the solutions he recommends check out his article on smashingmagazine.com. He also added some great examples that show what to do and what better not to do.
  1. Tiny clickable areas
    Hyperlinks are designed to be clicked, so to make them usable. It makes sense to ensure that the clickable area is large enough and easy to click.
  2. Pagination used for the wrong purpose
    Pagination should be used for its original purpose - but also only when necessary. Nothing is more annoying than endlessly flipping through pages without any useful content. Unfortunately pagination is also often misused to increase page views.
  3. Content that is difficult to scan
    People do not necessarily read websites top to bottom - they start reading whatever pops out at them first, and then move to the next thing that captures their interest. So concentrate on a few focus point, provide a descriptive heading for each, highlight them and keep them informative yet concise.
  4. No way to get in touch
    Give your visitors an easy way to get in touch with you. Do not hide contact information or make your visitors read pages and pages of FAQs first. If you are afraid that someone contacts you, you better have no website.
  5. Too much functionality that requires registration
    Do not force your users to register when not mandatory. User participation on your website is affected by how many barriers there are. Removing barriers such as unnecessary registration forms will most likely increase user participation. Why make your visitors register if they have forgotten the password next time anyway? How many passwords does the average web user have nowadays? 10? 20? 100?
  6. Long registration forms
    If you have to have some registration forms on your website keep them sort and simple. Do not ask for more information you do not need.
  7. Dead links
    Make sure there are no broken links on your site and just in case have a 404-page.
  8. Pop-up windows
    Pop-up windows often disturb while browsing. If can not to go without them at all offer your visitors to open them if they want to. This means: Do not open them unasked and/or in the background. Most browsers nowadays come with pop-up blockers anyway. So it's not a good idea to put relevant information in a pop-up as it might remain unnoticed.
  9. Too small font sizes
    Make sure people can read what you are writing about because what's the use if not? You might even think about offering adjustable font sizes to increase the accessibility of your website.
  10. Hidden and unclear links
    Links should be easy to find and precise. Tell your visitors where a link is going to take them. Highlight your links.
  11. Forced line breaks
    Do not coerce your front end developer (aka me) to format the text on your website with forced line breaks. Please, my dear designer friends ;-)

Bolig Liv

Bolig Liv
I wish I could just go to the news stand tomorrow morning and pick up the latest issue of Bolig Liv. Maybe we should move up to the North of Germany close to the Danish border? I swear I'd go shopping in Denmark every single day!!!! And get all those lovely magazines. And handbags. And shoes. And all those other pretty things they have.

Bolig Liv
Bolig Liv
Bolig Liv
Bolig Liv
All images from boligliv.dk

You can have a sneak peak in the lastest issue here. And I will most definitely try those cupcake recipes.

Hello World!

Alright, I actually wanted to start this blog with the relaunch of the new website for my design studio, back in December. But now it is mid-February and I don't see this happen anytime soon. At least not within the next weeks although it's almost done. There are just some texts missing. But the year has started pretty busy (just as 2008 ended) and I don't know when I will find some time and inspiration to finish it. I always have the hardest time working on my own stuff.

Anyway, so welcome to my new blog where I'm planning to share news about my work as well as inspiring finds about web & graphic design, coding, photography, interior art, crafting...

Ballerinas (and other lovely things) from Nordhjem

Ballerinas
Images fron nordhjem.dk

I'm so tempted to order some of these ballerinas Nordhjem has on sale. They look comfy and cute and are a steal for DKK 129,00 / EUR 17,67 / USD 22,00. But I do not have good experiences with buying shoes online and my feet are somewhat complicated anyway.
If you don't know Nordhjem yet you should most defenitely have a look at their online store. They sell the most lovely things and on their outlet pages you can find cute things for a steal. Plus they ship worldwide! I've ordered some ribbons and props with them last year (see photo below) and was totally happy was totally happy with their service and their products.

lovely things from nordhjem

Inspirational Homes: Kitchen Love

Kitchen Love
Images from viivilla.se

I heart the kitchen of Li Aronsson who runs the boutique by liebling and the blog lieblingallsorts.blogspot.com. You can find more information about the kitchen at viviella.se (in Swedish though).

Plates by indiska

indiska

I wish I had some time (and money) for a little bit of shopping in Sweden. It would be so sweet to hop in our new car - which has tons of space for extended shopping sprees - and drive all up to Sweden and/or Denmark to buy some lovely things and get a few days of relaxation...I instantly fell for those plates with the pixel/cross stitch decor from Indiska. Be sure to check out their website...they have some great lookbooks and inspiraition boards of their fashion and interiors online.


indiska_teller
Images from indiska.com

Still alive...

I just wanted to let you know that I'm still alive. I've been on a somewhat unplanned and way too long hiatus.

At New Years Eve the nastiest flu I have ever hit me at full tilt and left me exhausted and sluggish for more than three weeks. And while I normally can't live without the internet and spend too much hours every day surfing the web I had to pull myself together to start the computer and check my business mails at least once a day during the time I've been sick. As soon as I felt better my car completely died and we had to take care of getting a new one. Inbetween we also had a finish a small but quite important software project with a non-displaceable deadline.

Anyway, I missed you all. And I have quite something to catch up on...I don't have anything too interesting to tell as I've spend the past six weeks either sick on the couch or working. We finally got a new car a few days ago which I'm terribly afraid to drive (I haven't driven a stick shift car since I've been in driving school back in 1996!). I'm feeling motivated and inspired again. I have some nice projects ahead. And really hope that our run of bad luck is about to end. (Can you believe someone hit our new car in a hit-and-run accident ONE day before we got to pick it up?)