Best Posts of 2010

Posted 03 Jan 2011 - 2 Gratefully received comments

I’d like to start this first post of 2011 by wishing everyone a happy and prosperous new year.

I’ve commented in the past that I don’t really appreciate new years celebrations. For me, it’s a simple marker in time that a lot of people use to set goals for themselves or change their habits in an effort to improve themselves, which is a great thing. Personally, I don’t need the turning of a calendar page as motivation to make changes. I guess I’m a bit of a new year Grinch!

I’ve got a lot to be excited about this year, the main thing being that I will be getting married! There are also a host of new personal and professional opportunities for me to work on. I have plenty to look forward to.

However, the one thing I do like about the new year is pausing to look back at the year that has passed. Every newspaper and TV channel takes this opportunity to make highlight compilations of the year. So I thought I’d conform to the norm and make my own highlight reel!

I’ve listed what I consider to be the best posts I published last year. Please feel free to search around, add to the comments threads and of course let others know about them if they have helped you in any way.
Over the years I’ve been blogging I’ve published a lot of information and kept it all here online for new readers to find.

Research Week
A series of 5 posts focusing on the importance of good research in the design process.

Research – The Dirty End of the Design Process
Research – The Never Ending Task
Research – Sources
Research – Compiling your Findings
Research – Application to the Design Process

The Design Glossary
A series of posts that goes through the alphabet explaining, analysing and commenting on design terms.

The Design Glossary – Aesthetics
The Design Glossary – Branding
The Design Glossary – Clients
The Design Glossary – Debts

Mind the Gap
A post on the GAP logo debacle, the major branding debacle of 2010.

My Life as a Cartoon
I have an archive of 42 design related comic strips that have loosely chronicled my time as a designer while I’ve been blogging.

You Know You’re a Freelance Designer When…
A new series of short comic strips that are a spin-off of my comics here, but over on Graphic Design Blender.

Please let me know in the comments section which posts you liked from last year and the kind of articles you want me to post in 2011.

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  • Greg Findley says:

    Glad to see the ‘My Life as a Cartoon’ series getting a mention in the annual round-up, Ken. Aside from the interesting reading your regular posts make, the cartoons make your blog really unique, keep up the great work, and all the best for 2011. Greg


    Ken Reynolds Reply:

    Hi Greg
    Thanks for commenting, and for your kind words.

    Your pictures from New York over on DF look great. Hope you had a fantastic time.


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