Results tagged “influence”

The Bleed

By Michael Mulvey on March 18, 2014 4:23 PM

Great piece by my friend Jory Kruspe on 'The Bleed':

We are starting to see a renaissance in the world of design for the web. Some may call it a trend, but from the perspective of a designer in the profession for many years, much of the current designs are being informed by an approach that has been in place for quite some time now. The approach is one that maximizes the available space in the browser and is usually characterized by the use of large photography or video. The term I will use in identifying this approach to web design is 'Full Bleed.'

He's absolutely right.

Since we decomissioned Adobe Flash from the heavylifting job of building websites, the combined powers of HTML5, Javascript and CSS have come a long way.

These new 'cutting edge' HTML5 sites use full screen video/image backgrounds and custom typography—things we were using 12 years ago in Flash (yep, I'll be that crabby old bastard talking about the good ol' days).

I make this point not to strip praise from all web designers doing great work today, but to point out the precedents on which today's work builds.

Know your fucking roots.

Two Ideas

By Michael Mulvey on October 11, 2013 7:17 AM


—George Bernard Shaw

More Than Design

By Michael Mulvey on May 22, 2013 12:44 PM

Designers (like me) love to talk about how successful Apple is in context of Design—software, operating system, hardware—but Apple's popularity and profitability are due to much more than the big "D".

This email exchange between Steve Jobs and News Corp./HarperCollins sheds light on how important negotiating (or for Jobs, not negotiating) has been to Apple (Tim Cook's supply chain mastery is a whole other story).

Let's face it, without content (music/movies/books) and simple content delivery mechanisms on iPads, iPhones and iPods, they'd just be beautiful hardware devices with nothing to do.

Reading Jobs' emails reminds me of poker. When you watch a true master playing, you understand it's more than just the cards they're holding that determines if they win. It's intelligence, Jedi mind tricks, attitude and confidence all combined into one.

Very Immature

By Michael Mulvey on February 27, 2013 8:18 AM

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.

—T.S. Elliot

Samsung, how much more immature can you get?


By Michael Mulvey on January 13, 2013 11:53 AM

Influencer: Kickstand, inventioned by Joseph Paul Treen, 1930's kickstand.jpg

Influenced: Microsoft Surface, 26 October 2012 Surface_kickstand.jpg

Microsoft Surface image taken from Anandtech

A Requirement

By Michael Mulvey on December 14, 2012 2:19 PM


Pulled from Everything Is a Remix

You'll Never Be the Same Again

By Michael Mulvey on October 6, 2012 4:19 PM



By Michael Mulvey on September 24, 2012 3:55 PM

Influencer: Swiss Railway Clock, designed by Hans Hilfiker, 1944


Influenced: Apple World Clock (iPad), introduced with iOS6, September 19, 2012


★ Daring Influence

By Michael Mulvey on July 2, 2012 11:36 PM

My friend Quigga first introduced to to John Gruber's site, Daring Fireball around 2005 or 2006. I'll always associate a 5-point star with his site, as it's his way of providing links to individual posts on his site (a quick search on reveals he started DF in 2002, but only began using the 5-point star for post links in 2006). He also uses the star at the beginning of a post title to indicate long form entries, entries warranting more attention than his quick, day-to-day reactions to tech news.

The star derives directly from his logo, a circumscribed star. When I'm scanning through my RSS feeds, the star placement in the favicon, post titles and entry links tells me immediately it's Daring Fireball.

So why then, all of a sudden, is Ben Brooks using the 5-point star to denote links to posts on his site in his RSS feed? I've been following Mr. Brooks loosely for a year or so and I've never seen him use the star before. Mr. Brooks started using the star on 28 June 2012. Prior to that, he used an infinity sign (it should be noted he seems to just be using the star on his RSS feed, not his site).

Gruber by no means 'owns' the star, but it's a core part of his brand, and the fact that Ben Brooks also writes about Apple-related news and is a somewhat prominent blogger makes this move feel very douchey.

Below are screen grabs from my iPad Reeder application.

Influencer: Daring Fireball (RSS feed), introduced 2006

Influenced, Brooks Review (RSS feed), introduced 28 June 2012

One Simple Fact

By Michael Mulvey on May 26, 2012 2:15 AM

Fit and Finnish (and Influenced)

By Michael Mulvey on May 12, 2012 5:10 PM

Influencer:, site design since before 2008

Influenced:, site design since 2012

Mini Influencer

By Michael Mulvey on March 30, 2012 3:09 PM

Influencer: Mini Cooper, introduced 2001

Influenced: Fiat 500X, announced 2012

Before and After the iPhone

By Michael Mulvey on February 23, 2012 5:56 PM


via Cult of Mac via Co.Design


By Michael Mulvey on January 9, 2012 12:16 PM

Today is has unexpectedly turned into an Influence day.

Influencer: BMW 1 Series, introduced 9 July 9 2010

Influenced: Chevy Code 130, announced 9 January 2012

via Motoriginal


By Michael Mulvey on January 9, 2012 9:18 AM

Influencer: Apple iCloud, introduced 6 June 2011

Influenced: Acer AcerCloud, introduced 8 January 2012

Yes, Apple's competitors continue to rip off their ideas, but I give them credit for understanding it's not just about the devices, but the ecosystem in which they live.

But could Acer have made a shittier looking cloud? Jeez.

Images via The Verge


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