I have contributed an article entitled “Fighting Off Design Stagnation” to the latest issue of Design In-Flight magazine. The article deals with the problems designers and creative people go through as their career progresses like the pressures to remain current, competitive and imaginative. Luckily, I am friends with the talented Kevin Cornell and managed to convince him to create an illustration to accompany the article (he is easily persuaded by cured meats). Luckier still, Kevin’s illustration is so badass that the kind people at Design In-Flight were helpless but to feature it and my article on the front of the issue by bumping us up to the cover story. But wait, there’s more! Some other highlights in this issue: “Linearity”, an excerpt from Ellen Lupton’s Thinking With Type, in “Soup to Nuts” Nate Steiner takes a detailed look at creating a CSS-based layout from start to finish, and (if you weren’t sick of me yet) Suw Charman puts me, Jon Hicks, Eric Meyer, and Todd Dominey in the hot seat to talk about publishing online in her article “Not Your Average Blogger”. One last bit, my article marks the first to be translated into Japanese. The translation rides side-by-side on the page with the english version (Mueller-Brockman style). I only speak fake Japanese when I play ninja on the roof at night, so if you happen to speak/read Japanese, I would love to know what you think of the article as well.
If you haven’t checked out Design In-Flight yet, you really should. Subscriptions are dirt cheap, just $10 for four issues (in PDF format), and each issue has so far been chock full of insightful articles. If you need some convincing, excerpts and a full list of features and articles are available on the January Issue page. Enjoy!