I don't always agree with Eli, nor do I always understand his motives and/or the value of his work, but I'm glad there's someone in the design world dedicated to critique for its own sake. I think it's a healthy thing in an industry like ours.
I think you defined the value with the rest of your comment! We need more discussions, debates, criticism. Every industry does. We have food critics, movie critics, fashion critics, etc etc. Graphic Design/Digital Product Design has so few voices in critique.
I always look forward to Schiff's thoughts, and especially the community's reactions to them.
Completely agree, and I find the way that much of "Design Twitter" and other design communities react to him to be really gross and insulting.
I always default to kindness and being polite, but can you name any famous or otherwise critic in history who was always kind and polite? Sometimes I think the design world has become overly sensitive to the wrong things. We absolutely should call out injustice, inequality, and poor behavior, but sometimes I think a little bit of friction, raised voices, and passionately disagreeing opinions that aren't overly softened by caveats can be good.
"It barely registers as a logo"
design praise in 2018.
LOL, its just like when everyone clearly misunderstood the good old "the best interface is no interface" saying.
That saying is how people bought in to the chatbot UX hellscape we have now.
Every Eli design tweet is a gift, although I do hope my work never hits his radar.
This is really outstanding and I think he found/recreated some assets that were nearly impossible to find. I grabbed the book and it's an excellent history that would otherwise have been lost. Highly recommended!
This is a fantastic analysis! Can't wait for Part II :)
Pay for it and support him! He's selling early copies I believe... Anyone got a link?
Thorough, as expected from Eli. Good work.
I'll reserve judgement until parts 2 and 3 are out, but I don't really understand the point of this being a huge write-up. In part 1, there has been very little criticism and a whole lot of summary of other articles and public knowledge.
2 & 3 are very different and more about the critique that hasn't been voiced before.
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Man, the actual founder of Uber never gets any recognition. I wonder how he feels about that.
He should absolutely be compensated for dedicating his time and energy into writing such entertaining, substantive design critiques that no one else is doing across the design industry, that I can tell... Share a link if you know anything of similar substance. I'll gladly throw a few bucks his way and I hope some of you with baller salaries will too, his writing is a breath of fresh air in a sea of nauseating medium design articles.
Still don't know what i should think about Eli.
A pretentious dude that takes himself too seriously and gravitates towards overly dramatic writing, but also sometimes brings up good points.