Smashing Conference

Mark Boulton


Mark Boulton is a graphic designer living in South Wales, UK with his wife and two daughters. He runs a small design studio, Mark Boulton Design, working with clients such as ESPN, CERN, Al Jazeera and Drupal. In the past, he worked for the BBC and, designing experiences for all manner of clients and people across the world. He also runs a small publishing imprint, Five Simple Steps, and a tool for making grids for web; Gridset

Where there's muck, there's brass

Monday, 17th – 19:30

When was the last time you looked at a user interface and noticed it? Was it shiny? Beveled edges and drop shadows? Faux leather and grey satin? Or did you skip over all of that and just get on with that you were doing?

The quest for the perfect aesthetic in user interface design is hotting up. New technologies give us faster machines, more crisp display resolutions - all capable of showing every user interface blemish. You see, perfection can be a problem.

This talk will celebrate happy accidents, revel in grime and explore how we can make our user interfaces feel more human: warts and all.

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