Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2007 16:13 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces "David Lanham is one of the most popular Mac designers today, best known for his icons and illustrations on his website, his two themes Amora and Somatic, and the designs for sites My Dream App and MacThemes 2.0 (along with Renato Valdes Olmos). He currently works at the Iconfactory, creating freeware icons as well as commercial designs for clients like Canonical, Microsoft (Vista, XP, XBox 360), MacPractice, and Sybase. Austin Heller and Sam Gwilym of MacThemes sat down with David to get a closer look at his life as a designer, his thoughts on desktops, and his opinions on Aqua and other themes." My take: David Lanham is one of my favourite artists - ever. His work is amazing, and almost instantly recognisable. It is definitely recommended to take a peek at his portfolio.
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OS News? Really?
by vogelar on Thu 27th Sep 2007 18:40 UTC
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2006-04-03

How close is art direction really tied to operating systems, such that OS News ought to be the reporting authority?

Don't get me wrong, I'm very interested in this article, as I've been following Mr. Lanham since I discovered him through DrunkenBlog way back when.

Is OS news expanding it's interests?

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RE: OS News? Really?
by PlatformAgnostic on Thu 27th Sep 2007 19:11 in reply to "OS News? Really?"
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2006-01-02

Um, this guy makes icon art, which is one of the most ubiquitous aspects of modern User Interaction in OSes. Icons are a fourth of the WIMP paradigm, so it is perfectly sensible to cover them.

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RE[2]: OS News? Really?
by vogelar on Thu 27th Sep 2007 20:36 in reply to "RE: OS News? Really?"
vogelar Member since:
2006-04-03

The news article presents him first as an artist, then secondly (and with less connotation) as a UI designer. I love his works as an artist, but would be hesitant to call him a UI designer.

And should artists really design UIs? This would devolve into a discussion on the definition and purpose of art, but this whole article could also devolve into the Apple-centric argument.

I'm just sayin' I never noticed the GUI category before. Then again, there is a nerddom category, so why ought I care? OSnews is still my site of choice, a lovely aggregate of topics that I enjoy.

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RE: OS News? Really?
by Doc Pain on Thu 27th Sep 2007 19:14 in reply to "OS News? Really?"
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2006-10-08

"How close is art direction really tied to operating systems, such that OS News ought to be the reporting authority?"

The relation is simple and understandable: OSes profit from users (usage share, oh joy oh market share), and users usually are judging from visual impressions. If the GUI ontop of an OS looks appealing to the user, he will use the OS, for example, instead of a more advanced, more secure and more versatile OS which does not provide an appealing GUI. The first visual impression dictates all further decisions through introduced pre-judices (no negative connotation here). I won't say that's the way it should be, but that's the way it is. Usually, artists do understand the users requirements and assumptions about look and feel better than developers. Developers developers developers developers. Couldn't resist... :-)

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RE[2]: OS News? Really?
by vikramsharma on Fri 28th Sep 2007 05:07 in reply to "RE: OS News? Really?"
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2005-07-06

"Developers developers developers developers. Couldn't resist... :-)"

Love that number by Steve Ballmer. Looks are important to the end user, that where the artist mid is required. Just because a girl is beautiful does not always mean that she is dumb.

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