Thoughts on Ian Spalter
I enjoyed this week’s article much more than last week’s — it really felt like being taken on a trip alongside Ian and seeing everything that he was. Design is so infused in his life both professionally and at home, that it didn’t really matter what the episode showed he was doing.
His mindset on being okay with change and not letting emotions get in the way, was really cool to see. Artists struggle so much with being overly critical of the work they make since they know where every little flaw is. Having the self-awareness to be able to take a step back and treat it as just a piece of design and not in some ways attached to him is comforting to see. This approach also helps to eliminate design biases — seen when the team originally the logo shape that ended up being too conflicting when color was added in.
The redesign process of the logo was pretty fascinating to see also. Stripping down to the basics and only adding in features that add value which outweighs the cost is something that makes perfect logical sense but is quite daunting in reality. (The reference to the toaster button was also a really nice touch).
The only thing that I feel the episode didn’t touch upon too much was the issue of what social media is doing to us. I think it’s mentioned a bit towards the end, but it’s not a focus of the episode. The reporter said that if “[she] couldn’t figure out what the app does in 5 seconds, it’s not going to succeed” and I feel the episode really honed in how the app was trying to cater to that desire instead of protecting its users.