This is a very good read.
Discussion thread on Hacker News on improving design, from the perspective of a non-designer (programmer, in this case).
Sounds silly, I know, but here’s a nice quote on “Great products are triumphs of taste” by 37signals:
Want to build a great iPhone app? Go listen to Billie Holliday. Trying to design a piece of hardware? Visit a Frank Lloyd Wright house. Aiming to write great marketing copy? Read Aldous Huxley. Need a color scheme? Go to the museum and check out some Mark Rothko paintings.
So. Super Mario Bros.
Simon Collison redesigns his blog and chronicles the process. Forget all those design trend articles and just take a look at his superb creation.
Just did some small CSS tweaks to this site. Added more breathing space and removed some unnecessary elements. Went wider (990px) over the old one (960px).
This is more a “here’s when I played around with Firebug and ended up making the site look different from the local one” personal reminder post, not a “come over and take a look” one, but if you do find something breaks somewhere, kindly let me know.
The goal is to add those details which help users identify what an element is, and how to interact with it, and to add no more than those details.