(This is a slightly unusual entry in the Sketchbook series, as the end products are largely all the hard work of others, as noted below. Still.)
For the last couple of years, I’ve been a strategic advisor to Domus magazine in Milan, principally on their digital aspects, where I’ve also led much of the design work.
Domus is one of the most influential design magazines of all time. That is perhaps arguable, natch, but what isn’t is that it’s also one of my personal favourites. Plus, it happens to be now edited by Joseph Grima, a constant inspiration and the driving force behind Postopolis.
When he took up the reins, Joseph kindly asked me help pull a kind of practical digital strategy together, focused on revamping the website in the first instance. I’ll post about that a little later, when the coded implementation is a little closer to the specifications (it’s not there yet, but despite that the editorial makes it one of the better sources for architecture, art, design and related. Hopefully we’ll get there in the next iteration, and I’ll spend a bit of time unpacking that work here.)
I will show a few early sketches of the website though, as they also form a part of the design story behind the new Domus iPad app launched a few weeks ago, which is what I want to mention here.
Right from the start I’d wanted to design the website to be iPad-ready. This was April 2010, before I had an iPad, actually. But since the thing came out—I wrote about it at the time —it was clear it was going to radically change the way we approached Domus-like material in particular.
So my first sketches for the website were actually no more than stacks of coloured stripes superimposed onto a photo of Joseph’s new iPad (a photo he’d sent me from NYC, of him reading this blog over coffee! You can see the sketches, but here's the original.)