Hi. Welcome to my design blog, where I share resources for interface designers. Below are the last 5 things I've posted. For more info, read more about this site. Make something awesome! -Michael

Sketch Zine

This is a little zine I made from my Sketch talk.

I’m putting these in the package when people buy a sketchbook. I’ll be sending one out soon to everyone who already purchased a book. Still working on setting up international shipping. :)

A little zine has been something I’ve always wanted to make. This is a zine in the traditional, DIY photocopy sense. It’s not an art piece, as so many beautiful zines are these days. But maybe I’ll make something more refined in the future.

http://shop.konigi.com

Aspect ratio calculators

In my Skillshare course there’s a brief moment where I show a ratio calculator that I use for doing things like figuring out dimensions of containers while designing.

The idea is simple. You have a ratio like 16:9, 4:3, 9:6, etc. and want to see how to scale another object with that ratio using a fixed dimension, e.g. you know the width.

Here are a few that I like:

Aspect Ratio Calculator, a free web calculator by Andrew Hedges that I’ve used for years.

Aspect Ratio Calculator for Mac, by David Wolf. Available via the Mac App Store for $3.99.

Aspect Ratio Calculator for Chrome, a Google Chrome extension that’s always available if you’re working in the browser. (via @ryanshafer)

Skillshare Course on Rapid Wireframing

I published a free course for Balsamiq users on Skillshare. The course, Rapid Wireframing: Finding the Right Product Design, is designed for those new to Balsamiq, but also features some demonstration of new features like Quick Draw (using the mouse to block out wireframe zones) and Alternates (creating alternate versions of screens). If you’re a veteran user, you may be interested in checking that out, and updating to the latest version to take advantage of these useful new ways of working on projects.

Here’s a trailer to give you an idea of what to expect.

You’ll learn how to successfully create wireframes for early stage product design as I show how to use Balsamiq Mockups to design interfaces with product teams, using the example requirements from UX Apprentice.

In the 51 minute course, you’ll see how concept selection can be tackled with low-fidelity wireframes, learn to create rough sketches to explore ideas, and then transform them into interaction design solutions that can be refined quickly, and polished for presentation.

The class is perfect for product managers, developers, and those new to designing with wireframes. No prior knowledge or experience with interface design is required. By the end, you’ll be able to present wireframes for a finished product idea and demonstrate a clickable prototype.

Start taking the free course at Skillshare now!

5.25 Inch Floppy Sketchbook Is Back

Remember these? From 2009-2010 I these sketchbooks for a while, using a 5.25” floppy disk as a notebook cover. I kind of missed them, so I made a limited number in blank and grid paper.

It’s a wirebound 5.25 inch square sketchbook with about 120-130 pages (60-65 sheets) of 70 pound white vellum paper, hand-crafted by me in my home North of the SF Bay. You can buy a book with blank sheets or one printed with 1cm grid in warm gray ink. Inside you’ll find a floppy disk pocket, and a disk label. Hope you like them! They’re a head turner. :)

Get yours at the shop while they last! Shipping inside the US only this time around. http://shop.konigi.com

Want More?

Check the blog for the latest findings first. The Tools section and Store are where you'll find my OmniGraffle Wireframe Stencil, UX Template, Printable Graph Paper and a DIY Sketchbook Tutorial.

The Wiki is the place to find resources like my listing of Conferences and Events, Job Sites, Discussion Groups, and The Sketch Book, my presentation on UI sketching. Dig even deeper by Searching or Browsing Tags.