The Menu Bar Podcast – Beauty in Accidents

Rob Sheridan is the guest on episode 24 of The Menu Bar. If you are not familiar with Zac Cichy, he focuses on technology with an occasional transition to culture: music, film, religion, etc. This episode stands out because Rob describes purposefully designing the wrong way while working for Nine Inch Nails. He tells stories of ignoring industry experts, purposefully degrading his work, and using carefully considered mistakes to establish a brand.

While designing a new interface I sometimes wonder if I’m obsessing over perfect alignment, grids, and symmetry resulting in a bland aesthetic. Perhaps we should include an iteration or two that leans in the wrong direction.