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Jim Ramsey on Designing for Flow

By Anil Dash
Posted December 4, 2007.

Jim Ramsey, our lead designer on Movable Type (and the guy responsible for the gorgeous design of Movable, has just published Designing for Flow over at A List Apart. Jim eloquently describes the idea of "flow" in his essay:

Flow, as a mental state, was first proposed by psychology professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and is characterized by a distorted sense of time, a lack of self-consciousness, and complete engagement in the task at hand. Software engineers might feel it when they're writing code, gamers might feel it when playing Guitar Hero III, Christopher Cross felt it when he went sailing. For designers, it's exactly the feeling we hope to promote in the people who use our sites.

We've been proud of the huge number of talented designers that have been members of the MT community from day one, and hope that talking through a little of our design process can inspire even more creative work from all of you.



Dixie on August 5, 2012, 7:46 a.m. Reply

Where can I see more of his designs? The MT’s one is great, but I would like to see more of his stuff.


Stella on August 28, 2012, 7:16 a.m. Reply

You cna see one of his designs on the link above - Designing for Flow


cassidy on September 21, 2012, 9:39 p.m. Reply

You have be really passionate to combine web design with human psychology :)

Jim Gordon

Jim Gordon on October 17, 2012, 1:46 a.m. Reply

It haven’t even come to my mind that the web design can be so close connected to the human psychology. It is awesome to know that even the smallest details are taken into the account.

Evgueni Samsonov

Evgueni Samsonov on November 1, 2012, 7:17 a.m. Reply

If you want to learn from the best you should have a deep, deep look at Jim Ramsey’s designs :)

Ronald Motion

Ronald Motion on November 6, 2012, 9:50 p.m. Reply

Wow, I just checked to see the design made by that man Jim Ramsey and I was stunned. Moveable Type powered site for brands as Sony, Nike and Federal Bank of Chicago.

Lina Gardner

Lina Gardner on November 16, 2012, 5:31 a.m. Reply

For these who want to learn more about this theory and even how to implement it on the web design can check the publication made by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on 1994, called “The Evolving Self”.

Ivan Stone

Ivan Stone on December 21, 2012, 2:43 a.m. Reply

A list apart is a must read site for everyone who want to do something related with web design. I read them with great pleasure.