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The Modeller’s Miscellany #90

The design issue.

“Design isn’t just what it looks like and feels like — design is how it works.”

– Steve Jobs

We received great feedback about the web3.0 issue of the Miscellany. So in this issue, we are focusing entirely on design. We often don’t realise that we are part-time designers. We design financial models, documents, and slides. A little bit of knowledge goes a long way to improving the quality of our work product.

Don’t Make Me Think

Although written about web design, the principals in Don’t Make Me Think read across well to other areas; including financial modelling. The FAST modelling standard for example is all about reducing the amount of unnecessary and wasteful thinking we need to do to decode poorly written financial models.

Principles of typography

Matthew Butterick is a writer, typographer, programmer, and lawyer. Quite a combination. His website Practical Typography is a useful introduction to the subject. If your life includes any requirement to write a document or prepare a slide, a basic understanding of the principles of typography will be helpful.

99% Invisible

Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we’ve just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly podcast exploring the process and power of design.

Design thinking – a Manga introduction

Design thinking is a methodology that can change the way we approach problem-solving. This manga is a unique guide to the world of design thinking.

Why beauty is key to everything

In this book Designer Alan Moore invites us to rethink not only what we produce – whether it’s a website, a handmade chair, or a business – but how and why. So much passes us by, unnoticed. We multi-task, switch between screens, work faster. Alan invites us to pause and consider the role of design in our well-being.

Modeller’s Miscellany Jobs

If you have a financial modelling related position you’d like us to include, please email

Finance Analyst – The Walt Disney Company – London, UK

Finance Analyst – Nissan Motor Corporation – Sunderland, UK

Financial Analyst, Accounting – Amazon – Madrid, Spain

Financial Analysis Specialist – ABB – Cracow, Poland

Financial Data & Analytics Solutions Specialist – Bloomberg LP – Sydney, AUS

And finally…

Typography layout matters. More examples here.

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