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Articles by Kendra Gaines

It's no secret that designers must start designing for mobile. With more and more people starting to browse the web from their phones, web designers have to get hip to making sites good and viewable on smartphones. It's imperative because we're...
By this time, I can assume you've formed some type of opinion of the iPhone's newest operating system. Some love it, lots (of designers) hate it, but either way, I'm sure you have an opinion about it. The design community seems to have a pretty...
Every great designer knows that the wrong font can totally change the direction of a project. It's why we use Helvetica instead of Comic Sans and why we should stop using fonts like Lobster (yea...I said it!). Designers just have to know fonts....
User experience is greatly important in the development of a website these days. A great user experience makes sure someone visit your site and enjoy every portion of it. User experience also makes sure you can maneuver around a site and find...
We're all familiar with Adobe Creative Cloud (née Creative Suite). Popular favorites are Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Fireworks. They're great tools that are extremely powerful, get the job done and help create the best product for designers...
Stock photo sites are almost always behind any great designer. Good stock photos can do great things for a project, just as bad stock photography can ruin it. Picking the right pics has a lot to do with picking the right site for your stock needs. ...
When I was first introduced to graphic design, I was extremely young and a member of a pretty popular message board. Posters showed respect for other members by presenting them with these things called "sigs" — they were little rectangular...
 As an amateur designer, there were two things I loved to go to when making pieces: filters and brushes. Filters were just cool and fun to mess around with. Brushes were tons of fun as well, but I would tend to use them as stamps. Nothing really...
It's all about presentation. Ideas and concepts are great, but mean nothing if they cannot be properly communicated. To help others understand them, we may create prototypes or sketch out an idea to get to a meeting of the minds. Fortunately,...
I first took notice of flat color web design when Google started to redesign their sites. This was during a time when gradients and drop shadows were all the rage. In using what was then Google Docs and my Google Calendar, I always realized there...
We've talked about 'Contact' pages. We've talked about the 'About' page. You know what to put on these pages because, hopefully, you've thought long and hard about it. And you know exactly what to put on the inside pages, because you have your...
Oh, look! It's a brand spanking new, shiny technological feature. And it probably helps that it's being implemented by Apple products. A couple of great sites (like this one) have already started using it. What does it do? Will it be around forever?...
Here's one thing that never made sense to me: people make websites so others can find out more about them, but most "About Us" pages absolutely suck. They're either really long and boring or really short and mysterious. Not many people understand...
It's like biting your nails. It's like sucking your thumb. It's like cursing too much. We all have some bad habits, some we just cannot seem to shake. I'm not sure why that is. I mean, no matter how wrong you know it is or how bad it is for you, it's just...