Articles by Kendra Gaines

For years, I've continuously read how print is a dying industry and how print designers are in danger. It's hard to argue, when many big name newspapers and magazines of the past see more readership online than in print. It's even harder when...
Responsive web design is popular and it’s absolutely no secret. It’s what experts are calling for and what many brands are switching to. It’s not just about creating a mobile-ready site, but about making your site visible to every browser...
One of the things about advancements online is the ability for us to learn. We're able to not only be easily connected to our colleges and universities, but we have the ability to get our degrees, diplomas and certificates online. It's convenient...
Creating a brand is a tough task. There's a lot of work and research that goes into it, and even more time that's required. With building a brand, you also have to be very aware of the fine line there is with creating a gimmick or joke, as those don't...
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...