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There's a problem in the design world. It's not a problem of the magnitude of wage inequality, discrimination in the workplace, or child labor, but it's a problem nonetheless. It's the epidemic of pretentious designers. Some are just a little...
While a lot of online communication has moved to social media, email is still a very important part of any online marketing campaign. And when we think of marketing emails, what generally comes to mind is HTML email, rather than plain text. Designing...
Infographics aren’t new. And certainly, interactive ones aren’t either—but with the launch of recent data-driven news sites such as Vox, Fivethirtyeight and The Upshot, they’re becoming more popular. And since viewers are...
Some icons are so commonplace that we've come to not think twice about them—until they're changed. One such image undergoing a makeover is the ‘International Symbol of Access’, commonly known as the ‘Wheelchair Symbol’. There's...
Bookstores are closing, newspapers are folding and magazines are rushing to publish online. The stock of print media seems to be falling, but two Japanese designers are challenging that process with a newly released collection. Masahiko...
Good design has strong ties to emotion: this is something designers do know and understand. Unfortunately, in a world driven by SEO and the never-ending evolution of web tech, it’s a very easy thing to forget. Emotion is at the core of a solid...
Pixel-perfect icons and typography stand out among the crowd online. Obviously we all want to strive for such refined work, but sometimes even after trying we still end up with something a little... less. Pixel Hinting is one of the skills that...
In an era of information overload, words by themselves can fall flat.  Infographics do more than present data — they capture the eye and tell a story, engaging the viewer who might otherwise have ignored the content. When text, images, and...
It’s launched. It’s live. It works. You designed, built and tested it, grieved nixed ideas and celebrated solved quandaries. The gears are whirring on their axles and your final invoice is paid. Your project is done. Mostly. Before you...
There was a time—it's hard to imagine now—when most businesses did not have a website. In the early days of the Web, almost every business that wanted to commission a website was taking its first steps into the online world. As time moves...
Templating; it’s a fantastic web design idea for pulling together a business’ online presence, and creating the appearance of consistency. It’s especially useful when there are multiple sites, product lines, and/or tons of content....
In a previous article, I wrote about design before computers became commonplace in the design industry. A fun look back at the days of toxic chemicals and scalpel-sharp cutting tools. The number of social media shares and tweets showed people...
As a part of my role at iStock by Getty Images, I run global research projects that involve monitoring visual trends to help us stay one step ahead in sourcing fresh, relevant content for our customers, and serve as a resource for creatives who...
With all the terms that get thrown at us during our design education (be we self or institutionally taught), it is easy to understand why some land only glancing blows with barely any penetration into our psyches. Those that will soon fade from...