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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...
Just a few short years ago the majority of web designers wouldn't have been able to spell skeuomorphism, much less provide an accurate definition. Now, skeuomorphism is set up as the pantomime villain; the Wicked Witch of the East to flat design's...
Dutch design studio Today Designers has printed a book using a very special kind of ink—squid ink. The book, entitled Naar Inkt Vissen (which translates to “Fishing For Ink” in English), contains 48 pages full of sailor stories written...
“Make something interesting” is a client request we don’t hear often. When Adobe asked it of Kelli Anderson (they wanted a handout for AIGA's annual design event), she decided this was the perfect opportunity to address a quandary that...
The old saying is that the optimist sees the glass as half full, while the pessimist sees the glass as half empty. It is, however, the opportunist who drinks the water while the other two argue about the amount of liquid in the glass. The term, "negative...
You may have noticed a common look in many images, not only in graphics and animations online, but also in magazines, and in television motion graphics, featuring low-detailed, faceted models, highly rendered, often with soft lighting effects....
Are you underestimating this deceptively "neutral" color? Either it's considered cheap (because it reminds us of putty colored school cabinets and our landlord's choice of budget "Navajo White" paint) or boring (for the same reasons,...