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Which color scale to use when visualizing data

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Working with color can be a challenge depending on what you are trying to achieve.. Like all design you have to take into consideration a lot of factors when it comes to color, am I using it for background, type, duotones or charts or maps, and that's...

Identifying and Improving Your Weaknesses as a Web Designer

ARTICLE SUMMARY: When it comes to being a web designer there is a lot to know, so much that there is a good possibility you have a few holes in what you know that is affecting your work. To help you zero in on and identify your weaknesses Eric Karkovack wrote...

The graphic designer’s guide to decoding client feedback

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Whether you freelance or you work for a company, good client communication can make the difference between a stress free project and repeat business or a short lived contentious client relationship leading to unnecessary and excessive stress. In "THE...

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Which color scale to use when visualizing data

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Working with color can be a challenge depending on what you are trying to achieve.. Like all design you have to take into consideration a lot of factors when it comes to color, am I using it for background, type, duotones or charts or maps, and that's...

Identifying and Improving Your Weaknesses as a Web Designer

ARTICLE SUMMARY: When it comes to being a web designer there is a lot to know, so much that there is a good possibility you have a few holes in what you know that is affecting your work. To help you zero in on and identify your weaknesses Eric Karkovack wrote...

Which color scale to use when visualizing data

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Working with color can be a challenge depending on what you are trying to achieve.. Like all design you have to take into consideration a lot of factors when it comes to color, am I using it for background, type, duotones or charts or maps, and that's...

Identifying and Improving Your Weaknesses as a Web Designer

ARTICLE SUMMARY: When it comes to being a web designer there is a lot to know, so much that there is a good possibility you have a few holes in what you know that is affecting your work. To help you zero in on and identify your weaknesses Eric Karkovack wrote...

The graphic designer’s guide to decoding client feedback

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Whether you freelance or you work for a company, good client communication can make the difference between a stress free project and repeat business or a short lived contentious client relationship leading to unnecessary and excessive stress. In "THE...

7 photography tips to enhance your UI designs

ARTICLE SUMMARY: A picture is worth a thousand words. In design those pictures better be good or your target audience will never read those thousand words. "7 PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS TO ENHANCE YOUR UI DESIGNS" by Renee Fleck discusses what we should be considering when...

A designer’s guide to the Golden Ratio

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Every designer should know the Golden Ratio. To help you create organic-looking, visually-pleasing compositions in your artwork or design projects, and is useful for graphic designers, illustrators and digital artists knowledge of the Golden Ratio is...

A visual design handbook

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As visual designers it is our job to design sites with great aesthetic appeal and usability value. What people do not realize is that there is much more to design than just decoration and beautification. Every profession has basic rules and...

Color 101 for designers

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Color is so important that you can never learn enough about it, it is one of the top most considerations when taking on any design project that comes your way, and for good reasons. Within 90 seconds people decide whether or not they like your website...

Visual Hierarchy

ARTICLE SUMMARY: To build a stellar website that will hold the attention of your target audience you need to have a plan. Out of all the considerations in building a website Visual Hierarchy is one of the most important design concepts designers need to pay attention...

Jakob’s Law revisited: Don’t reinvent the wheel, but sometimes do

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Design is a tricky business, especially when it comes to innovations and people love innovation, to a point. "JAKOB’S LAW REVISITED" looks at why too much innovation in design may not be such a good thing even in today's world where innovations seem...

Why Does a Design Look Good?

ARTICLE SUMMARY: The average person has no clue what good design is or how it is achieved. They only know they either like your design or they don't. As designers we need to know what makes a design look good or we go hungry, or worse yet we could be forced to find...

Which color scale to use when visualizing data

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Working with color can be a challenge depending on what you are trying to achieve.. Like all design you have to take into consideration a lot of factors when it comes to color, am I using it for background, type, duotones or charts or maps, and that's...

Identifying and Improving Your Weaknesses as a Web Designer

ARTICLE SUMMARY: When it comes to being a web designer there is a lot to know, so much that there is a good possibility you have a few holes in what you know that is affecting your work. To help you zero in on and identify your weaknesses Eric Karkovack wrote...

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Which color scale to use when visualizing data

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Working with color can be a challenge depending on what you are trying to achieve.. Like all design you have to take into consideration a lot of factors when it comes to color, am I using it for background, type, duotones or charts or maps, and that's...

The graphic designer’s guide to decoding client feedback

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Whether you freelance or you work for a company, good client communication can make the difference between a stress free project and repeat business or a short lived contentious client relationship leading to unnecessary and excessive stress. In "THE...

A designer’s guide to the Golden Ratio

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Every designer should know the Golden Ratio. To help you create organic-looking, visually-pleasing compositions in your artwork or design projects, and is useful for graphic designers, illustrators and digital artists knowledge of the Golden Ratio is...

A visual design handbook

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As visual designers it is our job to design sites with great aesthetic appeal and usability value. What people do not realize is that there is much more to design than just decoration and beautification. Every profession has basic rules and...

Color 101 for designers

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Color is so important that you can never learn enough about it, it is one of the top most considerations when taking on any design project that comes your way, and for good reasons. Within 90 seconds people decide whether or not they like your website...

AI in Design

ARTICLE SUMMARY: AI (Artificial Intelligence) has been a hot topic for years. Despite the fears and speculations of doom and gloom for man kind, it has crept into almost every corner of our lives and most of it has gone unnoticed. "AI IN DESIGN" by Jon Yablonski is an...

Which color scale to use when visualizing data

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Working with color can be a challenge depending on what you are trying to achieve.. Like all design you have to take into consideration a lot of factors when it comes to color, am I using it for background, type, duotones or charts or maps, and that's...

The graphic designer’s guide to decoding client feedback

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Whether you freelance or you work for a company, good client communication can make the difference between a stress free project and repeat business or a short lived contentious client relationship leading to unnecessary and excessive stress. In "THE...

8 EASY WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR WEBSITE TYPOGRAPHY IN UNDER 30 MINUTES

ARTICLE SUMMARY: For designers typography is one of the things at the top of the list that impacts your website in a major way. As designers it is up to us to make sure we put in the time and effort to get it right the first time. "8 EASY WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR WEBSITE...

The ugly history of Comic Sans

ARTICLE SUMMARY: In type fonts, as in art, the old saying goes beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but, when it comes to Comic Sans you either love it or hate it. With designers there doesn't seem to be much middle ground on this when talking about this particular...

Tips when choosing a typeface (with infographic)

ARTICLE SUMMARY: There are over half a million type fonts out there just waiting to be used in your infographic. Talk about causing stress over which font or fonts to use just might be an understatement. As designers we know that the wrong choice in type can sink a...

Color 101 for designers

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Color is so important that you can never learn enough about it, it is one of the top most considerations when taking on any design project that comes your way, and for good reasons. Within 90 seconds people decide whether or not they like your website...

Jakob’s Law revisited: Don’t reinvent the wheel, but sometimes do

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Design is a tricky business, especially when it comes to innovations and people love innovation, to a point. "JAKOB’S LAW REVISITED" looks at why too much innovation in design may not be such a good thing even in today's world where innovations seem...

Psychological principles for every product designer

ARTICLE SUMMARY: To be a successful designer in todays world you need to be aware of the different types of psychology at your disposal when marketing your products or services, especially online. "PSYCHOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES FOR EVERY PRODUCT DESIGNER" is a deep dive...

The 5 Essential Traits of Iconic Logos

ARTICLE SUMMARY: More often than not the first thing you see when going to any website is their logo. Your logo makes the all important first impression that will make the difference between whether to investigate your website further or move on. In Kaejon Misuraca's...

The Psychological Power of Nostalgia in Burger King’s Throwback Logo

ARTICLE SUMMARY: There is a lot to be said about nostalgia these days, especially when it comes to marketing. Everybody is looking back at the good old days and longing for their return. "THE PSYCHOLOGICAL POWER OF NOSTALGIA IN BURGER KING’S THROWBACK LOGO" by Michael...

SEO Concepts Simplified – How to Show Up in Search, Get on Page 1 and Drive More Sales

ARTICLE SUMMARY: One of the more confusing aspects of design is how analytics plays a part in how we design and how we get our website out front and center on as many search engines as possible. "SEO CONCEPTS SIMPLIFIED – HOW TO SHOW UP IN SEARCH, GET ON PAGE 1 AND...

SEO or CRO? Which Comes First?

ARTICLE SUMMARY: There is a mystery surrounding SEO and CRO and when these two are mentioned together the same question always comes out, which comes first and why. In "SEO or CRO? Which Comes First?" Kelly Braun answers that question. To help you understand the...

Is Rebranding Really Worth the Cost?

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As time goes on and your business progresses at some point you ask yourself the big question, is it time to rebrand or stay the same? If your answer is to rebrand, depending on the changes your company has gone through since it's beginning you now...

The Web Designer’s Guide to Conversion Rate Optimization (and why it matters)

ARTICLE SUMMARY: This article is a good explanation of what CRO (CONVERSION RATE OPTIMIZATION) is and how to test and enhance your design with adjustments to your design that your visitors will respond favorably too. Renee Fleck presents us with a list of topics to...

Why Visuals Are the Most Powerful Way to Sell Anything

ARTICLE SUMMARY: You heard it a thousand times growing up, "A picture is worth a thousand words." In design those are words to live by. Whether your selling a product or service or trying to make a point, planting a positive image in someones mind will help you...

Color 101 for designers

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Color is so important that you can never learn enough about it, it is one of the top most considerations when taking on any design project that comes your way, and for good reasons. Within 90 seconds people decide whether or not they like your website...

Jakob’s Law revisited: Don’t reinvent the wheel, but sometimes do

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Design is a tricky business, especially when it comes to innovations and people love innovation, to a point. "JAKOB’S LAW REVISITED" looks at why too much innovation in design may not be such a good thing even in today's world where innovations seem...

Psychological principles for every product designer

ARTICLE SUMMARY: To be a successful designer in todays world you need to be aware of the different types of psychology at your disposal when marketing your products or services, especially online. "PSYCHOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES FOR EVERY PRODUCT DESIGNER" is a deep dive...