Why Coders Need to Understand Design

I see more web professionals specializing these days. There was a time where web designers literally did everything. If you worked on the web it meant you did coding, design, photography and any backend work. Now many become so specialized they hyper focus, often on a specific platform. There are fewer Javascript experts and more […]

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The Web Design Sketchbook, Version Three

Early December 2008 was when I first held a prototype of what I would later call “The Web Design Sketchbook” in my hands. It was pretty rough, had been printed using an old, slowly dying ink jet printer and was bound using a $100 Office Max binding machine. Despite its lackluster, I was ecstatic. Not […]

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Designers Are Scientists, Not Artists

I run across references of design as art on almost a daily basis. Somewhere down the road, design changed from a predictable approach of creating desired outcomes into an intangible magic trick. More specifically, design became categorized as an art form rather than a science. This isn’t the case however, in fact, web design is closer to […]

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Design Is Not What You Think It Is

Growing up I had many hobbies that I was passionate about. From computer to cars, fine arts to film, I always thirsted for information and relished learning more. This of course was before the internet had gained popularity leaving me fewer options to find the knowledge I hunted. Having to “hunt” for knowledge feels like […]

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Browser Chrome for Your Moleskine

If you have seen my Web Design Sketchbook project it should be no surprise that I am a huge advocate of sketching out ideas before firing up a program (regardless of it being Photoshop, Omnigraffle, etc…). I won’t bore anyone with too long of a rant, but sketching is a great way to quickly create […]

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How To Design Using The Fibonacci Sequence

Not too long ago I posted an article that outlined ten laws to design by. I was ecstatic when the post received ample attention and fan fare. I might be a bit jaded, but I have grown very sick of the “fast food” list style design articles that seem to get so much attention these […]

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Nobody Gives a Shit About Your Logo

The four little words that make designers cringe, “make the logo bigger.” We joke about it all the time, sometimes with elaborate internet pranks like the make my logo bigger cream. Yet we get this request fairly often (myself almost every time a produce a design). So why is there this disconnect between designers and companies where […]

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Ten Laws to Design By

— Updated May 2017 As designers we have to be aware of the function of our work and design as much as we care about the aesthetics and visuals. There are a lot of terms for the design of how the site functions and works, from “usability design” to “user experience,” what remains constant is that […]

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Your Design May Be Beautiful, but It Might Still Suck…

I want to preface this post by first saying that I believe one of the great strengths of our industry is that we have people from such diverse backgrounds. The evolution of the personal computer and the sophistication of design programs like Photoshop have created a low barrier to entry in the development of graphics. […]

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Designing with Intention

Since I have started teaching design I have had to find ways to articulate concepts that I know internally but have never fully fleshed out. Teaching a concept requires that you know how to describe it, but also demonstrate (and sometimes debate) the application of the concept as well. This certainly is the case in […]

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