Design

  • Developing a Sense of Mythology Around Your Designs

    Developing a Sense of Mythology Around Your Designs

    There’s a legend among the cheese connoisseurs of New York City. In most of the US, it’s illegal to sell raw (non-pasteurized) dairy products. The reasons why are complicated, but many non-Americans who were raised on fresh milk and cheeses are often surprised when they come stateside and are unable […]

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  • The Difference Between Visual Art and Graphic Design

    The Difference Between Visual Art and Graphic Design

    The fine line that separates visual art and graphic design is something that’s been debated for a very long time. While both artists and designers compose visuals and have a shared toolkit and knowledge base, there’s a distinct difference between the two. Pinpointing exactly what the difference is, that’s where […]

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  • Top 50 Free Web UI Kits & Templates

    Top 50 Free Web UI Kits & Templates

    As people who design and build for the web, we are pretty lucky that there’s such a wide range of other designers out there that can help us. Whether it’s from answers on StackOverflow, to tutorials on sites like this, to freebies that we can use in our designs, the […]

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  • The 10 Golden Rules of Simple, Clean Design

    The 10 Golden Rules of Simple, Clean Design

    There’s a lot more to simple design than you think. A product such as the iPhone may appear clean and unobtrusive to the naked eye, but there’s a lot going on beneath the surface that most people don’t know about. Nor do they need to. They only need to know […]

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  • How to Effectively Use Whitespace in Web Design

    How to Effectively Use Whitespace in Web Design

    Have you ever found yourself gazing at a finished design thinking, ‘something’s missing’? More specifically, have you ever come to the conclusion that a design is ‘too empty’ or ‘too busy’? For us designers, it’s difficult to spend any appreciable time in our craft without running into this scenario. This […]

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  • Finding and Using Your Own Design Voice

    Finding and Using Your Own Design Voice

    Your design voice – or design style, if you will – is how you choose to relay information to your audience. That sounds simple, but for the uninitiated, it can be incredibly confusing. I have a confession to make today: when I started writing this article, I was stumped at […]

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  • Teach and Become the Best Designer You Can Be

    Teach and Become the Best Designer You Can Be

    It’s been said many times that, if you want to learn more, you should teach. Taking on proteges, apprentices, students – whatever you want to call them – who will appreciate and absorb your knowledge not only boosts your ego, it can also help you learn and grow as a […]

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  • Simple Tips For Avoiding Working For Lower-Quality Clients

    Simple Tips For Avoiding Working For Lower-Quality Clients

    Lower-quality clients suck. All they focus on is how little they can pay. They make unreasonable demands for the amount of work they want you to do and how fast they want it done. And they’ll inevitably ask you for the type design that you just don’t enjoy creating. Does […]

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  • 20 Examples of Beautifully Designed Admin Dashboards

    20 Examples of Beautifully Designed Admin Dashboards

    Once upon a time, admin dashboard design was not really a thing. Often neglected and never given the same level of importance as the front-end. Yes, they would function very well, but typically they would like the design was stuck in the late 90s. The only thing missing was animated […]

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