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Addison Duvall (73 Posts)

About: Addison Duvall is the author of Food Identities, a blog that explores the crossroads of food, design, art, and culture. She’s written some things, designed other things, and eaten a whole lot of food.
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Flat Design vs Minimalism

Flat Design. It’s everywhere these days. The newest, highly influential release of iOS 7 for the iPhone has got even non-design lovers talking about it. But many people seem to be confusing this exciting new trend with what is commonly known as minimalism, or minimal design. The problem is, these two concepts are quite different, and can be mutually exclusive…

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Good Font, Bad Font: 5 Ways To Tell The Gems From The Junk

Type can be confusing for designers today, who have access to thousands upon thousands of different fonts, many of which are free to download and use. This results in an overabundance of typographical solutions to problems that aren’t really so complicated. Today, we’re going to look at 5 key rules for selecting an ideal typeface for any project, and how…

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Growing Your Audience as a Designer

Freelance designers are in a tough position. We have to create awesome work which gets us clients, and then we have to go out and market that work to make sure potential clients actually see it. We’ve all seen those designers who seem to have an overabundance of fans and followers, and whose work draws others in like moths to…

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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 designer. And no, you don’t have to become an actual…

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Getting Those Creative Juices Flowing Again

What do you do if you’re partway through an important project for a client and you get, well… stuck? You simply can’t wring any more good ideas from that brain of yours, and none of your ordinary tricks to relieve creative block are working. To many designers, this is the kiss of death, but I’m here today to tell you…

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Further Educating Yourself as a Designer

Everyone knows that education is the best investment a designer can make to further his or her career. But what does that mean, exactly? Should you go back to school (or attend for the first time)? Should you find a mentor or study the greats repeatedly until you perfect your craft? Perhaps you should do these things… and perhaps not….

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Does Technology Make You A Better Designer?

Ah, the world of technology. It helps us to manage our increasingly hectic lives and careers and stay in touch with everyone we’re connected to both personally and professionally. However, the biggest question floating around the minds of many in the design industry is: does all of this convenience and instantaneous communication actually improve our ability to design outstanding deliverables…

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The Make People Buy Things Secret

Audacious title, The Make People Buy Things Secret, isn’t it? Imagine a single element that any designer – serving clients in any industry – can use to make a target market more likely to purchase your client’s products and services. If such a thing exists, what do you think it might be? Think about it for a second while I…