Category Archives Design

Design Archives

In this category you will find general articles, insightful tutorials and useful resources covering all aspects of design.

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Illustrated Aliens Series – Everyday a New Alien

Do you know what the best part about being creative is? You can create things that are otherwise considered ugly and scary, and you can make them look highly creative and simply awesome. Yes, we are talking about aliens. Allow us to introduce you to Illustrated Aliens, an ever-growing collection of alien illustrations released on a daily basis and culminating…

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Waking Up Your Clients’ Taste Buds

One of the hallmarks of a top chef is his or her ability to do interesting takes on food combinations that, at first glance, seem like they wouldn’t go together at all. The first person, for example, to pair peas and wasabi together was a culinary genius. Think about it. Someone had to test flavors repeatedly – combining and recombining…

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Designers & developers, why can we not just get along?

Here’s a question that has been talked about many times, usually resulting in both sides coming away feeling angry and misunderstood. Why can’t developers and designers get along? Now, obviously this isn’t always the case, there are many examples of programmers and designers working together to create beautiful products. As a web designer and entrepreneur I work with programmers quite…

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Are You Selling Clients What They Want?

Imagine this: You’re in the process of building a new website, so you need to write copy for the new homepage. It needs to be compelling, and it also needs to connect with potential clients by speaking to their needs and desires. You sit down at your computer and start writing. You’ve been designing for several years now, so you…

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The Usability of Video Game Design

About a year ago I wrote an article on the Usability of Résumé Design; a concept that, while well-received, garnered specific feedback from a few voices that I found particularly interesting. Summarized, the gist was that “he uses the word ‘usability’, but I don’t think that’s the right term in referring to a résumé”. Usability is a condition of anything…

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Navigating the Social Media Minefield as a Freelancer

The marketing power of social media is undeniable. Which is why freelancers and small business owners are always looking for tools that can assist them in making the most of their social media presence. Without the budget to hire someone to manage this arm of your marketing plan, which is a boat many freelancers find themselves in, you alone have…

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Websites That Inspired a Generation

The period at the end of the last millenium was a heady mix of political change, economic optimism and for those working in the digital industries the phonemenon that was the dot.com boom and subsequent bust. I was very lucky to land my first job as a web designer during this time – armed with a working if basic knowledge…

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The Art of Concept Cars

You don’t need to be a good driver to love concept cars; in fact you don’t even need to be a driver at all to love them. They are all around us and from a young age we have been drawn to them. From small doodles sketched at the back of our school exercise books to great big paintings of…

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A Gallery of Beautiful Ampersands

Even though the beautiful ampersand is a rather simple character, it has plenty of scope for creative expression. You can experiment and play with it til your heart’s content. This is the primary reason why we often see innovative designs of the ampersand symbol. In this gallery, we have collected some of the most innovative and & beautiful designs of…

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Sketchbooks – The Designer’s Cookbook

As a food lover, I absolutely adore cookbooks. I have a ton of them – all filled with pages and pages of delicious recipes for me to try and experiment with. Perhaps some of you do as well. My favorite part of a cookbook is the visuals – mouth-watering pictures of food heaven on perfectly arranged plates. It’s enough to…