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The Myth of Inspiration and Passion

Inspiration and passion are a designers’ daily bread. Without them we crumble, wither and are reduced to mere pixels pushing hacks. But the problem with passion and inspiration is they’re fleeting. They come and they go. So the question you need to ask yourself is this: what happens when your passion and your inspiration run out? What do you do…

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Google Web Designer: Bringing Ideas To Life, Using HTML5

Yesterday Google added a new tool to its wide array of offerings, and this time they have built something specifically for the web design community. Allow me to introduce you to Google Web Designer – a powerful tool that lets you easily create interactive and cross-platform HTML5-based designs and vector-style artwork using an ‘integrated visual and code interface’. So what…

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Trends in Weather App Design

Back in the day presenting the weather, regardless of the medium, used to be complicated and very, very boring. But in recent years designers have taken on the design challenge and have completely changed all that. While top smartphone operating systems have their own built-in apps, third-party designers have been pushing the weather app design boundaries even further, to the…

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Breathtaking Photography: Shooting in the Golden Hour

The golden hour is the time of day, usually in the early morning or evening, when the light creates a very special effect in photography. During the golden hour (sometimes also called the magic hour), the light is soft, with a reddish hue, which brings warmth and depth to a photo. At the same time, lighting conditions change rapidly offering…

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A First Look at UIkit – A New Front-End Framework

Recently a new modular front-end framework has been released that is well worth mentioning. Simply called UIkit, it is a lightweight framework, developed in LESS, that provides a comprehensive and extensive collection of HTML, CSS, and JS components. It is fully responsive and follows the mobile-first approach to for a consistent mobile experience. To avoid conflicts with custom CSS or…

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Generalizing Your Skills Will Never Make You a Design Specialist

I’m going to talk about something controversial today. Everyone strap in and brace yourselves. Design freelancers like to encourage newbies entering the industry to learn as many skills as they can to make themselves attractive as a job candidate. This is well-meaning advice that undoubtedly comes from a good place. But generally speaking, these ‘generalists’ who try to design, code,…