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AddisonDuvall (71 Articles)

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.

Taking the Occam Razor Approach to Design

We discuss the importance of ditching the unnecessary when developing design concepts, and why it’s so hard to do in the first place.

Why You Should Further Educate Yourself as a Designer

Some methods for further educating yourself as a designer, and apply what you learn to become better at what you do and more desirable to clients.

10 Best Professional Intro Video Templates for After Effects for 2021

We share the best professional intro video templates for After Effects. These templates help you create amazing videos without having to design anything.

Waking Up the Taste Buds of Your Design Clients

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…

Do We Really Need to Follow Design Trends?

Designers love to complain about ‘superficial’ design trends that they don’t feel have any staying power or contribute anything meaningful to the industry. But are they right? I happen to…

The Personal Process of Choosing the Right Design Tool

Tips on how the tools you use as a designer can help improve your creative process and aid you in creating work you can stand behind.

Leveraging the Power of Sushi to Improve Your Designs

Sushi has been popular in the Western world since the 1970s, when it was introduced to diners in the U.S. You probably have a strong opinion about it – either…

Dealing With Sudden Client Designer Syndrome

We’ve all experienced when a client wants to make a change to your design that, as a designer, you can immediately tell will result in disaster.

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…

10 Things Designers Can Learn From Pastry Chefs

Regardless of whether you bake or not, you can take a lot of the same knowledge pastry chefs draw upon every day to improve your design work.

As a Designer, Is Failure a Necessary Part of Success?

As a Designer, Is Failure a Necessary Part of Success? We all go through it at one time or another. You’re working on a project and no matter how hard…

How to Stop Getting Burned by Your Design Clients