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Addison Duvall (72 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.
Avoiding Design by Committee

Avoiding Design by Committee

Most people have an idea of the perfect solution to their design problem. The downside is that so does everyone else with the same problem.

Why You Should Simplify Your Designs for the Smartest User

Why You Should Simplify Your Designs for the Smartest User

We talk about simplifying your designs using the Pareto Principle to ensure that you make the best possible decisions for your clients.

10 Beautifully Designed Free Brochure Templates for Adobe InDesign

10 Beautifully Designed Free Brochure Templates for Adobe InDesign

A collection of beautifully designed and free InDesign brochure templates promoting your product without having to create from scratch.

The Idea Generation Process of Scribbling on a Napkin

The Idea Generation Process of Scribbling on a Napkin

We explore the idea generation process familiar to many designers: the scribbled idea on a restaurant napkin process. It’s high-level stuff!

Why You Should Include Your Personal Passions in Your Design Work

Why You Should Include Your Personal Passions in Your Design Work

Having interesting side projects in your portfolio can help you make the leap from forgettable, all-purpose designer to industry superstar.

The 10 Golden Rules of Simple, Clean Design

The 10 Golden Rules of Simple, Clean Design

These rules of clean design are based on the ten principles by Dieter Rams but modified to fit with a more general goal of simplicity.

Exciting Design Specialties to Broaden Your Skillset

Exciting Design Specialties to Broaden Your Skillset

What should you focus on when learning new skills? Here are five exciting design specialties that will help broaden your skillset.

The Symbiotic Relationship Between Designers and Copywriters

The Symbiotic Relationship Between Designers and Copywriters

We explore some of the things designers can learn from copywriters to improve problem-solving strategies and communicate better.

Testing Your Marketing Efforts as a Freelancer Designer

Testing Your Marketing Efforts as a Freelancer Designer

In today’s freelancing climate, one of the best things you can do in terms of marketing yourself is to think in what I like to call “Test Terms.” What does…

How Teaching Will Help You Become the Best Designer You Can Be

How Teaching Will Help You Become the Best Designer You Can Be

We explore some of the key ways that sharing your knowledge will help you to become the best designer you can possibly be.

Separating Your Personal and Commercial Design Work

Separating Your Personal and Commercial Design Work

Is there a difference between so-called “commercial” work and work that’s done purely for the joy of creating? Should they be separated?

Do We Really Need to Follow Design Trends?

Do We Really Need to Follow Design Trends?