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AddisonDuvall (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.
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How to Find and Use 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…

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How to Prevent & Deal with ‘Sudden Client Designer Syndrome’

We’ve all been there: a client really, really wants to make a change to your design that, as a designer, you can immediately tell will result in disaster. It happens…

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6 Free Animated Typefaces for Adobe After Effects

In this collection, we’ve gathered the best animated typefaces for After Effects that you can download and start using in your projects now.

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How to Stop Getting Burned by Your Design Clients

It seems like every designer has a horror story or two (or seventeen) about getting ripped off by a client who refuses to pay. Once it happens, there’s not too…

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Are Design Trends Superficial?

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…

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Including Your Personal Passions in Your Design Work

Anyone here have a bunch of strange, unusual, or, shall we say, “quirky” hobbies? Perhaps you like to collect bottle caps from around the world and photograph them as found…

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How to Do Away With Bad Design Ideas, and Moving on to the Good Ones

There’s a common saying in the fiction writing world: kill your darlings. No, this isn’t some morbid encouragement to do bodily harm to your loved ones. Killing your darlings means…

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How a Designer Might Create Timeless Designs

We’ve all seen examples of classic design – work that gets talked about for months, years, and even decades after it has served its initial purpose. Even people who have…

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Carving out a Niche as a Designer Isn’t Just an Overused Cliché

Here’s a scenario for you. You’re out with your friends, and you’re getting hungry. The members of your group start suggesting places where you can go and grab some dinner….

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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 you try, you just can’t seem to get it to…

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The Secret to Successful Food Packaging Design

We all see it every day. That box, that wrapper, those bottles, jars, and cans. Food packaging is something that permeates our lives, and yet most people don’t ever stop…

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The Personal Process of Choosing the Right Design Tool