Design

Articles about design, organized by topic.

How to Defend Your Design Decisions Without Sounding Defensive

When you put a design in front of a client, they're inevitably going to have an opinion on it. These strategies move the conversation away from who is right or wrong and re-focus both sides on the business goals the project aims to achieve.

CommunicationDesignManaging Projects
12 Things You Should Remove From Your Portfolio Website Immediately

A collection of brutally honest tips for what you should remove from your portfolio website immediately before someone decides to not hire you (and what to replace them with instead).

Building Your PortfolioDesignGetting More ClientsStudents
So You Want to Be a UX Designer?

If you want to be a UX designer, you'll have to be more specific. In this article I'll explain what UX design really is and how to make a career out of it.

Career TransitionsDesign
How I Solved a Complex UX Problem Using the Bible

Find out how I used the Bible to solve a complex UX problem and design an interface that made browsing municipal code online easier for anyone.

DesignManaging ProjectsWebsite Strategy
A Simple Design Process to Use for Every Digital Project

There's a simple 3 step process that you can use for every digital project by breaking the design process down to it's fundamental elements.

DesignManaging ProjectsProductivity
6 Things I Wish I Learned From New Media Design at R.I.T.

Design students often graduate without some of the most vitally important "real world" skills necessary to thrive in their creative field. Yet, many of them feel prepared to totally dominate the industry on graduation day. I was no exception.

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Get Hired With The Perfect Online Student Portfolio

If you are pursuing a degree in any digital or creative field, it is no longer optional that you have a personal website to show off your best work to potential employers. Thanks to many of the latest advancements in web technology, it's easy for anyone to make one.

Building Your PortfolioDesignDigital MarketingStudents
You Might Not Need a Redesign After All

Complete website redesigns are sometimes necessary, but they often require a large financial investment and leave lots of room for error. If you aren’t ready to hire a firm to guide you through that complex process, try using these suggestions to make the biggest improvements with the least amount of effort.

DesignGrowing Your BusinessWebsite Strategy
Good Looks Don’t Bring In Sales

Pretty doesn’t count. There are plenty of designers out there capable of providing a brilliant design for your website. However, form and function don’t always solve underlying problems and meet the clients ultimate goals.

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The Most Effective Way to Present Your Designs

Everyone has an opinion about the way things look. Even the most trusting clients will have revisions and change requests waiting for you after you present your work. But why? After all, they hired you because you are the expert, right?

CommunicationDesignManaging Projects
The Purpose of Wireframes

Wireframes are the skeleton or structure behind the user interface. They don't define the "look and feel", but rather the layout, hierarchy, and interactions that make a good user experience.

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You Can’t Patent a Good User Experience

Every company is different, making it unique. So, making the UI or UX unique isn't hard to do because I'm designing for the clients specific needs, not to satisfy my own creative desires. But let's face it, websites have things in common and sometimes those needs overlap.

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Invisible Design

When we use the word “design”, chances are it doesn’t translate the way we, as designers, often think it should. Too often, design is perceived as only being visual, but that’s only partially true.

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