Posts Tagged “design”

Dear Junior Designer

by Lance on April 25, 2014

You’re damn talented. But in your eagerness to prove it, you sometimes rush toward a solution. You pluck an idea from the branch and throw it onto the plate before it has time to ripen. Don’t mistake speed for precocity: (…)

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Copywriting is now where the interface lives or perishes.

by Lance on July 3, 2012

The visual language of our interfaces has gone through a lot of changes over the past decade. Remember what the Web 2.0 interfaces felt like? Giant type, ginormous forms, and buttons that would make Fitt’s Law insignificant. God forbid you (…)

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What Startups Need to Know About Design?

by Lance on April 17, 2012

It’s getting harder and harder to differentiate based on tech talent alone. Designers like Jonathan Ive at Apple, Joe Gebbia at Airbnb, and Dave Morin at Path (to name a few) are changing the world today – not entirely because (…)

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Designing Objectively

by Lance on March 2, 2012

It’s a common misconception that art and design are one and the same. But although design can be artful, the process behind it is quite different. Artists engage in the manipulation of a particular medium to produce an aesthetic and (…)

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Riding the Flux: Design is changing in myriad ways. Are you?

by Lance on April 29, 2011

I find this quote by Virgina Postrel about the design profession funny and striking: (Design as a profession have) a peculiar combination of arrogance and insecurity. One minute, they’re declaring that they have uniquely appropriate skills for every problem, and (…)

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Dear Designer, You Aren’t That Special

by Lance on March 17, 2011

Creativity isn’t ours. Just because you can draw better, doesn’t make you a better thinker. Design isn’t just aesthetics, it’s more than that. Even if the shiny stuff we do is what gets the most attention in our industry, it’s (…)

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Why Wireframe?

by Lance on March 7, 2011

Wireframing, on the other hand, is all about corralling these ideas into a cohesive flow of pages with a clear, well-executed focus. A ruthless eye for editing is paramount: throwing every “nice to have” feature haphazardly into the mix will (…)

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User-Led Innovation Can’t Create Breakthroughs; Just Ask Apple and Ikea

by Lance on March 7, 2011

Companies should lead their users, not the other way around. The user is king. It’s a phrase that’s repeated over and over again as a mantra: Companies must become user-centric. But there’s a problem: It doesn’t work. Here’s the truth: (…)

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Become a Layer Mayor

by Lance on January 23, 2011

The Photoshop Etiquette Manifesto for Web Designers is a list of helpful and *subtle* suggestions to organize Photoshop Documents, making the transfer of them less painful. Browsing the web late on a weekend night can be rewarding, here we have (…)

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