I’ve recently re-opened my design community news section for public submissions. Any and all design related articles are welcome. The submission form can be found here.
Let’s dig into all the key areas that designers train on a daily basis that makes them ready to perform at top-tier performance athletes. Continue reading “Designers Are Like Athletes”
Here are 7 sure fire steps to follow when designing for accessibility. This refers to the practice of building digital content and applications that can be used by a wide range of people, including individuals who have visual, motor, auditory, speech, or cognitive disabilities. Continue reading “Accessibility Is Not That Hard”
According to designer from across the globe, these were the most used tools by designers in 2017. Continue reading “The most popular tools of the year – 2017”
3 short lines of CSS (excluding vendor prefixes) using transform: translateY will vertically center whatever we want, even if we don’t know the elements height. Continue reading “Vertically center elements with 3 lines of code”
- Handwritten type – encompasses both printing and cursive styles and is separate from formal calligraphy or typeface.
Brush Up font | Ondise font | Goodfy font | Barber Shop font
- Google Fonts – interactive directory of free hosted application programming interfaces for web fonts.
Open Sans font | Roboto font | Oswald font
- Flat Design type – places a clear emphasis on simplicity, minimalism, and intelligibility.
Metros font | Marianina font | Burne Alt font
- Mix & Match type – creates an artistic, handcrafted but still polished and purposeful look on a site.
Native font | Hoverage font | Pacific Northwest Letters font
- Large Type – because of increased screen resolutions, the standard 12 point font is no longer as readable as it was before.
Cape Rock font | CPL Kirkwood font | Zona Black font
- Both REM and EM are relative units.
- EM children inherit size by scaling in relation to the parent font size.
- REM is only relative to the html(root) font-size.
- REM is best used to define the padding and margins.
- REM stands for “root em”.
- REM units help for responsive design.
- REM units are great for rapid prototyping.
- All sizes should be in REM units.
- REM units do not work in IE8.
Here is a list of quick notes on why designers fail at the task presented to them. Refrain from doing these things and you will be a success.
- No Ambition – Success takes a long time.
- No Plan – You’ve got to have a plan to not fail.
- No Point of View – Find your voice and sing loudly.
- Afraid of Criticism – Designers are private people.
- People Pleasers – Design for yourself.
- No Exposure – Exposure is critical for success.
- Pay Me Syndrome – “Show me the money” mentality.
- Runway Addiction – Putting on a fashion show.
- Wrong Starting Point – Chasing after the big prize.
- Saturated Market – We are global because of the internet.
I’m excited to present Photoshop and Illustrator keyboard shortcut cheat sheets for Adobe CS6 from ZeroLag. They designed it specifically with graphic designers in mind. They also provided code below the graphics so you can share it on your blog to help improve the productivity of fellow graphic designers. There are printer-friendly versions that fit perfectly on letter-size paper for quick referencing.
I hope you enjoy these tips on self promotion in the design field.
- Do something different – Dream up some caper that isn’t on this list and put it into action with characteristic flair.
- Talk to (real) people – Don’t just talk to designers, talk to everyone and anyone.
- Stay in touch – Exchanging favors is what makes the world go round.
- Target your audience – It’s no good getting a database of random design firms and sending them all an email.
- Initiate your own projects – Don’t just complain about being unable to do the type of work you want to be doing – do something about it.
- Collaborate – Creative people spark when they’re brought together.
- Don’t be a stalker – Meeting people in the flesh is undeniably worthwhile, but sometimes you just have to accept that people are busy.
- Put your name on the work – Think about it: what’s one of the first things people look for once they’ve clocked a masterpiece? The signature.
- Go postal (snail mail) – If you can’t get there yourself, why not send a little something to keep your work fresh in people’s minds
- Learn to submit – Publishers sometimes invite open submissions for their titles, so submitting work to these books and magazines is a great way of getting your work into people’s hands.
- Win hearts and minds – Always be prepared to stand up for what you believe in, but make sure you’re the kind of person people enjoy hanging out with.
- Be in the competition – Granted, you might put in a lot of effort and get nothing in return, but that’s the nature of competitions.
- Think like a brand – If your promotional efforts are going to pay off, they have to be leading to a consistent point – that is, your brand.
- Blog for self motivation – If you have a lively blog with interesting content, it can be a real winner in more ways than one.
- Be enthusiastic – Being genuinely excited about a project will not only get you remembered by the client and fellow creatives, but also helps inspire everyone else involved to give it their all.