Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 31 December 2015
The day’s best and most important design- and design business-focused articles, tutorials, and resources hand-picked by Pariah Burke.
- Streaming TV Isn’t Just a New Way to Watch. It’s a New Genre.
Full seasons, released all at once, are something genuinely new.
And we’re just starting to figure out their conventions and aesthetics.
- The 1 simple question you must ask every new freelance clientAt a first meeting with a new freelance client, the question you must ask is: What’s your past experience working with freelancers?Tags: Entrepreneur Freelance
- A Secret Catalogue of Government Gear for Spying on Your Cellphone
THE INTERCEPT HAS OBTAINED a secret, internal U.S. government catalogue of dozens of cellphone surveillance devices used by the military and by intelligence agencies. The document, thick with previously undisclosed information, also offers rare insight into the spying capabilities of federal law enforcement and local police inside the United States.
- Inside Starbucks’ Redesigned Concept Store for Coffee Connoisseurs
- Why You Should Never Provide Free Design in an RFP Response
Design isn’t an isolated task. It’s one step of a complex and multifaceted discovery and architecture process that we go through with clients. A typical discovery and design process will include:
- Kickoff meeting
- Stakeholder interviews
- Content and site audits
- Market/competitive research
- Analysis and recommendations presentation
- Project design (IA/sitemap/wireframes/,mockups)
- Final project plan
- —cms-24670" rel="external">How to Take Your Freelancing Career to the Next Level—and Get Paid More
- Long-Term Exposure to Flat Design Slowly Makes Users Less EfficientClickable UI elements with absent or weak visual signifiers condition users over time to click and hover uncertainly across pages—reducing efficiency and increasing reliance on contextual cues and immediate click feedback. Young adult users may be better at perceiving subtle clickability clues, but they don’t enjoy click uncertainty any more than other age groups.
- Photoshop Compositing Project: Replacing a Sky [Video Tutorial]
Not to worry. With Photoshop you can replace a sky that doesn’t work with one that does. In this course, photographer, author, and educator Seán Duggan shows you how to perform this common compositing task. You’ll see examples of sky replacements that don’t work, and then learn how to create ones that do. Get a photographer’s insight on masking, lighting, and blending adjustments naturally into the background of an existing photo.
- Are Your Customers Hooked And Happy? Here’s How To Know For Sure
Studies suggest that 78% of consumers have ended a transaction due to bad service. And a typical business hears only from 4% of it’s dissatisfied customers. So, how do you know if your customers are happy? How do you know what your customers truly like and don’t like?
- 9 Ways That Design Trends Are Holding You BackDesign trends have a natural ebbs and flows and it’s hard not to get sucked along with the new wave. Workerbee has some smart methods to find your own path.Tags: Design GraphicDesign
- Browser Fairy for Mac Sets Rules for Which Links Open in Which Browser Mac: If you care about privacy, then you might prefer to use more than one browser. Perhaps you have use something like Firefox for all your social media, Chrome for anything that requires Flash, and Safari for general browsing. Browser Fairy is an ap…
- Idea Sex: How New Yorker Cartoonists Generate 500 Ideas a Week
- Typography Trends: Get the Full Report
- Sales Principles For Freelancing You Should HonorAs a freelancer, you got to have rules, terms, and principles of your own. When it comes to sales principles for freelancing, here are a few you should follow.Tags: Entrepreneur Freelance
- 8 Tips for Building a Bankable BusinessIt’s not impossible to secure bank funding for your startup. Give yourself better odds with thoughtful planning, diligent preparation, and these eight tips.
- 15 Reasons Why A Grid Based Approach Will Improve Your Designs
- 9 Responsive Typography Tips From the ExpertsResponsive web design has changed the way we think about page structure. It also needs to change the way we think about type.Tags: Typography fonts design
- SharePoint Tips and TricksGet new SharePoint tips and tricks every other Friday from SharePoint consultant and trainer Mark Abdelnour.
- The Secret Messaging App Getting Millions of Downloads
- A Responsive Guide to Type Sizing
Proportions are a key ingredient to the mixture. Calibrating your type proportions for a balance of aesthetics and order can be an obsessive undertaking. It’s a challenge getting proportions right for a given screen size, let alone any possible screen size. This process can be less challenging — even for responsive designs — if you use amodular scale and let math do the work for you.