Today in Design - Top Articles RoundUp 9 January 2016
The day’s best and most important design- and design business-focused articles, tutorials, and resources hand-picked by Pariah Burke.
- I’m a new mom + How I’m staying productive & creative as a freelancer
What I did have to do was acknowledge that my life had changed significantly, and that I would need to make some changes in order to maintain the career trajectory I want.
Here’s how I do it (and how you can, too):
- Evernote Ending Clearly and Skitch on Jan 22nd – Get Them While You CanA few Evernote apps will no longer be updated or available for download in the new year. These include screenshot and annotating tool Skitch and Clearly, which makes web pages more readable.Tags: Skitch
- In Silicon Valley Now, It’s Almost Always Winner Takes AllIn the course of nearly two decades of closely following (and writing about) Silicon Valley, I have seen products and markets go through three distinct phases. The first is when there is a new idea, product, service, or technology dreamed up by a clev…
- Design 101: Star Wars: Design With The Force [Infographic]In an effort to assist designers and Star Wars fans alike, the team at Venngage Infographics put together this comprehensive infographic that lists 7 of the fundamental design elements present throughout the Star Wars movies. These include tips on how…
- As “Paying The Writer” Gets Easier, Whither Bookstores?There has been a bit of fussiness in publishing over the past few weeks regarding the rise of used bookstores as cultural centers/ways to screw writers. While many are coming down on the side of “any exposure, even through piracy” is good, many more writers are taking the “pay the writer” tack. The good news is that they’re both right.
- PAY THE WRITER—Pirates, Used Bookstores & Why Writers Need to Stand Up for What’s RightAnd when bookstores go around bragging to The Washington Post about how much profit they make because the margins are so much better than NEW books and expect me the author to bite on some Book-Buying-Trickle-Down-Economics wrapped up with an “It’s Cu…
- How to Cultivate the Art of Serendipity
- Prototyping for a tiny screenMarc Nischan, Application Designer at Detroit Labs, walks us through how he designed his first Apple Watch app.
As a designer, I felt inspired, too. I’d never designed for tiny screens before, and the thought of creating something in a space that has such a unique set of constraints and strengths appealed to me.
- Illustrator Techniques to Turn a Sketch into Vector Art
One of the most satisfying uses of Adobe Illustrator is to transform your rough pencil sketches into colourful illustrations. It’s great to see your concepts come to life with crisp linework and bold colours, but sometimes the result can be a little disappointing when the vector art just doesn’t have the punch you had hoped for. Follow this step by step process to discover some of the simple techniques I’ve learnt that really help give your illustrations that pro look.
- For complex membership sites using WordPress, my answer is always the sameIf your needs aren’t straightforward, you may be venturing into the space of complex membership sites using WordPress. And in that case, here’s my rec.
- Evernote and the Brain: Designing Creativity WorkflowsDon’t set goals. Find attractors. Using Evernote to design workflows for creativity.
- “Alignment” Graphic Designer T-Shirt Available for Sale Until 22 JanuarySometimes all you need is a little realignment. Sport Evan Stremke’s water-based design on a crew neck tee, pullover sweatshirt, or tank top.Tags: InDesign Photoshop Illustrator
- 3 Reasons Millennials Are Getting Fired | Inc.comA backlash to Milllennials’ mindsets at work is causing some to get fired. Here’s why.
- 5 Staggering Email Stats That Are Hard to BelieveEmail, email, email. Think you know everything there is to know about it? These statistics may just blow you away.
- How to Land Freelance Work with Social MediaWe talk about different social media platforms below, but you do not have to be (and probably should not) be on all of these. That would be exhausting. So we tried to let you know which platform is good for whom.Tags: Entrepreneur freelancer design
- Brilliant Ideas & Trends for Prominent “Feature Post” Widgets
In this post I’d like to cover design techniques that can be used to create a successful featured post widget. Although this widget often works best on a magazine-style layout, you can also apply this to smaller blogs or dynamic content websites.
- 14 Reliable Data Sources for Creating InfographicsInfographics hold a strong responsibility of providing accurate data. To assist in digging up reliable data, we listed some of our go-to data sources.Tags: Design infographics
- 9 worst logo changes of 2015
- iPhone and iPad Photography with iOS 9 [Video Course]Whether you use an iPhone, an iPad, or both, see how to get the most out of the enhanced camera, photo management, and photo editing features in iOS 9.Tags: Photography
- Can you tell the difference between what’s real and what’s not in these amazing illustrations?It’s all about the perspective. Well, it’s also a little about how easily our eyes can be tricked. Here’s optical illusion expert BrussPup pulling the old perspective trick on us by making us think something is real when it’s not and making us believe something is fake when it’s actually the real object. It’s a fun video because he doubles down on the effect by zooming in on the photos up close. They still look totally 3D at that distance but they’re not.
- 25 of the Best Design Books of 2015From Chantry to Bierut to Eames to Sutnar to Kidd to Dwiggins, here are 25 of our favorite design books of the year.Tags: Design