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How Teaching Will Help You Become the Best Designer You Can Be
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How Teaching Will Help You Become the Best Designer You Can Be

It’s been said many times that, if you want to learn more, you should teach. Taking on proteges, apprentices, students – whatever you want to call them – who will appreciate and absorb your knowledge not only boosts your ego, it can also help you learn and grow as a designer. And no, you don’t have to become an actual teacher at a school or university. Even something as simple as writing a blog post or a tutorial can be immensely informative for you as well as your readers. But what, specifically, does teaching help you learn from a design perspective? We’re going to explore some of the key ways that teaching will help you become the best designer you can be. If that’s not an incentive to get out there and impart your wisdom, I don’t know what is.The Web Designer Toolbox Unlimited Do...
Taking the Occam Razor Approach to Design
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Taking the Occam Razor Approach to Design

Did you know that designers can use a tool that mathematicians, philosophers, and other academics have known about for hundreds of years? It’s called Occam’s Razor, and it’s a law that states, essentially, that the simplest solution is usually the best or most correct. For example, if your client is late to a meeting, you would probably assume they got stuck in traffic. It’s a simpler and likelier explanation than, say, assuming they got temporarily abducted by aliens and had to fight through an endless maze of plant monsters to get to the meeting on time That’s a prime example of the kind of over-thinking that many designers are prone to. We’ll go over the importance of ditching the unnecessary when developing design concepts, and why it’s so hard to do in the first place. Not only wi...
Keeping Your Design Mind New and Fresh – A List Apart
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Keeping Your Design Mind New and Fresh – A List Apart

“Only a fool knows everything.” Article Continues Below — African ProverbSince March 2020, most of us have been working from home, and the days blend into each other and look the same. This is not the first time I have experienced this type of feeling. My commute — New York to New Jersey — is what folks in my area call the reverse commute.While going to the office, my days began to look the same: riding the subway to a bus to a shuttle to get to my job. Have you ever arrived at a destination and not even realized how you got there? This is how I began to experience the world everyday. I stopped paying attention to my surroundings.Because I worked a lot, the only time I would take off was for the holidays. During this time, I was a consultant and was coming to the e...
The Personal Process of Choosing the Right Design Tool
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The Personal Process of Choosing the Right Design Tool

Every chef has their favorite tool. Mine happens to be a wooden spoon I’ve had since forever. I call it “Suzie” (because I’m a weirdo). Some people actually keep their wooden spoons in the family for generations – talk about a collector’s item! Today, I’m going to share some tips on how the tools you select as a designer can help improve your creative process, and aid you in creating work you can really stand behind.Unlimited Downloads: 49,000+ Print Design Templates Brochures, Business Cards, Resumes, Documents, Powerpoint & Keynote Templates, Mockups & much, much more!You’ve Gotta Have Standards Do you know why so many chefs and cooks prefer wood over other materials? Well, it’s much the same reason many designers prefer Macs and software by Adobe: it’s the industry sta...
The Never-Ending Job of Selling Design Systems – A List Apart
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The Never-Ending Job of Selling Design Systems – A List Apart

I’m willing to bet that you probably didn’t start your web career because you wanted to be a politician or a salesperson. But here’s the cold, hard truth, friend: if you want to work on design systems, you don’t have a choice. Someone has to pay for your time, and that means someone has to sell what you do to an audience that speaks value in an entirely different language.  Article Continues BelowIt’s not exactly easy to connect the benefits of a design system directly to revenue. With an ecomm site, you can add a feature and measure the impact. With other conversion-based digital experiences, if your work is good, your customers will convert more. But because a design system is (usually) an internal tool, it’s just harder to connect those dots. This article boils dow...
Finding a Niche as a Designer Isn’t Just an Overused Cliché
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Finding a Niche as a Designer Isn’t Just an Overused Cliché

Here’s a scenario for you. Post-COVID, you’re out with your friends, and you’re getting hungry. The members of your group start suggesting places where you can go and grab some dinner. There are a lot of eclectic suggestions being thrown about – Chinese, Mexican, Thai, Greek – and none of you is sure what you’re going to choose. Here’s one thing you probably won’t do, however: go to an “all-purpose” restaurant which serves all of the above types of food, plus about 10 more. Does that kind of restaurant even exist? Probably not, and that’s exactly my topic for today’s article. When you have too broad a reach with your design work, providing service to a range of clients who have little to nothing in common, you not only dilute the quality of service you’re able to provid...
Popular Design News of the Week: December 21, 2020 – December 27, 2020
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Popular Design News of the Week: December 21, 2020 – December 27, 2020

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week. Minimal CSS Loader Collection  Webdesign Toolbox: Find the Perfect Web Development Tools  Facebook: Free as in Bullsh*t  New Year Edition: Top UX/UI Design Trends Rushing to Us In 2021  Our 50 Favorite CSS Libraries, Frameworks and Tools from 2020  404 Page Inspiration – The Best 404 Pages from Around the Web  7 Best Instagram Tools for Des...
Daily Ethical Design – A List Apart
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Daily Ethical Design – A List Apart

Suddenly, I realized that the people next to me might be severely impacted by my work. Article Continues Below I was having a quick lunch in the airport. A group of flight attendants sat down at the table next to me and started to prepare for their flight. For a while now, our design team had been working on futuristic concepts for the operations control center of these flight attendants’ airline, pushing ourselves to come up with innovative solutions enabled by the newest technologies. As the control center deals with all activities around flying planes, our concepts touched upon everything and everyone within the airline. How was I to know what the impact of my work would be on the lives of these flight attendants? And what about the lives of all the other people working at ...
How to Use Animations Feature on Botsociety
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How to Use Animations Feature on Botsociety

There’s a new useful update in Botsociety: Animations. We added them in the official presets: SMS, WhatsApp, Apple Business Chat and Facebook Messenger. Do you want to know what they are and how to use them? See the tutorial and read this blog post for all the information!Intro to AnimationsYou can use the animations feature added in the presets to see how the bot-user conversation flows. Among these is the entry animation Push Notification, that works as the entry point to the bot-user interaction.We also included Apple Business Chat animations, such as the Apple Pay, List Picker, Time Picker and more. In Botsociety, the animations are attached by default on these message types, but you’re able to deactivate them or change the active animation through the animations residual menu. They...
Making Room for Variation – A List Apart
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Making Room for Variation – A List Apart

A note from the editors: A List Apart is pleased to present this excerpt chapter from Yesenia Perez-Cruz's new book Expressive Design Systems, available now on A Book Apart. Making a brand feel unified, cohesive, and harmonious while also leaving room for experimentation is a tough balancing act. It’s one of the most challenging aspects of a design system. Article Continues BelowGraphic designer and Pentagram partner Paula Scher faced this challenge with the visual identity for the Public Theater in New York. As she explained in a talk at Beyond Tellerrand:I began to realize that if you made everything the same, it was boring after the first year. If you changed it individually for each play, the theater lost recognizability. The thing to do, which I totally got f...
Cross-Cultural Design – A List Apart
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Cross-Cultural Design – A List Apart

When I first traveled to Japan as an exchange student in 2001, I lived in northern Kyoto, a block from the Kitayama subway station. Article Continues BelowMy first time using the train to get to my university was almost a disaster, even though it was only two subway stops away. I thought I had everything I needed to successfully make the trip. I double- and triple-checked that I had the correct change in one pocket and a computer printout of where I was supposed to go in the other. I was able to make it down into the station, but then I just stood at a ticket machine, dumbfounded, looking at all the flashing lights, buttons, and maps above my head (Fig 5.1). Everything was so impenetrable. I was overwhelmed by the architecture, the sounds, the signs, and the language....
Popular Design News of the Week: December 7, 2020 – December 13, 2020
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Popular Design News of the Week: December 7, 2020 – December 13, 2020

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week. Web Typography Rules: What You Need to Know  How Microsoft Crushed Slack  Graphic Design Trends for Social Media in 2021  UX Christmas  Traxr – Monitor Links with 100% Accuracy  Hexometer 2.0: Monitor Website Issues and Performance Actively  Designing Data Science Tools at Spotify  Cow Pilot – The Deadline Driven To-Do List  Roy – A Si...
Figure It Out – A List Apart
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Figure It Out – A List Apart

Color is, without a doubt, the visual element most often misunderstood and misused. Article Continues BelowAs mentioned earlier, when designing visual representations, color is often the first visual encoding that people use. It’s also quite limited to about a dozen, distinguishable colors. It’s a potent visual element, but one fraught with accessibility and perceptual problems. A general rule of thumb: Save color for things you want to draw people’s attention to. Start with grayscale representations. Add in color only later, where it might be really, really useful. That’s it. We can move along.Except…We need to dispel some popular beliefs about colors, beliefs that are often held up as truth, when, in fact, this is not the case. What’s presented in this short cha...
A Designer’s Life with Color Vision Deficiency – A List Apart
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A Designer’s Life with Color Vision Deficiency – A List Apart

So, what is it like to be color blind and also work in the web design and development industry? I’ll answer that question throughout this article, but it’s something that’s always factored into my thoughts, given my passion for design and now my career. I wonder if having “normal” vision would have made me a better artist growing up. Would it make me better at my job now? Would I have pursued a more design-oriented career, as opposed to one that’s more dev-focused? These are just some of the things that pop into my head. Article Continues BelowAs to my job and my color vision, no, colorblindness doesn’t affect my work as much as you’d think. During design meetings, I can quickly point out areas where we need to reconsider our color palette. While reviewing layouts, I’m ab...
Popular Design News of the Week: December 14, 2020 – December 20, 2020
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Popular Design News of the Week: December 14, 2020 – December 20, 2020

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week. The Best Design Tool of 2020 is not What You Expect  14 Top Design Trends to Watch Out for in 2021  UI Trends for 2077  Firefox was Always Enough  Wavelry – Create & Customise Wavey Svg and Png Backgrounds  Design Documentation  The Best 25 Black and White Web Design Inspiration  2020 Design Tools Survey  Web Design in 2021 – What t...