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Posts Tagged: minimalism

Flat Design: Some Good, Some Bad…

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Filed under: Design Inspiration, Web Development.

First off, I need to say that I am a proponent of flat/minimal design when done correctly. Websites that are loaded with 3d skueomorphics remind me of something from the by-gone severely bloated flash era.

Glossy Skeuomorphic Button

Glossy Button: gentleface.com

When creating things with a flat design aesthetic, we need to always remember to focus on our users – not on a popular design trend. So if that gradient or dropdown-shadow doesn’t help the usability factor, get rid of it… but don’t get rid of a subtle gradient or some animation just for the sake of flatness…

Flat design reminds me of the fashion industry a little. Every year a new fad comes out that everyone must wear to look cool and be popular. If you don’t wear what’s trendy – you are outta it man!

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Flat Design: Trend or Revolution?

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Filed under: Design Inspiration, Web Development.

Over the last several months, I’ve been reading post after post about “Flat Design”. It seems like every designer is adopting the trend of so-called “Flat Design” and applying it to their work. Even larger companies like Microsoft and Google have followed this “trend”.

Flat Design: Trend or Revolution?

So is “Flat Design” here to stay, or is it simply a passing trend that will be eclipsed by the next great thing to come up next year?

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WordPress Reimagined in a More User-Friendly Way

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Filed under: Wordpress.

WordPress is the most popular Content Management System to date. But is it really up to the task of managing your website? Over the last several articles we have looked at several main problems of WordPress including WYSIWYG Editors, Not enough control over document structure, and a somewhat confusing admin panel.

Wordpress Reimagined

In this article we are going to look at some ways we can improve WordPress to make it way more user-friendly for content editors and business owners.

So let’s jump right in and look at 6 ways that we can improve the editing experience of this awesome Content Management System known as WordPress.

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Design is Not Just a Veneer

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Filed under: Design Inspiration, Web Development.

The question often comes up in conversations among developers, web designers and business owners of “What is Design?”. When most developers think of design one thing comes to their mind. When an artist/designer thinks of design they often think of a completely different thing. In seeking to define this term we need to ask ourselves some important questions like “Why is it important“, “What does good design look like”, “What does it involve“?

As we seek to discover what design truly encompasses, I hope you will not only enjoy learning some new things, but will also come away with a desire and passion to refine your skills as a designer. I want you to be inspired to study this topic further, through learning from other great designers, reading great books and practice – lots of practice.

Veneer Keyboard by Lazerwood Industries

Photo credit: Lazerwood Industries - Macbook Pro with Veneer keyboard

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Designer Skills Matter More Than the Tool Used

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Filed under: Design Inspiration, Photoshop, Typography, Web Development.

After talking with many experienced designers and working on many projects, I have come to the realization that design skills matter more than tools.

Think about it, a carpenter could still build a house without an air-nailer; but if you’ve never built a house, you couldn’t get it done with the best tool in the world.

Designer Tools

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This article has the focus of improving design skills, rather than worrying about always having the latest and greatest Photoshop version (even though that may be important). Read more…

Minimalist Design – Should I Implement It for My Website?

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Filed under: Design Inspiration, Web Development.

History of Minimalism

One thing that always happens no matter what part of society you are in is synthesis and antithesis. Back in the early to mid 2000’s, web designers were getting very excited about all the new technologies available to them. This resulted in the creation of sites that were busy, overpowering, and full of fancy flash animations. Minimalism is a reaction to that movement to bring the focus of websites back to their core – presenting the content in a way that puts the user and their needs first. Read more…