Tag Archives: design

Dan Wu  

The Best Way to Create Information Architecture   September 12, 2019

We’ve all experienced the frustration of navigating a website and being unable to find the information we need. That’s what usability test sessions are for. As a participant in one of these sessions, I helped test the usability of a photography studio’s website. One of my tasks was finding the price for a family shoot on the site. As I Continue Reading

     
Vivienne Apsey  

The Trials and Tribulations of a Young Designer: How Prototyping Saved Me   August 13, 2019

As any fellow creative can attest to, there are many lessons from art school that follow us into our careers. We look at our x-acto blade scars and feel pride in the projects that we put our (literal) blood, sweat and tears into. However, no one warns the ambitious, young student about the real-world complexities of taking your first professional Continue Reading

     
Matt Roman  

Technical Tricks for Working Faster in Illustrator   August 6, 2019

As a designer, there’s a valuable amount of time that goes into conceptualizing an idea when working on a new brand or project. It’s arguably the most important component of the work we do. Being able to really dig into each aspect during the beginning phases and then expand upon that research is vital to a successful end product and Continue Reading

     
Dan Wu  

How Planning a Trip Uncovers Human-Computer Interactions   July 2, 2019

It is finally summertime. Are you going on a trip? If so, your planning process may very well lend itself to a lesson in human-computer interaction. Let’s say you’re going to Paris. Your primary goal to get the ball rolling is to purchase flight tickets. When this primary goal comes to your mind, how do you go about achieving it? Continue Reading

     
Andy Zetek  

The Art of Japanese Design Techniques   June 25, 2019

If there’s one thing western design has benefitted from, it’s Japan. Design has always been a cross pollination of ideas, and the influence of Japanese design, art and architecture on creative forms in Europe and the Americas has been powerful. For a better grasp on this influence, I’ve centered on the techniques specific to Japanese design that make it effective, Continue Reading

     
Becka Bates  

The Proof is in the Portfolio: The Work that Came in Clutch in 2018   June 13, 2019

We’re not ones to toot our own horn, but we’ve just got to say: nothing feels better than ranking on Clutch. If you’re not familiar, Clutch is a B2B rating and review platform that uses objective feedback from real clients, in addition to other qualifiers like quality of work, to determine company rankings both nationally and locally. That’s why we Continue Reading

     
Dan Wu  

Fovea, Peripheral Vision and Web Design   April 23, 2019

I have learned a small fun fact about our eyes. Hold your arm straight out and look at your thumb. The size of your thumbnail is how much your eyes can see in high resolution, which is your focus vision. Everywhere around your thumbnail, you can only see in low resolution. When we look at one word like “here”, we Continue Reading

     
Andy Zetek  

Audiovisual: When Record Labels & Designers Come Together   April 16, 2019

In the design world, there has always been a balance between the needs of a client to have their goals served in a particular way and the potential for a designer to explore their capabilities to make resonant and effective design. The music industry is no exception. Indie labels have always had a penchant for permissiveness with their musical artists Continue Reading

     
Horacio Acevedo  

Trust in Experience Design   April 9, 2019

Every day we hear about new cases of websites getting hacked or personal information being leaked due to a security breach (and often the corporate negligence that led to it). But even with all of this, we still find ourselves voluntarily providing online services with our personal information and ongoing business. And doing it more and more often. While a Continue Reading

     
Andy Zetek  

Lessons from the Bauhaus 100 Years On   February 20, 2019

In design school, in addition to a practical education in the use of programs and the principles of design, I gained a thorough survey of art history. One of my favorite eras to learn about—and maybe the most relevant to design—was the Modernist era of the early 20th century. Countless artistic movements emerged from this time, and number one among Continue Reading