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Style Tile Example Number 3 for Ice: Water with an Edge

Why I Use Style Tiles

You may have heard of style tiles before. Samantha Warren introduced them at SXSW in 2012 and then wrote about them for A List Apart. Creative Bloq has written about them. They even have their own website. Style tiles bring together fonts, colors and major design elements to give a structured, visual impression of design ideas. Think […]

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Design Presentations Screen Shot - Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday

How appropriate that this old presentation should be dug up on a Thursday. When I worked for Ball State’s Department of Physiology and Health Science as the Multimedia Specialist, one of my jobs was to give a presentation each semester to the digital media class. As health science graduates, they will find themselves working in low-resource […]

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Man lifting weights from squatting position

Using Pinterest to Research a Target Audience

I have a friend that just became an officially licensed Crossfit affiliate. He launched a website and now we’re working to make it the best it can be. One of the things I always need to do is learn about the target audience and find out what they’re looking for, their visual interests, etc. All […]

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Screenshot of Nissan flip-book-style website

Simple Innovation

Sometimes you see something so simple, yet so far from the norms that all you can do is sit there, mesmerized. That’s what happened when I visited a website for the new Nissan Note. The site is in Japanese, but words aren’t necessary to be awestruck. Go take a look for yourself.  

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Letter f made with wooden blocks

Alphabet Blocks

I was playing blocks with my son today for the umpteenth time and decided to “cure” my boredom. You can tell by the change of colors on occasion that he decided he didn’t like what Mommy was doing. Each photograph was the first way I thought of to create each letter. (more…)

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Think of the Users

Many businesses fall into a simple trap on their websites: they load up the front page with paragraphs and paragraphs of information important to the company. “What’s wrong with that?”, you might ask. Simply put: your visitors don’t care.

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Our Forebearers

As a designer, one program I use a lot is Adobe Illustrator. It’s a good program for building logos, artwork for screen printing, and other simple illustrations. Back in 1963 Ivan Sutherland developed a program called Sketchpad that helped make future computer drawing programs (like Illustrator and AutoCAD) possible. Hat tip: swissmiss

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