Designing through the eyes of a non-designer

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Think of your favorite children’s song. Now grab a coworker and tap the tune of the song on their hand while you sing it silently to yourself. After you finish, ask them to name the song you just tapped out. According to “Made to Stick“, a book I recently read about why some ideas thrive and others fail, your friend will most likely not know which song you were tapping. Why? The curse of knowledge. The designer’s curse of knowledge

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Design Essentials 2: Originality

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This chapter of Design Essentials will cover the topic of  Originality in design. Originality is the ability to think independently and creatively. So why is it so important that we, as designers, are original thinkers? Put most simply, original designs are more effective. Let’s take a look at the concept of originality in design: But don’t great designers copy? It’s been a popular topic of discussion here on GDB and throughout the design community: do great designers really copy other

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Design Essentials 1: Attention to detail

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This chapter of Design Essentials focuses on Attention to Detail and the important role it plays in the design process. Attention to detail makes for a better experience in any industry. A candy on your pillow at the hotel or a mint with your check at a restaurant makes for a more enjoyable traveling experience. Detectives and law officials know that it is in the details of a crime scene that they find success. Engineers and architects know that the

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Avoid design burn-out by limiting client revisions

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Beginning a new design project is always exhilarating. You’re energized and excited about working on the project and creating something effective and beautiful. But have you ever had a project that, by the end of it, you just “want to get it done”? You stop caring so much about the design because you’ve been forced to change it so many times since the original concept, you don’t even feel like it’s your work anymore? I’ve been there. This article will

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Will the iPad change the way you design?

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Unless you on a deserted island somewhere, you heard yesterday about Apple’s newest technological advancement: the iPad. Now, there has been all sorts of buzz all over the internet about whether the device is extraordinary or significantly less impressive than expected. However, my question relates to how this new technology will effect the way we, as web and graphic designers, do our job. Below I would like to offer a few thoughts on how our jobs might change, and then

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Sending a clear message in logo design

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Some of the best logos in existence are captivating because they convey two meanings at once, accomplish the task from a unique angle, or are somehow otherwise “creative”. The best way to tell a creative logo from a less successful one is if you find yourself, as a designer, thinking, “Man, I wish I would have come up with that idea.” In our zeal to design a unique and highly creative logo, however, many times we create unintended meanings, cause

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UX design in print media: designing with the user in mind

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Due to the increasing popularity of usability design and user experience design articles that focus on the internet and web design, you might not be aware that user experience design has been around a lot longer than the internet has. This article will discuss the effects that user-experience design has specifically in print design. It is my firm belief that user-experience design is important in any design setting and your future success in the design industry depends on how well

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Anatomy of a massive site redesign

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If you’ve ever visited the site before, you know that Graphic Design Blender just went through a massive site redesign. I am now happy to present to you the new and very much improved Graphic Design Blender. GDB is a place where graphic and web designers come to stay up to date on an ever-changing industry–that of graphic and web design. This article will cover the ins and outs of a massive site redesign. It articulates on more in-depth considerations

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