How To Build A World-Class Design Portfolio I’ve reviewed thousands of designer portfolios over the past 10 years as a former design lead at Facebook and now as the cofounder of the investing and mentoring network Designer Fund. Beautiful shots of your work might've carried you into an interview years ago, but today, design managers at top startups are looking for more. Here are tips for building a great portfolio site based on feedback from our partners at Bridge, a design education program that connects designers and startups: 1. Quality over Quantity It’s much better for you to go deeper on a few projects than go shallow on many projects.
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6 Ways Your Brain Tries To Kill Your Ideas And How To Fight Them I have a lot of ideas in my head. And for the most part, that’s where they used to stay. In my head. Where other people couldn’t see them, interact with them or build upon them. High-Resolution Photoshop Brushes, Vectors, Illustrator Swatch P Free Photoshop Brushes for High-Res Designs: Electrosketch Electrosketch is a sketchy mess of organic lines and circles with some grungy, abstract elements weaved in and out of wiry configurations and linear tracks; great for both scrapbookers and designers. Use these Photoshop Brushes to add some flair to that next poster design or brochure layout. No limit to what you could do with this labyrinthine of twisted, tangled, zigzagging brushes. Stunning Examples of Flat Mobile Interface Design These days it seems, instead of waiting to be commissioned, designers produce interfaces in the hope they will be purchased, and mobile interface design is big business. The flat trend made a lot of headway in 2013 and is predicted to continue throughout 2014, so today we are showcasing a collection of stunning examples of flat mobile interface design. Some of these designs are currently concepts and some are apps in use.
The Ten (and a half) Commandments of Visual Thinking Visual thinking is the future of business problem solving. Using our innate ability to see – both with our eyes and our mind’s eye – gives us entirely new ways to discover hidden ideas, develop those ideas intuitively, and then share those ideas with other people in a way they are simply going to “get”. In fact – as we all know – visual thinking isn’t “new” at all: it’s our oldest problem-solving toolkit of all, predating verbal communications in the evolutionary chain by eons, and giving us as Kindergartners the ability to explore and explain our ideas long before we could read and write. As globalized supply chains and emerging markets flatten the world, as information overload becomes the status quo, and as communication channels proliferate, problem-solving complexity is only going to increase. In my book, BLAH BLAH BLAH: WHAT TO DO WHEN WORDS DON’T WORK, I give dozens of examples of how businesspeople have solved complex problems through learning to think with their eyes.
The CANADIAN DESIGN RESOURCE » Illustration A designer of many creative talents, from illustration to short films, Seth Scriver has been busy building up a great body of work that have appeared in popular publications like Walrus Magazine and many more. His illustrations usually focus on multiple odd little creatures and strange characters which baffle me on their meaning. Visit his site for more from the noodle of a nutter.
The Simple Science of Getting More Done (in Less Time) In today’s busy world, we’ve become a people obsessed with productivity and “work hacks.” Getting more done in less time allows us to get ahead, and even gives us more availability to do the things we love outside of work. The problem we run into is that it is easy to get motivated, but hard to stay disciplined. Most of us look at productivity in the wrong way: task management tools are shiny at first and then go unused. Being chained to your desk is as unhealthy as it is unproductive. At Help Scout we hold the belief that “achievement isn’t about doing everything, it’s about doing the right things.”
Color: Meaning, Symbolism and Psychology Green occupies more space in the spectrum visible to the human eye and is second only to blue as a favorite color. Green is the pervasive color in the natural world that is an ideal backdrop in interior design because we are so used to seeing it everywhere. The natural greens, from forest to lime, are seen as tranquil and refreshing, with a natural balance of cool and warm (blue and yellow) undertones. Green is considered the color of peace and ecology. However, there is an "institutional" side to green, associated with illness or Government-issued that conjure up negative emotions as do the "slimy" or bilious greens.
7 Beginner Mistakes to Avoid When Designing for Print Designing for print can be a minefield for beginners. There’s so many easy mistakes to make that can have a serious impact on the quality of your final prints. With print runs also being very expensive, these mistakes can prove very costly. 6 Things You Need to Explain to Your Clients Before Signing a Contract Contracts are binding and legal leverages that protect the interests and rights of both the designer and the client. These tie both parties to attune to the provisions of the contract and makes sure no one cheats over the other. Also, these benefit designers greatly because: The designer will have some security that the client will payThe designer can withdraw the deal once he feels violatedThe designer will have an idea on how to react with clients who do not pay What should be considered before signing contracts is no joke. This is to be taken seriously.
What’s new for designers, March 2014 The March edition of what’s new for web designers and developers includes new web apps, photoshop plugins, productivity tools, graphics programs, CSS frameworks, jQuery plugins, and some really great new fonts. Many of the resources below are free or very low cost, and are sure to be useful to a lot of designers and developers out there. As always, if we’ve missed something you think should have been included, please let us know in the comments.