Recruiting a Designer? Here's What You Should Know - BOLD by Pixelapse Design is a rather broad and vague term. When someone says "I'm a designer", it is not immediately clear what they actually do day to day. There are a number of different responsibilities encompassed by the umbrella term designer. Design related roles span many industries, ranging from industrial design (e.g. cars, furniture) to the traditional print industry (e.g. magazines, publications), to the new media tech industry (e.g. websites, mobile apps). A Digital Design Workflow: Tools in Review The world probably doesn’t need one more article about ever-changing design tools, but I’ve had a few people ask what I use in my work at Worthwhile and why, so here are a few thoughts on my current design tool chest and my process. It’s a great time to be doing graphic/web/ui design and prototyping because the competition is increasing, and the tooling options keep getting better and better. At the end of the day, our tools don’t matter nearly as much as the output—it’s the work that matters. In digital design, making only static comps is usually not enough anymore, but I doubt we’ll completely move beyond the need for static design ideation. For me, on nearly every project I’ve been on, showing the client a high-fidelity concept of the final product went a long way in building trust and in opening up important UX discussions.
Free Tools That Every Mobile App Designer Should Use Starting a new design project is never easy especially when it comes to creativity. Most designers, when lacking ideas surf the web looking for inspiration. Web sites that host designers’ artwork are an excellent starting point. Below is a list of free sites that will make life easier for every designer when it comes to inspiration. Inspiration
Buttons Default Button Basic You can create a button using minimal markup. <a href="#" class="button">Default Button</a> Button Sizing Additional classes can be added to your component to change its size and shape. End-to-End Experience Design When I started as an application designer in 2001, I worked really hard for my clients, whipping their applications into shape. I would conduct usability reviews and hands-on design sessions to overhaul the app, I’d agonize over each screen layout, review, test, revise, then buckle down with development until we pushed out the release. It was hard work and I was proud that I was a good designer. But I had tunnel vision.
Balsamiq Take a second. Let it sink in. The first impression might be disorienting. There are very few interface elements on the screen. Start exploring however, and you'll find out that Mockups is filled with powerful yet only-visible-when-you-need-them features. Getting your ideas out should be effortless. Designing Future-Proof UI – Medium Increasing The Longevity If we want our UI design to stand the test of time and go beyond the conventional expiry date, we can incorporate a number of principles into our workflow and way of thinking that will make it less likely to cause big changes in the future, or put another way, more likely to cause little change. This isn’t a definitive guide, but these principals can certainly go a long way. Be Wary Of Trends
The 4 Essential UX Documents Every Designer Needs When it comes to UX documentation, wireframes and prototypes are certainly among the most important. But that’s just the beginning. We’ve actually found four other documents to be extremely practical for everyday design. What is Capistrano? Capistrano is a remote server automation tool. It supports the scripting and execution of arbitrary tasks, and includes a set of sane-default deployment workflows. Capistrano can be used to: Reliably deploy web application to any number of machines simultaneously, in sequence or as a rolling setTo automate audits of any number of machines (checking login logs, enumerating uptimes, and/or applying security patches)To script arbitrary workflows over SSHTo automate common tasks in software teams.To drive infrastructure provisioning tools such as chef-solo, Ansible or similar.
Value proposition canvas template - Peter J Thomson A value proposition is where your company’s product offer intersects with your customer’s desires. It’s the magic fit between what you make and why people buy it. Your value proposition is the crunch point between business strategy and brand strategy. When you’re starting a new project or a new company you need quick and dirty tools to help you focus on executing things faster and better. Good strategy tools exist only to help you focus on getting the right things done. The value proposition canvas is a simple tool that quickly gets you to the ‘minimum viable clarity’ required to start building and testing.