From Design Shack: How you frame and crop images can impact engagement and even how a person looking at the image feels about it (whether they know it or not). Here, we’re going to look at two different ways of thinking about images – using the phi grid and rule of thirds — and how you can apply them to your work.
From Fast Company: Here are all the designer terms you need to know, as well as quite a few most designers would love to never hear again.
There are over 650 Google web fonts available for free. Problem is, pairing typefaces isn’t easy. And, many of the fonts in Google’s library don’t work well when applied to typical webpage (desktop) layouts. Using passages from the Project Gutenberg transcript of Æsop’s Fables, this collaborative, ongoing project helps provide typographic inspiration for using Google’s free web fonts.
From Vandelay Design: Color theory comprises the basic techniques of picking a matching color series. The colors you choose when designing your website can convey different thoughts and emotions about your brand, so it’s imperative you choose the right colors for your brand. For example, if you were building a website about top beaches in the U.S. verses if you were creating an online store that offered daily deals like Groupon, you’d want to use very different color combinations when designing each site since they convey differing messages – one site conveys relaxation while the other conveys adrenaline pumping excitement for getting an awesome deal.
This guide explores the subject of color relative to web and graphic design. The information is meant to be introductory while also getting into more applicable topics for digital designers. Advanced color theory is something best learned through practice rather than theory, but in order to improve, you have to start somewhere. Along with helpful tips and ideas for designing with color, you’ll also find plenty of valuable resources interspersed throughout the article.
From Fast Company: Definitions of favorite examples of design slang and jargon. The answers we received range from serious to tongue-in-cheek, but if you've ever been puzzled by a designer telling you he needed to "ideate a more approachable FTUX" or "add more value to that horsey megamenu," this resource should help you translate.
From Design Shack: Do you need to think about empathy when you design? (The answer is yes.) It may seem like a pretty common sense answer, but too often we get caught up in the design and message and not the user.
Who are you creating the design for? How will they connect with it? That’s where empathy comes in. Thinking about it from the start of the process can help you put together an even more successful project.
From A List Apart: Before you hire a designer, set up the situation this person needs to be effective. Bringing any employee into an unprepared environment where they don’t have the tools or authority to succeed is unfair to them and a huge waste of your hard-earned money. It also burdens the other employees who aren’t sure what to do with this new person.