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Creative Design

  • 2 years 10 months ago

    Back in August of 2014, I wrote an article Web Design Without Adobe Photoshop where I had finally decided to put the graphics giant, Photoshop, to the side and try some different tools for working with UI and Web design. I didn’t do this to be different, I really and honestly needed a more efficient way to design responsive layouts.

  • 3 years ago

    Arguments and disagreements abound on text legibility. Research in this area is often confusing and contradictory. This is not surprising given the increasing number of ways in which type is published. We have print, kiosks, desktop monitors, signs, and many mobile devices from phones to tablets. In this article I would like to address some basic guidelines about the issue of text legibility.

  • 3 years 1 month ago

    All creative professionals face the dreaded ‘creative block’. It happens to the best of us, it's one of those unavoidable forces in life. Don't worry, there are things we can do to deal with it when it does rear its ugly head. Creative block is a bully, but our Kung-fu is strong.

    Here are 5 things you can do to help get through the block:

    1. Look Elsewhere

    We often get trapped in 'the box'. We do things the same way all the time. We rely too much on a toolbox of reusable solutions. This habit can sometimes bring about a creative block or 'stall'.

  • 3 years 2 months ago

    There are many factors that go into a good user interface design, I have rounded up 7 that I think are really important.

  • 3 years 5 months ago

    Today’s web design is pretty exciting, and at the same time pretty demanding on its architects. With the desire for device agnostic interfaces and web sites, designers, more than ever, need to focus on function over form.

    The Chair

    I recall a project in college where we were tasked with designing a chair. We could build it out of any material, make it any shape, etc. One of the only requirements was that it had to be usable (if you couldn’t sit on it, it was a failure), and it had to be able to support the weight of a 300 pound person.

  • 3 years 9 months ago

    Do you want to see what's the latest in modern web design? A new website for a new show is catching the eyes of all those who dare to take a peek. 

    "HBO presumably intended its Web site for Pied Piper — you know, the fictional start-up in the channel’s new comedy, Silicon Valley — as a cute tie-in to the show. But the site also doubles as something else: a perfect parody of modern Web design."

  • 4 years 2 months ago

    Hi there Monkeys! It’s Wednesday, hump day and you know that means you will hear from me. How is your week? Mine is great and I am going to talk about website design for 2014. Are you listening? I sure hope so!  I’ve come across some current trends on how to make your website compatible with the mobile device. This is a pretty hot topic since just about everyone uses a mobile device to browse the Web.

  • 4 years 2 months ago

    It’s a great day today monkeys! I have beneficial news for you, as always! It’s about web design. We talk about web design a lot, but you need to know how much impact web design has on your marketing strategies.

    Did you know that lots of small business owners are also the owners of poorly constructed websites? It’s true. This is simply because they do not understand strong website design. Do you fall into this category? If so, there’s hope! There’s an answer for this, of course.

    You Need To Find a Professional Web Designer.

  • 4 years 3 months ago

    Want to become a successful web professional? There are a few things you need to do, monkeys! Becoming successful in this field is not for the faint hearted. Here are some things to keep in mind…

    Know Your Company and Accept their Culture.

  • 4 years 3 months ago

    Drop your peanut butter and banana sandwich and listen to me for a minute! Yeah, that’s right. More monkey news! This time it’s about tips and tools for developing your web site and we all know that monkeys can benefit from their web sites. Here me out!

    The Basics

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