This is some fantastic advice for designers of all disciplines, but particularly web designers. Ask good questions. The right questions. This is the foundation of a good creative brief.
My personal favorite is to simply ask “what is the goal?” The article even illustrates it almost exactly how I typically phrase it.
Janice Gervais at A List Apart covers that question and more, and ends the article with a bit of design truth: “Your work reflects your level of understanding.”
Adobe InDesign’s Baseline Shift feature is designed for moving a character up or down a little bit—and it’s great for when a bullet is too low, or a trademark symbol needs to move down, or something like that. But it was not designed for setting the vertical position of a whole line or paragraph!
David Blatner has a great run-through at InDesign Secrets on how and when to properly adjust the Baseline of your text.
Companies use color to trigger an emotion from us. Here’s a great little article about why designers choose the colors they do.
Adobe has updated Photoshop to CC 2017, bringing a few new features worth taking a look at. This article provides a good rundown of them. I’m not sure if I like the brand new dialog for creating new documents, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it quickly.
…if you create the color in Illustrator, choose “Process Color” for the Color Type, select the “Global” option, and add the color to your Library, the color is added to the Library as a spot color, not a process color.
Keith Gilbert offers a simple and to-the-point explanation and solution to the problem.
While working in their garage in 1977, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak asked Rob Janoff, who had studied design, to create a logo for their first Apple products. When Janoff went to Jobs with final sketches, everything went very smoothly, and the bitten apple has been the symbol of the brand ever since.
The bite of the apple was a “fix.” Genius.
And by SOCIAL Networking, they actually mean dating apps.
It’s so sad…
Tons of Adobe Photoshop tips in the following categories:
There’s something for everyone in the collection—if nothing else, a great list of useful shortcuts you may not have known about.
You’ve definitely heard an Apple rumor before. Like, maybe there won’t be a headphone jack on the next iPhone? Or that iTunes is getting a major overhaul. They come from “unnamed,” “well-placed,” “reliable” sources who are “familiar with the company’s thinking,” or a blurry factory photo of unknown origin.
How does a piece of information from one of the world’s most secretive companies materialize online? It’s a much more opaque process than you might expect.
If you’ve followed Apple rumors online for any amount of time, none of this has escaped your notice. That being said, the last several years have seen “legit” media outlets jumping into the game, and quoting these sites as fact. As for me, I’ve found that 90% of “rumors” are little more than common sense guesses based on technology and past actions by Apple. The rest, well… I just wait for the official announcements before I get too excited about anything.