Gestalt principles and the psychology of design

The word “gestalt” gets thrown around a lot in design. Taken from the German word for “form” or “shape,” it often refers to the overall look of something that is greater than the sum of its parts. In psychology, gestalt refers to the basic principles that allow us to visually perceive order. These principles are fundamental building... Read More

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3 client-friendly ways to create text editable files

When your client asks for text editable files at the end of a design project, it can always be a bit tricky. You still want your document design to look professional after the client has handled the file, but most clients don’t have a working knowledge of professional software like Adobe Illustrator or InDesign. It simply... Read More

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5 essential tips for drafting your next design contract

If you enjoyed drafting contracts and negotiating terms, you probably would have gone to law school instead of becoming a designer. Little did you know you would end up having to play both parts. There’s no getting around it: If you want to protect yourself and your product in your freelance design work, you had... Read More

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Rounding up the latest design news from July

You might be too old for school (or that sweet summer break is coming to a close), but these warm months still feel like a time of transition for everyone. The design world is no different. July heralded big brand changes, ground-breaking design, company expansions and so much more. Read on below for the juiciest bits... Read More

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Our favorite July articles from 99U

99U is known for being a great inspirational resource for creative types. That’s why we’re teaming up with them once again to showcase some of our favorite articles off of their site. For July, that means interviews with legendary artists, tips for amping up your creative energy, and ways that big companies are solving big problems... Read More

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9 communication tips to save your next design project

If you’re a designer, communicating with clients is an essential part of your job. But it’s not always easy, and at times it can be downright frustrating – both for you and for the client. Ineffective communication can leave you and the client feeling intimidated by the process, which can cause a breakdown in the relationship and... Read More

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A field guide to stock image licenses (and how to protect yourself)

Whenever you use a stock image, it is crucial to understand the licensing terms associated with it. Otherwise, you could land yourself – or your client – in very hot water, legally speaking. Unfortunately, like many legal documents, licensing agreements can be virtually indecipherable to the average reader. Making matters worse, the terms oftentimes vary... Read More

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10 stunning web navigation menus

A navigation menu can make or break a website, so it’s essential that you treat it with respect and design it with passion. But what makes a main menu great? I believe the best way to learn is by example, so I’ve prepared an awesome list of navigation menus from all over the web. They... Read More

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How to design emails for the mobile world

Smartphones and tablets are rapidly changing the face of web design. With nearly 70% of people using a hand-held device as their primary way of accessing the Internet, we need to start thinking about the small screen when creating websites and apps. But what about email? We all constantly check our mobile devices (some of... Read More

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Responsive web design simplified

When you consider the fact that there are actually more mobile devices in existence than there are humans on the planet, it becomes clear just how many people are regularly using this technology to access the web. That means if you’re not utilizing responsive web design, you’re putting your site at a big disadvantage. In... Read More

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