Step Away From The Screen With This Adventure For Designers
Here’s a place where design and illustration meet traditional craft and outdoor skills.
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Step Away From The Screen With This Adventure For Designers

Here’s a place where design and illustration meet traditional craft and outdoor skills.

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Waves of Grain

from Keith Skretch

Google Ventures On 12 Shortcuts Designers Should Never Take
by Daniel Burka
Designers can be tempted to cut corners to get the job done. Whether you’re a designer—or a CEO, a product manager, or an engineer who works with designers—you’ll want to watch out for these shortcuts. Great designers don’t need the dark arts to succeed.
The shiny objectDistracting a decision-maker with fancy effects to wallpaper over a mediocre solution. “Don’t worry about the user flows… check this out this sweet parallax effect!”
The mirageUsing ideal photographs, perfect-length names, and carefully written descriptions to make an interface look immaculate.
The under-the-radarSneaking design past decision-makers: “Oh boy, if we make any changes we’ll miss our launch date by three weeks. So how about we just launch and see?”
The horse traderMaking trade-offs that have nothing to do with the project at hand: “Sure, we can squeeze another ad in there if you agree to improve the signup flow, too.”
The designer’s vetoPlaying the “I’m the designer” card to veto a decision. It’s tempting to shut down a product discussion simply by dint of your job title, but if you can’t explain a design decision in language that other people will understand, you don’t deserve to wear your Ampersandwich T-shirt.
The false facadeDesigning a single screen in isolation and getting approval before you’ve really thought things through: “Great, we have sign off! Now we just have to figure everything out.”
The moody artistSometimes designers have a reputation akin to artists—passionate geniuses who delve deep into their souls to find creativity. Some designers think this gives them license to act like children. If you have to raise your voice to win a debate, you’ve already lost.
The used-car salesmanSome designers can convince you their work is genius even though it’s going to fail when people use it. “This interaction I’ve invented is genius! Once people get used to it they’ll never look back!”
The fast talkerNot letting people get a word in edgewise during a critique. It’s like skating on thin ice—if you keep moving fast enough, you’ll never fall through.
The jargon masterUsing kerning, color theory, UX, IA, HCI, GUI, TLAs, cognitive load, Swiss grids, Fitt’s Law, multivariate tests, and other silly terms to isolate people from the debate. “Trust me, I have an HCI degree and it all makes sense because the leading in the action sheet reduces cognitive load.”
The statistical manipulatorThere are lies, damn lies, and statistics. “Our [almost impossible to use] mobile site only has 15% month-over-month growth, so let’s jettison it and focus on the thing I’m passionate about!”
The passive aggressive“Suuure, I’ll try your idea.” Sure you will.
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Google Ventures On 12 Shortcuts Designers Should Never Take

by Daniel Burka

Designers can be tempted to cut corners to get the job done. Whether you’re a designer—or a CEO, a product manager, or an engineer who works with designers—you’ll want to watch out for these shortcuts. Great designers don’t need the dark arts to succeed.

The shiny object
Distracting a decision-maker with fancy effects to wallpaper over a mediocre solution. “Don’t worry about the user flows… check this out this sweet parallax effect!”

The mirage
Using ideal photographs, perfect-length names, and carefully written descriptions to make an interface look immaculate.

The under-the-radar
Sneaking design past decision-makers: “Oh boy, if we make any changes we’ll miss our launch date by three weeks. So how about we just launch and see?”

The horse trader
Making trade-offs that have nothing to do with the project at hand: “Sure, we can squeeze another ad in there if you agree to improve the signup flow, too.”

The designer’s veto
Playing the “I’m the designer” card to veto a decision. It’s tempting to shut down a product discussion simply by dint of your job title, but if you can’t explain a design decision in language that other people will understand, you don’t deserve to wear your Ampersandwich T-shirt.

The false facade
Designing a single screen in isolation and getting approval before you’ve really thought things through: “Great, we have sign off! Now we just have to figure everything out.”

The moody artist
Sometimes designers have a reputation akin to artists—passionate geniuses who delve deep into their souls to find creativity. Some designers think this gives them license to act like children. If you have to raise your voice to win a debate, you’ve already lost.

The used-car salesman
Some designers can convince you their work is genius even though it’s going to fail when people use it. “This interaction I’ve invented is genius! Once people get used to it they’ll never look back!”

The fast talker
Not letting people get a word in edgewise during a critique. It’s like skating on thin ice—if you keep moving fast enough, you’ll never fall through.

The jargon master
Using kerning, color theory, UX, IA, HCI, GUI, TLAs, cognitive load, Swiss grids, Fitt’s Law, multivariate tests, and other silly terms to isolate people from the debate. “Trust me, I have an HCI degree and it all makes sense because the leading in the action sheet reduces cognitive load.”

The statistical manipulator
There are lies, damn lies, and statistics. “Our [almost impossible to use] mobile site only has 15% month-over-month growth, so let’s jettison it and focus on the thing I’m passionate about!”

The passive aggressive
“Suuure, I’ll try your idea.” Sure you will.

fastcodesign.com

8 Somewhat Unusual Screenwriting Tips That May Help Kickstart And Maintain Your Creativity
by V Renée
As screenwriters, it’s always so frustrating when our wellsprings of ideas and creativity dry up, leaving us with nothing more than an unfinished scene, an unrealistic character, or even worse, a blank page. There are lots of great ideas floating around out there in books, videos, and websites — I know I’ve added listening to music, watching films, and reading my screenplays aloud to my arsenal. But, I’ve compiled my own list of methods, some pretty unconventional, that are more or less surefire ways to kickstart my creativity and avoid those dreaded screenwriting dry spells.
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8 Somewhat Unusual Screenwriting Tips That May Help Kickstart And Maintain Your Creativity

by V Renée

As screenwriters, it’s always so frustrating when our wellsprings of ideas and creativity dry up, leaving us with nothing more than an unfinished scene, an unrealistic character, or even worse, a blank page. There are lots of great ideas floating around out there in books, videos, and websites — I know I’ve added listening to music, watching films, and reading my screenplays aloud to my arsenal. But, I’ve compiled my own list of methods, some pretty unconventional, that are more or less surefire ways to kickstart my creativity and avoid those dreaded screenwriting dry spells.

nofilmschool.com

20 Top Animators To Follow On Twitter

In need of some animation-related insight and inspiration? Head to Twitter and follow these top animators.

12 Free eBooks For Designers

Whether you’re just starting out in design, or you’re a seasoned pro, the web has some interesting reading for you today.

Goethe on the Psychology of Color and Emotion

Colour itself is a degree of darkness.” Color is an essential part of how we experience the world, both biologically and culturally. 

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The Illusion Of Life

from cento lodigiani

The 12 basic principles of animation were developed by the ‘old men’ of Walt Disney Studios amongst them Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, during the 1930s. Of course they weren’t old men at the time, but young men who were at the forefront of exciting discoveries that were contributing to the development of a new art form. These principles came as a result of reflection about their practice and through Disney’s desire to use animation to express character and personality. This movie is a personal take on those principles, applied to simple shapes. Like a cube.

Aug(De)Mented Reality

from Marty Cooper

An fusion of traditional cel animation and iPhone photography.

Phantom Limb

from Alex Grigg

In the aftermath of an accident a young couple learn to deal with phantom pains.

10 Animated Graffiti GIFs That Make Street Art Come To Life
by Daniel Zeevi
They say graffiti can inject life into city streets. But what if the graffiti itself were to come alive through animation?
Clever British artist INSA creates moving graffiti GIFs by painting his installations on urban walls, documenting his process and later transforming the still images into animated GIFs. His final products can only truly be enjoyed as hypnotic stop-motion loops online.
The artist creates contemporary art for the Tumblr crowd by combining old school internet techniques with real world artistry. By “mixing retro internet technology and labor intensive painting,” the INSA blog states, “INSA created slices of infinite un-reality, cutting edge art fro the Tumblr generation.”
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10 Animated Graffiti GIFs That Make Street Art Come To Life

by Daniel Zeevi

They say graffiti can inject life into city streets. But what if the graffiti itself were to come alive through animation?

Clever British artist INSA creates moving graffiti GIFs by painting his installations on urban walls, documenting his process and later transforming the still images into animated GIFs. His final products can only truly be enjoyed as hypnotic stop-motion loops online.

The artist creates contemporary art for the Tumblr crowd by combining old school internet techniques with real world artistry. By “mixing retro internet technology and labor intensive painting,” the INSA blog states, “INSA created slices of infinite un-reality, cutting edge art fro the Tumblr generation.”

dashburst.com

Air Review — Young

from MiraRuido

You can’t escape from the coolness of this scrolling/parrallax/digital/analog/picturesque music video.

How to Get Hired When You Are Just Starting Out

No experience? No problem. Side projects and tailored applications can help overcome your lack of work history.

99u.com

Between Zero & One

from ApK

Between Zero & One follows world-renowned musician Jojo Mayer on a journey to redefine the drum set in modern culture and his cross-examination of human nature with creativity in the digital age.

"I am entering that zone that is beyond zero and one, that is beyond yes and no, the space that a machine can not access — yet. That’s the human experience — it’s right between zero and one."

How to Get Hired When You Are Just Starting Out

No experience? No problem. Side projects and tailored applications can help overcome your lack of work history.

99u.com