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  • The Layouts of Tomorrow

    June 21, 2018

    Extraordinary examples of what is possible in layout and animation in web design. With new tools like CSS Grid and other front-end techniques, it is an exciting time to be designing for the web!

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    Frank Chimero on design criticism

    June 10, 2018

    This is an exceptional list of tips & techniques for productive design criticism by Frank Chimero. I learned some of these points in practice in design school, but it’s helpful to remind ourselves of smart ways to conduct and respond to critique, primarily when working in a team.

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    2018 Logo Trends

    June 4, 2018

    Interesting report on emerging trends in logo design for this year: “The key takeaway from this is not to imitate, but to find a way to push these ideas forward and make them your own.”

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    Christoph Niemann on the realities of being a designer

    April 25, 2018

    I suspect this is advice I’m going to keep coming back to. I also love this quote from Niemann: “This isn’t something you’re born good at, you get good at it,” says Niemann. “A top tennis player doesn’t just stop training once they win.”

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    Solis for Mac

    April 21, 2018

    Discovered a new app today called Solis, a Live Design Output that integrates with code editors to deliver real-time, multi-viewport previewing of HTML, CSS, SASS, and LESS as you write it.

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    The People Who Keep the Design World Running are the Ones We Rarely See

    March 29, 2018

    Fascinating article on the people we don’t see who keep design agencies running behind-the-scenes. I also just finished reading AIGA Eye on Design’s first ever magazine issue, and it includes lots of articles related to this core theme of “invisible”.

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    Fontanello

    March 25, 2018

    Fontanello is a browser extension for Google Chrome and Firefox that lets you display the basic typographic styles of a text by right-clicking it. Check it out here!

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    Variable Typography by Gemma Warriner

    March 25, 2018

    Gemma Warriner is a designer and researcher exploring text visualization. Gemma’s Twitter feed showcases her latest experiments in variable fonts, and they are stunning visual eye candy!

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    Everything Easy is Hard Again by Frank Chimero

    March 7, 2018

    This essay by Frank Chimero is the smartest thing I’ve read about the web recently. In it, he argues “the web needs pockets of slowness and thoughtfulness as its reach and power continues to increase.” I found it fascinating to read his early experiences of learning how to write markup by reading it. As someone who is passionate about all things web, I hope that this essay inspires the current generation of web designers and developers to keep their work legible for younger designers like myself to learn.

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    Moth Animation Studio

    February 21, 2018

    Just found this terrific logo animation and showreel for an animation studio in London called Moth. I love the contemporary, hand-drawn style of their work! Their website states, “Often taking complex or difficult subjects and portraying them in imaginative ways, Moth strives to create vivid work that retains an intelligent and distinct style whether for commercial clients, editorial pieces or short films.”

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