Frustrating UIs – Confusing Action Items

As a Visual Designer and UX/UI professional it is my business to understand how a user interface works or doesn’t work. There are times when I run across an interface that just boggles the mind. I am often wondering what the designers were thinking, if they were thinking or were there even designers involved? Was the interface solely the product

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How We See Color

All the colors together make black – yes. All the colors together make white – yes. How can they both be true? First we need to understand what color is. We see a color when light of a specific range of wavelengths hits the cone receptors in the back of our eyes. We have only 3 different cone receptors: those

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Design Considerations for Mobile III – Images

One question that constantly comes up in conversations about mobile web design is how to deal with images. There are several considerations when including images into a mobile web design; resolution, size, and image complexity. Resolution Since there are constantly new mobile devices, with bigger & better displays being introduced, image resolution (also known as pixel density) is a moving

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Steve Jobs Influence on the Modern World of Design

If you are a design professional, chances are one of the Apple computers was where you first learned your trade. You would also be somewhat familiar with one of the original men behind the design of Apple’s legendary products, Steve Jobs.  I just finished reading his biography, and learned that so many things relevant to this field were the direct

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Design Considerations For Mobile II – No Hover State!

What’s a Web Designer to do? Yes, that’s right! Since a mobile touchscreen device has no cursor arrow, there is no way to indicate a hover. And, since it is relatively simple to code, easy to use, and pretty intuitive for the user, this mouse-over effect is quite common on many websites. When viewing a website on a mobile device

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Design Considerations For Mobile I

In the last few years, consumers have enjoyed the amazing touch-screen technology on their mobile phones and tablets. The fantastic graphics are one of the biggest attractions to the new technology. Designing those graphics on the mobile canvas is no small feat though. There are many differences when designing for a mobile application versus for a desktop web experience. SIZE

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New Adobe Photoshop CS6 Features

There are some cool new features in Adobe CS6’s Photoshop worth noting. While these are not even half of the new improvements and additions to Photoshop, they are the ones that I see as most immediately beneficial. Content-Aware Patch, Move & Extend – Allows for retouching of images with astonishing ease and control. This is very similar to the old

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Responsive Web Design

“…a design that can adapt to the constraints of the browser window or device that renders it…“  -  Ethan Marcotte – In the beginning, web design just followed traditional print design formatting, where the viewer’s eye was drawn into a page, through vital information and lead to the Call-to-Action, usually contact info of some sort. But as we’ve discovered through

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