Components, Design Patterns, and Creative Solutions To Custom Problems

I grew up in a house on suburban Long Island. The house was in the middle of a neighborhood where all the houses were built on the same plan. They were all built from the same design pattern.

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The Tension Between Creativity And Productivity

One topic I come back to is the tension between creativity and productivity. I find it interesting in general, but also because web designers site at their intersections. Both creativity and productivity play a role in our success.

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Finding the Balance Between Craft and Automation

Which is more important for your design business, craftsmanship or automation? The former leads to greater quality in each site. The latter leads to a greater quantity of sites. Craftsmanship helps you sell individual projects, but automation helps you sell more projects. Which is more important?

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How Working in a Browser Shapes Your Design

Over the weekend I was listening to an On The Grid podcast where the discussion revolved around today’s tools for designing websites. Matt, Andy, and Dan discussed how current tools aren’t working as well as they did a few years ago and speculated about what better tools might look like.

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Multipurposing — Get More Done Without Doing More Work

What people think of as multitasking is a myth. Human beings aren’t good at focusing attention on two things at once. Instead we rapidly shift focus between multiple tasks, which generally leads to doing each task less effectively than if one held all our attention.

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