Learning To Solve Design Problems When They Have No Absolute Solution

When I first started learning about design I had a lot of questions. While I didn’t know the answers, I did hold expectations about what they would be like. For example, if I didn’t know how many columns a grid should have, I assumed my confusion arose from not knowing the right grid formula to apply. I was looking for the exact solution where no exact solution existed.

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Flat Design As A New Foundation For The Web

The last couple of weeks I’ve been looking at the industry’s move from skeuomorphic detail to a flatter design aesthetic. I started by considering the useful, albeit temporary, metaphors skeuomorphism brings along with the inevitable reaction against it.

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Flat Design Done Wrong

Flat design is something I should like. It takes its influence from many of the same sources that influence my design philosophy. It’s a move toward minimalism with an emphasis on design fundamentals which I endorse and talk about often.

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Why You Shouldn’t Evaluate Your Design Skills Through Comparison With Others

It’s natural to compare your skills and abilities to others who do the same kind of work as you. How helpful is it, though? Do you feel like a better designer after the comparison? Did the comparison help you learn something?

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Why Designers Use And Overuse Skeuomorphism

For close to a year I’ve been holding on to a post idea that looks at skeuomorphism and the trend toward moving to a flatter design aesthetic. For just as long I haven’t quite known what I wanted to say about either.

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