Become A Better Designer Through Critical Thinking

Last week I offered some general thoughts on how become a better designer when you’re feeling overwhelmed with all there is to learn. I briefly mentioned critical thinking about design as an important part of the process. I’d like to expand on that brief mention.
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How To Learn Design When You Feel Overwhelmed

After finishing last’s week’s post about design principles and decision decisions, I realized I may not have answered Mita’s question that led to the post. The question also dealt with that overwhelming feeling you might get when looking ahead at all the things you need to learn to become a proficient designer.
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SOLID Object Oriented Principles And CSS: Part 2

How should you define the abstraction in a class? What should the class do? What responsibilities should it have? When you want to add something new to the class, should you modify it or extend it? These are some of the questions SOLID principles attempt to answer.
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How Design Principles Help You Make Design Decisions

Is there a sequence to apply design principles when creating a composition? That’s the question Mita asked in a comment on a recent post. With so many things to consider, should we apply certain principles before others?
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SOLID Object Oriented Principles And CSS: Part 1

One principle of object oriented design that I’ve been wanting to talk about is the single responsibility principle. It’s not an isolated principle, but rather one of five principles grouped under the acronym SOLID. Together these principles aim to help developers create systems that are maintainable and extendable.
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