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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HSL Color Tool Now On GitHub

A little over a month ago I built a simple color tool to help myself learn a little more about color. I was specifically looking to understand the relationship between the hue, saturation, and lightness values that I read about and the rgb and hex values we typically use in css.

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Grid Construction — How To Choose Constraints From Within Your Content

The benefits of using a grid are easy to see, but how do you build them? The divisions of unit, field, column, gutter, and row are based on something, but what? Where exactly does this something come from? That’s what Zell wanted to know when he asked similar questions in a comment a couple of weeks ago.

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Design In The Browser Means An Iterative Workflow

Designing in the browser is a topic that comes up often as web designers shift to a responsive workflow. There’s something of a divide in opinion, though. Some insist designing in the browser is the only way to go, while others suggest it can’t be done and graphic editors like Photoshop are still required. I think part of the divide has to do with what it really means to design in a browser.

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