How Constraints, A Concept, And The Principle Of Unity Help You Make Design Decisions

As I’ve been talking about the decisions I’ve made for the redesign of this site, I’ve noticed myself using a few words over and over. Words like constraints and concept and unity. I’ve said things like one constraint leads to another and how concept leads design. I thought a post talking about each of these words and how they help in making design decisions would hopefully be interesting and helpful.
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Your Most Important Typographic Choices

How do you choose a typeface and another to pair with it? What size should your copy and headings be? How do you determine line-height and line-length so text is both readable and legible? These were some of the questions I set out to answer when making the typographic decisions that became part of this design.
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Does Creativity Suffer With Responsive Workflows?

A couple of weeks ago I posted how workflows are changing with responsive design. Mike raised an interesting question in a comment on the post wondering about creativity or a lack of it with the new workflows. I replied, but had more to add.
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Style Guide To Prototype — Design Iteration In The Browser

When it’s time to create the initial visuals for a design, how do you proceed? Do you sketch? Do you wireframe? Jump right into Photoshop to begin a complete design comp? For the redesign of this site I tried something a little different.
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What Should You Know About Content Before You Design?

Content informs design. You can’t design a website without an understanding of what content will be on it. You don’t need and likely can’t have every last piece of content written before you get started, but you should at least know as much as you can about that content before you can design a site.
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