Thoughts On Building A Web Design Community

A couple of weeks ago Vitaly Friedman asked the the web community where it had gone? Vitaly’s main concern seems to be a lack of participation in meaningful design discussions aimed at improving web design as compared to a number of years ago.
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How A Limited Palette Can Make You A Better Designer

Recently I came across the short video below in which noted designer Massimo Vignelli suggests (PDF) we use too many typefaces and designers wouldh be better off sticking with a dozen or so well done fonts our entire careers.
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3 Representational Models That Affect Usability

A few weeks ago while talking about visual perception and memory, I mentioned how the mental models your audience hold affect how they perceive your designs. Today I want to expand on the topic and consider the conceptual model of the designer as well as the interaction model or where designer and audience meet.
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How Design Is The Body Language Of The Web

A few weeks ago I watched a video from WordCamp Phoenix in which Heather Billings compared web design to body language. I thought it was a great metaphor for design and I’ve been thinking about the connection ever since.
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What Designers Should Know About Visual Perception and Memory

When a visitor lands on your web page and begins to look around you hope your message is communicated clearly and understood. On the surface this may seem like a simple one way transmission of ideas from your design to the viewer’s eye. The reality is more complex.
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