August 2010

What managers look for in designer/developer portfolios.

JoshuaBlankenship thinks most people in Director/Principle/HR-type roles are too busy to explain why an applicant gets rejected, but he wants to throw some ideas out there that he thinks might help you if you’re a design/developer on the job hunt.

15 places to download free high quality Stock Photos.

There are many free stock photography sites. DjDesignerLab set out to find as many good ones as he could and found 15 good, solid resources out there.

The influence of Art History on modern design – Art Nouveau.

Art Nouveau is an art style which was mainly manifested in visual arts, design and architecture in the late 19th century and the early 20th century (1890 – 1914), almost in the same time in most of the cultures and European countries , and also in North America. DesigniousTimes documents its influence on modern design.

Imperfect Perfection: The Golden Ratio.

Phi (Φ) is the term used to represent the golden ratio, which is essentially a proportional relationship that is generally accepted to have a strong visual beauty, and which has a long history as part of the philosophy and theory of aesthetics. EchoEnduring explores the concept of perfection in design.

The Top 11 SEO mistakes (and how to avoid them).

I know, I know, it’s all been said and done, but SEJ went the extra mile and is giving you not just 10 mistakes but 11 mistakes!  Mistakes that people are making every single day, over and over again.  It’s worth repeating until we stop the madness.

A Guide to Popular Printing Techniques.

In college, one of DesignInstruct’s class projects was called “Techniques.” The brief was to become familiar with every printing technique they could and show them through physical pieces. However, when you leave school, you don’t always get the chance to work with these really amazing printing techniques or even figure them into your budget, but what she will talk about in this guide are popular and affordable.

July 2010

How to handle Information Overload.

At its worst, information overload can be paralyzing. Too much information can leave us feeling overwhelmed and unable to make decisions. It can leave us more confused than if we’d never had the information to start with. Check out WebDesignerDepot for a complete guide to dealing with information overload.

Designing Style Guides for Brands and Websites.

Everyone has worked on a project that changed so much after it launched that they no longer wanted it in their portfolio. By creating a style guide, you’re effectively establishing rules for those who take over from you. SmashingMagazine presents a guide to Style Guides.

Top 20 sites to improve your Twitter experience.

Mashable have compiled a list of the top 20 third-party websites for making your Twitter experience more useful and easier to manage. Although this does not include the many desktop or mobile applications that are available for Twitter, they hope that it will make your browsing experience more enjoyable as you dive into the Twittersphere.

Seven of the best Feedburner alternatives.

Feedburner has long been the standard for managing feeds but if you, like many, are growing weary of unreliable information and performance read on at Designussion to learn about some of the alternatives available.