With designers at places like Facebook and inVision revealing that they suffer from imposter syndrome, it seems like were entering a new era of openness
So I get to try out new things all the time, but some new things have been a little bit scary, so Ive kept away. I finally gave into one of my recent curiosities though, and my only regret is not doing it sooner. Nerd post, you’ve been warned.
Whether youre trying to solve ongoing day-to-day problems or the most complicated design issues on a whiteboard, many times its unavoidable to simply hit a brick wall. Here’s a 5-step process to get unstuck.
If you havent heard of Responsive Design yet, you probably will soon. Responsive Design is a way of building websites that can be viewed on multiple devices of varying screen sizes. The number of people surfing the web on mobile devices has skyrocketed over the past couple years Im not exaggerating.
While working on an upcoming series of blog posts explaining the programs in Adobe Creative Suite, we realized that one of the most important things our readers need to know about working with graphics is the difference between pixel (or raster), and vector (or line art) graphics and how to know when to use each. They also need to know about image resolution, and the different color models for print and web use.
So now that weve gone over how to choose image file types and resolutions, lets talk about how we actually edit those images (without the expensive software) so that we can use them on a website. For this article, Im going to avoid talking about Photoshop. Photoshop is great software we use it every day it’s professional and it’s expensive. We’re discussing consumer-level editing (and pricing) for those of you out there that just need something quick and dirty to get the job done.
We build websites that are easy to manage and update. Those updates almost always include adding, editing and moving around images. We have nifty ways of creating websites where it doesnt matter what size image you upload, it will always be right. However, we know that working with images can be a pain in the you-know-what, especially with all the different file types and resolutions, and even more difficult when you dont have fancy photo editing software. Well, fear not, were here to help!
Two of our clients are running promos right now and wanted to promote them (of couse) on Facebook. I’m sure you’ve seen the new timeline format by now everything is moving to that format at the end of the month. We used to be able to point people to like the page, or use a promo in the profile image, but no more!
Its no secret that we at LimeRed are passionate about good design. Its what we do. Or, well, its what they do. I, Sam, am just the marketing communications intern. While I know blogging and twitter and branding and whatnot, all I knew about design when I started here was Helvetica Good; Comic Sans Bad.
In 1999, I bought a manual transmission car without ever driving one before. It was small, black, shiny, had a spoiler and I was sure I looked great in it. The salesperson showed me how to drive it in the dealership parking lot and somehow I made it home. The next day I drove it from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL.
I see a lot of Facebook posts, inspirational word-illustrations and other types of one-thought memes that encourage people to pursue their passion in business. This is for those of you who already have taken the jump and are starting to see the cracks and for those of thinking about starting. Its a noble pursuit and yes, it feels great when you take that first leap, but its going to take a whole lot more than passion to develop a thriving, profitable business that makes an impact. Its going to take confidence, difficult decisions, learning to deal with major failure, and a whole bunch of other stuff. What else?
I used to be an annoying fancy-pants graphic designer. I thought design was arty and it was the most important thing ever. Everything needed to be a battle.