Category Archive for: graphic design

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.

Creating a Design System Process with UXPin

There’s never a better time to work in software. Developers and designers are among the most desired people on the market. Companies all over the world seem to have a never-ending thirst for software experts. In 2003 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated the number of software engineers working in the US to be 677,900 people. In 2016, this number increased over 5× to 3,870,000. At the same time, design teams grew faster than software development. In the last 5 years, the design-developer ratio increased by an average of 2.5×. These changes put enormous pressure on designers and developers to take on more projects while delivering higher quality faster. But the challenge is that software development doesn’t scale easily. Scaling through hiring, without first putting standards in place, doesn’t usually end well. With every new hire, the technical and design debt increases. New ideas for color palettes, typography, patterns,…

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The Funtastic June Bundle: 44 Fonts and 50 Graphic Packs from TheHungryJPEG

Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine – creativity & inspiration daily We are always looking for new fonts and graphics that will make our web designs look even better, and today we have found a great bundle from the guys at! TheHungryJPEG is a marketplace for designers, crafters, newbies, seasoned graphic design ninjas and anybody with an interest in the design world and features premium bundles released every week with amazing deals and premium weekly freebies. WHAT YOU WILL GET? The Funtastic June Bundle is THE biggest fonts and graphics bundle on TheHungryJPEG to date!  This bundle features only high quality, beautiful, and remarkable fonts and graphics to boost up your designs into a new level. 44 fonts and 50 graphic packs. 96% OFF over 90 premium design resources. Only $29! JUST A FEW OF THE GOODIES INCLUDED: Chirp Font by Denise Chandler Caviar Font Duo by Media Lab  Indulge Script by Anthony…

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The Unnecessary Fragmentation of Design Jobs

Photo by Sanwal DeenHey there, tech designer person. Have you noticed the increasing number of vague specializations we’ve invented for ourselves?Here are a few I grabbed from a job board 10 minutes ago.UX DesignerUX/UI DesignerUI DesignerGraphic Designer (UX & UI focus)Visual DesignerDigital DesignerProduct DesignerPresentation DesignerFront End DesignerWeb DesignerBleh. What’s the difference between UX and UX/UI and UI? Isn’t Product also UX/UI? Isn’t a Front End a UI? What’s a Graphic Designer with UX & UI Focus? And isn’t all of this Visual/Digital design?For an outsider, the differences are extremely subtle. I’ve been talking to a lot of industry newcomers lately, and they’re almost unanimously confused. They’re struggling to gain the right experience and make portfolios to match our foggy job definitions.Even worse, the companies hiring seem equally puzzled. One designer told me he took a UX job at a startup, and then his new boss asked him to explain what UX is about — after…

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3 Groundbreaking Automated Layout Features To Shape The Future of Graphic Design

The University of Toronto Computer Science Department in collaboration with Adobe Research has devised an experimental automated layout system called DesignScape that is likely to lay the foundation for the future of graphic design. The new system is designed to help graphic artists in the design process through interactive automated layout suggestions. In the system, the user is presented with a set of elements commonly encountered by designers such as a headline, logos, icons, contact information, and other graphics. Here’s a video to explain more about how DesignScape is going to change the way graphic designers create layouts: As the designer works on the elements, the system provides new automated layout suggestions depending on what the designer inputs. The user can then select from one of the suggestions to further refine. This is called “layout intelligence” and will lay the foundation for the future of graphic design. This new system…

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Design Your Content Typography First (and a Look at Type Nugget)

How often have you seen a “completed” site that still has lorem ipsum text lurking in the quiet corners? While we often strive for perfection in our designs and code, I am reminded every time I stumble across a garbled bit of lorem ipsum that not all aspects of web development process are given the attention they deserve. Developing a complete and detailed suite of typographic elements is an often-overlooked aspect of the process. While not always as prominent or exciting as other graphic elements, typography is an essential part of every site and does most of the heavy lifting to fulfill each page’s purpose: transferring information. While I can’t do anything about lazy lorem ipsum use, I’ve been working on a tool that helps develop beautiful and robust online typography. Why I Care So Much About Typography A little bit about me will help set the scene. I’m a…

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7 New Adobe Typekit UI Upgrades To Make Typography Easier

Adobe has been a leader in design and technology for years, and the company has developed powerful products that satisfy graphic designers of varying skill levels. While Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are killing it in terms of popularity, one application that serious graphic design experts are using these days is Adobe Typekit. What is Adobe Typekit? Adobe Typekit is a design service initially released by Small Batch, Inc. in September 2009 and acquired by Google in October 2011. Its core business is offering premium quality fonts made available through annual subscription plans. The fonts stored in Adobe Typekit can be used on websites or synced via Adobe Creative Cloud to various applications installed on the user’s computer. As of this writing, Adobe Typekit consists of more than a thousand font families from various foundries. These are offered as a standalone service and as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud. Meanwhile, hundreds…

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When Tech Companies Advertise in Meat Space: 13 Amazing Billboard Ad Examples

AdEspresso is big on great Facebook ads. That’s why we have a gallery of examples, and why we are constantly analyzing ads to find out what works and what doesn’t. We know that good Facebook ads combine smart design with principles from psychology to create eye-catching graphics. These strategies have been used in advertising for a long time — especially on the largest ads around: billboards. We’ve found that a lot of the psychological principles that make great billboards also make great Facebook ads. In the spirit of showing great ads for inspiration, we have 13 of the best billboard ads by tech companies. Although they might seem low-tech, these clever, eye-catching billboards could be just what you need to spark the next great idea for your own campaign. As we explored earlier, psychology has shown that compelling ads use short, powerful copy, include emotional images, and rely on key…

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How Do You Hire a Designer?

My friend Jeff just asked me this question. He was looking for a designer for a one-off graphic design job. He had the project all scoped out. He just didn’t know how to do it. He’s not a fool; he web searched around for stuff, but what you find doing that is a confusing mess with plenty of results that don’t feel right. I figured I’d document that journey here, and contrast it hiring an electrician. A trite comparison, perhaps, but as the light switch in my bathroom doesn’t work right now and I’m actually in the process of hiring an electrician, it seems apt. No To set the stage more accurately, this is what Jeff asked me, verbatim: I have a conference in a month that my boss wants some roll-up banners and data sheets for. I can write OK, but don’t know squat about design. I’ve tried a…

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Webmaster, Intranet Developer and Administrator – Aptonet, inc – Atlanta, GA

Use of tools such as Drupal Graphic design. Works in conjunction with the Director to develop and manage the Department’s Intranet and Website….From Aptonet, inc – Sat, 26 Nov 2016 04:07:02 GMT – View all Atlanta jobs Source:

Basecamp 3 just got a whole lot… simpler

In the year since we launched Basecamp 3 for iOS we’ve shipped 16 releases full of features, improvements and fixes. After all that you might be surprised that the app has gotten simpler, not the other way around.The most recent release is the biggest yet but it doesn’t include a bunch of new features. Instead, it’s a huge step forward in clarity and simplicity. While it’s nearly a complete redesign, it wasn’t planned that way. We never decided to do a “Major Redesign”, we simply started with a hunch that Basecamp could be much simpler. And then we ended up somewhere great.Here’s how we set off with a hunch and arrived somewhere entirely unexpected.It’s full of buttonsThe old Home screen on Basecamp for iOS was the core of the app, the jumping-off point for everything in your projects. It had tabs for Basecamps, Campfires, Pings, and “Hey!”. But that’s not all. It…

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Webmaster, Intranet Developer and Administrator – HexaCorp – Atlanta, GA

Webmaster, Intranet Developer and Administrator. Use of content management tools such as Drupal Graphic Design….From HEXACORP – Tue, 22 Nov 2016 02:06:24 GMT – View all Atlanta jobs Source:

Webmaster, Intranet Developer and Administrator – CODEFORCE 360 – Atlanta, GA

Webmaster, Intranet Developer and Administrator*. Use of content management tools such as Drupal Graphic Design….From Indeed – Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:29:50 GMT – View all Atlanta jobs Source:

Webmaster – Quantilus, Inc. – Atlanta, GA

Use of content management tools such as Drupal Graphic Design. Works in conjunction with the Director to develop and manage the Department’s Intranet and…From Indeed – Thu, 17 Nov 2016 18:38:03 GMT – View all Atlanta jobs Source:

Webmaster – Professional Technology Integration, Inc. – Atlanta, GA

Use of content management tools such as Drupal Graphic Design. We are seeking a Webmaster, Intranet Developer and Administrator who will work to develop and…From Professional Technology Integration, Inc. – Thu, 17 Nov 2016 18:01:13 GMT – View all Atlanta jobs Source:

Get Out the Vote, CSS Style!

The United States general election is tomorrow! New leaders — including a new president — will be elected to office on November 8 after citizens make their voices heard by casting votes for candidates. Where does CSS-Tricks fit into the election? This is far from being a place to discuss politics, though we do admit to the occasional dive into office politics such as helping teams have productive discussions about code and how we define our roles in the workplace. What we do care about when it comes to the election is that everyone who is eligible and registered to vote exercises that right. In fact, Chris summed it nicely in a single sentence over on the CodePen blog: No matter who you vote for, make sure you vote. Regardless of where you sit politically, we are all bound by our love for CSS. It’s the reason we gather here…

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Designing for Big Business (How it’s Different)

Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine – creativity & inspiration dailyThe majority of work for most design and development companies comes from small business clients, and while these may be our bread and butter assignments, there’s always going to be times when you’ll hunger for something more substantial.  If you’re lucky enough, big business will find you, and when it does, you need to be ready.To sum up the main difference between designing for small business and designing for big business in a single line, it would be that for big business you need to invest a lot more time into planning.  A small business site might take you anywhere from a day to a week to create, depending on the process you use, because these businesses generally just don’t have the budget to allow you to do more for them.  With a big business site, you would normally expect to spend…

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