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An Overview of the WordPress Security Audit

ARTICLE SUMMARY: When it comes to websites one of the biggest problems today is security, nobody is safe from hackers, nobody. It's no surprise that as websites get more sophisticated in their design and security measures so do the hackers. Considering the average...

Three ways to more effectively present your designs

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As designers we know how much time and effort goes into creating what a client wants. It is very time consuming. Let's face it, developing awareness of your client's business, looking for potential solutions through exploration and experimentation can...

Tips on How to Pick the Right Icons for Your Website

ARTICLE SUMMARY: A brief history, Icons are known to have been produced from the 3rd century CE and to have become popular from the 6th century CE. Xerox is credited with developing the first GUI (graphical user interface) in the early 1970s and their...

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An Overview of the WordPress Security Audit

ARTICLE SUMMARY: When it comes to websites one of the biggest problems today is security, nobody is safe from hackers, nobody. It's no surprise that as websites get more sophisticated in their design and security measures so do the hackers. Considering the average...

Three ways to more effectively present your designs

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As designers we know how much time and effort goes into creating what a client wants. It is very time consuming. Let's face it, developing awareness of your client's business, looking for potential solutions through exploration and experimentation can...

An Overview of the WordPress Security Audit

ARTICLE SUMMARY: When it comes to websites one of the biggest problems today is security, nobody is safe from hackers, nobody. It's no surprise that as websites get more sophisticated in their design and security measures so do the hackers. Considering the average...

Three ways to more effectively present your designs

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As designers we know how much time and effort goes into creating what a client wants. It is very time consuming. Let's face it, developing awareness of your client's business, looking for potential solutions through exploration and experimentation can...

Tips on How to Pick the Right Icons for Your Website

ARTICLE SUMMARY: A brief history, Icons are known to have been produced from the 3rd century CE and to have become popular from the 6th century CE. Xerox is credited with developing the first GUI (graphical user interface) in the early 1970s and their...

Researchers boost human mental function with brain stimulation

ARTICLE SUMMARY: It's a brave new world out there and AI (Artificial Intelligence) is leading the way in what evolutionist might refer too as Transhumanism. AI is impacting every aspect of modern day life from design to business to the medical profession, and that's...

How to design for motivation?

ARTICLE SUMMARY: The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes motivation as the act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something : the act or process of motivating someone. As designers it is our job to motivate people, motivate them to buy a...

How much of human behavior is affected by design, really?

ARTICLE SUMMARY: It does not matter what type of design you are involved in, but whatever design it is there are many things that need to be considered when designing for the world wide web. Whether fashion design, industrial design, architectural design or web design...

The cheat sheet to startup graphic design roles

ARTICLE SUMMARY: In the beginning graphic design was easy to understand, put simply, Encyclopedia Britannica defines graphic design as “the art and profession of selecting and arranging visual elements — such as typography, images, symbols, and colors — to convey a...

The problem with “click here” and “learn more” links

ARTICLE SUMMARY: By a show of hands, how many of you designers use the hyperlinks 'Click here' or 'Learn more'? By a show of hands, how many of you designers use the hyperlinks 'Click here' or 'Learn more' exclusively or excessively? That's not a good idea for a...

The Step-by-Step Guide for Pairing Fonts

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As designers we know when it comes to branding that type and font pairing is one of the most important, if not the most important element in our designs. It is our chief tool to use for whatever message we are trying to communicate to our target...

Buttons vs. Links

ARTICLE SUMMARY: There is a great debate going on at the moment over whether to use buttons or links and it bears a closer look to understand both sides of the debate. For those of you who haven't given a lot of thought about this issue "BUTTONS VS. LINKS" is a must...

An Overview of the WordPress Security Audit

ARTICLE SUMMARY: When it comes to websites one of the biggest problems today is security, nobody is safe from hackers, nobody. It's no surprise that as websites get more sophisticated in their design and security measures so do the hackers. Considering the average...

Three ways to more effectively present your designs

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As designers we know how much time and effort goes into creating what a client wants. It is very time consuming. Let's face it, developing awareness of your client's business, looking for potential solutions through exploration and experimentation can...

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Tips on How to Pick the Right Icons for Your Website

ARTICLE SUMMARY: A brief history, Icons are known to have been produced from the 3rd century CE and to have become popular from the 6th century CE. Xerox is credited with developing the first GUI (graphical user interface) in the early 1970s and their...

The cheat sheet to startup graphic design roles

ARTICLE SUMMARY: In the beginning graphic design was easy to understand, put simply, Encyclopedia Britannica defines graphic design as “the art and profession of selecting and arranging visual elements — such as typography, images, symbols, and colors — to convey a...

Contemporary design has lost its soul

ARTICLE SUMMARY: When it comes to design we design with a purpose, either to solve a problem or sell a product or service. In the process we strive to create something  that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye in an attempt to hold the attention of the visitors...

Design principles for creating the perfect icon set

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Let's face it, designers love icons, people love icons. They simplify communication. Icons are visual representations of common objects that can be easily recognized, like an outline of a phone or a house. Icons have the meaning of the object...

How to Fight the Power with Joy, a Lesson From Corita Kent

ARTICLE SUMMARY: In design there are all sorts of inspiration to be had for creativity. But what about personal inspiration, something that will inspire you to be a better design person, someone with a cause. Sometimes it's good to look back and see some of the design...

The designer’s guide to improving agency-client relationships

ARTICLE SUMMARY: If you're not careful a poor relationship between designer and client can become a stumbling block that can sink a project faster than the Titanic. As problem solvers designers must anticipate the potential problems with clients and know how to avoid...

Tips on How to Pick the Right Icons for Your Website

ARTICLE SUMMARY: A brief history, Icons are known to have been produced from the 3rd century CE and to have become popular from the 6th century CE. Xerox is credited with developing the first GUI (graphical user interface) in the early 1970s and their...

The cheat sheet to startup graphic design roles

ARTICLE SUMMARY: In the beginning graphic design was easy to understand, put simply, Encyclopedia Britannica defines graphic design as “the art and profession of selecting and arranging visual elements — such as typography, images, symbols, and colors — to convey a...

The Step-by-Step Guide for Pairing Fonts

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As designers we know when it comes to branding that type and font pairing is one of the most important, if not the most important element in our designs. It is our chief tool to use for whatever message we are trying to communicate to our target...

Font pairing: How to find the right combinations for your web designs

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As designers we know typography plays an important role in the success of your design. Choosing fonts for your website can be frustrating at times, especially when it comes to font pairing. When pairing fonts you want fonts that compliment each other...

12 essential cheat sheets for every designer

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Back in the seventies you had to know a lot of stuff to be a designer. It was a lot of hands on work and computers were not part of the industry yet. Back then how many designers knew what a megabyte was. For you younger designers designing something...

Three ways to more effectively present your designs

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As designers we know how much time and effort goes into creating what a client wants. It is very time consuming. Let's face it, developing awareness of your client's business, looking for potential solutions through exploration and experimentation can...

The problem with “click here” and “learn more” links

ARTICLE SUMMARY: By a show of hands, how many of you designers use the hyperlinks 'Click here' or 'Learn more'? By a show of hands, how many of you designers use the hyperlinks 'Click here' or 'Learn more' exclusively or excessively? That's not a good idea for a...

Motion, branding and interaction

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As technology advances so must design. To sit still is too stagnate, as designers we cannot afford to do that and stay relevant in today's business climate. As motion becomes more and more sophisticated it connects the digital to the real world. It...

Impact of Design at Every Stage in Your Client Sales Funnel

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Despite popular belief creating a website is not easy. Just think about it, you have numerous design principles to consider, type, layouts and a whole host of other things to decide on in an effort to find a way to capture and hold users' attention....

15 golden rules for crafting logos

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Whether its snail mail, email or a visit to the website, what's the first thing you usually see? The logo prominently displayed so you know who you're dealing with. Basically logos are the first introduction to your brand. Your logo is your business'...

How do you get users to view what you want them to?

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As designers we know that discoverability is the ease with which the users can discover a product feature and content. Good discoverability is responsible for a user’s task completion in a frictionless manner and makes it easier for the visitor to...

Building Connected Customer Relationships

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As a designer, whether it's your's or your client's website selling a product or service one of the top goals is to build a relationship with your customers. Good relationships lead to repeat business. To do this you have to look at the relationships...

6 Ways to Reduce Cognitive Demand When Designing UX

ARICLE SUMMARY: When searching for anything, whether it's Netflix or a website and you have to many decisions to make in a short amount of time you run the risk of getting Decision Fatigue causing you to make poorer choices. When designing websites the last thing you...

A designer’s guide to business jargon and terms

ARTICLE SUMMARY: It does not matter what business you are in, whether it's printing, plumbing or design, all businesses have a language all their own called jargon. The purpose of having a jargon specific language in business is for clarification and understanding....

The 5 pillars of UX strategy

ARTICLE SUMMARY: In order to succeed in design you need a strategy. Without a strategy in place you run the risk of floundering around and ending up with a subpar result. In Daniel Birch's article "THE 5 PILLARS OF UX STRATEGY" he discusses the strategy you need to...

Three ways to more effectively present your designs

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As designers we know how much time and effort goes into creating what a client wants. It is very time consuming. Let's face it, developing awareness of your client's business, looking for potential solutions through exploration and experimentation can...

The problem with “click here” and “learn more” links

ARTICLE SUMMARY: By a show of hands, how many of you designers use the hyperlinks 'Click here' or 'Learn more'? By a show of hands, how many of you designers use the hyperlinks 'Click here' or 'Learn more' exclusively or excessively? That's not a good idea for a...

Motion, branding and interaction

ARTICLE SUMMARY: As technology advances so must design. To sit still is too stagnate, as designers we cannot afford to do that and stay relevant in today's business climate. As motion becomes more and more sophisticated it connects the digital to the real world. It...