Tag: design

Choosing Images for Your Content is One of the Most Important Decisions You Can Make

I recently read an article that discussed how Netflix experimented with different types of image thumbnails for its content in order to drive consumption. Their findings were so fascinating to me that it got me wondering why more companies don’t do that with their content? Many companies today are content to simply used canned templates or

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10 Things I Want Added to Adobe Illustrator CC

People often ask me what my favorite features of Adobe Illustrator are, and while I’m always happy to discuss things that I love about the program, I also think it’s important to have an open conversation about what the product is lacking. In this article I will outline 10 things that I want Adobe to

I Want to Be a Designer… Do I Need to Go to College?

Do I have to go to college if I want to be a graphic designer? This is a question that I hear on almost a weekly basis. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t as cut-and-dry as one might think. These days the rules are much different than those that governed the workplace even five or ten years ago. Do

5 Ways to Improve Your Photoshop Workflow

I’m often asked by people who watch my courses, “how do I get better at Photoshop?” While the question itself could literally spawn thousands of answers, there are a few things that every person can do to improve their overall efficiency when working with a program as vast as Photoshop. In this article I’ll give

10 Creative Examples of Hexagon Designs

Hexagons are the new black. Not only are designers using them for badges and icons, but they’re also being incorporated into branding and other collateral in different and creative ways as well. In this post I’ll show you 10 creative examples of hexagon designs… Enjoy! Flatness Meets Geometry While this post is specifically about hexagon

3 Reasons Designers Should Learn Code

DISCLAIMER: Before we get started, let me say that I understand that this headline will cause more than a few strong reactions. There will be panic, anger, frustration, and the inevitable “you have no idea what the hell you’re talking about” people out there. However, I implore you to read this and understand where I’m

I’m Speaking at D2WC 2012

Conference season is once again upon us, and this year I’ve got a few different places on my schedule. However, no place is as special as the Designer Developer Workflow Conference (D2WC) in Kansas City, Mo. D2W is my favorite conference because it brings together all of my favorite people and favorite topics. For those

Photoshop CS6 Beta: What You Need To Know

Today Adobe announced the public beta for Photoshop CS6. If you haven’t already downloaded it, you can check it out on Adobe’s website. Photoshop CS6 introduces several new features and UI changes which will take some getting used to, so I decided to write this article detailing those which I believe are the most important.

Lightbulb Moments

As I was developing the branding for my website redesign (nice, isn’t it?) I wanted to incorporate something that I talk about all the time while I’m teaching, but I’ve never really shared here on the blog. As you can see, a prominent feature of my new logo is the lightbulb element in the middle.

If You’re Using Photoshop for Everything… You’re Doing It Wrong.

Some of you are probably reading the title of this article and instantly laughing it off as blasphemy. For those of you curious enough to stick around and actually read it… Hear me out. I’ve been teaching Adobe applications now for about 6-7 years. In that time I’ve come across many people in my classes