If You’re Human, You’re Creative
What do you think of when you think of creativity?
If you think about fine artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, and the like, then you’re right. But only partially so.
Maybe you think that creativity is something you’re born with. Or maybe you think that you have to be right-brained or else you’re just not going to be very creative.
While 83% of workers say remote work would make them happier with their jobs, not many people anticipated that the shift would happen as suddenly as it did. With companies around the world quickly transitioning their workforce to working from home, some employees will find it a challenge to make the switch. While designers may have dreamed of working in their pajamas from their couch all day, the realities of being a productive remote worker will quickly show that this method is not optimal.
When you’re first starting out as a creative entrepreneur, it can be really easy to find yourself working 12+ hour days for weeks on end with virtually no breaks. Sometimes this is because you’re still working a day job while starting your business while other times it’s because you’re just eager to get your new venture off the ground (and earning money before your savings runs out).
When I say journaling has transformed my life, I’m not being hyperbolic When working through some “capital-T” Trauma a few years ago, I had a hard time talking about what I had been through. For a while, I couldn’t even admit it to myself. But I finally had a breakthrough by journaling about it, and eventually was able to turn to therapy and EFT to work through it.
Introduced more than five years ago, Google’s Material Design guidelines have become the signature look of their websites and app-based services. They’re immediately recognizable as affiliated with Google, a boon for the company’s branding.
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“Typography is two-dimensional architecture, based on experience and imagination, and guided by rules and readability.” —Herman Zapf
Just a few short years ago, designers were severely restricted in their choice of web fonts. The options were generally limited to system fonts and hoping that the site’s visitors had those fonts installed.
Good design is good design, right? True, but there are specialized considerations that come into play depending on the medium for that design. Design principles for something like an app made to run on a desktop computer are usually slightly different from the most effective mobile UX design conventions.
Startups and more established companies alike are always looking for ways to minimize their risk when entering a new market while also getting a product to market as quickly as possible. After all, a product in development isn’t producing revenue but is certainly taking up resources.
Effectively organizing content within a design so that it’s easy to understand and consume is one of a designer’s most important jobs. And since much of the content designers work with is text-based, creating an effective typographic hierarchy is one of the most important things a designer can learn.
The internet has made virtually any information a person could want accessible with just a few keystrokes. But in practice, this has been both a blessing and a curse—so much of the information available is difficult to absorb due to bad design.
Negative space has long been a staple of good design. Leaving white space around elements of a design is the first thing that usually comes to mind. But then there are designs that use that white space to infer an element that isn’t actually there (the arrow hidden between the E and X in the FedEx logo immediately comes to mind as an example).
The "E" and "x" in the FedEx logo create an arrow within the negative space between them.
The human brain is exceptionally good at filling in the blank...
The vast majority of people are bombarded with typefaces from the moment they wake up in the morning until the moment they go to bed at night. From the apps on their phones to the grooming products in their bathrooms to the signs they see on their morning commute, typography is everywhere. But how many people ever really notice the typeface styles they’re surrounded by every day?
Even designers underappreciate typefaces and often form type decisions on loosely-based opinion rather than object...
In 2017, over 91 billion apps were downloaded from the iOS App Store and Google Play (which doesn’t include all of the third-party app stores and app stores for other platforms). That’s a lot of apps—roughly 13 per person—on the entire planet. With so many apps being downloaded, it’s no wonder that the average app has a churn rate of 57% in the first month (users who don’t open the app more than once during the first 30 days after downloading it) and a whopping 71% after 90 days.
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