Your Ego Is a Bad Designer

If I were to ask, I’d bet that most people would anticipate that technical difficulties—such things as programming and server-level configuration—would be the greatest challenge of web development. Those things are certainly difficult, but they are rarely the greatest challenge. …

2012 New Visual Artist: George Michael Brower

“I make images, music and software,” the top of George Michael Brower’s website says. That’s as good an introduction as any to the 23-year-old designer’s body of work, which has been cross-disciplinary from the start. “My first act of graphic …

2012 New Visual Artist: Brendan Griffiths

By Ian Volner The first thing you ought to know about Brendan Griffiths is this: Do not click on the exclamation mark. The objectionable glyph follows the name of the 29-year-old’s firm, Zut Alors!, on its website, zutalorsinc.com. Griffiths joined …

2012 New Visual Artist: Naz Sahin

By William Bostwick Naz Sahin uses the word obsessed often, but with purpose. Obsessively, you might say. But not when she talks about design. Her work is humble, orderly, packed with detail but expertly crafted: not a mosaic—a perfect brick …

The Truth About Developing a Content Marketing Strategy

I spend a lot of time creating content, talking about content, and creating content about creating content. So much so that the word content is hard for me to even say without feeling a little weird about it. Say any …

HOW Design Live Is Coming, HOW Design Live Is Coming

Every year our sister pub, HOW magazine, throws a big party event for designers called the HOW Conference. Thousands of eager creative minds gather together to listen, learn, and commune. And then take the streets by storm to protest the …

Design Thinking Should Make Designers Think

By Ronald de Vlam, CEO & Global Managing Partner, Webb deVlam The title of my piece is meant to provoke: Of course designers “think” and use their brain to do their work, I am being contrite. But there is a …

A Pinterest Cheatsheet for Design and Color Fans

Social-media-watchers are ablaze lately with the news: Pinterest appears to be THE next hot tool. While Slate’s Farhad Manjoo gave a not-meant-for-me review of the tool (his article title, “Cupcakes, Boots and Shirtless Jake Gyllenhaal”, says it all), Pinterest’s numbers …

Post-Google Analytics

Months ago, while planning the topics I’d cover in articles through the conclusion of 2011, I had in mind to write something about search. It had been a while—almost two years at that point—since I last wrote anything about search …