Many of us that work in the creative arts are familiar with Dieter Rams, a highly regarded industrial designer. Even if you are not familiar with Mr. Rams, though, you have almost certainly used products that were influenced by his work. Over the course of his career he developed ten principles for “good design” that continue to inspire creative professionals, such as Apple’s Jonathan Ive.
Millions of people enjoyed the new season of House of Cards on Netflix this weekend. If you were one of them, you might have noticed Frank Underwood playing a beautiful game in episode five called Monument Valley. Some have even written about parallels between Underwood and the 2014 award-winning game’s heroine, Ida. Such prominent placement will surely be a boost for the popularity of the game, and it was a welcome alternative to the more typical analogy of chess and politics.
As a designer, it’s important to keep up with industry news and trends. In my effort to do so, I frequently visit different websites and blogs like Smashing Magazine, OneExtraPixel, Webdesigner Depot, TechCrunch, and many more. I also use a Chrome plugin called Muz.li, which provides feeds of all the major trends, freebies, and design blogs. It’s amazing! I highly recommend it.
Typography plays a big role in great user experience, and to make this happen you need access to modern and beautiful fonts. So, I did some digging on what fonts are trending these days and how you can access them (well, at least most of them) for free.
When visitors arrive, how easy is it for them to use your website?
Twenty-five years ago, usability expert, Jakob Nielsen, developed a set of general guidelines to help answer this question. Sometimes referred to as a “heuristic evaluation”, designers and usability experts use lists like these to measure how easy or hard it is to use a website.
No matter what business you’re in today, almost everyone has a website and a blog. Photography has become one the biggest trends to create an aesthetic design no matter what the context. As a designer, I always try to use photography as much as possible, but I often need more resources than just iStock to create different looks and feels. I’ve come across numerous great resources, but I want to share with you the most hassle-free and free of cost photography resources.
If you’re into marketing, design, content creation, or really anything data related online, then you’ve come across an infographic at least once. But what is an infographic and what makes one more successful than others?
You asked and we listened. After we recently launched the ability to create Audience Targeting rules in our Marketing Tools, we got some awesome feedback – including some great success stories (think increasing email subscriptions by 10x) and some “This is changing the way I do marketing” quotes. But we also got some suggestions, and one that we heard loud and clear was the ability to add an image to the Marketing Overlay tool. So as of last week, you can now choose from the set we’ve created or add your own hosted image. Continue reading →
Last week we kicked off our 2015 NoVA UX meetup calendar at AddThis HQ with a visit from author and Lean UX specialist Jeff Gothelf. On the evening before his full-day DC Lean UX workshop, Jeff shared a talk titled, “Purity vs Pragmatism,” in which he passed along his experience with helping organizations implement frameworks such as Agile development and Lean UX. Continue reading →
With growing do-it-yourself website building platforms like SquareSpace and Pagekit, it’s easy for website owners—like you—to put up a website in minutes with minimal cost. But when picking out your template, adding widgets, and changing up the design, there are some trends you’ll want to know about, and even implement on your site. These seven design trends and tips can be your secret weapon to getting more from your site’s design. Continue reading →
Our UX team recently started a new tradition. Every Thursday for half an hour, we host “Lightning Rounds” where we share cool softwares, apps, or anything new that we’re into—whether or not it’s related to design. It gives us a chance to show what we’re passionate about, both related to work and in our personal lives. Check out some of the cool apps discovered this past month. Continue reading →