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Don Clark of Invisible Creature shares his thoughts on Design

In an old converted barn just outside of Seattle you’ll find Invisible Creature, a graphic design studio run by Don and Ryan Clark. They’re brothers who produce fantastic artwork, illustrations, and all forms of design from interfaces to print & product design. Tim Kellner is a filmmaker who took the time to meet up with…

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8 Simple Rules for Polished Video Tutorials

Video on the web is an ever-growing medium, shaping the way we learn things every day. Not sure how to use the newest Photoshop tools? Go to YouTube. Want to learn how to improve your portfolio website? Check out a course at Lynda. Video tutorials are an excellent way to not only learn new skills,…

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Using Contrast to Design Crisp Website Layouts

Composition and balance are two major properties of great design work. Contrast often accompanies these two visual properties where the designer creates certain areas that draw more attention than others.

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10 Design Tricks to Make Your Site Memorable(and Profitable)

Everyone wants a site that will make visitors stick around and maybe come back for more. You actually want them to come even when they are not ready to purchase anything, because if they have fun, learn something new, or if they get to participate in something, they’ll come to know you.

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Wireframing and Prototyping Custom Web Forms

When designers first start wireframing and prototyping it often feels weird and out-of-place. I remember my first wireframing session felt like I was faking the whole thing – because in many ways I was. Yet rapidly going through ideas is the best way to achieve success in any creative field. It’s for this reason that…

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The Benefits of SVG Images in Web Design

Retina screens and 1080p monitors are forcing the hand of modern web designers. Vector art has long been used for print work and logo design, but hasn’t always been accepted on the web. Now with so many tutorials and free tools like Inkscape it’s never been easier to learn vector design.

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Custom Grid Design for Structured Website Mockups

The best print and digital designers are those who can master the use of grids. In many cases it’s possible to forego the grid, but you’ll generally create higher-quality work if you learn the rules of grid structure and composition.

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