What I do, is not What I do

Posted on January 16, 2012

It's an odd truism in the website world but it's often the case. What I do, is not What I do.How many of us introduce ourselves like this: "Hi, I'm Dave, and I design websites"? Seriously, I know I do, but that isn't even half the story given the myriad of different skillsets that roll into those 2 words. "I design websites". What the fuck does that even mean when you get down to it?After all my skill sets boil to so much more than ...

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Why Designers HATE Papyrus

Posted on January 15, 2012

In a homage to my post about Why Designers HATE Comic Sans, I am going to go and look at another member of the design worlds reviled font's collection. Seriously folks, I swear this font was BORN to be loathed by designers everywhere. It's incredibly tacky in a horrible kitschy way and it should never be used anywhere, certainly not in professional production pieces (Avatar, I am looking at you here). And if the Avatar clue hadn't given it ...

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Responsive Design and Why it matters

Posted on January 4, 2012

It still amazes me that in this modern world of smart phones and data tablets that there are still websites and web applications that don't have mobile equivalents. And given these conditions it's almost vital that they should.With more and more users accessing the web via mobile devices on screens with smaller sizes than home monitors, websites break and this can prevent people from using the service. I find this is most commonly a problem ...

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Spec Work Kills Industries

Posted on January 2, 2012

As a designer, I hate Spec Work. It's so frustrating and it irks me that there are so many people still thinking it's a good way of getting jobs. It's really not. Spec work kills good design and opens up so many problems. And now I'll tell you why.Spec work stands for Speculative Work (Sometimes called Crowd Sourcing), where by a client will ask you to produce a design or a piece of work and if they like it they will buy it.This is not ...

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Why Designers Hate Comic Sans

Posted on December 26, 2011

Talk to any graphic designer and you will get this repeated again and again. We HATE Comic Sans, and when I say HATE what I really mean is MEGA-LOATHE Comic Sans. The Abomination Font. The Pariah of the Design world. At once one of the most popular fonts in the world but also the most hated.But what a lot of people don't understand is why designers hate the font so much. (And FYI, the following can also be applied to Papyrus and that cursed ...

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The Fun of Freelancing

Posted on December 16, 2011

I seriously enjoy freelancing. It's probably the best thing I have ever decided to do, and it nets me some extra cash for those long weekends and those Christmas presents that people like. And in the is economy it's not exactly the worlds worst choice to have some extra income on the books. Plus it helps to keep me occupied on weekends.I often wonder why more people don't do it, especially when they have a passion for the things that they ...

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Self Help Handbooks and Human Idiocy

Posted on November 27, 2011

So once again I sit down to my keyboard after a fairly long day of work, to produce another one of these articles that seem to amuse people so greatly. And I must admit the thought of people enjoying reading these makes it very tempting for me to become a columnist somewhere. Though probably for some bizarre magazine with a very select clientele.But that's beside the point, because today's issue  is: Self Help Handbooks and Human Idiocy....

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The Allure of the Bean

Posted on November 24, 2011

I don't know why, but I find it very hard to walk past a coffee shop (especially a non chain shop like Starbucks) without nosing my head in. I'm a huge fan of my little coffee dens, and I take great pleasure in rooting out these hidden gems in towns. Knowing where I can get a damn good cup of coffee is a must for me.I do feel sad though at how few of these places you can find, and how in so many of them, a good cup of coffee is merely the ...

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The Zen of Simple

Posted on November 23, 2011

I really do love how as technology becomes more and more advanced and more capable of doing incredible things, the way we interact with them becomes so much simpler. Easier to use. It's really an appealing concept.Incredible power and fantastic abilities hidden behind a simple interface that even the least tech savvy grandmother could use in her sleep. It reminds me in part of those old Martial Arts films, with the incredible old, weathered ...

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Burnout: A Creative Enemy

Posted on November 23, 2011

A lot of people really don't get just how hard it is to write a lot, or produce a lot of creative works so often. It's just one of those things. And before I go any further in this, I have to give a lot of credit to people who seem to have boundless levels of creativity and time to do the work they love. But me, I suffer from the same problem that a lot of creatives end up getting into at some point or another. Burnout.When you literally ...

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