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How normal is your Relational Database?

By Clinton Reeves / Posted 5.12.2014 / In Code, Code Process, Design, Design Process, Tips, Code Tips / 0 comments

In this article, we dive head first into some exciting database normalization action!

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The UI kit is not dead

By Shire Lyon / Posted 4.8.2014 / In Design, Tips / 1 comment

The UI kit is not dead. UI or "user interface" kits save time and money. Using one isn’t stealing, being lazy, or not being a creative web designer. These kits improve workflow, your paycheck, and your websites. Guest Contributor Shire Lyon wants you to work smarter, not harder. Find out why she uses UI kits.

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Business Card Inspiration

By Laura Riegel / Posted 3.25.2014 / In Design, Inspiration, Favorite Sites / 0 comments

Last month I covered some of my favorite go to places for powerful website design inspiration. But why stop there? As a designer, I need to keep my creative juices flowing for a multitude of different kinds of projects—some of which may aren't web design-related. This month, I’m sharing my current inspiration hotspots for business card design.

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Style Tiles

By Holly Gerard / Posted 3.11.2014 / In Design, Design Process, Typography / 0 comments

Designers: have you worked on a web design and thought, “I wish there was an easier way to show the client the basics of the design before I dive fully in to this?”

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Web design inspiration

By Laura Riegel / Posted 2.18.2014 / In Design, Inspiration, Cool Stuff / 1 comment

Designers look for inspiration everywhere, and one of the best places to find every possible kind of inspiration is online - whether it be a web design gallery packed full of creative designs or a blog post with trending new concepts. Here’s a roundup of the six places I’m currently drawing some serious inspiration from.

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Go-to web fonts for all your designs

By Holly Gerard / Posted 1.28.2014 / In Design, Design Process, Typography, Tips, Design Tips / 1 comment

I sometimes feel like I get stuck in a bit of a web-font rut. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing – in fact I feel like as long as you have a collection of favorites, keep using them until they start feeling a little stale to you. From my vault of fonts – here is a collection of my current favorites, in no particular order.

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Design Tunes, vol. 4

By Laura Riegel / Posted 12.31.2013 / In Design, Inspiration, Cool Stuff / 0 comments

As the year comes to a close, I thought it would be fun to share the music that inspired me this year, the songs that fueled my creativity throughout 2013.

Beer branding 101: Good taste also means good design brought to you by The META Q

Beer branding 101: Good taste also means good design

By Holly Gerard / Posted 12.17.2013 / In Design, Logo/Identity / 0 comments

With craft beer becoming as popular and ubiquitous as it is, it’s becoming harder and harder to choose which breweries to visit, which beer to purchase, which growlers to collect and so on!

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5 placeholder image sites to make your prototypes fun

By Lindsay McComb / Posted 11.26.2013 / In Design, Tips / 0 comments

Tired of the same old iStockphotos? Could your dev sites use a little pizzaz in the placeholder department? Could you benefit from more cute creatures and/or Bill Murray in your design work?

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Icons just got a whole lot smarter

By Holly Gerard / Posted 10.22.2013 / In Code, CSS, Design, Design Process, Inspiration, Cool Stuff / 0 comments

Designers love icons. Our love of creating meaning from an image, of using symbols and pictures to tell a story - that’s why many of us became designers in the first place. Online or off, designers are all about icons.

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You’re Invited to the Paperless Party

By Holly Gerard / Posted 9.3.2013 / In Design, Inspiration, Cool Stuff / 0 comments

Party invitations and wedding invitations in particular, are exciting to receive in the mail. Weddings have a long tradition of beautifully designed paper invitations. But in a world of paperless statements and online news, how much longer will paper wedding invites hold out? Party invitations in general have certainly started moving into the digital-invitation realm.

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