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.
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.
Building a website is a process. Literally. At Q Digital Studio, it’s a step-by-step process that keeps us organized and our clients in the loop. Every step of the way. Before we write a single line of code or fire up Illustrator or Photoshop, it’s important to get a sense of our client’s design preferences. Our very first step in building a website is called the design reference phase.
Version Control Systems (or VCSs) are designed to record and manage changes made to computer documents. These systems store and track changes as you move through the development life cycle of a website. The benefits of Version Control Systems are not just limited to tracking changes. If you’re not currently using a VCS, find out how much better your website build (and your life) can be.
The Meta Q crew has a side project: Project FreshKicks. We're pairing up non-profits who need a new website with web professionals who want to give back. We've got the breakdown on our 24-hour design-off.
One Day for Design was intended to be 24 hours of an "open global dialogue on the meaning and future of design." Did it live up to all the expectations? Not exactly.
Everyone involved in creating a web site benefits from wireframes: designers, developers and clients. This guide introduces clients or people new to wireframing to their advantages.
I've negotiated all kinds of design critiques with clients and there are always tough questions, challenging requests or progress stagnation issues that may need a little extra care. With the right focus, destructive criticism can be steered back to being constructive.
When I was eighteen, I left home with a backpack full of ambition and mom's proverbial sayings. I studied graphic design in college, graduated thinking I was "a pretty big deal," took my first job and surprise! I wasn't all that, and I had a lot to learn about myself and the web industry. Below are the things my mamma didn't tell me which I want to pass along to future web designers and developers.