Andy Layman

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10 Signs of a Greatness, Listed in Order of Importance

Watch for the signs. Listen to the conversations. Pay attention to the indicators.<p>Greatness is hard to define and even harder to attain.<p>Still, we know greatness when we see it. Sometimes, it's a brilliant new gadget. Or maybe it's a book that rises above the rest. A football star like Tom Brady, …

Leadership

Here's Why It's More Important Than Ever to Let Millennials Run the Show

In this case, the easiest solution is definitely the hardest one for executives to choose.<p>Recently I've been hearing a similar story about Millennials in organizations large and small: Millennial employees aren't hard to find, but <i>great</i> Millennial employees are as elusive as unicorns.<p>By "great," …

Leadership

The Most Effective Way to Keep Star Employees From Leaving

For starters, let's look at what the best companies on the planet do.<p>Gallup has been tracking employee engagement over the past 17 years, and its research reveals that roughly 30 percent of U.S. workers are considered "engaged" in their jobs.<p>Translation: They are inspired by, involved in, …

Employee Engagement

How Smart People Handle Difficult People

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negativity they spread, while others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Difficult people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they …

5 UX Design Myths You Can Fix | Layman

1. Good usability is good enough without aesthetics<p>Myth 1 is a doozy… I’ve always been visually inclined, maybe it came from my parents, my mom was …

Design System Pt. 1 - Introduction | Layman

Here is a definition of what a design system is:<p>A visual design system is built out of the core components of typography, layout, shape or form, and …

Screen-to-Body Ratio | Layman

Today Luke Wroblewski, one of the major influencers in the UX community, posted an image on LinkedIn talking about screen-to-body ratios. At first …

Framer - The Program Designers Need | Layman

Framer is meant, for one thing, interaction design, and it does that amazingly. It’s one of the first programs, that I know of, built from the ground …

UX Design

How to create and maintain a strategic approach to design thinking

Design has evolved beyond making objects – organizations now want to learn how to think like designers, and apply design principles to the workplace itself.<p>One company at the forefront of this methodology is Philips.<p>Few globally reaching product companies have a 126-year history, and even fewer …

This Spreadsheet Calculates When You'll Pay Off Debt With the Snowball Method

The snowball method is the best way to pay down your debt. If you’re skeptical and want to see how it will work, this spreadsheet will calculate …

Personal Finance

10 Useful TED Talks Every Designer Must Watch

Design, in general, is one of the jobs that receive the biggest flow of daily inspiration. Each day you encounter advertisements on the street, modern architecture, and commercials with stunning graphics. It’s easy to get lost and overwhelmed.<p>If you’re seeking for professional inspiration, provided …

TED Talks

Your Leadership Development Program Needs an Overhaul

Most companies make big investments in leadership development, rolling out intensive internal programs for high potentials, sending key leaders off to expensive executive education programs, or hiring personal coaches for those moving into key positions at the top of the company. But in our …

Innovation

A Look Inside Squarespace NYC

Squarespace has a stunning, monochromatic office décor that coincides with their minimalist branding.<p>A constrained, monochromatic color palette don't have to be boring. As in digital design systems, sometimes having a color constraint allows the personality of surfaces and people ("content" in the …

Something weird happens to companies when they hit 150 people

The dynamics of companies change fundamentally when they exceed roughly 150 people, in ways that startup founders can struggle to address.<p>“It’s one of the magic numbers in group sizes,” contends Facebook chief product officer Chris Cox, who joined in 2005 when the internet company had fewer than …

Warby Parker

To Seize the Future, Create a Leadership Circle

A global pharmaceutical company was about to lose the strategic advantage of several blockbuster drugs coming off patent. In five years, the revenue shortfall would be significant. The senior commercial and scientific directors formed a “circle of leaders” comprised of 23 senior managers who had no …

Management

Landing Page Design. Direct Flight to High Conversion

Today we would like to discuss the topic which goes far broader than pure design issues. It lies on the crossroads of design, marketing, user …

The best new portfolio sites, June 2016

Greetings, readers! Summer is here. It’s time to beat the June heat by staying inside where the air conditioner is. While you’re there, have a look …

Web Design

Sketch Resources — Issue 40

Wirebase — Wireframe Elements<p>A super useful wireframing kit containing a few basic elements that are repeating a lot in many projects. Author: Patryk …

Lead Generating Machine: Is Your Website Actively Helping Your Business Grow?

Your website, when done right, can be one of the most effective lead generation tools in your arsenal. But not just any landing page design will get …

Free Photoshop Tools For Web Designers

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Tutorials

Marketing Is Simply One Long Story

Every brand has a story worth sharing.<p>Think about the last time you were moved by a commercial. Or, to the brave ones, think about the last commercial you teared up at. For most of us, we can instantly bring a particular moment back to our minds. Whether it's about a Thai Truemove …

Marketing

Local SEO For WordPress Websites

Thinking about using WordPress for your local business website? If so, check out columnist Marcus Miller's handy guide on how to do local SEO with …

4 Things You Need to Master for Executive Greatness

Being great at business isn't something you need to be born with. Here are the skills to focus on.<p>Successful business requires many things, but it's ultimately all about leadership. Only, how do you achieve the necessary qualities?<p>There are many theories of leadership, from the so-called "great …

Leadership

Apple Loop: New iPhone Launch Date Leaks, Surface Pro 4 Vs. iPad Pro, Apple Abandons Headphone Jack

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes the leaked release date of the iPhone Mini, a review of the new MacBook, thoughts on Apple dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack, why the Surface Pro 4 beats the iPad Pro, Tim Cook’s warning to the UK’s …

Tim Cook

7 ways to simplify your ecommerce site

It can't be repeated enough. When it comes to ecommerce, simple websites are better.<p>The art of ecommerce web design tends to change based on testing …

Improve your persuasion abilities to succeed as a UX designer

When you think about user experience design, what do you think of? A beautifully crafted interface? Sketching out a wireframe? Cracking open …

Wireframe Basics for Beginners: An Agency Perspective

Wireframing is one of the most effective and valuable exercises during the project lifecycle. Whether you’re building a mobile application, a …

25 Luxury Website Designs with Elegant Layouts

Take a look at these 25<i> luxury website designs</i> and learn how to create elegant layouts and graphics yourself. These luxury website designs belong to …

17 New Ultramodern Free Fonts for Designers

Visionary and <b>futuristic free fonts</b> for innovative and modern web & graphic design projects. These fonts are best for <b>logos, tattoos, badges, emblems</b>, …