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Now That I'm 50, Here's What I've Learned About Achieving Success That Escaped Me at 25

Hitting the big fifty requires reflection almost as a duty. So I focused mine on what I've learned about success since being half my current age.<p>I like writing about timeless lessons for success or key behaviors that lead to success. I've even written about famous failures that will inspire you to …

20 Worst Fonts You WIll Definitely Want To Avoid

Fonts are always important, whether you need to write a formal letter, a CV, or any digital marketing post. You always have to pay extra attention to …

Typography

UX innovation at scale: How to reduce design chaos and bring order to your team - Financial Products UX

The mission of Bloomberg’s UX team is to craft consistent and usable interfaces for clients. In large design organizations with inherently complex …

The Best UX/UI Tools for Designers in 2018

The demand for UI/UX designers has never been higher, and it continues to grow. This is especially true for UX designers as user experience is a …

UX Design

10 Inspiring UX Design Portfolios

Creating a solid portfolio of your user experience credentials is an excellent way to sell yourself to prospective clients and employers. UX …

UX Design

How to teach yourself UX design

My learning journey and a living list of UX resources for self-starters<p>First of all, I have to confess that my UX design skill was not completely …

UX Design

10 Ways to Visualize Data with WordPress

The ability to easily share data is a foundation of what makes the web so great. But, it’s often been difficult to present data in an easy-to-digest …

Data Visualization

If You Follow These Instagram Accounts, You Don't Need a Decorator

While more people than ever are experiencing social fatigue and quitting Instagram, there's one reason why our Insta feed will always remain …

Working overtime is a fact of life for US designers

Between agonizing over a new concept, perfecting a presentation, or dealing with the occasional equipment glitch, designers always have plenty of reasons for working late. As the results of AIGA’s Design Census reflects, putting in extra hours is a fact of life for most professional designers in …

New York City

5 Free Graphic Design Tools To Create Your Own Visuals in 2017

Why would you pay a design agency upwards of $5,000 for one graphic design, when you can create your own visuals for next to nothing?<p>Many startups and new entrepreneurs understand the value of using visuals in their marketing strategy, but how many people are actually going to throw five grand at a …

Don’t make New Year’s resolutions this year. Redesign your life instead, Stanford professor says.

Throughout our lives, there will be moments when we’ll find ourselves stuck or worried that we’ve fallen short of our potential and greatest ambitions. We might find ourselves fantasizing over a different career or another partner, wondering if it is too late to change.<p>In their new book, “Designing …

Prototypes

15 Powerful Plugins For Photoshop And Sketch

Photoshop and Sketch are powerful tools widely used by designers and developers. Sometimes it might seem that features are endless. But it can get better.<p>What could help significantly increase the efficiency and quality of the work are powerful plugins.<p>Here you will find a list of 15 plugins for …

Tutorials

24 Designers in 4 Days: An Experiment with Office Hours

Tips for new designers entering the industry<p>Last week, I did my best to give advice to 24 strangers in a series of 30 minute one-on-one sessions over …

The Problem with IIoT Design

It's good to think about things before we do them.<p>For good or ill, the Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us. It's still in its infancy, but the …

Design Forum: Super’s “Spam” - Dion Agius on "the fastest, fun surfboard that you can still flare out on."

It’s a sunny fall afternoon in Encinitas, California, and Dion Agius is milling around local shop Univ, where he’ll be premiering his new film “The …

Aquatic Sports

Hit or Miss: Zebra crossing is lit up with embedded LEDs

It is an interesting idea from Lighted Zebra Crossing BV: a lighted zebra crossing. Director Henk Peters explains and Google translates:<p>The idea …

Robust Design Compliance as a strong competitive advantage

<i>Co-written by Anna Lykke Lundholm-Andersen</i><p>Compliance with various standards in product development often amounts to intense requirements within both R&D and production. Implementing an optimized design method such as the one advanced by Danish engineering consultancy company, Valcon Design, can …

UX Design

Illustrating Animals With 13 Circles: A Drawing Challenge And Tutorial

Getting Started: Sketching<p>I prefer to sketch things on paper first, but you can do so digitally as well. First, I chose some animals that I didn’t …

Form Design for Complex Applications

13 ways to present forms and the future of data input<p>From complex ERP systems to Facebook, applications make meaning out of input. The form — in its …

Branding and Visual Identity: KKAW

KKAW is a branding and architecture project shared by Amanda Rybicka. It's a simple, yet elegant example of a visual identity construction focus on …

The state of design tools in 2017

In the design world, we live in exciting times. It seems that the number of design tools in 2016 has started competing with a number of tools for …

How to Annotate and Document UX Deliverables

You just won a big new piece of work. The schedule is tight and so is the budget. Luckily, the project proposal defined the deliverables and …

UX Design

Make a Great First Impression with Freesumes

When you find a great new career opportunity, the last thing you want to do is submit a bland resume based on a default Word template from the 90’s. …

Employment

The Ultimate Web Design and UX training bundle is your ticket to launching an exciting new career in 2017

Anyone can build a website with the right training. However, a truly great site is one that’s not just stunning to look at, but also seamless to use. With the Ultimate Web Design and UX Bundle, you’ll be on your way toward bridging that gap from adequate coder to real web artist.<p>Let 2017 be the …

5 Delicious Holiday Pastry Recipes From Around the World (That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of)

The sweet-treats landscape in the U.S. seems to be moving away from its traditionally Paris-centric position toward something more global (thanks in part to the popularity of things like next-level babkas and Filipino purple ube donuts, for a start, not to mention the warm and cozy desserts …

How to travel to Europe on a budget + 5 budget European destinations

There are a lot of wonderful ways to experience Europe while staying on a budget. For most travelers, backpacking through Europe is at the top of …

European Travel

Speech. The New UI.

Voice is the new UI. Soon, we will tell all our machines what to do by simply talking to them: “Turn on the lights,” “record the game,” “warm-up my …

How often you should clean your refrigerator — and the right way to do it

When was the last time you cleaned the refrigerator?<p>Wiping up the occasional drip and opening a box of baking soda doesn't count. We're talking a full-throttle cleaning that disinfects, organizes and restores order to one of the busiest spots in the home. Did you know that a neglected and dirty …

Video: The Brilliant Design Process That Brought Alien's Xenomorphs to Life

The otherworldly creatures in Ridley Scott’s <i>Alien</i> franchise are some of the most elegant monsters in science fiction. That’s because they—and their …

Art