Real Reads No. 16

By Steph Martin | A selection of Real Owl’s favourite articles all under one cover

4 Things Every Designer Should Know About Whitespace

Whitespace (or “negative space”) is an empty space between and around objects of a page. Elements of whitespace in graphical user interfaces …

I work for a fixture-making company in a small, industrial town.  They’ve been in business for sixty...

<i>I work for a fixture-making company in a small, industrial town. They’ve been in business for sixty two years, and their employee lineup has been</i> …

I work in a print shop. A client signed off on a proof for a shower invitation. I suggested a...

<i>I work in a print shop. A client signed off on a proof for a shower invitation. I suggested a few changes that she rejected – she wanted what she</i> …

Client: We have to fix the website. I typed in “Jane Doe” as my username when I was testing the...

<b>Client:</b> We have to fix the website. I typed in “Jane Doe” as my username when I was testing the site, and now it shows up for EVERYONE who tries to …

Whops, page not found!

SuperYesMore is an open publishing platform derived from the CMS used to run The Pastry Box Project.<p><b>We're still in beta.</b> Please let us know about …

What if the thing you are most afraid of doing is the thing you are supposed to do?

I grew up watching <i>Star Wars,</i> and as much as I wanted to gravitate towards Princes Leia like a lot of my friends, Yoda was my guy.From his distinctive …

Why I’m rejecting the “hustle” mindset

<i>This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think</i> …

A returning customer who is a repeat offender for wanting last minute orders of hand written sheets...

<i>A returning customer who is a repeat offender for wanting last minute orders of hand written sheets typed up ASAP came in the other day. Her</i> …

So I took on a pro bono project. I enjoy providing free work for those who I deem worth of it....

<i>So I took on a pro bono project. I enjoy providing free work for those who I deem worth of it. I’ve done it in the past and while those projects have</i> …

5 productivity tips and tools

<i>This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think</i> …

Every day is a new opportunity for growth

<i>This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think</i> …

I work at a marketing/advertising agency on the West Coast, in an area known for agriculture and...

<i>I work at a marketing/advertising agency on the West Coast, in an area known for agriculture and country-living despite being near to a major city.</i> …

Not a client from hell, but wanted to share this to show everyone that GOOD clients do...

<i>Not a client from hell, but wanted to share this to show everyone that GOOD clients do indeed exist.</i><i>An old client emailed me out of the blue:</i><b>Client:</b> …

Reaching people on the internet

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Advice for designers

Start by asking questions. Sketch, share your sketches, ask more questions. Don’t be precious with your work. Don’t hurry to finish.The post Advice …

Work from home? Develop these habits

<i>This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think</i> …

Client: I noticed you changed some of the text.Me: I made some slight grammatical changes, yeah....

<b>Client:</b> I noticed you changed some of the text.<b>Me:</b> I made some slight grammatical changes, yeah. Mostly adding commas where they should be, etc. Is …

I set up, designed, and maintained a vanity blog for a bored, wealthy middle-aged woman.  After a...

<i>I set up, designed, and maintained a vanity blog for a bored, wealthy middle-aged woman. After a few months she wanted analytics installed.</i><b>Client:</b> …

Great Questions Lead to Great Design: A Guide to the Design Thinking Process

Great designers help teams and stakeholders make better decisions by using questions to identify opportunities, reveal underlying needs, and …

Client: Why aren’t you in touch? You should be calling me once a day.Me: I didn’t think the job...

<b>Client:</b> Why aren’t you in touch? You should be calling me once a day.<b>Me:</b> I didn’t think the job required that much touching base, but if you’d like …

Client: I’d like to hire you for a wedding shoot. Your website says initial meetings are free - is...

<b>Client:</b> I’d like to hire you for a wedding shoot. Your website says initial meetings are free - is that right?<b><br>Me:</b> That’s right. I’ll meet you to show …

To Hell With Subtle Design

Don’t try to be so damn subtle in web design.Okay, let me explain that…About a year or so ago, I made a terrible mistake: I tried to be funny; More …