Five on Design

Dump the Daily Grind Feeling

It's easy to get into a cycle of feeling boring and that there's nothing exciting going on. When it happens week after week, it can really get to you.

Are you your own worst client?

As designers, we often joke about being "our own worst client." What happens when that cuts deeper than a joke though?

What makes a good font... good?

It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new font. Even I'm guilty of the "shiny red ball" syndrome that goes with browsing through them.

Keeping Digitally Organized

Are you guilty of doing the "Final final" dance at the end of your filenames? Most designers—myself included—are. However, I've been making a larger point to better organize myself lately. By making a few small adjustments, I'm able to better follow my creative flow and even allow myself the opportunity to revisit earlier steps in my process.

How Writing Makes You a Better Designer

Writing is one of those over-looked ways we can use to become better designers. I've been making a larger point to write more this year, and already it's been paying off. You don't need to start a blog or start writing 1,000 words right away either. Start with just a quick note or sentence!

Done is Better Than Perfect

Obsessing over details can be a good thing—to a point. But at what stage is it actually holding you back from bigger and better things? These days, websites can always be tweaked. Business cards can be printed in low volumes, allowing for tweaking and reprinting without costing a small fortune. Maybe it’s time to hit "publish" on that current project and move on to the next one.

How much should a logo really cost?

How much should a logo really cost? It's the age-old question that every graphic designer has to answer at some point. So, let's talk about it! And more importantly, why you shouldn't only quote the cost for a logo.

Snapchat’s botched redesign

Snapchat recently made a radical change to the user interface of their app. Unsurprisingly, the backlash has been swift. While I'm always excited to see a redesign or evolution of something, did they take this one too far?

Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

I've had some pretty long-held beliefs about how I approach design. From the beginning of the year, I've decided to start challenging myself to think differently. It's been an enlightening journey so far and one I'd certainly recommend giving a try!

Five places I find inspiration

There's a lot of resources out there for designers and I don't think we always appreciate them. On this episode, I talk about the offline places I like to go when I need to give my creative juices a kick-start.

Like every other designer, I love listening to a good podcast. I love the depth, humor and insight many of them provide. However, I don’t always have the luxury to devote a lot of time to listen to them during my work day. And as I do, I thought there had to be a solution to this.

So Five on Design was born.

Each episode of this show lasts about five minutes and tackles a thought, insight or problem. It’s brief and I hope that you’ll find these episodes as a launching point for a larger discussion.

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