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Netflix’s Abstract: The 3 Must-See Episodes

Creativity

Typography

If you hadn’t heard yet, Netflix recently released a series of eight 40-minute documentaries entitled “Abstract: The Art of Design”. While the show has divided critical opinion, there are 3 episodes that graphic designers must see: those about Christoph Niemann (illustrator), Paula Scher (graphic designer), and Platon (photographer).... Read more

User Personas: What Are They And Why Use Them?

UX Design

Creativity

When I started learning design, I had never heard of a “user persona”, and certainly had no idea how to research them or use them effectively in my projects. In this article, I’m going to summarise what I’ve learned since then about what a user persona is and why they’re important not only to experience, interface, and interaction design – but even to visual and branding design. ... Read more

9 Ways Projects Will Make You Love Learning Design

UX Design

Careers

Designlab

When I decided to get serious about learning design a couple of years ago, one problem I definitely didn’t have was a lack of information. However, my experience of learning design changed when I started working on projects — small-scale design briefs that allowed me to learn new skills incrementally by challenging me to solve specific problems.... Read more

7 Things We Love About Susan Kare: Introducing the Kare Cohort

Visual Design

Careers

UX Academy

Each of Designlab’s UX Academy intakes is named after someone that inspires us. February’s cohort takes the name of contemporary designer Susan Kare, famous for making the original Apple Mac icons, and a succession of other pixel graphics including the card designs for Microsoft Solitaire (Windows 3.0).... Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Started In Sketch (With Free 99-Point Cheat Sheet)

UX Design

Tools

Visual Design

Whether you’re a total novice, a designer in training, or a seasoned pro switching from another product, this article is for you. First, we’ll introduce Sketch — what it is, why it’s popular, and how to claim a free trial and install it on your Mac. Second, we’ll explore Sketch’s user interface, explain the basics, and walk you through some tips and tutorials. Third, we’ll take a look at some of the app’s more advanced features (Bézier curves and blending modes are especially fun). And finally, we’ll point you to a heap of quality Sketch resources, and link you to our free 99-point Sketch Cheat Sheet to download and refer to as you learn. Sound good?... Read more

Sketch Tips To Maximize Your Productivity - Part 3: Composition, Light, and Shadow

Tools

Creativity

Welcome to Part 3 of our series of tips to help you use Sketch more productively. In Part 2, we looked at useful techniques for editing objects and exporting graphics. This time, we’re going to focus on how you can apply your skills in Sketch by managing light and shadow in a composition.... Read more

What Is Designlab’s Mission?

Careers

Designlab

Product Updates

Harish Venkatesan co-founded Designlab in 2012. In the past year, the company has begun to scale up – expanding its core staff from 3 to 12, growing its mentor base to 400 designers, and serving over a thousand students around the world in 2016. I talked to Harish about what motivated him to start Designlab, the mission and values that drive the company’s work today, and where he sees the future of design education... Read more

7 Inspiring Facts About Nicolas Jenson

Creativity

UX Academy

Each of Designlab’s UX Academy intakes is named after someone that inspires us. January’s cohort is named after the type designer Nicolas Jenson (b. 1420, Sommevoire, France; d. 1480, Venice, Italy).... Read more

12 Days of UXmas: Day 12 - Iterate, and take stock

UX Design

Creativity

On the twelfth day of UXmas, Designlab sent to me... congratulations on completing all the challenges!... Read more

12 Days of UXmas: Day 11 - User Testing

UX Design

Creativity

On the eleventh day of UXmas, Designlab sent to me... user testing tips... Read more

12 Days of UXmas: Day 10 - Prototyping

UX Design

Creativity

On the tenth day of UXmas, Designlab sent to me... some prototyping funtimes... Read more

12 Days of UXmas: Day 9 - Sketching

UX Design

Creativity

On the ninth day of UXmas, Designlab sent to me... a sprinkling of inspiration... Read more

The Gift Economy and What it Means for Designers

Careers

Creativity

The holiday season is traditionally a time to give and receive gifts. But what are the origins of this custom, and why do we observe it? In this article, we’re going to take a look at the cultural significance of the gift, and explore how creative vocations, including design, are wrapped up in the gift economy.... Read more

12 Days of UXmas: Day 8 - Sitemap & User Flow

UX Design

Creativity

On the eighth day of UXmas, Designlab sent to me... a shorthand way to design user flows... Read more

12 Days of UXmas: Day 7 - Brainstorming

UX Design

Creativity

On the seventh day of UXmas, Designlab sent to me... new year greetings... Read more

12 Days of UXmas: Day 6 - Point of View Statements

UX Design

Creativity

On the sixth day of UXmas, Designlab sent to me… some how-might-we questions... Read more

12 Days of UXmas: Day 5 - Map Out Scenarios

UX Design

Creativity

On the fifth day of UXmas, Designlab sent to me... five gold user scenarios... Read more

12 Days of UXmas: Day 4 - Outline Some User Personas

UX Design

Creativity

On the fourth day of UXmas, Designlab sent to me... instructions on how to make user personas... Read more

12 Days of UXmas: Day 3 - Create an Affinity Diagram

UX Design

Creativity

On the third day of UXmas, Designlab sent to me... something about post-it notes... Read more

12 Days of UXmas: Day 2 - Make a Research Plan

UX Design

Creativity

On the second day of UXmas, Designlab sent to me... a user research challenge... Read more

12 Days of UXmas: Day 1 - Choose a Project

UX Design

Creativity

On the first day of UXmas, Designlab sent to me... the first challenge... Read more

Are You Ready For 12 Days Of UXmas?

UX Design

Creativity

For 12 days starting on December 26th, we’re going to take you through the user experience (UX) design process from beginning to end. Each day, you’ll have a choice between a 5-minute and a 30-minute challenge.... Read more

Meet Jonathan: Upskilling With UX Academy

Careers

UX Academy

This month, we’re talking to Jonathan Netek, a graduate of UX Academy Carson Cohort. Before enrolling in UXA, Jonathan was a UX Designer at Baylor College of Medicine. After upskilling with Designlab, he landed a new higher profile job doing UX/Visual Design at FlightAware in Houston, TX.... Read more

3 Obsolete 1990s UX Design Classics That We Love

UX Design

Tools

In this article, we’re going to take a look at three iconic pieces of consumer gadgetry from the 1990s, and analyse what it was about their user experience design that made them so popular. We’ll examine the Psion Series 3 line of palmtop computers, the much-loved Nokia 5110 cellphone, and the PalmPilot personal digital assistant (PDA), the last of which helped to push the mobile device sector towards embracing touch screens and gesture input. Picking up where we left off in our Getting Started in UX Design article, we’ll analyse how each device matches up to the UX honeycomb, and conclude by asking what today’s UX designers can learn from these products, how they succeeded, and why they declined.... Read more

Sketch Tips To Maximize Your Productivity - Part 2: Editing And Exporting In Sketch

Tools

Responsive Design

Welcome to Part 2 of our series of tips to help you use Sketch more productively. Last time, we looked at how to work with objects, layers, and artboards. In this installment, we’ll explore some useful shortcuts for editing elements, and offer advice on exporting graphics. ... Read more

9 Reasons Jony Ive Inspires Us: Introducing The Ive Cohort

UX Academy

Each of Designlab’s UX Academy intakes is named after someone that inspires us. December’s cohort takes the name of Sir Jony Ive, Chief Design Officer at Apple.... Read more

Meet Tracy: From Graphic Design to UI & UX Design

Careers

UX Academy

This month, we’re talking to UX Academy graduate Tracy Lin. Before enrolling, Tracy was was a freelance graphic designer working full time in production management – a role she continued to fulfil alongside her studies with Designlab. We talked to Tracy her experience of the course and how she’s getting on in her new job as a UX/UI designer with a fashion group.... Read more

Designing The Student-To-Mentor Feedback Process At Designlab

Product Updates

Mentor

As an online education platform devoted to teaching design skills through hands-on practice and 1-on-1 mentorship, we think a lot at Designlab about what it means to be a good teacher. Faced with increasing demand for our courses, we recently realized that we needed to answer an important question: how can we provide quality mentorship experiences at scale? We took this design problem and, applying our UX design thinking process, undertook a product sprint to find the right solution.... Read more

Sketch Tips To Maximize Your Productivity - Part 1: Getting Started In Sketch

Tools

Creativity

Welcome to Part 1 of our new series of tips to help you use Sketch more productively. In this installment, we’re going to look at some shortcuts to working with objects, layers, and artboards quickly and efficiently. ... Read more

9 Reasons We Love Zaha Hadid – Introducing the UX Academy Hadid Cohort

Creativity

UX Academy

Each of Designlab’s UX Academy intakes is named after someone that inspires us. November’s cohort takes the name of Zaha Hadid, the British–Iraqi architect who passed away earlier this year at the age of sixty-five. ... Read more

Meet Peter: From Marketer To UI Designer At Adidas

Careers

UX Academy

This month, we’re talking to Peter Javorkai, a UX Academy graduate who previously worked as a digital expert in advertising and marketing for a multinational agency. Working both client-side and agency-side, he spent six years in the role before deciding to enroll with Designlab. Read on to learn about Peter's experience of the course, and to find out what he did next.... Read more

7 Reasons Why You Should Get Into UX Design

UX Design

Careers

What is user experience (UX) design? And why is it so big right now? As well as answering these questions, this article will explore how UX design can enhance people’s lives, how the industry will change and grow in the coming years, and how you can get trained up as a UX designer without going to design school. Oh, and did I mention that the average salary of a UX designer is approaching $90,000?... Read more

Halloween special: the tricks and treats of UX design

UX Design

Visual Design

Creativity

In the midst of the strange celebration that is Halloween, it seems fitting that we take some time to consider the ways that designers are also engaged in the business of disguise and deception, of tricks and treats. In this article, we’ll first ask how designers are called upon to trick their audience – whether by designing seductive packaging, choosing attractive typefaces, or crafting addictive apps. Then we’ll examine some examples from history, where the manipulative capacity of design has been used to glorify war, sanitize scandal, and draw people in with promises of meaning and belonging. Finally, we’ll look at 10 of the most common tricks and treats in user experience (UX) design today.... Read more

UX Academy — Introducing the Gray Cohort

Designlab

UX Academy

Each of Designlab’s UX Academy cohorts is named after someone that inspires us. October’s intake takes the name of Eileen Gray, a prolific twentieth-century designer who was forgotten for much of her career but has achieved widespread recognition in the decades following her death.... Read more

Meet Sammy: From Biosciences Into UX Design

UX Design

Careers

UX Academy

This month we’re talking to Sammy de Joya, another UX Academy success story who successfully made the switch from a career in biosciences, landing a UX design job a couple of weeks before she finished her studies at Designlab.... Read more

UX Academy — Introducing the Fuller Cohort

Designlab

Product Updates

UX Academy

Paige Saez here, Creative Director of Designlab, with an update about recent developments in the UX Academy community. In amongst many larger developments, we’ve also begun to focus on the smaller, more experientially significant process changes too. One of these small but significant changes is the names we give to our UX Academy cohorts.... Read more

Upcoming Updates to Group Hangouts

Designlab

Product Updates

UX Academy

In this post, we’ll outline how we applied the design thinking process to Hangouts in UX Academy — how we analyzed the strengths and weaknesses, our findings, and the resulting updates that will be coming soon.... Read more

Getting Started in UX Design

UX Design

Tools

Ask anyone who’s recently browsed design job listings, and they’ll tell you that the demand for UX designers is high. More importantly, the demands made of those designers are constantly shifting in light of new and improved technologies, and in response to changing user needs. In this article we’re going to explore what UX design is, and how it’s different from user interface (UI) and visual design. To help those deciding whether to embark on the journey of becoming a UX designer, we’ll demystify core UX terminology, introduce some key tools, and point to further reading and resources so you can continue your learning.... Read more

Learning in the Bauhaus School: five lessons for today’s designers (and five ways the web still is Bauhaus)

Visual Design

Creativity

The news that Harvard University has put over 32,000 digitised Bauhaus School works online set the creative world buzzing recently. In the 1920s and 30s, Bauhaus teachers and students challenged the conventions of fine art, architecture and design by advocating a return to individual craftsmanship, and seeking designs that were simple, rational, and functional. In this article, we’ll explore what the movement was about, outline five lessons the Bauhaus School can offer to today’s designers, and demonstrate how contemporary web design continues to show Bauhaus influences.... Read more

How To Give And Receive Design Critique Well

Tools

Visual Design

Creativity

Mentor

UX Academy

It’s pretty unusual to find someone who enjoys critique. In this article we’ll look at what critique is, why it matters, and why we should all learn to love and cherish it. We’ll explore what is involved in conducting a good design critique, and outline some key principles for how to give good feedback to others. In conclusion, we’ll offer a few words on how to receive critique well, and look at a 10-point checklist to help you next time you’re invited to comment on somebody’s work.... Read more

How to Get Hired: Understand If You’re an I, T, or X-Shaped Person

Careers

Creativity

Do you and your organisation have strength in breadth as well as depth? In this article we explore how important “T-shaped” people are to effective collaboration, and suggest some ways to expand your own set of skills.... Read more

From Management to UX Designer at Backbase: Meet Celeste North

UX Design

Careers

UX Academy

Welcome to the latest in our series of interviews with Designlab students. This time, we meet Celeste North, a UX Academy graduate who made the transition from a job as Country Manager for MUBI to become a UX Designer with Backbase, based in Amsterdam.... Read more

Sketch vs Illustrator: which one should you buy?

Tools

It’s six years to the day since Sketch first launched. But how does it stack up against Adobe’s Creative Suite workhorse, Illustrator?... Read more

Why Design III: Your Growth Potential + Leadership

Careers

The benefits of studying design go beyond money, career growth, and learning. Read on to learn more about how design can impact your career trajectory and leadership skills.... Read more

Meet Wendy: From Customer Service to Product Designer at Microsoft

UX Design

Careers

UX Academy

Wendy Pei's journey into UX started out in customer service, and then freelance graphic and UI design. After joining and graduating from the first cohort of UX Academy, she landed a position as Product Designer at Microsoft. Read this interview to learn more about Wendy, her path to becoming a Product Designer, and her mission to design a safer, happier, healthier and more informed world.... Read more

Why Design II: Problem Solving in New Ways

Careers

Creativity

Learning design can definitely impact how you’re perceived on the job – but maybe not in the way you think! ... Read more

Why Design I: Design is in Demand

Careers

Startups

Designers are getting serious respect from Silicon Valley. You’ve likely seen the stats and the press.... Read more

Meet Designlab Mentor Patrick Multani

Designlab

Mentor

It was curiosity - and potentially the promise of a new computer - that initially drew Patrick Multani to design... but it hasn’t been products that have kept him interested in the field. Instead, it’s the opposite. Patrick loves how design can inspire ideas and create change. He’s working to help rethink and shape the future of education - and serving as a mentor and community lead with Designlab is part of his journey. ... Read more

Meet Marko, the self-taught freelancer

UX Design

Careers

Designlab

When Marko Vuletič was a teenager in Slovenia, he made a promise to himself – he would never be average. This decision made over a decade ago has shaped and transformed how Marko has approached his career, from dropping out of college to deciding to specialize as a designer. ... Read more

How To Start Implementing Responsive Images On Your Website

Visual Design

Responsive Design

Screens rule our lives - and that’s why responsive sites matter. When you switch from your cell phone to your tablet to your laptop, you want a design experience that looks best at each display size, and is flexible enough to adjust seamlessly. You’ll also want to deliver the smallest, best-resolution image to the user to ensure that images load faster with higher quality. If you deliver too large of a file size....... Read more

Get Started with Responsive Images

Responsive Design

Screens rule our lives - and that’s why responsive sites matter. When you switch from your cell phone to your tablet to your laptop, you want a design experience that looks best at each display size, and is flexible enough to make it happen. For a seamless experience on any device, your code has to be flexible enough to make it happen.... Read more

4 Fast Ways To Level Up Your Typography Game

Typography

When you’re first discovering the world of type, the amount of typefaces to learn and recognize can be overwhelming! Here are four techniques for you to use to start to recognize, correctly identify and even pair different typefaces:... Read more

How To Choose The Right Font For Your Design

Typography

Choosing the “right” font for your design determines how well your designs are perceived. The title of this article should actually be “How To Choose The Right Typeface For Your Design” because the choice you’re making is about typeface and not font. Let’s not get bogged down by the minor details just yet though. First, let’s talk about shoes and how they relate to typography... ... Read more

16 Vital Typography Terms To Learn To Start Enhancing Your Designs "Invisibly"

Typography

Did you know nearly 95% of all information on the internet is type? We’re not saying that 95% of designs are pure typography but it’s a high leverage aspect to design that can create positive perception for your designs OR degrade your designs. The Pareto principle states that 20% of our efforts produce 80% of our results...... Read more

[Download] The Freelance Designer Checklist

Careers

So, you’re ready to start freelancing? Congratulations! Here’s a checklist of items and tasks to work on before you start reeling in all the clients. Download the complete checklist here...... Read more

Designlab Course Interview: The Power of Mentors During a Career Switch

Careers

Designlab

Kacy is a veteran of three Designlab’s courses - Design 101, UX Research, UX Academy - and her investment in learning a new skill has paid off. She says, “As cliche as it sounds, Designlab truly changed my life. It helped me rediscover my passion for art and has put me on a path to UX design that I couldn’t be more excited for!” ... Read more

Kill Your Darlings: How To Edit Your Own Portfolio

Careers

Your portfolio is your best marketing tool. It’s your visual resume. When someone looks at a resume, they typically only glance it over. The same is true for a portfolio. You only have so much time to convey who you are and what you do, so get specific. Kill, baby, kill.... Read more

The Art of Critique

UX Design

Visual Design

Careers

Critique is a foundational part of art and design education. Critique is the process of evaluating others work and ideas. The process is simple, but there is definitely an art to giving and receiving a meaningful critique. ... Read more

Make Your First GIF

Tools

Visual Design

There’s an app for everything GIF related. GIF keyboards, searches and extensions to easily add GIFs to your e-mails. So why would you want to make a GIF yourself? Because while you make you’re first GIF, you’ll be on your way to learning just how versatile Photoshop CC really is.... Read more

Designlab Course Review: Aspiring Coder Christine Oskison Realizes Design is Her Language

Careers

Christine Oskison had dreamed about a career change, but knew that pursuing another degree wasn’t realistic. She completed online web development classes, but realized that, “While I enjoyed learning how to code, I was even more passionate about learning visual design.” Read on to hear about her experiences with using online learning to build a design portfolio and the assignment she’d have you complete to become a better designer.... Read more

The History of 5 Well Known Icons

UX Design

Visual Design

Creativity

What is an icon? Icons are visual representations of objects, concepts or ideas. When used correctly, they can educate, communicate and increase usability. The most successful icons are those that are universally recognized around the globe. But here is the thing?—?the most widely recognized icons and symbols are rarely looked at for more than 2 seconds before understanding what the intention is. Meaning, people don’t give much attention or thought to them because they naturally blend in. In my opinion, a symbol that has become so embedded in mankind's everyday life deserves some attention! So let’s look at how these icons were born. ... Read more

What is Service Design?

UX Design

Most design disciplines draw from other areas and fields. Technology, cognitive science and aesthetics all contribute to design as we know it today. Service design, a more recent application of design expertise, is no different. Service design draws on many concepts, ranging from user experience, marketing and project management in order to optimize new services. ... Read more

The Power of the Grid

UX Design

Visual Design

Both budding and expert designers know how important a layout is to design. It’s the most basic and fundamental element of every project. Grids help ensure a consistent framework to organize graphic elements, like type and images, into a hierarchy. If you want to use a grid, or break it altogether, you have to first understand the basics of a grid system. ... Read more

Designlab Product Updates: Improving Process and Workflow

Designlab

Product Updates

Since Christmas we’ve been working hard on creating a clearer workflow process for students projects.... Read more

Designlab Course Review: Engineer Alicia Jackson Gets Creative

UX Design

Designlab

As an engineer, Alicia Jackson’s day-to-day design experience was mostly technical drawings and blueprints over typography and color palettes. But, she says, “I’ve always had a love of designing more creatively.” For the past 10 years she worked on her graphic design skills and developed her talent into creating invitations, flyers, and web designs. So why would Alicia choose to take a design course after her success with self-study? She says, “Although I heard many good things about my work and have done some independent study, it was not until taking Design 101 that I really got a chance to work with someone that is a professional in the industry.” Read on to hear more about Alicia’s experience as a Design 101 student and first-time online learner.... Read more

Mentor Profile: Ryan Brock Helps Kickstart Your Design Career

Careers

Designlab

“One of the biggest problems I see with people who want to get into design is they think it’s much harder than it actually is. It’s a career that you can try really easily without taking a big risk,” says Designlab mentor Ryan Brock. And Ryan should know. His own journey as a designer has been filled with trying, exploring, and doing.... Read more

Designlab Course Review: Jesse Yowell Discovers Typography

Careers

While working as a Support Engineer for Atlassian for the last eight years, Jesse Yowell had an urge to pivot his career from engineering to user experience. After talking to designers at Atlassian and reading books about UX, Jesse knew it was time to enroll in a course to start building his skills and his portfolio. “I found the Design 101 course on Designlab, which seemed like the perfect starting point,” he says. Here’s Jesse first-hand account of his experience as a Designlab student!... Read more

UX or UI - Which Career is Best for You?

UX Design

Visual Design

Careers

Both UX and UI designers work on creating beautiful interfaces, but their involvement and skill sets are required at different times during the design and development process. So how do you know which career is the best fit for you? Learn more about what UX and UI designers do on a daily basis to figure out where you’ll excel.... Read more

Pattern Libraries: What They Are and Why You Need One

UX Design

Not every design project should start from scratch. It's true – there's a time and place for creativity, and there's also a time and place to use fail-proof and time-tested solutions. Some of the best UX and interaction designers rely on pattern libraries to bring previously tested and usable solutions to their digital projects. Here's what you need to know about pattern libraries and how to make them work for you.... Read more

You Might Be a Good Designer If...

Careers

Thinking about a career in design but not sure if it’s the right fit? Worried you don’t have the art school background or Photoshop chops? Fear not! The truth is, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for becoming a designer - no two designers are alike in experience, career path, interest, or skill set.... Read more

Founders Learning Design: Sandi MacPherson, Quibb

Startups

Designlab

As design becomes an increasingly crucial part of the DNA of tech startups, we see a lot of product-focused founders thinking about whether they should learn some UI/UX skills. We were excited when the founder of one of our favorite products, a news-sharing site for professionals called Quibb, took our Design 101 course on Designlab. We took a few minutes to chat with Sandi... Read more

Interaction Design: What Is it, and Why Does It Matter?

UX Design

Last week, we wrote about the basic set of skills a junior UI/UX designer needs for their first role. Now, we’ll delve a bit further into a core part of that skillset: Interaction Design (also referred to as IXD). This blog post isn’t intended to be a thorough dive into the topic; rather, it’s an introduction to what IXD is... Read more

UI/UX Designer... what does that even mean?

UX Design

Careers

We’ve noticed something funny at Designlab over the past few months. The web/mobile design industry, for a variety of reasons, is particularly tricky to break into if you don’t already have a deep background in the field. No one seems to agree on the terminology of what UI and UX design even are... Read more

Feature Update: A better way to keep track of your 1-on-1 sessions

Designlab

One of the many things we’ve learned while running courses on Designlab is the importance of 1-on-1 sessions. Students repeatedly tell us that speaking with their mentor is the most valuable (and enriching) part of the Designlab experience. So, we’ve been committed to making it as easy as possible to set up & coordinate these sessions for all parties involved.... Read more

Why User Research Matters

UX Design

Let’s tell the story of a typical tech product. It starts with a great idea — maybe a personal pain point you’ve faced, or a hunch about where the market is headed. You spec out an amazing app. You get a team of engineers to build it, and find a designer to make the product look and feel awesome. You’ve nailed it! Only thing is… you launch, and no one cares.... Read more

Student Stories: Dalton Mitchell, Programmer

Careers

Designlab

Dalton Mitchell is a programming extraordinaire and former Designlab student. We sat down with Dalton to chat about his aspirations, artistry, and pursuits in design.... Read more

Startup Essentials: You Should Be User Testing

UX Design

Startups

You might have heard about how usability testing is all the rage these days. But, you’re a 2-person startup working out of a garage (or, more likely: a coffee shop in the Mission). Resources are tight, time is of the essence, and you wouldn’t even know where to find a UX Researcher if you wanted.... Read more

From Seed to Story

Creativity

When setting out to begin a new story, I start with a seed. Some idea has struck me as an intriguing possibility, one that sticks in my brain and won’t pass until I write it down. I try to keep a notebook on me at all times for such moments, such as the Field Notes notebooks. In a pinch the notes app on my phone works perfectly.... Read more

She's Not My Type (of Font)

Visual Design

When you read the word typography, what immediately comes to mind? A man sifting through metal letters by hand for a printing press? Choosing between Times New Roman and Arial in a document? The utter crime that is Comic Sans?... Read more

Design ≠ Photoshop

Tools

Visual Design

Read why our intro Design 101 course on Designlab doesn’t teach tools. There’s one recurring type of question we get from prospective students at Designlab, and it’s related to design software. How important is it to know Photoshop? Do you guys teach Sketch? This course doesn’t look like it covers Illustrator skills, not sure if it’s for me!... Read more

Learning to Solve

Creativity

Why do we create? Creativity, at its foundation, comes from a simple need: to solve. Let us explain. On the surface, this may seem like a simple answer to a complicated question. What does a painting solve, for instance? Or a novel? Or a streamlined website user interface?... Read more

Unmasking Myths of Creativity

Designlab

Creativity

Creativity is a defining feature of what it means to be human. Yet modern concepts of creative people—and the process of creativity—remain off-kilter because of popular myths. Why is something so important to human nature so frequently misunderstood?... Read more

Designer Interview - Lise Statelman

Careers

Get to know Lise, one of the Designlab mentors for our upcoming Design Essential for Developers course. Lise graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Afterwards, she spent time in Boston doing Web and Graphic Design work.... Read more

How to Design a Great Landing Page

Visual Design

Designlab

Landing pages. The chance to make a great first impression on a visitor to your site. Done right, a good landing page can have a multiplier effect on your user acquisition strategies and convert all your visitors into registered users/emails; done poorly, a bad landing page can cause your efforts to fall flat... Read more

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