Must read articles on Design, Creativity and Web Design
I’ve been using Twitter a lot lately and posting some really interesting links. I am also an avid user of Stumble Upon and combining it with Twitter and sharing stuff is the greatest thing that I can indulge myself in. I have unraveled some really great articles in the past couple of weeks and I would love to share them with you today.
I have handpicked the best 10 articles from my twitter feed and have showcased them here. Some are purely professional, a few are funny but useful and the rest are just a pleasure to read. I suggest you take a look at these and read it to gain some wisdom on design and creativity. It has had a positive effect on the way I look at things now. My thoughts and ideas have become more dynamic and mature.
There are so many great articles on the web today and most of them are left undiscovered by the bigger part of the Design community. This maybe due to the increasing number of list posts, tutorials and like. However I think this will shed some light upon these articles and motivate us to write better and publish great and useful content.
Also, I shall keep you guys posted whenever I find articles worth reading and share them with you. So, stick around and enlighten yourself….
1) How (Not) to Write like a Designer: 5 Tricks You Didn’t Learn in Studio
What follows are five fairly broad tips to keep in mind. Most of them will probably sound obvious. Some of you might be following these suggestions already. That’s good, but having them explained like this will help you see what you’re doing right, or simply give you a new way to think about how you’re already writing.
2) How to Make the Worst Website
Creating a terrible website seems to be a common goal on the internet. I’ve seen it accomplished many times, so I thought I’d make it easier for everyone and post the ultimate guide. From the time a visitor enters your site to the time they exit, there are plenty of effective techniques to annoy them. In this article, Alex identifies 28 points to remember during a website development and how to execute them properly.
3) 18 Great Reads that changed my life
It’s fairly easy to find a well written book or online article. But it’s not always easy to find one with genuine value that you connect with. That’s because, these days, books and online articles are a dime a dozen. There are literally thousands of them written on the same topic every year. So deciphering the ‘good’ from the ‘great’ can prove to be quite a challenge. But if you look hard enough, in the right places, you’ll find a few gems containing life-altering advice that can be immediately implemented and used as an instrument for self-improvement. In this article, Marc has compiled a list of books and online articles containing value so profound that each of them are literally life changing.
4) Dieter Rams : Ten Principles of Good Design
Back in the early 1980s, Dieter Rams was becoming increasingly concerned by the state of the world around him – “an impenetrable confusion of forms, colors and noises.” Aware that he was a significant contributor to that world, he asked himself an important question: is my design good design?
As good design cannot be measured in a finite way he set about expressing the ten most important principles for what he considered was good design. (Sometimes they are referred as the ‘Ten commandments’)
5) So you want to be a Logo Designer
In the last couple of years, there seems to be a major surge of fledgling logo designers making their way into the design community. What with so many logo inspiration sites popping up every week and some really wonderful logo design books out there, it’s hard to believe that this rather small, sub-culture of graphic design is becoming so popular.
Logo designing is not an easy occupation. It requires more than just design skills to create a logo that is memorable and stands the test of times. In this article, Leighton Hubbell shares some basic information on how to get started in this business and do it right.
6) Art and Design: What’s the Big Difference?
From time to time, you hear people refer to art and to design interchangeably, as if they were synonyms. Or they use the term “art” to add a bit of glory to design work. Most of the time this happens in casual conversation, but it does tend to confuse the two terms unnecessarily because, basically, they aren’t the same. What is the difference between art and design? Are they closely related just because they use a lot of the same techniques and appeal to the same aesthetic sense? Or are they essentially different?
7) How to Succeed like Apple
Everyone seems to think Apple is superhuman with a magical business crystal ball. When they launch a new product, it’s usually a true hit amongst consumers. If you look at Apple’s strategy it’s actually pretty simple and straight forward. The real key is Apple’s ability to stick to this simple strategy with unwavering dedication. Here is the key to succeed like Apple with your own startup.
8 ) What I hate about becoming a Designer
In this quite funny article, Jeremy Davis shares his experiences on what made him realize he is indeed a designer. Don’t worry, we all have this feeling too. This was quite an interesting read and I loved it. I’m sure you will too.
9) An in-Depth Guide to Working With Typography in Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator is a fantastic application for crafting typographical masterpieces. However, whether you’re creating a simple paragraph for a print ad or a complex typographical piece of art for a website, there are several tips and techniques you should know for how to manipulate type within the program.
In this article, you’ll find a brief overview of some of the basic commands you should familiarize yourself with as well as some must-know keyboard shortcuts and even a few obscure features that you may not even know exist.
10) What is Creativity and Innovation?
Creativity is the process of bringing something new into being…creativity requires passion and commitment. Out of the creative act is born symbols and myths. It brings to our awareness what was previously hidden and points to new life. The experience is one of heightened consciousness-ecstasy.
11) Everything you need to know about Steve Jobs
This website is Romain Moisescot’s personal website about Steve Jobs. It is not officially affiliated with Apple Inc., the Walt Disney Company, or Steven P. Jobs in any way. It is just the private website of an individual about his personal hero. Its sole aim is to provide detailed information and multimedia content about Steve Jobs and his work at Apple, NeXT, Pixar and Disney. It is just an awesome site and quite certainly a wonderful journey through Steve’s Life at Apple and beyond.
12) The Ins and Outs of Minimalist Design
No matter how many times we are left in awe by impressively intricate designs, there will always be something about simplicity that leaves us just as captured. In this article, Josh explains some of the key aspects of minimalism in web design and shows us some examples from designers who got it right.
13) Your beautiful Eyes
This has got to be the best photography showcase of the week. The human eyes are the window to the word. After seeing these immensely impressive photos, I had to share this among you. This was quite popular on Twitter, but I thought I’d share it anyway. So, embrace the beauty of photography.
Ok, guys… Those were some of the best I could gather among the plethora of articles that I tweeted. Keep your eyes out for more of such amazing articles and please let us know if this showcase benefitted you so that we can continue posting amazing links for weeks to come. Meanwhile, if you still aren’t following us on Twitter… I’d say this is the best chance :)