Design Process Tips and Tricks

Improving a Website’s Usability Through Good Navigation by Kelly Lynn

  Nothing frustrates an internet user more than visiting a website and not being able to find his way around. This is usually because of weak usability. If he’s looking for something specific but doesn’t know how to get to it he’ll quickly leave and look somewhere else. To prevent this from happening, a website should be easily navigable, and the system should tell a user where he is, where he came from, and where he can go. This is even more important in the modern web world, as most users enter a website through a search engine after searching for a keyword, rather than starting from the home page. When he lands on a page within the website, he may want to look for something else, or go to … Continue reading

The Magic of Mind Maps by Jessica Greenwalt

Thought Organization for Graphic Designers When most people look for graphic design tutorials, they expect a slew of quick lessons on altering images or manipulating vectors, but before any designer fires up her favorite program and starts working on a client’s project, her ideas should be organized by thoughtful planning. Working as a freelance designer for over 6 years, I’ve acquired a large collection of clients. As a result, I have to balance a dizzying assortment of projects at any given time. When starting a new project, I’d find it increasingly difficult to separate and recall the minute details of each client’s open projects. That is, until this week, when I rediscovered mind mapping. According to Michael J. Gleb’s How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, mind mapping is thought organization process inspired by da Vinci’s … Continue reading