Tag Archives: Design

Face It: Design to Hack Peoples’ Minds

Ever wonder why certain ads, mailers and other creative designs attract you more than others? It’s a question that designers ask themselves every day. In this interview with Candice Dayoan of 50+1 Strategies, she shares some of her thoughts on photo-based design – the topic of her upcoming Netroots Nation training.

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Creative for All: The Keys to Creating Compelling Content

In this interview with Rohan Porteous of Agency we talk about how to develop good creative content – the topic of his upcoming Netroots Nation training.

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5 tips for redesigning your website

So, you hate your organization’s website and are desperate to redo it. Welcome to the club! Websites are one of those things that are really hard to get right—especially when you’re on a budget.

Embarking on a redesign can be exciting, overwhelming and treacherous. Here are six tips for getting it right.

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Level up: A graphic design primer

So you want to do graphic design work but don’t know where to begin? In this interview Candice Dayoan of 50+1 Strategies and Chris McNeil discuss their upcoming Netroots Nation training that will touch on the basics of color theory, fonts (what is kerning, anyway?), composition and more importantly, the best way to keep your skill set up with this ever-evolving art.

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Creating shareable images in under 5 minutes (without money or design skills)

We all know that images are king on Facebook. Images with text are incredibly popular and people love to share them. In fact, one of the organizations I mentored recently tried creating and sharing an image with text on Facebook for the first time and found that it was shared 100 times more than their previously most popular post!

The truth is that you really don’t need an abundance of time or money to create shareable images. Here’s how you do it on the cheap and easy.

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Planning for a website redesign?

Is your website dated, clunky or hard to update? Are you hoping to redesign it but are struggling to figure out where to start? Redesigning a website can be an overwhelming and costly experience, but careful planning can ease the pain a bit and help you save money on design and development.

Abstract Edge released a free e-book this week that guides you through the planning process step by step, and I have to admit that I love it! As someone who’s been involved in designing or redesigning several websites, I can tell you that it’s almost always an excruciating process. Design by committee and impossibly long lists of goals can quickly turn your vision for a new and improved site into a cluttered, generic looking site that doesn’t really do anything well.

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