Adam Fisher-Cox — a former design intern and a creative to watch — gave a less than favorable review of Apple’s iOS7 interface design, and I couldn’t agree more.
The design of iOS7’s interface falls short, mostly because of garish color choices, poor legibility and a lack of visual depth that made iOS6 work. I have other issues with some of the UX that I may discuss in a blog of my own. For now, read more in Adam’s blog:
Anatomy of a Character
Do you know what the difference is between an ascender and a descender? How about a swash or a terminal?
The art of typography is quite extensive and familiarizing yourself with its components might open up new ways of approaching your work.
Find out more here or download a PDF guide.
Photo credit: splorp via photopin cc
Don’t judge! :) The above graphic lets you step inside the (rough) playlist that helps me get through the day.
Stronger Resumes: 8 Tips for Creative Pros
Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced pro, having a tip-top resume before applying for a new design job is no secret.
Of course, many factors play into why one designer is chosen over another, but these eight tips for making your resume stand above the rest are definitely important to know.
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Job Post Red Flags for Creative Professionals
As a former professional job seeker (self-proclaimed of course), I have come across hundreds of questionable job posts.
I hate seeing unhappy designers — no sense in working for a company that doesn’t work for you. The trick? Avoid sticky situations from the start. After I did some research and pulled from my own experience with job hunting, I came up with a list of red flags to look for in job posts for creative positions.
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20 Things Recruiters & Hiring Employers Don’t Tell Designers
If you’re reading this, you’re probably frustrated with the job market. Ugh, what a rat race the design industry can be. Don’t you feel trapped in the dark sometimes?
I completely understand — I did too. I spent four LONG years job searching in order to advance my career and I wasn’t having much luck. I really thought there was something wrong with me.
But, that’s not always the case. A stagnant job search doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s something wrong with you or your work. I learned many things during my search that employers and recruiters don’t readily tell creative job seekers. Since I have always believed that designers should support other designers, I’m kicking the lid right off the industry’s pot of secrets.
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Writing Effective Design Contracts
The fear of being at the mercy of a legal document can scare potential clients away. Therefore, I avoid using the word “contract.” Trust is crucial to have from the beginning and that’s why I present clients with a friendlier-sounding “services agreement” or “statement of work.”
The risk of losing a client should never prevent you from drafting some sort of a written agreement. Once you have done so, it should be run by a practicing lawyer to ensure that all of your bases are covered. As one who has written many of my own agreements, I have several tips that will help you start your own:
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Layered Paintings on Resin
A fascinating art form by a Japanese artist named Riusuke Fukahori, who paints gorgeous scenes on layers of hardened resin. Watch the video at the bottom of the article.
UX Designer Tristan Denyer clarifies the web industry’s modern duties and responsibilities with diagrams and descriptions. Must read!
I found the perfect set of holiday cards that fit the Manji Design theme of good luck, benediction and positive energy. You never know what you’ll find in your local Tibetan store.
Now that the presidential election is over, the country’s attention has shifted to its economy and job market. As a current job seeker, my experience has been that the issue of the job market isn’t necessarily due to a lack of jobs.
I can only speak for the creative industry, but I have seen PLENTY of jobs posted. However, I have been told that the candidate pool leaves room for desire. If that’s the case, why are so many talented creative professionals out of work?
I created the infographic above to display the ratio of between the state of the job market and how little my efforts matriculated into a response from a hiring employer.
What do you think? Reblog or comment!
Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath continues days after the storm with a gasoline shortage. The photos shown were taken in Queens, NY.
The IZZ “Crush of Night” vinyl is out!
IZZ (www.izznet.com) playing at Matchless in Brooklyn, NY.
Since 2010, I have been researching my ancestral roots and sifting through hundreds of old documents and photographs. Above, two photographs (similar in composition) of my maternal grandfather and I were spliced together, revealing uncanny resemblance. Shocking!
In 2011, I compiled my research into a print digest titled, “The Tree That Shades Me,” which contains photos and biographies of my mother’s side of the family. This whole project has widened my perspective, increased my purpose in life and helped me to understand how and why I came to be.