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How the Design Workflow is Changing

Once upon a time, there was a method of design that involved plenty of time for brainstorming and upfront big picturing planning. Designers could meet with all interested parties, puzzle over design challenges, and play with problems until they’d found a (theoretical) solution.

But that approach to design workflow has been largely relegated to the history books—some would say, for the betterment of all. As the development world has embraced the Agile process with systems like scrums and big data analytics, designers find themselves under increasing pressure to iterate quickly, rather than spending lots of time planning for project demands that are highly likely to change just a week or even a day after the plan is finally set. This sounds to many experienced designers like it’s anathema to the creative process, and it can be, if we try to adapt Agile development practices wholesale, without tweaking them to fit the design workflow or mentality.

Conversely, the many designers who do make Agile their own find it can actually be a boon for creativity, forcing them out of productivity-deadening perfectionism and keeping them on their toes as they try to meet changing constraints. How are these designers embracing the more dynamic Agile approach to workflow while still holding strong to the more static elements of the design process that keep them surefooted and on solid ground? Let’s take a look at a few key approaches from beginning to end. Continue Reading »

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12 Awesome Freebies for Designers

As a designer, sometimes it’s difficult to get started on a new project. Maybe you will need to scour the web for inspiration, or doodle on a notepad to hopefully get some ideas. That’s when you need to look through collections of freebies.

Fortunately, enhancing your web design doesn’t have to cost a small fortune or take a lot of time. Here are 10 Awesome Freebies for Designers that can help enhance your web presence today. Continue Reading »

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Read this Book: Design Currency

Design Currency by Jenn and Ken Visocky O’Grady, A Book Review Husband and wife team Jenn and Ken Visocky O’Grady have done it again.  These successful university professors, Jenn a Professor at Cleveland State University and Ken an Associate Professor at Kent State University, have quite a lot under their belt. Co-founders of creative think tank Enspace… Continue Reading »


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