Design Update

Oct 3, 2013 at 8:14 am

I finally have finished a general update to the main page of this site. It took me a while to start figuring out where I wanted this design to go. I perhaps went through six or seven different designs before I started to hone in on what I finally decided to go with. And while I am generally pleased with it, I am by no means done with it.

I do not think I ever call a project done. There are times when you just cannot do any more with the time available and other constraints, but whenever I have to wrap something up, I always find things that I can improve upon for the next time. This site is no exception.

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Branding

Aug 8, 2013 at 10:00 am

Branding provides a unique set of challenges in UX design. Most organizations have some very specific requirements for their brand. Colors, typography, and logo usage are the most common areas where there may be rules to follow, but these rules may extend into other areas as well. Designing for the web in the past has provided a lot of limitation in terms of what you could do to address these requirements. Not so long ago the solution was to build a design in a program like Photoshop that met all of the requirements and simply “slice-and-dice” the design into a series of images in a complicated table structure. Design is not so archaic any longer.

That is not to say it is easier. There are still challenges and the one I am facing at the moment is in regards to my brand; I do not have one yet. I have not been doing this long enough for myself to create the rules and requirements that I personally need to follow. I have some general guidelines in place, but those are strictly temporary decisions to get me started. The design of the site as it is currently will likely change dramatically over the next few weeks and months as I resolve some of these guidelines into more permanent rules. Even my logo is only temporary.

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A Relationship with Technology

Aug 7, 2013 at 7:49 am

Not so long ago I was really interested in keeping up with the latest technology trends and keeping up with all of the new and innovative products coming to market. And then I got to a point where I really did not care anymore; information overload as it were. Now I am working on this new phase of my career and my life, I am having to spend some time once again focusing on technology and my relationship to it and how it will impact me and my business.

As a web designer my lowest common denominator is HTML and how it renders in a web browser. Once upon a time that was relatively easy to keep up with. There were not many HTML enabled mobile devices and what was out there was so rudimentary they were simply ignored. Desktop browser updates were few and far between and for the longest time there were such a small number to even pay attention to that keeping up was easy. There were frustrations to be sure, but easily overcome. Jump to today and I cannot even begin to comprehend all of the possible variations available now, and that is where things get interesting.

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