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If you look back at your previous work and think it all sucks, you’re probably on the right track to make something that doesn’t suck.

- Too many good quotes to pull from this interview with my friend and Change.org Product Designer, Lauren Adams.

Top design mistakes that will destroy your website’s SEO ⇢

Remember, design should be part of your SEO strategy.

To that end designed elements should look like how they behave. Form follows function. In practice this means that someone should be able to predict how an interface element will behave merely by looking at it. If it looks like a button it should act like a button.

- Among the many good reminders from Principles of User Interface Design

Infographics work well at communicating complex (or otherwise boring) information because they stimulate both hemispheres of the brain at the same time.

- On getting infographics right, from DailyTekk.

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Designers vs Coding

A good read. (And take note of the Don’t Fear the Internet plug — it really is a fantastic collection of [short] tutorial videos.)

In my opinion, any one that works on the Web could benefit from being familiar with coding.

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“Do I need to know how to code?” is a question that comes up with sure-fire consistency in design circles. I’ve seen it asked by so many, from uncertain design students in classrooms worried about their chances of landing a job, to seasoned professionals at conferences seeing their pool of print projects slowly evaporate. The question is being asked with even greater frequency as of late, because Adobe has launched their product Muse, which promises designers the ability to “create unique websites without writing code.” So, if a designer wants to work on the web, should they take the time to learn this dastardly “code” or instead rely on software like Muse?

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Don't fear the Internet ⇢

AWESOME.

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One of our very favorite shop owners, Jessica Hische, is creating a new generation of capable web-nerds with her series entitled “Don’t Fear the Internet”. Along with her accomplice (read: fiancé) Russ Maschmeyer, these two have created a series of videos distilling even the most complicated, stress-inducing aspects of web mastery down into super-tasty bites of concise and useable info.

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Whether you’re a print designer, photographer, or fine-artist, these highly educational nuggets of information wrapped in a ton of charm will make you “feel empowered rather than crippled by the internet”. This is such a great series for beginners, but also full of little refresher tips for those who’ve already been in the game for a while.

Check out the full series here: dontfeartheinternet.com

Introducing Commit Threads

Last summer when Dan and I were planning our wedding, this idea for aesthetically pleasing athletic tees kept coming up. So in between work, the wedding and pushing ourselves physically, we started coming up with ideas.

I’m happy to say that we have something to show for it: An online shop called Commit Threads, filled with seven original designs, which we created with the help of independent designers. All printed in independent U.S. shops on ridiculously soft, American-made shirts.

Whether you’re a gym rat, a weekend warrior or just appreciate sports and well-made shirts, I think you’ll find something to love in the shop. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter, where you’ll get wind of shop updates and the athletically-leaning stuff we’re reading. 

While this Tumblr won’t turn into CT-central, I am hoping to share a few lessons learned in branding, design and business as we grow. (Handling the helm doesn’t always ensure smooth sailing.)

Explore the store, and ladies, stay tuned for two more women’s shirts about to hit the shop!

How Commercial Airplanes Should Be Laid Out ⇢

One of my favorite Oatmeal comics in awhile. He had me at “Screaming infant storage kennel.”

If people like your work, they will follow it, no need to barrage people with nonsensical updates that aren’t really updates. Nothing infuriates me more in this day and age than seeing something like ‘If this post hits 100 likes we’ll release a preview of a preview!’

- Rob Dobi of FullBleed makes a good point about quality of work, social media and encouraging return customers.

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