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How to deal with a situation when client can't let go old brand name?

So, I am working on this interesting project. it's pretty much a business transformation project. New branding, new website, new website features to deal with clients online, new marketing strategy, new business tools. A lot of stuff. The business name change wasn't part of the…

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8pt Grid -- when do you break it?

Does anyone else have troubles where they are trying really hard to perfectly follow 8pt system but then sometimes the line-height or padding just doesn't fit quite right? I find this is especially the case on mobile. Like i almost always end up having a 12px font option. What…

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Design Mentorship - thoughts on fulfilling a growing need and stewarding our…

I've had a lot of thoughts lately about design mentorship and how it seems like it's a growing need that is unique to the field. Is it just me or are senior/lead designers given more expectation to set aside time to mentor junior designs than other professions like engineering…

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What's the best way to build responsive design in sketch, step-by-step?

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Design title levels like: Designer 1, Designer 2, and then Senior Designer, is…

Hello, I was wondering if anyone here has experienced having levels within their design team. I was always aware of the jump from designer or junior designer to senior designer. I have not seen Designer 1, Designer 2 and Designer 3 before a senior designer title. Is this normal…

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Getting started with After Effects for UI Animation

I would love to start with After Effects for UI Animation but I find the software to be super-cumbersome. How did you guys start with it? Any ressources how to learn stuff effectively?

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Feedback on our current website

Hi everyone, we're looking to revamp and improve our existing site: https://sequence.work This version of the site was basically done very quickly (call it MVP or whatever if you will) in order for us to gauge the public interest of our product/solution. We've accomplished that…

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I Just Got Paid for my First Design Job... Now What?

I just got paid for my first graphic design job. Exciting, right? You would think that I should be absolutely thrilled because this is the first time that I've been compensated for my graphic design work, right? "How awesome, that is!" I would say, but... It was a cancellation…

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Understanding color contrast

Hey all, I’ve been really struggling with trying to understand color contrast so I attempted to build a tool that shows you what regions of the color picker are accessible and what ones aren’t. It will even display what the nearest set of accessible colors are. I would love to…

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Sketching Interfaces

Hey all, I'm completely blown away by the response to this blog post, it's been an amazing outpouring of excitement and some thoughtful critique. I think that we're all realizing that AI assisted design is coming, and maybe a little faster than we anticipated. …

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