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What is a designer?
Recently I've been thinking about the ambiguity of the title "designer". At this point in time, it's pretty much synonymous with visual artist, or someone who works with graphics and visuals. I know in more progressive countries people are starting to understand that a designer…
Thoughts on switching from a product design role to engineering after 15 years
I recently had my first child and as a result, I’m thinking more about the future than I normally would. I realize this is probably the wrong response and maintaining presence is more important than ever but I can’t seem to help it now that I’m responsible for someone other than…
Why do all design tools cost money?
I was thinking about the difference between the open source front-end community and the design community. Almost all of the tools developers use are free. People build massive projects just to push the whole community forward, for free. Why is it that I'm constantly being…
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…
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…
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…
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…