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Curated design articles to help you be a better profesional designer

Guides, Gutters, and Grids
Guides, Gutters, and Grids

by Darian Rosebrook

Grids are one of the best systems you can use to guide people through content. To use them, you have to have a good understanding of lines and shapes and their usage in design (we’ll go over this i...

Systems in design
Systems in design

by Darian Rosebrook

It’s a sticky place to be when you only have a few hours to get some design work done. You might have been procrastinating or busy with other parts of your process. Either way, you’re running short...

Idea-Catalysts
Idea-Catalysts

by Juliane Bone

I found myself once aimlessly clicking links in an effort to find visual inspiration for an upcoming project. Around that time, my brain began to fire off numerous images of illustrators, designers...

Giving back to the Design Community
Giving back to the Design Community

by Darian Rosebrook

Sometimes we forget what it was like to start out in the design industry. For some, it’s a rude awakening when the things we were taught in college aren’t how it actually is out there. For others, ...

The hustle and the grind
The hustle and the grind

by Darian Rosebrook

Like the tortoise and the hair, but told in a way that helps you actually move forward in life, not burn out in a year.

Automating Your Product
Automating Your Product

by Andrew Krause

Why should you develop a product that you have to update every few months? For example, you have to update your copyright every year, but with a few lines of script you can do that yourself.

Should Designers “Course”?
Should Designers “Course”?

by Darian Rosebrook

It has never been easier to set up an online course. Places like Skillshare, Coach, or Gumroad make it insanely easy to put content up in this manner.We hear all the time about crazy launches of ho...

Designer’s Stack of Tech
Designer’s Stack of Tech

by Darian Rosebrook

The past two years have been crazy busy in my development as a designer. I wanted to run through all of the equipment, services, and other tech I am using to create all of my work. You would think ...

Are we asking designers the right questions?
Are we asking designers the right questions?

by Darian Rosebrook

We all love clickbait. There’s some sort of unsatisfying feeling where the shot of dopamine hits us before we even open the article. What we get in return is a let down or repurposed garbled conten...

Iterate in public - closing the gap from idea to execution
Iterate in public - closing the gap from idea to execution

by Darian Rosebrook

Strong communication stems from brevity. Brevity is a concise and exact use of words in writing or speech. With the art of language, having the exact choice of words to say more with less is a sinc...

Iterate in public - closing the gap from idea to execution
Iterate in public - closing the gap from idea to execution

by Darian Rosebrook

Having a great idea is worth very little unless you plan on executing it. You could have an idea that would change the way clean water is spread through disparate countries, but unless you have the...

Finding your anchor in design
Finding your anchor in design

by Darian Rosebrook

All the pains and challenges one faces now are not going to be the same ones they experience 3 to 5 years down the road. As I am going through my second year, I aim to help these pains by prescribi...

5 tips for setting the right tone with your email list.
5 tips for setting the right tone with your email list.

by Darian Rosebrook

What do you remember about the last person you met? Usually the first meeting you remember if they seemed like a trustworthy person or not. Were they clumsy? Were they suave? Your first interaction...

Writing more effective case studies
Writing more effective case studies

by Darian Rosebrook

Writing case studies is a difficult task for many beginners. Some people claim that a case study doesn’t have to contain a lot of info and that you only need to show what you did, add a paragraph a...

Handling expectational debt and falling behind.
Handling expectational debt and falling behind.

by Darian Rosebrook

Time is a commodity. It is both finite and infinite. We only have 24 hours to use and it does not replenish until the following day. We have to protect our use of that time just as much as we prote...