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Web Design, Print Design, Creativity, Branding. The Designer's blog focuses on the how to think outside the box while staying consistent in branding.

Why I Love Webflow - A Designer's Best Friend

The Designer
June 27, 2017
Why I Love Webflow - A Designer's Best Friend

For as long as web pages have existed, there have always been two departments that needed to work together to create one project: Designers and Developers. As a designer and a DIY kind of guy, I am beyond happy to have finally found a program that allows a designer like me to actually BUILD the front end of a custom website by myself: Webflow.

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Building An Explainer Video (On Your Own)

The Designer
October 19, 2016
Building An Explainer Video (On Your Own)

So what exactly is an explainer video? Well, it’s a video that spells out what your business does, defines your brand, showcases your product, and engages the audience. Here is a simple explanation on how we created ours and what went into the process.

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Jack of All Trades: Blessing or Curse?

The Designer
August 23, 2016
Jack of All Trades: Blessing or Curse?

Ever heard the phrase “Jack of all trades: master of none?” The latter part of this phrase was tacked on to create a negative connotation, saying there is someone better than you at every single thing you do. But is that necessarily a bad thing? Or can it be such a unique skill in its own right to adapt to any project?

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Layer Masks: Photoshop’s Hidden Gem

The Designer
July 11, 2016
Layer Masks: Photoshop’s Hidden Gem

What is the difference between a beginner Photoshop user and a super advanced pro? Well, besides years of experience, formal training, and certifications, a nice indicator is that advanced users will be well versed in the utilization of layer masks. Layer masking is undoubtedly one of the most useful techniques in Photoshop for compositing images. Not only does it make any variation of any effect extremely flexible, but it also makes image editing completely non-destructive so you can easily revert back to the way things were before you started.

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Adobe Illustrator for Web Development

The Designer
June 11, 2016
Adobe Illustrator for Web Development

In my previous article Adobe Illustrator for Web Designers, I discussed how the use of Adobe Illustrator could be a useful tool for designers to work with and then how to prepare their projects so that they are “developer friendly”. The goal of this article is to encourage developers to become familiar with Adobe Illustrator’s interface so that they can receive a project file (.Ai) from a designer and be able to understand exactly what the designer is trying to accomplish.

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Adobe Illustrator for Web Designers

The Designer
May 10, 2016
Adobe Illustrator for Web Designers

As a designer I started to fall in love with using Adobe illustrator to create my designs and then send the Ai files over to the developer. There are many good reasons why this program is great as a designing tool and can be very helpful in the development process as well. More and more designers are beginning to use illustrator to create their designs for websites. The main reasons are because of illustrator’s ease of creating and modifying vector shapes, powerful artboard tools, and the CSS properties panel.

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Fine Art To Design

The Designer
February 9, 2016
Fine Art To Design

Have you ever wondered what happens inside the mind of someone who can paint a beautiful, ornate masterpiece? How about the thought process of someone who took a year to develop a logo as simple a Nike’s or Apple’s? Both of those products took just as much creative thinking and technical skill, so why are the results so different?

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