Redefining Hick’s Law

Posted

Hick’s Law has always been a popular reference point for designers. You’ll find it cited in the endless lists of basic laws and principles that all designers should be familiar with. Given our assumed comfort level with this design cornerstone, I am surprised to see so many people getting it wrong.

View The Article

The Process of Creativity

Posted

The creative attribute has always been a highly debated and researched component of the human psyche. The “designer” job title seems to be one that calls to the more creative minded among us and according to some, requires the highest level of creative processing. This idea does lend itself to the truth, web designers are called upon to find creative solutions every day. However, we certainly aren’t alone.

View The Article

The Role Of Design In The Kingdom Of Content

Posted

If content sits at the top of the food chain, why do we spend so much time talking about the finer points of design? Every day we debate, experiment with and discuss topics that easily fall into the category of aesthetics, enhanced functionality and layout; in fact, relatively rarely do we talk about content. Nevertheless, even though we should concede that content is king in this realm, this doesn’t mean that design should be devalued.

View The Article

8 Things you Might Believe about Web Design

Posted | 3 Comments

Between trying to write on a regular basis I try to stay involved with the community via all of the standard social networks and a lot of reading… a lot of reading. Through all of the reading and tweeting it is inevitable that I see similar ideas and topics coming out of different sources. When you make an effort to involve yourself with as much of the design community as possible there will be some overlap. However, there are some topics that seem to come up quite frequently and I fear that their popularity is driving people to actually believe them.

Read the Rest

You Should Build Websites That Empower Site Owners

Posted

Until recently, managing a website required, at the very least, familiarity with HTML. Updating a web page required the ability to work with FTP. Even minor tweaks to the site’s design required the client to know CSS (or to have someone on staff with the know-how).

This was just an accepted part of owning a website. The nature of the Internet created a demand to keep websites constantly updated and interactive by skilled developers, designers and/or IT staff.

Things have changed.

View The Article