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Bad design by design, Print Design, The Design Process, Usability, Website Design

Designers don’t make things look ‘pretty’

What do designers do? Make things ‘pretty’ and ‘put a new coat of paint on something’, right? Wrong. A designer is someone who communicates visually through various mediums. This could be through print design, web design, and especially wayfinding design (the design of directional signs in our environment). The end result is hopefully something that […]

My Life, Photography, Social Media, Usability

Samsung Acclaim – my new phone

It’s no iPhone, but it’s still pretty awesome. Of course, my last phone was a flip phone with absolutely no internet access. This is the first phone US Cellular is selling that has Google’s new Android OS. Being from Google, it integrates really well with any of your google accounts – gmail, youtube, voice, talk, […]

Usability, Viral Advertising, WordPress

A very cool new WordPress plugin.

Jeffrey Zeldman (@zeldman), self-proclaimed web standards guru just tweeted about a WordPress plugin for adding a Facebook ‘like’ button to your individual blog posts.  So, of course I clicked through and checked it out! I instantly installed it on my blog here and tested it out. I absolutely love it. It seems that most people […]

Clients, Creative Improv, Usability, Website Design

Creative Improv launches new website

Check out the live ‘Path of Principles’ website We (Creative Improv) recently launched a website for the national Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. It aims to provide a home for their lifelong membership training program. This project focused on their program, prospective audiences and social media links. We gave specific attention to outlining key information via […]

Bad design by design, Inspiration, Someone Once Said..., Usability

Think Google. Think iPod.

Just because something looks good doesn’t mean its useful. And just because something is useful does not make it beautiful. — Joshua Brewer Think Google – amazingly simple and useful, but not beautifully designed. There is a difference between usability and beautiful design. It can be ugly and usable or it can be beautiful and […]

Usability, Website Design

What makes a website great?

I recently read this on CSS-Tricks: There are websites that we visit because we have to, but we wouldn’t get an account with. There are websites that we have accounts with that we would never participate in. There are websites we participate in that we don’t enjoy. There are websites that we enjoy but don’t […]

Bad design by design, Branding, Design Concept/Ideas, Politics, Redesign, Usability, Viral Advertising, Website Design

Politics & Effectively Using the Web (part four)

In part four, I take a look at the recent website redesign by John McCain and compare it to his previously all black website. Beautiful Design I believe I’ve said this on my blog before. This presidential campaign has largely been about change. Most significantly, a change from really horrible design in political campaigns to truly […]