December 1, 2017

Full Stack Anxiety, Presenting Your Ideas & More!

It’s getting close to the end of the year, but things are staying busy around the office—especially for our designers! Still, they found enough time this past week to round up another five (actually, way more than five) articles to share for their Top 5 Fridays. Here’s your chance to get yet another look into the many inspirations behind the team’s collective creative process. Check it out!

Close-up shot of a man's hand typing at a laptop with an intricate design sketch on his screen.

1. Aspire to Ever-Fatter Markers
“This writer uses a clever little analogy concerning Sharpies and dry erase markers and other writing utensils to detail the path that designers take refining their skills over time. I found it enjoyable but also full of insight, so I had to share it with everyone – not just the design team.”
-Ben Stone, Digital Designer

2. Treating Full Stack Anxiety
“A huge part of any designer’s job is working closely with developers to make sure their ideas are executable. Naturally, after a while, it’s natural to start feeling like a lot of these dev-centric tasks have become your own, or that you’re starting to become a developer yourself. That, in a nutshell, is what this author refers to as ‘full stack anxiety,’ and this is a really good article on dealing with the issue.”
-Maggie O’Connor, Digital Designer

3. Don’t let your color palette be an airball
“This focuses on the big ongoing design trend of using bright colors all the time, regardless of the content or audience. It argues that designers should fight for more testing and research to validate their decisions, and not just going with a certain scheme because it’s the hot thing right now.”
-Lindsey Maymon, Designer

4. Designing your design system
“An intricately detailed overview of the design process, all the way from Point A to Point B. It thoroughly details what team members should get involved (i.e., more than just designers), how you should choose them, when they should get involved, how they can be most useful, and just about anything else you could need to know. If you read this front to back, congratulations. You’re now a designer.”
-Ben Stone, Digital Designer

5. The relationship between design deliverables and presentation skills
“Being able to showcase your work and explain your design decisions is just as important as the actual creation process. As the author says, you can come up with the best designs in the world, but if you can’t communicate their purpose, they’ll never be seen for what they really are.”
-Maggie O’Connor, Digital Designer