Managing critiques, whether in a business setting, or in a classroom, can be a tricky for a design manager. It’s a challenge to keep critiques informative and actionable without stifling creativity and open communication. Sam Harrison offers great, simple to adapt advice for design managers in his short article on HowDesign.com
Read the article here: 7 Tips for Friendlier Creative Criticism
Sam Harrison’s article on Howdesign.com is a great reminder that “non creative behavior is learned” and we can re-learn to be creative with practice. He recomends simple mental exercises to revitalize our creative thinking skills, and a Foosball table can’t hurt either.
Read the short article here: 4 Questions to Reawaken Your Creativity & Imagination
Sarah Hyndman’s new activity book seeks not only to teach typography skills, but also to educate on the psychology of type as a tool of communication. Why not spend a relaxing afternoon experimenting with type and perhaps finding a new “voice” to express yourself with.
How to Draw Type and Influence People: An Activity Book
Perception is as important to design as content is. There are plenty of fun websites devoted to design gone wrong, like the Starbucks delivery truck the spells out “SUCKS” when the door is opened, or the “keming” websites (a tongue in cheek reference to bad kerning). This article on Creative Market helps designers better understand how we humans connect the different objects we see on a layout together and perceive them as one whole.
The Designer’s Guide to Gestalt Psychology
When I worked for an online printing service, I recommended adding tutorials to the website. It’s a great way to get designers to visit your site on a regular basis, and a great way to educate designers.
DesignBundles.net uses that same idea and posted several good tutorials on their site to help designers master the tools of design: Design School
I’m always curious what I may find online to give me new ideas for design. This article focuses on typography, but one tip in particular caught my attention, as it is useful for the creation of all kinds of art.
This a great exercise for designers and artists; understanding the perceived meaning of color is fundamental to visual communication.
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