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Embracing the Messiness

Messy chalkboard

Designers by nature want to assert order on the universe. We love websites that are thoughtful and well-organized. Websites where everything just seems to make sense. When admiring others' work, it's often too easy to imagine a design process that is similarly straightforward. A process where the ideas were arrived at logically and effortlessly. How could it not be, given the polish of the finished product?

From Darkness to Light: Color Versatility Using Tints, Tones, and Shades

Viget color wheel

In my last article, I wrote about how using more specific names can be useful when referencing colors. Several people shared how this is doubly useful when mapping to SASS variables—and I agree. This time around I want to share how to use more specific color names when applying lighter and darker values through tints, tones, and shades and how this can be further helpful for color reference.

Thinking Outside of the Box: Using Lateral Thinking in Design

My favorite thing about design is also my least favorite thing – in design, there are no right answers. On one hand, this is great. With every new project, the sky's the limit. On the other hand, this is totally daunting – how do we know what we’re creating isn’t complete crap?

Furthermore, working in an agency often means we’re strapped for time and budget. The added pressure of getting everything done doesn’t always cultivate creativity.

Balancing pie-in-the-sky creative possibilities with strict timelines and budgets is not a task for the faint of heart. Under pressure, it’s easy to rely on top-down, traditional problem-solving paths that allow us to be efficient, but don’t always result in our best work.

Working within these two constraints isn’t easy, but it’s possible to think creatively and meet deadlines if you’ve got the right tools. Outside of traditional UX practices like user testing, research, and collaboration, I like to employ a little tool called lateral thinking.