Visual Communications

How to Handle Criticism Better at Work

Taylor Swift might be shaking off all the haters — but in doing so, she could be missing out on the value of solid, constructive criticism.

Ok, probably not. But there is something extremely helpful in honing the ability to handle criticism in a way that makes it a learning opportunity. Whether it’s a performance review at work, a suggestion from a client, or some insight from a peer, criticism can help you become a more successful business person, or even just a kinder or more dynamic person.

First, though, it’s important to decide if the criticism is valid. There is a big difference between critics, who may have valid points which can make your work better, and people who are just plain negative. Call them haters, call them trolls — whatever you call them, it’s important to be able to identify the difference and, as a result, know who to listen to.

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6 Secrets to Proposals That Sell (Plus a Free Template) |

The KEYSTONE to winning over new clients is a great proposal. After all, it’s the final item you send them before they make their decision.

A lot rests on it, so you have to do it right.

Here’s the exact proposal that we use for Reliable PSD, our agency’s new “design-to-code” service. It’s been working extremely well, so I wanted to share it with you and help you put together a winning proposal of your own.

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Sketch, Iterate, Repeat: Prototyping Your Website Design : Adobe Dreamweaver Team Blog

Explore ideas with pen and paper

Pen to paper is a great way to start creating user flows and low fidelity sketches for your design work. As a design medium, paper is very forgiving and allows you to explore ideas and test concepts. Solve problems freely on paper without having to think about how the problem will be solved by applications or code. Sketching allows you to generate a large number of ideas in little time. Don’t be concerned with how rough or unstructured your initial sketches are; simply capture your initial ideas and thoughts, as well as define the concepts. You can later take the best elements and refine your ideas.

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Low-Contrast Text Is Not the Answer

Summary: Low-contrast text may be trendy, but it is also illegible, undiscoverable, and inaccessible. Instead, consider more usable alternatives.

A low-contrast design aesthetic is haunting the web, taking legibility and discoverability with it. It’s straining our eyes, making us all feel older, and a little less capable. Lured by the trend of minimalism, sites are abandoning their high-contrast traditions and switching to the Dark Side (or should I say, the Medium-Gray Side). For sites willing to sacrifice readability for design prowess, low-contrast text has become a predictable choice, with predictable, persistent usability flaws.

Before using low-contrast colors on a website, especially for text, take a moment to remember all the reasons why they degrade usability. Then consider the reasons that prompted your site’s low-contrast design choices in the first place. Finally, look for alternatives that help you achieve those initial design goals without harming the user experience.

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How to Convert Frame Rates |

We’re going to show you how to successfully convert from one frame rate to another using footage interpretation and pitch shifting.

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How to say goodbye to bad clients forever

We’ve all experienced clients that aren’t our favorites, from the ones that we’re just not excited about to the ones that we cringe at when we see their phone call or email.

Why is it that we get “bad” clients?

Is it just bad luck?

Are we doing something to attract them? If so, how can we stop?!

For the past 5 years, I’ve been studying what I call “The Inner Game” of business development to determine exactly that. What I discovered is that there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.

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InDesign How To: Creating Timelines with Tables |

When you want to make a graphical timeline, there’s one tool in InDesign you should reach for immediately: tables.

Earlier in my career, I spent many years making textbooks. Often these textbooks would include graphical timelines with important dates, images, and other content arranged in a precise linear fashion to give students a sense of the timing and context of important events.

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Is Mac or PC Better for Graphic Designers? |

It’s astounding to me that in 2015 the question of which operating system you should use is still a debate. Many designers find themselves turned down for jobs if they prefer using a PC rather than a Mac. Many designers feel that if they can’t afford a Mac they won’t be taken seriously, so they’ll even invest in buying a used Mac that cost twice as much as a newer Windows PC.

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Debate: Web Design, Hand Coding & WYSIWYG |

Web Design is very intimidating for quite a few people. For just over two decades it’s been the domain of the tech savvy and coding elite. Today having an online presence is essential for business, marketing, or developing a personal brand, and the ability to build a good website often holds people back. Not everyone has the budget to pay a professional web designer, and many don’t have the time to learn HTML and CSS themselves to execute on their goals.

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TDC Typeface Design Winners 2015 |

The annual Type Directors Club (TDC) Competition is one of the most prestigious, highly regarded events of its kind in the type and design world. Every year, judges from around the world gather to select the best of the previous year. The goal of this annual competition is to highlight the best typographic work from studios, companies, and individuals. It includes both professional and student work, and consists of three parts: Communication Design, Typeface Design, and the newly added Film Title Design category.

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