Visual Communications

Wireframes aren’t dead: they’re just changing | Web design | Creative Bloq

Given the rise of Agile and Lean UX methodologies in digital design, many are calling into question the value of wireframing. They say the days of detailed throwaway deliverables are over, and that teams must prioritize interactive prototypes for their value in usability testing and living documentation.

via Wireframes aren’t dead: they’re just changing | Web design | Creative Bloq.

The 10 commandments of good form design on the web – Mono

The 10 commandments of good form design on the web – Mono.

50% Off Videomaker Instructional Videos + Free Shipping| Videomaker.com

50% Off Videomaker Instructional Videos + Free Shipping

Celebrate Summer 2015 and get your training here. While supplies last, we’re offering 50% off all our physical and downloadable Instructional Videos PLUS free shipping (domestic orders only). Below are just a few of the titles you can enjoy now. Visit our store and use the “DVDMay” coupon code at checkout to get your savings. Hurry, the sale runs through Wednesday and is limited to our supplies on hand.

| Videomaker.com.

Free Lynda.com access (and Adobe Suite through St. Paul Library)

I have posted that Lynda.com training is free through the Dakota County Public Library system but now there are more.

This database offers thousands of online courses and video tutorials on skills and software in the following areas:

  • business
  • CAD
  • design
  • education & elearning
  • IT
  • marketing
  • photography
  • Web design & development

Plus, you can learn anywhere with apps for iOS, Android, and Windows 8 mobile devices.

Dakota County

Great news for everyone with a Dakota County Library card: you have free access to lynda.com!

(direct link https://www.lynda.com/portal/sip?org=co.dakota.mn.us)

Plus, you can learn anywhere with apps for iOS, Android, and Windows 8 mobile devices. If you live in Dakota County and don’t already have your Dakota County Library card, simply visit one of the 10 locations with some form of identification, such as:

  • driver’s license
  • state non-driver’s ID
  • checkbook
  • recently postmarked bill
  • passport
  • or immigration papers

Hennepin County

Lynda.com features business, technical and creative skills courses

 

 

 

 

Lynda.com features business, technical and creative skills courses

Now available through Hennepin County Library, learning resource Lynda.com offers over 3,000 interactive video courses taught by experts.

View on www.hclib.org

 

 St. Paul Public Library System: Lynda.com + Adobe Creative Suite Free

lynda.com is now available to Saint Paul Public Library users | Saint Paul Public Library

 Twin Cities Metro Area residents

Residents served by the Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, or Washington County library systems can register and use their library cards in the Saint Paul Public Library. Bring your library card in to any Saint Paul Public Library location to register.

 

 

 

 

 

lynda.com is now available to Saint Paul Public Library …

Saint Paul Public Library has launched lyndaLibrary, giving patrons unlimited off-site access to lynda.com’s entire collection of award-winning video tutorials

View on www.sppl.org

Want to Work for Yourself? 7 Things You Need To Ask Yourself

Want to Work for Yourself? 7 Things You Need To Ask Yourself.

Digital design still needs more women – News – Digital Arts

Why just ‘leaning in’ isn’t enough to fix our male-dominated industry, explains ustwo and Ada’s List’s Nicki Sprinz (above).

Another week, another women in tech story – who cares? You should. Despite all the noise, the campaigning, the diversity committees, the hashtags and the supportive communities, women still make up just 17 per cent of technology roles in the digital design industry, with only 11.2 per cent of women taking leadership roles. This disparity in leadership isn’t just about tech start-ups, this applies across the creative industries: only 3 per cent of creative directors are female.

via Digital design still needs more women – News – Digital Arts.

The Ultimate Facebook Cover Photo Guide—and Template!

Over the past few weeks on Deke’s Techniques, I’ve been focusing on how to create an impeccable, integrated, and (dare I say) slightly ingenious Facebook cover photo — in which the cover image at the top of your Facebook page is in perfect alignment with your profile picture.

I’ve measured every angle, considered every interface element, and ultimately crafted a Photoshop template you can use for your own page. Here’s how:

via The Ultimate Facebook Cover Photo Guide—and Template!.

$16.98 a month for Adobe Creative Cloud

Get Adobe Creative Cloud* for $16.58 a month† when you prepay for 12 months of membership. That’s two months free. Includes the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and more.

 

Join now

This special offer must be redeemed through this email or by calling 800‑585‑0774.

via Adobe Creative Cloud.

A Better Way To Design For Retina In Photoshop

Are you designing at “Retina” resolution in Photoshop? If the answer is yes, then this article is for you. I will walk you through the problems I faced in creating Retina mockups to be displayed on a tablet device. I will then explain a way to work that is easier and gives you better performance. This is about my experience with Photoshop, but it could be applied to Illustrator and other software.

via A Better Way To Design For Retina In Photoshop.

Taking the Guesswork Out of Design · An A List Apart Article

Creativity breathes life into successful websites. However, creative ideas and solutions can sometimes seem like guesswork—and guessing is risky business. So what can designers do to show clients they’re using a solid strategy and have the best intentions? The following exercises are a great way to start discussing and documenting aspects of design to help clients shed their fear of creativity and encourage them to join the design process.

via Taking the Guesswork Out of Design · An A List Apart Article.