things we learned

lessons from working in the design and web development business

September 22, 2012
by Holger Bartel
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“Styleguides are the new Photoshop” – Notes from Stephen Hay’s Talk at Smashing Conference in Freiburg

Andy Clarke already said it in his talk in 2009: Come up with new workflows Design in the browser Photoshop is impractical for responsive design mockups Problems with Photoshop comps Design changes are time-consuming Too much manual work Image editor … Continue reading

September 22, 2012
by Holger Bartel
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“Beyond Media Queries” – Notes from Brad Frost’s Talk At Smashing Conference in Freiburg

Principles of Adaptive Design “What’s under the Christmas tree in two years? That’s what we’re designing for today.”– Brad Frost Ubiquity “The things we don’t know are more important than the things we do know. Design for the future.” Flexibility … Continue reading

September 20, 2012
by Tom
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Smashing Conference, Freiburg, Germany, September 2012

The first Smashing Conference was the second »web« conference I attended. Having talked with Vitaly Friedman and Marc Thiele at last year’s »Beyond Tellerrand«, it was a no-brainer to attend the debut of Smashing Magazine’s conference. I was sure that … Continue reading

Taking Your Talent to the Web

Written in 2001 and still a good read!

I wrote this book in 2001 for print designers whose clients want websites, print art directors who’d like to move into full–time web and interaction design, homepage creators who are ready to turn pro, and professionals who seek to deepen their web skills and understanding. (…) While browser references and modem speeds may reek of 2001, much of the advice about transitioning to the web still holds true. – Jeffrey Zeldman

We Are Architects

We all have a vision of what architects do, right? They sit in front of CAD all day drawing walls, doors and toilets on floor plans, right? But after realizing the duties of architects, the similarities are compelling and it leads to one conclusion: web designers are architects.