Fewer folders and files makes life easier.

Dealing with a disorganized file management system is one of a designer’s biggest frustrations. Nothing sparks rage like opening your masterpiece and finding 97 missing links in your InDesign document. Unnamed files, mismanaged assets, or eight versions of a project all designated with the word “final” are maddening daily frustrations a designer can avoid with an organized, thoughtful file management system.

Social media has power over psychology. Ethically, it should not harm.

In the midst of a pandemic, screens have been a portal to another place, a comfort and a respite from the news of COVID-19 ravaging the world. Like many (all) of my friends, I’ve spent my entire life on this digital escapist playscape, never far from a computer, a video game, or a phone. I read my books from a screen. I found friends through Facebook, shared art through Instagram, and found the love of my life through Tinder (she was there on a dare…). Medicated for ADHD since I was 8 years old, I’m the perfect snapshot of a…

Inclusive, accessible design is good design.

As designers, our principal focus is creation. From the start of each project, we sit down with an understanding of our layout and a rationale for doing things a certain way. While crucial to building an application, this focus can leave us metaphorically blind to other people’s perceptions and needs. As we design, it’s easy to get caught up in the experience of creating and become less focused on the needs of every user.

A clear and satisfying user interface is one that communicates clearly and doesn’t exclude those that have different accessibility needs…

Flat design is boring. Let’s talk about it.

Brought into vogue by Apple, and Microsoft, flat design is ubiquitous in web design now, and gorgeous examples of its implementation exist. But, flat design’s inclusion in templates on Squarespace, Wix, and other website builders has led to a homogenization of web design. Slick geometric icons and templates have led to a flat net. Everything looks like a tech company. Brands can suffer from this and identity can clash with the flat aesthetic, and, more egregious, it’s boring.

Just to note, Google has a soft counterpoint to the flat design ethos with its material design ethos. But in this article…

Trying something different in web design can shred initial time estimates.

You can see the final project at http://watch-your-tone.com/

”I want to make a site that just messes with the people using it, scrolling down goes up, left goes right, y’ know? A site that does the opposite of what the person expects.”

Andy told me this as we were working on sketching album art for his band, “Famous Friends,” and I laughed at the idea. A site that attacks standard practices for web design was an entertaining thought. Andy was all about flying in the face of his fans and society in general.

A couple of years later, Famous Friends…

The importance of managing designer-client expectations

Insanely elaborate machines built to accomplish simple tasks have always fascinated people. But at the core of Rube Goldberg machines, the entire spectacle of the machine is disproportionate to the goal they’re accomplishing. You could just eat toast, or build an entire machine to deliver it to your mouth.

Crumbs! — Jiwi’s Machines

In design, clients set expectations on a project. In some cases, people want an elaborate spectacle to deliver their message. In others, clients may just want bold text on a white background. Client and designer expectations should align, and be established early.

At Utah Valley University, I was on a team…

Alex Walker

Graphic and web designer out of Provo, UT. I design for local bands and companies, moving into UI/UX design. Music Nerd, Glitch Punk, and very tall boy.

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