Where to begin? How I start a visual design for the web

Editor’s note: This blog post is a written version of a talk that I gave at the UX Bar Camp DC 2015.

Visual Design, which, despite my background in it, often feels like the hardest part of an overall web design project for me. By “Visual Design” I’m referring to establishing look, feel, texture color, etc. So much of it seems objective and hard to judge. There aren’t arbitrary boundaries that can easily be evaluated against.

This is not another “blah blah – first design” argument. This part of the process is independent of research, testing, business goals, discovery, etc. This is purely the moment of when you crack open a design document – what do you do?

This is not prescriptive. This is about what works for me, which I’m posting in the hopes that it helps someone else out there help think through their processes.

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Quick Links: Better writing & Design

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how writing is a part of design – not just what design contains. If you are thinking about how to improve your writing, and improve it within your designs, here are two helpful articles I recently found:

25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer

This is just a collection of insights from various authors and fields – easy reading, but thought provoking

Editing tips for designers

Like it says on the tin, it’s some editing tips for designers.

I hope to have more to say about writing and design in the near future. Enjoy!

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A new design

After a long, long delay, I’ve finally launched a redesign to this site. I’ve been gradually picking away at it for several months, and I’m thrilled to finally have it up.

The overall feel I was going for was “eclectic”, without being messy. I wanted to have some energy in the design, while still allowing a user to focus on the writing (it is a blog, after all).

This design was meant from the get-go to be responsive, so it changes with the context of the device that you are viewing it on. Responsive design is a big buzz word in the web design community, but I personally a fan of the approach.

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