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Feeling Stuck? Design what you dont know!

Where is it?! It has to be here somewhere. It use to be so easy. What happened? Somewhere, somewhere, somewhere. That idea is somewhere. It’s here, it has to be. This is where I’ve always found it. But there’s nothing. The only shapes I find here are well worn and boring, dints still obvious even with fresh paint. Oh so boring. So boring and so often used because they’re just “fine.” Too easily used. Too easily reached for and offered up as if they were new again. Didn’t this used to be easy? Didn’t fresh ideas arrive without being asked for? Why did I have to wait until the last moment to even notice, wait until moments before these old dented ideas have to be presented? Wasn’t this a passion? Wasn’t this a calling? Wasn’t this something I sprung from bed every morning to race to the studio to do? Now it’s none of these things. Now it’s different. Now it’s quiet with muted color. Now it’s something I just do. No, it’s worse. Now it’s a job. It’s not my work, it’s my job. It’s a job, and the ideas don’t arrive like they used to. I keep designing what I know. I’m stuck. What Stuck Is Really Like For A Designer Sound familiar? We often think about being stuck as not having anywhere to move. But for a designer, this is what stuck really looks like. It’s emptiness followed by panic, days before a concept or first proof is due. It’s reaching for old familiar ideas, ones used far too often simply because they’re reliable, even if...

10 Stupid things people believe about photographers

Working as a Photographer is great fun and is also very creative job. But often people do have misconceptions regarding Photographers. Let’s look at The 10 Stupid Things People Believe About Photographers. Oh ! It’s Just About Pressing a Button – No, it’s about visualizing an image before its made, it’s about framing and composition, it’s about getting the exposure right, it’s about choosing the right shutter speed, it’s about being at the right ISO, it’s about having the correct aperture value, its about setting the right focus mode, it’s about choosing the right lens and camera and everything else that you couldn’t imagine. Friends Will Work for Free – -No they won’t. They have invested a lot of money. Where are they going to get it back from? . Better Gear Makes Better Photographs – -As good as a good Stove makes better food. My friend Can Shoot the Wedding – -Your friend can take snaps at the wedding. But he won’t be as good as a professional. Great Photograph, It Must be Photoshopped – -Most professionals get most of the work done straight in camera. Many are actually very good at it and get stunning images before they get anywhere near a computer. That is what makes them good at their craft. That is why they study. That is why they practice. And mind you, Photoshop is not the only editing software! XYZ Takes Better Photos Than You – Every good photographer has his own style and work process. What you think is good may be worst for others. Its a very subjective thing which depends on...

Custom Camera Rig Makes Stunning Vertical Panorama Of Redwood

I came accross this post of Wildlife photographer Michael Nichols wanted to photograph a 90-metre tall redwood in a dense forest with no clear lines of sight. So he built a custom camera rig to take tons of close-ups to stitch together.   The result is a stunning composite of 83 different shots of this incredible tree. Here’s a video of Nichols talking about the process of capturing the image....

The Dumbest Guy in the Room

It is unfortunate and frustrating, but it’s a fact: getting design approval and then a project completed for a large corporate client is seldom about convincing the smartest people in the room of anything. Instead it’s usually about trying to keep the dumbest people in the room (or in the company) from shooting themselves in the foot. And that’s if the designer even gets the chance to communicate with them at all. Sadly, this makes the business of design less about appealing to people’s better ideals and more about achieving victory over stupidity. *This is rather a cynical article, but know that i’m not suggesting that all projects are so bleak. It is, however, a common circumstance in our line of work and it’s worth examining and certainly worth preparing for.* Now when I say “dumbest,” I’m not necessarily talking about people’s intellect. Instead, I’m talking about their willingness to rely on good information from experts rather than their own limited understanding when it comes to important matters. I’m talking about the ability to make decisions in the appropriate context rather than the most familiar context. Face it; for many cases I’m talking about the nearly impossible. By way of example, over the past year I’ve seen at least three large corporations dismantle, in-part or entirely, compelling website strategies and designs that could have positively set them apart from the competition while boosting their respective bottom lines. In each case, the initial design concept won over the project team and the approved design was then developed into a complete website. Then, after the fact, corporate leadership (or their agents)...

The First Rule of Web Design

The first rule of web design is you do not talk about web design Quick, right now, go to your three favorite Web designers’ weblogs. Are the current articles design articles? Do the current articles have anything at all to do with visual design? Not likely. I’d wager that the articles you find will be about accessibility, scripting, the DOM, Web standards, semantic code, development technique or industry culture; everything except visual design. But these are supposedly design weblogs, right? Many of them even have titles that include the word, design. Where are the design articles? Why do Web designers, even the best-known, typically write about everything except design? For example, I just scoured the 9rules Design Community list of sites. Of those, not a single one had an article about design. That’s 51 really good weblogs – weblogs purportedly authored by designers – talking about everything except design. …the Web design community is hopelessly distracted by technical fetish. I find this puzzling and disappointing. It is not as if members of the Web design community don’t care about sharing information and it’s not as if we don’t enjoy offering tutorials. Most Web design weblogs are filled with tutorials …on scripting, starting your own business, or accessibility. But certainly not design. Something is skewed and backward. So far as I can tell, the Web design community is hopelessly distracted by technical fetish. So-called or self-proclaimed designers are refusing to touch on matters of visual design, while at the same time those who have no clear understanding of design are irresponsibly filling the resultant void with nonsense. Designers aren’t controlling...