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5 Great Tools and Tricks for Designers and Developers (March 2017)


Remember, it’s “beware the Ides of March,” not the “ideas of March.”

So stop looking at us so suspiciously and check out this month’s collection of sharp tools and tricks.



Abstract: The Art of Design

Abstract is an eight-episode Netflix documentary series on creativity co-produced by WIRED’s editor-in-chief Scott Dadich.

It’s about the visionary designers who shape the world—from illustration to architecture, cars to typography. Think Chef’s Table for creatives.

Episodes include stage designer Es Devlin (2012 Olympics closing ceremony), designer Paula Scher (MOMA, The Metropolitan Opera), and illustrator Christoph Niemann (New Yorker and NY Times).

Be careful, it may quickly turn into your binge-watch-when-you-should-be-creating series.


10 Mistakes That Are Ruining The Success Of Your Digital Projects

UX designer and thought leader Paul Boag was troubled. Time and again he kept seeing his team’s projects ruined by exactly the same mistakes.

The most troubling fact? He was working on quite a few different teams.

So Paul got out his keyboard and started to write. And write and write. Then, of course, carefully edit.

The result? This articulate post on navigating your team through the chaos of building awesome digital projects while dealing with too few people and too many unrealistic deadlines.



Mobile-First Is Just Not Good Enough

We love the folks at Mad*Pow. In fact, we got their Experience Design Director Adam Connor to stand out in the freezing cold to do an interview on collaborative critiques. (Which, come to think of it, wasn’t the best way to treat him.)

So when we happened upon their Smashing Magazine post about the inherent flaws of Mobile First, we had to see the what the heck they were talking about.

Whether you agree or disagree with their methods, it’s a terrific look at the interaction between clients, users, and the process they call journey-driven design.


Vecteezy’s Vector Graphics Editor

While certainly no Illustrator or Sketch, the beta version editor from Vecteezy is a Lite ‘n Handy tool for simple illustrations and revisions to vector graphics.

As the editor itself is a part of the Vecteezy website (currently the world’s largest vector graphics community) it allows you to search for designs, modify, and download files in jpeg, png, or svg formats without opening any additional programs.

Which might save you a little time, right?


5 Powerful Online Design Portfolios + Advice for Creating Your Own

Yes, yes, we know, it’s sponsored content, but if you can put your opinions aside for one moment we think you’ll be inspired by the beautiful portfolios in this PRINT magazine post.

All done on Squarespace, each of the folios has a nice write up explaining what makes it work.

Maybe sponsored content has a place in your heart after all.

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