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CRL Learns: Tools for Effective Slide Presentations

Last week David Gnojek, Art Director here at the Center for Research on Learning at the University of Kansas, talked to us about the principles of good design. About the presentation… Colors, fonts and images are too often an afterthought … Read

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Sharing your process

Even as recently as a few years back, there was this notion that you should keep everything a secret until it was completely finished for fear that your idea would be “stolen.” Social media has opened lots of doors, both … Read

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Tips for an easier design experience

I’ve written in the past with tips for working with a printer to get your content on paper, but I thought it would also be useful to have some project management tips for when it comes time to design your … Read

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3 ways to make your own homepage in practically no time at all

Once upon a time, just about anyone who developed for the web had a homepage. These sites generally had a few images, a biography, and links out to favorite sites. They were a good way to get to know people. … Read

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How (and why) to storyboard on the quick and cheap

To follow up on Amber’s post on storyboarding last week, as well as Dave’s post on involving your designer/production crew early (and often), here’s a short video further explaining the purpose and practice of storyboarding. Give it a quick view, … Read

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Involve your designer early

After running into this situation a few times now, I thought I’d write up a post about the importance of involving a designer early on in a project. I think this really applies to anyone who’s going to be responsible … Read

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Museum design as inspiration

I just recently returned from a trip to Washington, DC which seems to be, in my mind, the museum capitol of the world! It’s a wonderful city and I found lots of interesting sources of inspiration for my design work. … Read

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5 tips to improve your presentations

We’re coming up on another summer of conferences and conference presentations. Here’s a little refresher to help you (and your audience) get the most out of your talks. 1. Beware “Death by PowerPoint” You may have seen this video before, … Read

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The Art of Sketch

Today’s post is a quick thought on the importance of sketching and I’ll start it off with a quick story . . . On the first day of class in design school, I was given one of the more challenging … Read

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From mediocre snapshot to powerful communication: digital image editors

I’m sure many of us have had the experience of taking a great photo of a friend, family member, landscape, or other photo-worthy scene only to find that the final image contained red eye problems or that the color was … Read

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