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Why InVision is Important to UI Designers

In the beginning there was darkness, and then there was InVision. InVision is increasingly becoming part of my everyday workflow. I use it all the time. I’m almost addicted to it and this is my love letter to InVision. This is why InVision is important to UI Designers. Before we begin, I’ve recently launched my design business Bossanova. Please view some of my projects over at bossanova.io, thank you. Rig
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Give in to Time Off : Six reasons why time off can make you a better designer

When June started it marked a big milestone for me, it was a full year since I’d had any time off. Ok I’d had the odd bank holiday to myself here and there, but Christmas was written off by the flu and a big house move. It had been a long time since I’d had more than two consecutive days away from a screen, and it was starting to take its toll on me. Fatigue was setting in and the result was confusion, carelessness a
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Learn to speak designer: UI & UX basics

It’s not always easy talking to a designer, we can be a confusing bunch. What on earth are we talking about when we say things like “below the fold” and “information taxonomy”? Surely we can just speak plain English when designing an app or website?. I like my clients to feel completely comfortable and up to speed when I’m working with them, so I actually tend to avoid using too much jargon. UX and UI specialists com
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Why startups are the best clients

Five reasons why startups make the best design clients

Startups, they’re everywhere; If they’re not busy being featured in Forbes magazine or Design Week, they’re starring in their own HBO sitcom (I’ve yet to check out Silicon Valley, let me know in the comments if its worth a watch). But no matter how omnipresent they become, I just can’t get enough of them. Which is pretty lucky, as they make up the large majority of my client portfolio right now. Its a niche that I’ve
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Seven ways to better manage your design leads and enquiries

Spring is here, and its not just the birds and animals waking up from hibernation; new and existing clients have recovered from the January blues and my inbox is subsequently taking a battering. New enquiries take up the majority of space, and whilst I still get that “yay!” feeling every time a lead lands I’ve been finding it increasingly difficult to manage them. The 80/20 rule has been ringing in my ears, and I’ve
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How Twitter improved me as a freelancer

How Twitter improved me as a freelancer

UI/UX design is a commonly used term now, but when I first started out designing apps, websites and software many years ago it wasn’t such a buzzword. I wasn’t even aware of it as a term when I began, so finding like minded people who did what I did was really difficult. Combine this with the usual woes of being a freelancer, and I was starting to feel a bit lonely and isolated. I did what I always do when I fe
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5 Things I learned from the TBO Web Design Conference

5 things I learnt at The Business of Web Design conference

Just over two weeks ago I went to The Business of Web Design conference located in the beautiful Atrium building in Cardiff. It was a fantastic event bringing together designers, developers and marketers working in the digital world from all across the UK. What makes this conference different is that it focuses on how you do business, with eight funny and engaging talks about the fundamentals of working for clients a
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Be a better freelance designer

I’ve been a freelance designer since 2008 and I can confirm, freelancing is a tough gig. I’ve worked on projects of all sizes, ranging from Exhibition Design, Branding, Licensed product design, Packaging, Print and of course, UI / UX Design. I thought I would share with you a few lessons I’ve learned to be a better freelance designer and how they will aid you in the years to come. 1. Work when you a
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Do NDA’s for Designers Stifle Creativity?

An NDA creative world (This article is aimed to open up discussion, not suggesting NDA’s should be scrapped) As someone who works for a lot of start-ups, entrepreneurs and small business I’ve noticed an increase in clients asking me to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs). It’s become almost par for the course that if I’m working on an interesting project I will have to agree to keep the work I’m doing a secre
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Adobe Kuler UI Colour Resource

Amazing Colour Resources for Designers

Add some Colour into your life As a designer I should be better at using colour, I think we’re all guilty of “sticking to what we know” at some point in our careers. Luckily for me the internet is a haven of inspiration and truly amazing resources to aid your every day design work. This blog highlights some of the websites, apps and services which I use on a daily basis, If I miss any, please leave
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