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Mike Hince UI Designer Shrewsbury

Reflecting on 10 years as a Freelancer

Reflecting on 10 years as a Freelancer 2008 was an awful year. I was made redundant and lost my dad within months of each other. My dad plays a huge part in why I’m a freelance designer today but we’ll jump back to that later. 

Losing my job was tough as I’d fought for years to get to a decent wage, I’d started on £10k a year which was about half what our college had suggested most jobs start at. It took to 6 years
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Quitting Adobe Creative Cloud – 6 Months on

Ah Quitting Adobe Creative Cloud, challenge or relief? TL;DR – I don’t miss using Adobe Products. I’ve been a professional designer for over 15 years and for 14 out of those years I’ve been a dedicated Adobe supporter but a while back I decided that quitting Adobe Creative Cloud was the best way forward for me. First, a bit of history. I’ve worked on huge licensing brands such as Star Wa
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Invision for Designers

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

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 t
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Learn to speak designer: UI & UX basics

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 usin
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Why startups are the best clients

Five reasons why startups make the best design 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
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