Archive for July, 2010

3 mini vacation escapes

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

During the work day, I take a break with travel/nature pics. It’s like a short vacation. Here are a few taken during July. Lake Jenkinson has several islands in the middle, easy to swim to and be totally alone. Visit steamy Shimo in Tokyo, with its people landscape.

Lake Jenkinson in Placer county California

Shimo in Tokyo

Hot rain in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo

Northern California coastline in summer

10 Super helpful tips for Visual Designers during the design phase

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

1- Make sure you understand the project requirements and objectives thoroughly: including IA/UI/UX
2- Don’t begin until you have at the very least 1st draft copy/content in place
3- Try working within a grid system, it’s a good practice
4- Don’t be afraid to take creative risks by putting your unique perspective into the work, you can add trendy stuff later if it works
5- Try working in Fireworks curing this phase, the app’s vector features makes rapid prototyping easy. You can do the final creative in PS
6- Create tons of mocks with completely different approaches; work quickly, throwing in ideas randomly, almost like mood boards
7- Assess, then go on a major editing binge; throw out everything that doesn’t work or perform a function
8- Take at least a day or a night away from the work to get some space and perspective
9- Narrow down the designs, step away/outside of yourself when reviewing your work, be objective
10- Get lots of feedback from your creative colleagues before the client review