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Every once in a while, you get challenged with designing the boring and dull stuff. Usually, this is something like a table. Or anything else that is used to present the user with lots of data. You know, the boring stuff. How to make this more attractive (because we believe that’s important, right?) is often a hurdle. Asking ourselves how to make it visually more appealing is often not the solution, asking ourselves how to improve the…

I know the struggle of trying to find the right design books, and how often we Google things like “best books for designers 2020”. I’ve been there, I’ve Google that, a lot. And now I have collected 52 books about design and can tell you what books I like best. Best books for designers in 2020 10. A dictionary of color combinations Starting off with a fun one! The people who know me, know that…

The state of design in 2019 In recent years design has become much more mature, we know what works for conversion and sales, we can rely on best practices, and there are tons of books and blogs out there that tell us what works and what doesn’t. In other words, design has become very rational. And I am here to ask the question whether that is okay or not and what the consequences are. To…

This curiosity of me about beauty all started because too many people neglect or don’t acknowledge the power of beauty. Too many people don’t see the positive impact beauty can have on their brands and products. So too often I’m seeing myself defending beauty, frustrated I can’t seem to successfully persuade people why it matters so much. So I wondered, where does this don’t-care-about-beauty attitude come from? And is there research that proves the added…

“Visual Intelligence” is one of the 52 books I’ll read this year. And after reading the first chapter, I kinda felt like I just discovered a book that would tell me how to become more like Sherlock Holmes, and it didn’t disappoint. Visual Intelligence is a book about sharpening your senses and not missing any details, in anything. Especially as a designer, this can be super helpful. Pixel perfect design and no more missed details…

When I was still in college and wondered how to choose a typeface, I would do some research on a typeface and find something like “this typeface has been designed for easy reading”. That would suffice and I would pick the typeface. Today I laugh about my past ignorance, because there are so much more reasons to pick or not to pick a typeface. Interested in the difference between a typeface and font first? Read…

When we talk about typography, we either refer to it as a typeface or a font. And in most situations, it’s fine to use either one. But they actually mean two separate things, and it might be helpful to use the correct version to avoid miscommunication. (And to not annoy your creative director of course). The difference between font and typeface Most articles I’ve read take too long in my opinion to explain the difference.…