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What Will Grow Your Reputation in 2012 as a Designer

Catalina Butnaru - Sunday, January 01, 2012 |

Good reputation is good business: it helps you find great clients and helps them find you. This article is a brief round-up of what will grow your reputation in 2012, starting with real examples. However, one should always keep an eye on what's gaining more weight in different environments. Learning to adapt is a designer's best strategy, so let's start with what's proved to be effective so far.

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Time Perception in UX Design

Catalina Butnaru - Sunday, November 27, 2011 |

You are close to finishing up your project; your workflow has improved significantly since you started using that project management tool for developers: time is flying. Later that day your flight is delayed and you start reading the news and switch to playing a game: time goes slow; distraction keeps your eyes off the clock until departure.

Time perception is an interesting dimension of user experience that designers need to understand to improve the UI. When users engage with the interface, a slight change in their perception of time can affect their entire experience. In this article we discuss different types of time perception, user scenarios and optimization techniques recommended in each case.

The Persistence of Memory 1931 Salvador Dali
The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali
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What We've Been Working on at Velora Studios - BrightLounge and the Velora Network

Bryan McAnulty - Friday, November 04, 2011 |

Here at Velora Studios, when we are not busy working with our awesome clients, we are busy building our own projects. We are excited to announce the launch of two projects we have been working on for some time now. Read on to hear the story behind BrightLounge, Velora.co and our new network button.

BrightLounge and Velora.co
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5 Creative Uses of Character Design

Catalina Butnaru - Tuesday, October 25, 2011 |

Character design is like the honeycomb of brand strategy, used for decades to raise brand awareness and entice customers of all ages. Character illustrations are making their appearance in web design more often recently, but one needs to understand when and how characters should be used in association with a brand name, product, website or even with themselves. This article highlights the best and most creative uses of character design, with the sole purpose to help you, designer or business owner, understand its magical powers.

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Web Design for Real People

Catalina Butnaru - Thursday, September 08, 2011 |

Web design used to be a developer's playground before UX designers came and added more levels to the process. As the center of gravity shifted from designing systems to creating experiences, it became more clear that everything we designed needed to add value to our life and choices. As we move to an experience economy, allot of designers spend time looking for inspiration in online resources, only to discover that the best solutions come from offline sources and everyday life. UX designers will become more skilled at identifying real world resources that can be applied in web design, because they are increasingly relevant to their job.

Semantic Web Rubik's Cube
Photo by: Dull Hunk on Flickr

Design thinking needs to go outside aesthetic or functional challenges and bring in solutions inspired by people. This article talks about being "people aware" and using human factors to improve user experience.


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