Does Your Design Set The Right Context For Your Content?

When talking about different aspects of design I often mention the word context. However, I realize I don’t always talk about the importance of that word and why we should always be thinking about the context within which we work. Today I want to correct that and offer some thoughts about context.
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What Should You Learn Next?

With so many things to learn what you should you take on next? What’s necessary to learn in order to become a better designer or developer? I’ve taught myself X, but don’t know whether I should now learn Y, Z, or Q. These are common questions and I want to offer some thoughts in reply.
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7 Websites That Incorporate Rhythm In Their Design

Rhythm is patterned movement. When visually present in a design, it creates interest and leads the eye from one element to the next. How do web designers incorporate rhythm in the sites they build?
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Does Having Techniques Inhibit Your Creativity?

Do I have any favourite techniques [for designing]? Techniques are habits, and habits are a refusal of the moment and a reliving of the past. A habitual person is not interested in the present, but a person with habits can have style. The person who lives in the moment cannot have style.
Miles Newlyn

I came across the quote above via David Airey. It’s interesting and on the surface seems to make sense, but something about it didn’t sit right with me. I’ve been thinking about the quote for awhile and want to share why I disagree with it.
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Rhythm And Proportion In Grids And Type

Last week I offered some thoughts about rhythm, specifically the rhythm of visual elements. Those thoughts were focused more on the theory. Today I want to lean more toward the practical side and talk about aspects of design we work with regularly and how we can add rhythm to our work through them.
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