Why You Need Design

Last week Paul Scrivens (aka. Scrivs of Drawar fame) posted We Do Not Need You To Design Anymore, in which he asks if web designers are still needed and what value we add over cheap and generic logos and themes.

I think Paul’s main reason for writing the post is to get web designers to think about the question so we can provide reasons why we are still needed and valuable and that’s where this post comes in.
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4 More Principles Of Information Architecture

Last week I started a discussion of IA and offered 4 principles of information architecture based on the work of Dan Brown. This week I want to continue with the last 4 of the 8 principles Dan provided in his PDF.
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4 Principles of Information Architecture

The way you organize content on your site does a number of things. It gives immediate clues to what your site is about, it helps people find the information they’re looking for, and it anticipates how people want to interact with that information. It can even help people process your information deeper and better.
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Why You’re More Creative Than You Realize

In 1922 at the age of 67 Alfred Wallis began painting. Until that time he had been a deep sea fisherman and later a marine stores dealer, professions hardly considered to be creative. How does someone who’s shown no creative ability for most of his life end up having his paintings hanging in museums?

What is creativity? Are you creative? How can you become more creative?
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Contour Bias And The Uncanny Valley: Anthropomorphic Forms Part II

Human beings are programmed to like things similar to themselves. When something looks and acts like us, we tend to be biased in its favor. The thing need not be human. When inanimate objects take on human appearance, act like humans, or otherwise take on human characteristics and qualities, we can’t help but feel more of a connection to them.
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