Graphic Design & Web Development

Design - from all angles

A blog about design, though not in the strictest sense of the word. Marketing / branding resources and musings of a web and graphic designer who sees the world through Pantone-colored glasses and a 12-column responsive grid. {Subscribe to the RSS feed here: RSS}

Quality, Speed, and Price. Choose 3?

Nyla Smith | Wednesday, August 31, 2011

venn diagram with three circlesNope, pick two. You may have heard it before; it's certainly not a new concept. (There are plenty of variations floating about: quality, time, money; quality, service, cost; good, fast, cheap.. it's all the same.) Read Article »

What's in a name? Graphic Designer vs. Web Designer vs. Web Developer...Oh my

Nyla Smith | Wednesday, August 24, 2011

There are lots of titles floating around for people like me. And I'll be honest here, lots of people don't know what those titles mean. I call myself a Graphic and Web Designer. Read Article »

Designing for print vs. designing for web

Nyla Smith | Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Being a Graphic Designer means I design for both print and web. While there are many obvious similarities—design principles don't change, I use many of the same software programs— there are differences between the two that people may not be aware of. Read Article »

Horizontal vs. vertical business cards

Nyla Smith | Friday, July 29, 2011

It's time for me to restock on my business cards, and since I have been redesigning my logo, of course I have to redesign my cards as well. In the spirit of exploring my options, I decided to design a vertical version of my new business card as well as horizontal one. Read Article »

I'm bleeding! No, not really. Except I am...

Nyla Smith | Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bleed. Sounds...not good, right? Well, no need to worry, "bleed" is a term used in the printing/graphic design world; it does not involve actual blood; and if you don't already know what it is, now's your chance to learn! Read Article »

That's just not my (team) color: red and gold

Nyla Smith | Friday, June 03, 2011

"Well those are too close to Redskins colors, soo....let's go with this one instead." This was a comment a client (apparently not a Redskins fan) made after I had presented some color options for his new logo design.  Read Article »

The Science of Design: Mathematics

Nyla Smith | Friday, May 27, 2011

Ahh, math. Who doesn't love math? What? You? Well, that's only because you may not appreciate the true beauty of math. Read Article »

Designing Stop Signs

Nyla Smith | Wednesday, February 09, 2011

I've worked with all kinds of people.  Some people turn out to be very opinionated. Some people constantly call back with "just one more tiny change" each time they've gotten any type of feedback from others. Some people want to use neon green even if neon green is absolutely the wrong color to use, simply because neon green is their favorite color. Get my drift? Read Article »

"Hey, you stole my idea!"

Nyla Smith | Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Have you heard of "Quirky"? It's a website that allows you to submit your ideas for inventions, has people comment on and vote up the ideas, and if yours is chosen, the Quirky team actually brings it to life — they manufacture it and make it available for retail. Read Article »

Now. Do it NOW.

Nyla Smith | Monday, January 31, 2011

"People are more motivated by immediate consequences than by future possibilities." Read Article »


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