Weekly Design Updates - Apr 22 2016
Updates on the latest design styles, Tokyo 2020, workplace design's influence, colors for the web and personal website's design.
7 signs your design style is out of date
If you’ve worked in the design industry for any length of time you’ve probably seen styles come and go.
Maybe you’re using some styles that are so popular they’ve reached their saturation point. Or maybe you haven’t even realized the possibilities that come with the constant influx of new technology.
Whether or not you’ve already noticed the changing times, here are seven signs your design is stuck in the past.
You think serifs are a thing of the past
You are constantly trying to keep up with the latest color trends
You do all of your work sitting at a desk
You think from only one perspective
You take throwbacks too far
Your flat design is falling flat
Your templates are looking like… templates
Tokyo 2020 logo shortlist revealed
It’s just four years until the Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics, and while the eyes of the sporting world may currently be set on Brazil, attention will turn to Tokyo once the torch is (literally) passed in 5 months.
After the original logos for Tokyo 2020, designed by Kenjiro Sano, were — probably unfairly — dropped amid claims of plagiarism, the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee decided to hold a public competition that any Japanese resident could enter.
The competition has however, produced some interesting designs.
How Workplace Design Influences Worker Productivity
Whether you work in an office building or from a home office, the design of your workplace definitely influences the quality and speed of your work. This especially true when it comes to tasks which require focus.
If you were going to design or redesign your workplace with productivity in mind, here are a few things that you could try.
Use Colour Wisely
Use of Lighting Should be a Significant Factor in Your Workplace Design
Find Ways to Mitigate Noise
Air Quality Should be Considered Part of The Design Process
Individual Work Areas Should be Comfortable and Customisable
Do Your Best to Keep The Room at a Comfortable Temperature
Keep Clutter to a Minimum
Use Smells to Boost Mood and Increase Productivity
Provide Varying Work Areas For Productivity And Morale
Designing for the Web: Are There Colors You Should Avoid?
But can you go wrong with color? Are there hues or combinations that you should shy away from?
In a word … yes!
Light on Light
Bright on Bright/Dark on Dark
6 ways to make your personal website more effective
Personal websites are what you make of them, and there’s really no right or wrong way to go about creating one, but there are some general things you should consider before getting started.
All personal sites should have:
A clear and easy to spell domain name
An about me page that really is all about you
Easy to find contact information… why have a site for people to find you if they can’t contact you
Additionally, websites aren’t static, they’re dynamic. For that reason, you must always be sure to update your site whenever you accomplish something.
If you’ve been thinking of getting your personal website together, here 6 ways to make your personal website more effective
Share your potential
Endorsements paint a prettier picture
Authenticity is captivating
Let your design do the work
Less is more