At REM, every design is custom and different. We ensure we design each website based on the unique needs and goals of our clients. We use the software, Adobe Photoshop to create our concepts and mock-ups. By using this every day, we have picked up quite a number of tricks that save time and boost our productivity. Having a pre-defined workspace also helps the designers at REM to keep our design files consistent.
Creating a workspace that is the most productive for web work is crucial when working on multiple design projects. Below are some steps I take to ensure productivity and quality in our custom web designs.
This is usually a pretty standard new PS document set at 2000 pixels wide. A blank canvas that has only some pre-defined guides and a set of common used layer groups.
In our world, our assets layer contains all of the styles that we want to pass on to the developer to add into the style sites sheet. These Assets are things like Paragraph and Heading Styles, Callouts, links and buttons.
Layers & Groups
Layers are key to organization. A pre-defined set of layers helps boost productivity while designing. My layers are usually set up in order of the design. Header, Logo, Navigation, Banner, Content, Footer, Background.
Having a palette ensures that the colors used are consistent. Sometimes these are supplied through a brand guideline but most times these are created based on the projects existing branding/logo etc.
Artificial Intelligence, or commonly know as AI is an intelligence or conciousness achieved by a machine. The AI term is also applied when a machine makes a decision similar to our own human brain. For example, does a machine that can learn, have face recognition and even speech recognition artificially intelligent? If you answered yes, a good chance is that you are holding an AI machine in your own pocket. Our smartphones have become so advanced that the terms of what qualifies AI is loosely disappearing.
In the world of movies and television AI is portrayed as something we as humans need to be very careful with. I have always been interested in the idea of AI growing up with movies like, Short Circuit, Terminator, The Matrix and more recently with Ex Machina and the popular TV show Westworld. This HBO original series specifically had me thinking twice about some of the advances in technology and what we should consider.
Below is a trailer for HBO's Westworld. If you have not watched this show yet I highly recommend it.
Today is September 29th and it's no regular Thursday. Today is an annual celebration for me and in many countries as International Coffee Day. I personally don't need a day to enjoy the addictively delicious drink. - It something I was totally going to do anyway.
Although unofficial, this day is to celebrate the deliciousness of the most beloved beverage known to man.
A lot of companies are also celebrating by offering free coffee. Make sure you go grab a cup of java on the house. Nothing tastes better than coffee, then free coffee!
Designing websites day to day gives me a lot of opportunities to use stock photos. We use these photos in layouts and content to enhance the design and most times when we do not have anything supplied from our clients. For the most part the variety to choose from is great and the photos are not only beautiful, but also very professionally taken.
By browsing through a countless number of pages I have found what I think to be some of the funnier images cataloged. Sometimes it really makes me think, "What was the photographer thinking!?" On the other hand, maybe its like my mom has always told me. You're not weird, you're a limited edition.
The photos below are courtesy of thinkstockphotos.ca and should not be used for other purposes than this blog post. (Not that you would want to anyway.)
And yes, you read right this is part 1 of 3 so look for the next installment of Weird Stock Photos.
Chances are if you see someone walking around with their head down and overly fascinated with their phone they are playing Pokémon GO.
The viral mobile game has taken the world by storm and had a record breaking release. Almost taking out Twitter for the most daily active users, Pokémon GO has the most downloads on iOS devices than any other iOS app in history. Surveys are starting to state downloads of the cultural sensational app are starting to plateau, but are future updates planning to recharge these numbers?
What’s All the Hype About?
Players use their mobile devices to hunt, capture and collect little digital monsters. These creatures pop on to the screen alongside real world environments. (activated by the user’s camera) This augmented reality technology paired with the geocaching and the 90's nostalgia has proven to keep trainers hunting.
The Nintendo game is forecasted to make at least $25 million this year and even local businesses are profiting using the in game 'Lure" features to attract not only Pokémon but people to their shops.
A handful of us here at REM have downloaded, and play the app. With a Pokéstop right next to our office we are surely not likely to run out of Pokéballs anytime soon! Even if all we can catch are the Rattata's
On nice days the REM team likes to get outside and visit our neighboring park. Here we like to occasionally eat lunch, play Frisbee and boccie ball. It's a nice way to get out of the office, stretch our legs and get some fresh air.
The park conveniently being beside our office has always been a nice perk. We have even used it in the past for a quarterly event in which we built an obstacle course.
Below is a quick .gif animation I created of Christine throwing a Frisbee to me. Enjoy!
"I wondered why the Frisbee was getting bigger....
... and then it hit me."
Just another Friday morning at the REM office making some coffee when Todd comes in wearing a red/white striped shirt. He makes the mistake of telling us that his kids had asked him in the morning, "Where's Waldo?"
We all laughed and knew what had to be done. An immediate task to Photoshop Todd as Waldo had begun.