Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the Leading Design Festival. A virtual, 3-day conference hosted by Clearleft. Thank you Axon.
Dear 2020, you didn’t go to plan. But that’s OK. I don’t blame you.
4 weeks ago; I lost a job I loved, a team that I believed in, an annual bonus, and my US immigration status. Today I accepted a dream job offer. I wanted to write something about that experience. What I learned, how I felt, and the process of finding a job in a global pandemic.
Tuesday, March 31, I lost my job, alongside 349 teammates due to the spread of COVID-19.
I could have planned this better…
More questions than answers
January was hard. Work, super sick, short on family, training, and smiles. I even missed my first race of the year 😭.
A marathon, not a sprint
We don’t nearly celebrate consistency enough.
Maker to Manager
I recently attended a 2-day SNP Communications Manager Training Workshop. Yass!
Be the reason that someone looks down at their phone, smiles and then walks into a pole.
The price of anything is the amount of life you are willing to exchange for it.
Leave people better than you found them.
A rebound of an old blog post Too many apps. Here are some I actually use. May 1, 2014. What my phone looks like today in 2016.
Speed up your WordPress website
Tools to maximise the potential of your website. 4 simple steps to a faster WordPress website.
Beer label design
Maybe one day… Still keen to design a beer label … But for now here is some more inspiration … karstenrowe.com/design-blog/tag/beer/
Improving your WordPress security
Firstly, what is WordPress? WordPress is the most powerful and most widely used content management system (CMS) in the world. It currently has roughly 67% of the market share for all CMSs and is used to power nearly 20% of all websites on the internet.
A modern day, visual diary
Graphs & charts can be beautiful things. Tracking your progress can be a source of motivation in and out of work. Either way, it feels good to see what you’ve accomplished.
Why I relocated to America
I’m confused I thought you loved living in Harrogate? I do love Harrogate and I will miss friends and family dearly. 2015 was a great year, returning to my home town after 9 years in London but inside I knew it was too safe, I needed to challenge myself.
Start a blog for your business
A blog can be a great way to create dialogue with your potential customers.
Hiring a design agency
Whether you need a website, mobile app, or logo; hiring the right design agency will be one of the most important decisions you make.
See how customers use your website
Understand what customers do on your site by visually representing their clicks, taps and scrolling behaviour. We recently stumbled across a new app – Hotjar, a user testing tool. We took it for a spin this week.
Making a plan
Do I need a business plan? Maybe you own a trendy cake shop, and are looking to build your first website. Or maybe you have an awesome idea for a new mobile app. If your goal is to start or grow a business, you’ve likely been advised to write a business plan.
A visual scrapbook
Where do you find your visual inspiration? We’ve grown to love Pinterest. From logos & websites to interior design & beautiful bicycles – it’s our go to place for visual inspiration.
How to build a world famous brand
A little escape to break the routine. I recently took some time away from work to gather my thoughts, relax and soak up some sun. My clearest thinking and strongest ideas happen when I’m away from my daily tasks; Meetings, Photoshop & Coda.
Design project management
A few simple rules and tools we use when taking on a design project. An insight into how we deliver successful web design projects and get you up and running on the web.
Starting your own small business
A few simple steps and tools to get your business up and running and visible on the web. The motivation to write this post is mainly the result of a conversation with a good friend in the pub … “I have this great business idea but I’m not sure how to get it off theContinue reading “Starting your own small business”
Dribbble invite giveaway
Dribbble is a social sharing platform for designers. It continues to be our go to place for inspiration and it’s where you will find our latest work.
How to stay inspired Before starting up, I worked at a number of design agencies in the UK and Europe. In that time I’ve designed a lot of logos and built many websites. One of the biggest challenges for any designer is creating a large volume of work that is unique to each customer.
How to love your work I’m often asked how come you enjoy your job so much? It’s true I do love my work – day to day my job involves ideas, pictures and pretty colors – its quite an easy job to like. I also work with a hugely talented and inspiring team of friends atContinue reading “Workflow 33”
Move fast and produce a lot of work.
There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction. To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
A little late posting this but DotYork was a lot of fun. DotYork is a conference aimed at people who make for the web – designers, developers and other digital creatives held in April at Grand Opera House, York.
Sometimes you will see me get up really quickly after I fall. I have this thought that you can out run the pain if you’re not on the ground.
Spring cleaning … Found some very old work that I had to share.
The studio playlist over the last 3 months.
Two cute brands.
Design iteration … So many options … Only one final design.
The bottleneck is never code or creativity; it’s lack of clarity.
The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
Holidays are the time you stop actively doing, ponder ideas and make plans.
A few more beer labels to add to the collection: karstenrowe.com/tag/beer/.
Designers love subtle cues, because subtlety is one of the traits of sophisticated design. But web users are in a hurry and don’t care too much for subtlety.
Always been a big fan of the Kindle. Their new Christmas print ad is delightful – a lovely use of type and color.
Still keen to design a beer label, maybe one day … karstenrowe.com/tag/beer/.
Solid new package design from Walkers Crisps – Market Deli.
Something pretty for the weekend.
Found some design advice …
Having a hobby completely separate from design is a great way to improve as a designer.
Design should be logical, but it also should connect with people on a human, emotional level.
A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest man.