one microsoft, one design?
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one microsoft, one design?

Given the recent announcement of the big Microsoft reorganization, it’s worth a look at some recent articles describing the evolving Microsoft design principles and aesthetic. An article on Gizmodo actually addresses the “cool” factor in the company’s design efforts and references an article by Steve Clayton, editor of Microsoft’s Next blog entitled “Modern design at Microsoft: … Continue reading

no fuss web design
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no fuss web design

© MARTINA DALTON, Designer, Allovus Design Web designers are, first and foremost, artists. It’s probably not very common for a designer to also be good at code. So, what happens when a client has budget for a web designer, but not for a programmer? Enter Adobe Muse, a product intended for designers who want to … Continue reading

pantone turns 50
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pantone turns 50

That great. color-coordinated company, Pantone is celebrating a big birthday this year. The big 5-0. To celebrate they’ve released a big, colorful infographic showcasing their color palettes from the last five decades. The company, founded in the early 60s, is well-known for its color matching system and perforated color squares back in the day. Now, of … Continue reading

the ui designer + what they do
careers / ux + design

the ui designer + what they do

© STEVE GODFREY, UX Designer, Allovus Design In many ways the UI and UX Designers share some overlapping skill sets. They are both visually sensitive, and understand a great deal about the users’ needs. However, typically the UI designer will start where the UX designer leaves off. User Interface design tasks include: Creating visual explorations. Multiple compositions … Continue reading

adding XtraMath to the equation
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adding XtraMath to the equation

A few years ago, when Allovus Director Hayley Nichols was volunteering in her son’s third grade classroom, she noticed almost all of the children were laboring with basic math skills. She stood amazed as she watched the students counting on their fingers instead of quickly calculating numbers in their heads; they were also struggling to get numbers … Continue reading

a humorous take on the origins of UX
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a humorous take on the origins of UX

© STEVE GODFREY, UX Designer, Allovus Design First, a bit of simplified visual history. In the beginning, there was Graphic Design. Graphic Designers could make logos and designs that appeared on things. Cave dwellers did great wildlife symbols that told stories. Aztecs had terrific graphic symbols that look good on T-shirts to this day. Monks with specialized … Continue reading

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ux designers in high demand

While the demand for UX designers continues to grow, it’s important to remember each client describes their needs in different ways. As a potential candidate, you should carefully read through the job descriptions to see if your current skills match what is required. While many clients believe they are looking for a UX designer, it … Continue reading

create an online portfolio
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create an online portfolio

To successfully position and compete in today’s marketplace a designer needs to have a resume and portfolio in tip-top shape. It’s not just a matter of dusting off your old paper resume or stuffing a few current pieces into that old post-college portfolio case. Your work needs to look current and digital. Put together an online site … Continue reading

microsoft’s design drive
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microsoft’s design drive

Interesting BusinessWeek article about the transformation of Microsoft design: To win, or even just to survive, in what has become a consumer-driven industry, products need to be eye candy that force shoppers to take a second look. Microsoft has roughly doubled its design ranks to 600 employees over the past five years and lured talents … Continue reading