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🗃 3 Design Resources
📃 Article - The Complete Guide to Deep Work
Author: Fadeke Adegbuyi
Here's what I learned from reading this article:
Practicing deep work is a skill that requires training over time, just like exercising when training for a marathon. If we practice deep work consistently, we can do it for longer periods with ease.
Establishing a deep work habit with consistent location, equipment and structure will make it easier to get into a state of deep work.
Practicing productive meditation involves doing something physical e.g. walking, running, while keeping your mind free. This allows your mind to focus on one well-defined problem or topic.
Link To Article: The Complete Guide to Deep Work
🔨 Stylify Me
Stylify Me is an invaluable resource for a designer. It generates a style guide for any website you enter.
This can be useful if you're looking at other websites for inspiration and want to see what color palette or typography is in use. Simply enter the URL of the website and Stylify Me will generate the style guide.
🔨 Photo 16x9
This is one of those resources that's super useful to bookmark as you never know when you might need it.
This tool will change the aspect ratio of any image you upload. It's a useful tool to have if you want to resize images for posting on Twitter.
🎨 2 Design Tips
Have a way to start over or go back to the home screen
Have a way to start over or go back to the home screen.
If the user is lost or has made a mistake they'll want a way to start over or go back to someplace familiar like the home screen.
Method 1: Have a start-over link.
Method 2: Include a Home button on your navigation menu.
Hovering over a button should change the mouse pointer
The default cursor arrow should change to a pointing hand (pointer) when you hover over links.
This indicates that they are indeed links that can be clicked on.
📃 1 Article I Wrote
4 Tactics You Should Be Using To Promote Yourself As A Web Designer
Do you want to become a full-time web designer but aren’t sure where to start?
I have tried every tactic to promote myself as a web designer over the last 10 years. I started websites to promote my services, created sites for my friends and family, I even applied (and failed) to lots of different web design companies.
Through all those attempts and failures, I learned what does work. Tactics you can apply today to help you promote yourself as a Web Designer.
Let me share these tactics with you so that you can avoid all the mistakes I made and get started faster.
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Til next week 👋