10 New Year’s Resolutions for Designers in 2019

Happy New Year! Today, we’ve got a nifty guide to resolutions that are specifically for designers. What changes do you hope to make in 2019? Did you know that people have been making resolutions to improve themselves and their lives since the time of ancient Babylonians? I’ll admit to making a few of these myself… now if I could only manage to keep them all year! Good luck with your resolutions and have a wonderful New Year. 1. Update That Portfolio Admit it. You haven’t added a new project to your portfolio in a year – or maybe more. If you are like me, paying gigs are always a priority over things like updating that portfolio. “I’ll get to that later when I am not so busy,” I say all the time. But when have you ever not been busy? Is that even a real thing? Updating your portfolio can Read the full article…

One of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’s games is available to play right now

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is Netflix’s new choose-your-own-adventure interactive special and, in traditional Black Mirror fashion, is full of fun Easter eggs — including giving people the chance to play one of the games featured in the film. Bandersnatch introduces viewers to a fictional game development studio, run by an ambitious leader who wants to turn the company, Tuckersoft, into the “Motown of games.” The goal is to produce a series of hit titles that will reward its developers with fame and fortune. One of those games, Nohzdyve, is available to play right now — but there’s a twist. Nohzdyve was developed for the ZX Spectrum, a personal computer that was released in Britain in the early 1980s. It’s the same time period in which… Read the full article…

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10 skills graphic designers need to get ahead in 2019

A new year is a great time to reflect on the need to upskill yourself over the next 12 months. Why? Because whatever stage you’re at in your career, you need to avoid getting swept aside by the tide of history. “The role of a designer is continuously changing, now more than ever due to a revolution in the way we live and work,” explains Bill Strohacker, principal director of Strohacker Design School. “So it’s extremely important for designers to keep up with these changes by continued professional development. Design is evolving, and we need to adapt across the digital experience and be relevant.” Ben Christie, creative partner at Magpie agrees. “A truly successful graphic designer develops an innate ability to continually grow and adapt to their ever-changing environment,” he says. “So you should always be looking and learning. Sucking up as much of the world as you can. Sustained Read the full article…

Why design resolutions fail – and how to smash your goals this year

It’s not clear why, but something about a change in the calendar makes us mega-confident that this year, we really will turn things around. Yet you only have to look at February’s empty gym changing rooms to know that keeping to resolutions is harder than it might seem.  In this article, leading creatives share previous design-related resolutions, why they failed, and what we can learn from their experiences.  01. Learning a new skill “My New Year’s resolutions have often involved learning a new skill to keep pace with the ever-changing digital world,” says Dan Bradshaw, design director at TH_NK. “This year, I wanted to learn how to design for AR and VR, which then took on the form of having to pick up 3D as a skill.” But this turned out to be his first stumbling block. “Whilst I read and immersed myself in the world of VR and AR Read the full article…

The Verge 2018 tech report card: Nintendo

How do you top a year like 2017? For Nintendo, that hasn’t been an easy question. Last year the game maker shocked the world with the runaway success of the Switch, which was aided by the release of both The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at launch and Super Mario Odyssey during the holiday rush. After the very public failure of the Wii U, 2017 was the kind of year Nintendo desperately needed. 2018, in contrast, has been about trying to keep that momentum going. For the Switch, that has meant three things: releasing more of the games fans are asking for, pushing for new kinds of experiences, and continuing to lure third-party developers to the platform. On the first front, 2018 has been a success. Particularly this holiday season,… Read the full article…