Creativity, design & life online

Understanding User Needs

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Access & UX Guide, Design

I watched Get Organized by The Home Edit and was very surprised by the lack of attention paid to user needs.

In this post I talk about that, the importance understanding your user’s needs, and my own decision when it came to including pricing on my website!

Starting a Redbubble Shop

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Creativity, Design, Shop

Introducing… the Pretty Content Redbubble shop!

Find out why I chose Redbubble, how I design my laptop stickers, and how much money Redbubble artists make!

Plus, a little bit about my plans for the future…

An Update!

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Pretty Content

What I did on my summer vacation: design a new website for Pretty Content, work with some fabulous creatives and small business owners, and had some big life news!

Let me know what you think!

Forcing Links to Open in New Tabs

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Access & UX Guide

There’s one thing I’ve heard over and over again in my life as a web designer. One thing that makes me cringe inwardly no matter how many times I hear it. One battle that I’ve had over and over year after year. One thing which makes the perfect beginning for my Access & UX series.

“Can you make that link open in a new tab?”

No. No, I cannot. And here’s why…

Creating a Colour Palette

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Design

I create colour palettes quite often when working with my visual identity and brand clients, so I thought I’d run through a few different tips and resources for DIYing your own colour palette!

From using existing palettes, to playing with a random generator, to creating your own palette from a moodboard — I’m covering all my tried and tested methods for injecting colour into a design!

So, You Want to Live Abroad…

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Personal

Something a little bit different on this blog today! No, it’s nothing related to creativity or the Internet. But it is a special day. Today is 7 years since I moved from Canada to the UK!

I think with everything going on this year, and movement between countries grinding to a halt, more people will be seizing the day and following their dreams when a sense of normalcy resumes.

And living abroad is on the top of a lot of people’s lists.

Your Website is More Important Than Social Media

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Websites

Social media has been ubiquitous in our lives since the dawn of the Internet – even if it wasn’t always called that. Before platforms like Twitter and Instagram there was MySpace or Neopets. Before that chat rooms and forums ruled the world. The landscape is ever-changing.

The harsh reality of social media is that none of these platforms belong to you. They belong to huge corporations who, at the end of the day, couldn’t care less about you and your content. Beyond using it to make money to line their own pockets, of course!

Journals and Planners and Lists, Oh My!

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Productivity & Processes

Journals, planners and anything else that promise me a more organised and fulfilled life are my obsession. Unfortunately I am incredibly bad at sticking to one.

I’ve tried quite the variety over the years. I’ve also gone down the slightly more woo path of memory and gratitude journals, to reflect and find my place in the world.

I thought today I’d share some of my favourite organisational tools and journals that I am currently using. Sometimes.

Switching from Adobe Illustrator to Affinity Designer

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Design

I’ve been using Adobe for design work for as long as I can remember. When I first started creating websites, Photoshop was the industry standard. Looking back, it’s really hard to see why.

I pay monthly for Photoshop and Lightroom currently, but they’re definitely photo editing programs (and that’s what I use them for), not fit for designing a website.

I decided to look for an alternative, and I found Affinity Designer.