• Flow: Apps, Techniques and Gear to Keep Yourself Focused

    • Tom Kenny

    The best way to focus on designing for a sustained period of time is to lock yourself in a quiet room and tell everyone else not to even knock on the door. Keep well clear! This ideal isn’t exactly possible for everyone, especially in this day and age where companies have the daft idea open […]

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  • Learn from Great Design: Memrise

    • Tom Kenny

    We got on a train going in the wrong direction. Our journey took 6 hours instead of 60 minutes but it was one of the best mistakes my wife and I made during our year of travelling because we had the pleasure of watching the magical wonderland of a Japanese autumn roll past our window. […]

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  • Flow: How to Avoid the Creative Block of Frustration

    • Tom Kenny

    Have you ever played a video game and wanted to smash the controller into a million pieces? I’m far from an aggressive person but I once attempted to throw a controller against the floor but luckily for me, a pillow was placed exactly where I threw it, preventing any damage. That calmed me down and […]

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  • Flow: The Art of Getting in the Zone (and Staying There)

    • Tom Kenny

    It’s a beautiful place, being “in the zone”. Everything feels automatic, almost like you don’t have to do any thinking. Work just flows and you feel like a design genius. Unfortunately, most days it seems like there’s a giant fence surrounding the zone and you just can’t get in, no matter how hard you try. […]

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  • How to Cure Design Perfectionism with The 80/20 Rule

    • Tom Kenny

    Perfectionism can be devastating. It can make you feel depressed, frustrated, anxious, and even angry, especially if you constantly criticise yourself for not doing a good enough job after spending a lot of time and effort on a design. It’s an unhealthy mindset. It isn’t healthy for you and it isn’t healthy for your design […]

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  • Learn from Great Design: Pizza Hut vs Domino’s

    • Tom Kenny

    Travelling the world is tough. Sometimes the convenience of fast food after a tough day of hiking is just too tempting, no matter how unhealthy we know it is. This led to an experience with great design when using Pizza Hut’s website during our travels around America. However, instead of studying only one of the […]

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  • Why Quality Over Quantity Isn’t Entirely True for Web Design

    • Tom Kenny

    How do the best designers do it? They seem to consistently produce great work without ever struggling with creative block. The truth is they do come across creative block but they have ways to get past it easier than others. There is one technique they use that you may not be aware of when you […]

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