• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Unlock Your Childlike Ability to Design With Confidence

    • Tom Kenny

    “It looks like a Fisher-Price toy” said the company owner, looking at a design I had just created. It hurt (but it’s ok because I would later learn he was the most disrespectful boss I’ve ever had). I wasn’t deliberately thinking like a child but it turns out it’s a beneficial way to think in […]

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  • When is the Best Time of the Day to Design?

    • Tom Kenny

    I hate getting up early. It doesn’t come naturally to me at all and I would much rather work late at night until 2am because I’m a night owl. However, all the advice I’ve heard and read is that creativity flows more freely in the morning so instead of thinking “that’s nice but I hate […]

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