• Don’t Let That Intimidating Blank Screen Get the Best of You

    • Tom Kenny

    You stare at it and it stares straight back at you. You could never beat it at a staring contest, for it’s the ultimate opponent. Well, it doesn’t have eyes, BUT, you keep staring at it hoping you can still win, waiting for some inspiration. It’s almost laughing at you now. This is getting embarrassing. […]

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  • The Top 3 Major Causes of Creative Block and How to Overcome Them

    • Tom Kenny

    Creative block can be a killer. Just look at these horror stories from real designers: “As soon as I attempt any sort of design work, I have this horrible feeling that I’m not up to it. The creative flow just stops.” “I am struggling with gaining confidence as a designer.” “I often get designer’s block […]

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  • Defeating Imposter Syndrome

    • Tom Kenny

    One of the most crippling things about being a web designer is how we compare ourselves to other designers, and we all do it. Comparing ourselves to others can be a huge source of creative block, lowering our confidence and make doing our work harder than it should be. To show you what I mean, […]

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  • Learn from Great Design: Rally Interactive

    • Tom Kenny

    I first came across Rally Interactive’s work when I saw the amazing National Geographic’s National Parks app. It was so beautifully presented, with strong visual design and nice interactions that it made you want to delve deeper into the app. Rally’s new design The app was designed by Rally Interactive, who are an award winning […]

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  • Struggling with Creative Block is Normal

    • Tom Kenny

    Creative block doesn’t care where you are. It can strike even if you’re in one the most beautiful places in the world. I know because it just happened to me. I was struggling with writing this very article here in Queenstown, New Zealand. Distractions can seem as tall as mountains and in my case they […]

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  • 5 Ways Writing Helps Your Design Career

    • Tom Kenny

    Writing sets you apart from other designers. It is one of the most versatile skills you can possess, yet it is also one of the most underrated and therefore underused. Just the simple fact that it’s underused by most designers means you can use it to get ahead. The New York Times published an article […]

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  • Clarifying The 80/20 Hybrid Approach to Designing in the Browser

    • Tom Kenny

    You’re risking the quality of your design work if you rely solely on designing in the browser. That’s what I said when I wrote about a more appropriate approach to designing in the browser, called The 80/20 Hybrid Approach to Designing in the Browser: Unless you think and dream in HTML and CSS, designing in […]

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