• Seeking Inspiration

    • Tom Kenny

    Nothing is truly inspiring unless you apply it to your work. (“work” meaning your life’s output, whether creative, business, or personal.) In other words, your work, itself, is the inspiration. You may hear something or see something that gives you a new idea. But it’s only when you stop and think of your work through […]

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  • If you don’t A-S-K, you won’t G-E-T

    • Tom Kenny

    One piece of advice I’ve given designers starting out is don’t put work in your portfolio that you don’t want to do again. It’s easy to feel pressure to “round out” your book, and make your skills look as broad as possible. But it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy — the work you show is the kind […]

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  • How To Deal With Burnout

    • Tom Kenny

    Dealing with burnout is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. Most designers love their job (if not the job but the actual work itself), so burnout almost seems inevitable because we want to keep doing what we love. When you feel “burnt out”, this is good advice: You have to stay away until […]

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  • URLs are for People, not Computers

    • Tom Kenny

    Edward Cutrell and Zhiwei Guan from Microsoft Research have conducted an eyetracking study of search engine use (warning: PDF) that found that people spend 24% of their gaze time looking at the URLs in the search results. We found that searchers are particularly interested in the URL when they are assessing the credibility of a […]

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