April 2015 Inside Design Articles

  • Win your new favorite t-shirt—designed by Jeff Sheldon

    Win your new favorite t-shirt—designed by Jeff Sheldon

    Apr 30, 2015 — We’ve announced our winners, so this contest is closed! But don’t worry: you’ll have another chance to make this shirt […]
  • How to find your design mentor

    How to find your design mentor

    Apr 30, 2015 — Getting high-quality mentoring represents a vital step in a designer’s growth process. But how do you get your mentor search started? I’ve found that the best way to find your design guru is to source and vet candidates through sources you trust.
  • The 3 laws of effective notifications

    The 3 laws of effective notifications

    Apr 29, 2015 — In his famed experiments, Ivan Pavlov trained his dogs to associate mealtimes with the ringing of a bell: every time his bell rang, the dogs began to salivate involuntarily.
  • Design teardown: UXSwitch—reinventing the job description

    Design teardown: UXSwitch—reinventing the job description

    Apr 28, 2015 — Text, text, and more text. With maybe some bullets. Or a lot of bullets. That just about summarizes your average job post. Without even such basic enhancements as links, text formatting, and images, few job posts do their job: inform job seekers about the role, and get them excited about applying.
  • Designing in the material style—without just copying Google

    Designing in the material style—without just copying Google

    Apr 28, 2015 — We recently decided to replace our stock mail app prototype with something more engaging and up to date—something that takes Google’s material design principles into account.
  • Design Snack #4: Controlling GIF speeds

    Design Snack #4: Controlling GIF speeds

    Apr 27, 2015 — One of the more common complaints I see about GIFs and Photoshop is: When I save them out, they play […]
  • Morning commutes

    Morning commutes

    Apr 24, 2015 — Commuting gets a bad rap. But whether you’re sitting on the subway or walking upstairs to your home office, the trip provides a vital transition between your work and personal lives—and hopefully, some engaging views along the view. This week, we asked you to share your morning commute. Take a peek into the worlds your fellow designers pass through every weekday morning.
  • Apple Watch and Android Wear prototyping is here

    Apple Watch and Android Wear prototyping is here

    Apr 24, 2015 — Now you can build Apple Watch and Android Wear prototypes in InVision! Take our demo for a spin to see it in action.
  • 32 email newsletters you want in your inbox

    32 email newsletters you want in your inbox

    Apr 22, 2015 — Remember the last time you couldn’t find anything to read? Yeah, didn’t think so. The internet puts more content at our fingertips than previous generations even had theoretical access to. The problem of having nothing to read has gone the way of the dodo.
  • Picking Nir Eyal’s brain about habit-forming products

    Picking Nir Eyal’s brain about habit-forming products

    Apr 21, 2015 — The digital product space grows more and more crowded every day. And even after you’ve found a way to stand out and get noticed, you’re faced with another problem: how to get people into the habit of using your product.
  • 8 visual design tips for UX designers

    8 visual design tips for UX designers

    Apr 20, 2015 — The UX industry places an enormous emphasis on usability. User stories, site maps, wireframes, and usability testing get all the limelight—while visual design fades into obscurity. But in my experience, aesthetics plays an important part in almost every user’s experience of a product.
  • From agency pro to startup newbie: the developer edition

    From agency pro to startup newbie: the developer edition

    Apr 16, 2015 — You may have read about the transition from agency to startup from a designer’s perspective. Since I’d just made the same move myself, I took a lot of it to heart. Processes and culture differ dramatically between agencies and startups, and adapting to the faster pace is critical. But the transition works a little differently for developers.
  • TurboTax makes filing (almost) fun

    TurboTax makes filing (almost) fun

    Apr 15, 2015 — This year, I ditched my “tax guy” and told my wife, “I’m smart enough to do this on my own.” Questionable assertion? No doubt. But she appreciates my conviction—and the prospect of saving a few hundred dollars.
  • Tours take your design presentations to the next level

    Tours take your design presentations to the next level

    Apr 15, 2015 — You make your design decisions carefully, always striking the balance between user need and business objectives—but you don’t always have the chance to explain them in person. Our newest feature, Tours, lets you make your voice heard—even when you’re not there to speak for yourself. And it’s just the first of many powerful collaboration features to come.
  • Design teardown: Resource Guru

    Design teardown: Resource Guru

    Apr 14, 2015 — Startups only have so long—and so much funding—to gain traction, so early design decisions make all the difference. Here’s what we learned from building the minimum viable product (MVP) version of Resource Guru, a fast, simple way to schedule people, equipment, and other resources online.
  • 4 tips for getting better client feedback

    4 tips for getting better client feedback

    Apr 13, 2015 — Ever had a client give you terrible design feedback? Not the “I’m going to crush your soul and everything you stand for because I hate your design” kind of terrible. More like the “here are many vague and subjective things because I’m not good at feedback” kind of terrible.
  • What’s your morning ritual?

    What’s your morning ritual?

    Apr 10, 2015 — The way you wake sets the tone for your day, leaving you pumped up and primed to create, or sluggish and grumpy. That’s why we asked you to share your morning rituals with us this week. And from bike rides to baby-taming, cat-scratching to coffee, it seems mornings are the perfect time to indulge in what you love the most.
  • Win this Mike Kus t-shirt—so you can wear it too much

    Win this Mike Kus t-shirt—so you can wear it too much

    Apr 9, 2015 — We’ve announced our winners, so this contest is closed! But don’t worry: you’ll have another chance to make this shirt […]
  • Prototyping for iOS and Android is now instant, offline, and awesome

    Prototyping for iOS and Android is now instant, offline, and awesome

    Apr 9, 2015 — InVision V5’s just around the corner, but we just couldn’t wait to share our latest mobile prototyping updates with you—check ’em out.
  • Design Snack #3: Combining files in Photoshop

    Design Snack #3: Combining files in Photoshop

    Apr 8, 2015 — Having used photoshop for at least half my life, I’m still floored by the little things I’ve never seen or […]
  • Prototyping with Photoshop layer comps

    Prototyping with Photoshop layer comps

    Apr 8, 2015 — Here at InVision, we help turn your designs into fast, fully interactive prototypes for web and mobile. If you’re a Photoshop user, this tip’s going to make prototyping with InVision that much faster—and easier.
  • 5 ways to bridge the designer-developer gap on responsive web projects

    5 ways to bridge the designer-developer gap on responsive web projects

    Apr 7, 2015 — Great web projects don’t succeed through good design or development chops alone—they also need communication and collaboration between designers and developers.
  • 4 tips on typography in UI design

    4 tips on typography in UI design

    Apr 6, 2015 — Communication plays a vital role in design. Whether you design websites, mobile apps, or wearable UIs, your creations have to clearly communicate their intent and purpose. And since text does a lot of the heavy lifting in communicating purpose, you need a solid understanding of typography.
  • Friday inspiration: architecture

    Friday inspiration: architecture

    Apr 3, 2015 — Phenomenal photography lets us enjoy beautiful spaces vicariously. So here’s a few gorgeous shots for all you architecture and interior design fans! Each space has been carefully constructed, decorated, and photographed to inspire by Kurbside.co photogs. Check ’em out!
  • Win this beautiful Mike Kus print

    Win this beautiful Mike Kus print

    Apr 2, 2015 — You know we believe design makes everything possible. We put it on t-shirts, coasters, stickers, and mugs. And now we want to put it on your wall.
  • Design Snack #2 : 4 Awesome Sketch Tips

    Design Snack #2 : 4 Awesome Sketch Tips

    Apr 1, 2015 — Sketch is a wonderful tool. But since it’s relatively new, tons of people are still getting up to speed, and even old hands can always discover some new, powerful tool. With that in mind, we picked our design team’s collective brain, and made a video for you.
  • The periodic table of design

    The periodic table of design

    Apr 1, 2015 — Great design balances artistic techniques and principles with scientific precision. And that combination gives us designers a lot of tools to work with.