Posted almost 5 years ago

Justin Belcher drank a beer with us on the podcast and talked about how developers can learn to design. Design can be intimidating and many developers feel like they aren’t capable of creating good looking sites or graphics. But in this episode we talk about how designers approach their field and how they go about their craft. We also shed some light on ways to get started and use some techniques and tools that designers use so you can get better.

  • What constitutes design? (i.e. How are we defining design?)
  • Design and its parallels with development
  • Honing taste and a detailed eye
  • Improving your output
  • Is design an art or can I learn it scientifically?
  • Can I develop an aesthetic sense?
  • What’s the best way to start learning design?
  • What programs should I learn first?
  • How can I get better at choosing good color palettes?
  • What tips do you have for first time designers to help improve their chances of making good designs?
  • What sites do you use to learn more about design?

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Sarah McAleer

Great podcast! I love the focus on design. The guest Justin Belcher is genuine and inspiring. It interesting how he started out in art and still chose to major in computer science. God I wish I did that. But Media Studies it is.

As far as color goes. Here is my 2 cents:

I worked in a fashion photo studio. I had to match fabric to color chips. I never got it right, but I did learn a lot. I was there 9 months and I feel like I just got a taste of what real color matching is. It was a lot of going back and forth with the designers - more blue, less green, more yellow...adding and subtracting colors.

Then came the naming of the colors - sand for brown, khaki for brown, forest for green, jade for green etc...then I had to print the colors to match the color chips and the fabric color.

Also I think with web design, it is helpful to ask questions to your color like, Hi mr.Red, "Why are you red?" "Are you too red?" "Are you a red that is part of my colorway?"

Also one thing I learned working in that photo studio is that you have a hierarchy of colors: primary, secondary and tertiary. This is color theory at work. The 3rd set of colors or used the least and used for accents or in special instances like the center of a flower. The other two groups of colors are the main colors.

I guess having a style guide might be helpful for larger websites. The color used for all headings. The color used for buttons. The color used for lists. etc...

Another interesting thing is the website toggl has the same colors as Talentopoly. Which makes sense since you pick that blue and then where do you go with that blue - the opposite which is pink or red, the complementary which like light blue, and then the third set, the special color of green and orange. And voila your colorway.

almost 5 years ago   Like_icon 1 likes  
Jared Brown

I'm glad you enjoyed it Sarah. Thanks for the feedback.

This is the first time I've heard the word colorway. That's a great term that I'm going to have to start using. Do you use that term in web design too?

almost 5 years ago   Like_icon 0 likes  

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