Design Tips Articles

  • If you want to know design, start with a pizza box.

    How can a Pizza Box help you with Revit?

    March 22, 2017

    Revit and Pizza. Other than both words having five letters each, you might be struggling to see the connection? Could it be that pizza is the order-in meal of choice for Architects working late on Revit projects? While this is certainly plausible, the connection I am after has little to do with the pizza and rather concerns its delivery container: the pizza box....

  • The best part of these 15-minute documentaries is that they all are free.

    My Top 10 Documentaries on Lynda.com and Linkedin Learning

    March 21, 2017

    Over the last few months, I've heard a few people be blown away by the fact that we have documentaries on Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning. They're created by a small stellar team out in Carpinteria, CA. These documentaries are stunning. They're meant to inspire and give you a unique perspective of professionals out in the field as well as an inside look at how...

  • How to build a design a great website, from a person who has designed many great websites.

    How to Web Design with Humans in Mind

    March 14, 2017

    “We know what the user wants” might be the most dangerous sentence in the design industry. While well intentioned, it reveals deeply rooted cognitive biases that stand in the way of a simple reality: Design is a conversation, and successful communication relies on an ongoing effort to understand your partner as well as yourself. You are not your user Recently, I...

  • These five questions will help you determine the target market for your business.

    How to Determine Your Target Market for Your Brand

    March 1, 2017

    One of the first questions I ask a client is, “Who is your audience.” Invariably, the answer is, “Well, I guess everyone.” Everyone is...

  • There's a variety of different warning signs in Revit. Here's how to react to each one.

    Understanding The Different Warning Signs in Revit

    February 21, 2017

    The Revit software communicates with us in many ways. Various feedback mechanisms are used: sometimes it offers little more than a...

  • How to get freedom as a designer and avoid a micromanaging client.

    Want Freedom as a Designer? Write a Great Creative Brief

    February 16, 2017

    No designer wants an overbearing, micromanaging client. After all, designers are creative by both name and by nature, and want the...