A place for all those crafty design words we use.

I have started a quick, fun project whose official name is yet to be determined. The idea was spawned by a conversation with a fellow designer on the bus ride home from school. We sat and had a healthy debate around the definition of “affordance” and how it should be defined in the context of web based interactions (Ya I know, kinda nerdy).

As designers we have a whole vocabulary of fancy (sometimes ridiculous) words that we often throw around in conversations. I have often found myself nodding in agreement though honestly a bit fuzzy on what that word exactly meant. So John, Annie and myself have taken up the task to create a simple place that defines words in the context of design and perhaps even give a helpful sentence so that you can use them like a pro. So if words like proprioception, affordance, and ontology peek your noodle, then this will be the place for you. Perhaps you will even learn a word or two to impress your design colleagues.

The site is going to start (very) simple, but hopefully will evolve in complexity and features. I will keep you up to date on our official launch!

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New Website!

09/24/11
New Website!

I am so excited to announce the launch of my new website! I have worked hard to create a unique experience in which you can learn more then just what I do, but get a taste for who I am as well. This website is jam packed with fun information, links, pictures, interactive elements, and pretty much any other detail related to my design career. I hope to use this as a channel to share with you where/what/and how my future journey evolves.

This website would not have been possible without the solid development by Adam Putinski. He truly transforms developing code into an art form. I cannot say enough about how thankful I am for his patience (especially when I am pixel pushing) and diligence on this project.

Additionally, I would like to thank Tanner Perrien for the backend support and Jessica Swayze for helping with content.

So please look around and explore the new cameronreynoldsflatt.com

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Two Essential Principles for a User Centric Navigation

The navigation is hands down one of the most important parts of a website. It lays the foundation for a succsseful user friendly experience. There are by far more then two things you can do to create a solid navigation, but keeping these principles in mind will help you set sail in the rite direction.

1. People should know where they are at all times within the experience and be able to quickly navigate back to where they first started.

This is a big one… I don’t know how many times I have arrived on a random page to find I have no clue where I was. A simple breadcrumb and clear title structure will help users get their bearings.

2. People should be able to go anywhere at any point in the experience.

There is nothing worse then not being able to get somewhere within a website without having to pass through a series of back buttons and hull a hoops. Creating a constant navigation, search, footer, well help those users who decide to take a different path on your website.

Fresh Off the Press: ID Buttons

Just got in the buttons I created for my schools getting started party! Classic Doblin face meets mustache… ID just got a little hipster.

Thanks to Annie for making these with me!