What is design? Why is it important?

Why design? What purpose does it serve? It's not purely aesthetic, nor wholly analytical and functional. When considering the design of your projects, you must think about how everything fits together in harmony - some would call this a holistic approach, but it's really the only practical way to approach design problems, as I see it.

As you learned in Week 0, design can have a huge impact on people's lives - and it's up to all of us to make sure it's a positive one. This week you'll get an idea of how designers think, and how diverse the design disciplines are. It's a preview of what's to come.

  1. Startups, This is How Design Works

    Look for some resources that you can bookmark and reference later on your own. This article is filled with helpful sites, meetups, and design-focused organizations around the world. The first step to design literacy is to immerse yourself.

  2. Making the Transition from Development to Design

    As you read through the tips, notice that they're not necessarily only about design – they're about making great products in general.

    btw, thanks @gem_ray for sharing this article with me!

  3. We're Not Unhappy, We're Designers

    Why did Morgan write this? What issue is he addressing?

    Think about what he means by "Our discontent is the basis for wanting to improve the things we observe."

  4. Complete Beginner’s Guide to Interaction Design

    I suggest bookmarking this for later. There's a lot of helpful content and definitions, and you'll probably want to come back and reference this later on.

  5. Beautiful Web Type – A showcase of the best typefaces from the Google web fonts directory

    Follow this repo on Github if you're looking for some great-looking @font-face typefaces and practical examples of how to use them beautifully.

Finally, an easy to follow design course

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