Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:
Beyond responsive design: discover ‘Context First’
These days everyone talks about responsive design like it is the greatest thing in digital design but I don’t agree. Responsive design a production technique that helps users consume your content on different devices but the key part of that thought is – content. I think the future of digital design and online branding is an experiences ability to curate and deliver content based on a number of criteria. This article is a great look at some of the possible criteria that could drive designs in the near future to deliver content in completely new ways. Read the article here.
iPhone 5 Templates
If you are like me then you are constantly looking for mobile device templates that will let you show off your latest designs in your portfolio or Behance but quality templates are really hard to come by. This article does a great job of collecting the 5 best free iPhone templates all in one place for easy downloading. Get all the iPhone templates here.[Tweet “Check out this weeks inspiration from Stephen Gates Blog.”]
Canva’s simple and collaborative Web-based platform aims to turn anyone into a designer
Canva is a new service that aims to democratize the design process by making it easy for anyone to design. The site’s integrated design process puts everything at a user’s fingertips — including professional stock images, fonts, design layouts and other tools — and uses a simple drag and drop process. It will let you create flyers, presentations, Facebook covers, blog graphics, business cards, posters and invitations. Canva is free to use, but the company will make money from stock photos, which are priced at $1 each. Users only pay if they publish a design using a stock images, meaning that they can experiment with images for free. It is still in beta but you can reserve your username and find out more about Canva here.
BKWLD’s Jeff Toll: designers should “show passion & get weird”
Californian design agency BKWLD has a stellar reputation among both clients and designers. Creative director Jeff Toll explains where it all went so right. Read the interview here.