This is my first serious site for a while. It's a challenge unto you: upload/rebound your next Dribbble shot without any layer styles, effects, or fancy bits-and-bobs.
Check out the site and pledge your allegiance to the minimal flag: http://layerstylediet.com
over 1 year ago
I pledge my alliance...however, only for a few shots :D (one step at a time!)
Quite a challenge there. :)
Seen similar challenges before. It's always easy to throw on a bunch of styles for eye candy. But stripping things down takes some talent.
Quite a great idea. :) Only basic shapes, colors, typography. I guess some of my latest works would look almost entirely equal without a layer style.
I'm happy that I focus my designs on simplicity - glad someone even does a shot about this :)
Nice. I'm in! :D
Haha, hell no!
I came pretty close with a personal site I made for fun.
@Pat Dryburgh As someone who's escaped the clutches and banality of client work, I'm probably in a different situation to you, but I was referring to personal projects. You're 100% right in regards to client work (gotta stay on brand and all that), but when you're doing something for yourself, it's always good to try new things. Most people (myself included) just start off with the drop shadows, gradients, noise patterns, and go for an "enhanced web-2.0-style" look, without any prior thought to the stylistic choices they're making.
By deliberately omitting layer styles, you, myself, and that guy who thinks glossy buttons are still cool have more aesthetic avenues, and can proactively make the best decisions when it comes to any future work, personal or client.
The problem this site is solving (or trying to solve) is stylistic ignorance: how can you be solving your client's problem if your style is limited to merely grunge?
I'm in. Just have a couple questions. When you say no layer style, do you mean none at all? As in no very subtle inner-shadows, or do you just mean no heavy shadows and or layer transparency (I'm drawing a blank on what it's called)?
Also, what do you mean by you escaped the banalities of client work? How'd you achieve that?
"A professional designer doesn't start in Photoshop and run to the styles layer. He/she also doesn't jump into black text on white and scan through type choices."
@Pat Dryburgh Actually, I do.
@Pat Dryburgh I consider many problems, I just don't need to put pencil to paper in order to come up with a concept. I find it much easier to dive in and get my hands dirty. Now, does that make me unprofessional, because my methods are against what you deem professional? Or am I forgetting that everything you say goes, being that you're a 'full time user experience designer', also, not to forget that you freelance too.
Design is an art form, no matter what anyone says. Everyone has different styles and methods to produce their work. Whichever method works for you doesn't make you or anyone anymore professional than the next person, or give you the right to state otherwise.
Sweet Jesus. It's simply a fun idea to be considered, used, and applied as is wished by the beholder. Not a debate on design methodology.
Is this discussion an example of how the term "technical foul" could be incorporated?
Because one couldn't possibly have a different workflow to you, right?
You really blew my comment out of proportion, you've somehow gone from me not putting pencil to paper, to having no consideration on strategy, target audience, content, deliverables or schedule? Tell me, how does a sketch differentiate from a rough mockup in photoshop, in terms of ideas? If anything, it's a more detailed and realistic presentation of what could be.
Because I like to jump into photoshop does not mean that I don't have a strategy in place, nor does it bewilder my thoughts on the target audience (really not sure how you came to that one), or effect any of the other wild assumptions you made. It's a process i've been using for years, you're just too naive to think that someone can work differently.
"In fact, the only thing I know for certain in life is that most of what I believe is wrong."
Then why are you even debating my workflow?
Anyway, this discussion is clearly pissing people off, if you wish to continue tomorrow add me on skype (darylginn) and i'll be happy to chat. Otherwise, you're on your own.
@Daryl Ginn I agree 100%. I freed myself from process standards that keep changing. Been at this for 12 years. I always start in photoshop. Partly because I hate the extra steps. Wireframes are for design nerds to make us feel better. My real clients prefer HIFI mockups shown thru InVision. I am convinced they have absolutely no clue what they are looking at with wireframes. Had a convo with @Marc Hemeon about this very issue. Noted that architects show HiFi illustrations not blueprints to win projects.
@Visual Idiot you have to keep in mind that there are some who are process driven because that is the only way for them to achieve the aesthetic. Pixel here. Sip Coffee. Pixel there.. Enough! Nobody gives a shit about the refined 1px highlight. :)
Great idea and website. Always good stuff.
Anyway, this discussion is clearly pissing people off
When a discussion on design methodology pisses people off, it shows their true colors. Dribbble needs more of this.
Everybody, wait a second!
I'm not going to enter this debate, I don't agree with one guys view on what a designer 'should do / be' because that's bullshit.
Great idea @Visual Idiot, it's something I think ANY designer can try and learn from.
I like this, and that was always my duty and way of thinking about design.... leave the dropshadows and gradients to the sad hipster clowns!
@Visual Idiot I'm in! **Grabs Popcorn**
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