Carrie Cousins

Carrie Cousins

Designer. Writer. Editor.

Designer. Writer. Editor.

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Raccoon article
The Roanoke Times

'To catch a thief' in the battle against a wily raccoon - Roanoke Times: Features

It all started with a little missing cat food.

Early in the spring, my two cats began eating a lot. Between the two of them, I was buying a small bag of cat food each week.

But neither gained any weight.

I was a little puzzled but put it off on the weather. They don't like the rain and had been spending all of their time inside, most likely nibbling throughout day.

And then, about five weeks ago, I saw it.

Micro content 1 article

How to Design Killer Micro-Content | Design Shack

The smallest parts of a design project can be the most important. It’s something we all know conceptually, right?

But do you ever get caught just filling in these details at the last minute? Does your micro-content suffer because you are ready to be finished with a project? Don’t let that happen. Plan out micro-content from the start to create better, more usable pieces that will help make the design better than you had hoped.

Invisible article

A Practical Guide To Invisible Design

With examples from Dropbox, Gmail, and more, here's a no-nonsense guide to creating user experiences that are so natural, they feel invisible.

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The Next Web

Why micro-interactions are the secret to great design

It’s likely that you started your day with a micro-interaction. By turning off the alarm on your mobile phone, you engaged with a user interface in a single moment.

You will continue to engage throughout the day in these moments with your digital devices. Each one is a micro-interaction. Each one is probably so small you don’t think about it. And each one works because of that simple fact.

Duotone article

Duotone Color: Tips & Examples for This Vibrant Trend | Design Shack

The next big web design image trend is here, and it’s vibrant, colourful, and beautiful!

Thanks to Spotify, duotone is growing in popularity almost daily. The effect, which uses a pair of colors over a photo is striking, fun and vibrant. It’s also quite trendy, with new sites changing to a duotone format almost daily. Here are a few ways to make the most of this hot design technique.

Space article

How to Create a Design That Lives in Space | Design Shack

When you think of space, the first thing that might come to mind as a designer is “white space.” Today though, we are going to look at outer space and how to design elements that live in the outer realms.

Mobile book article

Mobile UI Design Trends 2015 & 2016

Useful trends deconstructed into tips for everyday design.

Critique article

How to Critique Your Own Work as a Freelance Designer | Design ...

Working alone can come with a lot of perks, but there are some things that always seem easier when you are in a more structured group environment. One of these things is gathering feedback for your work.

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The Next Web

Is adaptive better than responsive design?

If you have been remotely listening to the Web design conversation in the past five years, one phrase keeps coming up – responsive Web design. By now, you are probably designing every one of your site outlines with a responsive framework.

But some of the talk is shifting to adaptive Web design. The conversation has been out there for a little while, but Google and Apple have really helped bring it back to the forefront. Is adaptive a concept we really need to think about when designing for the modern user?

Heart 2 article

How Emotion Can Impact Your Website Conversions | Design Shack

Is there a connection between happy, sad, or funny and getting users to complete an action on a website? You bet there is!

Ux delight article

7 Tips for Delighting Users With Great UX | Design Shack

A great user experience starts with the designer. You have to imagine and create something that people will want to touch and engage with, time and time again.

Done article

How Do You Know When Your Design Is Done? | Design Shack

When you are working on a project, the most-often asked question is “when will it be finished?” This question can be an internal one (particularly if you are struggling), or it could come from a client.

Complex projects article

How to Organize Complex Design Projects | Design Shack

Not every design project is easy to delve into. Some projects, particularly new branding guidebooks, materials or website redesigns, can take a lot of time. There’s just so much content contained in the project.

Ux mobile tips article

7 UX Design Tips for Mobile Apps | Design Shack

Do you have a mobile app project in the works? What’s your design plan? Have you jumped straight in, or stopped to consider the experience that the end user is going to have when they first open the app?

Crowd article

7 Tips to Make You Stand Out From the Crowd | Design Shack

The freelance economy is growing every day. In mid-2015 more than 15.5 million people in the United States classified themselves as self-employed, and Fast Company reported that projections show that number could increase to 60 million by 2020.