Carrie Cousins

Carrie Cousins

Designer. Writer. Editor.

Freelance designer, writer and editor. My day job is in communications and content marketing.

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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.

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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?

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6 Web design mistakes (and how to correct them)

It happens to everyone at some point: You look back on a website design and realize that you made a mistake. And we’re not talking about a misplaced comma. You see a full-scale can’t-believe-you-did-that kind of design faux paus. While you can’t go back in time, you can make corrections so your design is flawless moving forward.

Here we’re going to take a look at a few common design mistakes and how to avoid or correct them in the design process. (As an added bonus, each mistake is paired with an example of how to do it right to help you move forward.)

Gestures article
The Next Web

How to implement gestures into your mobile design

Gestures are the new clicks.

Bad design article
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6 Web design mistakes (and how to correct them)

It happens to everyone at some point: You look back on a website design and realize that you made a mistake. And we’re not talking about a misplaced comma....

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5 weak words you should avoid & what to use instead

When I first began writing, I was unsure of myself. My sentences were filled with meaningless words and fillers. What I didn’t realize is that by using them I was sabotaging myself and my writing. Weak words can sneak into […]...

Materialdesign article
The Next Web

What are the real merits of material design?

Google’s Material Design is one of the most influential visual philosophies in design. It’s shaping the way people see and interact with interfaces because...

Mobiledesign article
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Why cards are dominating mobile design

When it comes to app design, 2015 is the Year of the Card. Screen-size cards are everywhere, from websites to native apps and are designed to look like the...

Flatdesign article
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How mobile became the perfect home for flat design

There were doubters when flat design started emerging, but this design trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Flat design is only getting started and is...