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45royale featured in Smashing Magazine’s design interview

In a recent article, 35 Designers x 5 Questions, Smashing Magazine has collected a comprehensive list of techniques and strategies from some of the top designers on the web. We were honored to be included in the interview and recommend the article to anyone who wants a detailed account of top designer workflow and technique.

Here’s what we had to say:

  1. One aspect of design you give the highest priority to

    “Never underestimate the power of a detailed wire-frame. Take the time at the beginning to plan, it will pay off immensely during design/development.”

  2. One most useful css-technique you use during web-development

    “Using more than one class per element. For example, I could give a paragraph tag two classes:

    <p class="highlight clear">Text goes here.</p>

    This may seem extremely novice but I find that when I talk to people about this, they have no idea it’s possible. (This also comes in handy when you want the last element class to take on a slightly different property as the ones before it.)”

  3. One font you use very often in your projects

    “Lately I’ve really liked the way Avenir looks on the screen. The font has a very fresh feel and works well with hum-drum web fonts.”

  4. One design-related book you highly recommend to read

    Pro CSS Techniques book by Jeff Croft, Ian Lloyd and Dan Rubin. But if I had to pick one book that I’d recommend to everyone starting on their journey towards standards development it would be Web Standards Solutions by Dan Cederholm.”

  5. One design magazine you read on a daily/weekly basis (online or offline)

    HOW magazine is always an incredible source of design inspiration for me. Seeing printed and promotional pieces really challenge me to think about how to display and organize information on the web.”

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