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The web used to look like a phone book. Now much of it looks like a design portfolio. In fact, it looks like the design portfolio of 20 well-known designers, whose style gets copied again and again by young designers who consider themselves disciples. Distinctions between graphic design and communication design are lost on these designers.
When I was let go from my job in November—a job I loved fiercely—I found myself wondering how a nearly-40 year old frumpy mother of four could compete in the job market against 20-somethings who have hipster sideburns and love gradients.
Jeff Zeldman’s article came at a great time for me. I’ve long believed that the best work isn’t work that wins awards. It’s work that achieves what the client wants. An award sitting on *my* shelf isn’t going to move *your* widgets. So, while there are lots of designers who can make things look cool and do cool tricks, that’s not really what design is about. Sometimes it takes someone with some experience in the world to know that if you want to buy a pair of shoes, your journey is about finding those shoes in the easiest and kindest way possible. Flash and style still have their place, but they don’t trump usability.
I’m well-versed in the tools of the design trade. I use InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. I’m a Mac user. I have thousands of fonts. I have books and pallettes and paper samples. I have bookmarks in Safari in folders titled “stock images,” “inspiration,” “how-to” and “designers I love.” And yet, one of the most best design tools I’ve found it Skitch.
I use Skitch to take screen snaps of anything on my computer screen. I can snap a photo of myself with my webcam. I can make notes and sketches on the images or I can make rough sketches on a blank canvas. I can export in a variety of appropriate settings. I can upload them to the web, drag and drop into an email or into an application for more editing.
Granted, Skitch isn’t going to replace the Adobe Powerhouse when it’s time to design an 80 page catalog, but along the way, it’s a fantastic little app that makes the job a lot easier.