How to not steal someone else’s design
Chris Wolfgang

Chris Wolfgang

Chris Wolfgang has been writing and editing for the technical world for several years, most recently as the editor of The Layout, Flywheel's online design publication. But really, she'd rather talk to you about comics, sci-fi, or manga. Let her know what you think about any of those things on Twitter.

  • How to not steal someone else’s design

    December 15, 2014 by Chris Wolfgang

    “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” This is a favorite quote of a designer I once knew. He would say it whenever someone would point out that his work looked similar to someone else’s. Some people say the quote is from Picasso. It might have been from T.S. Eliot. Someone stole it from somebody, that…

  • Take your next step as a design authority publish an ebook

    December 2, 2014 by Chris Wolfgang

    Okay, so you’ve spruced up your design blog with some thought-provoking industry articles. You’ve even done some public speaking as a design expert. Excellent! Way to add your voice of authority to the multi-faceted world of design! You’ve got something to say, and the industry is better for you figuring out how to say it…

  • Your homepage is not your site’s lobby

    November 26, 2014 by Chris Wolfgang

    How did you find your current favorite site? I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you clicked through on a link from a friend’s social media update. Or maybe it was a link from an industry blog that you follow? However you discovered that hot new site you’re telling everyone about…

  • Announcing The Layout an online design publication by Flywheel

    November 20, 2014 by Chris Wolfgang

    We’ve been working on something for you designers for a while now — and it’s finally ready to show off. We’re so proud to officially introduce you to The Layout, an online design publication by Flywheel. Our mission here at Flywheel is to help designers get back to doing what they love. We’re working hard…

  • If art is the mad scientist then design is the Igor

    November 5, 2014 by Chris Wolfgang

    A few months ago, I stumbled across a post on Medium. Entitled “Design is a spoon,” by Robert Grazioli, the article was basically a letter to a young relative about what it means to be a designer. It was all very inspirational and well-written and humorous, and I recommend you go read it for yourself….

  • What should go in your design portfolio

    October 29, 2014 by Chris Wolfgang

    Whether you’re in college, a few years removed from it, or revamping your online presence after decades of work, you know you don’t put everything you’ve ever done into your design portfolio. Your online portfolio is your highlight reel. “So I only want the best of the best in there, right?” Whoa. Not only. You…

  • 9 things to listen for in a design critique

    October 22, 2014 by Chris Wolfgang

    It might be a stretch to promise any of you that you can enjoy a critique of your latest design project. But it’s absolutely possible to embrace it as a shortcut to producing better work. It all depends on what you’re listening for. You know you’re not supposed to hear critique as a personal attack….

  • Should you even have business cards?

    October 15, 2014 by Chris Wolfgang

    Who out there has designed their own business cards? I mean, why wouldn’t you? It’s a small project with quick turnaround, and it allows for a decent amount of creativity within a relatively strict set of parameters. You need your name, business, and contact info on a card that fits easily in a wallet. Go….

  • You do what you do, we do what we do

    October 1, 2014 by Chris Wolfgang

    Every once in a while, one of our clients comes along with an awesome story about how managed hosting has changed their business for the better. We adore those stories. And every once in awhile, it’s a story that’s too cool not to share with the rest of you. The challenges of being a creative…

  • What I learned about brand commitment from that article about The Onion

    August 27, 2014 by Chris Wolfgang

    You’ve no doubt seen Fast Co.Design’s (fantastic) article about The Onion’s art department. Three people, well-versed in Photoshop, churn out custom photo and illustration art for every article on the satirical news site. “Why bother?” asked author Dan Nosowitz. It’s all about commitment, man. The article expresses awe at the lengths the site goes to…

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