I can’t believe that BLEND is already 4 years old. A four-year old “child” with the maturity of a forty year old man, experience wise that is…and the culture of a thirty year old, breezy, fresh, hip and full of energy! A unique blend if you think about it. So, how did we manage that? Hmmm…let me tell you..how we do it at BLEND, the web design agency in Nicosia.
We now live in the Information Age, a period in human history that emerged from the Digital Revolution of the late 20th century. The rapid stream of oversaturated information thrown at us from multiple sources created impulsive and unpredictable consumers with an attention span of merely 3 to 5 seconds. This is how much Brands have in their disposal to engage with their consumers. And this is where User Experience design comes in to provide meaningful and relevant experiences to users.
Hot summer season in Cyprus has been here for months now, and people are looking forward to some well-deserved summer vacations to relax and enjoy the weather. At BLEND we don’t close our office during the mid of August as most local companies do. Instead, we keep our doors open, phone-lines and emails available for our local and overseas clients for any support they may need. Our projects pipelines continue, and we make most of the quiet periods to catch-up with in-house projects. Our BLENDers take their vacations when it suits them and able to make most of their days off. So, how our team plans to relax and re-charge before kicking-off the busy and productive remaining quarter of 2018? Let’s find out!
There are the people that wake up miserable, being sad about going to work, sitting on a chair all day waiting for the time to pass, or being at each other throats about promotions, stabbing their colleagues in the back or accusing them all day. And there are those lucky SOBs that wake up with a smile, going to work singing and whistling, and clapping their feet on the air.
Time again for my annual design predictions of what we can expect next year, in 2018! As per my last year’s post, this is not necessarily backed-up on any special research for an accurate prediction, but mainly what I personally expect will become bigger and what I would love to see trending during 2018… or at least from the BLEND design team!
I know so many people that have the Monday blues every Monday and feel that it is a drag to get up and go to work every day. However, I am one of those people with a big drive. And why shouldn’t I have that? When even work is so much fun…well most of the times anyway!
So it is time again for my annual design predictions for what we can expect next year, 2017! As per my last year’s post, this is not necessarily backed-up on any special research for an accurate prediction, but mainly what I personally expect to see or would love to see trending during 2017….or at least from the BLEND design team!
Just like traditional artists need to keep drawing or painting to improve their skills, professional designers should do the same. Each client project is an opportunity to improve a skill, learn something new and challenge yourself. However, real world client projects many times tend to be either uninspiring, too controlling or without enough creative freedom due to client involvement or project restrictions. And that’s ok as is part of our job to make it as interesting as possible for the best and most appropriate outcome. But many designers are still artists at heart and we all crave the need to do something really inspiring with no restrictions and complete freedom. If we don’t do this every now and then it could affect our daily work, our motivation and aspiration to become better at what we do.
Marching in 2016, on Sunday morning I found myself reflecting on 2015 and what an exciting year, it has been.
“Design is no longer just about form anymore but is a method of thinking that can let you to see around corners. And the high tech breakthroughs that do count today are not about speed and performance but about collaboration, conversation and co-creation.” Bruce Nussbaum