David Kadavy, Author at Design for Hackers

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In Defense of Papyrus: Avatar Uses the World’s Second-Most-Hated Font to Signal the Downfall of Civilization

Posted on August 26th, 2019 by David Kadavy

When Ryan Gosling’s SNL skit debuted, I thought it was as hilarious as anyone else. Nevermind that – as a former type snob – it felt as if the skit was poking fun at me, personally. In “Papyrus,” Gosling plays a graphic designer who is tormented by the fact that the Papyrus font was used […]

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Apple’s San Francisco Font

Posted on October 19th, 2015 by David Kadavy

Anyone who has upgraded to iOS 9, or OS X El Capitan has probably noticed the system font has changed to Apple’s San Francisco Font. This font quietly shipped with the Apple Watch, in WatchOS, and will also be in the new tvOS on Apple TV.

Design is the most important factor in establishing credibility

Posted on September 8th, 2015 by David Kadavy

Think back to the last time you searched for an app to do something. You downloaded it, tapped the icon, and GAH! Suddenly, you felt sick to your stomach.

How to Learn Web Design (for reasonable humans who aren’t robots)

Posted on September 2nd, 2015 by David Kadavy

If you want to learn anything – especially if you want to learn web design – you need to do two things: You have to be aware of what you need to learn. You have to motivate yourself to actually do the work required to learn those things. Web design can be complicated. Once you find […]

What Font is the New Google Logo?

Posted on September 1st, 2015 by David Kadavy

Google announced a new logo redesign today (September 1, 2015), citing that the platforms on which we interact with their products are now more diverse. Today we’re introducing a new logo and identity family that reflects this reality and shows you when the Google magic is working for you, even on the tiniest screens. Given […]

Design Pitfalls: a new free email course to learn design

Posted on May 12th, 2015 by David Kadavy

I’ve seen the same things over and over again, and I’m going to help you avoid them. Since the debut of Design for Hackers, I’ve traveled all over the world, mentoring entrepreneurs and other people using design to do their jobs better. While Design for Hackers breaks down all aspects of design, I realized that […]

7 of the Best Books to Learn Web Design

Posted on April 29th, 2015 by David Kadavy

Anyone can design a website. Right? It’s better to say anyone can learn to design a website. Good web design involves myriad skills, that all have to work together. Some things you just have to learn from someone who knows. You can take formal classes, or enroll in online courses, or sit and watch someone […]

Designing for Credibility: David Kadavy’s Mixergy Master Class

Posted on January 17th, 2015 by David Kadavy

Prospects judge you by your landing page. And the design will determine whether they’ll continue engaging with your site and eventually buy. In his Mixergy course, David shows you simple ways to build credibility with design, even if you’re terrible at web design. This Master Class is available for free just for Design for Hackers readers. Check […]

10-Minute Redesign: Hacker News

Posted on January 17th, 2015 by David Kadavy

There have been plenty of proposed redesigns of the infamously ugly HN, but what about just nudging around the existing code? See what kind of changes can be made just by eliminating some elements, and changing sizing and white space – all in about 10 minutes.

Never worry about font sizes again! (Just use these)

Posted on September 25th, 2014 by David Kadavy

One of the best ways to establish a clear visual hierarchy, and create a design that converts, is to change the sizes of the fonts you use. Big fonts look more important, smaller fonts look less important. Simple, right? The problem is, you waste time and mental energy worrying about what font size to use. […]