Welcome To The Smashing Design Section!

Design is an invitation to create, to inspire, to provoke, to initiate change, to transform others, to change others and ultimately to make the world a better place. Design is a verb and like a verb it is always moving, changing, transforming while the processes and stages remain constant.

We all need to find inspiration, we all need to process our ideas, we all need to sketch, we all need to do research, we all need to go to the computer and create several iterations, we all need to revise and refine our ideas, and we all need to deliver the now tangible products or applications to the world. This makes our profession one of great responsibility and commitment while it is full of excitement and energetic.

Smashing Magazine has been a source of great inspiration to me. As an educator, I want not only to be inspired and challenged but I also want my students to be challenged, inspired, and develop a hunger for learning. I want them to know that they can come to Smashing Magazine and find good and sound design advice and even mentorship. I love the articles published on SmashingMag and the fact that there is a team of members committed to bringing high-quality content to their readers. This gives me great confidence as an educator, as a designer, and as an editor for the magazine.

I want to bring to our audience topics to continue to inspire us, to challenge us, to make us think, to in way, rock our cradle of comfort and feel motivated to do more and do it better. I am looking for articles that talk about design topics in general but also specific areas such at typography, macro and micro aspects of typography, layout, use of the grid, creativity, inspiration, creative process, design process, design research, design education, productivity, career advice, design issues, design ethics, design culture, media, social design, and others along these lines.

Help me develop great content. If you’re interested in writing about design and the topics mentioned above, feel free to send me your ideas and proposals. Let’s make this corner the place to go for great design content!

Introducing Alma Hoffmann

Introducing Alma Hoffmann“What I want to create in this section is a community of designers wanting to help each other and learn from each other. There is so much to learn and so much out there that it is sometimes overwhelming to know where to look. I want this section to be the answer to that question where we all can find that topic or question answered.

I am a design educator and I love teaching design. Perhaps this is why I was always so drawn to Smashing Magazine. There is always an article or several articles about things I wanted to learn or find out more. As an educator, I feel it is my responsibility to provide topics not only on the technical side of things, but also in those areas that help us be human, that help us empathize with our fellow designers and society at large. The ability to empathize is after all, what helps us solve problems effectively.

A little bit about myself: I am the wife to a wonderful guy, a mom to two wonderfully rascal kids and I love salsa music and big band music. Dancing is my secret passion. The way the body moves in space inspires me tremendously.”

Editor’s Note: Please welcome Alma and let us know what you think of the forthcoming articles on the Smashing Design section. We look very much forward to your feedback, folks! And make sure to follow Alma Hoffmann on Twitter, too.

The Smashing Team loves high-quality content and cares about little details. Through our online articles, books and eBooks and Smashing Conferences, we are committed to stimulating creativity and strengthening the Web design community’s creative forces.

  1. 1

    Congrats on teaming up with Smashing. This site and the publications have been an invaluable source for me over my career. I look forward to sending you some ideas.

  2. 2

    Great idea. Would love to see some fantastic articles in this section.

  3. 3

    Welcome to the Smashing Team, Alma! :-) It’s an awesome place to be!

  4. 4

    This is amazing. Best thing Smashing Mag could do. Alma, I look forward to reading and sharing.


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