What is a Full Stack Designer in 2017? Will You Be One?

Compared to the Full Stack Designer, we seem to be more familiar with the Full Stack Developers. So what is full stack designer exactly? Can we simply think he/she is a versatile designer?

In the past, designers and developers have a clear role assignment. They rarely do the both at the same time. While with the changes in product design and the evolution of team collaboration, many web designers are able to manage web developing and UX design at present.

So there comes a question: what’s the character of the so-called full stack designer? He/She is only a designer? Also coding while being a designer? Or he/she is a designer as well as a web developer?

What is a Full Stack Designer?

In fact, the concept of Full Stack Developer came out earlier than the Full Stack Designer. But full stack does not mean to do all. Specifically, it refers to a person who masters muti-skills and he can use them to independently complete a design or product development.

That means that a truly full stack designer can build a basic conception of a project, and complete the whole design and development related works. Such as the wireframes/prototypes design, visual design, and the front coding, JS / jQuery, etc.



The Emergence

The come out of the full stack designer is not accidental according to the current situation. With the outbreak of mobile Apps and the arrival of the entrepreneurship tide, there are many small development teams who cannot set full positions. That forced the team members to play multiple characters in one position. You can always see the developers not only coding but also build prototypes with the prototyping tools (Mockplus,AxureProto.io)

The Advantages

Comprehensive thinking is the biggest advantage of the full stack designers. A designer who is familiar with the product development and design process, he knows the limitation of product design. So that he can clearly control the expectation of the product design. Familiarity with the process can make the team more convenient to understand the development, marketing, and user experience details. This will make cooperation more seamless, reduce rework and unexpected situations.


The Importance

The full stack designer can analyze and customize his own “skill tree” according to his own situation. He can clearly know the structure of the product, the progress of design and development process. He is a multi-skill person who can use user experience, design patterns, techniques, and tools to complete the product development. And then, the whole progress will be more systematically, and the product will be better.

Focusing on the whole program, that is the most obvious difference between the normal designers and the full stack designer. If you are one of them, it will undoubtedly add a great value to your team. And if you are a freelance designer, it is necessary to be a full stack designer.


What Makes a Great Full Stack Designer?

However, it’s not a requirement for full stack designers to master anything perfectly. Taking the web design as an example, you will understand well about their roles:

Assist the product manager

Complete the pre-concept for the entire project, brainstorming, mood boards, basic planning

Prototype design

Wireframes, visual draft, low/high fidelity prototypes

User research

User experience


Front-end development

HTML, CSS, JS, etc.

The handover with the programmer

Understand the interface and the development of the deep demand, how the front-end code will be more matching backend and the program.


To become a good full stack designer, you are destined to keep learning and enrich your skill-tree. But please note that you should choose a right industry and direction to follow up the design trend and technology, new pattern, and new tools.

Written by: Trista liu


Beautiful & Creative Photo Results From Envato Market Photoshop Actions Contest.

Photoshop Actions Contest Winners

Envato recently assembled a collection of incredible Photoshop actions and invited their creative community to create and share what they made using those actions. Here are the all the winners that went home with a share of the $1,000 prize fund!

Grand Prize ($500) – romlam


What we love about this entry is the combination of multiple actions. The Double Light action adds modern, atmospheric lighting to the image and the Animated Fire Embers add a subtle yet very effective touch to bring the ‘sound’ of the ukulele to life. With a final dash of cinemagraph animation to bring the picture to life, romlam’s masterpiece is complete!


Photoshop Action(s) used:

romlam also wins an Envato T-shirt and the coveted “Won a Contest” community badge. Awesome job!

Runner-up ($250) – em1


Our judges were all in agreement with this beautiful entry from em1. The fashion image is accentuated with a gentle pink hue and truly comes alive with the Shatter action applied. The effect adds movement, magic and intrigue to any image.


Photoshop Action(s) used:

em1 also wins an Envato T-shirt. Well played, sir!

3rd place ($150) – pbombaert


Shatter was a popular choice amongst contest participants and the clever use of a glass lightbulb by pbombaert really captures the essence of the Photoshop action. The shattered particles really help draw-in the user’s focus and really pop with the addition of the deep purple background.


Photoshop Action(s) used:

pbombaert also wins an Envato T-shirt. Very well done!

4th place ($100) – 2ASoundWorks


A great photo gets turned into an amazing photo with the help of the Double Light Photoshop Action. 2ASoundWorks chose a really great photo where the model strikes an interesting pose that showcases the beauty and power of Double Light.


Photoshop Action(s) used:

2ASoundWorks also wins an Envato T-shirt. Great job!

5th place (Envato T-shirt) – CynthiaGreen


CynthiaGreen is a huge fan of Photoshop actions – her work was featured in a recent Made With Envato roundup. Cynthia’s creative work is featured again with great use of the Artist action. The natural colors of the watercolor effect and the well-posed photograph help create an authentic and realistic style.

Photoshop Action(s) used:

More Highlights from the Contest

Many thanks to Photoshop action creators dgas99, Eugene-design, profactions, and sreda for helping to judge the contest, and to everyone who kindly took the time to enter. We loved seeing everyone’s entries! As well as our winners above, we’ve picked out some of our other favorite entries. You can see even more entries in the official contest thread.

Robin – nofearsamm



Photoshop Action(s) used:

Dinosaur – pbombaert



Photoshop Action(s) used:

Robot – webdesigntrade



Photoshop Action(s) used:

Waterfall Hair – CynthiaGreen



Photoshop Action(s) used:

Colorful Billboard – pbombaert



Photoshop Action(s) used:

Groucho Marx – webdesigntrade



Photoshop Action(s) used:

DeLorean – stockware



Photoshop Action(s) used:

Cat – monstrKesha



Photoshop Action(s) used:

Rainbow Gym – KipaLoops



Photoshop Action(s) used:

Ford Truck – jennyd1947



Photoshop Action(s) used:

Exploding Moon – SpaceStockFootage



Photoshop Action(s) used:

Turqoise Car – CynthiaGreen



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You’re Meant To Do What Only You Can Do Best (Don’t Try to be The Best at Everything)


What are you good at? Not what do you like to do the most.

What are you really good at and how best can you make the most of it?

Pretty much everything we do in life is because we need to do it or we have to do it for one reason or another. But if you can pursue what you want to and be great at it, you will be on to something, Something unique, original. Something authentic you can identify with.

One of the best approaches to finding clarity of purpose is to pursue the one thing you alone can do best without struggle.

Narrow your field of expertise.

Leonardo DiCaprio once said “If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.”

If you are crazy enough to think you can pursue what you want to do, be great at it, make a name for it, and even make a living from it, you will do it.

Be yourself, everyone else is already taken!

If you’re not comfortable with who you are, you’ll inevitably end up trying to be someone else.

Self-discovery is an ongoing process. If you haven’t found yourself, keep trying.

Don’t settle for second. Pursue your ultimate potential.

John F. Kennedy says, “Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.”

Find out what makes you come alive and pursue it.

If you are really good at something, focus on it. Don’t stray away from it. Instead, continue perfecting your craft and become the leader in your space.

When you consistently offer value, you will become unstoppable.

Cal NewPort says in his book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love”: “If you want to love what you do, abandon the passion mindset (“what can the world offer me?”) and instead adopt the craftsman mindset (“what can I offer the world?”).”

Resist pressure to achieve other people’s vision of success. Focus on what you are and can be great at doing. As long as you are doing what you are good at, the rest will fall into place.

Your core competence is not random, is the blueprint for your destiny.

Every life is special. You matter.

Your dreams matter.

Dare greatly in the direction of your dreams.

May Sarton once said We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”

It’s ultimately up to you to take action in the direction of your dreams, and when you do, you’ll be met halfway — I promise. You won’t be alone.

Thousands, if not millions of people have been on that same journey before.

There is so much you can learn from everyone else who either succeeded or failed.

Follow your curiosity, find out what makes you come alive and create yourself in the process.

Focus your energy on exploring the one thing that brings you the most satisfaction in life and if you can, make it your career.

You don’t have to choose between “doing what you love” and making a good living. You can have both.

If you spend your time doing things you’re not good at, it’ll frustrate you and cause you to feel defeated and unsuccessful.

Einstein became the most celebrated scientist in the world because of his insane focus on the General Theory of Relativity.

William Shakespeare wrote at least 154 love poems and 37 plays, including Hamlet, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. He loved to write.

These people are better known for their unparalleled contribution in changing the course of the world and history. They made the most of their time when they discovered what they should be doing.

If the career you choose does not correspond with your deepest inclinations, you rarely find the fulfilment you crave.

The real joy of daily work is in what you have to give.

The good news for you is that you know something or better still you are good at something.

You know it, your friends and colleagues know that. You have been ignoring that side of you for far too long.

People have lots of questions and you probably know most of the answers already.

A lot more people can benefit from your ideas, talent or skill. You are probably more smarter than you are being paid for right now.

You don’t need a fancy office to put relevant stuff that means a lot to you online. You are good to show your work right now. And you don’t need permission to start showing your work.

What most people don’t realize is that there aren’t a lot of experts in the world. If you choose to focus on the thing you love to do or give it a little more time, you can become an expert at it.

If you can become an expert at it, you could do it for a living at some point in your life. And the fulfilment that follows is magical.

It won’t happen right at the beginning. You will probably suck at it in the beginning but you will get better with time.

Practice is the key word.

It’s easier to transform your passion into your job than finding a job that matches your what you love to do.

Your art, creation, product, message or what you choose to share can make a huge difference in many people’s lives across the globe.

Don’t hold out on the rest of us!

We need you to contribute. Spend your life building a body of work. We need it. We are waiting for you to show up.

Engage today with urgency and diligence. Begin to plant seeds every day that will yield a harvest later.

Tomorrow is only an unfulfilled wish, so live and work as if today is all you have. If you do, you will be able to lay your head down each night satisfied with your work, and in the end, you will die empty of regret, but full of satisfaction for a life well lived.

Embrace yourself for who you really are and learn to harness your creative potential to change the trajectory of your professional life. Never miss an opportunity to show up.

The biggest hurdle for all of us is to dive into our own potential, and to see our own selves as incredibly beautiful and gifted personalities.

Everybody has a story to tell and a unique and distinct talent to share. Self-expression fulfills. It gives others hope and faith in themselves.

So, please create! When, if not now?

The world needs more authentic creative expression from you, expression from deep within. What you do matters, not what you think, say or plan.

Never miss an opportunity to show up. To participate. To make a move. To share yourself. Give yourself time in your life to wonder what is possible and to make even the slightest moves in that direction. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut or stick with your routine.

Great work, like a healthy financial portfolio, takes time to mature. Your best work will emerge with patient attention, time, and strategic action.

Whether you’re just starting out in your career or trying to get to the next level, your goal should be to master your craft to the point where people can’t help but notice.

Be so good they can’t ignore you!

Article By: Thomas Oppong
Founder @Alltopstartups. Curator at postanly.com. Columnist at Inc. Featured at HuffPost, Entrepreneur, Thought Catalog, Quartz, CNBC, Observer, and The Muse.

How to think like a designer and be more creative (even if you hate design) by David Gonyo

Design thinking can teach anyone to be creative in a few easy steps. It’s a simple process with amazing potential for anyone willing to learn.

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try” — Dr. Seuss

Creativity is a process and great ideas do not fall from the sky. They develop over time. Learn to fail fast and discover what is possible once you get past your comfort zone.



How to boost creativity.

It doesn’t matter if you are a designer, a programmer, or a project manager, your creativity can fizzle out at any moment. How often have you found yourself in situations at work where you needed to solve a problem or present something to a client and your mind goes blank?
It’s like all your good ideas have gone on vacation and you’re left at your desk trying to scrape something together.
Many people believe that creativity flows in and out. Sometimes you have it, sometimes you don’t. It’s up to the gods to bless you with inspiration or to punish you with a blank mind.
If you read articles regularly on Medium then you may have seen the phrase “design thinking” thrown around.

What is design thinking and how can it help you be more creative?

Design thinking is a process used by designers for solving complex problems with creative solutions. It serves as a recipe for whipping up a batch of creativity whenever you are hungry for some fresh ideas. Designers use this process to streamline their ideas and create innovative solutions.


I know what you may be thinking, “Creativity can’t be planned. It needs to happen naturally.”
This is a valid point and it’s worth discussing. Imagine for a moment that things are not always as they seem…
Traditionally, we think of creativity in terms of identity.
That person is creative.
This person is analytical.
We identify people as being certain “types.” Of course, some people are naturally more creative than others. But creativity can manifest itself in many ways.

  1. Programmers often come up with innovative code to solve a UI/UX problem.
  2. Designers create new page layouts to make websites more intuitive.
  3. Project managers come up with creative ways of keeping everyone on time and on budget.


For those of us who are not naturally flowing with creativity, there is still hope. We can use design thinking to develop a creative mindset. We can model creative people and learn how they think and behave to improve our own creativity.
Below are some easy to follow steps to help anyone become more creative. Next time you are stuck on a problem at work, try using the principles of design thinking to boost your creativity.
With practice, you will naturally begin to see solutions and fresh ideas when you look at a problem. This is a way of conditioning your creative mind to get in shape. It’s like pushups for your imagination.

Follow this simple process to be more creative and think like a designer.

Phase 1 — Empathize and Gather
In Phase 1, the goal is to understand the problem you are solving. Embrace an empathetic mindset and immerse yourself in the process. Try to avoid looking at the problem externally. Gain a deep and personal understanding of the challenges and what it’s like to feel their effects.
Phase 2 — Define The Landscape
In Phase 2, get a clear picture of the challenges from the end-user’s perspective, not the provider. Look for patterns and themes. Challenge the common ways of thinking and don’t assume anything.

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”– Steve Jobs

Phase 3 — Ideation
In Phase 3, explore possibilities and let your creativity run wild. Exhaust your ideas. Allow yourself to think outside the box and push beyond the obvious solutions.
Some ideation techniques might include brainstorming or sketching ideas on paper. The goal is to encourage creativity and freethinking to promote solving problems in unique ways.

Phase 4 — Rapid Prototyping

Create several simple versions of your solution. Allow people outside the process to test them and give you feedback. The idea is to fail fast and adjust until you get it right. This will help you flesh out ideas and see how they work in reality so you can make your solutions better.

Phase 5 — Test & Deliver
Test a finished product made up of the results of Phase 4. You may discover new ideas that you couldn’t see before. These ideas can help train users or can be saved for a new release in the future.

What happens next?

Design thinking is an ongoing process. Give your solution some time to operate in the real world and pay attention to how people use it. See what works and what you might have missed along the way. This never-ending cycle of feedback can lead to amazing innovations.

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” – Michelangelo

David Gonyo

Digital Strategist & Director of Client Engagement @ www.illcreative.com


12 Logos Explained by Animations by Concrete Studio

S + T + & Monogram. Logo for Sacchetto & Tessarin, law firm.
F + Seat Symbol. Logo for Emporio Freguglia: armchairs, sofas and beds.
C + Cross Logotype. Logo for Cester, pharmacy.
Dancing Letters Logotype. Logo for CICS, Italian Consortium Cooperatives of Performing Arts.
Ù + Chick Symbol. Logo for Cucicù, early childhood store.
P + Pine Logotype. Logo for Agenzia Pineta, literally “Pinewood Agency”, real estate agency.
C + Plane Logotype. Logo for Adriatic Coast, travel agency, part of Agenzia Pineta.
M + A Monogram. Logo for Mod’Art, hairdressing salon.
Plane + Paperclip Symbol. Logo for L’Ufficio dei Viaggi, literally “Travel Office”, travel agency.
G + Key Symbol. Logo for Geky’s Key, fashion brand.
F + Arrow Symbol. Logo for Fond.Al.Pi., foundry and modeling.
Ice Cream + Face Symbol. Logo for Carpe Diem, ice cream shop.