Cheers to 5 years!

2019 marks the fifth anniversary of what has been, and still is, an awesome roller coaster of fun, challenges, and unforgettable experiences. From the very first days of working crazy hard to make something amazing, to celebrating even harder when we nailed it, to finally building our own little hive of creativity here at 75 Broad–it’s been, for us, an epic journey made only better by sharing it with some pretty awesome people. Thanks to everyone who’s been a part of it.

To celebrate these first five years, we’re sharing some deep thoughts–in groups of five, of course– from all of us at LLM Design.

LLM’s 5 Universal Principles of Design

  1. Design for people, not just the problem. – Jocelyn
  2. Ask a designer. – Sarah 
  3. Hierarchy, contrast, composition,colors, and purpose. – Que 
  4. Repetition and rhythm. – Candace
  5. Structure should stand on its own with balanced weight given to all elements of the design. – Leila

Our 5 Biggest Design Pet Peeves

  2. Center justified paragraphs. – Leila 
  3. Overall bad typography (ignored kerning, bad breaks in text, punctuation and bullet points inside the margin). – Candace
  4. Outlined fonts. – Que 
  5. Faux antique furniture. And hyphenated paragraphs. – Jocelyn 

5 Weird Designer Quirks That Come Out When We’re In Public

  1. Taking pictures of random objects in random places for research and inspiration. – Leila
  2. Saying “Command Z” in real life. – Travis
  3. Breaking into window displays to check things out. – Candace
  4. Pointing stock photography out to friends that don’t care. – Mike 
  5. Touching signage to figure out its material. – Jocelyn

5 Things We Wish We Knew In Design School

  1. It doesn’t always go according to plan. – Leila 
  2. Not every project is going to be an award winner, and budgets are a very real thing.  – Travis
  3. That I should have kept my Buick Skylark. – Candace
  4. Budgets can ruin everything. – Que 
  5. How to schedule sleeping. – Jocelyn

5 Words That We Use to Describe LLM:

  1. Passionate
  2. Supportive
  3. Ohana
  4. Laugh-a-minute
  5. Scrappy

(We’ve got loads more on this topic, but we’ll keep it short and sweet for now.)

Cheers to 5 Years!