A while ago we (Joel) published an article titled, “LESS, The Flavor of CSS You Should be Writing for Drupal.” At the time (2010), preprocessors were just starting to gain popularity. LESS seemed great and there was a Drupal module for compiling on the server. So, we switched from CSS to LESS. It was fantastic. Variables, mixins, nested rules; everything we ever wanted in CSS.
User surveys are just one tool you can use to understand user preferences that can lead to a successful design.
My adventures in designing educational math games for young children began with illustrations and animations in outer space for LT2. Since then, my repertoire of visual themes has expanded greatly—especially after designing games for an additional client, Connect4Learning.
Photoshop presents a handful of limitations when it comes to getting your ideas out. I don’t even want to mention how the general tidiness of my layers suffers when I’m in serious idea-barf mode. Luckily, there’s another, less complicated option: sketching.