Welcome to the World of Designing FileMaker

By Alexis Allen

January 31, 2014

Developing an effective FileMaker solution can be challenging. It calls for technical knowledge of the FileMaker platform, communication skills to draw out effective requirements from the client, and the ability to organize all the project information into an understandable and easy-to-use finished product.

Nowadays, users expect to be not only satisfied, but delighted by the tools they use. Design affects not only the visual styling of a solution (the thing we might associate most with the term “design”), but every aspect of its creation, from first idea to final conception. As a FileMaker developer, I’m always learning about design not only so that my final solution will look good, but to help me build the right product for the right user, right from the start.

I believe that you can improve your design know-how and build better FileMaker solutions, even if you don’t consider yourself the “creative type.” Having great design skills will help you synthesize all aspects of a project, every step of the way.

This site aims to be a resource to help developers learn about design, improve their knowledge of design, and keep abreast of new trends both in FileMaker and in the wider world. We hope you’ll find it useful!

Alexis Allen

About the author

I'm a certified FileMaker developer based in Toronto with over 20 years of experience. I've designed solutions for desktop publishing, signmaking, packaging design, marketing and advertising. I have presented several times at the FileMaker Developer's Conference in the US on the topic of design. As a lifelong student, I enjoy all creative pursuits.

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