Dan Rose

Lead Interface Designer

As WSOL’s Lead Interface Designer, Dan creates stunning designs for our clients’ websites, orchestrating the overall look and feel of the designs and guiding visual interface strategy. He strives to bring our clients in to the design process through creating visual design workflows, resulting in interfaces that are as usable as they are pleasurable to look at.

As someone who is passionate about humanitarianism and community, Dan feels that he is at his best when the design problems he is trying to solve are ones that affect an area of social need. He works in his local community to draw together makers and creative thinkers from across the state and talk about design. 

Dan is the author of the well-known book Responsive Web Design with Photoshop, an editor for Smashing Magazine, publisher of Photoshop Etiquette – The Guide to Discernable Web Design in Photoshop, a prolific writer and conference speaker, founder of his own design conference, Syracuse Sync, and a very highly regarded member of the design community.  

Outside of work, Dan does his best to be the best dad for his two amazing daughters, so he can often be found cramming himself inside a princess tent, pretending to be a horse, or singing along to a Disney movie.

Recent Articles

  • Do you make the effort to attend conferences and other events? Learn some of the benefits of doing so that you might not have considered.
  • Learn answers to some of the common questions about working remotely, as well as some tips for getting the most productivity from working at home.
  • WSOL's Design Team is continually refining our design process. Learn how Element Collages help us explore options to find the best design approach.
  • Learn how Visual Inventories can help you determine the best approach for designing your website.
  • We look at the advantages of the services available for providing webfonts for your website to help you decide which one is right for you.
  • Learn why you should fight the urge to cram as much information as possible on your page, and use whitespace to let it breathe instead.
  • We previously discussed how best to use sliders and carousels, but are they something we should actually be using in the first place?
  • Rotating homepage banners (a.k.a. sliders or carousels) are common on websites, but how useful are they, and what is the best way to use them?
  • What determines the scale of which we design a site? We look at the trends of modern web design as it relates to the size of images and text.
  • When designing for responsive sites there can be many challenges, WSOL covers the top concepts to consider when you start designing your website content for a responsive site.
  • In a world where mobile has been hogging all the spot light, WSOL has taken time to shine some light on the intricacies of designing for large screens.
  • Not too long ago, we relied on Photoshop as the primary design software in our industry. Now that Responsive Web Design has introduced the need to get in the browser faster, is Photoshop a capable tool to keep around?
  • There's been significant buzz around a few next-gen web design apps coming out. What are they and what workflow problems do they aim to solve?
  • Responsive Web Design has certainly changed our web design processes. Equally important, it's changed what constitutes as an appropriate design deliverable. Thankfully, there's plenty to choose from, yet the secret is in how we season them.
  • The common "fold" is as mythical a creature as the elusive unicorn. We can pretend it's there and be hopelessly disappointed when we realize it's not. Understanding user behavior and multiple screen sizes are changing perceptions about scrolling.