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Branding Lessons From the Guitar Gods: Taylor, Gibson, Fender and More

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Today we’re going to discuss how design projects often require you to take a step back from who you are as a designer and forget your own personal taste while taking on the personality of a given brand.

The companies who hire you will have vastly different brands, strategies, and most importantly, customers. This principle is displayed quite prominently in the brands of major guitar manufacturers. Let’s dive in and see how Taylor, Fender, Dean, Gibson and more target the right customers through design.

December 19th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
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Three Quick Design Tricks: Break Out Screenshots, Easy Starbursts and Vector Grunge Textures

Today we have a small collection of completely random but very useful design tricks that you should keep in the back of your mind the next time you need a new idea.

I’ll show you a quick way to make a software screenshot more interesting, how to create awesome vector grunge textures and a super fast way to build a vector starburst.

November 22nd, 2011 Posted in Graphics
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Tips for Designing Sleek iPhone App UI Layouts in Photoshop

Graphic design for the web has been a popular trend for ages. And with the invent of Apple’s iPhone back in 2007 the app store has grown a tremendous amount. Now we have iOS app designers and developers coming together to build some really fantastic conceptions into reality.

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But if you’re not fond of learning Xcode and programming Objective-C, Photoshop may hold more interest. Below I’ll offer some of the tips I’ve picked up for designing killer iOS app mockups. And since there are always new trends emerging the design community is constantly redefining how to create apps. Think of this as more of a beginner’s resource guide to designing for Apple devices.

October 20th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
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Five Fascinating Things You Didn’t Know About Famous Car Logos

Automobile logos represent some of my favorite emblems. I recently became curious as to the origins of several of these popular icons and came across some incredibly interesting facts!

Join us as we look back at some of the most well known logos around and uncover some of their unbelievable secrets!

October 5th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
10 Tips for Designing Better Infographics

10 Tips for Designing Better Infographics

Infographics have been around for ages but in recent years they’ve really come into the spotlight as an almost irresistible way to communicate complex scenarios and information. We can’t help it, when we see a link for an infographic, we almost have to check it out!

If you’re at all interested in infographic design, read along as we take a look at some of our favorite examples and discuss some important do’s and don’ts for creating compelling and effective graphics.

September 20th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Then and Now: The Evolution of Cereal Mascots

Then and Now: The Evolution of Cereal Mascots

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Today we’re going to have some good old nostalgic fun and take a walk through cereal box history to look at some beloved characters that have been with most of us since we could chew.

Keep reading to see what your favorite cereal box mascot looked like years ago versus today!

September 15th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
An Easy Design Trick: Using a Photo’s Natural Lines

An Easy Design Trick: Using a Photo’s Natural Lines

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Today we’re going to explore a super easy design trick for combining text and photos in interesting ways. I’ll teach you four methods for using the directionality of a photograph to determine a corresponding design layout.

This one will be fun and is sure to challenge the way you think about images in your designs so sit back and come along for the ride!

September 5th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
The Illusive Click: Structuring Designs to Influence Behavior

The Illusive Click: Structuring Designs to Influence Behavior

Click. That sound means you’ve done your job. The user has viewed your page and taken the action that you wanted them to.

How is this achieved? Should you be thinking about this goal more as you structure your designs? What mistakes should you be careful about avoiding? Read on to find out.

August 26th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
That Sketched Look: Trends, Tips and Tools for Using Doodles in Design

That Sketched Look: Trends, Tips and Tools for Using Doodles in Design

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It’s always fun to really dive into a popular design trend and see who’s doing it, how it works, what it communicates and how you can try it for yourself.

Stick with us as we do exactly that with those trendy doodle designs that you see all over the web right now.

August 25th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
The Difference Between UI and UX

The Difference Between UI and UX

In today’s creative and technical environment, the terms “UI” (User Interface) and “UX” (User Experience) are being used more than ever. Overall, these terms are referring to specialties and ideas that have been around for years prior to the introduction of the abbreviated terminology.

But the problem with these new abbreviations is more than just nomenclature. Unfortunately, the terms are quickly becoming dangerous buzzwords: using these terms imprecisely and in often completely inappropriate situations is a constant problem for a growing number of professionals, including: designers, job seekers, and product development specialists. Understanding the proper separation, relationship and usage of the terms is essential to both disciplines.

August 15th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
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