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8 Tips for Creating a Logo With Purpose

Graphics / 16 Jul 2019

8 Tips for Creating a Logo With Purpose

With so many logo design concepts, trends, and examples out there, how do you sort through all the clutter to create a logo that has a purpose for our brand or company?

It’s not always an easy task. The best and most memorable logos are not just designed well, they have purposeful meaning that creates a connection between the mark and organization it represents.

This can happen quickly with a brand that grows in popularity fast or steadily over time as a mark is established.

Here are some things to think about as you tackle creating (or recreating) a logo so that it has a purpose.

How to Design Wedding Invitations: 7 Simple Steps

Graphics / 26 Jun 2019

How to Design Wedding Invitations: 7 Simple Steps

Your wedding day is a showcase of your love story, and you can highlight your story with a custom wedding invitation that you design. Today we’re looking at how to design wedding invitations, with a few key steps to remember along the way.

A custom wedding invitation will help show off your personality, save money and is something you can hang on to forever. With proper planning, it’s not that hard to do.

Whether you start with a wedding invitation template, or you create a design from scratch, it’s a beautiful way to brand your special day.

10 Web Design Trends We’re Already Over

Graphics / 29 May 2019

10 Web Design Trends We’re Already Over

Design trends have to be used cautiously. Just as quickly as many trends come into fashion; they can fall out of favor and make a design feel dated.

Don’t ignore them completely — testing out trends can stretch your creative muscles and help you create something you might not have tried otherwise. But do be aware of what’s fresh, what’s timeless, and what’s out of date!

Here are 10 design trends that are over (or should be anyway).

10 T-Shirt Design Tips (For Shirts People Will Wear)

Graphics / 22 May 2019

10 T-Shirt Design Tips (For Shirts People Will Wear)

Designing a t-shirt that people will actually wear can be a design challenge of epic proportions. Let’s take a look at some tips for creating a t-shirt that won’t just get left in a drawer!

You have to create something that people connect with and want to wear. You have to deal with issues such as color and sizing (which aren’t really a concern for many other design projects). And even the style of apparel or brand can impact someone’s desire to wear your design.

Today, we’re breaking it all down with tips for creating a shirt design that people will want to wear (and maybe even buy in your e-commerce store!)

40+ iPhone PSD Mockups (Free + Premium) 2019

Graphics / 13 May 2019

40+ iPhone PSD Mockups (Free + Premium) 2019

An iPhone mockup graphic is the perfect way to demonstrate your app, website, or user interface. We’ve collected dozens of the best iPhone mockup PSDs and vectors, in all shapes and sizes, for your next project.

A well-designed mockup can make your app or website interface stand out from the crowd, and it’s the perfect way to present your design to a client. Our iPhone mockup picks vary between photograph-based PSDs, or vectors that can scale to any size. Some are free, some cost a few dollars, but all of them are a great way to showcase your app.

We’ve also collected a mix of iPhone mockups for different versions of the phone — from the iPhone 7, to the iPhone XS, covering every type of device.

Data Visualization in Web Design: 12 Stunning Examples

Graphics / 1 May 2019

Data Visualization in Web Design: 12 Stunning Examples

Data, data, everywhere. But what do you do with it? Today, we’ve collected 12 stunning examples of data visualizations in website design to jump-start your thinking about how to work with data.

We live in a time where the ability to showcase data in new and interesting ways can be a huge asset as a designer.

Whether you have a massive collection of numbers or just information that you want to showcase, this design style can be a great tool in your kit.

10 Awesome Places to Download Free Vector Art

Graphics / 19 Apr 2019

10 Awesome Places to Download Free Vector Art

Despite what many would think, the term web designer does not always imply an artist. There are many very capable web developers and designers that are lucky to pull off a quality stick figure on most days. For those that are able to create complicated artwork, there are plenty of times when you’re up against a deadline need something generic.

For either of these situations, you can’t beat free vectors. Though the quality varies dramatically depending on the source, there’s no shortage of great work out there that you can download and use in your projects immediately. Below we’ll take a look at ten websites offering free vectors of various types.

What Is Modern Logo Design? 10 Trends + Examples

Graphics / 3 Apr 2019

What Is Modern Logo Design? 10 Trends + Examples

Modern logo design is a collection of classic and trending elements, all of which combine together to create a brand mark that feels fresh. Today’s modern design is exemplified by sleek lines, simple lettering, color, and highly defined elements.

Here, we’ll look at trends in modern logo design with examples from large companies and smaller brands.

Whether you’re gearing up for a minimal design, love gradients, like hand-drawn imagery, or have a clear need for a responsive logo, we’ll have you covered with these trends and examples.

The Democratization of Logo Design

Graphics / 17 Mar 2019

The Democratization of Logo Design

It’s getting easier all the time for you to create a logo design. It’s no longer purely the realm of expensive design agencies, those with years of Illustrator knowledge, or marketing teams.

Better tools are making it easier all the time for you to put together icons and text for a logo design that works for you. Not sure where to start? We have some ideas that can jumpstart your creativity and help you create a logo design.

Will it be a logo that ignites a global brand for decades to come? Possibly not. But it might be the perfect logo for your startup, local business, or website.

How to Use & Install Photoshop Actions

Graphics / 6 Mar 2019

How to Use & Install Photoshop Actions

If you aren’t taking advantage of Photoshop actions for editing and image effects, you’re missing out on one of Photoshop’s best features. Here, we’ll take you through how to use Photoshop Actions, and the best steps to install and apply them in seconds.

Photoshop actions can save you time when it comes to repeated tasks, and condense entire paths of editing into a single click. (While it might sound too good to be true, Photoshop actions are a very real thing.) We’ve previously hand-picked the best Photoshop actions out there, and today we’re explaining how to use them!

How to Use an Instagram Template

Graphics / 7 Jan 2019

How to Use an Instagram Template

An Instagram template is a kit of pre-made designs to help you share different types of content on the highly popular social media channel.

While there are plenty of Instagram templates out there – for individual posts or to create stories – getting started can seem intimidating. How do you most effectively use an Instagram template to create engaging content?

Here, we have a guide that breaks it all down so you’ll be creating Instagram posts like a pro in no time.

Graphic Design for Kids: Tools, Games & Ideas to Get Them Excited

Graphics / 24 Dec 2018

Graphic Design for Kids: Tools, Games & Ideas to Get Them Excited

Do your kids ever ask about your work? How do you explain graphic design to them? Why not take it a step further and try to get them excited about graphic design?

Creative thinking is a skill that anyone can use. There are plenty of tools, games, and ideas in this article to help you start those conversations with your kids to help create another generation of design thinkers.