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Typography is the new black. Trends in web design

In the world of web design we have been experiencing a long process of incorporating typography effects in sites, which years ago was technically …

Bringing Back Skeuomorphic Design

It’s easy to see skeuomorphic design pieces as dated, writes designer Michael Flarup. That’s starting to change.<p><i>This story was adapted from the original on Prototypr.</i><p>Last Thursday I posted some recent work to Dribbble. More than 10,000 views later, we could be starting a revival movement. The …

UI Design

Steve Jobs's Advice on the Only 4 Times You Should Say No Is Brilliant | Inc.com

In the frantic pace of life to do more and be more, we hardly think about the importance of <i>focus.</i><p>That's why, for those free-spirited, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs chasing after their dreams, this prophetic quote by Steve Jobs 21 years ago hits the nail on the head even more so today. Here's …

Time Management

How I made a font from scratch and submitted it to Google in 24 hours

From here I created the letters <i>O</i> and <i>B</i> first. I made a decision that any letters that would usually have curves, would have a rounded corner instead. Most letters would be a tall block shape, but with letters like <i>O</i>, <i>B</i> and <i>D</i>, the edges with curves would have rounded corners.<p>The outside corner would …

Tips & tricks for tongue-tied designers

A practical and actionable guide to talking about your designs<p>People told me my designs were a thing I had to “sell.” Like hawking jewelry at a flea …

Key Graphic Design Trends That Designers Should Look Out For In 2018

Images via Shutterstock<p><b>Out with the old, in with the new</b>—here comes the annual lookout summarizing upcoming graphic design trends that creatives …

Graphic Design

Pros and cons of the skeuomorphic design

Originally I’ve published this article on Syndicode blog.<p>The first thing you have to think about when launching the new product is to attract the …

UI Design

Lean and Mean: Power of Minimalism in UI Design.

Simple doesn't mean primitive. Less isn't vague. Short doesn't say little. Air doesn't equal emptiness. Today we are talking about minimalism. In the …

UI Design

Pentagram’s Natasha Jen on All Things Branding

Pentagram partner and graphic designer Natasha Jen is a three-time National Design Award nominee whose work encompasses brand identity systems, …

Graphic Design

Never Use Futura

It could have been <i>Never Use Comic Sans</i>. Or <i>Never Use Arial.</i> Or—dare I write it?—<i>Never Use Helvetica</i>. Instead, Douglas Thomas chose Futura.<p>An entire …

I'm With Her: What I learned designing a logo for Hillary Clinton

From “Ten little girls who are ready for the first woman president,” hillaryclinton. com, November 2, 2015.<b><br>November 2016</b><p>It was going to be the most …

Government

Michael Bierut says never trust a designer who doesn’t like reading

Designers are geniuses at style, but rarely expected to wrestle with the words.<p>According to graphic design legend Michael Bierut, this long standing cliché about the division of creative labor needs to change. “I’m very suspicious about hiring graphic designers who don’t seem to be enthusiastic …

Graphic Design

3 Exponentially Better Alternatives to Banner Advertising

With the average click through rate at a historic low of 0.06%, banner ads are failing to deliver results 99.94% of the time. Here are 3 viable alternatives with proven results.<p>Having started my career in 1994 building some of the very first commercial websites, I have more than 22 years of digital …

Marketing

Watch: How Sans-Serif Fonts Became So Popular Around The World

<b>Sans-serif fonts,</b> considered the most widely used in the modern age, weren’t always this popular.<p><b>Michael Thomas</b> of the Insatiable Fox tells the …

Typography

Why we need to nurture equality to foster creativity

We can't be passive if we want to make a real difference when it comes to diversity, says Faz Aftab, online commercial director, ITV.<p>To continue …

Five Ways to Design for a Cause

<i>Design for designers is great, but the real challenge in doing cause-related work is communicating with the larger public.</i><p>Graphic design, the field …

Posters

A 21-year-old created a genius replacement for nutrition labels — and it reveals a better way to decide what's healthy

What's black-and-white, clunky, and impossible for 90% of Americans to read?<p>A standard nutrition label. The receipt-size panels are unwieldy things, sometimes listing up to 25 different food components at time. This makes sizing up the healthiness of a bag of chips or a box of crackers a tall order.<p>…

Nutrition

London Transport Museum pays homage to female poster designers from the last century

To celebrate 100 years since women won the right to vote in the UK, the London Transport Museum has opened a major exhibition showcasing posters …

Selena Gomez releases worst single cover ever

There's something odd going on in graphic design at the moment. In April, Kendrick Lamar released his Damn album, and with it a cover that was... …

Film Posters

The Anatomy of a Thousand Typefaces

An attempt to build a font database with opentype.js<p>Even years after <i>Avatar’s</i> release, there’s one thing Ryan Gosling just can’t get over: the choice …

Typography

21 Instagram Feeds Designers Love That Can Spark Ideas for Anyone | Inc.com

Instagram is today's way of having your finger on the visual pulse of the design world, across art, architecture, fashion, graphic, and product. A few weeks ago I posted our favorite design websites. Now, our list of favorite Instagram feeds.<p>Like the websites we compiled, our Instagram list is made …

Graphic Design

5 ways to use imagery to create better branding

There’s something quite magical about branding. When done right, it can transform something that’s on the face of it quite generic, like a fizzy …

Graphic Design

We Talk About Fonts All Wrong. Here's A Better Way.

The average person today has access to seemingly unlimited fonts ― and with such great power comes great responsibility. One <i>can</i> use Curlz MT on a resume or Brush Script for a party invitation, but <i>should</i> one? Though trained designers might have a clear idea of the best fonts for each task, most of …

Typography
Graphic Design

"Designers can contribute to a better world, but not if we dictate how they do it"

Ahead of the launch of our Good Design for a Bad World, Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs asked: "Can design save the world?" In this response, …

Watch: How To Choose The Most Ideal Font For Your Logo Design Or Brand

<b>Will Paterson</b>—freelance graphic designer who specializes in logo design, hand lettering and branding—tackles the age-old question, ‘How to choose the …

Graphic Design

10 Graphic Design Rules You Should Never Break

In the world of fine art and graphic design, rules are often bent, or even broken.<p>It’s encouraged. Breaking the rules is considered to be edgy, …

3 Designers Win $625K MacArthur Genius Grants

Landscape architect Kate Orff, urban designer Damon Rich, and artist Trevor Paglen have won the prestigious commendation.<p>Today, the MacArthur Foundation announced its 2017 fellows. Each of the 24 creative thinkers at the top of their respective fields–which include performing arts, fine arts, math, …

Habitats

How Graphic Design Is Evolving

Twenty-some years ago, we found ourselves in awe of how computers and the internet changed so many aspects of life. Just when we thought technology had reached its peak, we were also blithely aware that more was going to unfold.<p>Today we can only look back at the impact the digital revolution made …

Graphic Design