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10 Photoshop Skills You Need to Know

There are tons of things you can do in Photoshop to edit and create incredible images. Some techniques are fairly complex and require a good …

These beautiful, hand-drawn infographics capture the patterns of life

The result, collected in "Dear Data" from Princeton Architectural Press, is beautiful and thought-provoking.<p>"What emerges is a case for the beauty of small data and its deliberate interpretation, analog visualization, and slow transmission," Maria Popova writes in the foreword, "a celebration of …

Data Visualization

Why Your Brand Needs A Real Style Guide

A well-developed style guide is an essential tool for establishing brand identity. A brand style guide (also known as a brand book or brand guide) acts as a key document that helps content creators communicate a consistent message to your audience, so it’s a great asset for creating consistent, …

Graphic Design

10 logos that make clever use of negative space

The human brain is a wonderful device. When there's something missing in a scene, it tries to fill in what's not there and make sense of it. And if …

Graphic Design

8 Incredible Online Resources for Creative Design Inspiration

<i>Design, whether it’s for print, digital marketing, editorials or websites, requires constant creative juice. But even the most prolific and</i> …

Graphic Design

Advice from a young designer to younger designers

You have just set foot at your first design job. There, you begin realizing that designing on the job requires a lot more skills than just in typography and HTML/CSS. How do you effectively communicate your work to non-design colleagues? What steps must you take to grow internally? Most of all, how …

UX Design

50 essential free resources for your graphic design projects

When it comes to being a designer, you’ll always need to stock up on graphics, stock photography and fonts as well as rely on other helpful tools to …

How HP's brilliant new logo came to be

The story of HP's new premium logo began in December 2008 when the American tech giant commissioned British creative agency Moving Brands to redesign its entire corporate identity. Today Moving Brands has branches in San Francisco, New York, and Zurich, but back then it was just a single London …

9 of the best graphic design books to read in 2018

With so many new graphic design books published all the time, it can be tough to know which ones you need on your bookshelf – and which ones probably …

Graphic Design

The 10 best new graphic design tools for April

April 2016 will go down in history as the month virtual reality hit the mainstream. The much-anticipated Oculus Rift headset is one of a slew of new …

Data Storytelling: The Essential Data Science Skill Everyone Needs

Once your business has started collecting and combining all kinds of data, the next elusive step is to extract value from it. Your data may hold tremendous amounts of <i>potential</i> <i>value</i>, but not an ounce of value can be created unless insights are uncovered and translated into actions or business …

Data Visualization

How to speak designer

Have you ever felt like you're speaking in a foreign language when dealing with non-designers? If you're trying to explain kerning on a new logo …

Infographics

This Data-Viz Tool Is As Easy To Use As A Post-It Note

Beam makes charts and graphs simple and disposable. Which could be great for increasing the public’s graphic literacy.<p>Data visualization, infographics, data posters–whatever you want to call them, the genre is having its “Instagram moment.” Like typography and photo editing before it, the craft of …

Blue Moon Brewing Co. brand and packaging gets new look and feel

(Chicago, IL) – Blue Moon Brewing Company, under the umbrella of MillerCoors’ Tenth and Blake craft division, announced a new branding and creative …

Beer

20 Free Photoshop Actions All Designers Must Have

Automated scripts save time and improve workflow in all creative fields. Adobe products like Photoshop offer scripts called <b>actions</b> that automate a …

Reusable notebook saves your ideas to the cloud

Kept close at hand by artists and designers the world over, notebooks are one of the most invaluable drawing tools. It's difficult to imagine how the …

Apps

Adobe XD Is A Slick UX Design Tool With Zero Learning Curve

Free to try, Adobe XD allows you to go from wireframe to interactive prototype, from desktop to mobile, in seconds.<p>The greatest compliment I can pay to Adobe XD is that it feels like an iPad app, even though it’s made for desktop.<p>While Adobe has been known for its desktop suite of software rooted …

Why designers should face a fear every day

Whether you specialise in branding and logo design, illustration, responsive web design or any other creative field, failing to take risks is a …

10 Types of Visual Content Your Company Should Be Creating

You’ve probably already heard by now that visual content is a must for your content marketing strategy, no matter what industry you’re in. This year, …

22 Pictures That Prove Why Comic Sans Is Always The Right Font Choice

So beautiful. So appropriate.

How To Improve Conversions By Localizing An App: A Case Study On “Paper”

When your design looks beautiful and polished, how do you know if it performs well? While it is easy to predict the appeal of a clean and simple UI, …

Best Email Development Tricks and Hacks

Over the last year (or so), I've seen some pretty incredible tricks and hacks covered on blogs in the email development community. Here are a few …

99U Conference

"Inspiring and original." —It's Nice That<p>Debbie Millman<p>Host, 'Design Matters'<p>& Masters in Branding Chair, SVA<p><b>As host of the pioneering ‘Design</b> …

How to Keep Your Branding Consistent on Social Media

An effective brand consists of a highly interconnected set of business identity attributes.<p>An effective brand consists of a highly interconnected set of business identity attributes. These attributes include things such as your distinct selling points and your core brand values. With the booming …

Social Media

16 Famous Designers Show Us Their Favorite Notebooks

Designers from Ikea, Pentagram, Ideo, and more tell us what makes a great notebook.<p>Sure, digital design apps might be finally coming into their own, but there’s still nothing better than pen and paper. Here at Co.Design, we’re notebook fetishists, so we recently asked a slew of designers about …

Graphic Design Trends That Are Becoming More Popular In 2016

Image via TheUIShop<p><b>Graphic design trends</b> are constantly evolving—while some remain popular, others often lose their charm and quickly fade out of use.<p>…

10 Brilliant Graphic Design Trends of 2016

Trends come and go, they emerge, some stay for years, others are more of a flash in the pan. They don’t start one year and end the next, instead they …

Graphic Design