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Can you describe your brand in one sentence?

What does the word brand mean to you? Is it a badge, a logo, a name, a colour or a collection of these things?<p>For me a brand is something that runs much deeper than that – the best way that I have heard it described is as a promise. For example, if you buy a can of Heinz beans, you know what you …

Selling

What's new for designers, July 2015

In this month’s edition of what’s new for designers and developers, we’ve included lots of design apps, startup resources, photo editing apps, email …

5 branding mistakes you might be making

You know part of building a successful business means establishing a successful brand. Branding includes your website, logo, name, print campaigns …

How To Use The System Usability Scale (SUS) To Evaluate The Usability Of Your Website

Is your website usable? If your job depends on getting a definite answer to this question, then you should start using the System Usability Scale. …

The Characteristics of Minimalism in Web Design

<b>Summary:</b> Our analysis of 112 minimalist websites revealed the defining features of minimalism: flat design, limited color schemes, few UI elements, …

Eye Candy: The Best Logo Design

Last year was a big year for HOW’s Logo Design Awards. We had an <i>amazing</i> group of winners. Among the <b>best logo design</b> was a design by Montréal-based …

Graphic Design

Ten companies that are probably going public in the next year

As so-called unicorns -- or private companies that boast valuations in excess of $1 billion -- become more and more commonplace, today's IPO market has slowed significantly. If companies can continue to raise gobs of private equity, the thinking goes, then why withstand the scrutiny and liability …

Entrepreneur Summer Reading List

This summer reading list for tech entrepreneurs will bring you up to speed with the hottest new ideas and trends and reintroduce you to a few …

Law firms offer special deals to lure startups

Like most first-time entrepreneurs throwing their life savings into a business, Michelle Kam needed solid legal advice. With capital already squeezed, the Toronto woman was concerned about footing the bill for the topflight law firm she'd need to ensure a smooth road to market.<p>"We started out with …

The Front End Developer's Dilemma | CSS-Tricks

By Geoff Graham On July 13, 2015 job titles<p>Hello, my name is Geoff and I am a web designer. At least, that's what I tell people I do for a living, …

The 10x rule for great startup ideas

No one talks about it, but one of the worst, most damaging uses of your time as an entrepreneur is dedicating yourself to a good startup idea.<p><b>Wait, what? A good startup idea is a waste of time?</b><p>A good startup idea will show you just enough promise and progress to keep you working on it, potentially …

Floor Four Branding and Graphic Design by Cindy Forster

Graphic design, photography, and brand development by Cindy Forster for Floor Four.<p>Cindy Forster is a Sydney, Australia based designer and art …

Graphic Design

How to use design thinking in your next project

With more and more engineering-focused companies trying to become design-centric, they’re no doubt trying to adopt design thinking.<p>But it’s not as simple as saying, “Just use design thinking.” Saying it does not make it so.<p>What exactly is “Design Thinking”? Let’s take a step back and hear from the …

UX Design

Font of the day: Shumi

We're huge fans of typography and are always on the hunt for new and exciting typefaces, whether free fonts or the very best fonts worth shelling out …

7 Tips for Growing Your Freelance Web Design Business

When you start freelancing, you often get a first wave of new projects, clients and work to do. It’s all very new and fun but once the excitement …

Design Exercises To Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

The creative mind is like the human body.<p>Creativity is something that should be trained everyday, or else it would get out of shape. Thus, doing some …

7 pillars of minimalist Web design

To be most effective, a minimal design framework needs a solid backbone. The key components of visual organization include a strong grid, visual balance, and close attention to alignment.<p>A strong grid is the foundation for organization. The grid – built through tactically using negative space – …

10 Unique Fonts Every Creative Should Add To Their Collection

<b>If you loved</b> the previous series of awesome fonts, we are back once again to bring you a new collection of handpicked typefaces, which will surely …

Pop Goes the Hamburguesa

before<p>after<p>Established in 1988 with a single location in Lima, Peru, Bembos is a fast food hamburger restaurant that now has 55 locations across the …

Introducing Pure.css

Frameworks make it easy to design websites. You may already have been using popular frameworks like Bootstrap in your projects. Today I will …

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Design

Without Top Investors, Canada Risks Its Startup Future

After two days of exciting back-to-back meetings with new startups in the Toronto, Waterloo and Hamilton areas, I am on an Air Canada flight back to San Francisco. Sitting in the packed flight, I am reflecting on the opportunities and challenges facing Canadian startups. I’ve always enjoyed …

Venture Capital

Top 10 Business Plan Templates You Can Download Free

Why reinvent the wheel? Get a professional business plan template at no cost.<p>Writing your business plan. Ughhhh.<p>It's definitely not the most exciting part of starting a business. In fact, if you're like a lot of entrepreneurs, you're probably going to find yourself pulling a few all-nighters to get …

Small Business

8 barriers to overcome when learning to code

While being a mentor for a JavaScript Web development course, I’ve seen many beginner programmers jump into learning with enthusiasm and then immediately hitting a wall.<p>Most of the students usually struggle with the same barriers. But once they learn to overcome them, they get instant benefits:<p>they …

Programming

Using JS to Hide Site Until Loaded

I recently needed to hide the entire site until everything was loaded and ready, due to using a scroll loading script, which was making the content …

3 common UX mistakes killing good design

You probably know this, but we’ve only skimmed the surface.<p>Nonetheless, there are some simple rules to bear in mind, although you should always approach each design project individually.<p><b>Keep it simple, stupid</b>– Minimalism and flat design are so popular because they strip away everything that doesn’t …

UI Design