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Video Game Logo Designs Then VS Now Show How These Brands Have Leveled Up

Images via Logopedia and Wikimedia Commons<p><b>Tech companies have</b> a reputation for minimizing their brandings to the point that they’re almost generic. …

Graphic Design

10 most hated logos (and what they teach us)

One of the defining features of branding over the last decade is the freedom that social media gives for anyone to launch an immediate personal …

Graphic Design

5 Deadly Sins of Poor Branding – What Not To Do In Your Company Branding

We often hear when and how to do branding. It’s crucial to have a unique company identity which will differ the product or service from dozens of …

Marketing

What designers say vs. what they really mean

What designers say and what they mean are sometimes two very different things. Let's say you sit down for a meeting with a client. Fresh coffee, …

GM Has a 2 Word Dress Code and It's Actually Brilliant

It used to be 10 pages. Now it's just two words. Here's why they made the change.<p>This story is about three things: dress codes, leadership and common sense.<p>It's about a $62 billion company with roots going back 100 years--the kind of giant, legacy organization you might think would get bogged down …

Leadership

LinkedIn Redesigned Your Profile Page. Here Are the 4 Changes You Need to Make Now

You might need to update your cover photo and tweak your summary story.<p>Earlier this spring, LinkedIn rolled out redesigned user profile pages. If you didn't already know that, you should, because there are new ways for you to capitalize on the changes when it comes to highlighting your career. …

Social Media

Infographic: What belongs in your branding style guide

If you have market competition, you have to identify what makes your organization special.<p>An important part of differentiating your products is …

Top 10 Podcasts for Designers and Creatives

Ready for a good listen? A great podcast can provide inspiration as well as a mental break while you work or relax. There’s no shortage of …

Creativity

A Brilliant Typeface That Overlays Braille on Existing Visual Characters For Universal Understanding

Braille Neue by Kosuke Takahashi is a brilliant typeface that overlays Braille onto existing visual characters such as letters, enabling universal …

Trello adds a handy news feed and vastly improved notifications

Trello is easily one of the most popular project management tools around. The Atlassian-owned app lets you break projects up into smaller tasks, assign responsibility and due-dates, and set priorities in a Kanban-style interface.<p>Now, it’s getting perhaps the biggest overhaul since the site was …

MAD Magazine Unveils Its First Logo Redesign In 63 Years

Composite image by DesignTAXI. Old logo (above) via Wikimedia Commons (public domain), new logo (below) via MAD Magazine<br>Satirical magazine MAD is …

20 Free Dark Backgrounds for Web, UI and Graphic Design Projects

Everything seems to be about cleanliness, minimalism and excessive use of white space nowadays, but what about dark designs?! Dark websites and …

Graphic Design

5 brands so strong they don't need a logo

A strong, memorable, self-contained marque just isn't enough in our increasingly multi-channel world. While logo design remains important, brands …

You Don’t Design for Your Portfolio, You Design for the Client

You get a client. “Getting” could mean you either cold-called him or he called-cold you (see what I did there). You pretend to sign a bunch of …

Graphic Design

Designers, How To Present Logos & Identity Projects More Effectively To Clients

[Click here to view the video in this article] <br>“If the logo is the product, the presentation is the packaging.”<br>Hitting the mark for a client’s logo …

Apple Reportedly Modifies MFi Logo, Gives Manufacturers 90 Days to Respond

Today, Apple has reportedly started notifying manufacturers about a slight change to the “Made For i” (MFi) program logos, which have been updated …

Supreme Logo’s Uncanny Likeness With Famed Artist’s Work Unveiled In One Tweet

Composite image by DesignTAXI. Logo via Wikimedia Commons (public domain)<p><b>People either love</b> or hate Supreme, the streetwear label that seems to be …

Streetwear

Popular ‘Golden Ratio Grid’ Freebie Has Been Upgraded For Responsiveness & More

[Click here to view the video in this article] <br>Image via Adrián Somoza<br>Designer Adrián Somoza’s free-to-download ‘Golden Ratio Grid’ has played a role …

Pagedraw UI builder turns your website design mockup into code automatically

For years, one of the holy grails of web design has been trying to automate turning front-end design into clean code. Early attempts included tools like Dreamweaver and FrontPage. Pagedraw, a member of the Y Combinator Winter 2018 class, has developed a tool to fulfill that vision in a modern …

Computer Science

Will Future Fonts change the way we buy typefaces?

A new site has launched that offers exciting new opportunities for type designers and buyers, and could revolutionise the way we buy and sell fonts. …

Why Do Google, Airbnb, And Pinterest All Have Such Similar Logos?

Branding experts weigh in.<p>Why do so many tech companies’ logos look the same? From Google and Airbnb to Spotify and Pinterest, these companies have gradually shifted their branding from idiosyncratic typefaces to remarkably similar sans-serif fonts. This month, a viral tweet from the type studio Oh …

Graphic Design

10 Essential Tips for Using the macOS Finder More Efficiently

The Finder is a classic Mac system component that's ever-present on your desktop, ready to help you find and organize your documents, media, folders, and other files. It's the smiling icon known as the Happy Mac logo on your Dock, and includes the Finder menu bar at the top of the screen.<p><i>Subscribe</i> …

Find The Best Colour Scheme For Your Website With This Guide

You have <i>millions</i> of colours to choose from for your website, which makes choosing a colour scheme an overwhelming decision. Smashing Magazine's guide …

Home Decorating

Google has just made it harder for you to steal photos from Google Images

Google's just made a rather subtle change to its image search — but one that will have big repercussions for copyright.<p>Announced on Thursday on …

Watch: 6 Illustrator Tricks To Speed Up Your Graphic Design Workflow

<b>Tom of design agency</b> Satori Graphics has published a seven-minute tutorial sharing six Illustrator tricks that could help speed up your graphic …

This handy app turns your LinkedIn profile into a gorgeous CV

While most websites let you apply for jobs straight with your LinkedIn profile, it doesn’t hurt to keep a polished CV around in case you need to submit one for the vacancies you’re eyeing. But building up a sleek resume could be a hassle, especially if you struggle with designing stuff.<p>Available …

Sneak Previews Of What Could Be Google’s ‘Material Design 2’ Style Guide

Composite image by DesignTAXI. Google logo via Wikimedia Commons, background image via Material Design<p><b>With the</b> Google I/O conference opening in the …

Material Design

The tech business's favorite illustration style

Khoi Vinh noticed that tech marketing adheres a very specific, somewhat infantilized illustration style. I call it safety minimalism—Vinh sees in it …

10 Useful Material Design Code Snippets

The material design craze is taking the web world by storm. Every month I find new sites running on the material style using frameworks or custom UI …

Material Design

Photo format from Google and Mozilla could leave JPEG in the dust

Last year Apple managed to shrink photo file sizes dramatically so you could cram twice as many photos onto your iPhone. But hold on, because that might not be the only game in town.<p>Google, Mozilla and others in a group called the Alliance for Open Media are working on a rival photo technology. In …

Software