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There are a number of basic parts that any good design brief includes. Getting your clients to include each of these in their brief makes your job as a designer that much easier. A comprehensive, detailed brief becomes the guiding document for...
We all know texture is used a lot in both modern and vintage design, although in many cases of design produced many years ago, noisy and grungy textures were unavoidable. When it comes to wooden texture in design, though, whether in a print product,...
There's a phenomenal focus on generating traffic in the online marketing world. Businesses fight for clicks, stage immensely competitive bidding wars and spend thousands of hours pushing their websites to the top of search pages. Top-ranking...
Fuzzy, sketchy, bubbly, viscous, sleek, shiny, retro, futuristic: you can do it all in Adobe Illustrator. In this showcase, we have collected 40 tutorials that show you how to create awesome typographic effects in Illustrator, step by step....
Whether we're on iTunes or Spotify, browsing stores (both online and off) or watching advertisements on TV or in magazines, it's safe to say that admiring album cover art is a part of daily life for many of us.t As long as music exists, the album...
Big movies are a huge business, as the recent success of films such as Avatar and The Dark Knight suggests. Billion-dollar revenue figures aren't all that uncommon today in cinema, placing many major movies alongside companies such as Facebook...
Search for any design-related term and you'll be greeted by a wall of competition. From invasive AdWords pitches to aggressively marketed websites, online competition in the web design world is rapidly approaching its breaking point. Small...
Cash flow is crucial for any business, but especially important for small businesses and freelancers. When you think back to when you first started your freelance design career, you probably didn’t expect to spend so much time chasing down...
Good typography is paramount to any good design. An otherwise-beautiful design can really suffer if the typography choices are wrong. But combining fonts beyond the basic serif/sans-serif pairing can be tricky and confusing to a lot of designers....
Many online resources exist for designers to explore, tweak and download great color combinations. Playing with complementary, analogous, monochromatic and other combinations opens us to exciting possibilities, and there’s no shortage...
The vintage and retro style is becoming more and more popular in today's digital artwork. The use of retro and vintage themes in design is probably one of the most pervasive trends since the industry went almost completely digital. In today's...
If an organization’s goal is for people to inquire, then its website’s contact page is among its most critical assets. No matter what the organization promotes, the contact (or sign-up) page is the last step in the sales pitch. This is what...