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Logo… that’s a small word a four letter word that encompasses so much. It shows the entire image of the company it is there to represent. It’s a serious responsibility to design a logo. You can make or break an entire company if you get it wrong. Remember that recent faux pas that was made by a well known brand that changed their logo? Wouldn’t think it would make such an outcry would you? One has to wonder if it was done as a way to wake the public up to the fact that they were still there. Is it, the logo or the brand? Where does one begin and end? Those big blue or black or purple letters, that give instant recognition to your …

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Is the boxy style getting a little too comfy for you? This is in reference to that two-dimensional, square design found on so many great sites. Designing outside the box could make them so much better, but it helps to have a bit of inspiration to get started. These examples below give you just that. They’re all ways to get your design outside those four static lines you’re so familiar with and into the whole new dimension. A Brief Message This versatile design creates a blog unlike most others. Each post displays a different image. What’s more, the text layout allows text to flow around the image in every post, maintaining great white space. This is an excellent plus for attracting readers with a clever …

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Is the logo dead and gone?  In this Brand Era world of ours, this is not an irrelevant question.  In fact, many corporate experts on the subject have already held court and passed the sentence.  Yes, logos are dead, they say, and the world has chosen a new sweetheart – the brand.  Can it really be true that the tried-and-true logo concept is dead and gone?     First of all, not all of us are hip to the corporate jive.  The logo is not dead and gone. For that matter, just what is this newcomer Brand Era and why does it have the corporate kingdom of ours in such a tizzy?  All these questions need answering and answer we shall, or at least put in …

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Are you frustrated with your vector graphics lately?  Are you hoping to make them more appealing and less…well, boring?  Your vectors are important to both, you and your clients, so sprucing them up a bit can’t hurt.  What’s more, with just a few great techniques, you can create beautiful illustrations that are sure to wow your audiences and improve your reputation.  In this post, we’ll take a look at five techniques to take your vectors to the next level. First, let’s figure out why it’s so important to improve. What’s the Point? It’s amazing what adding a few special effects can do for your vector artwork.  If you’ve never witnessed the difference, you’ll be amazed at the wealth of change can be achieved.  Since very …

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Let’s have a few tips today on how to make your web design more accessible. Think about those people who are most prone to staying at home and using the internet for the company. Probably, between 20 to 30 % of them are disabled in some form. You need to take this into account when you are creating your web pages. Actually, in Britain there is a law stating that any web design created there has to take the disabled into account and make the pages’ user friendly for those with sight or hearing impairments. A similar act is in place in the USA. That’s the “508 Act”. Now knowing about it and being able to set your web design up to meet those requirements …

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I am sure you know that the printed word still remains the “King” of communication in spite of the unbelievable development of the Internet. I am sure that many times you consulted design magazines when you are looking for an idea, or a theme to improve you knowledge or to expand your productivity. Now the best news is that many of these design magazines have online versions. And to make things easier for you we have thought to submit to your attention a few design magazines. Web Designer is a premier publication from UK that aims to intermediate to professional web designers within 20-35 years old. It comes in a tutorial format that follows interesting cutting edge projects in Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Flash. More on, …

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Looking for a great color palette that suits your design style or project? Whether it’s simply better viewing quality or better color fidelity you desire, you’ll need smart color management to get the job done.  Color palette tools provide an advanced preview of color values, and some even suggest matching color groups, increasing your chances of getting color choices just right. A designer is usually the sole person in charge of color choices, so it’s up to you to pick colors that blend well and resonate positively with the user.  It’s useful to be aware of the relationships between colors as well.  Your main objective is to pick colors that complement content as well as the particular design style you’ve chosen.  In addition, never forget …

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If you are looking for some designing tips for Ipad apps? Then look no further.  These days it’s fairly easy to design an Ipad app, but designing one that’s good does not always happen.  In this post, we’ll give advice about how to design the best kind of Ipad app – the kind that connects with users and keeps things simple. Mind your Target The first bit of advice is not difficult to grasp: design with people in mind.  Your target users are the masters of your design scheme.  Get to know them better, and you’ll have great design on your hands in no time. Who’s Your Target, Anyway?   You may be convinced you’re familiar with your site visitors, but think again.  They may …

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I know as a designer sometimes it happens that you need an idea or a shade of inspiration for your design and find yourself completely blanked? I am sure that your answer is “yes”. And I am also sure that you have already found the solution. We all know that by visiting different websites, we can find the excellent ideas, which can really help us. There are a lot of great websites created to inspire the designers, so let’s have a look at some of them! Best Web Gallery Best Web Gallery is the place where you can find the best Flash designs and XHTML designs. It has an easy to use interface and here, you are allowed to preview a certain design while you …

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As we know enhanced web typography is becoming a trendy way to maximize a website’s wow factor, and you need to be on it! I’ll get you squared away with a few great examples from the web world. Each of these can teach us (designers) a trick or two about creative and unique typography twists that will engage the user and make a site shine. To give our readers a comfortable feel for the real do’s and don’ts in the wonderful world of web typography. I’m offering my very honest critiques. So read on. Attack of Design   Excellent type spacing and lots of great white space make Sasha Grief’s design a very pleasant read. The font flows seamlessly with the overall retro style of …

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