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Tuesday, April 25 2017: Hugo BrookHugo Brook’s portfolio doesn’t bother with imagery, and for good reason. Hugo is primarily a developer. The emphasis is placed on describing the tools he uses, and linking to live site’s that he’s worked on.The monospaced typographical approach fits the theme, and the vertical navigation is an interesting touch.Hula HoopHula Hoop’s portfolio uses a combination of familiar hipster typography and asymmetry, resulting in an aesthetic I’m going to start calling “post-business”. It’s a style that aspires to be professional, yet stylish, with aspirations to artistry.CreatLive StudiosCreatLive Studios puts their work front and center in a fairly typical masonry layout. Bonus points for the use of yellow. Things get really good, however, when browsing through their individual projects, and on the Services page. These are the parts of the site where their particular style really comes... + continue reading
Monday, January 23 2017: A brand is the sum total of the experiences your customers and potential customers have with your company. A strong brand communicates what your company does, how it does it, and at the same time, establishes trust and credibility. Your brand lives in everyday interactions with your customers, the images you share, the messages you post on your website, the content of your marketing materials, and in your posts on social networks.How can a small business develop a strong brand on a tiny budget? Here are 10 tips to help you get started:1. Be unique. One of the most iconic brands of our time – Apple – was reborn after it launched, in 1997, an innovative campaign inviting people to “Think Different”. Today, Apple products are perceived to be better designed, more fun, and more reliable than products from Apple’s competitors. What makes your business unique? What’s your story? What do you... + continue reading
Monday, January 9 2017: Graphic design, and in fact, all the creative arts, are forever evolving. That’s because creatives take their inspiration from the world around them, which is also always changing. That means that design trends come and go, but it seems like reinterpreting the past will never go out of fashion. Most design experts agree, retro inspiration is here to stay!“Modern” Retro is the latest design theme to put a contemporary twist on iconic oldies. Don’t confuse this movement with the vintage designs that have been popular in the past. This is a fresh perspective and a strong nod to the 70s, 80s and 90s.StyleAll about uncomplicated style, it’s a nostalgic trend that works really well with what the design world is focused on at the moment. Namely, creating an excellent user driven experience. We’ve already seen big brands like Google and Starbucks change their logos to more simple and flat... + continue reading
Thursday, December 29 2016: As 2016 comes to a close, 2017 offers graphic designers new options and choices when it comes to what trends to adopt. Whilst many of 2016’s graphic design trends are still as popular as ever, there are a few new ones making their way into the forefront of designer’s minds. Here are 7 design trends to make sure to look out for in 2017. MODERN-RETROModern-retro has, by its very definition, been around for a while. Modern flare added to retro typefaces and colour pallets makes for an interesting fusion of new and old. 2016 saw the modern-retro design rising through the ranks of popularity and finding its way onto packaging, web design and company logos everywhere. The Modern-retro style’s popularity will almost definitely continue and we haven’t seen the last of it yet. RESPONSIVE LOGOSResponsive logos have been designed to keep up with the ever-expanding selection of formats... + continue reading
Wednesday, December 28 2016: If you’re trying to design a shirt on a budget, this article is for you! It will not only keep you on financial track, but also save you loads of time. This list includes things such as checking for hidden fees and minimizing your colors. Build your inventoryStart building up your vector art inventory so you can pull from it for a later project. T-shirt design services or freelance designers can push the cost upwards, so if you have the skills and capacity to do it, save yourself the money and start creating for fun in your free time. Down the road, you could potentially combine two or more ideas into one to design the perfect shirt for your budget.Check for hidden feesWhile looking for a t-shirt screen-printing company, make sure to check the small copy for hidden fees. If you want to design a shirt for cheap, check for charges like “setup”, “startup” or “screen fees”. Believe it... + continue reading
Wednesday, November 30 2016: Here are 20 Things To Do On World Computer Security Day1. Change your password2. Check for computer viruses3. Update your anti-virus/anti-malware4. Update your Windows (or other OS)5. Clean your computer and the immediate area6. Back-up your data (after being certain that it is virus free)7. Delete unneeded files and apps (and facebook ‘friends’ that you don’t remember seeing in the last 5 years!)8. Update all your installed and relevant software such ad adobe reader9. Declare and amnesty day for computer security violators who wish to reform.10. Announce COMPUTER SECURITY DAY in your internal newsletter.11. Install and inspect power surge protection as appropriate.12. Develop a recovery plan for all computer systems that require one.13. Verify that passwords are not ‘Posted’ and all other keys are secured.14. Verify that backup power and air conditioning fir your needs.15. Hold a... + continue reading
Tuesday, November 22 2016: 1. Collect – all of your action items on one to-do list.  Write down all of your “to-do” items.  This includes grocery lists, errands, action items, phone calls, projects, etc.  You can collect all of this in It an electronic or a paper to do list.  Pick the format that works for you, but you should have only one and it should be portable.   Once all of your tasks are in one place it is easier to set priorities.  You will also free up your brain power to get to the higher level thinking we need in order to obtain our goals.2. End your biggest frustration with an app – What causes you the most frustration, and feels like it is constantly wasting your time?  Is it looking for passwords or searching through business cards?  There is an app for that!  Do you have a hard time finding the notes from your last meeting?  There is an app for that... + continue reading
Friday, November 18 2016: “Color: what a deep and mysterious language!”Specific hues can provoke different emotions, associations, and responses that affect how your brand is perceived. Put simply, color choices can make or break a design. In fact, research has shown that color can increase brand recognition (by up to 80%), memory, engagement with a design piece, text comprehension, among many others.Fortunately, we are far from the times when our color choices were limited to a small batch of natural pigments. Our options are no longer whatever colors minerals, animals, and plants had to offer. Synthetic pigments and the screen have made our lives increasingly easier, while making deciding infinitely more complex. With such an overwhelming amount of color options, selecting a palette for a design project has become excruciating, to say the least. The Colourlovers community has indexed nearly 8 million user-... + continue reading
Tuesday, November 8 2016: It’s time to break out of your (design) shell and try something bold. Larger-than-life bold techniques are the big theme this month as we look at three trends that incorporate items that make users look at the design.Here’s what’s trending in design this month:1. THE COLOR PURPLEPurple color palettes are traditionally somewhat rare. The color can be difficult to use in some situations and has such a range of emotional associations that many designers avoid it. Purple is not a common color option for brands either and might often be in conflict with the rest of the color palette.But that’s not stopping designers anymore. Bold, purple color palettes are popping up everywhere, and they are pretty impressive.Many of these design have a few commonalities that make purple a little easier to work with:Monotone color schemesSimple design patterns without a lot of competing elementsMinimal use... + continue reading
Wednesday, October 26 2016: Screen printing is an extremely affordable method of printing and hence very popular. However, often because it is so economical people associate the low cost with low quality. That is not necessarily true. Screen printing can give fantastic results. However, it is important to go to a screen printing expert who knows what he is doing. Here are some tips for screen printing that you can use on DIY projects. These tips will also come handy when you need to evaluate potential screen printers for your screen printing needs.Tips to Improve Screen Printing QualityInk Quality: The consistency of ink is a critical factor in the quality of screen printing. Inks can be classified as stiff or loose depending on their consistency. Some printers try to adjust the squeegee angle and pressure to compensate for the consistency of ink. This is likely to make the screen printing process much more... + continue reading

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