Betabrand Contest Finalists Announced!

Betabrand Contest Finalists Announced!

Over 1,000 fantastic designs later, the loves have been tallied and the nine finalists have been announced on Betabrand's contest page! Voting is now open on their site and will run through 10PM PST on Monday, March 10th.  The winner will be announced the following day.
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The Colorful Floats of Fat Tuesday

The Colorful Floats of Fat Tuesday

Today is Mardi Gras and all of New Orleans is booming with music, parades, picnics, floats and excitement.  It's one big holiday party and I wish I were there!

Today is the day that everyone is dressed in bold colors and adorned with long beads. Lots of crazy costumes will be seen parading up and down Bourbon Street.

The colors of Mardi Gras are Purple, Green and Gold and their history dates back to the nineteenth century. Rex, the King of Carnival, selected the Mardi Gras colors and assigned meaning as well. Purple stands for justice, green for faith, and gold for power.

You will see these colors draped across all of the amazing floats that will be traveling down the street as the riders will be throwing beads to the deserving spectators down below.





Now is the time to take advantage of all of the fun Mardi Gras assets at Creative Market.

Mardi Gras Whimsy Digital Background by Something Chic 

Mardi Gras Clip Art by Candy Box Digital

 Mardi Gras Background Patterns by All is full of Love

 Mardi Gras Flat Sticker Icons by B by Design

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Kyle's Pro Design Tools

Kyle's Pro Design Tools

After ten years of creating design and illustration work for clients like The New Yorker, NY Times, NIKE, ESPN, TIME Magazine, and NPR, Kyle's Pro Design Tools is offering his best custom brushes and other digital tools to his fellow creatives.

Impossibly Real Watercolor Brushes





Kyle's Photoshop Brush Mini Pack




MegaPack + 90 Real Art Brushes

Ultimate Custom Brush Combo

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Unexpectedly Gorgeous: The Teal & Mustard Wedding Palette

Unexpectedly Gorgeous: The Teal & Mustard Wedding Palette

Want to surprise your wedding guests and express your offbeat personality on your wedding day? Why not choose an unexpected -- yet stylish and sophisticated -- color palette: teal and mustard! This color pairing has been cropping up in all sorts of real weddings recently -- from vintage, to modern, to rustic-chic -- and we think it's just stunning. Browse below to discover how you can bring this unique color palette to life on your big day.

free printable table number

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Don't Forget: Submissions For The Betabrand Leggings Design Contest Close Sunday

Don't Forget: Submissions For The Betabrand Leggings Design Contest Close Sunday

Hey folks! Just a quick reminder that the submissions for the Betabrand Contest close this Sunday at 10pm PST. After that, the top 9 submissions will move to Betabrand's site where voting will continue for the remainder of the contest.

If you've ever wanted the chance to design your own clothing, then this is one that you won't want to miss!

Betabrand, a company based in San Francisco, is an online community that designs, manufactures, and releases new items every week! They are now launching a new clothing line for women and we’re going to help them choose colors for one of their designs.  Our users will be choosing five colors for a pair of Betabrand leggings.

Check out the contest details in full right here.


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Betabrand leggings design contest

Betabrand leggings design contest

Have you ever wanted to design something that will actually get turned into a finished product you can wear? Now's your chance! Betabrand is partnering with COLOURlovers for an incredible new contest. Betabrand, a company based in San Francisco, is an online community that designs, manufactures, and releases new items every week! They are now launching a new clothing line for women and we’re going to help them choose colors for one of their designs.  Our users will be choosing five colors for a pair of Betabrand leggings.

Here's how it works

Users will use the palette tool on the entry page to color in a five-color Betabrand template for their new leggings.  Once an entry is completed, you can vote for your favorites by ‘loving’ them in our gallery.  You can begin ‘loving’ submissions as soon as they are created!

The 9 most loved designs will be featured on Betabrand's site and the design with the most votes on their site will win.


The top 9 finalists will receive a Think Tank designer t-shirt

Grand prize winner: The prototype of their leggings, a chance to crowdfund their design into production with Betabrand, $200 Betabrand Credit and a Think Tank designer t-shirt!
2 runners-up: $50 credit plus TT designer t-shirt


  • Tuesday, February 25th:  Contest is open for submissions – up to three per user!
  • Sunday, March 2nd: Submissions Close at 10pm PST.
  • Monday, March 3rd: Top 9 most loved entries will be moved over to Betabrand’s site.  Voting will recommence on their site for the remainder of the contest.
  • Tuesday, March 4th: Voting on Betabrand opens.
  • Monday, March 10th: Monday, March 10th: Betabrand voting closes at 10pm PST.
  • Tuesday, March 11th: Winners Announced
  • Tuesday, April 8th: Winner's design goes live on Betabrand for crowdfunding.


Please keep in mind there is a limit of three entries per person, so make your designs count!

To get started with this contest, click the link for the contest entry page.

Looking to cast your vote? You can view entries here.

We wish you the best of luck and happy designing!

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Great Gatsby Inspired Design Resources

Great Gatsby Inspired Design Resources

Art Deco is a style that became increasingly popular during the 1930's and 1940's. "It is aneclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials". In true Art Deco style, you'll see lots of bold colors and geometric shapes. It is truly one of my favorite styles, and I'm excited to see it become popular once again. Why don't you try making a Great Gatsby inspired invitation for your next party? Creative Market has an amazing selection of resources.

Wing's Art Studio has an amazing collection of backgrounds, frames, seamless patterns, and more.

Fizzy Images has some fun seamless backgrounds that are perfect for creating Great Gatsby themed invitations.


Art Deco Vector Elements are ideal for creating a 1920's theme invitation.

Driekleur Typeface by Absolut Foundry is a typeface concept adapted from the signage in the De Driekleur building it self, with and strongly added native elements of traditional Art Deco style.

Warszawa Deco by Brendan Ciecko is a typeface based on Polish Art Deco and modernism of the Interwar period.

 Decode Family by Max Little is in art deco style but with a contemporary and modern finish making it a stylish font for all kinds of work.

Pani Deco by Brendan Ciecko is another fun art deco font inspired by a 1928 poster by Polish artist Anna Harland-Zajczkowska.



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Gold, Silver & Bronze: Bold Metallic Wedding Decor Ideas

Gold, Silver & Bronze: Bold Metallic Wedding Decor Ideas

We've loved the Winter Olympics so far, and we're so proud of our medal-winning Olympians! To show our love for the whole U.S. team in Sochi, we've rounded up some of our favorite gold, silver and bronze wedding decor ideas. Bold metallics make for an unforgettable fete, so be sure to incorporate some of these details into your wedding!

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silver and blue wedding ideas

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Middle East Inspiration, Middle East Wedding Inspiration, Travel Inspiration, Destination honeymoon

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gold drink cart greyhound cocktail sculpture bust

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shabbychic wedding decor

Photo by: Christa Elyce on Wedding Chicks via

Photo by: Britt Chudleigh on Snippet and Ink via

elegant table decor

Photo by: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding Photography on Wedding Chicks via

Purple & White Modern Elegant Wedding

Photo by: Marissa Rodriguez Photography on Every Last Detail via

Silver wedding ideas, silver wedding inspiration, metallic wedding ideas

Photo by: Jessica Claire on Inspired By This via

fall in love sign

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8 DIY 'Save The Date' Design Resources

8 DIY 'Save The Date' Design Resources

Valentine's Day is often a day where many couples get engaged. Were you one of those lucky people? How about your best friend? One fun way to get geared up for the occasion is to make your own Save-The-Date Cards. Here we have a collection of 8 amazing resources to help you on your way.

Wedding Signage Kit by vatesdesign

Save the Date Vectors by craftedby

Future Deco Wedding Invite Suite by Gerren Lamson

 Summer Wedding Invitation by CreativeCouture


 Save the Date Overlays by OtoStudio

Elegant Wedding Invitation Postcard by Graphic Boutique

Did you get engaged this Valentine's Day? Are you planning on making your own invitations or save-the-date cards? Tell us all about it, or better yet, show us what you've made on Facebook.
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Does Your Office Space Inspire You?

Does Your Office Space Inspire You?

I've been seeing a lot of really amazing and unique office spaces lately. Modern office designers really take into account the creativity needs of the employees that will be occupying the space. Wide open spaces and calming colors are becoming ever more common, which allows the energy to flow from room to room. After all, most of one's time is spent within the confines of their office walls each week, so it is crucial that designers create surroundings that foster creativity as well as relaxation. Let's take a look at some of new office spaces showing off these characteristics.

Bicom Communications, Canada




Google, Zurich, Switzerland


Inventionland Design Factory

Autodesk, Milan

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