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How to Effectively Integrate Your Brand's Colors into Your Storefront Location


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Brand consistency is one of the most important aspects of making your store memorable to consumers. Every time customers interact with your brand, online or offline, they should be reminded of who you are, which requires using the same images, logo, colors and message.

Experts estimate it takes five to seven impressions before someone remembers a brand. That number may increase as more and more brands go online and clamor for the attention of a limited pool of customers. If you want to be memorable, you must present your brand in a similar way over and over using a variety of methods.

Using your brand colors in every interaction, including in your storefront location, is a great way to create a memorable impression. However, integrating brand colors into a storefront isn't always easy. You may be limited by the construction and colors already present in a rented space, for example. Fortunately, there are some features business owners have control over when it comes to storefront branding.

1. Create Display Windows

Creating window displays that draw people inside is a bit of a challenge. You have to highlight some of your more popular or recent items. However, your display windows are also a great place to integrate some of your brand colors, either through signage or selected products. Think about what might catch the eye of passerby as they walk past your store. What colors surround your windows and what will pop out to potential customers?

2. Change the Wall Colors

If you are in a location where you're allowed to paint, change up the wall colors so they coordinate with your brand colors. Think about the colors in your palette and what compliments them. If your colors are vivid, you may only want to use the brand colors as an accent and stick with trendier neutral tones for the background. Different types of colors have a different impact on your audience. For example, you can use black as a neutral color and to create a sense of mystery or stick with light greens and sandy browns for a sense of tranquility.

3. Add Signage

Signage is a way to incorporate the colors you want without changing the walls or altering more permanent store features. Using signage is particularly useful if you're still developing your brand colors or testing out colors before making a change. Signage is relatively inexpensive, but still makes an impact on store visitors. Use vinyl signs in the color of your choice or add color elements over a white vinyl sign. You can also use signs to point customers toward your register, sale items or to highlight new arrivals in your store. Don't be afraid to incorporate both brand colors and accent colors for attention.

4. Invest in Bags

What color are the bags you put purchased products in? Using customized bags is a great way to add additional branding that utilizes your company colors. Whenever the person leaves your store and others see the bag, the bag should be immediately recognizable as a company standard. Using a signature color boosts brand recognition by about 80 percent, so business owners should look for every opportunity to do so.

Think about the last time you visited a local mall. You may have seen someone walking out of Victoria's Secret with a pink and black striped back. You immediately knew what brand they purchased from. Perhaps you noticed a black back with white letters from Hot Topic. What colors scream your brand identity, and how can you put that on a bag so everyone sees the visualization?

5. Employee Uniforms

Depending upon what kind of store you run, employee uniforms might be a good idea. Keep in mind that uniforms allow store visitors to readily identify who works there in case they need assistance. The uniform should match the overall branding of your business. If pink is your signature color, invest in pink shirts with your logo or black shirts with a pink logo. Think about what type of uniform best represents your brand and how to add your company colors to the outfit.

If you've ever gone to Best Buy, you know employees are easy to spot because of their shirts with the bright Best Buy logo. Go out to eat somewhere like Hooters, and the orange shirts of the servers pop and grab your attention. No matter what your brand colors may be, your employee outfits should highlight them and make the store memorable.

6. Floor Signage

Adding signage to your floor draws customers in for sales and other events and directs traffic through your store. You can even use three-dimensional signage to draw them into a sensory experience. Signage can be used both outside your store, such as in a shopping mall (if the mall allows it) and inside the store to direct customers down a planned path. Think about footprints in your primary brand color that lead the way to a new, featured product.

Brand Colors Matter to Storefront Locations

Adding in brand colors gives your store a unique identity. Keep in mind, though, that the overall aesthetic of your store is much more important than simply throwing up certain colors. It's okay to limit how much you use your brand color, but there are some places you shouldn't shy away from it, such as a sign for your storefront. With a little attention to color and how it impacts your store visitors, you should find a balance between branding and usability.

 

 

Lexie is a graphic designer and typography enthusiast. She spends most of her time A/B testing websites and creating style guides. Check out her blog, Design Roast, and follow her on Twitter @lexieludesigner.
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Breaking Out of the Norm for Valentine's Day


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Wining and dining is the traditional way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but you don’t have to follow the crowds for a meal out and a dozen red roses delivered to her office if you and she don’t want this. Having a date night on Valentine’s Day that is just a little bit more special will still be a great celebration of this day of love.  Colour can play a big part in your Valentine’s Day celebrations, which whilst traditionally represented by red, has in more recent years embraced an entire range of popular colours.

Red is famously romantic, but other colours can be used to choose your Valentine’s Day gift, with green representing renewal and yellow conveying optimism. When looking for Valentine's gifts for her, whichever colour you choose can add extra meaning.

Colours to love

For many of us, colour raises emotion, and we instinctively have a favourite for a whole host of reasons. Yet, throughout history, specific colours have been used to define different feelings and to mark different cultural events and ceremonies for centuries, going back to ancient civilisations.

Colours also affect us subconsciously, in the sense that we may not even be aware that we are being affected by it. This is why colours are separated into two groups of warm and cool colours. You can use the meaning of different colours to add to your Valentine’s gift that fits your beloved best.  She will appreciate the extra efforts you have made in choosing their special gift.

Red

For passion and drama, red is the most popular Valentine’s Day colour with its association with love, courage, strength and excitement. In Chinese culture, red represents luck and prosperity. If you are buying a gift for someone who loves red, you know they are passionate people, with enthusiasm for life. Tickets to see a favourite sports team, a band or admired singer is a great gift for this individual.

Orange

Orange is the colour of encouragement, warmth and enthusiasm. Orange is also a great colour if she wants to be inspired into action or have a positive outlook on life since it is both a motivating and encouraging colour. Gift ideas for those who love orange include charity gifts to support those less fortunate or a book of favourite photographs from the last year or the best photograph of you both as a couple.

Yellow

The colour of optimism and youthfulness, this is also the colour of sunshine. A sunflower bouquet is something that will be adored by this Valentine, in place of traditional red roses. Yellow is also the colour of success and confidence, whether you have it or want it since it is said to stimulate the left side of the brain, responsible for clear, fast decision making. For Valentine’s day, add a letter of love to let your beloved know they are the sunshine in your life, so they do not misunderstand the colour of yellow, which can also mean cowardice.

 

Pink

Mixing the passion of red with the purity of white creates a message of tender, nurturing love. This is the perfect colour of gift for your Valentine if she has become a new mother since the last celebration of St. Valentine.  A new jumper in pink or some magenta leggings would make a great gift.

Blue

A shade of blue, the colour of the sea and sky is a tranquil, peaceful colour that also conveys trust. The colour also inspires confidence, loyalty and responsibility. Those who like blue are usually conservative in nature, so if you’re planning a big party for Valentine’s Day, include them in the planning as they’re not so keen on surprises.

Green

Growth, renewal and a celebration of life are all conveyed by the colour green. Plant a tree in your joint names, either in your own garden or in a plot special to you both. Make the tree a fruit tree, and you can be enjoying apple pies together in the future. If you have less space, a rose bush, or a bonsai tree may be a gift your Valentine will love.

Violet

A mix of red energy and blue calm, violet is the colour of spirituality, reflection and self-awareness. Those who like violet are usually introverts who may enjoy books, walking holidays and the simple pleasures of a lunchtime picnic in the local park as a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Brown

Brown denotes stability and a solid foundation, reliable and wholesome; warm and reassuring. On it's own, brown can seem like a dull colour but combined with others, including gold and copper, it can become elegant. A wood framed mirror with embellishments or a photo frame personalised with your names and the date you met will make a perfect present.

Most of us have a favourite colour, a colour that we wear because it suits us better than any other or because it makes us feel happy. For some, colour reflects who we are on a deeper level, reflecting our personality. When buying your Valentine a gift, consider what their favourite colour is now, since preferences do change. If you are unsure, consider co-ordinating your gift with the colour of their birthstone. If you are looking to buy a joint gift for a married couple, use the colour palette they chose for their wedding, which you can search out on old photographs or from the wedding invitation. Irrespective of whether your gift is a designer shirt or vase, choosing their favourite colour will make your gift extra special.

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How to Choose a Color Scheme for your Logo Design


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When you are building a brand, choosing a color scheme for your logo design can often be more difficult than coming up with the brand entirely. Making the wrong choice could be damaging to your brand, but it can be hard to tell if you are making the right choice to begin with.

Colors are important when it comes to marketing because you want to ensure you’re invoking the power of emotional connection. This type of connection is important when you are building up your audience and gaining trust in your potential customers. So, how do you know which colors are going to best help you accomplish this? We are here to help you figure it out.

Connecting The Power of Emotion

Colors are psychologically connected to emotions. Certain colors make people feel certain types of emotions, which is why color matters so much in branding and marketing design. One small color tweak can make a big difference for a user without realizing it. For example, after running an experiment in CTA button colors, HubSpot found that a green CTA button outperformed a red one by 21%.

Different industries tend to have different dominating colors depending on what services or products they provide. For example, many banks and credit card companies use blue in their logo because blue evokes trust, loyalty, and security. Therefore, color is an important aspect in making sure you are connecting the right emotions for your brand to your customers and audience base.

What the Colors Really Mean

Each color has positive and negative connotations. Sometimes those negative connotations could pose a risk in certain industries. For example, most fast food industries don’t use the color blue because it can be an appetite-suppressing color since it’s not commonly found in the food we eat regularly.

Here is a quick overview of the positive and negative emotions that are connected to different colors:

  • Blue: Trust, honesty, devotion, comfort, unfriendliness, coldness, or a lack of emotion.
  • Red: Power, energy, passion, excitement, anger, urgency, danger, or pain.
  • Black: Sophistication, power, security, elegance, authority, coldness, evil, oppression, and mourning.
  • White: Innocence, calmness, purity, cleanliness, simplistic, plain, cautious, sterile, and empty.
  • Green: Hope, prosperity, freshness, growth, nature, boredom, envy, blandness.
  • Pink: Imaginative, passionate, fun, quirky, creative, feminine, impulsiveness, and rebelliousness.
  • Orange: Courage, warmth, fun, confidence, energy, deprivation, immaturity, and frustration.
  • Yellow: Warmth, happiness, youthfulness, creativity, fear, caution, anxiety, and cowardice.
  • Purple: Wisdom, spirituality, wealth, sophistication, imagination, moodiness, suppression, and sadness.
  • Brown: Structure, protection, security, nature, strength, loneliness, sadness, isolation, and darkness.

Consider the industry in which you are positioning yourself and the emotions you want to invoke. This part takes some research but is important for your decision.

The 60-30-10 Rule

When choosing your own brand’s overall color scheme, Canva recommends using the 60-30-10 rule that many designers follow. That means 60%, 30%, and 10% for each color within your palette.

Start by simply putting colors together. Try to focus on contrasting colors. Experiment with different shades and opposite colors to determine what works best with the image you have in mind. Stick to three colors in total to keep things easy on the eyes. Your base color should be your brand’s most dominant emotion, and then work your way down from there.

Narrowing Down Your Options

So, after all of this information, how do you pick a color scheme that will simultaneously set you apart within your industry but also evoke the right emotions? For example, you may be thinking about picking a color that is not typically used in your industry in order to set your brand apart and make your logo stand out from the crowd. However, this could be risky depending on how your audience will interpret your branding. Sometimes it can be safer to stay within an industry standard, but it depends on what you’re trying to convey.

There is always the option to run a test. Digital marketing is all about testing and tweaking wherever necessary. Things are always changing online, so your brand can constantly evolve with it.

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How Color Affects Our Overall Mood


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We all know which colors we love and which colors we like to avoid. But did you know that certain colors can influence your mood and make you change your decision? And if you did, do you know which colors and in what way? Let’s discover together.

 

The Color Purple

If you are a designer who is trying out their creativity in a web design project, you should seek color purple. It’s a stimulating color, being bright and energizing, yet having enough coolness to help keep you calm as you be creative. The lighter the color, the more calming the effects, and vice versa.

Blue or Green

Blue or green are the perfect examples of cool colors. They are associated with coolness and tranquility. When you look at the blue sky, for example, or a forest of greenery, you tend to feel at ease. It helps your eyes rest, too. When you’re in a room where you have to spend a lot of time in, blue colors work to keep you less antsy. It can help lower your blood pressure, too.

Orange and Yellow

These colors can help stimulate and make you hungry. There’s a reason why McDonald’s arches are yellow. When you see these colors, it can remind you that you of your hunger. A yellow or orange kitchen can make you hungry all the time, so beware. Any warm colors can invite you to feel this, so take note.

Red

Red invites passion and energy, like a bull running at a red cape. When you see red, you feel charged up. A love hotel may use a lot of red to invoke passionate lovemaking, but it’s not the best place to sleep because of how cerebrally stimulating it can be. Remember this when painting your house. Your creative room may be a good place for a little red, but not the bedroom.

How People Use Color

A good marketer, and good businesspeople know that color can influence customer’s decisions when buying a product. When you're trying to sell beds, using the color blue in your aesthetic can make potential customers feel like they could fall asleep on their mattresses. When you are selling art supplies, a splash of purple can influence customers as well. Business people selling family related products will use various colors to appeal to your kids. Speaking of kids, if you want some cool ideas for your family, click here or look here.

Knowing the psychological effects of color can help you be more mindful of it. If you want to calm down, you want to look away from red colors, and instead look to blueish colors as well. If you want to be creative, look to purple colors. And if you have to look at a color that gives the opposite of your desired effect, you can be aware and not let it impact you as much. For example, if you need to sleep, and are surrounded by red, you can look towards other ways of calming you down.

Assistance with Color

Sometimes, certain colors may trigger bad memories in people. If you have depression or anxiety, some colors may help, but they are no substitute for professional therapy and if some colors affect you in an adverse manner you should seek help. Online therapy sources like Regain are here to help you get assistance on your own terms and allows you to live a better life.

 

Conclusion

Color is amazing with how much it can affect you. By realizing its effects, you can make adjustments in your environment and be able to handle life’s colors more gracefully than ever.

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Choosing the Perfect Colours for the Interior of Your Home


With such a large palette of colours available to us now, it can be extremely difficult to know which ones to use in our home. We can stand forever and debate the difference between dusty pink and nude pink, but it can get tedious rather quickly and it’s not as difficult as you think.

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What’s Your Favourite Colour?

 

A good place to start is thinking about what your favourite colours actually are. By starting with colours that you love yourself, not only are you choosing something more personal but you’re not bound by the color schemes of specific decorating styles. By choosing the colour that’s right for you as a base colour, you can literally build the patterns and schemes of the entire room around it. What’s more inspirational than your favourite colour and an entire theme stemming from it?

 

Look for Design Inspiration

 

Websites and magazines dedicated to interior design are the obvious places to go and look for inspiration if you’re struggling yourself. In the age of technology we’re lucky enough to be able to scroll through pages and pages of design inspiration at our leisure. Specifically retail websites are a great way to give you overall room inspiration, because remember that

 

 

whatever colour you go, you’ll need furniture to match! Sometimes it’s a lot easier to go neutral on the walls in order to be able to be more extravagant with your furniture. Another plus to going neutral on your walls, is that if you’re looking to sell your home, particularly if you’re looking to sell quick with Ready Steady Sell, you’re more likely to get more interest in a house that’s neutrally painted because it leaves a blank canvas for the buyer to work on.

 

Other great places to look at online inspiration are Instagram and Pinterest, which are updated and refreshed in real time meaning you’ll get new ideas through all the time.

 

Use Colour Theory to Create Your Scheme

 

You don’t have to study Colour Theory in depth to be able to use it effectively. A little colour wheel can help you all the same. With something as simple as the turn of a wheel, you can see how well different colours relate to each other, and see for yourself the very basics of colour theory. It’s safe to say you’ll probably not want to use the exact colours on the wheel, but they can be used to inspire you with the same colour but in different shades.

 

Pull Colour from Patterns

 

Sometimes using a statement pattern can be a great way to pull out the colours you might want to use for your walls. For example patterned bed covers, pillowcases and throws can provide you with ideas for painting - and if you’re looking to create a feature wall, you can choose the boldest colour available on these! If you are however looking for something a little more subtle, looking at the patterns in more depth and picking out the colour in small details of the fabric might be better for you. If you take a swatch of whatever fabric it is you’re using to the paint shop, you can’t go wrong. Match them up, and you’re ready to go!

 

Look for the Colour in Art

 

No, it’s nothing complex. Literally look for the colours in the artwork you’re hanging in the room of your choice, and use select shades to inspire you for your overall colour scheme. Whether you’re wanting to match them or compliment them, using your art to create your room is a lovely, creative way to fill your home with colour.

 

Be Inspired by the Outdoors

 

Last but certainly not least, allow yourself to be inspired by nature in the outside world. Bringing the outside in, whether that’s by filling your room with houseplants or taking   design ideas from outside colours, is very popular in interior design currently. You could look the using the laid-black blues that mimic the sea, the foliage greens of the forest, or the luscious reds and oranges of the sunset depending on the vibe of the room you’re creating, and either way it’ll look beautiful. However, before making any major decisions (like painting your entire living room burnt orange), remember to view the paint sample in natural lighting, both in the day time and night time, with your windows open and closed. This way, no matter what the season or weather, you’ll know how well your chosen colour compliments your home.

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Choose Colors and Designs to Calm your Nerves at University


Extensive research by a psychologist on how colors affect the brain proves that color does have certain influences on it. If you have ever wondered why most times you feel energized or more cheerful when you enter a certain environment, the answer is simple. The colors surrounding you interact with your brain to influence your emotions or mood at a particular moment. Have you ever wondered why blue seems to placate our mood so very often, many associates this calm feeling to inbred effects of being exposed to the calm blue sky at a young age? As a student armed with this knowledge, surrounding yourself with certain colors will go a long way in providing that extra mental boost needed to succeed in college.

Below we will be discussing common colors that communicate positive emotions to the human brain, and ultimately help students transverse the stresses associated with studying in a tertiary institution.

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The Calming Effects Of Blue

Saying the color is by far the most visible occurring color in nature wouldn't be wrong, a factor which researchers say is responsible for the calming effects it induces in humans. The blue color can be noticed in nature as the primary color of the sky and the sea, giving rise to the expression "clear blue sky" and "the deep blue sea". Often you find offices painted blue in a bid to influence the work rate of workers through improved moods precipitated by the blue color

Students are constantly exposed to stress and pressure in a bid to maintain a high level of success in the university. During periods of test and examination, anxiety is usually the order of the day among students at such times. A surrounding environment having blue as a dominant color will help students relax and concentrate better on their assignments and essays, with PapersOwl also providing an equally relaxing avenue with their essay sale. This would, in turn, lead to better assimilation during study periods and also lower health risks since stress is greatly reduced. Also closely associated with spurring creativity among individuals, students looking to write up an essay, project paper, or any form of writing assignment would greatly benefit from this.

Other emotions that can be induced by a blue surrounding outside of calm include the following feelings which include improved mental capacity, feelings of trust, reliability, and nostalgia, among others.

The Assertion Of Red

A typical example of the power of color is the influence of the color red on the human brain. Though red is most commonly associated with danger in our society today, studies and research in the color's communication with the human brain propound a theory far from this. Experts believe that the color incites and assertive move in individuals who are especially fond of the color. In other words, red is certain to provide individuals with a boost in confidence levels.

Very often, university students are thrown into scenarios where they could do with a confidence boost. Take a situation where a scholar is expected to address a crowd during a presentation project, exposure to red in your surrounding environment will provide you with a welcome wave of an assertive emotion. Also, there are reports of red helping to improve focus, quality students will find most beneficial in their study room.

Red not only offers confidence boost to individuals, but it also helps to give rise to multiple other emotions in humans. Amongst these induced feelings include vitality, invulnerability, power, sociability, high self-esteem and to an extent, intellectual confidence.

The Cheerful Effects Of Yellow

Yellow induces excitement and happiness in the human mind, feeling students are accustomed to during essays deadline when they stumble upon a credible online essay sale. The color can often be noticed in the rooms of students looking for a budget-friendly decor, as it gives a certain upbeat to the atmosphere in it. The fact that the sun is often described as yellow, and summer usually depicted as a fun time also helps to associate yellow with fun in our subconscious.

Students are sure to experience improved moods in surroundings splashed with yellow. The strictness and formal environment associated with your classroom are left behind, and substituted for a fun and welcoming atmosphere with the help of yellow.

The Stability Of Green

Very similar to blue with respect to mood improvement, green is known to depict safety and stability. Years past, it was best described as the color of fertility. To boost the mood color blue induces in productivity, green is often used as an accompanying secondary color to blue.

 

Don’t you still know what is your favorite color that makes you feel balanced and happy? Haven’t you decided yet what design inspires you to move ahead? Then perhaps it’s time to think about all of these. Because not only close people, big money, great victories and wonderful things can support us but also such unusual friends as colors and designs.

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Utilizing Color Psychology for Gift Giving


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Color psychology defines human behavior as it relates to color and color association. Colors are associated with feelings. They are also associated with perceptions and opinions. Many people think of color as something straightforward that surrounds them. However, color is very complex, and subliminally affects people in different ways.

 

The principles of color psychology

 

  • Colors have meaning to an individual.
  • The meaning of a color can be learned or innate.
  • People evaluate things based on their perception of color.
  • Color perception drives color-motivated behavior.
  • The influence of color is automatic.
  • Context is a critical factor in determining color meaning.

 

Application of color psychology

 

While its use in marketing is well-known, color psychology can be applied in other situations. For example, did you know that you can base a decision on gifts for men, women, and children using color psychology?

 

Many companies use the principles of color psychology when selecting promotional gifts for clients. However, it applies just as well when choosing gifts for friends and family. Have you ever stood in front of a display of pens or journals and wondered which color to buy for someone?

 

The reason this happened is that you want to choose a color that conveys a message to the recipient. It’s not necessarily a conscious process, but that momentary pause is your brain trying to apply color psychology.

 

What do colors tell us?

 

While not everyone’s perception of color is the same, most people have a similar interpretation. Context is important here. Even though a color may symbolize tranquility, if a person associates it with a child abuse experience, their perception will be different.

 

Here are some of the color associations commonly accepted as being the perception by the majority of people:

 

  • Warm colors

 

  1. Red

 

Red is associated with passionate feelings, like love and energy. It is the symbol of life because blood is red. It is an aggressive color designed to grab the attention and stimulate the intellect.

 

  1. Orange

 

Orange is often associated with creativity. People see orange as a symbol of the sun, which provides us with life and comfort.

 

  1. Yellow

 

Bright and bold yellow lifts the gloom and puts most people in a good mood. Children are especially attracted to yellow as it is a happy color.

 

  • Cool colors

 

  1. Blue

 

Most work uniforms are blue as this color conveys cleanliness and authority. Blue is regarded as a color of wisdom and intelligence.

 

  1. Green

 

Green symbolizes patience and peace. It is also a color related to nature and life. Because of its link to life, green also raises a perception of balance.

 

  1. Purple

 

Purple is an opulent, luxurious color. Its richness is linked to prestige and status. As a rich color, purple evokes strong emotions in most people.

 

  • Blended colors

 

  1. Brown

 

A lot of people find brown to be a bit dull and boring. That’s because brown symbolizes stability. It’s for this reason that other people find brown calming.

 

  1. Pink

 

Pink is seen as the color of femininity and gentleness. Females are regarded as nurturers and the givers of life.

 

  • Tints and shades

 

  1. Black

 

People associate black with prestige, which is why people tend to buy black accessories such as handbags, briefcases, and fountain pens.

 

  1. White

 

White is a symbol of purity and peace. It is also considered to be the color of innocence and truth.

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Comic Authors Who Use Instagram To Promote And Sell Their Art


In our previous article, we suggested several platforms where graphic designers could sell their work. A big part of the contemporary design community are comic writers, and these platforms also come in handy for selling products related to your comics. This is why we decided to explore some Instagram accounts that help these authors reach a wider audience across social media, and take them to their online shops. Comic content explored here is not only funny but relatable to our personalities and also tackles some social causes that matter to the artists.

 


@punkystudio

 

Punky Studio

Punky Studio takes us on a trip that follows our main character, a cat, which explores daily challenges such as anxiety and lack of motivation. The author uses this platform to talk about mental health, and okay, an adorable dog from time to time, but this Instagram account is linked to the Etsy shop where you can buy illustrations or handmade pins about mental health. What makes this account sell is the content which speaks to the cause-driven people worldwide, but also a good brand, authentic drawing and good understanding of the Instagram audience.

 


@eckyo.me

 

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Eckyo.me advertises an online drawing course by the author Ecky O. This Instagram account buys us with adorable characters and well-developed brand, but this art of visual storytelling is used to share motivational and inspiring short stories. This account is like your daily dose of Kung Fu Panda wisdom on social media, which takes you to their website to learn how to increase your character drawing skills for improving your own work. This account is an example of using Instagram to sell education, while the shared artwork convinces you that they know what they are doing.

 


@4amshower

 

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4 am shower is an account that represents illustrations created by Guy Kopsombut, who tells us short stories about cute wild animals and their adventures. Every story is sharing a motivational and supporting message, making it our daily dose of cute-things-on-Instagram. For Guy to be able to tell us about love and friendship, he has to receive a lot of support from his fans around the world. Guy does this by rewarding his supporters on Patreon with prints, sketches, stickers, postcards and other perks featuring our favorite love-giving animal of the month.

 

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@handsoffmydinosaur

 

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From a wide green sea of Instagram, a charming Greek humor finds its way to our feed. I am talking about one of the most popular designer profiles Hands Off My Dinosaur - and I do believe nobody want's to mess around with this guys dinosaur. Teo is selling, by his own words, "illustrations and stuff",  and he does it remarkably. This Instagram account will surprise you with ordinary things in out-of-the-ordinary situations, which will make you laugh till your stomach hurts. His humor is often related to food, but some interesting anthropomorphic planets, chess figures and washing machines make an appearance as well. The link on this profile takes us to his Etsy shop, where we cannot resist to cards, stickers, prints, magnets and other "stuff" we just really wanna pin to our wall and have it make our day every morning.

 


@safely_endangered

 

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Safely Endangered has been around with us for quite some time, during which it has developed a certain audience type which this account can take to the end of the world with their eyes closed. The audience to these "silly comics" are enjoying the safe environment in which they read the silly jokes which sometimes go all the way to the dark corner of our consciousness and back. Besides the usual mugs and prints, the personal website we are taken to is selling a graphic book of your favorite comics and more, using selling services such as Amazon. A very specific niche of these comics are the reason why this account has almost reached a million followers and is now selling a book worldwide.

 


@stacieswift

 

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Stacie Swift, or probably the most famous Stacie on Instagram, is our next pick for designers social profiles. Stacie uses this social network to illustrate positive messages and she, just like you, identifies as a color lover! Her account is well branded with bright, chippy colors, which support the background of each post. Her mission is to make your days with awesome sense of design and comforting words, which she is now well recognized by, and most loved by those who care about their mental health. Stacie has a shop for her postcards, but also socks and other items, a personal website and a blog where she shares her thoughts. On top of all this, she also uses Patreon where most supportive fans can reach her.

 


@steinbergdrawscartoons

 

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In our previous article, we have mentioned Society 6 as a platform for selling your design. Steinberg is one of the artist whose chose was precisely Society 6, while his Instagram account helps him reach his customers. Steinberg is a type of cartoonists we loved reading in our daily newspaper. His critics of society are funny, realistic and relatable. He usually uses simple black and white drawings to tell a story, although sometimes he cheers us up with water colored images and amazingly balanced colors, which reasure us that he knows what he's doing.

 


@there.goes.motivation

 

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I don't know if these full stops in the name of the account are on purpose, but they are really suiting pauses between each word, which describe the account accordingly. Backed with personal experience of a girl in the urban society, Loron really gets people involved. Her characters are also very well developed and animated-like, so we can easily see this turning into an animated show one day, with the right support. For there.goes.motivation Loron uses Patreon and exclusive perks for her most loyal supporters.

 


@relatabledoodles

 

relatabledoodles

 

Another Patreon user, Relatable Doodles are a super successful Instagram trend, presenting the type of doodles you can relate to (if the name didn't say it all). This designer tackles burning issues such as use of technology, ecology, activism and activism-wanna-be, as well as anxiety, friendship and relationship inspired topics. Cee has really made it into "creating comics on the internet" as her full time job, but she knew how to develop a responsive community around her work before asking them to pledge on Patreon and support her. A truly inspiring story of an Instagram account, from which we can all learn from.

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Where Can I Sell My Work as a Graphic Designer?


Digital market his not only the future but also our present. If you are a graphic designer, there are infinite ways to make your passion profitable. One of them is to sell your design online, on one of many platforms created for a competitive digital market. Whether your designs are printable on canvas, cushions, T-shirts or business cards, one of these selected platforms will become your favorite marketplace. Explore their communities, get inspired by designers worldwide, and make money selling your fonts, templates and much much more.

top websites to sell graphic design art online

 

Design Cuts

 

Design Cuts is an exclusive community which features only creme de la creme of the design world. They created a highly competitive marketplace for fonts, templates, graphics and wonderful stock photos. To get featured on their website, you would need to be selected through their contact form.

 

Creative Market

 

This awesome platform is one of our favorites. Every designer can open a shop here, and sell everything from fonts to 3D assets. You can arrange your own store and set your prices, and Creative Market will take 30% of the items sold. Their community counts over five million users, which makes it a challenge to find your way to your audience, but also too good to resist.

 

Big Cartel

 

Unlike your stores on other websites, this platform lets you customize and brand your own shop around your personal visual identity. Each shop is supported with access to analytics, market research tools, and social network tools, so it's even easier to attract your customers through social media you already use. They have a free plan, and their full support plan will cost you $29.99 per month.

 

Etsy

 

Although Etsy is primarily used for marketing handmade and vintage items, they support sales of every type of design. A big advantage of this craft market is millions of users worldwide, which can make your work be sold around the globe. To list a product here, Etsy charges you $0.20 for four months, which makes it be recommended for serious and confident players.

 

Society 6

 

Society 6 is an online shop which sells and ships primarily art prints, phone cases, and T-shirts, with your design. This unique platform sells products which you design, and they take care of everything for you. If you wanted to work in fashion or interior design, or both, this is just the right place for you. You can freelance for Society 6 and be well-paid and featured everywhere.

 

Design By Humans

 

This online store also offers you the possibility to get printed on T-shirts, prints, mugs, etc. The cool difference is that they let you create your own storefront. Everything else is taken cared of by the community managers themselves, so, again, no stress for you, just creativity.

 

Deisgnhill

 

This authentic marketplace is a community where you can find (and offer) great quality logos, brochures, business cards, etc. Show your amazing templates to the competitive community, and a well-paying customer. This website also has a shirt design maker software for custom design creations.

 

Redbubble

 

Designers love Redbubble because it ensures fair payments - no hidden taxes and percentages here. Every seller can set their own profit margin for every product type. Your earnings are delivered to you each month, while membership is completely free of charge. This platform is home to artist groups which make this community a cupcake.

 

CafePress

 

One website which lets you sell various design products and customize your own online shop. Crete without limits and only pay your fees after you successfully sell your artwork.

 

Graphic River

 

Infographics, add-ons, textures, vectors, icons, logos, templates and many more products which you can upload and sell on this big platform. The community can give you feedback on your work, which is great support if you are growing your audience from zero. You are also able to present a live demo of your design to potential customers. Pretty cool, huh?

 

How did you like our 10 platform picks? Did you already try one of these? What is your experience like, which one would you recommend? Please tell us in the comment section below.

 

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Kids’ Room Ideas That Will Make Your Life Easier


kid's room

Kids’ rooms are always filled with toys, clothes, drawing supplies, and who knows how many other things. It is easy to see your children’s bedroom as the last room in your house you want to clean as you know that’s where the maximum chaos is. It doesn’t have to be this way, and many ideas will help you organize this space so that you don’t have to worry so much about keeping it clean.

 

Reduce the number of toys

Even if that may sound harsh, it is easy to notice how your kids prefer to play only with certain toys. There’s no point in keeping all of them, at least not in the same space. Just make sure to get rid of the unused toys without an audience so that you can avoid some unnecessary drama.

Don’t fill up every single space to the brim

Kids have a lot of stuff from clothes to toys, but this doesn’t mean that you should stuff everything in all the drawers and closet space available. It is not convenient to search for things that should be accessible by wading through a lot of unimportant things.

There is another advantage to consider here. If there are some empty spaces available, you will have room for new things. For instance, if you have a boy and you just bought a new microscope for his birthday, it is ideal to have a place for the new device in the room, instead of being forced to leave such a delicate item lying around on a table.

 

Get plenty of bins and baskets

If you feel like there’s never enough room for storing all the kids’ stuff, don’t start to fret about how you are going to fit it another closet inside their bedroom. Bins and baskets are ideal for keeping all kinds of things your kids use. They don’t take up a lot of space, and they are easy to use.

Also, when you need to de-clutter fast, you can grab a basket or a bin and fill it with all the stuff that seems to be lying on the floor, on the bed, on the table, and anywhere around you.

 

Keeps things of the same type together

This is a good idea if you’re trying to teach your kid the importance of being and staying organized. For instance, find a place for all the plush toys in the room. Use another for all the notebooks, and other supplies that are school related. Also, you must have a place for all the clothes so that they don’t end up on the floor.

Get your kids to help a little, and you will teach them how to keep their things organized. You can teach them how to fold their t-shirts, and how to organize their stuff on colors, and in other fun ways. Kids are fast learners, and sooner than you think, you might not have so much work to do to keep their room clean and free of clutter.

 

Opt for high-quality items

A good idea to keep a room clean is to reduce the number of things that go inside it. That doesn’t mean that you should feel guilty about depriving your kids of toys they like or anything similar. Instead of going for quantity, go for quality. This way, you will have fewer things to deal with.

 

A quick clean-up is in order before bedtime

Do it yourself, or have your kids to help, if they’re old enough. Clean up a little by putting things to their places just before bedtime. This way, there will be less work to do in the morning, when you might be in a hurry.

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