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Easy-to-do DIY techniques for decorating your phones


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Introduction:

From the advent of the 21st century, technology has been integrated into our lives. Even more so with the invention of the smartphones. Our smartphones have become an essential part of our lives. These days, they are like an extension to our hand. So, for the fashionistas, the phones should also match their style statement. Here we present some really cool and easy DIY techniques using which you can create astoundingly distinctive covers for your mobile phones.  

Embroidered Phone Case:

If you like handmade accessories then this technique is definitely for you. You can easily make an embroidered handmade phone case for your smartphone by just following these simple steps;

Materials:

  • Embroidery Floss
  • Embroidery needle (size 8)
  • Perforated phone case
  • Scissors

Steps:

Use a perforated phone case and print out a design template on it.

You can create any woven pattern you want either cross stitch or back stitch.

For cross-stitch, you can use the perforated pattern of the case to easily sew the cross stitch pattern onto the phone case.

In order, to make back stitch pattern consider 3 holes on the plastic phone cover i.e. 1, 2 &3. Now insert the needle from inwards and take it out at 1. Secondly, insert the needle at 2 and take it out at 3. Now, again Insert at 1 but this time pull it out at 3. Repeat this pattern creating equal stitches until the pattern is completed over the whole phone cover.

Decoupaging your Old Phone Case:

This one is another great technique of decorating your old phone case into a completely new and unique piece of art. All you need to do is follow these simple steps;

Materials

  • Leftover fabric
  • Decoupage finishing glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Transparent plastic phone cover
  • Crafting knife
  • Scissors

Steps:

First of all, take the fabric and place it on a flat surface.

Secondly, take the transparent phone case and brush the decoupage glue all over its outside surface of the phone case & remember to cover its sides too.

Now place the phone case onto the fabric and cover it with the fabric neatly by curving it around the edges.  

Wrap the fabric all around the phone case, pinching it until it sticks onto to the case properly. Apply more decoupage if needed.

Let it dry for several hours and after that trim off the excessive cloth using scissors.

At last, use the crafting knife to cut the holes for charger, lens, and buttons on the newly made phone case.

Pearl Case:

This one is an extremely easy yet chic piece of art for your smartphone.

Materials:

  • Transparent phone case
  • Pearls
  • Broach
  • Permanent Glue

Steps:

Apply glue onto the back of the transparent phone case.

Place the broach or any other jewelry piece at the left-sided corner near the bottom of the case.

Now add other pearls and beads onto the case in such a way that the whole case covered.

Let it dry completely for 5-6 hours.

Voila! Your stunning pearl case is ready to use.

We hope that you will be able to create some unique phone cases using these easy DIY techniques. Since you’re going to have a dandy phone now, be sure to install a phone tracker on your cell phone to keep evil hands off of it.

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The Power of Color in Branding


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Understanding the power of color in branding can be extremely beneficial to those devising marketing strategies for businesses both small and large. Color is primarily associated with aesthetics, and this on its own is already an important factor in branding. However, color impacts much more than cosmetics. It can also help brands establish their message, improve brand recognition, and even drive website conversions. In this post, we’ll focus on branding and go through some telling facts and figures related to the impact of color, its relevance regarding brand message and brand recognition.

 

Color matters and research focusing on its impact has unveiled that it actually matters quite a bit. Information compiled by Design Advisor highlights that a potential customer takes, on average, 90 seconds to assess a product; in that short time, color is said to account for between 62 and 90% of the decision to purchase or not.

 

In terms of specific products, the set of options available for purchase can heavily affect sales, as two-thirds of customers will not buy an appliance if it isn’t available in their preferred color. These figures give us an introductory picture of what’s at stake. Let’s move on to specific cases and explore different ways of using color.

Color and meaning

Color works as a metaphor and carries symbolic connotations. Think of all the times you’ve gone through color motifs in literature class or heard praise of a particular way in which a movie director constructed a color palette in their film.

 

Having said that, it’s worth noting that context matters. Different cultures think of certain colors in different ways, and individual memories and emotions also factor into interpretations. However, color psychology helps us understand the common ways in which color is interpreted and associated, as well as the type of feelings it can convey to the observer.

 

For instance, green is typically associated with nature and connotes feelings of growth and harmony. Notably, it is used by businesses that wish to establish an eco-friendly or ethical approach, and many food companies use it to help associate their product with healthy foods.

 

Black connotes elegance and authority, which is why brands such as Jaguar, Mont Blanc, and Yves Saint Laurent utilize it in their logos and general design strategies. Another common choice for businesses wishing to convey a sense of elegance and polish is white. White is more approachable, yet still associated with perfection, which helps brands such as Apple set themselves apart without alienating market segments.        

 

It’s good to keep in mind that although differences in preference between genders are not stark, men tend to prefer bolder colors and shades, while women tend to prefer soft colors and tints. Still, sky blue and green are most liked by both women and men, which makes them good options for unisex brands, in the markets where this makes sense.

 

Brand recognition and storytelling

Up until now, we discussed color and its meaning, with examples drawn mainly from logo designs. However, there is much more to it than this. As mentioned earlier, color accounts for up to 80% of a business’s brand recognition.

 

Brands rely on specific colors to establish their identity and ensure quick recognition by potential customers. For example, Facebook is blue, Netflix is red, and McDonald’s plays with a combination of red and yellow. The repeated use of certain colors in a strategic way establishes a connection between the color and a brand. Think of it this way: wouldn’t Facebook’s page look odd if its interface was a different color?

 

Many up and coming brands are testing impact and recognition factors by alternating the color they use in their ads and choosing the most effective one. Research indicates that the effectiveness of color in branding depends on how appropriate it is for the product being sold; in other words, whether the color used in the branding thematically “fits” the brand. Thus, it is key to think of a brand’s story and overall message, before choosing a color scheme to represent it. Heinz, for example, decided to change their scheme from red to green and experienced the largest sales increase in their history.

 

When utilized correctly, colors can be a powerful profit driving tool. Consumers are more likely to choose an easily recognizable brand, which means that increasing and improving a business’s presence through strategies mentioned above can lead to gaining loyal customers.

 

Final thoughts

In an increasingly competitive environment, businesses ranging from small corner shops to huge multinational corporations would be wise to dig deep into their chest of branding tools and use everything to their advantage. Color can act as one such successful tool for brands attempting to set themselves apart, increase the intensity of their brand message, or simply wishing to establish themselves as a recognized brand. Smart use of color is the way to go.

 

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How to price your work as a freelancer


We all start being freelancers thinking it's going to make our lives easier - we would put an end to underpaid work, we can manage our own time and best of all - do only the projects we love. If you are reading this, then you know that it's not all that perfect.

Sure, we get to choose the clients and learn something with every new project, but there is still a certain uncertainty when pricing our work, how do we do it right? There is a lot to consider, for sure. Of course that you wouldn't want to charge as much for the projects you really enjoyed and supported, for those you are doing for a friend and delivering work for a non-profit or charity.

Things to consider when pricing your work are the details of the project - what is required from you to do? Also, you would want to adapt the price to the scale of the company that is hiring you, as well as the number of revisions you will do.

First thing you need to do right is your project proposal. When writing your project proposal you want to make sure you are scheduling the deadline you can meet, offer all the details of what content you will provide and do not undercharge your work! For the amount of working hours, you need to charge adequately; otherwise you are risking a failure of the project you cannot dedicate to.

When pricing your work for a client, bear in mind that you are not offering just your time, but also all the experience and skills - a lifetime of learning and dedication to your clients needs. If a client suggests that you are too expensive, you need to be confident about the uniqueness of your offer - know what it is that will make the client happy, that you can offer and no one else on the market can? Why are you the obvious choice if someone wants to invest in their brand and the future of the company? Feel free to use all the work you ever did to prove your worth - content clients, good reviews, portfolio of chosen projects you are proud of and a clear vision of how will the work you do help this clients business for years to come.

Often, when you look for advice of how to price your work, you come across many equations of how other freelancers figured it out for themselves. In simple terms, though, this comes down on how to break even by doing what you do. This mind frame can help you choose projects according to your realistic needs, be paid well enough to live the lifestyle you want and invest in your future.

 

 

Make a clear calculation of your monthly expenses (rent, food, bills, etc), have a number of how much do you have to make per month in order to survive. Many freelancers rush into underpaid projects which take them too much time, without thinking of how they will cover their life expenses at the end of the month.

Second important number to this equation is the amount of hours you can/want to work per day. Decide for yourself what is the perfect amount of work every day - whether you will work four hours before and four after lunch; whether you will or will not work on weekends - make a clear schedule for your perfect daily balance.

I met designers who work best at night. Their whole wage was centered on how many nights a project will take them, and thus their lives adapted to their working mode. Everyone has their own rhythm, which is why 9 to 5 working hours are not your first choice. Best part of being a freelancer is being able to adapt your work style to your biorhythm.

 

 

When you have the numbers stating how much you spend per month and how many hours you will work per month, you can make a calculation of how much money you need to make per hour. Use this number as a referral, as a minimum of all minimums you should charge per hour. With this in mind, you need to take care of your monthly savings, think of things such as health insurance, retirement savings and other grown-up to-do's.

In addition to this number, you should be realistic oh how much you are worth and what is the optimum of how much you want to be paid in ideal circumstances. This will help you work for more expensive projects and save money for a holiday, renovating the apartment, joining the gym and other activities and joys which differentiate your life from surviving.

A friendly advice for your yearly budget is to consider how much you want to invest in improving your skills and better equipment for your work. Remember - the best job is the one where you get to learn every day and grow both on personal and professional level.

 

About the author:

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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Top 5 software to prototype amazing UI/UX


When communicating with clients, quality representation of our idea is very important. Client wants to see what your vision is, to have a clear picture of how it meets the demands of the market, and how it interacts with the users.

When choosing the right software to develop your prototype, you should consider which characteristics and features are essential to your work, which software can you easily adapt to and what fits your design process best.

A factor in choosing the right software is also your team, or better say if you are working within a team, as you would then require a software which you can share between yourselves. You would also need a program compatible with other design tools you already use, to avoid having to download loads of side programs for UI design.

Let's take a look at five best tools on the market in 2018:

 

Sketch

 

For those of you who are already used to Photoshop or Illustrator, Sketch is something you would easily adapt to. It is based on vectors, which ease the whole process of design, it is very intuitive and the simplicity of it helps you develop an interface super quickly.

One of its most popular features is nested symbols - the ability to add very simply pre-designed buttons, bubbles, widgets and even some more complex mechanisms. Great feature you can find useful is the ability to export your design into code, which enables easy implementation into, for example, web design.

 

 

Sketch is only available for Mac, comes with a free trial, and its full version can be purchased for $99.

 

InVision

 

A tool which integrates with Sketch, InVision is dominating the UI/UX market without any doubt. The greatest benefit coming from this amazing software is it's support to team work - within the program itself you can coordinate your project, manage tasks, follow the development and keep notes for the rest of your team.

 

 

This program is compatible with many other useful tools for project management, such as Trello, Slack and Dropbox. InVision will make your offer to the client way more impressive with the ability to offer guided tours, bringing them a presentation that will blow their minds away. Among companies which had their UI/UX prototypes developed using this tool are Twitter, LinkedIn and Uber, which gives us an excellent review of this software.

It is compatible for Mac and Windows users, it is free for one project, and price varies from $15 to $99 per month, depending on your needs.

 

Balsamiq

 

Balsamiq offers one of the easiest ways to create a mockup, dropping the elements on the board and moving them around. Everyone can master in using this amazing program. It is very useful for rough sketching of prototypes for fast delivery of your idea to the client.

 

 

It comes with a big library of elements (icons, images), enabling you to do a simple wireframe. This is not the program you would use to develop a complex prototype for an app, it is rather intended for static wireframes and for relatively new designers in the world of prototyping.

Available for Mac and Windows, comes with a 30-days free trial and the cost of the license is $89.

 

Origami

 

Developed by Facebook, this software offers you a possibility to easily design and test your idea. It allows you to import your designs from Photoshop and Sketch, where you can adapt them and make them animated and interactive.

Origami also enables you to export the elements of your prototype, send them to engineers and come step closer to your product. It is recommended when you are working with a contemporary interface and developing a modern and innovative idea.

By using an app Origami Live, you can explore your work directly on your devices in real time.

This program is also reserved for Mac users, while it is absolutely free to use.

 

Webflow

 

Webflow seems to have dominated the market as the most functional software for building the websites ever. The idea behind this incredible tool is for a designer to be able to construct a website without having to write the code.

Webflow operates similar to Photoshop, although it offers you the possibility to edit the code as well. It is great for web animation, interactive design and responsive web designs, and it also integrates Google Fonts. The final product of your work can be exported in HTML, CSS or JavaScript, but some might recommend getting the hosting with Webflow, as it is one of the fastest technologies on the market.

It is compatible with Windows and Mac, free for two projects, and from $16 to $35 per month for more projects.

 

 

If none of these top 5 programs work for you, some of our honorable mentions you can try are Framer, Adobe XD, Justinmind, Fluid UI, Axure, Principle, Atomic and Proto.io.

Explore these options for unlimited creativity in prototyping your design!

 

About the author:

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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How to shop for the dress which fits your body shape


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Being a woman has extraordinary benefits, although it often comes with an eternal dilemma of whether this is the right look for me, what colour make up matches my eyes, am I too fat for this dress and does my ass look big in this. In the world of design, we dedicate special attention to the shape of things, so why not make your own body a subject of interest and inspiration?

 

Fashion design is a well full of incredible insights about visual components of our lives, the world where clothing comes with its own philosophy. The key to save time on shopping and spend more time enjoying a spa treatment or working without pressure is to acknowledge and embrace all of your body curves.

 

Look at yourself in the mirror, explore the lines of your body and let the sexiness of it overwhelm you with confidence, creativity and inspiration. Discover more about your body type by asking yourself the following questions:

 

  1. Are my shoulders or bust broader than my overall body?

 

If so, then the suitable dress for you would be the one matching an inverted triangle body shape, where your upper body is broader than the lower part of the body.

 

The key for creating a balanced, hourglass body shape, is to wear an off-shoulder or v-neck dresses style, to draw attention to the hip section of the body.

 

Perfect choice for your would be A-line, Asymmetrical, Empire or carefully places details to the lower part of the dress, which helps the visual balance of your body curves.

 

  1. Are my hips or waistline broader than my bust?

 

If this is the case with you, then we are looking for a triangle or pear body shape styles, and dresses which fit this body type. To achieve the same hourglass figure, the attention should be brought from your hips to your upper busts area.

 

The suggested dress styles for you would be scoop neck, cold-shoulder or off-the-shoulder styles. It is also recommended that with these dresses you pick the neckline accessories, or that the dress had designed details on the upper part, to drag the attention up from your hips.

 

  1. Are my body curves distinctive, proportionately distributed?

 

If not, then your body doesn't have a clearly defined waistline, and your body type is either an oval apple or a straight banana body shape. The perfect dress you should wear creates the illusion of a defined waistline and achieves the hourglass effect.

 

Dresses you should pick are designed with belted or fitted waist, preferably A-line dress or Sheath dress.

 

Ready for your best online shopping experience ever?

 

Now that you know more about your body type, it's time to find that perfect dress! When shopping online, we have to pay special attention to the size chart. You should bare in mind that different brands and different stores have their own specific fitting size chart, which you should study carefully instead of shopping carelessly.

 

When shopping online, shop with a reputable online fashion boutique, such as Le Contour, place where you can find stunning dresses by emerging fashion designers. They offer a variety of clothing you can wear for both formal and non-formal occasions, dresses with a soul and of innovative designs.

 

Shop for the dresses you will love, the dresses that suit you, the dresses you will wear and not exhibit in your closet. Wear the dresses that describe you, highlight your personality, turn heads when you walk down the street.

 

Shop with Le Contour - fashion boutique with free worldwide delivery from Singapore. Discover more about them a reputable online fashion boutique, on Facebook or Instagram.

 

 

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August and September edition: Colours we love to love


August and September's choices were quite unpredictable. We chose the colors that made us happy, reminded us of food, and matched our overall mood of the day.

We chose the best palette ever made on the platform and the best palette of all times made by a Colourlover.

We asked you to help us choose the best palettes on our Twitter channel, and you helped out. Thank you for being so collaborative and expressed your opinion Colourlovers! Let's review the questions that we asked and see the winning palettes again.

  • Which was the best #lace inspired palette?
  • Which was the best #volcano inspired palette?
  • Which was the best #moon inspired palette?
  • Which was the best #castle inspired palette?
  • Which was the best #heart inspired palette?
  • Which was the best palette of all times on COLOURlovers?
  • Which was the best #makeup inspired palette?
  • Which was the palette of the day (13/9/2018)?
  • Which was the best ever of @sparrowandcompass' palettes?
  • Which was the palette that made us #happy?
  • Which was the palette of the day (24/9/2018)?
  • Which was the best #pancake palette?
  • Which was the best #pumpkin palette?

 

AUGUST

 

1. The best lace: Laces in Powder

https://t.co/CEt3O0mDDn

 

2. Best volcano palette: Eruption

https://t.co/20cdhnV87L

 

3. Best moon inspired palette: Luna Rosa Love

https://bit.ly/2MoGq1r

 

4. Best castle palette: CASTLE *

https://t.co/nw06uQyXEp

 

SEPTEMBER

 

1. Best heart palette: With All My Heart

https://bit.ly/2Ca5Nzt

 

2. Best of the best: Giant Goldfish

https://bit.ly/18BoiTc

 

3. Best makeup palette: makeup galore RC

https://bit.ly/2x2KKJd

 

4. The palette of the day (13/9/2018): it's better with you

https://bit.ly/2MtuHK3

 

5. Best @sparrowandcompass palette: {rose//gold}

https://bit.ly/2D1mNrX

 

6. The palette that made you happy: Happy Day !

https://bit.ly/2JAkCel

 

7. The palette of the day (24/9/2018): mumble.

https://bit.ly/2MXRfCU

 

8. The best pancake palette: Raspberry Pancake

https://bit.ly/2QeYqsP

 

9. The best pumpkin palette: pumpkin attack

 

So, Colourlovers, what do you think about the palettes? Do you see any pattern? :D
Share which one is your favorite. We can't wait to hear from you!

 

About the author:

Ana Maksimovic is the community manager and editor at Colorlovers. She is a part-time traveler and part-time web and graphic designer working with sustainable brands. She is passionate about photography and nature -  a never-ending source of inspiration.

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5 Best Free Graphic Design Software Companies


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In this day and age, graphic design plays a very critical role in the success of a business, or lack thereof. Top-tier graphic design matters because it sends a message to customers, clients, and other individuals who could be of use to the enterprise. Moreover, graphic design sends a message about the brand itself.

 

There are a variety of psychological components associated with graphic design; these components can determine outside perception and much more. For these reasons, an awareness of the best and most up-to-date graphic design software is absolutely imperative.

 

Likewise, minimizing costs and fees are also vital practices to ensure the longevity of a business. Thankfully, with the use of high-quality and free graphic design software, businesses can thrive and take their endeavors to the next level.

 

Gravit Designer

As the name suggests, Gravit Designer is a design application which is effective and relatively easy to use. This particular software comes with various tools which are designed to craft high-quality imagery, tech engines, path graphs, blending fills, and more. Gravir Designer also comes with a Cloud service, thus permitting users to access the software regardless of their present location. There are no fees associated with Gravit Designer and the software can be used on ChromeOS, Mac OS, Linux, Windows, and Browser.

 

Krita

Krita is one of the best, free graphic design programs and primarily focuses on painting, animation, and editing. The software also comes with advanced drawing templates and aids; comic book artists are most likely to love and make the most of this design. Krita was furthermore created by artists for artists; this is readily apparent, given the features which Krita offers. Any business which requires high-quality graphic design or illustration will absolutely benefit from all that this particular software has to offer.

 

GIMP

Businesses which require the use of graphic design for imagery will become big fans of GIMP. This software is not only regularly updated and readily expandable, but it also comes with a variety of tools which users can customize in order to suit their preferences. Businesses can furthermore expand GIMP by using the proper plugins depending upon the device which they are operating on. This software also comes with next level layers, brushes, masks, and filters. Photo editors and graphic designers are guaranteed to have a ball with this software.

 

Blender

Blender is the ideal, free tool for graphic designers who are working to create 3-dimensional content. This software not only comes with a modest learning curve but also a supportable format and features which are easy to customize. While Blender’s interface may initially come off as daunting, it merely takes some getting used to. Individuals who opt to use Blender are presented with a plethora of options to simplify the experience and make the software work for them. Blender furthermore works well with rigging, modeling, animating, and rendering content. Blender users frequently employ the software during the creation of feature films, mini-films, and television shows.

 

Canva

Similarly to the preceding graphic design software, Canva is free of charge and ideal for the right individuals and businesses. This particular software specializes in allowing its users to communicate messages and share ideas. Canva allows for the creation of infographics, email headers, presentations, and more. The software furthermore comes along with a variety of images and vectors; individuals and businesses have the option of using these features or inserting their own forms of media. Canva users will also be delighted to discover myriad fonts, image icons, and photograph fillers.

 

A Final Word

Regardless of which graphic design software one chooses, understanding its importance in the world of business is absolutely paramount. In a nutshell, graphic design is a form of professional marketing. In many scenarios, graphic design has the power to determine whether or not a brand or enterprise succeeds or fails. The manner in which a business presents itself also speaks volumes and sends a general message of who they are and what they’re all about.  This software is great for smaller design projects but if you want to print large graphics like Styrene printing, you will need professional software.

 

While the top-tier graphic design will always matter in business, adhering to an appropriate budget, especially in the beginning phases, is equally as critical. Enterprises which fail to live within their financial means will not last for very long. Thankfully, each and every one of the above graphic design software programs are completely free of charge. Contrary to popular belief, businesses do not have to break the bank or go into debt as they engage in marketing. Free graphic design tools work just as effectively as their costlier counterparts, if not more so!

 

Happy designing!

Brandon Stapper is the Chief Executive Officer of Nonstop Signs & Print, a Los Angeles Printing Company.  At 20 years old, with no formal education and only a few hundred dollars, Stapper turned a $400 custom decal machine in a garage into a printing powerhouse. Nonstop Signs & Graphics has made the Forbes Fastest Growing Companies Award 4 years in a row and services 10,000 clients yearly.

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Stefan Saigmeister - The happy designer


If this is the first time you hear about Stefan, it is our pleasure to introduce you to this genius designer, artist, storyteller and your future work guru. Sagmeister is a New-York based artist and co-founder of the Sagmeister & Walsh creative agency in New York City.

 

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Stefan's life dream was to combine two of his passions - music and design. This led him to a journey of working on projects for Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, Jay Z and many other big names in the music industry. His designs of album covers are poetically responding to the music, his sensibility has made this work extraordinary, and his clients ultimately satisfied. He is a true example of a passionate artist who sees design as much more than his career and profession.

 

In fact, what is even more interesting than his work - is his work philosophy, the way he unlocks creativity and keeps his passion for design alive. As a Ted Talk speaker, he brings us his working model and tells us what truly inspires him in talks "Happiness by design", "Things I've learned in my life so far", "The power of time off" and "7 rules for making more happiness”.

 

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In his talks, he reveals his point of view on how happiness is significantly different from the visualization of happiness, how the feeling of joy is connected to design and how design of objects can give us pleasure. If we look at things we enjoy the most, design and function of objects we use has an important role in how much we enjoy a certain activity. Visual happiness has been used lately in a cynical way, as showing happiness and awaking the experience of happiness are two completely different acts.

 

Saigmeister explores the relationship between design and happiness, and while learning new tools, ideas, techniques and inspiring quotes, he creates graphic design art pieces to give credits to these truths about him - sentences like "Money does not make me happy", "Worrying solves nothing", "Having guts always works out for me". He is presenting, from his own example, how the true inspiration for his work lies in his life experiences and the inner thoughts about life itself. These art pieces were created for clients, and while searching for inspiration to answer a task in his profession, he discovered that the answer was already hiding in his diaries and these ideas were waiting to be explored and turned into art and design.

 

His work is focused on record labels, but also magazines, culture facilities, while his collective of designers also exhibits their work in galleries, public spaces, projected videos in art spaces. His statement "Having a diary supports personal development" came out as something he's concluded about himself, and eventually it was presented to the world as an amazing combination of tools explored to create a film and animation, with purpose to share this idea. These statements sometimes end up on billboards, such as "Complaining is silly. Either act or forget." which was placed on a rooftop of their gallery in New York, and for the materials they choose to work with newsprint and stencils on the newsprint. As the sun was changing the color of the newsprint to yellow, they removed the stencil and shipped the print to Lisbon where they placed this work on a billboard. Three weeks later, the sunlight faded the sentence and the billboard turned to yellow completely.

 

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He is also an intriguing individual who created a documentary film about seeking his own happiness and fulfillment, titled "The happy designer". For this film they used natural elements in Bali, bananas, trees, animals and tree climbing, which made the design elements of the film much more interesting and different than everything you've seen so far. Behind this film lies a lot of research around the topic, which shows how much people's happiness depends on social interactions with other people and their loved ones.

 

The highlight of his work and philosophy is, without any doubt, the policy to take time off work for the entire year, every eight years. His studio shuts down for the year, while they experiment, relax, develop a creative lab of just letting their imagination grow and create stunning designs. He seeks this inspiration in nature, just as his film was created during his time off at Bali, and during this period they also built furniture for the studio, inspired by the wild nature as well as the culture and craft practices of Bali.

 

He claims that his sabbaticals are of high importance for his creative work, that taking time off unlocked the creative potential and enabled the time to meditate, read, explore, play and gather inspiration for the next eight years to follow. His book "Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far" is published and can be purchased online.

 

About the author

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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Innovations in design inspired by Tinder


One of the most famous dating app in the world, Tinder, has found a way to match over 20 million people per year. The app developers constructed and improved the design of this app to try and recreate the real-life experience on your mobile phone. Their aim was to make it as simple as possible, following user experience progress and implementing only the features users would love.

But in this article, it is not our topic to discuss Tinder; instead, we would like to take a look at what had Tinder inspired in the world of design and how has it contributed to playfulness and creativity of designers and other app developers.

Last week we shared with you some useful tools for typography online. One of the interesting apps that's left unmentioned is Font Flame - Tinder for font matching. By using this app, you are looking at different font combinations and you are using the swipe concept to generate which combinations you loved and which ones you will avoid using. It is still an early prototype, yet it solves one common problem for designers, and these "matches" between fonts are inspired by the Tinder app.

While talking about the swipe concept, let's see some ideas on Dribble from designers all over the world, and see what are their ideas inspired by this swiping for yes/no concept. In 2016, these ideas were extremely trending. For example, Berkay came up with an app that helps you choose the right product you want, based on your preferences :


https://bit.ly/2OCyu9X

 

Alex van Zijl brainstormed and shared his ideas about Movie Swiper, or how to use the swiping concept to choose the right movie for you

 


https://bit.ly/2Nua5Xy

 

Madalin also shared on Dribble an idea about how cool he thinks it would be to develop a Tinder for social events, such as Conferences. He added really nice design and used the networking concept of such social events to develop an actual web through which you are exploring your colleagues. He would also allow more details in the profile, as well as tags of interests to make the search more efficient.

 

https://bit.ly/2xBKUaW

 

The concept of Tinder, as well as speed dating, is often used as a warm-up on Congresses, Conferences, and Training all over the globe. Not to mention the Late Late Live Tinder and similar spin-offs this app has brought to the media.

We hope we inspired you to think about using an old style for a new idea, create a new original concept and kick-start your product. For the end, we would like to also mention nasserui and his new experiment on how he would change the style of Tinder (it also comes with some special effects every time you swipe left or right)

 

https://bit.ly/2NYDo3R

 

Some of these ideas might come really handy, don't you think?

 

About the author

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

 

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Creative email marketing


If you are running a design company, or you are a freelancer company yourself, you surely have realized that you spend so much time on your email every day. Email communication is a very important part of professional life; it helps build a relationship with a client and maintaining that relationship.

 

 

Social media is knowledgeably important for your marketing strategy, it reaches your audience and enables a personal contact with your target group. Although, researches have shown that marketing via email has been much more effective in design, as email helps you build trust from the very beginning of your communication with the client.

Aside from being the most effective, it is also not taking almost any of your resources. You don't need much money for this kind of marketing! And the greatest benefit, for sure, is the opportunity to personalize your messages and really connect with the potential customers.

To make your email marketing strategy effective, your emails should have a call to action - invite people to open your website, purchase a service, place an order. Most useful ways to reach your audience via email and get an interaction with them is via newsletter and email surveys.

There are various online tools which help us bring our email strategy to life, such as Mail Chimp for example. Aside from making the creation of newsletters super easy, Mail Chimp also offers strong support for keeping track of the results of your marketing. Another familiar tool on the market is for sure Survey Monkey, easy and free software which helps you send out your surveys for your market research.

 

 

A new fish in the sea of email marketing, which we would love to share with you, is Survey Anyplace. Survey Anyplace is not just another survey creator. Survey Anyplace is for those who want to try something different, exciting and creative.

Surveys are important for your business to get a feedback and analyze your market - know how to improve your job. Surveys are necessary for you, but can also be a little too much for your audience and tiring at times. The Survey Anyplace knows this, which is why they are offering a much more interesting and fun way to communicate. What COLOURlovers would be happy to hear is that this app has some freaking cool design features; you can completely customize everything and fit it to your brand.

Their other features, such as new quality questions, incentive widgets, opportunities to create a quiz, possibility to integrate your social networks and share the management between your team, are some of the reasons why this new app got real popular real quick. We recommend you to check it out and give email marketing another chance to be a fun and playful way to keep your customers happy and coming back!

 

About the author

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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