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You should always strive for designs that move the borders. In our century, there is always room for being innovative, creative and awesome. Don't be afraid to take advantage of the technological progress, embrace and become a part of the digital revolution. Offer something new, something different and something astonishing.
Good design is appealing, but great design is giving a useful product. This is what makes the product sell, and this is what we have to be focusing on at all times. Remember that functionality beats visual appearance, and think practically.
Aesthetics is an important aspect of the features of a great design. We are, after all, visual beings, but bare in mind that aesthetics depends on all the other features - execute the project right from start to finish, and beauty will follow.
Make it clear, understandable for everyone. You are not creating metaphors, you are creating products, which exist on the market to be bought. Make sure everyone knows what it represents.
Be true to the value the product is providing. Honesty to the customers is the most important aspect, be ethical, be fair, be correct to your audience.
Good design is not supposed to be the central aspect of the room. It is supposed to serve its purpose, and be comfortable for the users - inspire them, relax them, or give them a piece of information. Keep it neutral, unobtrusive, and enjoyable.
Amazing designs are timeless, and they never go out of fashion. This is because they don't follow the fashion, they are being universal, practical, simple, and will never have an antique buzz. Create the designs that last, by appearance and quality, and you will master over every change in the trends and demands.
Develop your design step by step, carefully, thoroughly, with special attention to every last detail. Nothing is too small to be given attention to, nothing so arbitrary and nothing left to destiny. Accuracy and care are essential qualities to approach the design process, showing the consumers how much you respect their needs and that you have thought of everything. Nothing is ever given to chance with you.
Remember where we live and what is happening to our planet. To create a design to last and be the best is to create a design that is environment-friendly, reflects on the actual challenges and benefits the world. Keep in mind to not contribute to the pollution, and conserve the resources in the life cycle of the product.
The best design is very little design - or even as little as possible in the given circumstances. Minimalism has been dictating good designs for decades, and it will never go out of style. Simplify, but deliver a better output, keep every essential feature, and do not exaggerate in any way. Best designs are pure, simple, precise and exact.
Always have greatness as your goal, and develop your designs and your brand to become a unique pioneer on the market, able to encounter any challenge and derive the best out of your clients. Work with passion, dedication, care - and results will follow.
Author: Nina Petrov
Whether you are learning, being inspired or just keeping up with the current trends, YouTube has become a powerful tool for receiving information. Enjoy our picks of YouTube channels made especially for the graphic designer audience.
This channel gives you Photoshop and Illustrator design tutorials, delivered by the designer Chris Spooner, who shares his hacks and tricks in using these programs.
Asm shares three videos per week, with useful tips about photography and graphic design, which are his areas of expertise.
These guys are delivering talks about creative entrepreneurship and all of its pros and cons, giving your feed a creative feed on your home page. Look them up.
As a freelance graphic designer, specialized in logo design, Mohamed shares his work with you, the process of visual branding and some handy tutorials.
Daniel White loves to talk, and is very good at keeping your attention. This YouTube channel is developed in a form of a podcast, and it gives you Daniels personal insights that help you develop your skills.
Cute accent that covers a variety of topics - from graphic design tutorials, through different techniques, illustrations, logo design, all the way to product design. Find inspiration, learn more about Photoshop and Illustrator, and boost your creative potential.
Zimri makes designs. And stuff. He shares with his audience every day, approaching in a fun and casual manner, and translates love towards design in his visual work. A peek into his projects and his experience with Adobe Illustrator.
Arun Kumar does all kinds of designs, but what is new with him is how he uses Cinema 4D and after effects to create animated logo designs. About twice a week you can see tutorials and participate in his work.
A channel dedicated to inspiring is also a perfect place to learn. Not only about Photoshop and Illustrator, but also about a challenging but lovely InDesign.
Ilya Dji shares his work with the community. He is also giving out free tutorials about graphic design, motion design, film making, VFX, and many more.
What do you think about our selection? What are your preferred channels? Do you have a channel of your own, that you would like us to share? Tell us in the comments below.
Author: Nina Petrov
Did you know that over 25% of all internet users only surf from their mobile devices? New generations are living turbulently, they want all access right away, and if your website is not giving them easy scroll through your content, they won't bother with looking you up later.
To emerge in a crowded market, give your users the pleasure of exploring your product under their thumbs. Create a website that is effectively optimized to fit all devices. Responsive websites are designed to provide the best user experience for all screen sizes and types.
Responsive websites enable their users to read, orient and navigate with minimum resizing, scrolling and panning. They have the ability to respond to the movements of the device and adapt to whatever screen without compromising site functionality or aesthetics.
The responsive site reads the browser information about the width of the user's screen and based on that it shows different views on different devices. The essence is to use a single code, one URL, and one development for multiple devices. Responsive designs have breaking points when presented on your mobile devices, because they use flexible, proportionate grids and images, adapting the layout of the website to the viewing environment.
If you own an unresponsive website, chances are it was built before 2014, and it is well outdated. Smartphone users check their devices over 150 times a day, and social media click bates are fishing people from their mobile devices much easier than from their desktops. Moreover, 69% of all tablet users are shopping via their tablets every month. Having a responsive web design will save you money and offer better performance, and improve SEO from your website traffic.
Google advises all web designers to be up-to-date with the industry requirements, use the same HTML for all devices and only use CSS media queries to determine to render on each device.
Be available to your users, at all times, and conquer the competitive market, fast and furious.
Author: Nina Petrov
As freelancers, you encounter a variety of clients on a daily basis. Some of them you get along with from the beginning, others not so much. One of many issues can be meeting potential clients who aren't willing to pay as much for your services. In that case, you have several ways of dealing with them.
First of all, you can try and explain why are you a total bad-ass in your job. Elaborate on how cheaper alternatives won't achieve the same quality, and exactly what makes the difference in your pricing - which tools do you use, what kind of output do you provide. When you compare your work to other designers, insist on the best value your client is paying for.
Acknowledging the costs of your services is good, especially if you are confident in your qualifications, and you can back it with the results you have achieved.
If this option seems too risky, and you want that client, you can reply with giving another offer. They are willing to pay something, so tell them what can they get for a smaller price. Later on, they can upgrade your service and have a pretty and shiny product you can deliver.
Showing your character and confidence in your quality is convincing in communication with your client. When negotiating, you are not backing off from your pricing, but are offering another solution, which lets the client know you care about your professional relationships.
Some clients are just not able to afford your pricing. Perhaps they are a start-up and have fewer funds than already established companies. If so, they might be able to work with you in the future. This is why it could be good to ask them what their budget is and make a deal from there. The tone of your response should leave those doors open so that they can come back to you in the future.
While dealing with these types of clients, bear in mind that some of them are just cheap. There are people who will always choose to save some money over achieving greatness in quality. The only reason why they are asking for less is that we let them - the market is full of people who are underpaid in underdeveloped countries. However, if you are driven by your passion for your work, you have the right to produce amazing content and charge what it is worth. You will always find clients who recognize, respect and are willing to pay that.
Author: Nina Petrov
Your website has grown to the point where you know you need to separate pages into categories and subcategories. A mega menu is a perfect solution for a larger business to business (B2B) website. You can showcase the various areas without taking up too much real estate on your landing page.
In a recent survey, 94 percent of consumers said that if a website wasn't easy to navigate, they would leave that site and go to another. People have very limited time these days between work, raising a family and personal pursuits. Anything you can do to improve and speed up the experience on your website benefits your conversion rates.
Once you decide on a mega menu, knowing how to create it is the next step. Here are five different ways of designing an expandable menu for your website and a few examples of how other brands created theirs.
A mega menu is only useful if users can easily find the expanded menu. There are a couple of ways to activate your mega menu, including clicking on a tab at the top of the page or simply hovering over it. Keep in mind that users expect your navigation structure to be near the top of the page, so your mega menu activators should also appear near the top of the page.
One method is adding a navigation bar showing the main categories on your site. If anyone hovers or clicks on one of those buttons, the mega menu expands and appears.
DBS Interactive features a mega menu on their website. Users can choose from Capabilities, Clients or a view of their Portfolio. If you hover over Capabilities, a drop-down menu appears. Pause on the tab long enough and it takes you to the page with full information on the services they offer to business clients.
Don't try to get too cutesy with the wording of your categories. Have you ever visited a site with a theme, but the pages had such strange names that you didn't know what they were for? Instead, stick with basic wording such as "Shop" or "About Us."
If you're unsure what words to use, check out the searches people do while on your home page. What are the words they hunt for? Also, check out the wording on other popular sites. The words people are used to seeing in navigation bars on sites such as Walmart.com or Amazon.com are good choices for you as well because they're already familiar.
Think CTAs are only for the bottom of your page? Think again. Expandable menus are the perfect location for a CTA. Your customer has already taken one action, so asking them to take the next step makes perfect sense.
McCall Handling places a call to action so users can "Get More Info" right in their mega menu. Click on the category "Warehouse Solutions" and you'll see choices for subcategories such as overhead doors, dock levelers and vehicle restraints. You'll also see a bold CTA button calling the user to find out more about what they have to offer.
One of the great things about a mega menu is that you have a much larger space to work with than if you used only tabs on a navigation bar. As the menu expands across the screen, you now have an opportunity to add directional cues like arrows or category indicators such as icons.
Imagine an "About Us" category, for example, that drops down into an expanded menu and features an email with a letter icon, a phone number with a telephone icon, and a physical address as well as links to more information about your brand's history.
You can move a user through your site simply by giving them arrows as directional cues on where to head next. In a fast-paced world, this may make the difference between the buyer completing the journey on your site or bouncing away. Fellow business owners are just as busy as you are, so pay attention to the steps that get them from Point A to Point B the quickest and show them how to move there.
Designers sometimes make the mistake of creating for a larger screen and forget about the many people accessing the internet via mobile devices. The most recent stats show that 52.2 percent of all Internet traffic is mobile. If your site isn't optimized for mobile, you're missing out on about half of your potential traffic. However, you also must consider how a mega menu looks on smaller screen sizes and if your expanded menu accounts for variables such as the device being used.
Fortunately, creating a responsive site isn't hard. The mega menu may look different for mobile, but it should have text and buttons large enough for a human finger to press and navigate through. Test out all aspects of your menu for smartphones and see how it looks.
BuySwings.com is a website catering to organizations and businesses with playground equipment. They sell items such as seats and accessories. Their mobile site adapts perfectly for the user. Instead of showing the different categories in a nav bar, there is an option for "Categories" near the bottom of the screen on your mobile device. Click on the text and a page pops up with the categories of "Swing Seats," "Swing Set Hardware," "Accessories" and "Slides," or you have the option to shop by brand.
If your site has multiple categories that don't fit easily onto a single line, it may be time for an expanded menu. Only you can determine if a mega menu is the right choice for your website. Testing out different options with your target audience is a great first step to figuring out whether this option is best. Either way, you now have the tools and examples to create a mega menu that draws in users and keeps them coming back for more.
Collaborations are a wonderful happening, especially when they occur for a good cause. And when writers and illustrators gather around a child's book, the real magic occurs. Italian authors Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli made themselves well-known with their children's books Good Night Stories and Rebellious Little Girls, so it's not a surprise that their youngest audience got hyped about Rebellious Little Child.
Illustrated by dozens of artists worldwide, this book also teaches us, adults, to keep creating a better world for the generations to come, to overcome our differences and use them as our greatest strength. Rebellious Little Child reminds us of a rebellious little version of us, hidden by the age of commerce, struggle, monetization, and time-consuming unsatisfying jobs. Just as transactional psychotherapy does, this book nurtures the child inside you and gets you moving towards your passions, higher goals, and love.
This book takes children to a whole new dimension, encouraging them to be rebellious and to design a revolution in their own la-la land. A child is inspired to draw and fill in the book while riding a unicorn, or standing upside down, reflecting on things they love, their dreams, fears, things he/she most is proud of.
Distinguished with its unique adorable design, the blanks in the book are to be filled with letters to a child's future self, protest banners for a better world, activism action plans and adventurous travel fantasies.
With over one million copies sold worldwide, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls has become a global movement and a symbol of freedom. The authors Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli return with a hundred new, beautiful stories to inspire girls - and children - to dream without borders: Audrey Hepburn, who ate tulips to survive hunger and then became an unreachable icon of style and an extraordinary philanthropist; Bebe Vio, very strong fencing champion despite a serious illness; J.K. Rowling, who turned failure into a strength and changed the history of literature forever.
Rebellious Little Child presents poetesses, surgeons, astronauts, judges, acrobats, entrepreneurs, vulcanologists: a hundred new adventures, a hundred new portraits to inspire us again and tell us that at any age, age and latitude, it is always worth fighting for equality and proceeding step by step quick towards a more just future.
Unlike the Disney characters we grew up with, imagining that the world will unravel before us, this movement inspires children to take action, demand the world of their own design, strive towards peace, seek, create and take their very own custom-made opportunities.
"Once upon a time ... a princess? Of course not! Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to go to Mars. There was another one that became the strongest tennis player in the world and another one who discovered the metamorphosis of butterflies. From Serena Williams to Malala Yousafzai, from Rita Levi Montalcini to Frida Kahlo, from Margherita Hack to Michelle Obama, 100 women are told in these pages and portrayed by 60 illustrators from all over the world. Scientists, painters, astronauts, weight lifters, musicians, judges, chefs ... examples of courage, determination, and generosity for anyone who wants to make their dreams come true."
Rebellious Little Child is more than a book - it is a story that redefines heroes and achievements. It teaches our children of their right to want more for themselves and to always seek happiness. We live in the age when success needs a new definition, the age when playing is more important than having when we value experiences more than real estate.
Think about everything that makes you happy... And now ask yourself what gives? Let's make the world a funny, playful place to be.
Got inspired for a new, groundbreaking collaboration with your fellow designers and illustrators? Search your partners in crime in the COLOURlovers community!
Photos from the website.
Author: Nina Petrov, ninapetrov.com
Are you organizing a summer wedding in 2019? You are in charge of the decorations, invitations, music, making sure that everything is so special for the most special day in two people's lives?
When organizing something so beautiful, romantic and big, it is utmost important to keep everything toned, not to under or overdo it. This is why you have to know your color choice and balance your palette out. And remember: minimize to optimize!
If you want a classy, elegant, sophisticated wedding - this palette is your perfect choice. These colors will brighten up the room, highlighting the decorations on the tables, and not stealing the spotlight from the bride. Purple and pink are the most romantic colors there ever were, and this soft mix is a safe bet for every woman with a sensitive taste.
We are the next generation. Young, urban, bold. We dare to take more from life and offer our souls in return. This combination might not seem too "weddingy", but the yellow, green and blue will create the most outstanding flower decorations with stones and adorable details, and they will not be cheesy for sure.
A wedding story that this palette is saying is that the happy couple found each other like hidden treasures, and thus will treasure each other for as long as they both shall live. This gentle choice of colors is perfect for outdoor ceremonies and a casual summer party afterward. Who didn't dream about a wedding on a beach?
Use the colors that no-one dares to use, and do it with style. Be different, be amazing, be groundbreaking. Nothing in this palette is warm & red, it's all unique and toned out to a minimal, futuristic design opportunity. Once upon a time, there was no princess, there was this tall, successful woman, who knew what she wanted. And even though she was always different, she carried that uniqueness with maximum style.
We hope these four wedding palette ideas helped you discover which direction you are taking in your planning. Be brave and create your own style, surprise your guests and take their breath away!
How do you feel about our four wedding types? Which one are you? Tell us in the comments below.
Author: Nina Petrov, ninapetrov.com
Now, more than ever, we, humans, are visual beings. Our eyes scroll through thousands of information every day, and we keep being hungry for great visuals to get us inspired, productive, entertained, excited. Right now, telling a perfect story with visual digital tools is the most important part of getting your message across and attracting more people. Every color is a story - what role colors play in this game and how can they help you speak to your audience?
White is known as the Switzerland of colors, neutral and universal. White is the color of virginity and pacifistic state of mind used most often in logos as negative space or text. If you combine it with dark blue, you get the world's most famous logo - Facebook, and when you add red, you get the logo of Pinterest.
Yellow can suggest different things, depending on what you combine it with. It can be cheerful and infantile, sunny, full of light and warmth. It is easy to get attention using this color, and it is the most popular color of the season. Darker versions are shining with credibility in IT or creative industries.
A true foodie color used often in the food industry logo (tasty food, fast deliveries, nice ambiance). Often used as a gradient color between red and yellow, to draw attention and stimulate urgency and alert mode. Just as yellow, orange is playful and warm, emotional color.
Vibrant, strong, dominant and bold, this color gives character to your logo design. Red can be used as a color of heat, danger, alarm, and hostility, but at the same time for love, care, passion, and blood. Whatever aspect of red you are using - it will leave a strong impression. Red is known for raising people's blood pressure and making them hungry. It's most known for its role in Youtube and Mc Donald's logo, combined with white and yellow.
Pink has always been a girly, Barbie, color. It unlocks deep feelings, tenderness, understanding, love, femininity. It also interacts as a color that represents youth, virginity, tidiness, beauty, style, well being. Industries it takes place are beauty, health, and fashion. On top of these applications, pink is a sweet, sugary color, so it is often used to advertise candy or ice cream. For example, it is used in Flickr, in combination with light blue.
This magical color is one of the transeasonal colors we have written about before, which means it is always popular and always a good choice. It is a silver lining between cold features of blue, and all the warmth and heat from red. It's used to describe fancy, royal, sophisticated brands, especially in the industries used by women. Purple is also known for it's mystical and spiritual properties, useful for making people hooked and intrigued. If you like chocolate, it can also be delicious. Yahoo! uses purple combined with white.
Giving a cold shower to your audience is only possible with blue. Blue is your asset for cold and calming stories, showing security, reliability, and professionalism. Also, it is one of the most-loved colors in the world. Used mostly in medical brands, it leaves the impression of success. Just under yellow, blue is the most trendy color of this season. Fun fact: blue pigments are almost impossible to find in nature and synthesize. Used by popular brands such as Skype, Twitter, and 4square, all three in combination with white.
Green is the color of tomorrow! It represents nature, the Earth, rebirth, and healthy human behavior. Used mostly in circle formats, it stands for life and preservation. In other contexts, it can come across as naive, insecure and liable. However, the most common use is for ecology purposes and social responsibility.
Also an Earthy color, grounded, calm and stable, this color is used for furniture companies logos, but also real-estate and commerce. Natural and woody, this color is also well-known for cocoa and it's implications of chocolate and deliciousness. Brown is also warm and close to dark red colors, but dark enough to become neutral, like black.
Very fancy, stylish, and cold, gray is used for frames, thin lines, and backgrounds. Sometimes, dark versions of gray are used in logo design to avoid pitch black. For any color and tone you choose - there is a shade of gray that matches it perfectly! If you need a neutral color, I would always recommend using a shade of gray instead of white or black. Wikipedia highlighted the use of gray in combination with white.
This color is antagonistic, mostly used for its readability on most backgrounds. It is extremely powerful, especially since it's simple and smooth, as well as sophisticated. It is often used in logos, but mostly for shapes and word art, in combination with yellow (IMDB), white (Apple) and green (Starbucks).
I hope you feel better prepared for your logo design and are ready to mix exotic colors up!
Author: Nina Petrov, ninapetrov.com
Know how to say colour in 18 different languages? We do. And this year, it seems the French do too. Trendhim’s Colour Report ranks Europe’s most colourful countries in 2019.
The Top 10 Most Colourful Countries (and how they say “colour”) :
We all know that the French generally put a great effort into the way that they dress, and that they excel in wearing a lot of black and grayscale shades to refine their minimal and modern look. But if you are planning to tour around the Champs-Élysées this summer, and expect to surround yourself in a sea of monochrome, we will save you from the Paris Syndrome; the French are buying more colourful accessories than any other country in Europe this year.
Reflecting on this year’s Paris Fashion Week Men’s, this information is hardly surprising. Between the 18th and 23rd June, the City of Lights transformed into the City of Colours as many vibrantly dressed local and international guests flocked to the streets of Paris to express the strong seasonal vibes of summer.
Off the streets and onto the SS20 runway, models representing French brands such as Louis Vuitton donned a range of colour palettes and patterns inspired by flora tones, including a range of different pink and blue hues. This coincides with Trendhim’s Colour Report; while France is recently one of the highest ranking countries for buying accessories of general colours from the summer palette, they are also notably buying the most pink accessories in Europe.
Our research shows that there’s an uptick in colourful accessories in both Europe and around the globe. Compared to spring 2018, an improvement of 2.21% more multicoloured items have been purchased this year (spring 2019). But while black didn’t factor into our ranking, it’s still the #1 colour choice in Europe. And for good reason – wearing black is an easy way to add contrast to bright accessories and let that one statement piece really take the spotlight. For example, black is a good way to lay the foundation for a vibrant bow tie or lapel pin.
But as black is the #1 ‘colour’ in every country on our list, France taking the top spot for buying colourful accessories means that this year they are consequently buying less black accessories. Colour is the new black; bad news for the Parisian selling black berets.
Whether you’re a top-ranking Frenchman, adept at the art of wearing colours, or an 11th-place-wherever, adding colour to your outfit this summer seems officially the right thing to do. Europe supports you, and so does Trendhim. Time to add ‘couleur’ in your life.
The Colour Report is based on shopping habits in men’s accessories at Trendhim for May 2019. Data was compiled looking at all colours across all accessories with the exclusion of black, white and grey. See the compiled dataset here.
Podcasts are so IN this season! If you didn't get yourself hooked on them yet, let us make a selection of our best picks - podcasts designed for designers, artists, creatives and innovators.
Led by an artist and educator, Emily Jeffords, this podcast is intended to boost your creativity and help your career. Emily talks about her professional life as an artist, the common issues of surviving in the art world, improving your social media, digital tools such as video editors and photo editing apps. She is sharing her movement from a starving artist to a successful creative entrepreneur.
As fruity as it sounds, this podcast finds its audience among artists, creatives and art lovers. Through their experience of color mixing, creative process, mixed media, we are being led by Alice Sheridan and Louise Fletcher, which are using humor and storytelling to open these important topics for COLOURlovers and artists.
A unique podcast that interviews artists who are also mothers, whose guests share personal stories about pursuing their art careers while also being present as parents. Exciting episodes are taking us through questions on commitment, ultimate dream vs reality topics, creating art while breastfeeding, and many more.
The pitch of this podcast is sharing behind-the-scenes stories about art, craft and the creative process. Julie Marriott aims to inspire a new generation of artists and creatives, share meaningful insight into a life of an artist behind the curtains - exploring the process of creating an artwork, collective art-making, artist studio development. You can also find out about the resources you can use and didn't discover yet.
Starring Cynthia Erivo, directed by Dan Blank, this not-a-podcast is bringing something more than just a story. The authors are creating a unique audio experience, and they are riding you through a storyline that is more than an audiobook. The character we are following is a truck driver who picks up a loaded trailer, not knowing what's inside. This drama, mystery, horror, and comedy is a precious 20-minute experience that makes you look forward to the next one but also lets you think in a wider framework - mixed media, storytelling, audio-visual mystique.
Do you like our choice? Get your daily creative vibe with your favorite podcast apps or on your browser.
Author: Nina Petrov