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Topics for 2016 include visual trends, graphic design, strategy, creativity and inspiration; web design, development and seo; email marketing and copywriting; marketing, advertising and social media. If you have a resource you'd like us to consider adding to the list, email it to us or if you're interested in adding a resources module like this to your website, let us know.

 

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Pantone hopes its color of the year will improve our gloomy mood

By Anne Quito

The time has come to put away 2016’s pink and blue. Pantone announced today (Dec. 8), that it has chosen a “tangy yellow-green” shade called “Greenery” as the color of the year for 2017.

The mythic color standards company says it selected the bright, natural color as a counterpoint to the dark malaise caused by the murky political climate around the world. “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone’s color consulting arm. “Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

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Minimalist Color Palettes 2016

See a collection of minimalist posters, devoid of photo manipulated images and instead using very simple ideas. The posters include the hex values for each color used. They're beautiful examples of striking minimalist designs, perfect for inspiration or to hang on your wall.

See the palettes on behance.net

16 Images Inspired by Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year: Rose Quartz & Serenity

This December, Pantone changed up its Color of the Year tradition with not one, but two hues for 2016: Rose Quartz, a sophisticated pale pink, and Serenity, a delicate light blue.

This calming duo is Pantone’s response to the increasing stress of modern life — an encouragement to slow down and soften, but also an acknowledgment of changes in our society. These shades traditionally symbolize masculinity and femininity, but in a changing landscape of traditions and identity, Pantone urges us to find new meaning.

While these shades are most reminiscent of springtime flower buds and sweet sundresses, their combination is reflective of a stunning sunset at any time year. Explore some of our favorite Rose Quartz and Serenity images below, then take a look at our Color of the Year collection to see 75 more.

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See the images at shutterstock.com

10 Best Email Signature Design Case Studies [With Tips On How To Create Your Own]

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They say first impressions are important, but what about last impressions?

If you conduct business via email, your email signature is often one of the final points of communication a consumer has with your service/brand.

A good email signature is simple, informative, professional, and puts the information in the forefront. But, this doesn’t mean your signature has to look dull or boring. There are many ways to get the most out of your email signature, so let’s run over 10 easy tips and look at somebeautiful examples.

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Read the article at designschool.canva.com

Most Brilliant Print Ads

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Break through the advertising clutter with a solid concept and creative design.

We are constantly exposed to advertising in our daily lives, be it online, in print, on billboards or through our television screens. In fact, research suggests we are exposed to, on average, 362 ads per day (not including brand exposures) but only 3 per cent of these will make an impression. That’s just twelve ads a day that actually engage us.

So how do you break through the advertising clutter and make a memorable advertisement for your audience or target market? First come up with a solid conceptand then consider your design. Attention to layout and presentation will help your ad get noticed; but attention to concept and creativity will help your ad be remembered.

Here are fifty print ads that are creatively brilliant. They have a solid concept topped off with great design.

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Read the article at designschool.canva.com

32 Clean Minimalist Personal Websites for Creatives

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Modern minimalism is vastly overrated for the value it adds to a website. When content is centered as the main priority users are free from excess distractions. Granted not everyone likes minimalism because it can be seen as lazy, simplistic, or just boring. But this is not the case!

The best minimalist websites are anything but boring. In this gallery I’ve put together a series of minimalist layouts for personal creatives like writers, designers, and performers. Minimalism is a powerful tool when used appropriately. Graphics and photos have their place but not always higher than content. Take a peek at these examples and see if you can draw any ideas for your own creative work.

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Read the article at webdesignledger.com

20 Bold Color Palettes to Try This Month: August 2015

Color affects us in powerful ways. Whether warm and bright or cold and dark, certain tones can impact the way we perceive the messages that surround us. As visual communicators, many of us love experimenting with new color combinations to see where they take our design concepts. To help you out, we've handpicked 20 bold palettes from the most popular ones uploaded toColourlovers.

The best part? All of these palettes are available for download. Just click on the one/s you like and you’ll be able to grab the swatches in a ton of formats including .ai, .html, .zip, .aco and .ase. You'll also find the HEX and RGB specs for each color so that you can use it in your next web or print design project. For each palette, make sure to read the details of its Creative Commons license.

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Read the article at creativemarket.com

50 Brilliant Billboard Ads That Will Stop You In Your Tracks (And What You Can Learn From Them)

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With digital ads taking over our lives, it’s easy to start questioning how long other forms of advertising are going to last.

Oh, rest assured: billboards are going nowhere. They are alive, well and getting increasingly creative.

Here’s a scenario: you’re cruising on the highway, pretending to be focused on your driving, blasting some nostalgic hits as loud as it gets. It’s going to take some serious interruption to steal your attention. All of a sudden there it is: an irresistible, overwhelmingly cheesy pizza the size of your car. You *suddenly* remember that you are starving. (Are you really?). Next up you’re looking for an exit number, address, website, coordinates…something! You really do need to get your hands on that pizza. Ladies and gentlemen, that’s the magnetic power of a brilliant billboard ad.

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Read the article at designschool.canva.com

Four Examples of Great Interactive Annual Reports

As more companies begin to go beyond print-only and compliment their annual reporting by presenting this information online, one of the first questions that may come up is "How do you make an interactive annual report?"

Many companies—from Facebook to Proctor & Gamble—host their annual reports online in straight-forward, archival pdf format. This direct strategy makes annual reports easy-to-download and simple to search; however, going with the pdf format limits what can be added with ease in the future and many times it doesn't taking advantage of the Web's interactive capabilities.

Some innovative companies incorporate online technologies to create engaging presentations of their annual report content, often creatively using responsive designs and embedding video. This trend is growing. According to Savage Brands, "electronic/online annual report budgets increased 30% over 2010," and "online tracking of [annual] reports has increased 60% between 2008 and 2012; 80% of those that track do so to improve the follow year's budget."

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Read the article at blog.tbhcreative.com

24 pro tips for creating inspirational mood boards

Mood boards can be a great way to convey your design idea, win pitches and get an early sign-off. Follow our expert advice on how to create them.

Here we explore mood boards – what they are, how can they help, and how you make one. When trying to convey a design idea, moods, feelings and fluffy stuff like that are hard to communicate. So professional designers will often use mood boards: a collection of textures, images and text related to a design theme as a reference point.

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Read the article at http://www.creativebloq.com

20 Must-see online portfolios to fuel your portfolio redesign

Hey there – how’s your design portfolio looking these days?

Are you behind on updating it, like me? Excellent! I love not being the only one. Or maybe you’re new to the game and haven’t set one up yet. Either way you’re in luck, because I’ve assembled a little collection of inspirational design portfolios that take a range of approaches to doing their job well.

This collection spans the globe and crosses a wide variety of creative segments and aesthetics. Some make me laugh, some hypnotize me with their beauty and they all make me want to meet the people behind them.

That’s what makes a great design portfolio– it sells your work (and you) in a short amount of time. It’s a magic combination of images, language and attitude.

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Read the article at http://millo.co

5 Striking Trends in Web Typography

By: Patrick McNeil

Web typography is a hot topic that demonstrates how a very old dog can certainly learn some new tricks. While much of the buzz surrounds the technical developments of type online, there are ever changing stylistic trends as well. The technical aspects are indeed important, and at times drive the creative side of things. But as any technology matures, it goes from being a novelty that’s acceptable in almost any form to a more mature state in which its usage grows more sophisticated. Web typography has certainly gone through this change. The initial overuse of certain fonts has led designers to develop more creative type solutions. 

Here I will present and discuss a variety of trends at work in the realm web typography. These are visual trends, presented void of the technology used to make them happen. From the designer’s perspective, each choice is more about what each typeface communicates and less about how the website was built. The creative application of web type is nothing new, but as with any design fundamental, it’s being applied in unique and interesting ways today...

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Read the article at howdesign.com

50 Of The Most Beautiful Twitter Banners Of 2015 So Far

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Do you like free stuff? I think the better question is, who doesn’t like free stuff?

The next question: do you realize you have a plethora of free advertisement right at your fingertips? Social media gives you the option to plaster your brand all over your page and completely customize your look. You have profile pictures, headers, and banners galore, but are you utilizing them to their full potential?

Let’s talk Twitter, and how you can customize your banner to best suit your brand and get the most bang for your (free) buck.

See the gallery at designschool.canva.com

71 Brilliant, Clever and Inspirational Ads That Will Change The Way You Think

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Eye-catching advertising is a must when you’re trying to capture even the slightest sliver of attention during today’s digital 140 characters or less attention span world.

Finding the right elements to make your product or brand stand out in a sea of sell, sell, sell can be difficult to say the least. We’ve curated some of the best attention-grabbing campaigns to  inspire you when you’re tasked with creating your own advertisements and marketing materials.

The 71 brilliant advertisements featured in this article represent some agencies and designers that have flexed their creative muscles to get it right. As you can see, the tactics that these creative teams used to deliver their messages varied greatly, but they have at least one thing in common – stellar storytelling skills.

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Read the complete article at designschool.canva.com

30 Great Examples of Blog Post Styling

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A brilliant header, clean sidebar, and minimalist footer can go a long way towards making a blog look good. But the one area that’s often overlooked in blog design is the post styling.

Here are 15 blog post areas that need styling and 30 great examples for you to draw inspiration from.

Read the article at incomediary.com

50 Creative Facebook Covers to Inspire You (2015 Edition)

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Imagine you wake up one morning to a phone call where somebody informs you that you have been given a small free billboard.

On this billboard you can put anything you like; showcase your latest artistic creation, throw up a link to your blog, make a bold statement, whatever your heart desires. Now, let’s step away from this hypothetical situation a little bit so that I can tell you that you have in fact been given your own personal billboard. In fact, we all have.

Your Facebook page cover photo is a small but powerful tool when it comes to promoting yourself, your services or your business. It’s the first thing seen by anybody who visits your Facebook page and you have the power to decide whether they just scroll past it or stop and have a proper look. Have a look at these creative examples to see how you can make the most out of your Facebook cover!

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Read the article at designschool.canva.com

The Super Bowl Reverse: Marcia Brady Becomes Danny Trejo on a Snickers billboard

BY JEFF BEER

For the Super Bowl, Snickers blew our nostalgic minds by making legendary Hollywood tough guy Danny Trejo into Marcia Brady's hungry spirit animal. Now the brand, and agency BBDO New York, shows how it reversed that transition on a painted New York City billboard.

Back in January, before the big game, a seemingly anonymous billboard of Marcia Brady went up in NYC. Over the course of a few weeks—a mustache here, a face crag there—it was Marcia who gradually became Trejo, just in time for the Super Bowl reveal. The billboard is fun enough on its own, but also launched a new online contest for you to submit a photo or video of your own hungry spirit creature, for the chance to win cash and a YouTube takeover for a day.

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Read the article & watch the video on fastcocreate.com

10 Exceptional Promotion Design Projects

By: Natalie Boyd

Over the years of HOW’s Promotion & Marketing Design Awards, we have seen some brilliant and stunning work. The multitude of talent represented in the competition is mind-boggling, and we are proud to showcase the winning designs.

See the award winners at howdesign.com

Watch all the ads from Super Bowl 2015 so far

BY JEFF BEER

Bud's puppy returns, Newcastle actually does it, BMW goes back in time, and much more.

The week before the Super Bowl has predictably seen a flurry of commercial activity, hype and hyperbole with more and more brands rolling out their big game ads to kickstart some momentum before Sunday. Celebrities! Puppies! GoDaddy even managed to ban its own ad ahead of time.

Not everyone has spilled their Super Bowl ad secrets, but here are all the commercials so far.

See the ads at fastcocreate.com

8 Design Trends for 2015

Hold onto your pixels. New design trends are here, pushed into play by changes in culture and technology. 

From sensory immersion to super still, these are the gems that are calling the creative shots in 2015. See how they’re swaying the brainstorm and helping your designs rise above the rest.

from istockphoto.com

  1. Dynamic Women
  2. Letterbox Look
  3. Monochromatic Colour
  4. All Kinds of People
  5. Point of View
  6. Sensory Immersion
  7. Super Still Life
  8. Busy with Boxes

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Read the article at istockphoto.com

Creatives Choose: Best work of 2014

With 2014 in the books, it’s time to look back at the year that was. For our roundup of the best work of 2014, we turned to a roundtable of Canadian pros to pick their favourites from around the globe.

Best-of-the-year projects could be anything: a wayfinding system, a logo, a magazine spread, a beer can, an app, a product, a video game title sequence. The only restriction was that participants could not choose their own work, or the work of their studio/agency.

The choices reflect the breadth of sensibilities that inform our country’s talent pool. From comic books to vodka bottles, here is what inspired Canadian creatives in 2014.

See Gallery at designedgecanada.com

A review of the best website designs spotted in 2014

Collected and curated by zitrusfrisch.

See the gallery at zitrusfrisch.de

45 top examples of letterpress business cards

Stunning and memorable letterpress business cards could help beat off the competition. Here are some examples of what can be achieved.

Known for producing a clean and elegant style, the letterpress technique is favoured by many designers for creating unique and creative business cards. Here we've picked 45 brilliant examples of letterpress business cards to inspire your designs.

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View gallery at creativebloq.com

2014 in Hightail illustrations

It is December, a time to look back on the year that was. Everywhere you look will be lists of the 50 favorite songs, top 10 movies and 47 best Buzzfeed listicles. So we decided to do our own review and revisit our fab Hightail illustrations.

very week, we email our regular users and the message often features a custom-created image illustrating the feature we’re explaining or offer we’re promoting. Thanks to the creativity of our 2014 illustrators, Austin Petito and Dominic Flask, we can look back at vintage year of funny, stylish and smart images. Enjoy.

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See the Gallery at blog.hightail.com

Holiday Design Gallery

Oftentimes design will celebrate a holiday or special event, and here at Print we like to, well, celebrate that. After all, that’s why we created Print Celebrates Design, a competition for your cards, gifts & invitations.

In honor of all that is festive, we rounded up some holiday design for you to feast your eyes on

See Gallery at printmag.com

Infographic: The Top Color Trends of 2014

Using data from our collection of 40 million images and our 400 million all-time downloads, we analyzed which popular colors are set to dominate design in the coming months.

We know how important color is to design — that’s why we created two innovative color search tools, Palette and Spectrum. Color impacts everything: web and graphic design, fashion fads, even home decor. Some of the trends we saw this year, like a change from natural palettes to gray tones, reflected similar trends seen on Fashion Week runwaysand in home design. Others were influenced by global events like the World Cup, the continued rise of social media, and Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid

Check out the infographic below to discover which colors are en vogue around the world, then scroll on to see which images we used to create it, and to explore six colorful image collections inspired by the 2014 Color Trends infographic.

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See the infographic at batemandesigngroup.com

One page sites

The one page site continues to be a very popular pattern - explore this lovely collections of samples for fresh ideas.

See Gallery at designmeltdown.com

Creative Agencies: Online portfolios for creative agencies

The Hottest Web Design Trends on Design Meltdown

Our most viewed categories this week include: Creative AgenciesOnline portfolios for creative agencies

See Gallery at design meltdown.com

Inspiration: Logo Design
Logo Design Gallery on Pinterest, selected by Julie Bateman

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Inspiration: Pull Up Banners

Pull Up or Pop Up Banner Design Gallery on Pinterest, selected by Julie Bateman

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100 Unused Logos and What they Reveal about my Design Inclinations

This past Wednesday I gave a presentation at the HOW Conference in Atlanta, GA. As a respite from the pristine show and tells of finished work sprinkled with anecdotes that support the fabulous work on screen I wanted to focus on the unglamorous side of graphic design. The endless revisions, the variations, the changes, the odd requests — “I like turtles, can my logo have a turtle?” — and the inevitable doom of much of the work we do as bezier- and pixel-based compost for piles of archived CDs, DVDs and 200-gigabyte hard drives.

For my slide show I went through almost ten years of archives looking for all the files that never quite made it… the good, the bad and the ug… nay: The tired, the poor, the huddled files yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse, the homeless and, yes, even the tempest-tost. (With apologies to Miss Liberty).

For a section called “75% of your files are trash” I specifically looked for 100 logos that were never selected — or never actually used if they were selected. This is not a Best Of selection. Some of the logos are embarrassing: Half-cooked, half-assed, off-topic ideas with sloppy kerning and poor execution. Equally, there are some very competent logos in there, ready to be printed and shipped. Most of these, if not all actually, were shown to a client. Some were mocked, others praised and a few more ignored.

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Read Article at underconsideration.com

Papirmass - Art in the Mail

We are run by artists who are obsessed with quality. Join us and we will send you an exciting range of art and literature. 

Read more at papirmass.com

2014 Logo Trends from LogoLounge

By Bill Gardner

If home is our first place, and work is our second place, then mobile screens have definitely become our third place. Smart phone use has increased from 21 percent in 2010 to more than 63 percent today, and with 83 percent of all Americans online regularly, that percentage of mobile users is bound to keep edging up.

The fact that so many people now view the world through a window the size of a business card has spelled an inevitable change in logo design. It used to be that minute favicons had to be kept extremely simple: Now, as a rule, logos must be as well, but that doesn’t mean boring. Designers continue to push back and evolve the meaning of “simple.”

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Read Article at LogoLounge.com

8 steps to designing the perfect infographic

by Jessica Draws

Last month, while happily nibbling on a canapé and sipping a cocktail at the monthly I Am Woman networking event I was chatting away to some businesswomen and the obvious question was asked: "So, what do you do?" I launched into my usual explanation of some of the services I offer including print/web design, illustration and infographic design and I noticed a couple of blank faces among the ladies. "What's an infographic?"

It occurred to me that this is the most common question I get asked – even when I've been approached by a new client wanting an infographic! Quite often they're even unsure of what exactly one is but have heard that it's a great marketing tool for businesses and so are keen to commission their own.

So, in the hopes of demystifying the infographic design process and hopefully sharing some tips on how to create great infographics I introduce my guide to infographic design. Enjoy!

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Read Article at creativebloq.com

A Look Inside Design at Zappos

By Andy Orsow

We're tracking down InVision users inside the world's most amazing companies to discover their favorite tools, books, methods, and the philosophy behind what makes them so awesome. This week we interviewed Donny Guy, a User Experience Manager at Zappos in Las Vegas.

What is your favorite part of the design process?

I just love innovation, and ideation, and creating things. It’s those small, innovative tweaks we do that get me excited because it just makes sense. That’s what I love: the things that the user just does without realizing they did it. They had no clue that they clicked on something small because it was in their normal flow or it just made sense in their mind. And you’re like, “Yep, nailed it.”

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Read Article at blog.invisionapp.com

10 Twitter Header Images Done Right
By Bob Al-Green
 
Since Twitter CEO Dick Costolo revealed the site's design updates Tuesday morning on The TODAY Show, users have been testing out the new header image feature — with varying degrees of success.

Twitter has adopted a Facebook Timeline-like cover display for main profile pages, opening up a new avenue for visual creativity. Early adopters of the header image include Ryan Seacrest and The TODAY Show's own Al Roker.

In case you're feeling stumped, visually challenged or just weary after updating your Facebook cover photo, we've compiled a slideshow of 10 Twitter users who are already doing it right.

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Read Article on maskable.com

These Five Brands Are Nailing It on Pinterest

by Hannah Clark

When it comes to Pinterest, many brands aren’t quite sure how to turn boards and pins into followers and potential customers. However, now more than ever it is important not to overlook this image sharing social network.

Pinterest users have proven that they trust their Pinterest networks to endorse solid products. These people trust their networks so much, in fact, that 47% of U.S. online consumers have made a purchase based on recommendations from Pinterest.

Pinterest also generates 4x more revenue per click than Twitter and 27% more per click than Facebook.

There are a few brands, however, who have figured out the business potential of Pinterest. See how these 5 brands have been using it to the fullest. 

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Read Article at socialmediatoday.com

10 Small Businesses & Nonprofits with Great-Looking Email Templates that Drive Action

By Blaise Lucey

Did you know that more than half of Americans now own smartphones and 88% are using those smartphones to access email?

And, in the U.K., the figures are similar: almost 40% of adults are using smartphones and over half use their smartphones to access their email.

Of course, this means that small businesses and organizations using email marketing now have to consider this smartphone usage when creating their email communications.

If you want people to engage with your emails from their smartphones, it’s important to keep your messages short, focused, and visual.

Over the last few months at Constant Contact, we’ve been rolling out batches of beautiful-looking, modern email templates.  The best part is that they can be used for any industry and matched to any brand – and many of them also look great on mobile.

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Read Article at constant contact.com

85 Amazing HTML5 Examples

We hand-pick some great HTML5 examples, and talk to the designers behind them to find out how they went about it.

HTML5 is the latest version of HTML - the markup language used to display web pages. Although it's technically still in development, it's very much ready to use today, to build websites and web apps. And here are some great examples of HTML5 in action, to see exactly what you can achieve with it.

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Read Article at creativebloq.com

40 of the Best Websites of Non-Profit Organizations

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Budget limitations are common with non-profit and charitable organizations. As a result, organizations often compromise on the need for an effective and attractive website. However, the websites shown here represent some of the most well-designed websites of non-profits.

Those organizations that put a priority on the website can have see benefits like increased donations, better involvement from members and supporters, increased visibility and awareness for their cause, and improved promotion for organization events. All of these things can make it worth the time, effort, and cost to create an effective and attractive website.

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Read Article at vandelaydesign.com

Optimizing UI icons for faster recognition

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What makes an icon a valuable addition to the interface, rather than a mere decorative element? Intuitiveness, aesthetic value, memorability, intercultural perception? While an effective icon would combine many of those characteristics, I’d like to focus on one measure–speed of recognition, or how fast a specific icon can be discovered and identified.

In a simple leisure app, the difference in speed of recognition may be too subtle to have any noticeable effect on the overall experience.

This may be different for a complex trading application: The requirements for iconography here are more likely to prioritize speed, since every second spent on processing individual elements can have a significant impact on the effectiveness of the overall interface.

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Read Article at boxesandarrows.com

Top 10 Web Design Trends for 2014

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Web designers had a great time last year with lots of new ideas setting sail. Although some sank, others took off and created a permanent impact.

The trends that made a big splash in 2013 will become house-hold names in 2014, while emerging trends continue to get polished and refined by designers everywhere.

Read Article at 99designs.com

Informative And Usable Footers In Web Design

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Website designs have so many different elements that work together to convey information in a usable and organized manner. For a website to be effective, every element on the page, from the header to the footer, needs to add to its overall usability and readability.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the footer and see what exactly makes for a good website footer. Keep in mind that just because the footer is at the bottom of the page doesn’t mean you should slack off with good design practice.

We’ll look here at what to include in footers, the importance of site maps, usability practices and styling ideas and trends. We’ve also compiled almost 50 well-designed footers to give you ideas and inspiration for your own footer designs.

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Read Article at smashingmagazine.com

60 Brilliant Typefaces For Corporate Design

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Typography is more than being legible and looking good. Among other things, effective typography manages to achieve two important objectives: a) to create an appropriate atmosphere and enable users to develop trust toward the site and b) to make sure visitors get the main message of the site and (if possible) become interested in the services offered on the site. Since written text is the most efficient instrument to communicate with visitors precisely and directly, the power of typography shouldn’t be underestimated.

To communicate effectively, typography requires appropriate typefaces. Last year we’ve presented 80 Beautiful Typefaces For Professional Design, a selection of excellent typefaces one should be aware of when developing web-sites. Now it’s time to update our selection with typefaces we’ve missed then and new typefaces which have been developed over the last year.

Below you’ll find over 60 first-class typefaces for corporate design. Please notice that they are not free; however, we’ve focused on typefaces which are definitely worth spending money on. So which typefaces are “bulletproof”? What fonts can be used effectively in almost every Corporate Design? And what are the options for unique, but still incredibly beautiful typefaces? Let’s find out.

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Read Article at smashing magazine.com

The Best 65 Business Cards Of The Year

Here you have the BEST and just the best 65 business cards of the year hand picked directly from my most famous posts and from behance, flickr and OMG it even has a watermark.

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Design trend predictions for 2013

By Rob Carney

When some creatives hear the word 'trend' they back into a corner, refusing to acknowledge these 'trends' dictate what they do. And it's true that following trends consciously can be a bad thing to do. After all, if you're not innovating and pushing yourself, your own work will never reach its full potential.

But at the end of the day, clients want your work to be at the height of trends - so having a handle on what is going to be a popular style, or way of working over the next year will only improve your chances of getting better client work.

We've asked a number of top creative professionals, from animators to illustrators to app and editorial designers, to see what they predict for 2013. 

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Read Article at creativebloq.com

10 Imaginative Annual Report Designs

Annnual report design doesn't have to be drab and boring. Here are 10 awe-inspiring examples of designers who've taken the format and let their imaginations run wild.

They're part of the staple diet of design work the world over, seen by many as just part of the dry, bread-and-butter grind that pays the bills and paves the way for more exciting, imaginative work. But annual reports don't have to be dull, as these beautiful examples show. From cutting-edge print techniques to stop-motion animation, artful infographics to bold use of colour and integration of classy free fonts, it's all here on display to inspire your own daily work.

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Read Article at creativebloq.com

36 Stunning Magazine and Publication Layouts for your Inspiration

By Tom White

Here I have compiled a fine collection of magazine and publication layouts to help inspire and motivate you throughout your projects. 

When it comes to creating a new, unique and creative publication or magazine layout it can quickly evolve into something screen smash' worthy, which is why it is often a good idea to sit back and look at how other people approach the same dilemma.

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Read Article at inspirationhut.net

Colour of the Year 2013

"Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony."

PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, is the Color of the Year for 2013.

Read Article at pantone.com

Typographical twins: 20 perfect font pairings

by Nick Carson

We reveal 20 font duos that are made for each other. Ideal for your design projects, some may surprise you!

It's a classic conundrum for any graphic designer: picking two (or more) typefaces that set each other off, don't fight the eye for attention, and harmonise without becoming homogenous and dull. The age-old rule goes as follows: concord or contrast, but don't conflict.

The easiest way to achieve 'concord' is by using different fonts within the same overarching typeface family. Find a so-called 'superfamily' and you'll have a ready-made range of weights, styles and classifications that are specifically designed to work together.

A good superfamily will include serif and a sans serif version of the same typeface: famous examples include Lucida/Lucida Sans and Meta/Meta Sans.

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Read Article at creativebloq.com

17 Examples of Beautiful Typography in Web Design

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Back in May we showcased here 19 Inspiring Examples of Text Over Images in Web Design and we had a really good response on the designs we featured. So for this post, type will take the center stage again. This time showing you beautiful ways to draw attention to your text.

We will show you more examples of text over images, and also other approaches to making beautiful typography choices in web design. From pretty clean and simple designs to colorful and bold ones, there are certainly some good type inspiration here to spark your imagination.

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2013 Logo Trends

Current Logo Trends By Bill Gardner

Forecasting the near future in design is a reflection of society’s concerns. With such rapid shifts in technology and social media, consumers react to a fear of being left behind. At one time, keeping up with trends meant reading a monthly journal. Now, not only do we have to read daily blogs, but we are expected to contribute as well. Consumers who are not participating are growing ever more anxious about the specter of being technically eclipsed.

This chasm is revealed in the decisions made daily by brand designers. More and more identity design is trying to find a way to span the gap or choose a side. This carries forward to products and services that we build affinities with. Sports teams find themselves inventing updated generations of mascots. Long standing consumables are reinventing themselves with new packaging and product design.

Digital products and their user interfaces—UI—have become major drivers in the identity field. Consumers are predisposed to transfer confidence from one app or product to another if the experiences share a visual vernacular. Flat solid color is edging forward with momentum over images that mimic three-dimensional surfaces like glass, leather, or metal, for example. Simulating surfaces like these in an environment out of context is referred to as skeuomorphism. Though it is losing its grip, it is not going away: Clichés work because they are clichés.

Smaller companies are not afraid to adopt a logo that shows them at the size they are. More approachable is a good thing, if it is authentic. Larger companies are tending to loosen up a bit to avoid pretensions and work multiple generations. Ebay, USA Today, Windows and many more over the last year have adopted wordmarks and logos that eschew styles with shorter expiration dates.

Increasingly, consumers have become comfortable in their role as contributors and not just spectators. There is a universal desire to identify even the most niche elements. The ubiquitous profile pictures on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter have turned into an opportunity to identify one’s self. Personal logos and monograms have reached epidemic proportions. Avatars allow us to self-edit and reinvent ourselves visually. This has become the micro-world of self-identification.

Designers are experimenting and making smart decisions for smart clients.

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24 Elegant and Colorful Logos

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I’ve always found logo design to be one of the most challenging things to get right. There’s so much that a logo can say about a brand without actually saying it.

The tone, style and overall fit and finish of a logo can reveal a lot about the feel of the brand too – from elegant, professional and refined brand identities to fun, colourful and quirky (and everything in between). It’s also possible to create logos that fit right in the middle, matching elegance and colour to create a feel that’s professional, but slightly playful.

I’ve collected some examples of my favourite logo designs that all pair colour with elegance. Some of these are bold and bright, while others make use of more muted colours, but each of them have been designed beautifully with real care and attention taken. There’s something quite fun and invigorating about a design that isn’t afraid to use a plethora of colours, and so I hope you find the collection inspiring and interesting too.

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