Cheat Sheet: Choose the right file types for your design

Ever been confused about which file types to use when designing? Whether you want images to load faster on a website or are shipping your work off to a printer, it can be confusing to known which format to work in and what needs to be delivered at the end. The wrong file type can turn something that should be an... Read More

July 31st By

How to develop an eye for good design

Design is everywhere. In that light, we can use the world around us as a tool for developing an eye for design. The following tips can serve as a start for developing that eye in the context of our surroundings. 1. Tune in to your first impressions David Evers (via Flickr) One mark of a... Read More

July 28th By

3 simple ways to manage your freelance workload

The beautiful thing about freelancing is its pure possibility — there’s always a new project on the horizon. You apply your skills to new projects and work with all sorts of people, and it’s exhilarating. And tiring. As you become more successful and start to accumulate work, the more overlap you have between jobs. So... Read More

July 27th By

A brief history of cultural tattoo design

Tattoos have seen a popular upswing as of late. Stroll through a neighborhood in San Francisco or Brooklyn during the summer and you’re bound to see a riot of color painted onto skin, peeking out of tank tops and shorts. But it’s not a new trend, for thousands of years people have been implementing that ink, whether for... Read More

July 24th By

Boost your skills with these fun typography games

Typography, like any expertise, can only be truly mastered with practice – but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring! What better way to spiff up your design skills than with some fun online games? We’ve compiled a collection of entertaining typography games sure to test your knowledge. Pair typefaces at rapid speed, identify fonts in... Read More

July 22nd By

5 ways to successfully work from home

Freelance design is unique in that designers can make their own schedules. For some this is a benefit, but for many the lack of structure can be a challenge. Here are five work from home tips that address the different challenges of freelance design and how to overcome them. 1. Identify the checkpoints rob warde (via Flickr) Trying to... Read More

July 16th By

How to create unique typography with Illustrator’s 3D tools

Ever wondered how to make your typography pop… literally? In this tutorial, we’ll look at some simple ways to utilize 3D tools in Illustrator to create unique typographic results. From distressed lettering to a slick, vintage style – here are the tools you need to use for wow-worthy letters. To begin a simple text box has been... Read More

July 15th By

Understanding visual hierarchy in poster design

Visual hierarchy in poster design can be established in many different ways and often is the product of an analytical mind and/or a fine-tuned design instinct. This article explores several examples from both famous and lesser known designers who possessed both of these qualities, and aims to uncover some identifiable “laws” of poster hierarchy. 1. What... Read More

July 10th By