6 principles of visual hierarchy for designers

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First there were stone tablets, papyrus scrolls and paper. Then came computer screens and electronic tablets. As the technology to display a page evolves, it remains the designer’s job to arrange the content clearly. But what’s the best way?  It’s an increasingly important question, as responsive frameworks force designers to think about many different pages at […]

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How to create a playful business monster icon

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Today we’re going to have some fun with mobile app design. The most widely used apps are either business or gaming-oriented. Typically they remain separate, but what if you were to combine them? Say hello to the cute business monster icon. This is going to be done in Photoshop and I’ll guide you step by […]

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Using a well-known symbol? Consider public domain

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Public domain images can be a great resource for designers of all types. You just have to make sure you actually understand what this means. Just because an image is publicly available, does not mean it is public domain (sorry, Google search masters). Public domain is an intellectual property designation that applies to images whose […]

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How to create PNG files of your logo in Illustrator

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PNG (Portable Network Graphics) files are raster, web-based files that don’t lose quality when compressed. They are best used for displaying images on the web, and are one of the essential file formats to deliver to your logo design clients. Clients need a PNG file (in addition to the other required file types) so that they can […]

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Remembering Massimo Vignelli, modernist master

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Photo: Jason (via Flickr) How many designers can claim that their work directly affects upwards of one million people each day? Massimo Vignelli can count himself among the few: his design for the New York City subway signage has become an iconic part of the metropolis’ visual fabric, sure to live on even now that its creator […]

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16 legal logos that raise the bar

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When your client has a broad audience, it can be tempting to fall back on generic symbols that everybody recognizes. Like dental offices and real estate companies, law firms and law-related businesses tend to feature one of a few overused concepts in their logos. Just how common are gavels, scales, neoclassical columns and initials in legal […]

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6 different styles for unique packaging design

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Today, we thought we would highlight the amazing packaging design featured in Andrew Gibbs’ Box Bottle Bag: The World’s Best Package Designs from TheDieline.com – one of our favorite recent design books. Gibbs does a great job seeking out and discovering the “very best” packaging designs out there, which he categorizes as one of six style types: […]

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99designs x 99U: May 2014

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We’ve been big fans of 99U for a long time. It’s a fantastic blog full of unending insight for creatives. So we’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with them to bring you some of their best content via The Creative Edge (or as it’s more commonly known, the 99designs’ Designer Blog)! We’re calling it 99designs […]

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Announcing the winner of the 99designs Cafe contest

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To celebrate the launch of 99designs Cafe, a new series of monthly 1-week events planned to take place at different coffee shops throughout Indonesia, we asked our community to create an illustration that depicts what this project is all about: design, coffee culture, community, and of course, Indonesia! As usual, we were overwhelmed by the […]

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A guide on Photoshop layer styles

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Photoshop layer styles provide you with incredible versatility to achieve the look you’re going for and can be a real time saver. However, they can significantly slow down Photoshop’s performance if used improperly. Learn how to get the best out of them by following this simple guide. You have 2 main options for using layer […]

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