10 ways to make bright color pop in your next design
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10 ways to make bright color pop in your next design

There’s no denying it… Bright, bold colors have been a huge trend this year—not only a 2016 web design trend, but across all mediums. This color palette is popular with good reason; when bright color pops in design, it can conjure excitement, joy and intrigue. For that reason, it’s a great skill to master as a designer. There are many different ways…

Digital design collections are museums’ latest trend
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Digital design collections are museums’ latest trend

Museums have collected design objects for ages. The V&A in London was founded in 1852; the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) established its design department 80 years after that. For a long time they chugged along, building collections of furniture and tableware, posters and other works of graphic design on paper, consumer goods and the like. But the advent…

The evolution of tech branding over the past century
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The evolution of tech branding over the past century

We recently explored the fascinating history of digital fonts—a key narrative in the story of how graphic design played into the 20th century’s digital revolution. Now let’s take a step back from the actual technology and look at tech branding itself. How did the biggest tech giants of the last 100 years choose to present themselves to customers? Which…

Innovative approaches to texture in graphic design
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Innovative approaches to texture in graphic design

Graphic design is in a very flat phase right now—designed on and often for computer screens. Leading designers have adapted to this new condition by avoiding 3D illusions and instead focusing on striking shapes and outlines, rendered in bold, unmodulated color areas. Does this mean the end of texture in graphic design? Not at all. On…

Steampunk design: Imagining a futuristic past
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Steampunk design: Imagining a futuristic past

Steampunk is a growing subculture that’s existed since at least the 1980s. The genre uses the 19th century as its backdrop (often with a Victorian or Wild West slant) and focuses on a fictional world where steam power rules the world and delivers a new industrial era. The steampunk movement inspires us to imagine a different time with wildly imaginative, nostalgic and often far-fetched outcomes. The aesthetic…

The new Google Fonts is a win for designers
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The new Google Fonts is a win for designers

Google launched Google Fonts in 2010 to provide web fonts free of charge. Over the next six years it grew considerably, becoming very popular with web designers—for the obvious reason of affordability. The original website was definitely what the startup world would call an MVP: minimal viable product. It got the job done, but it…

Ombre design (and how to create your own)
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Ombre design (and how to create your own)

Ombre design is an important term to have in your vocabulary and a great tool for your toolkit. An ombre effect is the visual gradation from a light color to a dark color or vice-versa. It is a type of gradient that is specific in it’s light-to-dark nature, and is often characterized by its inherent drama and mood swings. This article…

Can you spot a freelance graphic designer in the wild?
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Can you spot a freelance graphic designer in the wild?

It seems like everybody (especially Hollywood) has some pretty funny ideas about what it means to be a graphic designer. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think it’s a snap to pick out the freelance graphic designer in any crowd, anywhere in the world. Just look for somebody young, hip and single, chugging a bottomless mug…

The evolution of the dad brand
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The evolution of the dad brand

Believe it or not, Father’s Day is still relatively new. The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers wasn’t issued until 1966, and it took another six years before Father’s Day became an official national holiday. In comparison to Mother’s Day, which was conceptualized in 1908 and made permanent in 1914, Father’s Day has historically fallen a…

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