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  • UX Website Audit: How UX Tests Can Make your Site Like a 5-Star Resort

    UX Website Audit: How UX Tests Can Make your Site Like a 5-Star Resort

    You’ve just set foot in the five-star vacation resort where you’ll be spending the next week. The lobby smells like fresh linens, the check-in desk is easy to find, and the lighting is warm. The comfort you feel upon entering the resort makes you…
    - 8 days ago, 27 Jun 20, 9:00am -
  • What Is User Experience (UX) Testing? [+4 UX Best Practices]

    What Is User Experience (UX) Testing? [+4 UX Best Practices]

    Do you want to provide a great experience for visitors on your site? If so, user experience (UX) testing can help you analyze your site to ensure you’re providing a great experience for your audience. But what is user experience testing? On this pa…
    - 15 days ago, 20 Jun 20, 10:54am -
  • Improve Web Design: 7 Site-Enriching Web Improvement Ideas

    Improve Web Design: 7 Site-Enriching Web Improvement Ideas

    More than half of U.S. companies — 73% to be exact — use website design to help their brand stand out from competitors. That number alone says a lot about the importance of a high-quality, aesthetically pleasing web design. Not only that, but 38%…
    - 28 days ago, 7 Jun 20, 10:00am -
  • What Is Website Maintenance? [Beginner’s Guide]

    What Is Website Maintenance? [Beginner’s Guide]

    Your website is the foundation of your business’s online presence. People visit it to learn about your company, find your contact information, and purchase your products. If your website isn’t working properly or is out of date, you may lose out…
    - 33 days ago, 2 Jun 20, 11:46am -
  • How to Use Emotion for Better Web Design and UX

    How to Use Emotion for Better Web Design and UX

    Did you know that 94% of a user’s first impression of your business comes from your site’s design? In this post, we’ll look at how you can use emotion in your web design to create a great impression, enhance user experience (UX), and drive conv…
    - 38 days ago, 28 May 20, 10:00am -
  • Responsive Design Checklist: Your 7-Item List for Responsive Design

    Responsive Design Checklist: Your 7-Item List for Responsive Design

    Are you reading this article on your smartphone? If you are, it wouldn’t be surprising — considering in 2019 alone, there were 3.9 billion unique mobile internet users. That’s why, in July 2019, Google rolled out mobile-first indexing — forci…
    - 50 days ago, 16 May 20, 9:34am -
  • How Much Does It Cost to Build a Website for a Small Business?

    How Much Does It Cost to Build a Website for a Small Business?

    Your website is your online storefront, whether you operate online, offline, or both, which is why it makes sense to invest in professional web design. How much does it cost to build a website for a small business, though? On average, small businesse…
    - 51 days ago, 15 May 20, 9:00am -
  • Web-Safe Fonts for Your Next Design Project [Infographic]

    Web-Safe Fonts for Your Next Design Project [Infographic]

    What is a web-safe font? Every computer comes pre-loaded with a list of fonts. This means that if you use that font on your website, every user will be able to see it. However, if you use a font that you pay for, or add to your computer, not every us…
    - 91 days ago, 5 Apr 20, 10:13am -
  • How Fast Should My Website Be? [+7 Tips for Speeding Up Your Site]

    How Fast Should My Website Be? [+7 Tips for Speeding Up Your Site]

    Did you know that for every second faster your website loads, you increase conversions by 7%? A fast loading website leads to longer dwell sessions, improved engagement, and increased conversions. When people can access information fast, they’re mo…
    - 21 Mar 20, 12:15pm -
  • 5 Magnificent Examples of Websites That Convert Visitors into Customers

    5 Magnificent Examples of Websites That Convert Visitors into Customers

    Need some inspiration to build a high converting website? Websites that convert persuade visitors to become customers. These websites drive more revenue, so if you want to increase your site’s revenue, use these examples of websites that convert as…
    - 13 Mar 20, 9:09am -

Design Journal

  • Spot the differences 


    Spot the differences 


    For this project, I selected an image I took of my hair and makeup setup that I use for competitions. I made changes such as color changes, logo removals, text changes, and item additions and removals. My main tools were the cloning and stamping tool…
    - 1 May 13, 6:46pm -
  • Final booklet


    Final booklet


    I received a lot of helpful feedback in class. One major comment was that there was far too much content, still. I’ll have to pare it down even more. There needs to be more white space. Another comment referred to the diagrams, which had too many k…
    - 25 Apr 13, 8:21pm -
  • Cover ideas

    Cover ideas

    This first cover emphasizes the food that I make, by showcasing two of my most memorable items: Elvis cupcakes (banana cupcakes, peanut butter filling, honey cream cheese frosting, caramelized bacon topping), and semisweet chocolate dinosaurs studded…
    - 25 Apr 13, 8:08pm -
  • Spreads Draft 2

    Spreads Draft 2

          The feedback session today was very helpful. I worked with Jason for this assignment. As I expected, he said there was far too much content. It looks too cluttered and visually confusing. It is unclear what the reader should look at first be…
    - 25 Apr 13, 7:44pm -
  • Mood board, color palette and Spreads Draft 1

    Mood board, color palette and Spreads Draft 1

    1. 3-5 typographic study samples This is reposted for posterity’s sake. Please find my comments in the previous post. 2. Post screenshots of 2 mood boards. This board emphasizes journals, calm and serenity, and food. It is mostly neutral-toned. Thi…
    - 25 Apr 13, 7:36pm -
  • Typography study and Sketching grids

    Typography study and Sketching grids

    I created three typography samples. The title font will be used for teacher names and book title, in large print. The first uses Century Gothic, which I like for its round and geometric shape. It is also sans serif. I also tried Handwriting, which ga…
    - 25 Apr 13, 6:18pm -
  • Book Design, Grids

    Book Design, Grids

    I did several sketches of my grid design before moving to InDesign. Here are my sketches:   I experimented with things like text wrapping and modular grids. In my InDesign versions, I used a 4×4 modular grid, 3×3 modular grid, and 3 column grid. A…
    - 25 Apr 13, 6:04pm -
  • Book Spread Exercise
    1. What is a modular grid? A modular grid is especially useful for layouts that contain a lot of information. It is essentially a column grid with many horizontal flowlines that help create rows. Each square formed is called a module, and the designe…
    - 2 Apr 13, 4:57pm -
  • Color Exercise

    Color Exercise

    In the beginning, I attempted to find my own colors through the color swatches. I scrolled aimlessly through the color wheels, scaling the values up and down in an attempt to find the perfect color. It was quite frustrating, until I realized I could…
    - 2 Apr 13, 12:53pm -
  • Tracing grids

    Tracing grids

    For this assignment, I chose to trace the grid of TastingTable.com, a food-centered website and newsletter.     Here is my grid tracing of it, done on InDesign. I used guides and transparency tools to help create this.
    - 28 Mar 13, 3:39pm -

Design You Trust

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  • Start the Year off Right With 2 Months of Skillshare Premium for Free

    Start the Year off Right With 2 Months of Skillshare Premium for Free

    Looking to start 2019 off on the right foot? Looking for ways to challenge yourself and take your work to another level? Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes related to design, illustration, business and marketing with…
    - 29 Jan 19, 9:16am -
  • Recently Received Books

    Recently Received Books

    In our latest edition of book picks we highlight titles from Wee Society, Intercom, Universe/Rizzoli, Laurence King, TBW Books, HarperCollins and Princeton Architectural Press. In addition, we take a look at a stunning new typeface from Lost Type. Al…
    - 15 Dec 18, 9:40am -
  • 2018 A’Design Award & Competition Winners

    2018 A’Design Award & Competition Winners

    VAUNCE Trampoline Park Brand Identity Design by PlusX and Vaunce The 2018 A’Design Awards winners have been announced! Pulling from a large pool of entrees, The esteemed award is presented to artists whose work rises above and excels in the area of…
    - 23 Apr 18, 4:12pm -
  • A’ Design Awards & Competition – Last Call for Entries

    A’ Design Awards & Competition – Last Call for Entries

    “Module” Calendar by Katsumi Tamura The deadline for submissions to the A’ Design Awards is quickly approaching. Entries must be received before February 28th. The renowned event which is held each year Como, Italy honors exemplary design work…
    - 20 Feb 18, 8:15pm -
  • A’ Design Awards & Competition – Call for Entries

    A’ Design Awards & Competition – Call for Entries

    Motif Wine by En Garde Interdisciplinary GmbH   Do you have a project you’re really proud of? Do you think it could win an award? Start off the New Year by taking a chance and entering the A’Design Awards, the largest design competition in the w…
    - 5 Feb 18, 3:06pm -
  • World Design Rankings

    World Design Rankings

    Filoferru Outdoor Chair by Robby Cantarutti and Partners Since 2010 the A’ Design Awards have been tracking and displaying important data gathered from their prestigious competition at the World Design Rankings (WDR). The lengthy list has recently…
    - 9 Jan 18, 12:49am -
  • Elda Broglio

    Elda Broglio

    Elda Broglio is an illustrator and designer who focuses on motion graphics and editorial projects. She often employs fluid lines and playful patterns to craft lighthearted drawings that capture the comforts found in everyday actives. In her collecti…
    - 20 Dec 17, 8:30am -
  • Run Studio Run

    Run Studio Run

    Building and sustaining a design firm is a massive endeavor and until recently there has been a lack of material on the subject. In Run Studio Run, a new book published by Extracurricular Press, Eli Altman sheds light on the topic and shares valuable…
    - 19 Dec 17, 10:09pm -
  • Stéréo Buro

    Stéréo Buro

    Stéréo Buro is a Parisian multidisciplinary studio founded by Diane Boivin, Christelle Ménage, and Silvia Dore. After working at prominent agencies throughout Europe, the trio joined forces to create a new studio and combine their unique and comp…
    - 18 Dec 17, 8:30am -
  • Stefan Hürlemann

    Stefan Hürlemann

    Stefan Hürlemann uses personal side projects to help him pursue his love for type and experimentation. Since 2016, he has participated in the weekly challenge offered by blankposter.com, a site that encourages artists to design a poster based off of…
    - 13 Dec 17, 8:30am -

Graphic Art News

  • Innovative print design ideas every new designer should know

    Innovative print design ideas every new designer should know

    Innovative print design ideas. New trends in print design emerge every year. Some of them come and go. Others develop slowly and have the potential to stick around for a...The post Innovative print design ideas every new designer should know appeare…
    - 3 days ago, 2 Jul 20, 8:00am -
  • Graphic Designer Andrew Footit

    Graphic Designer Andrew Footit

    Andrew Footit is a remarkable South African graphic designer based in London with a focus in experimental typography, type design and identity design. He is a self-taught Graphic Designer and...The post Graphic Designer Andrew Footit appeared first…
    - 11 days ago, 24 Jun 20, 8:00am -
  • Poster Exhibition on the topic of Coronavirus

    Poster Exhibition on the topic of Coronavirus

    The Poster Exhibition on the topic of coronavirus (Covid19) was held in Iran. The exhibition was organized by Hossein Mohammadi Vahidi with the participation of borderless Graphic designers group from...The post Poster Exhibition on the topic of Cor…
    - 12 days ago, 23 Jun 20, 8:00am -
  • Effective Book Covers to Inspire you and more by Book Design Stars

    Effective Book Covers to Inspire you and more by Book Design Stars

    You have probably heard they say, don’t judge a book by its cover. But is that true? Don’t we all pick up a book from a shelf because its cover...The post Effective Book Covers to Inspire you and more by Book Design Stars appeared first on Graph…
    - 13 days ago, 22 Jun 20, 8:00am -
  • Discover the Enigmatic Illustrations of Pierre-Paul Pariseau

    Discover the Enigmatic Illustrations of Pierre-Paul Pariseau

    Pierre-Paul Pariseau is an artist and illustrator working for a wide range of international clients. He exhibits his personal work regularly, internationally. Evoking currents of surrealism and pop art, the...The post Discover the Enigmatic Illustra…
    - 18 days ago, 17 Jun 20, 9:48am -
  • China Anti-Novel Coronavirus. 100 Posters Exhibition. Open Call.

    China Anti-Novel Coronavirus. 100 Posters Exhibition. Open Call.

    China Anti-Novel Coronavirus. 100 Posters Exhibition. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, and it is rapidly spread. This poster exhibition deals with the new coronavirus, the...The post China Anti-Novel Coronavi…
    - 25 days ago, 10 Jun 20, 8:33am -
  • Designers: The Biggest Typography Mistakes To Avoid

    Designers: The Biggest Typography Mistakes To Avoid

    Choosing the appropriate typeface for a design is what sorts the professionals from the amateurs. Typography is a lot more than picking a font, it is an artform that treats...The post Designers: The Biggest Typography Mistakes To Avoid appeared firs…
    - 26 days ago, 9 Jun 20, 8:00am -
  • Spitzkant a new type family designed by Julien Fincker

    Spitzkant a new type family designed by Julien Fincker

    Spitzkant is a serif typeface family that is characterized by strong contrasts designed by Julien Fincker. Pointed, sharp serifs and edges contrast with round and fine forms, making it very...The post Spitzkant a new type family designed by Julien F…
    - 33 days ago, 2 Jun 20, 8:10am -
  • The International Reggae Poster Contest Announced the 100+1 Winners!

    The International Reggae Poster Contest Announced the 100+1 Winners!

    The International Reggae Poster Contest is pleased to announce the top 100+1 winners of the 7th Contest. Six hundred and sixty-seven designers participated this year, sending 1100 posters from 79...The post The International Reggae Poster Contest An…
    - 43 days ago, 23 May 20, 7:26am -
  • How to Create a Portfolio Website

    How to Create a Portfolio Website

    Whether you work as a designer, writer or illustrator – a portfolio website is one of the most effective ways to showcase your work and what you can do. While...The post How to Create a Portfolio Website appeared first on Graphic Art News.
    - 73 days ago, 23 Apr 20, 2:09pm -
Dosha Pops
In The Lights PR
Janine Just, Inc.
Lux Smiles Dentistry

HOW Design

  • The Best of the Worst: Celebrating Design Fails

    The Best of the Worst: Celebrating Design Fails

    Design fails happen. And there's nothing wrong with celebrating our failures, acknowledging what went wrong, learning from the mistakes, and moving on.The post The Best of the Worst: Celebrating Design Fails appeared first on HOW Design.
    - 26 Aug 19, 12:59am -
  • 5 Things to Avoid When You Think You’re Underpaid

    5 Things to Avoid When You Think You’re Underpaid

    It can be a shock to find out you earn less than someone with the same job title and experience level. If you’re in this situation, it’s up to you to make a case for a raise, but you have to be wise in your approach.The post 5 Things to Avoid Wh…
    - 19 Aug 19, 12:57am -
  • 7 Tips for Friendlier Creative Criticism

    7 Tips for Friendlier Creative Criticism

    Do team critiques too often become a war of words, careening off topic and veering toward carnage? Here’s a template for active yet affable creative criticism.The post 7 Tips for Friendlier Creative Criticism appeared first on HOW Design.
    - 12 Aug 19, 12:34am -
  • 18 Artistic Cat Gifs to Celebrate International Cat Day

    18 Artistic Cat Gifs to Celebrate International Cat Day

    The internet would not be complete without cats. Check out these cat gifs from artists, designers and illustrators from all over.The post 18 Artistic Cat Gifs to Celebrate International Cat Day appeared first on HOW Design.
    - 8 Aug 19, 12:39am -
  • The Fowl Language and Fun Design of Effin’ Birds

    The Fowl Language and Fun Design of Effin’ Birds

    NSFW WARNING: this post about Effin’ Birds contains birds and foul language that some people might deem inappropriate. Did I first encounter Effin’ Birds on Tumblr or Twitter? I can’t recall where but I do remember how much I laughed out loud.…
    - 18 Jul 19, 9:28am -
  • Behind the Art: Liam Sharp

    Behind the Art: Liam Sharp

    Liam Sharp has been working in comics since the 1980s, making a name for himself as an artist for 2000 AD, “the cutting edge powerhouse of British comics.” Sharp eventually landed with “the big two” comic powerhouses, Marvel and DC. Fans of D…
    - 16 Jul 19, 6:41pm -
  • 5 Essentials of Masterful Product Packaging

    5 Essentials of Masterful Product Packaging

    Discover the five essentials of masterful product packaging and how designers can put a premier spin on each one. The post 5 Essentials of Masterful Product Packaging appeared first on HOW Design.
    - 9 Jul 19, 12:16am -
  • A World of Typography: Creating Typefaces for Multiple Writing Systems

    A World of Typography: Creating Typefaces for Multiple Writing Systems

    Industrious type designers are creating typefaces for non-Latin scripts and languages across the world that are typically lacking in typeface options.The post A World of Typography: Creating Typefaces for Multiple Writing Systems appeared first on H…
    - 8 Jul 19, 1:47am -
  • What Designers Want Copywriters to Know

    What Designers Want Copywriters to Know

    Bay Area designers and art directors share their thoughts on what makes a great copywriter-designer duo and offer copywriting tips from a design perspective.The post What Designers Want Copywriters to Know appeared first on HOW Design.
    - 5 Jul 19, 1:39am -
  • Pierre Katz: Giving New Faces to Old Luxury Brands

    Pierre Katz: Giving New Faces to Old Luxury Brands

    Paris designer and brand strategist Pierre Katz provides a brief tutorial on rejuvenating the images and branding of legacy luxury brands.The post Pierre Katz: Giving New Faces to Old Luxury Brands appeared first on HOW Design.
    - 2 Jul 19, 1:56am -

Imprint

  • Breakthrough Thinking: A Q&A with Thomas Vogel

    Breakthrough Thinking: A Q&A with Thomas Vogel

    In the business world there has been a lot of buzz about “design thinking,” “innovation,” “creative thinking,” and more. The rumor is that it’s only the newest fad in business and soon, it too, will fade away in to obscurity … The pos…
    - 23 Jun 14, 8:30am -
  • Out-of-This-World Inspiration: Books That Celebrate Classic Sci-Fi Cover Art

    Out-of-This-World Inspiration: Books That Celebrate Classic Sci-Fi Cover Art

    Sponsored: How designers turned their love of vintage sci-fi imagery into curated blurb books. The post Out-of-This-World Inspiration: Books That Celebrate Classic Sci-Fi Cover Art appeared first on Print Magazine.
    - 21 Jun 14, 10:58am -
  • The Six C’s of Creative Leadership

    The Six C’s of Creative Leadership

    When it comes to creative leadership the great design leaders exhibit six essential characteristics. How many of these traits do you have? The post The Six C’s of Creative Leadership appeared first on Print Magazine.
    - 20 Jun 14, 9:00am -
  • Laura Bifano: June’s Cover Artist

    Laura Bifano: June’s Cover Artist

    We were lucky to work with illustrator Laura Bifano to create the cover of the June issue of Print. She tells us about her process, what inspires her and shares some images of another illustration piece. The post Laura Bifano: June’s Cover Artist…
    - 17 Jun 14, 9:53am -
  • Albert Einstein’s Favorite Artist?

    Albert Einstein’s Favorite Artist?

    Here's a tribute Einstein wrote for Print magazine about artist Josef Scharl—and, of course, a look at Scharl's life and work. The post Albert Einstein’s Favorite Artist? appeared first on Print Magazine.
    - 16 Jun 14, 8:00am -
  • Weekend Heller: Stamp Butcher

    Weekend Heller: Stamp Butcher

    Niko Courtelis is a creative director, filmmaker, and, says the Kat Ran Press, "a butcher of stamps." Learn more about his book that collects his creative work. The post Weekend Heller: Stamp Butcher appeared first on Print Magazine.
    - 13 Jun 14, 4:01pm -
  • Masquerading Artists

    Masquerading Artists

    The 1951 Improvisations program for the Artists Equity Masquerade Ball includes artwork by the likes of Isabel Bishop and many more artists. Take a look inside this limited edition program. The post Masquerading Artists appeared first on Print Magaz…
    - 13 Jun 14, 1:38am -
  • You’re Getting Sleepy, Very Sleepy

    You’re Getting Sleepy, Very Sleepy

    At the turn of the century Mon. J. Filiatre, drawing from ancient methods and revealing them in 128 photographs (some included here), teaches the world "les sciences utiles" of hypnotism. The post You’re Getting Sleepy, Very Sleepy appeared first…
    - 12 Jun 14, 1:36am -
  • LACMA’s New Graphic Design Collection Plans

    LACMA’s New Graphic Design Collection Plans

    The Los Angeles County Museum of Art plans to build one of the country’s most vital, important graphic design collections. The post LACMA’s New Graphic Design Collection Plans appeared first on Print Magazine.
    - 11 Jun 14, 10:46am -
  • Stars and Barbs

    Stars and Barbs

    Mirko Ilic created this poster and billboard for 8th Festival of Tolerance - Jewish Film Festival for the 25th Anniversary presentation of Schindler's List. The post Stars and Barbs appeared first on Print Magazine.
    - 11 Jun 14, 7:06am -

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  • Visiting BILD

    Visiting BILD

    Our annual Berlin study trip again included a visit to Axel Springer - one of the largest publishers in the world and publisher of Europe's largest circulation newspaper, BILD.Axel Springer's Head of Apprenticeships, Dual Studies & Talent Attraction,…
    - 4 Feb 20, 8:11am -
  • One Week Winners

    One Week Winners

    Team Union Direct (l/r) - Zoe Willis, Valentina Torella, Gonzalo Cervilla, Balazs Hirth & Rachel Platts-Smith.Our most recent One Week project finished with a remarkable flourish after the client, Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) assembled a…
    - 20 Jan 20, 9:45am -
  • DMA 2019 Breakthrough Awards

    DMA 2019 Breakthrough Awards

    Congratulations to Ida Bukantyte and Marta Winogrodzka who were both shortlisted for the DMA Breakthrough Awards 2019. Both were given the opportunity pitch to the DMA panel and the client, Direct Line, in London, and then attend the awards event, al…
    - 8 Dec 19, 11:28am -
  • Concours d’écriture créative 2019

    Concours d’écriture créative 2019

    The HND Graphics class currently have an exhibition on show in Edinburgh at the French Institute. The set of 37 typographic posters are the result of an annual creative writing competition - 2019 concours d’écriture créativen - co-organised by…
    - 8 Dec 19, 7:03am -
  • Nova Magazine

    Nova Magazine

    This year our HNC editorial design project was to reinvent the seminal 1960s feminist magazine, Nova.  Nova pioneered journalism that tackled taboo subjects and radical feminist ideas during the 1960s and early 70s.  Times change, but many of these…
    - 6 Nov 19, 11:39am -
  • Good News for Great Ideas

    Good News for Great Ideas

    Photography by Cameron BrisbaneGraphic Design Tutor Helena Good scooped the Leadership Award at the Creative Edinburgh Awards last week, for her outstanding contribution to the Daydream Believers project, and in hugely deserved recognition of a caree…
    - 19 Oct 19, 6:28am -
  • Our newest YCN Winners!

    Our newest YCN Winners!

    Earlier this week Tutors Alex Gunn and Richie Bisset accompanied our Commended YCN students down to London for the annual YCN Student Awards.  Our winners from HN Graphics were Anne Bender, Ben Neilson, David Symmons (Gumtree brief), Sean  Gordon (…
    - 10 Sep 19, 4:51pm -
  • YCN Quartet

    YCN Quartet

    YCN have announced their commended students for 2018/2019, and Edinburgh College have garnered no less than six awards - including a stunning haul of 4 commendations for our Graphic Design students.HNC Graphic Design students Anne Bender, Ben Neilson…
    - 5 Jun 19, 4:13am -
  • Moving Stories

    Moving Stories

    Our annual end-of-year Industry Event and Show takes place this year on June 5th at the Fruitmarket Gallery.  We last exhibited there in 2016 and this year the event includes the use of both floors, exhibiting projects from HND Graphic Design, and s…
    - 5 Jun 19, 3:57am -
  • Daydream Believers
    The Daydream Believers programme, founded by Graphic tutor Helena Good,  is aimed at secondary school pupils to help them develop essential skills necessary for the future ahead. Working closely together with Employers, Teachers, Lecturers and Stude…
    - 18 Mar 19, 5:10pm -
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