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How to Make Effective Use of Color in Your Website

In the world of web design, color is one of the most powerful communication tools. Colors change our moods, inspire specific behaviors, provoke various emotions or cause physiological reactions – for instance, increasing our heart rate. Picking the color palette for a website is essential. It's color that will sell your product, pass your brand message and impact consumers' perception of your company. Here are some hacks on how to make the most from color in web design. Know your target audience Before choosing a color palette, make sure to first analyze your audience. Knowing the general demographic is crucial because colors mean different things to different cultures. Take white, for instance – while in India it's associated with death, a typical Englishman will think about innocence or cleanliness. But geographical location is not everything. Think about age as well. Young audiences love saturated and lively colors and will be attracted to such an extravagant website. Mature audiences might find the same colors annoying and leave your website. Match colors to your product Graphics, borders, headline types, buttons, backgrounds and pop-ups should all be coordinated in their look. All this will create a balanced and harmonious environment, but also reinforce your...
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Top 3 Applications for Graphic Design in Browser

Graphic Design and Photo Editing in Web Browser Without a doubt Adobe Photoshop is the leading image editor for nearly 20 years. It will be unrealistic to say that there is a real alternative. Of course some operating systems like Linux have Gimp that is decent graphic editing software, but still the core without plug-ins isn't come even closer. Due to power of latest web programing languages and in particular HTML5 a new trend have arise in the last few years – web design in browser, but as well as image editing in browser. It might sounds unserious at first, but there are quite good Photoshop alternatives that are accessible through your browser. These image editors offer all the basic features of Gimp and Photoshop. PIXLR https://pixlr.com/ Of course the first alternative of Adobe Photoshop in web editors is developed by Autodesk. PIXLR is extremely flexible and the interface looks so similar to Photoshop. Actually it took me about 5 minutes to match results done in Photoshop with this online based image editor. Features are limitless, you can either create image from scratch or edit existing photo. I have to say that, everybody in the office was impressed, interface looks exactly...
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How Healthy Is Your Graphic Design Business?

When you decided to open a graphic design business, you probably had grandiose ideas of being your own boss. You would have more time to spend with family and friends, make more money, and get away from your overbearing boss. If you are still struggling with time management, lost under a sea of bills, business and insurance paperwork, and dealing with hard to please clients, your graphic design business may not be as healthy as you want it to be. Establish a Marketing Plan Your flow of business may be all over the board. You take each and every job that comes your way because you want your business to be successful. The only problem is, you no longer enjoy what you do. Take a step back and figure out what kinds of graphic designs you want to work on and go from there. What is your creative edge? Who is your target demographic? What kinds of businesses do you want to work with? How are you going to keep your name out there? These are all questions that you need to answer honestly to determine if your graphic design business is healthy and mold it the way you want so that...
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4 Typography Trends to Look Out for in 2014

Emoji abuse. Chances are you’re guilty of it or you know someone who is. It’s tempting, of course, to play around with those colorful little creations available right on the keyboards of our smartphones and tablets. And you should, mostly because they’re fun and allow for a wider range of expression than boring old words or even photos. But emojis have also made for a heck of a challenge for web designers. If you’ve been on Twitter on your desktop or laptop, you can tell when someone you follow uses an Emoji in a tweet -- it always shows up as a misplaced, ugly, empty box. Emojis are becoming hugely popular, and not just in tweets, but also in blog posts and other traditional web content. That’s prompting the main players on the web to start experimenting with multicolored (and even animated) fonts. Mozilla, Abode, Microsoft and Google have all begun researching the possibility of more engaging typography as 2014 progresses, CNET reports. It makes sense; the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the web design industry is slated to grow 22% between 2010 and 2020, meaning more innovation is already on its way. So, what other kinds of typography breakthroughs...
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Improve Your Facebook Timeline Cover Photo

If you’re new to Facebook or want to improve your results, you’ll want a few tips to improve your timeline cover photo. The cover photo is the large, banner top that you see on every Facebook timeline format page. A cover photo is the first thing your visitors see when they come to your page, so you’ll want it to look as good as possible. Whether you have a business or personal page, you’ll benefit from some of these helpful tips. What Makes a Good Cover Photo? There are many things to consider when determining what makes a good timeline cover photo. There are different things to look at depending on whether it’s a personal or business page photo. Both should be crisp, clear pictures that are sized properly (see below). If you’re using the photo for a personal page, you’ll have a little more leeway when it comes to content. You can choose from any photo you like so choose one that is fun and displays your personality. A business Facebook timeline cover photo should be professional looking. Make sure it is a high quality photo that relates directly to your business. It should not be a personal photo and...
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What Makes a Successful Logo?

In this blog post we will feature some top secrets that will help guide your logo design in the right direction. Logos are everywhere. On our TV screens, mobiles, public transport and much more. To consumers, a logo can become a reminder of who a company is and what they sell. It can trigger an instant association, which is why it is up to the designer to make it in such a way that it achieves a good amount of recognition and increases awareness. Brands are literally causing the market to overflow with choice for the consumer. They are surrounded by a range of brand identities and so each logo must now go the extra mile to stand out. How is this possible though? Are there effective ways that can guarantee the success of a logo? Well, we will now share with you some professional points that will help you start the preparation process with promise and purpose. Remember; start as you mean to go on!   1 – Research to Understand the Audience A strong logo must do more than just look pretty. It needs to get across a message to the right person. It must look aesthetically pleasing of...
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Yes! You Can Design Your Company Logo

Logo provides company with an identity. These days either the company don't have them or they aren't good enough. Logo is certainly the most important part of any product. And it is a real test of a graphic designer to come up with an attention grabbing logo. Here are some essential tips of creating an effective logo: What is Logo? Logo is not a simple mark; it represents the company with the use of shapes, colors and fonts and even images. It is recognition of a company. It even helps to develop trust of a consumer in the products of the company i.e. brand loyalty. Whenever we hear the brand name 'Nike', the tick, its logo, pops up immediately in our mind, which depicts the capability of Nike's logo designer who has indeed created a masterpiece as the tick is carved in everyone's mind Norms of Logo Designing A logo must be describable, which means whenever a common man sees the logo, the brand name should pop up instantaneously. For example, the curvy M of McDonald's; whenever we see this yellow colored M, we immediately know it's for McDonalds. Secondly, it should be effective without color, even if we see...
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How a Website Benefits from Graphic Design

Many things should be taken into consideration when you hire a professional to design and build your website. Factors such as websites aesthetics, navigation and content quality should be considered. The graphic design of the website also carries equal importance. Making the website attractive to the eye with graphic images attracts the visitor's interest at first and will in turn read the website text. Website designers who are also graphic designers can easily and successfully combine graphics within the website design. This is a perfect combination that will allow the designer to build websites that will grab and hold the visitors' interest and increase the likelihood of them revisiting the website. Graphic Design Gloucester by Blumango is integral to a website's creation as it includes the layout of the web page, website content, website's design and site plan. The graphics that are used in the website design must be as good as the other areas. Home Page The homepage is a website's most important page. First impression is extremely important and having an effective and attractive home page increases the success of the website. A website with a home page that is not attractive enough would experience increased bounce rate per...
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Want to be a successful graphic designer? Find your niche!

Let’s bite the bullet. The theory of survival-of-the-fittest is true, at least for graphic designing industry. There are plenty of graphic designers striving hard and trying their best to be successful. The competition is high because the reward is great. Once you are successful in establishing yourself as a graphic designer, you’ll be able to earn a fortune if you play the game right. But to stay the course and to reach your destination, you’d have to face the competition. Finding your niche is one of the best strategies to deal with this, for the fewer the opponents the more easily and quickly you’ll become a successful name. So, I have listed some great benefits a niche designer can enjoy over a jack-of-all-trade designer. Benefit #1: Less Competition You can’t be the best among millions of designers out there but you can be the finest logo designer of the entertainment industry because in that niche there are only a few hundred big names. Focusing on a design niche will not only reduce the size of the pool of your competitors, but choosing a niche you are best at also increases your chances of winning. The easiest to beat are the ones...
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How to Graphically Design Text into Your Logos and Other Pieces: What To Keep in Mind

Graphic Design is one of those adventures of creativity that can be just as any other creative project—difficult. It can also be super easy. It really depends on the prep-work, process, and project. There are certain pieces of the process that aspiring, novice, beginner, and other-leveled graphic artists should keep in mind while working. Of course it depends on what you are creating, but having a few pieces of advice may help throughout your logo creation. Logos Logos are incredibly important for companies. They brand your name and can often solidify your brand image. Each little detail of the logo is very important. From the colors to the shapes to even the messages they convey, it is important to pay attention to every detail. Take a look at our logo design shop. Colors Colors have different meanings depending on the country. For example, we think of red as a powerful color while blue is confident with integrity. Don’t think so? Look at the color of ties worn by every presidential candidate in the past 16 years. Blue and Red. Shapes Shapes offer us a similar important role. Some shapes are very distinctive, and you can name what company it goes to...
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