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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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