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The Story Behind the Typeface

March 15, 2020 / Conversation
History Behind the Typeface

Every day you see typeface designs, but rarely do you think about what’s behind it, the history of the most famous typefaces. In case you were wondering, a typeface is the design of lettering, which often includes variations (bold, italic, condensed, light, etc.). Each variation is considered to be a font, and there are thousands available to use! Your choice of type plays a crucial role in how your work is received. Using the correct font for your project can set the feeling and tone, as well as evoke an emotional response. An integral part of design, your choice of font, will set the tone for your content. Due to its utmost prominence, it is essential that you know the history behind the typeface.
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What are the Projected Graphic Trends for 2020?

February 29, 2020 / Uncategorized
Graphic Trends

Welcome to that special time of year again, the new year has come and gone, and spring is not quite here. When all the new ideas start to condense and become solid; when the new graphic trends emerge and the designs of the year are beginning. 2020 has started as a bold year, and the emerging trends are showing it. We have created a guide to help you discover the newest graphic trends of 2020.
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The Best Free Fonts for Designers

February 26, 2020 / Conversation, Inspiration
Best Free Fonts

Looking for the right font can be many things; unfortunately, easy is not usually one of them. Finding the right font can be one of the most challenging parts of any project. While the sheer numbers of fonts available are in the millions, with a significant percentage of them free, the only easy part is how fast the feelings of being overwhelmed by choices can take its toll. We understand this and have put this guide together to help you find the best free fonts for your design.
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Chinese New Year Design Inspiration for 2020

January 26, 2020 / Inspiration
Chinese New Year Design Inspiration

The year is now 2020, and it is officially the Year of the Rat according to the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac has been around for thousands of years, and it is based on 12-year cycles, which each year represented by an animal. In Chinese culture, it is believed that a person born exhibits the characteristics of the animal for their birth year. People born during the Year of the Rat are believed to be inventive, cunning, successful, intelligent, and ambitious. Also, according to the Chinese zodiac, the rat is a symbol of prosperity and renewal. This means incorporating this zodiac sign in to any of your Chinese New Year projects is sure to be a success. However, we know coming up with ideas can be the most challenging part of the creative process, so we did some of the leg work for you. Check out some of these amazing designs found across the web for some 2020 Chinese New Year design inspiration.
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Top Five Design Trends

January 4, 2020 / Inspiration
Design Trends for 2020

Change is the only constant in the universe, so no matter how hard you try to resist, it’s going to happen. In the design field, the same rule holds true, things change, and it can happen rather quickly. Being a designer means you not only need to be creative but also be willing to learn new things. Luckily, many creatives have an open mind and are receptive to change. Staying on top of the curve also helps, so knowing what to expect can help you keep that creative edge. Every year new trends emerge, so it’s essential to keep your designs relevant and with the times (for the most part). Staying up to date by knowing the emerging design trends for 2020
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Designer Resolutions for 2020

December 29, 2019 / Inspiration
Designer Resolutions

As 2019 is ending, now is the time to look back and reflect on where you have been and where you would like to be. The end of the year is the perfect time to reflect and reassess your plans and goals for the next year. As a creative, being stagnant can really affect your flow, so assessing where you’ve been and where you want to go is necessary if you’re going to bring your work to the next level. Plus, even the act of writing down your intentions, goals, and aspirations can be the first step to making it all pan out for you. So make sure you set your designer resolutions for 2020!
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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for the Creative in Your Life

December 23, 2019 / Conversation

The holidays are here, and while we are supposed to celebrate life during this time of year, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the holiday season can be a tiring and taxing time. Shopping for your loved ones can drive any sane person up the wall, especially if they do not know what to get the person. Then this simple act of gift-giving turns into something else, something stressful. Stress is the last thing anyone needs during the holidays, and while it is bound to occur, there is help. If you have an artist in your life and you are stumped on what to get them for the holidays, then check out these last-minute holiday gift ideas for the creative in your life.
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Holiday Design Inspiration: A Collection of the Best Holiday Design Images

December 9, 2019 / Inspiration
Holiday Design Inspiration

With the holidays around the bend, designers are often swamped with design projects and can feel the heat of the holiday season. Whether it’s for invitations, greeting cards, posters, or flyers, coming up with a holiday design can be harder than it seems. There’s nothing wrong with looking at some holiday design inspiration to help get your creative juices flowing and get you into the spirit of the holidays.
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