February, 2017

All the posts published.

Feeling stumped? Everyone suffers from creative block now and then. Question is, how do you overcome it? We came across this brilliant infographic, which shares 21 top tips and tricks to help inspire you. From taking a risk to copying other people, there are plenty of unusual tricks you can try to give your creative brain a kick up the backside. Remember, there’s no one way to be creative, so …

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1. Death to the Stock Photo Death to the Stock Photo is just that; a photo and inspiration haven for creatives looking to move away from the cheesy stock image and instead find something suitable for their projects. Premium access is available but if you signup to their mailing list, you’ll get free photos by email every month. 2. Pexels Best free stock photos in one place – that’s …

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Leaders in print for designers Route 1 Print reveals the essential things to consider when approaching print-based work. In this ever-expanding digital world, it can be easy to forget the power of print design. But print is most definitely not dead and, done properly, can produce work that is extra special. However, the ‘getting it right’ bit is vital to this outcome – and that’s where leading print and …

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In this tutorial I’m going to create a cube net utilising some of the great functions in InDesign, including smart guides, X and Y positioning, and the height and width text fields. The usual choice for vector graphics work would be Illustrator, but for me it’s faster to work in InDesign – the program has many of the same functions as Illustrator, so it can easily be used to …

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How do you go about rebranding a city? So that it becomes part of its own identity? So woven into every single street, building and bit of infrastructure that it is instantly recognisable, as well as visually pleasing? It’s no easy feat, as many of you will know. When faced with such a colossal task, you have to take into account a city’s history and heritage, and consider where it …

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For more than a decade now the web is continuing to invade every area of our daily lives. From professional workplaces to home entertainment, to on the go help to our connected automobiles,  the web invaded almost everywhere. Naturally, web development is subject to much interest from all stakeholders. While businesses want it to help business conversion, this website development company find the heat of competition when it comes to engaging audience. …

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I’ve had conversations with two design business owners recently who revealed where their confidence comes from, and I wanted to share the interesting findings. The consensus suggested confidence is a result of action, their doing something, not waiting around for it to strike. People create their confidence and are in control of it. The first conversation I had was with the owner of a business which has been around since 1986, …

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Some people are destined to be designers. They have a knack for aesthetics, notice the finer details and love to learn new things. These people just move through the world differently. At Shillington, our students—most without any previous design training—recognise their eye for design and decide to turn their passion into a career. Should you become a graphic designer? The following 11 signs will reveal whether you should become …

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Looking to extend your skillset in 2017? Maybe you want to learn how to start a blog or discover how to draw? Upskilling can help you skip to the front of the design opportunities queue. But what should you learn, and how? We’ve already looked at the skills most desired by employers. Now read on for six pro tips from designers who’ve successfully upskilled… 01. Build your confidence “Have …

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Whether it is a signup flow or a multi-view stepper, forms are one of the most important components of digital product design – so you need to design them so they work effectively on mobile devices. Here’s how… Vertical scroll A single column layout works better Regardless of the device size, the easiest way to complete a form is in a linear fashion. Multiple columns disrupt a user’s momentum (the …

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We’re not going to bore you with the details of how to create a website. You’re obviously too savvy to be taught the basics of setting something up. What we are going to try and do, is help you with the things that you might overlook. We’ve teamed up with Squarespace to put together a range of helpful advice on creating a successful website. We’ve looked at why you …

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Web. Design. Digital. Print. | Iced | 2017 February