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Taking Your Graphic Design Further, Expanding into Animation and Motion Design

Taking Your Graphic Design Further, Expanding into Animation and Motion Design

Guest author: David Mattock is a freelance animator who runs Full Rotation, a successful boutique collaborative design and animation studio located in Devon, UK. Animation and motion design are natural allies to graphic design. If you’re looking for a parallel career path to open new opportunities or just want to breathe life into your current design practice, this article is …

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How To Interpret and Respond To A Logo Design Brief

How To Interpret and Respond To A Logo Design Brief

In this article, designers will learn how to interpret and respond to a customer’s design brief. We’ll use a sample project from DesignCrowd to illustrate the basic guidelines to submitting high-quality designs to a contest. Then walk you through the steps to analyze the brief requirements via a keyword list and finally showcase design submissions from this project that followed …

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Five Big Logo Design Trends Influencing Graphic Designers In 2018

Five Big Logo Design Trends Influencing Graphic Designers In 2018

Now is the perfect time to review the five emerging logo trends for 2018. If there is one word that sums up the trends so far it is: experimental. Think of the mega trend of Brutalism in web design as a good example of this idea. In other words, break more rules, create movement and push more boundaries, as you …

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6 Digital Design Trends for 2018

6 Digital Design Trends for 2018

If you’re wondering what will be the big digital design trends in 2018, just look back on 2017 for some big clues – think experimental, fun and unique digital experiences. We saw brands turn to custom illustration to add emotion to their brand communications, such as Intercom, a B2B company that uses illustrated vignettes to describe product benefits to users. …

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Online Design School: 15 Websites To Turn You Into A Pro

Online Design School: 15 Websites To Turn You Into A Pro

As anyone who has tried their hand at being digitally creative can testify, there’s far more to being a great designer than finding your way around Photoshop and CSS. A true designer not only knows their software of choice inside out, they also never get tired of discovering new tricks and shortcuts. There’s a satisfaction that comes with learning new …

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Five Common Mistakes Graphic Designers Make

Five Common Mistakes Graphic Designers Make

In the design industry, experience trumps qualifications. Graduating from a top design college is one thing but the trick for freshers and inexperienced professionals is what they do next to minimize their mistakes and jump start a successful freelancing career in graphic design. The answer? Keep on learning! If you’re a new designer, the key is to keep on learning. …

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Product Update: Mini Contests and Designer Star Ratings

Product Update: Mini Contests and Designer Star Ratings

We’ve launched a new product called mini contests. This new contest format is shorter than unlimited contests and restricted to a smaller pool of designers with an average star rating of 2.5 or higher. Today we will outline how to find mini contests, explain how star ratings work and how to improve your ratings on DesignCrowd. How to join Mini …

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Anatomy of the 10 Top Startup Logos from 2017

Anatomy of the 10 Top Startup Logos from 2017

When it comes to logo design, designing for startups is perhaps the biggest challenge. Why? because a startup’s under pressure to find success quickly. Business owners want their brand to stand out, be recognizable, and for their logo to engage the personality and purpose of their new-born company. A logo is the first and the most durable ‘memory’ of a …

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Infographic: What does it take to create a logo?

Infographic: What does it take to create a logo?

Independent freelancing is booming. In the new world of cheaper, faster crowdsourced custom graphic design, how long does it take a professional graphic designer to create a new custom logo, without compromising great quality, versus the old way? There are four distinct phases of the design process a freelancer designer undertakes to create a stunning logo design for a client. …

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How To Work On A Design Theme Without Infringing Copyright

How To Work On A Design Theme Without Infringing Copyright

As a designer, you will likely receive automatic copyright protection for various aspects of your work as soon as it is created. Each country has their own copyright laws, and this will determine how your copyright protections operate and can be enforced. This article provides tips on how to work on a design theme without infringing on someone else’s copyright. …

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