Are Your Web Graphics Print-Ready?

Jun 12 2013 by Vladimir Gendelman | 2 Comments

Is Your Web Graphics Print-Ready?

As a web designer, masters of the digital realm, you might have never faced the situation where your designs are going to be sent to a print shop.

Or perhaps you’re an Internet business owner in a place right now where you need printed materials for an event (a conference, a meet-up, billboard advertising, and so forth). You might be an online retailer, a SaaS company, a web development agency, etc.

What happens when you’ve only got web graphics at hand? Graphics designed to be displayed on electronic devices like computer monitors and smartphones.

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Working with Visual Weight in Your Designs

Feb 3 2011 by Kayla Knight | 19 Comments

In design, visual weight is the notion that design elements have varied weights; that is, some objects, even on a two-dimensional medium, can appear to be heavier than others. Visual weight is a powerful concept that allows us to create visual hierarchy, symmetry, balance, and harmony in designs. When applied strategically, the concept of visual weight can help us guide the viewer’s attention to the places we want in a design. This article covers the concept of visual weight and the factors that affect it.

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JPEG 101: A Crash Course Guide on JPEG

Dec 8 2010 by Catalin Rosu | 27 Comments

JPEG 101: A Crash Course Guide on JPEG

JPEG, a compression algorithm optimized for photographic images, is something we encounter on a regular basis. JPEG is not limited to a certain amount of color (unlike GIF, for example) and is popular due to its variable compression range, meaning that you’re able to more easily control the amount of compression, and consequently, the resultant image quality. In this guide, we will discuss the important things you need to know about JPEG.

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5 Branding Basics Every Logo Designer Should Know

Jan 12 2010 by Fatima Mekkaoui | 67 Comments

While many articles try to dissect the process of designing a logo itself, I will attempt to share tips from my experiences with branding-focused logo design for the real world.

5 Branding Basics Every Logo Designer Should KnowPhoto by lpwines

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Beautiful Designs with Smoke Typography

Jan 3 2010 by Hakan Nural | 41 Comments

There is something very beautiful and mysterious about smoke. Using smoke in a design can produce some amazing visual effects, as you can see in this collection. In case you want to incorporate smoke effects in your own designs, we’ve also included some design resources in this article that you can check out.

Smoke Typography Showcase

Intuition Smoke

Intuition SmokeBy Hautalken

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A Comparative Design Look at Remakes of Movie Posters

Dec 6 2009 by Callum Chapman | 33 Comments

Movie posters have been around for longer than most of us have lived – thus, studying them can give us insights on how design has progressed throughout recent history. They were the main way of advertising film 70 years ago, and although we now have television commercials and the internet, posters are still one of the best forms of advertisement. In this collection, we will look at how poster design has developed over the years, looking at films that have been remade.

A Comparative Design Look at Remakes of Movie Posters

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Comic Sans: The Font Everyone Loves to Hate

Dec 1 2009 by Cameron Chapman | 86 Comments

It seems like every designer out there has an opinion about the Comic Sans font, and it seems the overwhelming majority of those opinions are negative. How has a single font become the focus of so much ire? And what, exactly, is behind all the hate?

Comic Sans: The Font Everyone Loves to Hate

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