How to Design a Logo: A 5-Step Process

How to Design a Logo: A 5-Step Process

An experienced logo designer knows that designing a great logo requires an equally great design process to ensure that the outcome is outstanding. I have broken down the logo design process into five steps that will create an effective pathway from initial brief to final presentation. Though each designer will have his or her own process, I would like to discuss a process that has worked for me and other logo designers.

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Free Marble Textures

Free Marble Textures

These 5 free high resolution marble textures can be downloaded and used in your personal and commercial projects. The textures are available in JPG format. Each marble texture is over 4900x3200px, making them suitable for a wide variety of situations.

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10 Free Calligraphy Fonts to Download

10 Free Calligraphy Fonts to Download

The art of calligraphy is a centuries-old craft that’s steadfastly becoming a rarity in our digitally dominated world. The featured free calligraphic fonts in this collection are excellent in design projects that want to embody the graceful and endearing imperfections that are intrinsically a part of human handwriting.

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5 Mantras That Will Help You Take Better Photos

5 Mantras That Will Help You Take Better Photos

What’s the best way to improve your photos? In my experience, I’ve found that improving my photographs begins with a good frame of mind and a set of philosophies.

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Amazing Character Illustrations by Christopher Lee

Amazing Character Illustrations by Christopher Lee

Designing characters sounds like a dream job: Who wouldn’t want to illustrate and draw for a living? But it takes a massive amount of talent and skills in order for you to succeed in this highly desirable career path. In this feature article, you’ll discover the excellent character illustrations of California-based designer, illustrator and "action figure connoisseur" Christopher Lee.

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10 Useful Digital Photography Tutorials for Beginners

10 Useful Digital Photography Tutorials for Beginners

Are you a beginner looking for good digital photography tutorials? The great news for you is there’s plenty of free online tutorials and guides to help you get started with digital photography. In this article, I’ve put together 10 of the best beginner-level photography tutorials I could find. I also listed additional websites at the end where you can find even more beginner-level tutorials, guides, and blog posts on digital photography.

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Marketing Yourself as a Designer is All About Making Stuff

Marketing Yourself as a Designer is All About Making Stuff

It seems that too often great designers get lost in the mix simply because they don’t take the time to market themselves well. I mean let’s face it, most designers — especially those of us working independently/freelance — find ourselves continually juggling the roles of accountant, salesperson, and marketer, and rarely do we find the energy or resources to really develop big marketing strategies after all of our other tasks are done. And, while many do just fine with personal web portfolios, growing competition is making getting noticed harder and harder.

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30 Beautiful Examples of Design Agency/Studio Websites

30 Beautiful Examples of Design Agency/Studio Websites

Looking at the company websites of design agencies and studios can give you a quick burst of creative inspiration because they must, as a matter of professional obligation, exhibit good design. Also, you can study their site’s design to uncover cutting edge trends — and recently, these are responsive web design, single-page sites, flat UI, and minimalist designs — to catch up on the latest web design styles and techniques. In this showcase, you’ll find the beautiful websites of some top-notch design agencies/studios.

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50 Beautiful Sketchbook Drawings for Inspiration

50 Beautiful Sketchbook Drawings for Inspiration

Sketchbooks are where ideas and great work often begin. A sketchbook is a journal of the creative process, giving you absolute freedom to explore, express and discover your concepts. If you’re looking for sketchbook ideas — whether you’re just starting to sketch or need inspiration for your existing sketchbooks — take a peep at these remarkable examples of sketchbook drawings by talented individuals.

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How to Make a Split-Flap Text Display in Photoshop

How to Make a Split-Flap Text Display in Photoshop

While in the real world split-flap displays are becoming obsolete in favor of digital displays in places like airports, train stations, bus stations, and so forth, they still live on as a symbol of travel. Whether you use them in app interfaces or a vintage-inspired design, I’m sure that you’ll find this tutorial interesting and useful. In this tutorial, we will use Photoshop to create a split-flap display.

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How to Organize Your Digital Photos with Photoshop Lightroom

How to Organize Your Digital Photos with Photoshop Lightroom

Whether you’re a hobbyist photographer or a full-on professional, there’s no doubt that keeping your photos organized is a task in and of itself. Thankfully, with just a little forethought and some patience, you’ll be working better and more efficiently in the Library module in Lightroom. Just keep these quick tips in mind.

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Beautiful, Inspiring iOS App Icons by Román Jusdado

Beautiful, Inspiring iOS App Icons by Román Jusdado

In the increasingly competitive mobile app market, everything you can do to set your app apart is important. Spanish designer and illustrator Román Jusdado is known in the industry as someone who creates remarkably detailed, realistic and eye-grabbing iOS app icons that make such a memorable impression on the people that see them. In this feature article, I’ll present to you the work of this talented designer.

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