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Creative Design

  • 23 hours 12 minutes ago

    Welcome back! Last time we took a look at the very basics of typography terminology. We went over the differences between a font and a typeface, sans-serif vs. script vs. serif typefaces, and how to identify each of them.

    This time we’re going to take a look at the sizing of letters. Just like your body, letters have entire anatomies to them, each part having a different name, and a way to measure it. We’re going to identify the different guidelines used to measure the sizes of letters. We’ll talk about uppercase and lowercase, and where they originate.

  • 1 week ago

    Typography is one of those fields with a whole bunch of specialized terms to describe absolutely every single tiny part of every letter, sentence, paragraph, or page. If you aren’t a type nerd or a graphic designer, you probably haven’t ever had much of an education on all of those type terms. You don’t need to be a typographer just to y’ know, run your business. However, knowing the basics will help. The right terms help you communicate with your designers, printers, and other creatives.

  • 5 months 3 weeks ago

    A long time ago in a galaxy (well, country, I guess) far, far away….

  • 6 months ago

    Welcome to Diving into Design! This is the first article in a new series where our designer, K2, will take you on a journey back through the history of design. During each part of our journey, we’ll spotlight an incredible individual, passion-inspiring project, or creative company. 

  • 6 months 2 weeks ago

    Has this ever happened to you?

    You need a specific image for a project. There’s nothing relevant in your stock folder. In the background a clock is ticking the seconds away until the deadline hits. The client hasn’t provided anything either! What the heck are you gonna do?!

  • 1 year 2 months ago

    3 reasons you need to get offline and go outside.

    K2 from Cheeky Monkey Media here.

    Alright, let's be honest for a minute here. We've all spent our fair share of time browsing for 'inspiration’. Today I'm going to going to tell you three reasons why that makes for uninteresting work.

  • 1 year 5 months ago

    Fancy web design isn't just for the big dogs. In fact, web design for small business is one of the easiest ways to help your small business get ahead of the pack.

    Seriously--web design affects your SEO, which can boost (or hurt) your rankings in search engines.

    Here, we're breaking down how to get started with great web design and the trends you should be watching in 2018.

    Web Design Basics

    First, let's talk about the basics.

  • 1 year 5 months ago

    It might be surprising, but nearly half of all small businesses still don't have a website! As web designers looking to create cool and unique designs for clients, this is great news. When it comes to unique UI design, the world is your oyster and it’s an all you can eat buffet. So long as you follow the latest trends and stick with best practices, building something unique can be super simple.

  • 1 year 6 months ago

    Sometimes it can be a bit difficult talking to a designer. Vectors? Wordmarks? Kerning? Huh? To help you navigate those confusing conversations we've put together a guide detailing the various types and subtypes of logos that you can find out in the wild.

  • 2 years 10 months ago

    Before you can go about building a strong brand or transforming your brand into something your current and future clients can’t live without, you need to understand what branding really is.

    What is a brand?

    In the broadest terms, your brand is the way your customers perceive you. 

    In “Why Brand Building Is Important,” Scott Goodson states:  

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