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Creative Design

  • 4 months 3 weeks ago

    I’ve heard quite a few questions in my career as a designer, and a lot of them show just how nebulous and mysterious our job is to most folks. Questions like, “oh, so you make stuff look pretty?” or, “you draw like, logos and stuff?” and even, “can you tell me what the best font is for my website for kids?” It’s Times New Roman, by the way. Just sayin’.

  • 5 months ago

    Every year we see classic trends rise and fall. Things like ultra-minimalism with tons of white space, or brutalism in web design. Every year we see designs that become the latest craze. Below is Cheeky Monkey Media's top five 2020 trend predictions:

  • 7 months 2 weeks ago

    In parts one and two we covered the absolute basics, and we looked at what “cases” mean. Now in part three let’s look at the skeletons of a sentence. That’s right. Sentence skeletons. Now, as a belated Halloween special we’ve got a lesson to spook the pants off of you.

  • 8 months 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.

  • 8 months 2 weeks 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.

  • 1 year 1 month ago

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

  • 1 year 2 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. 

  • 1 year 2 months 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 11 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.

  • 2 years 1 month 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.

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