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A few words from the apes, monkeys, and various primates that make up the Cheeky Monkey Super Squad.

Creative Design

  • 3 years 4 months ago

    Ever wish you could travel back through time?

    Maybe there are things you would have done differently. Or, maybe you just want to see what things used to look like. Well, as nice as that would be, it’s just not possible… yet.

    Just because we haven't invented a time machine, doesn't mean we can't see what the past used to look like. Thanks to the power of the internet, we can now look back in time!

  • 3 years 4 months ago

    Yesterday morning, I met with our Creative Director Chris Arlidge.

    Chris has worked with Cheeky Monkey Media since Rick and Gene started the company in 2008. He’s been part of the troop in an official capacity since 2013. Multiple international publications have published his artwork and colleges and high schools use his tutorials in the classrooms. In fact, Chris is so famous a potential date was hesitant to meet him, because she was intimidated by his google presence.

  • 3 years 4 months ago

    Last year, Cheeky Monkey Media went to the 2015 North American DrupalCon in Los Angeles and didn’t tell anyone that we did the branding and design for the event. Doh!

  • 3 years 10 months ago

    Man has been sharing ideas, writing and painting for a long time. Some might say we have been doing it for around 40,000 years. Back then we had cave walls, and today we have videos, books, and content management systems (blogs, articles, and online photo/art galleries).

    I decided to create a little wallpaper celebrating this… sort of. Sprinkle in some artistic license a Neil Gaiman quote and a T-Rex and you get my vision.

  • 3 years 10 months ago

    The hierarchy of needs for design, is based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

    Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

    The hierarchy of needs principle states that a design must meet the lower-level needs before the higher-end needs can begin to be addressed. This means that things like ‘functionality’ must come before ‘creativity’.

  • 4 years ago

    If you are just starting out in the design business, or even if you are a seasoned veteran, I am sure you are aware of how difficult it can be to find quality images. Finding stock images we can use for commercial projects without gobs of money or lawyers beating down your door can be tough. There are a lot of good Royalty Free stock sites out there. Many offer reasonable subscription rates like Bigstock, for example. These sites are good to have but having free resources is also good. Free is good.

  • 4 years ago

    Things are always fun and a little bit crazy at the Cheeky Monkey office... however I did manage to find some time to put this little video together. We all love silent movies (well that's probably not true) so I hope you enjoy this little look into our world.

  • 4 years 2 months ago

    I recently completed a large project that involved all the graphic design for the 2015 Drupalcon held in Los Angeles, California.

    There were many design deliverables. Logos, tee shirts, pins, lanyards, totes, program guide, web design, slideshow templates, and a ton of signage.

    I learned one very important thing during this adventure, and that was using InDesign instead of Illustrator for the signage.

  • 4 years 5 months ago

    Back in August of 2014, I wrote an article Web Design Without Adobe Photoshop where I had finally decided to put the graphics giant, Photoshop, to the side and try some different tools for working with UI and Web design. I didn’t do this to be different, I really and honestly needed a more efficient way to design responsive layouts.

  • 4 years 7 months ago

    Arguments and disagreements abound on text legibility. Research in this area is often confusing and contradictory. This is not surprising given the increasing number of ways in which type is published. We have print, kiosks, desktop monitors, signs, and many mobile devices from phones to tablets. In this article I would like to address some basic guidelines about the issue of text legibility.

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