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

Creative Design

  • 2 years 2 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.

  • 2 years 3 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.

  • 3 years 7 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:  

  • 4 years ago

    Party Like it’s 1999

    As I write this article, I have been in the graphic design business for about 17 years. It’s been a long but rewarding haul.

  • 4 years 1 month ago

    I must admit, I am not very good with new year's resolutions. The first problem is actually deciding on one that doesn’t involve a fitness related goal. Second problem is actually sticking to it for more than 3 weeks. This is probably true for you as well. Am I right?

  • 4 years 1 month 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!

  • 4 years 2 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.

  • 4 years 2 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!

  • 4 years 7 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.

  • 4 years 8 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’.

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