Flat Design vs. Skeuomorphism: Pros and Cons

The battle between Flat design and Skeuomorphism rages on. It started in the mid 2000’s when Microsoft brought in flat design with their Metro Design implementation. Apple had a major push to change their iOS7 and brought a lot of discussion about flat design in 2013. Apple didn’t completely do away with skeuomorphic icons, but […]

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Opening and Working with newer CS files in older CS versions.

Help! InDesign’s CC spaceship can’t fly in my prehistoric InDesign CS4! When multiple designers work on a project, particularly when working with freelancers, a common issue is compatibility with different Adobe Creative Suite (CS) versions. The latest version of CS is the Creative Cloud (CC), which is a monthly subscription based version. As CS has […]

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What’s Your Type(face)? Serif vs. Sans Serif

Now that we’ve settled the difference between Font and Typeface, let’s clear up the confusion with serif and sans serif. So, what’s your type(face)? Serif A serif typeface is identifiable by small, decorative lines attached to the end of each letter or symbol. Typically, serif typefaces are used for printed works and for body copy. […]

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Get off the Computer

One of the best pieces of advice for a creative block. As a designer, I get stuck in a design rut all too often. My usual go-to solution is to surf some of my favorite design blogs, hoping to feel the strike of inspiration that will solidify my idea into a design. Yet, it often doesn’t […]

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Font vs Typeface: What’s the difference?

Whether printed on giant billboards or flashing on a glowing screen — there is no denying the power of the mighty word. But we know it’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it. Literally. In fact, when evaluating a piece of content, it’s not unusual to hear observations like, “that’s a great typeface,” […]

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Top 10 Graphic Design Blogs

What’s an example of a dynamic design using only text? Is it possible to get excited about packaging? How are other designers optimizing images for WordPress? This layout looks blah, I need some design inspiration. This illustration rocks, where can I show it off? I want to ogle design-y things… When these questions and urges […]

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Print and Screen resolution: Myths and confusion explained.

DPI:Dots Per Inch – Printing PPI: Pixels Per Inch – on screen Web resolution, and pixel size Most traditional computer monitors have a screen resolution of 72 ppi. Many devices (tablets, smartphones, laptops, etc.) have screens with a ppi that is theoretically higher; however, because 72 ppi is still the most common screen resolution, most […]

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When to Use Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign

Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign are the three main programs used in design today, and are often the most commonly used in Adobe’s Creative Suite. While many operations can be performed in more than one of the applications, these programs are not interchangeable. Each one has a specialty and a designer may move from one program […]

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