How to Become a Better Designer Today?

A lot of people aspire to enter the world of graphic design. So how exactly do you become a graphic designer? Do you really need to enter formal school in order to be equipped with the right skill? There are other graphic designers who are no longer entering formal school. Instead, they have the internet in order to learn more about the intricacies of the trade. There are also those who are learning based on their experience from taking similar jobs. So how exactly do you improve your skill as a graphic designer?

First, you have to understand the basics. You will have to learn the basics in order to have the necessary foundation when it comes to your job. Next, you also want to make sure that you are going to take a closer look at the work of the best graphic designers. This will give you the ability to have a benchmark of what you need to achieve. You can also find inspiration from their work. And lastly, you will need to make sure that you are also going to criticize your own work. Make sure that you are going to always seek improvements.

Modern Web Design That You Want To Apply

A lot of people are looking for a website. However, you will need to make sure that the website has a modern design. So what are the modern design trends that you need to apply as a designer?

One of the things that you will need to implement in a modern web design is that it should be able to adapt to the different screens. Keep in mind that majority of today’s traffic comes from mobile. This only means that people don’t have to go to their computer in order to see your website. This only means that it should fit smaller screens.

You also need to consider the color of the website. Not only should it blend with the branding, it should even have to follow the trendiest colors that are being used on top websites today. You may have to do a bit of research in order to find the right color.

You also need to incorporate either a photo or a video whenever you are going to design a website. Keep in mind that the website should be aesthetically pleasing. It is even a good idea to ask your client to ask for custom photos rather than just stock photos.

The future is Fintech – Infographic

How Fintech is the future – this Infographic sent into the us by Fintech Compliance explains why. Thanks guys, it looks great!

Wage Slipping (Infographic)

Sent in by the guys over at National Insurance Number Apply, this awesome Wage Slipping infographic explains everything about your wage slips.

The top 10 Logo Designs according to Bulldog Graphic Design

When it comes to your business branding is everything, and the first step to branding is the logo. Having said that logo redesign can have a drastic effect be it negative or positive. But if you don’t believe me, check out this infographic from Bulldog Graphic Design.

When Letterpress Printing is the best choice

Letterpress has been labeled an antique technique of printing. It has been around for a couple of centuries and has seen its brink to extinction from the renaissance around the late 19th century until today. Though digital printing has overtaken letterpress printing for quite some time as the leading printing technique, the end of letterpress printing is yet to be seen. The advantages of letterpress printing which other printing methods have trouble to replicate make letterpress printing survive during these modern times.

Letterpress printing can provide an elegant finish with crisp and sharp letters and images is a valuable result for some organisations and industries. Its simplistic process which can be done by anyone even at home it has opened many opportunities as a hobby and business endeavor. Its authentic feel is something official documents and letters require making it possible to survive among several printing techniques available today. However, it is impractical to use letterpress printing all the time. There are scenarios which other printing techniques such as digital printing are more appropriate.

Here are several situations when letterpress printing is the best choice:

1. Limited edition books – Limited edition books only reaches a couple hundred of copies maximum. To counter this limited production, limited edition books are far expensive than regular books. Cheaply printed books will not worth much and won’t sell much if released. Letterpress printing complement the limited edition books perfectly by giving them a rare and authentic feeling which only a handful of people can purchase and own.

2. Artist’s Books – Artist’s books such as recipe books are not limited edition however, their content is far valuable than other books. These contents are the compilation of a lifetime career of the author and are expensive by their nature. Letterpress printing allows artist’s books to fetch for a higher price worthy of the book.

3. Greeting Cards – Greeting cards contain only few words or thoughts. With the receiver focused on the greeting message, the letterpress printing adds an artistic touch to the card increasing the sincerity and depth of the message in the card.

4. Broadsides – Broadsides are rarely seen today. It is the old version of newspapers which only has 1 page and the page is stick into the wall all over the streets. Most broadsides today are only produced for education purposes mainly for literature and history.

5. Invitations – Invitations are the representatives of the celebration or event. Using letterpress printing in the invitation suggests that the event or celebration is grand and important. Letterpress printed invitations are common on corporate events and parties hosted by wealthy individuals.

6. Official Documents – Official documents also use letterpress printing most of the time. Official documents or letters from the government or royalties use letterpress technique to put their official seal in the document.

If you are in doubt on whether to use letterpress printing or not, simply check the scenarios above and you’ll definitely know when letterpress printing is the best choice.

Home Safety

Locksmiths are our number one go-to guys for keeping our homes safe. They’re there 24/7 for all our needs and when our homes are put in jeopardy, and it’s for that reason that I personally have them ranking high in my contact list. What about you?

Thanks to Fast Keys Online for this great infographic!

The history of Beer Bottle Packaging

Beer is a popular alcoholic beverage throughout the world. You can find beer at almost all occasions and gatherings. The reason for its popularity is its availability and affordability. Compared to wine, beer can be purchased almost anywhere with much cheaper prices. However, beer distribution wasn’t always a worldwide. Beers were packaged in jars and kegs before beer bottle packaging was invented.

Beer bottle packaging was first used in the beer industry somewhere around 1700s. The first bottles were similar in design with the wine bottles. And just like wine bottles, earlier beer bottles used corks instead of cap crowns or twist-off covers.

It was not until the late 1700s that beer bottle packaging started to part from the wine bottle designs. The bottlenecks became shorter. The bottle was often called a porter. More than 50 years after porter beer bottle packaging was introduced, lager a new style of beer was released in the American market. The early bottle designs were similar to the bottle designs for mineral water. However, the porter design became the beer bottle packaging for lager somewhere in the 1850s. Even with the porter bottle being used in the market, another design that is now the foundation of current wine bottles was introduced in the market by the 1870s. The champagne beer bottle packaging has a narrow body and is widely used for beer, champagne and other kinds of beer such as root beer and small beer.

While the champagne beer bottle packaging was released, Weiss beer bottle was also introduced at the same time. The Weiss beer bottle has three variants which were traditional. These 3 bottle packaging were used for German brew or Weiss beer. When beer gained popularity somewhere around 1900s, it became an exported good. The earlier export beer bottle packaging has a wide body and a long neck. This allowed greater capacity than the local counterparts. However, some beer companies have adopted this design for local beer distribution. These are the different beer bottle packaging designs before the current beer bottles.

The beer packaging industry has evolved and is now not limited to bottles alone. There are kegs, which have been used ever since beer was commercialized, and cans which are now gaining the same popularity as beer bottles. With such a great history not only on the types of beers but also the different beer bottle packaging, you can always think back and imaging the different beer bottles that have been developed before the one in your hands next time you have a bottle of beer to enjoy.

The benefits of great Web Design

Every business which uses online marketing started the same way. It is setting up the company website. Company website becomes the online store, customer support center and sales representative all in one. With these functions combined, the website will become the face of the company in online marketing. The following reasons will be more than enough for the company to consider a great web design.

1. Online Presence and Identity – Online business is about presence and identity. By having a great web design from the Dotcentric Episerver partner, the company projects an image of a great company to its customers and prospects. Customers cannot see the sales representative but will mainly judge a company with their website. Poorly created website means weak presence and bad identity. A great web design means the company has class and professionalism.

2. Attract Visitors – The web design can attract or scare visitors. A great web design can attract the visitors and makes them want to stay and browse around the website. It is like having customers check your store and the goods in it.

3. Convert Customers – Profits are only made when visitors turn to customers. More visitors in the website will lead to more customers for the company. Sign-up page and online store designs would also affect profits.

4. Distinction – Though products and services are similar between competitors, being distinct in the web design will set the company apart from the competition online. Unique and catchy web designs will make the visitors and potential customers remember the brand and company.

5. Features – Web designs with easy-to-navigate features and great details can make the difference in customer experience. Great websites also have more features to check which gives more potential for profits.

6. Cost Efficient – Great web design will be easy to upgrade and require less maintenance. Considering that the website will require less maintenance in the long run, the extra investment in starting a website will prove cost efficient.

7. Upgradable – With everything designed perfectly, upgrades can easily be installed even major changes which include new features or additional pages. Poor web designs sometimes lead to total renovation or conversion of a website.

8. Reliable Support – Great web designs are created by experienced designers. They provide long-term services which include website support and great deals for website upgrades.

Companies would like to have an ideal representative of their brand whether online or traditional marketing. Everything should be top-notch from the store, support and promotions so get in contact with a brand identity agency like Outre Creative to give your company the look you want. A great website features all these which in turn provide the best platform for the company to create profits.

Post provided by http://www.garethbullseo.co.uk/

Infographic by BetCode – How (& how not) to shuffle cards

Checkout this superb infographic from BetCode. I’ll let the infographic do the talking here:

Infographic by Inhous: The 3 most important factors to consider when moving to London

I came across this Infographic on Inhous’s Twitter, and upon seeing the reaction it got over there, I couldn’t resist sharing it to The Design Can audience. It’s a really well put together infographic with a nice use of typefaces. Top work from Inhous relocation services!

 

My Shepherds Bush market rebrand

A lover of markets I recently popped down to Shepherds Bush Market whilst in London for the weekend.

I love London, as a designer London always inspires me in my work; the market is going through some major changes, one of them being their branding.

Giving my industry a brand change is always something that catches my eye. Changing branding is always a risky movement; get it wrong and it can literally close your business down.

Although the Shepherds Bush Market rebrand made sense considering the major work that’s happening in the area, a rebrand brings a fresh approach to the market as it shifts into a more modern outlook.

The market caters for a variety of people, as a designer you can find some really unique items, some of my best work has been inspired from places such as this.

If you’re in London I would recommend visiting.

The best brand I’ve seen this year

Branding is essential to being memorable, and companies will spend so much money to perfect their brand.

One brand I recently saw which I thought was fantastic was The Lock Father. A locksmith company, the name The Lock Father not only a play on the fantastic God Father films, but the name stuck well in my mind.

I also have a keen eye on brand names and logos, if you’ve seen one that you feel can match this get in contact and let me know.

How design can help you generate new customers this Valentines Day

This valentines day is a perfect opportunity to market and remind your current customers (and gain new ones) you’re relevant. Turning valentines day into revenue requires work.

Email Marketing

Depending on your products/service, you can adapt your email marketing for the day. Be ironic, get your customers opening your email for a special valentines day surprise!

I’ve just found an email last year from GroupOn that was superb, the headline subject was:  Love deals more than your partner, you can’t miss out on these valentines day treats.

Controversial, but it works and I bet it converted well!

Design

Tweaking your website for Valentines day can be a different way of getting your visitors to interact and spend time on your site. Toby & Kate did this well on their site: http://www.tobyandkatemccartney.com/ – see below:

P.S. Check this post on how Tinder approached their Valentines day for even more tips.

Infographic: Creating the perfect email

Creating the perfect email, easy right? Maybe not so.

When creating email marketing templates for clients, the main point of the project is creating something that is engaging and ultimately convert.

EmailOctopus have created this great and well-designed infographic for those who are or want to get into email marketing with handy tips on creating the perfect email!

The Design Can t-shirt range coming soon!

This summer we’ll be launching our Design Can t-shirt range on our webstore, more details on specific dates to come.

We’ve partnered with Logos 4 Polos to produce our range, with different colours and sizes to be made available, we can also confirm that we plan to launch these at £25, with FREE shipping within the UK, shipping to other countries have yet to be confirmed.

Review: Wrapsody gift wrapping service

Now you may be thinking why am I reviewing a gift wrapping service on my design blog, but hear me out!

Now the Christmas dust has finally settled and all the decorations are crammed back in my garage, I though I’d take the time to reflect on one of the services I used over the festive period.

Wrapsody gift wrapping service offer bespoke gift wrapping – I was able to give them my gift, decide a theme if I so wish, and Wrapsody would do all the hard work. The reason I decided to use this service was not because I was too lazy to wrap my gift (although I can’t wrap to save my life!), I actually wanted to add a special touch to my girlfriends Christmas present.

Now I did forget to take pictures of my gift, even on Christmas morning, as she was way too eager to open her present, however there are plenty of examples on their website. I do highly recommend checking it out!