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How to create mood boards: 40 pro tips and tools

How to create mood boards: 40 pro tips and tools
When trying to convey a design idea, moods, feelings and fluffy stuff like that can be difficult to communicate. So designers will often use mood boards: a collection of textures, images and text related to a design theme as a reference point. Mood boards can be a great way to convey your design idea, win pitches and get an early sign-off. Telepathy would save a lot of time but sadly, for most of us, it's not an option. What I'm thinking and feeling about a creative idea, my intended vision for a piece of work, is limited to how good my verbal communication skills are at expressing this to project stakeholders. 27 graphic designers to follow on Instagram Mood boards help others to 'get inside our heads' in order to convey a thematic setting for a design or to explain function in piece of work. 01. When putting together mood boards, it's easy (and therefore tempting) to just use Google Images. 02. Real world inspirations are all around us. 03. 04. 05. Again, it's a subliminal trick. 06.

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The freelancer's guide to cash flow management An ex-freelance writer, I appreciate how infuriating the financial side of freelancing can be. At times your flush, at others you’re crushed, forced to turn over settees and flail around for cash. A lack of marketing, a loss of a client, mere bone idleness on your part - there’s a number of things that can fuel a famine in your finances, but, more often than not, poor cash flow management will shoulder most of the blame. In-house at an accountancy firm for just over a year now, I’ve seen how integral good cash flow management is to a freelancer’s success.

4 ways to speed up your website A slow and clunky website can be very frustrating, not only that but its most likely costing you money. Your website's performance is very important when it comes to converting traffic into paying customers. If the page doesn't load within a few short seconds, odds are that the visitor will abandon your site. This goes for the mobile version of your site as well. Proper implementation of responsive design plays into visitor conversion. KISSmetrics recently released this infographic on loading time and how it affects your bottom line.

Top 100 Animation Sites You Need To Know Did you know.... In 2013 every movie nominated for an Oscar Award in the Best Visual Effects category had graduates from The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School (DAVE School at Universal Studios Orlando) in the credits. This year (2014), four of the five nominated films - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, The Lone Ranger, and Star Trek Into Darkness- included DAVE School graduates. Those 4 films alone employed nearly 70 DAVE School graduates last year. I’ve been professionally writing about the game, film, and tech industries for six years online. If there’s one thing I’m an expert at, it’s the Internet. How to make your websites more immersive: 5 pro tips I was 12 years old when I played an arcade game for the first time. It was the '90s and the game was Capcom Arcade's Final Fight. I remember like it was yesterday the rush I felt when the music started and when the story kicked off. I barely played for five minutes but when I finished I was so excited I could feel my heart beating in my throat. Final Fight was a hell of an experience.

90 top-class typography tutorials Whether you're a creative director, illustrator or web developer – whatever your discipline, typography is an essential part of design. There are hundreds of paid-for and free fonts available these days, but when it comes to the art of type, you can never stop learning about it or improving your typography skills. To help you out, we've gathered together the most amazing typography tutorials from around the web, which are bound to help you raise your type skills to the next level. In this post, you'll find typography tutorials in the following areas: The basics and advanced typography skills (1-11)Web typography skills (12-16)Typography in Illustrator (17-23)Adding colour to your type (24-28)Learn type through games (29-31)3D text effects (32-38)Fire up your type (39-41)Snow and ice effects (42-44)Make your type metallic (45-49)Eye-catching type effects (50-58)Design your own type (59-65)Make a typography poster (66-68)Illustrative typography (69-82) Let's get started!

9 common mistakes in content marketing By now most internet marketers are familiar with the phrase "Content is King" but this really is nothing new. It always has been king and it always will be. Content was king before Bill Gates' now infamous essay back in 1996 and it will continue to be as long as humans are capable of digesting information. But if content is the king then I think we're the court jester in a lot of ways. The king is laughing at us and let's face it: a lot of times we'd be lucky if our target audience makes it far enough into our 'content marketing' strategy to laugh with him, let alone find anything of value in the content we're trying to shove in their faces producing. That's because we're often just a bit too focused on things like ROI and conversions and generating leads, which distracts us from our goal of creating and sharing something that others will find genuinely valuable.

10 Awesome Infographics for Graphic Designers As a graphic designer, you’ve probably designed at least a few infographics for your clients – or even for fun. You can create (and sell) infographics for any topic or industry, which means infographics can be a lucrative source of income. Some designers make a full-time living designing infographics alone. Where to find logo design inspiration You've just taken a new brief from a new client and now you're sitting at your desk waiting for inspiration to strike. But do you really expect the perfect logo design to pop up, fully formed, in your mind? Believe me, it could be a long wait.

Why great content management is a must Content types can be considered the 'building blocks' of a website; like the selection of Lego pieces you used to build that unique police-boat-fire-engine-robot. Some can be quite complex, others can be simple little cubes. Cleve Gibbon explains more tangibly: "A content type is a 'unit of reuse' ... For example, a chapter content type can be assembled into a book, or a series of posts aggregated to create a new blog." Although content types can be presented as quite abstract and technical (as I've possibly just done), I believe they can work extremely well as a practical tool to help plan and maintain websites, from the start to finish, and used by everyone involved.

19 Color Palette Generators That Make Web Design Easier A great color scheme is a fundamental component of a well-designed website. An unattractive color scheme could potentially turn off website visitors before they’ve even got to your content. However, it’s not always easy to come up with an appealing palette of colors on your own.

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