As a graphic designer, I have a small set of tools that I depend on and trust. Since fonts are the lifeblood of most designers, a great font manager is vital to our workflow. I’ve been using Suitcase for decades because I’ve found it to be the best all-around tool for the job. It’s compatible with all my design apps, it’s fast and stable, and it offers just the right amount of nice new features to keep me upgrading. I fear that my reviews of each new release are beginning to sound like a broken record. (more…)
Brands are built over time. In the beginning it’s important to simply target a color that will do three things:
• Resonate with your target audience
• Capture the emotion and tone of your brand
• Separate yourself from your competition
What should I charge for my design services? There’s no easy answer to this often asked question. Check out this rate calculator.
Graham Smith has offered his excellent advise for designers who do work with the expectation of using PayPal for payment from the client. PayPal is extremely convenient, but loaded with issues we would rather not deal with. If you’re even considering the use of PayPal, this is a must-read.
While most of this article focuses on logo design, much of it can apply to any design work. If nothing else, take a look at #2, 4, 6 and 8.
The folks at Mercury Intermedia have released their iOS 9.3 UI kit in Adobe Illustrator vector format. It is the most complete and up to date iOS UI Kit released to date. Unlike many UI kits created in raster image format (typically PSDs), this one is so much more flexible because all the items are full vectors—making them perfect for mockups.
The iOS 9.3 UI kit is free to download, and weighs in at about 29MB in size. The file also comes in SKETCH format. If you have any reason to re-create iOS screen, this is a must-have!
It won’t be immediately obvious, but just hover your mouse over everything and click. Very un-slick design on top of some clever thinking, if you ask me.
Blockhead, fixes something that drives me up the wall about Apple’s iDevice and Macbook chargers—they LITERALLY stick out like a sore thumb. Blockhead ($20 or two for $35, from Ten 1 Design) is the charger/adapter Apple should have designed to begin with.