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Get your graphic design game-face on with these inspiring tips.

Think hiring an in-house designer is the safe choice? Think again.

Think hiring an in-house designer is the safe choice? Think again.

Published: July 10. at 5:00 pm

Design expertise can benefit any company. But recruiting a full-time designer could cost you more than you think.

The Ultimate Guide to Design Styles

The Ultimate Guide to Design Styles

Published: July 9. at 5:00 pm

This guide will help both clients and designers to better understand what the different design styles are and what characteristics define them. We have also put together some of our own examples of each style to best illustrate how these designs are used.

Design Marketplaces: Do you get what you pay for?

Design Marketplaces: Do you get what you pay for?

Published: July 3. at 5:00 pm

Design marketplaces are popping up everywhere. But are they all they’re cracked up to be? And if not, is there a better way to solve your design outsourcing needs?

Political Cartoons: An Analysis of the Timeless Visual Staple in Worldwide Politics

Laughter is the Best Medicine - A Brief History of Political Cartoons

Published: June 26. at 5:00 pm

People have incorporated humor into important social or political issues for centuries now. One of the most common forms of political satire has thrived in the form of cartoon illustrations. Political cartooning is a highly effective communication tool that has stood the test of time and highlighted both public opinion and important issues of the time.

30 Design Disasters That Will Make You Cringe Almost as Hard as You Laugh

30 Design Disasters That Will Make You Cringe Almost as Hard as You Laugh

Published: June 24. at 5:00 pm

From horrifying hedgehog teeth to unintentionally dirty designs, these design disasters range from hilarious to downright creepy.

99designs Mystery Shopping

A Full Review of 99designs Contests: Their Process, Pros and Cons and How to Win

Published: June 19. at 5:00 pm

We went undercover as Velocity Consulting to assess whether design contests are worth the money, time, and effort.

From Cave Paintings to PowerPoint: The Evolution of Presentations

From Cave Paintings to PowerPoint: The Evolution of Presentations

Published: June 10. at 5:00 pm

The importance of presentations in business is undisputed. Discover how this powerful communication tool has transformed from the 1950s to today.

Taylor Swift’s Album Cover Designs

The Evolution of Taylor Swift: How the Star Transformed Her Brand One Album Cover at a Time

Published: June 5. at 5:00 pm

With Taylor Swift’s 7th album on the horizon, discover how Swift’s album cover designs are symbolic of her metamorphosis from a young aspiring country singer to one of the most influential pop culture icons.

Designing a Cleaner Future - World Environment Day

Designing a Cleaner Planet: Artists Inspiring You to Save the Environment

Published: June 4. at 11:00 pm

Art with a purpose. Artists and designers around the world have joined hands to spread awareness about the environmental challenges we are facing together as a species.

Pokémon: The Design Evolution Behind the World’s Largest Media Franchise

The Design Evolution Behind the World’s Largest Media Franchise: How a Mix of ’90s Nostalgia and the Generation of Pokémon Go Fanatics Has Kept the Pokémon Franchise Relevant from Then to Now

Published: May 29. at 5:00 pm

It’s a big year for the Pokémon franchise, with two new movies coming out. Check out the graphic design evolution behind the world’s largest franchise that has sparked generations to “go catch ’em all!”

The Ever-Changing Graphic Design of Magazine Covers as a Visual Historical Timeline

The Evolution of Fashion Magazine Covers: The Ever-Changing Graphic Design of Magazine Covers as a Visual Historical Timeline

Published: May 27. at 11:00 pm

The graphic design of fashion magazine covers conveys a historical timeline of cultural movements. Explore the cover design behind some of the world’s most iconic fashion publications, decade by decade.

What You Can Learn from The Best-Selling Package and Label Designs

Inside & Outside the Box: 20+ of Our Favorite Package Designs

Published: May 27. at 8:50 am

Consumers and companies alike experience the effect that good product packaging can have on a regular basis. The secret to effective product packing? Talented and experienced designers who understand the key factors that packages and labels must include.

Top 15 House And EDM Music Festival Visual Identities And What They All Have In Common

Top 15 House And EDM Music Festival Visual Identities And What They All Have In Common

Published: May 14. at 6:00 pm

Music festivals are one of the most amazing ways to bring people together. The epic lineups, awesome beats, like-minded people, and atmosphere are what it’s all about. But when you’re a designer going to a music festival, your trained eye will also observe things like compelling branding, original design elements, and bright colors. Having a powerful brand identity and showcasing a cohesive image can make a lasting impact.

Why Location Branding Is The New Must In Today's Disrupted Travel Market And The Places That Are Nailing It

Why Location Branding Is The New Must In Today's Disrupted Travel Market And The Places That Are Nailing It

Published: May 14. at 5:00 pm

Place branding digs deep into a place’s uniqueness, aspirations, and values; it creates a compelling identity that will have an impact in various relevant markets. Place branding brings together a place’s offerings, the experience of visiting it, and the locals’ perception of it under the same umbrella, creating an identity and a tangible sense of place.

20+ Marvel Posters with the Best Design

20+ Marvel Posters with the Best Design

Published: April 23. at 11:00 pm

The excitement built by the latest Avengers movie 11 years in the making got us thinking about all the posters put out by Marvel over the years. Here, we’ve compiled 20 Marvel posters we think have awesome designs and laid out exactly why.

The Blog of Ice and Fire

Brands of Thrones: A Blog of Ice and Fire

Published: April 14. at 5:00 pm

With the premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones in action, we decided to take a look at the design and branding of the Great Houses of Westeros. We’ll break down the good, the bad, and the ugly of each house.

How to DIY a Book Cover Design

Published: April 2. at 3:00 am

With the rise of e-books and e-readers, book covers are more important than ever. Here’s a list of 15 tools that can help you DIY your own book cover:

50 Examples of 2019’s Top Trends in Book Cover Design

Published: April 2. at 2:00 am

Book design is critical to the success of a book. We’ve combed through more than 50 book covers to predict the top trends for 2019. Check them out.

Tools That Marketers Without Design Skills Need To Survive

35+ Tools That Marketers Without Design Skills Need To Survive

Published: March 15. at 3:00 am

Check out our list of user-friendly tools for creative, trendy options for professional design regardless of your skill level.

10 Things You Can Learn from These Famous Brand Style Guides

10 Things You Can Learn from These Famous Brand Style Guides

Published: March 15. at 2:00 am

Let’s take a look at 10 current branding trends and brands that are pulling them off well.

10 Tips to Increase Social Media Engagement

10 Tips to Increase Social Media Engagement

Published: March 13. at 3:00 am

We’ve put together ten research-backed tips on how to get the most out of your social media channels.