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There are three responses to a piece of design — yes, no, and WOW! WOW is the one to aim for.

How do you stand apart from your competitors visually? How do you develop a brand identity that tells a consistent, coherent story without saying a word? Why is visual branding important? There’s a lot of confusing, misleading information about branding. So, let’s break it down. What is brand identity? Your brand identity is defined by[.....]

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Editing is a crucial process in stock photography. Since you’re selling your work to the public, it’s important to be meticulous about how you present your images. Nobody likes to waste time editing—especially when there are hundreds (or even thousands) of photos to work on. No matter how meticulous you are as a photographer, you[.....]

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In this generation of viral content and memes, pets have taken center stage. In fact, photos of cats and dogs are among the most shared on social media. And who can blame people? These furry creatures are not only irresistibly adorable but also naturally photogenic. However, there’s no doubt that photographing animals can be a[.....]

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Nonprofits may be grappling with tough subject matter and loads of financial data, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a little fun with their marketing. We’re past the days of cold phone calls and mailers. The Internet and social media have emerged as the great equalizers of marketing—putting celebrities, big brands, startups, and customers[.....]

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They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But the truth is, book cover design can make or break a piece of literary text.  Maybe I’m superficial, but I do judge a book by its cover. And I suspect I’m not the only one. Book cover design is a crucial part of your[.....]

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As long as people keep creating new products, they will keep creating ads. Here are 30 advertising design tips that will turn heads. Guaranteed.  It’s the age-old way of announcing to the world ‘I have a product, this is what it does, and this is why you should buy it’. In more recent times, ads[.....]

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A photography instructor once told me that “You have to know the rules before you can break them.” Here are some rules to follow when combining fonts in your next design.  That’s the (simultaneously frustrating and freeing) thing about art and design—there may be some rules; there may be some best practices; but there are[.....]

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As the second largest search engine in the world, YouTube is no longer just a place to watch music clips and kill time on your nights in. From videos of people eating and playing board games to vlogs about cats and travel, we are consuming over 1 billion hours of YouTube video content daily. But[.....]

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Photos are a powerful thing, and research suggests that visuals are processed by the brain 60,000 times faster than words. Which means that before a sentence is read, your audience is likely to look at the image you’ve chosen and make an assumption about whether they are interested in engaging with your content. A presentation[.....]

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Travel photography has the unique ability to inspire, motivate, and enlighten viewers by visually conveying the atmosphere, feeling, and culture of any given destination. Follow and bookmark these 30 stunning travel photography accounts on Instagram to get you excited about exploring the wonders of the world. 01. @everchanginghorizon | Quin Schrock Quin Schrock is an adventure[.....]

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Every person has his or her worst enemy, even if they are superhuman. Superman has Kryptonite. Tom has Jerry. And writers have writer’s block. Sure, to non-writers, it doesn’t seem like much. But those who put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) for a living, it can make the difference between food on the[.....]

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Ready to jump into stock photography but don’t know which camera gear to start off with? We’ve created a beginner’s guide of essential items to help you capture professional-quality shots without breaking the bank. Whether you want to focus on creative portraits or outdoor landscape shots, we’ve got you covered. 01. Camera Now that you’re[.....]

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Your job as a teacher is to inspire your students. But that leaves you asking one important question: who’s going to inspire you? We’ve created some inspiring quotes for you to save on a lackluster day.  Whether you’ve had a tough week, a long semester or just want a little inspiration at 3:00pm, these 30[.....]

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A new year means fresh starts, more opportunities, and most importantly: New logo trends. To get the inside scoop, we’ve quizzed some of our favorite graphic designers from around the world and polled our own in-house designers to predict what the biggest logo trends will be for 2019. (Hint: The 80s are back!) While a[.....]

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Each year we spend hours waiting in checkout lines, sticking dozens of stamps on envelopes, and worrying that the mail won’t get our holiday messages to friends and family on time. Print cards are being sent less now than before, and the trend is on a continuous decline with the number of greeting cards posted[.....]

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Just like with any profession or discipline, design comes with some rules. Here are 2o design rules you should consider, before breaking them.  While breaking design rules is allowed and even (in some circumstances) encouraged, it’s important to at least be aware of the rules you are breaking so you can break them the right[.....]

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JUST Creative is a Company of One. And it has been since day one. And since 2014, running this company has been my full time job. I work my own hours, earn a sustainable income and pursue more meaningful pleasures in life, such as traveling to 80+ countries. And this is because I’ve kept things small. Introducing ‘Company of One’ by Paul Jarvis Paul Jarvis’ new book, Company of One, suggests that a better—and smarter—solution for achieving a richer & more fulfilling career is simply to remain small. And Company of One explains how to do this, including how to generate cash flow on an ongoing basis, how to set up your own shop, set desired revenues, deal with crises, how to keep your clients happy… and all on your own. So if you’re after some real inspiration & motivation, with insights from someone who actually talks-the-talk, I suggest you grab a copy of Company of One. Pre-Order Company of One (& get some super-awesome bonuses) Company of One is available on January 15, 2019, but is available for pre-order today. » Click here to pre-order & then claim your bonuses here. On a related note, you can find more of my recommended...

Optimize your landing pages, reduce bounce rates and grow your business with these best practices, examples and tips.

Reduce the cost of your development projects, tap into a larger talent pool, and quickly. Here's how to properly outsource remote workers.

Discover what it takes to create a perfect logo with these 10 essential logo design tips, plus a logo design infographic!

Brad Hussey just reopened the doors to his popular training course on how to become a successful freelancer.

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Join my FREE live webinar with Brad Hussey, where you'll learn what it takes to plan, launch and grow a successful freelance business. Nov 7, 2018.

The creative process can be tricky to navigate. Transform your creative process with this crash course in Design Thinking.

When it comes to creating a design, fonts can make or break the message that you are trying to communicate. Bold or fine? Serif or sans-serif? When you’re busy laboring over these decisions it can feel like your time would be better spent elsewhere. But choosing the right font for your graphic is a design[.....]

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In the glossy, perfectly-lit world of stock photography, women have been so historically stereotyped that their representation often dips into parody. Countless think pieces and memes have emerged from the fact that despite a global audience that is constantly evolving, the majority of female representation in the mainstream media still sticks to the same old[.....]

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Behind every great album is a striking album cover. Below, we look at 21 iconic album artworks, what they mean and why they’ve been so successful from a design perspective. Let’s boogie. Whether it’s a book, a poster, or even the wrapper encasing your favorite snack, the packaging says a lot about the product itself.[.....]

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The key to growing your business is marketing—in other words, finding a way to break through the clutter and connect with your audience. But when you’re a small business, you might not have the same budget as some of your larger competitors. So how, exactly, do you do that? We spoke to a number of[.....]

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Of all the seasons, fall is perhaps the most visually poetic. After their moment in the sun, the leaves surrender to their natural life cycle, recoiling into glorious shades of translucent brown and yellow as the monochrome palette of winter sets in. What follows is your fall photography cheat-sheet, with a range of expert tips and tricks[.....]

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A good logo is synonymous with the brand it represents. Think about iconic brands such as McDonald’s or Apple. Their logos are like an instantly recognizable shorthand for the business itself. A logo is essentially a symbol used to represent a brand. Dig deeper and you’ll find that many logos have a hidden meaning, often[.....]

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