For those of us who want to build powerful websites without having to worry about all the coding, and technical aspects of it, there are three main options.WordPress, Joomla and Drupal have established themselves as the leaders for online content management systems. To be honest, they are all incredible systems, and can make creating a websitequick and easy, no matter how little one knows about computers and technology. Even, better – they are all open-source with means they are all FREE to use. Choosing which system to use can be difficult, but it is an important choice to make. For most people, once they’ve started with one, they won’t want to change, so let’s take a few minutes to review each of these three content management systems to see which one is right for you. Let’s compare those three: WordPress – Best pick for beginners, works well for small to medium sized websites & blogs. Joomla – Good for E-commerce type of sites, but require at least some level of technical coding. Drupal – The most difficult one, but also the most powerful CMS. CMS Comparison Chart … and now for the more in-depth review WordPress WordPress is the world’s most popular content management
Anna Richardson Taylor provides some top tips on how to be more creative by managing your time more efficiently. It’s no good dazzling clients with design skills if you can’t meet a deadline. Whether you’re a designer, illustrator or general creative – and whether you work in a studio, in-house or freelance – here are nine top tips for managing your time more efficiently… 01. Have a system Being able to prioritise is key to staying sane as a freelancer. Assign certain periods to tasks in a calendar and have a daily to-do list that you can tick off. Websites like Lifehacker and43folders are full of great tips. 02. Explain your schedule One of the best ways to manage your time (and keep clients happy) is to be up-front about what you’re working on, when you’ll have time to begin working on a brief, and how much time you’ll be able to dedicate to the project. Be clear, realistic and honest with your clients right from the beginning of a project. 03. Stick to your strengths When it comes to tight budgets and timescales, call on the skills and solutions that you know you can do well. Keep it simple and avoid laborious
Rob Redman shares his guide to understanding colour and how it can help viewers grasp the subtleties of your work. Colour, more than any other element of a designer’s work, has the greatest influence on how viewers feel. Understanding colour, its cultural symbolism and the relationship between colours is necessary to becoming a better artist and designer. It’s always better to learn the basics before striking out to develop your own colour language. We are surrounded by colour every moment of our lives and certain things become ingrained on our consciousness, so we immediately understand what the colour is supposed to make us think or feel. Take red, for example. If you see a red warning sign in a public building or a red road sign, you instantly know that it is likely to be a warning sign. You don’t need to be aware of the content of the sign or even its shape to immediately get the sense of potential danger. However in Eastern Asia, for example, that cultural understanding may lead to a misunderstanding, as the colour red is often used to signify good fortune or prosperity. There is another side to this language of colour, and that
Today we’re celebrating colour in design, speaking to Adobe’s Rufus Deuchler about the fascinating world of colour perception. How we perceive colour may have became the hot topic with that black and blue dress, but it simply brought into focus a fact that many creative designers, and the team behind Adobe’s Creative Cloud, have known for ages. We all see colours differently. Whether its cultural factors, the way a monitor’s been set up, or just because our eyes work differently, the ways we perceive colour are as varied as the colour spectrum itself. Why is colour subjectivity important for creatives? Colour is a language, pretty much like typography or composition. Depending on what colours you use, you’re expressing a message. A typical example is if you make something black and yellow in a Western cultural context it means dangerous: keep back and watch out. If you’re going to be using pastel colours, the effect is warmer and more inciting. Depending on what you need to stress in your design you’re going to use different colours for different effects. And in languages there are variations, slang, regional dialects… It’s vast. One colour can mean one thing in one culture, and another can
Jerry Cao of UXPin explains how to ensure your visuals work with in harmony with user interactions. We don’t want to undercut the significance of words, but we don’t want to downplay visuals, either. Both are equally important elements of interaction design. Words are interactions, but the visuals (like icons, menus, graphics, etc.) are what users actually interact with. While some usability experts might cite Craigslist or even Amazon as examples of ugly but usable (and popular) sites, there’s no doubt that aesthetics serve a function. Emotion is key to the user experience: websites with nice visuals relax users and improve credibility and usability. Considering the short attention span of most users, perception is oftentimes reality: if the visuals are terrible, users won’t bother diving deeper into your interaction design. We’ll examine the importance of vision as it relates to interactions and how to ensure clear orientation, navigation, and consistency. 01. Respect the dominance of vision Let’s start with a demonstration. Take a look at the word below: Clearly, we all know which colour the word “yellow” represents. But when most people read the above, they likely comprehend only red. The look of the typeface supersedes the actual meaning of
Boost your branding projects with HypeForType’s go-to list of best logo fonts. Looking for the perfect font for a branding or logo project? Online font foundry HypeForType has handpicked 50 of the very best fonts for tackling a new logo design – and complied them into a handy list: ‘Top 50 best logo fonts for 2015′. Here are 13 of our favourite fonts from HypeForType’s list – head over to the HypeForType site for the full list… 01. Al Fresco by Laura Worthington Fashion conscious but not too exclusive, sophisticated but still fresh, Al Fresco brings plenty of inspiring emotions to a designer with a logo to style. European flair and romance abound in the main face and the accompanying swashes and ligatures. Designer Laura Worthington used the word ‘Irresistible’ as a template and this theme shines in an ever-so-tempting font. 02. Aracne Condensed by Antipixel It’s caps all the way with this deceptively decorative Antipixel package. Side by side the four weights give a surprising degree of variety, while the elongated letters and charmingly irregular edges suggest everything from Tim Burton movie credits to the label of your skinniest jeans. 03. Bella by Face37 Exclusive to HypeForType, Bella is
One of the most crucial aspects of designing a logo is making elements reflect what the company really is. But there are times when we as designers get influenced with current design trends. It may be caused by false inspiration, unintentional plagiarism, or just a plain result of the changing design times. 1. Warm, multitone triangles family 2. Three lines on blue circles family 3. Flipped letter “C” family 4. Red circles logo family 5. Southeast open teardrop family 6. Orange doughnuts with triangle holes family 7. Hands and leaves family 8. Black letters with a touch of red family 9. Incorporated number “1″ logo family
This innovative job application showcases the kind of creativity that’s bound to get you noticed. Getting noticed in the design industry can be a tough task; whether you’ve just graduated or you’re looking for a new challenge, your CV needs to stand out from the crowd. We think Denmark-based designer Christin Berger has done just that.
Typejockeys co-founder Michael Hochleitner walks through a recent identity project for Trapl Wines. Austrian studio Typejockeys was asked by Trapl Wines to develop an identity for its new range of seven luxury wines. Although wine-maker Johannes Trapl has had success around the world and is relatively famous in Austria, this time he didn’t want his name displayed too prominently. Instead he wanted a completely different design approach.
Stuck in a design rut? Rob O’Connor of Stylorouge offers his tips to help unblock your imagination. Stuck for design inspiration? Can’t get started on a project or still looking for a suitable angle? Struggling to overcome creative block? Don’t feel bad: it happens to the best of us. You just need a way to kick your brain in gear and get the ideas flowing. Which is why we’ve put together a series of tips to help you brainstorm more effectively, followed by five fantastic apps you can use to make sense of the brainstorming process.