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Picture This!

Part of an information designer’s job is to transform complex ideas into words that are easy to understand. However, it’s not uncommon to have trouble putting what you want to say into words. Data visualizations, combining text and images and infographics can remedy this.

Here you can find many infographics that organize complex ideas.

information aesthetics – Data Visualization & Information Design

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More inspirtaiton…

17 Beautiful Examples Of Clean And Minimal Infographics

These days, hundreds and thousands of infographics are produced every year but truthfully, most of them don’t tend to offer much quality in terms of their design. Often, they’ll contain a lot of good information but because the design tends to be cluttered and over thought, the information isn’t com…

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Starting to think visually…

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There is no limit to data visualization

Visuals make statistics interesting and can make more of an impact

A Visual Guide To Statistics | Co.Design

Statisticians are one of the fastest growing jobs in the country-and for good reason. “As data becomes more and more a part of people’s lives, statistics is becoming more a part of people’s lives,” says Daniel Kunin, a Brown University student who’s created an interactive textbook for introductory statistics classes in high school and college.

Help you’re audience by eliminated the visualization process for them. Go straight to images!

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Keep it Simple

An information designer’s goal is to create a concise and clean message. But design can get it the way and the information becomes complicated. The best thing to do is to strip your design down to the basics and then begin to build it back up around your core idea.

Minimal design can even be achieved anywhere.

Iota Minimalist Playing Cards by Joe Doucet – Crnchy

Joe Doucet asked a different question when he chose to make a deck of playing cards. He did not ask “What can I add?”, instead he asked “How much can I take away?” Joe’s Iota Minimalist Playing Cards are the answer to that question and

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This is an example of how minimalist design can be effective when getting a message across.

Giving yourself limits to work within can help you stay on track with a simple design; create moodboards.

Frockhub

Frockhub is a luxury fashion app. Users looking to shop for clothes can easily find what they are looking for. Our goal is to optimize the user’s shopping experience with a fast, simplistic way to find what you are looking for. I did the overall branding …

A few tips from Buffer

Why simple design is so effective.

Why Simple Design Works | Killer Infographics

A good design doesn’t always need to be fancy, sometimes simplicity is key. Find out how simple design can improve your next project.

Keep your design simple. When in doubt, leave it out.
 

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Face It – It’s in the Type

Creating a mood or portraying a message through design can be complicated. Often, what the design needs is less; is needs to be simple. In order to achieve simple and effective design typography should be considered carefully.

History of typography

The body isn’t the only thing you can study anatomy of…

TypeTalk: The Anatomy of a Character – CreativePro.com

TypeTalk is a regular blog on typography. Post your questions and comments by clicking on the Comments icon above. Q. Why should I care what the names are for parts of a character? Does it really matter? A.

Using type to portray a message

25 Clever Logos Of Common Verbs You Use Every Day

Following up to the previously published 25 adjective logo collection, Spanish designer Lucas Gil-Turner has created a series of impressive logos for the 25 most commonly used verbs in the Oxford English Dictionary. The list was released by Oxford University Press researchers after the analysis of over a billion words.

Mixing fonts is very effective when used properly…

The Art of Mixing Typefaces – Webmag.co | Digital Resources for Net Professionals

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My personal favourite…

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Be mindful when choosing typeface, they’ll make or break you’re design.

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Colouring Isn’t Just For Kids

Choosing colours for design and branding can seem like a simple task. In reality, it become more complicated as a designer tries to relay their message. Education about what colour mean and why they do or don’t work together can make things a lot easier.

Understanding colours…

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Brilliant colour palettes inspired by succulents!

Succulents Archives | Design Seeds

The Design Seeds Colour Almanac is a “digital zine” which includes fifty of the site’s most popular palettes.

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Understanding trends

Choosing colours for a particular brand or feeling

Using tools to assist in choosing colours…

Color Scheme Designer 

A designer tool for creating colour combinations that work together well.

Happy colouring!

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Branding For Success

When we recognize a company, without the actually name of the company, through style and colour that company has been successfully branded. How does a company develop consistency and avoid being associated with non-related ideas or inaccurately representing their core values? Establishing a identity of a product or company through carefully designed branding plays an important role in how to appeal to a certain audience and deliver a certain message.

Below are creative and interesting examples of how design and branding can impact how a company represents themselves.

WELL COFFEE

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Ena Skin Care Branding and Packaging by Ortolan

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Les Pianos Publics Branding by Simon Laliberte

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Soul Spice Brand Spice Branding and Packaging by Studio Grau

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Tips for branding your company can be found here…

9 Principles For Great Branding By Design | Fast Company

We all know great design has a critical role to play in building a great brand. But how do we go about making that happen?

Good design builds good branding.

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Please Play With Your Food

Remember when your mother told you not to play with your food? That old lesson may have changed. Apparently you can get your masters in playing with food…

Architects do…

Architect-turned-patisserie chef uses 3D modelling software to create desserts

These complex, geometric desserts are made by Ukrainian patisserie chef Dinara Kasko, who draws on her background in architecture in her cooking. Kasko’s desserts have architectural characteristics, which she achieves by using silicone moulds modelled with Autodesk’s 3ds Max software. Combining this technique with precise piping, she can achieve clean lines and smooth surfaces.

And you can go to Food Design School.

Online School of Food Design©

The Online School of Food Design© is a virtual school where to learn what Food Design is and how to do it. The school is for chefs, designers, and for anyone interested in applying design to food and eating. The courses aim at training new Food Designers, and giving new perspective to established Food Designers.

Or get a Master’s in Food Design! (check out the modules here)

Master Course in Food Design

The Master’s includes lessons, design workshops and seminars with the leaders of the food and agriculture industry and the design field: entrepreneurs, managers, journalists, food critics, designers, architects, publishers and chefs. The program includes visits to food companies, concept stores, restaurants as well as gastronomic fairs and events.

And there must be beautifully designed menus to go with beautifully designed food…

Art of the Menu

A division of UnderConsideration, cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.

Sometimes its good to break the rules…

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This Could be Just Your Type

Calligraphy and hand-lettering has become extremely popular when designing poster, infographics and cards. Typography by hand can seen like a daunting task. Turns out, with a little help and practice, it’s more simple than we think.

Getting into calligraphy.

A Beginner’s Guide to Modern Calligraphy

This is a beginner’s guide, so you don’t have to know anything about calligraphy – or the art of “beautiful writing”, as it translates from the Greek (κάλλος (kallos) = beauty and γραφή (graphe) = writing). Calligraphy is easy to learn, but like any craft, it needs practice.

Handlettering in watercolour!

Favourite Water Brush Lettering YouTube Tutorials for Beginners

Filed Under: Hand Lettering, Learn Creative Skills | YouTube is one of my favourite websites. On the weekends I can get lost for hours in video upon video. One type of video that I find especially interesting and mesmerizing to watch, is hand lettering videos.

Here you can find some practice sheets…

Free Hand Lettering Practice Sheets: 9 Styles! | Dawn Nicole Designs®

Find a brush pen that fits your style.

New Year, New Pens | the Ultimate Brush Pen Review – Lyssy CreatesIf you’ve been following my lettering journey for a while, you may have seen the first iteration of this post, done in mid-2016. Now, over 30 pens and many sheets of paper later, I’m bringing the ultimate brush pen review back bigger and better! (Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.

Get Creative! Try adding some florals to your script.

Simple Steps for Drawing a Wreath

I’m back with my third post in the “How to Draw” series. (You can view the first two here and here.) I love drawing wreaths but I find myself feeling really overwhelmed when I sit down to draw one. Where do I start? What do I draw? Too sparse? Too full?

 

Don’t stress if your design doesn’t look exactly like the pictures. Creating your own design is about acquiring your own style!

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Get Lost, Then Found

There is much increased travel throughout the world because of increase technology and curiosity. Maps are key to navigating a space that a person is unfamiliar with. But sometimes the little red dot on the map doesn’t actually tell the person where they are or help them to find a destination. That’s where wayfinding comes in to save a travellers day.

What is Wayfinding?

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Wayfinding has the function to inform people of the surroundings in the (unfamiliar) build environment, it is important to show information at strategic points to guide people into the right directions. Complex structures in the build environment are interpreted and stored by the human memory.

Why do we get lost?

Getting Lost

In his 2010 book, Why People Get Lost, neuroscientist Paul Dudchenko considers the cognitive processes involved in wayfinding and how these processes can get disrupted. From rats running through mazes to expert navigators scaling mountains, he argues that individuals get lost when their brain’s compass becomes disoriented.

Wayfinding in action

Signage by dn&co is based on circuitry for east London tech hub

Studio dn&co’s wayfinding for London’s Here East campus features symbols borrowed from circuit drawings. dn&co was tasked with designing both interior and exterior wayfinding for Here East, a technology hub in Hackney Wick that is part of the redeveloping Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Check out these neat examples of wayfinding! 

40 Awesome Signage/Wayfinding & Environmental Designs Inspiration | Jayce-o-Yesta

One of the most essential parts ofEnvironmental Graphic Design is a Sign System. Sign System is a series of visual representation and graphic symbols intended as a medium of human interaction with the public space. Sign-divided into four categories, including: 1. Traffic Sign Sign commonly used on public roads as driving instructions.

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Design to Outlast Trends

In North American, we let trends control our thoughts and purchases. People talk about what is “in” and what is “out,”and wait for the “next big thing”. Yet, there are certain modes of design that outlast these smaller spurts of interest and last for decades. One of them is minimal, simple and effective – Scandinavian design.

10 Elements to Inspire!

10 Common Features Of Scandinavian Interior Design

What makes Scandinavian design… Scandinavian?

Scandinavian Design Trend: 50 Dazzling Examples That’ll Inspire You to Try It

Scandinavia is a word often used to refer to a region of northern Europe consisting of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Sometimes Finland and Iceland are also included, given their historical ties with the area. But why would a design movement adopt that label, and how does it shape its aesthetic?

Save space in your home.

Tiny 34sqm Apartment Blends Space-Savvy Design with Scandinavian Style

An urban second home that can be used by friends and family while providing a source of relaxation and recreation, the design of Igralnaya aims to combine modernity, Scandinavian design inspiration and space-savvy brilliance that leaves you mesmerized. The uber-small 34-square-meter apartment was designed by Geometrium to maximize space at every turn without compromising on aesthetics and comfort.

Mix Scandinavian design with other styles to make a custom design fit for you.

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Why?

5 Key Advantages of Scandinavian Style – L’ Essenziale

If you are looking to redecorate and refresh your home, you are probably considering what style to go for. Do you pick a recent trend or something that is well established? Well, why not consider going for the ever popular Scandinavian style.

Scandinavian design is simple, clean and intentional. Forget the trends; choose design that will never go out of style.

Plants

One Simple Step to Improve Your Quality of Life.

The quality of the space that individuals live in is important. What is a simple way improve this space? PLANTS!

Make Life Plantastic!

Use a Greenhouse to have access to fresh herbs.

Atelier 2+ designs miniature greenhouse for indoor gardeners

Bangkok studio Atelier 2+’s Greenhouse Mini is designed to encourage owners to bring greenery into their houses. The tabletop planter, which was created for label Design House Stockholm, is an even more compact version of Atelier 2+ Greenhouse, a standing planter box.

Start simple with plants that are easy to take care of.

11 Easy To Grow Houseplants | HelloGlow.co

by Green Living | Dana Raidt A house doesn’t really seem like a home until there are plants in it, right? (They’re also great to have around because of their air-cleaning qualities.) But finding plants that will stay alive can be difficult for those of us who are a little …

Everything you need to know…

Everything you always wanted to know about houseplants*

But were afraid to ask. It’s here. Bookmark it. Print it. Pin it. It’s the ultimate guide to indoor plants. It doesn’t matter how many you’ve killed or neglected. New year, new you. 2016-the year you rock it at houseplants.

Plants are a simple way to improve the look and feel of your home; they brighten up any space! Plus, a year round herb garden can add flavour to any dish. Happy planting!