Sunday, January 20, 2019

What Makes A Great Logo?

Around us, at any given point, are probably dozens of logos. From the brand on your shoe to the one on your phone, the logos are ever-present. But what differentiates a bad logo from a good one? What about a logo makes it special, effective, and better than the rest?
Dan Koepell argues why the LED sign is the ugliest sign in America. "This 20-inch placard, with a pair of glowing blue swooshes that wrap around four letters in bright red — O-P-E-N — is everywhere. So how did this modern defilement happen? What possessed a nation of shop owners to lose their collective minds? And what’s to be made of fact that these signs are actually, secretly technological marvels?"
Freelance designers and design agencies often ask themselves this very question. Before answering this question let’s first look at it from the other side- What message are you sending by the number of designs that you are presenting, and what is the client expecting of you?
Why is it that so many brands don’t recognize the need to a) have a packaging experience that reflects the price of their products, and b) how they need to achieve their desired positioning in the mind of the consumer through their packaging?
Customer experience is the new battleground for brands. 89% of organizations compete primarily on experience, and 95% tell others about a bad experience.
You’ve probably never heard of Will Burtin, a German information designer who pioneered human-centered design principles before they were a buzzword. Now, a new book about Burtin’s work hopes to give him his due.
Design is a field that has gained a lot of interest in the recent years. Still, design has not been largely adopted by all functions of a company beyond product design, or design teams. Applying design to whatever you do in a startup will improve the chance of success.
Everywhere you turn, another designer is releasing a project featuring a minimalist design style. This focus on space, simplicity and beautiful typography is refreshing. And it’s a great option for a number of design projects. That might be one of the reasons minimalist design is so popular.
A highly accomplished freelancer once told me, “If you want to succeed at freelancing, you’d better start thinking like an entrepreneur.” Here are some compelling reasons why thinking like a business owner is essential for your freelance career.

Women in Design

If you’re a woman in the world of design, you’ve probably heard about it before: the gender gap in design. But, probably, in your everyday life, you don’t think much of it. Maybe, it’s once in a blue moon that you glance around and think “huh, there’s not a lot of women at this meeting.”
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