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To say that 2020 has been a tough year would be a cinch to win the Understatement of the Year award. With all of the things that have been going on around the world, we’ve finally reached that time of year where people can start thinking of the best gifts to get the ones they love.

Being such a stressful season already, we thought we’d put our Santa hats on and play a little Secret Santa and help you pick the best gifts for the graphic designers on your list this year.

Grab that list and let’s get going!

Best Christmas Gifts for Designers in 2020

Buying a gift for a graphic designer is a lot like buying gifts for someone who works in construction. Namely that whatever it is, it needs to be useful and that it’s something that they will be sure to use just about every day. …


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Many of the brand design trends of 2021 will be a consequence of the events of this year. Some will also be a continuation of what has been successful in 2020.

We explore the various trends taking over the branding sphere in the coming years and how marketing designers can make the most of them.

What Are the Top Brand Design Trends for 2021?

Many of the graphic design trends of 2021 will have an impact on brand aesthetics. Here are the top brand design trends we can expect to see next year:

  1. Muted Colors
  2. Minimalism
  3. Asymmetry
  4. Data Visualization
  5. Flat Icons and Illustrations
  6. Simple and Classic Fonts
  7. Motion Logos


Black Friday Deals 2020
Black Friday Deals 2020

The largest compilation of the best 2020 Black Friday Deals and Cyber Monday Sales for graphic designers, web professionals, creatives, photographers, freelancers and more.

If you have your own deal, email us and we’ll update the post with your deal.

Keep in mind, many of these deals will only go live around Black Friday.

Please share the love with your fellow designers!

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In this episode we sit down with the wonderful Kaye Putnam, a psychology-driven brand strategist from South Carolina. We geek out about all things brand thinking. We get into the meaning of ‘psychology-driven branding’, about knowing your brand and living your brand. Kaye shares her ‘4C Brand Strategy Framework’ which helps to bake psychological principles into brands. We also discover Kayes inspirational story, her obsession with human decision making and how this helps her in her work + how she keeps a work life balance as a Mum and entrepreneur.

Kaye Putnam is a psychology-driven brand strategist for entrepreneurs. Through…


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Are you looking for the absolute best branding podcasts in the design, marketing and brand strategy space?

You may have already found a few ‘top branding podcasts’ lists through Google search and been disappointed that only a handful of them are truly about branding.

Most of the podcasts found through Google are about content marketing, digital media, graphic design, advertising, or marketing in general and some are outdated or haven’t uploaded any new episodes in many years. On top of that, some podcasts don’t have even an active website anymore.

We have found the podcasts that are truly focused on…


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This article has been contributed by Gabe Nelson.

If you’re like most graphic designers, you hate hearing the phrase, “Just work your magic.”

Without some specific guidance or any idea of what a client is looking for — or looking to specifically avoid — you could wind up wasting hours of design time without ever creating anything usable. And simply throwing designs at the wall and hoping some “stick” is probably something you’re not eager to try, or waste your valuable time doing.

Every web design firm will have different opinions on what they want their logo to look and…


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This article has been contributed by Victor Blasco.

As likes, shares, comments and overall interactions become more valuable every day, social media has become a must for any brand seeking a robust online presence.

However, increasing your social engagement can be tricky. Trends in social networks change quickly, and what’s popular today may look outdated tomorrow. As a marketer, you must be able to offer your followers fresh and exciting content that motivates them to become ever more involved with your brand.

But video content seems to challenge everything we understand about social brand promotion. Given its capacity to generate…


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In this bonus episode, we have Douglas Davis join us, Jacob Cass & Matt Davies, to discuss the current state of design education and what it takes to remain relevant as we evolve as creatives in these disruptive and turbulent times. We explore his book, Creative Strategy & The Business of Design as well as the future of design. There has never been a more timely episode. Douglas Davis is a strategist, author and professor at the New York City College of Technology, a part of the The City University of New York. …


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This article has been contributed by Roli Edema.

One of the most widely acknowledged principles in business is the importance of understanding your customer and designing for them.

A deep understanding of your target customer often translates into perceptive design decisions that help you build strong brand awareness.

In recent years, the concept of human-centered design has emerged as an approach to involving the human perspective in all stages of the problem-solving process.

There are various creative approaches that companies of all sizes can use to gain insights into customer pain points and core needs. …


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This article has been contributed by Patrick C.

We’re more than halfway through 2020, and the freelance gig economy continues to expand full-throttle as a viable primary source of income for all types of professionals. Growing by 15% in the U.S. alone within the last decade, freelance work will only continue to thrive — presenting more and more opportunities to the solopreneurs and side hustlers of the world.

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you want in on the ever-increasing demand for freelance work from individuals and businesses alike. Beyond its intrinsic motivators, such as a more rewarding…

Jacob Cass

Helping brands grow & get results with strategic branding & distinctive design. Founder of agency, JUSTCreative.com — Clients: Nike, Disney. TEDx speaker. Dad.

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