Design Love: Black & White

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Good design comes in all shapes, sizes, and styles. But not all are truly timeless. Today I would like to focus on color – or better yet, the lack of.

One of my favorite types of art: the classic black & white design. There’s nothing more elegant than traditional black & white; plus, if you can make a great design with the simple black & white color palette, then it will surely look amazing in every other way.

Here are some of my favorite black & white designs from my Pinterest Design Board. Enjoy:

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Web Dummies: 50 Free (& Lovely) PSD Mock Ups

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As a graphic designer, we all know how different a design looks when seen on a computer screen versus on a real-life application. Plus, most importantly, clients truly enjoy visualizing their brands and websites in a realistic setting. So, instead of spending time and money printing test-designs, there are digital mockups that create the same visual.

This process is actually quite simple when working with pre-set PSD files. Simply: download the PSD file, open it on Photoshop, and drop your designs into the layers that are pre-set for it. The PSD file does the rest!

Below are examples of free Photoshop PSD files that you can easily edit and present your clients with a (almost) tangible product. Like what you see? Download your favorites here – 50 Free PSD Mock Ups:



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Books


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Posters & Flyers


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Brochures


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Business Cards


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Logos


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Stationery & Branding


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Devices


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Apps & Screens


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Design Love: Moodboards

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Good designers have different processes when starting a project. Some sketch, others research, and some make moodboards. Great designers do all 3. The moodboard is a combination of styles, photos, and colors that the designer identifies with the brand – prior to it’s conception. It literally sets the “mood” for the project, by defining a direction for the brand. The designer can then show the client these moodboards and start the official brand design from there. So, taking from one of these beautiful stages, I’d like to showcase some of my favorite moodboards from around the web…

{ Each moodboard is linked to the source, so enjoy & click away! }

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BlackWhite MoodBoard

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GritWitBoard

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StudioSweet Board

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RoseMoodBoard

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AmyZhangBoad

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BreannaBoard3

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AmyZhangBoard2

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Web Dummies: Things Are Getting Pinteresting!

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If you’re not on the social media giant Pinterest, then you’re missing out!

Let’s begin with the basics: I started pinning in what feels like forever ago, but it was probably some time in 2010. The site wasn’t what it is now – granted, the design has stayed pretty much consistent and the user-interface has always been very friendly; yet, the following that Pinterest has now is just enormous. Individuals to major brands are all utilizing Pinterest to share ideas and connect information.


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{ My Pinterest Profile }


With Pinterest’s immense growth comes innovative ideas for sharing and reaching more people. I love the Pinterest App on my cell (available for Android and iPhone) because I love to pin while I’m waiting for anything. It’s a sweet way to pass the time; looking up design inspirations or delicious recipes. But what matters most is what you have for later – Pinterest gives you the satisfaction of knowing that all of that information is stored there, in an organized and conveniently-linked manner.

Now for the goodies – literally. They’ve got a whole page of Pinterest Goodies where they’ve created some fantastic tools for business’ and personal brands:

Buttons + Widgets: Integrate the Pin It Button, Follow Button, Profile Widget, and/or Board Widget to get more engagement from pinners and traffic back your site; Plus, don’t forget to Verify Your Site.

Also, if you’re a WordPress blogger – like me – then you’ll love this plugin that adds a “Pin It” button as you hover over blog images. Recently, I stumbled upon another plugin called Alpine Photo Tile that showcases your most recent pins on a site page.

By simply searching online, you’ll find an endless list of plugins and widgets for Pinterest + WordPress.


Now for some visual fun. Here are a few examples of the Board Widget being integrated into a post. By clicking anywhere on the images below, you’ll be directed to any of the following boards: Design + Typography, Home + Garden, or Delicious Delights; yet the best part is that it’s constantly going to showcase the most recent pins. It’s sheer awesomeness:





It doesn’t seem like the Pinterest trend will subside anytime soon. Which is why I’m recommending you to jump on board, if you haven’t already! There’s lots of help on the Pinterest site to get you started. Plus, it’s truly one of the most user-friendly websites out there. The inspirations are endless and the organization is perfect.

{ Check out Pinterest and be sure to follow me when you get there! }

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