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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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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Design Love: Mmm… Wine & Design

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We all know the world of design isn’t just logos and website creations. Design reaches far more influential factors in a brands image – like for example, packaging design.

Consumers eyes are attracted to sleek and interesting displays of art; and you’re constantly confronted with packaging design options on the grocery store shelves. But have we realized how important that is to our purchase decisions? Packaging is an a key determination of the consumers perception of the product which leads to the the brands success or failure.

On that note, today’s focus is one of my favorite things in the universe – Wine!

When I walk up to the wine racks at the grocery store, I of course draw my attention immediately to the types of wine I like (Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, etc.) Then, once I’m standing in front this array of red wines, the package designs start to pull me closer. And this is the moment when I grab the one I like most and head over to the check-out counter…

A boring design might deter me from even looking at the wines details or I’ll simply skip over that bottle and keep looking. It’ just the way it works – packaging design plays a major role in the purchase process. Luckily for us consumers, designers have stepped it up with fun yet classic designs for this tasteful delicacy.

Ram’s Leap: a colorful array of swirly-rams is for lovers of all flavors and tastes

Hamilton Fray: inverse coloring process draws the eye to the hand drawn design

The Tentacle: illustration designs formulated in a simple way can link your company’s logo and image very eloquently and effectively

Julian Madrid: minimalist designs are also very attention capturing and classic

Sunflower Hills: A vintage, yet pop art, feel to the classic wine bottle

Santameriana: clean cut typography design is an instant attention grabber

The People’s Wine: my personal favorite, with hand-drawn text and colorful accents to determine the type of wine – easy to identify and fun to look at!

{ For more photos of these wine designs and many other styles, visit the source! }

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Design Love: Top Web Design Trends for 2014

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I recently read the “Top 10 web design trends for 2014” by at 99designs.com and I have to admit – I immediately fell in love with his post. Maybe it’s because I’m a web design junkie, or maybe it’s because when it comes to blogging, I’m all about beauty and clarity. Regardless of why, I truly enjoyed his straight to the point content, with great visuals and linkage. Barin, you got it down-packed.

Below are my comments on my favorites of his noted top trends for 2014.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

 

“Flat design thrives”

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Wistia.com is a great example of flat design.”

Oh my, how this makes me swoon. Flat design is minimal but has all the potential in the world to be colorful, strong, and even interactive. Lately, when I create website designs, I’ve been finding myself leaning towards incorporating flat designs throughout. As Barin so perfectly stated:

“The reason why everybody is using flat design is because it makes sense. We have less clutter, more use of white space and overall a better user experience. It forces designers to achieve more by using less and for that, I consider it the number one trend for 2014.”

 

“Websites showcase better images”

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Portraits does a great job elevating an apparent simple image to a central point of a website.”

Imagery is everything! From product sales to general branding, if you use powerful images then you’ll get the best response from clients. Even a stock image – edited correctly – can work perfectly for a brand’s look. I adore photography, so I’m very glad this trend is in for 2014. Actually, soon I’ll be updating my site with some seriously awesome photos – stay tuned! For now, make note and add strong images to your site; Barin informs us why better images are being found more and more on the web:

“2014 will bring higher quality, more creative and unique images because of multiple reasons: pricing is affordable; loading speed is faster than ever; access to high quality images is everywhere.”

 

“Infographics remain the best way of representing data”

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Gabriel Gianordoli did an excellent job with this amazing infographic.”

If you follow my blog category, “In The Know,” then you definitely know of my love for infographics. I mean, they’re pure awesomeness! Lots of information fits perfectly in a small space while the reader get’s to use photographic memory  to retain it all. Plus, they’ll usually visual beautiful. Barin notes why infographics work so well:

“They present a lot of information in a small space, they’re eye-catching and they don’t cost the world. That’s why business owners are asking for them. The end-user likes infographics because each of them has its own personality — they’re a bit quirky, they combine typography, bold color schemes and shapes in a way that intrigues viewers.”

 

“Typography takes center stage”

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Crop The Block is a prime example of mix and match typography.”

Hellooooo Typography! Last, but definitely not least, in the list of great trends for 2014 is typography’s take over. Last year I started re-branding my site with custom type, throughout the images and page headers, and I only want to get further into it this year. Type helps shape brands and express personalities; it’s multifaceted, something that the world of plain text just doesn’t offer. Barin explains how we’re saying goodbye to the old type and welcoming new type throughout different platforms:

“Goodbye Georgia, goodbye Times New Roman, goodbye Helvetica! Welcome to 2014 — the year where typography gets serious. Actually it was always serious, now it’s just arriving at mainstream status. The avalanche of mobile apps we’ve all been swimming in has exposed our eyes to all sorts of typography goodies and that has had a major factor in our font usage expectations.”

 

View all of ‘s “Top 10 web design trends for 2014

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Design Love: Wynwood Art Walk, Oct ’12

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year month! Art Walk, every second Saturday of the month, is always a good time. This weekend, I looked forward to visiting Arlene‘s updated piece in the Wynwood Cigar Factory. She started work on a modern Indian girl – pictured above. Her next step is to incorporate typography treatments; can’t wait to see it finished!

Walking on the way to the cigar shop, I snapped some shots of Wynwood Art Walk‘s beautiful pieces – inside the galleries and throughout the streets:


If you missed out the cultural event that is Art Walk this month, you can visit the next one on November 10th.  After a great stroll through the area, I finally got to the music-filled and energy-driven Wynwood Cigar Factory. I snapped some photos of the updated venue, with new artwork. Check it out and enjoy:

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