Build your first wordpress theme with 4 easy-to-follow tutorials

The wordpress theme used here at Graphic Design Blender is the first theme I ever attempted to create from scratch (patience with glitches are therefore appreciated).  I’m no web programmer. Designer, yes, but when it comes to coding, I have a lot to learn. Assuming there are a lot of designers in the same boat, I would like to present to you 4 easy-to-follow tutorials that will help you build your first wordpress theme.  After reading through these tutorials, please

Name that brand: Which top global brands can you identify?

I recently read a study done by MillwardBrown on the most valuable global brands of 2009.  It got me thinking about the power of branding and thought it would be interesting to see how many people can identify even the first 25 of the most valuable brands in the world.  Give it your best shot and leave your guesses in the comments of this post. In a few weeks I will release the answers and you can see how you

How to reduce clutter in web design

The truth of the matter is visitors who come to a cluttered web site are frequently turned away because they are confused about where to go first or how to find the content they need.  This article contains several solutions to help you reduce clutter on your web site. 1. Organize: Make it easy for visitors to find what they are looking for. The first step in designing a less cluttered web site is to create a site map.  This

How to lose all your design clients right now

1. Don’t return their calls for at least a week Don’t be fooled by thinking that when a client calls you about something, they are actually in a hurry to get a task done. They’ll understand how important it is that you fix that flat tire on your motorcycle, go for a quick ride, and then finish that movie you started a few days ago. When you do finally call them back be sure to remind them they need to

Tips to help you be ready for your next design job interview

Graphic design jobs are frequently few and far between. It’s important that you are prepared for any design job interview you might be lucky enough to land. Below you will find a number of tips to help you be more prepared for your next design job interview. 1. Update your online and print portfolios. Tastes, styles and opinions are constantly changing in the design industry. The most important factor in landing your next design job, therefore, is the quality of

22 logo design mistakes you might be guilty of

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I’ve seen my fair share of poorly designed logos. I’ll even admit that in my early days of designing I created a few horrible logos.  The following is a list of common mistakes in logo design. Do you fall in to any of these categories? UPDATE: If you like this article, check out “14 freelance design mistakes you might be guilty of“ 1. Unoriginal Design. Your logo should be original to the task at hand. The logo and branding strategy

The 5 phases of professional logo design

The research Dare I say this is most important phase of the logo design process.  Research may include asking the client questions about their preferences when it comes to the design of the logo.  It should also include research of the competitors logo and creative work.  In addition, you should research the target audience and makes plans to tailor your design to their needs.  Remember, you have been hired to design a logo for a lot of reasons but the

Interview with Designer/Blogger Brian Hoff

I recently had the opportunity to chat with graphic designer/blogger Brian Hoff.  Brian’s blog, the design cubicle recently celebrated some great achievements and I thought it would be a great time to get advice from such a talented and successful designer & blogger. 1. Please tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do. My name is Brian Hoff and I am a graphic designer from Philadelphia. I specialize in identity and logo design, but work

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