The New Great “Flat” Design

In the fast-changing world of UI design, many designers are waving goodbye to 3D effects, textures and gradients.

For now at least, it’s about simple shapes, bold contrasting colours, considered use of type and grids, and smooth, intuitive navigation.

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Sometimes, these flat designs can be hit or miss. Too many gradients or bright colors can really hurt the products usability or stickiness. The newest iOS7 would be a good example of too many shades of bright colors going haywire.


iPhone app, Taasky (pictured above), is a great example of simple and effective flat app design. The purpose of the app is to manage your daily tasks, which makes the easy-to-use interface much more pleasing to use quickly or on the go. This app has not yet been released for public use, but I’m looking forward to seeing it live.

Like Taasky? Follow creator Jakub Antalík’s progress on Dribbble

The Makings of a Great Logo

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It’s a challenge many designers are faced with. How can I make a successful logo? Here are a good few questions to ask yourself when looking at a preliminary logo design:

1. What emotions does the logo evoke?

Colors can play a big part in evoking emotional response.

2. What’s the meaning behind the logo?

No one ever wants to hear, “because it looks cool”. Find a deeper meaning.

3. Will the logo stand the test of time?

No logo will last forever, but generally a great logo could last up to a couple decades.


4. Is it unique? Can it be instantly recognizable?

Do some research, see what other company logo’s look like in the field. Then make it completely different.

5. How does it look in black and white?

I suggest starting in black and white. It’s sometimes easier to introduce color in after nailing down the design.

6. Is it clear and distinct in small dimensions?

Shrink it down, can you still see it?


The Magnificent Multitude of Beer!


It’s the end of the week, one day early! If thats not reason enough to celebrate, here is a nice little (albeit hard to follow) infographic.

The multitude of varieties, brands and tastes of beer available can sometimes be a little overwhelming. So what better way to showcase the taxonomy of beer than with an infographic?

A favourite here at Creative Bloq, Pop Chart Lab have now built on their original beer infographic from 2010 and created a 60x40in malty monstrosity called The Magnificent Multitude of Beer. It ended up being so big that the team had to enlist the help of another printing firm to handle the job. After all that hard work, let’s hope they found time to head to the bar afterwards.

Cheers to a good holiday weekend!

Feeling a little Vintage today

It’s a rainy spring day in Philly. Contrary to popular belief its not ALWAYS sunny in Philadelphia.

I’ve come across a couple vintage ads that I find interesting. Here’s to the new (and last?) season of Mad Men in two weeks!

Handi Wrap

Thanks Handi Wrap! All the easier to smother him in his sleep!

Western Electric


Skype v. 1.0

Happy Lucky!


It doesn’t get more Mad Men than Lucky Strike. Killing yourself, one happy stick at a time!


Ford fontaine


Driving off into the tripatorium that was 1966.

Check out more vintage ads here

Color Challenge

Take the color test here.

How well do you see color? FACT: 1 out of 255 women and 1 out of 12 men have some form of color vision deficiency. Take the online color challenge, based on the Farnsworth Munsell 100 Hue Test.

Lets see how I did.

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Not shabby. How did you do?