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30 beautiful mobile apps for design enthusiasts - 99designs Blog

30 beautiful mobile apps for design enthusiasts - 99designs Blog | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

With an ever-growing supply of mobile apps, it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd—both in functionality and design. With that in mind, we sloshed through app stores to handpick 30 beautiful mobile apps that designers and design enthusiasts will love.


We’ve organized this article into seven sections, so you can easily find the mobile app that fits your needs best. It’s time to turn your phone into your own little robotic personal assistant! Let’s begin....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Excellent collection of mobile apps for designers and bloggers. Recommended reading! 9/10

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Logo colors: what's best for your brand? - 99designs Blog

Logo colors: what's best for your brand? - 99designs Blog | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Selecting a color palette is one of the most impactful choices you can make while developing your brand aesthetic. Choosing the right logo colors can highlight your business’ strengths and help you attract the right customers. And, as you might guess, the wrong combination can have the reverse effect.

Everyone has heard of color psychology, which tells us that colors impact our emotions and behaviors. yellow is cheerful (because the sun is bright and yellow!) and green is calming (like laying in the grass and looking up at a bunch of leaves is peaceful). But do these “rules” really translate into logo color meanings?

Researchers Lauren Labrecque and George Milne looked into that and found that some do and some don’t. So yes, yellow will make your brand look youthful and approachable, but a green logo doesn’t inherently make customers think your brand is peaceful. Does that mean if you want to intelligently choose a logo color scheme you have to read and and interpret a long academic study?

Nope! We did that for you. And turned it into a handy infographic quiz. Just answer a few fun questions about your brand and we’ll tell you which logo colors you should think about using.....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Interesting look and logos and color psychology.

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Create product screenshots with just a few clicks, for free!

Create product screenshots with just a few clicks, for free! | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The best collection of free product mock-ups from the internet. Pick one, upload your design and download the final image ready for your projects.


Smartmockups app - The easiest way to create stunning product screenshots without using Photoshop


Premium mockups - More than 300 premium digital, print and screen mockups to choose from.


Changeable backgrounds - Change the background color or add beautiful background gradients....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

A very cool tool for fast creative comps.

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World's Ugliest Color Examined By Graphic Design Experts

World's Ugliest Color Examined By Graphic Design Experts | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

When market research firm Gfk was hired by the Australian government to consider how cigarette packs could be designed to prevent smoking, the firm came up with a colorful solution: Make the packs as unappealing as possible by wrapping them in an earthy "dark brown," or what would be matched to Pantone color 448C.

 

The color was found least appealing to prospective cigarette buyers in tests, and it has since been proclaimed "the world’s ugliest color" by the blogosphere.

 

But in the interest of fairness to all colors, we talked to designers Milton Glaser and Debbie Millman, along with Pantone VP Laurie Pressman, to get their professional take on this cancerous, baby poop, lung brown....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Researchers found Pantone 448C to be highly unappealing, and chose it for cigarette packaging in Australia to deter smokers. Do you agree? They'll have to change the color of milk chocolate. :-)

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Instant Logo Search

Instant Logo Search | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

InstantLogoSearch is a free web app which allows you to imstantly find and download visual logos for thousands of popular brands. 100% free.


My comment: Useful in many situations when you want to include a good quality logo of a major brand in a design, promo, or presentation and you don't want to waste time wading through tens of images in Google search.


If what you you want is a cleaned up logo, either in bitmap or vector format, ready to be downloaded in SVG or PNG format, this is a good resource to bookmark and use.


Try it out now: http://instantlogosearch.com/...

Jeff Domansky's insight:

With InstantLogoSearch you can search and download thousands of logos instantly. That completes a Robin Good curator extraordinaire kind of day. Kudos to him for all his tremendous shares.

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Donald Trump Logo Redesign In Many Hilarious Ways

Donald Trump Logo Redesign In Many Hilarious Ways | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Whether you like the man or not, these logo redesigns of Trump For President 2016 are absolutely hilarious and quite frankly brilliant. With the release of his campaign logo of Trump Pence “Make America Great Again”, it made a lot of people giggle over the inappropriate interlocking of the T and P.


As you can tell it is pretty funny and was mocked instantly on social media. So is there any way to make this logo any better?

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Well and hilariously carried off.

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The Essential Cheat Sheet of Cover Photo Dimensions for Facebook, Twitter & More [Templates]

The Essential Cheat Sheet of Cover Photo Dimensions for Facebook, Twitter & More [Templates] | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

And considering social media cover photos are likely something you'll want to update regularly to align with new campaigns, cover photo design can be an ongoing process -- not to mention how frequently social networks redesign their layouts, inevitably affecting cover photo sizes by cropping, warping, and mucking up your existing design. 

This is definitely not ideal for brands looking to put their best foot forward in social media. So what's a poor marketer to do when the only scalable option is to take graphic design into their own hands?

To make things easier on social media managers and non-designers doing design, we created an essential cheat sheet containing the most up-to-date social media cover photo dimensions -- something you can bookmark and reference when you're ready to create or re-create a cover photo for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Google+.

We also created free, downloadable PowerPoint templates that are already pre-sized for each channel's specific cover photo dimensions so you can easily customize them for your own business. Just add your creative, save it as an image file, and upload it to your social media business page....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Really useful graphic dimensions cheat sheets for your blog and social marketing.

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2 Minute Slide Challenge: From Boring Bullet Points to Stunning Designs!

2 Minute Slide Challenge: From Boring Bullet Points to Stunning Designs! | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Bullet Points is just pure laziness. Lists are not meant for a slide. 2 minutes are all you need to transform a list to a creative slide!

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More presentation tips - getting rid of bullet points...

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Imparafacile's curator insight, July 21, 3:41 AM
Utile per migliorare la grafica delle presentazioni, ma anche di ogni contenuto visuale
Tiffany Crosby's curator insight, July 23, 12:45 PM
Caution: Templates aren't free but the creative ideas it may spark in you are. So take from it what you will. 
Alex's curator insight, August 1, 10:49 PM
No one wants to read your boring bullet points. Love this 2 minute challenge!
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50 Amazing Design Blogs Every Creative Needs to Bookmark

50 Amazing Design Blogs Every Creative Needs to Bookmark | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Successful creatives have one thing in common: they're always looking at fresh material to inspire their work. As much as you'd like to sit down and pull from an unlimited well of design ideas, there is no such thing as inspiration in isolation. Radically innovative work demands equally inventive sources. Don't feel guilty for keeping your eyes and ears open to what other creatives are doing, especially if it's the work they're most proud of: these pieces have the potential to take your own work to places where it's never been before!


A word of caution: don't let this inspiration hunting derail you from actual creation. The happiest creatives, as we brought up in this article, don't let comparison get a point where it negatively affects their output.


Today, I'll share 50 of the most inspiring and influential blogs curated by successful creatives. In doing so, we'll be looking at 10 categories....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

You'll find at least a couple of creative design inspiration resources in this list.