When I first started this series forever ago I just wanted a place to showcase pretty designs and to show how my tastes change over time. I cannot believe how popular they have became. Seriously I get so much traffic from those posts and they are all over Pinterest. So it looks like a lot of other people enjoy looking at pretty designs as much as I do. It has been forever since I last did one and the truth is that it is pretty hard for me to find five designs that I really love enough to post here. I try to save one here and there, but they never add up to five.
Today instead of just sharing the designs and a link to them I thought I would also share why I like them and chose them for today’s post.
1. French by Design- I love the clean minimal look, but that header by Yyla Skarp is amazing.
2. behind the design- I love how Kelly is not afraid to use black as a main focal piece of a design.
3. Utilitarian Things- This logo is one of my favorites and I also enjoy how the colors and top border all work well together.
4. Curious Space- Every single thing about this site is amazing. I love the colors, patterns and the logo is beyond awesome.
5. Truly Blog- What is not to like about this one? I love how detailed every single thing is on the blog from the footer up.
Over the past few years one thing that keeps coming up with all of my clients is that they want to look professional, but with a bit of fun. To most people that means not having a lot of colors or crazy text. You know simple to the point yet still looking great. I thought I would put together a post with some tips that I personally use for myself and my clients.
I always start with some neutral shades. If you’re not sure what a neutral is then that would be black, white, gray and sometimes brown or beige. Every single color goes great with neutrals and that is why you should start with your base and go from there. I like to pick one or two bright colors leaving the design subtle and not too crazy. I also like to use one color and use shades of that color to really give the design a nice look.
One of my favorite sites that I always use is 0 to 255. I can easily pull shades of a specific color. Another site I love to look through is Colour Lovers. You can browse through thousands of palettes and even join specific groups for what you may like.
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*This is a long azz post and I will probably never write one this long ever again lol, but I have had two espressos and I have a lot to say. I have poured my heart into this post, enjoy!
Designers have to stay on top of trends and getting educated on new skills constantly. It is a field that is always progressing so you must as well. For me I love being able to freelance and work at home. It’s great as it gives you that space and time you need to think and do what you need to do and when. Of course it has its downfalls like cabin fever or getting sidetracked, but the pros always surpass the cons.
This past year has been hectic for me to say the least. On top of a busy work schedule my personal life was also very crowded leaving me feeling uneasy and stressed. That is never a good combination for a creative. I was pushing myself too much and trying to do it all. And for that reason I had to ask myself “What are you doing”? I started designing for joy because it is what I always loved, but when that joy is not there then what is the point? Everyday it seemed that a new problem was arising. One day my router just broke and would not turn on, one day my database needed updated, one week my son was very ill. So I took a moment to think and just closed my shop. I did not have the time that I needed to dedicate to my clients or shop. I needed to finish what I had on my list and just life in general. I guess I needed a break and breath of fresh air to have a new prospective and get my creative juices flowing again. This is why I love what I do. It is okay to take a break because you will always have clients when you get back.
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