DESIGN

  • The Best Graphic Design Program for NEW Designers (or anyone!) on a Budget – Canva Pro

    I’ve been a graphic designer for well over 10 years. I’ve spent hundreds of hours in the Adobe Creative Suite Programs and utilize the tools in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign everyday for my life and business. I get lots of questions from students and readers that are interested in learning more about graphic design, but…

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  • 33 Ways You Can Use Canva for Work

    You’ve heard of Canva, but you’re not sure if it’s the right design program or how you can put it to use in your busy life. Here are 33 ideas on how to use Canva for work! I’ve been a graphic design for over 10 years and because design is my business, I work in…

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  • How to Upload a Font to Your Computer

    This short tutorial will have you uploading fonts to your computer and using them in your favorite graphic design or word processing software in 10 minutes or less. One of the most frequently asked questions I have from new design students and readers is how to get fonts on their computer. If you’re new to…

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  • Branding & the Psychology of Color – How to Use Color Like a Marketing Pro

    Branding & the Psychology of Color from Prickly Pear Design Co.

    If you’re interested in branding or graphic design, have a small business or are thinking to start one, or if you’re just interested in how color effects you and how to use it in your home, this post is for you! I think one of the most important, and often overlooked, aspects of design is…

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  • Picking the Perfect Font – Your Font Says a Lot More Than Just the Words You Type

      Today friends, we’re talking about typography. There are too many great fonts out there to count and if you’re like me, you’ve got dozens upon dozens of awesome fonts stashed on your computer ready to go for that perfect project. (If you want a quick tip on how to find the right font in…

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  • 3 FREE Online Font Resources Revisited & 2 Great Free Font Resources

    Design friends! (and really anyone who loves pretty fonts…) Have you been over to Creative Market this week to pick up your free goods? Well you should. I love Creative Market for a million reasons, but the #1 reason, after the fact that you can pick up so many great fonts at really awesome prices,…

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  • 3 Free Online Typography Resources for Designers

    Today we’re talking typography. It goes without saying that as a graphic designer I have a pretty good appreciation for a really great font. And with typography-based designs being all the rage these days, it’s easy to start scouring the internet for great fonts that you can pick up for cheap or even FREE. There…

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  • How to Talk Like a Designer: Paper Types & Uses

    Raise your hand if you’ve been in the final phases of a design project and felt those pre-printing jitters. You know the ones that make you wonder if you selected the right type of printing and if your client will be happy with the paper choice and the price. I’m not sure the printing jitters…

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  • A Great Way to Simplify your Young Women Calling: A Cute Fireside Flier (editable template) & a Stash of YW Freebies

      Not too long ago  I was chatting on the phone with my older sister – she’s a Young Women President in her ward and I love hearing all the fun things that they’re doing. In passing, she commented that she needed a quick fix flier for their ward fireside coming up…and why couldn’t they…

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  • 3 MORE Characteristics of a Great Logo

    We’re back to talking great logos today and I’m ready to share 3 more characteristics of a great logo. If you’re looking for the first three characteristics you can read about them here. So lets get to it. Traditional It’s easy to get sidetracked with making a logo unique because of the huge demand for…

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  • 3 Characteristics That Make A Great Logo

    Relevant It seems that making a logo relevant should be easy enough. But often times its not. How do you roll the ideas on a client’s inspiration board into a logo that is relevant to its audience? Well, sometimes you just don’t. It takes both the client and the designer being cognizant of the intended…

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  • 4 Ways to Get Graduation Announcements that Rock – Revisited

        We’re getting to the end of the school year, and for all those high school seniors and soon-to-be college grads that means graduation. It takes quite a bit to manage the after party, the cap and gown, inviting guests, and figuring out the details about life after graduation. With an ever-growing to do…

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