Design by Kreativa Studio

Kreativa Studio: graphic design and development of websites, applications, logotypes, and more. Based in Sisak, Croatia, Kreativa Studio is a forward-thinking design firm founded in 2008. They mainly specialize in a variety of graphic design projects as well as the development of websites, applications, logotypes and much more. Driven by their desire for modern technologies, their aim is to solve clients’ problems in new and unique ways. Some examples of their highly creative work can be found below. For more, please visit their website or follow the studio on Behance and Dribbble. Spindle – Flow. “One of many screens from a machine learning web app that we’re doing for good people at Machine Colony. The client’s vision was to entice users with a futuristic experience through … Read More

The Designer’s Guide to Color Contrast

The colors you choose while designing a website, poster, or any other type of image, will have a huge impact on whether or not the overall design is successful. After all, there is a lot of psychology behind the colors that people are attracted to, and designers need to incorporate this into everything they do. Color contrast plays a very valuable role, but it is often overlooked, undervalued and misunderstood. To avoid this problem, you must learn more about color contrast, including how and why you should use it. Once you go beyond the basics of knowing that red and orange aren’t good colors to create contrast but black and white are, you can begin to develop an enhanced aesthetic that will please clients and viewers. Why… Read More

The Myth of Ugly Design

Have you heard the dangerous lie that’s going around? It goes like this: “Design isn’t that important. I have an ugly site and it sells like crazy. It outperforms the ‘well designed’ site I used to have.” This horrible myth is perpetuated by marketers. They tell us… Ugly sites outperform beautiful ones To make our sites uglier Pretty pages suck Ugly products sell better But, is it true? We know design matters. We know it’s a deep and fundamental part of communication. But we’re often unsure about how to communicate that. This horrible myth is perpetuated by marketers We’re left feeling angry and frustrated. Let’s be honest. As far as marketing is concerned, most executives are focused on one thing: Money. At the end of the… Read More

11 Ways Breadcrumbs Bolster UX Design

Website breadcrumbs enhance user experience encouraging users to dig deeper into your site’s hierarchy, while also telling visitors exactly where they are on any given page. Google’s breadcrumb schema is another valuable reason to setup breadcrumbs. But the design factor is always tricky so it helps to study examples and gather ideas. These are some of my favorite breadcrumb styles and they should provide a nice starting point for new design projects. 1. Wayfair Wayfair’s website does a lot right and their entire UX is phenomenal page to page. One thing I really like is their breadcrumb style because it’s not too large, yet also not too small and not obtrusive either. You’ll find these crumbs on product pages and category pages so they follow you around the… Read More

What’s the Best Music for Designing to?

Madonna once said that music makes the rebel and the bourgeoisie come together. I find it difficult to believe that either of these demographics would spend much time listening to pop from the year 2000, but who am I to argue with Madonna? Now, for the young rebels out there, Madonna was our… ummm… Beyonce, maybe? I’m not good at these comparisons. In any case, Madonna did not say that music is a huge part of the web design process, but she should have. Not on the front-end, thank God. Anyone who autoplays music on their site should be forced to browse with Netscape Navigator for a year, per infraction. But creatives of all kinds, the world over, use music to help them create. Whether they use… Read More

Adobe Reveals the Secrets of Email

Adobe shared the results of its 3rd annual consumer email survey today, and while some of the findings are extremely predictable—nobody likes spam—others are downright shocking: for example, business email is 36 times more popular than social message services like Slack. Yeah, let that one sink in… In fact email, that clunky relic of the early days of the web is actually the most popular form of communication online and its popularity is increasing year on year. And not just amongst the more mature, one of email’s biggest user groups, according to Adobe, is millennials. Should Businesses Use Email? Businesses should be using any marketing channel that reaches their target demographic, and with email usage increased across the board according to Adobe’s study, every target demographic uses email… Read More

Popular Design News of the Week: August 21, 2017 – August 27, 2017

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week. Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news. 5 Amazing Hamburger Menu Trends to Emulate 12 Extensions that will Make any UX Designer’s Life Easier… Read More

5 Rules for Using Memes in Your Content

What is a meme? Now, maybe you’re a bit out of the loop. Maybe you have a job, a couple of kids, and not a lot of time to browse the Internet’s most ephemeral form of content. Maybe you’re single, but prefer outdoor hobbies, like hiking or friendship. But someone in a meeting just said that it would be cool if you started using memes on your company site, and you’ve gotta figure out how. We’ve got your back. We’ve. Got. Tips. But back to the original question: Memes are viral ideas and behaviors. They spread from person to person, bringing joy and irritation in equal measure. Memes performed offline (thought documented online) include planking, the apparently mis-named “Harlem Shake”, and “dabbing” which is a word… Read More

Brava Origem – Brand and Packaging Design by Vinicius Andrade

Graphic design as well as packaging and brand development created as student project by Vinicius Andrade for Brava Origem. Vinicius Andrade, a Porto Alegre, Brazil based graphic designer has recently create a sophisticated brand identity concept for Brava Origem, a quite alternative manufacture of chocolates. Under the concept of bean to bar, the company is taking advantage of the best Brazilian cacao for the production of their tasty chocolates. Most people don’t know that a cocoa of particularly good quality grows wild in the Amazon forest, which is well suited for the production of those outstanding chocolates. To give the brand a unique visual experience, Vinicius Andrade used a special “ink on water” technique to create a series abstract illustrations that highlight the geographic origin … Read More

How To Build A Better Website

What’s the first thing you think of when you begin a website project? What are your first steps? Are you hunting for design inspiration on step one, or soon thereafter? Maybe, you’re more of the developer type. You might be exploring code and functionality needs soon after your first consultation meeting. Regardless, if you are more focused on design and code at the start of the project, then you’re heading for disappointment. I can promise you, your fancy new website will fail. It will fail not because you’ve done a bad job. You’re probably more than capable of building beautiful masterpieces that your clients often rave about upon delivery. No, you and your new website will fail because you’ve ignored the purpose, the sole reason for the… Read More

Portfolio Website Examples And Tips To Create Them

Getting started as a freelance web designer is full of challenges, not the least of which is figuring out how to create a portfolio website. You need a way to build your web presence, whether you’re a student, unemployed, or a part of a design studio. Not only will a portfolio page offer you a chance to showcase your work, it offers a platform for blogging about your design life and current projects. So, how to build a portfolio website? How do you display your work? How do you show your potential customers what you’re capable of doing for them? It can be hard to figure out how you’re going to start building a portfolio website. A simple Google search will show you plenty of independent freelancers … Read More

5 Techniques for Spotting Mistaks Before They Go Live

Launching a new website can be exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. You want to show off what you’ve been building, what you’ve learned, and the creative solutions you’ve come up with. You can already taste that first celebratory taco. You go live. At first, you get a lot of comments from your friends saying, “Hey, that looks great!” Then the bug reports come in. A feature isn’t working as intended. A bit of CSS is playing merry hell with the live content in ways you couldn’t foresee. A link is broken. And worst of all: you have typos. So many typos. Okay, most of the time, it won’t be as bad as all that. Veteran designers and developers usually have processes in place… Read More

4 Ways To Design a Perfect Split Screen Homepage

One screen divided in two. The split screen technique has long been known in the film industry, with early examples dating back to the silent movies days of the early 20th century, and it is still a popular device in by film and tv today. A split-screen layout is in use when full-screen elements are divided into two or more vertical parts. A scene from the film “Scott Pilgrim vs the World” However, this is a relatively new technique for the web design industry. Split screens only became popular around mid-2016 and now we have more and more websites which use this design pattern. There are a few reasons why this design pattern became so popular: It has a nice aesthetic quality. When executed correctly… Read More