How the Pantone Color of the Year Impacts Design

There are two types of people in this world: those who know the Pantone color of the year and those who are wondering why they keep seeing the same colors everywhere. Now, you’re in the first group. Each year, Pantone selects a color for the year. It’s usually inspired by universal moods and aimed to challenge design norms.

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10 Nature-Inspired Color Palettes for your Next Design Project

Often, when people think of nature-inspired color combinations, they pick neutral tones of green and brown. But, nature is full of a wide array of inspiring (and sometimes unexpected) tones. Below are a few of my favorite color combinations that you can find in the natural world.

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11 Great Font Combinations Using Free Fonts

Pairing fonts isn’t all that tricky ⁠— you just need to focus on contrast and balance. For example, a script can look great with a serif or sans-serif font, as long as they are proportional in weight. However, taking the time to mix and match fonts can slow down a design project. That’s why I’ve put together a list of some easy font combinations that use free fonts.

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7 Color Palettes for your latest design inspired by the 90s

Everyone knows that the 90s are back, bringing us into the wonder that was Steve Madden, dELiA*s, Lisa Frank, and Rachel Ashwell. Edgy, happy, and experimental, the colors were a lovely rainbow of boundary-breaking design. Below are a few of my favorite color combinations inspired by the 90s.

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6 Color Combinations for Minimalist Designs

Picking out the perfect tones for my next design is one of my favorite parts of the brainstorming process. When it comes to creating minimalist designs, it’s easy to revert to a white background with a quick pop of primary red or duck egg blue. Although it’s safe to reuse winning tones, like the current sunset fixation, great designs start with unexpected bursts of inspiration. I’ve collected a few of my latest favorites, based on images that catch my eye.

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4 Font Combinations to Inspire Your Next Graphic Idea, Using Free Fonts

Finding free fonts, that aren’t super weird, equals time-suck. Finding good font pairings, is even more consuming. I find a lot of Pinteresty, hobby ideas, that would look great on stationary. Adapting those for eye-catching ads or graphic elements, takes a little more looking.

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The Notorious PSL: How a Simple Drink Became the OG of Limited Time Offers

It was a very low day when I lashed out at the contrivance of limited time offers. My target was a burger of some kind and the restaurant was Applebee’s. It wasn’t just any Applebee’s. It was an airport Applebee’s, during a delayed layover as I traveled between business conventions for work.

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