Graphic Design & Web Development

Design - from all angles

A blog about design, though not in the strictest sense of the word. Marketing / branding resources and musings of a web and graphic designer who sees the world through Pantone-colored glasses and a 12-column responsive grid. {Subscribe to the RSS feed here: RSS}

"W" is for Watermark

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Watermarks grace dollar bills, important documents, and checks and are there to prove authenticity, origin, or ownership. But what role do they play in online images and your marketing images?  Read Article »

Plagiarism and the 2020 Olympics Logo

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Plagiarism is a pretty big deal when you’re accused of copying your high school English paper. It’s an even bigger deal when you’re accused of stealing the 2020 Summer Olympics logo design. Ruh roh, Raggy… Read Article »

The Role of Psychology in Design

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What role does psychology play in design? A big one. You don't have to be a student of Freud to understand how basic psychological principles, when applied to design, can have a measurable impact. Read Article »

Should I include trademark symbols in my logo?

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trademark symbols So, you've got a brand new logo! High five! Now, you start to notice that some other logos have ™ or ®,  and you begin to wonder... what's the difference, and are you supposed to have it on your logo? Read Article »

Thou shalt not steal (images)

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, August 05, 2014

We all know stealing is wrong, right? What's a little ambiguous for some is what constitutes "stealing", particularly on the internet. If you're not familiar with internet copyright law, beware — what you don't know could cost you. Read Article »

Trademarking your logo — is it necessary?

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, July 29, 2014

On occasion, after designing a logo, I have people ask if they need to trademark it, and if I can do it for them. You'd think a simple question would have a simple answer, but there's a little more to it than that...  Read Article »

"Hey, you stole my idea!"

Nyla Smith | Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Have you heard of "Quirky"? It's a website that allows you to submit your ideas for inventions, has people comment on and vote up the ideas, and if yours is chosen, the Quirky team actually brings it to life — they manufacture it and make it available for retail. Read Article »


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