Graphic Design & Web Development

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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}

Lessons from the Creation of the 2016 Olympics Logo

Nyla Smith | Thursday, July 28, 2016

With the summer Olympics right around the corner, I’m sure you’re excited to watch the world’s best in swimming, volleyball, and gymnastics. And the one player making an appearance at every sport? The Olympics logo, of course. Read on for the fascinating story of how the official Rio 2016 logo and font came to be, and some lessons you can learn from the process.  Read Article »

"V" is for Vector

Nyla Smith | Wednesday, April 27, 2016

You just got off the phone with your graphic designer and your head is swimming with terms like vector, bitmap, and raster. Even though it may have sounded like it, your designer wasn’t speaking a foreign language! Let’s look at these different image types and clear up the confusion. Read Article »

"N" is for Negative Space (How to Use Gestalt Theory for a Memorable Logo)

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Don’t be fooled by the term “negative space.” When it comes to logo design, negative space can be used in very positive ways. As with many other aspects of design, we can look to the field of psychology for insight on how to use negative space to create a memorable logo. 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 »

"F" is for: Favicon

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A favicon (the term is a mashup of “favorites icon”) is one of those little details that should be a part of your visual brand. Go the extra step to reinforce your visual brand and enhance your users' experience of browsing your website by creating a custom favicon. Read Article »

Color: It's All in Your Head

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, June 09, 2015

eye with color wheelHere's something to consider...if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to see it, did it have a color? There's no denying that color is all around us, but how we perceive it is all in the eye of the beholder.  Read Article »

Branding Mistakes: Targeting Everyone, Reaching No One

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, May 12, 2015

As you're developing your brand, one of the first questions you'll need to answer is,"Who am I doing this for?" Defining and reaching your target audience will be your main challenges. If you think you need to target every Tom, Dick, and Harriet in the world, then you may be in for a rude awakening.  Read Article »

How to Avoid Brand Schizophrenia

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, May 05, 2015

man in panicAre you a company that suffers from brand schizophrenia? While "branding" can be daunting, there is one tool that EVERY business of any size can use to put their best foot forward. Are you using it?  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 »

What we can learn from Google's Doodles

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Google DoodleYou may have admired Google’s fantastically fluid logo without giving it more than a passing thought. A couple of keywords in the search box and you’re ready to explore the infinite wisdom of the World Wide Web. But before you go, why not take a minute to learn a lesson or two from those innovative Doodles?   Read Article »


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