Design impacts all of our lives and influences the world. Designers give brands a face, create experiences, advertisements, physical and digital spaces, animations, and much more. If you want to begin with designing, you might not know where or how to start. That’s why we put together 5 tips to make an impact with your graphic designs!
Make a moodboard
First of all, you need to think about what you want to radiate with your design. What look and feel is important do you want to create. Websites like www.pinterest.com can help you create a moodboard. On this moodboard you can collect elements like fonts, images, illustration styles, color palettes and layout references. Collecting those elements, can help you get your creative flow going.
Start with a plan
Before starting with your design, start with a plan. What do you want the viewers to see and take away from your design? Start with a few sketches to plan your design. Taking those few minutes to sketch and think about your design will help you save hours of designing.
Make sure to use the right colors
Start with a color palette with 1-3 mail colors that complement each other. Then start expanding your palette by adding different tones of the same colors, which will help you with the consistency in your design. Here are 4 websites that are great for creating color palettes:
Think about the hierarchy in your design
As a designer, it’s your job to guide the viewer through your design. That why you need to ask yourself ‘What is the most important element of the design, what is the viewer supposed to look at first?’. You can create hierarchy in your design using color, contrast and scale.
Use icons in your design
Icons and symbolism are not new concepts. Humans have used them for hundreds of years. Icons can often convey a meaning faster and in less time than actual words. They can also surpass language barriers and take up less space.
It takes time to learn and sharpen the skill of designing things. Koa Creatives is a full-service design agency with over 10 years of experience in the designing world. If you don’t know where to start with your business design or need help with your designs, get in touch with us, and we will give you a free consultation.
It happens to the best of us, getting stuck in your creative process. Sometimes you just can’t get started with your project or you are still looking for a creative angle. We have put together 4 tips to get those creative ideas flowing and to unblock your imagination
Know when the time is right for you
For a lot of people, the late morning is a great time to get creative. A lot of people tend to get laid back in the afternoon. But for some people, the evening is the perfect time to get creative. Get to know your creative schedule, try different times and see what works for you!
Get inspiration out of your comfort zone
Of course, it’s good to know what’s happening in the field you are working in. But you can get so much inspiration outside your field. For example, if you want to design a new brochure, don’t look for inspiration from other brochures. Look further and get inspired.
Take a break
If you’ve got the time, take your time. Take a break and let all of those ideas sink in. When you’ll let your ideas sink in, there is a big chance that you will have more fruitful ideas the second time around.
Try one of these helpful apps/websites
- Mindnode: an easy-to-use mind mapping app, that will help you generate new ideas.
- Pinterest: Create moodboard or get inspired by other moodboards
- myPantone: create color pallets and put them in its portable color memory
We are curious about methods that worked or didn’t work for you in the past! Need more tips or inspiration, take a look in our portfolio and other blogposts.
A recent study shows that at least half of the population are visual learners. Visual storytelling can be used to break down complex topics and will help you to make more impact with your marketing efforts. Reason enough to dive into the wonderful world of visual storytelling!
1. Who is your audience?
First of all, you need to know who you want to target with your story. Obviously you tell a story in a different way to your grandma than you do to your colleague. When you know who you want to tell your story, it’s easier to come up with a clear story.
Ways to get to know your audience:
A. Who are your customers?
B. Where do they come from?
C. What motivates them?
D. What are their values?
2. Make it personal
You might know the saying “in a world full of roses be your own sunflower”. That might seem a little bit sentimental but within visual storytelling it the best advice I can give you. It makes your story more trustworthy and relatable. Try to define your voice and what your brand stands for. Your audience will feel more connected with your brand.
3. Show don’t tell
When you want to use visual storytelling, make sure that the visuals that you use strengthen the story or tell the story on their own.
A. Empathize the visuals that really important to the story.
B. Use color phycology to support your message.
C. Choose images that stimulates more than one sense.
Still don’t know where to start?
Koa Creatives can help you create your visual story and connect your products to a story which is worth remembering.
In todays world the internet is more important than ever. With an average of 3.4 billion searches on google a day, almost everything happens online. So it’s not surprising that websites are becoming more important for you and your business. When you want to get the best out of your website you need an updated website. The website needs to in line with the changes in technology and design trends. But how do you know that your website needs a revamp?
Your website has outdated technology
Technology is changing really fast, sometimes your website platform can not keep up with the pace of the changing technology. When this is the case with your website, you should reconsider revamping. New technology offers better features and are more user friendly.
Your design is outdated
First impressions are really important. Visitors have made an opinion about your site within a few seconds. Within these seconds they make a decision if they want to stay or if they want to leave. When your site has an old or an amateurish look there is a huge possibility that your visitors leave. Visitors tend to stay when the website design is fresh and professional.
Your website is only build for desktops
Nowadays people tend to surf on the internet more on their phone or tablet. Desktops is not the only way to visit sites. When people land on a site which is built for desktops the site gets unclear and doesn’t always work and the visitors will get frustrated.
The focus of your business is changed
Sometimes the focus of your business changes, it’s important that these changes are also implemented on your website. With modern technology it’s easy to implement it to your website.
Your website does not achieve the desired results
When your website does not generate the amount of visitors that you had in mind you might need to take a look at SEO. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, and can help you get a higher position within search engines. SEO is as opposed to SEA free and therefor a sustainable way to generate more visitors.
Are you considering a Revamp? Koa Revamps can help you to get the most out of your website!
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When you create a brand, the first things you think about are logo design and a strong name for your brand. But branding is way more than a bomb corporate identity. In this article we will give you 3 tips for creating a strong brand!
What is the vision of your brand
What makes your brand different from all the other brands? Why should they pick you? Make a story for your brand and tell the world what your vision is for the brand.
Build an online presence
Alongside a thriving website it’s important that your customers can find your brand online. Platforms as Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIN can help you to build a strong online presence. It doesn’t have to be perfect as long as (potential) customers can find you on the world wide web.
When you have a brand story make sure that the story recurs in all your communication and marketing. Be consistent in all your communication, make sure (potential) clients will recognize your brand directly