Design Trends, 2017

Here are a few ideas to help you along the way with that all important element of your marketing and branding. How you design what accompanies what you say is so important – the images, the typography, the colour …

Every designer loves breaking the rules every now and then. This month’s web design trends highlight some of the rebellious spirit in ways that look amazing. The key to all these rule-breaking designs is that the rest of the interface is simple and actually follows the rules. From text that doesn’t stay in its “container” to oversized design elements to odd ball geometric shapes, let’s walk on the wild side… Here’s what’s trending in design this month: 1. Text Without Boundaries There was a time that every element in a website design had its own place. That’s not always the case anymore. More designs are allowing elements to cross planes and move into the space of other elements. It sounds like one of those ideas that could go horribly wrong (and it could), but these websites show that there’s something beautiful about text that lives in two spaces at the same time. The trend is exemplified by text elements that cross into multiple containers, such as text that layers over the

Source: 3 Essential Design Trends, October 2017 | Webdesigner Depot

Check out our review of the hottest typography trends for 2017, and become a professional graphic designer.

Source: 10 Typography Trends to Stick to in 2017

Is product design only about how humans interacts with it?

Source: Color, psychology and design – UX Planet

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Social Media Marketing in 2017

Pretty well every business, no matter how small, needs to have a social media presence. This is partially for basic promotion of the business – general marketing and branding. It also includes the chance to manage your customer relations, giving you the chance to engage with all of those people out there, current customers and those you are hoping to capture, and from that build more of a brand, more of a presence. As always it needs to be done right, preferably with the right imagery, still and video, to go with it all. You also need to choose the right channels and the right schedule for posting and engaging with others.

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Here are a few more ideas for you…

We have compiled a comprehensive list for 2017 and beyond of the top 101 social media benefits for businesses and more. Click here to learn more!

Source: 101 Benefits of Social Media Marketing in 2017 | Social Vantage

These are the essential ingredients of a digital marketing strategy, and they will help you plan manage and optimise your digital media marketing.

Source: 10 reasons you need a digital marketing strategy in 2017

Learn how brands like Adobe and the San Diego Zoo are creating beautiful, bold and engaging content on Instagram.

Source: 5 Elements of a Successful Instagram Marketing Strategy

Lisa Marcyes, Senior Social Media Marketing Manager at Marketo, gives 3 ways to help you choose the best social network for your brand including 50 stats.

Source: 50 Stats to Help You Choose The Right Social Networks for Your Brand

Seasons change – new marketing opportunities

Autumn grows, leaves fall …
… another season

…colours change
– the backdrop for your brand changes

The change in seasons gives you an opportunity. Yes, I know it can be one of those tiresome things needing more effort but then it is also an easy way to have content and design ideas ready and waiting to plug in to a new campaign.

We will see a change in the natural environment – trees having leaves change colour, giving a new palette around us outside, then shedding leaves etc. We see a return to school for the kids, sports moving on, a change in the clothes we wear, skies, lengths of days and nights, temperatures lower. Each of these may be a point of interest.

With the change season so the natural palette changes. Should yours? Should it give you an opportunity or an excuse to make some design changes? alter the palette of what you are offering up?

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Marketing your business, product, project or services is now a somewhat more complex and involved activity than it was some years ago. The options have grown – it is no longer just a case of print work, newspapers (local or national), the odd magazine ad, perhaps local radio – yes, I am that old!

We now have before us – websites, social media all utilising design – stock photos, vector based imagery, video, audio – including music, as well as the basics of the written, be it just a plain and simple appeal and information or on to a whole story.

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This infographic looks at what’s trending in visual content marketing for 2017, according to a survey of 300 online marketers.

Source: The Hottest Visual Content Marketing Trends in 2017 [Infographic] | Social Media Today

Which of these design elements are you using to enhance your web experience and conversion? If you’re launching a new site or refreshing an existing site i. Marketing topic(s):Website design. Advice by Expert commentator.

Source: The Top 10 essentials of a contemporary web design – Smart Insights Digital Marketing Advice

2018 is just around the corner. Are you ready for it?

Source: 4 Social Media Trends You Need to Know About for Next Year

Which tools and sites do you use to keep up with digital marketing? The idea for our new guide for marketing agencies ‘keeping up with digital’ came from a. Marketing topic(s):Marketing innovation. Advice by Expert commentator.

Source: Keeping up with Digital Marketing in 2017 | Smart Insights

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Colour, Design, Trends – 2017, what’s happening

We all need to use some imagery in what we put out there to promote what we do, what we sell, what we provide. Using a resonant colour in that, not only for our logo but across the board, helps the whole process along. It adds its own message subtly.

Boost brands, influence behaviour and convince your clients.

Source: The designer’s guide to using colour in branding | Creative Bloq

This month the focus is on design elements. Many recent trends have involved user patterns, color or typography, but here it’s all about subtle techniques. Essential trends to take note of include downpage navigation, boxes as a design element and plenty of vertical lines and movement. Here’s what’s trending in design this month: 1. Downpage Navigation Designers seem to be in quite the experimental phase when it comes to navigation these days. From vertical, side navigation options to pop-out styles to downpage styles, menu items are kind of all over the place. While downpage navigation used to be a distinct no-no, it can grow on you. And as more designers opt for this user pattern, it will become more generally accepted. Here’s a word of caution: If you opt for downpage navigation, keep a close eye on website analytics to ensure that your visitors understand the pattern and are continuing to click. This technique might not work for all audiences. So how do you make it work? The best

Source: 3 Essential Design Trends, July 2017 | Webdesigner Depot

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Pandora has done it again – opening up that box and letting all sorts fly free, well nearly free, here is a range of abstract illustrations useful for backgrounds and a whole lot more. Take a look and

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yes! pandora has opened her box and allowed out not quite the chaoos you might expect but some varying patterns for your use, she is mellowing in her old age, take advantage and see what she has to of

Source: pandoras patterns | f4mmedia – Sellfy.com

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Stock Photo Trends

Having more than just text in what you put out there is a must. You must also tell your story in a good way, preferably with a little imagination. Yes we can help with such:

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Adding the right taglines to the right image is something that takes a little practice. We do our best.

The colour scheme is one thing, the tagline (or endline) another, then there is the layout of the image itself, what is pictured completes the whole. Getting everything balanced can be a bit of a job – we get thee in the end, especially given a little nudge here and there and an idea or two from others.

Trends we’re noticing: muted colors, authenticity, and symmetry.

Source: Stock Photo Trends in Landing Page Designs 

Think beyond the feature photo.

Source: Creative and Unique Ways to Use Stock Photos

The search for authenticity in stock photography

Source: Are You Guilty of Using These Stock Photo Cliches?

just a few images of those things you might find in water and around it, all nice little jpegs, don’t croak at the sight, or ribbit up

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Use Stunning Stock Images, or at least – Expressive Ones

It is always best to use images in your posts – blog, social media and website – even your print work could use some imagery. It is not just the case that images, whether photo or vector, help to attract, they also add an explanatory power going beyond just an echoing of your message. They help to add emotion, a background or texture to all that is being said. It may be a moment of contrast or of extension of the message as a whole. The style of the image makes a point. There is also a point to the major colours involved. Colour has an emotional point to it, it relates in particular ways, adding feeling or the direction towards certain feelings. The style of the image places you and your argument as well as elements of the story in toto.Whether you want free stock images for your website, blog or social media posts, this guide will help you to find the best images to use.

Source: Free Stock Photos: The Complete Guide on How to Find and Use Stunning Stock Images

If you need help with all of this – we are here! A big part of what we offer are precisely images created or chosen to suit combined with the right taglines for you and your purposes.

Ask yourself these questions to begin with:

  • where do you place yourself in the market, what king of business are you?
  • who is it that you are hoping to reach?
  • what sort of image will they react best to?
  • what will spark their interest and keep them looking and reading?
  • what feelings do you want to generate?

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just a few images of those things you might find in water and around it, all nice little jpegs, don’t croak at the sight, or ribbit up

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photos featuring light, colour, the night and youthful imagination – from one of the collective –

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I have lived and worked on 2 continents, working in a variety of industries, from multi-nationals to small, local businesses. I have a world of experience and the creativity and imagination to back up the hard work and perseverance.I have 2 blogs writing on maketing, design and more.

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From your business outline and stated goals I will create illustrations to aid in branding, adding content – for you to use either generally online, in social media or elsewhere. 2 revisions are allowed.

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