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Is Your Low-Contrast Design Costing You Clients?

Web design trends come and go.

Do you remember the 2000s, when websites were textural? Backgrounds looked like torn paper in a scrapbook. Text tended to be blocky and bold. Call-to-action buttons were so glossy they looked wet. Drop shadows erupted in every direction, trying desperately to make graphic elements pop up off the page.

A few years ago, designers decided that look was over, so they ran in the opposite direction.

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Feeling Blue: To Design or Not to Design With Blue

Is it that blue’s popularity makes the color a safe choice? Or is it clichéd to use blue in your design or branding?

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Lobster: The New Comic Sans?

Lobster’s fantastic usability has become a problem—Lobster has lost its vitality. It has become so popular, people have started to call it “the new Comic Sans,” the opposite of a compliment in the design world.

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Art Break: Andrea Zittel and the Use of Space

Andrea Zittel is an American artist who began developing functional objects and experimental living spaces in the 1990s. Her work examines the minimum amount of space required for a person to live comfortably in the most efficient and functional way possible.

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Battling “Nature-Deficit Disorder” with Wilderness

Here at Dowitcher Designs we’re fans of the outdoors.

It’s not hard to be, because living in Santa Barbara is like living in nature’s lap. But not everyone has our kind of easy access to bountiful green spaces…

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Four Top Sites for Creative Business Cards

Print may be dead, but business cards sure aren’t. In an era that’s seen a decline in traditional marketing materials like flyers, catalogs, and mailers, business cards remain a surefire way to market yourself. These websites offer unique designs that won’t break your budget.

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Art Break: Zimoun’s Wall of Sound

Jill introduces us to Swiss-born artist Zimoun and his amazing sound sculptures in the first edition of her new blog series – Art Break.

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What is Flat Design?

In 2013 a new trend emerged; the flat design. Even though it has been around for some time, it wasn’t until Microsoft adapted this style to their Windows 8 interface that it truly became a dominant trend in the design world.

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The Subtle Art of the Yarn Bomb

If you haven’t heard of yarn bombing, don’t worry. These aren’t the kind of bombs that explode – but if they did, they would probably feel pretty cozy!

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Take an Urban Street Type Safari

Heard any good Comic Sans jokes lately? Designer James Victore doesn’t have time to listen to them — he’s much too busy taking other fonts to task.

Victore recently took a “Type Safari,” tooling around Brooklyn and Queens in an old Army Jeep with a camera in tow. In the resulting video, he looks at street type and signage and tries to “figure out what the hell it’s for.”

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