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Toptal Design Blog Color of the Year 2020

by Cameron Chapman

The Toptal Design Blog’s Color of the Year 2020 aims to bring hope and positivity to the coming year, while also helping designers (and those they design for) connect with nature and stay grounded.

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Yours Truly, Freelance Design Advice

by Micah Bowers

It wasn’t easy, but you looked uncertainty in the eye and made the biggest bet of your career. Now what? We’ve got an encouraging word for new freelancers and anyone who’s braved self-employment.

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Design Principles – An Introduction to Visual Hierarchy

by Kent Mundle

The theory of visual hierarchy is different from its practical application. More advanced concepts of visual perception are worth exploring because their mastery is key for great visual design.

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Understanding the Nuances of Typeface Classification

by Cameron Chapman

Possibly with the exception of color, the typeface styles used in a design have a greater impact on the way a user perceives that design than virtually any other individual design element.

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Visual Designers vs Graphic Designers – Who Does What and Why (with Infographic)

by Cameron Chapman

Because graphic design and visual design both focus on aesthetics, the line between the two disciplines is often blurred, especially when referencing digital designs (includes infographic).

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Following Trends: Homage vs. Design Plagiarism

by Cameron Chapman

When looking for inspiration, designers should consider what they can add to the work of others. Where can they make it better? More useful? More elegant? More efficient?

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How to Use Powerful Gestalt Principles in Design (with Infographic)

by Miklos Philips

Gestalt’s guiding principle, that our minds tend to perceive objects as part of a greater whole, is a very useful and powerful design technique [includes infographic].

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Data Visualization – Best Practices and Foundations

by Mayra Magalhaes Gomes

Data visualization is a coherent way to visually communicate quantitative content. Depending on its attributes, data may be represented in different ways, such as line graphs and scatter plots.

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Typeface Styles for Web and Print Design

by Cameron Chapman

No matter what design discipline you are working in—whether it’s visual design, UX, or traditional print—typefaces are essential elements of virtually every bit of design produced.

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