The evolution of emojis

In 2015 the Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year was not actually a word but rather an emoji. This “tears of joy” one to be specific: A few years ago it would have seemed absurd to give such an honour to a cartoon smiley face but the fact that emojis have become so phenomenally popular in such a short amount of time might have something to do with it. According to a study by SwiftKey (a predictive keyboard and typing app), people used emojis … Continue reading

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Publishing software to rival Adobe InDesign

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Adobe InDesign and Illustrator are the go-to desktop publishing and design software programs for many designers and the marketing departments of large companies. However, there are many other, less costly software options available that can give you more or less the same features and results. Take a look at some of the publishing software solutions that we’ve gathered for you. Microsoft Office Publisher Why spend money on a separate program when there is already software available in your Microsoft Office pack? MS Publisher is great … Continue reading

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No Photoshop? Free image editing tools to the rescue!

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Many people think that you need Photoshop to create great-looking photos. But Photoshop is expensive software to purchase if you only need it to edit something now and then. Instagram is another great option to use if you want the option to add filters and effects to your photos but there are only so many to choose from and not everyone wants to create an account just to do that. Luckily, the Internet offers a wide variety of quality photo editing tools that are free … Continue reading

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The stories behind well-known tech logos and mascots

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Ever wondered what a fat little penguin has to do with a certain open source operating system? Or why Macintosh has become synonymous with an apple that has a bite taken out of it? We take a look at some of the more famous logos and mascots of the tech world and the stories behind their conception. Tux the Linux penguin Even people who have never used Linux have probably seen Tux, the penguin mascot of this open-source operating system. Tux was the result of … Continue reading

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Online technologies helping to better the world

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The online world has a bit of a split personality. On the one hand, the advancement and development of new online technologies help make our lives more productive and efficient. And then there is all the stuff that fuels the fun side of life like the development of games, silly apps and social media. But there are other areas in which online technologies can play a very important role. One of these areas is as an enabler for charities and non-profit organizations. In 2006, Scott Harrison founded Charity: water, a … Continue reading

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How to design a great logo

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Starting your own business is exciting but enthusiasm and energy is only the start of the journey. You need the know-how to properly market your brand and get the word out. Having a great logo to represent what your company is about is an important first step to take. To create a logo you need to know what a logo is. A logo is not simply a pretty picture. It reflects what your commercial brand is. It has the potential to inspire trust and loyalty, … Continue reading

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The importance of colour in design

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Colour is something that designers work with on a daily basis. Whether designing an app or finding the perfect colours to match a company’s brand message, it is integral to good design. The importance of colour for people in general cannot be undermined as it affects moods and has cultural significance. We discuss colour meanings and what it means for designers. Colours can be divided into two main categories, warm colours and cool colours. Warm colours would be red, orange and yellow with orange being … Continue reading

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Creating an online shop that works

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It doesn’t matter if you’re small fry or big business; an online shop can be invaluable to you but only if it is designed with all the features required kept in mind. These features are, however, quite different from that of a brick and mortar shop. If you have decided to take the step to launching an online shop, take into account these following issues that might make or break the success of your endeavour: First of all, know what the company creating your online … Continue reading

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