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Weekly Design Updates - Apr 22 2016

Weekly Design Updates - Apr 22 2016

Updates on the latest design styles, Tokyo 2020, workplace design's influence, colors for the web and personal website's design.

7 signs your design style is out of date

If you’ve worked in the design industry for any length of time you’ve probably seen styles come and go.

Maybe you’re using some styles that are so popular they’ve reached their saturation point. Or maybe you haven’t even realized the possibilities that come with the constant influx of new technology.

Whether or not you’ve already noticed the changing times, here are seven signs your design is stuck in the past.

You think serifs are a thing of the past

You are constantly trying to keep up with the latest color trends

You do all of your work sitting at a desk

You think from only one perspective

You take throwbacks too far

Your flat design is falling flat

Your templates are looking like… templates

Source: thenextweb


Tokyo 2020 logo shortlist revealed

It’s just four years until the Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics, and while the eyes of the sporting world may currently be set on Brazil, attention will turn to Tokyo once the torch is (literally) passed in 5 months.

After the original logos for Tokyo 2020, designed by Kenjiro Sano, were — probably unfairly — dropped amid claims of plagiarism, the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee decided to hold a public competition that any Japanese resident could enter.

The competition has however, produced some interesting designs.

Source: webdesignerdepot

How Workplace Design Influences Worker Productivity

Whether you work in an office building or from a home office, the design of your workplace definitely influences the quality and speed of your work. This especially true when it comes to tasks which require focus.

If you were going to design or redesign your workplace with productivity in mind, here are a few things that you could try.

Use Colour Wisely

Use of Lighting Should be a Significant Factor in Your Workplace Design

Find Ways to Mitigate Noise

Air Quality Should be Considered Part of The Design Process

Individual Work Areas Should be Comfortable and Customisable

Do Your Best to Keep The Room at a Comfortable Temperature

Keep Clutter to a Minimum

Use Smells to Boost Mood and Increase Productivity

Provide Varying Work Areas For Productivity And Morale

Source: inkbotdesign

Designing for the Web: Are There Colors You Should Avoid?
The web is a rainbow of color options. Color is a great tool for grabbing the attention of users, providing visual interest and impact and creating contrast for readability. Color is also at the center of many design trends, including flat and material styles.

But can you go wrong with color? Are there hues or combinations that you should shy away from?
In a word … yes!


“Vibrating” Colors

Light on Light

Anything Rainbow-Colored

Bright on Bright/Dark on Dark

Source: designshack

6 ways to make your personal website more effective

Personal websites are what you make of them, and there’s really no right or wrong way to go about creating one, but there are some general things you should consider before getting started.

All personal sites should have:

  • A clear and easy to spell domain name

  • An about me page that really is all about you

  • Easy to find contact information… why have a site for people to find you if they can’t contact you

Additionally, websites aren’t static, they’re dynamic. For that reason, you must always be sure to update your site whenever you accomplish something.

If you’ve been thinking of getting your personal website together, here 6 ways to make your personal website more effective

Share your potential

Endorsements paint a prettier picture

Exploit exhibitions

Authenticity is captivating

Let your design do the work

Less is more

Source: thenextweb

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