Category: design


The Basics of Good Design

The Basics of Good Design

9 rules professional designers stick to   In my last post, I explained the 10 Most Used Design Terms including typography, branding, and layout terms. But when it comes to creating visuals, what actually makes a good design? And how to distinguish it from bad design? Related post: 10 most used design terms   Good design pleases the eye and serves a purpose. Click To Tweet Good design For me, good design has two important aspects: it pleases the eye and it serves a purpose. The second aspect is easy to make out. Let me give you an example: you get a flyer for an event. The flyer tells you what the event is about when it takes place and where. You get all the […]


10 most used design terms explained

10 most used design terms explained

Do you speak Design? When you are around people working in the creative industry, you can sometimes feel a bit lost. They throw around with design terms you never heard before. This might seem intimidating but it’s not as difficult as it might appear.   When I started out as a designer, many moons ago, I knew nothing. I would listen to designers talking, always nodding like I had a clue, and later I would look up the terms I caught in the conversation.   Maybe a couple of you fellow creatives remember the first-day prank they like to play with newbies in our field. Telling you go over to a different department of the company and get 1000 ounces of pixels. Yeah! We are […]


The Ultimate Photoshop Layer Guide

The Ultimate Photoshop Layer Guide

  The #1 mistake people are making, when working with Photoshop is, not using layers. Even if you only use Photoshop for your hobby or are using it now and then to create something for your blog or business, layers are a must. Most people argument with either it’s too confusing or it takes too much time. This post will hopefully settle your confusion and to tell you one thing up front: In the end, using layers will save you time and redundant work!   What are layers?   Looking at your layout in Photoshop, the whole thing might seem to you as one image and maybe it is if you put everything on your background layer. But that’s not the way how Photoshop was meant […]


How to Create a Custom Pin It Button for Your Blog

How to Create a Custom Pin It Button for Your Blog

Visual content is more engaging than just plain text. Statics, like this one, show that images attract more readers, are more memorable and get more shares. If you want your content to be shared on Pinterest, images are a MUST. Pinterest makes sharing super easy with its small red button that appears on your image when you hover over it. But let’s face it. This button is not very attractive and in most cases doesn’t correspond to your brand’s style at all. But there’s a way to change this. You can easily create a custom Pin It Button for your Blog and here I will explain how it’s done. What you need: a plugin called jQuery Pin It Button For Images + program to design […]


How to Resize Images in Photoshop

How to Resize Images in Photoshop

Did you ever post an image on your blog or on social media and realized it wasn’t displayed correctly or the resolution was bad. I think this happens to everyone. The problem is, you need different sizes for all the places you want to post your image be it online or in print. So, what to do? You have to resize your images in Photoshop and I will show you how this works. + At the end of this post, you can get my super awesome cheat sheet for social media image sizes. Image size When we are talking about the size of an image, we are talking about its dimensions (meaning the height and width) usually measured in pixels for web purposes or in […]


How to add a favicon to your blog

How to add a favicon to your blog

Have you ever noticed the tiny little logos in you browser’s address field? That’s a favicon. Now you want one of these too, right? It is time to get out your brand board because we’re making a favicon for your blog. If you don’t have a brand board you should check out my post. Favicons Favicons are a great way to implement your brand style for your readers to see. To make your blog recognizable every part of your design counts, right? Favicons are not only displayed in your browser’s address field or tab but also in your bookmarks. If you considered using Pinterest’s Rich Pins on your site, your favicon will also appear on pins from your site. Create a favicon If you already created […]


Category Buttons for your Sidebar

Category Buttons for your Sidebar

Today, I share with you a quick and easy way to create your own category buttons for your WordPress sidebar. Are you sick of your lame category widget and do you want something that fits your brand style? In my last post, I showed you how to create a brand board for your blog. I am using mine to update my blog design and make it fit my brand step-by-step. Changing the category widget to DIY-made buttons is one part to reach a distinctive design for your blog. So let’s get going. It’s easy, I promise! What do you need? Your brand board to use colors, elements etc. fitting your brand A design program: I used Illustrator but you can use the program you are […]


Make your own brand board

Make your own brand board

In my last post, I talked about creating a mood board on Pinterest to help you rediscover your creativity and get new inspiration. A mood board can be handy for different kinds of things. You can use it as a go-to place for inspiration, to collect ideas for a special design project or you can use it to make a brand board for your business or blog. A brand board is a physical or digital sheet that holds the main style assets like logo, fonts, colors, pictures and elements that transport the aim or intention of your brand/blog. Since I wanted to work a bit on my blog design, this was the first thing for me to do. The brand board is the first stone when […]