3 Essential Design Trends That Make a Difference

It’s not a secret that as designer, in order to get in the tops, you have to meet some criteria. Hard work does pay off  in most of the cases. But in order to make yourself notorious, you keep in mind the following:

Talent is needed.

Why didn’t I become a singer? Because I suck at it. It’s OK to be aware of your talent, but make sure you don’t create false illusions in your head. Check with others when you create something new and don’t get offended when they don’t agree with your ideas. This will teach you how to handle uncomfortable situations created by your clients. This probably doesn’t apply to the big majority of designers, but to the novice ones. You have a gift. Use it accordingly.

Hard work is needed.

There’s no better and more efficient way to polishing your God-given talent, but buy simply working hard. This sets apart mediocre designers from great designers. Working hard doesn’t only mean that you have to work on a design until you collapse of exhaustion, but to help yourself as much as possible. Read books on design, study other designers’ work, find the right tools for time management, and last but not least, take breaks. Everybody needs time to clear their head, and so do you.

Find out what your client wants.

This is a very broad and you might say that it’s also common sense, but nobody ever said that this is simple. In fact, it requires a lot of concentration and open-mindedness toward your client’s likes and dislikes. Never assume that you got everything right, but check again and again. After your clients told you what they want, repeat again everything they said in your own words waiting for confirmation and approval. Avoid questions like “but didn’t I tell you …?” by reassuring yourself that you’ve understood. Keep calm and be patient.

Stay updated with the essential design trends

Talent, hard work, and finding out what your clients want is not enough when you want to be the best. You definitely have to follow WebDesignLedger for daily snippets of inspiration, as well as other design-related blogs. Regarding this subject, we searched the web trying to find what are the essential design trends nowadays. We found quite a few that will better your design considerably. Here are some:

  1. Vintage patterns – Although vintage isn’t a new trend, we cannot deny its actuality. Especially when it comes to packaging, the vintage look is still very sought for even today. Delicate, detailed, and timeless, this is what vintage means. Essential Design Trends
  2. Bold texts – Of course, I’m not talking about the message a text transmits, but the manner you transmit a text through typography. It’s quite self-understood that a bigger, bolder, more legible text will draw anyone’s attention way faster than a small, hard to read one. Choose simple fonts and fatten them up. Take Slack for example:Essential Design Trends
  3. Unstaged photography – Fake laughs while holding a bowl of salad never made me want to go buy a salad for lunch. Unfortunately, photoshopped & staged photos are more common than the natural ones nowadays. I would suggest, though, to use expressive, vivid, spontaneous photos in your projects. You will make your public fall for your designs!Essential Design Trends

We are aware of the fact that there are many, many more Essential Design Trends designers use and we would love to hear from you what works for you. Leave us a comment in the section below, helping out a fellow designer looking for inspiration.

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Choose Silver South Font Duo for a Memorable Design (FOTW#3)

Silver South Font Duo

We continue out series “Font of the Week” with one of the most expressive combo of fonts out there, Silver South Font Duo.

 

Designed by talented Sam Parrett, Silver South Font Duo is a classy, yet modern pair of script and and serif fonts. Nowadays, making your name a brand is more than “quite difficult.” The market is flooded with tons and tons of new fonts every year. Sam Parrett manages to break into this wall of mediocrity and shed a light on his amazing work. It takes courage, creativity, and a drop of madness to fight against big designer names, but in the end, it was all worth it.

Silver South Font Duo brings to the table a never ending sparkle that would transform any design into a memorable one. “With a stylish didot-style serif font and a free-flowing, expressive script companion, Silver South offers beautiful typographic harmony for a diversity of design projects, including logos & branding, wedding designs, social media posts, advertisements & product designs,” says Sam Parrett about his font. And we couldn’t agree more.

For only $26 on your order, you receive much more than you probably imagine. The offer includes the following:

  • Silver South Script – a hand-written font that makes your text flow smoothly on the page.
  • Silver South Script Alt – the second version of the Silver South Scrip, featuring a new set of lowercase and uppercase characters, for those moments when you feel playful. Use both typefaces when you want to write a letter in different ways.
  • Silver South Serif – a classy serif font that creates the perfect contrast when combined with Silver South.
  • Silver South Ligatures – in this font, you can type any letter of the alphabet and they will automatically bind together.
Silver South Font Duo in action:

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The BlackBerry Key2 is now available in the UK with an MSRP of £579


Fans of the physical keyboard, rejoice: the BlackBerry Key2 has launched in the UK with a recommended retail price of £579. Those who like their phones with a side of button-mashing can grab the latest BlackBerry-branded handset at the Manchester, Birmingham, and London Oxford Road branches of luxury department store Selfridges. Mere plebs will have to wait until June 29 before it’s available at the ubiquitous phone retailer, the Carphone Warehouse, and online. Punters will be also able to grab one carrier-unlocked via several specialist sites, only one of which I’ve actually heard of before. These are Unlocked Mobiles, BuyItDirect,…

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Free Icon Sets for Summer 2018 that will Heat up Your Designs

Summertime is finally here. The only thing we love more than graphic design are cookouts with our friends and splashing in the pool on hot summer days. If you’re anything like us at Webdesignledger, we like to create projects that correlate with the season. Whether you are decorating a website, designing an application, or looking for inspiration for infographics, free icons are an awesome creative resource to use this summer.

What’s better than beautiful summertime icons? Free summertime icons. We have searched the web for our favorite free, lively icons that are related to fun under the sun. These icons can be used for any of your graphic design projects or social media ventures. We have searched the internet for the best, free icon sets. Keep in mind, that some of these sets require credit to the author if used. We are all about attributing and celebrating the designs of our fellow creators.

Summer Collection

This set was designed by Sheila De Cruz. The fun illustrations you see here come in a variety of different colors and prints, allowing you to mix it up and choose the image that best fits your project.

Summer Sales

This huge pack comes with over 50 icons from Freepik. You can download the entire set for free and use as you please as long as you give credit to the author. There are a ton of icons to choose from and many are related to a “sale,” making it perfect for projects related to merchandising. These can be downloaded in many formats, including Vector icon (SVG & EPS), PNG and PSD.

Ice Cream Shop

This is another 50-icon pack from Freepik. These basic rounded and flat icons are related to all things ice cream and follow a similar color scheme.

Holiday Icons Collection

These retro icons are all about traveling in the summertime. The bathing suits, alcoholic beverages, and passports have us ready for a holiday at the beach. Be sure to give credit to to the designer, invisible_studio from Freepik.

Beach Multicolored Icons

These icons are all about a day at the beach. Surfboards, flip flops, and palm trees can be used for a variety of graphic design projects. These were designed by Macrovector.

Outdoor Activities

 

Camping, fishing, and hiking are the main focus of these adventurous icons. You can download these 50 icons, attributing the author from Freepik, in a variety of formats, including SVG, EPS, PNG and PSD .  

Great Outdoors Line Icons

 

We love line icons because they are simple, clean, and communicate your message in a minimalistic way. You can download this vector line set from Gravual for free. These are all about camping in the great outdoors. You can check out more of our favorite camping icons here.

Zira Travel Icons Set

This PNG set from Stockio. The collection of travel icons comes with 25 colorful images related to summertime travel, including suitcases, airplanes, and lighthouses.

Circularity

We included this small set because the design is outstanding. These line icons can be used for a variety of projects, and we love how they appear both simple and complex. The ice cream and boat design can especially be used for a summer project. These 6 free line icons can be downloaded in AI, EPS, PSD, SVG and PNG formats by Zack Fair Design from Creative Market.

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Gravity Warsaw Sets a High Bar for Design Agencies (AOTW#4)

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We wouldn’t exaggerate at all if we said that Gravity Warsaw is out of this planet! There’s no better way to judge a design agency but based on their website. Gravity Warsaw’s website is what every design agency should look like. Original, creative, mind-blowing. Get on the spaceship and enjoy the ride.

Although the idea of this article is to promote an agency a week, meaning their work mainly, we cannot ignore the way Gravity Warsaw promotes itself. The spaceship theme in a Universe that awaits to be explored via design-related means sets a high bar for all the design agencies. “The action” takes place in 2157 where they interfere with “some kind of new form of life.” Join the battle and start the war against mediocrity and normality. The guests on their spaceship are businesses that need help to become a bright start in the Universe of thousands and thousands of businesses and companies. How do they do that? Let’s find out!

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Who are they?

Gravity Warsaw is an agency that specializes in design and development of logo branding, helping companies define their graphic identity. The agency promises to give their customers a market presence through high-quality websites.

Everything became dead and still? Surrounded by silence and darkness? If you feel your business came to the dead point, it means it’s the highest time to let us help you. Our team will lead your business back on track, and it will start to shine like the brightest star of the Solar System.

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Who are their clients?

Basically anyone who needs a hand to make their name known. Gravity Warsaw has worked with important brands such as Porsche, McDonald’s, Nike, Adobe Systems, and many others. And now, they want to work with you, too! Contact them or stay updated with their work on their blog, on Behance, and Dribbble.

Work by Gravity Warsaw

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McCafe

 

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Monzo is (finally!) rolling out international money transfers


Monzo is one of the most popular challenger banks. That said, compared to some of its brick-and-mortar rivals, it’s missing a few important features. One feature at the top of Monzo user wishlists is international money transfers. While you can easily and quickly send money to other UK bank accounts via Faster Payments, if you need to pay a bill to an overseas account, you’re out of luck. Fortunately, Monzo has addressed this complaint with its latest update, which introduces international money transfers via TransferWise’s API. The feature is available on both the Android and iOS apps. Users can send…

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Nick Misani: From Japan to a Fulfilled Dream DOTW#6

Nick Misani

Today we have the honor of having Nick Misani with us,
an amazing designer and great letterer from New York, whom we admire very much.
Webdesignledger: Nick, at Webdesignledger we’ve been very impressed with your work and we decided that we want to get to know you better. Tell us what are five things you want people to know about you when they first meet you. 
Nick: Well, first off, thank you very much for your kind words and thanks for your thoughtful questions! Okay, my five things are: (1) I’m a freelance designer/letterer living in NYC. (2) I was born in Northern Italy, where I also grew up. (3) I’m fascinated by historical design, decorative arts, typography, and ornament, while also nurturing a somewhat closeted love of extreme minimalism. (4) I have a (not altogether uncommon) type A cocktail of perfectionism, insecurity, ambition, and desire to please. And (5) I’m vegan and gay, both important parts of my identity and both aspects that are strongly reflected in my political views. 
 
Webdesignledger: We read on your blog that you lived in Japan, a country that has a lot to offer. How has that experience influenced your work? What made you leave Japan and move to New York?
Nick: I lived in Japan for a period while I was in high school. I left Japan because the exchange program that facilitated my stay came to an end. My move from Osaka to New York wasn’t direct, however: I first returned to Italy for a year or two, then to upstate New York for college, and finally down to NYC to continue my studies and to start working in the field. Japan has such a rich visual culture and I’m sure living there has influenced my work in many ways, though it’s hard for me to pinpoint one in particular.
Nick Misani
Webdesignledger: Tell us about your workshops in Chicago, New York City, and Boston. How did they go? Do you find teaching about Art Deco Lettering more satisfying than the work itself?
Nick: Chicago, NYC, and Boston were the last three stops of a workshop tour that has taken me all over the States and as far as Australia over the course of the last 10 months. I think they’ve all gone well. I love to give tons of individual attention to my students, which provides real value to the attendees and gives me the opportunity to talk meet a lot of people and connect with them one-on-one. Students seem to leave happy after the intense, 4-hour session and I haven’t had any complaints for far. Both teaching Art Deco Lettering and creating it are equally satisfying to me. 
 
Webdesignledger: Walk us through your Fauxsaics collection. What are your favorite illustrations?
Nick: I really enjoy the illustrations where I experimented with different tiling patterns, like the Kansas City piece—with it’s alternating of square and irregular tiles—and the Saratoga Springs piece—where there’s lots of movement happening in the background. Among my favorites are also Milan, San Diego, London, and Paris. 
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Webdesignledger: Every designer has at least one project that he/she is very proud of. What is the project that has the most emotional value to you, that helped you express your style the most?
Nick: One of my favorite recent projects was a book cover for a series of short stories by Josh Weil called, The Age of Perpetual Light. I was inspired by the bold graphic shapes and airbrushed gradients found in Art Deco poster design, but wanted to create something a little more mysterious and evocative to reflect the title. The author was keen on trying on option with Edison bulbs, so I immediately knew I wanted to do create type from the incandescent filament and really have fun with the distortions and reflections in the glass. I’m attached to this project because it’s an example of an occasion where the sketch was fairly conservative, but I chose to push myself a bit farther. That, coupled with a very supported editor and author made for a really fun and exciting designing experience. 
 
Webdesignledger: If you could choose the era you were born in, what other century would you choose design-wise?
Nick: It’s a tough question to answer. On the one hand, I’d be tempted to say somewhere between La Belle Epoque and Art Deco. I love that a desire for modernity lived alongside traditional crafts. That said, moving to that time period would also mean dealing with two World Wars and very few rights if you’re not a straight, white, Christian man. Ultimately, I’m pretty happy with the time I’m in: I get to choose the historical style I want to work and do so with the aid of a computer in the comfort of my 21st century apartment. 
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Webdesignledger: Being your own boss comes with many responsibilities. Do you use a certain time or project management software to make your workflow smoother?
Nick: I use Trello to keep my projects more or less organized and also keep a master spreadsheet on Google Docs. I do my invoicing with Quickbooks, but I work with an accountant for the heavy duty filing and itemizing of expenses. I’m also represented by an artist agent, who helps with outreach and managing clients as they come in. 
 
Webdesignledger: Describe your creative process. What are the major steps? Do you follow a certain routine?
I can’t say I follow a rigid routine. I get up rather early, around six, and after eating and walking my dog, I pretty much get right to work. The process itself also changes depending on the client or project, but it usually starts with a sketch on my iPad Pro which is either finished in raster or vector.
 
Webdesignledger: Are you currently working on a project? How is it coming together?
Nick: Yes. I usually have around 4 to 6 projects going at the same time, which often include a mix of book covers, mosaic illustrations, traditional lettering, and upkeep work. One project I’m working on at the moment is quite different. I am making a (real) mosaic out of tiny vegetable cubes. I’m a bit nervous, since I’ve never done anything like this, but also excited by this new experience.
Nick Misani
Webdesignledger: What is something new that you learned as a designer in your past experience (jobs & internships)?
Nick: Before going full time freelance, I was the senior designer at Louise Fili Ltd, a very small studio in NYC that specializes in historically-inspired typography and lettering. At LFL, we often worked from primary sources (old type specimen books, original ephemera, vintage posters, etc) and gradually I learned how to really look at a historical piece and decide how it can be used in a modern application. Reference material, especially when there is a lot of it, can get overwhelming, so being able to take it apart and evaluate which elements can be used for a specific project has been very useful.
 
Webdesignledger: What advice would you give to a new lettering artist/illustrator?
Nick: Don’t worry too much about finding a voice, just follow your passion and interests and do lots of experiments and your voice will develop naturally from that journey. It’s advice I often forget to listen to myself. 
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Best Design Blogs to Follow Daily

Today we are talking about ten amazing design blogs to follow daily if you need fresh ideas, topics, and opinions on anything design-related. 

If you are reading this article you are probably in need of some inspiration and that’s totally OK. Everybody’s cup of creativity finishes once in a while. Draining that last drop can lead to serious consequences such as fatigue, distress, or even depression. When it comes to design it’s no different. We all have to know our limits and when the best time to pull in the reins would be.

After paddling through the rough to find the crystals, we carefully put together a list of the best design blogs to follow daily, hoping that we are a great help when your cup of inspiration is over.

10. Good Design Makes Me Happy

Although this blog’s writer, Hannah Dollery 7 decided to stop writing anything in 2017, Good Design Makes Me Happy still hosts thousands of great articles. It’s always refreshing going back in time and rediscovering the past, the trends that ten years ago established the the style. We could say that the blog is a treasure chest that awaits you to go dig for it.

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9. Logo Design Love

This blog catalogues logos and brand identity designs for you to go there and find the inspiration you need. Not only that, but they offer in depth history of certain popular logos. It’s amazing to see how they take you on trips back in time where internet hasn’t existed and people had to actually use their brains.

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8. The Blog of Mr. Cup – Graphic Exchange

Fabien Barral’s passion for design made him so famous that he now works under the pseudonym of Mr. Cup. He develops his own products that include letterpress calendars, coasters. His unusual designs attract customers from all over the world. You can stay updated with his work on his blog which is a place where many designers have found inspiration over the years.

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7. Wix – High On Design 

This blog is a refreshing oasis for all the design lovers, a oasis that combines culture and design in a very nonconformist way. As its title suggests, the blog can be quite addictive, making it one of the top choices for anybody searching for water in the desert.

6. A Beautiful Mess

Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman are the ideal candidate for a “goals” hashtag for the beautiful way they tell the story of their lives on their blog. A Beautiful Mess is a gallery of home decor projects, recipes, crafts, natural beauty, and lots of random bits of the sisters’ life. The way they use simplicity to create beautiful things will make you come for more.

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5. Creative Bloq

This is the blog that you, as a designer, have to have bookmarked. The variety of article topics Creative Bloq feature is mind-blowing. From design-related advice, news, reviews, to illustration, art, webdesign, essential tips, the blog has them all. With a massive readers base, the blog is the number one inspiration source for many designers.

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4. Creative Market

Creative Market welcomes any designer to join their community where everybody can be a trainer or a trainee. Learn about the newest trends in design and how to incorporate them into your work by visiting this blog daily. Not only do they provide you with tones of information, but it’s useful, high-quality information. It’s an amazing source of information, as well as a great resource for basically anything related to design. Their “Get Free Goods” category is available for anybody who can benefit from the collaborators’ work. If you plan on selling your work, you have the option of opening a shop on their website.

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3. Design Clever

Design Clever is an exhibition of graphic design art. The main goal of its creators was to showcase the work of talented designers all over the world. Design Clever is the place where many designers launched themselves into the beautiful world of design. Every talented designer is invited to join their community by submitting their work. The blog has won the title of “The Best Design Media Award from Design Award,” being considered one of the best publications to follow if you are a designer.

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2. Abduzeedo

If I were you, I’d set a reminder every day to go and visit Abduzeedo until it becomes a ritual. The blog doesn’t play around when it comes to news that they actually put a lot of effort and researching to get the job done. Not only that, but they invite other designers to join them in their community of design enthusiasts. You can write about architecture, any type of design, photography, and UX. Whether you choose to watch from the outside, or get involved by writing article, Abduzeedo is definitely a go-to when you need some action in your creativity compartment.

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1. Mirador

I love Morador to bits. The minimalist blog is all I expect to get from a design-related publication. We chose Mirador to top our list because it’s a self-proclaimed inspirational blog. Not only that, but they do their job high-class.

Inspiration is personal, it’s something as abstract as taste or color.
It’s often concealed, yet again present and overwhelming. Whether it’s a random
glimpse or a sophisticated pursuit of ideas, inspiration can be found anywhere.
We like to trigger it by keeping our vision open at all time. – thisismirador

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I couldn’t have said it better. Every new idea is a great idea. As distinct human-beings, out thought process is different, meaning that our sources of inspiration are different. We wholeheartedly hope that you find this article and we invite you to share with us the blogs that you follow and read daily.

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With IGTV, Instagram is Becoming the Television for the Mobile Generation

The way we consume content has always been driven by technology.

In the early 20th century, cinema was the clear leader, with 65 percent of the U.S. population attending the cinema each week in 1930.

Then came the television, and scarcity turned into abundance. Instead of having to go to the cinema to watch the news or a catch a bit of light entertainment every week, it could be viewed from the comfort of your own home, daily.

Following this, the percentage of people that go to the cinema each week took a steep decline:

And now, as traditional TV viewership declines, the next-generation television and entertainment product will almost certainly be in your pocket.

From Facebook Watch to Twitter’s live video broadcasts, and most recently, the launch of IGTV, a new app for watching long-form, vertical video from your favorite Instagram creators, it’s clear that social platforms are vying to be — and likely will become – the next big broadcast channels.

Introducing IGTV

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IGTV is a standalone vertical video app, and unlike on Instagram, videos aren’t limited to one minute. Instead, each video can be up to an hour long.

As soon as you open the IGTV app, a video will start playing — much like when you first turn on a TV. This means you don’t have to search to start watching content from people you already follow on Instagram.

“Also like TV, IGTV has channels,” Instagram co-founder, Kevin Systrom said on the Instagram blog. “But, in IGTV, the creators are the channels. When you follow a creator on Instagram, their IGTV channel will show up for you to watch. Anyone can be a creator — you can upload your own IGTV videos in the app or on the web to start your own channel.”

Vertical videos have changed the way in which many of us create and consume content, capturing a large percentage of the video-watching market in the process.

Last year Facebook revealed that its users were more likely to watch vertical videos for longer than traditional 16:9 videos, so it makes sense that Instagram would want to follow suit and embrace, full-screen, vertical video (aside from Stories).

And at IGTV’s launch event, Systrom, explained: “The tools we watch video on are old and out of date. Think about it—we still watch videos formatted for TV, on a vertical screen.”

How we got here: From photo sharing to long-form video

Raymond Loewy was one of the 20th century’s most prolific and influential designers. And the theory behind all of his designs was a simple one, called MAYA: Most Advanced Yet Acceptable.

He said to sell something surprising, make it familiar; and to sell something familiar, make it surprising.

For an example of Loewy’s theory in action, look no further than Instagram.

Five years ago, an Instagram product that focused purely on longer-form, mobile videoes may have been met with skepticism. And in 2013, we might all have been thinking, “I’d never watch a 15-minute show on Instagram.” But now, it feels like a natural progression.

When Instagram first launched it was an app that enabled users to filter and share photos. Then, in 2013, videos were added, allowing users to share 15-second clips to their Instagram feed. Next came 60-second videos, vertical video formats, full-screen live video experiences and Stories.

Now, IGTV, though brand new, feels somewhat familiar and a next logical step for Instagram.

How will brand content evolve on IGTV

Will we all have to start producing, high-quality TV-like experiences for Instagram?

Maybe.

If you have the time, budgets and skillsets to put together this type of content, then yes, it might be a great play for your business.

But as video content gets longer, production values and time investment increase. And whilst creating a bunch of engaging, sub-10-second videos for a story on Instagram is a science in itself, creating a 15-minute video is a completely different challenge.

Success on IGTV will be more akin to creating and growing a YouTube channel than an Instagram profile and we’ll see plenty of experimentation from brands and creators alike to see what works on this new platform.

Content production likely won’t be the only way to make IGTV work for your brand, though.

Getting paid has always been a problem for creators and at the IGTV launch, Systrom confirmed that Instagram is focused on ways to help creators to make a living.

Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, recently launched its Brand Collabs Manager to help creators land sponsorship and partnership deals so we could see partnerships and sponsorships between brands and creators become a trend on IGTV, with brands seeking to align themselves and create content alongside stand-out IGTV creators.

And while there aren’t any ads on IGTV at launch, they’ll be on the way soon and ads could also be a way for brands to reach their audience through IGTV. With longer-form content, we may also see Instagram experiment with new ad types such as pre and mid-roll ads.

Over to you

What do you think about IGTV? Are you excited to create and consume long-form content on Instagram? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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Ostrich Sans Font Used By Barack Obama Twice in His Tweets (FOTW#2)

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Today we are talking about the second font in our series of favorite

Fonts of the Week, the gorgeous Ostrich Sans.

Ok, so I’m sure that it’s very exciting to have your font on the (ex-)president’s Twitter feed, but this not the only reason we chose Ostrich Sans as the Font of the Week. Tyler Finck has a rich history in designing fonts and typefaces, of over 13 years. He has design over 15 fonts and countless typefaces. Ostrich Sans is one of his many fonts that would fit in any context.

Ostrich Sans

The modern-looking font has a subtle minimalist touch that makes Ostrich Sans a suitable font for logo&branding, poster, invitations, business cards, etc. The font includes eight free styles: dashes, light, medium, bold, black, inline italic, inline, and heavy.  The contrast given by the full letters and the race track lines described the Obama’s message of unity perfectly. Although the Unite States of America didn’t write history in 2014 during the World Cup Championship, the fact that Obama used Ostrich Sans was for sure a day to remember for its designer.

Ostrich Sans

If you visit Tyler Finck’s blog, you will notice a feature that will probably save you from buying fonts that might not be suited for your project. The scale from the bottom of the page  allows you to view any available fonts at different sizes.

The designer’s fonts have been used by many notorious companies such as Target, The Discovery Channel, TJ Maxx, NASA, UBC Universal, and many others.

 

Other fonts designed by Tyler are:

Do you have a favorite font or are you a font designer? If so, make sure you drop us an email at webdesignledger.blog@gmail.com for a chance to be featured in out Font of the Week Series. Until then, make sure you hit the subscribe button for daily posts about design.

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