Free Watercolor Retro Logos

Free Watercolor Retro Logos

Watercolor Retro Logos When you think of logos, you generally think of crisp, clean, corporate logos that are business oriented. Lately it has seemed to be a growing trend to create a handcrafted, more organic look. This seems to appeal to the general public on a more personal level. Logos are becoming more artistic and freeform, which allows for a lot of creativity. With that being said, watercolor has always been a great medium for expression, with vibrant colors and an organic feel. This week, exclusively from Freepik, we have a collection of free watercolor retro logos. They are in vector format, so they are infinitely scalable, while having a fun, organic touch. You can see a preview of the watercolor retro logo collection below. As you can see, these watercolor retro logos can add a hand-made touch to any design project. To download, click the link below and your free watercolor retro logos will arrive in your inbox shortly. Get Instant...
How to Weave Video Into Your Website for Higher Conversions

How to Weave Video Into Your Website for Higher Conversions

Seventy-four percent of all web traffic will come from video by 2017, according to research conducted by Syndacast. Forrester Research also reports that video is 50 times more likely to boost organic page rankings in Google than plain text. Give your website a boost by creating compelling and engaging videos, from explainer videos to opt-ins. With a few simple apps and tools, you can reach higher conversions and kickstart your business. Explainer videos Explainer videos can increase conversions and give your audience immediate context for your services. Work.com, a property of Salesforce, used an explainer video that increased their conversion rates by 20 percent. An explainer video can be as simple as you talking about your product or service and showing how it works. Or put a more light-hearted spin on things with fun animation supported by copy that emphasizes the main points of your video. Outsourcing quality explainer videos to a professional can be costly. Instead, invest in some inexpensive B-roll from a site like Shutterstock to create your own video and add a compelling backdrop to your story. There are also online services that offer free video tools. Raw Shorts is ideal for the cash strapped who need to make a quick, simple and free explainer video. Choose a template, then drag and drop the video and customize it by pointing and clicking your way through the prompts. Export and share your final product on your landing page, YouTube or Facebook. About page Make your About page more personal than just typing out a few lines of text sharing your story. Instead, pick up a camera and...
Horrible Fonts and Better Alternatives [Updated]

Horrible Fonts and Better Alternatives [Updated]

Horrible Fonts and Better Alternatives Horrible fonts are everywhere. You seem them on a daily basis. Someone has downloaded one of these horrible fonts from a site. They decided to use them in their logo or their design work, and it makes you cringe. If you see the type and think to yourself “Those are horrible fonts, I can do much better!” You aren’t alone. There are other designers that feel the same way. Here are just a few horrible fonts that really make me want to scream when I see them. I also provided alternatives under each one so you can escape with dignity. Most can be downloaded for free, or if you have the Adobe Software, it is included within the software. Curlz MT Curlz MT is a terrible font, due to its overuse and it’s halfway jab at a feminine and fun font. I have never actually used this in a design, and I hope I never get to, but there are alternatives out there for creating a feminine mystique. Alternatives: Dancing Script, Sevillana, Allura. Just about any elegant script font will look better than Curlz MT. Papyrus If I see this font used one more time for an Egyptian theme or for an all natural product or health spa, I am going to lose my lunch. I hate this font with such a passion that I deleted it from my system. I even recently saw it used for a movie title for a film that I know had a decent budget. There are much more imaginative fonts out there with an organic feel. Or better...
Essential WordPress Plugins For Your Site

Essential WordPress Plugins For Your Site

Essential WordPress Plugins For Your Site WordPress is the blogging software of choice for many bloggers. If you use WordPress, it is essential to use the right plugins to make your site run at its best. Most of these plugin choices really depend on what you are trying to accomplish. Below is a list of essential WordPress plugins to use in your site. WordPress Seo by Yoast I love this plugin for SEO. It almost makes it too easy. When you are working on a new post, you can compare it against Yoast’s checklist. It will tell you what is missing, what could be better, and gives you an overall synopsis of how good your article is. The plugin makes suggestions and is a good way to make sure that you have done all you can to make your post as SEO-friendly as possible. Alternatives are SEO Ultimate and All-in-One SEO Akismet Akismet is a life saver. If you hate receiving spam and having it blasted all over your site, Akismet is a must-have for your WordPress site. The total number of spam that Akismet has thwarted on Creative Beacon since its beginning is 74,190! Think about having to do that manually. It would literally be an around-the-clock job to monitor the site. Akismet is one of the most essential WordPress plugins. ManageWp ManageWp is a service more than a plugin. It uses a plugin called the Worker plugin to work its magic. You can do so much with the service, though. if you run more than one WordPress site, you can log into all of them from ManageWp’s...
9 Color Scheme Generators for Perfect Color Palettes

9 Color Scheme Generators for Perfect Color Palettes

Color Scheme Generators There is so much power in the colors that you choose for any design project. Colors invoke so many thoughts, feelings and emotions. A design with a weak color palette tends to have a weaker message overall. That’s why it’s so important to nail that color palette as soon as you can. The perfect color palette can make a design vibrant, exciting, bold, powerful, and can make any type of statement you want it to make. Creating your own color scheme isn’t easy. To make things easier, I have put together a list of some of the best color scheme generators you’ll find on the web. Adobe Color CC With Adobe’s name on it, you know it has to be a professional level tool. The middle swatch is your main color. Depending on your chosen color rules, the rest of the palette is generated around the base color. Coolers I have to admit this is my new favorite color scheme generator. It’s dead simple, and it creates fun, unexpected color schemes each time. Material Palette Generator Based on the principles of Material Design by Google, this generator creates color schemes based on your choice of 2 colors. Paletton Create color palettes based on certain rules, or hit randomize to get something completely unexpected. Colourco.de At first I was like “What the heck?” because I couldn’t figure out how it worked. Once I figured it out (It didn’t take me long) I realized just how cool it is. Click to select a color, then choose a color palette from the list on the left. As you move...
Awesome Free Badges to Add to Your Collection (Psd + Ai)

Awesome Free Badges to Add to Your Collection (Psd + Ai)

Awesome Free Badges Whether you are designing a flyer for print or a banner for the web, a good badge can add an extra special touch to any design project. Adding an insignia or badge to a design piece gives it a sense of authority and importance. It seems to get extra attention from viewers, because it gives your design the look of being official. I have put together a collection of some of the best free badges you can download and add to your own design projects. Depending on the style, they really add a nice touch to your work. It’s important to keep in mind that the raster badges won’t scale infinitely. If you’re looking for scalability and flexibility, you’ll want to use the vector ones. These are all great collections you can download and add to your own personal library. They are sure to come in handy. Simple Free Badges Download 12 Hipster Insignias & Badges Download Retro Vintage Designer Kit Download Free Ornamental Vintage Headers Download 4 Free Retro Badges Download 4 Free Vintage Badges Download 8 Simple Badge Templates Download Free Vector Insignia Hipster Ornaments Download 28 Free Badges Psd Download Flat Vector Badges Download 4 Vintage Badges Download 10 Flat Vector Badges Download 10 Free Vintage Retro Badges (Psd) Download Elegant Designer Insignias Download 100 Free Badges (Wow!) Download Free Vector Vintage Badges Download Retro Badges & Insignias Download Conclusion: Free Badges This is quite a collection of free badges! You’ll find the collection above in either Ai or Psd format. They each have a certain flair that makes them appealing for just...