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Dan Robinson

Beautiful Logo Sketches

Creating the perfect logo takes a lot of time and skill. It also takes practice – and one of the things that I find really interesting are the sketches of a logo before it’s been finalised. There are some extraordinarily talented designers out there who are as skilled at sketching out a logo as they are at creating one in Photoshop, and I wanted to bring together a post that showed off some of the best examples of their work.

I’ve always had an admiration for illustrators, and being able to combine calligraphy and beautiful lettering with logo design on paper is something that I’d love to be able to do myself. I hope you find these logo sketches inspirational, and that they get you thinking about practicing sketching too. As always, if you know of any other examples that deserve some recognition, I’d love to hear about them in the comments. Continue Reading »

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Stunning Album Artwork

I do a lot of website design work, but I often find that looking at different mediums can help to fuel my creativity a bit further. I find that looking at product packaging design, physical print design and posters can all help to improve how I look at and work on design for the web, and helps me to come at design decisions from a different angle. Album artwork is one of my favourite things to look at when I need to give my creativity a boost. There are so many different design directions that you can go in when crafting an album cover that it’s refreshing to see how different artists have done it. Continue Reading »

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Examples of Simple & Elegant Logo Designs

There are so many different design decisions that you can make when creating a logo that – at first – it can be a little overwhelming. Do you want something attention grabbing, colourful and brash? Do you follow the long shadow trend, or will that appear tired and overused in 6 months time? Do you go for something understated and that looks good in black and white? There are countless directions that you can go in, but my personal favourite is a logo that’s simple, clean and has a tiny hint of the brand’s personality behind it. Continue Reading »