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Jacques van Heerden

10 Beautiful E-Commerce Logos and Their Websites

E-commerce has evolved substantially over the last few years. Introducing smaller brands to online sales and an extra source of revenue has totally changed the influencing game between brands. A company with a small team can now match sales that a big store can, simply by minimizing the brick and mortar setup and increasing reach through social interaction and content. I decided to find some beautiful e-commerce logos that go well with their websites to showcase to you the beauty of how it all comes together.

These shops all differ from one another and that you will see by just looking at them. Imagine being able to combine all of these sites into one. You will have one mean competitor at large…Most of these sites are run on Woocommerce and use a self hosted solution to maximize profits. Imagine being able to drive the same amount of traffic through your website as people through a daily store…You will end up with more sales if your readers start to engagement with your brand on a social level.

If you were solely reading this post for logo inspiration, I would rather recommend that you checkout our logo design category on Creativeoverflow to help you with that, this article is about showcasing the logo and web design together and encourage unity between branding solutions.

If after this article you’re interested in upgrading your commerce store online, I would recommend reading 6 Tips to help improve your ecommerce product pages. There are thousands of ways to do things and the best is yet to be discovered, so make sure you’re unique with your upgrades and changes to such an extent that people acknowledge you for it.

Without further or do, let’s look at the ten beautiful ecommerce logos and their websites that are joining them today.

Zalando

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Olukai

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Folk Verona

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Satorisan

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Tatchies

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Hunter’s Wines

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My Own Bike

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Ada Blackjack

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Best Made Company

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BrewShop

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Unfortunately BrewShop couldn’t deliver a big enough logo resolution to share it with you, but the site will do itself justice. Enjoy.

Conclusion

The above websites are definitely a station where you can draw inspiration from. Not only are they widely diverse, but each design carries an individual uniqueness and USP than the other. There are thousands of other shops that I could have used within this article, but these are the ones that I ended up deciding on. I can say that I love the look of everyone of them.

Thank you.

20 Insanely Crazy GoPro Videos and Photos

I love GoPro’s. They have come to be known as one of the worlds most versatile cameras to date. If you don’t know about GoPro’s you most likely have been living under a rock for the past few years or have been exempt from watching any form of news or advertising features. The GoPro is a small durable HD camera that mounts to anything you want, whether it’s your surfboard or your car wheel arch, you name it…you can mount it! The amount of crazy footage that has been shot with GoPro’s are unaccounted for. There is just too much. I decided to track down some crazy footage and share it with our readers. I hope you enjoy them.

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Treehouse – Where you Go to Learn a New Skill Set

Ever heard of Treehouse? I’m not talking about the one you had in your backyard growing up. Treehouse is a membership subscription website where you can go to learn a new coding skill set. There are no contracts involved and it’s super easy to use.

Treehouse has come to the point where students have left their full-time careers, changed jobs and got hired with their new skill sets that they learned at Treehouse. Now that is quite something. Providing that kind of value at a super low cost-effective price is phenomenal. Now some of you might say there are hundreds of services providing training that works…yes, I know that…Have you looked at Treehouse’s quality of their presentation for each lesson though? If you haven’t, go have a look and then let’s talk again.

Treehouse has quality control down for their presentation and they only work 4 days a week. Yes, that’s right. They have a long-weekend every weekend. They also don’t have any managers in place for their 70 employees. They have built a system that works for them and run with it. Pretty intriguing right? I thought so.

So what does Treehouse offer? Let’s find out.

What can you learn at Treehouse?

There isn’t just one or two courses available, there are 1000+ HD videos available for you to start learning from. Whether you’re interested in learning business concepts, starting your freelance career, HTML/CSS, PHP, App Development or more. It’s available at your fingertips.

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Does Treehouse have other users?

Treehouse is trusted by over 70,000 paying students who believe in the service. You can ask any of them. They are learning from quality instructors and people who know what they’re talking about. They have a great support network with built-in forums and accurate support from people who know.

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Take Treehouse with you wherever you go. If you don’t have a laptop with you, use your iPad to catchup on some videos and accelerate your learning. It’s worth it.

What does their training look like?

FIRST MONTH FREE!

That’s right. You can get your first month of Treehouse absolutely free. Give them a shot and believe me, you won’t be disappointed. You can cancel anytime, there are no contracts involved. The only focus they have is to improve your skills.

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This was just a quick write up of Treehouse and to say that we recommend them 100% to all our readers.

13 Movie Posters to Inspire You (I love #4)

Countless movies are produced yearly and with that comes movie poster designs. Not every movie design team produces a quality poster, but some are indeed extraordinary. I have taken some time to inspire you with quality movie posters that you can find from the past and the future. Posters have become a very big deal over recent years with poster shops being opened online that sells you anything you want.

Whether they are limited edition posters or mass produced, you can pretty much find anything you want online. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, have a look at Posterlounge in order to educate yourself of what a poster shop looks like online.

So moving along, the movie poster inspiration that is available below will encourage you to perhaps look at designing your own series of movie posters as case studies for your portfolio or encourage you to go and see some movies sometime soon. These posters aren’t all the originals as produced by the studios, but will inspire you. You can look for more movie posters over at Behance.


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5 Steps to Get a Loan for your Design Agency

The biggest problem with starting a new business is often the funding needed to move forward on your million dollar idea. They always say that money makes more money, but how much is needed to really get your business growing? I would evidently say that is up to you. Whether you think you only need $10,000 or $100,000 aim for double your guesstimate. Why would I say that? Well, because we always try to be conservative when it comes to asking for money.

You shouldn’t be. Be confident and make the person or people you are pitching believe in your idea just as much as you do. Whether you go for a big loan from the bank, medium sized loan from an investor or a fast small business loan, Dealstruck may be the best option for you to checkout if you’re based in the United States. If you’re based in another country, you could find your equivalent for a small business loan.

So how would we go about getting this loan for your business, idea or product? Let’s look at the five steps listed below.

1. Evaluate your idea

Everyone some point in their lives believe that they have stumbled across an idea that could potentially make them rich. Why don’t they act on that idea? (That’s the one thing that I haven’t come to understand about the human race. We don’t like to work hard in order to get something done…well most of people any-case.) I reckon the case is that people don’t believe as much in their own idea as they should and therefore they don’t worry about pushing forward with it.

Your instructions for step one though isn’t to give up or sit back. I want you to get out and evaluate your idea. Ask people around you what they think about purchasing product X or Y and what they would pay for it. Please don’t just ask your uncle or your aunt because they might likely give you a number that might sound good to you, but isn’t realistic. You shouldn’t just ask your family, ask friends and survey others.

Make sure that there is a need for your idea, product or service. Make sure that it solves a problem in your community. Once you have enough responses and believe there is a need, move on to step two.

2. Create your business plan

This is a very important step for any business. It helps you define clear goals in your business to motivate growth and scalability in the future. It also helps the people you approach for a loan better understand your business, your mindset and the way you work. They will then also then better understand whether your goals are reachable and will be able to help you define a set investment plan for the capital they will be pushing towards you.

Download Free Business Plan Templates

3. Pitch your business to a bank or investor

Now that your business plan is created, you are ready to move forward and setup some appointments with your bank, investor friends or loan agents. Remember that you have to believe in your business in order to persuade someone else to believe in it too. You have to live and breath your business to the outside world. Once you’ve setup appointments, make sure that you prepare thoroughly for your meetings in order to stump your investors with any questions they might have. You need to know exactly whatever there is to know about your business. The insides and outsides, the good and the bad. Be honest, be humble and pitch it like you mean it.

4. Setup your Long Term Goal Planning

Now that you’ve secured funding, you need to make sure that you setup a long term goal sheet. You need to keep track of these goals with weekly or monthly reviews and setup milestones in order to reach these goals. Milestones could be daily, weekly or monthly tasks that you need to complete in order to facilitate your progress towards your end goal. You need to be sure that your end goal is realistic for the time frame you’ve set up and that you’re milestones are attainable. Remember that anything you do now determines the success of your newly funded business and you still have a loan to pay back. The quicker you pay back your loan, the better too.

Whenever in the future you need money again, the entity that gave you a loan won’t hesitate to do it again. Believe in yourself and work hard towards your goals, because they are hanging in the balance of you and success.

5. Track progress with a Mentor or team

My best advice would be to get a mentor or solid team behind you after your funding has been secured. They will help keep you accountable in your progress towards success. The benefit of having a team around you is that they have different perspectives towards the business and the functionality thereof. This helps you gain a broader perspective of what people like and don’t like. Make sure that you keep track of what you do in your business and make sure that you change things that don’t work.

Conclusion

Make sure that you believe in your idea and product. Because if you don’t believe, how can you expect someone else to believe in it? That’s basically how I want to end this article. I want to say that you better work hard and do what you love and don’t just do it for the money. Do it for the purpose of helping people solve their problems.

Good luck!

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100 Premium Infographics courtesy of Ingimage only $18 (5 Days Left)

Infographics can be found on every corner of the web, from the automotive industry to the children’s daycare attendance figures. Infographics take boring data and turn it into fun filled, easy to understand format. A lot of time and money goes into creating feature rich infographics, however Ingimage has taken it a step further and created a bundle of 100 Premium Infographics at a steal of a price that you can’t pass up.

So what exactly will you be getting for your purchase? You’ll get 100 high-quality, premium infographics, all provided in EPS format for customization and editing! And for a limited time only, take advantage of this Mighty Deal and you’ll save more than 80% off the regular price! You can modify and edit these infographics as you see fit for your own benefit. So let’s find out a bit more about what is to offer in this package setup by Ingimage.

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Premium Infographics Bundle Highlights:

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    Infographics are currently the hottest way to get your message across to your readers in a fun and entertaining manner. With this bundle, you’ll get 100 different high-quality infographics to help bring your data to life!
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    Every infographic comes in EPS format, so you can easily edit elements of the images to suit your needs (using an application such as Adobe Illustrator).
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    With the original files, you can change the info that you’d like to share. Just replace any text from titles to descriptions to captions (note: fonts are not included). It couldn’t be easier to put together a professional, high-quality infographic.
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    No matter what your topic, you’re bound to find the perfect infographic for your latest project. Dozens upon dozens of different design elements are used in these 100 graphics including: maps, diagrams, charts, graphs, signs, illustrations, buttons, ribbons, arrows, icons and loads more.
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    Every industry has data and any industry can make use of these infographics to effectively share that data with their consumers. Many of these infographics can be customized for your specific industry, but there are also a ton that are tailor made for certain types including: medical, big business, industry, artists, marketing, environmental, and more!

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Bosslogic Speed Art Videos (Inspiration)

I always love looking at speed art videos. It not only inspires you, but shows you exactly how everything came together right from the start. Bosslogic has been a great inspiration to thousands of digital artists all over the world. I interviewed him in 2010 on Creativeoverflow and since then he has not only improved his quality of work, but his output and creativity along with it. I love seeing how people improve their craft overtime and that is why I decided to post these speed art videos compiled by Bosslogic.

Have a look below and let me know in the comments what you think.

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Become a Full-Time Photographer with the Total Training Course in Commercial Photography

In order to succeed in becoming a professional photographer, you need to make it your passion, your life’s goal to become the best photographer that you can possibly be. This course offers over 150 modules and 32 hours of video content that will help you become a professional in the commercial photography industry.

Click here to see the full Course

Commercial photography is one of highest paid areas in the industry. It’s true; rates can run up to $1000, $2000, and even $5000 per day plus expenses. A career in commercial photography can be pretty exciting whether you are photographing an annual report, company brochure, travel essay, an advertisement, or traveling the globe on assignment. This can be your dream job and this program is designed for aspiring and enthusiastic students who desire to become a professional commercial photographer.

Do you have cameras and lights and feel you are ready to compete? Do you have the essential skills to take on jobs and create a quality photographic product? Do you know how to find clients? Can you shoot food for a menu or a CEO for an annual report? Do you know how to ‘style’ a shoe to photograph?

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Do you know what your portfolio should include? What should you bid to shoot an annual report for a week? $2000 or $12,000? What is a better way to market, direct mail or source book? Can you price a stock photo based on usage and market penetration? These and so many more questions are the issues that a commercial photographer deals with on a daily basis.

While many general college programs teach basic through advanced photography skills, it can take years and costs a fortune. There are private professional schools to teach you How to Become a Professional Photographer and they have great programs but have you checked out the costs of those schools? One 10 month program in Massachusetts is over $26,000. Another very good school in Southern California does not even publish their tuition. And there are many more very good schools where tuition for the program is in the six figures. Can you afford that?

Have you considered what you will learn at a college or university photography program? History of photography? Will public speaking, math and physics be part of the program? How about spending a year in the darkroom making prints? Printing is fun, but how much of this will you use in a commercial photography business that is totally digital? The world of photography is now digital! Ask some working pros how much time they spend in the darkroom these days and you will find that many probably don’t. They are busy shooting and using Photoshop™ while making big bucks.

The best online training course in commercial photography!

That’s a bold statement isn’t it? This Commercial Photography Program is designed to meet the demands photographers experience in today’s markets, but what makes this program uniquely different is that the majority of photo examples used in the program are from real photo shoots, on real assignments, and photographed for real clients. We did not just go into a studio and video tape where to put lights for all examples. Instead, we show you the photo taken in the studio or on location for a client. We show you in many cases why we chose the angle we used, where lights were placed, and any technical challenges we faced and how they were solved.

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This course covers everything we believe a commercial photographer needs to understand and be able to photograph to thrive in today’s business environment.

What you will learn:

  • Portraiture
  • Product Photography
  • Architecture
  • Corporate and Industrial
  • Advertising
  • Fashion and Beauty
  • Travel
  • Food and Beverage
  • Lifestyle
  • Editorial
  • Stock
  • and some Photoshop as well.

‘This is not a simple photography class. It is career training!’

Total Training in Commercial Photography was created as an in-depth, accelerated, and intensive program to meet the needs of aspiring pros who wish to work in today’s business? It is a demanding field requiring a precise set of skills and knowledge of creative and technical processes is designed to take beginning photographers from novices to pros with a portfolio to show art directors and all in 1 year.

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We will take full advantage of the most powerful education tool in history; the internet. This will allow you to work from your home, keep your current job, and learn How to Become a Professional Photographer as much as if you were attending a photography school. Each week you can read a lesson related to a specific subject or photography category. The lessons will include information behind the ideas, how the sample images were done, many with lighting diagrams, and many video tutorials.

You will also learn how to budget for your business and studio, create marketing materials, design a portfolio, determine your photography rates, bid on jobs, price stock photography, find clients, seek a stock photo agency, and a lot more.

This program was designed to cover one year when taken with instructor, but you can now take it at your leisure and at home as your schedule allows. And if you are concerned about taking such an involved program without an instructor be assured that I am available for private tutoring to help you get where you want to go.

All you need is a camera, tripod, a few lights (see downloadable PDF on recommendations) and the passion to get started. If you have any questions about this program just email me:charlieborland@gmail.com And watch the intro video for examples of what is covered.

What are the requirements for this course?

Basic understanding of photography like how your camera works, fundamentals of photography, and basic understanding of Photoshop, which can be learned while taking this course.

What am I going to get from this course?
Over 150 lectures and 32 hours of content! By the end of this program you will be ready to compete in professional photography.

What is the target audience?
Any photographer with the passion and desire to be a pro.

WHAT’S INSIDE

  • Lifetime access to 150 lectures
  • 31+ hours of high quality content
  • A community of 260+ students learning together!

Who will the Course be Taught by?

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Charlie Borland Professional Photographer for 30+ years and Lighting Master.

Charlie Borland has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. He has traveled extensively for a wide range of clients including: Xerox, NW Airlines, Fujitsu, Nike, Blue Cross, Nationsbank, Mentor Graphics, Texas Instruments, Cellular One, Early Winters, Camelbak, Columbia Sportswear, and many more.

His imagery has been used thousands of times worldwide, including: National Geographic Adventure and Traveler, Outside, Women’s Sport and Fitness, Newsweek, TV Guide, Sports Illustrated for Women, Time, Backpacker, Sunset, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, Eco Traveler, Southern Bell, to name a few.

Charlie has taught photography throughout his career and teaches internet courses and location workshops. He has lectured on photography in the US and Middle East and you can see his work at www.borlandphoto.com. He is co-author of Understanding Flash with Bryan Peterson and author of the eBook: Outdoor Flash Photography available on his website: BorlandPhoto

20 Beautifully Curated Bedroom Layouts for Your Inspiration

I love houses. Sitting here, browsing through different layouts and styles always excite me to start planning a new home. There are just so many options to choose from, whether it’s colors, a bed frame, wooden flooring, bed sheets, kitchen utensils or lighting, the sky is the limits when it comes to you choosing. These chosen photos below are beautiful, but don’t take my word for it. These are curated bedroom inspiration photos. Nothing like the unique houses across the globe that we featured a while back.

These photos show the very essence of what I call style in today’s modern age. Showing you how to combine different colors and styles to make the picture come together as one. Architects love working with clients that have big budgets, and looking at these photos you will understand what I mean when I say that. Even though these photos only equate to bedrooms, there is still a margin of luxury and leisure visible here. You have a look for yourself.

These bedrooms can be found on Houzz.com