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26 Shock & Awe Electric Logos

If you’re like me, you probably don’t know much about the form of energy that powers our everyday life. For that reason, here are 10 quick facts about electricity to get you up to speed:
Courtesy of kickassfacts.com

  1. A platypus hunts via electricity and has 80 different kinds of venomous toxins.
  2. The annual electricity cost of running the Large Hadron Collider is about $23.5 million.
  3. A typical microwave oven consumes more electricity powering its digital clock than it does heating food.
  4. The word “electrocute” is a combination of the words electro and execute, meaning you were killed by electricity. So if you don’t die, you were not electrocuted, you were shocked.
  5. Ore trains in Sweden traveling down to the coast generate five times the amount of electricity they use, powering nearby towns and the return trip for other trains.
  6. The amount of energy consumed by U.S. homes for air conditioning has doubled in the past 12 years and now accounts for nearly 20 percent of our electricity use.
  7. So many British people make tea after the TV show “Eastenders” finishes, that backup power stations go on standby to cope with the massive surge in electricity usage.
  8. In 1999, 40 million people simultaneously lost electricity in the Philippines, including the presidential palace, sparking fears of a possible coup, only to find out that the power grid was compromised by the cooling pipes of one power plant which sucked 50 dump trucks’ worth of jellyfish.
  9. Daylight Savings doesn’t actually save electricity. It still exists because it helps the economy.
  10. In 2005, an Australian man wearing a nylon jacket and wool shirt built up 40,000 volts of static electricity, resulting in burned carpets, melted plastic, and a massive evacuation.

Cool right? So cool in fact that I decided to put together a collection of electricity related logos for your inspiration. Enjoy!

Credit to respective artists.


credit:Adrian Gabry?

credit:Ivana Sivac

credit:Daniel Q Halt

credit:Amanda Hakanson-Stacy

credit:Mike Erickson

credit:Dane Storrusten

credit:Anaïs Romand

credit:Andrew Berkemeyer

credit:Damian Kidd

credit:Eduard Kankanyan

credit:Matt Rancatore

credit:Chris Inclenrock

credit:Jake Goble

credit:Gareth Hardy

credit:Ryan Houk

credit:Jason Rose

credit:lyle hebel

credit:Barnyard Collective

credit:Carl Raw

credit:Mersad Comaga

credit:Brett Garwood

credit:Tito

credit:Mikael Johansson

credit:Filip Lichtneker

credit:Roberto Brambila

credit:Ashley Marlow for Zipline Interactive


Conclusion

I would love to know your thoughts and opinions on this roundup so feel free to make use of the comment section below!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s logo design roundup! Thanks for stopping by!


21 Frozen Lake Photos

One of my coolest frozen lake experiences was in Invermere British Columbia, Canada a few winters ago. Lake Invermere is fairly big, 8.43 km² to be exact, but that wasn’t the interesting part. What blew my mind was when I chucked a rock onto the ice, the lake made a crazy laser gun sound. It’s hard to describe if you haven’t experienced it for yourself, but I suggest you watch this video of something similar.

Anyways, not only can a frozen lake sound cool, they can also look spectacular. Take a scroll through the collection below. Case in point.

Credit to respective artists.


credit:Rajdip Mukherjee

credit:Kristian Sekse

credit:chris-1

credit:Karl Dyer

credit:Louise Milburn

credit:Cory Disbrow

credit:Cristian

credit:Andrew Smith

credit:Sienna62

credit:Ken

credit:Frédéric Le Duigou

credit:Roger Harrison

credit:Nathaniel Reinhart

credit:Dambe Dei

credit:Konstantin Voronov

credit:Elizabeth Sallee Bauer

credit:Carol Anne

credit:Noxi.

credit:Stephanie MJ

credit:Carlo

credit:Al Fed


Conclusion

Next time you come across a frozen lake, I recommend throwing a rock over the ice. If you can’t, then just sit back and enjoy the view! You won’t be disappointed either way.

I hope that you enjoyed this week’s photography roundup! Thanks for stopping by!


25 Melting Designs for your Inspiration

What do you think of when you see something melting? Like a melting ice cream cone, or a melting snowman? I personally think a melting snowman looks very depressing and sad, but a melting ice cream cone can look amazing. In the same way, designs that use the melting effect can promote different feelings and emotions. Pay special attention to the Marvel designs; my personal favorites. Enjoy!

Credit to respective artists.


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Conclusion

Which design was your favorite? The purpose of this roundup is to serve as inspiration for your next project. I hope it has done just that! Thanks for stopping by!


24 Color Based Designs: Yellow

I personally associate the color yellow with taxis, lemons, and the sun; but yellow can trigger and evoke different emotions and feelings that can benefit your project. Here’s a short excerpt from 99designs.com:

Yellow is perhaps the most energetic of the warm colors. It is associated with laughter, hope and sunshine. Accents of yellow help give your design energy and will make the viewer feel optimistic and cheerful. However, yellow tends to reflect more light and can irritate a person’s eyes. Too much yellow can be overwhelming and should be used sparingly. In design, it is often used to grab attention in an energetic and comforting way.

To prove this point, here are 24 yellow designs for your inspiration. Enjoy!

Credit to respective arists.


credit: Scott Kirkman & Amanda Kirkman

credit: seoa jeong

credit: Javier Ormaechea

credit: Victoria Malko

credit: Constantin Bolimond & Dmitry Patsukevich

credit: Kirill Kodochigov

credit: Snask & Jens Nilsson

credit: Manu Berlanga

credit: Anna Kuts & Yaroslav Kononov

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credit: Feel Factory | Design studio & Danil Kartashev & Pasha Marin & Ilya Levit & Alina Stebletsova

credit: Plau Design & Lucas Campoi & Rodrigo Saiani & Kako & macula

credit: Igor Mitin

credit: Parámetro Studio

credit: Piëtke Visser & Kuudes Kerros

credit: Marco Vincit

credit: Sophia Georgopoulou

credit: Gerg? Gilicze

credit: Alex Voropaev

credit: Futura .

credit: nuket güner çorlan

credit: Rodrigo Bernardes

credit: Eduardo Roz

credit: Forma & Co


Conclusion

If you’re looking to evoke the feeling of laughter, hope, energy, and optimism, yellow is definitely the color to focus on. But be careful, yellow can attract too much attention and can irritate the eyes.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this design roundup! Thanks for stopping by!


Designing for SEO: How to Get Started

With the majority of today’s internet traffic coming from search engines, SEO is still considered the number one internet marketing instrument to use. For a website to appear in search results and attract the maximum amount of traffic, every element of the site needs to be optimized for SEO.

Many site owners and designers focus on their articles and keyword placement when optimizing a site for SEO. What many don’t realize is that design elements have the potential to boost SEO performance when implemented correctly. So, how do we design for SEO? Here are some getting-started tips you can follow right away.

HTML and CSS Elements

There is a reason why websites that look great tend to have low SEO performance: the design elements are not always geared for SEO purposes. Sure, you can use vector images and other design elements – including animations, photos, and videos– to create a site that truly shines, but there is no point in doing so if the site will lose SEO traffic.

We’re seeing a lot of interesting advancements from the HTML and CSS languages. It is now possible to create animated elements using nothing but HTML5 and CSS3. You can also substitute a lot of the design elements using HTML and CSS.

This approach can be applied to more than just blank spaces and solid elements. CSS now supports shadows, gradients, and even transparent elements. It is not difficult to replace design elements with the combination of CSS and HTML codes, along with things such as Canvas elements and web fonts. The combination will be even friendlier for SEO purposes, simply because crawlers can read through them effectively.

Images and Videos

Another common problem still found in many top websites is the lack of optimization on images and videos. It is a particularly sad issue to come across, especially since these elements are very easy to optimize.

It is important to remember that search engine crawlers can’t really understand the content of images and videos. They need descriptions and tags to help them index these elements properly. All you need to do is add the right tag to the elements you embed and the images and videos on your page will be SEO-friendly.

The same approach can be applied to other embedded elements, too. When you use Twitter or Instagram embed, for instance, it is actually easy to optimize them for better SEO performance.

Focus on User Experience

Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget to optimize user experience on both desktop and mobile devices. According to experts from Power Digital an SEO agency, search engines now prioritize user experience more than ever. The time required to load a page, along with metrics such as time on site and bounce rate, are used to measure how satisfied users are with the page.

Review these tips we just covered in this article and you will quickly realize how much good, SEO-friendly design can help boost a site’s SEO performance. It is indeed more than just about articles and content; the design you make to deliver those content matters just as much.

Featured image by Igor Miske

24 Very Handy Logo Designs

The hand is a very remarkable piece of ‘equipment’. Like did you know that the human hand has 27 bones, 29 joints and at least 123 named ligaments? Or that it takes up to 6 months for a fingernail to grow from root to tip? Here are a few more facts on the human hand:

  1. You cannot get a tan on your palm and underside of your fingers.
  2. The average hand length for adult women is 6.7 inches. The average length for men is 7.4 inches.
  3. The vein on your ring finger is called Venna Amoris—it has a direct line with the human heart and is known as the vein of love. That’s why we wear an engagement ring on the left hand’s finger.
  4. Structurally, fingernails are actually modified hairs
  5. 6% of all men and 9.9% of all women are left-handed
  6. Hand surgeons say that the index finger is the best one to lose—if you had a choice. The index finger is needed the least.
  7. Men tend to have longer ring fingers than index fingers—girls vice versa
  8. Fingers don’t have muscles—tendons in our fingers are moved by the muscles of the forearm

[source: deserthandtherapy.com]

I’ve gone ahead and put together a collection of 24 very handy logos for your inspiration! Enjoy!

Credit to respective artists.


credit:Ramotion

credit:MUTI

credit:Stevan Rodic

credit:Steve Wolf

credit:Jord Riekwel

credit:Paulius Kairevicius

credit:Aiste brand designer

credit:Nathan Douglas Yoder

credit:Dalius Stuoka

credit:Kemal Sanli

credit:Breno Bitencourt

credit:Skirmantas Raila

credit:Stevan Rodic

credit:Jord Riekwel

credit:Jonathan Howell

credit:Bryan B. Butler

credit:Aiste brand designer

credit:Anano Martsvaladze

credit:Dangerdom

credit:Stevan Rodic

credit:Sean Heisler

credit:Skirmantas Raila

credit:Stevan Rodic

credit:Anthony Lane


Conclusion

The only thing that separates our hands from that of animals is our opposable thumbs (the ability for our thumb and fingers to work together.) Well actually Koala Bear’s also have opposable thumbs, but that’s a different conversation.

I hope that this roundup of hand logos has served as inspiration! Thanks for stopping by!


21 Designs Forged By Metal

Using metal or similar materials for a graphic design project can really produce a stunning end result. I’ve compiled a collection of 21 designs forged by metal; ranging from bionic arms, to metal hearts, to iron typography, to a river of flowing metal.

BUT FIRST, here’s 10 mind blowing facts about metal:

  1. The word ‘metal’ derives from the Greek word ‘metallon,’ which means to mine, excavate or extract from the ground.
  2. 75% of all the elements on the periodic table are metals.
  3. At room temperature, all of the metals are solids except for mercury, which is a liquid.
  4. The most common metal found in the Earth’s crust is aluminum.
  5. Even though aluminum is abundant in the crust, the most abundant element in the entire Earth is iron, which makes up a large part of the Earth’s core.
  6. Alkali metals, such as lithium, sodium, potassium, and rubidium, are so reactive they will ignite and even explode if placed in water.
  7. Noble metals, such as silver, gold, and platinum, resist oxidation and corrosion in moist air.
  8. Metals are elastic or tend to bend rather than break.
  9. Gold was discovered in 6000 BC.
  10. Copper even before that, being discovered in 9000 BC.

[source:chemistry.about]

Enjoy!

Credit to respective artists.


credit:Aleksandr Kuskov

credit:Pavel Zertsikel

credit:Yuriy Romanyk

credit:Sasha Vinogradova

credit:Aleksandr Kuskov

credit:Orlando Arocena

credit:R4dn Studio™

credit:Mohamed Reda

credit:David Brodeur

credit:Creativedash Design Studio

credit:Daniel Shubin

credit:Daniel Shubin

credit:Mohamed El Nagdy

credit:Pamela Campagna

credit:Manuel Creignou

credit:Mansoor Gull

credit:Mohamed Adel

credit:Vladislav Ociacia

credit:Mansoor Gull

credit:Mansoor Gull

credit:Mansoor Gull


Conclusion

I hope that this collection has served as inspiration for your next metal design project! Thanks for stopping by!


26 Clean and Green Environmental Logos

We only have one home, protecting it should be of utmost priority! Plenty of companies, NPO’s, and government bodies have set exactly this as their goal and mission. If you’re not convinced, hopefully this will sway you.

  • 27,000 trees are cut down each day and used for Toilet Paper.
  • Rainforests are cut down at a rate of 100 acres per minute.
  • Roughly 14 billion pounds of garbage is dumped into the ocean each year.
  • Approximately 46% of the lakes in America are extremely polluted making them risky for swimming, fishing and aquatic life.
  • Every year around one trillion gallons of untreated sewage and industrial waste is dumped in the U.S water.
  • Almost 80% of urban waste in India is dumped in the river Ganges.
  • A single car generates half a ton of CO2 and a NASA space shuttle releases 28 tons of C02.
  • It takes only 5 days for a jet stream in China to carry the air pollution to the United States.
  • Pollution in China can change the weather in United States.
  • There are more around 73 various kinds of pesticides in the groundwater, which is used as drinking water.

[source:Conserve Energy Future.]

In hindsight, we all should be playing our part, but cheers to those who are acting to make a difference.

I’ve put together a collection of 26 clean and green environmental related logos for your inspiration. Enjoy!

Credit to respective artists.


credit:Alfrey Davilla | vaneltia

credit:Matt Yow

credit:Liv Elinor

credit:Cody Petts

credit:Isaac Grant

credit:Breno Bitencourt

credit:Dimitrije Mikovic

credit:trinitiff

credit:Nick Signet

credit:trinitiff

credit:Stephen MacEachern

credit:Matt Cameron

credit:Nikhil Singh

credit:Charles Aroutiounian

credit:Matt Cameron

credit:Paul J. Bartlett

credit:Diana Arizmendi

credit:Becca Dalke

credit:Tom Frew

credit:ASK Dziner

credit:Mohiuddin Parekh

credit:Jordan Frank

credit:Carlos Sosa

credit:Freddy Tejeda

credit:Sarah Croughwell

credit:Laura Santos


Conclusion

The thought that our earth is our only option (unless Elon Musk figures our Mars) should be motivation enough to really commit to keeping our home clean. If everyone does their part, we should see a dramatic difference within the near future.

I hope that this collection of environmental related logos has inspired you! Thanks for stopping by!


25 Sweet n’ Fresh Fruit Designs

Fruit is not only tasty and nutritious, but also has an aesthetic appeal that makes it perfect for graphic design projects. You’ll see plenty of that below, but first, here are some interesting facts about fruit!

  1. Most commercial fruits are clones.
  2. The most expensive fruit in the world is the Japanese Yubari cantaloupe, priced at $23,500.
  3. Cherry farmers hire helicopters to air dry their trees after rain so the cherries don’t split open.
  4. Bananas are artificially ripened after being shipped to seven different shades of ripeness
  5. U.S. raisin farmers aren’t allowed to sell all the raisins they grow; they must contribute to a “national raisin reserve” if supply exceeds demand.
  6. The leaves of the rhubarb plant are very poisonous.
  7. Cranberries don’t actually grow underwater.
  8. Grapefruit can cause dangerous reactions with some prescription medications.

I’ve put together a collection of sweet n’ fresh fruit designs for your inspiration. Enjoy!

Credit to respective artists


credit:Kazuaki Kawahara

credit:Mission Design

credit:Leta Sobierajski

credit:Leta Sobierajski

credit:Leta Sobierajski

credit:Leta Sobierajski

credit:Leta Sobierajski

credit:Leta Sobierajski

credit:Leta Sobierajski

credit:Gonzalo Ausejo

credit:Gonzalo Ausejo

credit:Gonzalo Ausejo

credit:TATABI Studio

credit:Daniel Forero

credit:Daniel Forero

credit:Sam Sourivong

credit:Tereza Cenic

credit:Brain&Bros DZ.

credit:Yuliia Galchenko

credit:Leta Sobierajski

credit:Mohd Almousa

credit:Emily Zirimis

credit:Dan Cretu

credit:Dan Cretu

credit:Stas Neretin


Conclusion

Pretty sweet right? I think it’s safe to say that everyone can relate to the qualities and characteristics of fruit, which is why it makes for such an interesting design topic!

I hope that you enjoyed this graphic design collection! Thanks for stopping by!