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Trendy Tuesday: Graphic Design Trends for 2022

October 26, 2021
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Undoubtedly, 2021 was a complex and uncertain year for e-commerce and many areas of our life. You don’t need to be an expert to understand this. Fortunately, forecasts for 2022 are more optimistic, including the design area. The abundance of styles will only expand, so most freelancers don’t have to mess around.

This means that we will find many alternatives for the introduction of creativity. It’s time for bold designs – more optimism, colours, madness! Also, good graphic trends are predicted for minimalistic graphics, simple layouts, and neutral colours. If people combine all such techniques, they will undoubtedly create effective promo materials.

Venngage looks at the 8 Top Trends in Graphic Design.

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Design Trends we hope to see in 2022.

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Inkbot looks at the Top Graphic Trends that will dominate 2022.

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Illustration Trends for 2022.

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2022 Inspirational designs, illustrations, and graphic elements from the world’s best designers on Dribbble.

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And lastly Webstick‘s Graphic Design Tips for 2022.

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I hope this will leave you with plenty of helpful ideas for your next designs.

Nuts and Bolts: October Design Challenge Deadline.

October 22, 2021

 

Nuts & Bolts – October Design Challenge Deadline

 

October’s Design Challenge deadline is soon! Submissions are due Sunday, October 31st.

Theme: Chinese New Year 2022 – Year of the Tiger

This is a Stock Card Creations only challenge.  If you were having a difficult time with the stock card page loading, all is now working well.

 
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The difference is made in the details!

Mindy


GCU Community Manager


Wanted New Cards: Thank You Picking up Mail/Packages

October 21, 2021

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Wanted Cards – Thank You Picking up Mail / Packages

We have many wonderful cards to thank a helpful someone for house sitting, pet sitting, plant watering, etc.  We have added a new sub-category for picking up the mail / packages.  With the popularity of online shopping, it’s wise and helpful to have packages picked up while away to avoid porch pirates and unfortunate theft.

These cards should go here:

Occasions >> Thank You >> Support / Help >> Picking up Bringing in Mail / Package

We’d like you to create at least one card for these categories using the Stock Cards function (Bigstock) or your own graphic designs. Remember, when you’re submitting your new stock card, add a little note about the intended category in your Notes to Reviewers.

Be inventive, be clever, be creative. Go for it!

Freebie Wednesday: Spooky Ghost.

October 20, 2021
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Spooky Ghost is a cool, fun, and quirky decorative font. This font is PUA encoded which means you can access all glyphs and swashes with ease! Add it confidently to your favorite Halloween designs and let yourself be amazed by the outcome generated. Available for free download at Creative Fabrica for another 5 days.

 

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This product comes with a commercial license.

Trendy Tuesday: Scandi Ethnic

October 19, 2021
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Scandi Ethnic, Nordic Boho, Nordic Folklore, Scandi Boho. You probably heard of one of these, but what does it stand for? Scandinavian (Scandi) decor is all about neutrals, minimalism, earthy tones and clean lines. While Bohemian (Boho), on the other hand, is all about bright colours, lively patterns and maximalism. It first came to prominence in the 1950s, around the same time as modern style took hold in America and Europe. Part of what makes it so aesthetically pleasing is its lack of clutter.

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Nordic Animals Folk Kit, available on The Hungry Jpeg.

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Nordic Tale – Folkart Font Family, available on The Hungry Jpeg.

Dribble is also a nice site to explore (and download) Scandinavian Font Designs, Templates, and Graphic Elements.

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For your perusel, Nordic Style Magazine – online fashion, design, art, culture.

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Ethnic Scandi Stock Illustrations and Vectors at Dreamstime.

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Scandinavian inspiration at Vecteezy.

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Nordic Boho gifts and Merchandise on Red Bubble.

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Inspiration for graphic ideas on Creative Fabrica.

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I hope this will leave you with plenty of helpful ideas for your next designs.

Nuts and Bolts: Dedicate Yourself to the Details – Text Placement

October 15, 2021

 
Nuts & Bolts – Dedicate Yourself to the Details – Text Placement
 
It is often the little details that escape the artist’s eye. It is always a good idea to step away from a design that you have been meticulously working on or ask a brutally honest companion to give it a once over. The review team is certainly a fresh set of eyes and often catches tiny fixes or areas of improvement. GCU is grateful for artists who are open to collaborating with the reviewers on minor adjustments that make a big difference.
 
See this example by GCU artist, Eloquence by Ramelle Richardson, with an improvement in text placement leading to a professionally composed design that shines.
 
Reviewers request for edits:
This is very funny but there are a couple of edits we need before we can approve.
1. The underside of the neck of the donkey in the foreground looks like it needs a little softening on the edge so it blends a little better and does not look pasted on.
2. The text placement is not ideal and we feel a speech bubble from the donkey would be the perfect answer to contain the text and take the humor up to the next level.
Thank you for your consideration. 
 
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Well done, Ramelle, and thank you for working so well with the review team.  Excellent teamwork and LOL!
 
See the related Submission Guideline for Typography – Text Placement
 

The difference is made in the details!

Mindy


GCU Community Manager


Wanted New Cards: 1st Christmas Bereaved

October 14, 2021

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Wanted Cards – 1st Christmas Bereaved 

Please consider creating new cards for the 1st Christmas Bereaved: “remembering you at christmas, First Christmas in Heaven or Praying for you at Christmas.”

These cards should go here:

Holidays >> Christmas >> In Remembrance >> 1st / First Christmas Alone / Bereaved >> General

We’d like you to create at least one card for these categories using the Stock Cards function (Bigstock) or your own graphic designs. Remember, when you’re submitting your new stock card, add a little note about the intended category in your Notes to Reviewers.

Be inventive, be clever, be creative. Go for it!

Freebie Wednesday: Free Funny Turkeys

October 13, 2021
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This cute Funny Turkey cliparts and pattern pack are perfect for your Thanksgiving designs! All items come in AI, JPEG, PNG, SVG, and EPS formats!

This festive freebie is brought to you by Lexi Claus! Only available on the Hungry Jpeg for a week! 

 

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This product comes with a commercial license.

Trendy Tuesday: Kintsugi

October 12, 2021
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For Spring/Summer 2022 we see an inspiration for fragile ceramic patterns brought back to life in the art of Kintsugi. The mix of different patterns fused together in a new and exciting style.

What is Kintsugi? Find out more about the japanese art of Kintsugi and the philosophy behind it.

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Urban use for Katsugi.

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Some Kintsugi design for print sets on The Hungry Jpeg.

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Etsy has a lot of Kintsugi inspiration on offer.

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I hope this will leave you with plenty of helpful ideas for your next designs.

Nuts and Bolts: NEW In-Store Pick Up Update

October 8, 2021

Nuts & Bolts – NEW In-Store Pick Up Update
 
GCU and our shoppers have really missed the luxury of in-store pickup.  It is an excellent option for same day needs – a great option for last minute shoppers.
 
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GCU has been working diligently since 2020 with a new in-store pick up partner on all the partnership and technical do-dahs. GCU is excited to share that this delivery option is planned to be back online by this November.  
 
At that time, we will announce it’s availability and who the new partner is.  Let me just say it’s exciting AND will be just in time for last minute holiday card shoppers.
 
Please see the prior post here.
 
 

The difference is made in the details!

Mindy


GCU Community Manager


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