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45 Catastrophic Failures in Graphic Design That Will Make You Laugh

As we all know, a visual design’s purpose, regardless if it’s logos designs, outdoor signage, ads design or website designs, their job is to give off the same energy you would want people to receive when you describe the company or the organization they represent.

That being said, it’s quite surprising that there are actually people that are willing, and more importantly, more daring to post a logo design in the price range of $100. Some of them even show enough disrespect to the creative community to low down the prices until $50/design. But the worst part of this story is not just the low prices some customers tend to set, but also the fact that many designers accept them. Beyond this, it looks like no one thinks it’s almost a fact that only graphic designs failures will come out of that venture.   

Somehow, I think the designers who take these shameful jobs can’t be fully blamed; quite frankly, I think they just don’t know any better or they didn’t look at the design from all perspectives. For the most part, the people accepting these disrespectful jobs are either young designers, at the beginning of their career or less skilled starving designers on their last money with no solid clients in sight. Or a person who knows to play a little bit with the design software and after getting no responses from other “so called designer” has decided to take the design work into his / her own hands and consider he/she did a very good job.         

Obvious, this treatment of graphic design will lead, without any doubt, to the inevitable lower graphic design standards set for this creative profession. With a key creative field being disregarded every day, a client base for this field with an “ignorance is a bliss” mindset, and plenty of people claiming falsely to be graphic designers, what is there for real professional creatives to do?

Well, maybe take a note from the satire TV shows and celebrate some of the greatest design failures. We spent so much time celebrating how good some designs can be, and appreciating the real skills and talent that are showcased there, and we forget talking about graphic design failures. And we can see a lot.

That’s why in this article, you will see an array of awful designs. Some of them will make you laugh, other of them will make you to ask yourself “What was in the designer’s mind?”

1. The Eat

Everyone likes to eat, but I think the designer of this cup is the only who knows it’s about a cat!

2. Website stock photo failure

Did you see The Invisible Man movie? This could be a new way for making him visible for others! Nothing else to add, just a note for the designers: always double or even triple check your stock photos!

3. ChURrch

 

I can’t figure out if it’s only de designer fault, but I think a proofreader is missing here!

4. Apprenticeships

 If you are looking for an apprentice, this doesn’t really mean anything. But if your target is a bunch of people looking for app rentals or ice ships or ice on ships, this design could have a sense.

5. Arlington Pediatric Center

I just checked their website and I saw they have changed their logo to something more appropriate for a medical center. It’s no longer a pedophilic center. But it seems they save something with crabs and bears. A new failure? Or just marketing strategy?  

6. Mont-Sat

 

No one should be jealous on his happiness :D. He’s just Mr. satellite!

7. Unfortunate reflection

Who wants this??? The best example for checking the end result before playing with reflection!

8. Zombie apocalypse

Do you imagine how could it be? Bad designs might just send us into the zombie apocalypse!  

9. Cannibalism of cats

As I remember, cannibalism is forbidden even in the cat community.

10. Kundawara Pharmacy

There’s no need explanation why Kundawara Pharmacy’s logo gained such widespread public attention.☺ We just wonder what services are offered behind of these doors.

11. Institute of Oriental Studies

The designer who created this logo thought it was the best representation for what the Oriental Studies mean ☺  

12. Mama’s baking

Maybe the designer’s intention was to start a fire down there? Ok, maybe in Greece, where this café is located, this doesn’t seem weird. Just maybe….

13. Maple Syrup

It seems no one noticed the suggestive nature of the sign for over a decade.

14. Mega Flicks

After reading this logo, many customers might think twice before entering into a MegaFlicks store.  Lesson to learn: chose fonts carefully.

15. Rape Nuts

Rape Nuts? Grape Huts? Rape Guts? I think the copy was doing well before the designer decided to get some style with letters.     

16. Super Bowl

Who needs an elbow, anyway? This happens when the designer doesn’t pay too much attention….

17. Don’t be happy

Good designs promote happiness and encourage you to set aside your worries. The bad designs do the exact opposite.

18. Poo

Everyone does it, but hopefully not on the table ☺

19. Chewable vitamins

Everyone wants healthy skin, hair and nails. But I don’t think anyone likes to chew them.

20. Therapist? Rapist?

Yeah, sure, “rapists” and “therapists” are the same thing….. Think and design again…. With a better font. Or at least a little bit more attention. This image reminds me a lot of a different “therapies” design fail. 

the rapist design fail.

21. Virtual Reality

I really don’t think it’s necessary to make VR technology more whimsical than it already is.

22. Bone Goal

I don’t think the whole team should share the same “bone” goal…

23. Yves Levesque

It looked ok in Photoshop, right? This happens when the car wraps are designed without making real simulations.

24. Factory Farts

No family can live with factory farts. But this headline is a huge mistake.

25. Lesson about bones

Definitely, this is not the lesson about bones you meant to be teaching.

26. You Are Alone

Pink on pink is really undercutting your message. Someone should learn about contrast in graphic design.

27. Wedding Invitation

Many people consider marriage being a prison. But I don’t think someone should be left hanging on their wedding day. ☺

28. Sauces or car clean products?

These sauces look like car clean products. I don’t think this is the vibe the designer wanted to be.

29. Fashion Fart

For sure, this wasn’t the intention of the designer, but still.. 

30. Unbelievable Transformation

When you work so hard, you change even the ethnicity…

31. Sasa Lele

I love Sasa Lele ☺!. Especially when it has 50% discount!

32. Buy 3, get 2

It seems this designer is also the best marketer in the world ☺))!  

33. Children’s Menu

Yes, I’ll take one Child Rib, please, along with a Child Burger! And for drink…….

34. Plastic Surgery

Maybe this women should start tell little white lies after her plastic surgery!

35. Exit poll

Apparently zero is a little bit less than 34, but it’s much bigger than 22 ☺. Someone should learn to make some infographics.

36. Men’s Boxer

Another example of unrealistic body expectation for men….

37. Love, Morriage, Bobby?

Who is Bobby? Does he know who will come up?

38. Ndeeisgihgbnocrehnotoedr

 

For sure, the designer’s intention was to be different, but, does anyone understand anything?

39. Doughboys

Maybe this restaurant offers pizza, salad and panini, but their logo says something else. I won’t mention what, yet it’s not too difficult to see for yourself.

40. Clinica Dental

Dental clinic or “full-service” practitioner? I think the patients of this clinic have already figured out ☺.

41. Year Of The Monkey

This poster was created for celebrating Year of the Monkey. But as humans, we have to ask: Which monkey?   

42.Junior Jazz Dance Classes

This happens when the designer doesn’t pay too much attention to the negative space. Wonder if it’s a junior dancer center or something else?

43. The computer doctor

Just wonder why and how. Just view the mouse from the logo and pass your own judgment.

44. Corona

Clearly, this man doesn’t have any arms. But… would he be the man of the future?

45. Bureau of Health Promotion Taiwan

When you’ve gone too far, I think it’s better to step back and take a closer look. Am I right?  

 

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Bookmark.com Utilizes AI to Create Beautiful, Responsive Websites

Growing up, we learn that each of us is unique. We all have different talents and specialties to share with the world. Most business owners, for example, are quite adept and passionate in their chosen field. But, while every business (and owner) is indeed different, there is one thing that they all need: a great website.

While most owners know their own business like the back of their hand, the process of creating a business website isn’t always so clear. This is where Bookmark’s AI website builder comes in and revolutionizes the whole thing..

AIDA (Artificial Intelligence Design Assistant) may sound like some futuristic product, but it’s already here and it is awesome.

Bookmark.com AIDA

What is AIDA?

Aida creates the first version of your website in under two minutes by making selections from millions of combinations specific to each user’s website needs.It then takes this knowledge and creates a one-of-a-kind website – just for you. In short, AIDA utilizes your own business expertise to create the perfect website.

The process is incredibly simple. In fact, Bookmark.com estimates that AIDA eliminates 90% of the pain points usually associated with website creation and design. Here’s how it works:

1. Create your free account at Bookmark and, in your profile, create a new website.
Create a new website with a click.

2. Choose to build your site using Bookmark.com’s A.I. Design Assistant.
Choose the A.I. Design Assistant

3. Answer a few questions about your business.
Tell AIDA about your business.

4. Let AIDA generate your awesome, fully-editable website.
Bookmark.com's AIDA generates your new website.

Seriously, that’s all it takes!

Make it Your Own

Customizing your new website is as easy as clicking and editing, dragging and dropping. And what makes Bookmark.com stand out (besides the whole Artificial-Intelligence-Designed-My-Website thing) is that you can easily add real functionality wherever you want.

There are a plethora of features you can add, including:

  • Responsive Web Design
  • Contact Forms
  • Video Backgrounds
  • Web Animation
  • E-Commerce (Yes, you can sell things and take payments!)
  • Event Registration
  • Facebook Comment Integration
  • File Downloads
  • Multimedia (Audio, Video, Galleries and Slideshows)
  • Maps
  • Social Media Sharing
  • Subscription Forms
  • And many more powerful design features

You also have access to powerful design features. Change colors, fonts and menus with just a couple of clicks. Add, remove or manage pages with drag-and-drop ease. Want to change something on a page? You’ll be able to quickly edit it, remove it or just drag it to a new spot. Essentials like SEO and password-protection are also right at your fingertips.

Use Bookmark.com AIDA to create your business website

Put AIDA to Work for You

Any of us who grew up watching Sci-Fi can relate to the pure potential AI has for changing the world. Using Bookmark.com’s AIDA is proof that the technology is real and quite helpful. It’s almost like seeing a little bit of the future, right here in the present.

Try the free Bookmark website builder and give AIDA a try for yourself. You might just be amazed at what it can do.

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The Ethics of UI Design: Avoiding Dark Patterns

Most modern website designers strive to deliver an honest user experience. Some, however, will do anything to boost conversion rates – even going as far as to trick users into taking certain actions.

All digital interactions come with a level of risk from cyber criminals, but some unethical web design practices cross the line into criminality. Learning what “dark patterns” are and how to avoid them can help your brand steer clear of this extremely harmful mistake.

A Fine Line between Influencing User Behavior and Tricking People

We’ve all experienced it – clickbait that sends us to sketchy landing pages, false pop-up advertisements telling us to click here to prevent computer viruses, emails that use spammy lingo to grab attention.

The World Wide Web has been around for 25 years, and cyber scam artists just as long. Savvy web users know how to identify most scams and avoid them. Unfortunately, unethical web design practices are blurring the lines between true and false, and making it more difficult to spot tricks.

When users browse the internet, they do so with some degree of caution. Most people have developed a healthy wariness, triggered by things like poorly designed websites and annoying pop-up advertisements.

Users have fallen prey to cyber criminals that steal sensitive information or dump viruses onto their devices too often to blindly trust web content. Yet some website designers have found a way to avoid user suspicion and trick them into falling into their traps – using dark patterns in UI development.

What are Dark Patterns?

UI is the heart of website design and functionality. Dark patterns in UI are the tricks websites and apps use to trap users into signing up for or buying something accidentally. The purpose of dark patterns in UI design is to hide the real intentions of the website and/or company from the user until it’s too late.

Companies use dark patterns by taking advantage of the dual readership path – the fact that many readers skim web content.

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An unethical company might make certain phrases bold or in a large font, and make the truth of what they’re saying more difficult to find (i.e. in fine print along the very bottom of the page). That way, someone skimming the site would believe the company is saying one thing, when really it’s saying another. Dark patterns are dangerous because they can trick people into taking actions they otherwise wouldn’t have, such as buying a product or subscription.

Some sites may not be aware that the sales tactics they’re using qualify as dark patterns. For example, pushy sales advertisements and ads users have to minimize before accessing the webpage’s content are common tactics many sites use. These dark patterns are becoming less and less acceptable, however.

Google has begun to penalize websites with “intrusive interstitials” – pop-up ads or email capture lightboxes. That’s because users have gotten fed up with these questionable practices, and search engines are taking note.

Learn a few common examples of dark patterns to avoid losing favor with users and falling in the rankings.

Confirm Shaming

One of the most prominent dark patterns found on today’s sites is known as “confirm shaming.” This is when a site generates an email capture lightbox (a window asking for an email address before you can go to the site) with a sentence that serves to make people who opt out feel ashamed.

For example, a visit to Elle.com will result in a lightbox advertisement, “Get flawless skin.” To make the box go away, you either have to enter your email address or click, “No thanks, I’m not interested in flawless skin.” This passive-aggressive opt-out phrase is an example of confirm shaming. Confirm shaming make users feel inherently bad about themselves for failing to enter their email addresses and go along with the company’s marketing tactic.

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Via confirmshaming.tumblr.com

Some websites use phrases such as, “No thanks, I’d rather pay full price,” to make users feel like chumps for not signing up to receive emailed discounts. Confirm shaming may seem like a relatively harmless way to get a message across, but in reality it makes users feel annoyed, inadequate, and resentful toward the company. These lightboxes have become red flags for site visitors, and can even be enough to result in a lost sale.

Roach Motels

Roach motels are another pervasive dark pattern tactic on the web. Named for the cockroach baits that lure critters in just to trap them there, roach motels are web design tricks that encourage users to sign up or subscribe – only to find it extremely difficult to unsubscribe. Roach motels make it very easy and enticing to enroll, but almost impossible to remove a user’s name from the list when they realize the deal is undesirable.

Web designers often implement roach motel tactics via “trick questions,” or the process where a user has to deliberately untick boxes to opt out of receiving marketing material.

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Marketers purposely make these boxes inconsistent to confuse users and increase the odds of a person accidentally agreeing to receive emails or marketing materials in the future. Once the user discovers what they did, the unsubscribe button may be difficult to find – or the company may force the user to call customer service to resolve the issue. Roach motels are just another UI trick designed to deceive unwitting users.

Clickbait and Sensational Content

Clickbait is one of the oldest tricks in the book – yet users are still falling into the trap. Clickbait is one of the worst trends in web design, but it is still pervasive. Clickbait refers to internet content (often links) with the main purpose of grabbing attention and encouraging users to click – only to show a web page with much less dramatic or even completely irrelevant material.

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Via GitHub

Clickbait lures readers in like bait on a fishing line, using sensational content and buzzwords to capture attention. When the reader takes the bait, the company hooks and reels them in, often trapping users with pop-up ads and email address lightboxes as they do so. Clickbait articles don’t deliver on their promises. They are, in a sense, false advertising. They use hyperbole to intrigue a user enough to make him or her want to click.

For example, a clickbait article may have the headline, “We Surveyed 100 Walmart Employees: What We Found Was Shocking.” The wording makes people curious as to what was so shocking, making them click on the link. After reading the entire article, the reader is sorely disappointed to find that there was nothing shocking at all – only news that isn’t news at all, such as workers unhappy with their wages or encountering rude customers. This is clickbait.

Deceptive Content

Many have become experts in deceptive content writing. Deceptive content serves to trick, fool, or confuse users into taking certain actions. The most common place we see deceptive content is during the unsubscribe process for newsletters and marketing materials. Many websites bring users to an unsubscribe page only to confuse them with a multi-step process and/or buttons with misleading titles.

A great example is the UI for unsubscribing from Daily Yahoo. Yahoo! states the message, “Are you sure you want to unsubscribe from Daily Yahoo?” with a large, bright blue button directly underneath that says, “No, cancel.” The average user would skim the content above or not read it at all, and simply press the blue button. This is a dark pattern that tricks the user into choosing “No, I don’t want to unsubscribe – cancel my request,” when they think they’re requesting to cancel the subscription.

In this case, a user has to be savvy enough to read the small, plain print below that states, “Yes, unsubscribe from all marketing messages.” Yahoo! takes dark patterns a step further, however, with a similar message right above that states, “Yes, unsubscribe from this newsletter.” If a user gets past the large blue button, they will likely select the first thing that says unsubscribe. In this case, the user would not be unsubscribing from all marketing materials – just the newsletter. Deceptive content like this is common when users try to opt out of subscriptions.

Avoid Dark Patterns at All Costs

Dark patterns work to fool people, making it difficult to escape or avoid being caught to begin with. Dark patterns take users down dangerous paths, often leaving them feeling confused, betrayed, and mad at themselves for falling for the trick. As a consumer or a web designer, it’s best to stay away from dark patterns entirely.

If you believe a marketing tactic is at all ethically questionable, take a different route. Consumers, search engines, and major social media platforms are wiseing up to dark patterns in UI and beginning to penalize sites for dubious practices. Don’t fall prey to the allure of using dark patterns – recognize and stay away from these common tricks to keep your brand’s reputation intact.

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Check Out 9 Unique Be Pre-Built Websites and Their New Installer


Be’s New Pre-Built Installer

The old Be pre-installer had a lot going for it. For one thing, you could install a pre-built website with a single click, and immediately begin editing. That’s still the case of course. Up to that point, however, the installer has some shortcomings. Selecting and previewing pre-built websites was not an efficient process, nor were you given any indication whether you had the right plugins in place to get the performance you expected.

                                    The old installer’s UX left something to be desired.

To find a pre-built website that would work for you, required scrolling through a large (and every increasing) selection of themes. If what you found wasn’t exactly the right choice, you had to repeat the process. You also had to guess whether you had the right plugins at the time of installment.

Fixes were made to create an intuitive, more pleasant to work with, UX.

  • Fix #1No more scrolling. Thumbnails of all 250+ pre-built websites can be viewed in the admin area. To get a live preview of a theme, simply click on its thumbnail. It’s no longer necessary to switch to and fro between Be’s presentation page and the admin area.

                          The new Be pre-built website installer. Scrolling issue solved.

  • Fix #2. A live search and filter option makes selecting a pre-built website even faster and easier. You’ll come to appreciate this feature even more as the number of pre-built websites continues to grow at a clip of several per month. The filter option lets you check out several potential candidates, and select the best fit without having to repeat the process several times.
  • Fix #3. This one can save you some time and trouble. When you’ve selected a pre-built website, and are ready to preview and install it, the new installer will show you which plugins are needed for it to perform just as in the preview. It will also show which of the necessary plugins are already installed, and give you the option to install missing ones.

                        See the plugins each pre-built website needs for it to work properly.

  • Fix #4. You no longer have to import the entire pre-built website. This new feature enables you to import the page options, the content, or both, and you can select only those pages you need.

                         You install what you need, and only what you need, from a pre-built website.

This video shows how the new installer operates:

 

A Review of the 9 Latest Pre-Built Websites

Be Sports Club

Health and fitness centers, sports centers, and gyms like to advertise themselves as being current in terms of facilities and training services. This modern Be Sports Club design, with its cool special effects, provides a sound basis for a website that will serve this purpose.

Be Productions

It’s dark background and smooth parallax scroll effect makes this pre-built website suitable for many purposes. It will serve nicely as a foundation on which to build an advertising agency’s or motion graphics studio’s website. Note how the page’s colors and message stand out against the dark background.

Be Diet

To be effective, a food-related website should feature large, high-quality images that are almost good enough to eat. The Muffin Builder designers went to considerable lengths to make that happen in the case of Be Diet. The images are backed up by a cool selection of special effects.

Be Boutique

If you’re not sure how to make a background video work effectively in your website designs, let Be Boutique show you the way. This pre-built website is also a great starting point to build an engaging, but not overly showy, portfolio.

Be Stone

The Be Stone pre-built website conveys a special message. There’s no reason to have to put up with a company website that is dull, uninteresting, or downright awful looking. Give Be Stone a try the next time you’re commissioned to build a modern, slick looking website for a business.

Be Guest House

Real estate agents go to great lengths to make their properties as fabulous looking as possible. The same is true for individuals who have a guest house or cabin to rent. Be Guest House provides a great starting point for building a website for either customer type.

Be Wildlife

Although Be Wildlife may be destined for a wildlife photographer’s website, it can be put to good use for any professional photographer or photographic studio. This pre-built website makes great use of fixed layouts, in combination with a clever slider and parallax effects.

Be Restaurant

This is a good example of a website that will make visitors want to reach for the phone to make a reservation. As is the case with Be Wildlife, Be Restaurant puts slider effects to very good use. Including people in the hero image is also a good approach.

Be Furniture

Images play a key role in every one of this selection of latest pre-built websites. Be Furniture is no different, and the concept it presents can make it easier for you to build a website any furniture store client will love.

 

An Overview of Be Theme’s Features

  • For starters – Over 250 Pre-Built Websites You’ll seldom have any difficulty in finding a pre-built website that matches what you envision; plus, you can build virtually any website from almost any theme you select.
  • Muffin Builder – Working in conjunction with the options panel, this page builder makes customizing a theme and editing a page, easy – without any need for coding.
  • Layout Configuration – Building a website page when starting with a blank canvas has never been easier; no more need for cookie cutter-looking websites with this feature at your fingertips.
  • 200+ Shortcodes – Add cool features and functionality to your web pages, without having to write a line a code.
  • Advanced Typography – Use Google fonts, or upload your own special fonts; Use any style, weight, or size you want.
  • Parallax Effect/ Video Background – These are just two of the many special effects that come with the Be Theme package.
  • Lifetime Updates – With your Be license, you can look forward to receiving the latest pre-built website releases each month.

And More:

Be’s customer support is first class in every respect, plus you’ll have video tutorials and other useful information to help you along the way. You’ll also be joining 62,000+ satisfied Be users when you purchase a license to use this Themeforest best seller.

Click here to discover even more about Be Theme.

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eversign Enables Electronic Signatures Anywhere, Anytime

Working remotely can be quite hectic – especially for freelancers. It seems like every minute of the day brings a new task or challenge. And when it comes to both sending and receiving documents that require signatures, doing things the old fashioned way isn’t going to help with efficiency.

That’s the beauty of eversign. Their service provides the ability to sign contracts or other documents electronically. The signatures are legally binding and, just as important; you can use the Lite version of their service for free. That saves you time, hassle and some cash.

Eversign legally binding electronic signatures

Essential Technology and Security

eversign makes the process of signing electronically simple, convenient and secure. Your data is encrypted with 256-bit SSL on an infrastructure that is closely monitored.

What’s more, you can easily set documents to automatically expire, export them to your own system and completely remove them from eversign’s servers. So you can take heart in the fact that eversign provides the utmost security.

You’ll also find features that make the whole process quick and easy:

Document Editor

All you need to get started is to upload an existing PDF file. Using eversign’s Document Editor, you can add in data fields via drag-and-drop for recipients to fill in items such as their name, company name and email address.

Need something more advanced? It’s easy to add radio buttons, checkboxes, drop down menus or even allow signers to upload and attach their own documents.

Eversign Document Editor

Sign from Anywhere – Even in Person

The days of faxing or mailing paper copies are over. With eversign, documents can be signed from anywhere and on any device. Desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones are all supported.

And, bringing even more convenience is the fact that you can collect signatures in person – directly on your own device. So even an in-person meeting can become paperless.

Eversign lets you sign from anywhere

Seamless Integration with Your Workflow

To make life even easier, eversign connects seamlessly with the apps you’re already using. Popular online applications like Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and more can all connect with your eversign account in just a few seconds.

From there, you’ll be able to import and export documents with the cloud service of your choice. Developers can also integrate eversign with their own custom systems via a straightforward JSON-based REST API.

Eversign integrates with apps you already use

Built for Your Business

No matter what kind of business you’re in, eversign can help. For example, you can make use of their templates for frequently used documents – like registration forms. You can also manage multiple businesses, each with their own set of team members and contacts.

Plus, eversign includes an audit trail that lets you see all the important details for each and every transaction.

Manage multiple businesses, team members and contacts

Get Your Free eversign Account

eversign has been built to make collecting electronic signatures both simple and secure. It not only meets all the strict security and authentication requirements defined in both the United States and Europe, the service will also seamlessly integrate into your existing workflow.

eversign is there to bring functionality and organization to an otherwise difficult aspect of doing business.

Sign up for your free eversign account today and see how it can benefit your business.

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9 Graphic Design Trends You Need To Be Aware of in 2017

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Here are 2017’s graphic design trends you need to follow. We are covering packaging trends, typography trends, layouts and even cinemagrahs.

2017 is the year we return to the organic roots and we will see a return to the natural. In terms of colors, the start has been given by Pantone (as every year, in fact), who has crowned the color for 2017 as Greenery, based on it’s meaning of new beginning, freshness and environmentalism.
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Manifesting as a “fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring”, Greenery envelops the notion of breathing, reinvigorating and appreciating the great outdoors.

That said, let’s take a closer look at the graphic design trends that define 2017. Most of them influence both print and web design, but some of them are just for the web.

 

Bright, Bold and Vibrant colors

 

In the past few years, many designers have used safe and easy to digest color schemes, in order to create very clean and controlled designs. We saw many lights and neutral colors like white, grays and black dominating the layouts. But in 2017 we expect bright, vibrant and bold colors. This trend has started earlier in 2016, through a variety of design elements, but it’s expected to really pick up its speed this year. As Pantone crowned the color of the year as Greenery, we expect to see the designers using more colors found in nature and intensifying them. With photography, the trend is to use bold and saturated images.

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In terms of graphic design, this doesn’t mean that should be a color revolution in every company. But using bright colors with traditional neutral backgrounds, companies can give their branding a fresh new look without deviating too far from what they made great.      
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Color transitions

 

Staying in the same register, the color transitions is one of the biggest design trends right now. Started in 2016 and rising quickly after, this trend is everywhere, from logo to buttons or picture overlays. As some of the big brands decided to change their logos and images from flat color to multi-colored transitions, we are expecting to see more companies adopting this trend, both for print and web design.    

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Pattern and geometric shapes

 

This trend started in 2016 and it will definitely also continue in 2017. As flat design was a very welcome addendum to the graphics last year, helping to simplify the visuals and improve user experience, we expect to see it growing and expanding this year. I’ve stated at the beginning of this post that in 2017 will be a return to the natural, therefore, I’ll expect to see more nature-inspired patterns, like marble, precious stones and plants. Painterly patterns contrasted with simple typography will also bring a crafts vibe to printed media.

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For packaging and brand design, bringing together the best qualities of flat design and pattern will create vibrant, colorful products, which feel both ultra-contemporary and artistic.
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On the other hand, the pattern doesn’t have to be just about multiple colors or symmetry. Just bringing more visual to graphics using organic line pattern, will make the designs feel completely on-trend this year.
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Minimalism

 

For those who love simplicity and functionality given by the minimalism, here is the good news: tracing its roots back to the early part of the 20th century, and for some, even further, minimalism is today more popular as ever. As the intentional white space means more breathability and reduced focal points, the simple way of communication of the message through design has led to adoption of the minimalism in many brand and design trends.  Inspired by Scandinavian design, ultra-minimal typography and layouts will still feel cutting-edge this year, and brands who opt for this visual approach will appear elegant and refined. If you need a touch of color, you should consider adding a subtle metallic foiling as the only embellishment you need, while keeping your palette restricted and strong.

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Modern retro

 

By its very definition, modern-retro has been around for a while. Modern flare added to retro designs, typefaces and color palettes makes an interesting fusion of old and new. The key in this trend is both authenticities, as well as simplifying and modernizing any particular element that stood out from any time in the past. In 2016 we saw the popularity of modern-retro designs rising and finding its own way onto logo designs, print layout, web and packaging design. In terms of colors, maybe we’ll see some changes, meaning shifting from the muted browns and grays of 2016’s most vintage designs to candy colors. But for sure, the preference for this graphic design trend will continue to grow in 2017 and we haven’t seen all yet.retro-packaging-design

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Modular layouts

 

Functioning to break up a text and put it into manageable chunks, modular isn’t a quiet new trend, but it’s popularity has increased in the last past years. Regardless if we are talking about print or web design, most times, using a long block of text is boring and you risk losing the readers. Especially for the web, the graphic designers have figured out that making the information more manageable makes more people interact with it. The modular design is not just a great management tool, but it also can look professional when it’s done well. We expect to see more modular layouts this year, both in print and web design.

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Bold photography and sleek text

 

At this moment, this trend is pretty much a staple in the world of graphic designers, because the mix between bold photography and sleek text communicates a clear message without boring the audience.  “Bold and sleek” works very well both for people with a short attention span, as well as for those who don’t want to spend too much time looking for the main information and get straight to the point. If they are done well, the photography and text tend to work together and create some great contrast and brilliant borders, streaming class and excitement.     

This combination works great for display ads, social media promotions, and graphics where a small amount of information needs to be conveyed instantly.
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Cinemagraphs

 

Cinemagraphs are an incredible, simple and effective answer to one of the marketing’s toughest problem: time. As marketers should do and use every possible tool to grab the audience’s attention in a very short and exciting way, cinemagraphs are the perfect tool for doing this. They aren’t the regular gifs we see all around the web. Cinemagraphs are still images with minor element moving in them. This technique makes simply photos look more realistic and bring them to life. With more and more competition between marketers, we expect to see cinemagraphs coming to screens in 2017.

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Material design

Material design may be the biggest and boldest of the design trends of this year. Google has created this style guide trying to simplify the way designers design and users interact with the Internet. The core concepts of this trend are “material as a metaphor; bold, graphic, intentional; and motion provides meaning.”

This means the visual aesthetic communicates clearly with the user. By drawing inspiration from real-world materials—particularly paper and ink— the designs are grounded in reality, yet lightweight and minimalistic. Paper is tactile, casts shadows, but is also incredibly flexible, so, designing with these principles in mind, you’re weaving together the fabric of the Internet and add depth to your design.

By using bold colors, contrast and typography in your design, you should guide the user’s behavior and influence your audience to act the way you desire. Google’s Material Design aesthetic is very similar to Flat Design 2.0, but it takes intentionality to another level.

  

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Have we missed something? Let us know in the comments bellow.
Also, check these awesome web design trends to be aware of in 2017.

 

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15 Free Photoshop & Sketch Admin Dashboard UI Templates

In recent years, much has changed in the way web users interact with dashboard data and complete simple backend tasks. Layouts are more spacious and mobile-friendly, colors are simpler, typography is highly-readable, interactive charts make data much easier to digest, and advancements in technology have made completing tasks much quicker.

The admin panels of 2017 are setting a high usability standard and raising the bar in creative interaction design.

If you’re looking for HTML and CSS dashboard templates, you might like to take a look at these Bootstrap-powered Dashboard templates. Or, if you’re looking for some admin panel design inspiration, try this post. But if you’re looking for dashboard templates in PSD or Sketch formats, then stick around, this is the collection for you!

All of the below dashboard templates are free to download and use (check the license, though, they do sometimes change), and are available in either Photoshop or Sketch formats. Hopefully, they will give you some fresh ideas for your own designs.

Buvud eCommerce Dashboard UI/UX Kit (Photoshop PSD) Designed by Anton Kalik

Buvud eCommerce Dashboard UI/UX Kit psd photoshop

Flat Course Admin Dashboard (Skectch) Designed by Hoang Nguyen

free template Flat Course Admin Dashboard sketch

Kavina Dashboard Analytics Template (Photoshop PSD) Designed by Septiandika Pratama

free admin dashboard template psd photoshop Kavina Analytics

UInugge Dashboard Design (Photoshop PSD)

free admin dashboard template psd photoshop UInugge

Admin Dashboard Free Template (Photoshop PSD) Designed by Aaron Sananes

Admin Dashboard Free Template psd

ThemePanda Responsive Dashboard Design (Photoshop PSD) Designed by Raaz Das

ThemePanda Responsive Dashboard Design psd photoshop

Smart Admin Dashboard UI (Photoshop PSD) Designed by Mushfiq

Smart Admin Dashboard UI psd

Dashboard Freebie (Sketch App) Designed by Ante Matijaca

Dashboard Freebie sketch template

Morph-UI Flat Dashboard UI Kit (PNG & Photoshop PSD) Designed by Morphosis

Morph-UI Flat Dashboard UI Kit free png psd

Analytics Dashboard UI Kit (Photoshop PSD) Designed by Balkan Brothers

Analytics Dashboard UI Kit free template

Admin Dashboard UI Freebie (Photoshop PSD & Sketch App) Designed by Sergiu Firez

Admin Dashboard UI Freebie template

Clean Dashboard (Sketch App) Designed by Padam Boora

Clean Dashboard template freebie

Data Analytics Dasboard (Sketch App) Designed by Tonda Kus

Data Analytics Dasboard template skecth free

eCommerce Dashboard Admin (Photoshop PSD) Designed by Bagus Fikri

eCommerce Dashboard Admin free template psd photoshop

Dribbble Stats Dashboard (Photoshop Photoshop PSD) Designed by Dany Rizky

Dribbble Stats Dashboard psd free photoshop

Merkury Dashboard Template (Photoshop PSD) Designed by Symu

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FokiraDash Dashboard UI Template (Photoshop PSD) Designed by Eftakher Alam

FokiraDash Dashboard UI Template admin psd photoshop

Dashboard UI Elements (Photoshop PSD) Designed by Craftwork

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Free Dashboard (Photoshop PSD) Designed by Malte Westedt

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15 Free Gesture and Interaction Icon Sets for Mobile App Designers

With the rapid rise in popularity of touch devices, from mobile phones and tablets to the many laptops and monitors that support touch, developers need to find a quick way of explaining the many touch-enabled interactions that add extra functionality and improve the experience and productivity of many of the latest applications to new users. Many developers use gesture icon sets, or interaction icons, to teach new users how to use their app.

In this short post, we have collected 15 free gesture icon sets for you. The gesture icons come in many different styles, sizes and, most importantly, formats. And just like all free resources, please do check the license, they can change from time-to-time.

If you’re looking for more icons, you might also like to take a look at the top 50 free icon sets for web design.

Touch Gestures Icons By Jeff Portaro (100 Icons, AI, EPS, CSH, PSD, PNG, SVG)

Touch Gestures Icons mobile app development designer

Touch Gesture Icons By Mobile Tuxedo (48 Icons, PSD, EPS, PNG)

Touch Gesture Icons mobile app development designer

Gesture Icons By Frexy (38 Icons, EPS, SVG)

Gesture Icons mobile app development designer

Gesty By Mariusz Ostrowski (43×8 Icons, AI, CSH, SVG, EPS)

Gesty gesture icon set mobile app development designer

Free Gesture Icon Set By Rena One (14 Icons, PSD, AI, PNG)

Free Gesture Icon Set mobile app development designer

Gesture Icons By Theme Raid (50 Icons, AI)

Gesture Icons mobile app development designer

Hand Gesture Icons By Abdus (12 Icons, PSD)

Hand Gesture Icons mobile app development designer

Gesture & Transition Icons By NOGA (19 Icons, Sketch)

Gesture & Transition Icons mobile app development designer

Free Touch Gestures By Tom Loots (9 Icons, AI)

Free Touch Gestures mobile app development designer

Flat Hands Illustration Vector (AI, EPS)

Flat Hands Illustration Vector mobile app development designer

UX Gesture Icons By Gaoyoungor (12 Icons, PSD)

UX Gesture Icons mobile app development designer

iPhone Gestures By Julian Burford (12 Icons, AI)

Gestures free icon set mobile app development designer

iPhone Gestures By Suleiman Leadbitter (12 Icons, Sketch)

iPhone Gestures icons mobile app development designer

Hand Gesture Pack By Tom Johnson

Hand Gesture Pack mobile app development designer

Material Design Hand Gestures By Oxygenna (8 Icons, PSD, PNG)

Material Design Hand Gestures mobile app development designer

Righteous Gestures By Martin Cajzer (56 Icons, AI, PSD)

Righteous Gestures icon sets mobile app development designer

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Discovering Resilient Web Design with Jeremy Keith

If you’re interested in where the web is headed, you have to look to its past. With Jeremy Keith’s new book, Resilient Web Design, the veteran designer digs into the web’s humble beginnings and the lessons it has taught.

While those lessons are indeed fascinating in their own light, Keith shows us how they’ve led us to a new way to approach web design. The journey wasn’t always easy (there were those of us who were a little slow to adapt – counting yours truly) but, as the book shows, it’s clearly been worthwhile.

Jeremy was kind of enough to chat with us about his design background, his affection for web history and how we can utilize the concept of Progressive Enhancement in our work.

Resilient Web Design by Jeremy Keith


Q: Please do tell us about your background in web design. Are there any particular areas you specialize in?

Jeremy Keith: I made my first website back in 1996, I think. Or maybe it was 1997. I can’t recall exactly. I was living in southern Germany at the time, selling bread in a bakery by day and playing in a band on the side. We decided the band should have a website, and I said I’d have a go at that. I ended up really enjoying it, and I was hooked.

Then people in other bands asked me to make websites for them too. So, early on I guess I specialised in band websites. Then I started freelancing, and moved to Brighton in 2000. From then on I did a bit of everything so I wouldn’t say I’ve got any particular specialisation these days. At Clearleft we work with all kinds of clients on all sorts of projects.


Q: In the book, you really dig into the history of web design. Could you tell us a little bit about the research you conducted and what, if anything, that may have surprised you?

JK: I’m such a sucker for the history of the web, the internet, and computing in general. I didn’t do too much specific research for this book, but for years I’ve been linking to interesting web history stuff, and reading books on the topic.

“Weaving The Web” by Tim Berners-Lee is an obvious touchstone. “Where Wizards Stay Up Late” by Katie Hefner is a wonderful book on the origins of the ARPANET and Internet.

Brian Kardell has written a series of posts on his blog called A Brief(ish) History of the Web Universe—I love those.

There’s also a web history community group at the W3C. It’s a very low-traffic list, but it occasionally brings up some real gems.

In terms of surprises along the way, I definitely had a “huh!” moment when I first went to CERN. I knew I’d be blown away by all the science going on (and I was), and I knew I’d be blown away by being at the birthplace of the web (and I was), but I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by the *way* work gets done there. There’s almost no hierarchy! It feels like one big hack day …but a hack day on the fundamental questions of science.

It really got me thinking about the environments in which breakthroughs happen—Bletchley Park, CERN, Xerox Parc …maybe there’s another book to be written about the “scenius” of those places.


Q: One of the more fun aspects of the book is your retelling of the old HTML hacks (single pixel images, table-based layouts, etc.), the original browser wars and our clinging to fixed-width layouts.

Do you feel that time period was a necessary step in getting to where we are today in terms of how we build websites?

JK: Oh, yes! Spacer gifs and table layouts were hacks, but they were necessary hacks. The alternative was to have no decent graphic design on the web at all. Designers couldn’t be expected to just sit and wait for standards to come along.

That said, once we do finally get a standardised solution, that’s when it’s time to put the hacks away. I think we’re going to see this pattern repeat as we move to HTTP2. Concatenation, sprites, and other performance tricks that work great today will become anti-patterns in the future.

If you build pages with the idea that parts other than HTML are optional, you'll create a better and stronger web page.


Q: The practice of Progressive Enhancement, along with people’s misconceptions of it, are something you discussed quite a bit. You allude to the fact that some designers (I include myself in this) are creatures of habit and not always open to change their processes.

In your opinion, how does using Progressive Enhancement change the way a designer approaches building a site?

JK: Progressive enhancement is pretty much entirely about *approaching* the practice of web design and development. That’s both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it means it can be applied to almost everything, from a simple component to an entire website. But, on the other hand, because it isn’t about a specific technology, there aren’t really any progressive enhancement tools.

That can seem like a real shame; that you can’t just download and install some software to get up and running with progressive enhancement. But on a longer timescale, it’s good news. Software comes and goes. Tools come and go. But a way of approaching your work can last a lifetime. That’s quite powerful.


Q: One of the challenges of being a web designer seems to be learning to adapt as things change.

What advice would you give to designers, both new and experienced, with regards to keeping up with these ever-evolving techniques?

JK: I think it can be useful to distinguish between the different timescales that tools and techniques operate at. For instance, when it comes to design, principles of contrast, colour, and whitespace are close to timeless. But trends with textures and type treatments can literally change by the season. That’s okay …as long as you’re aware of those different timescales.

Likewise, some approaches to web development—ways of structuring code; employing progressive enhancement—those can last for the long haul. But build-tools, frameworks, and libraries can change all the time.

I guess the pattern here is that broad principles and approaches can be long-lasting, whereas specific implementations and tools come and go. With that in mind, you can devote your energies accordingly—building up some long-term muscles, while at the same time checking out the latest hot new dev tool, knowing that it won’t be around forever.


Q: You mention the use of Photoshop, and how it’s not necessarily the best tool for creating mockups.

What tools do you prefer to use for layout and then building out a site?

JK: I didn’t mean to pick on Photoshop specifically. After all, it was never actually intended for mocking up web pages.

Rather than asking what the best tool is for creating a mock-up, I think the first question to ask is who the mock-up is for. If you’re designing for sign-off, then you want to make the mock-up as beautiful as possible and Photoshop will work just fine. But if you’re designing for handover to development, then that’s a completely different audience. Maybe a tool like Sketch is better. Of course, what tends to happen is that a mock-up created for one purpose (sign off) ends up getting reused for a different purpose (handover for development). That leads to frustration all around.

There’s a third reason to create a mock-up: when you trying to get ideas out of your head. In that situation—where nobody else might ever need to see the results—use whatever tool you like.

Personally, I’m a big fan of paper and pen—its cheapness allows you to get ideas down nice and quickly. Then when you need more fidelity, you can move into a graphic design tool like Photoshop or Sketch, but I think there are diminishing returns on staying too long in that phase. Getting designs into web browsers and in front of people is the only way to really tell how well a design is working.

Jeremy Keith


Q: Do you have any future plans to write a follow-up to Resilient Web Design? What’s next for you?

JK: When people talk about writing a book, what they’re usually saying is “I’d really like to have written a book”, not “I’d really like to go through the process of writing.” It took me a year and a half of mostly procrastinating to get Resilient Web Design written (and that’s a really short book), so I don’t think there’ll be a follow-up any time soon. That said, I’m very pleased with the end result so while I may not have enjoyed doing the writing, I very much enjoy having written.

Resilient Web Design was a bit unusual for me because it’s not about a specific technology. My previous books have been on topics like JavaScript, Ajax, and HTML5. Those books, by the very nature, tend to go out of date over time. I’m hoping that Resilient Web Design will have a longer shelf life.

What usually happens is that I wish that a good book existed on a particular topic that excites me—JavaScript, Ajax, HTML5—until I realise that if I want it to exist, I’ll have to write it. That might happen again. Like, right now, I’m very, very excited about service workers and strategies for making websites work offline. Maybe I’ll end up having to write a book about that.

Thanks to Jeremy Keith for talking design with us! Resilient Web Design is his free web book and it is a fantastic read. Also, be sure to visit Adactio – Jeremy’s personal blog.

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How will a Closed Internet And Net Neutrality Impact Web Design?

There are two things that enable the Internet to be a truly viable resource for businesses, hobbyists and everyone in between: open Internet access and net neutrality. Unfortunately, net neutrality has been in the crosshairs for many years. Additionally, President Donald J. Trump has spoken out several times in the past about his desire to close parts of the Internet. Not only would this dramatically change life as we all know it but it would also drive up prices and alter the web design industry.

What Does a Closed Internet Look Like?

Nations such as North Korea, Saudi Arabia and China have censored the Internet in a variety of ways. For example, the North Korean government controls every website that the country’s citizens can visit. Of course, only a few thousand of the 25 million residents are able to access the unbelievably dismal total of 28 sites that the government has deemed appropriate for public usage.   

China is another example of the dangers of allowing Internet censorship. The Chinese government filters searches, reroutes search terms to propaganda websites and erases all sites and information that don’t match up with their official version of events. In other words, if you’re in China and look up Tiananmen Square Massacre, you’re going to be rerouted to a site that offers a positive viewpoint of the Communist Party.

If all of this sounds uncomfortably similar to the concept of “alternative facts,” it’s time to pay closer attention to President Trump’s numerous comments on closing parts of the Internet. Although he has claimed that this would be done in an effort to block ISIS and other terrorist groups from recruiting via the Internet, he could just as easily flip the switch based on widespread dissent. The Communications Act of 1934 even appears to give Trump the authority to do so without any Congressional approval if he declares the U.S. to be in public peril or under the threat of war.   

As you can imagine, a closed Internet would drastically change the number and type of web design projects. Imagine for a moment that you were a web designer in North Korea. You’d have to be employed by the government to get any work at all, and with only 28 sites, there wouldn’t be room for a lot of designers.

This is the most drastic outlook, of course, and the U.S. reality of a closed Internet would probably be more akin to Saudi Arabia’s form of censorship that blocks 400,000 websites. Again, though, this would drastically reduce the need for web designers, and it would also make it necessary to create sites that are controversy free. Long gone would be the days of creative freedom, especially if you’re designing for a client who needs their website to stay up and uncensored. This would likely mean sticking to certain predetermined acceptable parameters for content and design.

What about Net Neutrality?

The U.S. Internet doesn’t need to be closed in order to render it less profitable for web designers and businesses. Net neutrality could be destroyed instead. There have been many battles fought over this concept already, and watchdogs are highly concerned with Trump’s selection of Ajit Pai for the role of Chief Communications Regulator.

Pai is a well-known critic of net neutrality, and he has already indicated that he plans to revisit FCC rules, including Internet regulations. If net neutrality is allowed to be destroyed, Internet providers may be able to openly and freely impose throttling, blocking and even discrimination. How would this impact website designers and the average Internet user? The costs are immeasurable at this point, but it’s clear that everything would become more expensive and cumbersome.

For example, website design and hosting companies such as SquareSpace and GoDaddy currently make the process of building and launching a website affordable for everyone. However, if net neutrality falls apart, small business owners, pop culture enthusiasts and other similar users may end up unable to retain a viable website presence. After all, how can a small business owner compete if traffic to their website is throttled because they or their customers cannot afford a larger high speed access fee?

Many Internet service providers have already been caught purposefully slowing down Internet access in certain cities and to high profile websites. In other words, the technology exists to basically extort business owners into paying more money if they want their site to load in a decent amount of time. When you consider the fact that 47 percent of consumers expect a website to fully load within 2 seconds, time quite literally becomes money. Surveys indicate that 40 percent of users leave sites that aren’t loaded within 3 seconds, and every second of delay causes a 7 percent reduction in conversions.  

The Bottom Line for Web Designers

In either scenario, creativity is going to be stifled, as will profits. It’s possible to put some nice unique touches on a site right now without going past the 2 to 3 seconds rule, but what happens if you’re designing for a small business and they already have a 2-second penalty imposed because they’re paying for a slower access speed? Anything beyond the most basic design elements will push them past the 3-second mark, and their profits will plummet.

As a result, more companies will fail and less businesses will need to hire a web designer. Additionally, discount hosting and design providers may no longer be able to turn a profit because so many small businesses and personal sites will become too expensive to maintain at a high enough speed.  

It’s a vicious cycle, and it’s poised to push the Internet into the hands of only the richest individuals and most successful companies. Web design would likely become a much more cut-throat industry with fewer openings, and frustrated consumers would seek out major sites that can afford to pay for faster access. It’s unclear at this time if a closed Internet or the death of net neutrality are truly on the horizon in the U.S., but all signs indicate that it’s time to become educated about what these things could mean for web designers and everyone else who relies on the Internet for the source of income.   

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