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My name is Mason Ellwood, and I’m currently working on Flatiron School’s Online Full Stack Web Development Program. Each week, I’ll be writing about my experience, what I’m learning, and tips on learning to code.

So as you all know I finally started learning Javascript! Which is amazing and has helped me out at work immensely. But like all things that you begin to learn for the first time, it becomes a real pain in the butt until you slowly grasp how everything fits together. But I have been amazed at how quickly those pieces are fitting together once I grasped my first OO programming language. How all these pieces fit together and everything is connected in a sense to complete a task.

My time that I have to spend through The Flatiron School so far has taught me to think of things in a different way. How to think of things at a larger scale to complete a task and bring that skill in a tangible form to the workplace.

So for this first lesson, I will give a brief overview of Javascript and we will go through what I have learned together as I am going over it. So you can better understand how I have gone from writing zero Javascript to hopefully being proficient in the language.

As you probably already know, Javascript is the universally accepted language of the internet. As far as a developer standard you should know how to use it.

JavaScript is a dynamic, untyped, and interpreted programming language; it is prototype-based and supports both object-oriented and functional approaches.” – The Flatiron School

If you have never written any Javascript go ahead and open up your console and we will try it out together. To open up the console simple right-click anywhere on this screen and select Inspect. Go to the top of the dialogue box and select Console. This area that you are now it is considered a sandbox. If you are using a mac press Command + K and it will clear the screen for you.

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In this sandbox environment, you are now able to write and execute code directly in this environment. If you have been following along in my previous posts this is very similar to the IRB environment. A sandbox if you think of like a sandbox, it is an open area where you can do or make anything you can think of, with some limitations.

Remember how we could play in sandboxes as kids: building castles, moats, and shaping an entire world without worrying about the consequences outside of that world? In programming, sandboxes work the same way: they’re environments that we have complete control over, but whose contents don’t spill into the outside world.)” – The Flatiron School

Inside this Sandbox environment type alert(“Hello World”); And check out the response. You should be given the response below.

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This should give you a popup window that prints out the information added to the screen.

Congratulations you have officially written your first lines of Javascript!

A large part of programming is experimentation — we come up with a hypothesis (how we think something should work) and test it with code.” – The Flatiron School

Javascript is a means of completing a task, and with you as the developer thinking about how things should be done without a clear picture to how it should be done. There are endless possibilities to doing the same thing with Javascript, but it is your job as the developer to chose that path.

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My Journey Of Learning Programming Through Flatiron School #39

My Journey Of Learning Programming Through Flatiron School #41

My name is Mason Ellwood, and I’m currently working on Flatiron School’s Online Full Stack Web Development Program. Each week, I’ll be writing about my experience, what I’m learning, and tips on learning to code.

At work, like all things I have encountered large and small issues, but that is like all things. But I have been reflecting a lot with my role in the company and how to best perform in my front-end developer role at Fyresite.

So I have been at this company now for roughly 6 weeks and almost all my energy has been directed at one project, Prepass. They build electronic tolling software for truckers, and my role is to write out the functionality of the site, with one other coworker Paul. This has been a crash course for me, diving head first into WordPress, php, html, css, ajax, and javascript. But this post is not so much about the languages I have used, but more how I have began to approach the challenges of building out this site.

When I first began at Fyresite, I was given access to the sketch doc that included all the designs for the pages that I was in charge of building out. Which after a few weeks I was closer and closer to having a working model of the site. But constantly I was met with having to add functionality and everything I had built needed to be altered in some way. So the hours are stacking and stacking, having to constantly rebuilding what I had made, because it didn’t quite include all the functionality that the client was asking of me. This left me with a lot of frustration having to basically start over on some major pages on the site.

I have since completed the projects that were asked of me, but I am slowly learning to really take my time and pour myself into thinking a lot about what the client may also want with what a simple sketch mock may include. Programming for the future rather than what is immediately asked of me so the product is amenable dynamic enough so that I won’t have to build for future problems that the client may want. Build for their needs, not the immediate needs that I see to quickly complete the project. Thinking about programming in this way, will save me inmens time in the future and make the transition to handing the client a final project easier.

This has translated a lot into how I view my lessons with The Flatiron School. Being able to see how something may have to work for the future, rather than what I need it to do to complete a task.

In school, I have finally begun the javascript course and I couldn’t be having more fun. Not only is it making my life so much easier at work, but it makes learning so much greater with a goal of application.

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When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

When Humour Meets Good Web Design – 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

As web designers, each project you work on has a unique set of goals and requirements. However, we all have one goal for all our projects – to impress people, creating the websites that are memorable. Who wouldn’t like this, right?

To accomplish this purpose, we usually think of all kinds of content strategies or try to follow at least some of the latest web design trends. But despite all receipts of creating great content, there is one that some of us have forgotten: a fun experience is often an enjoyable one and an enjoyable experience is a memorable one. By adding some fun to our projects, we can offer people a delightful experience that they will not only remember, but they also might share with others.

When I say “add fun”, I don’t mean to turn your client’s website into a circus web page (unless your client is a circus, of course). I am thinking of changes and additions that add a bit of fun into the interactions between viewers and web pages or at elements of a design that would help the websites you develop become more enjoyable to use, and more memorable overall.

At the same time, I’d like you to understand that “fun” doesn’t mean “silly”. You can add a touch of delight and enjoyment to the user experience without making your client seem childish or unprofessional. The trick is to know how much fun you can add, where is the best to use it, and when to admit that you’ve gone too far.

Let’s look at some examples of websites that do a great job of using fun to create both enjoyable and memorable experiences for their users.

Meomi

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

The whole Meomi’s design includes fun characters that move and respond as you scroll over them, the overall experience being filled with discovery and delight as you explore. I love especially the fact that as busy as the site is, you know quickly what’s all about due to the tagline placed towards the top of the page — “A little design studio dedicated to play, delight, and whismy.”

Slaveryfootprint

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

This website “allows consumers to visualize how their consumption habits are linked to modern day slavery”. Maybe doesn’t sound like a place where “fun” would work, but if you visit the website and select the “what?” arrow, the experience begins. The whole site includes cartoonish illustrations, a sense of anticipation, and fun interactivity, turning a simple web page into a memorable and powerful experience.

Pete Nottage

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

This portfolio site has a design that features different site illustrations, each representing sections such as contact, about, etc. The joyful cartoonish style is completed by funny text, turning the whole website into an enjoyable experience. This is an excellent example of a UX that balances simplicity and creativity.

Needagents

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

Needagents – ably and colorfully illustrates the company name, by using deep and solemn agent characters and dark blue color palette that is primordially associated with business stuff. On an otherwise serious topic, using the cartoon characters adds a touch of fun, turning a simple and serious subject matter into a pleasant experience.

Alessandra Balzani

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

The “emotional designer” Alessandra Balzani brings a note of funny yet sophisticated innocence, through her website design. By seeing this design, I have to admit that she knows how to play with lines, characters, and images, providing her visitors a great user experience. Good job!

Well Done Team GB

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

Well Done Team GB congratulates its Olympians in a quaint manner, colorfully and dynamically illustrating various victories. The parallax effect adds depth to the flat design and the funny characters used here not just add a touch of humor, but also help with their storytelling.

Fountain of Youth Coconut Water

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

Fountain of Youth Coconut Water – does a good job with this site. By combining the cartoonish style with animation and a sprightly music in the background, they add not just a funny touch, but also some depth to a flat design. And this is just the beginning. Just visit the website and the adventure will begin!

XHTML Crab 

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

XHTML Crab – draws onlookers’ attention to a glaring crab illustration in a center, which severely resembles a character from Walt Disney’s cartoon. Also, the vintage font and the imagery used for the whole website turn it into a pleasant user experience.

Dumb Ways To Die

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

Dumb ways to die is a website dedicated to the big problems of negligence in Metro. The website fascinates not only by its pleasing unique characters but also by the well-executed idea that is supported by specially devised song. Their focus is on making loads more fun entertainment for kids while continuing to remind them to be safe – primarily around trains.

Netiko

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

Netiko has a habitual light gray paper-based design. Of course, this approach is not new, but what is truly refreshing and appealing here is the integration of funny and kind robots throughout the whole design that has a look of old-school stickers.

Stuff and Nonsense

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

Stuff and Nonsense establishes a hilarious and slightly urban atmosphere by means of the cartoon-style illustrated header with cheerful personages. Their website not just conveys their personality, but it’s also distinctive and has a soul.

Mailboxing

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

Mailboxing is a fun little game for all ages. The website features low-poly graphics that add to website roughness, and, at the same time, queerness. Based on geometric forms and flat style, illustration gets an idiomatical appearance.

JSConf

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

JSConf is a website made for a javascript convention. It has a fun and creative cartoon design with various colors and animations.

CUPS

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

CUPS is a charity website that utilizes its design with illustrations to convey their very serious message in an attractive way. The illustrations make the page more interesting. It is even made more entertaining with animations. So, even if the subject is a very serious one, by using this fun and interesting approach we can see on the whole site, we are able to make the visitors stay and read further.

Easy Rocket Studio

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

Easy Rocket Studio has a space-themed web design that is filled with creative illustrations and animations that makes browsing more entertaining. Yet another proof that the world of sport is a special one.

Traveline Cymru

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

This cool combination of interactivity and motion graphics which works seamlessly is a horizontal scrolling one pager telling a Christmas story by Traveline Cymru. The single page website features comic-style illustrations, including falling snow as you browse.

BlackMoon Design

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

BlackMoon Design is a game development studio and its portfolio website has a spot on design. It has a classic game design as a background image. They love to play and this is obvious just by viewing this page.

Mango Languages

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English. They like to have fun and to create lovable language-learning experiences, and their website just conveys this message. A fun-infused way to learn a new language.

Nasty Creatures

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

Nasty Creatures is a full-service solution company providing rich user experience via mobile application development and digital media solutions. Their ingenuity manifests not just when taking care of their clients, but also when it comes to their website. The cartoonish design of Nasty Creature’s page adds some fun to a very serious subject, offering the visitors an enjoyable user experience.

Gisele Jaquenod

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

This is another funny and joyful portfolio website. Being herself a designer, Gisele uses the cartoons characters not just to present her work, but also to create a pleasant experience for the visitors.

Hungercrunch

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

When you dive a bit deeper into the copy and videos of this website you discover that when you “top up” on game supplies/add-ons, the proceeds go toward feeding orphaned children. The one-pager features such vibrant and well-illustrated characters from the game, including a comic section and an interactive hover-sensitive intro.

Visionare

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

Visionare is an upcoming application that claims to help you achieve your goals by drawing from the experience of people who have already achieved them. It’s a very nice blend of flat design and texture and the cartoon characters add a funny touch. What a great intro animation as well – slick, vibrant and sums up all the categories in one image.

Flying Piñata

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

Beautifully designed One Pager promoting a new startup that delivers piñatas via drones. Make sure you watch the video too – hilarious and really well made.

Memrise

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

They make learning languages and vocabulary so full of joy and life, you’ll laugh out loud. Funny design, great user experience.

Camp Flywheel

When Humour Meets Good Web Design - 25 Beautiful/Funny Websites

Flywheel is a delightful platform that empowers designers, developers and digital agencies to build beautiful and functional sites for their clients. And they also did a very good job with their website. Colorful parallax scrolling and low-poly design add a touch of fun and provide an enjoyable visual experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Declining Attention Spans And Your Design and Website Strategy: 9...

Declining Attention Spans And Your Design and Website Strategy: 9…

Declining attention spans is one of the biggest threats to your website.

In fact, a Microsoft study found that the average human attention span is shorter than that of a goldfish. More surprisingly, a recent Jampp study found that most mobile app users suffer an 88 percent decrease in attention span on an annual basis.

As a webmaster, it is important to pay special attention to these statistics. We, as humans, are becoming increasingly impatient, and this can have great implications for your business. In fact, the following statistics show just how dangerous having a slow website can be:

  • Slow loading websites cost the U.S. ecommerce market more than $500 billion annually
  • A one second delay in your site load time can cost you 7 percent in conversions
  • 40 percent of web users will abandon a website that takes longer than 3 seconds to load
  • A site speed increase from 8 to 2 seconds can boost your conversion rate by 74 percent
  • Google now uses site speed as a ranking factor

user retention

What a Slow Website Means for Your Business

If you have a slow website, here’s the impact it will have on your business:

It will cost you visitors: If you feel you’ve been doing your best but can’t seem to retain visitors to your website, perhaps it is time to address your website speed. As highlighted in the statistics above, at least 40 percent of visitors to your website will stop visiting if your website takes longer than 3 seconds to load.

It will cost you sales: Improving your website speed can dramatically boost sales on your website, even by as much as 74 percent as revealed in one of the statistics earlier referenced. It has also been established that a one second improvement in site speed can boost conversions by 7 percent.

It will cost you search engine rankings: Google has announced that they use site speed as a ranking factor and that faster sites will always outrank sites that are slow. If you’re not experiencing an improvement in your search engine rankings despite all your SEO efforts, then perhaps site speed is a culprit.

Thankfully, all hope is not lost. If your website is not fast enough, here are 9 practical tips guaranteed to insulate your website from declining attention spans:

  1. Get a Good Web Host

Your web host is the foundation of all your site optimization efforts; your web host controls the server infrastructure and configuration — and these are factors that impact your website speed more than anything else. I’ve had great experience with both Bluehost and Hostgator, and I did a comparison here.

  1. Get a Better Theme

You’ll be amazed to find out that many websites are ridiculously slow due to bloated code and poorly-constructed themes. More often than not, outside your web host, your website theme will determine your website speed.

  1. Enable GZIP Compression for your Website

In an article for Smashing Magazine, Marcus Taylor reported being able to reduce the size of his client website from 63kb to 13kb. That’s basically around 400 percent reduction in the site size, resulting in a massive boost in site load time since a user’s browser has to download much less. What did he do differently? He enabled GZIP compression on his client’s website.

GZIP works in a similar way to ZIP compression on computers, but for websites; a group of files that will ordinarily be big when their individual size is added together can instantly be reduced to one small ZIP file, resulting in a faster site load time and an increase in site speed for your site visitors.

  1. Optimize and Compress Your Images

Images alone can make your site a lot more slower; often, a site could be seven to ten times or more heavier due to images used on the website. The solution to this is to compress the images used on your website drastically; thankfully, there’s a way to do this without the quality of your images suffering much. If you use WordPress, the plugins Smush.it and/or EWWW Image Optimizer can help with compressing your images. If you don’t use WordPress you should check out the image compression tool offered by Kraken.io.

  1. Combine Your Images into CSS Sprites

Often times the number of requests a user’s browser sends to your server will influence how long it takes to load your website; the more requests sent, the slower your website will be for visitors. Background images can result in a lot of server requests, especially if they are hosted individually and have to be requested individually from your server — this eventually results in a much slower website. The solution to this is to combine your images into Sprites; basically, when several individual images are combined into one main image, the end result is a Sprite. Once your Sprite is ready, you can use CSS commands to tell your user’s browser to interpret various parts of that image individually.

  1. Use a CDN to Ensure Consistently Fast Access to Your Site Across All Locations

A CDN is a network of proxy servers in multiple locations that automatically serve users a version of your website closest to their location; for example, with a CDN, it isn’t unusual to have a version of your website hosted in all continents. So, someone trying to visit your website from India will be served a version of your website hosted in Asia instead of a version hosted in North America.

Two great CDN options are CloudFlare (both free and paid) and MaxCDN (paid).

  1. Focus on Creating a Better User Experience

While making your website faster will solve some of the problems, ensuring you’re better able to retain people on your site goes beyond that. It is essential to also work on creating a better user experience for your audience; when people visit your website, what happens? Your goal should be to ensure they easily find what they want, and that their experience with your website is satisfactory. Here are a few tips:

  • Pay special attention to your design; an appealing design won’t just make people love visiting your website, it will also make them likely to take the desired action you want them to.
  • Besides having clean design, user experience matters; let your users inform the direction of your site. Embrace usability best practices to ensure your site is easy to use.
  1. Introduce Elements of Social Proof

Thanks to technology and increasingly declining attention spans, we no longer have the patience to waste time with meaningless tasks. How do you then convince people to pay more attention to your website? By letting them know that they are not alone; research has shown that social proof is one of the biggest factors that influence human decisions; when we see that other people, like us, are doing something, we are more likely to do the same thing.

If you have a major achievement, or if you have a record number of people using your products, do not hesitate to indicate it on your website.

  1. Don’t Waste People’s Time; Create a Point of Focus

This is especially important if your goal is to get people to take action. Don’t waste their time by rambling around and beating about the bush; it also won’t help to present them with too many options than is necessary. Instead, create a focus point; make it clear what you want them to do, and ensure that’s your focus. Conversion optimization experts recommend focusing on one goal for one page; do that, and – by preventing distractions – you’ll be able to get people to focus more on your offer.

 

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15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

For any website, content is the most important part. So, naturally, you would want it to be as simple and straightforward as possible, in order not to worry about viewers trying to understand the cryptic messages hidden behind poor color choices and messy fonts.

This is why not only the general design and imagery but also the font choices and the overall consideration for typography are important for conveying the right message to the audience. By choosing appropriate font combinations and assigning the right hierarchy where needed, you can decrease the confusion and let the viewers stay and read your content.

In terms of appealing visual language, your text should have few characteristics, of which the most important are a readable font, the high contrast, and the hierarchy.

Even if there is a large library of fonts out there, many designers choose a sans serif fonts such as Helvetica, Verdana or Arial as their main font because they are familiar, very easy to read and adaptable to any design project. They also come standard, so by choosing fonts as these, they can be sure that the text will visually be the same not just for print, but also for web design.

Thankfully, the design world has advanced to the point where fonts are not nearly as limited as they once were. Starting with 2010 the Google Fonts were released, making the process of choosing and pairing fonts easier and quicker.

However, you should be aware that not every font combination in Google’s library is a recipe for typographical success. With the right font pairings and usage considerations, your brand will convey the right message to your audience, professionalism, and reader friendliness without the need for expensive customized fonts.

In this article, I’ll show you 15 great Google Font combinations that will help you to accomplish all this.

You will find below 15 spectacular Google Font combinations that together with images and graphics, will help you define your brand’s personality.

Open Sans Condensed + Open Sans

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Open Sans Condensed / Open Sans

Here’s the easiest combination that works wonderfully for nearly any design project. Open Sans is one of—if not the—most versatile font in the entire collection of Google Fonts. It’s extremely easy to read in large blocks of text, at the same time being salient enough for headlines.

I can’t imagine any scenario where Open Sans would go wrong. Unless you’re looking specifically for a serif font, this one will serve perfectly almost any business, blog, landing page, or web app.

Simple. Elegant. Familiar.

Montserrat + Merriweather

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Monserrat / Merriweather

Montserrat is a very appreciated font among designers for its versatility and simplicity, and Merriweather pairs wonderfully with it because its contrasting style and easy readability. It doean’t matter if you interchange them as headlines or paragraph text—they both work great as either!

This particular combination is a nice balance of modern and classic design. Therefore, its variety of uses could support many types of businesses.

Raleway + Roboto Slab

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Raleway / Roboto Slab

Roboto Slab is a versatile font,  yet a bit more classical in style. When paired with the distinctive and bold Raleway, we can see an amazing match of clean and refined typography.

Raleway is one of those fonts that defines sophistication. When used as an all-caps headline, it works beautifully for luxury items like jewelry, designer clothing, perfumes and so on. Roboto Slab supports it well with simple and approachable descriptive text.

Playfair Display + Source Sans Pro

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Playfair Display / Source Sans Pro

Playfair Display was inspired by the letterforms of the 18th century during the transition from quills to steel-tipped pens. So, it’s no surprise that this font expresses an old charm while having a modern twist.

This font adds a personal touch to something like a tagline or product description. If you use its currency symbols, you’ll immediately see why it’s the perfect choice for a product or service centered around luxury and appearances.

At the same time, Source Sans Pro keeps the text grounded in a modern and clean presentation, while pushes things a little further into the future and creates an intriguing combination.

Alegreya + Lato

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Alegreya / Lato

Alegreya is a font without no pretense about its personality; what you see is what you get. On the other side, Lato could be champion of all-purpose fonts in Google’s library. Together they make for a combination that is fun, easy to read, and pragmatic.

This combination is great for small local businesses like cafes, or professionals who want to suggest a warm feeling to their clients’ design projects.

Fjalla One + Cantarell

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Fjalla One / Cantarell

Maybe it’s not one of the most versatile fonts, but Fjalla One creates headlines that demand attention. Small or large, lowercase or all caps, those letters are hypnotic no matter what you do with them. Similarly, Cantarell has a charm that seems to attract the same attention that Fjalla One draws for headlines.

This pairing works extremely well for blogs, landing pages or anything else that includes long bodies of text that needs noticeable subheadings to break up content.

Roboto Condensed + Roboto

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Roboto Condensed / Roboto

The Roboto font-family is extremely versatile, having many font weights, there’s practically no limitation to what the font could be used for. Modern and geometric, yet somehow friendly and dependable, Roboto is an exceed in terms of forms and functions.

Here’s another pairing that you could use. While Roboto works for just about anything, but it would work particularly for tech startups, modern small businesses, or any type of brand that looks into the future.

Amatic SC + Josefin Sans

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Amatic SC / Josefin Sans

This is more for people with artistic inclinations. Obviously, the combination won’t work for everyone, but the bizarre nature of both Amatic SC and Josefin Sans create something that for sure will stand out, as long as you don’t overdo it.

If you’re a fun-spirited artist, musician or entertainer, you could use this pairing to capture your unique personality. Depending on the niche, tone, and topics, this combination could also work for a blog.

Oswald + Droid Serif

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Oswald / Droid Serif

Regardless the font-weight or use of caps, Oswald is a great font for headlines. Its condensed nature helps it grab attention and pop, but it also makes for a pleasant text, if you use it as your main body’s font. On the other side, Droid Serif has a classic look, similar to Garamond. Used properly, this serif font can bring a nice elegance to your professional appearance.

The versatility of Oswald and the timelessness of Droid Serif make this combination great for professionals dealing with high-end clientele or for product descriptions where the text is important to emphasize a premium quality.

Unica One + Vollkorn

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Unica One / Vollkorn

Unica One can be pretty funky on its own, but when used as all caps it becomes a headline that is all business. Vollkorn is a font reminiscent of classical literature. Contemporary and impactful, when they are used in this combination, somehow the two of them work amazingly together.

Archivo Black + Tenor Sans

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Archivo Black / Tenor Sans

Archivo Black was designed to meet the intensive needs of print and digital platforms. Originally created for headlines and highlights, this font is ideal for high-geared press work.

On the other hand, Tenor Sans has as purpose to aid page body text setting. Because of its legible characters, this font gives an elegant and relaxed feel and it can also be applied to headlines. Combining these two fonts, you will have a highly legible and well-crafted typography that’s a recipe for high-performance typesetting.

Pathway Gothic One + Cardo

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Pathway Gothic One / Cardo

Cardo is a large font perfect for linguists, classicists, medieval specialists and biblical scholars.  It is largely used for documentation and other extensive publications. It offers a variety of punctuation techniques, text figures, and ligatures.

Pathway Gothic One is a stylish font with an outlandish compressed design. It is an attractive choice among typesetting and typography experts. The result of combining these two fonts is nothing short of amazing.

Six Caps + Archivo Narrow

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Six Caps / Archivo Narrow

Six Caps is a highly condensed and tight display font. It is a stripped down and normalized version of classic grotesque display letterforms.

Archivo Narrow was designed to be used simultaneously in print and digital platforms and it was originally created for highlights and headlines. The technical and aesthetic characteristics of the font are both crafted for high-performance typography.

With a warm and modern feeling, the combination works perfectly for design projects related to the entertainment industry.

Oswald + Open Sans

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Oswald / Open Sans

Here again Open Sans. This humanist sans serif typeface was designed with an upright stress, open forms and a neutral, yet friendly appearance. It was optimized for print, web, and mobile interfaces, and has excellent legibility characteristics in its letterforms.

Regardless the font-weight or use of caps, Oswald is great for headlines, so pairing them will bring you the timeless feeling of elegance and refinement.

Poppins + Sintony

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Poppins / Sintony

Sintony is a modern sans serif typeface, drawn with a slightly square structure and smooth stroke modulation. It’s great for long passages of text, providing any text with a calm and clear feeling.

On the other side, Poppins is one of the newcomers to the long tradition of the geometric sans serif fonts. These typefaces have been a popular design tool ever since these actors took to the world’s stage.

The combination works perfectly and can serve almost any business, blog, landing page, or web app.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

Have you ever had one of those bad days when it seems that everything is crashing around you? Fatigue, stress, nerves, tight deadlines or a difficult client often makes us want to escape. Regardless of the jobs we have, we are all human and we need from time to time a bit of relaxation to change our mood. This is where design jokes come along. It not only helps us overcome the difficult moments but also reload our batteries and focus on the projects we have to do. There are many ways to get ahead of the difficult moments: some of us listen to music, others do sports, others go for a walk, or others just dream eyes open J. But I think the simplest and easiest way to change our mood (or not even get into the dark and cold cave of the bad mood) is, well, to laugh.
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As the saying goes, a day without laughter is a day wasted! And well, once again, we all need a good laugh to break up the ho-hum and the stress of everyday life.

Cheer up with these 35 funny design jokes that will definitely make you laugh! I selected some really funny jokes turned into images, cartoons, memes, photos, posters, drawings and many other funny images. All of them are about subjects such as Photoshop, designer school, designer work, freelancing, fonts, clients, icons, creative process, and so on!

Check them out and enjoy!

Designers vs regular people

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

Some people say the graphic designers are extremely complicated human beings. Let’s take a look at this real proof of how they perceive the colors.

Photoshop always works

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

I don’t know what’s in the mind of this patient, but for sure, he would like the surgeon to be as good as the graphic designer.

Gotcha!

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

That delightful moment when you get the invoice from your web designer :). Some pills against heart attack, please!

Why Photoshop is more powerful than Sketch

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

It could be a good thing if the designer knows what he is doing. And it seems is for free, so… I would expect a lot of people to park there :).

What’s your ideal client?

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

You know the life of a graphic designer is pretty hard, but… you can keep dreaming, right?

How to piss the Rock

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

Relax, this is almost the regular conversation between a graphic designer and his client, especially when the last one doesn’t know what’s all about!

Thanks to the Courier, we have different fonts

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

Sometimes, the regular people ask themselves why we love so much to be a graphic designer….. conferring character to the fonts is just one of the reasons.

How web designers ask for help

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

Maybe you should think better if you have the crazy idea of web designer from drowning. Unless you are not a web designer also, God knows what you could understand!

The difference between doctors and web designers

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

Thankfully, the doctors are not treated like web designers. Otherwise, we would have just designers and no doctors :).

What’s missing here?

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

Life isn’t always #000000 and #FFFFFF…. even if we would want this. Does someone see the missing of the gray area?

Comic Sans walks into a bar….

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

Even if the characters have a modern twist here….. does someone see the picture of a classic western?

Font guide

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

I might be taught, but I just hope you’ll never follow this guide when you’ll choose the font for your next design project.

The Little Mermaid

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

If the Little Mermaid would have been a font…. Probably she would have looked like this. Fortunately, she’s just a character of Hans Christian Andersen’s imagination and a beautiful story. Let’s stay to the origins. 🙂

Corporate graphic design guide

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

Maybe you know this process… Maybe you experience this process… But don’t be sad, you are not alone :(.

Did you know?????

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

….. the most regular people don’t have any idea what’s going on if you speak Klingon with them? Please repeat it in English! Please….

How people see the design

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

Do you see the process here? Wow! This is actually happening! Don’t tell me I haven’t warned you!

Self-discipline according to web designers

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

I know the web designers could be the hardest workers on the planet, but…. Do you need a time management app? An efficient one?

There are always two sides of a coin

 

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

The most important part is to find the balance between both of them…. Can you see the picture???

The many emotions of a programmer

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

Like all of us, the programmers are also people. They live their emotions like all people. So, do not wonder why their invoices are so big. Just see what happens to them after they complete a project…

When a client says “We love your style”……

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

…. You could expect something like this. Don’t tell me I haven’t warned you! Just 1 question: do you think it could be better NOT to like your style???

Starting another side project

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

Just remember to keep the track of them, even if this could be a daunting task. In the end, you don’t want your projects to look like a war field, do you?

This is the eternal question….

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

For civilians, it’s a matter of imagination…. But…. does the equation make sense to you? Maybe someone can explain it to us, novices :).

Sex and design

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

From time to time, we should go back to the basics and listen to the advice of the wisest ones than us. This is one of those situations…..

Don’t use that tone with me!

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

The designers always say the colors have a voice and express a message. But….. can you imagine a real conversation between them? This could be an option :).

Make the logo bigger

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

….. But, please keep it in your mind that it should fit somewhere….. on print…. or in some different screen sizes….

Can you turn this around…

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

…. so, we can see more of the front? Again, a very-often heard question…. This is happening when the clients don’t know Photoshop is a design software, not a cloning or a 3D printing one :).

The designer has many faces…

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

… I’m sure you know this. Just pick how many you want and tell us which are yours :).

The creative process

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

You shouldn’t believe what you hear: the creative process is nice, smooth and you have time for everything. Rather, it looks like here :).

The real life of a graphic designer

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

Never, but never…. do not take into account what your friends think you do. It might be a huge difference.

Every designer in this world knows this

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

I’m sure you have been there with at least one of your client. But here’s the tip: save just the last two files and maybe you’ll not suffer anymore.

This is how they did it

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

Back to the origins…. Does someone remember how to do some handcraft work?

We are designers, not tools

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

This is a global message for clients around the world who think the designers are just some tools ready to execute their weird and ugly ideas. We don’t have any problems with the screwdrivers.

The Unforgiven

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

And now? What’s next? Or even better: what’s the reward?

The best endorser

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

Sometimes, a barter could be a smart choice. Especially when your client is Santa Clause. 🙂

Why we call it italic

35 Design Jokes That Will Make You Laugh 😄

This is what italic looks like in real life. Does anyone have any doubt?

Let us know which one of these designer jokes you liked most. Do you know more jokes? Don’t be shy – let us know in the comments!

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Dear Engineering Students, Here's How you Land Your Next Eng...

Dear Engineering Students, Here's How you Land Your Next Eng…

The Telecom Industry is a fast progressive field, where the Graduates, especially Engineers can work with fast-evolving technology. The Telecommunications Engineers are the experts, who actually are from Electrical and Electronics department and specialize in various technologies related to telecommunications.

With the Mobile technology progressing at unprecedented speed, the need of engineers for carrying out various jobs is also on the rise. Getting accustomed to the technology and the specialized in certain field areas like Networks and broadband is the need of today.It’s the high time when you must know how to find jobs in the telecom industry and how the latest technology is helping the job seekers in their search for jobs.

In this article, we will focus on how to land your next engineering job:

 

Getting an entry into the telecom industry

A few years back, there was a scenario, when getting into the telecom industry was a little complicated as compared today. Today, with the advent of new technologies and with the evolution of several platforms, offering the jobs, especially in the field of telecom, the hard task of getting entry has become easy.

Requirements variation

The entry requirement varies Pan India, depending upon the entry levels, positions & experience and the company you are applying in. You must remember that the work experience is useful, but also never an essential requirement.

 

Trends of telecom industry

The trend of the telecom industry is fast changing. As the technology is fast progressing, the big trend in the Information technology, which is the virtualization as highly seen in cloud computing is the face of change.

The engineers are getting hired in bulk numbers for the purpose. The hiring is now, being done either through recruitment drive, through job portals or direct application to the company.

 

Changing face of Telecom

The working in telecoms has also gained a new face in the past few years. The role, which was largely based as the field engineer, has turned more into office based. There are now even possibilities of traveling abroad and also you can work at home.

Now, the mobility is usually not a requirement. The focus of the telecom has changed since the installation of the towers to the teamwork, designing and developing new products, testing of those products and setting up infrastructure and supporting and satisfying customers. Also, we have seen that over the years, this sector has grown itself to the recession-proof.

 

Finding jobs in telecom sector

The hard task of finding jobs in the telecom sector is now an easy one. Now, with the availability of several job portals, recruitment drives, several social media platforms, online notifications of jobs have become the favor the country among the pass out engineers.

Lending jobs in the sector have become too easy, with several companies eager to provide the required training to the candidates seeking the telecom jobs. There is no dearth of the platform in the form of Linkedin, Field Engineer etc., which are paving the quick and easy way for the engineers to get a job in the Telecom sector.

Short term skill training in specific job roles is the way to meet the demand at any point in time. With the resources of the company gaining an expansion, they are not afraid to bridge the gap between the skills required by the company and already posed skills of the candidates.

 

Field Engineer – A trendsetter in Telecom sector

Dear Engineering Students, Here's How you Land Your Next Eng...

Field Engineer is an online resource for connecting field engineers and the businesses/companies, which hire them has unleashed a new era in the field of telecom. Providing a powerful platform for businesses and the job seekers, the company is involved in the process of interviewing, vetting, hiring and paying and thus offers a platform, indispensable to the field of the telecom industry.

Offering a revolutionary platform meant just for the telecom industry, Field Engineer has revolutionized the telecom world by providing the works to the work seekers for the telecom field engineers, who are constantly, looking to gain experience work wise and connect with the business all over the world.

With the focus of the company to connect the engineers and telecoms every day, it does not matter where you are in the world. You can be anywhere and still can remain connected. With Field Engineer, you can easily handle the remote jobs with much ease through the robust and easy to use platform

Field Engineer – A Platform for all

Dear Engineering Students, Here's How you Land Your Next Eng...

With the company focusing on the telecom engineers, the platform is great especially for Technicians, Network Engineers and Architects, Project Engineers, Security Engineers, Voice Engineers, Wireless Engineers, Data Center Engineers and VMware Engineers.

With the availability of the Field Engineer at apps, both at IOS and Android, the company offers a completely flexible approach towards the better connection of the field engineers and the companies involved in the business. Fairly straightforward platform and easy to use, along with the secure payment services, the employees, and employers, both are benefiting from such an initiative, one of a kind in the world.

The Field Engineer is focused on providing a well-built platform to the technical talents to go ahead in the future and have a direct access to the work. With the rising digital aspects, the company is focused on providing the best platform to tap into the best talents from all around the world and make this world, a really small place to work, where talents meet the destination, it should be.

As telecom veterans, the company is focused on harnessing the best talents and providing them a platform, where they can showcase the skills and talents & can earn a handsome salary for themselves and can connect with the companies of the world and thus can expand their wings.

Thus, providing the streamlined platform, the Field Engineer is, in fact, a revolutionary step in the telecom industry and can inspire towards a better future ahead in the telecommunications industry!

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Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

Despite the minimalism being present in almost every form of art and the concept of minimalism has been quite around for centuries, it became a specific form of art in the 20th century. Starting then, like vintage or retro design, it has never in or out of a trend – it was just there, regardless of time.

In simple words, the minimalism is defined as eliminating all the unnecessary elements and retain just the fundamental, in order to allow the content pop. The “less is more” philosophy is a well-loved style of design among web designers, who are increasingly appreciating it.  Even if the minimalism offers the websites that embrace it many advantages, maybe the most important are faster loading times, a better compatibility between the different screen sizes, the clean and beautiful visuals and the efficiency in conveying the message to the audience. Moreover, a simple UI design is attuned to mobile browsing, without harming the desktop experience.

In terms of design, the minimalist aesthetic is the visual representation of this concept. Even if in the early days of this style it was very difficult for the designers to achieve its simplicity and clean lines, they have learned to “declutter” the visual to the point of it being the second nature. However, some of the designers take it a step further and cut out almost everything from the design.

Indeed, even if the latest web designs with loud color, trendy headers, and stunning imagery are really attractive, sometimes, it’s nice to see and admire the everlasting minimalist style. The ultra-minimalist websites in this list focus on composition and typography to create clean and simple visuals, and the naked designs are as beautiful as those full of glamour.

Rubrasonic

Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

The website uses changing dark backgrounds that harm the eyes a little bit. Otherwise, the extreme simplicity defines the whole design. For the home page, the white centered logo shows some music-related quotes, such as: “I call architecture frozen music” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe), “After silence, that which comes closest to expressing the inexpressible is music” (Aldous Huxley) and so on. The navigation menu is represented by the white dots on the left of the screen and hovering the mouse over them brings up the category title.

Leen Heyne

Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

Besides its jewelry, Leen Heyne’s monochrome logo and company name are the only significant visual elements on its homepage. The surrounding expanse of gray space and white texts make it a safe bet, the user’s eyes going back and forth between the two core visual elements.

Wmat.it

Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

Here is an extremely minimalist homepage design. Most of the elements on this page do something – the letters are the navigation menu and show the categories on mouse over. The solid black square shows some video clips when you hover the mouse over it. The only element that does nothing is the circle.

Wildflower

Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

Seeing this page, it’s no wonder that this joyful little website is ultra-minimalist as there really isn’t much content throughout! The home page has black text on a white background, the only accent of color being the pink heart in the text. The next page is similar, just asking you for your name and the name of the person you want to give a flower to, then you get your flower, which you can change if you wish.

Hunkwot

Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

This site uses the ultra-minimalist concept in a very beautiful way. The home page has a very pale gray background with thin, hardly-visible white lines separating the categories that are displayed in black text across the page. When you hover over any of the links, a shape with colored lines/arrows appears, adding a lovely splash of color to the page.

The Post Family

Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

Discover the full layout of this ultra-minimalist website. It begins with a black & white screen which showcases a big heading, the menu, and the logo design. Also, you can navigate through the site using your keyboard.

Velvet Hammer

Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

Velvet Hammer’s site demonstrates the value of composition in minimalism. The two dominating visuals are poised symmetrically, all four corners are occupied, the entire scene is framed by a thick black border, and thin lines bisect the vertical and horizontal halves. At the center of the screen – though not the composition – is the brand name. The whole site has the same ultra-minimalist design.

Symbolset

Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

Icon font vendor Symbolset attracts attention to the interactive area in the middle of its site by minimizing the competing elements and adding a brightly colored, ever-changing background. An inspired demonstration of minimalist design.

Huggable.io

Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

This is a real expression of extreme minimalism. The website is, in fact, an app that will tell you when a flight is due to arrive. You enter the airline, then you are asked for the flight number – if that flight number is relevant to more than one flight you will be offered the days of the flight to choose from, then finally you are shown the departure and arrival times – or when your ‘huggable’ time is! This is great if you are waiting at an airport for a delayed flight – as long as the airline actually has some idea of arrival time, you can get the info.

We Ain’t Plastic

Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

We Ain’t Plastic website uses the philosophy “less is more” in a very classic way. Contrast is another useful visual tactic for keeping minimalist designs interesting. German UX engineer Roland Lösslein’s website We Ain’t Plastic sets up a stark contrast in size between the central image and the text and icons above.

Brian Nathan Hartwell

Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

The homepage is dominated by the black background, the only accent being “gold” and white typography. This website is well-organized into a grid layout which includes a certain project. Each one has an amazing animation which comes to life when you hover over.

Carlo Barberis

Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

The Italian jeweler Carlo Barberis takes the advantage of the high-end attributes of ultra minimalism, with little more than a hero image on each screen. As usual, an image speaks more than one thousand words.

Why we explore

Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

Created by the Swiss interaction designer Nicolas Lanthemann, Why We Explore is a blog about space that follows an interesting format. Although the topic is vast, the information is given plenty of space to breathe; each new theme being announced as the viewer scrolls horizontally across the page.

The Office of Jason James

Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

In terms of design, a minimalist approach can say a lot about your website. This is a stunning portfolio website that uses a side menu and a creative clean design. The light gray background accompanies beautifully the dark-gray typography and the stunning pictures, leaving the information room to breathe.

Elite Model

Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

Modelling agency Elite takes the minimalist design to its extreme. In terms of navigation, the focus is on only two main pathways, and all the others tucked away in a hamburger menu. In terms of visual design, the website has the classic black and white color scheme, excepting the “Become a model” section. Another website where the photos speak for themselves.

Werkling Brand Design Agency

Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

For sure, you can express more with less! The Werklig agency knows this! Their website uses a large white background and the classic black and white color scheme for the part that is designated for their presentation. On the other side, for their portfolio, they used a grid layout to showcase each project.

Lunar Gravity

Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

This website includes a neat parallax effect which makes everything come to life, giving another dimension to the entire layout.

Scytale

Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

Scytale is another defining website for the concept of minimalism in web design. They use very large white and light gray background and big and bold typography, helping the user to focus on the main message. The red color used for some flat design and typography are the only color accents used here.

Thrive

Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

Simple design on a subtle grid. Garnished with flat design and simple, bright blue color via scrolling. A fun, clean, good interaction!

Yaron Schoen

Top 20 Inspiring Examples Of Ultra-Minimalist Websites

You only need a message and a creative way to showcase it to the public. This minimalist website also includes a full-screen menu design which can be accessed from the sticky logo design on the top left.

 

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20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

While finding the perfect font combination can make or break a brand, the wrong choice of fonts can send a completely wrong message to the viewers and turn them away. But when a designer blends together different fonts in a harmonious way, the whole brand comes together and invite viewers to explore deeper.

Using handwritten typography in graphic design is not a new trend. In fact, people have used their own handwriting in making posters, announcements, letters, and others before the time of computers. However, because the handwritten fonts add a dash of creativity and an elegant flair to any design when done right, this trend has gained popularity over the recent years. You may use them for many projects, from logo designs and posters to tattoo, badges, packaging, web mockups, greeting cards, wedding invitations and much more, adding this way a personalized and custom-made feeling.

Handwriting fonts have many uses and are best paired with a simple body font for balance. From romantic and feminine swirls to masculine bold monoline fonts, they will add character to any design project, so use them sparingly in order not to overpower your designs, or break the rules and see what you can create.

As a short note, when we talk about handwriting fonts, we’re not just referring to one style of typography; they can come in a number of various executions. They are in the same area as cursive fonts but with even fewer constraints and often based off free-form illustrations.

Here are the best 20 free handwritten fonts for your web and graphic design projects. All are free and available for personal use, most of them are free for commercial use, so enjoy them and let your creativity run.

Mightype

20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

Mightype is a hand-lettered script font that helps add a light, delicate and refined look to your designs. Including upper- and lowercase letters, numbers and punctuation, it’s the creation of AF Studio, being part of a premium product. Mightype is free for both personal and commercial use.

Bispo Nova

20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

Bispo Nova is a script typeface family made based on italic chancery calligraphy, with a flat nib pen. Designed by the Brazilian type designer Jackson Alvez, this font allows everyone to create visuals with a charm of calligraphy and the advantages of OpenType features.

Landliebe

20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

Landliebe is a realistic handwriting font that features imperfections and wobbly lines. These characteristics will allow you to add a personal touch and character to your web design project. In addition, the thin and thick variations make Landliebe perfect for short lines and headings.

Rumi

20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

Rumi is a script font with organic and natural feel, designed to look as true handwriting. For a realistic look, this extended character with more than 900 glyphs features 4 variations of lowercase characters, figures, punctuation and more. Being very clear and readable at the same time, Rumi has a natural calligraphic touch and a shaky, unpredictable execution.

Playlist

20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

Playlist is a perfectly imperfect handwriting font with a dry brush style. It Includes 3 styles (Script, Caps and Ornament), being suitable for wedding invitations, quotes, t-shirt designs, posters, greeting cards and more. Using just one of the variations or combining them, you can create beautiful designs both for personal and commercial projects.

Hello Stockholm

20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

Hello Stockholm is an imperfect modern brushed script font, influenced by the Scandinavian minimalism. Including uppercase and lowercase alternates and multilingual support, this font is heavily inspired by modern branding and it could fit perfectly both personal and commercial design projects. The creation of Finnish designer Mats-Peter Forss, this font is free for personal use.

Wildera

20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

Wildera is a handwritten typeface created by the New York-based designer and illustrator Lauren Lee, based on her calligraphy project on Instagram. “I wanted my typeface to be feminine with a bite, suitable for sweet and sarcastic copy”, she said. The font includes stylized lowercase, uppercase, and ligatures, and is free for both personal and commercial use.

Arkana

20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

Designed by Maulana Creative, Arkana is an elegant brush script with a wonderful vintage look. It comes in two styles and able to give your designs an authentic handcrafted feel. Arkana Script works perfectly for your stationery, logos and much more, the package including TTF, Open Type, and Web Font formats.

Yunus

20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

Yunus is hand drawn display font created by the graphic designer Faraz Ahmad. “Every single letter has been carefully crafted to make your texts look beautiful,” he comments on Behnace. The typeface includes a huge number of glyphs, making it suitable for many creative projects, such as branding, logo, quotes, blog header, poster designs and much more.

Reis

20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

The handwritten font Reis was created by Marcelo Reis Melo. Great for posters, logos and much more, Reis is available for free for personal and commercial use.

Ludicrous

20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

Created by Phoenix-based designer Missy Meyer, Ludicrous is a great free handwriting font that gives your projects an authentic handmade feel. Being recently updated, the font includes some gentle rearranging of glyphs and more accented characters than the previous version. Plus, now Ludicrous is available in both OTF and TTF formats.

The Goldsmith

20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

Created by Burntilldead, The Goldsmith is a handwritten modern font. Based on ink textured, it is a great choice if you want to add a vintage feeling to your graphic design projects. The Goldsmith font comes with alternate upper and lower-case characters and multilanguage support and each glyph was made one by one with meticulous diligence and consistency. The Goldsmith is available in both OTF and TTF formats.

LSTK Bembo

20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

LSTK Bembo is an ode to one of the real daddies of book typefaces, Bembo. This font is the hand drawn version of this classic typeface and can be used whenever you want to add personality, tradition and a pinch of attitude to your graphic design project. The updated version also includes the lowercase x and a whole bunch of glyphs.

Pops

20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

The New York-based designer has tasked himself to create a font based on one of his father’s handwriting styles – a very personal and specific one – normally used for short messages and headlines. It is unique, beautiful and has a certain flow, and we are happy to add it to our list of great free handwritten fonts.

Daniel

20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

Daniel is one of the many fonts created over the years by the Australian designer Daniel Midgley. Including a full set of upper and lowercase characters, numbers and various special characters, Daniel font is in OTF format, which means it’s compatible with Mac and Windows.

Magic Snow

20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

A Christmas font that is perfect for that festive time of the year. The Magic Snow typeface can also be incorporated into other wintry designs. The bold, handwritten letters include unique snowflake elements that will instantly add your work some lovely charm. Magic snow is available in OTF, TTF and WOFF formats.

Safirestone

20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

This handcrafted font is guaranteed to make your designs pop! Featuring fat-to-thin brush strokes and a bouncy baseline, this typeface is sure to add a bit of fun to your designs. When you download this file, you also get access to all the characters you need along with a bonus of over 100 extra glyphs.

Amirah

20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

If the simplistic design is more your style, then feast your eyes on the Amirah font. This font features skinny handmade letters created with long lines and rounded tops and comes in OTF format. It’s perfect for invitations and more, so, you’ll definitely want to add this font to your collection.

Kudeta

20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

Kudeta is a handmade font that features a sleek design merged with a fun and quirky script. You can use this font to create one-of-a-kind typography and bring that certain sense of uniqueness to your graphic design projects, such as posters, headers, and much more.

Noelan

20 Amazing Free Handwriting Fonts For Your Next Project

Noelan Script is a modern calligraphy typeface from Indonesian designer Ndro Adv. With a clean and modern design, it includes upper and lowercase characters, numbers, punctuation, alternates for easy mixing and matching, and a range of international characters. Noelan Script is free for both personal and commercial use.

Bottom line:

Even if they are set in the regular or bold weight, or have a vintage or modern look, the handwriting fonts have always a delicate nature. They can be chic, refined, fragile, fancy, weird and even a bit messy. However, although there are font families that have urban appeal, sport vibe, retro look, hipster-inspired traits, Gothic motifs or different charming elements, they are always designed to accompany any design project with subtle aesthetics.

 

 

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6 Proven (and Inexpensive) Marketing Ways for Promoting Your Dent...

6 Proven (and Inexpensive) Marketing Ways for Promoting Your Dent…

The old saying, “Marketing is the way to success”, holds the same significance today and will continue inspiring people in the future.

The key to business development is hands down, marketing. Whether it is your service or the product, marketing holds the cards to success.

The same holds true for Dental Services. With the Dental Profession growing with each passing day, the competition is practically at its peak every day and the need to better market yourself and your services is necessary, now.

Dental services are no exception. In order to attract people towards your dental services, you need to have some proven and inexpensive marketing ways, that can keep your competitors at bay.

In this SEO course, you’ll find 6 proven and affordable marketing ways that can help you in promoting your dental services.

Before you try these techniques, I would recommend you check out this article about dental SEO dangers which might jeopardize your website’s ranking.

1. Implement Social Media Platforms In Your Marketing

 

Social Media platforms play a key role in marketing strategies nowadays. Since social media is the most interactive and genuine way to connect with the people all around, the chances of gaining popularity are very likely with a super small amount of effort.

Grab this opportunity and utilize the power of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube and Instagram to connect with people and offer your services to them.

Offer them instant solutions to their inquiries and be ultra quick in responding them.

2. Utilize The Power of Your Website

 

Your website’s presence gives you an edge over your competitors. Your website is the first step towards your branding and offers you a face in the urban jungle. These days, with the advent of newer technology and with the evolution of several CMS, the requirement of the website gets fulfilled within the budget and offers you a chance to have a well-shaped profession in front of your customers.

The Dental Marketing Guy put it best here:

“Most dentists think they have a “website.” But what most dentists actually have isn’t part of a “web” at all! It’s just a “site.” The “web” part of the World Wide Web is a complex form of linking many relevant websites to one another. If your website isn’t getting linked to, you’re not part of that “web.”

Be professional while designing the website and keep important pages, like about you and your skills, patients’ list (keeping in mind, the nondisclosure record of theirs), a way to contact, review section by patients and other such.

3. Use the power of SEO Techniques

 

After you get a website of yours own, the next step towards your success is SEO. SEO is the only way that can guide your website towards the top of the SERP within a budget.

SEO is, however, a slow (and long-term) process, which can take around 3 months to reflect best results for you, but still, the results are long lasting and are affordable.

Invisalinks Method is a proven way to optimize your dental services. SEO Technique offers a genuine chance to beat out your competitors and allow you to grab the most important customers looking for the dental services in your region of services like California, LA, or NY etc.

4. Patient Referral Bonus System

 

The Patient Referral Bonus System is the next step towards expanding your influence in the local market. Acting in combination of digital method and traditional mouth to mouth. It can be very useful in getting new customers through existing ones.

The Patient Referral Bonus System acts as the incentive for people, who are already your patients and offers them a reason (a mouth watering reason) to refer your name to others in case of need of dental services.

Dr. Farr from CK Farr Dentistry revealed that their practice has thrived all these years because of wonderful people (their patients) referring all their friends and family.

“Many dental professionals have been told by SEO companies that you must have keywords in your domain name. Dr. Farr in Atascadero, CA has the domain name http://www.ckfarr.com/ and it stands for “CK Farr Dentistry.” Dr. Farr’s website also doesn’t have a great deal of keywords in the content of the website, which goes against the conventional SEO approach of “more keywords is better” that many SEO companies still purport. The fact is, Dr. Farr build his website with a very clean, photography-based appearance and didn’t just create content for SEO. This allows his website to have an emotional impact through video and photography that most SEO-fixated dentists can’t hack. The secret? Dr. Farr started getting cited and linked to from top level dental websites, such as Dental Town and Dentistry IQ. These links allow Dr. Farr to focus on what he does best – Dentistry.”

Reward your existing patients with some discounts and offers, in case they bring in some new faces to your clinic. ‘Use your existing customers to get new ones’ is the simple logic behind this system.

5. Email Marketing

 

Email marketing is still an option for the business’ exposure to people around you. It is a direct & simple way to communicate with your patients. Email marketing is one of the most trusted & popular online marketing channel available to you.

With the proper database and a well-researched database (with the concentration paid to your region, only), you can adopt this technique with ease and with better-delivering results to expand your business.

All you need is to get a list of emails from the people belonging to your region of services. Email marketing is one of the ways to better expose your business and inform people about your existence.

6. Join Community Profiles

 

Whatever region you live in or work in, there are always some local forum/ online discussion platforms, where you can get yourself registered, and can offer valuable information to the society. The beneficial part concerning you is the same ‘exposure’.

With you getting an exposure in front of the people while connecting with them, offers you a chance to have an increased business and more popularity.

Online Communities are one of the cheapest ways to connect with the people and build relationships.

Build your online presence with community profiles, available quite easily. Remember, you need to be helpful and must imbibe in a contributing attitude within you to gain popularity.

Your dental business depends upon the number of people who know you. Allot some time in making yourself a name amongst the people and offer them the best services and an affordable ones!

Be open to suggestions from people, read the reviews of your patients and develop and customize accordingly.

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