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Grabbing Attention Through Custom Illustrations

Grabbing Attention Through Custom Illustrations

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Grabbing Attention Through Custom Illustrations Creating something that is totally personal for our clients is what we do best. BY KEITH AVIS So, What Are Custom Illustrations? All designs are unique but often they are made up of standard stock images that you can see elsewhere.  Custom illustrations are created by the designer from scratch that are 'one of a kind' pieces for the client.  They can take many forms but often have a cartoon like feel. If you look on the 'Team' page of our website you will see illustrations of the two of us here at Little Design Box created by our own designer Hayley.  The purpose behind this is twofold.  Firstly we want to showcase a design method and our talent for executing it, but secondly we…
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February Frozen In Design

February Frozen In Design

Design
February Frozen In Design. There are new designs to be crafted as plans are finalised for the year ahead. BY KEITH AVIS Tired And In Need Of A Refresh A trip to the local mall this time of year is pretty depressing. Shops are looking to move on their winter lines to fully make room for spring newcomers which have yet to surface.  Everything is looking a bit tired and is in need of a refresh which must be demotivating for staff.  One of the reasons that we love the design business is that we are part of something new for our clients.  A fresh bit of branding or logo is more than a design, it galvanises people behind a new purpose and that can be pretty exciting even in February.…
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Designs From The Dark Side

Designs From The Dark Side

Design
Designs From The Dark Side. Far from being dull, used correctly, there are some amazing effects that be had. BY KEITH AVIS A Light In The Dark Dark designs are striking pieces of work that are primarily using black or deep colours to make a strong statement. In some respects it is minimalism from a dark palette. As always the end game is about making an impact and the use of two elements from a monochrome palette certainly pulls in the viewer. Of course, the trick is to maintain interest once you have engaged someone with the design and this puts real weight on the designer to introduce form, texture and patterns that add value and does not play against the dark and atmospheric concept. Working For Depth Dark designs…
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Cinemagraphs – Going Big In 2018

Cinemagraphs – Going Big In 2018

Design, Trends
Cinemagraphs - Going Big In 2018 Are cinemagraphs heralding a new dawn in design? BY KEITH AVIS Cinemagraphs have come to prominence on social media and websites over recent years, blending image and video to create a subtle, infinite design that moves to catch the eye and generate real interest. Cinemagraphs Moving In 2018 The mood music is that cinemagraphics are going to be pinging up everywhere in 2018, although it has to be said that they have been around since 2011. The difference now is the ongoing development of software and the increase in file capacity that are best able to accommodate them. The introduction of new outlets, particularly through social media, are also now able to show them the best effect. Cinemagraph By Kitchen Ghosts (https://kitchenghosts.carbonmade.com) What Makes…
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Colour Fonts – The ‘Must Have’ Design For 2018

Colour Fonts – The ‘Must Have’ Design For 2018

Design, Trends
Colour Fonts - The 'Must Have' Design For 2018 A hot trend that we predict will be everywhere in 2018. BY KEITH AVIS Why The Excitement About A Font? This is a really exciting development in the graphic design world. Through recently released software it is now possible to introduce an array of graphic images into font files, expanding the horizons of a graphic designer beyond a limited focus on the shape of a character. Coloured fonts are pretty ‘out there’. They are, by nature, brash and fun and they certainly work in the right circumstances. This does fly in the face of the minimalist design trend over recent years and might not sit well with some purists. However, at Little Design Box within that this is a cool, exciting…
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Why Are We All Fighting For Great Graphic Design?

Why Are We All Fighting For Great Graphic Design?

Business, Design
Why Are We All Fighting For Great Graphic Design? A fight that will continue for years to come. BY KEITH AVIS Mediocracy shouldn't be an option. Any company lives and dies by its reputation and as designers there is no hiding place. Our portfolio of work is our career history. Well the sentiments above are all well and good, but are there any instances where submitting an average piece of work is acceptable? The easy answer is no, but in reality some of these instances may occur: Time pressure - If you are working to a clients deadline then there is often a balance between hitting deadlines to maintain your reputation and not compromising the quality of your work. Managing your workload - If you have worked hard to get…
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Eighteen Letters And One Of The Greatest Designs

Eighteen Letters And One Of The Greatest Designs

Design, Trends
Eighteen Letter And One Of The Greatest Designs. Simplicity can capture the essence of a message. BY KEITH AVIS How To Hit The Design Mark At Little Design Box we recognise that the impact of a design is key. If it resonates with the reader and they can draw associations with what it means then the designer and client can feel justifiably pleased with themselves. Genius Design Over recent years a piece of a design has appeared that has hit the mark across the whole country. The majority of the UK population recognise it and have a real affection for it. The design is question being the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster. It is truly amazing. Just eighteen letters and a small crown, but yet it taps straight into…
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