Design trends 2018 – India edition

1 month down in 2018, are you design ready India? Let’s suite up designers for 2018!

I see a lot of trends from 2017 and 2016 carrying forwarded in 2018 as well. So here are my top 5 design trends which will make an impact in 2018:

#5 Real Photography 

Designers in India are still fond of shutter stock images but that trend has changed a lot in 2017 as I saw many of the images used by international designers were real life images than the standard photoshoot images. Well why not? Don’t you want to see real people, real life scenarios, and experiences?  Yaaass! There are plenty of free stock image providers out who specialize in such forte, do keep that in mind this year while hunting for images.

design trends 2018

design trends 2018

#4 Typography

Over the period of last few years it has grown. But for 2018 I see a lot of designers focusing on big oversized and sans serif typeface. With that I also feel that spilt type, playing around with image and placements will also grow this year. Type will rock in 2018 as well!

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#3 Background patterns

I love patterns but I do also feel patterns are underrated. Huh! Not anymore, 2018 will be their year. Background patterns with geometric designs and elements are visible in many websites in 2018 already! I do feel experiment with patterns and images will also make a huge impact in 2018.

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#2 Going 3D

VR and AR are here in our hands now! Apple X has changed the game all together and the apps and many platforms are VR/AR ready. Everyone is turning around their focus with emergence of this new growing platform. 3D elements in websites, apps and even images shall too grow.

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#1 Micro interactions

Well they consume a really small part but they are the most engaging element from user experience POV. Profusely used in apps, I also see a growing use in web as well. Designers have started experimenting with this already! #exciting

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Along with these I feel use of bright gradients ( I hope the overuse of pink and purple trend fads away soon), double exposure, duo tones, glitch, metallic elements, custom illustrations, vintage colour and patterns, gifs and animated images will be also used this year.

Did I miss out on something? Do share you love or rage for the upcoming trends this year. 

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3 Free Image websites

Visuals pay an important role in social media & so having good images for your social media profile can be heavy on the pocket! So here are 3 free stock images websites which you can look into (besides Flickr) :-

#1 Freeimages

It’s easy & simple. You just need to search, click & download. How simple an it be then this?

#2 RGB Stock

It has an amazing high quality picture database to choose from!

#3 Openphoto

Not that amazing of photo collections but it is simple & easy to find images.

Do you have more in mind?? Do share them below!

Best Free Tools for creating Social Media images

Social media is all about visuals. Even if you have good content without good visuals, it might just get lost in the pool of content. So you need to bring out the content with help of awesome visuals. But all of us are not design experts and hence cannot optimize their content. Hence, here is my easy to use cheat code of tools which can help you optimize your post content with good images!

#1 Canva

Probably the best free image creation tool out there. It has layouts, fonts, images, etc. ready in a ready template. So you don’t have to do more work, just select, edit & share!

#2 PicMonkey

it’s just like canva, so you can edit, add text, create a collage, etc. The only thing I feel needs an improvement is buffer time for slow network like mine!

#3 Over

I have recently started using it & must say i am in love with it! It’s an app on my android mobile, so I can edit my images on the go and when I need it. As canva & picmonkey are not on mobile yet, for those who need to edit images on the go probably this is the best option out there! It’s not free yet, but the over fonts app is free for now, which is pretty cool too.

#4 PiktoChart

If you are creating infographics, this tools is just right for you. I have used ease.ly earlier which also is useful in creating rich infographics.

#5 QuotesCover

Finally my last pick is quotescover, it’s easy & quick way to create creative content based post. After a few hiccups and struggle, you will finally get the hang of it!

Hope you liked my pick for creating content for social media posts with help of imaging tools. Do let me know if you are using other cool imaging tools which are better then these!

Tips for branding on social media images

I often come across a good quality image on social media, with good content on it but then stop myself from sharing it because there is too much of branding done on the image. Does that happen with you as well? It’s just some brands are doing it right with their content on social media but they kill it while executing with their creatives. Here are my tips on how a brand can optimize their social media images while putting the right amount of branding in it.

#1 Blend in

Some brands just over power the image with their logos all over. Hence the shareablity of the image decreases, so logos should blend in with the image, not shout out.

Try to be as minimal with branding as possible

#2 Avoid too much of branding

Too much of branding can just kill the content. I’ve seen a single post with 3 different logos, a logo of the company, another one of parent company and the third of the client. I was confused as hell with what they’re trying to put across & whose  product was it actually of!

Avoid too much of logo placing

#3 Share Friendly

Think of this like, what makes you share an image on your profile? When you are doing so you not only think of points which needs to be included on the image but also of the points you don’t like on an image. As for people’s opinions & feedback as this with provide you with a holistic viewpoint.

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#4 Watermark

Watermark are best way to do branding without being too much on the face with logos. But I’ve also seen brands with too much of watermarks on their pictures! That too should be avoided only one watermark will do.

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#5 Different ways to get credit for you image

You do branding on your image so that you get credit for the image & it’s content. Try different ways to brand your image with playing across your logo a bit, or putting credit text on the post followed by the image, etc. Just play around with the content & image in order to minimize the branding effect & see what works.

Can use URL post images

Can use URL post images

#6 Be Graceful

Branding is an art, and it should be done graceful! The more subtle you are with branding on social media the more people like your content. As social media is not about branding but it’s about connecting the brands with people.

Try utilizing from these points on your next post & see if it works or not! DO share your feedback too, I would love to hear!

2015 Design Trends for Blogs

Design is the main focus in 2015, so everyone needs to keep themselves well acquainted with the design trends going on in the digital world. Here are few design trends which can guide all the bloggers in 2015 with their visual aesthetic appeal of their blogs!

#1 Typography

Playing with words is what you should focus on these days. Typography is defiantly something you need to invest in 2015.

#2 Minimalistic

Clean is definitely in .The more clear and clean your blog is the more user friendly and inviting it becomes. Flat designs and icons are major key focus this year.

#3 Expandable Menus

Expandable menus is what I am looking at as they are easier and user friendly and coincide with the entire minimalistic look

#4 Mobilendly

Or mobile friendly was the focus last year and so is has a major growth elements this year too. Content should be in adaptable terms with mobile devices. As major audience is on mobile these days you might skip on them if you pass on mobilendly.

#5 Background

Big background are visually and can fill the minimalistic look of the blog, leading to an elegant look.

All these tips and trends I personally feel should be taken into consideration this year to achieve the most out of this year. Simply put I feel CLEAN IS IN.

DO share your thoughts too & what you think I am missing out on from

5 Steps for Designing with Effective Visual Communication

Designing plays an important role in visual communications and with the basics of design in place one can easily achieve this objective. Even though there are many rules in designing, here are 5 of the most important ones according to me in order to create an effective communication with visuals :-

#1 TYPOGRAPHY 

The fonts should be legit and appropriate and in tune with the communication.

#2 COLOURS

Not more than 5 colours should be used. If there is requirement of more colours, add more colours while playing along with the shades of the colours used.

#3 ICONS 

Use simple and easy to understand icons. Icons which are universally accepted are the best option. As they are used to enhance the appearance not distract from the topic.

#4 ILLUSTRATIONS

They should be in tune with the content and tone. They should be added only to enhance the content.

#5 SIMPLE

Keep it minimal. Don’t get over-boarded with the illustrations, charts, content, etc. Just keep it simple and to the point. The simpler the better to understand and connect.

Various other dimensions also play an important part w.r.t. effective communication like spacing, call to action, etc. Do share what you think also adds to the above list too!