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Inspiration: 22 Powerful animal ad campaigns to make you think

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These advertisements address different types of issues, but they’re all about giving a voice to the voiceless. Most of us love animals, and yet we remain ignorant of or apathetic towards the abuse of domestic or circus animals or the extinction, poaching and over-harvesting of wild populations. If you’re an animal lover, consider putting your time or your money behind one of these noble campaigns!

There are lots of powerful animal ads out there, so if you’ve seen one that we missed, share it with us at the bottom of this post!

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Tips and tricks: 5 Web Design Trends on the Decline

As technology changes from year to year, so too does design – and from one year to the next, it’s normal to see certain web design trends fading out of style while others become more popular. There are lots of new exciting trends on the horizon – like the use of single page design with parallax scrolling, flat design, or video backgrounds – but ever wondered what those new trends might be replacing? If so, check out the list below. It contains 5 trends that will most likely be fading into the background in 2014.

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Packaging design: PURO Premium Water by Odysseas GP

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“During the first Designathon, a 48 Hour Design Challenge that took place in Athens, we were assigned the branding and web design of the –fictional- bottled water brand, Puro. Our task was to design the logo for the base product, as well as two side-logos for the Still and Sparkling Water counterparts after being given a short brief as well as the sitemap and copy for the website.”

Design Classics: Jan Tschichold

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Jan Tschichold was one of the 20th Century’s most influential typographers and book designers.

Born in Leipzig, Germany, in April 1902, Tschichold’s early inspiration came from his father’s work as a sign writer.

Jan was taught the importance of calligraphy and it was this training that was to later set him apart from other typographers.

Tschichold’s career was threatened by the rise of Adolf Hitler, who insisted that all designers had to register with the Ministry of Culture. The Nazis were hostile to any teachers who they believed were “sympathetic” to communism.

Packaging design: 365, Wines of the World by Lavernia & Cienfurgos

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What to do with corks from New Year’s celebration? Well, here’s an inspiration from a line of wine distributed by a Belgian Supermarket under its brand of simple, affordable products, “365”. “The cork is a sign of humility, an object of little value, often used as art supplies, as a simple and easily manipulated element with which to play and create. The use of cork gives it the air of something simple, characteristic of an everyday product. The cap is the element that unifies and personalizes the entire line. The reason designed for each label refers to the country of origin.”

Taking shape

After what seems like far too long, I’ve managed to get my WordPress blog set up. Sometimes twitter just doesn’t do the trick for the crazy things I want to share with the world. Expect new projects, works in progress, inspirations, resources, typography and loads of articles and images design related, and possibly some random bits every now and again. Watch this space!