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27 construction logo ideas that will help you build a better brand

Building a new construction company from scratch? You need an effective logo. Rebranding your existing company? You need a better logo. Either way, you don’t have to do it alone! We’re here to help you find inspiration with the construction logo ideas we’ve curated here. A well-crafted construction logo communicates that your company is the right one for the job. When clients are shopping for the right contractor for their project, they’re looking at a lot of logos and getting a lot of estimates, quotes and ideas. When they see your logo, it should tell them that you know what you’re doing—which will lead to the consultation call where you can really hammer your promise home. What makes a good construction logo?
— To understand what makes a good construction logo, think about what clients expect from construction contractors. Having a structure built, renovated, updated or even just giving it routine maintenance is a big, expensive project that involves technical considerations and specialized skills the client usually doesn’t have. In a contractor-client relationship, the contractor has a whole lot of power. The client has to be able to trust the contractor, so you must inspire that trust. Your clients trust you to: Complete their projects without going over budget Complete their projects on time Meet their expectations for the project Comply with local building codes Complete their projects without complications Run a safe job site Deliver well-built structures that last As the face of your brand, your logo needs to reinforce all these qualities and more. Want a solid logo for your construction business? Work with our talented designers to make it happen. Every good construction logo inspires trust in its brand’s ability to deliver what the client needs, but how a brand does this depends on the type of clientele it’s after. As a construction professional, you’re no stranger to niching down. A good logo for your company is one that makes a sincere connection with clients searching for work in your niche. If you’re a roofer whose bread and butter is mid-tier commercial buildings, the right kind of logo for you is going to look a lot different from the ideal logo for a tile installer who creates custom kitchen and bathroom designs for homeowners on the wealthy side of town. But all construction logos, even the most aesthetically different ones, must...

Tools and Guides for Web Design Accessibility

Fifteen years ago, web accessibility wasn’t a thought in many designers’ minds. Online standards did exist as far back as 1996. But they were followed much less often than they are now, leaving many struggling just to use the internet. Over the past ten years, the web has made huge strides in making sites accessible. But it’s up to you, the designers and developers, to optimize your own websites. Not sure where to begin? These tools and guides for web accessibility will help you design a better web. Introduction to Web Accessibility What is web accessibility, why should you implement it, and – most importantly – how can you do so? This invaluable resource introduces you to the basics of accessibility and can help you get started in optimizing your site. The A11Y Project Accessibility isn’t an easy topic to broach. With dozens of standards and hours of reading material, some people just don’t bother. The Accessibility Project aims to make the topic much more approachable, with easy-to-read articles, bite-sized tips, and plenty of helpful guides. Contrast High contrast colors are very important for those with visual impairments. There are tools to check your site’s color contrast, but that disrupts your design flow. This macOS app scores colors instantly. No more guessing or spending minutes inputting hex codes. Stark What if there was a tool that let you design with accessibility in mind from the beginning? Stark is an Adobe XD and Sketch plugin that does just that. Check contrast, run colorblind simulations, and get quick color suggestions. Now you can create a site that’s beautiful and accessible even during the mockup phase. tota11y Tota11y is an extremely useful tool that activates from your browser bookmarks and notifies you of accessibility violations on a page. It’s open source and comes with many plugins that all detect a range of issues. Activate it on your site and see if you pass! Accessible Color Matrix Picking a palette? This tool shows you how your palette will work in action, and notes when it doesn’t meet the contrast requirements. Now no one will struggle to read text on your site. WAVE Web Accessibility Tool WAVE is a webpage checker that runs a page through a variety of standards, reporting back errors, alerts, and correctly implemented features in an interactive panel. While it’s no replacement for human testing, it can...

Understanding The New WordPress Gutenberg Editor

WordPress always brings the best updates with exciting new features to improve performance. The new Gutenberg Editor is the recent interesting update by WordPress. For a layman, it is a visual editor of WordPress but there is a lot to learn about it. WordPress has redefined visual editing with the creation of Gutenberg editor. It has a plethora of great features that have improved the way of creating content. Obviously, you have to figure out some of the complex features of the Gutenberg editor. It is not easy to move on to Gutenberg Editor from the long-time used old platform. But you have to learn to work with Gutenberg Editor to stay ahead of the competition. If you don’t find it interesting then, you can also use Classic Editor by installing the Classic Editor Plugin. However, Gutenberg Editor is far better than Classic Editor with its bespoke features. It is a redesign of WordPress Editor with additional special abilities of editing. Gutenberg Editor has tapped on the new possibilities with WordPress. Website developers like Wix and Squarespace have defied the easy website building status of WordPress. Thus, Gutenberg is the reply to that defiance. What is WordPress Gutenberg Editor? What-is-Gutenberg image The name is inspired by the famous Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the mechanical printing press. People believe that Gutenberg Editor is the new WordPress Editor but, actually it is a block-based layout engine. Subsequently, it highlights the fact that Gutenberg Editor brings a lot more on the table than just a simple drag and drop editor. You will find a lot of novelties in the features of Guttenberg Editor. It makes things easier for the non-expert website makers by allowing them to create a website with blocks (drag and drop option). Gutenberg has solved the issue of the uneven and confusing customization process. It allows you the privilege of monitoring and managing the website without any HTML or Shortcodes. Apart from that, it has a combination of features from page-builder plugins like Divi and Visual Composer. So you can enjoy the benefit of managing the multiple column layouts with a solo crossing point. After Effects of Gutenberg Editor for Themes and Plugins: Themes and Plugins with Gutenberg With the use of Gutenberg Editor, subsequently, there will be a change in the requirements for themes and plugins. The need for the Gutenberg...

5 Steps for Successfully Offboarding Web Design Projects

As you draw closer to the finish line with a website, does your client see it just as clearly as you do? Or are they still wavering on design and copy choices even while you’re in the final stages of QA, or talking about additional features they’ll want to add to the site “some day”? Unless you are getting paid — and paid well — for every single hour you put into a website, you have to be willing to enforce a final stopping point. If you don’t, your client will undoubtedly play the “What about this? Or this?” game for as long as you allow them to. And you can’t afford to do that. You have other clients whose websites deserve your attention. Just as you have created an onboarding process to smoothly kick off a new website project, you must do the same with an offboarding process. Step 1: Collect Your Final Payment Once the client has given you the approval on the finished website, you push it live. After some light testing to confirm that all is well on the live domain, it’s time to initiate the offboarding process. You’ll do this by sending along the last invoice. Better yet, your invoicing software should automatically be configured to do this upon reaching the final project milestone. My favorite tool to do this with is AND CO. That’s because you can do everything in here: Create a proposal; Send the contract; Track your time; Send invoices. Because each of these elements exist within the same place, setting up and scheduling invoices based on your project’s milestones (including the launch date) is really easy to do. Don’t move on to the next steps until you collect the payment due though. Letting a client go any more than seven days after the project’s end without final payment simply invites them to ask you to do more work. Step 2: Send the Wrap-up Email Upon confirming receipt of payment, send your client a wrap-up email. This doesn’t have to be lengthy. The goal is to get them to schedule the closing call as soon as possible. Something like this should work: Greetings, [client name]!
I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to build this website for [company name]. I hope you’re just as pleased with it as I am!
I know you’re excited to put this website to work for you now that you have it, but I have just a few things I want to show you as we wrap up.
When you have a moment, please go to my Calendly and schedule a 15-minute...

How to Properly Showcase Your Logo Design Idea to Your Client

Do you often fail to present your logo/brand design to your clients? Well, no need to worry about it. As a designer, I have failed quite a lot while trying to pitch my design idea. It’s not just you, it happens to everyone at some point. I love creating logos and absolutely love my job, even more, when the client really likes my design. I remember when I started my designing career. Like everybody else, I failed quite a lot when pitching my ideas just because my designs weren’t properly presented. Since then, I have learned quite a lot from my mistakes. I have been working in the graphic designing industry for more than 10 years now. I have worked on hundreds of design projects. Each and every project has its own story of designing. I want to clarify the fact that designing a logo is way different than presenting it to your client. It is very difficult to convince your client about the importance and utility of the logo design. I had to redesign the entire logo again due to this kind of communication flaws in the logo presentation. So here I am going to share some important tips for my fellow designers on the art of communicating your logo design to the client. I’ve listed 7 points to convince your client easily with the pitch-perfect logo design presentation. 1. Use Examples to Explain the Logo: Logo design showcase – Use examples to explain the logo Remember that, your client wants to know how the logo design will benefit their brand. So you should explain the logo design with real life examples. You should show how the logo will look on their branding collateral. I recommend displaying the logo design on the client’s website, brochure, visiting cards and products. To make it easier, avoid printing of the examples rather, you can also use mock-ups for presenting the logo on the client’s products. Subsequently, your client will get a better idea of using the logo. 2. Show a Glimpse of Finished Product with Mock-Ups: Logo design showcase – Use mock-ups I suggest that mock-ups are the most effective tool to present the logo design for the clients. It is not necessary that the layout is enough to get the approval of logo design from the client. The designers don’t use the mock-up in the best possible manner. I bet many of us don’t about the difference of using the mock-ups for presentation and portfolios. I’ve seen...

20 Freshest Web Designs, April 2019

Welcome to our roundup of the best new sites to be launched (or relaunched with significant updates) in the last four weeks. After last month’s flirtation with monochrome, this month’s set of sites return to the overriding trend of 2019: color. Huge images are still popular, and parallax is still finding its way into our scrolling experiences. Enjoy! Middle Fork Rapid Transit Middle Fork Rapid Transit is an adventure vacation company that transports you over 100 miles down the Middle Fork river in Idaho. Its site packs in as much as one of its trips, and there’s tons of little details to get you fired up; I love the animated raft, and the grub looks amazing. To Taste To Taste is my favorite recipe site of the moment. Packed with food ideas for every occasion and palette, the simple site is laid out perfectly for browsing, and choosing something to make is a culinary treat. What really makes it, as with all food sites, is the mouth-watering photography. The Face Style bible The Face returned from oblivion this month, with a new team behind the iconic publication. Its site opens as daringly as you’d expect, before slowing to a more traditional, and more usable blog format. Kia ProCeed The site for the new Kia ProCeed is precisely the type of site we used to build back in the day. With interactive video, a unique navigation system based on established design patterns, and carefully designed usability, it’s an enticing experience. Hiraeth Co-founded by Rooney Mara, Hiraeth is a fashion label that produces desirable clothes free from any animal product. Its elegant site exudes quality with generous white space, and an almost Scandinavian minimalism, matching the garments perfectly. Future of Sustainability According to some estimates, we have just 12 years until we face not just climate change, but climate breakdown. Future of Sustainability wants to inspire you to change the 2020s, before it’s too late. It communicates a complex, and difficult message engagingly. Nicholas Jackson Nicholas Jackson is a New York based designer and art director. His portfolio site is a bold, confident expression of the work he loves to do for clients including Canon, The Wall Street Journal, The NY times, and Siemens. Mansi Mansi makes some of the best pasta this side of Naples, and it has an equally delicious website. Dotted throughout the site are pasta shapes, some of...

SVG Filter Resources and Demos

If you’ve used CSS, you might have worked with CSS filters before. Sadly, these are somewhat limited, so you’ll often need to break out Photoshop to get the effect you’re looking for. That’s where SVG filters come in! SVG filters are simply effects that can be applied to images and even text, but you can do much more than is possible with CSS. Blurs, drop shadows, animations, and other effects that you can often only find in advanced graphics editing programs are all available to you. Ready to learn? These resources, demos, and tutorials will teach you to use these super helpful filters. SVG Filters 101 For those looking to learn SVG filters, this page is the best place to start. Codrops introduces you to SVG filters with its helpful online tutorial. It’s not a short read, but by the end, you should have a basic understanding of SVG filters and be ready to apply them on your own site! The Art Of SVG Filters And Why It Is Awesome This tutorial gets a bit more into the meat of things, showing you primarily how to style text with filters. There’s code for lighting effects, noise, strips, outlines, and all sorts of other neat effects. This normally takes a fair bit of skill with outside programs to get it right, but you can do it just with some lines of code. Stranger Things Logo in SVG Here’s a cool example of what you can pull off with these filters. This “Stranger Things” logo is rendered in nothing but SVG, complete with the spooky flicker effect and neon lighting. Image Distortion Effects with SVG Filters Looking for a cool image distortion effect? Three interesting hover effects are showcased here, along with a few tutorials so you can learn to create your own. SVG Filters Playground This is a tremendous resource for new programmers. Here’s a sandbox for you to test out and play with various SVG filters, applied to both images and text! And if you like the effect you made, you can even copy it and try it on your own site. Using SVG to Create a Duotone Effect on Images Duotone images are quite popular thanks to Spotify, but you don’t need to learn how to use gradient maps to create one. Just pop in this code and you can create your own gorgeous duotone images! Gooey Text Background With SVG Filters The “gooey” filter is used to create a blob-like object similar to a cell. You can also use it to make a rounded background for your text. And the best...

Popular Design News of the Week: April 15, 2019 – April 21, 2019

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week. Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news. Site Design: Takahisa Mitsumori   Front-end Developer Handbook 2019   Death by PowerPoint: The Slide that Killed Seven People   UX Agenda – UX Conferences, Meetups and Workshops in One Space   Netflix Rejected all these A/B Tested Homepage Variations   Long-form Websites and Typography   Why the US Government Just Made its own Font   New Logo for Ontario   Top Font Combinations   Keyboard Stickers   The Power of Emotions in Illustration   Rethinking Government Contracts – a UX Case Study   The 10 Usability Heuristics – Free Posters for your Design Office   Neue Haas Grotesk, the Other New ‘Helvetica’   The Current State of Progressive Web Apps   Gathering Insights in Google Analytics Can Be as Easy as A-B-C   The Psychology of Pricing   Insights from Designing One Graph a Hundred Times   Ways to Add Perspective in Design   Helvetica Now   A Tool Designers Can Borrow from Writers   What Should Designers Ship?   Totally Incomplete and Utterly Unfinished List of Non White Male Designers to Follow and Listen To.   Managing Complexity   Information Architecture: Building Bridges   Want more? No problem! Keep track of top design news from around the web with Webdesigner News. Add Realistic Chalk and Sketch Lettering Effects with Sketch’it – only $5!

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How to write a video script

A video script is essential to your production. It keeps your crew on the same page, organizes your information and makes your message more persuasive. But it can be a daunting task for new writers and even experts unfamiliar with video. Not to worry! We’re going to teach you the quick and easy way to write an engaging video script, even if the most inspired thing you’ve ever written is a to-do list! Get ready for a crash-course in what a script is, why you should write one, what to include and how to format a script. Let’s dive in! Conquer the blank page with a captivating intro. Illustration by Vladanland.What is a video script?
— A video script is the written document containing directives for the actors and instructions for filming—including sound effects, graphics, visual and audio information. If your video production is a train, the script is the track guiding your train to its destination. Why write a video script?
— Can’t you just wing it? You can, but chances are your video will fail to meet its potential, at the very least. Scripts ensure that you present everything you plan to in a tight and efficient way. Without a script, your message will be unorganized, not as well thought out and unpersuasive. Not only that, you’ll be making more work for yourself in post production when you’ll have to edit out the awkward pauses and restructure the clips so that your point isn’t getting lost. Today’s viewer has a short attention span, and you can’t afford to waste their time with poorly planned content. By Yo!DesignBy increasing the efficiency of your message delivery, you’re also ensuring higher viewer engagement—which means they’ll watch for longer and leave comments or likes. All of this translates to a higher ranking on YouTube, which leads to more views through suggestions and search, and the cycle goes on and on. Contrary to what you might think, you don’t have to stress about memorizing if you write a script, and that’s thanks to the teleprompter. This is a device that projects your script so you can see it, but the audience can’t. Even professional actors use teleprompters, so don’t strain yourself remembering your next line. It’ll come across on camera. That’s not a good look! How to script a video
— Brief A brief is a simple document answering the questions: What’s the topic? What’s the video’s goal? Who’s the audience? What should...

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