Summer 2018 Reading List for Creatives

Maybe you’ve been out of school for a few years, but that doesn't mean you have to stop learning. If you’d like to brush up on your skills or just simply learn more on topics related to your creative profession, we’ve put together a summer reading list for you…

How to Know if You Need to Make a Career Change

Let’s say you’ve been at your job for the past few years, utilizing your degree in a field that you decided would best suit your skill sets. Now, what happens when that position starts to feel draining, mundane, or unfulfilling? Should you change your career or stick to where you are in hopes that it may get better?

Etiquette Refresher: The Email

Sometimes, we need some professional refreshers. In our Hire Me 101, we recapped a few interviewing strategies to help you land your next creative position. Now, we’d like to make sure your professionalism is up-to-date with one specific daily encounter we all engage in: emails.

So, what are some strategies to implement when sending an email? How can you look your best self through an email? And what can you avoid?

Hire Me: 101

Today, the modern creative has to be a Jack/Jill of all trades in order to be successful. With these expectations comes a lot of pressure to stand out when interviewing for new a position. But no sweat, we’re here to help! Here are our top six tips to nail your next interview for a creative position. 

Design Infringement: What to Know and How to Avoid It

Let’s say you have a great idea for a client's project. How do you ensure that your design hasn’t been done before? That you’re not taking it from someone or something else unintentionally?

The idea of originality within the creative field can be controversial. After all, in this day and age, the question of “is anything original?” often arises.

7 Chrome Extensions we use Daily at ConceptDrop

As a creative professional, leveraging cutting-edge tools like Chrome extensions can make organizing, scheduling, and utilizing different strategies more efficient. We’ve compiled a few of our favorites online tools we use daily at ConceptDrop to make life a bit easier and more efficient.

6 Design Trends to Look Out for in 2018

With 2017 at a close, we can’t help but look towards 2018 and the design trends it may bring. We predict the overarching idea of “simplicity” in designs will less and less desirable. You will begin to notice a push towards complex and intricate, rather than clean and simple. This is a major shift from years past, as minimalism had taken over the art world since the 1960s. The stakes are high for 2018, but we’re here to help you stay ahead.

Brush up on Your Writing Skills in 2018

For some of us, it’s been a while since our last English class. Maybe you’re not writing book reports or research papers in your day-to-day work life, however, you probably are writing creative pitches, emails, and client responses. When working on these tasks, specificity is a way that can make your writing pop--though we know being descriptive is not always easy.

Procrastinating Procrastination

The common phrase, “Why do today what you can put off ‘til tomorrow,” is one loved by procrastinators. But why do we leave things until the last minute? Why do we put off work only to have it cause stress and anxiety later on? When we postpone our to-do lists, it often results in poor-quality production and consequently, low self-esteem. We’ve put together a list of reasons why we procrastinate alongside some potential solutions to maximize productivity.

Pantone Announces...

Roses are red...ultra violet is the newly declared Pantone color of the year. Pantone, the “global color authority” painting company, has been choosing a color of the year for nearly twenty years (its first being cerulean in 2000). The process involves ten color experts researching hues and color consequences and trends around the world.

Ultimate Gift Guide for Creatives: 2017 Edition

Have any friends that are graphic designers, UX designers, painters, or even pottery enthusiast and struggle with understanding their artsy “world”? Well, then you might also be struggling with a present to get him or her for Christmas.

Thankfully, we’ve put together the Ultimate Gift Guide for Creatives. (Reading this as an artist, designer, or writer yourself? Scroll down for some items to add to your wishlist, or even to treat yourself for all the hard work you put in in 2018.)

DYK (did you know)....Google Maps can tell you the wait time at a restaurant?

Google Maps has been busy building and implementing new features into their web mapping service. Of course, we all know that Google Maps is a website/app to search for locations and most used by the directionally challenged. Now, Google Maps allows you to save and share lists of favorite locations to your friends and family members. While this was once only a feature on the Google Maps app, it has only recently become available to desktop web-users as well.

5 Free Fonts Handpicked by ConceptDrop

It's no secret that designers love fonts. What could we possibly love even more? Not having to fork over money to keep our collections growing. Below are a few of ConceptDrop's favorite "free" fonts from dafont.com. Keep in mind that some have licensing restrictions, so be sure to check each's before using for commercial purposes.  

The Latest & Greatest from Adobe

Adobe is reaching the end of their Adobe Max Conference 2017 and yesterday, Jaime Myrold, VP of Design at Adobe, introduced the latest apps and tools for their software. She begins the talk by acknowledging the evolution of design and a recent shift in the pace expected of designers by stating, "As we all know, design in its broadest terms, has become increasingly more complex. [...] We are required to create at a much faster pace than ever before, and we are balancing visioning, while doing the more tactical aspects of design." This was Adobe’s motivation for creating the new apps and programs in their collection. Although I highly recommend giving this video a watch (despite its beastly length of 45 minutes), here is a quick summary of my two favorite new Adobe products.

5 Tips for Making "To-Do" Lists

Lists are the quintessential method to stay on track for any situation. Yet, why are so many to-do lists doomed to fail? The all too common habit of leaving lists incomplete at the end of the workday can severely reduce the efficacy of the exercise but luckily, there are some tips to help improve your chances of success.

Nature's Neutral

With the end of 2017 approaching quickly, you might have already forgotten the “Pantone Color of the Year” (hint: this year’s hue was Greenery or “nature’s neutral”). Well, Greenery is more relevant as ever during this fall season. Reason being: the beautiful Color Pairings released by Pantone themselves scream “autumnal”.

Psychology of Color, for Designers

While we all know design to be vastly subjective, how an audience perceives a design can strongly be influenced by color psychology.

In fact, up to 90% of snap judgments made about products or services can be based on color alone. By incorporating different strategies, designers can enhance the outcome of their projects, help target audiences perform desired actions, and increase client satisfaction.