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Friday Five With Maurice Cherry of Lunch

Friday Five With Maurice Cherry of Lunch

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Maurice Cherry is principal and creative director at Lunch, an award-winning multidisciplinary creative studio located in Atlanta, Georgia. He’s perhaps most well-known for his award-winning podcast Revision Path, which showcases Black designers, developers and digital creators from around the world. It’s the first podcast to be added to the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Some of Maurice’s other projects include the Black Weblog Awards, 28 Days of the Web, The Year of Tea and the design anthology RECOGNIZE. Today Maurice joins us for Friday Five!

1. Tea
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of tea – I even did a podcast in 2015 where I reviewed a different tea every day! My goal with that project was to demystify a lot of the marketing around tea in the U.S. and open up tea consumption to a more general audience via this daily practice. It’s five years later, and while I don’t drink too many different teas now, I do have a cup or two of builder’s tea (Morning Thunder from Celestial Seasonings) nearly every day.

2. Writing
I’ve always been addicted to writing, and I have dozens of notebooks and pens and pencils to indulge my habit. A fountain pen with a Moleskine is probably my favorite combination to get some freewriting in, and I find writing by hand to be a lot more personal and cathartic for me than typing. Actually, these days I do a lot of voice typing. There’s a great app called Otter that transcribes your speech, which is great when I have an idea in bed or when I’m out and about and I need to reference it later. Even Google Docs does voice typing now! But the physical act of putting pen to paper will always be in my heart.

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3. iPad Pro
Funny thing about the iPad Pro – when I first bought it, I told myself “I’m probably only going to use this at home as a media consumption device.” Well, I’m glad to say that’s not the case anymore! (Even though I am at home now, like many of us in the U.S. are because of the COVID-19 pandemic.) I use this thing religiously for everything from taking notes to composing music to doing logo sketches to being a makeshift laptop on the go. The 11” version is perfect for me – not too big and not too small.

4. Lin-Manuel Miranda
I have been following Lin-Manuel Miranda’s career since I saw In The Heights on a whim on a trip to NYC in 2010. Of course, everyone knows about his stratospheric rise to fame with Hamilton and his other projects since then. I don’t know Lin-Manuel personally, but he feels like a “friend in my head”, if that makes sense. Granted, I’m nowhere near the visionary he is, but I really admire that he’s been able to work across books, film, music, television and theater, and is also a strong advocate for so many worthwhile causes. I hope to be able to have that kind of reach with my work. I like that Lin-Manuel Miranda. He seems approachable… like you could grab a beer with him.

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5. Nintendo Switch
I have extreme brand loyalty to Nintendo – I’m an 80’s baby, after all – so I knew I would love the Nintendo Switch. It’s really helped me get through this pandemic. It’s the perfect device for gamers that travel because it’s small enough to fit in a carry-on, and you can use the dock to seamlessly transition from handheld to console play. The best thing about the Switch is the variety of indie games available, which sadly Nintendo does not do a great job of marketing on the eShop. But once you dive in there and see what’s available, then there’s games for everyone out there on the Switch.

Work by Maurice Cherry:

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Revision Path

Revision Path is an award-winning weekly showcase of Black designers, developers and digital creatives from all over the world. Through in-depth interviews, you’ll learn about their work, their goals and what inspires them as creative individuals.

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28 Days of the Web

28 Days of the Web features a different web designer, graphic designer or web developer every day for the month of February in conjunction with and celebration of Black History Month. (And on leap years, we add an additional person!)

Check out Maurice Cherry’s recent Clever podcast episode here!

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Popular Design News of the Week: October 26, 2020 – November 1, 2020

Popular Design News of the Week: October 26, 2020 – November 1, 2020

 Image of featured 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.

Minimal CSS Frameworks

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Responsive Grid Design: Ultimate Guide

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The New Facebook Design Sucks

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The No-Code Generation is Arriving

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15+ Text Typing Effect CSS Animation Examples

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AppSheet by Google Workspace – No-code App Building Platform

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Ecommerce Development Trends: The 2021 Edition

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How Videos Can Boost your Website Ranking Results

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5 Small Business Website Essentials You Need for your Site

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The Psychology of User Decisions

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Overflow for Windows – User Flow Diagramming Tool for Designers

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How to Create an AI that Chats like You on WhatsApp

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‘50 Shades of Blue’

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Here’s Why Developers are in Love with Functional Programming

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Apple Building Search Engine to Take on Google, Report Claims

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A Faster Way to View Search Results with Less Clicking

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Dark Mode in UI Design for Mobile Apps: Beauty Born in the Darkness

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EncryptLab – A Collection of Free and Comprehensive Encryption Tools

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Part of your World: Why We’re Proud to Build a Truly Native Mac App

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Why I will not Call Myself a Junior Designer - and Neither Should You

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10 Usability Mistakes Most Designers Make on Checkboxes

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People Problems

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Practical Guide to Color Theory for UI Designers

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Following the 2020 U.S. Election with Google

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React Vs Svelte – A Comprehensive Comparison Between Javascript Libraries

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Want more? No problem! Keep track of top design news from around the web with Webdesigner News.


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The Importance of Indoor Air Quality

The Importance of Indoor Air Quality

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Headlines have been howling for months about COVID-19 and the wildfires that have ravaged Colorado, the Pacific Northwest and California. What these two disparate disasters highlight is the need for optimum indoor air quality; both present major health risks.

Building codes cover basics like make up air requirements, toxic materials in building materials, and kitchen and bathroom ventilation. But they don’t address the difficulty of keeping a deadly virus or unhealthful smoke and ash out of a home. Healthcare designers know how to do this for hospital settings; economies of scale don’t exist for the places where we live… Yet.

Homeowners and designers are looking for solutions, from tried, true and simple, to emerging and innovative. Where do you fall in the spectrum? The answer may depend on your location, household composition and, for industry professionals, project scope.

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At the simplest level, some houseplants have been shown to have air filtration powers, but they won’t kill a deadly virus or eliminate smoke and ash. They do, however, create a welcoming atmosphere and deliver biophilia benefits. At the opposite level, smart home systems that manage indoor air quality are becoming more widely available and popular.

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Common Environmental Toxins

If you, a family member or client has chemical sensitivities or a compromised immune system, you’ve probably been educating yourself about products that off-gas toxins. Past headlines have exposed faulty laminate flooring sold by a major retailer and newer reports warn of the danger of phthalates in some popular luxury vinyl flooring products, for example. That new house smell can be deadly!

On the other hand, many manufacturers have released paint lines with no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This is a tremendous advance, but did you know that electronics like televisions and computers can also off-gas? So can appliances, mattresses, carpeting and upholstery. What can you do about it?

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Shop for furniture, cabinetry, paint and flooring that don’t off-gas toxins. \ Pure Upholstery, division of the Organic Mattress, Inc. \ Wellness by Design (Tiller Press), © J. Gold

If replacements are in the budget, you can research non-toxic alternatives to some of them through sources like the Healthy Building Network, Underwriter Laboratory’s SPOT and others. There are situations where it’s unavoidable. For example, consider the aging in place benefits of a morning kitchen for a senior’s upstairs bedroom suite. Its dishwasher might be off-gassing into your client’s sleeping area. So might the plush carpet or upholstered rocker in the nursery.

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Kitchen and bathroom ventilation shortfalls are surprisingly common. In the first instance, the home is going to smell of food odors and possibly smoke, and its walls can get covered in grease over time. Inadequate or unused bathroom ventilation can result in mold and mildew issues. These are both easily addressed with widely available ventilation product upgrades.

IAQ Technology

Some of the latest ranges and cooktops on the market activate a companion vent hood automatically to prevent cooking pollutants. Sensor vent fans do the same in the bathroom, and can be a real benefit to homes with teens or seniors with memory issues who may forget to use them.

Where you can’t avoid off-gassing risks because the space calls for a sophisticated computer setup or home theater, for example, an air quality detector can spot problems, an ozone-free air purifier can help eliminate them and a smart home air quality management system can react on its own to IAQ issues.

Radon Risk

One under-appreciated air quality risk is radon exposure. Like carbon monoxide, radon is an invisible, odorless gas that can kill you. CM does it fairly quickly; radon does it slowly as the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

A decade or so ago, there was a lot of hype about the radon risk of granite countertops, (driven heavily by competitive products). Experts say that the risk is low in this regard, but it’s not when it comes to basement and first floor living areas, since radon can be found in soil, particularly in some regions of the U.S.

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Radon testing kits let you know if a space is impacted and radon detectors can alert you on your phone to dangerous levels. With so many more people spending extra time indoors working at home, exercising at home, schooling their children at home and potentially hosting extra family members (including seniors leaving nursing homes), checking for and eliminating radon can be especially important right now.

Smoke and Ash Dangers

If you live close to the wildfires, their smoke and ash spread are a tremendous wellness issue right now. Since the frequency and severity of these disasters has been increasing in recent years, it’s helpful to know how to address them from an IAQ perspective. Adding air purification capability to a home’s HVAC system is ideal; experts suggest a MERV-13 filter as ideal. HEPA filtration is the highest level, but not all home systems can handle it; check with the manufacturer to avoid problems.

An ozone-free air purifier or cleaner works as an alternative for those without central heat and air. You can find a guide to air filtration standards online.

Virus Transmission
The recent CDC guidance on airborne, aerosolized particle transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 has tremendous import for indoor spaces; poorly-ventilated spaces are considered especially high risk. The addition of UV Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) is a proven technique for addressing viruses in buildings. Some portable air cleaners have it, and it’s also being added to some built-in fixtures. Researchers are working on other UV-based safe for human exposure solutions, but these are still in various phases of development and not yet available for residential use.

Keeping windows open is also helpful, but it becomes challenging in cold weather and unsafe in smoky wildfire areas.

Final Thoughts

In these challenging times when we’re all extra-stressed, it’s important to take a deep breath and focus on long-term needs as well as short-term solutions. Indoor air quality issues tend to fall into both categories.

Author: Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC is a Mayo Clinic Certified Wellness Coach, wellness design consultant and the author of three books on design and remodeling. The latest, Wellness by Design: A Room-by-Room Guide to Optimizing Your Home for Health, Fitness and Happiness, (Tiller Press) published September 1.

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The Basics of Coffee Branding & Design – Coffee Design Ideas Brewed to Perfection

The Basics of Coffee Branding & Design – Coffee Design Ideas Brewed to Perfection

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Be honest, have you ever, ever created an amazing design or came up with a great idea and coffee was not involved?

Because, I’ve got to admit… I’ve never had a good idea on a day I didn’t have coffee.

And I might have a little bit of a problem. Recently, I’ve been drinking about 4 cups of coffee a day, and that’s not helping my sleeping habits for sure.

But that’s what gave me this idea.

Today I want to talk to you about coffee branding basics and how to design for your next coffee shop clients or company.

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We’re also going to go over the best examples of coffee branding and graphic design.

So grab your coffee and let’s get into it.

The Basics of Coffee Branding

Coffee is pretty much an essential part of life at this point.

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Almost every single person I know starts their morning off with coffee, then has an afternoon pick-me-up coffee.

And it’s not just my friends who drink that much coffee. It turns out that 75% of all Americans intake their caffeine by drinking coffee.

Besides the fact that it’s just a wonderful beverage with a million and one benefits, from clearer thinking and better ideas, and also helping you stay awake on the days you stayed up absolutely too late, it’s also a drink that brings people together.

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People love to bond and spend time together in coffee shops, people go there to relax, work, have meetings, etc.

On average, a typical American adult will spend about 2 grand a year on buying coffee, and 173 million bags of coffee are consumed worldwide each year.

So this means that now, more than ever, your coffee branding needs to stand out.

When people walk into the grocery store to pick out a bag of coffee beans, their eyes need to be drawn to your design.

But how?

Ask the Right Questions: Assess The Brand’s Values, Strategy, and Style

Before you can hop on any graphic design software and start designing away, you have to stop and think about what your brand’s values are or what your client is expecting from you.

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Here are some questions to ask yourself before designing.

  1. What’s the style or vibe you’re going for?
  2. Is it a more earthy vibe? Will the colors be neutral or do they want them to be crazy eccentric?
  3. What are the values of this coffee company? Are they ethical? How can I express that through my design?
  4. Who is my target audience and what would they look for in a coffee brand?

Once you answer some of these basic questions, you can start designing accordingly.

4 Easy Steps to Creating the Perfect Coffee Brand and Logo

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1. Come Up With The Right Branding Strategy

As I said, it all comes down asking the right questions, and when you get your answers, you can start coming up with a strategy.

Pinpointing your audience is key in the first steps of designing. Who are you designing for? An elegant brand that requires minimal color and a fancy typeface, or for a younger, more fun generation, where you have the freedom to do whatever you want? No matter the audience, make sure you design with them in mind and what would make the choose your brand.

The brand name is going to decide a lot for you. The creativity wheels will start spinning when you look at the name. Do a play on words, coincide your design to make sense with the name. You can also get a sense of tone-of-voice from the name of the brand and design accordingly.

Your logo should be something that everyone can recognize and something that sparks joy for your clients and customers. But we’ll talk more about this a little later.

2. Use An Irresistible Color Palette

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After doing some research and drawing some conclusions from my own experience in designing for coffee brands, most people love earthy tones when it comes to coffee branding.

So whether you go from a toned-down green, or an earthy brown pallette, make sure everything works together perfectly.

Just because most people choose earthy tones, that doesn’t mean that you have to! You can still go for brighter, more vibrant color palettes, but my recommendation is that you use the more muted versions of the colors you choose. So if you want to use orange and green, for example, just use a more muted version of the colors.

Here are a few of my favorite color combinations when it comes to coffee branding.

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3. Check Out Your Competitors

One sure fire way to know if you’re doing well is by checking out your competitors.

Check out the ones who are doing better than you, but also the ones in the same boat.

You want to look at their work and not just be a copy-cat of what their doing, but be inspired by them and ask yourself what you have to offer that is different from them and how you can do better.

4. Keep it Simple

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When it comes to your logo, the best thing to do is to keep it simple.

Especially nowadays, when the trend is flat-design and minimalist.

You want people to look at your design, and say, “oh yeah! That’s my favorite coffee brand.”

It shouldn’t be so complex that your customers don’t understand what the heck is going on, but it can also have a bit of a back story that needs to be explained.

A perfect combination of the two is the goal here, but keep it simple!

Our Favorite Coffee Branding Examples

I want to close out this article by inspiring you and showing you some examples of my favorite coffee brand designs.

My favorite places to get inspiration from are Pinterest, Dribbble, Behance, and the places around me.

So if you’re lacking inspiration, I hope this helps!

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I hope this article helped you out in one way or another and inspired you to get to designing.

So go ahead, grab your coffee and go make something amazing.

And until next time,

Stay creative, folks!

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Black Sabbath – “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” / “Changes” international single covers

Black Sabbath – “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” / “Changes” international single covers

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Spanish release, probably with the most elaborate type treatment: Georg Trump’s Time Script was slanted, set on a dramatic angle with tight letterspacing, and further enhanced with a gradient fill, gloomy shadows, and blood dripping from the double o. The script is contrasted with all-caps Washington Bold. The same sleeve design was also used in Germany and Austria. [More info on Discogs]

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Five very different sleeve designs from various European countries for “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”, the opening title track and the first single release from Black Sabbath’s album of the same name, released in late 1973 with B-side “Changes”.

The covers provide a cross section of what was popular in display type at the time, although it’s difficult to make out one common trend. There’s the multiline/Op art theme (Black Line), the unearthed turn-of-the-century oddities (Tintoretto, Frankonia) including the hippie revival of Jugendstil/Secession forms (Dreamline), and the amorphous, bottom-heavy styles (Bottleneck, Putty Bold that came in fashion shortly before. At the same time, we see various sans serifs, ranging from classics to contemporary heavyweights (Antique Olive Compact, Neil Bold) and new interpretations of Art Deco themes (Washington, Premier Shaded), to futuristic ones (Handel Gothic). Eight out of 14 typeface designs originated in phototype and dry transfer, four were created in the previous three years. Now one could ask the chicken-and-egg question: Were those typefaces trendy that were offered by the type providers? Or did they produce fonts that responded to the current trends?

What I find more interesting is the fact that there were hardly any genre-specific typeface preferences yet. None of the featured typefaces is inherently “metal” or “hard rock”. This is different for the album: With the stylized blackletter on the cover, it’s instantly clear what kind of music it contains. Mean letterforms for mean music. On the international single sleeves, though, the styles are all over the place. Those were often made by local divisions of record labels and distributors. In most cases, the bands had no word in the design decisions. There was no well-defined genre typography yet, it was all still “pop type”. Just compare this set of covers to another one by ABBA from around the same time. The music and fanbase is very different. The type styles are fairly similar, though, and some fonts are even the same.

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The French version by Série Parade/Vertigo likewise does without a photograph. It features bichromatic Tintoretto caps paired with lowercase Frankonia for the titles. Note the mirrored quote marks. [More info on Discogs]

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Scandinavian version by Vertigo, ft. Antique Olive Compact. [More info on Discogs]

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Italian pressing on WWA Records ft. Bottleneck and Gill Sans. [More info on Discogs] Why’s the final letter in the band name from the lowercase? As there’s nothing too fancy about Bottleneck’s H, I have to assume that the designer ran out of dry-transfer letters. The third B looks fishy, too – it may have been made by repurposing parts of other characters.

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The Portuguese release wins the prize for most typefaces, randomly picked. The front cover has bichromatic Premier Shaded with filled-in counters, arranged on a bouncing baseline and paired with all-caps Neil Bold and Putty Bold

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… while the back cover surprises with a completely different, equally variegated mix of fonts. ft. Black Line, Handel Gothic, Dreamline, and Univers Condensed Italic. [More info on Discogs]

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