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A Discussion On How Trophies Encourage People

When it comes to sports, academics and other fields, performance is usually measured. Measuring performance is important because it tells you how good you are in comparison to other people in the same field and it also lets you know if you’ve improved. Humans as a whole strive for improvement and progress. Progress is what has made us into the greatest and most dominant species on earth and as a result, development is essential for our survival. So, with that said, encouraging progress is imperative, and therefore, there should be incentives to encourage it.

Famous Trophies

stanley-cup-trophyOne of the incentives provided are trophies where the person who places first in his or her field is given an award. For example, in the arena of sports, trophies are presented to those who win against other teams or individuals. Some famous trophies include the World Cup, Heisman Trophy, Stanley Cup, US Masters and more. In addition to sports, trophies are awarded in other fields such as science, arts, film, music, etc. Some famous awards in these other fields include the Oscars, Grammy Awards, Nobel Prize, etc.

Shane from Lane Award Manufacturing notes, “Trophies and awards on the whole serve to encourage people to achieve excellence. To become an expert in their field and to make their mark in this world. It is also a form of recognition for individuals who have worked hard to achieve greatness and show that their hard work has meaning and purpose.”

In closing, there are many people who think that trophies shouldn’t be given out, but I disagree. Trophies and crystal awards serve to inspire people to do better and become better. They encourage us to go deep within ourselves and become the best version that we can be. This journey in itself is a reward, but getting a trophy is the icing on the cake.

Stickers Can Be Quite Effective as Advertising Media and Must Be Designed with a Lot of Care

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Stickers can be used to advertise events, products, services or only to add some color and distinctive appearance to vehicles and other items. They can be a powerful tool for marketing and can help in the promotion of business. Stickers once put on cars, and other vehicles will remain as a constant advertisement. They can be used for almost any kind of surface and even left out in the sun and rain. You can also deliver them very easily by putting them in mail, as handouts on street corners, place them in complimentary bags or leave them on counters for customers to pick up.

Sticker design needs to be undertaken with a lot of thought if they are to be effective in carrying the right message. Creating awesome stickers is not difficult if proper time is given to their production and the right materials and colors are used. The actual process of setting up the design has been made simple by the wide variety of drawing and painting design software that is available on computers, and most of them do not require too much of expertise. What you need is more to determine the right message, the right colors and the right printing equipment. Creating the perfect image can often be a matter of trial and error. It must take into consideration any company logo or colors that you already use and which people are familiar.

Connie Blanchard of summitprint.ca makes an important point “The design must also reflect the event for which you are creating the sticker design or a particular product that you need to promote. Your sticker design has to concentrate on the message and the impact that you want it to have.”

The design must have a subtle connection to your company logo or colors so that identification is straightforward and uncomplicated. There should be the main headline and a message and only colors that are needed or identified with the product should be used. A sticker is a billboard and must be designed as such. Use sticker material that is colored to the background that you want and print it over with white or other colors, as this can reduce your cost.

You can also design your sticker in such a way that the back also can give additional information about your company or its products. Make use of the latest graphics that are available on computers so that you have designs that are stunning and eye catching. Stickers are often used by car owners to personalize their vehicles and give them a distinction and the ability to stand out in traffic. Proportion is important in sticker design and can determine the final effect that a sticker will have. Experiment with a variety of colors and shapes. These may also be at times be defined by the location of the sticker. Car stickers can be on windshields or doors. The stickers must be of a size that allows them to be quickly put on the surface for which they are designed.

Various Graphic Design Trends For 2016

Graphic design, like fashion, has different trends that materialize throughout each year. Trends take time to peak, and it is very likely that you have noticed some trends come and go throughout the years. Even if you are not aware of the current trends, as a designer it is important to familiarize yourself with the various dynamic shifts going on within your respective industry. That way, you have the opportunity to capitalize on them. In this article, we will be going over some of the different graphic design trends for 2016.

Graphic Design Trends For 2016:

1. Modern Retro.

Modern retro in the home.
Modern retro in the home.
One of the key trends going into this year is known as modern retro. Instead of taking designs that are influenced by early 1900’s, a lot of designers are going towards designs that were popular within the most recent decades when technology was in its infancy stages. For example, video games, pixel art, and even themes revolving around space. This is becoming more and more popular with all kinds of designers including both web and product design.

2. Material Design.
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Google made a splash in the design world when it introduced its own material design guidelines. This particular design is pretty much characterized by having various colors, edge to edge imagery, larger scaled typography and a lot of white space. This allows for the overall design to be extremely bold and graphic. A lot of people refer to this design style as being the second version of flat design language. A lot of websites and designers are taking to Google’s new design philosophy, and it has been a hit with consumers.

3. Brighter and Bolder.

Another trend in the design world has been a shift towards brighter and bolder colors than ever. This pretty much fits in with both of the other design changes this year – material and retro. A lot of companies and designers are moving away from muted colors and choosing over saturated colors which allow their websites to pop on new technology screens such as Super AMOLED displays. This trend is likely a direct result of the newer screen technology which pairs well with saturated and bright colors.

4. Geometric Shapes.

A great example of geometric design.
A great example of geometric design.
Another big design shift that has been going on is a change towards more geometric shapes. These shapes have been gaining traction for the last several years but this year it is expected to explode. This kind of graphic design language is supposed to be big this year because of the new 3D modeling technique for video games and because more designers are trying to get their products and website’s noticed more and more.

5. Negative Space.

Negative space is another design trend that is expected to grow this year. White space is typically used in any good design. However, when strategically used, it can be a great and clever way to add further meaning to your designs. This applies in particular if you are designing something for a logo or a branding project.