Holiday patterns & featured designers: This Week in Design


What we published this week:

How much do you really know about graphic design? Take our ten-question quiz to find out.

Our best ideas for using video in your email marketing campaigns.

Personal story of the week: writer and UX designer Danya Azzopardi on the glory and the power of the hackathon.

Blogger & designer Paul Boag on whether the whole notion of ‘embracing failure‘ is really a good thing.

Color-coded: 8 color scheme trends in mobile app design.

“Designing an intuitive, beautiful yet functional experience for a user is similar to the process you go through in your head when you’re buying a gift for someone” – MSTQ founder Yazin Akkawi on how to create great design.

If you’re a world traveler, you should definitely download this interactive map to show where you’ve been.

Happy December!

Christmas Pug dog vector illustration. Pug dog in human sweater or sweatshirt. Adorable Chinese pug dog on New Year

Getting into the holiday spirit, web design-style:

Featured graphic designer of the week: Coderthemes


Our featured design team of the week is Coderthemes, a small development studio. Most popular item: the Ubold Responsive web app kit, a Bootstrap-based admin template that’s responsive, simple, and functional.

P.S., the header image for this article is from our featured graphic designer of the week, miumi, a designer from the Czech Republic who has a stellar collection of fruit & vegetable patterns (among other designs!)

Design news and inspiration

AWS launches a deep-learning bot framework named Alexa. Fabric wall art and too many words: the worst design trends of 2016. The coolest portfolio we’ve seen this week: Adrian Zumbrunnen’s chatbot-based site. Gorgeous kinetic architecture & paper projects. On trying to figure out why internet commenters bother to comment at all. A guide to why site structure is important, from Yoast. 6 ways to improve your logo design. And, a cool job alert: Vox Media’s Storytelling Studio is looking for a programmer-slash-journalist to push the boundaries of traditional web journalism.

Freelance files

Image: SeanPavonePhoto

Are you more Berlin or Chiang Mai? Check out our guide to the best destinations for freelancers on every continent.

From job boards to freelancing networks, here’s 20 unexplored places to find freelance work online.

Envato CEO Collis Ta’eed picks out a few of his favorite logo designs from the freelancers at Envato Studio.

Brittany Jezouit

About the Author Brittany Jezouit

Brittany is a Contributor to the Envato blog. She helped launch the publication and was its founding Editor. You can follow her on Twitter @brittanyjezouit.