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The Demand For Design Is Growing

Design isn't just an after-thought for corporations now. In the US alone last year, there was a 30% increase in graphic design spending. Graphic and other forms of design (e.g. packaging & retail) is becoming a $10 billion industry.

Whether it's adopting a design-mindset or developing an entire design system, companies are providing ample opportunities for designers of all specialties and niches to get involved. And with the trend of mammoth-sized freelance design websites like 99designs or toptal, there's plenty of ways to promote your specific design skillset, depending on the level of autonomy you want.

Our take is that this trend is not showing any signs of stopping. If you've committed to design, then you've chosen wisely because the demand for design is growing.
Sam Torrey


This week's .design Site Spotlight goes to...'s purpose is to remind us of the human side of design: "In a digital era, we sometimes feel the need to interact with something more human, that will make us appreciate both the beauty and the imperfection of something made by hand." This site presents differently themed illustrations to use on landing pages. Depending on whether it's commercial or personal use, these illustrations can be a nice change of pace for the highly technical feel of most websites these days.

Have a .design site you'd like to nominate? Let us know and we might feature it in the next .design digest.

THE DIGEST Pi // Patterns & Insights

The design team at Amazon has started to publish a bi-annual publication to illustrate the socio-cultural shifts evidenced from customer behavior. It is a spectacularly well-designed print project that can satisfy your curiosity if you're wondering what insights the design team at Amazon has come up with.

14 Mistakes to Avoid When Working With Your First Freelance Client

Babar Suleman provides us with a great article on what to watch out for when you dive into the freelancing world. Lots of good tid bits in here about pricing.
10 New Web Design Tools For May 2019

Tanya Combrinck brings us a timely article about web design tools that are relevant in 2019. Spoiler: Bootstrap is a key tool that is on the rise.

Free Salt Font

 Thanks to Masha Chuprova for creating this interesting and unique font style. Coming in two weights - regular and bold - Salt is a clean yet artistic typeface that goes well with a black and white color scheme or an elegant look. 
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