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Top Visual Trends for 2014 0

Posted on January 03, 2014 by Daniel Francavilla

Now I’m not a fan of trends – it’s better to look ahead then at what’s already happening, in terms of creativity, design and innovation, of course.

Every creative wants to make something original that stands out, so according to iStock, knowing which visual themes and tools are trending (and then puing your own spin on them) is how to keep your work fresh.

From lense flares to wearable cameras, here are some of the top visual trends to look out for in 2014.

Infographic: 2014 Visual Trends

Why Now Creative Group? 0

Posted on September 18, 2013 by Daniel Francavilla

After freelancing for a few years, and collaborating with other freelancers on projects to meet expanding service requests, I recently launched a creative services company, Now Creative Group.

The main reasons for launching Now Creative Group are to work with awesome people, take on new challenges, work with more clients, expand service offerings, increase community involvement and collaboration, and create a platform for future initiatives.

The Now Digital Network and its media priorities are now also part of Now Creative Group.

Now Creative Group offers Design, Digital, Marketing and Media services and solutions. Our group is made up of talented creatives, business professionals, design thinkers and problem solvers.

As a Graphic Design graduate from OCAD University, I now study Digital Strategy and Communications Management at the University of Toronto. Applying the principles of Design, Branding, Research and Communications, Now Creative Group allows me to work with other passionate, innovative team members, to provide cohesive solutions.

The launch video was filmed completely at our shared workspace in Toronto’s King West area, to the beat of Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.

Welcome to the now., @NowCreates on Twitter and Facebook.

Awesome Podcasts on Business, Design and Entrepreneurship 1

Posted on September 15, 2013 by Daniel Francavilla

There are tons of Blogs and Books on the topics of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Design – but that’s a ton of reading for a busy entrepreneur or designer. Another decent source, YouTube videos, aren’t t exactly practical to be watching on the go (unless you’re ok bumping into people and tripping on things).

So to fill this in-between period where most people probably listen to music, I started listening to useful podcasts.

It seems that not everyone is familiar with podcasts, though they’ve been around since about 2004. (A podcast is a type of digital media consisting of an episodic series of audio radio or video files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device, according to Wikipedia).

Here are the ones I recommend so far (some are professional, and some are more personal conversations).

Entrepreneur on Fire

EntrepreneurOnFire is a daily podcast, hosted by John Lee Dumas, interviewing today’s most successful and inspiring entrepreneurs. Since launching in September 2012, they have featured entrepreneurs like Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Barbara Corcoran, Tim Ferriss and over 300 more. During the 30ish-minute interviews, the spotlighted entrepreneur tells us about their journey, sharing early failures, AHA moments, and providing insights about the techniques that are working for them right now. Each show wraps with a five-question “Lightning Round” that pulls priceless nuggets of information from these successful Entrepreneurs, encouraging listeners and fans to take action.

EntrepreneurOnFire on iTunes

The Deeply Graphic DesignCast

For designers of every kind, each episode of The Deeply Graphic DesignCast tackles a different graphic design related topic, from finding better clients to online portfolios to making sure you get paid. They offer tips in a “Do Yourself a Favor” segment and advice when by answering a listener question.

Hosted by three working designers with a wealth of real world experience to draw upon, there is something new in every episode.

The Deeply Graphic Design Cast on iTunes

The Human Business Way

The Human Business Way podcast is a mix of interviews and informative advice dedicated to entertaining you while also teaching you a thing or two about doing business in a much more relationship-minded way. Produced by Chris Brogan, founder of Human Business Works, this show is intended to be fun and educational. Topics and formats vary from week to week.

The Human Business Way on iTunes

HBR IdeaCast

The HBR IdeaCast features breakthrough ideas and commentary from the leading thinkers in business and management. Content is from the publishers of Harvard Business Review, Harvard Business Press, and, (They also offer it in video as the Video IdeaCast, and through their iPhone App).

HBR IdeaCast on iTunes


The Entrepreneurs

The Entrepreneurs puts the spotlight on those driving innovation in their industries, plus where to invest, business news and tips from those who have succeeded.

This is Monacle 24‘s business show aimed at people who run their own company – or want to.

Monocle 24: The Entrepreneurs on iTunes

And of course a week after writing this, the awesome Scott Stratten launched his first podcast (after 9 years of blogging and tweeting). I wrote about The UnPodcast here .

What happens inside the Brain of a Designer 0

Posted on September 05, 2013 by Daniel Francavilla

Do designers have different brains? What is the difference between the Left and Right sides of the brains, when it comes do designers?

Well, this is one creative (entertaining) take on describing the brain and what each area does.

Like the Sounddabellum, my favourite: The region of the brain responsible for controlling the designer’s response to deadlines, which is apparently directly connected to the latteintakus caffeine ventricles.

Serious diagrams, silly explanations.

Remodeling, decorating, and more ∨

Home improvement can start with something as minor as installing track lighting or ceiling fans.
For small bathroom ideas, browse photos of space-saving bathroom vanities and clever hidden recessed medicine cabinets.

Why You Might Help That Stranger 0

Posted on March 01, 2013 by Daniel Francavilla

There are countless behaviours humans have adopted over time – for such goals of survival, defence and pro-creation. How humans relate to one another, and more specifically care for and protect each other, is key to their survival and maintaining relationships.

How do humans react in situations when others are in need? When or why do people help strangers? Do humans feel responsible for the lives of others? This design concept for Art Meets Science displays what people think when presented with situations to help fellow humans.

To visually represent these key concepts of Social Psychology, I created the two graphics above. To view them, click each individually for a larger image. The title of this series is “Why you might help that stranger: Psychological Explorations in the Common Phenomenon of Altruism and Assistance”.


The Common Phenomenon of Altruism and Assistance

A variety of theories were used in the creation of these pieces . One includes the Arousal: Cost-Reward Theory and the other includes Empathy-Altruism Helping Theory; along with the concepts of Altruism, Assistance and the Bystander Effect.

For example, one factor for a person helping another are the costs involved (if the costs of assisting are low, and the costs of not assisting are high, the bystander will definitely choose to help – however, if the costs of not assisting are low, the bystander may not help at all) as well as who else is around (if many people are there, this may lead to diffusion of responsibility for example [Garcia et al., 2002). A simple factor such as whether or not a victim asks for help varies people’s reactions immensely (without the victim asking directly, less than half as many people would stop to help [Yakimovich & Saltz, 1971]).

Through this design it is evident that overall, people have the capacity and desire to help. There are many factors that influence people’s decisions, including everything from stress level to the responses of others.

Through positive reinforcement by society, encouragement and a social conscious, humans can help make the world a better place for all.

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