The Cheeky Monkey Media Blog

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2020: New Year, New Trends.

January 20, 2020 / Danielle Thornton

Every year we see classic trends rise and fall. Things like ultra-minimalism with tons of white space, or brutalism in web design. Every year we see designs that become the latest craze. Below is Cheeky Monkey Media’s top five 2020 trend predictions: #…
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Part 3: Alphabetic Anatomy – Teaching You Type

November 7, 2019 / Treena Bjarnason

In parts one and two, we covered the absolute basics, and we looked at what “cases” mean. Now in part three let’s look at the skeletons of a sentence. That’s right. Sentence skeletons. Now, as a belated Halloween special we’ve got a lesson to spook the…
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Part 2: Sizing Up – Teaching You Type

October 16, 2019 / Treena Bjarnason

Welcome back! Last time we took a look at the very basics of typography terminology. We went over the differences between a font and a typeface, sans-serif vs. script vs. serif typefaces, and how to identify each of them. This time we’re going to take…
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Web Design Inspired by the Stars: Doug Chiang’s Impact on Website Designers

April 25, 2019 / Treena Bjarnason

Every website designer seeks inspiration to create eye-catching, innovative designs. While one might look at popular design websites or award-winning pages, others find inspiration in unexpected places. Case in point: Doug Chiang’s remarkable contribut…
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Diving Into Design – Dieter Rams

April 5, 2019 / Treena Bjarnason

Welcome to Diving into Design! This is the first article in a new series where our designer, K2, will take you on a journey back through the history of design. During each part of our journey, we’ll spotlight an incredible individual, passion-inspiring…
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Stock Wars: The Strangest Stock Images In The Galaxy

March 28, 2019 / Treena Bjarnason

Has this ever happened to you? You need a specific image for a project. There’s nothing relevant in your stock folder. In the background, a clock is ticking seconds away until the deadline hits. The client hasn’t provided anything either! What the heck…
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Unplug Your Router

July 16, 2018 / Treena Bjarnason

3 reasons you need to get offline and go outside. K2 from Cheeky Monkey Media here. Alright, let’s be honest for a minute here. We’ve all spent our fair share of time browsing for ‘inspiration’. Today I’m going to going to tell you three reasons why th…
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Your 2018 Guide To Web Design For Small Business Sites

May 2, 2018 / Treena Bjarnason

Fancy web design isn’t just for the big dogs. In fact, web design for small businesses is one of the easiest ways to help your small business get ahead of the pack. Seriously–web design affects your SEO, which can boost (or hurt) your rankings in sear…
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9 Ways to Create Unique UI Design

April 19, 2018 / Treena Bjarnason

It might be surprising, but nearly half of all small businesses still don’t have a website! As web designers looking to create cool and unique designs for clients, this is great news. When it comes to unique UI design, the world is your oyster and it’s…
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Let’s Learn Logo Lingo!

April 3, 2018 / Treena Bjarnason

Sometimes it can be a bit difficult talking to a designer. Vectors? Wordmarks? Kerning? Huh? To help you navigate those confusing conversations we’ve put together a guide detailing the various types and subtypes of logos that you can find out in the wi…
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Building a Strong Brand – 10 Essentials You Can’t Ignore

November 22, 2016 / Treena Bjarnason

Before you can go about building a strong brand or transforming your brand into something your current and future clients can’t live without, you need to understand what branding really is. What is a brand? In the broadest terms, your brand is the way…
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11 Things I would Tell my Past Self About Being a Graphic Designer

June 30, 2016 / Treena Bjarnason

Party Like it’s 1999 As I write this article, I have been in the graphic design business for about 17 years. It’s been a long but rewarding haul. In 1999, I launched my first graphic design business… Steel Dolphin Creative. I had cultivated a few clien…
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