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How to embrace contemporary trends and create award winning experiences

  • Language: English
  • Certificate: of completion
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese (Machine translation)
  • Duration: 3 Hours 42 Mins

Contemporary trends can be a good servant but a bad master. Learn how to navigate through the ever-changing digital ecosystem and find out what to do when you plan to win some of those digital awards.

Category Course format Language Duration Level
Interaction, UX Design Online English with Subt. 3 Hours 42 Mins Beginners, Intermediate & Professional


Beginner or Moderate knowledge of Adobe Suite and Figma


The role of Digital Designer is dramatically progressing every day and placing new demands. Learn how to be a “wholesome” Designer and all-in-one person, how to be your own curator and eventually get some positive recognition.

Get involved with various creative techniques such as illustration, photography, custom typography or video. We will dismantle my award-winning projects and basically create a checklist with all points so you don’t miss your chance to shine.

You will learn

  • Brief evolution of Digital design
  • You will overview contemporary trends in creative disciplines
  • How to be prepared for the project before you start designing
  • You will learn how to build solid wireframe
  • You will learn the importance of the content
  • How to pick the right layout
  • Learn the principles and basics of typography
  • How to adapt illustrative approach
  • How to boost your project with imagery content
  • How to bring life to your design with motion
  • How to do proper handover to development

The course includes

  • 3 Hours 42 Mins of condensed knowledge
  • Valuable links and resources for every lesson
  • Course Documentation


What you will learn
in this course.

  • Lessons
  • Lesson 1
    • Meet your Instructor
    • Approach to Design
    • The goals of the Course
  • Lesson 2
    The brief evolution of Digital design
    • Introduction
    • The first sign of visual communication
    • The beginning of a visual language
    • The invention of printing
    • The industrial revolution
    • The digital revolution
    • Internet era
    • From one website in 1991 to 1.86 billion websites in 2021
    • First browser and Internet Explorer
    • Birth of Web Design
    • The evolution of Web Development
    • Era of responsive design and Mobile Era
    • Brief History of Web fonts
    • Clear Type
    • WOFF format
    • Variable fonts
    • Fonts conclusion
  • Lesson 3
    Preparation for a Project (I) - An overview to Contemporary Trends
    • An overview to contemporary trends
    • Trend list which matters: Character over minimalism
    • Trend list which matters: Typeface in variable forms
    • Trend list which matters: Mockup Designs
    • Trend list which matters: Editorial design
    • Trend list which matters: Use of Quirky typefaces
    • Trend list which matters: Acid, Psychedelic Graphics
    • Trend list which matters: Return of Textures and Patterns
    • Trend list which matters: Use of spatial 3D environments
    • Trend list which matters: Custom tailored-authentic content
  • Lesson 4
    Preparation for a Project (II) - Be curious and stay relevant
    • Be curious and stay relevant
  • Lesson 5
    Preparation for a Project (III) - Importance of Briefing
    • Importance of Briefing
  • Lesson 6
    Preparation for a Project (IV) - Idea First
    • Idea First
  • Lesson 7
    Preparation for a Project (V) - Blending Digital branding with Web Design
    • Blending Digital branding with Web Design
  • Lesson 8
    Road to Awards (I)
    • Intro
    • Build foundation of experience with solid wireframe
  • Lesson 9
    Road to Awards (II) - Reaching beyond discipline Borders
    • Introduction
    • Calligraphy & handwriting
    • Get involved in photography
  • Lesson 10
    Road to Awards (III)
    • Content is the King
  • Lesson 11
    Road to Awards (IV)
    • Pick the right Layout
  • Lesson 12
    Road to Awards (V) - Convey the message with Typography
    • Introduction
    • Typeface
    • Size
    • Hierarchy
    • Contrast
    • Letter spacing & Line Height
    • Consistency
    • Alignment
    • White space
  • Lesson 13
    Bonus: What's hoy in Typography
    • Variable fonts
    • Big and Bold Headlines, Magazine feel
    • Extravagant font pairings: pairing type with other elements
    • Distorted typography
    • Playful interactive typography
    • Script: handwritten style
    • Conclusion
  • Lesson 14
    Road to Awards (VI) - Adapt illustrative approach
    • Introduction
    • Infographics
    • Iconography
    • UI design
    • Illustration as decorative art
  • Lesson 15
    Bonus: What's hot in illustration
    • 3D, Geometric, Abstract
    • Hand-Drawn Illustrations
    • Flat geometric Abstract
    • Outline Illustration
    • Airbrush, Surrealism
  • Lesson 16
    Road to Awards (VII) - Boost it with Imagery
    • Introduction
    • Start with a moodboard
    • Search the right relation
    • Carefully curate
    • Think about the format
    • Use various frames, masks
    • Use video instead of static image
    • Apply filters or effects
  • Lesson 17
    Bonus: What's hot in imagery styles
    • Dreamy feel vibes
    • Retro mood
    • Print like esthetics
    • Images in images
    • Gradients
  • Lesson 18
    Road to Awards (VIII)
    • Bring life to your design with Motion
  • Lesson 19
    Make it Happen
    • Handover to Development
  • Lesson 20
    • Have fun!

Meet the teacher


Founder and CD at Creative Nights

Marek Suchanek is a Graphic designer and Creative Director focused on digital design and digital branding. He founded the independent studio Creative Nights in 2014. He believes good design must touch both the heart and the mind for it to have lasting relevance.


Course Content

Contemporary trends can be a good servant but a bad master. Learn how to navigate through the ever-changing digital ecosystem and find out what to do when you plan to win some of those digital awards.


  • English
  • English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese (Machine translation)
  • Beginners, Intermediate & Professional
  • Access on mobile and Desktop
  • Full time access
  • Certificate of completion

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