W hat we’re reading in graphic design and marketing

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Gary Smith Aug 30, 2013

As another busy yet fabulous week comes to a close, it’s time to sit back and take a gander at some of the best news we’ve been perusing lately. From the endangered species of 404 error page, to a new run of snarky posters, kick back and bring on the weekend with some articles from the world of graphic design and marketing:

Hilarious 404-error pagesWill Google Panda Kill Cool 404 Error Pages? | Web Hosting Geeks

As Google Panda 4.0 continues to roll about and clean up the web, one of the big questions is this: will 404 pages now hurt a website’s search engine rankings? This post examines that question, and tops it off with a look at 100 of the most creative (and hilarious) 404 error pages. From rampaging goats to numerous Star Wars references, this one’s worth a look for the laughs alone.

Nike Creates New Version Of London Tube Map, Encourages Walking Between Stations | Design Taxi

For those in the London area, Nike has produced a map with walking routes as an alternate to taking the Tube, marking not only the most convenient routes, but also some of the worthwhile scenery along the way. Even for those that don’t live near London, the map’s snazzy design beckons a click.

[Infographic] Social Calls-to-Action Work | DanZarrella

Like Gummy Vitamins, infographics are the web’s fun way to digest the old mental minerals. This infographic takes a bunch of scientific analysis of calls-to-action posted through various social media avenues, and munches up the information into a handy dandy bar graph. For anyone looking to see which words best boost a CTA on a Blog, Twitter, or Facebook, this is a useful chart.

Sarcastic Posters Reveal What it’s Like to be a Photographer | demilked

Snark can be quite the cathartic outlet. It can also dig through the glamour and misconceptions obscuring a subject. Here, that subject is the professional life of a photographer. Presented in a number of stylish posters, this series certainly invites a chuckle – and perhaps a better understanding of the people that take our pictures as a career. Be warned – it really is snarky!

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