21 Dec

Hello Winter Wallpapers

The temperatures are dropping and snow has fallen – winter’s officially here! Break out your fuzzy socks, cuddle up on the couch, and get cozy!

Below you can find our newest wallpaper downloads sized for desktop, Zoom or mobile.

After clicking the button with the size you want, right click and select “Save Image As…” to save to your device.


18 Dec

11P’s Illustration Style Guide

This year, we put our heads together to develop a beautiful, inclusive, and functional illustration style guide for Eleven Peppers. Below is a sampling of elements we included, along with factors that guided our process.

THE IMPORTANCE OF ILLUSTRATION

Illustration is a great tool to use when photography or other graphical elements aren’t possible or don’t make sense. You can illustrate a visual metaphor to demonstrate a value that might otherwise be difficult to communicate.

Perhaps the strongest benefit of using illustration is its storytelling ability. Rather than using photography which is limited to real-world possibilities, illustrating a story opens up an entire universe – any character, scene, or message can be conveyed in any way you can imagine!

Using illustration strategically can add nuance, depth, and richness to an otherwise ordinary object/scene. When used for human figures, it can convey subtle or extreme personality traits. Illustration elements like color, texture, pattern, shape, level of detail, and composition can control your desired message.

PRINCIPLES OF 11P ILLUSTRATION

Custom designed illustrations have played a big role for our 11P brand. Illustrations have assisted us in conveying our uniqueness and our company’s vibrant, fun, and friendly culture. This energy and originality is what guided our illustration aesthetic – down to the tiniest detail. In order to ensure that our illustration style truly represented us, we made sure it embodied the following principles:

Light & Punny

At 11P we like to keep it light and fun, just like our funfetti circles or our Pepper dude.

Energetic

Personality, personality, personality! Illustrations should have an attitude and ours is up-beat!

Creative

Boring? No way! We always add a little zest to everything we do.

Diverse

Each person brings something completely different to the table. Our diversity is our strength.

KEY ELEMENTS OF OUR ILLUSTRATION STYLE GUIDE

An illustration style guide is crucial when establishing brand consistency! Having clearly defined guidelines also speeds up production, so designers can keep their focus on concepts and messaging rather than aesthetic. Below are key elements we included to streamline our illustration design process.

Colors

We knew we had to include a wide range of colors to represent the diversity of our team. Staying true to our original brand colors, we simply defined how each color would be used in regard to skin tones and hair colors. We also included a detailed complimentary brand palette to assist in illustrating dimension on objects for maximum impact.

Texture

Texture is another powerful tool to add personality to brand illustrations. We opted to include a speckled brush, used to create depth via shadows and highlights. This element adds a “handmade” quality to an otherwise clean vector, communicating our hands-on, custom approach to challenges.

Pattern

Our 11P “funfetti” pattern is great for filling in objects with a bit of interest – for instance, on clothing or a backdrop. It’s like a sprinkle of our playful attitude.

Shape

The vector shapes are solid and crisp-edged, but with soft curves. This style is clean, efficient, and flexible for all shapes. These strong shapes provide structure, balancing out the softness that comes from our palette, textures and fun patterns.

Characters

Creating a character library was a must so that any team member could easily grab features to create new, distinct characters to diversifying our character illustrations. We created an entire library full of different face shapes, facial features, figures and hairs styles – making it fairly easy for any team member to assemble a character under a time constraint.

TAKEAWAY

Illustrations can add value to any brand by conveying the company’s personality and voice in an approachable visual format that’s easy for a viewer to comprehend. Custom illustrations should reflect the design and energy of the overall brand and should be consistent with designs and iconography used on all marketing materials.

At 11P, our illustrations play a key role on our website, presentations, advertisements, newsletters, social media, infographics, and videos. Having a clearly defined style guide assists in our success though all of these mediums!

09 Dec

Pepper Talk with Chuck Strauss

In this month’s Pepper Talk, we’re getting to know more about Chuck Strauss!

Just a little background before we get started, Chuck works on web development/e-Learning projects for one of our government clients. He’s been with Eleven Peppers for 1.5 years.


1. Do you have any nicknames?
Besides “Chuck” (legally I’m Charles), there’s only one that’s fit for print: “Bob.”  A few years back, my mom was shopping for holiday decorations and she came across some festive sock monkeys with names on their sweaters.  She found some for both of my brothers, but none for me, so I’m now represented by Bob.

2. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Brew the coffee, drink the coffee.  I typically have half a pot, black – no cream or sugar, before I can/will leave the house.

3. What is your favorite part about working as a web developer?
Anything that challenges me.  I’m really into finding out what’s broken and fixing it, which can be really challenging when people obfuscate their code and I’m tasked to fix it.

4. How did you get started in this industry?
My final assignment in the military was training and evaluating those in my specialty. As we transitioned from hard-copy to web-based, I leaned on my interest in all things computer and developed our web-based training templates.

5. What are your favorite apps for development?
Anything Adobe, primarily Dreamweaver.  When push comes to shove though, I’ll work with what I’ve got, even if it’s plain old Notepad.

6. What do you draw inspiration from?
Life.  It’s full of challenges, just like work.  Overcoming those challenges is what keeps me motivated and ready for the next.

7. Rapid-Fire Round:

Caffeine or no: Caffeine, please!
Sweet or Savory: Savory – my sweet tooth left me years ago.
Favorite Movie: I love far too many to choose just one… That’d be like eating just one Pringles!
Favorite place to travel: Anywhere remote – I love nature.
Hobbies: These days, I’m pretty much down to playing games (PC and phone).  I also like photographing nature in general, but macro photography specifically.

8. Okay, admission time… If you could pick one website that you wish you had designed, what would it be?
I really focus on functionality, with others doing the design (layout, graphics, etc.).  I make others’ visions into reality, and that’s more than satisfying on its own.


Thanks for meeting Chuck. As always, stay tuned for next month’s Pepper Talk to meet another member of our team!

 

01 Dec

11 Holiday Gift Ideas for Creatives

Black Friday and Cyber Monday really got us in the spirit of shopping. If you are still searching for the perfect gift for the creative person in your life, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a list of 11 unique gifts that they’ll love! Check them out below!

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