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  • What are your users saying behind your back?

    Boagworld - Web & Digital Advice
    Paul Boag
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    We may know user experience is important in theory. But until you hear and see people’s frustration you don’t fully appreciate it. Every organisation claims to put customers at the heart of what they do. They say they want to provide an outstanding experience. But often this is little more than lip service. When a desire to provide a great user experience clashes with cost savings it is user experience that loses. When a desire to provide a great user experience clashes with cost savings it is user experience that loses. Tweet thisThis is because most senior management teams are not…
  • Chef's Table

    Coudal Partners Blended Feed
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Gorgeous trailer for the new Netflix series Chef's Table.
  • The Value Of Logo Design for Your Business

    DesignFloat | Published News | Graphic Design
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
    Customers in mind and reflect their ambitions, lifestyle and economic status through your logo design
  • 20th Annual Designing Women Celebration Four: Pins, needles, pens, paints and passion

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    Fred Showker
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    This week's surf was a lot of fun. We got Kraft of craft and Murphy's law! We met designers who make movies and veteran skateboarding designers! So when we say "Roll" with the 20th Annual Designing Women edition -- that could be very literal : Verena Michelitsch : New Twist, Old design problemsMurphy's Law : if it can be fabulous, Kelly does itMartina : an eye for color, shape, style and space Eugenia Loli motion in collage... and filmNomoco : watercolor magicianThe true craft of KraftHire a Skate Mom! and more to come! read more
  • Inspiring graphic design work: 10 gorgeous examples

    Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Good graphic design work takes time and effort for the designers who produce it, but it can be the best source of inspiration for others. In this post I have gathered ten examples of high-quality graphic design work. Make sure that you ask yourself what makes the work good for each design you’ll see in […] The post Inspiring graphic design work: 10 gorgeous examples appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
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  • 20th Annual Designing Women Celebration Four: Pins, needles, pens, paints and passion

    Fred Showker
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    This week's surf was a lot of fun. We got Kraft of craft and Murphy's law! We met designers who make movies and veteran skateboarding designers! So when we say "Roll" with the 20th Annual Designing Women edition -- that could be very literal : Verena Michelitsch : New Twist, Old design problemsMurphy's Law : if it can be fabulous, Kelly does itMartina : an eye for color, shape, style and space Eugenia Loli motion in collage... and filmNomoco : watercolor magicianThe true craft of KraftHire a Skate Mom! and more to come! read more
  • Advertising Update : Brand-Protection, cookies, digital ads, ad strategy

    Fred Showker
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    We've screamed through the winter and spring is rolling by -- next thing you know it will be summer and back to school time! Your spring marketing sense needs to focus on the coming close of schools, graduation and summer vacations. Your clients should be ready to market strong! Five Questions to Help You Decide Whether You Need a Brand-Protection ToolWill Facebook force advertisers to forget about tracking cookies?A new pricing scheme will change how digital ads are soldProgrammatic buys 'make sense' for industryPlanning your next ad strategy . . . and more! read more
  • Marketing Update : Twitter, Facebook, Direct Mail, Press Releases, Video and more

    Fred Showker
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    April, May, Mother's Day, and the spring launch into Summer will offer an array of marketing opportunities. Tie in with any number of motifs from family to vacation and travel. But first, get your online social networking act together : How the latest moves by Twitter and Facebook help you market your organization4 reasons to use direct mail marketing instead of email marketingThe 8 golden rules of writing great press releasesThe rapid rise of video in content marketing6 things great PR campaigns have in common5 priorities for email marketing in 2015. . . and more read more
  • Creative Pro User Group Network Announces Las Vegas SuperMeet

    Fred Showker
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Fourteenth annual industry networking gala to help foster film and media community attending 2015 NAB Show. The Creative Pro User Group (CPUG) Network have announced that the Fourteenth Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet will take place on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in the Royale Ballroom at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada. read more
  • Virtual TimeClock 15 Goes Green with Electronic Employee Timecards

    Fred Showker
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    I didn't think I would need this when I started, either. But believe me, if you plan to change and grow, you'll eventually have to deal with employees. With employees comes the tedium and misery of managing their time, taxes and benefits. This is the kind of help you'll really need read more
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    Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog

  • 10 gorgeous stamp design

    Sabina Hona
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:48 pm
    A stamp with your personal logo makes you feel like a professional and justifies you have carefully worked on the projects. It’s always great to have own stamp with personal logo. That is why today we have a collection of 10 gorgeous stamp designs for your inspiration which are available below! 1. The Hat Shop […] The post 10 gorgeous stamp design appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Design deals for the week

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    Every week, we’ll give you an overview of the best deals for designers, make sure you don’t miss any by subscribing to our deals feed. You can also follow the recently launched website Type Deals if you are looking for free fonts or font deals. 10 old-fashioned vintage fonts This fabulous font bundle features 10 high […] The post Design deals for the week appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Inspiring graphic design work: 10 gorgeous examples

    29 Mar 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Good graphic design work takes time and effort for the designers who produce it, but it can be the best source of inspiration for others. In this post I have gathered ten examples of high-quality graphic design work. Make sure that you ask yourself what makes the work good for each design you’ll see in […] The post Inspiring graphic design work: 10 gorgeous examples appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • 15 optical illusions that will blow your mind

    Sabina Hona
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:55 pm
    Sometimes the human brain gets confused with the illusions at a first glance. Below we have 15 optical illusions which will appear something else if you keep staring continued. Have a look at them below! 1. Giant 3D globe It seems like a giant 3D globe, but it’s different in actual. It’s completely flat instead. […] The post 15 optical illusions that will blow your mind appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Minding my own business: newspaper cutouts by Yuken Teruya

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:22 am
    Japanese artist Yuken Teruya found inspiration in a New York Times article to title this artistic project. To express his feelings about the articles he reads, he cuts out little sprouts out of the articles’ images, thus building his own little newspaper garden. The post Minding my own business: newspaper cutouts by Yuken Teruya appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
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  • LEAOS Carbon Urban E-Bike Wins 2015 Red Dot Product Design Award

    Levent Ozler
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:26 pm
    LEAOS Carbon Urban E-Bike has won the 2015 Red Dot Product Design Award. LEAOS is the first E-Bike with a consequent unbroken designline including handlebar and fork.
  • St-Philippe Residence by Atelier Général

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Atelier Général recently converted a duplex into a cottage for a young professional couple wishing to adapt the layout to their needs.
  • MoMu Museum Explorer

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:28 pm
    The Fashion Museum of Antwerp (MoMu) unveiled Momu Museum Explorer, an interactive wall to unlock the Museum's hidden treasures locked away in huge archives.
  • ASID Launches Business Strategy Courses for Interior Designers

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:56 pm
    The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has launched a new online business strategy training series.
  • The Design Competition Conference

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Co-hosted with Harvard University's Graduate School of Design on April 23-24, the Design Competition Conference will assess the current state of competitions and propose ways to creatively engage broader communities, develop innovative incentives for greater designer participation, and address issues aimed at improving people's daily lives.
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    Graphic Design News

  • New Johns Hopkins mobile app educates care providers on improving sleep, overall health of patients

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:16 am
    Experts from the Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep hope to help patients get a better night's sleep by providing health care staff members with a basic educational tool on their smartphones. Called MySleep101, the mobile learning application offers providers who are not experts in sleep disorders information on how to screen and counsel patients experiencing sleepless nights.
  • North Sydney woman crowdfunds tuition for startup program

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Discouraged by common stereotypes associated with Cape Breton, North Sydney resident Leah Noble showed the the world what her life is like on the island through her former blog Dream Big Cape Breton. She has started a crowdfunding effort to pay for tuition.
  • Pharmetics Inc. - Strategic SWOT Analysis Review - New Report Available

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
    The company manufactures and distributes over-the-counter, natural products, and contract manufacturing services. It manufactures products through categories, such as vitamins, minerals, herbals, supplements, sports nutrition, OTC, analgesics, cough, cold and allergy, and gastrointestinal products.
  • The Reporter, Times Review rocks New York newspaper awards

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    The New York Press Association honored your hometown paper this past weekend with seven prizes for journalism excellence - including four first place prizes - at its annual conference in Saratoga Springs. The Reporter brought home top awards in two of NYPA's most coveted categories, Coverage of the Environment and overall Writer of the Year.
  • SCC's spring 2015 student art show opens April 2

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:43 pm
    The spring 2015 Student Art Show, sponsored by the Surry Community College Art Club, will feature a variety of artistic creations including graphic design, drawings, photography, ceramics and watercolor paintings. Associate of Fine Art Graduates Chelsea McCormick, Tyler Halstead, Rocio Leonides and Brandi Durham will be displaying their Senior Thesis Exhibition work.
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    You The Designer

  • This Is Your Brain On Drugs—Minimalist Posters by Meaghan Li

    Kevin Mark Rabida
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:04 am
    Despite all the bad effects of drugs both physically and emotionally, there’s no question about the visual stimulation it can give to a user. Something graphic designer Meaghan Li tried to depict in her side project This Is Your Brain On Drugs.  The title is reminiscent of two ad campaigns of the same name by the  Partnership for a Drug-Free America. The two PSAs are large scale anti-narcotic campaigns using a frying egg as a metaphor for the brain getting “fried by drugs”. Meaghan Li’s posters, however, attempt to illustrate the lucid effects of each drug in an…
  • Design Exercises To Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

    Kevin Mark Rabida
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:23 pm
    The creative mind is like the human body. Creativity by Alex Norris Creativity is something that should be trained everyday, or else it would get out of shape. Thus, doing some creativity exercises would ensure that your brain remains sharp enough for you to do your projects effectively. Aside from that, it’s inevitable that you will run into a creative block where it would seem that your fountain of creativity has run out. Doing some light Photoshop manipulation or even doodling will help getting you back in the zone. I’ve listed some mini design exercises you can do to get…
  • 9 Generic Logotypes You Should Avoid When Designing A Logo

    Kevin Mark Rabida
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the most crucial aspects of designing a logo is making elements reflect what the company really is. But there are times when we as designers get influenced with current design trends. It may be caused by false inspiration, unintentional plagiarism, or just a plain result of the changing design times. In a previous article, we talked about the generic logo that we are all too tired of seeing. Graphic designer Giovanni Todini curated a list of logo cliches most run-of-the-mill designers use.  Logos using Trajan font cut by an arc or the use of graph icons for finance-type firms are all…
  • Illustrator Turns Your Deepest Fears Into Cute Comics

    Kevin Mark Rabida
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:23 pm
    They are called intrusive thoughts—disruptive fantasies of anger, hate, and most of all, fear. In psychology, intrusive thoughts are negative ideas that’re automatic, frequent, upsetting or distressing, and difficult to control or get rid of. They are associated with obsessive-compulsive disorders and depression, but they can be experienced by all of us. And now, this guy illustrates them. Los Angeles-based artist Fran Krause is an animator. He is currently faculty in the Character Animation Program at CalArts, creator of several cartoons, and he’s the guy who draws the Deep…
  • The 7 Original Godzilla Posters by Noriyoshi Ohrai

    Kevin Mark Rabida
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Godzilla is one monster, or kaiju, we all recognize from childhood. He is one of the most recognizable icons of Japaneses popular culture, and is the face of Japanese kaiju film subgenre Last year, Godzilla was featured in an American film and retells his origin as an ancient alpha predator whose existence was hidden by the US government since the 50s. The film’s poster was surprisingly subtle in contrast to the original Godzilla posters from the 80s. There’s gritty reboots for you, I guess. With vivid and bright colors, Noriyoshi Orai’s original posters portray a more…
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    Next Big Design

  • Word Three: Sustainable: Just in time.

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
    When this word first hit my lexicon, my curious antenna went up and started to do some serious seeking. It was used in the context of environmental activism and behaviors that considered the planet first. My curiosity was directed to the broader definition of the word. Sustainable: like a bridge that lasts from the age of the Romans. Capable of being upheld from below. Or able to be supported
  • Word: Brand: Branding Should Not Be Painful

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:11 am
    A few years ago I spoke to a troupe of Girl Scouts as part of a series on careers. In doing so, the first question I posed to the group of wide-eyed young women was, “What is a brand?” Several answers were offered up including, “It’s what they used to do to cows on the ranch.” Well, I didn’t expect Brand to be our first word studied in this series but, serendipity hit me with a baseball
  • MUSE Newsletter: Lost in Thought with Sean Hughes

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    FUSE Muse body {color:#fff; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; background-color:#fff;} a img{border:0; } p { font-size:12px;margin:10px 0;line-height:18px; } a { text-decoration:none; color:#ec008c; font-size:12px; } a:hover { color:#01b2a5; } h1 { margin-top:0;margin-bottom:2px; font-size:17px; color:#262222;text-transform:uppercase; } h1 em{font-family:Baskerville,
  • Simon Doonan – Making Taboos Fashionable

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:14 am
    In any aspect of life, if you are confronted with the question have you worked as either ‘an organic pickle maker, or a fluffer in a strip club,’ you know you are in for an interesting talk. World renowned window dresser Simon Doonan who is the Creative Ambassador for Barney's started his presentation at FUSE 2014 in just that fashion. Simon Doonan’s presentation at last year’s FUSE event
  • Top 10 Reasons We Are Excited About FUSE 2015

    18 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    It's absolutely freezing and all we can think about is - when will spring be here?! And with spring, comes FUSE, our favorite place to go for inspiration.  Here are the top 10 things we just can't wait for (outside of not putting on 5 plus layers just to walk out the door):  1.      Keyu Jin. Know her? You should.  The world's foremost authority on what's coming next in the China economy with
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    Cameron Moll / Designer, Speaker, Author

  • On Meerkat and the rapid rise of ‘meerkatting’

    18 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    I’ve been fascinated by Meerkat the past few days. That is, if I’ve been lucky enough when a live stream actually, you know, streamed. Clearly their servers have been hammered by traffic recently, thanks to the likes of SXSW and Jimmy Fallon among others. If you’re not in tech or haven’t yet heard, Meerkat allows you to broadcast live video with your phone. Currently only iOS is supported, though at least one unofficial Android app is available for viewing streams only. And if you’re into just viewing and not broadcasting, you might as well skip the app and…
  • Speaking: Squares Conference, March 25–27

    9 Jan 2015 | 10:49 am
    I’ve shared the Authentic Jobs origin story before, but never like this. At Squares Conference 2015 in Grapevine, Texas, I’ll be offering a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like running a startup-like small business—and the challenges that come with it. Here’s a taste of what I’ll be sharing: How one of our employees walked away with $3500 worth of equipment, and how this affected our remote work policy Why we went from using very few legal services to engaging three different law firms simultaneously, and the crazy circumstances that led to it Why we put…
  • Now accepting speaking invitations for my “Cohesive UX” presentation

    9 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    After not speaking at conferences for nearly all of 2014 (with good reason), I’m now accepting invitations for 2015. My presentation is titled “Cohesive UX”. In a nutshell, This presentation examines what’s required to deliver a cohesive, consistent user experience regardless of where the digital experience begins, continues, and ends. The only speaking exception I made last year was for HOW Interactive, and it was to deliver this very presentation. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and you can view the slides on Speaker Deck. (Also, don’t miss "Cohesive UX"…
  • 50% off all job listings, and my feeble attempt at brush lettering.

    2 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Brush lettering is hard. Clearly this is why we have full-time typographers. The tl;dr of it all is that we’re running our annual New Year’s 50% off sale over at Authentic Jobs, and I tasked myself with creating the promotional artwork. (By the way, my discount code for the sale is MOLL2015.) I wasn’t satisfied with how the brush fonts I wish-listed rendered “50”, so I took at stab at doing my own lettering. Super-fat Sharpie “brush” in hand, this was the somewhat feeble result: EPS conversion thanks to VectorMagic and a Stocksy photo¹ in hand, this…
  • The Disease of Being Busy

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    Oh how disease + being busy resonates with me. Every technology or product that pitches “do ______ in less time” inevitably creates more busyness than it eliminates. Clearly the industry of efficiency is not calmness, but industriousness. ¹ I wrote in my journal this morning. Wrote. With a pen and paper. It took me 30 minutes to write what would have taken 10 minutes or less to type.² I am okay with this. Omid Safi has eloquently penned yearnings that I wish were my own and that I intend to make my own if I have any hope of favoring quality of life over quantity: When I ask,…
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  • Chef's Table

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Gorgeous trailer for the new Netflix series Chef's Table.
  • Data is Nature

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Data is nature.
  • Ellen Jewett Sculptures

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    Surreal animal sculptures by Ellen Jewett.
  • Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria are no match for Medieval Potion

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    A potion from the 9th century proves highly effective in combatting this century's virulent bacteria.
  • Ceremony Fit For A King

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    "Thousands of people lined the streets of Leicester, England, Sunday to view the coffin of King Richard III as it made its way to Leicester Cathedral for three days of public viewing before his remains are reinterred during a service attended by members of the royal family. The skeletal remains of the king were discovered in 2012 under a parking lot some 500 years after he was killed during the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485
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  • LifePaint

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:49 am
    Impressive: Volvo introduces LifePaint: A reflective spray only visible at night.
  • Michael Bierut on the Power of Logos

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
    Michael Bierut interview at Design Indaba. (via Quipsologies)
  • ♥ / WeWork – The Platform for Creators

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Thank you WeWork for sponsoring my RSS Feed this week. WeWork provides space, community, and services to over 20,000 members around the world. WeWork members have access to beautiful workspace and meeting rooms in 19 locations across 9 cities, in addition to a diverse business network, weekly events, and discounts on 100+ benefits like healthcare, web hosting, travel and more. Learn more about joining the WeWork community today. (Interested in sponsoring a week of my RSS feed, learn more here.)
  • Bike Seat and Stroller in One

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:32 pm
    Only a concept at this point but seriously brilliant: Påhoj is a bike seat and stroller in one.

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Hustle neon-sign. I totally want one.
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    Logo Design Love

  • Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand

    David Airey
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:16 am
    Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand, showcasing the nearly six-decade career of the visionary American graphic designer Paul Rand (1914-1996), ​is open at the Museum of the City of New York​. Born Peretz Rosenbaum in Brooklyn, NY, Paul Rand launched his career in the 1930s with magazine cover design. AD magazine, volume 7, 1939, cover design by Paul Rand Idea: International Advertising Art magazine, volume 2, 1955, cover design by Paul Rand The Dada Painters and Poets book, 1967, cover design by Paul Rand It was during the 1950s and beyond that garnered Rand some of his most…
  • Wall of Wally

    David Airey
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:49 am
    Here’s a nicely crafted monogram for Wall of Wally — an illustrative tribute to Wally Olins CBE, 1930-2014. It was created by London-based Jamin Galea, who told me: “I knew I wanted to call the project Wall of Wally, but I didn’t really plan to use a bowtie in the mark. I assumed that everyone would do that if given the opportunity. I liked the idea of using the two ‘w’s and that’s how the process started. “As you can see, though, the symmetry of the ‘w’s and the ‘o’ naturally lead me to a bowtie shape, and I gave in. “My final tricky design decision was…
  • A better level of ‘achievement’ for CIMA

    David Airey
    14 Mar 2015 | 4:07 am
    Contributed by Simon Manchipp of London-based SomeOne. Heraldic ‘achievements’ — often mistakenly called crests or a coat of arms — are probably one of the oldest forms of logo. Steeped in meaning, these designs continue to endure over centuries. At SomeOne we take pride in being a progressive design practice, but sometimes a project calls for timeless levels of craft, rather than adaptive data fuelled responsive system. That’s what happened here. Most accounting qualifications train people for private practice, working on external audit and tax issues. The Chartered Institute of…
  • Western trademarks for the Chinese culture

    David Airey
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    Mehmet Gözetlik’s Chinatown project explores how Western trademarks can be presented for the Chinese culture. On the signage examples, he maintained the graphic identity known to consumers around the world, but described the company’s product in Chinese characters — e.g., the Starbucks signage reads “Caramel Macchiato”; Shell Oil reads “gasoline”, etc. The most interesting part for me is the creation of the Pepsi neon sign, shown in the short video below. Reminiscent of Mike Heist and his sign-making skills. Via @issue.
  • The ubiquitous work of Ian Brignell

    David Airey
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    In my ignorance, I was unfamiliar with Canadian designer Ian Brignell, even though I’ve been looking at his custom lettering work for years. The “Share a Coke” typeface took one week to create Head over to HeyThere for an interesting interview. HeyThere: What is your process for designing a font from start to finish? “I begin by designing lower case because these are the more complicated letters and they allow for a lot of design expression. Next, I draw the capitals, numerals, punctuation, accented characters then the extended character set (which means all the accented…
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    Design is Kinky

  • Mathieu Le Lay

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Beautiful work by talented French landscape photographer Mathieu Le Lay. You should also check out his The Quest For Inspiration movie. Trés cool!
  • Chelsey Tyler Wood

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:24 pm
    South Dakota, USA based artist Chelsey Tyler Wood paints figures in unusual positions or situations.
  • Laurent Chehere

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:52 pm
    We’re loving the flying houses series by French photographer Laurent Chehere.
  • Rendi Studio

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Brazilian studio Rendi only have a small amount of work online, but we are impressed with what is there so far.
  • Sundays

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Mischa Rozema and PostPanic Pictures have produced a stunningly beautiful short film called Sundays. It’s an ‘end-of-the-world’ apocalyptic story that is beautifully shot and the VFX are incredible. Watch it now!
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  • How To Prepare Your Artwork for Special Print Effects

    Chris Spooner
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    It’s every print designer’s dream to work on a project that involves special print effects. Varnishes, fluorescents, foils and embossing are just some examples of cool finishes that can be applied by industrial printing companies, but the added cost makes these projects quite a rarity. If you’re lucky enough to have an adventurous client, or you’re feeling flush and want to splash out on some top quality personal prints, follow along with this guide to learn about the different special print finishes available and how to prepare your print artwork to accommodate them.
  • The Atomic Age Print Kit for Access All Areas Members

    Chris Spooner
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Today is a great day to be an Access All Areas member! Dustin Lee from RetroSupply has kindly donated the popular Atomic Age Print Kit for members to download. It’s a powerful PSD that allows you to create authentic halftone and textured ink overlays with one click! What’s more, this comprehensive pack comes with 2 bonuses; The Atomic Age Refill pack contains additional textures, and a full set of high resolution Atomic Halftone Brushes. To round off the pack, it also includes handy instructions and a video tutorial to show you exactly how to apply the effects to your own work.
  • Video Tutorial: Painted Watercolor Effect in Photoshop

    Chris Spooner
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    In today’s video tutorial I explain how to create a realistic painted watercolor effect in Photoshop. We’ll use a variety of filters to replicate the mottled appearance of real life watercolour paintings. This technique works particularly well with landscape images, which are also a popular subject for real life watercolour paintings. If you want to save some time, check out my free Artistic Photo Effect Actions, which includes a ready made script for this watercolour effect, along with other painted, inked and sketched styles. Subscribe to the Spoon Graphics YouTube Channel The…
  • 1000s of Vector Graphics for Every Design Situation

    Chris Spooner
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Vector graphics are a life saver for designers. When deadlines are fast approaching there’s no time to tediously illustrate design elements by hand, or frantically search the web for rare illustrations. Having a library of quality resources allows you to copy & paste ready made elements straight into your designs to quickly produce stunning artwork with all the fun and none of the stress. There’s currently a fantastic opportunity to grab a comprehensive collection of vector graphics from Design Cuts. The Creative Vectors Bundle contains 1000s of varied vector elements,…
  • How To Create Abstract Geometric Photo Collage Art

    Chris Spooner
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Since posting this showcase of inspiring artwork combining geometry & photography back in 2014 I’ve wanted to give this trendy style of art a try myself. I finally sat down with Illustrator & Photoshop and devised a method of transforming a photograph into an abstract collage of geometric shapes. We’ll begin with Illustrator to build up a series of geometric lines, then cut up an image in Photoshop to create an interesting composition. A series of textures and curves adjustments will then help give the design a trendy retro style with plenty of processed colours and grain.
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    Web Design Professionals - 1stWebDesigner

  • The Best Job Search Sites For Freelance Graphic And Web Designers

    Genevieve Que
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:57 pm
    #EspressoMonday Episode Nr.13 What are the best job search sites for freelance graphic and web designers? One of the most common issues often faced by freelancers is the best place to find clients or new projects. While this is not a big problem since there are a lot to choose from on the Internet, the big question is which among these job sites are the best in terms of financial returns. Let’s have a great time tackling an interesting issue once again on this thirteenth episode of #EspressoMonday. And yes, we are taking a real espresso shot this time. Most people think that when…
  • 50 High Quality and Responsive HTML Website And Admin Templates

    Rean John Uehara
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Free is not bad at all. However, if you want to put your design onto the next level, save time when setting design up and simply look more professional right outside of the box, you need to invest in a premium theme. Everyone’s running around trying to hop on the newest trend: flat design, but before flat, there was responsive web design. It was the craze two years ago, and 8/10 websites you will visit today are responsive. This is in response to the mobile web revolution, of course. It has become the standard, even if a web design client is not specifically looking for a responsive…
  • Mobile SEO – Can You Optimize For User Experience And Google At The Same Time?

    Christian Vasile
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Unlike many years ago, you can’t just be satisfied to only meet your needs in today’s web environment. Instead, you need to please two factors equally: the user and the Google robots ranking you. The question, however, is which one should you try to please first? Google vs User? Which one to please first? User Experience vs Google Search Optimization? There is no need to prioritize because you have to please both Google and your users,  a practice that comes highly recommended. In doing the process, you don’t need to invest in an insane amount of…
  • How Do You Convince Clients to Pay Higher Prices

    Genevieve Que
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    #EspressoMonday Episode Nr.12 How do you convince your web design clients to pay you higher prices? Welcome to another #EspressoMonday episode. This time, a new James Richman drinking espresso in a real espresso cup will answer your question. This episode is short and sweet but, nonetheless, meaty. It answers the dilemma of a lot of web designers as well as other freelancers who struggle with pricing. To give you a much needed boost this Monday, James has invited Brent Weaver of Ugurus to answer the question. So take a few minutes of your time to learn from Brent but don’t forget your…
  • What Is And How To Do Web Design After Sales Service

    Genevieve Que
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:41 pm
    #EspressoMonday Episode Nr.11 How can a web design after sales service potentially let you increase your monthly revenue? Welcome to another #EspressoMonday episode and this time, we will do something different – espresso shot in a wineglass. Veering away from the traditional shot glass, it proves that good coffee always tastes good in any way. The same goes true with web design – a great website will prove itself in any way. The problem, however, is how do you tell this to your client. So with your espresso in any type of container you want, let’s talk all about after sales…
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  • Designing a Website and Digital Signage for a Restaurant Business

    Richard Newman
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:42 pm
    A restaurant is the embodiment of all that we know and love – serene atmosphere, delicately put-together interiors and beautiful ambience, all capped by finger-licking cuisine. Dining in restaurants makes for a fine experience, but it all begins, not when a patron walks in the door, but rather the first time someone hears there’s a new place on the block. This is the information age, which means that 90% of the time people will rush to the restaurant’s website to get a feel of what the dining experience would be like, check out the menu and even make reservations if they’re pleased…
  • Top 10 Tips to Get your Website Crawled Quickly by Google

    Wijdan Rohail
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Any website owner desire that their web pages be on the top lists of the search engines’ organic search results. After all, when you have a website, you want it to become accessible easily to the online readers worldwide. There are many ways to achieve success in search engine natural rankings and one of them is by knowing more about website crawling. This process will make use of web crawler, which is the term for internet bot working to methodically browse the internet with the aim of Web indexing. Search engines like Google make use of the system of web crawling in order to update the…
  • Web Design 101: HTML and CSS

    Wijdan Rohail
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    Say you are creating content to be on the web. How can a browser tell where breaks should be between paragraphs? How does it know that the background of the page should be this color and the navigation bar another color? CSS and HTML, that’s how. HTML, which is short for HyperText Markup Language is what is read by browsers in order to determine what content will be where on a web page. CSS or Cascading Style Sheets, on the other hand, is what is responsible for determining the appearance of content in the website as a whole e.g. HTML lets the browser know that a string of text should be a…
  • Why you Should Invest in SEO for your Business in Seven Reasons?

    Mehreen Ali
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:19 am
    SEO is a dynamic art form, ever-present and always changing, and indeed the practice has changed significantly over the last few years, growing from a mere strategy for online marketing to a major branding effort. SEO never dies, but it does continually evolve, meaning that some organization might be tempted to throw it out once the techniques they applied some time back are no longer as rewarding. Today, many businesses in Fort Lauderdale have made a commitment to invest in a robust and SE-optimized online presence that remains friendly to search engines according to the continual algorithm…
  • Google’s Mobile Optimization Email Warnings – Is it a Sign of a New Search Algorithm in the Making?

    Michael Bentos
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Over the past few days, Google has been sending email notification to webmaster users regarding sites that are not mobile friendly. The emails come with a subject that reads, “Fix mobile usability issues”, and then the body of the email goes into details to explain to the webmasters that their websites have a high number of mobile errors on their pages. Google is sending these notifications via email as well as through webmaster notifications. The primary aim of these emails is to remind the webmasters that their websites are not mobile friendly and thus will not rank well in mobile…
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  • Letter Setter Workshop

    Stefano Ricci
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:22 am
    Il 6, 7 e 8 marzo ho partecipato al workshop Letter Setter, sotto la guida dei type designer Alessio D’Ellena e Joseph Miceli. Il tema del workshop era il processo di costruzione dei caratteri tipografici, con l’obbiettivo di stampare dei poster usando un font originale ideato nel corso dei 3 giorni. Il workshop si è tenuto a Ravenna nell’ambito del festival dell’editoria Fahrenheit 39, un evento dove torno sempre volentieri perché è una delle migliori occasioni per vedere grafica di qualità in Romagna. Fahrenheit 39 seleziona progetti innovativi e di ricerca, anche tra gli…
  • Alusi Candles

    Stefano Ricci
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:50 am
    Le candele Alusi meritano un’attenzione maggiore di quella che sembrerebbero richiedere a prima vista perché, oltre al design e a una confezione elegante, c’è anche una concezione originale. Tutte le candele Alusi, infatti, sono multi fiamma: questo significa che lo stoppino a un certo punto della combustione si biforca in una seconda direzione. La fiamma si moltiplica per seguire percorsi inaspettati e per farci apprezzare il disegno della candela il cui senso, per assurdo, si svela una volta che è consumata fino in fondo.  Trovo affascinante questo progetto, il cui fine è insegnare…
  • Chiusini Montini

    Stefano Ricci
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:52 am
    Matteo Ragni e Giulio Iacchetti hanno disegnato nel 2012 una serie di chiusini di ghisa che due anni dopo è stata premiata alla 60° edizione del Compasso d’Oro. Il progetto è stato realizzato per Montini, una ditta bresciana che produce elementi di arredo urbano in ghisa, come cassette postali, caditoie, panchine e appunto i chiusini che abbondano lungo le strade delle città italiane.  I chiusini, spesso erroneamente chiamati tombini, sono un oggetto cui si presta raramente attenzione perché il suo aspetto è ripetitivo e standard, rispondendo solo a requisiti di funzionalità e…
  • L’ombrello a rovescio

    Stefano Ricci
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:49 am
    Può sembrare la classica “giapponesata” (di fatto lo è) però il progetto di questo UnBRELLA merita di essere approfondito perché ci porta a una sempre utile riflessione sull’origine degli oggetti che meglio conosciamo. UnBRELLA sembrerebbe il classico ombrello, se non fosse che il meccanismo di apertura è rovesciato all’esterno e le stecche che lo reggono si trovano sul lato superiore, così come avviene in un ponte strallato. Questa variante ha alcuni vantaggi: -       L’apertura è più sicura negli spazi angusti. -       Non si viene mai a contatto con il lato…
  • Pimp my Tempo – I risultati

    Stefano Ricci
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    Nel maggio scorso i fazzoletti Tempo avevano lanciato un concorso tra gli studenti dello IED per disegnare una nuova serie di confezioni che reinterpretasse l’anima del brand: #PimpMyTempo Dell’iniziativa avevo già parlato su Elmanco, per invitare i lettori a scegliere la proposta preferita attraverso un contest online organizzato nella pagina Facebook di Tempo. Il 19 maggio è stata nominata vincitrice Nicoletta Santini, che si è aggiudicata un viaggio a New York per due persone e vedrà la propria creazione stampata su milioni di pacchetti di fazzoletti. Il progetto di Nicoletta,…
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  • Can it really be done? The top 4 ways to make money online

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:47 am
    The Internet has been around for a while now, and it’s quite possibly one of the most useful tools humankind has invented in the course of its history. It has essentially blurred national borders and made us one step closer to an actual global community, where we can talk and trade with people from the far corners of the world in places you’ve probably never even heard of. It also makes trade and business easier by connecting you with a seemingly infinite audience who might be interested in whatever it is you’re selling, be it product or service. The advent of the Internet…
  • Using Apps and Online Printing for On the Go Design

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:59 am
    Nowadays designers have the ability and technology to work from just about everywhere imaginable -freelancing and getting work done on the go is not only possible, it can actually be preferable at times. With countless Apps on the market for your iPad or tablet and a myriad of online services you can start, complete or advance a campaign, design or project from your favorite coffeeshop, train commute or even a  park bench with a hotspot. Think about the possibilities: you’re struck with inspiration and send a layout design for review, or get a project approved and move it to the production…
  • A new way for creative studios to manage their business

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:56 am
    We’ve recently heard about Team, the new studio management app from Thrive and thought we’d find out more. Thrive are the brains behind Solo – the multi-award winning project management tool for creative freelancers. Until now, their unique and eye-catching approach to productivity has been the sole preserve of the freelancer. But good news if you manage a creative studio: that’s all about to change. Team is Thrive’s latest app and it’s aimed squarely at multiple users. It’s an an all-in-one management solution for the creative business, combining the main features of…
  • THE Retro/Vintage Design Bundle (200+ Elements) – only $22

    13 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    If you want to beef up your design tools in one fell swoop, this Mighty Deal clearly has your name on it. Chock full of 11 different retro/vintage design bundles from Cruzine Design, you’ll instantly find yourself drooling at more than 200 different design elements. Like what? Like high-quality, professional logos, badges, ornaments, frames, shapes, buttons and more. Each comes in editable Photoshop files, with most also including .AI and .EPS files so you can easily customize the size, shape and color. The price is real vintage too. You can get this entire collection for a mere $22.
  • SuperSpray Plugin for Photoshop (sprays images) – only $10!

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    If you’re looking for a really unique tool to add an interesting twist to your already amazing projects, take a peek at SuperSpray! This incredible Photoshop Plugin by Design Beagle lets you spray transparent PNG images anywhere on your canvas. You’re basically replacing the paint in your pallete with images! Use your own images or any of the 11 built-in objects. Jump on this deal now, though, because for a limited time only, you can save 50% when you “spray it, don’t say it!” SuperSpray Highlights: Paintbrush of images: With SuperSpray, you can spray transparent…
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  • On Our Radar: Self-Centered Edition

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    Okay, we admit it: it’s all about us. From steps to sleep to social activities, we’re counting every kind of personal data you can think of. But what’s all that data add up to? How could we look at it—and ourselves—differently? This week, we’re asking ourselves—and our self—the tough questions.  My so-called lifelog While waiting for an invite from, which promises to help me lead a healthier and happier life by harnessing my personal data, I started reading about life resource planning: the idea that we can administer every aspect of our lives…
  • Laura Kalbag on Freelance Design: The Illusion of Free

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Our data is out of our control. We might (wisely or unwisely) choose to publicly share our statuses, personal information, media and locations, or we might choose to only share this data with our friends. But it’s just an illusion of choice—however we share, we’re exposing ourselves to a wide audience. We have so much more to worry about than future employers seeing photos of us when we’ve had too much to drink. Corporations hold a lot of information about us. They store the stuff we share on their sites and apps, and provide us with data storage for our emails, files, and much more.
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  • Matt Griffin on How We Work: Readable Wearables

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    A few weeks ago we added our first wearable to the Bearded device lab, and it was an eye-opening experience. The same day that Apple showcased the soon-to-arrive Apple Watch, a Samsung Gear S showed up at our door. This device is a large smartwatch with pixel dimensions slightly greater than the iPhone 3GS. It has Opera Mini and its own cellular and wifi connections, so it functions as a standalone web interface. So will people use their watch-like devices for browsing the web? Though some may scoff at the idea (and believe me, there’s been plenty of scoffing), stranger things have…
  • Don’t Forget About Contrast

    18 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Several years ago I wanted to get an external monitor to go along with the laptop my work provided. I was a remote worker and decided to buy one myself that I could hang on to even if I left that job. But I was also a bit cheap. I drooled over the Apple Cinema displays, but I didn’t want to spend that kind of money. Enter the big-box electronics store and their wide range of displays. I stood in front of one, decided on a size, and purchased it. I bought an LG that seemed “good enough” for my need for more screen real estate for windows of code, browsers, and dev tools. To be quite…
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  • Into the Wild Illustration

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:15 pm
    We were overwhelmed by this piece of work by the uber talented Xavier Casalta. 380 hours of work, more than six million handmade dots and the result, pointillism at its absolute best. The amount of time and energy is evident in this meticulously crafted work of art not to mention the astute attention to detail. We hope you appreciate as much as we do and be sure to check out Xavier's store for limited edition prints available for purchase: For more information about Xavier check out…
  • Daily Inspiration #2038

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:39 pm
    This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want to participate and share your graphic design inspiration, You can submit your images and inspiration to RAWZ via and don't forget to send your Abduzeedo username; or via Twitter sending to AoiroStudio Fabio Fabiano Linxspiration Nigel Buchanan Send your suggestions via Twitter to using #abdz in the end of the tweet. FromUpNorth Send your RAWZ…
  • The Work of Blink Interactive

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Blink Interactive is a studio that creates and design brands, campaigns and sites for worldwide high profile clients. Located in Netherlands, Amsterdam; the folks from Blink Interactive step up their game to bring uniqueness and originality to every single one of their projects. All Rights by Blink Interactive All Rights by Blink Interactive All Rights by Blink Interactive All Rights by Blink Interactive All Rights by Blink Interactive All Rights by Blink Interactive All Rights by Blink Interactive All Rights by Blink Interactive All Rights by Blink Interactive All Rights by Blink Interactive…
  • The Perfect Office - InfiniteUSB, Flic Smart Button, Kodak PixPro and Office Ideas

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    We've seen some great gadgets and equipment for designers. So many cool stuff, that we could actually assemble infinite perfect office spaces! Every week we'll assemble a perfect office, and we'd like you to help us. What equipment would the perfect office have? This week is filled with amazing novelty items anyone would love to get! A nice addition to your office would be the KSafe, an app-controlled safe. To make your life much easier, the Flic, a wireless smart button might be just the right choice (I'd love to get one). For those looking for amazing techy smart lens, Kodak's SL25 PixPro…
  • Super Creative Drawings on Paper

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    Husk Mit Navn is a Danish artist who lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. Husk started this series of making really cool and creative drawings using paper in an unconventional way. Check it out! For more from Husk Mit Navn visit and Tags: drawingcreativepaul0v2's blog
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  • Update: New Adaptive Path Events Now Open For Registration

    Will Sharick
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
    Happy Monday from the Adaptive Path Events Team! Here’s an updated roster of Adaptive Path’s 2015 events. These conferences and workshops are all open for registration––including early bird prices! 2015 Upcoming Events MX: Managing Experience – San Francisco // April 20-21, 2015 // Full Conference Sold Out––Only General Session Tickets Available UX Week – San Francisco // August 25-28, 2015 // EARLY BIRD ROUND 3 UX Intensive – Denver // October 5-8, 2015 // EARLY BIRD ROUND 1 The Service Experience Conference – San Francisco // November 16-17, 2015…
  • Considering the Consideration Funnel

    Chris Risdon
    12 Feb 2015 | 11:54 am
    The transaction funnel. The moment you hope a customer is sure enough of what they’re buying that they’ll go through all the necessary steps to complete the purchase. We work to reduce friction, hoping to improve the rate at which people starting down the funnel complete it. We’ve come a long way in understanding the science of the funnel and the factors that affect someone’s likelihood for completing the transaction. At least for simple, commoditized purchases. What about complex purchases? So-called high-consideration purchases? We don’t typically change our…
  • A Design Approach to Human Flourishing

    Maria Cordell
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    Anna Pohlmeyer is assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Design at TU Delft where she also co-chairs the Delft Institute of Positive Design, a research institute devoted to the study of design for human flourishing. We met when I toured TU Delft on a visit to the Netherlands early this year, and since then I’ve been intrigued by the work Anna, her collaborators, and students are doing in this area. I talked with Anna and asked her to tell us about positive design and how designers might incorporate it into their work. Anna spoke about positive design at the Adaptive Path UX…
  • Designing For Emerging Technologies

    Will Sharick
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Adaptive Path’s Scott Sullivan is a contributing author of Designing for Emerging Technologies published by O’Reilly Media and released today. Scott’s chapter is Prototyping Interactive Objects and outlines his experiences in prototyping objects to the same fidelity that he expects from his screen-based wireframes and how designers with limited technical backgrounds can do the same. Get the book on Amazon Bonus video of Scott playing around with interactive prototypes: Hardware Controlled Augmented Reality! from Scott Sullivan on Vimeo.
  • Adaptive Path 2015 Conferences & Workshops: End of Year Registration Sale

    Jessica Blake
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    It’s that time of year again… We’re running our annual end-of-year events sale and now is the time to save big on next year’s conferences and our Copenhagen UX Intensive workshop. They won’t get any cheaper. You won’t get a better deal than this. You should probably go get your wallet. The scoop: register for any of our events by January 5th, 2015 and we’ll take 15% off the currently (already steeply discounted) early bird prices. Use the promotional code ‘RNSB‘ (that stands for register now, save big) when registering. Snagging a seat now for next year is a smart way to…
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    Andy Budd::Blogography Articles

  • On Habit and Self Reliance

    10 Mar 2015 | 4:22 pm
    I learnt to dive the PADI way, safe in the knowledge that my “buddy” would be there to help if I needed them. So if I was struggling to get my fins on they’d steady me, if I got caught in some fishing line they’d untangle me, and in the unlikely event that I ran out of air, we could breath from the same source. The “buddy system” provides a great comfort blanket and makes recreational diving that much safer. Society often feels like part of a giant buddy system. If something goes wrong there’s usually somebody nearby to help you, whether it’s a…
  • The Death of the Agency Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

    10 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    If I lived and worked in San Fransisco, the current “death of the agency” debate may have slightly more poignancy than it does in the UK. San Francisco and the wider Silicon Valley is undoubtedly living through a huge tech bubble, and has been for some time. The slew of new tech businesses quickly hoovered up the local talent, before starting to ship them in from around the country and the rest of the world. This includes dozens of Brits I know who have left these shores for a better life in California. The tech giants have started to reach their local hiring event horizon, which…
  • My Concerns about Value Pricing

    5 Feb 2015 | 8:55 am
    While I think the argument for value pricing has a logical constancy, and sounds great in theory, I worry how it will end up being applied in practice. My main concern is the effect this approach will have on the practice of design and our relationship with clients, although I have a number of practical concerns as well. The ultimate goal of value pricing is to tie the amount you charge to the value you deliver, rather than the time you’ve spent. After all, the argument goes, the client only really cares about achieving their goals, and not the time you spent getting there. Clients…
  • Introduction to Value Pricing

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:25 pm
    I think most designers would agree that design has a huge amount to offer businesses in terms of differentiating products, solving complex problems and delivering increased value to consumers. I think most designers would also agree that this ability is often ignored or seriously undervalued by those same businesses. Value pricing is an attempt to redress the balance by pricing work based on the value it delivers to clients rather than the time it takes to create. The argument goes that the value of a logo, like the Coca-cola logo, is often worth more than the hours that went into its…
  • Craggy Island: The climbing gym that hates boulderers?

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Over that last year I’ve got really into bouldering. I’m not especially good, but I enjoy the mental and physical challenge of solving bouldering problems over the tedium of a regular gym. I tried rope climbing once, but wasn’t keen on all the equipment or the need to climb in pairs. So I much prefer the freedom and flexibility that comes with bouldering. When a work trip took me to Guildford, I decided to head down the evening before and check out Craggy Island. I’ve met a few people who climb there and highly recommend it, so I was looking forward to my bouldering…
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  • Understanding Risks with Mobile Payment Options

    Andy Sowards
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    Advertise here with BSATweetAs the popularity of making purchases through mobile devices increases, so has the number of ways to pay for those transactions. Having started out much like buying online from your home computer, mobile purchasing has evolved to maximize the ease with which the consumer can spend their money. With a simple wave of your smartphone in a store, you can pay for groceries, your morning latte, or that rental car. The challenge to retailers and payment processors is to make it difficult for hackers to collect and use your sensitive information.Was Your Data Safer in the…
  • A Boon To Small Businesses: CRM Software With Features Galore

    Andy Sowards
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetSmall businesses or start-ups often struggle when it comes to managing different opportunities, contacts and customer information, amidst host of other things. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software plays an important role, in seamlessly assisting with the organization and management of customer data, and to help drive sales and ensure its growth. However, small businesses may still resort to managing contacts on spreadsheets or mobile-phones, often missing out on follow-ups, thereby, losing potential clients. Reasons could range from CRM software costs…
  • Responsive Web Design and the Mobile User

    Andy Sowards
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:23 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetMobile devices like smartphones and tablets are becoming ever more popular, with their market share growing by leaps and bounds every year. In fact, it feels as though “dumb phone” users are quickly becoming the minority. In 2014, mobile device users surpassed desktop users worldwide with over 1.6 billion users, with the trend projected toward 2 billion users in 2015. As the number of mobile devices grows, so does the percentage of web traffic that is allotted to these devices. Make sure you’re prepared with a mobile-friendly website.Not only do…
  • Managing Projects & Teams With Wrike Project Management Tools

    Andy Sowards
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    Advertise here with BSATweetAs you’ve noticed we talk about business here a lot, from entrepreneurship and freelancing to making the most of your time. WE LOVE SAVING TIME. It’s the only resource we have that we can never get more of.That’s why today we are talking about a tool to add to your arsenal that will help save you precious hours by keeping your projects running smoothly. Wrike is a Software as a Service (SaaS)-based project management solution – wait, you’ve heard this story before, haven’t you? We know there are a lot of online project management tools out there,…
  • GIVEAWAY: FREE Motivational & Inspirational Startup Posters And Stickers from Startup Zap

    Andy Sowards
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweet We Have Winners!The lucky Winners areMarco DesiatoJeff BoshersCongratulations Guys!Special thanks to everyone that participated! Don’t worry if you didn’t win though, there is always another awesome giveaway around the corner! Stay tuned!Today we have an epic giveaway for you guys!! MOTIVATION is always needed, no matter what you do, you have to remind yourself every day what drives you, what you are working for, don’t ever forget, remind yourself daily to stay focused on that goal. Even the most passionate entrepreneur still needs that kick in…
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    Beautiful/Decay Artist & Design

  • Beomsik Won’s Collages Form New Buildings From Disparate Architecture

    Sara Barnes
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Artist Beomsik Won collages images of different architectural works to form one unified structure. The photographs feature a gray wash over the disparate features to increase their sense of cohesion. Won calls this the Archisculpture Photo Project, writing: René Descartes viewed as beautiful the order and coherency of structures designed by a single architect; the purpose of the Archisculpture Photo Project, however, is to create architectural sculptures by collaging photographs of diverse architectural works from various architects. In this way, Archisculpture Photos are both similar and…
  • Jonathan Monaghan Renders A Utopian Universe Modeled After A Faberge Egg

    Stephanie Young
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    For over one hundred years the Faberge egg has been a symbol of wealth, status and beauty. Originally created by Carl Faberge for the Russian Tsars to gift their wives during easter time, its exquisite makeup consisted of the finest jewels, metals and motifs. Its structure depicted scenes of historical and domestic value which the Russian Royal family deemed significant. Over time, these precious objects d’art became unusual records of lavish beauty which consisted of coronation scenes and portraits of kings and queens. Incorporating the same idea with a modern…
  • Watch Calligrapher Sebastian Lester Recreate Iconic Logos With Machine-Like Precision

    Hayley Evans
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Sebastian “Seb” Lester is an English designer and calligrapher whose flawless pen-and-ink drawings of famous logos have recently gotten him some much-deserved attention on social media. Visit his Instagram and you will find a plethora of remarkable time-lapse videos wherein Lester recreates — with machine-like precision — the marks of iconic cultural and commercial brands, such as Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Adidas, and Google. Watching his steady hand “doodle” out the lettering with grace and apparent ease is both captivating and addictive. On his website’s About page, Lester…
  • Photographer Documents The Unlikely Friendship Between A Boy And A Bird

    Christina Nafziger
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Photographer Cameron Bloom captures the innocence and love in the unlikely friendship between a boy and his bird. His son Noah had found a baby bird alone in the wild around their Australian home. The bird being without a mother, the family decided to take it in and raise it themselves. This bird, affectionately named “Penguin,” was found right after Cameron’s wife, Sam, broke her back. This crucial and difficult time in the family’s life was met with an unforeseen visitor and friend for life. While both Penguin and Bloom’s family was coping with life’s hardships and struggles, a…
  • Delicate And Intricate Illustrations Made From Tiny Pressed Ferns

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Illustrator, craftswoman, and designer Helen Ahpornsiri has incredibly steady hands considering the scale she works on. She assembles tiny dried, pressed ferns into shapes based on natural history collections, sometimes no bigger than a coin or a pencil stub. Managing to place flakes of foliage into beautiful patterns, she creates weevils, butterflies, seahorses, owl skulls, dragonflies and moths. Ahpornsiri initially studied illustration at the Falmouth University and then went on to work successfully for commercial projects including greetings cards for Marks and Spencer, paper flowers for…
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  • Want Better Ideas? Go Catch Your Swarm

    Stephanie Kaptein
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    by Paige Alexis Jones We often romanticize ideas as an isolated ‘aha’ moment; however, they are built upon a foundation of multiple thoughts and information sources coming together. Bodong Chen, an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, describes ideas more as a swarm than of a single entity. Great ideas come from a collection of hunches and “half-baked” ideas waiting to be connected with each other. These are thoughts that look promising, but are perhaps missing that key piece to make them ready to stand alone. It is tempting to throw them away as trivial or…
  • Get Inspiration from Questioning Clichés

    Stephanie Kaptein
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    botanica by formafantasma The studio Formafantasma’s motto is never to have stereotypes or prejudices. This is particularly true of their design work as they question absolutely everything and why it has been done that way. In an interview with Designboom, Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin of Formafantasma explain how they avoid clichés through their design process: We, as designers, work almost like filters. Our projects are the result of a process of distillation. We always know where we start but never where we are going to end. As designers, every time we begin a new project, or we…
  • How to Stop Stressing & Start Doing

    Allison Stadd
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Brian Miller Zen Habits’ Leo Babauta has a great recommendation for those times when you’re wallowing in self-doubt, consumed by stress over your work and paralyzed into inaction. Just start doing something: [J]ust pick something to work on. Write something, draw something, program something, animate something, sew something. It doesn’t matter. Anything that your heart is drawn to. Set an intention for this activity: I’m doing this out of compassion for others, out of love for myself, to meet my commitment to so and so. Now get started: begin actually doing it. Don’t…
  • Replacing Twitter with Phone Calls: An Adventure in Unplugging

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    I suppose things hit a low point when my girlfriend caught me reading Twitter at a Christmas market she’d asked me to visit with her. (Let’s just say that I don’t much like shopping, and my indulgence landed me in a lot of trouble). Realizing the grip it had on my lizard brain made me feel sick. How did I get so addicted to this content maelstrom in the first place? In his book The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload, neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explains how our brains get hooked on social media:  Each time we check a Twitter feed or Facebook…
  • Real Success Starts with Real Expectations

    Tanner Christensen
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Research shows that your ability to persevere is directly correlated to your likelihood of success. Those who can hang in there when things get tough, studies show, are the ones who regularly succeed. It’s no wonder why this is the case: those who persevere are the only ones who come out on the other side, while everyone else has called it quits. One primary reason why many of us quit anything is simply because sometimes things are difficult — but only to a point. By definition, things that are difficult are things that can be overcome, understood, and dealt with. Part of our ability…
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  • Basic Shape Manipulation Techniques in Photoshop CS6

    Jake Rocheleau
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:42 am
    Advertise here with BSAAdobe Photoshop has come a long way since it was originally released in 1990. While Adobe has put out their latest “monthly subscription” suite of Creative Cloud, many designers choose to stick with the last iteration of CS6. The CS6 pack is still incredibly powerful and there’s not much of a difference from CS6 to CC. However going back in time there is a tremendous difference between CS6 and CS2 or CS3. So it’s worth getting up to speed with all the new tools and techniques for the CS6/CC collection. This how-to guide will focus on how to…
  • 30 Free Premium WordPress Themes

    Dustin Martin
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Advertise here with BSA30 Free and premium WordPress themes will give you a professional Website in minutes if you are a looking for a , real estate or photographer website. It possible to get your site up quicker than you think with these Free Premium Themes. Why do you need them? It`s obvious. For example, you have to create a website for your business the main purpose is to help users or customers  find your  website and to create a proffessional  image of the business. Choose a premium education theme from our stunning collection and you’ll see it really works. Stunning designs…
  • 20 Free Responsive and Mobile Website Templates

    Azmathulla Shaik
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
    Advertise here with BSAAre you worried about your user experience when someone visits your website from a Smartphone or Mobile device? Solve the problem by using HTML5 and CSS3 Responsive concept. Here we have collected the 30 best responsive web templates which are 100% FREE from sites like Themezy and W3Layouts. This collection of web templates are not only responsive, but they will also support basic mobiles. They are free to download and free to use for any purpose without any limitations or obligations. So, download the templates, start a new website, or make your existing…
  • 30 Flat Analytics Dashboard Charts & Graphs for Website UI Design

    Jake Rocheleau
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:22 am
    Advertise here with BSAOnline dashboards like Google Analytics are some of the most advanced modern web applications to date. They pull data related to stats, sales numbers, or conversion rates and display this information in sortable charts. Each dashboard has a set of personal needs which can be met through expertise in web design. The following examples are perfect for any web designer currently working on a dashboard interface. Some designers may choose to create a dashboard merely for practice while others could be working on a real-world client project. Either way this gallery is…
  • How To Level the Horizon Line using Photoshop

    Jake Rocheleau
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:26 am
    Advertise here with BSAGreat photography is hard to locate and even harder to capture yourself. So whenever you can obtain a beautiful photo it’s often better to fix problems with the shot digitally instead of trying to capture another one. A common problem with landscape photography is a slanted horizon line. Landscapes can be useful for any number of projects like photo compositing, digital painting, banners, backgrounds, or even 2D/3D rendering. The horizon line sets the perspective of the landscape and is a very important piece to the photo. In this quick tip I’ll demonstrate…
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  • User experience design is not what you think

    Paul Boag
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    User experience design is not the same thing as user interface design. The experience of users happens beyond the screen and in the gaps. As web and mobile designers our job is to build elegant interfaces. Interfaces that are key components in the user’s experience. Interfaces that allow them to get answers to questions or complete critical tasks. Our job is to help them achieve their goal. Great user experiences happen beyond the screen and in the gaps. Gaps between channels, devices and business silos. Tweet thisBut don’t mistake these interactions as the entirety of the users…
  • What are your users saying behind your back?

    Paul Boag
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    We may know user experience is important in theory. But until you hear and see people’s frustration you don’t fully appreciate it. Every organisation claims to put customers at the heart of what they do. They say they want to provide an outstanding experience. But often this is little more than lip service. When a desire to provide a great user experience clashes with cost savings it is user experience that loses. When a desire to provide a great user experience clashes with cost savings it is user experience that loses. Tweet thisThis is because most senior management teams are not…
  • What charities can learn from good Kickstarter campaigns

    Paul Boag
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Looking to your competitors for inspiration is a big mistake. To innovate in digital you need to look outside your sector. Like this video? Follow me on YouTube or share it on Twitter.One of the mistakes organisations make when setting their digital direction is to only look at their competition. There is much to be learnt from looking at what is happening in other sectors. We need to look beyond the walls of our own sector for inspiration. Only then will we start to innovate. Tweet thisI believe that the charity sector is a good example of this approach. There is a lot they could learn from…
  • Five tools to kick start your web design business

    Paul Boag
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Successful sales and marketing are a key component of your web design business. But as these are non chargeable it is important to work as efficiently as possible. That is where these five tools come in. Since launching my own consultancy I have become precious about my time. Every minute I spend doing sales, marketing or admin is a minute I cannot be charging out my time. Sales and marketing are crucial to the success of a web design business and yet are also a significant cost. Tweet thisYet I also know how crucial the sales and marketing process are to the success of any business. A…
  • Sorry, your site is not responsive

    Chris Henderson
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Is your site responsive? It may adapt to a wide variety of devices but is it slow and sluggish? Too many rush the build and pay the price.
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  • Music Video: Florence and the Machine “St Jude”

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:43 am
    Another stunning video off of Florence and the Machine’s latest, this one’s for “St Jude”, directed by Vincent Haycock. Watch the video below.View the whole post: Music Video: Florence and the Machine “St Jude” over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Seren Morgan Jones

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:28 am
    Paintings by London-based artist Seren Morgan Jones. More images below.View the whole post: Seren Morgan Jones over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Skate Video of the Day: “Side One” by Antosh Cimoszko

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    Chill vibes from Vancouver, Side One by Antosh Cimoszk. Watch it below.View the whole post: Skate Video of the Day: “Side One” by Antosh Cimoszko over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Sam Friedman x Case Studyo “Happy Place” Handwoven Rug

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Love this rug. Artist Sam Friedman collaborated with Belgium-based Case Studyo (I love everything these guys produce) on a handwoven rug based on one of his paintings. They’re releasing an edition of 12 rugs. Couple more images below.View the whole post: Sam Friedman x Case Studyo “Happy Place” Handwoven Rug over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Inspiration Overload of the Day: The Crazy Inventions of Dominic Wilcox

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:06 am
    “The Reinvention of Normal” is a fantastic little profile of artist, inventor, designer Dominic Wilcox. In the image above you can see a device he invented which allows him to use his right ear to hear what’s on his left, and use his left ear to hear what’s on his right. This is just one of the many brilliantly silly inventions he created as part of a project to make something creative every day for 30 days. Other creations include: toothbrush maracas, an umbrella that waters plants, and a soccer ball that mixes a smoothie.I like to keep videos like this bookmarked…
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  • Create stunning effects with Amberlight for Windows or Mac – only $9

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    Perfect for all artists, from budding beginners to advanced. Enhance your existing images and designs by adding Amberlight layers right on top of them. Create beautiful unique backgrounds, wallpapers, presentations or gorgeous book covers. Export your images into other graphic applications to include them in a larger art project. Incredibly intuitive and user friendly user interface. Normally, Amberlight sells for $29.99, but for a limited time only, you can get this fabulously unique artistic tool for a mere $9 – That’s a huge savings of 70% off the regular price - See…
  • Microthemer: code-free visual WP theme and plugin editor – only $17

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:14 am
    This incredible Visual Design Plugin will let you easily customize any WordPress Theme visually, without any coding. Not only does it allow you to create a responsive design of your theme, but you can edit the look and feel of your site right on your site itself. Act fast, though, because for a limited time only, you can get this amazing plugin for more than 60% offthe regular price. Microthemer Visual Design Plugin Highlights: No Coding Necessary: Easily customize your WordPress theme right from an intuitive admin screen, without knowing HTML or CSS. Customize The Appearance of ALL…
  • Announcing the X Theme 3.0 Giveaway!

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:10 am
    Designers’ Best Solution now with awesome plugins What does everyone look for in a WordPress theme? First of all, superior design quality. Then, flexible customization options, along with rich function availability, and general ease of use. Designers don’t put up with hard to grasp, lousily documented, or unsupported themes. X Theme has bar-none customer support, and unites all likely expectations in a powerful package. Your client projects could range from blogs, to portfolios, business, product and e-commerce websites. The complete and distinct designs from X will give you a head start…
  • Giveaway: + 50% Off Sale at TemplateMonster

    29 Nov 2014 | 2:14 am
    The PRIZES are: Pebble Steel, NVIDIA SHIELD, Nexus 5, Moto 360, Bluetooth Smartphone Watch, Moto Hint and iPhone 6 (One prize per week) How to Enter the Giveaway Buy a WordPress theme or any other template at TemplateMonster and you will automatically be entered to win one of these prizes The giveaway started on November 11, 2014 and will be running through December 30, 2014. The first two prizes (Pebble Steel and NVIDIA SHIELD) have already been claimed, but 5 more prizes are still available and you could potentially win any of them. You may wonder :When is the best time to enter the…
  • DealFuel giveaway: 5 multipurpose HTML templates to win

    15 Nov 2014 | 4:26 am
    These templates are elegant, responsive and exuberate sophistication in every sense. These templates have high resolution app landing display which instantly makes a striking impression with the audience. In this package you will get the following templates: Appolicious – Bootstrap 3 Retina App Landing Page Charted Accountant – Multipurpose HTML Template Edge – HTML Single Page Template My Cafe – A Premium Restaurant HTML Template Streak – Responsive HTML template DealFuel is home for web developers and designers deals. You can visit their site to get more…
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  • The Basics of Touchscreen Interfaces and Screendesign

    Jake Rocheleau
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Designers have been faced with some of the most difficult tasks to achieve beauty in aesthetics merged with pragmatism. Interfaces should be designed to work quickly and efficiently – but they should also captivate and charm the people using them. It requires fine balance and a sense of creative ingenuity to craft exceptional interfaces. In this post I’d like to express a few components critical to designing for touch-based devices. Screendesign isn’t a new concept but it has been revolutionized through advancing technology. These advances focus on screen size, pixel…
  • A Comprehensive Look into the Disciplines of Digital Design

    Jake Rocheleau
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:23 am
    Most people who are familiar with the world of digital graphics also recognize that there are dozens of unique disciplines out there. The Adobe suite alone has products for vector art, pixel graphics, motion graphics, animation, the list goes on. It’s practically impossible for one designer to practice all of these areas but it’s becoming more common for designers to adopt a few different skillsets. In this post I’d like to cover a swath of various fields related to digital design. Modern designers often have a wide range of various skills dipping into a number of these…
  • Design a Readable Hierarchy using Web Typography

    Jake Rocheleau
    29 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    It’s a no-brainer that websites are crafted by layering information into page sections. The most important content usually falls near the top of the page and gradually cascades down. Capturing attention requires a sense of natural order to your page content. Web typography can relate to the typeface, but it also relates to overall structure and flow while reading. I want to suggest a few tips for web designers who wish to bring sequential order to their typography. This occurs through a number of changes that require careful attention to detail. A great place to start is by reading…
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  • Daily Inspiration: Analog Memory Desk by Kirsten Camara

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:39 am
    Today’s coolness comes from Kirsten Camara, a student from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She’s gotten raves for her ‘Analog Memory Desk’ design which has a built-in scrolling paper surface for recording sketches and ideas. Her idea comes from the obsession with how we remember the past. If all those tiny details we jot down onto the paper will eventually tell a story of who we were, what we went through, and if these tiny parts will produce a new narrative about our lives. With 1,100 yards of paper, the table will record the lists, the phones numbers you call once, the pixel…
  • Daily Freebie: Huge Galactic Space Icon Set

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    Today’s daily freebie is an icon set from talented designer Adam Katyi from design house, Hungarumlaut. This pictogram-dingbat font was created for the ‘To the infinity and beyond’ exhibition. This amazing typeface features spaceships, satellites and other unified flying objects, Moon- and Mars-cars, space characters and planetariums. The set also has the entire solar system from the Sun to Neptune. Shooting stars, in different styles and even Ursa Major and Ursa Minor too. There are a lot of different arrows, clock icons and geometric symbols too. The icon set is free for…
  • CLD Exclusive: 40 FREE Flat Style Web Icons (PSD, AI, EPS)

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:18 am
    Today’s daily freebie comes our talented friends from This exclusive set of 40 flat style web icons are just what you need for your next web project. The icons come in PSD, AI and EPS format and would complement any flat style web design to bring your content to life. The set comes complete with regular icons including clocks to magnifying glass to coffee cups. Download after the jump!
  • Exclusive Giveaway: The Lightest and Most Compact MacBook Ever!

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Okay guys, so let’s get right to the dirt: The New MacBook is incredible! I’m sure you’ve all seen Tim Cook’s keynote – it’s super light and thin, gorgeously designed, and is obviously a designer’s dream toy. So if you’re like me, who likes nice things, which you most likely do, Stacksocial is giving one of these bad boys away to one lucky winner. The winner will be able to choose the color they want, and they’ll hook up the rest. Sound good? To enter, all you have to do is S.H.A.R.E How? 1. Click on the link below 2. Submit your email…
  • 15 Bold Fonts Perfect For Headlines 

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:19 am
    Fonts are a designers’ best friend. It has the ability to convey the tone and manner of a design to extract desired emotions from the audience. Today, we’ve compiled 15 bold typefaces that can easily grab a user’s attention in any design project be it an app, website, poster, brochure or even copy text. Each font face show strong characteristics capable of holding their own ground. Some are free and some are paid, but nothing’s better than finding that perfect fit to say what you want. Add them into your arsenal of fonts! Let’s begin! Intro…
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  • Tell your Client’s Story Beautifully and Easily

    Editorial Staff
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:56 pm
    Learn how to be more than a web designer. Start acting like a visual storyteller. 90% of information transmitted to our brains are visual. The reason? We process visual data faster than text. And we pay more attention to videos and images, than text. If you’re currently building a website or own one, then you should start thinking of ways to transform it into something eye-candy and visual. Generation X and generation Z spend half of their day connected to a screen, often on visually powerful platforms such as Facebook, Pinterest or YouTube. In order to grab their attention, you need to…
  • Top 5 Free Online Learning Resources for Entrepreneurs

    Sydney Cohen
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    I get inspired by some online courses provided by different platforms. This post aims to resume which platforms that I use regularly to find inspiring content that feed my curiosity and my will to grow my online businesses. Edx Edx is a free online Mooc. What I found interesting about Edx is that they have a course catalog from prestigious universities, such as Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, Cornell, Mcgill… They have some great professors featured as well as interesting guest speakers. One course that I would recommend from Edx is CS 50, Introduction to computer science. David J. Malan takes…
  • PrestaShop Makes Setting Up an Online Store Easy

    Jacques van Heerden
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    With the ever growing popularity of online stores, a lot of people have come to wonder which platforms are suitable to help them sell online. Today we will be looking at one of the most trusted online platforms for setting up your selling business, PrestaShop. PrestaShop is free ecommerce software built on a solid foundation of support structures and helping you the seller prosper. So why exactly should you consider PrestaShop as your online platform for setting up your business? Let’s have a look at the few points below. Selling should be easy When looking at any store provider for…
  • 10 Things Your Homepage Must Have for Effective Marketing

    Editorial Staff
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    Your website is a valuable tool for not only landing new clients, but also advertising your services. When people visit your website, the first page they are likely to come across is your homepage. Since it plays the role of the face of your company, you need to ensure that it captures the visitors’ attention within seconds. To achieve this, here are ten things that your homepage actually needs: 1. Great Headlines Credit: Any time people visit your website, they want to know what you do at a glance. This is where great headlines come in. A headline tells your visitor what to…
  • 10 Design Resources You Could Never Think Were Free

    Editorial Staff
    8 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    Whether you are designing your own site or you are a professional website designer, you are always looking for a way to make your site sleeker, prettier, more functional, easier to use and more. At the same time you want loads and loads of options to play around with for each of those elements. The complexity adds up very quickly but, you have only so much time. We bring to you 10 design resources covering a wide range of elements that you will need for the site(s) you are designing. From a “coming soon” template to an all-inclusive theme to a lightweight one-page portfolio site, this…
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  • Server Side Mustard Cut

    Chris Coyier
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    The term "mustard cutting" in web design comes from developers at the BBC who wanted to serve different experiences of their site to different browsers on different devices. They were specifically trying to avoid User Agent sniffing: But these days, with such a long tail of user agents now accessing the site, this becomes a fruitless exercise. Instead, they used feature detection. Modernizr is the classic (awesome) example of that, but ala carte feature tests can be quite small and simple all by themselves. This is the logic the BBC used to determine if a browser cut the mustard or not:…
  • Choose a Random Option based on a Range

    Chris Coyier
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:23 am
    I have three options and I need to randomly pick one (in JavaScript). But not equally random. I want there to be a 10% chance of the first option, 20% chance of the second one, and 70% chance of the third. Here are some ways to do that. Imagine the data is like this: var choices = [ [10, "apples"], [20, "oranges"], [70, "bananas"] ]; Plus we've set scoped variables for stuff like iterators and random numbers and stuff. Let's just call this conceptual code, not production code. Test between a min and max The first place my mind went was to generate a random number between 1-100 and then test…
  • Numeric Inputs – A Comparison of Browser Defaults

    Geoff Graham
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    The spec, purposefully, stops short of telling implementations (browsers) how to handle UI. In this article we're looking specifically at <input type="number">, and you might be surprised to learn that the spec specifically says: This specification does not define what user interface user agents are to use. It goes on to explain that different languages, cultures, and regions might have good reason to handle numeric inputs differently. So browsers are on their own here, and perhaps this time unsurprisingly, there are quite a few different approaches to the UI. Let's take a look. The…
  • WordPress Front End Security: CSRF and Nonces

    Andy Adams
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    In our last article, we covered Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) and the functions WordPress provides to prevent XSS attacks. Today, we'll look at another security concern for front end developers: Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF). Lest you think this security stuff isn't important, a major vulnerability was recently found in the WP SEO plugin, which is installed on 1,000,000+ WordPress sites and which allowed hackers to manipulate the WordPress database using CSRF. (The plugin was fixed quickly, but you can see how scary this stuff can be.) Nonces and Cross-Site Request Forgery Put simply, CSRF…
  • Introduction to WordPress Front End Security: Escaping the Things

    Andy Adams
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you're a WordPress developer that writes HTML/CSS/JS (which is 100% of theme developers and 99% of plugin developers), you need to know the basics of front end security for WordPress. WordPress gives you all the tools you need to make your theme or plugin secure. You just need to know how and when to use each tool. For example, one huge responsibility you have as a front-end developer is to prevent unescaped content from being printed to the page. Security Is Your Responsibility Before we talk specifics, I'd like to squash an idea that I would (previously) use to rationalize a "less…
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  • Samsara

    David Airey
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:40 am
    A reader asked for help overcoming creative block. I suggested watching Samsara. It’s a stunning visual journey around the world, filmed without commentary, and with a brilliantly original soundtrack composed after the film had been “silently edited.” Watch the trailer (full screen, volume up). “Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.” My reader replied not long afterward. It…
  • Meaningless design briefs?

    David Airey
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    In a recent interview, Stefan Sagmeister was asked if his studio had to deal with meaningless design briefs. “One of the many advantages that comes with [being a small studio] is that we have more clients than we could possibly work on, and so obviously we tend to pick the best ones. So I would say almost none. The criteria roughly are: Is it a product or service that we think needs to be in the world, or would we use it ourselves? Are the people we’re dealing with nice? Do they have a proper deadline? Do they have a proper budget? That’s roughly it.” From The Happy Show at the…
  • Marginalising creativity

    David Airey
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:36 am
    Paul tweeted: Some reasons why graphic designers started calling themselves ‘creatives' ~@DavidAirey @Graeme_Smyth — Paul Bailey (@paulmarkbailey) February 24, 2015 The truth is, there’s never a good reason for designers to call themselves “creatives,” as if no other profession has the capacity to show creativity. Paul agrees, of course. He’d already written this.
  • Run a holiday

    David Airey
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:46 am
    Oli + Josie came up with a brilliant idea to link the Virgin brands. “Every mile you run in Virgin Active gyms earns you an airmile with Virgin Atlantic.” It’s not limited to Virgin, either. Any airline could partner with a gym, or a manufacturer of electronic gym equipment. A little extra fitness motivation is no bad thing. See what else Oli + Josie have been up to. They’re on Twitter, too, @olifrosty and @JosieShedden. Via CR Blog. Related elsewhere: Who designed the Virgin logo?
  • Two Hulls

    David Airey
    14 Feb 2015 | 6:03 am
    Brian MacKay-Lyons of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple has been awarded the 2015 RAIC Gold Medal for his body of architectural work. The Gold Medal is the highest honour the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) can bestow, recognising “a significant and lasting contribution to Canadian architecture.” The Two Hulls house stood out from Brian’s portfolio, built on the Nova Scotia coastline in 2011. It’s a full-time home for a family of four, with a “day pavilion” for living and a “night pavilion” for sleeping. “This is a steel frame house, with a wood skin. Its white,…
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  • Three important Benefits of Solar Panels

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Since awareness about global warming, people have become more open to the idea of ​​finding renewable energy sources to mitigate environmental problems in the world today. Among the renewable sources of proposals was the use of solar panels, which has gained popularity in recent years with both residential and commercial spaces. In fact, there are significant benefits of using this type of energy production system, but some also stressed the disadvantages. In general, however, experts agree that the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. Some of the most notable benefits of using this type…
  • Advantages And Disadvantages Of Solar Powered Products

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:15 am
    Sustainable or green energy is becoming one word above all for those who want to save on their energy consumption. The use of solar energy is becoming very popular not only because it is free and plentiful, it is also one of the cleanest renewable energy resources used today. Whether you are looking for some efficient products, choosing solar energy devices is one of the best options you can choose. These are some of the advantages and disadvantages of solar panel lights to help you make an informed decision. Advantages of solar energy products One of the benefits of installing solar energy…
  • Highlighted Aspects of the Solar Industry

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Solar energy has entered our lives for decades, and has been the change in our lives since. With more spin-off industry, many things that have become difficult to treat. While many aspects have become very popular rooms that provide large amounts of benefits every day. What are they? Distributed solar Service The service relates to a solar energy system is decentralized, modular and very flexible. It is located close to the load used, but generally have less capacity than traditional electricity. A photovoltaic system connected to the network is often considered the service. In practice, both…
  • Predictions for the Solar PV Industry in 2015

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:15 am
    The global market for solar PV is facing a strong growth momentum due to reduced production costs and technological advances in the industry. Governments and other agencies around the world to promote the use of solar energy through various financial incentives. The year 2015 should see continued growth, emerging markets and changes in production processes. These are some of the major projected global trends for 2015: More organizations will present to provide solar power residential loans in the US It is expected that next year more companies in the US offer solar home loans that can replace…
  • Environmental Benefits of Using Solar Power

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Electricity is known to be the best invention of all time. With electricity, people have good lighting at night with the use of light bulbs. Electricity is the main source of almost all devices used in homes and institutions to work. And electricity enables companies to operate with the use of machines. With the help of electricity, people can get the best features that can improve their lives and their future. Unfortunately, many places around the powerlessness of the world experience due to decreased energy sources such as gas, trees, water and coal. Therefore, it is essential to seek…
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  • Freebie PSD: iOS 8 Instant Messaging Chat iPhone App UI

    Jake Rocheleau
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Advertise here with BSADo you love building mobile apps and working with pretty pixels? Are you an Apple fan who also enjoys free design resources? Assuming you answered yes to these rhetorical questions, you’re gonna love this new freebie released exclusively on DesignMag. This free iOS 8 IM/Chat Application follows the iPhone 6 screen dimensions and design guidelines. The PSD is completely free to download and edit for any project, personal or otherwise.All of the icons are vector-based which means they’re scalable to any size. Plus you can edit the vector paths to reshape…
  • Introduction to Grid-Based Typography in Web Design

    Jake Rocheleau
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Advertise here with BSAWhat do math teachers and city planners have in common aside from indispensable yet low-compensating jobs? A love for grids, of course! This is one of those special topics that seems really important because it is really important but still doesn’t get enough attention. It’s on par with balancing a checkbook and learning to properly mimic funny accents.Thankfully grids can be useful to many career paths outside of mathematics and architecture. I want to focus on the benefits of grid structure when it comes to designing web typography. A typical layout often…
  • Web designers: Generate income easily with Stamplia, the email templates marketplace

    10 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    Advertise here with BSAAs a web designer your mission is to create hight-quality design. The problem is that you’re out of time.Nowadays, web designers spend most of their time on finding customers and less on honing their craft. Working directly with a client usually means insufficient time to perfect designs and having to deal with demands that aren’t always clear and that can sometimes change in the middle of the project.Luckily, there’s another way. Stamplia is a marketplace for email templates that provides web designers with a way to get sales and increase revenue…
  • Popular Web Design Trends for 2015

    Jake Rocheleau
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:56 am
    Advertise here with BSAAlthough many designers have written on this topic, I want to share my thoughts on the future of web design as we forge ahead into 2015. The new year is always an exciting time and I love to contemplate the potential for young new web designers just entering the field.I do think these trends will resonate with most web designers who have kept their pulse on the changing tides of digital interface design. But although these trends are quite noticeably gaining momentum, it’s impossible to tell with absolute certainty what the future will hold. Looking onward into…
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  • 4 Extremely Creative And Inspiring Banner Ads

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Banner advertising is one of the most common forms of advertising on the planet and unless you live in the stones ages (which I’m sure you don’t), you’ll likely come across banner advertising in some shape or form every single day. Even if you’re a bit of a recluse and rarely leave the house, you’ll likely come across the newer, more modern form of banner advertising whenever you browse the web, as it’s literally on every website you visit these days. The thing is, you probably don’t even realise that you’re seeing these banners a lot of the…
  • Six Stunning Restaurant style WordPress Themes

    19 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Finding the right theme for your WordPress site can be almost impossible, today we will look at some stunning restaurant style WordPress themes. If you feel we have forgotten any, then feel free to share them with us in the comments below. The Flavour Your only stop if you need a modern restaurant WordPress theme that has all the bells and whistles to push your business forward. Price: $39 DEMO Here | BUY: Here Bon Appetit Bon Appetit is the best choice for the website of your Restaurant, Cafe, Bakery, Bar or Coffee shop. It’s fully Responsive and Easy to Customize using Drag & Drop…
  • Liveblog: Apple Watch ‘Spring Forward’ event

    9 Mar 2015 | 1:24 am
    11:35 AM – And that’s it folks. We are done here, thank you all for following our Live Blog. 11:34 AM – I’d like to thank you all for coming. 11:34 AM – I’d like to personally thank all of the Apple team that made today possible. I’d like all of them to stand up for some recognition. 11:34 AM – We continue to innovate, we continue to push forward, all of our energy is on making the best products in the world 11:33 AM – Starting a summary of the keynote 11:32 AM – The Apple Watch joins a line of products we’re incredibly proud…
  • Five Apple inspired WordPress Themes

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:15 am
    Apple keeps getting more and more popular, so it is no surprise that companies are trying to copy their design. This trend has long been visible on the WordPress platform. In this article we will look at five WordPress themes that have all been inspired by the Apple Website. We hope you like them, if you feel we have forgotten any, feel free to add them in the comments. iBlogPro Inspired by apple, iBlogPro is the perfect way to give your website a look that is highly professional and clean. Everything you need to take it to the next level. Price: $99 Buy: Here Cross Apple A powerful theme…
  • Giveaway – Copper Project Management Software for Creative Teams

    12 Feb 2015 | 1:42 am
    Do you ever wish there was a way to keep projects on budget and delivered on time? A simple tool that made collaboration between teams and clients easier. Well thanks to a tool called Copper this task now becomes easy as pie. The great thing about Copper is that it lets you not only manage tasks and projects but also your clients, team members and even your budget. The user interface is very easy to learn and incorporates elements from popular software that you are most likely already using today. The interface lets you quickly search through projects by simply entering a keyword. Thanks to…
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  • The Beauty of Infographic Style Web Design

    Carol Francis
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    Infographics have become more and more popular over the last few years – we have finally all realised that the human brain responds easier, quicker and better to descriptive images than to pages of text. This has encouraged the emergence of infographic style web sites where they would have previously been text-heavy. If an association, charity or, in fact, any business, has a lot of information to impart, it is more effectively done through images – and moving images through animations or scrolling effects can capture the attention of visitors even more. The improvements in CSS and…
  • Ghost Buttons – A Current and Popular Trend in Website Design

    Carol Francis
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:02 am
    Ghost buttons, or empty buttons, are a trend that have really come into being through necessity – the use of large background images requires information elements that don’t obscure large areas of the image, and ghost buttons with their no fill, and usually thin border and small text fit the bill perfectly. Of course, designers being such creative animals, we are seeing different types of ghost buttons and varying layouts and uses for them. Here is a selection of ghost buttons in use, and I have tried to select as many different types as possible to show the creativity of the…
  • How to Create a Portfolio With Dribbble Shots in 4 Steps

    Paula Borowska
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    I can show you how you can implement Dribbble’s library in 4 steps. Anything more is just additional set up of the actual portfolio website and that’s all up to you. Below is a screenshot of a portfolio I created really quickly with the help of a Dribbble API library called Jribble. Step 1 – Setting Up the HTML In order for you to have a simplistic single page portfolio, you still need some HTML markup. Because this tutorial is about the Dribbble API I’m making the portfolio as simple as I can to move this along for you. <html> <head>…
  • 4 Reasons Why Everyone Should Know the Basics of Programming

    Paula Borowska
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:04 am
    There are a lot of opinions out there as to why designers should or shouldn’t learn how to code. I beg to extend that question and argue that everyone should know at least the basics of programing. My definition of basic is HTML and CSS. I suppose I could summarize this whole post with one single and short reason as to why everyone should code: knowing how to code empowers you. But that’s such a simple statement and it isn’t enough so let’s explore the four different reasons why everyone should know the basics of programming. 1. The Web Is Among Us All Originally when I was planning…
  • Amazing Parallax Scrolling Effects in Web Design

    Carol Francis
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    Parallax scrolling is not a new trend, but it has been slowly gathering speed. When parallax effects are teamed with other current trends, you can end up with an amazing site full of eye-candy that will most certainly keep visitors on your page. In this round-up we have selected some sites that have done just that with amazing results. All of these sites are worth visiting for inspiration. Parallax Scrolling in Web Design Eric Huguenin This freelancer’s single page site includes not only parallax scrolling, but some very nice illustrations and animations. Tag Heuer Wishes 2015 This…
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  • Design Focus: Sites & Sounds

    Sophia Lucero
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:21 am
    Come for the sounds, stay for beautifully crafted websites you’ll enjoy them in. Designs of the Week Need help in promoting your site? INeedHits has been in the search engine marketing since 1996! A Love Like Pi The music embed is not as clever as far as design goes, but it’s not obtrusive to the rest of the site’s adventurous nature. I like how the illustrations are drawn and animated in, and if you have to do a media gallery, might as well keep it fun with pink, floating rocks. Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes There are some subtle interactions going on here, like the…
  • Design Focus: Scroll Activated

    Sophia Lucero
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    Have a nice joyride with these energetic sites that are triggered by the page scroll. Designs of the Week Ready to go out and design your next website? Try building with the Catalyst Framework. In Pieces – 30 Endangered Species, 30 Pieces. Thirty endangered species deconstructed into thirty geometric shapes, with information and posters/wallpapers to support the cause. Scroll Slow. Have Fun. Do as it says! We’ve seen this effect on another site before, but here it’s the focus. Monocle Voyage A nice split layout with panes of content that cover one another, in alternate…
  • Having WordPress Sickness? is the Cure

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    WordPress is such a great CMS platform by allowing people to build fully functional websites right off the bat. By choosing the right theme and plugins, they can create a blog, an ecommerce site, or business site. It doesn’t hurt that WordPress is easy to use and manage compared to other platforms. As of February of 2014, over 74 million sites worldwide and 48% of Technorati’s Top 100 Blogs run using a self-hosted WordPress CMS, among other statistics. Because of the very reasons that make WordPress good, it’s also what makes it vomit-inducing. One thing that separates…
  • Top 6 Online Resources for Designers and Creative Freelancers

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Becoming a creative freelancer is an exciting, yet challenging career decision. It allows you to do the work you want for who you want, but also comes with the risk of not knowing who your next client is and when you’ll find new work. Once you have a list of clients and money is pouring in, everything seems great. However, just a few weeks later you may find yourself strapped for cash and desperately searching for work. Whether you’re in a brainstorming stage and trying to set your rates or organize your portfolio, or you’re overloaded with work and need to streamline processes and move…
  • Design Focus: In Depth

    Sophia Lucero
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:44 am
    The sites featured this week also play with perspective & depth, prominently distinguishing between foreground & background, particularly when one moves the mouse. Designs of the Week Want your site to be as good-looking and inspirational as these? Start by choosing a well-designed theme from ThemeForest. Hello Monday Each project is a screen of content with a matching color palette, with the description area acting as translucent glass overlay. There’s something quietly elegant about the details here. Cultural Solutions Here it’s the layers of circles that move…
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  • Santé Hot Cocoa

    Elizabeth Freeman
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    A colorful collection of hot cocoa appears in Massachusetts stores as the new contender. Packaged by Lakuna Design, rich cocoa packets are stored in perforated boxes with an overhead shot of the beverage. "Cocoa Santé is a new instant hot cocoa product recently launched from Arlington, MA. The company's distinctive take on hot cocoa centers on four blends each inspired by cocoa use throughout history. Each package was designed to reflect its respective blend's flavor profile and cultural connection by use of color and pattern. And speaking of color, the packaging palette is…
  • Monakrivo Extra Olive Oil

    Elizabeth Freeman
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
     MONOPATI SA approached Molivi - Design Studio with the idea to create packaging for an extra virgin olive oil that is unique to the Peloponnese region. As a result, Monakrivo was born. Stored in glass bottles and powder coded in earth tones, the logo becomes the central focus as it highlights the name of the brand.  The overall design stays true to the contemporary aesthetic with an interesting juxtaposition in the choice of substrates and color palette.  "The brand name: Several prerequisites and basic criteria for the brand name evaluation were agreed…
  • 8 Things You Need From London Now

    Jenifer Tracy
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Greetings! After six exhilarating months of living in London, I’ve crossed the pond back to the States and have plenty to show and tell. I saw some awesome packaging design, picked up a bit of Cockney slang, and decided that winters should be spent in L.A. London is an amazing city for so many reasons and it’s easy to fall in love with it. It was terribly difficult to keep the suitcases lean and not pack home the red & silver foil Tunnock’s wrappers that I found so charming. But I did come home with an iPhone full of inspiration and a list of my favorite British product packaging…
  • Design Nugget #22

    Elizabeth Freeman
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Did you know the idea for selling Macaroni & Cheese together as a package came about during the Great Depression when a St. Louis, Missouri salesman began attaching grated cheese to boxes of pasta with a rubber band? #designnugget         Related Posts:Design Nugget #14Design Nugget #11 
  • Top 10 Packaging Projects & Articles

    Elizabeth Freeman
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    How is your Monday morning going so far? Make it extra special with the Top 10 Packaging Projects!1. DHMHTRA  2. Ööloom Sleeping Masks  3. Volkswagen | Instant Off-Road Kit  4. VERVE JUICES  5. Emilita  6. Bridge Brewing  7. Murphy's Farm Market  8. 6/6  9. Mac's Beer  10. DV Artisan Chocolate First Batch           Related Posts:Concepts We Wish Were RealConcept: Belgian Beers 
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  • Best UX and UI Tools and Resources

    12 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Advertise here with BSA The UX and UI tools you are using may not be entirely suitable for you next web or app design project. Newer, more stronger tools are constantly appearing on the market that are designed to make your design efforts faster, easier, and more professional. As you go down this list, you will find a number of useful tools focusing on rapid prototyping and project team collaboration, along with resources you would find advantageous when testing the usability of your design. There is more to come. enables you to create fully-interactive, high-fidelity…
  • Grab These Amazing Deals For Designers and Website Owners Right Now

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:37 am
    Advertise here with BSAIf you’re on the lookout for great deals for your work as a designer or for your website, then you’re sure to have already found your fair share of places. Unfortunately, some of the places you’ve found don’t always offer you tools and resources that you need or want. This is why we’ve set out to look for some sweet deals ourselves and decided to share our findings with you. Mighty Deals   Deals sites have been trending in the last couple of years and that’s because they are a buyer and a seller’s best friend. As a web designer, you should choose your…
  • This Year’s Top Tools and Platforms for Building Websites

    11 Feb 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Advertise here with BSAWeb designers like to believe they work with the very best tools on the market. We tend to grow fond of our website building platforms or plugins over time, and use them all the time in our client projects. And that’s great, so long as they help us optimize our working routine. However, we should never close our eyes to other options. Not when they can help us build websites faster. Get to know 15 of the best tools and platforms for website creation in 2015. If you can spot your favorite in the list below, you’re on the right track. If you can’t, then you can…
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  • Lagom #2 is out now

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    This blog has been rather quiet of late. There are many reasons for that, but one of them is that my wife and I have been hard at work creating the second issue of Lagom, along with a team of 30 talented contributors. Yesterday, we released the beast unto the world — and just a couple of weeks before our baby is due, too! Phew. In this euphoric but exhausted state, I’ll save my extensive thoughts about this issue for another day; for now, though, here it is. Get it! Read it! Smell it! You can pick up a copy directly from us at, or from a variety of shops around the world.
  • Pay your contributors

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    At Lagom, we believe that every contributor should get paid, and although as a fledgling publication we’re unable to offer heaps of cash, we feel very strongly that every contributor should at least get something. Unfortunately, it seems that not many independent magazines share our opinion. I was talking to a potential contributor earlier today and told her that we’re passionate about everyone getting paid, and her response really resonated with me: “As long as there is something offered, I consider it a nod of respect and that’s all I need.” A nod of respect. Regardless of the…
  • The new eBay vs. physics

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:19 am
    The upper gradient on the new eBay’s gigantic ‘follow’ button (which, bizarrely, is rendered entirely as an image) looks like an inner shadow, and hence makes the entire button appears as if it’s pushed in — something you would expect from an active state, not pre-hit. The meaning is then further confused by the drop shadow beneath the entire button, which gives the impression of the button floating above the surface — something that would be physically impossible if the button were depressed. Please forgive the snark, but I feel like it’s important for huge companies like eBay…
  • Insites: The Xmas Special 2014

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Although Keir and I closed Viewport Industries back in September, we’re continuing our annual tradition of hosting ‘Insites: The Xmas Special’. This intimate gethering of web folks has proven rather popular in the past — frequently described as a sort of self-help group for webbies — and this year we’re moving it out west to Bristol. We’re hosting it upstairs in my favourite pub: the wonderful Small Bar. And as well as the personal talks where we all discuss the year that was, we’ll be pleasantly interrupted every 45 minutes with a new beer to taste. In…
  • Confessions of an independent publisher

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    A few months ago, Jimmy Wilson got in touch and asked me a bunch of questions about publishing. They were great questions and, as many of them were ones that I get asked a lot, I said I’d publish my answers as a blog post. It’s taken me a while to get round to it (sorry, Jimmy), but — hot on the heels of Lagom’s launch — here they are: Did you know you had an audience large enough to support the magazines right away or did you get just enough positive feedback that you decided it was worth a risk? Did this impact your decision to restrict printing the first issue of 8 Faces to 1000…
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  • New Look Brand and Messaging For FHOKE

    12 Mar 2015 | 4:53 am
    Over the past year we’ve been putting things in place to expand the business intelligently. We started with new offices, we took on Gillian (who’s doing a fab job at getting us recognised in the local area) and now we’ve looked closer at our own brand and messaging, for once. We’ve had great success over the past six years but times change and we’ve re-aligned our messaging to reflect that. We’ve always been known for our strength in design but over the years that message has been diluted with a long list of services that every other agency seems to talk about as well. It’s…
  • FHOKE Launches New Triple Eight Racing Site

    20 Jan 2015 | 2:04 am
    Triple Eight Racing recently launched their new website and brand to great acclaim which has been designed and built by award-wining design agency FHOKE. The most successful team in British Touring Car Championship history, Triple Eight decided it was time to overhaul their brand identity ahead of the 2015 race season. With a new brand identity and website the updated look will be used across both its Touring Car and GT exploits promoting all aspects of the team. The Hampshire-based agency is well known for its design and brand work with their strong attention to detail being an integral part…
  • Triple Eight Racing Logo Design – How We Did It

    12 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Over the past few months we’ve been working with Triple Eight Racing on the redesign of their logo and we’re super proud of how it’s turned out. It’s been well received by their fans and made it’s first appearance out on track in Dubai this weekend – here’s an insight as to how we went about the re-design. Out With The Old Triple Eight Racing is the most successful team in British Touring Car Championship history having won over 100 races since the company was founded in 1996. Their existing logo had served them well having been around for nearly 20 years but 2015 brought a…
  • Welcoming Our Newest Team Member

    9 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    New Year, new folk. We’re excited to welcome Gillian Jones to the team. Gillian will be joining us as our Business Development Manager and also helping to put our two founders male egos in place. Gillian will be taking a hands on role with all our existing clients so expect a call or a visit from her soon. She loves a good chat so put the coffee on. Gillian will also be taking a strategic approach to developing our brand, with a strong attention to detail she’ll be nurturing new relationships and spreading the word about our great work. If you’d like to connect with Gillian drop her…
  • Reinventing The Wheel & Losing Sight Of Your Websites Purpose

    9 Jun 2014 | 5:04 am
    When we meet with potential new clients we’re always completely honest and upfront about who we are and everything that we do, it’s what wins us new business (well, that and the quality of our existing work, not to forget referrals from our many great clients). We never sell services that we’re not up to speed with, we don’t say ‘yes’ and figure it out later and we don’t do anything that we feel is not going to be of benefit to the client or their users. We specialise in the design and build of websites, we’ve been doing it a long time and we know that we’re good at it.
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  • 15 Of The Most Creative Flyer Designs Ever

    Tara: Freelance Designer
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:50 am
    A guest post by Josh is a print design enthusiast, currently based in the UK. He has a passion for all things colourful and loves any designs that make use of his favourite colour (blue). Flyers are everywhere. If you run a brick and mortar business, you’re probably sick of getting flyers pushed through your door every single day of the week. While printed flyers can be one of the best marketing tactics for a business, the majority of flyers that we see on a day-to-day basis are far from creative. They usually just feature bog-standard stock photography and uninspiring font choices. So, if…
  • Not Another New Dress – Cartoon

    Tara: Freelance Designer
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:34 am
    Another cartoon  – see my website for more Based on the story of the dress that people see in different colours
  • Why I Hate the Word Boyfriend – Cartoon Design

    Tara: Freelance Designer
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    One of my new cartoons from my website  
  • 5 Alternative Union Jack Flags

    Tara: Freelance Designer
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    A guest post by Alasdair Graham on behalf of Elanders UK Printing The mighty Union Jack has represented the United Kingdom since its official adoption in 1801 and is the product of 3 distinct flags in union (…I know) England represented by the cross of St George. Scotland by the saltire of St Andrew and Ireland – represented by the red saltire of St Patrick. Notice no sign of poor old Wales! This is because Wales was annexed by “The Kingdom of England” in 1282 and has been represented by the flag of England historically. However – this timeless vexillogical…
  • Using Freewriting to get Ideas for Character Design and Illustration Work

    Tara: Freelance Designer
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    I have always been a big fan of exploring different creative techniques beyond the standard mindmaps and moodboards that many designers use. For a recent project I needed to create some characters for a comic strip about the adventures of a startup. It was a project I was working on along side Constantina Katsari-Muston, who had the initial idea and was creating the dialogues. The first thing I needed to do was create the person with the start-up and we decided he would be 20-30s male. My first attempts at sketches were a little bland. So I decided to turn to Freewriting to help. Freewriting…
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    The Graphic Mac

  • How to design the perfect logo [Infographic]

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    So what sort of ingredients do you need to cook up a tasty, irresistible logo? This infographic from will provide you with tips and ideas related to each of the qualities that a successful logo design must have. How to Design the Perfect Logo Related posts: Infographic design: Netflix vs. Redbox Infographic: History of design tools The A-B-Cs of logo design
  • 10 color tips for graphic designers

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Some great advice about choosing and using color in your design work. Related posts: “F#ck You. Pay Me.” – An education video for graphic designers New color picker for web designers and developers Cool Web Site: Daily Design Advice
  • Windows 10 does away with bloatware. Sort of.

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    We are also redesigning Windows’ Refresh and Reset functionalities to no longer use a separate recovery image (often preinstalled by manufacturers today) in order to bring Windows devices back to a pristine state. What Microsoft is trying to say here is that while they will still allow manufacturers like Dell and HP to pre-install a pile of crappy bloat/ad/malware, they will finally give you the ability to do a clean recovery of only Windows 10. As an added bonus, you can apparently create your own recovery partition with updates already applied. Nice! I’ll not be switching to Windows…
  • Spam comment of the month winner

    20 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    I would for to buy this most excellent spammer a beer, but he not provide a very good link for to contact himself very much. Related posts: Inspiration: Beer packaging How to block text message spam on the iPhone Disposable email addresses to combat Spam
  • 30% discount on Elmedia Player 5

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Elmedia Player (EP) is an all-in-one media player and manager for Mac OS X. Unlike Quicktime and iTunes, EP allows you to discover, download, organize, play, and manage movies and music in a ton of formats, including: FLV, SWF, XAP, AVI, MOV, MP4, WMV, DIVX, DAT, and more. I’ve reviewed Elmedia Player in the past, and while not a whole lot has changed over the years, some of the improvements are welcomed. The latest version adds support for the Apple Remote, the built-in media keys on an Apple keyboard, playlist search, a 10-band equalizer, video tuner, and a host of other video playback…
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  • Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell: album stream

    Jon Hicks
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    The Guardian has a stream of Sufjan Stevens new album “Carrie & Lowell”, and its achingly beautiful. Can’t wait for this to come out! A deeply personal album – named after Stevens’ mother and stepfather – it’s a departure from his most recent electronic, experimental ventures, and returns to Stevens’ stripped-down roots, leaving space to address issues of “life, death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love.”
  • Troika #4: Light Music

    Jon Hicks
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    So welcome to Troika Episode 4! This one is all about a genre called ‘Light Music’, a form of orchestral music that was at its height in the 1950s and 60s. These were shorter, lighter, more whimsical pieces of music, often used in the soundtracks of films and Pathe News reels. That opening music was ‘Puffin Billy’ by Edward White, and is probably the most widely known of the genre. Even if you don’t what it is, you’ve probably heard it. Pixar used it in one of their early ‘shorts’ Tin Toy. It says picnics and ginger beer to me. It has a certain…
  • Troika #3: Music for Cycling

    Jon Hicks
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    I’m not a fan of Kraftwerk at the best of times. I have friends who adore them, but they leave me cold. I was listening to one last week that was all about using a ‘Pocket Calculator’ – “adding… and subtracting”. Gripping stuff eh? In particular, when there is a Cycling related programme on telly, the likelihood is that they will end up using their ‘Tour De France’. Its feels about as far removed from the experience of cycling as I can think of. I love electronic music, but for me it doesn’t have the right feel. I think Rapha have got it spot on. They’re a high-end…
  • Communication Arts on Icon Design

    Jon Hicks
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:42 am
    For the Communication Arts Interactive Annual #21, I was asked the question “What are the challenges or joys you face when creating an icon set?”. The answer had to be short, so the angle I took was… We’re getting into very exciting territory with regards to what technology we have to play with! SVG is finally becoming widely adopted and with it the opportunity to provide scalable and responsive icon sets. Higher pixel density screens will also mean spending less time making artwork conform to a pixel grid. The days of fuzzy bitmapped icons are almost over! Until then, the…
  • Troika #2: (not so) Guilty Pleasures

    Jon Hicks
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:17 am
    I heard an interview with Jarvis Cocker (he of PULP fame) where he was asked about ‘guilty pleasures’. His response was ‘there’s no such thing as a guilty pleasure. If it’s music, and you like it, why feel guilty about it?”. Quite right – there’s too much music snobbery. Somehow there’s this rule that certain types of music are to be embarrassed about. With that in mind, I want to present three songs on a similar ‘power ballad/rawk’ arena that all come from the 80s/ early 90s. They’re not the kind that get repeated ad-infinitum on commercial radio though.
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  • Developers: Why You Shouldn’t Skip Documentation

    Thoriq Firdaus
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    In the development realm of mobile apps, web apps, desktop apps, or JavaScript libraries, documentation plays an important role that could determine the software’s development success. But if you have ever done documentation, you’d agree with me that it is pretty much the least favorite things for developers to do. Unlike writing code (which is what developers signed up to do), documentation (which we didn’t) has to and should be easily digested by everyone. Technically, we have to translate a machine language (code) into a language that is understandable to humans, which is…
  • 15 Lessons “The Art of War” Teaches You About Winning Life Battles

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    The Art of War by Sun Tzu is widely regarded by many as not only a “bible” for the battlefield, but also a great source of lessons for life in general. Life in itself is a constant struggle to, if not stay on top, at least make it through daily challenges, while making the most out of our resources. Subject to personal interpretation, The Art of War can also be a great source of inspiration and guidance to web designers and developers in their work struggles. IMAGE: Wikipedia Here are some key takeaways from The Art of War that you can apply in your personal life, work, and your…
  • Differences Between Startups And MNC [PIC]

    Hongkiat Lim
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Every wondered what it is like to work in a startup, and how different the experience would be compared to working in a regular multinational corporation? Aside from the rules and regulations that MNCs eat, breathe and sleep with, there are plenty of differences that separates the bold from the established. And Wittyfeed has turned some of those differences into a handy visual guide. From the choice of shoes, office chairs, and facial hair choices to how meetings look like, here are some of the stark differences you would expect at startups and MNCs. You can find the original compilation on…
  • 7 Content Curation Tools For Bloggers

    Guest Contributor
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    There’s a lot of effort that goes into running a blog professionally. And the larger part of a blogger’s time is spent in researching and organizing information – often more than it takes to create the content itself. But it’s possible to save a significant amount of time at this stage if you use the right curation tools. Curation helps you filter out the signal from the noise and manage information more efficiently. Here are a few such curation tools that can help you do this. One thing we kept in mind while creating this list that the tools should be aimed for use by…
  • 15 Lightbox Libraries For Mobile Responsiveness

    Thoriq Firdaus
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    Lightbox is one popular way to overlay images on the web. When you click on an image, the Lightbox pops up with some form of animation, and dims the background so your focus is on the image itself. The image is also larger in scale. Most popular Lightbox JavaScript libraries that we have known for years let you do this well on desktop, but not so much on mobile platforms. Neglecting this, and the need for responsiveness, is not a good idea nowadays, which is why this collection of 15 responsive Lightbox libraries must be checked out. More on Hongkiat: Creating Modal Window Easily With HTML5…
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  • Adobe App Enables Powerful Workflow for Layout Design

    Amanda Aszman
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    Celebrate the 25th year of HOW Design Live with dazzling inspiration from the brightest minds and biggest brands—not to mention a healthy dose of camaraderie with your fellow creatives. Register by the Early Bird deadline on March 31 to save $200! Recognizing that more and more designers are using mobile as a part of their creative process, Adobe is working to offer tools that will help to connect the mobile experience with desktop and web experiences. Today, Adobe announced the release of Adobe Comp CC. The new Adobe app is free and enables a brand new workflow for print, web and…
  • Groundbreaking Interactive Project by The Uprising Creative

    Amanda Aszman
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Brian Schopfel and Benjamin Miles of The Uprising Creative, an integrated creative company with offices in LA, Chicago, Nashville and London, have recently developed a cutting-edge interactive project called Strangers Linguistic Remix Generator for Modest Mouse‘s new album. With this album release being the band’s first in eight years, it seems only fitting that the musicians back into the scene with a bang—and TUC seems to have been the perfect collaborator to help them do so, for the firm is always looking for ways to extend its reach in many areas including video…
  • Why We Love 160over90’s Client Promotions Design

    Bryn Mooth
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Editor’s Note: 160over90‘s crazy-good client promotions design won Best of Show in last year’s Promotion & Marketing Design Awards. Read on to find out what made this project stand out to our judges. Honor Roll: Client Promotions at its Best Think back to your high-school days, when you were wrestling with those heavy, teen-angsty decisions that would shape the rest of your life. Is college right for you? Art school? Should you choose a big university, one with a huge campus and lots of opportunities? Or a boutique art program with a smaller student body and a niche…
  • TestLab Berlin: Design Adventures Abroad

    Terry Lee Stone
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    A new environment can stimulate inventive thinking that leads to brilliant design work—but according to the TestLab Berlin participants, it might just stir you to change your way of life, too. TestLab Berlin is a study abroad program offered by Art Center College of Design that is structured as a series of immersive 14-week trans-disciplinary projects under the direction of Nik Hafermaas, graphic design department chair and executive director of Berlin Programs. Students from a range of studio majors offered by the college—including illustration, photography, environmental, interaction,…
  • Design Studio Spotlight: Double Standards

    Amanda Aszman
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    HOW Design Live is the biggest gathering of creative professionals anywhere. You and your design studio or in-house team are invited to join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary in Chicago May 4–8 with what is sure to be the most inspiring, informational, educational, and talked-about HDL yet. The Design Studio: Double Standards, Berlin Principal: Chris Rehberger Total Staff Members: 12, plus a camera-shy cat named Leo Founded: 2001 Notable Clients: Lacoste, Red Bull Music Academy, Vitra, Vitra Design Museum, Museum of Applied Arts Berlin, Guggenheim New York, Bauwelt magazine,…
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  • Finding Freelance Logo Designers on Google? Surprisingly Difficult!

    The Logo Smith
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    Freelance Logo Designers Just a wee snippet of a post, but when I read this recent client enquiry for a logo design the matter-of-fact way in which it was worded just made me pause. On my Logo Design Brief and Logo Design Enquiries form, I have a box where the client can indicate where they might have found me/come across me, and more often than not it is usually some kind of Google search, no big surprise really. But this particular one just hit me with the phrasing, “It is actually surprisingly difficult to find a professional designer outside the “big” sites of…
  • Client Advice: When Will My Logo Design Be Finished?

    The Logo Smith
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:49 am
    Client Advice: When Will My Logo Design Be Finished? Client Advice When Will My Logo Design Be Finished?” is one of the most often asked questions by potential new clients, yet is the single most hardest one to give an accurate answer to. As much as I completely understand the need for us all to control deadlines and schedules, not to mention the feeling of helplessness when tasking an outside designer to work on a project, the question still erks me. There are a number of factors that are completely out of my control when it comes to determining when and if a logo design, or even a…
  • The Ghostly Appearance of the Reversed Apple Logo

    The Logo Smith
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:04 am
    The Ghostly Appearance of the Reversed Apple Logo I was sat up on my kitchen bar table drinking a coffee when I opened up my Macbook Air, and saw this reversed Apple logo glowing behind the LCD screen. As you can probably tell from the photograph, there was a heck of a lot of sunlight beaming straight through the window and hitting the flipped-up top lid as this was pretty early morning. Just to note: the brightness and contrast had been dialled up quite a bit, so the reversed Apple logo is not as strong and obvious as my photo’s show. I almost missed it as I was just about to boot…
  • Free New Blogger Sans Font Designed by Sergiy Tkachenko

    The Logo Smith
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:57 am
    Free New Blogger Sans Font Designed by Sergiy Tkachenko We are being spoilt recently with some very nice and clean free fonts being made available to the masses. In this particular case, we have: Blogger Sans Font, designed by Sergiy Tkachenko Blogger Sans Font was initially designed as the custom typeface for the FirstSiteGuide’s website: The Beginner’s Guide to Successful Blogging, primarily used for headings. >> Download Blogger Sans Font FirstSiteGuide: Blogger Sans draws inspiration from the clarity and legibility of the popular font Dosis with an additional support…
  • Rudecolor 2015 Color Trends Mood Boards for Designers

    The Logo Smith
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:09 am
    Rudecolor 2015 Color Trends Mood Boards for Designers The Rudecolor 2015 Color Trends Mood Boards, is a wonderful color resource that I’ve really enjoyed looking through. Something about the simplicity of the 3 main referenced colours on each page, along with the 3 photographs, provides a useful visual reference to how each hue might/could be used. >> Just fill in the details here and download the PDF. Seeing the colours in various contexts, although not a new idea by any means, is particularly useful, and just far more engaging than a clinical swatch book. Each page is based…
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  • 5 Top Photo Apps for the iPhone 6

    Jacob Cass
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    It’s well known that Apple’s iPhone 6 boasts some pretty impressive specs. A 5.5-inch Retina HD display on the top model, an A8 64-bit processing chip, and an 8-megapixel iSight camera make the device one of the most powerful smartphone cameras ever to hit the market. But how do you get the best photos out of this nifty bit of technology? Fortunately, Apple’s exhaustive App Store is on hand to elevate your iPhone 6 from a convenient social tool to a sophisticated photo-editing system in your pocket. Here are five of the best photo apps for the iPhone 6. 1. For Photographers…
  • Homeless & Happy

    Jacob Cass
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    Back in 2009, I was offered a job via Twitter for a design agency in New York City. I accepted the offer, packed up my bags and took the 24 hour flight from Sydney to NYC and have been living life there ever since. However, the time has come for me to leave NYC and pursue something that has always been a passion of mine… traveling. On April 2nd, my wife and I are set to leave NYC and go globe trotting, chasing summer for 1.5 years, over 50-60 countries & 6-7 continents. We’ve given notice to our employers, donated or sold most of our belongings and have minimized our lives down to a…
  • Six FREE Icon Packs + More of my Favorite Icons

    Jacob Cass
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    I’ve collected my fair share of icons over the years and there are new free & premium icons coming out everyday thanks to the awesome design community. Today, I wanted to feature IconsMinds who have six free icon packs available for download below and a total of 2,086 icons in 53 different categories on their website, all designed pixel perfect and ready for iOS 8, iOS 7, Android & Websites. I’d also like to shout out a few more of my favorite icon packs including: Zurb, Pictos, Mono Social Icons, The Noun Project and RoundIcons. Free Hipster Icon Pack Free iOS 8 Line…
  • Can Typography Become Conscious?

    Jacob Cass
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    This is one of questions Leland Maschmeyer, Executive Creative Director of COLLINS asked at a presentation he delivered to the Type Directors Club. An avid science fiction fan, Maschmeyer opened his talk with a reference to the TV 90s show “Sliders” in which the hero travels to other parallel worlds. Each world was slightly different than his original world. In one world, Dinosaurs never went extinct. In another, the British defeated the Americans in the Revolutionary War. In another, men gave birth. Each show was an exploration of how humanity would respond to slightly different…
  • Free Hand-Picked Resources for Designers & Developers – March Edition

    10 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Today, we’re bringing you a new series of hand-picked resources to improve your future design & development projects. We have icons, fonts, development tools and more, all fresh out of the oven. Enjoy! View the January edition of free designer resources here. Brandy Minimal Portfolio Template A template aimed at creatives who want to showcase their work online with a clean and modern look. iPhone App Wireframing Kit A must-have asset for designing iPhone apps with Photoshop. Startup WordPress Themes This collection of business-oriented themes will allow you to showcase your…
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  • Showcasing UI Interaction Design with Animated GIFs

    Chris Spooner
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    The humble animated GIF has become a popular tool for designers to share their UI designs. How a web or app interface works is just as important as how it looks, and the animated GIF—while it lacks refinement and quality—is the most accessible file format that can be easily viewed directly in the browser, making it perfect for sharing on social sites such as Dribbble. In today’s post I showcase 20+ examples of how designers use animated GIFs to present the interactions and gestures in their UI designs. Handsome Site Team Page by Sam Thibault Re:Designing Travel by Claudio…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for March 27th 2015

    Chris Spooner
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Fhoke, Bell Brothers, Alfoart, Leap and Italic Studio. Fhoke View the website Bell Brothers View the website Alfoart View the website Leap View the website Italic Studio View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for March 27th 2015 appeared first on Line25.
  • Web Design Trend Showcase: Centrally Divided Layouts

    Chris Spooner
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    I originally documented the trend of vertical split layouts back in 2013 when I noticed some new web designs being divided vertically into two halves to display separate areas of content. I wondered if this trend would become more common, and surely enough, we continue to see cool web designs with centrally divided layouts in 2015. Check out this updated showcase to see great examples of websites that split their content down the centre of the screen. Names for Change C.ROWE Desktime Stolen Girlfriends Club Formlets Nightcall Productions LLC Nicolas Bussiere Hello Monday Brown’s London…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for March 20th 2015

    Chris Spooner
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from SOZO, Jean-Baptiste Calzia, White Frontier, Wake and Wheyhey. SOZO View the website Jean-Baptiste Calzia View the website White Frontier View the website Wake View the website Wheyhey View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for March 20th 2015 appeared first on Line25.
  • 25 Free Resume/CV Templates to Help You Get the Job!

    Chris Spooner
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    Are you in need of a slick design for your resume or CV? If so, this roundup of free templates is just what you need! We’re not talking about Microsoft Word documents here, these are layouts for professional designers that use industry standard software such as Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign. With structured layouts and neat graphics these templates will definitely help you stand out from the crowd and secure the job. Free Resume Template by Ayoob Ullah Free Vita / Resume / CV InDesign Template by TapTapIdeas Free Resume + Cover Letter by Demorfoza Free Clean Interactive Resume…
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    Lines and Colors :: a blog about drawing, painting, illustration, comics, concept art and other visual arts

  • Adam Rex (update)

    Charley Parker
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Adam Rex is a children’s book illustrator and writer, who I first profiled back in 2007. His books include the well received Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich; a more recent series called the Cold Cereal Saga, the titles from which include Champions of Breakfast and Unlucky Charms; and a 2009 title, The True Meaning of Smekday, which, after having been optioned as a movie in 2008, has just been released by Dreamworks Animation as the CGI animated feature Home. The cover of Smekday (images above, top), features — for those who don’t happen to recognize it — a chunk of…
  • Alfred Wahlberg

    Charley Parker
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
    19th century Swedish landscape painter Alfred Wahlberg studied briefly in Stockholm and in Dusseldorf, but took influence from his exposure to modern French painting in Paris; and his work shows both the dark moodiness of the northern schools and the brighter palette of the French painters. In much of his work, even pieces that I might assume to be older and not as much influenced by the French styles, you can see unexpectedly open, loose brush work in paintings the look more tightly rendered in smaller reproductions. There are some relatively large images on an ad-laced Ukrainian site at…
  • Leah Lopez

    Charley Parker
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:37 pm
    Though she also works with figurative, landscape and cityscape subjects, still life is the primary focus of New York based artist Leah Lopez. It was a particular quality of her still life paintings that most captured my attention. For lack of a better word, I might call it “presence”. Her still life subjects have immediacy, a painterly, tactile surface quality and a refined sense of composition. Along with her nuanced control of color and value, those qualities produce that elusive feeling of “being here” that I have difficulty describing, but find particularly…
  • Eye Candy for Today: Childe Hassam’s Washington Arch, Spring

    Charley Parker
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:24 am
    Washington Arch, Spring, Childe Hassam The link is to a zoomable version on the GoogleArt Project; there is a downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; the original is in the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. What has always fascinated me about this painting — one of Hassam’s most recognizable works — is the seeming defiance of compositional norms. Hassam has taken a point of view that places the arch behind a row of trees that fill what most artists might consider its most interesting feature: the opening and framed space beyond.
  • Joshua Middleton (update)

    Charley Parker
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Joshua Middleton is an illustrator, comics artist, concept artist and art director who I first wrote about in 2006. At the time, he was primarily working in comics; since then, he has worked in film and television for clinents liks Universal, Lionsgate, Sony, Sony Pictures Animation and Warner Brothers; and as a cover artist for book publishers such as Scholastic, Abrams, Bloomsbury, Tor, Viking and Disney. Middleton has also come full circle back to comic book publishing, becoming noted in particular for his striking cover art. Comic book covers owe their lineage to the pulp magazine covers…
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  • Never Before Seen: Using Video to Drive Brand Engagement

    Chris Wilson
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
      Sony launched an impressive campaign this week where they teamed up with a diverse range of filmmakers, artists and influencers to create a series of new films celebrating the “never before seen”. With the debut, Sony released three different short films: “Picture Machine”, “Paperports” and “Creature”. Each film is highly unique and entertaining in its own way. This is a powerful exhibit of how a big brand can successfully work together with the entrepreneurs and creators of the world to make content worth sharing. Take a look at the first videos to debut in the…
  • How the Lines Between User Experience and Marketing Have Blurred

    Nick Rojas
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:33 am
    With mobile devices and the Internet of Things, consumers are closer to the brands and services they use now than ever before. For a business to thrive, it needs to be regularly engaged with its customers. The online experience a brand provides its users with has becoming a key method of generating conversions. However, the role of user experience (UX) is too often misrepresented and oversimplified. Creating a user experience is about more than just creating an interface. It is about your user’s relationship with you and your brand through technology. The ultimate goal is to remove the…
  • Graphic Design Marketplaces to find Freelance Work

    Chris Wilson
    26 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    There are certainly plenty of designer platforms online that you can choose from. Scores of sites are available. But you haven’t got forever to check scores of sites to find the best ones to help you launch your budding career as a graphic designer. So here are a few that you should definitely give a try:   Design Marketplaces Sites that offer you a chance to show your work are ideal, especially for first-timers in the field of professional graphic design. If you don’t have any clients yet, joining design contests run by sites like DesignHill is one sure way to build up your…
  • The Art of Rebranding: How Southwest is Moving on From A String of Negative Press

    Nick Rojas
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    Southwest Airlines just launched a major rebranding effort, its first in more than a decade. It’s dropped the boring old logo—literally just a picture of a plane with the words SOUTHWEST under it—in favor of a striped, rounded heart (it’s no coincidence that their home airfield in Dallas is called Love Field). And crucially, in a loud-and-clear commitment to its online sales, it’s changed its name to A friendly new font completes the look, instead of shouting in Helvetica, the new logo has a mix of upper- and lower-case letters on a blue field, almost evoking…
  • Disability Friendly Web Design

    Chris Wilson
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    One of the beautiful things about the Internet is that it allows people who are housebound to lead fuller and more connected lives. Accessibility with the Internet has become very important to many United States citizens, according to the Internet Housebound people are not the only disabled online users. Disabled users run a huge range including epilepsy, anxiety, and chronic fatigue. When designing an eCommerce site, you need to keep in mind that disabled users will try to access your site and design an experience that they can all enjoy.     Stop the auto-play. Back…
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  • Marketing Careers: 5 sites to develop and enhance your skills with free online courses

    Selena Blue
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:01 am
    As marketing evolves into a more digital field, the skills needed to succeed are evolving as well. Read on to learn about five sites that offer free courses to develop and enhance skills to boost your marketing career.
  • Ecommerce: How to preserve your brand globally [Video]

    David Kirkpatrick
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:01 am
    This MarketingSherpa Blog post features a video on global ecommerce with insights from Rob Garf, Vice President of Industry Strategy and Insights, Demandware. Highlights of Rob’s advice include understanding the unique culture in each regional marketplace where you are active and the importance of having a local presence in those markets.
  • Designing Slides That Don’t Suck: 20 questions to ask before you present

    Jessica Lorenz
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:01 am
    All too often, speakers rely on information-loaded slides that are too dense for audiences to process or pretty presentations that are as visually appealing as they are empty. Read on to learn the 20 questions to ask yourself before your next slide presentation.
  • Mobile Email: Tips on getting started

    David Kirkpatrick
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    The latest wrinkle in email marketing is mobile email. It’s a challenge to meet head-on because increasingly people are reading both personal and work email on mobile devices. To help you meet this challenge we reached out to five email marketers for tips on getting started in mobile email.
  • How Automation Transformed a Distributor’s Online Business

    Andrea Johnson
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:01 am
    This MarketingSherpa Blog post features a video interview conducted by Allison Banko, former MarketingSherpa Reporter, with Lenny Kharitonov, President, Unlimited Furniture Group, a furniture retailer. They discussed how automation transformed Unlimited Furniture’s online business.
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  • Engineer's Guide to US Visas

    Tim Van Damme
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:38 am
    Planning on moving to the US? Here’s a great primer on the different types of Visas you can or can not apply for. Applies for designers too.
  • Aaron Draplin Takes On a Logo Design Challenge

    Tim Van Damme
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:13 am
    Aaron is a branding machine, and shares tons and tons of knowledge in this short video.
  • iOS Sketchpad

    Tim Van Damme
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    I was wondering what the delta was between the screen sizes of the different iPhones you need to support as an iOS designer. Did some math and realized that, even though not perfect because of rounding errors, going from an iPhone 5 to a 6, you gain about 1 (44×44 point) column and 2 rows. Same happens going from an iPhone 6 to a 6 Plus. i5>i6: 1col, +2row i6>i6: 1col, +2row i5>i6: +2col, +4row (unit = +/- 44pt) If you want to add more functionality instead of content.— Tim Van Damme (@maxvoltar) October 24, 2014 Sketching on squared paper, I was…
  • Welcome to Colon, Magic Capital of the World

    Tim Van Damme
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
  • Lucky shot.

    Tim Van Damme
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
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    Thoughts From Eric

  • On This Day

    Eric Meyer
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Earlier today, Facebook announced a new feature called “On This Day”.  With On This Day, you see pictures, posts, and other events that occurred on a given day.  If you’re familiar with Timehop, it seems very much like a Facebook-only Timehop.  That will probably seem limited and broken to actual Timehop users, but for the vast majority of Facebook users, it will be a new and potentially very welcome feature. As you can imagine, given what happened with Year in Review, I’m very interested by On This Day.  I haven’t interacted with the actual product yet, so I don’t know what…
  • Playing Shiva

    Eric Meyer
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    Children charged through our house, laughing and shrieking and calling to each other as their games shifted fluidly from one imaginative burst to another.  In the dining room, their adults sat around the table and talked, benignly ignoring the chaos around them.  Earlier, there had been a group photo of the kids and rides in a crazily-painted convertible. I sat in the kitchen window seat, my feet braced against the middle frame, staring out into the back yard.  The afternoon was chilly and bright but not sunny, as befits March in Cleveland, but I didn’t really see it.  I only know what…
  • Big Little Heroes

    Eric Meyer
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    On March 15th, 2015, there will be a St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraising event at the Cleveland Heights Community Center.  At last year’s event, Rebecca was there, running around and flipping out (in a good way) as her sister Carolyn shaved to raise money.  She gave a big hug to her kindergarten teacher, who had shown up to surprise her and had his head shaved as well.  She was, to all appearances, a totally normal and healthy kid, so full of life that many people there didn’t realize she was one of the honorees. Four days later was the MRI that revealed the second tumor, the one…
  • The Widening Gulf

    Eric Meyer
    15 Feb 2015 | 7:14 am
    So many people who knew Rebecca told us how they had to hold back tears, watching the Super Bowl halftime show.  “I wish Rebecca could have seen it,” they say.  “When Katy Perry sang ‘Firework’, all I could think is how much Rebecca would have loved it.” Rebecca loved Katy Perry songs, you see.  She loved to sing and dance to “Firework”, so much so that her sister Carolyn made it part of the medley she arranged and performed at Rebecca’s funeral.  And Rebecca loved to sing “Roar”, and pretty much anything from Katy Perry.  Even “Brave”, which is actually sung by…
  • Friday Figure

    Eric Meyer
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Just for fun, and maybe for a little bit of edification, I present to you one of the figures from the chapter on color, backgrounds, and gradients I’ve just finished writing for CSS: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition. This figure is (at the moment) captioned “Very, very tall ellipses”; it’s a diagram of what happens if you create a radial gradient with no horizontal sizing.  (Whether you also have vertical sizing is actually irrelevant.)  The ellipses all get so incredibly tall that you only see the sides at their most vertical, which results in the appearance of a mirrored…
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    Naldz Graphics

  • 30 Creative Examples of Tri-Fold Brochure Designs

    Ebrian Acebedo
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:16 am
    Brochures are one of the advertising or promotional materials that are used by companies and other businesses. But for this tool to be effective, it has to have a design that contains the charm that will catch the attention as well as the interest of its target audience. Additionally, it has to have the information that customers would want to know and they have to be positioned at the right place. Tri-fold type brochures are popular designs used by many due to its effectiveness and practicality. It has a generous space to put the needed details and design, but still The post 30 Creative…
  • 50 Finest WooCommerce WordPress Themes To Check Out Now

    Ronald Bien
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    WordPress is known to be one of the best blogging platforms that enables everyone to create their own website without going through laborious designing and developing. As people are getting hold of the power of the internet, the number of people using WordPress themes for their website is continuously increasing. Furthermore, people have also begun to realize how the internet can help them create their own business and earn income. That is why eCommerce themes are becoming more and more popular as many are starting their own online shop each day. In this field, WooCommerce, which is an open…
  • 30+ Examples Of Great Food Web Designs

    Johnna Eudese Ward
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:07 am
    Food industry is probably one of the largest and most successful businesses that offer a wide variety of foods worldwide. Being a business, they need to adjust to changes in order thrive; and since a large population is now using the internet, they have adapted by creating enticing websites that offer services and information to customers and viewers. Creating a food website can be a daunting task. Everything needs to be considered including the colors, font styles, overall layout, etc. So for those who want some ideas and inspiration, we have gathered some of the best examples of Food…
  • 35 Creative Scissors Logo Design

    Mickey Javier
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:59 am
    A logo can be considered as a direct extension to the identity of the company it represents. With that, it is imperative to have a great logo design that will correctly portray your company and will effectively communicate to its customers and spectators. One way to know a good design is by checking out other works and seeing some fresh ideas that you like. We can help you out with that matter by checking our many collections of logo designs that you can search here in Naldzgraphics. For now, we have compiled some of the best Scissor Logo Designs that The post 35 Creative Scissors Logo Design…
  • 30 Must-Have Vintage Fonts For Free

    Johnna Eudese Ward
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:55 am
    Vintage designs are one of the undying styles that still capture the approval and admiration of people. It is usually achieved by using textures, grunge patterns, and color variations. But if your vintage design includes words and typography, then one or more fitting font styles will do the trick for you to achieve the result. Here we have compiled some of the useful Vintage Fonts that we have handpicked for your easy browsing. All of these fonts are free to download and most of them are also free to be used in commercial designs. Nevertheless, be sure to check out The post 30 Must-Have…
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    Tuts+ Code

  • Programming With Yii2: Localization With I18n

    Jeff Reifman
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:19 pm
    What You'll Be CreatingIf you're asking, "What's Yii?" check out my earlier tutorial: Introduction to the Yii Framework, which reviews the benefits of  Yii and includes an overview of what's new in Yii 2.0, released October 12th, 2014.In this Programming With Yii2 series, I'm guiding readers in use of the newly upgraded Yii2 Framework for PHP. In part one, we set up Yii2 locally, built a Hello World application, set up a remote server and used Github to deploy our code. In part two, we learned about Yii's implementation of its Model View Controller architecture and how to build web…
  • How to Use Android Media Effects With OpenGL ES

    Ashraff Hathibelagal
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    Android's Media Effects framework allows developers to easily apply lots of impressive visual effects to photos and videos. As the framework uses the GPU to perform all its image processing operations, it can only accept OpenGL textures as its input. In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to use OpenGL ES 2.0 to convert a drawable resource into a texture and then use the framework to apply various effects to it.Prerequisites To follow this tutorial, you need to have: an IDE that supports Android application development. If you don't have one, get the latest version of Android Studio…
  • Nginx Guide: Essentials

    Nishant Modak
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The first part of this nginx article talked about the architecture and the main nginx configuration file. This article continues from there and talks about the nginx essentials: the modules that are needed and other advanced configuration techniques.Nginx ModulesThe real power of nginx lies in its modules. The entire stack can be imagined as made up of modules which enhance or build on top of the capabilities of the nginx core. To use them, they have to be enabled during compilation from source and cannot be enabled at run time. Some modules are automatically compiled in unless otherwise…
  • Using the JobScheduler API on Android Lollipop

    Paul Trebilcox-Ruiz
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the JobScheduler API available in Android Lollipop. The JobScheduler API allows developers to create jobs that execute in the background when certain conditions are met.IntroductionWhen working with Android, there will be occasions where you will want to run a task at a later point in time or under certain conditions, such as when a device is plugged into a power source or connected to a Wi-Fi network. Thankfully with API 21, known by most people as Android Lollipop, Google has provided a new component known as the JobScheduler API to handle this…
  • A Guide to Overriding Parent Theme Functions in Your Child Theme

    Rachel McCollin
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you've had any experience working with parent and child themes in WordPress, you'll know that the template files in your child theme override those in your parent theme. So for example if your parent theme has a page.php file and you create a new one in your child theme, WordPress will use the one in the child theme when displaying pages.You might think that functions would work in the same way: create a new function in your child theme's functions.php file with the same name as one in the parent theme, and it'll take precedence. Unfortunately it isn't as simple as this.In this tutorial…
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  • The Book of Web Design Vol. 2: Clients’ Standard Quotes (Cartoon)

    Dieter Petereit
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Frequent readers know. Starting from January cartoons have found their place here at Noupe, too. Our series “If Web Designers Were …” has become popular quite quickly, and our readers keep submitting their favorite client situations. Thanks and keep going. Some of the submissions, while funny, cannot adequately be described in the format of “If Web Designers Were …”. That’s why we decided to add another series named “The Book Of Web Design: Clients’ Standard Quotes”. You are about to see the second cartoon of it. The following quote…
  • New and Unspent: 10 Fresh Free WordPress Plugins (Edition: April 2015)

    Andreas Hecht
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Once again we have browsed the plugin directory of WordPress to find the best new WordPress tools for you. Plugins round WordPress off and without them you would have an extremely limited CMS. You won’t find well-known extensions in this list, but a potpourri of really fresh, new and unspent plugins that give you the best benefit. There should be something for most WordPress website operators. 1. Twitter SLM This plugin automatically creates Tweets for new posts, which will most likely increase your traffic. In addition, it eases your workload because you don’t have to write the…
  • Oviparous: 22 Fresh Free WordPress Themes (Easter Edition 2015)

    Juan Pablo Sarmiento
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Easter bunny is in sight. If you want to give your site a quick rebrush before the holidays, there’s no time to lose. Good that you got the nice folks here at Noupe. We dug up the hidden easter eggs in terms of WordPress themes and curated them into the following article. So before you smash your eggs trying to create a nice site from scratch simply take one of these freshly bred specimen. These are fit for pretty much any website category, whether it’s a photo blog, tumblelog, magazine, sports site, whatever. Thank us later… All these themes are free though some may have…
  • 20+ Fresh Free Templates in HTML/CSS and PSD plus GUI Packs (Edition: April 2015)

    Juan Pablo Sarmiento
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Welcome back to our fourth iteration of 2015’s collections of free HTML, CSS and PSD templates. We have a pretty awesome bundle of GUI packs and HTML templates that will not only simplify your developments, but also give you new ideas to create the next big thing for your customers or personal projects, no matter the device you’re working on. There are some extra surprises in there for you, but let’s not spoil the party and jump right in. Are you ready? One important information before you read on: All the following elements are freely usable, though some will require a…
  • Web Design: Transparency as a Design Element (plus Best Practices)

    Ioanni Mitsakis
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Transparency has become a big hit in web design since most browsers can display it. Transparent elements are used to either set accents or draw attention to a certain area like images or text passages. But there are a few things that can go wrong while developing websites with transparent effects. Today we’ll show you what you should pay attention to. Let’s create a harmonious website with transparent elements, shall we? Transparency in Web Design There are two different ways to get transparency: by using transparent PNG files or pure CSS. The latter becomes more and more popular…
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  • Gone Fishin'

    13 Mar 2015 | 4:02 am
    Sooooo, we're currently in the process of redesigning our trusty website. ("About ruddy time," we hear you say. "Cobbler's children/lack of shoes", we retort...rather embarrassedly.) Anyway, as part of this much-needed overhaul, we're going to take some time to consider Reaction's place within our wider business. During this time, we'll be posting infrequently. So please subscribe to our RSS feed to be notified the moment that we publish something new. (Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter too!) In the meantime, if you have any feedback, we'd love to hear it.
  • Proper Pillow Plus

    12 Mar 2015 | 3:41 am
    Proper Pillow Plus is a smart pillow that monitors your sleep patterns. (Customers who pre-ordered this item also pre-ordered a smart mattress...probably.)
  • Making the Invisible Visible

    12 Mar 2015 | 3:41 am
    Created by Tribal Worldwide London and Marshmallow Laser Feast, Making the Invisible Visible is an ad campaign/installation/infoviz that reveals the hidden data captured by the new Volkswagen Passat:
  • VeinViewer

    12 Mar 2015 | 3:41 am
    VeinViewer is a medical product that uses "harmless near infrared light to see through your skin and show a picture of your veins directly on the surface". (We first featured it back in 2006. Looks like it's come a long way since...) [via Laughing Squid]
  • Japan's Disposable Workers

    11 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    MediaStorm takes a look at Japan's "net cafe refugees" - aka "temporary employees who cannot afford to rent their own apartments and must therefore live in internet cafes instead". (Sheesh! What type of society are we creating?!?)
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    Illusion Magazine

  • 10 Australian Movies to See in 2015

    Martyn Conterio
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    Australia produced one of the world’s oldest surviving feature films, 1906’s “The Story of Kelly Gang.” However, it wasn’t until the 1970s, some sixty-odd years later, that Aussie films gained a proper foothold on the international scene. Since the days of the Australian New Wave, their national cinema has never looked back. It has emerged...
  • Subtle Paintings of the Body by Anne Von Freyburg

    Christopher Smail
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    Warning: This post contains images with nudity. Viewer discretion is advised. The female body is laid bare in the beautiful mixed-media artworks of Anne Von Freyburg. In her compositions, the naked form of her subjects merge seamlessly together with visions of the natural world, from bare branches and all number of blooming flowers. Working in...
  • Graham Fink Creates Amazing Drawings Using Only His Eyes

    Christopher Smail
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Graham Fink is an innovative British artist who is taking his work in very exciting directions, combining brave new technology with traditional drawing practises. Aided by software that he developed in conjunction with tech-companies in China, Fink uses eye tracking to create drawings without putting so much as a single pencil to paper. The process...
  • Tammy Salzl’s Unnerving Watercolour Portraits

    Ariane Fairlie
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    Warning: This post contains images with nudity. Viewer discretion is advised. Tammy Salzl, a Montreal-based artist, creates portraits in watercolour. Each of her subjects is ready for scrutiny, baring their inner turbulence with strength and determination. The texture of their skin glows with an aura that lifts in smoky strands. It appears almost bruised from...
  • Sony Launches “Never Before Seen” to Promote New Action Cam

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Inspired by the words “Never Before Seen,” Sony has launched an exciting campaign in connection with filmmakers and artists to create a series of movies using their new Action Cam. There will be 20 films in total, and to start off they’ve released three. The first one is “The Picture Machine” by Studio Nos who...
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    The Social Commerce Social Sourcing Space

  • Google X executive moves to Oculus

    Charlie Hodge
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:49 am
    The virtual reality company Oculus, owned by Facebook, have been busy in the last week hiring Google X’s Mary Lou Jepsen. Jepsen ran the research lab’s Display Division for three years but has agreed to join the Oculus team this month. A highly respected scientist, Mary Lou Jepsen will potentially bring significant expertise to Oculus, although it’s unclear at this time what her new role will be. An Oculus spokesman said, “we can confirm Mary Lou has joined the team.” “We continue to seek out the best and brightest from around the world to help push VR to the next…
  • Apple partners with IBM to create apps

    Charlie Hodge
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:40 am
    Apple and IBM sprung a surprise last year when they announced a partnership. Both companies have been working together to create enterprise-friendly apps and recently announced the latest additions at the Mobile World Congress. The idea of combining Apple design sense with IBM enterprise know-how is strangely logical. Apple has always supported the consumer over enterprise but there appears to be a growing desire to support business using Apple’s famous simplicity. Kathryn White, IBM’s global lead for the IBM-Apple partnership said the two companies want to bring the wow factor to…
  • Google launches tool for games

    Charlie Hodge
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:36 am
    Google has announced the release of two new tools for game developers on its Android platform. The tools include new analytics to help developers better understand in-game player behaviour. In addition, the tools include a number of new monetization features, which are delivered through its AdMob platform. As part of its smart TV platform, Google also launched a new game-centric Nearby Connections API for Android TV. Google’s new Player Analytics, rolling out in a few weeks, is designed to help developers gain a better understanding on what their players do inside a game. The new…
  • Salesforce App First to Appear for Apple Watch

    Charlie Hodge
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:26 am
    Kevin Lynch, Apple’s Vice-President of technology, demonstrated the Apple Watch this week. He moved through a series of innovative apps such as ordering through Uber and checking in to your hotel via the watch. Included in the presentation was a quick peek at an app from Salesforce. It is the only true enterprise app for the Apple Watch. While showing how it might be best used at work, Lynch showed a graph from Salesforce Wave, an analytics package released last year by Salesforce. Michael Peachey, VP of solutions and product marketing at Salesforce said he believes enterprise apps could…
  • Pinterest to hit 50 million users

    Charlie Hodge
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:20 am
    Researcher eMarketer is set to announce that Pinterest, the visual bookmarking service, will reach a projected 47 million active monthly users in the U.S. this year. This will then top 50 million by next year. Depending on the accuracy of the projection it would still put Pinterest a significant distance behind Facebook, which was reported to have 128 million daily active users in the U.S. as far back as 2013. It’s also behind Twitter, which claimed to have 63 million active monthly users at the back end of 2014. In contrast to eMarketer’s projection, comScore has placed Pinterest’s…
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    Six Revisions

  • A Modern Approach to Improving Website Speed

    Jacob Gube
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever had the experience of going to a site and patiently waiting forever for it to load? Probably not, because no one waits forever for a site to load. We just close the browser tab and move on. Time matters. When it comes to getting the user’s attention, we only have a very brief window of opportunity. According to Ilya Grigorik, on his “Speed, Performance, and Human Perception” keynote, you only have one second. One second! After that first second, a mental context switch occurs. In the user’s mind, it has been so long that they start to think about…
  • Disable Text Selection with CSS

    Jacob Gube
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    There might be some instances where preventing certain parts of your web page from being selected could be beneficial. In these cases, you could try using the user-select CSS property. Example Here’s a style rule for a class named disable-selection that, when applied to an HTML element, will prevent people from being able to select the element: .disable-selection { -moz-user-select: none; /* Firefox */ -ms-user-select: none; /* Internet Explorer */ -khtml-user-select: none; /* KHTML browsers (e.g. Konqueror) */ -webkit-user-select: none; /* Chrome, Safari, and Opera */…
  • Introduction to CSS Variables

    Jacob Gube
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    This guide talks about a subject matter that’s not yet supported in most browsers. See the browser support section for more information. CSS variables give us many of the same advantages that classic variables offer up to programming languages: convenience, code-reusability, a more readable codebase, and improved mistake-proofing. Example :root { --base-font-size: 16px; --link-color: #6495ed; } p { font-size: var( --base-font-size ); } a { font-size: var( --base-font-size ); color: var( --link-color ); } Basics There are three main components you should know about when using CSS…
  • Why Use CSS Preprocessors? (Open Thread)

    Jacob Gube
    21 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    CSS preprocessors like Sass and Less are now a common part of our workflows. They have their pros and cons, and I’d like to start a discussion about their value to our work. Some possible talking points (up to you, though): Do you use a CSS preprocessor? Why or why not? What are the benefits and disadvantages of using a preprocessor? Which preprocessor do you use? And, more importantly, why? Got tips and things-you-wish-you-knew’s to share to those of us thinking about using a preprocessor for the first time? The floor is yours. See you in the comments! What’s the deal with…
  • Bower Beginner’s Guide

    Jacob Gube
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Modern web development generally involves using third-party dependencies: CSS libraries and preprocessors like Bootstrap and Sass, JavaScript libraries like jQuery and Angular, and everything else in between. I bet if you listed down all of the tools you currently use/have used to develop sites with, you’d be shocked at just how many of them you’ve been relying on. How do you effectively keep track of them all, across all of your various development projects? How do you keep your project dependencies updated? How do you update them in such a way that your older projects, which…
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  • 15 Free & Informative Web Design Ebooks

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    Ebooks are the best way to learn online. They provide extensive knowledge on the subject and let you learn new skills effectively. For this section, we have compiled a selection of some web design related ebooks released past year. The best thing is that these ebooks are available for free! It is once again our pleasure to share with you what we have gathered from all over the web so to help you with your masterpieces. Scroll through our wonderful collection and be inspired to create your own artworks, as well. Do let us know what you think about this compilation. Feel free to share your…
  • 9 Essential Bootstrap Editors For Rapid Development

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    Here we have compiled a beautiful and useful collection of 9 Bootstrap UI editors. Bootstrap is a very handy front end framework for the web developer because it allows them to create useful applications and websites as it comes with a number of tool kits and supporting functionalities. They can be downloaded from Github as open source and let you create stunning websites and applications with just few clicks. With this collection, we are showcasing a useful assortment of some free and fresh Bootstrap UI editors for you so that you can download them and simplify your work process. Resources…
  • 8 Free Tools For Exchange Admins

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    There is no necessity to have an expensive troubleshooting service or get an expensive daily administration of mail servers and messaging. There are plenty of free options also available that you can use without even worrying about their quality. There is a huge plethora of resources available for Exchange administrators to keep an eye on health, administer users, migrate mailboxes to the cloud and even deal with old data that is stored timidly and uncatalogued. Here is the full list for you. We hope that you will like this collection and find these admin tools useful for you. Share your…
  • 16 Free Mobile, Tablet & Laptop Mockups

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
    In this collection, we have presented 16 free and super cool PSD mockups templates for all mobile device with you like tablets, smartphones, and laptops and so on. All these mockups are available for free to use in personal as well as commercial work. Furthermore, these mockups are designed with full layered layouts so that you add your personal touch if you want. Moreover, they give a very professional look with simple structure, and are suitable for mobiles, laptops and tablets. Feel free to share your views about this compilation your comments are always more than welcome. You can also…
  • 14 Free & Useful Mozilla Firefox Add-Ons

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    A big chunk of Firefox’s charm springs from its powerful add-ons system that lets Firefox users to install different kinds of plugins which can exponentially add to the browser’s functionality. This is one of the main reasons why professional internet users prefer Firefox over other web browsers. Keeping this in mind, we thought to compile a collection of 14 useful Mozilla Firefox add-ons that are very helpful for developers. These add-ons can greatly improve the surfing experience by automating tasks, providing new ways to search for information and adding more control over how…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: April 2015

    The Smashing Editorial
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork, and as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for seven years now1, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for April 2015. Both…
  • Putting Mobile Back End As A Service Into Practice (Part 1)

    David Tucker
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    In a previous article1 I introduced mobile back end as a service (MBaaS) which aims at giving app developers the ability to create seamlessly new feature-complete cross-platform native and web applications. The next step is implementing a complete demo application using those ideas. Through this real working application, you will be able to see the areas in which MBaaS provides value. This first part will walk you through a messaging application demo powered by the Kinvey application and explore how to leverage user management, file storage and the data store. The second part will complete…
  • How To Keep Framework Development Simple And Bug-Free

    Ben Gremillion
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:50 am
    It’s just like that for your product, too: people rely on our products to work. Bugs erode trust, which in turn loses customers. So when we began updating Foundation, a responsive CSS framework, we wanted to ensure everything worked. Thoroughly. We know that many people rely on our software for their work, and maintaining that trust is paramount. In this article you’ll learn our methodology for testing responsively, not just on a case by case, page-from-PSD comp. See, we’ve developed a certain system to make sure that nothing’s broken at launch on different devices.
  • Assessing Mobile Usability With Google Webmaster Tools

    Tim Jensen
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    Back in 2013, Google officially announced1 that it would begin to penalize websites that provide a faulty user experience on mobile devices. Specific examples included redirecting inner URLs to a home page when viewed in a mobile version of a website, as well as showing 404 errors to people attempting to access pages on mobile. Toward the end of 2014, a Google spokesperson hinted that the mobile user experience would become a ranking factor2. In January 2015, a number of website owners received messages warning about mobile usability issues on their websites, linking to a section of Webmaster…
  • Help Your Content Go Anywhere With A Mobile Content Strategy

    Kerry Crawford
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    You’ve put a lot of thought, time and effort into creating great content, and you want users to have a great experience with your content. While you might have created the best content in the world, you don’t get to choose how users access it. That’s why it’s important to make sure your content works beautifully on every platform and device, desktop, mobile or something else entirely. Before you panic, I’m not advocating that you create individual content strategies for each device or network that your content is published to. That would be crazy, and it wouldn’t necessarily work…
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  • Comparing Smartwatches: Moto 360 vs Pebble

    14 Mar 2015 | 8:09 pm
    My first impression of the Moto 360 is “sweet!” The screen is gorgeous. I love the inductive charger/nightstand. The notifications on it look fantastic. The “ok google” voice commands work mostly well but sometimes doesn’t do what I’d expect. For example, when I set a timer or alarm, it’s not setting the alarm on the phone; it’s only setting it on the watch. I’m never quite sure what is on the watch and what is on the phone. This is an area where the Pebble was always good: I always knew it was an interface to my phone. Battery life on the Moto 360 is a drag. You can get…
  • Windows Substitutes Helvetica for Arial

    3 Feb 2015 | 2:19 pm
    I just ran into this issue today and honestly a little surprised I haven’t run into it before. The problem was with a font stack that I wanted to try out: font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, "Segoe UI", Arial, sans-serif; If a user has Helvetica Neue or Helvetica, that’s fantastic! This is likely to be the case if they’re on a Mac. On Windows 7 and 8, Segoe UI is installed by default. Neither Helvetica Neue nor Helvetica are. Failing all that, they’ll get the tried and trusty Arial. Except, when I went to try it, I got Arial instead of Segoe UI, even though it’s installed.
  • Ten Years in Contrast

    11 Jan 2015 | 11:19 am
    Ten years ago today I wrote a colour contrast checker. I put together this tool because, at the time, I needed to check the contrast between two values and the tool I used to use was buggy and then stopped working. The code I put together was extremely hacky—a combination of 3rd-party scripts and ill-architected JavaScript. I just needed something that worked. In the beginning, you could set RGB values or a hex value and it’d tell you if it passed, didn’t pass, or sort of passed. Since then WCAG introduced different guidelines and I updated it to show whether it definitively passed each…
  • My Custom Video Setup

    2 Jan 2015 | 10:24 pm
    For a couple years now, I’ve wanted to do an online version of the SMACSS Workshop—one that people can buy and download any time they want. I’ve hosted a couple online workshops (thanks e4h!) but I wasn’t happy with the videos that resulted from it. I streamed from home which resulted in poor audio and a crappy backdrop. (Which was all my fault, not e4h!) More recently, I partnered up with Frontend Masters to produce said workshop for the site. They know what they’re doing. I decided that I wanted personal intros and outros for each section of the workshop. I have no idea what I’m…
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    Speckyboy Web Design Magazine

  • Weekly News for Designers (N.278)

    Speckyboy Editors
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:12 am
    This is our popular weekly design news post where we share our favorite design related articles, resources and freebies from the past week. You can sign-up to our awesome weekly newsletter for some more amazing articles, resources and freebies. New Resources & Tools Loaders.css, a collection of performance-focused pure css loading animations. Primer, the CSS toolkit and guidelines that power GitHub. RWDGRID, a responsive grid system based on the 960 grid system. Wamer Sketch, an online WYSIWYG tool for component-based web development. Unitools, a suite of tools for working with Unicode in…
  • 10 Methods for Optimizing Your Forms for Mobile Devices

    Vincent Sevilla
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:29 am
    Ask any average grownup what object they can’t leave the house without and you’ll get, along with keys and wallets, mobiles for an answer. With mobile device manufacturers sprouting one after another, and with them releasing models better than the last, it’s virtually impossible to not subscribe to the growing trend. 2014 data reveals that in the USA alone, 90% of adults have a mobile phone, and that 58% of them are smartphone owners. 42% of Americans are also recorded to own a tablet computer. In a separate report, eMarketer projected a smartphone ownership of 1.75 billion…
  • How to Handle Weird, Indescribable Uniqueness in Design

    Addison Duvall
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:13 am
    Quick, how many flavors are there in food? We’ve all probably heard that there are four: sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. But what would you say if I told you that someone had discovered a fifth basic flavor not too long ago? In 1908, Japanese scientist Dr. Kikunae Ikeda did just that, when he managed to isolate the exact component that makes up the flavor of umami, or, as it’s commonly known in the West: savoriness. What is umami? Well, um… that’s a tricky question. It’s a totally unique flavor experience, unlike any of the other four basic flavors. Parmesan…
  • Weekly Inspiration – Chrome Experiment #1000, The Spotify House, and more

    Speckyboy Editors
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:59 am
    It’s that time of the week again, a chance for you to sit back and be inspired by some of our favorite web and mobile designs from the past week. You may also like to browse the Web Inspiration Archives. Chrome Experiment #1000 → The Spotify House → M.A. BEAT! → Mirum Agency → Hodinkee → Nicolas Thomas → MATSUSO T → Gyroscope → You may also like to browse the Web Inspiration Archives. The post Weekly Inspiration – Chrome Experiment #1000, The Spotify House, and more appeared first on Speckyboy Web Design Magazine. No related posts.
  • 20 Free HTML5 Web Templates

    Alex Samoylenko
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    A readymade template is the perfect option for you to build a powerful website for your business. There are numerous pro designed templates available but fairly often they require a degree of customization. Eventually, you find yourself with lines of code to change to get the required result. It’s great if you know some HTML and CSS basics, but what’s the option for those users who don’t know a thing about coding? All templates you find in this collection have been sourced only from trusted websites. They are also built in accordance with the latest web design trends and…
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  • LayUp Is Now Adobe Comp CC and It Launches Today

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Last October, on stage at the annual Adobe Max conference, I debuted a collaboration between Adobe and myself called Project LayUp, a new iPad app for designers. Today, that app officially launches in the App Store under a new name: Adobe Comp CC. Read the company’s official release for the app is here. Adobe describes…
  • Instagram’s Endangered Ephemera

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    Over at The New Yorker, architecture and design writer Alexandra Lange writes about the phenomenon of Instagram accounts that capture design ephemera like matchbooks, clothing labels, postage stamps, machine badges and more. These examples of tiny graphic-design ephemera are brought to our full attention in obsessive, single-serving Instagram accounts. This is not the Instagram of…
  • Women of SCOTUS in LEGO

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    This is a homebrewed proposal from editor Maia Weinstock for a set of LEGO toys based on the female justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Weinstock submitted the idea to LEGO, but it was rejected in accordance with the company’s rule against politics or…
  • TIE Fighter

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:36 pm
    I hesitate to post this here because in general I don’t endorse my generation’s excessive devotion to the Star Wars franchise. I enjoy the original films and characters, but the nearly religious devotion that they inspire in others is lost on me. That said, this short tribute to Star Wars from animator Paul “OtaKing” Johnson…
  • Fantastical 2

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    For the past few weeks I’ve been using beta versions of Flexbit’s Fantastical 2. It sports a handsome new interface with a dark left pane that flanks a light reworking of the standard iCal day/week/month/year view. There’s also a natural language engine for freeform creation of new events—these are becoming standard for calendar software, but…
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    Treehouse Blog

  • Christina Gained the Skills Needed to Transition into Her Dream Digital Marketing Career

    Faye Bridge
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Christina was a marketing planner with a desire to transition into digital marketing. After her job was cut, Christina decided to use unemployment as an opportunity to refocus her career and dedicate herself to learning the skills she needed for digital marketing. Shortly after, with the technical knowledge she learned with Treehouse, she landed a job as a search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) consultant at Amazee Metrics. Christina is now gaining experience in a career she enjoys, becoming more confident with her new skills, and continuing to learn with…
  • By Teaching Himself to Code, 17-year-old Nick Was Able to Build & Launch his Own Successful Browser Extension, Greenhouse

    Faye Bridge
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    17-year-old Nick joined Treehouse with the aspiration of developing apps, building websites, and starting his own business. After teaching himself to code with Treehouse, Nick was able to build and launch Greenhouse, a free browser extension for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox that exposes the role money plays in Congress and highlights key election races. Although still only a junior in high school, Greenhouse gave Nick the opportunity to have an impact on the issue of money-in-politics, something which he is passionate about. Today, Nick continues to learn with Treehouse, expand Greenhouse in…
  • Gerald Landed a Web Designer Role at a Top Real Estate Agencies Before Graduating University

    Faye Bridge
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    Frustrated with the outdated content he was learning in his final year of university for Multimedia Computing, Gerald joined Treehouse with the hopes of learning the skills he needed to become a web designer/developer. Having finally found the resource and learning experience he needed, Gerald was able to build out his portfolio of work. As a result, Gerald landed a web designer role at Foxtons Real Estate, one of London’s top Real Estate Agencies before graduating and receiving his university diploma. We caught up with Gerald to hear more about his learning experience with Treehouse…
  • Greg Turned a Hobby into a Freelance Career

    Faye Bridge
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:21 am
    Determined to turn a hobby into a career, Greg Ellis enrolled in a university web development course. Disappointed by the course, Greg turned to Treehouse to continue his studies outside the classroom. He only returned to take exams and submit his final project, both of which resulted in Greg graduating with a first-class honours and landing a job in a web firm. Greg continued to build on his skills and confidence, while working on freelance projects in his spare time. Two years after graduating, he was able to step away from his job at the web firm and take up freelance full-time. What’s…
  • Kelly Acquired the Skills She Needed to Pursue a Dream Career as an Android Developer

    Faye Bridge
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:52 am
    After attending a Google IO Extended event in 2013, Kelly was overtaken with excitement for the Android platform and decided her future career was going to be part of it. But as an embedded firmware engineer, first Kelly needed to learn the necessary skills to enable that  career change. After researching Android courses online, Kelly came across Treehouse’s Android Development Track and began learning. After mastering the foundations of Android development, Kelly landed a junior position on the QA team at iTriage. After only a few months, Kelly transitioned onto a feature team as their…
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  • What Goes Around, Come Around … Maybe

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:23 am
    Curious thing. Or maybe just what goes around, come around. I mentioned that I was considering–I admit it had actually progressed a little farther than just considering; I was very strongly leaning in favor and giving that impression–a pro bono project. Then something in the way the contact person spoke about having spent previously on the e-version rubbed me wrong. Like they’d pay for some stuff but not for others. Then I switched gears on a dime and tried suggesting an alternate pay method, a royalty on each copy sold. And that was not acceptable. So I wished them well.
  • Still All About the Next Project

    9 Mar 2015 | 9:16 pm
    I was productive today. I think I’ve about gotten approval on the sample pages for the new book to go final and to template. Still need to wait a few days for the finalized textfiles, and two or three weeks for the art. But it’s good to hear the client say it’s about there on my end. On the other hand, I heard from two potentials and neither was encouraging. The second, a longshot, as it was a self-publisher looking for a copy editor and I decided to query for the design and layout, simply said, “No. Thanks.” The first was a little more interesting. They asked…
  • 2014’s Takeaway … Punctuated Already in 2015

    7 Jan 2015 | 6:35 pm
    I went on some in my last blog piece of 2014 about a mishap of an attempted negotiation on a big book design-and-layout project. It stuck in my craw, I must say, and I’ve been stewing on it since it happened. Then I began retracing my steps and tried to figure out where I had gone wrong. What I realized was that the old saw about effort that you give away for free will wind up defining your value to some potential clients. And there’s more if you already know that it’s a mistake to give your time and work away—even preliminary work that’s more thought than labor. When dealing with…
  • Sometimes We Lose Out on a Job … Dodging a Bullet

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    See, it is sometimes hard to tell where an opportunity will lead. Sometimes, you can almost taste the deliciousness of a very interesting-sounding book design-and-layout project; and you start to imagine all the things the very large fee will help you accomplish. It feels like hell, however, when it gets through to you that the job just is not destined to happen. So much so, that, still enormously dejected, I need to avoid writing in the first person. I just don’t want to see again that I missed out on a really spectacular project. Hence the unusual—for me—second-person voice. Well over…
  • Social Media and All That

    17 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    I have been absent for awhile: working, working at getting work, and like that. Additionally, few things move me these days to start writing. But, sure enough, along comes an annoyance and I get rolling. Just like that. [snaps fingers] The last couple of days repeated emails have come from a fellow trying to sell me on his company’s services for self-publishers. He promises that they will make me just the most fabulous book and my dreams will come true. Okay, fair enough, the last is just a conclusion in my own words. But if this guy read any of the things I wrote, whether pieces on…
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    FishbowlNY Feed

  • Marvel Gets Into the Newspaper Business

    Richard Horgan
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    The first edition of the New York Bulletin won’t be available in comic book stores until the end of April. But thanks to the advantages of dealing with fantasy rather than fact, the front-page headline is already set. Per a weekend announcement, if it’s happening in Battleworld, the Bulletin will have it covered. The Marvel Comics newspaper extra is designed to get fans excited for the company’s massive May-December rollout of dozens of titles, collectively dubbed \"Secret Wars:\" From Greenland in the North to New Xandar below the Shield, our reporters have eyes and ears…
  • Media Minutiae

    Chris O'Shea
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    TVNewser: Syrian President Bashar Assad told Charlie Rose that the media’s coverage of the country is “malicious propaganda.” That’s one hell of a hot take. SocialTimes: A little too obsessed with American Idol and The Voice? There’s an app for that. GalleyCat: YouTube fame translates to a book deal for 18-year-old Jenn McAllister. See kids? You don’t need school after all!
  • Dean Baquet Will Ring In Second Century of University of Montana Journalism

    Richard Horgan
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    On Thursday, April 16, the current executive editor of the New York Times will be in Missoula to deliver the school’s 58th annual Dean Stone Lecture. Baquet’s speech will be titled “Quality Journalism in the Digital Age – Challenges & Opportunities.” From today’s announcement: University of Montana School of Journalism dean Larry Abramson says Dean Baquet is the perfect choice for a lecture that marks the beginning of a second century of journalism education at the school. “Reporters and editors are watching the Times closely to see how the paper…
  • Bomani Jones Goes National

    Chris O'Shea
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Tonight, starting at 9 pm ET, Bomani Jones begins his takeover. When Jones’ ESPN Radio show — The Right Time with Bomani Jones — premieres nationally, it will be the next chapter in an impressive career. Jones wants to make it more than that. He wants The Right Time to be the best. “My goal’s to do the best show on the air,” Jones told FishbowlNY. “I’ve done a morning show on Sirius that had to compete with Howard Stern, who was the reason we even existed, and sports properties like Mike and Mike. I’ve done 12-3 with Jim Rome and Rush Limbaugh on…
  • Journalist Solves Furious 7 Dilemma with Good and Bad Reviews

    Richard Horgan
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:35 am
    On Friday’s episode of weekly podcast Meet the Movie Press, Mashable entertainment editor Josh Dickey told his old pal Jeff Sneider that he had finally come up with a solution for his conflicted feelings about how to cover Furious 7. He would write two, separate standalone reviews: one good, one bad. Those items have now been posted, without cross-link winks. Beyond readers who see tweets like the one below, or pay close attention to permalinks, there is no real threat to the integrity of Dickey’s pseudo-scientific experiment. Post-Furious 7 preview screening, Dickey realized…
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    Vandelay Design

  • Merging Responsive Web Design Ideas for Desktop & Mobile

    Jake Rocheleau
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Web designers have taken on many more roles in just the past few years. It's now quite common to find designers who also specialize in frontend development, UX design, and even some backend... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • Team Communication Starts with HipChat (Sponsored)

    Steven Snell
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    For much too long, email has been the main medium for communication at work. While email isn’t going away, team communication platforms like HipChat are allowing for more collaborative and productive... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • When You Should Design Against Client Expectations

    Tara Hornor
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The age-old battle between designers and their clients rages on. Your client expects a certain type of design from you. They give you examples of what they want. Then they share their goal for this... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • WP Engine Review – Why We Switched Our Hosting to WP Engine

    Steven Snell
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Earlier this year when our blog ran into issues with getting indexed in Google, we started seriously looking at our hosting set up. We identified several key issues with our host that had to be... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • The Ultimate Guide to the Best Online Graphic Design Courses Around

    Megan Marrs
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    We live in a great age for learning – scholars will find that, thanks to the internet, nearly any field of knowledge is just a few clicks away! Design is no exception, and today the web is filled... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
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    Veerle's blog 3.0

  • Create a complex diamond pattern in Illustrator

    Veerle Pieters
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:58 am
    Most of you know I have a fascination of everything geometrical. While I was browsing around I found some complex geometrical patterns, and kept on staring at them wondering how they were made. Where to start, right? So I started analysing them, and one thing led to another… Are you ready for another pattern tutorial? Yes? Please keep on reading. I hope you like the short journey of this creation… Simple steps We'll be creating the pattern used in this visual. It looks a bit like a diamond shape. Below is an image showing the different steps it takes to create this pattern: Looking at the…

    Veerle Pieters
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    When I wrote about the limited edition Merckx bicycle I mentioned that I was going to write an article about an amazing exhibition about the two great Belgian sport heroes, namely Eddy MERCKX and Jacky ICKX. These two gentlemen are both celebrating their seventieth birthday in 2015. Eddy Merckx and Jacky Ickx Eddy Merckx, with 525 victories behind his name is undoubtedly the most successful cyclist of all time. The career of Jacky Ickx was one of the longest and richest in the history of the motorsport. Ickx, who won eight Grands Prix in Formula 1 and six times the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With…
  • Create a halftone texture pattern in Illustrator

    Veerle Pieters
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:36 am
    In a previous post I talked about how you can apply a texture effect using a Scatter Brush. There are of course other ways you can add textures to your illustrations. You could for instance use a pattern fill. One of my favorite textures are these dotted halftone patterns. If applied right, they can add a real nice and subtle effect to your illustration. Today I'll show you how you can create such pattern, and how you can apply the pattern to your illustration, in combination with an Opacity Mask. Last but not least, I'll also share how you can create more of them, and how you can save a set…
  • On Web Typography review

    Veerle Pieters
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:13 am
    I’m always behind in my reading but I finally managed to read Jason Santa Maria’s book called ‘On Web Typography’. It’s always a battle between read or ride :) I must confess that the latter wins 99% of the time. I love to read but a book can never be as refreshing as riding my bicycle. Anyway timing doesn't matter as the topic of this book is still very relevant today. Let's get started. Table of contents This book will show you ways to improve your typographic design by showing you how to see type beyond a pretty set of letters with flourishes, and ways on how to evaluate…
  • Create a pencil texture Scatter Brush in Illustrator

    Veerle Pieters
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:52 am
    One of the things I've been playing with lately is applying textures to my illustrations in Illustrator. Sometimes I do this by applying a pattern texture fill on top of my color fill, but you can also do this by using a Scatter Brush. The advantage of using a brush is that you also have control over the amount of texture you want to be applied. Creating such brush is also pretty straight forward. Let me explain how… The image above shows how you can apply a pencil texture to your illustration in Illustrator using a Scatter Brush. Draw & scan some samples You start by scribbling some…
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    latest solar news

  • Three important Benefits of Solar Panels

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Since awareness about global warming, people have become more open to the idea of ​​finding renewable energy sources to mitigate environmental problems in the world today. Among the renewable sources of proposals was the use of solar panels, which has gained popularity in recent years with both residential and commercial spaces. In fact, there are significant benefits of using this type of energy production system, but some also stressed the disadvantages. In general, however, experts agree that the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. Some of the most notable benefits of using this type…
  • Advantages And Disadvantages Of Solar Powered Products

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:15 am
    Sustainable or green energy is becoming one word above all for those who want to save on their energy consumption. The use of solar energy is becoming very popular not only because it is free and plentiful, it is also one of the cleanest renewable energy resources used today. Whether you are looking for some efficient products, choosing solar energy devices is one of the best options you can choose. These are some of the advantages and disadvantages of solar panel lights to help you make an informed decision. Advantages of solar energy products One of the benefits of installing solar energy…
  • Highlighted Aspects of the Solar Industry

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Solar energy has entered our lives for decades, and has been the change in our lives since. With more spin-off industry, many things that have become difficult to treat. While many aspects have become very popular rooms that provide large amounts of benefits every day. What are they? Distributed solar Service The service relates to a solar energy system is decentralized, modular and very flexible. It is located close to the load used, but generally have less capacity than traditional electricity. A photovoltaic system connected to the network is often considered the service. In practice, both…
  • Predictions for the Solar PV Industry in 2015

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:15 am
    The global market for solar PV is facing a strong growth momentum due to reduced production costs and technological advances in the industry. Governments and other agencies around the world to promote the use of solar energy through various financial incentives. The year 2015 should see continued growth, emerging markets and changes in production processes. These are some of the major projected global trends for 2015: More organizations will present to provide solar power residential loans in the US It is expected that next year more companies in the US offer solar home loans that can replace…
  • Environmental Benefits of Using Solar Power

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Electricity is known to be the best invention of all time. With electricity, people have good lighting at night with the use of light bulbs. Electricity is the main source of almost all devices used in homes and institutions to work. And electricity enables companies to operate with the use of machines. With the help of electricity, people can get the best features that can improve their lives and their future. Unfortunately, many places around the powerlessness of the world experience due to decreased energy sources such as gas, trees, water and coal. Therefore, it is essential to seek…
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    Print Magazine » Imprint: Print Magazine’s Design Blog

  • Why You Should Enter Print’s RDA

    Print staff
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
    So: Should you enter Print’s Regional Design Annual? You’ve already heard us talk about the benefits the competition can have on a designer’s career. So we reached out to a few of last year’s winners to see what they have to say about the RDA and its impact. Tad Carpenter 2014 RDA: Toro y Moi Poster — Tad Carpenter Creative, Kansas City, MO Why did you enter the RDA? We enter the RDA every year. And each year we are lucky enough to be accepted into the annual we are honored. But, there is more to it. It’s an honor to be part of this club, an honor to be part of this…
  • Designer of the Week: Rae Kreutzer

    Amanda Aszman
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Allow us to present Print‘s latest Designer of the Week, Rae Kreutzer, who talks tactile experiences, challenging the status quo and the joys of being a type geek. Name: Rae Brittania Kreutzer Location: Portland OR Design school attended: University of Nebraska at Lincoln How would you describe your work? I strive to create rich simplicity allowing the designs to be both refreshingly crisp as well as engaging. Where do you find inspiration? I think that as designers we tend to look at the world though a more visually attuned lens. We see the world around us [as] a riddle wanting to…
  • Sagmeister & Walsh’s Newest Project May Be Their Biggest Yet

    Zachary Petit
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:07 am
    Here, for your moment of eye candy Zen, is Sagmeister & Walsh’s latest project—a massive campaign launch for Frooti, one of India’s largest mango juice brands. The team traveled to India for research and inspiration, and returned with what would become the vibrant branding effort below. After Pentagram created the package design, Sagmeister & Walsh tackled everything from the visual identity to the interactive elements, social strategy and ads.     As Walsh wrote to Print: When Stefan and I visited India, we noticed how most of the billboard campaigns used a…
  • The Wisdom & Book Covers of Peter Mendelsund

    Zachary Petit
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    Get inside the mind of Peter Mendelsund, the pianist who went from Tchaikovsky to Tolstoy and became one of the best book cover designers working today, with editor Zac Petit’s interview in Print‘s 75th Anniversary Issue. Brilliant book-jacket design autodidact Peter Mendelsund recently released two new titles of his own: Cover, a hefty monograph and look inside his Knopf work (from powerHouse Books), and What We See When We Read (Vintage), “a gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading.” (Chris Ware summed it up as “amazing.”)…
  • The Best Designs of the Year: New York City

    Print staff
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:50 am
    As we gear up for Print’s 2015 Regional Design Annual—the 35th anniversary of the competition—we’re bringing you the Best of Region winners from 2014. Last year, for the first time, we asked our judges to select their top design from each of the six regions of the RDA (Far West, Midwest, Southwest, South, East and NYC). We’ll be doing so again in 2015. Don’t miss the chance to have your work spotlighted among the best designs in the country, in our most popular issue of the year. And the winner for NYC is … Title: Happy Mother’s Day Design Firm: Chris…
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    The ZehnKatzen Times

  • [comic] What We're Liking: Modest Medusa

    Samuel Klein
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:20 pm
    3167.This one is for all the mistfits out there, or anyone who loves one. I qualify two ways there, so I'm smitten, and it's not a modest thing.It is a Modest thing, though, and as far as that goes, meet Modest:Just your normal 5-year-old girl, really. Loves Pokemons, Nintendo, and is a confirmed Chocodile addict. She loves manga and when she finally goes to school, is bewildered at the lack of magical girls there.  She's apprehensive about the world around her, but takes it on because, when you're five years old, what else are you going to do? She's got a mother and a father from…
  • [branding] On My First Pair of "Doc" Martens

    Samuel Klein
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:51 pm
    3166.It has come to pass, at this stage of the game, that I've been introduced to my first pair of Dr. Martens shoes. And since I started breaking them in, a surprisingly gentle process, I've been struck suddenly with a great many resonances with what I've learnt over time about style, reputation, and that god of our modern times, branding.  The Shoes In Question. Dr Martens Icon 7B10 SSF.Branding is all, it must be writ somewhere largely, more than likely in some latter-day design text. And, to a degree, it makes sense. More than ever, marketing doesn't just seem to mean getting things…
  • [SJK] By The Way, I've Made A 2015 Portland Photo Calendar … And You Can Still Buy One

    Samuel Klein
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:05 pm
    3165.… and, in my best tradition of being late to the party …Well, actually, it's been up for over a month now. Since I was on an effective blog hiatus, I didn't post it here, though I have been promoting it on my Facebook stream. I, still, after all this time, am something of a schlimihl (in a Benny Profane way) when it's come to my self-promotion over the years.No matter. Despite my schlimihl-hood, my amateur photography is definitely of a much higher grade. Reviewing the calendar itself will tell anyone this, and to my tens of readers who've followed this blog over the time I've posted…
  • [pdx_photo] Some Recent Weather, With Added I-205 And Mount Hood

    Samuel Klein
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:23 pm
    3164.These two photos have already been seen by the people who follow me on the Book of Face, but as an open notebook of What I Is And Wherever It Is I Be Going, they belong as scrap here, as The Wife™ has pointed out (using different words but the intent is most clear).I'm using reduced-res versions intended for web posting, so the date of the photos are up to recollections sake. The metadata seem to have been clobbered, somehow.This lovely shot is another one from the stretch of NE 122nd Avenue, just south of Shaver Street. If there's a reason I've developed a staunch affinity for this…
  • [Liff] This Is How You Coffee Cup

    Samuel Klein
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    3163.This is an oooooooold warhorse.It's been with me since the mid 80s. I got it, under some distressed circumstances, in Seattle. I think I've owned it now for about two decades.Since I still aspire to authorhood, I'll relate a quip a friend of mine once evinced:"Where is a writer when he doesn't have his coffee cup?He's looking for his coffee cup."You may replace he with she and writer with artist, as the context and circumstance dictate.Here, friends, is that cup:It's five inches high, and about five inches wide at the base. It's august volume holds about 21 ounces of liquid; back in the…
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    What an ART!!! - Graphic Arts Gallery

  • ‘Alien’ and ‘Predator’ Recreate Famous Scene From “The Fox and the Hound”

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:20 pm
    This is an interesting mashup art by illustrator Danny Beck that recreates the famous scene from Disney’s movie ‘The Fox and the Hound‘ with two of sci-fi’s greatest extraterrestrial villains ‘Alien‘ and ‘Predator‘. Artist – Danny Beck | Facebook (Hat Tip XombieDIRGE) View the Rest: '‘Alien’ and ‘Predator’ Recreate Famous Scene From “The Fox and the Hound”'
  • Famous Architectural Structures Creatively Imagined as Zoo Animals

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:07 am
    In his latest “ARCHIZOO” series of illustrations, Barcelona-based architect and illustrator Federico Babina takes iconic architectural structures designed by renowned architects and creatively imagines them as different zoo animals. Artist – Federico Babina (Hat Tip ArchDaily) View the Rest: 'Famous Architectural Structures Creatively Imagined as Zoo Animals'
  • Charlie Brown and ‘Peanuts’ Gang as Horror Movie Icons

    23 Mar 2015 | 2:13 am
    The characters of the popular ‘Peanuts‘ comic strip become various horror movie characters in this awesome piece of fan art by UK-based illustrator and cartoonist Dennis Davies. Artist – Dennis Davies Portfolio View the Rest: 'Charlie Brown and ‘Peanuts’ Gang as Horror Movie Icons'
  • The Evolution of Batman Films, Illustrated

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Jeff Victor, Los Angeles-based artist best known for illustrating the ‘evolution‘ – career highlights – of famous pop culture characters has come up with a interesting series of illustrations that demonstrates the entire history of Batman movies throughout the years. Artist – Jeff Victor View the Rest: 'The Evolution of Batman Films, Illustrated'
  • These Illustrations Transform Nike Shoes into Skulls

    12 Mar 2015 | 4:12 am
    Brazilian artist Marcelo Schultz has created a collection of fantastic skull designs using the textures and colors from some iconic Nike sneakers. Artist – Marcelo Schultz | Behance (Hat Tip Laughing Squid) View the Rest: 'These Illustrations Transform Nike Shoes into Skulls'
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    Semhal Nasreddin
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    Sometimes the best kind of packaging is simple, minimal packaging. And sometimes the best kind of blog post is a simple, minimal blog post, lol… Enjoy these lovely examples! They truly allow the products to shine and take center stage.   Clean Ocean Biodegradable Cleaning Agent Simple Equine   Core Flavored Water Concept   Pcelica Education Through Design   Hophurst Brewery Guido Castagna Chocolate Koko Student Project   Frolic Fusion Cream Oil Student Project   Ogma Extra Virgin Olive Oil   Zlate Zrnko Golden Bean Latelier Student Project  …

    Semhal Nasreddin
    29 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
        This month’s graphic design star is Chad Michael. He is a graphic designer based in Texas and New York . His specialty is product development and packaging design. I love the detail in his work, and I hope you are equally impressed   Dagger & Co. Tattoo Shop Promineo Whiskey Chad Michael Studio Distroya Spiced Spirit Migrant Whiskey   Harvey Ventures     The Beauty Kitchen Striven Jenna Loust   Younger Partners    For more of Chad Michael’s work check out his Behance portfolio and his website.     Original article:…

    Semhal Nasreddin
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Welcome to another edition of Packaging That Tickles My Fancy where I feature packaging that has caught my eye and inspired me.  In today’s edition, I have featured beautiful olive oil packaging, candle packaging, dried fruit packaging, coffee packaging, juice packaging, and more.  Hope you are as inspired as I am by the creativity Archivo Olive Oil Haus Candles Paradise Gourmet Exotic Coffee Skoff Pies Bee Bright Student Project Sea Factor Concept Re-fruit Slik Letterpress Box True Organic Juice   Original article: PACKAGING THAT TICKLES MY FANCY: VOLUME 13©2015…

    Semhal Nasreddin
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    This month’s Graphic Design Star of the Month is Pawel Nolbert. Nolbert is a graphic designer from Warsaw, Poland. He is a talented illustrator and creative director who has worked with Nike, Coca Cola, Heineken, Disney, McDonalds, Sony/Play Station, EA Sports, Red Bull, LEGO, and countless others. His work is stellar and I think you will be impressed. Sneaker Cube   Sneaker Cube Tangle Disney Cruise Line – Magical Adventure Sweepstakes   The New Republic Magazine – Ampersand   Verizon FiOS – Iron Man 3   The 54th Grammy’s – We Are Music…

    Semhal Nasreddin
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Jonas Fyhr is an artist from Sweden. He uses bright, eye popping colors in his paintings which are beautiful and really eye grabbing. I love his art, and I hope you will enjoy viewing it as well.   Frost No Titele   Crowe Girl   Me and You   Flower Power   Unititled   Your Way   Open Your Door   Yang   Unititel   Candy Crush                                       Original article: STUNNING AND COLORFUL ABSTRACT PAINTINGS BY ARTIST JONAS FYHR©2015…
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  • 25 Classy Law Firm Website Designs

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Law firms have always had this reputation for being kind of boring and stodgy. This is the same image that most people tend to see when they visit law firm websites as well. It really is a shame that most law firm websites on the net perpetuate this kind of image because no website needs to be boring even if it does belong to something as serious as a law firm. Edgy, Classy Website Designs It is easy to see why most web designers would choose staid and somewhat plain designs for law firms because after all, the industry is a lot about image and they can’t afford not to be taken seriously by…
  • Top 6 Cities to Live and Work Remotely From

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:33 pm
    The corporate world, with its vast and unending demands, will always take its toll especially when you stay behind your desk or within the walls of a boardroom the whole day. Whether for health, mental, or emotional reasons, there will always be a day when you’ll find yourself saying, “Enough.” This is a common story that you will hear from digital nomads whenever you ask them what made them decide to start exploring the world. Digital Nomads at a Glance Digital nomads work from everywhere, traveling all over to accomplish what they need to do to earn while making the most out of…
  • 25 Creative Examples of Ambigram Logo Designs

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:40 pm
    Sans the plot itself, possibly the most rousing effect of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons is its mark in the world of ambigrams. The “Illuminati” ambigram in the book (and movie) launched thousands of online searches about the nature of the design. The great thing about this typographical creation is its cool factor. You can’t see an ambigram design and not think of it as “cool” or “awesome.” Because it is. When you can read word/s the same way upside down, or in any orientation or POV, it’s remarkable. It’s genius. Not only is the structure of the design impressive, an…
  • 50 Stunning Satellite Photos of the Earth

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:54 pm
    Do you have a one-dimensional view of everything around you? If that’s the case, you may be missing out on so many beautiful things. Sometimes, you really need to take the time to look at the world around you in a different perspective to notice all the things you have missed.  Chances are, you will never see the earth from space and that’s fine, you do not need to! The satellites up in space will do the looking for you and show you facets of the earth that you would have never seen otherwise. The pictures shown below are taken from satellites and will show you a different view of the…
  • 35 Outstanding Polygonal Art Illustrations

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Every so often, an art trend pops out and takes the world by storm. There is just something about the use of light, color, and shapes that really evoke feelings in people. Now, what these feeling are really depend on the person. However, one thing is for sure: oftentimes, great art will work to inspire people to create their own. Modern Polygonal Art One of the hottest trends today is something called “low poly” and it is indeed a wonderful way to create portraits. In case the term doesn’t sound familiar to you, it really is just a polygon mesh that uses a limited number of polygons to…
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    Blink Design Studios

  • We visited a client to see our exhibition stand design in action at the Ideal Home Show​

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Great day out at the Ideal Home Show at Earls Court in London today. We spent some day with our great new client Grovewood Ventures and took a peek at our exhibition stand design for them in action at the show: We had great fun working on their exhibition stand and am happy to say they are happy with the outcome as well. If you have a need for an exciting promotional exhibition banner or stand get in touch with us for your free quote!
  • Hate it when designing something makes you hungry – even if you’re a veggie!

    30 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    Well, maybe tofu steak anyway!
  • How to make stock images work

    28 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    We used some interesting crops to create these telephone themed email marketing campaigns for one of our favourite clients. Need an email marketing campaign designed? Why not get in touch and see if we can help?
  • Email redesign project – before and after

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    We did a small redesign project for a client – we took elements from their website and overall brand as well as the work they had already done to increase the impact of their email marketing. We think it looks rather nice, they did as well.
  • Beautiful photography can really help your email designs

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    We love it when clients come to us with lovely photography and ask us to use it to sell their products. Good photography can make such a difference to the success of a marketing project – be it online or offline marketing materials. A picture does tell a thousand words; But we put some call to actions and other text on there for good measure!
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  • Fix Missing Fonts Fast

    Ryan Arruda
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    As a designer, you know the hassle of trying to work with a file that’s suffering from missing fonts—all the finesse of your project’s typography goes right out the window. This situation’s an even bigger headache if your project is in the hands of the printer getting ready to go to press. On press, time definitely equals money—pulling a job because of missing fonts also costs you time, aggravation, and perhaps missing your deadline. The good news for creative professionals is that Monotype has introduced a workflow solution for missing fonts. Monotype Baseline is a cloud-based…
  • Top 100 Web Fonts for February 2015

    Allan Haley
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    Below you’ll find a list of the top 100 most used fonts from the Web Fonts service during February. While the usual suspects, like the Trade Gothic®, Avenir® and Neue Helvetica® typefaces are at the top of the list, if you look a little past half-way, you’ll come across a pretty atypical – and very likeable design: the ITC American Typewriter™ family. The design is a happy melding of its office forerunner and time-proven characteristics that ensure high levels of legibility. The design does away with the typewriter’s rigid spacing (which assigns the same amount of…
  • Cardamon – The Name Was The Easy Part

    Allan Haley
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    Naming a typeface can be one of the more difficult tasks for a typeface designer – although not for Brigitte Schuster. “I wanted a name that fits the typeface‘s character – and one that is easy to remember,” she explains. “I also liked the idea of comparing my typeface to a spice that enhances flavor. The choice was a natural: Cardamon. The Cardamon™ typeface influences text copy as much as the spice Cardamon adds its essence to food.” While its bolder weighs are perfectly suitable for large display applications, it is in continuous text copy that the Cardamon family shines.
  • Install Your Desktop Font Purchases in a Snap with SkyFonts

    Ryan Arruda
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:17 am
    To all our loyal type shoppers, we’ve got some good news: you can now use SkyFonts to easily install the desktop font purchases you make while shopping on! When you make purchases from, look for the “Install with SkyFonts” button on the order confirmation page. You can also do the same after the fact, just head on over to the order history section when logged into your account. If you haven’t already installed SkyFonts, you’ll be prompted to do so when you click the button. “Whether you’re on your computer, tablet, or phone, SkyFonts helps get…
  • ITC New Veljović – A First Design Re-envisioned

    Allan Haley
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:37 am
    Although a seasoned master of the craft for over three decades, Jovica Veljović didn’t intend to be a type designer. Calligraphy and handlettering were his passion as a young man – and his work earned many prestigious awards. It was Aaron Burns, eminent typographer and founder of ITC that introduced Veljović to typeface design in the spring of 1981. Like many young lettering artists of the time, Veljović dreamed of working in Herb Lubalin’s studio in New York. But, on top of having no money and not knowing anyone in the city, he lived in Serbia. It was an introduction from his…
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  • 20 Creative Advertisement Photographs from AT&T Mobile by Andric

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Andric Ljubodrag is a self-taught photographer born in Belgrade Yugoslavia. He was just 21 years old when he got his first paid job as a photographer. He lives in Toronto and shoots advertising campaigns in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. He does nearly all of his own post-production work, believes shooting from real life is the key to creating compelling photography. He reserves the digital phase for enhancing atmosphere, not assembling the illusion of reality. “A good image should always leave some questions unanswered,” he says.  read more
  • 30 Royalty Free Fonts for Designers - Download Professional Fonts

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Download Free royalty free fonts : Graphic designers and web designers, your long search for beautiful free fonts is over, we have included some royalty free fonts for free download. If you want to make your website look professional, incorporate these beautiful free fonts to make them unique. This is the best place to download free fonts as we have collected the most amazing free fonts which can be used for all kinds of web designing. In this post we have added the most beautiful free fonts for your inspiration. You can use these free fonts as the base design for preparing your designs. read…
  • 35 Stunning and Beautiful Tree Paintings for your inspiration

    16 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Tree Paintings : Trees come in all shapes and sizes, colors and heights. Even two trees of the same species won't be identical, though from a distance they may seem very similar. Up close you'll see branches growing in different directions and lengths, bumps and scars in the bark. Add to the mix light and shadow, changes through the seasons, and you've an exciting element in a landscape. I hope you like these tree paintings. read more
  • 30 Creative Branding Identity Design examples around the world

    15 Mar 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Branding is an important aspect for any business. The key to successful business is branding. If you want your customers to remember you, try branding. In recent times most of the companies have turned to corporate branding, to make their business a success. Don’t confuse yourself with a logo or corporate identity, a logo is not your brand. Branding tells you about how the people feel about your company. If you have a successful logo and corporate identity and if you try to change the logo, it will affect the brands perception. read more
  • 35 Awesome 3D Interactive Paintings - Magic Art works at Special Exhibition

    12 Mar 2015 | 2:51 pm
    It may well be an "interactive" art exhibition, but you have to give this visitor special praise for allowing herself to be pictured with a fountain cherub apparently urinating into her mouth. The cheeky snap is just one of hundreds at the Magic Art special exhibition in China's city of Hangzhou. Vistors are encouraged to touch, sit on and interact as much as possible with the exhibits on show at the Hangzhou Peace International Exhibition and Conference Centre. Other pieces include a porpoise leaning out of the water, a raging King Kong and majestic bamboo forests. read more
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    Think Design

  • 12 Rules to Engaging the Millennials

    Hala Ali
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:59 am
    The Millennials constitute a fickle generation, prone to rapid and abrupt changes in thought and behavior, preferences, expectations, and demand, and they are 80 million strong today. From a marketing point of view, they represent a nightmarish demographic, nigh impossible to target due to their age, diversity, and especially their tendency for being capricious. However,… The post 12 Rules to Engaging the Millennials appeared first on Think Design.
  • Typomania: Embrace or Reject Futura!

    Shyrose Vastani
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:18 am
    Many types of fonts are effectively utilized in graphics, according to the characteristics which complement the overall brand image. However, the distinction between popular fonts and the appropriate font choice is often misunderstood. You would observe that the use of Helvetica and Futura is pretty common in customary brands, as compared to other type faces.… The post Typomania: Embrace or Reject Futura! appeared first on Think Design.
  • Copyrights, Trademarks, & Derivative Designs

    Mehreen Siddiqua
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    The nastiest thing that the design fraternity has to deal with is copyrights and trademark protection. It is also one of the many reasons why the work of a logo designer is not considered valuable. Trademark violations and copyright protection issues in the past have established a negative image of logo designers, in addition to… The post Copyrights, Trademarks, & Derivative Designs appeared first on Think Design.
  • Local NJ Business Owner Debates DIY Brand Design

    Kathleen Burns
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    “We believe in fresh food you can eat every day. We believe in reasonable portions, and reasonable prices. We believe in buying local and supporting local farms and food businesses.” – Kathy Chef Kathy started Madeline’s Table personal chef service in 2004 because of her passion for food and her desire to bring real food… The post Local NJ Business Owner Debates DIY Brand Design appeared first on Think Design.
  • 13 NJ Book Cover Designers to Hit the Best Seller’s List

    Kathleen Burns
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    Some of the best designers in the United States come from the Tri-State area, and New Jersey has some of the most diverse book cover designers around. Not only are these artists committed to producing brilliant design, they are dedicated to constantly learn new ways to hone their craft and expand their skills every day.… The post 13 NJ Book Cover Designers to Hit the Best Seller’s List appeared first on Think Design.
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  • DesignCrowd Yearbook 2014

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:35 pm
    With more than 5 years and countless completed projects under our belts, it’s always a pleasure to look back at the many amazing designs the crowd comes up with. Here we showcase some of those designers who earned gold stars in their categories and as such made it onto the DesignCrowd Honor Roll. Read More
  • See Aussie Politicians Re-Imagined As Game of Thrones Characters

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Earlier this month MPs in Australia's National Liberal Party called for a leadership spill, undermining Tony Abbott, its party leader and the Australian Prime Minister. DesignCrowd, with tongue firmly in cheek, launched a photoshop contest inviting designers to reimagine Aussie politicians as Game o... Read More
  • DesignCrowd raises $6M Series B led by AirTree Ventures

    4 Feb 2015 | 2:31 pm
    DesignCrowd, the design crowdsourcing platform, today announced that it has closed a new $6M ‘Series B’ capital raising. Read More
  • What it would look like if other celebs did Bieber's CK shoot

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:23 pm
    In the past few weeks, Justin Bieber's Calvin Klein shoot has caused a bit of a stir in the celebrity and entertainment media, particularly in regards to the (mis)representation of Bieber's briefs. With such a golden opportunity on hand, DesignCrowd thought it would be irresponsible not to let our c... Read More
  • 5 Big Mistakes Startups Make and How to Avoid Them

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:57 pm
    In this guest post from entrepreneur James Pollard, he shares five mistakes from marketing to hiring talent that can trip up early stage startups as they try to turn their idea into a viable business. Read More
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    The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress

  • Customer Stories: The Squeeze Café

    Tom Burgess
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    The Squeeze Café is a well established part of the busy and varied Bar and Café scene that makes up Leigh-on-Sea. Now celebrating their tenth year in business; with a Healthy Eating Gold The post Customer Stories: The Squeeze Café appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Spot UV – How Does It Work?

    Tom Burgess
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    When placing orders and searching for printed products you may have come across the term ‘Spot UV’. Let’s take a look at this fantastic technique and see how it works. What Is The post Spot UV – How Does It Work? appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Print News – Sign & Digital UK Expo

    Tom Burgess
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    The UK’s Premier Sign Making, Display Solutions and Digital Printing Event The UK print industry has been gearing up to the Sign & Digital UK Expo. The three-day event starts today The post Print News – Sign & Digital UK Expo appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Alter-Ego Art – Musicians Who Moonlight

    Tom Burgess
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    Everybody has a hidden talent, why not those with other talents that we see every day? Let’s take a look at some inspired work from musicians who like to paint pictures literally, as The post Alter-Ego Art – Musicians Who Moonlight appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Introducing 457mic Kraft Business Cards!

    Tom Burgess
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:56 am
    We are pleased to introduce our newest product, 457mic Brown Kraft Paper Business Cards.  What Are They? The brown card finish brings a distinguished and distinctly vintage look to your The post Introducing 457mic Kraft Business Cards! appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
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    Graphic Mania | Graphic Mania

  • Top graphic design trends in 2015 so far

    Katherine Halek
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    The original post can be found here: Top graphic design trends in 2015 so farWe’re 3 months in 2015 so it’s a good time to take measure of the trends we’re seeing so far this year. Odds are they will continue for most of this year. Most of the currently visible trends are continuations from 2014. However, they are continuing to be adopted at a wider scale in 2015, strengthening the trends while also[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • redesign

    Rafiq Elmansy
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    The original post can be found here: redesignA redesign of has gone live for most of the people visiting Amazon now. (If you can’t see it, try browsing there in incognito mode.) As can be expected from a retailer that does the volumes Amazon does, it’s not an earth-shattering change. However, as they have pretty much kept the same design for a long time this is[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • Web and mobile design consistency

    Graphic Mania Editorial
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:59 am
    The original post can be found here: Web and mobile design consistencyIn the last decade the world of design has seen immense changes. From new software to fresh trends, graphic design has been revolutionized over and over again in all manner of ways. One of the biggest catalysts for these changes has come from the popularity of smart phones and the innovations in mobile platforms in general. These days most of[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • 3 New Approaches to Panoramic Photography

    Adrienne Erin
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    The original post can be found here: 3 New Approaches to Panoramic PhotographyIt’s of little wonder why panoramic photography is so fascinating to us. Panoramic photography offers human eyes the opportunity to view the world from an almost supernatural perspective. For as long as photography has been around, photographers have been piecing together shots to form panoramas, offering a 360-degree look at the world around us. Photo Credit: Great Mississippi Flood, Yazoo Flood, Washington[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • 40 Clever logos that combine 2 concepts into one graphic

    Graphic Mania Editorial
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    The original post can be found here: 40 Clever logos that combine 2 concepts into one graphicDesigning a logo can be a difficult task to handle, especially since a logo holds the identity of an entire brand making it a crucial aspect of a company’s design. The most effective logos are the memorable and unique ones, but as designers how can we create an attention grabbing logo that will stay in the minds of our audiences?[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
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    Graphic Design Junction

  • Free PSD Icons: 450+ Icons for Designers

    Muhammad Faisal
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:24 pm
    New free PSD icons for UI design, perfect for web and app design. Highest quality icon sets with 450+ free icons available in Sketch, AI, SVG, EPS, PNG and PSD format. All icons are very useful and great for new web and app projects. GDJ is one of the best Graphic Design Website to download free web and graphic design resources like vector graphics, free fonts , flat psd icons and free PSD files. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. 15 New Responsive WordPress Themes with Modern Features 26 Modern Business Cards PSD Templates (Print Ready) 26 New…
  • 15 New Responsive WordPress Themes with Modern Features

    Muhammad Faisal
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Creative WordPress themes build with HTML5 CSS3, professional design and modern scrolling effects which will be a great solution for your business, portfolio, blog or any other purpose. WordPress themes are fully responsive and supports both One page and Multi-pages. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is very important in web design and is a high priority in all themes. All themes are extremely powerful and easy to use admin area that allows you to customize every single section of the theme. The admin panel allows you to customize theme logo, favicon, colors, mouse hover styles, different…
  • 36 Amazing Digital Art and Illustration Examples for Inspiration

    Yasir Jawaid
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Yet another awe-inspiring examples of digital art and illustrations created by professional artists and designers. The amazing digital illustrations will surely mesmerize you and stir your imagination. Digital art, digital photography and other manipulation artwork it’s not too hard. just need a passion to learn these techniques. Digital illustrator tutorials, will teach your how to make vector graphics and illustrations effects. All creative photos are linked and lead to the sources from which they were taken. You may be interested in the following related articles as well. 26 Modern…
  • 26 Modern Business Cards PSD Templates (Print Ready)

    Yasir Jawaid
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    Print ready templates corporate business cards design for your business as well as personal use. Download PSD corporate business card templates made for professional or individuals alike. All business card PSD templates are perfect for any kind of company, or even personal use. In this post, you will see high quality print ready business cards created by professional designers. All designs are elegant, creative, neat, and well organized with creative concept design with professional look. You may be interested in the following related articles as well. Fresh Responsive HTML5 Web Templates…
  • Fresh Responsive HTML5 Web Templates

    Yasir Jawaid
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:42 pm
    New Responsive website templates easily customizable and powerful templates can be used perfectly as a creative portfolio, business, photographer, freelancers, travel, creative agency, corporate, magazine, bloggers, ecommerce and Mobile application sites. Html5 web templates with modern user interfaces are delivers the perfect user experience on all devices.  These unique and exclusive HTML5 CSS3 templates was created by the professional team with significant experience in website development. You may be interested in the following related articles as well. Brand Strategy: What You Need…
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    Company Folders

  • Image File Types Explained: Which Format Should You Use?

    Vladimir Gendelman
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Image File Types Explained: Which Format Should You Use?You’re finally done with your design project, you go to save your file, and suddenly you’re bombarded with over a dozen possible image file types to choose from. It can be a bewildering experience if you’re not sure what you’re doing or the difference between them, but we’re here to demystify the process for you [...]
  • How to Design the Perfect Business Logo (Infographic)

    Vladimir Gendelman
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    How to Design the Perfect Business Logo (Infographic)A logo is more than just a pretty image for customers to look at while they use a product or service. It’s the face of an entire brand, a symbol that determines how people feel about that particular company. For example, if a restaurant’s logo is cold and unappetizing, potential customers are going to associate [...]
  • 25 Famous Company Logos & Their Hidden Meanings

    Vladimir Gendelman
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    25 Famous Company Logos & Their Hidden MeaningsWe see them every day—in our homes, on TV, out in the street. They’re the famous logos of the brands we’ve come to know and love. These logos not only accurately represent the famous brands they’re attached to, they’ve become a part of our shared pop culture. Heck, someone even made a short film with [...]
  • Font Psychology: How Typefaces Hack Our Brains

    Vladimir Gendelman
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Font Psychology: How Typefaces Hack Our BrainsWhen we listed our choices for the worst fonts ever, we were surprised to find out that many of you disagreed with some of our selections. We received several comments from readers who saw value in the fonts that we ridiculed or thought we had unfairly judged some of the fonts we selected. But it’s [...]
  • 79 Artistic Brushes for Photoshop That Simulate Real Art Tools

    Vladimir Gendelman
    3 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    79 Artistic Brushes for Photoshop That Simulate Real Art ToolsContrary to popular belief, Photoshop isn’t just for editing photos. It’s also a tool for designers who like to create art from scratch. Using the virtual art tools provided by the program, a skilled artist can craft amazing images and designs with or without the use of a pen tablet. But for many designers, the [...]
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    Design Roast

  • 5 Reasons Designers Should Blog

    17 Mar 2015 | 4:56 am
    You’ve got rock star design skills, a winning personality and a portfolio to match. But how will clients looking for your particular set of talents discover you? More importantly, who else will they discover first? Maintaining a blog might seem well outside of your niche, but it’s a necessity. You must blog to elevate your ... The post 5 Reasons Designers Should Blog appeared first on Design Roast.
  • Web Design Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2015

    13 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    Looking for one of the best places to go to understand what matters in the creative world for 2015? Think about where those interested in design and trends spend their time — on stock photography sites. By analyzing over 47 million images and tracking the trends of what visitors are searching for, stock photo giant ... The post Web Design Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2015 appeared first on Design Roast.
  • Monument Valley: A Great Game for Designers

    10 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Geometric allusions and architectural exploration create the core of the breathtaking world of Monument Valley. What’s so unique about this game? Can you say M.C. Escher? If you aren’t familiar with Escher, think of surreal artwork in an architectural setting. Escher’s artwork showed impossible scenes, stairways that never end, mirror images where you cannot decide ... The post Monument Valley: A Great Game for Designers appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 3 A/B Testing Mistakes You Might Be Making

    6 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    One of the most important factors to consider when designing for websites is user experience. It’s something that is designed with pleasing aesthetics in mind but is not typically thought of as being data-driven. This is where A/B testing, or split testing, comes into play. This is a process that allows you to introduce alternative ... The post 3 A/B Testing Mistakes You Might Be Making appeared first on Design Roast.
  • How to Make Time for Your Passion Project

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    It may well be true to say most people will have a particular talent they nurtured at one point in their lives before things got too complicated. As an adult, certain restrictions in relation to how you’re expected to act are put into place, and the pressure of seeking financial stability becomes a higher priority. ... The post How to Make Time for Your Passion Project appeared first on Design Roast.
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    Inkbot Design

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s Famous Business Cards

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:14 am
    Have you seen Mark Zuckerberg's Famous Business Cards when he started Facebook? If you are looking for business card design with personality check it out! The post Mark Zuckerberg’s Famous Business Cards is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Top 10 City Logos

    23 Mar 2015 | 2:59 am
    A vital part of any successful brand strategy in general, is having an effective logo design, and cities are no different in that respect. Below, in no particular order are my top 10 city logos from around the world. The post Top 10 City Logos is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • The Best Graphic Design Books to Buy

    16 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    I recently updated one of my more popular posts on the blog entitled the best books for Logo Designers and thought a complementary page on the best Graphic Design books could be useful. The post The Best Graphic Design Books to Buy is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Milton Glaser

    9 Mar 2015 | 4:35 am
    Check out this short biography on Milton Glaser, the famous American designer well-known for his "I ❤ NY" and Logo Design work. The post Milton Glaser is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Can you Translate these Chinese Logos?

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Simplicity is an important part of great logo design, and what this project highlights is that an adaptable logo is a valuable design asset. The post Can you Translate these Chinese Logos? is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
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    Logo Geek

  • The discoveries from a logo treasure hunt

    Ian Paget
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Graphic design is a real passion for me, so every time I see some unique packaging, or a well designed logo I’m in awe. This is even more the case when it comes to vintage designs, which have a sense of quality to them that modern day designs lack, which I personally find very inspiring. After watching a video online by designer Aaron Draplin I was keen to start ‘junking’ and collecting old packaging and logos as a source of inspiration, rather than relying on online galleries which are full of mediocre design work. As a starting point I bought myself a copy of World of Logotypes…
  • A Gold Award in the International Visual Identity Awards

    Ian Paget
    7 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    I’m really proud to have won my very first award for my logo design work… a gold award in the International Visual Identity Awards for the logo design created for wholesaler and Supply Chain, Bathily.   About the logo design that won the award Bathily is a family run wholesaler and supply chain based in West Africa. One of the primary goals for the family run business was to provide a cost effective service with the convenience of both day and night delivery. It was this that I wanted to incorporate into the brand identity for the young business. I explored a number of directions…
  • A logo treasure hunt: Who wants to join me?

    Ian Paget
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    I want to invite all my designer friends to join me on a treasure hunt to find vintage logo designs that have been long forgotten…   A love of vintage identity design I’ve been a fan of work from graphic design greats such as Paul Rand and Saul Bass for quite some time. Their work is clean, simple and effective… design work from a time when commercial design was at its youth. Today things are very different. We have better tools, better training, and to some extent anyone can be a designer… Online there are large volumes of logo design galleries, showcasing vast collections…
  • A designers guide to creating a logo design brief

    Ian Paget
    8 Feb 2015 | 11:54 am
    Unless you plan to create your own projects and work for yourself, in almost all cases when designing a logo you will need to work with other people. This includes people who are new to business that are just starting out, to those who have run businesses for years. Some of these people may have worked with designers before and have a prepared design brief, however in most cases they will be unfamiliar with the logo design process, so your job will be to guide and educate along the way, which also includes assisting with, and preparing a logo design brief.   What is a design brief? A…
  • My 2015 Goals: A Logo Design Book, Gallery & Learning

    Ian Paget
    31 Dec 2014 | 5:04 am
    Last week the team over at NuSchool contacted me about my 2015 new years resolutions for their latest blog; Leading Designers Share Their New Years Resolutions. I’ll be honest… when asked, I hadn’t yet thought about it at all, so my contribution forced me to reassess and reflect on my current goals, dreams and ambitions. I tend to have too many goals so for 2015, after a lot of thought, I’ve decided to focus on only a few bigger goals…   Write a book: Learn Logo Design My main focus will be to write a book. I’ve wanted to write a book for a long long…
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    Depixion Studios Ltd

  • Why Web optimisation Is Crucial to On-line Advertising

    17 Mar 2015 | 3:56 am
    As digital marketing and advertising improvements have emerged, some advertising techniques have grown out of date although many others have just adapted to the at any time-changing local climate of on the web marketing and advertising. Web optimisation, potentially a single of the least comprehended web marketing and advertising resources, has survived the evolution of on the web advertising and now delivers extra than just key phrase and site ranking perception. A firm that is dependent on their digital marketing and advertising actions to deliver individuals nearer to their manufacturer…
  • How Crucial Is Social Media?

    13 Mar 2015 | 2:58 am
    Why do you need social channels in marketing. So, you get all your new consumers on the internet now or maybe you do immediate mail or print advertisements and that functions great for your company. Why bother with another avenue of promoting if what you do now functions? What if we instructed you to make bread with out yeast, would you? I am guaranteed that your respond to would be no. Then consider social media as the yeast to your now effective (or unsuccessful) company. Social media is the least complicated way to get a great deal of publicity with out having to pay a dime and assist your…
  • What Is Digital Advertising and marketing?

    12 Mar 2015 | 2:03 am
    A Guideline to Advertising and marketing in Present-day Digital World In the world of business enterprise advancement and branding, heading digital is all the excitement. So just what is digital internet marketing and how can we use it to mature our corporations? Digital Advertising and marketing Outlined Digital internet marketing is the advertising and marketing of corporations and their brands via digital media channels. Digital media, at the moment, contains sites, social media, radio, tv, mobile and even sorts of historically non-digital media such as billboards. Primarily any internet…
  • 7 Advertising and marketing Procurement Trends for 2015

    1 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Make Efficient Performing Relations Heading in to marketing and advertising need to have to watch procurement not exclusively as tactical, but as a strategic partner. 2014 stories recommend that the a great deal maligned connection concerning marketing and advertising and procurement is now looking at improvements. Whilst there are continue to definitely some noteworthy dissimilarities in priorities, the conclusions recommend a great deal improved amounts of rely on and relations, with both of those procurement and marketing and advertising pros agreeing that risk mitigation and cost savings…
  • Mobile Friendly Website SEO Strategy In 2015

    13 Dec 2014 | 3:33 am
    Its now time to get your site mobile Some companies are nonetheless proof against having a mobile-friendly web site, both as a result of they lack the assets or don’t see the worth. If your group falls into this class, and also you wish to proceed being related in 2015 on the most generally used search engine on the earth, Google, then now could be the time to start constructing a mobile-friendly web site. Here are three reasons your group should have a mobile-friendly web site in 2015. Reason 1: Increased Mobile Visits Now that Google labels web sites which are optimised for mobile as…
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    The Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Logo & Website Design

  • How To Write A Great Design Proposal

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    How to write a great design proposal   One of the hardest parts of running a creative agency of any kind is securing clients. With so much competition and clients always looking to get the best deal it’s important to be able to stand out. One of the best ways you can do that is […]The post How To Write A Great Design Proposal appeared first on The Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Logo & Website Design.
  • Contagious: Book Review

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
      Contagious : Book Review       “What makes things popular? And what is it that makes online content go viral? Why do people talk about certain products and ideas more than others? And why are some stories and rumours more infectious?  If you want the answers to these questions then Contagious by Jonah Berger […]The post Contagious: Book Review appeared first on The Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Logo & Website Design.
  • The Benefits of Professional Logo Design

    23 Mar 2015 | 4:52 am
    The Benefits of Professional Logo Design  This week we would like to share with you some beneficial reasons that professional logo design is the only way to go if you want a successful business. So, you have taken the plunge and decided to start your own business venture. You have everything planned to the last […]The post The Benefits of Professional Logo Design appeared first on The Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Logo & Website Design.
  • 100 Years Of Graphic Design At Kemistry Gallery

    15 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    Kemistry Gallery is a unique and innovative space for design. Currently the only gallery in the UK dedicated to graphic design, they are in the midst of a campaign #SaveKemistryGallery to secure a permanent space for themselves. Graham McCallum and Ricky Churchill founded Kemistry Gallery in 1997. Graham McCallum is a well-known legendary figure in […]The post 100 Years Of Graphic Design At Kemistry Gallery appeared first on The Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Logo & Website Design.
  • How To Utilise Pinterest For Your Business

    8 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    As you are probably well aware by now Pinterest has become an amazingly popular platform to share ideas and find inspiration on. In fact 70 million people use it worldwide. Which is the perfect reason why you should be using it alongside other social media platforms to build your business. That’s 70 million potential customers, […]The post How To Utilise Pinterest For Your Business appeared first on The Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Logo & Website Design.
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  • Rankaware: Free Keyword Rank Checker ( Monitor SERPs Quickly)

    Kamran Khan
    7 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    Before I start talking about the benefits of Rankware, I'd like to say, previously I've been using Cuterank to check my keyword positions in Google. Yeap! that one is free too, however It was getting stuck when I was exiting the program after checking the rankings. A week ago, I saw a post on facebook asking for a free rank checker, and seen Rankaware, first I thought it will would support
  • Five Best Sites to Learn a Foreign Language.

    Kamran Khan
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Once you've decided to learn a foreign language you begin to search for necessary tools that will help you to study. Today we have lots of them: electronic books, different websites, applications, translators and special communities adding in study online. A huge variety of such resources and tools causes difficulties as a learner has to spend hours googling and looking for an appropriate
  • How To Recover All lost Data From iPhone/iPad/iPad Easily And Quickly

    Kamran Khan
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:09 am
    Among many, one big headache is losing data from your smart phone, having hope is always positive, and here’s a good news, What if I tell you, you can recover them with a software, which is free to download. If you’ve an idevice, means an iphone, ipod or an ipad and have lost all of your important data such as iPhone text message recovery, contacts, media (images, videos), notes, etc. Either
  • 5 Less Known Resume Tips For Effective Profiling Techniques

    Kamran Khan
    6 Feb 2015 | 3:49 am
    Writing a resume is not an easy task, it requires a focus and thorough planning, keeping in mind the jobs you wish to apply for. However, writing a great resume does not mean, you have to be an expert writer who holds numerous publications. All it requires is a vision, a plan and a milestone with some common sense. Writing a resume might be helpful if you take tips and expert opinion from
  • 12 Email Tools That Can Help You Become Successful at Work

    Kamran Khan
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Do you ever feel like replying to your emails and finding urgent emails in the morning, are slowly draining your energy at work? Do you feel too exhausted during work hours that you could not finish any of your tasks? Be warned! Successful people don't slack off at work. They always remain efficient and hard working no matter what situation they are in. Thankfully, there are tools that you can
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  • A branding and marketing lesson from the Jeremy Clarkson fiasco

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Now, you’ll have been living under a rock if you didn’t know what’s been going on with the latest ‘Clarkson versus BBC’ fiasco. It’s been everywhere. And as with a lot of news stories like this there’s something we can all learn when putting it all into the context of our own business. The big branding and marketing lesson is this. Like him or loathe him, you know all about Jeremy Clarkson. My mum, in her early 60s, is in the hate camp. Everything about him makes her get into a bit of an angry state. My sister on the other hand, loves him and all that…
  • Five things that successful logos have in common

    13 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    We love logos. Designing logos can be a great deal of fun. It can also be hard work. That’s because a successful logo has to do so many things and perform a large number of roles. Yet, at the end of the day, isn’t it just a logo?! Well, yes and no. As with many things, the bad ones often stick in the memory more than good ones. Think about customer service. How often do you tell someone about a great experience you had in restaurant, shop, or the like? Not often. But how often do you recall, without being prompted, ‘Uh, you wouldn’t believe the attitude of the guy…
  • Portfolio update: Website design for award winning new media agency

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    Gorely New Media (GNM) is the Award-winning Medical Communication division of the European Medical Institute. We were invited to design and build GNM’s new website with a focus on delivering simplicity alongside a high-end, quality experience. The website home page design is set to provide an immediate sign post to the web visitor, directing them to two key pages – how can we help you, and, why Gorely New Media? The use of an image of Tower Bridge provides an immediate association of the company with London, an important message for the company within their market place. The…
  • A Logo Challenge For December

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    A logo isn’t brand. It’s only a part of a brand…albeit an important one. A logo must be instantly recognisable, accurately reflect something about your brand, help differentiate you from your competition, and sit comfortably within your marketplace. For our e-newsletter for Christmas 2014 we’ve put together a brief ‘name the logo’ game, one you’ll no doubt have played at some point over the last few years. There’s nothing unique about the game. Simply a bit of fun in the run up to the end of the year. All the logos have been…
  • School website design: The anatomy of a good school website home page

    14 Nov 2014 | 12:31 am
    The home page of a school website serves a number of purposes, including; It provides a first impression of the school and its brand, to those who have no experience of the school. It sets the web visitor’s expectations, not only in terms of the school and its values, but their expectations of what the rest of the website is going to be like. It acts as a set of sign posts to the most relevant content. It offers the school an opportunity to immediately capture the web visitor’s attention and share with them some important and / or engaging information. It must enable the web…
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  • 40 Vintage Typography & Badge Logo Design Inspiration

    28 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm
    In this post we are showing 40 amazing vintage logos for your inspiration. But before you scrool down let’s look at some main issues concering this style of design. In order to understand what is vintage in logo design we … Continue reading →The post 40 Vintage Typography & Badge Logo Design Inspiration appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
  • 10 Online Custom Logo Design picks from

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:50 pm
    We live in an age where every company must have a logo. In the vast array of logo designs around us, the demand for a creative cutom logo design has never been higher. It is well known that the implementation … Continue reading →The post 10 Online Custom Logo Design picks from appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
  • Top 5 Best Android App Icon Logos

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:07 pm
    With the rapid development of mobile technology the  demand for applications that make life easier for users of smartphones and tablets is constantly growing. The amount of choice of applications running on Android leaves you dizzy. It’s hard to imagine, … Continue reading →The post Top 5 Best Android App Icon Logos appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
  • The biggest collection of education logo design inspiration!

    19 Mar 2015 | 12:57 pm
    To many people the phrase “education business” connotes a local primary school, college or post-college institutions. While plenty of organizations fill in that description it doesn’t reflect the power of education oriented business. Education technology startups raised billions of dolars worldwide … Continue reading →The post The biggest collection of education logo design inspiration! appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
  • 60 creative number logo designs for your daily inspiration

    18 Mar 2015 | 5:40 am
    We continue our blog posts featuring awesome logo designs for your inspiration. We are searching through best logo designers portfolios to share outstanding logo designs with you guys. In this post we have added 60 creative number logo designs for … Continue reading →The post 60 creative number logo designs for your daily inspiration appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
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  • Freeman DSEI Flyer

    21 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    DSEI flyer design for The Freeman Company.
  • Tesco Hudl 2 PSD Mock-Up Template

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This Tesco Hudl 2 PSD mock-up template was created with vector shapes. Showcase your Android apps or any design project with this versatile template. The file utilizes smart objects and is organized into clearly labeled layers. Comes in any color you choose, simply adjust the Hue slider to your liking. Front and reverse sides included.
  • MacBook Air PSD Mock-Up Template Vol. 1

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    High-resolution MacBook Air PSD mock-up template that makes showcasing your design projects as easy as clicking a button. This Photoshop file is fast and easy to use due to its use of Smart Objects.
  • Login Form PSD Template Vol. 1

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This login form template is suitable for almost any web project. The design is simple and easy to edit as the PSD file in layered and utilizes vector shapes.
  • Interactive e-Résumé Template Vol. 1

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This is the first in our series of interactive e-Résumé PDF templates. The résumé is suited to showcasing the skills of a creative professional in a dynamic and engaging way. The template can easily be adapted to suit your needs as the file is organized into layers and paragraph and character styles that are clearly labeled. If you like the template let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.
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  • Knows The Law…Better Call Saul

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Recent DownloadsComplete Abuse of Authority…and then someMatch Made In HeavenHow To Take The Last DoughnutThis is war invasion warrant cover photo wallpaperFerrari California Supercar H.R. Owen Cover Photo Wallpaper Share This! The post Knows The Law…Better Call Saul appeared first on High Quality Wallpapers wallpapers wallpapers HDR Desktop wallpapers.
  • Gonna Cry..Fight The Tears

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Recent DownloadsI Heard It TooOnly Your SonGRANDMOTHER Doesn’t Have Facebook, Still Remembers Your BirthdayWho Cares And Also Its ‘Another’ or ‘One’When Is It Okay To Ask A Woman If She Is Pregnant? Share This! The post Gonna Cry..Fight The Tears appeared first on High Quality Wallpapers wallpapers wallpapers HDR Desktop wallpapers.
  • Clearly They Were Bored…Tower of Hammocks

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Recent DownloadsForests Trees In The Mist Cover Photo WallpaperMeanwhile At The Soviet ZooBirch PleaseTree Forest of Trees Autumn Season Leaves Cover Photo WallpaperPurple Animated Mountain Sun Nature Wallpaper Share This! The post Clearly They Were Bored…Tower of Hammocks appeared first on High Quality Wallpapers wallpapers wallpapers HDR Desktop wallpapers.
  • Highest Quality Pokémon Bulbasaur Yellow Field Objects And Fences Cover Photo Wallpaper

    29 Mar 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Recent DownloadsThe Yellow Barren Fields Tablet Phone Wallpaper BackgroundWinter Snowing On Fence Depth Of Field Cover Photo WallpaperWild Tiger Cover Photo WallpaperPoetic Fantasy Sadness Tablet Phone Wallpaper BackgroundFields of Abstract Clouds Sky Shapes Awkward Lines in Floatation Cover Photo Wallpaper Share This! The post Highest Quality Pokémon Bulbasaur Yellow Field Objects And Fences Cover Photo Wallpaper appeared first on High Quality Wallpapers wallpapers wallpapers HDR Desktop wallpapers.
  • Abstract Fragmented Pixelated Art Design Red Blue Design By Trae McNeely Cover Photo Wallpaper

    29 Mar 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Recent DownloadsMale Physique Body Low Poly Heart Cover Photo WallpaperBlack Digital Art Hexagon Polygon Shape Design Simple Artistic Red Abstract Lines Cover Photo WallpaperLive Water Drops Tablet Phone Wallpaper BackgroundPsychedelic Triangular Design Random Colorful Patterns Blur Cover Photo WallpaperFields of Abstract Clouds Sky Shapes Awkward Lines in Floatation Cover Photo Wallpaper Share This! The post Abstract Fragmented Pixelated Art Design Red Blue Design By Trae McNeely Cover Photo Wallpaper appeared first on High Quality Wallpapers wallpapers wallpapers HDR Desktop wallpapers.
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  • Freebie: Calendar Wallpaper of April 2015

    31 Mar 2015 | 1:23 am
    Hi, here our monthly free calendar wallpaper is ready for you! As our thanks for you, the loyal readers. Without you we can’t survive until today! Again, Thank you so much! The calendar is come with Desktop and iPhone wallpaper, also both versions with a calendar and without calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper! The Design Process The Wallpaper Details The Calendar Sizes: 1024×640, 1024×768, 1280×800, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1440×900, 1680×1050, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 2560×1440, 320×568 (iPhone 5) & 320×480 (iPhone 3 and 4) Also…
  • 30+ Really Cool Logos for Restaurants

    Eko S
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Logo design is a combination of science and art. This fact has many consequences and one of the most important aspects is that there won’t ever be created a perfect logo. The designers are aware about it and all of them try to satisfy as many individuals as possible. One of the solutions is to create logos destined for specific public target. As example, anyone designing a logo for a child related business has tried to use more colors and joyful messages. The huge majority of the kids will like these kind of logos, but these won’t be appreciated for the ones that offer hosting…
  • The Secrets of 5 Top World Banks to Convince Their Customers in Facebook

    Eko S
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Have you noticed that you already do a great job to make your customer connecting to you? Building a better engagement with customers is not easy; a lot of things to think about and researched, but you do not have to think about it alone. Well, I never get tired of saying this, a good imitate that can develop is a good marketer. You need help right? to help you get connected with your customers all you have to is easy, you must learn from top brands what they did to connected to his customers. Like in this article. So, to make this more complete and become easier I already collect a simple…
  • Showcase of Best Brand Identity Designs: February 2015

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:19 pm
    This post is a collection of our monthly best brand identity designs inspiration that has published as “Logo of The Day” inspiration series on iBrandStudio’s Facebook Page. Let’s take a look! I hope you’ll enjoy it You may also like: – Showcase of Best Brand Identity Designs: January 2015 – Showcase of Best Brand Identity Designs: December 2014 “Berlimo” by Ramin Nasibov → Visit source “Golden Leaf” by Daniel Lasso Casas → Visit source “ASTERIÓN” by Fernando Perman & Florencia Bouza → Visit source “uSpace” by…
  • A Brief Guide of Using Twitter as A Logo Designer

    Eko S
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:50 am
    Very recently the famous businessman George Soros retired from activity. He said that the markets are complicated and making businesses is way more difficult than ever. Don’t take this introduction wrong, iBrandStudio remains a blog focused on design, we won’t change the topic for stock exchange or other similar subjects. Still, this decision reveals the complexity of the actual economical context. The logo designers are living in this environment, so the decision of George Soros may represent the quintessence of our world. Anyway, the idea is that nowadays we are living in a very…
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  • War posters

    Nik Ljubicic
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:11 am
    Posters are widely used till this day and although they are evolving into all sorts of banners online they still have the same mission, to carry a certain message to inform and influence. When done properly posters have an enormous power and as history can testify they can be used to convey messages of great importance. During World War I posters were used as a main weapon of National propaganda, as they were cheap and easy to make, so they were used as main forms of communication. There was a very interesting exhibit called ”War and Poster” recently in the Museum of Applied…
  • How much is Graphic Design worth to you?

    Nik Ljubicic
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:49 am
    How much is a specific graphic design project worth? How much is it worth to you and how much to your client? Lets take an example of a random logo design project and examine it. The thing is when it comes to pricing, it will always end up with you and how much do you think something is worth. Period. There is no magic universal price book for designers. This being said the reality is that many designers have No strategy while forming their prices, and they value themselves too low! One very common scenario in our industry is when the client says the price of design cannot justify…
  • 5 huge mistakes in Logo design you must avoid

    Nik Ljubicic
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:37 am
    Every designer has his own specific routine while working. However there are many designers out there who make some simple mistakes and completely alter the outcome of their work. Here are 5 most common mistakes, and how can you avoid them. 1. Don’t research before you start designing Photo by Neil Conway, CC BY Everybody in the world perceive things differently. Nobody sees one thing in the same way. If you follow only your first impressions about something and start building up upon that, you are most likely to make a mistake. Lets say you’re doing a logo for e.g. an Italian…
  • 2 most common reasons your design gets rejected by the client

    Nik Ljubicic
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:58 am
    Have you ever designed something you got really excited about and happy with the end result? When design like that comes along, success is certain and the clients acceptance is just a formality, right….? Well…wrong! For whatever reason the client doesn’t see the quality of work, he isn’t convinced and rejects your proposal.  .  . You simply can’t believe that, why isn’t he seeing the quality and all the advantages of such a design!? You may come to think the client is design illiterate and a lot of bad…
  • Controversial illustrations of famous Heroes

    Nik Ljubicic
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:35 am
    Grégoire GUILLEMINis a creator behind controversial illustration series of pop icons called ‘Secret Life Of Heroes’. He is showing famous super heroes, mascots and villains in ”unusual” situations common mostly with ordinary people. There is a book with 100+ of these artworks called ”For your eyes only” available for ordering. More info on Greg’s blog. UPDATE: There is an ongoing campaign on Kickstarter and you could back up the project and help this book with amazing artwork come to life on the following link.   Controversial…
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  • How to Design a Fire Safety Poster

    Ionut B
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:55 am
    Designing a fire safety poster is not very difficult, but it does not mean that we cannot make it as visually appealing as we can. Its purpose is to save lives, and it can accomplish that if it does attract people’s attention and makes them pay attention to it. This tutorial will show you how to create a well designed fire safety poster in Adobe Illustrator  Step 1  – Choose the Format A poster for fire safety must be visible from a distance in a crowded office building or in a school. For convenience, we selected the A3 paper format for this tutorial, but you can select an even…
  • How To Ease Website Visitors’ Frustration with Well Designed 404 Pages

    Ionut B
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:21 am
    In an ideal world, all web pages work correctly, there are no broken link, no typos and no errors when moving a site from one server to another. However, we do not live in an ideal world. We live in a world where human errors and weird malfunctions occur and a person who browses a website may click on a link that leads to nowhere. There is a standard response from all browsers when this happens – the 404 error code Page Not Found. You must have experienced this quite a few times in your life, and you can certainly remember the frustrating feeling you had, especially if you really needed the…
  • How to Blend Creativity with Practicality in Brochure Design

    Ionut B
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Designing for print, though playing second fiddle to web design these days, is still a very lucrative field of work for graphic designers. And, in some ways, it provides more freedom in terms of creativity than web design, because you can always get creative not just with the graphic part, but also with the materials it will be printed on. Brochures play a great role in marketing, branding and client loyalty building. They are not a catalog and not a company profile. They are not meant to pitch sales, but should create the desire to buy. It is in brochure design that a graphic designer can…
  • Design Indications Kill the Creativity?

    Ionut B
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:07 pm
    One of the things that graphic designers dread is a client who continually pesters them with design indications. Some of them feel that they are no longer creative professionals, but Photoshop puppets. Are they justified to feel this way, or are they exaggerating? We tried to analyze the situation playing the devil’s advocate. Let us see what a designer and a client may feel in relation to a design project and the creative input that leads to the finished product. The Client’s Outlook He pays for the project and has certain expectations. Sometimes he can’t find the right words to…
  • Breathing New Life into Old Books – Artwork by Brian Dettmer

    Ionut B
    7 Mar 2015 | 2:39 pm
    What can you do with an old book, which no longer serves you? You donate it to the poor? Other life sustaining donations would be more welcome. Recycle it? Yes, this is the answer. But there are various ways to recycle a book. You can hand it over to a paper collection company to turn it into pulp and make new paper out of it. Or you can transform it into an artwork. Our featured artist of today, Brian Dettmer, does just that. How? In a very simple, yet original way: by cutting through books. Shedding the Layers Centuries ago, Michelangelo used to say that he can see the statue inside the…
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  • 12 Dream Destinations for Graphics Designers

    Raquel Addams
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:35 am
    Life, for a designer, can often become rather hectic, with a rush of projects and oncoming deadlines leaving them gasping for breath. Every design they complete, each new project they undertake, and all the deadlines they miss or meet, make it ever more necessary to take a break, leave it all behind for a while, and simply recharge. Also explore: 25 Productivity Tools for Designers For creativity and innovation to flow, it is essential they be given the room to grow, and that just will not happen if you are cooped up with work month after month, stressing over the next design to finish. Image…
  • 15 Website Designs to Fall in Love with

    Raquel Addams
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:52 pm
    The web is quick to pick up trends and advance accordingly. This explains why most websites are rushing towards minimalist and responsive designs. If this is what the trend dictates, you only have one chance to cast the first impression. Just like a book is judged by its cover, your business is usually judged by your website design. Aim to make the user fall in love with your website design. A proven quick fix is to implement WordPress themes for corporate websites. While a lot of website owners scratch their heads to find the perfect combo, there are some who have an outstanding grasp on web…
  • Brand Design Tips To Make Your Customers Swoon

    Kathleen Burns
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:06 am
    Your brand’s identity can be decorated much like your home – it can represent the seasons, the holidays, and other seasonal celebrations that your company and your customers typically celebrate. To take advantage of the seasons in ways that will benefit your company and resonate with your base of clients requires you to know what will reach your customers and what message you want to send. You can send a message and tie it into a holiday in various ways including redesigning your website, coupons, business cards and logos. If your budget is too small to constantly redesign all of…
  • Source Files Rejected? Check Your Color Settings

    Kathleen Burns
    6 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    Congratulations on winning one of our design contests! First, you’ll need to submit your final design correctly and according to the contest guidelines. If the files are not useable and we need to fix them, you will be charged a fee, so be sure you follow the directions. Once you have done this, a payment will be processed and you will receive it on the next pay date according to our schedule! If you received an email back from our Quality Assurance team that you had an issue with your files, your color settings might be your problem. There is a problem with one of your files It’s a…
  • 6 Ways Emerging Sports Brands Are Using Celebrity Power

    Janil Jean
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:59 pm
    The roaring crowds, cheerful fans, the wounds of defeat and the celebration of wins – all these events paint the picture of the sports world that is never short of entertainment. But in this modern era, sports brands have added more color and glamor than ever before. While the top brands like Nike, Reebok, and Puma have set the stage to showcase sports goods, the emerging brands are not far behind. They are also introducing and implementing unique marketing strategies using celebrity power.  Some of the sports business professionals with a keen eye on different sports would agree it will…
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