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  • Incredible Posters of Unmade Movie Sequels

    You The Designer
    Gian Bautista
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Over 40 artists crafted posters of cult movie sequels that were never made. There is a number of movie projects in development that never made it to the movie houses. This is because they whether never pass through the development stage, production stumbles apart, or the studio simply abandons it for some reason. Curated by iam8bit, a Los Angeles-based gallery and creative production company, Sequel is an art exhibition that features wonderful poster designs for big screen sequels that were never actually produced. Most of these sequel projects are even what supporters of films like The…
  • 12 corporate fonts that won’t let you down

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    Sabina Hona
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Are you looking for corporate fonts in order to design your company’s brochure, magazine, pamphlets, logo, website or for advertising/packaging purpose? Then here are the lists of 12 corporate fonts that won’t let you down. Check it out below! 1. Helvetica Designed by Max Miedinger, the Helvetica font was initially named as Neue Haas Grotesk. […] The post 12 corporate fonts that won’t let you down appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • 10 great websites to find free stock photo

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    Sabina Hona
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:02 pm
    You can find good images while Googling but are those safe to use? Probably no! It’s because the owner can claim the copyright issue. Dealing with the license issue can be a headache and it’s quite ignored many times. But if you are seeking for royalty free images which you can use freely without any […] The post 10 great websites to find free stock photo appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Mind-Blowing Street Art By Smates
    Anastassia Irina
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    Whether you love or hate it, street art is something that is here to stay. Going beyond just traditional canvases and materials, street artists are constantly pushing the boundaries and and playing with ideas to make you stop in your tracks. One such street artist that is making waves now is Smates. This Belgian artist uses space in a clever way that not only reflects the intricate detail of his works but at the same time clearly depicts a message in his work. From human faces that look right at you to playful and cool animals, Smates pieces will have you doing a double take. Check out just…
  • Candy Canes, Bells, Ribbons, and Santa : Adobe Illustrator vector files for the Holidays!

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    Fred Showker
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    When the holidays roll around you find clients and users alike scrambling for art. Now you can fill all those demansds from this very cool vector collection. Here we're talking about a collection of 196 top-quality Christmas vectors that will save you precious hours of work! In this set you will get a lot of vectors with Santas, Snowmen, Winter Ornaments, Winter Seamless Patterns, Kids and a lot more!read more
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  • Candy Canes, Bells, Ribbons, and Santa : Adobe Illustrator vector files for the Holidays!

    Fred Showker
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    When the holidays roll around you find clients and users alike scrambling for art. Now you can fill all those demansds from this very cool vector collection. Here we're talking about a collection of 196 top-quality Christmas vectors that will save you precious hours of work! In this set you will get a lot of vectors with Santas, Snowmen, Winter Ornaments, Winter Seamless Patterns, Kids and a lot more!read more
  • Holiday art, Berenstain Bears, crafts, snowflakes, seasonal classics and lots of fun for all

    Fred Showker
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    We don't often show such juvinile stuff, but really, this is some fun stuff. You may not get any graphic arts benefits from these at all -- but you will have a great time, and some laughs with the kids! The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Coloring and Activity Book Creative Haven Vintage Christmas Greetings Coloring Book Make Your Own Paper Snowflakes Chanukah Coloring Book A Christmas Treasury ... and more! read more
  • Creative Update #181: Graphic Design Creative Inspiration, 3D prints, charity, awards

    Fred Showker
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    2015 is upon us and it's a good idea to start thinking about our creative strategies for the coming year. I am on all kinds of feeds that bring in all kinds of creative info and inspiration. It's what my Creative Updates is all about: Art exhibit, 'Hometown Heroes,' is free and open to the public at Silver Lake College New Metropolitan West Space Debuts With Versace Event And WorldStage Installation Disney Fan Turns Himself into Big Hero 6's Hiro Hamada with 3D Printed Costume Alice Babidge reinterprets a midcentury classic for Cult's ‘Chairity' Project Student Wins Best in Show, Is…
  • Web Design: Google, Authorship, website color, SEO Strategy and more!

    Fred Showker
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    This edition of DTG's Web Design Update helps close out the year with some sage advice, and a look at some new developments in the web designer's world! Follow along : [] The First Look at How Google's Self-Driving Car Handles City Streets[] Google Action Against Pregnancy Center Ads Stirs Confusion[] 9 Simple Tips for Making Your Website Disability-Friendly[] 7 Tips to Ensure Your SEO Strategy Supports Your Brand[] In Google Authorship, the 'Who' Overtakes the 'Where'[] The art and science of great website color selection[] Five SEO Steps to Take Before Redesigning Your Site.... and the…
  • Publishing Update 1411 : Publishing, content, print, and DTP

    Fred Showker
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    Another year, and another realm of possibilities for publishing -- and it's not going away -- no, social networking has not taken over. Times are chaning, but some things stay the same! Stay tuned with DT&G's Publishing Updates: [] Four Ways to Help Guest Writers Contribute Great Content for Your Company Blog [] Why so many digital publishers are flocking back to print [] Is paper and print still important? We asked the experts [] The Social Media Frequency Guide: How Often To Post [] Digital advertising's bot distraction [] Are Digital Magazines Dead? -- and more ... read more
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  • Design deals for the week

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:33 pm
    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. Wood Type Font Collection This Wood Type Font Collection created by Mateusz Machalski, feates 6,000+ glyphs, 6 different families in 2 styles each with support for 40 different languages. $9 instead […] The post Design deals for the week appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • 12 corporate fonts that won’t let you down

    Sabina Hona
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Are you looking for corporate fonts in order to design your company’s brochure, magazine, pamphlets, logo, website or for advertising/packaging purpose? Then here are the lists of 12 corporate fonts that won’t let you down. Check it out below! 1. Helvetica Designed by Max Miedinger, the Helvetica font was initially named as Neue Haas Grotesk. […] The post 12 corporate fonts that won’t let you down appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • 13 awesome key holder designs

    Sabina Hona
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:25 pm
    How many of you are victim of losing keys quite often? Maximum of you, isn’t it? Today in this post, we are introducing you 13 awesome key holder designs that will make you think twice before losing any key. These key holder designs are simply mind blowing that will not let you lose your keys […] The post 13 awesome key holder designs appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • 10 great websites to find free stock photo

    Sabina Hona
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:02 pm
    You can find good images while Googling but are those safe to use? Probably no! It’s because the owner can claim the copyright issue. Dealing with the license issue can be a headache and it’s quite ignored many times. But if you are seeking for royalty free images which you can use freely without any […] The post 10 great websites to find free stock photo appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • 3D typography by Rizon Parein

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Rizon Parein is a graphic designer who specializes in creating stunning 3D lettering. He gets many prestigious clients that contact him for his 3D skills. The post 3D typography by Rizon Parein appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
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  • What They Expect When They're Expecting

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:43 am
    The Lovie Awards, in partnership with Google, has released What They Expect When They're Expecting: Understanding the Sky­High Demands of the World's Most Entitled Consumer - a new whitepaper with in-depth case studies from Lovie Award Winners.
  • Ware Malcomb Completes New Medical Office Complex in Santa Rosa

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:24 am
    Ware Malcomb has announced that construction is complete on the Sutter Health Medical Office Building located at Mark West Springs Road and U.S. Highway 101 in Santa Rosa, California.
  • Saul Steinberg Drawings: Architecture Public Space

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Saul Steinberg Drawings: Architecture Public Space, on view at the Center for Architecture from November 10 through January 3, will shine a light on architectural and public space themes in the artist's work, will also celebrate the centennial of Steinberg's birth.
  • Bentley Unveils Grand Convertible

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Bentley has unveiled Grand Convertible, the most sophisticated open-top car ever created by Bentley, at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.
  • BIC Universal Typeface

    Levent Ozler
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    BIC Universal, the world's first crowd-sourced typeface, is now available for download.
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  • A Beer Bestiary

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    A Bestiary is an old-fashioned idea, from the Middles Ages, where various animals and other creatures, often fanciful, mythical and fictitious, were illustrated, and then there was a detailed description of each beast, usually accompanied by an allegorical story with a moral or religious teaching. You can see examples of many of these imaginary creatures at the Medieval Bestiary .
  • 7 Ways to Relieve Boredom by Hustling for Extra Cash

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    At the last company I worked for, I spent hours bored at work. One day, it just clicked in my head that I needed to start something.
  • Wareham High School students get hands-on art experience at UMass Dartmouth

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    Tieyanna Yancey, 17, carefully unfolded a piece of muslin tied up with rubber bands and dipped in an indigo solution. “It's like a butterfly,” she said as she held up the patterned cloth created using Shibori, an ancient Japanese technique of dyeing.
  • How Smartphone Apps Can Treat Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:07 am
    The 57-year-old is an app and graphic designer with a Michigan company called OptHub , but he doesn't carry two phones for work. He carries the iPhone because that's what he likes, and he carries the Android because it's what he needs.
  • CM Life names EIC for spring semester

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Grand Rapids senior Mariah Prowoznik has been named Editor-In-chief of Central Michigan Life for the spring 2015 semester. Prowoznik previously held several leadership positions at CM Life including lead designer and visual director, as well as working as a campaign designer for CM Life 's Advertising Department.
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    You The Designer

  • Incredible Posters of Unmade Movie Sequels

    Gian Bautista
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Over 40 artists crafted posters of cult movie sequels that were never made. There is a number of movie projects in development that never made it to the movie houses. This is because they whether never pass through the development stage, production stumbles apart, or the studio simply abandons it for some reason. Curated by iam8bit, a Los Angeles-based gallery and creative production company, Sequel is an art exhibition that features wonderful poster designs for big screen sequels that were never actually produced. Most of these sequel projects are even what supporters of films like The…
  • 30 Bizarre and Creative Packaging Design Examples

    Patrick Ellasos
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of the things that identifies the image of a product is its packaging. Few elements like striking graphics, attractive colors, and unique shapes are carefully thought of to come up with packaging design that catches the attention of the consumers. In a very competitive field, creating an eye-catching packaging design with great functionality is a real challenge. Especially with the rising consciousness of the people regarding the environment’s condition. The world is demanding for a more eco-friendly packaging design that is either renewable or biodegradable. Being a critical…
  • 7 Design Details Only Graphic Designers Can See

    Claire Jariss Manlapas
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    There are things that are not visible to the naked eye like tiny particles and organisms that require special apparatus to be seen. But there are also details that aren’t exactly tiny but are oftentimes overlooked because to others, they are unnecessary. In graphic design, attention to detail is very important. To be a good graphic designer, you must start by training your senses to recognize different design details that only we designers are trained to see. 1) Wide Range of Colors Graphic designers see beyond the 16-pc crayon set. In fact, we can identify more than 16 shades of…
  • Ethereal Paintings with Fire and Feathers by Steve Spazuk

    Patrick Ellasos
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    We were always told by our parents that playing with fire will do us no good. But what about painting with it? French-Canadian artist Steve Spazuk uses the soot that rises from candles and torches as a medium to create unbelievable drawings and portraits. Some of his creations are shockingly realistic that will make you wonder if these artworks were digitally manipulated. But seeing actual videos of him while creating his masterpieces will leave you in awe. With the help of feather brushes and x-acto knife, he carefully scrapes images into the soot until the final image appears.
  • 20 Graphic Designers for your Inspiration

    Gian Bautista
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you’re a graphic designer and you’re looking for inspiration to start your next design project, then you’ve come to the perfect place. Listed below are 20 notable and legendary graphic designers to inspire you with their craft and contributions in the industry. The list is courtesy of graphic designer himself, Girts Avotins at graf1x. 1. Eddie Opara Opara’s versatile work includes strategy, design, and technology. His design projects are comprised of interactive installations, websites, user interfaces and software, brand identity, publications, packaging, and…
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  • Creating a Retro Comic Book Effect in Photoshop

    Mike Rankin
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Authors: Ben RichardsonBody: This tutorial will teach you how to turn any photo into a comic book style image very easily. You can use these skills to add some extra character to your photo albums, or to turn a sequence of photos into a comic book with little effort. The process is quite simple and fun, and even Photoshop beginners will have some lovely results to show at the end of this tutorial. Start by opening the photo in Photoshop. Add a new Levels Adjustments Layer on top of your photo by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels, and make the contrast of your…
  • Frequency Separation Retouching in Photoshop

    Mike Rankin
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Body: “Dammit, Jim, I’m a designer, not a rocket scientist!” I hear you cry. Well, before you browse away in search of something less scary, this isn’t hard. In fact, it will make your retouching life a lot easier. The best thing is, it uses features that have been in Photoshop for years. First things first: what the heck are we talking about? Frequency is Image-Geek for the levels of detail in an image. High Frequency information is the fine detail (think grass, hair, grains of sand, stone textures). Low Frequency information is the broad sweep of color and tone (think sky, soft…
  • How I Work As A Digital Artist: Computer Hardware Part 1 - The Basic Setup

    Mike Rankin
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Authors: George CoghillBody:  To some degree, all artists are digital artists these days. It’s not so much whether or not you actually create the art on the computer — eventually, it needs to get there.  Particularly for those who aren’t creating digitally, purchasing a computer can be a confusing task. With this installment in the monthly “How I Work As A Digital Artist” series, the focus will be on the computer. Not only is it the most fitting place to start, it also sets the foundation for everything to follow. While this series is entitled “How I Work”, I am going…
  • How to Create Kaleidoscopic Patterns in Photoshop

    Ben Richardson
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Authors: Ben RichardsonBody: If you’ve been using Photoshop for a while, you’ve probably realised by now you can create just about anything in it, from photo-montages to digital paintings. This tutorial will teach you a very simple technique for creating extraordinary kaleidoscopic patterns from scratch. That’s right, even someone using Photoshop for the first time can do it, and you won’t need anything apart from the software itself and your imagination. Start by opening a new file as per usual. Set the size and the resolution of the canvas according to your intended use…
  • How to Permanently Delete Cropped Data in a PDF

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Authors: David BlatnerBody: Have you ever tried to crop a PDF file, cutting out part of a page? The frustrating truth is that Acrobat can crop a PDF, but the stuff outside the cropped area doesn’t truly go away. It is just masked, or hidden. Actually, technically, cropping a PDF in Acrobat just changes its “trim” or “crop” rectangle — the original art is all still there. For example, say you have a PDF with a bunch of private, sensitive information. You use Acrobat’s Crop feature to crop it down to just the public data you want visible. But that original data is still…
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    DesignFloat | Published News | Graphic Design

  • 4 Ways to Improve Your Design Skills Without Your Computer

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:43 am
    Many important resources are scattered in the world that exists outside of our computer screens and designers need to explore them to improve their design skills.
  • 7 best and worst logo redesigns that made news in 2014

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:05 am
    2014 saw many exciting logos and many of them were an improvement over past logos. But not all of them were redesigned well, while many others were impressive. Here is a list of some of the best and worst logo that made news for their redesigns.
  • 5 Tips to Design Mobile Website For Great User Experience

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:59 am
    A responsive design is the one that is suitable to both the desktop computer and mobile phones. Due to which the design responding well to the smaller screens, there is no need to have two versions of the same website.
  • 9 great resources for logo design education

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:50 am
    Logo design is ever evolving field of graphic design with new concepts and techniques emerging regularly. But whether you are a professional designer or a beginner, some basics have to be kept in mind. You can experiment or be creative only by following the dos and don’ts advised by the experts.
  • Top 12 Node.Js MVC Frameworks For JavaScript Users

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Node.js is the most popular framework for web designing. Different kinds of frameworks are there in node.js as full-stack framework, etc. It is a platform built for fast and scalable network applications, and is very efficient and light weighted as it uses a non blocking model of I/O. As compared to other frameworks, Node.Js MVC is perfect for real time applications. You can easily develop web applications by utilizing their efficient and easy to use features.
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    Next Big Design

  • It’s Time to Evaluate Your Client & Agency Relationships

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Even the best client & agency relationships need to be evaluated... Let’s get down to the facts: Fact: 88% of clients claim to speak their mind freely to their agency while 36% of agency partners would agree Fact: 90% of agencies say they truly understand their clients business but only 65% of the other halves agree As you can see, there is a big disconnect here and it leads you to wonder
  • Did You See That “Snap”? How social media is becoming more focused on visuals

    11 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    How many Snapchats have you sent within the last hour? When was the last time you chatted on the phone or saw the recipient in person? Snapchat is quickly becoming the new means for communication as the enticing image based, concise text focused, app allows users to conveniently keep in touch. While traditional advertising via TV, billboard, and radio are ongoing, advertising through a platform
  • Save the Date: Agency Client Summit Brought to You By FUSE

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    The producers of FUSE are excited to debut the inaugural Agency Client summit.  Produced in partnership with A Better View Consulting, this entirely collaborative experience is designed to inspire a new model of partner collaboration. By harnessing candid input at the intersection of client struggles and agency frustrations, this groundbreaking new event will be the catalyst for more productive,
  • Who knows you better than yourself? Amazon and Nike to name a few

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Open up Amazon. Immediately suggested items pop up based on your profile and past purchases. Open up any website. Ads pop up based on your previous Internet searches. Open up an item purchase page, and suggested complementary items are found just below. Years ago, I thought customizing your Nike’s was outlandish, but now, it seems the Internet is being customized for me. It it amazing how
  • Learn to Successfully Implement Trends at FT’14

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    Challenge the status quo and ensure your commercial success at The Foresight and Trends conference. The FT'14 experience is designed to create a clear link between foresight & action. The program incorporates a variety of learning styles that will allow you to maximize your investment. <!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--> <!--[endif]--> Foresight & Trends 2014 November 11-13 SLS Hotel Los
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  • 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,…
  • “The first pass should be ugly, the ugliest.”

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Craig Mod, who convincingly argues that app development (and their success) is often completely senseless, drops this astounding wisdom on readers about halfway through the article: The first pass should be ugly, the ugliest. Any brain cycle spent on pretty is self deception. If pretty is the point then please stop. Do not, I repeat, do not spent three months on the radial menu, impressive as it may be. It will not save your company. There is a time for that. That time is not now. Instead, make grand gestures. General gestures. Most importantly, enumerate the unknowns. Make a list. Making…
  • “Still curious, still generous, still excited about design.”

    27 May 2014 | 8:17 am
    Today the world lost one of the most influential designers of our time, Massimo Vignelli. Michael Bierut, who knew him well, offers a fitting tribute: Massimo died this morning at the age of 83. Up until the end — I saw him on Thursday — he was still curious, still generous, still excited about design. He leaves his wife, Lella; his children, Luca and Valentina; and generations of designers who, like me, are still learning from his example. Thank you, Michael. Grazie mille, Massimo.
  • Brooklyn Bridge: $15 off, a microsite, and a Kickstarter analysis

    14 May 2014 | 6:31 am
    Today’s a big day. The Brooklyn Bridge letterpress poster is now (officially) available to the public, and on sale to boot. Additionally, a few supporting resources have been published. Summer Sale: $15 off → Selected items, including the Brooklyn Bridge poster, are now $15 off. New items include a behind-the-scenes booklet and 9”x12” prints. → Microsite summarizing the project. All HTML/CSS by the incomparable Adam Spooner. The Economics of a Kickstarter Project → In which I detail the expenses of my Kickstarter project and how I hardly broke even.
  • “We can update your car, remotely.” Basically.

    28 Mar 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Elon Musk, responding to reports about Model S collisions and car fires: The odds of fire in a Model S, at roughly 1 in 8,000 vehicles, are five times lower than those of an average gasoline car and, when a fire does occur, the actual combustion potential is comparatively small. However, to improve things further, we provided an over-the-air software update a few months ago to increase the default ground clearance of the Model S at highway speeds, substantially reducing the odds of a severe underbody impact. Wait, did you catch that? An over-the-air update that alters the vehicle’s…
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  • Guys

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    The tl;dr version of the Bible. Amen.
  • Scatman

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:58 am
    1980 interview with Scatman Crothers, in which he discusses his experience filming The Shining.
  • NyCap

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    Matthew Baldwin's doing Layer Tennis commentary today, which is as good a time as any to re-link an old favorite Friday Drink Link: The NyCap. Mrs. BB has got a lot of mileage out of that one.
  • Happy Friday

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    Happy Friday.
  • Dude, I feel you

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    Sometimes, you just need to stop and smell the roses...or eat the treats...or play with the toys.... or eat more treats.
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  • Journeys are the midwives of thought

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:02 pm
    “Journeys are the midwives of thought. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than a moving plane, ship or train. There is an almost quaint correlation between what is in front of our eyes and the thoughts we are able to have in our heads: large thoughts at times requiring large views, new thoughts new places. Introspective reflections which are liable to stall are helped along by the flow of the landscape. The mind may be reluctant to think properly when thinking is all it is supposed to do.” – Alain de Botton
  • Friday Link Pack

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:25 am
    Keep coming back to this CreativeMornings talk by Simon Sinek: Love your work. – Love More. Fear Less. Full of good stuff. – Jessica Hische launched Tilda, the script typeface she designed for Moonrise Kingdom. – Don’t know how to crochet? Here’s your chance to learn something new. – This Creative Process Poster by Christoph Niemann made me laugh. – Jonathan Fields of the Good Life Project Podcast series interviewed Jocelyn Glei, force behind the 99u books and the 99u conference. You can listen to it here. – Hawkeye Huey – A four-year-old…
  • ♥ / Sanebox

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    A big thank you to Sanebox for sponsoring this week’s RSS Feed. I started using Sanebox in 2012 and love it. Not sure what I would do without it. Is your inbox overflowing with emails you don’t have time for? SaneBox is the all-in-one solution to email overload. It works with any email client or service, and any device – literally anywhere you check your email. Automatic priority filtering, one-click unsubscribe, follow-up reminders, snooze folders, and much more. Oh, and there’s nothing to download or install! It just works. Use this coupon: for…
  • Smartphone Virtual Reality

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    This site lets you turn your smartphone into a virtual reality device. (via Curious About)
  • 100 Questions

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Every meaningful conversation starts with a good question. Here are 100 to help kick things off. Makes for a great dinner party companion.
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    Logo Design Love

  • Divvy, Chicago’s bike-share system

    David Airey
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:53 pm
    The Firebelly Design team (on Behance) got in touch with an excellent identity for Divvy, Chicago’s bike-share system. “The double-V ligature, is based on the guillemet or angled quotes. In typography this glyph is traditionally used to indicate direction and motion. Marked onto streets across the world, this double arrow symbolizes the shared use bicyclists and motorists have of roads.” “…we found Pantone 298c to be the perfect color to provide a visual connection to the flag while greatly increasing cyclist presence to the passing cars in our busy urban environment.”…
  • Who designed the Virgin logo?

    David Airey
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    “Legend has it that a young designer scribbled the now iconic signature on a paper napkin. Richard Branson loved it for it’s ‘in your face’ simplicity, attitude and energy.” Read more on the Virgin website. Via Saniya Haroon. It reads as Virqin (with a ‘q’) to me. I thought I’d see what it looks like with a slight curve on the descender of the ‘g’. Perhaps the brand’s so well known that the mark is seen as a shape as much as a word. From the archives: Stretching the Virgin logo.
  • Sapo

    David Airey
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    When you add a client redesign to your portfolio, it sometimes helps to show the previous mark alongside the new. Because when you see the “before…” …it can increase the value of the “after.” In-house (I think) design for Portuguese ISP Sapo (translates as “toad”), using Proxima Nova Bold. That said, I’m not so keen on the use of arbitrary golden spirals. Via The Branding Source. More on Brand New. The Sapo identity manual is here (PDF).
  • animodul by atipo

    David Airey
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    I remember this from a few years back, but it came up during a chat today and I couldn’t help sharing it. One of my favourites. animodul is a brand of clothes and toys for children, with the identity based on lively animal patterns, all with a common design. Designed by Gijon-based atipo (on Twitter).
  • Respublica University

    David Airey
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Fun identity work by Moscow-based Denis Bashev for Russian bookstore Respublica University. “The idea was to use a tiger as the key symbol, but in the style of a university emblem.” “There are many departments in the store; each of them is presented by the emotions of the tiger.” “Additional icons are directly associated with specific departments.” Denis created accompanying patterns using the bookstore’s corporate colour. “Each department has its own small emblem. The one with scissors for the office, one covered by drawings for the children’s section,…
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    Design is Kinky

  • Lorraine Loots

    Nikki Catalano
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Meet the miniature world of Cape Town artist Lorraine Loots. Beginning with her 365 Postcards For Ants project, each day she creates a unique little painting with the assistance of a magnifying glass.
  • Graeme Berglund

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Graeme Berglund, a Canadian artist based in Vancouver, creates cityscape paintings full of light and in interesting compositions.
  • Patrice Barnabé

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    French born, Barcelona based, graphic designer Patrice Barnabé creates beautiful work.
  • Mark Stuckert

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Beautiful title design, and more, by Vancouver based art director Mark Stuckert.
  • Kyle Sauter

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    We’re enjoying the illustration work of Kyle Sauter.
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  • Six Months with a Nissan Leaf

    4 Nov 2014 | 6:31 am
    With experience on a landfill gas-to-energy project and several published papers about hydrogen fuel cells, I could claim that Dr. Ames was primarily responsible for our purchase of a 2013 Nissan LEAF back in May. To be honest though, the amazing lease deal was a bigger factor in our decision than her love for all things alternative energy. After 6 months, I could care less about the lease deal and have really come to love this little blue electric machine. It’s incredibly fun to drive, loaded with features I’ve never had in a car before and best of all, I never have to pull…
  • The Rise of the UX Developer

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    This is a repost of my article in Issue 30 of the MailChimp UX Newsletter. Our team publishes a new issue every month so if you enjoy this, please subscribe! The engineers call us designers. The UI designers call us developers. The research team calls us when they uncover changes to make in the application. When I started at MailChimp 4½ years ago, my job title was User Experience Designer. Jumping from a career in web design and front-end development to a UX position meant catching up on essential skills like information architecture, content strategy, and user research—which were…
  • Eleven Years Ago

    19 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    It was a hot day in the town we grew up in. Having lived our entire lives in the sunshine state though, it wasn’t uncomfortable. I had just graduated from UCF and spent most of my summer making sandwiches at The Red Onion because there were no web design jobs in Vero Beach – especially not in those days. Amy was 2 years into the Chemical Engineering program at The University of Florida after deciding that her first year at Florida Tech felt too much like high school. We were young, naive and mostly broke but we were sure of one thing, we wanted to spend the rest of our lives…
  • Keep Watering the Grass

    6 Jun 2014 | 10:03 am
    The following message started off as a blog post, was converted to an email that I sent to a few close friends then decided to copy as a blog post because I wanted to share it with even more friends. I can do that because, internet. The photo above was taken by Brian Artka (center) at SXSW in 2007. Hello there, If you’re reading this, you’re one of a handful of friends who I think are doing awesome things, not just on the web, but in your local community as well. You deserve the highest of fives and some validation that your work creates ripples far beyond your personal network.
  • Then We Were Four

    22 Mar 2014 | 7:45 pm
    My life changed forever with one kiss in the Summer of 2000. I was friends with Amy for a long time before we started dating but when we fell for each other, we fell hard. First came love, then came marriage but there were a lot more milestones for us before a baby even made sense. After over a decade of taking on challenges together, Dr. Beaird and I thought we knew what life, love and the pursuit of happiness was all about. Then we had Adelyn. She flipped our world upside down and showed us how much more love we were capable of. Even now, amidst the occasional defiance of terrible…
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  • 6 Vintage Guarantee Badges for Premium Members

    Chris Spooner
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Last month Jascha from Creatticon kindly donated a set of 26 hand drawn vector ribbons for Access All Areas members to download. Today members can download more goodies courtesy of Creatticon, Jascha has kindly gifted 6 vintage style guarantee badges. They’re made using vector Photoshop shapes so they can be scaled to any size and given different colour fills. The text is editable too, so you can custom to suit your own designs. Jascha Brinkmann is the Web Designer behind the new web resources site Creatticon, a place where designers can find new high quality, premium resources for…
  • The Most Popular Design Resources in the World

    Chris Spooner
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    How do you fancy getting your hands on the hottest resources from the most popular design shops in the world? Design Cuts have put together another deal packed full of top quality resources and squashed the price down by 94%. These items are selling like crazy at their full price, which in most cases is more than the entire deal! Even if you’ve picked up any of the previous offers I’ve shared, you still might want to check this one out. It’s a brand new bundle of fresh items, these resources haven’t been featured in any previous Design Cuts deal. The Ultimate…
  • 5 Free Weathered Wood Logo Mock Up Textures

    Chris Spooner
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A couple of months ago I shared some rusty metal logo mockups which allowed you to place your logo designs onto distressed textures to create simulations of your artwork being painted onto real surfaces. I’ve been hunting for more cool textures to create another set of free resources, so today’s giveaway is a collection of 5 weathered wood logo mockups. Use them to realistically apply your logo onto an old, aged wooden background. They’re the perfect setting for outdoors or rustic themed designs. This set of wood mockups includes five weathered textures straight from my…
  • 40 HDR Lightroom Presets for Premium Members

    Chris Spooner
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Today I have a totally new type of resource for Access All Areas members to download. I’ve posted a few packs of premium Photoshop Actions in the past, but now Shutter Pulse is kindly sharing more goodies for photographers with this pack of 40 HDR Lightroom Presets. They give you the ability to add cool HDR-like effects to your images with just a click of the mouse. Shutter Pulse is a site dedicated to Lightroom Presets. They have a vast collection of premium presets that produce HDR, film, vintage, matte and light leak effects. They also have a range of free Presets available too,…
  • How To Create a Realistic Painted Effect in Photoshop

    Chris Spooner
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    There’s some talented artists out there who can hand paint stunning hyper-realistic art, but those kinds of skills are something us mere mortals can only dream of. Thankfully with the help of Photoshop it’s possible to create cool effects to mimic the style of painted images. In today’s tutorial I show you a few steps that will transform a photograph into a digitally painted piece of art with detailed brush strokes and blotchy colours. The effect we’ll be creating in this tutorial transforms a photograph with fine brush strokes to produce a realistic painted…
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  • Are Web Design Schools Losing Their Magic?

    Rudolph Musngi
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Just a few months ago, 1stwebdesigner released its Flat Design course, teaching web designers the secrets in mastering the beautiful art of flat design. That got me asking: Now that online education is becoming more and more popular, is it still relevant to go to web design schools these days? This question is perfectly normal to ask. With the advent of web design blogs that teach beginners and experts alike, some people may feel that going to a web design school might no longer be relevant at all. Why Go to a Design School? Going to a design school helps in some degrees and cases. It trains…
  • Talk It Out: Best WordPress Live Chat Plugins for Easy Customer Access

    Taimur Asghar
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The focus of this article is to provide you the best WordPress live chat plugins that you can use in your websites without any difficulties. There are many reasons to why using a live chat plugin will benefit your WordPress site or blog. For example, If you have a theme developing website, you are going to be asking the people to invest their dollars for your product. It’s only fair that you make yourself available to visitors to answer any questions that they may have. A research showed that having a chat feature on your site can increase the conversions by 44 percent! Here are some…
  • What is WordPress Jetpack Advantage on Your Site (and Why You Should Care About it)

    Taimur Asghar
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    How would you like some useful premium features for your WordPress site for free? Features include email subscriptions for new posts, commenting with Twitter and Facebook log-ins, and automatically sharing new posts to your social media network. WordPress Jetpack will let you perform these cool features on your website, for free. Jetpack is a complete toolbox full of mini-plugins. If you are in need of installing 30 separate plugins, you would have to find and install each one of them. But Jetpack gives you all needed features in a single plugin. Today, you will learn what the Jetpack plugin…
  • Master the Core: Web Design Code of Ethics

    Rudolph Musngi
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Web design, like any other profession, should always be ethical. It should always adhere to a set ­­­of norms set by the whole community. These codes guide designers to perform their tasks in the most honest and professional way possible. But for the world of web design, being dynamic and fast-paced as it seems to be, still has not recognized a single set of ethics, the web design code of ethics. That is why we propose these codes in this particular character: I will uphold honesty and fairness in treating my clients by giving my best effort in finishing projects within agreed time and…
  • Know Your Top 5 PSD to WordPress Conversion Services

    Francis Ian Chua
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Over the years, website design and development has become one of the highest paying jobs across the globe. It has become a great career option. No matter how big is your business, a website serves as an effective tool in promoting your products and services. That is where  PSD-to-WordPress conversion services come in since the processes involved are complicated. Why hire a WordPress conversion expert? When you choose to convert Photoshop into a WordPress theme, good coding is vital. A company needs to hire a PSD to WordPress conversion expert because: Complexity of the process –…
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  • Important Facts About Web Design Strategy

    Trisha Johnson
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Contrary to popular misconception, intelligent and successful web design is not about having really witty content and some stunning graphics. There is a lot more to it than that and it concerns strategy. The foremost point about web design is that the designers have to understand what it is that the website needs to achieve and how one must achieve it. One will always find the most creative designers and writers to create amazing content for the website. The important part is to know how to use these creative resources. Search Engine Optimization: Search Engine Optimization This is one of the…
  • Few Web Design Mistakes Which You Should Avoid

    Patrick Clooney
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:53 pm
    If you own an online business, the website has a crucial part to play in branding and marketing of your company. A website serves as a platform where the potential customers visit. Thus, the design, content and usability are critical for its success. It will also serve as the factor that will influence their first impression about the company. And how often have we heard that first impression is the last impression? This makes it necessary to design the websites in a manner so that they provide a good user experience and are visually perfect. The wrong kind of Web Design will only lead to…
  • Database Changes You Can Perform to Improve Your WordPress Blog Performance

    Tabinda Noor
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Whatever website you are starting, whether it is an ecommerce site, news site or a blog, it may have crossed your mind to use WordPress. If you did, you will notice that with increase in popularity, your core WordPress capabilities may be insufficient to effectively handle all the incoming traffic. You will need to scale the site up in order to be able to handle the greater traffic volumes efficiently. Scaling up a WordPress website is in a number of ways, but this article will show you how to improve database performance by making a few small changes. As background, WordPress employs the…
  • Your Chance to Get Annual Subscription to PixelKit Premium UI Kits and Design Resources

    Tabinda Noor
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Once again, the fantastic PixelKit team is getting ready to do another giveaway! Three of our lucky readers can nab one of 3 Annual Membership Subscriptions and gain ongoing access to their premium UI kits and design resources. If you are one of the three lucky winners you are going to enjoy an Annual Membership Account through, and all for free. This would mean a year of access to their impressive catalog of graphics that web designers around the world covet – and all 100% customized for UI kits. You would have some truly impressive app screens, navigation controls,…
  • 7 Modern App Development Techniques Adapted By Enterprises

    Lucie Kruger
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    A rapid transformation has been observed in the approaches and tools for developing mobile applications. The advancement in development tools has encouraged developers to follow different techniques. Axiomatically, the emergence of the iPhone has defined the new parameters to the Smartphone realm. And, applications being the cornerstone of Smartphones has garnered enormous attention of the developers across the globe. Hence, it can be said that the evolution of the iPhone has revolutionized the mobile application development. Like other consumer domains, enterprises are also reaping the…
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    LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers

  • Dominant Vintage Appeal in Contemporary Design

    Shyrose Vastani
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:57 am
    As humans we revere the past. Whether it is art, music, culture or science we find grace and beauty in the classics because they represent the history of our own selves. The meticulous detail and stylized forms have been created in a way that is awe aspiring.  Appealing to the vintage in you, graphic designers…
  • 3 Web Design Predictions by a Neurologist

    Shyrose Vastani
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:20 am
    “Computers need to know how we work, in order to work in the same way” – Joe Leech Have you heard about Joe Leech’s prediction on designing in the future? I was all ears when I heard him talk about computers behaving like human beings (artificial intelligence anyone). I had to dig further to understand…
  • 10 Brand Names changed into funny Dialogues

    Shyrose Vastani
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:35 pm
    If logos could have a conversation what would it sound like? Corny, funny, something better left unsaid? Here we show you what some logos have to say (or what they say in my mind). Many of you will think, the things in my mind are better left untampered with but hey, if you have something…
  • Deciphering Shape Psychology for Graphic Design

    Hala Ali
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    Have you ever wondered why the ‘M’ in the McDonald’s logo has curved ends or why the Nike Swoosh has such a dynamic line? Why is the Delta logo so angular while the Starbucks logo confines its lines to circular? If you are the average Joe the thought has probably never crossed your mind. Unfortunately,…
  • The Psychology of Web Design 101

    Hala Ali
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    The goal of a website is to attract visitors, and then retain them as customers. However, in the budding arena of Internet businesses not many graphic designers and web designers take into account the human element of web design. Any designer worth his or her salt will know that the basis of a great web…
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  • 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,…
  • Savignano Immagini Festival 2014

    Stefano Ricci
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
    Torna l’appuntamento autunnale con la fotografia nella città romagnola di Savignano sul Rubicone. Quest’anno parteciperò attivamente anch’io, dando una mano alla comunicazione sui canali web e social media del SI Fest OFF, il circuito fotografico collaterale che da spazio a nuovi talenti in campo fotografico attraverso la realizzazione di mostre, installazioni, performance e videoproiezioni. Il SI Fest OFF è nato nel 2009 da un’idea di Mario Beltrambini, presidente del Circolo Fotografico Ass. Cultura e Immagine di Savignano sul Rubicone, lo stesso che contribuì a gettare le basi…
  • BAT – Bilbao Architecture Team

    Stefano Ricci
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:47 am
    Bilbao è una città che negli anni passati ha affrontato un processo di rinnovamento radicale come pochi altri in Europa, e l’ha fatto mettendo al centro l’architettura contemporanea, grazie a una serie di progetti che hanno arricchito l’immagine e la funzionalità della capitale dei Paesi Baschi. Da questa città proviene lo studio di architettura BAT, con cui ho avuto il piacere di collaborare nei mesi scorsi al concorso per il nuovo municipio di Cavezzo (MO). Lo studio è attivo da una decina di anni, nei quali ha svolto un percorso di ricerca che lo ha portato a vincere numerosi…
  • Thinking with type di Ellen Lupton

    Stefano Ricci
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Thinking with type è il libro definitivo sul testo stampato, e sulle sue implicazioni nell’ambito della grafica e del web design. Un testo prezioso per chi vuole lavorare nell’editoria e nella pubblicità, che affronta l’argomento con metodo scientifico, trovando il giusto equilibrio tra storia, teoria e pratica. E’ un libro pignolo, estremamente pignolo, ma non per questo privo d’ironia e sorprese, e ineccepibile nel contenuto nell’esposizione: mi è difficile immaginare qualcosa di più completo sull’utilizzo dei caratteri di stampa.  L’autrice è Ellen Lupton:…
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    A List Apart: The Full Feed

  • Driving Phantom from Grunt

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    While building websites at Filament Group, there are a couple tools that consistently find their way into our workflow: GruntJS is a JavaScript Task Runner. It runs on NodeJS and allows the user to easily concatenate and minify files, run unit tests, and perform many other tasks, from linting to minification of images. PhantomJS is a headless (Webkit-based) web browser. A headless web browser renders a page without having a visible window. Using this functionality, we can write code that you would want to run in a browser, but see its results in the command line. This allows us to run scripts…
  • Matt Griffin on How We Work: Pricing the Web

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    I probably don’t have to tell you that pricing is slippery business. It requires a lot of perspective, experience, and luck (read: trial and error). There are a number of ways we can correlate monetary value to what we do, and each has its pros and cons. It may seem at first glance that pricing models begin and end in the proposal phase of a project. That pricing is simply a business negotiation. But whether we’re talking about design, development, or business methodologies, our processes affect our motivations, and influence outcomes—often throughout the entire project. We’ll be…
  • This week's sponsor: Pantheon

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Thanks to Pantheon for sponsoring A List Apart this week—check out their free guide for scaling your digital agency.
  • Destroying Your Enemies Through the Magic of Design

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Jenny Lam and Hillel Cooperman’s new book Making Things Special, Tech Design Leadership from the Trenches, available now. A List Apart readers can also enter to win a copy of the book. Hierarchical organizations large and small are rife with politics. In fact, the smaller the stakes, the more vicious they can be. Political organizations are ones where what things look like are just as, or more, important as what you actually do. Dealing with perceptions as well as ego and insecurity is part of dealing with human beings.
  • Cultivating the Next Generation of Web Professionals

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve spent most of my career at institutions of higher education, and during that time, I have had the good fortune to work with several incredible students. Former interns are now LinkedIn connections working for television shows, book publishers, major websites, ad agencies, and PR firms, and the list of job titles and employers makes me proud. Along the way, I tried to give them interesting projects (when available), enthusiastic references (when merited), and helpful career advice (when requested). And despite their success, I feel like I fell short. I could have offered more to them.
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    Abduzeedo Design Inspiration - Design Inspiration & Tutorials

  • Daily Inspiration #1929

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:16 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 DesignYouTrust Fabio Fabiano Linxspiration Send your suggestions via Twitter to using #abdz in the end of the tweet. FromUpNorth Send your RAWZ suggestions via…
  • Final Prizes from the Pixelist Instagram Contest

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    Hey, guys! This week I've received the feedback from the folks at Pixelist about the finished prizes! Yes! We're gonna take a nice look at the final paintings, and the winnning folks will see their prizes right now! If you don't know what we're talking about, it's good for you to check out the Pixelist Instagram Photography Contest post! It's all explained there, but just for you to know, Pixelist ( is an awesome service where actual artists will turn your Instagram pictures into actual handmade paintings. Pixelist came from a love of all things custom and creative. We…
  • Beautiful Houses: State Street Townhouse

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Today we will show you a stylish townhouse in Brooklyn, New York, a project by Ben Hansen Architect. This house is modern and really charming. From the facade contemporary look to the layout and interior elements, everything here works perfectly and delivers a unique and stylish space. Certainly a great place to live. Make sure to check out Ben Hansen Architect website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: In many ways, the historic New York City townhouse is not compatible with a contemporary family’s way of…
  • Friday Fresh Free Fonts - Racing Sans, Chelsea, Vincent

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Friday fresh free fonts is a series of free fonts posted every Friday, yes I know it's awesome. I will look forward to bring a lot of great fonts that will sure help you improve your typography work. Check out what I selected for you on this FFFF post and make sure to comeback for more next week. View all FFFF posts Racing Sans by PabloImpallari, RodrigoFuenzalida Download Racing Sans Chelsea by Antonio Rodrigues Jr Download Chelsea Vincent by Ben Suarez Download Vincent Tags: FFFFfree fontsFrebiefontspaul0v2's blog
  • Web Design: Awesome Presentations

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:02 am
    Surfing the web we often get to see some pretty awesome layouts, showing off products and services in amazing ways. Huge pictures, great sliders, parallax scrolling... these are only a few of the items that compose an awesome presentation. I've selected some of the best websites with presentations I could find. These are pretty neat, but you really have to visit each one to get the full experience. I hope you enjoy my selection, and if you know any more great websites with astounding presentations, drop us a link! We'd love to see it. Cheers! ;) Grinders Coffee Bench HubSpot Nextr Code42 Heck…
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    Adaptive Path

  • A Glimpse at the Emerging Trends of Service Design

    Jamin Hegeman
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    What are the big trends in service management that service designers need to know? Dr. Mary Jo Bitner, Professor and Executive Director, Center for Services Leadership at W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, will draw on her many years of experience in this space to answer this question during the closing keynote talk at the Service Experience Conference. She’ll highlight how the world of service management is changing dramatically through a renewed focus on service innovation, customer experience and engagement strategies, service infusion in product-centric firms,…
  • From Farm to Phone to Table: Sprig comes to the Service Experience Conference

    Jamin Hegeman
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    What does it take to make a customer experience delightful? Sprig CEO and co-founder, Gagan Biyani, will be at our Service Experience Conference to talk about the deliberate design of Sprig’s minimal app, as well as how his team applies data science to get smarter about what their customers want and when to ensure we deliver a delightful experience from farm to phone to table. We got his non-designer take on the importance of service experience and where he sees a need for service design in the future. Why should people be interested in service experience and design? There are three…
  • Designing the Olympics Participant Experience

    Jamin Hegeman
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    Can you imagine the complexity and opportunity of designing the participant experience for the Olympics? At our Service Experience Conference, Alex Nisbett will share his story of the first Organizing Committees for the Olympic Games to explicitly design and deliver a spectator experience for the World’s greatest sporting event. We asked him for his thoughts on service experience, the conference, and what are the next big challenges he’d like to tackle with design. Why should people be interested in service experience and design? Service experience and design is highly relevant right…
  • Active Data Logging Doesn’t Work

    Scott Sullivan
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    In October of 2012 I bought my first personal tracker, a Full, an application where you set a monthly goal, (e.g., “Eat salad for lunch 15 days this month”) and you mark if you’ve done it that day with a simple swipe left or swipe right, it couldn’t be any easier – this lasted 7 days. There’s an application spun out of MIT’s Human Dynamics Lab that lets you report on all kinds of health data and makes that data available to your healthcare provider, incredibly useful for all 5 days I used it. If we compare my longevity of data reporting of the active inputs to…
  • The Designer’s Guide to Brooklyn

    Nelly Wollenberg
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Deciding where to take our UX Intensive workshops is usually based on demand, requests from would-be or past participants or suggestions from AP staff. A large majority of our AP staff is either originally from the east coast, studied at east coast schools or worked somewhere along the eastern seaboard. Needless to say, the announcement of Brooklyn as our next UXI location was definitely met with some excitement and an abundance of suggestions of not to miss local hot spots. Since our team is heading out next week and possibly some of you will be going as well, we thought it would be great to…
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  • Small Business Owners: How to Run a Facebook Contest

    Andy Sowards
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetFacebook offers numerous opportunities for small business owners to promote their products and services through advertising and organic content. You can also run a contest on your page at no cost, although many business owners choose to promote their contests through targeted advertisements. Let’s take a look at the why and how of it:Why Run a Facebook Contest? Here’s the Easiest Way to Run a Facebook Timeline Contest for FREEPeople love contests, particularly if they feel like they can win. RevSquare offers several reasons to do this, including:They engage…
  • GIVEAWAY: Win A Shirt From DorkTees – Funny Shirts For Nerds

    Andy Sowards
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Advertise here with BSATweetWe are back with more awesome free stuff for you this holiday season! Today we have partnered with DorkTees to bring you this exclusive t-shirt giveaway! It’s getting cold out there, so we figured you’d want some awesome geek t-shirts to keep you warm in style. At Dorktees they have everything from geeky movie shirts, to just insanely funny crazy shirts, they will all make you smile and are definitely some conversation starters – wear them to see your family this year haha.Who is DorkTees?Dork Tees LLC is based in Tampa Bay, FL. Our company was…
  • Giveaway: TeslaThemes Premium WordPress Themes

    Andy Sowards
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetWe’re back with another WordPress theme giveaway, because we heard you like, well, free stuff. Especially FREE WORDPRESS STUFF! You hungry designers and developers you. These premium themes have just about everything you would expect from modern high quality themes – A beautiful, responsive design that is full of features and customizable to your needs (and your clients needs), well-supported – and these themes won’t break the bank – but that isn’t of your concern if you win, they’ll be free! Freelancers, this could really help…
  • Software for Increasing the Productivity of your Sales Team

    Andy Sowards
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetLet’s face it. Sales people are difficult to manage. They are quirky to the point of being eccentric. They can be whiny, demanding, irresponsible, and highly egotistical. These are not necessarily bad things. These are the traits that allow them to approach perfect strangers and talk them into spending money on a product that wasn’t on their shopping list. This is why you pay them the big bucks. Products and services do not sell themselves; sales people do. You can’t live without them. But they are still hard to manage. Here is some software that makes it a…
  • Economical E-Commerce: Start a Business in 5 Steps and $500

    Andy Sowards
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetThe story of how multinational corporation HP started should inspire anyone with a little cash and a dream. Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard were recent Stanford University graduates in 1939 when they decide to start a business with $539 inside Packard’s garage in Palo Alto, California. Seventy five years and several mergers later, the company now employs 317,500 people and boasts total revenues exceeding $112 billion.When you adjust Hewlett and Packard’s initial investment for inflation, it would equal about $9,200 today. But that’s still a…
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    Beautiful/Decay Artist & Design

  • Mark Farid Wants To Spend 28 Days As Another Person Through A Virtual Reality Headset

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Artist Mark Farid is attempting to undertake a strenuous social experiment and is asking for your assistance. He has a Kickstarter project called Seeing-I which is aimed at raising enough money to develop a headset that he will wear for 24 hours a day, for 28 days in a row. With the piece of technology he will live his daily life completely and utterly through the experience of another person. He will see everything through the eyes of the second person, including when they go to the cinema, to the toilet and having sex. The only prerequisites for this other human – naturally called…
  • Mitch Dobrowner Photographs Stunning Scenes Of America’s Landscape

    Kelly Richman
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
       Inspired by Ansel Adams and evocative of the past, the incredible work of New York-based photographer Mitch Dobrowner portrays sublime, monumental scenes of nature.  Rendered in stark black-and-white and beautifully composed, his photographs are undoubtedly aesthetically alluring.  Surprisingly, however, the story behind the visually captivating works is even more moving. Raised in Long Island, Dobrowner struggled with his identity and purpose as a teenager. In response to this apparent lack of direction and sense of self, his father offered him “an an old Argus rangefinder to…
  • Peter Pincus’ 3D-Paintings In The Form Of Ceramic Pots

    Sara Barnes
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Peter Pincus is a New York-based ceramic artist whose relatively simple forms are punctuated by blocks of color. The clean and modern pots, urns, and cups are mostly gray with accents of blue, yellow, salmon, and more that are laid side by side in thin strips. Occasionally, gold lines the edges. The forms are very structured, as are their designs. Colors are evenly portioned and thin lines, contrasting-colored divide gray sections of the ceramics. If we were to remove the surface designs from the clay, they could stand alone as abstract paintings. And, that’s partially the point of…
  • Powerfully Disturbing And Certainly Controversial Art By The Kid

    Leslie Tane
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Powerfully disturbing, and certainly controversial, the art that 22-year old artist The Kid creates spans genres. He describes his work as “forever caught between innocence and corruption,” and the well-executed pieces are compelling with their huge, detailed, Bic pen-drawn faces and hyper-realistic sculpted bodies. Photos of his sculptures, made from materials such as platinum silicon, glass fiber, oil paint, human hair, cotton, and mixed fabrics, force you to look, and look again, in order to believe that they are, in fact, inanimate objects. In his latest work, The Kid is influenced by…
  • Sven Sachsalber Literally Looks For A Needle In A Haystack As Part Of 24 Hour Performance

    Kelly Richman
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    While, to most, the phrase “looking for a needle in a haystack” is merely a humdrum idiom, to performance artist Sven Sachsalber, it’s a challenge. That is why Sachsalber opted to devote 24 hours to handpicking his way through a pile of hay set in the Palais de Tokyo. The entire performance was documented as a video on a live feed, and–spoiler alert!–18 hours passed before the artist finally found the elusive bodkin. While, as in the case of Looking for a Needle in the Haystack, Sachsalber tends to gravitate toward performance art, he also shows an inclination toward…
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  • Why Community Managers Are the New Brand Managers

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Whereas brands used to push their products and messages out in what was essentially a one-way conversation, the social web has transformed it into a two-way conversation. Which means that we have to learn to speak authentically and honestly to our customers, and that we can’t hide when we make mistakes. To learn how to deftly navigate this new dynamic, we chatted up one of the most talked-about brands on the social web—Warby Parker, the eyeglasses-cum-lifestyle brand that has been a mad success from day one. Here, co-founder and co-CEO Neil Blumenthal breaks down how to be okay with…
  • Use Daily Rewards to Break Creative Blocks

    Hamza Khan
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Photo by Evan P. Cordes Renowned author Stephen King, who has published 49 novels that have sold over 350 million copies, writes at least ten pages each day. As a creative person, you’ve experienced writer’s block, even if you’re not necessarily a writer; software engineers, artists, or anyone that has to create things for a living is susceptible. We also all know the well-trodden advice of practicing even for just a little bit, at least once a day — But how does one actually stick to it? Product Manager at Twitter, Buster Benson, recently created to help us…
  • 99U Book Giveaway: “Make Your Mark” + Free Kindle eReader!

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Make Your Mark, our new business book for makers (not managers!) launches this week. It’s our third book in the 99U book series, which offers pragmatic, actionable advice for managing your time, your career, and your business. You can order the book here. To celebrate, we’re giving away three Kindle Paperwhite eReader devices pre-loaded with all three 99U books. (Not to mention a totally sweet carrying case that looks like the cover of Make Your Mark.) To enter, tweet your favorite piece of startup wisdom for creatives in the next 24 hours with this link and hashtag:…
  • Don’t Let Overthinking Kill Your Work

    Stephanie Kaptein
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Illustration by Koosje Koene Visual artist Koosje Koene says that when it comes to creating, you have to be jump right in. In an interview with The People Project, she explains her creative process: I am a do-er, if that’s a word. If I have an idea, I like to execute it, create it, or at least start planning the project. In Art School, we talked a lot about ideas, the ideas behind the ideas, and so on. It made me feel less enthusiastic about starting a project, since the idea wasn’t fresh anymore. All the thinking sort of sucked the passion and excitement out of me, and that showed in…
  • Get Better by Training like an Athlete

    Allison Stadd
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Photo by Nike Labs 10,000 hours notwithstanding, practice doesn’t make perfect unless the way you practice is perfect. In last week’s issue of The New Yorker, James Surowiecki explores the recent “performance revolution” in sports, and how that approach to improvement has also raised the bar in business: [T]he way to improve the way you perform is to improve the way you train. High performance isn’t, ultimately, about running faster, throwing harder, or leaping farther. It’s about something much simpler: getting better at getting better. Thanks to more…
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  • November iStock Promo Codes – 2014

    2 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Advertise here with BSA *Updated November 2014* iStockphoto has recently updated their pricing structure and given Bittbox readers this new discounts. These iStock promo codes have been tested and guaranteed to work. Save up to 15% Off 18+ Credits with this iStock coupon code. For more iStock promo codes please visit our friends at Vecteezy. Today we have a little something different for you. Much of our traffic consists of designers looking for stock resources. While we wish we could offer you everything you’re looking for, unfortunately that isn’t always the case. Luckily our…
  • Convert a Path to a Shape Layer in Photoshop

    Jake Rocheleau
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    Advertise here with BSAAmong many powerful tools in Photoshop is the king of kings: the pen tool. This tool is shrouded by personal anecdotes of confusion and frustration. Although creating paths with the pen tool is difficult at first, the process becomes easier with practice and is well worth the effort. Every path is vector-based which means you can scale it larger or smaller without any quality loss. But paths can be very frustrating if you don’t know how to use them. I’d like to cover the process of converting a path into a shape layer. In case you didn’t already know,…
  • PhotoSpin Review: Finally – Quality Photos at an Affordable Price

    Lloyd Callahan
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    Advertise here with BSAPhotoSpin launched the first subscription based services for stock images back in 1999 and has been around ever since. The company was developed by, and continues to be managed by, creative professionals; photographers and graphic designers who believe in offering good quality images for reasonable prices. Their library currently consists of millions of quality photos and illustrations and grows daily with contributions from some of the world’s most renowned artists and photographers. In addition to offering jpeg and vector files, PhotoSpin also offers unique system…
  • The Importance of Unique Icons in Web Design

    Jake Rocheleau
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
    Advertise here with BSACrafting your layout around iconic symbolism offers a method of communication beyond just text. Symbols quickly explain the function of a button or link. Symbols become recognizable logos for companies. And symbols let us know when we’ve meandered our way into the wrong bathroom. Well, symbols and the lamenting screams of horrified women(or men?). Keep in mind that a website using too many icons will get confusing real fast. You generally need some context to help readers understand what they’re looking at. Finding a balance between visual and contextual…
  • 35 Best Premium Shopify Themes for E-commerce Web Shops

    Jake Rocheleau
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    Advertise here with BSALooking for a captivating layout to entice potential customers into your webshop? Well look no further than these brilliant Shopify ecommerce themes! Shopify is one of the safest content management systems that you could use to build an online store. Along with a manageable backend panel the entire website is often easy to customize with a unique theme. In this post I’ve collected 35 unique website themes for Shopify. The designs are brilliantly hand-crafted to work with practically any market or product. Regardless of what you’re selling it shouldn’t…
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    Boagworld - Web & Digital Advice

  • In defence of the generalist

    Paul Boag
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Being a generalist is often considered a bad thing in digital. But people like Leigh Howells show just how valuable it can be. A while ago I wrote a post for Smashing Magazine entitled “Defending The Generalists In The Web Design Industry”. I wrote it because I sensed a move towards specialism. A move that characterised generalists as somewhat amateurish. At Headscape we believe it is important to have a balance between specialists and generalists. Both are crucial for success. There are lots of reasons why having a generalist in your team is worthwhile. They can aid communication…
  • A beginners guide to creating your own promotional videos

    Paul Boag
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Adding videos of people can make your brand feel more human. But, knowing how to go about it can feel too difficult. In fact it is easier than you think. “People buy from people they trust and they trust people they like.” – Garrison Wynn When it comes to sales personality matters, a lot. If we like somebody we are much more likely to buy from them. But how does this translate online? How can users get to know the people behind the brand? Innocent Smoothies do a good job with their blog. You are just as likely to read about their team and their antics as you are about the…
  • Be my Christmas star!

    Paul Boag
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    We would love it if you would join us on this years Christmas Podcast. We are currently between seasons of the Boagworld Podcast. Season 10 is over and Season 11 does not kick off till the new year. Because we are taking such a long break, we want to make the christmas show extra special. What better way to do that than to get you on it! Here is the plan. We need you to answer one (or more) of three questions. These are: What was the coolest piece of tech you got for Christmas as a kid? In what ways has technology made Christmas better or worse? What will the cool tech present be in ten years…
  • Digital project managers need community too

    Pete Boston
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sometimes being a digital project manager can feel like training for a marathon on a cold, wet day. But like a marathon, when you all come together the experience is amazing. When I suggested to the Headscape Directors that I thought there should be some PM representation from Headscape at a DigiPM conference in Austin Texas, it was said with a bit of tongue and cheek and I wasn’t necessarily expecting a positive response. But 6 months on I find myself suffering post #DPM2014 blues after what was an excellent 2 days of inspirational talks, workshops and general mingling between coffee…
  • 10 ways to make the design process smoother

    Paul Boag
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This week on the Boagworld Show we look at why the design process is often so painful and how to make things better. Paul Boag: This week on the Boagworld show we look at why the design process is so painful and how we can go without making it better. Attract the right type of client (10:36) Outline your process up front (16:14) Give the client a role (19:01) Focus the client on problems, not solutions (22:15) Establish clear success criteria (26:48) Design collaboratively (28:27) Support your design with a video (32:42) Ask for specific feedback, not “what do you think?”…
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  • Michelle Fleck

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:52 am
    Paintings by San Francisco-based artist Michelle Fleck (previously featured here). Several of these works are up on Buy Some Damn Art right now. See more below. View the whole post: Michelle Fleck over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Skate Video of the Day: Skateboarding in Portugal’s Côa Museum

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:04 am
    Part skate video, part architecture video. Featuring skateboarder Jorge Simões and architecture by Camilo Rebelo and Tiago Pimentel. Watch the video below. View the whole post: Skate Video of the Day: Skateboarding in Portugal’s Côa Museum over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Animated Gifs by Japanese Illustrator Daisuke Nimura

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:43 am
    Terrific animated gifs by Japanese illustrator Daisuke Nimura. More below. View the whole post: Animated Gifs by Japanese Illustrator Daisuke Nimura over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Vancouver + New York: A Good Book Drive

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Heads up to everyone living in Vancouver and New York, the annual event known as A Good Book Drive is currently running until the end of the month in both cities. The project is a simple way to encourage a new generation of readers and to get good books into the hands of kids who need new ones. All you have to do is buy a copy of your favourite kid’s book and drop it off at one of the drop-off sites. At each site they will give you a giant sticker to put inside the front cover, to be used to write a special note to the kid that will receive your book. If you follow them on Instagram…
  • Concert Film of the Day: Efterklang and Vincent Moon

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:46 am
    Remember that time we had the first-ever Booooooom film screening and twice as many people showed up as I had planned for, and I had to find more couches and chairs so hundreds of you could watch the film? If you were there then you remember the film we screened was called An Island, a collaboration between my favourite band in the world, Efterklang, and acclaimed director Vincent Moon. Well they have collaborated once again! Earlier this year Efterklang performed a concert with the Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester (South Denmark Philharmonic), Sønderjysk Pigekor (South Denmark Girls…
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  • 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…
  • Amazing Giveaway: Win a full pack from ThemeFuse

    11 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    To understand the purchasing process, have a look at the video: You can also enter the giveaway with just a few steps to win this pack. Use the comments section of this post and tell us why you deserve to win the free pack and how would you use it. WordPress themes are used for a variety of websites from business to personal blogs and we would love to hear about your plans. Next, tweet about our giveaway offer by posting this message on your Twitter account: Win a full website (WordPress theme + 1 yr hosting + 1 free domain) @ThemeFuse #WordPress Theme from @catswhocode (RT to Enter). Then…
  • Win a copy of Designmodo’s startup theme for WordPress

    5 Nov 2014 | 1:56 am
    Prime Features for Any Creative Attention, web designers and web developers! For those of you who are still holding back, I urge you to try and fashion websites for startup companies using premium WordPress themes like this one, with a simple drag-and-drop interface and visual editor. Trust me, the results would be glorious. Startup WordPress Theme is downright awesome, because it lets you customize a singular website in the main window of an inline editor. Circa 100 preset blocks are placed at your disposal, and they have been designed well. Plus, they are altogether responsive and…
  • Want a Treat? Royal Theme Offers a Free Copy!

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:34 am
    Full Throttle Features Royal is code-free and fully responsive; it includes free lifetime updates, and sports an advanced theme panel. You will notice straight away that this theme provides everything a premium theme has, and more. The visual page composer alone is enriched with ultimate add-ons, at no extra cost. Furthermore, this theme is based on Twitter Bootstrap, and has a smooth learning curve. It comes with an easy installation process, aided by video tutorials and an overall comprehensive documentation. You can check out what Royal’s Theme Engine is really capable of, by clicking on…
  • Inky’s Birthday Treat: Get 50% off all deals and an iPhone 5S

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    A Big Cheers to Inky’s 3rd Anniversary Today we’re celebrating Inky’s birthday and so are other 300,000 design enthusiasts that joined them in the last 3 years. And because they’re getting bigger, so are their discounts! Now it’s the perfect time to get your favorite deals at 50% off by using coupon code THREEYEARS at checkout, until 31st October. Inky’s Star Deals We took the liberty of showing top 3 deals they have, so pick your “deal”icious product and get it now: Inky’s Colossal Birthday Bundle: $31,088 worth of Premium Royalty-Free Resources – Only $99 The Super…
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  • Best Color Pickers & Color Resources for Adobe Photoshop

    Jake Rocheleau
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Anyone who’s familiar with Photoshop knows about the convoluted learning process. As a beginner the interface is grandiose, intimidating, and seems like the new school bully who makes you feel weak and inadequate. But as you learn the tools and menus it’s easier to warm up and become friends with your old bully. It’s a program like no other that offers photo compositing, UI design, digital painting, and many similar creative skills. One big piece to the puzzle is color theory. Beyond the understanding of color theory you also need to understand how to choose the right colors…
  • What Every Web Designer and Developer Needs

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Resources! Thats right. You have the skill, the creativity the knowledge. All you need is the perfect resources to match and voila! You are ready to unfurl your wings to talent and give wings to your creativity. To day we have got just the stuff for you. Resources you ‘ll love and can’t stop loving… because they are for free! Yes. For free. Create enticing and pinnable websites or graphics with these array of resources which includes templates, textures, icons to UI kits and widgets! You will love the myriad categories of free repository we have for you. Take a look of whats…
  • The Safest Plugins for Handling your WordPress Site During Maintenance

    Jake Rocheleau
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Often times you will need to shutdown a website for updating bug fixes, testing a new theme, and other common reasons. But the process on WordPress can be a hassle since you would need to redirect all the traffic onto a new default page. This can easily be handled using some open source plugins from the WP repository. I want to present a small collection of WordPress plugins for handling downtime on your website. Each of these is open source and easy to install on any website. You can generally activate settings and themes from the backend admin panel. Using a pre-built method will save a lot…
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    CrazyLeaf Design Blog RSS Feed

  • 5 Color Generator Sites to Scheme up Killer Color Combinations

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:55 am
    Advertise here with BSAPeriwinkle and lilac? Pink and teal? How about Cobalt Blue and Mustard Yellow? Colors. Or rather color combinations. Yes, you’ve heard this before, colors combos will make or break your design. As designers, picking out the correct color combo is yet another skill a good design requires. Be it the CTA button, image border, or even image hue, striking the correct color balance that gels EVERYTHING together is not an easy feat. Making it tougher is getting a client that already has strict branding rules or corporate colors. Add too much, our focus goes astray. Too…
  • Free Pack of Flat Financial Infographics

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    Advertise here with BSAAs graphic designers, our ability to survive the wave of inflation and downturns appear better than most professions. Today, we’ve got a free set of financial infographics in flat style! All elements are in vector format and fully customizable, you can change the shape, size and colors. This pack is great for creating your own financial or economic presentation filled with line charts, dotted world map, bar chart, column chart, and major currencies including the Yen, Rubel, Euro, Pound, Dollar, and even Bitcoin! Download after the jump! Download Flat Financial…
  • Enjoy a Colorful Experience At Hotel Pantone

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    Advertise here with BSAIt’s become one of the most important tools I have ever used in the course of my career as a designer. Yep, I’m referring to the almighty bible of colors – the Pantone color matching system. In its same revolutionary fashion for changing the face of graphic arts, the Pantone brand is creating waves in another industry – hotels. The aptly name Hotel Pantone is an upscale hospitality experience, providing seven color-palettes with 59 rooms including suites, meeting rooms and a rooftop terrace. The hotel, located in the city of Brussels in Belgium,…
  • Free Set of Paper Cup Mock-ups (PSD)

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    Advertise here with BSAEspecially for graphic designers who have clients from cafes, restaurants or even your own eatery, we’ve got a nice freebie for you. Today we’re featuring some very nice paper cup mock-ups from the talented guys at Kpelo Publicidade & Design. Used in their project titled “Amore Mio”, feel free to download and use in your personal or commercial projects. Download after the jump! Paper Cups  
  • How to Improve Conversions Using Heatmaps

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    Advertise here with BSASomebody asked me the other day how they could improve the conversion rates on their site. It’s a relatively big e-commerce site reaching out to most of Europe. This is rather complicated since something as small as a change in color, or font could improve conversions. But where do we start? Well, I believe it starts by researching our customers and potential customer’s behavior during their visit to our storefront. Let’s take a retailer as an example; obviously, a customer’s behavior differs significantly from browsing a web store to a physical store. Customers…
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  • IFAN Financial – A Revolution in Payment Technology

    Guest Author
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Until now, making payments for purchases with a credit card has been fraught with risk. Professional hackers have been able to penetrate many supposedly secure payment systems, leaving both the company and the purchasers vulnerable. Recent national examples include Target, Home Depot, and Jimmy John’s. Local businesses are increasingly experiencing similar issues. Introducing iPIN Debits by IFAN Financial Inc (OTCBB: IFAN). It looks like a solution that appears to be the next evolution in payment processing. The problem is that credit card purchases involve the exposure and transfer of…
  • Mobile Games that Redefine Graphics Appeal – Top 5 Picks

    Guest Author
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    I have decided to make a quick list of five that can smoke out differences between digital and real; welcome to the 21st century of gaming. Right from the candy crushers to the rope cutters and modern Slot machine app collections that are loaded enough to make anybody drool. Let’s see what separates the greats from the goods with top picks from the world of graphically blessed mobile games. Click the images to link to the games Infinity Blade III It might come as a surprise for many to note that the real potential of mobile games in terms of the graphical level they could exhibit was shown…
  • Why Your Blog Sucks and 5 Steps to Fix it!

    Jacques van Heerden
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Sitting at home, wondering why people can send out simple tweets and manage to get 2K retweets to their latest blog post? Why it seems that you work so much harder than them to get traffic to your blog, but ultimately fail? Have you ever been honest with yourself? Well have you? The realization which you might come to right now is that your blog sucks! No, not the design, but the content. Design doesn’t matter all to much whether people will read your content or not. I started Creativeoverflow with a generic template, something I bought on Themeforest. I managed to get traffic right…
  • Iron Man: How One Character has Transformed throughout History

    Editorial Staff
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    You’d have to have been living under a rock not to have noticed the recent franchise of Marvel Comics movie remakes recently. Indeed, Marvel creator Stan Lee will be enjoying watching the notes roll in as he relishes in the success of the Fantastic Four, The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. In particular, The Avengers received critical acclaim, namely for its stellar cast and special effects, which are a testament to the design evolution that popular Marvel characters have undergone in recent years. One super hero that has seen a particular design shift is Iron Man, whose iconic red…
  • 4 Tips For Hiring and Working with an Interior Designer

    Editorial Staff
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:31 pm
    If you want your website to look good, then it is best to hire a graphic designer and a great web developer. Why then, would you assume that you can simply put your working and living spaces together all by yourself? If you want to create a cohesive look and feel for the spaces in which you live and work, a professional is needed there, too. Trust us on this: doing your own Feng shui rarely works out. We’ve talked before about the different factors that go into hiring a graphic designer for your web and marketing materials. In this article, we are going to teach you about hiring and working…
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  • A Few Things from Chrome Dev Summit 2014

    Chris Coyier
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    I got to spend the last two days at the Chrome Dev Summit (Thanks Paul Kinlan for inviting me!) I made some notes of a few things that caught my eye. There was a brief mention of the manifest.json file, which I had never heard of. Apparently it's a Chrome thing that is important for extensions and such, but (is? could be?) brought to the web. The idea is that you could put a lot of what goes into the <head> in there. Non-vital stuff like the title, meta tags, and whatnot. I suppose it cleans up the document a little bit (at the cost of a request), but most importantly, it means you can…
  • Sponsor: Frontend Masters – Expert Web Development Training

    Chris Coyier
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:31 am
    Frontend Masters produces quality video training by industry leaders like Kyle Simpson, Douglas Crockford and Estelle Weyl. These are super in-depth courses designed for intermediate and advanced developers. They have two fantastic workshops coming up: Level up your JavaScript in a big way with Dive into JavaScript, jQuery and Pure DOM Scripting. Build emails that work well on any screen with Responsive HTML Email Design. I don't know about you but I'm growing increasingly intolerant of emails I can't read without awkward zooming on my phone. This is important stuff. You can attend these…
  • The State Of Animation 2014

    Chris Coyier
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
    Rachel Nabors: I met and interviewed dozens of people who use and champion both CSS and JavaScript. After interviewing so many developers, designers and browser representatives, I discovered a technical and human story to be told. Direct Link to Article — Permalink The State Of Animation 2014 is a post from CSS-Tricks
  • Perf.Rocks

    Chris Coyier
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    > Find resources that help you build lightning fast websites by Daniel Guillan Direct Link to Article — Permalink Perf.Rocks is a post from CSS-Tricks
  • Performance Budget Metrics

    Chris Coyier
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    Tim Kadlec groups all the things you could measure in a performance budget into four groups: Milestone timings (Example: time to visually complete) SpeedIndex (WebPageTest's well-loved but isolated score) Quantity based metrics (Example: number of requests) Rule based metrics (Example: getting a "B" in "Use cookie-free domains") Direct Link to Article — Permalink Performance Budget Metrics is a post from CSS-Tricks
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    David Airey, graphic designer

  • Typeface combinations used in design books

    David Airey
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    The authors of these books work with type for a living, and although not all authors were responsible for the design of their books, I was interested to know what typeface combinations were chosen to represent their words. The comparative images in the post show mid-weight members of various type families. Some of the books also use other weights, and a couple of examples use just one type family throughout. The Elements of Typographic Style (fourth edition, 2013), by Robert Bringhurst — Minion (Robert Slimbach) and FF Scala Sans (Martin Majoor) Elements of Typographic Style, photo via…
  • Ask me anything #2

    David Airey
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    Following part #1… Photo by Roo Reynolds 21/ How much time did you spend on your favourite piece of work? — Dustin Andrew I couldn’t choose just one, but there are a few that definitely aren’t favourites. One should’ve lasted three or four months, but 18 months had passed before I was paid the balance. That taught me not to let a client change my working terms. The terms are there for a good reason, and when you give permission to change the fundamentals of how you work, it creates a mindset where you’ve already ceded control of the process before the project…
  • Things I’m sent

    David Airey
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    Now and again people send me products to review. A lot of what’s sent isn’t worth sharing, but other things are… The RAVPower portable charger and torch, for example. I keep it in the car in case my phone dies or on the off-chance I get a puncture at night. The torch is surprisingly bright, and it’d easily fit in a purse. Available on and Monotype sent issue one of newly-launched The Recorder. Beautifully designed by Luke Tonge and edited by Emma Tucker, the issue features “both the heritage of typography, and its contemporary application,…
  • How to persuade

    David Airey
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Relevant to my last post… “[Bill] Bernbach and his legions created product ads that connected both rationally and emotionally. More often than not every frame of the TV spot or every visual in the print ad featured only the product. Today it seems most every ad is an ad for the category. The new Beats headphone ads are a perfect example of this. I’m supposed to buy Beats because a well-muscled superstar does? Really?” That was George Tannenbaum on his blog. George shared this ad (below) by Carl Ally (1924-1999). It’s from the Bernbach era, when advertising wasn’t…
  • Remember those great Volkswagen ads?

    David Airey
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    The Volkswagen advertising campaign of the 1960s and 70s is said to be the greatest and most influential ever created, acclaimed as “the campaign of the century” in the Millennium editions of Time Magazine and Advertising Age. Remember those great Volkswagen ads? is the only comprehensive review of the campaign by DDB (Doyle Dane Bernbach). From left to right, DDB founders Ned Doyle, Maxwell Dane, Bill Bernbach (photo via Adweek) First published in 1982, the book has been enlarged (364 pages) and updated for the 2014 edition by authors Alfredo Marcantonio, David Abbott, and John…
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  • Effects Of Clouds On A Solar Panel

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    Solar panels hold a wealth of benefits, both for individuals and for the world at large. Economically, solar panels promise to lower the cost of electrical power. Environmentally, solar panels can give us cleaner power, sustainable power that will not require further damage to the environment. Solar power can reach remote areas. It can carry education, or urgently needed medical information. The effects of clouds on a solar panel, though, might diminish those and other promising benefits. The effects of clouds on a solar panel might make it far less efficient in certain parts of the world and…
  • Considering Going Solar? Read This Valuable Solar Energy Advice First!

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    You may want to use solar energy at work or home, but you might not know very much about it. Do some research on the topic, and find reliable professionals who can help you with this project. Continue reading to learn more about solar energy. Be sure the solar energy system you choose can efficiently and reliably store the energy it produces. You have two options here. You can either sell the excess power to the electric company to offset the costs during cloudy days, or you can get a bank of batteries that will allow you to get off the grid completely. You can have solar power even in a…
  • Check Out These Great Solar Energy Tips!

    9 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
    Lately, solar energy has become extremely popular for homeowners and businesses alike. What are the reasons that have kept you from getting on-board with solar energy? If you are interested in finding out what solar power can do for you, keep reading. In this article, we will share information about solar energy. When using solar energy for the first time, it’s probably a good idea to start out small. A small investment of just a few solar powered garden lights is a great way to get started. Many different stores carry these, such as Walmart and Lowe’s. They are very easy to…
  • Advice To Learn About Using Solar Energy

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Your lack of knowledge on solar energy might be stopping you from installing a system. There are many things you need to know before you begin so that you’re able to get the full benefit of solar energy. Read the below article to expand your knowledge on the subject. Start small when you want to start using solar energy. A small investment of just a few solar powered garden lights is a great way to get started. You can find these at many retail establishments. Just insert them into the ground, and you’re good to go. Avoid technology which relies on the sun’s scheduling. More…
  • Learn Everything You Need To Know About Solar Energy

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Saving the environment while reducing the amount you spend on energy are both important. As time passes, electricity costs will rise, meaning you should look into solar energy. This article will tell you more about solar power. When you maintain it, your solar power set-up will last. Inspect and clean your panels on a regular basis. Taking care of your solar energy system yourself can save you some money; however, it may be well worthwhile to set up a maintenance schedule with your installer. It is important when installing your panels to remember that the position of the sun in the sky…
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  • 30 Personal Websites of Musicians and Performers for Design Inspiration

    Jake Rocheleau
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    Advertise here with BSAI’ve found that the most interesting websites often focus around very specific topics. In the case of entertainers, musicians, actors, and performers, their websites are a networking tool for communication and selling their product(s). Anyone working in the entertainment industry should have a usable website offering all the necessities of their talents.For anyone who needs a bit of inspiration or just wants to check out some great examples look no further than your computer screen. This gallery features an assortment of personal websites for entertainers and…
  • Optimize Your Team Collaboration with These Top-Notch Tools for Creatives

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Advertise here with BSAThe best part about being a web designer or a web developer is that you make it your job to create something from scratch – which is more than most people can say. We relish in our creative freedom, that’s why at first we get the feeling that administrative tasks are toilsome and more than we signed up for.Still, in time we learn that project management and effective collaboration are vital to our practice, and so try to master them. Specialized software is here to save the day. I compiled a list of 15 solutions that were engineered with the needs of creative…
  • Premium Plugins That Web Developers And Web Designers Would Find Useful

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Advertise here with BSAIn the field of website creation, there is very little we can do nowadays without plugins. Web designers and web developers require the best resources if they are to reach the best outcomes in projects for their clients.While the markets are swarming with helping tools for many purposes, the measure of their efficacy lies in the eye of the beholder. In other words, premium plugins are perceived as useful by professionals who seek and testify to their unique blend of features. I called on a general search for outstanding plugins, and found that 16 solutions rise to the…
  • Freebie PSD: iOS 8 Social News iPhone App UI

    Jake Rocheleau
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    Advertise here with BSAThe iPhone 6 and iOS 8 release has created a new environment for app developers. Interface elements are very similar following the flat design scheme but little tidbits have been updated. Also the larger iPhone 6 screen resolution with @2x(and @3x for iPhone Plus) comes out to a whopping 750×1334.For this freebie I’ve created a social news application where users could vote on news and post comments with other readers. It’s built using the familiar flat UI elements with a focus on iOS 8 updates. Feel free to download a copy and use it for any projects…
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  • 8 Best Approaches to Design a Website (That Can Also Impact Your Conversions)

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    A website’s design is not dependent on its visual flare of the amount of things you’ve managed to fit on one page, it’s about usability and utility. These two elements are what define a successful website, not the amount of visual flare. Just like people, the beauty of a website needs to come from within. A hollow shell will crack easily, while a strong foundation will stand the test of time. A user-centered approach to website design is a basic concept that we’ll expand upon as we move into this list of 8 different approaches to website design that will increase your traffic and…
  • 15+ Inspiring contact forms

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:16 am
    Everybody knows that a Contact Page is one of the most important aspects of a website, and yet so many developers seem to neglect their importance. In addition to the regular fields such as Name, Mail and Message, some designers go the extra mile to by adding additional features to the contact pages. In this article we have found some simply amazing contact sites, if you feel we have forgotten any, then feel free to let us know. Mostly Serious Code Quest 3 Ultranoir Denise Chandler Z-index Media Campbell Harrison Kidd81 Studio8169 Qwert City Music City Digital Base GPacheco Design Zoom…
  • Giving your home a unique edge

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    If you want to make the interior of your home look unique but you have a limited budget, then there are lots of everyday objects that you can upcycle to give your home an interesting appearance. You don’t necessarily need to spend a fortune and letting your creativity flow will let you really express yourself. Here is a list of 7 upcycled items to inspire you: 1. Build a bookshelf from an old ladder By turning a ladder on its side and nailing it to the wall will give you an instant bookshelf. You position it however you like, including using it to fill a blank corner of the room:…
  • 20 Amazingly Flat Website Designs

    4 Nov 2014 | 5:27 am
    Flat design is the new must have in web design. In this roundup we have found 20 Amazingly flat web designs. We hope you will enjoy them as much as we have. If you have come across an amazing web design that you think we should showcase, then feel free to leave us a comment below. Inky Buffalo FitBit Etch Windows Phone Sumall Nextr Block Level Madebyfibb Windows Crafting Type Flat Icons Float Design Microsoft USA Today The Next Web Layer Vault Rdio Paper The post 20 Amazingly Flat Website Designs appeared first on Design Reviver - Web Design Blog.
  • Can Responsive Website Design Change the Fortunes of your Business?

    3 Nov 2014 | 3:48 am
    Today, more than 17% of all web traffic comes from mobile devices. There is every indication that the number of people using mobile devices for internet access will keep growing exponentially. The rising demand of mobile usage has made it necessary for every business to have a flexible and more fluid site that renders effectively on a majority of devices, irrespective of their screen size. Users are accessing the Web from a plethora of devices such as smartphones, tablets, notebooks, laptops and desktops. Mobile users have made it very clear they want websites to deliver an extremely…
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  • 30 Free High Quality Sans Serif Fonts

    Carol Francis
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Fonts are the life-blood of a designer’s toolkit, and the bigger the font library, the easier it is for a designer to get projects completed in a shorter space of time. Designers can never have too many fonts, and sans serif fonts are particularly in vogue at the moment. Here we are bringing you a selection of 30 free, high quality sans serif fonts. Please check out the license for each font – they are all free for personal use, but may not be so for commercial use. Free High Quality Sans Serif Fonts Champagne & Limousines Harabara Caviar Dreams Geo Sans Light Opificio…
  • Main Principles of Lean UX for Startups

    Armen Ghazarian
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    The Lean Startup philosophy has been around for quite a while now and has been adopted by many tech companies together with agile methodology as a new, more productive way of running business. And it has proved to be really successful in shifting the focus from lengthy design documentations to actual working products. But how does it apply to user experience in particular and can it really improve the quality of UX/Usability outcomes? I believe it can. What Is Lean Startup Method All About? The main idea of lean startup method is to minimize and hopefully eliminate wasted time, effort, energy…
  • The Use of Square and Diamond Shapes in Web Design

    Carol Francis
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
    If you Google ‘The use of squares in web design’, the results will show articles that feature websites with grid layouts – that is not what we are doing here, since we have already featured such sites. Square elements outside of grid layouts have not really hit the big time in design trends, but turn that square by 45° and diamond shapes are currently trending. In this article we bring you an inspirational selection of square and diamond shaped elements in web design. Square Elements in Web Design KLM – Flat or Not This site does not use a grid layout, but on it’s last…
  • 19 Mobile Apps That Are Exceptionally Well Designed

    Paula Borowska
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    Mobile apps are becoming an increasingly more popular topic recently. I’ve gathered a good amount of beautiful apps for you to get inspired by. All these apps are a fantastic source of inspiration whether you’re looking for simplicity, color or navigational help. There are plenty of various apps I’m sure you will get inspired by. Who, knows maybe you’ll end up downloading them and using them yourself! Rubie Rubie is a simple and colourful game. It was created by a fellow designer actually, Corey Haggard. What makes this app beautiful is it’s stunning yet darker hues. The background…
  • Freebie: 130 Hand-Drawn Web & App Icons

    Web Design Views Staff
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    We have here a great new vector pack as a freebie, this time including 130 Hand Drawn Web and App Icons that you can use on your projects. Vectors are great as they can be resized without losing quality. And we know that sometimes it’s hard to find a good vector that can solve one specific problem. Knowing about this, our friends from Freepik have created an exclusive collection of Hand-Drawn Web & App Icons for Web Design Views readers. All vector icons are available in PNG and SVG format and you are free to use them on both personal and commercial projects. You will need to…
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  • Design Focus: By Hand

    Sophia Lucero
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    These websites feature prominent use of the human hand in their designs, and it’s an interesting study in paying tribute to what we really create with, while using it to convey information. Designs of the Week Need help in promoting your site? INeedHits has been in the search engine marketing since 1996! The Mobile Index The site is a dictionary of technology terms alphabetized, and the hand morphs into each hand sign per letter. It’s a smart connection between the mobile device and how it’s our hands that interact with it. Studiobema Bright colors with a dash of pastel…
  • Design Focus: Halloween Special

    Sophia Lucero
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    Time to break out the costumes and candy ’cause it’s All Hallows Eve again. Will these websites do a good job of spooking the daylights out of you? Step inside and find out! Designs of the Week Get solid WordPress themes, plugins, and even design training from iThemes. The 7 Deadly Sins of Digital Marketing This microsite is available in two forms: 2d and 3d, which is pretty cool. The effects are good and the copy is on point even with the Halloween theme. This is how interactive infographics should be done. Halloween Party 2013 A simple party invite that puts kinetic typography…
  • Design Focus: Shapely

    Sophia Lucero
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Here’s a collection of website designs that display excellent use of shapes to style and present content, ranging from the quirky to the stunning. Designs of the Week Create unique, extraordinary websites with Squarespace. No experience necessary! This Is Now The mix of drawn portraits, bright colors, and shapes is a very interesting combination (parallaxed, of course), although in some places the text (which are all italics) is difficult to read on top of all of that. Reform This color-changing site is dedicated to the very same topic of exploring shapes. No text except for the about…
  • Design Focus: Rotated Side Text

    Sophia Lucero
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    Another text-y trend this week: these ones appear on the edges of the page, either as navigation markers, or links to menus & subsections, all oriented perpendicularly. Is this an alternative to the hamburger menu in tucking away off-canvas navigation, a smart way in highliting important site features, or a cumbersome way of displaying text? Designs of the Week Make Headway, make intuitive layouts, make it your WordPress theme of choice! Rogue Society Besides the text, you’ll see familiar elements like a centered logo and several graphics floating over others, while sliding in…
  • Design Focus: Fill in the Blank

    Sophia Lucero
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    This design pattern also happens to live on the copywriting aspect of the website: a tagline that flashes different words or phrases, often to describe the target audience of their product or subject. You’ll see how each site chose to swap, highlight, or animate the letters into view. It’s another way to make the site more dynamic, and possibly even intriguing. Designs of the Week Search Optimized, Turn-Key Designs, Unlimited Everything. Start building with the Genesis Framework today. Pixelapse A few combinations at work here: serifs & sans serifs, photographic backgrounds…
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  • Mouth Spray Wine

    Jessica Sanchez
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    This advertising agency really likes to take it's drinking to the next level. McCann Vilnius created an ingenious wine packaging that looks like a mouth spray. Being able to disguise your alcohol conveniently and beautifully in designed Mouth Spray bottle is just fun and creative! Well done McCann Vilnius!"Every year McCann Vilnius remakes packaging for beaujolais nouveau wine as a way to tell that as a young wine our mind and ideas are always fresh and constantly refreshing. You might be already familiar with our last year hit wine in a paint can or in blood bag." …
  • Concepts We Wish Were Real

    Elizabeth Freeman
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Today we take a look at a small group of conceptual packaging designs that have similarity with the use of typography, illustration and color. All use yellow either as an undertone or as its prominent color and black is used to highlight the form.  VILLA ROMANAStudent Villa Romana is an Italian pantry brand that carries all the classic Italian pantry essentials. Inspired by Italian racing cars, the line is consistently bright yellow with the exception of a few products in craft paper and glass. The style is a modern version of the Italian countryside.Designed by Robin Boström,…
  • Biscotti Brothers

    Jessica Sanchez
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    First came the re-branding of Biscotti Brothers, and now the packaging. Designed by Stitch Design Co. the package design is authentic, yet minimal and adheres to brands new look. With a touch of color, the design showcases printing techniques such as metallic ink, and spot varnishes to really bring through depth and dimension while looking premium and delicious!   Designed by: Stitch Design Co.  Creative Directors: Amy Pastre, Courtney Rowson Designers: Amy Pastre, Kathryn Whyte Client: Gerry Bennett Country: USA…
  • Aromissimo's Vegetable Oil

    Jessica Sanchez
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    Inspired by the vegetable oil's liquid form, Aromissimo combines the functionality of a tube with a monochromatic label design.   "It has a new kind of packaging, not habitual for the segment of the vegetable oils. At first glance it looked like a cosmetic product, so our main goal was to break the stereotype and find a correct association at the first visual contact with the product. " "The uniqueness of the product and its traditional European use has been emphasized in the name that emerged from the Italian language: «Aromissimo» comes from the words AROMA (fragrance) and…
  • Roca Patrón

    Jessica Sanchez
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am
    Roca Patrón, is a new tequila from the Patron family. Designed by Pearlfisher, Roca Patrón needed to speak to the way the tequila is produced and stand apart as the new artisanal line of tequila and stay in-line with the Patrón line.    "The product is handcrafted to achieve a higher proof than the core line of Patrón tequilas, and, as such, is positioned between Patrón and Gran Patrón. To reflect this, Pearlfisher created a premium structure that cues the iconic Patrón bottle but elevates it, using a heavier glass base, transparent body and angular shoulders.
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  • 29 Website Layouts using Spectacular Animation Effects

    Jake Rocheleau
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:29 am
    Advertise here with BSACSS3 has paved the way for clean website animation without any reliance on JavaScript. Unfortunately it can’t handle every task but it’s got a fantastic track record so far. Modern website animation has grown from simple dropdown menus to animated backgrounds and parallax scrolling. There’s a lot to see in the way of digital interface animation and the more you see the more ideas you’ll excogitate. In this showcase I’ll be focusing on 29 websites that utilize interesting animated effects. They might be full-page effects or just slightly…
  • 26 Free Progress Bar Interface PSDs

    Jake Rocheleau
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    Advertise here with BSAA common thread amongst all humans is that we seem to adore pizza, and that we all like the feeling of progress. It feels good to know you’re getting somewhere and it feels even better to see the visual representation of that progress. And so the cherished progress bar interface was born. From signup pages to eCommerce checkouts these progress indicators share details of our completion with each step. Yet designing your own interface from scratch can be more than a hassle. Much like buying a pre-made frozen pizza, you could also get a delicious pre-made progress…
  • 30 Examples of Website Search Interface Design

    Jake Rocheleau
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Advertise here with BSANot many designers place enough focus on the benefits of creative search fields. For content-heavy websites most users will be prepared to search for what they’re looking for. If the search interface sucks then people will be forced to leave and hit Google, or worse… Ask Jeeves. Instead of driving people away like a repugnant foul pot roast, why not spice up the design and give it some flavor? Then everyone will simply adore the pot roast! In this analogy the pot roast is a stinky search input field that just needs a little TLC. I’ve put together a…
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  • Exclusive DesignCrowd Discount Coupon Code

    Joel Falconer
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:09 pm
    It’s that time of the year again! The team over at DesignCrowd are offering great savings on custom logo design, web design and graphic design via their new DesignCrowd coupon page. Browse through the many deals and offers available and choose a discount that best suits you. You can save on flyer design, logo design and more! DesignCrowd is a design crowdsourcing marketplace, where you can access thousands of designers from across the globe. You write a brief and post it on the site – the huge pool of talented designers will then start submitted professional designs and you simply…
  • Is Crowdsourcing Crowding the Freelance Graphic Designer?

    Clancy Clarke
    17 Jun 2014 | 3:19 am
    Over the past few years the demand for crowdsourcing services has skyrocketed. This is particularly true for the design industry where crowdsourcing platforms such as DesignCrowd offer a cost effective way for small to medium businesses, start-ups and even individuals to get graphic design services done with very little effort. The processes are managed completely online and the platform provides the means of communication, payment and transfer of final design files. So with highly effective design crowdsourcing sites like DesignCrowd working their magic for consumers, where does this leave…
  • DesignCrowd are having a MASSIVE DESIGN SALE – June Only

    Clancy Clarke
    14 Jun 2014 | 1:18 am
    We know that many businesses will be looking to start this financial year with a kick! Start fresh and jump onboard with DesignCrowd. Perhaps you’re thinking of rebranding or making some visual changes to modernise your business? If so, the good folks over at DesignCrowd, the design crowdsourcing platform are having a MASSIVE DESIGN SALE – For 1 week only, you can save up to $500 on design projects! They’ve heavily reduced project fees and add-ons. Combine multiple projects and save BIG! Checkout all the other DesignCrowd Discount Coupons on the newly launched offers page
  • The Traditional Online Logo Design Service Can’t Keep Up! Crowdsourcing Steams Ahead

    Clancy Clarke
    1 Jun 2014 | 9:56 pm
    By Clancy Clarke The Traditional online logo design service is dead! There are no two ways about it – crowdsourcing design has disrupted the market, both from an agency point of view and for all those logo template sites. In 2014, using a design agency to create a bespoke logo for your company is outrageous! Just think about it, think of all the steps required and the time it takes to get the design job done. If you’re not familiar with the process, it usually looks something like this: Find a design agency This often means hours of Google searching and trawling, looking for an agency…
  • How To: Create a Logo Contest and Be Amazed by the Results

    Clancy Clarke
    29 May 2014 | 6:21 pm
    By Clancy Clarke Getting a logo designed for your business can be a dauntingg task. There are a million factors to think about: Who do you get to design your logo? How do you want your logo to look and feel? What personality should the logo convey about your brand? Where will the logo be used? However, compared to the days when hiring a design agency or freelance design consultant were the norm, in 2014 you can now create a logo contest on a crowdsourcing site such as DesignCrowd. Logo contests and crowdsourcing allow you to get the benefits of a huge pool of highly skilled logo designers…
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  • Yoink updated with Yosemite compatibility and new features

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Eternal Storms Software recently released Yoink 3, an upgrade to their incredibly useful drag and drop utility. Yoink 3 makes drag and drop of files and app content between windows, (fullscreen) apps and Spaces easier by providing a “shelf” where file drags can be temporarily placed—allowing the mouse to be free to move and navigate to the destination of the drag. This is especially helpful when it comes to windows in different spaces, apps or fullscreen windows. You can view the demo video on the Eternal Storms website to give you a better idea of what it does, but I assure you…
  • Suitcase Fusion 6: Another fontspirational update

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    There are two utilities I install on every new Mac I use, the same two I’ve been installing before anything else since the mid-to-late 90s. Default Folder, and Extensis Suitcase. Upgrades over the years have added new features, but their core functionality hasn’t changed much—other than they just keep working better with age. And that’s why I like them so much. Extensis Suitcase Fusion started out as a simple font activation tool, but over the years it has grown into a complete font management system. While competing font managers struggle to add “me-too” features, Suitcase Fusion…
  • Letter from an old graphic designer to a young graphic designer

    14 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    An excellent, excellent, excellent pile of advice for young graphic designers. Related posts: “You TOO can become a graphic designer!” The state of graphic design (Infographic) The A-B-Cs of logo design
  • Wake me up in an hour: Napping with Siri

    12 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    If you’re really tired and want to take a nap, let Siri wake you up in time. Just tell Siri Wake me up in an hour. That’s it. Pretty simple, right? I’m not even going to explain how I managed to accidentally learn that you could do this with Siri, but I’m sure you can figure it out. Related posts: Write full emails using Siri on your iPhone How To Improve Siri Pronunciations Ridiculously long list of iPhone commands for Siri
  • 141 free “Google Material Design” wallpapers that don’t suck

    12 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Google recently announced their next Android operating system, 5.0 Lollipop. The most visual change is the interface, which they refer to as Material Design. While I can’t think of anything good to say about the OS, I can say that these Material Design wallpapers shared by Brian Parkerson on Google+ are gorgeous. All will look great on an iPhone, and many look pretty damn good on my 15″ Retina MacBook Pro If you like what you see but don’t want to be bothered to download them individually, you can grab all of them in a single 60+MB ZIP file from here. Related posts: Google…
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  • Mind-Blowing Street Art By Smates

    Anastassia Irina
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    Whether you love or hate it, street art is something that is here to stay. Going beyond just traditional canvases and materials, street artists are constantly pushing the boundaries and and playing with ideas to make you stop in your tracks. One such street artist that is making waves now is Smates. This Belgian artist uses space in a clever way that not only reflects the intricate detail of his works but at the same time clearly depicts a message in his work. From human faces that look right at you to playful and cool animals, Smates pieces will have you doing a double take. Check out just…
  • 10+ Collaboration Tools for Designers and Developers

    Guest Contributor
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    Web designers and web developers are no strangers to collaborative projects. Perhaps you work in a small or medium-sized company, and have had enough of checking your inbox for new messages from your co-workers from the umpteenth meeting you have had in the first week of the month. Rather than fall back on email and less-than-productive meetings, try out some of the online solutions that exist in the form of collaboration tools. These solutions are perfect for professional creatives, since they allow you to focus on doing a great job, rather than waste too much time on trying to keep the…
  • Samantha Lee Plays With Her Food With Deliciously Stunning Results

    Anastassia Irina
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:01 am
    There are plenty of creative people out there who work with unconventional mediums. For Samantha Lee, her medium of choice turned out to be food. Referring to herself as a ‘food artist’, Samantha Lee, who hails from Malaysia, is inspired by popular culture and the things around her. She’s been making making her culinary masterpieces since 2008 but started gaining attention when she started sharing them on Instagram in 2011. Not only are her creations extremely adorable, they are healthy and wholesome as well. Featured below are just some of her delightful and detailed work,…
  • 10 WordPress Plugins To Improve User Management

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    Working with WordPress you probably are familiar with the different roles you can assign members of your team. The roles include administrator, author, contributor, subscriber and regular user, each with their own roles, capabilities and restrictions, for instance, contributors can only edit their posts, whereas editors can edit everyone’s posts. If, however you want to be able to have improved control over user management, here are a few WordPress plugins that can help you alter, extend or change the capabilities for different roles in your website. Recommended Reading: How to Find And…
  • 10 Hidden CSS3 Properties You Should Know

    Thoriq Firdaus
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    CSS3 have made designing web more exciting with the introduction of new properties. While you might know of the popular ones, such as the box-shadow, border-radius, and transform, there are plenty more properties that you may not have heard of or tried, but would be glad to know of its existence. W3C is constantly working on new CSS properties to make the web much better for designers, developers and users. In the meantime, let’s take a look at these 10 properties you may not know of but should really check out. Recommended Reading: Beginner’s Guide to All Things CSS3 1. Tab Size…
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  • Comedy Improv: Ideation Central

    Stefan Mumaw
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    Fear is an unavoidable part of the creative life, but too much of it can stifle your imagination. Discover how improvtraining can give you the courage to let go of your worries—and positively fuel your idea-sparking potential. Dr. Charles Limb is an associate professor at Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology, the branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the ear, nose and throat (which makes him an interesting choice to formalize a study on creativity). He used an fMRI to scan the brain activity of jazz musicians while they played both a memorized piece of music and an improvised…
  • IdeaWork Studios: Branding and Interactive Experts

    Amanda Aszman
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    IdeaWork Studios Inc., a full-service branding and interactive agency with offices in Santa Barbara, New York and Las Vegas, is one of those firms we love to hear about that’s proving that oftentimes the biggest work comes from small offices. Even going into their fifteenth year, there’s no big-agency bureaucracy behind IdeaWork Studio’s stunning creations for clients such as Jean-Georges Restaurants, Ian Schrager Company, MGM Resorts International, Sydell Group Ltd., Le-Bernardin, CRUNCH Fitness, Hard Rock Hotels, Charlie Palmer Group, and Chelsea Hotels. They do it all…
  • Poster Designs by Michael Osborne

    Amanda Aszman
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    San Francisco–based Michael Osborne Design has been creating some of the most memorable design around since 1981. Their award-winning work ranges from packaging to corporate identity and retail design for clients like Target, Williams-Sonoma and the U.S. Postal Service. So it’s no surprise that their poster design for Crane & Co. was recognized in the HOW Poster Design Awards in 2009. Creative Team: Michael Osborne, Cody Dingle; Printer: One Heart Press (letterpress), Moquin Press (offset litho); Paper: Crane LETTRA; Client: Crane & Co. Now, five years after Michael…
  • Interview: Khoi Vinh Discusses Wildcard

    James Pannafino
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Designing for the mobile web is a challenge, designing the interfaces that we use to browse the Web is a greater challenge. James Pannafino sits down and chats with VP of User Experience at Wildcard and author of Khoi Vinh about his most recent work. Khoi Vinh’s Wildcard: Building a Better Mobile Web First, congratulations on the release of Wildcard. For those who don’t know about it, could you tell us what it is? Wildcard is basically the first step in a long campaign to build a better mobile web. We think that the page metaphor worked great for the desktop web,…
  • Leviathan Creates Interactive Exhibit for MSI Chicago

    Amanda Aszman
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Chicago-based conceptual design company Leviathan recently partnered with the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago to create a seriously cool interactive exhibit for the museum’s “Numbers in Nature.” Taking an innovative approach with equally innovative technologies, Leviathan designed the installations and a film presentation to allow museum visitors to explore, in a brand new way, the patterns and mathematics that occur in our world.  Leviathan’s executive creative director Jason White says the following about the project: “From the concept to…
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    The Logo Smith

  • Work In Process: Retirement Architects

    The Logo Smith
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:29 am
    © 2006-2014 The Logo Smith - Freelance Logo Designer and Brand Identity Design Studio
  • Logo Design Naming, Copyright and Ownership Problems – [AQfG]

    The Logo Smith
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    I received this question, as part of my A Question for Graham the other day, and although it: Logo Design Naming, Copyright and Ownership Problems, sounds, at least on the surface, reasonably straightforward, there are some possible hidden dangers, complications etc. I don’t have an awful lot to go on, so my responses are little bit of advice, or general insights, and should definitely not be taken as legally sound, as I am not a lawyer. All I can do is answer based on the information I have, and hopefully, at the very least, provide some useful insight and suggestions to take the…
  • Work In Process: Ablinx Logo Design

    The Logo Smith
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Work In Process: Ablinx Logo Design – Designed by The Logo Smith: Logo Designer – t: 07816 527462 e: © 2006-2014 The Logo Smith - Freelance Logo Designer and Brand Identity Design Studio
  • Work In Process: Randomly Logo Design

    The Logo Smith
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Work In Process: Randomly Logo Design by The Logo Smith: Logo Designer – t: 07816 527462 e: © 2006-2014 The Logo Smith - Freelance Logo Designer and Brand Identity Design Studio
  • W.I.P Church Logo Design – Peoples Church of Montreal Designed by The Logo Smith

    The Logo Smith
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    These are a few screenshots of some of the earlier and a more current Church logo design and concepts that I have worked on for the Peoples Church of Montreal. It’s great to see how the logo has transformed over the last few months to something that really is quite unique, and incredibly relevant and appropriate for the Peoples Church of Montreal. The church logo design above is the most recent, and the finished logo is highly likely to be pretty close to what you see now. As the client has mentioned during this more recent phase: We really really liked the concept with the houses…
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    Jason Santa Maria

  • Piles of Ideas

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    I often talk about how sketching is an important step in making something. Whether with pencil and paper, or a keyboard, generating ideas is essential. I struggled with this early on in my career because I felt like putting something down on paper gave it a permanence greater than its value. I thought that by recording something, I was accepting ownership and responsibility for ideas I wasn’t sure of. Over time, I came to realize that the only way to get to the good ideas was to trudge through all the obvious and bad ones first. Don’t get me wrong: flashes of inspiration happen,…
  • Landing on a Comet

    12 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    Photograph © E.S.A./Rosetta Humankind is attempting to land a washing-machine-sized bit of science equipment named Philae onto Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko today. Think about how awesome that is! I love space exploration, and this makes me so happy. Not only because we are doing it, but because of how many unknowns there are to do it. You can watch the landing attempt LIVE, view some of the breathtaking photos of the comet beamed back by the Rosetta orbiter, and read all about the mission. Godspeed, Philae! Update: SCIENCE Touchdown! My new address: 67P! #CometLanding— Philae Lander…
  • Learning to Run

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    After 36 years of life, I finally get why people run. I mean, I always understood why people were running in the park or down the street, but this understanding was coupled with internal mockery. “That seems like a painful way to spend time.” My mockery was probably more jealousy than malice. I grew up as a short and scrawny kid, and I loved to run. I was always running—but only for short distances. I only wanted to get from point A to point B quickly, and only if point A and point B weren’t too far from one another. Even when I ran track in school, I was built for sprinting, but…
  • Vintage Halloween Masks

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    A fantastic photo set of vintage Halloween masks and costumes on Flickr. I could look at these all day. Via Coudal.
  • Pendleton Ward Quits Adventure Time?

    6 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Well, sorta. After three years, Pendleton Ward is stepping back to simply be “one of the show’s writers and storyboard artists”. I adore Adventure Time, but also can empathize with him. This is a great interview about what it means to make something and how it can affect you. Reading this left me nodding my head, as I know how I’ve felt from time to time over the last couple of years. Ward’s words certainly ring true: Dealing with people every day wears on you… And: To spend that extra energy and time you don’t have, to make something that’s…
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    JUST™ Creative

  • Design Usability – 10 Common Mistakes

    Jacob Cass
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    This article has been contributed by Jessica Velasco. The internet is filled with how-to articles and tips for success. Rarely do we find people who boast about the mistakes they’ve made! However, when we do come across one of these self-flagellation articles, there is a powerful lesson to be learned. We all make mistakes on occasion. And learning from those mistakes is vital for long-term success. But it is even better when we can learn from the mistakes other people make! It doesn’t matter if you are an amateur or a design veteran, if you are a freelancer or a member of a…
  • 5 Key Components of a Winning Social Media Campaign

    Jacob Cass
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    This article has been contributed by Michael Georgiou. Facebook has 1.35 billion monthly active users and Twitter has 284 million of them. These massive figures are reason enough that all businesses irrespective of their size should be using social networks for marketing their products and services. When it comes to marketing, you need to go where the audience is and the audience is on social media. But, where there are customers, there will be competition. The problem is that on social media, you are not only competing with your direct competitor but also every other business aiming to…
  • Start Having Fun Again in Web Design: Here’s How

    Jacob Cass
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    This article has been contributed by John Siebert. Web designers see themselves as artists and their creations as nothing less than works of art. But if you ask any designer to describe her average day, she will rattle off a list of mundane tasks that have little or nothing to do with art or creativity. So how does a creative soul survive the long and arduous road to the final destination – a fabulously designed website? By making the small, not-so-interesting tasks a little more interesting; by involving others in the little things to make work fun for all, by using awesome tools that…
  • Download Awesome Design Bundles at 85-95% off! My Top 5

    Jacob Cass
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    DesignCuts has quickly become my favorite design deal site out there, simply because they pack so many quality resources into each bundle and at a huge saving of 80-95% off each time. For their birthday, they are re-releasing their most popular past deals, so this is a great chance to grab some insanely useful resources for a very discounted price. There are a large number of deals on their website but these would be my top 5 picks! My top 5 design bundle picks: Monster Creative Font Bundle (Includes Web Fonts) – Just $29 This font bundle includes 10 versatile creative fonts, many with…
  • Web Design and Checkout Abandonment – Tips & Insights

    Jacob Cass
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    For companies with e-commerce as a priority income stream — the design, branding and layout of a website has never been so important in encouraging sales. Just as the science behind store layouts help retailers get the most from every customer that walks through the door, the effective layout and presentation of a website is paramount to getting the most sales potential. Site Speed Site speed plays an integral role in generating sales. The average amount of steps through to checkout on the top 100 grossing e-commerce websites is 5.08. Consumers lack time and expect a swift, clear pathway…
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  • Line25 Sites of the Week for November 21st 2014

    Chris Spooner
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    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 Rocket55, Ryan Gittings, Pointless Corp, Icon Snowskates and Oscar Barber. Rocket55 View the website Ryan Gittings View the website Pointless Corp View the website Icon Snowskates View the website Oscar Barber View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for November 21st 2014 appeared first on Line25.
  • 35 Radical Red Colored Websites for Design Inspiration

    Chris Spooner
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Red is a vibrant hue that colour theorists suggest represents love, anger and in some cultures, happiness, but how is it used in web design? The colour red in its many variants seems to be a popular choice with web designers. In today’s showcase we take a look at 35 great international examples of red usage in web design. See how this colour is used in each design, and more interestingly which other colours it is paired with to create striking colour schemes. Vintage Productions Student Dev Quest Andrew Bray Agency Survival Kit Hyperakt Focus Lab, LLC Brand Aid Kick Point Roy Barber Web…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for November 14th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    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 IV&III, Plum, Twelve South, Rest and ThoughtSpot. IV&III View the website Plum View the website Twelve South View the website Rest View the website ThoughtSpot View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for November 14th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
  • Showcase of Website Designs with Serif Typography

    Chris Spooner
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    It’s a shame that typefaces with intact serifs aren’t more popular on the web. Sans-serif text seems to be dominant in the web design industry, despite modern technologies providing a vast library of fonts of all styles. However, when you do find examples of serif font use in web design they are often really beautiful, so in today’s showcase I feature 25 websites with elegant serif typography. These sites use classy serif fonts to create stylish and sophisticated designs. Rokkan Tyler Copeland Dragone Vesper Hotel Noordwijk Tiny Giant Creative Solo Q Ideas Studio MPLS…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for November 7th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    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 Paul Yeaton, Zenman, Chris Braniff, Cirqle and Rumble Labs. Paul Yeaton View the website Zenman View the website Chris Braniff View the website Cirqle View the website Rumble Labs View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for November 7th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
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    Lines and Colors :: a blog about drawing, painting, illustration, comics, concept art and other visual arts

  • Eye Candy for Today: Raimundo de Madrazo’s model

    Charley Parker
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Model Making Mischief, Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta On Google Art Project; original is in the Museo CarmenThyssen Málaga, (image file here). The artist paints his model drawing a caricature of him on his sketch of her…
  • Jeffrey Hayes (update 2014)

    Charley Parker
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    Jeffrey Hayes is a contemporary still life painter who is very much a student of the still life masters of the past, particularly the great Dutch painters of the 17th century. Hayes explores the use of light, shadow and texture in defining his forms, at times in chiaroscuro, at other times in more muted value relationships, but always with a keen awareness of subtle variations in surface and color. I first wrote about Hayes during the first few months I was writing Lines and Colors, back in 2005, and again in 2010; and I’ve watched with interest over the years as he has continued to…
  • Eye Candy for Today: Durand’s Beeches

    Charley Parker
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:40 pm
    The Beeches, Asher Brown Durand In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use the zoom or download links under the image on their page. Durand is my favorite of the Hudson River painters, partly because of the influence of Constable, and partly because he was more likely than most of the others to paint intimate scenes as opposed to the vast mountain vistas that so impressed the art buying public at the time. Not that I don’t like the latter, I just connect much more strongly with an immediate landscape than a distant one. Durand (and many of the other Hudson River School painters) would…
  • Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

    Charley Parker
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is a new museum, scheduled to open in Chicago in 2018, that will house a collection of art owned by film director George Lucas. The collection and the museum are dedicated to art that, like film, is narrative in some way, telling stories whether overtly or by suggestion. This includes a number of works from history that would be considered museum paintings, as well as illustration, comics and concept art. The museum has a website with a bit on information about the proposed museum building and the collection. The site features work from the collection in…
  • Eye Candy for Today: Van Dyck’s Samson and Delilah

    Charley Parker
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Samson and Delilah, Anton van Dyck On Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Van Dyck’s dramatic tableau shows the influence of Titian, and Van Dyck’s teacher, Rubens.
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    Logo Of The Day

  • 2014-11-19 | Selective Beauty

    Jacob Cass
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Selective Beauty holding co. Credits: Encore Related Logos: No similar logos.
  • 2014-11-18 | uBear

    Jacob Cass
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    uBear – uBear is a modern and vibrant lifestyle brand that combines the creative spirit of urban culture. uBear designs, develops and produces mobile accessories and related products for urban-minded peoples driven by energy of big cities. Credits: Mash Creative and Paul from Hype Type Studio Related Logos: No similar logos.
  • 2014-11-17 | Butterfly Trust

    Jacob Cass
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The Butterfly Trust was established in 2002 to provide face-to-face support to people affected by Cystic Fibrosis (CF) throughout Scotland. Credits: Karoshi Related Logos: No similar logos.
  • 2014-11-13 | Perry John Rogers

    Jacob Cass
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Logomark for designer Perry John Rogers. Credits: Perry John Rogers Related Logos: No similar logos.
  • 2014-11-11 | Studliest Man

    Jacob Cass
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Studliest Man Contest Credits: Netmen Corp Related Logos: No similar logos.
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    The Fresh Peel // Ripe Brand Strategy. Juicy Insights and Trends.

  • 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…
  • How To Improve Security On Amazon Web Services

    7 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    Cloud computing has changed how technology works for everyone. It promises a higher level of efficiency, promises greater agility, and promises more flexibility at a lower price. In short, changes in cloud computing are changing the way all Internet-based security works, whether it is network security or cloud security. What makes ensuring security measures on the cloud so demanding is that cloud computing is based on shared responsibility. When network engineers ponder the intricacies of cloud security, one example they look toward is Azure Security, which has ironed out many thorny problems…
  • Six Steps to Successfully Promote an Event Using Any Social Media

    Dave Landry
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Social media can be a wonderful tool to plan events, but can also be overwhelming as to where to start. Which site works best? Is this hashtag going to work? Let’s get rid of the chaos and break down each step into manageable pieces that can be applied to any social media site. Image Source:     Step One: Create an Events Page, 3 months before. Think of this as the mothership of the event. All social sites are connected through it, and all information about the event is on it. Contact information, engaging content, as well as bios of all the participants should be…
  • Changing Consumer Behaviors: Michelin’s Road Usage Lab

    6 Oct 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Michelin’s most recent campaign wants you to think differently about winter and driving. In fact, everything you know about driving in the winter elements is wrong. Well maybe not everything you know, but everything you know about your tires in winter weather. With a series of videos and infographics focusing on winter driving myths, Michelin is trying to put the idea of winter tires into the minds of consumers, ultimately changing consumer behaviors. Depending on where you live, there are a lot of ideas on how you should drive in the winter elements. But as Michelin does a good job of…
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    MarketingSherpa Blog

  • Event Marketing: How much should I expect to pay for a keynote?

    Jessica Lorenz
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    When hosting an event, one main consideration is choosing and hiring a keynote speaker. This post on event marketing covers some the challenges the event team at MarketingSherpa have faced in discovering the top keynote speakers for the MarketingSherpa Summit audience.
  • What’s the Most Important Ecommerce Challenge? On-time Shipping

    Andrea Johnson
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    This MarketingSherpa Blog post features a video interview conducted by Daniel Burstein, Director of Editorial Content, MECLABS, with Debbie Hauss, Editor and Chief of Retail Touchpoints. They discussed the biggest challenge facing retailers today. It’s not digital marketing, mobile technology or merchandising. It’s fulfillment – and if you don’t get that right, nothing else is worth the effort according to Debbie.
  • Nonprofit Marketing: 3 tips to increase year-end revenue

    Selena Blue
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    For nonprofit marketers, the end of the year is a time of great opportunity when it comes to receiving donations. Read on for three tips pulled from successful case studies to help your organization increase donations and donations amounts this year.
  • Newsletter Engagement: 3 tactics used to improve its monthly sends

    Jessica Lorenz
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    At MarketingSherpa Email Summit 2014, presented how it went from promotional emails to engaging content sends. In this MarketingSherpa Blog post, see a clip from the presentation to inspire your email marketing efforts.
  • Why You Should Consider Customer Service to be 1-to-1 Marketing

    Daniel Burstein
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    How is your company leveraging customer service? Some retailers see it as an expense, pushing customers to self-service portals to eliminate a human interaction altogether. If a customer can buy a product anywhere, why should they buy from you? Read this MarketingSherpa Blog post to learn why having an effective customer service strategy can help you break away from your competitors by providing the best possible experience for your customers.
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    Thoughts From Eric

  • Apophenia

    Eric Meyer
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:12 pm
    My next big project is to form a rock band called The Why and release a double-length concept album titled “Apophenia”. —Twitter post, 15 October 2014 Kat and Carolyn were in New York City this past weekend for a brief trip, and when they got back Kat was in a bad way.  I picked them up from the airport and Kat’s symptoms were such that I drove her straight to the Cleveland Clinic ER on suspicion of a cardiac event.  (It wasn’t.)  With the help of friends, I got the kids off to their scheduled activities and stayed with Kat.  By late in the afternoon, we knew she’d be staying…
  • A New Chapter

    Eric Meyer
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:01 am
    Last Wednesday, I stood on the stage at An Event Apart for the first time in almost fifteen months, in front of an audience for the first time in just over a year, and delivered the most important talk of my life.  It wasn’t about CSS, or coding, or even standards.  It was about design and empathy and user experience and my own personal experience and what it taught me.  It was a talk about designing for users who are in the midst of crisis, no matter what kind of content you have, no matter whether you think your users will ever be in crisis when they come to your site.  It was the…
  • Gravity Wars Redux

    Eric Meyer
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    Over the past few weeks, I’ve been writing a remake of/homage to a game I last played somewhere around 1990: Gravity Wars.  I gave this personal project a few hours here and there each day, or more usually each evening, slowly resurrecting a little piece of my past and putting my own spin on it.  You can check it out for yourself, if you like: Gravity Wars Redux. There are a few things I changed from the version I played all those years ago, besides the change of colors.  First of all, instead of taking turns, in my version the ships fire simultaneously, meaning a no-survivors tie is…
  • Presence and the Gift

    Eric Meyer
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    There are two aspects of my parenting that have really helped me cope with the illness and death of my daughter.  One was there long before she became ill, was in place before we had any kids; and the other I learned in the months since the first tumor emerged. What I’ve had all along is a strong determination to appreciate each stage of our kids’ lives for themselves.  I’ve heard or read any number of parents saying they wish the next stage of development would hurry up, or that a past stage had lasted longer.  You know: “Oh, I can’t wait for Johnny to start talking, all this…
  • Indescribable

    Eric Meyer
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A thing they don’t tell you before your child dies, because nobody who knows this would go around proclaiming it unprompted (except, apparently, me) and nobody who doesn’t face this situation would ever think to ask and probably nobody who does face this situation has the meta-awareness to go asking after the truth that they will all too soon have to inhabit, is that the pain of it does not consume you like nuclear fire and leave you a hollow, broken, still-burning shell of ash. Not continuously, anyway. It does do that sometimes, much more often in the beginning after the end, but that…
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    Naldz Graphics

  • 33 Business Card For Photographers You Should Check Out Now

    Christie Ann
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Photography is probably one of the things most people do. While others may do it as their hobby, others do it professionally and even offer services. For these individuals, it is imperative to have a business card that they can give to their potential clients. For your Business Card to be effective, it has to have an attractive design. To help you with this, we have gathered various Business Card designs that were made specifically for photographers and companies that offer similar services. Scroll down and check them all out below. Come, take a peek, and enjoy browsing! Professional…
  • 30 Essential Examples For Bat Logo Designs

    Johnna Eudese Ward
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    It is said that artists always need inspiration to be able to create impressive masterpieces that they can be proud of. This is why we gather various designs and artworks to help you get some inspiration that will propel you to work at your best form. Here’s another collection that you can check out. Today we have gathered logo designs with bats. This collection includes some of the most creative bat logo designs for you to easily scroll and see. We can only hope that you can get some ideas and make your imagination run wild and result with an The post 30 Essential Examples For Bat Logo…
  • 30 Herringbone Patterns That Can Improve Your Design

    Marvi Ocampo
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Herringbone pattern is an arrangement of rectangles that we usually see in floor tiling and pavements. As they look attractive in roads and sidewalks, they also have the potential to give some cool effects with its geometric looks to graphic designs. With good imaginations and creativity added to good skills and techniques, designers can create impressive designs that they can be proud of. Today, let us make your day easier as we have collected the beautiful herringbone patterns that you can download for free. Scroll down and check them all out below. Come, take a peek, and choose your pick.
  • Amazing Law Firm Logos Designers Should See

    Ebrian Acebedo
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Logos is one important thing that every business establishment must not take for granted. These logos bring the company’s identity and its reputation. One look of the logos and the people recognizes the company or any business it represents. With that, it is important to have a logo design that will bring the right message to the people about your company. Today, we will be showing to you a collection of creative law firm logo designs that you can browse for inspiration and maybe get fresh ideas that you can use for your next design. Scroll down and check them The post Amazing Law Firm…
  • 20+ Examples Of Scary Halloween Makeup Ideas You Should See

    Joan Mae Maguale
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    It’s time again for the holiday of scare and treat. It is the time where we go to trick or treat and Halloween parties with our friends. In this occasion, the scarier or creepier you look, the better. To help you get the awesome look that you need, we have collected amazing Halloween Make-up ideas that you can check and do this season. There are times that wearing complicated costumes and masks make it hard for us to move and hinder our enjoyment. One alternative to this is doing make-ups. Less complicated but still effective in giving the scare. Scroll The post 20+ Examples Of Scary…
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    Tuts+ Code

  • What You Can Learn From Google’s Material Design

    Sven Lenaerts
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Not too long ago, Google introduced Material Design, a brand new set of guidelines for designers and developers alike. Material Design introduces a fresh perspective on user interfaces, motion, and interaction states, and are a great foundation for you to build a product upon.IntroductionIn essence, you can summarize Google's Material Design by two components:MaterialMotionMaterialMaterial provides context in design, the surface and edge of a "material" provides us visual cues. Let's compare this to real life. We understand the dimensions of a room, because we see walls. At the same time, the…
  • 50 Filters of WordPress: Filters 41-50

    Barış Ünver
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    In the previous parts of this series, we went through 40 WordPress filters. In this tutorial, we're going to see the last 10 filters and do examples with each. Let's begin! Filtering the Script Loader Source WordPress has its own script loader, wp_enqueue_script(), which allows us to "queue" JavaScript files and not hard-code them. And this little filter called script_loader_src lets us how the scripts will be queued and outputted. Example: Remove the Version Parameter from Scripts Google Page Speed, Yahoo YSlow and other website performance measurement tools usually hate URL parameters in…
  • Modern Debugging Experience: Part 2

    Umar Hansa
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    In part 1, we saw how to write and execute JavaScript using the DevTools. In part 2, we'll look at debugging JavaScript and adopting a workflow such that solving JavaScript errors and diagnosing problems becomes more efficient. Debugging JavaScript Using the DevToolsDebugger KeywordYou can use the debugger keyword directly in your code to invoke the debugging capabilities (if any) of the JavaScript runtime. The effect of adding the keyword debugger in your code is identical to manually setting a breakpoint via the DevTools UI. In Chrome, the debugger keyword has no…
  • $3 Tuts+ Courses this Cyber Monday

    Nicole Bowes
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:33 pm
    This Cyber Monday (December 1st) we're reducing the prices of all individual Tuts+ Courses to just $3 (normally $15)! Start learning straight away.Discover your new skills in everything from web design and code to photography and design & illustration with our step by step video courses. With expert instructors delivering easy to digest practical lessons, our 430+ courses include 1—3 hours of video, organized into chapters and bite-size lessons. You can learn it all at once or view a little each day.Make sure you don’t miss out and leave your email here to be notified when…
  • Tell Us What You Think & Win Prizes: Tuts+ Annual Survey 2014

    Nicole Bowes
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:19 pm
    It’s back! The Tuts+ annual survey for 2014 is here and we want to know what you think. In having your say you could also win from a fantastic prize pool worth a total of more than $20,000! Plus there’s a special offer from Shopify and New Relic for everyone that completes the survey.This is your opportunity to tell us what you like, dislike and love about Tuts+. You can also help us shape the future of your online learning by letting us know the features that would assist you with online learning.Get started now!What can you win?Grand Prize: Total Prize Value $17,516Lifetime…
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  • Double Tap, Check, Swipe: 25 Free Gesture Icons Packs for Your Mobile App

    Nataly Birch
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
       Finally, you are ready to put a new mobile app on the market. Surely you expect it to take the audience by storm. As we all know, people buy not only the product but also its packaging. So without a well-thought-out presentation, chances are, it simply won’t do. Presentations of old won’t do either, neither will lengthy feature lists or plain screenshots. Why not jump on an upcoming trend? Present your new app in a vibrant, lively way by showing someone actually use it. This can be done with GIF or HTML5, where GIF seems to be the preferred path these days. We have…
  • Pay What You Want for Thousands of Premium Resources in InkyDeals’ Creative Bundle

    Dieter Petereit
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
       This is a dream come true. All of you know Paddle and their great bundle offers. And all of you know InkyDeals and their insane bundle offers. Now these two have partnered to bring you the ultimate great AND insane bundle offer. They’ve put together 13 of their best selling deals worth 6,714 dollars and let YOU name the price…
  • Homepage Builder Squarespace 7: The Revolution Will Be Televised

    Dieter Petereit
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
       Squarespace is one of the leading brands in the online website design business. They don’t solely aim at end customers but also target designers, developers and their agencies. Squarespace is not a newcomer, but more a veteran in its field. With the experience of ten years of online site design behind them, they have now come up with their most radical innovation ever: Squarespace 7 is a completely new user interface atop the underlying powerful content management system. And it is safe to say that this new interface is able to redefine the way websites are built online.
  • 900dpi: Hey Designer, Add a CMS to Any Website Easily!

    Dieter Petereit
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
       Designers like lots of things, but first and foremost they like their freedom to design whatever they want in whichever way they see fit. That’s one of the reasons why homepage builders are not an option in most cases. They all limit in one way or another, though their compromises tend to get better and better. If you are more the traditional designer type, or are coding in Sublime or Coda or another tool of your choice, you’ll definitely have missed CMS functionality more than once. Before you think about putting your design on top of a full-fledged CMS, take a look…
  • Retro Textpress for Illustrator: 20 Great Retro Text Effects Bargained Away

    Dieter Petereit
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
       You know and (most likely) love the concept of one-click purchasing. This is a convenient way of buying something, isn’t it? Imagine the same principle ported to design work. One click and your plain text layout looks great. This is exactly what today’s Deal of the Week will bring you. Apply a plethora of retro text effects to even the most common (and boring) fonts and see the magic happen.
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    Rey Bango

  • A New Way to Test Internet Explorer on OS X, iOS and Android

    Rey Bango
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    Today, the Internet Explorer team is launching a new tool to make it easier to test sites in IE regardless of which platform you’re on; seriously! Don’t believe me? Here are some Vines to show you it in action: Mac OSX Android iPad iOS Win7 The tool is called RemoteIE and […] No related posts.
  • Which Linux Distro for Web Development?

    Rey Bango
    8 Feb 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Total lazy web question. If I were setting up a Linux machine for web development, specifically to learn and code with Ruby on Rails, should I go with Linux Mint or Ubuntu Desktop (or some other distro)? And why the specific distro? Looking for some feedback in the comments. No related posts.
  • A Time for Change

    Rey Bango
    14 Nov 2013 | 10:00 am
    For the last three and a half years, I’ve been privileged to work at the greatest software company in the world; Microsoft. During that time, I launched a standards-based web development site (, worked with major product teams (Windows, Windows Phone & IE), partnered to launch initiatives that offered tremendous value to developers, represented MS […] No related posts.
  • Help Choosing a Mechanical Keyboard

    Rey Bango
    18 Sep 2013 | 10:52 am
    After Jeff Atwood blogged about building a real coders keyboard, my interest was piqued as to whether I’d see any notable difference in my typing between mechanical keyboards and my Microsoft Comfort Curve 5000. I’ve always liked curved, ergonomic keyboards and vaguely remembered mechanical keyboards from my college days in the late 80s. I’d also […] No related posts.
  • Newsblur is my Google Reader Replacement

    Rey Bango
    1 Jul 2013 | 5:00 am
    On July 1st, 2013, Google will officially shut down Reader. It’s something that has pissed off a LOT of people, myself included because it was a tool I had grown to rely on every day. And I personally feel this is a move by Google to push every more towards Google+ in some fashion, possibly […] No related posts.
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  • November #UX newsletter out soon!

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:21 am
    Coming soon to an inbox near you: the November edition of our UX newsletter. If you're not a subscriber yet, please sign-up now. ...and, while you're at it, why not subscribe to our blog's RSS feed too?
  • the workoutcomputer

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:16 am
    the workoutcomputer from BLESS is a PC with a keyboard made out of punch bags:
  • Mobile Design

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:09 am
    Luke Wroblewski on mobile design at Conversions@Google 2014:
  • Bright Matter

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:11 am
    Curated by Joanie Lemercier and produced by Juliette Bibasse, Bright Matter is a group show that explores light, space, and perception by way of cutting edge technology. (See it at the Muriel Guépin Gallery in NYC.) [via]
  • Red

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:02 am
    A sweet supercut from Rishi Kaneria "examining Stanley Kubrick's use of the color red":
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    Illusion Magazine

  • The Heart of Darkness: Explicit Erotic Illustrations

    Christopher Smail
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    Warning: This post contains images with nudity. Viewer discretion is advised. The illustrations of German artist Kaethe Butcher are fearless in their depiction of sexuality and womanhood. They possess a wicked sense of humour and excellent line work. The level of contrast she achieves between light and dark, both in terms of subject matter and...
  • 10 Outstanding Photographers to Follow on Instagram

    Christopher Smail
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    There is certainly no shortage of photographers to follow on Instagram. The trick is finding the right ones, having to slog through the avalanche of selfies and food porn to get to them. But they are out there. From fashion photographers to those that capture stunning landscapes on their iPhone and famous names to less well-known ones,...
  • Art + Science: Berlin Artist Produces Hypnotic Videos

    Adriana de Barros
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Susi Sie states that she is on a “mission to explore the physical and mathematical nature of unusual forms, substances and materials 
to show the hidden beauty and magic of our natural world that constantly surrounds us.” [1] Her videos are indeed magical in the way powder particles form shapes and move in rhythmic manner...
  • Timeless Black-and-Grey Tattoos by David Allen

    Adriana de Barros
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    Chicago-based tattooer David Allen worked as a graphic designer, including three or four years as art director for heavy metal music magazine, HM. His passion for drawing led him to moving on from that career to becoming a tattooer; starting an apprenticeship at Bluebird Tattoo in Indiana. Fast forward to today, he is tattooing at...
  • Think Pink by Prue Stent

    Christopher Smail
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Australian photographer Prue Stent clearly has a favourite colour based on her fascinating photo series. The images from her “Pink” project are whimsical delights, which utilise the power of her colour to engage with themes of femininity and fashion. Photos © Prue Stent Via Juxtapoz
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    The Social Commerce Social Sourcing Space

  • Snapchat unveils partnership with Square

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
    Mobile messaging firm Snapchat unveiled a new service that allows users to send money to each other. Snapcash is the result of collaboration with Square, an online payment firm that also offers a stand-alone friend-to-friend payment app known as Square Cash. “The product you’re seeing today is fast, fun, and incredibly simple,” said Snapchat in a blog post. The actual cash transfers in the new service will be handled by Square. “Square has a ton of experience in this area and our teams have been hard at work to make Snapcash a great experience for everyone,” it added. For now,…
  • Samsung considers reducing smartphone models next year

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:12 am
    Samsung’s head of investor relations, Robert Yi, said during a New York presentation that the company plans to cut the number of smartphone models it produces next year by about 25 to 30 per cent. The move came as the South Korean firm seeks to reduce costs in order to better compete with Chinese brands that offer cheaper models. Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S smartphone suffered in the high-end market with the release of the new iPhone 6, while its dominance in the mid- and low-end segments were challenged by makers such as Xiaomi, Lenovo and Huawei. In October, Samsung saw its…
  • TRUSTe settles FTC charges of deceit for Privacy Seal program

    Craig Agranoff
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:43 pm
    TRUSTe, Inc., one of the largest providers of privacy certifications for online businesses, has agreed to settle a Federal Trade Commission suit alleging that they deceived consumers about their recertification program for privacy practices on websites. TRUSTe was also charged with deceiving the public about its non-profit status. The Privacy Seal program was meant to assure consumers that a business’ privacy practices were in compliance with specific standards such as the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor Framework. The FTC alleged…
  • Alibaba Singles’ Day sales hit $9.3b

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    E-commerce giant Alibaba saw total sales on Singles’ Day hit a new record of $9.3 billion. Home decor emerged as a popular product category, with the company selling more than 1.2 million big home appliances and more than three million light products. However, the November 11 event also covered regular products. For example, 200,000 bottles of detergent were sold. One-off products also had a strong showing, with 50,000 cars sold. Alibaba’s PayPal-like affiliate, Alipay, saw its number of payments processed soar 60 per cent to reach $5.8 billion for the day overall. In a statement, Jack…
  • Samsung to build second smartphone factory in Vietnam

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    Samsung Electronics plans to spend up to US$3 billion to build its second smartphone factory in Vietnam, revealed a government official. The South Korean company wants to build the factory in the Thai Nguyen province, which is also home to its US$2 billion smartphone plant. “We are working on the project,” said a senior official at the province’s Planning and Investment Department. “There are still a few things to fix.” The official wanted to remain anonymous because he was not authorised to discuss the matter with the media. Meanwhile, a Samsung spokeswoman confirmed that the…
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    Six Revisions

  • 5 Bug Reporting Tools for Developers

    Jacob Gube
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    One area in our development process that we can optimize with a proper tool is the way we handle bug reports. Traditionally, bugs, client feedback, and change requests are discussed in lengthy real-time meetings which would then kick off the next web development phase that will address the issues. But this sequential lather-rinse-repeat workflow is slow: One of these iterations is barely doable within a timeframe faster than a week because bug reports have to be processed, organized, documented with screenshots, decided upon, and then delegated to the appropriate people. It’s more…
  • A Guide to CSS RGBA Colors

    Jacob Gube
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    RGBA is a type of CSS color value that allows us to set a color and also its opacity/transparency. Here’s an example of using the CSS rgba() notation to specify white with 50% opacity. p { color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.5); } RGBA is an extension of the RGB color model. The acronym stands for red green blue alpha. The alpha value represents the level of transparency/opacity of the color. RGBA Syntax The format of RGBA color notation is: rgba(red, green, blue, alpha) The first three values — red, green, blue — can either be integers between 0 and 255 or percentages between 0%…
  • How to Create CSS Ghost Buttons

    Jacob Gube
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    A popular web design trend this year is the "ghost button", which is simply a button with a border and a transparent background color. You can read more detailed discussions about the ghost button design trend on SitePoint and DesignModo. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create several styles of ghost buttons using CSS. Examples of Ghost Buttons Before we get started, let’s look at some real-world examples of ghost buttons: We Are Heckford MediaMonks VIZIO CrossFit Squamish Icon PR Lees Ferry The Livesey Arms Squares Conference Haigh & Hastings…
  • The Best CSS Preprocessors (Right Now)

    Jacob Gube
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    CSS preprocessors can drastically speed up your web development workflow. They supercharge your stylesheets with useful features like mixins, variables, auto-vendor-prefixing and much more (depending on the one you use). Would you like to know which CSS preprocessors to look into? I reviewed the top open source CSS preprocessors in an article published on SitePoint. The SitePoint article is called 6 Current Options for CSS Preprocessors. Louis Lazaris — a long-time contributing author here on Six Revisions (check out his first article on Six Revisions way back in 2009) — was my…
  • 30 Inspiring Dark Web Designs

    Jacob Gube
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Using dark colors in a web design can lead to interesting results. For ideas and inspiration, check out this showcase of dark web designs. Design+Code G. Jezarian TTMM A Book of Beards Cyril Masson Electrik Company Ryan Mulford Whisperism Tokyo Mild Foundation JUMO Andrew Burdin Diehl Group Architects Dunckelfeld Vool Mammoth Media Laurent Perez Del Mar Image Conscious Studios V3RS Davey Heuser Evoking Emotion Vincent Przybyla’s Portfolio Long Story Short Visage Stoos Customs Dino Zamparelli Lucie Brémeault Photographe Umar Sheikh Patrick Monkel Distillery Steve Related Content 30…
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  • 10 Best WordPress Post Recommendation Plugins

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    Post recommendation when used properly on a website allows your readers to see what else is there on your website that is worth their reading time. This way, post recommendation also engages your readers for some more time. Apart from that, it is also very helpful from on page SEO point of view because cross linking relevant content with one another is very good for ranking good at search engines. Here we are presenting 10 very useful WordPress post recommendation plugins for you. WordPress post recommendation plugins also automate such matters by using keywords and categories to help…
  • 13 Really Useful HTML5, CSS3 & jQuery Search Form Tutorials

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am
    Adding search box or search functionality to a website gives its users the power to search for their required information in an easy and fast way. Therefore, adding a search box in the website has become one of the prime elements of web designs, and almo s. Search box goes along with navigation of the website and helps in several different means as well. Adding a search box to the website user interface makes it user friendly and of course, easy to explore. Below, we have collected 13 useful CSS3, HTML5 and jQuery search form scripts that help you create a search box from scratch. We hope…
  • 7 Best Apps For Developers Who Use Mac OS X

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    All designers as well as developers keep a good collection of useful tools and utilities that they believe vital and have a tendency to use them in their daily tasks whenever needed. Therefore, designers and developers always look for the most recent apps, tools and utilities that they can add in their collection. For this collection, we have put together 7 best apps for OS X developers. These apps are very important and useful as well and therefore, every developer should add them into his web development toolbox. Many of them are free and include some premium features which is cherry on the…
  • 8 Free Bootstrap Admin Templates

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
    In today’s post, we are presenting 8 free to use bootstrap admin templates for you. There are plenty of free bootstrap admin templates available on the internet that you can download and install for free, and we have collected 8 best out of them. These themes will go in line with your website themes and can save your valuable time and resources. Check them out and pick the ones you like the best. We hope that you will like this collection and find these amazing bootstrap admin templates useful for you. Feel free to share your opinions with us via comment section below. Your comments are…
  • 10 Important Twitter Management Tools

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    There are so many Twitter tools out there that makes it quite difficult to decide which ones to trust with your Twitter account management. There are many useful tools that have been used by big giant to manage their Twitter accounts. For this post, we have collected 10 very important as well as equally useful Twitter management tools for you that will allow you manage multiple Twitter accounts easily. Here is the full collection after the jump. We hope that you will find this collection useful for you. DO let us know what you think about this compilation. Also, add if we have missed some…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Why You Should Include Your Developer In The Design Process

    Paul Boag
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    Should designers be able to code? This topic never seems to die, with its endless blog posts, Twitter discussions and conference talks. But the developer’s involvement in the design process seems to be addressed very little. This is a shame, because developers have a huge amount to add to discussions about design. The unfortunate truth is that many designers have a somewhat elitist attitude towards design. They believe that only they can come up with good design ideas. That is simply not true. Everybody has the ability to make good design suggestions, including developers. Admittedly, a…
  • Refining Your Mobile Onboarding Experience Using Visual Analytics

    Alon Even
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    In the wonderful world of millions of mobile apps, many users suffer from ADD (app deluge disorder), and no aphorism looms larger for developers than “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” Once a large group of people are downloading your app, you’ve already won half the battle and have accomplished your primary goal. Now, keeping them engaged post-download is your next one. This is where onboarding takes center stage. Being involved in a mobile analytics firm, I see firsthand what challenges app publishers experience. In this article, I will go over the importance of…
  • The State Of Animation 2014

    Rachel Nabors
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    The post-Flash era is hardly free of animation. CSS animation is quickly becoming a cornerstone of user-friendly interfaces on mobile and desktop, and JavaScript libraries already exist to handle complex interactive animations. In the wake of so much “CSS versus JavaScript animation” infighting, a new API specifically for web animation is coming out that might just unite both camps. It’s an exciting time for web animation, and also a time of grave miscommunication and misinformation. In 2014, I had the chance to travel the world to talk about using animation in user interfaces and…
  • Creating A “Save For Later” Chrome Extension With Modern Web Tools

    Daniel Sternlicht
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Creating an extension for the Chrome browser is a great way to take a small and useful idea and distribute it to millions of people through the Chrome Web Store. This article walks you through the development process of a Chrome extension with modern web tools and libraries. It all begins with an idea. Mine was formed while reading an interesting (and long) article about new front-end technologies. I was concentrating on reading the article when suddenly my wife called me to kick out a poor baby pigeon that got stuck on our balcony. When I finally got back to the article, it was too late…
  • How A Designer Can Find A Job They Will Truly Love

    Susie Pollasky
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    There comes a time in nearly everyone’s career when changing jobs is the natural next step. As a designer, you might start looking for a new job when you feel you have hit a wall with your current employer or when greater opportunities are present at other companies. After taking the necessary steps to prepare for a job search, like updating your resume and nurturing a small savings account to provide a little cushion, think about what you want in your next job. Planning for job requirements, salary and perhaps location before applying is obvious, but many people forget to set criteria for…
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  • Specificity Graphs

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    Harry Roberts recently wrote about creating a Specificity Graph to get a better picture of your CSS. Harry’s conclusion is that a spiky graph is a bad graph. Spikes that occur mid-graph could lead to maintainability issues since CSS that occurs afterwards needs to meet or exceed that level of specificity to override earlier CSS. In a SMACSS world, however, that’s not likely what your specificity graph would or should look like. At the beginning of the graph, specificity starts out low with all the base element styles along with a few pseudo-class styles. From there, the layout styles…
  • Evolving Code: From the Crust to the Core

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:44 pm
    At Shopify, as our team scales, we’ve been trying to figure out how to manage the influx of new design and new components into the codebase. On one hand, we want all code to meet our coding standards, use the existing system where it can, and expand it when necessary. As new functionality and new experiments get introduced, we are finding ourselves unsure how best to manage this. Quick and dirty and refactor later? Problem is, people are lazy. Things might not get revisited and we’ll be left trying with the less-than-desirable code for some time. Spend the time up front to “do it…
  • Cleaning the Cruft

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Cap Watkins had a good blog post about The Dark Corners of Your UI. In it, he talks about how there are parts of a product that can easily become neglected. At Shopify, we often have the same. We’ve recently assigned a designer to review a number of these dark corners and shine some light on them. Cap is right in that many product teams won’t give these areas much priority. As a product manager, I usually tried to tie these efforts into larger endeavours instead of trying to knock them off one by one. As a front-end developer, however, these corners often result in stale code and…
  • Unmanaged

    24 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    I've been a product manager for a year and a half. That came to an end this week and I'll be returning to a life of front-end development. Product management at Shopify has been in a bit of limbo for a few months while the CEO considered a possible restructuring. That restructuring happened. But what problem needed to be solved, organizationally? Shopify continues to grow, with many new teams splitting off to specialize in various parts of the Shopify ecosystem. This has been sorely needed. But each new team didn't necessarily require a dedicated product manager. Often, a person within the…
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    Speckyboy Web Design Magazine

  • Super Rockers – An Illustration Series of Rockstar Superheros

    Speckyboy Editors
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:11 am
    New York-based artist Andres Moncayo has taken popular superheros and given them a rockstar makeover in a tremendously creative illustration series called Super Rockers. He has put together two bands of superheros – ‘The Rocking League’ and the ‘Avengers Band’. In ‘The Rocking League’- Superman sports a mohawk hair style and a bearded Aqua Man, wearing nothing but briefs, just looks totally bad-ass. Wonder Woman, Batman and Flash make up the rest of the band. In the ‘Avengers Band’, there are Wolverine and Thor, who look completely at home…
  • Free Material Design GUI Templates & Icon Sets

    Paul Andrew
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:46 am
    Created and released by Google back in June, Material Design is an innovative visual language that has been designed to unify the user experience of all of their products across all devices, and has been built on the principles of successful design combined with technology. So far you may have experienced the beautifully simple aesthetics of Material Design via Google’s Gmail, Inbox and Calendar mobile apps, and they have also started to roll it out to the desktop versions of Gmail, Drive and Calendar. And just as Apple’s iOS7 and Microsoft’s Metro changed the face of web…
  • Weekly News for Designers (N.260)

    Speckyboy Editors
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:02 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 Face Detection – A powerful jQuery/Zepto plugin that detects faces on images, videos and canvases. Type Genius – A web-based app for helping you find the perfect font combination for your next project. vivus.js – A lightweight JavaScript class for easily animating SVGs easy. Materialize – A modern…
  • Deal of the Week: Online Skills Tests for Programmer Recruiters – Promo Code Available!

    Speckyboy Editors
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:17 am
    If you’re currently in the market for recruiting programmers, then this Deal of the Week is for you! Tests for Geeks, a service that helps recruiters save time and money during the hiring process by testing the competency of candidates before inviting them for an interview, are currently offering 5 tests for free to 30(!) Speckyboy readers! Get 5 Tests for Geeks Tests for Free Now! Don’t think of Tests for Geeks as a replacement for a live interview, think of the service as a filter that will allow you to select the best candidates before inviting them for an interview. Kind of a…
  • Creating a Good Design Brief for Your Mobile App

    Egle Karalyte
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:35 am
    Understanding well what a client has in mind for his/her mobile app can be a slippery process. As a designer, you surely want to deliver to the best of your abilities and make the client happy. But when it comes to ensuring the success of a mobile app design project (or any other design project to that matter) just having good design skills is not sufficient. Good and clear communication with your client about his/her expectations consistently throughout the project is what will either make your relationship bloom or decay. So we’d better equip ourselves with the necessarily tools and…
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  • Designing Wildcard

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    Thanks to everyone for the terrific reception and constructive feedback to Wildcard’s launch last week. As we start plowing ahead towards its next stage, I wanted to jot down a few thoughts about the app’s design. Team and Process Wildcard is roughly twenty-five people strong at the moment, and for the past year we’ve had… Advertise on
  • How We React to Technology

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:14 am
    Douglas Adams, in his book “The Salmon of Doubt,” wrote that “I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies.” The rules are: Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s… Advertise on
  • Apple’s San Francisco Typeface

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    The mystery of the Apple Watch typeface was solved yesterday when Apple released WatchKit SDK. The typeface is called San Francisco, and, as Co. Design remarks, it was seemingly inspired by similar typefaces Helvetica and DIN. Twenty-three versions of San Francisco are available to download with WatchKit (though you can download it alone via this… Advertise on
  • Remembering the Choose Your Own Adventure Series

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    R.A. Montgomery, the publisher of the Choose Your Own Adventure series of books, passed away earlier this month at age 78. That series debuted in 1976 and went on to terrific success. It also figured prominently in my youth, when its many installments were borrowed heavily from my school library and traded amongst my friends… Advertise on
  • Material Design in Print

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Google tasked San Francisco design studio Manual with interpreting its Material Design design language in print form. The results are beautiful, at least insofar as it’s novel to see digital design translated into tactile form. Which is to say, these are nicely done, but I’m not sure they would attract much notice apart from the… Advertise on
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    Treehouse Blog

  • The Real Reason Why Everyone Should Learn to Code

    Dave McFarland
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Lots of people get into programming because they love the challenge, are excited by computers and want to build a career creating web sites, mobile apps or desktop programs. But even if you don’t want to become a programmer for a living, it’s still worth your time to learn how to program. I mean this in all seriousness: if computers are at all a part of your life, then learning to program is going to improve your life. And I don’t mean in that sort of nebulous, “improve your mind,” “expand your thinking skills” and “make you a better…
  • CSS Shapes

    Jason Seifer
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    The Treehouse Show is back! In episode 116 of The Treehouse Show, Nick (@nickrp) and Jason (@jseifer) talk about CSS Shapes, new alert styles, animating images with CSS, and more. For a free month’s trial, Join Jason and Nick at Watch Episode 116 of The Treehouse Show Here This Week’s Links Getting Started with CSS Shapes: Wrapping content around custom paths – HTML5 Rocks SweetAlert Animating Images With CSS Keyframes | Pencil Scoop | Web Design & Development AngularJS Tutorial: a comprehensive 10,000 word guide aFarkas/respimage The post…
  • It’s Time to Join the Hour of Code

    Joy Kesten
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Are you thinking about doing the Hour of Code this year? Do you know someone who you know would make a brilliant coder? Love playing on your computer, iPad, tablet, Kindle, smart phone, Xbox, and/or Play Station but all you know how to do is consume technology?  Now is the time to be a creator, an inventor, a game maker, or app designer. This is your opportunity to play, learn, explore, and create for one whole hour! If this sounds easy to you, great you’re going to be just fine. If it doesn’t here are some tips to get you started: HARDWARE: A desktop or laptop computer is my…
  • The HTML5 Contenteditable Attribute

    Guil Hernandez
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Did you know that we’re able to create client-side, in-browser content editing using basic HTML elements? We could then save that edited content to the browser’s local storage. The key to making this happen is with the HTML5 contenteditable attribute. To see how contenteditable works, we’re going to have a little fun by creating a real-time, in-browser CSS editor. Watch my short tutorial to see how this works. In the second part of this post, we’ll take a look at how to save edited content with HTML5’s local storage feature. Download Project Files Learn more about HTML and…
  • Progressive Enhancement: Past, Present, and Future

    Nick Pettit
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    Progressive enhancement is a layered approach for building websites using HTML for content, CSS for presentation, and JavaScript for interactivity. If for some reason JavaScript breaks, the site should still work and look good. If the CSS doesn’t load correctly, the HTML content should still be there with meaningful hyperlinks. And even if the HTML is malformed, browsers are smart enough to continue rendering what they can. Progressive enhancement typically yields a result that is robust, fault tolerant, and accessible. People that have the latest devices will get the most…
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  • Paul Chan Wins Hugo Boss Prize

    Stephanie Murg
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:57 am
    Paul Chan’s Master Argument, a 2013 work made from cords, shoes, and concrete, is currently installed at the Schaulager in Basel. (Photo courtesy Greene Naftali gallery) The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Hugo Boss announced last night that Paul Chan is the winner of the 2014 Hugo Boss Prize. He will receive $100,000 (plus a a terrific tetrahedral trophy, at right), and an exhibition of his work will be on view at the Guggenheim Museum come sping. Other artists shortlisted for this, the tenth Hugo Boss Prize were Sheela Gowda, Camille Henrot, Hassan Khan, and Charline von Heyl.
  • Pratt to Honor Kim Hastreiter, Iris Apfel, and David Yurman at Legends Gala

    Stephanie Murg
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:27 am
    The age-old battle of statement eyeglasses versus statement jewelry will be waged this evening at NYC’s Mandarin Oriental as Pratt Institute entices art and design-loving donors to open their checkbooks and their autograph books for the school’s annual Legends scholarship benefit. The 2014 honorees, “distinguished individuals whose accomplishments and values resonate with those of Pratt,” are PAPER magazine co-founder and editor-in-chief Kim Hastreiter (fresh from breaking the Internet avec longtime PAPER collaborator Jean-Paul Goude), style icon and designer Iris Apfel,…
  • Quote of Note | Jonathan Ive

    Stephanie Murg
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    “What drove the design of the wrist watch wasn’t fashion, but utilitarianism and pragmatism. An aviator commissioned Cartier to design it because he didn’t want to take his hand off the joystick when flying. But when something is worn, issues of fashion, style and personal preference come into it. I think one of the biggest challenges we found with the Apple Watch was that we wouldn’t want to all be sitting here wearing the same thing, which is why we designed a flexible system rather than a singular product.” -Jonathan Ive, senior vice president of Design at Apple, in a recent talk…
  • Simplify, Soften, Enrich: Hella Jongerius on Redesigning KLM’s Business Class Cabins

    Stephanie Murg
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    As if you needed another reason to plan a trip to the Netherlands, Utrecht- and Berlin-based Hella Jongerius recently completed an overhaul of KLM’s World Business cabins. Writer Nancy Lazarus recently got the scoop on the project. (Photo: Oliver Mark Photo) “Humans dream of flying, of floating, and we have extra time on planes. So I wanted to have a place where passengers can dream, be at home, have a craft feel, and a human touch,” said Hella Jongerius earlier this week at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). “For airlines it’s all about efficiency,…
  • Design Jobs: Skip Hop, New York Post, Clinton Global Initiative

    Nadine Cheung
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    This week, Skip Hop is hiring a graphic designer, while the New York Post needs a photo editor. Clinton Global Initiative is seeking a graphic design coordinator, and BR Guest Hospitality is on the hunt for a senior graphic designer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Graphic Designer Skip Hop (New York, NY) Photo Editor New York Post (New York, NY) Graphic Design Coordinator Clinton Global Initiative (New York, NY) Senior Graphic Designer BR Guest Hospitality (New York, NY) Staff Photographer Cricut (South Jordan, UT) Find…
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    Vandelay Design

  • 25 Beautiful and Minimalist Websites

    Steven Snell
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:10 am
    Minimalism is one of our favorite styles of web design. A well-designed website with a minimalist style may look simple, but they're not always easy to design. This collection shows 25 excellent... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 25 Beautiful Free Lightroom Presets to Enhance Your Photos

    Steven Snell
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Adobe Lightroom has been popular with photographers for several years, and in the past couple of years it has also increased in popularity with designers and hobbyist photographers. While Photoshop... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 13 of the Best Hosted CMSs

    Steven Snell
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Open-source content management systems like WordPress and Drupal get a lot of attention on design blogs, but they are not the only options when it comes to choosing a CMS. There are a number of... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • Best WordPress Hotel Themes of 2014 (so far)

    Steven Snell
    2 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    If you're looking for a solution for a quality hotel website the options can sometimes be underwhelming. Whether you are looking for a website for your own business or working on a client project for... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • Exclusive iStock Promo Code for Our Readers

    Steven Snell
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    A few years back I launched what was called “Vandelay Premier” to test my ability to sell “premium” stock graphics. While I would only consider it a moderate success, one main thing I quickly... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
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    Veerle's blog 3.0

  • New typography features in Photoshop CC (2014)

    Veerle Pieters
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:07 am
    Last week I discovered something in Photoshop by accident. I have no idea if this was something that was added in the latest version or not, because I haven’t seen it in any of the new feature overviews. On occasion people ask me what I use to render fonts well on digital mediums. Well that’s exactly where I discovered this new rendering option and I still can’t believe that I missed this. Two new type rendering options Before I discovered this I was using Strong for body copy in 98% of the projects and Crisp for larger text. In the other 2% I decide on what looks best. Photoshop…
  • Using linked SmartObjects in combination with Layercomps in Photoshop CC

    Veerle Pieters
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    Today I would like to talk about one of Photoshop's features I've been using a lot lately on a couple of projects I'm working on , and that is SmartObjects. It's something I use quite extensively for items that reoccur throughout my document. Since Photoshop added the function to convert a SmartObject into linked SmartObject, I've been using them more than ever. It's becoming even more powerful if you start using linked SmartObjects in combination with Layer Comps. These days I can't live without it as it saves me so much time. Let me show you how, and explain why this is so handy… Linked…
  • Create a realistic shadow effect in Illustrator using the blend tool

    Veerle Pieters
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    Seems I have some unfinished business with my Re-turned birds illustration. There is one last thing I need to cover, and that's how I created the shadow effect on the bellies of the birds. Just in case you've missed the pervious article about the wood texture, or how to draw these birds, don't forget to check them out too. Today we'll add the finishing touch and use Illustrator's Blend tool. I'll also show you some useful tips on how you can use the Layer panel to duplicate an object in an easy way and make fast and easy selections. So let's get started… Re-turned birds by Discipline…
  • Create a wood texture in Illustrator

    Veerle Pieters
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    As promised, here is a follow-up on my tutorial about using Illustrator's Pathfinder to create symmetrical birds, which was based on these fabulous "Re-turned"-birds. This time we'll give the birds their wooden texture, and we'll keep it all vector-based. We'll create 2 types of wood textures: one wood grain texture which we will apply on the darker brown, and one wood texture that has these typical curvy lines, which we'll apply on the lighter colors. Both will be turned into seamless patterns in no time, thanks to Illustrator's Pattern Maker feature. Re-turned birds by Discipline (designed…
  • Draw a cute lion in Illustrator

    Veerle Pieters
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:21 am
    One of my best friends, Cindy Li has recently given birth to a beautiful baby boy, Apollo, and to celebrate this I've drawn an illustration of a cute lion for her as a small gift. Since I had so much fun creating this little dude, I thought it would be perfect to talk about it here on my blog. This time I'll share some of the basic steps I usually take when drawing illustrations like these, together with a few tips & tricks I sometimes use… Browse for resources Learn & inspire First thing I do is browse around for some imagery to use as a resource. Instead of searching for photos of…
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    solar news wearejustcreative

  • Effects Of Clouds On A Solar Panel

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    Solar panels hold a wealth of benefits, both for individuals and for the world at large. Economically, solar panels promise to lower the cost of electrical power. Environmentally, solar panels can give us cleaner power, sustainable power that will not require further damage to the environment. Solar power can reach remote areas. It can carry education, or urgently needed medical information. The effects of clouds on a solar panel, though, might diminish those and other promising benefits. The effects of clouds on a solar panel might make it far less efficient in certain parts of the world and…
  • Considering Going Solar? Read This Valuable Solar Energy Advice First!

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    You may want to use solar energy at work or home, but you might not know very much about it. Do some research on the topic, and find reliable professionals who can help you with this project. Continue reading to learn more about solar energy. Be sure the solar energy system you choose can efficiently and reliably store the energy it produces. You have two options here. You can either sell the excess power to the electric company to offset the costs during cloudy days, or you can get a bank of batteries that will allow you to get off the grid completely. You can have solar power even in a…
  • Check Out These Great Solar Energy Tips!

    9 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
    Lately, solar energy has become extremely popular for homeowners and businesses alike. What are the reasons that have kept you from getting on-board with solar energy? If you are interested in finding out what solar power can do for you, keep reading. In this article, we will share information about solar energy. When using solar energy for the first time, it’s probably a good idea to start out small. A small investment of just a few solar powered garden lights is a great way to get started. Many different stores carry these, such as Walmart and Lowe’s. They are very easy to…
  • Advice To Learn About Using Solar Energy

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Your lack of knowledge on solar energy might be stopping you from installing a system. There are many things you need to know before you begin so that you’re able to get the full benefit of solar energy. Read the below article to expand your knowledge on the subject. Start small when you want to start using solar energy. A small investment of just a few solar powered garden lights is a great way to get started. You can find these at many retail establishments. Just insert them into the ground, and you’re good to go. Avoid technology which relies on the sun’s scheduling. More…
  • Learn Everything You Need To Know About Solar Energy

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Saving the environment while reducing the amount you spend on energy are both important. As time passes, electricity costs will rise, meaning you should look into solar energy. This article will tell you more about solar power. When you maintain it, your solar power set-up will last. Inspect and clean your panels on a regular basis. Taking care of your solar energy system yourself can save you some money; however, it may be well worthwhile to set up a maintenance schedule with your installer. It is important when installing your panels to remember that the position of the sun in the sky…
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    Print Magazine » Imprint: Print Magazine’s Design Blog

  • When Euro Modernist Design Met American Chewing Gum

    Michael Dooley
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    “Typography needs to be audible. Typography needs to be felt. Typography needs to be experienced.” Do you agree? Enter Print’s Typography & Lettering Awards today.If your list of early 20th century and modernist design heroes is confined to the usual suspects – Rand, Lustig, Sutnar, and such – you probably haven’t heard of Dorothy and Otis “Shep” Shepard. These pioneers of populist American Modernism have unjustly escaped mainstream critical recognition for well over a half-century. But a new book has just come along to rectify that neglect: Dorothy and…
  • Designer of the Week: Ksenia Phillips

    Amanda Aszman
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ksenia PhillipsFor more than seven decades, Print has featured the best of the best in design. With our 75th anniversary year just around the corner, we’re excited to announce a new weekly online series that will spotlight a designer who is creating extraordinary work.Our first Designer of the Week is Ksenia Phillips, a former Print Celebrates Design winner who wowed us with her wedding invitation design.Name: Ksenia PhillipsName of Firm/Studio: The current name is byKsenia but it’s under a rebrand. The new name will be Ksenia Phillips that will focus on branding and…
  • How Branding Launched Michael Jackson’s Solo Career

    Michael Dooley
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Getting your career started in the design industry can be a challenge, which is why we’ve put together the Branding Yourself and Your Design Career Collection. With these five resources, you’ll enter the design industry with confidence and learn how to keep up the good work once you’ve landed your dream job.“Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” was the first big hit from Off the Wall, the album that first and finally distinguished Michael Jackson from the rest of the Jackson 5. And that phrase could also describe Mike Salisbury’s process of art directing what became Michael’s most…
  • Typography Terms 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Zac Petit
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
    Print’s Typography & Lettering Awards is here. We’re looking for projects that feature great uses of type by any designer. We’re looking for handlettered work. And, of course, we’re also looking for original typefaces. Enter by Dec. 1 for a chance to be featured in Print.Barbs, beaks, brackets, bowls.Baffled by typography terms? You’re not alone.One of the most common questions we field at Print is what the heck typography’s various terms all mean. We called in Denise Bosler, author of Mastering Type: The Essential Guide to Typography for Print and Web Design, to serve as…
  • Wedding Invitation Design by Jon Jackson

    Amanda Aszman
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    As a designer, you’re a maker—on the job, of course, but also after hours, when perhaps you find yourself spending time on personal design projects at home. Here at Print magazine, we like to celebrate the types of design you may very well be creating in your free time: designs that commemorate an occasion. That’s why we created Print Celebrates Design, a competition for your cards, gifts & invitations.Among last year’s winning entries was a wedding invitation design by Jon Jackson, global creative director at Huge. Given the personal nature of this stunning…
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    Stephanie Orma // Travel + Design Writer

  • Communication Arts: Lessons Learned – Top agency creatives share best advice from valued mentors

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    I’ve been a freelancer the majority of my creative career, first as a designer, and then as a copywriter. I purposefully chose this DIY path for the freedom it entailed (hello, coffee shop-turned-offices and makeup-free workdays). But for all the perks, there’ve been just as many tear-drenched days and head-hitting-wall nights when I would’ve given anything for creative guidance – someone to help navigate those tough challenges on the page and in the field. Eventually, I found my way…with flailing arms, hard work, my husband’s insightful advice, and experience teaching me what…
  • Communication Arts: Stolen – Whose work is it anyway?

    29 Apr 2014 | 7:41 pm
    I’ll never forget the first time my creative work was ripped-off. It was the summer of 2006. I discovered a designer was trying to claim credit for a brochure I had created. Actually, she was an acquaintance who had designed one page in the piece. But what she featured on her website was not her contribution but mine–my illustrations, cover art, and design–without any credit or explanation. I felt angry and violated. I sent a note requesting my design be removed immediately. Eventually, she agreed. But after a few frustrating emails, I realized the problem wasn’t so much malicious…
  • HOW Magazine: Live a Double Creative Life

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Employers, clients, you name it – everyone wants a jack-of-all-trades creative (read: someone insanely talented with octopus arms that can do 25 jobs in one afternoon and barely break a sweat). We all know those expectations are absurd and can only lead to the master-of-none malady. On the other hand, nobody wants to be pigeonholed into any one creative role. Plus, having an inquisitive mind and exploring other passions can only feed our creativity and improve our talents. So how exactly do we branch out and avoid becoming the buffet bar sampler with a mash of half-strengths on our plate?
  • Communication Arts: So…How Do Virtual Creative Agencies Work?

    3 Mar 2014 | 6:17 pm
    For an industry built around forward-thinking ideas and a universe of inventive minds, you’d think someone would’ve reimagined the traditional creative firm long ago. Sure, offices have gotten facelifts, spaces are more open and cubicle walls have been lowered. But for the most part, brick-and-mortar design and advertising workplaces have barely evolved. Of course, if ain’t broke…you know the drill. But something’s obviously not jiving. There’s a growing unrest among experienced creatives disillusioned with conventional agency methods, so much so that the desire to create…
  • Entrepreneur Magazine: Eye-Popping Branding

    20 Feb 2014 | 5:35 pm
    How do you communicate quality and craftsmanship through branding when those attributes have been so over-touted (and under-realized) they’ve lost virtually all meaning to consumers? Check out my article below on how San Francisco-based Chen Design Associates helped startup The Brownie and Madam Optical Company project quality, integrity, and a first-rate impression.
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    What an ART!!! - Graphic Arts Gallery

  • ‘Minions vs. Monsters’ by Ryan Pasibe

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    Created by Philippines-based artist Ryan Pasibe, this is an entertaining piece of mashup art that brilliantly combines the characters from Universal’s “Despicable Me” and Pixar’s “Monsters Inc.” into one interesting scene, which shows a tense situation between a gang of minions and our two beloved monsters, Mike and Sulley. Artist – Ryan Pasibe Portfolio View the Rest: '‘Minions vs. Monsters’ by Ryan Pasibe'
  • Concept Artist Reimagines ‘Batman’ in a Medieval Fantasy Style

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:51 am
    Jason Kang, an LA-based concept artist working at Disney Interactive, has created an uber-awesome piece of art re-imagining Batman in a medieval fantasy style, turning the superhero into an actual knight and his Batmobile into a giant flying creature. And see what he has turned Robin into! Artist – Jason Kang (Hat Tip GeekTyrant) View the Rest: 'Concept Artist Reimagines ‘Batman’ in a Medieval Fantasy Style'
  • Hilariously Adorable Cat Drawings by Emi Lenox

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    Portland (Oregon)-based comic artist and illustrator Emi Lenox has created a fun series of drawings featuring some hilarious moves of a cat. Artist – Emi Lenox View the Rest: 'Hilariously Adorable Cat Drawings by Emi Lenox'
  • “Dogs Playing Dungeons & Dragons” – A Gamers Version of Famous “Dogs Playing Poker” Painting

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:13 am
    Artist Johannes Grenzfurthner together with veteran game designer Heather Kelley has created an interesting ‘Dungeons & Dragons‘-inspired version of the famous “Dogs Playing Poker” painting by C.M. Coolidge turning the dogs in the original painting into a group of Dungeons & Dragons players. The Prints are available for purchase over at Redbubble. Artist – Johannes […] View the Rest: '“Dogs Playing Dungeons & Dragons” – A Gamers Version of Famous “Dogs Playing Poker” Painting'
  • Incredible “Notebook-style” Line Drawings That Seem To Come Off the Page

    13 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    João Carvalho is a 15-year old artist who creates incredible 3D drawings on blank pieces of paper. Using blue notebook-style lines and shading applied in such way that gives each character depth, Carvalho creates an awesome optical illusion where the characters appear like they are coming off the page. Artist – João Carvalho Facebook (Hat […] View the Rest: 'Incredible “Notebook-style” Line Drawings That Seem To Come Off the Page'
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    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©2014…

    Semhal Nasreddin
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Welcome to another edition of Inspirational funk, where I feature graphic art that has caught my eye and really inspired me. This is Volume 5, and  I’ve included examples of gorgeous typography, postures, brochures and more … Enjoy! Hype Alphabetica Type Treatments   Nosferatu   Haandkraft business cards by Jacob Nielsen   Burn Out Dont Fade Away     Hudson River UdeM Manuel de Survie de ltudiant Manimals Sebastian Joes Branding Concept   Sarah J Coleman for Special K   Title Cards by Josh White Barcelona Victionary        …

    Semhal Nasreddin
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    In today’s article I’m presenting 15 cool shape inspired t-shirts. They are all creative tee shirts and I think and hope you’ll enjoy viewing them. Cheers   Segments T-shirt Time and Space T-shirt     Facet 3 T-shirt     Angular One Geodesic T-shirt   Space T-shirt Ugmonk 6th Anniversary T-shirt   Galaxy Diamond T-shirt   Cosmic Inflation T-shirt Stacked T-shirt   Mountains T-shirt   Caveira Geometrica Tee Shirt     Aztec Print Tee Shirt         Rainbow Diamond Chiffon Tee Shirt     Map…

    Semhal Nasreddin
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Welcome to another addition of Packaging That Tickles My Fancy, where I showcase creative, inspiring and lovely packaging examples. In this edition there’s coffee packaging, olive oil, soda, proactive, marmalade, chocolate packaging, and more. Hope you enjoy viewing them Bassano Hard Soda   Noa Potions     Blow Explores Astrobrights Part 2   Heleas Land Olive Oil Student Project   Jack Sailor Marmalade   Bristows Fudge and Toffee Rio Coffee     Bazaar Student Project – Curry   Proactiv Packaging Student Project   Sealing Crystal…
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  • 40 Gorgeous Examples of Industrial Design

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Industrial designers are always hard at work figuring out ways to perfectly put form and function together. They put sweat and tears into products which help make our lives easier and more practical. I’m sure you’ve heard of Jonathan Ive, James Dyson, and Charles Eames, right? Well, their mastery of discipline, creativity, balance, and freeform thinking has elevated them to the iconic status they hold today. They deliver eye-popping feasts for the masses by utilizing their knowledge of production processes, materials, and technology. If you’re a designer looking for some…
  • Top 5 Wireless Keyboards for People on The Go

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:25 pm
    With the rise of tablets and smartphones, having a go everywhere keyboard is becoming more common. Instead of wasting your time trying to type on the on on-screen keyboard, why not have a small, portable, and wireless keyboard that can come along with you? Below you will find 6 awesome bluetooth keyboards to make your life much easier when you’re on the go. 1. Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch K811 Keyboard The Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch K811 Keyboard is very beneficial for people on the go. The easy switch technology allows users to switch from one device to another with the push of…
  • Learn How to Go from Being the Little Guy to Big Guy

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Sometimes in life we find ourselves being stuck in the hamster wheel of routine and habit. We often find ourselves doing things that aren’t good for us, remain where we wish we weren’t, and put ourselves through unnecessary suffering all in the name of comfort. The best people are those who are constantly challenging themselves, setting targets and escaping this tedious state of mind. Are you thinking of applying for that big promotion your workplace currently has available? Perhaps you are the newbie of the office and you’re looking for a way to impress your colleagues? Or…
  • 15 Creative Shoe Packaging Designs

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Because most people judge a product by its packaging, any mediocre product packed in a fancy package would win against a great product in weak packaging. Instead of cutting corners companies are actually going beyond the conventional ‘shoe box’ by putting more time and thought when it comes to the overall customer experience. The designs you will see today are very well executed, interesting, and are the epiphany of thinking outside the box. We hope they’ll spark some neurons and deliver some good ol’ inspiration. Enjoy! Vans Shoeboxes by Nate Eul NikeID Custom…
  • 30 Eye-Popping Retail Store Layouts

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:50 pm
    A well layed out store can have a huge impact on sales. But getting there is easier said than done. To have a successful interior layout you have to tell your brand’s story, create an immersive experience, have eye-catching window displays, and focus on every tiny detail possible. You want to create a space where customers feel welcomed and comfortable. All of these tiny goals take countless hours of planning and strategizing, but in the end they’re totally worth it. When it comes to creating effective retail interiors, smart design decisions make a significant difference. For…
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  • DIN: A Growing Typeface Family

    Allan Haley
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    Families tend to grow. As they do, they become more diverse, adaptable and sometimes prevailing. So it is with typeface families. The DIN typeface family started in the early part of the 20th century as families do – with just two counterparts: DIN and DIN Condensed. In 2009, Akira Kobayshi updated the DIN design and dramatically improved the family. The resulting DIN Next™ family is better suited to digital imaging, considerably larger, with seven weights, each having complementary italic and condensed counterparts. In addition, Kobayshi also designed four “rounded” designs, bringing…
  • Top 100 Web Fonts for October 2014

    Ryan Arruda
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    Want to see which typefaces are in demand on the Web? Here’s an ordered listing of the top 100 most used fonts from the Web Fonts service during October 2014. Be sure to check in next month to see if your favorite typeface moves up the list! Trade Gothic Neue Helvetica Avenir Next Avenir Proxima Nova Univers Futura Gill Sans Helvetica Frutiger Linotype Univers Museo Sans Klint DIN Next Century Gothic Neo Sans Chaparral ITC Avant Garde Gothic Arial Myriad Rockwell ITC Legacy Serif Motoya Birch ITC Century Eurostile LT ITC Caslon No. 224 Univers Next VAG Rounded Museo Slab Soho…

    Ryan Arruda
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Ah, alas. Our extraordinary #FONTACULAR event is quickly coming to a close. You need to act fast if you want to take advantage of our amazing deals. They end tonight—October 24th—at midnight (PDT). After that, all these good deals disappear straight into the ether. Don’t live a life of regret for missing out, make your purchases now! How about the complete PMN Caecilia collection for $29? Or the complete Univers collection for just $49. Maybe you’d like to get Laura Worthington’s Harlean script for $9. We could rattle off tons more deals, but time’s running short so head…
  • #Fontacular is Back!

    Ryan Arruda
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Let’s cut to the chase: your life will never be the same. Like the incomparable glow of the sun in the east, so too does the indefatigable specter of Fontacular rise once again. Shield your eyes, friends, because stuff’s about to get REAL on What’s the big deal you ask? You best prepare yourself for a font savings spectacle with fire in its eyes and a diesel V8 in its belly—Fontacular is an unstoppable force ready to knock your typographic block off. Nay, it is a once-a-year design-centric event so momentous that men, women, children, domestic pets, and livestock weep in…
  • Quitador: A Different Kind of Slab Serif

    Allan Haley
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    “Broadly speaking, you can divide slab serifs typefaces into two groups,” says Arne Freytag, the designer of the new Quitador™ family. “They either tend to be have geometric proportions and monoline strokes, like those in ITC Lubalin Graph™, or are more humanist leaning, like the Caecilia® family.” “A strict classifying of Quitador is difficult,” He continues. “I pursued my own interpretation of square serif designs, to develop a family that is somewhere between pure geometric and humanistic styles.” While there are subtle traces of humanistic character traits in the…
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  • 30 Best Advertising Campaign examples for your inspiration

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Advertising is how a company encourages people to buy their products, services or ideas. An advertisement or Ad is anything that draws good attention towards these things. It is usually designed by an identified sponsor, and performed through a variety of media. In this post we have collected 30 top and best advertising campaign examples read more
  • 30 Beautiful Japanese Manga Girls Boys and Cartoon Characters

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Manga comics created in Japan, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century. They have a long and complex pre-history in earlier Japanese art. In Japan, people of all ages read manga. The medium includes works in a broad range of genres: action-adventure, romance, sports and games, historical drama, comedy, science fiction and fantasy, mystery, suspense, detective, horror, and business/commerce, among others. Since the 1950s, manga has steadily become a major part of the Japanese publishing industry, representing a huge market in Japan. read more
  • 24 Mind-Blowing Body Painting Artworks from World Body Painting Festival

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    Do you Love body painting ? Company Overview World Body painting Festival is a wb-production event. Established in 1998, the festival developed into the World Awards for Body and Facepainting Artists. Since 1998 the world’s most colourful event has taken place every year in Austria. The “World Bodypainting Festival” is the biggest art event in the bodypainting theme and ten thousands of visitors admire the wonderful work of the participants. read more
  • 15 Top and Good Photography Schools from around the world

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Photography is an art of capturing emotions, milestones, memories on a digital media. The art of photography has been practised for many years, from black & white grainy Polaroids to modern colourful speed photographs. We can clearly see that photography has advanced to many stages and it keeps growing at a rapid stage. read more
  • 24 Beautiful and Creative Typography Graphic Designs for your inspiration

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Typography is very important for graphic design, you can see creative typography design in Advertisements, logo designs, Print designs, package designs and web designs. Here we have added 25 beautiful examples of creative typography designs for your inspiration. read more
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    LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers

  • Dominant Vintage Appeal in Contemporary Design

    Shyrose Vastani
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:57 am
    As humans we revere the past. Whether it is art, music, culture or science we find grace and beauty in the classics because they represent the history of our own selves. The meticulous detail and stylized forms have been created in a way that is awe aspiring.  Appealing to the vintage in you, graphic designers…
  • 3 Web Design Predictions by a Neurologist

    Shyrose Vastani
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:20 am
    “Computers need to know how we work, in order to work in the same way” – Joe Leech Have you heard about Joe Leech’s prediction on designing in the future? I was all ears when I heard him talk about computers behaving like human beings (artificial intelligence anyone). I had to dig further to understand…
  • 10 Brand Names changed into funny Dialogues

    Shyrose Vastani
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:35 pm
    If logos could have a conversation what would it sound like? Corny, funny, something better left unsaid? Here we show you what some logos have to say (or what they say in my mind). Many of you will think, the things in my mind are better left untampered with but hey, if you have something…
  • Deciphering Shape Psychology for Graphic Design

    Hala Ali
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    Have you ever wondered why the ‘M’ in the McDonald’s logo has curved ends or why the Nike Swoosh has such a dynamic line? Why is the Delta logo so angular while the Starbucks logo confines its lines to circular? If you are the average Joe the thought has probably never crossed your mind. Unfortunately,…
  • The Psychology of Web Design 101

    Hala Ali
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    The goal of a website is to attract visitors, and then retain them as customers. However, in the budding arena of Internet businesses not many graphic designers and web designers take into account the human element of web design. Any designer worth his or her salt will know that the basis of a great web…
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    The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress

  • Tips For Designing Your Own Roller Banner

    Danielle Knowles
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:38 am
    Keen to try your hand at designing your own roller banner? Perhaps you’re preparing for a trade show or networking event, and want to put your own touch on every The post Tips For Designing Your Own Roller Banner appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • 6 Key Ideas For Winter Mobile Marketing

    Danielle Knowles
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    Winter is coming. Whether we’re fans of it or not, the chilly season is looming near, and with it come the holiday shopping crowds.  If you’re looking for creative, cutting The post 6 Key Ideas For Winter Mobile Marketing appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • 50 Paddingtons A ‘Beary’ Good Sight In London

    Danielle Knowles
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:03 am
    A trail of bears is spreading across London – but they haven’t escaped from the zoo! 50 Paddingtons are decorating the city until 30th December in honour of the new Paddington The post 50 Paddingtons A ‘Beary’ Good Sight In London appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • 6 Examples Of Amazing Autumn Photography

    Danielle Knowles
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Autumn photography; when you conjure up images of the Fall, what comes to mind?  Falling leaves? Blustery wind blowing branches off trees? Pelting rain from thick, grey clouds? If you The post 6 Examples Of Amazing Autumn Photography appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Great Foundations: How To Start A Blog

    Danielle Knowles
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:42 am
    So you’re thinking of blogging. You’ve got something to share, that you think the world needs to hear.  As keen as you may be, it’s not easy learning how to The post Great Foundations: How To Start A Blog appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
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    Something Design Shop

  • $29 Halloween Mega Deal

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
  • 5in1 Mega Bundle v.5: Illustrations, Graphics & Textures

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Visit here Highest quality Illustrations, Graphics & Textures in one mega bundle! If you’re looking for some new and fresh vector shapes, illustrations, watercolor elements or textures, this Jumbo Deal is just for you! With almost 90% off and available for limited time only, you’ll need to grab this new 5in1 mega bundle while you can. With 22 items and bundles from 5 premium design shops is this bundle one of the biggest and best quality illustrations, graphics & textures bundle ever! So don’t miss it   5in1 Mega Bundle v.5: Illustrations, Graphics & Textures contains…
  • What Buyers Create Using Our Products #01

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    I really love to see what peoples created using our products.  Robert Sokol from San Francisco create a caution sign using the Retro Sign Generator. Thanks Robert for sharing your work.
  • Tutorial – How to Create Overlays Textures in Adobe Photoshop

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    If you visit my shop you can see I’m pretty addicted with overlay textures. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a simple effect over a text. Step 01. Open your texture in Photoshop. Choose a high-res image with high contrast like image bellow. Step 02. Go to Select menu and choose Color Range. Using the eyedropper choose the darker cracks. Move the fuzziness to select all darker spots and click OK to create selection. Another way to select is to choose Magic Wand tool. Set the Magic Wand tolerance to 32. Select one of the spots. Then go to Select menu and click on Similar…
  • New Products in Our Shop #01

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    Check out two new products in our shop. Retro Signs Generator $10.00 – Purchase Checkout Added to cart Retro Ads Generator $10.00 – Purchase Checkout Added to cart
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    Learn from Graphic Designer Roberto Blake

  • Building the Ultimate Photoshop CC Computer For 2015

    Roberto Blake
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    Before Building the Ultimate Photoshop CC Computer [Windows PC]You need to take  hard look at how you are using Photoshop CC. Photoshop has more features and uses than ever before including 3D painting, 3D Printing, Video Editing and more on top of all the image manipulation features its been known for over the past 2 decades.If you are only doing photo editing and digital art you can hold back on some of this and still have a solid Photoshop Computer that has amazing performance. I will be doing future post on builds for different specific things like photography, digital art and print…
  • The 5K Retina iMac: What You Need to Know Before Buying

    Roberto Blake
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    The New 27 inch iMac with 5K Resolution Retina Display is an amazing computer starting out at $2499 and worth every penny if you are serious about video editing, graphic design or animation. In the video below I cover some things you should know before you go out and buy this machine.Who is the New 27 inch iMac with 5K Retina For?The New 5K Retina iMac isn’t for everybody. If you are a casual computer user who just wants a high end display, then this computer is overkill. This is primarily for professionals working in video and graphics.YouTubers who produce constant contentVideo…
  • How to Find Graphic Design Jobs

    Roberto Blake
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    As a Graphic Designer whether you are Freelancer or looking for an employment opportunity, finding jobs can be a challenge. There are a lot of different approaches but the reality is that showing up is 80% of it, so if you’re not networking and going to events, building your social media presence or showcasing an online portfolio, you’re not putting yourself out there for opportunities to find you.How to Find Graphic Design Jobs Video Be Prepared for the Success You WantThink about what it will take to land the jobs you want. Have you setup a portfolio that showcases your best…
  • 2014 Macbook Pro 15 inch Retina Laptop Review

    Roberto Blake
    1 Nov 2014 | 3:33 pm
    The New 2014 Macbook Pro has made quite a splash since in debuted this summer. Myself and graphic designer and photographer John Covington sat down the other day and did an in depth review of it giving our impressions of it on my YouTube channel. I’m a firm believer that its not about Mac vs PC in Graphic Design, but about the hardware and specs. Based on the hardware and specs of the New 2014 Macbook Pro, nothing really comes close in terms of graphic design laptops, for now at least. In the video below you can see and hear our thoughts on the New 2014 Macbook Pro 15″ with Retina…
  • How to Design a Resume

    Roberto Blake
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    Video Advice on How to Design Your ResumeWhile this is primarily geared towards graphic and web designers this advice could apply to most job seekers and contractors. When designing your resume you need to focus on a few key things: Visual Presentation, Strong Headlines, Branding, and a focus on Accomplishments.Presentation isn’t everything, it’s the only thing!Presentation is more important than anything else for the simple fact that if it fails, that is as far as you get. If an interviewer or recruiter can’t get a feel for your resume and that it is well designed and easy…
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    Graphic Design Junction

  • 50+ Creative Designs of Badges and Logos

    Yasir Jawaid
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    Today we are sharing some great badges and logo designs created by Peters. Allan Peters is a Creative Director and Designer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He worked for different graphic design shops where he honed his design style. Right now his currently an Associate Creative Director at Target’s in-house studio. He rebranded the company’s core brand imagery and designed the iconic Threshold logo, which was the cornerstone of the largest rebrand in Target’s history. Peters authors the most influential design blog in the Midwest. So for more inspiration, follow him on Behance or…
  • Below the Fold: Adventures in Choosing your Own Template

    Muhammad Faisal
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    Several years ago, when people were still figuring out how the Internet was going to be used with a variety of devices, the term “the Fold” was born. The fold is a term that was borrowed from print advertising to describe the portion of your Internet screen that you can read without doing any scrolling. Obviously, the fold on a large desktop replacement is going to be far bigger than one on an iPhone 6. Part of the discussion about the fold is if it is a good idea for you to put content or designs below it. One school of thought was that you needed to put your information above…
  • 23 Inspiring Branding, Visual Identity and Logo Design Examples

    Muhammad Faisal
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    Designing corporate branding or visual identity can be most valuable asset for any company or brand. Corporate branding is what sets your business apart from your competitors. Business card, compliment slip, envelop and letterhead is the key elements of creative branding. We are already showcased lots of business logo design and business cards that will help you to spark creative ideas for your branding or visual identity projects. Today we’ve shared hand-picked examples of branding, visual identity and logo design created by professional designers and graphic design agencies. You…
  • Top 20 Web Development Tools

    Naveed Ahmed
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:58 am
    Web design and development is a constantly changing field that receives its fair share of challenges daily. Regardless of whether we’re talking about making websites look the same on a wide variety of resolutions or building in as much interactivity into them without requiring a lot of back and forth communication between website and server, it’s clear that developers and designers have their work cut out for them. Luckily, there are a lot of great tools out there to help them be as creative and productive as possible. We’ve selected the top 20 we’ve found to tell you about. 1.
  • 29 Custom Font Families for Designers

    Yasir Jawaid
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Highest quality custom font families in biggest Fonts bundle! If you are looking custom fonts for your font library, this Font Deal is just for you! 29 custom fonts from professional designers is this bundle one of the biggest and best quality premium custom fonts bundle ever! With almost 93% off and available for limited time only, you’ll need to grab this new 5in1 mega bundle while you can. With this deal you get: 29 Custom Font Families ( TTF or OTF or both font formats ) Lot of vector shapes and logo templates Wide Variety of Uses Unique additions for your font and graphic…
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    The Designer Wall

  • Contest: Design An Album Cover For Lifehouse

    The Designer Wall
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Design an official album cover for Lifehouse and their new full-length release entitled ‘Seven’. One winner will receive $1000 and an autographed copy of the new album.   Lifehouse is scheduled to release ‘Seven’ in the spring of 2015. In anticipation of their new album, the band has just released the first song called “Flight”. Download the new track from iTunes here.   Suggested Theme & Style Guidelines Your mission is to design the cover for Lifehouse’s new album ‘Seven’. Before starting your design, head to the More Info…
  • Download Polya Free Font by Adrien Coquet

    The Designer Wall
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:06 pm
    There is nothing like finding the perfect font to finish off your digital layout! That’s why font designer Adrien Coquet made another free font for us to use in our design projects. Download Download Polya Free Font by Adrien Coquet is a post from: The Designer Wall The post Download Polya Free Font by Adrien Coquet appeared first on The Designer Wall.
  • 5 Letterhead Design Mockup to Download for 2014

    The Designer Wall
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Having a well-designed letterhead can really help others see your work. Be sure to make your letterhead designs eye-catching that will definitely help you win work and get a better job.                       So here we’ve selected 10 useful mock up of letterhead design that will really make them stand out from the crowd.   1. Letterhead Mockup by MARKBARTLE   In this .psd, included is a fully customisable vector letterhead mockup using a combination of layer styles, Gradients and Paths. Each layer is fully…
  • Pretty Cool Travel Kit Packaging Design

    The Designer Wall
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    A student project for Packaging Design – “where we had to create one set of packaging that represents one particular place in Bandung, Indonesia”.   Many people know Braga Street as one of Bandung’s most iconic places, and has become one of the biggest tourism places in Bandung-known mainly for its Art Deco achitecture that represents its herigate & colonial past. Braga Street still has the potential to be more recognized, but sadly it hasn’t got its own identity yet.   The solution is, to create one set of packaging consists of some of Braga…
  • Amazing Paper Animation that will Entertain You

    The Designer Wall
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Katarzyna Kijek and Przemysław Adamski an artist from Poland, teamed up to make this wonderful paper animation called “Katachi” that means shape. Different shapes are cut and lined up to make a very entertaining short video that is very entertaining to watch as if you are watching Japanese contemporary arts.                   Below are few pictures on how it’s done. I guess you don’t have an idea how this works, so I included a video below for you to see the output of their masterpiece.   Shugo Tokumaru / Katachi from…
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    Upper Case » Blog

  • 5 Novel Promotional Gift Ideas This Christmas

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Promotional gifts are an ideal way to share the festive season with your customers to thank them for their custom during the year. You may also want to give them to your employees as a small token of appreciation for all their hard work during the year. Or perhaps you will want to use them to garner some additional customers at a particular Christmas event. Most companies will be thinking of doing the same thing so there will be a flurry of small promotional gifts being aimed at people from all directions. So, to keep your company’s message at the forefront…
  • Logo Design Tips for Small Businesses

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:58 am
    When you think of Nike’s logo, you instantly picture the world famous swoosh. When you think of the technology giant Apple, you can picture the renowned apple symbol with the bite taken. These logos, and many more like them, are famous the world over and are instantly recognisable. Such are the benefits of a well-designed logo. However, these benefits are not just limited to large multinational companies and small businesses should not underestimate the power of a well thought out logo. The logo is often the first thing belonging to a small business that a potential customer sees and so its…
  • 5 Elements of Branding that Every Small Business Should Know

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:26 am
    It is a reality of business that it does not matter how good your product or service is; if nobody knows about it you cannot sell it. As obvious a statement as this seems to be, new business owners continually fail to give enough attention to promotion. Branding is a particularly important aspect of promotion. It is what helps you develop recognition and differentiate yourself from the competition. Your brand is not just your business’s name, it is the personality of your company and how you want your business to be viewed as a whole. Any brand is made up of a number of different elements…
  • Graphics Design Concepts that Make an Impact

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:28 am
    Whether you are selling a product, raising awareness for a charity or simply displaying information it needs to have an impact on the viewer to be successful. The craft of graphic design is crucial here. Creating an impact not only grabs the attention of the viewer it also makes them more likely to remember the critical information. The displayed information can come in many forms, a television or magazine ad, a brochure, a catalogue, a prospectus, a report, the list goes on. What they have in common is that they need to convey information in a pleasing way that strikes, then retains the…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Surviving and Thriving at a Trade Show

    23 Jun 2014 | 4:09 am
    Your industry trade show is a great opportunity to develop connections, build your client list and ultimately expand your business. However it can be a taxing environment and is unlike any other business event you might attend throughout the rest of the year. Attending a trade show is also an investment with fees for a stall and the cost of promotional materials. To make the most of this investment and the opportunity a trade show provides you need to not only survive the show but to thrive there. Be Prepared The key difference between surviving a trade show and thriving at a trade show is…
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    Company Folders

  • 114 Hypnotically Cute Photoshop Brush Sets

    Vladimir Gendelman
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    114 Hypnotically Cute Photoshop Brush SetsIn Western culture, we sometimes look at “cuteness” as a childish or juvenile quality—but in Japan, it’s a whole different story. The prevailing “kawaii” culture in Japan puts so much value on being cute that even police agencies use adorable mascots to reach their audience. And even here in America, the power of cuteness can’t [...]
  • Clientele from Hell: When to Fire Your Graphic Design Clients

    Vladimir Gendelman
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Clientele from Hell: When to Fire Your Graphic Design ClientsOne of the best things about being a freelance graphic designer is the freedom to pick your clients—but it can also be one of the worst things. It means having to protect your own interests and knowing when to let a client go for the sake of your career, your finances, or your general sanity. [...]
  • Why Every Entrepreneur Must Learn Photoshop

    Vladimir Gendelman
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Why Every Entrepreneur Must Learn PhotoshopSuccessful entrepreneurs often wear many hats: salesperson, spokesperson, marketer, innovator, leader, social media guru and motivational speaker. If you want to dress for success, then it’s time to think about adding a “designer” hat to your wardrobe. Your company’s visual identity defines the way your audience perceives your brand—don’t you think you should have a [...]
  • 10 Commandments of Working for Free as a Graphic Designer

    Vladimir Gendelman
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    10 Commandments of Working for Free as a Graphic DesignerIf you ever want to get a bunch of graphic designers riled up, gather them together in a room and ask them this question: “Should graphic designers ever work for free?” It’s been a hot-button issue in creative fields for as long as anybody can remember, and there’s no definite answer that everybody can agree [...]
  • 101 Fabulously Retro Vintage Photoshop Brush Sets

    Vladimir Gendelman
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    101 Fabulously Retro Vintage Photoshop Brush SetsGood design never goes out of style; it just becomes “vintage” over time. Nostalgia is a powerful tool for designers because it creates an instant emotional bond with the audience. The right design aesthetic can conjure up memories of our childhood and help us to connect with the generations that came before us. This extensive [...]
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    Graphic Fashion

  • Videos Tutorial To Make Your Photo Awesome

    Hollee Wood
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    Originally posted on Itechboat:Video tutorials are very easy  to learn so here are some video tutorials from itechboat ejoy these. ? 1.Vampire Effect in Photoshop – Advanced Tutorial  …
  • The Importance of Kerning…

    Hollee Wood
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:20 pm
  • Kerning Game

    Hollee Wood
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm This is a pretty cool game that helps you develop kerning skills.  Enjoy.
  • How To Change The Background in Adobe Photoshop

    Hollee Wood
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    I found this video about how to change a background of a picture in Adobe Photoshop, on The Photoshop Video Tutorials Channel on YouTube.  Enjoy :)
  • Atmospheric Perspective

    Hollee Wood
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    Atmospheric perspective is the effect on an object as it travels further away into the distance, through the atmosphere.  It is also known as “aerial perspective.” Have you ever noticed that […]
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    Design Roast

  • Introduction to Shortcodes & 7 WordPress Shortcodes Plugins to Try

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    WordPress shortcodes are an excellent way to add more style or advanced elements to your content. If you’ve been using the platform for quite some time, then you’ve probably used shortcodes in the past without even knowing it. If you’re new to the platform, then you’ll want to get familiar with them because they are ... The post Introduction to Shortcodes & 7 WordPress Shortcodes Plugins to Try appeared first on Design Roast.
  • Contest: Design a Web Form for a Chance at $7500

    13 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Want to win $7500, or one of six $500 prizes? It’s time to put your web design skills to use. JotForms is hosting a contest for creative uses of their new form design tool. Form Designer is a powerful webform creation tool that allows both novice webmasters and experienced web developers to put together great-looking, ... The post Contest: Design a Web Form for a Chance at $7500 appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 7 More Design Blogs You Should Be Reading

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    Reading design blogs is an excellent way to keep tabs on industry trends and get inspiration. A previous post I published about must-read design blogs may have urged you to follow worthy blogs like Smashing Mag, SitePoint and CreativePro. If you enjoyed that list, you’ll love this follow-up post with seven more suggestions for design ... The post 7 More Design Blogs You Should Be Reading appeared first on Design Roast.
  • How to Create Your Own #ThingsOrganizedNeatly Masterpiece

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    I don’t know about you, but as a designer I love deconstructing things. What makes something tick? What are all its elements? What colors make it pop? So it was natural that the #ThingsOrganizedNeatly trend and blog would catch my eye – and I’d bet you’d like it too: According to the project’s founder, Austin ... The post How to Create Your Own #ThingsOrganizedNeatly Masterpiece appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 7 Great Parallax Scrolling Tutorials

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    When browsing the web, you have likely come across sites that utilize parallax web design, which is inspired by video games and their ability to handle varying background image movement. This creates a visually stunning effect, enhancing both presentation and scrolling intuitiveness that can hook website visitors. You can see some great examples of parallax ... The post 7 Great Parallax Scrolling Tutorials appeared first on Design Roast.
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    Inkbot Design

  • Top 10 Car Logos

    17 Nov 2014 | 3:14 am
    Next in the 'top 10' series, we have the top 10 car manufacturer logo designs. What's your favourite car brand?The post Top 10 Car Logos is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Houdini’s Unique Business Cards

    10 Nov 2014 | 2:03 am
    Check out these unique business cards owned by famous illusionist Harry Houdini. Part one in a five part series looking at the business cards of famous people.The post Houdini’s Unique Business Cards is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • 6 Keys to Successful Branding

    3 Nov 2014 | 3:46 am
    What steps do you need to consider when creating successful Branding for your Company or business? Here are my 6 tips so that your Brand is effective.The post 6 Keys to Successful Branding is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Stefan Sagmeister

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Next in the Famous Graphic Designers Series is the amazing Stefan Sagmeister!The post Stefan Sagmeister is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • 5 Elements to Include in Business Stationery

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:18 am
    Your business stationery is a first-hand representation of your company to the public. As such, it needs to convey an overall company message.The post 5 Elements to Include in Business Stationery is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
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  • Best Video App for Marketing: Instagram or Vine?

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:59 pm
    In June of 2013, we wrote about Facebook’s release of a new video function in the popular photo-sharing app Instagram to compete with the rising popularity of video-sharing app Vine. With both video-sharing platforms in popular use for over a year, video content in social media has become a true medium for marketing and branding. But which app is winning? When it comes to connecting with customers, is Vine or Instagram a better tool for brand marketing? Let’s compare: Telling a storyOne of the bigger complaints users have against Vine is the video length. Vine limits you to six-second…
  • Apps For Managing Your Small Business’s Finances

    1 Nov 2014 | 10:32 pm
    As a small business owner, it’s important to stay on top of your business’s finances. Luckily there are plenty of amazing apps on the market to help even the financially inept business owners manage money. From handling invoices and estimating cost, to tracking billings and creating financial reports, there are apps that make tracking business expenses simple and easy­ – and all from the convenience of your smartphone, too. Here are some of our top apps for managing your finances:PayPal (Free)Available for iOS, Android, and Windows devices, the PayPal app is a user-friendly, mobile…
  • Is Your Homepage Driving Away Visitors?

    5 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
    The back button is the most widely used command on the web, so from the moment a visitor lands on your homepage it needs to be working to help keep visitors on your site. If your website can’t fill users’ needs immediately, they are likely to exit your site without taking the time to look around. However, by avoiding these common mistakes on your homepage, you can create a website that grabs your visitors’ attentions and gives them a reason to stay.Too Busy of a HomepageGraphics can create a visually interesting website, but too much animation or added graphics can make your homepage…
  • Hello World Design Selected For CSS Garden Awards!

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Hello World Design is proud to announce that we have been selected for CSS Garden awards for our work on the websites of Portland-based law firm,, and certification and inspection tag manufacture, Certags. As part of the awards, these two websites were featured front and center on the CSS Garden homepage.Located in Portland, Ore., ICS Law is a non-profit immigration law firm that is dedicated to serving the needs of the Oregon immigrant communities. ICS has more than three decades of experience providing quality, affordable immigration legal services, including anti-human…
  • Blazin’ Hydrographics Rolls Out New Look

    24 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Hello World Design is pleased to announce the launch of the brand new logo for Blazin’ Hydrographics. The redesigned Blazin’ Hydrographics logo better represents the company image and their dedication to providing high-quality water-transfer prints. Officially unveiled in August, 2014, the new logo will freshen their web presence, including their website and any future social media channels, as well as marketing material and company business cards. We feel the new logo is an exciting step for the future of the business and hope you enjoy the updated look as much as we do. Feel…
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    Logo Geek

  • ‘SMART’ logo design principles

    Ian Paget
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    When it comes to logo design, personally I don’t believe there are any rules. In the words of Paul Rand: A logos primary goal is to identify… to say who the company is, and that’s its only function. Although rules don’t exist as such, there are proven guidelines that can be learned from the great graphic designers of the past – we can see whats worked for them (as they have stood the test of time), and what hasn’t. Looking at past logo designs, we can see principles which apply to all the best of these.  These principles can be made into a simple acronym… SMART:…
  • 2015 Transform Awards Europe

    Ian Paget
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Its been an exciting few months for me. Last month I was invited to join the jury for Logo Lounge book 9, and now I have been confirmed as a media partner, and judge for the 2015 Transform Awards Europe. This is the second time I’ve been involved with the awards, and I’m still just as excited about it as I was the first time round. You can read my first experience judging the transform awards here.   A Global Celebration of Brands The Transform Awards is a global celebration of brand development, reputation management and rebranding, that recognise best practice in corporate, product…
  • I’m on the jury for Logo Lounge book 9!

    Ian Paget
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    I still can’t quite believe it… I’m going to be on the jury for Logo Lounge book 9! This has to be a highlight of my year (even my life) – I’m extremely excited to be part of it, and whats even better… Bill Gardner has kindly allowed me to blog and talk about the experience, so I can give others an insight into what it’s like to be on the jury to select the best 2000 logo designs from over 30,000 submitted.   What’s Logo Lounge? Logo Lounge is both a logo design book series as well as an online database with over 200,000 logos and brand identities from more…
  • The designers goal: To elevate what we see

    Ian Paget
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    I recently attended a talk at the London Design Festival with Paula Scher of Pentagram, a partner in the New York office. Being at the forefront of graphic design for four decades, I knew I could learn something from this discussion with the legendary designer, and I certainly did. During the hour long interview there was a lot of excellent insights into her work, however it was one comment made during the Q&A session which stood out for me, and will play a role in future logo design projects. She said: “The designers goal is to raise the expectation of what design should be. To elevate…
  • Own your brand identity: become a market leader

    Ian Paget
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    When you’re a new business owner and you start thinking about your logo and identity, typically you may think to yourself “I would like my logo be similar X company logo” or you may envy a competitor and wish to emulate their success by having a similar looking logo. Other times you may notice your competition are using a certain symbol, shape, font or colour, so you think to do the same to fit in with the industry. Or when a new logo design trend comes about you may wish to follow it to have the latest and greatest. But did you know this way of thinking can actually damage your…
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    Web Design Nottingham & Graphic Design Nottingham

  • The Most Epic web optimisation Blunders of 2014

    The Design Geeks
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:37 am
    Latest news from A2B Designers. There’s nothing new about search engine optimization, and but  if you gaze throughout the spectrum of websites on the internet on the end of 2014, you’re going to see an infinite array of blunders and boo-boos. Don’t let the web optimization consultants attempt to persuade you that basic, steadfast search engine optimization is sophisticated or thoughts-boggling. It can get a bit convoluted with terminology (canonical URLs, anybody), however the fact is, the inspiration of improbable web optimization shouldn’t be rocket science. Nor has it…
  • Google: Ready to crack down on Non-Mobile-Friendly Sites

    The Design Geeks
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:49 am
    Latest news from A2B Designers. Perhaps you’ve executed a whole website improvement or have at the least taken steps to make your website extra mobile-Responsive; perhaps you’re nonetheless on the fence. This interval of indecision could also be coming to a finish with the testing of Google’s newest mobile-friendly search icon. Google’s Big Test On September 30, Google started testing new mobile-friendly icons. When a consumer carried out a search on a mobile gadget, a small green mobile-friendly icon would appear on websites that had been mobile-friendly. This allowed customers…
  • How to make use of artistic energy to barter

    The Design Geeks
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    Latest news from A2B Designers. Here’s the dilemma. Our energy to create is what makes us human. The outcomes of human creativity are throughout us. Those of us who’re fortunate sufficient to make our living by means of our inventive experience make an immense contribution. We routinely make the emotional connection between: firms and prospects, merchandise and people, motion pictures and audiences, music and listeners, ideas and emotions and on and on. Yet we’re additionally routinely under paid. As an instance, a fast Google search reveals that legal professionals are paid…
  • 7.8 Million Link Removal Requests Filed In One Week

    The Design Geeks
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    Latest news from A2B Designers. Google DMCA Notices Reach Record High With 7.8 Million Link Removal Requests Filed In One Week Going on Google’s latest takedown discover numbers, it appears to be like as if the location could also be spending as a lot time on hyperlink elimination requests as it’s algorithm updates. According to TorrentFreak, Google is now processing a median of greater than 1,000,000 takedown requests a day, an infinite enhancement from 5 years in the past when the positioning was averaging one request each six days from copyright owners making an attempt to battle…
  • Website on a Budget Part 2

    The Design Geeks
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:45 am
    Latest news from A2B Designers. Website On A Budget: What should i use to save cost….CONT Back to part 1 Social Share by AddThis Get extra site visitors again to your web site by putting in the AddThis WordPress plugin. With AddThis, your customers can promote your content material by sharing to over 330 of the most well-liked social networking and bookmarking websites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn. Google XML Sitemaps This plugin will generate a particular XML sitemap, which is able to assist serps like Google, Bing, Yahoo and to higher index your…
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    Graphic Design | Logo Design | Website Design | London

  • Six Critical Reasons To Be Blogging As A Small Business Owner

    16 Nov 2014 | 4:42 am
        Many small business owners may have the misconception that once they have set up a website for their company they are good to go in the online world. Actually that’s not really the case – what every small business needs is a blog. People might not see the advantages of a blog and think […] The post Six Critical Reasons To Be Blogging As A Small Business Owner appeared first on Graphic Design | Logo Design | Website Design | London.
  • Why Branding Is Vital For Small Businesses.

    9 Nov 2014 | 2:35 am
      Branding is a key part of any business, big or small. Branding is the first step to creating an identity for your brand that will be instantly recognisable; engage with your target market and help your business flourish. As mentioned in our  previous post, What is Graphic Design? we said: “Branding is creating an appealing […] The post Why Branding Is Vital For Small Businesses. appeared first on Graphic Design | Logo Design | Website Design | London.
  • Portrait Artist| Interview |London

    6 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
      Portrait Artist Phil Galloway London  Tell us a little bit about your background & what it is you do now.  Hi there! Originally I studied a Masters in the History of Art, my degree exposed me to a vast array of amazing artists and various techniques, and I suppose that really strengthened my respect for […] The post Portrait Artist| Interview |London appeared first on Graphic Design | Logo Design | Website Design | London.
  • Using Facebook Ads | Targeting Customers with content

    2 Nov 2014 | 3:43 am
    Using Facebook Ads | Targeting Customers with content. So you have started your small business Facebook page and invited all your relatives and friends to like and share. This is great but as we all know our friends and families are the least likely to be our customers. They are following your page most likely […] The post Using Facebook Ads | Targeting Customers with content appeared first on Graphic Design | Logo Design | Website Design | London.
  • What is Graphic Design?

    26 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
                           What is Graphic Design? Graphic Design is a profession that is often misunderstood and pigeon holed with other creative professions. To put it simply graphic design is a method is used to inform, entertain, engage and persuade. The dictionary definition of graphic design is: […] The post What is Graphic Design? appeared first on Graphic Design | Logo Design | Website Design | London.
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    Online Free Tools

  • Want to Teach? Try These Eight Top Online Tutoring Sites

    Kamran Khan
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:28 pm
    What’s better than learning?  Sharing what you learn.  Learning is incomplete if you don’t share it with others.  But you don’t have to become a professional teacher to share the learning.  One of the best ways is to tutor students as your schedule and circumstances permit.  It is a great way to make extra money while going to college or even as a part time gig.  The world of web 2.0 has opened
  • Take Blogging to the Next Level with Top 7 Android Apps

    Kamran Khan
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Blogging is a passion and a full-time job for hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Fortunately, Android and smartphones have made it extremely easy for bloggers to manage and update their blogs. Even if you are on the road, you can still stay connected through your mobile device. There are many amazing apps in Google Play that are ideal for bloggers. They allow you to maintain
  • 7 Functional Tools Bloggers Can Use to Generate Article Topics

    Kamran Khan
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    There are so many things going on a blogger's mind and to relieve themselves of these ideas, they write them one by one. They share it on their blog and get traffic from readers who frequently visit it. Admittedly, there are moments when a writer's mind go haywire. They can't think of any good topic to write. It's common. Many writer's experience writer's block when they are intensely stressed,
  • Top 5 Online Note Taking Applications

    Kamran Khan
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    People can't memorize everything. In case you're on a business call or scheduling your workday, most of the times you immediately have to jot down a small number of notes. Through the best apps, your cell phone or tablet can turn out to be a note-keeping device. A digital machine keeps notes that give big benefit to carry on notes with us.You won't drop them, because they're saved on your mobile
  • 10 Web Tools for College Students and Teachers to Use

    Kamran Khan
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    It’s the age of the Internet, which means most of the things you are supposed to pay for are now free, such as software, songs and movies. It also means that there are lots of web tools a college student or teacher may use. Many are free and some are quite cheap when you compare them with the prices you would pay if you bought them from a shop. Here are ten web tools for college students and
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    Down The Line Design and Marketing

  • 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…
  • A check list for your next Direct Mail campaign

    12 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    With easy access to a range of free / low-cost email marketing tools such as MailChimp, there’s an assumption that printed Direct Mail is no longer worth considering. An email can be sent for free, versus the cost of print and postage. Design of an email can sometimes be a lot quicker and therefore cheaper than Direct Mail. But if you think about your own experiences in receiving marketing emails, how many of them to do you actually stop and open, let alone read? I subscribe to a range of updates, news, offers, you name it. From a wide variety of brands. But the only ones that actually…
  • How graphic design can help get your customers’ attention

    6 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    You want your customers to hear what you’re saying. But getting their attention can prove tricky for a whole range or reasons. Such as; they’re not hanging out where your message is they haven’t got time to hear what you’ve got to say it’s the wrong time, their focus is elsewhere they don’t even see what you have to say they find what you have to say confusing they don’t think it’s relevant to them they’re paying attention to something else they’re not sure which part of your message is for them …the list goes on.
  • Why the supermarket industry is a great industry to learn from

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Having spent some time in the retail industry in my earlier career I’ve always had an interest in the supermarket industry, from the marketing perspective. I’ve considered it like an ongoing case study. An industry that covers so many facets of marketing, that every business owner and marketeer can learn from it. And of course it’s an easy industry to follow. I shop every week. I watch a bit of telly. I read papers. I browse online. I read the news. I drive around Cheltenham. So there’s not a day goes by that I don’t see something to do with the supermarket…
  • The Pepsi logo. A great example of logo evolution.

    7 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I can’t remember where, but over the weekend I saw an advert for Pepsi. I can’t even remember what it said. There may have been a celebrity in it, to woo the younger market (although obviously they can’t do that on purpose!). What struck me, as I’m not a fizzy pop drinker, was the simplicity of the Pepsi logo. Which got me thinking, I’m sure I remember a logo from my childhood that was a lot different. So I thought I’d have a look. Google delivered.   The Pepsi logo through the ages What’s striking, not just the vast difference between the Pepsi…
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    Offset printing technology | Offset lithography

  • Use Of Graphics Standards In The Packaging Industry

    2 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    The clients and manufacturers of packaging are in a perpetual struggle about proofs and printed products, color intensity, uniformity of the product to the original, colors, etc.. Almost 90% of all complaints in the printing industry refers to the printed color. The main reason are the expectations of buyers and predictability of the results of the final product. The most common problem of printing houses is satisfying the customer’s expectations in terms of color. So often we hear the statement from them that their customers are doing some corrections of ink applying on a printing…
  • Three Ninja Tips for Creating Synergy with Your Pick-and-Pack Fulfillment Process

    4 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Your ecommerce business is only going to be as successful as your fulfilment process allows. Juggernauts like Amazon and Zappos have masterminded some of the most effective fulfillment systems in history, and we can all borrow a ninja skill from their playbooks. In this article, learn about three ways that you can streamline order fulfillment by making some simple changes that will save you both time and money. Ninja Use Peel-Off Shipping Labels While there are plenty of ecommerce shopkeepers who have sworn by thermal labels for eons, the truth is that they can greatly limit your productivity…
  • Time-Saving Methods You Can Use to Decrease Order Fulfillment Hours at Your Ecommerce Store

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    If you run an online store and you are experiencing growth, it is a very exciting prospect. Watching your hard work and efforts pay off with sweet dividends is always a rewarding experience. The one downside is that your online store is only going to be able to grow so long as you are able to manage your order and fulfillment expeditiously. Many store owners realize this after the fact, when they are already getting so many orders each day that they struggle to fulfill them all in a timely manner, thus delaying the shipments, much to their frustration of their customers. Fortunately, there…
  • A Short History of Printing

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    Printing is essentially the process of images and text reproduced through a template or master form. If there is an invention so crucial and vital in the life of humans, it has to be the ability to print. Through printing we are able to produce in huge numbers magazines, newspapers, books, photographs, leaflets and many other publications. It has played the grand and vital role of promoting knowledge and literacy across the divide in basically any part of the world. history of printing East Asia The history of printing is believed to start in East Asia, where the woodblock printing technique…
  • The Importance of Data Breach Prevention

    25 May 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Now more than ever, companies need to focus more on data breach prevention. Companies rely on technology to store their data and private information and no technology is flawless. In 2013, the number of data breaches skyrocketed. Hackers accessed some well-known companies sensitive information, costing them millions of dollars. A data breach can cost around three million dollars on average. Data breaches also causes companies to lose customers because they no longer feel that their information will be safe dealing with that company. Then they will has to work even harder to rebuild their…
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