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  • Sorting Out the Dress Mess: A Round-Up of Color Visions Tests and Articles - Graphics
    Mike Rankin
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    Authors: Mike RankinBody: White and gold? Black and blue? Last week the Internet learned that the color of a dress, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Specifically in the cones in your retinas. SPOILER ALERT The dress turned out to be black and blue, and you can buy it for £50 at Amazon. But whether you saw the dress as black and blue or white and gold, if you design for a living, you should understand the strengths and weaknesses of your color vision, and how it affects your work. Here at CreativePro, we've written many times about online color vision tests, some of which…
  • 99.9% Of People Who Thought They Are Tetrachromats Are Wrong ;p

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    Kevin Mark Rabida
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:39 pm
    It started with this photograph, the blue and black (or is it white and gold?) dress that sent the internet into a vicious furor, breaking close friendships and ruining long-standing relationships on whether what they were seeing was real, or a great practical joke they weren’t in on. A glitch in the Matrix? There were a lot of attempts to explain this discrepancy, such as this article from LinkedIn. Entitled 25% of the people have a 4th cone and see colors as they are ;p, neuromarketing expert Professor Diana Derval said that you can determine if you have this elusive 4th cone in…
  • 20 cool typography experiments

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    Sabina Hona
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    In this today’s blog post, we have 20 cool typography experiments that will give your design a new look. Have a look at them below. 1. Space Paper Typography This is a sculptural work by Jerome Corgier which is available here. 2. The letter K This cool typography is designed by Catalin Margarit which is […] The post 20 cool typography experiments appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • The Bézier Game—Think You Can Master The Pen Tool?

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    Kevin Mark Rabida
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:51 pm
    It’s the bane of every beginner in Photoshop and Illustrator. With a very steep learning curve (pun intended), the Pen tool is one of the hardest tools to master, but learning how to use it would definitely make your work quick and efficient. Mexican Interaction Designer Mark Mackay created a solution for that—The Bézier Game, a game to help you master the pen tool. The Bézier Game teaches you the basic functionalities of the Pen Tool, from creating anchor points and drawing curves. It’s name derives from Bézier curves, the proper name of the curves generated by the Pen…
  • Bags that look totally cartoonish

    Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:58 pm
    The pictures in this post make it hard to tell whether these bags are real or Photoshopped into the picture. According to Jump From Paper’s website, the bags are real but just look very, very cartoonish. The post Bags that look totally cartoonish appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
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  • Creative Tidbits #188: More designing women and inspiration

    Fred Showker
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Where does creative inspiration come from? It can appear when you least expect it -- or you can go looking for it, which is what we do! Follow along with our next quest for people doing creative stuff that will inspire us! New Cleveland Browns Logo 'Uninspired, Boring': A Graphic Designer's Take Graphic designer, eh? More or less creatively satisfyingSewickley painter turns hobby into successful careerUCF exhibit illustrates art's healing powerNo One Takes Graphic Designers SeriouslyGrab a set of SIX great wood textures... and more on the way! read more
  • 20th Annual Designing Women Celebration Too

    Fred Showker
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:40 am
    Okay, we've found some more for "Women's History Month"! Actually, some of these were sent in by readers, and we have several more to bring ing. Ladies and gentlemen, we present the 20th Annual Designing Women edition surf part TWO : Marie Assénat : How much fun can you have? Jessica Svendsen : real graphic designLeta takes a unique point of viewFelicita Sala Italian playfulnessNicole Miller-WongAmanda Jane Jonesand more to come! read more
  • Illustrator, Photoshop Easter Collage

    Ainsley Bevis
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Just in time for Easter, this cute little tutorial draws eggs, chicks and rabbits for a montage -- drills into Illustrator's Pathfinder tools then goes out to finish up in Photoshop! Join in the fun read more
  • A Pictorial tour through fashions of the 20th Century

    Fred Showker
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    As we embark on this year's "Women's History Month" someone mentioned that fashion plays a huge role in societal development -- and that some of the world's most beloved fashion designers are women! So we pulled from the Design-bookshelf's playbook and opened these books that follow a bit of the path of fashion. The samples we've included here are drawings or actual clip art that appeared in publications. They all give a visual waltz through the 19th and 20th centuries of fashion! Enjoy! read more
  • Meet Lois van Baarle, illustrator, painter, teacher, animator and designing woman!

    Fred Showker
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Every year one individual seems to stand out from the rest -- captivating our interest and admiration. In 2008 it was Luba Lukova; in 2010 it was Jessica Hische; ten years ago it was Nena Anderson -- there are many others, and they all have one thing in common. Beside their extraordinary talent they share a unique perspective of vision along with an entrepreneurial spirit that takes them to the top of their field! Lois van Baarle epitomizes those qualities -- and is our Designing Woman for March 2015! read more
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  • Virtual Event: Top Brands Share Modern Strategies on Brand Management

    4 Mar 2015 | 2:25 am
    What does it take to be a brand genius in today’s competitive digital world? From reinventing an old brand to making a new brand noticeable, what strategies are some of the leading brands using today? Join WebDAM for a complimentary virtual event, where you’ll hear brand experts from some of the world’s top brands share […] The post Virtual Event: Top Brands Share Modern Strategies on Brand Management appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • A collection of inspiring line-based logos

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:35 pm
    I remember one of my first classes in design school, when our teacher started to explain about the elements of graphic design: the dot, the line, and the surface. In this post we look at some logo design work created by graphic designers that thought that the line is enough. 1. Classics A beautiful logo […] The post A collection of inspiring line-based logos appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Tentacular book papercuts by Barbara Wildenboer

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:25 pm
    South-African artist Barbara Wildenboer likes to books pages. She does it in a mind-blowing way, by creating impressive tentacles coming out of the books in an organic structure. For that, she uses abandonned scientific books and let some words, illustrations, or sentences, pop up from these lively sculptures. The post Tentacular book papercuts by Barbara Wildenboer appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • 20 cool typography experiments

    Sabina Hona
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    In this today’s blog post, we have 20 cool typography experiments that will give your design a new look. Have a look at them below. 1. Space Paper Typography This is a sculptural work by Jerome Corgier which is available here. 2. The letter K This cool typography is designed by Catalin Margarit which is […] The post 20 cool typography experiments appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Bags that look totally cartoonish

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:58 pm
    The pictures in this post make it hard to tell whether these bags are real or Photoshopped into the picture. According to Jump From Paper’s website, the bags are real but just look very, very cartoonish. The post Bags that look totally cartoonish appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
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  • USM graphic design students win big At ADDYS - Hattiesburg American

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Hattiesburg AmericanUSM graphic design students win big At ADDYSHattiesburg American"These awards from a professional organization validate the quality work our students are producing, said Douglas, coordinator of the graphic design program. "We are very proud of their accomplishments and how well this represents the Art and Design ...and more »
  • Visual Designer Manager, Graphic Design - Illustration, K-12 - EdSurge

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Visual Designer Manager, Graphic Design - Illustration, K-12EdSurgeTenMarks, an Amazon company headquartered in Burlingame, CA, is on a mission to build a brighter future for students. Hundreds of thousands of students across the country use TenMarks Math and TenMarks Summer Math Program to help improve and ...
  • CSULB's Spring 2015 Graphic Design Class to Hold Fundraiser for Senior Show - Long Beach Post

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Long Beach PostCSULB's Spring 2015 Graphic Design Class to Hold Fundraiser for Senior ShowLong Beach PostGraphicDesign 2 The graduating Spring 2015 BFA Graphic Design class at CSULB is hosting a fundraiser to garner support for their Senior Show this May, with proceeds going toward materials, printing and display equipment needed for the exhibition, ...
  • Meet the Graphic Design Mastermind Behind the Best Part of the Oscars - Slate Magazine (blog)

    24 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
    Slate Magazine (blog)Meet the Graphic Design Mastermind Behind the Best Part of the OscarsSlate Magazine (blog)During Sunday night's Oscars, the elegant slides that announced each category may have been the best part of the broadcast. For Best Picture, a row of animated bullets left a trail of blood on the title sequence for American Sniper. A black watercolor and more »
  • Could Graphic Design Help People Better Relate To Each Other? - Co.Design

    17 Feb 2015 | 5:21 am
    Co.DesignCould Graphic Design Help People Better Relate To Each Other?Co.DesignCould Graphic Design Help People Better Relate To Each Other? Inspired by the pictorial language of signs, Values is a deck of cards that aims to help people better understand themselves and others. 0 Notes; 6 Pin. 40 Plus. 323 Share. 672 Tweet. 521 Like.
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  • IIDA 2015 Educator of the Year Award

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:37 pm
    The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is calling for applications for the Fourth Annual IIDA Educator of the Year Award, established to honor extraordinary accomplishment and dedication to Interior Design by a full-time educator.
  • Built by Women New York City

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Built by Women is a social and educational initiative, celebrating women's contributions to the built environment.
  • ITS 2015: The Future

    Levent Ozler
    21 Feb 2015 | 4:20 pm
    ITS 2015, the fourteenth edition of International Talent Support, is now open for entries. The competition seeks young talent to support and showcase their creativity.
  • Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2015

    Levent Ozler
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:29 am
    Pantone has released the Fall 2015 Fashion Color Report. The report offers a comprehensive overview of designers' use of color in their upcoming collections.
  • International Yearbook Communication Design 2014/2015

    Levent Ozler
    9 Feb 2015 | 1:10 am
    Red Dot has released the 2014/2015 International Yearbook Communication Design, featuring the world's best and latest innovations in the field of communication design.
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  • Janna Coumoundouros on making art and making it in Detroit

    4 Mar 2015 | 12:39 am
    It's hard to believe that Janna Coumoundouros was once so shy that she decided to go to school for graphic design instead of chasing her dream of working in fashion. Three years of classes taught her she wouldn't be happy in the field and that if she was going to get what she wanted out of life, she had to just go for it.
  • Midcentury modern in modern times: Pioneering homes become classics and continue to evolve

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    In the years after World War II, when suburban towns were still "the country," this unassuming village an hour north of Manhattan became an epicenter of modernist architecture, and a birthplace of then-radical concepts like family rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows and open-plan living. Since then, the surviving homes have continued to evolve, a transformation explored in a new book that looks at 16 of New Canaan's 91 remaining homes from this influential era.
  • Printing

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    Delta Publications prides itself in graphic design on behalf of its customers. Let our designers help design your next printed piece.
  • Wonder Woman Tech Conference Attracts Hundreds In Playa Vista

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    PLAYA VISTA - A weekend-long conference was held in Playa Vista to empower females of all ages to pursue careers in tech industries. According to researchers, tech employers have looked to diversify the sector by hiring women, and no longer solely offer jobs to men.
  • 10 essential networks for Detroit creatives

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:51 am
    Metro Detroit is home to a thriving creative economy, and the numbers prove it. According to the Creative State of Michigan's 2014 report , there are over 74,000 creative jobs in the state, which can include everything from industrial designers, architects, to graphic designers and marketers.
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  • 99.9% Of People Who Thought They Are Tetrachromats Are Wrong ;p

    Kevin Mark Rabida
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:39 pm
    It started with this photograph, the blue and black (or is it white and gold?) dress that sent the internet into a vicious furor, breaking close friendships and ruining long-standing relationships on whether what they were seeing was real, or a great practical joke they weren’t in on. A glitch in the Matrix? There were a lot of attempts to explain this discrepancy, such as this article from LinkedIn. Entitled 25% of the people have a 4th cone and see colors as they are ;p, neuromarketing expert Professor Diana Derval said that you can determine if you have this elusive 4th cone in…
  • The Bézier Game—Think You Can Master The Pen Tool?

    Kevin Mark Rabida
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:51 pm
    It’s the bane of every beginner in Photoshop and Illustrator. With a very steep learning curve (pun intended), the Pen tool is one of the hardest tools to master, but learning how to use it would definitely make your work quick and efficient. Mexican Interaction Designer Mark Mackay created a solution for that—The Bézier Game, a game to help you master the pen tool. The Bézier Game teaches you the basic functionalities of the Pen Tool, from creating anchor points and drawing curves. It’s name derives from Bézier curves, the proper name of the curves generated by the Pen…
  • Don Hertzfeldt: The Most Innovative & Creative Stick Figure Animator

    Justine Ivan Nolasco
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:46 am
    Don Hertzfeldt has been making animated shorts by drawing on paper and photographing his work on 16mm or 35mm film cameras before turning to digital. He gained a cult-following over the past two decades, especially when his animated short REJECTED (a series of crazy, and absurd commercials), went viral on the internet. It was released in the theaters in 2000 and was nominated for an Oscar.   In 2014, he directed The Simpsons’ most bizzare couch gag yet. His latest film, World of Tomorrow, won his second Grand Jury Prize for the Sundace Film Festival. “World of…
  • The Influences of Modern Minimalism

    Kevin Mark Rabida
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:51 pm
    I’ve explained in a previous post about the difference between minimalism and simplicity. For a tl;dr, simplicity is a reduction of complexity while minimalism is a reduction of quantity. To understand further the underlying idea behind minimalism, let’s look at some of the influences and predecessors of minimalism. Before that, I would like to point out that I am not an art major, but rather one who appreciates different art movements and their historical context. De Stijl Art Movement De Stijl is Dutch for the “the style”. It started in the Netherlands and featured…
  • These Oscars 2015 Title Cards Are Frigging Awesome!

    Kevin Mark Rabida
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:34 pm
    The best part of the Oscars 2015 was the title cards. No question about that. It was a treat to the eyes every time the nominees for each of the Oscars categories were presented. With a smooth transition of elements, Henry Hobson featured recognizable objects that represented each movie and created a masterfully executed image of each nominated film. Henry Hobson is a UK-based graphic designer who worked on the last seven Oscars. Aside from that, he has several award-winning graphic design work on movies such as Sherlock Holmes, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Walking Dead and The Last of…
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  • Sorting Out the Dress Mess: A Round-Up of Color Visions Tests and Articles

    Mike Rankin
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    Authors: Mike RankinBody: White and gold? Black and blue? Last week the Internet learned that the color of a dress, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Specifically in the cones in your retinas. SPOILER ALERT The dress turned out to be black and blue, and you can buy it for £50 at Amazon. But whether you saw the dress as black and blue or white and gold, if you design for a living, you should understand the strengths and weaknesses of your color vision, and how it affects your work. Here at CreativePro, we've written many times about online color vision tests, some of which…
  • Mastering Photoshop Smart Objects: Applying and Editing Layer Filters

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:38 am
    Authors: Bart Van de WieleBody: In the previous installment of our video series on masetering Smart Objects in Photoshop, we saw how to create and edit a perfect animated Star Wars crawl effect. This time, instead of focusing on one specific effect, we'll look at how you can use Smart Objects along with layers and filters to create any kind of nondestructive effect you wish. Once you see how powerful, flexible, and simple this technique is, you may never use filters the old fashioned way again. Bart Van de Wiele is a digital publishing trainer and consultant from Belgium focusing on…
  • Photobombing in Style

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Authors: Erica GametBody: Regardless of where you stand on the issue of celebrities versus paparazzi, the brilliance of the Flashback line of clothing is sure to make an impression. Made from fabric that incorporates tiny glass particles, the clothing and accessories made from this futuristic material are the only items that show up well when photographed with a flash. DJ Chris Holmes noticed that photos of people wearing reflective clothing were overwhelmed by the eerie glow, thus obscuring the subject's face and other features. No stranger to the flash of paparazzi cameras, he…
  • How to Control Point and Area Type in Illustrator

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Authors: Kirsten RourkeBody: When working in Adobe Illustrator, has your text ever seemed to behave erratically? Have you ever expected it to do one thing, only to have it do something else, seemingly at whim? Consider the following… Resizing the bounding box of your text will usually change the size of the text container and rewrap the text inside it…but not always. It may scale the text instead (distorting it if you’re not holding the Shift key). Why? There are two types of text in Adobe Illustrator. Point Type and Area (or Paragraph) Type. Which you get depends on how you…
  • Public Domain Assets at Your Fingertips

    16 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Authors: Erica GametBody: At the risk of stating the obvious, the internet is a big place. And that fact often becomes glaringly apparent when you go looking for assets for your next creative endeavor. The task can be even more overwhelming when you're looking to use low- or no-cost media. I've always been partial to the Creative Commons search engine to find this type of media and others with relaxed user licenses. But I usually end up trying to interpret and translate "license speak" and figure out if attribution is required, where it must be placed, et cetera. Frustrating! That…
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  • MUSE Newsletter: Lost in Thought with Nathan Iverson

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:19 am
    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" ""> FUSE Muse body {color:#fff; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; background-color:#fff;} a img{border:0; } p { font-size:12px;margin:10px 0;line-height:18px; } a { text-decoration:none; color:#ec008c; font-size:12px; } a:hover { color:#01b2a5; } h1 {
  • 5 Ways to Embrace Creative Failure

    23 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    “Creativity is often portrayed as a lightning bolt that strikes without warning, leaving a sudden burst of ideas in its wake,” according to Josh Linkner of Forbes. But, that’s not how it really works. Success when it comes to creativity does not come easy. Only those who strive to reach to the very top of their career find true success and accomplishment. As designers and brand strategists in
  • MUSE Newsletter: Lost in Thought with Jenna Smith

    20 Feb 2015 | 6:51 am
    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" ""> FUSE Muse body {color:#fff; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; background-color:#fff;} a img{border:0; } p { font-size:12px;margin:10px 0;line-height:18px; } a { text-decoration:none; color:#ec008c; font-size:12px; } a:hover { color:#01b2a5; } h1 {
  • How Design Helps Us Relate to Each Other

    18 Feb 2015 | 8:49 am
    People throughout the world have diverse priorities in life. Having differing loves and interests are what human beings unique; however it also can have the ability to make us feel different from another when in hindsight we are a lot more similar than we think. How people relate to each other can help to forge new relationships, solve problems and help in a motivational sense. Design has
  • MUSE Newsletter: Lost in Thought with Barry Collin

    13 Feb 2015 | 6:24 am
    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" ""> FUSE Muse body {color:#fff; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; background-color:#fff;} a img{border:0; } p { font-size:12px;margin:10px 0;line-height:18px; } a { text-decoration:none; color:#ec008c; font-size:12px; } a:hover { color:#01b2a5; } h1 {
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  • The Ombudsman

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    "If the news of me wanting to go to the Stadium at all was met with hesitancy by my parents, then the desire to be in the standing room was met with outright terror. If the Stadium was an outpost of insanity, then the standing room was its holding cell." A beautiful tribute by Sam Fels to his brother Adam and Blackhawks hockey. Effing perfect.
  • What Makes Indian Food So Delicious?

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Science, answering your important questions.
  • Fug Madness

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    Tis the season but the Fug ladies take March Madness to a new level with Fug Madness. Four brackets, Cher, Bjork, Madonna, and Charro. Get ready to tip that ball, y'all.
  • CSS Clock

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    So you know, how to build a clock using CSS. Via The Loop.
  • Tony Likes Scotch

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    The man who makes me swoon make his first endorsement.
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    Randa Clay Design

  • How To Put Social Media Icons On Your Website

    Randa Clay
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:04 pm
    So, you’ve found the perfect social media icons and you want to put them in your theme – maybe in a widget section. Here’s are step-by-step directions on how to do that. (I’m focusing on WordPress here, but the basic principles would be the same with any blogging platform) Of course, you can use this code to insert any image linking to any site – not just social media icons. 1. Download the icons you want to use You need to have the images/icons saved onto your computer, so download them from whatever site you found them on. It’s easiest if you download them to your desktop.
  • Referral!

    Randa Clay
    31 May 2014 | 9:09 am
    When the home study update was completed for the change to the India adoption program, we were told to prepare for a wait of up to a year for a referral. It sure seemed like a long time, but we know God’s timing is perfect and prepared ourselves to wait a long time to hear anything. Then suddenly, WAY sooner than expected, we received a call telling us to check our email for information about a 4 year old little boy! We have sort of been in shock ever since. It’s such a surreal thing, to read a big medical/behavioral report and see pictures of a little guy and think (unless…
  • Review: PhotoSpin Stock Images

    Randa Clay
    6 May 2014 | 10:05 am
    I was recently offered the opportunity to review the stock image site, Since I am constantly in need of well-priced, quality stock images, I gladly accepted! The images are priced at $2 for a small (864px) image, up to $20 for a large (3600px) image. Vector images are $30, which is comparable to other stock sites. They offer fonts as well- all the ones I viewed were priced at $49.95. Subscription prices start at $429 a year for 500 downloads a month. Pros: No credits! I hate having to buy credits and then only partially use them, so I really appreciate not having to do that on…
  • Around the World in One Adoption

    Randa Clay
    17 Nov 2013 | 10:13 am
    We started this process a year and a half ago, choosing Russia as the country we’d like to adopt from. Russia decided it didn’t need the US to adopt it’s children at the end of 2012, and we switched to Ethiopia, grateful we hadn’t gotten too far into the process. At some point this year, probably in the late summer, the Ethiopia program ground to a halt. We are still not quite sure why, nor why when we talked to the agency in October, they somehow mis-communicated about the nearness of a referral for us. When we talked with them again a couple of weeks ago, the story…
  • Getting Close to a Referral!

    Randa Clay
    29 Oct 2013 | 5:42 am
    The adoption process is long and slow, with lots of “hurry up and wait” times. It’s like a marathon and we’ve been plugging along and can finally almost see the finish line. We’ve had a long, slow stretch since I posted the last update, but finally things are starting to pick up! We have word that we are family number 4 on the waiting list for Ethiopia and that they have 3 children in the transitional home in Addis Ababa for those families ahead of us! For so long, this adoption has been sort of a vague, one-of-these-days kind of thing in my mind. Now suddenly,…
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  • CreativeMornings: Lulu Miller

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:32 pm
    I was lucky enough to attend this absolutely charming and inspiring DC CreativeMornings talk by Lulu Miller in person. Titled Catapulting Pellets of Chance into your Stupid Head, Lulu shares her lessons on crafting remarkable stories by accommodating chance in your creative process. Do yourself a favor and watch it. You won’t regret it.
  • The Thread

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:25 pm
    This email conversation between Maria Popova and Maira Kalman makes me crave more thoughtful, deep email conversations. (Thanks Inaki)
  • Mug Tray

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    A natural wooden tray that elegantly holds a mug and saucer, memo pad and smartphone.
  • ♥ / Squarespace

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    Thank you Squarespace for sponsoring my RSS Feed this week. Your mind is filled with creative ideas. Whether you have a side project, full-on business plan, or need a web presence for your professional portfolio, you can make anything amazing with Squarespace. Squarespace is the all-in-one website building platform that was created to meet high design and functionality standards. With Squarespace’s simple eCommerce solutions and marketing tools, you can launch your ideas into success, all while being backed by award-winning 24/7 Customer Support. Get 10% off with the code SWISSMISS. Did you…
  • Friday Link Pack

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:26 am
    Finding love after a heart transplant. A truly moving story.  – Monster Scout turns your iOS device into a real monster locator. – Some of these charts depicting what it’s like to turn 30 made me laugh out loud. – This Pool Chair might make you want to dive off it… – Phases of the moon towel. Love it. – Alto’s Adventure – a new favorite iOS game. – How stinking cute is this Shark Pillow from Target? – One of my favorite blogs, Laughing Squid, launched a store. This is doing o to be dangerous. – We so totally need one of…
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    Logo Design Love

  • The MGM lions

    David Airey
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:34 am
    The classic lion trademark was created in 1916 for the Goldwyn Pictures Corporation by ad executive Howard Dietz. Slats, appearing from 1917-1924, born in Dublin Zoo Dietz said he decided to use a lion as the company’s mascot as a tribute to his alma mater, Columbia University, whose athletic team nickname is The Lions. In 1924, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) was founded when American business magnate Marcus Loew gained control of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures Corporation and Louis B. Mayer Pictures. The first lion, called Slats, was used for the original Goldwyn Pictures design and for…
  • A new Freeview logo and identity

    David Airey
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Launched in the UK in 2002, Freeview is a subscription-free TV service delivered through an aerial that offers more than 60 TV channels and more than 25 radio stations. Freeview is managed by DTV Services Ltd, a company owned and run by its five shareholders: BBC, BSkyB, Channel 4, ITV and Arqiva, and is reported to be in 10.5 million homes. Original 2002 Freeview logo, by Lambie-Nairn 2006 refinement Dervla O’Shea from London-based DixonBaxi got in touch to share the agency’s work on Freeview’s new logo and identity. 2015 design by DixonBaxi “The new logo retains the red…
  • What does a designer need to consider when designing a logo?

    David Airey
    4 Feb 2015 | 5:07 am
    Copywriter, columnist and author Michael Evamy has released a mini edition of his popular 2007 reference book, Logo. The folk from It’s Nice That asked Michael a few relevant questions, such as this, “What does a designer need to consider when designing a logo?” “Numerous things. But before they start designing, it’s about the client, the competition, the context and the audience. These will all shape the idea. It’s about establishing parameters: asking questions such as, what are the client’s objectives? What’s the best use of the budget? How and where should the logo be…
  • Pulsating Sonos

    David Airey
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:15 am
    This got a ton of online press last week. If you scroll up and down while viewing the following image, the lines surrounding the Sonos wordmark appear to pulse, kind of like the speakers sold by the home audio company. Created by Bruce Mau Design, the portfolio page unsurprisingly doesn’t mention the effect — it’s a subtle bonus, not the main idea — but I doubt the illusion went unnoticed on during development. — Update: It was spotted about halfway through the process. — Anyway, it didn’t half generate some brand attention (on Gizmodo, The Verge, Quartz, Business…
  • The Canada wordmark

    David Airey
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    Originally designed to promote travel to Canada, the design was adopted as a global identifier of the Government of Canada in 1980. “I designed the Canada logo while working at MacLaren Advertising on a campaign for the Canadian Government Travel Bureau. Other government departments began to use the logo and, eventually, the Government adopted it as their official logo.”— JIM DONOAHUE Designed by Jim Donoahue in 1965, the wordmark seems to be a customisation of Baskerville (I’ll update the post if Jim’s able to send clarification). — Update: Jim kindly replied to say, “The…
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    Design is Kinky

  • Jess Marlow Wounded

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Talented Australian documentary photographer, Jesse Marlow, has a show opening in Melbourne at Lamington Drive next week. The opening is 11 May 6-9pm.
  • Oliver Barrett

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Illustration work by Cleveland, Ohio based Oliver Barrett.
  • Anonymous

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Anonymous, a studio based in Singapore, produce beautiful design work.
  • Sebastian Weiss

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Hamburg based architecture photographer Sebastian Weiss.
  • Sawdust

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    London based creative agency Sawdust, a partnership between Rob Gonzalez and Jonathan Quainton, produce stylish typography and branding.
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  • 13 Free High Resolution Grungy Photocopy Textures

    Chris Spooner
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Grungy textures are versatile resources that can be used as backgrounds and overlays in your designs to add dirty distressed effects. Broken photocopiers produce some of the best textures around, combining black and white tones with heavy grain which is perfect for retrofying your designs with aged looks. I’ll let you in on a little secret, these textures were actually created by abusing my scanner, but they contain all the characteristics of photocopy toner malfunctions. This pack of grungy photocopy textures contains 13 high resolution scans full of grainy tonal gradients. Use them as…
  • 6 Photorealistic Magazine Mockup PSDs for Members

    Chris Spooner
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Freepik is back again to share more exclusive goodies with Access All Areas members. These photorealistic magazine mockups are the perfect resource for previewing your print designs in full photorealistic detail. Just edit the Photoshop Smart Object layer to have your art simulated as a front cover, single page, or double page spread. Freepik is home to over 1.4 million free graphic files, including everything from vectors and PSD files to Stock photos and Icons. All the resources are designed by Freepik themselves, so you’ll find loads of exclusive items that just aren’t available…
  • Video Tutorial: Realistic Money Effect in Photoshop

    Chris Spooner
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been posting written tutorials on this site for many years, with most of them now buried deep in my archives. I’ve also been thinking about extending my site to include video tutorials, so I thought why not incorporate the two and produce videos for some of my most popular guides from the past? This will hopefully give newcomers a chance to check those topics out, while also updating them with some new techniques. Follow along with my first video tutorial based on my most popular tutorial of all time; How To Create a Realistic Money Effect in Photoshop. Learn how to create a…
  • How To Create a Seamless Topographic Map Pattern

    Chris Spooner
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’ve posted articles about topographic maps before on my blog, namely my contour map effect Illustrator tutorial and my free pack of topographic map patterns. My first tutorial used Illustrator’s Blend tool to draw a series of concentric lines. It worked pretty well, but I went on to develop a technique that would help create more detailed and repeatable patterns, which I used to create that freebie pack. I never explained those new techniques in a tutorial, so that’s the topic for today! Follow this how-to guide to learn how to create a detailed topographic map effect, then…
  • Abbie Script Pro Font for Access All Areas Members

    Chris Spooner
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Access All Areas members are being treated to another premium handmade font as part of their membership this week. Tom Chalky has kindly donated a copy of Abbie Script Pro for every premium member to download. It’s a beautiful handwritten script with lots of stylistic alternative characters for creating elegant and unique typography. With 480 glyphs and full multilingual support it’s the perfect font to add to your collection. Tom Chalky is a passionate hand letterer who loves creating hand written / drawn fonts. His website,, is full of hand crafted fonts and…
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  • WPEngine Review: Which Is The Best Managed WordPress Hosting For Professionals? #EspressoMonday Nr.9

    Genevieve Que
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    #EspressoMonday Episode Nr.9 Do You Want A Fast WordPress Hosting? What is The Best WordPress Host For Professionals? Hi there! For this #EspressoMonday episode, we will go in-depth with a question focusing on web hosting.  If you have been wondering about where to host your WordPress site and some of the most important factors regarding what a good web hosting site is, then this is for you. Let’s have another great day learning beyond just web design. What are you waiting for? Grab a cup of coffee and let’s dive in. Web design and web hosting go hand in hand. You…
  • What Programming Language Should I Learn in 2015?

    Dainis Graveris
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:35 am
    We live in a peak time of information technology. What Is The Biggest Mistake Web Designers Make The Most Often? We have written and grown a lot with you during these years in this web design industry. As year 2015 has arrived, you must think about where you want to go and what you want to accomplish. It is time to learn from the past years mistakes and with new-found inspiration start trying new things again. For me this 2015 is the chance to be foolish again after being bruised by business failures (lessons). As Steve Jobs says – “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.” As you have…
  • The Knowledge That Will Double Your Hourly Rate As A Web Designer

    Dainis Graveris
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:07 am
    Clients will pay you for the results you deliver. How Can I Possibly Increase My Freelance Design Rates? Let me tell you a story of a $100 nail, which will change your whole perception about how much you can charge as a freelancer or service business owner. If you will get this story and article right, your freelance design rates and happiness levels will skyrocket. If you won’t you will keep competing in the bidding wars never being able to make just enough money to have a proper living. Let’s get to the story.. One man had a gorgeous parquet floor in his house but one day it…
  • How Much Does It Cost To Build A Professional Website Design in 2015? #EspressoMonday Nr. 8

    Genevieve Que
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:28 am
    #EspressoMonday Episode Nr.8 Clients and Coffee Like the #EspressoMonday episode last week, this episode goes in-depth with one question. It is still about clients. This time, however,we will be talking about long-term and short-term clients as well as the difference between a professional and professionally-looking website. Sounds interesting? Grab your cup of coffee and learn precious nuggets in just a few minutes. How Much Does A Website Design Really Cost? Free website builders are one of the woes a professional web designer or developer faces. These “free” web…
  • How Do You Really Get Web Design Clients? – #EspressoMonday Nr.7

    Genevieve Que
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:58 am
    #EspressoMonday Episode Nr.7 Clients and Coffee This a special #EspressoMonday Episode because instead of three, we are going in-depth with only one question – how to get more clients – which is often the concern of every freelance designer/developer, who runs his web design business. If you are wondering how to do it and where to look for, all you need to do is a cup of coffee and a few minutes of your time. I have observed that projects, especially on Elance and Freelancer, have become a bidding war where 99% of projects goes to those who bid the lowest. On the other hand,…
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  • Why you Should Invest in SEO for your Business in Seven Reasons?

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

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

    Wijdan Rohail
    24 Dec 2014 | 1:03 am
    If you are running a commercial printing business or simply handling a lot of printing tasks in your company, there is one tool that can make you avoid print problems, which might bring losses to your business. Handling large printing jobs requires that you have proper management of the documents to prevent things like double printing of files, having missing fonts, incorrect image resolution, and other issues. Markzware FlightCheck is one stand-alone tool, designed to check native as well as PDF files you are printing to ensure that you get the right quality. It is one tool that people…
  • 5 Lies about User Experiences That You Probably Still Believe

    Steve Stretton
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:46 am
    As a content marketer you’ve probably built up a fair number of assumptions about your audience. But are these assumptions actually correct? Researchers have recently done some testing of website users and they have discovered that some of those regular assumptions we make are actually totally wrong. We have been lying to ourselves about our website users and how they react to what they see online. Lie 1: Users Want a State of the Art Website: Users generally do not come to your website because it has flash features. They come there to do something, buy something or learn something. They…
  • Why You Should Download Digital Signage Design Themes & Templates Today?

    Brenda Fasci
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:42 pm
    The only place where attention seeking is a virtue is in advertising and in particular, digital signage. The intention of putting up the sign in the first place is to catch people’s attention so you can tell them about your great product or service and hopefully, get more sales from that. This is why we concentrate on the design and the overall look of the display. It has to be eye-catching and coherent so that you can get the attention and communicate effectively. Two of the Same: As a result, two elements in the digital signage design are keenly considered: Theme Template Most people…
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    Web Design Blog, Web Designer Resources

  • Using Apps and Online Printing for On the Go Design

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

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

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

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

    23 Jun 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Retro and vintage, though these two words have similar meaning, but the etymological meanings of these two words are not identical. The term vintage is used for referring to an object or style that belongs to a different period altogether. Whereas retro is used to refer to an object that is designed is an old fashioned way in the modern time to recreate the old style and ambiance. In the recent time, the trend of using different vintage or retro style things has become really popular. This current trend has stimulated the graphic designers to design a range of vintage and retro style…
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    A List Apart: The Full Feed

  • Quantity Queries for CSS

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Don’t you just hate documentaries that don’t deliver? They have enticing names like In Search of the Giant Squid, and tease you with shots of murky underwater shapes and excited scientists pointing far out to sea. You settle down to watch, eyes narrowed with suspicion, thinking, “I better see some squid or I’m writing an angry letter to the network.” Sure enough, 90 minutes of interviews with bored-looking fishermen later, the presenter is forced to conclude, “No… no, we didn’t find any big squids. But maybe one day [majestic orchestral flourish].” Great. You…
  • Stopping the Infighting About Digital Standards

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    I grew up in Columbia, Maryland, a planned community (see Figure 5.1). And as with the word “governance,” people tend to react to the phrase “planned community” in a not-so-positive way. “Planned” sounds dull and uncreative to people: cookie-cutter homes, on cookie-cutter lots, on cookie-cutter streets—“Little Houses Made of Ticky Tacky,” to invoke Malvina Reynolds’ well-known song. And Columbia was all about that: a city built quickly based on a template. There were street naming conventions, standard model homes, standardized lot sizes, and a standard “village”…
  • On Our Radar: Communication Builds Community

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    This week, we at ALA have been thinking about processes of inclusion—that is, how we communicate with our communities. Who (and what) gets to be included? How do we use vocabularies, fonts, even emojis, to make those choices? And how do those choices create our culture? Here’s what’s on our radar: Anna Debenham, technical editor: The UX team at Salesforce have written about the difficulties they’ve had coming up with color schemes that look good and meet the WCAG2 guidelines on color contrast—so they’ve built a wonderful site called Color Safe that generates color palettes…
  • Antoine Lefeuvre on The Web, Worldwide: Designing for Post-Connected Users — Part 1, the Diagnostic

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:29 am
    I toured the world twice—first in 2009–10, then in 2013–14. Only four years between the two trips, but it felt like a century internet-wise. Where I had to go wifi-hunting in 2009, in 2014 the web was absolutely everywhere—even in places with no mobile coverage, such as remote El Chaltén in Argentine Patagonia. Yet, I had the feeling this advent of a truly connected world wasn’t much cause for celebration. Indeed, I met many who struggled with an increasing need to disconnect.   I’m so glad I’m taking a year off. Off from work, off from stress, off from modern life. …Do…
  • This week's sponsor: Proposify

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:11 am
    Thanks to Proposify for sponsoring A List Apart this week! They know you don’t love writing proposals, so they built some tools to help your agency win more projects.
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  • Mobile App Navigation References

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:02 pm
    Last weekend I started the design process for the first Abduzeedo Android app following Google's Material Design spec. If you follow the post you will remember that I ended with a big question mark: how to create a simple yet discoverable and effective navigation without bloating the UI? It's indeed a tough problem to overcome and I have been thinking a lot about that. In this post I list some references in terms of navigation that I like. Some are aesthetics, others function but I think there are some good ideas. Also if you have any examples of effective navigation please share with us here…
  • UI/UX Works by Virgil Pana

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Virgil Pana is a freelance designer and front-end developer based in Bucharest, Romania. He specialized in UI/UX design for Web and mobile applications. Being able to understand the user experience and especially the code behind, is such a key element of improving your knowledge in Interaction Design. We gotta be more versatile with working in such a competitive industry, we gotta keep exploring and learning new things. All Rights by Virgil Pana All Rights by Virgil Pana All Rights by Virgil Pana All Rights by Virgil Pana All Rights by Virgil Pana All Rights by Virgil Pana All Rights by…
  • Daily Inspiration #2015

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:17 pm
    This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want to participate and share your graphic design inspiration, You can submit your images and inspiration to RAWZ via and don't forget to send your Abduzeedo username; or via Twitter sending to AoiroStudio Fabio Fabiano Linxspiration Send your suggestions via Twitter to using #abdz in the end of the tweet. FromUpNorth Send your RAWZ suggestions via…
  • Mysterious Photography by Mika Suutari

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:28 am
    Mika Suutari is a nature photographer from Southern Finland who likes photos to have a powerful atmosphere as you see on this post. For more from Mika Suutari visit and Tags: photographypaul0v2's blog
  • Thrilling Illustrations by Florian Aupetit

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:08 am
    Surfing the internet I ran into a set of fantastic artworks. I really enjoy sets that feature a particular character, placing him/her in several scenarios, one more beautiful than the last one. That's the case of Florian Aupetit's work. Florian is a French artist that has developed a nice style showing these chubby astronaut characters, in various situations. These are simply fantastic, I really enjoyed seeing his style. For more of his work, please visit his portfolio at ArtStation! He'll definitely enjoy your attention. I hope you like these. Cheers! ;)…
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  • Considering the Consideration Funnel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:24 pm
    I’ve been thinking a lot about the effect digital technology is having on society of late. I’m especially curious how it’s changing our most formative years, when the stories we tell about ourselves are generated and our identity formed. Looking back, my adolescence seems like a halcyon time, devoid of mobile phones and status updates. Heading into the big city was an adventure into the unknown, and even something as mundane as meeting up with friends was fraught with uncertainty and excitement. A lot of the movie tropes of my childhood, relied on these vagaries. For…
  • My Advice to Young Designers and Developers

    15 Mar 2014 | 5:37 pm
    I meet them on a regular basis, tech-savvy teens who’ve been coding websites from an early age. They’ll often seek my advice about breaking into the industry. Should they continue their studies or jump straight into the labour market? I usually tell them that ability trumps education and I don’t put much faith on the current raft of tech degrees. So I’d prefer to see three years of experience than three years of study. That being said, I’ll also point out that University is about much more than just acquiring a skill. It’s a formative experience that will…
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  • How to Create a Top Design Brief for Your Mobile App

    Andy Brattle
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetOne of the most essential tasks a design company may be charged with is helping clients to develop the perfect design brief. For an agency that specialises in mobile applications, the virtually ubiquitous tool of modern business; working through a number of checkpoints will ensure that you arrive at the ideal solution for the customer.Start with a definitionWhat is a mobile app? What does it do? What is the specific purpose of this particular app? Asking these questions will help to form the skeleton of the plan that will give structure to the finished brief. If…
  • 10 Ultimate Landing Page Designs You Won’t Forget in a Hurry!

    Michael Georgiou
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetConvincing calls-to-action, great testimonials and catchy slogans may not be enough to speed up conversion if good design is missing from your landing page.The first thing that greets the eye of a visitor is the overall design of the landing page. Attractive design will encourage visitors to stay longer on the page and improve chances of conversions.Let’s take a look at well-designed landing pages that can inspire you to come up with fantastic landing pages for your own business:ShopifyShopify’s landing page sports a simple design and a neat layout, which make…
  • How Larger Smartphone Screens Affect Your Web Design

    Andy Sowards
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:04 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetThe rise and fall of technology trends can have a direct influence on businesses, but some changes tend to directly effect the way business websites should be designed and operated. One such trend is the ever-increasing size of mobile phones. The move from small screens to large phablets means that as a web developer you need to adjust your sites to fit these different-sized devices and your customers’s needs to boost your business.Buy, Buy, Buy Why smartphone screens are getting bigger: Specs reveal a surprising storyEconsultancy analyzed its website traffic…
  • Can We Really Trust Joomla?

    Andy Sowards
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetJoomla is an open source content management system (CMS) that can be used to build out almost any kind of website. The only limits on how to use it are the limits of your imagination. Joomla evolved out of the Mambo CMS, and over time, much like WordPress, it has built up its own large audience of fiercely passionate and intensely loyal users.The CMS offers both developers and users an abundance of information on what it can do, as well as provides them with copious resources on how to customize, test and tweak it to suit the needs of their project.Getting Started…
  • 5 Keys to Building a Powerful Business Website

    20 Feb 2015 | 5:17 am
    Advertise here with BSATweetHaving an effective website is critical for any small business — it is often the first experience a potential customer has with you and your brand. Yet many small businesses still pay little attention to the design and creation of their online presence. While you don’t need to know how to build a site, as the owner, you need to weigh in on the content, navigation of information, web page design and the customer sales path.Whether you are building a website from scratch, or need to revamp your existing site, there are five keys to building a high-performing…
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  • El Gato Chimney Paints Symbolic Visions Of Fantasy Worlds Infused With Alchemy, Occultism, And Folklore

    Hayley Evans
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    “My Black Heart” (2014.) 100 x 71cm, watercolor and pencil on cotton paper. “Speak The Truth” (2014). 50 x 71 cm, watercolor and pencil on cotton paper. “L’offerta” (2014). 80 x 60 cm, acrylic on canvas. “The Catcher” (2014). 60 x 70 cm, acrylic on canvas. El Gato Chimney is an Milan-based artist who paints imaginative and symbolic scenes that explore the dualisms and crossovers between good and evil, life and death. Populated with anthropomorphized animals, fire-breathing demons, and masked religious-type figures, Chimney’s work…
  • Tom Sachs Puts His Collection of Homemade Boomboxes On Display

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    We all love a good boombox – but probably not as much as Tom Sachs. He has dedicated a whole exhibition to speakers, cables, and different sound system configurations. Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective 1999–2015 is exactly what it sounds like – a display of functional boomboxes made by Sachs and play 60 minute playlist created by the artist, friends and fans created throughout the show (Kanye West being one contributor). A fan of 1980′s street culture combined with his D.I.Y and punk ethos, Sachs has been fashioning different sound systems for a long time – he has…
  • Alva Bernadine Uses Mirrors In The Creation Of Uniquely Provocative Nude Photographs

    Hayley Evans
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Alva Bernadine is a British photographer known for his color-saturated, surrealist style and subversive content. Contained within his oeuvre are several series of unconventional nude photographs; from conjoined torsos to uncanny perspectives to disembodied legs and fetishized footwear, his works are story-filled portraits that engage and entice as often as they confound (or even repulse). Inspired by surrealist artists such as Rene Magritte and photographers Cheyco Leidmann and Guy Bourdin, Bernadine’s works contain elements of absurdity mixed with eroticism, glamour, mystery, and…
  • Claire Curneen Sculpts Tormented Porcelain Figures

    Stephanie Chan
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Sculptor Claire Curneen works with everything from porcelain to terracotta, creating figurines that are cathartic and vaguely surreal. Her humanoid sculptures are faceless yet somehow expressive, posed in beseechingly though it would be up to interpretation just what they are looking for. According to her artist’s statement, Curneen aims to “explore grand themes about the body and the human condition.” This sometimes manifests itself viscerally in her works where human bodies are pierced with thorns or otherwise immobilized. Other pieces are subtler, the figures lost in a…
  • Emily Stoneking Hand-Knits Dissected Frogs To Cuddle With

    Sara Barnes
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you ever dissected a rodent or amphibian in science class and found it nauseating, then Emily Stoneking’s knitted anatomy might agree with you. Art and science intersect through her Etsy shop called aKNITomy, and she hand-knits artwork featuring dissected frogs, rats, and pigs. The cute and cuddly are pinned (not glued) using T-pins and framed for display on your wall. Stoneking knits the body of the animal/figure using a kid mohair and silk blend, and then she needle-felts the innards by hand. These adorable creations are the result of the artist’s larger interest, which is using…
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  • Being Creative While in Pain: Working with Chronic Illness

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    When I stepped outside in running gear on a snowy January morning two years ago, I expected to be out for two hours or so. I was marathon training, the “long slow run” each Sunday a foundation of my journey to run my first marathon. Snow or no snow I needed to get that run done, so I could get on with the rest of my to do list for the day. Five days later I finally made it back home with one arm in plaster from shoulder to wrist. That Sunday evening I underwent six hours of emergency surgery to reconstruct my elbow, shattered from a slip on ice. The fractured bones came through my…
  • Your “Just For Fun” Projects Are What Set You Apart

    Stephanie Kaptein
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Chi Birmingham Commercial and editorial photographer Thomas Dagg uses his personal projects to showcase his style of shooting and differentiate himself from others in his industry. In an interview with Explore Create Repeat, he explains the freedom that comes with full creative control and pure expression: Personal projects are what I live for. I can’t explain the hunger I have to create. It’s just there, gnawing at the back of my mind. If I have any free time, you can bet that in some shape or form, my mind is focusing on a personal project. Commissioned work can be really fun with…
  • Stop Having One-Hour Meetings

    Allison Stadd
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Xavier Mula Venture capitalist Brad Feld refuses to acquiesce to the typical one-hour meeting block. He’s found that meetings tend to fill up whatever amount of time you’ve allotted for them, thereby decreasing the productivity factor: If you schedule a meeting for an hour, it’s remarkable to me how often it takes an hour, even when it doesn’t need to. Three hour board meetings, especially when board members have traveled to them, take – wait for the drum roll – three hours. Just because your Outlook calendar defaults to one-hour meeting invitations, or the precedent in…
  • Stop Apologizing for Wanting Work/Life Balance

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:02 am
    On March 1, 2013, I got on a one-way flight to Kathmandu. Over the next few weeks, I crossed the Himalayas at 18,000 feet, got bathed by an elephant, checked Bhutan off my bucket list and learned to ride a scooter in Laos. I’ve traveled to more than 30 countries in the past 10 years alone, often escaping to some really remote places. I’ve also seen my share of 18-hour workdays. Of course, it’s my travel pics that people see on Facebook…not pics of me collapsing into bed at 2 a.m. and waking up at 6 to resume work. I’m often asked how I manage this, especially being a business…
  • James Franco: Create Your Community

    Stephanie Kaptein
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    As a teacher, James Franco who also acts, writes, produces and directs, advises his students to create a close team of diverse talents to work with instead of relying on the industry. During an interview with Variety’s Scott Foundas for Slamdance’s “Coffee with…” series, Franco speaks about how it can be frustrating as an actor to learn your trade when you’re dependent on others. Part of me was probably really frustrated by the fact that I really trained as an actor but I was still dependent on all these other people to work, to really apply my trade. Like I would have to get cast…
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  • 40 Fonts Super Bundle from The Hungry JPEG

    Dustin Martin
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    Advertise here with BSAIf you’re looking for a nice bundle of fonts we wanted to share this collection of 40 Fonts from The Hungry  JPEG. You can find a font for pretty much any mood or occasion is this bundle. Here’s a sample of what  you will get. Head over now to get this collection for $29 which is a good value for this creative set.  Toxine by Jiw       Pipeburn by Try & Error   Atlas by Jackrabbit Creative    Lawson by Try & Error   Quincy by Connary Fagen
  • 35 Best Premium Shopify Themes for E-commerce Web Shops

    Jake Rocheleau
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:58 pm
    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…
  • 38 Most Creative Landing Page Website Mockups

    Jake Rocheleau
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:19 am
    Advertise here with BSALanding page design is a tough gig which focuses more on snazzy design coupled with smooth page copy. In order to sell a product or service you really need to draw people into the site. This means colorful graphics and well-placed typography can make all the difference in converting new customers. This gallery is perfect for any UI designer or frontend developer creating a new product landing page. These examples range from startups, mobile apps, online services, and even small webshops. Landing pages serve as a marketing tool and method for product branding – so…
  • Trace Existing Icons to Create New Shapes in Photoshop

    Jake Rocheleau
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:44 am
    Advertise here with BSAIcon design is one of the most tricky fields of digital design. It often requires some understanding of composition and other art fundamentals like symmetry, lighting, and color. The best way to learn icon design is by studying under the best of the best. Unfortunately they probably don’t have time to teach you so it’s important to learn how to practice on your own. In this how-to guide I want to explain the basics of tracing existing icons using Photoshop. This requires some knowledge of the pen tool because you need to edit paths and anchor points…
  • How To Clear Color Swatches in Photoshop & Illustrator

    Jake Rocheleau
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:43 am
    Advertise here with BSABoth Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are very common design tools. Although they possess an incredible amount of power the overall interface can be quite cumbersome even to intermediate users. But if you spend enough time learning the fundamentals everything else will just naturally fall into place. For this quick tip I’d like to demonstrate how to clear out color swatches in Photoshop and Illustrator. Each program has a slightly different method of clearing swatches and you’ll want to stick with the most comfortable way to your workflow. The swatches panel…
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  • What you can learn from the new BBC news website

    Paul Boag
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    The BBC are currently trialling an evolution of their news website. There are some interesting lessons to learn from this new beta site. Like this video? Follow me on YouTube or share it on Twitter.The BBC news website has been looking dated for a while now. But the digital team at the beeb haven’t been sitting on their hands. They are currently trialling a new beta site with a segment of their visitors. As the BBC is such a high profile organisation in the UK, I thought I would see what we can learn from their approach to the redesign. We start with the most obvious, they have gone…
  • Do I need an app for that?

    Paul Boag
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Having a mobile application seems all the rage these days, but is it right for your business? In this presentation for Learnable I explore the pros and cons of building a native mobile app. I looks at the alternatives and provides advice on choosing the right way to go. I have recently started working with the guys over at Learnable. My first video for them asks a simple question – Do I need an app for that?If you prefer to read instead of watch, I have written an article for Sitepoint that covers very similar content.
  • Creating useful pattern libraries

    Ed Merritt
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Pattern libraries are rapidly becoming an essential tool for larger websites. But creating a good one is harder than you think.
  • User experience design: How far will you go?

    Paul Boag
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Shaping a better user experience will involve touching every part of your business. Is that something you are willing to face? Like this video? Follow me on YouTube or share it on Twitter.My reading list is one of the most eclectic you will ever see. I have articles on management, design, development, marketing, governance, strategy, fulfilment, customer service, and more. Where most specialise in a discipline like user interface design or digital marketing, you may think I have no such focus. But in fact I do. Everything I read, watch and listen to is through the lens of user experience.
  • Content marketing and how to start a blog

    Paul Boag
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Are you interested in improving your blog? If so you should check out a recent interview I did for the Shopify site.
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  • Ring Box Dioramas by artist Talwst

    4 Mar 2015 | 3:47 am
    Beautiful little dioramas built inside of ring boxes by Canadian-Trinidadian artist Talwst. More images below!View the whole post: Ring Box Dioramas by artist Talwst over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • From Computer to Gallery – Part One: Witchcraft

    Prosthetic Knowledge
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:33 am
    Digital artist Nicolas Sassoon curates an exhibition featuring four artists whose works incorporates metaphysical themes in a time of digital creativity. This group of artists  (with the exception of Brenna Murphy) was originally involved in an early web-based collective entitled ‘Computers Club’, producing images, GIFs, videos and HTML pages exhibited online.Brenna Murphy displays prints and sculptures resembling electronic circuits from another primitive ethnographic time, Sara Ludy crafts a poetic multi-media sculpture on the connection between physical and digital body, Laura…
  • Booooooom x Flexfit: “Skate Heads” by Zenga Bros

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    I’m excited to finally announce the official release of “Skate Heads” our art/skate film, directed by Vancouver-based Zenga Bros. This film is part of an ongoing collaboration between Booooooom and Flexfit, to give emerging creators a chance turn a dream project into reality.In the Zenga Bros own words:“Skate Heads was a way to combine a bunch of things we really like: mobile living spaces, DIY skateboarding and ECCENTRIFING THE WORLD! It’s about bringing something unexpected into the streets and having a rad time.Skateboarding is inherently about adapting and…
  • Artist Profile: Olek

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:54 am
    There were two artists that worked exclusively with yarn at this year’s Pow! Wow! Hawaii festival: Hot Tea (Minnesota), and Olek (New York). The video below captures Olek as she crochets a beautiful canoe using materials generously provided by Anthropologie. I like the part where she says “my work is never completed, the reaction completes my work”.Watch the video below.View the whole post: Artist Profile: Olek over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Booooooom Project: Pencil Submissions!

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:06 am
    Thank you to everyone who has already sent in pencils to our latest project! We’ve got so many already! Pencils are coming in from all over North America, UK, Asia, Australia, Brazil, even Sri Lanka – it’s amazing!If you haven’t heard we are working with Tangible Interaction to build a collaborative sculpture in Barcelona for the IAM INTERNET festival. We’re using 3D-printed connectors to build a sculpture out of pencils mailed in from around the world. We want you to be a part of it!1. Get a new or used pencil. The pencil can be round or hexagonal but should…
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  • Fort Myers Beach Tourism Website Design Launched

    5 Feb 2015 | 6:54 pm
    A side project of ours here at Brian Joseph Studios is , a Fort Myers Beach vacation website that provides a business directory of attractions, activities, hotels, resorts and vacation rentals. also produces fresh and interesting content all about Fort Myers Beach, whether it’s to help visitors find the best waterfront restaurants or the most kid-friendly attractions in the area. Last week, we completely re-designed the website and added several new features.We started this side project in 2011, and since the original website’s launch,…
  • Google Launches Mobile-Friendly Label on Search Results Pages

    11 Dec 2014 | 10:33 am
    Google wants its users to receive the most appropriate results for their searches, and it only makes sense that they’ve now taken steps to let searchers using mobile devices instantly know whether a website page in the results list is mobile-friendly or not.This is great news for those of us with mobile-friendly websites and of course websites that utilize the power of responsive web design. Not such great news for the millions of out-dated websites that are built only for users with large screens. Internet traffic is now made up of almost 50% of users on mobile devices, and the way we…
  • 10 Ecommerce Tips to Boost Sales Instantly

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    There are plenty of tools that make it easy to sell products online but only through testing and experience can you truly know what works for your online customers, and gets them returning to your online store frequently.Here are 10 things you can do to your ecommerce website that can help to increase sales:Make sure your website is mobile-device friendly : In 2014, almost 50% of internet traffic comes from a mobile device. This is an important statistic to understand and your website should be built with all users in mind. Luckily, the development of responsive web design technologies…
  • Getting Your Devices Ready for the Holidays

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    When the holidays arrive, many of us are on the move and flying or driving to various places to be with family. With so much activity going on, it’s a time when your odds of losing your phone or breaking your computer increase greatly. Here are some things that you should do right now before the holidays to ensure that the only headache you have on January 1st is from the champagne.Write down and store important numbers: It may seem crazy, but how many of us don’t even know our parent’s or sibling’s cell phone number by memory? In this mobile device age, it’s easy to…
  • New Health Insurance Website Project for Connected Benefits

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Last week, we completed the design and development of a new website for Connected Benefits, a company providing individual and employer group benefits solutions, based in Naples, Florida and New York.The team at CB came to us (after doing a google search for web design company Naples Florida) seeking a modern branding and web design company that could perform quickly and provide excellent design solutions to help them grow and facilitate their marketing strategy. After a few meetings, we decided on a plan of action, and began working on a 5.5 x 8.5 promotional booklet/brochure design. Once…
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  • A Comprehensive Look into the Disciplines of Digital Design

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

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

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    If you use WordPress for your website and/or blog, you’re certainly already familiar with ThemeFuse premium themes. After all, they’re some of the best in the business, and web designers absolutely love them. And now, thanks to the awesome team at ThemeFuse, we’re giving away 3 vouchers for ThemeFuse’s latest, most exciting WordPress theme yet. Exposure has everything you want in a photography theme, and if you enter this giveaway, you could get it for free! You already know how important a good theme is to your WordPress site. ThemeFuse provides the best themes in the industry. In…
  • Daily Freebie: 8 Cosmic Views of the Universe Wallpaper

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    Today’s daily freebie comes from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). I’ve always been fascinated by astronomy and the cosmos so today I’m unleashing my inner geek by posting some visually amazing images from our universe. Images here are free for personal use, but needs a copyright for public or commercial use. All images are accompanied with a brief explanation as to what your seeing written by a professional astronomer. The Dark River to Antares Download The Rosette Nebula in Hydrogen and Oxygen Download Vela Supernova Remnant Download The Tarantula Zone Download…
  • Daily Freebie: Chrome Light Font

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:33 am
    Today’s daily freebie is a font face called Chrome by Artem Sukhinin from the UK. This light version is a preview for the upcoming font family with full glyphs. The free download comes in two variations – ‘Chrome’ and ‘Chrome Black’. It also comes with a full set of letters, numbers and four punctuation marks. The font is extremely versatile and a godsend for graphic designer doing print, web, packaging and more. Get this awesomeness after the jump! Go forth and download  
  • Daily Inspiration: The Most Eco-friendly Calendar

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Today’s daily inspiration comes from a project for the automobile manufacturer that brought us the iconic Beetle. In addition to them wanting to create a lasting relation with key customers, sales staff and partners, VW also wanted to highlight its “Think Blue” message of sustainability. From this, the idea of the world’s most eco-friendly calendar was born. The calendar is made of 99.9% recycled material and entirely carbon-offset (for the remaining 0.1%, the production and shipping). Check out the video below and hopefully this has sparked some motivation to…
  • Daily Freebie: Designer Desk Essentials Hero Image

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:36 am
    Over the past year or so we’ve seen a trend develop in web design that would feature a full width picture. This was largely an introductory visual that would take up the entire screen of a landing page. People called this the hero image. Today’s daily freebie is an awesome pack of hero images from Raul of Graphicburger. These huge background images of designer’s desk comes with 38 essential and isolated objects meaning you can switch, match and join them as you wish. Download direct after the jump and don’t forget to share this with loved ones designer’s desk…
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  • 1001 Free Downloads: Your Source of Exclusive FREE Resources

    Editorial Staff
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    The biggest problem I’ve noticed that bloggers, designers, writers or even startups run into is a lack of finding quality free resources. There are a lot of different websites that will fill the need of either finding free fonts, or free stock photos, but I haven’t come across a website like 1001 Free Downloads that gives me access to everything in once place. What I’ve discovered with 1001 Free Downloads is that I can easily look for anything I want, whether it’s vectors, photos, fonts, icons, wallpapers, brushes or even styles and much more…So I know there are…
  • Treat Yourself to One of These Ten Amazing Deals for Designers

    Guest Author
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Being a designer involves a lot of passion and talent. It also involves a lot of time spent looking for deals on resources and tools to help you be a better designer. We’ve thought we could help out a little and compiled a list of the top 10 best deals we could find online right now. 1. Mighty Deals Mighty Deals is a Daily Deals website that doesn’t occasionally offer deals on web resources and occasionally tempts you into buying a stuffed tiger that’s 50% off. Might Deals only offers deals on web development and design resources that you can actually use. The team at Mighty Deals is…
  • 4 Tips on How to Build Simple & Stunning Websites

    Daniel Katz
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:45 pm
    You might wonder if that’s really possible. A website that’s simple AND stunning at the same time? The answer is yes, if you use the right tools and methods. After all, the minimalist trend in web design has been steadily rising over the last few years, culminating in flat design and Google’s Material Design. Creators have finally abandoned horror vacui and embraced whitespace, which resulted in clean, simple, uncluttered websites that rely on strong typography, alignment and contrast to achieve stunning visual effects. The results have been largely positive – readers…
  • Getresponse – The Easiest Email Marketing Software on the Market

    Jacques van Heerden
    17 Feb 2015 | 3:43 am
    I had a look at GetReponse right when I started out setting up my first email newsletters, at the time it wasn’t a sound fit for me, but I decided to have a look at GetResponse one more time to see whether things have changed. It’s important to understand that I love functionality and beautiful design combined. They have to work together without lacking any usability on the user end. I’ve heard some good things of GetResponse in the past few months and that some bigger companies were moving their lists over, so it sparked my interest. The first thing I noticed, was that they…
  • 3 Ways a Creative Logo Design can Affect Your Brand

    Editorial Staff
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Believe it or not, there’s a difference between a company and a brand. One can be controlled, the other can’t; one has a marketing budget, the other is the marketing budget; one has to be sold, the other sells itself. According to Chron, a company markets or produces goods, products and services, while a brand is the “personality” by which the company is perceived by the consumers. Marketing specialists can make a difference in human perception, but nobody can completely control a brand once it comes to life through your customers—this makes the aspects you can control more…
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  • Considerations on Choosing a University CMS

    Chris Coyier
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:08 pm
    The other day a friend of mine, who works at a university, told me he was on a committee to choose a CMS for the whole university. I definitely don't envy that task, but I do find it quite interesting. A lot of us have probably seen companies/institutions make what seems to be embarrassingly bad tech choices. For instance, paying unbelievable monthly fees for simple things like email and calendars when they could be using better and comparatively free Google services (we yell, while nobody listens). That's one of the places my mind immediately went when this comes up. Oh wow! What a great…
  • Using AngularJS for Data Visualisations

    Guest Author
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:02 am
    The following is a guest post by Nick Moreton. I gotta say I find this idea rather intriguing. I know that I love working in HTML, SVG, and CSS, so when Nick shares that we can use that for structure and use the data directly to style a chart, that appeals to me. And then to know that, because you're using Angular, the chart can automatically change when the data changes... that's just dang cool. As soon as I began playing around with AngularJS it struck me that its ability to grab data and use it directly in markup could offer a real quick and simple way to create data visualizations. In…
  • Dropdown Menus with More Forgiving Mouse Movement Paths

    Chris Coyier
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:24 pm
    This is a fairly old UX concept that I haven't heard talked about in a while, but is still relevant in the case of multi-level dropdown menus. A fine-grained pointer like a mouse sometimes has to travel through pretty narrow corridors to accurately get where it needs to in a dropdown menu. It's easy to screw up (have the mouse pointer leave the path) and be penalized by having it close up on you. Perhaps we can make that less frustrating. You can get to the menu item you want, but there are some narrow passages along the way. Many dropdowns are designed such that when the right area isn't in…
  • Polylion

    Dennis Gaebel
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:04 am
    The following is a guest post by Dennis Gaebel. Dennis created some pretty captivating polygon SVG effects on CodePen, and here he'll share how he did it. Sometimes the things you least expect, gain the most attention as the case was with the Polylion I posted on CodePen. I figured the simplicity of the animation effect was easy enough to grok since I wasn't doing anything super crazy code wise, but I guess the end result was that cool. I'd like to share with all of you how and why this animation went down. The Polylion Effect If you don't follow me on Twitter then let me fill you in. I'm…
  • Sponsored: Hack Reactor Remote Beta – Now With Need-Blind Tuition Deferral

    Chris Coyier
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    Since Hack Reactor's Remote Beta online coding school kicked off its first cohort this past July, it’s grown into a program that rivals the company’s renowned onsite course in educational quality and student experience. In an effort to showcases confidence in the employability of Remote Beta Software Engineers, Hack Reactor has recently announced a need-blind tuition model, never before seen in online immersion education. Starting with the March 23 class: Eligible Remote Beta students can now defer up to $15,000 out of the program's $17,780 tuition cost into an interest-free payment plan.
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  • Marginalising creativity

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

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

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

    David Airey
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:51 am
    Thoughts on branding from Ije Nwokorie, global CEO of Wolff Olins. “I don’t consider that there is [a process]. There are principles and philosophies about it. Ultimately it’s about the connection between human beings and organisations that want them to buy something from them, adopt something, use something, achieve some kind of action. The exchange has to be fair on both sides, and the brand will collapse if [either] is opaque or taking advantage of the other.” I agree that there isn’t a branding process. Branding is too broad a term. But to be more specific, there is a process…
  • The craft of neon sign-making

    David Airey
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:50 am
    Mike Heist has been working in the neon industry in Portland, Oregon for 30 years. A master in his craft, Mike is responsible for the bending of some of the city’s most iconic signage. 10 SECONDS is a short film by The Pressure about work, happiness, and Mike’s insight into the amazing process of handmade neon signage. I caught this explanation in the Vimeo comment thread: “That part in the end is Mike adding a drop of mercury. The electricity heats the mercury, which turns it into a vapor form (what Mike calls the equivalent of a ‘million tiny mirrors’), and that is what makes…
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  • Solar Energy; The Real Facts

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:08 am
    Most power plants in the United States and around the world are using fossil fuels to generate electricity and operate. Fossil fuels has-been used as an energy source while the man has learned to generate power. Fossil fuels have been-around for ages and when man started using this energy nobody but the consequences. Fossil fuels will run out and be a shortage of it in the near future. This scarcity of fossil fuels will affect our industries ict live and several newspapers. Today we see some of theses comments and concerns, awards to fossil fuels are increasing and electricity is more…
  • The Cost Of Solar Energy

    1 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    Solar energy is a natural source of energy that comes directly from the sun. When solar energy hits the earth it spreads over the surface of the earth and provides heat evenly. If you could capture the sun’s rays in a particular area over a long period of time that will provide enough heat for the night or on cloudy days. Learn where to find solar energy can help you get started today. Solar energy costs nothing, since it comes from the sun. The font you choose may cost a bit, but in the long term, should be your only expense, unlike gas or oil heaters to keep paying for each month in…
  • The Benefits of Solar Energy

    28 Feb 2015 | 2:53 am
    The use of solar energy or energy from sunlight has many advantages. Let’s take a closer look at each of them. • Solar energy saves money. In 2006, we saw the highest jump in residential electricity rates. In some regions, increased to 60% was observed. Many experts agree that the trend will continue in the coming years. This means you have to pay more money to support their monthly electricity consumption. But if it produces its own energy, you can avoid paying the high cost of energy – especially now that energy prices are very unstable. On a larger scale, if American…
  • Solar Energy Systems for Pools

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:02 am
    If you have a pool, you know how much warming can mount your electricity bill. Solar systems for swimming pools offer an alternative method that does not devastate your bank account. Solar energy systems for swimming pools When most people think of solar energy systems, they think of large crystalline structures that are intended to collect a large amount of solar energy to convert solar energy. However, there are other uses for solar energy systems. One of the most ingenious uses for this technology is the use of solar energy for heating swimming pools. Using solar energy to heat your pool,…
  • Solar Energy Risks To Health

    21 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    Solar energy is a potential free electricity and water heating source. It has the power to take advantage of electricity in remote areas of the world. It seems to offer health and safety with power, but is it? Rarely health risks of solar energy are mentioned. This may be partly due to the limited use of this energy source. It may also be due to the lack of research in this area. Some have begun to study the health risks of solar energy, however, and if you study long enough, some estimates are available. Solar Thermal Risks Health Solar energy Health risks inherent in the design and…
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  • The Best WordPress Classifieds Plugins

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Advertise here with BSACreating a classifieds website or even adding a classifieds section to your existing page is a fast, easy way to make some extra money.However, it wasn’t always this easy. A while back, creating your own classifieds website was a tedious job and, in the end, it wasn’t always worth the hassle. Nowadays there are a number of plugins, tools and resources that will help you create your very own classifieds page in no time. Here’s a list of the best we could find.WPAdvertsWPAdverts is a WordPress plugin that will help you create a classifieds website from scratch or…
  • How To Design Usable Audio & Video Media Players

    Jake Rocheleau
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:52 am
    Advertise here with BSAIf you’ve been living under a rock in Bikini Bottom for the past fifteen years then allow me to explain website media. You see, the Internet used to be a place dedicated to text and conversations. Eventually text & images blurred together. But at the turn of the 21st century Internet speeds were still very slow, thus streaming media wasn’t a reliable option.Fast-forward to modern times and you have access to streaming video services right at your fingertips. Putting aside free video hosting services you can also stream movies and television through…
  • 25 Sketch Freebies for Web & Graphic Designers

    Jake Rocheleau
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:49 am
    Advertise here with BSAAnyone who’s been keeping up with design news should know about Sketch. It’s a tightly-focused piece of software with an emphasis on UI design. The program is developed for OS X by Bohemian Coding with a palette of tools that mirror Photoshop and Illustrator. Although the program is meant for interfaces you can build anything including icons and simple graphics.This gallery includes 25 freebies released for Sketch. Although not everyone is using Sketch, many designers are jumping onto the bandwagon because it’s cheaper and easier than Adobe products.
  • Start Your Day with These Awesome Be Theme Website Examples

    17 Feb 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Advertise here with BSAWe know you’re busy. Yet, before you get on with your projects of the day, help yourself to a visual espresso for the creative minds. Take a couple of minutes to see some inspiring examples of websites made with the Be Theme. Explore a series of functioning websites and a variety of useful layouts that are easy to customize.Keep scrolling if:You want to hit the Refresh button on the forefront of your mind (and right now you really wish you had such a button) You want to put a rush on your web design projects You want to be ready for any clientIt’s not a secret that…
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  • Giveaway – Copper Project Management Software for Creative Teams

    12 Feb 2015 | 1:42 am
    Do you ever wish there was a way to keep projects on budget and delivered on time? A simple tool that made collaboration between teams and clients easier. Well thanks to a tool called Copper this task now becomes easy as pie. The great thing about Copper is that it lets you not only manage tasks and projects but also your clients, team members and even your budget. The user interface is very easy to learn and incorporates elements from popular software that you are most likely already using today. The interface lets you quickly search through projects by simply entering a keyword. Thanks to…
  • Cloud Computing: 9 Ways To Bust A Cloud

    3 Feb 2015 | 6:28 am
    Clouds computing is such a new phenomenon on the Internet technology landscape that there is often no clear idea how to protect from threats to cloud computing. However, last year, an organization called The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) created a list of the biggest threats the nascent industry. In all, they identified nine threats to cloud computing. Briefly the list identified the top threats to be data breaches, data loss, account or service traffic hijacking, insecure interfaces and APIs, denial of service, malicious insiders, abuse of Cloud Services, insufficient due diligence, and…
  • Use X Theme 3.0 to create powerful WordPress websites

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:52 am
    Did any of your client websites ever suffer from plugin or widget overload? The symptoms of this terrible affliction include slow loading pages and a dramatic decrease of incoming traffic. Cure it for good with the powerful X Theme. It’s been a while since X Theme has come to our attention. This theme demands attention. The customer support alone has been praised far and wide. But that’s not the only thing that’s fast with X Theme. Now, it has 15 top of the line Extensions that are optimized for high performance. X is grounded in clean code, cross-device responsive, retina ready, and…
  • Review

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:06 am
    As most graphics designers know, purchasing stock photos, ready graphics and other images can be a very expensive proposition today. In case your budget does not allow you the luxury of purchasing image files, you are left with no other option than to try and find free images – a task that can take huge amounts of time and effort. Even after you have searched and toiled, struggled through clumsy and difficult navigation, suffered distracting advertisements and finally found a free image that suits your requirement and are finally ready to download it, you often find out that it is free only…
  • Top 5 tips to improve mobile UX

    21 Jan 2015 | 1:37 am
    As all motorists understand: it’s easier to get around a city in a compact ‘smart’ car, and motorway cruising is more comfortable in a premium estate model. Those looking to improve online website access for smartphones and tablets must likewise appreciate the mobile-user experience (mobile UX) must be customized for this environment. Any attempt to merely recycle material from the desktop domain will be doomed to failure. Here are some key factors to take into consideration. 1. Design For The Environment Research suggests typical mobile users are primarily task-oriented,…
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  • Amazing Parallax Scrolling Effects in Web Design

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

    Paula Borowska
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    Over the summer I’ve launched a book in just 10 weeks; it was a small eBook about mobile design called, naturally, Mobile Design Book. It was by no means easy but from that process itself I’ve manage to take away a bunch of lessons that could serves as tips for others. It’s tricky to launch anything, especially in launching it quickly. However, following a few simple steps can make the whole process significantly easier. Below I’ve gathered three key steps that helped me launch my book quickly; I hope they will serve as good advice for you too. MVPs Are Your Friends Simple put, you…
  • Inspirational Sidebars in Web Design

    Carol Francis
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    Navigation has always been, and will always be one of the most important aspects of web design. Until fairly recently, the standard was to have a top, side or bottom navigation bar or a mixture of two or even all three. Nowadays designers are becoming much more creative with navigation, in particular, sidebars. Of course, not all sidebars are given over to navigation, and not every sidebar in our selection is used for navigation, but the majority are. This round-up brings you a collection of inspirational sidebars in web design, some of which are not necessarily ‘different’, but…
  • Measuring Usability with System Usability Scale (SUS)

    Armen Ghazarian
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    There is no doubt about the importance of measuring and tracking user experience. Depending on the specifications of a digital product, different sets of performance metrics may be used to evaluate the user experience, such as time on task, success rate and error rate, conversion rate and issue-based metrics. These metrics are based on quantitative data collected during user testing sessions or contextual interviews, at the very least using product analytics data. But not all user data comes in numbers. In fact the most valuable information obtained during user interviews is not at all…
  • Seven Creative Benefits of Working on Side Projects

    Paula Borowska
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    Recently I’ve been hearing more about other creatives’ side projects. A side project is a small, usually personal, project one takes on in spare time. Among designers and developers this is becoming more and more popular. People do it for various reason, as a way to demonstrate their skills and help their resumes or to do something fun on their off hour. Whatever the reason for doing it, there are a number of benefits that come out of working on a side project nonetheless. I was able to come up with at least seven of them. (Though out this post I will share photos of side projects from…
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  • Top 6 Online Resources for Designers and Creative Freelancers

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

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

    Sophia Lucero
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:53 am
    Gone are the days where websites have to be vertical…or even upright. These websites have changed the design game by challenging you to look at them from a different perspective, literally. Get ready to tilt your head! Designs of the Week Get solid WordPress themes, plugins, and even design training from iThemes. Andrzej Capiński Studio Love the geometric, architectural quality reinforced by the rotated images. The overall layout echoes the company logo too. Drilled down content are in an overlaying modal, and you can page through each section (although a “Previous” link is…
  • Design Focus: What Words Wear

    Sophia Lucero
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    It’s always nice to welcome back this familiar graphic treatment, executed in fresh new ways. Check out how these websites use masked text in their designs. Designs of the Week Build on DIYThemes’ Thesis Framework for rock solid SEO and great layout customization options. Music The links in the hamburger menu are the headers of the 10 sections on the one-pager, color-coded with a nice hover animation. Besides the masked title, there’s lots of video on this site, with boxes of content laid out in interesting ways. Piet Oudolf Almost completely text-based, except for the…
  • Design Focus: Bordered Bento

    Sophia Lucero
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:59 am
    Besides the “ghost buttons” trend, we’re also seeing a lot of bordered boxes as design elements lately, which gives a classic retro feel in displaying and laying out information on websites. Designs of the Week Search Optimized, Turn-Key Designs, Unlimited Everything. Start building with the Genesis Framework today. Chickenbot Gorgeous typography and interesting hover effects. The text is center-focused without resorting to center alignment all the time, and the site uses two major dropdown navigations affixed on the top left and right of the page. Toga Apartments A fresh…
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  • Before & After: Colibrí Chardonnay

    Elena Massucco
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Light as fluttering wings. Lively as an hummingbird. The lovely and elegant design of Colibri’ (Italian for hummingbird) is bustling, cheerful and refreshing - perfect characteristics for the design of a sparkling Chardonnay.  A fresh a fruity wine, Colibri’ needed a new and powerful look to stand out from the crowd. When designing this brand identity, Nicole Poggi, Jona Sbarzaglia and Gianluca Naphtalina Camporesi drew their inspiration from fashion and textiles - successfully managing to bring to life the fruity notes of the wine.  All the elements- from label to…

    Elena Massucco
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    MILK, Branding Professionals designed the identity and labels for a series of beers produced by September Microbrewery, the Hobby Hoppy Series. The range was created to give beer lovers unique, “one-off” beers with hop as the main ingredient and the identity highlights the one-off, experimental and "handmade" character of the beers.  Septem ACE, the first beer of the series, won the Best New Packaging beer in the World award in the International Beer Challenge, the most famous beer competition worldwide.  “The challenge was for the overall brand identity to bring out the…
  • Pricake

    Elizabeth Freeman
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Guiltless gluttony is what Pricake can be called, with miniature cupcakes placed in trays surrounded by a lime green floral pattern created by 100% Design em Movimento. The cupcakes are then covered and given a handle for easy transportation.  "Developing all visual identity, from branding concept, stationery and packaging to store identity for Pricake, which came to life from a dream of creating a product capable of uniting the naturalness of the ingredients to the gourmet universe. All of this harmony is achieved with a mini cupcake, about the size of a PET bottle…

    Jenifer Tracy
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    In case you haven’t noticed – artisan, flavored peanut butters are ON trend. When I was a kid our choices were crunchy or smooth – we couldn’t have dreamed of options like french vanilla latte or oreo cookie! So I’m sure it will come as no surprise that the packaging of my childhood peanut butters looks pretty dull next to the packaging design for FROLIC, a home-based peanut butter company in Indonesia. The brand and design work was created by the designer Grace Florencia Candra, who also happens to be the half owner of the company, with her sister Fransisca Augustine Candra. …
  • Megalo Beer

    Jessica Sanchez
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    What better way to say thank you than with beer? Megalo Design created this beer by carefully curating the perfect flavored beer and than later designing a label that showcased Megalo Design. A fun self-promotion for their clients and partners.  "Every year's ending, we strive to create a special gift to thank our clients for the partnership and to welcome the new year that's coming. In 2014, we choose beer as a manner to celebrate the fellowship in a casual way." "In a project that gathered all the team, we researched a lot until we could find a flavor that identified…
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  • Grab These Amazing Deals For Designers and Website Owners Right Now

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

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

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    Advertise here with BSAAre you wondering what is going to happen with the web design industry this year? You’re not the only one who is. I will go out on a limb here and assume that the trend of using large image or video backgrounds on websites will stick around for a while, and generate some clever new ways to optimize images for fast loading, or responsive re-sizing. Even further, I believe that WP themes are getting stronger than ever, as they work to provide web designers with more and more resources. Think about type kits. Didn’t fancy typefaces and fonts use to go hand in hand with…
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  • Why I Hate the Word Boyfriend – Cartoon Design

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

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

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

    Tara: Freelance Designer
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    A while a go a student on my logo design course emailed and asked me how I go about organising my work. I though I would share my response: Create a Job Book How I work – Get yourself an A4 (or legal size) lined pad or binder with lined paper – this can be used as a job book. Then create some columns headed up – Date, job number, client, job description (I will jot down what the job is worth here too) and an invoice date column. Obviously tailor these columns to best suit you. Then each time I start a new job I give it a job number I use my initials and then a number…
  • A New Style of Invitation that’s anything but Wooden

    Tara: Freelance Designer
    12 Nov 2013 | 4:31 am
    A guest post by Susie Francis writing on behalf of  RODD Industrial Design Over the past year we’ve seen a new trend of invites to social events like weddings and birthday parties being made from beautifully engraved, smooth cut outs of wood. For this article, we look at the processes involved in the design and manufacture of the ‘woodcards’, taking in some examples, and giving tips on how you can design these fantastically imaginative items to suit your purpose or event. The first time I had a woodcard delivered through my letter box, it was to invite me to a friend’s wedding, and…
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  • Transform a face into a powerful text portrait

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    I’ve used this Photoshop tutorial once already, with fantastic results. I recommend you Right+Click on the video and Download it to make it easier to follow along. Related posts: Tutorial: Stone-Textured Text Creating scanline text in Photoshop Creating chrome text in Photoshop
  • Free font: Display font has decidedly large and bulky feel

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Related posts: Free font: VE Vastagurly Display Extensis Universal Type Server: font management for large groups Display Maestro offers access to hidden display resolutions
  • The worst argument against the Apple Car

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    There are dozens of ways in which Apple’s apparent effort to build an Apple-branded car could go wrong, but there’s one argument against the idea that I’m hearing a lot of that really doesn’t make sense. From Henry Blodget to former GM CEO Daniel Akerson to the LA Times to Yahoo Finance people are saying this won’t work because the car industry is a “low margin” business in contrast to the fat margins Apple is used to earning most of all on its workhorse iPhone. Vox has a great take on the “low margin” aspect of this Apple Car story. The…
  • Free eBook: The Freelance Handbook

    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is not an in-depth, step-by-step guide to becoming a freelance designer. Instead it gives you the broad strokes, with plenty of things to think about and act on. I’m about half way through reading the 115 page PDF and I must say, there’s some really great advice in this eBook—even though the illustrations are stuck in the 80s Related posts: 8 Great Web resources for freelancers Free download: The Guide to Great Logos Cool Web Site: Daily Design Advice
  • Why you might not want to check Email first thing in the morning

    21 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    I tend to agree with this post, especially #2 – It’s Not Your Todo List! Related posts: Review: Check Off 3.2 In defense of email New iWork apps have a new file format
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  • 9 WordPress Plugins To Do More With Your Fonts

    Nancy Young
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    There are many elements in web design that require your full attention. Typography is one major element although we usually don’t place its importance high up the priority list. However, use the wrong type face or fonts that are too small and you will leave a bad impression amongst your readers. On that thought, I have put together 9 WordPress plugins that can help you do more with your fonts, such as change their color, size, appearance. On top of that, these plugins also help you better manage, highlight and display fonts on your site, make instant pull quotes and tweets, disable…
  • 5 Designers’ Secrets To Launching Your Career Right

    Guest Contributor
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:01 am
    Freelancing is a journey for each of us and we learn and grow from the mistakes and errors that we make on the job. Learning from our mistakes is a crucial step in the journey to success. “While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior" — Henry C. Link, author, psychologist. Take my experience for instance. I do freelance work on the side, only seeking out projects when I need some extra cash. On one such instance, a client reached out to me for my help with a project. I threw myself in – without doing any…
  • Fresh Resources for Web Developers – March 2015

    Thoriq Firdaus
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    Time for another round of fresh resources, for the month of March. In this round of series, we have a budding browser, mockups for a device of the wearable kind, a collection of icons that can morph, and a handful of other cool stuff. For more fresh resources for web developers, follow the series. CodePad CodePad is a web app you can use to save and share codes. It supports multiple programming languages ranging from CSS to XSLT. You can set your code snippets to private access so only you can see it, or leave it publicly accessible, which also allows search engines to pick it up. UINames If…
  • 45 Unusual Artwork Made From Cigarette Boxes You Need To See

    Fahad Khan
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:01 am
    There are various material that can result in beautiful and interesting creations. Upcycling is a great way to not only get creative but it also helps out the environment as one doesn’t use new items. One doesn’t normally associate smoking with art but you’d be surprised at what a couple of recycled cigarette packs can be turned into. With a little creativity, imagination and artistic flair, those little boxes can be transformed into beautiful pieces of art. Here, we’ve put together a collection of 45 cool creations made from recycled cigarette packs. From sculptures…
  • The Dead Simple Guide To Basic Logo Design

    Guest Contributor
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:01 am
    When you think logo what comes to mind? A golden arched M, a bunch of lines and circles, or maybe just a cute small shape? Then why must "logo design" be a task restricted to only a highly professional computer geek with knowledge of all sorts of fancy programs? To be honest, I never understood this myself. Through my own experience as a logo designer, I can safely concur, that a logo design can be made by anyone with imagination and using any kind of software – even Microsoft Words (no kidding!). To prove my point, we will be looking into some basic steps to design a simple…
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  • Design Studio Spotlight: Double Standards

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

    Amanda Aszman
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    HOW Design Live is the biggest gathering of creative professionals anywhere. You’re invited to join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary in Chicago May 4–8 with what is sure to be the most inspiring, informational, educational, and talked-about HDL yet. When The Washington Ballet reimagined Sleepy Hollow as a ghost story with historical tendrils stemming from the Salem witch trials, Washington, DC–based Design Army stepped up to help create an advertising campaign capable of carrying the production’s ethereal magic across TV, digital, social media, print and outdoor advertising.
  • 5 Reasons Why You Need a Design Blog

    Roberto Blake
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Looking to build your network outside of your design blog? Join us at HOW Design Live 2015 in Chicago to meet the industry’s most esteemed creative professionals and learn from their expertise. Blogs are a great way to help you out and market yourself as a graphic designer today. By starting a design blog, you can demonstrate your expertise and share your work with the graphic design industry. A blog can also help potential clients and employers discover you. You can utilize your blog by describing your design process in detail and writing about projects you’re working on to add…
  • Stunning Identity + Annual Report Design by Sullivan

    Amanda Aszman
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:42 am
    You’re invited to join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary in Chicago May 4-8 with what is sure to be the most inspiring, informational, educational, and talked-about HOW Design Live yet. Here at HOW, we’re quite used to being blown away by annual report design. The latest to make us look twice—then three times—is the stunning work for The Fund for Global Human Rights by multi-disciplinary brand engagement firm Sullivan. A simple yet bold look that both achieves clarity and leaves a sizable impact on the viewer—and this annual report really sings because of…
  • CIBO: An Integrated Brand Experience Agency

    Amanda Aszman
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    You’re invited to join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary in Chicago May 4-8 with what is sure to be the most inspiring, informational, educational, and talked-about HOW Design Live yet. Recently, Cibo came across our radar, and we’ve been eager to feature some of the integrated brand experience agency‘s work ever since. I had the opportunity to hop on a call with chief executive officer Lu Lacourte, chief design officer Bob Skubic, and director of user experience Shoon Browne—all of whom were a delight to speak with despite the fact that it was still quite…
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  • Client Advice: When Will My Logo Design Be Finished?

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

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

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

    The Logo Smith
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:09 am
    Rudecolor 2015 Color Trends Mood Boards for Designers The Rudecolor 2015 Color Trends Mood Boards, is a wonderful color resource that I’ve really enjoyed looking through. Something about the simplicity of the 3 main referenced colours on each page, along with the 3 photographs, provides a useful visual reference to how each hue might/could be used. >> Just fill in the details here and download the PDF. Seeing the colours in various contexts, although not a new idea by any means, is particularly useful, and just far more engaging than a clinical swatch book. Each page is based…
  • Type Hero #8: Panton Font & Icon Family by FontFabric

    The Logo Smith
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:57 am
    Type Hero #8: Panton Font & Icon Family by FontFabric Panton ‘Modern and Geometric Type System’, by FontFabric, is another super font family that I have just purchased over on MyFonts.  The best bit is that the current sale price of Panton is a measly £18,00, compared to it’s usual price of £179.99. FontFabric: “The Panton font family includes 34 weights – 9 uprights with 9 italics and 16 icon sets as a bonus. It is characterized by excellent legibility in both – web & print design areas, well-finished geometric designs, optimized kerning,…
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    Jason Santa Maria

  • Saved

    13 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    In his article “Ordinary Plenty” Jeremy Keith looks at the value of the all digital stuff we make, and their ability to last or not. Preservation is a topic dear to my heart, and one I have a lot of feelings about that I often have trouble putting to words. Thankfully, Jeremy thinks, writes, and talks a lot about this stuff, so I can usually just read along and nod. As I was reading his article yesterday, something finally clicked for me. One of the arguments I often hear for why preservation isn’t that pressing is that “important things will get saved.” That and “who cares about…
  • All the Domains

    29 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    I register a lot of domain names. Chances are if you’re reading this, you probably have at least a few yourself. Only a handful of mine are in active use. All the others represent a good intention I had to make an awesome website. The domains all start innocently enough: it could be a funny turn of phrase I hear while out with some friends; an overheard quip from a television in background; a little burning ember of an idea that keeps coming back to me. There was the one where I would interview people about their most prized possession, or the single-serving site about alternatives to using…
  • The Sweatpants of Typefaces

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I’m a little late to the game, but The Last Word on Helvetica by John Boardley is spot on. It’s well worth a read if you are plagued by the notion of Helvetica being a neutral typeface, or are wondering why some might consider it “the sweatpants of typefaces.” (I do too) Ostensibly, my only gripe with Helvetica (designed by Max Miedinger & Eduard Hoffmann) is not the typeface itself, but how — and how often — it is pressed into service. At the real heart of the matter is not only how often Helvetica is used, but how often it’s used as a thoughtless default. What’s your…
  • Responsive Responsibility

    5 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    Just over four years ago Ethan Marcotte penned the article “Responsive Web Design”, and a year later we published his book by the same name at A Book Apart. It’s no stretch to say that both have gone on to shape the very way we design websites now. I think Ethan and his work are brilliant. He’s also as gracious and humble as they come, so he’s the first to highlight the ideas and work that influenced him, notably John Allsopp’s A Dao of Web Design. And this is how the web works best; Ethan builds upon John’s ideas, and then shares with us so that we can build on top of his, and…
  • Alien: Typeset in the Future

    4 Dec 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Dave Addey is at it again with another well documented and thoroughly enjoyable piece on the typography from Alien. Typography, sci-fi, film… this touches on all my favorite things. In her final recorded message before hypersleep, Ripley notes that she is the sole survivor of the Nostromo. What she forgets to mention is that she has not once in the past two hours encountered any Eurostile Bold Extended. Also, don’t miss Dave’s previous entries on Eurostile, Moon, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. All are highly recommended.
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    JUST™ Creative

  • Blogging For Startups: 7 Tips To Jump Start Your Startup Venture

    Jacob Cass
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    This article has been contributed by Gary Dek. Startups, perhaps more than other types of companies, require great web design and a strong marketing campaign to launch their products/services. However, coming up with a cost-effective marketing strategy when you are a startup and low on cash can be challenging, especially if you are attempting to use traditional mediums such as television, print, or even online advertising. Fortunately, you don’t have to be an internet or technology startup to start a blog and market your new venture. Why Startups Need To Blog 1. A blog can help establish…
  • 12 Logos Selected for Logo Lounge Book 9

    Jacob Cass
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    LogoLounge is the one of the most respected and best-selling logo design book series in the world and I’m happy to share that 12 logos of mine were selected to be published in the upcoming LogoLounge Book 9. The 22,000 submissions were juried by a pedigree panel of logo design giants and only 2000 of the world’s top logos made the cut. The 12 selected logos include work done for clients; Ireland Group Real Estate, Boarding & Beyond, The Tasty Baker, Welcome Smiles, Max Square, Cherokee Charters, Spice Sage, Purple Heist, Phone Division and Artistic Highways. Thank you to Bill…
  • Eyestrain and Weight Gain: How to Avoid Common Risk Factors of a Desk Job

    Jacob Cass
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    This article has been contributed by Kristeen Cherney. Desk jobs are commonplace in a world that increasingly relies on computers and technology. For many, a desk is the office, especially if you freelance or telecommute. The advantages of working on the computer are numerous, ranging from better time management to even setting your own hours, in some cases. As society becomes more computer dependent, it’s hard to deny the possible risk factors of a desk job. Eyestrain and weight gain are among the most prevalent health concerns for desk workers, but this doesn’t mean you’re doomed to…
  • The Most Extensive & High Quality Design Resource Bundle Ever

    Jacob Cass
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:47 am
    Followers of this blog know that I love sharing valuable design resources, whether they be free or at a heavily discounted rate, such as this one. This bundle is one that you definitely have to check out as it bundles the very best resources across every category – from fonts, to vectors, textures, brushes, mockup templates, scene creators, effects packs and more! DesignCuts have been negotiating this bundle for over four months and it’s 2 to 3 times the size of their regular bundles while still being 98% off. That’s $1409 worth for just $29 and that includes extended licensing too!
  • Content Marketing in 2015: Trends Are A-Changing

    Jacob Cass
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:37 am
    This article has been contributed by Haley Osborne. Focusing content on current trends and newsworthy stories keeps you at the forefront of what’s hot as well as at the front of your customer’s requirements. Of course, the trick is being able to produce quality content quickly and be ahead of competitors. While many content marketing techniques remain unchanged, new trends and approaches to content appear every year, making us test and develop and implement new marketing strategies. See what’s ahead for 2015. Social Media Mash Up The year 2014 ushered in the practice of integrating…
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  • Web Designs of the Best Selling WordPress Themes

    Chris Spooner
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    WordPress themes are great sources of design inspiration, but it’s even more interesting to check out the best selling premium themes to see the kind of styles are popular with the general public. In today’s web design showcase I round up some of the most purchased themes from multiple marketplaces to compare their layouts. Can you see any common trends? Elegant – Minimal Blog & Portfolio Supernova WordPress Theme Forefront The7 Responsive Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme Striking Multiflex & Ecommerce Responsive WP Theme Jupiter Multi-Purpose Responsive Theme…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for February 27th 2015

    Chris Spooner
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:30 am
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Green Man Festival, Layers, GuideBase, brightly and Qards. Green Man Festival View the website Layers View the website GuideBase View the website brightly View the website Qards View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for February 27th 2015 appeared first on Line25.
  • Web Design Trend Showcase: Super Gradients

    Chris Spooner
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:30 am
    After the dominance of flat colours in web design I’ve noticed a new trend of gradient use beginning to emerge. Gradients are nothing new in web design, but the CSS property of linear-gradient now allows designers to add vibrant spectrums of colour directly to their code, rather than the traditional method of creating a gradient image in Photoshop. One advantage of the CSS approach is the gradient can be scaled to any size, which makes it great for screen filling gradient backgrounds. Today’s showcase features 25 examples of these super gradients used as backgrounds, headers and…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for February 20th 2015

    Chris Spooner
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:30 am
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Moment, jdmweb, ThoughtSpot, Coulee Creative and Grid & Flow. Moment View the website jdmweb View the website ThoughtSpot View the website Coulee Creative View the website Grid & Flow View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for February 20th 2015 appeared first on Line25.
  • 8 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Website Builder

    Julia Blake
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:30 am
    It is always hard to start something. Even now, before writing this post I have spent almost half an hour on thinking where and how to begin. The same is about website building. You have a dream to create a website, what then? You need to shape the destiny of your future site, i.e. to choose its foundation. You make this crucial decision once and further it will influence on the entire website development process, as well as its maintenance and success among users. So what are the main factors making one website building platform better than another and how you can differentiate them? Can you…
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    Lines and Colors :: a blog about drawing, painting, illustration, comics, concept art and other visual arts

  • Yutang Yang (update)

    Charley Parker
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Yutang Yang is an artist from northeastern China who I first wrote about in 2008, and later featured as one of the seven contemporary ink artists I profiled in my article for the Spring 2014 issue of Drawing magazine. He works in dip pen and carbon based ink on paper, using hatching to create beautifully textural landscape drawings, that when seen in small reproductions, appear almost photographic. When you look at them in more detail, however, they show their true nature as ink drawings, in which the artist has deftly used textural areas as tonal masses, giving his work wonderful depth and…
  • Fragonard’s Coresus Sacrificing Himself to Save Callirhoe

    Charley Parker
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:35 am
    The High Priest Coresus Sacrificing Himself to Save Callirhoe, Jean-Honoré Fragonard Image on the Web Gallery of Art; original is in the Louvre. Uncharacteristic of the frivolity of the work for which he is best known, Fragonard has here tackled a history painting. The work was originally meant as a guide for a tapestry that was never created. Everything about this is theatrical, from the stage-like setting, to the dramatic lighting, to the expressions and posture of the subjects, to the fact that the act is essentially being witnessed by an audience. I posted yesterday about…
  • Fragonard’s drawing for The Sacrifice of Coresus

    Charley Parker
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:39 pm
    The Sacrifice of Coresus, Jean-Honoré Fragonard Brush and brown wash, over chalk, roughly 14 x 18 inches (35 x 46 cm). In the Morgan Library and Museum. Use Zoom tab or download link. Not only has Fragonard worked out his composition, dramatic lighting and value relationships in this beautifully gestural preparatory drawing, he’s captured the faces and emotion of his subjects with a few deft strokes.
  • Paul Scott Canavan

    Charley Parker
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Paul Scott Canavan is lead artist for the Scottish gaming company Blazing Griffin, and also does freelance illustration and concept art. Canavan paints digitally in a way that carries a feeling of traditional painting media. His landscapes, in particular, are textural and painterly. He also does digital plein air painting (such as the two castles along coasts, shown above). In addition to his online portfolio, his website has links to available prints, and a Gumroad shop where you can purchase a tutorial video with accompanying files, and also access an earlier, more limited, free tutorial…
  • Eye Candy for Today: Jan Davidsz de Heem still life

    Charley Parker
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    Mesa (Table), Jan Davidsz de Heem Link is to page on Wikimedia Commons, from which you can access the high-resolution file. Original is in the Prado, Madrid, but I don’t think they have an image on their website. The intricate surface of the decorative metal is of course the star here, but I also love the reflections in the glassware, in addition to his handling of the other objects.
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    Logo Of The Day

  • 2015-02-14 | I Do

    Jacob Cass
    14 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    A special post for Valentines Day… a logo for some wedding planners. Credits: George Lois Related Logos: 2012-07-17 | MyWed (1) 2012-05-23 | Malina (2) 2011-06-28 | Hilt & Hutch (4)
  • 2015-01-13 | Saverit

    Jacob Cass
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Saverit bookmarking & organizing in the cloud. Credits: Tie A Tie Related Logos: 2013-05-29 | SoundCloud (1) 2012-08-21 | Pie In The Sky (2) 2009-10-05 | Orkney Cloud (5)
  • 2015-01-09 | Nuna

    Jacob Cass
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Nuna Popsicles Credits: Neubau Berlin Related Logos: 2014-05-05 | Los Paleteros (1) 2013-12-12 | Workshop Coffee Co. (0) 2012-11-01 | Diamonds & Dials (2)
  • 2015-01-08 | Your Radio City

    Jacob Cass
    8 Jan 2015 | 1:26 pm
    The Allotment has created a new multi-platform identity for publishing group Bauer Media’s local radio portfolio Bauer Place. Nick Button, marketing director at Bauer Media’s Place Portfolio, says: “It is a multi-platform brand identity that is vibrant, cohesive and really unifies our local radio offering, while maintaining the radio stations’ relationships with their listeners and locations.” via DesignWeek Credits: The Allotment Related Logos: 2014-04-08 | Happy Cactus (1) 2013-11-13 | Multikleur (1) 2013-06-17 | Go Oz Tours (5)
  • 2015-01-05 | Travel Writer

    Jacob Cass
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Travel Writer (See Larger View) Credits: Joe White Related Logos: 2013-03-07 | Buccaneer (1)
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    MarketingSherpa Blog

  • Ecommerce Investment Advice: How marketers can make their companies more valuable

    Paul Cheney
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Watch this MarketingSherpa Media Center interview replay with Abe Garver, Managing Director, BG Strategic Advisors, and Allison Banko, MarketingSherpa, from IRCE 2014. What can an investor teach you about making your marketing efforts more valuable? More than you think.
  • Email Summit 2015 According to Twitter: Your peers share their key takeaways from Day 1 on engaging, empowering and serving customers

    Selena Blue
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:37 pm
    If you weren’t able to attend MarketingSherpa Email Summit, your peers have come to the rescue. We’ve curated some of the top and most interesting tweets from Day 1 to recap some of the key takeaways other email marketers felt valuable enough to share with their Twitter audiences.
  • Three Takeaways on Customer-centric Marketing from Email Summit 2015 Media Center

    Courtney Eckerle
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    One of the biggest focuses of Email Summit 2015 is one that is crucial to marketers everywhere — customer-centric marketing. After the first day of Summit, Courtney Eckerle, Manager of Editorial Content, and Daniel Burstein, Director of Editorial Content, both of MarketingSherpa, sat down in the 2015 Email Summit Media Center and discussed what they have learned from presenting companies about customer centricity.
  • Digital Marketing: Content marketing, social media and SEO predictions for 2015

    Daniel Burstein
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Every year around the time of Email Summit, we ask marketers for their predictions for the new year. In this MarketingSherpa Blog post, we turn the tables and ask our own Daniel Burstein, Director of Editorial Content, MarketingSherpa, his three predictions for digital marketing in 2015 based on past marketing trends and MECLABS research.
  • Email Marketing: List segmentation tips using social media and online behavior

    David Kirkpatrick
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:01 am
    In order to execute targeted, relevant email campaigns, you must have a list that is segmented by any number of factors from simple demographic data to highly personalized tracking of online activity and engagement with your brand. This MarketingSherpa Blog post provides list segmentation tips from three MarketingSherpa Newsletter case studies and includes links to the entire article to provide even more detail into these email marketing efforts.
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    Thoughts From Eric

  • The Widening Gulf

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

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

    Eric Meyer
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm
    I was recently asked on Twitter about the status of the fourth edition of CSS: The Definitive Guide.  A fair question, given how long the project has lain dormant!  I have two things to announce on that front. The first is that I’m really excited to say that Estelle Weyl has joined me as co-author for the fourth edition.  We’re working in parallel, tackling individual chapters and doing technical review of each other as we work.  Sharing the load, especially with someone as sharp and knowledgable as Estelle, will help get chapters out faster, and the overall book done sooner. The…
  • Writing for The Pastry Box

    Eric Meyer
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:33 am
    I’m beyond pleased to note that my second piece for The Pastry Box, “Words, Words”, was published last week.  The first, “Sunrise, Sunset”, was published a month before that.  (It’s not about what you might think—and yet, and the same time, it is.) For those who aren’t familiar with The Pastry Box, it describes itself thusly: Each year, The Pastry Box Project gathers 30 people who are each influential in their field and asks them to share thoughts regarding what they do. Those thoughts are then published every day throughout the year at a rate of one per day, starting…
  • Gradient List Bullets

    Eric Meyer
    8 Feb 2015 | 9:27 pm
    CSS gradients are kind of fun.  I know, they’re a little clumsy at first, but I’ve found that with just a little practice, you can hand-author them without more than a brief refresher course on exactly how to structure the first part.  At least for me, as long as I can get the setup right, the color stops are a breeze. As I’ve said in previous posts, gradients are images, just like a PNG or SVG or whatever.  That’s why you can write them directly into background properties and have them display.  The thing is, though, that you can use them anywhere a property accepts an image…
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    Naldz Graphics

  • An Enjoyable Collection Of Retouching Tutorials For Photoshop

    Marvi Ocampo
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    It is not that uncommon when you take a picture and get a great content but lacks some details, or have some unwanted elements that you wish weren’t there. No worries as Photoshop is always there to help you achieve that perfect photo that you want. It’s just a matter of practice and learning some basics in order to attain your desired result. To help you with your practice, we have here a collection of Photoshop tutorials that will teach you how to nicely retouch your photos and help you harness your skills on Photoshop. Scroll down and check them The post An Enjoyable Collection Of…
  • 40 Lovely Rose Logo Designs To Inspire Your Imagination

    Christie Ann
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:44 am
    Roses are one of the most popular flowers around the world. They are best known for their lovely appearances symbolizing love, romance, and beauty. A well-designed rose logo can also give this impression to the company or business it signifies for the potential clients and customers who see it. Today, I have collected a great list of Rose Logos in various designs made for different purposes. Scroll down, check them all out below and allow yourself to be inspired and enhance your imagination. Come, take a peek, and enjoy. Green Rose Source Rose.Co Source WildRoses Vintage Wedding Source Rose…
  • A Collection Of Attention-Grabbing Neon Business Cards

    Ronald Bien
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:40 am
    There are a lot of ways in making business card designs attractive and engaging; one of these is using bright neon colors. This kind of colors tends to glow and be bright more than usual and thus can get more attention from observers. They can also incorporate some playfulness, creativity and more. For this post, we have collected some of the handpicked examples of Neon Business Cards. Get some ideas and inspirations on how the elements of neon colors give life and extra impact to the design. Scroll down and check them all out below. Come, take a peek, and The post A Collection Of…
  • 33 Engaging Automobile Website Designs To Inspire You

    Ebrian Acebedo
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:30 am
    Car Companies have been in business for as far as the 1800’s. Through the years, they have utilized various advertising schemes from magazines, newspapers, TV ads, to actual car shows. But in the information age, automotive industries have also embraced the internet and created their own websites with impressive designs that many people can visit and see. Today, we have collected some of the most creative Automobile Website Designs that you can see whether for its great graphic design, or the luscious car models they offer. Scroll down and check them all out. Come, take a peek, and be…
  • 40 Magnificent Fox Logo Designs

    Johnna Eudese Ward
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:54 am
    In the past, we have featured many logo designs that are inspired by animals and used as the main subject in the design. Today, we will be giving you yet another inspiring collection of logo design that may drive your playful imagination and come up with great ideas that you can use for your own logo design. Below we have collected 40 Magnificent Fox Logo Designs for you to conveniently see and enjoy. This includes actual drawings of foxes to geometrical artworks that represent these mystic creatures. Scroll down and check them all out. Come, take a peek, and have The post 40 Magnificent Fox…
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    Tuts+ Code

  • Protecting Your Keys From GitHub

    Jeff Reifman
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    What You'll Be CreatingIn December 2014, Slashdot ran an alarming story Bots Scanning GitHub To Steal Amazon EC2 Keys, based on developer and blogger Andrew Hoffman's experience trying out Ruby on Rails on Amazon with AWS S3. He inadvertently committed an application.yml file with his AWS keys. Even though he noticed it and deleted them quickly, hackers running bots managed to spend $2,375 of services before Amazon intervened. Fortunately, for Hoffman, they didn't hold him responsible for the fees. But this wasn't exactly a new story. Back in January 2014, Forbes' Runa Sandvik…
  • New Opportunity for Freelance Writers at Envato Studio

    Andrew Blackman
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:31 am
    Are you a freelance writer? Are you looking to get more business? If so, our parent company Envato has an exciting opportunity for you.Envato Studio is an online shopfront for freelance services, with dozens of categories including logo design, photo retouching and icon design. Soon there'll be a new category for "Content & Writing". And that's where you come in.The OpportunityWe're looking for people who can offer any of the following services:Website ContentCopywritingBlog and Article WritingPress ReleasesProduct DescriptionsProofreading and EditingTechnical WritingCreative…
  • Effectively Contributing to Open Source Projects: Webmaker

    Tanay Pant
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    What You'll Be CreatingContributing to open source projects has lots of merits. While contributing to such a project, you get to learn the professional way of development that is deployed by big organizations. Such skills prove to be very useful for people's careers and help them to learn things that they might not be able to learn during their education/work.This article has been designed for beginners and intermediate developers wanting to contribute to open source projects. I will demonstrate contributing to the Webmaker Project of Mozilla Foundation, to explain how you…
  • Creating Compound Views on Android

    Cindy Potvin
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    When building complex applications, you'll often want to reuse the same group of views in various places of the application. One way to solve this problem is by creating a view that encapsulates the logic and layout of a group of views so you can reuse them without duplicating code in various places of the project. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use compound views to create custom views that are easily reusable. 1. IntroductionOn Android, a view composed of a group of views is called a compound view or a compound component. In this tutorial, you'll build a control to select a value…
  • Setting Up a Mac Dev Machine From Zero to Hero With Dotfiles: Part 2

    Simon Owen
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Hello and welcome to a second edition of Setting Up a Mac Dev Machine From Zero to Hero With Dotfiles. Since I wrote the first article, a few things have changed.This article will go over what's changed, with some added tips and tricks along the way. After reading this article you'll be well on your way to getting a new Mac up and running as efficiently as possible.IntroductionIn the last article I went over each file individually and how to use them. Since writing the article I've had a few questions regarding how I go about performing certain tasks at the very start, with a new Mac that is…
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  • All You Need to Know About Email Marketing: Tips, Tricks and Resources

    Andreas Hecht
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
       Only a couple of years ago, there was talk about email marketing’s heyday already being over. The rise of social media and mobile devices, the thinking went, would spell the end for email marketing since communicating via emails would become rare. But, as the saying goes, the report of the death of email marketing was an exaggeration – today, it is still one of the most important and most popular communication tools out there. Even in the age of „WhatsApp“ email stays one of the most used instruments.
  • Let’s Spring: 22 Fresh and Free WordPress Themes for March 2015

    Juan Pablo Sarmiento
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
       Hero areas, ghost buttons, Material Design, parallax scrolling are the craze in 2015 and seamlessly combine with the ever-growing trend to responsive design. WordPress theme developers have taken the challenge and are constantly coming up with new and interesting interpretations of the latest design trends distilled into one heck of a theme. We have taken the challenge, too, and again curated another round of the latest free WordPress themes. Take them as inspiration or use them as they are. All you need is a self-hosted WordPress, and you’re good to go…
  • 20 Fresh Free Templates in HTML and PSD: March 2015 Edition

    Juan Pablo Sarmiento
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
       Material, grids, parallax, ghosts, heroes – it’s all there in our third iteration of 2015′s collections of free HTML, CSS, and PSD templates. These design elements will serve your next project perfectly no matter what. AS always we have roamed the web and came up with what we found the best resources in HTML, CSS, and PSD. Some of the following elements are templates for websites, others deliver more or less complete UI kits to build that great web (or native) app around. There should be something for everybody…
  • A Life Without Adobe: Possible, but Pointless (IMHO)

    Denis Potschien
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
       Adobe celebrates the 25th birthday of Photoshop. The first version of the image editing program came into market in 1990 and marked the beginning of the worldwide success of the Californian company. Photoshop is in all likelihood still the most famous product of Adobe; being popular and in use by a broader clientele than just the design industry.
  • Affinity Photo Beta: The First REAL Alternative to Photoshop?

    Andreas Hecht
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
       On February 10 this year a new creative design software was unveiled: Affinity Photo by Serif debuted in beta and is currently available for free, exclusively for Mac OS X. The app claims to be a pro-level challenger to Adobe Photoshop, the undisputable top dog and standard in the publishing industry. After the beta phase, Affinity Photo will be available at the Mac App Store, at an estimated price tag of £39.99 (€49.99/$49.99). So let´s have a look under the hood of this new software and check it against its overwhelming rival, Adobe Photoshop.
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  • Davek Alert Umbrella

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:33 am
    The Davek Alert Umbrella reminds you (via Bluetooth-based smartphone-umbrella pairing) when you're about to leave it behind:
  • The Future of Productivity

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:33 am
    How could emerging technologies transform the way we get things done in the future? Here's Microsoft's vision:
  • Instant dumplings

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:33 am
    NTT DoCoMo makes ground beef dumplings in under three seconds to promote its lightening fast 4G network:
  • Wildcard

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    The Wildcard iOS SDK replaces "the slow, fragile blue links inside your app with beautiful, performant cards":
  • Google's Proposal for North Bayshore

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    ICYMI: Google unveils plans for a shape-shifting new campus in Mountain View, California:
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    Illusion Magazine

  • Motion Photography by Jean-Yves Lemoigne

    Christopher Smail
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    The movement and deadly precision of professional athletes is an impressive feat and photographer Jean Yves Lemoigne has found the perfect way to shoot them. Captured in black and white, the tennis players in his series are photographed in a beautiful blur, as they serve, reach for that drop shot and hit that forehand winner. All...
  • Flexible Fork and Other Ultra-Modern Tableware by James Stoklund

    Adriana de Barros
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    Can you imagine a cognac glass that can Twerk? Yeah, you read accurately; from a drinking glass with cute buttocks to utensils with bite marks, designer James Stoklund has been creating interesting stainless steel, silicone, and glass items for you to use in the kitchen or during a dinner party. Top: “Fork,” a flexible fork...
  • Feast and Blood: Paintings by Laura Krifka (NSFW)

    Christopher Smail
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Warning: This post contains images with nudity. Viewer discretion is advised. American visual artist Laura Krifka doesn’t hold anything back in her Renaissance-inspired paintings. Often utilising traditionally associated feminine colours like pink, she manages to explore and subvert in playful ways age old conceptions of womanhood, with depictions of carnal lust, blood and death. All...
  • The Illusion of Pattern by Romina Ressia

    Christopher Smail
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Romina Ressa is a talented photographer from Argentina who has had her work exhibited internationally. Her style blends seamlessly classical and modern themes, exploring the ways in which people are changed and altered by shifts in society. She does this through her visually captivating photographs full of beautiful and thought-provoking imagery. All images © Romina...
  • Pichi&Avo: Graffiti Art x Greek Mythology

    Adriana de Barros
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    Classical art lives on, even in graffiti. That might be a bit of a surprise, but characters from Greek Mythology are softly shaded with spray paints and traditional tagging added here and there to compose various murals. It’s all brilliantly done by Pichi&Avo, the duo from Spain who met in 2007 and since then became...
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  • Insightpool Acquires Next Principles

    Charlie Hodge
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:37 am
    Social marketing company Insightpool has announced the acquisition of startup Next Principles. Describing itself as “the social relationship intelligence platform,” Insightpool aims to identify those influencing social media and work with the market to better connect companies. Insightpool, was originally a startup itself and recently announced it had raised $4 million in Series A funding. Insightpool isn’t just about those influencing either. It searches for the audience that’s most likely to perform the action their customers want, whether it’s social media sharing, signing up for…
  • Logi Analytics Intros Hourly Pricing for Analytics Tool

    Charlie Hodge
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    Logi Analytics is offering hourly pricing for its Logi Vision software on Amazon’s AWS Marketplace, hoping it will help cloud apps become more flexible to companies’ needs. The Holy Grail that is cloud services brought the promise of a computing infrastructure that companies and startups could expect to be responsive to their individual needs and be truly on-demand. This sort of bespoke service would mean savings in the long term as enterprises scale up their operations. In reality, the terms and conditions of most cloud applications restrict flexibility meaning they are not much better…
  • Twitter buys social media startup Niche

    Charlie Hodge
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    Twitter’s acquisition of Niche suggests several new innovations are on the horizon for the social network company. It was announced last week that Twitter had acquired Niche, a startup based in New York that introduces advertisers to celebrities and creative stars, who are increasingly able to make money from Twitter and Vine. In addition, it offers analytics to support these stars, offering more than a hint Twitter sees Vine as a potentially monetized service. Two years ago Twitter launched Vine. In the intervening period some of the online community’s engagement and growth has been…
  • Booking hotel rooms during the day

    12 Feb 2015 | 7:34 am
    Although not the first company to have the idea HotelsByDay are confident they can fill hotel rooms that so often stay empty during the day. The startup is aiming to help a variety of customers, including leisure travellers looking for a quiet place to relax or business travellers wanting to rest or work between meetings. There is however a definite stigma associated with daytime hotel bookings, particularly focusing on the activities of those wanting to use the room. “We think there is a stigma in the industry,” said co-founder Yannis Moati. “And we’ve structured the…
  • Palantir adds retail data to its portfolio

    12 Feb 2015 | 7:23 am
    In acquiring Fancy That, Palantir has added retail and shopping information to its already successful data analytics platform. Currently used in sectors like finance, insurance research and healthcare, Palantir hopes to support retailers with their omnichannel approaches, which includes physical stores, online and mobile shopping. The omnichannel approach has become a significant part of many companies’ commercial strategies, focusing on mobile payments, online shopping, in-store alerts and social media that enhance the physical shopping experience. Fancy That adds features such as cleaning…
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  • 7 CSS Tools You Should Be Using

    Jacob Gube
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    CSS is getting more and more complicated to write. Thankfully, there are tools that make the task of authoring CSS a little bit easier. From identifying errors in your stylesheets to presenting useful stats about your code, these online tools will undoubtedly help during CSS development. CSS Lint CSS Lint will point out syntax errors as well as highlight potential problems related to browser compatibility, performance, accessibility, and other areas of concern. The source code of CSS Lint is available on GitHub in case you want to run it offline on your computer or web server. Use for:…
  • The Big Changes to Pay Attention to in AngularJS 1.3

    Jacob Gube
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    AngularJS has evolved quite rapidly. Its latest release, version 1.3, nicknamed "superluminal-nudge", ushers in plenty of exciting features and improvements. The AngularJS GitHub source code repository contains a changelog that provides a brief, bulleted-list summary of all the changes that have occurred in the AngularJS project. However this article will only discuss the major changes in the newest stable release. We will delve into the new features and improvements in Angular 1.3 that, in my opinion, shouldn’t be ignored. Data Binding Options In previous versions of Angular,…
  • Design Strategies for Information Dashboards

    Jacob Gube
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    An information dashboard is a single-page display that presents key performance indicators in real-time. To make its content easier to read, a modern dashboard will often utilize information graphics such as charts and tables. When designed well, a dashboard should help you quickly see critical information and discover data patterns. Below are some tips and techniques for designing user-friendly dashboards. Display the Information Logically We know from usability studies that when we are shown a web page, our eyes generally start at the top-left region of the page. As we read the contents of…
  • 10 Tips for Prototyping Your Designs

    Jacob Gube
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Even though there’s a wide variety of prototyping techniques, they all share plenty of common ground. In this article, I’ve distilled years of prototyping tips and best practices from the best specialists in the field, as well as from our own experiences over at UXPin. Tailor the Prototype to Your Audience The type of prototype you present matters. What may work well for a session with your design and dev teams may not be as effective in a general staff meeting. It’s not so much about limiting what to present — since you want to involve and be transparent with all…
  • What No One Tells You About Working From Home

    Jacob Gube
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Let’s talk about what it’s really like to work from home. I’m sure you can easily imagine the benefits of being able to work at home, but until you’re actually there, it can be difficult to think of the downsides. As a person who has done it for more than 10 years, I’d like to talk about the myths, misconceptions and drawbacks of working from your own home. If you have a daily commute to a 9-5 job, you might have often dreamt about how green that grass is for the folks on the other side of the fence, the ones that work at home. Wouldn’t it be great? No long…
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  • 12 Best CSS Generators For UI Animations & Elements

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    For today’s round up, we have chosen 12 CSS generators for UI elements and animations that you can download for free. These online generators comes very handy when you need to build beautiful sleek CSS buttons and transitions to create a better user experience that require plenty of configurations. Online generators simply display the designated preview based on CSS code and save you loads of time. Scroll through our wonderful collection and be inspired to create your own artworks, as well. Do let us know what you think about this compilation. Feel free to share your opinions and comments…
  • 8 Free Analytics Tools To Help You Manage Social Media

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:09 am
    In this collection, you will see 8 free and outstanding analytics tools which help you to manage social media. In the last few years, we saw that social media has become very popular especially for the business point of view. So if you are the owner of any company or brand and using social media for your business growth then you should see this article. All these tools will definitely help you to achieve your business goals. Please tell us what do you think about this article and share this article to your social friends our comment section is below. Do let us know what do you think about…
  • 10 Amazing Free Adobe Lightroom Presets

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:31 am
    Today, we have come up with 10 amazing free Adobe lightroom presets. Adobe lightroom is a popular photography software by Adobe that has gained popularity among the web designers as well in the recent few years. Therefore, this time around we are presenting 10 excellent presets of Adobe Lightroom that will be helpful in keeping everything organized. Presets are same as that of actions for Photoshop. Come and look into these colorful and cute Adobe lightroom presets that will certainly gratify your everyday photography needs… Do let us you’re your opinions about this collection. Enjoy!!!
  • The Ultimate Roundup Of 38 Delicious Photoshop Food Tutorials

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:28 am
    For today’s assortment, we have compiled a list of 38 tremendous Photoshop food tutorials. Adobe Photoshop is a wonderful software that has been extensively used all over the world for image editing and photo manipulation. Though, mastering this software is not at all easy task to do. You have to be very hard working and patient in order to master your Photoshop skills. We have collected some detailed and step by step tutorials for you that will be very helpful for you. You simply have to experiment with different techniques to see what feeling they give you as having expertise in Photoshop…
  • Exciting CSS Apps, Tools, & Resources For Developers

    23 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    Developing brilliant websites with appropriate coding to respond and appeal to all kinds of users is a taxing task for designers. To avoid creating similar websites the designer use different combination of HTML and CSS but this difficult to achieve every time because there is so much competition in this field of development that creating flawlessly amazing designs becomes quite a challenge. To ease the pressure on designers there are many CSS apps, tools and resources available online that help the Web designers in achieving an ingenious result with every website. The developers should be…
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  • Harnessing Flexbox For Today’s Web Apps

    Karen Menezes
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    Although the syntax might be initially confounding, flexbox1 lives up to its name. It creates intelligent boxes that are stretchable, squeezable and capable of changing visual order. It provides simple solutions to layout paradigms that CSS has always struggled with: vertical centering and equal heights. Flex items are truly accommodating and a pleasure to work with. Chris Coyier sums up flexbox2 nicely: The Flexbox Layout (Flexible Box) module (currently a W3C Last Call Working Draft) aims at providing a more efficient way to lay out, align and distribute space among items in a container,…
  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: March 2015

    The Smashing Editorial
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:08 am
    We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork, and as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for almost seven years now1, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for March…
  • Design Principles: Dominance, Focal Points And Hierarchy

    Steven Bradley
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:52 am
    Has a client ever asked you to make the logo bigger1? Maybe they asked that just after you completed their request to make a heading bigger. The new heading stands out, but now the logo is too small in comparison and isn’t getting noticed. The clients wants to make the logo bigger. Of course, now that the logo and heading are bigger, both are going to attract more attention than the main call-to-action button, which will need to be made bigger. And once the button is bigger, the heading is going to start looking small again. You can’t emphasize everything. It defeats the point. When you…
  • Build Your Own Product Hunt With Telescope And Meteor

    Sacha Greif
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:57 am
    Over in startup land, one of the big stories of 2014 was, without a doubt, the success of Product Hunt1. It’s is a community where people post, vote on and comment on new products they’ve discovered or launched. Whether you’re looking for the next big thing to invest in or just want to find a better weather app, Product Hunt has got you covered. Coincidentally, in addition to being a fan of the website, I also have a pretty personal connection to the company. I’ve been online friends with Product Hunt’s designer Jonno Riekwel2 for years, and I was part of founder Ryan…
  • RICG Responsive Images For WordPress

    Tim Evko
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:37 am
    I recently teamed up with Mat Marquis of the Responsive Images Community Group to help integrate responsive images into the WordPress platform. We decided to refactor a plugin that I had built several months ago, hoping that it would lead to a more useable and performant solution. After months of pull requests, conversations on Slack and help from WordPress’ core team, we’re finally ready to share what we’ve been working on. You can download and install RICG Responsive Images1 from WordPress’ plugin directory, while keeping track of our development progress on GitHub2. What Does The…
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    Speckyboy Web Design Magazine

  • Why Do Bad Designers Always Seem to Get the Best Jobs?

    Addison Duvall
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:35 am
    We’ve all heard the saying “a designer is only as good as his/her clients.” Some designers, regardless of skill level or experience, seem to always have the most interesting assignments that are creative, challenging, and highly paid, while others, who may have more experience, technical skill, or talent, get stuck working for peanuts on unfulfilling, low-level work. Why is that? Why do mediocre and bad designers seem to always get the best jobs, while good, talented designers struggle in obscurity? The answer almost always has to do with marketing. Every designer’s…
  • 3 Lucky Readers Can Win a Copy of the Exposure WordPress Theme from ThemeFuse

    Speckyboy Editors
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    The importance of a good theme cannot be overlooked, and ThemeFuse delivers some of the finest themes available. A look at the themes proves this instantly, and now we are so excited to be able to give three of our readers a voucher that will you to freely download their latest Exposure photography WordPress theme. About the Exposure WordPress Theme Built on top of the unique and robust Unyson framework, the Exposure WordPress theme is well and truly feature-rich. It’s the framework that allows you to control how your pages look and function, and Unyson was designed…
  • Weekly News for Designers (N.274)

    Speckyboy Editors
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:44 pm
    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 Pushy, a responsive off-canvas navigation menu using CSS transforms & transitions. Smiley.js, a script for rotating smiley faces on your site to the correct viewing. The actionable WordPress Themes Review Checklist for vivus.js, a lightweight JavaScript class that allows you to animate SVGs. Rin, a lean,…
  • 50 Free Resources for Web Designers from February 2015

    Speckyboy Editors
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:54 am
    The tremendous thing about the design community is that we all love to share. We really do. Whether we share our thoughts and ideas via an in-depth article, or by giving advice/feedback on a forum, or even by freely offering high-quality resources. The sharing is what makes our community truly great! Here are this months 50 best free resources for web designers from November 2014: Free Resources for Web Designers February 2015 Free UI & Wireframe Kits New Project Wireframe (PSD). 2015 Devices – Screen Resolution Wireframe Kit (PSD). iPhone 6 Wireframe Kit (Sketch). Mini UI Kit…
  • Things to Remember when Starting a Design Business

    Katherine Halek
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    Have you been thinking about starting a design business? With all the outstanding reasons to do so, we can certainly see why. You might be drawn by the independence, the market opportunity, the creative possibilities, the enjoyment you get from it, or any combination of these and other motivators. The cost of self-employment in design is not too prohibitive. Money is, of course, a consideration, but your biggest investment will be the time you spend promoting yourself. Building a Reputation Online The first step to be taken seriously for your design skills is to show that you take your own…
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  • Danger 5

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    Thanks to my Australian friends for inventing “Danger 5,” the absurdist action comedy TV series that, in its first season, blended together 60s spy movie conceits, historically inaccurate Nazi villains and generous doses of “Thunderbirds” into a bizarre and generally inappropriate pop pastiche. That first season is now available in the U.S. on Netflix—I know…
  • A Message from Mister Rogers to His Viewers Who Have Grown Up

    28 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    This brief, heartbreaking video was just released yesterday. Its privacy settings apparently don’t allow it to be embedded, unfortunately. PBS writes: A few months before his death in 2003, Fred Rogers recorded this video message for those who grew up watching ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.’ This message was one of the last things he recorded in…
  • Graphic Designers in Film and Television

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    “Hello, can I redesign your logo? Yes that will be £100,000 for a squiggle.” + Share Facebook Twitter Google+
  • The Virtues of Old-fashioned Play

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:48 am
    Maybe it’s just because I’m a father of young children, but when I read this story earlier this week I couldn’t get it out of my mind. It’s not new; it actually keys off of a book written in 2008 by Howard Chudacoff called “Children at Play: An American History .” Chudacoff, a cultural historian…
  • “How They Got There” Is Getting There

    25 Feb 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Folks, I’m nearing the finish line in preparing my book “How They Got There: Interviews With Digital Designers About Their Careers” for sale. Last week I applied the final round of changes from my eagle-eyed editor, Sue Apfelbaum, put the finishing touches on a marketing page for the book (which will replace the teaser page…
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    Treehouse Blog

  • How to Create a Sticky Navigation

    Guil Hernandez
    5 Feb 2015 | 11:44 am
    Many websites use a “sticky” feature in their main navigation menu. The menu scrolls with the page, then sticks to the top once it reaches the top of the viewport. There are lots of jQuery plugins we can use to display a sticky navigation, but in this short video, we’ll learn how to build our own with a few lines of code! View it on CodePen NOTE: I made a few changes to the JavaScript in the final CodePen Demo. Notice the more efficient use of variables in the scroll function. If you’d like to learn more about HTML and CSS, check out our guided path of Web Design…
  • WordPress Hooks: Actions, Filters, and Examples

    Zac Gordon
    4 Feb 2015 | 6:57 am
    Hooks in WordPress allow developers to easily tie their own code in with the WordPress core code base, themes, and plugins. In this article, we’ll discover what hooks are, go over the different types of hooks, and look at a few examples of hooks in action. Definition of Terms A Hook is a generic term in WordPress that refers to places where you can add your own code or change what WordPress is doing or outputting by default. Two types of hooks exist in WordPress: actions and filters. An Action in WordPress is a hook that is triggered at specific time when WordPress is running and lets you…
  • Font Families, Hamburger Menus, Flux | The Treehouse Show | Episode 126

    Chris Zabriskie
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:35 am
    Hey, it’s Tuesday! That means it’s time for a new episode of The Treehouse Show! This week, Nick Pettit and Jason Seifer talk about font families, Flux, hamburger icons, “this,” UX, and more! Watch this week’s episode for free now, and tune in every Tuesday for the latest in web design and web development news and tips. This Week’s Links all this Testing The Hamburger Icon for More Revenue What is the Flux Application Architecture? — Brigade Engineering — Medium UX Project Checklist The post Font Families, Hamburger Menus, Flux | The…
  • Nested Routes in Laravel 4

    Hampton Paulk
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:27 am
    As a continuation of the Laravel Basics course here at Treehouse, I want to extend our todo lists example to have todo list items with nested restful routing. Let’s take a look at the URL patterns for our todo lists by looking at the output of Laravel’s artisan routes command. $ php artisan routes $ | | GET|HEAD / | | TodoListController@index | $ | | GET|HEAD todos | todos.index | TodoListController@index | $ | | GET|HEAD todos/create | todos.create | TodoListController@create | | $ | | POST todos | | TodoListController@store | $ | | GET|HEAD todos/{todos} | |…
  • How to Add a Navigation Drawer in Android

    Ben Jakuben
    2 Feb 2015 | 11:54 am
    Android now includes a component that makes it very easy to add a navigation drawer to an app that the user can slide in from the side. I first remember seeing this in the Facebook app in iOS, and I thought it was a pretty nifty mobile design pattern (though others some people strongly disagree). I will assume you are here because you think it is good for your app, though! In Android this component is called the navigation drawer. The Android design guidelines have a nice section on when and how we should use the navigation drawer in an app. One of my favorite uses if for power-user features…
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  • Kurt Vonnegut Documentary on the Verge of Being Completed

    Richard Horgan
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Robert Weide’s documentary about author Kurt Vonnegut began production in 1988. The pair boarded a train at Grand Central Station bound for Buffalo and spent the eight-hour journey talking. All these years later, it looks like Weide, together with Don Argott, is finally going to get to complete the film. At press time, Weide, who in the intervening years has executive produced Curb Your Enthusiasm and so much more, is a little less than three thousand short of an ambitious Kickstarter goal of $250,000. There’s no doubt that with six days to go, the target amount will be reached.
  • RD Recap: Changes at The Baffler; Clare Ferguson Joins Marie Claire

    Noah Davis
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    You’ll start seeing a few new faces on network news broadcasts in the coming days, if you haven’t already. Cecilia Vega and Tom Llamas officially take over as co-anchors of “World News Tonight,” manning the desk on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. David Muir, who previously held the position, is now manning the anchor desk on weekdays. Llamas moved to ABC News just five months ago, a remarkable upward trajectory. Last night, Savannah Guthrie sat in the “NBC Nightly News” chair vacated by Brian Williams. She replaced Lester Holt, who was dealing with a…
  • Media Minutiae

    Chris O'Shea
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    TVNewser: For media fans who enjoy a reading about a tough subject — Tom Brokaw’s memoir about his battle with cancer will debut in May. SocialTimes: Here’s an infographic that shows which selfies draw the most likes. There are so many levels of anger happening right now that we should really just step away from the computer. GalleyCat: Leonardo DiCaprio will star in the film adaptation of The Minds of Billy Milligan, a book about the first person to avoid prison by using multiple personality disorder as his defense. This seems metaphorical, doesn’t it?
  • When Rocky II Met Ralph Pucci Mannequin #1

    Richard Horgan
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    “The Art of the Mannequin\" doesn’t open at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design until March 31. But for those looking to bone up on the history of mannequins and how it all led in the late 1970s to exhibit star Ralph Pucci’s enhancements, there is today’s GOOD magazine article. Staff writer Tasbeeh Herwees has compiled some fun historical info about both gender sides of the mannequin equation. She also sets the scene, nicely, for when Pucci started to work his magic: Pucci designed his first mannequin in 1979. Pucci was bored with the stiff, motionless figures…
  • The Cindy Crawford Reveal That Wasn’t

    Richard Horgan
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Photographer John Russo today works and plays a long way from Ventnor, New Jersey. But as far as that famous \"leaked\" photo of Cindy Crawford from a 2013 December Marie Claire cover shoot is concerned, he wants everybody to know that it merits a good old-fashioned home state “fuggedaboutit.” We really hope TMZ follows up its report about Russo’s cease-and-desist letter with an interview of the person(s) who engineered this upside-down Photoshop fakery. Are we talking exasperated housewife? A couple of high school kids? George Clooney, rocking another prank? In retrospect,…
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    Vandelay Design

  • Free Image Editor: 4 Stellar Programs to Help You Create Beautiful Images

    Megan Marrs
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Need a new free image editor? Today we’re taking a look at four free tools you can use to design your own custom image graphics for sharing in blog posts or on social media. While toiling away in... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 39 Fantastically Creative Resume and CV Examples

    Tara Hornor
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    A creative resume or curriculum vitae is one document you can't skimp - and this is true for anyone but especially designers and other creative professionals. When applying for a job, the first... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • Ultimate Guide to Designing Brand Guidelines

    Jake Rocheleau
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Whether sculpting a new identity or working with an existing one, brand guidelines can be exceedingly important to the whole creative process. A branding guide (also known as a style guide or brand... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 45 Amazing and Free Photoshop Actions

    Steven Snell
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Photoshop actions allow designers and photographers to automate common sequences for increased efficiency. If you do much work with photo editing you can certainly benefit from the time saved by... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • Presentation Tips That Will Win You Clients

    Paul Boag
    15 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    So you have been shortlisted for that project that you are desperate to win. All that stands between you and your dream project is a presentation followed by a question and answer time. How do you... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
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    Veerle Pieters
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    When I wrote about the limited edition Merckx bicycle I mentioned that I was going to write an article about an amazing exhibition about the two great Belgian sport heroes, namely Eddy MERCKX and Jacky ICKX. These two gentlemen are both celebrating their seventieth birthday in 2015. Eddy Merckx and Jacky Ickx Eddy Merckx, with 525 victories behind his name is undoubtedly the most successful cyclist of all time. The career of Jacky Ickx was one of the longest and richest in the history of the motorsport. Ickx, who won eight Grands Prix in Formula 1 and six times the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With…
  • Create a halftone texture pattern in Illustrator

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

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

    Veerle Pieters
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:52 am
    One of the things I've been playing with lately is applying textures to my illustrations in Illustrator. Sometimes I do this by applying a pattern texture fill on top of my color fill, but you can also do this by using a Scatter Brush. The advantage of using a brush is that you also have control over the amount of texture you want to be applied. Creating such brush is also pretty straight forward. Let me explain how… The image above shows how you can apply a pencil texture to your illustration in Illustrator using a Scatter Brush. Draw & scan some samples You start by scribbling some…
  • 5 albums from 2014 that helped me get inspired

    Veerle Pieters
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:56 am
    There are two important resources that help me get inspired. The first one is my own Inspiration Stream where I catalog all my findings. The second one is music. Another year has past and it's a tradition around here that I look back at the five albums that helped me get inspired. Inspired by music I treasure the moments of silence too but a day without music is a very rare thing in my daily routine. Music is my preferred way to shut myself off from the *real* world, especially when I'm listening with my headset on. It feels like my mind is transferred to some off-world place or paradise…
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  • Solar Energy; The Real Facts

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:08 am
    Most power plants in the United States and around the world are using fossil fuels to generate electricity and operate. Fossil fuels has-been used as an energy source while the man has learned to generate power. Fossil fuels have been-around for ages and when man started using this energy nobody but the consequences. Fossil fuels will run out and be a shortage of it in the near future. This scarcity of fossil fuels will affect our industries ict live and several newspapers. Today we see some of theses comments and concerns, awards to fossil fuels are increasing and electricity is more…
  • The Cost Of Solar Energy

    1 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    Solar energy is a natural source of energy that comes directly from the sun. When solar energy hits the earth it spreads over the surface of the earth and provides heat evenly. If you could capture the sun’s rays in a particular area over a long period of time that will provide enough heat for the night or on cloudy days. Learn where to find solar energy can help you get started today. Solar energy costs nothing, since it comes from the sun. The font you choose may cost a bit, but in the long term, should be your only expense, unlike gas or oil heaters to keep paying for each month in…
  • The Benefits of Solar Energy

    28 Feb 2015 | 2:53 am
    The use of solar energy or energy from sunlight has many advantages. Let’s take a closer look at each of them. • Solar energy saves money. In 2006, we saw the highest jump in residential electricity rates. In some regions, increased to 60% was observed. Many experts agree that the trend will continue in the coming years. This means you have to pay more money to support their monthly electricity consumption. But if it produces its own energy, you can avoid paying the high cost of energy – especially now that energy prices are very unstable. On a larger scale, if American…
  • Solar Energy Systems for Pools

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:02 am
    If you have a pool, you know how much warming can mount your electricity bill. Solar systems for swimming pools offer an alternative method that does not devastate your bank account. Solar energy systems for swimming pools When most people think of solar energy systems, they think of large crystalline structures that are intended to collect a large amount of solar energy to convert solar energy. However, there are other uses for solar energy systems. One of the most ingenious uses for this technology is the use of solar energy for heating swimming pools. Using solar energy to heat your pool,…
  • Solar Energy Risks To Health

    21 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    Solar energy is a potential free electricity and water heating source. It has the power to take advantage of electricity in remote areas of the world. It seems to offer health and safety with power, but is it? Rarely health risks of solar energy are mentioned. This may be partly due to the limited use of this energy source. It may also be due to the lack of research in this area. Some have begun to study the health risks of solar energy, however, and if you study long enough, some estimates are available. Solar Thermal Risks Health Solar energy Health risks inherent in the design and…
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  • Designer of the Week: Julie Katrine Andersen

    Amanda Aszman
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    HOW Design Live is the biggest gathering of creative professionals anywhere. You’re invited to join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary in Chicago May 4–8 with what is sure to be the most inspiring, informational, educational, and talked-about HDL yet. Photo: Mathias Foley Take a moment to meet Print’s latest Designer of the Week, Julie Katrine Andersen, and you’ll find yourself charmed by her work and life philosophies, her honest advice, and her thoughts on creative inspiration. Name: Julie Katrine Andersen Name of Studio: Lil’Ol’Lady Location: Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • The Best Designs of the Year: Far West

    Print staff
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:55 am
    As we gear up for Print’s 2015 Regional Design Annual—the 35th anniversary of the competition—we’re bringing you the Best of Region winners from 2014. Last year, for the first time, we asked our judges to select their top design from each of the six regions of the RDA (Far West, Midwest, Southwest, South, East and NYC). We’ll be doing so again in 2015. Don’t miss the chance to have your work spotlighted among the best designs in the country, in our most popular issue of the year. And the winner for the Far West is … Title: Arcana Academy Apparel Design…
  • Tips for Winning Print’s RDA

    Print staff
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:49 am
    Last year, as we were wrapping up the 2014 RDA, we contacted judges Jessica Helfand, Michael Vanderbyl, Joseph Duffy, Debbie Millman, Alexander Isley and Caleb Bennett, and asked them: Based on your experiences judging the competition, what are your best tips for entering and winning next year? The consensus: Obviously, great design is key. But strong photography is essential to documenting a great design. Let your design speak for itself, but also don’t forget to speak for it in the description. The judges’ responses are below. The early-bird deadline for the RDA is Feb. 27.
  • Designer of the Week: Malcolm Eric Buick

    Amanda Aszman
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:37 am
    HOW Design Live is the biggest gathering of creative professionals anywhere. You’re invited to join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary in Chicago May 4–8 with what is sure to be the most inspiring, informational, educational, and talked-about HDL yet. Meet Print’s latest Designer of the Week, Malcolm Eric Buickbrand director of NYC–based cross-disciplinary creative agency Athletics, a place where killer design—including the new MLS logo—is brought to life. Name: Malcolm Eric Buick Design School: Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art and Design, in Scotland, U.K. But earned…
  • The Interior ‘Information Architecture’ of Ann Toebbe

    Ellen Shapiro
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:01 am
    Detail from “Second Marriage, Madison Park” by Ann Toebbe “The descriptions of architectural diagram methods are numerous, which is not really surprising since they fall within the jargon of the everyday activities of one of the most ancient, richest, and noble of all the arts—architecture,” wrote B. Martin Pedersen in Graphis Diagram: The Graphic Visualization of Quantitative Information, Procedures, and Data (1988). “There are design studies that incorporate a loosely defined form almost bordering on the picturesque, and in addition there are the diagrammatic…
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  • This Painting Turns Nintendo Game Characters into L.A. Gang Members

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Some famous video game characters from Nintendo become violent L.A. gang members in this epic painting by California-based artist Bob Dob. Titled “Barrels Of Fun”, the piece was created for his solo show last November called ‘Exit Home’. In artist’s own words, “The narrative for the show was how numb the general public has become […] View the Rest: 'This Painting Turns Nintendo Game Characters into L.A. Gang Members'
  • “Metal Zodiac” by Jolly Rotten

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:40 am
    Germany-based illustrator Jolly Rotten has created an interesting piece that depicts the 12 signs of the Zodiac in the form of various types of metalheads. Artist – Jolly Rotten Portfolio View the Rest: '“Metal Zodiac” by Jolly Rotten'
  • “Mech Trooper” by Rolhion Jean-Sébastien

    19 Feb 2015 | 11:58 pm
    Titled “Mech Trooper“, this is an awesome Stormtrooper-inspired mech design created by French concept artist Rolhion Jean-Sébastien. Artist – Rolhion Jean-Sébastien Facebook (Hat Tip Geek Art Gallery) View the Rest: '“Mech Trooper” by Rolhion Jean-Sébastien'
  • Marvel Villains Hanging Out at Stan’s Bar

    18 Feb 2015 | 4:51 am
    This is an awesome piece of art by Patrick Brown that shows most of the villains from the Marvel movies of the past 5 years or more, taking a break and hanging out at a local bar which seems to be run by Stan Lee! Moreover, if you look closely you will find little easter […] View the Rest: 'Marvel Villains Hanging Out at Stan’s Bar'
  • Concept Artist Creates a Collection of Extraordinary ‘Darth Vader’ Redesigns

    13 Feb 2015 | 5:42 am
    UK-based concept artist Chenthooran Nambiarooran has an interesting collection of 30 extraordinary redesigns of the iconic villain ‘Darth Vader‘. You can see the entire collection over here. Artist – Chenthooran Nambiarooran | Portfolio View the Rest: 'Concept Artist Creates a Collection of Extraordinary ‘Darth Vader’ Redesigns'
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  • 35 Gorgeous Examples of Desert Photography

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:39 pm
    A lot of people tend to think that the desert is a barren and lifeless place that is devoid of all beauty, but they are wrong. Sure, the desert is a harsh and dangerous place that could very possibly kill you if you dare challenge it and you are unprepared, but simply by changing your point of view and looking at it in a different angle, you will realize that the desert is not all about death and emptiness and it is, in fact, teeming with beauty and even life. The Desert is Alive It is easy for people to miss the true beauty of the desert but thanks to some people who have taken it upon…
  • Jam Out Like a Rockstar: Top 5 Wireless Speakers for Your Home

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Wireless speakers are the perfect addition to homes for the ultimate audio experience. Mobile devices like Android smart phones and tablets, iPhones and iPads, Macs, and PCs can transmit high-quality audio to every corner in your house. Some can also be repositioned wherever they are needed at the moment. How each speaker system connects to your music devices, though, could be either of two main ways. Some speakers will use Bluetooth connection while others connect to the local Wifi network. They each have their own strengths and which one is right for you rely on your needs. Other…
  • 12 Charming Hand Lettered Quotes by Neil Tony Porter

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Neil Tony Porter is a Hand Letterer and Graphic Designer from London. He helps build magical brands at the entertainment company Mind Candy. Neil has a passion for children’s branding, typography, and visual story. He recently contacted me to show me his hand lettered quotes and I was flabbergasted. I instantly feel in love with his style and decided to share them with you today. These quotes are electrifying, inspiring, and motivational. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did. Be sure to visit Neil’s website to check out more of his work:…
  • 40 Digital Paintings to Nurture Growing Artists

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Digital painting is quite similar to traditional painting, except that instead of using some paint and canvas, you would create your masterpiece in a computer. A digital painting could possibly be first created through free hand using traditional painting medium such as acrylic paint, oils, ink, watercolor, canvas cloth, or paper, and then digitalized after by means of computer software such as Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator among others. The Technique There are a number of different forms of digital art – photo manipulation, pixel art, digital photography, motion graphics, to name a few…
  • Earth Porn: 30 Staggering Photos of Mother Nature

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:06 pm
    It has been said often enough that beauty is in the eye of the eye of the beholder and if you look closely enough, you can actually see beauty in everything. Those are nice words to live by and they do show you a great way to appreciate the earth but sometimes, to see truly magnificent views, you will have to travel to different places where Mother Nature hides her best features. Her Secrets Mother Nature has many different mysteries and faces that are not always exposed so randomly and casually. For people who appreciate the earth and what she means, the photos shown below will have you…
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  • Install Your Desktop Font Purchases in a Snap with SkyFonts

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

    Allan Haley
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:37 am
    Although a seasoned master of the craft for over three decades, Jovica Veljović didn’t intend to be a type designer. Calligraphy and handlettering were his passion as a young man – and his work earned many prestigious awards. It was Aaron Burns, eminent typographer and founder of ITC that introduced Veljović to typeface design in the spring of 1981. Like many young lettering artists of the time, Veljović dreamed of working in Herb Lubalin’s studio in New York. But, on top of having no money and not knowing anyone in the city, he lived in Serbia. It was an introduction from his…
  • Top 100 Web Fonts for January 2015

    Ryan Arruda
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:35 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 January 2015. Be sure to check in next month to see if your favorite typeface moves up the list! Avenir Next Trade Gothic Neue Helvetica Avenir Proxima Nova Univers Helvetica Frutiger Gill Sans Futura Linotype Univers Museo Sans DIN Next Neo Sans Klint Arial Chaparral Century Gothic Neue Frutiger Rockwell ITC Century Myriad ITC Avant Garde Gothic Motoya Birch ITC Caslon No. 224 Eurostile LT ITC Legacy Serif Linotype Didot Soho Optima…
  • All the font, without the extra waiting!

    David Harned
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:36 am
    You may remember my last blog post where I discussed improvements in speed that we had made to our patented Web Fonts Dynamic Subsetting Solution. Now I have another breakthrough to talk about—Background Loading. Together, our Dynamic Subsetting and Background Loading technologies work together to bring your site the best fonts—and all their characters—with the best performance available. A real game changer in the world of East Asian Web fonts, let’s explore our Background Loading solution in more detail. As we’ve discussed before, East Asian fonts contain thousands of characters,…
  • Top 100 Web Fonts for December 2014

    Ryan Arruda
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    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 December 2014. Be sure to check in next month to see if your favorite typeface moves up the list! Avenir Next Neue Helvetica Trade Gothic Avenir Proxima Nova Univers Futura Linotype Univers Gill Sans Helvetica Frutiger Museo Sans DIN Next Arial Chaparral Klint Neo Sans Neue Frutiger Century Gothic ITC Caslon No. 224 ITC Avant Garde Gothic ITC Century Eurostile LT Myriad Rockwell Motoya Birch VAG Rounded Univers Next Linotype Didot ITC…
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  • 30 Award Winning Wild life Photography examples for your inspiration

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    Wildlife Photography : The name of the game in wild life photography / Animal Photography whether you’re trying to capture a herd of elephants on the Serengeti Plains or butterflies in your backyard is patience. Wild animals are going to do what they’re going to do. Unfortunately, you can’t ask them to look this way, do something cute, or stand where the light is better. You have to be there, and ready, when they decide to look cute or do something interesting. read more
  • 25 Beautiful Color Pencil Drawings and Drawing Tips for beginners

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    Color Pencil Drawing : Here's a few basic color pencil drawing techniques that will help you to dazzle your friends and family (and yourself) right from the beginning. They will help you to make your colored pencil drawings vibrant and beautiful. In this post we have added 25 beautiful color pencil drawings and Tips for for beginners. read more
  • 50 Creative Branding and Identity Design examples for your inspiration

    1 Mar 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Branding is an important aspect for any business. The key to successful business is branding. If you want your customers to remember you, try branding. In recent times most of the companies have turned to corporate branding, to make their business a success. Don’t confuse yourself with a logo or corporate identity, a logo is not your brand. Branding tells you about how the people feel about your company. If you have a successful logo and corporate identity and if you try to change the logo, it will affect the brands perception. read more
  • Download Free Vectors, Icons, PSDs and more from

    28 Feb 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Download Free Vectors, Icons, PSDs and more from offers the most amazing collection of free graphics for both graphic and web designers. The database is updated on a regular basis and the site is really simple to use. You can find more than 10,000 + free graphics which can be incorporated in your work. If you are looking for free vectors, photos, brushes, fonts, gradients, PSDs then this is the place to stop by. Currently they are also hiring graphic designers, so if you have talent, get ready to join their team of designers. read more
  • 25 Beautiful watercolor paintings by Artist Marion Bolognesi

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Watercolor Paintings: Marion Bolognesi lives and works in New York City where she splits her time betweek accessories design and her personal passion for expressive, illustrative watercolor painting. She received a BFA with a focus in illustration from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston in 2003 and has exhibited her painting and work around the globe. i hope you will like these Watercolor Paintings. read more
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  • A Typographic Spur in the Digital Age

    Shyrose Vastani
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    “Type is part of a story,” says Highsmith. “The typefaces you choose can help tell that story.” The evolution of typography dates back to ancient times, when people first began communicating through stone carvings. Beginning with hand-engraved lettering on stones, typography moved to paper and printing during the medieval epoch, where it was recognized from… The post A Typographic Spur in the Digital Age appeared first on Think Design.
  • Corporate CEO vs Design Entrepreneur

    Mehreen Siddiqua
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:42 am
    “Innovative Entrepreneurship springs out of change and brings new value to economic system.” You know you are a hardcore designer when … You intentionally overbid for a project because you can sniff out a bad client from a mile away. The ability to do so is your experience in action, but there are other traits… The post Corporate CEO vs Design Entrepreneur appeared first on Think Design.
  • #Entrepreneur Spotlight: Millennial Tiago Dalvi @ Solidarium

    Hala Ali
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:06 am
    Our social entrepreneur of the month, Tiago Dalvi, helps “… fight poverty by connecting local producers with major retailers through an innovative and inclusive network.” Who is Tiago Dalvi? A native of Brazil, Tiago Dalvi is a business school graduate who wanted to make a difference. He got a jumpstart in the non-profit environment when… The post #Entrepreneur Spotlight: Millennial Tiago Dalvi @ Solidarium appeared first on Think Design.
  • 9 Innovative Entrepreneur Couples

    Mehreen Siddiqua
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:19 am
    How Creative Partners for Life are Making a Difference! “The trust you have in your spouse as co-manager is greater than what you can have for any business partner.” – Stewart Friedman, Professor of Management at Wharton Business School It is a challenging enough task, in and of itself, to keep a business afloat. Add… The post 9 Innovative Entrepreneur Couples appeared first on Think Design.
  • 5 Fantastic Ways NJ Restaurants Humanize Their Brands

    Kathleen Burns
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Pork roll, cheesestake, pizzas, and oversized proportions! New Jersey maybe known as the diners’ capital of the world, but New Jersey restaurants are much more appetizing. The unique variety of foods available in this state ensures that the local restaurants thrive here. The connections for success are created through local relationships and personal networks. It’s… The post 5 Fantastic Ways NJ Restaurants Humanize Their Brands appeared first on Think Design.
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  • See Aussie Politicians Re-Imagined As Game of Thrones Characters

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Who needs Netflix to watch Game of Thrones (GoT) when you've got the National Liberal Party?! That was our conclusion when earlier this month MPs in the National Liberal Party called for a leadership spill, casting a shadow on Tony Abbott's leadership and future as Prime Minister. Less than a... Read More
  • DesignCrowd raises $6M Series B led by AirTree Ventures

    4 Feb 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Press Release: Sydney, Australia, 5 February 2015 — DesignCrowd, the design crowdsourcing platform, today announced that it has closed a new $6M ‘Series B’ capital raising. Read more about the raise in the official press release. The round has been led by new Australian venture... Read More
  • What it would look like if other celebs did Bieber's CK shoot

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:23 pm
    In the past few weeks, Justin Bieber's Calvin Klein shoot has caused a bit of a stir in the celebrity and entertainment media, particularly in regards to the (mis)representation of Bieber's briefs. If you're not privy to the shots, here are two of the most popular:
  • 5 Big Mistakes Startups Make and How to Avoid Them

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Approximately 50% of small businesses fail within the first five years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's a pretty big chunk of entrepreneurs who just aren't able to capture a foothold in the market, secure financing, and build a capable team - or, to put it bluntly, who... Read More
  • 50 Beautiful Riveting Red Logos

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Did you know that "red" means "beautiful" in Russian - think Red Square translates to "the Beautiful Square" - or that seeing the color red makes your heart beat faster? This may be why red is so ete... Read More
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    The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress

  • Mutual Habits Of Successful Business Owners

    Danielle Knowles
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:16 am
    Why do some businesses thrive, when others pop up and quickly go out of business? On investigating this, you’ll quickly discover the habits of successful business owners that are shared, The post Mutual Habits Of Successful Business Owners appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • The Value Of Gratitude Marketing

    Danielle Knowles
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:46 am
    Are you eager to attract new leads? Increase conversions on your website? Grow your social media following? Retain loyal customers? A powerful technique can help you do all that; just The post The Value Of Gratitude Marketing appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Extend Your Branding To Social Media

    Danielle Knowles
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:42 am
    When it comes to extending your branding to social media, there are two key components that will help ensure your success; consistency and strong visuals.  By focusing on these factors The post Extend Your Branding To Social Media appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Myths About Green Printing: Debunked

    Danielle Knowles
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:22 am
    If you need to print some business cards or leaflets for your company, you may be considering green printing providers to meet your desire to be eco-friendly. But isn’t green The post Myths About Green Printing: Debunked appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Fonts And Typefaces: What’s The Difference?

    Danielle Knowles
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:43 am
    Fonts and typefaces; what’s the distinction? Despite the fact that many use the terms interchangeably, they are different.  The simplest explanation is that a font is what you use, and The post Fonts And Typefaces: What’s The Difference? appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
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  • Graphic Design Laptops vs Desktops

    Roberto Blake
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Choosing a Laptop vs Desktop for Graphic Design Work.I’ve talked about computers and specs for Graphic Designers and Photographers here on the channel before and blogs. But something that keeps coming up is the choice between a Graphic Design Laptop or a Graphic Design Desktop.Graphic Design Laptops vs Desktops’ve had to deal with this dilemma myself over the years and I talk about what you need to consider when making this decision.When making the choice between Graphic Design Laptops vs Graphic Design Desktops you are often making the decision…
  • What is in My Think Tank DSLR Camera Bag?

    Roberto Blake
    14 Feb 2015 | 8:32 pm
    This is my DSLR Camera Gear for Photography and Video and it all fits in my Think Tank Photo City Walker 30 Camera Bag What Is In My DSLR Camera Bag 2015 Bag!The gear I mention and show you for my Photography Setup can be found here in the description below with links so you can find it and decide for yourself what you think. Most of this gear is pretty straight forward. I have my camera bodies, my lenses, my flashes, a digital recorder, spare lapel mics, a shotgun microphone, ND filters for when it is bright out, a LED continuous light that mounts on top my…
  • Graphic Design Font of the Week: Compacta

    Roberto Blake
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:11 pm
    This Week’s Font is Compacta which is a great Typeface to use for Display and Headlines.Font of the Week: Compacta Personally I like to use Compacta as a preferred font for sports advertising work that I do in terms of Poster Design. Graphic Designers have been using Compacta in this way for a while when they need a strong bold typeface that can fit in a tight space.This week’s FREE Font is Bebas Neue!Get Compacta from Bebas Neue FREE from More Graphic Design Videos:…
  • Non Design Skills Every Graphic Designer Needs in 2015

    Roberto Blake
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:33 am
    In 2015 there is more demanded of Graphic Designers than ever before. While it’s true that Designers no longer need to pack a leading ruler and xacto knife or understand how to use a lithograph machine, that doesn’t mean the job has truly gotten easier. Today graphic designers can’t just focus on the creative, they have to understand a lot more specific information to be successful. This means learning different areas including marketing, technology and networking.Non Design Skills Graphic Designers NeedThere are skills you need outside Graphic Design to work in the Design…
  • Graphic Design Font of the Week: Museo

    Roberto Blake
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    Font of the WeekSomething new I’m introducing to the blog and the YouTube Channel is the Create Awesome Font of the Week!The Museo Font is a modern typeface created by Jose Buivenga. This font made it’s debut back in 2008 and has been a rising star both for web and print ever since. I honestly love this font and I’ve been looking at ways to incorporate it more. If I create some typography posters utilizing this font I will post them here later and I will show them off somehow on the YouTube Channel as well. If you have suggestions for the Font of the week leave that in the…
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  • 22 New Text Effects Tutorials for Designers

    Muhammad Faisal
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    Fresh collection of Illustrated and Photoshop text effect tutorials from 2015. These tutorials helpful to create 2D, 3D, Retro & Vintage text effects in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. These tutorials are very useful to learn the most-exciting and remarkable typography, 3D effects & glass effect designs, here are some of the hand picks Photoshop CC tutorials. In this article you will find the newly released Photoshop text effect tutorials. These high quality tutorials help to design amazing wooden, neon and glowing text effects with basic and advance tips and techniques. You…
  • 17 New Stylish Free Fonts For Designers

    Muhammad Faisal
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Latest free fonts for your web and graphic design projects. Professionally designed fonts are best for Headlines, Headings and print designs. Free download all fonts which are available for Windows and MAC in truetype and opentype format. For more high quality commercial fonts, check our font’s collection library of fonts for graphic designers 2015. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. Pattern Tutorials: 25 Background Pattern Design Tutorials & Free Patterns 17 New Responsive HTML5 Web Templates 50 Best Branding, Stationery PSD Mockups for Designers…
  • Pattern Tutorials: 25 Background Pattern Design Tutorials & Free Patterns

    Muhammad Faisal
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:39 pm
    New pattern design tutorials, helpful to create repeating background patterns in minutes. Seamless patterns are a fun and easy way to add some interest to your graphic designs. Hopefully this collection of pattern tutorials will help enhance your Photoshop and Illustrator designing skills and how quickly and easily create a seamless, circular, geometric pattern using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator tools. You may be interested in the following related articles as well. 17 New Responsive HTML5 Web Templates 50 Best Branding, Stationery PSD Mockups for Designers 25 Modern Business Cards…
  • How to Create a Parallax Scrolling WordPress Website (Detailed Guides & Custom Themes)

    Katherine Crayon
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:32 pm
    While some less popular web design trends come and go, the parallax scrolling effect is always in style. In fact, parallax scrolling is one of the biggest web design trends of 2015. After it was first popularized by Nike in 2011, a number of websites have adopted this technique to create a more stunning and visually appealing view. This is the best solution for one-page websites as well as guided storytelling. The increased growth of the mobile web has also made parallax scrolling effect the preferred option of web designers who are more inclined to craft mobile-oriented pages, where…
  • 17 New Responsive HTML5 Web Templates

    Yasir Jawaid
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:32 pm
    New HTML5 web templates with responsive design perfect for any king of website. Responsive HTML5 templates  are delivers the perfect user experience. All web templates are suits for any type of portfolio, personal website, business, corporate, design studio etc. These unique and exclusive HTML templates was created by the professional team with significant experience in website development. These web templates are focused on rich media storytelling and featured block-based architecture which is perfect to create single- or multi-page web solutions. All responsive templates are simple,…
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  • How Retro Design Characteristics Made a Great Resurgence in the 21st Century

    Think Smart Designs
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:07 pm
    In the 21st century, the design community has seen resurgence in retro design styles. It happened with the vinyl record, succumbed to a variable transformation with bell bottoms, and is even seen as homage in recent films like Machete. It is almost certainly because of a desire to bring back something that was once hip to a generation of older “kids” who are still very much a huge part of current marketable demographics. But increasingly it’s looking like an effort to reinvent and reinvigorate the senses for new generations of designers and advertisers.Where have we seen the most…
  • 50 Must See TED Talks about Creativity and Design

    Think Smart Designs
    5 Feb 2015 | 11:59 am
    If you’re looking for ideas about design or seeking a creative muse, TED talks can be a worthwhile watch to stir your curiosity.From the latest web trends to the meaning of happiness, these 50 Talks are sure to arouse your creative fire.01. John Maeda: How art, technology and design inform creative leadersOld meets new as designers find balance among the possibilities of technology, the solutions of design, and the questions asked by art. Maeda explores these concepts with attention to how they can inform effective creative leadership.02. Don Norman: 3 ways good design makes you happyWatch…
  • New to Graphic Design? A Comprehensive Guide to Get You Started

    Think Smart Designs
    1 Feb 2015 | 12:02 am
    As with all careers as a beginner it can be daunting with no experience behind you. In becoming a graphic designer your insecurity can stifle your creativity. You are either unsure of yourself, you shy away from the simplest of tasks, or your overconfidence leads to numerous mistakes.A professions’ knowledge is key and there is no better way than to learn from others. Studying design literature, watching tutorials and asking for practical assistance from your work colleagues, teachers or other experienced graphic designers are all good methods to increase your own knowledge and experience.
  • 60+ Beautiful and Creative Packaging Designs

    Think Smart Designs
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    Most people judge the quality of product with its unique packaging. As an ongoing part of our inspiration series today we present excellent examples of beautiful, attractive and communicative packaging design. Effective packaging design breaks away from the standard rules and conventions that we are accustomed to, giving the product a unique edge to stand out from the rest. Marketing and designers have tremendous power to grab customer’s interest with their skills and creativity ideas. With the use of illustration, color, typography and even various packaging materials, a beautiful and…
  • Amazing Tips On Making Good Design Decisions

    Think Smart Designs
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    There’s a popular misconception that NASA spent millions in a failed attempt to create a space pen while the Russians just used pencils. The implication is that good design is simple in the sense that it is simplistic or obvious.Simple design is often simple for the user but complicated for the creator. They really do use pens in space. It turns out pencils don’t perform well in space because wood and lead shavings in a zero-gravity, oxygen-rich environment can be dangerous for both fire and as debris. The true story of the space pen is that it was not a failure, wasn’t designed by…
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  • Common Logo Design Mistakes

    16 Feb 2015 | 2:01 am
    The easiest way to recognise a brand or company and to tell it apart from its competitors is by looking at its logo. For that reason, companies do their utmost to ensure that their logos are designed effectively and have the necessary affect on the general public. However, not all companies get it right and so to help you avoid that trap, the following are some of the most common logo design mistakes that should be avoided. Too much detail Many companies try to do too much when it comes to designing a logo and there is sometimes the thought that a complex or ‘clever’ logo will impress the…
  • Business Logo Design – Things to Keep in Mind

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:24 am
    A business logo is so much more than just a graphic on a letterhead, business card or a billboard. A well-designed and effective business logo can become a significant asset to your business, as it is often the first thing that a potential customer or client will notice about your business. We all know how important it is to create a good first impression and it is no different when it comes to designing a business logo. To get the most out of your design, the following are some points you should keep in mind when creating a business logo. Simplicity Keep your design as simple as you…
  • 10 Essential Graphic Design Portfolio Tips

    11 Dec 2014 | 2:27 am
    Due to the increasing demand for great graphic designers, there are a growing number of people who are inclined to try their luck in this budding profession. What can you do to maintain a steady stream of clients who are eager to work with you? The key is to create an effective portfolio that does not only showcase what you can do, but also provide your clients with a glimpse of who you are as an artist. The following are ten essential tips to pay attention to when creating your portfolio. 1. Feature only the best of your projects It is tempting to have a portfolio that is filled with dozens…
  • 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…
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  • 25 Famous Company Logos & Their Hidden Meanings

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

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

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

    Vladimir Gendelman
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    93 Outstanding Rack Card Design ExamplesIf a business card and a brochure had a baby, that baby would look exactly like a rack card. Rack cards are the best of both worlds, displaying an array of information through a medium that’s portable and fits neatly into the racks found in hotels, travel centers, rest stops, convenience stores, waiting rooms, reception [...]
  • How to Design the Perfect Business Logo (Infographic)

    Vladimir Gendelman
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
    How to Design the Perfect Business Logo (Infographic)A logo is more than just a pretty image for customers to look at while they use a product or service. It’s the face of an entire brand, a symbol that determines how people feel about that particular company. For example, if a restaurant’s logo is cold and unappetizing, potential customers are going to associate [...]
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  • How to Make Time for Your Passion Project

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

    12 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
    Whether you’re looking for ways to spice up your existing logo, are starting from scratch, going at it alone or working with an experienced designer, there are certain things you should know about logo design. Think about it. Your logo is the first thing most people – potential customers – will see when they visit ... The post The Recipe for a Perfect Logo [Infographic] appeared first on Design Roast.
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Construction Web Design

    6 Feb 2015 | 11:40 am
    If you’re a contractor or construction firm looking to design — or redesign — a website, you’ve probably started looking at examples and coming up with a general idea for your site. Maybe you’ve checked out templates or have started to talk with a web design agency. Regardless of where you’re at, there a few ... The post The Do’s and Don’ts of Construction Web Design appeared first on Design Roast.
  • The Importance of Great Personal Website Design

    16 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Consider the fact that recruiters for both large and small companies across virtually every industry are sourcing new talent online and that their doors remained closed to walk-in applications. Because of this, and as more and more freelancers, contractors and job-seekers turn towards the internet for answers when looking for work, first impressions have never ... The post The Importance of Great Personal Website Design appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 7 Places to Read or Submit Design News

    14 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Whether you’re looking for a way to build a following or an online reputation or just want to learn more about what’s happening in the world of design, hundreds of options are available. Check out the list below for resources designed to allow you to find content and to submit your own. 1. Design Newz Design ... The post 7 Places to Read or Submit Design News appeared first on Design Roast.
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    Inkbot Design

  • Google Font Combinations – The Art of Mixing Typefaces

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:16 am
    Google Font Combinations - The Art of Mixing Typefaces discusses how to best combine Google fonts. This is a Guest Post on the Graphic Design Blog. The post Google Font Combinations – The Art of Mixing Typefaces is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Graphic Design Puns

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:41 am
    Check out these Funny Graphic Design Puns and Quotes created by Sara Heffernen on Behance. They'd work perfectly printed as Posters in the Studio! The post Graphic Design Puns is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • 10 Movies Graphic Designers Should Watch

    23 Feb 2015 | 2:29 am
    Here are my top 10 movies graphic designers should watch to get their creative juices flowing if they need some visual inspiration. The post 10 Movies Graphic Designers Should Watch is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • TV Characters Logos

    19 Feb 2015 | 3:23 am
    I’m not particularly a fan of ‘fictional logos’ designed just for fun, but these TV characters logo designs by Pablo Cánepa are an interesting take on some well-known personal brands. The post TV Characters Logos is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Steve Martin’s Funny Business Cards

    16 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    This funny business card, created by famous actor Steve Martin, had a slightly different purpose to normal Business Card Design. The post Steve Martin’s Funny Business Cards is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
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    Logo Geek

  • A logo treasure hunt: Who wants to join me?

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

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

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

    Ian Paget
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:17 am
    One thing I really love about the designers is their willingness to freely exchange knowledge and create opportunities for one another to give back to the community. One such example is Logo Ark, a free community generated e-book filled with logo designs, emblems and symbols from all corners of the globe to inspire and promote talented graphic designers around the world. I recently had a chat with one of the founders, Björgvin Pétur Sigurjónsson to find out more about the project.   What is Logo Ark? A short background and description of our idea is that you (the designer) submit…
  • Developing an Identity for People Code

    Ian Paget
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:21 pm
    I have recently completed a new logo design for German recruitment agency, People Code, who target technology professionals seeking careers at the hottest international tech firms. You can read more about the logo design for People Code by clicking here, but in this blog I want to show off some of the behind the scenes development of this particular design, to show the level of experimentation and development that goes into each logo I design.   Starting with a Sketchbook: Visual Brainstorming At the start of any logo design project I start by sketching ideas, and I try to keep this…
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    The Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Logo & Website Design

  • How To Tackle A Creative Block

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    There are many people who make a living off of their creativity. Writers, musicians, designers, artists and the like rely on those elusive and, sometimes fleeting, sparks of creativity to create amazing things. Unfortunately sometimes that creativity decides to play hide and seek with you. A creative block most usually comes at a time when […]The post How To Tackle A Creative Block appeared first on The Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Logo & Website Design.
  • Top 4 Apps for Small Business Owners

    22 Feb 2015 | 3:14 am
    Running a small business, in fact any business, is a lot of hard work. It mostly comprises of endless meetings, long hours and vats of coffee. However it is a labour of love and one that is worth waiting for the rewards. Over the past few weeks we’ve been testing out a handful of apps […]The post Top 4 Apps for Small Business Owners appeared first on The Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Logo & Website Design.
  • Fun Pancake Moulds for Shrove Tuesday

    15 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Break the Mould! The pancake one that is….. Pancake Day Tuesday 17th February 2015   Pancake Day is upon us and sometimes it can get boring to just have the same old round pancake, delicious as it may be. Why not spice up the process and make it a little more fun with these cool […]The post Fun Pancake Moulds for Shrove Tuesday appeared first on The Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Logo & Website Design.
  • Quirky Valentine’s Day Gifts for 2015

    8 Feb 2015 | 7:07 am
    Valentine’s Day is less than a week away and if you’re still scrambling for a gift don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Forget the basic and boring things such as jewellery, chocolates and  weird sex toys. Here’s our list of the quirky Valentine’s Day gifts guaranteed to please.      Scratch Map  If you and […]The post Quirky Valentine’s Day Gifts for 2015 appeared first on The Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Logo & Website Design.
  • Digital Illustrator | Turine Tran | Artist Of The Month

    4 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Digital Illustrator | Turine Tran  Tell us a little bit about your background and how you got into illustration? I was born, and grew up, in Saigon, Vietnam, in a book loving family, a house full of dusty books. Living in a big and busy city made me always hungry for nature, open sceneries where I could […]The post Digital Illustrator | Turine Tran | Artist Of The Month appeared first on The Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Logo & Website Design.
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  • Five Best Sites to Learn a Foreign Language.

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

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

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

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

    Kamran Khan
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Here are five tools to help you proofread your academic text. The tools may be used for other forms of text, but they better suit academic text because they have a formal edge. For example, if you were checking creative text then you may get a lot of false suggestions as it tries to convert your text into something more formal and academic. 1 - Proofread By GrammarBase GrammarBase, this is a
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    Down The Line Design and Marketing

  • What makes a successful logo?

    19 Feb 2015 | 3:09 am
    Over the years we’ve designed a large number of logos, for nationwide organisations to SMEs to sole traders, in more industries than we can probably remember. Whilst each of our client’s situations (whether they’re starting out or are established) are unique, a few key considerations ran through our approach to designing their logos. We like to think that a successful logo… Has something different about it. Uniqueness is always nearly impossible to hit upon in graphic design, but making sure a logo is different (certainly within the market that the organisation…
  • Portfolio update: Website design for award winning new media agency

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

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

    14 Nov 2014 | 12:31 am
    The home page of a school website serves a number of purposes, including; It provides a first impression of the school and its brand, to those who have no experience of the school. It sets the web visitor’s expectations, not only in terms of the school and its values, but their expectations of what the rest of the website is going to be like. It acts as a set of sign posts to the most relevant content. It offers the school an opportunity to immediately capture the web visitor’s attention and share with them some important and / or engaging information. It must enable the web…
  • 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…
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    LOGO123 Blog

  • 15 Creative Photoshop Designs to celebrate 25 years of Photoshop

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Adobe Photoshop is particularly popular amongst professional photographers and graphic designers.  But can you find anyone who hasn’t ever heard of it?  Nowadays the software is present not only in computer graphics and photography but in the world of film, media and … Continue reading →The post 15 Creative Photoshop Designs to celebrate 25 years of Photoshop appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
  • Deep Dive: Shipping Company Logo Inspiration from UPS & FedEx (Case Study)

    23 Feb 2015 | 11:16 am
    The words “shipping industry” don’t sound attractive or elegant or glamorous or exciting. But who doesn’t enjoy getting a package? Even if the package is work-related, opening the box can feel a bit like opening a gift. So, how do shipping giants, … Continue reading →The post Deep Dive: Shipping Company Logo Inspiration from UPS & FedEx (Case Study) appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
  • 15 Inspiring Logos of Best Photographers of 2015

    16 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    Taking the most creative and amazing photographs is a dream for many photographers. Although the photographers that we are featuring here today are some of the best and have already reached great heights in their profession, their portfolios are not … Continue reading →The post 15 Inspiring Logos of Best Photographers of 2015 appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
  • 40 Amazing LOVE Themed Logo Designs for Valentine’s Day Inspiration

    11 Feb 2015 | 1:37 am
    With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we decided to inspire you with something that we do best: company logos! Logo designs are all about creativity and making a lasting impact. There is supposed to be something about them that … Continue reading →The post 40 Amazing LOVE Themed Logo Designs for Valentine’s Day Inspiration appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
  • Logos of Famous Companies Featured on Cakes…Sweet? Literally.

    6 Feb 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Logos surround us – we see them everywhere; on billboards, posters, online, in our phones, etc. Therefore it wouldn’t surprise you to know that there have been many instances where logos have been featured on cakes. Yes, the delicious food … Continue reading →The post Logos of Famous Companies Featured on Cakes…Sweet? Literally. appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
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  • Email Marketing 101, Part 4

    Phil Hollows
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    How to be Successful with Email Marketing 101 The previous three articles in the “Email Marketing 101″ series dealt with three core concepts: Why you should be email marketing; When to start email marketing; and How to start email marketing. But email marketing isn’t an end point, or a static goal. It’s an ongoing process. While automation can and does yield significant benefits, you still have to make certain commitments to be successful. If, however, you’re an avid blogger or content marketer, meeting these commitments isn’t going to be a big deal. To…
  • Email Marketing 101, Part 3

    Phil Hollows
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    How to Start with Email Marketing Honestly: Don’t over think it. Sending blog updates by email is not only great, but also very much good enough – you’re saving your blog’s subscribers the time and effort to remember to go back to your site. Your content is already great, and now people have invited you to send it to them whenever you write. That’s what they want; so go ahead. Give it to them. Here’s how you get started: Choose a reputable, supported email service (because nobody wants to end up being labeled spammer, right? Right). Behave well, always (ALWAYS) use dual opt-in,…
  • Email Marketing 101, Part 2

    Phil Hollows
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:27 am
    When to Start Email Marketing In the previous Email Marketing 101 post, I talked about why email marketing is vital. Today I’ll talk about when - when to start your email marketing efforts. Good news! It’s a one word answer: Now. No, I’m serious. Don’t delay because “I’m not big enough” or “I don’t have enough traffic.” You simply don’t know when and which subscriber will be the one that buys from you, spreads the word about you, or invests in you. Look at it this way. As you start out, you’re building pages; thinking about SEO; looking at analytics. You’re…
  • Email Marketing 101, Part 1

    Phil Hollows
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    Why Email When you think about building your site for the first time, you’re probably also thinking about your Facebook presence. After all, that’s where the people are, right? OK, that makes sense at a superficial level. But there are two problems with emphasizing platforms like Facebook instead of your own site and your own list: Facebook owns Facebook. Building your online presence on someone else’s digital turf which they adjust to please themselves (and not you) is risky. Facebook stinks for engagement. “Stinks” – a bit strong, you say? Well, according to…
  • Superbowl XLIX: On Luck, Preparedness and Execution

    Phil Hollows
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    [Bear with me -- this isn't a sports piece] Wow – that was quite the game. As a Patriots fan living in New England I was very, very vested in the outcome, and I’m obviously happy with the result. But it was a darned close call. As those last few plays unfolded, there was the amazingly lucky catch that put the Seahawks at 1st and 6. Then, out of nowhere, New England got “lucky” twice: Firstly, when Seattle tried an unnecessarily high risk play just to waste time, and secondly when the rookie intercepted the ball, effectively securing victory for New England. Three…
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  • The Best Spiderman Movie Ever…EVER!

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Recent DownloadsClockwise Puppy Dog Circle Sleeping Pet Lovers Cover Photo WallpaperDog German Shepherd Breed in Field Cover Photo WallpaperWhere’s The Real PuppyAwesome Tattoo DudeDog You Got A Phone Call, Hello, Yes This Is Dog [PIC] Share This! The post The Best Spiderman Movie Ever…EVER! appeared first on High Quality Wallpapers wallpapers wallpapers HDR Desktop wallpapers.
  • Highest Quality Disney Lion King Simba Milky Way Nebulae Cover Photo Wallpaper

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Recent DownloadsLight Stars Dark Galaxy Night Sky Cover Photo WallpaperReality Quote Death Valley Cover Photo WallpaperLiftoffEurope Earth Globe World France Italy Germany England Scotland Space Cover Photo WallpaperAnimated Planets of the Galaxy Around Sun Cover Photo Wallpaper Share This! The post Highest Quality Disney Lion King Simba Milky Way Nebulae Cover Photo Wallpaper appeared first on High Quality Wallpapers wallpapers wallpapers HDR Desktop wallpapers.
  • Silhouette Of Love Kiss On A Cliff With Clouds Cover Photo Wallpaper

    1 Mar 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Recent DownloadsI Heart YouAwwwww That’s LoveI Want You So Sad Concrete Love Message Cover Photo WallpaperBed CartographySuspended Kiss Tablet Phone Wallpaper Background Share This! The post Silhouette Of Love Kiss On A Cliff With Clouds Cover Photo Wallpaper appeared first on High Quality Wallpapers wallpapers wallpapers HDR Desktop wallpapers.
  • Don’t Touch My Phone Handprint Cover Photo iPhone Android Wallpaper

    1 Mar 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Recent DownloadsiPhone 20Is AT&T’s Cell Phone Coverage That Bad? Who’s Better? [Opinion]Cellphone UsageZombie ApocalypseQuickPic, Best Gallery Picture Video App For Android. Editor’s Pick Share This! The post Don’t Touch My Phone Handprint Cover Photo iPhone Android Wallpaper appeared first on High Quality Wallpapers wallpapers wallpapers HDR Desktop wallpapers.
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    28 Feb 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Recent DownloadsCrooked Cross Tablet Phone Wallpaper Background CoverphotoCross Tablet Phone BackgroundCross Tablet Phone BackgroundChrist The Redeemer Cristo Redentor Statue In Rio de Janeiro Tablet Phone Wallpaper BackgroundAerial View of Gothic Church Sagrada Família And Cityscape in Barcelona Catalonia Spain Cover Photo Wallpaper Share This! The post Stained Glass Windows With Cross Black Background Cover Photo Wallpaper appeared first on High Quality Wallpapers wallpapers wallpapers HDR Desktop wallpapers.
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  • Freebie: Calendar Wallpaper of March 2015

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Hi, tomorrow you’ll start a new day on March 2015 and this free calendar wallpaper is our gift for you to start your new day with a new spirit and great motivation! Come with Desktop and iPhone wallpaper, also both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper! The Design Process The Wallpaper Details The Calendar Sizes: 1024×640, 1024×768, 1280×800, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1440×900, 1680×1050, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 2560×1440, 320×568 (iPhone 5) & 320×480 (iPhone 3 and 4) Also included a wallpaper without a…
  • 15 New and Free Creative Resume Templates

    Eko S
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Clever freelancer always keep some creative resume templates handy. Why? Because well chosen resume can help us get a new job, creative resumes are still all the rage when it comes to job application. Today we’ve selected for you the newest resume templates for your new job application. All of these 15 original and print ready resume templates comes to you in PSD and Vector format and they are free for download. Scroll down and let me know which resume is your favourite. 15 Free Resume Templates PSD Creative Resume Template vol. 1 Visit Download Page → Free Simple CV/Resume Template Visit…
  • Case Study: Black & White and Dual Meaning Logos

    Eko S
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:45 am
    Across time our tastes evolves; some things are highly appreciated today while tomorrow are old fashioned and none wants to associate his/her name with them. This fact is fully understandable, but the speed of preferences changing of the Internet users is amazing and the designers hardly can handle the situation. Nowadays, it’s more and more difficult to believe that the quality will always be appreciated. As a logo designer, anyone has the morale duty of creating logos that must successfully pass the exam of time. The one billion dollars question is how to manage to create a design that is…
  • Showcase of 32 Best Logo Designs of January 2015

    Eko S
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:10 am
    There are no bad years when is about logo design. In this continuous fast growth of the online environment, every year has its particularities but they all have a common feature – progress. I’m almost convinced that any participant to this development, either creator or user, made a wish list for the year to come. We are about to see in the upcoming months how these resolutions will come to life through hard work and perseverance. Hardly did the year start and we’ve already reached the end of its first month. We don’t make an exception from the prior statement. One of the…
  • Internet Marketing 101 and its Types

    Eko S
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Internet Marketing or Online Advertising is a widely used PR & Marketing process adopted by almost every commercial brand and company out there. It is the lifeline of commerce and each day sees more and more companies using the online platform to reach out to their existing customers as well as blinding new client bases. Internet Marketing usually involves a publishing party, who generates the content for advertisements and branding, and an Advertising party, who publishes the generated content to the designated sites and portals. Internet Marketing is a highly successful and rapidly…
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  • How much is Graphic Design worth to you?

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

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

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

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

    Nik Ljubicic
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Can you imagine a hotel inspired by simplicity of one of the most popular typefaces, Helvetica? A Behance project by Albert J. Son  shows this interesting concept. Idea of the branding is to create a hotel that is not only a young, fun and easy place to stay and relax, but also a up-to-date and trendy landmark that could sell cultures and lifestyles generated by the typeface Helvetica. Essential theme of the branding is based on the visual attributes of the typeface, which is neutral, clean, simple. As it is most beautiful when it is by itself, focus of the overall branding was on keeping…
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  • Spring Freebie! Celebrate the New Season With Our Special Giveaway

    Ionut B
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    After long months of cold weather and tons of snow, we can finally say that spring is here. We’re certainly happy to get rid of the winter blues, so we prepared a special gift to all our followers: a free pack of beautiful butterflies ready to fly away and decorate your designs! New Season, New Challenges As the season changes, so do the major themes for your design work. Branding corporate PR and advertising materials is also done according to the season, so you must be already flooded with requests of spring inspired marketing campaigns, ecards or desktop wallpapers. It is not easy being…
  • Lessons from The Dress Debate: Choosing the Optimal Color Settings

    Ionut B
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    As you may know, last week the Internet went completely crazy over a simple dress. There was nothing special about the dress. It was not a designer dress, it was not worn by a celebrity and it did not produce a spectacular wardrobe malfunction. There was one simple issue related to it: some people claimed it was white and gold, others that it was blue and black. Bets were made, couples had fights and old friends got into endless arguments on Facebook and Twitter. In short, nothing has been as viral as this dress photo in a long time (and we’ve seen a lot of silly things going viral). The…
  • You Might Be A Highly Creative Person If…

    Ionut B
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    As a graphic designer, you need talent, training and creativity. How much of these and in what proportions? Thankfully, this is not an exact science (or many designers we know would be out of business), but one thing is certain. Creativity can be nurtured and influenced by your mindset, by your choices and by your lifestyle. You maybe even more creative than you suspect. Or you could improve your creativity and boost your entire career. It depends on a few aspects regarding your life and habits. Therefore, you might be a highly creative person if…. You Are Capable of Self-Criticism…
  • Should Designers Read the Book Before Creating a Cover?

    Ionut B
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Book cover design is a very particular form of graphic design. It should communicate something about the book – obviously. It should also be engaging and stir the reader’s interest. Some books are more open to creative covers. Some books need a more conservative approach. What should a designer do to get it right? Read the whole book or just a few reviews? Here are a few thoughts on the issue: 1. The Cover Before the Book On many occasions, designers get the commission for a book cover before the book is even completed. The brief may be as brief and vague as it gets. The designer does not…
  • The Art of Omri Koresh – Giving a Human Face to Mythical Characters

    Ionut B
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    It is not an easy job to create believable portraits of fantastic characters from books and mythology. It is very difficult to make them universally accepted by people who each have a different mental image of their favorite characters from, say, the Bible, or children’s book. However, this difficulty did not stop illustrator Omri Koresh from trying, and our opinion is that he succeeded to put a face on famous mythical names.   Bible Characters Show Their Human Side It is a hard job tackling biblical subjects. It is very easy to offend someone and to be labeled as a heretic (even these…
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