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  • Massive 50 Fonts Bundle + Extras

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    Jacob Cass
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    I’ve recommended a few font bundles here on JustCreative, but nothing quite as massive as this bundle of 50 awesome fonts + extras from Alien Valley. You can get 50 quality fonts for less than the price of 2, saving you 95%! You will also find bonus extra items like icons, textures, badges and decorative elements inside too. This bundle is available for a limited time only (until 20 August) so grab it while you still can. Apologies for making you broke!
  • 100 Best Typography Tools and Resources

    Graphic Tunnel
    Ahfaz Ahmed
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    Typography is the most essential element of design.Click To Tweet And every time there is something new to learn in typography. So it is very important for a designer to stay updated and learn new... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • National Coloring Book Day : something for everyone to relax, color and enjoy

    Graphic Design & Publishing Center
    Fred Showker
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Here we are in the heat of the summer, and August 2nd is National Coloring Day! No matter where you are or what you're doing, it's a refreshing treat to dig into those crayons, colored pencils, markers or your favorite media and do some art. When you get involved and sail into that coloring 'zone' your troubles just drift away. If you need a little help getting ideas or getting started -- or if you've got some bored kids on your hands, have at any of these free samples! read more
  • ShelfPack: The suitcase that turns into a mobile shelf

    Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:29 pm
    According to the clever guy who started this cool Kickstarter project, the last major innovation in suitcase design was in the eightees, with the invention of wheeled cases. A new invention like the ShelfPack was definitely welcome to bring some change in the industry, but will it spark a “revolution” in the travel industry? The idea […] The post ShelfPack: The suitcase that turns into a mobile shelf appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Park City graphic design company takes print approach in digital age - The Park Record

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    31 Jul 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Park City graphic design company takes print approach in digital ageThe Park RecordShe studied graphic design in art school and honed her skills as a freelancer for several years, in both Michigan and Utah. Christian, who describes himself as a visual person with a passion for fine art but who had no previous graphic design and more »
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    Graphic Design & Publishing Center

  • National Coloring Book Day : something for everyone to relax, color and enjoy

    Fred Showker
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Here we are in the heat of the summer, and August 2nd is National Coloring Day! No matter where you are or what you're doing, it's a refreshing treat to dig into those crayons, colored pencils, markers or your favorite media and do some art. When you get involved and sail into that coloring 'zone' your troubles just drift away. If you need a little help getting ideas or getting started -- or if you've got some bored kids on your hands, have at any of these free samples! read more
  • Think with your Fingers - Diagram Sketching for iOS - Instaviz

    Fred Showker
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    When you need software to do a specific job, little else comes close. You want to quickly visualize a concept; illustrate a point; diagram a plan? Use your finger! Instaviz 2.0, a major rewrite of the first and best iOS diagram sketcher. Users can sketch, refine and share their diagrams, mind maps, flowcharts and concept maps even faster and easier on the new version. read more
  • #326 : Fools Gold - web advertising

    Fred Showker
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    So you think you're getting rich with web affiliate schemes, and Google? You're giving away your web space in exchange for a percentage of a sale? From where I'm standing it looks like a huge rip-off to the benefit of the advertiser. If you're paying attention to what's happening, you might think different. read more
  • Pop up some sideline income by popping up Logo Pop for FREE

    Fred Showker
    18 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    All graphic designers -- whether you are freelance, have your own studio, or work for another agency -- should get acquainted with Logo Pop. This quick, accurate, easy program can take care of some of the light-weight jobs generating revenue, while freeing you up for the more important projects. Check it out ... the price is certainly right! read more
  • There's a new Media Browser in town, and it's awesome

    Fred Showker
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Most of the media viewers and organizers have gotten fat and sloppy. We've been trying to use Bridge, but it's as bad as Adobe -- like a big fat person sitting on the sofa eating chocolates! Not Corduroy Code and their new Fileloupe 1.0 for Mac OS X. Fileloupe combines the features of a photo viewer, video player and document browser into a single, exceptionally fast application. read more
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    Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog

  • ShelfPack: The suitcase that turns into a mobile shelf

    1 Aug 2015 | 8:29 pm
    According to the clever guy who started this cool Kickstarter project, the last major innovation in suitcase design was in the eightees, with the invention of wheeled cases. A new invention like the ShelfPack was definitely welcome to bring some change in the industry, but will it spark a “revolution” in the travel industry? The idea […] The post ShelfPack: The suitcase that turns into a mobile shelf appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Brandversations: when competing logos meet

    31 Jul 2015 | 11:53 pm
    Brandversations is a graphic design project by Stefan Asafti, a Romanian graphic designer. It consists of a series of posters that display the logo of today’s most famous brands. The catch? Each logo is designed using many occurences of tiny versions of the main competitor’s logo. The confusion created is quite funny, it also let us […] The post Brandversations: when competing logos meet appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Powerful illustrations by Stuart McReath

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Good editorial illustration needs to be understood right away. For that, the drawings need to combine complex ideas and compress them into a simple image that explains a situation or an idea quickly. As you can guess, this is an amazingly complex task that editorial illustrators face every day. A look at Stuart McReath’s illustrated […] The post Powerful illustrations by Stuart McReath appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • A Stock Vector Club with Crazy Good Pricing

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:19 am
    If you’re a fan of using vector artwork in your designs, but not a fan of traditionally priced (ie. expensive) stock image subscriptions – here’s some pretty awesome news: is a new ‘image club’. In a nutshell it has the dream selection of world class vector artwork, without the hassle of “per image” costs, […] The post A Stock Vector Club with Crazy Good Pricing appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • A collection of free tools to compress images for the web

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:47 am
    If you are a graphic designer, you probably don’t think to much about size when you need to compress images. In doing this, you are right. For printing, the most important thing should be the quality of the image. For web designers, it’s another story. Despite fast internet speeds, small size internet pages are crucial […] The post A collection of free tools to compress images for the web appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
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  • Park City graphic design company takes print approach in digital age - The Park Record

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Park City graphic design company takes print approach in digital ageThe Park RecordShe studied graphic design in art school and honed her skills as a freelancer for several years, in both Michigan and Utah. Christian, who describes himself as a visual person with a passion for fine art but who had no previous graphic design and more »
  • Best Graphic Design - Santa Barbara Independent

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Best Graphic DesignSanta Barbara IndependentThe new “Best Of” logo with the condor soaring in front of mountain ranges has my vote for Best Graphic Design. Strikingly beautiful! Kudos to the artist, Ben Ciccati. Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you
  • Tragic young graphic design student stabbed to death in horrific street attack -

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:06 am young graphic design student stabbed to death in horrific street student was stabbed to death in a horrific street attack while at home for the summer holidays. Musician Liam Miller, 20, who was studying graphic design and illustration in Liverpool, was attacked in the street in York on Monday. A man who tried to Liverpool John Moores University student stabbed to deathLiverpool Echo19 year old charged with murder of LJMU studentLSMediaBreaking YORK MURDER: A 19-year-old man charged with murder and attempted The Press, Yorkall 80 news…
  • Do It Yourself: Graphic Design Edition - Business 2 Community

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:41 pm
    Business 2 CommunityDo It Yourself: Graphic Design EditionBusiness 2 CommunityFor most people, graphic design isn't really a DIY kind of thing, but sometimes, when the higher ups are sweating you or you're running a tight budget, you do what you have to. As time and technology have progressed, the days where it was okay just to
  • 3 Ways to Exercise Your Graphic Design Muscle - ATD (blog)

    23 Jul 2015 | 1:17 pm
    ATD (blog)3 Ways to Exercise Your Graphic Design MuscleATD (blog)I like to think of graphic design as a muscle that can be strengthened and grown—it just needs to be exercised on a regular basis. For instance, I've been trying to lose an extra 30 pounds for the past several years with little success. Although I've
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  • Nendo Designs Twig for Alias

    30 Jul 2015 | 3:43 am
    Nendo has designed a new aluminum chair collection for Alias. The chairs consist of four "twigs" and a seat.
  • 2015 Vectorworks Design Scholarship

    Levent Ozler
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Nemetschek Vectorworks is calling for applications for the 2015 Vectorworks Design Scholarship program. Students from across all design disciplines around the world are encouraged to submit their best individual or group work.
  • Mile-End Service Centre of the Caisse Desjardins des Versants du mont Royal

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:08 am
    Cardin Ramirez Julien has designed the Mile-End Service Centre for the Caisse Desjardins des Versants du mont Royal.
  • The RIBA Awards £35,000 to Support Architectural Research

    29 Jul 2015 | 11:27 pm
    The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the winners of the RIBA Research Trust Awards and the RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship.
  • The Structural Awards 2015 Shortlist

    29 Jul 2015 | 11:12 pm
    The Institution of Structural Engineers has released the shortlist for the 2015 Structural Awards. The awards celebrate the extraordinary achievements of structural engineers around the world.
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    Graphic Design News

  • From pain comes gain for Phebe

    1 Aug 2015 | 11:25 pm
    EXTRA SUPPORT: Bright physiotherapist Phebe Corey, formerly of Albury, hopes the public will vote for her in a national competition for young women. Picture: MARK JESSER THE wish to reduce her mother's pain led a Bright physiotherapist into first a new business and now the finals of a national competition.
  • Printing

    1 Aug 2015 | 11:56 am
    Delta Publications prides itself in graphic design on behalf of its customers. Let our designers help design your next printed piece.
  • Young pros weigh in: How to beat the home office blues

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:03 pm
    The flexibility of working from home can play a major role in achieving work-life balance. It is common at Lake Tahoe to run into people who agree that setting one's own hours, having no commute time and improving productivity are just a few of the ways working from home can positively benefit your life.
  • Ahead of New Season, Arizona Theatre Company Unveils New Logo & More

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Arizona Theatre Company heads into its 49th season with a bold new look. ATC has launched a redesigned website highlighted by a striking new logo that underscores the company's energy, strength and rich history.
  • Prince Charming

    31 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    Jirka Vinse Jonatan VA A tA inen specializes in graphic design, illustration, photo manipulation and art direction but recently his "Real Life Disney" series has gotten people talking. VA A tA inen envisioned "what the guys and girls of Disney might look like in real life," according to his website.
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  • Scanning Around With Gene: The Old Way of Photo Retouching

    Gene Gable
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Originally posted March 16, 2012 I’ve never been much of an artist, though I did, early in my career, have several opportunities to do some basic black and white photo retouching — mostly taking out a background, fixing a flaw or trying to tone down glare from reflected light. These tasks were done back then not on the computer, but with a set of special photo-retouch paints and a variety of fine brushes. Sometimes in a pinch we’d use a black Sharpie or a soft pencil. In those days you did whatever was necessary to achieve your final result, regardless of how bad it looked on the…
  • Scanning Around With Gene: Getting into the Swim of Things

    Gene Gable
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:31 pm
    My mother was what I like to call a safety Nazi, and of all the calamities that could befall small children, drowning was the most feared. So from a very early age we were carted off to the Smith Park pool in San Gabriel, California to take swimming lessons. And while my memories of those times are a little fuzzy, I do recall the smell of the chlorine and the fear of getting my head under the water. And of course of my mother sitting just beyond the fence, watching like a hawk. The best part of swimming lessons was the snow cone that came at the end as a reward for not drowning. For many…
  • The Best of Scanning Around with Gene: Summertime Scans

    Gene Gable
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    With much of the United States sweltering in a heat wave, it’s the perfect time to enjoy some of the coolest vintage summertime images from the Scanning Around With Gene series. OH BOY, IT’S SUMMER! features the wholesome images of kids at play in the sunshine from the 1956 children’s book Summer Is Here. The travel posters in SUMMER WANDERLUST tempt you spend your summer vacation in some exotic locales around the globe. And you can quench your thirst for great graphics with the vintage beverage ads in DRINK UP TO SUMMER!  Enjoy (and stay cool)!   The post The Best…
  • Batter Up! A Full Count of Vintage Baseball Treats

    Erica Gamet
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    They say that America is Mom, apple pie, and baseball. Well Mom and apple pie are great, but an evening at the ballpark just shouts “America!” to me. Not in a threatening way, but in that “check out how typically American we are, spending our summer evenings eating hot dogs and yelling ‘Are you blind?’ at the umpire” kind of way. Pro baseball season is in full swing in the US and I’m soaking up every minute of it. I am lucky enough to live right up the street from a new Triple-A team ballpark (Go Chihuahuas!) and love being able to take in a slice of…
  • Museum Exhibit Showcases the Art of the Poster

    Erica Gamet
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:18 am
    If I had to name one form of artwork I really appreciate, it would probably be the simple poster. From infographics, to vintage advertising, to my obsession with movie posters, I appreciate the combination of intriguing design and information presented in such a compact format. The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has recently put the focus on this particular art form with their latest exhibit. “How Posters Work” features 125 of the more than 4,000 posters in the design museum’s permanent collection. The exhibit features well-known names, such as Paul Rand, Michael…
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  • 15 Creative Admin Dashboards for Inspiration

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:34 am
    Admin Dashboards become the necessary for every site holder site to view the major things. The site has a user name and password to access so the unauthorized person cannot access the Dashboard without getting permission.
  • 7 Best Easy To Operate Code Checking Tools

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:37 am
    Code checking tools are very useful and important thing which can be of great use. These are used for various purposes like code verification, testing, data processing and many more
  • 15+ Free and Premium WordPress Coming Soon Themes

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:36 am
    If you have finally planned to build your online presence, and reserved a domain of your own, and plan to build your web pages later, for any reasons, you should at least set up a coming soon page on your website
  • Get Motivated By These Amazing Logos With Hidden Meanings

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    Many globally reputed logos are amazing works of art and surely an inspiration for businesses and designers alike. These logos with hidden meanings never fail to attract consumers and impact their buying decisions helping companies boost their bottomline.
  • How Logos With Hidden Meanings Help Establish Your Brand?

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:06 am
    Logos with hidden meanings help you differentiate your business and brand in the market. Such logos can also lend an attractive personality to your brand. In addition, such unique logos also help you effectively connect with your target audience and position your brand in the competetive market.
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    Next Big Design

  • This Week In Design & Brand Strategy: 7/27/15 - 7/31/15

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    Imagine an interview where you are purely judged on your skill set and ability to work rather than your appearance. Well, if this sounds like something you’d like you may consider applying for a position with the U.K. web hosting company ByteMark. ByteMark decided that in order to fix the issue of candidates being also judged on a basis of what they wore to the interview by installing “anonymous
  • This Week In Design & Brand Strategy: 7/20/15 - 7/24/15

    24 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Blitab happens. By “it,” I mean the world’s coolest and most impressive gadgets, and by Blitab I mean the Austrian company that just released a touchscreen for blind people. That’s right. Technology is becoming more and more accessible and user-friendly for the visually impaired. The tablet, rather than having a traditional LCD display, is made out of
  • Stripping Away the Labels…Literally

    23 Jul 2015 | 6:35 am
    You are sitting in a room. The lights are off and you are surrounded by complete strangers. Sounds like the beginning of a zombie horror film right? This is where I tell you that no, you are in fact wrong. This is no horror film at all. This, my friends, is a recent commercial that the ubiquitous Coca-Cola brand released as a part of their Ramadan campaign. Without giving away too many
  • This Week In Design & Brand Strategy: 7/13/15 - 7/17/15

    17 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
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  • ‘Once upon a time…’ – Is Storytelling the Future of Brand Strategy?

    13 Jul 2015 | 10:23 am
    Storytelling is a major part of everyday life in both the personal and working worlds. Whether it be telling a funny story over a glass of wine or a goodnight book to your children, a good narrative is key to building strong relationships. A recent report from Headstream has highlighted the need for storytelling when branding your company. Steve Sponder, MD of Headstream stated that “
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  • CreativeMornings: Wilson Miner

    1 Aug 2015 | 7:15 pm
    In this CreativeMornings/SF talk Wilson Miner talks about collaboration and it’s crossover with appropriation. And if you enjoyed this talk, make sure to also watch this one by him titled When We Build from 2011.
  • Felt Cat Bed

    1 Aug 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Last week this little family adopted a rescue cat from an ASPCA shelter in Manhattan. While we are still trying to figure out a name (most difficult process in history) the cat is super happy and so are my kids. And I have discovered pet accessories. What a huge market! Can we talk about this felted cat bed. Made me smile.
  • Friday Link Pack

    31 Jul 2015 | 3:58 pm
    At the age of 17, José was sentenced to '15 years to life' for murder. He incurred additional charges inside, and was denied parole 9 times. After serving nearly 40 years in prison, he is about to be released. Directed and shot by Bas Berkhout. – Danit Peleg, a 27 year old Israeli fashion design student 3D-printed an entire fashion collection – 10 CEOs who prove liberal arts degrees aren’t worthless – I totally want a customized version of these lightbulb signs. – Love this Angle Flask Bracelet. – The most common complaint about intense…
  • ♥ / Niice – if you use moodboards you’ll love this

    31 Jul 2015 | 3:09 am
    Big thanks to Niice for supporting my blog and RSS Feed. Niice helps you find inspiration on the web with a single search, and collect it privately in smart, elegant moodboards you can export or share with a link. They have a new iOS app too, so you can find, collect & present ideas, wherever you are. Try it: (Interested in sponsoring a week of my RSS feed, learn more here.)
  • Daily Overview

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:37 pm
    The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of Earth and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment. ‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect and features important commentary on the wider implications of this understanding for our…
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    Logo Design Love

  • Rolling Stones Hot Lips

    David Airey
    26 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    At the conclusion of the Rolling Stones’ ZIP Code tour, Robert Klara from Adweek asked me how the famous “Tongue and Lips” emblem has become as iconic as it has, and why it’s lasted so long. Original design by John Pasche Any design that achieves iconic status can only do so on the back of an iconic product. The fact that the Rolling Stones are one of the most recognisable rock bands on the planet helps. Beyond that, if a good logo is going to endure it needs to be appropriate, and the sexiness associated with red lips is fitting for legends of rock ‘n’ roll. Read…
  • Mr Cooper: ice cream for grown-ups

    David Airey
    25 Jul 2015 | 7:06 am
    Tasty custom typography by johnson banks in collaboration with Rob Clarke. “Mr Cooper is an an ice-cream start-up specialising in alcoholic and gourmet flavours. The company’s frozen fancies are strictly for grown-ups and they needed a distinctive identity and tone of voice to match their unconventional new brand.” “Our challenge was to craft an intriguing hand lettered mark utilising both positive and negative space to spell out the brand name and the words ‘ice cream’ within the lip shape.” Pulling that off is no mean feat. Senior designer Kath Tudball shared the design…
  • Angels Costumes, founded 1840

    David Airey
    25 Jul 2015 | 5:59 am
    Matt Rudd of Rudd Studio got in touch to share a recent case study (below). An interesting insight into the logo evolution of a 175-year-old business. — Founded in 1840 by Morris Angel and still run by the family, Angels is the leading costumier to the film and television industry, and the pre-eminent fancy dress supplier to the public. Angels owns the largest collection of costumes and accessories anywhere in the world, with eight miles of clothes racks. Costume design Oscars abound for films supplied by Angels, starting with Hamlet in 1948 and most recently this year with The Grand…
  • The graphic art of the advertising mascot

    David Airey
    17 Jul 2015 | 10:28 am
    Two books arrived this week — Meet Mr Product (Vol 1), and Mr Product (Vol 2). Written and compiled by Warren Dotz and Masud Husain, the books depict “the graphic art of advertising’s magnificent mascots.” Meet Mr Product (Vol 1) Originally published as a paperback in 2003 by Chronicle Books, Meet Mr Product has been republished this year as a hardback by Insight Editions, coinciding with the release of Vol 2. “Although many ad characters have had short-lived careers, others have been around for a hundred years or more. Enticing customers to buy products from frozen vegetables to…
  • How many options do you give your clients?

    David Airey
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:59 am
    “I’m at a point in my design practice where I don’t want to waste time presenting more than one logo proposal. I feel confident enough to say that after weeks of working on a logo and applying a carefully tested method I don’t need to present two or three proposals. Instead I can fine tune the one I’m working on. Do you present your clients with more than one option?” A good question sent in by Rome-based designer Sonia Gazzelloni. I give a client three or four very different ideas, but I’ll explain the ideas in words rather than images. The client can then visualise…
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  • Large Output

    31 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    We're just back from none of the places on these particular maps. We were in Umbria. Under the 38°C rays I had plenty of time to contemplate life, the universe and orange coloured drinks served with salty snacks. In that delightful and alien environment I had a thought: I'm going to start blogging again. Not that I'd actually, really, formally stopped. But I had drifted away, got side-lined, became distracted. By life and children and work. We came back with a bunch of stuff worth capturing in the digital form so I'll get it up here over the next week or so.    …
  • Field Work

    3 Feb 2015 | 3:10 pm
    I went back to get this last week. About two or three weeks ago I saw it in the Oxfam bookshop, Instagrammed it but left it on the shelf. It haunted me so the next time I was in the neighbourhood, I secured it with two and a half pounds. Published in the mid-sixties, the cover design is, sadly, uncredited. 'Sadly' because it's been so thoughtfully crafted, I'd love to know who did it: The way that type on the cover lines up and then how it's stacked on the spine; the ever so clever diagrammatical design; the careful choice of colours…so thoughtful.
  • Mountie

    31 Jan 2015 | 2:53 am
    I tend to keep my stamps loose or mounted onto small white cards that I file in a box. I'm fighting the conventional and accepted forms of stamp collection/preservation, in my own small way. Maybe one I'll curse my chosen path. I think I'm going to frame these and leave them to the ravages of everyday light attacks.
  • Physics | Weaponry | Chemistry

    17 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    And with 'Physics' that's the first series complete. The New Illustrated Library of Science and Invention was published by Leisure Arts during the first half of the 1960s. Designed and produced by the astonishingly skilled but scandalously under appreciated (in print) Erik Nitsche, it was released in two series of 12 volumes. They are beautiful books. Striking full bleed image dust jackets contrast with elegently foil-blocked cloth bindings. The typographic layout inside is rigid but quiet, allowing the diligently handled content to sing out: Cleverly positioned cut-outs,…
  • The Penrose Annual 1973 Volume 66

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
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    Design is Kinky

  • Sha’an d’Anthes

    Nikki Catalano
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Take a look at the creative wonderland that is artist, designer and illustrator Shaman d’Anthea. Dawn is the first in a series of three artworks within the Timelapse series exhibited in her Prickly solo exhibition.
  • Mouni Feddag

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Nottingham illustrator and artist Mouni Feddag.
  • Capucine Granier-Deferre

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Documentary work from French photographer Capucine Granier-Deferre.
  • Alex G

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Alex G is an artist based out of Los Angeles.
  • Nic Bezzina

    26 Jul 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Sydney based multi-talented photographer Nic Bezzina.
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  • 25 Wall Sign Mockups for Access All Areas Members

    Chris Spooner
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    This week’s premium design resource for Access All Areas members is a brilliant collection of wall sign mockup templates courtesy of Madebyvadim. These mockups take your logo designs and brand concepts to the next level by allowing you to simulate them as fully fitted facades on the front of buildings. Each PSD template contains a Smart Object that can be easily updated with your own art, just drop in your logo and the adjustments are made automatically for a perfect fit. The Hip Shop by Madebyvadim is the place to find unique mock-ups and photos for your next project. There’s a…
  • Own the Tools to Create These Design Styles for 91% Off

    Chris Spooner
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:14 am
    Watercolour, grunge and retro are three hot design styles that result in stunning artwork. If you’ve ever admired these kinds of effects and wished you could create them yourself, today I have the perfect collection of resources to show you. This Inspirational Artistic Design Bundle contains the best-selling products from the top creative resource sellers. These are the same tools they use to create their trend setting designs, including 12 creative fonts, 1000+ vectors, patterns, mockups, effects packs and many more coveted products—all for 91% off the regular price. Creative…
  • A History of Typeface Styles & Type Classification

    Chris Spooner
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Typography is a complicated subject to learn, but starting with the history of type styles is a great way to gain an understanding of why there’s so many fonts, and why they look so different! Typefaces are divided up into classifications based on the era or characteristics of their design, which helps narrow down your options when choosing a font for your projects. Being able to identify a typeface style can help you make educated design decisions and choose the best font for your work depending on its use. In today’s post I give a brief overview of the main typeface…
  • 10 Victorian Style Ornamental Frames for Members

    Chris Spooner
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’m pleased to welcome a brand new supplier of awesome resources for Access All Areas members this week. Peter from Cruzine Design has kindly donated a collection of 10 detailed vector frames in a Victorian style, available for both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. They’re great for achieving a sophisticated vintage theme by mixing them with images or typographic designs. Peter Olexa’s Cruzine Design store is stacked full of useful resources such as templates, fonts, vectors, backgrounds and more! There’s plenty of items fans of the vintage design will enjoy, with a…
  • Video Tutorial: Typography Illustrations the Easy Way!

    Chris Spooner
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    In today’s video tutorial I’ll show you how to create cool hand lettering style typography illustrations the easy way using the power of Adobe Illustrator. The design is a simple silhouette of the vehicle, with text that is distorted and disfigured to fit within the outline of the car body to create a cool composition. Download my free Vector Grunge Textures: Subscribe to the Spoon Graphics YouTube Channel The post Video Tutorial: Typography Illustrations the Easy Way! appeared first on Blog.SpoonGraphics.
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  • Becoming a Happy and Fulfilled Web Designer

    Genevieve Que
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:07 am
    SUBSCRIBE How Do You Live a Happy and Fulfilled Life as a Web Designer? Becoming a happy and fulfilled web designer is a dream every web design professional is chasing, even in the midst of success. Life, it seems, is filled with discontentment even when you reach the top. You might have asked yourself these questions: Why am I here? What is the point and purpose of my life? These questions reflect that all of us long to live a life that matters – a life with meaning and purpose. Sean Howard also asked these questions many years back when he was the Vice President of strategy in an…
  • Cards in Web Design: The Ultimate Guide

    Genevieve Que
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    Web design is very dynamic. You can always see the web design landscape re-constructed with the emergence of new technologies, techniques, trends, and styles. Now, the landscape is changing once more with the use of the new design framework called cards. Cards are almost omnipresent nowadays – from real estate to news websites, they are there. In fact the big names – Twitter, Facebook, and Google – are into cards already. Cards are simply those little rectangles filled with interactive images and information. They have become the choice of a lot of websites before…
  • 10 Reasons Why You’re Not Getting Enough Clients

    Genevieve Que
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:33 am
    One of the advantages of being a freelance web design professional is you are free from the 9 to 5 grind aside from being your own boss. However, after being one for a certain period of time, you might be wondering why you can’t seem to get the breakthrough you’ve been expecting – that is getting enough quality clients. You have the skills, you know the tricks, you’ve done all the suggestions and advice you can get. Or have you? This is one of the biggest struggles or dilemma any freelance web design professional has. So what is the real reason behind it? Let’s…
  • How to Have an Impressive Web Design

    Genevieve Que
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:33 am
    While it is true that some people maintain a website just to share to other individuals their passion and talents, it can’t be denied that websites are primarily meant for business. This is the reason why it is important for you to come up with an impressive web page design that is not just appealing to the eyes but provides ease of navigation to those who visit it. Learn how to have an impressive web design For many people who visit your client’s page, the website is the physical store. Because of this, wouldn’t it be proper for you to make it more enticing and…
  • How to Hack Web Design Learning Process

    Genevieve Que
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    SUBSCRIBE How Do You Hack Web Design Learning Process? When you say hacks or life hacks, it’s usually about shortcuts or the easy way out. These are the tricks and techniques you use in everyday life to make things easier. In education, however, there are simply no shortcuts. Or isn’t there? There might not be in getting a degree in university, but there are techniques to gain necessary skills and education in web design that will be beneficial to your practice and business. Tomas Laurinavicius, founder and editor-in-chief of Despreneur, tells his secret and his experience…
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    A List Apart: The Full Feed

  • Ask Dr. Web with Jeffrey Zeldman: If Ever I Should Leave You: Job Hunting For Web Designers and Developers

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:24 am
    In our last installment, we discussed what to do when your boss is satisfied with third-party code that would make Stalin yak. This time out, we’ll discuss when, why, and how to quit your job. When is the right time to leave your first job for something new? How do you know you’re ready to take the plunge? Wet Behind The Ears Dear Wet Behind: From frying an egg to proposing marriage, you can never know for sure when it’s the right time to do anything—let alone anything as momentous as leaving your first job. First, search your heart: most times, you already know what you want to…
  • This week's sponsor: Squarespace

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Make a beautiful website with our sponsor, Squarespace. Keep it simple, or customize your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with the Developer Platform—you can even get all your content through the JSON API. Get started today.
  • 2015 Summer Reading Issue

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Summer is halfway over. Have you hid out for a day of reading yet? Grab a shady spot and a picnic blanket (or just park it in front of the nearest AC unit), turn off your notifications, and unwrap this tasty treat: our 2015 summer reader. Refresh your mind, heart, and spirit with this curated list of articles, videos, and other goodies from the recent past—from A List Apart and across the web. Which web do we want? Is the web “a place to connect knowledge, people, and cats,” or do “hordes threaten all that we have built for one another”? Where will native-versus-web fights end up?
  • Mark Llobrera · Professional Amateurs: Memory Management

    23 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    When I was starting out as a web designer, one of my chief joys was simply observing how my mentors went about their job—the way they prepared for projects, the way they organized their work. I knew that it would take a while for my skills to catch up to theirs, but I had an inkling that developing a foundation of good work habits was something that would stay with me throughout my career. Many of those habits centered around creating a personal system for organizing all the associated bits and pieces that contributed to the actual code I wrote. These days as I mentor Bluecadet’s dev…
  • This week's sponsor: Bushel

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    If you manage and protect Apple devices at work, our sponsor Bushel is here to help make it easier.
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    Abduzeedo Design Inspiration - Design Inspiration & Tutorials

  • Daily Inspiration #2143

    31 Jul 2015 | 3:39 pm
    This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want to participate and share your graphic design inspiration, You can submit your images and inspiration to RAWZ via and don't forget to send your Abduzeedo username; or via Twitter sending to Found by Andrea Visconti Found by Bartek Found by Caio Beltrão | ilustract Found by cumilous Found by Davi Sales Found by eliani Found by Fernando Cardone Found by fridakritikou Found by g1gab1t Found by…
  • Beautiful Houses: Loft in Kiev

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:33 am
    Today we will show you a beautiful loft in Kiev, Ukraine, a project by MARTINarchitects. I do love lofts, specially the ones with that industrial feeling we love. This loft is super stylish. Bricks, wood, glass, concrete and other great elements create a modern and cozy space. Take a look. Make sure to check out MARTINarchitects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The residence belongs to a young and energetic lawyer who once a week likes to entertain friends. The project has been executed in the style…
  • Friday Fresh Free Fonts - Esphimere, Tehuti, Chivo

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    Friday fresh free fonts is a series of free fonts posted every Friday, yes I know it's awesome. I will look forward to bring a lot of great fonts that will sure help you improve your typography work. Check out what I selected for you on this FFFF post and make sure to comeback for more next week. View all FFFF posts Esphimere by Rizky Andyno Ramadhan Download Esphimere Tehuti by T. Christopher White Download Tehuti Chivo by Omnibus-Type Download Chivo Tags: FFFFfontsfreebiefree fontspaul0v2's blog
  • Sci-Fi 3D Artworks by Wei Weihua

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:41 am
    Space: The final frontier. The place that inspires infinite dreams and visions for artists to come up with stunning artworks. Wei Weihua, a Chinese designer, comes up with fantastic 3d sci-fi artworks, in a series called "Planet Green Valley". Here you can see a handful of this fantastic pieces. These are truly awesome and remind me a lot of the Gravity movie. For more of these, please visit his portfolio at ArtStation. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;) Tags: 3dcomputer graphicssci-fiscience fictionPauloGabriel's blog
  • Sites of the Week: Tagplay, Fueled, Character and more

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:14 am
    You may be thinking that almost all the sites out there are looking the same. It's quite right, but we'll be always looking for the best of them to feature here. Go ahead and take a special look at L’Amour Fou, I Like Photo and Fueled websites. Check out the whole selection, share with us what you think and stay tuned for the next week! Take a look on all the other sites we're featuring today. Also you can keep sending me your suggestions via Twitter and include #abdz_sites in the message. DESIGN / CSS Rob Krar - I have no idea where those 15 hours went. I…
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    Adaptive Path

  • UX Week Is On A Mission

    Jesse James Garrett
    13 Jul 2015 | 2:22 pm
    As we head into our 13th UX Week, it’s interesting to reflect on how the event has changed and evolved over the years. From our early beginnings focused on small workshops taught by the Adaptive Path founders to today’s full slate of workshops and talks by invited speakers from around the world, we’ve always worked to keep the event relevant to the needs and interests of the UX community. UX Week’s mission is to inform, educate, and inspire designers and managers with practical insights for creating great human experiences. Each of those verbs is an important…
  • Meet The UX Week 2015 Keynotes

    Jesse James Garrett
    28 May 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Every year, we try to come up with keynote talks for UX Week that hit the sweet spot between unique points of view and practical insights that we can all learn from. We’re excited about these three keynotes we’ll be seeing at UX Week 2015, and we think you’ll be too! As Forrester’s principal customer experience analyst, Leah Buley has a perspective that no one else has, leading research projects to discover what makes experience design organizations successful and how they’re evolving. But with her strong roots in design practice — including her experience as a…
  • Maker Faire 2015

    Scott Sullivan
    18 May 2015 | 11:41 am
    This past weekend was the 10th annual Maker Faire Bay Area – The Greatest Show & Tell On Earth. Over the past ten years Maker Faire has expanded from a small hobbyist event to a massive hobbyist event where said hobbyists turn pro and debut their projects that they’re taking from the garage to the manufacturing line. Here are some of those projects that I’m most excited about: Shaper Shaper is the breakout product of the show, calling this thing a ‘smart router’ does not do it justice. Shaper is a hand router outfitted with optical sensors that track…
  • Hugs to Our MX Community

    Kristin Skinner
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:37 pm
    We just wrapped our eighth MX. It felt different. Different in a good way. Different because it was authentic. Different because it made you want to do something BIG (armed with both intuition and data). This year, we started with a mission — to guide someone on their journey as a manager, helping them build out new ways to succeed as champions for great human experiences. MX15 challenged us to become guides in uncharted territory. As managers and leaders, we’re designing things that we’ve never had to before: careers, teams, organizations, and cultures. Stepping back from our everyday…
  • Update: New Adaptive Path Events Now Open For Registration

    Will Sharick
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
    Happy Monday from the Adaptive Path Events Team! Here’s an updated roster of Adaptive Path’s 2015 events. These conferences and workshops are all open for registration––including early bird prices! 2015 Upcoming Events MX: Managing Experience – San Francisco // April 20-21, 2015 // Full Conference Sold Out––Only General Session Tickets Available UX Week – San Francisco // August 25-28, 2015 // EARLY BIRD ROUND 4 UX Intensive – Denver // October 5-8, 2015 // EARLY BIRD ROUND 1 The Service Experience Conference – San Francisco // November 16-17, 2015…
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  • Streamline Twitter: The Best Twitter Services

    Andy Sowards
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetMany companies use Twitter to promote services and products without spending hours attached to the computer or smartphone. Instead, companies use third-party services to schedule Twitter posts throughout the day, only responding to the most important inquiries in real time. Here’s a look at the best Twitter tools out there, and how they can help you.If You Tweet It They Will Come The growth formula: Q&A with Kevin Weil, Twitter’s head of productThe first thing: dissolve your expectations of how many people should be following your business. Unless…
  • 19 Free High Quality Resources That You Must Have

    Andy Sowards
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetWebsite design elements, such as vectors, fonts, and icons, are often free for the asking, and it is not difficult to find a resource from where they can be downloaded. There is for example, an abundance of free photos, but as is often true with other things that are free, their quality may not always be the best.Finding the exact design elements you need can involve a good deal of searching. Some providers are well organized while others are not, and some providers offer higher quality design elements than others. Taking the time to find what you want can pay off…
  • Improve Conversions with Speed [Infographic]

    Andy Sowards
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetRunning a website can be a stressful ordeal, fraught with difficulties that must be overcome and metrics that must be measured and tweaked. For a small business, understanding how to improve website conversions or reduce bounce rates could be the difference between success and failure. Site speed has always been an extremely important factor in increasing conversions, because let’s be honest – who wants to wait for a shopping cart to load? Recently Google has also started to factor site speed into their ranking algorithm, essentially ranking significantly…
  • Be More Productive: Tracking Time In Your Virtual Business With HubStaff

    Andy Sowards
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetWe are back with another review! This time we have spent some time with an application that any freelancer or entrepreneur will find immediate use for, called HubStaff. We have reviewed similar software in the past which gives us some experience in this field to pass the value on to you guys! We do the work and save you the time. Since we are entrepreneurs as well it goes without saying that we are constantly on the prowl for things that will streamline our business and make the process of running it not only smoother but more efficient – saving us time and…
  • 4 Ways to Make Your Office Feel Like Home

    Andy Sowards
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    Advertise here with BSATweetIs your office space lacking personality? Do the white walls and fluorescent lighting make you wish you were at home? Recent research from The Scientific American found that people who have the opportunity to decorate their office spaces are not only more productive at work, but more comfortable in their cubicles when compared to their peers who work in bland office spaces. Additionally, the study found companies that promote art and decor in the workplace experience a 15 percent increase in worker productivity. The researchers suggest decorating with flowers,…
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  • Rebecca Szeto Turns Used, Tarnished Paintbrushes and Transforms Them Into Extravagant Women

    Christina Nafziger
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Have you ever finished a painting and completely destroyed your brushes, wondering if you would ever use your beloved, mangled, crusty tools again? Well, here is one artist that has found good use of old, filthy brushes. Rebecca Szeto takes found, used brushes, especially ones that could never be used again, and transforms them into little masterpieces of their own. The handle of her brushes are carved and painted to appear as fancy women, while the bottom bristles of the brush are left to look as they originally appear. With a little creativity and ingenuity, Rebecca Szeto makes the wider…
  • Skulls, Aliens And Beetles: Enter The Demonic Monochromatic Characters Of Danny van Rynswyk

    Anissa Jousset
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Artist Danny van Rynswyk’s latest work is a series of captivating digital paintings and three dimensional painted sculptures reminiscent of Victorian era portraits Skulls, Aliens and Beetles: Enter The Demonic Monochromatic Characters of Danny van Rynswyk and curio shop items. They are all monochromatic and depict a series of moody characters in contemplative stances. They are all dressed in Victorian era clothing and are sometimes sporting rabbit or demon masks which add to their eerie masquerade. His characters also have disturbingly childlike traits which add to the odd atmosphere of his…
  • Sponsored Post: Madeline Hagy’s Eye-Catching Format Portfolio Showcases Her Boldly Bizarre Illustrations And Collages

    Hayley Evans
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    We discovered Madeline Hagy and her boldly bizarre work on Format’s Spotlight page. Her portfolio elegantly displays her variety of work, from collages and illustrations to posters and prints. With her hallucinogenic forms and intriguing (and oft-grotesque) combinations of images, the clean and minimalist theme provided by the portfolio-building website Format is vital in showcasing the audacious complexity of Madeline’s work. With its fast-loading pages, Format is the perfect website for an artist’s portfolio, as you can scroll and view Madeline’s work without interruption.
  • A Rainbow Colored Mural That Covers An Entire Town And Over 200 Houses

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    A German graffiti crew have covered Palmitas, a Mexican city with swirls of rainbow colors in a giant mural, hoping to change some of the damaging behavior and negative attitudes there. The community-focused team took to the hillside village and splashed neon bright paint all over the sides of houses, garden walls, fences, window frames and roofs. Covering more than 209 houses, the super sized mural is dramatic, eye catching and apparently achieving quite dramatic results within Palmitas. Together, the graffiti group (called Germen Crew) and the Mexican government hoped the mural would be a…
  • Carey Fruth’s American Beauty Inspired Series Challenges Notions Of Ideal Body Types

    Tamara Akcay
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Lying on a bed of lilacs, here are a dozen of women being themselves and embracing it. A statement a lot of women have trouble owning, according to Carey Fruth who has made the decision to show that there is only blond tall thin American standards in movies. By making these series, she speaks to women and gives them the powerful message of acceptance and freedom of their own bodies. Inspired by one of the scenes in the movie American Beauty where a middle aged man is fantasizing about a teenage girl, she decides to take the power back from this perfect girl and to give it to women out there,…
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  • Following the Hunch: How to Make Freelancing Into a Durable Business

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:12 am
    “Ideas are easy; execution is hard.” You’ve probably heard some variation of this in the past, and it’s true—but it’s also not the whole story. Executing on ideas only matters if it reflects what people actually want. Owning a business makes sense if you plan to work independently for a long time. A successful business needs revenue to exceed its expenses and follow a stable, coherent plan. If you want to really succeed at independent work, I think you should approach your practice from the mindset of a business owner—and instead of calling yourself a freelancer, pitch yourself…
  • Creativity Is Nourished by Conflict

    29 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    Talk to any brilliant creative about their life leading up to their success and you’ll discover some messy stuff. The role of conflict—conflict with others and conflict within—is especially evident when you examine the inflection points in creative careers. Consider the inner conflict of depression for a famous painter like Vincent van Gogh, or the role of a devastating break-up that inspires a career-making album like Alanis Morisette’s breakthrough Jagged Little Pill. Look anywhere and you’ll see it, from Woody Allen’s finest films developed during bouts of his depression to…
  • Use Your Computer’s Date/Time Settings to Keep You On Task

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Solo Studio The Next Web reporter Owen Williams has discovered a super simple, but super valuable, productivity hack hidden in his laptop. There’s a setting buried in System Preferences on OS X under “Date & Time and Clock” that has your computer audibly read out the time every hour, half-hour, or quarter-hour. With the setting on, you’ll begin getting a regular vocal reminder from your computer of the time: [I]t actually made me far more aware of how I was spending my time and how far through the day I was. Consider this; it’s easy when you’re a knowledge…
  • Do Fewer Things, More Often

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Michael Lester Entrepreneur and VC Mark Suster lives by this rule: “Do Less. More.” In a time when you could fill an entire work day just staying apprised of what’s happening in the Twittersphere, or devote more time to cool conferences than to being at your desk getting things done, the key to productivity is doing less, better and more often. Here’s what that actually means: Do less. And do the things that you ARE doing better and with higher quality. Have a shorter to-do list with more things that are in the “done” category. Do fewer business development…
  • For Every 10 Hours of Haters, Spend 50 With Your Cheerleaders

    24 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Jim Tsinganos. Psychologists have long known about the “negativity bias”—the notion that our negative comments and moments have an outsized impact on our psyche. This means even a single online comment or snide remark from a friend has a profound effect on us. And, if we’re not careful, those comments can infiltrate our own thinking. When freelance writer and lifestyle blogger Melissa Sonico started her line of mixed-material necklaces, she discovered it was her friendships that burdened her passion: To put it short, I’ve really learned who my friends are in this process and,…
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    Big Spaceship

  • Q&A with Digiday

    Christine Perez-O'Rourke
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:31 pm
    There was a time when TV ads commanded undivided attention, billboards dominated the landscape and glossy magazine ads stopped readers dead in their tracks (or so the story goes). Now, active moments of interaction have largely replaced passive minutes of exposure. The virtuosos of the swipe, scroll and snap have taken center stage, and they’re ready for their applause. With the deadline extended for the 2015 IAB MIXX Awards, we spoke to Michael Lebowitz, founder and CEO of agency Big Spaceship and this year’s jury chair. “Where a lot of the best awards shows have existed for a very…
  • Managing technologists by day, coaching a junior-league basketball team by night

    Christine Perez-O'Rourke
    17 Jul 2015 | 12:45 pm
      A Father’s Day reflection on leadership, teamwork and the freedom to make mistakes Father’s Day is a time to reflect on the ways our fathers and mentors have guided and shaped us, knowingly or not. This year, my thoughts turn to my father’s decision to coach my childhood little league team. I couldn’t know it at the time, but this experience would have a lasting effect on my leadership style and the way I manage my development teams. As a teacher, my father was hardly unfamiliar with the idea of coaching. I suspect coaching was a bit of an experiment for him, but it turns…
  • Navigating the ‘Hotel California’ effect of social platforms

    Christine Perez-O'Rourke
    4 Jun 2015 | 1:10 pm
      Facebook has been not-so-quietly chatting with a handful of media companies about hosting content within the platform rather than linking out to an external site. Hosting content on the platform buys media outlets an average of eight seconds of loading time – an eternity in Internet time. Yet, it isn’t the time-saving that has Buzzfeed and The New York Times considering taking Facebook up on this Faustian bargain – it’s our Facebook separation anxiety. Social platforms are now built to breed separation anxiety: every new feature designed to keep you on…
  • It’s Not a Post — It’s a Gift. How to Embrace the Intimacy of Snapchat

    Christine Perez-O'Rourke
    2 Apr 2015 | 10:09 am
    Snapchat wasn’t built for brands, and barely behaves like a typical social platform. And yet, as it enters a new round of funding that would value the company at $19 billion, the photo-and-video-sharing app is working to become a more attractive place for advertisers. Brands see the opportunity to reach an audience that has grown to upwards of 100 million users, but how much value is there in paid placements that are ephemeral — up in smoke in ten seconds? And is there any room for organic success on a platform that takes pride in making discoverability difficult? While Snapchat…
  • I’m In Love With My Genius: A Tech Perspective on Web Apps

    Joe Wanko
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Since the introduction of the iPhone, the conceptual development of mobile applications has remained largely static. As browsers and devices become more powerful and HTML5 and Javascript APIs allow a user to access more and more device features, creating a web app has become more comparable to creating a native app experience. With more flexibility in the design and development process, streamlined workflows, faster product releases, and simplified testing and iteration – we can make a better product, faster. The two ruling platforms – iOS and Android – have kept the process…
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  • Illustrator Quick Tip: How to Make Custom Swooshes, Swirls, and Curls

    Jay Hilgert
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
    I’ve gotten a lot of responses to this post about how I made the intricate designs in those headers. Swirls, and swooshes, or whatever you want to call them, are pretty hard to come by as a freebie (except here on BittBox), and they are even more rare in vector format. Part of the reason is that most people, even avid Illustrator users, don’t realize how easy it is to create these shapes. All it takes is a few simple, yet not highly utilized Illustrator tips. This tutorial will show you how to create your own curlies, and swooshes easily, in Illustrator. It’s not nearly as…
  • How to Delete All Hidden Layers at Once in Adobe Photoshop

    Jay Hilgert
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Does your Photoshop document have what seems to be a million layers that are all turned off? Instead of deleting them one by one, you can save a lot of time by deleting them all at the same time! This simple feature is often missed by many professionals, but it is really much easier than I ever expected it to be. I’m not sure about later versions, but I know this is possible in both Photoshop CS6 and below… First open any layered Photoshop file and hide a few layers if you don’t have any hidden already. Then, in the Layers Palette, click on the little arrow in the upper…
  • 30 Illustrated Logos & Branding Designs

    Jake Rocheleau
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:43 am
    Company branding affects every area of design including print and digital work. Hand-drawn illustration is a magnificent tool for building recognizable branding within a particular business. Although it is more of a complicated skillset, your design work will improve dramatically if you just keep practicing. This gallery includes 30 outstanding illustrated branding concepts you can study and utilize for your own work. Each of these examples demonstrate finished pieces and how your designs should look as a result. Check out a few designs and see if any illustrated styles can spark your…
  • How To Recreate Icons using Photoshop Paths

    Jake Rocheleau
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:16 am
    There’s a lot to learn when first making icons in Photoshop. The Pen tool is a necessity but it comes with so many alternative tools and techniques that it can take months to really understand. I wrote a brief guide to the PS pen tool as an introduction but never went into pragmatic detail. For this guide I want to cover how to trace existing icons using the Photoshop pen tool. This allows you to create vector shapes without worrying about the actual creative process. It’s 100% technical where you learn how to manipulate a path with certain curves and connections. 1. Find an Icon…
  • 25 Useful Free Resources for Web Designers

    Gourav Kataria
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Web Designing is an art and the more time you will spend on polishing your skills, the more you can think out of the box. Because, Spending a dedicated time and effort in the same field is what makes you perfect. Web designing is the most trending topic at the present time, where a lot of beginners as well as the experts are continuously creating a buzz on the web with the collection of creative new designs to make the web perfect place for fellow web designers. Everyone likes to share the useful resources which are releasing day by day and this is the most positive thing about our web design…
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    Boagworld - Web & Digital Advice

  • My definitive guide to why CAPTCHA sucks

    Paul Boag
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    CAPTCHA is one of the most damaging and unnecessary user interface elements. Those that use CAPTCHA cannot claim to be user centric in their approach. My wife had forgotten her password. It was hardly surprising. The mobile app wanted upper case characters, numbers and punctuation. Why that was necessary was beyond me. In fact why they didn’t make use of Touch ID is even more confusing. But that isn’t the topic of this post. CAPTCHA is one of the most damaging UI practices causing 38% of people to fail on their first attempt. Tweet thisEven with the best system in the world people…
  • Why you should specialise in ecommerce

    Paul Boag
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    The web industry is changing. We need to specialise to survive. And as I explain in a post on Shopify, one of your options is ecommerce.
  • I solve #firstworldproblems. But why?

    Paul Boag
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    As business owners we often fixate on what we do and for whom. Rarely do we step back and ask why we do what we do. As business owners we often fixate on what we do and for whom. Rarely do we step back and ask why we do what we do. I solve #firstworldproblems. I make those little user experiences better. I make dealing with organisations less frustrating and even special. I help organisations be a little more human and a little less… well… corporate. And that is a good aim. After all we live in a stress filled world. Sure, our basic needs like shelter and food are never a…
  • Five new skills all web designers need

    Paul Boag
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    I was asked by Adobe to speak at the launch of their latest version of their Creative Suite. It was a great evening in which I encouraged web designers to expand their role and skills. We often limit ourselves to design and coding. But there is so much more to our job. If you need help adapting to the changing web design industry, take a look at my business mentorship programme.
  • If you own a hammer everything looks like a nail

    Paul Boag
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    We may call ourselves user experience designers, but we are web designers at heart. We may rename ourselves a digital team, but we are just the web team in new clothes. It is time to take off our website blinkers. “Why are we obsessing with making the website perfect? There are other things to do. We should move on.” That was a comment made in a recent meeting I attended. I resisted the urge to roll my eyes. Yet another marketer wanting to jump on the new and shiny when the basics still weren’t in place. She was more interested in mobile apps, social media and other digital…
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  • Music Video: Miami Horror “Cellophane”

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:33 am
    Australian electro-pop band Miami Horror’s latest video, directed by Lachlan Dickie, is weird in the best way. “Cellophane” from their sophomore album All Possible Futures features a bunch of people with Inspector Gadget-like limbs. Watch the video below.View the whole post: Music Video: Miami Horror “Cellophane” over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Interactive Music Video: Foals “Mountain At My Gates”

    31 Jul 2015 | 3:42 am
    Visionary director Nabil and United Realities utilized GoPro cameras to shoot a spherical video for Foals’ “Mountain At My Gates”. You can view the video below (in Chrome) but to really get the full effect you should open it in the Youtube App on your phone. Stand in one place, and move your phone around as you watch the video.View the whole post: Interactive Music Video: Foals “Mountain At My Gates” over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Animation of the Day: Wonderful 3D Miyazaki Tribute

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:35 am
    Vimeo user dono pays tribute to Hayao Miyazaki, seamlessly blending animation from various films and music by Joe Hisaishi with original 3D segues. Watch the video below!View the whole post: Animation of the Day: Wonderful 3D Miyazaki Tribute over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Artist Spotlight: Hannah Stouffer

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:24 am
    Some new paintings by artist Hannah Stouffer, from her show currently up at Paradigm Gallery. More images below.View the whole post: Artist Spotlight: Hannah Stouffer over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Music Video: Keys N Krates “Save Me”

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:31 am
    Perfectly absurd music video for Canadian electro group Keys N Krates, directed by Adam Beck and Paul Johnston, featuring a bunch of people who are in love with inanimate objects. Watch the video below.View the whole post: Music Video: Keys N Krates “Save Me” over on BOOOOOOOM!.
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  • Important Concepts that Every Icon Designer Needs to Know

    Jake Rocheleau
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:11 am
    Digital design has become a popular trade which almost anyone can learn. But digital design is an umbrella term which includes all sorts of work like advertising banners, website layouts, motion graphics and of course icon design. While many of these practices have overlapping techniques they all tend to rely on varying skillsets. This guide covers some of the basic structural concepts for icon designers. Fundamental design principles are difficult to teach and even more difficult to understand. A little practice can go a long way, but to obtain mastery requires changing your own perception…
  • Basic Animation Principles for Web Design

    Jake Rocheleau
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    The world of animation is vast and somewhat complex. Professional animators undergo quite a bit of training and work for years to master their craft. But animation can be found in much more than cartoons. Print work and other static mediums don’t have the luxury but web design is the perfect outlet for digital animated effects. This post will cover a series of useful animation principles as they relate to web design. The methods used by Disney to animate a character would be far too complex for use on the web. As a digital designer you really don’t need to spend your life studying…
  • The Differences Between RGB, CMYK, and Pantone Color Systems

    Jake Rocheleau
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:06 am
    Color selection is a process by which designers match together shades of colors. This process is used in every creative business from web designers to interior decorators. While color selection is rather detailed, you also have to consider the color space used when selecting these colors. In this post I’d like to cover the major differences found between RGB, CMYK, and Pantone. These three color systems are used to define specific colors but they each rely on a different method of color selection. I’ll also lightly touch upon color models such as HSB and LAB. What is RGB? Anyone…
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  • How to BE Super Productive: High Quality Pre-made Layouts and World Class Support

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    Even if you’re a pro at building a site from scratch, you can increase productivity and possibly improve the quality of your site by using pre-made layouts to give your project a jump start. Pre-made layouts provide an excellent foundation for you to build on, and they serve as design concepts as well. Having an idea or concept firmly in your mind, can make it much easier to maintain the momentum gained from your fast start throughout the course of the project. You naturally have to rely on other tools, such as a good page builder and an adequate supply of design elements; and having…
  • CLD Exclusive: Colourful Ethnic Tribal Designs Pack (Vector)

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:33 am
    Today’s exclusive freebie comes from our good friends over at – the best graphic resource site ever! This time the guys are offering a sweet set of colourful and detailed tribal art work. Perfect for t-shirt graphics or a tribal party theme, you can use this for flyers, posters, stickers and even wallpaper graphics. This ethnic pack includes mocks on tote bags which anyone can make use of. The entire set comes in vector format so you get to retain the resolution in any size you choose. Free for use in personal and commercial projects, download this exclusive freebie after the…
  • Daily Freebie: Fakedes – A Rounded Serif Font

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    Today’s daily freebie comes from Cyril Mikhailov of the Russian Federation. Fakedes is a gorgeous rounded & outline serif font that happens to come in Russian as well. As an accomplished type and calligraphy designer, Cyril’s creation is versatile and can be used for various purposes including headlines, posters, logos, menus and more! The free font can be downloaded from his Behance page after the jump!   download!
  • 15+ Good Quality Design Freebies To Download

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:01 am
    More than a few online services provide free downloads of photos, fonts, vectors, and other design elements. Other services provide these types of elements, especially photos, at affordable prices, and some do both. Free is always nice, but that is only true when the quality you look for is there. There may have been times you have had to sift through large numbers of design elements to find what you were looking for, only to discover the quality of what you finally located was unsuitable. Design elements offer two important features. They contribute to the overall quality of your end…
  • Daily Freebie: Square Tri-Fold Gate Brochure Mock up

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:41 am
    Today’s daily freebie comes from the Trappist Monk, for all you brochure needs! Start showcasing your designs with elegance and class. This brochure mock up features a unique front gate center fold that will immediately grab anyone’s attention. The file also comes in Photoshop at an incredible 3000 x 1687px at 150 dpi. Add in your designs into this mockup and enhance your portfolio. For more awesome resources, head over to Monk’s portfolio. Download after the jump! tri-fold!
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  • Design a workspace that unleashes your creativity

    Editorial Staff
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    Creativity is one of the core values a business can thrive on to ensure that their business will continue to innovate and grow. Creativity spurs new ideas and direction. Therefore, it is important for businesses to create an environment where people within the organisation will be inspired to generate new ideas that will further boost the value of the company. Media agencies have a strong reputation for unleashing creativity within their offices. Below we discuss creative working environments from some of the world’s leading media agencies. LBI (Lost Boys International, who are now known as…
  • Sleeklens – The Best Premium Lightroom Presets Available on the Market

    Jacques van Heerden
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    With the advancement in software over the years, it has become easier for aspiring photographers and designers to produce high quality, sought-after work. In the past we would have to produce everything ourselves from the get-go, but technology has helped us speed up our workflows dramatically by introducing presets. Which in the past was impossible, has now become possible by allowing us to take ordinary photos and turn them into master pieces thanks to preset authors who have experimented with different tones, effects and variables to create stunning add-ons for software. Today I want to…
  • Empower Your Employees in 5 Easy Steps

    Editorial Staff
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:24 am
    All great leaders know the importance of having empowered employees on their team. Staff members who are allowed to show initiative tend to grow into higher performing colleagues who cope far better with the rigors of modern day business. Creating an environment of empowerment is vital if you want your staff to thrive in the workplace, but how exactly do you foster such a setting? Well, there are one or two things that you can implement around the office to get things started. Let’s take it step by step: 1) Always be available As the leader, it is vitally important that your door is always…
  • Standing Out From the Crowd: A Guide for Businesses to Outstrip the Competition

    Editorial Staff
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    In the extremely competitive field of Internet businesses, simply providing information and e-commerce opportunities are not enough. Customers don’t just seek out information, they desire a complete package: and a large part of that package is the “content”. So if you want to expand your business and improve your visibility on the Internet, this is a MUST-HAVE list for you. Quality Content Content is of primary importance when it comes to businesses. The latest “Panda Update” from Google has made it even more important to include high quality content. Simple content that avoids the…
  • 15+ Examples of Useful Freebies to Use

    Editorial Staff
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:11 pm
    As a designer, you take pride in your work, and you take the time to make your presentations as professional looking as possible. Like most other designers, you constantly seek ways to work faster and more efficiently. You don’t however want the quality of your output to suffer to achieve those objectives. Quite the opposite; you would like to see the quality of your work constantly improve as well. More often than not, it is necessary to go an outside resource to get material or design aids required to make these improvements. Some of these resources are free, and some are not. More and…
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  • Understanding Proxy Browsers

    Robin Rendle
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:13 am
    A new series of posts by Tim Kadlec on proxy browsers and why some people need them: I'd venture to say that most developers and designers are not big fans of proxy browsers—assuming they pay attention to them at all. They don't behave in ways a typical browser does, which leads to frustration as we see our carefully created sites fall apart for seemingly no reason at all. And frankly, most of us don't really need to use them on a day-to-day basis. Through the lens we view the web, proxy browsers are merely troublesome relics of a time before the idea of a "smartphone" was anything other…
  • Motion along path in CSS

    Chris Coyier
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    From the "I barely knew this was a thing and you can already play with it in browsers" files: Motion paths allow authors to animate any graphical object along an author-specified path. I suspect Chrome jumped on this because it's something that was only otherwise doable in SMIL, which they are ditching. I believe this is the first time the full path syntax has made it into CSS? (e.g. motion-path: path('M100,250 C 100,50 400,50 400,250');). There are some demos on CodePen. Direct Link to Article — Permalink Motion along path in CSS is a post from CSS-Tricks
  • On The Verge

    Chris Coyier
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:11 am
    A fun bit of #hotdrama around mobile web performance. Apparently it's possible to be of the opinion that slow, sucky websites are the fault of browsers and not the fact that the websites are jam packed with garbage assets. Direct Link to Article — Permalink On The Verge is a post from CSS-Tricks
  • Position an element relatively to another element

    Chris Coyier
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:11 am
    Not possible currently in CSS, but there is a discussion happening around syntax like: .el { position: element(#target) } Of course there are tons of details, gotchas, and edge cases, but it sounds likely. Direct Link to Article — Permalink Position an element relatively to another element is a post from CSS-Tricks
  • Scroll-to-top-then-fixed

    Chris Coyier
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:04 am
    Chrome yanked position: sticky;, but Firefox and Safari still have it. Dudley Storey shows how to do the common sidebar pattern where a chunk follows you as you scroll down, but only when there is room for it. He does it in CSS, and the demo polyfills support with stickyfill. Direct Link to Article — Permalink Scroll-to-top-then-fixed is a post from CSS-Tricks
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  • Change your perspective

    David Airey
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    This YES/NO sculpture by Markus Raetz (2003) made me think of plenty of times when I’ve put myself in someone else’s shoes, or looked at something from a different perspective, and my initial thoughts were completely changed. In other words, don’t be too quick to judge. Via.
  • On getting paid

    David Airey
    8 Jul 2015 | 3:14 am
    Caroline Gibson wrote a useful piece for The Professional Copywriters’ Network about how to get paid. A few of her points are below alongside thoughts of my own. Photo via Get your terms agreed to. It’s professional to clarify terms before a client makes an initial payment, and clients want to work with professionals. Agree a payment date. Not personally applicable because most of my projects are split into two payments — the first is requested before I schedule the work, and the second upon completion, before final artwork is supplied. I tell clients in advance how long the work…
  • Pigeon Loft, by Schmidt Architects

    David Airey
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:17 am
    Designed by Schmidt Architects, the Pigeon Loft (La Palomera) was inspired by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s one-room Farnsworth House, and built using materials left over from previous Schmidt projects. “The ‘La Palomera’ (pigeon loft) project arose from a number of coincidences starting a few years ago, when, after remodelling a floor of offices in Santiago we were left with 37 windows, they were 3.2 metres high with widths varying between 40cm and 120cm. Among them 15 were frosted glass and 10 were protex type hinged doors, in addition there was a kitchenette and a complete…
  • The Art of Hermann Zapf

    David Airey
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:01 am
    Type designer and calligrapher Hermann Zapf died on Thursday 4th June 2015 at his home in Darmstadt, Germany. He was 96. I was reading about Hermann’s many typographic accomplishments, including the design of around 200 typefaces — Palatino (1948) and Optima (1952) are perhaps the most well known, when I was directed to this fantastic short film created in 1967 and titled The Art of Hermann Zapf. In Hermann’s self-penned lifestory, available to read on, he shared these endearing words about the film. “It was the idea of Hallmark to make an educational film to be…
  • Perpetual black water whirlpool

    David Airey
    1 Jun 2015 | 4:50 am
    Anish Kapoor’s Descension is the type of thing I can see myself falling into in some kind of meditative state. The black water whirlpool installation was first shown (below) in 2014 at the Kochi Biennale and “builds on Kapoor’s concern with non-objects and with auto-generated form. In its state of flux and motion, Descension confronts us with a perpetual force and a downward pull into an unknowable interior.” Photo by Dheeraj Thakur, at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014-15 A larger version recently appeared at Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy, and can be seen until…
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  • Akon To Visit 10 African Countries To Assess Solar Power Progress

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:25 pm
    The singer and businessman Akon is heading to Rwanda on Tuesday to monitor the progress of his lauded Akon Lighting Africa Solar Power Initiative Thi Tuesday, Akon and his co-founders Samba Bathily, a Malian businessman, and Thione Niang, a political activist, will have a meeting with Rwandan officials in order to ascertain what the progress is with his initiative. With his program, Akon is providing solar-powered electricity to African villages. So far, he has established his program in 14 African states, and with this program, Akon plans to extend his solar reach to 11 additional…
  • Solar-powered ‘treehouse’ has 360-degree views, Wi-Fi and refrigerated beer

    26 Jul 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Real treehouses are a thing of the past. In 2015, the ultimate off-the-grid pad is here and don’t worry, it has Wi-Fi, beer, 360-degree view from its transparent walls and plenty of options for mood lighting. Dubbed ‘The Skysphere’, the innovative elevated room has been designed by plastics engineer and graphic designer, Jono Williams who wanted to build an elevated room with a view that could sit virtually anywhere in the world not just where large trees grow. The Skysphere is located in Linton, New Zealand, the structure is a circular single room accessible by a ladder in its base…
  • What Is a Solar Bird Bath Fountain?

    26 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    A solar bird bath is a type of water source is solar powered. The collected energy is stored in batteries or used immediately to operate the filter system and pump and control the water flow. If there is enough sunlight a solar birds drinking fountain is easy to install and run. Adding a water fountain in the courtyard can provide a variety of benefits for the lawn and garden. These are some of the most beneficial reasons to install this feature garden: Easy to install: An important quality of solar systems is the ease of installation and use. This type of function garden is fully autonomous…
  • In the Know About Solar Roof Panels

    25 Jul 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Solar panels usually work by harnessing the sun’s energy and convert it into a form of energy that can be stored and used. This special type of solar panel is designed to be placed on the roof of a structure for photovoltaic energy. This type of energy is produced when sunlight is converted to energy using solar cells. Energy becomes a ceramic heating method or electrically. Two types of solar roof panels, which are: • construction of solar thermal collectors by simply absorbing this energy in a liquid medium that will later be used as thermal energy • Module-this type of…
  • Japan’s Abandoned Golf Courses Are Being Transformed Into Solar Power Farms

    20 Jul 2015 | 2:42 pm
    The Kyocera Corporation is transforming an abandoned golf course into a solar power farm, with ambition to partner and repeat the same sustainable work elsewhere in Japan. An abandoned and bankrupt golf course is being transformed into a solar power station by the Kyocera Corporation. Last week, the business announced it would turn the former golf course in Kyoto into a 23-megawatt solar farm; the artist’s rendition is shown above. Once the solar power farm is finished and online (in 2017), it will generate enough electricity to power 8,100 homes. 
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  • 28 Bar & Grill Restaurant Website Layouts

    Jake Rocheleau
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    A recognizable online presence should be one of the top priorities for any new restaurant. Patrons and new customers alike both prefer to find information about restaurants from the comfort of their desk, couch, or doctor’s waiting room. In the past we’ve covered food-related sites but haven’t been focused on specific types of food. This gallery places a direct focus on websites for grills, bars, and steakhouses. Each of the following sites exude both creativity and usability relating to a more niche consumer base. Use this gallery to your advantage when designing a new bar…
  • 25 Exuberant Portfolios for Writers & Authors

    Jake Rocheleau
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Portfolio design is a helpful topic for web designers who are always looking for inspiration. Most of these portfolios relate to graphic & web designers but there are many other creative people out there. Portfolio layouts vary dramatically based on the type of creative work. This gallery is devoted to 25 of the best portfolio websites for writers and authors. Writing is an expansive field that includes copywriting, technical writing, screenwriting, and of course authorship. Anyone who’s in the midst of a portfolio design or redesign will find a lot of great ideas from these…
  • Freebie PSD: iOS 8 Cloud File Storage iPhone App UI

    Jake Rocheleau
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Cloud storage is one of the fastest growing markets for new web applications. Smartphones like the iPhone allow users to take their cloud storage on the go with ease. Following all this popularity I’ve created an exclusive DesignMag PSD freebie for a cloud storage iPhone application named CloudyApp. This PSD is completely free to download and customize for your own design work. Each of the filetype icons have been customized from the TitanUI kit of flat file icons which are also free for personal projects. This mobile app UI PSD is built to fit iPhone 6 retina screens at 750×1334.
  • Background Hero Image Trends in Modern Web Design

    Jake Rocheleau
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    The common use of website hero images should come as no surprise. Faster Internet speeds and larger monitors allow for a pristine viewing experience. Hero images can be found in layouts as banners, slideshows, or even fullscreen backgrounds. But these background images don’t always need to be fixed designs. Going beyond just static hero images there are some wonderful effects which can be created through CSS3 and JavaScript. In this post I’d like to cover a series of examples featuring hero image styles from live websites. Modern trends are changing rapidly and as a designer you…
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  • 20 Free Design Assets to Download

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:52 am
    You naturally want to take the time to make your website creations as professional looking, and as attractive as possible. It would be preferable of course if the time you take in searching for free high-quality photos, vectors, icons, and the like, would not have a negative impact on your productivity. Being able to quickly locate top-quality, free, or low cost design elements will not only improve your productivity, but it can have a positive impact on your bottom line as well. Download the resources shown here; There will certainly help you craft some nice projects. Good Free Photos can be…
  • Promoting your Website: The Basics of Online Marketing

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:58 am
    Even if you make a fantastic website, if people cannot find it, for all intents and purposes, your site is useless. Creating a website is just the first step in creating your vast online presence and, quite frankly, the easy step. The second part is promoting your site to ensure your readers and/or customers can find it. Pay Per Click with Google AdWords Business with small and large promotion budgets use pay per click (PPC) advertising offered by Google AdWords. Essentially, you create an ad that you want to show up when potential readers use specific key search terms that you have chosen.
  • Awesome Summer Font Bundle to Get You through the Heat – Save 95%

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:16 pm
    As a web designer there is nothing I love more than creating new designs, I love playing with different styles and colors, and if there is one thing that makes my life so much easier, then it is the amazing bundles from the guys at The Hungry Jpeg, and luckily for us, they have just released another amazing bundle, including 28 incredible fonts plus 19 huge packs of graphics loaded with extras and all with commercial licenses for just $29! But you need to hurry as the bundle is only available until the end of July, so that is less than a week! Here is a quick overview of all the fonts…
  • 8 Common Design Mistakes That Drive Visitors Crazy

    16 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    Web design has changed significantly over the past 10 years. Some design techniques that were considered the norm in the past are now considered a deadly mistake. As a result of these changes, there are many common design mistakes that some design companies may make if they have not kept up with recent developments. Here are 8 of the most common design mistakes: 1. No Search Box Search boxes make everyone’s life easier. Finding information, a product, or a service becomes even easier. 2. Non-Responsive Many designers forget to make responsive websites… even today! Make sure the…
  • Biggest Struggles That Entrepreneurs Face

    25 Jun 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Danny Richman has spent the past five years assisting over 1,200 entrepreneurs to grow their business online, so if there is one person who would know about the struggles faced by entrepreneurs then it would definitely be him.  In a recent survey he asked these entrepreneurs what specific challenges they faced when starting their own business. This infographic shows the results of that survey with the most frequently mentioned challenges at the top. Some of the struggles they face: –  Lack of support from friends and family –  Trying to work with a lack of finances –…
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  • Learn Everything You Need to Know From These CSS3 Tutorials

    Carol Francis
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:48 am
    CSS3 and HTML5 have been around a while now, and we are seeing more and more websites built on them without the need for Flash. Many still use JavaScript and jQuery plugins or snippets, but Flash is becoming an old-fashioned means of website animation and transition effects. This selection of CSS3 tutorials, many of which are not so new, but are still very relevant, will tone up your coding skills and help you to produce professional website designs in no time! CSS3 Tutorials, Guides and Examples CSS3 Image Slider with Stylized Thumbnails Learn to make a fade-in-out image slider with…
  • Why Ruby on Rails is a Great First Programming Language for Designers

    Adrienne Erin
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    As a web designer, it is a major asset to be able to understand – and even orchestrate – what is going on “behind the scenes”. At the least, you should take some coding lessons. I’m not talking about front-end languages like HTML and CSS — you probably know a lot of that stuff already. I’m talking about the back-end stuff. If you know how to lay the groundwork, then you can better understand how to design the rest of a site. The fact of the matter is, learning to code will make you a better designer. Plus, who wouldn’t want to hire a designer who knows how to do…
  • Inspirational and Effective Contact Us Pages in Web Design

    Carol Francis
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    One of the most important aspects of web design, along with navigation, is a user-friendly contact form. If a visitor has bothered to pull up your contact details, the least any website owner can do is make sure they are encouraged to complete and send the form – after all, that visitor could end up being your best client! Here is a collection of some amazingly creative and user-friendly contact forms for your inspiration. Contact Forms Paravel This 3-man agency uses the same, beautiful illustration on their contact form page that can be found throughout the site. Everything on this page is…
  • 5 Web Design Trends that Compliment Each Other

    Jeff Orloff
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:25 am
    There are always things that compliment one another. Whether it is pairing foods, experiences or even personal relationships; some things just work better when something else is there to support it. Web design is no different. There are certain techniques that rely on something else in order for it to be effective or even work properly. These techniques, or technologies, work to compliment one another by bringing aesthetics with functionality in most cases; making your site look good while getting it to work on different devices or browsers. As we look at some of the recent trends in web…
  • 4th of July WordPress Deals and Coupon Codes

    Web Design Views Staff
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
    Tomorrow is 4th of July and we want to wish all Americans a Happy Independence Day. To celebrate this day several WordPress theme shops hold special discounts that you can take advantage of. Here we list a few of those special discounts. Themify – 30% OFF Until July 5, Themify is giving a 30% discount on all Themify purchases. Use coupon code NATIONALSALE at checkout. Tesla Themes Tesla Themes is celebrating U.S. national holiday offering 40% off on all prices. Use coupon code TESLAJULY4TH between 2nd July and 6th July. Engine Themes – 40% OFF Take 40% off any items (themes,…
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  • How to Ace your Next Web Developer Interview

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:12 am
    You don’t need anyone to tell you that web development is a crowded industry. This is especially true when you’re forced to go head-to-head with cheap overseas labor and other online entrepreneurs. However, there are still plenty of jobs for you – you just can’t afford to mess up the interview process. In fact, you need to ace it. The Stages of the Interview Process The first key to acing your next web developer interview is understanding how the interview process actually works from the hiring company’s point of view. There are a lot of moving parts and you need to know where you…
  • Best Tools for Developers in 2015

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:03 am
    What’s in your toolbox? Come on, don’t be shy. Every developer keeps a list of tools handy, and the contents of every developer’s toolbox are different. Sure, there are some standards: Notepad++, Browser Stack, Bootstrap—but not all digital toolboxes are created equal. It doesn’t matter what field you work in; specific jobs require specific tools. Some devs work exclusively on desktop projects, some of them focus on developing custom mobile apps, and others might be working on something more experimental, but they all need a good assortment of programs, apps, shortcuts, and…
  • 7 Signs It’s Time to Find a New Website Host

    22 Jul 2015 | 2:26 am
    You spend a lot of time designing a website to attract users and convert them into customers. However, what many entrepreneurs don’t realize is that it’s just as important to choose a good web host as it is to choose a good Web designer. Often, new site owners go with the cheapest and easiest Web-hosting option, thinking that the host doesn’t matter as people can access the site. But a bad Web host can do as much damage to your business as bad content can, so it’s important to monitor your site’s performance to identify hosting issues before they do permanent harm. That means being…
  • 8 Analog Tools to Help You Design

    Sophia Lucero
    17 Jul 2015 | 10:16 am
    Design doesn’t just happen in software, editors, or the browser—it often starts offline with the simplest of tools: pen and paper. With that in mind, let’s do a round up of helpful analog tools that can aid you in the process of brainstorming, doodling, sketching, wireframing, or prototyping by hand. BASICS Notebook BASICS notebook The BASICS Notebook keeps you both productive and creative so you can stay on top of your project timelines and do the ideation in one place. It has different page layouts like calendars and checklists plus blank sheets & erasable whiteboard…
  • Make your site more sociable with OpenGraph markup

    Sophia Lucero
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:23 pm
    These days, before people click on your site they will probably see it through a link shared on your social network of choice, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and so on. Usually these sites are smart enough to extract descriptive information about your page and display that so followers already get a good idea of what they’d be clicking on, but wouldn’t it be great if you could optimize that information to ensure you get more engagement? With a bit of HTML knowledge (and perhaps some programming knowledge, depending on what website templates you’re using), you can make…
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  • Best Resources and Tools for Your Projects

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Advertise here with BSAThere is a wealth of website design products and services in today’s market, and there are more than a few excellent sources of design elements you can add to your toolkit. Finding a product, a service, or a resource that will serve best can still require a certain amount of searching, whether you are looking for tools that accomplish certain tasks, or tools that can contribute something to every phase of the design project. In this listing, you will find a nice mix of top quality design solutions. All you need to be concerned about is whether they have the specific…
  • 29 Websites using Clean Thin Typography

    Jake Rocheleau
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:21 am
    Advertise here with BSATypekit and Google Webfonts have paved a new superhighway for web typography. Designers have the option to choose from a growing library of fonts that include all font styles. Thin font families are great for minimalist layouts and spacious areas of content. Choosing the right font is difficult – and it’s even more difficult to match different fonts together. The websites in this gallery exhibit thin, crisp typographic choices. Design qualities span the gamut from corporate sites to startups and live events but they all use similar typographic design…
  • 44 Website Designs from Banking & Financial Companies

    Jake Rocheleau
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:21 am
    Advertise here with BSACorporate business websites are often considered stuffy, outdated, and sometimes out-of-touch with clientel. Admittedly larger corporations can grow a bit too large and derail from their original intention. But when partnered with an amazing creative team corporations can quickly get back on track. This gallery focuses on websites for finance, banking, and other pecuniary institutions. Many of these designs are exquisite considering the size and spectrum of these companies. You’ll find a wide mix of interesting color choices, navigation styles, and layout…
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  • Ideal image sizes for your social media posts: It’s actually really complicated

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Who would have thought sharing an image on social media could be so complicated. After all the particulars, it appears that it boils down to using 1024×512 for horizontal images, and 800×1200 for vertical images. It surely helps to scale and crop your images to the perfect size for each social network, but the bottom line is that if you share compelling images (or pictures of Kim Kardashian’s ass), people will click and open the full size image anyway. Related posts: Free vector art: Social media icon banners Social media is one of the worst things to ever happen to the…
  • $5 logos: The sad state of design

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Ever wonder how some “designers” can afford to sell logos for $5? Surely they spend hours upon hours concepting, and even more choosing the fonts, colors, etc., right? The image above, What kind of logo do you get for $5, should explain everything. And that’s what you as a legitimate designer are up against. Some hack who buys a $1 piece of pre-made logo clip-art and sells them (probably to multiple companies) for $5 after what is probably 2-minutes of “design work.” When you look at it that way, you can see how these people actually do make money. What I find…
  • Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

    25 Jul 2015 | 3:27 pm
    With just a little bit of searching about this movie, I saw quite a few sites pointing to the full length HD movie online. I haven’t watched it because it requires a (free) registration to a site which, let’s be honest, is not a legal movie site. The only reason I even share it is that I came across it searching for the trailer on YouTube and they have the link right there. One of the many versions of the movie poster is below. Related posts: Steve Jobs interview about the NEXT logo (1993) Steve Jobs – Official movie trailer Steve Jobs with salt (video)
  • Free Communications vector icons

    22 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    One can never have too much vector art, I always say. Today I have an exclusive set of Communications vector icons courtesy of Vector4Free. The pack is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License and includes 36 colorful icons you can use in your web or print design projects. You can download the vector pack here. Related posts: Free vector file: 150+ outline icons Exclusive: Free Cloud Computing Icons 200 Free vector food icons
  • The evil Adobe empire

    15 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    I came across this article the other day and paused for a few moments to think about the Adobe empire. The discussion in the article is all-too-familiar, and becoming a real trend. Even I have a difficult time defending Adobe. I’ve spent years defending Adobe’s business model and applications. I still feel they’re the best tools on the market for content creators. And I don’t feel like $50 per month is the outrageous amount people make it out to be. But I’m done defending Adobe. Because I can’t anymore. Without going into a whole lot of detail, the logos…
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  • Troika #13: Oooph!

    Jon Hicks
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Episode 13 of Troika is all about the versatile singer-songwriter and Yahama maestro John Shuttleworth! Songs featured are: ‘Mutiny over the Bounty’, ‘Two Margarines’ and ‘I can’t go back to savoury now’.
  • Troika #12: Le Tour!

    Jon Hicks
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    I had planned a different Troika for #12, but I was so late getting it ready, I was going to miss the fact that the Tour de France starts this weekend! So that will become #13, and here is my rather hurried tribute to the annual cycling pantomime that is the Tour! First up is ‘Tour de France’ by Alexis Roche* (apparently a bit rude, but it’s in French), then ‘Tour de France’ by Benôit Charest (from the fantastic Belleville Rendezvous soundtrack), finishing with ‘Tour de France’ by Señor Coconut. As I’ve mentioned before, I can’t abide…
  • Troika #11: All about the Bassists

    Jon Hicks
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:55 am
    Hello peoples! This Troika is all about the bassists! We start with ‘Hello Meow’ by Squarepusher, ‘Jerry was a race car driver’ by Primus, and finish with ‘By the Way’ by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
  • Troika #10: For Leigh

    Jon Hicks
    21 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    Eighteen years ago, I sold my car, and met my wife! These are songs that remind of that wonderful time – Step into my World’ by Hurricane #1, ‘Don’t Whiz on the Electric Fence’ by Ren and Stimpy, and finishing up with ‘No Surprises’ by Radiohead
  • Troika #9: For Mum

    Jon Hicks
    8 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    This coming Sunday is three years since my mum died, so I wanted to dedicate this ninth episode of Troika to her memory! There are four pieces of music this time: ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ – The Beatles’, Ukelele Lady’ – Peter Sellers & The Temperance Seven, ‘The Lark Ascending’ – Ralph Vaughan Williams and finally ‘Dear Friends’ – Elbow.
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  • The 12-Step Program To Personal Productivity

    Guest Contributor
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:01 am
    The phrase "12-step-program" carries the connotation of addiction and it was purposely used in the title of this post. You see, in order to be consistently productive you must, in effect, become addicted to being productive. Believe it or not, developing an addiction (habit) can be more difficult to accomplish than overcoming one. Before you embark on the path to productivity, you need to clean house, so to speak, by removing a few of the most common obstacles to productivity. While each of us is plagued with various disincentives to productivity, a few are common to the least…
  • 5 Types of Social media Followers & How to Engage Them

    Guest Contributor
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    Building a social media following is like trying to be the most popular kid in school only about 1000 times harder. Oftentimes it seems you need to crack some kind of highly selective popularity secret code in order to successfully connect with your target audience. Thankfully however, the majority of your followers have finished high school and since your followers might not necessarily be the ever-exclusive prom queen or school quarterback, being the "coolest" brand on the market is not necessarily the only way to your followers’ hearts. In fact, a study on the psychology of…
  • Beautiful Annual Report Designs

    Nancy Young
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:01 am
    The usual company annual report is a word-filled extravaganza of jargon, terms, figures and text. If beautiful report designs were the norm, maybe more people would actually read them. We are used to seeing pages after pages of annual reports printed in black and white on unassuming pages. Totally predictable; absolutely boring. Come on people! There are a lot of ways to turn a super-mundane report into one people actually want to flip through. And you can do this with the right dose of creativity. Here we’re going to share with you 20 annual report designs which will make your imagination…
  • 20+ Fresh Resources & Tools For Web Designers

    Guest Contributor
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:01 am
    Finding web design tools, services or resources you could use is not necessarily all that much of a challenge. The marketplace is full of them, and there are a large number of good ones in each of these categories. The difficulty lies in locating a product or service that is best suited for your work. Websites that describe a product’s or service’s features in detail will often provide the information you need to make your decision. And that’s what this post is going to do. The web design products and services listed here are top quality, otherwise they wouldn’t make…
  • Why Your Opinion Matters & Why You Shouldn’t Fear Having One

    Singyin Lee
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:01 am
    We all have opinions. Some of us have no inhibitions sharing them with total strangers on the internet or via social media. In some circumstances, two very different opinions collide and all hell breaks loose. And this happens on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. Having opinions is healthy. It indicates a progressive nature – one which signifies that we are improving to be better, better educated, more knowledgeable people. But because everyone has opinions, everyone thinks they are deserving of being heard, applauded, agreed with, admired and liked for their opinions. The keyword here…
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  • Outlaw Triathlon (IronMan) Typographic Posters Designed by Andrianna Curtis

    The Logo Smith
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:50 am
    Outlaw Triathlon (IronMan) Typographic Posters Designed by Andrianna Curtis These Outlaw Triathlon typographic posters, designed by Andrianna Curtis, are far too cool to be kept to a FaceBook Group page, which is where I found them. Admittedly, it’s a bit of a specialised area, not everyone would have heard of the English Outlaw Triathlon brand (full IronMan distance triathlon: 2.4m Swim, 112m Bike and 26.2 Run), but when I saw Adrianna’s post up on the Outlaw FaceBook Group Page showing these beautiful personalised typographic posters, I just had to share. Adrianna personalises…
  • Typethos: Thoughts on Type from Type People by Bill Dawson

    The Logo Smith
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    Typethos: Thoughts on Type from Type People by Bill Dawson This is a wonderful collection of typographic themed quotes, sayings, musings from a number of prolific type people. All of these have been curated, and wonderfully presented, by Bill Dawson from XK9 Bill Dawson from XK9: “Typethos was inspired by a career-long appreciation of the work of expert type designers and typographers. I was motivated by a desire to share genuine wit and wisdom on type and typography. Lately, I’ve been witness to dubious authority that shares too much drivel and nonsense on the topic of…
  • TP PT Initial Logo Design For Sale

    The Logo Smith
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:13 am
    PT TP Initials Logo Design For Sale This PT TP logo for sale is based on the initials P and T, but given the relative positions of the letters, both versions are equally viable, so you could have the initials in either of these two combinations. This would make a great personal logo mark, monogram of sorts, for example if your christian and surname start with PT TP etc. This logo mark would also work very well as a strong, bold and very clean company logo. There are a number of style options available according to your requirements: colours, and any custom wording you may need. Logo…
  • My Stolen AV Logo Design: Latest Update

    The Logo Smith
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:04 am
        Further to my post last week, AlotVine Steals My AV Logo & Uses It To Make Money, it turns out that AlotVine used the infamous website, to pay a ‘logo designer’ $5 for my AV logo. Yes, you heard that right: a logo designer on appropriated/stole my AV Logo, in it’s complete unamended form, and sold it onto ALotVine. Now this clearly places Fiverr, the logo designer in question, AND ALotVine in a very tricky situation, as I still demand full payment for my AV logo. I sort of understand the position that AlotVine finds themselves in, as…
  • AlotVine Steals My AV Logo & Uses It To Make Money

    The Logo Smith
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:13 am
      AlotVine Steals My AV Logo & Uses It To Make Money Getting sick and tired of people stealing my portfolio, individual logos, passing them off as their own work, but this is the first time someone has stolen one of my Logos for Sale, and actually has the audacity to so blatantly use it for their business.   AlotVine are clearly making money from YouTube advertising, and t-shirt sales, so reckon they can now afford to pay me. Shame on you ALotVine, and I’m waiting for payment, royalties and interest! I’m not sorry I’ve taken this straight to Social Media,…
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  • Massive 50 Fonts Bundle + Extras

    Jacob Cass
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    I’ve recommended a few font bundles here on JustCreative, but nothing quite as massive as this bundle of 50 awesome fonts + extras from Alien Valley. You can get 50 quality fonts for less than the price of 2, saving you 95%! You will also find bonus extra items like icons, textures, badges and decorative elements inside too. This bundle is available for a limited time only (until 20 August) so grab it while you still can. Apologies for making you broke!
  • Top Free Tools for Creating Stylish & Effective Infographics

    Jacob Cass
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    This article has been contributed by Charlie. In today’s digital world, marketers are multiplying their web site visitor numbers by posting inspiring infographics. Now any marketer can create a unique and stylish infographic in a short space of time with numerous online free tools as outlined below. Piktochart Piktochart is probably the most popular free infographic creation tool. In just a few clicks, you can easily create a stunning infographic with colourful images & text. You can make three for free and then upgrade to a $15 or $29 per month plan. With you can…
  • 23 Awesome Online Resources for Design Inspiration

    Jacob Cass
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This article has been contributed by Julie Petersen. By deriving inspiration from different people and different sources, one can learn quite a lot. So whether you are a guru or an aspiring designer, these online resources should inspire you to improve on your craft. Enjoy! 1) Designspiration Designspiration works more or less like Pinterest, the only difference is that Designspiration does not have the mason jars and the DIY pallet furniture. It focuses on high quality graphic design. Also see Ffffound. 2) WebDesigner News Highly curated web designer news, delivered to your inbox or on…
  • The Complete Professional Designer’s Toolkit – 97% Off

    Jacob Cass
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:29 am
    If you’re after clean, modern, professional and corporate design resources, look no further! This huge design resource bundle from DesignCuts, a long time favorite, is packed full of world class fonts, vectors, mockup templates, branding templates, infographics, backgrounds and more. They are offering this massive bundle for $29 (97% off), which is a very unique opportunity to invest in your design career & toolkit. In my honest opinion, this is the best deal they have brought out yet but I’m a sucker for clean, modern design. The bundle well allow you to better showcase your…
  • Interview with Logo Lounge’s Founder, Bill Gardner

    Jacob Cass
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Long time followers of Just Creative will know just how passionate I am about logo design, so it comes with great pleasure to interview Bill Gardner, the founder of Logo Lounge and Gardner Design, and most recently, an AIGA ‘Fellow’ award winner. For those unfamiliar with LogoLounge, it is a logo inspiration book series and the leading online logo inspiration gallery. LogoLounge (Bill) also publishes a well-respected annual logo design trend report that gives a trajectory of where logo design is heading. I’ve been fortunate enough to have my work featured in 6 of their books,…
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  • Line25 Sites of the Week for July 31st 2015

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:20 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 sites of the week’s collection, we have designs from Harbor Suites, Comment, Cienne, Adwyse & Co. – Digital Advertising Agency, and Joseph a avoué. Harbor-Suites Comment Cienne Adwyse & Co. – Digital Advertising Agency Joseph a avoué The post Line25 Sites of the Week for July 31st 2015 appeared first on Line25.
  • Showcase of Best Graphic Designs Using Neon Colors

    30 Jul 2015 | 7:17 am
    Did you like our previous showcase of some really great website designs using flat styles? This time we decided to create a showcase of graphic designs using neon colors and inspire you to use this trend in your projects as well. These beautiful graphic designs with neon colors will surely inspire you to create bright, vibrant neon designs yourself. They also come in various colors and styles and belong to different design niches, such as print designs, illustrations, interior design, art and more. Below you’ll find some great graphic designs with neon colors. Check them out.
  • How to Choose the Right Featured Image For Your Website

    29 Jul 2015 | 5:11 am
    Images are important. In fact, having the right featured image on your website, or a website you are a designing for a client, can be the difference between an “ehh” design, and a “wow” design. In today’s article, we are going to discuss how to choose the right featured image for your website, which you can find in Bigstock’s image library. 1. Featured image relevance This is an obvious one. The more relevant the image is to the website you are working on, the more convincing it will be. Since there are so many niches and different kinds of websites,…
  • Showcase of Best Website Designs Using Flat Styles

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:49 am
    Here is a brand new showcase of some really great website designs using flat styles! These beautiful website designs with flat graphics will surely inspire you to create bright, fresh, clean web designs yourself. They also come in various colors and layouts and belong to different types of niches, from food and drink, fashion, art, to technology, online shops and more! You’ll even find some popular flat websites designs in this list, like Dropbox’s site for example. Below you’ll find many types of website designs using flat styles, from more subtle ones, to completely…
  • CSS Hero Review: Customize WordPress Themes Live

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:21 am
    In today’s article, we want to let all designers know about CSS Hero – a brand new WordPress plugin that lets designers (and anyone else for that matter) customize WordPress Themes live. What exactly is CSS Hero? CSS Hero a WordPress plugin that integrates seamlessly with any WordPress site you are working on that has a Hero-ready WordPress theme, and can be used even on those WordPress themes that aren’t natively Hero-ready. Let’s look at some of its mains features to see how it can help web designers and developers build beautiful websites with minimal effort.
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    Lines and Colors :: a blog about drawing, painting, illustration, comics, concept art and other visual arts

  • Jen zee

    Charley Parker
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Jen Zee is an illustrator and concept artist for the gaming industry, and art director at Supergiant Games. I initially came across her crisp, colorful and strongly geometric illustrations for Transistor (above, top). In searching out more of her work, I was also impressed with her more moody and atmospheric pieces, and her strong, theatrical use of light and shadow. I think her Tumblr blog is her primary web presence now, her blog doesn’t seem to be kept up, but there is older work to be found there, as well as on her deviantART gallery. You find personal projects and sketches for fun…
  • Eye Candy for Today: Menzel’s Flute Concert

    Charley Parker
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    Flute Concert with Frederick the Great in Sanssouci, Adolph Menzel Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Alte Nationalgalerie, National Museums in Berlin. The ostensible subject, Frederick the Great — about whom Menzel painted a series of works — is almost lost among the other spectators, and overshadowed by the the striking presence of the soloist. The real star of the painting, though, is the resplendent candlelight cascading down from the crystal chandelier — reflected in the ornate mirror and…
  • Randy Glass

    Charley Parker
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:44 am
    Randy Glass is a well-known illustrator who specializes in the pen and ink technique of stipple, in which a multitude of carefully placed dots — sometimes of varying size — coalesce visually to create tone. It’s a technique adapted to the relatively low resolution of newspaper printing, in which the artist has more control over the final appearance of the illustration than a mechanically generated screen applied to a continuous tone image. It also has the effect of being visually appealing in its own right, particularly when the dots are large enough to also provide surface…
  • Grzegorz Wróbel (update)

    Charley Parker
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Grzegorz Wróbel is a Polish watercolorist who I first wrote about in 2010. Wróbel’s background in architectural design gives his cityscapes and street scenes a feeling of effortless strength that belies the complex challenge of perspective and rendering they present. He deftly steps between detail and suggestion, giving his compositions both a tactile immediacy and and a feeling of loose, painterly handling. Particularly effective is his use of light and shadow amid the architectural forms to give them dimension and presence. His website is in Polish, but just use the…
  • ColourLex

    Charley Parker
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:40 am
    Back in 2012, I wrote about a website called Pigments through the Ages; a resource about the history and nature of artist’s pigments. That site is 10 years old now, and as far as I know, is no longer being actively developed. However, one of the original authors of that site, Juraj Lipscher, has created a new, more extensive and currently active site on the same subject, titled ColourLex. The ColourLex site can be explored through multiple paths: by pigments, paintings, artists and periods, each with sub-paths. Pigments, for example, can be explored by type, color or first date of use.
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    MarketingSherpa Blog

  • What Do Customers Really Think About Your Email Marketing?

    Daniel Burstein
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:01 am
    At the Media Center at MarketingSherpa Email Summit 2015, we interviewed your successful brand-side marketing peers, along with researchers and industry thought leaders. One interview stuck out from the rest because we interviewed someone who’s title was 'customer.' Jill DAmato, the wife of our own Brian DAmato, Senior Vice President of Partner Solutions, MECLABS Institute (parent research organization of MarketingSherpa), agreed to sit down and answer a few questions.
  • Email Marketing: Cleansing your list of inactive users

    Daniel Beulah
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:01 am
    Email list cleansing can be imperative to staying relevant in today's ecommerce marketplace. Learn from Jeffrey Anderson, Digital Marketing Manager, A Place For Mom, how to know when it is time for a list cleanse and the benefits that accompany that cleanse.
  • 21 Subreddits Every Digital Marketer Should Subscribe To

    Paul Cheney
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:01 am
    The best way for anyone to stay on top of any news, events and information around almost any topic imaginable in the 21st century is Reddit. To help give you a head start with finding marketing subreddits, here’s a list of 21 you should probably be subscribed to if you’re not already.
  • Why You Shouldn’t Target Your Marketing: Target marketing fails

    Greg Hamilton
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:01 am
    Targeted marketing, or the practice of aiming marketing collateral at specific prospects or customers, has become so prolific that it is one of the largest tools in the modern marketer’s toolkit. However, simply targeting your marketing is not equivalent to being customer-centric, or customer-first, and this is where the majority of us go wrong. Read on to learn five steps that have the capacity to royally mess up your targeted marketing by not implementing it with a customer-centric approach.
  • The Benefits of Combining Content Marketing and Segmentation: MarketingSherpa Email Summit 2015 replay

    Kayla Cobb
    17 Jul 2015 | 1:01 am
    At MarketingSherpa Email Summit 2015, we sat down with Stephen Bruner, Marketing Manager, Precor, to discuss the value of content marketing and segmentation as well as how to combine these two marketing strategies.
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  • [Dutch] Presentation: PechaKucha - "Siri, start presentation 'HomeKit'"

    18 Jul 2015 | 3:08 am
    WWDC 2015 took place already a couple of weeks ago, and during the keynote a couple of slides were dedicated to HomeKit. It was already announced during WWDC 2014, so I was wondering where it would be today. This presentation dives into the programming model of HomeKit, as well as how it works and how it can help you. I was pleasantly surprised with the whole HomeKit model, especially that Apple added WatchKit support. Simply unlock your house with your watch, how cool is that! Event Triggers are extremely useful, adding IFTTT functionality to HomeKit. Sadly, not many hardware is available…
  • [Dutch] Presentation: Evolve 2014: What's new in the world of Xamarin

    27 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    A couple of weeks ago, my colleagues Youp, Mark and myself gave a presentation at
  • [Dutch] Presentation: Cross platform mobile UI with Xamarin.Forms

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    Last week, my colleague Marcel de Vries and myself gave a presentation at InfoSupport about Xamarin.Forms. It has been released a short period of time now, and Marcel and myself wanted to check it out. Using Xamarin.Forms, you'll be able to use C# or XAML to define the mobile UI using one single codebase. Xamarin deliveres a load of standard controls, but makes it possible to create custom controls for a specific platform with ease. This way, you can create full native controls, and get the best performance and user experience out of your app. We'll dive into some basics of Xamarin.Forms, and…
  • Xamarin Studio Launcher

    12 Jun 2014 | 11:21 am
    Since I've been using Xamarin for mobile development, I've been using the awesome Xamarin Studio Launcher from @redth. By default, only one instance of Xamarin Studio can be started on a Mac. However, by using the Xamarin Studio Launcher, you'll be able to open up multiple instances of Xamarin Studio with the click of a button. Xamarin Studio got a total new redesign since the release of Xamarin 3. This included a new application icon for Xamarin Studio, while Xamarin Studio Launcher hasn't got an update with the new icon yet. I went ahead and created it, so it fits in your dock nicely! Now…
  • Virtual buttons in Augmented Reality with Vuforia

    4 May 2014 | 11:14 am
    For this tutorial, we'll add something neat to my previous tutorial about augmented reality. In my opinion, AR itself is already pretty awesome, but this time we'll add some more interaction between the real world and the AR world. We'll achieve this by adding virtual buttons to the scene, which simply means that we add buttons to the AR world, which can be touched in the real world. How cool is that! Since we're building on top of the previous tutorial, we'll be using the same technology from Vuforia. They make it pretty easy for us to achieve this effect. Let's get started! Read more...
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    Thoughts From Eric

  • Medium Trials

    Eric Meyer
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    Originally published at Medium on July 30th, 2015. Yesterday, I decided to try importing a story to Medium. I’d hunted around for a way to auto-post to Medium from WordPress, which runs the blog portion of meyerweb (the rest is mostly HTML, with a little PHP here and there), and hadn’t found one. Then I found the “Import story” feature on Medium and thought, Sure, why not? So I tried it out on my most recent post, which also happened to have some code in it, as my posts sometimes do. The process was, as anyone who’s used it can tell you, very simple. Paste in a URL and the content…
  • Undoing oncut/oncopy/onpaste Falsities

    Eric Meyer
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Inspired by Ryan Joy’s excellent and deservedly popular tweet, I wrote a small, not-terribly-smart Javascript function to undo cut/copy/paste blocking in HTML. function fixCCP() {   var elems = document.getElementsByTagName('*');   var attrs = ['onpaste','oncopy','oncut'];   for (i = 0; i < elems.length; i++) {       for (j = 0; j < attrs.length; j++) {         if (elems[i].getAttribute(attrs[j])) {             elems[i].setAttribute(attrs[j],elems[i]             .getAttribute(attrs[j])             .replace("return false","return true"));         }       }…
  • Gradient Flags

    Eric Meyer
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:28 pm
    With the news today of the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, and my recent completion of the part of CSS:The Definitive Guide that deals with gradients, I thought I’d create a couple of flags using linear gradients. First, I’ll define the basic box of the flags.  The dimensions are the same as those specified for the U.S. flag, 1:1.9.  I added a couple of box shadows for visual constrast with the background. div {height: 10em; width: 19em; margin: 3em;     box-shadow: 0 0 0.5em rgba(0,0,0,0.25),         0.4em 0.6em 0.5em rgba(0,0,0,0.25);} Okay, with that set,…
  • The Guilt I Carry

    Eric Meyer
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:50 am
    Last year, in an effort to help him and many friends of mine struggling with the tragic death of Chloe Weil, I told Jeremy Keith I had let go of guilt over Rebecca’s death, and that was the truth.  I mourned, I had regrets, but there was no guilt, because there was nothing we could have done except what we did.  Her cancer and death was always going to happen, and the only thing—the only thing—we could have done to avoid it was to have never adopted Rebecca in the first place, thus causing some other family to experience all the joy and sorrow of her brief life.  I accepted that, and…
  • Witness

    Eric Meyer
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:22 pm
    I’m writing this as Game 3 of the NBA Finals is playing downtown, not knowing how it’s going.  The Cavaliers may be up by 30, or down by 30; it doesn’t actually matter to me either way.  I’m not much of a sports fan, truth be told. But I am a Cleveland fan. I’ve lived here more than half my life now, after a rootless early childhood and then a semi-rural upbringing.  I came here for college, way back in the late 1980s, and never left.  Never wanted to leave.  The opportunities were there, but I never took them.  When Netscape came to me and asked if I wanted to be a Standards…
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    Naldz Graphics

  • 25 Fascinating Websites with Captivating Visual Storytelling

    Christie Ann
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    With today’s HTML and CSS furthering the web designers’ ability to create mesmerizing animations and parallax effects, new web designs have emerged that offer fascinating experience to their visitors. Though this kind of designs can be attractive and tempting, displaying the right amount of animation, characters, and movements can be challenging to balance and therefore, tricky to pull off. If you’re a planning to design or own a website like this, it could be wise to check out some examples that will give you some precious ideas on how you will create it. Below, take a look at some of…
  • 44 Camera Logo Examples with Catchy Designs

    Mickey Javier
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:26 am
    Camera is the trend of today’s generation. From digital cameras, Polaroid cameras, smartphones to any other devices, it seems that people can’t live a day without having a selfie or taking pictures of what they eat, where they are, etc. It’s no wonder that there are many apps and companies along with their logos that are created to satiate this demand. In designing a logo design for personal purposes or client, it would be smart to check out other designs to get a wider view and perception on the area of the design. There are a lot of available logo The post 44 Camera Logo Examples with…
  • A Showcase of Annual Report Brochure Designs to Check Out

    Ebrian Acebedo
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:35 am
    Annual report brochures are one of the helpful informational materials that shareholders and other people who are interested in the company’s development can go to for references. This specific type of brochure consists of contents that not only tell the background of the company, but also present a comprehensive report about the company’s activities, alongside with its growth and performances. Aside from being an informative medium, these brochures can also serve as materials for promotional purposes. One reason for this is that they are usually given away to people who want to look…
  • Free Vintage and Retro Icon Sets to Have

    Ebrian Acebedo
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    Icons have been of great help to both designers and users especially in this ever developing generation of mobile use. These icons provide an easier communication for viewers to navigate through the website as well as mobile applications and such. But for them to be optimized, they should be strategically positioned on the right places and have an appealing appearance to compensate for their small size. For those who love the old-aged designs, we have something that you might want to have on your designer collection. Here we have gathered some of the best Vintage and Retro Icon Sets that The…
  • 30+ Free Magazine Mock-ups for Your Next Modern Design

    Ebrian Acebedo
    10 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    Mock-ups are a cherished resource for designers as these help them to attain a stunning presentation for their clients without consuming much time in starting from scratch. Whether you’re doing a personal graphic design or making a design project for a client, these mock-ups will come in handy in putting your design to a more realistic environment. In this post, we have a beautiful collection of Magazine Mock-ups that are all free to download. These mock-ups will help you achieve a great presentation that will elegantly show your clients a beautiful glimpse of your finished product or…
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    Tuts+ Code

  • The Beginners Guide to WooCommerce: Email Settings Part 1

    Ahmad Awais
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Until now in this series of tutorials I have explained the settings and configurations which can help online store owners to set up up their eCommerce website with a few clicks. Today's article is about email settings. The entire process, from placing an order for an item to the checkout, leads to the final step where WooCommerce generates an email which notifies you about any customer's activity on your store and notifies the customer about the order/purchase. Generating order emails which are perfectly suitable for your online store in the form of colors and details is an important…
  • The Tuts+ Guide to Template Tags: Series Finale

    Barış Ünver
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Welcome to the series finale of "The Tuts+ Guide to Template Tags"! It's been a long but great journey, as I said it would be in the first part. And in this last post, we're going to review what we've learned and conclude the series. First Part In the first part of the series, we introduced the concept of "template tags" in WordPress: We saw: What template tags are Where they are How are the functions made How to use the functions As I stated a couple of times, template tags are one of the most important and one of the easiest WordPress concepts to learn about. It's only a matter of…
  • iOS 9: Getting Started With SFSafariViewController

    Jordan Morgan
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    Mobile apps and viewing content on the web are ubiquitous now. For years, iOS developers have been charged with either creating their own web viewing experience inside their app or handing off the URL to Safari. Both of these approaches bring inherent disadvantages that were previously unavoidable.That's all changed with iOS 9 and the introduction of the SFSafariViewController class. With it, you can now provide a full web viewing experience inside your app without having to spend important development time providing it. 1. Demo OverviewBefore we begin, I'm going to lay out the approach…
  • Easy Digital Downloads: Misc Settings, Part 1

    Ahmad Awais
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    So far in this series, The Beginner's Guide to Easy Digital Downloads, I have discussed how to configure various settings of this plugin. I have covered the tabs for General, Payment Gateways, Emails, Styles, and Taxes. We are left with the last tab, for Misc (miscellaneous) settings, which is the topic of today's article.Misc Settings The last tab which is next to Taxes is for the Misc Settings. Here you will find some additional options which can help you to set up a more functional digital store. If you do not configure this tab, EDD will still work perfectly. But if you want to…
  • Free Course: Start Coding ES6 With Babel

    Andrew Blackman
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:21 am
    JavaScript has evolved a lot over the years. The latest version of the language, ECMAScript 6 (ES6 for short) was recently finalized, and it brings a lot of improvements for developers. Of course, browser support is still spotty.What if you don't want to wait for modern browser adoption or to update your server to Node 0.12? In our new course, Start Coding ES6 With Babel, you’ll discover how you can write full-stack ES6 today. This one is shorter than our normal courses: just seven bite-sized video lessons. Oh, and it's completely free, too. What You’ll LearnIn this course,…
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  • 6.400 threads

    Jort Schutte
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:56 am
    Breakfast New York, a ‘rapid product and prototype company’ who you might know from this other really cool project, made something new. For Forever 21 they created a massive 6.400 ‘pixel’ display made entirely from spools of thread. Made to show Instagram pictures hashtaged: #F21ThreadScreen.
  • Robert Beatty

    Daniël van der Winden
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Yesterday I bought the (purple and yellow!) vinyl release of Tame Impala’s new album ‘Currents’. If you enjoy good music and a good album cover, this is one to buy. The cover was created by Robert Beatty, an artist and musician from Lexington, Kentucky. His portfolio is a trip through brilliantly colourful and psychedelic work with a nostalgic feel. His Toilet Paper Cosmos Tumblr is worth following, too.
  • Journey

    Bart van de Haterd
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:52 am
    One of the greatest and most beautiful PS3 games ever made has now been re-released for the PS4. Journey is an interactive tale, an anonymous online adventure to experience a person’s life passage and their intersections with other’s. It features stunning visuals, haunting music, and an unique online gameplay.
  • Legs of Amsterdam

    Daniël van der Winden
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    Frans van der Meer runs a 90-year-old bike shop in Amsterdam. He’s one of the city’s most authentic bicycle repairmen. Wytse Koetse shot a great 12-minute portrait of the man and his neighbourhood. It’s well worth your time. Have a nice weekend!
  • TDF

    Timo Kuilder
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    Ten Dollar Fonts is a type foundry by a selection of international designers. Now rebranded to The Designers Foundry. To celebrate they made a sampler with their collection of fonts. New website with nifty (open)typetester and design by Wade Jeffree who is also responsible for the Hardy typeface.
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  • Deal of the Week: Millions of Radically Priced Stock Photos

    Noupe Editorial Team
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Today’s Deal of the Week is one that has been before and before and before. Each time Mighty Deals closes it, customers flood their inboxes demanding to bring it back. So, by public demand, here it is again. Grab yourself some stock material by DepositPhotos before you’ll have to wait for the next iteration of that deal. And you can never be sure that this “next time” will ever come. So take the chance while you can… Depositphotos offers one of the largest stock photo libraries on the Web, and you can nab either 100 or 200 images of your choice for up to 92% off…
  • WebDev: How to Grunt and Gulp Your Way to Workflow Automation

    Etienne Margraff
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    When you are new to front-end development and start mastering HTML5, CSS and JavaScript, the obvious next step is to put your hands on tools that most developers use to stay sane in this complex space. You too deserve to have more flexibility and features while writing your CSS sheets by using less. You too deserve to optimize bandwidth by minifying your JS code. You too deserve to be able to automatically check that your JS code is good using JSHint. You deserve all this good stuff. So you start to use all these great tools by hand; running more and more command lines manually. Sometimes,…
  • True Gaming Experience: Going Full Throttle with the Gamepad API in Microsoft Flight Simulator Arcade

    Robby Ingebretsen
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Gaming on the Web has come a long way with HTML5 technologies like Canvas, WebGL, and WebAudio. It’s now possible to produce high-fidelity graphics and sound within the browser. However, to provide a true gaming experience, you need input devices designed for gaming. The Gamepad API is a proposed standard of the W3C, and is designed to provide a consistent API across browsers. The Gamepad API allows users to connect devices like an Xbox Controller to a computer and use them for browser-based experiences! If you have a gamepad, try plugging it into your computer and press a button.
  • Online Marketing Basics #10: The Pros and Cons of Online Coupon Campaigns

    Noupe Editorial Team
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Digital coupons are the online cousins of the tried and tested discount stamps. Both work the same way. But instead of scissors to cut them out you just use the copy-paste function. In this part of our online marketing series, we will show you how entrepreneurs can successfully use this tool. What is Digital Couponing? Online coupon campaigns take a more than 100 years old marketing tool and transfer it to the virtual world: the tried and tested discount stamps. You don’t have to collect them anymore, though. Nowadays it’s all about coupon codes. When buying something online, you will…
  • Three Technical SEO Basics You Should Keep in Mind

    Andreas Hecht
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    A good Google ranking is essential for the success of a website. In the past years, we’ve witnessed continuous updates in the Google algorithm that brought several SEO changes. Three technical requirements for websites have emerged since the “Hummingbird” update you should take into consideration. These technical SEO basics are easy to realize and can boost your ranking. 1. Avoid Duplicate Content Here’s the good news: Google doesn’t penalize duplicate content anymore as long as it wasn’t created on purpose. However, deliberately created duplicate content…
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    Illusion Magazine

  • Watch the Human Body Disappear into Air

    Christopher Smail
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
    Natalie Fletcher is someone who enjoys painting onto people, as you can plainly see. Taking her subjects to a number of different environmental settings (we’ve got mountains, deserts and trees) she amazingly blends the human body with painstaking detail into their new surroundings. Very cool stuff. All photos © Natalie Fletcher Via Juxtapoz
  • Call for Art and Design Writers

    1 Aug 2015 | 9:22 am
    We’re looking for a freelance contributor who has a fun and casual writing style, is attentive to details/facts, has great photography skills and an eye for art and design. Our website is not focused on traditional art, but rather modern, unusual and eye-catching works of art. Fields of Interest: – Hyperrealistic Art – Dark Photography...
  • 3D Illusion Lettering by Tolga Girgin

    Adriana de Barros
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Tolga Girgin is an electronic engineer and also a calligraphist who can do marvels with a parallel pen as shown on Behance. From straightforward lettering to taking it up a notch to 3D art and perspective illusions, his work has captured the interest of many Instagram viewers who are eager to see his next ink-on-paper...
  • 10 Splendid Examples of Minimalist Photography

    Christopher Smail
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    They say that less is more and that is certainly true of Minimalism, which can be achieved effectively in any area of photography, from portraiture to landscape, and through to architecture and fashion. A wide choice has been sought for this article, looking at those photographers who have tried to engage with the minimalist aesthetic...
  • Enter Wenqing Yan’s Magical Anime World

    Adriana de Barros
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    Wenqing Yan’s illustrations are a tribute to the wonders of nature and anime cinema. “Princess Mononoke portrays the beauty and challenges of coexisting with mother nature so perfectly,” she says and beautifully captures that in luminous visuals that show her concern with the preservation of wildlife, forests and seas. These environmental issues are transmitted to...
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    The Social Commerce Social Sourcing Space

  • Facebook ramps up free internet platform

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    To commemorate the first anniversary of, Facebook has intensified its efforts to promote the application by allowing any telecommunication firms to join. However, participating companies must pledge to offer free basic web services. “Over the past 12 months we’ve worked closely with more than a dozen mobile operators across 17 countries to give people access to relevant basic internet services without data charges, and today is available to more than a billion people,” the social media giant said in a blog post. Following its global debut in Zambia one year…
  • Samsung records disappointing sales results

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Samsung predicted poor sales results several weeks ago, and that forecast has transpired with another drop in the company’s quarterly profits. With sales of the the Samsung flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge unable to mirror the company’s expectations, the seventh quarterly decline in a row was noted. The smartphone element of the business is also struggling against its rivals, such as Xiaomi, with the likely result being a price cut for the smartphone series. In just a year Samsung has seen its operating profit margin reduced from 15.5 per cent to 10.6 per cent between Q2 2014 and Q2 2015.
  • Irritating pop-up ads to be removed by Google

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    When browsing the web, users can discover new items, easily find and buy the things they want, or simply lose themselves in interesting stories from anywhere in the world. However, the rise of annoying pop-up ads that demand people download certain apps is becoming a problem. Google was not entirely sure how much of a nuisance these ads were, so they carried out some research. The results of a recent internal survey showed that seven out of ten users were put off by the pop-up ads enough to stop their intended use of the web page altogether. Jennifer Gove, who works in ads research at Google,…
  • Malaysia sees significant growth in mobile shopping

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Malaysia has been listed third in mobile shopping growth within the Asia Pacific region as more people turned to their mobile devices to shop, revealed MasterCard’s Mobile Shopping Survey. The country posted more than 20 per cent growth, climbing from 25.4 per cent in 2012 to 45.6 per cent in 2014. This comes as the number of people accessing the internet via their mobile devices in Malaysia increased from 81.2 per cent in 2012 to 94.6 per cent in 2014. The survey showed that 46.2 per cent of respondents cited the growing availability of apps as the most compelling reason to shop using…
  • Web hosting and domain company GoDaddy opens branch in Australia

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    This week, one of the biggest web hosting companies and domain registrars in the world officially launched in Australia. Since beginning a local operation in Australia in 2012, GoDaddy has been exploring ways to better serve that geographical area. It now appears that they believe a dedicated team is the way forward. With more than 2 million small businesses, the Australian market is a big one and there is plenty of potential. James Carroll, head of international business and development for GoDaddy, has not confirmed the actual number of Australian signed up, but Go Daddy has around 13…
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    Six Revisions

  • 50 Beautiful Blog Designs

    Jacob Gube
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Are you designing a blog? Make sure to check out this showcase because you’ll find plenty of creative and beautiful blog designs here. AIAIAI Daniel Spatzek Newsblog Carlos Molina Industry West Magazine The Dowse Art Museum Sivert Høyem Dishoom CP+B Taste of Sundays Beyond Blog The blog of Travis Ladue TRÜF Blog Terra Nullius Hyperquake MOODBOARD The Mixd Blog Anchour Blog Scottie and Russell Mammoth Media Blog Wray Ward Blog InVision Blog Good Morning Urban Influence Metaverse Blog Form AIGA Made Publishers RAW-Fi Industry Standard Minimal Monkey Molly & Me Pecans A…
  • Animated SVG Pipes Effect

    Jacob Gube
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    We recently launched Happy Apps. In considering the design of the Happy Apps website, we aimed to have something uniquely eye-catching, fun and whimsical — we’re supposed to be "happy" after all — but also serious enough that our users feel confident trusting us with their uptime monitoring. One design element of the Happy Apps site that has received many compliments (and questions) so far is what we call "The Pipes." The Pipes is a full-page animation effect that we built using SVG, CSS and JavaScript. The SVG pipes is visually engaging enough that many…
  • Launching Your First App

    Jacob Gube
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    App development is difficult. Successful app launching is nearly impossible, especially given the millions of apps competing for your users’ attention. I don’t claim to be an expert on the topic of launching apps. But I’m glad for the opportunity to share a few of the tips and tricks I learned while launching my first few applications for iOS and OS X. Background The app I’m going to be referencing is my latest project, GA.TODAY — a simple Google Analytics widget. I decided to build GA.TODAY after becoming frustrated with the lack of existing tools when it came…
  • What Are You Working On?

    Jacob Gube
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    We all have something going on. Perhaps it’s a web development project. Maybe you’re teaching yourself PHP/Sass/React or how to design with Sketch. Are you working on launching your blog or ebook? Job-hunting? It might even be a self-improvement project like fitness, learning a new hobby or being a better spouse/significant other/parent. In this open thread, let’s talk about the project we’re working on right now. Share your response in the comments. Talking Points Tell us about your project. Why did you decide to do it? How’s your progress so far? What lessons…
  • 7 Excellent Websites for Learning Sass

    Jacob Gube
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Using Sass makes your web design projects much easier to build, scale and maintain. Taking the time to explore and learn Sass will yield many benefits. The Sass community is passionately helpful, so there’s no shortage of Sass tutorials, articles and guides on the Web. In this post, allow me to share my list of favorite sites for learning Sass with you. The Sass Way This site publishes excellent Sass tutorials and guides. Their tutorials/guides are divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced categories, which makes it easy to find content that’s appropriate to your interests.
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  • 9 Helpful Typography Related Online Games

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    There are plenty of resources that can help designers mastering their typography skills. Having expertise in typography is a must for designers, therefore, they pay loads of time in practicing as well as mastering their typography skills. In this collection, you will find 9 online games that will teach you a lot about typography. Sometimes, practicing typography is a boring process but with these online games, this process turns out to be very interesting. We hope that you will find this collection useful for you and get some inspiration from these online games. Do let us know what you think…
  • 8 Online Backlinks Checker Tool

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:52 am
    The online backlinks checker tool works by running a series of tests in order to find out how many backlinks are pointing towards the website or link that you have entered. Backlinks are very important from the SEO point of view. It is the link that you get when other website uses your link on their website, and it shows the popularity and authenticity of your link. During backlinks checking, online backlinks checker tools also collect some additional information such as anchor text used, Page Rank of the backlinks source, and any potential flags or warnings for each individual link. Here, we…
  • 10 Free Event Management Plugins For WordPress

    29 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    Here, we have come up with yet another new and useful compilation of some free WordPress plugins that will help in event management. With WordPress plugins, you can accomplish almost anything and this makes WordPress an amazing content management system. For today’s round up, we have put together some great and free WordPress plugins for event management. Check them out and pick the ones you like the most. We hope that you will like this collection and find these amazing event management WordPress plugins useful for you. Feel free to share your opinions with us via comment section below.
  • 15 Free High Resolution Apparel Mockups

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:44 am
    Creative mockup are there to showcase your line of products in a more creative and appealing manner. There are professionally photographed mockups available that display your products in realistic and natural environment. Such type of mockups are must to have especially if you are into apparel business because artificial and too made-up looks can destroy your image. In this compilation, we have collected 15 free apparel mockups for you. These photo-realistic mockups let you showcase your brand new products in real world situations for example, apparel mockups for testing and showcasing…
  • 14 Useful jQuery Plugins You Shouldn’t Miss

    24 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    Here is another jQuery collection for you and this time we are presenting 14 fresh jQuery plugins that you should not miss. We all know that jQuery is the fastest and concise JavaScript Library that has simplified HTML document traversing, event handling, animating and Ajax interactions. We hope that this collection proves to be the best and you will get what you need to create visually appealing and fully functional web applications. Check this out and get to pick one. Do let us know what you feel about this round up. Enjoy! Responsive Swipe A jQuery plugin that lets you serve different…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: August 2015

    The Smashing Editorial
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:19 am
      We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork, and as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one — desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for seven years now, 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…
  • Constructing CSS Quantity Queries On The Fly

    Drew Minns
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
      Often within a project, the presentation of our content changes based on certain needs. We see this when we use media queries to change our styles based on the user device. CSS quantity queries follow the same concept of changing the styles based on a condition: the condition within a quantity query being the number of sibling elements. An example would be navigation where items are 25% wide when four items are available; yet when there are five items available, the width of the navigation items changes to 20%. This is a common problem with dynamic site frameworks like WordPress…
  • Designing Flexible, Maintainable Pie Charts With CSS and SVG

    Lea Verou
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
      When it comes to CSS techniques, nobody is more stubborn and smart enough to find solutions to any problems than Lea Verou. Recently, Lea has written, designed and published "CSS Secrets", a truly fantastic book on the little CSS tricks and techniques for solving everyday problems. If you thought that you know CSS fairly well, think again: you will be surprised. In this article, we publish a few nuggets from the book, which were also presented in Lea's recent talk at SmashingConf New York — on designing simple pie charts, with CSS. Please notice that some demos might not work…
  • How Copywriting Can Benefit From User Research

    Marli Mesibov
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
      I’ve often heard there are four stages along the road to competence: unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence, and unconscious competence. Most of us begin our careers “unconsciously incompetent,” or unaware of how much we don’t know. I’ll never forget the first time I moved from unconscious to conscious incompetence. I was working as an office manager at a small software company, and having been impressed by my writing skills, the director of sales and marketing asked me to throw together a press release, welcoming the new CEO.The post How…
  • Making Time: Redesigning A Calendar Experience For Android

    Günther Beyer &#38; Nino Rapin
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
      In UX design, few things are more intricate than time and personal time management — only a good arsenal of mobile design patterns and information architecture principles can save you. This is the story of redesigning the UX for a popular calenda tool on Android: Business Calendar. We’ll cover designing systems, interaction design problems, scaling across screens and platforms, research, and big business decisions and their outcomes. Business Calendar started out as a side project, a one-man show, and is now run by a team of eight in Berlin. The app was very successful…
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    Speckyboy Design Magazine

  • Does the Computer Negatively Impact the Creative Process?

    Gretchen Ljena
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:08 am
    During the 1980s, April Greinman was one of the first designers to use a Macintosh computer. She saw the computer as an ideal tool that would contribute to experimentation. Ironically today, it is a question whether the invention of the computer and design software has negatively impacted the creative and research process. In fact, various factors have immobilized the design practice. Some critics argue that American schools are producing weak undergraduate designers. Effective designs depend on proper research, experimentation, collaboration, critiques, creativity and even teaching. The…
  • Freebie: Sublime Text Desktop Wallpaper

    Speckyboy Editors
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:06 pm
    In recent years, Sublime Text has well and truly established itself as the most popular and most loved editor available. Beautifully designed, lightweight, super-easy-to-use, split edit screens, distraction-free mode, support for extensions & themes… no matter what feature you need, Sublime Text has pretty much got you covered! With so much going on how can you possibly remember every single feature and shortcut? Impossible. Well, we have a way for you. Designed by Envato Market community member PristineTheme, we have a free Sublime Text wallpaper cheatsheet (2560x1440px) for you! Go…
  • The Importance of Storytelling in Design

    Addison Duvall
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:21 am
    Several years ago, I worked as an in-house copywriter and designer for a prominent marketing firm. When I first applied for the job I didn’t have any of the credentials my employers were looking for, and yet I got the job anyway, out of a pool of more qualified competitors. Why did I get chosen? The boss liked my story. I had no experience with working at a firm, nor was I technical enough to get deeply involved in the backend work. But my cover letter told them that I would be able to communicate clearly and effectively with their customers, while at the same time putting them at ease…
  • Get a Free 7 Day Trial of Bigstock Video & Download Up To 35 Royalty-Free Clips

    Sufyan bin Uzayr
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:32 am
    No matter what your interest is — lifestyle, travel, food, business or something abstract – if you are looking for high-quality stock videos, look no further than Bigstock! Bigstock lets you browse through millions of stock videos and photography that you can use in your projects. Yes, I’m talking about royalty free spectacular videos. If you would like to try Bigstock free for 7 days and download up to 35 royalty-free stock images, click here: Bigstock Free Trial. Bigstock: Video Clips for Your Design Project In simple words, Bigstock’s video collection is as impressive…
  • Email Massacre – Preventing the Mass Deletion of Email Marketing Messages

    Daniel Katz
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:55 am
    You’ve seen the statistics about emails being opened on mobile devices and you are scared. If you are not worried then you should be. You see people opening their emails on crowded trains and buses and immediately deleting most of them. You do it yourself. Scan email inbox – check for anything interesting; delete every one. There are ways to prevent this email massacre. We all know that email use on phones is increasing, but the oft-quoted figures relate to users: Figures on how effective mobile email is for marketers are harder to find. When you do look at the numbers there is a…
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    Treehouse Blog

  • My Session with Jack and Tips for Job Seekers

    Huston Hedinger
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:11 am
    Earlier this year I announced how I am selecting students who have taken my courses to work with one-on-one. Well, this month I had the pleasure of meeting with Jack Blackenship. We covered some really interesting territory around searching for a job, so I thought I would highlight some of Jack’s accomplishments and our discussion. Jack’s background is in technology, and he’s done a lot in Infrastructure IT. In fact, he was at US Bank back when they were compiling files from servers on site to be shared and used for things like payroll processing. The “Internet”…
  • From Customer Service to Back-End Web Development, Nicole Found Success with Treehouse

    Faye Bridge
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:13 am
    Nicole worked in customer service, but in her free time enjoyed personal nerddom, playing around with consumer technology and building things. Inspired by these interests, Nicole decided to register for an on-campus Computer Science course but quickly found the course structure wasn’t suited to her. Shortly after, there were several failed attempts to learn web development on a variety of educational sites. Then finally, Nicole discovered Treehouse. With our unique learning style and curriculum, Nicole found the perfect learning environment. The only restriction was not having enough…
  • DERP (There it Is) – How to Handle Error Messages Like a Boss

    Craig Dennis
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    I hate to be the one to tell you this: you aren’t perfect. You’re going to make a lot of mistakes. We all do. There are many different types of errors, but most the most common ones we encounter fall into two categories: syntax and runtime. The first couple coding mistakes you make are probably going to feel like a bigger deal than they actually are. Error messages are notorious for being vague, and sometimes spew way more information than you’re ready to parse when you’re just getting started. In order to solve the mistake, you need to make sure you approach it calmly. You want to…
  • 5 Reasons Why You Should Learn Django

    Kenneth Love
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    Django Girls Installathon at Treehouse headquarters in  Portland, Ore.,  July 17, 2015. (Kenneth Love) I recently released Treehouse’s first Django course. So, I thought it might be a good idea to talk about why you’d choose Django over other frameworks. Django is my favorite framework for many reasons, some of them concrete, some of them not. In no particular order, here are five of them. 1. Django is time-tested 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of Django’s first open source commit. Django was under development for awhile before it was released, of course.
  • New Course Roundup: Swift, iOS, WordPress, TypeScript, Ruby, Django

    Mary McPherson
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    Every week, new content is published to the growing Treehouse Library! Here is a short list of what was added the week of July 20, 2015. COURSE Swift Delegates – Pasan Premaratne Delegation is a design pattern that enables a class or structure to hand off, or delegate, some of its responsibilities to another object. In this course, we look at how we can use the delegate pattern in our code to avoid tight coupling as well as how it is used throughout Cocoa Touch. Custom Menu Development in WordPress – Zac Gordon WordPress allows for easy and powerful customization of menus from…
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    Vandelay Design

  • Awesome Sites for Finding Web Design Jobs

    Steven Snell
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    In our economy there are a lot of designers and developers looking for work, whether it is full-time employment, contract work, or freelance opportunities. Fortunately, there are a number of great... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • The Ultimate Guide on How to Create a Font

    Jake Rocheleau
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Every digital typeface from free to a $1,000 font pack goes through a similar design process. It's rigorous for a beginner and does require an understanding of foundational typographic principles.... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 45 of the Best Responsive WordPress Portfolio Themes

    Steven Snell
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:03 pm
    If you're looking for a portfolio template to showcase your art, photography, or design work, the wide selection of quality themes makes WordPress a great option. While there have been many... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • Animated Websites: 10 Designs that Wow

    Tara Hornor
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    You as a web designer have the responsibility to suggest the right style and amount of animation necessary. A website should have enough humanity (via motion) for viewers to connect but not so much... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • Best Design Blogs to Follow To Keep Your Skills Sharp

    Tara Hornor
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    Designers who keep up with the latest tricks, tools, resources, and trends remain competitive much more easily than those who never check in on what’s new. And one of the easiest ways to keep your... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
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  • Create a beach illustration in Adobe Illustrator

    Veerle Pieters
    13 Jul 2015 | 2:01 am
    Did you also had fun creating the cityscape illustration? Well, I got good news for you. I thought with Summer at full swing, why don’t I create a beach illustration. So here is an other extended tutorial for you. This is a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to create a very simple 2D composition of a beachball, an umbrella, bucket with shovel, blue sky, tiny clouds and a sandy beach… General setup Below is an image that shows the final result of the illustration together with the Layers panel. Each object is saved in a separate sublayer, and positioned in the right stacking order:…
  • Women faces

    Veerle Pieters
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    Today I'm going to show some illustration work that unfortunately never saw daylight as the project got cancelled. The work evolved along the way but it was one of my biggest struggles in Photoshop & Illustrator so far. The path was like thousand tiny little lessons in drawing. The ability to illustrate real faces is a skill that I don't really master so the creation of these illustrations helped me in becoming better at it. Trial and error The process is very much trial and error. In school I learned to draw what you see. One of the most important steps to master. We learned to draw the…
  • Bradley Wiggins UCI hour record desktop

    Veerle Pieters
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:59 am
    Last Sunday Sir Bradley Wiggins rode himself in the books of history with his UCI hour record attempt. The renewed interest for the UCI hour record was started by German Jens Voigt. That record didn't hold very long as it was taken over by Matthias Brändle (IAM Cycling). He lost it to Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing). The mark for Wiggins was set out by Alex Dowsett (Movistar). The 35-year-old Englishman was like one with his bike on Sunday evening. Just like a statue on his Pinarello bicycle, not once I saw him reposition. Bradley Wiggings hoped to do 221 laps but the air pressure wasn't ideal to…
  • Create a cityscape in Adobe Illustrator

    Veerle Pieters
    2 Jun 2015 | 2:15 am
    Like I mentioned on Twitter yesterday, this is the largest tutorial I've ever written. Today I'll share you how I created a colorful cityscape in Adobe Illustrator. You'll start from an Illustrator template file, where I prepared the document for you including the colors I've used. We go step by step through the process, creating the sky, the grass, houses, trees, bushes, clouds… I show you several different, yet very simple techniques. Hope you are ready for this very extended tutorial. I promise it'll be fun... General setup Below is an image that shows the general set up of the…
  • Type Shortcuts in Photoshop CC 2014

    Veerle Pieters
    5 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    A few handy shortcuts when working with type in Photoshop CC 2014. Some I knew about but most I learned from Adobe's Julianne Kost. She's an awesome resource to keep an eye on. Discover them after the jump. 1) Basic Formatting Shortcuts: Command + Shift + or (Mac) | Control + Shift + or (Win) increases/decreases point size by 1 Command + Option + Shift + or (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + or (Win) increases/decreases point size by 5 Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) left/right arrow key decreases/increases kerning (the amount of spacing between two characters) Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) left/right arrow…
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  • Akon To Visit 10 African Countries To Assess Solar Power Progress

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:25 pm
    The singer and businessman Akon is heading to Rwanda on Tuesday to monitor the progress of his lauded Akon Lighting Africa Solar Power Initiative Thi Tuesday, Akon and his co-founders Samba Bathily, a Malian businessman, and Thione Niang, a political activist, will have a meeting with Rwandan officials in order to ascertain what the progress is with his initiative. With his program, Akon is providing solar-powered electricity to African villages. So far, he has established his program in 14 African states, and with this program, Akon plans to extend his solar reach to 11 additional…
  • Solar-powered ‘treehouse’ has 360-degree views, Wi-Fi and refrigerated beer

    26 Jul 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Real treehouses are a thing of the past. In 2015, the ultimate off-the-grid pad is here and don’t worry, it has Wi-Fi, beer, 360-degree view from its transparent walls and plenty of options for mood lighting. Dubbed ‘The Skysphere’, the innovative elevated room has been designed by plastics engineer and graphic designer, Jono Williams who wanted to build an elevated room with a view that could sit virtually anywhere in the world not just where large trees grow. The Skysphere is located in Linton, New Zealand, the structure is a circular single room accessible by a ladder in its base…
  • What Is a Solar Bird Bath Fountain?

    26 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    A solar bird bath is a type of water source is solar powered. The collected energy is stored in batteries or used immediately to operate the filter system and pump and control the water flow. If there is enough sunlight a solar birds drinking fountain is easy to install and run. Adding a water fountain in the courtyard can provide a variety of benefits for the lawn and garden. These are some of the most beneficial reasons to install this feature garden: Easy to install: An important quality of solar systems is the ease of installation and use. This type of function garden is fully autonomous…
  • In the Know About Solar Roof Panels

    25 Jul 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Solar panels usually work by harnessing the sun’s energy and convert it into a form of energy that can be stored and used. This special type of solar panel is designed to be placed on the roof of a structure for photovoltaic energy. This type of energy is produced when sunlight is converted to energy using solar cells. Energy becomes a ceramic heating method or electrically. Two types of solar roof panels, which are: • construction of solar thermal collectors by simply absorbing this energy in a liquid medium that will later be used as thermal energy • Module-this type of…
  • Japan’s Abandoned Golf Courses Are Being Transformed Into Solar Power Farms

    20 Jul 2015 | 2:42 pm
    The Kyocera Corporation is transforming an abandoned golf course into a solar power farm, with ambition to partner and repeat the same sustainable work elsewhere in Japan. An abandoned and bankrupt golf course is being transformed into a solar power station by the Kyocera Corporation. Last week, the business announced it would turn the former golf course in Kyoto into a 23-megawatt solar farm; the artist’s rendition is shown above. Once the solar power farm is finished and online (in 2017), it will generate enough electricity to power 8,100 homes. 
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  • Designer of the Week: Caleb Heisey

    Amanda Aszman
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    PRINT’s Summer 2015 Issue: Out Now! The New Visual Artists are here. In this issue, meet our 2015 class of 15 brilliant creatives under 30. These carefully selected designers are on the scene making the most cutting-edge work today—and as many of our previous NVAs, they may go on to become tomorrow’s design leaders. Why not get to know them now? Check the full issue out here. Meet Designer of the Week Caleb Heisey, whose work in book design, packaging design and wedding invitation design showcases his love for illustration, the art of storytelling—and oftentimes, monsters. Name:…
  • 5 New Trends in the Tattoo Underground

    Guest Contributor
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:29 am
    by Nadja Sayej Tattoos have become more than just your typical zodiac signs and mom hearts. A new tattoo underground has started to form, with a number of projects that capture the recent flurry of new movements – from tattoos that raise awareness of illness to Emoji tats. Among them are the following styles and subcultures. Project Semicolon Started by Wisconsin-based artist Amy Bleuel, the project began in 2013 to honor her late father, who took his own life in 2003. It became a cathartic way to start talking about a relationship with mental illness. By getting a tattoo of a semicolon,…
  • 18 Best Wearables From Around the US

    Amanda Aszman
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:15 am
    There’s still time. To enter Print’s Wearable Design Awards, that is (Deadline: Aug. 7). Here at Print, we see your killer wearable designs on a regular basis—everything from T-shirts, hats and eyewear to watches, gloves, socks and tote bags—and we’re prepared to recognized the best of the best in this unique competition. If you’re in the mood for a little inspiration, check out the best wearables that were honored in PRINT Magazine’s 2014 Regional Design Annual, which recognizes work from US designers by region. The Best Wearables from The Far West…
  • Helvetica: The Backlash

    Guest Contributor
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:04 am
    Neue Helvetica by Brad Ferguson It’s the typestyle you either love or love to hate. Everyone has an opinion about Helvetica. Not surprising. It’s everywhere, as ubiquitous as gravity. Or to quote Erik Spiekermann, “you have to breathe, so you have to use Helvetica.” People who may not know much about lettering or graphic design—who may not even know the name of any other letter style—know what Helvetica is. What has never failed to amaze me, however, is the depth of feeling this typestyle engenders. Historically, Helvetica has been popular among professional designers—as…
  • Designer of the Week: Jaymie McAmmond

    Amanda Aszman
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Establishing a brand identity can be an intensive and difficult project. That is why MyDesignShop offeres an extensive collection of branding and logo design resources. And guess what? It’s Black Friday in July at MyDesignShop.Today only, take 40% off almost all resources for designers and creatives with code BFJULY40. Print’s latest Designer of the Week is Jaymie McAmmond, a 2013 HOW International Design Awards winner whose recent career move has taken her from developing branding stories for the likes of McDonalds and Starbucks out of her own studio in Toronto to working…
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    Stephanie Orma // Travel + Design Writer

  • ForbesLife: Get the Royal Treatment at These 6 Vienna Hotels

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Mix a glamorous high-society past with a design-driven present and you’ve got oh-my-god-I-never-want-to-leave-you Vienna. Where swanky cafes (with decadent tortes) and creatively-minded local boutiques (like newly-opened Veralie) mingle with grand gilded buildings, marble fountains, historic concert halls, and an unfathomable museum stretch. And befitting of this noble city, these six Vienna hotels will give you the royal treatment so you’ll never want to check out. 1. Grand Hotel Wien Golden age Vienna springs to life at this 1870 icon with a two-storied marble and wrought iron lobby;…
  • ForbesLife: Summer in Salzburg

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:48 pm
    While Salzburg may be famed for its picturesque Sound of Music hilltops and cityscapes come summertime—when the temps rise and the world-renowned music and arts festival kicks-in—this charming old-world city turns into The Sound of Tourists. So how do you make the most of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s hometown without becoming tour group roadkill? Here are some tips for a stellar trip. 1. Stroll the SteingasseOne of the oldest and prettiest streets in Salzburg, the cobblestoned Steingasse at the Kapuzinerberg foothills, is flanked by charming medieval buildings and makes for an…
  • ForbesLife: Escape to the Most Luxurious Retreat in Lienz, Austria

    16 Jul 2015 | 5:51 am
    If any of my friends had told me this place existed I wouldn’t have believed it. “Yeah right,” I’d think flipping through their insane vacation pics straight out of The Sound of Music, “there’s no way it looks like that in person.” Then again, I’m not sure this conversation would’ve ever come up: the idyllic Grand Hotel Lienz isn’t exactly a vacation spot most Americans are familiar with. Rather this 72-room spa hideaway in Austria’s little town of Lienz is where Europeans holiday—with summers rafting the river, winters on the slopes, or whenever they’re craving…
  • ForbesLife: Budapest’s Best High-Design Hotels

    8 Jul 2015 | 11:16 am
    Ah, beautiful Budapest: grand, elegant, and old worldly. It stuns with enchanting castles, ornate palaces, tree-lined boulevards, and that shimmering blue Danube. But venture to either end of its iconic Chain Bridge and you’ll find a spate of high-design hotels and hip, gastronomic pubs spilling even more character into this cool and exotic city. The Prestige HotelOnce a 19th century apartment building, this now 85-room boutique hotel has been restored to former glory with an utterly romantic 6-story atrium fringed in lace-like wrought iron balconies around the all-white interior courtyard.
  • ForbesLife: 4 Prague Hotels That Need To Be On Your Bucket List Now

    24 Jun 2015 | 11:03 am
    Stunning vistas, delicious local eats, and anything but cookie-cutter design: consider Czech-ing into one of these standout Prague retreats to take your stay from ordinary to extraordinary in the city of a hundred spires. 1. Le Palais Art Hotel (Preferred Hotels & Resorts) This classic 1841 Belle Époque mansion’s serene setting–based in New Town’s trendy residential district overlooking a colorful cityscape–delivers a welcomed respite from the tourist crowds and souvenir shops. Inside is a jolt of chic and lavish with recently revamped common spaces marrying original frescoed…
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  • [liff] This Is The Week That Is, Oregon, The 4th Week of July 2015

    Samuel Klein
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    3207.After seeing the news and still enduring the weather this week in lower south Cascadia, this is all I can see; this is us, in a nutshell:Now, how do we get out of this nutshell?
  • [bloggage] Hallo, EU! Cookies Ahoy!

    Samuel Klein
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:46 am
    3206.Today, when logging in here, I was blessed with a small orange bugle horn next to the "Overview" tab of my Blogger dashboard. This does not happen often.Going to the dashboard, I'm presented with a notice that according to laws in the European Union, Blogger blogs have to display a notice that cookies are being used and give the end-loader a chance to acknowledge this. Since you're not in the EU if you're in America (though some would probably suggest otherwise), and Blogger insists that it's your (that's you, Mr or Ms Blogger, of Anytown, USA) responsibility to ensure the banner shows,…
  • [cats] Goodbye To Bet-Dog

    Samuel Klein
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    3205.We lost a friend of longstanding yesterday.This photo was taken in 2004. The gray cat, "Keeeton", by name, passed away not too long after that. He is still missed.Photo taken in 2004. For context, check out thisblast from the past.That suave, debonair, handsome tuxie next to him we called "Bet-dog". Most of the time, we just called him "Dog". He was named after the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and was usually spelt without the 'h' so that people wouldn't call him "Beth". The '-dog' append kind of accidentally happened … he was doglike in loyalty, anyway. Affable. Damnably…
  • [SF] The Sad Puppies May Have A Point

    Samuel Klein
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:01 pm
    3204.ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: The Sad Puppy news roundup at File 770 has linked to this blog. of the most juvenile, at least to me, of the Sad Puppies' plaints about the trend of modern SF (you can fill in speculative fiction or science fiction, as is your wont) is elaborated by this point made by one of the leading opiners of the movement, Brad Torgerson:That’s what’s happened to Science Fiction & Fantasy literature. A few decades ago, if you saw a lovely spaceship on a book cover, with a gorgeous planet in the background, you could be pretty sure…
  • [photo] Gaiety Hill Alley, Salem, Oregon, February 2008

    Samuel Klein
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:39 pm
    3203.Just a moment in time that caught my eye:This was taken in February 2008, and is of an alley in the Gaiety Hill section of Salem. That's the hill that the Civic Center is built onto the north side of, overlooking downtown from the south. Commerical, Liberty, High, and Church streets run over it; east to west you have Oak Street and Leslie Street.When I was growing up in Salem, most of us didn't know that knoll even had a name, really. But it's a nice area (doubtless with mortgages to match). And this alley was always the kind of residential back alley that I've loved. The kind of urban…
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  • 20 Free Design Assets to Download

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    When designing a website it is at times necessary to go to an outside source to find the design elements you need to make your end product as attractive and professional looking as possible. While you have the option of creating your own, putting together a custom design element from scratch can be a time-consuming process. If you know where to look, so you won’t waste time searching, having access to an outside resource can be a real time saver. There is no shortage of free, downloadable photos, vectors, and fonts and the like, but the quality in the selections available to you can vary…
  • Freebie Friday: 10 Hand Drawn Patterns

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:24 pm
    This weeks freebie comes to us from Julia Dreams. Julia is a freelance designer and illustrator from Berlin, Germany. This freebie contains 10 hand drawn seamless patterns. She drew each pattern by hand and then transferred it into a vector format. You can easily customize the size and the color. These patterns are ideal for logos, invitations, postcards, posters, scrapbooking, etc. We would like to thank Julia again for giving away this great resource. Julia has hundreds of outstanding patterns in her shop on Creativemarket. Be sure to visit her shop and check out some of her other…
  • 20 Free Credit Card Icon Sets

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:06 pm
    For a lot of you who have gotten used to shopping online, you probably couldn’t even imagine how you survived without ecommerce. It’s not just about being lazy or not wanting to get out of the house to get something that you really need. It’s a whole lot more than that, and the ability to pay online has changed the way that people bought what they need. For businesses, ecommerce has also become life-changing. Now, there isn’t even a need to have physical stores. Sometimes, you can run a profitable business and build an empire without having to meet any of your customers face to face.
  • 20 Beautiful Resume WordPress Themes

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Efficient. Creative. Innovative. These are just some of the words that people use just a little bit too often in creating resumes. Of course, nothing is wrong with these traits. They’re qualities that any employer would want to see in their own people. When you look at all other applications stacking up on those recruitment specialists’ desks however, it wouldn’t be surprising to find that everyone else is putting the same characteristics into their own resumes. This is why it’s more important not just to type it in and print it out on a piece of paper, but to illustrate and…
  • 3 C’s To Help You Find The Best Version Of You

    Key Acanto
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:19 pm
    Do you strive for excellence? It can’t be denied that most of us strive for excellence. With our desire to be the best, we tried hard enough to juggle work, family and our own life. It is not uncommon to see people wrestle with every aspects of life just to get the most out of it. As human being, it is in our nature to believe that to be the best we have to deal with everything about life. We believe that we have to excel and be perfect in all fields of life. We are driven by the thought of perfectionism and because of that we failed to see the true meaning of being the best. Striving For…
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  • Getting Menus Under Control

    Jason Tselentis
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    When designing website menus, it’s important to consider quantity and location. How many navigation points should you show the reader? How few? Where will the menu be located, and does it warrant using a hamburger? And what’s a hamburger? As you define and design the menu’s broad strokes, its structure and hierarchy, you’ll also need to mind the details that shape your menu’s overall look and feel. Menu Conventions Many navigation conventions used during the Internet’s infancy are still in use today. Then, as now, menus can be located at the top of a site or on the side, or on the…
  • An Overdue Addition to the Akko Family

    Allan Haley
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:11 am
    It wasn’t that long ago that new typefaces were only released with a couple of weights – and maybe an italic design or two. Those who designed typefaces and made fonts did not have the luxury of time or the financial means to develop large all-singing all-dancing typeface families. The first designs of Helvetica® were released without italics – as were the first additions to the ITC Avant Garde Gothic® family. And Hermann Zapf’s iconic Palatino® was first announced as available in just two weights and only one italic design. While less common today, many designers still cannot…
  • Top 100 Web Fonts for June 2015

    Allan Haley
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:06 am
    The 34th font on our roundup of June’s Top 100 Web Fonts list is almost 550 years old! OK, that’s not exactly true; but the ITC Legacy® Serif typeface family is based on the typeface that Nicolas Jenson used to set his famous 1470 edition of Eusebius’ “De evangelica praeparatione.” The genesis for ITC Legacy actually began several decades ago when Ron Arnholm was a graduate design student at Yale University. In a history of typography class, he was able to study, first hand, a copy of the 1470 book, set in Nicolas Jenson’s type. It was (typographic) love at first…
  • FontExplorer X Pro 5 Gives Type Lovers, Users More

    Johnathan Zsittnik
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:29 am
    As you might imagine, the team uses quite a few fonts. While we’re probably a little biased, our favorite app for wrangling the mass quantities of type is Monotype’s own FontExplorer® X. That’s why we were more than a little bit excited when our Monotype colleagues shared plans for an all new version of the award-winning font manager. If you’re new to FontExplorer X Pro, the app offers a breadth of font discovery, organization and activation controls that makes working with your type collection easy and efficient. Debuting today for Mac systems, version 5 introduces…
  • Introducing Web Typography Essentials

    Jason Tselentis
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:10 am
    Unless you’ve been living in a cave, reading nothing but old and mildewed newspapers and books, you know that typography has been undergoing radical changes. As the Web has evolved, so too has digital typography—and for the better. But what’s changed? Why do Web fonts matter? And what will Web Typography Essentials deliver to its readers? For starters, you’ll see lots of typography, specifically Web typography. And you’ll learn how many of the typography principles you already know translate to the Web. If you’re reading this, chances are you know many of those basics. Use good…
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  • 50 Best Motivational Posters and Motivational Quotes around the world

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:02 am
    Motivational Posters, Motivational Poster, Motivational Poster design Motivational Posters : Inspirational quotes and motivational quotes have the power to get us through a bad week, and can even give us the courage to pursue our life’s dreams. Quotes: Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value –Albert Einstein. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference – Robert Frost. read more
  • 20 Different Types of Animation Techniques and Styles

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:03 am
    Types of Animation, Animation types, Animation styles Types of Animation Styles : Animation is the process of creating the illusion of motion and shape change by means of the rapid display of a sequence of static images that minimally differ from each other. Animation is all around us, be it your favourite tv commercials, music, movies or even videos you can see the stop motion animation type. Keeping Stop motion as the base of all animation, different styles of animation techniques can be used to create the animated sequences. In this post we included 20 different types of animaiton and…
  • 25 Best Award Winning Wildlife Photography examples around the world - Part 9

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Wildlife Photography, Wildlife Photos, Wildlife Photo Wildlife Photography : The name of the game in wildlife photography or 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. In this post we included most beautiful Wildlife photography examples for your inspiration read more
  • 30 Awesome and Creative Typographic Designs and Typography Posters

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:40 am
    Typographic Designs : Typography is one of the most fascinating elements of graphic design. If it’s web design, album art, posters, or any other type of graphic design, typographical inspiration can be a great resource for designers. Here we have added 30 creative typographic designs for your inspiration. i hope you will like these typographic designs and posters. read more
  • 20 Paint on Glass animation Videos and Animation Techniques

    29 Jul 2015 | 11:53 pm
    Paint on Glass animation, Paint-on-Glass animation, Paint on Glass Painting on glass animation is a lot of fun. Artists around the world use oil paints as it takes many days to dry. Using paints on glass, artists create a short story and film them frame by frame for their stories. Turpentine is used to remove the oil paints, so the images seem to melt into the prvious ones,creating a fluid motion. Russian animator Aleksandr Petrov has used this paint on animation technique in movies and has won several awards for the same.Animation techniques read more
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  • Brand Identity Secrets: The Essential Guide to Logo Design

    Janil Jean
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:32 am
    The logo of your company is the keystone which holds together the arch of your brand identity. It is the essence of how your target audience will perceive you, and of your image within the industry, and among your peers and business partners. So if you would create a strong brand identity to help establish your authority, and to provide you with a platform from which to launch your business success, you need perfect logo design. How do you achieve it though? You could hire a professional graphic designer, but that’s only job half done. If you don’t truly understand logo design, you…
  • 10 Seasoned Designers and Their Stories of Passion

    Mehreen Siddiqua
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:17 am
    For creative people, designers especially, the world can often be a beautifully and frustratingly weird place. All the nay-sayers and their constant pessimism can be distracting at best, and exhausting and demoralizing at worst. To burst through all this negativity then, and to really shine through, designers needs to rely on the strength of their passion, above and beyond all else. Typography David Carson The only surfer ever, in history, to own water front property on the fabled Point Break, David Carson represents what a life lived with passion looks like. Not only is he a world famous…
  • What You See and What You Get – The User Interface of Windows 10

    Mehreen Siddiqua
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:01 am
    Microsoft Windows is the ever changing, yet somehow staying basically the same operating system which took the world by storm, oh all those years ago. It has forever frustrated users around the world, not least because the names of each new version don’t make any sense at all. The latest rendition, due for launch Tuesday night at midnight, is Windows 10. No, there was no Windows 9 – from 7 to 8, and onto 10. So, the launch of Windows 10 is a big deal. It represents the most significant change in PC software for 3 years, and Microsoft have tried, not too hard though it seems, to…
  • Emotions at Play – Why You Need to Adopt Emotional Packaging

    Shyrose Vastani
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    In a world full of, and increasingly defined by, brands, there is often very little through which you can differentiate between them. Two, or more, different brands may offer the same product, at similar prices, with equal quality, and the only differences between the two would be negligible, if apparent to you at all. How then, does a customer decide which of the two products to purchase? Therein lies the essential need to be able to set your brand apart from the rest, to distinguish yourself enough to attract customers to your products and services, and not to your competitors’. There are…
  • The Tri-City Storytelling Logo Design Techniques

    Mehreen Siddiqua
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:32 am
    How the Narrative varies from Sydney to London and New York The logo of your company should ideally tell the story of your brand. A well-designed logo will hint at your vision, your dreams, aspiration, inspiration, and your goals and objectives, both short-term and long-term. Above and beyond all those things however, the perfect logo will narrate your story, and send out a clear message to your target audience. To tell a good story through logo design is, however, far easier said than done. A significant number of entrepreneurs and companies do not even realize the need to attempt such in…
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  • See Shabani Endorse Nike, Nespresso, Calvin Klein and Other Big Brands

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:56 pm
    While marketers still ponder what makes a piece of content 'go viral', the world took notice when Shabani the strangely handsome Gorilla from Japan became an overnight internet animal celebrity sensation. We thought it would be fun to see Shabani endorsing big brands like Nike, Nespresso or Calvin K... Read More
  • 10 Beautiful Rainbow Designs to Celebrate US Marriage Equality

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:40 pm
    When the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of legalizing gay marriage across all states, and immediately rainbow-colored celebrations started sprouting everywhere. Some of the world's most recognizable brands took to rainbow logos in support of the ruling. Here we selected some of o... Read More
  • Best of DesignCrowd Contests: Top Sports Logos Get a New Look

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Merchandise and branding are hugely important for sports teams in the big leagues. And what could be more important to a successful brand than the perfect logo? DesignCrowd's logo designers have proven time and again that they have what it takes to create winning logo designs, so we thought we'd cha... Read More
  • Design Contest: Imagine Donald Trump as US President

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:39 am
    In June, Donald Trump announced his intention to run for POTUS 2016, but since then his media coverage has been rather unfortunate. We've decided to lend him a helping hand and allow Americans to picture the orange mogul in the oval office, as well as give him some expert ideas on a logo that will s... Read More
  • Music to Our Ears: 10 Designs from Album Covers to Band Logos Made by DesignCrowd Designers

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:29 am
    For music fans, the posters, album covers and logos of a band or performer often become just as popular and iconic as their music. Here we've put together some of our favorite entries to musical DesignCrowd competitions, from re-designed album covers, original band logos and fan t-shirts to a visual... Read More
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    Learn from Graphic Designer Roberto Blake

  • The New Create Something Awesome Today Podcast!

    Roberto Blake
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    As many of you who follow me in social media already know, I’ve been talking about launching my first ever podcast this summer. Well its here! I did a soft launch of the Create Something Awesome Today Podcast on June 16th and thanks to the support of many of you it made it into New and Noteworthy in iTunes in less than a week! Why Did I Start a Podcast?Well I didn’t do it because I like the sound of my own voice. I did it because I know many of you enjoy the depth of the topics I cover in my YouTube videos, Online Webinars and Live Streams, so I decided to give you means of…
  • My New Asus Graphic Design Laptop

    Roberto Blake
    14 Jun 2015 | 4:18 pm
    My New Asus Graphic Design Laptop finally arrived! This is my Laptop Unboxing and First Impression!My New Graphic Design Laptop is The Asus F555LAUpdate: I’ve been using this for about 3 weeks now and overall I love it. I will say that if you want peek performance right away, disable and uninstall McAfee and get Norton, just what I’ve seen personally effect the performance. This laptop has been able to handle Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro as well as any machine I’ve ever used, including comparable Mac desktops and Laptops with similar specs. Initial…
  • Best Audio Equipment for YouTube 2015

    Roberto Blake
    5 Jun 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Audio is one of the most important things to consider when making a YouTube video. Poor video quality might be forgivable but poor audio quality is the quickest way to lose people. Best Audio Equipment for Making YouTube Videos 2015 In order to get the best audio quality out of your YouTube videos you should think about investing in dedicated audio solutions for your video production. This does not have to be expensive, it can be done on a very conservative budget, even as low as $10 is enough to improve the quality of your audio.Lapel and Lav Microphones for…
  • Roberto Blake Speaking at PePCon 2015

    Roberto Blake
    5 Jun 2015 | 4:18 pm
    PePCon 2015 was one of my first major industry speaking engagements. It was a tremendous experience and I was able to meet a lot of great designers, other creatives and meet with the Adobe Team including the legendary Bob Levine!PePCon is the Print and Electronic Publishing Conference and is hosted by CreativePro and the amazing Mike Rankin, Anna-Marie Concepcion and David Blatner. I’ve had the pleasure of working with them on CreativePro through my articles and will be working with them on InDesignSecrets this year.My Session as PePCon was: YouTube as a Crucial Tool for Creatives and…
  • How To Use Instagram as a Graphic Designer

    Roberto Blake
    28 May 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Instagram is a great platform for Graphic Designers to show off their work and also find inspirational content that can help them with their creative blocks, as well as allow them connect with other designers and artists. Social Media in general is a great way to get attention for your graphic design work and attract interest and new clients. This can be through showcasing your artwork or through storytelling and showing off your personality.As a visual platform Instagram is very attractive for Designers and Artists and has a lot to offer. Many use it as a mobile ready portfolio, others use…
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    Graphic Design Junction

  • 25 New Photoshop Free PSD Files for Graphic Designers

    Yasir Jawaid
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Free UI design Free PSD Files resources, icons, mockups, psd templates, psd graphics and more. There freebies are for you to download and use in any commercial web or graphic design projects. GDJ is a best place to download freebies like vector graphics, mockup designs and free PSD files. Here, we have a fresh collection of useful free PSD files created by professional designers, which can save your same time and money. These PSD files are very useful for graphic designers. Free Mockup Resources 100 Best Free PSD Mockups New Free Photoshop PSD Mockups for Designers In this collection…
  • Beautiful Landscape Photography: 30 Amazing Photos

    Muhammad Faisal
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:29 am
    Today’s collection of beautiful, breathtaking natural landscape photography. I know you are already seen lots of landscape photos, but I must say! this is the extraordinary collection of amazing landscapes photography, I hope these photos can touch your sole with his perfection. These photos are taken by extremely talented and creative photographers. Enjoy all the beautiful landscape photography. All photos are simply amazing … I could imagine having several of these as my desktop wallpaper. You may be interested in the following articles as well. Typography Posters: 30 Motivational…
  • Typography Posters: 30 Motivational and Inspiring Quotes

    Naveed Ahmed
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Motivational quotes typography posters are just beautiful! A motivational typography  posters (or inspirational quotes) is a type of posters commonly designed for use in schools and offices and know we saw there are lots of motivational posters all over the internet. We can use these unique motivational posters as a wallpaper for mobile phone and desktop computer and share with friends. As I really like this kind of posters, I decided to make this selection to share with you some really inspiring posters. You will see here several types of motivational posters, some ads, movie…
  • 200+ Windows 10 Icons – Free Download

    Yasir Jawaid
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:55 pm
    The new Windows 10 is launched and available as a free upgrade for existing Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Windows 10 is familiar and easy to use, with lots of similarities to Windows 7 including the Start menu. It starts up and resumes fast, has more built-in security to help keep you safe, and is designed to work with software and hardware you already have. via Here we are sharing new Windows 10 icons. Highest quality icon sets with 200+ free icons available in any size any color, SVG and Font format. All icons are retina ready also available for iOS and Android. You may…
  • Amazing Line Art Used in Logo Design – 25 Creative Examples

    Muhammad Faisal
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Line art and line-based logo designs are very trendy and eye-catching for customers to recognize the logo design. Today we will present to you 25 beautiful examples of line logo designs. This collection consists of different designs that use thin line techniques to create minimal and clean logos that many will appreciate. Scroll down and you’ll see that simplicity is definitely a beauty. Come, take a peek, and enjoy! Branding / Logo Design Related Articles: Brand Strategy: What You Need To Know New and Vigorous Logo – Useful Tips Boost Your Business with Branding Why Branding Isn’t…
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    The Designer Wall

  • 10 Sites Where You Can Sell Your Digital Artworks

    Christopher Benitez
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Artists nowadays have a lot going for them. Back then, the only way for artists to sell their artworks is by getting handpicked by curators so that they can get their works displayed in galleries and exhibits. To get here, they need to network and promote their works to be noticed by curators. Not to mention, getting their artworks featured in exhibits will not necessarily lead to them getting paid and compensated for the hard work they have put in.   Nowadays, artists can get their works sold more effectively by doing less. All they must do is create their art and post it online.
  • Fueled by Failure: Successful Artists Who Overcame Rejection

    Christopher Benitez
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Success is something everybody strives for, regardless of field of interest. For artists, success is achieved by excelling in the arts and getting people to recognize that they are one of the best in their respective mediums. Regarding the latter, this is seen by how art collectors are willing to pay for their works.   While money holds little value in the scheme of things, the cost to purchase an artist’s work indicates the appreciation he or she is receiving in principle from the public. If the artwork cost is high, then people hold this artist in high esteem. If the…
  • Animorphia: An Extreme Coloring and Search Challenge Book by Kerby Rosanes

    The Designer Wall
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Coloring books are no longer confined to being a kid’s artistic pastime. Adults (Yes, you!) can now also enjoy the challenges of turning a book’s black and white pages into colorful masterpieces. Just like when you were a kid!   Philippine-based master doodler, Kerby Rosanes, has just the right coloring book for you. Animorphia is now available in UK. For people not in the UK, don’t worry. According to Kerby, the book is set for a worldwide release in July. I’m sure you all can’t wait for it just like us. Luckily, The Designer Wall got an advanced copy and we can give you a…
  • Times When Designing and Writing Go Hand in Hand

    Christopher Benitez
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:29 pm
    Designing and writing may share the same creative space but both seems to be mutually exclusive from each other. There are great designers who aren’t good writers, while there are sublime writers who can’t design to save their lives.   There are solutions that bridge the gap between writers looking for design needs, and vice versa. Online sites like Elance, UpWork, 99designs, and others featured in this post help people, even writers, find the best designers based on the project assigned. On the other hand, people can find qualified writers from Scripted, Contently,…
  • Artist Paints Seaside Murals While Balancing on His Paddle

    The Designer Wall
    24 May 2015 | 8:39 pm
    New York based artist Sean Yoro (aka Hula) rides on his surfboard to paint wall and hyper-realistic portraits of women, at the edge of the water. These fresco’s, made with acrylic paint, reflect on water and the women seem bathing or almost drown in the middle of the waves. Artist Paints Seaside Murals While Balancing on His Paddle is a post from: The Designer Wall The post Artist Paints Seaside Murals While Balancing on His Paddle appeared first on The Designer Wall.
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    Upper Case » Blog

  • The Importance of Building a Strong Brand

    24 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    Marketing experts are constantly expressing how important it is for businesses to create and build a strong brand that customers can identify with and trust in. On first impressions, you might think this is only true for a large multinational business that has millions of customers and thousands of employees, but this thinking could not be further from the truth. Whether it’s a large multinational company or a small budding start-up, creating a strong brand is essential. But what do we mean by ‘brand’ exactly? To put it simply, the brand of a business is a combination of all of the…
  • 5 Tips When Hiring a Graphic Designer

    15 May 2015 | 5:55 am
    Nowadays, businesses need to grab the attention of their target audience by employing effective tactics that will make their product/service stand out from that of their competitors. If you’re a business owner, one of the best ways to do this is to hire a graphic designer who can use their expertise to create a memorable and eye-catching logo that will transform your business, product or service. So how do you go about hiring a graphic designer that will do the needful for your business? We’re here to help! The following are 5 tips you should consider when you are hiring a graphic…
  • How To Get The Most From Your Direct Mail Campaign

    29 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    However advanced technology has become, direct mail campaigns are still one of the most popular ways for businesses to retain existing customers and to attract new customers. It’s very hard to beat that personal touch which can be achieved through a direct mail campaign and giving potential customers a tangible reminder of your business is a very powerful marketing tool. Here are some tips to ensure that you get the most from your direct mail campaign.   Contact theRightPeople   As there is a cost involved in running a direct mail campaign, you will need to…
  • How Promotional Gifts Will Help Increase Sales and Brand Awareness

    28 Apr 2015 | 6:50 am
    Promotional gifts have been a longstanding favourite with marketing executives for many years. Their popularity is not predicted to decrease as is evident by the number of promotional gifts that are given to potential and current customers and clients by businesses every year. Almost anything can be turned into a promotional gift – the only limit is your imagination! From pens, rubber ducks and snow globes to mouse mats, stress toys and car stickers – if you can put your logo on it, it will do the job perfectly! In some instances, the more quirky the promotional gift, the more memorable…
  • 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…
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    Company Folders

  • How to Use the Rule of Thirds Effortlessly

    Vladimir Gendelman
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    How to Use the Rule of Thirds EffortlesslyIf you were one of those students who loved art classes but hated math, it was probably a shock to the system when you found out just how much math you’d end up using as professional designer. In fact, math skills are absolutely essential for print design—at the very least, you need to know how [...]
  • 13 Tips for Avoiding a Font Kerning Disaster

    Vladimir Gendelman
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    13 Tips for Avoiding a Font Kerning DisasterWe all have those things that just make us cringe with agony. Nails on a chalkboard, aluminum foil touching your fillings—or if you’re a print designer, bad kerning mistakes. When letters are improperly spaced, it can ruin the look of your design. The worst kerning is usually the result of not kerning at all, trusting [...]
  • 14 Ways to Be the Worst Person on Your Graphic Design Team

    Vladimir Gendelman
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    14 Ways to Be the Worst Person on Your Graphic Design TeamWhen you’re working with other graphic designers, it’s easy for personalities to clash. When some jerk doesn’t put in the work or is unpleasant to work with, it can sour the relationship and poison the project. Today, we’re going to teach you how to be that jerk. Sure, collaborating on a graphic design project can [...]
  • The 10 Best (and Absolute Worst) Logo Redesigns

    Vladimir Gendelman
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    The 10 Best (and Absolute Worst) Logo RedesignsWhen big name brands redesign their logos, the world takes notice because it means that something about our shared culture has changed—it reminds us that the world is changing around us. That can be a scary thing for people, so when popular brands successfully create a great new logo, we sit up and take notice [...]
  • 500+ Stunningly Cool Photoshop Brush Set Downloads

    Vladimir Gendelman
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    500+ Stunningly Cool Photoshop Brush Set DownloadsAdobe Photoshop has completely redefined the word “brush” as we know it. Though the program comes preloaded with an assortment of different brush tools designed to simulate regular art utensils, the Photoshop brushes you download elsewhere don’t have to act as “brushes” at all—and they rarely do. Stamps, clipart, textures, illustrations, vectors, photographs—anything can become [...]
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    Design Roast

  • 7 Really Useful CSS Snippets for Adding Interactivity

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
    The evolution of CSS in the web design world has been the largest driving force behind innovative webpage changes. As coding continues to change, more is possible now than ever before. These enhancements are all about interaction. How do you get people to interact with your page? How do you get them to click around ... The post 7 Really Useful CSS Snippets for Adding Interactivity appeared first on Design Roast.
  • Succeeding at Work-Life Balance as a Freelancer

    23 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    “You’re so lucky!” That’s the response I get when I tell people that I work as a freelance designer and writer. Most people think I live the life of a college student taking a few online summer classes – roll out of bed around 9 a.m., eat some cereal while I check Facebook, design some ... The post Succeeding at Work-Life Balance as a Freelancer appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 7 Free Flat Infographic Kits + Freebie

    21 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    About a year ago, I trumpeted the cause of flat design. The minimalist approach, the bright colors and the emphasis on typography are now bigger than ever, not only in web design, but in traditional print media as well. Recently, I started questioning why flat design is so well-received today. I think its prominence says ... The post 7 Free Flat Infographic Kits + Freebie appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 7 Great Web Design Color Tools for 2015

    15 Jul 2015 | 4:25 am
    With a plethora of color tools being released each year, it can be difficult for graphic designers to keep up with them all, much less separate the quality tools from the subpar ones. We’ve recapped seven recent and worthwhile color tools below, all of which offer their own unique features to help designers identify perfect ... The post 7 Great Web Design Color Tools for 2015 appeared first on Design Roast.
  • How to Create a Compelling Testimonials Page

    8 Jul 2015 | 4:05 am
    Your brand’s website is about one thing: Converting visitors into customers. Whatever that conversion looks like — a sale, a repeat visit, the completion of a lead form, signing up for a course or something else — your main goal is to motivate your visitors to act in the way you desire. With this goal ... The post How to Create a Compelling Testimonials Page appeared first on Design Roast.
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    Inkbot Design

  • The 100 Best Design Blogs to Follow

    20 Jul 2015 | 4:12 pm
    If you’re looking for the best design blogs to follow – you’re in the right place. Here are Inkbot Design's 100 Top Graphic Design Blogs to Follow. The post The 100 Best Design Blogs to Follow is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Why Advertising Design is key to Success

    13 Jul 2015 | 2:42 am
    Proper advertising design encompasses everything from the company logo, branded collateral, and identity. Choosing the right company to handle your advertisement design can make all the difference. The post Why Advertising Design is key to Success is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Top 10 Fashion Logos

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    Successful logos tend to be the ones that are iconic, simple and classic - they can adapt to fit any trend while remaining faithful to their constructed design base. Ironically, some of the best fashion logo brands have retained their original logo over decades, showing the quality of the symbol. The post Top 10 Fashion Logos is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Why Print Advertising Still has a Place in the Tech Era

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:49 am
    With the ability to increase brand awareness, generate leads, and increase profits, through additional sales obtained with online marketing, many have questioned whether print can withstand technology. The post Why Print Advertising Still has a Place in the Tech Era is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • McDonalds Secret Weapon

    22 Jun 2015 | 8:13 am
    What is McDonalds Secret Weapon that's key to their success as a Global Brand? The post McDonalds Secret Weapon is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
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    Small Business Branding Agency London | Forty8Creates

  • Author Dee Blick : Interview

    8 Jul 2015 | 3:58 am
    Author Dee Blick : Interview   Hi Dee, thank you for agreeing to do this interview with us. Tell us […] The post Author Dee Blick : Interview appeared first on Small Business Branding Agency London | Forty8Creates.
  • Design Events July 2015

    24 Jun 2015 | 3:25 am
      Design Events July 2015 There are lots of cool and interesting design events coming up in July so we […] The post Design Events July 2015 appeared first on Small Business Branding Agency London | Forty8Creates.
  • How having a Content Strategy can accelerate your business growth.

    13 Jun 2015 | 1:32 am
    How having a Content Strategy can accelerate your business growth.   Business Growth Business Growth is something all us entrepreneurs dream […] The post How having a Content Strategy can accelerate your business growth. appeared first on Small Business Branding Agency London | Forty8Creates.
  • What Is Hosting?

    8 Jun 2015 | 5:22 am
    What is Hosting? Hosting is one of many words that come from a web designers mouth that may seem like […] The post What Is Hosting? appeared first on Small Business Branding Agency London | Forty8Creates.
  • Lindsey Portas |Textile Pattern Designer |Interview

    3 Jun 2015 | 5:04 am
     Artist of the Month | Lindsey Portas The lovely Lindsey Portas is our Artist of the Month for June! A […] The post Lindsey Portas |Textile Pattern Designer |Interview appeared first on Small Business Branding Agency London | Forty8Creates.
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    Online Free Tools

  • 10 Best Online Essay Writing Services

    Kamran Khan
    9 Jul 2015 | 11:12 pm
    There are plenty of situations when students simply need to rely on essay writing services. Otherwise, they risk affecting their GPA if they fail to succeed with the assignment. Thanks to writing services, both international and native students can always submit high-quality papers on time. The collaboration with professional writers is also important for those who want to improve their writing
  • Top 7 tremendous iPad and iPhone apps for Booklovers

    Kamran Khan
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:37 am
    If you have a great passion for both reading and gadgets, then you should use your iPhone or iPad to its fullest ability to read e-books and news. Having a mobile gadget allows you using all the benefits of reading wherever you are: in a train, on a plane, standing in a line for a cup of coffee, or waiting for a client. Now we give you the list of top 7 tremendous iPhone and iPad apps for all
  • 10 Powerful tools which will change the way you approach content creation

    Kamran Khan
    20 Jun 2015 | 12:24 am
    Content writers are in constant demand of tools, apps, and websites that would make their work easier. The needs of contemporary readers are not simple; writers have to find a way to preserve the attention with a great load of useful information in a relatively short text. Although content authors have to write new posts on a daily basis, they are not always writing about something new; they
  • RationalPlan: Collaborative Project Management Tools

    Kamran Khan
    4 May 2015 | 5:38 am
    Rational Plan project management tools are one of the top tools for project team members and administrator (project manager), so dynamic with all the practical needs you can name. Today we're going to talk about all 4 products Rational plan offering on their website, all of the are related to project management with some difference. Rational plan Team collaborate with big companies like IBM,
  • Free Photoshop Online Photo Editing Tool

    Kamran Khan
    3 Apr 2015 | 3:37 am
    Using adobe Photoshop free online comes in handy when you're out of home and have't access to Adobe Photoshop desktop software, you might not installed it on your own PC or have some urgent work to be accomplished in timely manner. Our today post is a bit different from previous ones, if you are a power visitor of our site, you may know that usually we publish list of tools that are free to use.
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    Offset printing technology | Offset lithography

  • How To Specify Printing Color

    29 Jul 2015 | 2:54 pm
    How To Specify Printing Color Against “On Screen” Viewing RGB, CMYK, and Pantone There are three common ways to specify color for use in traditional offset printing and for on screen viewing (like for web sites) and inkjet printing: RGB, CMYK and Pantone. pantone, cmyk, rgb RGB rgb RGB is the language of web sites, PDFs and anything intended primarily for viewing on a computer screen. Each pixel in a web graphic can have a value ranging from 0-255 in each of the three channels (red, green, blue) for a total of 16.7 million colors. RGB is often used as the specification for digital/scanned…
  • Control Of CtP Plates After Their Developement

    26 Apr 2015 | 2:35 am
    For the evaluation of the quality of offset printing plates appropriate measuring control strips have been developed and new types of measuring devices are also created. Unlike measuring control strips, which were used for control of the quality of the process of making printing plates by conventional methods, CtP technology provides the ability this measuring control strips to be in digital form and to be directly transferred to the printing form. On this way we can avoid inter-process steps that in conventional process led to the loss of quality of tonal values ​​during processing and…
  • Colors – RGB and CMYK

    16 Jan 2015 | 4:31 am
    This tutorial is primarily related to work with colors and color in digital printing and is related to the work with Photoshop and similar programs for photo editing, and bitmap graphics. The theme color, scientifically speaking, is so extremely complex that only for the basics, we can write a whole book. The phenomenon of colors Celestial phenomenon that we all know: the rainbow. Her colors are known to all of us. But whence come these colors? What the colors actually are? In general, it is a pure physics. Colors are electromagnetic waves of a certain length. Only when we become aware of how…
  • Nanography New Page For Effective And Profitable Printing?

    25 Dec 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Nanography printing combines the characteristics of offset printing with the flexibility of digital printing. No longer do we have to choose between the versatility of digital printing and a low cost per page and high productivity of offset printing. With nanography we get both. Short evolution of nanography. We are surrounded by different offset printings with annual incomes in the world of approximately 800 billion dollars. Digital printing is fast replacing many traditional printed products. What does this mean for the future? Nowadays digital printing takes a very small percentage of the…
  • Use Of Graphics Standards In The Packaging Industry

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

  • Making Video in Email Work with Animoto

    Phil Hollows
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Back in March, we extended our support for embedded video in email marketing by adding Animoto to our roster of supported video apps. FeedBlitz continues to be the leading email marketing service with the widest range of video support — all without the hassle and expense of a specialty dedicated video email service. What is Animoto? If you’re not familiar with Animoto, one way to think about is as that it’s a little like video powerpoint. On steroids. And in an Iron Man suit. Animoto takes static content (and video too), splices it all together and makes a dynamic,…
  • Different Forms for Different Pages in WordPress

    Ashley Jackson
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    Have you ever wanted different subscription forms for different pages or categories in your WordPress blog? Sidebars do not always have to contain the same content. From our perspective, changing a sidebar is useful if you have individual mailing lists for each category, and want to put the right subscription form in the right sidebar. I recently visited Wordcamp in North Canton, OH and discovered a powerful plugin that accomplishes this easily without extra PHP coding. Download the plugin “Widgets on Pages” and activate (although the plugin shows as not being updated in over 2…
  • Important New Feature: Ad Suppression Through Tagging

    Heather Solos
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    This morning I realized that a key feature was missing from FeedBlitz’s monetization option. Premium FeedBlitz publishers should be able to suppress advertisements from their feeds and mailings without logging into FeedBlitz and making changes to their account. Sometimes we  have to write about things that are too personal, too important, or too sad for ads of any kind to be appropriate. As of today if a post is tagged or categorized as “noads” there will be no ad in that RSS entry or added by that post mailed as a stand alone mailing. You can apply “noads” as a…
  • No Support Today, Monday May 25 2015

    Phil Hollows
    25 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    Even FeedBlitz’s amazing support team needs a day off now and then, and so I’ve told them not to come to work today. For everyone else, please note that the offices are closed for the Memorial Day holiday here in the U.S.  Stay safe, enjoy the time off if you can, and we’ll be re-opening all bright eyed and bushy tailed first thing tomorrow. Phil        Related StoriesNo Phone Support Today, Tuesday, May 12th.Resolved: Overnight click-through issuesFeeds, Clicks and DNS Problems 
  • Hero Images, Thumbnails and Tumblr: RSS Subscriber Emails with Impact

    Phil Hollows
    13 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Want your subscriber email blog updates to be more than a rehash of your blog posts? Splendid! Because now they can be, as the FeedBlitz EZ Template editor just keeps getting better. Want to extract your blog’s main photo and use it as a “hero image” at the top of your mailing for extra impact? Now you can. Perhaps you need thumbnails for daily or weekly digests with many posts? Done and done. In addition to adding more dynamic content such as pins from Pinterest, pictures from Instagram and (New!) the latest from Tumblr, we are now giving you much more flexibility in how…
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    Album Art for Musicians & Wallpapers Backgrounds for iPhone, Android

  • Low Poly Isometric Tree in Desert Cover Photo Wallpaper

    19 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    Recent DownloadsMale Physique Body Low Poly Heart Cover Photo WallpaperBarren Tree In The Desert Cover Photo WallpaperDesert Sun Clouds Flat Land Sky Cover Photo WallpaperMountainous Field Peak Flat Terrain Cover Photo WallpaperAlter Graphics Blue Purple Space Triangle In Tree Forest Cover Photo Wallpaper Share This! The post Low Poly Isometric Tree in Desert Cover Photo Wallpaper appeared first on Album Art for Musicians & Wallpapers Backgrounds for iPhone, Android.
  • Circular Retro Shape Cover Photo Wallpaper

    18 May 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Recent DownloadsAbstract Colorful Geometric Circular Object Black Background Cover Photo WallpaperDesert sand triangle circular wallpaperWoods Forest Circular Abstract Art Cover Photo WallpaperGeometry Mimalism Colorful Cube Shapes Cover Photo WallpaperSimon C. Page Colorful Spectrum Sphere Cover Photo Wallpaper Share This! The post Circular Retro Shape Cover Photo Wallpaper appeared first on Album Art for Musicians & Wallpapers Backgrounds for iPhone, Android.
  • Geometry Mimalism Colorful Cube Shapes Cover Photo Wallpaper

    18 May 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Recent DownloadsPsychedelic Triangular Design Random Colorful Patterns Blur Cover Photo WallpaperCircular Retro Shape Cover Photo WallpaperMountain Weather Top Peak Hexagon Polygon Colorful Design Logo Cover Photo WallpaperGeometry Lines Urban Building City Cover Photo WallpaperWoods Forest Circular Abstract Art Cover Photo Wallpaper Share This! The post Geometry Mimalism Colorful Cube Shapes Cover Photo Wallpaper appeared first on Album Art for Musicians & Wallpapers Backgrounds for iPhone, Android.
  • Surfer On The Waves Landscape Cover Photo Wallpaper

    15 May 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Recent DownloadsOcean Waves Sky Tide Circle Cover Photo WallpaperHuge Wave On The Sands Tablet Phone Wallpaper Background.Sitting By The Shore Cover Photo WallpaperNorway Fjord And Sunlight Landscape Water Sea Cover Photo WallpaperAWESOME.. Below A Breaking Wave Share This! The post Surfer On The Waves Landscape Cover Photo Wallpaper appeared first on Album Art for Musicians & Wallpapers Backgrounds for iPhone, Android.
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    15 May 2015 | 9:37 pm
    Recent DownloadsChile’s Observatory Telescope Looking At Starry Night Milky Way Cover Photo WallpaperAnimated Planets of the Galaxy Around Sun Cover Photo WallpaperNASA Satellite Orbits Earth Tablet Phone Wallpaper BackgroundEarth Atmosphere View From Space Telescope NASA Cover Photo WallpaperNASA Space Shuttle In The Atmosphere Cover Photo Wallpaper Share This! The post Planet Egg Cover Photo Wallpaper appeared first on Album Art for Musicians & Wallpapers Backgrounds for iPhone, Android.
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  • Freebie: Calendar Wallpaper of August 2015

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Hi, here iBrandStudio’s monthly Free Calendar Wallpaper is ready for you! The calendar is come with Desktop and iPhone wallpaper, also both versions with a calendar and without calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper! Preview Have a look at the preview of calendar & wallpaper: Download the Wallpaper [...]
  • 50+ Creative Brand Identity Examples of Clothing Store

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    In this post I will showcase a huge collection of Creative Brand Identity design of Clothing store. Enjoy and get the inspiration!
  • Freebie: 36 Network and Database Icons (Ai, EPS, PSD)

    Eko S
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:19 am
    Here another great free icon set that released exclusively for iBrandStudio and its readers. Designed by A set of network and database themed icons perfect for your network and database related project. In total there are 36 icons in the set and all comes in AI, EPS and PSD formats.
  • Coventos: Free Assets for Designers, Developers and 3D Artists

    Eko S
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:51 am
    A new marketplace,, just launched. It features digital assets for designers, developers, 3D artists… There are free and paid assets. Ninety-five percent of the site will be free assets.
  • 10 Top-Quality WordPress Themes for Events

    Eko S
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s now easier than ever to use WordPress to create a highly professional website for a specific purpose like event planning website in minutes. WordPress it’s free and there are thousands of plugins and very active WordPress communities that will answer all of your problems. So you certaintly don’t need to be a web design [...]
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  • The man behind ”I want you” poster

    Nik Ljubicic
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:53 am
    Did you ever wonder who is behind some of the most iconic designs, and what made them famous? Is it because their creators did some things in a certain way or just pure luck? That is arguable, but what is certain is that you have to give everything you got while creating, and perhaps someday one of your designs might become the next ”I want you for the US army” poster! Who is the man behind this incredibly popular representation of ‘Uncle Sam’? His name is James Montgomery Flagg (June 18, 1877 – May 27, 1960)one of the best known American illustrators best known…
  • Inspiring Packaging Design

    Nik Ljubicic
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:25 pm
    In this days of mass production I often feel overwhelmed by the number of products and designs. But unfortunately when you inspect closer some design, most of them often lacks character and as a result we have thousands of designs looking so similar that they simply blend in the store shelves. When i came across the work of ”Stranger & Stranger” a packaging design and branding company specialising in alcoholic drinks, i was amazed. The attention to detail, the craftsmanship, illustration…its obvious that the amount of effort and time involved in every single project is…
  • War posters

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

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

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

    Janil Jean
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    You may not know them, but they have been embedding design psychology in young minds long before you were born. Many designers across the world may not even be aware of the fact that today the multitude of design ideas, forms and styles that they use are a descendant of the Bauhaus Design Movement. Bauhaus literally means “house of construction” but one can decipher the term as “school of building”. The influential Bauhaus Design Movement originated from a group of artists during the 20th century whose design ideas proliferated from architecture to interior design to graphic design,…
  • What Experts Are Saying About Brand Experience Design

    Janil Jean
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:13 am
    A cup of Joe, the rich aroma of freshly ground coffee beans, my favorite corner table, and several newspapers and magazines to pick from kick starts me into a working mode. It is now part of my routine to embark on daily quests and chores, AFTER a brief stop at my local Starbucks – despite their average quality coffee. So, why the pilgrimage, you ask? What does Starbucks has to offer that keeps me (and a million others) going back to it? To me, it gives an excellent brand experience. The company consistently provides its customers with the same quality coffee in their iconic ‘Siren’…
  • Design and Animation in Modern Games

    Uzair Mirza
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:16 am
    Video games are now competitively played around the globe. Professional video gaming is a growing industry that will soon be generating billions of dollars in revenue. Gamers are already earning huge amounts through sponsorships, ad revenues, and prizes. The industry that gave us gamification is now, more than ever, using the same concepts for game design and development, outside the context of game-play. Developers and publishers are pushing themselves for better video games. Yet, players demand improved and higher version of each game they play. With the modern competition added into the…
  • 15 Gamification Twitter Accounts to Follow in 2015

    Janil Jean
    26 May 2015 | 2:42 am
    Gamification is the next big industry – and no, it is not just another buzzword on the internet. The Gamification revolution is already well under way, and it is set to take the world by storm in the coming years. Quite simply, the use of game elements to promote desired behavior among employees and consumers is an opportunity no organization can afford to miss. Expected to grow past $2 billion in the U.S. alone in 2015, the Global Gamification Market is predicted to reach $5.5 billion by 2018. It will permeate the government, education, healthcare, retail, and even the much talked…
  • 7 Disruptive Website Design Technologies

    Raquel Addams
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:54 am
    In a trend akin to a nuclear explosion’s mushroom cloud which envelopes the globe, the use of mobile, hand-held devices has permeated the planet seemingly overnight, as an ever growing majority of people use smart phones and tables to browse the internet. Website designers and developers have subsequently been left scrambling in an attempt to optimize their websites for compatibility with the various gadgets and their differing screen sizes. Enter responsive web design, a technique which allows developers to render their websites’ content so it is displayed and performs uniformly and…
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    Design Crawl

  • 15 Business Card Designs You’ll Love

    James George
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Excellent Business Card Designs Your business card is an essential part of your business. It’s like a personal billboard that you hand to each and every client you come into contact with. Also, many people will pass your business card onto people they meet, so it’s an invaluable tool in your marketing arsenal. That why your business card designs are so important. They say so much about who you are, what you do, and that you really mean business. Let’s take a look at 15 inspiring business card designs you’ll love. Bold Business Cards with Edge Painting These business…
  • Free Summertime Icon Set

    James George
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:25 am
    Summertime Icon Set You can never have too many icons. They come in handle for everything from brochures and vector patterns to websites and user interfaces. If you really want to customize the look of a website or an app, using a consistent icon set is your key to success. This week, exclusively from Freepik, we have 100 hand-made Summertime icons. The collection is a fun and friendly icon set that could be used in a lot of summertime or beach-themed projects. Let’s take a look at the free Summertime icon set and what you’ll find in it. When I look at this icon set, I immediate…
  • Things to Consider Before Starting Your Own Design Business

    James George
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Things to Consider Before Starting Your Own Design Business Many designers dream of going out on their own, being their own boss, and going after the clients they want to work for. While it may be true that you can achieve all of this, it’s not quite that easy. You have a lot to consider before you actually start your own business. Here are some things to consider before starting your own design business. Save Your Money If you currently have a job, you’ll want to save a few months worth of income. This will be helpful, so you’re not worrying about how you’ll pay your…
  • 70 Free Shadowcons (Ai + PNG + SVG)

    James George
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    Shadowcons It’s been a while since I’ve created a freebie for my readers. I’ve kind of been swamped lately with a lot of client work, so my focus has mainly been on meeting deadlines. I had a break in between project deadlines, so I had some time to create these free vector icons that you can use in your projects. I call them Shadowcons and there is a total of 70 of them. Let’s take a look at a preview of the 70 icons that you’ll receive in this set. The concept behind this icon set is to take the original shape, but place a hard shadow underneath each icon. For…
  • Signs That It’s Time To Let A Client Go

    James George
    12 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Let a Client Go? I Can’t Afford That! When I first started my business, I never imagined I would or could get to the point where I would ever willingly decide to no longer do work for a client. Now that I’ve been in business for a few years, I understand just how important for your business it actually is to let certain clients go. Let’s discus client relationships and why it might be time for you to let a clients go. They Constantly Hound You My business has grown a lot over the past year, and I’ve taken on a lot of new clients and projects, which is exciting. Bigger clients are…
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    Creative Drum

  • The Stock Photo is Dead, Long Live the Stock Photo: An Interview with David Sherry

    Tom McCallum
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:10 am
    Over the course of the last few years, stock photography has become an increasingly important part of most business’s marketing efforts; and for good reason. According to MDG Advertising, 67% of online shoppers consider high quality images to be “very important” in their decision to buy and on social media, posts with images have proven to have a far higher click-through rate than posts without. Press releases with photographs get 45% more views, blog articles with images get 94% more views, and 63% of people think the quality of a product image influences their decision…
  • 10 Essential Pieces of Kit Every Photographer Needs

    Tom McCallum
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:15 am
    Imagining your dream photography kit is always great fun. You’ll probably have aspirations to buy a top of the range camera, several additional lenses and countless accessories all in one go. Realistically, however, you will probably have to begin with the essentials and work your way up from there. So where should you start? Listed below are 10 essential pieces of kit every photographer should seek to own along with the considerations you should take into account for each item. 1. Body The body of the camera is what’s left when you take off all accessories, including the…
  • Ruin a Photo: 10 Easy Ways to Do It

    Boyana Atanasova
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:05 am
    Every photographer has experienced disappointment when editing his photos. Whether it’s about the wrong use of settings or another reason, it’s not hard to ruin a photo. Amateurs, however, think that they can get away with mistakes such as massive watermarks and inappropriate use of photo frames. So, what are the most common mistakes made by beginner photographers? Read our top 10 list to find out more… 1. Use of HDR High Dynamic Range or HDR is one of the most popular effects you can add to your photos. However, excessive use can make your photos look unnecessarily…
  • 20 Inspirational Twitter Feeds Every Illustrator Should Be Following

    Tom McCallum
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Twitter is one of the best sources online for illustration inspiration. All of the best illustrators, agencies, and galleries use Twitter regularly to post images of work, offer advice, and provide links to useful information to their followers. You can discover competitions, exhibitions, new artists, and gain a first-hand insight into the working lives of your favourite artists. If you haven’t started using Twitter as a source for your own illustration inspiration yet you should get going if you want to keep up with the crowd. To help get you started, here is a list of the best…
  • 8 Undeniable Reasons Why Every Business Needs to Hire a Graphic Designer

    Tom McCallum
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Unfortunately, many business owners fail to understand the positive impact that hiring a graphic designer can have. Looking to cut costs they may well think that they can use stock images, graphs and charts from Microsoft Excel, and a free logo online creator and everything will work out the same. However, this is certainly not the case and this commonly held view is mostly down to a lack of knowledge about what a graphic designer does. What is a graphic designer? A graphic designer is a professional who creates and assembles images, typography, or motion graphics with a view to improving the…
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  • Illustrator Tutorial – Vector Banner

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Check out this great Illustrator tutorial on how to create a vector banner. The post Illustrator Tutorial – Vector Banner appeared first on All We Design.

    22 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    Check out this unique music video. Directed by Inès & Victor. Co-produced by Wanda Paris & Savoir Faire. Post-produced by Digital Disctrict. The post PANTEROS666 feat. WOODKID – CLEAR appeared first on All We Design.
  • Palm Rot Short Film

    22 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    Check out this beautiful short film by Ryan Gillis. Investigating a mysterious explosion in the Florida Everglades, a crop-duster named Bill discovers a lone crate that survived the wreckage. Curiosity gets the better of him and he pulls the crate unto his airboat. That’s just the first in a series of decisions he learns to regret. PROCESS BLOG : Official Selection SUNDANCE 2015 Official Selection SXSW 2015 Official Selection ANNECY 2015 Official Selection OTTAWA 2015 WINNER Animated Grit – INDIE GRITS 2015 Official Selection: Animation…
  • Zipcy Illustration Portfolio

    25 Jun 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Check out this collection of illustrations by the talented Zipcy . The post Zipcy Illustration Portfolio appeared first on All We Design.
  • Costume Design by Anton Photon

    25 Jun 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Check out these beautiful costume designs by Anton Photon. The post Costume Design by Anton Photon appeared first on All We Design.
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  • HD Background Lauren Cohan Photo Shoot Actress American Hollywood Wallpaper

    2 Aug 2015 | 4:10 am
    HD Background Lauren Cohan Photo Shoot Actress American Hollywood Wallpaper 4K Ultra HD – 3840×2400 Dual Wide 21:9 – 2560×1080 Widescreen 16:10 – 2560×1600 Full HD – 1920×1080 Tablet/ Laptop – 1366×768 Mobile – 1080×1920 Download Ultra HD, 4K, 2K, Full HD, High Resolution/ Definition, Quad HD, Octa HD, QHD, OHD, Widescreen, Fullscreen, Dual Monitors Wallpaper for Desktop, Laptop, Mobile, Tablet. Wallpapers for Samsung Galaxy S S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, Edge, Active S7, Note, Note 2, Note 3, Note 4, Note 5, Note 6, Edge, Ativ,…
  • HD Background God Of War GOW Ascension Hades Art Purple Devil Character Game Wallpaper

    2 Aug 2015 | 4:03 am
    HD Background God Of War GOW Ascension Hades Art Purple Devil Character Game Wallpaper 4K Ultra HD – 3840×2400 Dual Wide 21:9 – 2560×1080 Widescreen 16:10 – 2560×1600 Full HD – 1920×1080 Tablet/ Laptop – 1366×768 Mobile – 1080×1920 Download Ultra HD, 4K, 2K, Full HD, High Resolution/ Definition, Quad HD, Octa HD, QHD, OHD, Widescreen, Fullscreen, Dual Monitors Wallpaper for Desktop, Laptop, Mobile, Tablet. Wallpapers for Samsung Galaxy S S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, Edge, Active S7, Note, Note 2, Note 3, Note 4, Note 5, Note 6,…
  • HD Background Baden Wuerttemberg Lichtenstein Castle Commune Germany City Wallpaper

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:56 am
    HD Background Baden Wuerttemberg Lichtenstein Castle Commune Germany City Wallpaper 4K Ultra HD – 3840×2400 Dual Wide 21:9 – 2560×1080 Widescreen 16:10 – 2560×1600 Full HD – 1920×1080 Tablet/ Laptop – 1366×768 Mobile – 1080×1920 Download Ultra HD, 4K, 2K, Full HD, High Resolution/ Definition, Quad HD, Octa HD, QHD, OHD, Widescreen, Fullscreen, Dual Monitors Wallpaper for Desktop, Laptop, Mobile, Tablet. Wallpapers for Samsung Galaxy S S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, Edge, Active S7, Note, Note 2, Note 3, Note 4, Note 5, Note 6,…
  • HD Background Red Pandas Lesser Panda Face Animal Grass Wallpaper

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:37 am
    HD Background Red Pandas Lesser Panda Face Animal Grass Wallpaper 4K Ultra HD – 3840×2400 Dual Wide 21:9 – 2560×1080 Widescreen 16:10 – 2560×1600 Full HD – 1920×1080 Tablet/ Laptop – 1366×768 Mobile – 1080×1920 Download Ultra HD, 4K, 2K, Full HD, High Resolution/ Definition, Quad HD, Octa HD, QHD, OHD, Widescreen, Fullscreen, Dual Monitors Wallpaper for Desktop, Laptop, Mobile, Tablet. Wallpapers for Samsung Galaxy S S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, Edge, Active S7, Note, Note 2, Note 3, Note 4, Note 5, Note 6, Edge, Ativ, Grand, E7,…
  • HD Background Syndicate EA Eurocorp Shooter Black And White Gun Mask Wallpaper

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:29 am
    HD Background Syndicate EA Eurocorp Shooter Black And White Gun Mask Wallpaper 4K Ultra HD – 3840×2400 Dual Wide 21:9 – 2560×1080 Widescreen 16:10 – 2560×1600 Full HD – 1920×1080 Tablet/ Laptop – 1366×768 Mobile – 1080×1920 Download Ultra HD, 4K, 2K, Full HD, High Resolution/ Definition, Quad HD, Octa HD, QHD, OHD, Widescreen, Fullscreen, Dual Monitors Wallpaper for Desktop, Laptop, Mobile, Tablet. Wallpapers for Samsung Galaxy S S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, Edge, Active S7, Note, Note 2, Note 3, Note 4, Note 5, Note 6, Edge,…
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  • 22 Mind Blowing Geometric Tattoos

    Ahfaz Ahmed
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
      “Tattoos have a power and magic all their own. They decorate the body but they also enhance the soul.”  ― Michelle Delio Let me ask you one question: What makes tattoos amazing? There are many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 12 Biggest Freelance Design Mistakes

    Ahfaz Ahmed
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:19 am
    In this world, no one is perfect. Each and every one is different in respect to their skills. And so we all make mistakes. It’s a part of life. Life is not possible without making mistakes. Mistakes... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • WP Time To Read WordPress Plugin Review

    Ahfaz Ahmed
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:06 am
    There are many WordPress plugins to perform different things. But using all plugins is not recommended by professionals. Sometimes we see a new plugin, get fascinated by it and finally install it on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 100 Best Typography Tools and Resources

    Ahfaz Ahmed
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    Typography is the most essential element of design.Click To Tweet And every time there is something new to learn in typography. So it is very important for a designer to stay updated and learn new... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Create Professional Photoshop Actions

    Ahfaz Ahmed
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:44 am
    Photoshop Actions make our work very easy and fast as we need not perform a task repeatedly. One can find tons of Photoshop actions which are very helpful and are also free. But have you ever thought... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • 30 Admin Website Templates for 2015 [Free & Premium]

    XDesigns Team
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:55 am
    Simply by making use of these tailor-made admin website template, you can save you a lot of the time as soon as taking care of your website or apps. In the previous post, we have a collections of free admin website templates that you can use at no cost at all. The website admin dashboard designs that you are using must certainly be aesthetically attractive and get each one of the functions you will need to create an administration screen design. It becomes extremely needed for web developer to use responsive admin templates that adaptable and fixed all screen solution both mobile phone and…
  • 30 Creative Game Logo Design Examples

    XDesigns Team
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:40 am
    Game design businesses are huge companies venture, and their particular expert, carefully developed company logos show it. Although video game poster art is oftentimes because properly created as any movie poster, game logo design is still important aspect and much considered to boost brand identity. Logo designing had been a complicated process before and only expert designers and companies could accomplish that. The game logo is considered the most crucial element of any video gaming business brand name and also the most difficult component to execute. To provide you with a little bit of…
  • 50 Free Food & Restaurant Menu Templates

    XDesigns Team
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    In a coffeehouse and restaurant, a menu is a display or representation of food items and drink choices. Apart from restaurant interior design; A strategically created restaurant menu could be a big influence to any food business. There are a lot of menu design templates provide you with a variety of layout possibilities to update selection items with time. If you do not have design or photoshop experience, normally it takes some time now to produce a printable food menu by yourself. This article includes ready to make use of free food Menu Templates which will keep your time. Using these…
  • 80+ Free Sticker PSD Templates

    XDesigns Team
    8 Jul 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Are you searching for some 100 % free printable sticker design for your projects or start selling something over the internet? Well, we have managed to make it simple with these free adorable sticker PSD Template that you can download for free. A sticker or tag is a form of label, a component of designed and printed papers or synthetic with force sensitive glue using one side. These stickers label graphic design can be used and modified to fulfil up your design requirement. Let’s check it out. See Also: Free Printable Thank You Card Contemporary Sticker Template 8 Sticker Photoshop…
  • 16 Open Source Vector Graphics Editor

    XDesigns Team
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:14 pm
    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite and Adobe Illustrator are some of the most well-known branded vector and image editors for computers running Windows, but it is a premium & very expensive graphic editor software. The good news is, there are a great number of available open source and light vector editor that you can use for free. Related Freebies: 50+ Free Icon Sets for Application Development Vector graphics software is used for producing and modifying vector graphics. It’s often compared with bitmap image editors, and their functionalities match up with each other. You need to use Draw…
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