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  • Design Accessibly, See Differently: Color Contrast Tips And Tools

    Smashing Magazine
    Cathy O' Connor
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    When you browse your favorite website or check the latest version of your product on your device of choice, take a moment to look at it differently. Step back from the screen. Close your eyes slightly so that your vision is a bit clouded by your eyelashes. Can you still see and use the website? Are you able to read the labels, fields, buttons, navigation and small footer text? Can you imagine how someone who sees differently would read and use it? In this article, I’ll share one aspect of design accessibility: making sure that the look and feel (the visual design of the content) are…
  • Google announces new way to screw with your email

    The Graphic Mac
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’m not sure what people’s fascination with making the email process into anything but email, but apparently Google is on board. Gmail wasn’t bad enough, now there’s Google Inbox. I wonder how long it’ll be before they kill this, too. Related posts: Google releases Gmail app for iOS users Google to add social networking to Gmail? Add Web Search to Gmail
  • Font Combinations: 10 Sites for Inspiration

    Six Revisions
    Jacob Gube
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Combining different fonts in a pleasing and harmonious way is a challenging aspect of producing good typography. A lot of it has to do with good taste: When you actually see the fonts in action, you will instinctively know whether or not they work well together. There are many sites you can visit to get ideas and inspiration for good font combinations. Here are a few of them. Beautiful Web Type Combinations An open source project, Beautiful Web Type Combinations is a one-page showcase of great Google Fonts pairings. examines beautiful sites to determine what fonts they use. This…
  • 10 Amazing Sites for Truly Free Images

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    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAOver the years as a designer, I’ve managed to build personal relationships with several outstanding photographers to collaborate and use their amazing free images in my projects. Be it on my demo sites, as background design, as part of graphics, or just because I was truly inspired. Due to one legal drama which I encountered over copyright infringement back in ’08, contacting photographers directly was the only way I could get the unique images I wanted without paying hefty stock prices. Fortunately, with the wide usage of smartphone cameras and photo…
  • Pensar Creates 3D Printed Footwear

    12 Oct 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Pensar has developed a 3D printed footwear concept that pushes the boundaries of personalization to create a truly bespoke shoe for every user.
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    Graphic Design & Publishing Center

  • Picture your Mini-Me - your own 3D statue of yourself!

    Fred Showker
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    This is the beginning of the age of 3D Photography, and Photogrammetry uses overlapping pictures to create a 3D model of an object printed by the Sculpteo 3D Cloud Engine. So, figure you can now clone yourself in any size... a great novelty or gift!!! read more
  • The Essential Handbook for all Creatives and Innovators: The 46 Rules of Genius

    Fred Showker
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Marty Neumeier's new book is a thought-provoking quick start guide to creative brilliance -- and I want to recommend it for anyone who wants to brighten their creative thinking prowess. Read it once. Reade it twice. Use lots of Post-it notes to mark passages ... I guarantee you'll want them again and again! read more
  • Halloween inspiration, art, activities and download fun for all

    Fred Showker
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Lots of great art, ideas and inspiration can be found in children's books. This collection brings lots of visual fun for Halloween with a great collection of activities and coloring. Grab some free samples, and take a look at these favorites: Wacky Witches Sticker Activity Book Witches Stained Glass Coloring Book The Little Halloween Activity Book 3-D Coloring Book--Happy Halloween Halloween ABC Coloring Book Halloween Scapes . . . and more! read more
  • 20th Annual Fonts Surf : Signage Lettering trends, cursive fonts, and chic fonts for cheap

    Fred Showker
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Five more pages of surfing for type, lettering, fonts, calligraphy and cool stuff about typography are behind us. As we say goodbye to the 20th annual fonts surf, I'm thinking we may just be back to add yet more. Please send in your favorites to share with all other DT&G Magazine and Design Center readers! Enjoy: [*] Lettering and Signage Trends at the Grocery Stores[*] A cursive font you thought was done by hand [*] Stephen Miggas of Aerotype Arbordale[*] Take this FONT in your lunchbox [*] Uber chic for cheap. . . and more! read more
  • 20th Annual Fonts Surf : Master Gerard Huerta, Kings, OpenType and Vintage Scripts

    Fred Showker
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    This edition was truly one of our favorites! It's always such a thrill to discover new talents -- and visit old friends, like Gerard! There are some great resources out there too -- like the features of Open-Type, which seriously deserves study by all graphic designers! So come along, revisit Mr Huerta, and see some outstanding hand lettering. Enjoy: [*] The Five Best (and most underused) Features of OpenType Fonts[*] Type Talk: Gerard Huerta, Master of Hand Lettering[*] Getting the vintage script perfect : Coco[*] Jill is the real deal in Brandlettering[*] Born to be Kings. . . and more!
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    Design daily news

  • Design deals for the week

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Every week, we’ll give you an overview of the best deals for designers, make sure you don’t miss any by subscribing to our deals feed. Aaron Script This beautiful and elegant font sports nearly 400 glyphs, OpenType features such as ligatures and stylistic alternates, and even comes in Webfonts. $9 instead of $39 – Get it […] The post Design deals for the week appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • 30 beautiful and inspiring photos

    Sabina Hona
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Eyes of a creative photographer can capture several stunning images even from a small moment. They are the person with some special qualities who see the world with the lens of camera to capture unusual event that may be we, as non-photographer cannot even imagine. Today in this blog, we are introducing you to 30 […] The post 30 beautiful and inspiring photos appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • The flat UI toolkit: 10 free flat UI resources

    Sabina Hona
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Designing in today’s world is absolutely different than it used to be. It has evolved and developed certain level of standard which is very high compared to its predecessors. At the moment, flat designs are the one hitting the market. That is why today, here we have the collection of flat UI kits that will […] The post The flat UI toolkit: 10 free flat UI resources appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Print love: new fine art prints published this week

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Poetic, funny, witty, or just beautiful, new art prints are published online every day. Every week, we try to share the best of new digital printmaking projects. Gobopan’s Kingdom by Wilmer Murillo. House of death by Carbine. December by Kakel. San Francisco skyline old map by Paula Belle Flores. Hour glass goldfish by Vin Zzep. […] The post Print love: new fine art prints published this week appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Giveaway: get 2 Developer subscriptions for your visitors from Elegant Themes

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    For the launch of their amazing new WordPress plugin for social sharing, our friends at Elegant Themes are offering two developers account to Designer Daily’s readers. They do this to celebrate the launch of Monarch, their social media plugin for WordPress. How to enter You can enter by entering a comment explaining which theme or […] The post Giveaway: get 2 Developer subscriptions for your visitors from Elegant Themes appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
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  • Pensar Creates 3D Printed Footwear

    12 Oct 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Pensar has developed a 3D printed footwear concept that pushes the boundaries of personalization to create a truly bespoke shoe for every user.
  • Breaking New Ground: Designing Affordable Housing for the Coachella Valley Workforce

    12 Oct 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Breaking New Ground is an international design and ideas competition addressing the urgent affordable housing needs of farmworker and service worker families in the Coachella Valley.
  • Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence 2015

    12 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
    The 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence is now open for entries. The award celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to our nation's cities.
  • Hotel MdR Marina del Rey

    Levent Ozler
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Indidesign recently designed the exterior, lobby, bar, restaurant, and outdoor living space of the newly renovated Hotel MdR Marina del Rey -­ a DoubleTree by Hilton.
  • Dutch Design Week 2014

    Levent Ozler
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The thirteenth edition of the Dutch Design Week will be held October 18-26, 2014 in Eindhoven.
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    Graphic Design News

  • Veritiv to Host 25th Chicago Paper Show, Nation's Largest Graphic...

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    ATLANTA and LOVELAND, OH - Veritiv Corp. will host its 25th annual Chicago Paper Show on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at the Westin Chicago River North. Veritiv was formed in July 2014 following the merger of xpedx and Unisource.
  • Graphic designers must not rely on computers to be truly creative

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    TECHNOLOGY may have steered creativity towards the computer screen, but graphic designer Peter Silk says he still keeps paints, brushes and cameras in the office. The co-founder of Silk Pearce design communications consultancy in Colchester has seen many changes in the industry, but advises wannabe designers to take time away from the screen to keep their creative influences flowing.
  • Leonard duo up for ARIA

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Surprised: Scott and Sean Leonard have been nominated for an ARIA for their artwork on Australian hip hop artist 360's album, Utopia. PICTURE: KATE HEALY IMAGE Leonard Bros Creative, made up of graphic designers Sean and Scott Leonard, are making waves in the Australian music industry's elite for their pioneering and creative album cover art.
  • Cut Paper Artwork Exhibition to Check Out

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Find all the info you need on design disciplines and the graphic design trends happening in website design, typography, branding, paper, illustration, advertising, color and more in this download from MyDesignShop: Graphic Design Trends and Disciplines . Brooklyn-based multimedia artist Michael Hambouz creates stunning cut-paper artwork , and thanks to The Durst Organization and chashama , 18 of his large-scale cut-paper collages are now on display until November 21, 2014, in the Lobby Gallery of 1133 Avenue of the Americas in New York City.
  • STEM/Family Writing Night at MES

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    UCAC's 2014 Juried Art Show will be on display at the USC-Union Main Building. The 80 works come from across the Southeast and as far away as Michigan.
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    You The Designer

  • 7 Lessons Designers Learn From an IKEA Catalog

    Claire Jariss Manlapas
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    I still remember the very first time I held an Ikea catalog in my hands and flipped through its pages. It was 1999 and the cover was a well-lit living room with a mother and son lying comfortably on a beige couch. I browsed and found myself amazed by the room layouts and colors. I didn’t know then that the magazine was teaching me a few design basics that I eventually learned more thoroughly about. Here’s a few things you can pick up from that Ikea catalog you keep ignoring on the center table. 1) Working with colors Over the years, Ikea has evolved from the basic colors of the…
  • The Dollar Redesigned: 9 Awesome US Dollar Redesign Concepts

    Kevin Mark Rabida
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The internet was set abuzz by Norway’s kroner redesign that were literally works of art which got us thinking: Why don’t we have those with the Dollar? The US Dollar is in dire need of a redesign, not only for rebranding but also for the possible restoration and strengthening of confidence on the US economy. Or, because designing currency is just plain fun. The aesthetics of American banknotes stems way back from when currency was first issued during the American Civil war. Symbolism was pretty much in the minds of the first US currency designers. For example, the color…
  • Zombie Effect Tutorial in Photoshop

    Gian Bautista
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Good day, artists! In light of the Halloween season, we are here to present you a terrifying zombie effect Photoshop tutorial. Let us turn an image of a beautiful woman into a horrifying walking dead in 15 simple steps. Before we start, click the Download button below to access the resource folder that contains everything you’ll need for this tutorial. download now Follow the step-by-step instructions below and try to recreate this nerve-racking tutorial by our resident graphic artist, Niño Batitis. Let’s start! Step 1 — Open the female image from the resources folder in…
  • Freebie: 5 Halloween-Themed Labels

    Patrick Jude Ilagan
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Halloween is nigh! Are you folks ready? We sure are! Anyway, last time we gave you lovely folks the 14 Flat Halloween Vector Set — perfect for children’s Halloween parties or making whimsical designs. This time though, we have decided to make something more scary serious. Below are 5 Halloween-themed labels that you can use for your design needs. The set contains five high-resolution .EPS files and five high-resolution .PSD files wherein you can just enter the text you need to. download nowAs always, don’t forget to show us how you folks used our freebie on our Twitter or at the…
  • 365 Paintings for Ants by Lorraine Loots

    Patrick Ellasos
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Since January 1, 2013, Cape Town-based artist Lorraine Loots got her hands full creating highly detailed paintings for her long running “small” project. 365 Paintings for Ants is a year-long project in which Loots is creating one miniature painting per day with different subjects. She started sharing her creations online. Along the way, her project evolved and people started booking specific dates and making suggestions for a particular subject on that day. Making this project a collaboration between Loots and her visitors online. Photo credit: These works of…
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  • How to Create Kaleidoscopic Patterns in Photoshop

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

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Authors: David BlatnerBody: Have you ever tried to crop a PDF file, cutting out part of a page? The frustrating truth is that Acrobat can crop a PDF, but the stuff outside the cropped area doesn’t truly go away. It is just masked, or hidden. Actually, technically, cropping a PDF in Acrobat just changes its “trim” or “crop” rectangle — the original art is all still there. For example, say you have a PDF with a bunch of private, sensitive information. You use Acrobat’s Crop feature to crop it down to just the public data you want visible. But that original data is still…
  • The 7 Skills Every Design Professional Needs Today

    Roberto Blake
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Authors: Roberto BlakeBody: Today more designers are finding themselves having to be well rounded with diverse skill-sets, when competing in the job market. While having a specialty and distinct design style is important, the ability to provide a range of services to employers and clients will give you a competitive advantage. Here is a list of skills every professional designer needs today to remain competitive. Retouching and Masking Designers will find that the highest-paying positions in their field are usually related to advertising. Working in advertising requires a variety of…
  • Adobe's Creative Cloud Libraries

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Authors: Erica GametBody: Adobe recently rolled out Creative Cloud Libraries as part of the late-2014 Creative Cloud release. This cleverly integrated workflow component will allow you to work across applications, platforms, and projects seamlessly by giving you access to your creative assets. A core part of their new family of mobile apps and added to Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC for the desktop, CC Libraries let you store, organize, and retrieve brushes, colors, text styles, images, and vector artwork no matter where you are working. At the core of this integrated system is…
  • Using Adobe's New Capture Apps

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Authors: Erica GametBody: At this year's Adobe MAX Conference, the company was handing out apps like candy on Halloween. And like that favorite house that always gave out Snickers or KitKats, the tastiest treats at MAX were of the mobile flavor. Several of the apps have been around a while but were given updates and a few given new names, while others are completely new to the line-up. All of them have been created to help enhance the mobile creative workflow and to work within the Creative Cloud ecosystem. I am often overwhelmed with all of the apps that Adobe has, especially their…
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    Next Big Design

  • Who knows you better than yourself? Amazon and Nike to name a few

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

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

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    On Tuesday, the much-anticipated Apple Watch was finally revealed alongside the new iPhone 6.  It’s easy to dismiss this as just another new tech product launch in an overly crowded market, with other companies like Samsung, LG, and Motorola who have already made their mark in the space.  But, don’t be so easy to judge - if you look closely at the Apple Watch, you can see the tech giant executed
  • What Does Your Logo Say About Your Business?

    9 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    A truly great company logo becomes synonymous with its identity. For instance, McDonald’s golden arches, Apple’s apple, Coca-Cola’s cursive typeface, Nike’s swoosh and all of those iconic brand images stuck in your head. But what does a logo say about your company?  Check out this infographic designed by 123Print about what a logo means to a company by 123Print. Related articles
  • The Changing Role of the Chief Innovation Officer (CInO)

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    As the competency of corporate innovation continues to expand and improve, more Chief Innovation Officer roles are appearing in large, corporate organizations. This is a welcome development and recognition of the ongoing value that leadership sees innovation efforts delivering for organizations. This recognition is demonstrated by the focus on the CInO role by several conferences, including The
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  • Respectful Communcation

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    “Respectful communication under conflict or opposition is an essential and truly awe-inspiring ability.” - Bryant McGill
  • Perfect Acceptance

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
    “Once you free yourself from the need for perfect acceptance, it’s a lot easier to launch work that matters.” – Seth Godin
  • ♥ / No more crappy spatulas

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    A big thank you to Get It Right (GIR) for sponsoring this week of my RSS Feed. Get It Right (GIR) makes kitchen tools with attitude. Their flagship unibody silicone spatula is the internet’s best-reviewed spat — and the internet never lies. The folks at GIR are launching a Kickstarter campaign for a series of silicone lids to top any pot or turn any bowl into a storage container (seeing is believing). To get in on the action, check out their campaign here. SwissMiss readers can also get their very own GIR Spatula for an excellent 20% off at with code HEARTSWISSMISS. But…
  • Friday Link Pack

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    Tiffany Pratt, speaker at CreativeMornings/Toronto during the COLOR month. - Not sure how a copy of Symbol landed on my desk, but I wish I would have had it back in the days when I still designed identities for clients. Symbol: The Reference Guide to Abstract and Figurative Trademarks - Stay Awesome Tote - Write a manifesto. - In love with this old-school leather camera bag. - Hey nerdy parents, check out this legit Halloween costume. Scroll to the bottom. (via) - Someone strapped a GoPro to an eagle flying over Paris & mon dieu, it’s magnifique! - Article: Who Gets the Conference…
  • Switch Port: A dry-erase light switch

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    This light switch with a built in dry-erase board is smart and useful. A brainchild of 16 year old Nick Bain. Hat tip! (thanks Zerlina)
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    Logo Design Love

  • Design Matters: Tom Geismar

    David Airey
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    This month’s episode of Design Matters is with Tom Geismar. “All a logo does is represent whatever the entity is, and peoples’ feelings about it are completely determined by their experiences with that entity. One test we often do is to say, ‘Who do you think has a good logo?’ And inevitably people say Apple and Nike and ones they think highly of. No one will ever say Enron. Paul Rand designed Enron’s logo and it really was very good but no one would ever say that because their feelings are too much affected by the history. So it’s not the logos’ design, it…
  • Elisa redesign, by Grow

    David Airey
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:29 am
    Finnish telecommunications firm Elisa has a new look. “We are in a time when strategies must be fluid and agility is mandatory. This is definitely a challenge – but a good one. It’s also the reason why we wanted to rebrand and communicate what we offer in a clear, understandable way.” Old logo You don’t need me to tell you how much of an improvement the new wordmark is. Designed by Grow, headquartered in Stockholm. Elisa press release. Via The Branding Source.
  • Oregon Scout Badges

    David Airey
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    Here’s a small side project I like, one you could apply to nature in your area — parks, forests, lakes, reserves… “It’s a personal challenge, to step away from the work desk every once in awhile and go exploring this great state — but then to bring back and distill a little bit of the great outdoors into the design world.” Oregon Scout Badges, by designer and illustrator Kevin M. Fitzgerald. Via Quipsologies. It reminds me of Nicole Meyer’s Branding 10,000 Lakes, except this one keeps the same illustrative style, muted palette, “State Park”…
  • A failure to acknowledge work as work

    David Airey
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    I just read an article that isn’t related specifically to logos, but it’s one of the better collections of words in favour of saying no when for-profit companies ask for free work. “This isn’t just about unpaid labor. One reason people, especially young people with creative aspirations, work for free is to form valuable relationships that will push their careers forward. But you can’t form a valuable relationship with a rich person who can afford to but won’t pay you a reasonable wage, because your entire relationship with that rich person is based on their failure to…
  • A few things #3

    David Airey
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:32 am
    Phil Clements and the creation of the Champions League logo, on The Independent, via Emblemetric. Origins of the Yankees’ interlocking NY logo. A nice marketing idea for this juice brand where the bottle logo can be peeled and stuck elsewhere. By London-based Jese Siu, via Graphic Birdwatching. Unit Editions is following up Manuals 1 with Manuals 2. The equally excellent-looking compilation of identity guidelines is available for pre-order on the Unit Editions website. Previously: A few things #2
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    Ace Jet 170

  • Dipticstagram

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Photoshop it ain't…But I love seeing what you can do with limited resources. In this case my phone, Diptic's pretty rudimentary editing functions and Instagram for some subtle colouration.
  • Design and Content

    27 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    Way back in 1999 I was reading Design Writing Research – Abbott Miller and Ellen Lupton's collection of essays on graphic design (and also the name of their design practise at the time). This was the first time I'm read anything from either author – to a large extent, it was the first time I'd enjoyed writing of this kind. It was Lupton's name that had drawn me in – I wasn't so familier with Miller – and semi-youthful enthusiasm for the subject (I wasn't that young) drove me on to consume both author's nuanced thoughts and ideas. It was…
  • Wheat Germ

    13 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Everyone's got it, haven't they? It's a piece of graphic design history and a super-fast/low-cost read. And a useful reminder of what it's all about; I for one benefit greatly from this kind of reminder, distracted as I can be by technology and the latest this and that. Rand's "Thoughts on Design", first published in 1947, is like the Hovis bread of the design world, "As good for us today as it's always been". It reminds us, succinctly and intelligently, of the importance of study, observation, relevance and purpose; the nutrients of good design.
  • Grafica della Strada

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    For over twenty years Louise Fili has been snapping away at Italy's signage. 440 of those photos have now been wrapped up in a rather handsome hard cover and published. Grafica della Strada celebrates the display typography of her favourite European destination.
  • No Jacket Required

    17 Jun 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Secondhand Bookshop loiterers will relate to this: I was at a nearby National Trust property, mooching around the secondhand bookshop, when I spied a scruffy oddity. A strangely tall volume wrapped in an interesting elk-based photo dust jacket that was topped off with a nasty piece of outline type. If it wasn't for the unusual format I'd have passed it by but it was poking up, head and shoulders above the other odds and ends. So I did the thing you do – we all do it, don't we? – I slipped its jacket off. Boy am I glad I did.
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    Design is Kinky

  • Lynx Expression giveaway

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The guys at Lynx are not only making your pits smell nice, but they’re working with a bunch of cool artists to make some products under the Expression Series. They’ve kindly given Design is Kinky five t-shirts and five posters by Sheryo & The Yok to give away to our lovely followers. Head over to their Instagram and make an interesting comment, also making sure to include @designiskinky in your post and you might be lucky enough to win.
  • Nowherefamous t-shirts

    9 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Our mates at Nowherefamous have just created a couple new t-shirts, one shown in the image above. They’re still sorting out an online store but if you are keen on more info send an email to for details.
  • Matthew Grabelsky

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Great paintings by Matthew Grabelsky.
  • Trent Whitehead

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:19 pm
    The Mild Manners crew have a new space opening up in Sydney soon and to kick it off they have a show with Aussie artist Trent Whitehead. It opens next week on the 25th. Don’t miss it.
  • Study Of Hair [Melb 26/9]

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:55 pm
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  • 3 Simple Photoshop Tips to Create Better Textures

    Chris Spooner
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Textures are valuable design resources that can be used as backgrounds to your work or pasted in as overlays to add distressed tones. Anyone with a camera can collect texture resources, with even the latest smart phone cameras being more than capable of capturing high resolution details. It takes more than just a click of the shutter button to capture a great texture though, the most usable textures are the result of some Photoshop editing. In today’s post I share 3 important tips that will help transform your standard images into better textures resources. Flattening & Equalizing…
  • Infographic Template Vector Kit for Premium Members

    Chris Spooner
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Access All Areas members had a taste of Mats-Peter Forss’ Infographic Template Shop last month with his kind donation of a Vector Infographic Tools Kit for members. Mats is back again with more excellent resources for premium members, this time with a User Experience themed vector Infographic template kit featuring loads of individual resources including graphs, charts & icons. All the products at the Infographic Template Shop are mousemade by Finland based illustrator Mats-Peter Forss. His store contains a range of useful vector tool sets which have helped turn the lifeless…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Cutting Stuff Out in Photoshop

    Chris Spooner
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    No matter what you’re working on, you can be sure that almost every project will require an image to be removed from its background! Sometimes it’s a breeze when professionally lit studio shots are provided, but it can get a little tricky when detailed backgrounds come into play. In today’s post I give an overview of a range of cutting out techniques that I’ve learned over the years and offer advice on when each method is best used. Quick & Dirty Selections Sometimes you just need to quickly remove something from its background with no questions asked. If the final…
  • 26 Hand Drawn Vector Ribbons for Premium Members

    Chris Spooner
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    More vector goodies are being made available to Access All Areas members today, courtesy of Creatticon. This set of hand drawn ribbons contains 26 vector graphics of ribbons and banners in both solid and outline styles. They’re great when paired with some text to finish off a logo, jazz up a heading, or even to create tattoo style art. Being vector graphics means they can be scaled to any size, which makes them suitable for all kinds of applications. Jascha Brinkmann is the Web Designer behind the new web resources site Creatticon, a place where designers can find new high quality,…
  • 25 Free Watercolour Circle Textures in JPG & PNG

    Chris Spooner
    5 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A few weeks back I received an email from a reader who asked if I knew of any circular watercolour textures like those used to create trendy watercolour logos. I couldn’t find any on the web so I set out to create some freebies to share with you all. My sister actually did the hard work for me as she’s much more creative with a paintbrush. I scanned and processed her results and created this free pack of 25 watercolour circle textures, complete in high res 300dpi format for print and PNG versions with alpha transparency. This free pack of watercolour circle textures contains 25…
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  • Light Your Posts: How to Create Featured Posts Section in WordPress

    Sam Norton
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    WordPress is a very powerful CMS. What is great about this is that it can be customized to the way you want it to be. You can add features and edit design and even create featured posts section in just a few minutes. There are features that you can see on the widgets area to display like the categories, the latest posts and archive posts. But what if you want to highlight some posts to your readers on your site? This is commonly known as “Featured Posts Content” or “Featured Posts Section“. It’s not a default feature that you can see on the WordPress…
  • Create Custom WordPress Shortcode and Make Your Site User-Friendly

    Sam Norton
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As WordPress introduced the Shortcode API in Version 2.5, a large number of plugins were released to help users add content to posts and pages in a user-friendly way. Although there are five of them already, the need for more shortcodes still continues as more and more plugin and additions of features are being developed. By that, this article is about how to create custom WordPress shortcode. Shortcodes allow users to add particular styles or features to a site without going to the codes. WordPress have five default shortcodes within the WordPress core, namely: Audio Video Embed Gallery…
  • Energize Your Static Website with This WordPress Conversion Tutorial (Part 2)

    Sam Norton
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Help! That’s the first reaction you might have if you are trying to figure out your WordPress conversion tasks, right? Even if you are just a beginner and not really a web expert, you can definitely create a WordPress theme for as long as you know how WordPress works. If you’ve been using WordPress as your website platform, chances are, you’re tired of using generic WordPress themes for your site. You might even think of just doing your own theme to have your preferred styles and features. Customizing Your WordPress site You can design your ideal site by creating a mockup in…
  • Energize Your Static Website with This WordPress Conversion Tutorial (Part 1)

    Sam Norton
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Web design and development are one of the most in-demand skills in last years. Agree? As online business are grows, more and more clients are willing to pay large amounts of dollars for their sites to those with the right skill sets. You’ve probably have learned how to create an HTML and CSS website but, chances are, these sites won’t make any more sense for a big business or even blog site nowadays. This is the very reason why it’s important that there should be WordPress conversion of your site from HTML and CSS. At first blush, there are a number of reasons why you would…
  • The Noob Guide to Web Design

    Rudolph Musngi
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Web design is so much anchored on technology to a point that it is difficult for beginners to catch up, and if they even try to, it would be very difficult. For someone who has zero idea on web design, this can be pretty frustrating. You want to learn something new so you decided to try out web design. Because of this, you immediately looked for tutorials. To your surprise, there are a lot of tutorials out there. However, browsing through each of those tutorials, you realize that these lessons are actually directed towards people who have designed websites before. Your vibe dies and,…
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  • Your Chance to Get Annual Subscription to PixelKit Premium UI Kits and Design Resources

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

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

    Adil Raja
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Selling goods online can be a great way to make money and start a business without the overhead of a retail shop. After all, opening a real brick and mortar business can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars when you include rent costs for the first few years. When you open an online-based business, you can skip some of those costs and go right to making money. However, it isn’t always easy to get an online business off the ground. Even if you have a great product or group of products, selling online means that you could get lost in the shuffle. Use this guide to help you differentiate your…
  • Ghost Buttons as a New Trend in Web Designing

    David Olson
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Web designing is indeed a dynamic, evolving, exciting and trendy domain which needs to be in tune and live harmony with major changes in search algorithms to stay alive and useful to the burgeoning   web user community. This being the case, one of the major current rages that has hit web designing on the belt has been the increasing use of ghost buttons in websites. What on earth are ghost buttons? Well, to cut a long story short and lively, these are indeed attractive links that are designed to remain occult and yet, paradoxically, are very much part of the holistic website. To be candid,…
  • 38 Construction and Tools Icons

    Wijdan Rohail
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:40 am
    Build something today! And don’t worry about the icons to illustrate your work, we’ve got it covered, because the great guys at Vecteezy put together this amazing freebie: 38 Construction and Tools Icons. Download here more great resources from our friends at Vecteezy!. From power tools to hand tools, from the mighty cranes and trucks to hammers, mauls, blades, saws, nails, screwdrivers, pliers, drills, grinders, even boots and gloves, you’ll find the whole arsenal in here. Yellow, orange, turquoise and grey are the colours that warm up the (hard)working atmosphere. This set of icons…
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    LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers

  • The Psychology of Web Design 101

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

    Shyrose Vastani
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    Bored of the clichéd branding and marketing ideas? Well, this article provides assistance in designing a great brand introduction for your clients. Marketers endeavor in implementing healthy branding ideas. However, some nail it right while others fail it. This slideshare will benefit designers, marketers and business personnel alike in analyzing their own strategies and self-locating…
  • Tips for Graphic Designers this Halloween: Wild side of Designers

    Shyrose Vastani
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    Halloween. The most widely and enthusiastically celebrated occasion of the year brings in festivities for everyone, doesn’t it? While girls and guys scurry around trying to find the most unique costume there is a group amongst them that sits back and relaxes. The designers know they can do well, and even at the last minute…
  • Should you be Marketing to Genders or not?

    Hala Ali
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    So you want to design websites for guys and gals? Want to perhaps introduce some things into your design that will specify your website to a female or male audience? Well stop. That’s going to be the big message of this article, stop trying to design for only one gender. The society today is simply…
  • Connection between successful Brands and HELVETICA

    Hala Ali
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Designers have a craze for typefaces, where Helvetica top their list. A simple observation by any sane person can easily highlight that it is impossible to breathe without taking this typeface in. Whether, a contemporary or classic designer, Helvetica has been ubiquitous for everyone. MASSIMO VIGNELLI, the 20th Century designer also loved Helvetica to an…
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    Limeshot Logo Design & Branding Sydney

  • Eva & Violet Logo Design & Branding

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Logo design & branding for a retailer of cruelty-free health and beauty products based in Australia. Related posts: WIP: Erica Angyal Logo Design & Branding Erica Angyal is a nutritionist, health consultant, speaker, and international... Windfall Logo Design & Branding Identity & branding for a deal origination firm based in... Windfall Logo Design & Branding Concept One Discarded concept for the Windfall branding project; it was not...
  • That’s no way to say goodbye

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Just wanted to say RIP to the passengers of MH17. My heart breaks for the parents, the families, the friends left behind. I’ll leave it to Leonard Cohen to sing to everyone who is saying goodbye today. I am so, so sorry for your loss. Related posts: I never found the girl, I never got rich. Follow me. Mr. Leonard Cohen of course. My favourite singer and songwriter...
  • Furious Gryphon Logo Design

    3 Sep 2013 | 8:33 pm
    Heraldry inspired logo design for Furious Gryphon, a software design company based in Australia. The Logo Inspiration and Sketches The Furious Gryphon logo is based on the heraldic depictions of the gryphon, as suggested by the brand name and the client themselves: the process started with a sketch of a gryphon rampant, inclusive of the […] Related posts: Artefact Heritage Consulting Logo Design Logo design for a heritage consulting company based in Australia.... Manifest Identity & Logo Design Brand identity work for an executive coaching firm in Sydney.... Garden in a Bottle…
  • Artefact Heritage Consulting Logo Design

    24 Mar 2013 | 12:57 am
    Logo design for a heritage consulting company based in Australia. Inspiration and Sketches The Furious Gryphon logo is based on the heraldic depictions of the gryphon, as suggested by the brand name and the client themselves: the process started with a sketch of a gryphon rampant, inclusive of the donkey ears, the head, wings and […] Related posts: Furious Gryphon Logo Design Heraldry inspired logo design for Furious Gryphon, a software design... Middlepoint Consulting – Logo Design Logo concept for a negotiations consultancy based in Bucharest, Romania.... Manifest Identity &…
  • Limeshot labels featured on the Today Show

    25 Jan 2013 | 3:31 pm
    The Limeshot free mason jar labels have been featured on the Today Show on the 26th of January. Quite a lovely mention, have a look at the clip below. They mispelled the link, but it seems the lovely crafty people out there have found the way to the website anyway. Here it is: Related posts: Free Printable Mason Jar Labels So lately I find myself drawn again to jars (old... Guest Toiletries: Free Printable Labels Another free label post to help you with your guest... Ralph Lauren’s Mindblowing, Perfumed 4D Show On Wednesday, November 10, thousands of eyes witnessed the Ralph...
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  • Pimp my Tempo – I risultati

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

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

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

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

    Stefano Ricci
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:51 am
    Non parlo spesso delle iniziative delle grandi multinazionali, ma l’ultimo progetto di Coca Cola merita un articolo perché valorizza come pochi altri il design, l’inventiva, e l’eco sostenibilità. L’inquinamento causato dalle bottiglie di plastica è un problema non trascurabile, soprattutto in paesi dove la raccolta differenziata è praticamente inesistente, e Coca Cola ha affrontato la questione con un approccio progettuale originale: invece di lavorare su una plastica biodegradabile, ha incoraggiato un nuovo utilizzo delle bottiglie vuote, riducendo indirettamente il rischio di…
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    A List Apart: The Full Feed

  • Rian van der Merwe on A View from a Different Valley: How to Do What You Love, the Right Way

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    Every time I start a new job I take my dad to see my office. He loves seeing where I work, and I love showing him. It’s a thing. As much as I enjoy this unspoken ritual of ours, there’s always a predictable response from my dad that serves as a clear indicator of our large generation gap. At some point he’ll ask a question along the lines of, “So… no one has an office? You just sit out here in the open?” I’ve tried many times to explain the idea of colocation and collaborative work, but I don’t think it’s something that will ever compute for him. This isn’t a criticism on…
  • Learning to Be Flexible

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    As a freelancer, I work in a lot of different code repos. Almost every team I work with has different ideas of how code should be organized, maintained, and structured. Now, I’m not here to start a battle about tabs versus spaces or alphabetical order of CSS properties versus organizing in terms of concerns (positioning styles, then element layout styles, then whatever else), because I’m honestly not attached to any one system anymore. I used to be a one-tab kind of person, along with not really even thinking about the ordering of my properties, but slowly, over time, I’ve realized that…
  • The Specialized Web: Working with Subject-Matter Experts

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The time had come for The Big Departmental Website Redesign, and my content strategist heart was all aflutter. Since I work at a research university, the scope wasn’t just the department’s site—there were also 20 microsites focusing on specific faculty projects. Each one got an audit, an inventory, and a new strategy proposal. I met one-on-one with each faculty member to go over the plans, and they loved them. Specific strategy related to their users and their work! Streamlined and clarified content to help people do what needed doing! “Somebody pinch me,” I enthused after another…
  • Axiomatic CSS and Lobotomized Owls

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    At CSS Day last June I introduced, with some trepidation, a peculiar three-character CSS selector. Called the “lobotomized owl selector” for its resemblance to an owl’s vacant stare, it proved to be the most popular section of my talk. I couldn’t tell you whether the attendees were applauding the thinking behind the invention or were, instead, nervously laughing at my audacity for including such an odd and seemingly useless construct. Perhaps I was unwittingly speaking to a room full of paid-up owl sanctuary supporters. I don’t know. The lobotomized owl selector looks like this:…
  • This week's sponsor: Vitamin T

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Vitamin T connects amazing digital creative talent with equally awesome mid-sized companies and ad agencies. Freelancers rejoice!
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    Abduzeedo Design Inspiration - Design Inspiration & Tutorials

  • Creativ Alphabet by Alexis Persani

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Alexis Persani shared a really cool personal project exploring 3D, illustration and typography. We always post these personal projects because we believe that spending time to learn and explore is the easiest way to learn and evolve as designer. So check out some of the letters from his alphabet and also make sure you visit his website. For more information visit Tags: 3dTypographypersonal projectsabduzeedo's blog
  • Daily Inspiration #1904

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:04 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 Adrien Laubé Alysse Asilo Antony Marchiando asaad Artwort Denilson CézAr Franco Denys DiMnzs Doaly dvcover edsanca ElyEly Filipe SJ Flight Creative franklyamazing Fulvio Bisca grundmanis Grzegorz K. G.
  • Street Photography on Instagram by @Trashhand

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Trashhand is a street photographer from Chicago and he is one of my very favorite photographers to follow on instagram. His photos are a great mix of symmetry, gray skies and street swag that you won't find anywhere else. Enjoy! For more from Trashhand follow him on instagram @trashhand. Tags: street photographyinstagramphotographypaul0v2's blog
  • Pixelist Instagram Photography Contest - Winners

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Hi, everyone! Our Instagram photography contest in partnership with Pixelist has come to an end. We are all very excited because we got tons of great entries to the contest! The folks at Pixelist were thrilled to see so many great images being submitted. It was really hard to pick the winners, but it had to be done. This contest wouldn't be possible without the amazing work done by the artists at Pixelist. Read more about the work at Pixelist ( Pixelist came from a love of all things custom and creative. We spent years designing our own clothes, shoes, furniture, and art…
  • Logo Design: More Seahorses

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    We keep going through our weekly journey checking out great logos! We're thinking ahead and we want to find new topics, good ones, to share with you guys. Last week we featured logos with footballs, and today we're featuring more logos with seahorses! Back in 2012 we featured for the first time seahorses. Every week we search through our favorite galleries: Logopond and Dribbble. Both are a great communities for designers everywhere. Also, if you you'd like to suggest ideas for the next subjects, please, tell me by sending me sending me a tweet: @paulogabriel. Cheers! ;) Tags: logologo…
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    Adaptive Path

  • Active Data Logging Doesn’t Work

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

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

    Jessica Blake
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    2014 has been quite a busy year for Adaptive Path Events! Starting with MX in SF, continuing on to UXI in Dublin, Experience Mapping in Austin, Seattle and Chicago, and most recently, coming home for UX Week! We’ve definitely racked up the frequent flyer miles and shared our expertise with thousands of people all over the world. Feel like you missed out? Well do not fret we still have two jaw-dropping San Francisco events on the calendar for 2014. The Service Experience Conference (November 13-14) and UX Intensive (December 2-5). We are feeling especially warm and fuzzy today, so we are…
  • Adaptive Path: Where We’re Going Next

    Jesse James Garrett
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    The truth is, nobody knew if this was going to work. It was, after all, a terrible idea. The idea was this: Sell a service that nobody’s ever heard of. Something that, even when you explain it, comes across as vague and abstract, and of questionable value. Then introduce it to a rapidly shrinking market, as an entire industry goes into free fall. Tough sell. That’s what it was to be one of the seven of us back in 2001, introducing ourselves to the world as Adaptive Path and declaring ourselves “user experience consultants.” It was fun and exhilarating and scary as…
  • Conversations in the Kitchen: The Do’s and Don’ts of Debriefs

    Noel McKenzie-Johnson
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    In our San Francisco studio we’re fortunate to have a large, open kitchen. Not unlike what you might experience at home, we often find ourselves migrating and gathering to this spot throughout the day. Maybe it’s the food. Or, maybe it’s the cold beer. More often than not, it’s just as likely that it’s for the conversation. On this specific occasion, our project team was in the kitchen conversing about the result of a client workshop. The dialogue revolved around common debriefing questions like: • What do you think went well? • What didn’t go so well? • What would we have…
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  • Redesign Your Logo for the Holidays

    Katherine Halek
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetWho doesn’t love decorating for the holidays? Adorable Jack-o’-lanterns and creepy-crawly graveyard scenes let us know that Halloween is just around the corner. When we see Pilgrim figurines, origami turkeys, and paper leaf confetti in warm colors, our stomachs are ready for the impending Thanksgiving feast. And we all know what Christmas means: hot chocolate, mittens, snowy pinecones, twinkle lights, perfectly-wrapped presents, holly branches … we could list things for a while. Holidays like Kwanzaa, Chanukah, and Diwali also have their own distinctive,…
  • Retailer Creates Paper Doll Party To Promote Clothing Range

    Shout Digital
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetTesco, the largest supermarket retailer in the UK, worked with digital printing partner, Elanders UK, to provide a campaign which would promote their in store clothing range, Florence and Fred. The brand, which is usually displayed as F&F, offers clothes for women, men and children. Tesco provided the designs and Elanders provided the high quality print and packaging materials to bring the entire campaign to life.The ObjectiveThe UK retailer wanted to create a campaign that would target bloggers who reside in Britain and who are interested in beauty and…
  • How to Sell Your App

    Andy Sowards
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetYou worked hard on your app and, even if you had a fair amount of seed money to help fund the process, now you have to convince people to buy it. Monetizing your app seems like a no brainer. Like most no­brainers, though, coming up with the idea is the easy part. Actually carrying it out is much more difficult. Here are some tips to help you ensure that you monetize your app properly and that it sells well once it is released.Make An Online Presence Key Ingredients To Make Your App Go ViralIt isn’t enough to mention your app on your own website and social media…
  • 25+ Best Free Icon Fonts

    Andy Sowards
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetIcon Fonts are amazing! Let’s just get that out of the way first. There’s no denying that Icons are a big part of web design – apps, websites, and now mobile apps all use Icons for familiarity and to save space and add meaning to quickly establish what something does or how you should proceed. For years online you could find icon packs and sets full of little transparent .png image files that you could download and use in your Photoshop designs for whatever it is that you were making that needed a little icon action. While these were fine it was…
  • A Trio of Social Media Tactics that Can Make a Real Difference

    Andy Sowards
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetIf you feel like every small business owner on the planet has at least one social media page, you would (almost) be correct. Over 80 percent of small and medium businesses use social media, usually for marketing purposes, Mashable notes. Unfortunately, as a Social Media Coach points out, 76 percent of business owners will ultimately fail in their attempts to use this popular platform.For small businesses that are looking to beat the odds and succeed on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more, the following trio of tactics are currently being…
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    Beautiful/Decay Artist & Design

  • Zhe Chen Documents Her Own Self Harm

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Zhe Chen‘s confessional photographic series “The Bearable” has spanned a few years (2007 – 2010) and is a deeply personal journey of her own experiences with self harm. Her frank photos are very confrontational as she forces us to examine our own comfortability with such a terse subject. The close ups of bruised and battered skin, weeping nipples, bloodied and soiled sheets are not easily digestible images. In fact they are so hard to ignore, and are so powerful, that they immediately break down the taboos of any open discussion surrounding this subject. She says this…
  • James Viscardi’s Fashion Forward Stretcher Bars Wear Clothing

    Ariane Fairlie
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    James Viscardi’s current painting series at The Sunday Painter gallery has art engage with fashion in a way rarely seen. Art and fashion overlap on so many levels, whether it is a designer creating preliminary drawings for a dress or an artist incorporating the style of an era into their portraiture to record that point in time. Fashion is a form of visual expression as painting, drawing, sculpture, etc. Even the commodification of fashion can barely differentiate it from art, as portions of the art community become increasingly concerned with haute brand name artists like Jeff Koons or…
  • Street Artist Pejac Tricks The Eye With 3D Paintings That Seamlessly Blend Into Pre-Existing Architecture

    Kelly Richman
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    During a recent trip to Istanbul, Spanish artist Pejac completed a series of three murals in Üsküdar. Titled “Lock, Poster and Shutters,” each piece has been meticulously painted and employs a trompe-l’oeil technique to suggest three-dimensionality. Through painted-on shadows and methods of forced perspective, Pejac renders realistic architectural elements, including a keyhole receding into a stone wall, a ‘poster’ of a lancet window, and unlatched shutters framing a small, intricately patterned screen. In order to impeccably blend each piece onto its architectonic canvas, Pejac…
  • Maria Rubinke’s Bloody Porcelain Sculptures Embody The Terrors Of Dark Forests And Nightmares

    Stephanie Chan
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Maria Rubinke‘s porcelain sculptures are part Precious Moments, part Chucky — these are not your grandmother’s figurines. They instead embody all the terrors of the dark forest at night, the kind that Hansel and Gretel might have walked. Like fairy tales of yore, mishap after mishap seem to happen to these children. They wander the woods and lose an eye, or they sit in a bloody bathtub with a shark for a playmate. The calamities that befall Rubinke’s chubby cheeked cherubs seem endless. One piece, “In between, with a fading dream,” depicts a young girl in a…
  • Photographer Elle Hanley Captures Surreal And Timeless Portraits

    Kelly Richman
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Elle Hanley, a fine art photographer based in Seattle, creates captivating characters and dreamy narratives through her portraits. Initially attracted to self-portraiture four years ago, Hanley has since amassed a career in conceptual portraits, surreal photography, and fashion editorials. Aesthetically, Hanley emphasizes color and plays with texture in her work. Drawing inspiration from nature, her pieces are often shot in outdoor settings and feature humans interacting with their immediate environments. Due to this fascination with the “natural tension that exists between the human form…
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  • How Designers Get a Seat at the CEO Table

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Christopher Simmons’ voice can be heard loud and clear throughout the global world of design. As a leading advocate for the role of design in society and the belief that designers have a place in influencing change, he has helped shape the way many people view the both design thinking and the design craft today. As a proponent for design Christopher is well known for his role in founding San Francisco Design Week. Simmons’ own life and career can be characterized by a desire to spread this ethos to others. As the author of four books, creator of San Francisco Design Week, AIGA national…
  • Giveaway! Win an Advance Copy of 99U’s New Book: “Make Your Mark”

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Due out in less than a month, Make Your Mark is the third installment in the 99U book series—and the first to tackle the subject of leading a creative business. These days an MFA is as likely to be leading a business as an MBA. More designers, artists, journalists, and creatives of all kinds are stepping up to the plate and anointing themselves entrepreneurs. The thing is: Creatives don’t work like everyone else. We’re restless and innovative and neurotic and full of ideas and energy. And we want to make stuff. But how does that “maker mentality” sync up with leading…
  • How Must-Do Thinking Can Hold Us Back

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Designed by Silly Lili for the Noun Project We can’t always do what we want. But for our businesses, we should build, start, and create things that we’re truly passionate about. We tend to be more successful when we’re working on projects that electrify us. When it comes to growing our businesses, we may want to step back into the shoes of our young selves when we approach our work, suggests John Petersen, CEO of Firehawk Creative. In an article for We Work magazine, he writes:  Kids do what they want to do. If you force them to do something, they put in as little effort as possible to…
  • Yves Behar: Trade Briefs for Relationships

    Stephanie Kaptein
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Briefly from Bassett & Partners on Vimeo. Yves Behar, CEO of Fuseproject, doesn’t believe in design briefs. In the film Briefly, he explains that far more can be learned through client relationships: I don’t believe in briefs; I believe in relationships. The difference between a brief and a relationship is a brief can be anonymous. And I’ve tended over the last fifteen to twenty years to really work with people who give you a really deep sense of where it is they want to go, what it is that they are dreaming about. And that, in turn, has informed us on the projects more than…
  • The Zero Notification Challenge

    Hamza Khan
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Bell by Sebastian Langer from The Noun Project Ping!…Email.Ping!…Tweet.Ping!…iMessage. Do notifications impact your workflow? Co-founder and CEO of Buffer, Joel Gascoigne, undertook an experiment in which he disabled all notifications on his phone. Not only did he regain his focus, he was also able to convert his workflow from reactionary to proactive: It is now completely up to me when I choose to check my email, Twitter, Facebook, etc. I have no excuse that a notification came in. If I check it too frequently and find myself procrastinating, it is only my fault: I went out…
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  • Convert a Path to a Shape Layer in Photoshop

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

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

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

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

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

  • 10 things to consider when building a responsive site

    Paul Boag
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This week on the Boagworld show we take a close look at responsive design, and identify ten things you should consider when going responsive. Paul Boag: This week on the Boagworld show we take a closer look at responsive design and identifying 10 things you should consider when going responsive. Start with your content hierarchy (12:09) Don’t presume context (18:34) Consider bandwidth, but don’t presume (19:59) Think responsive from the beginning (23:39) Design for multiple input devices (26:25) Make sure it looks good on retina (29:44) Watch that Javascript performance (31:43)…
  • If you want clients to sign off your design, you need to learn some new skills

    Paul Boag
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    I am fed up with hearing web designers moan about their clients. The problem is nobody has taught us how best to work with clients. We just make it up as we go along. It is demoralising when you have spent days working on a design only to have it rejected by the client. You put so much effort into your work and then the client seems to reject it for no good reason. But, this kind of rejection isn’t because the client is stupid. It’s because you are approaching the design process in the wrong way. Nobody teaches us how to work with clients. We just make things up as we go along.
  • Does your website need a second opinion?

    Paul Boag
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    When we become too close to something we can miss the obvious. Web design is no exception. That is why your website may well need a second opinion. It never hurts to get an outside perspective, especially when it comes to your website. You may have the best team working on your site. But, no team is going to spot everything. Even if they do, a fresh pair of eyes will bring a new perspective and new thinking. I spend a lot of my time doing exactly that. At Headscape we work alongside internal teams, helping them look at their website with new eyes. We even work with organisations who already…
  • 10 ways your website is more than a marketing channel

    Paul Boag
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The web is often reduced to just another marketing channel. In this week’s show we explore 10 ways it can be used to transform your entire business. Paul Boag: The web is so often reduced to just another marketing channel but in this week’s show we explore 10 ways it can be used to transform your entire business. Community management (13:43) Customer support (17:32) Payment management (20:09) Supply chain management (23:44) Recruitment tool (26:30) Product testing environment (28:50) Research tool (32:51) Delivery mechanism (33:48) Comms tool (38:40) Productivity and cost savings tool…
  • Design is functional first

    Paul Boag
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    When most of us think about design we focus on aesthetics. But as any designer will tell you, aesthetics shouldn’t be your primary concern. I have stayed in a lot of hotels recently. Most of those hotels are apart of a chain. Each chain positions itself carefully and uses design to create the right image. From the budget colour scheme of Premier Inns to the modern luxury of W hotels. They consider everything to ensure it communicates the right image. To portray the right brand identity. There is no doubt that aesthetics influence how we feel about something like a hotel room. But, it is the…
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  • Design a Sticker for Booooooom! We’ll send you 500.

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    We’re teaming up with Stickerobot Custom Stickers to run a fun little project. They’ve been a supporter of Booooooom for a long time and have made us a ton of custom printed stickers over the years. We’ve made clear stickers and die cut ones but I’ve kept the actual designs really plain. This is where you guys come in. This is a call to all you artists and illustrators out there to design us a 3″ x 3″ sticker. It can be whatever you want it just needs to have the word “Booooooom” somewhere in it. This doesn’t necessarily mean we just…
  • Chelsea Welsh

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    “Caught in the Days Unraveling”, photos by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based photographer Chelsea Welsh. More below. View the whole post: Chelsea Welsh over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Artist Uses 3D Printer To Create A Film Without Any Film

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    French artist Julien Maire used a 3D printer to create 85 figurines out of a liquid resin so that light could be projected through them. The little pieces pass through a projector and an image of a man digging a hole beams onto the wall. Maire made the work during a residency at the iMAL Centre for Digital Cultures and Technology in Brussels. Although the final film has yet to be shared online I think the sculpture itself is most interesting part. Have a look at some more detailed images of the work below. View the whole post: Artist Uses 3D Printer To Create A Film Without Any Film over…
  • Cynthia Henebry

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    Photos by Cynthia Henebry. Previously featured here. More below. View the whole post: Cynthia Henebry over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Poster Designs for the National Opera of Munich by Stefan Glerum

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:36 am
    Love this series of poster designs by Stefan Glerum for the National Opera of Munich. More below. View the whole post: Poster Designs for the National Opera of Munich by Stefan Glerum over on BOOOOOOOM!.
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    Brendan Dawes' Meta Feed

  • Interview with Mike and Maaike

    11 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Great little interview from Design Milk with two of my favourite industrial designers, Mike and Maaike. Their work always has beautifully observed subtle, human touches.
  • Aaron Draplin - The Art of the Side Hustle Pt 1

    11 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I've been lucky enough to spend some time with Draplin and even once commissioned him to create the identity for the now defunct Red Pop. I love how he talks about what he does and the enthusiasm he has for the craft of design. We need more people in the world like Aaron Draplin.
  • When you run out of PLA half-way through a print on the...

    5 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    When you run out of PLA half-way through a print on the #makerbot just improvise and create a two colour print.
  • Mailchimp Ham - email as a keeper of special things

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    What if there was a physical box that could store your most precious emails? A box that could only be unlocked with a key that you held and once opened would let you explore and print out those moments that your hold dear. Ham is that box – an analog box for digital things. Simply forward that special email to Ham and it will store it inside forever, ready for you to unlock at any time, print, tear-off, hold in your hands and read again. Part of the Six Monkeys project for Mailchimp. See more at Brendan DawesTags:
  • Makerbot is working overtime this week to print a series of ten...

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:38 am
    Makerbot is working overtime this week to print a series of ten prints for an exhibition in September.
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    Web Design Raleigh and Fort Myers Web Design | Logo Design

  • New Health Insurance Website Project for Connected Benefits

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

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    We recently completed a booklet design for Connected Benefits, an insurance agency and administration company with headquarters in Naples, Florida.The booklet promotes everything that Connected Benefits offers, including an impressive web app for employers to manage insurance benefits, HR and payroll of employees, powered by Maxwell Health. With a beautiful full color, 5.5 x 8.5 display, this booklet graphic design is engaging, to the point, and is a powerful “leave behind” for their sales discussions with potential customers.We created the design and layout using a combination of…
  • Real Estate Web Design Launch : Levitan Realty

    1 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    Last week, we completed a custom real estate website design and development project in Naples for Levitan Realty, a boutique-style real estate firm in Naples, Florida that was founded by Ann Levitan almost 20 years ago.The challenge for this project was to not only provide them with a stunning new website that integrates powerful real estate tools, but to also ensure that the website was easily updated and managed by the team at Levitan Realty.The Brian Joseph Studios team worked closely with Peyton and everyone at Levitan Realty, and the outcome is a beautiful website that communicates their…
  • New Website Design Project for Good Time Charters, Fort Myers Beach, Florida

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Late last night we launched a brand spanking new website for our good friends and clients, Good Time Charters, located in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. We’ve been working with Mike and Cristina and their team for over 6 years, starting out with a website redesign project and various design pieces, a lot of SEO work and general internet marketing consulting.Over the past 6 years, GTC has experienced a tremendous level of success. When we first met Cristina for lunch in 2007 after she searched “web design Fort Myers”  on Google and found us, they had a fishing charter and a…
  • Logo Design Project – Trinity Salon & Spa

    24 Jun 2014 | 2:17 pm
    We recently completed a logo design, branding and graphic design project for a new salon and spa that recently opened in Naples, Florida.Trinity Salon & Spa, located in the Pebblebrooke Center, currently offers hair care services and coming soon will also provide spa and skin care therapy, as well as massage therapy. We were hired to design their logo, business cards and a tri-fold brochure.The identity we designed communicates a calming and comfortable message, and represents this salon’s experience and skill, providing services in a relaxing setting. The tri-fold brochure design…
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  • Want a Treat? Royal Theme Offers a Free Copy!

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

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    A Big Cheers to Inky’s 3rd Anniversary Today we’re celebrating Inky’s birthday and so are other 300,000 design enthusiasts that joined them in the last 3 years. And because they’re getting bigger, so are their discounts! Now it’s the perfect time to get your favorite deals at 50% off by using coupon code THREEYEARS at checkout, until 31st October. Inky’s Star Deals We took the liberty of showing top 3 deals they have, so pick your “deal”icious product and get it now: Inky’s Colossal Birthday Bundle: $31,088 worth of Premium Royalty-Free Resources – Only $99 The Super…
  • TemplateMonster Giveaway: Win 1 of 3 WordPress Themes

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    The idea of the giveaway is quite simple: you have to tell me which WordPress theme you’d like to get as a prize. The prizes are provided by a US-based company named TemplateMonster, so you’ll have to visit their official website to find the theme you’d like to win and if you’re one of 3 lucky winners, you’ll get this theme at no charge. If you’re new to TemplateMonster, then it might be interesting for you to know that the company has been offering WordPress themes since 2006. As of now, TM has a collection of more than 1,500 WP themes (both responsive and…
  • Giveaway: Win a free copy of the fabulous X Theme

    9 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Feature-Rich Ethos is the latest of the four Stacks included with X Theme, and more of them are in development. Every single Stack helps you create different types of websites. For instance, Ethos is perfected for photography or magazine websites, since it showcases images in a genial way. X Theme is now available in version 2.4.0, which includes full integration with BuddyPress and bbPress. People are crazy about it, due to the versatility that is associated with Stacks, but also thanks to the brand new shortcodes, and live previewer it includes. “I’m marking “other” as the reason…
  • 8 WordPress plugin to make your blog faster and more user friendly

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    W3 Total Cache W3 Total Cache is a performance optimization framework designed to improve user experience and page speed. It improves the user experience of your site by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration. Link: Disqus Sick of spam, but still want to maintain a positive commenting experience for your readers? Disqus is an external comment system which makes commenting easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving…
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    CrazyLeaf Design Blog RSS Feed

  • How to Analyze Your Visitors Accurately with Hotjar

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Advertise here with BSAAny successful site owner will tell you that their secret to gaining more traffic, more readers and ultimately more sales has more to do than just selling the right product, posting the right articles, or doing great SEO. What is the key difference between a successful website or one that is struggling? The owner of a successful site knows exactly who their visitors are, what they want, when they want it, where they come from, why they clicked a link, and just how they found the site in the first place. Gaining valuable insights As a blogger running several online…
  • Set of 20 White Outlined Social Media Icons

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Advertise here with BSASocial media icons are abundant on the net, however the ones that I love are sometimes incompatible with my client’s existing site design. So it’s usually back to the search bar. But not today. Our friends over at S-icons have created a nifty white outline social media icon set that will fit nicely into any web styling. The set includes the major players like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Youtube, Stumbleupon,, Vimeo, Linkedin, Tumblr, plus a bunch of cool designer-esque icons like Society6, Dribbble, Fancy, Flipboard, Behance and more! The…
  • How Photo Editing Apps Benefit Small Businesses

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Advertise here with BSAAs a graphic designer, I was not excited about Photoshop Express or any other mobile photo editor at first. I thought it was just a way to captivate the non-designer crowd into popular photo manipulation techniques -read Instagram. After checking them out for a while, I realized that they aren’t all bad. We live in a world where instant gratification comes from ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ on social media. So, why shouldn’t we all make the most of the available tools to optimize our images on-the-go? Photo editing apps are great tools for…
  • 10 Amazing Sites for Truly Free Images

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAOver the years as a designer, I’ve managed to build personal relationships with several outstanding photographers to collaborate and use their amazing free images in my projects. Be it on my demo sites, as background design, as part of graphics, or just because I was truly inspired. Due to one legal drama which I encountered over copyright infringement back in ’08, contacting photographers directly was the only way I could get the unique images I wanted without paying hefty stock prices. Fortunately, with the wide usage of smartphone cameras and photo…
  • The Ultimate Designers Toolkit Bundle by Creative Market

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Advertise here with BSAIf you’ve been trying to up your design game, it’s now or never. Creative Market has just released an ultimate toolkit featuring an all new selection of 105 items worth $1,680+. But you can pick it up today for just $39. That’s 97% off! This awesome bundle comes complete with the latest design trends and mockups that’s guaranteed to make your designs pop! This price is only valid for the next 4 days and counting, so you’d better hurry up. Just download and use them right away or access them any time via your Creative Market account.
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  • Mobile Games that Redefine Graphics Appeal – Top 5 Picks

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

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

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

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

    Jacques van Heerden
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:51 am
    Photoshop Actions are time savers, life savers and everything in between. Helping you complete complex tasks in seconds that could often take you minutes or hours to perfect. I’ve compiled a range of different Photoshop actions that you need in your arsenal and that you’ll love. I have a few of these and find them helpful ever so often, you would too. Give them a go and see what you’ve been missing out on. If you don’t know what a Photoshop Action is: It’s an automated script that outputs a certain pre-recorded result that manipulates your image currently on your…
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  • Sponsor: Hack Reactor’s Immersive Remote Beta Course

    Chris Coyier
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    Hack Reactor's Coding School is accepting applications for its next online immersive course, Remote Beta. Their team of exceptional instructors and staff work towards a two-fold mission of empowering people and transforming education through rapid-iteration teaching. Students build the skills and confidence they need to graduate as mid-to-senior level engineers and work for top tech companies in both backend and front end tasks. Apply today for an upcoming onsite or online cohort and be on your way to becoming an engineer in 12 immersive weeks. Two anecdotes from me: I just watched the…
  • CSS-Tricks Chronicle XIX

    Chris Coyier
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Today I hop on a plane to Norway for the Trondheim Developer Conference. First time there. Can't wait. The conference isn't until Monday, but I suck at traveling to Europe. I'm a big baby about jet lag, so I like lots of extra time to acclimate. I was on Craig McKeachie's Front-End Developer Podcast in the episode How to use custom fonts and @font-face. I also got to be on Real Thread's Local Masters podcast. Things are going well at CodePen. We just recently hit 2,000,000 Pens created. We've been doing a bunch of maintenance work, a lot of it is kinda unsexy behind the scenes stuff, but I…
  • Lobotomized Owls

    Chris Coyier
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    I had a post in my drafts for CSS-Tricks recently I called "Removing the Space from the Bottom of Modules". It's all about that tricky situation where you want even padding all the way around some elements to visually separate them. But elements inside will also need bottom margins, and that might lead to extra space along the bottom where that margin hits the padding. Apparently I'm getting old and losing my mind, because I've already written about it. But I didn't come to any stunning conclusion in that article. The best I came up with was a kinda gross compound selector that I don't even…
  • Probably Don’t Base64 SVG

    Chris Coyier
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Perhaps you've heard of data URIs. It's a really nice way of including a resource that would have otherwise been a separate HTTP request. The format that you use in a data URI can vary. Essentially you just tell it what content type it is (e.g. image/png), semicolon, then the data of that file. Like: <img src='data: ... '> or: .bg { background: url('data: ... '); } For a raster image like a PNG, the data of that image needs to be in base64 format. I'm not a huge expert here, but as far as I understand, base64 is safe for use in something like HTML or CSS because it only uses 64…
  • SVG Artboard Sizing

    Chris Coyier
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    There are a couple of different (rational) approaches to SVG artboard sizing. The term "Artboard" here is referring to that concept in Illustrator, basically the white drawing area you have for the document. Ultimately it refers to the viewBox in the actual SVG output. It matters very much for front end developers, because if there is no consistency, the positioning of the SVGs will always be a little one-off battle and really hurt the idea of SVG being a useful system. I recently met developer Emma Arce at a conference who relayed a very interesting conversation between her team as they were…
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    David Airey, graphic designer

  • Remember those great Volkswagen ads?

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

    David Airey
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    Design Sellout’s Rae Hamilton asked me a few questions for this interview. Photo by OKNOVOKGHT Here’s one. Rae: There are certainly instances where people with (arguably) less talent, become creative icons, and people with incredible skills never make it past that 9-5 Art Director title. Do you believe there is a factor that leads a designer to be successful or not successful, or is it essentially the luck of the draw? Perhaps earning one big client, landing one significant interview, or meeting one right person? Me: All our successes have an element of “right place, right…
  • From the reader #25

    David Airey
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    “Every project starts with a brief. “But very few projects end up with exceptional results. Why?” Briefly — top creative talents share thoughts on the brief. Excellent job, Tom. Deiter Steffmann’s type collection of Blackletter is free to download. Quipped by Doug. Photo by Ampersanden Bob Hoffmann on that shiny old object still going strong, “Radio dominates time spent with all media except live tv among US adults.” Some early entries into the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, on The Atlantic. Hitachi Seaside Park contains 4.5 million Nemophila flowers, by…
  • Ask me anything #1

    David Airey
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    If I misunderstood any of your questions, feel free to pull me up in the comments. Some questions were asked more than once, in which case I’ve quoted the first person who asked. And thanks very much for taking the time. Photo by walknboston 1/ How do you feel the surge of social-media and internet dependence has changed the way we brand? — Duane Doogan Not very much. The principles are the same — create something appropriate, distinctive, memorable, and ideally emotive. 2/ What gave you the courage to work for yourself? — Tracey I brought my old employer along as my first client.
  • Pass it on

    David Airey
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    I’ve got six copies of the new Logo Design Love book to give away. Cerovski, by Bunch All I ask is that when you’ve finished reading, give the book to someone you think would like it, and ask that person to do the same when he or she has finished. To get a copy, just leave a comment asking me a question you want answered in a followup post. Ask me anything. If I get more than six questions I’ll draw names randomly on Wednesday Tuesday, then email you for your address. — Update: 23 September 2014 Thanks very much for all your questions. I’ll get through as many as…
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  • A Key Element In Solar Panels – Efficiency

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    While solar energy is most often associated with the production of electricity, heating is also a major platform. While heating isn’t particularly difficult, efficiency in doing so is the key to saving wear and tear on your system. A Key Element In Solar Panels – Efficiency The sun produces a ton of energy, but solar panel systems have historically been very inefficient at converting it. With improving technology, efficiency has improved to the point where most panel systems can easily produce enough energy to heat water for the home and pools. There are efficient and inefficient ways…
  • A Bright Future for Solar Energy: An Alternative Energy Source

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    I was first introduced to solar energy in the movie, Race the Sun with James Belushi and Halley Berry in the lead. It was a story about low- income and under achieving Hawaiian students encouraged by their teacher to join the Solar Car race. In the movie, a car shaped like a cockroach and covered with solar panels used the sun’s rays as an alternative energy source to run the car. Solar energy is the light and the heat from the sun. Solar energy is free and its supplies are unlimited. There are n air and water pollution caused about by using solar energy. But there is still some impacts on…
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Energy

    13 Dec 2013 | 12:36 pm
    Do you want to know what are the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy? alternative energy like solar energy is starting to turn into known as the longer term energy source, and i am satisfied to mention that i am alable harnessing solar energy in my home. With the upward push of electricity and heating gasoline prices anticipated in the near long run, it is likely that more other folks will start having a look at sun and other forms of renewable energy to run their properties. 1. What Are the main disadvantages of the usage of solar energy? solar energy methods is also tricky to put…
  • A Peek on How Folks View Home Vitality

    9 Dec 2013 | 12:10 pm
    Once you hear the phrase “dwelling vitality” what first involves your thoughts? So that you think you’re alone in your view of what dwelling vitality is? Do you think that one way or the other, you need to know more and expand your views about dwelling vitality? Well, listed here are some completely different views on dwelling vitality and a critique of them: 1) Costly – That is the most agreed upon view of dwelling vitality today. Folks think that dwelling vitality and financial savings do probably not go together. As people will let you know, living a snug life costs cash, and never…
  • The Disadvantages of Solar Energy

    9 Dec 2013 | 7:42 am
    Despite the fact that solar energy has been used for many years, the technology is still generally considered again. As people focus too much on the benefits , therefore , the disadvantages of solar energy are often overlooked , and many fall pray difficulties , investing a lot of money on a solar panel might not even work properly , for one reason or another . If you are really serious about solar energy to provide your home with electricity , so you will see that a deep understanding of its disadvantages is crucial. Thus, if you do your research properly , and weighs each point carefully ,…
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  • Monarch: The Leader of a New Generation of Social Plugins

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAEach and every one of us comes across interesting pieces of information in our daily news feed, or as we are casually surfing the web. At times, we even feel the urge to share some of those articles, videos, images, etc with the people we know. We can either act on it or not, and if we do, the social media buttons present on that web page might really come in handy; with a special emphasis on ‘might’, because those buttons may not exist, or they may be appear to be irksome, or difficult to reach. In that case, it takes less than a second to decide whether we are…
  • Examples of Websites Created With the Royal Theme

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAMy experience with the latest theme from 8theme, Royal, was more than satisfactory. I was quite impressed about this premium, multi-purpose theme, and wish to pass it on to the rest of you. Every designer would enjoy creating WordPress websites through with the help of this theme.A Majestic DifferenceRoyal is a responsive, rock-solid theme based on Twitter Bootstrap. An advanced theme panel is ready to appease even the fussiest creative who happens to chance upon it, and all users are entitled to free updates for the entire duration of their lifetime.Royal has a stellar…
  • 20 Free Device PSD Mockups for Mobile Apps & Websites

    Jake Rocheleau
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Advertise here with BSAPresentation is a big part of the artistic process and this is especially true of freelance work. Mockups have become much more common to showcase what a project will look like once it’s running on a device. These mockups are just photos with a layer mask to superimpose a completed interface onto a smartphone or computer screen.A few years ago this would have required purchasing stock photography or taking your own photos. Thankfully some wonderful designers have released their own device mockups free of charge. Each set in this gallery is dedicated to a certain…
  • 38 Absolute Best Tutorials for Learning Icon Design

    Jake Rocheleau
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Advertise here with BSASimple glyphs and icons communicate a graphical representation for interfaces, branding, and content. Icon design ranges from simple line icons to detailed works of artistic beauty. Every designer has to start somewhere and nobody claims the process will be easy – but it is very rewarding.This gallery focuses on 38 icon design tutorials geared towards beginners or intermediate designers. Each walkthrough focuses on the overall process from a blank page to completed design. Granted there are many different ways, like highways and byways and imaginary triways, to…
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  • 3 UX Strategies To Increase Mobile Conversions

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    With so many people adopting mobile devices to assist them in various aspects of their lives, there is heavy competition in the mobile interface marketplace for their attention. This leaves no room for designers to take shortcuts when it comes to creating the ultimate UX/ mobile user experience. It is important to consider that the desktop UX doesn’t translate to the mobile UX. Without the presence of a physical keyboard and a mouse, designers working on providing a mobile experience must take into account gestures like tapping and swiping, as well as other features such as accelerometers…
  • What makes a website template great?

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Everyone will tell you that there is a difference between good and great, however only a few people will tell you the actual difference between the two of them. For instance, today, if you are not using some sort of Responsive design on your site, then you are already moving away from a great website. Similarly you can argue that if you are still creating websites using Flash, then you are denying your site the chance of becoming great.  In this article we will focus on some of the things that turn a good website template into a great website template. Don’t just aim for good This…
  • 20 Best WordPress Plug-ins of 2014

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    One of the most unique and extremely useful features of WordPress is its rich plug-in architecture, which makes it easy for everyone to add extra functionalities to the core installation. WordPress currently has a large database of 33k+ plug-ins, and hacks each of which lets users do something wonderful they’ve never imagined. Below is an exhaustively researched list of best WordPress plug-ins of 2014. Each one of them is super great, but I suggest you to use the one that fits perfectly to your specific needs. Blogging Editorial Calendar: Editorial Calendar is one of the most popular…
  • This Week in Web Design: October 17

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    The week is coming to an end and that means it is time for us to look back on the week that passed, the best design news, resources and other goodies. This week we look at Flat icons, whether or not you should be using Bootstrap, as well as using HTML5 to create fullscreen video backgrounds and much more. 5 High-Quality Free HTML/CSS Templates Each week, we will collect for you a collection of high-quality free HTML/CSS templates. They will follow the latest trends in web design and will be carefully selected from across the web. Each of these free HTML/CSS will be free for use without any…
  • Apple October 16 – Keynote Live Blog

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    Today is the day where Apple is expected to unveil the new iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3. Even though they have already been leaked, by Apple themselves, it will still be interesting to see what other goodies the Cupertino company has for us. Well guys there you have it, a new iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, new iMac and new Mac Mini 11:20 AM – Thanks very much for joining us. 11:20 AM – I would invite all of you to come across the hall to get your eyes on the Retina 5K display. 11:19 AM – I’d like to thank all the teams at Apple that have worked so hard, much of what…
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  • Freebie: 36 Flat Simple Entertainment Icons

    Max Stanworth
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    Here we have a set of 36 entertainment icons exclusively from Vecteezy, They provide a place for vector artists to create and exchange a variety of free vector graphics like Vector, Vector Patterns, Vector Swirls, Flourishes and other cool stuff to enhance your designs and creativity. Download Icons 1.4mb Download Icons 1.4mb More from Vecteezy Check out more of their entertainment icons
  • Animated Dark-Comedy – The Missing Scarf Premieres Online

    Max Stanworth
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    One of the year’s most successful short films is now available online. The Missing Scarf – Animated dark-comedy, masquerading as a classic kid-friendly morality-tale, has racked a mind bending 16 international awards, alongside a nomination for the upcoming European Film Awards, and a shortlisting for the 2014 Academy Awards.. (Clearly doing something right!)   Eoin Duffy, Graphic-designer turned animator Eoin Duffy, the film’s creator, is a graphic-designer turned animator who jumped ship in 2012 with his first film ‘On Departure’. The Missing Scarf is a…
  • Giveaway: 3 Developer WordPress Theme Accounts from Elegant Themes

    Max Stanworth
    21 May 2014 | 12:13 pm
      Elegant Themes has very kindly given us 3 Developer WordPress Theme accounts to giveaway as they have just released their newest and fullest theme Divi 2.0 – If you know about Divi 1.0 you’ll know that this theme is packed with features and possibilities. Theme Demo Take Divi 2.0 for a spin and see what it can do Divi 2.0 Theme demo How to enter Leave a comment below telling us what you would do if you had one of 3 developer wordPress accounts from Elegant Themes?
  • Webydo’s Providing More Creative Freedom For The Professional Designers Community

    Nir Barlev
    20 May 2014 | 6:31 am
    After swiftly establishing themselves as leaders in the web design revolution, online web design platform Webydo has just announced new pricing plans that cater to the more than 85,000 web development professionals who trust Webydo to power their work. Having outgrown the boundaries of a one-size-fits all premium system, the new pricing structure reflects the diverse spectrum of development scenarios, and represents another evolution as the platform establishes itself as the de facto solution for modern design-driven website development. Webydo’s New Plans: Q & A If you need help…
  • Featured Illustrator: Jacqui Oakley

    Max Stanworth
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    I’m always on the look out for creative Illustrators and Canadian Jacqui Oakley certainly delivers, The colours are vivid and she clearly has her own style down to a T, look at just a selection of my favorites, you can say hi to her on Twitter, visit her website and even take a look at her shop! (personally i’d love to see some Games of Thrones in there at some point!)
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  • Beautiful and Highly Usable Progress Bar PSD Downloads

    Carol Francis
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    The impatience of online viewers has created the need for loading or progress bars. But a simple gray progress bar has pushed the patience of viewers and they are now not happy to wait for them… well, there’s nothing really to look at! So graphic artists and designers have been forced to create prettier and more interesting versions of this UI element, and they certainly haven’t disappointed us. Here is a selection of beautiful, free, downloadable progress bars – hopefully you will either use some of these or at least be inspired by them. Progress Bar PSDs Circular…
  • The Poor UX of Social Sharing Buttons and Why You Should Drop Them

    Armen Ghazarian
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    How many times have you compromised the sleek and beautiful design of a website for the sake of social integration? I bet this is not a new dilemma for a web designer. There is always a fight between digital marketers and web designers on reaching a solution that works well enough for both parties. And quite often that solution means having those colorful social media sharing buttons on each and every page of the website. How did we ever get used to this at all? Let’s see. In the early stage of the social media boom these buttons played a significant role in social media marketing. They…
  • The Beauty of Minimal Portfolio Design

    Carol Francis
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    It wasn’t that many years ago when creating a design was a matter of cramming as much as possible onto each page, particularly the landing page – with the view that site owners want their visitors to get an eyeful of what they have to offer right off the bat. That idea has, over the years, been reconsidered to the point where minimal seems to be the trendy way to go now. Designing in the minimal style is not easy – just like creating minimalism in interior design, you have to look at everything you want in the room/on your home page, then de-clutter – then de-clutter again, and…
  • Emotional Design and Animations

    Paula Borowska
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Emotions allow for people to comprehend the world better; it’s how we learn new things. Items that are more aesthetically pleasing are seen in a more positive light; the item appears to be faster, more effective, more fun, all in all better. Because of the simple visual appeal, the person connects with that item on an emotional level and creates a bond with it. The opposite is also true where a person can create a connection of strong dislike if an item is unaesthetic. It’s a concept explained by Don Norman in his book Emotional Design. Emotional design as explained by Don applies to…
  • The UX Challenges of Smart Watches

    Armen Ghazarian
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    Why would you buy a smart watch? This is a question that still remains unanswered for me although dozens of brands keep promising that it’s something truly innovative and “smart”. Well, I don’t see it that way, but today it’s not my buying preferences that I would like to discuss. Smart watches are likely to stay around for a long time, so I think it’s high time to talk about the actual customer experience and usability that these devices have to offer. A wristwatch is first of all a fashion accessory, so it is somewhat difficult to evaluate its usability, but not when it claims…
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  • Design Focus: Shapely

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

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

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

    Sophia Lucero
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Adding a halftone graphic filter to images can quickly take your audience to that vintage, nostalgic place, and these websites use it for a couple different reasons. Designs of the Week Build on DIYThemes’ Thesis Framework for rock solid SEO and great layout customization options. An Idea Lives On Elegant for sure, but I also like how the design feels light. What I don’t like, however, is the fact that after this tribute site had gone past its schedule, the inside links have gone broken and they just redirect to the main homepage of the JFK Library. Agência Cleek There’s a…
  • Design Focus: Logo First

    Sophia Lucero
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    If the previous featured designs were practically wordless and filled with imagery, this week it’s all about the branding and their huge wordmarks splashed on the first screenful on their websites, above the fold. Is this web design trend more effective than the other one? Designs of the Week Want your site to be as good-looking and inspirational as these? Start by choosing a well-designed theme from ThemeForest. H.L. James The triangular area is made up of several video clips, and as you scroll below the shape is retained to frame the images defining each section. Cyclemon Love the…
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  • Before & After: Table of Plenty

    Jessica Sanchez
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Table of Plenty wanted to create a pure aesthetic appeal and make a deeper emotional connection to the consumer with their re-design. They commissioned Boxer & Co. and created a design that incorporated a soft display of watercolors, handwritten typography, whilst still incorporating elements from the previous packaging such as the leaf die-cut. This re-design feels honest and definitely conveys a consumer connection.  "Whilst already enjoying Australia-wide success, Table of Plenty wanted their packaging to better reflect their values, to look more innovative and creative. They had…
  • The Pantry Cafe

    Elizabeth Freeman
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Simply Kraft is what this cafe in Mumbai is all about. The choice of a consistent organic substrates, creates a sense of authenticity that is equally and visually sincere as it is eco-friendly. "The Pantry Cafe celebrates healthy living through organic and farm fresh produce. Not restricting this thought to just food, we brought it alive through a holistic branding and packaging exercise.  The good people behind The Pantry Cafe also wanted their offering to retain the heritage status the location and structure offered them, yet look appealing enough to encourage younger folk to try…
  • Centovignali Olive Oil

    Elizabeth Freeman
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    EMMECIDUE has created an explosion of green onto Centovignali's Olive Oil. Two packaging versions are featured, in which calligraphy is the star of the show, giving the consumer a whiplash effect.The black tinted bottles are sealed with toothed caps, for better grip while the larger quantity of oil in poured into a traditional tin canister.  "Unusual bottle shape for an high-quality Apulian olive oil. Label with vivid color in background, elegant and minimalist style, modern lettering in combination with handmade font for 'Olio'."  Designed by EMMECIDUEClient: Centovignali…
  • Tilli

    Elizabeth Freeman
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Meet Tilli. A fun, youthful and bold distillery that offers a new way to experience spirits. With new and unique flavor combinations, Studio Weidemüller took matters to their own hands to create a brand identity that would suit the company's quirky personality. Bright pops of pastel color overlaid with graphic shapes appear not only striking in person but just as compelling in digital format.   Designed by Studio WeidemüllerClient: TilliCountry: Taiwan         Related Posts:Mount Franklin & McGrath Foundation6FT6 Wine 
  • Breast Cancer Awareness: Packaging gets a makeover

    Jessica Sanchez
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    With the help from Publimark Lowe and FUNDESO, Doña María brings awareness to a major epidemic that circles the globe. By delivering a strong message to Doña María's consumers, they are able to donate a percentage of their sales to the foundation which stresses the importance of self-examination as a tool to prevent against Breast cancer.Although its sugar packaging is not of extraordinary design, the concept surpasses its aesthetics through emotional connection. Half of the packaging, image and logo, were removed as a tribute to all those who have lost a breast due to…
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  • Why it’s High Time You Turned to Social Sharing Plugins such as Monarch

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAIt’s a digital century through and through. Never before has mankind spent so much time interacting with each other indirectly, or digging up things that only exist in virtual form, and sometimes sharing them further. To be honest, the act of sharing some link or another on a social network has become another basic form of human interaction, acknowledged and accepted by all. Whenever people come across a website whose content speaks to them on a personal level, they might feel the impending need to share that insight and possibly pass on relevant information within…
  • Best Resources For Creating and Prototyping a Mobile App

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Advertise here with BSA  As web designers and web developers, we spend our days wireframing and making prototypes for websites, web apps, and mobile apps. What are the tools you normally work with to deliver your projects on time? Are you curious about what else is out there? If you generally like to keep an eye on the rapidly evolving industry standards, then you have come to the right place. Read on, because here you will find an updated list containing the best creative resources for app building and prototyping. Apper Everyone can be an ‘apper’. As you probably know already,…
  • 30 Inspiring Examples of Dark Minimalist Website Layouts

    Jake Rocheleau
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Advertise here with BSADo you ever notice how familiar web content always seems to catch that twinkle in your eye? Fewer distractions allow for quicker reading material – and in these crazy times with Twitter and Justin Bieber it helps to remove as many distractions as possible. Another element which can help readers achieve deeper focus in a higher contrast between colors on the page. Very dark text on a light background will read much cleaner than colors which are closer in value. But the reverse is also true, putting dark website backgrounds with lighter text colors. In this post…
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    Elliot Jay Stocks
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
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  • Confessions of an independent publisher

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

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Exactly one week ago, after about eight months of hard work, my wife and I unleashed our new magazine into the world and I’m happy to say that — in case you missed the news — Lagom now is available to buy from and a growing list of stockists all over the world. As you can see, it’s taken me a week to write this post. Partly because I’m still experiencing that post-release high that makes concentration hard; partly because we’re both coming down with some sort of flu now that we’ve ‘stopped’; partly because there’s just so much admin to deal with after a…
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    26 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
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  • So what actually is the UK?

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    In celebration of Scotland voting against independence, now seems like the perfect time to visualise something that frequently comes up in conversations with my American friends: what actually is the UK? We Brits might laugh at Americans' confusion over the difference between England and Britain, but I’ve lost count of the amount of British people who think the UK is just another term for Britain. (Spoiler alert: it’s not.) It’s easy to see where the confusion arises, though: not only are the terms used interchangably in the media, but we also have the added oddness of…
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  • Google announces new way to screw with your email

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’m not sure what people’s fascination with making the email process into anything but email, but apparently Google is on board. Gmail wasn’t bad enough, now there’s Google Inbox. I wonder how long it’ll be before they kill this, too. Related posts: Google releases Gmail app for iOS users Google to add social networking to Gmail? Add Web Search to Gmail
  • Suitcase Fusion update

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Extensis has released Suitcase Fusion 6 today, bringing compatibility for the font management tool with the latest versions of Adobe Creative Cloud, Quark XPress, and Apple’s Yosemite OS. I hope to be publishing a full review later this week or early next. Related posts: Support Ending for Suitcase Fusion 3 Suitcase Fusion 4 gains Adobe Creative Suite 6 compatibility Suitcase Fusion 2 now compatible with Tiger
  • Are you charging enough for your design work?

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    That’s the question I get asked more than any other. There’s no right or wrong answer, but this site offers a nice starting point. Related posts: How much to charge for design work Is OS X Snow Leopard ready for heavy-duty design work? Using Google wildcard feature to answer questions
  • The best iPad case for kids

    10 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you pass down your old iPad to your kid (or the little turd is lucky enough to get a new one), you’ll surely want to protect the investment with a case. Related posts: 16 reasons NOT to buy a new iPad: As written by a complete douchenozzle at ZDNet Gorgeous iPad wallpapers New iPad (retina display) GUI in layered PSD format
  • It’s all in the details: Photoshop fails

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    When manipulating images in Photoshop, it’s all in the details. Related posts: Get better details when sharpening your image in Photoshop Beauty is in the details Using unsharp mask in Photoshop
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  • Famous Internet Firsts: Then & Now [Infographic]

    Anastassia Irina
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    The Internet has been around for awhile now that it’s a bit bizzare to think that it could have some sort of history. Did you know that the first book purchased on Amazon happened in 1995? And there’s plenty more being bought till today. For those of us curious about the rest of the Internet Firsts, the team at WebpageFX have put together this handy infographic. The infographic below covers a range of Internet Firsts. From the first email to the first YouTube video, take a look at this infographic that offers you a look at what occured in the past and how things have grown since…
  • 40 Things You Don’t Expect To Find In Vending Machines

    Leanne Tan
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    The person who thought of the vending machine is a genius for 2 simple reasons: you don’t need to hire personnel to man a vending machine like you would a store, and this keeps things in stock and available for the masses, 24/7. While most of the vending machines you are used to would dispense coffee, soft drinks, packaged food and snacks, these days we can find a lot more variety being offered. Whether it is for convenience, or practicality, or to drive a concept or an idea home, here are 40 things you probably don’t expect to find in a vending machine, but now can. Recommended…
  • 5 YouTube Tricks You Probably Didn’t Know

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    Chances are most of us are quite familiar with YouTube. YouTube is the largest video channel on the Internet with more than 1 billion users visiting each month after all. We can enjoy a variety of videos on YouTube like comedy, pranks, interviews, tutorials, and live events. I bet you have been enjoying countless of hours in YouTube. So, here we’ve put together 5 handy tricks to make YouTube more enjoyable for you. Recommended Reading: More YouTube Tricks 1. Disabling Video Annotation Annotation is a clickable box that overlays on top of YouTube videos. It aims to improve user…
  • Google Offices Around The World [Photos]

    Leanne Tan
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Before tech giants start offering eyebrow-raising perks (like paying the costs for female employees to freeze their eggs), the great allure to working in places like Google were the salary, facilities and their awesome offices. Being a big part of the Web for 16 years, Google has amassed a reputation for its offices being the ideal workplace. Employers have free reign to decorate their own workspaces as they like, but the overall look and design of the Google office varies from country to country. The office interior adopts design cues that jive well with local culture because what better way…
  • 5 Questions to Ask Before Signing Up for a Paid Online Course

    Issa Mirandilla
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    Whether you’re a professional who wants to upgrade your skills, or an ever-curious person who wants to expand your knowledge, you can benefit from taking online courses. Many of these (relatively) inexpensive programs allow you to satisfy your thirst for learning in the comforts of your own home, and at your own pace. While some of these courses are free, others aren’t. If you’re thinking of signing up for a paid course because you believe that “You get what you pay for”, or because of any other reason, you’d want to ask (and answer) these questions first…
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    Jason Santa Maria

  • Learning to Run

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

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

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

    6 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Image © Paul Lukas When I first moved to New York, I remember seeing these little poker chip things in the street and wondering just what the heck they were. At the time, I thought they were some sort of street art, like Toynbee tiles. It turns out they are pieces of a larger communication system, as Paul Lukas writes in “The Street’s Secret Code”: These markers are called A-tags (short for asphalt tags). They’re more commonly used in other municipalities as “Call Before You Dig” warning markers, but in New York they’ve been adapted to create a recordkeeping and…
  • You’re My Favorite Client

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Mike Monteiro drops the other shoe and follows up his amazing book Design Is a Job with something for that special client in your life, You’re My Favorite Client: Whether you’re a designer or not, you make design decisions every day. Successful design projects require equal participation from both the client and the design team. Yet, for most people who buy design, the process remains a mystery. In his follow-up to Design Is a Job, Mike Monteiro demystifies the design process and helps you prepare for your role. Ensure you’re asking the right questions, giving effective feedback,…
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    JUST™ Creative

  • Web Design and Checkout Abandonment – Tips & Insights

    Jacob Cass
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    For companies with e-commerce as a priority income stream — the design, branding and layout of a website has never been so important in encouraging sales. Just as the science behind store layouts help retailers get the most from every customer that walks through the door, the effective layout and presentation of a website is paramount to getting the most sales potential. Site Speed Site speed plays an integral role in generating sales. The average amount of steps through to checkout on the top 100 grossing e-commerce websites is 5.08. Consumers lack time and expect a swift, clear pathway…
  • Hidden Symbolism in Logo Design: 40 Creative Examples

    Jacob Cass
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    Personally, I strive to put as much meaning into the logo designs I create for my clients – sometimes overtly, sometimes subtly and there are some great logos out there that do just that. Below is a compilation of 40 creative examples of logos that portray some sort of “hidden message” or symbolism if you will. Have you spotted any of these hidden messages before? I’m sure you will not forget them once you see them! Do you have any others to add to the list? Via AdWeek & compiled by MadebyOomph.
  • 5 Overlooked Social Media Tips to Boost Branding, Clicks & Conversions

    Jacob Cass
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    This article has been contributed by Megan Ritter. With the rise of social media quickly becoming a primary means of communication, there are still plenty of businesses out there struggling to develop an effective social media marketing strategy. With the number of different platforms available, as well as the specific etiquette that goes with them, many businesses find it difficult to find and share content that appeals to their audience. Not only do they need to consider what the audience wants to see, but marketers need to also consider what kind of content will boost overall branding,…
  • 7 Free Product Design e-Books from UXPin’s Library

    Jacob Cass
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    I recently came across this goldmine of free product design e-books from UXPin and just had to share! The information presented in this collection is inspired by examples and ideas from companies including Facebook, Uber, Kickstarter, AirBnB, Dropbox, Spotify, and design/UX experts such as Aarron Walter of MailChimp, Cindy Alvarez of Yammer, and Josh Puckett of DropBox. All of the e-books can be found in their Product Design Library. 1. Web UI Design Patterns 2014 This book takes examples from top companies such as Amazon, Kickstarter, AirBnB, Quora, LinkedIn, Eventbrite, Mailchimp, and Asana…
  • Colossal Birthday Bundle + 50% Off All Deals + Win an iPhone 5S

    Jacob Cass
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Over the past few weeks I have been posting some awesome design bundle deals and based by all the feedback on the social networks, you guys have absolutely loved them. But if you missed out you should check out this colossal deal by InkyDeals. Colossal Design Bundle + 50% Off All Deals It’s Inky’s 3rd birthday and they are celebrating the 300,000 design enthusiasts that have joined them in the last 3 years with a ‘Colossal Birthday Bundle‘ that includes $31,088 worth of premium royalty-free resources for $99. You can get a further 50% off all of their deals by using…
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  • Line25 Sites of the Week for October 24th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Mint Design Company, Monte Ré, TDs for TVs, Only and Sharp & Savory. Mint Design Company View the website Monte Ré View the website TDs for TVs View the website Only View the website Sharp & Savory View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for October 24th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
  • 15 Interesting Infographics Web Designers Will Enjoy

    Chris Spooner
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    The bold visual design of Infographics makes it easy to digest facts and figures about a given subject. There’s some great infographics based on interesting topics related to web design, from articles explaining the benefits of responsive design to interesting statistics about the industry. Today I showcase 15 interesting Infographics that every web designer will enjoy. Give your scrolling finger some exercise as you browse through this lengthy post! What is Responsive Website Design by Verve The Anatomy of an Effective Homepage by KISSmetrics The Pros and Cons of Being a Freelancer The…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for October 17th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Woodsly, Atmospheric, Final, Degordian Academy and Agigen. Woodsly Lookbook Summer 2014 View the website Atmospheric View the website Final View the website Degordian Academy View the website Agigen View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for October 17th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
  • 20 Car Promo Websites from the Automotive Industry

    Chris Spooner
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    It’s pretty difficult to find nice looking websites from the automotive industry! Most of them have the typical dealer-esque interface littered with “book a test drive” and “request a brochure” buttons, but there’s a hand full of automotive companies that commission special web brochures for their top of the range cars. These sites beautifully present the car and its features with stunning imagery and neat layouts, resulting in a much more interesting browsing experience. Today’s showcase features 20 creative promo websites from the automotive…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for October 10th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Mapbox, Educreations, Hem, Andy Wolf Eyewear and Zirtual. Mapbox View the website Educreations View the website Hem View the website Andy Wolf Eyewear View the website Zirtual View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for October 10th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
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    Lines and Colors :: a blog about drawing, painting, illustration, comics, concept art and other visual arts

  • Eye Candy for Today: Rembrandt’s Self-portrait with Two Circles

    Charley Parker
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Self-portrait with Two Circles, Rembrandt We don’t have access on the web to an image at the level of high resolution available for the Rembrandt self-portrait at the age of 53 that I wrote about a few days ago, but we can see enough to appreciate more of the master’s superb painting skills. Rembrandt was adept at all aspects of painting: glazing, wet-into-wet, scumbling and even scratching out with the butt of a brush, as he has done here in the cloth just below the neck, and perhaps above the eye to our left (though I’m not sure those are entirely intentional marks). The…
  • Stephanie Hans

    Charley Parker
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    French illustrator and comics artist Stephanie Hans is known in particular for her painted style comics covers and interior panel illustrations. She excels at dynamic comics covers, many for American titles, that involve women characters in forceful or emotional roles. Her website is in French, but it’s easy enough to navigate for for those who don’t read French. The portfolio has sections for cover art, comics (bande dessinée), and illustration, along with a bibliography. You can find more of her work on her deviantART gallery and Tumblr, as well as the site of her U.S.
  • Eye Candy for Today: Grimshaw’s Stapleton Park

    Charley Parker
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Stapleton Park near Pontefract Sun, John Atkinson Grimshaw On WikiArt. The original is in a private collection. Grimshaw loved to do these scenes of softly lit Autumn evenings with a lone figure, usually a woman seen from behind, walking down an empty stretch of road. See also my previous Eye Candy post of Grimwhaw’s Evening Glow.
  • Wayne Haag

    Charley Parker
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Wayne Haag is an Australian matte painter and illustrator whose film credits include The Fifth Element, Lord of the Rings, The Wolverine, Maze Runner and Gods of Egypt, as well as the television series Farscape. Haag works both in digital and traditional media, but prefers when possible to paint science fiction subjects in oil. As you look through his website portfolio and Archives, you may find images that you would assume are digital — given the preferences in contemporary illustration circles — but are in fact, done in traditional oil painting. In addition to his website, you…
  • New Draw Mix Paint painting instruction course

    Charley Parker
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    As I reported in 2013, well regarded painter Mark Carder, who some years ago created a specific instruction method for those learning to paint, had put much of his former course into a series of new videos and made them freely available on his site Draw Mix Paint. Carder has recently taken those videos, added a good deal of supplementary web based material, and arranged them into a more formal course, guiding the student through step-by-step. In addition to the basic teach yourself course, Carder is offering a new premium version that is essentially an online class — with longer, more…
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    Logo Of The Day

  • 2014-10-23 | Honest Tea

    Jacob Cass
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    Honest Tea Credits: Coca-Cola Related Logos: 2014-09-22 | Ecopure (1) 2014-09-16 | Grow (1) 2014-09-03 | Creature (1)
  • 2014-10-17 | British Blind Sport

    Jacob Cass
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    British Blind Sport The work of the charity enables blind and partially sighted people to have the same opportunities as sighted people to access and enjoy sport and recreational activities in the UK. Credits: Unknown Related Logos: 2014-09-05 | Stop Watching Us (1) 2014-08-15 | IBM (1) 2014-07-09 | Swiss Metrics (0)
  • 2014-10-16 | Zoo Saint Petersburg

    Jacob Cass
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    “The new zoo in Saint-Petersburg is a brand new approach to communication with animals. There will be no cages in the zoo — the first zoo of this kind in Russia. The animals will be separated from people with natural objects: water ditches, altitude drops, and land forms. This feature is the foundation of the visual communication idea for the brand: “The new zoo in Saint-Petersburg is a communication without barriers.” via ID Credits: Anna Bolshakova and Vladimir Bolshakov. Related Logos: 2014-02-10 | Rhinos Without Borders (2) 2014-02-07 | Ponysaurus Brewing (1) 2014-01-28 |…
  • 2014-10-15 | Dynamic Dust

    Jacob Cass
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    DynamicDust is Prague-based game studio, which just loves developing games for various mobile devices. Our primary motto is ‘creativity, new ideas and invention’. We are fun people who love to make entertaining games, throw around some jokes and never stop smiling. But even though we love enthusiasm and amusement we are mainly professionals. We never make any compromises at the cost of quality. We are also a small team of people, but each of us is working as three. But at the end of the day we are just gamers who love to make games for other gamers and make their days better.”…
  • 2014-10-14 | Form Architects

    Jacob Cass
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    FORM Architects Credits: Tribe Related Logos: 2010-03-26 | Genuine Fusion (19) 2015-07-01 | Michal Nowak (1) 2014-07-08 | Obrenovac Youth (1)
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    The Fresh Peel // Ripe Brand Strategy. Juicy Insights and Trends.

  • Six Steps to Successfully Promote an Event Using Any Social Media

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

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

    Dave Landry
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
      This is your brain … AND THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON SOCIAL! Any questions? Who can forget the image of eggs frying in a pan from the public service announcement offered by The Partnership for a Drug Free America. That commercial launched their multi-million dollar advertising campaign back in 1987 and overall it was considered a success even named the number eleven best commercial of all time by TV Guide.   PLEASURE OR ADDICTION? The comparison of something frying in a pan to the effects of narcotics and other drugs on the human brain was meant to bring awareness of the dangers of…
  • The IKEA Time Travel Continues #IKEAtimetravel

    Chris Wilson
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    IKEA’s time traveling experiment and edgy advertianment series continues with a new experience. This time hypnotist Justin Tranz guides young couple Jeff and Beth through the next big stages of their life. Be sure to check out the first video in there series if you haven’t seen it already: IKEA Hypnotizes Shoppers Into the Future #IKEAtimetravel.
  • IKEA Hypnotizes Shoppers Into the Future #IKEAtimetravel

    Chris Wilson
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    IKEA probably isn’t a brand that you think of when you think of extreme or edgy when it comes to advertising, but their latest campaign exactly that. The brand teamed up with hypnotist Justin Tranz to hypnotize young couples and then guide them through a journey into their future. The whole thing is entertaining and well… a little weird. You’ll have to watch it for yourself and let us know what you think! And be sure to lookout for yoga instructor George the next time you are in IKEA.
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    MarketingSherpa Blog

  • How to Craft a Viral Campaign in 3 Steps

    Daniel Beulah
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    Every marketer would love to have a piece of content, or maybe even an entire campaign, go viral. This MarketingSherpa Blog post uses the ALS ice bucket challenge to illustrate and set up three elements that can help increase the possibility that your effort will hit that social-sharing sweet spot.
  • Marketing Strategy: What is your “Only Factor”?

    Austin McCraw
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    Your value proposition is the force behind the success or failure of your marketing efforts, and the key to crafting an effective value proposition is determining your “only factor.” This post provides a path on how to find that “only factor” as well as charting some of the challenges behind this endeavor.
  • How Seamless Email Turns Ecommerce Prospects into Buyers

    Andrea Johnson
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    This MarketingSherpa Blog post features a video interview conducted by Daniel Burstein, Director of Editorial Content, MECLABS, with Charles Nicholls, founder and Chief Strategy Officer, SeeWhy, on turning prospects into buyers on ecommerce websites. Email is a channel ecommerce marketers should use to stay in contact with prospects. The key to success for this medium is a seamless experience of email across different devices and form factors.
  • Email Data Hygiene: When you know it’s time to break up

    Jessica Lorenz
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    An email subscriber list filled with old addresses that either never interact with your sends — or even worse, bounce — affects your deliverability and overall email program effectiveness. In this MarketingSherpa Blog post, watch a short video to find out how 3M Canada utilized data hygiene and cut their email list 64%.
  • Content Marketing: Harvard Business School’s Michael Norton discusses surprising consumer behavior research

    Daniel Burstein
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    This MarketingSherpa Blog post features a video interview with Daniel Burstein, Director of Editorial Content, MECLABS, speaking with Michael Norton, Associate Professor, Harvard Business School, on how “showing your work” can actually prove value in the mind of your audience. Michael explains how this idea can be applied to marketing messaging.
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  • Welcome to Colon, Magic Capital of the World

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

    Tim Van Damme
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
  • What do you want to learn from me?

    Tim Van Damme
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    Been thinking about this for a couple of weeks now. Some advice from a mentor and Mandy Brown’s article convinced me to pull the trigger. This industry is built on people helping people. When I started out designing websites, I’d email those who pioneered the craft. The questions I asked them feel trivial today, but the fact that 90% of the emails I sent out got a helpful reply helped me turn this passion I had into a real job. Through a lot of hard work and some luck, I’m now living a life I couldn’t even dream of a decade ago. This experience of people helping out…
  • Costanoa

    Tim Van Damme
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    Always bring a camera when you go camping.
  • Koh Yao Noi

    Tim Van Damme
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:34 am
    Beautiful short filmed by Philip Bloom with his drone. (via)
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    Naldz Graphics

  • Impressive Hot Foil Stamped Business Cards You Should See

    Ebrian Acebedo
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    It’s almost a basic thing to know how necessary a Business card can be to businessmen, entrepreneurs, and others as it represents these people and their business or company. As small and simple as they may look, they are very effective tools that can help your customers remember you and even better – consider dealing with your business when the time comes. The challenge in business cards is making them even more efficient by using colorful designs and uncommon materials such as wood so that they will look more attractive and avoiding mistakes. One thing to do this is by The post…
  • Enchanting Hand-Cut Paper Silhouettes In Various Sceneries

    Christie Ann
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Art is mostly demonstrated on one of the versatile materials found on earth – Paper. Paper is a thin material produced by pressing together moist fibers, typically cellulose pulp from woods, rags, grasses, and drying them into flexible sheets. In the world of art, papers are used to make designs, just like in paper cutting. This art has developed distinctly all over the world to blend into different cultural styles. Today we feature two Ukrainian artists, Dmytro and Iuliia, who greatly love creativity and handmade items, together they have created “DreamPapercut”. Their craft is making…
  • Free Sketchy Outlined Fonts To Help You Have Cool Typography

    Mickey Javier
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Fonts have a significant role in adding the right taste of design to any projects that includes letters and words. That is why it is highly advisable for designers, if not necessary, to have as much font styles as possible to become more flexible and creative to your projects. Have a chance to add some cool fonts today as we have gathered some styles that you may want to take hold of. Today we have a collection of Free Sketchy Outlined Fonts that you can download for free. This collection includes cool outlined fonts that have extra sketchy effect that The post Free Sketchy Outlined Fonts To…
  • Provocative Satirical Illustrations That’ll Engage Your Mind

    Christie Ann
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Paintings, drawings, or any illustrations are all about the artists’ self-expression of what they feel. One of the artist’s works is to make a statement of some kind, like satirical illustrations , a tool to bring attention to both particular and wider issues in society. Satire is a genre of literature, sometimes graphics and performing arts, in which vices, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government, society itself, into improvement. Agim Sulaj is a satirist illustrator from Albania whose primary passion is to paint.
  • Useful And Free Long Shadow Icons For Your Designs

    Johnna Eudese Ward
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Flat designs have proved to be one of the neatest and eye-catching designs for a while now. With started some sub-styles which include long shadow designs which give more effect without ruining its minimalist design. They are usually applied to web elements – mostly icons. If you’re looking for these cool-looking icons, then you’re in the right place. Here we have looked for some of the beautiful and Free Long Shadow Icons that you can add to your designs. Most of them are free for personal and commercial use while others licenses can be purchased. Nevertheless, it is always best The…
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    Tuts+ Code

  • Envato Stories Meets Tuts+ Instructor Jordy Vandeput

    Jess Hooper
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    The latest Envato Stories video comes from Hasselt, Belgium, where the team met up with Tuts+ video production instructor Jordy Vandeput. Jordy has been teaching on Tuts+ since the start of 2013, as well as running his own video production company.Since buying his first camera at the age of 12 Jordy has been passionate about filmmaking. In his teaching he gets the most out of knowing that he can help another person fulfil their ambitions.His advice to those starting out is to always keep learning and practising and eventually it will come: "Give it some time and never give up."To…
  • Refactoring Legacy Code - Part 11: The End?

    Patkos Csaba
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    In our previous lesson we've learned a new way to understand and make code better by extracting till we drop. While that tutorial was a good way to learn the techniques, it was hardly the ideal example to understand the benefits of it. In this lesson we will extract till we drop on all of our trivia game related code and we will analyze the final result. This lesson will also conclude our series about refactoring. If you think we missed something, feel free to comment with a proposed topic. If good ideas gather, I will continue with extra tutorials based on your requests. Attacking Our…
  • Configuring W3 Total Cache: Advanced Minification Settings

    Ahmad Awais
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    In the previous article, we completed configuring the Page Cache settings. In this article, we continue with the setup of W3 Total Cache by looking at setting for General, HTML & XML, JS, CSS and Advanced Settings all of which are located in the General menu.Let's see what W3TC has to offer.MinifyCode minification is the removal of unnecessary characters from source code. Mini, when used as a prefix, means small. Thus, the goal of minification is to make source code "smaller" in order to improve performance. First of all, click the Minify inside the Performance…
  • New Course: Getting Started With Symfony 2

    Andrew Blackman
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    Symfony 2 is one of the most popular modern PHP frameworks. It has the advantages of being modular, extensible, and feature complete. Our new course, Getting Started With Symfony 2, is designed for first-time users of the framework, and will walk you through all its basic coding features. What You'll LearnWe'll cover everything you need to get started with Symfony 2, such as bundles, templating with layouts, routing, building forms with validation, and how to build a full CRUD (Create, Read, Update and Delete) application with database interaction. Tuts+…
  • Introduction to Testing on iOS

    Andy Obusek
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    No one wants to ship buggy software. Ensuring that you release a mobile application of the highest quality requires much more than a human-driven manual quality assurance process. New devices and operating systems are released to the public each year. This means that there is an ever expanding combination of screen sizes and operating system versions on which you must test your mobile application. Not only would it be extremely time consuming, but attempting to test your iOS application by manual testing neglects an entire piece of the modern software engineering process, automated quality…
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  • Deal of the Week: Small Money for Big Stock Photos

    Dieter Petereit
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
       Enjoy one of those Deals of the Week that are few and far between. Grab really large stock photos for really small money. Mighty Deals, again the deal provider this week, had Depositphotos on offer in the past. That deal was wildly popular, and people didn’t stop calling for a reiteration. Today we have proof that their calls didn’t go unanswered. With the growth of Depositphoto’s portfolio you have even more excellent material to choose from, at the same laughable prices…
  • Halloween Icons: 50+ Brand-new Scary, yet Free Pictograms

    Dieter Petereit
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
       50+ Brand-new scary, yet free pictograms are offered by icons8, the icon foundry you can always trust. If you like to scare your friends at the end of October, here’s what you need. Hand-made for terror, these pictograms will look good in any app or website with the horror touch. Best of all, they are completely free of charge. Let’s take a closer look…
  • 15 Beautiful Art Projects, Created to Raise Awareness for a Cause

    Tara Hornor
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
       Beautiful art can be both awe-inspiring and intriguing. Some of it simply awakens the creativity or beauty inside of us all, and other stunning works of art makes us really think about deeper issues. No matter the level of intensity of the piece, great artworks cause most people to stop, if even for just a moment, to have an emotional experience. And this experience, these emotions, will be re-lived every time the viewer encounters that piece of art again.
  • Deal of the Week: 90+ Professional Fonts from 18 Unique Font Families Discounted 98 Percent

    Dieter Petereit
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
       Have you ever dreamt of buying a professionally crafted font for 30 cent, then woke up laughing? What one can dream… Today, with our most recent Deal of the Week, that dream can come true. Mighty Deals has exactly that on offer. More than 90 fonts from 18 different font families are up for grabs at two percent of their original price. Secure yourself a large set of professionally crafted Sans and Art fonts with all the benefits of the OTF format. Web fonts are available, too.
  • JotForm’s Latest Product is Hands Down the Best Form Designer You Can Get

    Dieter Petereit
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
       Forms – the inevitable, the unavoidable. Nobody actually loves them, yet no one can do without them. Be it in real life or on the net, forms are a necessary evil. Or should I say were a necessary evil? Today JotForm, the online forms creation service has introduced a new tool dedicated to making forms attractive with ease. This new tool is called "Form Designer" and it does nothing less than bring the fun factor back to form design. Did I say "back"? Hmm, anyway…
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  • Dangerous Popsicles

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Dangerous Popsicles explore the "aesthetics of user-unfriendliness". They are "a collection of weird shaped popsicles inspired by cacti and life-threatening viruses".
  • Aposematic Jacket

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Created by Shinseungback Kimyonghun, Aposematic Jacket is "a wearable computer for self-defence". When the wearer pushes a button upon facing a threat, it "records the scene in 360 degrees and sends the images to the Web":
  • Inbox

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    In case you missed it: the Inbox that works for you...
  • digiPlaySpace

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Currently on show at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, digiPlaySpace is a collection of amazing interactive installations (aka huge digital toys) for kids: [via]
  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On III

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    He's back...
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    Illusion Magazine

  • Pokras Lampas’ Calligraphy on Female Nudes

    Adriana de Barros
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Warning: This post contains images with nudity. Viewer discretion is advised. You can view more pictures here from Pokras Lampas’ ongoing series, “Calligraphy on Girls.” If you remember, last year I had featured some of his lettering on models and also on paper. This St. Petersburg-based artist has been conducting calligraphy workshops and if you...
  • Design for “Dracula Untold” and Universal Pictures

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Just released this month is the monster tale of “Dracula Untold,” a dark fantasy action film by Gary Shore and starring Luke Evans as main character (Vlad III Tepes). To celebrate the film’s launch, Universal Pictures is giving artists, designers and illustrators around the world the opportunity to create the cover art for the digital...
  • The Delicate Photography of Berta Vicente Salas

    Adriana de Barros
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    It is all about the subtlety and details of Berta Vicente Salas’ pictures. Like positioning her father dead center of a Ferris wheel, creating the illusion his head is part of the wheel. Painting only the body of a girl named Carla in blue, which ends up highlighting her head like it was cut off...
  • Digital-Dripping Skulls by Paul Hollingworth

    Christopher Smail
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Edinburgh-based multidisciplinary artist and designer Paul Hollingworth has created a fine project entitled, “Artificial Anatomy,” which aims to engage with our understanding of volume, surface and texture. Using a strict colour palette of turquoise and black, he coats his delightfully ghoulish skulls in a layer of digital magic. Artwork © Paul Hollingworth Via Behance
  • 3D Street Art of the Sea by NEVERCREW

    Christopher Smail
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Street art collective NEVERCREW have sought out the oceans deep in search of inspiration for their latest round of visual trickery. With the city streets as their canvas, we see giant whales streaming directly from a cloud of coloured smoke and a melancholy penguin upon a shrinking iceberg. All of this is done in their...
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    The Social Commerce Social Sourcing Space

  • Businesses lose an average of $12.7M a year to cybercrime

    Craig Agranoff
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:36 pm
    The fifth annual Cost of Cybercrime report from the Ponemon Institute found that businesses lose an average of $12.7 million to cybercrime. This is up 9.7 percent over the previous report’s study, indicating that the cost of cybercrime is on the rise. The report this year was sponsored by Hewlett Packard’s Enterprise Security division and it found that business disruptions account for about three-quarters of those cybercrime losses. The report confirmed, as of previous ones, that business who prioritize cybercrime prevention tend to fare better in terms of losses than do those who…
  • Twitter to unveil mobile payment service

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    In collaboration with France’s biggest bank in terms of client numbers, Groupe BPCE, Twitter will offer a new mobile payment service targeting young users. Dubbed S-Money, the new service is expected to be launched as early as this week and will allow Twitter users to transfer money via tweets. Rival Facebook is also working on a similar type of service, but Twitter appears to have a competitive edge. While young adults are shunning larger social networks in favour of messaging apps, the latter remains popular with young users. In fact, 27 per cent of 7,500 US teens surveyed considered…
  • China pre-ordered 20 million iPhone 6 units last weekend

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    About 20 million units of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were pre-ordered in China between 10th and 13th October, according to a CNET report that cited data from Chinese tech giant Tencent. 9.5 million pre-orders were made through Jingdong Mall (, while Chinese telcos (China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom) accounted for ten million pre-orders. While the new models were launched in the United States and other countries in mid-September, the release in China was delayed because regulatory approval was not obtained until later in the month. As a result, Apple started taking online…
  • Finland Blames Apple for Credit Downgrade

    Craig Agranoff
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    In an interesting twist of politics, the Prime Minister of Finland, Alexander Stubb, told news reporters that Apple killed the nation’s top industry, resulting in an international credit downgrade announcement. Standard and Poor downgraded Finland’s sovereign debt rating to AA+ from AAA on Friday. “..I guess one could say that the iPhone killed Nokia and the iPad killed the Finnish paper industry..” To be fair, Prime Minister Strubb did not really pit the blame on Apple. His point was that the paper industry, which is the most important industry in Finland, has seen…
  • Tech firms promise to safeguard student data

    10 Oct 2014 | 2:51 am
    After California Governor Jerry Brown passed the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA) on 29th September, a group of 14 industry players have promised to adopt its principles across the United States. SOPIPA prohibits companies from selling, using and disclosing students’ photos, text messages, location information and other data for commercial purposes not authorised by schools. Companies such as Microsoft, digital curriculum developer Amplify, publishing house Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edmodo, an online educational network that lets teachers designate homework…
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    Six Revisions

  • Font Combinations: 10 Sites for Inspiration

    Jacob Gube
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Combining different fonts in a pleasing and harmonious way is a challenging aspect of producing good typography. A lot of it has to do with good taste: When you actually see the fonts in action, you will instinctively know whether or not they work well together. There are many sites you can visit to get ideas and inspiration for good font combinations. Here are a few of them. Beautiful Web Type Combinations An open source project, Beautiful Web Type Combinations is a one-page showcase of great Google Fonts pairings. examines beautiful sites to determine what fonts they use. This…
  • Freebie: Touch Gesture Icons

    Jacob Gube
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This freebie contains 30 different visuals of common touchscreen gestures used in mobile device interfaces. Gestures in this set of icons include "tap", "pinch", "slide", and more. These icons are useful additions to any mobile user interface. They can be used for visual queues, documentation of the app’s features, or for educating new users about the app’s UI. This freebie was exclusively designed for Six Revisions by Creatticon, a website where you can get free, high-quality web design resources. The touch gestures come in two different styles:…
  • A Close Look at CSS Box Shadow

    Jacob Gube
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The CSS box-shadow property can be used to give block elements a drop shadow or an inner shadow. Let’s take a close look at this CSS property. Examples Below are three different examples of applying the CSS box-shadow property on a div. Example 1: Simple Drop Shadow Here’s how you could give a div a subtle gray drop shadow. box-shadow: 0 0 10px gray; Example 2: Inner Shadow An inner shadow can be rendered using the inset property value. box-shadow: inset 0 0 10px; Example 3: Offset Drop Shadow In this example, the box shadow is cast with a bias towards the bottom-right side of the…
  • Installing Node.js on Windows

    Jacob Gube
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Many powerful open source projects have Node.js as a dependency, so often times you’ll need to set it up on your web server. But what if you wanted to develop and test your Node-dependent projects in your Windows PC before putting it up on the server? Setting up Node.js locally is quite simple. In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through the following: Installing Node.js on Windows Running a Node app in your browser Installing Node packaged modules via npm Uninstalling Node from Windows A note on nomenclature: The official name of the project is Node.js or node.js, and many people…
  • Free UI Kit: Icarus

    Jacob Gube
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Icarus is a clean and beautifully simple user interface (UI) kit for web and mobile apps. This UI kit comes to you as a Photoshop PSD file. The Icarus UI kit was designed by Matt Skiles (from DVQ) and commissioned by the team over at Print Express for exclusive publication here on Six Revisions. Other UI kits designed by Matt Skiles are Dijon and Jefferson. Preview Terms of Use You can use this freebie as part of your commercial projects. Examples: Web designs, visuals for ebooks, infographics, PowerPoint presentations, web/mobile app UIs, etc. Attribution is not required (but appreciated).
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  • 11 Free CSS & jQuery Tabs Plugin And Tutorials

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Here, we have put together 11 free CSS jQuery tabs plugins and tutorials for you. CSS jQuery tabs plugins allow developers to create a tabbed navigation and improve usability along with a better browsing experience. Creating usable navigation menus is the most thought-provoking part of the web designing because it furnishes the most crucial links on the web page without disturbing the users. Here is the full collection after the jump. All the provided CSS jQuery tabs plugins are easy to use and they furnish a better option for web designers and developers to demonstrate the most useful…
  • 12 Bug Tracking Applications For Developers

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Here we are listing down top 12 bug tracking applications for you that let you find and fix the bugs in your projects. Installment of bug and issue tracking application save your plenty of time and enable you to concentrate on your work more. Furthermore, your workflow will become smoother as these tools keep a track of what to fix and what the issues are. So for efficient working, it is important that you incorporate some sort of bug and issue tracking application to your workflow. Below, you will find best 12 bug tracking applications most of them are free for you to download that not only…
  • A Must-See Collection Of Powerful Yet Free Photoshop Tools & Plugins

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    Are you trying to find out some tools that can be used in combination with Adobe Photoshop to get your job done faster? Well, if your answer is yes, then you have come to the right place. In this compilation, we are sharing with you 34 Adobe Photoshop tools that can help you work faster. This will save you plenty of time, and we all know that time is money. Photoshop is the most widely used graphic designing software all over the world. The fact that there is still room for more in terms of workflow and the speed of your design process has made Photoshop even more powerful with the aid of…
  • 9 Free Web Conferencing Tools

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    Are you looking for some free to use web conferencing tools? Well, if your answer is yes, then you are lucky enough to land on the right page. In this round up, we are presenting 9 free web conferencing tools, and by Free means they are not the free trial rather are absolutely free to use. Isn’t it sound great? Well, let’s move on to the list of 9 free web conferencing tools that let you share your screen, record your meetings, collaborate in real time and much more. We hope that this list proves to be the best for you. Feel free to share this list with your friends as well and also let…
  • 37 Free Bootstrap Joomla Themes

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    For today’s round up, we have chosen 37 best Bootstrap Joomla themes that not only will enliven your Bootstrap but will also be useful for your business as well. Creating a theme by yourself without specific knowledge and years of practice is not possible, but this does not mean that you cannot get a custom made theme. There are plenty of established template providers that provide high quality, professional looking custom made themes that you can order. Scroll through our wonderful collection and be inspired as well. Do let us know what you think about this compilation. Feel free to share…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Reducing Abandoned Shopping Carts In E-Commerce

    Keir Whitaker
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    In March 2014, the Baymard Institute, a web research company based in the UK, reported that 67.91%1 of online shopping carts are abandoned. An abandonment means that a customer has visited a website, browsed around, added one or more products to their cart and then left without completing their purchase. A month later in April 2014, Econsultancy stated2 that global retailers are losing $3 trillion (USD) in sales every year from abandoned carts. Clearly, reducing the number of abandoned carts would lead to higher store revenue — the goal of every online retailer. The question then…
  • Design Accessibly, See Differently: Color Contrast Tips And Tools

    Cathy O' Connor
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    When you browse your favorite website or check the latest version of your product on your device of choice, take a moment to look at it differently. Step back from the screen. Close your eyes slightly so that your vision is a bit clouded by your eyelashes. Can you still see and use the website? Are you able to read the labels, fields, buttons, navigation and small footer text? Can you imagine how someone who sees differently would read and use it? In this article, I’ll share one aspect of design accessibility: making sure that the look and feel (the visual design of the content) are…
  • Hybrid Mobile Apps: Providing A Native Experience With Web Technologies

    Patrick Rudolph
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    According to a recent report1, HTML is the most widely used language for mobile app developers. The main reasons among developers for selecting web technologies2 are cross-platform portability of code and the low cost of development. We’ve also heard that hybrid apps tend to be sluggish and poorly designed. Let’s prove whether it’s possible to deliver the native look and feel that we’re used to. This article provides many hints, code snippets and lessons learned on how to build great hybrid mobile apps. I’ll briefly introduce hybrid mobile app development, including its benefits and…
  • Improving Your Information Architecture With Card Sorting: A Beginner’s Guide

    Pierre Croft
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Information architecture (IA) is one of those buzzwords you’ve probably heard before. It refers to the organization of the information on your website and how it all fits together. When planning your IA, involve users of your website in the process as soon as you can. In this article, we’ll discuss card sorting, a tried and true technique for doing just that. We’ll go through some practical tips for running a card-sorting session, and also cover some examples. What Is Information Architecture? One of the great things about modern web design is the way it considers users’ needs from…
  • Be A Better Designer By Eating An Elephant

    Alexander Charchar
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    I can’t imagine any other industry in which so much change happens so quickly. If you stop paying attention for a week, it can feel like you’ve not been listening for a year. There’s so much to learn. Falling behind is easy, too. We might be in the middle of a major project, so we put off learning about this newfangled thing called Sass or Node.js or even quickly experimenting with the new Bootstrap or Foundation that everyone is raving about. Before we know it, we have these elephants of missing knowledge wandering around our minds, reminding us of what we should know and do but…
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    Speckyboy Web Design Magazine

  • Common SEO Myths & Misconceptions

    Sadiq Lakhani
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:26 am
    There isn’t a day that goes by that I hear from a client something they have heard about SEO that isn’t even close to the truth. It seems there are more stories about SEO than Chuck Norris. A quote by George Bernard Shaw comes to mind: “Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.“ In the SEO world this quote rings true every day. Whether it’s an business owner that is wasting what little extra time they have on incorrect optimization, or someone in the industry making unfounded statements and making their agency (and themselves) look inept,…
  • Weekly News for Designers (N.256)

    Speckyboy Editors
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:34 am
    This is our popular weekly design news post where we share our favorite design related articles, resources and freebies from the past week. You can sign-up to our awesome weekly newsletter for some more amazing articles, resources and freebies. New Resources & Tools Photoshop Simulator – 'You don't need to install that huge s**t on your machine anymore.' PerfMap, a bookmarklet and Chrome extension to create a front-end performance heatmap of resources loaded in the browser. CRUD Admin Generator, an open source tool to generate a complete backend from a MySql database.
  • The Guide To UX Design Process & Documentation

    Chris Bank
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:21 am
    Documentation is instrumental for concepting, designing, creating and measuring the performance of products. But it shouldn’t be done just for the sake of maintenance. After all, there’s nothing about a thick stack of paperwork which resembles the experience of your real product. As Lean UX advocate Jeff Gothelf describes in a piece for Smashing Magazine, thick deliverables created simply for future reference regarding the user experience become obsolete almost as soon as they’re created. In today’s Lean and Agile world, the experience should be the focus — not…
  • 30 of Our Favorite jQuery Plugins from the Last Few Months

    Speckyboy Editors
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:04 am
    In this post we have collected some of our favorite jQuery plugins that have been released over the last few months. And just to help make your jQuery plugin search that little bit easier we have categorized the plugins into the following categories: jQuery Plugins for Page Layouts, jQuery Plugins for Images & Video, jQuery Sliders & Galleries, jQuery Typography Plugins, and finally a small collection of versatile jQuery Utility Plugins. jQuery Plugins for Page Layouts pagePiling.js – A jQuery plugin for 'piling' your layout sections over one another and accessing them…
  • Weekly Inspiration – Creative Class, AKQA, Mr Marcel School, and more

    Speckyboy Editors
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
    It’s that time of the week again, a chance for you to sit back and be inspired by some of our favorite web and mobile designs from the past week. You may also like to browse the Web Inspiration Archives. Creative Class → He For She → → AKQA → Mr Marcel School → Hix Snedeker Companies → Michael Bianchi → You may also like to browse the Web Inspiration Archives. The post Weekly Inspiration – Creative Class, AKQA, Mr Marcel School, and more appeared first on Speckyboy Web Design Magazine. No related posts.
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  • This Is Not a Conspiracy Theory

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    A new series from Kirby Ferguson, the prolific video essayist behind the fantastic series “Everything Is a Remix.” Released episodically as new installments are completed, “This Is Not a Conspiracy Theory” examines “the quest to understand the hidden forces shaping our lives.” The first episode is free, but a US$15 subscription is required to view… Advertise on
  • Thomas Dagg’s Star Wars Series

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Heretically, I always roll my eyes a bit when grown adults express their excessive affection for the “Star Wars” franchise. I like the original trilogy fine, but I just find my generation’s preoccupation with it to be a little absurd, especially when articulated as elaborate homages on the Internet. Nevertheless, once in a while, a… Advertise on
  • Postscript for Ben Bradlee of The Washington Post

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    David Remnick’s eulogy for the great Ben Bradlee, the former executive editor of The Washington Post who oversaw its Pentagon Papers and Watergate chapters, and who died Tuesday at ninety-three, is an aptly magnificent remembrance for a magnificent titan of the last century. It’s short but it’s full of pithy, illuminating anecdotes about Bradlee as… Advertise on
  • Aerial Bold

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    This Kickstarter project aims to create “the first map and typeface of the earth” from satellite imagery that happens to form familiar letterforms. If funded, project creators Benedikt Groß and Joey Lee intend to create a set of computer vision-driven tools and a database that will automatically identify characters—much more ambitious than I had assumed.… Advertise on
  • Thoughts on Yosemite’s Look and Feel

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Over the weekend I installed OS X Yosemite on my MacBook Air. Its new interface, partially inspired by the dramatic aesthetic shift that its sibling made with iOS 7, will take some getting used to for me. Here are some thoughts. Yosemite’s ambitions are evident: it aims to be a much more elegant, more sophisticated,… Advertise on
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    Treehouse Blog

  • Treehouse Is a Finalist in the Jobs Madness Contest

    Gill Carson
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    Treehouse is excited to be a finalist in the Jobs Madness contest at the Close It Summit in DC as an innovative solution to solving the skills gap. Jobs Madness judges have narrowed to the final 6 innovative companies who are leveraging technology to solve complex problems like poverty and unemployment. If we win we plan to scale our Code Oregon prototype nationally and get more people back to work in high-paying tech jobs.  Go Treehouse Code-to-Work! The post Treehouse Is a Finalist in the Jobs Madness Contest appeared first on Treehouse Blog.
  • New Course: Android Data Persistence

    Gill Carson
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Being able to save or persist data within our apps is an important fundamental skill. It enables our users to save their work, remember their preferences, store all types of files for reuse, and more. These features are evident to some degree in almost every application. In this course, we will be learning about the different ways in which we can persist data in our apps. We will be creating an app which can make memes in order to learn about these different concepts. By the end, we will know what types of considerations come into play when developing an app with data persistence features.
  • Behind the Scenes of the New Treehouse Orlando Set

    Chris Zabriskie
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve been a Treehouse student since the very beginning, you might remember the look of our earliest videos. The original set was… well, we didn’t really have one. Nick Pettit, teaching accessibility from The Construct in 2011. The actual first Treehouse set, built at our offices in Orlando, Florida in 2012, should look a bit more familiar: the light table, the bookshelves, the window overlooking the treetops (insert your Return of the Jedi jokes here, we’ve heard all of them). If you look close in the background of many Treehouse videos, you should be able to…
  • New Course: Web Typography

    Gill Carson
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    As web features barrel ahead, web typography advances with it. We now have more control over type than ever before. But, as the often-quoted line from Spiderman goes, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” Well-built websites can be plagued by bad typography, creating an unpleasant experience to the user. In this course, we’ll cover all you need to know to begin building websites with good typography, giving users a great experience. In this new course, guest teacher Mattox Shuler covers all you need to know to begin building websites with good typography. Learn how to choose…
  • Real-Time 3D on the Web

    Nick Pettit
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    When you watch an animated Pixar movie, the 3D graphics are extremely detailed and realistic because they’re “pre-rendered”. Each frame may have taken many hours or days for the computer to render and then later you watch those rendered frames in a finished sequence. “Real-time” imagery typically renders frames at around 60 times per second (or 60fps) and it’s used in interactive environments like games and the web, because you cannot predict what the user will do next. My first experience with real-time 3D computer graphics was 20 years ago in the days…
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  • Happy Birthday, David Zwirner! You’re (Still) the Art World’s Second Most Influential Person

    Stephanie Murg
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    A birthday comes but once a year, as does the ArtReview Power 100. The two tend to coincide for ubergallerist David Zwirner, who has two reasons to celebrate today: his fiftieth birthday [insert Kusama-dotted sheet cake here] and clinching the number-two spot on this year’s Power 100, which appears in ArtReview’s November issue (on newsstands today). Zwirner is outranked only by Tate director Nicholas Serota, who has held onto the top slot since the London-based magazine’s list debuted in 2002. The mind boggles at the power to be concentrated when Zwirner artist Marlene Dumas’s…
  • Guggenheim Reveals Submissions for Helsinki Museum Design Contest

    Stephanie Murg
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    The world is one step closer to Guggenheim Helsinki. The open, international competition for the design of the the proposed art and design museum, to be located on city-owned land in the southwestern part of Helsinki’s South Harbor, is nowhere near its big Finnish finish, but today the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation cut the virtual, Marimekko-patterned ribbon on an online gallery of submissions. The featured entries, which were received from 77 countries and can be filtered using trait-based tags (dome, glass, opaque, concrete, twisted, shiny, and more), are for stage one of the…
  • Wanted: Graphic Designer Who Seeks Better Living Through Chemistry

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:48 am
    Do you have a longstanding fascination with the periodic table? Do you remain confident in the power of space-age polymers? Are you surrounded by limiting reagents? If so (and even if not), you might consider seeking a better living through chemistry as an art director for the American Chemical Society. The Washington, D.C.-based organization—the world’s largest scientific membership association—is seeking a creative services manager to “create and develop branding guidelines and best practices” as a member of its marketing department. Bring your Illustrator,…
  • In Brief: RIP Oscar de la Renta, Banksy Riffs on Vermeer, Istanbul Design Biennial Update

    Stephanie Murg
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    • Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died last night after a long battle with cancer. The bon vivant, whose fashion house announced last week the appointment of Nina Ricci veteran Peter Copping as creative director, was 82. • Banksy is back. His latest work, painted on a building in his hometown of Bristol, is a pierced-eardrum riff on Vermeer‘s Girl with a Pearl Earring. • It’s all systems go for the second Istanbul Design Biennial, which kicks off November 1. Curated by Zoë Ryan and associate curator Meredith Carruthers, the biennial will host 53 projects…
  • Design Jobs: TYR, Meredith, Levine/Leavitt

    Nadine Cheung
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    This week, TYR is hiring a senior graphic designer/associate art manager, while Meredith needs an assistant art director for More. Levine/Leavitt is seeking a studio manager, and Catholic Review Media is on the hunt for a staff photographer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Senior Graphic Designer/Associate Art Manager TYR (Farmingdale, NY) Assistant Art Director, More Meredith (New York, NY) Studio Manager Levine/Leavitt (New York, NY) Staff Photographer Catholic Review Media (Baltimore, MD) Graphic Designer – Print…
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    Vandelay Design

  • The Ultimate Guide to Parallax Scrolling: Best Practices, Examples and Tutorials

    Jake Rocheleau
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    The idea of parallax design is simply an awareness of movement. More specifically, the word 'parallax' is used to describe the perception of distance between objects while moving along a line of... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 6 Efficient Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

    Tara Hornor
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    One of the most common fights my husband and I had in the beginning of our marriage involved getting tasks done. Whether it was as small as carrying in groceries or as big a task as moving, he always... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 65 Amazing WordPress Photography Themes on the Market This Month

    Steven Snell
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    WordPress is an excellent content management system for photographers, in part because there are so many outstanding themes available, both free and premium. With so many quality themes/templates... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 5 Reasons Why Every Graphic Designer Should Also Be A Professional Photographer (And How to Get Started If You’re Not)

    Steven Snell
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:04 am
    Many web and graphic designers enjoy photography as a hobby, and some even offer both design and photography services to clients. If you haven't yet taken much interest in photography or attempted to... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 7 Actionable Ways to Build a Strong Client List from Scratch

    Steven Snell
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    You've undergone the army training on Codecademy, you've read every possible article there is on A List Apart, and there isn't a single Photoshop brush that you haven't tried already. You've excelled... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
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    Veerle's blog 3.0

  • Create a realistic shadow effect in Illustrator using the blend tool

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

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

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

    Veerle Pieters
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:52 am
    Today I was thinking of writing an Illustrator tutorial on how you can create simple symmetrical objects, using mostly ellipses, straight lines and rectangles in combination with the Pathfinder options. When looking at this, I thought these "Re-turned"-birds would be ideal for this exercise. So let's get this tutorial started… Re-turned birds by Discipline (designed by Lars Beller Fjetland). Prepare layers, guides & swatches Setting up your document First things first. Before we start drawing, we have to do some small preparations to make sure our document is set up properly. When you…
  • My design process of the “Digital Adaptation” book illustrations & layout

    Veerle Pieters
    28 May 2014 | 8:33 am
    Apart from the cover design for "Digital Adaptation", one of Smashing Magazine's new books written by Paul Boag, I also designed the layout of the book, together with the chapter cover illustrations and a few others. As promised before, here is my story behind the design process of this part of the project. Chapter cover illustrations It was my idea from the start to use the book cover design for the chapter cover illustrations. My initial idea was to simply crop the cover into 6 parts, one for each cover illustration. After trying it out I soon came to realise that it wasn't going to work…
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  • Taste and The Zen of GitHub

    Kyle Neath
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There’s a lot of interesting things that happen the first time you really grow a company. Most are exciting, some are challenging, and a few are downright confusing. Every organization (and individual inside) experiences growth differently, which makes for some great stories. This is one of mine. The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste. And I don’t mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don’t think of original ideas, and they don’t bring much culture into their products. — Steve…
  • Ego

    Kyle Neath
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I remember the first time Bitbucket straight up stole one of my designs. The layout. The borders. The shadows. The exact information on the page! I was angry. This is my design. I was the one who put in the time. I spent the hours in a dark room with all the stuff that could be until I had the stuff that should be. I was the one who designed five wrong iterations until I got the right one. And it was good. People loved it. And these — these barbarians just stole it. Every last bit. I was real angry. I wanted to start a scene. I wanted to get real angry, real public. But my customers…
  • Tweet Tweet

    Kyle Neath
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As I sit in my apartment right now, I’m assuming what is effectively the entirety of the technology industry is managing the task rabbits packing their art cars, private chefs, fusion reactors, and backup iPads into their U-Hauls for the long journey to the Black Rock Desert. Oh — and drugs — lots, and lots of drugs. I mean, do you even know of Steve Jobs? *Scene: It's Second Breakfast time at Twitter HQ. A 23y.o. lies on the innovation hammock, is hand-fed scallops wrapped in larger scallops.*— Tom Gara (@tomgara) August 18, 2014 In the industry, we have this phrase —…
  • Cranking

    Kyle Neath
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Merlin Mann in 2011: It’s now become unavoidably clear to me that I’ve been doing each of these things poorly. The job, the making, the pleasing, and, yeah, the being at home. And I can’t live with that for another day. So, I’ve chosen which one has to go. At least in the way it’s worked to date. Which is to say not working. … But, that part’s gone missing for just a little too long now. Certainly not missing from my handsome and very practical rhetoric–it’s been missing from my actual life and living. In a quest to make something that…
  • Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain

    Kyle Neath
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Daniel J. Levitin for the Sunday Review: Our brains have two dominant modes of attention: the task-positive network and the task-negative network. The task-positive network is active when you’re actively engaged in a task, focused on it, and undistracted. The task-negative network is active when your mind is wandering. These two attentional networks operate like a seesaw in the brain: when one is active the other is not. I love this explanation. I often find myself arguing for the power of not (as in, spending time purposefully not accomplishing tasks). American culture does not like this.
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  • A Key Element In Solar Panels – Efficiency

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    While solar energy is most often associated with the production of electricity, heating is also a major platform. While heating isn’t particularly difficult, efficiency in doing so is the key to saving wear and tear on your system. A Key Element In Solar Panels – Efficiency The sun produces a ton of energy, but solar panel systems have historically been very inefficient at converting it. With improving technology, efficiency has improved to the point where most panel systems can easily produce enough energy to heat water for the home and pools. There are efficient and inefficient ways…
  • A Bright Future for Solar Energy: An Alternative Energy Source

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    I was first introduced to solar energy in the movie, Race the Sun with James Belushi and Halley Berry in the lead. It was a story about low- income and under achieving Hawaiian students encouraged by their teacher to join the Solar Car race. In the movie, a car shaped like a cockroach and covered with solar panels used the sun’s rays as an alternative energy source to run the car. Solar energy is the light and the heat from the sun. Solar energy is free and its supplies are unlimited. There are n air and water pollution caused about by using solar energy. But there is still some impacts on…
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Energy

    13 Dec 2013 | 12:36 pm
    Do you want to know what are the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy? alternative energy like solar energy is starting to turn into known as the longer term energy source, and i am satisfied to mention that i am alable harnessing solar energy in my home. With the upward push of electricity and heating gasoline prices anticipated in the near long run, it is likely that more other folks will start having a look at sun and other forms of renewable energy to run their properties. 1. What Are the main disadvantages of the usage of solar energy? solar energy methods is also tricky to put…
  • A Peek on How Folks View Home Vitality

    9 Dec 2013 | 12:10 pm
    Once you hear the phrase “dwelling vitality” what first involves your thoughts? So that you think you’re alone in your view of what dwelling vitality is? Do you think that one way or the other, you need to know more and expand your views about dwelling vitality? Well, listed here are some completely different views on dwelling vitality and a critique of them: 1) Costly – That is the most agreed upon view of dwelling vitality today. Folks think that dwelling vitality and financial savings do probably not go together. As people will let you know, living a snug life costs cash, and never…
  • The Disadvantages of Solar Energy

    9 Dec 2013 | 7:42 am
    Despite the fact that solar energy has been used for many years, the technology is still generally considered again. As people focus too much on the benefits , therefore , the disadvantages of solar energy are often overlooked , and many fall pray difficulties , investing a lot of money on a solar panel might not even work properly , for one reason or another . If you are really serious about solar energy to provide your home with electricity , so you will see that a deep understanding of its disadvantages is crucial. Thus, if you do your research properly , and weighs each point carefully ,…
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  • Warn and Cover

    Steven Heller
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:36 pm
    When I was a kid, nuclear attack was the gravest fear. Every two weeks the air raid sirens blared and my class and I were ordered to “Duck and Cover.” Obviously, that wasn’t even helpful if a small bomb exploded in the schoolyard, no less a megaton device. On the radio this morning I heard about NYC Board of Education’s precautions for Ebola, a list of practical procedures. Scary as the prospect of the virus is, I’m not sure that “going to the school nurse” if a child has symptoms is the best solution. In any case, I’ve been researching…
  • Weekend Heller: Learn Sign Painting

    Steven Heller
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Sign painter Mike Meyer is bringing his hand-lettering workshop to New York on 29-30 November 2014, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Hosted by local shop Van Zee Sign Co, this workshop will give participants a chance to learn from one of the masters, with brushes, paint and lettering. It follows hot on the heels of Mike’s recent tour of Europe. “Meyer has always been a well-known face in the international sign painting community through his passionate involvement with Letterhead ‘meets’ as far apart as New Zealand and North Wales,” notes a press release. “He has even hosted a…
  • Art, Guns and Power

    Steven Heller
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Henry Brimmer is a graphic designer, photographer, educator and agitator (in the good sense). He teaches Non-linear Creative Thinking Strategies through the Department of Advertising + Public Relations at Michigan State University in East Lansing. For 13 years he was the publisher of PhotoMetro magazine, a San Francisco–based monthly tab on photography that featured well-know and upcoming talent. Now that he has no more clients, he keeps himself on his toes by taking on challenging art projects that take him out of his comfort zone. The most recent is his entry for ArtPrize in Grand…
  • Best Book Covers: Penguin Drop Caps

    Claire Lui
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    In 2009, Jessica Hische (a featured New Visual Artist that year) started her Daily Drop Cap site, where she showcased a different hand-drawn letter each day. The site took off, and Hische’s creative lettering soon became her calling card.Elda Rotor, the editorial director of Penguin Classics, saw Daily Drop Cap and began thinking about creating a line of hardcover editions alphabetized by the authors’ names. Rotor spoke with art director Paul Buckley about designing an “A” to “Z” series of Penguin Classics, and she and Buckley eventually came up with the vision for an entire…
  • Like, OHMIGOD! A Totally Bitchin’ Valley Art Show

    Michael Dooley
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    The San Fernando Valley is a joke. A running joke that had its heyday in the 1970s and ‘80s. There was “beautiful downtown Burbank,” ceaselessly mocked by Johnny Carson. There was the Van Nuys porn industry, most famously ridiculed in Boogie Nights. There was Encino’s “valley girl,” legendarily skewered in the Zappa pop hit. And now comes Valley Vista: Art in the San Fernando Valley ca. 1970–1990, and it’s a major punchline changer for Valley jokes.Valley Vista is a new gallery exhibition at California State University, Northridge, one that reaches beyond all the…
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  • [literature] What Did Not Kill Harlan Ellison Obviously Didn't Try Hard Enough

    Samuel Klein
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:17 pm
    3160.We have been following the news of the travail of a man called, by himself, 'possibly the most contentious human being in the world' with some interest.Above: L: Susan Ellison, R: This mook she married.Photo: Steven BarberHarlan Ellison, we have heard, has suffered a stroke, since about a week now. He's been in the hospital, and we hear, is doing quite well actually. He has, it is reported, lost a bit of use of his right arm and right leg.This will do some damage to his legendary typing speed, though how his right leg entered into it, I'll never know.I've admired his writing…
  • [creativity] Inspiration Pad Dares You To Ride The Wave

    Samuel Klein
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    3159.Of all the interesting ways to challenge your creative brain to keep up, this is one of the most interesting and simple I've seen.Designed my Mark Thomasset, the Inspriation Pad at first seems like just another of the incredible range of paper notebooks we've been seeing all over. About the same form factor, thickness, dimensions. It's a ruled notebook, red margin line, blue writing lines. But you open one and maybe you see this:Or any one of a bunch of different patterns, from other waves, to mazes, to off-kilter registrations of the pattern, to sphereized and pinched lines.The closest…
  • [teh_funnay] Meanwhile, somewhere near Westeros…

    Samuel Klein
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:54 pm
    3158.GRRM hasn't killed all 140 characters … he still uses Twittah …JK Rowling, Joss Whedon, and I walk into a bar... Everyone you've ever cared about dies.— George R.R. Martin (@GRRM) October 3, 2014
  • [art, map] The Story of the Void in Jerry Gretzinger's Map

    Samuel Klein
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    3157.Back last year I posted here about a most singularly delightful thing, Jerry's Map.To recap, the story goes kind of like this: One day, in 1963, during lulls in what is only described as a tedious job, Jerry Gretzinger, a resident of New York State, started drawing a map of an imaginary city. The city reached the edge of the sheet; he attached another, and kept on going. He kept this up for 20 years.In 1983, life offered sufficient distraction to cause him to put the map of Ukrainia on the shelf. Then, after 20 years of sleeping, the land awoke again when Jerry's grandson discovered the…
  • [caturday] Kiki ArtKitty Provides Supervision

    Samuel Klein
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:20 pm
    3156.Whether or not I waste time in the studio, she's watching me. Almost like she's keeping score.Sure, I can screw off, but I'll have to answer to the fluffball.
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  • What ‘Yoda’ Might Have Looked Like When He Was Young

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Brazil-based concept artist Marco Teixeira has come up with an a fantastic piece imagining what the Grand Jedi Master ‘Yoda‘ from Star Wars might have looked like when he was young. Artist – Marco Teixeira (Hat Tip GeekTyrant) View the Rest: 'What ‘Yoda’ Might Have Looked Like When He Was Young'
  • Ammo Box Demons by Augie Pagan

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Using acrylics and spray cans, Seattle-based artist Augie Pagan has painted a set of demon portraits on ammunition boxes. Artist – Augie Pagan | (Hat Tip Geek Art Gallery) View the Rest: 'Ammo Box Demons by Augie Pagan'
  • Illustrator Creatively Transforms Starbucks Mermaid into Various Characters

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    For the past few years, Seoul-based illustrator Soo Min Kim has been turning original Starbucks paper cups into wonderful pieces of art by creatively transforming the brand’s iconic mermaid / siren logo into various other characters. Artist – Soo Min Kim | (Hat Tip Demilked, Kotaku) View the Rest: 'Illustrator Creatively Transforms Starbucks Mermaid into Various Characters'
  • Artist Combines Scenes of Real World with His Imagination

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Created in a highly realistic manner, this is a collection of paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Matthew Grabelsky in which he combines the scenes of everyday life with imagery from his imagination, dreams, and fairytales. In Grabelsky’s own words; “These paintings are not intended to be viewed as fantasy or as allegory, but rather as […] View the Rest: 'Artist Combines Scenes of Real World with His Imagination'
  • Surreal Illustrations Explore What’s Underneath The Ocean Surface

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    This is a collection of surreal illustrations by Los Angeles-based illustrator Graham Curran that offers a peek into the hidden world underneath the surface the ocean in a whimsical style. Hailing from a small beach community south of Los Angeles, Graham Curran is an illustrator who spent most of his time at the beach growing […] View the Rest: 'Surreal Illustrations Explore What’s Underneath The Ocean Surface'
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    Semhal Nasreddin
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Jonas Fyhr is an artist from Sweden. He uses bright, eye popping colors in his paintings which are beautiful and really eye grabbing. I love his art, and I hope you will enjoy viewing it as well.   Frost No Titele   Crowe Girl   Me and You   Flower Power   Unititled   Your Way   Open Your Door   Yang   Unititel   Candy Crush                                       Original article: STUNNING AND COLORFUL ABSTRACT PAINTINGS BY ARTIST JONAS FYHR©2014…

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

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

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

    Semhal Nasreddin
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    Alberto Seveso is an illustrator, photographer, and graphic designer living in Bristol, UK. He was born in Milan, Italy. He is very talented as is evident in his art. He has been featured on the blog before but I had to showcase his latest work as it is so beautiful. These images are from his series titled Digital Vomit… Enjoy!               For more of Alberto Seveso’s amazing artwork check out his Behance profile! Original article: DOPE ARTWORK BY ARTIST ALBERTO SEVESO©2014 SOULTRAVELMULTIMEDIA. All Rights Reserved. No related posts.
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  • 30 Inspiring Examples of Knolling Photography

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:27 pm
    In 1987, a janitor named Andrew Kromelow was working in a fabrication shop that produced furniture for Knoll. Inspired by the angular design of the furniture, Andrew started arranging displaced shop tools at right angles. Eventually, he began to describe this routine as “knolling”. What Andrew was unaware of was that he had started a global art craze that would be popularised by his fellow employee, American sculptor Tom Sachs, who held as his mantra: “Always be knolling.” These days, knolling is becoming increasingly popular across various art forms. Many people may be unfamiliar…
  • Time Allocation: Why having a set schedule will make you more productive, happy, and live a longer life.

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:22 pm
    In today’s day and age, we want to do it all. We pack our schedules so tight that we often don’t have a moment to ourselves from the time we wake up until we fall back into bed each night. In order to get the most from our day without feeling like details are slipping through the cracks, it’s crucial to allocate time for each activity appropriately. With resources like smartphones and calendar planning apps, it’s never been easier to set a schedule and feel more in control of your time. You know what to expect. When you plan ahead, you give yourself a general idea of what to expect…
  • Make Your Dreams Come True: 10 Outstanding Home Automation Tech Gadgets

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:12 pm
    With the crazy pace of life these days, we as consumers love nothing more than a product that will make our lives easier. Home automation is the epitome of this category of merchandise and it’s becoming more popular every year. But in this modern world, no matter how amazing the invention, if we can’t control it from our smartphone then it may not be worth getting. Fortunately, the ingenious designers of the following ten products all had smartphone technology in mind. 1. Nest Learning Thermometer Described as “a thermostat for the Smartphone Generation” the Nest Learning Thermometer…
  • 10 Cool Things to do with Your Instagram Photos

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    1. Decorate the refrigerator with a few Instagram magnets. Whether you want to add a little life to the break room or surround yourself with your favorite Instagram shots in your own kitchen, magnets are a great way to put those photos to use. Sticky9 can turn your Instagram profile images into 2mm magnets with 9 magnets per pack for only $14.99 (shipping is free!). 2. Make a calendar. Why spend your money on a boring, generic creation when you can use your very own photos to inspire you daily with a calendar. You can create a virtual calendar or a paper calendar to hang in your kitchen,…
  • 40 Majestic Examples of Abstract Architecture Photography

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Abstract architecture photography is different from regular architecture photography. It offers a new perspective. It allows the viewer’s imagination run wild. You no longer see the full picture. Instead, you see a small piece of a much bigger puzzle. I guess you can sort of call this a tease. The artist takes a photo and lets you decide for yourself what you see and feel. This is the exact reason why I love abstract architecture photography. You have no surrounding context to help you formulate an educated thought about the photo at hand. Instead you see what looks like an abstract…
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  • #Fontacular is Back!

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

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

    Ryan Arruda
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    A favorite aspect of having a brand new blog design is that we can now further showcase some of the great content we regularly offer on If you’re a regular visitor to you know that we prominently feature four large hero images on our homepage each month. These images provide the opportunity for us to work with leading designers and illustrators to show the typefaces we offer in a larger-than-life scale. So going forward, each month we’ll take a moment to profile the new hero images and the talented people behind them. A new release from Stone Type Foundry, the Magma…
  • FontFonts Come to Web Fonts

    Johnathan Zsittnik
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    With an ever-growing collection of more than 20,000 Web fonts, you can bet at any given time we’re preparing another font release; this week we may have hit that release button with a little more excitement. Making their Web Fonts debut are the first families from the heralded FontFont foundry, including the FF Meta, FF Unit and FF Info families. Each family is among FontFont’s most popular faces and each was designed under FontFont founder Erik Spiekermann. What better place to begin with than with those from the man who started it all. “Making their Web Fonts…
  • New Blog

    Piper Lawson
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    There aren’t as many faces behind as one may think. We are a small, passionate and friendly team that is ready to show that side of ourselves to our user. The challenge was quite simple: we wanted to create a more approachable, usable blog to better express ourselves and products to our users. Updated Color Palette When we started creating the new blog, our first step was creating a new palette. has had a plain color scheme—with a repeated use of a deep blue throughout the site—for years. When we approached choosing new colors, we turned back to our…
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  • 30 Best Photoshopped Images and Creative Photo Manipulations

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Photo manipulation works are fun to create and fun to look at. Using photoshop you can do lots of creative and fun stuff. You can alter photos by photoshop software like you imagine and you can show others what you have in your creative mind. There are lots of posts on internet about photo manipulation but here i have added some of best and amazing examples of photoshopped / photo manipulation works for you. read more
  • 30 Best and Beautiful Diwali Greeting card Designs and backgrounds

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Happy Diwali : We have added some inspiring lamps and light effect backgrounds for making a beautiful diwali greetings for your inspiration. Diwali / Devali / Deepavali, popularly known as the "festival of lights", is an important festival in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, celebrated for different reasons, occurring between mid-October. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. read more
  • 50 Best Logo Design examples from around the world

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Logo Design is an important aspect for any business. The key to successful business is branding. If you want your customers to remember you, create impressive branding and identity designs for your brand. Here we have included 50 Best Logo design examples from around the world. Our Favorite logo designs are LED, Love Clips, LOVE, CMYK, Pharmacy, barcode, numbers, pool, tech vision, cook, more, beer and Fishy.  We hope you will like these creative logo design examples. read more
  • 25 Unbelievable Realistic Pencil Drawings by Dirk Dzimirsky

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Photorealism junkies, you'll be happy to know we've struck gold with Dirk Dzimirsky, a German artist who can render reality like you've never seen before...except in reality. read more
  • 40 Beautiful Diwali Wallpapers for your desktop

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Diwali is also known as the festival of lights. Northern India celebrates Diwali by lighting everyone’s house with Diya’s. It’s the time of joy and sharing; people visit their near and dear ones and exchange gifts. On deepawali evenings, the skies are lit up with amazing crackers which are truly mesmerising for the eyes. Here in this post we have put together some amazing Diwali Wallpapers which can be cherished everyday. read more
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    LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers

  • The Psychology of Web Design 101

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

    Shyrose Vastani
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    Bored of the clichéd branding and marketing ideas? Well, this article provides assistance in designing a great brand introduction for your clients. Marketers endeavor in implementing healthy branding ideas. However, some nail it right while others fail it. This slideshare will benefit designers, marketers and business personnel alike in analyzing their own strategies and self-locating…
  • Tips for Graphic Designers this Halloween: Wild side of Designers

    Shyrose Vastani
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    Halloween. The most widely and enthusiastically celebrated occasion of the year brings in festivities for everyone, doesn’t it? While girls and guys scurry around trying to find the most unique costume there is a group amongst them that sits back and relaxes. The designers know they can do well, and even at the last minute…
  • Should you be Marketing to Genders or not?

    Hala Ali
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    So you want to design websites for guys and gals? Want to perhaps introduce some things into your design that will specify your website to a female or male audience? Well stop. That’s going to be the big message of this article, stop trying to design for only one gender. The society today is simply…
  • Connection between successful Brands and HELVETICA

    Hala Ali
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Designers have a craze for typefaces, where Helvetica top their list. A simple observation by any sane person can easily highlight that it is impossible to breathe without taking this typeface in. Whether, a contemporary or classic designer, Helvetica has been ubiquitous for everyone. MASSIMO VIGNELLI, the 20th Century designer also loved Helvetica to an…
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  • The 10 Decisions You Will Make When Designing Your Logo

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    What do companies need to look out for when designing logos to represent their brands? Canadian designer, Dalveer Mann, a from DesignCrowd shares ten tips. Designing a logo looks easy, bu... Read More
  • 7 logos that should have been crowdsourced

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    In 2012, more and more small businesses and big brands turned to crowdsourcing. Demand for crowdsourcing boomed and we were told that
  • The Best of DesignCrowd Design Round-Up - Volume 5

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Each week, we round-up some awesome designs created by the very talented designers on DesignCrowd. From logo designs to posters and websites, the weekly design round-up aims to inspire creativity and show off the calibre of work produced.To show our appreciation for the great designs submi... Read More
  • 8 Fresh Free Beautiful Handwritten Fonts For Designers and Brand Managers

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:11 am
    Whether you're a typography geek or a casual admirer of 'type', the choice of typeface (colloquially named 'font') is a key consideration in any piece of visual communication. In fact, designers agonise
  • The Best of DesignCrowd Design Round-Up - Volume 4

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Each week, we round-up some awesome designs created by the very talented designers on DesignCrowd. From logo designs to posters and websites, the weekly design round-up aims to inspire creativity and show off the calibre of work produced.To show our appreciation for the great designs submi... Read More
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    The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress

  • Make The Most Of Our New Desktop Roller Banners

    Danielle Knowles
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Only released this week, our new desktop roller banners are already making a big impact – despite the fact that they’re rather mini! If you think they’re great but aren’t The post Make The Most Of Our New Desktop Roller Banners appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Lingerie Swing Tags Printed For Soul Candy Intimates

    Rik Haynes
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    Lingerie swing tags printed by Solopress for Soul Candy Intimates help launch their new fashion business… Soul Candy Intimates are a new handmade lingerie and hosiery business launched by Alex The post Lingerie Swing Tags Printed For Soul Candy Intimates appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • All Change! The Rise Of Work From Home Dads

    Samantha Halley
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    With so many changing roles within the working household, the modern family is seeing a growing number of work from home dads.  Fading into a distant past are the days where The post All Change! The Rise Of Work From Home Dads appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • 10 More Brutally Honest Brand Slogans

    Rik Haynes
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    Previously featured here in the Solopress blog, is a brutally funny website that reimagines what big brand slogans would say if they were a little more honest with consumers…
  • Top 5 Literary Jack O Lanterns

    Danielle Knowles
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Fellow bookworms, take notice. If you love Halloween, you’re sure to enjoy these creative literary jack o lanterns.  If you’re looking to carve something a little different than the usual The post Top 5 Literary Jack O Lanterns appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
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  • 5in1 Mega Bundle v.5: Illustrations, Graphics & Textures

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

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

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

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    Check out two new products in our shop. Retro Signs Generator $10.00 – Purchase Checkout Added to cart Retro Ads Generator $10.00 – Purchase Checkout Added to cart
  • Tutorial – How to Design a Clever 3D Logo Using Adobe Illustrator

    10 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    One of the most interesting projects that a graphic designer can take on is designing a clever logo. A clever logo helps customers to easily remember the company message. Most of the time a logo that illustrates a single idea is not enough. The challenge is to combine two or more ideas in one icon. In this tutorial I’ll show how to create a clever logo from sketching to the final product. Last year I had a project for a coffee shop library. I start combining a coffee cup image with book / library related symbols. After few sketches I choose a cubical cup with a bookmark ribbon. The…
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    Learn from Graphic Designer Roberto Blake

  • Video Editing for Beginners with Adobe Premiere Pro

    Roberto Blake
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Adobe Premiere Pro can be intimidating to learn at first. There are a lot of amazing tools in Premiere Pro but for basic video editing you will not be using most of them. In this tutorial I will teach you the basic tools and techniques you need to effectively edit simple videos.Video Editing With Premiere Pro Video Tutorial The important thing is to make sure that you are keeping your Project Bin and your Timeline as organized as possible Make sure you are labeling your footage and sub clips appropriately and that you are keeping track of what you need.Keep your…
  • Getting Started With Adobe Illustrator [VIDEO]

    Roberto Blake
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Adobe Illustrator is part of the “trinity” of design programs you should learn when beginning as a Graphic Designer, the other two members being Photoshop and InDesign respectively. Many designers tend to over rely on Photoshop to get their work done considering it an end all be all solution. While arguably Photoshop is powerful enough to do all if not most things the typical graphic designer may need, that doesn’t mean it is the best tool for those particular task.Learning Illustrator Doesn’t Have to be HardMany Graphic Designers feel intimidated by learning another…
  • The Apple iPad Air 2- What You Need to Know!

    Roberto Blake
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Before You Buy the iPad Air 2Apple just unleashed a whole new series of products for late 2014 following on the heals of their summer updates to the Macbook Pro product line. The product with the most buzz surrounding the live Apple Event this October had to be the new iPad Air 2. This product is not just an incremental update, at the same time it is not exactly groundbreaking either.The new iPad Air 2 is all about performance and features a new A8x processor that is 40% more powerful than the previous generation. It also features an improved iSight camera that is capable of single image HDR…
  • 5 Common Logo Design Mistakes

    Roberto Blake
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Unfortunately I will not be providing visual examples of poorly designed logos for this article. There are some issues with this type of article and linking to images owned by others and calling them “bad logos” and it would be too time consuming and painful to design bad logos just to use as an example.Using too Many Colors in a Logo DesignOften you may get a request from a client to use a variety of colors in a logo design. Try to caution simplicity, not everyone is Google and can get away with multiple colors. Too many colors can be distracting, take away from the distinction…
  • What Tools and Hardware Do Graphic Designers Need?

    Roberto Blake
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Becoming a Graphic Designer is going to be an investment. There are gong to be quite a few things you need to get started in terms of general art supplies, hardware and software to do your projects and client work. While this list may not cover everything it does cover the essentials you will regularly need throughout your career or time as a graphic design student.Aside from a decent computer and the adobe software where are some other times you will want to definitely consider. Below is a short punch list but if you watch the video below I explain some of these things in a little detail and…
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    Graphic Design Junction

  • Responsive Websites Design – 32 Inspiring Web Examples

    Yasir Jawaid
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Responsive web design approach make website layout screen friendly and Google recommends responsive design websites for smartphone. Responsive websites using the new HTML5 and CSS3 media queries and techniques with the latest coding standards. Responsive design is making the web design more powerful, interactive and beautiful. Responsive websites design have many features that allow developers and designers to create apps and websites with the functionality, speed, performance, and create website that fits well in all devices. You may be interested in the following modern related articles…
  • New Free Photoshop PSD Mockups for Designers (30+ MockUps)

    Muhammad Faisal
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    New free PSD mockups to showing off your creative art and print designs. These free psd mock-up templates including realistic and high quality branding mockup, business cards, photographic mockups, iPhone 6 and other smart devices mock-ups. Each psd mockup design is fully layered and high quality with smart objects, so you can easily customize them to achieve perfect result. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. 34 Creative Logo Designs for Inspiration #30 35 Most Popular Free Fonts In 2014 25 Inspiring Examples of Business Cards Design HTML5 Websites…
  • 34 Creative Logo Designs for Inspiration #30

    Yasir Jawaid
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Branding is all about creating a corporate identity or logo design and in building up the brand value is essentially best done by a graphic designer who is adept in creating images keeping the color schemes, and the artistic value of the image that represents the brand as well as the organizations. When designing a new logo, it should be done in such a way that the customer is able to recollect and recognize the logo design. Here we have some great examples of logo designs. I hope you will enjoy the concept and ideas of these creative logos. All logo design are only available for…
  • Useful Free Halloween Wallpapers, Icons, Background Illustrations

    Yasir Jawaid
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Latest selection of Halloween resources like iphone 6 wallpapers, Halloween icons and background illustrations. Freely download and use in your Halloween poster design, web design, mobile apps or make your smart devices wallpaper. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. Creative Digital Illustrations for Inspiration – 30 Artworks 32 Amazing Concept Illustrations by Glenn Jones 45 Amazing Digital Art Examples by Creative Designers 25 Amazing Low-Poly Portrait Illustrations for Inspiration Please feel free to join us & follow on…
  • HTML5 Websites Showcase – 25 Inspiring Examples

    Muhammad Faisal
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Showcase of HTML5 websites, design by professional web design agencies and web designers. These new HTML5 and CSS3 website using modern design techniques. HTML5 websites are amazing, well-structured with a responsive design it is easily usable with any device (Desktop, tablet, mobile phone), without removing any content! Today we are gathered twenty five award winning websites build with HTML5 markup. In this collection you can see the Graphic design, web design, portfolio, fashion and corporate websites design examples for inspiration. You may be interested in the following modern…
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    The Designer Wall

  • Download Polya Free Font by Adrien Coquet

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

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

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

    The Designer Wall
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Katarzyna Kijek and Przemysław Adamski an artist from Poland, teamed up to make this wonderful paper animation called “Katachi” that means shape. Different shapes are cut and lined up to make a very entertaining short video that is very entertaining to watch as if you are watching Japanese contemporary arts.                   Below are few pictures on how it’s done. I guess you don’t have an idea how this works, so I included a video below for you to see the output of their masterpiece.   Shugo Tokumaru / Katachi from…
  • Top 10 Free Chalkboard Fonts for 2014

    The Designer Wall
    2 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Chalkboard fonts is one of my favorite fonts to use in my project. I know that choosing a best typography is one of the most important aspects of graphic design. Today we will feature our Top 10 Free Chalkboard Fonts for 2014 that you can download and use.                   NOTE: Please take time to read the terms and usage of each featured font in their respective download pages. Some of them are free to use both for personal and commercial while some are for personal use only.   Chalkboard Font DOWNLOAD   Cool Crayon Font DOWNLOAD…
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    Company Folders

  • Why Every Entrepreneur Must Learn Photoshop

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

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

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

    Vladimir Gendelman
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    26 Graphic Design Resume Tips for Landing Your Dream JobWhen it comes to creating resumes, graphic designers are lucky. Not many fields allow for potential employees to directly demonstrate their work-related skills with the resume itself. Pastry chefs don’t get to bake their resumes into a cake, teachers can’t assign their resumes as homework, and lawyers aren’t given the chance to defend their resumes [...]
  • 22+ Graphic Design Interview Tips: Common Questions & Best Answers

    Vladimir Gendelman
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    22+ Graphic Design Interview Tips: Common Questions & Best AnswersOn the surface, a graphic design job interview should be easy. After all, you’re talking about the subject you know the most about—yourself. But when anxiety, pressure and nerves get in the way, you might give answers that don’t exactly paint a lovely picture of you as an employee. While there’s no miracle cure for [...]
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    Graphic Fashion

  • The Importance of Kerning…

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

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

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

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

    Hollee Wood
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Color schemes are important in design because different colors together look more visually appealing than other combinations.  This post is going to go over the basic color schemes that are […]
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    Design Roast

  • 5 Best US Cities to Work in Graphic Design

    Adrienne Erin
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    Cities are hailed as creative, technical hotspots. In short, they’re perfect hubs for graphic designers. However, each city has its strengths and weaknesses, making some more suited for job opportunities than others. Here’s a list of the best US cities to work in graphic design, counting down from number five. 5. New York, NY Of course ... The post 5 Best US Cities to Work in Graphic Design appeared first on Design Roast.
  • How to Create a Mood Board for Your Creative Projects

    Adrienne Erin
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Want a boost in creativity? Consider creating a mood board for your creative projects to save the things that inspire you. If you don’t know what a mood board is, think of it as a kind of template, the blank slate on which you visualize your ideas. Mood boards can take many forms – from ... The post How to Create a Mood Board for Your Creative Projects appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 13 Creative Gift Ideas for Designers

    Adrienne Erin
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    You might be struggling to think of what to get the designer or other creative person in your life for the holidays. Maybe some expensive, weird looking chair? Actually – like anyone else –designers like useful gifts, we just also appreciate the artistic nature of things. With that in mind, here are a baker’s dozen ... The post 13 Creative Gift Ideas for Designers appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 25 Stunning Tilt-Shift Photography Examples

    Adrienne Erin
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    Tilt-shift photography changes the focus of an image, so the outcome often looks like the subjects in a photo are miniature instead of full size. When the lens is tilted, it’s pointed at a different angle than the usual straight-on approach, and if the lens is shifted, it’s moved either up or down until the ... The post 25 Stunning Tilt-Shift Photography Examples appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 20 Best WordPress Themes for Google AdSense

    Adrienne Erin
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    One of the most prominent ways to generate revenue from a WordPress powered blog or website is to incorporate Google AdSense. In fact, a lot of bloggers and website administrators rely specifically on income from this platform. However, it’s not enough to just add the necessary code and place ads. To really make money and ... The post 20 Best WordPress Themes for Google AdSense appeared first on Design Roast.
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    Inkbot Design

  • 5 Elements to Include in Business Stationery

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:18 am
    Your business stationery is a first-hand representation of your company to the public. As such, it needs to convey an overall company message.The post 5 Elements to Include in Business Stationery is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Top 10 Alcohol & Beer Logos

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:39 am
    What are some of the Best Beers and Alcohol Brands? Here are a Professional Graphic Designers top 10 Alcohol and Beer Logos from around the world in 2015.The post Top 10 Alcohol & Beer Logos is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • How Corporate Clothing Benefits Your Brand Identity

    6 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    How does corporate clothing and company uniforms benefit your Brand Identity? This post looks at the advantages of using branded clothing to push your company message.The post How Corporate Clothing Benefits Your Brand Identity is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • How to Name Your Company

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:39 am
    What must you consider when you have to name your Company? Check out these business naming tips you should keep in mind when picking a great name.The post How to Name Your Company is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Top 10 Airline Logos

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:46 am
    What are the best Airline logos of all time? Here's my top 10 aeroplane related logos reviewed and discussed.The post Top 10 Airline Logos is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
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    Logo Geek

  • I’m on the jury for Logo Lounge book 9!

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

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

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

    Ian Paget
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    When working with typography, kerning is the term used to describe the space between two individual characters within a font. In logo design getting the kerning right is paramount as it makes the difference between looking professional, and having a logo that’s ‘not quite right’. The kerning applied automatically by a design program is typically satisfactory when used within a block of text, however when applied to a logo, since a small number of characters are used in isolation the kerning needs to be applied manually to ensure it looks perfect. In the below image I show a comparison…
  • I don’t like that logo redesign

    Ian Paget
    21 Jun 2014 | 8:13 am
    Whenever a company redesigns its logo it causes social media and design sites to go mad. Sometimes the redesign is loved, but more often than not the designs are quickly torn to pieces, sometimes quite brutally. Disappointingly a lot of this comes from the design community. Take for example the PayPal redesign back in April. Shortly after posting the news of this on twitter I received a number of instant dismissed comments such as “I don’t like it”, “not a big fan” and “this is just…ugh”   PayPal have released a new logo design as part of its first global brand campaign.
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    A2B Designers Ltd

  • How to make use of artistic energy to barter

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

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

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

    The Design Geeks
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:14 am
    Latest news from A2B Designers. Website On A Budget: What should i use to save cost Having a great web site nowadays isn’t a bonus, however slightly a necessity. If you might have an enterprise, provide companies of any form or just must publicize your self and don’t have a web site, you might be way behind the occasions and you might want to set up one instantly. A customized website can get expensive and it’s comprehensible that you’ll have a price range you should keep inside, so figuring out the should-haves will show you how to profit from your web site with the…
  • Non responsive UK websites are missing out

    The Design Geeks
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Latest news from A2B Designers. These days it’s not simply sufficient to have an internet site with great graphics and informative content material. You must have a responsive design as well. By having a responsive design, you optimize your web site to make it accessible over not simply the nice outdated desktop, but in addition over a myriad of mobile gadgets. There is little question that responsive design is the way forward for internet designing and each enterprise, massive and small are optimizing their web site to include each mobile system ever launched. The final goal of a…
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    Graphic Design | Logo Design | Website Design | London | Forty8Creates

  • Events In East London For Halloween

    Chloe Smith
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Plan your Halloween by booking tickets to these spooktacular parties in East London!     The Book Club – Wasteland: Survivors Party – 30th October.    The Book Club will be hosting the biggest and most gruesome Halloween party of the year on 30th October. The BC will be transformed into a post apocalyptic wasteland […] The post Events In East London For Halloween appeared first on Graphic Design | Logo Design | Website Design | London | Forty8Creates.
  • Create a Facebook Page for your Small Business & Use it Efficiently

    Chloe Smith
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
     Create a Facebook Page for your Small Business & Use it Efficiently Running a business requires you to advertise your presence and engage with your audience in several different ways. Social media is one of the best platforms to advertise your business, engage with your consumers and keep on top of news and trends within your […] The post Create a Facebook Page for your Small Business & Use it Efficiently appeared first on Graphic Design | Logo Design | Website Design | London | Forty8Creates.
  • Start Up Business Awards

    Chloe Smith
    5 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Best Start up Awards for your small Business.   Starting a business, and getting it to succeed, is a massive feat that requires dedication, passion and resilience. Often the little spark you need to push your business on to the next level is a little encouragement. And what could be more encouraging than a start […] The post Start Up Business Awards appeared first on Graphic Design | Logo Design | Website Design | London | Forty8Creates.
  • Tattoo Artist | Interview | London

    Chloe Smith
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Tattoo Artist Melissa Szeto London  Tell us a little bit about your background & what it is you do now. I’m a Colombian tattoo artist based in Notting Hill, London. I originally studied as an industrial designer, then spent a few years as a shoe designer, but over time I fell in love with tattoos […] The post Tattoo Artist | Interview | London appeared first on Graphic Design | Logo Design | Website Design | London | Forty8Creates.
  • 5 Important Lessons Design Education SHOULD be Teaching.

    Chloe Smith
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:08 am
    I always get excited when the postman brings my subscription of Computer Arts magazine, this month the subject area in question is ‘The Future of Design Education’. Within this issue there was a question that really caught my eye – “What’s wrong with design education today, and how would you fix it” This blog post […] The post 5 Important Lessons Design Education SHOULD be Teaching. appeared first on Graphic Design | Logo Design | Website Design | London | Forty8Creates.
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    Down The Line Design and Marketing

  • Why the supermarket industry is a great industry to learn from

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

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

    7 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    For any business owner who takes the marketing of their business seriously really should glimpse through once in a while. Aside from great articles from across different industries that provide nuggets of useful information, there’s often a comment from one of the regular writers that gets to the heart of things. I urge you to therefore read this piece that the writer, in a light-hearted story of his friend’s abattoir business, cuts through the mess that marketing often becomes. What’s the ultimate purpose of marketing he asks? ‘To get…
  • What’s in a logo. Things to consider when you rebrand

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    We have conversations with clients all the time about rebranding and the potential benefits (giving due consideration to their business, its current situation, its aims for the future, etc…as to whether its appropriate to them first). Just a few of the questions that frequently crop up are; Why should we bother to rebrand? What are the benefits of rebranding our business? How can we measure the impact of the rebrand and whether it’s been worth it? Isn’t a rebrand just designing a new logo for us and a few tweaks to our website and literature? What if our customers…
  • Marketers…are you a chief, champion or coach?

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Read a really interesting post on Marketing Week (read it here) that highlights some recent research in respect to the typical personality traits of marketers. The research took in findings from 2,500 marketers. Of which more than half fell into 3 of 16 main character types. (Descriptors here copied from the Marketing Week article.) The Chief – a natural leader, confident, authoritative, direct and goal-orientated. The Champion – built to manage, set targets, marshal resources and make sure the job is done – on time and within budget. The Coach – highly driven, people-focused,…
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    Offset printing technology | Offset lithography

  • Three Ninja Tips for Creating Synergy with Your Pick-and-Pack Fulfillment Process

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

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

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

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

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:13 am
    Xeikonever-expandingrange of applications” Today, the Xeikon machines are present everywhere in the world, both in commercial printing, as well as in the field of printing labels and packaging. With digital presses, Xeikon products and CTP machines for conventional offset plate (basysPrint) and for flexo imager (ThermoFlexX). Reputable global manufacturer of high quality digital presses, a Belgian company Xeikon, has been present on the market since 1988, and just five years later, in 1993  at an IPEX exhibition in Birmingham introduced the first professional digital printing machine. Over…
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