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  • Is Mac or PC Better for Graphic Designers? » Graphics
    Roberto Blake
    22 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    It’s astounding to me that in 2015 the question of which operating system you should use is still a debate. Many designers find themselves turned down for jobs if they prefer using a PC rather than a Mac. Many designers feel that if they can’t afford a Mac they won’t be taken seriously, so they’ll even invest in buying a used Mac that cost twice as much as a newer Windows PC. In reality these “marketing optics” do matter to some people, even if they shouldn’t. You will in fact be judged by whether or not you use or own a Mac as a Graphic Designer.
  • 20 Twitter Accounts Travel Businesses Must Follow

    Think Design
    Mehreen Siddiqua
    25 May 2015 | 2:14 am
    An estimated US$ 7,580 billion in GDP. 277 million jobs across the planet. These were the contributions of the travel and tourism industry to the global economy in 2014. It is the ideal time to be a travel business entrepreneur, for there are significant revenues to be generated, and massive profits to be earned. Yet,… The post 20 Twitter Accounts Travel Businesses Must Follow appeared first on Think Design.
  • 7 Online Business Ideas You Can Start and Run from Home

    JUST™ Creative
    Jacob Cass
    19 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    This article has been contributed by Ravinder. One of the best ways to start your own business these days is to do it online. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars and sleepless nights to setup an online business. It can be up and running sooner than you think and for a fraction of a cost! Starting a business is easy, running it is the hard part especially in the online space, where the competition is huge. You need to drive customers to your site and engage them in a manner to ensure they keep coming back. You can use some of these online business ideas to get your foot inside the…
  • Five Best Sites to Learn a Foreign Language.

    Online Free Tools
    Kamran Khan
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Once you've decided to learn a foreign language you begin to search for necessary tools that will help you to study. Today we have lots of them: electronic books, different websites, applications, translators and special communities adding in study online. A huge variety of such resources and tools causes difficulties as a learner has to spend hours googling and looking for an appropriate
  • How To Know If Your Logo Design Is Successful

    DesignFloat | Published News | Graphic Design
    21 May 2015 | 1:21 am
    Give your logo at least one or two years before you starting asking if your logo design is a success or failure. You will start getting hints by then
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  • Art Authority Announces Year Five of Its Intern Program for Art Majors

    Fred Showker
    23 May 2015 | 5:06 am
    An appreciation of art is one of the foundation requirements for all visual communicators. Now, the Art Authority for iPad is the only iPad Reference app to be named to both of Apple's Rewind "best of" lists. It brings over 75,000 high-resolution classic works of art to your fingertips. read more
  • This Disk Cartography Disk Space Analyzer may just save your data

    Fred Showker
    21 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Sooner or later everyone needs to take a peek at what's going on down in that hard drive... or at least they should. There have been a lot of tools come along, but not so good recently until now. Disk Cartography maps the drive so you can manage it! read more
  • 7 Powerful Plugins to Repair Video Artifacts that threaten to ruin your next video

    Fred Showker
    18 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    We know that many DTG readers are involved in video ... from small, short vignettes on their DSLR to the big-time production jobs. Well, chances are, there will be some noise and graphic artifacts that threaten to spoil the takes. No more with Cleaer for Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects and Motion. read more
  • First Digital Pen for Scanning & Translating Languages

    Fred Showker
    14 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Here's a device you might really like! Imagine scanning passages and info right on the go, where ever you happen to be . . . and then translate it into a file for later use? This is one of the unique new products we've seen in some time! read more
  • Publishing Update 1505-15 : Digital Media, Publishing, content, print, and DTP

    Fred Showker
    13 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    Did you remember Mothers' day in your media plans? Never pass up the opportunity to market and spread the PR of your clients. Spring is a fun and lucritive season as people come out of the winter doldrums and begin shopping again. Be on your toes ... read more
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    Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog

  • Design deals for the week

    25 May 2015 | 12:15 am
    Every week, we’ll give you an overview of the best deals for designers, make sure you don’t miss any by subscribing to our deals feed. You can also follow the recently launched website Type Deals if you are looking for free fonts or font deals. Adria Grotesk font Adria Grotesk, from FaceType, comes in 7 different […] The post Design deals for the week appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • 10 websites for designers to get free PSD templates

    Sabina Hona
    24 May 2015 | 9:35 pm
    PSD files/templates are very useful resource for designers. It saves time and makes it easier to make a new design simply by customizing the existing one. Rather than creating from a scratch, it’s more smart step to modify PSD templates. Below we have 10 websites for designers to get free PSD templates. Let’s have a […] The post 10 websites for designers to get free PSD templates appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Spectacular sketches by PEZ

    23 May 2015 | 11:44 pm
    PEZ is the artist name of a talented French illustrator. His art goes far beyond simple illustrations, but what we share in this post are his incredibly detailed sketches. In this series, PEZ took on some famous characters with a simple pencil. He gave them a new life with some little twists. The post Spectacular sketches by PEZ appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Google reveals Literata, a new typeface for Google Play books

    22 May 2015 | 10:59 pm
    So far, Droid Serif was the default font for reading books on Google Play. Earlier in May, Google quietly introduced a new typeface to replace it along with the release of the latest version of PlayBooks. Google introduced Literata, a well-balanced serif font family that was designed for readability on screen. The new typeface was […] The post Google reveals Literata, a new typeface for Google Play books appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • A collection of vintage Photoshop textures

    Sabina Hona
    21 May 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Textures are a great way to add some depth to your designs, it can also make the designs much more realistic, if that’s what you are trying to achieve. For a vintage look-and-feel, the Photoshop textures in this post will do a great job. 1. Vintage Pattern Textures LARGE This vintage texture is designed by glass-prism […] The post A collection of vintage Photoshop textures appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
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  • Cedar Hill ISD Graphic Design students win competitions - Focusdailynews

    22 May 2015 | 12:21 pm
    FocusdailynewsCedar Hill ISD Graphic Design students win competitionsFocusdailynewsCEDAR HILL—Recently two graphic design students at Cedar Hill High School won competitions and saw their work incorporated into promotional products one for a business and another for a local organization. Not bad for two high school 11th graders.
  • Art by Graphic Design Class on Display in Usdan - Wesleyan Connection (blog)

    21 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    Wesleyan Connection (blog)Art by Graphic Design Class on Display in UsdanWesleyan Connection (blog)Now on view at Usdan: A is for Ampersand, the final project of Professor of Art David Schorr's Advanced Graphic Design Tutorial. Students in the class conceived and realized the project with inspiration from a non-curricular project on which some of
  • Business Insider is hiring a paid graphic design intern - Business Insider

    20 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Business InsiderBusiness Insider is hiring a paid graphic design internBusiness InsiderBusiness Insider is looking for a Graphic Design Intern to join the newsroom's Graphics team. Projects would range from basic Photoshop requests to more creative assignments such as maps, charts and infographics — like these. As an intern here, you'll
  • Woodbury graphic design students win awards - Burbank Leader

    16 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Burbank LeaderWoodbury graphic design students win awardsBurbank LeaderLogan Miller, a recent graduate from Woodbury, was honored with a Platinum award from the publication Graphis, the International Journal of Visual Communication for a poster he designed to highlight the problem of gun violence, in response to the Dec.
  • A Father Designs Minimalist Vocabulary Posters to Teach His Daughter ... - Slate Magazine (blog)

    14 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    Slate Magazine (blog)A Father Designs Minimalist Vocabulary Posters to Teach His Daughter Slate Magazine (blog)London-based designer Mick Watson of Smart Giant has created an ongoing series of minimalist posters that attempt to translate obscure, underused, or favorite words into graphic depictions to illustrate their meanings and help them stick. “I was
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  • City of Melbourne Adopts IFI Interiors Declaration

    21 May 2015 | 9:29 pm
    The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) along with the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) announced the official adoption of the IFI Interiors Declaration by the City of Melbourne.
  • World Design Impact Prize 2015-2016

    13 May 2015 | 10:13 pm
    The World Design Impact Prize is seeking nominations for the 2015-2016 competition. The World Design Impact Prize is a biennial award created to celebrate, recognize, and encourage impact design projects from around the world.
  • Franz Award 2015: International Porcelain Design Competition

    13 May 2015 | 9:59 pm
    The 2015 Franz International Porcelain Design Competition is now open for entries. The competition aims to provide a platform for young designers around the world to meet and gather creativity and inspiration.
  • Ze World's Next Best 3D CAD Artist

    13 May 2015 | 9:39 pm
    FourSplines will launch a worldwide 3D modeling competition on May 24, 2015. Open to all champions and 3D modeling enthusiasts, the event will be held in network across the world through live broadcast on and in person at the premises of La Gare.
  • Designing a Post-Petroleum World

    13 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Post-Petroleum Design, latest title from Routledge by George Elvin, brings together some of the best design work from the world's leading post-petroleum designers into a single resource.
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    Graphic Design News

  • Printing

    25 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    Delta Publications prides itself in graphic design on behalf of its customers. Let our designers help design your next printed piece.
  • Dell Precision M3800 Mobile Workstation Packs Thunderbolt 2, Quadro, IGZO2 Panel

    24 May 2015 | 9:10 pm
    MojoKid writes: Dell recently revamped their M3800 model to better entice graphic designers, engineers, and other high-end users who often work in the field, with a true mobile workstation that's both sufficiently equipped to handle professional grade workloads and is thin and light to boot. Dell claims the M3800 is the "world's thinnest and lightest 15-inch mobile workstation" and at 4.15 pounds, it could very well be.
  • Can Business Versatility Hurt Profitability?

    24 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Well, if you're talking about having an adaptable business that can evolve quickly to meet a changing market, the answer is probably no. But if your products or services are too general or poorly defined, your company's business versatility could become a liability.
  • More

    23 May 2015 | 7:09 pm
    The SURTEX and the National Stationary Show just wrapped up a successful pair of May 2015 shows at the Javits Center in New York City. SURTEX is devoted to selling and licensing original art and design for all types of products.
  • Vote on BYU football's 2015 game day t-shirt on Instagram

    23 May 2015 | 2:54 pm
    It seems BYU has called upon an alum graphic designer for the 2015 game day shirt, and you can vote for your favorite. Friday, we learned graphic designer David Lesue, who operates the t-shirt design company Stately Type , has been asked by BYU to create the 2015 football game day shirt.
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  • Is Mac or PC Better for Graphic Designers?

    Roberto Blake
    22 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    It’s astounding to me that in 2015 the question of which operating system you should use is still a debate. Many designers find themselves turned down for jobs if they prefer using a PC rather than a Mac. Many designers feel that if they can’t afford a Mac they won’t be taken seriously, so they’ll even invest in buying a used Mac that cost twice as much as a newer Windows PC. In reality these “marketing optics” do matter to some people, even if they shouldn’t. You will in fact be judged by whether or not you use or own a Mac as a Graphic Designer.
  • New Book on the Totally Awesome VHS Video Cover Art of the 80s and 90s

    Mike Rankin
    12 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    As we all move ahead into the world of digital media, casting aside our old books, music, and movies, we don’t usually realize that we’re also tossing out little bits of art and graphic design history. Yes, those dusty old VHS tapes from the ’80s and ’90s are well on their way to becoming collector’s items. And not just for the campy kicks of big hair and cheesy synthesizer soundtracks in the films. The cover art on those boxes is now the subject of a new and highly entertaining book, VHS: Video Cover Art: 1980s to Early 1990s by Thomas “The Dude…
  • Free Stuff: Exclusive Vecteezy Assets for Readers

    Erica Gamet
    12 May 2015 | 4:11 am
    Here’s something special for all you lovely readers, courtesy of our friends at Vecteezy: an exclusive pack of 44 attractive Web icons! Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License, the icon pack features flat icons in white on a gray background, but since they’re vectors, you can customize them as needed. With icons for such web staples as mail, calendars, photos, news, and security, the pack includes several file formats: PNG, PSD, EPS and, of course AI. Vecteezy is part of the Eezy network of sites that offer free and premium assets for…
  • Advice for In-House Graphic Designers

    Roberto Blake
    8 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    Often In-House Graphic Designers are overlooked when it comes to advice and content—unless it’s advice telling them they should become freelancers. Today we’re going to look at some ways that In-House Designers can be successful in their careers and grow as Creative Pros! Communication is Still the Strongest Skill How you communicate and present your ideas can often count for a lot more than the ideas themselves. If you can communicate well across the board (not only through your designs, but in writing emails and proposals, as well as in presentations and meetings), it will…
  • Single or Double Spaces Between Sentences?

    Ilene Strizver
    5 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Should you put one word space between sentences or two? This question continues to be hotly debated between people in personal, professional, and educational settings, as well as in blogs, newspapers, online news resources, and even dinner parties! But for designers (or anyone setting typography as opposed to just “typing”), it should be a non-issue: double spaces between sentences does NOT have a place in professional typesetting. In fact, it is considered a serious type crime and a sure sign of an amateur. Here’s the scoop… Double word spaces between sentences is a practice commonly…
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    DesignFloat | Published News | Graphic Design

  • Indianapolis 500 Live

    22 May 2015 | 11:32 pm
  • Daily Freebie: 68 Custom Special Text Effects (AI)

    22 May 2015 | 4:07 am
    Today’s daily freebie comes from font maestro Patrick Kalange of Letterhead Fonts – a web platform dedicated to all things type.
  • How To Know If Your Logo Design Is Successful

    21 May 2015 | 1:21 am
    Give your logo at least one or two years before you starting asking if your logo design is a success or failure. You will start getting hints by then
  • 15 Latest Free Magazine PSD Mockup Templates

    19 May 2015 | 10:36 pm
    Designers well know what important role mockup templates play in designing. These help in making the designing process speedy and hassle-free. They need to keep looking for the right kind of template apt for the particular design project and continue putting in the creative ideas to complete the assigned tasks.
  • How to successfully combine typefaces

    19 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    Combining typefaces is one of the most challenging skills for a designer to master. Setting two fonts together in the same design brings out unexpected flavors in them both. What’s more, there’s rarely a right or wrong answer.There are dozens of different ways to combine typefaces, some more useful than others, but the most practical place to start is to understand the role of each typeface and to focus on its qualities.
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    Next Big Design

  • This Week In Design & Brand Strategy: 5/18/15 - 5/22/15

    22 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    Netflix Is Testing A Redesign That Users Are Going to Love: Check it out Why Marketers Should Own The Business: But Don't Stung By Millennial Misses: Brands are retooling for Gen Z 6 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Industry 4.0 Data A New iPhone Feature Will Make Your Commute Easier: iOS 9 Will add public transportation data to the default maps app How To Pivot Your Data: The amount of
  • This Week In Design & Brand Strategy: 5/11/15 - 5/15/15

    15 May 2015 | 6:54 am
    Your Co-workers May Soon Be Robots: 8 Jobs that are being threatened by robots De-Google Your Life: If you care about privacy its worth the hassle Verizon's Acquisition Of AOL: Video is a key lure Netflix CEO: Linear TV faces extinctions and 4K's future is on the internet Your 'Napkin Idea' Could Be Worth $500K: Pre-seed investors will offer $500K for best idea written on a napkin 4 Tips For
  • A Conversation with Brad Kreit, Institute For The Future

    6 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    Following FUSE 2015, we caught up with our inspiring keynote speaker Brad Kreit, Futurist at Institute for The Future to talk about the state of design, how it’s changed, and where it’s going next. Here’s what Kreit had to say: IIR: What is your “muse” or what inspires you in your work? Kreit: At Institute for the Future, our mandate is to look out 10 years to explore and make sense of
  • MUSE Newsletter: Lost in Thought with Violaine & Jérémy

    1 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    FUSE Muse body {color:#fff; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; background-color:#fff;} a img{border:0; } p { font-size:12px;margin:10px 0;line-height:18px; } a { text-decoration:none; color:#ec008c; font-size:12px; } a:hover { color:#01b2a5; } h1 { margin-top:0;margin-bottom:2px; font-size:17px; color:#262222;text-transform:uppercase; } h1 em{font-family:Baskerville,
  • A glimpse ten years forward

    29 Apr 2015 | 10:39 am
    ~ by Aaron Keller Let's look forward to FUSE 2016. Brad Kreit from The Institute for the Future will go there and bring a photograph back. The Institute for the Future and Brad Kreit give us a ride on the “near future” train. Some of the items we start with today? Big data is gathered on shopping and living behaviors, brands are looking for new ways to be an important part of their customers'
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  • Wedding Poetry

    25 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    "My great-grandfather did it, my grandfather did it, my father still does it. It's always awkward, like bringing your accordion to work. Who writes poems anymore, let alone reads them out loud?" When The Family Business Is Ribald Wedding Poetry, by Rosecrans Baldwin.
  • The Power of Music

    25 May 2015 | 5:57 am
    In honor of Memorial Day today, The Power of Music.
  • Dinner Party Wine Calculator

    22 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    So you know the Dinner Party Wine Calculator.
  • Linotron 505

    22 May 2015 | 10:58 am
    Wow. I'm totally in love with this... Mergenthaler Linotype Company film from 1969 on the Linotron 505 for high-speed film typesetting.
  • Sonnets in Stone

    22 May 2015 | 10:12 am
    "Over the years, my suspicions have grown about Rodin's use of mythological titles. The hotter the sex, the more it is graced—and thus excused, for cultivated viewers of his time—by a classical tag." Sonnets in Stone, by Allison Pearson.
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  • Fontstand: iTunes for Fonts

    25 May 2015 | 2:37 am
    Netherland based Frontstand was introduced just a few days ago at TYPO Berlin and aims to be the iTunes of Fonts. Fontstand has created a Mac OS X app that allows users to test drive fonts from 20 international type foundries and independent designers for an hour at no charge. Fonts can then be rented for 30-day periods at 10 percent of the purchase price, with no location-based restrictions. This is fantastic!
  • 4D Type

    25 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Type a word into this browser window and see it extrude into 4D. Hit ‘space’ to pause animation and then scroll to rotate type object. Filed under “I enjoyed playing with this for the last 5 minutes”.
  • Makerbook

    25 May 2015 | 12:41 am
    Makerbook is a hand-picked directory of the best free resources for creatives.
  • ♥ / Craig Frazier

    25 May 2015 | 12:36 am
    Thank you Craig Frazier for sponsoring this week’s RSS Feed. “The secret to simplicity—leave a bunch of stuff out.” –cf See what I mean at (Interested in sponsoring a week of my RSS feed, learn more here.)
  • El Prado Rug

    24 May 2015 | 2:28 pm
    El Prado Rug, handwoven by artisan weavers in the Western Highlands of Guatemala using locally sourced and dyed wool. Pretty cool.
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    Logo Design Love

  • CN logo evolution

    David Airey
    17 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    More than half a century after it was designed, Allan Fleming’s CN monogram still looks like it could’ve been created today. Designers around the world often choose it amongst their favourite marks. Here are the lesser known logos that preceded it. Much of the following information is courtesy of CN. 1852: Grand Trunk Railway CN’s logo dates back to the birth of Canada’s first major railroad, the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR), a line that eventually joined others to form CN. Built originally to link Montreal and Toronto in the 1850s, GTR saw its future as an international…
  • Sky versus Skype

    David Airey
    6 May 2015 | 3:44 am
    Microsoft, who in 2011 paid $8.5bn for Skype, has been blocked from registering a trademark in Europe for Skype’s name and logo. In response to a complaint from Rupert Murdoch’s Sky, judges at the General Court of the European Union said about Skype: “Conceptually, the figurative element conveys no concept, except perhaps that of a cloud. “[That] would further increase the likelihood of the element ‘Sky’ being recognised within the word element ‘Skype’, for clouds are to be found ‘in the sky’ and thus may readily be associated with…
  • Canadian logos, lovingly preserved

    David Airey
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:15 am
    “Our favourite Canadian logos, preserved in the moment in time we felt they were at their best. Some of them are no longer in use, or have been updated, for better or worse.” 1976 Summer Olympics, by Georges Huel, more info on We Made This Northern Army Preservation Society of Canada There are quite a few logos I wouldn’t have included — Tour of The Universe, Hamilton Tiger Cats (1990) to name a couple — but I like the site idea, and there are plenty of classic designs on show (many of which include the names of the designers and the year of creation). Canadian National Railway…
  • Adapting logos for small screens

    David Airey
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    The logo in the header of this site is a raster PNG file (portable network graphics). I’m unsure if it’s worth changing it to a different file format, but it was interesting to read Jeremy Frank’s mini-series about using vector SVG instead (scalable vector graphics). Detail reduction from the Argento style guide (PDF) Responsive logos, part 1: Tips for adapting logos for small screens Responsive logos, part 2: Making logos truly responsive with SVG “SVGs are a perfect fit for resolution-independent logos. Combined with CSS media queries, a touch of JavaScript, and SVG…
  • Hillary Clinton’s campaign logo

    David Airey
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Dylan Stableford of Yahoo News asked me a few quick questions about Hillary Clinton’s logo. What do you think of the logo? It’s an appropriate idea. I’d execute it slightly differently, perhaps by removing the harshness of the angles, or adding more contrast between the red and blue areas. And while there’s been a lot of negative comments on the mark, some people are too quick to knock the work of their peers. I like to remind myself of a few things before being overly critical. What makes a good political campaign logo? It should have the same traits as any good logo…
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    Design is Kinky

  • Tony Rodriguez

    24 May 2015 | 10:56 pm
    Tony Rodriguez is an illustrator living and working out of Tampa, Florida.
  • Jason Liu

    24 May 2015 | 10:54 pm
    Beautiful work by photographer Jason Liu.
  • Cinta Vidal

    22 May 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Cinta Vidal is a Spanish painter who works out of a small village near Barcelona.
  • Karaska

    22 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Karaska is a collage artist from Kiev, Ukraine.
  • Laura Kennedy

    22 May 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Hobart, Tasmania based artist Laura E Kennedy.
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  • 8 Free Stipple Shading Brushes for Adobe Illustrator

    Chris Spooner
    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been admiring some beautiful illustrations and examining the techniques the artists use to add details to their work. One popular shading method I’ve noticed is particularly prominent in apparel design and illustrations with a retro vibe is the use of stippling, where fine vector textures are added to build up tones and shade in areas of darkness. After seeing how effective this technique is, I created my own set of Illustrator scatter brushes to provide myself and my readers the tools required to create this effect. Download this free pack of 8 stipple shading brushes to…
  • 20 Minimal Logo Templates for Premium Members

    Chris Spooner
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    There’s more new goodies for Access All Areas members to download this week. Worn Out Media Co. has kindly donated a pack of 20 minimal logo templates with a clean and simplistic Scandinavian style. All these logo designs make use of freely available fonts, so you can easily customise them for use in your own designs. They’re perfect for quickly creating merchandise such as t-shirt designs, or for any product or project where you need to knock up a quick logo. Worn Out Media Co. is a Creative Market store dedicated to providing design templates for designers to easily create…
  • A Mammoth Variety Pack of Design Resources. Just $29

    Chris Spooner
    20 May 2015 | 5:04 am
    When I heard the news about the Mammoth Creative Design Collection, I knew this latest bundle from Design Cuts was going to be good! This is their highest quality, most creative bundle yet. It contains 30 best selling design resources with a nice mix of fonts, vectors, textures, brushes, effects packs, mockup templates, graphics and much more, making it a fantastic variety pack to give you lots of new items to create cool stuff with! Some of the items included cost twice as much as the entire bundle, which just goes to show how much value you’re getting for the $29 price tag after that…
  • Realistic 3D Casino Style Bulb Sign Photoshop Tutorial

    Chris Spooner
    18 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    In today’s tutorial we’re going to play around in Photoshop to create an illuminated bulb sign similar to those used on Las Vegas casinos and Broadway theaters. The sign will be created as a standalone piece of text, using Photoshop’s powerful 3D tools to simulate a hyper realistic setting within a warehouse. We’ll then add lots of subtle lighting effects to add a series of bright bulbs. If you’ve ever wanted to see your name in lights, this is your opportunity! Here’s the artwork we’ll be creating as part of this tutorial. It’s based on those…
  • 5 Quality Vector Textures for Access All Areas Members

    Chris Spooner
    15 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    I have a brand new premium design resource for Access All Areas members today courtesy of Rob Brink, the talented Designer and Screen Printer from Brink Design Co. Rob has kindly donated Texture Pack Vol.5 from his Brink Design Co. Store. It’s a collection of 5 hand made print ready vector textures that are perfect for distressing your designs to create retro or vintage style effects. Rob Brink is a designer and screen printer currently living in Rockford, IL. He specializes in brand identity, screen printing, and hand lettering. Rob’s passion for screen printing also extends to…
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    Helping Web Designers Get Clients - 1stWebDesigner

  • Announcement of #EspressoMonday

    Genevieve Que
    25 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    #EspressoMonday Episode Nr.21 Announcement of #EspressoMonday A pleasant Monday to all creatives and coffee lovers out there who have always been anticipating our #EspressoMonday episodes. We’re extremely grateful for your support as well as the questions you’ve thrown our way. However, after filming 20 episodes and reading the influx of questions, we felt that it’s time for a change. Before we go any further with this special #EspressoMonday announcement, let’s get that Java down our throat to start another exciting week. As we mentioned, this will be an exciting week…
  • Best Business Tips on How to Become a Great Web Designer

    Genevieve Que
    22 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    Learn How to Become a Great Designer from Jairek Robbins What are the best business tips how to become a great web designer? I think you’ll agree with us when we say: It is always a challenge for web designers to find the right methods and strategies how to increase their performance so they can generate more income. Is it, really? The good news is, there really are proven tips that will give you an edge how to be a successful web developer and to become one of the leaders in the industry. They are actually not new, but oftentimes overlooked wisdom because they sound and…
  • What Are the Top 10 User Onboarding Tools for Your Website?

    Tomas Laurinavicius
    21 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    You know that feeling of stepping out of the airport in a new place that you know nothing about and having too many options to do as your next step? We all have been there, but what happens when you have a person waiting for you holding a cardboard with your name written on it and handling all the transportation, accommodation and quick adaptation with a smile and sincere hello. You can’t help but feel connected, safe, and eager to explore. This is what user onboarding is on the web, a process of orienting and familiarising your first-time user with the environment, giving…
  • How To Deal With Competition In The Freelance Business And Respect Yourself

    Genevieve Que
    20 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    The Podcast Episode with Nicholas Tart Nowadays, there are already a lot of opportunities for freelance web designers compared to a few years back. However, there is still the misconception of not spending a lot of money on freelance design and development simply because some clients think that freelancers are not professionals. Fortunately, not everyone has this misconception, and one of them is Nicholas Tart, AwesomeWeb Project Manager. Being a former freelancer himself, Nick understands the pains, struggles, and frustrations of freelance web designers. That understanding has…
  • 8 Conversion Rate Optimization Tips for Checkout Pages

    Christian Vasile
    19 May 2015 | 5:57 am
    For most of us, the checkout process of a website means nothing more than just something we need to go through in order to buy something online. For e-commerce experts, however, the checkout process (and more importantly, the conversion rate drops) are nightmares that keep them up at night. Improving the conversion rate with a minimal 1% can actually turn out to be a huge increase in income at the end of the month. Optimizing conversion rates is a job of its own. It is very unlikely for a web designer to be an expert at it, considering marketing professionals spend years…
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  • Why The Future Of Web-Based Mobile Apps May Lie In Javascript, CSS And HTML Applications?

    Wijdan Rohail
    25 May 2015 | 12:09 am
    Should businesses require both a mobile and website application? Many developers grapple with this question every day. Most developers have concluded that there is dire need to focus on specific platforms such as Android, iPhone or Windows 7. Others have realized that many development tools already exist that allows them to maximize their skillsets, whether it is JavaScript, CSS and HTML or programming languages such as C++ or C. These mobile app tools help in creating native apps that can utilize plenty of mobile device’s native features such as accelerometer, contacts, camera, GPS, etc.
  • 10 Leading Starter Themes for WordPress

    Mike Swan
    18 May 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Being a WordPress developer or designer it comes very natural to you look for some high-quality blank or starter WordPress themes to kick start your project. A basic blank theme works as a starting point for developing your own custom theme that’s the reason why they are popular as “starter themes” or “naked themes”. These themes come packed with a basic PHP, CSS, HTML code along with all the necessary theme files that need to be presented in a fully-functional theme. These themes are different from the frameworks due to their ability to get modified easily to suit your business…
  • 4 Practices To Make Your Responsive Web Design Look and Work Great

    Ava Garcia
    18 May 2015 | 12:50 am
    The evolution of mobile technology has compelled a large pool of online players to build a design that fits gracefully on a variety of devices. The design here we are talking about is know as “Responsive Design”. Responsive design is a concept that has come a long way to provide webmasters all the necessary tools and support to create a design that works flawlessly across a range of mobile devices. The creators of such design play around with flexible images so they fit easily with different orientations. Considering the pace at which mobile phones are leapfrogging desktops, it has become…
  • Responsive Web Designing- Concepts you’d Want to Know for Sure

    Rick Brown
    14 May 2015 | 8:54 pm
    The rapidly growing interest in Responsive Web Designing (RWD) strategy isn’t hidden from anyone. More and more web designers are choosing RWD for building feature-loaded and visually impressive websites and applications. In today’s era where finding a unique recognition for your brand has come up as a huge challenge, designing sites/apps using responsive web design strategy has been regarded as a great sigh of relief. If you too are a web designer like me and are looking forward to dive into the vast ocean of Responsive Web Designing then understanding the concepts will perhaps…
  • 8 Responsive Design Mistakes That Drive People Nuts

    Sophia Phillips
    12 May 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Responsive design is already at its heels and there are reasons for that. Creating a beautiful responsive experience is crucial, these days, to let your audience feel engaged and connect with you on mobile devices. However, while designing a responsive website there are certain errors that webmasters commit, which yield them nothing, except wasting their efforts. After all, the nature of an intuitive and coherent mobile-optimized design dictates certain rules we are required to follow to make sure things won’t go wrong. In this article, we’ll look at several responsive design…
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  • On Our Radar: The Empty Space That Is Not Empty

    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    “Being in tech and not caring about tech culture is a luxury, only affordable to those with enough privilege to ignore it and too little empathy to care.” In her beautiful, award-nominated “A Talk About Nothing” at the 2015 .concat() web development conference, Lena Reinhard delivers a luminous exposition of how tech’s version of meritocracy is a brilliant system—for the people who get to define what merit is. When we overlook entire groups of people who could be making fantastic contributions to our future, we all end up with less. Don’t miss this talk. It’s full of…
  • Mark Llobrera · Professional Amateurs: Instant Web

    21 May 2015 | 5:29 am
    Instant Articles are here, and the announcement is all about speed. From a user perspective, I think that Instant Articles are a good thing. But I bristle at the implications for the open web. Implicit in the sales pitch (and explicit in much of the commentary that followed) is the familiar criticism that the traditional HTML/CSS/JS web stack is too slow to deliver a first-class experience. Facebook may have been throwing shade, but others were more overt in their criticism. John Gruber put it in stark terms: I worry that the inherent slowness of the web and ill-considered trend toward…
  • 15 Years Ago in ALA: Much Ado About 5K

    20 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    15 years ago this month, a plucky ALA staffer wrote “Much Ado About 5K,” an article on a contest created by Stewart Butterfield that challenged web designers and developers to build a complete website using less than five kilobytes of images and code. Hundreds did, and their work far exceeded what any web professional could have reasonably expected: Halfway through the judging, we hated this contest. Not because the work was bad. But because so much of it was so very, very good. Arguably, more great work was submitted to this contest than to many of this year’s big-time awards shows. It…
  • Meta-Moments: Thoughtfulness by Design

    19 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Ever had a moment on the internet when you’ve been forced to stop and think about what you’re doing? Maybe you’ve been surprised. Maybe you’ve stumbled across something new. Maybe you’ve come to see things in a different light. I call such experiences meta-moments: tiny moments of reflection that prompt us to think consciously about what we’re experiencing. Take Google. In the early days, its clean white page helped distinguish it from the pack. While its competitors tripped all over themselves telling you how great they were and how much they had to offer, Google’s quieter…
  • Approaching Content Strategy for Personalized Websites

    19 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    There’s a curious concept in astrophysics known as the Drake Equation. Developed to quantify the potential for intelligent life in our galaxy, it raises a number of odd questions, among them: does having intelligence, in the long run, actually benefit or harm a species? In other words, will amoebas ultimately outlive humans in the face of eternity? If you’re like me, these are the types of things you think about while listening to hold music before conference calls. But as a content strategist, I can’t help but ask the same question about something my clients suddenly seem to be…
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  • Memorial Day Illustrations

    25 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    To celebrate Memorial Day I selected some really cool illustrations from Dribbble that shows some different prospectives of how people perceive this day. Happy Memorial Day! by Rick Murphy Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. by Brian Steely by Brave People by Ben Suarez by Chris Fernandez by James Olstein by AJ Godfrey by Squid by Jeremy Booth by Dustin Haver by Justin Rodriguez by Moxie by Adam Eargle by Mark Gomez by Casey GaffneyTags: Memorial Dayillustrationspaul0v2's blog
  • The Menswear Dog

    25 May 2015 | 3:55 am
    Shiba Inu are known to be pretty stubborn dogs, how do I know that? I actually have one and his name is Hiro. They are quite challengeable but in the end, they are incredible dogs. Just like "The Most Stylish Dog In The World" that we featuring today, absolutely creative concept and entirely in vogue. All Rights to Menswear Dog All Rights to Menswear Dog All Rights to Menswear Dog All Rights to Menswear Dog All Rights to Menswear Dog All Rights to Menswear Dog All Rights to Menswear Dog All Rights to Menswear Dog All Rights to Menswear Dog All Rights to Menswear Dog Links More about Menswear…
  • Xbox Branding Animation

    24 May 2015 | 10:44 pm
    For todays post we bring a super smooth and beautiful animation created by Simon Holmedal for the Xbox Branding. I love the simplicity of this project with simple lines creating the Xbox logo. Everything looks top notch, check it out and for our American friends, Happy Memorial Day. For more information about Simon and his full portfolio check out Video I was working as part of the in-house team at ManvsMachine, I did various tasks including rigg, rnd, animation. Stills Credits Client: Microsoft Concept, Design & Direction: ManvsMachine Creative Director for…
  • Daily Inspiration #2084

    24 May 2015 | 4:59 pm
    This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want to participate and share your graphic design inspiration, You can submit your images and inspiration to RAWZ via and don't forget to send your Abduzeedo username; or via Twitter sending to Found by abaanya Found by Andrew Lockhart Design Found by Blagoja Karafiloski Found by buonodesign Found by Carlos Siqueira Found by Dreimo Found by Emilio Rios Found by i manipulate Found by inspirationde…
  • Best of the Week: Illustrations, Tech News, Photography and more

    24 May 2015 | 2:43 pm
    It's time for our best news of this week. We have a lot of graphic and web design, a bit of architecture, ads, tech news, awesome reads and other crazy stuff! So take a look at the links we've selected for your inspiration and to keep you updated about what's going on out there! We want to give a big thanks to our sponsors:Brand Me Crypto. A special mention to Media Temple for the excellent service and support with Abduzeedo! You can keep sending me your suggestions via Twitter and include #abdz_best in the message. Friday 05/22 Famous Eyes IllustrationsVia: Fubiz™…
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  • Maker Faire 2015

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

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

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

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

    Maria Cordell
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    Anna Pohlmeyer is assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Design at TU Delft where she also co-chairs the Delft Institute of Positive Design, a research institute devoted to the study of design for human flourishing. We met when I toured TU Delft on a visit to the Netherlands early this year, and since then I’ve been intrigued by the work Anna, her collaborators, and students are doing in this area. I talked with Anna and asked her to tell us about positive design and how designers might incorporate it into their work. Anna spoke about positive design at the Adaptive Path UX…
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  • Designers: 4 Questions to Answer When Working with Clients

    Andy Sowards
    14 May 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetDeveloping a strong working relationship with your clients means really getting to know them.In most cases, design is just one of many pieces of a larger puzzle your client needs to solve. Try to understand your project’s place in the larger picture and how it fits into your client’s larger business goals.The best relationship to establish with your primary client contact is as trusted collaborator—and that means getting to know what makes them tick.Be sure you can answer these four questions before you begin working with clients:1. What is your client’s…
  • Prepare for Mobilegeddon: How to Make a Mobile-Friendly Site

    Andy Sowards
    12 May 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetOn February 26, 2015, Google announced that “starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.”Some are calling this announcement from Google the Mobilegeddon. Websites that are not mobile-friendly will probably lose ranking. Although it may seem like it if you…
  • Exclusive FREE Digital Design Resources

    Andy Sowards
    6 May 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetSponsored via SyndicateYou guys know whenever we find a great resource we pass it on to you – so here we are again with another great tool to keep in your design arsenal – 1001FreeDownloads! These days we don’t have a shortage of design resources on the internet but the problem is that with all that power, responsibility needs to be exercised – there are countless sites out there now that seem like they are helpful at first but they are really just there to waste our time.Save Time1001FreeDownloads gets straight to the point with a no…
  • Win a Premium Theme from ThemeFuse

    Andy Sowards
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetChances are you’ve probably heard of ThemeFuse. The folks over there have developed a reputation as being the best company creating premium WordPress themes. That’s why it’s such big news that they are putting three WordPress themes up for grabs! Those three readers lucky enough to win will have a lot to be excited about.If you use WordPress for your blog or site, you need a theme to make it stand out. With ThemeFuse, the quality and the style they offer are unrivaled. Anyone lucky enough to walk away with a premium theme of their choice will definitely see a…
  • Topnotch WordPress Themes from Solostream

    Andy Sowards
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetHaving your own website is important if you want to appear credible, professional and reputable. Webmasters and bloggers know this that is why they always invest in being creative to make their websites look trustworthy and worth visiting by their potential target audiences. WordPress is a platform that is popular among webmasters, entrepreneurs and bloggers. There are numerous WordPress themes that are available and Solostream is one of the reputable WordPress theme providers.With Solostream’s WordPress theme portfolios, you will find some excellent ones that…
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  • Painter Jenny Morgan Looks At Life Through Rose-Colored Glasses

    Stephanie Young
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Jenny Morgan’s paintings are cool portraits of women (mostly self) and other odd figures that seem to recall kool-aid acid test colors and the feelings that go along with them. They speak to a lighthearted whimsey which looks at the fairer sex through rose colored glasses. The one thing the viewer notices is the positive energy which flows from them. Even though based in true realism Morgan messes the canvas up a bit with her odd use of color in places that might symbolize different feelings and aspects of someone’s personality. Her titles give hints to some of the…
  • Istvan Sandorfi’s Hyperrealistic Paintings Of Vanishing, Ghost-Like Bodies

    Hayley Evans
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Istvan Sandorfi (1948-2007) was a Hungarian painter known for his hyperrealistic oil paintings of cloth-draped and vanishing figures. In his works, pale skin melds with the surrounding atmosphere, and bodies embrace and pull apart from one another, twisting in silent expressions of pain. Engrossed amidst states of transfiguration, Sandorfi’s “incomplete” characters exhibit both profound vulnerability and strength. From detailed facial expressions to the minute details of wrinkles and bones beneath flesh, the paintings bear a photorealistic effect that is troubled by a fragmentary…
  • Antonella Arismendi Splices Fashion Photography With Visual Art To Explore Multiple States Of Consciousness

    Hayley Evans
    21 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Lava Flows Lava Flows As Above so Below Tephra Antonella Arismendi is an Argentine fashion photographer and visual artist whose colorfully esoteric works explore alternate planes of consciousness. In a striking divergence from mainstream fashion photography, Antonella splices her work with dark symbols and glitch-like art, dissolving bodies into a white-noise fuzz and superimposing faces over volcanic eruptions. In some of her more quiet and scenic pieces — such as Tephra, for example — Antonella uses fashion to explore haunting-yet-spirituality rich worlds, depicting a model who stands…
  • Photographer Alexander Khokhlov Comments On Popular Culture Using Facepaint

    Stephanie Young
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 am
      Using imagery taken from popular culture, photographer Alexander Khokhlov creates whimsical portraits of models with famous logos on their faces. By combining the brand with the figure chosen to sell it he examines the role personalities play in representing certain products and how they become associated with that brand sometimes for their whole careers. The placement of the logo incorporated onto the face from an aesthetic standpoint puts emphasis on the persona which sells it. Some of the logos which decorate the models faces then shot on black and white film include Mickey…
  • Political Icons Transformed Into Comic Book Superhero Currency

    Christina Nafziger
    21 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    The work of Italian artist Alessandro Rabatti humorously comments on the current economic state that the world is in. Using different currencies from around the world, Rabatti rearranges and alters the faces of each political icon and transforms them into a comic book hero. By rearranging and breaking down household faces such as Abraham Lincoln and Queen Elizabeth II, the artist deconstructs their economic status. Each important leader’s status has been elevated from historical legend to fictional superhero, as if their alter egos are really Spiderman, Ironman, and Catwoman. The…
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  • To Spark Creativity, Pursue Happiness

    Stephanie Kaptein
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    [optimistic from CHris Jimenez on Vimeo.] If you want to increase creativity, it helps to be happy. Positive emotions increase our curiosity in the world around us and open our minds to new experiences, skills and ideas. In PBS’s series This Emotional Life, they discuss the link between creativity and positive emotions: Researchers have found that creativity is less likely to occur in the presence of sadness, anger, fear, and anxiety—and that it is more likely to occur with positive emotions, such as joy and love. One study found that people are more likely to come up with a creative idea…
  • Being Wrong Can Be the Best Thing to Happen to You

    Allison Stadd
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Cristina Pagnoncelli Making a mistake, screwing up a major project, or seeing your business fail sucks. Being wrong on any scale is a blow to your self-confidence, makes you question the path you’re on, and cripples your motivation to move forward. But there’s another way to think about failure: it’s inevitable. James Clear writes over on his blog: For some reason, we often expect our first choice to be the optimal choice. However, it’s actually quite normal for your first attempt to be incorrect or wrong. When it comes to complex issues like determining the values you…
  • 99U Is Hiring an Assistant Editor & Community Manager

    20 May 2015 | 6:03 am
    Are you a detail-oriented recent grad with a passion for creating great online communities? If so, the 99U is currently seeking a multi-talented individual to join our team and help us continue to innovate as a world-class, content-driven brand. We are looking to hire a recent college graduate for a full-time, multi-talented Assistant Editor & Community Manager role that will work closely with the 99U team across all content channels: social media, editorial, customer service, and event production.  You must be a detail-oriented person who is ready to take action without being given a…
  • The Danger of Assuming What Your Client Wants

    Stephanie Kaptein
    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    by Duncan Beedie If you want to fill your customer’s needs, you have to listen to what they want. Donna Carpenter, owner of Burton Snowboarding, learned this firsthand when she became President of the company in December 2011. She focused on making Burton the brand of choice for women snowboarders, though after they hit a rapid growth spurt in the ’80s and ’90s, Burton had become male dominated and lost their female customers’ voice. In an interview with Edition F, Carpenter explains: …We had a children’s snowboard for boys that had robots on it. A woman in our soft…
  • Overwhelmed? Use the Four D’s to Move Projects Forward

    Hamza Khan
    19 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    By Mikhail Vyrtsev You’ve got the same 24 hours as Beyoncé. Yet somehow she accomplishes far more in a typical day; at any given time, she’s effortlessly moving multiple priorities forward (albums, tours, media, shows, business, philanthropy, marriage, motherhood, and more). Even Beyoncé knows that she doesn’t have the capacity to do everything herself, alone, though. There’s only so much that you, as one person – with the mere 168 hours afforded to you each week – can accomplish by yourself.  Jackie Bavaro, Product Manager at Asana, suggests that…
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  • The Difference Between Layer Masks & Clipping Masks in Photoshop

    Jake Rocheleau
    22 May 2015 | 5:51 am
    Advertise here with BSAAdobe Photoshop is one of the more complicated programs because it can be used for a wide array of purposes. But once you nail down the fundamental tools it becomes a lot easier to envision how you might create certain effects in future work. One of the confusing ideas that often trips new users is the difference between a layer mask and a clipping mask. They behave similarly but should be used for different purposes. This guide will cover the basics of both layer masks & clipping masks while demonstrating how you might use them in real-world projects. Both should…
  • 40 Material Design Android Apps for Clean User Interfaces

    Jake Rocheleau
    21 May 2015 | 4:04 am
    Advertise here with BSAGoogle’s material design has become a language unto itself. Both mobile and web designers are swooning over the simplicity of Google’s systematic foundation for textures, animations, and icon styles. Material design is here to stay and only seems to be growing in popularity. If you want to design apps for Android then material design is a great place to start. But what’s the best way to learn? Well most designers learn by copying, and these examples of Android app designs are perfect for beginners. Check out this gallery and try to replicate the best ideas that to…
  • Your Competitors Are Using Parallax Scrolling…Are You?

    20 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    Advertise here with BSAParallax scrolling, arguably the hottest trend in modern web design, is changing the way we interact with our favorite sites. In fact, there’s a good chance your competitors are using it too! So why all the hype surrounding a seemingly superficial element of web design? If you’ve ever wondered the same thing, read on to discover what your competitors may already know. Or, you can skip this article and embrace Webydo‘s code-free web design platform. The product was developed by a bunch of web designers who understand the needs of modern websites.  And…
  • iStock Promo Codes – May 2015

    17 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Advertise here with BSA *Updated May 2015* 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 6+ 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 friends…
  • 28 Datepickers for Website UI and Mobile Apps

    Jake Rocheleau
    7 May 2015 | 4:02 am
    Advertise here with BSAUser interfaces are littered with buttons and features just waiting for user interaction. While the standard elements are rather simple to design, complex items like date pickers require more attention to detail. This gallery focuses on date picker design for website layouts and mobile applications. Date pickers are commonly associated with calendars and input fields meant to specify dates or date ranges. These interfaces are difficult to design without some sort of direction. If you’re looking for date picker style ideas follow along with these examples and try…
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  • How to run a customer journey mapping workshop

    Paul Boag
    19 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    To map the customer journey it is necessary to speak to a lot of people. Often the easiest approach is to run a workshop. But how exactly would that work? I’m a fan of customer journey mapping. It is a great way of engaging companies with the user’s experience and identifying shortcomings in the way they operate. I’ve written before about why I believe it is such a useful tool and how to gather the data required to create a customer journey map. What I did not write about in my previous article is how important it is to get input from people across the organisation. This is…
  • Should you work alone or with others?

    Paul Boag
    14 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    In an upcoming episode of the podcast we are discussing the pros and cons of going into business with others. As part of our season on running your own web design business we are going to tackle working with others. Should you setup a business with somebody else and if so how should that work? Should you setup a business with somebody else and if so how should that work? Tweet thisAs somebody who has worked with others and by myself I see pros and cons to each approach. I have had partners and employees. Both provide benefits and challenges. Carl Smith will be joining us on the show as he has…
  • An open letter to university Vice-Chancellors

    Paul Boag
    12 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    I have written the following letter to the senior leadership teams of UK Universities. If you work or study at a University I would encourage you to send them a link to this page. If you are reading this it is because somebody in your institution has shared it with you. I write this not to scare-monger. Instead I write it to voice a concern among many professionals in higher education institutions. I have had the privilege of working with over 30 higher education institutions here in the UK and abroad. I have worked with the web and other digital technologies for over 20 years and authored…
  • How to start your web design business

    Paul Boag
    7 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    You have made the decision to work for yourself. But what do you need to do at the beginning to get setup? Share your experiences, questions and advice in the comments below. Later today myself, Marcus Lillington and Andy Clarke will record the first episode of season 12 of the Boagworld Show. In this first episode we look at building your web design career. But in episode 2 we focus in on the main topic – building your own web design business. What do you do in those first few weeks of setting up your web design business? Where should you focus your efforts? Tweet thisEpisode 2 will…
  • Why are there so many bad user interfaces in the world?

    Paul Boag
    5 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever wondered why you encounter so many bad user interfaces everyday? The answer is not as straightforward as you might think. From unnecessary clicks in a mobile app to slow web pages, the world is full of substandard user interfaces. We all get frustrated by poor user interfaces. So why do they exist? If we all hate them wouldn’t we stop building them. It’s not like there are people who like the complex, time consuming and frustrating. We think we know the answer. It is either down to incompetence or lack of budget. Either the designer knows no better or isn’t…
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  • Music Video: Silicon “God Emoji”

    25 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Kody Nielson, the brother of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Nielson, is making music under the name Silicon and has released a video for a track called “God Emoji”. Love the trippy visuals provided by director Sam Peacocke – really excited to hear the full album later this year. Watch the video below.View the whole post: Music Video: Silicon “God Emoji” over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • “PomPom Mirror” (2015) by Daniel Rozin

    25 May 2015 | 3:15 am
    This is so coool! I’ve posted about New York-based artist Daniel Rozin’s mirrors before but this one might be my favourite yet. “PomPom Mirror” utilizes hundreds of motors to synchronize 928 spherical faux fur puffs to create reflections of viewers.Watch the video below for the full effect!View the whole post: “PomPom Mirror” (2015) by Daniel Rozin over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Animation: “Meanwhile in Rio”

    25 May 2015 | 2:55 am
    Enjoyed this expressive oil pastel animation made by George Wheeler for Jacob Perlmutter’s album “Meanwhile in Rio”. Watch the animation below.View the whole post: Animation: “Meanwhile in Rio” over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Bach: The Well Tempered Clavier

    Prosthetic Knowledge
    25 May 2015 | 2:09 am
    Animation by 3D artist and director Alan Warburton visualizes classical music with a visual score arranged in a real world setting (albeit a rendered one) – video embedded below:View the whole post: Bach: The Well Tempered Clavier over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Martin Eder

    Zach Tutor
    25 May 2015 | 2:08 am
    Paintings by artist Martin Eder that feature armor wearing, sword wielding women, echoing classical images of Joan of Arc.  Continue below to see more.View the whole post: Martin Eder over on BOOOOOOOM!.
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  • Quick news: launch

    4 May 2015 | 3:52 am
    You likely spend hours every morning browsing through hundreds of posts on your RSS feeds, hoping to stumble across relevant stories. Webdesigner News was built to provide web designers and developers with a single location to discover the latest and most significant stories on the Web. They search through hundreds of posts on blogs, social media, and news channels, to deliver the most essential stories of the day. The content covers quality news, fresh tools and apps, case studies, code demos, inspiration posts, videos and more. With frequent updates throughout the day, you’ll always…
  • Create stunning effects with Amberlight for Windows or Mac – only $9

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

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

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

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

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    25 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    In case you haven’t noticed, superheroes and comic book characters have been dominating the big screens and gracing the small screens of late. With the recent mega mash-up of the Avengers and the success of The Flash on prime time, the comic book genre is raging on with no signs of a slowdown. However, for us geeky designers, our world and that of aliens and super powers have always been one. It’s only now in recent years have the public domain caught up with our comic reality. Parallel to this current surge of popularity, the other world of toys and character design has also grown. So…
  • CLD Exclusive: Americana Vintage Logos and Insignias Pack

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    22 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    Today’s CLD exclusive freebie comes from our gracious friends over at Freepik. They prepared yet another impressive goodie for us to play with. This vintage pack of Americana logo insignias are perfect for any sticker design that can be turned into cool retro labels. Create your personal labels for everything from laptop to phones to girl/boyfriend! Download after the jump! Vintage logos and insignias>> If you like this post, make sure to check out other exclusive freebies here, here, and here.
  • Ridiculously Amazing Street Art Images from Cities Around the World

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    22 May 2015 | 8:21 am
    Today’s daily inspiration is from Street Art Utopia, a website dedicated to street art from around the world. From Texas to Spain to Brazil, religious designs to social commentaries, the site features some of the best graffiti work from spray can wielding artists who are ready to strike when an empty space opens up. Here’s a collection of some of my favorite eye candy, not all since I couldn’t cram everything in one post. If you like what you see, head over to the site for more.                          …
  • Daily Freebie: Huge Ecommerce and Shopping UI Kit

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    21 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    Today’s daily freebie comes from the awesome guys over at Templaza. They’ve prepared for us a huge user interface kit that could be good for conversion. As everyone knows, the ecommerce industry is booming! It’s the first interface between the customer and seller and the first perceived image of your company. This means you need a UI that will immediately give trust to your visitors. This UI kit comes complete with design elements that are useful for any store-front including pricing table, buttons, icons, product tile, navigation, and more! Download after the jump! Retail therapy
  • Daily Inspiration: Colorful and Trendy Crayon Business Cards

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    21 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    Today’s daily inspiration come from artist and designer Dorota Pankowska a.k.a Dori from Toronto. Dori’s made the headlines with her crayon business cards. Appearing in TIME magazine, Dori’s business cards are actually melted down crayons that have been reshaped in a rubber silicone mold. With a ton of cards in hand, she’s discovered that coloring can be a business-friendly venture. To check out more of Dori and her adventures, head over to her site.
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  • 15 Essential Graphics Tools for Online Designers

    Guest Author
    25 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Great design is a process of hard work and inspiration. There are no shortcuts, but technology offers you plenty of tools to save time and increase productivity. Of course the hard part is actually finding the software that fulfills your needs. Over the course of the last year I’ve created an online toolbox, composed of software and websites that I use for my day-to-day design needs. These tools streamline my work and increase my efficiency. Today I want to share them with you so you can spend less time working and more time enjoying the things that are important in your life. Adobe Color…
  • 10 Reasons to be a Happy Designer Today (Hint: Freebies Inside!)

    Editorial Staff
    22 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    Sitting idle browsing through random channels on a Sunday? Why not take some time out to check out our 10 resourceful freebies that can be a saving grace for some (we promise it would be a lot and not just some) of your upcoming projects? From web marketing templates to colorful typeface, these freebies are a complete must-have. Download them all! Free Invoice Template in HTML with Auto Calculations Sending an invoice is the happy part of doing any business. But most freelancers (and even some companies) completely ignore the layout. The result is a jumbled mess of information and unclear…
  • Graphic Design Can Make You Hate / Love a Brand: PayPal

    Editorial Staff
    7 May 2015 | 9:18 pm
    If there’s one thing that can cause a brand to sink or swim it’s the design of its graphics, more specifically the style of a logo. After all, the logo is what you associate with a company since it’s the first thing you see and you want to give an air of professionalism about the brand from this little symbol. Getting the graphic design of a company’s logo right is what can make you love or instantly hate a brand. It’s easy enough to create an instantly dislikeable logo, but it’s rather difficult to come up with recognizable and loved ones, like the McDonalds arches, the red hut…
  • Introducing – A Crowd-Sourced Online Logo Maker

    Editorial Staff
    4 May 2015 | 2:24 pm
    As a serial Internet entrepreneur, I have created countless logos for my new businesses. I hired professional logo design companies, launched logo design contests, and even tried online logo generators if I feel the logo I need is simple enough. However, logo123 seems to offer something interesting – an online logo maker that’s powered by real designers. Order custom logo concepts for $5 each So instead of creating your own logo online, you will need to place a quick order for the logo concepts you’d like to see. First you must decide how many custom logo concepts you’d like to order…
  • Be: Learn How to Spend Less Time on Each Web Design Project with Pre-Made Layouts

    Jacques van Heerden
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:51 am
    Don’t worry: you no longer have to outsource different parts of your web design projects. You can now transform your client’s project into reality by yourself, without coding, using a multi-purpose WordPress Theme. Focus instead on developing your creative skills. In the end, no matter what you read or others tell you, it’s the front end that counts the most – the design of the website. Why bother considering it? Not only does a multi-purpose WP theme save you time and money, but it also gives you the freedom to be creative. Therefore, build a list of productivity habits and put this…
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  • Color Filters Can Turn Your Gray Skies Blue

    Amelia Bellamy-Royds
    25 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    The following is a guest post by Amelia Bellamy-Royds. I've always enjoyed the "duotone" effect in photos. In Photoshop, you can create them by converting an image into grayscale mode, then into duotone. So the lights are "mapped" to one color, and the darks another. Not only does it look cool, but images with less colors are smaller in file size and thus good for performance. When I saw Amelia playing around with this programatically through SVG on CodePen, I asked if she'd be up for teaching us through a guest post. Lucky for us, here it is! Once upon a time, if you wanted artistic images…
  • Decadent and Depraved

    Chris Coyier
    23 May 2015 | 10:52 am
    Mat Marquis writing for BuzzFeed Bocoup: All this typographic power came with a cost: text-rendering: optimizeLegibility is slow—and by "slow" I mean that it can bog down an entire page, from initial render time to repaints. More than that, though, it's buggy: Android in particular has serious issues trying to render a page that uses optimizeLegibility heavily. Direct Link to Article — Permalink Decadent and Depraved is a post from CSS-Tricks
  • Throttled Thursdays

    Chris Coyier
    23 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    Chris Ruppel: I propose that web developers everywhere start taking at least one day of their week to throttle their internet connections. I'm guilty of mostly working under the most ideal possible conditions. The best hardware, the latest software, the fastest internet. Because I like it. And it's my job is to be productive. Once I even paid for redundant internet service at my house because I hated it so much when it went down or got slow. But this isn't the environment that the sites we build are consumed in. By forcing ourselves into "worse" conditions, we may cultivate some empathy and…
  • What you should know about collapsing margins

    Geoff Graham
    22 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    OK, so some spacing walks into a bar, trips and falls on the floor. The bartender asks if he should be cut off and the spacing replies, "No, I'm just a collapsed margin." Sorry, dumb joke. On a more serious note, collapsing margins are real and they can be a real pain in the neck if you're not aware of what they are and how they behave. Here are a couple of scenarios where we'd see these little buggers come into play. When Vertical Worlds Collide Collapsing margins happen when two vertical margins come in contact with one another. If one margin is greater than the other, then that margin…
  • In CSS, the Only Wrong Answers are Definitive Ones

    Chris Coyier
    22 May 2015 | 7:43 am
    Nick Walsh's reation to Simuai's article Nesting Components (which covers eight possibilities for the simple task of styling elements within other elements): the very nature of CSS leaves many problems without an exact solution, and the right one for you won't always work for others. If you write, speak, or otherwise communicate about stylesheets, don't be afraid to offer an open-ended answer. Philip Walton reacts to the same article: While I share his desire to nail down the best strategy (and I do have an opinion on the subject), I think it's actually more valuable to discuss how one might…
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  • Printing Flaunt

    David Airey
    17 May 2015 | 4:46 am
    Armin and Bryony of UnderConsideration have just released the second edition of Flaunt: Designing effective, compelling and memorable portfolios of creative work. It’s available in print and as a single licence PDF. Armin took time to answer a few questions about the book’s printing and packaging. “We printed this locally. It’s a regular commercial printer; they do anything from business cards to catalogs to books. You could easily print this in China at a good price with a printer that specializes in books. We’ve done this but the process is just kind of crappy and…
  • TextPref

    David Airey
    6 May 2015 | 1:56 am
    Together with a small international team, designer Miles Newlyn has just launched the TextPref type foundry. The team will build a collection of typefaces that will be the fruit of 20 years experience creating the typographic face and voice of some of the world’s biggest businesses. TP Rubrik There are currently just two typefaces available — TP Rubrik and TP Farm — but four more will be released later this year, some of which have been eight years in development. Miles explained his approach: “Other foundries talk of typographic solutions and ownable features. That’s irrelevant…
  • From AWeber to MailChimp

    David Airey
    4 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Since the start of 2014 I was using AWeber to send email newsletters. A couple of you rightly suggested that I improve the email layout, but AWeber’s functionality didn’t make it easy, so last month I switched to MailChimp. MailChimp illustration by Jon Hicks (2008) There’s not much of a price difference between the two (roughly £50 a month for 10,000 email subscribers), and both companies offer a similar service, but while AWeber was working, MailChimp is so much more intuitive from a design perspective. Another bonus is how MailChimp allows the importing of email lists…
  • Instagram “engagement”

    David Airey
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:06 am
    According to Nate Elliott of Forrester Research, Instagram ranks highest for “social engagement” amongst popular social sites. User interactions with brands’ posts as a percentage of brands’ fans or followers: Instagram 4.21% Facebook 0.07% Twitter 0.03% Perhaps that’s why is a squatted account — a similar thing happened when Facebook introduced “vanity” URLs. Engagement on Facebook has been getting worse for some time, but I was surprised its percentage was slightly higher than Twitter. Naught point naught something…
  • New York skyline: 1500-2015

    David Airey
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    The elevators to the observatory at the top of 1 World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) show an animated time lapse that recreates the development of New York City’s skyline, from the 1500s to today. Via @swissmiss. I just stumbled upon last year’s base jump from the building when construction was almost complete. It’s around the 2:30 mark when the first man jumps. Heart in mouth.
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  • A company wants to make Melbourne’s trams solar-powered

    25 May 2015 | 4:18 am
    A company introduced a bold new proposal to the state government of Victoria in Australia, which iconic Melbourne tram network made entirely Solar power in the space of a few years. According to the court, the public transport network would be managed by the energy produced two new solar farms built near Swan Hill and Mildura, in the northwest of the state. Together, these proposals farms would be able to generate 80 gigawatt hours of electricity per year needed to run the tram network, which is the largest in the world. According to the Solar Group of Australia – the company behind the…
  • Pakistan Turns Desert Into a Sea of Solar Panels

    24 May 2015 | 4:21 pm
    ISLAMABAD- One of the world’s largest solar plants in Pakistan to provide clean, reliable and help reduce chronic power shortages in the country opened. The plant, spread over 200 hectares of desert land in the southern Pakistani province of Punjab, which will generate 100 megawatts (MW) in its initial phase and more than 300 MW by the end of the year, according to government officials. More than a third of Pakistan’s population has no access to electricity, and power shortages are a serious obstacle to economic growth. Advertising Inaugurating the plant, Nawaz Sharif, Prime…
  • Akon hopes to Provide 600 Million Africans with solar power

    24 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Akon began its “Akon Lighting Africa” “to bring millions in Africa electricity through solar energy. According to reports, rapper and producer tries to get people in Africa to electricity thanks to this initiative. The eyes of the Academy ultimately provide 600 million people in many African countries currently without electricity there. Co-founder of the foundation Baithily Samba said: “Africans expect graduates of this center to develop new innovative solutions, technical He told the Academy, which can benefit from Lighting Africa Akon and go further..” 70…
  • Solar Energy Is Feasible for Prevalent Energy

    23 May 2015 | 3:21 pm
    The debate about solar energy is feasible to produce widespread outbursts of energy and is likely to continue for some time. In today’s time, everyone is aware of solar panels and their ability to provide benefits to the individual owners. As many as 500,000 companies and households in the United States implement change, so it is safe to say that people see the irrefutable benefits of renewable energy. If you are thinking of installing perhaps a solar energy system in your home or your organization, but are hesitant whether it’s worth, here are some reasons why the installation of…
  • 4 Ways Solar Panel Installation Can Benefit Your Home

    23 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    If you’ve heard a lot about the growing popularity of the installation of solar panels, you may wonder what are the benefits. There are many, to help save the environment to save money on your monthly bills. Learn how this energy source provides many positive benefits in your life. Free electricity Best of installing solar panels is that all electricity produced does not cost you a penny. The sun’s energy is completely free, which is an important asset for many people looking to reduce their monthly energy bills. Since this type of installation usually lasts for more than 25…
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  • Here are the Best Tools and Resources of 2015

    21 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    Advertise here with BSAThere’s little doubt that the Internet has become a big part of our lives. We have grown accustomed to finding most of the information we need online and spend a fair amount of our time browsing various websites. Due to these facts, web development, as well as graphic and web design are currently booming industries with numerous tools and resources dedicated to professionals in the field. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find the most adequate tools and resources available. This is why we thought we’d lend a helping hand and gather up the best ones we’ve…
  • Freebie PSD: iOS 8 Fashion Store iPhone App UI

    Jake Rocheleau
    15 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    Advertise here with BSAMobile apps have become a profitable area for modern interface designers. Apple’s iPhone 6 has certainly built a reputation for quality apps, dense pixels, and beautiful design aesthetics. Following Apple’s iOS 8 guidelines I’ve released this DesignMag exclusive freebie PSD featuring an iPhone 6 clothing store app UI.Mobile app freebies are the perfect resources for learning about design & they can serve as great templates for customizing your own ideas in Photoshop. This PSD is 100% free to download and customize for use in any project whether…
  • Introducing

    Iulia David
    7 May 2015 | 9:28 am
    Advertise here with BSAA new and exciting website has recently been launched for web designers and developers.You likely spend hours every morning browsing through hundreds of posts on your RSS feeds, hoping to stumble across relevant stories. Webdesigner News was built to provide web designers and developers with a single location to discover the latest and most significant stories on the Web.They search through hundreds of posts on blogs, social media, and news channels, to deliver the most essential stories of the day. The content covers quality designer news, fresh tools and apps, case…
  • Top Multipurpose WordPress Themes That Are Worth Using

    6 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    Advertise here with BSAThere are many excellent multipurpose WordPress theme choices on the market today, but those listed below tend to stand out among their peers due in part to their multiple features, including more than a few features the majority of themes are, in one way or another, lacking.Several of the themes listed below have just entered the marketplace, but they have nevertheless managed to compile a number of excellent reviews and ratings in a short time.Nearly every theme on this list is worth a look, no matter what you are focusing on, such as blogging, WooCommerce, or a…
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  • Amazing Freebie: 50 Responsive Icons

    21 May 2015 | 11:50 am
    I have said it before and I will say it again, the guys at Icon8 are simply awesome, today they have shared 50 amazing responsive icons with us. And the best thing, all of them come at no cost whatsoever, yup that is right, these icons are totally free, and lets be honest, what is better than free stuff. Here you can see how the icons look at different sizes: The site also allows you to create your own icons, all you need is 2 or 3 SVG files of different sizes, and then upload them to the site, and they will automatically convert them into a responsive icon. These icons were released under…
  • Freebie: Take Your Mock-ups to a New Level

    13 May 2015 | 1:29 am
    If you are looking for a great way to showcase your design work, then look no further, this amazing bundle from Tesla Themes is a must download. The bundle includes 19 high quality PSD mockups with different devices, well organized and grouped by layers and smart objects. If you haven’t already, then you simply must download them. Highlights: File type: layered PSD with smart objects File size: the whole bundle has 841 MB, but you can download each file separately Dimensions: min 3000 px width Items: smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. Samples: Download: To download the files,…
  • 5 Parallax Scrolling Websites That Will Blow Your Mind

    12 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    Today’s web is a wealth of wonderful content. You can find just about anything you’re looking for with a quick simple search. Unfortunately, as web designers, piecing together creative layouts often isn’t enough to grab and hold the attention of an increasingly web-weary audience. We need something more, something that really jumps out at the user and guides them to the great content inside our designs. Parallax scrolling is a great way to tackle this tricky problem. It serves as a tasteful design element while also remaining fun and engaging. Parallax scrolling animations…
  • 7 Inexpensive Ways to Make Mother’s Day Special with Post-It Notes

    10 May 2015 | 1:20 am
    Mother’s Day is coming up on May 10th, and it’s time to start thinking about a gift! Like most meaningful gifts in life, it’s not about the amount of money you spend, it’s about the thought that goes into it. Common, inexpensive household items such as Post-It notes are all you need to make your mom’s special day memorable. Try these 7 creative ways to show mom you care: 1. Leave Notes at Common Areas Your mom likely frequents the same areas and follows the same general pattern every day. Remind her how special she is all day long with surprise Post-It Notes at common places she…
  • Website Blues: 15 Stunning Blue Websites Designs

    7 May 2015 | 5:53 am
    Have you ever heard of the website blues? These sites sure have, however if you are looking for a collection of depressing websites, then you have come to the wrong place. These websites use the color blue in an inspiring way. Have a cool blue site to share with us? Comments are yours! GoodTwin Blackwave Creative Hy Black Sea Fishery Orion Nation Yodaa HARBR Peak Made Together Artem and Julia Gradient App Jar Design Good Fortune Morphix The post Website Blues: 15 Stunning Blue Websites Designs appeared first on Design Reviver - Web Design Blog.
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  • The Digital Cool Mock Branding Challenge – MP3 Player

    Ben Rama
    7 May 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Today we have a digital art treat for you, the amazing artwork of StudioKxx – Krzysztof Domaradzki who was commissioned by advanced photoshop magazine to a design challenge to create the brand for a MP3 player. Not only is this awesome to apppreciate but very usefull to learn from too Client: Imagine Publishing I was put to the test and asked to create an image for a mock branding challenge. The brief required me to reflect the quality of the product ( vector MP3 player ) and its intended user group. The idea was to focus on the product as an inspirational resource – promoting the…
  • Dedicated Graphic Designers Vs Freelancers – Who Should You Hire?

    Max Stanworth
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:42 am
    Hiring decisions can spell the difference between the success and failure of a project. That’s why it’s important that you get the best candidate for the job. Take as much time as you need. Don’t hire right away. Wait until you hire the right one. Keep this mind, whether you’re on the lookout for a dedicated designer or a freelancer. Don’t quite know when to pick a freelance graphic designer over a dedicated one and vice versa? Here are some tips to point you in the right direction. Deliverables schedule In an article on LinkedIn about freelance writers, the author says that finding…
  • 5 Don’ts When You Start Your eCommerce Site

    Max Stanworth
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Thrilled that you’re finally starting your own online shop? Here are a few tips that could prove useful to you as you begin to build your business from the ground up: 1. Let go of the assumption that sales would just automatically start to pouring in the minute you put up your site. Having an online site ensures that you have online visibility. This adds to the credibility of your business. Any business that can’t have its own site might even be perceived as shady. That’s why many shoppers are wary to trust businesses that don’t have online presences. With web-based solutions and…
  • 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…
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  • Smart Taglines That Say It All

    Carol Francis
    25 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    A smart tagline is an invaluable marketing tool for just about any business these days. If you want your brand to be remembered, a memorable or attention-grabbing tagline will help no end. It has been said that for anything like a company name, tagline, slogan, etc., you should think of a few, completely discard them and think again – apparently your ideas will improve along the way! Here is a selection of websites that use great taglines that describe what they do in just a few words – and maybe what they can do for you too. Attention-Grabbing Taglines Tens Tens make a revolutionary lens…
  • Retro and Vintage Design – Best of

    Carol Francis
    18 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    A bit like minimalism, retro and vintage design seems to be neither in nor out of trend these days. It is a style that lends itself to certain trades and industries, and it can also be used for almost any kind of project. These days we are seeing modern, trending elements included in retro design – and designers have made it work, as we can see in the following examples. Retro and Vintage Web Design Olszanska Art Studio Dirty, scribbles, hand-drawn images, grunge and retro ornaments render this design true retro. Touches of animation and scrolling effects give it a touch of modernity.
  • The Use of Hero Areas in Website Design

    Carol Francis
    14 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    ‘Hero area’ is a fairly new term in website design, but a well tried and tested part of print design and it has been for years. It is from print design that the term ‘hero area’ comes, and it is a large area at the top of the page/screen that is usually full width, and gives the reader/visitor an idea of what the printed matter/website is all about. It differs from large background images only really in it’s height – a hero area usually occupies about half to two thirds of the landing page depth, and is followed by the content, icons or text or even another…
  • Empowering Your Stylesheet Through CSS Attribute Selectors

    Paula Borowska
    11 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    Before we go into the CSS attribute selectors let’s take a step back. I don’t know how familiar any of you are with all of this but I’m sure you’re at least familiar with basic HTML attributes. The two most obvious ones are class and id. There is also alt, style and href among many others. .myClass {color: red;} #myId {color: yellow;} What Is an Attribute? In HTML, an attribute provides additional information about a given element. They are always specified within the starting tag and are represented through a name/value pair, i.e. class=”myClass”. Attributes are crucial for…
  • Great Examples of Fashion Website Design

    Carol Francis
    7 May 2015 | 7:16 am
    The fashion industry is one of the most cut-throat businesses in the world, with such a huge amount of competition, a company’s marketing campaigns have to be effective in reaching their target audience and bringing in sales. So with that in mind, designers are producing some outstanding sites for their fashion-related clients, some of which are designed to be easy to navigate and find exactly what you are looking for, some are a bit of a puzzle – that creates an air of intrigue, and others are simply different or off-the-wall in their design. Here we have selected a collection of…
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  • Design Focus: Pins & Trails

    Sophia Lucero
    20 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    These websites use maps to illuminate information or as a primary motif in their designs. Designs of the Week Ready to go out and design your next website? Try building with the Catalyst Framework. Our Tam Not flat, but a three-dimensional map traversing the different regions of Mount Tamalpais. Designers Atlas Not a literal map of designers, but a portfolio of one. Map elements like lines and icons are animated and used as markers. District Magazine The logo is oriented and cleverly spins like a compass. Also as your pointer moves around the background map, the coordiantes on the lower left…
  • 4 Web Design Principles That Will Make or Break Your Design Today

    18 May 2015 | 1:20 am
    Web design, like everything else, doesn’t stay the same for centuries. It is constantly evolving to match the needs of today’s online browsers. As more technology emerges, we learn new things about web design and how to keep it functioning smoothly. Today, the fundamentals of web design are largely about understanding your user and catering your design to meet the demands of search engines. Whether you’re new to web design, or just need a refresher on what’s trending today, use these four basic principles to catch you up on what users are looking for right now in web design. 1.
  • 5 of the Most Effective WordPress Security Tips on the Internet

    1 May 2015 | 1:36 am
    In an age where hackers prey on small businesses and their websites, it’s more important than ever to ensure your WordPress site is as protected as possible. Thankfully, by addressing a handful of common issues, you can effortlessly increase your overall level of security and diminish your chances of being targeted by these nosy criminals. Top 5 WordPress Security Tips It’s time to take action and strengthen your website. Everyone has their own opinions regarding which security measures are more effective than others, but the following five WordPress security tips are widely considered to…
  • Design Focus: Websites are Made of These

    Sophia Lucero
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:40 am
    Metaphors are a cornerstone of design, but what if the design itself shows the tools and components used to build a website? The result is an interesting “x-ray” into the web design process, as seen in this week’s featured sites. Designs of the Week Get solid WordPress themes, plugins, and even design training from iThemes. JLern Design Instead of the usual links or thumbnails, this site uses website wireframes to represent the subpages, showing the actual yet abstracted layout of each page. The cool thing is the transition, where you see the wireframe “come to…
  • Design Focus: Circular Navigation

    Sophia Lucero
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:23 am
    Circular motifs are very much alive these days, and your site will stand out even more when used as a navigational interface. Designs of the Week Search Optimized, Turn-Key Designs, Unlimited Everything. Start building with the Genesis Framework today. Mathilde Jacon Each concentric circular area with images masked in them lead to pages describing the particular project. On it, the column of website screenshots move quicker than the opposite one containing text. The circular elements continue with a button and arrow that leads to the live site, and a couple others that animate and highlight…
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  • Budweiser Liberty

    Elizabeth Freeman
    25 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    It’s officially summer and once again Budweiser furthers our pursuit of happiness. The unique partnership between Budweiser and the National Parks Foundation has inspired a colossal design solution; the most iconic American beer and the most iconic symbol of freedom. Set against a field of red and white stripes, Lady Liberty herself becomes our star. In a nod to the statue's origins, renowned French illustrator Malika Favre was commissioned to capture her beauty and power.This summer,…
  • Koleś (Dude)

    Elena Massucco
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The taste of the ‘90s is is back. Koleś (Dude) is a newly born Polish brand offering soft drinks with the taste of ‘90s. The packaging and logo were designed by agency Haust and the brand successfully brings back to life the extinct graphic cues of the 90’s. The monochromatic brand identity of a man with glasses and moustache is simple but very evocative.  Talking of the range itself, the team at Haust says: “Koles is the taste of happiness, freedom and carefree childhood, times of the first electronic gadgets. Koles is a flavor of bubble gums, washable…
  • Studio Majoran

    Jenifer Tracy
    25 May 2015 | 5:30 am
     Studio Majoran is a catering service which serves an interesting mix of traditional German cuisine presented and packaged in a traditional Japanese aesthetic. The design team Malwin Béla Hürkey and Lennart Engelmann worked together to create the Studio Majoran brand, and they’ve done a great job capturing the simplicity associated with Japanese style.  “Studio Majoran orientates its cooking and appearance on traditional Japanese comities. Not in the manner of its ingredients, rather than on its ceremonial appreciation of the meal. Time, calmness and modest…
  • Craft Tamale

    Theresa Christine Johnson
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Nothing’s better than mom’s cooking. To create the branding for Craft Tamale, a restaurant in San Diego, California, Futura turned to the history of tamales and the traditional way they were made. The result is a modern look infused with culture. “We took the flavor and tradition of this symbolic dish, and went back on time to realize that most of the Mexicans used to eat this at their Grandmother’s place.  This memory is not only formed by flavor, but it also includes scents and a lot of beautiful details hanging of the walls. That’s why the Branding concept revolves around…
  • JOHO's Direct Trade Coffee

    Theresa Christine Johnson
    25 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    “Good coffee is great. But the best coffee is even greater. And there is one man who knows where to find it.” For a coffee to boast that it’s the perfect one to exist, it needs to have an exciting and deliberate design to go with it. moodley brand identity created a simple, striking look for JOHO's resealable coffee bean bags. “Johannes Hornig traveled the world in search for the perfect bean for the perfect coffee. And he returned with a very special souvenir: JOHO’s Direct Trade. The concept of direct trade is simple. Farmers are guaranteed fair conditions and the customers…
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  • How To Start Using Pre-Made Layouts and Improve Productivity

    20 May 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Advertise here with BSAPre-made Layouts are a valuable asset When you are looking for a multipurpose WordPress theme that best fits your needs, you are likely to discover that, in terms of the features they have to offer, the themes you are trying to choose among look pretty much the same. All are responsive, many are Retina ready, WPML ready, WooCommerce ready, and seemingly ready for everything. Every single one of them is at least to some extent cross-browser compatible, and most have drag and drop features designed to save time when building a website. A drag and drop page builder is…
  • Best And Most Useful Multipurpose WP Themes

    15 May 2015 | 12:26 am
    Advertise here with BSAThe word Premium is a proper description for many of the multipurpose WordPress themes included in this listing. Every theme listed here has a great deal going for it. Even the relative newcomers, of which there are several, have already attracted a substantial following of satisfied clients. Every theme in this list has a reputation for ease and flexibility of use, overall quality, and outstanding customer support. We have included several special purpose, business-oriented themes, some of which you will find towards the bottom of the list. Most of these specialized…
  • Introducing Webdesigner News!

    Iulia David
    11 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    Advertise here with BSA A new and exciting website has recently been launched for web designers and developers. You likely spend hours every morning browsing through hundreds of posts on your RSS feeds, hoping to stumble across relevant stories. Webdesigner News was built to provide web designers and developers with a single location to discover the latest and most significant stories on the Web. They search through hundreds of posts on blogs, social media, and news channels, to deliver the most essential stories of the day. The content covers quality designer news, fresh tools and apps, case…
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  • MacBook (2015) unboxing

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    20 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    Sure, the Watch was exciting, but the release of the new MacBook is the Apple gear I’ve really been looking forward to. With my beloved 11" MacBook Air on its way out after four years, replacing it with the new MacBook seemed like a justified decision. And although I’ve read quite a few reports on the machine’s not-too-impressive performance, as long as it’s on-par with my Air, I don’t mind — I’m still enjoying life with my Dropbox-synced, two-Mac setup, so I can still fall back to the iMac for tasks that require a bigger screen, or more processor…
  • 1 day with the Apple Watch

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    2 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    It’s hard not to be reactionary about new technology, so it’s inevitable that most things written about the Apple Watch are based on first impressions and small periods of time spent with the device. I wanted to write about the Watch without falling into this trap, so I thought I’d write three separate posts after spending one day, one week, and one month with it. This first post is, of course, the reactionary one, but hopefully it’ll be followed by some more perspective at the one-week and one-month marks. I’m interested to see how my own feelings about the hardware and software…
  • Thea

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    At 5:46am on Friday 17th April 2015, Sam and I said hello to Thea Susanna Stocks, who weighed 6lb 6oz. She arrived in one of the birthing pool suites at St. Michael’s Hospital in Bristol after a very long labour. The midwives were incredible; her mother even more so. I’m a Dad! And a very happy one at that.
  • Lagom #2 is out now

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

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

  • Getting to know Photoshop’s Content Aware tools

    25 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Adobe Photoshop has some powerful tools for moving, cloning and extending your image in the form of it’s Content Aware tools. If you’re unfamiliar with them, take a look at these two brief video tutorials from Adobe.TV. These are some fantastic tools I use quite often. Using Content Aware Patch Using Content Aware Move and Extend Related posts: Quickly select hidden tools in Adobe InDesign’s Tools panel How to use the Content-Aware Move tool in Photoshop CS6 Tutorial: Photoshop CS6 Content Aware Move Tool
  • Adobe discontinues Photoshop Touch

    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Adobe is getting to be a bit like Google in the way they introduce and subsequently kill new products. Photoshop Touch for iOS and Android will cease to receive any support as of May 28th, and is the latest of a handful of mobile apps Adobe killed off after a short life. Of all their mobile attempts, Photoshop Touch was probably the most useful. The good news is Adobe is planning on releasing a new app to replace Photoshop Touch codenamed Project Rigel later this year. Related posts: Adobe releases Photoshop for iPhone, iPod Touch users 20% off Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 through December 31st…
  • How to use the Apple Watch font in Mac OS X Yosemite right now

    21 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Rumor has it that Apple will be switching the default system fault from Helvetica Neue to their own proprietary SanFrancisco font, currently used on the Apple Watch, with the next Mac OS X Yosemite update. If you love tinkering with your Mac, you can download the SanFrancisco font (direct link) and place the font files in your /Library/Fonts (that’s the Library folder at the top level of your Mac’s storage drive, not the one in your Users or System folder). Now log out and log back in to your Mac to activate the new font system-wide. I recently installed SanFrancisco font as the…
  • Moving stylized text from Word to InDesign

    19 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Creative Pro writer, Jamie McKee, shares the ins-and-outs of getting stylized text from MS Word to Adobe InDesign without a lot of fuss.* We all get MS Word files from a client for placement in a brochure, booklet, newsletter, or magazine. We end up having to reformat the text by hand more often than not. But there is a better way, which Jamie goes into. *That being said, I find Jamie’s solution to be more trouble than it’s worth by an order of magnitude. The problems with his methods are: A) you have to go through the trouble of setting up the style sheets in word, being careful…
  • Steve Jobs movie first look

    18 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    I’m not sure I can get past the fact that he looks nothing like Steve Jobs. Related posts: The Steve Jobs Formula and Why It Works The Ultimate Steve Jobs Collection Steve Jobs: “That day has come.”
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  • Troika #10: For Leigh

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

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

    Jon Hicks
    1 May 2015 | 1:57 am
    Your nether-regions are not for sitting on. Your feet are for standing on, your legs are for walking on, and your bum is for attaching your legs to your body. Finding the Right Saddle – Cycling Tips 2009 I have a problem with bike saddles. I won’t show you a list of all the ones I’ve tried, as that would just be embarrassing. Most people seem to use whatever comes with their bike, and stick with that, but it’s taken me ages to find the ‘right one’ – comfortable, light (and,because I’m a Bike Tart) good looking. I also use my road bike to commute to the office, and…
  • Troika #8: Misson Control

    Jon Hicks
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:31 am
    This episode of Troika is a collection of music that uses NASA samples. The first track is “Space Walk” by Lemon Jelly, which samples Ed White’s reaction to the first ever space walk on the Gemini 4 mission in 1965. Then we have “V1 | 130” by Geremia Vinattieri, released as part of the Space Songs EP from Bad Panda records. The final track, called simply ‘Go’, comes from Public Service Broadcasting’s second brilliant album ‘Race for Space’ uses samples of the hubbub of Mission Control.
  • Slowdive performing "Golden Hair" at Pitchfork

    Jon Hicks
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:53 am
    I love this video of Slowdive performing “Golden Hair” -at the Pitchfork Music Festival last year. The live version of the song extends the ending into an atmospheric jam session, combined with a luscious low golden evening light. Its a thing of escapist beauty that I watch as a tonic. At least until yesterday, when Leigh pointed how much the extended part sounds like Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ and along with my daughter Samantha, proceeded to sing those lyrics all over it. Families eh?!
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  • 10 Projects Showing Google Has The Future Figured Out

    25 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    Have a question? Ask Google. You can say that Google is the best search engine out there and no one would even argue with you. But Google isn’t just a search engine company anymore. Yes, of course it is also home to the ever-popular Android OS but Google’s reach is far beyond the online realm. For many years now it has been trying to conquer the world’s heart when it comes to research, particularly in new sciences and technologies that would greatly benefit humanity. From a mere search engine that was almost sold to Yahoo! for $1 million to exploring space, Google sure has…
  • Behind the Signatures of Tech’s 25 Biggest Names

    Singyin Lee
    22 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    Ever wonder how much you can tell from someone’s handwriting or signature? Whether a signature is of a full name, a nickname, just the initials or a scribble, each type says something about the person’s personality, as do undotted "i"s, pronounced capitals, legibility of the name and surname, or even the use of a period in the signature. Myprint247 has done a quick and simple handwriting analysis for 25 big names in the tech industry, and they’ve put it in a infographic. Check out the infographic and find out what Tim Cook, Satya Nadella, Bill Gates and Reif…
  • 15 Voice-Controlled Gadgets

    Nancy Young
    22 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    As modern technologies become more intuitive, manufacturers create devices which can be activated and controlled by touch, specific gestures, and even your own voice. Today we decided to share with you a list of innovative tech gadgets which can be activated by the sound of your voice. These voice-activated gadgets range from voice-commanded light fixtures that make traditional switches a thing of the past to voice-controlled smart watches and a listening personal assistant that talks back! So, scroll down and enjoy these gadgets that will have you tongue-tied. Read Also: 20 Gadgets That Make…
  • Display Date and Time: How to Do It Right

    Preethi Ranjit
    21 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    We come across them dates and time… well, every day. When it comes to the Web, you can spot them in your mobile apps, in emails, in your messaging apps and many other places. Yet in spite of seeing date and time every day and everywhere, we have yet to adopt a universal format for it. For example, if I write 10/05/2015, you can never be sure if that "10" is the month or the date unless I tell you where I am from. Sometimes the format changes, other times the language. It is of importance that as web developers we pay attention to the date and time that we deal with in our…
  • Google Fonts Not Working in China – How to Fix it

    Thoriq Firdaus
    21 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    The reason we are using Google API to serve libraries such as jQuery and Web Fonts is that it serves fast through Google’s reliable infrastructures. It is used almost everywhere, and so much that some users may already have the cache stored in their browser, which makes the libraries load even faster. Unfortunately, that is not the case in China. The China government closed access to many of Google’s services including Google API in 2014. Chances are that your website may appear partially broken in China because the jQuery and web fonts hosted in Google are inaccessible. In this…
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    The Logo Smith

  • THX Deep Note Audio Logo Anthem, Logo & Eclipse Trailer Updated

    The Logo Smith
    21 May 2015 | 1:39 pm
    THX’s Deep Note Audio Logo Anthem, Logo & Eclipse Trailer Updated The Deep Note Audio Logo has been running in cinemas across the globe for over 30 years, and has to be one the most gratifying audio scores belonging to an ‘audio certification system‘, ever! Possibly the only one. Deep Note has spawned numerous remixes and ‘special editions’ (my favourite being THX Slow Loris), and Dr Andy Moorer brings us a ‘true to the original’ audio update that will show in over 2,000 THX theatres. “Andy Moorer’s Deep…
  • Marathon Runner Proposes During Brighton Marathon 2015 – Who Are They?

    The Logo Smith
    13 May 2015 | 5:11 am
    Marathon Runner Proposes During Brighton Marathon 2015 Been meaning to sort through my photographs from the recent 2015 Brighton Marathon. I was there with a number of other Brighton Tri Club supporters, cheering on our very own amazing marathon runners. Whilst us hard-working, and dedicated, supporters were grafting away up on Hove Lawns, I happened to witness something really quite beautiful and maybe a little unusal. Right before me, one of the marathon runners just stopped dead, dropped down onto one knee, and proposed to his beautiful wife-to-be. Fortunately for him, it looks like she…
  • Bike Shop Logo Design for Sale: Roadbar Riders

    The Logo Smith
    11 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    Roadbar Riders – Bicycle Shop Logo Design for Sale This cycle shop logo for sale is based on a rather cute idea of some road bicycle ‘dropped’ handlebars forming the shape of a windy road. I couldn’t decide between: RoadBar RIders and RodeBar Riders, as both conveyed the same notion of riding a bike on the road. The overall style and layout of this logo allows for 3 main logo lock-ups, which also should translate well to hanging exterior signs and interior signage etc. The actual logo mark is also clean and bold enough to translate really well to embroidered shop…
  • Church Logo Design for Sale: Peoples Church of Everywhere

    The Logo Smith
    11 May 2015 | 4:24 am
    Peoples Church of Everywhere – Church Logo Design for Sale This church logo for sale is based on a rather simple idea of circles representing both the ‘cross’ and ‘people’. The top-half of the cross is surrounded by the ‘people’ (four circles), visually depicting the convergence of people far-and-wide coming together. The wording: Peoples Church of Everywhere, is for mock-up use only, so would need to be altered appropriately. Logo Design Details The cost for this logo is $500, and includes: alternative colour options (the colours shown are just…
  • Logo Design for Sale: AV or VA Logo

    The Logo Smith
    8 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    Logo for Sale: AV or VA Logo Design This logo for sale is based on angled linear design, that spells out a number of letter variations (depending on which way you look at it). The primary orientation spells out the initials AV, but if you flip the logo horizontally you get the initials VA instead. AV Logo Design Details The cost for this logo is $500, and includes: alternative colour options, new wording, Logo Master Sheet, Letterhead Design and full Transfer of Ownership (copyright) from me to you. You could also use this logo if your name, or company name, is just an initial T, so…
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  • 18 Insider Web Design Tricks to Simplify Your Process & Workflow

    Jacob Cass
    25 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Over time, every web designer collects their own stash of tricks to make work easier – hacks, workflows and insider information that only experience teaches. This article is a collection of some of these well-guarded secrets as shared by the industry’s top gurus – quite the collection for a young web designer trying to speed up workflows and improve design. Have fun as you read on! Tricks for perfect site planning 1. ‘Post-it’ your design ideas Ask yourself: can you fit your design idea on a Post-it? Write down the most important aspects of the content and design on a small piece of…
  • 7 Online Business Ideas You Can Start and Run from Home

    Jacob Cass
    19 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    This article has been contributed by Ravinder. One of the best ways to start your own business these days is to do it online. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars and sleepless nights to setup an online business. It can be up and running sooner than you think and for a fraction of a cost! Starting a business is easy, running it is the hard part especially in the online space, where the competition is huge. You need to drive customers to your site and engage them in a manner to ensure they keep coming back. You can use some of these online business ideas to get your foot inside the…
  • 30 Awesome Free Web Design Resources You Must Add To Your Collection

    Jacob Cass
    14 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    This article has been contributed by Stacy Summers. This post contains the best websites, offering free resources for web designers. Anything from free tutorials to free PSDs, vectors, textures, patterns, fonts etc. that can be used for whatever project you might have, whether it is a web app, desktop or mobile app, graphic or web design, you get the point. So here they are: Free patterns, logos, fonts and maps: Subtle Patterns There are currently 382 high quality patterns available for free in this collection. New ones are added regularly. The Pattern Library While we are talking about…
  • 5 Must-Know Visionaries of Modern Graphic Design

    Jacob Cass
    11 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    This article has been contributed by Nicole Boyer. Because we are so accustomed to the technological aspects of graphic design today, we forget that all of such work begins with ideas – creative ideas – that have existed for centuries and that have permeated our “landscape” since the printing press was invented. Indeed, many Italian graphic designers experimented with typography, once the movable type press was available. It might actually surprise people to know that the first movable type printing press was developed in China in the 11th century, 400 years before Gutenberg designed…
  • 15 Stunning Font Combinations For Your Inspiration

    Jacob Cass
    5 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Typography pairing: perhaps the single most frustrating and time-consuming task you’ll face as a designer when starting any new graphic design project. For many reasons, it’s something that’s extremely hard to get right, and despite the fact that there are literally thousands of typefaces to choose from, it’ll probably always seem as though the typeface you actually want simply doesn’t exist. Even if you do manage to pick a winning primary typeface for your design, you’ll then need to begin the painstaking process all over again in order to find yet another typeface to compliment…
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  • 40 Imposing Web Designs with SUPERSIZE Typography

    Chris Spooner
    25 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Today’s web design showcase is for everyone who likes to go large with their fonts. These extroverted websites aren’t reserved with their words, they display their message with the text size cranked up to the max! This supersize typography cleverly plays two roles; it introduces the site with an attention grabbing title, while also forming part of the overall website design. You’ll see how most of these sites otherwise have solid colour backgrounds and minimal layouts to allow the text to take focus. Flavien Guilbaud Analytische Grafik MAAD Creatures & Features ZUT…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for May 22nd 2015

    Chris Spooner
    22 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Lily, Ora Interactive, WMC Fest, Soverin and Kittie’s Cakes. Lily View the website Ora Interactive View the website WMC Fest View the website Soverin View the website Kittie’s Cakes View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for May 22nd 2015 appeared first on Line25.
  • 11 Tips to Selling Your Website for Profit

    Bryan O'Neil
    18 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    So you have a website or an online business and you’re considering selling it for a lump sum of cash that you can then invest in your newest venture, or perhaps use it as a retirement fund or to finance that round-the-world trip that you’ve been dreaming of? It may seem fairly easy and simple, but in reality, there are a number of pitfalls that the majority of first time sellers don’t know to avoid, resulting in: Deals falling through at the last minute Getting paid much less than your business is actually worth Not being able to find a buyer at all I have compiled an overview of the…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for May 15th 2015

    Chris Spooner
    15 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Plug and Play, Marquee, Prolific Interactive, Cast Iron Design and Visual Soldiers. Plug and Play View the website Marquee View the website Prolific Interactive View the website Cast Iron Design View the website Visual Soldiers View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for May 15th 2015 appeared first on Line25.
  • 20 Powerful High Contrast Black & White Web Designs

    Chris Spooner
    11 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Designing a website using just black and white provides the highest contrast possible between text and background elements. Combined with black and white photography, this produces powerful designs that grab the attention of the viewer and draws them in with their seductive qualities. In today’s showcase I round up 20 beautiful examples of monochromatic website designs that master the use of black and white in their interfaces. CREATIVEPARK Laurent Perez Del Mar Alexander Engzell HOCHBURG Plain Finely Parallàxis We Are Cirro Tobias van Schneider Marko Prljić Nicolas Thomas Lift…
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    Lines and Colors :: a blog about drawing, painting, illustration, comics, concept art and other visual arts

  • Agim Sulaj

    Charley Parker
    24 May 2015 | 7:42 pm
    Originally from Albania and now based in Itally, Agim Sulaj is a realist painter who also does award-winning editorial cartoons and illustrations. The galleries on the artist’s website are divided between paintings and illustrations and cartoons. Sulaj’s paintings are in oil and often large in scale; his illustrations and cartoons are in acrylic, tempera and drawing media. His paintings sometimes have almost blank backgrounds, and at other times are richly textural, particularly his portrayals of youth in the form of young boys playing, fishing, and often confronting obstacles.
  • Eye Candy for Today: Arthur Streeton’s Cremorne pastoral

    Charley Parker
    23 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    Cremorne pastoral, Arthur Streeton Link is to zoomable image on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Another beautifully painterly and economical landscape by brilliant Australian painter Arthur Streeton.
  • McLean Kendree

    Charley Parker
    22 May 2015 | 7:39 pm
    McLean Kendree is an illustrator and concept artist who has worked with companies like THQ, Hasbro and 38 Studios, and is currently with Massive Black in San Fransicso. Kendree’s website and Tumblog include examples of his digitally painted professional work and personal projects, along with traditional media drawings and paintings from life, as well as cast drawings. He also has an older blog that is no longer being updated, but has some older examples of his work. Kendree has a digital art tutorial: How to design an original sci-fi character on Creative Bloq
  • Eye Candy for Today: Childe Hassam gouache study

    Charley Parker
    21 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    Columbian Exposition, Chicago; Childe Hassam Gouache on tan paper, 10 5/8 x 14 in. (27.0 x 35.6 cm). Image on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art. Almost monochromatic — though the tan paper and the use of blue give it a sensation of subtle color —this study of one of the buildings of the Chicago World’s Fair: Columbian Exposition of 1893 (so named to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas), showcases the simultaneous qualities of precision and casual sketchiness for which…
  • Nicolas Martin

    Charley Parker
    20 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    While many painters chase the character of light in the landscape, French painter Nicolas Martin more often seeks out the elusive qualities of artificial light in night-darkened streets and filtered sunlight in curtained interiors. His figures are revealed in the light, either as direct portraits or smaller within the context of the composition. Martin studied at the Auguste Renoir School in Paris and the University laval in Quebec, Canada. His subtle play of light and color contrasts wonderfully with his richly textural paint application, which is more evident in the images on his website…
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  • Musicians: Read These Word of Mouth Marketing Tips to Increase Your Audience at a Show

    20 May 2015 | 11:38 am
    Photo via: Castaway in Scotland Summer concerts are one of the best parts of the season. People are more carefree and want to spend time listening to good music at their nearest bar or venue. There’s more daylight, which encourages people to stay up later and indulge in things they might not during the drearier, winter months. If you’ve not seen the numbers you’ve wanted to lately at your shows, there are ways to increase your audience headcount. Even though the music itself is artistry, there is still a marketing aspect that is instrumental (pun intended) to a band’s success. If…
  • Never Before Seen: Using Video to Drive Brand Engagement

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

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

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

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

  • Personalized Marketing: Choosing your targets wisely

    David Kirkpatrick
    22 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    With its freemium offers to consumers, Brainshark began generating a audience beyond its target for business users director-level and above. Using strategies such as marketing automation and an IP lookup to segment users. This allowed Brainshark to utilize a personalized messaging campaign that sent the right messages to the right users at the right time.
  • The Hidden Side of Email Marketing: The once-and-done option, A/B testing and a supersmart kind of dumb

    Daniel Burstein
    19 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    As marketers, it can be difficult to recognize what we don't know. Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of "Freakonomics," discusses how, by challenging marketing status quos, companies may access customers that have previously been unavailable. It is important to continually test marketing campaigns to learn how to best serve your customers and potential customers.
  • Harley-Davidson Overcomes the Baby Boomer Cliff by Creating a New Customer Base

    Daniel Beulah
    15 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    There is a major generational shift coming. Learn how Harley-Davidson, an established American icon, overcame perceptions to create a new customer base that will ensure its market share in the future.
  • Customer-Centric Marketing: Listen to your customers if you want to live

    Philip Axelrod
    12 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    In order for a business to thrive, it is imperative to listen to customers. While this may seem like obvious advice, it is worth examining the degree to which being cognizant of consumer expectations plays a role in a company's success. The customer review website Yelp was originally developed for alternate purposes but learned to be fluid when users began to use the service in an unexpected way. Marriott International surveyed guests and learned that those who had experienced conflict resolution during their stay were the most likely to return. To achieve the greatest level of success for…
  • Real-Time Marketing: How Publishers Clearing House increased engagement through testing

    Andrea Johnson
    8 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    At MarketingSherpa MarketingExperiments Web Optimization Summit 2014, Michael Zane, Senior Director of Online Marketing, Publishers Clearing House, revealed how, in just under a year, the team increased the company's overall engagement by 46%. Read on to learn how they did it.
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    Thoughts From Eric

  • Rebecca’s Gift

    Eric Meyer
    8 May 2015 | 11:01 am
    Yesterday was the eleven-month anniversary of Rebecca’s death.  I’ve been trying not to focus on those monthly anniversaries, but this one stuck out for me.  Because in a month—thirty days, as I write this—it will be both the first anniversary of her death, and the day she would have turned seven. I haven’t really written directly about the grieving process since late March, because it’s been in a stable pattern and nothing has really changed.  Kat and I still grapple on occasion with the question of whether this is a nightmare or a post-dream.  Are we having a nightmare that…
  • Warning Hashflags

    Eric Meyer
    5 May 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Over the weekend, I published “Time and Emotion” on The Pastry Box, in which I pondered the way we’re creating the data that the data-miners of the future will use to (literally) thoughtlessly construct emotional minefields—if we don’t work to turn away from that outcome. The way I introduced the topic was by noting the calendar coincidence of the Star Wars-themed tradition of “May the Fourth be with you” and the anniversary of the Kent State shootings in 1970, and how I observe the latter while most of the internet celebrates the former: by tweeting some song lyrics with an…
  • Heard and Received

    Eric Meyer
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:45 am
    A week ago today, I stood on a stage in San Francisco and told a couple thousand developers they were doing it wrong.  I mean, I got up there at O’Reilly’s Fluent, The Web Platfom conference, and gave a talk with a slide that literally said, “The Web is NOT a Platform”.  You can see it here, all fifteen minutes of it, in which I borrowed liberally from Jeremy Keith, added a splash of Mike Monteiro, and mixed it all together with things I’ve been saying and thinking for the past, oh, decade or more. As it turned out, and a little bit to my surprise, a fair number of people…
  • Talk Talk

    Eric Meyer
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:43 am
    If you prefer hearing voice to reading text, I was on a couple of podcasts recently and would like to share; also, I have some live appearances coming up soon. The first podcast is a 16-minute segment on the eHealth Radio Network, talking about designing for crisis.  This was recorded shortly before AEA Seattle and HxRefactored, which is why I talk about HxRefactored in the future tense.  Much as was the case with my talk at HxRefactored, this concentrates on the topic of designing for crisis in a medical/health care context, and as it turns out, it’s only slightly shorter than was my HxR…
  • The Pivotal Ways

    Eric Meyer
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:34 am
    Five years ago yesterday, the suave and debonair Ethan Marcotte debuted a talk titled “A Dao of Flexibility” at An Event Apart Seattle.  I still remember the feeling in the room.  Those of us who were there realized that it was a pivotal moment for the web, even before Ethan had left the stage.  It was the moment that responsive web design burst forth into the world. The title, and content, of Ethan’s talk explicitly paid homage to the rugged and handsome John Allsopp’s “A Dao of Web Design”, published fifteen years ago today at A List Apart.  It’s hard to overstate how…
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    Naldz Graphics

  • 50+ Amazing Infographic Elements for Every Designer to Have

    Ronald Bien
    25 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Infographics are materials that give both bountiful information and good-looking designs that make them more understandable and fun to read. They are a great way in showing numbers and figures through charts, graphs, and other visual graphics and are usually used in analytics, feasibility studies, statistics, etc. Reading an infographics is easy as pie, creating it is a different story. In making this infographics, you have to make sure that the visualization is attractive enough to entice attention and focus while at the same time clear enough to deliver the message efficiently. For this…
  • 50+ Awesome Examples of Hexagon Logo Designs

    Mickey Javier
    24 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Trend is like a river that keeps on going and flowing, bringing different stuff on our sight. In the design world, trends are always important to consider when doing a new project. Designers should be aware of the ongoing and upcoming trends in order for them to provide the needs of the clients. As we continue our search for the trendy logo designs today, we find several works that are just exceptional and needs to be seen by many. They are all featured here for your easy browsing and discovery. In this post, we share to you one of the The post 50+ Awesome Examples of Hexagon Logo Designs…
  • 33 Impressive Examples of Parallax Scrolling Websites

    Christie Ann
    23 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    In web designing, designers always aim to have creative designs that will captivate visitors while at the same time, give them an easy UI experience. It is important to be up-to-date with the trends in order to make the design that will fit to the current demands of the market. Today, parallax scrolling is becoming a more popular choice in the world of web designing. Parallax scrolling involves displacement of elements and even the whole background, causing them to move in a different pace when scrolling through the page. When done right, this trendy technique can bring a subtle feeling The…
  • 33 Free Line Icon Sets You Must Have In Your Resources

    Johnna Eudese Ward
    22 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Web designing and other graphic designing usually have a theme that designers base on in creating their project. Depending on the theme they choose, they pick the particular resources and use specific techniques in order to achieve the aesthetic result they are looking for. If a designer is aiming for a simple or minimalist design, then line icons can be the resources that can help them. Below are some of the coolest Line Icons that everyone can download for free. Check them all out and find the ones that will prove useful to your current or upcoming projects. Be sure The post 33 Free Line…
  • 30 Freshly Made Free UI Kits for Grabs

    Ebrian Acebedo
    21 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    UI kits are files that consist of different elements that are used in user interface designs. These include, but re not limited to, widgets, icons, charts and graphs, etc. Whether you are creating a theme design or just want some elements like buttons and icons, UI kits can help you both in having a great design and saving time. For this post, we have searched and handpicked the best UI kits that you can download for free. Scroll down and find a variety of designs that can help you with your current or upcoming project. So come, take a peek, The post 30 Freshly Made Free UI Kits for Grabs…
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    Tuts+ Code

  • Using Social Media to Locate Eyewitnesses: The Twitter API

    Jeff Reifman
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is the second of a two-part series on using social media to locate eyewitnesses to important events. In part one, I showed you how to use the Instagram API to find eyewitnesses to a live video shoot of Macklemore's in Seattle. In this part, we'll use the Twitter API to find attendees of President Obama's speech in Selma at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.You can download code for both episodes by using the GitHub repository link in the sidebar. You may also be interested in my Tuts+ series, Building With the Twitter API.Twitter's geosearch capabilities are more limited and therefore…
  • A Walkthrough on Conditional Tags in WordPress: 14 to 26

    Barış Ünver
    24 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    In this series, we're going through one of the fundamental features of WordPress: Conditional Tags. In this third part, we'll continue introducing and reviewing the Conditional Tags. Be sure to check out the previous parts if you haven't yet. Let's begin! 14. Checking Whether We're on the Front Page: is_front_page() In WordPress, the "front page" can be set to a static WordPress page or the list of the latest blog posts (Settings > Reading). Either way, the Conditional Tag is_front_page() returns TRUE when the front page is being displayed. Accepted Parameters This Conditional Tag doesn't…
  • E-mail List Alternatives With PHP: Using Mailgun's List API

    Jeff Reifman
    23 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    What You'll Be CreatingOver the past couple years I've run into various frustrations with both open source email list applications and paid cloud-based providers. In this tutorial, I'll guide you through my adoption of, an economical solution I've been using successfully now for two years.Open source PHPList was always fairly complex, and I lost interest when they began to overhaul their user interface in directions that seemed more complicated, not less. In the middle of my initiative signature gathering campaign in Seattle, Mailchimp disabled my email list, saying that I didn't…
  • Design Patterns: Delegation

    Bart Jacobs
    22 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    The delegation pattern is among the most common patterns in iOS and OS X development. It is a simple pattern that is heavily used by Apple's frameworks and even the simplest iOS application leverages delegation to do its work. Let's start by looking at the definition of delegation. 1. What Is Delegation?DefinitionThe definition of the delegation pattern is short and simple. This is how Apple defines the pattern.A delegate is an object that acts on behalf of, or in coordination with, another object when that object encounters an event in a program. Let's break that down. The delegation pattern…
  • Moving WordPress: Moving Your Site From a Subdirectory to the Root Directory

    Rachel McCollin
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    There are times when you need to create a WordPress site in a subdirectory and not the root directory for the domain it's hosted on. I sometimes do this if I'm developing a new WordPress site to replace a static site, and I want to leave the static site in place while giving the client access to the new site during development for approval. Even if you do your development work locally, you may sometimes need to do this.When you come to make the site live, you don't want its URL to be—you want it to be So you might think you have to manually move the site…
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  • 20 Fresh and Free WordPress Themes: May 2015

    Juan Pablo Sarmiento
    25 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    I know I am a junkie. I can’t get enough of WordPress themes! And I know it’s the same with lots of you, so I went to every corner of the web looking for the coolest themes for your websites. There’s one for pretty much any kind of website – photography, e-commerce, super minimal design, and more. So go ahead and give your WordPress blog a fresh new look. May the May be with you… All these themes are free though some have commercial variants available. We stated that where applicable. Enjoy! Shopper Created by/for: Dessign Features: eCommerce oriented, super minimal grid…
  • Fair Pay for Authors: Post Pay Counter for WordPress

    Andreas Hecht
    24 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Need a solution to pay authors on a WordPress multi-author blog by certain criteria? The Post Pay Counter plugin might be what you’re looking for. This plugin allows the administrator of a multi-author website to customize the basic configuration and choose from various payment options. There’s a free and a PRO version, which I’d like to introduce to you today. The Post Pay Counter WordPress Plugin The basic idea behind this plugin is to provide fair payment for the authors of a website. It also simplifies the calculation. The admin can specify criteria upon which payments…
  • Online Marketing Basics #6: Introduction to Email Marketing

    Noupe Editorial Team
    23 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    The sixth part of our series on Online Marketing Basics deals with email marketing. We will discuss its main aspects and how to do it. Furthermore, we explain some regional legal aspects that come in handy if you want to do a campaign in Europe. Email marketing is by definition very appealing – after all, this marketing tool gets you right into the inbox of your prospective target group. Mailing lists are a treasured asset in online marketing. They allow you to directly reach out to your potential customers. That’s why email marketing promises high conversion rates. This is only true,…
  • Stitches: Free CSS Sprite Generator

    Denis Potschien
    22 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    As we know, less files to download mean better loading performance and page reproduction. Therefore, icons and other images, particularly small images, are often combined into a sprite. A sprite is a collection of several images put into one image file. Creating a sprite manually requires some work. The images are arranged in an image file and their position, width, and height need to be defined in a stylesheet. The Stitches sprite generator speeds up these processes immensely. Upload Simple Images There’s probably no easier way to create sprites than with Stitches. Images you want to…
  • JavaScript: Using Closure Space to Create Real Private Members

    David Catuhe
    21 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    I recently developed Angular Cloud Data Connector, which enables Angular developers to use cloud data, specifically Azure mobile service, using web standards like indexed DB. I was trying to create a way for JavaScript developers to embed private members into an object. My technique for this specific case is to use what I call “closure space”. In this tutorial, I want to share with you how to use this for your own projects and how performance and memory are impacted for the major browsers. But before diving into it, let me share why you may need private members, as well as an…
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    Rey Bango

  • Woah, I Can Test Edge & IE on a Mac & Linux!

    Rey Bango
    15 May 2015 | 11:25 am
    I recently gave a talk at the Microsoft Edge Web Summit on how to best test Internet Explorer and the new Microsoft Edge web browsers on OS X & Linux. Virtualization is still a key part of the testing strategy… Continue Reading →
  • Measuring Success in Developer Relations

    Rey Bango
    14 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Developer relations is an integral part of many software companies who hope to win the hearts and minds of developers. You may refer to it as developer evangelism or community outreach but ultimately, it’s a motion dedicated to ensuring that:… Continue Reading →
  • ngrok – The Tool That Brings Local Site Testing to RemoteIE

    Rey Bango
    13 May 2015 | 7:10 am
    Back in November, I wrote about RemoteIE which is a tool we created to allow developers on non-Windows OSes to test Internet Explorer 11. It uses Microsoft’s RemoteApp virtualization software to create a virtualized IE11 without the need to install… Continue Reading →
  • On the Topic of Impostor Syndrome

    Rey Bango
    12 May 2015 | 1:14 pm
    I recently read David Walsh’s excellent post, “I’m an Impostor“, and it certainly hit home. I even DM’d him on Twitter to thank him for making me feel less alone: “Thank you for writing that post. I can relate so… Continue Reading →
  • A New Way to Test Internet Explorer on OS X, iOS and Android

    Rey Bango
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    Today, the Internet Explorer team is launching a new tool to make it easier to test sites in IE regardless of which platform you’re on; seriously! Don’t believe me? Here are some Vines to show you it in action: Mac… Continue Reading →
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    Illusion Magazine

  • Michelle Hinebrook and her Optical Illustrations

    Christopher Smail
    25 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    Stare long enough into the precious stone illustrations of Michelle Hinebrook and you will lose yourself. These are abstract works that are built upon the idea of optical illusions. We have the repetition of patterns, geometric shapes and colours to entice the viewer and the interplay of light and different tints is wonderful. Go on,...
  • Interview with Watercolor Tattooer Jay Freestyle

    Adriana de Barros
    25 May 2015 | 6:48 am
    We are living in such a demanding and competitive world, that it is always remarkable when you meet someone who goes against the current to pursuing a career in the arts, and actually succeeds. Meet Jay Freestyle, born and raised in South Africa and growing up in a conservative Chinese family during hard times in...
  • A Strong Wind Blows: Photography by Krista Nikole

    Christopher Smail
    24 May 2015 | 9:41 am
    Like a secret whispered through a prism of fairy tales and pagan imagery, the work of photographer Kindra Nikole is born. Set mostly in the natural world, in forests and by the sea, her shots excite the eye and engage the mind. The costumes, props and effects are all excellent, as is the composition and...
  • The Visual Trickery of Lernert & Sander

    Christopher Smail
    24 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    Lernert & Sander are a Dutch design studio based in Amsterdam. Their work touches on many creative practises from experimental filmmaking through to fashion editorials. The pair have been collaborating together since 2007 and have built up an enviable client list in the worlds of advertising, photography and fashion. A witty sense of humour sits comfortably...
  • Paintings by Controversial NY Artist Lisa Yuskavage (NSFW)

    Christopher Smail
    18 May 2015 | 11:01 am
    Lisa Yuskavage is Philadelphia-born visual artist whose work strikes an interesting contrast between age-old methods of figurative painting and very modern concepts of sexuality in the mass media. Her work courts controversy due to its graphic imagery: the almost cartoonish way in which she paints the female body and then places this in a fantasy...
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    The Social Commerce Social Sourcing Space

  • Target to invest further in e-commerce after strong Q1 results

    22 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    American retail company Target will continue to invest more than $1 billion to improve its e-commerce platform and hardware following its outstanding online sales numbers in Q1 2015, according to its CEO and Chairman Brian Cornell. In the first quarter, internet sales made up 2.8 per cent of the company’s overall sales, up from 2.1 per cent during the corresponding period in 2014. Total sales rose from $16.66 billion to $17.12 billion, and online sales during the period reached $479.3 million. The $129 million growth in digital sales accounted for 28 per cent of Target’s sales growth in…
  • LG launches G4 Stylus and G4c smartphone

    22 May 2015 | 3:27 am
    South Korea’s LG Electronics has unveiled two new models of its G4 flagship smartphone on Monday, according to a report from CNET. Dubbed the G4 Stylus and G4c, the handsets are mostly similar to the G4 that was launched in April.  However, the G4 Stylus is a larger variant that comes with a bigger, 5.7-inch screen. It also features a stylus for convenient note taking. In contrast, the G4c is smaller and only has a 5-inch display. Both models are powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop OS from Google, and they sport a 1.2GHz quad-core LTE chipset. A 3G variant for the G4 Stylus with a 1.4GHz…
  • UK online sales picked up in April

    15 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Online sales of non-food items in the United Kingdom increased by 15.4 per cent in April 2015, which is a notable increase from the 11.2 per cent recorded during the corresponding period last year. This is according to the monthly sales monitor from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and audit firm KPMG. Last month’s growth is the highest that has been seen since October. It also surpassed the three-month and twelve-month averages of 12 per cent and 12.5 per cent respectively. Online sales during the period also accounted for 17.6 per cent of the overall non-food sales; just one year ago,…
  • Q1 China smartphone deliveries down 4 per cent: IDC

    15 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Smartphone deliveries to China declined by 4 per cent on an annual basis in Q1 to 98.8 million handsets due to a build-up of unsold handsets, according to a report from the BBC that cited data from research firm IDC. This represents the first drop in six years and translates to a heftier fall of 8 per cent on a quarterly basis after China overtook the United States to become the world’s biggest smartphone market in 2011. “China is often thought of as an emerging market but the reality is that the vast majority of phones sold in China today are smartphones, similar to other mature markets…
  • PlateJoy raises $1.7 million in seed funding

    30 Apr 2015 | 7:55 am
    PlateJoy, the meal-kit delivery startup, has raised $1.7 million allowing it to explore bigger markets and compete more effectively with competitors like Blue Apron. The meal-delivery sector is saturated with companies offering similar or the same product to PlateJoy. Blue Apron and Plated are the more prominent companies with a recipe delivery service where the ingredients are dropped off at the customer’s home and they do the rest. PlateJoy has accessed seed funding from investors that include Foundation Capital, Sherpa Ventures, HealthBox, 500 Startups, VaynerRSE, Bassett Investments,…
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    Six Revisions

  • 5 Prototyping Tips That Will Improve Your Process

    Jacob Gube
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Stop me if you’ve heard this one: In the middle of a design presentation, a puzzled audience member raises their hand and asks, Why is all the copy in a foreign language? It’s not a joke — but I can’t help but laugh at the countless times I’ve used lorem ipsum in a prototype, only to have it confuse someone on our team. Visual thinkers, such as designers, can easily visualize an image placeholder box as a striking photograph. In our minds, we can convert a grayscale wireframe into a beautiful website layout that has a well-crafted visual hierarchy. But for…
  • 10 Useful Resources for Learning Markdown Syntax

    Jacob Gube
    18 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Markdown is a terrific text-formatting syntax designed specifically for writers of Web content. Markdown lets you focus on your writing task by making the process of text-formatting unobtrusive. Using visual interfaces or HTML disrupts your writing flow, forcing you to pause whenever you need to format and structure your text. Markdown is easy to learn! To help you get you started writing in Markdown, check out these ten excellent tutorials and reference guides. Markdown Tutorial This interactive Markdown tutorial is short and sweet. It’s written in a fun, non-intimidating manner. Those…
  • 30 Beautiful Earth-Toned Web Designs

    Jacob Gube
    15 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Earth tones are shades of brown, green, tan, blue and other colors which are found in nature. Using earth tones in a design leads to a subtle, understated, organic look-and-feel. For design inspiration, check out these well-done web designs that use earth-toned color schemes. Grovemade IMM The Barstow Wolf & Son Wild Measure Cantina Valpolicella Negrar Hyperquake Indigy Tradestone Confections Belle Epoque Tilted Square Andy Wolf Eyewear Denise Chandler Vers Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli Brown’s Court Bakery Knuckles Industries The Boerum Serge Thoraval Electric Pulp Lucas…
  • 15 HTML Questions for Testing Your Knowledge

    Jacob Gube
    13 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Think you know HTML? Most developers probably feel they have a good handle on modern Web standards. It's with this in mind that I offer you a challenge. Below you'll find some HTML questions that will test your familiarity and understanding of the markup language. And if you're conducting job interviews, you can use these questions to gauge a candidate's knowledge of the Web's standard markup language. You will also find questions about closely-related markup languages and standards such as XML, XHTML, and microformats in order to really test your mettle. There isn't a time limit or…
  • Grunt vs Gulp: Which One Should You Use?

    Jacob Gube
    11 May 2015 | 7:40 am
    Nobody likes doing boring and repetitive tasks. The good news is we can probably make our computer do them for us. When it comes to web development build automation, there are two major players you will want to look at: Grunt and Gulp. But, which one should you go with? What are the differences between them? Which one is better? Let’s take a look at the similarities and differences between Grunt and Gulp in order to help you choose the right JavaScript task runner for you. Similarities between Grunt and Gulp Grunt and Gulp can automate tedious, human-error-prone build processes…
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  • 9 Free Amazing Photoshop Plugins For Designers

    22 May 2015 | 11:44 pm
    In this compilation, we are presenting 9 and best Photoshop plugins that are extremely useful for the designers. Adobe Photoshop is such a powerful and creative platform for the designers and extensive collection of useful plugins further extend its capabilities so that designers can use this software to its full potential. This is the reason why plugins are so much popular among the designers. Here is the full collection of the 9 best and useful Adobe Photoshop plugins for the designers which are free to use. So have a look in this collection and enjoy using them for your work. Post your…
  • Useful Collection Of Free CSS Libraries & Resources

    21 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Here we are presenting a very useful collection of some free CSS libraries and resources for your inspiration. Although there are many scripting and coding websites that can help you in developing your website but here we are presenting free and useful libraries and resources. In addition, there are some scripts also available that you can download and can use for your project. Majority of developers are using codes that are written in CSS or JavaScript or some other languages. We hope that you will like this collection and find this collection useful for you as well. With such resources and…
  • 10 Creative Free Resume Templates To Download

    20 May 2015 | 9:35 am
    Resume is a way to market yourself to the employer by showcasing all your professional achievements and capabilities. It is rather the most crucial element in landing any of your ideal job. With professionally designed and detailed resume, you will substantially increase the chances of getting that job. Resume must be creative, clear, to the point and of course honest. Here, we have for you some of the creative and appealing resume templates that you can use for yourself. All these templates are free to use. So, what are you waiting for? Start browsing through this collection and download…
  • 8 Content Curation Tools For Bloggers

    19 May 2015 | 12:55 am
    According to Wikipedia, “Content curation is the process of collecting, organizing and displaying information relevant to a particular topic or area of interest. Services or people that implement content curation are called curators. Curation services can be used by businesses as well as end users.” There are many content curation tools are available that bloggers can take benefit from. In this compilation, we have put together 8 useful and excellent content curation tools for bloggers. We know that it takes loads of effort and hard work in running a blog professionally, with these…
  • 9 Free Javascript/jQuery WYSIWYG HTML Editors

    14 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    Are you looking for some free to use Javascript or jQuery WYSIWYG HTML editors? 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 useful and free to use Javascript and jQuery WYSIWYG HTML editors. Such editors come very handy when your visitors do not know how to use CSS styling. You can also integrate it with your current website or CMS to help build a professional looking content. 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 us know what you…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Designing For Explicit Choice

    Colleen Roller
    25 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    If you’re a UX designer, you’ve probably designed a lot of forms and web (or app) pages in which the user needs to choose between options. And as a designer, you’re likely familiar with best practices for designing forms. Certainly, much has been written and discussed about this topic. So, you probably know all about how best to label and position form fields and so on for optimal usability. But have you thought about how the design of a form affects the user’s decision-making? Have you ever considered to what extent the design itself affects the choices people make? As always in…
  • Rekindling Your Passion For Web Design

    Jeremy Girard
    22 May 2015 | 6:19 am
    I love being a web designer and I’m incredibly thankful that I decided to join this industry many years ago. Still, despite my love of this profession, there have been a number of times during my career when my passion has waned and I’ve found myself simply going through the motions instead of fully applying myself to my work. This scenario is likely familiar to many of my fellow web designers. It is called burnout. Burnout is a very real challenge that we face as web professionals. The same processes that help us complete projects successfully can also contribute to us falling into a…
  • Building An Advanced Notification System For WordPress

    Carlo Daniele
    20 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    A lot of tools enable us to distribute a website’s content, but when we need to promptly reach a target group, an email notification system might be the best option. If your website is not frequently updated, you could notify all subscribers each time a post is published. However, if it’s updated frequently or it covers several topics, you could filter subscribers before mailing them. If you opt for the latter, you could set up a user meta field that stores a bit of information to identify the subscribers to be notified. The same bit of information would label the posts you’re…
  • Testing For And With Windows Phone

    Daniel Herken
    19 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Although Windows Phone usage is still low compared with other browsers1 it’s sometimes necessary to test your web work for Internet Explorer Mobile. For web developers, this could be a complication. Testing for the Windows Phone environment is not always optional, but it can be a chore — especially because the version of Internet Explorer that comes with the Windows Phone can be quirky at best. If you’re a developer without a Windows Phone device, you might have to get a little creative to ensure that your websites are being rendered properly. The Nokia Lumia 920. (Image…
  • A Better Way To Design For Retina In Photoshop

    Murdoch Carpenter
    18 May 2015 | 6:02 am
    Recently, I had a project in which I needed to produce high-fidelity screens for a tablet. I was to present these screens on the device and also produce a clickable prototype. They needed to be pixel-perfect. The timeline was tight (as always), so I went with my go-to tool, Photoshop. I’ve been using it for over ten years, and it gives me the fastest high-quality output. Are you designing at “Retina” resolution in Photoshop? If the answer is yes, then this article is for you. I will walk you through the problems I faced in creating Retina mockups to be displayed on a tablet device. I…
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    Speckyboy Web Design Magazine

  • 50 Free Books for Web Designers & Developers

    Paul Andrew
    25 May 2015 | 1:54 am
    There are thousands of books available for web designers and developers online. There has been no language, no point of discussion, or no trend that has not, at one time or another, been extensively explored and analyzed, and eventually published into a book. The great news is quite a lot of these books are available for free! And I have collected my 50 favorites for you! View the rest of this entry The post 50 Free Books for Web Designers & Developers appeared first on Speckyboy Web Design Magazine. No related posts.
  • Testing Your Marketing Efforts as a Freelancer

    Addison Duvall
    25 May 2015 | 1:05 am
    In today’s freelancing climate, one of the best things you can do in terms of marketing yourself is to think in what I like to call “Test Terms.” What does this mean? When a food company is developing a new product to release into the market, they don’t simply travel in a straight line from recipe to manufacturing to stocking the shelves at the grocery store. What happens is they perform a series of tests, which allow them to tweak their product until it gets just the right kind of response they’re looking for. As a designer, it’s eminently possible to plan…
  • Weekly Inspiration – V76, Wrap-Genius, Futuramo Icons, and more

    Speckyboy Editors
    23 May 2015 | 1:15 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. Sand and Such → V76 → Green Man Festival → Wrap-Genius → L’Amour Fou → Futuramo Icons → Elbow → You may also like to browse the Web Inspiration Archives. The post Weekly Inspiration – V76, Wrap-Genius, Futuramo Icons, and more appeared first on Speckyboy Web Design Magazine. No related posts.
  • Taking the Occam Razor Approach to Design

    Addison Duvall
    21 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Did you know that designers can use a tool that mathematicians, philosophers, and other academics have known about for hundreds of years? It’s called Occam’s Razor, and it’s a law that states, essentially, that the simplest solution is usually the best or most correct. For example, if your client is late to a meeting, you would probably assume he or she got stuck in traffic. It’s a simpler and likelier explanation than, say, assuming they got temporarily abducted by aliens and had to fight through an endless maze of plant monsters to get to the meeting on time…
  • Standing Tall in the Face of Recent WordPress Security Scares

    Eric Karkovack
    21 May 2015 | 1:23 am
    If you’ve paid any attention at all to WordPress related news over the past month or so, you know that there have been some security vulnerabilities discovered (like this, this, and this and yeah, this too.). Not only did they affect WordPress itself, but a large number of plugins as well. Sure, it’s serious stuff. Maybe even a little bit scary. At the end of the day, all of these security issues reflect the world we live in. The information age is wonderful, but it also means that there’s probably some bot out there trying to hack into your internet-connected toaster. Even…
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  • Joanna Gruesome’s Peanut Butter

    21 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    Joanna Gruesome is not a person but a band from Wales, and their just-released second record (titled “Peanut Butter,” okay whatever) clocks in at just twenty-two minutes. Allowing for commercials, that’s basically a sit-com’s worth of your time, but it will yield you much more pleasure than any episode of “The Great Bang Theory” because…
  • Job Opening Spotlight on Digg

    21 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    This is the second installment in my ongoing series highlighting interesting job openings for designers. (See the first one on Toca Boca’s opening for a design director here.) This spotlight focuses on the social news site Digg, which in its hey day was a breakthrough hub for news discovery that drove tremendous traffic. By the…
  • The International Flag of Planet Earth

    20 May 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Swedish designer Oskar Pernefeldt’s graduation project for the Beckmans College of Design is an impressively professional proposal for a single flag to represent the entirety of the world we live on. His design for the flag is smart and quite plausible, but the reasoning he puts forth for it, outlined in the video above, is…
  • Guillaume Kurkdjian’s Electronic Items

    19 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    Various devices charmingly rendered in isometric views by Guillaume Kurkdjian, who also produces a Tumblr of weekly animated GIFs. Though they’re focused on very different subject matter, are executed in an entirely different medium, and are animated instead of static, their warm color palettes and understated presentation remind me of the work of painter Wayne…
  • Offscreen Magazine No. 11

    18 May 2015 | 11:01 am
    Kai Brach’s Offscreen, the defiantly print-based magazine “about the people behind bits and pixels” has just announced its eleventh issue, which includes an extensive interview with yours truly. I initially demurred when Brach asked to me to take part, but after we exchanged some emails, I relented when he assured me that it would be…
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  • In Less Than Four Months Kavitha Learned Swift and Released Her App in the App Store

    Faye Bridge
    21 May 2015 | 11:43 am
    Kavitha was a stay at home mother of three when she decided to rejoin the workforce. Although she’d had a prior career as a finance analyst, Kavitha decided it was time to embark on a career that aligned with her fascination with programming. Inspired to create something tangible that her children could engage with, Kavitha joined Treehouse and began learning Swift. In less than four months, Kavitha learned Swift, designed, created and successfully deployed an educational app for children, Math Blast Off to the App Store. Kavitha is now working on her second educational app, while embracing…
  • Learn How: Asynchronous Image Loading with JavaScript

    Andrew Chalkley
    20 May 2015 | 3:15 pm
    There may come a time where you want to download an image in the background instead of seeing it load like this… …have it load like this: Overview Maybe you’ve got an image gallery with high-resolution images or you have a game with lots of image assets. Either way the process is the same. Create an Image programmatically with JavaScript Assign a URL to the src attribute of the new image Create a handler for the onload attribute, this will be triggered once the image is downloaded Setup The HTML The HTML is straight forward. <img src="clear.gif"> I’m using a gif…
  • The Treehouse Show | Episode 141: TinySort, Push Notifications, Responsive Tables

    Mary McPherson
    19 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    In this episode, Nick and Jason talk about TinySort, Push Notifications, and Responsive Tables.  Watch this week’s episode for free now, and tune in every Tuesday for the latest in web design and web development news and tips. Links TinySort Visual Guide to CSS3 Flexbox: Flexbox Playground | Push Notifications on the Open Web Responsive Tables in Pure CSS – LivingSocial’s Technology Blog The post The Treehouse Show | Episode 141: TinySort, Push Notifications, Responsive Tables appeared first on Treehouse Blog.
  • Lisa Sharpened Her Skills & Launched Her Own Freelance Web Design & Development Business

    Faye Bridge
    19 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    After years of envying friends working in the web industry, Lisa decided it was time to combine her passion for technology with a career change. Even with over 10 years of experience with HTML, Lisa found herself shocked by how outdated her knowledge was. So she decided she needed a learning resource she could rely on to update her skills and prepare her for the competitive and constantly changing web industry. With Treehouse, Lisa was able to learn how to confidently code in a variety of languages and began to take on client projects. As demand for her services grew, Lisa decided it was time…
  • Modeling the Monty Hall Problem in Python

    Kenneth Love
    18 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    A few weeks ago, I watched an episode of Numberphile about the Monty Hall problem. This happens to be one of my favorite little “that-doesn’t-seem-right” statistics things, and I thought it would be a great way to play with Python. The Problem If you’re not familiar with the Problem, here’s the gist of it. There are three doors and you’re asked to pick one of them. Now, behind one door is an amazing prize: a new car, a bunch of money, a trip to a tropical island. You get the idea. Behind the other two doors, though, there’s something useless or just nothing. Maybe it’s…
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  • War Memorial Cartoon Mints Canada’s ‘Journalist of the Year’

    Richard Horgan
    25 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    Published the day after the fatal October 22 shooting on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a reservist guarding the National War Memorial, the Halifax Chronicle Herald editorial cartoon imagined the Memorial’s bronze World War I figures coming to life to comfort Cirillo. Upon publication, the image rocketed to the top of Reddit and Imgur and was shown in coverage on CNN, Fox News and elsewhere. Friday night in Toronto, the cartoonist responsible for the image, Bruce MacKinnon, accepted the first-ever Journalist of the Year citation from Canada’s National…
  • Maureen Dowd Learns a Thing or Two About Uber

    Richard Horgan
    24 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    This is hilarious. During a recent visit to the west coast that included Los Angeles, Maureen Dowd tapped her trusty Uber App as she prepared to leave the Sunset Tower hotel on The Strip, only to be puzzled by the fact that a displayed group of UberX vehicles in the immediate vicinity kept going. The driver who eventually picked her up had a possible explanation: “Do you know why no one wanted to pick you up?” he asked. “Because you have a low rating.” (Uber drivers see your rating once they accept the request and then can cancel.) I was shocked. Blinded by the…
  • Mashable’s Search for a Singapore Editor Continues

    Richard Horgan
    24 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Mashable executive editor and chief content officer Jim Roberts connected this past week from Singapore for an interesting Q&A with mUmBRELLA Asia’s Robin Hicks. Mashable plans to open a Singapore office in the third quarter of 2015, and Roberts has been in the country interviewing candidates for the local editor position. Roberts said his site already gets approximately two million monthly unique visitors from Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines). Mashable has a budget to hire two journalists for the Singapore office, starting with the editor:…
  • Tisch Graduates, De Niro is Talking to You

    Richard Horgan
    23 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    Robert De Niro grew up near the Tisch School of the Arts. He has made eight feature films with Martin Scorsese, Class of 1964, who met editor Thelma Schoonmaker at Tisch. On Friday, De Niro followed 2014 Tisch Commencement speaker Scorsese with a wonderful, similar pep talk of his own. It’s De Niro’s best role since Silver Linings Playbook, full of memorable passages like this one: “On this day of triumphantly graduating, a new door is opening for you. A door to a lifetime of rejection. It’s inevitable. It’s what graduates call the real world…”…
  • A Tale of Two Musicals

    Richard Horgan
    23 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Great Recession did a number on Broadway musical A Tale of Two Cities, which closed in the fall of 2008 after a total of 101 preview and regular performances. But the musical has found new life away from The Great White Way. The Dickens adaptation has been staged three times in Seoul, South Korea and performed in Germany, England, Ireland and Japan. Another full-scale version has just begun this weekend in Wichita, Texas, with play author Jill Santoriello (pictured), an Ohio University journalism alum, telling the Wichita Falls Times-Record that she will be in the audience for this…
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    Vandelay Design

  • 5 Brilliant Minimal Design Websites with Webydo (Sponsored)

    Steven Snell
    25 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    In the very beginning when Internet and websites were only taking off, the web was saturated with widgets, gadgets and other colorful distractions. As the industry progressed and technology evolved,... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 11 Handy Shortcuts for Customizing Any Selectable UI Element

    Jake Rocheleau
    19 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Online forms are some of the most common interfaces for user interaction. Many web fields rely on user input from the keyboard, but others have pre-filled answers waiting to be selected. These may... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 4 Crucial Components to Optimizing Page Load Time On Your Website

    Usman Anwar
    18 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    We live in a fast-paced era where speed is the dominating factor that governs the success of our personal and professional skirmishes. And, when it comes to a website's page load time, its impact... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 16 Breathtaking Travel Blogs That Give Us a Dose of Wanderlust

    Megan Marrs
    14 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    Pack your bags, and grab your passport. Today we’re taking you on a trip around the world with these sixteen incredible travel blogs that will give you a major dose of wanderlust. Readers be ware–you... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • How Speed Up Your Front End Web Development Process

    Jake Rocheleau
    10 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Web design is often lumped together with a lot of other ideas like UX design and web development. Although these areas do overlap, the skill sets are not interchangeable and not all designers know... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
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    Veerle's blog 3.0

  • Type Shortcuts in Photoshop CC 2014

    Veerle Pieters
    5 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    A few handy shortcuts when working with type in Photoshop CC 2014. Some I knew about but most I learned from Adobe's Julianne Kost. She's an awesome resource to keep an eye on. Discover them after the jump. 1) Basic Formatting Shortcuts: Command + Shift + or (Mac) | Control + Shift + or (Win) increases/decreases point size by 1 Command + Option + Shift + or (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + or (Win) increases/decreases point size by 5 Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) left/right arrow key decreases/increases kerning (the amount of spacing between two characters) Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) left/right arrow…
  • Unfinished Business episode 106

    Veerle Pieters
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:27 am
    I was invited by Andrew Clarke to be on his Unfinished Business podcast together with Dan Edwards. If you aren't familiar with the Unfinished Business podcast it's a talkshow where Andrew talks to designers and people from the web industry like Jeffrey Zeldman and Dan Mall in the previous episode or Rachel Andrew and Zoe Mickley Gillenwater in a few episodes ago. ‘Everyone else’s highlight reel’ We start by talking about magazines, including 8faces and the new edition of Lagom where I'm featured in. I've wrote about that in this post. Then we discuss how the perceptions that people can…
  • Lagom #2

    Veerle Pieters
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:04 am
    Last week I received my much anticipated copy of Lagom #2. Much anticipated, because it doesn’t happen often that you get a photographer (David Stockman) to follow you around on your ride for a feature article. For those of you that haven’t had the pleasure of reading Lagom, it is a publication about people making a living from their passions, and pastime activities that offer inspiration. Inspiration, stunning photography and illustration Three things that are right up my alley. You can imagine my excitement when Elliot and Samantha contacted me if I would be interested in being part of…
  • Create a complex diamond pattern in Illustrator

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

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

    Kyle Neath
    3 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    One of the most important responsibilities for managers in tech companies are having regular one-on-ones with their team. The idea is to meet with each member of the team once every week or two, face-to-face, to talk about whatever the team member wants. And the face-to-face part is crucial. Our brains process an immense amount of information during a conversation — eye contact, facial expressions, intonation, body language — everything that’s beyond the content of our words (what an email might convey). This information trains our intuitive reasoning, building understanding and…
  • The Moral Bucket List

    Kyle Neath
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    As someone who’s recently struggled with the pace of my work and where to focus my energy, I really related to David Brooks' recent essay The Moral Bucket List: But I confess I often have a sadder thought: It occurs to me that I’ve achieved a decent level of career success, but I have not achieved that. I have not achieved that generosity of spirit, or that depth of character. On passions: Commencement speakers are always telling young people to follow their passions. Be true to yourself. This is a vision of life that begins with self and ends with self. But people on the road to…
  • 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 —…
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  • A company wants to make Melbourne’s trams solar-powered

    25 May 2015 | 4:18 am
    A company introduced a bold new proposal to the state government of Victoria in Australia, which iconic Melbourne tram network made entirely Solar power in the space of a few years. According to the court, the public transport network would be managed by the energy produced two new solar farms built near Swan Hill and Mildura, in the northwest of the state. Together, these proposals farms would be able to generate 80 gigawatt hours of electricity per year needed to run the tram network, which is the largest in the world. According to the Solar Group of Australia – the company behind the…
  • Pakistan Turns Desert Into a Sea of Solar Panels

    24 May 2015 | 4:21 pm
    ISLAMABAD- One of the world’s largest solar plants in Pakistan to provide clean, reliable and help reduce chronic power shortages in the country opened. The plant, spread over 200 hectares of desert land in the southern Pakistani province of Punjab, which will generate 100 megawatts (MW) in its initial phase and more than 300 MW by the end of the year, according to government officials. More than a third of Pakistan’s population has no access to electricity, and power shortages are a serious obstacle to economic growth. Advertising Inaugurating the plant, Nawaz Sharif, Prime…
  • Akon hopes to Provide 600 Million Africans with solar power

    24 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Akon began its “Akon Lighting Africa” “to bring millions in Africa electricity through solar energy. According to reports, rapper and producer tries to get people in Africa to electricity thanks to this initiative. The eyes of the Academy ultimately provide 600 million people in many African countries currently without electricity there. Co-founder of the foundation Baithily Samba said: “Africans expect graduates of this center to develop new innovative solutions, technical He told the Academy, which can benefit from Lighting Africa Akon and go further..” 70…
  • Solar Energy Is Feasible for Prevalent Energy

    23 May 2015 | 3:21 pm
    The debate about solar energy is feasible to produce widespread outbursts of energy and is likely to continue for some time. In today’s time, everyone is aware of solar panels and their ability to provide benefits to the individual owners. As many as 500,000 companies and households in the United States implement change, so it is safe to say that people see the irrefutable benefits of renewable energy. If you are thinking of installing perhaps a solar energy system in your home or your organization, but are hesitant whether it’s worth, here are some reasons why the installation of…
  • 4 Ways Solar Panel Installation Can Benefit Your Home

    23 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    If you’ve heard a lot about the growing popularity of the installation of solar panels, you may wonder what are the benefits. There are many, to help save the environment to save money on your monthly bills. Learn how this energy source provides many positive benefits in your life. Free electricity Best of installing solar panels is that all electricity produced does not cost you a penny. The sun’s energy is completely free, which is an important asset for many people looking to reduce their monthly energy bills. Since this type of installation usually lasts for more than 25…
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    Print Magazine » Imprint: Print Magazine’s Design Blog

  • Designer of the Week: Bryan James

    Amanda Aszman
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Motion Graphics: Getting Started is Easier Than You Think: In this download from HOW Design Live Conference, see how easy it is to start animating your designs with Adobe After Effects. You’ll go through the process of animating style pages from Photoshop in After Effects and explore how easy it is to import Photoshop and Illustrator files with layers, transparency, and blend modes intact. Last month, when art director Adam Ladd came across Bryan James’ stunning animated illustrations, Ladd added the site (In Pieces) to his “Top 10″ list of websites for designers. This…
  • Mad Men to George Lois: “No, F@¢# YOU!” (spoiler alert)

    Michael Dooley
    19 May 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Have you created a knockout advertising design worthy of Mad Men? Enter it into the Print Regional Design Annual. For the past eight years – more than a decade in Mad Men time – George Lois has been dining out on his hatred of Don Draper’s agency. In his 2010 Playboy rant the self-proclaimed “Original Mad Man”… • declared that when he first heard the buzz that a “great TV series about the ad game in the 1960s,” he knew “that meant only one thing:” it must deal with the “Papert, Koenig, Lois-inspired” Creative Revolution. It must. • pronounced upon viewing that…
  • Designer of the Week: Alan Bibby

    Amanda Aszman
    15 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Steven Heller’s The Education of a Design Entrepreneur—a benchmark collection of fifty essays and interviews—provides students and working designers with a firm understanding of the pitfalls and triumphs awaiting the design entrepreneur. This collection provides candid anecdotes and no-frills advice for any designer ready to brave the trials and rewards of entrepreneurship. Print’s latest Designer of the Week will make you do a double take. Maybe even a triple take. That’s because Alan Bibby is a designer, director, creative director and filmmaker. He uses his keen…
  • How Has Design Changed Since 1980?

    Zachary Petit
    15 May 2015 | 5:35 am
    So, how has design—and especially “award-winning design”—changed over the last three-and-a-half decades? With Print’s Regional Design Annual turning 35 this year, we decided to break out the very first RDA and find out. (And if you’re wondering how design annuals crawled out of the primordial ooze in the first place, Steven Heller explains here.) … Why all the black and white? Cost restrictions made it so that longtime editor Martin Fox and his team could only select a handful of designs to feature in full color. Imagine how some of these would sing with just a few pops ……
  • When to Wordmark?

    Sagi Haviv
    14 May 2015 | 5:17 am
    In 2015, Print is celebrating 75 years. Enter your work into the Regional Design Annual today for a chance to be spotlighted in the pages of our milestone annual issue. In this blog series, Sagi Haviv discusses principles of identity design as they manifest in trademarks created by his firm, Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv Recently a big international bank came to us asking that we design a symbol for them, as Tom Geismar had done many years before for The Chase Manhattan Bank. For over a decade, this international bank had been using a wordmark for their short four-letter name. We…
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    Stephanie Orma // Travel + Design Writer

  • ForbesLife: Inside Milan’s Futuristic Excelsior Hotel Gallia

    21 May 2015 | 12:28 pm
    The fashion capital of the world has a haute new looker. After a multimillion-dollar revamp, Milan’s circa 1932 Excelsior Hotel Gallia just reopened–and the design is unapologetically dripping in space age luxe. Taking inspiration from the city’s modernist new skyline and the hotel’s art deco past, Milan-based Studio Marco Piva helmed the makeover, decking every inch in out-of-this-world chic futurism. Here are just few of the highlights that made my jaw drop: 1. Is it abstract art or is it a lobby? Through glass revolving doors, you enter an insanely sleek world of marble, chrome,…
  • ForbesLife: The Ultimate Romantic New England Road Trip

    10 May 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Quaint historic towns, dreamy seaside villages, sublime harbor views – there’s no denying New England’s romantic draw. But with so many irresistible spots, which one do you choose? Before the summertime crowds flock the coast, hit the highway and enjoy a smorgasbord of Northeastern delights. From Boston to Kennebunkport, Newport to Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod, here’s the insider’s guide to the ultimate romantic New England road trip.  Day One and Two: Boston Play: Kick off your trip exploring Boston’s brimming-with-charm historic neighborhoods. Head to Beacon Hill’s…
  • Communication Arts: Lessons Learned – Top agency creatives share best advice from valued mentors

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

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

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Employers, clients, you name it – everyone wants a jack-of-all-trades creative (read: someone insanely talented with octopus arms that can do 25 jobs in one afternoon and barely break a sweat). We all know those expectations are absurd and can only lead to the master-of-none malady. On the other hand, nobody wants to be pigeonholed into any one creative role. Plus, having an inquisitive mind and exploring other passions can only feed our creativity and improve our talents. So how exactly do we branch out and avoid becoming the buffet bar sampler with a mash of half-strengths on our plate?
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  • [art] #MtStHelensArt35 : Gridding Out the Picture

    Samuel Klein
    21 May 2015 | 10:18 am
    3182.The object so far is to make this print into a form that I can copy. Bigger is better; you have many little details that you want to reproduce as faithfully as possible, and in order to see them well, you go big. Everything because more easy to cope with and draw that way.If you're doing any kind of visual arts these days, technology is your friend! The above picture shows the graphic, which I had gridded out with a pencil and scanned back into a digital file. This TIFF is then loaded into Photoshop, where I made guides along those pencil grid lines. Then, making sure the snap was on and…
  • [liff in Cascadia] Drawing Mount Saint Helens on Her 35th Anniversary

    Samuel Klein
    19 May 2015 | 8:10 pm
    3181.I adore the anniversary of the Mount Saint Helens eruption. So much archival footage. So available via the internet. So many gratuitous apostrophes.It's Mount Saint Helens, not Mount Saint Helen's. Just so we all know. Now that I've said that, I feel better; I can move on.Specifically, I'm going to be taking up an art project that I've attempted once already. I've printed out, courtesy of the intarwebz, two pictures of Loo-wit in full-throated roar from May of 1980, thus:I'm going to rendering one of these in graphite, more than likely on Bristol board. The idea of these monochrome…
  • [pdx] The Past Tense of Hung Far Low

    Samuel Klein
    19 May 2015 | 7:59 pm
    3180.This can be found at the corner of NW 4th Avenue and Couch Street, one block north of the Chinatown Gate:It's notable for a couple of reasons.About half a decade back, this sign matched the reality. Moreover, it was in a sad state. That supporting structure there was of a frailty, and the whole thing had pretty much become the Damoclesian sword of NW 4th and Couch, ready to transfix and/or obliterate any random pedestrian. The sign was perforce removed and refurbished, and successfully crowdfunded back into its rightful place above that corner of Chinatown.It no longer has neon, but it's…
  • [pdx] Powell's City Of Books: Where We Keep Our Excess Culture

    Samuel Klein
    19 May 2015 | 7:33 pm
    3179.In the Orange Room in +Powell's Books, Inc. , there's a sign near where they now stock the journals and cards and such. Here's what a part of it looks like:Sometimes it makes sense that there's excess culture, and it's made of recreation and misfortune, and you can find it at Powells.This is probably the most meta thing I've ever seen.
  • [creativity] A Pilot Program Promoting Perfection of Practice

    Samuel Klein
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:23 am
    3178.After a great deal of reflection, I'm going to try an experiment to instill the one quality that I desperately need and have never quite mastered.It goes by many names. Persistence. Patience. But the facet I'm most concerned with is Discipline.  The big D. The hafta-hafta. What must be done, sine qua non anything else.I have had skill. I've let them atrophy for a variety of reasons. I'm starting over in many many ways. But so far, every attempt to channel my boredom and rounded edges back into a sharper mien has fallen flat. Every single one. I was writing in my diary, just now, and…
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  • Need Free Icons? Here are 13 Websites to Download Them

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    24 May 2015 | 10:33 pm
    The smallest detail in any website being designed can affect the entirety of the project, knowing that these small details could also play an important role in the bigger picture. Icons, most especially, have taken on a whole new level of importance as people become more mobile and the need to make things more compact arises. Understanding Icons What are these icons for? Well, icons actually have a pretty wide scope, depending on how you look at it. See those little boxes on your smartphone that represent different applications? Those are icons. Did you notice those little boxes on your…
  • 20 Pricing Tables That Will Make You Click

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    21 May 2015 | 10:33 pm
    If it has anything to do with money, you just have to get it right. This is an important thought to remember when you’re designing that pricing table on any website. Remember, everybody wants value for their money. They want to know that they’re spending it in the right place, and for the right reasons. An effective pricing table can make any potential customer realize that as you help them look beyond the price and focus more on what they get out of the deal. Making That Price Count Money is still money, no matter how you look at it. Even if you’re looking for something of high…
  • Top 10 Hipster Fonts

    Nir Barlev
    20 May 2015 | 10:47 pm
    The term “hipster” conjures different thoughts in different people. For some, plaid button-ups and well-trimmed beards spring to mind. For others, retro authenticity and trendy coffee shops are the hallmarks of this iconic style. Either way, the hipster ideals are in full force in just about any creative industry these days. We here at Webydo are all about helping creative folks create and use their imagination when designing for the web. So, if you’re craving a touch of hipster style in your designs, go ahead and give these fonts a try! Chunk Large and in charge, this font…
  • Design a Perfect Hipster Logo with These 25 Bundles

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    19 May 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Logo creation can sometimes be a long and difficult process. Sometimes, finding all the right elements which blend perfectly well with each other can be extra challenging particularly when you don’t have a theme to go on with. In recent years, a cool and trendy way to come up with logos is to come up with the hipster effect. What’s “hipster” anyway? By definition, a “hipster” is used to refer to someone who uses the latest trends as well as the latest fashion. Someone who is updated with all of the hottest things and at the same time, being able to dress fashionably can be called…
  • 30 Logo Designs That Choose Beauty Over Simplicity

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    18 May 2015 | 10:05 pm
    No matter what kind of business you have, your logo will always be one of the things that will matter the most when it comes to brand marketing. Your logo is the one thing that will stick to the minds of your target market, even if they cannot remember the name at first. It’s something that will carry your name and will give people a general idea of what your organization is all about. This is what makes your logo important. It’s not just the design itself, but the way that your corporate values are embedded into it. Each aspect has to represent something that your business stands for,…
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  • Web Fonts To Do For Ads, What They Did for the Web

    Johnathan Zsittnik
    13 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    It goes without saying that responsive design has changed the way we develop sites. So it shouldn’t be surprising that responsive techniques are making their way to the world of advertising where ad units must also conform to varying widths and a litany of screen sizes. But HTML-based ads can do much more than just resize. From playing video, to displaying dynamic text, there’s little that can be done on a website that can’t be done within an ad. Fortunately for brands – and the type industry – these new capabilities also include the use of Web fonts. Web fonts provide advertisers…
  • Top 100 Web Fonts for April 2015

    Allan Haley
    6 May 2015 | 8:21 am
    Below you’ll find a list of the top 100 most used fonts from the Web Fonts service during April 2015. The top two-dozen or so Web fonts tend to be the classics of graphic communication—designs that have earned their street cred over time. The Klint™ typeface family, however, does not fit this stereotype. Released just five years ago, it sits at 28th in April’s Top 100 Web Fonts list. Designed by Berlin-based typeface designer Hannes von Döhren, Klint blends precision with subtle humanist touches. The super family includes 30 fonts. You can choose from five weights, light to…
  • Sizing Up Readability & Legibility

    Jason Tselentis
    5 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    Print designers who were accustomed to setting type at small sizes—or who still set type at small sizes—should know that when it comes to type on digital displays, bigger is better. Although “big type” on the web has become its own style and even a trend, finding the right type size boils down to readability, legibility and, as always, a good user experience. But how big is too big, how small is too small? And which fonts work better than others? Although sizing body copy at 12 pixels will work, some experts consider body text below 16 pixels to be too small for digital displays…
  • Top 100 Web Fonts for March 2015

    Allan Haley
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    Below you’ll find a list of the top 100 most used fonts from the Web Fonts service during March. We’ll first take a closer look at a perennial favorite though: Trade Gothic. Since their initial release in the 1940s, the Trade Gothic® family has been a stable of North American graphic design. They were popular as fonts of metal type, as phototypesetting designs of the 1970s and 1980s and as digital fonts for print design. This popularity continues to this day, as the Trade Gothic family is ranked number one in the Web Font Service—ahead of both the Avenir®…
  • Building a Typographic Foundation with Style Sheets

    Jason Tselentis
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:39 am
    Over the past few years, the axiom “mobile first” has motivated designers to get online and reach their audiences by first considering how the site and experience will take shape on mobile devices. Initially this meant designing for the small screen on a phone, but over time, e-readers and tablets have become more prevalent than laptops and desktops, requiring solutions for a range of screen sizes. And designing for those multiple screens means making sure the typography works. Today, mobile first has become second nature, but in order to ensure the design works well on small to medium to…
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  • 35 Creative Typography Design Master pieces for your inspiration

    21 May 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Typography Design : Typography is one of the most fascinating elements of graphic design. If it’s web design, album art, posters, or any other type of graphic design, typographical inspiration can be a great resource for designers. Here we have added 35 Beautiful Typography Master pieces for your inspiration. read more
  • 25 Beautiful Modern Living Room Interior Design examples

    21 May 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Modern Living Room, Living Room Interior Design, Living Room Modern living room : Whether you’re enjoying family game night or entertaining guests during a party, there is no better place to congregate with family and friends than the living room or family room. True to its name, it's the space where you and your family truly live; you watch movies, read stories, roughhouse and maybe get some homework done. As the focal point of the home, it’s meant to be comfortable, with a cozy fireplace, practical furniture, fully stocked bookshelves and, of course, a nice big-screen TV. read…
  • Top 10 Famous Photography Schools in New York - Photography Classes NYC

    20 May 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Photography Classes NYC, Photography Schools NYC, Photography college NYC Experience in photography is a good quality in becoming a professional photographer. However, taking the game to the next level requires taking classes. If you’re in the Empire State, you can find a number of New York photography schools where you can study photography in depth. Gaining utmost competitiveness in photography is possible if you’re trained in the best photography schools. The following are some of the top schools in New York where you can sign up and start learning about photography as an art.
  • 20 Realistic Ballpoint Pen Drawings from African Artist Enam Bosokah

    20 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Pen drawing, pen drawings, Enam Bosokah Pen drawings : Enam Bosokah says, I want the public to know that I am just a young artist who is craving to do more. I really don't feel like I found my time in art just yet. For some time now we have big names come from Europe, Asia, and America. But here I am, I am coming from Africa. I want to make it all the way to the top. I want to be in so many different countries wanting my work. Regardless of what medium: my pen works, my sculptures, my paintings. 20 years from now, I want records of my art and how it was made a success. read more
  • 40 Creative Photo Collage Effects and Photoshop collage art works for your inspiration

    19 May 2015 | 5:44 pm
    Collage, Photo Collage, photoshop collage Photo Collage is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole. Collage is a specific technique of art that is made from different pieces of photos or artworks which create a new and special look. Now, you can make an Stunning Photo Collage works with Adobe Photoshop which has many inbuilt features for making different photo collage effects. read more
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  • 20 Twitter Accounts Travel Businesses Must Follow

    Mehreen Siddiqua
    25 May 2015 | 2:14 am
    An estimated US$ 7,580 billion in GDP. 277 million jobs across the planet. These were the contributions of the travel and tourism industry to the global economy in 2014. It is the ideal time to be a travel business entrepreneur, for there are significant revenues to be generated, and massive profits to be earned. Yet,… The post 20 Twitter Accounts Travel Businesses Must Follow appeared first on Think Design.
  • Persuasive Travel Design: 101 For Business

    Shyrose Vastani
    22 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    Do you realize that travel business is one of the most profitable businesses in the US? However, when it comes to marketing and promotions, many agencies fail to make an impact. This is the time of the year when most travelers would be making their summer holiday plans. You don’t want to miss this opportunity… The post Persuasive Travel Design: 101 For Business appeared first on Think Design.
  • Memorial Day Tribute in Posters

    Mehreen Siddiqua
    22 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Popular design elements in historic commemoration! It is the day we commemorate the brave soldiers who lost their lives while serving the country. It is a federal holiday in the United States when all Americans remember the sacrifices of military members, their spouses, children, and family members. That’s right, it’s about more than just the… The post Memorial Day Tribute in Posters appeared first on Think Design.
  • Increase Engagement with Futuristic Travel Poster Designs

    Shyrose Vastani
    20 May 2015 | 4:01 am
    Have you ever made travel plans simply because of the powerful imagery or photography observed on poster designs? You need to invoke a similar reaction through your visuals. Make your designs powerful enough to garner the desired response. Given the travel hype among the millennials, it should not be too hard for travel businesses to… The post Increase Engagement with Futuristic Travel Poster Designs appeared first on Think Design.
  • Local NJ Electric Contractor Succeeds with Senior Niche Marketing

    Kathleen Burns
    18 May 2015 | 11:02 am
    Digital marketing with visual content and social media is all the rage in the current market, but what about the seniors that lack the interest in computers or technology? How can a local business reach these people on a budget? The senior market is booming as the lifespan of each generation grows longer, and opportunities are… The post Local NJ Electric Contractor Succeeds with Senior Niche Marketing appeared first on Think Design.
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  • 75 Designers Revamp Hillary Clinton's Campaign Logo

    21 May 2015 | 10:38 pm
    When Hillary Clinton recently revealed her campaign logo for the 2016 Presidential race, opinions were divided, with the logos shape, colors, connotations and execution all coming under fire. We asked our global designer community to provide some alternative designs. Seventy-five designers revamped ... Read More
  • Getting Psychological About Brand Color

    21 May 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Color plays a vital role in shaping the way we understand the world, and when it comes to branding, there is no more important element. It’s not as simple as just going with your favorite shade either – check out these tips on how to make sure your color choice for your company branding can help gr... Read More
  • Good to Great: Start-up & Small Business Logos from the UK and Europe

    21 May 2015 | 2:36 am
    Start-ups and small businesses are known to stir things up, often in the best possible way. Not surprising then, that some of the most evocative logo designs often pop up in the start-up sector. Here we showcase some of the best designs coming out of the start-up scene in Uk and Europe over the las... Read More
  • Apple Car Contest: 3D Designers Imagine the Future of Driving

    20 May 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Rumors are running wild about the secret development of an Apple car (would that be the iCar?). Obviously we couldn't just stand by and wait patiently to see this epic project realized. As soon as we heard we got onto our highly skilled cohort of 3D designers and invited them show us what the future... Read More
  • Disney Goes Defiant: Your Favorite Characters Get An Attitude Makeover

    13 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Disney movies have long been beacons of traditional values and mainstream appeal, with most of their iconic characters staying within a fairly narrow mold of design and personality. At DesignCrowd we decided our favorite Disney characters should rebel and exhibit more attitude. What would our favor... Read More
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  • Career Advice for Young Graphic Designers

    Roberto Blake
    3 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Many Young Graphic Designers don’t know what it is really like to be a graphic designer or what they can expect in the Graphic Design industry. A lot of young people go into Graphic Design because they have a background in art and feel this is the appropriate career field for them based on that.Career Advice For Young Graphic DesignersFew of them don’t realize even in college that Graphic Design is more about Marketing and Advertising that is about Art in most cases, particularly when it comes to applying for a job.While Creativity and Artistic ability play an important role in…
  • How to Choose a Mac Laptop for Graphic Design

    Roberto Blake
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    Knowing what specs you should choose and which Mac Laptops are best suited to your Graphic Design, Photography or Video Editing work isn’t that simple for a non-technical person who needs something to work out of the box. Apple has made things slightly more confusing with the return of the Macbook to their laptop lineup. Now designers have one more choice standing between them and something simple… yes, that was an intentional dig, Steve Jobs retired the Macbook for a reason… several reasons actually…Currently Here Are Your Choices in Mac Laptops for Graphic Design and…
  • Graphic Design Portfolio Advice in 2015

    Roberto Blake
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Your Graphic Design Portfolio is one of the most important tools that will determine the direction your career takes at any given time. It is how you will get clients or jobs going forward. With that in mind there are something you need to understand about your portfolio that you may have never realized or been given outdated advice about. You have to empathize with employers, not industry peers, not professors but the people writing the checks. Keeping this in mind the ideas you have about your current portfolio may need to change drastically.Some of the most common questions I get from…
  • Graphic Design Laptops vs Desktops

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

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

  • 15 Modern Corporate Business Brochure Designs

    Yasir Jawaid
    24 May 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Modern Photoshop and Indesign Brochure Templates for corporate business or personal portfolio. These brochures design will help you save time and money in creating a professional corporate informant. Using these brochure templates, you can make not only annual report but it easy to show your business, corporate, public relations, financial company in modern and clean design. Brochure is easy to modify and use free fonts. Innovative and inspiring corporate Tri-Fold, Bi-Fold brochure designs used for all business purpose. Fully editable layers or colors shape layers, print ready (CMYK/3mm…
  • Flat Websites Design – 26 New Examples

    Muhammad Faisal
    23 May 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Flat websites beautiful trend is fading out in 2015! We all know Flat design become the most popular and trendy in last couple of years, but it’s fading in 2015! But I love flat design and today’s we are gathered fresh websites with unique look following the flat-design trend.  Related article: Web Design Trends in 2015 & Graphic Design Trends 2015. The flat UI design refers to a style of interface design which removes any stylistic design choices that gives the three dimensional effect and hence is focused upon the minimal use of simple elements, flat colors and…
  • 20 Corporate Creative Business Card PSD Templates

    Muhammad Faisal
    22 May 2015 | 4:22 pm
    New professional business cards PSD template design for any corporate organization or personal. Highly detailed, simplistic, modern business card templates with fully editable Photoshop Layered PSD, AI and EPS files. We always strive to bring you the best of the best, and business card templates are always top quality. In this post, you will see highest quality print ready business cards created by professional designers. All designs are elegant, creative, neat, and well organized with creative concept design with professional look. You may be interested in the following related articles…
  • 12 Fresh Free Fonts for Designers

    Muhammad Faisal
    20 May 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Modern free fonts for calligraphy, typography, web and graphic projects. These fonts are best to enhance your design. All fonts are free for designers to use in commercial or personal projects. High-quality fonts can significantly improve your design by simply included them in the project you are working on. You can use these fonts in a logo, tattoo, badges, emblems, titles, posters, Packaging, t-shirts/clothing, greeting cards, and wedding invitations, etc. Free fonts are available for Windows and MAC in truetype and opentype format. Check out more high quality commercial fonts, and…
  • How to Create a Mobile Friendly Website with Qards

    Muhammad Faisal
    19 May 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Flat. Responsive. User scenario. UX. UI. Patterns. Grid. Flow. iA. Mockups. These are only few buzzwords for anyone who builds responsive websites. If you aim to be one of these guys who rock the digital world, than stick to us and find out more. There’s no Future for Mobile Websites. The Future is Now. It’s a fact that people are spending an amount period of time playing with their mobile gadgets: smartphones, iPad or Apple Watch.  Starting from here, business owners are becoming aware of the huge impact that mobile devices have into our lives. That’s why, adapting to these trends is…
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  • Artist Paints Seaside Murals While Balancing on His Paddle

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

    The Designer Wall
    24 May 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Phree lets you write, draw, annotate, and express yourself in countless other ways. On virtually any surface.   You will never forget an idea again in case you have no paper to write on with it. This amazing pen lets you translate your ideas into drawings and notes and put them into your smartphone.   It even functions as a headset and has an integrated screen for brief texts. When you get one, just write back and send. Phree lets you go beyond the screen to express yourself more quickly and easily. To find out more about Phree’s other features, go here and support its…
  • Your Guide to Creating a Successful Design Inspiration Blog

    Christopher Benitez
    22 May 2015 | 2:36 am
    Building a successful blog may sound like a daunting task. But what was once a complicated process has been demystified and broken down into simple procedures that even a layman will easily understand. This is due to the numerous online guides out there – like the one from First Site Guide ( – that teach beginners how to launch a blog from scratch.   However, the process for building a blog that’s highly targeted to a specific niche may be different. If your passion lies on design, you may want to consider creating a design inspiration blog…
  • Outstanding Origami Sculpture of Animals by Quyet Hoang Tien

    The Designer Wall
    10 May 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Quyet Hoang Tien, an origami artist from Vietnam is giving life and makes everything interesting on every pieces of paper he is folding. Through the ancient Japanese art of folding, he manage to create delicate and beautiful pieces of decorative sculptures of animals on papers.   Using a special technique in origami called ‘Wet Folding’, Quyet dampens each piece of paper before skillfully folding them into his envisioned models with smooth curves instead of the common sharp, geometric styles.   via: DesignTaxi   To view more of his artworks, check out some of his origami…
  • FREE Vintage Textures and Color Overlays For Your Photo Effects

    The Designer Wall
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:14 pm
                                    4 free hi-res abstract textures with vintage grunge style from Cruzine Design exclusive for Dealjumbo! Great for your vintage designs or photo effects. Enjoy   Download Now!   2 free hi-res abstract textures with vintage grunge style from Cruzine Design exclusive for Dealjumbo! Great for your vintage photo effects. Enjoy Dowload Now!   Share this to your fellow artists! FREE Vintage Textures and Color Overlays For Your Photo Effects is a post from: The Designer Wall…
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  • 5 Tips When Hiring a Graphic Designer

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

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

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

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

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

    Vladimir Gendelman
    12 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    107 Incredible Postcard Designs to Inspire Your CreativityThere’s one little secret that every print designer needs to know about postcards: with the right design, they’re arguably the most effective form of print marketing for a business. People don’t throw away postcards as often as they do other direct mail, and the best looking postcards live on as collectible works of art. Many [...]
  • 69 Enchantingly Elegant Photoshop Brushes

    Vladimir Gendelman
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    69 Enchantingly Elegant Photoshop BrushesSomewhere along the way, the human race evolved to have an innate fondness for anything in a pretty package. We adorn our gifts with ribbons and paper, we fill our homes with objects that serve no other purpose than looking nice-and of course, we beautify our designs with elegant ornaments. This collection of elegant Adobe [...]
  • The 23 Worst Movie Posters (And the Design Lessons They Teach)

    Vladimir Gendelman
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    The 23 Worst Movie Posters (And the Design Lessons They Teach)Want to see some of the worst print graphic design you’ll ever encounter in your life? Just take a trip to your nearest cinema. Movie studios put so much money into promoting their products that we hold their marketing to a higher standard than practically any other form of print media. As a culture, we [...]
  • How to Fire Your Design Clients the Right Way

    Vladimir Gendelman
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    How to Fire Your Design Clients the Right WayLetting go of a graphic design client is a lot like breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend; it’s not exactly pleasant, and it might even be someone you actually like, but sometimes it just has to be done. Breaking off a professional relationship nicely is a delicate operation, and chances are you don’t have [...]
  • Image File Types Explained: Which Format Should You Use?

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

  • 5 Reasons Designers Should Learn to Code

    15 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    There are many web designers that believe web design and coding are separate disciplines. However, there are several strong reasons why today’s designers should familiarize themselves with code. Keep reading to learn some of them. 1. You’ll Enjoy More Freedom If you’re a designer who doesn’t know anything about coding, that means you’ll probably stay ... The post 5 Reasons Designers Should Learn to Code appeared first on Design Roast.
  • What Skills Do Web Designers Need in 2015?

    12 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    As a web designer, whether you’re starting out or experienced, you need to remain versatile and knowledgeable in several different areas. For example, HTML and CSS are core elements in the web design process but you’ll need to know much more if your plan is to create a responsive website. Concepts like HTML, CSS, and ... The post What Skills Do Web Designers Need in 2015? appeared first on Design Roast.
  • How to Work Wireframing into Your Design Process

    5 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Wireframing is the process of laying out the user interface (UI) for your app before you actually start designing or programming. The idea behind wireframing is to have a visual understanding of what your app will look like to people who use it, so you can code accordingly. There are several ways you can practice ... The post How to Work Wireframing into Your Design Process appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 7 Print Design Blogs You Should Be Reading

    21 Apr 2015 | 5:57 am
    Print design – the original format for design – is no less important than it was in the past. While digital design has become a major focus, print design is critical for designers looking for ways to attract new customers, to expand offerings and to help build brands offline. Need to brush up on your ... The post 7 Print Design Blogs You Should Be Reading appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 12 Most Ridiculous Reasons to Redesign Your Site

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Redesigning a website is an expensive and laborious undertaking. Yet, for some reason, people find the most ridiculous excuses to do it, spending lots of time and money in the process. Read these twelve “ridiculous reasons” to see if you’re approaching your website redesign with faulty rationale. 1. Copying your competition’s design When you see ... The post 12 Most Ridiculous Reasons to Redesign Your Site appeared first on Design Roast.
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    Inkbot Design

  • Web Design Trends That Will Rule In 2015

    5 May 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Check out the Web Design Trends That Will Rule In 2015. The post Web Design Trends That Will Rule In 2015 is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Massimo Vignelli

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Who was Massimo Vignelli and what was he famous for? Check out this short biography of the famous Designer with his work, quotes and books for reference. The post Massimo Vignelli is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Mark Zuckerberg’s Famous Business Cards

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

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

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

  • A designers guide to creating logo files

    Ian Paget
    4 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    So you’ve designed a logo and your clients agreed the design too. Excellent! Now we save and send the file and we’re done? Not quite… If you want to do a professional job, there’s a little more work you need to do. The logo will be used in different situations. Be it large or small, black or white, print or web. Whatever the situation, as a professional designer you will want to do all you can to ensure it looks good in every one of them. You will need to send a number of different files, each intended for a different purpose, so it’s important to know what files you’re…
  • The discoveries from a logo treasure hunt

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

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

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

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

  • Why You need Print and Digital Advertising

    Adam Godsall
    25 May 2015 | 3:20 am
    Why You need Print and Digital Advertising. Both print and digital marketing are formidable forms of promoting your brand, product or services. We give you 3 key points of why it is important to utilise both in your day to day running of your business, and also some insight to a recent study in the USA that gives a great explanation of why it is so important and why it is important for any business in any country to take on board. Three reasons a combined method of marketing work. 1. More Marketing Platforms Equal More Conversions and Higher Sales Typically it can take 12 points of contact…
  • Google Plus Out The Dark Sends First Tweet

    Adam Godsall
    12 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    First tweet in 4 years for Google Plus According to its Twitter profile, the sluggish social network developed an account (@GooglePlus) in July 2011 but just tweeted on Friday 1st of May 2015 the following: Hello Twitterverse! Can we get some love for our #firstTweet? — GooglePlus (@GooglePlus) May 1, 2015 It really is peculiar timing on Google Plus’s element, not just since Google Plus launched in June 2011, but also mainly because Google said in March it would dismantle the service into two separate solutions: streams and pictures. News of the Google Plus split wasn’t a…
  • Social Media Promoting

    Adam Godsall
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:29 am
    Social pathway to your customers Social media marketing and advertising is a expression that is applied to explain marketing and advertising tactics that are centred on social media web pages as, Twitter, FB, YouTube and Pinterest amongst others. This strategy of marketing and advertising is made to employ social internet websites exactly where companies are able to interact with shoppers on a personalized level. This marketing and advertising system is made to enable companies to grow to be much more approachable and pleasant in the eyes of their shoppers. It can also be applied to attain…
  • The Big Google Update is Now

    Adam Godsall
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:32 pm
    It is been formally verified by Google that, following Today (April 21, 2015) websites optimized for mobile viewing will score bigger ranks than the non-mobile websites sites in mobile search. Website owners had effectively predicted this from the search engine giant when it was found out that more than 84% of the smartphone users (1.4 Billion users all around the world) prefer mobile products than desktop for exploring the net. How Google update has an effect on small and startup business? It is definitely critical to keep a business web site optimised for smartphones viewing. Most of the…
  • Search Engine Optimisation Methods for E-Commerce

    Adam Godsall
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Why SEO is important for E-Commerce More businesses these days are launching e-commerce internet websites, enabling them to trade on the net and reach a world audience. Contrary to time long ago, today firms can market themselves on the net and develop their consumer foundation to wherever in the world, by enabling their customers to choose the products they want and order them straight from their personal computing device in the convenience of their personal dwelling. In simple fact the variety of on the net product sales is growing by the day and firms are taking advantage of this to…
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    Branding Agency, London

  • What Is A Whitepaper?

    24 May 2015 | 3:00 am
      Whitepaper is a bit of a buzzword at the moment – especially in the blogs that we’ve  been reading […] The post What Is A Whitepaper? appeared first on Branding Agency, London.
  • Five Tips To Utilise Facebook For Your Small Business

    19 May 2015 | 5:12 am
    We love to share with our lovely audience the information that we have picked up since starting our business so […] The post Five Tips To Utilise Facebook For Your Small Business appeared first on Branding Agency, London.
  • What Is Data Visualisation?

    10 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    What Is Data Visualisation? Data Visualisation is the art of showing large amounts of data in a creative way, either […] The post What Is Data Visualisation? appeared first on Branding Agency, London.
  • Lyndon Hayes | Illustrator | Interview

    3 May 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Artist of the Month | Lyndon Hayes This month we’ve managed to nab the amazingly talented illustrator Lyndon Hayes to […] The post Lyndon Hayes | Illustrator | Interview appeared first on Branding Agency, London.
  • Four Fantastic Creative Minds We Admire

    3 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Four Fantastic Creative Minds We Admire In a world full of amazing business men and women and inspiring success stories […] The post Four Fantastic Creative Minds We Admire appeared first on Branding Agency, London.
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    Online Free Tools

  • RationalPlan: Collaborative Project Management Tools

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

    Kamran Khan
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:09 am
    Many of us generally believe that the use of Microsoft Word has become such a routine that we are simply locked on to it. The software and brand have got such a perception, that it makes people think there is no replacement for it. As if there was no Microsoft Word, the things that are dependent on it would cease to exist. Such dependability is what makes the company continue to evolve and keep
  • Rankaware: Free Keyword Rank Checker ( Monitor SERPs Quickly)

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

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

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

  • Secrets to planning your next literature design piece

    18 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    Every piece of literature design and print is different. From the market it’s to be used within, to the product or service it’s selling, to the brand / supplier that’s selling itself, to the format and length of the collateral. That’s why it’s imperative to create a clear plan about the purpose, structure and overall narrative of your literature piece. Here are a few pointers to what you ought to consider when planning and briefing your next piece of literature design… What is it all about? If you can sum up the purpose of your literature piece in a…
  • Direct Mail – Make things CLEAR

    18 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    Simplicity in design and visual structure is key to helping get your message across. In direct mail it’s even more important than that! For the purposes of illustrating the point, albeit in an advert as opposed to a direct mail piece, consider the next Apple advert you see – lots of white space, a hero product shot, a headline, a short bit of supporting copy, possibly a price, then a call to action. There’s often not much more to the Apple communications than that. Done simply. Done effectively. (Of course, our interpretation of it is influenced by our personal…
  • Recent new logo designs

    10 May 2015 | 2:15 am
    Brand identity and logo design is something we love working on for our clients. Whether for a new start up company or one that is looking to refresh their brand, taking a fresh look at things always gets the creative juices going. We’ve recently completed new logo designs for a number of Gloucestershire based businesses. A few of which are below. BodyTruth is run by Liza Phillips, a Systematic Kinesiology Practitioner, based in Gloucestershire. Liza asked us to design a new logo that can act as the platform for her brand to take off during 2015 – 16. Following the design of the…
  • Stand out. Simple examples.

    6 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    One of the roles of graphic design is to help you stand out. Whether it’s your brand, your message, your marketing collateral, your image…Whatever it is, if ‘it’ doesn’t stand out from your competition and the surrounding environment it is unlikely to do as good a job as it ought to. Which is where graphic design comes in. Good graphic design helps you get noticed. Below are just a few very, very simple examples of how changing one or two small things can have a significant difference. It’s a very basic example. There’s nothing very scientific about…
  • What to spend your marketing budget on?

    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Depending upon your industry, your experience, even your personal gut feel, as a business owner or marketeer you’ll have your own idea on what to spend your marketing budget on. And how much to allocate to each channel. But it’s worth taking a step back once in a while and reviewing whether what you’re doing is the best for your business. Have a read of this article on Marketing Week (you may need to register to gain access…it is free) about Pret a Manger. In the highly competitive world of the brunch / lunch on the run trade, you’d assume that advertising would…
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    FeedBlitz News

  • No Support Today, Monday May 25 2015

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

    Phil Hollows
    13 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Want your subscriber email blog updates to be more than a rehash of your blog posts? Splendid! Because now they can be, as the FeedBlitz EZ Template editor just keeps getting better. Want to extract your blog’s main photo and use it as a “hero image” at the top of your mailing for extra impact? Now you can. Perhaps you need thumbnails for daily or weekly digests with many posts? Done and done. In addition to adding more dynamic content such as pins from Pinterest, pictures from Instagram and (New!) the latest from Tumblr, we are now giving you much more flexibility in how…
  • No Phone Support Today, Tuesday, May 12th.

    Phil Hollows
    12 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    Telephone support will be unavailable today; live chat (from the top toolbar) and email support will still be available during east coast business hours, however. Phone support will be added back on Wednesday, May 13th.        Related StoriesNo Support Today, Monday May 25 2015Resolved: Overnight click-through issuesFeeds, Clicks and DNS Problems 
  • Power Email Marketing with FeedBlitz

    Phil Hollows
    11 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Did you know we have great power email marketing capabilities? While FeedBlitz is best known for its RSS feed powered email automation (corporate engineering motto: If it moves, automate it), we’ve been steadily increasing FeedBlitz’s traditional email marketing capabilities as well. In case you missed it, here’s a quick summary of our “Newsflash” emailing function, which is used for “traditional” (i.e. manually produced) newsletters, updates and sales pieces: New:Draft mailings from blog posts, and then edit before mailing; New: The ability to mail…
  • New: Add Pins, Instagram to your Subscriber Emails!

    Phil Hollows
    4 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    When is an email to your subscribers not simply an email to your subscribers? When it’s a platform for your other social media activity to better engage, inform and entertain your readers, that’s when. Many of you are active on Pinterest and Instagram, curating and creating engaging and persuasive graphics and photos. But most of you are not including those photos in your email updates to your subscribers, and that means you’re missing out on opportunities to broaden your email audience’s experience with your brand, as well as delivering a more interesting mailing.
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    Album Art for Musicians & Wallpapers Backgrounds for iPhone, Android

  • Circular Retro Shape Cover Photo Wallpaper

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

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

    15 May 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Recent DownloadsOcean Waves Sky Tide Circle Cover Photo WallpaperHuge Wave On The Sands Tablet Phone Wallpaper Background.Sitting By The Shore Cover Photo WallpaperNorway Fjord And Sunlight Landscape Water Sea Cover Photo WallpaperAWESOME.. Below A Breaking Wave Share This! The post Surfer On The Waves Landscape Cover Photo Wallpaper appeared first on Album Art for Musicians & Wallpapers Backgrounds for iPhone, Android.
  • Planet Egg Cover Photo Wallpaper

    15 May 2015 | 9:37 pm
    Recent DownloadsChile’s Observatory Telescope Looking At Starry Night Milky Way Cover Photo WallpaperAnimated Planets of the Galaxy Around Sun Cover Photo WallpaperNASA Satellite Orbits Earth Tablet Phone Wallpaper BackgroundEarth Atmosphere View From Space Telescope NASA Cover Photo WallpaperNASA Space Shuttle In The Atmosphere Cover Photo Wallpaper Share This! The post Planet Egg Cover Photo Wallpaper appeared first on Album Art for Musicians & Wallpapers Backgrounds for iPhone, Android.
  • Volcanic Lava Flow Magma Cover Photo Wallpaper

    10 May 2015 | 9:28 pm
    Recent DownloadsVolcano National Geographic Nature Mountain Lava Flow Cover Photo WallpaperDigital Horse Zebra Destruction Artwork Tree Cover Photo WallpaperAerial View of Volcanic Mount Shasta or White Mountain in California Cover Photo WallpaperObsidian Tablet Phone Wallpaper BackgroundGrey and White Striped Zebra Nature Pattern in Gray Cover Photo Wallpaper Share This! The post Volcanic Lava Flow Magma Cover Photo Wallpaper appeared first on Album Art for Musicians & Wallpapers Backgrounds for iPhone, Android.
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  • 50+ Brilliant Examples of Brand Identity Design for Your Restaurant

    22 May 2015 | 3:14 am
    How you brand your business is very important. So, creating a memorable brand identity is a powerful ways to help your business stand out in the minds of your customers and help customers remember your business. This post showcases 50 brilliant examples of brand identity design that related with Restaurant brand. Ranging from print to digital, these different brands will give you a better idea of what you need to do to get it right. Recommended reading: – Monthly best brand identity designs archives – Freebie: High Quality Corporate Identity / Stationery Mock-Up – 15…
  • Begginer’s Guide to Memorable Marketing (Infographic)

    Eko S
    20 May 2015 | 4:08 am
    You just starting a new business, and you know today is more difficult to stand out from the crowd and grab your costumer’s attention. In this easy-to-digest infographic, by the team at will guide you through the complete process of developing your creative business marketing and sticks with your audience. Start from defining your brand to maximising your social marketing then offer customers real-world value. They’ve covered all you need to make a good start. Please click on the image to enlarge Your Turn The tips and tricks within the infographic above can…
  • 34 Best Logo Designs of April 2015

    Eko S
    18 May 2015 | 4:22 am
    In every second that is passing through the gates of time, a new logo is designed. This statement is rather poetic than a known fact, but is not far from reality. Internet is continuously growing and developing and changing so is natural for anything related to Internet to be on constant move. Coders, designers or just simple users are taking benefits from this world and its expansion. We stated every month that choosing the best logos of the previous month was a difficult but a pleasant task and we are delighted to offer you what we consider to be the best logos of the month. This month is…
  • How The Big Brands are Using The Power of Colors

    Eko S
    14 May 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Any designer or entrepreneur is aware of the fact that the power of visual communication can’t be ever ignored. It’s the base of how each of us is seeing the world. A visual representation is processed 60,000 times faster than text and people remember 80% of what they see. As a comparison, people remember only 10% of what they hear. These statistics may not precisely reveal the truth, but it’s undeniable that visualization is playing a huge role in our lives and many of our decisions are based on it. Of course, the information that is gathered from what you see is vital in branding and…
  • Freebie: Froala Responsive Landing Page

    Eko S
    12 May 2015 | 5:35 am
    Today, we’re happy to present a flat and clean website landing page template – Froala. A perfect one page parallax landing page template for corporate, agency, nonprofit, freelancer or general business. The template was created with Froala Design Kit, a modern design library that comes with neat HTML5 and CSS3 design blocks ready to be combined together to create astonishing websites. Let’s check it out! Features Highly Customizable Fully Responsive Parallax Effects Clean Layout Cross Browser Compatibility Clean Code Preview Have a look at the complete website: Download the…
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    All design talk

  • Inspiring Packaging Design

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Work of Von Glitschka

    James George
    17 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Von Glitschka I do a lot of illustrative work here on Design Crawl, such as graphics and icons, but if you want to see a real master at work, you should take a look at Von Glitschka. If you’ve never heard of him, his “small boutique design firm” as he calls it, does illustrative design work for some of the biggest names in business. Let’s take a look at Von Glitschka and the tremendous amount of great work he’s done. Quick Bio Glitschka went to the Burnley school of Art in Seattle and graduated in 1986. This was the pre-digital era, but in 1991 he started in digital at a new job.
  • Free Watercolor Vector Elements You’ll Love

    James George
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Watercolor Vector Elements As a young artist, I was always fascinated by the beauty of watercolors. Watercolor art has a unique appearance, especially when you get into mixing colors. There’s just something about the texture of the pain itself, when it’s applied to different types of paper. Watercolor artwork is great for landscapes and anything organic. It has a naturally organic look by nature. That’s why I’m excited about today’s free collection by Freepik. They are providing an exclusive set of watercolor vector elements. If you love watercolors much as I do,…
  • The Unnecessary Hillary Clinton Logo Debate

    James George
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    The Hillary Clinton Logo It’s easy for everyone to jump on the bandwagon about a particular subject. The problem as, a lot of people have jumped on the bandwagon, when I don’t think it’s necessary. The bandwagon I’m talking about is the Hillary Clinton logo debacle. For some reason, everyone is attacking the Hillary Clinton logo like an angry mob. While I don’t think that the Hillary Clinton logo was the best logo design of ever seen, it certainly isn’t the worst. Let’s take a look at the Hillary Clinton logo and decide for ourselves whether it is a…
  • The New Lexmark Logo and Its Significance

    James George
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:04 am
    Branching off from computer powerhouse, IBM, Lexmark has stood on its own as a maker of office printers for quite a while. Like most companies, when they want to reposition themselves or open their company up to new opportunities, they revamp their logo. Let’s take a look at the new Lexmark logo and its significance. The Old Logo Lexmark’s old logo wasn’t bad. It served them for years, and was a recognizable logo that wasn’t goofy or misshapen. It had a professional look for the business world, and represented quality, dependability, and durability. The red diamond made me think of a…
  • Super Modified: A Showcase of Creative Work

    James George
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    About Super Modified As designers we are expected to be a well-spring of creativity. Try as we may, sometimes we just can’t get the juices flowing. It can take a little inspiration to help get the wheels turning. If you are like me, you like having a collection of books and inspiring works around to thumb through when you need a little inspiration. Behance has just the thing for you. Super Modified is a book of some of the best creative work you can find on Behance. Super modified is a curated collection of creative work from all over the world. They had been to go to place for…
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  • Best and Worst Things About being a Graphic Designer

    Boyana Atanasova
    21 May 2015 | 2:32 am
    Just like any other job, graphic design has its pros and cons. Many people can only see the positives in working as someone who uses their creativity all day long. However, there are also the pessimists who only see the cons of working in a competitive field such as graphic design. To help you make up your own mind about the profession, we have compiled a list of the best and worst things about being a graphic designer. Enjoy! Best things about being a graphic designer You get to work with creative people The graphic design profession allows you to meet and work with like minded people who…
  • The 10 Best Typography Websites for Font Nerds

    Tom McCallum
    19 May 2015 | 1:15 am
    To most people, a font is simply something you select from a list on a word processing programme; to those in the know, however, the world of fonts is an endless source of delight. For graphic designers, web developers, editors, artists, illustrators and many others, the art of typography has become a thing to be celebrated in its own right. Slowly but surely the amazing world of font design is breaking into the mainstream, with even the most passive in society developing a deep hatred of Comic Sans. With all of this new enthusiasm, there have been some fantastic resources popping up…
  • 8 Tips for Using Black and White Photography Like a Professional

    Tom McCallum
    14 May 2015 | 1:14 am
    In the hands of a professional photographer, black and white photography can be incredibly effective. Without the distraction of colour, black and white photographs draw the emotion to the fore, highlight contrast, and somehow make previously bland images appear more artistic. There is a common misconception among amateur photographers, however, that turning any photograph black and white instantly makes it professional. This is a proven fallacy and in many ways, achieving success with black and white photography is far more challenging than it is with colour. In order to help you improve…
  • The 5 Biggest Threats Facing Professional Photographers (and How to Beat Them)

    Creative Drum
    11 May 2015 | 1:06 am
    Thousands of creative people worldwide aspire to one day become professional photographers. Very few, however, have the determination to follow their aspirations and face up to the hard work needed to succeed. If you do have what it takes, you will soon uncover many challenges that could well put you off continuing. However, as with all challenges, with a little resolve there is always a way to beat them. Listed below are 5 common challenges facing aspiring professional photographers today, and advice on how to overcome them. Photo by naixn licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 1.
  • A Line in the Sand: The Amazing Beach Murals of Andres Amador

    Tom McCallum
    8 May 2015 | 5:47 am
    Armed with nothing but a rake and a rope, earthscape artist Andres Amador has been creating some of the most striking art installations in the USA. Along stretches of beach on the Northern California coastline, he masterfully etches incredible geometric shapes and patterns into the sand, creating art works that, when viewed from above, form stunningly intricate and eerily other-worldly works of art. Andres’s innovative beach murals have caught the attention of art fans worldwide, not just for the detail of the patterns, but for the sheer scale of the designs. Some of Andres’s…
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  • Fallen Art – Platige Image

    13 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    “Fallen Art” was the second short directed by Tomek Bagiński. It’s a war story with a big dose of black humor that required a form lighter in tone, with a more tongue-in-cheek look of the characters and their environments. The music plays a very important role in the short. “Asfalt Tango” by the Balkan band Fanfare Ciocarlia facilitates the transition into the world of weary soldiers inhabiting the abandoned military base. Rafał Wojtunik was responsible for the visual concept of the movie. The post Fallen Art – Platige Image appeared first on All We Design.
  • RenderMan vs Arnold in Maya Comparison

    13 May 2015 | 10:42 am
    Check out this comparison of RenderMan and Arnold in Maya. RenderMan has just been released as a free version so many people are excited to try out the amazing Pixar render engine. The post RenderMan vs Arnold in Maya Comparison appeared first on All We Design.
  • In The Tall Grass – Animated Short Horror Film

    12 May 2015 | 6:57 pm
    Joseph is mentally deviated. He is a prisoner of his own flat and always in permanent war with his own mind. In reality, where desires, memories and nightmares is mixed together, there’s no escape for the tortured soul. He either win this battle or will be condemned forever In The Tall Grass Is probably one of only few animations made in genre of psychological thriller, with deeper meaning. Director – Alexii Muftoll Art, Design, Texturing – Nadia Dubijansky Sound Design – Arjen Schut Modeling – Federico Lusthaus Animation – Isca Mayo Motion Capture…
  • Cinema 4D and RealFlow Tutorial – Josh Clos

    12 May 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Check out this Cinema 4D tutorial that combines RealFlow to create an interesting simulation. The post Cinema 4D and RealFlow Tutorial – Josh Clos appeared first on All We Design.
  • State Zero – Post Apocalyptic Short by Andrée Wallin

    12 May 2015 | 2:49 pm
    In the near future, the capital of Sweden has turned into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. we join four soldiers on a routine mission in ‘zone 3’, with the assignment to investigate an old surveillance tower that just went offline. That’s the setting in first-time director Andrée Wallin’s short film. With Andrées direction, renowned visual concepts and designs, this short film is something extraordinary. Shot in London with an international cast, exteriors shot in Stockholm and incredible CGI and VFX by Bläck, this looks like an excerpt from a big budget blockbuster. The post State…
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