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  • 10 Tips to Keep in Mind When Designing Websites for Startups

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    Jacob Cass
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    This article has been contributed by Ezequiel Ortuno. There are times in the lives of designers when they have to craft websites for startups as opposed to creating sites for established names in the business. Websites for startups are a real challenge because very often a startup’s online identity is their sole branding tool, a point of contact with their target audience and a sales outlet all rolled into one. Website designers have a huge responsibility on their hands and cannot afford to take things for granted. At one end they must make sure that the website is a reflection of…
  • Using InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop Together: Colors and Swatches - Graphics
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Rating: 4.8/5Body: Next to fonts, colors are probably the most important aspect of InDe-Illu-Shop work. But there are so many mysteries about color and the programs almost handle colors similarly—except when they don't. Here is a look at where the programs work perfectly together, and where differ. Syncing Color Settings When Adobe joined its programs into a Creative Suite, one of the first thing they did was make it super-easy to sync all the color settings for printing. This meant that all three programs would work to make colors look as similar as possible. Unfortunately, it's…
  • 1,800 vector illustrations, typographs, logotypes, pictograms and illustrations for infographics, ads, web or print media

    Graphic Design & Publishing Center
    Fred Showker
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    Yes, and while we're going back to (design) school, what do designers need more than anything? Good inspiration, that's what. So, here's another huge collection of top-quality vector illustrations we think you'll really like. read more
  • 20 Premium Photoshop Actions You Must Have

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

    Inkbot Design
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:38 am
    Marketing experts claim that consumers only remember your brand after 6-7 encounters. Clearly then, companies must pay close attention to every brand interaction and ensure that it leaves behind a positive impression.The post Social Media Tips for Brands is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
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  • 600 Vector fonts for screen printing, CnC machine cut work, laser cutting, engraving, embroidery, vinyl cutting and anywhere you need clean vectors

    Fred Showker
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    If you're in the design business, and happen to do arts and graphics for screen printing, CnC machine cut work, laser cutting, engraving, embroidery, vinyl cutting, or frisket cutting, then you really do know the real value of clean vector fonts. Most of the amateurs these days achieve unique decorative fonts by layer styles and other "cheats" ... but when you need clean vectors, the amateurs don't cut it. You need real vector fonts. You get vector fonts one of two waysread more
  • Creative Update #177: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration

    Fred Showker
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    From tips for freelancing to secret messages in logos, the Creative Tidbits quest rolls on through July and into August with these and other creative starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go: 4 Big freelancing mistakes I’ve made and what to learn from themPhoto Posts Spark the Most Engagement on FacebookWhat Secret Message Is Hiding In The Wendy's Logo? Natasha Law : delicate lines, fields of color Proven: Great Copywriters Wield Great Power ... and more ! read more
  • 1,800 vector illustrations, typographs, logotypes, pictograms and illustrations for infographics, ads, web or print media

    Fred Showker
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    Yes, and while we're going back to (design) school, what do designers need more than anything? Good inspiration, that's what. So, here's another huge collection of top-quality vector illustrations we think you'll really like. read more
  • 60-Seconds #313 : Google Link Removal schemes raise a lot of questions

    Fred Showker
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Ever since the bottom dropped out of the Google AdSense revenue I've searched and puzzled for an answer without success. Then I began getting Link-Removal requests from sites I had vetted long ago. Then one day Chuck Green, owner of the Jumpola web site asked a question on Facebook. The comments to that question inspired me to share my experiences with Amazon affiliates, Google, Panda, Penguin, SEO, searches, link removal requests, and the cybercrime industry. read more
  • Photoshop BACK TO (Design) SCHOOL Madness

    Fred Showker
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    Well, as you know, all good things must come to an end ... so it's true with Summer giving way to fall ... time for some true Photoshop Madness . . . and since many of you are working on "Back to School" promotions, here are some very cool files to get you goingCreate a Bulletin Board With Realistic Shadows, Part IICreate a Handmade "Back to School" Style PostcardHow to Make Your Own Chalkboard PrintablesSchool Doodles Brushes in simple drawingsVector Back to school Background Back-to-school psd clipart . . . and MORE read more
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  • Only 1 day left to get the ultimate design library

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Don’t miss your chance to get the biggest design bundle ever seen at an incredible price! This brand-new bundle contains thousands of different resources worth an incredible $25,000+ from design heavyweights such as Designious, DesignTNT & Vectorious. Everything you could possibly need for creating marvelous pieces of art is in this massive library – and even more than that. From vectors to PS brushes, t-shirts, fonts, and more at your fingertips! It’s only available for one more day, so hurry up! The post Only 1 day left to get the ultimate design library appeared first on…
  • Make it personal with 30 free handwritten fonts

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Free handwritten fonts have been gaining popularity recently. Coming in various styles, they can be the typography of choice for you. Want to make your writing look more personal, unique and appealing? You’ve found your answer. However, there are a lot of handwritten fonts (both free and not so much) available online. It’s easy to get lost. That’s why we’ve decided to pick the most outstanding (and free!) solutions and share them with you. Handwritten fonts became popular in the 19th-20th century. These were widely used among people who were working in the advertizing field and wanted…
  • Miniature dioramas by Akihiro Morohoshi

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Akihiro Morohoshi enjoys creating miniature models, but he doesn’t do it the traditional way. The Japanese artist creates miniature worlds on surprising everyday object, like Pringles boxes or guitars. Every detail in the tiny sculpture is perfectly executed. You can discover more on the artist’s website. The post Miniature dioramas by Akihiro Morohoshi appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Spectacular leaf cuttings by Omid Asadi

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Omid Asadi likes the patterns in leaves and regrets that too many people overlook it. He decided to make the beauty he sees in the leaves obvious for others also by creating amazing leaf cutting with very detailed scenes. The post Spectacular leaf cuttings by Omid Asadi appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • 10 awesome examples of experimental typography

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    It’s often difficult to draw a line between regular or experimental typography. In this post I share some of the cool typographic project that I consider as exeperimental. 1. Evolution of type This is the latest iteration of the amazing “Evolution of type” series by Andreas Scheiger. 2. The zipper font A Greek font that zips up. It was created by Antonis Margaronis. 3. Paper type Typography made of paper, with nice little patterns on it. A project by Tsubaki Studio. 4. Idaho wine Poster artwork for a documentary film about Idaho’s wine regions, wineries, makers and…
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  • The Bike Design Project Teams Reveal Their Entries

    Levent Ozler
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:55 pm
    The five competing teams in "The Bike Design Project," a pioneering bike design competition which partners five high-level design firms with American bicycle craftsmen to create the Ultimate Urban Utility Bike, have revealed their entries.
  • Victor Landweber: American Cameras

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Victor Landweber: American Cameras, on view at the Joseph Bellows Gallery from July 26 to September 6, 2014, features a visually seductive group of vintage cameras isolated on a black background.
  • My Trademark Can Beat Up Your Trademark

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Organized by AIGA San Francisco, My Trademark Can Beat Up Your Trademark is a brown bag discussion looking at the legal implications of creation successful brand identities.
  • Fred Perry Bangkok by BuckleyGrayYeoman

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    BuckleyGrayYeoman recently designed Fred Perry's international store in Bangkok Thailand.
  • ASID and McGraw Hill Release Interior Design Data Excerpt

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and McGraw Hill Construction have created an Interior Design Data Excerpt based upon the recently released "The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings: The Market Drivers and Impact of Building Design and Construction on Occupant Health, Well-Being and Productivity" to highlight information that is of interest to the design community.
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  • Make Stories Come Alive with Jodi Harvey-Brown Book Sculpture

    George Nacpil
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    One artist breathes new life into old books turning it into amazing sculptures of various people and fictional characters. Pennsylvania-based artist Jodi Harvey-Brown has magic hands that can turn old books into these extremely fascinating sculptures to convey a story. Like pop-up books, Jodi’s creation looks as if like they are coming to life. Jodi started making these beautiful book sculptures when she got hooked from folding one of the pages of a used book from a second-hand book shop. After working on a couple more of pieces, Jodi was convinced by her husband to show her works in…
  • Classic Cars and Their Country of Origin – Poster Series

    Gian Bautista
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Iconic cars painted with their country of origin flag colours. What model of car defines your country? Like how The Ford Mustang is labeled as the true Classic American Car. Today’s featured project show us a way to tell the home country of a classic car when you see one. Trivia! The definition of a classic car varies from one country to another. A car must be between 30 to 49 years old to be called classic, while 50 to 99 year-old cars fall into pre-antique class, and 100 year-old and above cars fall into antique class according to the Classic Car Club of America. Classic cars in the…
  • Wine Packaging Inspired by the Simpsons and Piet Mondrian Goes Against the Packaging Norms

    Patrick Jude Ilagan
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Maybe it’s wine or maybe not but one thing is for sure, combining Homer and Marge Simpson with Piet Mondrian to create for a wine packaging is lovely. Needless to say, great packaging design helps elicit emotional response towards the product and not to mention to the brand itself. Not only that but packaging design also helps with regards to customer loyalty. This is why many brands use tried and tested formulas to in their packaging and try not to do extremely revolutionary. Now, what would happen if you throw those practices out of the window? This is what Constantin Bolimond…
  • Wallpaper Calendar Freebie for August 2014: Migration

    Gian Bautista
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    A great flood is coming! We build a vessel to survive the fall! We build an Ark. Noah (2014 film), Darren Aronofsky Good day everyone! Here’s an advanced treat from You The Designer. Beautify your desktop background with this whimsical wallpaper calendar freebie for the month of August! The wallpaper features the artwork called “Migration“, created by Filipino graphic artist Romel Belga. The artwork depicts a dreamlike interpretation of perhaps one of the most famous Bible story of all time. If you love animals and bizarre scenery, then this is just perfect to spice up your…
  • Redesigned: Airbnb’s New Logo and Its Parodies 

    Patrick Jude Ilagan
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    From pug noses to lewd poses, Airbnb’s new logo sure did it’s job of putting the company to everyone’s mind. The problem is, no one can certainly “unsee” the parodies after seeing the various iterations of the new logo. A couple of days ago, Airbnb an online service that provides it’s users the ability to list their houses for rent online to weary backpackers looking for a place to stay recently unravel their new logo to the public. The new logo dubbed as the Bélo took over a year to complete was created by DesignStudio which is based in London. Airbnb…
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  • Using InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop Together: Colors and Swatches

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Rating: 4.8/5Body: Next to fonts, colors are probably the most important aspect of InDe-Illu-Shop work. But there are so many mysteries about color and the programs almost handle colors similarly—except when they don't. Here is a look at where the programs work perfectly together, and where differ. Syncing Color Settings When Adobe joined its programs into a Creative Suite, one of the first thing they did was make it super-easy to sync all the color settings for printing. This meant that all three programs would work to make colors look as similar as possible. Unfortunately, it's…
  • Bringing Out Shape and Detail in the Darkest of Colors

    Mike Rankin
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Authors: Martha DiMeoRating: 0/5Body: Light Hogs “Is there detail in the blacks?” If you ever asked this question when reviewing photos of dramatically lit interiors, moody landscapes, product shots of black or dark-colored items, or other innumerable possibilities of subject matter, the answer could very well be “absolutely.” It is always challenging to photograph a subject that absorbs practically all of the light shining on it. Add to the mix a slightly under-exposed capture, or a composition that includes both dark and light elements with important detail and you…
  • How an Accordion Controls Photoshop's Levels Command

    Mike Rankin
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    Authors: David BateRating: 5/5Body: The following is an excerpt from Speaking Photoshop CC by Dave Bate. Reprinted, with permission of the publisher, from Speaking Photoshop CC © 2014 David Bate. All rights reserved. For further information, visit Did you ever wonder how the Levels command brings out hidden detail as you darken an overexposed image or brighten an underexposed one? Those Adobe software engineers! You have to give them credit for their creative ingenuity. They seem to have called upon the special capabilities of an accordion to make…
  • Aperture Bites the Dust

    3 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    Authors: Erica GametRating: 1.5/5Body:  Apple recently stopped development of Aperture, the company's professional image-editing application. They announced that the forthcoming Photos app will replace Aperture, as well as the company's consumer-level iPhoto. Apple has demoed the new Photos software, but is keeping tight-lipped on how professional a tool this app will be. The company has said that pro features—such as search, plug-in capability, and advance editing—will remain. One of the biggest concerns is that the new Photos app stores everything in iCloud—a prospect…
  • InDesign Magazine's Guide to Graphics File Formats

    Mike Rankin
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:28 am
    Rating: 4.5/5Body: by Sandee Cohen and David Blatner This article was originally published in InDesign Magazine issue 57 (December 2014–January 2014). Subscribe now! Some designers who grew up in the days before InDesign were taught to only use EPS or TIFF files. Others, who grew up in the days of the web and smartphone cameras, can’t imagine anything except JPEG or PNG. Is there a best file format to use for everything? Unfortunately, no. Instead, the “right choice” depends on the image, how you’re using it, and a host of other concerns. Fortunately, choosing a file…
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  • 25 Fantastic Free Photoshop Brushes - Creative Beacon

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    Finding free Photoshop brushes to use in your design projects can be a hassle sometimes. Finding free Photoshop brushes that are high quality is even harder. If you know where to look, you can find quality free Photoshop brushes for just about any project or need. Below, I have compiled a list of some common hi res free Photoshop brushes. They will be useful in many projects. Since they are high resolution, they will look good in print and web projects.
  • 20 Useful Free Photoshop Brushes - Creative Beacon

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    You can create any type of effect imaginable with the right brush. This time I have rounded up a collection of 20 useful free Photoshop brushes that you can use in your next project. Shown below are free Photoshop brushes that fit a wide range of tasks and will add life to any project.
  • 26 Creative and Weird Umbrellas

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:41 am
    Umbrellas are common to use in rainy weather, they’re usually pretty standard in design and lack originality. Umbrellas can also be known as parasol and is mostly used to protect you from rain and sunlight. In today’s article we’ll be looking at 26 Creative and Weird Umbrellas. All of these umbrellas are fun and creative! Would you like to own any of these creative and weird umbrellas?
  • 50 Creative Examples of Bus Stop Ads

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:41 am
    Don’t be fooled, Bus Stops Ads don’t have to be the same as billboard advertising. Due to it’s location and bus stop location, they can be more creative and are a great alternative to the regular outdoor ads.
  • 56 Free Practicons (Ai +PNG + SVG) | Design Crawl

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:41 am
    It’s that time again, for another members-only freebie. This week, I have a set of new practicons, which include 56 different vector icons that you can download and use in your designs. These icons have been created in Adobe Illustrator. The file was saved down to CS1, so it should be accessible to most designers. I also saved each of these icons as PNGs and SVGs, so you can just drop them into your design projects. This makes these free Practicons a useful resource for those who just want to get to work.
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    Next Big Design

  • Uncover Latent Trends: Foresight & Trends Brochure Just Released

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Calling all Brand Strategists, Designers, Futurists, Trend Spotters, Directors of Insight, Foresight, Innovation, Marketing, Market Research, and anyone charged with Future Planning - Uncover latent trends at 19th annual Foresight & Trends (FT'14), taking place November 11-13 in Los Angeles, CA. FT'14 unites the most forward thinking, creative and innovative people from across the globe to
  • Introducing the Foresight & Trends Digital Package – Access to Videos, Presentations and More

    9 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    For the first time ever, IIR is proud to present the Foresight & Trends Digital Package: Unable to attend Foresight & Trends? You can now get access to visionary speakers and innovative knowledge from the 2013 event in the comfort of your own office or home. Geographic and budget restraints no longer need to hinder your personal and company growth. You will receive 9
  • 5 Ways Creativity Creates Productivity

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Today, business leaders are completely and utterly focused on productivity. Meanwhile, creativity is the spark of a new idea so incredible that it interrupts whatever you’re doing to get it onto paper. Creativity leads to productivity, if that workplace environment is developed and nurtured in a way that allows the two to peacefully co-exist.  According to a recent article by
  • Report: Mobile Technology is Transforming the Face of Creativity and Design

    17 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    The New Creatives Report, a U.S. survey of more than 1,000 creative professionals and 500 students in creative disciplines, found that 77 per cent of creatives believe change within the industry is happening rapidly, with two-thirds expecting their role will be significantly different within three years. Additionally, 87 percent of those who create mobile content believe doing so has had a
  • Win a Free Pass to Shopper Insights in Action 2014: Behavior Design

    9 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Are you interested in discovering new shopper segments, retaining shopper loyalty, delivering strategic marketing and selling strategies, become the go-to person/team member for creating a seamless physical journey to purchase? Or using POP to triple basket size? What about the ever-evolving role of the shopper researcher? What about Commerce Everywhere, the Data Slaves Revolution, the Shift 
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  • “The first pass should be ugly, the ugliest.”

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

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

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

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

    27 Mar 2014 | 7:44 am
    Yosemite HD I left me speechless. The second installment is just as remarkable. In contrast to the first, most of the shots in the second were taken during the day: A 200+ mile backpacking experience through Yosemite National Park captured by Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill. This project was filmed over the course of 10 months. We spent a combined 45 days in the park capturing the images in this video. Colin and Sheldon employ the same setup as in the first; that is, a Dynamic Perception motion-controlled dolly and time-lapse photography. More, please. (Is it just me, or does the…
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  • Tattly Subscriptions

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    Tattly just relaunched their Subscription: Instead of signing up every 6 months, they are available all of the time! You can choose between a 3 month, 6 month or 12 month subscription for yourself or a friend. That means you or your friend will receive 10 Tattlys in your mailbox every month for the length of your subscription! And your first shipment will come in a “Oh, Hello” canvas zip pouch. Learn more about the subscription here.
  • Origins of Common UI Symbols

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    Do you ever think about where some of the common UI Symbols we interact with on a daily basis come from? The Power Button, Bluetooth or @ symbol? More here: Origins of Common UI symbols.
  • Water Slide Photography

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:29 pm
    “I Love Summer” is a series of high-speed photos by Krista Long that captures people at the precise moment that they emerge from a water slide. Made me smile.
  • Portraits Inspired by Spam

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Photographer Christina De Middel turns spam (scam) emails into fictitious portraits: Dear Sir / Madam My name is Barrister Fagbemi Lateef i am a solicitor at law.I am the personal attorney to the Late Mr.Matthew,(Chief Executive Officer)of BIOOIL OIL SERVICING LTD,who till his untimely death was a contractor with Texaco Nigeria in port Harcourt,Nigeria.Whom here in after shall bereferred to as my client. On the 21st of April 2005, my client, his wife and their two children were involved in a car accident along sagbama express road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.
  • School Desk/Bench

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    I am in love with this red and white school desk over at Land of Nod. So much, I want to fill Studiomates with it!
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    Logo Design Love

  • Design Matters: Bob Gill

    David Airey
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:35 am
    Debbie Millman recently interviewed Bob Gill for the Design Matters podcast. Bob Gill, photo credit “Let’s say I got a logo to do for a dry cleaner. Instead of sitting in my studio looking through design books to get inspiration, surprise surprise, I thought it made sense to go to a dry cleaner and to sit there. I didn’t have a definite process that I went through. I just knew I should stay there until I had something interesting to say about dry cleaning. Just to sit there, to ask questions, to see what people were doing, to look at the back of the dry cleaner and so forth. And in the…
  • Rio 2016 typography by Dalton Maag

    David Airey
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:12 am
    Dalton Maag shared this short video with me a couple of years ago (I’m on the ball). It shows the studio’s excellent typographical work for Rio 2016. “It took eight months to create the 5448 characters that carry the brand essence of the Rio 2016™ Games.” Quoted from the Rio 2016 website. There’s a nice interview where FontFeed talks to type designer Fabio Haag from the Brazilian Dalton Maag office. “Around 2005 I had my own graphic design studio which paid the bills, but my heart was set on doing type at nights and weekends. I started ByType in the hope to create a…
  • Airbnb introduces “the Bélo”

    David Airey
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    Airbnb has launched a new identity, one that took London and San Francisco-based DesignStudio a year to complete. “To understand the full scale of this global community, four DesignStudio team members set out to visit 13 cities, staying with 18 hosts, across four continents. All of them equipped with a $100 video camera and the mission to look for local inspiration and insight to drive us to build a better brand.” Quoted from DesignStudio’s process insight. Airbnb’s old logo (above) Images and thoughts from the designers here, with commentary from Rachael Steven on the…
  • Oldest known logos?

    David Airey
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    From the 24/7 Wall St. site, the ten oldest company logos. If the comment thread is anything to go by, the dates aren’t entirely accurate (and Cherri’s aunt makes $68 every hour on the computer). Image via Stephen Magsig In his recent chat about why logos endure, Michael Bierut said he believes the earliest known logo is the Bass triangle. Although there is seemingly no evidence for this, according to Zythophile, the generally accepted story is that after the passing of the Trademark Registration Act of 1875, when applications to apply for trademark registration opened on January…
  • Paula Scher’s “Liquid Identity” Skillshare class

    David Airey
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    In Paula Scher’s first online class, she walks students through “her process of creating a liquid identity — a recognisable, dynamic branding system that can be adapted across mediums.” The Pentagram partner also shares a behind-the-scenes look at how some of her favourite “liquid identities” came to life (including Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Type Directors Club, and Microsoft Windows). The class lasts for 70 minutes and is broken into 10 lessons. Enrollment opens today on the Skillshare website. There’s also a short Q&A with Paula on the Skillshare…
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    5 Jul 2014 | 12:54 am
    A non-standard cover…and a man with a girl's name? Or is it a woman that looks like a man?…Yes, that. It's that. I think. (Oh…that'll be John Huston then…I'm SO embarrassed*). * Thanks Sarah and Loïc, lazy blogging!
  • No Jacket Required

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

    12 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    I've got this side project on at the moment; a writing project. It's taking me flippin' ages to be honest but it's bringing me into contact with some really interesting people. People I have to interview, about their jobs. So far, I've met a few people in the film industry, a basket maker, a theatre lighting technician, a set designer and last Friday, a joiner working on restoration projects for the National Trust. We met in his workshop. His workshop made of wood, that smells of wood and is full of tools…and wood. Now you may remember, I have carpentry in my blood.
  • Tooled Up

    11 Jun 2014 | 2:43 pm
    You can’t hope to improve, significantly, as a designer by merely practicing design. You’ll get better at Photoshop as you find your way around its hidden depths, your typography might creep forward with exposure to its challenges, you might have a natural grasp of colour, but progress will be slow unless you look further afield for your influences. Latching onto a sage-like mentor of some kind or bathing in the foamy mix of design history are hard to better. Same goes for writing. Writing in isolation is unlikely to lead you along the twisty-turny, bramble-blocked path that the writer…
  • Postcards from the Hedge

    4 Jun 2014 | 4:52 pm
    There I was, minding my own business, searching the outer reaches of the digital realm for post-1922/pre-now images of Dublin's O'Connell Bridge and where should I find myself? Only on John Hinde's really quite marvellous postcard archive, that's where. Interpretive design is a great field of work for a graphic designer. By it's nature you're more than likely to be delving into the printed past for artefacts, references or relics. There's almost always some moment in the past (or for that matter, the present) that leads you to some interesting image, design or…
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  • Instagram

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Anyone heard of this new thing called Instagram? Apparently it works on your phone. If you happen to have it why not follow us? We just signed up. User – designiskinky.
  • Jenny Morgan

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:22 pm
    We’ve posted her work a couple times before, but you should pay another visit and check out the awesome work of Jenny Morgan.
  • Skin

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Skin – a beautifully made and very poignant short film about Martyka Brandt, a member of New Zealand’s largest and most notorious gang, the Mighty Mongrel Mob.
  • Federico Infante

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Beautiful paintings by Federico Infante.
  • Markus Feder

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Design and animator Markus Feder has created an animated typeface using TradeGothic that he’s made free to download. Generous!
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  • Eleven Years Ago

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

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

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

    14 Jan 2014 | 8:13 am
    This is a repost of my article in Issue 19 of the MailChimp UX Newsletter. Our team publishes a new issue every couple weeks so if you enjoy this, please subscribe! “It’s a bug, and they need to fix it!” my wife exclaimed last week after a rebate check for an online purchase was sent to an old address for the second time. While I was also pretty peeved, I couldn’t help but feel a bit of sympathy for the team that would need to troubleshoot the issue. Perhaps I shouldn’t. When a user encounters a bug or even a confusing aspect of your application that costs them…
  • The Fight of Her Life

    27 Nov 2013 | 5:30 am
    A week ago today, my mom passed away in her sleep. For the memorial service on Sunday, I stood by her casket and talked to family and friends about how selflessly devoted she was to her kids. I joked about how she would often tell people that she was the daughter of a used car salesman and how she didn’t take no for an answer. My mom was tough. You wouldn’t believe it from the picture above, but that was after 15 years confined to her home, shriveling up from Hyperkyphosis with a variable sleep schedule that was directed by unbearable back pain. I’m glad to know…
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  • How To Create a Washed Out Vintage Matte Photo Effect

    Chris Spooner
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Washed out matte effects seem to be really popular in the Photography scene at the moment. These effects look particular cool when combined with warm vintage tones to add a classic nostalgic feeling to your images. Follow this step by step tutorial to process and transform your shots in Photoshop to create a warm washed out vintage matte effect using non-destructive editing.The photo effect we’ll be creating gives your images a warm colour cast with washed out contrast, taking inspiration from early analogue films. The effect is produced by building up Photoshop’s adjustment…
  • Retro Party Invitation Design Templates for Members

    Chris Spooner
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I’ve teamed up with Wing’s Art and Design Studio to add some awesome new resources to the Access All Areas section. Members can now download a collection of 4 cool, retro style invitations featuring vector illustrations and seamless patterns. Use them to quickly knock up invites for a children’s party, or make use of the individual retro style graphics and patterns in your own designs.Wing’s Art and Design Studio is home to a range of stock illustrations and digital graphic design resources designed by freelance Illustrator Christopher King. His shop contains loads of…
  • Every Kind of Vector Element you Could Ever Want!

    Chris Spooner
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m sure we’ve all done a bit of window shopping on stock resources websites, seen some cool items and thought “They’re cool, I’d quite fancy them”, but if you want a lot of resources it soon ends up out of your budget. The value of the latest bundle from Design Cuts is a big enough reason alone to check this one out, but take a few moments to browse through its contents and you’ll find it contains just about every kind of vector element you could ever want, all in one single purchase at over 90% off.It’s always useful to have a library of…
  • How To Create an Origami Style Logomark in Illustrator

    Chris Spooner
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I recently received a great tutorial suggestion from a reader named Brigid who asked if I could create a guide to creating an origami style illustration. We’ll use Adobe Illustrator to tackle this design for its advanced shape editing abilities and make particular use of Smart Guides to perfectly align our vector paths. Once the outline of our origami inspired design is complete we’ll then bring it to life with vibrant colours, resulting in a modern graphic that would look great as part of a logo design.The design we’ll be building in this tutorial is an origami inspired…
  • Photocopy Noise Textures for Access All Areas Members

    Chris Spooner
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The latest resource for Access All Areas members to enjoy is a best selling item from Simon Birky Hartmann’s The Shop. This pack of Photocopy noise textures includes six high res scans from an old laser copier with a faulty drum and toner combo, resulting in some fantastic dust and noise patterns which are perfect for distressing your digital designs.Simon Birky Hartmann’s The Shop is packed full of best selling design resources. If you’re in need of dirty or grainy textures then look no further than his popular ink, paper and noise packs. Simon not only creates these…
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  • Make Shapes with CSS: How to Create Different Shapes in CSS

    Sam Norton
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    One of best cool features of CSS3 is that it reduces the use of images in web designs and allows you to create different shapes in CSS. Commonforms that you usually see in Photoshop or Illustrator can now be done using CSS3. New CSS properties like transform and border-radius add complexity with shapes instead of creating them in drawing applications. In today’s tutorial, let’s create a simple list of the most common shapes that can be done using CSS3. Resource you need to complete this tutorial Knowledge in CSS3 Time and Patience Download Source Files View Demo Circle HTML To create…
  • Web Designer vs Web Developer Infographic

    Rudolph Musngi
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are a lot of articles that differentiate web designers from web developers. Commonly, they talk about the difference of the two. Some, even encourage debates on whether designers should code and developers should design. Instead of reading a lengthy article on the difference of these two, why not checkout this cool web designer vs web developer infographic created by Rudolph Musngi for 1WD. All of these data can sometimes make us feel confused about what the difference of developers and designers really is. So, we made an infographic (yay!)  to creatively illustrate how they differ and…
  • 10 Page Loading Effects That Catch Your Viewer’s Attention

    Rudolph Musngi
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Page loading time depends on several factors. Some of these factors involve either the Internet connection speed, the devices you use or the elements that compose the website people are visiting. Whatever the cause is, it is your job as a web designer to do your best to keep your viewers’ attention. How long users willing to wait for a site to load before they abandon the page sometimes depends on how you can entertain them while they are waiting. A great way to have their attention while the page is loading is to present an eye-catching loading page. Here are some ideas and…
  • Collaboration Gone Wrong: Key Tips in Addressing and Preventing Conflicts

    Rudolph Musngi
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Two heads sure are better than one, but harmony will always be second to none. Collaboration is a great way for freelance web designers to accomplish great things with less effort and time wasted. It has opened avenues for sharing ideas, mixing and matching creative juices and most of all, increasing earnings. With collaboration, one web designer can work freelance without the burden of being alone. Work can be improved, new methods can be learned and more energy and money is saved. All of these perks truly make collaboration an interesting plot to plow. More and more designers are shifting…
  • Your Mobile Apps Look Bad and You Should Feel Bad

    Rudolph Musngi
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Mobile application design and development has been ‘the thing’ as of late. With the growing prominence of smartphones, more and more applications are developed. It’s like, we have an app for everything, right? What makes it even more amazing is that this year, the projected number of smartphone users will be 1.75 billion. This staggering number resulted into 2.6 million apps in app-stores (iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows phones combined). If there is one thing certain about these huge statistics, it would be that mobile application development and design is a big and…
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  • Software Escrow: Best Practice for Small Businesses

    Adil Raja
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    One of the key parts of running any small business is trying to obtain a license to sell, or even better, an exclusivity agreement, for certain products. If you were the only retailer or supplier on the high street with an agreement to sell a popular product, it would be key to your business success. Taking This Idea Online: These days, the nature of business is changing. The physical high street presence is becoming less important for all but a handful of specialist retailers. More and more transactions now take place online, which means that you’ll almost certainly be relying on some kind…
  • The History of World Cup Football Posters

    Adil Raja
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:04 am
    The South American country of Brazil hosts this years World Cup Football tournament, which started in 1930 and is already over 80 years old. 32 teams will play matches in 12 new or redesigned venues across the country. The tournament, which takes place every 4 years with only one break in the tournaments history for the Second World War, has been heavily promoted. FIFA commissioned posters to be created for every tournament with the oldest versions of the posters similar to one another. The first significant design change happened in 1982 when Spain hosted the tournament and called upon…
  • 3 Premium WordPress Themes for Free From ThemeFuse

    Adil Raja
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:22 pm
    The creative designers over at are sharing three amazing WordPress themes with some lucky readers. There’s no better way to start the day than with high quality free stuff, right? The best thing about this impressive giveaway is that the winners can take their pick of any of the incredible WordPress themes available at ThemeFuse. There is no cost to compete, and the winners get a theme for free. Anyone who uses WordPress will benefit from this offer because the ThemeFuse themes are some of the most stunning on the web. The winners of the contest will be announced in one week,…
  • When You Have to Grow: Online Shopping Carts for Microbusiness

    Tabinda Noor
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:51 am
    Owning and operating a small business can be a rewarding, satisfying, and profitable experience. It can also be a harrowing one, with you in the hot seat for every decision. Stocking, purchasing, bookkeeping, online shopping carts, banking, and customer service decisions, even if your startup is micro or nano sized, are all big choices. Making them in haste or under pressure could end up costing you time and money to do it over that could be applied with better results elsewhere. Start with one of the most critical decisions you’ll make first – your shopping cart. Planning for…
  • 42 Beautiful Icons from Artful Club Absolutely Free PSD

    James Lynch
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:33 am
    This icon set is designed exclusively for Stunningmesh. This icon set contains 42 icons, you’re free to use the icons in your web design and web applications. You’re free to share this icon set as well, just give credit to Stunningmesh whenever you share. Here is the Preview of Icons Set, so you may find the Download Link at the end of this post. Enjoy using it!!! 42 Beautiful Icons from Artful Club Absolutely Free PSD [Download Source PSD by Clicking here, File Size 388.57KB] Recommended Articles40 Sites to download Icons (1)10 Free Indesign Templates (2)A lot of ICONS for…
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    Limeshot Logo Design & Branding Sydney

  • That’s no way to say goodbye

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

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

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

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

    23 Aug 2012 | 11:30 pm
    Another free label post to help you with your guest toiletry organisation – my latest obsession, I’m afraid. I’ve been obsession over the jars to put them in, what type of toothbrushes to buy (decided for bamboo, but they aren’t in these photos as they haven’t been delivered yet) and whether to buy bath robes […] Related posts: Free Printable Mason Jar Labels So lately I find myself drawn again to jars (old... Free vector symbols: Art Nouveau card I’ve had this for a while now, it was fun... Limeshot labels featured on the Today Show The Limeshot free…
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  • Thinking with type di Ellen Lupton

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

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

    Stefano Ricci
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:23 am
    Ho ricevuto da Nava una borsa a tracolla porta iPad di cui parlo volentieri perché è un prodotto dal design estremamente curato, che può interessare a molti dei lettori di questo blog. Questa tracolla fa parte della collezione Bellows disegnata da Benjamin Hubert per Nava; bellow significa soffietto in inglese, e questo è il minimo comune denominatore di una serie di borse e zaini dallo spessore sottile che, se necessario, hanno la capacità di allargarsi per aumentare la capienza.  Un altro tratto distintivo della collezione è il rivestimento esterno, un poliestere trattato con una…
  • Contemporary (Lucienne) Day

    Leonardo Brucato
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:40 am
    Dopo aver rivisto l’estratto del documentario “Contemporary Days – The Designs of Lucienne & Robin Day” (2010) diretto da Murray Grigor, non si può non parlare dell’importante ruolo che ha avuto Lucienne Day nel design britannico a partire dagli anni 50’. Il suo successo è attinente anche alle teorie di William Morris, grande riformatore del design, in particolare al concetto di “art for the people”, in cui l’arte (e tutto ciò che ne deriva) suscita gioia a chi la produce, in quanto veniva fatta dal popolo per il popolo. Lucienne Day è stata una guida per il…
  • Dieter Rams per Braun

    Francesco Zanardo
    6 Jun 2014 | 12:20 am
    La recente esposizione “System”, in mostra a Londra fino allo scorso dicembre, è un ottima occasione per parlare di Dieter Rams, uno dei designer più influenti e citati dal dopoguerra ad oggi. La mostra espone poster con i quali alcuni importanti designer contemporanei hanno voluto omaggiare il lavoro di Rams per Braun e la sua influenza nell’industrial design contemporaneo.  Dieter Rams inizia a lavorare per Braun nel 1955, appena ventitreenne, e trova un azienda in grande trasformazione, dove i fratelli Erwin e Arthur Braun cercano una forte impronta innovativa per far rifiorire…
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  • SuperSpray Plugin for Photoshop (sprays images) – only $10!

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

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

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:11 am
    Stock photography is photography that is sold, or in some cases even given out for free, for commercial use. It is different from assignment photography (read: photo shoot) because it is not tailor-made for a client or the purchaser’s expectations. Stock photography is mainly bought and used by people like publishers of magazines and books, ad agencies, bloggers, website owners, calendar and greeting card companies, etc. Stock images are usually cheap, offer a large library of photos to choose from and offer the unique advantage of being readily available. There are many stock photo…
  • 30 Awesome and Inspiring Eiffel Tower Wallpapers

    5 Jun 2014 | 12:35 am
    Paris is a common dream destination of most youngsters. Eiffel tower and Louvre are the two most important landmarks of Paris that attract the maximum number of visitors to Paris. This massive iron structure of France was erected in the year 1889 by Gustave Eiffel, after whom the tower is named. Apart from being the tallest structure of France, it is also one of the most beautiful edifices of the world,so much so people from all over the world have started identifying France with this massive structure. The proposition to establish this structure was raised for commemorating hundred years of…
  • Media Temple And Its WordPress Hosting Plan

    21 May 2014 | 6:47 am
    The simplest way and the most secure way to get a website up and running is to be on a self-hosted WordPress blog. Now, there are many other blogging platforms and website creator tools and don’t bore me by listing all of them in the comments below. I am not saying there are no others. But I am saying that if you have no time for research and want to publish a site soon, just select a self-hosted WordPress and you will not be disappointed. You will need a web host for that. Our recommendation is to use (mt) Media Temple. (mt) Media Temple has several hosting plans. Let’s focus on the…
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  • Gardens, Not Graves

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The stream—that great glut of ideas, opinions, updates, and ephemera that pours through us every day—is the dominant way we organize content. It makes sense; the stream’s popularity springs from the days of the early social web, when a huge number of users posted all types of content on unpredictable schedules. The simplest way to show updates to new readers focused on reverse chronology and small, discrete chunks, as sorting by newness called for content quick to both produce and digest. This approach saw wide adoption in blogs, social networks, notification systems, etc., and ever…
  • Radio-Controlled Web Design

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Interactive user interfaces are a necessity in our responsive world. Smaller screens constrain the amount of content that can be displayed at any given time, so we need techniques to keep navigation and secondary information out of the way until they’re needed. From tabs and modal overlays to hidden navigation, we’ve created many powerful design patterns that show and hide content using JavaScript. JavaScript comes with its own mobile challenges, though. Network speeds and data plans vary wildly, and every byte we deliver has an impact on the render speed of our pages or applications.
  • This week's sponsor: The Digital PM Summit

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    The Digital PM Summit is the event for folks who manage digital projects. Attend the Summit October 6-7 in Austin, TX.
  • Matt Griffin on How We Work: Being Profitable

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    When I recently read Geoff Dimasi’s excellent article I thought: this is great—values-based business decisions in an efficient fashion. But I had another thought, too: where, in that equation, is the money? If I’m honest with myself, I’ve always felt that on some level it’s wrong to be profitable. That making money on top of your costs somehow equates to bilking your clients. I know, awesome trait for a business owner, right? Because here’s the thing: a business can’t last forever skating on the edge of viability. And that’s what not being profitable means. This is a lesson I…
  • Ten CSS One-Liners to Replace Native Apps

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Håkon Wium Lie is the father of CSS, the CTO of Opera, and a pioneer advocate for web standards. Earlier this year, we published his blog post, “CSS Regions Considered Harmful.” When Håkon speaks, whether we always agree or not, we listen. Today, Håkon introduces CSS Figures and argues their case. Tablets and mobile devices require us to rethink web design. Moused scrollbars will be replaced by paged gestures, and figures will float in multi-column layouts. Can this be expressed in CSS? Paged designs, floating figures, and multi-column layout are widely used on mobile devices today.
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  • Abstract Patterns

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Yesterday we featured a post about abstract photography of urban scenes. Today we will continue the series with a collection of abstract patterns from a wide variety of products. From simple artworks to real products, I found this as inspiration to come up with some new wallpaper designs. For you, I hope this post will aide in inspiring your own creative explorations. Tags: abstractpatterstexturesBrought to you by: 
  • Daily Inspiration #1825

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want to participate and share your graphic design inspiration, You can submit your images and inspiration to RAWZ via and don't forget to send your Abduzeedo username; or via Twitter sending to abaanya artemisiaisdrawing Bratus Brice Delamarche Chico Jacobina creatingcivilizations daverazor felipemansofotografo graftar Henrique Quadros inspirationde jaumeestruch Justin Alvin katherine-dawson…
  • Splendid 3D Architecture by Stuart Lynch

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Everyone loves to see images of beautiful rooms and houses... but a step forward is to actually come up with your own designs, like American designer Stuart Lynch does. He comes up with some splendid pieces of 3D architecture. Here you can see some super cozy rooms that anyone would love to have in their houses. These are only a handful of Stuart's work. For more of it, please visit his portfolio at DeviantART. I hope you enjoy these. Cheers! ;) Tags: 3dcomputer graphicsarchitectureBrought to you by: 
  • Poly Illustrated Animals by Matt Anderson

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    Matt Anderson is a designer & illustrator from Rochester, New York. Matt created a very cool series of poly illustrated animals. Check them out! For more from Matt Anderson visit Tags: polyillustrationanimalsBrought to you by: 
  • Freebie: The Two Bloody Weeks Series

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    Everyone have personal projects on a hold, Two Bloody Weeks is a project of a series of vector illustration that I started on july 2011 and finished recently. The main idea was to develop this arsenal using a particular vector style as a away to study and enhance my illustration abilities. The highs and lows in life can have us procrastinating our goals, but you should always be patient and have faith. Besides sharing this project, I'm also giving away the original files, you can download them a the very end on the project and use for any purpose you want to, enjoy it! You can see all…
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  • UX Week Keynote Speaker Denise Jacobs on Making Creativity Happen

    Jesse James Garrett
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Denise Jacobs calls herself a “creativity evangelist”, helping people cultivate the tools and skills necessary for leading a creative life. These skills are important for everyone, but especially for creative professionals such as designers and developers, for whom the creative challenges never really stop. In this interview, I talk with Denise about how her own life inspired her take on creativity, and what it takes to keep creativity flowing. Jesse James Garrett: Denise, you’ve taken an interesting path to get to where you are. Denise Jacobs: Yes. And it’s actually funny…
  • UX Week 2014 Twitter Contest!

    Will Sharick
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Hello UX Week attendees, friends, and community! We are thrilled to announce the first ever UX Week 2014 Twitter Contest! Four UX Week attendees will be selected to have dinner on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7pm with Jesse James Garrett and UX Week keynote Josh Clark of Global Moxie! You can enter by following these 3 easy steps: 1. Register for UX Week (attendees who have already registered skip this step) 2. Follow @uxweek (unless you already do!) 3. Write a Tweet mentioning which UX Week 2014 talk and/or workshop you’re excited for and use hashtag #UXweek. Be sure to post your…
  • UX Week Keynote Speaker Amanda Dameron on Making Design More Human

    Jesse James Garrett
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    If you’re a fan of Dwell magazine, you’re familiar with its unique take on modern architecture and design in the home. Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron is a passionate advocate for the philosophy of design exemplified by the homes, decor, and furnishings showcased in Dwell. In this interview, I talk with Amanda about that philosophy, the changing role of design in our culture, and her keynote at UX Week 2014 in San Francisco this September. Jesse James Garrett: One thing about Dwell that I think makes it distinctive among media entities that cover architecture and design is…
  • ICYMI: Jesse James Garrett and Ken Jennings Talk Maps and Design

    Will Sharick
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:44 pm
    .@jjg and @KenJennings talk #maps and #design. Read the full @uxmag interview here: #UXWeek — UX Week (@uxweek) July 8, 2014 Our friends at UX Magazine published the interview between Jesse James Garrett and Ken Jennings, Maphead author and Jeopardy! winner (of 74 games). The article is a preview for what Jennings, who is a UX Week keynote, will talk about in September. Read the full article here. UX Week 2014 is September 9-12 in San Francisco.
  • UX I/O: Prototyping Interactive Objects Workshop

    Scott Sullivan
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    Adaptive Path Experience Designers Scott Sullivan and Evi K. Hui are teaching this workshop August 16-17, 2014 at our Design Studio on Pier 1 next to the Ferry Building. Click here to register for this workshop. Workshop Details: As we are integrating digital capabilities in to our physical environment, the tools of designers are beginning to shift. In order to understand and prototype these new experiences, a new technological skill set is needed. This two day workshop will give you foundational knowledge of Processing, a programming language for Designers and Artists, as well as Arduino, an…
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  • Great Landing Page Designs

    Andy Sowards
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetDavid works for Radley, who design beautiful handbags and purses. Outside of work, he enjoys designing apps and learns UI design.I’m a huge fan of well designed landing pages. It’s possibly because I’ve spent quite a bit of time in the past trying to build pages that promote apps and software products, but a beautifully designed landing page is much harder to create than it looks. Getting the design right is remarkably challenging – it needs to fit in with the brand of the product, it needs to be engaging and interesting and it needs to give the visitor…
  • How PrestaShop Will Change The Way You Build An Ecommerce Store

    Andy Sowards
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Advertise here with BSATweetThe Ecommerce space is more competitive than ever. Everyone shops online these days, and more and more people do it every year, this is why having an online presence capable of giving your customers a good experience is so valuable. There are SO MANY eCommerce solutions out there it can be nearly impossible to weed through them and pick one (Magento, Woocommerce + WP, Shopify, Bigcartel, OSCommerce, the list goes on and on, and not all of them are free to use – some even charge monthly fees or take a percentage of your sales!) – let alone pick the right…
  • 30+ Epic True Detective Wallpapers

    Andy Sowards
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetIf you are like me and saw the first season of True Detective, you freaking loved it. It was an amazing show, Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey did a fantastic job and made a great team – it was sad to hear they wouldn’t be in the second season :(. So in order to commemorate their epicness, I decided to do a quick post and put together some of the best True Detective wallpapers out there, so we can get excited about the second season :D. I watched the first season because it sounded so interesting for Woody and Matt to play such roles together as…
  • Responsive Design: Important for Your ROI

    Andy Sowards
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetResponsive design is an approach to web design that aims to create websites that are easily viewed across multiple devices such as desktop computers, smartphones and tablets. The importance of designing websites that can be viewed regardless of the device the visitor owns cannot be overstated; Cognita Digital Solutions reports that 48 percent of users surveyed felt that if a company’s website isn’t optimized for their device, that company simply must not care about their business. The consumers have spoken, but here are some of the other benefits of…
  • 22 Years of Wimbledon Tennis Tournament Posters

    Shout Digital
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetWimbledon is considered the oldest of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments; US Open (1881), French Open (1891) and Australian Open (1905). It started in 1877 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London.Excluding the two breaks Wimbledon has had between 1914 and 1919 for the First World War and 1939 and 1946 for the Second World War, the tournament has taken place every year. Inline with this, the AELTC and Wimbledon have commissioned artists to design a new official poster with the event whilst Transport for London used their own designs…
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  • Marni Kotak Turns Giving Birth Into Performance Art

    Leslie Tane
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Birth of Baby X, 2012 digital video, color, sound 4 minutes 30 seconds Marni Kotak, “Surviving 6 Karpas (Beth Israel Psych Ward)”, 2014, photographic plaque, 40 x 24 inches (detail) All the Meds I Took Marni Kotak is off her meds. At least, she’s aiming for that. Prescribed a potent mixture of psychotropic medications in 2012 for her port-partum depression, Kotak’s latest work of performance art, “Marni Kotak: Mad Meds,” features her attempt to wean herself off medication. Kotak’s 2011 work, “The Birth of Baby X,” was the literal progenitor of “Mad Meds,”…
  • Palestinian Artists Transform Photographs Of Rocket Explosions Into Powerful Human Images

    Jené Gutierrez
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Image credit: Belal Khaled Image credit: Tawfik Gebreel Image credit: Bushra Shanan Images and news of the Israel-Palestine conflict have been circulating media for a few weeks now. The photographs that emerge out of this war are tragic and graphic. A handful of Palestinian artists have been transforming images of smoke and fire from the attacks on Gaza into portraits that reveal the very real and human cost of these rocket explosions. By inscribing faces and bodies onto images of destruction, these artists are reminding people from all sides that war takes its toll on an individual, human…
  • Kanye West And Spike Jonze Collaborate On Short Film “We Were Once A Fairytale”

    Ariane Fairlie
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Although We Were Once a Fairytale (2007) begins slowly, with Kanye West stumbling drunkenly around a nightclub, the short film offers strange but rare insight into the celebrity/artist/god’s psychological complexes in a totally strange and successful way. He accomplishes this by stabbing himself in a bathroom, and producing a rodent from his guts. One of the main criticisms thrown Kanye’s way (other than pointing to his spectacular ego) is his inability to express himself coherently, but in his collaboration with Spike Jonze, Kanye seems to accomplish seemingly genuine and recognizable…
  • Silly Pendants Transform Women’s Breasts Into Site-Specific Art Installations

    Sara Barnes
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    The goal of Japanese designer Takayuki Fukusawa’s work is “to create things that make people say , ‘he made another ridiculous thing.’” And that he did. His newest series of works is called Tanama Diver, and it features pendants that resemble human and animals who are poised to look like divers and climbers. They are positioned in a way that they appear as if they’re headed into the cleavage of whomever is wearing them. The silly accessory includes figurines like a salaryman diver, a skydiver, an astronaut, and canyon climber. There’s even a sloth and wolf thrown into the…
  • Installation Takes Visitors On A Nocturnal Stroll Through An Enchanted Forest

    Justina Bakutyte
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Latest installation by Montreal-based media and entertainment studio Moment Factory invites visitors to explore the illuminated paths of an enchanted forest in Québec, Canada. Foresta Lumina, a 2 km long trail, meanders through the Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook full of colorful light installations, visual projections and chilling sound effects. According to the creative studio, Foresta Lumina strives to reveal park’s natural beauties and mysteries. Along the nocturnal stroll through the forest, visitors are acquainted with the region’s fictitious heritage and forest mythology:…
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  • Yuko Shimizu: Make Your Own Path

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Venture capitalist Fred Wilson once quipped that the three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a weekly salary. There are numerous stories of the young buck going solo. But rare is the professional over a decade into her career tossing aside the steady paycheck and making the uncertain leap into the freelance life.  After 11 years in the PR business, illustrator Yuko Shimizu decided to pursue her dream as an artist. Now, with accolades from The Art Directors Club to The Yellow Pencil Award and many Spectrum Fantastic Art Awards, the Japanese native is one of the most…
  • Want to Get Better at Storytelling or Collaborating? Play Dungeons & Dragons.

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Designed by Derek Palladino for the Noun Project Now in its 40th anniversary, the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons has emerged as an initial force behind many creatives’ success. As a piece in the New York Times explains: Though Mr. Díaz never became a fantasy writer, he attributes his literary success, in part, to his “early years profoundly embedded and invested in fantastic narratives.” From D&D, he said, he “learned a lot of important essentials about storytelling, about giving the reader enough room to play. . . “For nerds like us, D&D hit like an…
  • How to (Politely) Dodge Job Recommendations

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Elephant in the Room designed by Luis Prado for the Noun Project If an acquaintance, or someone you’re just not that close enough to, asks for a job recommendation that you feel uncomfortable giving, New York Magazine suggests you try one of the following “humanely disingenuous” approaches: 1. Respond enthusiastically with information of limited value: “Would it help if I gave you the name of the human-resources person? I think I might even have his e-mail!” 2. Issue a self-deprecating disclaimer of helplessness: “I don’t know how much my word counts on this one . .
  • Richard Feynman: What Counts as “Worthwhile” Work?

    Tanner Christensen
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Problem Solving designed by Rob Maslin from the Noun Project How can we know which projects are worthwhile for us and which are trivial? At Hotel Genius, a letter from the late quantum physicist Richard Feynman explains why the humbler projects are also some of the most important for us to work on: The worthwhile problems are the ones you can really solve or help solve, the ones you can really contribute something to… I would advise you to take even simpler, or as you say, humbler, problems until you find some you can really solve easily, no matter how trivial. You will get the pleasure…
  • Avoid Playing Email Ping Pong With “If…Then” Statements

    Hamza Khan
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Ping Pong by Janina Reinhard from The Noun Project Scheduling meetings over email is like playing ping pong, where a simple “Can you meet at 4:00 pm?” could easily turn into an endless volley of back-and-forth replies.  In The 4-Hour Work Week, author Tim Ferris suggests a simple strategy to streamline things: Email communication should be streamlined to prevent needless back-and-forth. Thus, an email with “Can you meet at 4:00 pm?” would become “Can you meet at 4:00 pm? If not, please advise three other times that work for you.” Get into the habit of considering what “if…
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  • Are you under investing in your digital staff?

    Paul Boag
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    What follows is an open letter to those who manage digital teams. It implores them to invest more in their digital staff. Dear management. Let me introduce myself. My name is Paul Boag. I am the author of the book Digital Adaptation and cofounder of digital agency Headscape. I have over 20 years of web experience consulting for organisations such as government bodies, higher education institutions and large businesses. I also speak around the world on Digital Transformation. Hopefully this has earned me at least a level of credibility when it comes to digital strategy. So please believe me…
  • Top 10 tools for better understanding users

    Paul Boag
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    On the first episode of season 10 we look at the top 10 tools for better understanding users. There really is no excuse not to test! Paul Boag: On the first episode of season 10, we look at the top 10 tools for enhancing your site’s usability. Verify (07:42) (13:16) Optimizely (18:23) Treejack (22:42) Hemingway App (28:13) Clicktales (32:55) Qualaroo (37:24) Google Analytics (40:19) Solidify (42:43) Feng Gui (46:20) Paul Boag: Hello and welcome to, season 10 of our web design podcast that covers all kinds of web related things. Do you notice, Marcus, how I…
  • Our secrets for success, working with clients and staying current

    Paul Boag
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    In an interview with Team Treehouse I share how Headscape works with its clients, why we value lifestyle over profits and how we stay on the forefront of our field. A while back I worked with Team Treehouse to produce some video training on running a successful web design agency. Recently they released a video interview I recorded at the same time. The video gives an interesting insight into how we approach work at Headscape. In particular we discuss our relationship with clients, how we keep up-to-date in a rapidly changing industry and what it means to be a successful web design agency…
  • Focus on legibility over fancy technology or marketing copy

    Paul Boag
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    People often spend too much time on cutting edge technology or ‘clever’ marketing campaigns, when basic things like legibility are not in place. Most web projects are commissioned by one of two types of people — technologists or marketers. In most organisations the web sits under either the CTO or the CMO. When confronted with a poorly performing website, each will respond in a different way. The CTO will look for a technical solution. They will pour thousands into the implementation of a new content management, or customer relationship management system. On the other hand, the CMO…
  • Take a digital health check

    Paul Boag
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    How digitally healthy is your organisation? Is it prepared for the changes digital is bringing? Here are the questions that will give you the answers. This article was originally published on Smashing Magazine. How digitally healthy is your organisation? For those of you who are freelancers or working at an agency, what about the health of your clients? I’m not talking about the latest mobile application or having a responsive website. I’m talking about the organisation that sits behind these digital tools. If the organisation is not digitally healthy, even the best technology and…
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  • Music Video: Jake Bugg “There’s A Beast And We All Feed It” Directed by Bob Harlow

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    I feel like most of my favourite videos this year are black and white! Director Bob Harlow and the DP Jackson Hunt channeled some Mark Romanek 99 Problems vibes here. Watch the video for Jake Bugg’s “There’s A Beast And We All Feed It” below. View the whole post: Music Video: Jake Bugg “There’s A Beast And We All Feed It” Directed by Bob Harlow over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Bryan Derballa

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:44 am
    “Before We Land”, photos by Brooklyn-based photographer Bryan Derballa. More photos below. View the whole post: Bryan Derballa over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Artist Profile: Jon Burgerman

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    Enjoyed this little profile on Brooklyn-based British artist Jon Burgerman. Watch “The Color of Fun” below. View the whole post: Artist Profile: Jon Burgerman over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Kamea Hadar and Defer

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    Kamea Hadar and Defer are collaborating on a series of work entitled “Paradise Lost”. The on-going project will see the two artists create murals and gallery shows together in several different cities. They have their first show opening on August 7th, in San Francisco, at 1AM Gallery. See more images below. View the whole post: Kamea Hadar and Defer over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Tim Richmond

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    Photos by Tim Richmond. See more below. View the whole post: Tim Richmond over on BOOOOOOOM!.
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  • How to build a fixed menu in 3 easy steps

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    The HTML Let’s start with the basis: The HTML. Place this code just after the opening <body> tag of your html document. If you’re applying this tutorial to a WordPress blog, this code should go into your header.php file. <div id="fixmenu"> <a href=""><img src="path/to/yourlogo.png" alt="" /></a> <ul class="menu-fixed"> <li><a href="">Home</a></li> <li><a href="#header"…
  • TeslaThemes giveaway: 3 standard subscriptions to win!!

    3 Jun 2014 | 1:01 am
    About TeslaThemes and the prize TeslaThemes is a selected club of Premium WordPress Themes coupled with clean, modern, responsive design and a complete set of advanced features. Click the image below to view the avilable themes: TeslaThemes are giving away 3 standard subscription to our readers. Which means that lucky winners will received access to all themes, future themes, as well as support and an extensive documentation. How to join the giveaway 1. Like and/or share TeslaThemes Facebook Page – 2. Follow and/or tweet on Twitter –…
  • Divi 2.0 release and giveaway: 3 ElegantThemes developer accounts to win

    21 May 2014 | 12:58 pm
    A word about Divi 2.0 At the end of last year, ElegantThemes launched what is arguably the most powerful theme in their collection. After such a great response from customers and the WordPress community at large, they have set their sights on a second release of Divi. This new version of the popular theme embarks lots of powerful options such as the Divi Builder, which push the boundaries of layout possibilities while still retaining a solid user experience, great design, and a flexible editing workflow. Another feature I totally love is the numerous themes options, which give you a plethora…
  • Amazing & fresh WordPress hacks

    28 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    Delete post revisions using your functions.php file Post revisions are super useful sometimes, but from time to time you might want to clean your database. Here’s a super easy way to delete all posts revisions. Open you functions.php file and paste the following code: $wpdb->query( "DELETE FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE post_type = 'revision'" ); Save the file and open your blog homepage to run the code. Once done, there’s no need to keep the code snippet in your functions.php file, as it will always delete all post revisions. So simply remove it. → Source:…
  • 35 Responsive bootstrap templates for only $9!

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    CatsWhoCode long time partners Mighty Deals are currently selling a bargain deal on their site. This collection features more than 35 useful Bootstrap templates to incorporate into your site! From landing pages to blog posts to scrollers, you’ll find everything that you need to finish your site design. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’re getting: Parallax template Details  |  Demo Business blog/ magazine Details  |  Demo Agency scrolling Details  |  Demo BootLander Details  |  Demo BootScroller…
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  • How to Incorporate the Color of the Year into Your Site

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    Every year, Pantone announces the Color of the Year. In 2014, the Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. While this may seem like news that only affects fashion designers and paint manufacturers, it also affects web design trends. Trends Are, Well, Trends It is more than likely that the average web designer will have at least one request to design a site that is decked out in Radiant Orchid in 2014. Though using a trendy color for a website may draw attention this year, next year Pantone will announce another color. This means that a website that was cool in 2014 may look dated in a very short…
  • Scribble: One Pen, Any Color

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:14 am
    Ever since I was a small child, I knew that more was better in terms of color options. I showed up to the first day of school so proud of my box of 24 crayons only to be disappointed and extremely jealous when I spotted my classmate's box of 48. There was no way around it, the bigger the box, the cooler the kid. What if you could have absolutely any color in your artist's arsenal? Imagine how large your tool set would have to be to pull off such a feat! The folks behind Scribble will blow your mind with an unconventional answer: one pen. That's all you need to replicate any color you see. How…
  • Harmony 2: A Beautiful Color Palette Game for iOS

    30 May 2014 | 11:13 am
    har•mo•ny 2 is an innovative iOS game that brings together beautiful color palettes and an immersive soundtrack. As you solve puzzles, you unlock awesome wallpapers that you can download for your phone. Check out the video below for a glimpse of the har•mo•ny 2 experience.
  • A Little Vintage Shop

    27 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    I love getting lost in old pictures and paintings of old Europe. A Little Vintage Shop has captured the romance of many of the castles and given the images a beautiful and vintage feel. Check out this fun collection to decorate your walls by illustrator Auriel Aki. Vintage Opera de Paris Have you ever been in Paris? You can move Paris to your home! Imagine this Vintage Hand Drawn View of Opéra National affixed on the wall of your airy verandah. Drinking champagne with friends pretending to sit in a bistrot in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. Opera de Paris at night View of Castles…
  • 6 Vintage Stamp Resources

    20 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    I just love old postcards, letters, and stamps. It makes me think of a more romantic era and the quality of beautiful design that used to go into simple, everyday items. It's fun to play around with these designs and create something beautiful yourself to send to a loved one. Have you ever thought about including some of this vintage inspiration into your design? Vintage vector stamps icons by Marish 66 Vintage Love Stamps by FineScrap 62 Vintage Postage Stamps by FineScrap 6 Postage Stamp Badges + Bonus by konstantinestudio Passport & Postage Stamps and Badges…
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  • ThemeFuse Giveaway: 3 Free Themes To Win!

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:15 am
    Advertise here with BSAThemeFuse’s crack group of theme creators wants you to start your day hearing about this exciting new offer: the potential to win one of three premium WordPress themes. The three winners will get vouchers that will allow them to download and own whichever ThemeFuse WordPress theme they desire. WordPress is already an excellent platform for your blog or site, and having a premium theme from a group as skilled as ThemeFuse will make your site even more amazing! Still not convinced you should enter? Having a WordPress site is already a great step toward getting your…
  • Sending The Right Message – Designing The Look Of Your Website

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Advertise here with BSAAchieving the correct balance of visual design and useful content is possibly one of the most difficult elements in the design process. A website must look fantastic if it is to quickly appeal to new readers, while at the same time the design should not obscure the content, which is ultimately what you want your readers to view. For a business it is vital to make sure that the website matches up with the branding and sends the message you are aiming for. Often a business owner will visualize in their mind how they want their website to look, without considering the…
  • Benefits of ERP for Design Companies

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    Advertise here with BSAEnterprise Resource Planning (ERP) has its roots in the traditional manufacturing sector. Gartner Group first coined the term in 1990 to provide a more general term for the specific manufacturing processes of manufacturing resource planning and computer-integrated manufacturing. Today ERP extends far beyond linear production lines and incorporates processes from every part of a business. Many ERP systems have been developed to help manage and optimize accountancy, human resources and maintenance. Until relatively recently, only large companies could afford to implement…
  • 10 awesome features in PrestaShop 1.6

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Advertise here with BSANowadys eCommerce has become huge and it’s replacing more and more traditional commerce. Ten, fifteen years ago doing commerce on the World Wide Web was restricted to the big players, Amazon and eBay and the really expensive scripts that were powering their websites. Making an eCommerce platform back then was insanely expensive and required teams of programmers and designers. Needless to say things are considerably easier now. There are a number of ways you can create an online store. If it were for me to make a classification there are two big categories of eCommerce…
  • 10 Free Infographic Design Kits

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Advertise here with BSAWhen they first appeared infographics were a graphical revolution. I remember I used to think about how much work must be behind the design of an infographic. And it was. Now, with the development of design kits, such as UI kits, wireframes and frameworks, designing an infographic has became easier. And this is done through free infographic design kits. Below we have found for you some of the best infographic design kits. You can use these awesome tools to design your own infographics to promote your brand or product. Free Infographic Design Kits
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  • 4 Tips For Hiring and Working with an Interior Designer

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

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

    Editorial Staff
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    There are millions of websites that go online every day, each of those websites need a design. Some are built by agencies or freelancers who were commissioned, others are built through website creators such as, a free website builder. Since its inception, Wix has forever changed the web by building a platform to empower individuals with no coding or design skills to build their own custom websites absolutely free. Currently with its 50 Million users and growing at an average rate of 45,000 new signups a day…Wix currently employs 550 people across 5 offices located in Tel Aviv…
  • Customize Your Resume Template and Take Full Advantage of Its Effectiveness

    Guest Author
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Your resume is usually the only document that you’ll provide while applying for a job. It is crucial for you to have a well-written one as this will have a huge impact on how you will make an impression to recruiters and possibly your chances of getting hired for the job you are applying for. Having a resume is fairly easy but having one that has been creatively written and designed is the tough part. In such cases, most applicants resort to resume templates in order to save themselves from the complexities of designing a resume has better chances of making it to the recruiters’ cut. The…
  • Inky Deals Giveaway: 11” MacBook Air & Design Resources worth $200,480

    Editorial Staff
    18 Jun 2014 | 2:00 pm
    We are happy to announce another massive giveaway from Inky Deals that comes with a free pack of premium resources worth $66. The freebie is sent to the email address you use to enter the contest and is part of The Epic Bundle: $20,048 worth of Top-Quality Resources – From $49. About Inky Deals Inky Deals is the place to go if you want premium resources at unbeatable prices whether you’re a graphic or web designer, developer, or business owner looking to improve yourself and your work. They’re the only ones who offer a 200% money back guarantee on every product. This means that…
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  • JavaScript Event Madness! Capturing *all* events without interference

    Guest Author
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    The following is a guest post by Matthias Christen and Florian Müller from Ghostlab. Ghostlab is cross-browser cross-device testing software for Mac and PC. One of the things I'm very impressed Ghostlab can do is sync the events from one browser to all the others. Scroll one page, the others you are testing scroll. Click somewhere on one page, that same click happens on the others. I asked them about how the heck it does that when there is so much that could interfere. Matthias and Florian explain: We have been developing Ghostlab, a tool for cross-device and cross-browser testing your…
  • CSS Triggers

    Chris Coyier
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    When you change a CSS properties value, the browser needs to react to your change. Some values change the layout of the page. For instance, a change in width requires the browser to update layout, then "paint" any pixels that have changed, then "composite" them together. That's a lot of work. Some CSS properties can be changed more inexpensively. For instance, a change in background-image doesn't require any layout changes, but does require paint and composite. Paul Lewis did all the research on which properties do what. A good reference to help you think about what kind of changes you can…
  • RWD Bloat

    Chris Coyier
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    Dave Rupert does an in-depth analysis of his own responsive site to figure out where he's at, identify places to improve, and evaluate the idea going around that responsive design is at fault for bloated websites. Says Dave: Expect RWD to add ~10% Direct Link to Article — Permalink RWD Bloat is a post from CSS-Tricks
  • GitHub’s CSS

    Chris Coyier
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Mark Otto takes us on a tour of the CSS of So great to read a straight-talking bit like this, warts and all. This is 90% the same as we do things at CodePen. One major difference is that they combine all their CSS into two files and just serve them on all pages. I suppose that way once you've visited any page of, you've browser-cached all the CSS you'll ever need there. I have tended to go with a global.css for everywhere and a section.css, which leverages browser cache for the bulk of it while keeping the total CSS weight per-page down. Direct Link to Article —…
  • Guide to Responsive-Friendly CSS Columns

    Guest Author
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    The following is a guest post by Katy Decorah (edited by Jason Morris). Katy was researching CSS columns and how they can work responsively, as there wasn't much information she could find out there on the subject. So, like a hero, she wrote it all up. Here's Katy: With CSS columns you can create a print-inspired layout with little added markup that can adapt beyond a fixed canvas. A supported browser will make calculations to wrap and balance content into tidy columns. If you're already working with a fluid layout, the columns will reflow automatically. With the right combination of…
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    David Airey, graphic designer

  • No More Landmines

    David Airey
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:54 am
    This poster by Columbian designer Victor Manuel Barrera got my attention. “I wanted to highlight a problem that lingers long after countries have been at war. Planted like seeds of death and mutilation, land mines are indiscriminate, making victims of soldiers and civilians, children and adults. Most people who activate these mines will die, and those who survive often require amputations, leaving an imprint of indelible pain in their minds and bodies.” Victor’s design is one of 122 posters featured in the Graphic Advocacy exhibition. “Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for…
  • G . F Smith, 1885 onwards

    David Airey
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    I always appreciate the work that paper specialist G . F Smith puts into the company’s print material. The 2014 “Portrait of a Company” book is no exception. Designed by Made Thought, with copywriting by Patrick Baglee, the book’s more than a promotional tool. It’s a good read, too. 1941 “On the night of 8 May 1941 German aircraft drop 157 tonnes of high explosive and 20,000 incendiary bombs onto the city of Hull. 116 people are killed and 160 more are seriously injured. The Osborne Street site, with its machinery, stocks and the company archive is reduced to rubble. By a…
  • The imai house

    David Airey
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Despite the mixed reviews I’ve read, there’s something about the imai house I find appealing. This was the three-metre-wide plot of land available for the build. And here’s the same plot post-construction. The ground floor is recessed to make room for a sheltered driveway at the front, where a wall slides open to lead into a kitchen and dining room that takes up most of the ground floor. “We adopted a way to construct a house by reinterpreting scale, natural light, and the use of each room,” said the architects. Completed in 2013 in Okazaki, Japan, the house has…
  • Mike Dempsey on “the graphic designer and ethics”

    David Airey
    6 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    “If you are a designer, ask yourself: am I colluding with a food or drinks manufacturer in minimising the bad points of a product through a designed subterfuge to make the product look enticing to children? If the answer is yes, you have some serious thinking to do. A design ‘strategy’ is often little more than a plan of action to hoodwink customers into thinking that a product is good and safe for them and their children when it is not. Photo by duncan c “Or you might be colluding on promotional material to divert attention from the many levels (with still more coming out of the…
  • “The button that keeps us on”

    David Airey
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    Kevin Ashton wrote a short piece called Creative People Say No. Here’s a quick excerpt: “We are not taught to say ‘no.’ We are taught not to say ‘no.’ ‘No’ is rude. ‘No’ is a rebuff, a rebuttal, a minor act of verbal violence. ‘No’ is for drugs and strangers with candy. “‘No’ makes us aloof, boring, impolite, unfriendly, selfish, anti-social, uncaring, lonely and an arsenal of other insults. But ‘no’ is the button that keeps us on.” Photo by iMorpheus It takes a few minutes to read the rest. Back in 2010 I talked about why it pays to say no. It’s…
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  • Tips for Designing a Beautiful Single-Page Portfolio Website

    Jake Rocheleau
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Advertise here with BSAMany trends in general web design can also be applied to single page layouts. But there are some unique features to the lone webpage which can add more flavor into a design. Like most of the web design field, common sense and user experience always trumps inessential creative ideas. But that doesn’t mean anybody can just understand the best techniques for creating a single page design. In this post I’d like to share a few ideas on how to create usable, tactile portfolios with content featured on a single page. Mobile users are growing rapidly so you have to…
  • 35 Mobile Responsive Portfolio Website Layouts

    Jake Rocheleau
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Advertise here with BSAA portfolio is used to showcase your creative work to anyone with Internet access. The goal is to present your talent front & center making it easy to navigate. Responsive layouts will look stunning on any device allowing visitors to can check out your work from their laptop, tablet, or even smartphone. It’s tough to build a naturally responsive layout without a bit of practice. You want to understand which traits work best and how people normally interact with your website. This gallery includes 35 outstanding examples of fully-responsive portfolio website…
  • 200 Portfolio Sites for Web Design Inspiration

    Jake Rocheleau
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Advertise here with BSADesigners and developers are growing in numbers and plenty of these folks have outstanding portfolios. The common advantage of the Internet is that anybody from anywhere in the world can check out your projects during any time of the day! If you wish to land more freelance work then I would recommend taking a peek at your current portfolio to see if anything could be updated. And to help with building ideas for your own website, I have collected 200 various portfolios of graphics designers, developers, writers, and other digital creatives. This is a massive showcase…
  • Top 20 WordPress Theme Creators From 2014

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Advertise here with BSALooking for a great design for your website? Do you also want it to work smoothly and to be easy for you to use and customize? And since you’re at it, with everyone using tablets and mobile phones now, it should also be responsive. Well, lucky for you, there are many great WordPress themes you can find that fulfill all these requirements. You can find below the best 20 WordPress themes creators. Make sure to browse through their galleries of beautifully designed and highly functional themes. There’s surely something there that will catch your eye and suit your…
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  • 3 Awesome Design Trends in Healthcare

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Most healthcare facilities look the same — you walk in and see a sterile waiting room lined with standard arm chairs, a TV on the wall, a stack of magazines in the corner, and artwork that is less than interesting. However, in an effort to make patients feel more comfortable, designers are changing the boring look. Waiting rooms are becoming more inviting, being infused with high-tech features, and getting a much-needed change in décor. Take a look at some of the awesome design trends in healthcare right now. Meaningful Décor and Art If you’ve ever spent the night in a hospital…
  • 4 outstanding CSS transitions

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    One of the biggest differences between websites today and those from the past is the use of CSS. CSS can make a simple website absolutely stunning. CSS Transitions are essentially when a component of a site changes into another component. So as such what happens between the time you drift your mouse over a component and it changes into something else is characterized as the transition. Here are five examples we feel beautifully display the use of CSS transitions. TRUE 212 The TRUE 212 website is a great example of how CSS Transitions can be used on a website, almost all buttons on the…
  • Join the 95K Professional Designers Who Have Embraced Code-Free Web Design With Webydo

    9 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    I taught myself to code at the tender age of 12 and since then, have spent the better part of my adult life writing HTML and CSS for a living. Code has been the sole source of many a sleepless night and sees me tearing my hair out on a regular basis, so imagine my relief when I discovered Webydo’s web design platform, a code-free solution to my stress. Webydo addresses the ever-growing need for a more streamlined design process by completely eliminating code altogether. Aimed at professional web and graphic designers, the platform is a breath of fresh air in an industry dominated by a…
  • 6 inspirational apps for graphic designers

    6 Jul 2014 | 4:13 pm
    When the creative well runs dry, it’s important to know how to replenish it. To become inspired, you now only need to visit your device’s app store. Here are a few of the best apps for graphic designers and artists to kick start their next projects: myPantone: Find the Perfect Color ($7.99) This app is a bit pricey, but its handiness makes it a great tool for any designer. This app places Pantone library access at your fingertips and makes it accessible from your phone. You can build, share and export color palettes as well. One of the most unique features of myPantone allows you…
  • 6 high quality and free vectors related to nature

    30 Jun 2014 | 10:42 am
    Oscar Wilde said we look at nature too much, and live with it too little. In this day and age with more and more technological advancements and more and more people getting glued to their digital screens, Wilde’s statement is truer than ever. Deep philosophies aside, here I have prepared a list of 20 nature based vectors which you can use in your designs and help remind people to care about Mother Nature. Lake landscape This vector is basically a scenery, akin to what most of us have drawn in nursery school. It contains all the elements of a scenery: a clean lake, a fisherman in boat,…
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  • How to Use Vertical Rhythm to Your Advantage?

    Paula Borowska
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    Typography is a big part of any design, especially web or app design. Vertical rhythm is the alignment of lines of text in terms of text size and the spacing between the lines. It is often used to organize text and make it more legible; in turn, this makes the reading experience much better and the design more appealing. I’m here to show you how vertical rhythm can be set so that you can take advantage of it in your future designs and take control over your typography. What Makes for Good Rhythm? There are two things that effect vertical rhythm, font size and line height. (When dealing with…
  • White Headline Text in Web Design

    Carol Francis
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    The current trend of the use of large or fullscreen background images on website landing pages has forced the introduction of another trend – white headline text. Very often background photographs are dark, so it would seem that white is the new black in website design. Here we have collected a selection of sites making use of this trend – as you will see, it works better on some designs than others, but all of these examples are beautifully effective. The Use of White Headline Text This UK charity software site uses a fullscreen slideshow of photographs, but they have put a…
  • How to Use Neuroscience Findings to Improve UX and Conversions?

    Armen Ghazarian
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    What if you knew the perfect formula for a successful product? Sounds like a marketing pitch for some cheap Hollywood movie, doesn’t it? But the truth is that scientists may soon have the “first draft” of that success recipe or at least will have a list of ingredients. Extensive studies in the field of neuroscience combined with numerous eyetracking researches, brain scans and neuromarketing findings prepare the ground for some very interesting discoveries also from a UX perspective. Neuroscience is basically a scientific study of the human brain and nervous system. It explains how our…
  • Stunning and Effective App Website Designs

    Carol Francis
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    With the massive growth of mobile device usage for connecting to the internet, there are apps for just about anything you can dream of. All of these apps have a website connected to them and the design of that site is almost as important as the app itself. The site has to entice the viewer to buy or download the app on their mobile device, so getting across the right ‘feel’ for the app is of paramount importance. Here we have collected a selection of app websites designs that do just that. Effective App Websites iShows An iPhone app that enables you to manage your favorite TV…
  • An Introduction to HTML Imports

    Paula Borowska
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    HTML imports are an experimental but promising way of embedding content. Imports are used to embed one HTML document into another; when you think about it this should not be something too difficult, but it currently is. Just like the name of this post suggest, I will give you an introduction to HTML imports by learning how they work and what exactly do they do. What’s the Point of HTML Imports? If you want to include an HTML page within another you have to use either an iFrame, AJAX or some other weirder JavaScript based work out. Now, HTML imports are so new that it’s only supported by…
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  • Design Focus: Type Guides

    Sophia Lucero
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Here’s a resource roundup to sharpen your typography skills. This week we’re looking at sites that curate beautiful applications of webfonts, so get inspired! Designs of the Week Build on DIYThemes’ Thesis Framework for rock solid SEO and great layout customization options. Free Faces My favorite of the bunch — the designer’s own application of the glyphs as featured “posters” is just lovely. On the homepage they make one tall abstract painting. Typewolf Pastels seem to abound not only in the base design but the featured ones. Content is set in a…
  • Design Focus: Better Bookmarking UX

    Sophia Lucero
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Here’s another new trend to investigate: the evolution of bookmarking into curated and frictionless user experiences. Designs of the Week Get solid WordPress themes, plugins, and even design training from iThemes. So simple and clever, I’m surprised godfather of modern online bookmarks, Delicious, didn’t come up with it. Here the design to praise is not just its thin, light colors and lines, but a design of a process that makes bookmarking dead-easy: just append “” in front of a URL to save it. Then to add it to a list, just use…
  • Design Focus: Layering

    Sophia Lucero
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:36 am
    This brewing design pattern breaks out of your typical grid layouts and layers images and text on top of one another. It’s quite an interesting approach that makes website elements feel more like objects that you can more easily interact with, like stuff on your physical desk. Designs of the Week Make Headway, make intuitive layouts, make it your WordPress theme of choice! Siena Photos are littered from top to bottom floating over one another with a bit of staggered scrolling, and hovering brings them to full brightness as well as clickable links. Nice nod to the builder’s yellow…
  • Cool Tools for Creative Blog Content

    8 Jun 2014 | 1:27 am
    Creating a blog is fast and easy today. Even with little or no background graphic designing or web developing, one can still be able to make an attractive blog with a great potential to drive traffic moving forward. With the numerous free design tools available online these days, there’s every opportunity to build a blog suited to your personal preference. It just takes a little patience and resourcefulness and soon, you’ll be on your way to creating a great looking and interactive blog. Depending on the type of content you want to add to your blog and blog posts, there are…
  • Design Focus: Animated Logos

    Sophia Lucero
    6 Jun 2014 | 6:04 am
    The next avenue for interactivity are logos that look brilliant in both static and animated states. Get inspired here. Designs of the Week Get solid WordPress themes, plugins, and web design training from iThemes. Of Another A familiar typographic layout whose minimal looks is broken by a colorful dance of shapes. One takeaway from this portfolio would be: it’s a good idea to screencast website design work along with screenshots. Kitchen Prague I enjoy the touch of quirk brought by the hand-drawn icons and words, which are wiggling like the logo. Clicking on the portfolio image once…
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    The Dieline

  • Frank's Dachshund Dog Collection

    Jessica Sanchez
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Frank's is a line of dog products specifically for the dachshund, or widely known as 'the hot dog' - dog. A design created by Amanda Day, who utilized strong type with delicate patterns to showcase this line of pet products that includes bow ties and gentle knit sweaters. A collection that is unique, specific, and unlike anything out in the market. "I was asked to design a packaging system for pet products that was unlike anything else on the market. The brand was specifically for the dachshund. The typography is bold and classic, suggesting a sense of luxury and taste, even in a…
  • NADÈGE Macaron Series

    Jessica Sanchez
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Toronto based patisserie, NADÈGE launches an exclusive and collaborative macaron packaging. Each month a new macaron box design will launch featuring a new artist. This will continue from August 1 — until January 16. NADÈGE wanted to contribute to the growing art community and decided to launch a series of unique art work from various designers from a variety of disciplines.The artist boxes will launch in succession beginning with Virginia Johnson’s design followed by Steve Krug. The first launch which is this Friday, August 1 with Virginia Johnson. Virginia is a…
  • Brauer Medication

    Elizabeth Freeman
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Brauer needed a packaging design that would best represent the company’s natural home remedy. Black Squid Design steered toward a minimalist aesthetic with a decorative finish. The box, matched with the bottle’s label, is stark white plastered with a symbolic keyword that would quickly give the consumer an understanding of the purpose of each pill. A playful doodle hugs the label, abstractly describing the feeling you would get once you intake the product. The added drawing combined with the bright matching colored streak gives life to the packaging without excessively artificially…
  • Before & After: Olden Water

    Elizabeth Freeman
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dinamo Design gives Olden water a facelift in efforts that the product will stand out from the trending minimalistic design of its competitors. Olden’s previous design was believed to be blending in with the rest of the items on the shelves with a predictable blue for the label and top. With the new design, color is utilized wrapping around the bottle playfully.   “Background and Challenge Hansa Borg was not looking at Olden’s challenges in a larger, brand strategic context resulting in continuous decline in sales and reduced preference in the market. The time to raise the gaze…
  • Anya Hindmarch Packaging Clutch

    Jessica Sanchez
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Anya Hindmarch's new collection brings nostalgia to all of us. Her clutch collection is based off vintage cereal boxes. She juxtaposes luxury with mini-mart products with her Imperial Family line and her newest Kellogg cereal clutches. "Anya Hindmarch’s The Imperial FamilyEnglish fashion designer Anya Hindmarch’s  Imperial Family is bringing luxury to the not-so-luxurious world of mini-mart products. She’s created a packaging design inspired clutch collection in the form of python skins digitally printed with cereal and match box art, accented with suede lining, and gold…
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  • Code Free, Parallax Scrolling Solutions for Professional Designers

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Advertise here with BSA  Graphic/web designers have an acute sense of novelty, so most of us like to stay on top of things by using innovative technology to improve our work, and by adhering to new standards in the market. In this article, you can read all about Webydo and websites with parallax scrolling.   Storytelling with Parallax Scrolling Animation! The latest trends in web design utilize ‘storytelling’ techniques, which actively engage visitors through their presence on a website. It can be argued that parallax backgrounds on a website are in high demand, lately. They…
  • 44 Creative Examples of Digital Landscapes & Environments

    Jake Rocheleau
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:03 am
    Advertise here with BSALearning and mastering the fundamentals of art can take years of practice. Traditional painting is one of the most creative fields which has lead the way to digital painting. No need to buy supplies or setup an easel – just plug in your tablet and start Photoshop to get the party started. It’s a unique method of painting that offers easy access to anyone. In this gallery I’ve collected 44 outstanding examples of digital landscape environment paintings. Most of these are 2d paintings while some also include various 3D aspects. But the majority of these…
  • Best Website Builders for Small Businesses

    21 Jun 2014 | 7:42 am
    Advertise here with BSANowadays, creating your own website is no longer a hassle thanks to the variety of website builders that allow you to take care of your current projects and not spend time on coding. What’s the best way for small design businesses to get started with their sites? Here’s a list of three website builders that get the job done and still leave designers time for their projects. IM Creator Effective and affordable, IM Creator is the ideal solution for small design businesses. IM Creator helps designers put their content out there quickly and efficiently. It’s more…
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    Elliot Jay Stocks
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
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  • Google’s Material Design

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:02 am
    Amongst the flurry of new releases at yesterday’s Google I/O, one stood out to me above all else: the unveiling of the company’s ‘Material Design’ visual language. And not just its announcement, but the fact that Google have put the entire documentation online. The specs are an impressive read to say the least, and with lofty goals. The first: Create a visual language that synthesizes classic principles of good design with the innovation and possibility of technology and science. And the second: Develop a single underlying system that allows for a unified experience across…
  • Typekit updates for CC 2014

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:54 am
    Earlier this week, when Adobe announced the ‘CC 2014’ apps, we rolled out some pretty cool new Typekit features, too. The biggest news is probably our integration with Photoshop: if you open a document that has missing fonts, Photoshop can check to see if they’re in the Typekit Desktop library, and, if so, sync them straight to your computer without you even having to leave the app. This is a pretty awesome feature that will only get more awesome as our Desktop font library continues to grow. We’ve had this feature in Illustrator and InDesign since the previous release, and…
  • Siteleaf

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:02 am
    Back in June 2010 (bloody hell, that was four years ago!), I moved my site’s backend over from self-hosted WordPress to Harmony, the CMS created by my friend Steve Smith. And although Harmony has continued to be a joy to use and extremely reliable after it was sold to Collective Idea (when Steve joined GitHub), it’s now time for me to move on. So, I’m pleased to announce that this site is now powered by Oak Studios’wonderful CMS Siteleaf. The great thing about Siteleaf is that it generates static files, so it’s extremely fast and the site can live on even if the…
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  • How to Organise your Graphic Design Work

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

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

    Tara: Freelance Designer
    14 Aug 2013 | 7:33 am
    A guest post by Luke Clum Now that everyone from your favorite author to your dog sitter has some sort of website, most designers have learned that the old, static layouts and pages just don’t cut it anymore. In order to really get the attention of your viewer you have to stay ahead of the trends; a great way to do this is embrace interactivity. Static pages just don’t stand out to visitors anymore, as they are now used to animation, parallax scrolling, and other interactive elements. But don’t fear, interactive pages don’t have to be complicate, as you can see in this…
  • 10 Inspiring Printed Designs

    Tara: Freelance Designer
    24 Jul 2013 | 8:10 am
    A guest post by Paul Kilminster who has worked in the printing industry for several years and has seen how the industry has evolved to meet the challenges of digital marketing. He is currently the Technical Services Director for Print and Digital Associates. From full-on works of art to professional business cards, print is an incredibly versatile medium. Since we know you can’t get enough of looking at beautiful designs, we’ve found ten fabulous examples of striking and innovative prints for you to enjoy. Check them out below! 1. Lumadessa – Night Owl The simple geometric design of…
  • Enter to WIN project management software for creatives

    Tara: Freelance Designer
    3 Jul 2013 | 8:53 am
    We are giving away a 1-year subscription to Planning Pod, the online business and project management software app built for designers and creative firms. Tired of juggling dozens of software apps to manage all your business details? Want a better way to manage all your to-do’s, files, invoices, proposals, legal contracts, timesheets, contacts, leads and more? Planning Pod gives you all the tools you need to run your design business in one convenient place. And since it’s built by creatives, for creatives, it’s got a flair for design and lets you customize your account to…
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    The Graphic Mac

  • Monochrome brings social app viewing to the Mac

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Monochrome lets you browse and check all your favorite social networks at the same time from the ease of your laptop or desktop Mac. You can listen to SoundCloud or watch YouTube while working on something else without the battery taking a huge hit. If you don’t live with your iPhone in your hand at all times and want to view some of the most popular social networks in one small window on your Mac, Monochrome looks like a great solution. All the social networks Monochrome supports can be seen in the screenshots below. Related posts: Google to add social networking to Gmail? Social media…
  • Overcast: A simple podcast player for iOS

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Overcast is a powerful and almost jarringly simple podcast player that offers a few features worth giving the app a try. Smart Speed and Voice Boost are really nice for podcast fans. Creating podcast playlists is a new concept for me, but it’s pretty cool. There a few other nice additions that you can buy for $5, but the app itself is free and fully functional. Related posts: Elmedia Player Pro: View, download & manage video files (15% off) Capture audio and video directly with Quicktime Player Angry Mac Bastards podcast
  • Google & Microsoft: Where have I seen these companies before?

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Over the course of the last two years or so, I have (for whatever reason) been paying more attention to Microsoft and Google as companies — not so much their products. The entire time, I kept thinking that they reminded me of another tech company. One that was too big to fail. I’m speaking about Apple, of course. The list of “too big to fail” companies is long for those who were in the game early. Remember GEnie, Compuserve, AOL, Earthlink, WordPerfect, Macromedia, Quark, Netscape, IE, AMD, IBM, Syquest Drives, Zip disks, and more recently, MySpace. I’m sure I could…
  • Word Crimes. Love it!

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    My personal favorite: “I could care less.” Whenever I hear someone say that, I immediately file them in my mental rolodex of idiots to never speak with unless required by law.” Related posts: 30 Mac OS X apps and utilities I love: Part 1 InDesign color swatches panel shortcuts 30 Mac OS X apps and utilities I love: Part 3
  • Adobe releases free multi-language font for Creative Cloud users

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Adobe, in partnership with Google, is pleased to announce the release of Source Han Sans, a new open source Pan-CJK typeface family that is now available on Typekit for desktop use. Source Han Sans, available in seven weights, is a typeface family which provides full support for Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese, all in one font. All told, each font weight in the family has a total of 65,535 glyphs (the maximum supported in the OpenType format), and the entire family rounds out at just under half a million total glyphs. This is awesome for designers who must work…
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  • Get Published (Part 2): Discussing Writing Terms With The Site

    Issa Mirandilla
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    Last time, we talked about identifying your niche and the right site for you to write for. The process involves checking out the guest-posting guidelines, and understanding what the site needs, and what their readers are looking for. This second part on our how to get published series will touch on what you can do before you pitch an idea to the site you want to write for. Yes, expect to have to do a lot of work, but understand that it’s necessary if you don’t want to end up pitching titles that won’t be accepted anyway. The earlier you recognize how your writing fits (or…
  • How to Use CSS3 Blending Mode [CSS3 Tips]

    Thoriq Firdaus
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Note: This feature here requires enabling from the chrome://flags page for it to work. If you have ever used a graphic or photo editor like Photoshop and Pixelmator, you should already be familiar with Blending Modes. Blending Modes is a collection of modes that enables an object to blend with other objects, and thus producing contrastive output of the mix. If done correctly, Blending Modes could output a very enticing result, like this. Blend Mode application in a logo by Ivan Bobrov Blending Mode has been a feature found only in graphic and photo editors. Nowadays, you can find it in the…
  • 20 Creative Uses Of Lego You Need To See

    Leanne Tan
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    The world will probably never get tired of the wonders of Lego, even if it definitely hurts when you step on one. Painful feet massage aside, the popular brick toy continues to astound us with the many things we can create with it, from mega structures to constructing movie scenes. The sky is the limit to what you can create with Lego, unless of course, you don’t have an unlimited supply of Lego bricks. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring out your childhood Lego collection to create practical everyday things or as a simple lifehack. To that end, here is a list of 20…
  • Basic & Essential Command Lines Every Web Designers Should Grasp

    Thoriq Firdaus
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    You may have come across instructions in web design and development tutorials that tell you to do things like npm install or git clone, etc. These are Command Line Interfaces (CLI). We use them to tell the computer to perform specific tasks, usually by typing specific commands from Terminal and Command Prompt. Terminal and Command Prompt may not be the most convenient tool to use, particular for web designers, which is quite understandable, since web designers may be more familiar with graphical interfaces. Yet, tools like Yeoman, Bower, and Google Web Starter Kit operate through command…
  • Controlling CSS3 Animation with steps() Function

    Thoriq Firdaus
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Animation is one of the greatest features introduced to CSS. In the past, web animation was only available in the JavaScript or Flash territory. But, today, many websites opt to use CSS for adding subtle animation. In previous articles, we have gone through how to do some cool things with CSS animation like adding a marquee effect and adding bounce effect to something. In this article, we will once again dive into CSS animation. This time, we are going to discuss a CSS animation function, steps(), that enables us to control the animation’s movement — don’t freak out,…
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  • Interview: Dave Gouveia on Great Logo Design

    Amanda Aszman
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    When it comes to great logo design, HOW Logo Design Competition & Awards judge Dave Gouveia knows what’s up. That’s because he’s worked in the design industry for over 19 years and has a variety of successful logo designs under his belt. In 2000 he founded the design studio 3 Dogz Creative Inc. with two co-workers, and he currently freelances for companies such as the Canadian Cancer Society, 9 Story Entertainment and Harlequin. Gouveia, who has two entries in the publication Identity Crisis: 50 Redesigns That Transformed Stale Identities, also designed and…
  • New Open Source Font Family: Source Han Sans

    Melissa Mazzoleni
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    If you’re a typeface enthusiast or a designer who creates work for international audiences, you don’t want this news to fly under your radar. Last week, Adobe and Google announced their recent font collaboration: Source Han Sans. This is the first open source Pan-CJK typeface that supports Japanese, Chinese and Korean (along with Latin, Greek and Cyrillic) alphabets. Take a closer look at how it was developed. Type designer Ryoko Nishizuka drawing some of the characters for Source Han Sans. Image courtesy Adobe. Multi-language sample With the complexity of these language,…
  • Shutterstock Palette: Explore Images by Color

    Amanda Aszman
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Color in design matters. Designers know the power that lives in those deep blues and striking greens, and every other color for that matter, and Shutterstock has created yet another innovative way for users to tap that power. Meet Palette, your new best friend when it comes to exploring images by color palette. “Designers love exploring the Shutterstock collection using color, and we wanted to create a unique experience for those searching within brand guidelines,” said Shutterstock’s VP of product Wyatt Jenkins. “Palette was designed as a collaborative tool to inspire and discover…
  • Survey Says: Design Salaries Up

    Michelle Taute
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    How much do designers make? The 2014 HOW Design Salary Survey shows creative paychecks getting fatter— and the design job market heating back up. Words by Michelle Taute Design by Sally Carmichael We’re not exaggerating when we say the results of the latest HOW graphic design salary survey make us want to jump up and down. And maybe let out a few screams of joy. Then sneak out of work early for an impromptu happy hour with our favorite designers. After some economically rough years, the sun is finally shining bright on designers: The national average salary for designers rose a full…
  • Doug Hucker: Great Logo Design

    Amanda Aszman
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    Back in 2012, Baltimore-based graphic designer and illustrator Doug Hucker was recognized in the HOW Logo Design Competition & Awards for helping to set the bar when it comes to cool logo designs, despite his thinking that he didn’t have a chance at winning. Judge Sunny Bonnell, co-founder and creative director at Motto, had this to say about Hucker’s design: I thought this was an excellent, unified mark. It’s compact, the type is incorporated nicely, and it scales well. It is youthful, fresh, and energetic—perfect for the bike cafe it represents. Doug Hucker’s…
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    The Logo Smith

  • Foursquare’s New Logo Redesign Goes Superhero

    The Logo Smith
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    Foursquare’s New Logo Redesign Goes Superhero Just to clarify: the Superhero wording wasn’t my idea, this comes direct from the folks at Foursquare, and I quote: Foursquare: “…if you build a totally new app, you need a totally new logo. Our logo is changing from the check-in checkmark to something representing the new Foursquare. We designed it to be a mix of map pin and superhero emblem. We’ve always thought of Foursquare as giving you superpowers to explore your city, and our new logo reflects that vision. It’s coming soon to a homescreen near you.” Thought…
  • The Helvetica Watch by Mondaine

    The Logo Smith
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:38 am
    The Helvetica Watch by Mondaine There really isn’t anything that is safe from being Helverticarised: we’ve had a whole variety of Helvetica themed goodies in the past, from the Helvetica Bike, Helvetica The Perfume: “The Scent of Nothing”, the gorgeous Helvetica Moleskines, Helvetica Wine (designed by WildWildWeb), and a crap load of other Helvetica themed items. The latest item to be branded with Helvetica? The humble wrist watch, although in this case a very non-humble watch by Mondiane—Mondaine is known to many as the official timekeeper of the Swiss…
  • AirBNB’s New Logo Design Gets Mobbed

    The Logo Smith
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    Post Updated with information from the BBC: Airbnb’s new logo faces social media backlash AirBNB’s New Logo Design Gets Mobbed It’s always a shame when something like this happens, mostly because there is some poor soul, or group of poor souls, who are having to just sit through all this media shit about how their new AirBNB logo can be perversely disfigured. Right now I’m feeling a little pity for London-based firm, DesignStudio.I love the new design, and love how it’s been implemented across the brand identity, and I really do massively feel for the flack…
  • Master Client Logo Sheet Template for Download

    The Logo Smith
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:53 am
    >> Download Master Client Logo Sheet The above link will download a ZIP archive of an: Adobe Illustrator CC7 file (without embedded fonts) and a PDF (with embedded fonts), all ready for you to present those finished master logo files nicely to your client. Client Logo Sheet I have settled on this style of Client Logo Sheet for providing, and presenting, my own clients with the finished logo files. Each one has a few bits of useful information, such as: the colour mode used in Illustrator, either RGB or CMYK and list of the actual colours used in the logo.
  • Logo Design Copyright Transfer Form Template for Download

    The Logo Smith
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    >> Download The above link will download a ZIP archive of an: InDesign file CC7 & CS4 (without fonts), and a PDF (with embedded fonts) for the updated: Logo Design Copyright Transfer Form Template, all ready for you and your client. This template download follows on from a recent post: Freelance Logo Design Proposal and Invoice Template. I also previously wrote a brief post on how copyright works in: Logo Design Copyright: How Do I Copyright A Logo Design And Transfer Ownership, specifically when it comes to any form of unique logo…
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    Jason Santa Maria

  • What’s Next

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    In the back of my head is always a thought: What will I do when I stop designing websites? It’s not because I want to stop—I love what I do—it’s that I wonder how long I can expect to do it. I don’t think it’s unrealistic to think that there will be a time when I don’t want to, or can’t—due to fatigue or professional obsolescence—work in this industry anymore. It may not happen, but planning for that possibility isn’t a bad idea either. I think about this stuff because the speed of life and our industry can be humbling and terrifying all at once. It’s not just about…
  • A Lifetime Odyssey

    28 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    Sasha Sagan, daughter of famed astronomer Carl Sagan, wrote a wonderful piece about her father and how life is both terrifying and exciting: When you consider the nearly infinite number of forks in the road that lead to any single person being born, they said, you must be grateful that you’re you at this very second. Think of the enormous number of potential alternate universes where, for example, your great-great-grandparents never meet and you never come to be. Moreover, you have the pleasure of living on a planet where you have evolved to breathe the air, drink the water, and love the…
  • On the Job

    28 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    My grandfather was a carpenter. He built many houses, including his and my grandmother’s, and my family’s home. He always had a pickup truck because that was his means to signal to the world that he was in business. Even after he had retired, he insisted on having a pickup truck so that he would always have the option to work if he needed it. That was a door he never wanted to close. His friends and coworkers would meet at a local diner every morning for breakfast and to have a few laughs. I remember passing the diner on my morning school bus ride and seeing his and his friends’ pickup…
  • Four Color Process

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    I’ve been reading comic books off and on since I was little. There was a time when I thought I’d like to pursue a career in drawing comics. I enjoy the medium immensely for both its art and storytelling explorations. The art in particular has always held a place in my heart, which is why when I found John Hilgart’s Four Color Process blog I lost most of a morning pouring through the images. I appreciate the technology many of us use to read comics now, but seeing the dots and registration (or lack thereof) has a quiet human charm, not unlike seeing the texture of an artist’s brush…
  • Ask a question

    17 Mar 2014 | 10:07 am
    When I want to find out more about my own work, I ask a question. When someone asks me to look at their work, I ask a question. It’s a silly thing to say, but it took me years to do that. It’s silly because it’s probably obvious to you, or to anyone who’s thought about it for a moment: If you want to get a better understanding of something, asking a question is infinitely more useful than making a statement. It took me years to get there because I fell into the same trap many young designers do when in a critique—I tried to participate by offering answers. Answers are appealing, of…
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    Joel on Software

  • Trello, Inc.

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Hello? is this thing on? I’m not sure if I even know how to operate this “blog” device any more. It’s been a year since my last post. I’m retired from blogging, remember? Want to hear something funny? The only way I can post blog posts is by remote-desktopping into a carefully preserved Windows 7 machine which we keep in a server closet running a bizarrely messed-up old copy of CityDesk which I somehow hacked together and which only runs on that particular machine. The shame! I do need to fill you in on some exciting Trello News, though. As you no doubt know, Trello is the…
  • Victory Lap for Ask Patents

    22 Jul 2013 | 12:55 pm
    There are a lot of people complaining about lousy software patents these days. I say, stop complaining, and start killing them. It took me about fifteen minutes to stop a crappy Microsoft patent from being approved. Got fifteen minutes? You can do it too. In a minute, I’ll tell you that story. But first, a little background. Software developers don’t actually invent very much. The number of actually novel, non-obvious inventions in the software industry that maybe, in some universe, deserve a government-granted monopoly is, perhaps, two. The other 40,000-odd software patents issued every…
  • Free as in Fortune Cookies

    30 Apr 2013 | 1:42 pm
    Trello has been out for less than two years and it’s been growing like wildfire. We recently hit 1.5 million members, of whom about 1/3 perform some action every month, and our MongoDB database now contains more than 70 million cards on 3.7 million boards. So the obvious question I get all the time is, “How exactly are you supposed to make money with that?” You may have noticed that Trello is free. Not “free trial,” not “freemium,” but just plain old free. Some people have justifiably wondered if it really makes sense to pay a dozen people, nestled in fancy offices with free…
  • The Patent Protection Racket

    2 Apr 2013 | 11:31 am
    The fastest growing industry in the US right now, even during this time of slow economic growth, is probably the patent troll protection racket industry. Lawsuits surrounding software patents have more than tripled since 1999. It’s a great business model. Step one: buy a software patent. There are millions of them, and they’re all quite vague and impossible to understand. Step two: FedEx a carefully crafted letter to a few thousand small software companies, iPhone app developers, and Internet startups. This is where it gets a tiny bit tricky, because the recipients of the letter need to…
  • Town Car Version Control

    11 Mar 2013 | 6:34 pm
    The team at Fog Creek is releasing a major new version of Kiln today. Kiln is a distributed version control system. One of the biggest new features is Kiln Harmony, which lets you operate on Kiln repositories using either Git or Mercurial. So you can push changes to a Kiln repo using Git and then pull them using Mercurial. This means that you never have to decide whether you want to use Git or Mercurial. Religious war: averted. But, I’m getting ahead of myself! For those of you that have been living under a rock, the single biggest change in developers’ lives in the last decade (besides…
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    JUST™ Creative

  • Obligation and Choice

    Jacob Cass
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    This article has been contributed by Tyler Wentzel, looking at the differences between obligation and choice and the effects it can have on us.  All too often people place the majority of their stock into making a living when it comes to choosing a profession. The necessity of earning a living obligates us to find work—any work—that can sustain us and our families. Once employed in a field we didn’t really want, the obligation principle augments further in that our jobs are often characterized by rigid requirements and time constraints. Consequently, actually doing what we wanted to do…
  • Paula Scher on Designing Adaptable Brand Identities

    Jacob Cass
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    Pentagram partner, Paula Scher has just released her first online design class on Skillshare focused on designing flexible and adaptable brand identities. The trailer for her class has some real nuggets of wisdom and I highly recommend watching. Brand Identity: Design Adaptable Branding Systems An Online Skillshare Class by Paula Scher Paula Scher is known for her award-winning work designing brand identities for organizations like The Public Theater, Citibank, The Museum of Modern Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and countless others. In her class, Brand Identity: Design Adaptable…
  • The Creative Class Video Series

    Jacob Cass
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am is an ongoing video series that illustrates how some of the most influential people in the creative industries marry technology with their passion and skills across design, music, art, fashion, and beyond. The series gives a look into the contemporary creative process and the influence technology has on this. Here are the five released so far. Enjoy! Blur & Gorillaz musician Damon Albarn New York-based graphic designer and typographer Stefan Sagmeister Industrial designer Tom Dixon Creator and musician Fred Deakin and Shoe designer Marc Hare The Creative Class…
  • 10 Tips to Keep in Mind When Designing Websites for Startups

    Jacob Cass
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    This article has been contributed by Ezequiel Ortuno. There are times in the lives of designers when they have to craft websites for startups as opposed to creating sites for established names in the business. Websites for startups are a real challenge because very often a startup’s online identity is their sole branding tool, a point of contact with their target audience and a sales outlet all rolled into one. Website designers have a huge responsibility on their hands and cannot afford to take things for granted. At one end they must make sure that the website is a reflection of…
  • Call-to-Action Best Practices, Examples & Inspiration

    30 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    This article has been contributed by Helga Moreno. In this article we look at many different aspects of call-to-actions on websites, like their shapes, colors, designs, positions and many other factors that ensure that a user does not have to think twice on what action to complete. There are many aspects to a call-to-actions (not just buttons) so let’s look at some of the best practices, pitfalls and guidelines as well as some great examples of how to style call-to-actions. Call-To-Action Best Practices & Examples White space around buttons. Bigger type & button sizes result in…
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  • 30 Unofficial Redesigns of Popular Social Media Sites

    Chris Spooner
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    As web designers we often get frustrated with the UI and UX design of sites we commonly use, with social media sites being right up there as the most annoying! This can lead designers to have a go at redesigning them, albeit unofficially as a personal project just for fun. Sometimes these design concepts are pretty radical, whereas others are so well made we can only wish they were the real deal. Check out this roundup of 30+ unofficial redesigns of Twitter, Facebook & YouTube. Twitter Redesign by Fred Nerby Twitter Redesign Concept by Zsolt Hutvagner Twitter Redesign Concept by Lucas…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for July 25th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from TideKit, Underbelly Creative, Chileda, Bota Iusti and Citrus Sunrise. TideKit View the website Underbelly Creative View the website Chileda View the website Bota Iusti View the website Citrus Sunrise View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for July 25th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
  • 25 Innovative Websites that Buck the Design Trends

    Chris Spooner
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    I’ve heard a few remarks on recent posts on Line25 that many of the featured website designs have all looked the same. Certain trends have become so mainstream that the majority of modern web designs all have similarities in their layouts and styles. It’s still possible to find unique web designs though, in today’s post I showcase 25 innovative designs that buck the popular trends in favour of experimental ideas. These websites have all been chosen for their unusual navigations, out of the ordinary layouts or clever uses of animations and effects. Airnauts April Zero…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for July 18th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Louder Than Ten, Mod Notebooks, Format, AitThemes and Mateusz Dembek. Louder Than Ten View the website Mod Notebooks View the website Format View the website AitThemes View the website Mateusz Dembek View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for July 18th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
  • 30 Unseen Web Designs Currently Being Developed

    Chris Spooner
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Designers love to share previews of projects they’re working on with their friends and peers on sites like Dribbble, which makes it a great place to browse for web design inspiration. Seeing web design concepts while they’re in development means you get a sneak peek of the latest trends and styles before they go live on the web. In today’s post I round up 30 beautiful web designs I bet you haven’t seen before! These sites are so fresh they’re not even live yet, check them out before they hit the mainstream. New Bright Bright Great Concept by Alex Sheyn Bruno…
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    Lines and Colors :: a blog about drawing, painting, illustration, comics, concept art and other visual arts

  • Paul W. McCormack (update)

    Charley Parker
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Since I last wrote about Hudson River Valley based portrait artist Paul McCormack way back in 2006, he has established a new website which, I’m glad to say, features much larger images of his work (click on the images for enlargements). McCormack also maintains his McCormack Studio website, which includes additional paintings in watercolor and oil, as well as graphite drawings. It also lists the roster of his classes and workshops, books, and his custom designed watercolor palette. As much as I admire his refined oil portraits (images above, bottom three) and beautifully finessed pencil…
  • Eye Candy for Today: Hanna Hirsch Pauli invites us for breakfast

    Charley Parker
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Breakfast-Time, Hanna Hirsch Pauli There is an often overlooked sub-genre of painting that I particularly enjoy; for lack of a better term, it might be called “outdoor still life”. I’m hard pressed to think of a better example than this stunningly beautiful painting of a 19th century breakfast table in a sun-dappled garden by Swedish artist Hanna Hirsch Pauli. Richly painterly, with color that is at once understated and vibrant, it catches that magical difference of presenting still life subjects in the colors of sunlight. The link is to Google Art Project. There is a…
  • Cherngzhi Lian

    Charley Parker
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    Cherngzhi Lian is an artist based in Singaapore who works primarily in acrylic and watercolor, as well as drawing media. There are galleries on his website, largely of scenes from his travels in Bhutan. There is a drop-down menu for subjects, accessed from “Painting” on the left (though I found it cranky in my copy of Safari). There are also sketches under “Drawings” and “Travels”. Lian has a Tumblr blog, on which he posts sketches, often photographed in the context of the scene he is sketching. Many of his recent posts are devoted to his latest project, in…
  • Miranda Meeks

    Charley Parker
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    Utah illustrator Miranda Meeks conveys her often dark-edged subjects with a subtle touch, and a refined sense of value and color. She works in both traditional and digital media. Her website arranges her work in several categories (accessed from a drop-down), but unfortunately relies on you to use the browser’s back button rather than allowing some way to progressively step through the images. You can also find galleries of her work on Behance, and she maintains a Tumblr blog, on which she posts finished pieces as well as sketches, detail crops, works in progress and process articles.
  • John O’Reilly

    Charley Parker
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    In urban scenes of walls, corridors, alleys and car parks — that most of use might pass by unnoticed — Irish artist John O’Reilly finds fascination with geometric shapes, muted color, weathered textures and patterns of light and shade. O’Reilly’s website has example of his urban landscapes, as well as wall art and murals. I particularly enjoy the textural patterns in his paintings of slate or shingle roofs.
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    Logo Of The Day

  • 2014-07-29 | Chef’s Table

    Jacob Cass
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Chef’s Table for Norwegian Cruise Line Credits: Unknown Related Logos: 2014-01-16 | American Table (2) 2015-06-24 | Source (2) 2014-07-17 | Barba (0)
  • 2014-07-28 | Curvature

    Jacob Cass
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Curvature “We had a vision that we could help our customers run their IT better, smarter, and more efficiently; but also, more focused on the things that really matter.” S+G design director Dominick Ricci explains their choices: “We designed a logotype that visually echoed the key points in the strategy. Our simple ligature of connecting the ‘V’ and ‘A’ proved to be an elegant way of symbolizing a forward-thinking, game-changing approach to IT. The ligature (curved line) is used as a standalone graphic element that weaves itself through communications reinforcing the…
  • 2014-07-17 | Barba

    Jacob Cass
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Barba Restaurant Credits: Multiple Related Logos: 2015-06-24 | Source (2) 2014-03-28 | SensacionS Catering (2) 2013-10-02 | Sushi Mikasa (1)
  • 2014-07-16 | Expertricity

    Jacob Cass
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    ATTIK has created a new identity and logo for Experticity, a company that provides “joyful expertise” in the form of product advice to consumers and commercial buyers from more than a million experts in the field. Credits: Attik Related Logos: 2010-07-08 | BaltEnergo Trade (2) 2009-05-26 | Avid (21) 2009-03-23 | Bionerge (13)
  • 2014-07-10 | Fatties

    Jacob Cass
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Dot Dash worked with Chloe Timms, the founder of Fatties to develop the name and identity for this new Bakery/Confectionery. Fatties produce their treats from a small bakery at the back of Broadway market, London. Fatties product range consists of things like Cardamon and Pistachio Caramels, bags of passion fruit sherbet with pineapple lollipops and coconut flour brownies. We created the name and design simultaneously with the idea of juxtaposing the connotations of the name with a clean, sophisticated design. This was done by playfully stretching the letters in the logos. Combined with a…
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    The Fresh Peel // Ripe Brand Strategy. Juicy Insights and Trends.

  • Simple Steps to Make Branding Work for You

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Marketing and branding products goes beyond just creating a clever slogan and a few good ads for print and web. What many startups tend to forget is that branding is a big part of the deal as well. Perhaps this is because these new companies do not really understand the branding concept. Here are a few simple steps to making branding work for you: Create a Lasting and Compelling Logo Naming the company or products goes a long way, and so does the logo that’s attached to it. You want the logo to be memorable, yet also leave a lasting impression on the memory of anyone who sees it. Some…
  • Selecting the Right E-commerce Plug-in For Your WordPress Site

    1 May 2014 | 5:31 am
    Having your own website is a dream come true. You like WordPress and because it’s cheap, you’ve used it to set up your website. The entire process was simple and easy and your website is ready to go in under a week. You are happy with how it looks and how fast the website loads and its appearance. You can finally upload your products for sale and you can’t wait to see how much business you can make. But wait, before all this happens, don’t you have to select an ecommerce plug-in for your WordPress site? Yes, You Do Need an Ecommerce Plug-in The website Web-savvy-marketing states that…
  • Is All Press Good Press? Making Reporters Fall in Love with Your Startup

    Ivan Serrano
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:40 pm
    In the world of small business marketing, consumers tend choose one product over another solely because of how recognizable a brand is. While an off-brand product will usually be less expensive, many would rather spend the extra cents (or dollars) for a better known product. So how can you get your own brand to stand up to the competition? It’ll take much more than a bold logo and pretty packaging, as building a brand is essentially developing an identity– one that is not like anyone else’s. In order for a brand to succeed, you need to convey experience, engage with your customers,…
  • Role of Channels in the Customer Journey

    Chris Wilson
    13 Mar 2014 | 6:57 am
    In Experian’s latest 2014 Digital Marketer: Benchmark and Trend Report, they asked marketers to identify how each of 12 channels fits into their customer’s journey, choosing whether each has a “greeter” role (creating awareness), operates as an “influencer” (generating interest) or is a “closer” (getting the sale). Here are some takeaways from their findings: 82% of marketers see the role of social media as a channel to create awareness or generate interest. Only 4% say that social media “gets the sale.” Website and email are seen as the top channels for…
  • A One-Two Step Combo: Five Reasons Why You Should Add a Blog to Your Shopping Cart

    13 Mar 2014 | 6:38 am
    A well-trained boxer or martial artist knows the value of a one-two step combination during a match. A jab-hook or punch-kick combo at a pivotal moment of any battle can easily seal the deal and wrap things up without any further delay. The same principle can easily apply to using your eCommerce shopping cart to seal the deal when converting your customers. However, instead of using a jab-kick, you want to use the blog-shopping cart method for a number of different reasons. Keep the Customers Informed By using quality content throughout your blog, you will be able to keep your customers and…
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    MarketingSherpa Blog

  • Social Media: Mass personalization starts with Catsies

    Maria Lopez Fernandez
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    In this MarketingSherpa Blog post, see how Virgin Mobile USA leveraged "Catsies" to generate buzz and foster mass personalization. You'll also hear some top takeaways from the effort to tackle mass personalization in your own campaigns.
  • Email Deliverability: 9 lessons about Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation

    Daniel Burstein
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) has been the cause for alarm for some marketers given if your company breaks the law, it can be legally liable and prosecuted. Read this MarketingSherpa Blog post for more details on CASL to help you in your compliance efforts.
  • Video Ecommerce: Getting up close and personal with products

    Erin Hogg
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    MarketingSherpa was on the scene at IRCE, hosting the official Media Center of the more than 10,000-attendee event. Watch this interview with Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, CEO and Founder, Joyus, to learn how to effectively use video marketing to showcase content to users.
  • Ecommerce: 3 vital marketing resources to explore before your next email send

    John Tackett
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    Email marketing has emerged as a staple in ecommerce as countless companies now utilize the channel to flood inboxes with a galaxy of promotions and product offers. Check out this MarketingSherpa Blog post learn more about three marketing resources you can use to aid your email marketing efforts.
  • Content Marketing: User-generated content tips from Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia

    David Kirkpatrick
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    At the recently held Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition (IRCE) in Chicago, Daniel Burstein, Director of Editorial Content, and Allison Banko, Reporter, both of MECLABS, interviewed event speakers and attendees in the MarketingSherpa Media Center. In this 11-minute video, watch as Daniel spoke with Wikipedia CEO and Founder Jimmy Wales on how to encourage user-generated content. In this 11-minute video, watch as Daniel spoke with Wikipedia CEO and Founder, Jimmy Wales, on how to encourage user-generated content – a powerful element within an overall content marketing strategy. Jimmy…
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  • [Dutch] Presentation: Cross platform mobile UI with Xamarin.Forms

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

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

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

    23 Feb 2014 | 4:12 am
    Something totally different here today. To help my girlfriend with her study, I needed to create an app that displays an augmented reality world. Although I love working with HTML and technologies around it, something like AR with it is possible, but doesn't reach the level of a native app. During my day job, I'm working with (mobile) C# technologies like Xamarin. I was looking for something that's easy for me to learn and use, in order to create an awesome AR application. In this tutorial, I'll be showing you how to create a simple augmented reality world using Vuforia. The reason I choose…
  • Zend Framework 2.0: Book Giveaway

    26 Nov 2013 | 1:40 pm
    A while ago, I reviewed the Zend Framework 1.8 book. Now, not a review, only a giveaway contest for this great book! Check out the website from Packt for more information. Read the information below and make sure to check out how you can win a hardcopy version of this book. Also, make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed or follow me on Twitter to get updates on more future giveaways. Read more...
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  • The Light of Other Days

    Eric Meyer
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    Every day or three, I upload another batch of photos to Flickr, trying to work my way through the backlog and get caught up with the present.  This is a habit I enforce inconsistently, because I’m bad at maintaining regular habits even at the best of times.  That halfway explains the backlog.  When I do enforce it, my habit is to upload no more than 10 or 15 photos at a time, so that I can properly tag and geolocate them without having to invest hours in the process.  That explains the other half of the backlog.  Right now, as I write this, I’m about six weeks behind. Which means…
  • One Month

    Eric Meyer
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    One month ago today, just thirty days past, Kat and I held our daughter as she took her last breaths. I still have trouble accepting this.  We both still have trouble. Kat says that she often feels like none of this is really happening, that she’s stuck in a nightmare about Rebecca, who is alive and fine and never had cancer.  Sometimes she thinks that Rebecca’s just spending the day with a friend, and we’ll see her for dinner.  She knows this is untrue, but that knowledge doesn’t change the feeling. I have the opposite problem.  Sometimes I feel like she never really existed,…
  • What Not To Say to a Grieving Parent

    Eric Meyer
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    In the face of tragedy and grief, it’s hard to know what to say or do.  And one thing I’ve noticed is that some people—not most, maybe even not many, but more than enough—say and do what they think would help them, without really considering what might be helpful to the person who’s grieving. I don’t really want to get into the doing side of things at this point, but I can definitely talk about the saying.  The most basic rule is:  don’t let your discomfort with tragedy and grief push you into saying whatever comes to mind.  A person’s grief is not a wall against which you…
  • The Silent Hole in the World

    Eric Meyer
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    There is a sound a family makes that only its members can truly appreciate.  The interplay of voices, footfalls, laughter, sobbing, shrieks of joy and frustration and anger, songs sung, catchphrases, the rattle and chirp of beloved toys played with, doors slamming, the rustling of clothing and whispers of breathing, running water and bath splashes and teeth brushed.  The aural fabric of lives entwined.  It forms a curtain around you, altering your perceptions of the world.  It becomes the world. You feel it, usually half-consciously, but if you stop and listen with purpose, you can…
  • rebeccapurple

    Eric Meyer
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:36 am
    I have been made aware of the proposal to add the named color beccapurple (equivalent to #663399) to the CSS specification, and also of the debate that surrounds it. I understand the arguments both for and against the proposal, but obviously I am too close to both the subject and the situation to be able to judge for myself.  Accordingly, I let the editors of the Colors specification know that I will accept whatever the Working Group decides on this issue, pro or con.  The WG is debating the matter now. I did set one condition: that if the proposal is accepted, the official name be…
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    Tuts+ Code

  • Tools and Habits of Quality WordPress Theme Developers

    Patrick Mwachugu
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This article highlights some of the factors one should consider when designing and implementing an actual WordPress theme. The tips are handy primarily for people who are new to WordPress theme development and who plan to work on pore WordPress themes.In the previous article, we covered two of the most important steps in designing WordPress themes (and, really, any other web design theme):Drawing the right inspiration for your themeComing up with a good mock p for the design in a prototyping applicationIn this article, we're going to focus more on some of the factors one should consider…
  • Preventing XSS in ASP.NET

    Bill Morefield
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Many website security problems come from trusting the user too much. Most users of your web application will only do what they have the need to do, a curious or malicious user will often want to push the edges of access. At those edges, security holes often appear in your application. I've written about preventing two common types of vulnerabilities, SQL Injection and Cross Site Request Forgery, in ASP.NET apps before. This article looks at preventing Cross Site Scripting, a third common type of vulnerability in websites. While a modern framework does much to make these attacks more…
  • An Introduction to Swift: Part 2

    Michael Musallam
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    In the first article of this introductory series on Swift, we talked about Swift's philosophy, took a first look at its syntax, and highlighted a few key differences with Objective-C. In this article, we continue our exploration of Swift's syntax. You'll also learn about optionals and see how memory management works in Swift.1. Conditionals and LoopsIfIf statements are identical in Swift and Objective-C with the exception of two subtle differences:parentheses around the condition variable are optionalcurly braces are requiredThese are about the only differences with if statements in…
  • Understanding and Working with Data in WordPress

    Rachel McCollin
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    A WordPress website consists of three main elements:The WordPress installation itselfThe contents of the wp-content directory which includes the themes, plugins and uploadsThe database, where all the content is stored.Most WordPress users never come into direct contact with the database and may not even be aware that it's constantly working to populate their site. When WordPress serves up any kind of page, be that the home page, a single post or page or an archive, it's accessing the database to bring up content that editors and administrators have added to the site.In this series of…
  • Core Data from Scratch: NSFetchedResultsController

    Bart Jacobs
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:37 am
    In the previous installments of this series, we covered the fundamentals of the Core Data framework. It's time we put our knowledge to use by building a simple application powered by Core Data.In this tutorial, we'll also meet another star player of the Core Data framework, the NSFetchedResultsController class. The application that we're about to create manages a list of to-do items. With the application, we can add, update, and delete to-do items. You'll quickly learn that the NSFetchedResultsController class makes this very easy to do.1. Project SetupOpen Xcode, select New >…
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  • 24 Fresh and Free HTML, PSD and GUI Templates: July 2014 Edition

    Juan Pablo Sarmiento
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
       Continuing with our monthly series, we bring a selection with the best quality items for webmasters and app developers looking for good interfaces to use in their projects. Our favorite this month is Kappe, but as always, there should be something for everybody. If you’re a first-time visitor to this series, scroll down to the bottom of the post where we have neatly listed all the already published parts of our monthly collection.
  • CSS3 Background Blends: Photoshop Background Effects in pure CSS3

    Denis Potschien
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
       With CSS3 we are able to add more than one background to an element. In doing so background images and/or colors are piled upon each other, just as you know from the layers concept of Photoshop. While transparencies exist, the underlying background file or color will shine through. The new CSS3 Background Blends allow for even more possibilities to combine several backgrounds into one impressive appearance.
  • Sale as Seen: 44 Tutorials on How to Shoot Perfect Product Photos for Your Online Shop

    Dirk Metzmacher
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
       Product photography is not your ordinary kind of photography. Product photography follows its own rules and has its own techniques to be learned. If you want to publish perfect and successful photos to your online shop, website or services such as eBay or Amazon, there’s quite a bit of know-how to gather. We dug up 44 of the best tutorials on the matter that we could find. Take good care of this astonishingly efficient knowledge base and better your photography skills. If you are into ecommerce of any kind this article is mandatory for you. Only perfect product photos will…
  • Better than Pure CSS3: Realistic and Complex Shadows with Shine.js

    Denis Potschien
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
       Thanks to CSS3 there are several possibilities to apply shadows to elements. We have text as well as element shadows, and even a shadow filter exists. Unfortunately all CSS3 shadows are limited to simple drop shadows, where you can define its colour, its blur, the offset and the size. The new JavaScript library offers many more features to let you create much more realistic and complex shadows with Shine.js.
  • More than 700 Free Stock Photos for Commercial Use – Raumrot and KaboomPics

    Dieter Petereit
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
       We had free images since years ago. That’s not so very new. But what really is new is the growing professionalisation of these services and their offered material. Was professional photography the domain of commercial stock photo providers for ages, these days the lines start to blur. I personally have turned to looking through the free offers first, and only if I cannot find suitable imagery there, turn back to paid services. This is not only because I don’t have to or want to pay, it’s more because of my experience that the better pictures are with the free…
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  • July #UX newsletter out soon!

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:58 am
    Coming soon to an inbox near you: the July edition of our UX newsletter. If you're not a subscriber yet, please sign-up now. ...and, while you're at it, why not subscribe to our blog's RSS feed too?

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Hellmann's uses a 3D printer to brand burgers with mayonnaise selfies:
  • Uloba

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:47 am
    An absolutely beautiful video from Tom Rainford for a Norwegian charity that offers a tailored personal assistance service to disabled individuals:
  • The Concert Programmer

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    Andrew Sorenson live-codes music at OSCON (using Extempore): [via]
  • 80s Computer Hacking

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    Found Item Clothing presents a supercut of "the silliest, best and iconic hacking scenes from the big screen":
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  • 5 Great Lego Creators

    Fred Johnson
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    When most of us think of Lego, we remember a childhood spent sat on the living room floor creating multicoloured and structurally unsound homesteads. We remember spaceships and castles and cottages and sculpted gardens, and we enjoy the happy breath of nostalgia before continuing with our block-free adult lives. For some people though, Lego is not just a relic of childhood, but is rather a medium for expression and a tool for artistic creation. Some use it to create thought-provoking sculptures, while others attempt architectural feats and recreate skyscrapers and palaces. Top: Nathan…
  • Humans Dipped in Gold

    Christopher Smail
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Interactive artist and technical director Mike Pelletier is originally from Canada, but is now based in Amsterdam full time. “Kinect Portraits” published here is a visually electrifying project, which uses the software Kinect as a jumping off point in order to create stunning 3D art. These works cast his subjects in a luminous sheen of gold and silver surface textures. The final design is simple and minimalist but also full of beautiful intricacies. Artwork © Mike Pelletier
  • Fragile Spiritual Hallucinations

    Christopher Smail
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The illustrations of Manchester-based artist James Roper draw on many diverse sources, from Baroque Art to the flow of energy found in complex structure, for example human beings. Rendered in delicate black and white pencil and splashed with the odd brush of colour to maximise effect, they are fascinating pieces of contemporary art. The subject matter is a diversified mix of fashion models, saints and abstract shapes. Photos © James Roper Via Behance
  • Strength of the Body, Power of the Mind

    Christopher Smail
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    In Giulio Musardo’s photographs, humans take second place to the raw powers of nature. Using surreal or exaggerated camera angles, and showing situations of how small we are when compared to the immensity of Mother Nature. For example: starfish swarm across a rocky beach while a lighting bolt strikes right at the heart of man. Artwork © Giulio Musardo
  • The Gilded Silver Peacock

    Christopher Smail
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Lee Howell is an award-winning Edinburgh-based photographer. The images showcased here are from his “Beauté Aviaire” series, a collection of conceptual art prints which examine the connection between the aesthetically pleasing world of birds and the female form. It is a place where fashion meets feathers in an opulent set of striking images. Artwork © Lee Howell
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    The Social Commerce Social Sourcing Space

  • How Kim Kardashian conquered mobile gaming with copy-paste

    Craig Agranoff
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Right now, one of the top games in the iOS App Store is Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. This game came out of nowhere and suddenly became a smash hit, despite, one critic comments, “..having about as much depth as its namesake.” Personal jibes aside, though, the game is a runaway for sure. It combines a smart mix of thoughtful graphics, name-recognition, and celebrity tie-ins beyond Mrs. West herself. It also seems to draw in many more people than just fans of the reality TV star. And it does all of that without being based on anything new or exciting in terms of development and…
  • No, Microsoft is not making a Google Glass killer

    Craig Agranoff
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Microsoft is working on a wearable headband that can communicate with a smart phone and other devices, but contrary to rumor, the Alice Band is not a “Google Glass killer.” The device is, instead, an experiment in cooperation with the United Kingdom’s government to develop a wearable device that helps blind people navigate the urban environment much like a guide dog would. The project will be shown to Queen Elizabeth on Thursday and is part of the UK’s Future Cities Catapult, a non-profit endeavor to build technologies to help people in a city of the near-future. Thus…
  • Samsung forecast slowing smartphone market

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    Electronics giant Samsung expects its operating profit to decline 24.5 per cent to 7.2 trillion won in the second quarter from 9.53 trillion won over the same period last year. It also expects sales to decline 9.4 per cent to around 52 trillion won. The South Korean firm attributed the poor results to the increased competition in the European and Chinese markets, which led to higher inventories of low- and medium-end smartphones. The company also noted that its earnings were affected by increased price competition as well as “weaker demand for 3G products ahead of expected growth of 4G LTE…
  • Google Glass can be used for hacking, says experts

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Devices with video-capturing capabilities, particularly Google Glass, can uncover the PIN code of your tablet or smartphone, according to cyber forensics experts working at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. Using a video clip and software that traces the shadows of your fingertips as they type onto a screen, they demonstrated how easy it is for hackers to steal your access code. The experts tested this hacking method on an iPhone 5, Apple iPad and Google’s Nexus 7 tablet. With camcorders, the thief can be more than 140 feet away, while the face-mounted Google Glass has a range of…
  • In Hong Kong’s subway, your boss is a computer

    Craig Agranoff
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Every night, the Hong Kong subway system undergoes maintenance and engineering repairs, just as does every other subway system in the world. Unlike the others, though, the HK subway’s engineering team has a unique supervisor. The world’s first artificially intelligent computer boss. According to statistics, on a typical night after shutdown (around midnight local time), subway cars are serviced, track is inspected, updates are made, and repairs are conducted. A typical week sees about 10,000 workers carrying out 2,600 engineering tasks across the system. They communicate with a…
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  • Spin

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
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    29 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
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    29 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
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    29 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
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    29 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
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    Six Revisions

  • Top 10 Free Programming Fonts

    Jacob Gube
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    When your profession involves writing code for significantly long periods of time, even deceptively trivial things such the font you’re using can make a huge difference. This is a list of fonts for people who love code. For your convenience, I have created a sample page for all the fonts mentioned here, which may help you choose the one that’s right for you. Programming Fonts Sample Page View source on GitHub Selection Criteria Here are the factors used for choosing the fonts in this list. Monospaced A good font that’s used for programming should be monospaced, meaning each…
  • 6 Myths Preventing Developers from Using Git

    Jacob Gube
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Nowadays, you’ll have a hard time finding a professional developer who doesn’t use a version control system (VCS) such as Git. But, there are still a few among us who choose not to use a VCS due to preconceived notions they might have about version control. Here are some myths and excuses that dissuade developers from integrating Git — and any version control system in general — into their workflow. Myth 1: I don’t need Git because I back up my files Creating regular backups of your work is definitely a good habit. Consider keeping this habit even when using Git.
  • How Fonts Affect the User Experience

    Jacob Gube
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Several years ago, researchers at MIT confirmed through a study that fonts can impact how we feel: A bad font can make us frown unconsciously, while a good font can make us feel happy. If fonts can influence our emotions, then they can certainly impact the user experience. A few weeks ago, I decided to find out how much of an impact fonts have on UX. Through a series of split test experiments, I managed to improve my site’s engagement by 38%. I did this by changing nothing but the font styling of the site. Before I go into the details of my experiment, I want to first explain why fonts…
  • Working with JavaScript Dates Using Moment.js

    Jacob Gube
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Date manipulation is one of those development hurdles that we all must jump at one point in our career, and great tools go a long way in taming the beast. The Moment.js library is that tool for JavaScript developers. Since discovering Moment.js, an open source project, I’ve used it religiously to simplify validation, parsing and manipulation of dates on the client-side. In this tutorial, I’ll help you get up and running with this ultra-useful JavaScript date library. What is Moment.js? Moment.js is a free and open source JavaScript library that removes the need to use the native…
  • Getting Started with Meteor

    Jacob Gube
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Meteor is a full-stack development platform that makes it easier than ever before to build real-time web applications. This tutorial will get you up and running with Meteor in no time. What is Meteor? Meteor will enable you to build web applications much faster — even ambitious ones that seem like they were developed by big teams with big budgets — using nothing but JavaScript, CSS and HTML. And, what’s more, with Meteor, you’ll simply have more fun because it’s optimized for developer-happiness. Originally known as "Skybreak" back in 2011, Meteor has…
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  • 40 Fresh Yet Free HTML5 And CSS3 Templates

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Web developers always welcome CSS3 and HTML5 templates because CSS3 and HTML5 have become quite popular among the web developers right from their introduction. With the help of CSS3 and HTML5, developers can create very stylish and extremely trendy websites that are fully functional. Moreover, because of their advanced features HTML5 and CSS3 simplify the development work to a great extent. In this round up, we are presenting 40 fresh and high quality HTML5 and CSS3 templates. All of these templates have been designed professionally and are free to use. So, feel free to download them and have…
  • Creative Photoshop Tutorials To Polish Your Design Skills

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Photoshop tutorials are always welcomed by web and graphic designers because they give them new ways to use the software and explore its potential functionality that they might not be aware of. Tutorials also help newcomers in learning this software and also help the professionals to polish their skills. Keeping this in mind, we thought to compile some fresh Photoshop tutorials that will be very helpful to you. Check out these fun and cool tutorials and make learning experience more pleasant!!! Feel free to share your opinions and comments with us via comment section below. Your comments are…
  • 14 jQuery Accordion Plugins For Developers & Designers

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Looking for some jQuery Accordion plugins? Then, here is the ultimate collection of 14 jQuery Accordion plugins that can be very helpful for you in developing menus, slideshows, content sliders, sidebars and many more. We have compiled this post to help our developer fellows so that they can show the vital information on their websites very easily. These plugins will help them in making their website more visually appealing and interactive. Here is the complete collection. Feel free to share your opinions with us via comment section below. Your comments are always more than welcome. Enjoy!
  • 7 Free Mobile App Testing Framework

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    This time we are presenting a collection of 7 free mobile applications for testing frameworks. This post is useful for the developers and designers who need to check their framework. Mobile apps are the toughest in terms of bug fixing but luckily we have these testing tools that make sure that our mobile apps are working perfectly before they are launched. So, look into this collection and get the benefit from these mobile app testing frameworks. These mobile app testing frameworks are categorized into 2 main groups. One for testing individual elements within an app, and is called Unit…
  • 35 Free SEO Tools And WordPress SEO Plugins

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Search Engine Optimization or SEO is an integral part of any web project if it wants recognition on the search engines. SEO is a process that helps your website or blog to stand out and show up in search results. This will bring more visitors to your website as your website appears on top ranking on different search engines for particular keywords. Therefore, it is important that you keep your website user friendly as well as search engine friendly as that it can crawl your web pages and rank them. Since, SEO is not an easy job for many they need some sort of assistance either they seek for…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Selling The Value Of The Web To Small-Town Clients

    Trevan Hetzel
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Selling your services as a freelancer or a small shop is tough enough as it is. Selling to a small-town business that might not even see the need for a website adds an extra level of difficulty in turning a profit. I’ve provided web design services to small-town businesses for the past few years, having had many happy outcomes, but also a lot of negative experiences from which I’ve learned hard lessons. One of the most important things I’ve learned is how to sell the value of the web. Many of my clients needed to be convinced that a website would actually be good for their business. A…
  • How Limitations Led To My Biggest App Store Success and Failure

    Ben Johnson
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Look at your calendar. If you’re anything like me, all you see are meetings, places to go, things to do, people to meet and not a lot of white space. Few people love their calendar. So, we set out to change that, and we learned a lot in the process. Our app is an iPhone app that flips your calendar upside down and lets you focus on the free time in your day, instead of all the busy time. The app itself has been around since 2011, but the story of how it came to be and what our team ultimately learned is one that I have been wanting to tell for quite some time. It’s the story of how…
  • Social Influence: Incorporating Social Identity Theory Into Design

    Victor Yocco
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    No person is immune from the influence of the people and groups they encounter. As much as we would like to think that every thought we have is original, that every opinion we express is informed by facts alone, the truth is that we use others around us as a reference point for much of our attitudes and behavior. This isn’t a bad thing; it’s human nature. Knowing how groups influence people can help you to move from being a common, everyday, work-your-fingers-to-the-bone designer to a strategic influencer of your target audience with relative ease. In fact, whether researchers, designers…
  • “Making It Right”: A New Smashing Book on Product Management For A Startup World

    Vitaly Friedman
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    You’ve seen this happen a thousand times. An organization struggles with a high level of internal enthusiasm and creative chaos that team leaders don’t know how to handle any more. To bring order into projects, a new product manager is appointed, under huge expectation, and with unclear responsibilities and big goals defined within a very short timeframe. That’s when things usually go south, resulting in failed projects, crushed teams and disappointed clients. That’s why we’ve teamed up with our author and friend Rian van der Merwe, a senior product manager with…
  • You May Be Losing Users If Responsive Web Design Is Your Only Mobile Strategy

    Maximiliano Firtman
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    You resize the browser and a smile creeps over your face. You’re happy: You think you are now mobile-friendly, that you have achieved your goals for the website. Let me be a bit forward before getting into the discussion: You are losing users and probably money if responsive web design is your entire goal and your only solution for mobile. The good news is that you can do it right. In this article, we’ll cover the relationship between the mobile web and responsive design, starting with how to apply responsive design intelligently, why performance is so important in mobile, why responsive…
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    Speckyboy Design Magazine

  • Weekly News for Designers (N.245)

    Speckyboy Editors
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    This is our popular weekly design news post where we share our favorite design related articles, resources and freebies from the past week. You can sign-up to our awesome weekly newsletter for some more amazing articles, resources and freebies. New Resources & Tools Responsive Logos – An intriguing exploration into scalable logos from Joe Harrison. Justified.js – A jQuery plugin that creates a justified image grid of images. PatternBolt – A selection of SVG pattern backgrounds packed into a single CSS/SCSS file. jquery.smoothState.js – A jQuery plugin that…
  • We Have 10 WordPress Themes from ThemeFuse to Giveaway – Comment to Enter

    Speckyboy Editors
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    For this weeks we giveaway we have partnered up with ThemeFuse. They have kindly agreed to giveaway 10 of their themes to 10 lucky readers. To enter this competition all you have to do is comment below telling us how you’d like to use your free ThemeFuse theme. When it comes to the world of WordPress themes, ThemeFuse is at the top of the list as one of the most premier providers. With so many options, you are sure to find a WordPress theme that will meet your needs. Style and design come together fluidly in their themes, with all beautifully designed and coded, and offering unique…
  • 20 Free High Resolution Photoshop Brush Packs

    Speckyboy Editors
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:14 am
    As you will not doubt know, we really love to highlight and share as many free design resources as we can. And today we take a look at some of the best brush packs that have been freely released over the past year. [If you would like tyo take a look at last year’s, click here: Free Photoshop Brush Packs 2013. There are 23 high resolution Photoshop brush packs below, with a huge total of just over 400 brushes. In the collection you will find ink splatter, fire, watercolor, vintage, marker streaks, subtle, high res galaxies and star brushes. and much, much more. Here they are: Free High…
  • The Unique and Humorous Illustrated Caricatures from Graphicurry

    Speckyboy Editors
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Digital artist Prasad Bhat, the brainchild of the Graphicurry design agency, has designed an impressive series of illustrated caricatures from popular television series’ and movies that beautifully combine his unique cartoon design style with a huge splash of satirical humor. Some of his original artwork include the main characters from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, a fantastic ensemble illustration of Mr Pink and co. from Reservoir Dogs, the casts of Friends, Dexter, Game of Thrones and Seinfeld, and also a selection of the most popular players from world football – check out the…
  • Weekly Web & Mobile Creativity n.75

    Speckyboy Editors
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:24 am
    It’s that time of the week again, a chance for you to sit back and enjoy some of our favorite web and mobile designs from the past week. You may also like to browse the Web & Mobile Creativity Archives. Adobe Muse CC → Firmamento → The Cut Creative → Rawww → Over Clothing → Airbnb Redesign → Weather App Concept by Webshocker → You may also like to browse the Web & Mobile Creativity Archives. The post Weekly Web & Mobile Creativity n.75 appeared first on Speckyboy Design Magazine. No related posts.
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  • Sketch Toolbox

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    If you want to get a sense of how vibrant the community around Bohemian Coding’s Sketch is, take a look at the plethora of plugins being written by independent developers to supplement the app’s core functionality. They’re a small but growing number, and full of creativity and ingenuity. Some of my favorites are RenameIt, which… Advertise on
  • Tex in Flight

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
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  • From Paper to Screen

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    This graduate video project from French designer Thibault de Fournas is a brief visual recounting of the transition of typography from paper to cinema screen. At just over two minutes, it doesn’t pretend to be comprehensive. Nevertheless it’s lovely. + Advertise on
  • Instant Lab

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    The Impossible Project has built an unlikely (if not, um, impossible) business on top of the ashes of the iconic but now defunct Polaroid empire. Their reconstituted version of Polaroid’s instant film has been commercially available—and has sold well—for some time now. They also operate a studio in New York City where customers can get… Advertise on
  • Google Catches Itself in the Mirror

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    This is a brilliant if spooky Tumblr from artist Mario Santamaria that exposes a meta-layer of the Google Art Project, which documents artworks, galleries and ornate buildings around the world. Santamaria has collated instances wherein Google’s camera captures its own image in the mirror. The hint of self-awareness, even if illusory, is surprisingly terrifying, perhaps… Advertise on
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  • jQuery Plugins for HTML Tables

    Nick Pettit
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    (Photo from Flickr user Jeremy Levine) HTML tables have a bad reputation. In the 1990′s and 2000′s, many web professionals would use tables for positioning text and images on web pages. Using tables for layout is bad, but unfortunately that message sometimes is shortened to “tables are bad,” which is not true at all. HTML tables should not be used for positioning on web pages, but they’re essential for displaying tabular data, like sports scores, nutrition facts, financial transactions, and so much more. Tables contain information in columns and rows, just…
  • Developer Interview: Paul Irish

    Gill Carson
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    Paul Irish, web developer and Google Chrome Developer Advocate, visits with Nick Pettit about the increasing complexity of front-end development, careers paths, HTML5 Boilerplate, and much more. Sign up for a 14-day trial of Treehouse The post Developer Interview: Paul Irish appeared first on Treehouse Blog.
  • Sneak Peek: Behind the Scenes of the Treehouse Show

    Gill Carson
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    Nick Pettit and Jason Seifer are so slick on screen that I bet you think they never put a foot wrong in the studio. Well, that’s where you’re wrong. In celebration of 100 episodes, here are some of the bloopers from behind the scenes at The Treehouse Show. The post Sneak Peek: Behind the Scenes of the Treehouse Show appeared first on Treehouse Blog.
  • How to Handle Revision Requests for Web Design Projects

    Maria Magher
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    You spend weeks working on a website, agonizing over every detail and producing something that you can’t wait to show your client. You’re sure the client will be just as overjoyed as you are about the final look. You click “send,” and you wait for the accolades to start pouring in. Then you get the e-mail. The one that says, “Everything looks great, but…” The one that asks, “Could you maybe just change this one thing? Oh, and then just this one other, small thing? Wait, now that I think about it, also just this other tiny change?” Sometimes, they really are small changes.
  • New Course: Customizing the WordPress Admin Area

    Zac Gordon
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    In this course I’ll teach you how to customize the WordPress admin area in a number of different ways. We walk through customizing the login screen, admin navigation, admin color schemes and even how to create custom dashboard widgets. With each example I’ll show you how to code the solution from scratch or use a plugin so you can follow along with these customizations regardless of your skill level. Check out the full course outline. The post New Course: Customizing the WordPress Admin Area appeared first on Treehouse Blog.
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  • Katz Marks the Spot: New Art Billboard to Welcome Whitney Downtown

    Stephanie Murg
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Alex Katz’s 2012 painting Katherine and Elizabeth (Photo courtesy Gavin Brown’s Enterprise) Worried that the spindly and shape-shifting “W” of the Whitney Museum’s fledgling graphic identity will be insufficient to guide visitors to the door of its new downtown home? Alex Katz to the rescue. The artist (and erstwhile J. Crew model)’s 2012 canvas, Katherine and Elizabeth, will welcome the museum to the Meatpacking District in the form of a 17-by-29-foot billboard on the facade of 95 Horatio Street, located directly across Gansevoort Street from the southern…
  • Design Jobs: Princeton University, Atlantic Media, California Academy of Sciences

    Nadine Cheung
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    This week, Princeton University is hiring a visual design strategist, while Atlantic Media is seeking a design director for the National Journal. California Academy of Sciences needs an interaction designer, and the NYC Department of Transportation is on the hunt for a graphic artist. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Visual Design Strategist Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) Design Director, National Journal Atlantic Media (Washington, DC) Interaction Designer California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco, CA) Graphic…
  • Quote of Note | Mitch Epstein

    Stephanie Murg
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    “I used to make pictures without thinking about how they would relate to one another as a series. When I went to Vietnam in the early ’90s to collaborate with a Vietnamese dissident writer, a novelist, I started to conceive of my individual pictures as part of a greater whole, as projects. I began to conceive of these projects as photographed from the inside out, not the other way around. In other words, I let go of the conventions of supposedly neutral ‘street photography’ and began to find ways to insert and invest myself into a situation and yet still remain…
  • Oh, Canada! Edward Burtynsky, Fred Herzog Among Photographers Honored with Stamps

    Stephanie Murg
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Canada knows how to have fun with stamps, eh? Current postage options in the Great White North include a set of spooky stamps devoted to “haunted Canada” (featuring beloved phantoms such as Alberta’s Ghost Bride and the burning ship that is often spotted in Prince Edward Island’s Northumberland Strait), pop-country songstress Shania Twain, and Superman, but our favorites are the new set celebrating Canadian photography. Designed by Stéphane Huot, the stamps—five domestic-rate stamps, one U.S. denomination, and one international stamp—feature Fred Herzog’s…
  • Wanted: Designer Who May Already Have Won Ten Million Dollars!

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:40 am
    While we can’t guarantee it will make you any more likely to receive an early morning visit from the Prize Patrol (and in all likelihood employees are ineligible for company sweepstakes), we did want to alert you to the fact that Publishers Clearing House, they of the plentiful pay-by-installment magazine subscriptions and cash prize promises, is looking for a senior web designer-slash-art director to join its Port Washington, New York office. The winning candidates’ responsibilities will include planning, designing, coding, and executing mobile and web-based material, emails, and…
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    Vandelay Design

  • 7 Psychological Traps that Hold Web Designers Back

    Ann Davlin
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Let's talk about self-confidence and psychological misconceptions that may hold web designers and web professionals back from getting ahead in their career. When it comes to daily routine tasks most... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 45 Brilliant Tutorials for Learning Pixelmator

    Steven Snell
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Looking for an alternative to photoshop? Pixelmator is a popular image editor for Mac OS X. While Photoshop is the industry standard, Pixelmator has a lot to offer for Mac users. In this post we’ll... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 65 Outstanding Photoshop Manipulation Tutorials to Sharpen Your Skills

    Steven Snell
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Photo manipulations allow you to explore your creativity and create stunning and surreal works of art. If you like experimenting and learning new techniques in Photoshop, following along with some... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 25 of the Best Photoshop Illustration Tutorials of All Time

    Steven Snell
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    While Adobe Illustrator is the preferred tool by most designers for illustrating and drawing digitally, Photoshop can also be used for some types of illustration. This post includes a selection of... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • The Secret to Telling a Memorable Story With Your Brand

    Tara Hornor
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Good stories leave a lasting impression. Even if the audience can't remember exact details, years down the road, they will still remember if it was "awesome," "horrible," "sad," "funny," and even to... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
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  • Asmiov on style

    Kyle Neath
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Isaac Asimov on his writing style: I made up my mind long ago to follow one cardinal rule in all my writing—to be ‘clear’. I have given up all thought of writing poetically or symbolically or experimentally, or in any of the other modes that might (if I were good enough) get me a Pulitzer prize. I would write merely clearly and in this way establish a warm relationship between myself and my readers, and the professional critics—Well, they can do whatever they wish.
  • The Ocean Cleanup

    Kyle Neath
    21 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last year, I watched Boyan Slat give a TEDx talk on the subject of plastics in our ocean: How the oceans can clean themselves. The idea was super interesting to me (I love simple solutions), but I had no idea how feasible it would be. On June 3rd, his newly formed foundation The Ocean Cleanup claimed they’ve proven it is indeed feasible. They’re raising $2,000,000 to deploy a large-scale pilot in the next few years. And maybe it won’t work — but it sure feels like a no-brainer to donate some money and give them the chance to try.
  • The Internet With A Human Face

    Kyle Neath
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Maciej Cegłowski, creator of I’ve come to believe that a lot of what’s wrong with the Internet has to do with memory. The Internet somehow contrives to remember too much and too little at the same time, and it maps poorly on our concepts of how memory should work. I can’t begin to explain how insightful and important this phrase is. We’ve been lazy. We haven’t treated backups, privacy, security, and data portability seriously enough as creators of software. It’s time we do. If you build software for the web, you need to read the whole…
  • Claude Shannon on accepting the Kyoto Prize

    Kyle Neath
    1 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Claude Shannon, inventor of information theory: I don’t know how history is taught here in Japan, but in the United States in my college days, most of the time was spent on the study of political leaders and wars—Caesars, Napoleons, and Hitlers. I think this is totally wrong. The important people and events of history are the thinkers and innovators, the Darwins, Newtons, Beethovens whose work continues to grow in influence in a positive fashion. The more I learn of Claude Shannon, the more I like this guy. This is the future I want to build. The entire speech is worth a read.
  • The Revenge of the Nerds

    Kyle Neath
    24 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    Kottke, commenting on Steven Frank’s Dragon Lair story The web has since been overrun by marketers, money, and big business, but for a brief time, the nerds of the world had millions of people gathered around them, boggling at their skill with this seemingly infinite medium. That time has come and gone, my friend. And with two sentences, Kottke summarizes the feelings that have been welling up in me for the past four years. It’s a new world.
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    Print Magazine » Imprint: Print Magazine’s Design Blog

  • Hotheaded Quotes About Color: Part 2

    Jude Stewart
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Welcome back to a two-part series of strongly opinionated quotes about color. I amassed many of these in my book ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color, and my collection keeps growing rhizome-like. Here are yet more ways color can get people’s blood up.fading red paint by a.dombrowski via Flickr: in my research I found this quote from artist Robert Motherwell, who once remarked:The “pure” red of which certain abstractionists speak does not exist. Any red is rooted in blood, glass, wine, hunters’ caps and a thousand other concrete…
  • Weekend Heller: Elaine Lustig Cohen @RIT

    Steven Heller
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Elaine Lustig Cohen assumed the studio of Alvin Lustig, her first husband, upon his death at age 40, and carried through his and her own commissions for many years thereafter. Now, as a prelude to an RIT monograph on eye-catching book covers and multi-media collages, Rochester Institute of Technology’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection’s spring exhibition, Elaine Lustig Cohen: Voice & Vision examines the work of this trailblazing designer. “A collection of her work, with the designer’s voice woven throughout, allows for an inside look into Elaine Lustig Cohen’s versatile and…
  • 34 Brilliant Graphic Design and Paper Ads From the ’60s

    Zac Petit
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    We want to see your advertising designs. Don’t miss your chance to enter Print’s Legends in Advertising Awards! Last week, we disappeared into the Print magazine archives and emerged with an array of largely black-and-white design and printer ads from the 1950s, ranging from the absurd to the charming. This week, Print goes color: Here are the vintage graphic design ads from the ’60s—featuring the likes of Paul Rand and Bob Gill. Viewed back to back, the visual evolution in a single decade…
  • No World Cup Fatigue For Germany

    Steven Heller
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Il-Ho Jung  and Lukas Weber have a mutual fascination for soccer and design. They’re good friends, studied together, played soccer together, but never worked together. “We were super excited about this year’s World Cup,” says Weber, a partner at Made In – Franke/Rau/Weber Branding & Interactive Design in Frankfurt, Germany. “But we didn’t know how to show that excitement in our daily life.”They realized that “in the U.S. fan-wear for the NBA, MLB, NHL is also street-wear while in Europe, the fan-wear isn’t very street-worthy. As…
  • Observer: Pinning Down Pinterest

    Rick Poynor
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Pinterest—despite early criticism—has found its place in design as a respected archive of visual finds. Find this Observer column and even more design lessons in the August issue of Print.Pinning Down PinterestWhile social media sites have so swiftly been taken for granted in everyday life, Pinterest still strikes me as a remarkable phenomenon. The site’s purpose, to allow the rapid collection of pictures, couldn’t be more straightforward. It takes only seconds to grab your heart’s desire and trap it alongside previous finds on one of your boards.Early reactions to Pinterest were…
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    The ZehnKatzen Times

  • [print] It's Always Tuesday In The New Fun Size™ Oregonian

    Samuel Klein
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    3123.Changing calendars is nothing new, of course. The Julian calendar was upgraded to the Gregorian calendar, an in Ethiopia, they use a version of the calendar that includes leap days once every four years regardless (instead of omitting it in years evenly divisible by 400, as we do), resulting in the oddity (to us, anyway), that New Years Day, 2000, didn't happen for residents of Addis Abebe until September 11th, 2007. It is currently 2007 by the Ge'ez calendar.However, in the West, we still keep to the Gregorian calendar, but here in the Beaver State, we've upgraded again … to The…
  • [liff] No Message Other Than This Sunset

    Samuel Klein
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    3122.Have had little in the way of words to share latterly, but much pictures.So be it.This is the sunset tonight over Home Base, with the salmon color I've seen so much of latterly. There seems to be a different quality to it. Or maybe I've just not noticed it before.Sailors' delight, so they say.
  • [liff] Buttermilk Sky Over Outer East Portlandia

    Samuel Klein
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    3121.Inspiration's been hard to come by the last week or so, but all one has to do in this glorious, not-to-be-duplicated Oregon environment, is … well, look up.This is what I call a buttermilk sky, not so much because it looks like buttermilk, but the texture leaves an impression upon the psyche that my latent synesthetic sense converts into a the feeling that I had drinking buttermilk. I get a palimpsest-like impression in the mouth.Funny thing is, I never liked buttermilk much. Wife™ loves the stuff. Never got that, never will, but then, I can't comprehend why some people are…
  • [pdx] Lava Lite Sunrise, Industrial NE Portland

    Samuel Klein
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    3120.Now that we're out of the Easy Bake Oven (103F in our back yard? OUCH) the sunrises from my part of the world look lovely.I'm not 100 per cent pleased with that one above. I had only a few seconds, a few minutes, to get the shot, and I wasn't able to get the skill I needed together to make it happen. That clipped ziggurat on the horizon is Mt. St. Helens, and the sunlight reflecting on the clouds made it look positively Infernal. There were wisps and curlicues in the clouds that are lost. Sad.The electric neon color's a winner, though, sure enough.
  • [liff_in_OR] Newberg's Classic Dairy Queen Sign

    Samuel Klein
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    3119.Newberg is the first town you get into after leaving the Portland Metroplex going south on Oregon State Hwy 99W. It's the vanguard of wine country, the sentinel admitting you to that charming area known as Yamhill County.At the entrance to the center of town, the highway splits into a couplet made up of First Street and Hancock, and this continues for about ten or twelve city blocks. At the west end, the two streets snap back together, cross the railroad tracks, and head on southwest to the land of the eternal traffic jam, Dundee. And, if you didn't look quickly, you'll have missed…
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    What an ART!!! - Graphic Arts Gallery

  • Illustrator Captures a Scene from Spider-Man’s Everyday Life You’ve Never Seen

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    In this awesome piece of art, Germany-based illustrator David Müller captures a part of Spider-Man‘s everyday life that nobody has ever seen before. What makes it even more interesting is that if you take a closer look, you’ll see that he is actually reading the very first Spider-Man comic book – the book where Spider-Man […] View the Rest: 'Illustrator Captures a Scene from Spider-Man’s Everyday Life You’ve Never Seen'
  • Artist Turns Random Facebook Users into Sloths

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Artist Hector Janse van Rensburg, better known as ‘Shitty_Watercolour‘, has created a series of watercolor paintings depicting 50 random Facebook users as sloths. He created these as part of the “Sloth period” he is going through, during which he recreates famous artworks and portraits replacing the original characters with sloths. ‘Shitty_Watercolour‘ is a young British […] View the Rest: 'Artist Turns Random Facebook Users into Sloths'
  • Awesome Skull Designs by Illustrator Andrey Pridybaylo

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    Russian illustrator Andrey ‘NITROUZZZ’ Pridybaylo created these awesome skull designs as part of his ‘Skully July‘ art challenge in which he asked artists to draw skulls throughout the month of July and post them on Instagram with the tag #skullyjuly. Artist – Andrey ‘NITROUZZZ’ Pridybaylo Portfolio | Instagram View the Rest: 'Awesome Skull Designs by Illustrator Andrey Pridybaylo'
  • PepsiCo’s Logo Recreated Using Their Own Food Products

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:43 am
    French artist and graphic designer Patrick Garbit has recreated the PepsiCo‘s logo out of their own products. The illustration, created for the company’s annual report, is made using eight different food brands owned by the food giant – Pepsi, Doritos, Lays, Gatorade, Quakers, Tropicana, Sabra Hummus, and Müller Yogurt. Artist – Patrick Garbit (Hat […] View the Rest: 'PepsiCo’s Logo Recreated Using Their Own Food Products'
  • An Exotic Bunch of ‘Dragons’ Taking Their Afternoon Walk in the Park

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    This fantastical illustrations of ‘an urban dragon wrangler taking her various heritage breed dragons out for their afternoon walk in the park‘, created by California-based Sci-Fi and fantasy artist Julie Dillon, features the best collection of exotic dragons we have ever seen. Artist – Julie Dillon View the Rest: 'An Exotic Bunch of ‘Dragons’ Taking Their Afternoon Walk in the Park'
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    Semhal Nasreddin
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Welcome to this month’s edition of Packaging That Tickles My Fancy. In today’s post I’ve included really lovely and creative chocolate packaging, ice cream packaging, beef jerky packaging, olive oil, mustard, and more.. I hope you enjoy this post! Unelefante X Chef Jorge llanderal |Artisan Chocolate Bars   Fundacion Capital     Jeffs Jerky   Jeffs Jerky   Demitasse Creamery   Pure   Anthia Products   Cheers Milkshake Concept     Connoisseur Gourmet Ice Cream   Triumph Disaster on the Road Travel Edition    …

    Semhal Nasreddin
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    In today’s article I’ve gathered 20 awesomely distressed, noisy and grungy Photoshop for you to grunge up your artwork and projects.. Hope you find what you’ve been looking for!   Dark Stains Photoshop Brush Set   Concrete Photoshop Brush Set   Perennial Splatters Photoshop Brush Set   Grunge Stamp Borders Multi Pack   Free Grunge Paper Effect Kit   Noise and Dust a Free Photoshop Brush Set     12 Free High Res Dry Brush Stroke Photoshop Brushes   Free Grunge Photoshop Brushes   Grunge 30   Dirt Brush Set Grunge Brushes…

    Semhal Nasreddin
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:49 am
    This month’s Graphic Design Star of the month is Joluvian. Joluvian is a graphic designer/calligrapher/typographer from Madrid, Spain. He specializes in brush lettering and has certainly perfected the art.  Enjoy and be inspired Heres to the Crazy Ones   Milkman Website   Brushpen Lettering Set 03   Brushpen Lettering Set 03   Brushpen Lettering Set 03   Brushpen Lettering Set 03   Brush Lettering Set   Brush Lettering Set     Coca Cola Zero Calligraphy 02     El Ser Creativo   Yorokobu Cover Poster   Zulia Pro Poster 3D…

    Semhal Nasreddin
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:14 am
    Vero Navarro is a freelance illustrator from La Mancha, Spain. She earned her degree in Fine Arts from the University of San Carlos in Valencia in 2006. And she currently lives in Madrid, Spain. She often infuses color pencil artwork with digital art to create the most exquisitely beautiful art. The following artwork is created on Kraft paper… Enjoy and may you be inspired                         For more of Vero Navarro’s artwork check out her Behance profile. Original article: EXQUISITELY BEAUTIFUL COLOR PENCIL ARTWORK…

    Semhal Nasreddin
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:35 am
        Nothing can be as breathtaking as typography well executed. Today’s article is all about amazingly beautiful typography and I’ve included 19 examples that I hope will inspire you lots.. Enjoy Free Typeface Deco Neue   Maria Salinas   Barbierattoo   LA NY   Berlin Berlin   Sweet Nuthin   The Greatest of All Time   Erotic Type   MARIAGE Chalk Lettering   Harley Davidson Apparel   Hand Lettering   Nike We Own The Night   London   Wine Labels   Breakfast at Tiffanys by Daniel Forkin   Toodaloo…
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  • 5 Awesome Laptop Stands for Your Office

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
    We all love our laptops. They are small, convenient, powerful, life saving, and our daily source of entertainment. Finishing all of the work you need to complete is so much easier when you have the mobility to take your work anywhere. And when you can take your work anywhere, you can work for longer. Often, however, we spend hours upon hours sitting hunched over our computer, and as amazing as they are, working on them ends up being the cause of our painful back and neck aches. When you already have to finish your work that requires so much time and effort, you don’t want to feel its…
  • Winning Back Customers You Lost Before

    Lauren Downey
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Every business organisation, no matter how successful, has lost customers in the past. This could be due to any of a myriad of reasons, from a poor customer service experience that’s left the customer disenchanted, to discovering they’ve been paying more than they should have for the products and/or services they’ve purchased. However, it isn’t necessarily the experience in question that dictates whether or not there remains a possibility of winning back a disenchanted customer, but rather the actions taken to win them back. There are no set-in-stone methods that are guaranteed to…
  • Getting Over My Fear of A Creative Drought

    Patrick King
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I’ve been a designer for almost my entire life, dating back to 28 years ago this coming weekend, when I made my first logo in a kitchen in eastern Ohio. For the better part of my career, I wrestled with one crippling fear – that one day, I would run out of ideas. Afraid that the well would run dry, and I would no longer be able to rise to the challenge of creating new stuff. Over recent years, I’ve decided to confront this fear instead of living with it. What I’ve come to realize is as liberating as the act of creating itself. This year, legendary designer Massimo Vignelli passed away…
  • Free Download: Nature Photo Pack (25 High Resolution Images)

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Today I’m releasing the Nature Photo Pack. In the zipped file you will find 25 beautiful stock photos. Use them commercially and personally. These images are perfect for backgrounds, headers, web sites, apps, articles, blogs or presentations. The only limit is your imagination. You’ll find the download link as well as all the included images below. Feel free to share this resource if you found it useful. Also, if it’s not too hard, please link back to our website to show credit. Cheers! What You’ll Get: Zip file with 25 JPEG images Each are over 5000 x 3000px 300…
  • 9 Free Tools To Help Get Newbie Freelancers Started

    Joe Pawlikowski
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:38 pm
    If you don’t already do freelance work, chances are you will within the next few years. Full-time jobs are on the decline. Companies have laid of millions of employees and have no plans to re-hire for those positions. When they need work done, they’ll hire freelancers. This can be both a blessing and a curse for people seeking worse. Freelance opportunities and wages are increasing, so people who seek work can certainly find it. At the same time, it’s difficult to get started. Becoming a freelancer is akin to starting a new business. You need to spend money up front for the…
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  • Type Through the Eras — Save Up to 85% on Fonts Inspired by 20th Century Design Movements

    Ryan Arruda
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am is in the midst of a three-day sale celebrating some of the most distinctive eras in design history. Running until July 25th, our Type Through the Eras sale brings you classic and contemporary typefaces inspired by important design periods of the 20th century—with up to 85% savings! We’ve featured fonts from the elegant Art Deco era, […]
  • Quire Sans: Universal Design, Different Approach

    Allan Haley
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    “I always start by visualizing the design in my head,” says Jim Ford about how he designs typefaces. “I’ll work out the concept in my mind for several days – or even weeks – before I start to draw anything.” Many type designers first visualize a new typeface in their mind’s eye, but they typically […]
  • Boost Your Plan With Unlimited Desktop Fonts

    Johnathan Zsittnik
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    Just over a year ago, we debuted our Master level Web Fonts plans. These plans offer our broadest range of benefits including millions of pageviews and our Typecast design app. But the keystone is unlimited desktop fonts. This feature was inspired by the knowledge that most of our customers design for both print and […]
  • Top 100 Web Fonts for June 2014

    Ryan Arruda
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Here’s a listing of the top 100 most used fonts from the Web Fonts service for June 2014: Trade Gothic Neue Helvetica Avenir Next Univers Avenir Proxima Nova Frutiger Helvetica Futura Gill Sans Museo Sans DIN Next Linotype Univers Century Gothic Museo Slab Klint Arial ITC Avant Garde Gothic Chaparral Neo Sans Rockwell Eurostile LT […]
  • Top 100 Web Fonts for May 2014

    Ryan Arruda
    2 Jun 2014 | 5:09 am
    Here’s a listing of the top 100 most used fonts from the Web Fonts service for May 2014: Trade Gothic Neue Helvetica Avenir Next Avenir Univers Proxima Nova Frutiger Futura Helvetica Gill Sans DIN Next Linotype Univers Museo Sans ITC Avant Garde Gothic Museo Slab Century Gothic Chaparral Klint Azbuka Arial Rockwell Eurostile LT […]
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  • 25 Incredible 3D Fantasy Girl Characters and Game Models by Jung won Park

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    3D Fantasy Girl Jung won Park: I am employed at NCsoft in Seoul as a 3D artist in the 'Creative Marketing Visual Department'. I create 3D characters for rendering and create posters, web resources, promotion banners and wallpapers for events and so on. Recently, I've become interested in 'figurines', so I'm studying about that using 3D. Digital art is so easy to create. In the next couple of years, maybe there will be more things to do with 3D art. Digital sculpting is going to be more popular. So I might work as digital sculptor and illustrator. read more
  • 25 Best Photo Editing and Retouching works around the world

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Photo Editing Learn how to apply natural-looking photo retouching to skin, hair, teeth, eyes, and other features with Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, and other software. Great for fashion photography, family portraits, or any time you need to make your subjects look their best. In this post we have added best Photo editng / Photo Retouching works done by photoshop and other photo editing softwares. read more
  • 25 Stunning Hyper Realistic Oil Paintings by Tom Martin

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Hyper Realistic Oil Paintings Tom Martin: Mostly, the compositions I create are formed out of ideas, scenarios and imagery from my everyday life. I have a strong interest in health and well being, so these subjects come through in my work. Whether that be a larger than life chrome plated piece of steel, or the tempting arrangement of sweets that I’m not supposed to eat. Often these things are overlooked as we pass them by, but I aim to find beauty within these banal pieces of gym equipment or plastic packets. read more
  • 25 Beautiful Friendship Day Greetings Designs and Quotes

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:33 am
    Friendship Day Friends share all our ups and downs in life. Secrets which cannot be shared with parents, can be shared with friends. Friendship is a band which ties two souls together. Friendship starts even before you enter the world, it starts in your mother's womb. Let us celebrate friendship day with greetings, messages, quotes which can be expressed to your dear most friends. In this post we have added Friendship day greetings, wallpapers, wishes, messages, images and inspiring images. read more
  • 30 Best Ramadan Greeting Card Designs and Backgrounds

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Ramadan Greeting Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Every day during this month, Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours in a complete fast. During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours. As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking. read more
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    LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers

  • The Lost Art of the Film Title

    Hala Ali
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    If you are willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a movie release, common sense entails that you would actually add a couple of thousand more, to stand apart from all the other film titles being released at the same time.Simply put, we ask allegedly imaginative marketers in the entertainment industry to take…
  • [INFOGRAPHIC] Evolution of Fonts in Hollywood Movie Titles

    Hamza Abdelhak
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:52 am
    Rolling Credits: The Film industry has to be one of the most exotic, dramatic and innovative of all entertainment fields mostly because it is visual, auditory and so completely sensual that it draws the audience in, capturing their imaginations, shocking their sensibility and even at times forcing them to reevaluate their belief and faith. Undervalued…
  • Comic Sans Must Die. Long Live Times New Roman.

    Hala Ali
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Did you know that Comic Sans is the doppelgänger for Times New Roman? We can even call Comic Sans, Times New Romans evil twin. To understand why the two are so notorious we have to look back at the creation of Comic Sans. Vincent Connre created Comic Sans for Microsoft as he disliked the use…
  • Color Psychology: Guide to Branding for Startups

    Hala Ali
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:34 am
    Color is the most effective element of branding, especially, for the new business owners as they need to have guaranteed results for initial profitable sales. Branding is dependent upon the kind of color schemes chosen for the dynamic advancement of business. Color choices in small scale businesses are significant in regards to their promotion. Every…
  • Design Sensitivity: Understanding the Cultural Palette

    Hala Ali
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:19 am
    When graphic designers choose colors for their designs they are usually led by personal preferences, color palette combinations, industry or client selections. However, what they tend to ignore is the cultural significance of color. The idea of a cultural palette of color was set forth by students Sandra E. Moriarty and Lisa Rohe, who wrote…
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    The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress

  • PEZ Artwork ‘Distroys’ Disney, The Simpsons, Mario And More Cartoons

    Deeana Radley
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:49 am
    For those who find the likes of Disney, Donald Duck, The Simpsons, South Park or Super Mario Brothers very annoying is going to love what PEZ Artwork have done to these popular The post PEZ Artwork ‘Distroys’ Disney, The Simpsons, Mario And More Cartoons appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Adorable, Illustrated Rock Stars

    Danielle Knowles
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    They make be wild up on the stage, but have you ever seen your favourite musicians looking this cute? We can’t get enough of these illustrated rock stars. Rock Star Designers
  • Hellmann’s 3D Prints Your Selfie On A Burger

    Rik Haynes
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    The 3D printed selfie burger is part of Hellmann’s summer ‘Life Hacks’ social media marketing campaign to get people thinking about their mayo in new ways… Advertising agency Ogilvy The post Hellmann’s 3D Prints Your Selfie On A Burger appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Your Local Photographic Society: In Southend

    Deeana Radley
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:32 am
    We support local societies and the Southend Photographic Society is no exception. Check out what the online community has to offer and get involved with photography in your town. About The post Your Local Photographic Society: In Southend appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • It’s The Real Thing For This Pepsico Logo

    Rik Haynes
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    French graphic designer Patrick Garbit produced this eye-catching, lip-smacking logo for Pepsico’s 2014 annual report. Each letter of ‘Pepsico’ has been constructed using different products from the multinational company’s portfolio The post It’s The Real Thing For This Pepsico Logo appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
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  • 3 New Approaches to Panoramic Photography

    Adrienne Erin
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    The original post can be found here: 3 New Approaches to Panoramic PhotographyIt’s of little wonder why panoramic photography is so fascinating to us. Panoramic photography offers human eyes the opportunity to view the world from an almost supernatural perspective. For as long as photography has been around, photographers have been piecing together shots to form panoramas, offering a 360-degree look at the world around us. Photo Credit: Great Mississippi Flood, Yazoo Flood, Washington[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • 40 Clever logos that combine 2 concepts into one graphic

    Graphic Mania Editorial
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    The original post can be found here: 40 Clever logos that combine 2 concepts into one graphicDesigning a logo can be a difficult task to handle, especially since a logo holds the identity of an entire brand making it a crucial aspect of a company’s design. The most effective logos are the memorable and unique ones, but as designers how can we create an attention grabbing logo that will stay in the minds of our audiences?[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • Efficiency in creative work

    Graphic Mania Editorial
    21 May 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The original post can be found here: Efficiency in creative workOne key element involved in creative work, which many people strive for, is the ability to improve efficiency. The capability to work faster while retaining quality can be an extremely valuable trait, especially to employers. Although efficiency may not be easily obtained, there are many great ways to boost your effectiveness and productivity when working on projects. I believe that[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • 28 Website Designs Which Use Colors Brilliantly

    Graphic Mania Editorial
    30 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    The original post can be found here: 28 Website Designs Which Use Colors BrilliantlyColor is a crucial aspect of design mainly because our subconscious responds heavily to colors since we generally have established feelings associated with colors. Learning the ways people respond to different colors is extremely important to designers since we can alter the way our viewers feel. For example depending on the situation black can provoke ideas associated with mystery, sophistication[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • Tips to Avoid Creating Redundant Designs

    Graphic Mania Editorial
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    The original post can be found here: Tips to Avoid Creating Redundant DesignsRoutine can be creativity’s biggest enemy. Schedules are great for staying on task and habits are a wonderful way for our brains to save time and work more efficiently. However, when it comes to making distinctive designs repetition can be a dangerous way to slip into making projects that come across as mundane. Routines and creativity are typically not a[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
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    NYC Graphic Designer Roberto Blake

  • The Logo Design Process in Graphic Design

    Roberto Blake
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:08 am
    Logo Design is serious business because we are talking about your “name”, and when it comes to your company or your career, you’re only as good as your name. That’s why professional logo design is so very important. Your logo is the foundation of your overall branding scheme and will be central to what you communicate in your first impression to clients and customers; in essence “you are your logo”.If you’d like you can watch my video below where I cover this fairly quickly, or you can continue on to the article below.The Logo Design Process in…
  • Adobe Premiere Pro Color Grading Tutorial

    Roberto Blake
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Adobe Premiere Pro Color Grading and Color Correction TutorialIn this Premiere Pro CC Tutorial I will be showing you Basic Color Correction & Color Grading. We will be using the Three Way Color Corrector, Adjustment Layers, RGB Curves and Lumetri Curves.These features are not limited to Adobe Premiere Pro CC you can do this in Adobe Premiere CS6 and some older versions as well.Adobe Premiere Pro CC Color Grading Tutorial Video Three Way Color Corrector allows us to do our primary overall Color Correction and adjust our tonal values as well. We can also adjust…
  • The Difference Between Art and Design

    Roberto Blake
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    The Difference Between Art and DesignMost people think of art and graphic design as being the same, or that graphic design is just another form of art.Art and Graphic Design, or Design in general, are very different. While they have much in common art and design serve different goals and have different goals behind them.The simplest way to explain the difference between them is that Art is Expressive while Design is about Communication. This is why Design used to be referred to as Visual Communication and in truth its still the more correct term. I talk about this further in my youtube video:…
  • Best Laptops for Video Editing

    Roberto Blake
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:14 pm
    The Best Laptops For Video EditingChoosing the right laptop for video editing can be a challenge. Most people don’t know what specs they need, what brands are good and how much they really need to spend. I’ve been doing video editing for nearly half my life (16 years now). I’ve come to understand what a computer does and does not need in order to perform specific video editing task. It actually cost less than you may imagine depending on your priorities and the types of videos you are creating. If you want a brief breakdown you can watch the video below instead of reading…
  • Best Free Software For Graphic Design

    Roberto Blake
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Many beginning Graphic Designers use Free Graphic Design Software when they are starting out. Here is a list of the best free graphic design software to use and their professional equivalents.Best Free Software For Graphic DesignGIMP / Photoshop Alternative- Image Manipulation Inkscape /Illustrator Alternative- Vector Illustration Scribus / InDesign Alternative – Page Layout and Print Komposer / Dreamweaver Alternative – Web b DesignThese are not the only Free Graphic Design Software packages out there but in my opinion they are they best free graphic design programs with a small…
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    Graphic Design Junction

  • Tips for Making Your Photographs Look Professional

    Tracy Vides
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Photography is an art and with the hi-tech smartphone in our hand, all of us have metamorphosed into artists. We know that duck-face is not flattering and selfies look great in soft light. Also a twerk does not really make us ordinary mortals look cool. Professional photography lays emphasis on your best features and accentuates them. In a great snap the angles are perfect and the lighting is just right. The picture dramatizes a feeling or a mood, and conveys it in the most beautiful manner. While taking photographs is easy, taking good photographs certainly isn’t. Making them look…
  • Remarkable Typography Designs for Inspiration – 27 Examples

    Muhammad Faisal
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Today we present some of the best designs of typography, all are truly amazing and great examples of fonts, typefaces, typography, lettering or calligraphy work. Remarkable handmade typography designs. quotes and illustrated graphic design for your inspiration. Typography design are just awesome and great trend. Experimenting with the right choice of font, splashing with bold or plain colors, and designing it in different perspective are elements that works on typography. It uses on logos, creative poster design, and websites. It does not only attract visitors attention but also create a…
  • Free Minimal Business Card PSD Template

    Yasir Jawaid
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:14 pm
    This minimal business card template is free and ready to print. You can also use as a mock-up to showcase a clean and elegant design. The business card PSD template come up with fully editable layered Photoshop PSD files, ready to use, easy to modify. This free business card template / mockup available for free download for both corporate business and personal usage. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. Free Corporate Branding PSD Template 14 Fresh Free Fonts for Designers One Page Website Designs – 30 Fresh Examples HTML5 CSS3 Websites Design – 27…
  • 200+ Free Flat Vector Icons Pack

    Yasir Jawaid
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Beautiful handmade flat vector icons for designers. This freebie includes 200+ high quality fully layered icons. Free Icons pack come in AI, EPS and transparent PNG files available in three sizes (Png icons: 48 x 48px, 64 x 64px, 128 x 128px). Great for websites, devices, apps or other presentations. All icons are highest-quality design, so you can easily change the size without loosing quality. Icons that included in the sets are Usb and storage devices, server icons, wireless devices, gps icon, direction arrow icons, reload and refresh, multimedia screen size icons, loading icon,…
  • Flat Websites Design – 28 New Examples

    Muhammad Faisal
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Flat UI design websites examples for inspiration. Flat design showcase of some of the newest websites design using the FLAT UI Style.  This collection only have responsive design, flat graphic agency, freelancer or corporate business web design. Flat design websites with modern UI design are the most trendy topic in last year. In this year 2014 web design industry getting more boost in HTML5, CSS3, Responsive Design, Long Shadow and Flat Design technologies. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. One Page Website Designs – 30 Fresh Examples Responsive…
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    The Designer Wall

  • Amazing Diorama Art Photography by Clemens Wirth

    The Designer Wall
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    One of the best dioramas that I’ve seen so far is from the talented and very creative Clemens Wirth. Where you can see that his dioramas are like from movies. I really love looking and watching his works.   Clemens Wirth is a filmmaker and also specialized in dioramas and miniatures, for five years he’s been shooting macro and he still loving what he’s doing. With the “New Adventure” series, he tried to make iconic scenes that have a warmth and playful, yet artistic touch. Clemens handcrafted each scene out of nature found items, model making stuff and self build…
  • Inspirational Animal Logo Design 2014 by Tom Anders Watkins

    The Designer Wall
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:49 am
    A logo is an essential part of branding your website and marketing it offline and online. Some logo designs feature simple, beautiful typography whilst others more are fun and colorful. However, all logos should be memorable and able to integrate with your website design effortlessly.   One of the best ways of getting inspiration for a logo design is by looking at what other designers have created. That’s why today, we will showcase you animal logos designed by Tom Anders Watkins that we hope will inspire you and give you ideas for creating your own animal logo.     Check…
  • 30 Free Downloadable Thin Fonts by Pham Van Chuong

    The Designer Wall
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Typography is a critical aspect of web and graphic design, but finding the right font can often be a challenge. If you’re looking for a quality thin or light font, this post should be an excellent resource for you.   These thin fonts can help you to create elegant, high-quality designs that feature beautiful typography. When you’re using them to design something for yourself or for a client, they can prove to be extremely useful. If you find yourself looking for fonts frequently, bookmark this page so you can reference it the next time you need to find a thin fonts.   Here…
  • Funny Superheroes Part Time Jobs by Chow Hon Lam

    The Designer Wall
    28 Jun 2014 | 7:31 am
    Who ever think that these superheroes only fight crime and save the world? Chow Hon Lam (aka Flying Mouse) is an illustrator and multi-award winning tee shirt designer from Malaysia. He came up with a very witty ideas of well known superheroes actually doing their part time jobs.   According to Chow the “Part Time Job” project actually started with a batch of six superheroes with their part-time jobs, surprisingly it received very good responses from people. I decided to continue this project and create more “part time jobs” for them. Those superheroes definitely…
  • Unbelievable Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramée

    7 Jun 2014 | 6:59 pm
    For the better part of three decades multidisciplinary artist Guy Laramee has worked as a stage writer, director, composer, a fabricator of musical instruments, a singer, sculptor, painter and writer. Among his sculptural works are two incredible series of carved book landscapes and structures entitled Biblios and The Great Wall, where the dense pages of old books are excavated to reveal serene mountains, plateaus, and ancient structures. Of these works he says:   So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really…
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    Creatives Wall

  • 25 Free Vector World Maps

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    If you are looking to use a world map in your design works and need it with high resolution or even inspire your self! then you are in the right place here we collected 25 free vector world map that you can use it in your designs work. Wikipedia Blank Map – World Download (PNG, SVG)   Wikimedia Blank Map – Flat World Download (PNG, SVG)   Free vectorial world map Download (AI, JPG)   Global Map Vector Download (AI)   World Map Vector Download (PDF)   Dots World Map Download (AI)   Vector World map background (PSD) Download (PSD)   Earth Map…
  • 24 Free Script Fonts

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    If you want to use script fonts in your design works then you have to check out this post. This post contains 24 free script fonts that can be used in your next design works,  Please read the author license before you use these fonts. The lobster Font Download Font   Kaushan Script Font Download Font   Dancing Script Font Download Font   Blenda Script – Free Font Download Font   Streetwear (Free Font) Download Font   Bispo (free) Typeface Download Font   Braxton free font Download Font   Handwriting – Haiku’s Script Font Download Font…
  • 25 Architecture Logo designs For Inspiration

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
    If you are planning to design architect logo or even if you are an engineer and need to see some samples to create your own architect logo, then you are in the right place! This post contains 25 architecture logo designs for inspiration that will inspire you to get new ideas! 4th Arch Avenue Architects Logo Source   Mary Anne Da Costa Source   ZSP Cube – a mark for an architect Source Vandelay Architects Source   Vandelay Architects Source   Claudia Gherman Logo Source Silver Lake Source   Kenny Architects Source   Bon Architect Source   Noor…
  • Candy Typography Designs for Inspiration

    5 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    As always we are looking for amazing to amaze you with the new, the typography designs are good idea to use in your design works. It’s make a creative touch and impressive look, we found candy typography designs for inspiration, and we hope you like this collection as we did. Pop Candy View Source   Candy Typography View Source   I Want Candy View Source   Candy’s Dandy View Source   Candy View Source   Furia’ Llicious View Source   Candy View Source   Candy View Source   Sweet Pink Candy View Source   Just Do Nut View Source  …
  • 30 Amazing Text Effects Tutorials

    2 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    All designers interesting in creating text effects, learning text effect is most important for designers it’s the base of most of industrial designs. In this post we are featuring 30 amazing text effects tutorials that designers should see. You will learn new techniques that you will be able to use in your next text effect design works. How to Create Dripping Honey on Toast Text Effect in Photoshop CS Read Tutorial Metallic Rivets on Denim Text Effect Read Tutorial   Create an Easy Glitter Glue Inspired, Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop Read Tutorial   How to Create Very Shiny…
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  • Graphics Design Concepts that Make an Impact

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

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

    28 May 2014 | 2:32 am
    Graphic Design is an incredibly powerful tool. It has developed enormously, particularly over the last century and with specialist graphic design programs, incredible images can be created relatively easily. However because we are surrounded every day by so many examples of graphic design we often forget just how powerful and compelling it can be. Here we take a quick look at five classic examples of graphic design that have inspired and endured over the years. I Love New York The I “heart” NY logo was created way back in 1975 as part of a campaign to promote tourism in New York.
  • 5 Classic Slogans from Irish Brands

    9 May 2014 | 3:30 am
    It’s a tried and tested formula and at the end of the day is a simple but incredibly effective way of getting your product on peoples lips and keeping it there. The challenge of course is to find that catchy advertising slogan that people just can’t forget. Even the smallest brand can take off in a big way with the simplest of slogans. Here we look at a few of the most famous slogans used by Irish brands to keep their products on the tips of our tongues over the years. “So fresh its famous.” – Pat the Baker It always helps if you can roll your slogan into a catchy little song.
  • Making Promotional Products Part of Your Marketing Mix

    30 Apr 2014 | 3:20 am
    Promotional Products have a long history in advertising brands and services. Their effectiveness and relative simplicity make them a staple of marketing. Marketing studies show that they have one of the lowest cost per impression rates of any advertising method. However, being so ubiquitous and inexpensive, promotional products are often used less effectively than they could be. Many businesses take an ad-hoc approach to promotional product campaigns, implementing them as an afterthought to supplement a separate campaign rather than integrating it from the beginning. For many of the…
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    Company Folders

  • Which Print Graphic Design Career is Right for You?

    Vladimir Gendelman
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    Which Print Graphic Design Career is Right for You?So you’ve got a talent for print graphic design and an interest in the print industry—you may be asking yourself, “where do I go from here?” It can be intimidating breaking into a new field or looking for a new job opportunity, especially if you’re not aware of the types of career options you might [...]
  • How to Use Our Free Folder Mockup Templates

    Company Folders Staff
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    How to Use Our Free Folder Mockup TemplatesOur 100% free folder mockup templates allow you to create a beautiful, realistic image of how your folder design will look after it’s been printed and constructed. You can use mockup templates to: Test and preview your folder design before sending it to a printer Send a design to a current or potential client for [...]
  • Why JPEG Images Suck for Printing

    Vladimir Gendelman
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Why JPEG Images Suck for PrintingBack when the Internet was still fairly new, the JPEG reigned as king of all image formats. Thanks to its ability to compress complex images into a low file size, JPEGS were the perfect format to use with dial-up modems and floppy disks. But nobody has used those ancient relics in years-so why does the [...]
  • 500+ Free Photoshop Actions to Download in 2014

    Vladimir Gendelman
    24 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    500+ Free Photoshop Actions to Download in 2014If you found a way to cut your design time in half, wouldn’t you use it? Photoshop actions allow designers to save time and stay efficient by “recording” common tasks so that they can be automatically performed on different projects. But that’s not the best feature of actions for Photoshop; they’re also easy to share [...]
  • Folder Case Study: Fracassi & Associates

    Company Folders Staff
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:47 am
    Folder Case Study: Fracassi & AssociatesImagine buying a new car, only to discover that the fender was completely crooked. Chances are that you wouldn’t simply shrug it off and drive it home; you’d want the car that you paid for. Naturally, the same is true of your marketing materials. Company Folders is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of quality [...]
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    Graphic Fashion

  • Color Schemes

    Hollee Wood
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Color schemes are important in design because different colors together look more visually appealing than other combinations.  This post is going to go over the basic color schemes that are […]
  • The Difference Between a Vector and Raster Image

    Hollee Wood
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:21 pm
    In this post, I am going to explain the difference between a vector image and a raster image. First, let me explain what a pixel is:  A pixel, in digital […]
  • A little bit more about me :)

    Hollee Wood
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:31 pm
    I decided to write this post since this blog has received some negative criticism lately.  I usually ignore negativity because my life does not have room for it, but for […]
  • Helvetica

    Hollee Wood
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:15 am
      You may or may not have heard of the font, “Helvetica,” but Helvetica is easily the most popular font family in use.  A lot of designers think Helvetica is […]
  • How to Make a Lens Flare in Adobe Photoshop

    Hollee Wood
    18 Jun 2014 | 3:02 pm
    In this post, I am going to teach you all how to make a lens flare in Adobe Photoshop.  Okay, let’s be real: this is probably the easiest tutorial ever […]
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    Design Roast

  • Colorblind Accessibility Web Design Tips

    Adrienne Erin
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    While color is an essential element of design, not all designers consider the color experience for someone who is colorblind. According to We Are Color Blind, a colorblindness awareness organization, approximately eight percent of the male population is colorblind. Considering almost half of the United State’s 300 million people are male, you can do the ... The post Colorblind Accessibility Web Design Tips appeared first on Design Roast.
  • Food Photography Tips and Tricks

    Adrienne Erin
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Food photography isn’t as easy as you might think. A big white bowl of fettuccine alfredo might look pretty tasty while steaming in front of you – but it would make a very boring flat photo, unless there were extra color elements added. TV commercials use all kinds of tricks to make food look extra mouth-wateringly ... The post Food Photography Tips and Tricks appeared first on Design Roast.
  • Image Dimensions for Common Social Media Sites

    Adrienne Erin
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    With a plethora of social media sites available, it’s difficult to memorize the optimum image sizes and recommendations for each site. To make your day a little easier, I’ve compiled the basic facts you need to know all in one handy location. Simply scroll to find the site you seek, or scroll down to grab ... The post Image Dimensions for Common Social Media Sites appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 10 Beautiful Free Commercial-Use Calligraphy Fonts

    Adrienne Erin
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    As a graphic designer, you understand the importance of font. You’re familiar with the idea that typeface can be just as important as the words it spells out. Fonts can display meaning and evoke emotions that can be difficult to do otherwise. Calligraphy is a font type that has gained more attention in recent years. ... The post 10 Beautiful Free Commercial-Use Calligraphy Fonts appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 25 Stunning Examples of Pattern Photography

    Adrienne Erin
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    Humans are hard wired to recognize patterns, so perhaps that’s why we’re so drawn to them. Patterns aren’t just visual. Mental and emotional patterns occur as well, which is why we so readily see them. Our minds are just trying to make sense of a world deeply woven with patterns. In daily life, repetition can ... The post 25 Stunning Examples of Pattern Photography appeared first on Design Roast.
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    Inkbot Design

  • Are Vehicle Graphics Effective?

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    Are Vehicle Graphics an Effective Advertising Tool? According to Marketing Experts, vehicle branding is an exceptional medium with few downsides.The post Are Vehicle Graphics Effective? is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Best Invoicing Software for Freelancers

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    What is the Best Invoicing Software for Freelance Graphic Designers? Check out these Accounting Solutions Reviewed for Small Businesses and Freelancers.The post Best Invoicing Software for Freelancers is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Designing Logos with a Grid System

    26 Jun 2014 | 6:29 am
    Using a grid system seems to be one of the hottest recent ‘trends’ in designing logos, but in reality, grid systems have been used in print publications for centuries. Newspaper and magazines have utilised various grid systems with great effect in highlighting the most important elements of a page. Website designers have been using grids for quite a while and the process has also muscled in on the logo design industry.The post Designing Logos with a Grid System is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Social Media Tips for Brands

    18 Jun 2014 | 8:38 am
    Marketing experts claim that consumers only remember your brand after 6-7 encounters. Clearly then, companies must pay close attention to every brand interaction and ensure that it leaves behind a positive impression.The post Social Media Tips for Brands is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Logotype vs Logomark

    10 Jun 2014 | 2:13 am
    In the field of logo design, you will find that most logos consist of lettering, often called a logotype, and a symbol or icon called a logomark. But what do these terms mean? What are the differences between a logotype and a logomark?The post Logotype vs Logomark is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
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  • Hello World Design Goes Green

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    At Hello World Design, we're stepping up our efforts to lower our carbon footprint and offer greener, environmentally friendly Web hosting services to our clients. Designing and hosting websites, just like any other business, can generate an outstanding amount of carbon dioxide. That is why we decided to do our part to neutralize our emissions. Through recent efforts, Hello World Design has earned the official status of a Green Certified Web Site by, an international advocate for green business standards. We started by conserving the resources we use, which is considered…
  • Hello World Design Receives 2014 Best of Portland Award

    6 Jun 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Hello World Design is excited to announce that we've been selected for the 2014 Best of Portland Award in the Website Designer category by the Portland Award Program. This is the second year in a row that Hello World Design has received this honor. The Portland Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Portland area. Recognition is given to companies that demonstrate the ability to use best business practices and implemented programs to generate a competitive advantage and long-term value. The Portland Award…
  • Is your website colorblind friendly?

    20 May 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Color is a powerful design tool. It can be used for branding your business, to evoke a mood or feeling, and to emphasize aspects of your website. Color is also the first thing most people notice, according to a study on color and branding by, making it valuable for creating brand recognition. But to anyone suffering from a color deficiency (often referred to as colorblindness), your website could be more difficult to access than you think. For people suffering from a color deficiency – which is roughly 8 percent of all men and 0.5 percent of women,…
  • Hello World Design launches custom website for the Inn at the Convention Center

    19 May 2014 | 12:19 am
    We're pleased to announce the launch of the new custom website for the Inn at the Convention Center. Located in Portland, Ore., the Inn at the Convention Center is convenient walking distance to such attractions as the Oregon Convention Center, the Rose Quarter, including the Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and the Lloyd Center mall, among other Portland attractions. The hotel is also situated by both the MAX light rail system and the Eastside Street Car, making it incredible easy to travel around the city of Portland. The Inn at the Convention Center is a five-story, 97 room…
  • Retina Optimization: Not just for Apple users anymore!

    7 May 2014 | 2:16 pm
    With the new generation of Apple Retina displays in popular use, Web images look better than ever on Apple laptops, desktops and mobile devices, such as the iPhone and iPad. While this seems most relevant for Apple users, non-Apple users should be careful to not dismiss the wide use of Retina technology. If you haven’t updated the imagery on your website, this high pixel density technology can make your logo look pixelated on a Retina display. If Retina displays are designed to improve image quality, you might be wondering why your current images will appear a little fuzzy. Retina…
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