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  • Creative Update 180 -- Graphic Design Creative Inspiration

    Graphic Design & Publishing Center
    Fred Showker
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Rolling into the holiday season, now it the best time to put on our creative thinking caps -- 2015 is just around the corner and will be here before you know it! Here's some good food for thought : Adobe InDesign Continues To Define Desktop Publishing How Great Design Translates Into Marketing Advantage The 7 Skills Every Design Professional Needs Today 3-D printing and additive manufacturing glossary How to make a 3D Flower POP UP Greeting Card Milton Glaser Critiques Modern Beer Art ... and more! read more
  • Design deals for the week

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    Mirko
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Every week, we’ll give you an overview of the best deals for designers, make sure you don’t miss any by subscribing to our deals feed. The colossal vintage design bundle From the super talented folks over at Ultrashock and Yellow Design Studio, you’ll get an arsenal of vintage design elements including fonts, retro patterns, vintage monograms […] The post Design deals for the week appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • List Leaders: Top 5 Graphic Design Firms - Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle) (blog)

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    31 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    List Leaders: Top 5 Graphic Design FirmsPuget Sound Business Journal (Seattle) (blog)The 2014 List of the Top 25 Graphic Design Firms in the Puget Sound region reflects an industry that was turned on its head this past year. Between name changes for rebranding purposes and a handful of recent mergers, The List is almost unrecognizable ...We reveal the top 5 graphic design firms in PhoenixPhoenix Business Journalall 4 news articles »
  • RKS Sessions: Office Environments at Pinterest, TOMS and MTV

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    Dexigner
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:41 pm
    The next RKS Sessions event will host Bernard Brucha, founder of MASHstudios.
  • List Leaders: Top 5 Graphic Design Firms

    Graphic Design News
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    The 2014 List of the Top 25 Graphic Design Firms in the Puget Sound region reflects an industry that was turned on its head this past year. Between name changes for rebranding purposes and a handful of recent mergers, The List is almost unrecognizable compared to last year.
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  • Creative Update 180 -- Graphic Design Creative Inspiration

    Fred Showker
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Rolling into the holiday season, now it the best time to put on our creative thinking caps -- 2015 is just around the corner and will be here before you know it! Here's some good food for thought : Adobe InDesign Continues To Define Desktop Publishing How Great Design Translates Into Marketing Advantage The 7 Skills Every Design Professional Needs Today 3-D printing and additive manufacturing glossary How to make a 3D Flower POP UP Greeting Card Milton Glaser Critiques Modern Beer Art ... and more! read more
  • Scott Kelby books for Photographers - one or the whole set!

    Fred Showker
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Working our way to the holidays, we're on the look-out for gift ideas for graphic designers, photographers and creatives. A good choice would be any of the Scott Kelby books ... or the entire set: The Photoshop Elements 12 Book for Digital Photographers The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes Adobe Photoshop for Lightroom Users The entire boxed set of FOUR books! . . . and more! read more
  • Vintage Thanksgiving Art, Crafts Clip & Coloring Pages

    Fred Showker
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Here are some layout pages to keep the kids occupied today, and for artists, craftspeople, designers, illustrators and other creative inspiration into the future. This classic collection of Thanksgiving art and drawings is not only very low cost, it's all completely editable. The books they represent are a treasure of fun for all. read more
  • Vintage Thanksgiving Vignettes for Designers and Illustrators

    Fred Showker
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Thanksgiving is upon us, and these images have a lot of creative input. When they're from Dover, you also can be sure they are copyright screened. They are so low cost, you almost cannot afford not to get them -- specially now that they're all on CD! Enjoy! read more
  • Dan Winters: The Road to Seeing

    Fred Showker
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    You don't get this opportunity very often, so you have to take advantage while you can. Dan Winters' Road To Seeing is a monumental work of contemporary photography that everyone who handles a camera needs to see. This is not only a visual testament to the photographic art, it will become a collectors treasure. Be aware: it will not be available for long in this hardbound format. read more
 
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  • Design deals for the week

    Mirko
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Every week, we’ll give you an overview of the best deals for designers, make sure you don’t miss any by subscribing to our deals feed. The colossal vintage design bundle From the super talented folks over at Ultrashock and Yellow Design Studio, you’ll get an arsenal of vintage design elements including fonts, retro patterns, vintage monograms […] The post Design deals for the week appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • 10 tutorials to learn how to create icons with Photoshop

    Sabina Hona
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    When we talk about design, icons are one of the important things that cannot be overlooked. They represent images or pictures of some representation such as home icon for homepage, telephone icon for contact page and many more that covers the aspects of impressive web design. But creating these icons can be a real pain […] The post 10 tutorials to learn how to create icons with Photoshop appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Print love: new fine art prints published this week

    Mirko
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Poetic, funny, witty, or just beautiful, new art prints are published online every day. Every week, we try to share the best of new digital printmaking projects. Forgiveness by Alejandro Girardo. Cannonball by Budi Satria Kwan. As day turns to night by Budi Satria Kwan. Mêmsac by Exit Man. Nostalgia by Nazario Graziano. You are […] The post Print love: new fine art prints published this week appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • A collection of the best fonts for grungy designs

    Sabina Hona
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:49 pm
    One of the factors affecting the beauty of your design is the fonts. That is why you should be very careful while choosing the fonts. If you wonder which type of font best suits for your grungy designs, then here we have 10 awesome examples. Check it out below! 1. Microbrew Microbrew is a versatile […] The post A collection of the best fonts for grungy designs appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • 5 awesome experiential marketing campaigns by RPM

    Mirko
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    Experiential marketing, or “engagement marketing” as it’s often called, is a marketing strategy that builds direct relationships between the brand and the client. Instead of looking at the consumers as passive receivers of the message, engagement marketers address the consumers directly and engage with them. some companies like RPM specialize in this type of marketing. […] The post 5 awesome experiential marketing campaigns by RPM appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
 
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  • List Leaders: Top 5 Graphic Design Firms

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    The 2014 List of the Top 25 Graphic Design Firms in the Puget Sound region reflects an industry that was turned on its head this past year. Between name changes for rebranding purposes and a handful of recent mergers, The List is almost unrecognizable compared to last year.
  • Contemporary Tea Branding - Konrad Sybilski's Any Tea Packaging is...

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    This packaging for Any Tea takes a modern approach by utilizing matte black canisters and pops of color to differentiate flavors. Designed by Warsaw-based graphic designer Konrad Sybilski for a Chinese startup, the branding incorporates an electric color palette mixed with contemporary style.
  • We reveal the top 5 graphic design firms in Phoenix

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Phoenix-based Fisher added to a streak of No. 1 rankings that goes back to 2009 as the Phoenix Business Journal today published its annual list of graphic design firms.
  • What It's Really Like To Be A Young Creative In Tokyo

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Freunde Von Freunden is an international interview magazine that portrays people of diverse creative and cultural backgrounds in their homes and within their daily working environments. By introducing real people from around the world with an honest and authentic approach, FvF attracts a global readership and remains borderless.
  • Louis Vivet gears up for thrilling Escape

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    This Halloween weekend, enter "the sinister world of Escape" decked out in costume at Escape: All Hallows' Eve in San Bernardino, California. Headliners include Afrojack, TiA sto and Dash Berlin, and joining these giants of electronic dance music is one act from USC's own student body: Louis Vivet.
 
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  • Google News Redesign Concept by George Kvasnikov

    Kevin Mark Rabida
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Google News is one of the most visited news aggregator sites because of its functional interface. It’s a great tool in searching for information on the latest news topics due to its unique algorithm that tailor-fits news based on the user’s preferences. But does it need a redesign? Berlin-based designer George Kvasnikov thinks so. George Kvasnikov is a senior interface and graphic designer from Russia currently living in Berlin. He specializes in designing UI/UX and his portfolio is worth checking out. According to George, Google News was announced in 2002 and since then has…
  • Fire Text Effect Tutorial in Photoshop

    Claire Jariss Manlapas
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Fire is an element that is both creative and destructive. It signifies motion, brightness, and warmth. If you’re creating illustrations that need these qualities, this fire text effect tutorial will be really helpful. This tutorial by our graphic artist Romel Belga will teach you how to set your message on fire without burning yourself. Here are all the images you’ll be needing. download now First, create a new file (CTRL+N) and set your document size. We opted for a 9 x 4 inch banner. Make sure your resolution is 300 for printing but 72 is fine for web use. Since the background…
  • LG Launches Their New Curved Screens

    Gian Bautista
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    A Curved World Inspired by Creativity As graphic designers, we spend most of our days in front of our workstations. And of all of our various tools of creation, the computer monitor is arguably the heart of our operation. If monitors are able to display our works as designed, our lives would be a whole lot easier. Image accuracy issues become a thing of the past. It isn’t all about resolution, though. As we work on more and more projects, we find ourselves praying for more real estate. Screen size, all of a sudden, becomes a priority. Most of us shift to using a dual-monitor setup to…
  • 30 Astonishing Samples of Scott Wade’s Dirty Car Art

    Patrick Ellasos
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever felt the urge to draw on filthy car windows? I bet most of us had experience doodling on layers of dust coating a car window. We all love to put a humorous “wash me!” or even draw a family of stick figures on the window. Well Scott Wade—also known as the “The Da Vinci of Dust” and “The Dirty Car Artist“—is simply taking this act a notch higher. He uses the accumulated dust in the car’s window to create intricate masterpieces. His vast portfolio features several re-creations of some of  the most famous art pieces including the Mona…
  • 30 Runway Illustrations of the Busiest US Airports

    Gian Bautista
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    A series of modern prints featuring outlined runway illustrations of the 30 busiest airports in the US. Crafted by architect and designer Jerome Daksiewicz of NOMO Design, this Kickstarter project illustrates abstract patterns of the most active runway airports in the United States as defined by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Airport Runway Print Collection is Daksiewicz’s next big project after several successful projects like Photo Film, Golf Course, and Racetrack Series prints. If funded, the project will be printed on each of the following variations: Box Set. This will…
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  • How I Work As A Digital Artist: Computer Hardware Part 1 - The Basic Setup

    Mike Rankin
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Authors: George CoghillBody:  To some degree, all artists are digital artists these days. It’s not so much whether or not you actually create the art on the computer — eventually, it needs to get there.  Particularly for those who aren’t creating digitally, purchasing a computer can be a confusing task. With this installment in the monthly “How I Work As A Digital Artist” series, the focus will be on the computer. Not only is it the most fitting place to start, it also sets the foundation for everything to follow. While this series is entitled “How I Work”, I am going…
  • How to Create Kaleidoscopic Patterns in Photoshop

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

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

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

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

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    The producers of FUSE are excited to debut the inaugural Agency Client summit.  Produced in partnership with A Better View Consulting, this entirely collaborative experience is designed to inspire a new model of partner collaboration. By harnessing candid input at the intersection of client struggles and agency frustrations, this groundbreaking new event will be the catalyst for more productive,
  • Who knows you better than yourself? Amazon and Nike to name a few

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

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

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

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

    swissmiss
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    I know what I am making this weekend: Caramelized Apple Tarte Tatin.
  • ♥ / Stated Magazine

    swissmiss
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    A big thank you to Stated Magazine for sponsoring this week of my RSS Feed. Stated Magazine. Tell us what you think! We’ve covered breakout artists in every imaginable discipline, done some long-form and short-form interviews, articles and videos, and had fun in the process. But we’ve decided it’s time to seek the guidance of some advisors. And that’s where YOU come in! Please visit, subscribe, and email us your thoughts on what you like or don’t like about our website. It’s a passion project for all involved and we would love your feedback. (Interested in…
  • Painting with Fire

    swissmiss
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    Artist Steve Pazuk paints with fire. This is stunning.
  • Planet

    swissmiss
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    All images on this site were taken on board the International Space Station, which completes an orbit of the Earth in 93 minutes at an altitude of around 400 km and an average speed of 28,000 km/h. Stunning. Scroll! Scroll! Scroll!
  • Clever Bike Rack

    swissmiss
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    This clever bike rack made me chuckle. Definitely brings the point across.
 
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  • Reachin’ for Myeloma UK

    David Airey
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    Ben Vincent of London-based studio Karoshi got in touch to share some excellent work for Reachin’, a regular fundraising event for Myeloma UK. The purpose of the event is to engage a younger demographic while raising awareness about myeloma — a cancer arising from plasma cells that are made in the bone marrow. “Launched and hosted at the Turner Contemporary in Margate, our new identity drew inspiration from the venue architecture by David Chipperfield. The building’s distinctive construction, featuring clerestory windows, mono pitched roofs and glass façades, informed an evolving…
  • Design Matters: Tom Geismar

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

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

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

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

    acejet170
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Photoshop it ain't…But I love seeing what you can do with limited resources. In this case my phone, Diptic's pretty rudimentary editing functions and Instagram for some subtle colouration.
  • Design and Content

    acejet170
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    Way back in 1999 I was reading Design Writing Research – Abbott Miller and Ellen Lupton's collection of essays on graphic design (and also the name of their design practise at the time). This was the first time I'm read anything from either author – to a large extent, it was the first time I'd enjoyed writing of this kind. It was Lupton's name that had drawn me in – I wasn't so familier with Miller – and semi-youthful enthusiasm for the subject (I wasn't that young) drove me on to consume both author's nuanced thoughts and ideas. It was…
  • Wheat Germ

    acejet170
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Everyone's got it, haven't they? It's a piece of graphic design history and a super-fast/low-cost read. And a useful reminder of what it's all about; I for one benefit greatly from this kind of reminder, distracted as I can be by technology and the latest this and that. Rand's "Thoughts on Design", first published in 1947, is like the Hovis bread of the design world, "As good for us today as it's always been". It reminds us, succinctly and intelligently, of the importance of study, observation, relevance and purpose; the nutrients of good design.
  • Grafica della Strada

    acejet170
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    For over twenty years Louise Fili has been snapping away at Italy's signage. 440 of those photos have now been wrapped up in a rather handsome hard cover and published. Grafica della Strada celebrates the display typography of her favourite European destination.
  • No Jacket Required

    acejet170
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Secondhand Bookshop loiterers will relate to this: I was at a nearby National Trust property, mooching around the secondhand bookshop, when I spied a scruffy oddity. A strangely tall volume wrapped in an interesting elk-based photo dust jacket that was topped off with a nasty piece of outline type. If it wasn't for the unusual format I'd have passed it by but it was poking up, head and shoulders above the other odds and ends. So I did the thing you do – we all do it, don't we? – I slipped its jacket off. Boy am I glad I did.
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  • Lynx Expression giveaway

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

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

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

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

    Andrew
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:55 pm
 
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  • Vintage Actions, Textures & Light Leaks for Members

    Chris Spooner
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tom Anders is back with more premium photo effect Actions and textures for Access All Areas members! His Vintage Bundle is a collection of 25 sophisticated Photoshop Actions to give your photos cool tints and effects, along with 6 bonus high resolution textures and 10 bright light leaks. This is the ultimate kit for giving your images cool vintage effects. Use the Actions to manipulate the photo with cool tones, add grungy marks with the texture overlays and replicate authentic camera characteristics with the authentic light leaks. Tom Anders creates and sells a range of amazing products on…
  • The Best Font Bundles I’ve Ever Seen!

    Chris Spooner
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Over the past year I’ve been spreading the word about the awesome deals from Design Cuts. Their offers slash hundreds of dollars off quality design resources, with discounts always being upwards of 90%. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve received emails from my readers and subscribers who got the message too late and missed out on a deal. If you are one of those people, today is your lucky day! To celebrate their 1st birthday, Design Cuts are re-running all of their most popular deals from the past year. The premium fonts bundles seemed to be the most popular with you…
  • 20 Movie Posters in the Style of Vintage Horror Films

    Chris Spooner
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Low budget B-movies, exploitation films and slasher movies from the 50s, 60s & 70s have an iconic style that is often replicated by designers to pay tribute to this generation of cult film. Low quality print effects, dirt & grunge, hand brushed typography and plenty of blood splatters are all common features of this art style. In today’s post I showcase over 20 modern movie posters that have been designed with inspiration from these vintage horror films. They all perfectly capture the character of the originals using digital tools to mimic aged poster prints. Double Feature…
  • 3 Simple Photoshop Tips to Create Better Textures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Hala Ali
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    Have you ever wondered why the ‘M’ in the McDonald’s logo has curved ends or why the Nike Swoosh has such a dynamic line? Why is the Delta logo so angular while the Starbucks logo confines its lines to circular? If you are the average Joe the thought has probably never crossed your mind. Unfortunately,…
  • The Psychology of Web Design 101

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

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

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

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how actual progress on a project doesn’t always match the impression of progress—sometimes a lot of code has changed but nothing looks very different, while other times a small change in code gives the sense that the whole project has moved leaps and bounds. This came up recently because of how my team had been prioritizing bug fixes on a responsive redesign project. Our normal process is that after sharing an early version of a responsive prototype with the client or internal stakeholder, we create a ton of bug reports (GitHub issues, in our case)…
  • Ask Dr. Web with Jeffrey Zeldman: Help! My Portfolio Sucks

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    What if a lot of your past work reflects times when you satisfied the client, but couldn’t sell them on your best ideas? How do you build a portfolio out of choices you wouldn’t have made? Our very own Jeffrey Zeldman answers your toughest career questions. Dear Dr. Web: What do you do when you’re not proud of the work you’ve done for your clients, and don’t want it featured in your portfolio? My Shame Dear My, Everybody does some work they’re not proud of. Paula Scher and Jony Ive have had the occasional project that didn’t work out as hoped. Dieter Rams may have a thing he…
  • An Excellent Week

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    A couple of big announcements are making the rounds this week, both of them exciting for those of us who make web sites: Google advises progressive enhancement In a blog post explaining updates to its indexing system, Google makes it clear that they’re now parsing web pages in their entirety — not just HTML, but also CSS and JavaScript. Their indexer used to ignore layout and behave as if it were a text-only browser, but now it’s scanning fully rendered pages. This means a few things. First, make sure you’re not denying Googlebot access to directories that hold your CSS…
  • This week's sponsor: Hack Reactor

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Thanks to Hack Reactor for sponsoring A List Apart this week. Hack Reactor is currently accepting applications for its 12-week, immersive online coding school, Remote Beta. Apply today.
  • Rachel Andrew on the Business of Web Dev: Seeing Past the Highlight Reel

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I am not the sort of person who “airs her dirty laundry in public.” I wouldn’t walk into a mixed group of friends, colleagues, and complete strangers at a party and announce something deeply personal, and so it is with Twitter. For me, Twitter is a place to chat, a replacement for the Telnet Talkers I was so fond of in the 1990s. I share things I think are interesting, I keep up with what people I know are doing, but I see it as a public place. Recently, I had a Twitter conversation with someone who felt that people who don’t post about their bad days are being disingenuous. As if…
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  • Best of the Week: Architecture, Photography, Illustrations and more

    fabiano
    1 Nov 2014 | 3:31 am
    It's time for our best news of this week. We have a lot of graphic and web design, a bit of architecture, ads, tech news, awesome reads and other crazy stuff! So take a look at the links we've selected for your inspiration and to keep you updated about what's going on out there! We want to give a big thanks to our sponsors:Shutterstock, Psd2Html and Snapwire. A special mention to Media Temple for the excellent service and support with Abduzeedo! You can keep sending me your suggestions via Twitter twitter.com/FabianoMe and include #abdz_best in the message. Friday 10/31 Luxurious Modern…
  • Daily Inspiration #1911

    AoiroStudio
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:21 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 http://raw.abduzeedo.com and don't forget to send your Abduzeedo username; or via Twitter sending to http://twitter.com/abduzeedo Andrew Fairclough
  • Friday Fresh Free Fonts - Scary Halloween, Young Frankenstein, Necrotype

    paul0v2
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    Friday fresh free fonts is a series of free fonts posted every Friday, yes I know it's awesome. I will look forward to bring a lot of great fonts that will sure help you improve your typography work. Check out what I selected for you on this FFFF post and make sure to comeback for more next week. View all FFFF posts Scary Halloween by Phelan Riessen Download Scary Halloween Young Frankenstein by Iconian Fonts Download Young Frankenstein Necrotype by Chris Vile Download Necrotype Tags: FFFFfree fontsfreebiefontspaul0v2's blog
  • Fun Dogs in Halloween Costumes

    PauloGabriel
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    I know, I know, not the ~design~ post you'd expect, but if there's a day not to be serious, it's Halloween. It definitely is a day to have fun and to fool around, and I've always thought dogs in halloween costumes were super funny, so it was definitely a good idea to share with you some of these wide-eyed pups in costumes. Here you can see some very cute dogs wearing some unbelievable costumes... I gotta say my favorite is Chucky! Such creative folks! If your pets are also wearing a costume this Halloween, please share it with us! We'd love to see them. For more pictures of these cuties,…
  • Beautiful Houses: House in the Landscape

    GisMullr
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    Today we will show you a beautiful house in Zawiercie, Poland, a project by Kropka Studio. This house is great. From the facade's stone and wood combo to the open layout and white interiors, everything looks amazing. A lot of space, natural light, huge glass doors and unique touches give the place a cozy and modern look. Certainly a great place to live. Make sure to check out Kropka Studio website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: House is situated next to Zawiercie, on a longish, slightly sloping site, in…
 
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    Adaptive Path

  • From Farm to Phone to Table: Sprig comes to the Service Experience Conference

    Jamin Hegeman
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    What does it take to make a customer experience delightful? Sprig CEO and co-founder, Gagan Biyani, will be at our Service Experience Conference to talk about the deliberate design of Sprig’s minimal app, as well as how his team applies data science to get smarter about what their customers want and when to ensure we deliver a delightful experience from farm to phone to table. We got his non-designer take on the importance of service experience and where he sees a need for service design in the future. Why should people be interested in service experience and design? There are three…
  • Designing the Olympics Participant Experience

    Jamin Hegeman
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    Can you imagine the complexity and opportunity of designing the participant experience for the Olympics? At our Service Experience Conference, Alex Nisbett will share his story of the first Organizing Committees for the Olympic Games to explicitly design and deliver a spectator experience for the World’s greatest sporting event. We asked him for his thoughts on service experience, the conference, and what are the next big challenges he’d like to tackle with design. Why should people be interested in service experience and design? Service experience and design is highly relevant right…
  • Active Data Logging Doesn’t Work

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

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

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

  • Giveaway: Win EaseUS Todo Backup Home 7.5 Software For Free!

    Andy Sowards
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetWe love a good giveaway, and we know you guys love it too! So whenever companies get in touch with us to offer our readers a chance to get their software for free, we jump at the opportunity. It’s just our way of giving back and saying thanks, be sure to thank today’s sponsor EaseUS for their generosity for dishing out 10 licenses of their latest software, EaseUS Todo Backup Home 7.5. This software gives you an easy backup system to recover your files, make your own backups at home, backup operating systems, and more!Who is EaseUS?EaseUS is a leading…
  • 8 Reasons Your Business Needs Barcodes

    Andy Sowards
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetTo take your business to the next level, it is time to get technical. You do not have to have special training to add the latest technology to your business operation though. Barcode technology is quickly becoming an essential part of daily activity for businesses of all sizes. Your business needs barcode technology to continue to be competitive. To get started, all that is required is a barcode printer and a barcode scanner. Here are eight reasons why you do not want to be left behind.1. Barcode Automates the Business Experience. How to Automate Your Business for…
  • Redesign Your Logo for the Holidays

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

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

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

  • Tyler Orehek’s Collaborates With His Five Year Old Son To Create Vintage Photographs

    Ariane Fairlie
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Tyler Orehek’s photographic interest lies in vintage-style photography, which he creates with his young son, also Tyler, as the subject of his portraits. Each scene is meticulously planned as Orehek selects the environment and props beside which he casts his son. It’s really enjoyable to see his son inhabit each character, and he does it well. Tyler looks like a shrunken man from the 1900s on, as a bookie, a boxer, a police officer, and more. It’s obvious that Orehek has done his research. Orehek speaks about his love of vintage photography, and his reasoning for his approach in his…
  • Ewa Juszkiewicz Paints Surreal Portraits Of Mollusk-Headed Women

    Stephanie Chan
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    The women in Ewa Juszkiewicz‘s portraits have experienced a decapitation of an unusual sort: their heads replaced by a series of inanimate object from plants to mollusks. “In my paintings I take critical view on the way women have been pictured in history of painting and other visual media up to today,” Juszkiewicz explains in her artist’s statement. “I work mostly in the field of portrait, which I intend to approach from a different angle that avoids focusing on the appearance.” Her paintings, which are based on real historical portraits, seem to draw on…
  • Photographer Guido Argentini Honors The Feminine With His Silver Nudes

    Leslie Tane
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Demeter and Persephone Artemis Cassandra and Clytemnestra Aglaea Fluid, pliable, and sleek—Guido Argentini’s models are not only painted silver, they look to be made of the molten metal. In his series “Argentum,” Argentini has gathered over 100 of his images of women covered in shiny silver makeup, which he began shooting in 1995. The collection is printed in his book, also called Argentum, published by teNeues. Evoking the luminous polished planes of the work of Brancusi and the verve of Degas’ ballet sketches, these photographs endow the human body with both the solidity of…
  • Joseph McVetty Conjures Up Drawings Full Of Skulls, Cults And Rituals

    Genista
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Joseph McVetty must think it’s Halloween every day. His subtle pencil drawings are littered with groups of scantily clad people carrying out strange ceremonies and rituals. He sketches masked girls sitting on top of a circle of mushrooms, assisting a floating diamond deity. We see gatherings of people holding skulls above their heads in formation, trying to harness their collective power. There are also Shamans wearing skulls who seem to be about to begin some sort of exorcism or are absorbing energy from the people wearing skulls circling them. No matter the scenario, McVetty’s…
  • Mallory Morrison Captures The Frozen Beauty Of Women Floating And Falling In Water

    Lindsey Rae Gjording
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    These stunning images come from photographer Mallory Morrison‘s latest series, FOG, and combine the unearthly nature of life underwater with the beauty of the human form. An experienced underwater photographer, Morrison works with models to push the limits of what is possible. Poetic and succinct, her artist statement provides further explanation in the impetus behind her work on this series: Our path is not always clear.  Finding our way through life, figuring out what we what and how to get it can be like searching aimlessly through a foggy abyss. In FOG, Morrison captures feelings…
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  • Innovation Requires Failure

    Hamza Khan
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Falling by Juan Pablo Bravo from The Noun Project LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman famously said, “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” Failure isn’t fatal, yet many creatives get caught up trying achieve perfection, often at the expense of innovation. The author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future, Dorie Clark, urges us to stop believing that we have to be perfect: Innovation of any sort entails risk and trying new things — and that mandates failure.  A 100% success rate implies you’re not doing…
  • Andy Didorosi: What Detroit Taught Me about Getting Things Done

    behanceteam
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    About this presentation  Detroit’s plight has been making headlines for years, and to outside observers the situation can seem hopeless. But Andy Didorosi is one of Detroit’s many concerned citizens that have refused to wait for outside help. In this talk, Didorosi reveals how to take matters into your own hands despite government bureaucracy, lack of funds, and other obstacles—and why difficult situations are just opportunities for great and meaningful work.  He shares how he built his own bus company to augment crumbling public transportation infrastructure and why you need…
  • The Right Way to Ask for What You Want

    behanceteam
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Designed by Till Teenck for the Noun Project According to Creativity For Sale author Jason Surfrapp, “90% of people are afraid to ask for things.” True or not, he’s dead on about the fact that we don’t get what we don’t ask for — including the raise, the sale, or even the date. But simply asking for what we want isn’t enough. In a piece on Inc., Surfrapp suggests that asks be made with creativity, confidence, and effort: Creativity: When it comes to selling something online, your product or service most likely has competition. Someone else is already asking people to buy, so…
  • Kill The Dreaded Status Meeting

    Hamza Khan
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Designed by Julien Deveaux from The Noun Project We’ve all been to the notorious status meeting, where in a round-robin fashion everyone says what they’re working on. According to research by Atlassian, you’re highly likely to daydream during this meeting, do other work during this meeting or just miss it entirely. Author of Read This Before Our Next Meeting, Al Pittampalli, suggests that in an effort to skip the status meeting and get right to work, that we kill the status meeting altogether, and only have meetings that support a decision that has already been made: If a decision maker…
  • The 5 Behaviors That Make You a Coworking Space Pro

    behanceteam
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    The nature of the American workforce is rapidly changing, with more of us telecommuting or starting businesses out of our homes than ever before. It’s no surprise, then, that there’s been a recent surge in people taking up residency in coworking spaces. Still, coworking might be an unfamiliar concept for many, and may be intimidating if you’re used to the office life (or, even better, the work­ in ­your ­pjs ­all ­day ­at ­home life). But it’s fast become a true microcosm
 of a new way of working and, perhaps more importantly, living. Step into a coworking space and you’ll…
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    BittBox

  • Convert a Path to a Shape Layer in Photoshop

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

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

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

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

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

  • Learning from unsung heroes like Ed Merritt

    Paul Boag
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    As part of a new series on the Headscape team, I would like to introduce you to Ed Merritt. I am sure he will inspire you as much as he does me. Don’t you hate web designers who spend their whole time writing blog posts and speaking at conferences. You know, without ever producing work. Web designers like me! You hear the same old names time and again, while there are other brilliant designers who toil away in obscurity. The people who do the real work. Ed Merritt is one such person. Ed is one of those designers who produces amazing work, but never shouts about it.So I thought I would…
  • 10 ways you can establish a healthy work/life balance

    Paul Boag
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week on the Boagworld Show we look at the stresses of being a digital professional and ask how we can improve things. Paul Boag: This week on the Boagworld Show we look at the stresses of being a digital professional and ask how we can improve things. Take time for generating ideas (20:32) Have a system and stick to it (25:44) Vary your working location (32:25) Have friends outside the industry (37:30) Spend time outdoors (42:26) Control your communication channels (48:09) Take regular holidays (50:53) Find people you can talk to (54:36) Keep your hours short, but work hard (57:14)…
  • Don’t just create a new website, create a new culture

    Paul Boag
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    If your organisation wants to be successful in its use of digital it cannot stop at rolling out a fancy new website or mobile app. It needs to address the culture of the organisation. Since Digital Adaptation came out in March, I have been doing a lot of consultancy. Consultancy for organisations struggling with digital adoption. Charities, universities, government, not for profits and the private sector. All are unsure how to adapt to the digital world we now live in. Although keen to change, they are also hesitant. This manifests itself in the form of a question — “Can you point…
  • 10 things to consider when building a responsive site

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

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

    Jeff
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    This short film for Dazed’s Visionaries is perhaps the most absurd thing that Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert have made together so far. The two directors, better known as Daniels, took over the entire Internet earlier this year with their video for Dj Snake and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down For What” (watch it here) and have made a name for themselves turning immature ideas into memorable videos. Watch their film “Interesting Ball” below. View the whole post: Video of the Day: “Interesting Ball” A Surreal Short Film Directed by DANIELS over on…
  • Giveaway: Earthling by Illustrator Aisha Franz

    Jeff
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    My friends at Drawn & Quarterly just sent me over a copy of illustrator Aisha Franz’s fantastic debut graphic novel, Earthling, and I get to give away another copy to one of you. If you’d like to snag the book tell me what the title of your debut graphic novel would be, in the comments below. We’ll pick a winner on November 14th. This is open to everyone in North America and the UK.   LEAVE A COMMENT  View the whole post: Giveaway: Earthling by Illustrator Aisha Franz over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Skateboarding in Helsinki Airport

    Jeff
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    Finnish skateboarder turned photographer Arto Saari hosted a pretty unique invitational recently, giving skaters the opportunity to session Helsinki Airport. The video is definitely a promotion for the airport and airline involved, and they probably should have cut out 90% of the voiceover, but it’s still pretty cool. Somehow I don’t see this happening in any American airport any time soon. Watch “Match Made in HEL” below! View the whole post: Skateboarding in Helsinki Airport over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Kyle Metcalf

    Jeff
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    “Still Lifes” by Calgary-based illustrator Kyle Metcalf. More below. View the whole post: Kyle Metcalf over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Joel Daniel Phillips

    Jeff
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    Charcoal and graphite drawings by artist Joel Daniel Phillips who lives and works in San Francisco. More below. View the whole post: Joel Daniel Phillips over on BOOOOOOOM!.
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  • Interview with Mike and Maaike

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

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

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

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

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:38 am
    Makerbot is working overtime this week to print a series of ten prints for an exhibition in September.
 
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  • New Health Insurance Website Project for Connected Benefits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jean
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    W3 Total Cache W3 Total Cache is a performance optimization framework designed to improve user experience and page speed. It improves the user experience of your site by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration. Link: https://wordpress.org/plugins/w3-total-cache/ Disqus Sick of spam, but still want to maintain a positive commenting experience for your readers? Disqus is an external comment system which makes commenting easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving…
 
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  • 6 Free Font Types That Will Love You Back

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Advertise here with BSADesigners know that the font type they choose will either make or break a design. So for any designer, the more fonts they have, the better. God knows my font book has thousands that are ready for any situation. Today, we’ve got 6 amazing free font types to share with you. They come from different talents around the world and each is free to use in your personal or commercial projects. Some require a link back but in any case, if you use any of them in your work, give a shout out to the author. Enjoy, and Happy Halloween! Baron by Frank Hemmekam Baron is a free…
  • 8 Free Portfolio Templates To Help You Get More Jobs

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Advertise here with BSAA designers career can be summed up by the work he/she creates over the years. Without a great portfolio to show your marvelous work is like a going to the movies without popcorn in hand. Sacrilege. It doesn’t matter what position you’re after – freelance, contract, full-time – whatever it is, your portfolio carries your talents, let it speak for you. If you’re in graphic design, make sure your portfolio is graphically beautiful. Check those kernings! If you’re after a web designer position, make sure your portfolio looks tight with…
  • Limited Edition Flat Design Web UI Kit

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Advertise here with BSASo this week I had to create some UI for a long time client. They are in the Human Resource industry and are soon rolling out the alpha version of a recruitment website. As they are also in tune with the flat design trend, they requested some mockups done in this fashion. Lucky me (and you), it just so happen that our good friends over at UI8 had emailed me a nifty piece of freebie a while back, of which I’ve been meaning to get my hands dirty with. The Edge UI Kit is a Limited Edition freebie that’s fully customizable, and is loaded with hundreds of…
  • Is your level of Emotional Intelligence enough to make you successful?

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Advertise here with BSAAs freelancers, we’re constantly looking for new clients to do better work and to ultimately earn more. Before acquiring my current lineup of clients, I had to go through a ton of bad/horrible ones before finding the folks that I am proud to say I do business with today. Clients, are people. And to manage your clients well, you have to understand how to handle people well. And if you don’t, well unfortunately, having a kick-ass design portfolio isn’t going to help you get that gig. This where having a high level of Emotional intelligence or EQ comes in…
  • 12 Free Seamless Paper Textures

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Advertise here with BSAThis week, I needed some subtle backgrounds to create greeting cards for the upcoming holiday season. Scouring the net, I came across this beautiful paper textures set by Jessica McCarty. These textures are scanned paper and available in 12 earthy colors for all of your seamless tiling needs. To download, just head over to Jessica’s Behance page!
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    Creativeoverflow

  • IFAN Financial – A Revolution in Payment Technology

    Guest Author
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Until now, making payments for purchases with a credit card has been fraught with risk. Professional hackers have been able to penetrate many supposedly secure payment systems, leaving both the company and the purchasers vulnerable. Recent national examples include Target, Home Depot, and Jimmy John’s. Local businesses are increasingly experiencing similar issues. Introducing iPIN Debits by IFAN Financial Inc (OTCBB: IFAN). It looks like a solution that appears to be the next evolution in payment processing. The problem is that credit card purchases involve the exposure and transfer of…
  • Mobile Games that Redefine Graphics Appeal – Top 5 Picks

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

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

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

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

    Chris Coyier
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    The other day on ShopTalk a question we got led us down a short tangent on WordPress plugins, the resources they load, and what that would look like in a perfect world. I ended up writing up some thoughts on it and getting some feedback. I think it came to a somewhat satisfying conclusion so I figured I write it up. How Some Plugins Work Now Let's take a real-world example. The WP-Polls plugin. I think it's a nice plugin. Does a good job with polls. I use it here on CSS-Tricks. To put those polls on your site, it needs some JavaScript to handle the functionality (i.e. voting and seeing…
  • The Specificity Graph

    Chris Coyier
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Harry Roberts, on charting CSS selector specificity across entire codebases: A spiky graph is a bad graph. I would think if you went 100% on a methodology that encouraged class names for everything, your chart would be damn near flat. I wonder if that's a worthy goal. Something to draw a line in the sand on, for the good of a project. Direct Link to Article — Permalink The Specificity Graph is a post from CSS-Tricks
  • Sponsor: Wufoo

    Chris Coyier
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    I'm posting this just as a big ol' high five to Wufoo for being a long time sponsor of CSS-Tricks. Wufoo is a web app for building web forms. Things like contact forms, conference registration forms, t-shirt selling forms, wedding RSVP's, you name it. You put the forms on your own site (if you like). They work on small screens. They don't get spammed. They save their data forever. They can be multi-page and use logic. Everything you need a form to do. As many of you also know, I was a somewhat early employee of Wufoo back in the day. I'm still quite proud of the work we did at Wufoo and I'm…
  • Shape Blobbing in CSS

    Chris Coyier
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    We just covered shape morphing in SVG, where shapes change from one to another. Let's look at shapes that blob into each other! You know, that gooey squishy blobby effect like droplets of mercury on a surface. I'm not sure who first discovered this was possible on the web, but the first place I ever saw it was a demo by Lucas Bebber: See the Pen Gooey Pagination by Lucas Bebber (@lbebber) on CodePen. And then again by Felix Hornoiu (low framerate GIF for web practicality): Demo from here. The trick is fairly simple, use filter to BOTH add blur and contrast to an element The blur obvious makes…
  • Datalists for Different Input Types

    Chris Coyier
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:42 pm
    I saw an HTML5 date input the other day, which had the dropdown arrow on the right, which I've grown accustom to clicking to reveal a calendar datepicker in which to choose a date. Typically, that looks like this: <input type="date" /> I've seen variations on this before, like when you use a week input instead of date: <input type="week" /> But I hadn't seen this before: Turns out that's what you get when you apply a <datalist> to an input of that type! Who knew! The format is like this: <input type="date" list="days"> <datalist id="days"> <option…
 
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    David Airey, graphic designer

  • Things I’m sent

    David Airey
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    Now and again people send me products to review. A lot of what’s sent isn’t worth sharing, but other things are… The RAVPower portable charger and torch, for example. I keep it in the car in case my phone dies or on the off-chance I get a puncture at night. The torch is surprisingly bright, and it’d easily fit in a purse. Available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. Monotype sent issue one of newly-launched The Recorder. Beautifully designed by Luke Tonge and edited by Emma Tucker, the issue features “both the heritage of typography, and its contemporary application,…
  • How to persuade

    David Airey
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Relevant to my last post… “[Bill] Bernbach and his legions created product ads that connected both rationally and emotionally. More often than not every frame of the TV spot or every visual in the print ad featured only the product. Today it seems most every ad is an ad for the category. The new Beats headphone ads are a perfect example of this. I’m supposed to buy Beats because a well-muscled superstar does? Really?” That was George Tannenbaum on his blog. George shared this ad (below) by Carl Ally (1924-1999). It’s from the Bernbach era, when advertising wasn’t…
  • Remember those great Volkswagen ads?

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

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

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Your lack of knowledge on solar energy might be stopping you from installing a system. There are many things you need to know before you begin so that you’re able to get the full benefit of solar energy. Read the below article to expand your knowledge on the subject. Start small when you want to start using solar energy. A small investment of just a few solar powered garden lights is a great way to get started. You can find these at many retail establishments. Just insert them into the ground, and you’re good to go. Avoid technology which relies on the sun’s scheduling. More…
  • Learn Everything You Need To Know About Solar Energy

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Saving the environment while reducing the amount you spend on energy are both important. As time passes, electricity costs will rise, meaning you should look into solar energy. This article will tell you more about solar power. When you maintain it, your solar power set-up will last. Inspect and clean your panels on a regular basis. Taking care of your solar energy system yourself can save you some money; however, it may be well worthwhile to set up a maintenance schedule with your installer. It is important when installing your panels to remember that the position of the sun in the sky…
  • Advantages Of Using Solar Mirror To Produce Power

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Did you know that solar power is a renewable, clean and cheap source of energy? Once the mystique is removed from the idea of using solar mirror to produce power people will began to understand how it all works. This will lead to people seeing how using solar mirror to produce power can be looked at as a viable alternative source of energy. In fact in this choice of solar power the largest component is the sun. Scientist and those in the private sector are even now looking for ways to make using solar mirror to produce power in homes and businesses more economically feasible HOW DOES IT WORK?
  • A Key Element In Solar Panels – Efficiency

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

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

    Jake Rocheleau
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Advertise here with BSAIt should come as no surprise that people love to pass the time in waiting rooms by fiddling on their smartphones. These little devices have become a technological gateway to a library of applications and a sprawling metropolis of websites. This means a whole lot of people are visiting websites on the smallest screen imaginable – and it’s a touch-only screen to boot.As more people are latching onto touchscreens web designers need to craft new solutions for mobile Internet browsing. In this post I want to cover a few guidelines for helpful touch-based web…
  • Creating Useful Breakpoints in Responsive Layouts

    Jake Rocheleau
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Advertise here with BSAIn our modern technological era you can find devices with any screen size that all have access to the Internet. This means bored people around the world can visit their favorite websites from a laundry basket full of different screen dimensions. If this were Pee-wee’s Playhouse I’d say the word of the day is: breakpoint!The process of responsive design creates distinct layout styles that change based on a device’s screen resolution. When a layout shifts into a smaller or larger display style it’s often called a new breakpoint. Choosing when to…
  • Monarch: The Leader of a New Generation of Social Plugins

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

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

  • 25+ Super Scary Halloween Ads

    Marie
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Autumn is upon us, and for many of us that means Halloween is coming soon.  The stores are full of all kinds of goodies and costumes. Of course, this is also a time for advertising companies to get creative and make some of the most spooky and scary Halloween Advertising campaigns. In this article we have found some of the best Halloween ads to share with you all. The post 25+ Super Scary Halloween Ads appeared first on Design Reviver - Web Design Blog.
  • This week in design news: Website Templates, Killer UI kits and much more

    Marie
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    The week is coming to an end and that means it is time for us to look back on the week that passed, the best design news, resources and other goodies. This week we look at what makes a good website, killer website templates as well as Google fonts, HTML and CSS UI kits and much more. Trends that will Dominate Website Designing in 2015 Web design, like the other fields of online marketing, has also experienced several transformations during 2014. Some of the older ideas worked, so did not. Some new ideas are expected to emerge with time. Several new web design trends are expected to emerge in…
  • 3 UX Strategies To Increase Mobile Conversions

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

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

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    21 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    One of the most unique and extremely useful features of WordPress is its rich plug-in architecture, which makes it easy for everyone to add extra functionalities to the core installation. WordPress currently has a large database of 33k+ plug-ins, and hacks each of which lets users do something wonderful they’ve never imagined. Below is an exhaustively researched list of best WordPress plug-ins of 2014. Each one of them is super great, but I suggest you to use the one that fits perfectly to your specific needs. Blogging Editorial Calendar: Editorial Calendar is one of the most popular…
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  • Freebie: 36 Flat Simple Entertainment Icons

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

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

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

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

    Max Stanworth
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    I’m always on the look out for creative Illustrators and Canadian Jacqui Oakley certainly delivers, The colours are vivid and she clearly has her own style down to a T, look at just a selection of my favorites, you can say hi to her on Twitter, visit her website and even take a look at her shop! (personally i’d love to see some Games of Thrones in there at some point!)
 
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  • Freebie: 130 Hand-Drawn Web & App Icons

    Web Design Views Staff
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    We have here a great new vector pack as a freebie, this time including 130 Hand Drawn Web and App Icons that you can use on your projects. Vectors are great as they can be resized without losing quality. And we know that sometimes it’s hard to find a good vector that can solve one specific problem. Knowing about this, our friends from Freepik have created an exclusive collection of Hand-Drawn Web & App Icons for Web Design Views readers. All vector icons are available in PNG and SVG format and you are free to use them on both personal and commercial projects. You will need to…
  • Beautiful and Highly Usable Progress Bar PSD Downloads

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

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

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

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

    Sophia Lucero
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    Time to break out the costumes and candy ’cause it’s All Hallows Eve again. Will these websites do a good job of spooking the daylights out of you? Step inside and find out! Designs of the Week Get solid WordPress themes, plugins, and even design training from iThemes. The 7 Deadly Sins of Digital Marketing This microsite is available in two forms: 2d and 3d, which is pretty cool. The effects are good and the copy is on point even with the Halloween theme. This is how interactive infographics should be done. Halloween Party 2013 A simple party invite that puts kinetic typography…
  • Design Focus: Shapely

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

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

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

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

    Jake Rocheleau
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Advertise here with BSANot many designers place enough focus on the benefits of creative search fields. For content-heavy websites most users will be prepared to search for what they’re looking for. If the search interface sucks then people will be forced to leave and hit Google, or worse… Ask Jeeves. Instead of driving people away like a repugnant foul pot roast, why not spice up the design and give it some flavor? Then everyone will simply adore the pot roast! In this analogy the pot roast is a stinky search input field that just needs a little TLC. I’ve put together a…
  • Why it’s High Time You Turned to Social Sharing Plugins such as Monarch

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

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

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    Elliot Jay Stocks
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
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  • Confessions of an independent publisher

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

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

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

    Joel Falconer
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:09 pm
    It’s that time of the year again! The team over at DesignCrowd are offering great savings on custom logo design, web design and graphic design via their new DesignCrowd coupon page. Browse through the many deals and offers available and choose a discount that best suits you. You can save on flyer design, logo design and more! DesignCrowd is a design crowdsourcing marketplace, where you can access thousands of designers from across the globe. You write a brief and post it on the site – the huge pool of talented designers will then start submitted professional designs and you simply…
  • Is Crowdsourcing Crowding the Freelance Graphic Designer?

    Clancy Clarke
    17 Jun 2014 | 3:19 am
    Over the past few years the demand for crowdsourcing services has skyrocketed. This is particularly true for the design industry where crowdsourcing platforms such as DesignCrowd offer a cost effective way for small to medium businesses, start-ups and even individuals to get graphic design services done with very little effort. The processes are managed completely online and the platform provides the means of communication, payment and transfer of final design files. So with highly effective design crowdsourcing sites like DesignCrowd working their magic for consumers, where does this leave…
  • DesignCrowd are having a MASSIVE DESIGN SALE – June Only

    Clancy Clarke
    14 Jun 2014 | 1:18 am
    We know that many businesses will be looking to start this financial year with a kick! Start fresh and jump onboard with DesignCrowd. Perhaps you’re thinking of rebranding or making some visual changes to modernise your business? If so, the good folks over at DesignCrowd, the design crowdsourcing platform are having a MASSIVE DESIGN SALE – For 1 week only, you can save up to $500 on design projects! They’ve heavily reduced project fees and add-ons. Combine multiple projects and save BIG! Checkout all the other DesignCrowd Discount Coupons on the newly launched offers page
  • The Traditional Online Logo Design Service Can’t Keep Up! Crowdsourcing Steams Ahead

    Clancy Clarke
    1 Jun 2014 | 9:56 pm
    By Clancy Clarke The Traditional online logo design service is dead! There are no two ways about it – crowdsourcing design has disrupted the market, both from an agency point of view and for all those logo template sites. In 2014, using a design agency to create a bespoke logo for your company is outrageous! Just think about it, think of all the steps required and the time it takes to get the design job done. If you’re not familiar with the process, it usually looks something like this: Find a design agency This often means hours of Google searching and trawling, looking for an agency…
  • How To: Create a Logo Contest and Be Amazed by the Results

    Clancy Clarke
    29 May 2014 | 6:21 pm
    By Clancy Clarke Getting a logo designed for your business can be a dauntingg task. There are a million factors to think about: Who do you get to design your logo? How do you want your logo to look and feel? What personality should the logo convey about your brand? Where will the logo be used? However, compared to the days when hiring a design agency or freelance design consultant were the norm, in 2014 you can now create a logo contest on a crowdsourcing site such as DesignCrowd. Logo contests and crowdsourcing allow you to get the benefits of a huge pool of highly skilled logo designers…
 
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    The Graphic Mac

  • Free subtle patterns for your web designs

    James
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    SubtlePatterns offers nearly 400 tillable patterns for your web designs. These patterns, as the name implies, are subtle, clean and will work with virtually any design style. You can download them for free, or use the $12 Photoshop plug-in which puts them right into your workflow. The cool thing about this site is that you can preview each pattern as a page background simply by hovering over each pattern and clicking the preview button. Related posts: Free texture: Seamless wood Photoshop patterns 50 Free plaid-pattern swatches for Illustrator How to create seamless patterns in Adobe…
  • Hopefully, some day, this won’t be such big news

    James
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, this morning published an essay on Bloomberg Business Week in which he announced he is gay. Shock. Well, not really. Most Apple fans already knew this, and most everyone else probably took a where there is smoke, there’s fire opinion on the subject. I think it’s awesome that he came out publicly like this, I just wish we lived in a time when this wasn’t news at all. Related posts: News portals for Mac users CNN calls out Bloomberg on their completely made up anti-Apple bullshit Free Smoke brushes for Photoshop users
  • Brand identity inspiration

    James
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    25 examples of simple and elegant brand identity design. Ranging from print to digital, these different brands will give you a better idea of what you need to do to get it right. Related posts: Free brand icon collection Free image templates for identity design BrandNew: A look at logo and brand makeovers
  • The most in-depth review of OS X Yosemite you’ll find

    James
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    OS X Yosemite has been out for a while now, and I’m enjoying the heck out of using it. It’s probably the most full-featured OS release Apple has offered us in quite a while. While you’ve probably read plenty about the hero features, it’s still worth reading John Siracusa’s full review. At 25 pages in length, it’s about as in-depth as you can get. Related posts: A closer look at Yosemite’s icons Understanding bit depth in Photoshop Review: Inside Adobe InDesign Newsletter
  • Save/Save As now recorded in Photoshop CC’s History panel

    James
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Photoshop’s History panel allows you to revert to previous states of your work simply by clicking back through history in the list. But one thing it has never done in the past is record the fact that you performed a Save or Save As on the document. With the release of Photoshop CC 2014, Adobe has finally added this feature to the History Panel functionality. Now if you have a complicated document, you’re probably saving quite a bit. Since the History Panel only saves a specific amount of history states (which you can configure in the Preferences>Performance>History States panel),…
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  • 5 Creative & Unique Ways People Document Their Travels

    Leanne Tan
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Documenting your travels is not a new concept. It is a way to remember your travels and the memories you associate with the places that you visited. Most of us would take tons of photos. Some would keep a travel journal or a travel blog. Others would rather video the trip and even turn it into a mini movie. But surely that’s not all there is to it. What if you want to document your travels with a little bit more flair than just posing with a famous landmark in the background? What if you want to include your significant other with you but you don’t want to do it the conventional…
  • How To Build A Static Blog Using Assemble

    Agus
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    Today, we are going to take a look at Assemble, a Grunt plugin that allows us create and manage static sites with ease. Assemble may be slightly similar to Jekyll, but it brings more flexibility and features to the table that makes it more powerful. Permalink, Bootstrap Boilerplates, and LESS compiler are the features that makes Assemble a comparable tool to a full-fledged CMS application. Herein, we will show you how to use Assemble to create a static blog. Recommended Reading: How To Unload Unnecessary CSS With Grunt Step 1. Installing Project Dependency Assemble requires Grunt to function…
  • 10 Comic Themed Posters To Teach You Life Lessons

    Anastassia Irina
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    With a wealth of resources available to us, sometimes we look for little nuggets of wisdom from the Internet or from the people around us. Comics aren’t usually a person’s first choice on life’s ponderings but there are definitely a few gems that can give you some insight and make you chuckle too. Comic themed posters are especially great because you can hang them up on your wall as a reminder of a lesson that’s important to you. Here we’ve gathered 10 comic themed posters filled with life lessons. From comics that have to do with lessons on parenting to those…
  • A Guide To Video And Audio Conversion Using FFmpeg

    Fahad Khan
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    FFmpeg is a very powerful and great command line tool used for performing various conversion operations on audio and video files. The good thing about this tool is that it is absolutely free to use. It is available for Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems. Not everyone knows how to use it though and for that purpose, I’ve come up with this guide on how to use FFmpeg for Windows OS. From the very first step of downloading the program to cropping an audio file, this tutorial aims to help you cover the basics, so that you can play around more later on. Recommended Reading: 10 Free…
  • 20 Minimalist Portfolio Designs You’ll Love

    Nancy Young
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    If you have a passion for white space and love sharp, clean design, the minimalist style would probably be right up your alley. In minimalist design, the main focus is on the content instead of heavy design effects. Basically, it does as the name suggets by keeping it simple. There’s a lot of potential for minimalist design in plenty of areas. As an artist, one of the ways you can use this is by incorporating it into your design portfolio. Take a look at these 20 elegant and sleek minimalist portfolio designs I’ve collected to get you inspired. Recommended Reading: 30 Responsive…
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    Jason Santa Maria

  • Learning to Run

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

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

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

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

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

  • Download Awesome Design Bundles at 85-95% off! My Top 5

    Jacob Cass
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    DesignCuts has quickly become my favorite design deal site out there, simply because they pack so many quality resources into each bundle and at a huge saving of 80-95% off each time. For their birthday, they are re-releasing their most popular past deals, so this is a great chance to grab some insanely useful resources for a very discounted price. There are a large number of deals on their website but these would be my top 5 picks! My top 5 design bundle picks: Monster Creative Font Bundle (Includes Web Fonts) – Just $29 This font bundle includes 10 versatile creative fonts, many with…
  • Web Design and Checkout Abandonment – Tips & Insights

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

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

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

    Jacob Cass
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    I recently came across this goldmine of free product design e-books from UXPin and just had to share! The information presented in this collection is inspired by examples and ideas from companies including Facebook, Uber, Kickstarter, AirBnB, Dropbox, Spotify, and design/UX experts such as Aarron Walter of MailChimp, Cindy Alvarez of Yammer, and Josh Puckett of DropBox. All of the e-books can be found in their Product Design Library. 1. Web UI Design Patterns 2014 This book takes examples from top companies such as Amazon, Kickstarter, AirBnB, Quora, LinkedIn, Eventbrite, Mailchimp, and Asana…
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  • Line25 Sites of the Week for October 31st 2014

    Chris Spooner
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from IMM, Archviz, Ines Maria Gamler, Logicart and Tiny Giant Creative. IMM View the website Archviz View the website Ines Maria Gamler View the website Logicart View the website Tiny Giant Creative View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for October 31st 2014 appeared first on Line25.
  • 25 Captivating Dark Website Designs for Inspiration

    Chris Spooner
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    While a ‘dark on light’ colour scheme is the most common approach for website design, some designers are creating powerful sites with dark interfaces. Black and dark coloured backgrounds create an alluring mood that entices the user and really helps the content stand out when mixed with high contrasting whites and bright hues. In today’s showcase I feature 25 stunning dark website designs for inspiration. See how they use black & white photography and strong highlight colours to create captivating designs. DUNCKELFELD Electrik Company Q Ideas LOUIS XIV Energy Bay Street…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for October 24th 2014

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

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

    Chris Spooner
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Woodsly, Atmospheric, Final, Degordian Academy and Agigen. Woodsly Lookbook Summer 2014 View the website Atmospheric View the website Final View the website Degordian Academy View the website Agigen View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for October 17th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
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    Lines and Colors :: a blog about drawing, painting, illustration, comics, concept art and other visual arts

  • Arnold Böcklin’s Isle of the Dead (Alte Nationalgalerie version)

    Charley Parker
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Isle of the Dead, Arnold Böcklin Today is Halloween, or Hallow’een, short for “All Hallows’ Evening” — the evening before a day dedicated to remembrance of the dead (and marked by costumery and other activities meant to mock death itself). With the theme of the dead in mind, here is one of five different versions of a famous painting by Swiss Symbolist Arnold Böcklin, each titled Isle of the Dead (“Die Toteninsel” in German), and differentiated in their titles by the museum or gallery in which they currently hang. The version shown here, now…
  • Jared Muralt

    Charley Parker
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Swiss illustrator and comics artist Jared Muralt works in a pen and ink style that combines line and hatching with bits of lightly applied stipple. Many of his illustrations are colored, either with watercolor or digital color. You can see his work as within the milieu of French and Belgian comics art styles, particularly those of Moebius and Bilal. Muralt’s use of color is restrained, always allowing the nature of the ink lines to define the look of the finished piece. In addition to the galleries on his website, you can find his work on Behance, where the individual pieces are often…
  • Colley Whisson YouTube demo videos

    Charley Parker
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Well known Auatralian painter Colley Whisson, who I wrote about in 2011, has for some time been posting short demo videos of his painting process on YouTube. These are quite short, roughly 3-4 minutes, and each briefly cover the process of a particular small painting. The videos are not professionally produced, and the audio, in particular, suffers a bit on some of them. They also vary somewhat in format; those labeled “Speed Paint” are time lapse of the painting start to finish, with music and no commentary. The rest are slower, with fades between stages of the process, and voice…
  • Eye Candy for Today: Sisley’s Rest Along the Stream

    Charley Parker
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Le repos au bord du ruisseau. Lisière de bois (Rest along the Stream. Edge of the Wood) Alfred Sisley Among the original core group of French Impressioinist painters, English born Alfred Sisley has long been a personal favorite of mine. There is something direct and to the point about his work that particularly appeals to me, and I think presages the work of the American, Russian and Scandinavian painters who would adopt to the influence of the Impressionists, but lean a bit more toward painterly realism. This painting has been a source of fascination for me since I first saw it in a…
  • Kalen Chock

    Charley Parker
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Kalen Chock is a California based concept and visual development artist, whose clients include Industrial Light and Magic, Cryptozoic, CGMA, Autodesk, Ember Lab, Virtual Toys, and Fantasy Flight Games. His blog includes a number of his professional pieces, but much of it is devoted to his personal work, sketches, experiments and demonstration pieces for classes he teaches. I often find that the most enjoyably imaginative work from visual development artists is their personal “day off” work, in which they are unrestrained by project demands and can range more freely through their…
 
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  • 2014-10-31 | Pumpkin Latte

    Jacob Cass
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Pumpkin Latte Credits: Veneta Rangelova Related Logos: 2014-06-04 | Holy Village Coffee (0) 2014-01-23 | Gregorys Coffee (1) 2013-12-12 | Workshop Coffee Co. (0)
  • 2014-10-30 | Above & Beyond

    Jacob Cass
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Above & Beyond agency Credits: Karoshi Related Logos: 2014-09-03 | Creature (1) 2014-08-05 | GO (0) 2014-04-23 | Unicef Zero Awards (1)
  • 2014-10-27 | Shake

    Jacob Cass
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Shake free legal agreements Credits: Shake / Krissi Xenakis Related Logos: 2014-10-02 | Suzi Zutic (0) 2014-03-28 | SensacionS Catering (2) 2014-03-14 | Nike Salvation (1)
  • 2014-10-24 | NYC Marathon

    Jacob Cass
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    TCS NYC Marathon Credits: Unknown Related Logos: 2012-06-07 | NY Blaze (5) 2011-04-05 | Matchbook (7) 2011-01-10 | Burns Music Studio (8)
  • 2014-10-23 | Honest Tea

    Jacob Cass
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    Honest Tea Credits: Coca-Cola Related Logos: 2014-09-22 | Ecopure (2) 2014-09-16 | Grow (1) 2014-09-03 | Creature (1)
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  • Six Steps to Successfully Promote an Event Using Any Social Media

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

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

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

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

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

  • 3 Instagram Lessons You Can Learn from Taylor Swift

    Jessica Lorenz
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    This MarketingSherpa Blog post illustrates what you can learn about utilizing Instagram in your social media marketing from pop star, Taylor Swift. This post shares three tips to improve your Instagram marketing.
  • Corporate Creativity: Managing your marketing team (and career) to balance innovation and execution

    Daniel Burstein
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Learn from this exclusive MarketingSherpa interview with Jeff Stibel, author and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., and Lisa Nirell, author, about the changing landscape all marketers face and how to confront and overcome this environment while having fun.
  • Event Marketing: 4 questions to ask before submitting a speaking application

    Jessica Lorenz
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    If you are an industry thought leader, a marketer with a lot of experience or have a campaign that you really want to share with your marketing peers, then your are qualified to speak at industry events, such as the MarketingSherpa Email Summit. This MarketingSherpa Blog post features four tips that will help get your speaker application accepted.
  • How to Craft a Viral Campaign in 3 Steps

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

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

    Tim Van Damme
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    I was wondering what the delta was between the screen sizes of the different iPhones you need to support as an iOS designer. Did some math and realized that, even though not perfect because of rounding errors, going from an iPhone 5 to a 6, you gain about 1 (44×44 point) column and 2 rows. Same happens going from an iPhone 6 to a 6 Plus. i5>i6: 1col, +2row i6>i6: 1col, +2row i5>i6: +2col, +4row (unit = +/- 44pt) If you want to add more functionality instead of content.— Tim Van Damme (@maxvoltar) October 24, 2014 Sketching on squared paper, I was…
  • Welcome to Colon, Magic Capital of the World

    Tim Van Damme
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
  • Lucky shot.

    Tim Van Damme
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
  • What do you want to learn from me?

    Tim Van Damme
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    Been thinking about this for a couple of weeks now. Some advice from a mentor and Mandy Brown’s article convinced me to pull the trigger. This industry is built on people helping people. When I started out designing websites, I’d email those who pioneered the craft. The questions I asked them feel trivial today, but the fact that 90% of the emails I sent out got a helpful reply helped me turn this passion I had into a real job. Through a lot of hard work and some luck, I’m now living a life I couldn’t even dream of a decade ago. This experience of people helping out…
  • Costanoa

    Tim Van Damme
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:39 am
    Always bring a camera when you go camping.
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    Naldz Graphics

  • Amazing Law Firm Logos Designers Should See

    Ebrian Acebedo
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Logos is one important thing that every business establishment must not take for granted. These logos bring the company’s identity and its reputation. One look of the logos and the people recognizes the company or any business it represents. With that, it is important to have a logo design that will bring the right message to the people about your company. Today, we will be showing to you a collection of creative law firm logo designs that you can browse for inspiration and maybe get fresh ideas that you can use for your next design. Scroll down and check them The post Amazing Law Firm…
  • 20+ Examples Of Scary Halloween Makeup Ideas You Should See

    Joan Mae Maguale
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    It’s time again for the holiday of scare and treat. It is the time where we go to trick or treat and Halloween parties with our friends. In this occasion, the scarier or creepier you look, the better. To help you get the awesome look that you need, we have collected amazing Halloween Make-up ideas that you can check and do this season. There are times that wearing complicated costumes and masks make it hard for us to move and hinder our enjoyment. One alternative to this is doing make-ups. Less complicated but still effective in giving the scare. Scroll The post 20+ Examples Of Scary…
  • Impressive Hot Foil Stamped Business Cards You Should See

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

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

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

  • Create a Fruit Ninja Inspired Game with Unity

    Carlos Yanez
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    What You'll Be CreatingIntroductionIn this tutorial, you'll learn how to create a mobile 3D game using C# and Unity. The objective of the game is to cut the fruit that appears on the stage using the touch screen.You will learn about the following aspects of Unity game development in this tutorial:importing 3D modelsswipe gesturesline renderersphysics forces2D spritesThe user interface of the game is straightforward. The screenshot below gives you an idea of the artwork we'll be using and how the final user interface will end up looking. You can find the artwork and additional resources in the…
  • Adding the CSS for a Color Scheme in the Theme Customizer

    Rachel McCollin
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    In the first part of this two part series, I showed you how to create the settings and controls for a color scheme in the WordPress theme customizer. In this part, you'll use these to define CSS in the theme based on what users select using the customizer.This consists of four steps:Defining a variable based on each of the options your users select in the customizerUsing the value of these variables to define CSSAdding classes to the body element based on the radio box selections in your 'Solid Backgrounds' sectionUsing these classes to define the CSS for the header and footer.We'll…
  • New Course: Speedy Workflows With Atom

    Andrew Blackman
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Atom is the latest feature-packed text editor created by GitHub. If you're already a fan of Sublime Text but love the convenience of a fully integrated development environment, just wait until you see what Atom can do! In our new course, Speedy Workflows With Atom, you'll learn how Atom can help you optimise your daily workflows, so that you can work faster and smarter.What You'll LearnIn this comprehensive video course, Tuts+ instructor David East will take you through everything from themes, tweaking settings and file navigation, right through to custom…
  • Introduction to Tablesorter

    Jeff Reifman
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    What You'll Be CreatingTablesorter is a straightforward jQuery plugin that provides dynamic column sorting and pagination in your HTML tables. It's a nice way to provide sortable, scripted tables that don't require the user to refresh the page. You can also use it when you're using Ajax in your application.This tutorial will showcase actual code and three examples of using Tablesorter. You can download the code at GitHub. Note that the Tablesorter download is actually missing a few graphic images for its pagers, so you may want to use my GitHub files.Example 1: Basic…
  • Programming with Yii2: Getting Started

    Jeff Reifman
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    What You'll Be CreatingIf you're asking, "what's Yii?" check out my earlier tutorial: Introduction to the Yii Framework, which reviews the benefits of  Yii and includes an overview of what's new in Yii 2.0, released October 12th, 2014. This tutorial will walk you through installing Yii 2.0, setting up your local development environment, building a simple Hello World application, setting up your remote production environment for hosting and deploying your code from a GitHub repository.Installing Yii 2.0DocumentationYou can find detailed installation instructions here; I'll…
 
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    noupe

  • Brain Damage: Why Art Directors Hate Freelancers

    Speider Schneider
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
       Believe it or not, there are some freelancers who are morons, and I don’t mean that in the good way. In the ranks of creative children who see other possibilities, color outside the lines, make their own lines and blended two or three crayons to create new colors to captivate the senses, there were some who experienced something that set them apart from other creative children. While the schoolyard beatings of we “different” children made most evolve inner strengths that made them incredibly sensitive, and insightful adults, I suspect some suffered brain damage.
  • Deal of the Week: 100+ Essential 3D Mockups and Effects to Make Your Product Shine

    Dieter Petereit
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
       Today’s Deal of the Week brings you a whole load of Photoshop templates and effects to professionally show off your designs and other products. More than 100 individual elements are part of the package. Among these, you’ll find 67 professional 3D mockups that allow you to project your designs onto a variety of surfaces. Do you want to present the design of your customer’s new website complete with the device it is displayed upon? The bundle has you covered. Have you just created a new line of shirt designs and needed it presented realistically? The bundle has you…
  • Colorful Autumn: 20+ Free HTML/CSS, PSD and GUI Templates (October 2014 Edition)

    Juan Pablo Sarmiento
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
       Two months and it’s Christmas. Leaves are falling; the world dresses up in colorful clothing. This is the right time to let your website or whatever project you are currently creating follow. Just like last month and a whole bunch of months before we collected the best free HTML/CSS, PSD and GUI templates from around the web with a release date from October. So this is the freshest material you can get. My personal favorite is the Material Bootstrap 3 theme as it brings together one of the most versatile frameworks with Google’s latest design guidelines known as…
  • Visme.co: Swiss Knife for the Creation of Presentations, Infographics, Banner Ads and More (Comment to Win)

    Dieter Petereit
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
       Visme.co is a recently relaunched and re-branded service loyal Noupe readers already know. We’ve covered the service under its former name EWC Presenter in August of 2013 already. At that time, our conclusion was entirely positive. We recommended to put PowerPoint and Keynote aside, and use EWC Presenter instead. A lot has happened behind the curtain since then, so we thought it would be time to revisit a service we had enjoyed at first encounter. Are we still fans? Well, the name Visme.co is way better than the wooden EWC Presenter. And else? Read on…
  • Fall Cleaning: 22 Fresh and Free WordPress Themes From October 2014 to Damp Wipe Your Blog

    Juan Pablo Sarmiento
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
       Although I like the nightlife, I wouldn’t say I want the nights to get longer. I enjoy a long day’s – well – daylight. With autumn having undoubtedly arrived, nights are getting longer. We leave home for work in the dark and get back when it’s dark already. To save you from depression and give you a little perspective during the cold and sinister season we’ve put together another round of free WordPress themes for self-hosted blogs, just like we did last month and the month before and the…
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  • Tiga: Bugatti

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    Since it's Friday, why not take a look at Tiga's music video for Bugatti (produced in collaboration DIVISION)? As Vice says, "it's like a Wes Anderson movie on techno and acid". Warning: Potentially NSFW, depending on where you W.
  • Apple Watch to iPhone home screen prototype

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    Inspired by an article on 9to5Mac, Lucas Menge has built a working replica of the upcoming Apple Watch UI on the iPhone. Looks slick, but we're not convinced that it's usable (yet). (Grab the sourcecode here)
  • Painting with fire

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    A video portrait (produced byPatrick Peris) of Steve Spazuk and his unique painting techniques:
  • Anura

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    Anura is a pocket-sized drone that can be controlled via a mobile device over a Wi-Fi network:
  • Paris / New York

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    Franck Matellini compares Paris and New York City in this slick split-screen video:
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    Illusion Magazine

  • 10 Great Erotic Horror Movies

    Martyn Conterio
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    Warning: This article includes explicit content (violence and sexual references). Viewer discretion is advised. Georges Bataille, the art theorist, author and surrealist provocateur, once stated that eroticism is a form of psychological quest. “The human spirit is prey to the most astounding impulses,” he noted. Horror films can be seen as the battleground between the...
  • Halloween and Gothic Fashion Photography

    Christopher Smail
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Warning: This article contains explicit content. Viewer discretion is advised. The Gothic look and the Halloween season can be a great source of inspiration for fashion photographers and stylists. As the dark nights get ever darker, it is the time of year to enjoy Victorian ghost stories and trashy horror flicks to escape the grey,...
  • 5 Meaty Cannibal Movies

    Martyn Conterio
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Warning:Warning: This article contains explicit content (violence references). Viewer discretion is advised. Whispered tales of gore and recounted stories of cannibalism have been with us since human culture began, in a variety of forms. Cinema, however, a more recent-ish medium, has offered servings of butchered flesh in a buffet of bloody movies. The rise of...
  • Drawings of Mysterious Wooden People

    Adriana de Barros
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The first three images are part of a series titled “Wood People,” which David Cristobal explains that “looking at the lines of a tree can tell you a lot about its life”; so the same goes for people. Each facial expression, wrinkle, scar… can say much about a person from their personality to possible struggles...
  • Follow the Rope to Eternity

    Christopher Smail
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Warning: This post contains images with nudity. Viewer discretion is advised. Award-winning Polish photographer Leszek Paradowski knows how to compose and shoot a dramatic image. His portfolio is full of breathtaking and powerful photographs, ones which make full use of the beauty of his homeland. There is so much wonder on display in the way his human...
 
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    The Social Commerce Social Sourcing Space

  • Rite Aid and CVS block Apple Pay

    dave
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    Rite Aid and CVS have joined some of the world’s biggest retailers in shunning the new Apple Pay system. Earlier this month, Apple Pay was introduced to more than 220,000 stores, but retailers such as Best Buy, Target, 7-Eleven and Walmart were not among Apple’s long list of partners. These retail giants are part of a group known as the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX). MCX has been developing CurrentC, a mobile payment scheme that could compete with Apple Pay. CurrentC is expected to be rolled out to 110,000 stores next year. “It will offer merchants new and exciting channels to engage…
  • Allegedly AT&T misled clients with unlimited data

    dave
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recently lodged a federal lawsuit against AT&T for misleading customers regarding the telco’s Unlimited Data Plans, according to The New York Times. In 2011, AT&T announced that it would slow down the internet connections of smartphone customers who subscribed to this scheme and utilised a substantial amount of data. However, this announcement is drawing criticism because the company did not specifically outline the monthly data limit or the extent to which the internet speeds would be reduced, said the watchdog group. AT&T subsequently…
  • Reddit Begins Crowdfunding Site Redditmade

    Craig Agranoff
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Reddit isn’t just a social sharing and commentary site anymore. Now, with the release of Redditmade, it’s a crowd-sourced funding site as well. Interestingly, Redditmade works as a sort of mashup of Reddit and traditional crowd fund sites like Kickstarter. After their $50M funding round at $500M in valuation last month, Reddit seems eager to expand and this seems an intuitive way to do it. Between Redditmade and plans to introduce a virtual currency specifically for Reddit, the handshaking seems obvious. “Redditmade is a new place to turn the best designs and products by the…
  • Online labour markets booming

    dave
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    According to an expert from CoachMarket, a platform for freelance business coaches and corporate trainers, online marketplaces where clients and businesses can hire freelance workers are flourishing. Currently, about one-quarter of the workforce in the United States consists of freelancers or contingent workers. By 2020, it is estimated that 40 per cent of workers will belong to this group. This means that 60 million freelancers will need a platform where they can easily get in touch with people or businesses in need of their skills. Moreover, many entrepreneurs and enterprises are looking…
  • Apple registers strong Q4 results

    dave
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:46 am
    Apple posted better-than-expected results for the fiscal fourth quarter of 2014, which ended on 28 September, with revenues at $42.14 billion and earnings per share at $1.42. Wall Street analysts expected the company to record revenues of $39.8 billion and earnings per share of $1.31. Apple revealed that international sales accounted for 60 per cent of revenues for the quarter. Despite the strong showing, the company saw iPad sales drop to 12.1 million for the quarter. The figure was also 6.8 per cent lower than analysts’ forecasts of 13.1 million sales. However, Tim Cook, Chief Executive…
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    Six Revisions

  • Free SVG Icons

    Jacob Gube
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This set of SVG icons has 70 different icons geared towards Web user interfaces. What is great about using SVG icons is they are lightweight in file size and they can scale without losing resolution-quality. In this context, SVG is great for responsive designs, web apps, websites, blogs, interactive infographics, and other web-based digital products. Another advantage of SVG icons is they are open source. Simply open the SVG file in a text editor and you can see the code used for generating the graphic. You can even place this code directly into your HTML, which can help improve your Web…
  • 30 Beautiful Ecommerce Product Page Designs

    Jacob Gube
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    For an online store, the design of product pages is important to get right. The product page is the place where a purchase is likely to happen, and so its form and function can dictate the success of an ecommerce site. For inspiration and ideas, check out these excellent product page designs from a variety of ecommerce sites. Greats Jays United Pixelworkers Master and Dynamic Skinny Ties V76 Ugmonk Nixon Mammoth & Co. REBEL8 Hommard Joined + Jointed Grovemade yurbuds El Recibidor Kershaw Knives Hard Graft Locals Apparel Best Made Company Cocones Wootten Ab Aeterno Functionals Boards of…
  • Google Chrome DevTools Tutorials

    Jacob Gube
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Chrome Developer Tools (also known as DevTools) is an essential component of any front-end developer’s toolkit. Mastering this useful in-browser tool will substantially enhance your coding workflow. DevTools has a great deal of features, and to take advantage of them, it’s wise to invest some time learning the ins-and-outs of the tool in order to unlock its true potential. Fortunately, there are many free tutorials, guides, and resources on DevTools. Whether you’re completely new to DevTools or are already an intermediate user, these tutorials and resources will give you a…
  • Font Combinations: 10 Sites for Inspiration

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

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

    Akhter
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Here we are presenting 20 free water wave and bubbles vector background sets for you that you can download and use in your websites and graphic designs. These background set are of high quality and are available in eps, ai and other vector file. So, enjoy looking into this collection and have more fun in using them for your works. We hope this collection will helpful for you. Do let us know what you feel about this round up. Enjoy!! Water Background Vector Art Blue Water Wave Vector Illustration Free vector Shiny Seawater Water Vector Water droplets background vector Water droplets background…
  • 12 Useful Capital Fonts Free To Download

    Akhter
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    In this collection, you will find 12 awesome and wonderful capital fonts that can be used in almost any type of project. If you want some exciting and outstanding results then use these capital fonts. If you play creatively and smartly with width and thickness of the font, you can take your project to the next level of creativity. So, why you are wasting your precious time? Come and scroll down this wonderful collection and choose the fonts you like and download it completely free. You can also share your suggestion and opinion with us via our comment section below. And you can also share…
  • 10 Tutorials To Take MySQL Database Backup

    Akhter
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Here, we are presenting a nice and useful collection of some tutorials on taking MySQL database backup. Among the open source database management system, MySQL is one of the best and most widely used system that developers se for developing interactive websites. With these tutorials, we help you in learning how you can take backup of MySQL database. Taking regular backups of your database is very crucial as you can recover it in case of loss. Come and Check out these cool tutorials and make learning experience more pleasant! Do have a look at these tutorials and do not forget to share your…
  • 40 Excellent Photo Manipulation Tutorials

    Akhter
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Are you looking for some amazing photo manipulation tutorials for Adobe Photoshop? Well, if your answer is yes, then you are lucky enough to land on the right page. In this round up, we are presenting 40 most recent Photoshop tutorials on photo manipulation. Adobe Photoshop is best used for photo editing and retouching, and there are plenty of tutorials that show you how to accomplish certain look. We hope that this list proves to be the best for you. Feel free to share this list with your friends as well and also let us know what you think about this compilation. We hope that you will like…
  • 10 Excellent Free Rich-Text Editors

    Akhter
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Are you looking for some free to use rich text editors? Well, if your answer is yes, then you are lucky enough to land on the right page. In this round up, we are presenting 10 excellent rich text editors that are free to use. With the help of rich text editors, you can edit and enter text within web browser. Such editors are used in several ways that allow entry of user-generated and formatted content. We hope that this list proves to be the best for you. Feel free to share this list with your friends as well and also let us know what you think about this compilation. Here is the full list.
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: November 2014

    The Smashing Editorial
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for almost seven years now1, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for November…
  • Maximize Your Creative Energy

    Ann Holm
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    We’ve heard many personal stories this week of how people in our industry have experienced hard times and how they managed to get out of them. We end this week with an article by Ann Holm, a personal development coach and expert in psychology and brain science. Read on to learn how to reduce stress in your everyday life and prevent burnout and other breakdowns in order to stay healthy and unlock your potential. — Ed. What does knowledge of the brain and personality have to do with creative work? As a lifelong brain geek, I have taken on the mission to help others tap the secrets of…
  • Let’s Talk About It

    Christopher Murphy
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Many of us struggle silently with mental health problems and many more are affected by them, either directly or indirectly. It’s {Geek} Mental Help Week1 and we would like to help raise awareness with a couple of articles exploring these issues. – Ed. Talking about mental health can be awkward and embarrassing, but it really shouldn’t be. Mental health is just an illness, like any other. When we talk about mental health, we do so in hushed terms. We whisper, “Don’t mention it, he or she isn’t ‘all there.’” I believe this approach — sweeping the problem under the…
  • When Flowers Start To Bloom, It’s A Sign That SmashingConf Oxford Is Coming Soon!

    Vitaly Friedman
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Crafting a good front-end is no piece of cake. When tough budgets and ambitious goals interweave, you need just the right expertise to make just the right decisions. That’s why we create heavily practical Smashing Conferences, and the upcoming SmashingConf Oxford 201531 isn’t going to be an exception. 2Yes, we’re coming back to the UK: SmashingConf Oxford 201531 will be as practical as usual, taking place in March 16–18th. Get your ticket.4 About The Conference We don’t care about volatile trends, but we do care about things that work and don’t work in real projects,…
  • Feeling Stuck? Design What You Don’t Know

    Alexander Charchar
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Many of us struggle silently with mental health problems and many more are affected by them, either directly or indirectly. It’s {Geek} Mental Help Week1 and we would like to help raise awareness with a couple of articles exploring these issues. – Ed. Where is it?! It has to be here somewhere. It use to be so easy. What happened? Somewhere, somewhere, somewhere. That idea is somewhere. It’s here, it has to be. This is where I’ve always found it. But there’s nothing. The only shapes I find here are well worn and boring, dints still obvious even with fresh paint. Oh so boring.
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    Speckyboy Web Design Magazine

  • Weekly Inspiration – Bowery, Cuberto Agency, Always Creative and more

    Speckyboy Editors
    1 Nov 2014 | 1:54 am
    It’s that time of the week again, a chance for you to sit back and be inspired by some of our favorite web and mobile designs from the past week. You may also like to browse the Web Inspiration Archives. Bowery → Wonderfruit Festival → Avondale Type Co. → Anton & Irene → Lighthouse Brewing Company → Cuberto Agency → Always Creative → You may also like to browse the Web Inspiration Archives. The post Weekly Inspiration – Bowery, Cuberto Agency, Always Creative and more appeared first on Speckyboy Web Design Magazine. No related posts.
  • A Quick Look at the Ghost Button

    Kyle Szives
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    Every year various design trends fade in and out of the community. In 2014, one of the dominant design trends to pass through the web design world has been the Ghost Button. To understand the Ghost Button, we must firstly go over the Ghost Button itself, where this trend originated from, what are some of the pros and cons, and also view some examples. Let’s get crackin’. The Ghost Button The Ghost Button is very easy to identify and have been increasingly cropping up in the last 10 months or so. In all occasions, the Ghost Button is transparent and empty. They seldom have color…
  • What You Need to Know about Designing Information Dashboards

    Twain Taylor
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    We come across information dashboards everyday in various applications we use. Have you seen a dashboard that looked plain ugly? Have you come across one that didn’t inform you, the viewer, but confused you about what it’s trying to say? Or have you seen one that you were drawn to because of how visually appealing, and how informative it is? At those times, you’ve probably thought about what makes a dashboard effective or ineffective. In this post, we discuss some of the key ideas that data visualization experts have shared about dashboards, in the hope that it’ll help…
  • Weekly News for Designers (N.257)

    Speckyboy Editors
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:38 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 Themosis – A new framework for WordPress developers with elegant and simple code syntax. dropcap.js – A JavaScript plugin for creating beautiful CSS drop caps. Coolors – A new super-fast color scheme generator. ZorroSVG – A web-based tool that gives you the power of transparent PNGs for the size of a…
  • 20 Beautiful Free Fonts from Recent Months

    Speckyboy Editors
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    In today’s roundup we take a closer look at some of the most beautiful freely available fonts that have been released over the last few months. We have purposely focussed on clean and easy-to-read fonts that would we feel would make a perfect typographical fit for the titles and headlines of your webpages. We have included both serif and sans-serif fonts in the roundup. For the most part, the fonts can be used in both your personal and commercial projects, although just to be on the safe side, you should double check the licenses before using them. Free Fonts for Headlines Neris –…
 
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  • Bowling Script

    Khoi
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    I’m not sure I completely understand what “Mute” is, but it appears to be a kind of promotion for the typeface Bowling Script by Alejandro Paul of Argentina’s Sudtipos type foundry. “Mute” describes itself as “a visual essay conceived from the design of a phone case whose function is not to protect it but silence… Advertise on Subtraction.com.
  • Serial’s True Detectives

    Khoi
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Today is Thursday, which means another episode of my favorite new weekly show: “Serial,” a podcast spinoff from public radio institution “This American Life.” The premise of “Serial,” now on its sixth episode, is the examination of a single, true story for twelve episodes, with each installment shedding more and more light on its events… Advertise on Subtraction.com.
  • Mobile Is Eating the World

    Khoi
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    This slide deck from Andreesen Horowitz analyst Benedict Evans is an essential overview of how mobile technology is changing our definition of technology itself, how it’s coming to supplant the things that we previously took for granted as established elements of the technological landscape. There is no point in drawing a distinction between the future… Advertise on Subtraction.com.
  • iPad at a Crossroads

    Khoi
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Shortly after Apple’s new iPhone 6 models went on sale in September, the company proudly announced that they had sold over 10 million units in the first weekend, a significant improvement over the 9 million units they sold at the launch of the previous models. Similarly, after about a week of the company’s Apple Pay… Advertise on Subtraction.com.
  • Mike Tyson Mysteries

    Khoi
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    If Mike Tyson had an animated cartoon show, would he hang out with a teenage girl, a ghost, and a talking pigeon, and would they spend their time driving around solving mysteries? Thankfully we live in a world where the answer appears to be “yes.” “Mike Tyson Mysteries” premiered yesterday on Adult Swim, where you… Advertise on Subtraction.com.
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    Treehouse Blog

  • Miriam Went From Architect to Full-time Front-end Developer

    Faye Bridge
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    It was love at first sight for Miriam when she first experimented with coding in the architecture office where she worked. Seeing an opportunity to apply her design skills and perspective in a new way, Miriam continued to embrace her interest in her free time. Eventually she found the courage to quit her job as an architect and dedicate herself to studying web design and development full-time. Just before committing to a university computer science course, Miriam came across Treehouse and decided to take the e-learning path instead. Over the upcoming months she dedicated her time to learning…
  • New Course: JavaScript Basics

    Dave McFarland
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
    JavaScript is a programming language that drives the web: from front-end user interface design, to backend server-side programming, you’ll find JavaScript at every stage of a web site and web application. In this course, you’ll learn the fundamental programming concepts and syntax of the JavaScript programming language. Check out my JavaScript online course. The post New Course: JavaScript Basics appeared first on Treehouse Blog.
  • New Course: Java Basics

    Gill Carson
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    We’re very excited to announce our brand new Java course. Many, many students have asked us to do a Java course and here it is. We will launch more courses as we create them and eventually this will make a whole Java track. In this course you will gain all the knowledge you will need to build an interactive command line program in Java. No prior programming experience is required. You will create an interactive game that prompts users for different parts of a sentence and then generates a story using those words. Check out our new Java Basics course.   The post New Course: Java…
  • “I’m Not Bad-ass, I’m Just Lucky!”

    Ryan Carson
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    I’ve been running my own businesses for 10 years and I’ve learned something: Entrepreneurs who change the world aren’t self-made. They’re just … Born at the right time, when large world-wide patterns are changing Passionate about one of these world-changing patterns Able to create or raise capital Happy to take risks We like to believe is that there’s some secret formula to building a big world-changing business. We believe that if we can just turn the dials just right, our graphs will hockey-stick upwards and our company will change the world. Not true. I know because I’ve…
  • Font Compression

    Jason Seifer
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    It’s Tuesday which means that the Treehouse Show is back! In episode 113 of The Treehouse Show, Nick (@nickrp) and Jason (@jseifer) talk about API responses, responsive images, font compression, and more. For a free month’s trial, Join Jason and Nick at http://teamtreehouse.com/show. This Week’s Links DataCollection.js Dev.Opera — Native Responsive Images Speed Up Your Bootstrap and Font-Awesome Sites Using Font Compression | Zoompf Web Performance Tab Styles Inspiration | Codrops Advanced objects in JavaScript The post Font Compression appeared first on Treehouse Blog.
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  • Editions/Artists’ Books Fair Returns

    Stephanie Murg
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    As you bid Archtober adieu with a Halloween-themed candy binge weekend, ready your sturdiest tote bag and a swath of shelf space for New York’s Editions/Artists Books Fair. The extravaganza of contemporary art publishers and dealers gets underway Thursday evening with a festive preview (tickets here) and then runs through Sunday, November 9, at the newly-renovated Art Beam building in Chelsea. Back after a brief hiatus (see also: “Sandy, Hurricane”), this marks the sixteenth installment of the fair, which has lined up 44 exhibitors, from Michael Steinberg Fine Art and the…
  • Restoration of Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library Wins World Monuments Fund Modernism Prize

    Stephanie Murg
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    The 21-year-long project to restore Alvar Aalto‘s Viipuri Library in Vyborg, Russia (né Viipuri, Finland, before Stalin and co. took a fancy to it) has clinched the 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize, awarded biennially to an innovative architectural or design solution that has preserved or enhanced a modern landmark. The award will be made to the Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library with Vyborg’s Central City Alvar Aalto Library. Previous winners of the prize—$10,000 and a limited-edition Barcelona chair created by Knoll especially for the…
  • Walker Art Center Celebrates 75 Years in 150 Seconds

    Stephanie Murg
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    The Walker Art Center is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a series of exhibitions and programs that highlight the institution’s distinctively curious ways. In less than three minutes, the below video rounds up 75 such questions in evocative, inspiring fashion. Those seeking answers can head to the Walker’s mesmerizing 75th anniversary website or Minneapolis, where Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections, a special exhibition studded with greatest hits such as Edward Hopper’s Office at Night (1940), Franz Marc’s The Large Blue Horses (1911), Chuck Close’s Big…
  • Inside New York Magazine’s Fashion Closet

    Chris Ariens
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    Cubes, the MediabistroTV series that takes you inside top media companies, got a tour of the venerable New York magazine recently. The chronicler of all things New York, which now boasts some of the top news, food, fashion and culture sites around, is nestled next to the Holland Tunnel. Stella Bugbee, editorial director of The Cut, shows you the wellness room, fashion closet, and an area affectionately called Scriberia. New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • Design Jobs: Jet.com, Forbes, Zinio

    Nadine Cheung
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    This week, Jet.com is hiring a visual designer, while Forbes is seeking an associate designer. Zinio needs a graphic designer, and MakerBot is on the hunt for a digital art director. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Visual Designer Jet.com (Montclair, NJ) Associate Designer Forbes (New York, NY) Graphic Designer Zinio (New York, NY) Digital Art Director MakerBot (Brooklyn, NY) Graphic Designer Piaggio Group of Americas (New York, NY) Find more great design jobs on the UnBeige job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network…
 
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    Vandelay Design

  • 5 Successful Freelancers Share the Secrets to their Success

    Tara Hornor
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    What defines success and "making it"? Not everyone has the same definition for successful freelancers. For some, it could be to become wildly famous in the industry. For others success may come when... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • Exclusive iStock Promo Code for Our Readers

    Steven Snell
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    A few years back I launched what was called “Vandelay Premier” to test my ability to sell “premium” stock graphics. While I would only consider it a moderate success, one main thing I quickly... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Parallax Scrolling: Best Practices, Examples and Tutorials

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

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

    Steven Snell
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    WordPress is an excellent content management system for photographers, in part because there are so many outstanding themes available, both free and premium. With so many quality themes/templates... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
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  • Create a realistic shadow effect in Illustrator using the blend tool

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

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

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

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

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Your lack of knowledge on solar energy might be stopping you from installing a system. There are many things you need to know before you begin so that you’re able to get the full benefit of solar energy. Read the below article to expand your knowledge on the subject. Start small when you want to start using solar energy. A small investment of just a few solar powered garden lights is a great way to get started. You can find these at many retail establishments. Just insert them into the ground, and you’re good to go. Avoid technology which relies on the sun’s scheduling. More…
  • Learn Everything You Need To Know About Solar Energy

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Saving the environment while reducing the amount you spend on energy are both important. As time passes, electricity costs will rise, meaning you should look into solar energy. This article will tell you more about solar power. When you maintain it, your solar power set-up will last. Inspect and clean your panels on a regular basis. Taking care of your solar energy system yourself can save you some money; however, it may be well worthwhile to set up a maintenance schedule with your installer. It is important when installing your panels to remember that the position of the sun in the sky…
  • Advantages Of Using Solar Mirror To Produce Power

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Did you know that solar power is a renewable, clean and cheap source of energy? Once the mystique is removed from the idea of using solar mirror to produce power people will began to understand how it all works. This will lead to people seeing how using solar mirror to produce power can be looked at as a viable alternative source of energy. In fact in this choice of solar power the largest component is the sun. Scientist and those in the private sector are even now looking for ways to make using solar mirror to produce power in homes and businesses more economically feasible HOW DOES IT WORK?
  • A Key Element In Solar Panels – Efficiency

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

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

  • An Ordinary Space

    Steven Heller
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Big Table Gallery is an interactive space in the Baltimore Museum of Art that changes themes on a regular basis to correspond to the collection and rotating exhibit in the museum’s Contemporary Wing. The past two iterations have been designed by Post Typography, and Ellen Lupton and J. Abbot Miller. David Plunkert of Spur was brought in earlier this summer to develop the room for the new exhibit “Extra-Ordinary Objects,” which opened Oct. 17 and will run through 2015. The collection features work by Robert Rauschenberg, Rirkit Tiravanija and Nick Cave, among others.
  • When Saul Bass Met Hitchcock

    Zac Petit
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Today is the last day to nab early-bird registration for Print’s Typography & Lettering Awards, judged by Paul Shaw and Jessica Hische. Enter your work and save!Vertigo, North by Northwest and Psycho are three back-to-back films from Alfred Hitchcock’s late golden period—and three films that legendary designer Saul Bass also left his stylistic mark on. Bass’ title designs for the films remain some of the most striking (and often haunting) in the canon of American cinema.Interestingly, as Bill Haig—who later worked with Bass when he was in full logo-design…
  • How Branding Launched Michael Jackson’s Solo Career

    Michael Dooley
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Getting your career started in the design industry can be a challenge, which is why we’ve put together the Branding Yourself and Your Design Career Collection. With these five resources, you’ll enter the design industry with confidence and learn how to keep up the good work once you’ve landed your dream job.“Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” was the first big hit from Off the Wall, the album that first and finally distinguished Michael Jackson from the rest of the Jackson 5. And that phrase could also describe Mike Salisbury’s process of art directing what became Michael’s most…
  • The Beauty of Letterpress and Engraving

    Zac Petit
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    And now, two series that have been making us drool for quite a while: Neenah’s The Beauty of Engraving, and The Beauty of Letterpress, featuring commissioned work from Jessica Hische, Marian Bantjes, Design Army, Tad Carpenter, Armin Vit, and many others. (Snag yourself a free print of the latest installment from Kevin Cantrell while they last.) It’s a print wonderland—and has benefited a great cause.As background, here’s what Neenah had to say:“
The Beauty of Engraving and The Beauty of Letterpress were conceived as companion sites to showcase the tantalizing…
  • Warn and Cover

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

  • [literature] What Did Not Kill Harlan Ellison Obviously Didn't Try Hard Enough

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

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

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

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

    Samuel Klein
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:20 pm
    3156.Whether or not I waste time in the studio, she's watching me. Almost like she's keeping score.Sure, I can screw off, but I'll have to answer to the fluffball.
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  • “Turbo Sapiens” – An Imaginary Species of Humanoid Automobiles!

    WhatanART
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    “Turbo Sapiens” is an imaginary ‘species’ of automobiles that has evolved into humanoid form, which exists only in the imagination of Brooklyn-based artist Andy MacDonald. Artist – Andy MacDonald andymech.blogspot.com View the Rest: '“Turbo Sapiens” – An Imaginary Species of Humanoid Automobiles!'
  • “Zombie Superman” by Arthur Gurin

    WhatanART
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    In this cool piece of art, Ukraine-based concept artist and illustrator Arthur Gurin (previously) transforms DC’s iconic superhero Superman into a terrifying zombie. Artist – Arthur Gurin Portfolio (Mature Content!) View the Rest: '“Zombie Superman” by Arthur Gurin'
  • Famous Horror Icons Reimagined as Babies

    WhatanART
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:12 am
    In his “Baby Terrors” series of funny illustrations, Chicago-based artist Alex Solis (previously) takes some of pop culture’s most famous horror characters and reimagines them as babies. You can see the rest of the series over on his Instagram account. Artist – Alex Solis Portfolio View the Rest: 'Famous Horror Icons Reimagined as Babies'
  • Halo’s ‘Master Chief’ and ‘Arbiter’ Drawn in the Style of Ancient Mayan Art

    WhatanART
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    Artist of Sita Navas of Etsy shop ‘RetroNerdStudios‘ has created an interesting piece featuring Master Chief and the Arbiter from the popular video game ‘Halo‘ drawn in the style of ancient Mayan art. Artist – Sita Navas RetroNerdStudios (Hat Tip Geekologie) View the Rest: 'Halo’s ‘Master Chief’ and ‘Arbiter’ Drawn in the Style of Ancient Mayan Art'
  • Illustrator Turns U.S. Presidents into Pokémon

    WhatanART
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    Utah-based concept artist and illustrator Brandon Dayton has created a delightful series of illustrations featuring several U.S. presidents reimagined as Pokémon. Artist – Brandon Dayton brandondayton.com | Shop (Hat Tip BuzzFeed | Imgur) View the Rest: 'Illustrator Turns U.S. Presidents into Pokémon'
 
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  • GRAPHIC DESIGN STAR OF THE MONTH: PAWEL NOLBERT

    Semhal Nasreddin
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    This month’s Graphic Design Star of the Month is Pawel Nolbert. Nolbert is a graphic designer from Warsaw, Poland. He is a talented illustrator and creative director who has worked with Nike, Coca Cola, Heineken, Disney, McDonalds, Sony/Play Station, EA Sports, Red Bull, LEGO, and countless others. His work is stellar and I think you will be impressed. Sneaker Cube   Sneaker Cube Tangle Disney Cruise Line – Magical Adventure Sweepstakes   The New Republic Magazine – Ampersand   Verizon FiOS – Iron Man 3   The 54th Grammy’s – We Are Music…
  • STUNNING AND COLORFUL ABSTRACT PAINTINGS BY ARTIST JONAS FYHR

    Semhal Nasreddin
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Jonas Fyhr is an artist from Sweden. He uses bright, eye popping colors in his paintings which are beautiful and really eye grabbing. I love his art, and I hope you will enjoy viewing it as well.   Frost No Titele   Crowe Girl   Me and You   Flower Power   Unititled   Your Way   Open Your Door   Yang   Unititel   Candy Crush                                       Original article: STUNNING AND COLORFUL ABSTRACT PAINTINGS BY ARTIST JONAS FYHR©2014…
  • INSPIRATIONAL FUNK: VOLUME 5

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

    Semhal Nasreddin
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    In today’s article I’m presenting 15 cool shape inspired t-shirts. They are all creative tee shirts and I think and hope you’ll enjoy viewing them. Cheers   Segments T-shirt Time and Space T-shirt     Facet 3 T-shirt     Angular One Geodesic T-shirt   Space T-shirt Ugmonk 6th Anniversary T-shirt   Galaxy Diamond T-shirt   Cosmic Inflation T-shirt Stacked T-shirt   Mountains T-shirt   Caveira Geometrica Tee Shirt     Aztec Print Tee Shirt         Rainbow Diamond Chiffon Tee Shirt     Map…
  • PACKAGING THAT TICKLES MY FANCY: VOLUME 12

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

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Awe inspiring talent takes the world by storm in the artistic realm of speed painting. The vision of an artist is transformed magically right before your eyes in minutes. Masterpieces that send jaws dropping and emanate sounds of surprise and delight as an artist takes to their canvas. Spectators gather in endless numbers to watch the spectacle of the miraculous beauty that is unfolded before them. In places where people most congregate, at the beach, on the streets, or in public malls, artists take their profound style of artistry and display their talents for all to see. Using a variety of…
  • Giveaway: 2 Developer Subscriptions of Monarch Social Sharing Plugin

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Today we are pleased to announce another great giveaway courtesy of Elegant Themes. Two people will have a chance to win a developer subscription to their brand new social sharing plugin called Monarch. What is Monarch you ask? Monarch will give your readers the ability to share and follow anywhere on your site. It’s a plugin that effectively encourages visitors to share your content without sacrificing your website’s beautiful design. Whether it’s through a sticky sidebar, an inline content block, widget area, or a pop-up, Monarch is designed to get you more shares. Monarch also…
  • 10 Extravagant Bachelor Pads From Around the World

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:31 pm
    It’s one of the world’s most poorly kept secrets that inside even the most domesticated of men there is a furtive longing for a bachelor pad. A place of refuge in the wildest of locations, where he can live (or relive) his youth with just his best mates, the ultimate in gadgets and, perhaps most importantly, decorated in whatever outlandish style he wants. For some men, this dream has become a reality. 1. The Sheats Goldstein Residence Designed by the legendary architect John Lautner, it’s no wonder the 50 year old Sheats Goldstein residence is still any bachelor’s dream come true.
  • Feast for the Eyes: 40 Visually Stimulating Street Artworks

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Most people assosiate street art with graffiti and vandalism. But in reality, it can be a lot of things. Technically speaking, street art is visual art created in public locations. It can be a stencil, chalk art, mural, graffiti, wheatpaste poster, street installation, or sculpture. The artists behind these pieces choose the streets to serve as their art gallery. Street artists tend to travel around the world to reach a broader audience. They do this to communicate their designs or message directly to the public at large. One famous street artist you may already know goes by the name…
  • 15 Creative Bike Rack Designs

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:19 pm
    With a mounting focus on the environment, coupled with rising gas prices and a need for exercise, an increasing number of likeminded people are turning to a means of transport that is almost 200 years old and yet the height of modernisation: the bicycle. While bikes solve all of the above problems, they do come with their own set of obstacles. Chief amongst them, particularly amongst the inner city crowd, is the matter of storage. Now, bikes certainly take up less space than a car, but unless you have a garage or are content to leave your bike parked in your front hallway, you’re going to…
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  • LAST DAY OF FONTACULAR!

    Ryan Arruda
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Ah, alas. Our extraordinary #FONTACULAR event is quickly coming to a close. You need to act fast if you want to take advantage of our amazing deals. They end tonight—October 24th—at midnight (PDT). After that, all these good deals disappear straight into the ether. Don’t live a life of regret for missing out, make your purchases now! How about the complete PMN Caecilia collection for $29? Or the complete Univers collection for just $49. Maybe you’d like to get Laura Worthington’s Harlean script for $9. We could rattle off tons more deals, but time’s running short so head…
  • #Fontacular is Back!

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

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

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

    Johnathan Zsittnik
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    With an ever-growing collection of more than 20,000 Web fonts, you can bet at any given time we’re preparing another font release; this week we may have hit that release button with a little more excitement. Making their Fonts.com Web Fonts debut are the first families from the heralded FontFont foundry, including the FF Meta, FF Unit and FF Info families. Each family is among FontFont’s most popular faces and each was designed under FontFont founder Erik Spiekermann. What better place to begin with than with those from the man who started it all. “Making their Fonts.com Web Fonts…
 
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  • 26 Beautiful 3D Character Models and 3D Illustrations for your inspiration

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Character designs involve a lot of creativity and at the same should be appealing to the viewers. These 3D character designs play a vital role in games, animation movies and they are the deciding factors in its success. These 3D character designs are created using various tools like 3D Rendering, ZBrush, Maya and Photoshop. The character designs form the heart of any animation movie, as most movies require atleast 15 minutes of motion graphic effects. Here we have included 20 beautiful 3D Models / character designs for your inspiration. read more
  • Only Best Sellers - Mega Bundle vol 3 - 39 Bestseller Items

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Almost 94% off and available for limited time only! This new megabundle is definitely our best quality design bundle yet so don’t miss it!!!. And with 39 bestseller items from 9 premium design shops is this bundle one of the biggest and best quality bundle ever! read more
  • 50 Different Types of Photography Styles with examples for your inspiration

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    It is a combination of different types of photography techniques which provides the viewer a message in the form of art. It’s all about the right angle, correct lighting and great lens. For different types of photos, the lens has to be changed accordingly. If you want more details in your photo, then opt for macro lens. read more
  • 20 Best Speed Painting Demonstration Videos from the Masters

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Speed painting is a famous artistic technique where the artist has a limited time to finish the painting work. The time can vary, usually a duration is set from several minutes to a few hours. Unlike sketches, speed paintings may be considered "finished" after the time limit is up. it is generally accepted among painters that if a piece is altered after the allotted time, it can no longer be truly considered a speed painting. In this post we have added 20 Beautiful and Best Speed Painting Videos for your inspiration.  read more
  • 40 Modern and Creative Logo Design examples for your inspiration

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
    A well designed logo allows your business to create an impact on customers. Logos are necessary for brand identity and it helps to establish your business. Most logos speak for themselves; the images are similar to the products for example football companies will have football as their logo designs. Similarly we have collected some modern logo designs for your inspiration. Our favorite logo designs are Zebra, InkFall, Airara, Marlen, Yoga, 38 degree, midnight, Kids Quest and Water Lilly logo designs. please tell us your favorite logo by adding comments below. read more
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  • Deciphering Shape Psychology for Graphic Design

    Hala Ali
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    Have you ever wondered why the ‘M’ in the McDonald’s logo has curved ends or why the Nike Swoosh has such a dynamic line? Why is the Delta logo so angular while the Starbucks logo confines its lines to circular? If you are the average Joe the thought has probably never crossed your mind. Unfortunately,…
  • The Psychology of Web Design 101

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

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

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

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

    Andy Smith
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    Happy Halloween, everyone! As you prepare to take your little ones out trick-or-treating in a few hours (and endure the resulting “sugar coma”) check out this collection of truly clever The post Funny Friday: Clever Halloween Costumes For Kids appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Awesome Fonts For The Health And Fitness Industry

    Danielle Knowles
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Creating the branding for a gym, supplements company or similar business? You may already have ideas in mind for the colours and overall style of design – but what about The post Awesome Fonts For The Health And Fitness Industry appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Awesome Illustration: Rocky Davies’ Kid Hero Series

    Danielle Knowles
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    American designer and illustrator Rocky Davies has always loved a hero – whether it’s a super hero or a favoured character from a beloved childhood cartoon.  In Rocky Davies’ Kid Hero The post Awesome Illustration: Rocky Davies’ Kid Hero Series appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Video Tutorial: How To Make An Isometric Cube Pattern In Adobe Illustrator

    Matthew Miller
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    Learn how to make an isometric cube pattern easily, using Adobe Illustrator! Video Tutorial How To Make An Isometric Cube Pattern Step By Step Open Illustrator and start by drawing The post Video Tutorial: How To Make An Isometric Cube Pattern In Adobe Illustrator appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • The Scoop On Printing With Recycled Paper

    Danielle Knowles
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    At Solopress, we’re proud of participating in several eco-initiatives, especially printing with recycled paper. But what does that really mean? TCF, ECF, forest sustainable… it’s easy to use these terms The post The Scoop On Printing With Recycled Paper appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
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  • $29 Halloween Mega Deal

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    31 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
  • 5in1 Mega Bundle v.5: Illustrations, Graphics & Textures

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

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

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

    SDShop
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    Check out two new products in our shop. Retro Signs Generator $10.00 – Purchase Checkout Added to cart Retro Ads Generator $10.00 – Purchase Checkout Added to cart
 
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  • Amazon.com redesign

    Rafiq Elmansy
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    The original post can be found here: Amazon.com redesignA redesign of Amazon.com has gone live for most of the people visiting Amazon now. (If you can’t see it, try browsing there in incognito mode.) As can be expected from a retailer that does the volumes Amazon does, it’s not an earth-shattering change. However, as they have pretty much kept the same design for a long time this is[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • Web and mobile design consistency

    Graphic Mania Editorial
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:59 am
    The original post can be found here: Web and mobile design consistencyIn the last decade the world of design has seen immense changes. From new software to fresh trends, graphic design has been revolutionized over and over again in all manner of ways. One of the biggest catalysts for these changes has come from the popularity of smart phones and the innovations in mobile platforms in general. These days most of[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • 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
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  • How to Design a Resume

    Roberto Blake
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    Video Advice on How to Design Your ResumeWhile this is primarily geared towards graphic and web designers this advice could apply to most job seekers and contractors. When designing your resume you need to focus on a few key things: Visual Presentation, Strong Headlines, Branding, and a focus on Accomplishments.Presentation isn’t everything, it’s the only thing!Presentation is more important than anything else for the simple fact that if it fails, that is as far as you get. If an interviewer or recruiter can’t get a feel for your resume and that it is well designed and easy…
  • Video Editing for Beginners with Adobe Premiere Pro

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

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

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

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

    Muhammad Faisal
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Amazing free fonts for print design, business cards, headlines and headings. In simple words best fonts for graphic designers. All fonts are available for Windows and MAC in truetype and opentype format. For more high quality commercial fonts, check our font’s collection library of fonts for graphic designers 2014. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. 25 New Photoshop Tutorials to Improve Your Photoshop Skills and Techniques Fresh Free Photoshop PSD Mockups for Designers (27 MockUps) Modern Responsive WordPress HTML5/CSS3 Themes Print Ready Corporate…
  • Only Best Sellers – Mega Bundle! Vol.3

    Yasir Jawaid
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Amazing highest quality graphic design mega bundle for designers. This new Mega Bundle includes hundreds of watercolor effects, unique custom fonts, logo/badge templates, presentation mock-ups, textures & elements, retro/vintage text and image effects and photos from nine talented designers. This bundle only have highest quality resources and also best sellers with retro/vintage feel in one mega bundle! With almost 94% off, and available for limited time only, you’ll need to grab this mega bundle while you can. With this deal you get: Cool Effects (7 items – 100’s of effects, )…
  • 25 New Photoshop Tutorials to Improve Your Photoshop Skills and Techniques

    Muhammad Faisal
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Photoshop is very powerful tool in terms of photo editing and manipulation. In Adobe Photoshop CC there are lots of new features that can  improve your skills of work. Today, we gathered new Photoshop tutorials to learn basic to advanced techniques and tricks to improve your skill, with these twenty five fresh Photoshop tutorials taught by industry experts. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. Fresh Free Photoshop PSD Mockups for Designers (27 MockUps) Print Ready Corporate Business Cards Design Modern Responsive WordPress HTML5/CSS3 Themes 35 Most…
  • Fresh Free Photoshop PSD Mockups for Designers (27 MockUps)

    Yasir Jawaid
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Download free Photoshop mockup templates to present your creative work in different perspective styles. This new collection have twenty seven PSD mockup designs including logo mockups, branding mockup, business cards, photographic mockups, iPhone 6 and other smart devices mock-ups. Each psd mock-up is fully layered and high quality with smart objects, so you can easily customize them to achieve perfect result. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. Modern Responsive WordPress HTML5/CSS3 Themes Print Ready Corporate Business Cards Design 34 Creative Logo…
  • Modern Responsive WordPress HTML5/CSS3 Themes

    Muhammad Faisal
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Responsive WordPress themes design with modern UI for amazing user experience. All WordPress themes are fast, easy and with the lowest cost possible. With HTML5 & CSS3 coded and multi-purpose you can create many unique style websites for different needs and purposes. Responsive WordPress Themes aimed to deliver the best user experience and interface usability. All themes have modern color scheme packed with clean layouts and typography is going to be a solid base for any type of content or portfolio based websites. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well.
 
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    The Designer Wall

  • Download Polya Free Font by Adrien Coquet

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

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

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

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

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

    Ivan
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Promotional gifts are an ideal way to share the festive season with your customers to thank them for their custom during the year. You may also want to give them to your employees as a small token of appreciation for all their hard work during the year. Or perhaps you will want to use them to garner some additional customers at a particular Christmas event. Most companies will be thinking of doing the same thing so there will be a flurry of small promotional gifts being aimed at people from all directions. So, to keep your company’s message at the forefront…
  • Logo Design Tips for Small Businesses

    Ivan
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:58 am
    When you think of Nike’s logo, you instantly picture the world famous swoosh. When you think of the technology giant Apple, you can picture the renowned apple symbol with the bite taken. These logos, and many more like them, are famous the world over and are instantly recognisable. Such are the benefits of a well-designed logo. However, these benefits are not just limited to large multinational companies and small businesses should not underestimate the power of a well thought out logo. The logo is often the first thing belonging to a small business that a potential customer sees and so its…
  • 5 Elements of Branding that Every Small Business Should Know

    Ivan
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:26 am
    It is a reality of business that it does not matter how good your product or service is; if nobody knows about it you cannot sell it. As obvious a statement as this seems to be, new business owners continually fail to give enough attention to promotion. Branding is a particularly important aspect of promotion. It is what helps you develop recognition and differentiate yourself from the competition. Your brand is not just your business’s name, it is the personality of your company and how you want your business to be viewed as a whole. Any brand is made up of a number of different elements…
  • Graphics Design Concepts that Make an Impact

    Ivan
    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

    Ivan
    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…
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  • Clientele from Hell: When to Fire Your Graphic Design Clients

    Vladimir Gendelman
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Clientele from Hell: When to Fire Your Graphic Design ClientsOne of the best things about being a freelance graphic designer is the freedom to pick your clients—but it can also be one of the worst things. It means having to protect your own interests and knowing when to let a client go for the sake of your career, your finances, or your general sanity. [...]
  • Why Every Entrepreneur Must Learn Photoshop

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

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

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

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

  • The Importance of Kerning…

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Create Your Own #ThingsOrganizedNeatly Masterpiece

    Adrienne
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    I don’t know about you, but as a designer I love deconstructing things. What makes something tick? What are all its elements? What colors make it pop? So it was natural that the #ThingsOrganizedNeatly trend and blog would catch my eye – and I’d bet you’d like it too: According to the project’s founder, Austin ... The post How to Create Your Own #ThingsOrganizedNeatly Masterpiece appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 7 Great Parallax Scrolling Tutorials

    Adrienne
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    When browsing the web, you have likely come across sites that utilize parallax web design, which is inspired by video games and their ability to handle varying background image movement. This creates a visually stunning effect, enhancing both presentation and scrolling intuitiveness that can hook website visitors. You can see some great examples of parallax ... The post 7 Great Parallax Scrolling Tutorials appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 5 Best US Cities to Work in Graphic Design

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

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

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

  • Stefan Sagmeister

    Stuart
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Next in the Famous Graphic Designers Series is the amazing Stefan Sagmeister!The post Stefan Sagmeister is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • 5 Elements to Include in Business Stationery

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

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

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

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

  • ‘SMART’ logo design principles

    Ian Paget
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    When it comes to logo design, personally I don’t believe there are any rules. In the words of Paul Rand: A logos primary goal is to identify… to say who the company is, and that’s its only function. Although rules don’t exist as such, there are proven guidelines that can be learned from the great graphic designers of the past – we can see whats worked for them (as they have stood the test of time), and what hasn’t. Looking at past logo designs, we can see principles which apply to all the best of these.  These principles can be made into a simple acronym… SMART:…
  • 2015 Transform Awards Europe

    Ian Paget
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Its been an exciting few months for me. Last month I was invited to join the jury for Logo Lounge book 9, and now I have been confirmed as a media partner, and judge for the 2015 Transform Awards Europe. This is the second time I’ve been involved with the awards, and I’m still just as excited about it as I was the first time round. You can read my first experience judging the transform awards here.   A Global Celebration of Brands The Transform Awards is a global celebration of brand development, reputation management and rebranding, that recognise best practice in corporate, product…
  • I’m on the jury for Logo Lounge book 9!

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

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

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

  • Google: Ready to crack down on Non-Mobile-Friendly Sites

    The Design Geeks
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:49 am
    Latest news from A2B Designers. Perhaps you’ve executed a whole website improvement or have at the least taken steps to make your website extra mobile-Responsive; perhaps you’re nonetheless on the fence. This interval of indecision could also be coming to a finish with the testing of Google’s newest mobile-friendly search icon. Google’s Big Test On September 30, Google started testing new mobile-friendly icons. When a consumer carried out a search on a mobile gadget, a small green mobile-friendly icon would appear on websites that had been mobile-friendly. This allowed customers…
  • How to make use of artistic energy to barter

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

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

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

    The Design Geeks
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:14 am
    Latest news from A2B Designers. Website On A Budget: What should i use to save cost Having a great web site nowadays isn’t a bonus, however slightly a necessity. If you might have an enterprise, provide companies of any form or just must publicize your self and don’t have a web site, you might be way behind the occasions and you might want to set up one instantly. A customized website can get expensive and it’s comprehensible that you’ll have a price range you should keep inside, so figuring out the should-haves will show you how to profit from your web site with the…
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    Graphic Design | Logo Design | Website Design | London | Forty8Creates

  • What is Graphic Design?

    Forty8Creates
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
                           What is Graphic Design? Graphic Design is a profession that is often misunderstood and pigeon holed with other creative professions. To put it simply graphic design is a method is used to inform, entertain, engage and persuade. The dictionary definition of graphic design is: […]The post What is Graphic Design? appeared first on Graphic Design | Logo Design | Website Design | London | Forty8Creates.
  • Events In East London For Halloween

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

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

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

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

  • 7 Functional Tools Bloggers Can Use to Generate Article Topics

    Kamran Khan
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    There are so many things going on a blogger's mind and to relieve themselves of these ideas, they write them one by one. They share it on their blog and get traffic from readers who frequently visit it. Admittedly, there are moments when a writer's mind go haywire. They can't think of any good topic to write. It's common. Many writer's experience writer's block when they are intensely stressed,
  • Top 5 Online Note Taking Applications

    Kamran Khan
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    People can't memorize everything. In case you're on a business call or scheduling your workday, most of the times you immediately have to jot down a small number of notes. Through the best apps, your cell phone or tablet can turn out to be a note-keeping device. A digital machine keeps notes that give big benefit to carry on notes with us.You won't drop them, because they're saved on your mobile
  • 10 Web Tools for College Students and Teachers to Use

    Kamran Khan
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    It’s the age of the Internet, which means most of the things you are supposed to pay for are now free, such as software, songs and movies. It also means that there are lots of web tools a college student or teacher may use. Many are free and some are quite cheap when you compare them with the prices you would pay if you bought them from a shop. Here are ten web tools for college students and
  • Top 6 Duplicate Content Checkers That Are Fast and Brilliant

    Irfan Saleem
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    Plagiarizing is a serious offense in the real world. It has led to people losing the respect of their peers, their degrees, their jobs and some may even have to deal with legal percussions. So if plagiarism is such a huge crime in the offline world, why do people assume it won’t be the same case in the online world? In fact, duplicate content on your site can seriously harm it. To take care of
  • 6 Free Flash Cards Maker Websites That Aren't Ordinary

    Kamran Khan
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Studying for a test rarely goes without stress and struggles. Students have to memorize tons of information they may (but probably won’t) need in future. There are many modern tools that help them study more effectively, but the classic method of using flash cards will always remain effective. The only problem is that the process of creating flash cards takes a lot of time on its own, but that’s
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    Down The Line Design and Marketing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    vlad682000
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Your ecommerce business is only going to be as successful as your fulfilment process allows. Juggernauts like Amazon and Zappos have masterminded some of the most effective fulfillment systems in history, and we can all borrow a ninja skill from their playbooks. In this article, learn about three ways that you can streamline order fulfillment by making some simple changes that will save you both time and money. Ninja Use Peel-Off Shipping Labels While there are plenty of ecommerce shopkeepers who have sworn by thermal labels for eons, the truth is that they can greatly limit your productivity…
  • Time-Saving Methods You Can Use to Decrease Order Fulfillment Hours at Your Ecommerce Store

    vlad682000
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    If you run an online store and you are experiencing growth, it is a very exciting prospect. Watching your hard work and efforts pay off with sweet dividends is always a rewarding experience. The one downside is that your online store is only going to be able to grow so long as you are able to manage your order and fulfillment expeditiously. Many store owners realize this after the fact, when they are already getting so many orders each day that they struggle to fulfill them all in a timely manner, thus delaying the shipments, much to their frustration of their customers. Fortunately, there…
  • A Short History of Printing

    vlad682000
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    Printing is essentially the process of images and text reproduced through a template or master form. If there is an invention so crucial and vital in the life of humans, it has to be the ability to print. Through printing we are able to produce in huge numbers magazines, newspapers, books, photographs, leaflets and many other publications. It has played the grand and vital role of promoting knowledge and literacy across the divide in basically any part of the world. history of printing East Asia The history of printing is believed to start in East Asia, where the woodblock printing technique…
  • The Importance of Data Breach Prevention

    vlad682000
    25 May 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Now more than ever, companies need to focus more on data breach prevention. Companies rely on technology to store their data and private information and no technology is flawless. In 2013, the number of data breaches skyrocketed. Hackers accessed some well-known companies sensitive information, costing them millions of dollars. A data breach can cost around three million dollars on average. Data breaches also causes companies to lose customers because they no longer feel that their information will be safe dealing with that company. Then they will has to work even harder to rebuild their…
  • Xeikon machines

    vlad682000
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:13 am
    Xeikonever-expandingrange of applications” Today, the Xeikon machines are present everywhere in the world, both in commercial printing, as well as in the field of printing labels and packaging. With digital presses, Xeikon products and CTP machines for conventional offset plate (basysPrint) and for flexo imager (ThermoFlexX). Reputable global manufacturer of high quality digital presses, a Belgian company Xeikon, has been present on the market since 1988, and just five years later, in 1993  at an IPEX exhibition in Birmingham introduced the first professional digital printing machine. Over…
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