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  • 20 Everyday Little Things Left Unnoticed
    Igor Ovsyannykov
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:27 pm
    “The little things.” Most of the time this phrase is used to describe why a relationship works or not. Like a conversation between two friends: Friend: What makes him the best boyfriend in the world? Girlfriend: It’s the “little things.” But these “little things” aren’t just exclusive to relationships. More often than not, we neglect important “little things” because they’re so well-designed, we feel that they’ll always be there. These things are common artifacts we use daily. We often take them for granted, not realizing that without them it’ll be difficult to…
  • The Art of Making a Book + Feed
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:54 pm
    This lovely short film documents the process of hand-printing and binding a book. There are ancient looking hammers and hot metal tools and wooden printing presses and guys with beards involved. In truth, it’s a lovely tableau and reveals some techniques that I wasn’t aware of, though the precious lighting and delicate piano music involved… Advertisement: Harvest Forecast is a tool designed to plan your team’s time. Visualize schedules in Forecast and easily adjust them as needed. As new projects come in, you’ll know who’s available, and when to hire. Start scheduling with a…
  • Back to school funny vector illustrations

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    Depot Worker
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:49 pm
    The post Back to school funny vector illustrations appeared first on Temotato's Vector Depot.
  • 8 Modern Graphic Design Trends Designers Truly Love

    DesignFloat | Published News | Graphic Design
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    Graphic designers carry great influence over rapid changes happening in the cultural and social world. Due to web accessibility, different cultures and thoughts invade the designers’ mind very often. As a consequence, we notice graphic design trends emerging frequently every year. While some of them disappear fast, others stay due to their sound contribution to the designs.
  • 25 Christmas logo designs to add to your holiday spirit

    LOGO123 Blog
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Add a Christmas holiday theme for your business logo. It’s the time of the year when everything seems a little bit cozier and livelier. That’s right folks, it’s Christmas season! Hang your lanterns and lights, gifts are always a welcome … Continue reading →The post 25 Christmas logo designs to add to your holiday spirit appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
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  • Online Social Media Update : Get your online strategy into high gear for the new year

    Fred Showker
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Here we go ... another year, another opportunity to strike bigger numbers. This time of year means even more online social activity -- the holidays are over and it's really cold for the northern hemisphere. Look at the numbers for Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIN and even Google+ and you'll see record-breaking traffic stats. So during this lull ... get ramped up for spring!5 Ways to Use Pictures to Tell Visual Stories With Social MediaThe Complete Social Media Spring Cleaning ChecklistIs It Possible to Measure Social Media ROI?The Social Life of the App-Addicted TeenTwitter embraces its data and…
  • Top 100 most shared articles of 2014

    Fred Showker
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Mainstream news and online sharing stimulates conversations for some of the most ‘talked about’ research articles this year. Alternative metrics provider Altmetric LLP has looked at the top 100 academic papers receiving the most online attention in 2014 – and the conversations happening around them. read more
  • Creative Tidbits #185: Last episode for 2014

    Fred Showker
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Here we go . . . the LAST Creative Tidbits column for 2014. Say goodbye to the year, and get yourself ready to ramp up in January. A lot happened in the year, and you can go back and find more than twenty Creative columns in 2014. Have fun earning from these: The New Pantone 'Color of the Year' for 2015 is Pantone 18-1438 MarsalaA New Book Examines the History of Graphic Design in CaliforniaRoyal College of Art releases GraphicsRCA: Fifty Years bookinterview with illustrator and designer jean jullienArtists launch street sculpture exhibit programBrewing up a new identity for Coffee…
  • Marketing Update : 2015 Strategy, Using images, Optimization, Marketer in PR

    Fred Showker
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Here comes 2015 -- is your strategy in high gear? Here are some serious articles I've earmarked for this issue. Hopefully you're on your way into 2015 with some new energy. Get your PR hat on, and your Graphics tablet going and you'll do a great job! Your guide to using images in your content marketing strategyPublishers vs. LinkedIn: The Next Heavyweight Fight?What exactly is 'dynamic creative optimization?'Your Content: Lock It Up or Set It Free?The new age of public relations Every marketer is a publisher ... and more read more
  • Creative Update #184: more logos, California design, best app, design mistakes and more

    Fred Showker
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:14 pm
    We never seem to slow down, but in many situations the creative spirit needs 'rest' -- so sit down and take it easy while you go through this week's creative tidbits. The need for creative inspiration goes on .... in this edition : Looking at the artwork of the Criterion CollectionThe Colorful History of California Graphic DesignDesign App is Apple's App of the Year runner-upA Photo Exhibit That Examines Climate ChangeInside the Cinelli and Columbus factoriesHow big data is revolutionizing design6 Common Mistakes in Graphic DesignHow To Design A Killer Gig PosterWhy Aren’t You Creative? ...
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  • Design deals for the week

    20 Dec 2014 | 10:50 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. You can also follow the recently launched website Type Deals if you are looking for free fonts or font deals. Marianina Extended Font Family The Marianina Extended Font Family is a […] The post Design deals for the week appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Landscapes made of industrial food

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:22 pm
    These unusual still life made with industrial food are the creation of Barbara Ciurej et Lindsay Lochman, an American artistic duo who started out in the 1980s. This project aims to create landscapes out of processed food by displaying it, putting on some lighting, and make it look like landscapes from the American West. The post Landscapes made of industrial food appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • 8 Photoshop tutorials to create spectacular text effects

    Sabina Hona
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:49 pm
    As a designer, whenever you design something, let’s say a banner or a poster or a web template, the text makes a great difference. A good choice of text and creating perfect text effects can make your design outstanding whereas the immature choice can harm your design. In this today’s blog post, we have collection […] The post 8 Photoshop tutorials to create spectacular text effects appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • 10 awesome free flat icons packs

    Sabina Hona
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:16 pm
    One of the most popular trends in web design field is the flat design. Flat design is basically a minimalistic design approach which is focused on a minimalist use of simple elements, colors and typography. It is completely a new revolution in web design which believes in simplicity rather than any stylistic choices that gives […] The post 10 awesome free flat icons packs appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Imaginary porcelain animals by Duo Anya Stasenko And Slava Leontyev

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:56 pm
    The Ukrainian artist duo composed of Anya Stasenko And Slava Leontyev creates some lovely imaginary creatures in porcelain. The animals’ shapes are already a good reason to love them, but the stunning part in my opinion is the use of natural textures and matching colors. You can find more pieces on the artists’ website. The post Imaginary porcelain animals by Duo Anya Stasenko And Slava Leontyev appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
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  • Graphic design company opens - Parkersburg News

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Parkersburg NewsGraphic design company opensParkersburg NewsMARIETTA - Comic books have been a constant in Mike Easton's life for as long as he can remember, so it probably should come as no surprise that the 37-year-old became a skilled artist and recently opened River City Design in Marietta's Putnam Commons ...and more »
  • interview with graphic designer vaughan oliver - Designboom

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Designboominterview with graphic designer vaughan oliverDesignboomvaughan oliver was born in sedgefield, county durham, UK (1957). he studied graphic design at the newcastle-upon-tyne polytechnic / university of northumbria before moving to london in the late 1970s – where he met ivo watts russell, the founder of 4AD ...
  • Graphic design company wins Business Plan competition - Binghamton Homepage

    8 Dec 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Binghamton HomepageGraphic design company wins Business Plan competitionBinghamton HomepageA year-old graphic design company is the winner of this year's Binghamton Business Plan Competition. Binghamton (WIVT) - A year-old graphic design company is the winner of this year's Binghamton Business Plan Competition. Idea Kraft, which has its and more »
  • How One Graphic Designer Brings Abstract Tech Ideas to Life - bradfordtoday

    8 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    How One Graphic Designer Brings Abstract Tech Ideas to LifebradfordtodayAt WIRED by Design, illustrator Carl de Torres talked about the challenge of using graphic design to convey abstract concepts. The post How One Graphic Designer Brings Abstract Tech Ideas to Life appeared first on WIRED. Read More… Posted by R.SPAR ...and more »
  • Milford tattoo shop has graphic design sideline - The News Journal

    3 Dec 2014 | 1:52 pm
    The News JournalMilford tattoo shop has graphic design sidelineThe News JournalMILFORD City and state business leaders welcomed a new Milford business, Delaware Branding Company, to a downtown location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday. The business combines a tattoo and piercing parlor with signmaking services, ...
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    Graphic Design News

  • Charles Troy takes center stage as the bright light of Broadway musicals

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:55 pm
    What about that Von Trapp family , anyway? Was the Captain really the draconian dad of the year? And, was Maria such a darling? And is South Pacific one true story? Two? Three? Not even close. What became of Green Grow the Lilacs ? There is always more to those musicals than you see on the stage, and if you want to know what gives, Charles Troy is your man for a creatively illustrated real story behind the staged story.
  • School news: Mount Carmel Area Merit Awards

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:22 am
    Ashley is secretary and treasurer of the Tech Ed club, a member of FBLA and art club, and is a yearbook editor. She is rifle captain for color guard and has participated in Odyssey of the Mind for three years.
  • Creative Class: Betty Smith

    20 Dec 2014 | 1:22 am
    In October, there were the spooky creatures working out at World Gym - a witch on a treadmill, a skeleton bench-pressing pumpkins.
  • Center helps disabled find jobs

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Sarah Westfall and Scott Westrick sort paper that has pigment from white paper as it is prepared for shredding Nov. 14 at the Gone For Good Document Destruction operation at the United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln's new workforce training center in Springfield. The building consolidates and expands space for several UCP programs providing workforce training for people with disabilities.
  • Fall 2014 Flying Starts: Mike Curato

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:08 pm
    At the 2012 SCBWI Midwinter Conference in New York City, two very big things happened to a fictional elephant named Elliot. At the 2012 SCBWI Midwinter Conference in New York City, two very big things happened to a fictional elephant named Elliot.
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  • Eccentric Habits of the Tech Elite

    Claire Jariss Manlapas
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    We all have our own quirks. Some find solace in 90s music. Some enjoy touching textured objects. Some want their grande coffee in a venti cup.  Whatever your weird habit is, it doesn’t matter as long as your responsibilities are in check and you get your job done just like the folks below. These technology moguls have confessed–  they too have eccentric habits in order to calm their nerves and become more productive at work. You’ll be surprised with some extremely expensive eccentric habits, as well as the most common and expected ones. Some are closely related to their…
  • The Best Book and Album Covers of 2014

    Gian Bautista
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    A book cover is significant for bookworms just as an album cover is meaningful for record collectors. Not only do they reflect the story within the book or the overall mood of the record, they also represent the personality of the artists, musicians, and the designers behind the cover art. Some people would browse through bookshops looking for eye-catching covers as a way of discovering new authors. Same goes for music junkies who want to explore and hear new songs and musicians. If that’s the case, then design definitely plays a vital role. The old saying states that we should not…
  • 22 Intriguing Facts About Colors That You Need To Know!

    Patrick Ellasos
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Colors are everywhere. From our favorite shoes and clothes to the wonders of nature and outer space. Everything has a color to represent. Color pretty much existed ever since the whole universe began and plays a part in everyone’s daily life. But how much do you  really know about colors? Let’s dig in a little deeper into the fascinating world of colors and discover interesting color facts that are worth knowing. 1. And the world’s most popular color is… Image Source: According to various international studies, the world’s most…
  • 45 Free High Quality Apple Wallpapers

    Claire Jariss Manlapas
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    One of the most well-known multinational companies in the world is Apple Inc. It is a corporation that designs and manufactures consumer electronics, computer software, and commercial servers. Among its best-known hardware products are the Macintosh computer, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Because of its technologically advanced products and high-quality software, Apple has undeniably left a good mark on many consumers. Brief History In 2013, Apple passed Coca Cola as the most valuable brand in the world. The Apple logo is derived from the story of Adam and Eve in the Bible. The bitten apple…
  • Lumino City’s Beautifully Handcrafted Paper Adventure Game

    Patrick Ellasos
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    While most premiere game studios around the world are spending millions of dollars to develop a kick-ass game, The State Of Play—a small game studio based in Londonis focusing more on innovation by using unusual materials to create a game… and we think the gamble is actually paying off. Lumino City is a beautifully handcrafted adventure game that showcases a brilliant graphical execution. The game brilliantly combines mind-boggling game objectives and puzzle challenges. This gorgeous game offers a unique perspective and experience mainly because the whole setting was built using…
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  • GO: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design, by Chip Kidd

    Mike Rankin
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Authors: Ilene StrizverBody: Mention the name Chip Kidd to most designers, and you will inevitably get a raised-eyebrow expression of recognition and respect. Kidd is an award-winning graphic designer (and occasional writer) noted for his striking, imaginative, and very clever book covers. In fact, his work has helped revolutionize the art of American book packaging. But now, he has both written and designed a most charming book entitled GO: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design GO is intended to be an introduction to the subject of graphic design. It accomplishes this goal plus a lot…
  • Last Minute Gift Idea: Styluses from Adonit

    Mike Rankin
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Authors: Mike RankinBody: Earlier this month, we published our annual Holiday Gift Guide. Over Part 1 and Part 2, Erica Gamet offered up nearly 50 gift ideas for the creatives on your list, including styluses from Adobe, Lynktec, and Sensu. But if you're still in the market for a stylus or two, check out the offerings from Adonit: Jot Touch and Jot Script. The Jot Touch ($99) offers features familiar to many pro-level styluses, including a fine point tip, programmable shortcut buttons, pressure sensitivity, and palm rejection so you can rest our hand on the screen without…
  • A Look Inside Illustrator’s Live Color

    Mike Rankin
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    Authors: Jeff WitchelBody: Imagine having your own color lab to experiment with the colors for a project right within Adobe Illustrator. That’s what the Live Color features are all about. They’re a huge playground for having fun with color, easily playing with your choices of color, and simply solving some difficult color problems. It’s the perfect tool for all kinds of artists and production people, from color experts to color-challenged individuals. Using the science of color theory, Illustrator takes a lot of the difficulties out of working with color to make the process of…
  • Adobe To Acquire Fotolia: Adds Stock Content Marketplace To Creative Cloud

    Mike Rankin
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    Body: Press Release SAN JOSE, Calif. Dec. 11, 2014 Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Fotolia, a leading marketplace for royalty-free photos, images, graphics and HD video, for approximately $800 million in cash. Fotolia will be integrated into Adobe Creative Cloud, providing current and future Creative Cloud members with the ability to access and purchase over 34 million images and videos, significantly simplifying and accelerating the design process. The acquisition of Fotolia cements Creative Cloud’s role as…
  • Managing Problems With Rotated Images in InDesign

    Mike Rankin
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Authors: Jay J. NelsonBody: Does anyone else have problems with poor previews of placed graphics in InDesign? Or poor results when exporting an InDesign page to JPEG format? If so, I hope you’ll add your comment on this page. Recently, I wanted to make a simple ad in InDesign that included a PDF of a book cover, and export it as a JPEG. My client was justifiably proud of the book I’d helped him publish, and he needed an ad to include in an email. Easy, right? Unfortunately, that’s when things got absurdly complicated in InDesign, and even Adobe’s InDesign development team…
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    DesignFloat | Published News | Graphic Design

  • 5 Design Rules For Effective Banner Design

    20 Dec 2014 | 3:52 am
    Banner ads have become one of the most copious modes of online marketing. Nearly, all business groups, big or small, use them for their online business promotion.
  • 85+ Cool HD Christmas Wallpapers for Free Download

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:19 am
    Every year Christmas season comes with a lot of joy and happiness across the globe. This season is celebrated as a major festival season in almost all the countries, A lot of people exchange gifts as well as celebrate it in many more different ways.
  • 8 Modern Graphic Design Trends Designers Truly Love

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    Graphic designers carry great influence over rapid changes happening in the cultural and social world. Due to web accessibility, different cultures and thoughts invade the designers’ mind very often. As a consequence, we notice graphic design trends emerging frequently every year. While some of them disappear fast, others stay due to their sound contribution to the designs.
  • Free Snowflake Brushes Photoshop

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:02 am
    I created a set of 10 free snowflake Photoshop brushes that you can download and use to create your own custom winter backgrounds. These snowflake brushes are high resolution, coming in at around 2500 pixels in size.
  • 22 Best Weekly Web Design & Development Resources #10

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:52 am
    Here’s the 22 Best Weekly Web Design & Development Resources #10 Collective that aims to introduce fresh new, trendy and easy-to-use web design & development resources (freebies, codes, graphics, tools, inspiration, etc) from the past week. Have fun with it and remember to share with your friends.
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    Next Big Design

  • REVOLT Audience Insights & Strategy VP On Audience Engagement in the Digital Media World

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:59 am
    Next up, in The Media Insights Interview Series brought to you by The 2015 Media Insights & Engagement Conference, we were lucky enough to catch up with Jake Katz, VP, Audience Insights & Strategy at REVOLT. He shared with us some of his key insights into audience engagement strategy in the growing and evolving digital media landscape. Here's what Katz had to say:  IIR: What has been your
  • Top Next Big Design Blog Posts of 2014

    4 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    We’ve published a lot of creative, inspiring, and thought-provoking posts this year on the Next Big Design Blog, so we wanted to take a moment to look back on the most popular posts of 2014. Here are the topics our readers enjoyed the most this year: Why Your Brand Needs to Get Visual: Today in media, everywhere we look we are seeing a shift to visual – including photos, infographics,
  • It’s Time to Evaluate Your Client & Agency Relationships

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Even the best client & agency relationships need to be evaluated... Let’s get down to the facts: Fact: 88% of clients claim to speak their mind freely to their agency while 36% of agency partners would agree Fact: 90% of agencies say they truly understand their clients business but only 65% of the other halves agree As you can see, there is a big disconnect here and it leads you to wonder
  • Did You See That “Snap”? How social media is becoming more focused on visuals

    11 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    How many Snapchats have you sent within the last hour? When was the last time you chatted on the phone or saw the recipient in person? Snapchat is quickly becoming the new means for communication as the enticing image based, concise text focused, app allows users to conveniently keep in touch. While traditional advertising via TV, billboard, and radio are ongoing, advertising through a platform
  • 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,
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  • Local Field Notes Notes

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Local Field Notes notes. In Chicago, stop by and see us here. In Portland, here's where you'll find Aaron.
  • ToB Long List

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    "The Rooster begins to waken, sniffing blood." The Morning News has posted the The Long, Long List for the 2015 Tournament of Books. We're happy to say that once again our Field Notes Brand will be sponsoring the tournament this year.
  • Conquering Hero

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    A holiday classic. In Which I Fix My Girlfriend's Grandparents' WiFi and Am Hailed as a Conquering Hero, by Mike Lacher.
  • The Negroni After

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    The Negroni After, an ode to the ruby-red Italian cocktail.
  • CAH

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:56 am
    "Now Cards Against Humanity is getting into the game with the windfall profits from our Holiday Bullsh*t campaign, where 250,000 people paid us $15 each to send them ten mystery gifts during the month of December. What kind of valuable bribes could we buy with one dollar from each of our Holiday Bullsh*t subscribers? Let's find out."
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  • Friday Link Pack

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    This is the time of the year where I seriously miss living near the Swiss alps. I grew up with a ski lift in front of my door that offered night skiing. It was heaven. – So much fun: Inspirograph! – The latest ONE OF MANY photo essay by Wesley Verhoeve is out, featuring creative types of Portland OR – Hey graphic designers, did you see these 50 Vintage Text Effects? – How to pay attention, by Rob Walker – This year’s National Geographic Photo Contest Winners – Martine Rothblatt: She founded SiriusXM, a religion and a biotech. For starters. –…
  • ♥ / Looking for a unique gift this holiday season?

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    A big thank you to Buyolympia for sponsoring this week of my RSS Feed. has been a home for some of the most unique independent art and gifts since they opened shop in 1999. Carrying everything from calendars and planners, to books and apparel from some of the hardest working artists including Nikki McClure, Gemma Correll, Ryan Berkely, Emily Martin, Sarah Utter and hundreds more. They are offering swissmiss readers 10% until the end of the year with the coupon code SWISSMISS and they have a great $5 flat US-bound shipping option as well. Shop Now (Interested in sponsoring a…
  • Dan Pallotta on Charity

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    Grateful that my friend Mac pointed me to this powerful TED talk by Dan Pallotta. Some serious food for thought. Dan is an activist calling out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done.
  • Mac Premo on being a parent

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    “I don’t raise children, I raise adults.” – Mac Premo
  • Ping Pong Balls + LED Lights

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:23 am
    Love this DIY idea: Using ping pong balls and LED lights to make a festive garland.
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    Logo Design Love

  • An Authentic update

    David Airey
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:52 am
    The logo for Cameron Moll’s Authentic Jobs has been nicely updated by Sergey Shapiro. The previous wordmark was a slightly customised version of Alejandro Paul’s Calgary Script, whereas the new design has been digitised from one of Sergey’s type sketches. With thoughts of extending the brand, I like the idea of “Authentic” as a kind of umbrella. “It’s a mark that’s not only extensible, but one we can now unquestionably claim as ours.” From the Authentic Jobs Tumblr. Sergey Shapiro on Twitter.
  • Elephant Book Company

    David Airey
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    I appreciate a good monogram. This one’s for Elephant Book Company, a firm that was originally located south of the River Thames near Elephant & Castle (hence the name). Designed by London-based Grade, Peter told me it was one of those eureka moments, done quickly without much else to show, not that anything else is needed.
  • 7up logo redesign

    David Airey
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:46 am
    A new logo for soft drink brand 7up. Shown in context, with typically vague slogan. “Feels good to be you.” You could put that after any product and it would mean just as little. Regardless, I’ve always known the 7up brand for its name and for that red circle, so it makes sense to strip the previous design of unnecessary elements. Here’s the earlier logo from 2010, by TracyLocke. And this is what came before the 2010 version. There were others before that (shown on the CR Blog), but I’ll jump to the start with the first logo from 1929, back when 7up contained lithium…
  • Divvy, Chicago’s bike-share system

    David Airey
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:53 pm
    The Firebelly Design team (on Behance) got in touch with an excellent identity for Divvy, Chicago’s bike-share system. “The double-V ligature, is based on the guillemet or angled quotes. In typography this glyph is traditionally used to indicate direction and motion. Marked onto streets across the world, this double arrow symbolizes the shared use bicyclists and motorists have of roads.” “…we found Pantone 298c to be the perfect color to provide a visual connection to the flag while greatly increasing cyclist presence to the passing cars in our busy urban environment.”…
  • Who designed the Virgin logo?

    David Airey
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    “Legend has it that a young designer scribbled the now iconic signature on a paper napkin. Richard Branson loved it for it’s ‘in your face’ simplicity, attitude and energy.” Read more on the Virgin website. Via Saniya Haroon. It reads as Virqin (with a ‘q’) to me. I thought I’d see what it looks like with a slight curve on the descender of the ‘g’. Perhaps the brand’s so well known that the mark is seen as a shape as much as a word. From the archives: Stretching the Virgin logo.
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    Design is Kinky

  • Ewelina Koszykowska

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Stunning paintings by Polish born, London based artist Ewelina Koszykowska.
  • Pat Perry

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:12 pm
    How did we not know about Pat Perry? Better late than never I guess. Check out the work of this Michigan based artist for yourself.
  • Sandra Dieckmann

    Ravi Vasavan
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Nature inspired illustrations by London dwelling Sandra Dieckmann.
  • Boyce

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Graphic design by UK based Boyce.
  • Joanne Nam

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Beautiful work by Los Angeles based artist Joanne Nam.
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  • The Art of Profanity: Showcase of NSFW Typography

    Chris Spooner
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Expletives and Art seem to make the perfect pair. A simple word can invoke an emotional response or set a specific tone, which makes it a powerful tool for designers and artists to convey their message. In today’s showcase I feature 30 fun examples of profanity filled typography designs which will either entertain or offend. Either way, they’re probably not safe for work or the eyes of children! Everybody is full of shit by Mel Bochner Wake the fuck up by Oh yes very nice! Do No Harm by Wells United States of WTF?! by Jillian Adel You Get What You Give by WRDBNR If You Don’t…
  • 4 Free Artistic Paint, Sketch & Ink Photo Effect Actions

    Chris Spooner
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Last month I shared a tutorial showing how to create a realistic painted effect in Photoshop which used some pretty simple techniques in Photoshop that could easily be enclosed in a ready made Action. Today’s freebie contains not only an Action to apply that painted effect in a single click, but also 3 more photo effects based on common artistic styles, such as watercolour, pencil sketches and inking. This collection of Photoshop Actions contains 4 ready made recordings to apply cool artistic effects to your photos. Choose from a painted effect, sketched effect, watercolour effect and…
  • Christmas Insignias & Labels for Premium Members

    Chris Spooner
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Access All Areas members are being treated to some early Christmas pressies today from Freepik. This pack of Retro Christmas Insignias & Labels contains 30 customisable designs with a festive theme for members to use in their Christmas promos. Each file is available in vector AI and EPS formats, with a list of freely downloadable fonts included so you can edit the wording, or retain the original appearance of the designs. Freepik is home to over 1.4 million free graphic files, including everything from vectors and PSD files to Stock photos and Icons. All the resources are designed by…
  • How To Create a Christmas Jumper Pattern in Illustrator

    Chris Spooner
    30 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Last week I shared a collection of free seamless knitted Christmas jumper patterns for my readers to download and get their design in the festive spirit. A few of you guys were interested in seeing how they were made, so today I’ll be showing you the techniques I used to build them. Don’t worry if you’re not into real life knitting, this process uses Adobe Illustrator to compose your design and create a repeating pattern! The design we’ll be creating in this tutorial is a knitted jumper style pattern using festive Christmas colours. It’s made up of tiny stitch…
  • Retro Ad Generator PSD for Access All Areas Members

    Chris Spooner
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Access All Areas members can get their hands on a really unique resource today courtesy of Design Something. This Retro Ad Generator is a PSD file that will transform your logos, signs and badges into retro artwork based on nostalgic advertisements from the 1950s. Your designs will be automatically given features such as bold outlines, 3D effects, shadows and cracked overlays that weather your artwork. Design Something is a creative store full of quality products for designers, including texture overlays, vector sets and fonts. A special Entire Shop bundle with a value of $512 is currently on…
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  • Web Designer? Land High Paying Clients!

    Joshua Misajon
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The holidays are just around the corner! We’re hoping you’re using the tips and tools we’ve been sharing with you here at 1WD to make the most out of this gift-giving season.  That means having to buy gifts for your mom, dad, brother/sister or your boyfriend/girlfriend. Truly, we hope you’d be successful. What is this about? You’re basically a pro at web designing now. (Or you think you are.) By now you’ve mastered some techniques from different sites, even from us! You now feel confident about what you can do. Then, what? A while back, our team at 1stwebdesigner sent out a…
  • 13 Business Lessons from Expanding 1stWebDesigner in 2014

    Dainis Graveris
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    I have always found that I enjoy biographies, case studies and stories from people who have been there and done that. What can be more credible than content written from personal experience? In this article, I will look back at 2014 and analyze what happened and discover the biggest business lessons learned from running 1WD business. This will be a massive post. I thought about splitting it in two parts, but decided to just give it all away. Those who will want to pick all the massive value from the post will set 20 minutes aside. 13 business lessons will be hidden within the content as I…
  • Integrate Images from Your Instagram Feed to Your WordPress Site

    Sam Norton
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Instagram has become one of the best apps and web platforms for photo and video sharing. If you have a WordPress site, you might be wondering how you can embed Instagram photo galleries and integrate images to your blog. To help users integrate their photos to their blogs and websites, Instagram has released a public Application Programming Interface (API). It is a seamless software-to-software interface which specifies how some software components should interact with each other without user involvement during the passing of information. If you are not a developer, this might scare you and…
  • Jack of All Trades? Or Master of One?

    Rudolph Musngi
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    In his lifetime, Leonardo Da Vinci was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. Basically, Da Vinci was a one-man wrecking machine. A Jack of All Trades Four hundred ninety five years after he died, the world has changed so much. Yes, we still have painters, sculptors, architects, musicians, mathematicians, engineers, inventors, anatomists, geologists, cartographers, botanists, and writers (that would be me! Ha!). But all of these tasks are normally carried out by different individuals. During Da…
  • Who’s the Boss in Ecommerce World? Shopify vs WooCommerce

    Rudolph Musngi
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    WordPress, as influential as it is in for digital entrepreneurs, provide great platforms to sell products and services. The relatively intuitive functions of WordPress make it a great tool to start an online business. Now, there are plenty of services where you can use WordPress to build an ecommerce site. However, there are two big players that almost dominate said websites. They are Shopify and WooCommerce. In this article, you can compare Shopify vs WooCommerce. You’d be looking at these platforms to compare and dissect each of their features. By the end of this article, you may be…
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  • 5 Lies about User Experiences That You Probably Still Believe

    Steve Stretton
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:46 am
    As a content marketer you’ve probably built up a fair number of assumptions about your audience. But are these assumptions actually correct? Researchers have recently done some testing of website users and they have discovered that some of those regular assumptions we make are actually totally wrong. We have been lying to ourselves about our website users and how they react to what they see online. Lie 1: Users Want a State of the Art Website: Users generally do not come to your website because it has flash features. They come there to do something, buy something or learn something. They…
  • Why You Should Download Digital Signage Design Themes & Templates Today?

    Brenda Fasci
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:42 pm
    The only place where attention seeking is a virtue is in advertising and in particular, digital signage. The intention of putting up the sign in the first place is to catch people’s attention so you can tell them about your great product or service and hopefully, get more sales from that. This is why we concentrate on the design and the overall look of the display. It has to be eye-catching and coherent so that you can get the attention and communicate effectively. Two of the Same: As a result, two elements in the digital signage design are keenly considered: Theme Template Most people…
  • Leveraging on the Power of WordPress CMS for Your Business

    Big Drop
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:02 am
    Now that you have a great business idea, how do you make it into reality in a highly competitive world? The answer lies in the internet revolution, which will enable you tap into a 2.4 billion customer-market. To operate an eCommerce website, you need a reliable content management system (CMS) and this is where WordPress comes in. The IT world is flooded with CMSs but for your website to stand out, then you need to exploit the power of the best there is. WordPress in Details: When it comes to setting up a website, you will most likely be using a professional designer. These professionals will…
  • Important Facts About Web Design Strategy

    Trisha Johnson
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Contrary to popular misconception, intelligent and successful web design is not about having really witty content and some stunning graphics. There is a lot more to it than that and it concerns strategy. The foremost point about web design is that the designers have to understand what it is that the website needs to achieve and how one must achieve it. One will always find the most creative designers and writers to create amazing content for the website. The important part is to know how to use these creative resources. Search Engine Optimization: Search Engine Optimization This is one of the…
  • Few Web Design Mistakes Which You Should Avoid

    Patrick Clooney
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:53 pm
    If you own an online business, the website has a crucial part to play in branding and marketing of your company. A website serves as a platform where the potential customers visit. Thus, the design, content and usability are critical for its success. It will also serve as the factor that will influence their first impression about the company. And how often have we heard that first impression is the last impression? This makes it necessary to design the websites in a manner so that they provide a good user experience and are visually perfect. The wrong kind of Web Design will only lead to…
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    LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers

  • 10 New Year Resolutions for Small Business Owners

    Hala Ali
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    We all know the numbers that surround the failure of small and local business launched every year. Even those businesses that have been established for some time are floundering because they lack the innovation to succeed in the digital world. The economy is stabilizing, consumer spending is increasing and yet, your business is going bust.…
  • 5 Tips to Help SMEs Increase Holiday Sales

    Hala Ali
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:49 am
    Consumers will be spending approximately 616.9 billion dollars in the coming holiday season. This astronomical number is an increase from the 2013 year and forecasts suggest the number will continue to grow. In the season of giving the best thing online businesses can do is give to their customers in a big way. The seasonal…
  • 12 Interactive UX Design Tutorials for Beginners

    Hala Ali
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:59 am
    Designing in the tech industry is carried out by a variety of designers; such as web designers, User Interface designers, interaction designers, front end developers, and so on. User Experience Designers, generally known as the UX Designers, are professionals who, as brands, analyze the feedback from the users and observe whether the products or services…
  • Deconstructing the Psychology behind Graphic Design

    Shyrose Vastani
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Design has become a valuable marketing tool. Today, even the general public critically analyzes various aspects of design. Considering the success of any design idea highly depends on its audience, therefore, it is crucial to design according to the way people think. Perhaps, putting in more effort in research and extending a personalized touch in…
  • Designers’ Take: Good and Bad Design Ideas in 2014

    Shyrose Vastani
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:08 am
    Earning a degree doesn’t make you a designer. Designers are born and the made known when they display mind-boggling natural creativity. Names like Milton Glaser, David Carson, Paula Scher, and Massimo Vignelli are some legends in the industry that can take your brand to another level. Yet, there are some so-called ‘artists’ that you need…
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  • Chiusini Montini

    Stefano Ricci
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:52 am
    Matteo Ragni e Giulio Iacchetti hanno disegnato nel 2012 una serie di chiusini di ghisa che due anni dopo è stata premiata alla 60° edizione del Compasso d’Oro. Il progetto è stato realizzato per Montini, una ditta bresciana che produce elementi di arredo urbano in ghisa, come cassette postali, caditoie, panchine e appunto i chiusini che abbondano lungo le strade delle città italiane.  I chiusini, spesso erroneamente chiamati tombini, sono un oggetto cui si presta raramente attenzione perché il suo aspetto è ripetitivo e standard, rispondendo solo a requisiti di funzionalità e…
  • L’ombrello a rovescio

    Stefano Ricci
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:49 am
    Può sembrare la classica “giapponesata” (di fatto lo è) però il progetto di questo UnBRELLA merita di essere approfondito perché ci porta a una sempre utile riflessione sull’origine degli oggetti che meglio conosciamo. UnBRELLA sembrerebbe il classico ombrello, se non fosse che il meccanismo di apertura è rovesciato all’esterno e le stecche che lo reggono si trovano sul lato superiore, così come avviene in un ponte strallato. Questa variante ha alcuni vantaggi: -       L’apertura è più sicura negli spazi angusti. -       Non si viene mai a contatto con il lato…
  • Pimp my Tempo – I risultati

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

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

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

  • Lyza Danger Gardner on Building the Web Everywhere: The Implicit Contract

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    I work with lots of different teams and different developers. I usually know innately, as does the team around me, whether the teams we’re working with are good or not. We rarely disagree on the evaluation. But what does good mean? I find that the most valuable web developers interact with each other along a kind of implicit contract, the tenets of which are based upon web standards and proven ways of doing things that we’ve cobbled together collectively over the years. Most of the time, good isn’t generated by an individual in isolation—it’s the plurality of tandem efforts that hum…
  • This week's sponsor: Harvest

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Thanks to Harvest for sponsoring A List Apart this week. Check out Forecast, a whole new way to plan your team’s time.
  • Conference Proposals that Don’t Suck

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    When it comes to turning your big idea into a proposal that you want to submit to a conference, there are no real rules or patterns to follow beyond “just do your best” and perhaps “keep it to 500 words,” which makes the whole process pretty daunting. I’ve worked with a number of people submitting proposals to events over the past few years. I’ve been racking my brain trying to identify a strong pattern that helps people pull together proposals that provide what conference chairs and program planners are looking for, while at the same time making the process a bit more clear to…
  • Tweaking the Moral UI

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    A couple of years ago, I was asked to help put together a code of conduct for the IA Summit. I laughed. We need a code of conduct here? The IA Summit is the nicest, most community-friendly conference ever! Those problems happen at other conferences! And they want me to help? There are sailors jealous of my cussing vocabulary—surely I was not PC enough to be part of such an effort. But the chairs insisted. So, being a good user-centered designer, I started asking around about the idea of a code of conduct. I found out design conferences are not the safe meetings of minds I thought they were.
  • This week's sponsor: MyFonts

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    Thanks to MyFonts for sponsoring A List Apart this week! Take a look at their list of the 50 most popular fonts on the web right now.
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    Abduzeedo Design Inspiration - Design Inspiration & Tutorials

  • Daily Inspiration #1953

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want to participate and share your graphic design inspiration, You can submit your images and inspiration to RAWZ via and don't forget to send your Abduzeedo username; or via Twitter sending to aanthoor Alejo Malia Andrey anima design lab Blog 1855 Chris Jenkins Christian English Coen Pohl David Denilson CézAr Franco D. Lobo dudsmayi Dylan Devine eisaks eliani-kome Emmanuel Umukoro fallenfaeries…
  • Friday Fresh Free Fonts - Brasilia, Bakersfield, Mesmerize

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:43 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 Brasilia by Antonio Rodrigues Jr Download Brasilia Bakersfield by Osama El Khalfaoui Download Bakersfield Mesmerize by Typodermic Fonts Download Mesmerize Tags: FFFFfree fontsfreebiefontspaul0v2's blog
  • Cute Christmas Pets Photography

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Christmas is that time of the year when everything looks and feels better... a notion of nostalgia, with friends, families and, of course, pets getting together in a awesome time of celebration. So I took some time to search the cutest Christmas pets I could find, and I feel my mission is accomplished. Here you can see some super fluffy pets... so fluffly you might wanna die. But don't, because you gotta share your Christmas pet photos with us! We'd love to see them! And don't forget to visit each photographer's portfolio for more pictures simply by clicking each image! I hope you enjoy these…
  • Sites of the Week: Mosne, Homepolish, Bondfire and more

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:44 am
    In this post the most simple site I've seen, but with a really awesome idea, it's called "What colour is it?"! Also take a special look at Healdsburg SHED and Canopy! Check out the whole selection, share with us what you think and stay tuned for the next week! Take a look on all the other sites we're featuring today. Also you can keep sending me your suggestions via Twitter and include #abdz_sites in the message. DESIGN / CSS Healdsburg SHED - Whether you're buying for the kitchen, home, or garden - we have specially curated items you'll love to give…
  • ALIEN 35 Vector Poster Tribute

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Alien was one of, if not the most, terrifying movies of my childhood. I remember watching this movie in the 80s and getting completely traumatized by that alien thing. 35 years have passed since the release of Alien and it continues to inspire in a creepy way. Orlando Arocena had the chance to contribute with some incredible artwork to homage this acclaimed movie and lucky for us he shared some of the process behind it here. I can't believe its been 35 years...I am honored to contribute 3 new vectors for this PosterPosse creative tribute to the science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley…
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    Adaptive Path

  • A Design Approach to Human Flourishing

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

    Will Sharick
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Adaptive Path’s Scott Sullivan is a contributing author of Designing for Emerging Technologies published by O’Reilly Media and released today. Scott’s chapter is Prototyping Interactive Objects and outlines his experiences in prototyping objects to the same fidelity that he expects from his screen-based wireframes and how designers with limited technical backgrounds can do the same. Get the book on Amazon Bonus video of Scott playing around with interactive prototypes: Hardware Controlled Augmented Reality! from Scott Sullivan on Vimeo.
  • Adaptive Path 2015 Conferences & Workshops: End of Year Registration Sale

    Jessica Blake
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    It’s that time of year again… We’re running our annual end-of-year events sale and now is the time to save big on next year’s conferences and our Copenhagen UX Intensive workshop. They won’t get any cheaper. You won’t get a better deal than this. You should probably go get your wallet. The scoop: register for any of our events by January 5th, 2015 and we’ll take 15% off the currently (already steeply discounted) early bird prices. Use the promotional code ‘RNSB‘ (that stands for register now, save big) when registering. Snagging a seat now for next year is a smart way to…
  • A Glimpse at the Emerging Trends of Service Design

    Jamin Hegeman
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    What are the big trends in service management that service designers need to know? Dr. Mary Jo Bitner, Professor and Executive Director, Center for Services Leadership at W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, will draw on her many years of experience in this space to answer this question during the closing keynote talk at the Service Experience Conference. She’ll highlight how the world of service management is changing dramatically through a renewed focus on service innovation, customer experience and engagement strategies, service infusion in product-centric firms,…
  • 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…
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    Andy Budd::Blogography Articles

  • Introduction to Value Pricing

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:25 pm
    I think most designers would agree that design has a huge amount to offer businesses in terms of differentiating products, solving complex problems and delivering increased value to consumers. I think most designers would also agree that this ability is often ignored or seriously undervalued by those same businesses. Value pricing is an attempt to redress the balance by pricing work based on the value it delivers to clients rather than the time it takes to create. The argument goes that the value of a logo, like the Coca-cola logo, is often worth more than the hours that went into its…
  • Craggy Island: The climbing gym that hates boulderers?

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Over that last year I’ve got really into bouldering. I’m not especially good, but I enjoy the mental and physical challenge of solving bouldering problems over the tedium of a regular gym. I tried rope climbing once, but wasn’t keen on all the equipment or the need to climb in pairs. So I much prefer the freedom and flexibility that comes with bouldering. When a work trip took me to Guildford, I decided to head down the evening before and check out Craggy Island. I’ve met a few people who climb there and highly recommend it, so I was looking forward to my bouldering…
  • Could the movies of your childhood be made today?

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:24 pm
    I’ve been thinking a lot about the effect digital technology is having on society of late. I’m especially curious how it’s changing our most formative years, when the stories we tell about ourselves are generated and our identity formed. Looking back, my adolescence seems like a halcyon time, devoid of mobile phones and status updates. Heading into the big city was an adventure into the unknown, and even something as mundane as meeting up with friends was fraught with uncertainty and excitement. A lot of the movie tropes of my childhood, relied on these vagaries. For…
  • My Advice to Young Designers and Developers

    15 Mar 2014 | 5:37 pm
    I meet them on a regular basis, tech-savvy teens who’ve been coding websites from an early age. They’ll often seek my advice about breaking into the industry. Should they continue their studies or jump straight into the labour market? I usually tell them that ability trumps education and I don’t put much faith on the current raft of tech degrees. So I’d prefer to see three years of experience than three years of study. That being said, I’ll also point out that University is about much more than just acquiring a skill. It’s a formative experience that will…
  • Specialism, Ego and The Dunning-Kruger Effect

    19 Feb 2014 | 5:15 am
    Every few weeks I see a discussion emerge that tries to dismiss the need for specialists in our industry, or refute their existence entirely. It usually goes along the lines of “I’m a [insert discipline] and I do my own [insert activity] so [insert specialism] is unnecessary or doesn’t exist”. While it’s great to have people with a broad range of skills and abilities, it’s also a little hurtful to people who have dedicated their careers to being good at a particular thing, as it implies that all their choices and hard work were a waste of time. Sometimes this conversation…
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  • 3 Social Media Tips to Make Your Fashion Account Instagram-Famous

    Andy Sowards
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetFashion icons and style mavens are showcasing their best looks on Instagram, and magazines and other traditional means of fashion inspiration are taking a backseat to the photo-sharing app. Two hundred million people actively use Instagram, the official website reports, sharing an average of 60 million photos each day. If you want to join them on the path to fashion fame, follow these three tips.Brand Yourself Across All Accounts HOW TO BRAND YOURSELF IN FASHION: A GUIDEIf you want to have a successful following across all of your social media accounts, you must…
  • JotForm Form Builder Review: Easily Design & Create Forms

    Andy Sowards
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetToday we have another review for you, on the quest to find the best tools for web designers and developers, today we are reviewing JotForm! The web has a sea of form related tools these days, some are awesome, and some are not, but with all the tools it becomes hard to find the one for you. Options are good, but they quickly become overwhelming. So if you are a freelancer that constantly builds out custom forms, or need to learn how, or you have a business that you need a form for but can’t hire a developer to make a custom form (custom forms are EXPENSIVE),…
  • A Collection of Minimal Icons for Subtle Design Work

    Andy Sowards
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetMinimalism is definitely the go-to style in the modern web, and icons help you clean up the interface, putting quicker information at the user’s disposal. This time around, we have a series of elements that take advantage of both things: Minimal icons. We’ve put together some of the most inventive, fresh and useful elements all around the web, all for free and ready to be applied within your next project. Check it out!Delicate Outline Icons in PSD Format: Give Your Project a Friendly, Familiar TouchMaterial Design Icons: Colorful Elements Following…
  • Small Business Owners: How to Run a Facebook Contest

    Andy Sowards
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetFacebook offers numerous opportunities for small business owners to promote their products and services through advertising and organic content. You can also run a contest on your page at no cost, although many business owners choose to promote their contests through targeted advertisements. Let’s take a look at the why and how of it:Why Run a Facebook Contest? Here’s the Easiest Way to Run a Facebook Timeline Contest for FREEPeople love contests, particularly if they feel like they can win. RevSquare offers several reasons to do this, including:They engage…
  • GIVEAWAY: Win A Shirt From DorkTees – Funny Shirts For Nerds

    Andy Sowards
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Advertise here with BSATweet We Have Winners!The lucky Winners areDoug M.ToniMelissaCongratulations Guys!Special thanks to everyone that participated! Don’t worry if you didn’t win though, there is always another awesome giveaway around the corner! Stay tuned!We are back with more awesome free stuff for you this holiday season! Today we have partnered with DorkTees to bring you this exclusive t-shirt giveaway! It’s getting cold out there, so we figured you’d want some awesome geek t-shirts to keep you warm in style. At Dorktees they have everything from geeky movie…
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    Beautiful/Decay Artist & Design

  • Kathy Klein’s Intricate, Multi-Textured Floral Mandalas

    Sara Barnes
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Kathy Klein is a devout lover of plants, and she translates this admiration into a series of natural mandalas. They are called danmalas, which means “the giver of flowers” in vedic sanskrit. The colorful arrangements are comprised of different blooms, leaves, and even some vegetables such as peppers. She layers a variety of textures and shapes into circular patterns that converge in the center. Klein describes how she crafts these pieces, and it’s about around being in the right state of mind. First, she situates herself in a meditative devotional space. Next, she gathers flowers and…
  • David Emmite’s Photographs Of Whimsical Still Life

    Stephanie Chan
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Photographer David Emmite snaps pictures of a different kind of still life. A plate of spaghetti and meatballs is supplemented with yarn and knitting needles; a thick steak is cut directly from the flesh of a table, finely marbled by wood grain. Emmite’s whimsical take on classic everyday objects in his series “Pot Luck Dinner” seems to occur entirely within the confines of a dollhouse neighborhood. There’s a playful sense of imagination that permeates all his photographs, especially his TV dioramas. Tiny green army men burst out of a handheld television set, literally…
  • The Brilliant, Natural Colors Of The Yuanyang Rice Terraces

    Sara Barnes
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Photo credit: Jordi Guzmán Photo credit: Ikka on Flickr Photo credit: Meiguo Xing Photo credit: Yunnan Adventure These majestic, bird’s eye view images are of the remote Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces located in China’s Yunnan province. Small bodies of water are punctuated by the bold lines that create the terraces, and they signify the harmony of man and nature. Their brilliant colors and complex designs give them the appearance of abstract paintings rather than natural splendor. The 1,300-year-old terraces cover 461 square kilometers, and are said to display the best-developed in three…
  • Nickolay Lamm Creates “Normal Barbie” Called Lammily Who Has The Same Body Issues As Us

    Lindsey Rae Gjording
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Designer Nickolay Lamm has designed a “Normal Barbie,” who has the same body issues as “regular” people. This doll, called Lammily, comes with stickers to show acne, tattoos, stretch marks, and other imperfections that make us (and her) human. Now, before you rush out and buy one for every child in your life, it’s probable this design is tongue-in-cheek, and questionable how much kids will enjoy it at first. However, it is a good barometer to measure ourselves against. Barbie- the old school Barbie I had growing up- embodies the idea of perfection, one that is…
  • Skwak poster prints for sale in B/D store!

    Keith Warren
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    One of our best and zaniest magazine covers (which is saying something!) was designed by French illustrator Skwak, exclusively for B/D Issue J. We profiled Skwak for that issue, and we interviewed him again when he collaborated with the Mr. Chiizu crew. He described the genesis of the crazed creatures he features:  “My maniacs are born to pollution. They have since evolved and created a world with its own rules and codes, all based on the absurd and the idea of “excess”. Every day, new maniacs enter this world and make it evolve. This world is becoming more dense, more rich…
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  • Makers vs. Talkers & Why Now Is a Great Time for Creatives to Lead

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Image via Research has shown that creatives aren’t often given the opportunity to lead because there’s an unconscious bias against them. People associate creativity with nonconformity and unconventionality. And when they think about an effective leader, they think about someone who brings order. Obviously if you believe that a leader’s role is to bring order, you wouldn’t want a creative to lead. (Of course, this has nothing to do with whether creatives actually can lead, it’s just a bias many of us have.) What’s interesting is that these qualities which…
  • Ugmonk: The Beauty in Keeping Things Small

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    When cornered, we all claim to want to have an impact on our field and our world. But how much is enough? And what are we willing to sacrifice to get there? Tucked away in suburban Pennsylvania, Jeff Sheldon is at such a crossroad. Sheldon runs the popular apparel store Ugmonk with help from his family. He keeps the business lean but firmly within his control. The online-only store sells t-shirts, bags, and other wearables with high quality materials all hand-designed by Sheldon. Now in his sixth year, Ugmonk moves thousands of items a month, and has won the praises of design-minded customers…
  • Beware of Perception Gaps

    Hamza Khan
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    By Marco Leo Small misunderstandings can sometimes morph into larger misconceptions, which can then snowball into full-blow falsehoods that ultimately erode trust, credibility and transparency. A small perception gap can significantly impact performance down the road. The disconnect between what you want to say and what is actually said is what Anne Loehr, author of A Manager’s Guide to Coaching: Simple and Effective Ways to Get the Best from Your Employees, calls as the “Perception Gap.” She suggests that we structure clarity into our process in order to avoid it: At the…
  • Want Busy People to Respond to Your Email? Keep It Short & Urgent

    Hamza Khan
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Antonio Rodrigues Jr Have you ever emailed someone who is extremely busy, only to hear back several days (or weeks) later? Or perhaps you didn’t hear back at all? Busy people are difficult to reach via email, because you’re asking them to part with their most valuable resource of all: time. In a guest post for OkDork, business coach John Corcoran shared how he got the attention of App Sumo founder Noah Kagan via email. The trick to capturing the attention of the busy executive was a sense of urgency: I said the interview would take only 5-7 minutes of his time. If you’re…
  • Can’t Fall Asleep? Do a Nighttime Audit

    Hamza Khan
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    By Dadu Shin Almost half the people you’ll run into today are suffering from some level of sleep deprivation. This is largely because we don’t know when (or how) to call it a night. Tethered to our devices, work more often than not spills into the precious time that we need to decompress and prepare for a good night’s sleep. Ron Friedman, author of The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace, suggests that we conduct a “nighttime audit” to better understand where we’re going wrong: Do a nighttime audit of how you spend…
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  • Photoshop 101: True Black (CMYK)

    Jay Hilgert
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Advertise here with BSAI’ve got a quick Photoshop 101 tip for print media. This can also apply to Illustrator, but I just filed it under Photoshop. We should all know by now that RGB documents are meant for screens, and CMYK documents are meant for printing. Therefore, when you print a CMYK document and you need a really rich black it’s important to remember one little teeny tiny thing: 100% K isn’t the blackest black you can get. More after the jump. Believe it or not, when working in CMYK for print media, 0 0 0 100 is not the best black you can get. If you have a keen eye,…
  • How to Simplify the PSD to HTML Conversion Exercise

    Maria Minney
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    Advertise here with BSANowadays, everyone is in a haste to acquire a highly dynamic, search engine optimized and web compatible website. Although there are a number of options available for designing high-performing websites, often website owners feel that their site lags behind in some specific assets. One such scenario that is being faced by website owners is the use of Photoshop-based web pages. A PSD to HTML conversion serves as an excellent means for boosting the overall performance of a website. If you too own a photoshop-based site then its time to upgrade to an HTML site that will…
  • 35 Best Premium Shopify Themes for E-commerce Web Shops

    Jake Rocheleau
    16 Dec 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…
  • 26 Websites using Classic Retro Vintage Effects

    Jake Rocheleau
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:31 am
    Advertise here with BSAWith the takeover of flat design it seems like deep textures and rich patterns have been pushed to the wayside. But even through this trendy flat design phase there are still hundreds of brilliant websites catering to exceptional realism. For this post I’ve organized 26 exemplary retro-style vintage website designs for inspiration. Each design utilizes a series of textures, patterns, icons, and text effects to recreate the feeling of yesteryears. Feel free to incorporate some of these effects into your own future work. And if you know any similar retro websites…
  • Make a Dotted Line in Photoshop

    Jay Hilgert
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    Advertise here with BSAMaking a dotted line is easy in Illustrator. You just change it in the stroke palette. Photoshop, on the other hand, is a bit trickier. There is more than one way, but I want to show you how to quickly make a dotted line in Photoshop. Ever make a Photoshop mock-up of a website design before getting down and dirty with the code? This little trick may come in handy. 1. Open your Brushes Palette Yep, you are going to be using a brush for this quick trick. Open your brushes palette by going to Window > Brushes, or hit F5 on your keyboard. Once open, click on “Brush…
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  • Social Media: Today’s Key Marketing Tool

    Paul Boag
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:01 am
    Do you want to use social media to promote your business or build a personal brand? If so, then you will want to take a look at an upcoming video course I am offering over at HOWU.
  • Seven myths about digital transformation

    Paul Boag
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Many organisations recognise the importance of digital and the need to change. Unfortunately there is a lot of confusion about what digital transformation is and how to carry it out. 2014 has been an encouraging year. I have seen a growing number of organisations realise how business critical digital has become. They are beginning to recognise the need for fundamental organisational change. Finally they understand that you cannot bolt digital onto the side of an existing business models. Unfortunately amongst all this excitement there is also a significant degree of confusion. Organisations…
  • Seducing the Connected Consumer

    Paul Boag
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    Digital has changed everything, including our customers behaviour. If we are to survive in a post digital world we are going to have to learn to reach this new generation of users.
  • Be proud of your digital project managers

    Paul Boag
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    It's time to stop treating our digital project managers as second class citizens. They are an asset, not a line item nobody wants to pay for. How come there is no “project manager of the year” category in the net magazine awards? They have a designer of the year and the developer of the year. Why not a project manager of the year? How come there are web design agencies out there who proclaim “we don’t need project managers, our teams are self organising”? Are they mad? Why is it that many clients don’t like to see project management as a line item in a…
  • Promoting Your Services and Winning Work

    Paul Boag
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:16 am
    I am excited to announce that I have just launched an online course with the guys at Tut+ on how to promote your services and win work. If you run a web design business, this is a must get.
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  • Feel Good Video of the Day: B-Boy Culture Breaking Out of Mumbai’s Biggest Slum

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    I really enjoyed this mini-doc that is essentially a lighthearted Indian B-boy version of Billy Elliot. 15-year old Vikram lives in Dharavi, a slum in Mumbai, India. It’s the largest slum in India, and actually one of the largest in the world. He tells his parents he’s going out to get milk but secretly he is learning to break. Watch “The SlumGods of Mumbai: Hope, Hip-Hop and The Dharavi Way” below! View the whole post: Feel Good Video of the Day: B-Boy Culture Breaking Out of Mumbai’s Biggest Slum over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Sanne De Wilde

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    “Snow White”, beautiful portraits of albinos by Flemish photographer Sanne De Wilde. More below. View the whole post: Sanne De Wilde over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Video of the Day: La Primavera Negra (The Black Spring)

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:38 am
    My friend Benjamin Loeb passed along this beautiful short he worked on as the director of photography. This is actually the second chapter of a trilogy of dance films, directed by Copenhagen-based photographer, Esteban. La Primavera Negra is Spanish for ‘The Black Spring’. Nowness premiered the first chapter earlier this month, you can watch it here. Watch “La Primavera Negra – Chapter Two” below! View the whole post: Video of the Day: La Primavera Negra (The Black Spring) over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Marta Berens

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    “Fairytale”,  photos by Polish photographer Marta Berens. More below. View the whole post: Marta Berens over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Daesung Lee

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:31 am
    “Futuristic Archeology”, photos by Korean photographer Daesung Lee about the desertification of Mongolia, and the rapidly changing environment’s affect on the traditional Mongolian nomadic lifestyle. The series was created using printed images on a giant billboard. More images below. View the whole post: Daesung Lee over on BOOOOOOOM!.
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  • Google Launches Mobile-Friendly Label on Search Results Pages

    11 Dec 2014 | 10:33 am
    Google wants its users to receive the most appropriate results for their searches, and it only makes sense that they’ve now taken steps to let searchers using mobile devices instantly know whether a website page in the results list is mobile-friendly or not.This is great news for those of us with mobile-friendly websites and of course websites that utilize the power of responsive web design. Not such great news for the millions of out-dated websites that are built only for users with large screens. Internet traffic is now made up of almost 50% of users on mobile devices, and the way we…
  • 10 Ecommerce Tips to Boost Sales Instantly

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    There are plenty of tools that make it easy to sell products online but only through testing and experience can you truly know what works for your online customers, and gets them returning to your online store frequently.Here are 10 things you can do to your ecommerce website that can help to increase sales:Make sure your website is mobile-device friendly : In 2014, almost 50% of internet traffic comes from a mobile device. This is an important statistic to understand and your website should be built with all users in mind. Luckily, the development of responsive web design technologies…
  • Getting Your Devices Ready for the Holidays

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    When the holidays arrive, many of us are on the move and flying or driving to various places to be with family. With so much activity going on, it’s a time when your odds of losing your phone or breaking your computer increase greatly. Here are some things that you should do right now before the holidays to ensure that the only headache you have on January 1st is from the champagne.Write down and store important numbers: It may seem crazy, but how many of us don’t even know our parent’s or sibling’s cell phone number by memory? In this mobile device age, it’s easy to…
  • New Health Insurance Website Project for Connected Benefits

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

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    We recently completed a booklet design for Connected Benefits, an insurance agency and administration company with headquarters in Naples, Florida.The booklet promotes everything that Connected Benefits offers, including an impressive web app for employers to manage insurance benefits, HR and payroll of employees, powered by Maxwell Health. With a beautiful full color, 5.5 x 8.5 display, this booklet graphic design is engaging, to the point, and is a powerful “leave behind” for their sales discussions with potential customers.We created the design and layout using a combination of…
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  • Giveaway: + 50% Off Sale at TemplateMonster

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

    15 Nov 2014 | 4:26 am
    These templates are elegant, responsive and exuberate sophistication in every sense. These templates have high resolution app landing display which instantly makes a striking impression with the audience. In this package you will get the following templates: Appolicious – Bootstrap 3 Retina App Landing Page Charted Accountant – Multipurpose HTML Template Edge – HTML Single Page Template My Cafe – A Premium Restaurant HTML Template Streak – Responsive HTML template DealFuel is home for web developers and designers deals. You can visit their site to get more…
  • Amazing Giveaway: Win a full pack from ThemeFuse

    11 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    To understand the purchasing process, have a look at the video: You can also enter the giveaway with just a few steps to win this pack. Use the comments section of this post and tell us why you deserve to win the free pack and how would you use it. WordPress themes are used for a variety of websites from business to personal blogs and we would love to hear about your plans. Next, tweet about our giveaway offer by posting this message on your Twitter account: Win a full website (WordPress theme + 1 yr hosting + 1 free domain) @ThemeFuse #WordPress Theme from @catswhocode (RT to Enter). Then…
  • Win a copy of Designmodo’s startup theme for WordPress

    5 Nov 2014 | 1:56 am
    Prime Features for Any Creative Attention, web designers and web developers! For those of you who are still holding back, I urge you to try and fashion websites for startup companies using premium WordPress themes like this one, with a simple drag-and-drop interface and visual editor. Trust me, the results would be glorious. Startup WordPress Theme is downright awesome, because it lets you customize a singular website in the main window of an inline editor. Circa 100 preset blocks are placed at your disposal, and they have been designed well. Plus, they are altogether responsive and…
  • Want a Treat? Royal Theme Offers a Free Copy!

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

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    As the holidays creep up on us, Santa themed designs, reindeers and snowflakes seem to become the go-to patterns and brushes for the season: avatars and sites get updated, Facebook covers get changed and little e-cards and emails get ordered. With so many small businesses already reaching out to their online customers with special offers like free shipping and other sales promotions, small businesses need to come up with ways to capitalize their more personal business-to-consumer approach -if they want to survive the winter. One way to earn a few extra bucks is to get them more business by…
  • 30+ Minimalist Furniture Icon Set

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    Interior design has been one of my design pleasures since I moved into a miniscule studio back in 1999. The challenge has always been with space – the less you have the more creative you become. Then comes the furniture. It takes a while to get everything in place, but when you do, it’s pretty rewarding to see how far its come along. For those of you who appreciate furniture design, here’s a cool freebie. Kudos to Graphichive for this awesome furniture icon set. The minimalist lines makes this a great find! Download after the jump! download
  • Featured Work: Smoke Shapes by Thomas Herbrich

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    Just like you four-eyed designers out there, I’m a sucker for details. This might seem dull to most, but sometimes the most insignificant things can sometimes be the most fascinating. And this is so true for today’s featured work. Unlike most Photoshop junkies, photographer Thomas Herbrich spent 3 months taking more than a hundred thousand images of, yup, smoke. Thomas then sat down and sifted down to 20 images to make up the collection which he creatively calls “Smoke”. The collection comprises of the most intricate smoke patterns that resembled something. Here are…
  • 35 Finest UI Tools Every Designer Should Know

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    User interface designs continue to evolve tremendously. To stay ahead, it is crucial for a UI designer to keep themselves updated with the latest trends, resources, and technologies that are being used to design fantastic user interfaces. Since the ‘interface’ is the first thing a user notices of a website, it demands a lot of creativity. Essential UI designing tools and resources are a must to help you design a website easier, faster, and ultimately more useful for your visitors. However, with the availability of so many UI tools, it’s quite challenging to separate the…
  • 8 Coming Soon Templates That Will Spark Interest

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    Web development can be a tricky beast to tame. You guys know what I’m talking about. Client delays, freelancer hiccups, what can go wrong will go wrong amiright Mr. Murphy? So, as a remedy for launch delays or even if you’ve just started a site and have a domain ready, the smartest thing to do is to put up a ‘coming soon’ page as a temporary measure. Not only will this gain the respect of your visitors, you are able to capture data (with a sign up form) and let the public know the exact time of launch. Effectively, you should also abide with the timer on display…
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  • When Launching a New Website: Avoid These Four Simple Website Mistakes

    Editorial Staff
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Having a website is essential for just about every business these days. Not only is it expected, but it helps improve your image and your accessibility for customers. Putting together a website doesn’t have to be complicated, but it isn’t just a snap and to go project either. It takes work. Businesses often tend to make the same mistakes. Keep an eye out for these common errors and correct them before they become a problem. Unprofessional Or Too Large “The Importance of Visual Content States” that people tend to respond to pictures and videos more than words. If you…
  • Everything You Know about Hashtags is Wrong!

    Guest Author
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:17 am
    Have you always thought of hashtags as the most annoying phenomenon in the history of social media, refusing to include them even in your informal communication? Or have you been in the other camp, using #hashtags to #commemorate #every #event in #yourlife #farbeyonditsactualorrelativeimportance? I sympathize with the former group myself, having spent most of my Twitter tenure as a hashtag curmudgeon. But, whichever position you align with, I have good news and bad news. The bad: none of you know how hashtags work, and you’re losing important opportunities because of this. The good: you are…
  • How to Setup Two Step Security Authentication on Everything

    Guest Author
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Security is a big buzz word on the Internet these days. Between hacking attempts, picture leaks, and stolen personal information, users are very concerned about who gets into their accounts, when and how. One way to combat unauthorized access to your Internet accounts is to add two step authentication to them. Two step authentication is a security measure that requires a security code to log into accounts from new computers. It won’t prevent people from using your own computer to open your Twitter account, but if someone steals your password they won’t be able to access it on their own…
  • 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…
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  • How to Redirect a Web Page

    Guest Author
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    The following is a guest post by Robin Rendle. I've always wanted a post here that rounds up the different ways to redirect a site. So I commissioned Robin to do it and he did a fine job! A redirect is when a web page is visited at a certain URL, it changes to a different URL. For instance, a person visits "" in their browser and they are redirected to "" instead. This is very useful if we want to redirect a certain page to a new location, change the URL structure of a site, remove the "www." portion of the URL, or even redirect users to another website…
  • Sponsor: MyFonts – Subscription-Free Webfonts

    Chris Coyier
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    MyFonts is the best place to find, try, and buy fonts for your website. Their webfonts are flexible, easy to use, and don't require any monthly fees. Not only that, but you can try any font on your own site free for 30 days. One thing that you may find appealing about MyFonts is that you host the fonts. That frees you up to use your own CDN, or use your own font loader, or integrate the fonts in whatever fashion works best for you. You have the control. Looking for a little inspiration? Browse the 50 most popular fonts on the web right now. Direct Link to Article — Permalink Sponsor:…
  • Relating to “Designing for Performance” by Lara Hogan

    Chris Coyier
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    I picked me up a copy of Lara Hogan's new book Designing for Performance (Amazon), as it's a subject I've very interested in these days. As I write this, I'm just off the heels of doing quite a bit of performance related work here on CSS-Tricks as well as on CodePen. I thought I'd give the book a read, learn some more, and be inspired to do some more. Here's some choice quotes and how they relate to stuff I've been doing, wanting to do, and thinking about. Don't worry, I optimized this image. It's only about 15 K and will be gzipped as well from my CDN. Speed matters Web performance impacts…
  • Capability Reporting with Service Worker

    Chris Coyier
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    We've heard 1,000 times: User Agent sniffing is bad news. We largely do it on the server because we want to know stuff about the client before we even send anything to the client. A worthy goal! We've talked about this before. Perhaps you serve a little different JavaScript for a different approach to navigation. Or you set a cookie with client side data and use that to serve different image formats depending on support. Maybe you even refresh the page to ensure you have that data. There are even libraries for all this. Service Workers, a brand new thing on the web, are uniquely qualified to…
  • More Elegant Fix for Jumping Scrollbar Issue

    Chris Coyier
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:12 am
    If you move from one page of a site without a scrollbar to another with a scrollbar, you'll see a slight layout shift as things squeeze inward a bit to make room for the scrollbar. A classic fix was html { overflow-y: scroll; } to force the scrollbar all the time. Ayke van Laëthem has found a more elegant solution in html { margin-left: calc(100vw - 100%); } which works because vw accounts for the scrollbar and % doesn't, and... just read it as there are a few more things you'll need to be aware of anyway. Pretty sweet for a first blog post Ayke! Direct Link to Article — Permalink More…
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  • Site changes

    David Airey
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:20 am
    After four or five years using my old theme it was time for an update. Portfolio I chose Emil Olsson’s Hi-Response WordPress theme to show my work. The idea was to use Hi-Response for the portfolio and blog, but there are 700 or so blog pages here, and it would’ve meant recreating each of them from scratch, so my identity projects (more to follow) are formatted within Emil’s template, and the blog is kept separate using a child theme of Anders Norén’s Fukasawa. Blog Emil Olsson and Anders Norén on Twitter. Unlike my previous layout (screenshot below), the masonry…
  • OFFSET 2015

    David Airey
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Since its inception in 2009, the independently run OFFSET creative conference has grown from 450 attendees to 2,500 in 2014. Previous speakers include the likes of Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Milton Glaser, Paula Scher, Louise Fili, George Lois, Daniel Eatock, Neville Brody, Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh. The three day event is returning to Dublin on March 6th-8th, 2015. “At OFFSET, integration is key. There is no VIP area and no green rooms. The conference operates a democratic space facilitating both speakers and attendees, which allows both to mingle freely and generate off-stage…
  • Identityworks retirement

    David Airey
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    Since 1998, Tony Spaeth updated his Identityworks website with constructive reviews of noteworthy identity projects. I’d link to it except it’s just gone into retirement. Tony’s site was one of the first that inspired me to build my own, so thank you for all you did, Tony. Your online presence was always highly respected, a credit to your expertise.
  • Lassa road fashion

    David Airey
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    When I was in my teens I worked weekends and some summer weeks as a tyre fitter. Barring the Goodyear Blimp, Bibendum, and Pirelli calendars, I can’t remember much of what tyre manufacturers used to promote their products. While not on the same scale, these “winter road fashion” print ads for Turkish manufacturer Lassa stood out. A memorable idea by Happy People Project in Istanbul. Via @issue. For what it’s worth, Lassa is a good, hard-wearing tyre, too.
  • Typeface combinations used in design books

    David Airey
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    The authors of these books work with type for a living, and although not all authors were responsible for the design of their books, I was interested to know what typeface combinations were chosen to represent their words. The comparative images in the post show mid-weight members of various type families. Some of the books also use other weights, and a couple of examples use just one type family throughout. The Elements of Typographic Style (fourth edition, 2013), by Robert Bringhurst — Minion (Robert Slimbach) and FF Scala Sans (Martin Majoor) Elements of Typographic Style, photo via…
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  • Essentials of a Solar Greenhouse

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Plant breeding and plant production is a very productive hobby and livelihood. It is good way to earn some living by producing high-valued crops. It is also a good way of contributing to the environment. The best way to sustain this endeavor is to get a solar greenhouse. Read on to learn the basics of the solar greenhouse. What Is a Solar Greenhouse? The very purpose of any greenhouse is to collect solar energy whenever the sun shining high. However, solar greenhouses serve a more specific purpose. It is able to do more than collect the solar energy. The solar greenhouse is able to store heat…
  • Solar Power- How Does It Save The Environment

    12 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    You’ve probably heard a lot about solar energy and how efficient it is. Moreover, over the last few years, there have been several moves to see how effectively we can use solar power in an attempt to alleviate the energy crisis that the world faces. So, how does using solar energy fit into the bigger picture of protecting our environment? The point is that even small changes in the way we do things go a long way in terms of saving our environment. Solar energy is a renewable energy source The sun offers us a great source of renewable energy; it’s been around for over four billion…
  • How Solar Thermal Works In Your Home

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:14 am
    Given energy concerns these days, most homes are now designed to take advantage of passive solar heating concepts. Solar thermal is a big part of this process. How Thermal Mass Works In Your Home Getting a little free heating can go a long way on your utility bill, particularly over the life of a structure. Passive solar heating is the methodology used to achieve this goal. It is a process wherein a home is built or upgraded in such a way as to catch and contain as much of the sunlight in the form of heat as possible. To effectively use solar for heating, thermal mass is a subject you need to…
  • Following A Greener Path: What You Must Understand About Solar Power

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:27 am
    Going forward, people will be using oil less and less. Luckily, you can join this transition by making good use of clean, renewable solar energy today. This article is filled with useful tips and helpful information. When you are just transitioning to solar power, pick something small to start with. There are outdoor lights that are completely run on solar energy. It’s easy to find this sort of product online, at home improvement stores and at big box stores. Installing this sort of lighting system is a no-brainer. Walk down your garden path and poke the lights into the ground! To…
  • Feeling In The Dark About Solar Energy? Check Out These Illuminating Tips!

    10 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Many people are switching over to solar energy to power their homes these days. To make the best decisions regarding solar energy usage, one must fully understand the consequences and considerations surrounding its use. Read the below article to increase your knowledge on solar energy. There are a couple of different photo-voltaic panels to choose from. Less expensive poly-crystalline panels are not as efficient as the costlier mono-crystalline panels. You should purchase the best possible product your budget can allow when it comes to solar power systems. The efficiency of your solar panels…
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  • Treat for Designers: 10 Free Design Resources

    Brant Wilson
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    Advertise here with BSAAs a profession, the designers are provided with the task of imbibing a website with creative designs and patterns. They have to strictly adhere to the specification laid down by their client while instilling uniqueness and innovation wherever possible. So your task as a designer is to excel the expectations of your client while making sure that the user interface of the website looks appealing.So to fulfill all the assigned tasks you have to go through the Photoshop document of the website and also inculcate some cool designs that will set you ahead of the curve. And…
  • Freebie PSD: iOS 7 Microsoft Word iPhone App UI

    Jake Rocheleau
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Advertise here with BSAMicrosoft is one of the few software companies yet to release a series of official iOS applications. Since mobile app design is so popular it seems like a fantastic idea.In a recent tutorial I covered the process of designing small buttons for an older iOS6 app interface. This was based off the Microsoft Word UI created by Victor Erixon. It’s a great concept but also somewhat dated in the current realm of flat iOS7-iOS8 interfaces.I spent some time recreating a newer app interface in Photoshop and have added the free PSD file below. My design still focuses on the…
  • 36 Inspirational Fine Art Gallery & Museum Websites

    Jake Rocheleau
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Advertise here with BSAThe world of fine art is large and historic crossing borders all around the world. Art galleries and museums have been around for centuries but haven’t always been able to market themselves online. Now that most people in the world have Internet access it’s almost strange to not have a website – and this most certainly includes art museums.For this gallery I’ve put together 36 websites created for museums and fine art galleries. Most layouts employ a sense of minimalism to put a direct focus on the photographs and page content. It’s not…
  • Your Stop For Black Friday Development Deals Is Right Here

    28 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    Advertise here with BSAFor all of you out there surfing for the perfect Black Friday deal we bring you the most amazing deals for web development tools you’ll find anywhere. Take a breather and have a look.1. X by ThemecoWe’ve always been accustomed with the very best releases from Themeco and now they’ve done it yet again with the new 3.0 release. Their one and only X theme is all the rage when it comes to flexibility, aesthetics, functionality and good taste. Moreover, it comes with four different stacks that allow you to select from multiple designs with just the click of a mouse.
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  • What should you invest in when you run an online business?

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    Running an online business is a lot more difficult at the moment than it used to be. Just a few years ago we did not have such a huge competition. At the moment the competition is huge and this is true for absolutely all the niches in all industries. It is really important that you take the necessary time to figure out what the best online business investment is. This is harder than you may think at first glance. In order to help you out, we will talk about the investments that you have to consider in the long run. These will help you to choose correctly and grow your business accordingly. A…
  • Giveaway: Win 3 WordPress Themes By TeslaThemes

    9 Dec 2014 | 6:42 am
    We are happy to announce that we have teamed up with  TeslaThemes for an amazing giveaway. We are giving away 3 of their most popular themes to 3 lucky winners. Yes, you read that right, each winner will get 3 themes for a combined total worth of $117. Giveaway Details Period of time: From December 9, 2014 to December 23rd, 2014 Prize: 3 commercial WordPress themes offered by TeslaThemes Winners: 3 lucky users How To Enter The Giveaway All you need to do in order to enter the giveaway is leave a comment below. Once the giveaway has ended we will randomly select 3 lucky winners. The Prizes…
  • 8 Winter inspired Website designs

    5 Dec 2014 | 4:32 am
    The weather outside is slowing getting chillier, this means snow is close. Several web designers have decided to incorporate snow into their designs. In this article we have found 8 great examples of winter inspired websites. What U R Ice Hotel My Snow Buddy Protest Sportswear Fischer Sports Snowpixel fight Stephan Siegrist Rossignol The post 8 Winter inspired Website designs appeared first on Design Reviver - Web Design Blog.
  • Tesla Themes – Cyber Monday deal: get 50% OFF on everything

    1 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    The guys at Tesla Themes have something great to offer this Cyber Monday. If you are looking for a new WordPress theme, then this deal is definitely something for you. From now and until 2nd of December simply use this coupon code WEEKENDSALE14 to get 50% OFF on all their WordPress Themes and subscription plans. Promotional details: When? From 27th November, 2014 to 2nd December, 2014 What do I get? 50% discount on all WordPress Themes and Subscription plans How to benefit? Include this coupon code WEEKENDSALE14 in the “Enter Coupon Code” field and proceed to payment.
  • 10 Thanksgiving wallpapers to be thankful for

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:24 am
    As you might remember from last year, we are great fans of Thanksgiving. This year we have found 10 amazing wallpapers that we are thankful for, we hope you will use them to get your desktop in the holiday spirit.  The post 10 Thanksgiving wallpapers to be thankful for appeared first on Design Reviver - Web Design Blog.
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  • Design Focus: Experiments & Visualizations

    Sophia Lucero
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:28 am
    Check out these websites featuring code turned into fun, beautiful explorations—the ultimate interactive treats. Designs of the Week Get solid WordPress themes, plugins, and web design training from iThemes. Offpixel by Martin Pavely You can draw on the webpage, and from the generated dots appears different projects the designer has worked on, all connected to one another in dynamic, 3-dimensional shapes. The more you draw, the more names and vertices get added. Hovering on each shows a pop-up circular thumbnail of the project. Another interesting thing I noticed is some projects are locked…
  • Do Web Designers Still Matter in Today’s Online World?

    2 Dec 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Web designers arguably bear the sole responsibility of connecting small businesses and start-ups to the online world. It doesn’t matter if the owner has a sound online plan in place for his business if their site design is unappealing and takes time to load. In order to ensure that their plans will come into fruition, therefore, business owners must hire talented and skillful designers who are updated with the best design practices in order to turn their business vision to online reality. However, creating websites nowadays has become much easier due to the intuitive drag-and-drop…
  • Design Focus: Light & Shadow

    Sophia Lucero
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:04 am
    Mesmerizing interactions of light and shadow are on display for this week’s feature. Designs of the Week Pagelines lets you build WordPress websites and it’s as easy as drag and drop, go check it out! Je Suis Unicq Very editorial, but not static. Video plays while masked in a silhouette, while text moves, splices, and changes while overlaying brightly filtered photos. Good Game Club A simple blocky layout with one over-the-top effect: interactive long shadows. The kaleidescope animation is masked under the band name on first load, and clicking Launch loads the full…
  • 12+ Tips for Beginner Web Designers

    2 Dec 2014 | 1:27 am
    The world of web designing is a complicated one and you can never know too much about its secrets and tricks. If you are curious to learn more about web design, then this post is for you! We’ve gathered a neat collection of tips for beginner web designers which should help every novice understand what are the most important qualities, responsibilities and duties of the successful web designer. Strive for a Simple Minimalistic Style Simpler is better – this completely applies to web design. Clutter free & clean websites are usually much more appealing to the eye, so we advise you to…
  • Design Focus: Minty Fresh

    Sophia Lucero
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    The shades of green in this week’s feature are bright, peppy, and almost too harsh on the eyes, but it seems to be all the rage these days. How does it come into play with these designs? Let’s find out: Designs of the Week Build on DIYThemes’ Thesis Framework for rock solid SEO and great layout customization options. Pennies for iPhone Most likely inspired by the iPhone 5c’s color options, perhaps? Bicycle Speed Shop The background is animated in a familiar illustration style, and you can see the recurring choice to use black text and more rounded, geometric typefaces…
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  • Concepts We Wish Were Real

    Elizabeth Freeman
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today we take a look at 6 concepts that theme in a combination of dark and neutral colors that bring a level of sophistication. Each design mimics antique packaging giving a homemade feel for the modern market.  Grøt - Taste of Tradition Concept Print Print Print Print Print Print Print Print This line of pantry food, created by Silje Forbe, is neutrally chromatic. Minimal, the design draws inspiration through 50's Scandinavian Design with clean edges and warm colors. Cloth bags are tucked and pinned with a description.  "Grøt has been eaten daily in Scandinavia…
  • The Dieline Awards 2015: 4 Days Left!

    Jessica Sanchez
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    HAPPY FRIDAY!4 Days Left until our extended early bird rate is over.Take advantage of this special rate and submit your packaging project toThe Dieline Awards 2015. Register Now Learn More         Related Posts:The Dieline Awards 2015: EXTENDED! 5 Days LeftThe Dieline Awards 2015: EARLY BIRD EXTENDED! 
  • Dunville's Irish Whiskey

    Elena Massucco
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Dunville & Co was a company established in 1801 that blended pure pot still whiskey as well as import tea in Belfast. The Prohibition caused Dunville to lose its American market and despite its repeal, Dunville did not recover sales and in 1936 the company was liquidated.   In 2013, almost 80 years after the last Dunville’s was distilled, the Echilinville Distillery revived the brand which is now back to life. The product is expected to reach the market in 2016 and the rebirth of this legendary whiskey has been managed, from a packaging point of view, by specialist design…
  • Techcombank Mid-Autumn Festival

    Elizabeth Freeman
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    One of the most important Vietnamese festivals, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, around the time of the autumn equinox (usually September 22). As the full moon on that night tends to inspire people's anticipation for a family reunion, it is also called "Festival of Reunion." This day is also considered a harvest festival since farmers have just finished gathering their crops and bringing in fruits from the orchards. Overwhelmed with joy when they have a bumper harvest and quite relaxed after a year of hard work, they feel it is a time for relaxation and…
  • HOW Design Live 2015

    Jessica Sanchez
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    HOW delivers everything you need to pursue a fulfilling, successful creative career—in one essential event. Tactical information you can immediately put to use, dazzling inspiration from the brightest minds and biggest brands, timely explorations of trends and technology, and a healthy dose of camaraderie and connection with your fellow creatives. Celebrate the 25th year of HOW Design Live and start building your completely customizable program right now. Learn More           
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  • 40 Settings Page Interfaces for Mobile App UI Design

    Jake Rocheleau
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:48 am
    Advertise here with BSABoth Android and iOS have seen incredible changes over the past couple years. iOS 8 advances the flat design scheme from iOS 7 while Google has been working on its own concept of Material Design. Both interface styles have evolved rapidly and lead to a series of new techniques for mobile app design. This gallery includes a handful of brilliant settings page interfaces for mobile designers. Both Android and iOS applications are featured in the gallery including some older styles like iOS 6. You’ll find a hodgepodge of ideas from profile settings to notifications…
  • 40 Website Layouts Featuring Big Creative Typography

    Jake Rocheleau
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Advertise here with BSAI’ve been ecstatic to see substantial growth in modern web typography. More website layouts have been incorporating oddball typography that really stands out from the generic masses. Not every project can benefit from over-exaggerated text but when done properly it adds a deeper level of emphases to your page copy. I’ve put together a large handful of websites that use big creative typography including letter-spacing, new typefaces, and CSS3 properties to craft enticing layouts. Agencies and startups tend to push the envelope when it comes to new design…
  • Top Collaboration Tools for Designers and Developers

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    Advertise here with BSA Project managers are not the only people who can manage projects effectively. If you own a small web design and development business, then this area concerns you, too. The better you control your resources and organize your schedule over a project, the larger the odds of delivering top-notch products and services that please your stakeholders and outscore the competition. There is every reason to give this matter some serious thought. You could take up a crash course in management, and/or use software that is suited for companies like yours. In this article, I will…
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  • The new eBay vs. physics

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:19 am
    The upper gradient on the new eBay’s gigantic ‘follow’ button (which, bizarrely, is rendered entirely as an image) looks like an inner shadow, and hence makes the entire button appears as if it’s pushed in — something you would expect from an active state, not pre-hit. The meaning is then further confused by the drop shadow beneath the entire button, which gives the impression of the button floating above the surface — something that would be physically impossible if the button were depressed. Please forgive the snark, but I feel like it’s important for huge companies like eBay…
  • Insites: The Xmas Special 2014

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Although Keir and I closed Viewport Industries back in September, we’re continuing our annual tradition of hosting ‘Insites: The Xmas Special’. This intimate gethering of web folks has proven rather popular in the past — frequently described as a sort of self-help group for webbies — and this year we’re moving it out west to Bristol. We’re hosting it upstairs in my favourite pub: the wonderful Small Bar. And as well as the personal talks where we all discuss the year that was, we’ll be pleasantly interrupted every 45 minutes with a new beer to taste. In…
  • Confessions of an independent publisher

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

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Exactly one week ago, after about eight months of hard work, my wife and I unleashed our new magazine into the world and I’m happy to say that — in case you missed the news — Lagom now is available to buy from and a growing list of stockists all over the world. As you can see, it’s taken me a week to write this post. Partly because I’m still experiencing that post-release high that makes concentration hard; partly because we’re both coming down with some sort of flu now that we’ve ‘stopped’; partly because there’s just so much admin to deal with after a…
  • 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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  • 60% of your fellow designers are breaking the law every day

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Ever wonder how many of your fellow graphic designers break the law? Well, around 60% of them are at least honest about it when they say they are. Grab a copy of The Hidden Risks of Font Misuse, a survey of creatives conducted by Extensis. About 80% don’t bother to read a font license, because around 80% of us can’t understand a frigging word of the legal mumbo-jumbo. I suspect this is at least 50% of the problem. Related posts: Who reads font licenses anyway? Extensis brings Adobe Font Collection to web designers Font Dropper 1000 aids web designers in finding the right font for…
  • Where are VIP Contacts for Messages and FaceTime?

    13 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’d love to see VIP moved from Mail’s settings to Contacts proper, so that I can make sure the people who are literally “very important” get through more easily, no matter how they choose to communicate with me. And it’d be great if it happened with iOS 9. As soon as I saw the VIP feature of Mail, I wondered why I was setting it up in Mail instead of Contacts. It makes no sense. If someone is in my VIP list, they’re a VIP in Mail, Messages, and FaceTime, not just Mail. Rene Ritchie goes into more detail at iMore. Related posts: Apple releases Messages app;…
  • InDesign ignores CMYK color profiles

    11 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    Here’s something every InDesign user should know, but almost none do: InDesign, by default, completely ignores CMYK profiles you have embedded in your images. If you’ve used InDesign for a few years, you’ve probably figured it out. If not, give this excellent article by David Blatner a read. Related posts: Getting accurate colors when printing proofs from InDesign Working with color in Adobe InDesign Adjust an existing InDesign color the easy way
  • Block ads in iTunes Radio on Mac and iOS

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    iTunes Radio is great, but the advertisements that are played and displayed while listening to it are annoying. Irradiate is a quick, easy, and free tool for Mac and iOS to block advertisements from being played or displayed while you are listening to iTunes Radio. I haven’t tried this on my iPhone yet, but it works great on the Mac. Related posts: Create free iPhone ringtones in iTunes 10 How to block text message spam on the iPhone 10 tips to avoid designer’s block
  • Free Boldons vector icon set

    9 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    A nice collection of 45 vector icons, free over at Smashing Magazine. I love when designers provide the vector art for further customization! Related posts: Free brand icon collection 200 Free vector food icons Free vector file: 150+ outline icons
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  • 15 Pocket-Sized Gift Ideas To Help Spread The Christmas Love

    Nancy Young
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    You probably have checked out most of the gift ideas available out there, but if you’re not into bulky gifts that could burn a hole in your pocket, then check out the pocket-sized options we have for you in this post. You’ll find cute small cameras, creative USB flash drive designs, portable battery backups, an activity tracker, a slim wallet and even a manual-powered espresso machine. Note: Some of these items may be out of stock due to the shopping season but do check back often at the product page for replenished stock. Prices may also vary from what is depicted here because again,…
  • 5 End-of-Year Tax Tips for Freelancers

    Guest Contributor
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    We’re not sure how it happened, but it’s already the end of the year. If you’re like most freelancers, you’ve probably avoided thinking about your taxes until now. Actually, you’d probably still like to avoid thinking about them. But just a little bit of effort now will make a world of difference come Tax Day. Here’s a short and quick reminder of some of the things you should think about before the end of the year to prepare for tax season. And trust us when we say, some of them can’t wait until next year. Recommended Reading: 5 Ways Freelance…
  • 10 Christmas Gift Ideas For Paperphiles

    Daniel Pataki
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    These days, many people think of fancy, high-end and expensive smart gadgets when it comes to the perfect Christmas gift. It’s not wrong but if you prefer something out of the blue, unexpected or just downright different, how about going back to basics and getting your loved ones paper-based gifts instead. I’d like to point out that I don’t mean gift cards or hand-made envelopes; there is much more in this category than you would think! There’s a whole world of paper-based gifts out there which I find very enjoyable. Plus, they are usually a lot cheaper than other…
  • The Internet Junkie’s 10-Step Guide to Awesomeness

    Issa Mirandilla
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    “Awesome” is a rather overused word nowadays – especially on the World Wide Web. As long as an article, photo, video, GIF, or what-have-you pops out in some way, it automatically gets slapped with the A-word. Whether that awesome “something” will be forgotten after a few days, or even a few minutes, doesn’t matter – because that’s just how the Internet works. Then again, being awesome on the Internet doesn’t mean relegating yourself to "flash-in-the-pan" status. With 2015 just around the corner, maybe it’s about time you take…
  • 40 YouTube Channels You Can Spend Hours On

    Anastassia Irina
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    The Internet has gifted us with many things. Along with e-mail and other things, we have also received YouTube. There’s a variety of things that you can find on YouTube and plenty of tricks to viewing them as well. From how-to’s to comedy channels that can get a chuckle or two out of you, it’s really hard to not just get caught up in what it offers. YouTube is such an integral part of our lives now (especially mine, which I discovered as I was writing this) and to prove that, I’ve asked members of the team what their favourite YouTube channels are.
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  • Design Studio Spotlight: Franklyn

    Amanda Aszman
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    This Designer Spotlight appears in HOW’s January 2015 issue, the In-House Inspiration issue, which also gives you a peek behind the curtain at NPR, the details on 89 award-winning in-house designs, and steps for preparing for the inevitable—change. Plus: How locking in an iron-clad infrastructure will strengthen your team. The Design Studio: Franklyn, Brooklyn, NY Principals: Michael Freimuth, Patrick Richardson Total staff members: 6, plus “an incredibly handsome part-time dachshund (Buster) and an excruciatingly cute morkie (Mia). [They] battle it out as ‘official office…
  • NPR’s Delightful Design

    Jason Tselentis
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This article appears in the January 2015 issue of HOW magazine. Get all the latest issues delivered in print or digital format. Amid changes in technology and content consumption, NPR’s in-house design team bridges digital and physical design to shape captivating storytelling experiences for its audience. I wake up in the morning, have breakfast, and open NPR News on my mobile phone while my espresso is still fuming hot. By the time I’ve slurped back my morning caffeine, I can listen to my local NPR station during my morning drive to work, when I park, and during the walk to the office. I…
  • The Biology of Beer Goggles

    Amanda Aszman
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    With Adobe Edge Animate (formerly just Adobe Edge) on the Creative Cloud, you can create animated, interactive content for websites using web standards including HTML, CSS and JavaScript. In Introduction to Animation, a three-week course from Adobe expert Brian Wood, you‘ll learn what Edge Animate can do and jump into your first project: creating an interactive element for a website header. This course will also teach you about using web animation, symbols, Typekit fonts, responsive content, and even adding motion and interactivity to an existing HTML layout.  Cool Beer Labels: The Best…
  • Pantone Color of the Year 2015 Stirs Reactions

    Jessica Kuhn
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    Earlier this week, Pantone, the global color authority, announced its color of the year for 2015: Marsala, a rich, earthy, wine-inspired hue. The internet was abuzz with commentary surrounding this news, with some praising this simply “delicious” choice while others criticizing it for the departure from past bold, vibrant choices such as Radiant Orchid, Emerald and Tangerine Tango. It’s true that the color of the year has a far-reaching influence, impacting industries such as fashion, beauty, interior design and graphic design, to name a few. Here’s what Leatrice…
  • Small Design Firm Spotlight: KittenChops

    Amanda Aszman
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:13 am
    The Small Design Firm: KittenChops, Seattle Principal: Zaara KittenChops Total staff members: 1 Founded: 2003 Notable clients: Seattle Children’s Hospital, Theo Chocolate, Starbucks You might trace KittenChops’ beginnings all the way back to Hungary, where a young Zaara KittenChops assembled collages from her own drawings, handlettering work and any Western packaging she could get her hands on—especially soap boxes and candy wrappers—during the country’s socialist era. Fast-forward to today, to the distinct branding and illustration work coming out of the Seattle-based studio,…
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  • Experience (Not Art School) Taught Me…

    The Logo Smith
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:32 am
    Experience (Not Art School) Taught Me My Greatest Tool Is Myself There is this image, that can be found ALL OVER the internet (see various sources here:, that originally had quoted as saying: Art School Taught Me That My Greatest Tool Is Myself. Whilst I agree with the end bit, I find the Art School bit a little narrow focused, so I decided to append the message to: Art School Experience Taught Me That My Greatest Tool Is Myself. Incidentally, if anyone knows who created this originally, I’d sure appreciate a heads-up so I can properly credit and link back.
  • NASA Style Guide – Logo and Brand Identity Manual – The Full Version

    The Logo Smith
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:37 am
    NASA Style Guide – Logo and Brand Identity Manual – The Full Version Came across this new version of the NASA Style Guide via a Tweet from Nadir Balcikli (Logorado), and simply had to create a new blog post about. The NASA style guide — Nadir Balcikli (@logorado) December 9, 2014   I’ve previously posted older NASA Logo & Brand Identity Style Guides: The NASA Identity Design Program & Updated: NASA Brand Identity Guidelines 1976, which covers my favourite version of the NASA logo design. So it’s bloody great to have a…
  • Clever Negative Space one&one Logo Designed by one&one

    The Logo Smith
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    Negative Space one&one Logo Designed by one&one It wasn’t an instant recognition of this very slick negative space logo design of the numerical number 1 in the letter ‘o’ in both instances of the word ‘one’, but it was certainly within a second or so, then it was like… ohhhhh, that’s really rather special. In the realms of negative space logo design trickery, this one&one logo design is certainly very much right up there. Not too subtle as to be almost invisible, but neither too obvious or forced to be annoying. Finding that balance of sweet…
  • The Art of Design: Graphic Design T-Shirt by Anonymous

    The Logo Smith
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    The Art of Design: Graphic Design T-Shirt by Anonymous Came across this nice little graphic design t-shirt, by Anonymous, when I was looking for new logo designs to include in Logo Stack. What is particularly nifty: the idea of reverse printing the t-shirt design on the inside, quite novel I thought, and also works well. Now there is no need to get your Mum to turn inside out to wash… woop. Anonymous: T”he Art of Design is a special edition T-Shirt series by North East x A Design Film Festival 2014. 7 international designers from Singapore, USA, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden,…
  • Do You Have TIGHT NUTS or A RUSTY TOOL? WD 40 Vintage Advert

    The Logo Smith
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:20 am
    Do You Have TIGHT NUTS or A RUSTY TOOL? WD 40 Vintage Advert This ‘faux’  WD 40 Vintage Advert has just about made my Friday complete, save for some lubing I have planned for later. The innuendo has been masterfully created to work just seemingly with the true facts of what WD 40 can do for you. Even though it’s fake, I still want to believe this is a real advert from the 1960’s. It’s innuendo at it’s most brazen, but oh my my my, so utterly hilarious. Do You Have TIGHT NUTS or A RUSTY TOOL? then use WD 40 in the MAN SIZE PRESSURE PACK. STANDS 9″…
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  • Responsive Responsibility

    5 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    Just over four years ago Ethan Marcotte penned the article “Responsive Web Design”, and a year later we published his book by the same name at A Book Apart. It’s no stretch to say that both have gone on to shape the very way we design websites now. I think Ethan and his work are brilliant. He’s also as gracious and humble as they come, so he’s the first to highlight the ideas and work that influenced him, notably John Allsopp’s A Dao of Web Design. And this is how the web works best; Ethan builds upon John’s ideas, and then shares with us so that we can build on top of his, and…
  • Alien: Typeset in the Future

    4 Dec 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Dave Addey is at it again with another well documented and thoroughly enjoyable piece on the typography from Alien. Typography, sci-fi, film… this touches on all my favorite things. In her final recorded message before hypersleep, Ripley notes that she is the sole survivor of the Nostromo. What she forgets to mention is that she has not once in the past two hours encountered any Eurostile Bold Extended. Also, don’t miss Dave’s previous entries on Eurostile, Moon, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. All are highly recommended.
  • Piles of Ideas

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    I often talk about how sketching is an important step in making something. Whether with pencil and paper, or a keyboard, generating ideas is essential. I struggled with this early on in my career because I felt like putting something down on paper gave it a permanence greater than its value. I thought that by recording something, I was accepting ownership and responsibility for ideas I wasn’t sure of. Over time, I came to realize that the only way to get to the good ideas was to trudge through all the obvious and bad ones first. Don’t get me wrong: flashes of inspiration happen,…
  • Landing on a Comet

    12 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    Photograph © E.S.A./Rosetta Humankind is attempting to land a washing-machine-sized bit of science equipment named Philae onto Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko today. Think about how awesome that is! I love space exploration, and this makes me so happy. Not only because we are doing it, but because of how many unknowns there are to do it. You can watch the landing attempt LIVE, view some of the breathtaking photos of the comet beamed back by the Rosetta orbiter, and read all about the mission. Godspeed, Philae! Update: SCIENCE Touchdown! My new address: 67P! #CometLanding— Philae Lander…
  • 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…
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  • Feng Shui Design Tips & Techniques for Your Office & Life

    Jacob Cass
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    This article has been contributed by Richard Larson, and he gives us a high level overview of the design principles of Feng Shui and how you can apply it to your life and office. Enjoy! Feng Shui may be an ancient Chinese design technique; however it is still widely practiced today and can benefit your office space in many ways. The main purpose of a Feng Shui design style is to promote balance and harmony in the space you apply the design to. Any work place can definitely benefit from harmony and balance. The Feng Shui Ying Yang symbol pictured above represents the translated meaning of Feng…
  • Movie Review: “Print the Legend” Offers a Peek Behind the Home 3D Printing Revolution

    Jacob Cass
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    This article has been contributed by Wes McDowell giving an honest, insightful review of Netflix’s original documentary, Print the Legend. Every new technology has its share of names. Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, and Nolan Bushnell brought us home computing. Jeff Bezos, Pierre Omidyar, and Elon Musk turned e-commerce into a massive part of our daily lives. Johannes Gutenberg took the printing press and forever changed how we get our information. Rarely, however, are the stories of these personalities — and the forces that drive them (or the demons that haunt them) — caught…
  • Web Site Designs From Around The World – 17 Highlights

    8 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Have you ever wondered what web sites look like in different geographic parts of the world? Check out these 17 great WordPress powered websites from all over the world and see what makes them work. Bonus: See the bottom of this post to get 30% off WordPress Themes and your chance to win some awesome prizes! Dagobert (France) Try out website’s navigation it’s really something. There are drastic animated effects, sliders and transitions. The website is as spectacular as the country itself. Veltenmedia (Netherlands) This bright and trendy website is the handiwork of Netherlands…
  • Surprise & Delight your Customers: 10 Awesome Examples

    Jacob Cass
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    This article has been contributed by Saijo George. Trends in web design are nothing new, every year you would have seen roundup of web design trends on various websites. Looking through these trends and understanding how these work, is a source of inspiration for many of us. From the lengthy drop shadows, rounded corner and overly large buttons from the web 2.0 era to skeuomorphism and flat design in recent past, there are always exciting things happening in the world of web design. With all the advancements in CSS and HTML, combined with the power of modern browsers, there has been no time…
  • 20 All New Best Selling Fonts inc. Web Fonts. $1894 down to $29!

    Jacob Cass
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The last font bundle I shared with Just Creative readers was a huge hit so I just wanted to do a quick post letting you guys know about this all new package of best-selling fonts from DesignCuts. This exclusive deal bundles together 20 all new, wildly popular creative fonts, complete with web fonts and fully extended licensing for everything. This is a fantastic chance to own some of the world’s best-selling creative fonts, for over 98% off the regular price! The retail price is $1894 and you can get all fonts, weights and web fonts for just $29. This really is an amazing collection…
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  • 7 Reasons Why You Should Choose Ruby on Rails

    Monique Rivers
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    During the last ten years, Ruby on Rails has grown to become an increasingly popular solution for building web apps. In our rapidly changing technological environment and shaky economy, RoR can speed up the development process and help companies save time and money. Today, the knowledge of Ruby can land you great jobs – there are lots of interesting projects and quite lucrative positions out there that involve this language. And Rails is there to help you make the most of it. What exactly is Ruby on Rails? It’s basically a web application development tool – a framework written in…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for December 12th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    11 Dec 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 The New Wave Company, Impossible Bureau, Loubsol, Heliom and Crimson Keyboard. The New Wave Company View the website Impossible Bureau View the website Loubsol View the website Heliom View the website Crimson Keyboard View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for December 12th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
  • 20 Great Examples of Subtle Motion in Web Design

    Chris Spooner
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Two modern technologies of CSS/JS animation and HTML5 video allow designers to add awesome motion effects to their web designs, common examples being large background videos or web elements that move into place. These effects don’t always have to be so obvious though, which today’s featured websites prove. Subtle motion and animation can really enhance a design without being too distracting. Check out these 20 web designs that make use of clever video loops, animated objects and particle effects. AQUATILIS EXPEDITION Little Forge BarCamp Omaha 2014 WILD Nerisson Dragone Blu Homes…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for December 5th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    4 Dec 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 Cutest Paw, Format, Blossom, Leodis Lager and Foreign Policy. Cutest Paw View the website Format View the website Blossom View the website Leodis Lager View the website Foreign Policy View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for December 5th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
  • Showcase of Web Designs with Epic Landscape Photos

    Chris Spooner
    30 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    I’ve featured the trend of landscape photos in web design a couple of times over the past year or two, but this trend is going so strong there’s plenty more fresh examples to present. In today’s showcase I share a collection of website designs that all feature epic landscape photos in their headers and backgrounds. Admire these awesome scenes of nature comprising of rocky mountains, grassy fields and blue skies. Exposure INDUSTRY Duo Plain Maaemo Restaurant Miles Calder & The Rumours The Grazing Elk Roll Ash Edmondson Coyote Rock Ranch MASSIS tea Christchurch Harbour…
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    Lines and Colors :: a blog about drawing, painting, illustration, comics, concept art and other visual arts

  • Théodore Rousseau

    Charley Parker
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Étienne Pierre Théodore Rousseau was one of the first of the French painters to be attracted to the gnarled trees, bolder-strewn hillsides and deep forests of Fontainebleau, and after visiting frequently, one of the first to move to the small nearby village of Barbizon, where he became one of the premiere painters of the Barbizon School. After early acceptance at the critical Salon, Rousseau’s predilection for Romanticism ran afoul of the Classicists in control of the Salon at the time, and kept him from acceptance for a number of years, earning him the unenviable nickname…
  • Charlotte Mann

    Charley Parker
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:25 pm
    I would venture a guess that most artists, at some point in their childhood, drew on walls in their house. (For my own experience, see my post about Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon.) Charlotte Mann is a British artist who draws on walls as an adult — and gets paid for it! Mann specializes in wall drawings and drawn room installations, created with bold black markers on a white ground. The delightful effect is essentially one of being inside a large pen and ink drawing. Her website has examples of her walls, as well as prints. [Via Escape Into Life]
  • Eye Candy for Today: Caravaggio’s basket of fruit

    Charley Parker
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Basket of Fruit, Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio) Image on Wikimedia Commons, with an article about the painting on Wikipedia. The original is in the Biblioteca Pinacoteca Academia Ambrosiana, Milan (not much in the way of info or images). This striking still life by the 16th century Italian master is in contention for being the first “pure” still iife, in the sense of the subject having been painted for its own sake, rather than as religious allegory. Whether that’s the case or not, it’s a striking example of still life, stunning to this day, with its…
  • Adrienne Stein

    Charley Parker
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:42 am
    Adrienne Stein is a painter living outside of Lancaster PA, whose recent works are primarily figurative, though you will also find still life and landscape in her website galleries. Many of her figures and portraits incorporate floral, still life or other elements, arranged decoratively, but rendered with an eye to traditional realism. Some of her models have a touch of modern gothic style (in the fashion sense, Stein’s work has more of a 19th century sensibility). Her figurative paintings often suggest a narrative undercurrent. I particularly enjoy her compositions that explore soft…
  • Eye Candy for Today: Hubert Robert architectural fantasy

    Charley Parker
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    The Bathing Pool, Hubert Robert In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Another bit of 18th century idealized landscape and architectural fantasy from Hubert Robert. Ready to trade in your gym membership?
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    Logo Of The Day

  • 2014-12-17 | Order & Chaos

    Jacob Cass
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Order & Chaos. (See amibram animation) Credits: Calligraffiti Related Logos: 2013-11-18 | Rubirosa (3) 2012-12-29 | Alter Ego (8) 2009-11-11 | New Man (25)
  • 2014-12-15 | 4Eck

    Jacob Cass
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
    4Eck Restaurant, Vienna Credits: Kissmiklos Related Logos: 2014-10-08 | Victor Russo’s (1) 2015-06-24 | Source (2) 2014-11-06 | FORM (0)
  • 2014-12-11 | Hemslojden

    Jacob Cass
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Swedish Handicraft Societies Credits: Snask Related Logos: 2014-08-06 | Hand To Hold (1) 2013-12-13 | Houdini (1) 2013-04-16 | Eric Hsueh (0)
  • 2014-12-09 | Zoosk

    Jacob Cass
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Zoosk Online Dating. Credits: Inhouse Related Logos: 2011-12-20 | Dating Outside The Box (4) 2015-05-22 | Causemates (0) 2014-11-17 | Butterfly Trust (0)
  • 2014-12-04 | 7Up

    Jacob Cass
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:13 pm
    The new 7UP lemon lime soda logo. via BrandNew Credits: Sterling Brands Related Logos: 2010-12-23 | Five Seven (21) 2010-07-11 | Society 27 (11) 2009-08-25 | Seven (7)
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  • Paid Search: 3 things you should know while running a PPC campaign

    Jessica Lorenz
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Pay-per-click advertising is an effective marketing channel, and this MarketingSherpa Blog post covers how Leonisa, the No. 1 provider of underwear in Latin America, leverages that channel. Victor Yacaman, Ecommerce Director, Leonisa, offers three key pieces of advice to help improve your PPC campaigns in a video interview.
  • Big Data: No longer a big buzzword

    Erin Hogg
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    In this MarketingSherpa Blog post, read on for insights from Russell Glass, Head of B2B Marketing Products, LinkedIn, on leveraging big data. Russell recently co-authored The Big Data-Driven Business, which is currently featured in the MarketingSherpa Book Giveaway contest. Read on for his take on how marketers can leverage this strategy to break down walls between Sales and what the next step for big data is in 2015.
  • Data Security: Why transparency matters in an era of breaches

    Andrea Johnson
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    This MarketingSherpa Blog post features a video interview conducted by Daniel Burstein, Director of Editorial Content, MECLABS, with James Koons, Chief Privacy Officer, Listrak. They discussed why transparency around privacy issues is critical to customer engagement.
  • Email Marketing: Which of these 5 Award nominees can help you improve results?

    Courtney Eckerle
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    In preparation for Email Summit 2015, we're offering you a chance to tell us who should win this year's MarketingSherpa Email Award -- Readers' Choice, sponsored by BlueHornet. Read this blog post to discover the nominees, and be sure to vote for your favorite story of transformation before December 18, 2014.
  • Social Media and Email Integration Predictions for 2014: Were they right?

    Jessica Lorenz
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Earlier this year at MarketingSherpa Email Summit 2014, five industry experts opined on the relationship between social media and email over the course of 2014. Now that we are nearing the end of the year, read on to find out how those predictions panned out.
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  • [Dutch] Presentation: Evolve 2014: What's new in the world of Xamarin

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

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

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

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

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

    Tim Van Damme
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:13 am
    Aaron is a branding machine, and shares tons and tons of knowledge in this short video.
  • iOS Sketchpad

    Tim Van Damme
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:24 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 | 5:37 am
  • Lucky shot.

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

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

  • Finding My Way

    Eric Meyer
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    With presentations of “Designing for Crisis” at AEA Orlando and World Usability Day Cleveland now behind me, I’m getting into the process of reviewing and refining the talk for 2015.  This will be my talk at An Event Apart all throughout this year, making me one of the rare AEA speakers who won’t have a brand-new talk in 2015.  (We’ll have a mix of new and familiar faces, as we always try to do, and they’ll all be bringing new material to the stage.) Even “Designing for Crisis” will have some new aspects to it, as I discover ways to strengthen it and loop in some new…
  • Six Months, Ten Seconds

    Eric Meyer
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    Six months ago today, our child died in our arms. I still have trouble believing this.  Kat and I both still have trouble.  But only on occasion, these days, and not for long.  As someone once said, when it comes to the death of a loved one, you don’t get over it, but you do, eventually, if you allow yourself, get used to it.  We’re slowly getting used to it. Half a year.  It seems like it’s been forever, as if uncountable years have passed since Rebecca died, and yet there are still so many traces and impressions of her that sometimes it seems as if she was only just here. …
  • ardnassaC

    Eric Meyer
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    May 2014 “You realize this CT could push us out of the study.” “Yes.” “Are you ready to face whatever we find out?” “Of course I’m not ready.  But I will.  We take it a day at a time.  Today she’s okay.” “Today she’s okay.  Except she isn’t.” “I know, Kat, but maybe it’s a side effect of the p28.  Or maybe it’s tumor infiltration, or a virus, or who knows what.  She’s been through a lot these past few months.  Whatever’s happening, we’ll find out what it is and deal with it.” August 2012 “God, what a week!” “Yeah.” “It’s not enough…
  • Blue Beanie Day 2014

    Eric Meyer
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    This past Sunday was Blue Beanie Day, the annual celebration of web standards that was established by Douglas Vos, taking as his inspiration the cover of Jeffrey Zeldman’s field-defining book, Designing With Web Standards.  This year’s was the eighth annual celebration, and to mark the occasion, I replaced my purple-infused Twitter and Facebook avatars to sport blue beanies. That’s how much web standards mean to me. If you missed Blue Beanie Day—which, it being the Sunday of a major U.S. holiday weekend, many of you may well have—don’t let that stop you!  Drop a cerulean toque…
  • Apophenia

    Eric Meyer
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:12 pm
    My next big project is to form a rock band called The Why and release a double-length concept album titled “Apophenia”. —Twitter post, 15 October 2014 Kat and Carolyn were in New York City this past weekend for a brief trip, and when they got back Kat was in a bad way.  I picked them up from the airport and Kat’s symptoms were such that I drove her straight to the Cleveland Clinic ER on suspicion of a cardiac event.  (It wasn’t.)  With the help of friends, I got the kids off to their scheduled activities and stayed with Kat.  By late in the afternoon, we knew she’d be staying…
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  • 20+ Surprisingly Free Arabesque Patterns

    Joan Mae Maguale
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:52 am
    An Arabesque pattern is an ornamental design that usually consists of interconnected lines. These patterns originally came from Arabic designs and now are being used in various purposes. This particular decoration becomes even more mesmerizing as it is repeated in a seamless pattern. Get a chance to add a mesmerizing effect to your design with these beautiful Arabesque patterns that we have handpicked and gathered for your convenience. Scroll down and check them all out below and keep in mind that they are all free to download. So come, take a peek, and choose your pick! Arabesque Download…
  • 30+ Feather Logo Ideas To Inspire You

    Christie Ann
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    Feathers are very popular objects that signify several traits from lightness to wisdom. With this, it is ideal to use feathers as subjects for logo designs. For designers or non-designers who are looking for feather logo designs either for reference or inspiration, we have made this post for you! Today, we have gathered a handpicked list of beautiful Feather Logo designs for your convenience. Scroll down and see some of the best logos that we have found in the net. Come, take a peek and be inspired. Plume Source steel feather Source ????? Source A freelance writer’s guide Source…
  • 200+ Fabric Brushes For Photoshop

    Kareen Liez
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:06 am
    Fabrics are well-known resources that are used not only by tailors but by graphic designers as well. With these fabrics’ various textures, patterns, and colors, they can give a lot of wonderful effects to any designs depending on how they are utilized by the designers. Today, we have yet another treat for you. We have surfed the web to look for the nicest Fabric Brushes that you can use for Photoshop. Here we have gathered them in one list for your easy picking of the best brushes you want to have. Scroll down and check them all out. Come, take The post 200+ Fabric Brushes For Photoshop…
  • A Collection Of Free To Download Feather Patterns

    Johnna Eudese Ward
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:25 am
    Patterns are a useful resource for designers. As much as the other tools, they have made impressive effects to designs and websites. We have a lot of useful collections that we have gathered for you. Today, we have collected another handpicked list of Feather Patterns that we have added for you. Scroll down and find the patterns that you can download for free and use for your current or upcoming design projects. Come, take a peek, and choose your pick! Carol’s The CLAD! Download eiderdown Download Peacock Feathers Download migration Download je te plumerai Download Violet Phoenix…
  • 20+ Designs of Medical Business Cards For Doctors

    Joan Mae Maguale
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    Business cards are one of the most important tool in both branding and advertising. Most professionals, if not all, use this for their clients – doctors are no different. A doctor’s business card must show desirable qualities such as professionalism, integrity, and more. With the right design, these criteria can be met. Today, we have gathered Medical Business Card designs that will suit every doctor’s wants. Scroll down and check them all out below. Some of these may give you some ideas and inspiration for your own business card design. Come, take a peek, and have a great time…
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    Tuts+ Code

  • Data Visualization App Using GAE Python, D3.js and Google BigQuery

    Jay Raj
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Imagine that you have a large set of data with millions of rows and you're faced with the task of extracting information from the data. How do you make sense of a large set of data? The simple answer to this question is that we do so via data visualization, but what is that, exactly?Data visualization is the pictorial representation of data to figure out what is hidden inside the information. In this three-part series, we'll create a visualization app to extract information and make sense of a large set of data.Querying large chunks of data without proper hardware can result in…
  • Swift from Scratch: Collections and Tuples

    Bart Jacobs
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    In the previous article, you learned about variables, constants, and some of the common data types, such as integers, floats, and strings. In this article, we zoom in on collections. Swift's standard library defines two collection types, arrays and dictionaries. Let's start with arrays.1. ArraysIf you're familiar with Objective-C, JavaScript, or PHP, then you won't find it difficult to wrap your head around the concept of arrays. An array is an ordered, zero-indexed collection of values. There are, however, a few important differences.TypeThe first important difference with arrays in…
  • Fifty Actions of WordPress – 50 Examples (41 to 50)

    Barış Ünver
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you've been following with us through this series, then you know we're in the homestretch in looking at our 50 actions of WordPress. For those who are just joining us, I urge you to check out the previous article (as this picks up right where it left off) as well as the articles linked from each one prior.That will bring you up to speed with where we're headed now. Let's begin! Injecting to the <head> of Plugin Admin Pages Plugins have needs, too: They may need in-page scripts or styles for their own option pages. With the admin_head-(plugin_page) action, it's possible to inject…
  • Custom Events in Magento With the Observer Pattern

    Sajal Soni
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Considering the number of eCommerce frameworks available in the market, Magento is one of the most popular choices for medium-to-large-scale web shops. Both its feature set and its architecture help set it apart from many of the other options that are available today.Although there are a lot of third-party extensions for Magento available, it's also easy to develop your own. The purpose of this tutorial is not to walk through how to create a custom extension; however, it does assume that you're familiar with the process as we'll be using a design pattern to implement our own custom…
  • The Beginner’s Guide to WordPress Taxonomies: A Custom Plugin

    Tom McFarlin
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:25 am
    Throughout this series, we've been taking a look at WordPress taxonomies: what they are, how they work, how to differentiate them between the different types that exist, and how they're stored in the underlying database.The only thing we've yet to do is actually put together a plugin that demonstrates how to use the API to implement our own custom taxonomies. So in this post, we're going to do exactly that. Recall from the first post in this series:Taxonomy is one of those words that most people never hear or use. Basically, a taxonomy is a way to group things together.And…
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  • Online Marketing 2015: Why Your Facebook Page Isn’t Enough

    Noupe Editorial Team
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
       Organic rather than generated content remains vital to maintaining an online presence. It used to be that having an active Facebook business page with rich organic content was enough to reach most of your customers, particularly if you targeted a niche that was located primarily on Facebook. But that’s no longer the case. Social media and online marketing evolves with each passing year, and businesses have to keep up or their marketing will become obsolete.
  • Smart Phones, Dumb Users: Funny and Sad at The Same Time

    Dieter Petereit
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
       We know you are always out for a good laugh. Designers and developers are the most humorous folks I know. They even like a good portion of self irony. But today we are not going to make fun of ourselves, at least not only of ourselves. Hopefully you are not one of the following species. But if you are you now know you are not alone ;-) This animated little web app is funny and a best practice example at the same time. Read on…
  • Muzli and Panda: Free Daily Visual Design Inspiration on the Go

    Dieter Petereit
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
       What if you could open your Google Chrome and immediately become immersed in design-related topics? No need to explicitly fire up any of your favorite web sites nor your RSS reader. It’s just there. That’s the idea behind and Panda, new Chrome Tab Extensions, bringing loads of inspiring design news right in front of your eyes. Doesn’t sound like much? Sometimes it’s the little things that are the greatest. But only sometimes…
  • Who Won the ThemeFuse and the PSD2HTML Giveaway? You?

    Dieter Petereit
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
       Over the past few weeks we ran two giveaways where you were able to win attractive prizes. ThemeFuse offered three complete packages of one WordPress web site including a domain name and hosting for a year and PSD2HTML offered a 300 and a 200 USD value of their services. Are you among the lucky winners? Read on…
  • The Right Mood #2: 25+ Free Christmas Cards, Flyers, Tags and Printables 2014

    Nataly Birch
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
       Last Christmas I said that all I want is you in this winter wonderland. But, you all know how that story went. The very next day she gave my love away. This year, to save me from tears, I will give free Christmas resources to all of you instead of only to that someone special. So, if you don’t want a lot for Christmas and there are just a few things you need. Let’s not care about the presents underneath the Christmas tree. Let’s care for these fabulous Christmas resources I dug up from the depths and widths of the world wide winter web…
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  • Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    Well, 'tis the season to trot out the same old worn-out clichés (fa la la la la, la la la la). So we'll keep it simple: Thanks for all the comments and emails you've sent us this year (keep em coming folks!) and, on behalf of the whole team here at Etre, have a safe, joyful holiday season and a wonderful 2015. Reaction will be taking a short break over the holiday period to allow for some essential application maintenance (or something important-sounding like that). Normal service will resume on Monday, 5th January. If you subscribe to our RSS feed though, you'll be the first to…
  • Nova

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:16 am
    Created by James Alliban, Nova is an experimental study of the slit scan (visual arts) technique with "a particular focus on emphasising its spacial and temporal properties". The slit scan image in the video below was created using footage of "bioluminescent deep sea creatures" such as the comb jellyfish. The resulting animated structure resembles "a surreal organism that is locked into an ever-increasing state of perpetual growth, decay and transformation". [via]
  • Light Motif

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    A visually sumptuous short film from Frédéric Bonpapa that provides "a synaesthetic experience based on a visual transposition" of music composed by Steve Reich:
  • Skateboard Cool Guy

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:42 am
    A clever animation from Evan Red Borja:
  • Smartphone balloon case

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:16 am
    YouTube user curtisnstacey shows you how to make a smartphone case out of a deflated balloon:
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    Illusion Magazine

  • Quirky Self-Portraits by Japanese Photographer

    Christopher Smail
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:54 am
    Izumi Miyazaki is a Japanese photographer with a great eye for a witty composition, which she takes advantage of in her exploration of self portraiture. The young star has a wicked sense of humour and a strong sense of cinematic imagery. The way she explores perspective, size and colour with the help of plastic dinosaurs, vegetables and toy airplanes, is utterly inspiring. Artwork © Izumi Miyazaki Via C 41 Magazine
  • Beautiful Nude and Erotic Illustrations

    Christopher Smail
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    When it comes to contemporary depictions of nudity in illustration, the chosen gender is overwhelmingly female, but very often so is the artist. This creates an interesting dynamic and one that you can see in the illustrators selected here. You’ll hopefully find a delightful mix of playful and colourful work on these pages, by artists using a variety of different art materials. Enjoy! Top: Malika Favre and her erotic use of negative space. The fun and witty doodles of Mike Perry. Mike Perry Creative chameleon Mike Perry has dabbled in pretty much all areas of design from his vibrant…
  • 30 Best Movies of 2014

    Martyn Conterio
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    During the year, certain films stick out from the crowd. However, writing up lists can be a pain. You end up leaving plenty of worthy titles by the wayside. What you freaked out about in January can be forgotten by September. It happens. Some movies that my fellow critics raved about, I don’t see as any great shakes. That’s why Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin” or Lars von Trier’s “Nyphomaniac Vols 1 & 2” failed to make the grade. I can’t apologise; I just didn’t care for them all that much. Please feel free to disagree and call for my head. Vampires Adam, Eve and Ava…
  • Whimsical Flights of Fancy

    Christopher Smail
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:19 am
    As we view a man gripping a handful of black balloons sailing upwards into a clear blue sky, we are whisked off into another world, one defined by whimsy and magic. Dotted throughout with surreal flourishes, the photographer Gente Bastarda knows how to instill visual trickery in order to spirit us away. All photos © Gente Bastarda Via Vimeo
  • Controversial Illustrations by Monica Cook (NSFW)

    Christopher Smail
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    There is definitely a grotesque quality to the art of Monica Cook. Through the mediums of painting, illustration and sculpture, her art engages with shocking subject matters often featuring plenty of nudity and horror. This includes dark and graphic visions of naked women being tortured; cannibalism and killer octopuses. Artwork © Monica Cook Via HungerTV
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    The Social Commerce Social Sourcing Space

  • Vivo X5Max is the world’s thinnest smartphone

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:34 am
    Chinese phone maker Vivo has launched its X5Max smartphone in India for a price tag of Rs. 32,980 (US$520.54). The Chinese manufacturer claims that the X5Max is now the world’s slimmest smartphone at 4.75 mm thick. Meanwhile, the Oppo R5, which is currently being touted as the world’s slimmest smartphone, measures 4.85 mm. The company said that the X5Max features the industry’s thinnest chassis at 3.98 mm, while its screen measures just 1.36 mm thick. First launched in China last week, the Vivo X5Max sports 2GB of RAM as well as a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor. With…
  • Asia to post world’s highest e-commerce sales growth

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:31 am
    Asia is expected to record the highest growth in e-commerce sales for 2015, surpassing that of North America and Europe. This is according to a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). In terms of volume, online retail sales in Asia are estimated to surge by 4.6 per cent to reach US$7.6 trillion, versus North America’s 2.5 per cent and Europe’s 0.8 per cent, revealed the consultancy arm of the London-based Economist Group. Interestingly, this stellar growth is primarily being driven by the rising status and economic clout of women. These female consumers are also more inclined to…
  • MonkeyOh is a cool way to simplify phone charging

    Craig Agranoff
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:56 am
    There are literally hundreds of products to help you charge your phone or connect it to your computer. There are docking stations, “clip” holders, and even questionable aftermarket “chargers” with retractable cords or other devices that may or may not actually work with your phone. MonkeyOh is a really cool idea. Instead of being a charger for your phone, it’s simply a phone and cord holder that integrates with your current charger and keeps the cord wrapped and tucked safely so that you expose only as much as is required to plug your phone in. It also doubles as…
  • Users to prefer smartphones and tablets over PCs and laptops by 2018

    12 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Over 50 per cent of all users will turn to a smartphone or tablet before reaching for a desktop or laptop for all online activities by 2018, according to market research firm Gartner. In a statement, Van Baker, an analyst at Gartner, said: “The use pattern that has emerged for nearly all consumers [including workers], based on device accessibility, is the smartphone first as a device that is carried when mobile, followed by the tablet that is used in longer sessions, with the PC increasingly reserved for more complex tasks.” Baker said that this behaviour pattern would eventually include…
  • Experts urge Hollywood to strengthen cybersecurity

    12 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The recent hacking incident at Sony Pictures Entertainment should push Hollywood to beef up its security against hackers, according to experts who attended the recently held Content Protection Summit in Los Angeles, California. “One of the things I have noticed this year, between gamer gate and Sony… is that people are starting to really understand the potential of this great technology to hurt people, and the need to be protected from bad actors in that sphere,” said John Landgraf, Chief Executive Officer of FX productions and FX Networks. However, the stringent measures imposed by…
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    Six Revisions

  • CSS Link Pseudo-classes

    Jacob Gube
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Link pseudo-classes give web designers the ability to style various states of HTML links. The CSS pseudo-classes commonly used for styling hyperlinks are :link, :visited, :hover, :active, and :focus. Example: /* Default */ a { color: blue; } /* Unvisited links */ a:link { color: blue; } /* Visited links */ a:visited { color: purple; } /* Hover state */ a:hover { color: red; } /* Focused state */ a:focus { color: orange; } /* Activated state */ a:active { color: green; } Overview Here’s a description of each pseudo-class: :link – selects unvisited links. :visited – selects…
  • Creating Responsive Images with CSS

    Jacob Gube
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    In this tutorial, you will learn the simplest technique for achieving responsive images. View Demo Download Source There are many responsive image techniques, and they vary in complexity and level of browser support. An example of a complicated way of implementing responsive images is using the srcset attribute, which requires multiple images, more markup, and the reliance on a new HTML attribute that’s not well-supported outside of modern browsers. In contrast, the method covered in this tutorial is simple and relies only on the CSS width and height properties, which means the method…
  • Why the :visited Pseudo-class is Strange

    Jacob Gube
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Modern browsers have severely restrained the CSS properties that developers can use in a style rule that uses the :visited link pseudo-class. If you’re unfamiliar with this oddball pseudo-class, you may be wondering why your site’s visited links aren’t rendering as expected. If you try to style visited links by giving them a background-image, for instance, you’ll be surprised that you can no longer do so in modern browsers. You might think it’s a browser bug because there’s no immediately obvious reason why the following CSS doesn’t work: /* this will…
  • How to Quickly Set Up Less.js

    Jacob Gube
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Less.js (or just Less) is a CSS preprocessor that can revolutionize the way you write CSS. And it’s easy to install and set up for web development. There are several ways to install and configure Less, but for developing in the browser, or if you’re just interested in trying it out without having to install it on a web server, the fastest way is to reference the less.js library in an HTML document. Let me show you how. First, download Less.js from GitHub. Alternatively: If you use Git, fire up the CLI, navigate to your project’s directory, and then clone the Less repo to…
  • 25 Examples of Beautiful Web Typography

    Jacob Gube
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Web fonts have given web designers greater options for web typography. For ideas and inspiration, check out these beautiful examples of web typography. 1. Visage 2. Mextures 3. Makeshift 4. AYR 5. Digital Telepathy 6. Brave People 7. Chris Wilhite 8. Grovemade 9. Collabogive 10. The Livesey Arms 11. Solo 12. Red Antler 13. The Lifecycle Adventure 14. Clumpies 15. Hix Snedeker 16. Agra Culture 17. Bay Street Biergarten 18. Lighthouse Brewing Company 19. The Brand Bat 20. Daniella Draper 21. Story & Heart 22. The Case Study Kit 23. Caava Design 24. MediaMonks 25. Janne Koivistoinen Related…
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  • 15 Free Minimalistic Designs Fonts

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:26 am
    Here is another inspirational collection of some minimalistic fonts that you may want to use in your next projects. Having a fresh and up-to-date collection of fonts always come in handy for the designers. There is a huge variety of fonts available all around the web and some of them are pretty famous as well. For this round up, we have selectively picked up minimalistic fonts that can give your design a new edge. Minimalistic designs hugely depend on the use of typography and therefore, it is very much important that you select fonts very carefully. Here, we have presented some amazing fonts…
  • 10 Must-Have Apps For College Students

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    The students these days are incomplete without having the latest gadget in their hands. But the fact is that they are not using it only for their amusement, but also for their education. The Apple and the Android have a number of programs and applications for college students that can keep you up to date as well as provide you a better studying platform. There must be no student who doesn’t know, which application he or she needs the most, but still there are some more apps that every student should have on their phones. We will be disclosing 10 of them in this post. Task List &…
  • 40 Free Corporate Identity & Stationery Mockup Templates

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:02 am
    Having a good collection of some mockup designs and templates is very important for the designers as it can save their time and let them communicate effectively with their clients about any prospect project. There are plenty of free mockup templates available that designers can use. For this collection, we have specifically collected 40 stationery mockup templates for free download. Get inspired by our 40 free stationery mockup templates in PSD format. Also, since the files are in PSD format, you may add a few of your personal touch to make more… Check out these stationery mockup templates…
  • 9 WordPress Plugins To Warn You About Malicious Code

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Nowadays, WordPress is a handy tool for content management. Users are happily using it for blogging or other purposes like to surround an e-commerce business. Most of them are for free while others are not. People can easily choose their plugins and themes from the given options in WordPress whereas, some of the themes are uploaded by the people themselves. Which could be filled with viruses that can hack your blog easily. Sometimes there are incoming links attached with these themes and it’s difficult for the end user to get rid of it. The following post will help you in dealing with…
  • 38 Easy-to-Follow Photoshop Print Design Tutorials

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    In this session, you will unearth 38 easy to follow Adobe Photoshop print designs tutorials for your help. Mastering Adobe Photoshop skills is very important for the graphic designers and what else can serve as the best resource other than tutorials to learn Adobe Photoshop. Therefore, we regularly post different types of tutorials to help you learn new skills. This collection is based on Photoshop tutorials related to print design work. In this collection, you will find everything you need to know about print designing work. Have a look at this collection and enjoy using them in your work.
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    Smashing Magazine

  • A Frank Lloyd Wright Approach To Digital Design

    Kent Eisenhuth
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Frank Lloyd Wright was a century ahead of his time. He was a pioneer, an avant-garde architect who broke free of the traditions of his era. His views on materials, form, function, space and environment define his iconic works. These ideals and principles are still used in architecture today, and his buildings have stood the test of time, remaining relevant even in today’s digital age. I find a lot of inspiration in Wright’s timeless work. As designers, we’re frequently asked to create digital experiences (especially in software) that will have a lifespan of 5 to 10 years. This is an…
  • Freebie: Responsive And Mobile Icon Set (100 Icons, PNG, PSD)

    The Smashing Editorial
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:59 am
    This responsive and mobile-themed icon set, designed by the folks behind Iconshock91 and Designshock102, consists of 100 individual icons merging outlined as well as flat styles, all vectors built in Photoshop, in four transparent PNG image sizes and available in two color versions: a limited cold palette and a warm colorful one. The vector editable source files are included. Please note that this icon set is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported3. You may modify the size, color or shape of the icons. No attribution is required, however, reselling of bundles or individual…
  • Chartist.js, An Open-Source Library For Responsive Charts

    Gion Kunz
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:57 am
    The list of charting libraries for the web is already quite long, and you might ask yourself why we would need to make it any longer. Whenever you need to develop an application’s dashboard, embed some usage statistics or simply visualize some data, you will find yourself looking for a charting library that fits your needs. Chartist was developed for a very particular need: to create simple responsive charts. While other charting libraries do a great job of visualizing data, something is always missing to satisfy this simple yet demanding need. In this article, we’ll show you how to use…
  • Understanding Mobile Back End As A Service

    David Tucker
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:52 am
    What if you could create an entire back end for your mobile applications that was feature-complete in data synchronization, push-notification support, user management and file-handling before you even started building the mobile experience? What if it was architected in such a way that you could easily create new cross-platform native and web applications seamlessly on this back end? While this might sound like a fairy tale, it is exactly what providers of mobile back end as a service (MBaaS) are aiming to give app developers. It is up to you to determine whether that is true for the…
  • Design Principles: Visual Weight And Direction

    Steven Bradley
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:02 am
    Every element on a web page exerts a visual force that attracts the eye of the viewer. The greater the force, the more the eye is attracted. These forces also appear to act on other elements, imparting a visual direction to their potential movement and suggesting where you should look next. We refer to this force as visual weight1 and to the perceived direction of visual forces as visual direction. Both are important concepts to understand if you want to create hierarchy, flow, rhythm and balance in your composition. Note: This is the fourth post in a series on design principles. You can find…
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  • Design Engineering

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:33 pm
    “Front End Dev isn’t just JavaScript. FED is a melting pot of design & dev skills to implement accessible UIs to accepted standards.” — Matt Hill When it comes to development on Shopify Admin, we have—up until recently—only had two specializations: designers and engineers. There is a third specialization, however, that has had a tough time finding a solid home: front-end developers. The skills of a front-end developer can be varied and blends into design as much as it blends into engineering. We had been very lucky to have hired talented designers who can also create high…
  • Specificity Graphs

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    Harry Roberts recently wrote about creating a Specificity Graph to get a better picture of your CSS. Harry’s conclusion is that a spiky graph is a bad graph. Spikes that occur mid-graph could lead to maintainability issues since CSS that occurs afterwards needs to meet or exceed that level of specificity to override earlier CSS. In a SMACSS world, however, that’s not likely what your specificity graph would or should look like. At the beginning of the graph, specificity starts out low with all the base element styles along with a few pseudo-class styles. From there, the layout styles…
  • Evolving Code: From the Crust to the Core

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:44 pm
    At Shopify, as our team scales, we’ve been trying to figure out how to manage the influx of new design and new components into the codebase. On one hand, we want all code to meet our coding standards, use the existing system where it can, and expand it when necessary. As new functionality and new experiments get introduced, we are finding ourselves unsure how best to manage this. Quick and dirty and refactor later? Problem is, people are lazy. Things might not get revisited and we’ll be left trying with the less-than-desirable code for some time. Spend the time up front to “do it…
  • Cleaning the Cruft

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Cap Watkins had a good blog post about The Dark Corners of Your UI. In it, he talks about how there are parts of a product that can easily become neglected. At Shopify, we often have the same. We’ve recently assigned a designer to review a number of these dark corners and shine some light on them. Cap is right in that many product teams won’t give these areas much priority. As a product manager, I usually tried to tie these efforts into larger endeavours instead of trying to knock them off one by one. As a front-end developer, however, these corners often result in stale code and…
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    Speckyboy Web Design Magazine

  • Weekly Inspiration – Curious Space, AQuest, The Palmer, and more

    Speckyboy Editors
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:48 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. Curious Space → Frêres d'Encre → AQuest →
  • Free Ebook: User Testing & Design – Improving Yelp’s Website

    Speckyboy Editors
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:23 am
    UXPin, UserTesting, and Optimal Workshop team up to demonstrate how to run 3 simple usability tests as part of your design process. As an example, they’ve taken on the exercise of redesigning Yelp based on insights from usability testing. The free e-book User Testing & Design shows you how to decide and plan usability testing, analyze qualitative and quantitative data, and design and iterate accordingly. The 91-page e-book includes: Advice from usability experts like Jakob Nielsen, Donna Spencer, Jeff Sauro, and others. Actionable tips for breaking down business objectives into…
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Building HTML5 Hybrid Apps

    David Albert
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:20 am
    In the beginning there was native code and it was good. Then PhoneGap, Appcelerator,, AppGyver and others emerged, ushering in the “native or hybrid” debate. If you aren’t familiar with the term, a hybrid app is a mobile app written using languages such as HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript, then compiled into native iOS, Android or other mobile platform code using wrapper technologies such as PhoneGap/Cordova. Additionally, these frameworks have APIs allowing access to native functions such as the camera, GPS, etc. The allure of HTML5 is hard to deny. If you’re…
  • Improving Design With Quick Usability Tests

    Jerry Cao
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:50 am
    To see how users behave in a natural environment, it helps to use remote usability software to record the screens and the voices of test participants. This lets you hear them thinking out loud and see every click. While focus groups and field studies help you understand user opinions and natural product use, remote recorded tests let you see reactions and hear the thoughts of users as they focus on specific tasks. To demonstrate how to run quick usability tests as part of a design process, we ran a few unmoderated tests and redesigned the Yelp website accordingly. Regardless of the method you…
  • Weekly News for Designers (N.264)

    Speckyboy Editors
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:30 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 bigpicture.js, a JS library that allows infinite panning and infinite zooming in HTML pages. PhotoSwipe, a JavaScript image gallery for mobile and desktop, with gesture support. Squire, an HTML5 rich text editor, which provides powerful cross-browser normalisation, whilst being supremely lightweight and flexible. firefox.html,…
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  • Home Automation, So Far

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    This fall I started making some decisive home automation improvements to our house—I know there are plenty of others who are much further along this particular curve than I am, but I thought I’d share some brief thoughts on what we’ve done so far. Actually this effort really started earlier this year when I installed… Advertisement: Harvest Forecast is a tool designed to plan your team’s time. Visualize schedules in Forecast and easily adjust them as needed. As new projects come in, you’ll know who’s available, and when to hire. Start scheduling with a free 30-day trial.
  • Elvis Costello on SNL, 1977

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    Ancient history: thirty-seven years ago yesterday one of the most electrifying live performances on American network television ever was broadcast. Elvis Costello, making a last minute appearance on Saturday Night Live with his band The Attractions, interrupted his own song “Less Than Zero” and broke into a performance of “Radio Radio.” The former is a… Advertisement: Harvest Forecast is a tool designed to plan your team’s time. Visualize schedules in Forecast and easily adjust them as needed. As new projects come in, you’ll know who’s available, and when to hire. Start…
  • Get Info Redesigned

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm
    This is a really interesting proposed redesign of OS X’s standard Get Info window by interface design studio Ramotion. It applies a fresh, Yosemite-like coat of paint onto a design that has hardly changed in a decade. It reminds me that each time Apple implements a major overhaul of its desktop operating system’s visual furniture,… Advertisement: Harvest Forecast is a tool designed to plan your team’s time. Visualize schedules in Forecast and easily adjust them as needed. As new projects come in, you’ll know who’s available, and when to hire. Start scheduling with a free…
  • The Art of Making a Book

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:54 pm
    This lovely short film documents the process of hand-printing and binding a book. There are ancient looking hammers and hot metal tools and wooden printing presses and guys with beards involved. In truth, it’s a lovely tableau and reveals some techniques that I wasn’t aware of, though the precious lighting and delicate piano music involved… Advertisement: Harvest Forecast is a tool designed to plan your team’s time. Visualize schedules in Forecast and easily adjust them as needed. As new projects come in, you’ll know who’s available, and when to hire. Start scheduling with a…
  • On the Road, Illustrated

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
    Illustrator Paul Rogers recently completed illustrating Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”—he made one black and white drawing for each of the novel’s 309 pages. The work is fantastic; it’s lively and bold and improvisational and clever, just like the book itself. Rogers posted the drawings in a series of very tall scrolling blog posts, which… Advertisement: Harvest Forecast is a tool designed to plan your team’s time. Visualize schedules in Forecast and easily adjust them as needed. As new projects come in, you’ll know who’s available, and when to hire. Start…
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    Treehouse Blog

  • Holiday Cheer is Almost Here!

    Faye Bridge
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
      This month we’re celebrating the end of a fantastic year, full of successes and achievements by the Treehouse community. We’re also looking forward to the start of 2015, a new year of learning and exciting opportunities. So we’re hosting a very special festive giveaway to celebrate you, our amazing students. How 12 Days of Holiday Cheer Works Starting tomorrow (12/20), we’ll be counting down to the end of the year with 12 days of giveaways! We have heaps of exciting prizes to give away including: Treehouse t-shirts, notebooks, stickers; licenses to Balsamiq Mockups, Adobe…
  • Optimize Images for the Web

    Nick Pettit
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    One of the best ways to create fast websites is to optimize images for the web. HTML, CSS, JavaScripts, and fonts can add up, but nothing will slow a page down like tons of unoptimized graphics. In my experience, images tend to account for the majority of a page’s total file size (commonly known as “page weight”). If you optimize images, transfers from the server to the browser will happen much faster. Let’s dig in. Use SVGs First Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is an XML markup language for storing vector images (check out SVG Basics on Treehouse). Instead of using…
  • New Courses: Java Objects & SVG Basics

    Gill Carson
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:39 am
    New Courses: SVG Basics Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is an XML markup language for creating two-dimensional images using vectors. This is different from traditional raster-based image formats that use pixels, like JPEG and PNG. When used on web pages, SVG images provide an infinite level of detail, so they look sharp regardless of screen size or pixel density. In this course, we’ll look at situations where SVGs are better than PNG and JPEG files, as well as when an SVG might not be the best choice. Finally, we’ll learn how to modify SVGs using CSS. This course has pre-requisites…
  • Material UI in React

    Jason Seifer
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:11 am
    It’s Tuesday which means that the Treehouse Show is back! In episode 120 of The Treehouse Show, Nick (@nickrp) and Jason (@jseifer) talk about web performance, Material UI, and more. For a free month’s trial, Join Jason and Nick at Watch Episode 120 of The Treehouse Show This Week’s Links Perf.Rocks Material UI – Material Design React Components gka/chroma.js CSS Dig FnordMetric | Framework for building beautiful real-time dashboards The post Material UI in React appeared first on Treehouse Blog.
  • Ryan Talks About the History of Treehouse

    Gill Carson
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Our CEO, Ryan Carson, appeared on ‘The DC Executive Hangout’, a live weekly show to gain valuable insight from industry influencers. Hosted by Jared Gold and Jamilah Corbitt, Ryan talks about the history of Treehouse and where we are going in the future. Check out the interview below! The post Ryan Talks About the History of Treehouse appeared first on Treehouse Blog.
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  • Sometimes We Lose Out on a Job … Dodging a Bullet

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    See, it is sometimes hard to tell where an opportunity will lead. Sometimes, you can almost taste the deliciousness of a very interesting-sounding book design-and-layout project; and you start to imagine all the things the very large fee will help you accomplish. It feels like hell, however, when it gets through to you that the job just is not destined to happen. So much so, that, still enormously dejected, I need to avoid writing in the first person. I just don’t want to see again that I missed out on a really spectacular project. Hence the unusual—for me—second-person voice. Well over…
  • Social Media and All That

    17 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    I have been absent for awhile: working, working at getting work, and like that. Additionally, few things move me these days to start writing. But, sure enough, along comes an annoyance and I get rolling. Just like that. [snaps fingers] The last couple of days repeated emails have come from a fellow trying to sell me on his company’s services for self-publishers. He promises that they will make me just the most fabulous book and my dreams will come true. Okay, fair enough, the last is just a conclusion in my own words. But if this guy read any of the things I wrote, whether pieces on…
  • “Time Keeps on Slippin’, Slippin’, Slippin’ into the Future”

    16 Feb 2014 | 4:45 pm
    And just like … this … I began the transition to Apple’s latest Macintosh OS, the much-heralded Mavericks, yesterday. I resisted as long as I could, but bringing the iBooks reader to Macs ultimately makes Mavericks too great for me to pass up any longer. For sure, it is really terrific that iBooks Author has been on the Macintosh platform for some time now, but having the reader, too, really means the world, as there’s nothing as efficient as creating and viewing on the same machine. As is my way, I decided to proceed fairly cautiously. Sudden software loss due to incompatibility with…
  • The Downside of the Democratizing of Publishing Books

    17 Jan 2014 | 5:01 am
    I remember hearing, more years ago than I care to admit to, that “The power of the press belongs to those who own the press.” Or perhaps own a press. I imagine the line referred more to journalism, rather than book publishing. And yet there was obviously a little something to it. Maybe not so much in physically owning a printing press, as it turns out, but in having the means to publish one’s own books. Self-publishing, I think it us safe to say, has caught on. Of course, as with anything that becomes popular, there is always the possibility of a diluting of the talent pool…
  • All About the Year Ahead

    4 Jan 2014 | 10:45 am
    Three new books, I reported, were arranged to start in January, 2013. Little did I know that these would—on the plus side—be big projects, but—on the down—that they would pretty much be it for me last year. For all the throwaway comments I have made about my uneasiness with ebooks and the tendency to make them with no fixed design, I begin to seriously worry that print for books really is on the decline. On the other hand, I learned some during the past year about making ebooks. My noodling with Book Creator was a limited success as far as I went with it. It is definitely something I…
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  • Drink Champagne, Design Tiny Chair, Repeat

    Stephanie Murg
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:17 am
    Two of our favorite things—Champagne and chairs—come together in a festive contest from the bubbly furniture fans at Design Within Reach. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: create an original miniature chair using only the foil, label, cage, and cork from no more than two Champagne bottles (glue is the only permitted adhesive). Entering is the easy part. Simply snap a photo of your tiny, fizzy throne and upload it here. A panel of Champagne-loving chair experts, including DWR Founder Rob Forbes and Brooklyn-based design studio Egg Collective, will judge the chairs in an…
  • Quote of Note | James Welling on Publishers’ Logos

    Stephanie Murg
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:37 am
    “In the early 1970s the most cited writer in Artforum was the French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty. So I sought out Merleau-Ponty’s books published by Northwestern University Press. After some struggle I realized I couldn’t make sense of his ideas. But I came to love his publisher’s distinctive interlocking arrows on the front cover, and the interior layout and typeface. So I looked for other books published by Northwestern. When I was in New York I’d visit Papyrus Books near Columbia University and spend the evening reading philosophy and poetry in the…
  • Wanted: Photo Editor to Go Hollywood

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Ready to go west, young photo editor? Here’s your chance (and you don’t even have to leave New York). Bonnie Fuller‘s pop culture news hub Hollywood Life is looking for a photo editor to join its entertainment-obsessed team in NYC. The position includes star-studded photo research and collaborating with red carpet-ready editors, along with resizing and retouching photos in preparation for online use. The ideal candidate is a Photoshop whiz with experience using media sites, photo agencies, and stock photography. Be ready to dazzle with your creativity and multitasking…
  • With Malformed, Give the Gift of Medical Oddities

    Stephanie Murg
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:22 am
    What do you get for the person who has everything (and anyone with the last name “Sedaris”)? A cache of formalin-preserved human brains, of course—or at least exquisite photos of them. Such is the creeptastic achievement of photographer Adam Voorhes and journalist Alex Hannaford‘s Malformed, new from powerHouse Books. The book lingers on the sulci and gyri of human brains assembled by the Austin State Hospital—né the Texas State Lunatic Asylum—and traces the sordid history of the collection. The normal and abnormal specimens were languishing in a storage closet at the…
  • Stereotank Drums Up a Winner for Times Square Valentine Heart Competition

    Stephanie Murg
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Architects Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente march to the beat of a different drummer. Their Brooklyn-based firm, Stereotank, specializes in designing and constructing “inhabitable sound instruments and installations” as part of a broader exploration of the relationships between space and sound. This cross-discplinary approach was music to the ears of the judges for the Architectural League of New York’s invited competition to design the 2015 Times Square Valentine Heart, besting six other design proposals. Come February, Stereotank’s HeartBeat (rendered above) will…
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    Vandelay Design

  • How to Design a Website to Maximize Conversions

    Steven Snell
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:42 pm
    I'm often asked how to design a website that will maximize conversions. Obviously several factors exist in this process, such as your product and customer base, but there are a few basic tips that... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 6 Crucial Interview Questions To Ask Clients Before Accepting a Job

    Kyle Szives
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    As an agency owner, I often receive questions about our client and web project on-boarding process. When a lead comes in, what are the right interview questions to ask potential clients before... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 14 Amazing Resources That Reveal the Secrets of DIY Photography

    Tara Hornor
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Photography is one of those skills that comes in handy for any creative career. If you know how to take and edit a great photograph, then you can save yourself some time and make a little extra... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • Ultimate Guide to Color Theory for Designers

    Jake Rocheleau
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    If a picture is worth 1000 words, then how much can we say about an interface? Well it turns out quite a lot, and there's often many different topics worthy of discussion. One such topic is color... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Design Blog

    Steven Snell
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Are you looking to get more clients for your design services? How about establishing your name recognition and becoming a respected authority in the industry? Would you like to supplement your income... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
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    Veerle's blog 3.0

  • Creating an animated gif in Illustrator & Photoshop

    Veerle Pieters
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    I've always been fascinated by the wonderful animated gif images created by the talented folks of RADIO. So I thought to myself I have to try this too, and since it's about Christmas time I had the idea to draw Santa. Giving this some further thought, I decided Santa had to go on a diet, and do a bit of exercising instead of leaving all the heavy lifting up to Rudolf and his friends. So I swapped the reindeers for this beautiful vintage bicycle named Omer by Achielle, this way Santa is riding in absolute style! Let's have a closer look on how I created this animated gif… Creating the…
  • ‘Tuinen De Korenbloem’, a small website using Perch CMS

    Veerle Pieters
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:26 pm
    A little while ago I designed, coded and implemented a web site for one of our clients 'Tuinen De Korenbloem'. For this small web site project I was on the lookout for a lightweight CMS so the client would be able to manage some of its content. Perch seemed to be the perfect fit. Since there wasn't much of a learning curve, and the things I needed for this web site were pretty straightforward, I decided to give it a try. Today I'll share you some of the basics of Perch. The image below shows you how I set up the structure of the site, putting each section in a separate folder to create clean…
  • New typography features in Photoshop CC (2014)

    Veerle Pieters
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:07 am
    Last week I discovered something in Photoshop by accident. I have no idea if this was something that was added in the latest version or not, because I haven’t seen it in any of the new feature overviews. On occasion people ask me what I use to render fonts well on digital mediums. Well that’s exactly where I discovered this new rendering option and I still can’t believe that I missed this. Two new type rendering options Before I discovered this I was using Strong for body copy in 98% of the projects and Crisp for larger text. In the other 2% I decide on what looks best. Photoshop…
  • Using linked SmartObjects in combination with Layercomps in Photoshop CC

    Veerle Pieters
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    Today I would like to talk about one of Photoshop's features I've been using a lot lately on a couple of projects I'm working on , and that is SmartObjects. It's something I use quite extensively for items that reoccur throughout my document. Since Photoshop added the function to convert a SmartObject into linked SmartObject, I've been using them more than ever. It's becoming even more powerful if you start using linked SmartObjects in combination with Layer Comps. These days I can't live without it as it saves me so much time. Let me show you how, and explain why this is so handy… Linked…
  • 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…
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    solar news wearejustcreative

  • Essentials of a Solar Greenhouse

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Plant breeding and plant production is a very productive hobby and livelihood. It is good way to earn some living by producing high-valued crops. It is also a good way of contributing to the environment. The best way to sustain this endeavor is to get a solar greenhouse. Read on to learn the basics of the solar greenhouse. What Is a Solar Greenhouse? The very purpose of any greenhouse is to collect solar energy whenever the sun shining high. However, solar greenhouses serve a more specific purpose. It is able to do more than collect the solar energy. The solar greenhouse is able to store heat…
  • Solar Power- How Does It Save The Environment

    12 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    You’ve probably heard a lot about solar energy and how efficient it is. Moreover, over the last few years, there have been several moves to see how effectively we can use solar power in an attempt to alleviate the energy crisis that the world faces. So, how does using solar energy fit into the bigger picture of protecting our environment? The point is that even small changes in the way we do things go a long way in terms of saving our environment. Solar energy is a renewable energy source The sun offers us a great source of renewable energy; it’s been around for over four billion…
  • How Solar Thermal Works In Your Home

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:14 am
    Given energy concerns these days, most homes are now designed to take advantage of passive solar heating concepts. Solar thermal is a big part of this process. How Thermal Mass Works In Your Home Getting a little free heating can go a long way on your utility bill, particularly over the life of a structure. Passive solar heating is the methodology used to achieve this goal. It is a process wherein a home is built or upgraded in such a way as to catch and contain as much of the sunlight in the form of heat as possible. To effectively use solar for heating, thermal mass is a subject you need to…
  • Following A Greener Path: What You Must Understand About Solar Power

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:27 am
    Going forward, people will be using oil less and less. Luckily, you can join this transition by making good use of clean, renewable solar energy today. This article is filled with useful tips and helpful information. When you are just transitioning to solar power, pick something small to start with. There are outdoor lights that are completely run on solar energy. It’s easy to find this sort of product online, at home improvement stores and at big box stores. Installing this sort of lighting system is a no-brainer. Walk down your garden path and poke the lights into the ground! To…
  • Feeling In The Dark About Solar Energy? Check Out These Illuminating Tips!

    10 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Many people are switching over to solar energy to power their homes these days. To make the best decisions regarding solar energy usage, one must fully understand the consequences and considerations surrounding its use. Read the below article to increase your knowledge on solar energy. There are a couple of different photo-voltaic panels to choose from. Less expensive poly-crystalline panels are not as efficient as the costlier mono-crystalline panels. You should purchase the best possible product your budget can allow when it comes to solar power systems. The efficiency of your solar panels…
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    Print Magazine » Imprint: Print Magazine’s Design Blog

  • Designer of the Week: Sarah Osborn

    Amanda Aszman
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    In “Becoming an Idea Witch Doctor,” Stefan Mumaw shows you tricks to quickly formulate ideas for your clients using comedy improv practices. Watch this video for speedy inspiration. Meet Print’s latest Designer of the Week, Sarah Osborn, who lives and works in a “constant cloud of collective creativity” that’s helped her to create award-winning designs, such as the poster designs that were recognized in the 2013 Regional Design Annual. Name: Sarah Osborn Firm/Studio:Freelancer / A Legion Ox Location: Portland, OR Website: How would…
  • Designer of the Week: Matthew Terdich

    Amanda Aszman
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    In “Becoming an Idea Witch Doctor,” Stefan Mumaw shows you tricks to quickly formulate ideas for your clients using comedy improv practices. Watch this video for speedy inspiration. Meet Print’s latest Designer of the Week, Matthew Terdich, whose creative design led to a win in the 2013 Regional Design Annual. Name: Matthew Terdich Location: Chicago, Illinois Website: Design school attended: The Basel School of Design, University of Illinois at Chicago Signature Vin packaging, RDA 2013 winner Who are some of your favorite designers or artists?
  • Oskar Schlemmer: The Bauhaus Master of Multimedia Design

    Michael Dooley
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    Brander, typographer, web designer. Today’s market requires unrivaled multimedia design skills. Be prepared for anything with the Multidisciplinary Design Kit from MyDesignShop. Even if you might not know Oskar Schlemmer, if you’ve seen Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance or New Order’s True Faithwith their eccentric costumes and mechanical movements—then you’ve had a taste of this Bauhaus Master’s multimedia design aesthetic, as both music videos are contemporary takes on his famous Triadic Ballet. That’s “famous” as in: the most well-known and honored stage…
  • Conan O’Brien Buys Microsoft’s Leftover Clip Art

    Print staff
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
    As you may have heard this week, Microsoft has announced that its longstanding Office Clip Art collection, featuring some 100,000 images, is going the way of the dinosaur.  Our friends over at Team Coco just reached out to assure us that Conan O’Brien isn’t going to let that happen. Happy weekend.       The Handlettering Type Takeover! Take charge of your design with this exclusive collection—featuring three books, an independent study course and an exclusive downloadable article—full of resources that will help you breathe new life into your typography.
  • Designer of the Week: Ana Benaroya

    Amanda Aszman
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    The 2015 RDA is now open for entries. Enter your work today for a chance to be spotlighted in the pages of our milestone issue. Meet Print’s latest Designer of the Week, Ana Benaroya, whose unapologetic and honest design is turning heads left and right. Name: Ana Benaroya Location: Jersey City, NJ Website: How would you describe your work? My work is very honest and instinctual—although I swing back and forth between control and chaos. Design school attended: Maryland Institute College of Art Where do you find inspiration? Everywhere. Who are some of your…
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    Rhoda Design Studio

  • Define Yourself...

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    I've offered a few brand new things in the shop. (see what I did there *wink*)You can now purchase an original logo design, branding package, or a pre-made logo. I'm hoping to add more pre-made logos soon. Christmas break is coming and I'll have time to work :) You can view this listing here: Branding Package. Soon there will be web development and more. Keep watching :) and if you have anything specific that you would like to see, leave me a note...Rhoda
  • What I've Learned...

    14 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Hello :)Did you see that fun graphic over in the sidebar?The frog leg. (took me a minute to figure out how to phrase that one. It's not a paw. Or a claw. Appendage sounds weird. It's not necessarily his leg...but it sounds better than hand...)Focus Rhoda!Anyway...I added that so you can keep track of what I am learning on Team Treehouse. Every time I finish a section or topic, I earn a badge. When I finish challenges or quizzes, I earn points. It's a great way to see what topics I am becoming proficient at and what others I might be adding in soon. The points are racking up and I am learning…
  • What Would You Like...

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Happy Friday All,It was a long week. I don't know about you, but I am so ready for a weekend and some time to just "be". My plan is yoga, tech, and tea :)There might be a few chores mixed in there. Like cleaning and grocery shopping. But those things definitely will not be my main focus!I am still absorbing as much information as I can possibly find on Web Development. And I have been practicing. I finished a site for a friend. You can view "Moments by Sara Jean" live! It's even responsive for all types of devices which makes me very happy.My goal is to have a few website packages available…
  • Sprucing it Up...

    6 Dec 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Hello World!Are you still out there reading? This place has been abandoned. I can't really say that my interests changed, I just lost my mojo.Then summer came along and I decided it was time to take a break after I finished a few classes and just play.And I did.We rode our dirt bikes, went kayaking, played on paddle boards, swam at the lake and river, soaked in hot springs, did yoga, and lounged in my new hammock anyplace I could think to set it up!Now that winter is settling in...I am doing some "house keeping". My shop is updated, the blog and my facebook page have a new look, and soon I…
  • Let it Snow...more

    18 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    We have all sorts of winter around here lately.Temperatures at -22 F.Snow. And then more snow.Rain. With lots of puddles that have ice under them.More snow.More rain.Wet. Everything is wet.I finally couldn't stand not being able to go for a walk, so I went anyway. By the time I came home, it looked like I had just taken a shower. Brrr.Since it looks like it is here to stay for awhile, I figured I might as well celebrate it. Right?If you still have winter you can use him now. Or save him for when the mood or season seems fitting :) Click the image to download or "here".Enjoy :)Rhoda
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    What an ART!!! - Graphic Arts Gallery

  • The Alphabet Creatively Illustrated with Human Body Parts

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:36 am
    Created by Venezuela-based illustrator and graphic designer Laura Facci for a school project, this is an awesome illustrated alphabet that is made up of various human body parts transformed into the form of letters. Artist – Laura Facci Portfolio (Hat Tip Lustik) View the Rest: 'The Alphabet Creatively Illustrated with Human Body Parts'
  • Funny Doodles Featuring a Dragon Playfully Interacting with Real Life Objects

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:08 am
    Dhaka (Bangladesh)-based creative duo Manik and Ratan has created a series of funny doodles featuring a dragon playfully interacting with real life objects. Head over to Instagram to see more of their creative work that combines doodling with the real life. Artist – Manik n Ratan Portfolio (Hat Tip DesignTAXI) View the Rest: 'Funny Doodles Featuring a Dragon Playfully Interacting with Real Life Objects'
  • What Western Fairy Tales Would Have Been Like If They Were Set in Korea

    16 Dec 2014 | 2:18 am
    Some famous western fairy tales and fiction get an eastern makeover in this interesting series of illustrations by Korean artist Na Young Wu. Artist – Na Young Wu Twitter (Hat Tip RocketNews24) View the Rest: 'What Western Fairy Tales Would Have Been Like If They Were Set in Korea'
  • Fun, Whimsical Paintings Turn Dragons into Musicians!

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:57 am
    California-based artist and illustrator Leonard Filgate has created a series of fun, whimsical paintings featuring playful, human-like dragons playing musical instruments. Filgate has been working on the series since 2012, and is inspired both by the music he listens to while painting and his musician friends. The first three posters of the series are available […] View the Rest: 'Fun, Whimsical Paintings Turn Dragons into Musicians!'
  • Retro-Style Illustrations Show Problems in The Modern World in a Satirical Way

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:37 am
    This is a collection of illustrations by British artist John Holcroft, drawn in his signature retro-style, that depict some of the common human flaws and social issues in today’s society in a satirical way. Artist – John Holcroft (Hat Tip DeMilked) View the Rest: 'Retro-Style Illustrations Show Problems in The Modern World in a Satirical Way'
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    Semhal Nasreddin
    29 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
        This month’s graphic design star is Chad Michael. He is a graphic designer based in Texas and New York . His specialty is product development and packaging design. I love the detail in his work, and I hope you are equally impressed   Dagger & Co. Tattoo Shop Promineo Whiskey Chad Michael Studio Distroya Spiced Spirit Migrant Whiskey   Harvey Ventures     The Beauty Kitchen Striven Jenna Loust   Younger Partners    For more of Chad Michael’s work check out his Behance portfolio and his website.     Original article:…

    Semhal Nasreddin
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Welcome to another edition of Packaging That Tickles My Fancy where I feature packaging that has caught my eye and inspired me.  In today’s edition, I have featured beautiful olive oil packaging, candle packaging, dried fruit packaging, coffee packaging, juice packaging, and more.  Hope you are as inspired as I am by the creativity Archivo Olive Oil Haus Candles Paradise Gourmet Exotic Coffee Skoff Pies Bee Bright Student Project Sea Factor Concept Re-fruit Slik Letterpress Box True Organic Juice   Original article: PACKAGING THAT TICKLES MY FANCY: VOLUME 13©2014…

    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…

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

    Semhal Nasreddin
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Welcome to another edition of Inspirational funk, where I feature graphic art that has caught my eye and really inspired me. This is Volume 5, and  I’ve included examples of gorgeous typography, postures, brochures and more … Enjoy! Hype Alphabetica Type Treatments   Nosferatu   Haandkraft business cards by Jacob Nielsen   Burn Out Dont Fade Away     Hudson River UdeM Manuel de Survie de ltudiant Manimals Sebastian Joes Branding Concept   Sarah J Coleman for Special K   Title Cards by Josh White Barcelona Victionary        …
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  • 20 Incredible Photos Taken With an iPhone 6

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Do you dream of taking beautiful photos but sadly do not have the cash for high-end DLSR cameras? If that is the case, there is no need to worry since all you really need to be able to take some gorgeous photos is a mobile phone with a good camera, some handy mobile photography tips, and a collection of photos that can serve as your inspiration. It might sound crazy to take beautiful photos using only your mobile phone but when you have something like the iPhone 6, taking crazy beautiful photographs isn’t really hard to do. Take a look at its specs and you will see what makes the iPhone’s…
  • 20 Everyday Little Things Left Unnoticed

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:27 pm
    “The little things.” Most of the time this phrase is used to describe why a relationship works or not. Like a conversation between two friends: Friend: What makes him the best boyfriend in the world? Girlfriend: It’s the “little things.” But these “little things” aren’t just exclusive to relationships. More often than not, we neglect important “little things” because they’re so well-designed, we feel that they’ll always be there. These things are common artifacts we use daily. We often take them for granted, not realizing that without them it’ll be difficult to…
  • 8 Popular Websites That Have Fallen from Grace

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:02 pm
    If change in the real world is constant, change in cyber world is inescapable. One day, you’re the hottest website in the world; the next, you’re barely scraping by. Unlike in the real world where cleaning up an act over and over again is accorded, the cyber world is a lot more unforgiving. One wrong move online and it can trigger a bad domino effect. No wonder, current popular websites are more vigilant than ever. Mapquest Way before Google Maps gained the top online mapping services spot, MapQuest’s name was already established. To some extent, the latter provides street-level…
  • 15 Cool iOS 8 Tricks iPhone Users Need to Know

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Just like simple logo designs have their own “secret” meanings and symbolisms, operating systems also have hidden (or not so hidden) tricks. Apple’s iOS 8 is a prime example of an operating system that’s brimming with tips and tricks that make the use of the iPhone a lot convenient and productive. Want to find out these tricks? Here are 15 impressive iOS 8 hacks that will make your life easier and your work more productive. Auto-Fill Payment Forms Are you an avid Amazon or Netflix shopper? Save time and hassle from manually filling yet another Amazon or Netflix payment form by just…
  • Headline Secrets: How to Grab and Keep Your Reader’s Attention

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:04 pm
    The most important way to get someone to read what you wrote is through your title or headline. Having a boring title or headline is a sure fire way to get your article passed on before they even read the first word. So how do you write headlines that make a reader want to read more? What is it that peaks interest and entice someone to die in and read the whole thing? Below are 12 secrets to writing an eye grabbing title and make your readers want more! 1. Forget everything you know about writing headlines! Yes it sounds crazy but forget everything you have been taught about writing…
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  • Design With Typecast, Now At No Cost

    Johnathan Zsittnik
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    Nearly two years ago, we introduced our Typecast app as a companion to our premium Web Fonts plans. Since then, thousands of users have used Typecast to design with type in the browser and prototype beautiful new sites. Meanwhile, Web font usage has now become the norm for new site. While we can’t take credit for the latter, we want to ensure the trend continues. To do this, we’re making some major changes to make Typecast and Web fonts are more accessible to designers than ever before. Typecast is now free. We’re also including it in all of our Web fonts…
  • DIN Next Slab’s Well-Earned Success

    Allan Haley
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    The new DIN Next™ Slab suite of typefaces has been one of the most popular new additions to the Linotype Library. While we believe in every new addition to one of our libraries, we also know that predicting the popularity of new releases is a challenging proposition. Monotype’s Type Director, Akira Kobayshi, clearly had no trepidation about adding slab serifs to the DIN Next family. “Slab serif typefaces are in demand today,” he explained, “and I felt confident that developing a slab serifed addition to the DIN Next family would result in a commanding new design.” “At first, I…
  • Top 100 Web Fonts for November 2014

    Ryan Arruda
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:48 am
    Want to see which typefaces are in demand on the Web? Here’s an ordered listing of the top 100 most used fonts from the Web Fonts service during November 2014. Be sure to check in next month to see if your favorite typeface moves up the list! Avenir Next Neue Helvetica Avenir Trade Gothic Univers Proxima Nova Gill Sans Futura Helvetica Linotype Univers Museo Sans Frutiger DIN Next Klint Century Gothic Chaparral ITC Caslon No. 224 ITC Avant Garde Gothic Neo Sans Arial Myriad ITC Century Eurostile LT Motoya Birch Rockwell VAG Rounded Univers Next Linotype Didot Soho Gothic Museo…
  • DIN: A Growing Typeface Family

    Allan Haley
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    Families tend to grow. As they do, they become more diverse, adaptable and sometimes prevailing. So it is with typeface families. The DIN typeface family started in the early part of the 20th century as families do – with just two counterparts: DIN and DIN Condensed. In 2009, Akira Kobayshi updated the DIN design and dramatically improved the family. The resulting DIN Next™ family is better suited to digital imaging, considerably larger, with seven weights, each having complementary italic and condensed counterparts. In addition, Kobayshi also designed four “rounded” designs, bringing…
  • Top 100 Web Fonts for October 2014

    Ryan Arruda
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    Want to see which typefaces are in demand on the Web? Here’s an ordered listing of the top 100 most used fonts from the Web Fonts service during October 2014. Be sure to check in next month to see if your favorite typeface moves up the list! Trade Gothic Neue Helvetica Avenir Next Avenir Proxima Nova Univers Futura Gill Sans Helvetica Frutiger Linotype Univers Museo Sans Klint DIN Next Century Gothic Neo Sans Chaparral ITC Avant Garde Gothic Arial Myriad Rockwell ITC Legacy Serif Motoya Birch ITC Century Eurostile LT ITC Caslon No. 224 Univers Next VAG Rounded Museo Slab Soho…
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  • 25 Creative Christmas Cake Decoration Ideas and design examples

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Christmas cake deorating ideas and designs: Christmas cake is a type of fruit cake served during Christmas time in many countries. Here are some Christmas decoration ideas for your cake. For those of you with a sweet tooth enjoy doing these Christmas decorations on your lovely cakes. i hope you like these christmas cake decoration ideas and design exampels, read more
  • 25 Beautiful Rose Drawings and Paintings for your inspiration

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Rose Drawing and Paintings: In the earlier post we have shown you some beautiful Flower drawings, now in this post we have included some 25 Beautiful Rose drawings and paintings for your inspiration. Roses smell sweet, but rose drawings are awe inspiring. Once you have mastered flower drawings, you will understand that it’s basically so easy to draw roses. Instead of buying roses, you can gift your loved ones with realistic rose drawings. They will never fade away and it’s the best gift for an artistic friend. read more
  • How to Create a Beautiful Christmas Greeting Card - Make your own christmas cards

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Make your own Christmas Cards : We have created step by step beginner tutorial for creating a beautiful christmas greeting card. We are about few days away from Christmas celebration. As the holiday is getting nearer, its time to design your own greeting card and send to all your friends. You can download more christmas related Vector Resources, PNG, ICONS and Brushes Free Christmas Downloads. see our Make your own Christmas Cards tutorial below, read more
  • 25 Magnificent Landscape Photography examples and Composition Tips

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Landscape photography brings the environment close to us. The natural scenary is the most important aspect of landscape photos. Urban landscapes focus more on manmade structures like buildings etc. As a rule of thumb, people and animals don’t feature in landscape photos. In this post we have included 25 absolutely stunning natural landscape photography examples for your inspiration. There are many techniques for landscape photos, let us have a look at the most common ones. read more
  • 30 Beautiful New Year Greetings Card designs for your inspiration

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:58 pm
    New year greetings: Wish your friends and loved ones a Happy New Year with these Festive New Year Cards! New Year / Holiday Cards are a popular and affordable way to send something personalized and a lot special to your family and friends. So today, we’d like to show you a series of New Year Cards/ Holiday Cards. I hope you like these new year greeting cards designs / 2015 new year greeting card designs Related Posts: read more
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  • 10 New Year Resolutions for Small Business Owners

    Hala Ali
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    We all know the numbers that surround the failure of small and local business launched every year. Even those businesses that have been established for some time are floundering because they lack the innovation to succeed in the digital world. The economy is stabilizing, consumer spending is increasing and yet, your business is going bust.…
  • 5 Tips to Help SMEs Increase Holiday Sales

    Hala Ali
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:49 am
    Consumers will be spending approximately 616.9 billion dollars in the coming holiday season. This astronomical number is an increase from the 2013 year and forecasts suggest the number will continue to grow. In the season of giving the best thing online businesses can do is give to their customers in a big way. The seasonal…
  • 12 Interactive UX Design Tutorials for Beginners

    Hala Ali
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:59 am
    Designing in the tech industry is carried out by a variety of designers; such as web designers, User Interface designers, interaction designers, front end developers, and so on. User Experience Designers, generally known as the UX Designers, are professionals who, as brands, analyze the feedback from the users and observe whether the products or services…
  • Deconstructing the Psychology behind Graphic Design

    Shyrose Vastani
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Design has become a valuable marketing tool. Today, even the general public critically analyzes various aspects of design. Considering the success of any design idea highly depends on its audience, therefore, it is crucial to design according to the way people think. Perhaps, putting in more effort in research and extending a personalized touch in…
  • Designers’ Take: Good and Bad Design Ideas in 2014

    Shyrose Vastani
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:08 am
    Earning a degree doesn’t make you a designer. Designers are born and the made known when they display mind-boggling natural creativity. Names like Milton Glaser, David Carson, Paula Scher, and Massimo Vignelli are some legends in the industry that can take your brand to another level. Yet, there are some so-called ‘artists’ that you need…
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  • Industry Spotlight: 20 Health, Beauty and Wellness Logos

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:35 pm
    In this industry round up, we looks at 20 beauty and fitness logos from the trillion dollar health and ... Read More
  • Forget the Mining Boom, Let's Create a Tech Boom!

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Technology Down Under is on fire It's time Australia started planning for its future. It's time to start planning our next boom and, in my opinion, it's time to create a technology boom. Technology, without doubt, is where Australia should place its next bet. While the mining ... Read More
  • 50 Startup Logos from 2014: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:22 am
    We've scoured the globe to curate a list of the best logos from startups worldwide. The startup brands featured here cut across industry categories leaving a blaze of disruption in their wake. The one thing they have in common is a desire to use technlogy to solve problems faster, cheaper and... Read More
  • DesignCrowd's Alec Lynch: Why Co-Founders Are the Secret to Startup Success

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:42 pm
    So, you have a million-dollar business idea, but haven’t started working on it. You might be wondering: “do I need a co-founder?” Most successful start-ups or tech businesses have multiple founders. Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Groupon, Uber, Square, Instagram, to name a ... Read More
  • See Santa Claus, Elfs and Other Famous Christmas Characters as Hipsters

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Christmas is approaching, and although Santa has a great beard, and the season is filled with sweaters, fairy lights, locally sourced produce, and possibly some gingerbread moustache cookies, DesignCrowd just didn't think there was enough 'hipster' at Christmas time. We launched a cont... Read More
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  • Funny Friday: Tacky Holiday Jumpers

    Danielle Knowles
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    In the run up to Christmas, and during Hanukkah, more people than ever are seen out and about in tacky holiday jumpers. Whether worn ironically or in full celebration of The post Funny Friday: Tacky Holiday Jumpers appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Awesome, Inspirational Hanukkah Art

    Danielle Knowles
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    Last night marked the beginning of Hanukkah, with many people around the country gathering together to light the menorah for the first time this holiday season.  In celebration of the Festival The post Awesome, Inspirational Hanukkah Art appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Rethinking Packaging: Usefulness And Style

    Danielle Knowles
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    More consumers are shopping on the Internet now than ever before, and as online shopping becomes prevalent, brands are rethinking packaging.  Is it protective? Environmentally friendly? Cost effective? These and The post Rethinking Packaging: Usefulness And Style appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Funny Friday: The Snowman And The Snow Cat

    Danielle Knowles
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:07 am
    Where winter weather has struck, people across the country have made the most out of it by creating some unique and hilarious snowmen. In the latest edition of Funny Friday, we The post Funny Friday: The Snowman And The Snow Cat appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • ‘Tis The Season: Creative And Funny Christmas Card Ideas

    Danielle Knowles
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:18 am
    Don’t delay! There’s still time to create some excellent Christmas cards that your friends and family will get a giggle over this holiday season.  If you’re still lacking a vision for what they The post ‘Tis The Season: Creative And Funny Christmas Card Ideas appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
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  • Quality Logo Design Does NOT Cost $5

    Roberto Blake
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    Graphic Design is a very unique profession. It requires not only technical skill and knowledge, but also creativity and some level of artistic talent. It also usually requires a fairly hefty investment in terms of professional hardware and software, in addition to font libraries, vector assets, plugins, stock photos etc.This makes it very difficult sometimes to qualify the value of a Graphic Designer or a project they will be producing for a client. There are a lot of different business models used by Graphic Designers and Creative Agencies. Some use billable hours, some use flat rates,…
  • How to Market and Promote Yourself as a Graphic Designer

    Roberto Blake
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    While I’m a firm believer that great work trumps everything, people have to know your work exist, before it can be in demand. If you’re not putting yourself on their radar by Marketing and Promoting Yourself as a Graphic Designer, you’re leaving your success to chance. Why You Need to Market Yourself as a Graphic DesignerYou may feel that self promotion is somehow “tooting your own horn”, but you need to get past that and understand how important it is to your career and your business, especially if you’re a freelancer or trying to launch a studio/agency.
  • Building the Ultimate Photoshop CC Computer For 2015

    Roberto Blake
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    Before Building the Ultimate Photoshop CC Computer [Windows PC]You need to take  hard look at how you are using Photoshop CC. Photoshop has more features and uses than ever before including 3D painting, 3D Printing, Video Editing and more on top of all the image manipulation features its been known for over the past 2 decades.If you are only doing photo editing and digital art you can hold back on some of this and still have a solid Photoshop Computer that has amazing performance. I will be doing future post on builds for different specific things like photography, digital art and print…
  • The 5K Retina iMac: What You Need to Know Before Buying

    Roberto Blake
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    The New 27 inch iMac with 5K Resolution Retina Display is an amazing computer starting out at $2499 and worth every penny if you are serious about video editing, graphic design or animation. In the video below I cover some things you should know before you go out and buy this machine.Who is the New 27 inch iMac with 5K Retina For?The New 5K Retina iMac isn’t for everybody. If you are a casual computer user who just wants a high end display, then this computer is overkill. This is primarily for professionals working in video and graphics.YouTubers who produce constant contentVideo…
  • How to Find Graphic Design Jobs

    Roberto Blake
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    As a Graphic Designer whether you are Freelancer or looking for an employment opportunity, finding jobs can be a challenge. There are a lot of different approaches but the reality is that showing up is 80% of it, so if you’re not networking and going to events, building your social media presence or showcasing an online portfolio, you’re not putting yourself out there for opportunities to find you.How to Find Graphic Design Jobs Video Be Prepared for the Success You WantThink about what it will take to land the jobs you want. Have you setup a portfolio that showcases your best…
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    Graphic Design Junction

  • Graphic Designers 10 Best Friends

    Muhammad Faisal
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Why high-tech gadgets are required at all for graphic designing- A graphic designer must not only have knowledge to design something. Neither will a highly creative mind help in any manner to work unless one has proper gadgets to work with. You may be interested in the following related articles as well. How a Good Graphic Designer Can Go a Long Way in Helping You Re-Brand New Responsive HTML5 / CSS3 Website Templates 50 Best Logos of Year 2014 10 Quick Tips for Re-Designing Your Website as Per 2015 Trends Please feel free to join us & follow on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for…
  • New Responsive HTML5 / CSS3 Website Templates

    Yasir Jawaid
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Responsive HTML5 / CSS3 website templates (desktop, tablet, mobile optimize) designed with unique pages and builders. HTML5 templates are perfect for Corporate, Business, agencies websites to show their business online in more modern way. These Web Templates are focused on rich media storytelling and featured block-based architecture which is perfect to create single- or multi-page web solutions. All responsive templates are simple, clean and Professionally designed. HTML5 Templates comes with unique layouts of home page, portfolio, blog, shop, 404 page design, slideshows, color…
  • Free Vector Icons: 600+ Icons for App and Web UI

    Muhammad Faisal
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:17 pm
    New free vector icons released in 2014. 10 Icon Sets with 600+ free icons available in Sketch, AI, SVG, EPS and PSD formats. All icons are very useful and great for web applications and mobile app UI design. GDJ is one of the best Graphic Design Website to download free web and graphic design resources like vector graphics, free fonts , flat psd icons and free PSD files. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. 50 Best Logos of Year 2014 50 Free Fonts Best of 2014 10 Quick Tips for Re-Designing Your Website as Per 2015 Trends 16 Modern Responsive…
  • 25 Amazing Digital Illustrations by Professional Artists & Designers

    Yasir Jawaid
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Awesome Digital art and illustrations examples for inspiration. Beautiful portrait, conceptual and digital artwork created by professional artists and designers, that will surely mesmerize you and stir your imagination. Have a look, and feel the power of Illustrator! Digital art, digital photography and other realistic manipulation artwork it’s not too hard. just need a passion to learn these techniques. Digital illustrator tutorials, will teach your how to make vector graphics and illustrations effects. All creative photos are linked and lead to the sources from which they were taken.
  • 50 Best Logos of Year 2014

    Muhammad Faisal
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Best Logos of the year 2014 selection based on logo concept, story board, idea and design. We believe that effectiveness should be based on how quickly the idea spreads and how much people want to spend time with the brand. In essence – a good idea should be able to spread like fire. In this collection your will enjoying the Logo Designs which are the best examples of creativity by Professional Graphic Designers. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. 50 Free Fonts Best of 2014 25 Free Business Cards PSD Templates – Print Ready Design New Free Photoshop…
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    The Designer Wall

  • Amazing Sketches that Brought to Life by Sébastien DEL GROSSO

    The Designer Wall
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Paris based artist Sébastien Del Grosso sketch himself into pictures but this one is different. He takes self-portraits then sketch himself into it by partially adapted the original pictures and creating an effect that will definitely get your attention. Since his childhood, Sébastien Del Grosso always felt the need to express his self through creation and started to draw and paint and made it his job since he’s been in the world of graphic designs for several years now.   These ideas came up when he wanted to update his Facebook profile picture and then while doing this, he…
  • New and Artistic 2015 Calendar Design for your Inspiration

    The Designer Wall
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:01 pm
    It’s time to change your 2014 Calendar to 2015. It means new calendar design on your desk, on your wall or even in your pocket. Don’t be sad replacing your old calendar design to a new one because there are lots of designers out there that will inspire you to be really excited with a new calendar design.   We know that there are still lots of designs of calendars out there so we keep this post open to all designers who wants to submit their 2015 calendar designs.   Right now, we collected these new and artistic calendar designs for 2015 to feed your inspirations.
  • Contest: Design An Album Cover For Lifehouse

    The Designer Wall
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Design an official album cover for Lifehouse and their new full-length release entitled ‘Seven’. One winner will receive $1000 and an autographed copy of the new album.   Lifehouse is scheduled to release ‘Seven’ in the spring of 2015. In anticipation of their new album, the band has just released the first song called “Flight”. Download the new track from iTunes here.   Suggested Theme & Style Guidelines Your mission is to design the cover for Lifehouse’s new album ‘Seven’. Before starting your design, head to the More Info…
  • 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…
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  • 10 Essential Graphic Design Portfolio Tips

    11 Dec 2014 | 2:27 am
    Due to the increasing demand for great graphic designers, there are a growing number of people who are inclined to try their luck in this budding profession. What can you do to maintain a steady stream of clients who are eager to work with you? The key is to create an effective portfolio that does not only showcase what you can do, but also provide your clients with a glimpse of who you are as an artist. The following are ten essential tips to pay attention to when creating your portfolio. 1. Feature only the best of your projects It is tempting to have a portfolio that is filled with dozens…
  • 5 Novel Promotional Gift Ideas This Christmas

    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

    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

    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

    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…
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    Company Folders

  • Interview: Rade Stjepanovic, Our 2014 Folder Design Contest Winner

    Company Folders Staff
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Interview: Rade Stjepanovic, Our 2014 Folder Design Contest WinnerWe’re very pleased to announce this year’s winner of our folder design contest is Rade Stjepanovic, a talented graphic designer from Jacksonville, Florida. Rade is a graduate of the University of North Florida as well as Florida State College at Jacksonville. His designs have won awards from the American Advertising Federation of Jacksonville as well [...]
  • 5 Ink-Saving Fonts Every Eco-Friendly Designer Must Know

    Vladimir Gendelman
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    5 Ink-Saving Fonts Every Eco-Friendly Designer Must KnowA 14-year old boy recently made headlines when he claimed the government could save millions of dollars every year if they switched to using the font Garamond in all of their printed materials. While his claim was not exactly accurate, it did bring attention to an often neglected issue—the fact that some fonts require more [...]
  • 102 Incredibly Cool Binder Design Ideas

    Vladimir Gendelman
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    102 Incredibly Cool Binder Design IdeasWhen you were a child in school, did you ever own a binder decorated with cute stickers, doodles or the name of your secret crush? That same desire to personalize our materials has followed us into adulthood, but in a more sophisticated way. Professional custom binder designs allow companies and organizations to creatively reinforce their [...]
  • 114 Hypnotically Cute Photoshop Brush Sets

    Vladimir Gendelman
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    114 Hypnotically Cute Photoshop Brush SetsIn Western culture, we sometimes look at “cuteness” as a childish or juvenile quality—but in Japan, it’s a whole different story. The prevailing “kawaii” culture in Japan puts so much value on being cute that even police agencies use adorable mascots to reach their audience. And even here in America, the power of cuteness can’t [...]
  • 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. [...]
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  • JotForm Contest Winners Announced

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Last month, JotForm unveiled their web form design contest with a grand prize of $7500 and lots of additional prizes. Now, the winners have been announced – their winning forms are a great source of inspiration for the forms you may be adding to your own website! And not only that – if you fell ... The post JotForm Contest Winners Announced appeared first on Design Roast.
  • How to Find a Design Internship

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:47 am
    Looking for an internship in graphic or web design? I wouldn’t waste any time; start your search ASAP, especially if you’re thinking about landing one for the upcoming summer. Great opportunities (especially paid ones) are extremely competitive, so you want to be ahead of the game. The first thing to do in your internship hunt: ... The post How to Find a Design Internship appeared first on Design Roast.
  • Choosing a Color Scheme for Your Nonprofit’s Logo

    11 Dec 2014 | 4:33 am
    What colors should you choose for your nonprofit’s logo? This seemingly simple question becomes more complex when you consider the powerful effect color has on human psychology. One study shows that people make decisions about products and other people within 90 seconds of initial contact, and that 62 to 90 percent of their judgment is ... The post Choosing a Color Scheme for Your Nonprofit’s Logo appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 10 Essential Free Commercial Use Sans-Serif Fonts

    2 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    The sans-serif font is an incredibly useful typeface, but you may have become a little disenchanted with common ones such as Arial and Calibri. While there is certainly nothing wrong with those go-to sans-serif fonts, there is also a whole world of unique fonts that can be used in their place. Best of all, many ... The post 10 Essential Free Commercial Use Sans-Serif Fonts appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 10 Must-Have Free Commercial Use Serif Fonts

    28 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    In design, the smallest details matter. While working on materials for your own brand or for your clients, you probably go above and beyond in taking the time to pay attention to everything; kerning, shading and placement can make or break a design. Font selection plays a role that is just as important as other ... The post 10 Must-Have Free Commercial Use Serif Fonts appeared first on Design Roast.
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  • Who Knew These 7 Celebrities Were Graphic Designers?

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:57 am
    Who Knew These 7 Celebrities Were Graphic Designers? Know any more celebrity graphic designers who should be on this list?The post Who Knew These 7 Celebrities Were Graphic Designers? is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Designing Corporate Symbols

    8 Dec 2014 | 3:35 am
    Designing Corporate Symbols by David E. Carter is a great Logo Design Book I recommend to all graphic designers for their library, Check out my review!The post Designing Corporate Symbols is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Andy Warhol’s Creative Business Cards

    1 Dec 2014 | 3:59 am
    Check out Andy Warhol's Creative Business Cards, rendered in Beautiful Typography inspired by the calligraphy of his Mother.The post Andy Warhol’s Creative Business Cards is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • 5 Tips for Building a Strong Visual Brand

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:02 am
    Countless strategies have been developed for the sole purpose of developing a strong visual brand. Here are 5 Tips you can use to create a solid identity.The post 5 Tips for Building a Strong Visual Brand is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Top 10 Car Logos

    17 Nov 2014 | 3:14 am
    Next in the 'top 10' series, we have the top 10 car manufacturer logo designs. What's your favourite car brand?The post Top 10 Car Logos is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
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    Logo Geek

  • Developing an Identity for People Code

    Ian Paget
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:21 pm
    I have recently completed a new logo design for German recruitment agency, People Code, who target technology professionals seeking careers at the hottest international tech firms. You can read more about the logo design for People Code by clicking here, but in this blog I want to show off some of the behind the scenes development of this particular design, to show the level of experimentation and development that goes into each logo I design.   Starting with a Sketchbook: Visual Brainstorming At the start of any logo design project I start by sketching ideas, and I try to keep this…
  • 5 tips for refining, perfecting & finessing a logo

    Ian Paget
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    Over the past week I’ve been rating logos for Logo Lounge Book 9 (Almost 5000 of them in total). I still have just over 1000 left to rate, but decided to have a short break to write a blog. There’s so many excellent logos, but occasionally there’s a design that’s almost perfect, with a really well thought out idea, but due to the way its been executed and finished off I’ve needed to give it a lower score that it could have received. It’s a shame that in these instances the logo design was not refined and perfected, or further explored by the designer to…
  • ‘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…
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  • Top 10 Quirky Christmas Cards

    14 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here are Forty8Creates we like to think out of the box when it comes to Christmas.  Everything from  wacky  Christmas decorations to alternative gifts such as these cool design books we blogged about last week. On top of all that we like nothing more than a cool and uniquely designed Christmas card. So we’ve brought […]The post Top 10 Quirky Christmas Cards appeared first on Design Agency London| Logo Design | Website Design |.
  • Top 8 Design Books For Christmas

    7 Dec 2014 | 3:39 am
    Design Books for Christmas Christmas is upon us and we all know what that means: manic shopping trips to try to find the perfect gift for family and friends. If you are looking for something unique, or just want to treat yourself, take a look at our list of the top ten design books that […]The post Top 8 Design Books For Christmas appeared first on Design Agency London| Logo Design | Website Design |.
  • Disney Artist | Storyboard Animator | Jeff Hong | Artist of the Month

    1 Dec 2014 | 5:33 am
      Disney Artist Jeff Hong If you have an everlasting love for Disney, then you need to know about out Artist of the Month, Jeff Hong. Hong has had an extensive career working for Disney, Fox and most recently Nickelodeon Animation. We had the chance to catch up with him this December for this interview. […]The post Disney Artist | Storyboard Animator | Jeff Hong | Artist of the Month appeared first on Design Agency London| Logo Design | Website Design |.
  • Seven Smart Reasons To Build A Website For A Small Business

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Internet has become an integral part of the fabric of our lives. It dominates a large part of how we socialise, shop, eat and do business. That is why it is essential that your business have an online presence The Internet is the first place that people will look to for information on anything. […]The post Seven Smart Reasons To Build A Website For A Small Business appeared first on Design Agency London| Logo Design | Website Design |.
  • Six Critical Reasons To Be Blogging As A Small Business Owner

    16 Nov 2014 | 4:42 am
        Many small business owners may have the misconception that once they have set up a website for their company they are good to go in the online world. Actually that’s not really the case – what every small business needs is a blog. People might not see the advantages of a blog and think […]The post Six Critical Reasons To Be Blogging As A Small Business Owner appeared first on Design Agency London| Logo Design | Website Design |.
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    Online Free Tools

  • Coolmuster iPhone Data Recovery Software Review

    Kamran Khan
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:34 am
    Alright, you already know iPhone is the world’s best smartphone, running iOS as its operating system, loosing data from it is big headache, Here In this Post, I've got good news, with Coomuster iPhone data recovery software you can recover almost all files, yeah, sound good? You can recover any format of files, could be photos, messages, contacts etc,  while the most important thing that would
  • 5 Best Free Plagiarism Checker Online Tools That Works

    Kamran Khan
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    When you are doing research work or doing a college project than writing is not an easy task. There are many hurdles that are facing a writer. Content authors write many different articles and blog post on a regular basis in which they have a massive research work behind that. On the other hand, the student has also found many data, facts and figures through searching at the time of making
  • Want to Teach? Try These Eight Top Online Tutoring Sites

    Kamran Khan
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:28 pm
    What’s better than learning?  Sharing what you learn.  Learning is incomplete if you don’t share it with others.  But you don’t have to become a professional teacher to share the learning.  One of the best ways is to tutor students as your schedule and circumstances permit.  It is a great way to make extra money while going to college or even as a part time gig.  The world of web 2.0 has opened
  • Take Blogging to the Next Level with Top 7 Android Apps

    Kamran Khan
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Blogging is a passion and a full-time job for hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Fortunately, Android and smartphones have made it extremely easy for bloggers to manage and update their blogs. Even if you are on the road, you can still stay connected through your mobile device. There are many amazing apps in Google Play that are ideal for bloggers. They allow you to maintain
  • 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,
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    Down The Line Design and Marketing

  • A Logo Challenge For December

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    A logo isn’t brand. It’s only a part of a brand…albeit an important one. A logo must be instantly recognisable, accurately reflect something about your brand, help differentiate you from your competition, and sit comfortably within your marketplace. For our e-newsletter for Christmas 2014 we’ve put together a brief ‘name the logo’ game, one you’ll no doubt have played at some point over the last few years. There’s nothing unique about the game. Simply a bit of fun in the run up to the end of the year. All the logos have been…
  • School website design: The anatomy of a good school website home page

    14 Nov 2014 | 12:31 am
    The home page of a school website serves a number of purposes, including; It provides a first impression of the school and its brand, to those who have no experience of the school. It sets the web visitor’s expectations, not only in terms of the school and its values, but their expectations of what the rest of the website is going to be like. It acts as a set of sign posts to the most relevant content. It offers the school an opportunity to immediately capture the web visitor’s attention and share with them some important and / or engaging information. It must enable the web…
  • A check list for your next Direct Mail campaign

    12 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    With easy access to a range of free / low-cost email marketing tools such as MailChimp, there’s an assumption that printed Direct Mail is no longer worth considering. An email can be sent for free, versus the cost of print and postage. Design of an email can sometimes be a lot quicker and therefore cheaper than Direct Mail. But if you think about your own experiences in receiving marketing emails, how many of them to do you actually stop and open, let alone read? I subscribe to a range of updates, news, offers, you name it. From a wide variety of brands. But the only ones that actually…
  • How graphic design can help get your customers’ attention

    6 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    You want your customers to hear what you’re saying. But getting their attention can prove tricky for a whole range or reasons. Such as; they’re not hanging out where your message is they haven’t got time to hear what you’ve got to say it’s the wrong time, their focus is elsewhere they don’t even see what you have to say they find what you have to say confusing they don’t think it’s relevant to them they’re paying attention to something else they’re not sure which part of your message is for them …the list goes on.
  • Why the supermarket industry is a great industry to learn from

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Having spent some time in the retail industry in my earlier career I’ve always had an interest in the supermarket industry, from the marketing perspective. I’ve considered it like an ongoing case study. An industry that covers so many facets of marketing, that every business owner and marketeer can learn from it. And of course it’s an easy industry to follow. I shop every week. I watch a bit of telly. I read papers. I browse online. I read the news. I drive around Cheltenham. So there’s not a day goes by that I don’t see something to do with the supermarket…
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    LOGO123 Blog

  • 30 modern flat logo design for your daily inspiration

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:51 pm
    In the world of logo design, complex graphic effects are out, simple flat design style are in. Logos utilizing the modern flat design are finding their ways into the mainstream of logo designing. In this style, since most space in … Continue reading →The post 30 modern flat logo design for your daily inspiration appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
  • Square shaped logo design for your mobile APP and website

    13 Dec 2014 | 10:45 pm
    With the growing influence of mobile APP stores, squared shaped logo design is gaining popularity. Many great logos are based on simple geometric shapes.  Square logos are an excellent example, and have been used for many popular brands such as … Continue reading →The post Square shaped logo design for your mobile APP and website appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
  • Awesome food & restaurant logo design inspirations

    13 Dec 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Designing a logo for your restaurant is important. Many restaurant logos incorporate food elements that relate to the food that they serve.  For example, a pizzeria would incorporate a slice of pizza into their logo.  Some make good use of … Continue reading →The post Awesome food & restaurant logo design inspirations appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
  • 25 Christmas logo designs to add to your holiday spirit

    7 Dec 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Add a Christmas holiday theme for your business logo. It’s the time of the year when everything seems a little bit cozier and livelier. That’s right folks, it’s Christmas season! Hang your lanterns and lights, gifts are always a welcome … Continue reading →The post 25 Christmas logo designs to add to your holiday spirit appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
  • Add a perfect slogan to your business logo

    6 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    A slogan is a short and memorable phrase typically used in advertising in conjunction with a business logo. They help associate a particular feeling or idea with your product or brand,  and together with you logo help to leave a … Continue reading →The post Add a perfect slogan to your business logo appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
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  • Eternity

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:47 am
    This collection presents the eternal flow of the universal energy. The colors and the forms are creation of that flow. This collection comes with 3 dimensions which can be found on the right sidebar. Yellow Eternity   Red Eternity   White Eternity
  • Windy Mountains

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Inspired by the nature, this collection presents abstract shapes of landscape scenery formed by wind. The colors correspond to the environment. This collection comes with 3 dimensions which can be found on the right sidebar. Windy Glacier   Windy Desert   Windy Bridge  
  • Tied Animals – Gray

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    This collection presents a modern look of different tied animals using gray and desaturated colors. The message behind this is to show that power of humans leads to animal extinction. Our aim was to create a fine digital art that can be used as a stylish decor for your home or office. This collection comes with 4 dimensions which can be found on the right sidebar. Tied Kangaroo – Gray   Tied Elephant – Gray   Tied Ram – Gray   Tied Deer – Gray  
  • Tied Animals

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    This collection presents a modern look of different tied animals. The message behind this is to show that power of humans leads to animal extinction. The colors used in this collection were carefully chosen. Our aim was to create a fine digital art that can be used as a stylish decor for your home or office. This collection comes with 4 dimensions which can be found on the right sidebar. Tied Elephant   Tied Kangaroo   Tied Ram   Tied Deer  
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