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  • How to Use Our Free Folder Mockup Templates

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

    Next Big Design
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    Your brand is not determined by a logo. Your brand is what people perceive or feel when they consume your content or buy your products. Your brand strategy is created by your core products, your mission, and the target audience you are trying to reach. According to Business2Community, here are six steps to creating a comprehensive brand strategy: Strive for Emotional Connections You have
  • Efficiency in creative work

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    Graphic Mania Editorial
    21 May 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The original post can be found here: Efficiency in creative workOne key element involved in creative work, which many people strive for, is the ability to improve efficiency. The capability to work faster while retaining quality can be an extremely valuable trait, especially to employers. Although efficiency may not be easily obtained, there are many great ways to boost your effectiveness and productivity when working on projects. I believe that[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • Creative Update 179 -- Graphic Design Creative Inspiration

    Graphic Design & Publishing Center
    Fred Showker
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Before we jump into the Fall Fonts Fest, let's finish out the summer with some creative tidbits from life size poster models to packaging to freelancing, we'll see people doing great stuff all over the world ... just follow along: [_] Why does Birmingham employ more architects than other metro areas, but fewer graphic designers?[_] Jean Peterson Design's Award-Winning Wine Label Series Featured on International Website[_] Chapchinstudio constructs poster for 2014 tehran graphic design week[_] Ultimate design & Lettering inspiration is found in packaging [_] 5 Ways to Showcase Your Freelance…
  • The New Bacardi Logo – It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere!

    LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers
    Mitchell Kernot
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
    When researching the liquor market one is amazed by the saturation of the brightly colored labels, and bottles offering you any variety of fantastic experiences and emotions. It’s a competitive industry for any logo design, but the Bacardi Rum image really shakes the industry good. Earlier this year the company elected to focus on their…
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  • JumboZilla: Thousands of Super Premium Design Resources worth $11,227 - Just $129

    Fred Showker
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    To celebrate "Back to Design School" the Design Center and DTG Magazine has partnered with one of the leading deals websites in the entire design community, with an extended family of more than 300,000 design enthusiasts. But these are not just designers -- they're illustrators, typographers, photographers, journalists, art directors, painters artists, publicists, marketers, scrapbookers, craftspeople, sign painters, fabricators, CnC machine oporators, and visual communicators from all corners of the world. What we've cooked up for you -- with this coupon -- will blow your mind! read more
  • Help from ColorLogic's color management for more consistent color results

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    22 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    ThePowerXChange, the source for extended technology, is excited to announce the availability of the ColorLogic product range. ColorLogic's color management products are easy to use, can be easily integrated into any production environment, and operate reliably for consistent more
  • Creative Update 179 -- Graphic Design Creative Inspiration

    Fred Showker
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Before we jump into the Fall Fonts Fest, let's finish out the summer with some creative tidbits from life size poster models to packaging to freelancing, we'll see people doing great stuff all over the world ... just follow along: [_] Why does Birmingham employ more architects than other metro areas, but fewer graphic designers?[_] Jean Peterson Design's Award-Winning Wine Label Series Featured on International Website[_] Chapchinstudio constructs poster for 2014 tehran graphic design week[_] Ultimate design & Lettering inspiration is found in packaging [_] 5 Ways to Showcase Your Freelance…
  • Graphic Designers Ask : How much should I charge

    Fred Showker
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    This is probably on of the most frequently asked questions in the graphic design business. Everyone is looking for a silver bullet -- but there are no silver bullets. About ever five to ten years someone asks the question and I answer it. I've done so for almost 40+ years. They asked it again in the Design Cafe, so I provided this answer to "how much should I charge?" read more
  • Marketing Update : End of Summer, on to big marketing season

    Fred Showker
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    We're almost through the summer "dog dazze" and now ramping up for the biggest marketing quarter for the year, pay attention : [*] 6 strategies to assess if a bold new idea is worth the risk[*] Priceline Seeks Results From Facebook as Google Wins Ads[*] Media relations techniques that don't involve pitching[*] 5 ways to build brand awareness through content[*] 5 Little-known YouTube Features for Marketers [*] Metrics That Matter ... and more read more
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  • Cool Web Design Tricks a Web Developer will Never Tell You

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:49 pm
    Whether you’re running maintenance, gifts store or real estate company, getting your business online is a must-do for gaining recognition and engaging more clients in. Unfortunately, not all of us are lucky to be web design experts. Hiring a professional web designer dramatically helps you set up a fine web resource that would both draw visitor attention and treat your clients with the most outstanding user experience on the web. However, before you decide to start looking for a web designer who would help you with promoting your business, there are some tricky things you should learn about…
  • Project 2501: poster homages to Ghost in the Shell

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    The book and movie “Ghost in the Shell” quickly became cult for an entire generation. Project 2501 was started to pay a visual homage to the movie. It was started very small, but quickly became a huge worldwide collaboration with many amazing posters. The post Project 2501: poster homages to Ghost in the Shell appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Street art by Fintan Magee

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:13 pm
    The citizens of Brisbane have the chance to get many murals by one of the world’s great street artists: Fintan Magee. The post Street art by Fintan Magee appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Design deals for the week

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:11 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. 3-in-1 USB Charging Cable For Mobile Phone Use this USB cable with any USB AC Charger or USB Car Charger Adapters. Unique compact design, Conveniently portable and lightweight, minimize working space, Compact size for traveling convenience, no worry about tangled cable mess. Never run out of battery power. One USB charging cable comes with 3 connectors compatible with many cell phone, PDA, MP3,MP4 devices.‍ $25 – Get it now! Online Responsive…
  • Scary landscapes by Michael Kerbow

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Michael Kerbow‘s landscapes can often be described as gigantic piles of cars and roads. A rather pessimistic view of the city landscape. The post Scary landscapes by Michael Kerbow appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
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    Graphic Design News

  • Dubai Health Authority launches its BBM channel

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:58 am
    We are looking to hire an experienced Banking Supervision Advisor with strong knowledge of international banking regulations .
  • Commercial Bank, Alfardan Exchange, and Rev partner to launch first...

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:58 am
    We are looking to hire an experienced Banking Supervision Advisor with strong knowledge of international banking regulations .
  • Artist-in-residence to publish photography book on LBJ

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:54 pm
    John Valadez works on a draft of his new book on Lyndon B. Johnson and the Civil Rights Movement at the Center for The Study of The Southwest Thanks to the life-size statue of US President Lyndon B. Johnson that stands in the middle of The Quad, most people are aware that he must have had at least some connection to Texas State.
  • Doctor Who fan creates new TV titles

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:39 pm
    When a Doctor Who fan created his own unofficial title sequence for the show and put it on YouTube, the producers saw it and liked it so much that they decided to use it for the new series, which begins on BBC One on Saturday.
  • Demolition of graffiti mecca 5Pointz begins

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Tourists and local street art enthusiasts snapped pictures of the building, which will be razed to make ways for residential towers Tourists and local street art enthusiasts gathered Friday to catch what might be their final glimpses of the Long Island City building, at 45-46 Davis St., as demolition contractors began tearing down the walls.
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    You The Designer

  • Beautiful Handcrafted Posters on the Principles of Design

    Julya Buhain
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    How closely do you follow the Principles of Design? It’s important for every designer – whether you’ve just started getting your feet wet, or have immersed yourself in the ocean of design – to master basic concepts. A good grasp of these ideas can help you not only with the art of creating, but with your own work as well. Turkish designer, Efil Türk has given us a beautiful collection of hand made posters detailing the elements of design. Using a combination of techniques such as paper cutting and photo manipulation, she’s provided us with a delightful series…
  • Gorgeously Lettered Greeting Cards from Horrible People

    Julya Buhain
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Sometimes, when looking at a sea of Typography – it’s nice to take a break from insightful quotes and vague one word brush pen doodles of encouragement. In the same sense of spark as Seb Lester’s Hilariously Offensive Calligraphy comes a new set of greeting cards that are just as equally entertaining as the last. Ugly Notes are really delightful and quirky greeting cards by a collective of designers from all over. On their website they wrote: If you’re anything like us, you’re a horrible person. But you’re the kind of horrible person who appreciates…
  • Realistic Pencil Drawings of Jono Dry

    George Nacpil
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:29 pm
    South Africa-based artist Jono Dry was born in Pretoria and raised in the beautiful seaside town of Hermanus, where he pretty much spends time drawing beautiful things. He is entirely self taught who loves to draw surreal and hyper realistic pencil drawings. His unique photo realistic-surrealist works are usually created on a large scale, using graphite on paper or board.   Jono draws inspiration from the things around him, usually people and nature. He loves looking at things with the potential of turning a situation into a drawing. Jono Dry also loves to observe and gets ideas on…
  • Amazing Keyboard Art by Guy Whitby

    George Nacpil
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Guy Whitby, aka WorkByKnight is an artist based in Australia who makes art using various pieces of buttons that can be found in different electronics such as keyboards,typewriters, phones and calculators. He uses photo manipulation techniques to produce each piece, making sure to fill each pixel with a different key or button. With these simple tools, Whitby revived the image of popular musicians, celebrities and political figures. Take a look at the images below. Make sure you scroll down and see these wonderful art of Guy Whitby and tell me which one is your favorite. “I want my…
  • Silly Sundays: Make My Logo Bigger Cream

    Gian Bautista
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    And other clinically proven design enhancing formulas. Agency Fusion, a web design and development agency, created the Make My Logo Bigger Cream website featuring fictitious products to cope with the cringe worthy revisions we all endure from our clients. Over the years we’ve learned a thing or two about the painful requests we all endure at the hands of our clients. In fact, five of those beloved demands became the heart and soul of this campaign. And although this video doesn’t do justice to the litany of odd requests we all get, we hope it at least gives you a few minutes of…
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  • Photoshop Blur Gallery: Spin Blur

    Mike Rankin
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    Authors: Steve CaplinBody: The new Blur Gallery filters in Photoshop CC 2014 offer an innovative, highly controllable way to apply selective blurs to images. A real bonus is the fact that these filters work on Smart Objects as well as regular layers: this means that if you convert your layer to a Smart Object first, you'll be able to go back into it at any time and change the filter's settings. Here, we'll see how to use the new Spin Blur filter to make this car's wheels appear to be turning. Using conventional Photoshop techniques, we'd have to copy the wheel to a new layer,…
  • Layer Tennis is Back!

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Authors: Erica GametBody: Are you ready for the best tennis match of the year? I'm not talking about the US Open or even Wimbledon. Prepare your eyeballs for the return of Layer Tennis! This friendly competition between two creatives—animators, artists, illustrators, graphic designers, photographers—happens in real-time and even has play-by-play commentary. The competitors volley a file back and forth, each adding to the piece during their 15-minute turn. After 10 volleys, the match is over and a winner is decided on social media. It's always interesting to see how a piece will…
  • Improve Your Talent for "Eyeballing It"

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Authors: Erica GametBody: I'm kind of a stickler for neat and tidy layout; blame it on my printing background, I guess. I try not to be too harsh with those designers that insist on eyeballing everything. I welcomed InDesign's Smart Guides with open arms because I could, at last, join the freewheeling eyeballing group and STILL have my tidy layout. If you're in the group that prefers to rely on your visual accuracy, you might want to test how fine those skills really are using the Eyeballing Game. This addictive online test quizzes you on finding the midpoint of a center, bisecting…
  • Corel Offers Suite Alternative

    11 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Authors: Erica GametBody: Reading through the comments on graphics forums (I know, I know: Don't read the comments!) it's clear that many designers still aren't happy with the Adobe subscription model. There has been talk of doing without Adobe products which, to some, seems a daunting task. Well, Corel is hoping to lure away the subscriptionaphobes with their CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X7. Included are apps for vector-based drawing/page layout, image editing, raster-to-vector tracing, website design, and an online collaboration tool. At around $500 USD for the entire suite—boxed…
  • How Photoshop Uses Bungee Cords to Define Color

    Mike Rankin
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Authors: David BateBody: The following excerpt is adapted from Speaking Photoshop CC by David Bate. Reprinted, with permission of the publisher, from Speaking Photoshop CC © 2014 David Bate. All rights reserved. For further information, visit Have you ever tried to unlock the meaning of those obscure RGB formulas that Photoshop uses to define color? For example, why do you get purple when R=50, G=10 and B=243? And how do you get orange from an RGB formula of 226/178/12? It’s not really as difficult as it seems when you realize that Photoshop uses bungee…
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  • Free Icon Sets For August 2014 (10 Total) - Web Design Blog

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:35 am
    Whether you’re looking to spruce up a user interface, or you want icons to represent elements in your app, quality icon sets are essential elements that every designer needs. This month, a lot of designers have created free icons sets that you can download and use in your projects. I have put together a list of the top 10 free icons sets you can download for the month of August. You can preview these awesome free icon sets below.
  • 45+ Best Free Responsive Blogger Templates

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    Responsiveness got a demand in the web industry, for the users want to get the information, as well as, enjoy their browsing experience, and utilize their less time and efforts. A lot of responsive blogger templates were also made available on the web, but some of them came out to be the best ones on the basis of their simplicity in code, their features, etc. Those best blogger templates have been mentioned in this list below, for you to choose and install as you want to, and create your own cool responsive blogger website.
  • A Freelance Designer’s Guide to Make Effective Business Plan

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Freelancing in one career that is magnetising lot many people these days for the advantages it offers like ease and comfort of work, flexibility of time and many more like these. Quitting the job is easy but planning to start your own freelancing business asks you to be smart and work wisely from the very initial phase that is planning.
  • 145+ Free Responsive HTML5 CSS3 Website Templates

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    HTML5 Is the latest additional update to the most commonly used website development languages, the Hypertext Mark Up language. HTML5 was launched in 2013, and its use became viral amongst the web developers, because of the availability of so many flexible features, compatibilities, and easier to understand and interpret platforms. The most appealing features of the HTML5 developing platform was the fact, that it can be used for developing animated and interactive web pages easily and effectively, without using any external applets of applications making the website date more heavy and loading…
  • Why It’s Okay to Be So Negative (Negative Space in Design)

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    Simplicity tends to be the key to success, especially in graphic design. In a world polluted with so many grey areas, it is nice to have something that is black & white. Negative space is just as important as the object that it surrounds. We’ll take a look at negative space and why it is so important to graphic design.
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    Next Big Design

  • Transform Big Data into Big Decisions at FT’14

    13 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    If you had all the data in the world at your fingertips, what would you do to delight your customers? - Andreas Weigend Join Keynote Andreas Weigend, Former Chief Scientist, AMAZON and Director, SOCIAL DATA LAB - as he takes stage at (FT'14) Foresight and Trends Conference,  November 11 - 13 in Los Angeles, CA.  During his keynote-The New Consumer: Celebrating Individuals, Cultivating
  • How to Create a Comprehensive Brand Strategy

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    Your brand is not determined by a logo. Your brand is what people perceive or feel when they consume your content or buy your products. Your brand strategy is created by your core products, your mission, and the target audience you are trying to reach. According to Business2Community, here are six steps to creating a comprehensive brand strategy: Strive for Emotional Connections You have
  • 15 Inspirational Quotes from Design Legends

    4 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Explore more infographics like this one on the web's largest information design community - Visually.
  • Uncover Latent Trends: Foresight & Trends Brochure Just Released

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

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

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Related to the last: the audio from Pacific Rim with footage from Robot Jox, made to create this trailer for what's essentially the exact same movie.
  • Robot Jox

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Whoa. The 1989 film Robot Jox can now be streamed in its entirety.
  • Public Library of the City of Detroit

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    "This book is the property of the people of Detroit, and must be taken special care of, and not allowed to lie around where injury may happen to it. For damages done to the books of the Library the following fines will be imposed..."
  • Chicago, the font

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    Alissa Walker on Chicago, the Mac system font, of Ed Wood anachronism fame.
  • The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    "For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend--or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest.
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  • Friday Link Pack

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:37 am
    - Color coded photography. Stunning. - Smokers lungs vs healthy lungs. This will make you stop smoking. - 10 websites that help make you more money-savvy - Take a closer look at how half-a-dozen ceramics masters practice their craft. - Also from Jason Kottke’s blog: Texting in movies - History of an Icon: La Vespa (via coudal) - “There are countless forces in our lives that are out of our control. That doesn’t mean we can’t do anything about how they influence our work and our life…” Totally and completely out of my control - Yoga Hacks: How to Undo the…
  • Perfectly Useless

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Katerina Kamprani creates perfectly useless product designs. Made me smile.
  • You’re Officially Awesome

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:01 pm
    This is the best thing ever: You can buy a Certificate of Awesomeness to give to whoever deserves one, designed and signed by Jessica Hische. Look! It has rainbow edge-painting! Over the top? Yes! All certificates ship with a rainbow pencil so the recipient or co-signer can add their own signature. That Jessica Hische! Always coming up with awesome stuff!
  • Birdhouse Bookshelf

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
    This designy, wall mounted, bedside table made me chuckle. The best part of the design: Birdhouse Booklshelf lets you place your book on its roof.
  • Hidden Message Necklace

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:33 pm
    These customizable hidden message necklaces by Beth Macri really put a smile on my face. I first learned about it via Rachel of Story. Today I met a lovely lady at the gift show that was wearing one. Definitely wishlisted.
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    Logo Design Love

  • TM, The Untold Stories Behind 29 Classic Logos

    David Airey
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    “The seeds of this book were sown in a special issue of Creative Review magazine, in which my colleagues and I attempted to tell the stories behind the creation of some of the world’s best-known logos. As with the issue, this book is also a group of favourites, rather than an attempt at a definitive ‘best ever’ list. The logos are not ranked in any order; while they have each vied for attention in the real world, they are not in competition here.” All 29 logos featured within the book Written by Mark Sinclair, deputy editor of Creative Review, and published by Laurence King,…
  • The “wheelchair” symbol gets an update

    David Airey
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Dylan Stableford of Yahoo asked me a few questions on the New York update to the International Symbol of Access. Here’s Dylan’s piece. For full context my answers are below. What do you think of the new logo? Jeff Gentry of the Accessible Icon team said the purpose of the project wasn’t to replace the original design, but to create conversation about accessibility, inclusion, and the capability of people with disabilities to navigate their world. That’s a worthy aim, and despite the mostly negative online comments I’ve read it’s probably far too early to…
  • A few things #2

    David Airey
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    What happens when logo contests become rife? Generic logos. World Caps. “32 individual club-logos on snapback caps. For love of the game.” An interview with iconic designer Ivan Chermayeff, on Co.Design. “Sometimes the business side of things — the preparation of getting a client to understand where you’re coming from, and communicating that intelligibly enough so they might agree with you, is often more work than the design work itself.” Responsive logos. “An exploration into scalable logos for the modern web. Resize your browser (Or rotate your device) to see the reductions…
  • Design Matters: Bob Gill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Take Workshops

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Check out the Take Workshops, a series of photography workshops around the globe. The first two will be in New York (23-24 September) and San Francisco (3-5 October). If your in the area check it out as it looks like fun.
  • Instagram

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

    7 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Beautiful illustrations by New York based Japanese artist Yuko Shimizu.
  • Michael Alvarez

    6 Aug 2014 | 6:03 pm
    The slightly weird world of artist Michael Alvarez.
  • Krisztián Tejfel

    5 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
    Krisztián Tejfel from Hungary is painter (mostly digital) and photographer from Hungary.
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  • Vintage Logo Mockups for Access All Areas Members

    Chris Spooner
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We have a new set of premium design resources for Access All Areas members today, courtesy of GraphicRiver author Yusof Mining. This pack of logo mockups includes 9 templates to present your identity & brand designs in style. With a focus on dusty old papers and washed out filters these mockups PSDs perfectly complement the vintage design style and give your art an authentic hand printed feel. Use them to wow your clients with a detailed design proposal, or create attention grabbing design presentations for your portfolio. Yusof Mining is an established author on stock resources website…
  • Beginner Illustrator Tutorial: Cute Baby Style Artwork

    Chris Spooner
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    My wife and I are expecting a baby girl in a few months so our house is slowly filling up with everything cute and pink! Seeing the style of art used on the items we’ve collected for the nursery gave me a great idea for a beginner’s Illustrator tutorial, showing how stylish illustrations can be created using basic shapes and patterns. Follow this step by step Illustrator tutorial to create a series of simple vector illustrations, each one employing slightly more advanced techniques to eventually form a complete mobile of objects. This tutorial will be split into four sections in…
  • Folded Paper Textures for Access All Areas Members

    Chris Spooner
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Simon Birky Hartmann is back with more awesome design resources for Access All Areas members. Premium members already have access to the best-selling Photocopy Noise textures from The Shop, and now two whole volumes of the popular Folded Paper textures are being made available for Access All Areas members to enjoy. These textures allow you to add fake folds to a poster design to make it look more genuine, each one is a whopping 600dpi to cater for even the largest of prints. Simon Birky Hartmann’s The Shop is packed full of best selling design resources. If you’re in need of dirty…
  • 20 Free Branding/Identity Mockups with Themed Items

    Chris Spooner
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I’ve featured loads of free stationery mockup templates in the past, which allow you to quickly generate realistic previews of how your corporate ID designs will look when produced as a complete range of printed products, but when designing a brand it’s also important to develop a persona around the logo. It can be difficult to express the brand’s character in just a small design though, so today’s roundup of free resources focuses on mockups with a specific theme. These PSDs allow you to mock up your designs as usual, but with the addition of complementing items that…
  • FilterGrade Vintage Photoshop Actions for Members

    Chris Spooner
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Access All Areas members are in for a treat this week! A fresh set of premium Photoshop Actions courtesy of FilterGrade is now available for members to download. This fantastic set contains 10 Vintage style Photoshop Actions alongside 5 Light Leak Actions to add classic tones to your images. Run each Action individually, or stack them to produce unique effects. The addition of a Play All feature makes it easy to test all the Actions at once, or mix the effects together with the help of neat groups and layer masks. The FilterGrade Shop is stocked full of Actions of various types, including…
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  • Here’s a Quick Way to Find WordPress Developers When You Need One

    Ruby Domejes
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’re a business owner but why so you bother to find WordPress developers? Being a business owner, you know that having a website is one great way to ensure profitability. Moreover, you know that you should not settle for generic themes. Okay, you also realize that some things are learned over time- but that is one luxury you do not have. What should you do? Of course, one of the best ways is to know which job board really caters to WP development and post your listing there. With so many job boards to look online, how would you know that you are getting the best your money can buy?
  • Telltale Signs That You Might Be a Bad Boss

    Rudolph Musngi
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Bosses  can be pretty infuriating at times. But do you know what can really ruin your day? A bad boss. In your web design career, you surely have experienced being administered by the boss. You take orders and requests, do and finish them and earn money at paydays. If this is not the case, you might be the boss. You are the one who sends payments, administers people, and sanctions them if they do something wrong. This can be very difficult at times, especially when you think of the times when you were still at the bottom of the chain. Everyone saw you as a friend more than a foe back then.
  • Waste Time Productively with These Blogs

    Rudolph Musngi
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    It seems paradoxical to say that you can waste time productively. Productivity and procrastination are often conceived as two opposing forces that affect the lives of freelancers. However, there is a slight glitch in this system. Given fair thought and immense amount of dedication, you can actually waste their time productively. For web designers like you, there are some things you can do while you goof around your free time. You can: Create freebies that could boost your portfolio Look for more clients Read more blogs that could actually help you in the future These three have a common…
  • Texturize It: How to Create Textured Text Using CSS

    Sam Norton
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Still remember the old days where in you are just starting out with Photoshop? You designed an image-based text and then just uploaded it on your website? Instead of doing this with Photoshop, the good news is, it is now possible to create textured text using CSS3. Webkit now supports the background-clip CSS3 property that does exactly what Photoshop does. Aside from that, you can also use the mask-image CSS property to do almost the same effect; however, this property clips the visible portion of an element according to the transparency of the mask images. In today’s tutorial, you will…
  • 30 More Android Applications You Mustn’t Miss This Year

    Taimur Asghar
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Android, as we all know, is the world’s most popular mobile operating system. However, it was considered as the second choice after Apple’s OSX. But, with its functionality, it has gained wonderful popularity for the last five years. No doubt, there is no replacement for a laptop or a computer, but working on-the-go may allow you to settle for some Android applications. Whether you are a designer, developer or a freelancer, you have to work with codes, designs and projects on daily basis to achieve something. With powerful smart phones and tablets releasing every year, more and more tools…
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    LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers

  • The Evolution of Marketing: Why so many Logo Redesign and Rebranding Efforts are Going Bust.

    Hala Ali
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:48 am
    An article in Forbes magazine recently started with the words, “Marketers don’t cut people open, design cars that can crash, handle hazardous waste or fly into war zones. Relatively speaking, it’s a low-stakes profession…” Reading these lines I was astounded. As a marketer in the 21st century I take marketing very seriously. It was hard…
  • Rebranding & Logo Redesigns

    Hamza Abdelhak
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:12 am
  • Is there such a thing as ‘Good’ Complexity? The Disney Channel Logo Design Thinks So.

    Mitchell Kernot
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    The Disney Channel has long been a staple of Disney entertainment, and their logo has gone through numerous iterations. Their latest version has been an accepted part of the industry since 2002, but as companies often do, Disney decided it was time for a change. Interestingly enough, though, Disney channel has decided not to follow…
  • The New Bacardi Logo – It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere!

    Mitchell Kernot
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
    When researching the liquor market one is amazed by the saturation of the brightly colored labels, and bottles offering you any variety of fantastic experiences and emotions. It’s a competitive industry for any logo design, but the Bacardi Rum image really shakes the industry good. Earlier this year the company elected to focus on their…
  • Announcing the winner of Contest: Think Design!

    Shyrose Vastani
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Having been inactive for a long time we launched Logo Design Guru’s blog again a few months ago and decided that with the new launch we should recreate the representative image as well. The logo design contest launched was offset with the name “think design”; the idea behind the blog was to facilitate our designers…
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    Web Design Blog, Web Designer Resources

  • THE Retro/Vintage Design Bundle (200+ Elements) – only $22

    13 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    If you want to beef up your design tools in one fell swoop, this Mighty Deal clearly has your name on it. Chock full of 11 different retro/vintage design bundles from Cruzine Design, you’ll instantly find yourself drooling at more than 200 different design elements. Like what? Like high-quality, professional logos, badges, ornaments, frames, shapes, buttons and more. Each comes in editable Photoshop files, with most also including .AI and .EPS files so you can easily customize the size, shape and color. The price is real vintage too. You can get this entire collection for a mere $22.
  • SuperSpray Plugin for Photoshop (sprays images) – only $10!

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

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

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

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

  • This week's sponsor: Need

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    Need is a curated retailer and lifestyle magazine for men. Featuring exclusive items from the world’s top designers. Check out Volume 9.
  • Dependence Day: The Power and Peril of Third-Party Solutions

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Why don’t we just use this plugin?” That’s a question I started hearing a lot in the heady days of the 2000s, when open-source CMSes were becoming really popular. We asked it optimistically, full of hope about the myriad solutions only a download away. As the years passed, we gained trustworthy libraries and powerful communities, but the graveyard of crufty code and abandoned services grew deep. Many solutions were easy to install, but difficult to debug. Some providers were eager to sell, but loath to support. Years later, we’re still asking that same question—only now we’re…
  • One Step Ahead: Improving Performance with Prebrowsing

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    We all want our websites to be fast. We optimize images, create CSS sprites, use CDNs, cache aggressively, and gzip and minimize static content. We use every trick in the book. But we can still do more. If we want faster outcomes, we have to think differently. What if, instead of leaving our users to stare at a spinning wheel, waiting for content to be delivered, we could predict where they wanted to go next? What if we could have that content ready for them before they even ask for it? We tend to see the web as a reactive model, where every action causes a reaction. Users click, then we take…
  • Valediction

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    When I first met Kevin Cornell in the early 2000s, he was employing his illustration talent mainly to draw caricatures of his fellow designers at a small Philadelphia design studio. Even in that rough, dashed-off state, his work floored me. It was as if Charles Addams and my favorite Mad Magazine illustrators from the 1960s had blended their DNA to spawn the perfect artist. Kevin would deny that label, but artist he is. For there is a vision in his mind, a way of seeing the world, that is unlike anyone else’s—and he has the gift to make you see it too, and to delight, inspire, and…
  • My Favorite Kevin Cornell

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    After 200 issues—yes, two hundred—Kevin Cornell is retiring from his post as A List Apart’s staff illustrator. Tomorrow’s issue will be the last one featuring new illustrations from him. Sob. For years now, we’ve eagerly awaited Kevin’s illustrations each issue, opening his files with all the patience of a kid tearing into a new LEGO set. But after nine years and more than a few lols, it’s time to give Kevin’s beautifully deranged brain a rest. We’re still figuring out what comes next for ALA, but while we do, we’re sending Kevin off the best way we know how: by sharing a…
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    Abduzeedo Design Inspiration - Design Inspiration & Tutorials

  • Concept Art Illustrations by Raphael Lacoste

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    I really can't get enough of concept art illustrations! This week we're featuring the fantastic work of Canadian artist Raphael Lacoste. He's been doing some fantastic pieces for games like Assassin's Creed, which gives us some really great images! Here you can see a handful of Raphael's work. For more of it please check out his portfolio at CGSociety! He'll definitely enjoy it. I hope you guys have a great weekend! Cheers. ;) Tags: concept artillustrationdigital artBrought to you by: 
  • Desk Concept by Agnieszka Graczykowska

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:52 am
    Agnieszka Graczykowska is an Interior Designer and Product Designer based in Wroclaw, Poland. With a wide range of skills from CGI Visualization to the process of a construction, Agnieszka has created this beautiful workspace for those who work at home. With an ergonomic approach, this desk concept is to make things easier and help your organize your workflow. All Rights to Agnieszka Graczykowska All Rights to Agnieszka Graczykowska All Rights to Agnieszka Graczykowska All Rights to Agnieszka Graczykowska All Rights to Agnieszka Graczykowska All Rights to Agnieszka Graczykowska All Rights to…
  • Friday Fresh Free Fonts - Hanken Round, Brig, Rabiola

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:51 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 Hanken Round by Alfredo Marco Pradil Download Hanken Round Brig by Filipe Rolim Download Brig Rabiola by Raphael Sathler Download Rabiola Tags: FFFFfree fontsfreebiesfontsBrought to you by: 
  • Beautiful Houses: Skyline Residence

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:34 am
    Today we will show you the amazing Skyline residence in Portland, Oregon, a project by Nathan Good Architects. This house is really beautiful and elegant. The house uses natural materials and generates as much energy as it consumes, which is great. Materials, shapes, colors, layout and natural light create a modern and cozy environment. Certainly a great place to live. Make sure to check out Nathan Good Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week :) Description from the architects: Nestled in the hills just to the west of Portland,…
  • Daily Inspiration #1850

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:30 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 AoiroStudio abduzeedo's blog
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    Adaptive Path

  • Making it Real

    Evi Hui
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    As a result of software eating the world, physical products and environments are smart and connected. There is a shift from focusing on product to multi-channel user experience, and successful companies are employing multidisciplinary teams involving the disciplines of interaction design, industrial design, architecture, branding and service design. Prototyping has become a way to ensure teams are designing and building the right system of interdependent touchpoints. At Adaptive Path, we employ rapid prototyping in nearly every design iteration. Our clients enjoy the benefits of risk…
  • UX Week 2014 Keynote Josh Clark on the Future of Digital Product Design

    Jesse James Garrett
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Josh Clark’s particular mix of practical realism and thoughtful reflection is an ideal match for UX Week. Josh is the author of the book Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps, and frequently gives workshops and talks at conferences around the world. In this interview, Josh and I talk about the current trends in digital product design, and where those trends might be heading. Jesse James Garrett: Josh, tell me a little bit about how you got to where you are and how your work has evolved in recent years. Josh Clark: My career path naturally didn’t begin with internet technology or…
  • Desk Drawer Chronicles

    Amber Reed
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Who are the people inside Adaptive Path? Starting this month, we will give you an opportunity to get to know our staff by taking a peek at what’s in their toolkit and where they draw their inspiration. This month, we explore what makes Adaptive Path’s Visual Design Lead tick. Amber Reed shares with us the objects that fuel her design process. My tricks for staying creatively inspired: 1. When I’m out of ideas or feel like I’ve been pushing the same elements around the page all day, getting away gives me a fresh perspective and helps me focus on what’s really important.
  • Designing E.T.’s Experience: Interview with UX Week Speaker Doug Vakoch of SETI Institute

    Brandon Schauer
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Better experiences come about from building empathy for our users, but what happens when that user is an extraterrestrial? At UX Week this September we’ll talk to the person who can answer this question and help us consider how solving this far-out problem can help us design and communicate better with our users here on earth. Dr. Doug Vakoch is the Director of Interstellar Message Composition at the SETI Institute, and he researches ways that different civilizations might create messages that could be transmitted across interstellar space, allowing communication between humans and…
  • UX Week Keynote Speaker Denise Jacobs on Making Creativity Happen

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

    Andy Sowards
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetInternet entertainment has become a massive business in the last few years. A vast majority of the people who work in offices (or from home) need to clear their heads every now and then, and the easiest way to do that from work is to check out funny pictures and amazing videos that makes them forget about their daily struggles and the worlds problems (You certainly don’t want to go look at the news!). You don’t even have to look for them anymore, everybody shares what they see on social networks. Trouble is, a lot of it is repetitive and not that good, or…
  • Go Big with Your Online Presence

    Andy Sowards
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetApproximately 27 percent of small businesses report they don’t use any social media at all, according to a National Small Business Association study. Meanwhile, 40 percent of social media users purchased an item after sharing it or favoriting it on social media sites. The study also found social media drives in-store and online purchasing at equal rates.It’s never too late for small businesses to join social media and start connecting with customers and developing their online brand. Here are a few ways to kickstart your social media marketing with…
  • Great Landing Page Designs

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

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

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

  • Norman Rockwell’s Reference Photos For His Iconic Paintings Revealed

    Justina Bakutyte
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Norman Rockwell (1894–1978) was a celebrated 20th-century American painter and illustrator, whose works became the imagery depicting everyday life in the States. It appears, Rockwell’s photo-realistic artworks were often accompanied by staged photographs which artist then used as a reference to paint his nostalgic scenes. Storytelling is a natural part of all of Rockwell’s paintings. Often disguised, the true story would reveal itself through the smallest details which the artist always considered beforehand. Take his illustration called “Marriage Counseling”…
  • Inner Revelation- Maskull Lasserre Carves Skeletons Into Wooden Sculptures

    Leslie Tane
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Canadian artist Maskull Lasserre’s “recarved” sculptures are aptly named—Lasserre takes existing clichéd figural wood carvings and “exposes” the skeleton underneath. Of course, the new carving only seems like a reveal of what lies beneath. Part of the success of these works is how inevitable they feel. Lasserre’s drawings and sculptures explore the unexpected potential of the everyday through allegories of value, expectation, and utility. Elements of nostalgia, accident, humor, and the macabre are incorporated into works that induce strangeness in the familiar, and provoke…
  • Street Artist JPS Pairs Pop Culture Stencils With Silly Puns

    Sara Barnes
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Maybe you love puns, maybe you hate them. Whatever your stance on them, UK street artist JPS is a fan. They permeate his work as he incorporates the witty phrases into stenciled images of characters in popular culture. We see Batman, Loki, Biggie Smalls, and even Michael Jackson on walls and rocks and are often accompanied by text that’s specific to the character. JPS’ clever street art is made extra amusing because of how silly some of his puns are. A previously graffitied wall has his addition of “This surface needs a Sheen,” with a portrait of Charlie Sheen next to it.
  • Nobody Notices Artist Lays Dead In A Public Park To Protest Michael Brown’s Killing

    Jené Gutierrez
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    In the wake of the murder of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by a policeman, and the subsequent protests of police brutality, tensions have been high among many communities. On Saturday August 16 in Philadelphia, artist activists draped yellow CAUTION ribbon around the iconic LOVE statue in Love Park and actor Keith Wallace positioned himself face-down in front of the statue, wearing a white t-shirt that appeared to be stained with blood, as if he were shot from behind. Standing near him, two people alternated the holding of a sign that read “Call Us By Our…
  • Ludicrous Images Of Porn Stars In between Sex Scenes

    Leslie Tane
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Porn stars are faced with a conundrum. If they act well, can the audience believe that they’re enjoying the sex? That acting may be beside the point entirely is made clear by the found photographs in Issue #008 of Useful Photography magazine, published by KesselsKramer. Each image is taken from the introductory, non-intimate scenes from adult movies and magazines. Pornographic films, websites and magazines all plough the same furrow – the repetition of the same act, in all its variations. Where they differ is their opening sequences, the patently fake and false scenarios, which…
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  • Robert Brunner: What All Great Design Companies Know

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    About this presentation What’s the secret to becoming a legendary design company like Apple or BMW? In this 99U talk, designer Robert Brunner deconstructs his creative process revealing the stories behind products like Beats by Dre headphones and the Polaroid Cube. First, he says, recognize that a brand belongs to your customers. ”You don’t own your brand. A brand isn’t a logo or packaging,” he says. “It’s a gut feeling. And when two people have the same gut feeling, you have a brand.” Secondly, most people view design as a part of the…
  • Learn Faster While Also Helping Others

    Tanner Christensen
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Researchers have found that the best way to learn something is to teach as you learn. Over at PsyBlog, Jeremy Dean explains why: People recall more and learn better when they expect to teach that information to another person, a new study finds… The likely reason why this fairly simple trick works is that it tends to automatically activate more successful learning strategies, the kind routinely used by teachers… The authors explain: “When teachers prepare to teach, they tend to seek out key points and organize information into a coherent structure. Our results suggest that…
  • Science Says You Should Only Check Email at Designated Times

    Tanner Christensen
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Elements designed by Ivan Colic from the Noun Project Over at The New York Times, researcher Daniel Levitin shares why you should give your brain a much-needed reset by only checking email or social feeds during designated times: If you want to be more productive and creative, and to have more energy, the science dictates that you should partition your day into project periods. Your social networking should be done during a designated time, not as constant interruptions to your day. Email, too, should be done at designated times. An email that you know is sitting there, unread, may sap…
  • Some of the Best Designed Offices in the World

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Airbnb’s San Francisco Headquarters via We’ve discussed before how much our working environments can have an outsized effect on our output. Luckily, Officelovin is collecting photos of their favorite offices in a variety of industries and locations. The beautiful photos provide plenty of inspiration for both home offices and company workplaces alike. Some of our favorites include Bitium’s industrial wall shelves: Bitium’s Santa Monica Offices via And Bulldog Drummond’s lounge area, that looks like a real living room: Bulldog…
  • Yoga Hacks: How to Undo the Damage of a Desk Job

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever spent a day at your desk only to leave feeling physically worn down? Chances are, you’re not passing your days doing intense physical tasks, so why are you dead tired come 6 p.m.? The physical toll of knowledge work rarely comes in the form of a sudden injury. Instead any bodily damage from our nine to five is the result of tiny imperfections in our work habits building up over time — maybe we have bad posture when we email or inadvertently hold our breath when reading from our computer. If you spend an average of eight hours each day in front of a screen (and that’s not…
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    Boagworld - Web & Digital Advice

  • Responsive components using context queries

    Ed Merritt
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Media queries make a website respond to the viewport. But what if we could make site components respond to their container? I’ve been having a play with the idea of determining the context of a piece of content within a page rather than simply querying the media (device) itself. Media queries introduced us to a new level of customisation, a single component can take on different forms, depending on the device being used. There are restrictions to this though. Imagine a sidebar, say 1/3 the width of the page (about 300px wide on a screen of 1024px, but only about 200px at 768px). We…
  • 10 ways to improve your mobile experience

    Paul Boag
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This week on the Boagworld web show we discuss 10 ways to improve your users mobile experience. Paul Boag: This week on the Boagworld web show we discuss 10 ways to improve your user’s mobile experience… [groaning] Marcus Lillington:Oh, shut-up. Break based on content not device (8:33) Keep those links well spread (11:54) Watch that complex javascript (16:27) Serve the appropriate size image (21:15) Don’t presume users are on the go (25:48) Think mobile from the start (28:08) Avoid form filling (32:10) Focus on legibility (35:44) Consider one handed use (38:16) Don’t…
  • What the heck is ‘digital’ anyway?

    Paul Boag
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Digital transformation, digital teams, digital strategy. Digital has become a buzzword. But what does it mean? I write a lot about digital. Heck, I have even written a book called Digital Adaptation. But I am conscious that the term means different things to different people. That without a clear definition the word digital will become a meaningless buzzword. In fact, many are already claiming it is. There is some truth in this view. Yes, digital is a vague term. But it is a necessary shorthand to encompass some complex ideas. In this post, I hope to unpack the term and provide some clarity…
  • 10 tips for working with clients

    Paul Boag
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    On this weeks show we explore ten ways you can improve your working relationship with clients. Be honest (06:30) Constant communication (13:19) Pre-empt common issues (21:28) Work collaboratively (25:09) Manage expectations (32:29) Outline their role (35:48) Communicate directly (38:20) Document everything Be enthusiastic (45:58) Talk to the right people (50:06) Add your tips to the comments Paul Boag: Hello, Marcus. I’m super excited about this week’s show. Marcus Lillington: You’re not really, are you? Paul Boag: No, not in the slightest. I just want to have a little lie…
  • What the legal sector tells us about the opportunities & threats of digital

    Paul Boag
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Digital offers amazing opportunities. But, it also brings with it significant dangers. Just look at digital’s potential impact on the legal sector. I am amazed just how profound an impact the digital revolution has had on our world. It’s so easy to take it for granted, but not a single sector has escaped its reach. Headscape is doing a lot of work with the legal sector. Large law firms such as Dickstein Shapiro or Venable appear invulnerable. These are organisations working within a well established sector. A sector known for its conservatism. If anybody can escape the repecutions of…
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  • Takehito Miyatake

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    I’d seen this image floating around of lightning striking while a volcano is erupting but didn’t know who shot it, and I wasn’t even sure it was real. It was such an epic photo that I could actually hear the theme song to Highlander as I stared at it. It had to be real. It is real, and thanks to Spoon and Tamago, I can tell you the photographer is Takehito Miyatake. It appears a lot of his work involves capturing the wild natural light of Japan. Take a look at some more images below! View the whole post: Takehito Miyatake over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Incredibly Intricate Paper Cut Works by Artist Maude White

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:42 am
    These paper cut works by artist Maude White make my wrists hurt just looking at them. I think you gotta be a little obsessive to work like this but how amazing are these results? Another gem I found submitted to Booooooom via our August Submissions. See more below. View the whole post: Incredibly Intricate Paper Cut Works by Artist Maude White over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Katie Rose Pipkin

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:22 am
    Drawings by artist Katie Rose Pipkin, found via August Submissions. More drawings below. View the whole post: Katie Rose Pipkin over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Instagram Takeover: Kent Andreasen

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:19 am
    This week I’m handing over the @Booooooom Instagram to Cape Town-based photographer Kent Andreasen. He has a terrific eye for composition and his portraits are as good as it gets. Please give him a warm welcome as he posts images over the next seven days.   Booooooom on Instagram – @booooooom Kent Andreasen on Instagram – @kentandreasen Kent Andreasen’s Website Kent Andreasen on Tumblr    View the whole post: Instagram Takeover: Kent Andreasen over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Louif Paradis

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    Last season Transworld Snowboarding awarded Louif Paradis “Video Part of the Year” for his ender in Deja Vu (the whole video is insane, you can still watch it here). Adidas just posted this mini documentary about him that’s worth a look. Watch it below. View the whole post: Louif Paradis over on BOOOOOOOM!.
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  • Animated Face Tracking

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This is pretty insane. Animated face tracking. Link via Golan Levin and Vade
  • Hello, I am Erik—The German Letterman

    17 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    "There is no delete, there is no return". From Gestalten, great video on Erik Spiekermann and going back to touching things, even the spaces in between.
  • My brother-in-law – Philip Robbins – sketched out this idea for...

    17 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    My brother-in-law – Philip Robbins – sketched out this idea for a coin holder to hold four pound coins and a fifty pence piece to go with his minimalist wallet by the [Machine Era Co](]. After a few prints to get the size of the holes just right the final thing rolled off the Makerbot printed in Faberdashery white. Works pretty well. Files to make it are on Thingiverse
  • Something From The Weekend - 3D printed Coin Holder

    16 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I got a lot of pleasure out of making this; it's a coin holder to go alongside a Machine Era wallet from an idea sketched out by my brother-in-law Philip Robbins. The coin holder is available to download and print from Thingiverse You can see more Makerbot made things on my Tumblr Everything I Make…
  • John Whitney on The Screening Room

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Computer graphics pioneer John Whitney on the harmonic similarities between graphics and music.
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  • Real Estate Web Design Launch : Levitan Realty

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

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

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

    5 Jun 2014 | 10:17 am
    First Olive, a startup offering handmade, natural bath and body products is ready to bring the “care” back into skin care. For far too long, big commercial brands have been selling us skin care products full of harmful chemicals and toxins that often have the reverse affect of their intended purpose.All of First Olive’s products are handmade in Cary, North Carolina (a beautiful town just outside of Raleigh) by Felicia, a mother that knew her kids deserved better solutions for their eczema and acne conditions. After years of making her own skin care products for her…
  • Logo Design Project – Florida Department of Health

    22 May 2014 | 7:46 pm
    We recently completed a logo design for the Florida Department of Health’s anti-tobacco program, “Tobacco Free Collier”. The new identity will be used by the program to engage with the Naples, Florida community and provide a visual representation for all of the program’s activities and messaging.“The Tobacco-Free Collier Partnership is comprised of agencies representing many different sectors of the community including hospitals, nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, medical clinics, educational institutions, and community leadership groups committed to…
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  • Webydo: First Impressions of a Code-Free Web Design Platform

    16 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
    Advertise here with BSAI’ve spent nearly a decade in the web design industry, and come to find that learning from the experiences of fellow professionals is an indispensable aide to enhancing my own skills. For exactly this reason I’d like to share my own experiences as it relates to the new wave of code-free web design software. Recently, I made the switch to one such platform in an effort to test the true mettle of these code free claims. My choice: Webydo. With its growing community of over 100,000 designers, I figured it’d be a great place to see just how far a code-free…
  • ThemeFuse Giveaway: 3 Free Themes To Win!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Chris Coyier
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Say you have a module. Every site has modules, right? <div class="module"> </div> Perfect! We did it! But now, a New Circumstance™ comes along. This module isn't going to work exactly as is. It's pretty close, but in this New Circumstance™ the module is going to need some extra bottom margin. How do you handle that? Let's explore some ways. Body class affects it Are all the modules on a particular page or area of your site like this? Perhaps you can add a class to that page (or area): <body class="books-page"> ... <div class="module"> </div> .module { /*…
  • Sponsored: An RSS Reader for Developers

    Chris Coyier
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    rssheap is a web-based reader for software developers. You subscribe to tags of interest (CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, etc.), and we find great articles for you to read. Articles are sorted by how many votes they have to ensure you always read high-quality content. I think this is a clever idea. It's easier than a typical RSS reader because there is content there the second you sign up and you find things socially. It's also better than a typical news aggregator site in that you mark things as read and customize to your liking. Try it out, it's free! Direct Link to Article — Permalink…
  • CSS Guidelines

    Chris Coyier
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    > High-level advice and guidelines for writing sane, manageable, scalable CSS Feels like a nice culmination of Harry Roberts work the last several years. Direct Link to Article — Permalink CSS Guidelines is a post from CSS-Tricks
  • Starting CSS Animations Mid-Way

    Chris Coyier
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Say you have a @keyframe animation that animates an element all the way across the screen. From off the left edge to off the right edge. You apply it to multiple elements. But you don't want all the elements to start at the same exact position. You can change the animation-delay so that they start at different times, but they will still all start at the same place. Fortunately, there is a way. The trick is to use negative animation-delay. That will begin an animation right away, but as if part of the animation has run already. For instance, here's three elements: <div class="thing…
  • Favicons, Touch Icons, Tile Icons, etc. What All Do You Need?

    Guest Author
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    The following is a guest post by Philippe Bernard. Philippe has done research on what it takes to make a favicon (and all the related graphics and markup) such that you are covered with the best quality output everywhere. Spoiler alert: it's a lot of different graphics and markup. Also full disclosure: Philippe has built a tool to help with it he showcases in the article. Favicons were introduced in 1999 by Internet Explorer 5 (ref) and standardized by the W3C a few months later. They are a small graphic that represents the website. Since then, most desktop browsers have followed the trend…
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    David Airey, graphic designer

  • Keep experimenting

    David Airey
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
    Here’s some good advice for job applicants from design business owner Drew de Soto. Grass letter by Newcastle-based design student Sarah Hanson “A lot of applicants I have interviewed have come from a myriad of backgrounds. Some have studied fine art, illustration, and on occasion even history. Whilst influence will kickstart their minds, experimentation will deliver creativity. But what do you show in your book? Well, show some experimentation. “Try to keep the results to one or two spreads per project. Don’t show thirty different ways of writing the same word in a different…
  • From the reader #24

    David Airey
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:24 am
    Good career advice from Moving Brands’ CEO Matt Heinl. “I had a great bit of advice early on from a guy which is very blunt: ‘Do what I ask and then do what you want to do; do both and you’ll do well.’ I thought it was interesting, a really good bit of advice. At the end of the day, someone’s asking you to do something, they have more information, nail that. Then, if you have a better idea, bring that to the table. Always do both if you can, and the good people usually do. They usually say, ‘I’ve looked at that and also think we could extend it here.’ Very simple,…
  • Logo Design Love, second edition, available for pre-order

    David Airey
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    The second edition of Logo Design Love is at the printers. The first edition was written in 2009 and thanks to your stellar support it can be read in various languages and seems to rank well in Amazon’s branding category. Here’s the blurb my publisher wrote. — Completely updated and expanded, the second edition of David Airey’s Logo Design Love contains more of just about everything that made the first edition so great: more case studies, more sketches, more logos, more tips for working with clients, more insider stories, and more practical information for getting the job and…
  • No More Landmines

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

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

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    Advertise here with BSALooking back 8 years it’s difficult to believe how much the Internet has changed in such a short period of time. Compared to webpages that used to take a good 5 minutes to completely load, today’s 3G reaches lightning speeds. The Internet has spread and developed incredibly fast, managing to attract billions of users over time. You can find anything online these days. You can make your shopping online, pay your bills, order things from overseas and keep in touch with your friends from other continents. If you can think about it, it probably exists on the Internet…
  • Building your Portfolio: Custom Website or Online Service?

    Jake Rocheleau
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Advertise here with BSADeciding when to launch your first portfolio online can be a challenge. It’s tough to know exactly when your work quality is good enough to share with others. Plus how should you get it out on the Internet? There are numerous methods and building your own custom website layout isn’t always the best choice. I’d like to share a few ideas for creatives about building your first online portfolio. The process is much simpler than you might think, and the toughest part is making exemplary work to demonstrate your skillset. But how people find your work is…
  • Giveaway – Win 5 x 1 Year Pidoco Licenses For Its Awesome Prototyping Tool (sponsored)

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    Advertise here with BSAWhen you get a new idea, you usually get very excited about it and you’d like nothing more than to jump right into developing it. Still, you should pace yourself and go through some preliminary steps that will get your project off the ground. In order to achieve this, you need to make it attractive and convince others that it’s a great idea and that it’s worth investing into. The best way to showcase your future project is by creating a wireframe. A wireframe will help you visualize your idea, present a concept and involve other people early in the development…
  • 30 Stunning New Bootstrap Themes & Templates

    Christopher Gimmer
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    Advertise here with BSAThere’s no denying that Bootstrap has become the most popular framework for front-end web development… and for good reason. The framework is feature-rich and enables web designers to easily create fully responsive layouts for web pages, facilitated by the 12 point fluid grid system. As Bootstrap becomes more and more popular, the quantity and quality of themes & templates is increasing. This is great news for you! By using a ready-made Bootstrap theme, you can jump start the development process and save yourself hours of coding time. Using a premium theme or…
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  • Importance of Emotional Design in Web Design

    Paula Borowska
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    Oftentimes we are trying to create a great user experience. Usually this means smoothing out frustrations where we are actually ensuring good usability and not necessarily a good user experience. If you want to truly ensure your users will be happy to use your website or app you must delight your visitors; the best way to do this is through emotional design. Emotional design, in the simplest of terms, is a design that evokes actual emotions from a user, ideally positive ones like delight, joy or pleasure. It’s design for emotions within your visitors. What’s the Big Deal? Emotional design…
  • 7 Usability Best Practices for eCommerce Product Pages

    Armen Ghazarian
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    How much effect do product pages have on conversion rates? Well, it depends. But the fact is that this page is your final chance to make the user buy. It’s here that users expect to find all the information they need to make a purchase decision. And it’s a big challenge for a UX designer, because there is so much information to be delivered in so little space. Probably that’s why most product details pages end up looking cluttered and messy. So it’s crucial to present that information in a way that is most convenient, easy-to-understand and convincing. Here’s where usability…
  • New For Designers in July 2014

    Carol Francis
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Here are some of the best resources and online tools we could find for the month of July 2014. We are fortunate that the community of designers and developers are willing to share their work for free in many cases. Our monthly round-ups are a great opportunity to put before you some of the outstanding work from such creatives. If you download any of these freebies and there is a ‘Like’ button, please click it to show your appreciation. New Tools & Resources in July Mintie Icons This set of 40 flat icons is a free demo of the full set of 110 icons. From this site you can also…
  • How to Use Vertical Rhythm to Your Advantage?

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

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

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

    Sophia Lucero
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    It’s common these days to use big, bright images for the top section of your site, but there’s a growing sub-trend where there’s little to no text accompanying it. As if to let the art speak for itself, and for you to bask in its distraction-free glory. Designs of the Week Search Optimized, Turn-Key Designs, Unlimited Everything. Start building with the Genesis Framework today. brigsdigital There are things in here that I find less than polished but I like the emphasis given to the portfolio images. United Visual Artists There’s actually some navigation links in the…
  • Design Focus: Type Guides

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

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

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

    Ivan Navarro
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    This collection of concepts and student work ranges from an expletive laden coffee cup, to a M.A.C. collection based on Clara Bow, Louise Brooks and Greta Garbo.  Each project has major commercial appeal and brutally charming design elements - including sweet patterns, a perfectly feminine color-palette, and bursts of color!  Take a break and ogle these eight concepts we wish were real.  ConservativesConcept  Russian design agency Сlёver created this concept design for FAKESTIVAL, an international festival of advertising and design based in Russia. "This…
  • Wuyi Ruifang

    Ivan Navarro
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Wuyi Ruifang tea was founded in 1899 by Mr. Jiang Taiyuan in Wuyishan, which was a famous teahouse during the last period of the Qing. Now its third generation successor, Mr. Jiang, continues to maintain a unique method for tea cultivation and tea processing. Wuyi Ruifang produces teas that are mellow in taste and clear in color. Flavors include robe tea, cassia tea, and narcissus tea.One & One Design developed the brand identity and designed the packaging for Wuyi Ruifang tea since 2012.  Agency: One & One Design Country: China …
  • Eden's Paper Plantable Wrapping Paper

    Ivan Navarro
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Eden's Paper is a line of 100% plantable wrapping paper set out to eliminate gift wrap waste. With so much wrapping paper trashed during the holidays, BEAF - a UK innovation agency -  imbedded Eden's Paper with seeds that grow vegetables, fruits and herbs and flowers. The brand is currently offering the paper in nine varieties — Sunflowers, English Wildflowers, Onions, Carrots, Tomatoes, Beetroot, Bell Peppers, Gem Lettuce and Broccoli. The gift wrap looks as good as it tastes. "In 2011, Great Britain alone racked up 227,000 miles of wasted paper after the…
  • Promineo Whiskey

    Jessica Sanchez
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Promineo whiskey was created by Chad Michael Studio, as a way to promote the launch of the design studio. Promineo is the latin word meaning 'to stand out' and the aim was to develop a label that did just that. A run of 300 bottles was created and sent to clients and agencies."The label design took many weeks in development and a equal amount of time was dedicated to the actual printing of the label. The label was printed using 'old school' methods which consist of 2 engraving inks and 2 foils on Neenah Epic Black. This printing process ensures that no two bottles are the same. Each…
  • Everyone To The Anderson Album Project

    Barbara Zandvliet
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Ben R. Wright created this limited edition 10-inch record release album design and packaging concept for Unlabel Records and the post-rock band Everyone To The Anderson. Modeled after a polygraph machine, the packaging features a die cut aperture outer sleeve with internal slip sleeve for the record, screen printed with metallic inks.  Fun and dimensional, the design plays with cool and graceful minimalist graphics and hand drawn details accented by a bright pop of orange. Designed by: Ben R WrightCountry: EnglandCity: London…
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  • 27 Free Credit Card Icon Sets for Online Web Shops

    Jake Rocheleau
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Advertise here with BSAeCommerce is a booming industry which is only growing larger by the year. Beyond physical products it has become easier than ever to sell digital items like e-books, music, videos, and even website graphics online. But any good eCommerce website also includes a set of its own graphics for a simpler user experience. One of the most common sets of graphics would be payment icons. Credit cards are usually a big part of the online payment cycle, along with digital accounts such as PayPal. This gallery features 27 free icon sets including hundreds of various payment methods.
  • 50 Amazing Up-to-Date Flat Templates

    Julia Starlark
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    Advertise here with BSAFlat design has become a tremendous success in its time. But can we say that the time of Flat Templates have gone outdated already? Surely, we can not. It is safe to say that skeuomorphic traditions live out their last days, and so far there is only one decent replacement besides the general craze over minimalism – it’s Flat Design. Too much of the 3D effect nowadays, especially when it takes forever to load. You can’t even find a non-3D movie in the cinema lately, that’s why you certainly don’t want your site look like a bad copycat of the done to death cheap…
  • Code Free, Parallax Scrolling Solutions for Professional Designers

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Advertise here with BSA  Graphic/web designers have an acute sense of novelty, so most of us like to stay on top of things by using innovative technology to improve our work, and by adhering to new standards in the market. In this article, you can read all about Webydo and websites with parallax scrolling.   Storytelling with Parallax Scrolling Animation! The latest trends in web design utilize ‘storytelling’ techniques, which actively engage visitors through their presence on a website. It can be argued that parallax backgrounds on a website are in high demand, lately. They…
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    Elliot Jay Stocks
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
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  • On digital publishing in 2014

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    My friend Jo Keeling — Editor of the wonderful Ernest Journal that launched earlier this year — asked me to send across some thoughts on digital publishing to include in her forthcoming ‘The Future of Digital Magazines’ Guardian Masterclass. However, as I began to write, I realised I wasn’t able to be particularly concise, so here we are with a blog post on the subject. I’m on the eve of launching a brand new magazine with my wife (more on that very soon) and so I’m naturally doing a lot of thinking around digital formats and the best route to take in 2014.
  • The Type Directors Club

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
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  • Google’s Material Design

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

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

    Tara: Freelance Designer
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    I have always been a big fan of exploring different creative techniques beyond the standard mindmaps and moodboards that many designers use. For a recent project I needed to create some characters for a comic strip about the adventures of a startup. It was a project I was working on along side Constantina Katsari-Muston, who had the initial idea and was creating the dialogues. The first thing I needed to do was create the person with the start-up and we decided he would be 20-30s male. My first attempts at sketches were a little bland. So I decided to turn to Freewriting to help. Freewriting…
  • How to Organise your Graphic Design Work

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

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

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

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

  • Apple updates Yosemite beta

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:46 pm
    If you’re running the Mac OS X Yosemite beta, it’s time to update! Related posts: A closer look at Yosemite’s icons Sparkle beta for simple web design Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud updates
  • What’s the difference between CMYK and RGB?

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Since the dawn of desktop publishing, it’s been unquestioned that Thou Shalt Convert to CMYK. Those who submitted RGB files were considered uninformed, even uncivilized. So what’s the difference between CMYK and RGB? CMYK vs. RGB at CreativePro has the quick answer. For what it’s worth, I haven’t converted a file to CMYK in a long time. Since virtually everything I design ends up leaving my computer as a PDF/X-1a, I have InDesign convert to CMYK in the PDF-making process. You should note that this only works if you have a fully color managed workflow. Related posts: Work…
  • 10 Things to NOT say in a presentation

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The easiest way to lose an audience is to make a mistake in the first minute, and that is exactly where most mistakes are made. Here is a list of 10 things you shouldn’t say during presentations. Some great advice, that almost everyone chooses not to take in almost every presentation I’ve ever seen. Related posts: Keynote/PowerPoint design trends 10 keys to a better presentation (just like Steve Jobs) Tips for better PowerPoint & Keynote presentations
  • The coolest looking mouse around for under $30

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    I came across the Spectrum Optical Wired Mouse from Satechi and thought it was so cool that I had to share it. For $25 (regularly $30) you get a wired 1000 dpi optical mouse with scroll wheel. The chrome appearance looks slick enough, but the cool part starts when you flick the switch on the bottom of the mouse to the On position. The bright LED lights inside the mouse cycle through blue, yellow, violet, turquoise, white, red, and green. To illuminate a single color, switch to the Lock position when the desired color is achieved. The LEDs can be turned off by switching to the Off position. At…
  • The story of Adobe Illustrator

    14 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    When Adobe Illustrator first shipped in 1987, it was the first software application for a young company that had, until then, focused solely on Adobe PostScript. The new product not only altered Adobe’s course, it changed drawing and graphic design forever. Related posts: Free Freehand group files antitrust lawsuit against Adobe Create eye-catching charts and graphs with this Adobe Illustrator tutorial Zevrix Solutions Releases ArtOptimizer 2 for Adobe Illustrator
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  • 8 Non-Governmental Spaceflight Companies Aiming For The Stars

    Azwan Jamaluddin
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Space is big. Really big. And until recently, space exploration was a domain that only involved world governments, as they are the ones that had the capabilities and resources to undertake such a task. Even then, only a select few can go launch to space, again, due to the time and money it takes to train them. Today, however, we are seeing several non-governmental agencies and companies that aim to bring space travel down to the civilian level, using the advantages that private industry has to offer, such as less bureaucracy and a profit motive. In this post, we will show you 8…
  • How To Make Your Content Hard to Replicate

    Issa Mirandilla
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:38 am
    Did you know that the Internet has approximately 3.3 billion indexed pages at the moment–and counting? That translates to a mind-boggling 33 billion links to web content, assuming each page has 10 entries. Let that sink in. If you’re a reader, that’s way more information than you can consume in a lifetime. If you’re an online content creator, that’s at least a million times larger than the competition you probably had in mind when you first turned to the Internet to make a living — granted, that figure includes every piece of content on every single niche…
  • Top 10 Free Windows 8.1 Security Apps You Should Get

    Ashutosh KS
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Windows 8.1 might have enhanced its built-in security features compared to its predecessors, but you might still need third-party apps that are optimized to help you secure your sensitive data to get the job done right. To that end, we will be listing 10 Windows 8.1 security apps that are primed to keep your images, messages, email and data in general, safe from prying eyes. There are apps that help you encrypt data for transfer, password generators, hash generators, deletion software (that really wipe out your deleted data, making them exit no more) and more options to help you secure your…
  • 10 Most Asked Questions About Linux

    Azwan Jamaluddin
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:01 am
    You have probably heard of Linux as the free alternative to Windows and OS X. It’s one of the most popular free PC operating systems out there and chances are, you are already using it without realizing. Did you know that your Android phone is powered by Linux? It is an incredibly versatile piece of code that can fit the needs of almost any user. If you are looking for something different to try on the desktop besides Mac and Windows, you should really give Linux a try. Not only is it free, it is extremely customizable. Similar to Android on the smartphone, you can customize Linux to…
  • 5 Things Your Brand Must Have Besides A Logo

    Addison Duvall
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Lots of people, many designers included, think a “brand” is just a nice looking logo. Wrong. So, so wrong, designers. A brand is about a lot more than simply a logo, or a stationery set, a cool t-shirt, etc. As a branding creative director, I’ve accumulated a bit of knowledge about what, exactly, goes into a successful brand that users truly connect with. Today, I’m going to take you through the 5 essential things I believe a brand needs other than a nice looking logo, which is also important, but it’s also sort of a given, right? Recommended Reading: 5 Tips To…
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  • 9 Inspiring International Design Projects from Argentina, Brazil

    Jessica Kuhn
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    In celebration of “Destination Design,” the underlying theme of the upcoming issue of HOW magazine (coming in 2015), we’ll be posting a series of articles online that spotlight international design projects from various countries around the globe. These projects show that good design needs no translation and that the beauty of a well-crafted project can be appreciated in any hemisphere. The “Destination Design” issue of HOW magazine will also house the 300+ winners from the International Design Awards—a truly unique competition. If you’ve never entered…
  • Best of WMC: From Design Sponge to Diversity

    Melissa Mazzoleni
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Attending design events always gets the creative energy flowing. And they’re a great way to rejuvenate, especially when you’re surrounded by so many innovative makers. (It’s one reason why HOW Design Live and the HOW Interactive Design Conferences are so invigorating.) This past weekend, I attended the fifth Weapons of Mass Creation Fest in Cleveland and was inspired by so many talented people. From Design*Sponge founder Grace Bonney’s presentation to the culturally and personally rooted project by Veronica Corzo-Duchardt to the focus on diversity in design, 3…
  • New Digital Experiences at Seattle Space Needle

    Amanda Aszman
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    If you’ve ever lived in or visited Seattle, WA—or even just seen aerial footage of the city’s skyline in various TV shows and movies—you’ve seen the Space Needle, originally built as a symbol of the future for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, which had a 21st Century theme. Now, well into the 21st century, creatives from design firms like Stimulant were called upon to revamp the Space Needle for tourists and locals alike, bringing in a host of new digital experiences. Jeff Wright, chairman of the Space Needle, LLC, says: “Since its inception, the Space Needle…
  • How to Build Confidence with Brand Positioning

    Karli Petrovic
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    When it comes to client pitches, there’s a fine line between confidence and pushiness. Obviously you want to avoid the latter. As a designer looking to redefine yourself as an expert on brand positioning, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Here’s how to build confidence in three tiny steps (without selling your soul). 1. Prep Like It’s Your Job. Remember how you used to get up in front of the class in design school and talk off the cuff about your project. After all, you spent so much time working on perfecting the actual design that the presentation tended to fall by the wayside.
  • 30 Awesome Logos from One Man’s Studio

    Amanda Aszman
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    Who doesn’t want awesome logos in front of their eyes all day every day? Nobody, that’s who. And Boston’s One Man’s Studio has just what you’re looking for when it comes to great logo design examples. After all, the studio’s logo design for Choose Love won the 2012 HOW Logo Design Competition & Awards. Take note of what Judge Sunny Bonnell, co-founder and creative director at Motto, had to say about the winning logo: “It’s as if the stars aligned for this mark. The solution is a perfect fit for the name. It is recognizable, strong, smart,…
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    The Logo Smith

  • 14 Page Logo and Brand Identity Guidelines Template for Download

    The Logo Smith
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    >> Download  The above link will download a ZIP archive of an: Adobe Illustrator CC7 file (without embedded fonts), and a PDF (with embedded fonts). Logo and Brand Identity Guidelines Template for Download This version of my logo guidelines template, from my resources category, is a little heftier than previous, weighing in at a respectable: 13 pages (there is an imaginary Back Cover you can add to make 14). I have used this particular version of the guidelines for a previous client of mine, Kerr Recruitment, as well as…
  • The Logo Smith’s Logo Design Price List and Guide Sheet

    The Logo Smith
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    >> Download (updated 13th August 2014) The above link will download a ZIP archive of an: Adobe InDesign CC7 file (without embedded fonts), and a PDF (with embedded fonts). The Logo Smith’s Logo Design Price List I don’t quite know why I feel the urge to always share the little logo design templates and resources that I create for my own freelance logo design business, but I do, and that’s just how it’s going to be. I’m aware that my way is not the best way, or even a way that some other freelance logo designers might…
  • Exploration of Scalable & Responsive Logo Designs by Joe Harrison

    The Logo Smith
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
      Exploration of Scalable & Responsive Logo Designs by Joe Harrison Just when you might have been wondering when the next cool logo design project was going to surface: Responsive Logo Designs pops up to show us there are still novel, practical and fun ways to experiment with popular brand logos. Responsive Logo Designs is a really smart and cool logo and web project by Joe Harrison (@joe_harrison): “A exploration into scalable logos for the modern web.”, and shows us how brand logos belonging to: Coca-Cola, Chanel, Nike, Bang & Olufsen, Disney and Levi’s…
  • Foursquare’s New Logo Redesign Goes Superhero

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

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

  • I Wrote a Book

    5 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    I wrote a book called On Web Typography and it’s finally out. It’s inspired by a presentation of the same name I gave a couple years ago, but evolved into a record of most everything I’ve learned about typography in my career. And despite this being a book about web typography, there isn’t a ton of code to be found. That’s because getting fonts onto a page has become pretty simple these days, and the CSS around styling type is pretty thoroughly documented too. What’s not heavily covered are the steps before all that stuff: like the reasons why you might choose one typeface over…
  • The Adobe Illustrator Story

    1 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    The Adobe Illustrator Story is a great short documentary with a behind-the-scenes view of how the software came to be: When Adobe Illustrator first shipped in 1987, it was the first software application for a young company that had, until then, focused solely on Adobe PostScript. The new product not only altered Adobe’s course, it changed drawing and graphic design forever. Adobe Illustrator was the first design application I learned how to use, and my mind still works very much in line with how Illustrator works. Whether or not it was the countless hours I spent drawing curves one point at…
  • What’s Next

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

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

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

  • 35 Common Mistakes Web Designers Make & How To Avoid Them

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    This article has been contributed by Helga Moreno. “While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior”. - Henry C. Link Even the most experienced professionals make mistakes. We are only human. Below you will find a list of some of the most common mistakes web designers make, as well as some friendly reminders on what makes a website successful. Hopefully with this list, you can avoid the common pitfalls and really up your game as a web designer. Enjoy! Most Frequent Web Design Mistakes Unorganized content layout. Everybody…
  • The Influence of Paul Rand’s Thoughts on Design

    Jacob Cass
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    This article has been contributed by John Clifford. Paul Rand said, “Visual communications of any kind, whether persuasive or informative, from billboards to birth announcements, should be seen as the embodiment of form and function: the integration of the beautiful and the useful.” It’s not only about how it looks, or how it works, but about how it looks and works together. Paul Rand: Thoughts on Design book cover, 1947 The American master of corporate identity, advertising, and editorial design codified his approach and methodology in the classic 1947 book Thoughts on Design. Out of…
  • 6 Key Strategies to Instantly Boost Your Freelance Business

    Jacob Cass
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    This article has been contributed by Kristen Gramigna. Small decisions can mean big consequences. Every product you put out there can affect your brand. So have you given thought to what your work is saying about you? If you aren’t making the most of your business branding as a freelancer, it’s time to change something, because being successful as a freelancer is about more than your work — it’s also about the way you manage it. With that in mind, here are a few key tips to instantly boost your freelance business. 1. Create Real Value Start by asking yourself this question: Why should…
  • The Perfect Advertisement

    Jacob Cass
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
    I was recently reading an article about key words that convert and within it I found a reference to the “perfect advertisement “ from back in 1961. It utilizes the ten “most persuasive” keywords in the English language; you, discover, easy, proven, save, money, guarantee, health, happiness, love, results. So when you combine these into a sentence it creates the “perfect advertisement”: “You can discover an easy and proven way to save money, and help guarantee your future health and happiness. Buy a home in one of America’s finest communities. You’ll love the results. “ Be…
  • Best-Selling Author Amanda Hocking Shares her Advice on How To Be Successful

    Jacob Cass
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Once upon a time in April 2010 a girl named Amanda Hocking was sitting sad and frustrated in her tiny apartment in Austin, Minnesota. She had tried for several years to get her books published through traditional publishers but all her attempts had gone in vain. She was penniless and had no idea where her life was going. Then the Muppets came to her help. She heard news that an exhibition about Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets, was coming to Chicago later that year. She desperately wanted to visit it but she had no money to bear the travel expenses. She wanted to earn $300, one way or…
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  • Line25 Sites of the Week for August 22nd 2014

    Chris Spooner
    21 Aug 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 Bellroy, FF Mark, Semplice, Mougli and Target Ink. Bellroy View the website FF Mark View the website Semplice View the website Mougli View the website Target Ink View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for August 22nd 2014 appeared first on Line25.
  • 20 Web Designs with Prominent Email Signup Forms

    Chris Spooner
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Capturing a user’s contact details is high on the agenda of many web businesses these days, with email sign up forms being prominently displayed to visitors as soon as they land on their website. Sometimes these sign up forms require the user to enter their address in order to gain access to a tool or service, while others prompt visitors to join the newsletter to keep up to date with the company’s latest news, especially on “coming soon” pages where it’s important to pique the interest of early adopters. Today’s web design showcase features 20 sites that…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for August 15th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    14 Aug 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 Wanderlust, The New Heroes & Pioneers, Functional Works, Exposure and Project 53. Wanderlust View the website The New Heroes & Pioneers View the website Functional Works View the website Exposure View the website Project 53 View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for August 15th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
  • 50 Web Designs with Beautiful Creative Typography

    Chris Spooner
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:45 am
    Typography on the web comes in two formats; firstly there’s the classic image replacement technique which allows for beautiful typographic designs, but it lacks the technical wow factor. Then there’s true examples of web typography where designers wrangle with browsers to manipulate HTML rendered type in impressive ways, but while browsers and web technologies are continuously improving, this method often lacks in the visual flair that is achieved when designing typography in Photoshop and exporting it as an image. Both techniques result in equally inspiring web designs, so…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for August 8th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    7 Aug 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 Kaber Technologies, Made by Friends, Uppercase, Jorge Almeida and Benchmark. Kaber Technologies View the website Drones · A Data Narrative Made by Friends View the website Uppercase View the website Jorge Almeida View the website Benchmark View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for August 8th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
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    Lines and Colors :: a blog about drawing, painting, illustration, comics, concept art and other visual arts

  • Eye Candy for Today: Arthur Rackham illustration from The Valkyrie

    Charley Parker
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Illustration from Wagner’s The Valkyrie, Arthur Rackham From The Golden Age Site. Another beautiful classic from the Golden Age of Illustration. They don’t call it the Golden Age for nothing. For more, see my previous posts on Arthur Rackham, and here and here.
  • James Akers (update)

    Charley Parker
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    Back in 2007, I wrote a post about James Akers, an artist who, though comfortable with digital rendering and 3-D illustration, continues to do architectural rendering in watercolor. In the post I made general points about both the way many people — even artists themselves — tend to unfairly compartmentalize and judge genres of art not considered “fine art”, and about how architectural rendering is also suffering from the misconception that 3D graphics have superseded traditional rendering because they are somehow superior. Since then, Akers has revised his website, and…
  • Ryan Gitter

    Charley Parker
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    Texas based concept artist Ryan Gitter works in both traditional and digital media. His work often combines strongly geometric elements with crisply defined edges, contrasted with a atmospheric passages in which edges become gradually lost. He also contrasts areas of low chroma color with accents of bright, intense color for dramatic effect. [Via Concept Art World]
  • Tom Roberts

    Charley Parker
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Born in England in the middle of the 19th century, Tom Roberts moved to Australia with his parents when he was 13, and became one of Australia’s most prominent artists. Roberts, with his good friend Frederick McCubbin and several other artists, notably Walter Withers and Arthur Streeton, formed the core group of artist known as Australian Impressionists. They were also known as the Heidelberg School, after the area in Victoria, near Melbourne, where they frequently painted. Several of the notable museums in Australia have generously contributed high-resolution images of Roberts’…
  • Eye Candy for Today: Samuel Peploe’s Black Bottle

    Charley Parker
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:41 pm
    The Black Bottle, Samuel John Peploe Link is to Google Art Project; high resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the National Galleries Scotland. Wonderfully fluid and economical handling of this table setting subject by Scottish painter Samuel Peploe. It carries a feeling of the still life work of Manet, who was likely an influence.
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  • 2014-08-20 | 3loom UAE

    Jacob Cass
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    3Loom UAE. United Arab Emirates live news & media portal for UAE and middle east news and announcements and all live media coverages. “The Arabic Calligraphy illustrates the brand name which is (???? ????????) in a falcon shape which is one of the most valuable birds in UAE and Arab region, The Falcon means the freedom as well. The freedom to communicate the truth as a news & media agency and portal.” Credits: Alabady Related Logos: 2014-04-24 | Never North (0) 2013-10-04 | Pittsburgh Zoo (4) 2013-06-19 | US Postal Service (3)
  • 2014-08-19 | Navy Jerry’s

    Jacob Cass
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Navy Jerry’s Bar & Restaurant Credits: Werklig Related Logos: 2015-06-24 | Source (2) 2014-07-17 | Barba (0) 2014-03-28 | SensacionS Catering (2)
  • 2014-08-18 | Image Mechanics

    Jacob Cass
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Image Mechanics iPhone and iPad app development. Credits: Klim Type / Jason Cotterell Related Logos: 2015-07-01 | Michal Nowak (1) 2014-08-15 | IBM (1) 2014-07-30 | Mr. Milk (0)
  • 2014-08-15 | IBM

    Jacob Cass
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    IBM logo for a Rebus poster (1970). Posted in honor of Rand’s would be 100th birthday. Credits: Paul Rand Related Logos: 2015-07-01 | Michal Nowak (1) 2014-08-18 | Image Mechanics (1) 2014-07-30 | Mr. Milk (0)
  • 2014-08-13 | National Centre for Writing

    Jacob Cass
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Writing Logo for the proposed National Centre for Writing, which is scheduled to open in Norwich in 2016. Credits: The Click Related Logos: 2013-03-04 | Doug Draws (3) 2012-12-19 | Alexander Esaulov (2) 2012-11-21 | Graphen (6)
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    The Fresh Peel // Ripe Brand Strategy. Juicy Insights and Trends.

  • IKEA Hypnotizes Shoppers Into the Future #IKEAtimetravel

    Chris Wilson
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    Your ads will be inserted here byAdSense Now!.Please go to the plugin admin page to paste your ad code. IKEA probably isn’t a brand that you think of when you think of extreme or edgy when it comes to advertising, but their latest campaign exactly that. The brand teamed up with hypnotist Justin Tranz to hypnotize young couples and then guide them through a journey into their future. The whole thing is entertaining and well… a little weird. Your ads will be inserted here byAdSense Now!.Please go to the plugin admin page to paste your ad code. You’ll have to watch it for…
  • Interview with 46 Rules of Genius Author Marty Neumeier

    Chris Wilson
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    Your ads will be inserted here byAdSense Now!.Please go to the plugin admin page to paste your ad code. Marty Neumeier’s professional goal is to bridge the distance between business and design. As an advocate for creative thinking and innovation, Marty has published a must-read collection of quick read “white-board” books on branding, creativity and innovation, starting in 2003 with The Brand Gap, followed by Zag, and then The Designful Company. In 2013, Marty published Metaskills: Five Talents for the Robotic Age, which departed from the quick-read format, diving…
  • Simple Steps to Make Branding Work for You

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Your ads will be inserted here byAdSense Now!.Please go to the plugin admin page to paste your ad code. Marketing and branding products goes beyond just creating a clever slogan and a few good ads for print and web. What many startups tend to forget is that branding is a big part of the deal as well. Perhaps this is because these new companies do not really understand the branding concept. Here are a few simple steps to making branding work for you: Create a Lasting and Compelling Logo Naming the company or products goes a long way, and so does the logo that’s attached to it. You want…
  • Selecting the Right E-commerce Plug-in For Your WordPress Site

    1 May 2014 | 5:31 am
    Your ads will be inserted here byAdSense Now!.Please go to the plugin admin page to paste your ad code. Having your own website is a dream come true. You like WordPress and because it’s cheap, you’ve used it to set up your website. The entire process was simple and easy and your website is ready to go in under a week. You are happy with how it looks and how fast the website loads and its appearance. You can finally upload your products for sale and you can’t wait to see how much business you can make. But wait, before all this happens, don’t you have to select an ecommerce plug-in for…
  • Is All Press Good Press? Making Reporters Fall in Love with Your Startup

    Ivan Serrano
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Your ads will be inserted here byAdSense Now!.Please go to the plugin admin page to paste your ad code. In the world of small business marketing, consumers tend choose one product over another solely because of how recognizable a brand is. While an off-brand product will usually be less expensive, many would rather spend the extra cents (or dollars) for a better known product. So how can you get your own brand to stand up to the competition? It’ll take much more than a bold logo and pretty packaging, as building a brand is essentially developing an identity– one that is not like…
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    MarketingSherpa Blog

  • 3 Tips to Improve Your Marketing from Doctor Who

    Jessica Lorenz
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Sometimes taking a different perspective on marketing challenges can help shake up the conventional approach to those challenges. This fun and informative MarketingSherpa Blog post uses three quotes from the BBC television show "Doctor Who" to set up some tips that can improve your approach to marketing.
  • Content Marketing: How a farm justifies premium pricing

    Daniel Burstein
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    In this MarketingSherpa Blog post, find out how an egg farm shows value in its content marketing, rather than “telling” its customers about value, and why that approach is both real and helps to win over today’s skeptical consumer.
  • Email Marketing: Unique send times for micro-personalization [Video]

    Erin Hogg
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Watch this excerpt video of an Email Summit 2014 session featuring Dave Sierk of Dell, revealing how he leveraged personalized send times to deliver the right message at the right time for his audience.
  • Email Marketing: What is the best day to send an email?

    David Kirkpatrick
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    What is the best day of the week to send an email? This post has the answer, featuring the “Daily email effectiveness” chart from the MarketingSherpa Email Marketing Benchmark Report. Read on to see why it’s more important than ever to test your list and discover when subscribers want to receive your emails.
  • Mobile Marketing: 3 tips from ModCloth on mobile app engagement

    Allison Banko
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Watch this video to learn how fashion retailer ModCloth integrated customer selfies into its mobile app to drive engagement and social sharing. You'll also gain three transferable tips to improve your mobile marketing efforts.
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  • What do you want to learn from me?

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

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

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

    Tim Van Damme
    23 Oct 2013 | 6:48 am
    Brilliant mockup of a visual IVR system. Combining old technology (Interactive Voice response) with new technology (smartphones). I want this so bad.
  • Cabel Sasser's talk at XOXO Festival

    Tim Van Damme
    23 Oct 2013 | 4:31 am
    Probably my favorite talk from what was an incredible line-up. You won’t know the end until it ends, so let’s fill the middle with as many weird plot-twists as we can.
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    Thoughts From Eric

  • Divergence

    Eric Meyer
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    Being here, in the same vacation spot we were last year when Rebecca fell ill, wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be… until last Friday, August 15th, the first anniversary of her seizures and life flight to CHOP. That night, the next day, and the days since were much more difficult for me, as we moved through the anniversaries of her first and second surgeries.  Today is the anniversary of the third, when they implanted the drainage tube that probably kept her functional and complete until the last few days of her life. These days have been so difficult because I’ve been…
  • One Year

    Eric Meyer
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Exactly one year ago, in the emergency department of Cape Regional Medical Center, Rebecca had the first of her seizures, and our nightmare began. Now we are back in the same place for our annual family vacation.  The same resort, the same building, even the same floor, though not the same room.  We go to the beach, we swim in the pools, we play games on the boardwalk.  All the things Rebecca loved to do.  In fact, her first wish with Make-A-Wish was not to go to Disney World.  Her wish was that it be summer so she could come back to New Jersey and do all those things.  Disney was a…
  • Depression

    Eric Meyer
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:51 pm
    I’m sad about Robin Williams.  I was also a little bit angry with him.  In much the same way, I was sad about and angry with Chloe Weil when news of her suicide reached me. Yes.  Angry.  It took some time and help from a friend to work out why: because Kat and I just spent most of a year doing everything in our power to save our daughter’s life, and now here was someone just throwing that away. Here’s the thing: they did not throw their lives away.  Both of them were suffering from a disease: depression.  That disease made them feel unloved and worthless despite any and all…
  • The Gift of Time

    Eric Meyer
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Over the past year, we received much assistance, and even more offers of assistance, so many that we were humbled and a little overwhelmed by it all.  In the process, I came to realize that one type of assistance was far more humbling than the others. For us, the greatest gift people gave us was time.  A friend set up a care calendar, where anyone could sign up to come do after-dinner dishes, or wash-dry-fold a couple of loads of laundry, or make a run to the grocery store, or drop off a pre-cooked or easy-to-cook meal, or whatever other thing we needed that would otherwise have taken up…
  • The Light of Other Days

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

  • An Introduction to Android Transitions

    Sue Smith
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    IntroductionThe Android transitions framework allows you to configure the appearance of changes in your app's user interface. You can animate changes in an app screen, defining each phase as a scene and controlling the way in which the transition changes the app appearance from one scene to another.In this tutorial, we will build a simple app with an animated transition in it. This will involve preparing the layout and drawable files in XML, then configuring and applying the transition in Java. We will define two scenes in which the same view items are arranged differently on the screen. As…
  • Magento: Why Choose It?

    Manu Vladutoiu
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    So you've decided to take your store online - that's great! But what platform should you choose out of the many options available out there? Magento is one of the best options and here's why: In today’s world, where everyone is connected to the web – if you're not online, the chances are high that your store will remain unknown. Unless you are selling bread and milk, you should probably consider an online store for your products. Unlike a normal store, an online store gives you great visibility to a very broad range of customers. Online, you can sell locally,…
  • Add a Beautiful Table of Contents to Your WordPress Posts

    Jeff Reifman
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    What You'll Be CreatingIf you write longer blog posts and want to give your readers a structured way to navigate your pages and posts, the free Table of Contents Plus plugin is an elegant solution. It automatically generates a Table of Contents on your page from section headings, resembling very much the great collapsible Wikipedia style contents boxes shown below.Adding a table of contents to your WordPress posts not only helps the reader see and navigate what's on your page, but it also helps Google generate structured links in search results.ToC+ can also auto-generate visual…
  • Five Hidden Gems of Laravel

    Jason Lewis
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many developers who use Laravel are probably only barely scratching the surface of what the framework has to offer. While the documentation does cover the most common use cases and the obvious features, it doesn’t cover everything. Don’t get me wrong, the documentation is fine, it’s just that there’s so much you can do, it’s hard to document everything. Because of that, we're going to take a look at some of the hidden gems that lurk within Laravel. Cascading Views Available since: v4.0.0 Documented: No Views are able to cascade much the same as configuration files.
  • Windows Phone 8: Platform Overview

    Sani Yusuf
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Developing mobile applications for Microsoft's Windows Phone platform is a straightforward process with many tools available to developers. In fact, the mobile team at Microsoft did a great job with the Windows Phone platform by taking a completely unique approach in several aspects. This article is the first installment of a series on getting started with Windows Phone development. In this tutorial, I cover the platform's most compelling features, common development techniques as well as third party tools you can use for developing Windows Phone applications. About the Series This tutorial…
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  • Massive: 662 Free Web Resources for Designers by The DealFuel Crew

    Megha Kendre
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
       The good news about the Internet is that it’s a rich and powerful source of help, information and expertise. The bad news is that it provides an almost limitless amount of information and an ever-increasing supply of experts on just about every subject. So if you are searching for some web resources for your next project, how do you know they are reliable, licensed to use and of high quality? Well, we have a great solution for you. The following collection of freebies grants you reliability, no hassle use licenses and high quality all in one fell swoop. Did we mention, that…
  • Professional Logo Design: 50 Strong Examples and Making Ofs

    Dirk Metzmacher
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
       Logo design is an art the average designer does not need to perform too often. Yet, every once in a while, even the designer around the corner will be asked to create one. Chances are, this will be giving him/her some sort of a hard time. Inspiration will be needed. In the following article we will deliver just that. But we will go further, and not only inspire, but also show you how logos evolve – from ideas to first sketches to production-ready. We hope you enjoy our little collection…
  • Sale as Seen: 44 Tutorials on How to Shoot Perfect Product Photos for Your Online Shop

    Dirk Metzmacher
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
       Product photography is not your ordinary kind of photography. Product photography follows its own rules and has its own techniques to be learned. If you want to publish perfect and successful photos to your online shop, website or services such as eBay or Amazon, there’s quite a bit of know-how to gather. We dug up 44 of the best tutorials on the matter that we could find. Take good care of this astonishingly efficient knowledge base and better your photography skills. If you are into ecommerce of any kind this article is mandatory for you. Only perfect product photos will…
  • HTML5: Native Dialogue Windows With the New Dialog Element

    Denis Potschien
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
       New HTML5 elements and new JavaScript APIs allow us to create complex applications for the browser. Part of any modern application are one or more dialogue windows. These require users to confirm the execution of certain actions or simply issue a message. With the new „<dialog>“ element we can now markup these windows using pure HTML5.
  • Low Poly Trend: Six Free Generators for Backgrounds and Images

    Denis Potschien
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
       Low Poly is a growing trend. More and more websites make use of modified imagery, most commonly in backgrounds. Low Poly is no rocket science. Basically it is just a special form of mosaic. But instead of using rectangle shapes Low Poly uses polygonal forms. As triangular shapes are the most common, the trend is also known as Triangulation. In the following article we will introduce you to a variety of web services and apps that will enable you to generate these trendy shapes in no time.
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  • August #UX newsletter out soon!

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    Coming soon to an inbox near you: the August edition of our UX newsletter. If you're not a subscriber yet, please sign-up now. ...and, while you're at it, why not subscribe to our blog's RSS feed too?
  • Noonee: The Chairolution

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Meet Noonee, the "chair-less chair" (or "low cost leg exoskeleton that allows you to sit anywhere"):
  • Ryman Eco

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    Monotype's Dan Rhatigan discusses "the world's most beautiful sustainable font":
  • Introducing the Nike RISE 'House of Mamba' LED court

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Nike and AKQA have created "the world's first full-sized reactive LED basketball court": [via UnderConsideration]
  • Aquabot

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Aquabot turns "your water bottle into a super soaker with 3 spray patterns" (mist, jet and shower):
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  • 21 Artists Share Their Vision of the Near Future

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    Warning: This post contains images with nudity. Viewer discretion is advised. Inside the Gulbenkian museum you start off viewing a round meteorite hanging from the ceiling (titled “Teoria“/Theory by Eduardo T. Basualdo). You can almost touch it, but probably decide not to stay under the heavy rock in case it breaks loose over you. The artwork’s label states it is made from aluminum foil, so you might be grinning now, because you were fooled into thinking it was hefty. Walking into the main show room of this exhibition, “Artistas Comprometidos? Talvez—Proximo…
  • World’s Most Controversial Photographers

    Christopher Smail
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Warning: This article contains images with nudity. Viewer discretion is advised. There are many things that can make a photographer a figure of controversy in the media. Very often it is due to the erotic nature of their images and their liberal use of nudity. It can also be because they are shooting children in a way that people don’t approve of. You’ll see examples of both of these here, in an attempt to portray an accurate representation of some of the world’s most provocative photographers, from fashion to fine art. Top: Miley Cyrus shot by American snapper Terry Richardson. The…
  • Kaboom! Tropical Fruit Explosions

    Adriana de Barros
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    This is a personal project by German studio FOREAL, who purposely wanted to combine different mediums (photography, drawing and CGI) to create fresh looking images. It is like the pineapple, banana and coconut are on an episode of The Road Runner or the 60s Batman TV series. Kaboom, Kapow… it all works well with these tropical fruits. Art concept © FOREAL Banana photo by Asghar Mohammad Pour, and pineapple photo by Marco Piecuch
  • Graffiti with an Energetic Flow

    Adriana de Barros
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    He started writing his graffiti name Bacon on walls in Toronto in the early 90s. Twenty years has past since then and his urban art has really evolved. His outlines are perfectly fluid, his color combinations and shading are beautiful, and there is dynamic movement in all of his works. A few murals (like the one shown below) even look like art from the Futurism period, a time when painters would focus on concepts of modernity, involving speed, technology, youth and violence. Reference: "Futurism." Wikipedia. Retrieved on August 19, 2014. Images © Bacon Via All City
  • Digital Portraits in Electric Colours

    Christopher Smail
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    From his studio in Montreal, Quebec, digital artist Patrick Seymour creates a stunning collection of individualistic art. The line work in his prints is mighty impressive, with streaks of electric blue and hot pink used to form familiar shapes in unfamiliar ways. This includes putting his own spin on Polaroid cameras and vintage Walkmans. All images © Patrick Seymour Via Behance
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    The Social Commerce Social Sourcing Space

  • Online presence vital to luxury brands in China

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
    In order to effectively fight counterfeit products in China, global luxury brands should have an online presence there, according to Angie Au-Yeung, Senior e-commerce Manager of Swiss luxury goods company Richemont. “The first and most important step is always to have the official presence, a clear anchorage for brands to differentiate and further educate consumers against fakes.” Otherwise, Chinese customers will be forced to seek products and information from third-party channels, which usually sell fake products. “Many [brands] still think e-commerce equates opening a Tmall store on…
  • London museum to display world’s first smartphone

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    IBM Simon, the first smartphone in the world, will be showcased in London’s Science Museum starting in October to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the device, according to The Drum. Launched in August 1994, it was the first phone that came with applications and fax connectivity. It also featured a calendar, calculator, address book, world time clock, electronic notepad and appointment scheduler. “The Simon wasn’t called a smartphone back then. But it had a lot of the features we see today. It had a calendar, it could take notes and send emails and messages and combined all of…
  • Google wants your children

    Craig Agranoff
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Google is revamping certain services in order to make kid-friendly versions so that it can target children under age 13 in many markets, including the United States, legally. Officially, children are not targeted or offered Gmail, YouTube, and other accounts, though there isn’t much blocking them from getting accounts there. Legally, to target child-age users, Google must make kid-friendly versions that require adult OK’s and block certain inappropriate content. Legally, this realm is a tough one to navigate, but several companies successfully do so, usually as part of their…
  • Startup wins big with app testing platform

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:13 am
    VM5 clinched the top prize at TechCrunch’s Beijing Startup competition for creating a platform that allows users to test an application without the need to install or even download it. Known as AdPlay, the technology creates a virtual display of an app on both desktop and mobile browsers so users can try out an application instead of just watching a video or screenshot. Moreover, downloading a plugin is not necessary. There is also no need for a software development kit (SDK) for each application, as the sample version will be directly streamed to a user from a cloud server. Additionally,…
  • Google eyes building undersea cable between Asia and the US

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:09 am
    Google has formed a consortium with five Asia-based telecom companies to build a super-fast undersea cable that runs from the US to Asia. Dubbed FASTER, the undersea cable will be built by Google with Asia’s largest telecom players including KDDI, China Telecom Global, SingTel, Global Transit and China Mobile International. Meanwhile, NEC will serve as the system supplier for the FASTER cable system. Once completed, the cable, which is set to be ready by Q2 2016, can deliver speeds of as much as 60 terabytes per second. The consortium is expected to spend around $300 million on the project.
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  • Slanted

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
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    21 Aug 2014 | 2:01 pm
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    21 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
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    21 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
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    21 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
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    Six Revisions

  • A List of Free Public CDNs for Web Developers

    Jacob Gube
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Website speed is crucial for developing the best user experience possible, because, well, no one likes to wait for web pages to load. One of the simplest ways for improving the performance of a site is by serving page dependencies like JavaScript libraries and CSS frameworks via a public content delivery network (CDN). A public CDN is a web service that hosts and serves open source projects used for web development (e.g. jQuery, AngularJS, and Bootstrap). Public CDNs allow websites to use their services for free. Here are the best public CDNs for web development. jsDelivr With over 1,000 open…
  • How to Create a Fixed Navigation Bar

    Jacob Gube
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    A fixed navigation bar, also referred to as a "sticky" navigation bar, is a toolbar that stays in place while the user is scrolling the web page. It’s a commonly-used site navigation design pattern for displaying a site’s main navigation menu, as well as other essential interface components such as a search box, social media buttons, and notifications. The design pattern guarantees that important interface components are easily viewable and accessible regardless of where the user currently is on a web page. In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through a simple CSS…
  • Why Sketch is Ideal for Web Designers

    Jacob Gube
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    At our startup, Typeform, we have just shifted our entire web/UI design process from Photoshop and Fireworks over to Sketch. Based on our collective first-hand experiences, we’d like to discuss some of the app’s features that help us get our design work done more efficiently. It gets CSS At our company, we mainly use visual design software for web/UI design. This means that we almost always need to be able to convert a static design prototype to HTML and CSS. With Sketch, we’ve found this process to be incredibly easy. The developers of Sketch created the app with CSS in…
  • How to Make Sure You’re Not Using a Shady WordPress Theme

    Jacob Gube
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    I can still remember how excited I was back in 2008 when I first discovered WordPress (late-adopter, I know). What was particularly impressive for me was that I could change the designs of my WordPress sites with minimal effort. And so the hunt for the perfect theme began! As far as I can recall, there weren’t that many paid/premium themes back then. And, to be honest, I wasn’t even taking the possibility of paying for a theme into consideration (since money was a bit tight) so I was kind of stuck with free themes by default. All was well for a while. My test sites and personal…
  • Free Programming Fonts

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

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    We regularly post CSS3 and HTML5 code snippets for the web developers because we know how much of a hot commodity they are for the web developers. Keeping this fact in mind, we have come up with yet another collection of 37 CSS only code snippets that are absolutely free to use. We are pretty much sure that you will like this compilation and find these code snippets useful for you as well. We all know that CSS3 and HTML5 have greatly pushed the web development boundaries of what is possible online. This is the reason why HTML5 and CSS3 are so much popular among the web developers and web…
  • Must See Collection Of Flat WordPress Themes

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    WordPress themes are rapidly becoming more common these days. More themes get released every day to incite the designers. Most designers store many themes in order to be able to build a perfect design quickly. Flat designs always remain in fashion because they provide continuity to the project making them look timeless and very appealing. Flat WordPress themes definitely have a quality about them which represents them as sophisticated and elegant. Themes can include tutorials, plugins and positively provoking designs. A great flat WordPress theme with artfully arranged information over it can…
  • 14 Free Frontend jQuery Plugins

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    Here is another collection of some jQuery plugins and this time we are showcasing 14 fronted jQuery plugins for you. These plugins have become quite popular among the developers in a very short period of time. Furthermore, all these plugins are very easy to implement and configuration will take only few minutes. We hope that collection proves to be the best for you and you will find these plugins useful for you. Do share your opinions with us via comment section below. Here is the full collection after the jump. Enjoy! JInvertScroll jInvertScroll – A lightweight jQuery horizontal…
  • 10 Useful Html5 Animation Tools

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    The use of animation in the website designing has been greatly increased with the popularity of interactive website designs. They have become an integral part of the design routine; therefore, many designers are looking for new and more interactive animation tools that they can use in their work. HTML5 animations are being used to avoid the use of Flash because they are more interactive and easier. In this post, you will unearth some of the best HTML5 animation tools that you can use to create amazing animations that work well with websites. Here is the list after the jump. Enjoy! Google Web…
  • The Ultimate DIY Product Photography Tutorials For Your Online Shop

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Are you running an online shop and want to display your products in the most appealing manner? Are you considering hiring a professional photographer for that purpose? Well, if your answer is yes, we would request you to first take a look at this compilation where we are sharing 40 excellent tutorials that will teach you how to shoot perfect product photos for your online shop. After going through these tutorials you will not need the help of any professional photographer. Here is the full list without any further ado. Do share your views about this compilation and share this post with others…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Ways To Avoid Overwhelming Users: Lessons Learned From My High-School Teachers

    Jon Bernbach
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    High school. I won’t lie: I did not have the highest grades in my graduating class. Some classes and lessons were so poorly designed and delivered that I would frequently become frustrated and fatigued and would ultimately shut down. The contents of the lessons would just wash over me. The experience wasn’t pleasant, and the results were obvious from my transcripts. But I did well in a few classes. The major difference was the teaching style. Currently, I am a user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) designer of mobile and web applications. In a way, like a teacher, I need to present…
  • What 22 Billion Newsletters Tell Us About Designing For Mobile Email

    Ros Hodgekiss
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    Do you know which platforms and email clients to focus on when creating an email newsletter for yourself or a client? Using the data from over 22 billion email subscribers, we determined what designers should prioritize, both this year and beyond. In this article, we’ll interpret the numbers from our “Email Marketing Trends401” report to help designers like you make informed decisions about what works and what doesn’t in email newsletters. Here are some of the things we’ll cover: Which email clients and platforms should we be supporting now? Does responsive design matter for email…
  • Off To The Races: Getting Started With Design Sprints

    Alok Jain
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Many modern software development best practices draw on influences from the industrial era and concepts like specialization, where individuals with specialized skills worked in an assembly line to mass-produce physical products. These practices from the world of manufacturing have come to influence how things are done when designing and building software products as well. Lean thinking is one of the latest approaches software development companies have adopted to maximize value and reduce wasted effort and resources. It does so by breaking down an objective into a series of experiments. Each…
  • Tips For Mastering A Programming Language Using Spaced Repetition

    Mattan Griffel
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    Since first hearing of spaced repetition a few years back, I’ve used it for a wide range of things, from learning people’s names to memorizing poetry to increasing my retention of books. Today, I’ll share best practices that I’ve discovered from using spaced repetition to learn and master a programming language. Some great articles on this topic are already out there, including “Memorizing a Programming Language Using Spaced Repetition Software1” by Derek Sivers and “Janki Method2” by Jack Kinsella. But because you’re busy, I’ll quickly summarize some of the best practices…
  • The Current State Of E-Commerce Search

    Christian Holst
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    When e-commerce search works, it’s fast, convenient and efficient. It’s no wonder that so many users prefer searching over clicking categories. Unfortunately, our recent large-scale usability study and top-50 benchmark of e-commerce search finds that search often doesn’t work very well. On-site search is a key component of almost any e-commerce website. That’s why we at Baymard Institute have invested months conducting a large-scale usability study, testing the e-commerce search experience of 19 major e-commerce websites with real-world end users. We’ve boiled our findings down to…
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  • Rethinking the Grid

    9 Aug 2014 | 6:17 pm
    At Shopify, we’re rebuilding much of our front-end code for Shopify Admin. This is giving us the opportunity to re-evaluate why and how we build things. One of the first components that we decided to work on was the grid. 24 Column GridShopify has, for at least the last two and a half years that I’ve worked there, a 24 column, percentage-based grid. This type of grid is quite common in the industry and one that many designers like. As we talked about what our new grid system should be, some designers on our team pushed to keep the 24 column grid that we already had. Predictable, flexible,…
  • PM Learnings: What is a Product Manager?

    29 Apr 2014 | 7:56 pm
    I've been a product manager for over a year now. I'd like to think I've learned a lot along the way. I want to document that journey to date and into the future. Issue 3 So, what is a product manager? matbalez wrote a good piece on that very subject. I especially liked this one quote: "You live and you die based on your ability to convince other people to do what you need them to do for the good of the product." I have a team and am expected to lead the team but have no direct reports. Nobody answers to me. I'm the one building the battle plan and explaining why this is the war…
  • PM Learnings: So here we are

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    I've been a product manager for over a year now. I'd like to think I've learned a lot along the way. I want to document that journey to date and into the future. Issue 2 So, here we are... I started at Shopify in a design role. We didn't have a product team. No product managers to speak of. As the company grew, the need for a product team also grew. When the role was described to me — someone who takes in research and helps prioritize and design product features — it sounded like a great extension of what I was already doing as a designer. Turns out, I had a lot to learn. A Product…
  • Product Management Learnings

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    I've been a product manager for over a year now. I'd like to think I've learned a lot along the way. I want to document that journey to date and into the future. It's the inaugural issue of the newsletter. I'm kicking this one off with a bunch of books that I've read plus a couple articles to boot. Expect more of the same in future newsletters. If you have any article suggestions, feel free to ping me on Twitter at @snookca or via email at Thanks for following along! The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth eBook The…
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    Speckyboy Design Magazine

  • Visionaries That Shaped Modern Graphic Design: John Maeda

    John Clifford
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    Part of my education as a graphic designer was learning about the field’s history. Before, I thought history classes were stuffy and dull. Not this class. I was floored by the bold approaches and radical experiments I saw in this “old” work. I wrote Graphic Icons: Visionaries Who Shaped Modern Graphic Design to highlight the pioneers, like Wim Crouwel, Saul Bass, Cipe Pineles and Milton Glaser. Each one offers lessons for today’s creatives, and provides inspiration for new ways to innovate. As part of our series profiling some of these icons, here is the fifth: John…
  • Freebie: Colorful Low-Poly Sport Templates (AI & EPS)

    Speckyboy Editors
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    Lately, poly-style artwork seem to be cropping up everywhere. Just a few weeks ago we actually featured a gallery of fantastic low-poly illustrations of The Big Bang Theory cast, and last week we shared Vectors Assemble, the Avengers given a poly-style makeover. We really love the trend. Hopefully you do as well.If you do love the style, then you will love this freebie. Freepik has designed for us a low-poly series of sports templates so that we can freely give them away to you guys. In total there are 17 individual sports templates in the pack and they come in both AI & EPS formats. And…
  • How and When to Use Stock Photography

    Zack Rutherford
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:26 am
    Some see it as a necessary evil, a few view it as an invaluable resources, others call it an annoyance, and still more see it as a slowly dieng trend. Whatever your feelings on stock photography, you’ve got to understand that you’ll end up using it at some point if you regularly create online content.If you’re going to use stock photography, it’s important you learn the when and how of proper usage. It’s not always a cut and dry scenario. You’ve got to establish budgets, balance your time, and determine realistic expectations for your content. And even…
  • Weekly News for Designers (N.248)

    Speckyboy Editors
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:58 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 & ToolsTumblr-Style Loading Cogs animated with CSS and SVG icons.Responsive Transactional HTML Email Templates from MailGun.PowerToCSS is a versatile and lightweight CSS Framework.jquery.matchHeight is a more robust equal heights plugin.Shrthnd is a handy tool that converts CSS properties into shorthand.Learning Resources &…
  • Free Ebook: Web UI Design Patterns 2014

    Marcin Treder
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    In web UI design, there now exist many new approaches to transition cleanly between devices while preserving the user experience. And in this free eBook – Web UI Design Patterns 2014: A Deeper Look at the Hottest Websites and Web Apps Today – UXPin analyzes a selection of 63 UI design patterns through the lens of today’s top companies, including Pinterest, LinkedIn, OKCupid, Spotify, Amazon, Kickstarter, and AirBnB.Within the 200 pages, you will find:A problem & solution discussion for each web UI design pattern.Carefully selected visuals to show different…
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  • noPhone

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    A technology-free alternative to constant hand-to-phone contact. With a thin, light and completely wireless design, the noPhone acts as a surrogate to any smart mobile device, enabling you to always have a rectangle of smooth, cold plastic to clutch without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment. Never again experience the unsettling feeling of… Advertise on
  • Paul Rand’s “Thoughts on Design” Back in Print

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Chronicle Books has put legendary graphic designer Paul Rand’s legendary book “Thoughts on Design” back on bookstore shelves after a long absence. First published in 1947, the short, highly regarded volume has been out of print since the 1970s, and used copies have been very difficult to come by. This new release is priced reasonably,… Advertise on
  • Thuy at Five

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    Here’s a picture of my daughter only a few days after she was born, back in 2009. And here’s a picture of her today, on her fifth birthday. I can’t believe it. Happy birthday, kiddo. + Advertise on
  • The Muppets Cover The Beastie Boys

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:17 pm
    In the spirit of last week’s post about a mashup of Dr. Seuss and the Ramones, as an addendum to my post back in May remembering Jim Henson, and in keeping with August’s uncanny ability to inhibit truly substantial blogging, I present to you Animal, Beaker and the Swedish Chef “covering” the Beastie Boys’ 1992… Advertise on
  • A Twitter Card That Does Something

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Cards as an interaction paradigm took a small but significant step forward today with this tweet from Acura. It introduces interactivity to Twitter’s previously rather rudimentary definition of the form; the card embedded in this tweet lets you actually “configure” an Acura TLX—choose your preferred engine, steering and color—and then tweet out the result. It’s… Advertise on
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    Treehouse Blog

  • AJ is Now a Web Developer for the Sacramento Kings!

    Faye Bridge
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    Treehouse students embark on new careers in the technology industry every day. Some go freelance based on the skills they learn with us, while others land jobs with companies across the world. We’re proud of our students and their successes, and today we’re highlighting one student’s story in particular. What’s most exciting about AJ’s story is that he not only landed a job as a full-time web developer, he’s also now combining his childhood passion for sport with his new career. Here’s AJ’s story, in his words… “Though I grew up in Silicon Valley – a hub for…
  • Web Performance

    Jason Seifer
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    It’s Tuesday which means that the Treehouse Show is back! In episode 104 of The Treehouse Show, Nick (@nickrp) and Jason (@jseifer) talk about web performance, web components, the hamburger icon, and more. For a free month’s trial, Join Jason and Nick at This Week’s Links Aerotwist – Pixels are expensive Why Web Components Aren’t Ready for Production… Yet -Telerik Developer Network The origin of the hamburger icon Papa Parse – Powerful CSV parser for Javascript The post Web Performance appeared first on…
  • Treehouse – Our Values

    Ryan Carson
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    We recently circulated a document here at Treehouse that sets out our values. Values are different than a mission statement in that they describe, not ‘what’ we want to achieve, but ‘how’ we achieve it. And in some cases how we ‘are’ as people. It’s a great list to double-check when we are hiring people. Our Values Serve Our Students Only what our students need, only when they need it, only in the amount they need. Be More Fun Than School Life is too short to be serious all the time. We’re friendly, we like to laugh, and we think learning should be…
  • How to Land Quality Clients

    Neil Tortorella
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    As a web designer or developer, you have a solid grasp of code and design. Your portfolio is stocked with impressive work. You’re ready for the freelance journey. Great! There’s still one skill you’ll need to master, though, and it’s the bane of many freelancers. It’s a simple, five-letter word. Yet it can strike fear and loathing into the hearts of web designers and developers everywhere. It’s said that nothing happens until somebody sells something. It’s true. Sales is a process, just like design and development. Freelancers who consistently land quality clients are the ones…
  • Top 5 Questions Asked by Students Taking Laravel Basics

    Hampton Paulk
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    Recently we just released a course on Laravel Basics here at Treehouse. This starts a brand new, exciting journey into the work of PHP Frameworks. As we progress into this topic we will be digging deeper into new technologies such as Vagrant, VirtualBox, Git, and heavier usage of our terminals. To help this process here are some of the most common questions that are appearing on our Forums. As with all new topics we do our best to help students get their environments set up to learn. Let’s look at the top five questions. 1. “A Vagrant environment or target machine is required to…
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  • 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…
  • This Is the Year That Was

    31 Dec 2013 | 12:58 pm
    2013 was an odd year. I felt very busy a good part of it, but looking back, it was really just a pair of long, long projects and the tiniest, last snippet of finishing one leftover from 2012. Speaking of 2012 … Now there was a busy year. And 2011, even more so. This year felt like a lot of wheel spinning. I believe I discussed more big book projects than ever before. But for one reason or another—mostly the confusion many self-publishers have about the need to budget beyond nickel-and-dime, DIY values—most of them fell through. I always feel great disappointment when a book…
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  • Mark Your Calendar: Hopscotch Design Festival

    Stephanie Murg
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    Perhaps you’ve heard of the Hopscotch Music Festival, which Spin likens to “South by Southwest minus the infestation of industry vermin and the clumsy bluster of corporate partyzillas.” Now in its fifth year, the Raleigh, North Carolina-based bandstravaganza is expanding its disciplinary boundaries—to the world of design. The inaugural Hopscotch Design Festival will take place September 3-4 in downtown Raleigh, with a speaker line-up that includes OMA’s Shohei Shigematsu, Kai-Uwe Bergmann of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Casey Caplowe of GOOD, Alexander Isley, and other…
  • New Architecture Prize Honors Year’s Best Public Library: Australia’s Craigieburn

    Stephanie Murg
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:36 am
    You need only browse a Candida Höfer monograph to realize that Denmark knows good libraries. It’s a strength that the Danish Agency for Culture—in partnership with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects—has seized upon to create a new award recognizing the best public library of the year. The inaugural winner, announced earlier this month in Lyon, France (bibliothèque country!), is Australia’s Craigieburn Library, located in Hume City, Victoria and designed by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp. The Aussie institution bested fellow nominees in the United Kingdom (the Library of Birmingham,…
  • Watch: Ai Weiwei Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Stephanie Murg
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    “Ah yes, the summer of 2014, I remember it well,” you’ll tell your robot grandchildren. “The world lost Elaine Stritch…Robin Williams—tragic! And everyone was dumping buckets of ice water over their heads.” The latest celebrity to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge—the DIY dunk-tank-for-charity viral sensation that involves chilly water, a video camera, and the magic of social media—is Ai Weiwei. No word as to whether the Chinese artist made a donation, but he definitely got soaked. Two buckets were required. Watch the scene unfold in the…
  • Quote of Note | Michael Bierut

    Stephanie Murg
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:29 am
    “Paul Rand admitted all his life that he was insecure as a writer. It was his passion for the subject that made him such an effective one. In his day job on Madison Avenue, he had learned the virtues of saying more with less. As a result, Thoughts on Design is almost as simple as a child’s storybook: short, clear sentences; vivid, playful illustrations. Ostensibly it is nothing more than a how-to book, illustrated with examples from the designer’s own portfolio. But in reality Thoughts on Design is a manifesto, a call to arms, and a ringing definition of what makes good…
  • Favorite Thing: Jack Headphone Stand

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    Nancy Lazarus journeyed to the Javits Center for the summer 2014 edition of NY NOW, the Market for Home + Lifestyle (formerly NYIGF) as the UnBeige judge for the Bloggers’ Choice Awards, which highlights “urgent, odd, and delightful design” from among the more than 150 exhibitors in the Accent on Design category. Here’s her pick. While scouring the Accent on Design aisles of the NY NOW trade show, which wraps up today, we came across a product that literally stood out: the Jack Headphone Stand, our choice for the Bloggers’ Choice awards. Designed by Brooklyn-based…
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    Vandelay Design

  • 29 Best Podcasts for Freelance Graphic Designers

    Tara Hornor
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    As a freelancer, I don’t get many opportunities to surround myself with similar creative minds to keep me sharp. While attending meet-ups and co-working can be great ways to engage with others, it... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 40 Sets of Free Social Media Icons

    Steven Snell
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Designers love free icon sets. Having quality icons can help to make a site's design look complete, and can also help with the usability of the site. Social media icons are some of the most commonly... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 28 Interesting Craigslist Redesign Concepts

    Tara Hornor
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    As one of the most popular websites on the web, Craigslist certainly gets a lot of attention when it comes to the topic of redesigns. As a service, the idea is brilliant and that is why it is the... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • Showcase of the Best WordPress Magazine Themes

    Steven Snell
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:02 pm
    If you run a news-style blog that publishes high volumes of content, a magazine-style design or theme may be the most appropriate. WordPress users have loads of great magazine and news themes to... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • Top 50 Best Responsive WordPress Portfolio Themes

    Steven Snell
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:03 pm
    If you're looking for a portfolio template to showcase your art, photography, or design work, the wide selection of quality themes makes WordPress a great option. While there have been many... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
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  • Cranking

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

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

    Kyle Neath
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It’s no secret that I dislike Secret. Just this week I had a crisis of existence when I found myself agreeing with Sarah Lacy on the topic. Many of my friends have suffered severe emotional damage as a result of defamations posted on the service: it’s not pretty. But more importantly, it seems clear to me this is only the start. You see, I agree with Sarah that Secret will take lives. Not directly, of course. But perhaps in the hands of a bullying teen picking on a severely depressed peer. And maybe that post — that secret, that was the last thing, the thing that made them…
  • Asmiov on style

    Kyle Neath
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Isaac Asimov on his writing style: I made up my mind long ago to follow one cardinal rule in all my writing—to be ‘clear’. I have given up all thought of writing poetically or symbolically or experimentally, or in any of the other modes that might (if I were good enough) get me a Pulitzer prize. I would write merely clearly and in this way establish a warm relationship between myself and my readers, and the professional critics—Well, they can do whatever they wish.
  • The Ocean Cleanup

    Kyle Neath
    20 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Last year, I watched Boyan Slat give a TEDx talk on the subject of plastics in our ocean: How the oceans can clean themselves. The idea was super interesting to me (I love simple solutions), but I had no idea how feasible it would be. On June 3rd, his newly formed foundation The Ocean Cleanup claimed they’ve proven it is indeed feasible. They’re raising $2,000,000 to deploy a large-scale pilot in the next few years. And maybe it won’t work — but it sure feels like a no-brainer to donate some money and give them the chance to try.
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    Print Magazine » Imprint: Print Magazine’s Design Blog

  • Weekend Heller: Designer’s Activism Gets Active

    Steven Heller
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Designers are citizens who can take active roles in this Democracy. Not everyone will agree with Bonnie Siegler, but her pro-active stance is a model for us all, whatever our causes.Siegler of the New York design firm 8 and a Half announced this week that she is hosting “My Old Kentucky Fundraiser” on September 14 in Brooklyn in support of Alison Lundergan Grimes, Democrat, for U.S. Senator.“This is a crucial race,” Siegler asserts about this campaign against House Speaker Mitch McConnell, who she adds, “has wasted decades blocking legislation that would have…
  • Making the Mac: 20 Vintage Apple Ads

    Zac Petit
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Do you design ads? We want to see them. Don’t miss your chance to enter Print’s Legends in Advertising Awards.From the curious introductory price of $666.66 to spreads featuring David Carson, old Apple and Mac ads are fascinating. On the practical side they also chart the swift evolution and perception of personal computers in America, as the conversation shifts from convincing potential users about the worth, utility and operation of the machines to the bolder tone Apple adopts as PCs become ubiquitous.Mac Mothership, which maintains a fascinating archive of all things Apple,…
  • Zinging Around: The Symbolism of Bees

    Jude Stewart
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    Why are tangents so appealing? Something about zinging across whatever tasks you’re “Supposed to Be Doing” renders that distraction so delicious. Case-in-point: While I’m digging deeper into my next book about patterns, I find myself helplessly gathering excellent cutting-room-floor material. The symbolism of animals is proving an extremely rich vein, so much so that I’ll write about in this short series.Take honeycombs and their makers, bees. This remarkably consistent pattern in nature provides plenty of fodder for discussion in my book. Even their own distinctive…
  • The Gaza War—Through the Eyes of Israeli Illustrators and Art Directors

    Ellen Shapiro
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    Detail from “Mr. Death, What’s Next?” by Gal ShkediWith war raging between Israel and Hamas, people all over the world are bombarded with news images of destruction in Gaza and of international protests condemning Israel and/or posts in support of Israel. Seeing the conflict through the eyes of artists can give it a different perspective. Israelis are not of one voice when it comes to the actions of their government and its military.Three years ago, Guy Morag Tzepelewitz, Ph.D., an Israeli art curator, began organizing the International Plain Notebook Project. He sent plain,…
  • 89 Essential Quotes About Design

    Zac Petit
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    We want to see your advertising designs. Don’t miss your chance to enter Print’s Legends in Advertising Awards!Though quotes may often be contradictory, presented out of context and preserved over the years like a bad game of telephone, I’ve long been obsessed with collecting them. A good quote is the equivalent of a poem, or maybe the occasional bottle of high-end bourbon—a poultice for the creative soul.From the curmudgeonly to the inspiring, here’s a set of 89 quotes about design, advertising, creativity, and all ground in between.  “It took me a few seconds…
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    The ZehnKatzen Times

  • [PDX] Faux Telephoto - Hawthorne And The Big Hill East of César E Chávez

    Samuel Klein
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:05 pm
    3130.It was said, on the Hawthorne Street Fair Facebook page, that this was the first time the Boulevard between 30th and 38th had been closed in decades.This gave the perfect opportunity, of course, for some angles that you couldn't otherwise get else the chance of grievous bodily injury. An always-inspiring view is the view east down Hawthorne, with the street rising to meet, and appear to be utterly defeated by, our legendary volcano-within-a-city, Mount Tabor.It will be remembered, though, that Hawthorne Blvd was named after Dr. Hawthorne, who once ran what they called then an "Home for…
  • [PDX] Scenes From A Street Fair: Hawthorne Blvd, 2014

    Samuel Klein
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:27 pm
    3129.This last Sunday we sojourned over to the other side of the mountain (Mt. Tabor, that is), and went from our part of Hawthorne Blvd to the fashionable part of Hawthorne Blvd to see the people there.Hawthorne Street Fair 2014 was happening this hot August day, and The Wife™ really wanted to go; me, I tend to stay away from human contact, having figured that, at this point, I've met all the people I need to. But, my love loves going out to these things … there are few things more quintessentially Portland than this … and I realize that she has the right of such things, as not being…
  • [print] Soylent News™'s New Calendar Strikes Again …

    Samuel Klein
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:15 pm
    3128.… but, on what day, it's kinda hard to tell. But then, isn't time an arbitrary thing, especially when NCA3 is doggedly, tirelessly, relentlessly redefining today's The Oregonian as a thing to be read?We return to the scene of the crime, Library Day (accept no substitutes), and The Wife™, who is doing her usual weekly catch-up, and peeps it. Here's the wide-angle view:So stipulated. And, now, the closeup.Yep. As documented previously, there's been the Julian, the Gregorian, and now, the Oregonian Calendar. Didn't like the way Sunday, August 11th, 2014 worked out for you?Don't…
  • [PDX] Joe Vithayathil: The Latter-Day Frank Bonnema

    Samuel Klein
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    3127.Old-school Portlandia, pure and simple.Those of you who have any recollection about Back-in-the-Day around these parts know about Portland Wrestling. You are no doubt aware of modern pro-wrestling, with its flash and gloss and pyrotechnics, and its acknowledgement of kayfabe-as-dramatic-storyline.I can't really get into it. I remember pro-wrestling as-it-was … regional circuits, a working-man's pastime at the fairground or at the armory, and every week, without fail, on KPTV-12, late at night on Saturday … it was Portland Wrestling. It was the kind of show that your babysitter would…
  • [PDX] Love Sellwood? Then There's a Bridge I'd Like To Sell You.

    Samuel Klein
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    3126.Seriously …After nearly 90 years of public service, the Sellwood Bridge could have a new owner and a new home. The bridge has been designated a historic resource which requires it to be made available for historic reuse before it is removed to make way for the new Sellwood Bridge. Multnomah County is accepting proposals to buy the bridge until September 12, 2014.This chapter of the Sellwood Bridge follies isn't facetious, though, it be for real. The old bridge has to go, and since it's (as the excerpt says) a 'historic resource', they have to put the ol' girl up for grabs. You want it,…
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    What an ART!!! - Graphic Arts Gallery

  • These Fantastic Illustrations Show a Giant Troll Enjoying Norway’s Attractions

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    Lithuanian illustrator and concept artist Gediminas Pranckevicius has created a set of fantastic digital paintings featuring a giant troll enjoying some popular tourist attractions in Norway – Preikestolen, Bryggen in Bergen, and Vågen harbor in Stavanger. Artist – Gediminas Pranckevicius | Portfolio View the Rest: 'These Fantastic Illustrations Show a Giant Troll Enjoying Norway’s Attractions'
  • Pixar’s WALL-E and EVE Redesigned as More Advanced Robots

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:53 am
    Philippine-based 3D artist Rafael Benedicto aka SgtHK has recreated Pixar‘s little trash compactor robot WALL-E and his love interest EVE as much more advanced, capable, and ‘full-grown’ robots equipped with weapons and modern body parts. Artist – Rafael Benedicto View the Rest: 'Pixar’s WALL-E and EVE Redesigned as More Advanced Robots'
  • Illustrated Poster Documents 120 Years of All-American Automobiles

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Brooklyn-based Pop Chart Lab‘s latest piece is this illustrated poster featuring a collection of 108 all-American automobiles, from 1895 to 2014. This curated collection of classic coupes and sedans features 108 hand-detailed cars restored to showroom condition, ranging from the “Tin Lizzie” Ford Model T to the Chrysler 300C to today’s hybrid PEVs (premium electric […] View the Rest: 'Illustrated Poster Documents 120 Years of All-American Automobiles'
  • The ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ Explained with Cats!

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    London-based illustrator Maria Tiurina, in collaboration with the collectible digital art platform ‘NeonMob‘, has created a series of humorous illustrations that explain the ‘seven deadly sin’ with cats. The best part? They have made up an ‘eighth’ sin called ‘Pawesomeness‘ – just scroll down to see it! And, they have come up with a pretty […] View the Rest: 'The ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ Explained with Cats!'
  • Talented Makeup Artist Transforms Her Mouth into Famous Cartoon Characters

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Talented London-based makeup artist and beauty blogger Laura Jenkinson has created a series of creative makeup art that transforms her mouth into some of our beloved cartoon characters. Check out her Instagram account to see more. Artist – Laura Jenkinson (Hat Tip Reddit via Visual News) View the Rest: 'Talented Makeup Artist Transforms Her Mouth into Famous Cartoon Characters'
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    Semhal Nasreddin
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    Zaha Mohammad Hadid is an incredible architect born in Baghdad, Iraq. She is the first woman to have received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. She has a distinctively futuristic, sleek style. She has created magnificent buildings all over the world – Germany, Denmark, Austria,  Japan, China, Russia, U.S, South Korea, the UAE, France, Spain, and many more countries.  I am in true awe of her work and had to share it with you.. Enjoy :-). Al Wakrah Stadium, Qatar Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre, UAE 520 West 28th Street, New York, USA 520 West 28th Street, New York, USA…

    Semhal Nasreddin
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    There’s nothing more lovely than a well made, creative ampersand, right?  I’ve gathered 30 of the best examples I could find and hope you enjoy viewing them Ohilikeart Mushrooms by Sasha Vinogradova From The Ampersand   Ampersand Re—interpreting Dave Epsteins Ampersand from ’77 71   98   Ampertastic Mr Fox   Ugmonk Premium Wood Ampersand   Rope Ampersand     And so it Begins Kris Kros     The Ampersand     Ampertastic Mr Fox   And Now for Something Completely Different     Ampersand   The Ultimate…

    Semhal Nasreddin
    2 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Welcome to another edition of Inspirational Funk where I showcase really awesome, inspirational and lovely artwork! I hope you draw lots of inspiration and enjoy viewing them as much as I did! Brick and Stone   Atmospheres by Karezoid Michal Karcz   Crank it Up by James Graves   N   Derrick Castle  Ohilikeart Mushrooms by Sasha Vinogradova From   Welcome to Camp Crystal Lake Glow in the Dark   Infonotary by Petrov   Untitled 675 by Francoise Nielly           Original article: INSPIRATIONAL FUNK: VOLUME 4©2014…

    Semhal Nasreddin
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Welcome to this month’s edition of Packaging That Tickles My Fancy. In today’s post I’ve included really lovely and creative chocolate packaging, ice cream packaging, beef jerky packaging, olive oil, mustard, and more.. I hope you enjoy this post! Unelefante X Chef Jorge llanderal |Artisan Chocolate Bars   Fundacion Capital     Jeffs Jerky   Jeffs Jerky   Demitasse Creamery   Pure   Anthia Products   Cheers Milkshake Concept     Connoisseur Gourmet Ice Cream   Triumph Disaster on the Road Travel Edition    …

    Semhal Nasreddin
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    In today’s article I’ve gathered 20 awesomely distressed, noisy and grungy Photoshop for you to grunge up your artwork and projects.. Hope you find what you’ve been looking for!   Dark Stains Photoshop Brush Set   Concrete Photoshop Brush Set   Perennial Splatters Photoshop Brush Set   Grunge Stamp Borders Multi Pack   Free Grunge Paper Effect Kit   Noise and Dust a Free Photoshop Brush Set     12 Free High Res Dry Brush Stroke Photoshop Brushes   Free Grunge Photoshop Brushes   Grunge 30   Dirt Brush Set Grunge Brushes…
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  • Top 5 Smartwatches Available Right Now

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:45 pm
    In the modern world, easy access to digital communications, planning, and notifications has never been more important. Although smart phones today come with all sorts of powerful capabilities that help you organize your world like never before, sometimes you need even more assistance. If you are walking in a busy street, out on the road, or on a run, it may not be practical for you to hold a device. If you are thinking about finding a way to do all of the things you need without the hassle of handling a device at all times, it may be time to consider the purchase of a smart watch. A smart…
  • Sell a Story, Not a Brand

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Throughout time there have been many kinds of advertising strategies, and as these practices evolve we have found out the things that work, and the things that do not. The tendency to make the consumer feel more worthy if they have a particular product, for example, has proved to be very effective. At the same time, making a consumer feel bad about themselves has also been found to work very well, although the former of these two methods is more positive. When testing the effectiveness of selling a brand versus selling a story, we found that the latter of the two is much more efficient. Here…
  • Organize your Brain: The Best Tools for Writers

    Jessica Millis
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Here is a very random list of tools and resources you can use when you are writing. There are tools for helping to organize your thoughts, days, your workload, and your research. There are even websites that help you cite, write, fact check, and even organize some help for your work by having others do it for you. Let’s take a look. InfoPlease You can organize your research with InfoPlease. It is a research resource where you can get all your information in one place. It is an almanac, encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, biography reference and an atlas all in one place. Open Office…
  • 20 Reasons You Should Start Your Business Now!

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:43 pm
    So you have a dream, but may you be too afraid to pursue it. A dream to start a business can be particularly scary, because in some cases your financial security depends on it. Whether or not you may realize it, thoughts like these are based on fear. After all, your dream is unique and important to you, so you should not push it away. Here are 20 reasons why you should start your business now. Do not let fear run your life Fear is one of the worst things for motivation. If you want to accomplish a lot in life, you cannot let fear be any part of it. Time never stops Death is an unfortunate…
  • 20 Cool Instagram Accounts to Follow (Plus A Special Bonus You Won’t Want to Miss!)

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:16 pm
    With over 200 million monthly active users, Instagram is a great source of inspiration. There are tons of talented photographers, designers, and creatives sharing their work with the world. Finding these creative minds can be a challenge, but I’m here to help. If you’re looking for some sence of creativity in your news feed, the following accounts are bound to inspire and motivate you. Enjoy! Robert Jahns Robert posts surreal photos that are bound to blow your mind. Murad Osmann Murad travels with his girlfriend and posts pictures of her leading him by the hand. The idea is…
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  • Details on this Morning’s Web Fonts Service Outage

    Matt Brinkerhoff
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
    This morning, from approximately 3am to 9am EST, certain Web Fonts customers experienced an outage in service, affecting delivery of Web fonts as well as the site. The outage was a result of internal server changes, preventing ‘’ from resolving. Users employing the Javascript or CSS implementation method experienced outages as a result. […]
  • Top 100 Web Fonts for July 2014

    Ryan Arruda
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Here’s a listing of the top 100 most used fonts from the Web Fonts service for July 2014: Trade Gothic Neue Helvetica Avenir Next Avenir Univers Proxima Nova Frutiger Helvetica Klint Futura Gill Sans Linotype Univers Museo Sans DIN Next Neo Sans Museo Slab ITC Avant Garde Gothic Century Gothic Chaparral Arial Rockwell Myriad […]
  • Jim Ford’s Typographic Journey

    Allan Haley
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Jim Ford describes designing a large typeface family as “a mountainous commitment.” “You don’t scale a mountain just to turn around and go back,” he says. “There’s a triumph to be had; whether it’s in the challenge overcoming a fear, a discovery or a reward, or just a beautiful scenic overlook. In any case, that […]
  • From Investment Banker Dreams to Designer: Victor Erixon Shares His Insights

    Ryan Arruda
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    With a wide range of clients, as well as popular self initiated projects, it seems strange to think that Victor Erixon originally intended to become an investment banker. After owning his own cleaning business at age 20, in just two years he’s gone from dabbling in design to a respected, sought after designer. Victor sat […]
  • Type Through the Eras — Save Up to 85% on Fonts Inspired by 20th Century Design Movements

    Ryan Arruda
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am is in the midst of a three-day sale celebrating some of the most distinctive eras in design history. Running until July 25th, our Type Through the Eras sale brings you classic and contemporary typefaces inspired by important design periods of the 20th century—with up to 85% savings! We’ve featured fonts from the elegant Art Deco era, […]
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  • 25 Beautiful Fantasy 3D Models and Character designs by Carlos Ortega

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    3D Models Carlos Ortega Elizalde is a famous 3D Animator who is living in Guanajuato, Mexico. He is a Freelance animator, specialist in 3D character modeling/texturing/lighting and 3D Animation. He is currently working as Character & Lighting artist for an animated feature film in Mexico. I hope you will like Carlos Ortega Elizalde's Fantasy 3D Girl models and other character designs. read more
  • 25 Best Ads Around the world for your inspiration - Award Winning Ads

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Best Ads Advertising is a form of communication for marketing and used to encourage, persuade, or manipulate an audience to continue or take some new action. Most commonly, the desired result is to drive consumer behavior with respect to a commercial offering. Commercial advertisers often seek to generate increased consumption of their products or services through "branding," which involves associating a product name or image with certain qualities in the minds of consumers. In this post we have added 30 creative, brilliant and Best Ads for your inspiration. read more
  • 25 Amazing Fashion Photography examples by Laura Ferreira

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Fashion Photography Laura Ferreira is a photographer from Trinidad and Tobago who specialises in conceptual portraiture, fashion photography and commercial photography, as well as digital art and retouching. i hope you like his fashion photographs. read more
  • 30 Beautiful and Creative Metal Sculptures around the world

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Metal Sculpture Sculpture is the branch of the visual arts that operates in three dimensions. Durable sculptural processes originally used carving and modelling (the addition of material, as clay), in stone, metal, ceramics, wood and other materials but, since modernism, shifts in sculptural process led to an almost complete freedom of materials and process. Bronze and related copper alloys are the oldest and still the most popular metals for cast metal sculptures. bronze, copper, aluminum, iron and Stainless steel are now famous sculpture making. read more
  • 30 Creative Branding Identity Design examples around the world

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Branding A logo is not your brand, nor is it your identity. Logo design, identity design and branding all have different roles, that together, form a perceived image for a business or product. There has been some recent discussion on the web about this topic, about your logo not being your brand. Although this may be true, I haven’t seen any clarification of the differences between ‘brand’, ‘identity’ and ‘logo’. I wish to rectify this. What is brand? – The perceived emotional corporate image as a whole. What is identity? read more
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    LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers

  • The Evolution of Marketing: Why so many Logo Redesign and Rebranding Efforts are Going Bust.

    Hala Ali
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:48 am
    An article in Forbes magazine recently started with the words, “Marketers don’t cut people open, design cars that can crash, handle hazardous waste or fly into war zones. Relatively speaking, it’s a low-stakes profession…” Reading these lines I was astounded. As a marketer in the 21st century I take marketing very seriously. It was hard…
  • Rebranding & Logo Redesigns

    Hamza Abdelhak
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:12 am
  • Is there such a thing as ‘Good’ Complexity? The Disney Channel Logo Design Thinks So.

    Mitchell Kernot
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    The Disney Channel has long been a staple of Disney entertainment, and their logo has gone through numerous iterations. Their latest version has been an accepted part of the industry since 2002, but as companies often do, Disney decided it was time for a change. Interestingly enough, though, Disney channel has decided not to follow…
  • The New Bacardi Logo – It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere!

    Mitchell Kernot
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
    When researching the liquor market one is amazed by the saturation of the brightly colored labels, and bottles offering you any variety of fantastic experiences and emotions. It’s a competitive industry for any logo design, but the Bacardi Rum image really shakes the industry good. Earlier this year the company elected to focus on their…
  • Announcing the winner of Contest: Think Design!

    Shyrose Vastani
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Having been inactive for a long time we launched Logo Design Guru’s blog again a few months ago and decided that with the new launch we should recreate the representative image as well. The logo design contest launched was offset with the name “think design”; the idea behind the blog was to facilitate our designers…
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    The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress

  • Top Career Tips For Graphic Designers

    Deeana Radley
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Not sure how to get your dream job in graphic design? Whether you’re a young graduate just starting out, or a professional looking to boost your career, follow these top The post Top Career Tips For Graphic Designers appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Insanely Awesome Street Art By JPS

    Rik Haynes
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Born and bred in Weston-Super-Mare, Jamie Paul Scanlon (aka JPS) is more than just your average street artist, as these brilliant works of street art show… Little is known about The post Insanely Awesome Street Art By JPS appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Funny Friday: Rock. Paper. Scissors. Rage!

    Andy Smith
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:53 am
    This week’s Funny Friday is a collection of rants, warnings and dreams that are guaranteed to make you smile. Rock. Paper. Scissors. Rage! Paper always rocks when it is The post Funny Friday: Rock. Paper. Scissors. Rage! appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Graduation Cake Designs To Celebrate Great GCSEs!

    Aron Priest
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    It’s GCSE results day, and pupils across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are discovering their fates and finalising post-graduation plans. In celebration of all school leavers, here is a selection of The post Graduation Cake Designs To Celebrate Great GCSEs! appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Solopress Help Make Good Things Happen For JustGiving

    Rik Haynes
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:43 am
    Yimby by JustGiving, the new crowdfunding community for social good, have used Solopress for quite a few printing jobs recently. Yimby Community Manager Kate Eggleshaw tells us why… “Yimby The post Solopress Help Make Good Things Happen For JustGiving appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
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    Something Design Shop

  • What Buyers Create Using Our Products #01

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

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

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

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

    12 Jun 2014 | 3:21 am
    Pairing fonts can be a challenge. You might have already heard this. As a designer, the important thing is to establish a clear hierarchy.This could be as simple as varying size and weight of the same typeface, but where the typeface varies, that’s where careful pairing is crucial. So what does all this actually look like in practice? We’ve put together 10 pairings fonts example that are guaranteed to avoid conflict. For all following examples we used only free fonts. We also provided the download links for all used fonts. 1. Abraham Lincoln + Oswald | Download Links: Abraham…
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  • Add a Retro and Vintage Look to your Photos in Photoshop

    Adrien &#124; Supercolor
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    In this Photoshop Tutorial, learn how to add a Retro and Vintage Look to your Photos using a few basic techniques, filters and effects. Download Resource Needed for this Tutorial: - Happy Couple Cycling in the City by Gpointstudio on Shutterstock Step 1 – Gaussian Blur Open up Photoshop and open the image or photo you’d like to use to create this Retro and Vintage Look. The one I am using is from Gpointstudio titled Happy Couple Cycling in the City. Courtesy of Shutterstock. Duplicate the original image layer and apply a 25px Radius Gaussian Blur on the duplicated layer, Filter…
  • Weekly Creative Vector Inspiration #14

    Adrien &#124; Supercolor
    17 Dec 2013 | 1:30 am
    This post is part of a weekly Inspiration series featuring a collection of my favourite creative vector artwork from great designers all over the world. If you want to contribute with any vector artwork suggestions, feel free to comment or contact me via the contact page!   3D by dracoimagem   Milk Shakespeare by dracoimagem   Personal Work 2013 by blindSALIDA   Jah by Andrey Krasnov   Vector Cupcakes by Layerform Magazine   Monstres! ( BONBEK Magazine #4 ) by Seb NIARK1 FERAUT   Low Polygon Illustrations by Jeremiah Shaw & Danny Jones   Editorial…
  • Swatches of the Week #35

    Adrien &#124; Supercolor
    17 Dec 2013 | 12:30 am
    For Designers or Graphic Enthusiasts colour is everywhere, we use colours every day in our creations. The combination of the colours on a project makes all the difference. Every week we share a combination of colours / swatches that blend well together. Feel free to download the Illustrator and Photoshop Swatches. Download  
  • 5 O’clock Long Shadows Flat Icons Pack Freebie

    Adrien &#124; Supercolor
    4 Dec 2013 | 1:15 am
    Hey Designers, today’s Freebie is a set of mixed flat icons with a long shadow and a cool color palette from the great guys at
  • Weekly Creative Vector Inspiration #13

    Adrien &#124; Supercolor
    4 Dec 2013 | 1:00 am
    This post is part of a weekly Inspiration series featuring a collection of my favourite creative vector artwork from great designers all over the world. If you want to contribute with any vector artwork suggestions, feel free to comment or contact me via the contact page!   The Belly Rules the Mind by Duarte Pires   Octa Printah by dracoimagem   Long life and prosper by dracoimagem   Don’t step on the grass by dracoimagem   TV – Movies by CranioDsgn   Geometric Beauty Portraits by Peter Olexa   Personal illustrations 2010 by Niklas Coskan  …
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    Graphic Mania | Graphic Mania

  • Web and mobile design consistency

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why You Need More Than One Design Portfolio

    Roberto Blake
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
    The purpose of a portfolio for a Graphic Designer is to get them work, whether that means new clients as a freelancer/contractor, a job at an ad agency or marketing firm or more likely a job as an in-house designer working for a company. Depending on the situation you may need a portfolio that represents all three of these scenarios and they will need to have different work in them.The reason you need multiple portfolios comes down to this: these jobs are not the same and the expectations and responsibilities are not the same. Agencies and Studios operate very different from traditional…
  • How Much Work Should You Put in Your Design Portfolio?

    Roberto Blake
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    One of question I constantly hear from designers concerns how much work they should put in their portfolio. In truth there is not a right answer to this, but there are some general rules and guidelines. One of the things I have to rant about is Designers, Teachers and Art Directors who insist you should only put in 10 pieces of work in your portfolio. To be blunt, that is a load of crap.The Truth About the 10 Piece RuleThe reasoning behind the 10 piece rule is based on the logic that whoever is looking at your portfolio is pressed for time and doesn’t have the patience to go through all…
  • InDesign Tutorial: How to Design a Portfolio

    Roberto Blake
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    Adobe InDesign is one of the most important programs you can learn as a designer. Even as a Web Designer it can be useful for presentations and putting together documentation for clients in a professional way. If you need to design a portfolio to showcase your work I highly recommend using Adobe InDesign to create a your portfolio for print or as a PDF that you can email to clients or make available as a download.InDesign Tutorial Video: How to Design a Portfolio InDesign Tutorial How to Design a Portfolio. If you need to design a Print Portfolio or a PDF Portfolio…
  • Why Graphic Designers Need Mobile Portfolios

    Roberto Blake
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    As a Graphic Designer you need to be in a position to pitch anywhere at anytime. I’m not suggesting that you have your  portfolio book on you at all times, although when you’re just starting out and looking for a job, maybe you should. Something that is less cumbersome that you will likely always have on you is a smartphone, so it only make sense to use this tool to help you succeed by setting a mobile version of your Graphic Design Portfolio. Types of Mobile Graphic Design Portfolios:Email PDF or Your Graphic Design PortfolioImage Gallery Folders with JPEGSMobile Website…
  • How to Design Your PDF Graphic Design Portfolio

    Roberto Blake
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    Your PDF Portfolio is going to be a portfolio that you can email to clients from your computer or even your smartphone when you don’t have an opportunity to show your print portfolio.I recommend building your PDF Portfolio in Adobe InDesign which I used to develop my PDF and Print Portfolios, but you can use any program you are comfortable with.How to Design Your PDF PortfolioGeneral Tips for Your PDF PortfolioShow your work that is the best of the best (with honors sir!).Make sure you include your contact information and some background on yourself in your portfolio.Try to use your…
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    Graphic Design Junction

  • Free UI Kits, Free Photoshop PSD Web Elements for Designers

    Yasir Jawaid
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:03 am
    Fresh web and graphic design resources (UI Kits, free PSD files, Infographics, Templates and website design elements) for designers. Most user interface packs including a set of useful components, which you can use to create startup psd mockup, templates and WordPress theme layout. All PSD UI Kits are completely free for download with fully customizable and well organized layered PSD files. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. Free Corporate Business Card Mockup (PSD) 28 Useful Free Photoshop PSD Mockups for Designers Free PSD Files: 36 Fresh Photoshop PSD…
  • 730+ Free Outline Icons Set for Designers

    Yasir Jawaid
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    Awesome free Outline icons set for any type of website, mobile app user interface and graphic design projects. There are 700+ outline icons, all icons come in Ai, SVG, PNG and IconFont formats. These sets are easy to use for both designers and developers.  All icons are highest-quality design, so you can easily change the outline thickness without loosing quality. The amazing icons set coded and designed by Dario Ferrando. The icon sets divided into seven sections (Basic, Music, Ecommerce, Software, Elaboration, Arrows and Weather Icons). Icons that included in the sets are very common…
  • Web Design Trends in 2015

    Muhammad Faisal
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:43 pm
    If you have realized it, then we are moving closer towards the end of the present year and ahead of us lies the future which is totally unpredictable expect for few things. Over the past few years, the general popular look of the internet has indeed changed quite a bit for developers and designers. So let’s have a look at the Web Design Trends in 2015. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. Modern trends: HTML5, CSS3, Responsive and Flat design Free Fonts for Commercial Use (15 New Fonts) Mobile App UI Designs with Amazing User Experience Free Vector…
  • 35 Modern Mobile App UI Designs with Amazing User Experience

    Muhammad Faisal
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Modern concepts of mobile app UI designs is right here. In this roundup we’re sharing 35 amazing mobile app UI designs with best User experience. This showcase only have professionally designed mobile apps of iPhone, iPad, Android and UI Patterns. Every year mobile and tablet friendly apps built to aid both designers and web developers with their work debut in hopes to succeed in the competitive app market. However, some of today’s designers and developers tend to focus on UI desgin, now a day mobile UI/UX design are top trend for inspiration. You may be interested in the following…
  • 33 Free Vector Graphics and Vector Infographics Resources for Designers

    Muhammad Faisal
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    Free resources of infographic vectors and vector graphics, design elements and vector backgrounds, all are free to download. These vector resources are useful for user interface designing. The fresh collection of vector icons and vector graphics are ready to download and freely to use in your personal and commercial design work. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. 15 Amazing Text Effects Photoshop Tutorials for Designers 33 Creative Logo Designs for Inspiration #29 Free PSD UI Kits and PSD UI Design Elements for Designers 25 Useful Photoshop Tutorials to…
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  • Top 10 Free Chalkboard Fonts for 2014

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

    The Designer Wall
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    At first you will be amazed when you see the photos of different landscapes that will definitely takes your breath away. And you will think “Wow! Great capture!” but what if we will reveal you how did they do it? These three talented artists, Matthew Albanese, Didier Massard and Kim Keever will make your eyes big when you see them make this wonderful surreal landscape photography. via: APLUS Share this so everyone will see what’s behind these amazing landscape pictures. This Behind The Scene of Surreal Landscape Photography will Amaze You is a post from: The Designer Wall…
  • Amazing Diorama Art Photography by Clemens Wirth

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

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

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

    Think Smart Designs
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    There’s a popular misconception that NASA spent millions in a failed attempt to create a space pen while the Russians just used pencils. The implication is that good design is simple in the sense that it is simplistic or obvious.Simple design is often simple for the user but complicated for the creator. They really do use pens in space. It turns out pencils don’t perform well in space because wood and lead shavings in a zero-gravity, oxygen-rich environment can be dangerous for both fire and as debris. The true story of the space pen is that it was not a failure, wasn’t designed by…
  • 40 Outstanding Examples Of Packaging Design

    Think Smart Designs
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Walking through the aisles of a run of the mill grocery store, it’s amazing that so many packaged goods look as BAD as they do. Companies with millions of dollars to spend on marketing and design with logos that looked liked they were made using Word Art in Microsoft Word 95. Here are a few examples that are the opposite of that. They’re each fresh, cool, and incredibly via You And Saturation
  • 24 Amazing And Creative Cup Designs That Will Make Your Drink Taste Better

    Think Smart Designs
    14 Jun 2014 | 12:48 pm
    If kitchens are the beating hearts of many a home, cups might be considered their arteries. Most of us who enjoy drinking hot beverages have a favorite cup that just makes our coffee and tea taste just a bit better, feels just right in our hands, or keeps our drink’s temperature just right. But if you don’t have such a cup, or are looking for a new one,  check out these 24 ingenious cup and mug designs! 1. Bathing Girl Tea Cup SetDesigned by: Esther Horchner2. Happy Fishermen MugAvailable here3. Cookie Monster MugDesigned by: Samantha Ulrich | buy4. Creature CupsAvailable here5.
  • Amazing Tips To Make Good Design Decisions

    Think Smart Designs
    23 May 2014 | 10:14 am
    There’s a popular misconception that NASA spent millions in a failed attempt to create a space pen while the Russians just used pencils. The implication is that good design is simple in the sense that it is simplistic or obvious. Simple design is often simple for the user but complicated for the creator. They really do use pens in space. It turns out pencils don’t perform well in space because wood and lead shavings in a zero-gravity, oxygen-rich environment can be dangerous for both fire and as debris. The true story of the space pen is that it was not a failure, wasn’t designed by…
  • Amazing Tips Freelance Designers Should Learn from Dogs

    Think Smart Designs
    2 May 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Freelancing is a cool option that an ever increasing number of people are opting for to earn their living. Freelance designers to talk about, they just a laptop where ever  they are which they stick to for long hours to come up with best designs possible. Its not as easy job as it sounds to be. There is so much of stress of looking for a project, handling the clients on the own, meeting deadlines and what not.The reason why I am talking in length and enjoying writing on this topic is that I own a dog  with the name Spike who has actually made me learn a lot. I being a freelancer am…
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  • 30 Free PSD Website Templates

    3 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Using free web elements in website design is good idea specially for developers! but not all developers or designers can make a suitable combination between the website elements I think they need to get complete design to use it in your website design, in this post we find 30 free PSD website templates to use in your next website design. Free beach tour travel planner PSD web template Download   Free Professional PSD Template BlueMasters Download   Bold PSD Theme Download Business Website Template Design Download   Candilicious: Free PSD Website Template Download   The…
  • 25 Free Vector World Maps

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

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

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

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

  • 22+ Graphic Design Interview Tips: Common Questions & Best Answers

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

    Vladimir Gendelman
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    83 Awesomely Abstract Photoshop BrushesEvery now and then, you just need a little extra something to make your project pop. Not necessarily a major design component—just an extra ornament to bring visual interest to your design. Abstract Photoshop brushes are the perfect tool for giving your artwork an added “oomph” without drawing attention away from the main subject. We’ve [...]
  • Which Print Graphic Design Career is Right for You?

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

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

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

  • How To Change The Background in Adobe Photoshop

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

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

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

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

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

  • The 10 Most Artistic & Inspiring Google Doodles Yet

    Adrienne Erin
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Google includes a lot of Easter eggs, secrets and goodies in their web applications. One of the most prominent – and perhaps even the most interesting – is the Google Search doodles that are featured in the header of their Web search engine. Google Doodles appear for a bunch of different reasons, sometimes highlighting current ... The post The 10 Most Artistic & Inspiring Google Doodles Yet appeared first on Design Roast.
  • Parallax Web Design Inspiration

    Adrienne Erin
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Whether you’ve been designing websites forever or are newer to the scene, parallax design has probably come up in conversations. Whether you know what it is by definition or not, you’ve seen it in action. It’s been classified as one of the hottest web design trends. Want to learn a little more about parallax design ... The post Parallax Web Design Inspiration appeared first on Design Roast.
  • Colorblind Accessibility Web Design Tips

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

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

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

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Hello World Design is happy to announce the launch of a new custom website for Main Street Developers, a Wisconsin-based company dedicated to the construction and development of quality hotel projects throughout the Midwest. Main Street Developers has considerable experience in the hotel franchise industry and works with investors through the planning, development, construction and operational phases of each hotel project. We designed to reflect the quality of work Main Street Developers pours into their development projects. In addition to giving the website a clean,…
  • Hello World Design Launches Excellent Custom Website for Blazin Hydrographics in Oregon City

    7 Aug 2014 | 10:47 pm
    We are excited to announce the launch of the new custom website for Blazin Hydrographics, a local family-owned company specializing in high-quality, custom printing services. Located in Oregon City, Blazin Hydrographics uses a water transfer printing process, also known as hydrographics or hydro dipping, that is able to apply a custom graphic or pattern to nearly any waterproof material, including wood, plastic, metal, glass and more. The hydrographic process of printing is so aptly named for it involves physically dipping the material in water in order to apply the graphic or design. This…
  • Hello World Design Goes Green

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

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

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

  • Own your brand identity: become a market leader

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

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

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

    Ian Paget
    14 Jun 2014 | 8:38 am
    This year celebrates the 20th anniversary of one of the most hated fonts ‘Comic Sans’. To celebrate the occasion an exhibition has been set up to support Cancer Research UK called Comic Sans for Cancer. Graphic designers have been invited to submit a poster inspired by the font. Personally I hate Comic Sans. Not because it’s a badly designed font, but because it’s mostly used in the wrong situations. There’s so much bad design in the world, and it’s all too common to see comic sans playing a vital role. I cringe every time I see it, and would never consider using…
  • Does a logo need to work in black and white?

    Ian Paget
    7 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Question: Does a logo design need to work in black and white to be successful? Answer: No, but it depends on the needs of the business.   Not so long ago colour was a premium to reproduce, so it was standard practice for a business to have a black and white version of its logo to use in single colour documents which could be printed at a fraction of the cost. Now however print costs have been considerably slashed removing the need. Whats more is that we no longer live in a paper dominated world, but instead consume information through our phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers,…
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    A2B Designers Ltd

  • 7.8 Million Link Removal Requests Filed In One Week

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

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

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

    The Design Geeks
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Latest news from A2B Designers. These days it’s not simply sufficient to have an internet site with great graphics and informative content material. You must have a responsive design as well. By having a responsive design, you optimize your web site to make it accessible over not simply the nice outdated desktop, but in addition over a myriad of mobile gadgets. There is little question that responsive design is the way forward for internet designing and each enterprise, massive and small are optimizing their web site to include each mobile system ever launched. The final goal of a…
  • WordPress 4.0 upgrade around the corner

    The Design Geeks
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Latest news from A2B Designers. The second main launch of WordPress is due inside the subsequent few weeks. Two beta releases have been launched to this point, which have allowed me to get a preview of what we will anticipate when the steady model of launched. If you expect floor breaking new options in WordPress 4.0, you’re going to be dissatisfied. While WordPress 3.0 was a revolutionary step for WordPress as a platform, 4.0 is more of an evolutionary transfer ahead that improves current options. Let us take a better have a look at what you may anticipate to see in the subsequent…
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    Creative Design Agency | London | Forty8Creates

  • The Benefits of Professional Identity Design.

    Chloe Smith
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    So you have taken the plunge and decided to start your own business venture. You have everything planned to the last detail, you just need to get your identity figured out so it looks like a serious business venture & you can finally show the world your idea. First thoughts turn to Google (as they […]
  • 10 things to learn before going to University.

    Chloe Smith
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:34 am
    As everyone receives their exam results this week my thoughts turn to when I was in that position – wide eyed and awaiting for that important acceptance letter from my chosen university. When my acceptance letter came through from Ravensbourne college of design and communication I was over the moon, it was my first choice […]
  • What is a Whitepaper?

    Chloe Smith
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    Whitepaper is a bit of a buzzword at the moment – especially in the blogs I have been reading about marketing. Marketing is big business even for small companies, we all need to be aware that without effective marketing we will get lost in a sea of small business owners. To market your company properly […]
  • Illustrated Greetings Cards

    Chloe Smith
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    Illustrated Greetings Cards Forty8Creates will soon be welcoming a new range of Greetings cards to our online shop. A range based around simple designs with a limited pastel colour palette. Before we launch we would like to know  what your thoughts are about the news cards. Each card is hand illustrated by Chloe Smith & […]
  • What is Data Visualisation?

    Chloe Smith
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    As hurricane Bertha sweeps across the UK I expect most of you will be in front of the television waiting for it all to pass. In light of this weather Forty8Creates decided to check out the internet for the best data visualisation. What Is Data Visualisation? Data Visualisation is the art of showing large amounts […]
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    Online Free Tools

  • Top 6 Duplicate Content Checkers That Are Fast and Brilliant

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

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

    Irfan Saleem
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    SMS messages have become a key utility in today’s world, with billions of people sending them each day.In fact, 74% of all mobile phone users send and receive text messages every day. One text message contains 160 characters, including spaces. Some cell phones have full keyboards to facilitate texting, while others has a numeric keypad that has to be tapped repeatedly to get to certain alphabets
  • 5 Best Free Cloud Storage Providers to Help You Make a Choice

    Irfan Saleem
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    Cloud storage now plays a crucial role in your modern, mobile lives. With more and more people using multiple computing devices like computers, laptops and smartphones, it seems absurd to have your data locked away in just one device. Cloud services frees you from these shackles and makes sure that you can access the files you want no matter where you are. There is an incredible amount of free
  • 5 Free Online Whiteboards That Are Collaborative Too

    Irfan Saleem
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:07 am
    These real-time collaborative, online interaction tools can make everyone’s work easier, whether they be teachers working together with their students or a group of colleagues working on a project together. Not everyone can be at the same place at the same time and these tools just make everything so much easier and faster for them. Here are the top 5 free online whiteboards to allow different
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    Down The Line Design and Marketing

  • Signage – top design considerations

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    The design of signage, whether it’s external signage or interior signage, should all follow some straightforward rules. Remember, you’re telling somebody either where to go, what to do, or who you are. So your signage has got to be simple. Here are a few things to consider… Have a clear idea of the purpose of your signage What are you trying to communicate? What are you asking the person to do? Fully consider the positioning of your signage How are people approaching your building / entrance / door / etc? Where’s the best place to position your signage? How far away…
  • Supermarkets – an example of struggling to be different

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:14 am
    I see in Marketing Week today that…’Morrisons strips messaging back in search of value perception boost’. They’re getting rid of their ‘I’m cheaper’ message. And, surprise surprise, focusing on low prices. Read the Marketing Week article here. And of course, it’s not just these two. Tesco have been battering on the price war door, and the ‘higher end’ supermarkets have become fearful so have  followed suit in their own way. Now this isn’t really new news. But it does highlight just how difficult it is for supermarkets to…
  • It’s imperative you make your customers’ lives easy

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    Having just read an interesting piece on IT Donut ( about major failings in M&S’s new website, the importance of making your customers’ lives easy was brought into sharp focus. Apparently in the 13 weeks until the middle of June, M&S online sales dropped 8%. The price of the new website? £150 million. Wow. No doubt a great deal of the cost was incorporated within the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff, such as CRM, ordering, fulfilment, etc. But the customer’s online experience is clearly a key reason why sales have dropped, alongside other…
  • Logo design for SMEs. It makes a difference.

    6 Feb 2014 | 8:08 am
    Looking after your brand, no matter the size of your organisation or the industry your operate in, is imperative. Your logo sits at the top of that tree. Your organisation’s logo is one of the first things your customers see. It’s probably the most iconic element within your brand and marketing, so it should be immediately recognisable and associated with who you are and your organisation’s values. What’s more, it should differentiate you from your competition. Here are a few logos we’ve designed for Gloucestershire companies in the last couple of months. They…
  • The importance of branding (with an angle of the Bed & Breakfast market)

    6 Feb 2014 | 7:46 am
    One of our clients, Creating Bookings, provides tailored solutions to help Bed and Breakfast owners and delivers a newsletter to their database on a quarterly basis. We were kindly asked to write a guest piece, with the angle of raising awareness of how important branding is in the Bed and Breakfast market. Here it is… Have you seen the current TV advert for the Volkswagon Up, their small, city car? It focuses on a tall 30 something lady who goes on a number of dates only to meet guys a lot shorter than her. As she waits for one date, along comes a VW Up. Her heart sinks. Until the…
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