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  • 10 logo designs for your inspiration

    Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog
    4 May 2015 | 10:16 pm
    There are many rules that design teachers will give their students for logo design creation. Then, they’ll usually show you the logos they love the best, and you’ll quickly notice that many break the rules they just thought you before. In this post, we will not share any logo design rule, just some examples of […] The post 10 logo designs for your inspiration appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Introducing – A Crowd-Sourced Online Logo Maker

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

    Graphic Design News
    4 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    HOW Design Live begins today! Jam-packed with inspiration and wisdom from the brightest minds in the design world-not to mention a healthy dose of camaraderie with your fellow attendees-today is sure to be a blast and a half. You can keep up with all of the happenings at HOW Design Live on our new mobile-friendly site , which will include all the updates and news you need to navigate the conference.
  • If You Want to Catch a Fish, You Have to Go Fishing

    Stephanie Kaptein
    5 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    by Max Temescu British songwriter Noel Gallagher understands that if you want to benefit from your next big idea, you have to clock the time and catch it first. In an interview with the Rolling Stone, Gallagher discusses how his songwriting still has the same urgency as when he first starting out:   I still think tomorrow might be the day that I write the greatest song of all time. It’s like going fishing. The guitar is your fishing rod, and if I’m not fishing for that song, f*cking Bono will get it, and if he’s not, Chris Martin will. And f*ck those two guys, because…
  • Booooooom Reader Submissions: May

    5 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    I meant to post this before the weekend – it’s time for a new month of art submissions! Thanks for submitting your work to the April Submissions post. As always thanks to all of you who take time to leave encouraging comments to artists who submit work, and please keep upvoting work you like!These monthly posts are the best way to promote yourself! Works that I may not feel are a fit can still be seen, and artists can get some new visitors to their own personal sites regardless. Please share your work here during the month of May. The comments allow images to be…
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  • Photo file updated - lets you organize photos before you take them

    News Department
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    One of the really problematic aspects of photography on your mobile device, iPhone or iPad is getting organization to your photos. You cannot really organize the way Apple wants you to ... yet you need organiation. Try this, you might really like it. read more
  • Publishing Update 1505 : Publishing, content, print, and DTP

    Fred Showker
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Rolling into the summer vacation season, a lot of markets will be picking up that special book, magazine or whitepaper to take along on the trip. You're clients will be wanting to put their best foot forwared. We found these to be excellent reads, and even included some design to go along . . . What is a magazine? Media reporters often see the web as the answerThe case for, and against, integrated print-digital newsroomsThe Brutally Honest Truth about Ghostwriting5 Truths of Audience MonetizationCommon print design mistakes -- and more ... read more
  • Revolutionary New Noiseless App on free public preview

    News Department
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Macphun has released a free "Public Preview" version of their latest app, Noiseless. Using new advanced imaging technology, Noiseless provides a one-click solution for eliminating the pixelated/grainy patterns generated by nearly every camera when shooting in poorly lit situations. read more
  • Web Design Update: Optimization, Website Logo Trends, SEO, Link Ideas, metrics and more!

    Fred Showker
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    Last edition of our Web Update carried some Mobilegeddon news and views, so we're not going to go back there this time. There are plenty of issues in the world of the web to more than fill this edition. Have fun and let us know if there's something we should share . . . The Often Overlooked Side of the Digital Publishing World: OptimizationNeed a New Website or Logo? Design Trends for 2015. (Infographic) Are keywords relevant to SEO in 2015?5 Pieces Of Content: 25 Link Ideas3 components of smart metrics read more
  • Photoshop Madness : Spring color palettes, flowers and mothers

    Fred Showker
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Here we are in the spring ... and we're back on the track of wonderful color in Photoshop ... it's also Mothers' Day in May so watch for our Mothers' Day special . . . for now, just don't get yourself into too much Photoshop Madness : Adobe Photoshop - Color Swatches and Color Libraries How Do I Create Custom Color Palettes in Photoshop?Thread: The Zorn Color Palette for PhotoshopHandling Colors – Part I: PalettesPicking and using color for colorFun with in-engine color grading . . . and more ! read more
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  • 10 logo designs for your inspiration

    4 May 2015 | 10:16 pm
    There are many rules that design teachers will give their students for logo design creation. Then, they’ll usually show you the logos they love the best, and you’ll quickly notice that many break the rules they just thought you before. In this post, we will not share any logo design rule, just some examples of […] The post 10 logo designs for your inspiration appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • How to debug Twitter cards or Facebook shares cache

    4 May 2015 | 9:43 pm
    This is a problem most web developers encountered at some point. You are making changes to the way your site handle Twitter cards or Facebook shares, but Facebook and Twitter keep on pulling out the same information as before. This issue is due to the cache that both apps have in place in order to […] The post How to debug Twitter cards or Facebook shares cache appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Design deals for the week

    4 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Every week, we’ll give you an overview of the best deals for designers, make sure you don’t miss any by subscribing to our deals feed. You can also follow the recently launched website Type Deals if you are looking for free fonts or font deals. The Fontastic Font bundle This premium bundle of over 45 fonts […] The post Design deals for the week appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • A collection of gorgeous typographic designs

    Sabina Hona
    3 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Are you in search of a typography inspiration for making your design wonderful? If yes, then, here we present you a collection of gorgeous and abreast typographic designs. Below mentioned typographic designs are qualitative and unique which many designers take them as their inspiration. You can too get inspired! Check them out below! 1. Galen […] The post A collection of gorgeous typographic designs appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Kevin Lucbert creates stunning blue ballpoint pen drawings

    3 May 2015 | 10:24 pm
    We all have been drawing with a blue ballpoint pen at some point in our life. It may be at school or on the phone, but blue ballpoint pens have been an escape for bored people to let their mind wander for decades already. French illustrator Kevin Lucbert is either very bored or very talented. I’d […] The post Kevin Lucbert creates stunning blue ballpoint pen drawings appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
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  • A History of Graphic Design As Told By 18 Classic Posters - Gizmodo

    4 May 2015 | 3:45 pm
    GizmodoA History of Graphic Design As Told By 18 Classic PostersGizmodoGIFs are funny but fleeting; websites might convey more information—but if you really want to make a point, you design a poster. A new exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt focuses on the cultural impact of this persuasive graphic design medium and the and more »
  • Canva, The Startup Bringing Graphic Design To The Masses, Is Launching A ... - Fast Company

    4 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    Fast CompanyCanva, The Startup Bringing Graphic Design To The Masses, Is Launching A Fast CompanyCanva, The Startup Bringing Graphic Design To The Masses, Is Launching A New Paid Model. The Canva for Work subscription will join the platform's suite of free services in June. By Sarah Lawson. Online design platform Canva announced today it will roll ...Canva brings graphic design app to businesses, raises another $6MTech in AsiaDesign Platform Canva Raises $6 Million, Expands To Businesses With “Canva TechCrunchall 18 news articles »
  • Designers & Books Bringing Back "Perfect Reprint" of Iconic Graphic Design Book -

    4 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    Core77.comDesigners & Books Bringing Back "Perfect Reprint" of Iconic Graphic Design BookCore77.comThe folks over at Designers & Books got their hands on a rare, largely unsung design classic: Ladislav Sutnar's Visual Design in Action, "one of the most beautiful and thought-provoking books on modern communications and graphic design." There's only
  • Mount Mercy student's graphic design thesis focuses on Nepal - KCRG

    3 May 2015 | 9:26 pm
    KCRGMount Mercy student's graphic design thesis focuses on NepalKCRGCEDAR RAPIDS — A student at Mount Mercy University used his senior thesis exhibit to bring peace and support to Nepal, his home country, in the wake of last month's earthquake. Dilip Reshmi, a graphic design major, had created symbols of Nepalese ...
  • Saylorsburg graphic design student's work on display - Pocono Record

    3 May 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Saylorsburg graphic design student's work on displayPocono RecordFor the annual exhibit, faculty select the best works developed by each graphic design student enrolled in the Portfolio Design course. The exhibition gives students a chance to present their work in marketing, branding, advertising and design to and more »
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  • Postdigital Artisans: Craftmanship with a New Aesthetic in Fashion, Art, Design and Architecture

    3 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Frame has just released a book about a return to craft and tactility in the digital age, and how people are looking for more than touch screens in order to be touched.
  • Typographics: A Design Conference on Contemporary Typography Comes to New York City

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Typographics is an ambitious two-day typography conference, surrounded by two weeks of workshops and events, planned for this June at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. Organized by Cooper's Type@Cooper and the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography, the conference provides a platform for designers to share broad perspectives on where typography is today and where it is going.
  • iF Design Award 2016

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    The 2016 iF Design Award is now open for entries. This year, the awards will be given in seven categories: product, communication, packaging, interior architecture, professional concept, architecture, and service design.
  • Roman Mars of 99% Invisible at Design Exchange

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:28 am
    Radio maker and digital storyteller, Roman Mars, visits Toronto for the first time in half a decade to explore the story of design.
  • Illustrator as Public Intellectual: Call for Proposals

    11 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    The 6th annual International Illustration Research Symposium is calling for papers, panels, round tables, and visual presentations on the theme of the illustrator as not only conveyor of established intellectual thought in the public sphere, but also as a vital, potent voice in public discourse and the author of content through independent provocation, seduction and persuasion.
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  • Printing

    5 May 2015 | 4:22 am
    Delta Publications prides itself in graphic design on behalf of its customers. Let our designers help design your next printed piece.
  • Canon Solutions America Receives Xplor Int'l Award

    5 May 2015 | 12:12 am
    May 4, 2015 - Canon Solutions America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., today announced that its "Designer's Guide to Inkjet," was awarded first honorable mention for Application of the Year by Xplor International, a worldwide association for technology users and suppliers in the digital document and customer communications industry. Its members are transactional and commercial printers who design, produce, and deliver high volumes of print.
  • Amherst Fire Department student force helps town in times of need

    4 May 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, the minimum wage was 75 cents, and gas cost 29 cents. Also in 1953, the Amherst Fire Department student force was born.
  • Design Live Kicks Off Today

    4 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    HOW Design Live begins today! Jam-packed with inspiration and wisdom from the brightest minds in the design world-not to mention a healthy dose of camaraderie with your fellow attendees-today is sure to be a blast and a half. You can keep up with all of the happenings at HOW Design Live on our new mobile-friendly site , which will include all the updates and news you need to navigate the conference.
  • a Great turnout is anticipated for St Helens College's Vortex end of year art show.

    4 May 2015 | 4:17 am
    The event will showcase the works of final year degree students from a range of the college's courses including photography, graphic design and fine art painting. Graduates from the previous show went on to work as photographers, artists and designers around the world.
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    You The Designer

  • Selfie Fables — Disney Alternative Art Illustrations by Simona Bonafini

    Kevin Mark Rabida
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:56 pm
    What if Disney stories had Instagram? Probably not a good idea Instagram has been a huge part of the social media sphere ever since its introduction in 2010. Created by software engineers Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, it gained rapid popularity with over 300 million active users at the end of 2014. It was so popular that social media giant Facebook purchased it for $1 billion in cash and equity. If Disney fairy tales existed in real life, they would probably have Instagram too. Something freelance designer Simona Bonafini illustrated in her series Selfie Fables (which is still ongoing!)…
  • These Japanese Barcodes Are So Kawaii!

    Kevin Mark Rabida
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:15 pm
    In today’s commercial world, barcodes are almost everywhere. Present in every product packaging that we use today, barcodes have become universal with their use in automating supermarket checkout systems. Recently, innovations in barcode technology have made it possible to do more than tagging products. They can also be used to encode music, images, URLs and emails. Barcodes encode data by varying the widths and spacing of parallel lines. At some point, they evolved to rectangles, hexagons, and other geometric shapes which encoded more than their 1-dimensional counterpart. They serve…
  • Amazing Game Of Thrones Illustrations By Ivan Belikov

    Kevin Mark Rabida
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:20 pm
    GOOD NEWS: Game of Thrones is returning in less than a week. And we need a Game of Thrones themed post to ride the hype train. And luckily, I just found just the graphic designer to feature. Russian illustrator Ivan Belikov was previously featured here with his Social Networks illustrations and now he’s back with his Game of Thrones sigils for the great houses of Westeros, Stark, Baratheon, Targaryen and Lannister. Belikov is a freelance illustrator from Chelyabinsk, Russia. As a child, he dreamed of being an animator and started spending his free time illustrating. Now, he…
  • FREEBIES: 10 Free One-Year Adobe Creative Cloud Prepaid Plans

    Kevin Mark Rabida
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    As designers, we know how essential Adobe’s applications are in everything that we do. From photo manipulation and editing to web design, Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects are a designer’s choice of weapons in their arsenal. Photo Credit: Adobe Blogs And we’re giving you just that. In partnership with Adobe USA, we’re giving you 10 Adobe Creative Cloud Prepaid Plan Accounts with a value of $599.88 absolutely free. Adobe Creative Cloud is the latest iteration to Adobe System’s Creative Suite applications. It is a software as a service offering that…
  • This Is Your Brain On Drugs—Minimalist Posters by Meaghan Li

    Kevin Mark Rabida
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:04 am
    Despite all the bad effects of drugs both physically and emotionally, there’s no question about the visual stimulation it can give to a user. Something graphic designer Meaghan Li tried to depict in her side project This Is Your Brain On Drugs.  The title is reminiscent of two ad campaigns of the same name by the  Partnership for a Drug-Free America. The two PSAs are large scale anti-narcotic campaigns using a frying egg as a metaphor for the brain getting “fried by drugs”. Meaghan Li’s posters, however, attempt to illustrate the lucid effects of each drug in an…
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  • Quirky Ads Tout Improved Bikeshare Program

    Erica Gamet
    4 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    May is National Bike Month, and things are ramping up where I live, so I’m having a hard time sitting inside and writing. As I suffer quietly for my art, I’ll have to make do with my late-night rides and be content with looking at cycling-inspired design. One such campaign that caught my eye recently comes from La Comunidad/The Community agency. The collection of posters, subway cards, billboards, and magazine ads promotes EcoBici, Buenos Aires’ automated bikeshare program. Billed with the tagline, “Never Stop Riding,” the fun hand-drawn graphics tout the 24/7…
  • Alphabet of Typography

    Erica Gamet
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Recently I’ve been trying to up my typography game—mostly to impress my type-loving friends. Being late to this game I often feel overwhelmed, so lately I’ve been trying to learn in quick visual snippets. Knowing my love of infographics, one kind-hearted typophile recently sent me a link to Pop Chart Lab’s “Alphabet of Typography” poster, which fits perfectly into my new streamlined approach. Its simple representation of the alphabet actually contains a wellspring information for the newbie or veteran of type, including myriad parts of letterforms from…
  • The New Adobe Comp CC Mobile App

    Roberto Blake
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    Adobe has introduced some new mobile apps to their line up, including Adobe Comp CC. Adobe Comp CC much like the name implies, is a mobile app that lets creators put together layout mock-ups on the go. This is something that Adobe Mobile users have been requesting for quite sometime! This app will allow you to create layouts on the go quickly and easily and then export them to the appropriate desktop app to work on later. In short, Adobe Comp CC is a game changer for designers! Take a look at Adobe Comp CC in action and my first impressions of it! Now you can take a client meeting and whip up…
  • TypeTalk: The Hand Lettering, Calligraphy, and Design of Gail Brill

    Ilene Strizver
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Gail Brill, the artist Gail Brill is a truly gifted artist whose talents embrace an impressive blend of hand lettering, calligraphy, illustration, and graphic design. Not only is she proficient in numerous styles of calligraphy and lettering, but her watercolor illustrations are absolutely charming. Then there is her graphic design background, which affords her the ability to pull all elements together in one cohesive composition. She’s quite the powerhouse! Gail has been a graphic designer for forty years and a professional calligrapher and lettering artist for twenty-five. Her…
  • 3 Reasons Print Design Isn’t Dead

    Roberto Blake
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Every year, more marketers and designers perpetuate the idea that the print industry is dying. The truth is more complex. Yes, some areas of the print industry are shrinking. But due to a surge in small businesses and startups, there are in fact more individuals seeking print design and printing services than ever before.  And while larger commercial print design opportunities such as newspaper advertising have dried up over the years, there are still many opportunities in the print design space for small agencies and individual freelancers. The same cannot be said for large advertising…
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    Next Big Design

  • MUSE Newsletter: Lost in Thought with Violaine & Jérémy

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

    29 Apr 2015 | 10:39 am
    ~ by Aaron Keller Let's look forward to FUSE 2016. Brad Kreit from The Institute for the Future will go there and bring a photograph back. The Institute for the Future and Brad Kreit give us a ride on the “near future” train. Some of the items we start with today? Big data is gathered on shopping and living behaviors, brands are looking for new ways to be an important part of their customers'
  • Don’t Wish You Would Have

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    By: Monica Boeger  Have you ever rushed by that subway saxophone player thinking, “Ugh, you’re in my way”? Do you ever roll down your window and say hello to the woman on the street corner who asks for money? Do you know anything about that man you rode the elevator with when you purposely pulled out your phone to seem busy? What if someone told you that the saxophone player in your way
  • Designing the Space Between Us

    15 Apr 2015 | 8:23 pm
    — by Dan Wallace This morning I was inspired by design legend Bruce Mau, who sees design as a central organizing concept for humanity — design with a capital D. Mau says, “Massive change is not about the world of design; it’s about the design of the world.” Mr. Mau pointed out that "every dog breed was designed by humans, so it is little wonder dogs are our best friends. We designed them
  • Not doing what you love? You're crazy!

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:46 pm
    —by Diane Andreoni The first thing people notice about Stanley Hainsworth is his hair. He likes his hair because it sparks conversations. This is what he loves—making emotional connections with people.  Hainsworth started his career as an actor in his twenties with aspirations of fame. But when he realized that acting meant depending on others, he began to search for something he could have
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  • Superflux

    5 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    "A magazine that has a constantly evolving form, a magazine whose physicality becomes a means of provocation in itself." Superflux Magazine Issue 1Magazine, Issue 1, edited by Mr. Warren Ellis.
  • How to Care for Your Monster

    5 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    Clifford creator Norman Bridwell passed away in February, last night I realized he also wrote and illustrated one of my childhood favorites, How to Care For Your Monster, which is still popular with my kids.
  • The Chemical Brothers - Go

    5 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    Music video for The Chemical Brothers' Go, directed by Michel Gondry.
  • Pulp Covers

    5 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    For the MoOM. The best of the worst, Pulp Covers.
  • The Man From Avon

    5 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    Stanley Borack's cover illustration for The Man From Avon. More from the artist.
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  • Pastello Draw Act

    4 May 2015 | 5:06 am
    “Here’s your crayon-helmet and your crayon-rollers-skates”, now go draw. What a fun project by Mathery Studio!
  • A spider’s heART.

    4 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    A spider’s heART is a kid’s artbook for adults. And vice versa.
  • ♥ / Squarespace

    4 May 2015 | 1:44 am
    Thanks again to Squarespace, a long-time supporter of my blog. Really excited about highlighting the wonderful integration with Getty Images: Squarespace is integrated with Getty Images, the largest archive of stunning creative and editorial photography in the world. When you build a website with Squarespace, you get the combined force of Squarespace’s design, your content, and the most beautiful images anywhere. Discover what you can create today. Swiss Miss readers get 10% off with the code SWISSMISS: (Interested in sponsoring a week of my RSS feed, learn more here.)
  • Anacleto Coat Hanger

    2 May 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Superminimal and sculptural coat hanger by Paolo Cappello. Beautiful.
  • Friday Link Pack

    2 May 2015 | 5:34 pm
    You’re wondering what this video is about? Read the post that goes with it by Meg Lewis: I’m Not a Robot! I’m a Human Female Who Loves To Dance.So much respect! – Food color gradients! – Julien de Casabianca brings paintings of anonymous figures out of museums and onto the streets. Love this! – Wow! Respect to Audi for flipping the womens driver stereotype on its head. (via @IamAnneFleming) – I bought this Liquid Leather Jacket by Clara Sun Woo yesterday and don’t want to take it off, ever again. Neat fact: The designer is my friend and…
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    Logo Design Love

  • Canadian logos, lovingly preserved

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

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

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

    David Airey
    9 Apr 2015 | 2:57 am
    Daily Overview shares compelling images of the earth from above. Brooklyn-based Fleet created this fresh monogram for the project. “By taking the D and the O from their name, we crafted a mark that depicts their method of curation — a satellite, pointing earthward.” Appropriate, memorable, clever. More from Fleet. See Daily Overview’s top ten. Via Brand New.
  • Africa Solo

    David Airey
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:57 am
    Starting April 10th cyclist Mark Beaumont will attempt to bring home the coveted Cairo to Cape Town world record. “I’m planning to go for 50 days, riding 150 miles a day, which is 50% further every day than I did going around the world. The way I’ve hopefully managed to do it is by building a much, much lighter bike and by training differently. I’ll just be carrying the equivalent of a 30 litre day pack, but I’ll be out there alone for 50 days.” No-one has gone close to this quick through Africa. It took Robert Knol 70 days in 2011. Mark asked Glasgow-based O Street to design a…
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    Design is Kinky

  • Jason Kowalski

    4 May 2015 | 11:18 pm
    California based painter, Jason Kowalski.
  • Simon Stålenhag

    4 May 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Stockholm artist Simon Stålenhag creates sci-fi worlds full of robots and strange machinery amongst rural Swedish countryside. He has a Kickstarter project for a couple books of his work.
  • Alina Tsvor

    4 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Chicago based photographer Alina Tsvor.
  • Cosmic Dread Exhibition

    30 Apr 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Lamington Drive in Melbourne have a new exhibition coming up soon with talented artist Sean Morris. The show is called Cosmic Dread and kicks off on 13 May. Check the site for more details.
  • Sicioldr

    30 Apr 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Italian painter Sicioldr creates classic style work with a surreal twist.
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  • The (Initially) Reluctant Manager

    11 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s hard to believe, but today is officially my 4th anniversary working at MailChimp here in Atlanta. Before that, I spent a little over a year working remote, so I’ve actually been with the company for over 5 years now. In that time, MailChimp has more than septupled in size, we’ve been through 3 major redesigns, and we just moved into a rad new office at Ponce City Market. Until recently though, my primary responsibilities remained the same. Despite several nudges over the years, I avoided managing others, instead focusing on writing code and looking for ways that I could improve the…
  • Six Months with a Nissan Leaf

    4 Nov 2014 | 6:31 am
    With experience on a landfill gas-to-energy project and several published papers about hydrogen fuel cells, I could claim that Dr. Ames was primarily responsible for our purchase of a 2013 Nissan LEAF back in May. To be honest though, the amazing lease deal was a bigger factor in our decision than her love for all things alternative energy. After 6 months, I could care less about the lease deal and have really come to love this little blue electric machine. It’s incredibly fun to drive, loaded with features I’ve never had in a car before and best of all, I never have to pull…
  • The Rise of the UX Developer

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    This is a repost of my article in Issue 30 of the MailChimp UX Newsletter. Our team publishes a new issue every month so if you enjoy this, please subscribe! The engineers call us designers. The UI designers call us developers. The research team calls us when they uncover changes to make in the application. When I started at MailChimp 4½ years ago, my job title was User Experience Designer. Jumping from a career in web design and front-end development to a UX position meant catching up on essential skills like information architecture, content strategy, and user research—which were…
  • Eleven Years Ago

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

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

    Chris Spooner
    4 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    We’re going to take inspiration from 19th century typography for today’s vintage text effect tutorial. We’ll use Adobe Illustrator to add detailed decorations to a basic word to transform it into a beautiful piece of engraved typography. The process makes use of lots of useful Illustrator techniques, such as offset path, blends and the Pathfinder tool. Follow along to give your text and logos the old west type treatment. The text effect we’ll be producing in this tutorial takes inspiration from typography of the 1800s. Type would often be given a three dimensional…
  • Vector Infographic Tools for Access All Areas Members

    Chris Spooner
    1 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Mats Forss from the Infographic Template Shop has been a long time supplier of useful vector infographic tools for Access All Areas members, with four previous packs containing 100s of individual elements. This latest set contains lots of different graph styles, pie charts, timelines and creative elements that can be used to quickly style up your data to create beautiful graphics. All the products at the Infographic Template Shop are mousemade by Finland based illustrator Mats-Peter Forss. His store contains a range of useful vector tool sets which have helped turn the lifeless statistics of…
  • Deal Extended: 99% Off 22 Professional & Artistic Fonts

    Chris Spooner
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    A couple of weeks ago I spread the word about a massive 99% discount off a bunch of professional and artistic fonts. That offer was due to expire a couple of days ago, but due to popular demand it has been extended to the end of the week (Friday, May 1st). If you already picked up the deal, I hope you’re enjoying your new toys! I received some great messages from people who were thrilled with their purchase. I’d love to hear which font is your favourite, or see designs where you had the opportunity to put them to use. If you missed the news about the deal, this is a great…
  • 10 Free Detailed Vector Halftone Texture Backgrounds

    Chris Spooner
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Halftone textures are fantastic resources for creating retro print effects by simply overlaying the dot patterns over your solid colour artwork. I shared a pack of distressed halftone patterns last year, which featured a range of uniform halftone screens of various densities. This time, I’ve created a new series of vector textures with gradual changes in dot size, which help add subtle tones to your designs. These free halftone textures are created with irregular dots to achieve a distressed retro style. There’s 10 vector textures in the pack, ranging from light tones made with…
  • Blog.SpoonGraphics Turns 8 – Onwards and Upwards

    Chris Spooner
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    I almost forgot all about my annual tradition to write a birthday/anniversary post every April when my little blog gets another year older. 2015 marks 8 years of Spoon Graphics, so let’s take a look at how things have changed over the past 12 months. Last year I talked about the tweaks I’d made to my site to survive the apocalypse. I’m happy to report that those changes have made great improvements to my site’s growth, and things seem to be looking good for the future. I always start these anniversary posts with links to my previous yearly celebrations. It’s always…
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  • How To Manage Your Time Like A Pro: Tools For Web Designers

    Genevieve Que
    4 May 2015 | 6:23 am
    #EspressoMonday Episode Nr.18 How Do You Manage Your Time Like a Pro? One of the most common struggles not only of web designers, but also of freelance professionals, is time management. This becomes even more complicated and difficult when you are working with a team. How do you manage all these projects along with communicating with your clients and teammates? Before we tackle some of the most helpful productivity tools, let’s get some espresso down our throats and take a dive into our topic. As the workplace becomes more unconventional because of the new developments in…
  • Marketing Tools To Use To Automate and Improve Your Website Conversions

    Tomas Laurinavicius
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Marketing is definitely one of the crucial elements of any business in any industry. You can have the best product and the best audience but if they don’t know a thing about each other’s existence you simply can’t succeed. Website serves your business as a communication tool online, its essential function is to present the product or service and allow conversion. Simply put, it turns a visitor into a lead, lead into a customer that makes a transaction. However, this path takes time and your job is to ensure that you’re showing the things your target audience wants to…
  • Improve Productivity and Hack Your Life As A Web Designer

    Genevieve Que
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    #EspressoMonday Episode Nr.17 You just have to admit it – that web designers, being creative people, are prone to distractions. Besides, science tells us that our brains only takes some number of minutes to actually focus. It’s not okay to be distracted, but it’s okay to take a break. It’s foolish to drive yourself to death, but it’s wise to have or create a realistic time management. You don’t over-think as it will drive you to madness. If you’re a super busy creative who has a tendency to get distracted or have difficulty making most of your time…
  • What Is An Effective Web Design And What Makes Good User Experience?

    Genevieve Que
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    The Podcast Episode with Christian Vasile The Importance of User Experience We live at an age and time where everything is accessible but also in an era where people’s attention span gets shorter. Therefore, in a race to attract prospective customers, companies of all sizes and shapes come up with ways and means to do that. In the process, the World Wide Web receives an abundance of things, both useless and useful. The sad thing, however, is the useless things grow in numbers ruining the whole user experience. Ruin might be too strong a word according to Christian Vasile, a…
  • 5 Web Design Best Practices For a Great Website

    Dainis Graveris
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:59 am
    This is a guest contribution from Tomer Lerner.  Dead website? There’s hope to that Great websites do not happen by accident. A site is considered successful if it is useful, relevant, and well designed. As the Head of the UX department in a code-free web design platform, I spend a lot of time thinking about great design and how it can be used to create great websites. While different web projects each have different needs, there are some design principles and best practices that are universal to all sites. In this article, we will take a look at 5 Design Tips to Revive Your…
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  • Tips to Land that First Job as a Web Designer or Developer

    Wijdan Rohail
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:16 pm
    If you have completed your study about Web Designer or Developer and now you are going to apply for your First every job, then before applying for your first every job you should read this article, as it will give you some tips to land that first job as a Web Designer or Developer. 1. Know What you Want? It’s alright not to have an exact path mapped out for where you want to go once you’re out of college/university, but by now, there should be a general direction mapped out in your brain. It’s important to dedicate some time to thinking about what makes you happiest when it comes to web…
  • 10 Secrets to Successful E-Commerce Store

    Aaryan Mevada
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Shopping isn’t a woman’s thing anymore! Thanks to growing trend of online shopping! There are several online stores offering great range of gadgets that can keep anyone glued to the screen for hours. In addition, there are numerous web stores offering range of products for parents, teens and kids. E-commerce is not a niche market, targeted to a small audience anymore. Given the growing competitive landscape of e-commerce, it’s imperative to apply all tips and tools that can help keeping your e-store competitive and sustainable. Today, let’s have an insight what makes any e-commerce…
  • Top 10 Smart E-Commerce Strategies For Startups

    Aaryan Mevada
    5 Apr 2015 | 11:48 pm
    Your plans to start business venture could really be exciting this year, but for growing your business and its revenue in 2015 could often be thought provoking. Any ideas where will your sales come from — discovering an altogether new market, an enthusiastic sales force, strong infrastructure, or product innovation? You simply missed out the fastest growing market that is E-Commerce. This could ideally be your amazing source of new customers. The evidence is quite prominent! There are a couple of online eCommerce sites that have been hitting the ball out of the park! As per the industry…
  • Designing a Website and Digital Signage for a Restaurant Business

    Richard Newman
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:42 pm
    A restaurant is the embodiment of all that we know and love – serene atmosphere, delicately put-together interiors and beautiful ambience, all capped by finger-licking cuisine. Dining in restaurants makes for a fine experience, but it all begins, not when a patron walks in the door, but rather the first time someone hears there’s a new place on the block. This is the information age, which means that 90% of the time people will rush to the restaurant’s website to get a feel of what the dining experience would be like, check out the menu and even make reservations if they’re pleased…
  • Top 10 Tips to Get your Website Crawled Quickly by Google

    Wijdan Rohail
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Any website owner desire that their web pages be on the top lists of the search engines’ organic search results. After all, when you have a website, you want it to become accessible easily to the online readers worldwide. There are many ways to achieve success in search engine natural rankings and one of them is by knowing more about website crawling. This process will make use of web crawler, which is the term for internet bot working to methodically browse the internet with the aim of Web indexing. Search engines like Google make use of the system of web crawling in order to update the…
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  • Building Nonlinear Narratives for the Web

    5 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Tiv people of Nigeria tell a story about the early world, when things were different. It’s about Aondo, the Sky, and how he lost his relationship with humans. When the earth was still new, Aondo was close enough that people could stretch out their hands and touch him. For many years, he and the humans led a quiet existence, and everyone went about their business. One day, though, everything changed. Aondo sat in his place above the earth, watching people come and go. And then: out walked the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Aondo was fascinated by her, so he crept closer—too…
  • Do Androids Dream in Free Verse?

    5 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    From ATMs to Siri to the button text in an application user interface, we “talk” to our tech—and our tech talks back. Often this exchange is purely transactional: we input commands; the machine complies. Newer predictive technologies like personal assistant apps have renegotiated this relationship, preferring to relate to us as peers, even friends. Scarlett Johansson’s flirtatious operating system in Her brought this idea to a lifelike apex, simulating love, even orgasm—all digitally mediated. As technology becomes more pervasive and gains access to greater amounts of our personal…
  • Article Update: Don’t Rely on Default `sizes`

    1 May 2015 | 10:28 am
    In “Responsive Images in Practice” I made no little hay that sizes was optional—leave it off, and browsers will substitute the default value: 100vw. That last part is still true: browsers will still use 100vw as a last resort. While the sizes-less examples in the article still function, they no longer validate. The spec has changed, and sizes is no longer optional when using srcset and w descriptors. Why? Too many people were relying on the invisible default for images whose display size wasn’t even close to 100vw, resulting in inappropriate srcset selections and wasted bytes.
  • This week's sponsor: Squarespace

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    30 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    Thanks to Squarespace for sponsoring us this week! Use offer code ALISTAPART for 10% off their simple, powerful tools for creating beautiful websites.
  • Content-First Design

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    A few years ago, I started getting into video games like Katamari, Animal Crossing, and Borderlands 2. Their designs are astounding; each feels like I’m having a natural conversation with the game, and each introduces content in the moment I needed it. As a result, the game experience feels so dang smart, and I feel like a hero whenever I play. Here’s an example from the very first minute of Animal Crossing. All you’ve done is started a new game. If you watch it, you’ll see the game designers make assumptions about you so they can collect innocuous personal information in a…
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  • Impressive Illustrations by Tamer Poyraz Demiralp

    5 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    For me, manga has got to be one of that styles that best fits an illustrated action story, maybe because of examples like Evangelion, Akira, Ghost in the Shell and much others. It's great to see fresh characters and ideas using this style, like in the work of Tamer Poyraz Demiralp. Tamer is a Turkish artist, and these are only a handful of his artworks. For more of it, please visit his portfolio at ArtStation. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did! Cheers. ;) Tags: illustrationPauloGabriel's blog
  • Ultima Part II - Digital Image Series

    5 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    Ultima is a body of work that is deeply rooted in environmentalism, showing my concern for the future by depicting the ways in which mankind’s creations have an impact on the planet. Primarily it is about the modern conflict between the manmade world and the natural world, and between modern and primitive cultures. For more from Nick Pedersen visit I portray this as an epic struggle and in my work these forces clash in theatrical, post-apocalyptic battlegrounds. My goal with this project is to create striking juxtapositions between the ruins of modern civilization and a…
  • Arctic Album Teaser

    4 May 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Motion design is still an area that I am a complete newbie but I am learning to admire and understand some of the subtleties that make this field so incredible for me. For this post I want to share a beautiful project created by Martijn Hogenkamp a Creative Director from Amsterdam, Netherlands. The simplicity and the style of the work makes each frame worth of a poster, check it out. For our good friends Leadsmen, a Dutch electronic outfit, we’ve created a teaser for their album Arctic, which was released the 21st of April 2015. When listening to the pre-release we immediately were inspired…
  • Daily Inspiration #2067

    4 May 2015 | 7:11 pm
    This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want to participate and share your graphic design inspiration, You can submit your images and inspiration to RAWZ via and don't forget to send your Abduzeedo username; or via Twitter sending to Found by ameer carter Found by Deer legend Maya Found by ed13andcompany Found by enitsujsuarez16 Found by Hai Ngo Found by halfinger Found by inspirationde Found by Kanishk Guha Mozumder Found by Kim…
  • Illustrator vs Photoshop

    4 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    Indian designer M.A. Kather created a project about the differences in illustrator and Photoshop explained in minimalistic visual design. What's your favorite? For more from M.A. Kather visit What's your Favorite? Illustrator or Photohop?Tags: illustratorphotoshoppaul0v2's blog
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  • Hugs to Our MX Community

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

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

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

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

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

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    The organising principles of agile are based around the needs of developers. So processes and systems are broken down into units of functionality and fed to development teams along a pipeline of delivery. We all know that estimating big tech projects is a crap shoot, so the focus with agile is on just in time decision making, problem solving and optimising through-put. With so many unknowns this is a much more rational and realistic approach than trying to plan and estimate everything up front. Unfortunately, while this organising principle performs well for developers, it can be problematic…
  • On Habit and Self Reliance

    10 Mar 2015 | 4:22 pm
    I learnt to dive the PADI way, safe in the knowledge that my “buddy” would be there to help if I needed them. So if I was struggling to get my fins on they’d steady me, if I got caught in some fishing line they’d untangle me, and in the unlikely event that I ran out of air, we could breath from the same source. The “buddy system” provides a great comfort blanket and makes recreational diving that much safer. Society often feels like part of a giant buddy system. If something goes wrong there’s usually somebody nearby to help you, whether it’s a…
  • The Death of the Agency Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

    10 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    If I lived and worked in San Fransisco, the current “death of the agency” debate may have slightly more poignancy than it does in the UK. San Francisco and the wider Silicon Valley is undoubtedly living through a huge tech bubble, and has been for some time. The slew of new tech businesses quickly hoovered up the local talent, before starting to ship them in from around the country and the rest of the world. This includes dozens of Brits I know who have left these shores for a better life in California. The tech giants have started to reach their local hiring event horizon, which…
  • My Concerns about Value Pricing

    5 Feb 2015 | 8:55 am
    While I think the argument for value pricing has a logical constancy, and sounds great in theory, I worry how it will end up being applied in practice. My main concern is the effect this approach will have on the practice of design and our relationship with clients, although I have a number of practical concerns as well. The ultimate goal of value pricing is to tie the amount you charge to the value you deliver, rather than the time you’ve spent. After all, the argument goes, the client only really cares about achieving their goals, and not the time you spent getting there. Clients…
  • Introduction to Value Pricing

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

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

    Andy Sowards
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetHaving your own website is important if you want to appear credible, professional and reputable. Webmasters and bloggers know this that is why they always invest in being creative to make their websites look trustworthy and worth visiting by their potential target audiences. WordPress is a platform that is popular among webmasters, entrepreneurs and bloggers. There are numerous WordPress themes that are available and Solostream is one of the reputable WordPress theme providers.With Solostream’s WordPress theme portfolios, you will find some excellent ones that…
  • Business Kickstart Giveaway: FREE Web Design, Domain, and Hosting from Mays Digital

    Andy Sowards
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetI hear it every day – someone has a great idea for a website, or they want to start their own business and need a website for it, and they either don’t know where to start, or more often than not in this day and age they can’t afford it!Well today is your lucky day!Here is your chance to banish that excuse forever! Today we have a great giveaway for you guys in need of a website on the cheap (FREE – seriously). We are teaming up with the generous people at Mays Digital to give one lucky reader a free 1 page website design, along with a free…
  • Five Bits of Advice for Aspiring Web Designers

    Andy Sowards
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:11 am
    Advertise here with BSATweetSo you want to be a web designer, do you? Fantastic. It’s one of the more interesting and increasingly relevant avenues of IT work. But before you start your path towards helping design the next million dollar app or social media platform you need a little bit of advice. Nothing too complicated, just a quick rundown of what it takes to be a successful designer right out of the gate.Learn more than one language What’s the Best Programming Language to Learn in 2015?Gone are the days when all you needed to know was the stand-by HTML. It remains a core component of…
  • How Humans React To Graphics

    Andy Sowards
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:25 am
    Advertise here with BSATweetCheck out Bigstock’s design collection for more inspiration.If you like this, You’ll love These.5 Simple Steps To Become A Graphic Designer35+ Beautifully Minimal & Unique Print Calendar Design InspirationsQuickie Roundup – Best Print Graphic Design Tutorials & Inspirations of 2011 (so far)#WDNDL For 8/10/2009 – Web Inspirations, Mac Widgets & Tips, & jQuery!Web Development Nerdy Daily Links For 3/24/2009 – HUGE POST – Usability Edition!Web Development Nerdy Daily Links For 2/25/2009Tweet
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  • Giacomo Carmagnola Adds A Glitchy Touch To Historical Photography

    Sara Barnes
    5 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Artist Giacomo Carmagnola uses digital tools to add a unique, glitchy twist to photos of the past. Faces and objects are obscured with long, colorful strands that seem to melt, as if it’s some sort of ooze that’s absorbing the rest composition. The crucifiction of Christ now has green trails that emanating from the cross. Likewise, a guillotine blades have been replaced with the same type of strands. The photographs are still recognizable, but now offer a colorful addition that changes their meaning. And depending on your point of view, make them funny or profane. The Italian-born…
  • Jason Middlebrook Uses Recycled Wood To Produce Striking Geometric Paintings And Sculpture

    Stephanie Young
    4 May 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Using a unique surface Jason Middlebrook creates abstract motifs. He takes tree bark and combines its natural grooves with ideas which speak to nature in a way that celebrates its form and at the same time symbolically shows how man has put his stamp on it. In his plank series he takes different types of discarded wood such as maple, black birch and cottonwood to create paintings which follow the natural pattern of bark but in the process creates a beautiful design. They exaggerate what’s already there and makes beautiful process out of recycled materials. In wall works Middlebrook…
  • Pavel Samokhvalov’s Provocative Day-Glo Nude Photography

    Sara Barnes
    4 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    Photographer Pavel Samokhvalov captures intriguing images of the nearly-nude body set against day-glow neon lighting. The provocative photos feature models clad in see-through hosiery and whose bodies are bent and contorted towards the camera. Often, their faces are obscured by hair or poses. Samokhvalov will also only shoots part of the torso, zeroing-in on a small tattoo or glitter-covered nipple. The photographer does a lot of editorial work, specifically in the fashion realm. His background is cinematography from the Moscow Film Institute, and this training can be seen in his work. The…
  • Death By Chocolate: The Morbid Culinary Art Of Annabel de Vetten Is Too Gruesome To Eat

    Christina Nafziger
    4 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Culinary artist Annabel de Vetten creates, bakes, and sculpts incredible, artistic edibles that tend to be on the dark side. She makes sinister sweets that look exactly like bird skulls, animal insides, and the exposed organs of a cadaver. All of her detailed work would be impressive as a sculpture, but to make it with chocolate, cake, and icing takes a very unique set of skills. Her morbid, graphic style of cake making grew from a background of fine art and, not surprisingly, taxidermy. During this practice, Vetten became very familiar with the site of guts and bones, which is why the inside…
  • Philip Ob Rey Builds Apocalyptic Giants Out Of VHS Tape In Desolate Landscapes

    Hayley Evans
    4 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    At the end of the world, if all of our waste, memories, and collective knowledge were to be resurrected into living masses, it would look something like this. In an exhibition of metaphorical power and desolate beauty, artist Philip Ob Rey (in collaboration with Louie Otesanek, who inspired the movement, and photographer Mailie Viney) brings us V, an installation/photography project currently on display at the Cell63 in Berlin. Featured in V are black-and-white photographs of faceless, monolithic giants plodding aimlessly through an apocalyptic wilderness, here represented by the vast and…
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  • If You Want to Catch a Fish, You Have to Go Fishing

    Stephanie Kaptein
    5 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    by Max Temescu British songwriter Noel Gallagher understands that if you want to benefit from your next big idea, you have to clock the time and catch it first. In an interview with the Rolling Stone, Gallagher discusses how his songwriting still has the same urgency as when he first starting out:   I still think tomorrow might be the day that I write the greatest song of all time. It’s like going fishing. The guitar is your fishing rod, and if I’m not fishing for that song, f*cking Bono will get it, and if he’s not, Chris Martin will. And f*ck those two guys, because…
  • 99U Conference Recap 1: How to Fuel Collaboration & Innovation

    Tanner Christensen
    4 May 2015 | 10:02 am
    For the past seven years, The 99U Conference has brought together thousands of creative entrepreneurs, designers, artists, and students for two days to celebrate the art of making ideas happen. Easier said than done, of course. The process of turning ideas into reality is often messy, sometimes daunting, and most always difficult. It requires grit and determination, as well as imagination, planning, and collaboration. Over the next several days, we’ll share some of the highlights from the 23 serial idea executors that took the stage at this May’s event. Day one of the conference…
  • 10 No-Fail Ways to Tame Your Email Inbox

    Allison Stadd
    4 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Gianluca Giacoppo Email is the scourge of the modern working world, but alas; it’s only becoming a more entrenched part of our daily routines. Over on Zapier’s blog, writer and entrepreneur Belle Cooper catalogues 10 helpful, and realistic, ways to actually conjure some semblance of organization and control in your most likely overwhelming, if not wildly jumbled, email inbox. A few favorites: Action Emails When You Read Them Instead of reading new emails and leaving them to be dealt with later, getting into the habit of “processing” new emails will save you the time…
  • The Best Resumé Looks Like Leonardo da Vinci’s

    Tanner Christensen
    1 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Charlotte Allen We all know that your resume is often the very first thing to make an impression with a potential employer. But do you know exactly how impactful a resume can be? Consider research done in 2000 by two University of Toledo psychology students. The researchers showed that any amount of time spent in an interview served only as a means to confirm whatever impression had already been formed. It takes just 30 seconds to make that first impression, and it’s your resume that undoubtedly sets the expectation. How can you make sure your resume is creating the best first…
  • An 18-Minute Daily Plan For Finding Focus

    Allison Stadd
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Jordan Pettitt You could take any of a million approaches to organizing your day. You could convert your to-do list to a Post-it system, ritualize a twice-daily prioritizing check-in, or wake up at 4 AM, work for five or six hours, then exercise and relax. Shane Parrish of Farnam Street has a simpler idea. He describes a rock-solid 18-minute daily plan for managing your time and finding focus in your day, created by Harvard Business Review writer Peter Bregman. Here’s the gist: Step 1 (5 Minutes): Your Morning Minutes Bregman recommends planning ahead, [either] the night before [or…
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  • The Fontastic Font Bundle

    Dustin Martin
    4 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Advertise here with has introduced their newest bundle. The Fontastic Font Bundle includes over 45 fonts and is only available for the month of May. Get all 45 fonts for only $29. Check out some of what you will be getting.   Angelline Script by Graptail   Brayden Script by AF Studio   Heartwell Typeface by FlavorType   Hydrangea Script by Pixeled Paper Designs  
  • 33 Clean Chat Interfaces for Mobile App Designers

    Jake Rocheleau
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:48 am
    Advertise here with BSAThe process of designing a mobile application has become more streamlined over time. Apple’s iOS guidelines are much more straightforward and easier for first-time designers. Similarly Android and Windows Mobile are just as user-friendly offering beautiful interface examples and resources. The following UI shots are from Dribbble designers who’ve created unique instant messaging chat applications. These are some of the highest quality interfaces which should provide inspiration to mobile app designers. Whether new or experienced, every designer can glean…
  • The Basics of Illustrator Vector Manipulation

    Jake Rocheleau
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:19 am
    Advertise here with BSAAdobe Illustrator is a powerful vector program made for digital and print designers. Vector shapes are made to scale without any quality loss, which makes them quite different from pixel graphics. This means vector graphics can be manipulated differently and under different contexts which may be confusing for new designers. In this post I’d like to cover a brief how-to process of vector manipulation in Adobe Illustrator. I’ll explain the absolute basics of shape tools and how to manipulate them. Photoshop users who are familiar with vectors will recognize…
  • TemplateMonster Spring Sale Ending Today 40% Off

    Dustin Martin
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    Advertise here with BSAWe wanted to pass along a nice sale going on at TemplateMonster. If you are looking for a template you get 40% off all templates. Head over and take advantage of this before it ends.
  • 35 Best Premium Shopify Themes for E-commerce Web Shops

    Jake Rocheleau
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Advertise here with BSALooking for a captivating layout to entice potential customers into your webshop? Well look no further than these brilliant Shopify ecommerce themes! Shopify is one of the safest content management systems that you could use to build an online store. Along with a manageable backend panel the entire website is often easy to customize with a unique theme. In this post I’ve collected 35 unique website themes for Shopify. The designs are brilliantly hand-crafted to work with practically any market or product. Regardless of what you’re selling it shouldn’t…
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    Boagworld - Web & Digital Advice

  • Why is there so many bad user interfaces in the world?

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

    Paul Boag
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    So you want to be a web designer. Or perhaps you already are and don’t know what your next step should be. Either way you will have tons of questions. This is the place to ask them. Hardly a week goes past without me receiving an email from somebody wanting advice about their career. They are unsure of what to do next. Should they go to University? Should they setup by themselves or try and get a job? They just have so many questions. I figured it was time we tried to answer them. On the 21st May the Boagworld Show is back for its 12th season. This time we are going to be looking at…
  • What is your website saying about your organisation?

    Paul Boag
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    A review of your online presence can do a lot more than identify ways to improve your website. It can also reveal underlying organisational issues. Don’t judge people by their appearance. That is what our parents taught us. But it is rubbish. You can learn a lot about a person by how they hold themselves and what they wear. The same is true for a website. A website gives many insights into the organisation behind it. I spend a lot of time reviewing websites and social media channels. Over all that time I have learnt something. Rarely are the failures of an organisations online presence…
  • Avoiding confusing client communication

    Paul Boag
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Effective communication with our clients is one of the most important parts of our job. Yet most of us put little consideration into the tools we use. A quick heads up. A client I am currently working with called Fleep is sponsoring this post.As a web designer exactly what is your job? You probably think that it is to build websites. But that is only a part of your responsibility. Imagine for a moment you were to go to a restaurant. The food was incredible but the service was horrendous. The waiter ignored you and got irritable every time you ask a question. Would you go away happy? It goes…
  • Who should I bring to the kick-off meeting?

    Chris Scott
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Recently, a new client asked me who should participate in the kick-off meeting for a project to design a website that would communicate the outcomes of a large research study.
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  • Booooooom Reader Submissions: May

    5 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    I meant to post this before the weekend – it’s time for a new month of art submissions! Thanks for submitting your work to the April Submissions post. As always thanks to all of you who take time to leave encouraging comments to artists who submit work, and please keep upvoting work you like!These monthly posts are the best way to promote yourself! Works that I may not feel are a fit can still be seen, and artists can get some new visitors to their own personal sites regardless. Please share your work here during the month of May. The comments allow images to be…
  • Collages by Artist Joe Rudko

    5 May 2015 | 4:42 am
    These collages by artist Joe Rudko are a combination of cut photographs and coloured pencil drawings. Fantastic stuff. More images below.View the whole post: Collages by Artist Joe Rudko over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Best of Kickstarter: “Overgrowth” by Parker Fitzgerald and Riley Messina

    5 May 2015 | 3:58 am
    For the past two years photographer Parker Fitzgerald and floral designer Riley Messina have been creating beautiful flower-filled images together for their project, Overgrowth.The two are now in the process of compiling it all into one beautiful self-published book, and have launched an Overgrowth Kickstarter to get the project over the finish line. Take a look at some of their gorgeous photos and a video clip below.View the whole post: Best of Kickstarter: “Overgrowth” by Parker Fitzgerald and Riley Messina over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Animation: 20syl “Back & Forth”

    5 May 2015 | 2:18 am
    A simple but effective little animated music video for 20syl’s “Back & Forth”, directed by Thomas Porthé. Watch the video below.View the whole post: Animation: 20syl “Back & Forth” over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Photographer Daisuke Takakura

    4 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    “Monodramatic” is a series of digitally manipulated photographs by Japanese photographer Daisuke Takakura playfully exploring identity, and the many versions of ourselves that simultaneously exist. Lots more images below.View the whole post: Photographer Daisuke Takakura over on BOOOOOOOM!.
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    Web Design Raleigh and Fort Myers Web Design | Logo Design

  • Naples Website Design Launch – Port Royal Jewelers

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    We’ve had the pleasure of working with Port Royal Jewelers for several years now since creating their first website, and our Naples website design services have helped them to build a strong online foundation. As their business has grown and their needs have changed, we discussed a redesign of their website with them. The new direction for their online presence would lead us to utilizing large, strong lifestyle imagery showing off their custom jewelry pieces in various Naples, Florida settings.The new features a host of items created by the artist, William Boyajian…
  • Fort Myers Beach Tourism Website Design Launched

    5 Feb 2015 | 6:54 pm
    A side project of ours here at Brian Joseph Studios is , a Fort Myers Beach vacation website that provides a business directory of attractions, activities, hotels, resorts and vacation rentals. also produces fresh and interesting content all about Fort Myers Beach, whether it’s to help visitors find the best waterfront restaurants or the most kid-friendly attractions in the area. Last week, we completely re-designed the website and added several new features.We started this side project in 2011, and since the original website’s launch,…
  • Google Launches Mobile-Friendly Label on Search Results Pages

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    29 Apr 2015 | 8:41 am
    With the excitement building of Avengers 2 - Age of Ultron, another amazing Marvel movie, coming out this Friday, we thought it would relevant to take a look at some color related to the hero's. In the past, we've posted about The Colors of Good vs. Evil: Comic Book Color Palettes [infographic] and Classic Colors: DC Comic Characters. Today we are looking at three palette versions of the main characters of the Avengers Team. The world of comics has always been full of a dramatic array of colors! Notice over time how the color schemes used to be quite bright on…
  • The Psychology of Color: A Guide to Color Selection [ Infographic ] by RIPT Apparel

    28 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    Color theory and psychology queries on the World Wide Web bring up so many different infographics about color. We've posted about The Meaning of Color in Marketing before and way back in 2008 History Of The Color Wheel (does this still feel relevant?). With infographics having taken on mass popularity, I notice there are only a select few worth actually spending time poring over. While this infographic by RIPT Apparel is directed as a guide to Designers, it can be awesomely relevant to keep in mind when applying color with anything in life. The infographic itself…
  • Cosplay Disney Princess Ultimate Costume Guide [ Infographic ]

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    What are the three most memorable physical characteristics of a Disney Princess? Aside from their tiny waistlines, I don't think it's a stretch to say: big eyes, big hair and big dresses. Pop culture has wildly re-defined so many traditional visuals these days. The styles of Cosplay + Steampunk + Disney Princess = Pure Awesomeness. Most cosplayer's value the DIY aspect of creating the costume. How well they can pull off the challenging aspects a costume may behold. The first thing you need to decide when planning out one of these Disney Princess costumes is to go traditional or add a…
  • Double Exposure Overlay Trends & A Pixlr Guide

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:48 am
    In the world of photography, overlapping two images is referred to as a "double exposure," however, in today's Pop Culture world of readily available apps, you may know this as "overlays." One excellent app you can do overlays in is PIXLR (by Autodesk). Amongst other great photo editing tools, PIXLR provides an easy toolset to get the desired effect. What I love about PIXLR, is that it is so flexible for all types of accessibility. For example, if you're reading this, you're either on a computer or a mobile device. Not all of us are able to download mobile apps, so…
  • Game of Thrones [ infographic ] Color Analysis: House's & Character's

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    The incredible HBO series, Game of Thrones, is in the start of Season V, bringing us more intense drama, deception, death and the hunger for power and revenge more than ever. It's time to take a closer look at each House and what's behind their colors in connection to the main characters. After analyzing the color dynamics of each of these, I can say the science behind the show design is quite impressive. Enjoy this Infographic Color Analysis of Game of Thrones! Also, a cool perk here on COLOURlovers, members have created many inspirational Game of Thrones color…
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  • Daily Freebie – 8 Different Angles of Business Card Mockups (PSD)

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    4 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    Today’s daily freebie comes from the talented guys over at Themeraid. With a growing number of new businesses around the world, more and more people are in need of business card designs. So what better way to showcase our skills by beautifully displaying our work with mockups. In this awesome freebie, Themeraid has given us 8 different angles and arrangements (in their premium set of 19) for us to showcase our designs. Each of the image come in high resolution 2500 x 1875px in good ol’ Photoshop. They are all in Smart Layers so it’s easy to change backgrounds, resize…
  • Featured Work: Beautiful Birds by George Bokhua

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    Today’s featured work comes from a talented New York designer by the name of George Bokhua. He’s feathery work on birds is minimal, yet visually stunning. These cute marques are great inspiration especially for logo design because of the detailed proportions George has created. It’s also a treat to see the process of how it’s being done. This entire collection can be found on George’s Behance profile which is where you can see more beautiful logo work.
  • April Design Resource Roundup

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    This month is coming to a close, so today we’ll look at some awesome design resource and interesting bits that we came across and saved for you guys. Processing.js Processing.js is the sister project of the popular Processing visual programming language, designed for the web. Processing.js makes your data visualizations, digital art, interactive animations, educational graphs, video games, etc. work using web standards and without any plug-ins. You write code using the Processing language, include it in your web page, and Processing.js does the rest. It’s not magic, but almost.
  • Daily Inspiration: Diablito Maldito by Menta Picante

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:48 am
    Today’s daily inspiration comes from Menta Picante, a design studio based in Guadalajara, Mexico. They’ve brought us a sweet brand identity project for a local Mexican treat, tamarind popsicles! Menta’s task for their client, was to create an identity to introduce these traditional candies to international markets. The name Diablito Maldito originates from the folklore and the trickery from the devil, or El’ Diablo and the relationship of Mexican culture with chili. With this in mind, they’ve developed a spicy illustration that’s fresh and modern as the brand’s identity.
  • Daily Freebie: Pixel Perfect Flat Classic UI Kit

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Today’s daily freebie comes from the talented folks at PixelBuddha. With flat being the rage for quite a while now, here’s a UI kit to help you get a head start to building your own flat interface. Included in this superb UI kit are numerous useful elements like buttons, switches, sliders, progress bars, checkboxes, radio buttons, search fields, input fields, navigation elements, drop-down boxes, visualization of steps, notifications, tooltips, pagination, and more! To add to the awesomeness, there are eight different color schemes that comes in handy PSD and SKETCH formats. Free for…
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  • Introducing – A Crowd-Sourced Online Logo Maker

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

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

    Jacques van Heerden
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:59 am
    A new and exciting website has recently been launched for web designers and developers. You likely spend hours every morning browsing through hundreds of posts on your RSS feeds, hoping to stumble across relevant stories. Webdesigner News was built to provide web designers and developers with a single location to discover the latest and most significant stories on the Web. They search through hundreds of posts on blogs, social media, and news channels, to deliver the most essential stories of the day. The content covers quality news, fresh tools and apps, case studies, code demos, inspiration…
  • 5 Tips on How Casino’s can Easily Improve their Websites

    Editorial Staff
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:27 am
    The online gaming industry is huge. I got pulled into it in 2009 by a friend of mine and haven’t looked back since. However, more recently I’ve been getting a little carried away on the way the online casino’s are gearing their websites towards their customers. They are mostly focusing on themselves and revenue they are generating and not on the well being or advice of their customers. Therefore I decided to put together a short article outlining a few tips for the online casino’s out there. Redesign and refocus When you look at the most Casino sites online, you find…
  • Flip PDF Pro Redefines the Way you Build Flip Books

    Editorial Staff
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Ever had the ingenious idea of turning your PDF magazines, catalogs, brochures and photo albums into online flip books only to find that there wasn’t a super easy and affordable solution? I have been in that situation. Whilst there are services online to help with that, I didn’t find what I was looking for and gave up on it. I recently came across a new product called Flip PDF Pro by Flip Builder, it opened up so many new doors for how I was displaying PDF’s. Since the company inception in 2008 they have sold more than 200,000 licenses for the Windows and Mac versions of the…
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  • A Complete Guide to SVG Fallbacks

    Amelia Bellamy-Royds
    4 May 2015 | 11:10 am
    The following is a guest post by Amelia Bellamy-Royds and me. Amelia and I recently presented at the same conference together. We both covered SVG, yet neither of us SVG fallbacks comprehensively. It's such a huge topic, after all. While I've covered SVG fallbacks before, it's been a few years and we figured we could do that subject better justice now. Here we go! Intro to SVG Fallbacks Here at CSS-Tricks, there's a lot of information telling you how wonderful SVG is. And as much as we want to convince you that SVG is for Everybody, SVG isn't as widely used as we would like. In fact, some…
  • Icon and Text Alignment

    Chris Coyier
    2 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Jonathan Snook on a frustrating CSS situation I know I deal with regularly, getting an image/icon to line up nicely with a name/word. This was exactly the impetus behind this tweet. I feel validated to know that his solution is the same as mine normally is: relative positioning and nudge it with relative units until it looks right. Direct Link to Article — Permalink Icon and Text Alignment is a post from CSS-Tricks
  • Ignoring `the` in WordPress Queries

    Chris Coyier
    1 May 2015 | 12:36 pm
    The following is a post by Jason Witt. Here Jason shares a method for doing something you might assume is pretty easy, but turns out to be a little bit more complicated than you might like. Fortunately with Jason's code and examples, it can be easy. Recently I had to make a custom WordPress query that listed post titles in alphabetical order. I started with a basic query like this. $my_query = new WP_Query(array( 'post_type' => 'post', 'orderby' => 'title', 'order' => 'ASC' )); My results were: The results are technically in alphabetical order, but not how I wanted. I wanted the word…
  • Sponsor: SiteBuilder

    Chris Coyier
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:58 am
    I bet you can guess what does. It helps you build, manage, and host a website completely with their online tool. I'm a big fan of giving people the power to do this on their own without having to learn to be a web developer themselves. There is a certain type of client that SiteBuilder is absolutely perfect for. One of the CSS-Tricks staffers even said their (quite young) kid uses it for their site, a testament to its ease-of-use. For a limited time, SiteBuilder is offering a 20% discount on all website plans. Jam-packed with some awesome features, SiteBuilder also offers a…
  • The Priority+ Navigation Pattern

    Chris Coyier
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
    The idea is: show as many navigation items as will fit horizontally with a UI toggle to show the rest. I like the idea. Why hide everything behind a toggle if there is room to expose the most important links? How it looks and how it is implemented could vary. Let's look at some examples! According to this Brad Frost post, this pattern was coined by Michael Scharnagl, and this is the visual demo: The pattern made it into Brad's Responsive Patterns: See the Pen Priority+ Navigation by Brad Frost (@bradfrost) on CodePen. In that demo, the navigation jumps from either showing all the links, or…
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    David Airey

  • From AWeber to MailChimp

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

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

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

    David Airey
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:59 am
    I was recently hired by Jamie Palmer to redesign the identity for Uptown Dogs. Jamie has more than 15 years’ experience caring for dogs, and has worked with and been mentored by some of the UK’s leading canine trainers and behaviourists. It was a fun project, with the design results added to my portfolio.
  • Renoir, My Father

    David Airey
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    Here’s a passage I enjoyed from Renoir, My Father (Collins, 1962) about what life was like in 1845 when Pierre-Auguste Renoir arrived in Paris at the age of four. Excerpted below. Self-portrait by Renoir (c. 1910) Many of the great discoveries which were to transform the world had now been made: iron ore was smelted in blast-furnaces, coal was mined at greater depths, cloth was manufactured by machine. Yet, except in England, the industrial revolution had not entirely changed things. Apart from their dress and tools, peasants in the country around Limoges worked the land in almost the…
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  • Solar Water Fountain Savings

    3 May 2015 | 5:46 pm
    More and more households are looking for sources of water out of their yards or gardens. The choices are between a standard font you need a power source to connect the water pump, and the friendly nature of most modern solar water source. There are advantages to both types to suit your needs. Solar sources are considered nature-friendly because there is no reason to run underground pipes and son around your garden to use. If you ever change your mind about the location, just move from one place to another. This is also useful if you need to store for the winter. A standard outside water…
  • DIY Home Solar Power System – Create Solar Electricity

    1 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    Solar energy solutions: solar energy, renewable energy, going green has become very popular with yourself to use the power alternative to using fossil fuel energy. Energy from the sun is the source of more abundant and cheaper energy available on earth. Potential of solar energy in these increasingly scarce resources of time and the price increase proves to be the most beneficial and the most economical solution to run all your appliances. Change your home from the grid for renewable solar energy is easier than most homeowners think once the secret bases for manufacturing solar panels or…
  • Solar Energy – A Brief History in the United States

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    The technology to derive substantial electricity using sunlight has existed since mid-1950, when the first solar cell was created by Daryl Chapin, Calvin Fuller, and Gerald Pearson at Bell Labs – developed the first solar cell capable of generating enough power sun to run everyday electrical equipment. A silicon solar cell which was produced was 6% efficiency. They were able to increase the efficiency of one percent. Anyone who is aware of the possibility of exploiting sunlight into electricity just remembered Jr. High School science class that the electricity produced by a solar cell…
  • Solar Power Battery – The Answer To Our Energy Needs

    28 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    All solutions solar battery real needs rather little power. With the change of solar energy quickly in the future trend, many people are excited about safe source of energy for the environment always efficient have many concerns. How solar panels and how much you need? What is the cost of making the use of solar energy? Exactly how this can really work? Solar batteries are required if you need an electrical system that operates with wit and profitable. This battery bank is actually a number of batteries that are connected together within a cell system, made to preserve the power of the sun is…
  • Why Switch to Full Potential of Solar Power?

    27 Apr 2015 | 2:53 am
    The numerous benefits of using solar power to fascinate everyone to try to start using this energy in their homes. People who rely primarily on the use of commercial electricity always would throw the question “Why Go Solar?” Here is the important point. Choosing a solar energy system will allow you to reduce your monthly electricity bills tend to rise occasionally. Current technology more current lifestyle are forcing many people to consume large amounts of electricity from time to time to keep in touch with their computers and mobile phones and other devices that make life…
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  • 30 Inspirational Photography Portfolio Websites

    Jake Rocheleau
    4 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Advertise here with BSAThe significance of a portfolio website cannot be overstated. Everyone has access to the Internet and you never know who’s looking at your work. This is the best reason to ensure you have an excellent design showcasing your most powerful work. In the past I’ve covered more general portfolio designs which should prove useful to a wide array of designers.In this gallery I want to put a direct focus on photography portfolio websites. The goal is to naturally showcase photographic and/or cinematographic talents in project work. As you examine different…
  • 30 Illustrator Tutorials for User Interface Designers

    Jake Rocheleau
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    Advertise here with BSAWith such an abundance of free Photoshop tutorials online many UI designers tend to ignore the benefits of Adobe Illustrator. Vector workflow is one of the best methods for creating full-scale website mockups, icons, mobile apps, and really anything related to interface design.Each of the following tutorials focuses directly on interface design from the perspective of vector shapes. With practice and repetition you’ll be able to master Adobe Illustrator and outperform yourself in just a few months’ time. Check out these examples and see which ones catch your…
  • 27 Custom Bespoke Tailor Websites for Design Inspiration

    Jake Rocheleau
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:11 am
    Advertise here with BSAYou ever hear the word haberdashery and just slip into a fit of laughter? Yes it may sound a little goofy, but it turns out those haberdashers are sewing up holes and mending fabric that all men need to survive in the real world. A more common phrase for this job is tailor which seems much more applicable in the modern world.Bespoke tailors are hard-working artisans who create suits and suit accessories from scratch. Many of these tailors also build custom suits and sell them online. In order to attract a professional client base these tailors need a…
  • 20+ Free Responsive Templates

    Gisele Muller
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Advertise here with BSAIf you still have any doubts about how important it is for you to adopt a responsive layout, it is time for you to stop wondering. It doesn’t matter what you are working on, your website need to work smoothly in all browsers. From desktops to smartphones and the huge range of mobile devices, you need to make sure your layout is adaptable and that the user will have a good experience, apart from where he is visiting you from.The importance of responsive design is so well known and talked about that a lot of designers and developers made the amazing work of creating…
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  • Do Not Miss This Custom Font Mega Bundle, save 95%

    30 Apr 2015 | 10:18 am
    If you haven’t heard about the guys from Dealjumbo then you are really missing out! This week the guys are back with their amazing Mega Bundle with awesome custom fonts.  If you’re looking looking to beef up your custom font library then this Jumbo Deal is just for you!  With this offer, you will save almost 95% on the original price, so there really shouldn’t be anything to consider, you need to get this bundle while it is still available. Highlights: 30 Custom Font Families ( TTF or OTF or both font formats ) Lot of extras: graphics, vector shapes or logo designs Wide Variety…
  • Freebie: 300+ Free Flat Color Icons

    24 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    Today we are very excited to be sharing something amazing with you guys. the folks at Icon8 have released an amazing free consisting of more than 300 Flat color icons. Every web designer will tell you that there is nothing better than getting something for free, not only will it save you a lot of money, but it will also save you a lot of time. These icons were released under the Good Boy License, which means you can pretty much, do whatever your mom would approve of. You can download them and alter them to your own personal liking, but according to the license, you are not allowed to trade…
  • Webdesigner News – Stay up to Date With All Design News

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:45 am
    A new and exciting website has recently been launched for web designers and developers. You likely spend hours every morning browsing through hundreds of posts on your RSS feeds, hoping to stumble across relevant stories. Webdesigner News was built to provide web designers and developers with a single location to discover the latest and most significant stories on the Web. They search through hundreds of posts on blogs, social media, and news channels, to deliver the most essential stories of the day. The content covers quality news, fresh tools and apps, case studies, code demos, inspiration…
  • An interactive guide to the human eye

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
    The eye is probably the most complex organ in our body, acting as a middle man between the external world and our perception of it. Sight has a much bigger impact on our daily life than we realize, and understanding the way our eyes function is not an easy task; opticians study for years before they qualify. If you are intrigued by the brain’s ability to transform light rays into an actual image, we highly recommend you take a look at this interactive guide to the human eye. We are not saying that this tool will turn you into a professional optician overnight; however it could help you…
  • Stunning Space Colony Art

    10 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    We as humans have always been in awe when it comes to Space, and the idea of living in space has always been on our minds. During the 1970s, scientists at NASA’s Ames Research Center conducted three different studies, the purpose of this research was to imagine how humanity might be able to survive in Space through the construction of huge space stations, or colonies. Recently NASA released the concepts for living in space, if you enjoy them as much as we have, you might want to check out the whole collection.   The post Stunning Space Colony Art appeared first on Design Reviver -…
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  • A Collection of New and Useful Free UI Kits

    Carol Francis
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:16 am
    Designers need libraries for fonts, .psd images, progress bars, background textures, photographs and other resources, including UI kits that help them save time, and being free, these UI kits also are money saving. This collection of free UI kits have all become available during the first four months of 2015, and include some of the more popular elements, along with some quite unusual elements, so there should be something for everyone. New Free UI Kits Ghost Ship Mobile UI Kit This free UI kit includes 20 screens across 7 categories and is supplied in .psd format. Vector UI Components A .psd…
  • Creating an Elegant CSS Pre-Loader for Absolute Beginners

    Paula Borowska
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    With CSS animation becoming so powerful you can create great looking and simple pre-loaders for your website. They can be super simple, elegant and a neat way to add a bit of personality into your overall experience. Additionally, they do look nice and provide a great transition within your site if something is loading. In this tutorial we will go over how to create a pre-loader step by step; there is not a lot of code here but I will assume you know very little about this and explain the code to you in greater detail. Setting up the HTML This pre-loader we will be making is just five…
  • Stunning Space Inspired Website Designs

    Carol Francis
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:08 am
    Humans have always been fascinated by outer space, wondering if there is other life out there, and if so will we ever get to join forces with them and share our different technologies. From what we do know about our own solar system and visible galaxies, etc, we can create beautiful art whether it is done from imagination or from night photography. Using space-inspired backgrounds and elements in web design gives a futuristic or highly technical feeling to a site, or if done in vector images, it can give the idea of education. Here is a selection of sites that use outer space images in their…
  • The Beauty of Infographic Style Web Design

    Carol Francis
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    Infographics have become more and more popular over the last few years – we have finally all realised that the human brain responds easier, quicker and better to descriptive images than to pages of text. This has encouraged the emergence of infographic style web sites where they would have previously been text-heavy. If an association, charity or, in fact, any business, has a lot of information to impart, it is more effectively done through images – and moving images through animations or scrolling effects can capture the attention of visitors even more. The improvements in CSS and…
  • Ghost Buttons – A Current and Popular Trend in Website Design

    Carol Francis
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:02 am
    Ghost buttons, or empty buttons, are a trend that have really come into being through necessity – the use of large background images requires information elements that don’t obscure large areas of the image, and ghost buttons with their no fill, and usually thin border and small text fit the bill perfectly. Of course, designers being such creative animals, we are seeing different types of ghost buttons and varying layouts and uses for them. Here is a selection of ghost buttons in use, and I have tried to select as many different types as possible to show the creativity of the…
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  • 5 of the Most Effective WordPress Security Tips on the Internet

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

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

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

    Sophia Lucero
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:26 am
    Like the previous websites that encourage you to tilt your head, these ones featured below encourage you to rethink browsing interactions and wonder: does scrolling through a page have to happen from top to bottom only? Designs of the Week Get solid WordPress themes, plugins, and web design training from iThemes. Step and Repeat A quirkily good interaction idea for a blog (or in this case, tumblelog), where the featured acts are a stream of posts scrolling diagonally. The direction of the scrolling alternates after a certain set of posts, and the color scheme switches up too. Clicking to view…
  • Design Focus: By The Letter

    Sophia Lucero
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    This week’s websites feature beautiful, iconic letterforms that serve as design anchors to the content. Designs of the Week Get solid WordPress themes, plugins, and web design training from iThemes. We are Fox Créateur Their about page spells out their company name (logo) in an almost abstract way, and these shapes mask and highlight different photos & videos that tell their story. FORM The letters here are inspired by Google’s Material Design language, and the color-coding per section is nifty. There are a lot of sections for the one-pager though, so a menu that lets you…
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    The Dieline

  • The Dieline Awards 2015 Winners

    Elizabeth Freeman
    4 May 2015 | 7:49 pm
    The Winners of The Dieline Awards 2015 were announced at HOW Design Live, the largest annual gathering of creative professionals, anywhere.For the 6th year, The Dieline is proud and honored to be able to give the art of consumer package design the platform and the recognition it truly deserves. The Dieline Awards 2015 Winners truly represent the peak of package design, the most creative work designed over the past year from all across the globe.In front of an audience of over 1000 creatives, 42 winners across 13 different categories were awarded a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd…
  • The Dieline Awards 2015: Editor's Choice - The Adventurous Blends of William Whistle

    Elizabeth Freeman
    4 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Brief:Scope to create the name, brand identity and packaging for a well travelled and eccentric English tea and coffee merchant. The concept had to champion exotic flavours from around the world, blending the very best discoveries of the past with the very best expertise of today. Solution:The brand has been personified by the William Whistle character, whose expeditions to discover quality ingredients are a playful interpretation of the client's own travels. Visually, the design is inspired by Victorian-era wanderlust and expresses the brand's passion for flavour and discovery.  The…
  • The Dieline Awards 2015: Best of Show- Gin Rawal

    Elizabeth Freeman
    4 May 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Contribution/impact: The design not only gives image to the product it also makes it much more memorable, thanks to the visual game obtained as the bottle empties. Briefing: We had to create the image for a gin produced by a small place called “Pesca Salada” located in Barcelona. We were requested to work on a different image from those we usually find in supermarkets, and that it had something in common with the place. Proposal: The link with the place is established giving continuity to the marine theme which gives it its name and characterizes the decoration. In addition we looked for…
  • The Dieline Awards 2015: 1st Place Dairy, Spices, Oils, Sauces, Condiments- Foodscross

    Elizabeth Freeman
    4 May 2015 | 6:29 pm
    The market for honey is a rising one and as such already filled with a variety of packaging designs. We needed to realize a brand identity able to convey this product's specific advantage: it's pure synthesis. This is Greek honey distinguished for its extremely high concentration of thyme pollen grains (80%). A rare, natural product of an eco-conscious process, meant to be offered in numbered and signed vases. We developed the logo design as a careful pairing of cross-shaped lettering (brand name) and the image of a bee, designed for us by the internationally known illustrator Si Scott. The…
  • The Dieline Awards 2015: 1st Place Home, Garden, Pets- Method Air Refreshers

    Elizabeth Freeman
    4 May 2015 | 6:29 pm
    Method's range of Air Refreshers is designed with revolutionary pressurized air technology. Unlike many traditional aerosols which are powered by petroleum-based propellants, the continuous spray air refreshers are packed in an airtight chamber powered by compressed air. When sprayed, the air refreshers fill the room with a non-toxic, vibrant scent—no CFCs or dirty propellants. Additionally, the product is the first in the air care category to use clear, transparent packaging that shows you how the product really works. The unique design of the Method Air Refreshers also enables a…
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  • Get Your Awesome Designs Coded With These Tools And Services

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    Advertise here with BSAThe businesses listed below provide a valuable collection of services, which you will no doubt agree with if you have been faced with the challenge of converting a beautiful design idea into code that matches. PSD to HTML&CSS conversion is best reserved for those who have coding in their blood, a description that does not fit many people. There is a plugin included in the listing however, if you are a DIY type. Otherwise, browse through this listing of companies offering design conversion services. A few offer additional services, but the key items of interest here…
  • 33 Powerful Blue Startup Websites for Design Inspiration

    Jake Rocheleau
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:42 am
    Advertise here with BSAModern startup design trends have come a long way since their initial inception in the early-to-mid 2000s. The field of web design itself has adopted a new paradigm with CSS3 properties, advanced JavaScript support, and loads of free open source code. It’s easier now than ever before to launch a captivating startup with free resources found online. If you have an idea for a company or product then don’t wait around! Prototyping & wireframing should be the first step before launching a new site. The problem is that you may not even know where to begin…
  • Best UX and UI Tools and Resources

    12 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Advertise here with BSA The UX and UI tools you are using may not be entirely suitable for you next web or app design project. Newer, more stronger tools are constantly appearing on the market that are designed to make your design efforts faster, easier, and more professional. As you go down this list, you will find a number of useful tools focusing on rapid prototyping and project team collaboration, along with resources you would find advantageous when testing the usability of your design. There is more to come. enables you to create fully-interactive, high-fidelity…
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    Elliot Jay Stocks - Blog

  • 1 day with the Apple Watch

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

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

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

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

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

    8 Apr 2015 | 2:44 am
    Whilst most clients have heard of WordPress they might not know what it can do, so we’re often asked: “Why will it benefit me and will it be easy to use?”. We thought it was about time we explained why we choose it as our go to platform when building a content managed site. What is WordPress? WordPress started out life as a blogging platform. In the past you would have found sites using it as a separate tool to manage the news or blog areas from the main content management system (CMS). Over time WordPress has developed into a powerful CMS managing all aspects of a website. From a basic…
  • New Look Brand and Messaging For FHOKE

    12 Mar 2015 | 4:53 am
    Over the past year we’ve been putting things in place to expand the business intelligently. We started with new offices, we took on Gillian (who’s doing a fab job at getting us recognised in the local area) and now we’ve looked closer at our own brand and messaging, for once. We’ve had great success over the past six years but times change and we’ve re-aligned our messaging to reflect that. We’ve always been known for our strength in design but over the years that message has been diluted with a long list of services that every other agency seems to talk about as well. It’s…
  • FHOKE Launches New Triple Eight Racing Site

    20 Jan 2015 | 2:04 am
    Triple Eight Racing recently launched their new website and brand to great acclaim which has been designed and built by award-wining design agency FHOKE. The most successful team in British Touring Car Championship history, Triple Eight decided it was time to overhaul their brand identity ahead of the 2015 race season. With a new brand identity and website the updated look will be used across both its Touring Car and GT exploits promoting all aspects of the team. The Hampshire-based agency is well known for its design and brand work with their strong attention to detail being an integral part…
  • Triple Eight Racing Logo Design – How We Did It

    12 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Over the past few months we’ve been working with Triple Eight Racing on the redesign of their logo and we’re super proud of how it’s turned out. It’s been well received by their fans and made it’s first appearance out on track in Dubai this weekend – here’s an insight as to how we went about the re-design. Out With The Old Triple Eight Racing is the most successful team in British Touring Car Championship history having won over 100 races since the company was founded in 1996. Their existing logo had served them well having been around for nearly 20 years but 2015 brought a…
  • Welcoming Our Newest Team Member

    9 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    New Year, new folk. We’re excited to welcome Gillian Jones to the team. Gillian will be joining us as our Business Development Manager and also helping to put our two founders male egos in place. Gillian will be taking a hands on role with all our existing clients so expect a call or a visit from her soon. She loves a good chat so put the coffee on. Gillian will also be taking a strategic approach to developing our brand, with a strong attention to detail she’ll be nurturing new relationships and spreading the word about our great work. If you’d like to connect with Gillian drop her…
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    The Graphic Mac

  • 40 best apps & services for the GIF obsessed

    4 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    Animated GIFs for your Mac, the web and your iPhone. Personally, I can’t live without GIPHY! Related posts: Answer emails with a quick animated GIF Keep an eye on and reduce your iPhone data use with Onavo apps Two great calendar apps for your iPhone
  • Samsung strikes again…

    2 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Good grief, Samsung. Even your Jony Ive ripoff is poor. Related posts: Samsung lies. DOUBLES their sales figures for Galaxy Tab iPhone 5 more popular than Samsung Galaxy S III on the web Apple smacks Samsung in ad
  • Free font: Bebas Neue

    1 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Grab the Bebas Neue 5-font (all caps) family and use them for free. The download link can be found at the bottom of the page. Related posts: Free font: Exo Sans font family Free Font: Ubuntu font family Free font: Reckoner
  • The open-office trend is destroying the workplace

    30 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Bosses love the ability to keep a closer eye on their employees, ensuring clandestine porn-watching, constant social media-browsing and unlimited personal cellphone use isn’t occupying billing hours. But employers are getting a false sense of improved productivity. I absolutely hate “open-office” layouts. I’ve worked for two companies that used them, and found them to be significantly less productive environments to work in. I hated the way my “door was always open” to co-workers to walk up and interrupt me as I was trying to concentrate on whatever I was…
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    29 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Safari offers default search engine options. Try dropping the Google habit. Just sayin’… Related posts: Save space: search with Google from Safari’s URL bar Using Google wildcard feature to answer questions Glims offers cool Safari customization
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  • A Big Assed Post about bike saddles for my Big Ass

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

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

    Jon Hicks
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:53 am
    I love this video of Slowdive performing “Golden Hair” -at the Pitchfork Music Festival last year. The live version of the song extends the ending into an atmospheric jam session, combined with a luscious low golden evening light. Its a thing of escapist beauty that I watch as a tonic. At least until yesterday, when Leigh pointed how much the extended part sounds like Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ and along with my daughter Samantha, proceeded to sing those lyrics all over it. Families eh?!
  • Troika #7: Donuts

    Jon Hicks
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:45 am
    I discovered the music of J Dilla (aka James Dewitt Yancey or Jay Dee) by going backwards. I’m a big fan of the band Phantogram, and when they mentioned their sound uses ‘J Dilla beats’ I looked back on his extensive back catalog and found his influence everywhere. He’s one of hip hop’s most influential producers and artists, but his career was cut short at just 32 after battling the incurable blood disease, lupus. I’ve chosen one he produced, one of his own, and one that was a homage. As Erykah Badu says in the last track “This one’s for…
  • Troika #6: My Turn to be Poorly

    Jon Hicks
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    The theme for this Troika is a little more esoteric than normal – it’s comedians, singing parody songs, in the style of other artists. Weird Al Yankovic has made a whole career out of this, but these are maybe slightly less well known.
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  • 30 Freebies & Goodies For Web Designers – May 2015

    Guest Contributor
    5 May 2015 | 3:11 am
    Hello, people! Once more, we’re back with a new series of free resources after a few weeks of scouting. Improve your design game with newly released and amazing resources such as: GUI Kits (more) Printing templates (more) Icons (more) Fonts (more) Web templates (more) Mobile templates & mockups (more) Others Stay ahead of the latest trends and techniques with our freebies, and don’t forget to share your thoughts, and thank you for your support. Enjoy! 1. GUI Kits Data Analytics Dashboard for Sketch – A flat dashboard design with line and radial graphs to analyze…
  • 20 Cool Laptop Stands for Digital Nomads and Freelancers

    Nancy Young
    4 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    If you are always on the go, you probably work with your laptop on your lap a lot. After a while, you feel a strain on your wrists and neck – because that isn’t the proper position to work on for long periods of time. Plus, over prolonged use, heat builds up at the bottom of your laptop. What you need is a laptop stand, and a portable one which you can take with you on the go. And in this post, we have 20 of these stands you can check out. The stands elevate your laptop to the proper level for you to work at, as well as keep your laptop from overheating. Prices listed here are…
  • Fresh Resource for Web Developers – May 2015

    Thoriq Firdaus
    4 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    It feels like New Year’s was just yesterday. Nonetheless, we are here now in May and the time has come for us to share new resources with our fellow web developers. In this round we have some good references worth bookmarking, a tool to help you check for HTML mistakes, a shortcode for composing music notations, a JS library for handling tables responsively, and a responsive grid system. CanIUse Shortcode CanIUse is a comprehensive source to track browser support for modern web features. This is a WordPress plugin that displays a CanIUse table for the specified feature using a handy…
  • 10 Reasons Why You Should Search Using DuckDuckGo

    Ashutosh KS
    1 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    These days, mostly, a search engine is the only source of information whenever someone is seeking the answer of a problem or a query. Usually, we carry out our search queries over the most popular search engine which is asked more than 3 billion search queries around the globe daily. But, some other search engines are also available for the users with sound features. One of the prominent search engine is DuckDuckGo and it comes with some amazing features. In this post, we are going to look at 10 reasons why you should make DuckDuckGo your favorite search engine. 1. Protect The…
  • How To Keep Your Kids Safe On A Smartphone [Infographic]

    Singyin Lee
    1 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    Smartphones and tablets get a bad rap when it comes to child usage. If you have ever seen a child glued to their iPad at dinnertime instead of touching their food, it’s easy to understand why. But here on, we view these devices as tools that help us improve our lives, even keep our kids safe, and that we are , and should always be in control. That said, it would be naive to ignore the perils of the Internet, online bullying, game addiction, and inappropriate content. In that area, parents need all the help they can get. Pumpic has released this helpful infographic with…
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    The Logo Smith

  • Logo for Sale: QuadType Logo Design

    The Logo Smith
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:52 am
    Logo for Sale: QuadType Logo Design This logo for sale is based on a simple idea: four (quad) rotated letter T’s contained in a circular container, with accompanying logo text in a nice and clean sans serif font. The cost for this logo is $500, and includes: alternative colour options, new wording (if QuadType is not needed), Logo Master Sheet, Letterhead Design and full Transfer of Ownership (copyright) from me to you. You could also use this logo if your name, or company name, is just an initial T, so doesn’t have to have the word ‘Quad’ in it at all. I think this…
  • Elance Logo Designer Plagiarises My Complete Logo Design Portfolio

    The Logo Smith
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    Elance Logo Designer Plagiarises My Complete Logo Design Portfolio Sigh. It’s not the first time that a so-called Logo Designer has had the audacity to use my ‘entire’ logo design portfolio as representation of their own work. This sort of thing is pretty wide-spread, and it certainly will not be the last time this happens to me, and other logo designers. I’m doubtful that Ashley is even a real person, and is just a bloody cheeky attempt to cheat Elance clients’ out of their money. This is just annoying for me as I don’t get particular upset about it, as…
  • Brand by Hand: Famous Logos Reimagined in Hand Lettering

    The Logo Smith
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:03 am
    Brand by Hand: Famous Logos Reimagined in Hand Lettering by Sara Marshall Brand by Hand: Famous Logos Reimagined in Hand Lettering by Sara Marshall, a New Zealand based designer, is a lovely example of how a logo design side-project can be done with finesse and style. Sara has beautifully recreated a number of famous brand logo designs, including: Flickr, Subway, Evian, Burger King, FedEx, Skype, Samsung and Youtube, using her hand lettering skills to create a completely different take on these famous logos. Sarah not tried to replicate each logo exactly, but instead has used some creative…
  • Finding Freelance Logo Designers on Google? Surprisingly Difficult!

    The Logo Smith
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    Freelance Logo Designers Just a wee snippet of a post, but when I read this recent client enquiry for a logo design the matter-of-fact way in which it was worded just made me pause. On my Logo Design Brief and Logo Design Enquiries form, I have a box where the client can indicate where they might have found me/come across me, and more often than not it is usually some kind of Google search, no big surprise really. But this particular one just hit me with the phrasing, “It is actually surprisingly difficult to find a professional designer outside the “big” sites of…
  • Client Advice: When Will My Logo Design Be Finished?

    The Logo Smith
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:49 am
    Client Advice: When Will My Logo Design Be Finished? Client Advice When Will My Logo Design Be Finished?” is one of the most often asked questions by potential new clients, yet is the single most hardest one to give an accurate answer to. As much as I completely understand the need for us all to control deadlines and schedules, not to mention the feeling of helplessness when tasking an outside designer to work on a project, the question still erks me. There are a number of factors that are completely out of my control when it comes to determining when and if a logo design, or even a…
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    JUST™ Creative

  • 8 Essential Web Design Tactics To Convert Visitors into Paying Customers

    Jacob Cass
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    For businesses, the entire purpose of building a site is to ensure their website visitors turn into customers. You can have a visually-pleasing business website that is receiving tons of traffic, but if you are not successfully turning these visitors into customers, the dollars you spend on your marketing, design & development are totally worthless. There are a lot of aspects of web design that play an important role in whether you are successfully converting visitors into leads or not. Even the smallest detail could be the difference between your potential customers becoming paying…
  • 5 Dreadful Digital Habits & Ways to Overcome Them

    Jacob Cass
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:23 pm
    As the number of devices, gadgets and widgets we have at our disposal increases, so do the dreadful digital habits that follow. From being constantly hooked up to 24 hour news and social media updates to abandoning work to play addictive games – people can switch from healthy, offline humans to becoming a walking-workaholic-zombie at the flick of an app. Of course, this is just the extreme. The internet is full of good things too – but they’re not habits that we need to address. From obsessive gaming to simply bad email etiquette, digital bad habits cover a broad spectrum, as the…
  • 22 Professional Fonts at 99% Off – Save $2500!

    Jacob Cass
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:54 am
    It’s not very often you come across a deal this good (99% off), so I had to share this pack from DesignCuts, even while I am on the road traveling in London, Scotland & Ireland. For a limited time you can grab 22 professional font families worth $2622 for just $29, saving you over $2500! These fonts are best sellers even when at their full price so to see them all here at such a discount, with extending licensing and web fonts is a real no-brainer. Just don’t miss out, as the deal is only available until the 27th of April. I’ve got a large number of design bundles from…
  • Free Hand-Picked Resources for Designers and Developers – April Edition

    14 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    Today, we’re bringing you a new series of hand-picked resources to improve your future design & development projects. We have illustrations, icons, fonts, development tools and more, all fresh out of the oven. Enjoy! View the January & March free resources here. Vans Illustration Kit A set of colorful illustrations for multiple Vans products such as shoes, jackets, tank tops, hats and more. Download for free in EPS format. 24 Vintage Postcard Textures A beautiful collection of old school postcard textures, taken from real 1930s material. Great to give your projects a melancholic…
  • Software Tools For Designers to Stay Organised and Focused

    Jacob Cass
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    This article has been contributed by Prescott Perez-Fox focusing on software tools for designers. You can see my personal software & hardware choices here. Over the years, friends and colleagues in the design industry have come to know me as a rather organised person, one who enjoyed being a systems geek. I test a lot of software and methodologies, and have become somewhat of a go-to resource. I am often asked about the tools and techniques I use to run my own design practice, Starship Design, and my podcast, The Busy Creator. Like many creative pros these days, I work solo, which allows…
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  • 15 Mockups to Showcase Your Responsive Web Designs

    Chris Spooner
    4 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Responsive web design is all about ensuring your website design looks and works great on devices of all size, but when it comes to showcasing your work in your portfolio or presenting designs to clients, you need a way of showing all the various viewport layouts in one go. Mockup PSDs are a great way to do so, by allowing you to paste in a design onto the screens of computers, phones and tablets. In today’s post I round up 15 of the best free mockup PSDs to present your responsive web designs. Responsive Showcase PSD Apple Device Wireframe Mockups Responsive Showcase Device Mockup Flat…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for May 1st 2015

    Chris Spooner
    1 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Bitsens, 2one5 Productions, Vtcreative, Purgo Tea and Lift Interactive. Bitsens View the website 2one5 Productions View the website Vtcreative View the website Purgo Tea View the website Lift Interactive View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for May 1st 2015 appeared first on Line25.
  • 25 Web Designs with a Clear and Concise Elevator Pitch

    Chris Spooner
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    The concept of the elevator pitch has become a popular feature in web design. Bold statements that introduce and describe a company or individual now dominate the mastheads of agency and portfolio sites. In today’s web design showcase I present 25 great examples of websites that successfully explain what they’re all about in a clear and concise statement. See how they use white space, typography and colour to ensure their message gets across. Tyler Copeland Jan Cavan Boomerang Blocks Talk PR A Collective Melbourne Promotions Matt Carvalho Static Interactive The Infantree Raygun…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for April 24th 2015

    Chris Spooner
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from L’Avenir, VoetsDesign, Gravita Creative, Beagle by Podio and Heap. L’Avenir View the website VoetsDesign View the website Gravita Creative View the website Beagle by Podio View the website Heap View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for April 24th 2015 appeared first on Line25.
  • 25 Inspiring Examples of Ultra Minimal Web Design

    Chris Spooner
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    We all love checking out the latest web designs with loud colours, trendy headers and stunning imagery, but sometimes it’s nice to admire the everlasting style of minimalist design. The ultra minimal websites in this showcase focus on composition and typography to create stripped back, naked designs that are just as beautiful as those full of glamour. Thomas Buffet Socket Studios Jac in a Box Cove Studio Källbom Arne Meister Contemporary Art Ape Unit Italic Studio Ten & Bourne Wingmen Derek Boateng Oh My! Digital Design Studio Alexander Collin Present Plus Quentin Morisseau…
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    Lines and Colors :: a blog about drawing, painting, illustration, comics, concept art and other visual arts

  • Kim Parkhurst

    Charley Parker
    5 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    Kim Parkhurst is a Massachussetts based illustrator who loves to paint animals, whether in childrens’ book style illustrations or as anthropomorphized versions of particular individuals. In her anthropomorphized animal portraits, she attempts to capture the personality of the individual with her selection of an appropriate animal, usually cats and dogs. A particular series of these, for which she has received a good bit of attention, is her series of Downton Abbey characters, which she calls “Houndton Tabby”. For those like me who are not regular watchers of the series, the…
  • Eye Candy for Today: Canaletto’s Capriccio with monumental staircase

    Charley Parker
    5 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    A capriccio with a monumental staircase, Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal) Pen and ink with gray wash, roughly 14 x 21 inches ( 36 x 53 cm). Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Royal Collection, which also has a a zoomable version and a downloadable file. I never tire of Canaletto’s drawings, and this fantastic capriccio (architectural fantasy) is no exception. Exploring a Canaletto drawing is like meeting a person who seems interesting — though a bit formal and reserved at first — but as you get to…
  • Oleg Kozak

    Charley Parker
    4 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Oleg Kozak is a painter from Lviv, Ukraine who paints bright, crisp watercolors of landscapes and portraits. Throughout his landscapes runs a fascination with the play of light and shadow; with dappled light, in particular, theatrically spotlighting key elements while others recede into darkness. I’m especially fond of his portrayals of smaller, more intimate portions of the landscape, in which he focusses on small areas of flowers or foliage, revealing them to be as rich and fascinating as any sweeping vista. Kozak’s website is in Ukrainian, but easy enough to navigate. There are…
  • Eye Candy for Today: Dürer’s St. Eustace

    Charley Parker
    1 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    St Eustace, Albrecht Dürer Engraving, roughly 14 x 10 inches (35 x 26 cm). Link is to zoomable version on Google Art project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original of this impression is in the National Gallery of Victoria, which also has a zoomable image. In this tour-de-force engraving — created at the dawn of the 16th century — Dürer uses the story of St Eustace’s conversion, on seeing a stag with a crucifix, to show us mountains, streams, bridges, swans, a wooded landscape, individual trees, rocks, weapons, saddlery, the stag, a magnificent horse and…
  • Cecilia Beaux (update)

    Charley Parker
    1 May 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Cecilia Beaux — an American portrait painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries — is, like her contemporaries John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase, receiving something of a revival of appreciation for her place in the history American Art. Unlike them, however, she still suffers from the fact that her contribution has rarely, if ever, been sufficiently acknowledged, largely because she was a woman. Beaux was one of the best portrait painters of her time and, in my estimation, one of the finest American painters in history. Not only do I hold her in similar…
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    Thoughts From Eric

  • Heard and Received

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

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

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

    Eric Meyer
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Earlier today, Facebook announced a new feature called “On This Day”.  With On This Day, you see pictures, posts, and other events that occurred on a given day.  If you’re familiar with Timehop, it seems very much like a Facebook-only Timehop.  That will probably seem limited and broken to actual Timehop users, but for the vast majority of Facebook users, it will be a new and potentially very welcome feature. As you can imagine, given what happened with Year in Review, I’m very interested by On This Day.  I haven’t interacted with the actual product yet, so I don’t know what…
  • Playing Shiva

    Eric Meyer
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    Children charged through our house, laughing and shrieking and calling to each other as their games shifted fluidly from one imaginative burst to another.  In the dining room, their adults sat around the table and talked, benignly ignoring the chaos around them.  Earlier, there had been a group photo of the kids and rides in a crazily-painted convertible. I sat in the kitchen window seat, my feet braced against the middle frame, staring out into the back yard.  The afternoon was chilly and bright but not sunny, as befits March in Cleveland, but I didn’t really see it.  I only know what…
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    Naldz Graphics

  • A Collection Of Beautiful Script Logotypes That Will Inspire You

    Marvi Ocampo
    5 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    It may be a daunting task for graphic designers to come up with a worthy design that they can be proud of. Other than the technical skills, designing is a mind job. It runs on a fuel called imagination and creativity in order for it to generate an idea that will make the design work. The problem is sometimes a designer’s mind can be exhausted and may run low of imagination to continue working. The good news is it can be replenished with some inspiration. And they are within reach by relaxing or seeing other inspiring design works. Today we The post A Collection Of Beautiful Script Logotypes…
  • Handpicked Free Script Fonts for Commercial and Personal Use

    Joan Mae Maguale
    4 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Chefs usually choose some of the freshest ingredients for them to be able to create the best dish they could make. Same goes for graphic designers. They should have high-quality resources for them to create impressive designs that both they and their clients will approve of. But it could be time-consuming to find or create resources that have high-quality and also the free license to be used for commercial works. Lessen your worries as we have gathered some of them for you. Here we have handpicked some of the best Script Fonts that you can download for free. Moreover, they The post Handpicked…
  • 30 Indulging Animated Website Designs To See

    Johnna Eudese Ward
    3 May 2015 | 2:49 am
    Great designers are always on trend, sometimes even ahead of them. Knowing the trends, both the current and upcoming, is crucial for a designer in order for him/her to create an effective design that will please their clients. The challenge to this is it can be hard to keep up since trends in the design world comes and goes fast. One day it is hot, the next week it’s not. It can dramatically change in a moment’s notice. That is why it is important to immediately know the upcoming trends. One of the designs that is getting some “buzz” is The post 30 Indulging Animated Website…
  • 33 Imaginative Examples of Square Brochure Designs

    Kareen Liez
    2 May 2015 | 2:51 am
    Brochures are advertising materials that are given away to visitors and target customers. Its mission is to introduce a company or business to the people and to provide information about the products and services they offer. With this, people will have better awareness on your company and may even engage them to try your products out. Today we have gathered great examples of Square Brochure Designs. This collection includes some of the best square brochure designs that can help you have some ideas and inspiration on what design you can make for your own brochure design plan. Scroll down and…
  • 35 Clever Keyhole Logo Design to Check Out

    Mickey Javier
    1 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Time and again we go through a hunt on great logo designs that we could feature and share with you guys. This is to help designers and non-designers alike to get some fresh inspirations that can surely help along the way as they go through their current or upcoming projects. We’ll make sure it’ll keep on coming for your future references and needs. For this post, we have collected some great examples of Keyhole Logo Designs. Scroll down and check them all out below and maybe acquire some new ideas and techniques that you can apply for your own logo The post 35 Clever Keyhole Logo Design…
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    Tuts+ Code

  • Accessibility, Part 1: Introduction

    Stephen Harris
    5 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    The WordPress Foundation, on its website, states that its aim is to "democratize publishing"; and goes on to say that it hopes to "serve the public good through freely accessible software". Of course, they're talking about open source software—accessibility in this sense is simply unrestricted access to the source code. However, as web developers we wouldn't be democratizing anything if a major section of the population were unable to access the content that is being rendered by our software.Statistics vary, but most studies show that 20% (that's the same percentage, or…
  • Quick Tip: Authentication with Twitter and Fabric

    Ashraff Hathibelagal
    4 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    Users who have just downloaded your Android app are going to be a lot happier if you allow them to log in using a popular social networking service instead of asking them to fill out a registration form. In this quick tip, you are going to learn how to enable your users to sign into your app with their Twitter accounts.Prerequisites To follow along, you should have the following set up: the latest version of Android Studio a Twitter account a Fabric account Fabric is Twitter's framework for developing mobile applications. It provides a set of tools to make mobile development easier and more…
  • Getting Started With Redux Framework, Part 2: Sections, Fields & Configuration Settings

    Dovy Paukstys
    4 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    What You'll Be CreatingThis article helps you, the developer, to begin using Redux Framework in the most basic of ways: adding fields. In the past, working with Redux required some understanding of PHP Classes and how they work. With Redux 3.5+ the learning curve has all but disappeared. I'm one of the creators of Redux Framework, and in this tutorial, I will discuss the inner structure of Redux, how fields and sections work, and global configuration arguments.Redux ships with a sample-config.php file containing multiple examples of setting up Redux, as well as examples for almost every…
  • Using Social Media to Locate Eyewitnesses to Important Events

    Jeff Reifman
    4 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    What You'll Be CreatingThis is the first of a two-part series on using social media to locate eyewitnesses to important events. In this tutorial, I'll guide you through using the Instagram API to find members that might have been near a 2013 Macklemore video shoot and a Seattle accident scene near where I often work. In part two, we'll use the Twitter API to find members near another recent event. I'll also address some of the privacy issues related to social media and sharing your geolocation. You can download code for each episode by using the GitHub repository link in the sidebar. You…
  • Understand Layouts in OpenCart

    Sajal Soni
    3 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    In this tutorial, we'll explore the concept of layouts in OpenCart. We'll start by exploring the core layouts available in OpenCart, and as we move on we'll take a look at how you can create new layouts. Further, we'll see the association of layouts with products, categories and modules.I assume that you're using the latest version of OpenCart 2.0. Of course, layouts are also available in previous versions of OpenCart, but we'll stick with the latest version as the interface is not exactly the same as that of the OpenCart 1.x versions.Conceptual Understanding of OpenCart Layouts"Layouts" in…
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  • Incredible Typography: 28 Sculptural Fonts (Showcase)

    Nataly Birch
    5 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Typography is considered to be a fine art that at first place adorns print media. Although it is widely used for its primary purpose, which obviously is displaying text, it is able to not just bring the content to view but also reflect its meaning. It can dish out data in the way you imagined it to, easily conveying a gamut of emotions, setting the proper atmosphere and strengthening the overall esthetics. What’s more, as a sophisticated artist using CorelDraw, Cinema 4d and 3DS Max, you are powerless to resist the attraction of creating something big and matchless. From surreal…
  • Hands-On: Build a Node.js-powered Chatroom Web App (Part Three)

    Rami Sayar
    4 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    This Node.js tutorial series will help you build a Node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup Node.js on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express, how to deploy a node express apps to Azure, how to use socketio to add a real-time layer and how to deploy it all together. Level: Beginner to Intermediate–you are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript Part 3 – Building a Chatroom Backend with Node.js, Socket.IO and Mongo Welcome to Part 2 of the hands-on Node.js tutorial series: Build a…
  • Social Media: Rock Your Business with Facebook, Twitter, …

    Andreas Hecht
    3 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Usually we start into a new year with a lot of energy, new goals and resolutions. But eventually we reach the point – which is at the beginning of Spring at the latest – when our weaker self prevails and we mess up our goals and resolutions. If one of your goals for 2015 was to use social media efficiently, maybe to get a new job or boost your business, don’t lose track of it. Create an easy-to-follow social media plan and implement it consequently. Such a strategy plan for social media use doesn’t need to be a screed. One single page strategically positioned somewhere…
  • Online Marketing Basics #5: Best Uses of Search Engine Advertising (SEA)

    Noupe Editorial Team
    2 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    The fifth part of our online marketing series discusses another branch of search engine marketing: Search Engine Advertising (SEA). There, you pay for ads that match certain search queries. If you’re good at creating those ads, you will be able to generate traffic on your website, as well as collect data, to better optimize your page. What is SEA? SEA is short for Search Engine Advertising. Without a doubt, more or less everyone has already seen those ads. We talk about the search results at the top or to the right-hand side of the organic search results that are clearly marked as ads. Some…
  • The Ten Most Interesting Widgets for Your WordPress Website

    Andreas Hecht
    1 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    It is not least its versatility that makes WordPress so fascinating. WordPress websites are unique – at least if you want them to be. But what people often forget is that high individuality and functionality can already be achieved by using the right sidebar widgets. They’re like the icing on the cake and can add spice to your website. Therefore, we want to show you the 10 most interesting widgets for your WordPress website. Start clearing the sidebar… WordPress Widgets – Here We Go! 1. Recent Posts Widget With Thumbnails The Recent Posts Widget With Thumbnails is a simple,…
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    Illusion Magazine

  • 10 Scandinavian Movies of 2015

    Christopher Smail
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    2015 is set to be a profitable year for Nordic and Scandinavian cinema, with films from the Northern countries making a strong show at the world’s biggest festivals, from Cannes to Tribeca. New releases from some of Scandinavian’s finest directors will be released this year, from the likes of Joachim Trier and Rúnar Rúnarsson. So in response we’ve...
  • Agnes Cecile’s Rainbow Watercolor Art from 2014-2015

    Adriana de Barros
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    Warning: Contains nudity. Everything is delicate and beautiful. That’s what we have come to expect from Agnes Cecile who paints portraits in soft-shaded multicolors. Her watery paints seem like they melt together in perfect harmony, every drip connecting to each subject matter. The eyes, nose and mouth intensely detailed, and the rest usually with unfinished...
  • 10 Visually Stunning Movies with Neon Lighting

    Martyn Conterio
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    Neon lighting was invented in the early 1900s and was used throughout the century, mostly for advertising purposes. One immediately pictures New York’s Time Square lit up at night. In the movies, it often feels like cinematographers and directors discovered neon lighting in the 1980s. But that’s not quite true. There was a resurgence in...
  • Kim Sangduck’s Dark Painting Studies of the Body

    Christopher Smail
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:43 am
    Korean visual artist Kim Sangduck paints dark visions of the mind, ones that manifests itself in distortions of the body. This mood can be seen in many of his canvases, such as where his subject’s head is engulfed in thick paint strokes, resembling bloody tubes or intestines, and in his paintings of two haunting spectres...
  • Illusion Wins a Webby Award

    27 Apr 2015 | 1:39 pm
    The 19th Annual Webby Awards announced today that Illusion by Scene 360 is the winner for Best Art Website of 2015. This annual award event is organized by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) which was founded in 1998 with a goal to promote technical, creative and professional progress of the Web....
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    The Social Commerce Social Sourcing Space

  • PlateJoy raises $1.7 million in seed funding

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

    30 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    Microsoft has announced it will make it easier for developers to bring their applications from Android to Windows devices. The company has said that developers will be able to “reuse nearly all the Java and C++ code from an Android phone app to create apps for phones running Windows 10.” Objective-C apps for iOS will also be recyclable using new tools in Visual Studio. A prominent example in King’s Candy Crush Saga which came to Windows Phone via these tools. There has generally been a shortage of applications for Windows Phone and Windows 8.0 platforms. The cycle has perpetuated due to…
  • Merchant delivery by Uber

    30 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    According to reports Uber is developing a merchant delivery program allowing same-day delivery on orders made online. The goods would be delivered by UberRush couriers and Uber drivers. Some reports have cited 400 different merchants as currently being in talks with Uber for same-day delivery, including Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany’s, Cohen’s Fashion Optical and Hugo Boss. An Uber spokesperson issued a statement saying: “Experimenting and finding new, creative ways for the Uber app to provide even greater value to our riders and driver partners is a way of life at Uber. We have…
  • Google X executive moves to Oculus

    Charlie Hodge
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:49 am
    The virtual reality company Oculus, owned by Facebook, have been busy in the last week hiring Google X’s Mary Lou Jepsen. Jepsen ran the research lab’s Display Division for three years but has agreed to join the Oculus team this month. A highly respected scientist, Mary Lou Jepsen will potentially bring significant expertise to Oculus, although it’s unclear at this time what her new role will be. An Oculus spokesman said, “we can confirm Mary Lou has joined the team.” “We continue to seek out the best and brightest from around the world to help push VR to the next…
  • Apple partners with IBM to create apps

    Charlie Hodge
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:40 am
    Apple and IBM sprung a surprise last year when they announced a partnership. Both companies have been working together to create enterprise-friendly apps and recently announced the latest additions at the Mobile World Congress. The idea of combining Apple design sense with IBM enterprise know-how is strangely logical. Apple has always supported the consumer over enterprise but there appears to be a growing desire to support business using Apple’s famous simplicity. Kathryn White, IBM’s global lead for the IBM-Apple partnership said the two companies want to bring the wow factor to…
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    Six Revisions

  • How to Use Gulp

    Jacob Gube
    4 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you’re paying attention to the world of front-end development, you’re surely aware of how many tools exist. Git, Stylus, Broccoli, Node, Angular, etc. In this tutorial, we’re going to be looking at Gulp. The buzziest of all the buzzwords. Gulp is a build-automation tool. Gulp is the work truck, where we keep our tool belt. It helps us use all the tools in our tool belt in a more effective way. Instead of managing multiple apps to provide tooling for our individual projects, Gulp can provide us an automated build process. Before we begin… Gulp has a command-line…
  • Getting Started with Command-Line Interfaces

    Jacob Gube
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    As developers, we have lots of exciting tools at our disposal. For CSS work, we can use preprocessors like Sass and Less to improve our workflow. For front-end interactions, we can extend our work with JS libraries and frameworks. But one of the most powerful tools in our arsenal is one that is buried deeply in our computer: The command line. Knowing how to use the command line is crucial if you want to take full advantage of modern development tools such as Grunt, Git, Gulp, npm, Bower, Sass, and much more. The ability to use command-line interfaces is an essential skill for front-end…
  • What It’s Like to Contribute to WordPress

    Jacob Gube
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    As a core developer for WordPress, I’m often asked what goes on behind the scenes. What is it like to contribute code to WordPress — a CMS used by 60 million people? I would like to share some thoughts about WordPress core development. How to Contribute Code to WordPress WordPress core is developed by hundreds of volunteers. Becoming a core developer for WordPress takes a lot of dedication. The first step is to regularly contribute back to WordPress core with fixes. No matter how small these fixes are. Any and all suggestions lead to making WordPress a better platform. After…
  • Ultimate Guide to Link Types for Hyperlinks

    Jacob Gube
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Link types help describe the relationship between two or more web pages. They can also express the reason why particular hyperlinks are present in the web page. Defining link types is good for SEO because search engines can use this data to understand your content better. Other web services such as social media platforms, assistive technologies, and language-translating tools stand to benefit whenever you specify appropriate link types in your HTML markup. How to Set a Link Type Use the rel attribute to set link types. Below is an example of setting the nofollow link type on an HTML…
  • 11 Things You Might Not Know About jQuery

    Jacob Gube
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:41 am
    jQuery was released 9 years ago. Since then, the open source project has made an immeasurable impact in the world of web development. It’s fascinating to look into the origins of an open source project as big as jQuery. And no one can give us a more insightful tour of the project’s source code better than the guy who created it, John Resig. Resig recently annotated the first known copy of jQuery’s source code. In doing so, he offers up a unique perspective on the project’s simple beginnings. I’ve annotated the original 2006 version of jQuery and put it online:…
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  • 10 Free Tools For Creating Your Own Maps

    4 May 2015 | 9:59 am
    The Maps make your geography easier. It does not only tell you about the navigation, but increases your knowledge about the different places of the world. Does it cause difficulty to read someone else’s maps, how about creating your own maps? No doubt there’s Google map and Google earth to help you out, but there are several other tools from which you can choose. Here is a group of 10 astonishing tools that you can use in creating your own maps. For the handy maps that can be shared with the interactive people the selection below has a variety of tools to convince your mapping…
  • 10 Must Have Lightbox Libraries For Mobile Responsiveness

    30 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    In this day and age, responsive websites are in demand which gives rise to another dimension of web development called mobile development where developers are specifically focusing on creating mobile responsive websites. There are plenty of resources used for this purpose and one of them is Lightbox libraries. Lightbox is the popular way to overlay images on the web and many web developers are using it. This time around, we are presenting 10 Lightbox libraries for mobile responsiveness. We hope that you will like this collection and find these libraries useful for you. Share your comments and…
  • 7 Free Online Backup Tools & Plans

    29 Apr 2015 | 9:34 am
    The concept of online data backup is not very old and it is getting very popular because it allows companies and organizations to keep online backup of their important data. There are many services that offer free online data backup plans but many of them restrict you heavily as to how much data you can backup. Beside that the free online data backup plan is usually the same as compared to their premium offering. In this post, we have gathered 7 free online backup plans for you. All of them are free to use and offer enough space to back up your data. So, as long as these free data backup…
  • 10 Fresh And Free UI Kits For Designers

    28 Apr 2015 | 8:08 am
    Here, we have come up with yet another exciting and fresh compilation of some free UI kits that were released in 2015. User Interface kits have been designed to serve as a great time saving solution for the designers for creating mock-ups easily and fast. So, here is the complete list of Free Web and Mobile UI, Wireframe Kits and Resources for your use. The collection contains sign up forms, music players, various buttons and switches, dashboards, graphs, loading bars, profile mockups and more. We hope that this collection proves to be the best and will help you get going in the initial…
  • 11 Useful & Free Icons Font For Web Designers

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    For today’s collection, we are showcasing a high quality and fine collection of 11 useful and free font icons that you must bookmark for future work. Font icons are very popular these days because they are resizable without compromising quality and are customizable through CSS. You can easily change the color, size and can also animate fonts with the help of CSS3. Here is the full collection for you. We hope that you will like this collection and find these font icons useful for you. Feel free to share your comments with us via comment section below. Also let us know if we have missed out…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Form Inputs: The Browser Support Issue You Didn’t Know You Had

    Aaron Ladage
    5 May 2015 | 6:13 am
    The lowly form input. It’s been a part of HTML for as long as HTML has had a formal specification1; but before HTML5, developers were hamstrung by its limited types and attributes. As the use of smartphones and their on-screen keyboards has flourished, however, inputs have taken on a new and incredibly important role — but they’re also riddled with browser and device inconsistencies. The eight original input types were brilliant in their simplicity. (Well, OK, maybe <input type="image"> hasn’t aged very well.) Think about it: By inserting a single element in your markup, you…
  • Extending In Sass Without Creating A Mess

    David Khourshid
    4 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    The @extend directive in Sass is a powerful directive that facilitates the sharing of rules and relationships between selectors. However, it can produce undesirable side effects if it is not carefully implemented. Thankfully, there are many strategies for using @extend effectively that can prevent these side effects and produce clean, organized CSS. By examining @extend in detail and exploring these various strategies, you can: accurately predict exactly what happens when you use @extend, and make more informed decisions about when to use a @mixin and when to use @extend, to ensure optimal…
  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: May 2015

    The Smashing Editorial
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:59 am
    We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork, and as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for seven years now1, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for May 2015. Both…
  • Design Principles: Compositional Flow And Rhythm

    Steven Bradley
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    When someone lands on a page of your site what do you want that person to do? Where do you want them to look? What information do you want your visitors to notice and in what order? Ideally, you want people to see your most important information first and your next most important information second. You want potential customers to see the copy that will convince them to buy before they see the “Buy Now” button. You want people to be presented with the right information at the right time, and one way to do that is to control the flow of your composition1. Compositional flow…
  • Creating A Complete Web App In Foundation For Apps

    Stephen Saucier
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Foundation for Apps is a new single-page app1 framework from Zurb that is closely related to Foundation 5 (also known as Foundation for Sites, a widely used front-end framework). It’s built around AngularJS and a flexbox grid framework. It’s intended to make creating a web app very quick and simple, enabling us to quickly start writing the code that’s unique to our application, rather than boilerplate. Because Foundation for Apps was only released at the end of 2014, it hasn’t yet seen widespread usage, so there are few good sources of information on using the framework. This…
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  • Icons and Type

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
    As of late, I’ve been thinking about icons and type. Here’s the example HTML I’m working with here: <div><i class="icon"></i>cases</div> Now, that div could be a button, it could be anything. That i could be an image, it could be an svg. Essentially, it’s something that is icon-like, set to display: inline-block. My goal is to center it next to the text beside it. Let’s take a look at this first example: Icon next to lowercase text Here’s the CSS I’m using to position the icon next to the text: .icon { width: 1ex; height: 1ex; display: inline-block;…
  • Comparing Smartwatches: Moto 360 vs Pebble

    14 Mar 2015 | 8:09 pm
    My first impression of the Moto 360 is “sweet!” The screen is gorgeous. I love the inductive charger/nightstand. The notifications on it look fantastic. The “ok google” voice commands work mostly well but sometimes doesn’t do what I’d expect. For example, when I set a timer or alarm, it’s not setting the alarm on the phone; it’s only setting it on the watch. I’m never quite sure what is on the watch and what is on the phone. This is an area where the Pebble was always good: I always knew it was an interface to my phone. Battery life on the Moto 360 is a drag. You can get…
  • Windows Substitutes Helvetica for Arial

    3 Feb 2015 | 2:19 pm
    I just ran into this issue today and honestly a little surprised I haven’t run into it before. The problem was with a font stack that I wanted to try out: font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, "Segoe UI", Arial, sans-serif; If a user has Helvetica Neue or Helvetica, that’s fantastic! This is likely to be the case if they’re on a Mac. On Windows 7 and 8, Segoe UI is installed by default. Neither Helvetica Neue nor Helvetica are. Failing all that, they’ll get the tried and trusty Arial. Except, when I went to try it, I got Arial instead of Segoe UI, even though it’s installed.
  • Ten Years in Contrast

    11 Jan 2015 | 11:19 am
    Ten years ago today I wrote a colour contrast checker. I put together this tool because, at the time, I needed to check the contrast between two values and the tool I used to use was buggy and then stopped working. The code I put together was extremely hacky—a combination of 3rd-party scripts and ill-architected JavaScript. I just needed something that worked. In the beginning, you could set RGB values or a hex value and it’d tell you if it passed, didn’t pass, or sort of passed. Since then WCAG introduced different guidelines and I updated it to show whether it definitively passed each…
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    Speckyboy Web Design Magazine

  • Weekly News for Designers (N.283)

    Speckyboy Editors
    5 May 2015 | 1:55 am
    This is our popular weekly design news post where we share our favorite design related articles, resources and freebies from the past week. You can sign-up to our awesome weekly newsletter for some more amazing weekly articles, resources and freebies. New Resources & Tools Microsoft released Visual Studio Code last week, an editor for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. ramjet.js, a library that morphs DOM elements from one state to another with smooth transitions. Side Comments, a UI component to give you Medium-style comment management. Clusterize.js, a tiny vanilla JS plugin to display large…
  • Is It Time to Quit That Failing Creative Idea?

    Addison Duvall
    4 May 2015 | 2:03 am
    We’ve all made excuses for why we haven’t gotten started on something we really want to do. We’re too busy, or we haven’t prepared enough to get started. The truth is, there are a million excuses we all can use to avoid making the necessary choices and sacrifices we need to in order to truly succeed. However, sometimes those excuses are actually legitimate. Sometimes we really do need to figure things out first before we acquire our first clients. Sometimes we really ought to quit working on an idea that’s clearly going to be a failure. The trouble is knowing…
  • Some Easy Methods for Marketing Your Design Business

    Katherine Halek
    3 May 2015 | 1:26 am
    Up until now, your new design business has been like a well-kept secret. Your friends and family know that you’ve put your talents on the market, but not many other people do (like clients). Here is how to pique the public’s interest in a way that doesn’t lump you in a noisy self-promoting mess. Image Source: Marketing Design via Shutterstock. Promoting Your Name Online Online marketing is a never-ending revolving door, with something new flying out at every turn. To stay relevant as a designer, especially an independent one, you can’t afford to let yourself get buried…
  • Weekly Inspiration – Potato Landing Page, Lounge Lizard, and more

    Speckyboy Editors
    2 May 2015 | 2:16 am
    It’s that time of the week again, a chance for you to sit back and be inspired by some of our favorite web and mobile designs from the past week. You may also like to browse the Web Inspiration Archives. Potato Landing Page by Eldin → Kingsize Creative Agency → Chris Allwood → Apparatus → Small Studio → Hello I'm V → Lounge Lizard → You may also like to browse the Web Inspiration Archives. The post Weekly Inspiration – Potato Landing Page, Lounge Lizard, and more appeared first on Speckyboy Web Design Magazine. No related posts.
  • How to Effectively Use Whitespace in Web Design

    Tomer Lerner
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:37 am
    Have you ever found yourself gazing at a finished design thinking, ‘something’s missing’? More specifically, have you ever come to the conclusion that a design is ‘too empty’ or ‘too busy’? For us designers, it’s difficult to spend any appreciable time in our craft without running into this scenario. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise either. After all, the most basic principle of our work revolves around the creative removal of whitespace. Yet, despite it being at the very core of what we do, it never fails to be one of the more…
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  • No Shame

    5 May 2015 | 6:32 am
    Spanish advertising and design agency Lola created this incongruously—maybe even inappropriately—elegant package for ten “iconic” porn movies as a self-initiated side project. I asked them over email what inspired the project and their answer was simply: “The boundaries of shame.” I’ll leave it to others to parse the semantics of this project, but it’s hard… Sponsored by WebdesignerNews Thanks to WebdesignerNews for sponsoring the RSS feed. WebdesignerNews is the one-stop site for the very latest industry developments. Curated by humans, every story is…
  • iPad Sales on a Downward Trajectory

    1 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    When Apple released their quarterly estimates earlier in the week, the thing that stood out for me immediately was the revelation that iPad sales declined about 23% from the same quarter last year. Later in the week, two blog posts, one from Dr. Drang and one from Kieran Healy, applied some statistical expertise to show… Sponsored by WebdesignerNews Thanks to WebdesignerNews for sponsoring the RSS feed. WebdesignerNews is the one-stop site for the very latest industry developments. Curated by humans, every story is shortlisted through social media and then reviewed by…
  • Nicole Jacek for Adobe Comp CC

    30 Apr 2015 | 6:59 am
    This video shows German-born, California-based graphic designer Nicole Jacek using Adobe Comp CC to design a cover for Good Magazine. Jacek begins the project with her iPad on a flight, right on her tray table (with room to spare), and then, back at her desk, sends the work to her desktop, where it opens up… Sponsored by WebdesignerNews Thanks to WebdesignerNews for sponsoring the RSS feed. WebdesignerNews is the one-stop site for the very latest industry developments. Curated by humans, every story is shortlisted through social media and then reviewed by industry…
  • Getting Your Demo on the Screen When on the Road

    29 Apr 2015 | 3:11 am
    After a long spell of mostly sticking to my desk, lately I’ve found myself doing demos again at various speaking engagements, meetups and workshops, showing off both Wildcard and Adobe Comp CC. Going on the road and making presentations at various offices and conference rooms was something I used to do quite a bit, back… Sponsored by WebdesignerNews Thanks to WebdesignerNews for sponsoring the RSS feed. WebdesignerNews is the one-stop site for the very latest industry developments. Curated by humans, every story is shortlisted through social media and then reviewed by…
  • Ladislav Sutnar’s “Visual Design in Action”

    28 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    This Kickstarter campaign aims to print a facsimile edition of Czech-born design giant Ladislav Sutnar’s long out of print “Visual Design in Action,” bringing it to contemporary audiences again. Long considered one of the most beautiful books on modern graphic design, it was written and designed by Sutnar and published over fifty years ago. I… Sponsored by WebdesignerNews Thanks to WebdesignerNews for sponsoring the RSS feed. WebdesignerNews is the one-stop site for the very latest industry developments. Curated by humans, every story is shortlisted through social…
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    Treehouse Blog

  • Why TypeScript is Hot Now, and Looking Forward

    Andrew Chalkley
    4 May 2015 | 10:42 am
    It’s never been a better time to be a JavaScript developer! JavaScript is everywhere now – it’s on the front and back-end of a website, and many desktop text editors are powered by JavaScript. In fact you can build a whole range of desktop applications using web technologies as their foundation. As the complexities of your JavaScript applications increases it’s important to keep your code under control before it spirals in to a mess. Enter TypeScript TypeScript is ECMAScript 6 (ES6) with optional typing. ECMAScript 6 ECMAScript is the standardized specification for the…
  • Helpful Resources for Android Animations

    Ben Jakuben
    1 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    Engineers are often chastised for valuing function over form. For example, if a button’s purpose is to show something new on the screen, why would someone want to spend time making the new item animate smoothly into position when she or he can simply just pop it into view? Well, there are some very good reasons to use animation in apps. Number one: it looks cool! While that may not be a great reason in and of itself, animation used in the correct places can create a really engaging experience for users, which is key to an app’s success. When used correctly, animation can…
  • Walter Went From Zero Coding Experience to His Dream Job Developing Apps

    Faye Bridge
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    The summer before his junior year of college, Walter joined Treehouse with no coding experience, but a determination to learn. What began as a hobby, soon grew into a potential career path for Walter. Enamored by the elegant simplicity of mobile apps, and after an internship opportunity gave him the chance to dabble with coding, Walter decided to focus his efforts on learning iOS development. Since then, Walter landed a job as a software engineer and has been able to fulfill his dream of designing and developing apps. We caught up with Walter to hear more about his learning experience,…
  • The Treehouse Show | Episode 138: Semantic UI, Polyfills, HTML 5 Patterns

    Mary McPherson
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    Another week has passed. Have you missed us? This episode, Nick Pettit and Jason Seifer talk about Semantic UI, Polyfills, and HTML 5 Patterns. Watch this week’s episode for free now, and tune in every Tuesday for the latest in web design and web development news and tips. THIS WEEK’S LINKS Semantic UI github/fetch · GitHub How to Create (Animated) Text Fills | Codrops Basscss The post The Treehouse Show | Episode 138: Semantic UI, Polyfills, HTML 5 Patterns appeared first on Treehouse Blog.
  • New Course: How the Web Works

    Joy Kesten
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Joy Kesten returns in the new How the Web Works course. In order to surf the world wide web, you need an application called a web browser. You’re probably familiar with this. You might even be learning HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to program for the web. But have you ever looked into how it works? In this course, we’ll dissect each aspect of how the web works. You’ll learn about URLs, domain names, IP addresses, the domain name system, and the HTTP protocol, to be fully prepared for web development or just a more knowledgeable web user.
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  • Jules Feiffer at the Parrish Art Museum

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:38 pm
    We just got back from the Parrish Art Museum a while ago. We went to hear Jules Feiffer speak about his new graphic novel, Kill My Mother and to have him sign the two copies we bought. First off, the man’s in his eighties and, baby, can he still draw! Pen-and-ink outlines filled in with watercolor, he old my wife when she asked about his method. I found it interesting that he hand-lettered on another layer, maybe vellum—this was no computer-generated book—and, if I understood correctly, the lettering was turned into a font. That’s after each page of art was digitized (I presume by…
  • What Goes Around, Come Around … Maybe

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:23 am
    Curious thing. Or maybe just what goes around, come around. I mentioned that I was considering–I admit it had actually progressed a little farther than just considering; I was very strongly leaning in favor and giving that impression–a pro bono project. Then something in the way the contact person spoke about having spent previously on the e-version rubbed me wrong. Like they’d pay for some stuff but not for others. Then I switched gears on a dime and tried suggesting an alternate pay method, a royalty on each copy sold. And that was not acceptable. So I wished them well.
  • Still All About the Next Project

    9 Mar 2015 | 9:16 pm
    I was productive today. I think I’ve about gotten approval on the sample pages for the new book to go final and to template. Still need to wait a few days for the finalized textfiles, and two or three weeks for the art. But it’s good to hear the client say it’s about there on my end. On the other hand, I heard from two potentials and neither was encouraging. The second, a longshot, as it was a self-publisher looking for a copy editor and I decided to query for the design and layout, simply said, “No. Thanks.” The first was a little more interesting. They asked…
  • 2014’s Takeaway … Punctuated Already in 2015

    7 Jan 2015 | 6:35 pm
    I went on some in my last blog piece of 2014 about a mishap of an attempted negotiation on a big book design-and-layout project. It stuck in my craw, I must say, and I’ve been stewing on it since it happened. Then I began retracing my steps and tried to figure out where I had gone wrong. What I realized was that the old saw about effort that you give away for free will wind up defining your value to some potential clients. And there’s more if you already know that it’s a mistake to give your time and work away—even preliminary work that’s more thought than labor. When dealing with…
  • Sometimes We Lose Out on a Job … Dodging a Bullet

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

  • National Geographic Has More Than 17 Million Instagram Followers

    Chris O'Shea
    5 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    Hats off to the social media team at National Geographic. The @natgeo Instagram account has more than 17 million followers and more than one billion likes. Those numbers make National Geographic the most followed non-celebrity Instagram account and the only media brand among Instagram’s top 20 accounts. Obviously National Geographic has a huge advantage over other media companies. It can post stunning, unclose shots of lions, while other brands are stuck showing off their latest print cover. It’s definitely hard to compare, but at least the National Geographic team knows that.
  • Mayor Complains About Subway in Accidental Email to NY Times

    Chris O'Shea
    5 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    While on his way to a speaking engagement, mayor Bill de Blasio got to experience the joy of taking the subway, just like the rest of the world. As is often the case with taking the train, it was delayed. And so de Blasio fired off an angry email to his staffers. Oh, and he accidentally cc’d a New York Times reporter. “We waited 20 mins for an express only to hear there were major delays,” wrote the mayor. “This was knowable info. Had we had it, we would have avoided a lot of hassles. Let’s cross-check our info with them when I take the subway. This is a fixable…
  • Food Writer Joshua Ozersky Found Dead in Chicago

    Chris O'Shea
    5 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    Famed food writer Joshua Ozersky was found dead in a Chicago hotel yesterday morning. Ozersky was there covering the James Beard Awards. The cause of his death is still unknown. Ozersky was the founding editor of New York’s Grub Street. He won a James Beard Award in 2008. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News and Food & Wine. He previously served as a columnist for Time and joined Esquire as a restaurant editor-at-large last year. In a series of tweets, Esquire released the following statement:…
  • Live Happy Magazine Highlights GMA

    Richard Horgan
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The May/June issue of Live Happy magazine, a glossy launched in the fall of 2013, is all about finding happiness at work. A challenge for all of us, but one that the folks at Good Morning America must meet while starting their workday at the crack of 4 a.m. This morning on the program, the cover featuring co-hosts Amy Robach, Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, George Stephanopoulos and Ginger Zee was officially unveiled. Inside is a four-page feature article by freelance contributor Gina Roberts-Grey, who is based in upstate New York. Other companies tapped for the issue include Brown Paper…
  • FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

    Chris O'Shea
    5 May 2015 | 5:50 am
    (Images: Newseum)
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    Vandelay Design

  • How to Improve UX Design with A/B Testing

    Jake Rocheleau
    3 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    If you've kept up with design news the past 5-6 years then you should know about A/B testing. This is where two or more page designs are created and offered to a split percentage of visitors. Various... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 25+ Fantastic Redesign Concepts for IMDb

    Tara Hornor
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    With over 160 million visitors per month, IMDb (which stands for Internet Movie Database) can easily claim the title of the most popular movie database on the web. However, many would agree that the... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 20 Awesome Free & Premium Parallax Scrolling WordPress Themes

    Katherine Crayon
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Parallax scrolling is not a new trend in the web design world. However, it has become really popular lately. With so many web resources being launched every day, it has become hard to resist... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • Exciting Website for Web Designers and Developers (Sponsored)

    Steven Snell
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    A new and exciting website has recently been launched for web designers and developers. You likely spend hours every morning browsing through hundreds of posts on your RSS feeds, hoping to stumble... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 5 Brilliant Examples of Effective Contrast in Web Design

    Jerry Cao
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Differences attract the eye, and contrast heightens differences. This is the operative principle behind using contrast for web design: subtly controlling the elements that attracts your user’s eye by... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
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    Veerle's blog 3.0

  • Unfinished Business episode 106

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

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

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

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

    Veerle Pieters
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:36 am
    In a previous post I talked about how you can apply a texture effect using a Scatter Brush. There are of course other ways you can add textures to your illustrations. You could for instance use a pattern fill. One of my favorite textures are these dotted halftone patterns. If applied right, they can add a real nice and subtle effect to your illustration. Today I'll show you how you can create such pattern, and how you can apply the pattern to your illustration, in combination with an Opacity Mask. Last but not least, I'll also share how you can create more of them, and how you can save a set…
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  • Measuring emotion

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

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

    Kyle Neath
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There’s a lot of interesting things that happen the first time you really grow a company. Most are exciting, some are challenging, and a few are downright confusing. Every organization (and individual inside) experiences growth differently, which makes for some great stories. This is one of mine. The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste. And I don’t mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don’t think of original ideas, and they don’t bring much culture into their products. — Steve…
  • Ego

    Kyle Neath
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I remember the first time Bitbucket straight up stole one of my designs. The layout. The borders. The shadows. The exact information on the page! I was angry. This is my design. I was the one who put in the time. I spent the hours in a dark room with all the stuff that could be until I had the stuff that should be. I was the one who designed five wrong iterations until I got the right one. And it was good. People loved it. And these — these barbarians just stole it. Every last bit. I was real angry. I wanted to start a scene. I wanted to get real angry, real public. But my customers…
  • Tweet Tweet

    Kyle Neath
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As I sit in my apartment right now, I’m assuming what is effectively the entirety of the technology industry is managing the task rabbits packing their art cars, private chefs, fusion reactors, and backup iPads into their U-Hauls for the long journey to the Black Rock Desert. Oh — and drugs — lots, and lots of drugs. I mean, do you even know of Steve Jobs? *Scene: It's Second Breakfast time at Twitter HQ. A 23y.o. lies on the innovation hammock, is hand-fed scallops wrapped in larger scallops.*— Tom Gara (@tomgara) August 18, 2014 In the industry, we have this phrase —…
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  • Solar Water Fountain Savings

    3 May 2015 | 5:46 pm
    More and more households are looking for sources of water out of their yards or gardens. The choices are between a standard font you need a power source to connect the water pump, and the friendly nature of most modern solar water source. There are advantages to both types to suit your needs. Solar sources are considered nature-friendly because there is no reason to run underground pipes and son around your garden to use. If you ever change your mind about the location, just move from one place to another. This is also useful if you need to store for the winter. A standard outside water…
  • DIY Home Solar Power System – Create Solar Electricity

    1 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    Solar energy solutions: solar energy, renewable energy, going green has become very popular with yourself to use the power alternative to using fossil fuel energy. Energy from the sun is the source of more abundant and cheaper energy available on earth. Potential of solar energy in these increasingly scarce resources of time and the price increase proves to be the most beneficial and the most economical solution to run all your appliances. Change your home from the grid for renewable solar energy is easier than most homeowners think once the secret bases for manufacturing solar panels or…
  • Solar Energy – A Brief History in the United States

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    The technology to derive substantial electricity using sunlight has existed since mid-1950, when the first solar cell was created by Daryl Chapin, Calvin Fuller, and Gerald Pearson at Bell Labs – developed the first solar cell capable of generating enough power sun to run everyday electrical equipment. A silicon solar cell which was produced was 6% efficiency. They were able to increase the efficiency of one percent. Anyone who is aware of the possibility of exploiting sunlight into electricity just remembered Jr. High School science class that the electricity produced by a solar cell…
  • Solar Power Battery – The Answer To Our Energy Needs

    28 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    All solutions solar battery real needs rather little power. With the change of solar energy quickly in the future trend, many people are excited about safe source of energy for the environment always efficient have many concerns. How solar panels and how much you need? What is the cost of making the use of solar energy? Exactly how this can really work? Solar batteries are required if you need an electrical system that operates with wit and profitable. This battery bank is actually a number of batteries that are connected together within a cell system, made to preserve the power of the sun is…
  • Why Switch to Full Potential of Solar Power?

    27 Apr 2015 | 2:53 am
    The numerous benefits of using solar power to fascinate everyone to try to start using this energy in their homes. People who rely primarily on the use of commercial electricity always would throw the question “Why Go Solar?” Here is the important point. Choosing a solar energy system will allow you to reduce your monthly electricity bills tend to rise occasionally. Current technology more current lifestyle are forcing many people to consume large amounts of electricity from time to time to keep in touch with their computers and mobile phones and other devices that make life…
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  • Designer of the Week: Arlen Schumer

    Amanda Aszman
    1 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    More speakers. More sessions. More attendees than ever. This year’s 25th Anniversary HOW Design Live is shaping up to be one to remember. But if you want a place at design’s premier professional event, you’ll want to act now. Save $100 off your Big Ticket when you register by May 3. Print is excited to announce this week’s Designer of the Week: comic book historian, writer, illustrator and designer Arlen Schumer. You might recall Print’s longtime contributor Michael Dooley writing about Schumer’s fight for artist-creator credit years ago. Just this week…
  • Conan O’Brien Reveals Hillary Clinton Logo Variants

    Print staff
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    In the wake of Hillary Clinton’s recent logo modifications, last night Conan O’Brien unveiled more that are currently in the works. Enjoy. And for more campaign logos and analysis, click here.     Give your design work a good sense of humor with Design Funny by Heather Bradley. With this entertaining instructional and inspirational design book, get an introduction to incorporating humor into your design work. Utilize helpful examples, exercises, and quizzes to discover how to make your designs convey the appropriate amount and type of humor.  The post Conan…
  • More Than Meets the Eye: The Changing Role of Color in Branding

    Guest Contributor
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:36 pm
    by Brendán Murphy, Lippincott From Main Street to the supermarket shelf, the use of color has been a visceral differentiator among brands. Brands across all industries have built moats of color to define and defend their brand identity. While the use of color in branding is nothing new, the shift to the digital world has brands using color in more nuanced, strategic and multi-faceted ways to better connect with consumers and give themselves a distinct and authentic brand personality. So what role should color play in today’s brand environment? Here are ten ideas to keep in mind: 1.
  • The Best Designs of the Year: South

    Zachary Petit
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:51 am
    As we gear up for Print’s 2015 Regional Design Annual—the 35th anniversary of the competition—we’re bringing you the Best of Region winners from 2014. Last year, for the first time, we asked our judges to select their top design from each of the six regions of the RDA (Far West, Midwest, Southwest, South, East and NYC). We’ll be doing so again in 2015. Don’t miss the chance to have your work spotlighted among the best designs in the country, in our most popular issue of the year. And the winner for the South is … Title: Our School Climate Posters Design Firm: Southern…
  • Designer of the Week: Christian M. Andersen

    Amanda Aszman
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Celebrate the 25th year of HOW Design Live with dazzling inspiration from the brightest minds and biggest brands—not to mention a healthy dose of camaraderie with your fellow creatives. Print is excited to introduce our latest Designer of the Week, Christian M. Andersen. Andersen’s independent art project, Creative Future, “strives to push new boundaries within the multidisciplinary parameters of art and design,” as stated on the website. Working with a long list of established artists, photographers and designers, Creative Future is dedicated to the art of printing…
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  • [creativity] A Pilot Program Promoting Perfection of Practice

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

    Samuel Klein
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    3177.As though the experiences in the last posting weren't memorable enough, there were two others and I can't quite comprehend how I forgot to mention them, so I'll make up for that remission here and now.Brett Carville is a rather affable fellow who lives here in Portland and works at Laika (the lucky bastid). He does inspired, edgy cartooning bordering on the grotesque; the characters he draws arrest the attention and make you wonder about the leaping creative mind that can hold that sort of chaos within it, never mind transferring it to a drawing of any sort. He's an incredibly affable…
  • [art] What We Saw At The Linework NW, This Year

    Samuel Klein
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    3176.I must say, in the short time it's been extant, Linework NW has made strides in seven-league boots.Last year was its first. Reviewing what I wrote then, It's plain we had fun. You certainly couldn't beat the price. And it was a charge being able to enter the Norse Hall, over by NE 11th and Couch.Last year was such a success, they did it again. And they did it better. This rocket, my friends, is taking off. Whereas last year they made do with the big room downstairs and had the palmful of panels in the bar over a single day's proceedings, this year, it was two days worth of niftiness,…
  • [Address_Nerd] In Passing: Two Interesting Salem Street Names

    Samuel Klein
    11 Apr 2015 | 11:25 am
    3175.While I've not called Salem home for many a year (and at this point feel myself more of a Portlander than I've ever been of anywhere else), I'd be lying to myself if I said I didn't still feel somewhat at home there.You can take the boy out of Marion County (or he can), but you really can't take Marion County out of the boy. The strawberry patch has set its stamp upon me, aye.Since I don't get back to Salem as often as I ought, Google Street View is my friend betimes. And since the street level photography has gotten so damn good over the last few years, I indulge my urge to see…
  • [map] A 1955 Portland Map Reproduction You Can Afford … At Powell's Books

    Samuel Klein
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:38 pm
    3174.As time goes on, one has a hard and harder time finding old maps of Portland. Either you've seen them before or they're just too expensive.Powell's City of Books to the rescue. In a bin just to the right of the elevator doors in the Red Room, for less than five dollars a pop, you can find this:It's the map on the right, of course. It's a "Map Wrap" from Nu-Vue Studio, a Minnesota company that does a rather admirable range of them. On 60# Text, it's good for wrapping things … or makes a nifty poster.The detail is honest and pure and lovely to look at. Particularly delightful is the…
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  • 50 Crazy Stairs from Around the World

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    4 May 2015 | 10:25 pm
    The stairs inside any structure are often dismissed as just a functional part of the building, nothing more. Although they are designed to aesthetically blend in with the rest of your interior or exterior, they are often not styled in such a way that they become the center of attention. Symbolism in Stairs There is so much more to a staircase than meets the eye. In fact, stairs have been used to symbolize a number of different things. In Freemasonry, stairs symbolize different lessons learned, eventually leading to a much higher level of knowledge. In literature, it is said that stairs…
  • An Insight into History: 30 Creative Propaganda Posters

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    3 May 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Throughout history, there have been a number of tactics employed by governments to sway public opinion. Some of their favorite tools included propaganda radio and TV broadcasts but perhaps the most amazing way they managed to circulate propaganda is by way of posters. Looking back, propaganda posters have been used in different periods by different rulers all over the world and while they might not have been appreciated at that time, the propaganda posters were all so cleverly designed that having the public swayed by the message would come as no surprise. Old Propaganda Posters Looking at…
  • 25 Stunning “Save The Date” Designs

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Getting married is that one great event in anybody’s life that sends a barrage of human emotions in one great package. It can cause happiness in finally getting to the end of that big race of finding your one true love, but could also cause sadness at the thought of letting go of a few things that belongs to your single life. It sends in that level of excitement as you look forward to what’s ahead, but also adds that tinge of fear at the uncertainty that will follow. Despite this threatening mix of emotions, the fact still remains that marriage is something that not only two people should…
  • 40 Magazine Cover Designs Guaranteed to Inspire You

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:42 pm
    Coming up with an eye-catching design doesn’t always go as easy as you want it to. When you work as a graphic designer or in the creative field of magazine design, being able to create wonderful covers is important in keeping your job and being able to get the attention of your target viewers. However, there are days when you can’t just create something amazing on command. Some days, you may be blank for random reasons, such as being too stressed out or just simply being uninspired. This is quite normal. Even the best have their down times and for creative people, there are some days when…
  • 25 Perfect Professional Typefaces for Advertising

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:11 pm
    For a lot of beginners, the job of choosing fonts is a bit baffling. There are unlimited choices—from the typical ones to the elaborate styles—with no means of understanding the choices, only endless lists of recommendations. Choosing the right font is a combination of firm guidelines and loose intuition which is something that usually requires years of experience to have a feeling for. For advertising companies that are still having problems with what typeface to choose, here’s a quick selection guideline. Forget individuality for a minute. Although being unique is beneficial,…
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  • Sizing Up Readability & Legibility

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

    Allan Haley
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    Below you’ll find a list of the top 100 most used fonts from the Web Fonts service during March. We’ll first take a closer look at a perennial favorite though: Trade Gothic. Since their initial release in the 1940s, the Trade Gothic® family has been a stable of North American graphic design. They were popular as fonts of metal type, as phototypesetting designs of the 1970s and 1980s and as digital fonts for print design. This popularity continues to this day, as the Trade Gothic family is ranked number one in the Web Font Service—ahead of both the Avenir®…
  • Building a Typographic Foundation with Style Sheets

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

    Ryan Arruda
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    As a designer, you know the hassle of trying to work with a file that’s suffering from missing fonts—all the finesse of your project’s typography goes right out the window. This situation’s an even bigger headache if your project is in the hands of the printer getting ready to go to press. On press, time definitely equals money—pulling a job because of missing fonts also costs you time, aggravation, and perhaps missing your deadline. The good news for creative professionals is that Monotype has introduced a workflow solution for missing fonts. Monotype Baseline is a cloud-based…
  • Top 100 Web Fonts for February 2015

    Allan Haley
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    Below you’ll find a list of the top 100 most used fonts from the Web Fonts service during February. While the usual suspects, like the Trade Gothic®, Avenir® and Neue Helvetica® typefaces are at the top of the list, if you look a little past half-way, you’ll come across a pretty atypical – and very likeable design: the ITC American Typewriter™ family. The design is a happy melding of its office forerunner and time-proven characteristics that ensure high levels of legibility. The design does away with the typewriter’s rigid spacing (which assigns the same amount of…
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  • 25 Awesome Photo Manipulation Works and Digital Art Works by Mike Campau

    4 May 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Photo Manipulation, Photo Manipulations, Mike Campau Mike Campau is one of the most impressive digital artists that we have featured to date. He is currently a creative director at a Michigan design and imaging firm. His portfolio displays a vast array of work, showing a huge variety in styles, mediums and motifs. Mike’s skills include image retouching, photo manipulations, CG/3D work, illustration, photography and typography. This diversity is evident in his portfolio, as no two pieces are similar. He also frequently combines mediums, mixing 3D structures with complex photo…
  • 35 Most Beautiful Women Photos and Photography Tips for your inspiration

    4 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Beautiful Women Photos, Beautiful Women Photos, Women Photography Taking great photos of women relies hugely on great understanding. So how do you take great photos of women? Here are 35 most beautiful woman photography examples and 10 top tips for you. read more
  • Top 50 Animated Movie Cartoon Characters of All Time

    4 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Animated Characters, animation cartoon, Cartoon Animated Cartoon Characters : The second golden age of animation is well under way, with Aardman, Miyazaki, Disney Pixar and DreamWorks rolling out rather good stories on a fairly regular basis. These movies maintain a family-friendly nature like classic Hallmark movies, then it is combined with awesome animated characters that kids love. But which characters of the stop-motion, CG or hand-drawn world really make the grade? read more
  • 50 Best Corporate Logo Design examples from around the world - Part 2

    4 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    Corporate Logo Design : A well designed logo allows your business to create an impact on customers. Logos are necessary for brand identity and it helps to establish your business. Most logos speak for themselves; the images are similar to the products for example football companies will have football as their logo designs. In this post we have added 50 brilliant Corporate logo designs for your inspiration. My favorite logo designs are Nonzero Solutions, Media Faculty, Firma Torget, Affiliate Market, KBO Solutions, Matizmo, Getawebsite and Web Presented. read more
  • 50 Best Corporate Logo Design examples from around the world

    3 May 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Corporate Logo, Corporate Logos, Corporate Logo Design Corporate Logo Design : A well designed logo allows your business to create an impact on customers. Logos are necessary for brand identity and it helps to establish your business. Most logos speak for themselves; the images are similar to the products for example football companies will have football as their logo designs. In this post we have added 50 brilliant Corporate logo designs for your inspiration. read more
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  • Entrepreneur Spotlight @ Andrew Youn: One Acre Fund.

    Hala Ali
    4 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    75% of the world’s poorest countries are in Africa. About 1 in 3 people living in sub-Saharan Africa are undernourished. The U.N. Millennium Project stated that more than 40% of Africans do not have access to food regularly. These are the sort of statistics I read about Africa, and am forced to wonder: how did… The post Entrepreneur Spotlight @ Andrew Youn: One Acre Fund. appeared first on Think Design.
  • Vintage Soup for Graphic Designers Soul

    Shyrose Vastani
    1 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    We have been conditioned from childhood by fairy tales and fables which continue to echo in our minds even as adults. Whenever we hear a story, we instantly connect to the flair of our childhood. Vintage appeal in graphic design evokes similar connections. It is a concept which helps customers connect to the brand message.… The post Vintage Soup for Graphic Designers Soul appeared first on Think Design.
  • Jonathan Ive: The Mind Behind Apple’s Panache

    Shyrose Vastani
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:35 am
    Apple’s products are known for their elegant and minimalist designs, but do you know the man behind the company’s verve? Meet Sir Jonathan Paul Ive, one of the greatest names among postmodern industrial designers and product makers. Sir Jonathan Paul Ive, more commonly known as Jony Ive, began his career as an internee at a… The post Jonathan Ive: The Mind Behind Apple’s Panache appeared first on Think Design.
  • How to Use Customer Reviews for Local Business Marketing

    Kathleen Burns
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
    If you want the local community’s attention for your small business, you need to pay attention to what customers say about your business on the popular and trusted online review websites. Google shows the most relevant results based on your location and searches. To ensure your local business is in the top search results, you should claim your… The post How to Use Customer Reviews for Local Business Marketing appeared first on Think Design.
  • Get Listed: On these Online Review Websites

    Hala Ali
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:53 am
    In the age of social media, online reviews of products and services can mean the difference between success and failure for a business. Modern consumers increasingly look to their peers on online social networks, such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest, in order to assess what their fellow consumer thinks of a given product or… The post Get Listed: On these Online Review Websites appeared first on Think Design.
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  • DesignCrowd's United Nations of Logos

    30 Apr 2015 | 12:58 am
    Our designers at DesignCrowd come from all corners of the world, and bring all types of backgrounds and expertise to their creations. Here you will find a roundup of some of our most successful and popular designers from around the globe. Read More
  • 15 Inspiring Square Logos

    29 Apr 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Squares are pretty impressive, if you really think about it. For one, they are the basis of human space measurement. And just about all modern construction is based on square shapes. Companies have long incorporated square shapes into their logo designs to bring across a myriad of meanings. Click he... Read More
  • DesignCrowd Web Design Contest: Vince Vaughn Stock Photos

    29 Apr 2015 | 9:37 pm
    Stock images are notorious for being cheesy and fake. At least these ones from the Unfinished Business cast don’t pretend otherwise. Check out this DesignCrowd web design contest to see some of the world’s most popular brands get a Vaughn Photobomb. Read More
  • 15 Inspiring Business Card Designs

    29 Apr 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Anyone who has been to a networking event knows how important a great business card design can be to stand out from the crowd. Read on to get some inspiration on how to approach one of your most important business tools. Read More
  • DesignCrowd's Top 10 Logos You Could've Bought Instead of Your Xbox

    28 Apr 2015 | 10:06 pm
    They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes pictures are worth thousands of dollars. We’re not saying, don’t buy an Xbox, we’re just saying buy it with the money one of our expertly designed logos will generate for your business. Read More
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  • Solopress Designs

    Tom Burgess
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:17 am
    Don’t have your own artwork for your next order? Not a problem at all. We have a fantastic in-house design team who will be happy to help. Here’s how. Step The post Solopress Designs appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Is This The Future Of 3D Printing?

    Tom Burgess
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:44 am
    Here at Solopress we’re no strangers to fast turn-around printing but is the future already here with Amazon’s patent for fast turnaround 3D printing from the back of a truck?
  • Pantone or Process?

    Tom Burgess
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:59 am
    CMYK or Pantone? Unsure of which colour format you need for the job? Let’s take a look to explain the differences and where they are all needed. CMYK As explained The post Pantone or Process? appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Affinity Photo vs Photoshop

    Tom Burgess
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:39 am
    Serif’s latest product Affinity Photo has been released in Beta format and has taken aim at Photoshop. Let’s take a look at this David & Goliath battle. Purchase The finished The post Affinity Photo vs Photoshop appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Inspired Artwork by Mark Ryden

    Tom Burgess
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:57 am
    Let’s take peek into the world of Mark Ryden, a controversial artist and spearhead of the Pop Surrealist movement whose unique work bring a blend of both ‘high’ and ‘low’ The post Inspired Artwork by Mark Ryden appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
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  • How to Design a Good Landing Page

    Saurabh Saurabh
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:49 am
    The original post can be found here: How to Design a Good Landing PageA good landing page is the cornerstone of a website’s success. Why? Because a great landing page accomplishes the most important business challenge: convincing prospects to buy. With a landing page doing its intended work, you don’t need to hire expensive sales staff or spend sleepless nights trying to win over customers over the telephone, persuading them to buy your[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • Avoiding Last Year’s Biggest Graphic Design Pitfalls

    Graphic Mania Editorial
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:37 am
    The original post can be found here: Avoiding Last Year’s Biggest Graphic Design PitfallsIn our previous post, we discussed some of this year’s design trends. But how do you avoid 2014′s design mistakes? Depending on which side of the design sphere you stand on, you may not know that 2014 was a big year for graphic design. As we indicated in the previous post, minimalism took center stage in everything from logos to[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • Five must know techniques for effective responsive web design

    Mallory Zoe
    2 Apr 2015 | 2:36 am
    The original post can be found here: Five must know techniques for effective responsive web designWhat really constitutes a good and effective design is a question whose answers have been changing over time with the development of the internet. If designers do not produce a web design which fulfils its primary purpose which is to get visitors or generate revenue, then that design is a waste. There are so many examples of companies investing in websites[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • Top graphic design trends in 2015 so far

    Katherine Halek
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    The original post can be found here: Top graphic design trends in 2015 so farWe’re 3 months in 2015 so it’s a good time to take measure of the trends we’re seeing so far this year. Odds are they will continue for most of this year. Most of the currently visible trends are continuations from 2014. However, they are continuing to be adopted at a wider scale in 2015, strengthening the trends while also[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • redesign

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

  • Career Advice for Young Graphic Designers

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

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

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

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

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

  • Best Presentation Mockup Bundle (1000+ PSD Mockups)

    Yasir Jawaid
    5 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    Today’s we are present HUGE BUNDLE of amazing promotional & presentation PSD Mockups (Hipster branding, business card, vintage logo, billboard, hero header and more useful mockup templates) from top designers and artists. This bundle is best for you! With more then 95% off and available for limited time only. THIS IS WHAT YOU GET : Presentation Mockups for Landing Page Showcase PSD Mockups Vintage Logo & Label Mockups Hipster Identity & Branding Mockups Hero Header & Business Cards Mock-ups any many more useful PSD mockup templates Visit Download Page Take a quick look…
  • 40 Free Fonts for Hipsters

    Muhammad Faisal
    5 May 2015 | 2:38 am
    Fresh list of free Hipster fonts that enhance your designs and perfect for print and digital designs. This is not only Vintage or Retro fonts collection, these fonts for you to use in all of your projects! For more high quality commercial fonts, check best fonts of 2015. You may be interested in the following freebies as well. New Free Photoshop PSD Mockups for Designers (27 MockUps) Free Vintage Business Card PSD Template 25 New Useful Photoshop Free PSD Files for Designers 23 Corporate Creative Business Card PSD Templates Please feel free to join us & follow on…
  • 30 Creative Digital Art and Illustration Examples for Inspiration

    Yasir Jawaid
    4 May 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Awe-inspiring collection of digital art, illustrations, portrait paintings and drawing artwork created by top artists and designers from around the world. The amazing digital illustrations will surely mesmerize you and stir your imagination. Digital art, digital photography and other manipulation artwork it’s not too hard. just need a passion to learn these techniques. All creative photos are linked and lead to the sources from which they were taken. You may be interested in the following related articles as well. New Free Photoshop PSD Mockups for Designers (27 MockUps) 25 New Useful…
  • 45 New Essential Fonts for Designers

    Muhammad Faisal
    4 May 2015 | 4:03 am
    Every designer knows that fonts are very important when working on Graphic Design or Web projects. Today we are present Best Font Bundle, from brush script, handwritten, calligraphy, and vintage-inspired typefaces, all in one bundle for you! 45 Custom Font Families in only $29. With almost 96% off , you’ll need to grab this bundle while you can. These fonts are perfect for logos, typography, prints, and t’s. Keep it classic or add some flair to your project with these essential fonts. With this deal you get: 46 Beautiful script, hand-drawn, calligraphy and brush fonts Lots…
  • Free Vintage Business Card PSD Template

    Yasir Jawaid
    2 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    Vintage Business Card, free corporate PSD template is perfect for automobile, garages auto repairing and any auto repair maintenance business. This free business card PSD template, comes with vintage style, fully editable layered Photoshop PSD files, ready to use, easy to modify 3.75 inc X 2.25 inc with bleed 0.25 300 dpi and CMYK color. This free business card template available for free download for both corporate business and personal usage. You may be interested in the following  related articles as well. New Free Photoshop PSD Mockups for Designers (27 MockUps) Latest Free Fonts for…
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  • FREE Vintage Textures and Color Overlays For Your Photo Effects

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

    The Designer Wall
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:19 pm
    Project Dutdot is the pen & ink illustration art of Gian Bautista. The artworks in the project are created by pen & ink on paper, scanned, and post-processed in Adobe Photoshop. The look and feel of the project is a combination of doodle and tattoo art.   Gian Bautista is a Filipino multimedia artist. He studied Multimedia Arts at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, and he specializes in graphic design, illustration, and photography.   He uses Uni Pin technical pens and Sharpie markers for Project Dutdot.   Follow him on: Tumblr (…
  • Interesting Pacman Packaging and Brochure Design

    The Designer Wall
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:28 pm
    This fantastic and creative art is a student project. Looks awesome, is it not? The designer is Craig Sutton of RMIT, Melbourne Australia. This packaging and brochure design is inspired by the well-known videogame ‘Pacman’. The interactive design crafted with meticulousness is featured in the packaging allowing for the contents to be placed among the game grid which folds out in a certain style of that of a board game – technically showing a precise contrast between the videogame and the board game. Interesting Pacman Packaging and Brochure Design is a post from: The…
  • Illustrator Adds Funny Cartoons To Strangers’ Instagram Photos

    The Designer Wall
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Lucas Levitan, a Brazilian illustrator based in London, uses his creative and wild imagination to invent alternative cartoon stories in a real life context with real people on a picture. In what he calls “Photo Invasion”, Levitan’s working hand invades other Instagram users’ photos adding thereon awkward illustrations or cartoons depicting some action of them or adding a twist in the perceived story behind the pictures. Levitan makes sure he credits the people whose images he has invaded. Nevertheless, he does not merely invade someone’s photo but he turns it…
  • Very Cool Sticky Note Pad Piggy Bank

    The Designer Wall
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:15 pm
    A very cute piece of stationery has been created by Chiandchi, a Taiwanese design studio. This thing has a double function – as a sticky note pad and a container for coins. The top half consists of sticky notes you can use by peeling them off one by one – you can use such half in your study – and the other half is for containing coins if you are saving money for future beneficial use. By the time the sticky notes totally depleted through continuous use, that would be the precise moment for you to gain access to your savings – a perfect moment to get them and to spend…
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  • 75+ Amazing Free HTML5 CSS3 Templates Which You Should Not Miss

    Think Smart Designs
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Here  in this article we will present you with the best HTML5 CSS3 templates. All these templates are available absolutely free on the internet. The list has been made with extra care and with recommendations from professional and experts. You can choose between them and find the right one for you, and it is pretty sure that you will successfully find a template which suits your particular needs.Studio FrancescaDemo | DownloadResponsive Portfolio Website TemplateDemo | DownloadBig PictureDemo | DownloadParadise HotelDownload || DemoLove and…
  • How Retro Design Characteristics Made a Great Resurgence in the 21st Century

    Think Smart Designs
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:07 pm
    In the 21st century, the design community has seen resurgence in retro design styles. It happened with the vinyl record, succumbed to a variable transformation with bell bottoms, and is even seen as homage in recent films like Machete. It is almost certainly because of a desire to bring back something that was once hip to a generation of older “kids” who are still very much a huge part of current marketable demographics. But increasingly it’s looking like an effort to reinvent and reinvigorate the senses for new generations of designers and advertisers.Where have we seen the most…
  • 50 Must See TED Talks about Creativity and Design

    Think Smart Designs
    5 Feb 2015 | 11:59 am
    If you’re looking for ideas about design or seeking a creative muse, TED talks can be a worthwhile watch to stir your curiosity.From the latest web trends to the meaning of happiness, these 50 Talks are sure to arouse your creative fire.01. John Maeda: How art, technology and design inform creative leadersOld meets new as designers find balance among the possibilities of technology, the solutions of design, and the questions asked by art. Maeda explores these concepts with attention to how they can inform effective creative leadership.02. Don Norman: 3 ways good design makes you happyWatch…
  • New to Graphic Design? A Comprehensive Guide to Get You Started

    Think Smart Designs
    1 Feb 2015 | 12:02 am
    As with all careers as a beginner it can be daunting with no experience behind you. In becoming a graphic designer your insecurity can stifle your creativity. You are either unsure of yourself, you shy away from the simplest of tasks, or your overconfidence leads to numerous mistakes.A professions’ knowledge is key and there is no better way than to learn from others. Studying design literature, watching tutorials and asking for practical assistance from your work colleagues, teachers or other experienced graphic designers are all good methods to increase your own knowledge and experience.
  • 60+ Beautiful and Creative Packaging Designs

    Think Smart Designs
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    Most people judge the quality of product with its unique packaging. As an ongoing part of our inspiration series today we present excellent examples of beautiful, attractive and communicative packaging design. Effective packaging design breaks away from the standard rules and conventions that we are accustomed to, giving the product a unique edge to stand out from the rest. Marketing and designers have tremendous power to grab customer’s interest with their skills and creativity ideas. With the use of illustration, color, typography and even various packaging materials, a beautiful and…
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  • How To Get The Most From Your Direct Mail Campaign

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Vladimir Gendelman
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    How to Design the Perfect Business Logo (Infographic)A logo is more than just a pretty image for customers to look at while they use a product or service. It’s the face of an entire brand, a symbol that determines how people feel about that particular company. For example, if a restaurant’s logo is cold and unappetizing, potential customers are going to associate [...]
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    Design Roast

  • 7 Print Design Blogs You Should Be Reading

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

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

    17 Mar 2015 | 4:56 am
    You’ve got rock star design skills, a winning personality and a portfolio to match. But how will clients looking for your particular set of talents discover you? More importantly, who else will they discover first? Maintaining a blog might seem well outside of your niche, but it’s a necessity. You must blog to elevate your ... The post 5 Reasons Designers Should Blog appeared first on Design Roast.
  • Web Design Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2015

    13 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    Looking for one of the best places to go to understand what matters in the creative world for 2015? Think about where those interested in design and trends spend their time — on stock photography sites. By analyzing over 47 million images and tracking the trends of what visitors are searching for, stock photo giant ... The post Web Design Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2015 appeared first on Design Roast.
  • Monument Valley: A Great Game for Designers

    10 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Geometric allusions and architectural exploration create the core of the breathtaking world of Monument Valley. What’s so unique about this game? Can you say M.C. Escher? If you aren’t familiar with Escher, think of surreal artwork in an architectural setting. Escher’s artwork showed impossible scenes, stairways that never end, mirror images where you cannot decide ... The post Monument Valley: A Great Game for Designers appeared first on Design Roast.
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    Inkbot Design

  • Massimo Vignelli

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

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

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

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

    9 Mar 2015 | 4:35 am
    Check out this short biography on Milton Glaser, the famous American designer well-known for his "I ❤ NY" and Logo Design work. The post Milton Glaser is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
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    Logo Geek

  • A designers guide to creating logo files

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    17 Mar 2015 | 3:56 am
    As digital marketing and advertising improvements have emerged, some advertising techniques have grown out of date although many others have just adapted to the at any time-changing local climate of on the web marketing and advertising. Web optimisation, potentially a single of the least comprehended web marketing and advertising resources, has survived the evolution of on the web advertising and now delivers extra than just key phrase and site ranking perception. A firm that is dependent on their digital marketing and advertising actions to deliver individuals nearer to their manufacturer…
  • How Crucial Is Social Media?

    13 Mar 2015 | 2:58 am
    Why do you need social channels in marketing. So, you get all your new consumers on the internet now or maybe you do immediate mail or print advertisements and that functions great for your company. Why bother with another avenue of promoting if what you do now functions? What if we instructed you to make bread with out yeast, would you? I am guaranteed that your respond to would be no. Then consider social media as the yeast to your now effective (or unsuccessful) company. Social media is the least complicated way to get a great deal of publicity with out having to pay a dime and assist your…
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  • Lyndon Hayes | Illustrator | Interview

    3 May 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Artist of the Month | Lyndon Hayes This month we’ve managed to nab the amazingly talented illustrator Lyndon Hayes to be our artist of the month for May. His worked with a plethora of big name publications such as The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Telegraph, New York Magazine, FHM and Wired among […]The post Lyndon Hayes | Illustrator | Interview appeared first on Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Branding and Website Design.
  • Four Fantastic Creative Minds We Admire

    3 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Four Fantastic Creative Minds We Admire In a world full of amazing business men and women and inspiring success stories there is no shortage of influential and creative people to look to for motivation. As small business owners there are many people who we look up to but we decided that for now we’ll just […]The post Four Fantastic Creative Minds We Admire appeared first on Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Branding and Website Design.
  • Essential Gadget’s For Designers

    19 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
      Essential Gadget’s For Designers The life, and mind, of a creative individual is often a chaotic place. A million ideas and thoughts and not enough time to execute them; the key is to be organised and we’ve rounded up a list of essential  gadget’s for designers and indeed any creative minded people. We hope […]The post Essential Gadget’s For Designers appeared first on Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Branding and Website Design.
  • Photographer | Adam Lawrence | Interview

    5 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
     Photographer | Adam Lawrence  Tell us a little bit about your background and how you got into photography? My grandfather was a keen amateur photographer and filmmaker and he gave me my first 35 mm camera. From there I took an art foundation course at Manchester Polytechnic followed by a degree in Applied Photography, Film […]The post Photographer | Adam Lawrence | Interview appeared first on Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Branding and Website Design.
  • Enhance Your Easter Egg Decorating With These Excellent Ideas!

    4 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
      Enhance Your Easter Egg Decorating With These Excellent Ideas! Easter has arrived and we can’t wait to eat lots of chocolate, not that we don’t already do that on a daily basis. Though our egg hunting days are long behind us we still like to indulge with some decorating now and again.So let’s skip […]The post Enhance Your Easter Egg Decorating With These Excellent Ideas! appeared first on Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Branding and Website Design.
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  • RationalPlan: Collaborative Project Management Tools

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

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

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

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

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

  • What to spend your marketing budget on?

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

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:11 am
    We just love seeing things that catch the eye. The back of this Trewithen Dairy lorry is a prime example (the passenger in the car took the photo, so we were driving safely!). The friendliness of the tone of the message and of course the message itself is great. But on top of that, the inference that the cows are mollycoddled makes you jump to the conclusion that they’re well looked after, they’re put at the centre of the dairy’s operations, might even be organic methods of farming…all great, positive brand associations. A key lesson? Take every opportunity to get your…
  • A branding and marketing lesson from the Jeremy Clarkson fiasco

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Now, you’ll have been living under a rock if you didn’t know what’s been going on with the latest ‘Clarkson versus BBC’ fiasco. It’s been everywhere. And as with a lot of news stories like this there’s something we can all learn when putting it all into the context of our own business. The big branding and marketing lesson is this. Like him or loathe him, you know all about Jeremy Clarkson. My mum, in her early 60s, is in the hate camp. Everything about him makes her get into a bit of an angry state. My sister on the other hand, loves him and all that…
  • Five things that successful logos have in common

    13 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    We love logos. Designing logos can be a great deal of fun. It can also be hard work. That’s because a successful logo has to do so many things and perform a large number of roles. Yet, at the end of the day, isn’t it just a logo?! Well, yes and no. As with many things, the bad ones often stick in the memory more than good ones. Think about customer service. How often do you tell someone about a great experience you had in restaurant, shop, or the like? Not often. But how often do you recall, without being prompted, ‘Uh, you wouldn’t believe the attitude of the guy…
  • Portfolio update: Website design for award winning new media agency

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    Gorely New Media (GNM) is the Award-winning Medical Communication division of the European Medical Institute. We were invited to design and build GNM’s new website with a focus on delivering simplicity alongside a high-end, quality experience. The website home page design is set to provide an immediate sign post to the web visitor, directing them to two key pages – how can we help you, and, why Gorely New Media? The use of an image of Tower Bridge provides an immediate association of the company with London, an important message for the company within their market place. The…
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    Offset printing technology | Offset lithography

  • Control Of CtP Plates After Their Developement

    26 Apr 2015 | 2:35 am
    For the evaluation of the quality of offset printing plates appropriate measuring control strips have been developed and new types of measuring devices are also created. Unlike measuring control strips, which were used for control of the quality of the process of making printing plates by conventional methods, CtP technology provides the ability this measuring control strips to be in digital form and to be directly transferred to the printing form. On this way we can avoid inter-process steps that in conventional process led to the loss of quality of tonal values ​​during processing and…
  • Colors – RGB and CMYK

    16 Jan 2015 | 4:31 am
    This tutorial is primarily related to work with colors and color in digital printing and is related to the work with Photoshop and similar programs for photo editing, and bitmap graphics. The theme color, scientifically speaking, is so extremely complex that only for the basics, we can write a whole book. The phenomenon of colors Celestial phenomenon that we all know: the rainbow. Her colors are known to all of us. But whence come these colors? What the colors actually are? In general, it is a pure physics. Colors are electromagnetic waves of a certain length. Only when we become aware of how…
  • Nanography New Page For Effective And Profitable Printing?

    25 Dec 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Nanography printing combines the characteristics of offset printing with the flexibility of digital printing. No longer do we have to choose between the versatility of digital printing and a low cost per page and high productivity of offset printing. With nanography we get both. Short evolution of nanography. We are surrounded by different offset printings with annual incomes in the world of approximately 800 billion dollars. Digital printing is fast replacing many traditional printed products. What does this mean for the future? Nowadays digital printing takes a very small percentage of the…
  • Use Of Graphics Standards In The Packaging Industry

    2 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    The clients and manufacturers of packaging are in a perpetual struggle about proofs and printed products, color intensity, uniformity of the product to the original, colors, etc.. Almost 90% of all complaints in the printing industry refers to the printed color. The main reason are the expectations of buyers and predictability of the results of the final product. The most common problem of printing houses is satisfying the customer’s expectations in terms of color. So often we hear the statement from them that their customers are doing some corrections of ink applying on a printing…
  • Three Ninja Tips for Creating Synergy with Your Pick-and-Pack Fulfillment Process

    4 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Your ecommerce business is only going to be as successful as your fulfilment process allows. Juggernauts like Amazon and Zappos have masterminded some of the most effective fulfillment systems in history, and we can all borrow a ninja skill from their playbooks. In this article, learn about three ways that you can streamline order fulfillment by making some simple changes that will save you both time and money. Ninja Use Peel-Off Shipping Labels While there are plenty of ecommerce shopkeepers who have sworn by thermal labels for eons, the truth is that they can greatly limit your productivity…
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    LOGO123 Blog

  • Quick Tips To Trademark Logo Design in US

    15 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Have you ever been subjected to copyright issues? Has someone ever stolen any of your design and you had no evidence to prove it as yours? Well, if your answer to the above questions is a no, then you happen to … Continue reading →The post Quick Tips To Trademark Logo Design in US appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
  • 25 Creative Brewing Company Logo Designs for Your Daily Inspiration

    11 Apr 2015 | 2:33 pm
    In today’s post I want to show very creative brewing company logo designs that are perfect in every way. Excellent color choice, amazing fonts and retro style that fits perfectly in the brewing industry makes these designs certainly stand out … Continue reading →The post 25 Creative Brewing Company Logo Designs for Your Daily Inspiration appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
  • Hand lettered brands – amazing calligraphy logo design experiment

    6 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    Modern calligraphy is generally used in the forms of font design and typography, original hand – lettered, calligraphy logo design, wedding and event invitations, commissioned calligraphic art, cut stone inscriptions, and memorial documents. In this post we will show calligraphy … Continue reading →The post Hand lettered brands – amazing calligraphy logo design experiment appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
  • 7 Secrets to Great Logo Design

    5 Apr 2015 | 2:55 pm
    A great logo is a powerful part of any business or organization’s branding effort. Most people know a great logo when they see it. But what is the secret sauce that makes a logo truly great? This blog post will … Continue reading →The post 7 Secrets to Great Logo Design appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
  • 40 Vintage Typography & Badge Logo Design Inspiration

    28 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm
    In this post we are showing 40 amazing vintage logos for your inspiration. But before you scrool down let’s look at some main issues concering this style of design. In order to understand what is vintage in logo design we … Continue reading →The post 40 Vintage Typography & Badge Logo Design Inspiration appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
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    FeedBlitz News

  • New: Add Pins, Instagram to your Subscriber Emails!

    Phil Hollows
    4 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    When is an email to your subscribers not simply an email to your subscribers? When it’s a platform for your other social media activity to better engage, inform and entertain your readers, that’s when. Many of you are active on Pinterest and Instagram, curating and creating engaging and persuasive graphics and photos. But most of you are not including those photos in your email updates to your subscribers, and that means you’re missing out on opportunities to broaden your email audience’s experience with your brand, as well as delivering a more interesting mailing.
  • Email like a Ninja! FeedBlitz and the new Webhooks extension from Ninja Forms

    30 Apr 2015 | 1:11 pm
    As part of our continuing mission to elevate our publishers’ abilities, we are always on the look out for extraordinary tools, like Ninja Forms, made for expanding list building efforts.  Just last week, Ninja Forms made a lot of people happy when they announced their latest extension, Webhooks. It’s a custom form builder that now fully enabled Ninja Forms to fully integrate with FeedBlitz. Here’s how to use Nija Forms Webhooks to offer a subscription form to FeedBlitz. The first thing you’ll want to do is download and install the Ninja Forms plugin for your WordPress site…
  • Turn Facebook Fans Into Email Subscribers

    21 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    When Facebook rolled out their Call-to-Action button, business owners everywhere scrambled to figure out how best to to use this new marketing option.  If you aren’t using Facebook’s Call-to-Action button to encourage page fans to subscribe to your site’s mailing list, you’re missing out on an opportunity to exponentially grow your list — and protect yourself in case a future Facebook algorithm or policy change reduces the visibility of your page even further. Since Facebook page fans are people who have sought you out, they are likely to be your target audience and…
  • Monetize Your Mailings: Introducing the Marquee Ad Unit

    Phil Hollows
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    FeedBlitz is enabling a new, higher earning ad-unit, called a “Marquee” for publishers opted in to our ad network. The marquee unit in testing has significantly boosted earnings, in some cases nearly doubled them. As such, we’re really excited about this new ad format, and have enabled marquees for all publishers currently earning with our email ad network. Marquees go live for everyone using our ad network tomorrow, March 31st, 2015. Marquees don’t always show, but when they do, they appear exactly once per mailing, just under your logo and above the post content. If…
  • Faster Ad Revenue Reporting

    Phil Hollows
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Publishers making the most of their content by monetizing with FeedBlitz’s unique RSS and email ad service can find out how they’re doing more quickly. Ad earnings are now being calculated hourly, with about an hour’s delay, instead of overnight. In other words, checking your ad earnings at 2pm will give you an idea of your earnings through about 1pm today, and the numbers are updated hourly. Ad earnings are reported at My Account | Ad Revenue Share | Opt-In Ad Reports in the left sidebar navigation. If you’re not using our ads and would like to try them out, you can…
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    Album Art for Musicians & Wallpapers Backgrounds for iPhone, Android

  • Tower, Requesting Permission to Take Off.

    1 May 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Recent DownloadsCute Kitten Cat Splashes Water Cover Photo WallpaperWhy is my cat always on the InternetBrown Cat Kitten Animal Cover Photo WallpaperCats With The Most Evil Death StaresHello Dog I’m Cookie Monster Share This! The post Tower, Requesting Permission to Take Off. appeared first on Album Art for Musicians & Wallpapers Backgrounds for iPhone, Android.
  • Best Way To Die

    1 May 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Recent DownloadsThe Best Way To DieIt’s Time To Die PhotosZombie Identification ChartBlack Comedy… Person Still Doesn’t Get ItGet Your Crap Together Share This! The post Best Way To Die appeared first on Album Art for Musicians & Wallpapers Backgrounds for iPhone, Android.
  • Dang You’re Right..Never Thought About It

    1 May 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Recent DownloadsWell Isn’t That SpecialHard Work Pays Monochrome Quote Cover Photo WallpaperWORDS by Bruce LeeHow To Sit At A ComputerMy Entire Life And Still Unsure Share This! The post Dang You’re Right..Never Thought About It appeared first on Album Art for Musicians & Wallpapers Backgrounds for iPhone, Android.
  • Art Display In The Orlando Airport And People Thought It Was Real

    1 May 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Recent DownloadsExcuse Me, Sorry To Bother…You Look Super StupidSCAM ALERT: Carnival Cruise Lines 50 tickets left Giveaway if shared on Facebook is Fake, Scam, Malicious – Fake Facebook PageBest Way To DieThey Be All Like You Need Pants To Fly [U.S. Airways]Clearly They Were Bored…Tower of Hammocks Share This! The post Art Display In The Orlando Airport And People Thought It Was Real appeared first on Album Art for Musicians & Wallpapers Backgrounds for iPhone, Android.
  • Why Is This Tiny Man Climbing My Back?

    1 May 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Recent DownloadsClimbing In ThailandPerfect Timing But It’s A KiteArt Display In The Orlando Airport And People Thought It Was RealMr. Know It All Vintage Tablet Phone Wallpaper BackgroundNot Photoshopped, Truly A Hotmess Share This! The post Why Is This Tiny Man Climbing My Back? appeared first on Album Art for Musicians & Wallpapers Backgrounds for iPhone, Android.
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  • A Creative Collection of Hand-Drawn Classic Logo Designs by Jorgen Grotdal

    5 May 2015 | 5:56 am
    His name is Jorgen Grotdal. A young and talented graphic designer from Trondheim, Norway. His main focus are typography and logo design. In this post, I’ll show you a selection of creative logo designs created by Jorgen Grotdal from his several logo design projects. I hope you’ll get the inspiration! You may also like: – A Collection of Simple and Creative Logo Designs by Jeroen van Eerden – 46 Classic Style Logo Designs by Szende Brassai – See more awesome designers works, Here! Creative Hand-Drawn Logo Designs Some more logo mark designs he made: You can see…
  • Freebie: Calendar Wallpaper of May 2015

    30 Apr 2015 | 6:38 am
    Hi, here iBrandStudio’s monthly free calendar wallpaper is ready for you! The calendar is come with Desktop and iPhone wallpaper, also both versions with a calendar and without calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper! The Wallpaper Details The Calendar Sizes: 1024×640, 1024×768, 1280×800, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1440×900, 1680×1050, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 2560×1440, 320×568 (iPhone 5) & 320×480 (iPhone 3 and 4) Also included a wallpaper without calendar Graphic file included: .JPG Preview Download the Wallpaper for free → You can…
  • Awesome Packaging Designs for Your Shoe Brand

    Eko S
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:53 am
    Today, a customer faced with a wide range of products. What is your strategy so that your brand product chosen by them? Creative packaging design is a one solution for you. And a good design isn’t just about the product – it’s about good packaging as well. In this post, I have collected 32 Awesome Shoe Packaging Designs. The designs you will see today are very well executed, interesting, and are the epiphany of thinking outside the box. Previously I also collected cool food packaging and t-shirt packaging. I hope you get some inspiration, enjoy! Super Creative Shoes Packaging Designs…
  • Freebie: Malam Business Card Template

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:36 am
    A double sided free business card template. Malam is come with 3 different color schemes and would be great for a large variety of uses (creatives, companies, business, etc) and can be easily modified for your personal style. Features Landscape Design. 3 custom colors: Blue, Orange, Pink. Optimized for printing / 300 dpi. CMYK color mode. All PSD files are Grouped & layered. Easy to customize. Details 3.5 – 2 inch dimension. Included files are 3 psd files & documentation.pdf. Font used: Lato (Free!), Philosopher (Free!) Preview Have a look at the preview of the business card:…
  • The Art of Mixing Google Typefaces (Infographic)

    Eko S
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:39 am
    Each and every time you start a design project; you’ll have thousands – if not millions – of different typefaces to choose from, many of which are available at absolutely no cost to yourself thanks to open-source font directories like Google Fonts. While these open-source directories make our lives so much easier in some ways (e.g. by hosting the typefaces on their servers allowing us to include them in our projects with ease), they almost certainly make things harder in the sense that they give us such an abundance of choice. A few years ago, the likes of Georgia, Helvetica, or Arial…
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    All design talk

  • Inspiring Packaging Design

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

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

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

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

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

  • Online Style: T-shirt Vector Images Redefine Fashion

    Ionut B
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    Do you know how many unique and quirky t-shirts you see in the street are created by their owners using t-shirt vector files? Have you ever stumbled upon a “make your t-shirt” website? Most certainly you did, because this type of business is in full bloom. Independent Fashion Designers Everyone can be their own fashion designer these days. We can custom make shoes and clothes for special events using online tools. The most basic type of fashion we can create is the t-shirt with a message or image best representing us. The idea of personalized t-shirts came from a need of expression. We…
  • How to Use Negative Space Efficiently – Examples from Famous Logos

    Ionut B
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:25 am
    Everything matters in great design, including negative space. Probably it is one of the most widely ignored technique to make a design piece stand out and continually stir interest and emotions. If you design on a daily basis for simple ads and short-term campaigns, this aspect will not matter very much. Sales and marketing campaigns come and go like the ocean tides. But a logo and a mission statement or a brand awareness campaign should stay long enough in people’s memory and be relevant. Relevance is everything these days. People have short attention spans, and from every street corner…
  • Ethical Aspects of Your Work as Freelance Graphic Designer

    Ionut B
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Have you ever wondered if taking up a project might pose an ethical problem to you as a freelance graphic designer? Did you ever consider if using the basic idea of another project is OK for a current project? These are ethical issues we all face – and many freelancers are not really sure what is the right answer, because so far no one has compiled a Code of ethics for independent services suppliers. Certainly, we all use our common sense, but sometimes things are more subtle and complicated and some exterior guidance is necessary. However, there is no doubt that a good ethical reputation…
  • Why Every Graphic Designer Should Have a Blog

    Ionut B
    4 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    Blogging is more than a trend these days. It is not something you do for fun. Some people live off the affiliate links on their blogs. Other become internet VIPs because of their blogs. What a graphic designer gets out of maintaining a personal blog is very valuable for their career – either as freelancers, or employed by a design company. A blog is the best way to organize a portfolio and showcase your skills in the way you want. It is also your business card – the way you design it says a lot about your work, your talent and your commitment to quality in everything you do. A blog is…
  • Should You Design Ads That Mock Competition?

    Ionut B
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:51 pm
    It goes like this: you got a contract to design a product marketing campaign and the client specifies in the brief that they want the ad to be targeted at their top competitor’s product. Basically, you should design an ad mocking the competitor and show how superior your client’s products are. Should you accept this brief and go ahead with the client’s requests? The Ethical Point of View Leaving other (financial) considerations aside, it is not OK to promote something by bashing in something else. Put yourself in the consumer’s shoes. Let’s imagine that Adobe Illustrator ran a…
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    ZD Blog

  • 7 Disruptive Website Design Technologies

    Raquel Addams
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:54 am
    In a trend akin to a nuclear explosion’s mushroom cloud which envelopes the globe, the use of mobile, hand-held devices has permeated the planet seemingly overnight, as an ever growing majority of people use smart phones and tables to browse the internet. Website designers and developers have subsequently been left scrambling in an attempt to optimize their websites for compatibility with the various gadgets and their differing screen sizes. Enter responsive web design, a technique which allows developers to render their websites’ content so it is displayed and performs uniformly and…
  • 12 Dream Destinations for Graphics Designers

    Raquel Addams
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:35 am
    Life, for a designer, can often become rather hectic, with a rush of projects and oncoming deadlines leaving them gasping for breath. Every design they complete, each new project they undertake, and all the deadlines they miss or meet, make it ever more necessary to take a break, leave it all behind for a while, and simply recharge. Also explore: 25 Productivity Tools for Designers For creativity and innovation to flow, it is essential they be given the room to grow, and that just will not happen if you are cooped up with work month after month, stressing over the next design to finish. Image…
  • 15 Website Designs to Fall in Love with

    Raquel Addams
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:52 pm
    The web is quick to pick up trends and advance accordingly. This explains why most websites are rushing towards minimalist and responsive designs. If this is what the trend dictates, you only have one chance to cast the first impression. Just like a book is judged by its cover, your business is usually judged by your website design. Aim to make the user fall in love with your website design. A proven quick fix is to implement WordPress themes for corporate websites. While a lot of website owners scratch their heads to find the perfect combo, there are some who have an outstanding grasp on web…
  • Brand Design Tips To Make Your Customers Swoon

    Kathleen Burns
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:06 am
    Your brand’s identity can be decorated much like your home – it can represent the seasons, the holidays, and other seasonal celebrations that your company and your customers typically celebrate. To take advantage of the seasons in ways that will benefit your company and resonate with your base of clients requires you to know what will reach your customers and what message you want to send. You can send a message and tie it into a holiday in various ways including redesigning your website, coupons, business cards and logos. If your budget is too small to constantly redesign all of…
  • Source Files Rejected? Check Your Color Settings

    Kathleen Burns
    6 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    Congratulations on winning one of our design contests! First, you’ll need to submit your final design correctly and according to the contest guidelines. If the files are not useable and we need to fix them, you will be charged a fee, so be sure you follow the directions. Once you have done this, a payment will be processed and you will receive it on the next pay date according to our schedule! If you received an email back from our Quality Assurance team that you had an issue with your files, your color settings might be your problem. There is a problem with one of your files It’s a…
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    Design Crawl

  • Free Watercolor Vector Elements You’ll Love

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

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

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

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

    James George
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    What is Adobe Comp CC? It seems like our professional is becoming more and more mobile. Every day I see new apps for the iPad having to do with creating and creativity. This week is no exception, with Adobe’s release of Adobe Comp CC. If you want to whip up a quick layout, Adobe Comp CC is perfect for that. Let’s take a look at some of Adobe CC’s features. Compatibility You can export your work to your desktop computer or laptop. There, you can open it in the program of your choice, from InDesign, to Photoshop and Illustrator. This is great, because you can work how you want to, in the…
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    Creative Drum

  • How to Protect Your Images from Copyright Theft Online

    Tom McCallum
    4 May 2015 | 1:05 am
    As an artist, you may well fear that posting your images online leaves them wide open to theft. The thought of your work being passed around the internet with no acknowledgement is frightening. There are a few artists who are so keen to avoid this scenario that they simply avoiding posting images online entirely. This is a big mistake. Posting your work online is a great way to reach a large and interested audience made up of creative fans from around the world. Getting your images shared and appreciated by thousands of people is one of the best things about art in the digital…
  • The 5 Biggest Threats Facing Interior Designers in 2015

    Tom McCallum
    1 May 2015 | 1:05 am
    Interior design has always been a challenging career choice, but the digital age brings a few new obstacles that you will have to overcome if you want to succeed. Although the road to becoming one of the UK’s top interior designers in 2015 is certainly not easy, it can also be incredibly rewarding if you are willing to put in the extra effort required to stand out from the competition. Whether you’re looking for you’re first job as an interior designer or planning to take your business further, you should do all you can to avoid falling prey to the 5 biggest threats…
  • An Inspiring Look Back at the Greatest Fonts of the 20th Century

    Tom McCallum
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:05 am
    There are so many new typefaces created every day that most get lost in the crowd without ever standing a chance of success. With font websites offering thousands upon thousands of options for all occasions, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to tell which fonts, if any, will stand the test of time. This is bad news if you’re a font creator. However, by looking back over the best fonts of the 20th Century, perhaps we can gather some clues as to what will make your own typographic creations stand out from the pack. Below, we have selected some classic typefaces from the last 100…
  • 12 Facts About Photographers Everyone Thinks are True

    Boyana Atanasova
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:10 am
    1. THE MORE EXPENSIVE THE CAMERA, THE BETTER THE PHOTOS Many people are convinced that the more expensive their camera is, the better their photos will be. The truth is slightly different… If you know how to use it properly, every camera is capable of capturing great photographs. A more expensive kit means more advanced settings which can help you take better shots. However, simply spending a lot of money to get one will not make you a professional and you will still need to spend a lot of time learning the tricks of the trade. 2. YOU ONLY NEED A CAMERA TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER Owning a…
  • Top 10 Free Tools for Creating Infographics Online

    Tom McCallum
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:15 am
    The creation of high quality infographics has been a huge demand of graphic designers over the last couple of years. With businesses competing in a crowded online marketplace, infographics can be a key way to get their message across quickly. Communicating promptly with visuals is the bread and butter of professional graphic designers, so most of you should have no trouble with creating quality infographics. However, the time demands many clients give for their creation might be slightly more challenging. Here’s a list of our top 10 free infographic creators that will come in handy…
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  • May The 4th Be With You

    4 May 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Here are some Star Wars Illustrations to celebrate May 4th. Josip Kelava Marie Bergeron miguel membreño Rafał Rola Darek Zabrocki Vincent Rhafael Aseo Andy Fairhurst Mateusz Sypien, Goverdose Digital Art Collective Marko Manev The post May The 4th Be With You appeared first on All We Design.
  • Tom Haugomat Illustrations

    4 May 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Check out these beautiful illustrations by Tom Haugomat. The post Tom Haugomat Illustrations appeared first on All We Design.
  • Charles Bergquist Everyday

    4 May 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Check out a selection of some of the most interesting photography and illustration works by Charles Bergquist. The post Charles Bergquist Everyday appeared first on All We Design.
  • Street Photography by Tim Ronca

    3 May 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Check out this selection of photos by Tim Ronca. The post Street Photography by Tim Ronca appeared first on All We Design.
  • Walking With Dog

    3 May 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Check out these illustrations by concept artist Leonid Kolyagin. The post Walking With Dog appeared first on All We Design.
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