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  • 16 jaw dropping packaging designs

    Design Reviver - Web Design Blog
    marie
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    Every day we see hundreds of packaging designs, some we notice and some we don’t. Since we are bombarded with so many different packaging designs, it can sometimes be difficult for designers to come up with a new and original design. In this article we have found 16 jaw dropping packaging designs. Some of these are actual product designs, while some of them are just ideas and suggestions for how the packaging could have been done better. Festina Watches Bzzz Armenian Honey Toscatti Thelma’s Treats Diesel Smirnoff Caipiroska peel able bottle Coke Vintage Packaging Kraft Macaroni and…
  • Vector Infographic Tools for Access All Areas Members

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    Chris Spooner
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Need to make an infographic fast? Access All Areas members can get a head start with this collection of vector infographic elements that has been kindly donated from the Infographic Template Shop. This best seller from the range contains a variety of useful vector elements that can be quickly copied and pasted into your own projects, allowing you to easily compose your own layouts with graphics, icons and charts. 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…
  • How to Use Storytelling to Design Delightful UX

    Web Design Views
    Armen Ghazarian
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    Since the beginning of time good storytellers have been the heart and soul of any community. They have enjoyed popularity and sympathy of their fellows, who kept coming for more stories and tales. Little has changed since then. We are still hungry for a really good story. What has changed is the way we reach people and communicate our stories. Storytelling is an art that can be applied to pretty much anything. You don’t necessarily have to be a fiction writer or a travel blogger to make use of good storytelling. And by saying “stories” we no longer mean only words, but a number of media…
  • The Use of Texture in Web Design

    Web Design Views
    Carol Francis
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    These days textures in web design are vying with other trends such as transparency and gradients. The days of such textures as wood, grass and chalkboards seem to be fading, but as you will see in this article, they are still around and they still work well. A texture, whether it is used as a background or on elements, can add some interest to an otherwise plain design, and they work well with image-light websites. Take a look through this showcase that we have compiled and see if you think textures in web design are here to stay. Textures in Web Design Bahur78 This freelance web designer…
  • Replace backgrounds, mask layers and combine photos with Union

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    News Department
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    Many of you have asked for this functionality -- many Photoshop users in fact . . . Offering a clean, intuitive interface and capabilities for high level image stacking, editing and masking, Union lets anyone quickly and easily replace backgrounds and combine photos in unique and creative ways. Easily layer, blend and combine images to create surreal, creative compositions. read more
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  • Replace backgrounds, mask layers and combine photos with Union

    News Department
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    Many of you have asked for this functionality -- many Photoshop users in fact . . . Offering a clean, intuitive interface and capabilities for high level image stacking, editing and masking, Union lets anyone quickly and easily replace backgrounds and combine photos in unique and creative ways. Easily layer, blend and combine images to create surreal, creative compositions. read more
  • Share Calendars, Projects, Tasks with SmartDay Online, Sync To Devices

    News Department
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Seriously, too many businesses -- particularly creative businesses -- fail because of lack of management and coordination. This might just be the way to tie all the loose ends together to make a cohesive team in the field. Advertisers, Photographers, and any creative art that requires a team is game for this app! read more
  • Comic App Halftone 2 Adds Video

    Fred Showker
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    You got to admit that making photos into a comic book is pretty cool. But this update makes it easy to turn photo pages into high-definition movies with dynamic camera movement, professionally designed captions, and fun sound effects. Version 1.3 also includes 50 licensed sound effects that can be assigned to each photo. read more
  • 60-Seconds #316 : What's the most overused font?

    Fred Showker
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    Sometimes I run into conversations that I just can't resist passing along. Such is this one I ran across on LinkedIn. But what are your thoughts with asked "What's the most overused font of contemporary design?" I have my ideas, and you'd expect passionate responses from any designer of some background and knowledge. Let's see what the LinkedIn graphic design professionals believe the answer is. . . read more
  • New font designed by Erik Spiekermann for the Hamilton Wood Type Foundry

    Fred Showker
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    You are going to like the look of ARTZ ... it's one of the the newest wood type to be cut at Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. It was designed by venerable type designer Erik Spiekermann for his own print studio (P98a in Berlin), specifically to be cut into large size wood type. read more
 
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  • 14 well-designed posters from GigPosters

    Sabina Hona
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:05 pm
    For music lovers, the gig posters aren’t exactly the best kept secret among their friends. It is a tradition that started in the 60′s and is still going strong. The passion for music has been constantly progressing and several gig posters are the design works that support artists and bands. The below given posters can be your inspirations for graphic designing and illustrating- like for me. Many young designers or students or illustrators seek out for some inspiration on internet for making some really cool and funky gig posters. Many of them furiously clamber over each other to get the…
  • Spectacular furniture by Kino Guerin

    Mirko
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:57 pm
    With Kino Guerin, wood looks like it’s easy to manipulate and fold. He creates furniture that goes as far as tying a knot in itself. So is this furniture sculpture or furniture design? Hard to tell… The post Spectacular furniture by Kino Guerin appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Design deals for the week

    Mirko
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:58 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. Eveleth: letterpress font With the Eveleth Premium Letterpress Font Family, you’ll get yourself 16 charming vintage fonts to work with. Additional weights, shadow layers and entertaining icons, shapes and emblems are just a few of the extras that come along for the ride. $9 instead of $49 – Get it now! 12 font families from Fresh Pressed Fonts This fantastic font find includes 12 Font Families, each with a variety of styles and customized…
  • 20 amazing and funny t-shirts for geeks

    Sabina Hona
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Seeking for some amazing and funny t-shirts print? Here we have the collection of 20 t-shirts for geeks who have loved the epic cartoon characters. Try these funny and geeky T-shirts from the NeatoShop designed by artists around the world. 1. Bartman Bartman is a cool T-shirt designed by Dann Matthews. The t-shirt is 100% preshrunk ComfortSoft® cotton. 2. Jayne of Hearts Jayne of Hearts is designed by Winter Artwork Illustration which is 100% preshrunk soft and comfortable cotton jersey. 3. You’re a Zombie, Chuck! You’re a Zombie, Chuck! is a supercool t-shirt with little round…
  • Dreamlike self portraits by Kylli Sparre

    Mirko
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Winner of the Sony World Photography Awards 2014, Kylli Sparre creates some poetic and dream-like self portraits that she carefuly sets up. Her graceful photos are exhibited in September at the Qlickeditions gallery in Amsterdam. The post Dreamlike self portraits by Kylli Sparre appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
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  • iF Student Design Award 2015

    Dexigner
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:54 pm
    The 2015 iF Student Design Awards are now open for entries.
  • Ninety Minutes of Frame

    Levent Ozler
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:47 pm
    The bimonthly Ninety Minutes of Frame event is a live and interactive version of the magazine and will mirror published content with lectures and debates shedding light on specific themes.
  • Graphis New Talent Annual 2015

    Perry Betts
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:40 am
    Graphis is calling for entries for its 2015 New Talent Annual. The Annual provides a forum to feature the best internationally produced student work of the past year.
  • 2014 Cusp Conference

    Levent Ozler
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:18 am
    Cusp 2014, a conference about the design of everything, will be held October 22-23 in the theater at Chicago's beautiful Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Architecture at Zero 2014

    Geraldine O'Brien
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    Architecture at Zero seeks creative and feasible approaches to Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings.
 
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    Graphic Design News

  • 5 Reasons You Should Work For A Startup At Least Once

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Editor's note: Adam Arbolino is co-founder and CTO of DesignCrowd.com , a logo, web and graphic design marketplace. They say in business you should think big.
  • 50 Books/50 Covers of 2013 Competition Results

    20 Sep 2014 | 3:12 am
    This is the oldest continuously operating graphic design competition in of the Year" exhibition went right to the heart of what the then-fledgling profession held dear: the design and production of books. More than 90 years later, that passion is still evident.
  • Allegro Winery truck sign hits it big online: "In case of accident, bring cheese and crackers."

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Carl Helrich, the owner of Allegro Winery in Chanceford Township, just wanted a humorous sign for his delivery truck. He had no idea it would become internet famous.
  • How The Gotham Typeface Came To Define Our Era

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:53 pm
    This is the third in a series of posts analyzing and celebrating typefaces. These posts were originally published by HiLobrow .
  • Designing Polska at Tent London: Our interview with the show's...

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Our interview with the show's curator on the current boom of Polish design and where it's headed next At Tent London , part of London Design Festival , some of the most interesting spaces to visit for design-hungry visitors are the country pavilions, delivering an overview of what the creative talents in each place are working on right now. Among them are 100% Norway , and our new favorite Designing Polska , which offers an extensive look at the best graphic designers and illustrators in Poland.
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  • 9 Fonts Brands Should Avoid in 2014

    Claire Jariss Manlapas
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Graphic designers use fonts on a daily basis. We have our favorites but we also run away from others. Some fonts have very little recall or have no commercial value, while others have become so popular, they should no longer be used in brand identity. These are some of the fonts that brands should avoid using in their identities and marketing collateral. 1.) Lobster More and more people are starting to get hooked with the Lobster font because of its fancy appeal and ability to adapt to many industries such as food, design, and retail. It’s sad to see this new script font get abused in…
  • Cool Dragon Ball Z Vector GIF that will make you remember them

    George Nacpil
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Bangkok based illustrator and graphic designer, Phuwadon Thongnoum, made Dragon Ball Z vector GIFs that will make us remember the show — maybe even watch it again. His ideas for every character vector design are wonderful. Are you a Dragon Ball Z fan? Please feel free to share this Dragon Ball Z gifs and Phuwadon Thongnoum Behance and Facebook for more updates. Were you inspired? Got any lovely suggestions for us? Let us know through the comments box below. You can also hit us up on our FacebookTwitter, and Google+ profiles. Lastly, our RSS Feeds is open for subscription so that…
  • 17 Products You’ll Try Because Of Their Hipster Packaging

    Claire Jariss Manlapas
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Hipsters are extreme about everything. They either want something minimalist or go for extremely graphic designs. But sometimes, there is a middle ground where those two meet. Here you’ll find some 17 Products You’ll Try Because Of Their Hipster Packaging. Some of these products look so good, you’ll add them immediately to your cart without even knowing what they are. 1.) Monsieur Moustache (sauce and dips) Hipster packaging element: The moustache. Definitely the moustache. 2.) Pixels (spirit) Hipster packaging element: Any reference to graphic design is hipster. 3.)…
  • Logo Designs for Iconic TV Characters

    Patrick Jude Ilagan
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Don’t feel sad if your favorite season ended. Instead, why don’t you use it to fuel your next project just like Pablo Canepa? Using his passion for famous American TV shows, Uruguay-based artist, Pablo Canepa, created these set of logos for various protagonists and antagonists and their would-be professions or hobbies if they were to exists in real life. Canepa created logos for various iconic TV characters such as Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, and Hank Schrader of AMC’s critically acclaimed hit, Breaking Bad. Then there’s also Sheldon Cooper with Howard Wolowitz…
  • Freebie: 21 Food Vector Line Art

    Patrick Jude Ilagan
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hello, creatives! This week, we’re going to profess our love for food through this freebie set of 20 vector line art illustrations. While the set is perfect for minimalist designs, it’s not limited to that. Use it on your next menu, poster, or even in an infographic project in the future. You guys can use it for personal or commercial projects, so go ahead. Just give us a shout out through our Twitter @youthedesigner (tag me too: @pjilagan) and show us how did you end up using the set and we’d be glad to showcase your work and send out internet high-fives! Click the button…
 
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  • Photoshop Blur Gallery: Tilt Shift

    Mike Rankin
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Authors: Steve CaplinBody: Editor's Note: Don't miss the earlier articles in the Photoshop Blur Gallery series: Spin Blur and Path Blur. The tilt-shift effect is a visual style which simulates two photographic techniques: rotating a lens relative to the image plane, and shifting it parallel to that plane. Hard to achieve in camera, tilt-shift is one of the batch of filters found in Photoshop's Blur Gallery. The purpose of tilt-shift is to make a distant scene look as if it has been miniaturized. It's all an optical illusion, based on our perception of distance. When we photograph…
  • The Most Powerful Panel in Illustrator

    Mike Rankin
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Authors: Jeff WitchelBody: Imagine a panel that is so powerful it can control everything about the appearance of a selected object. That’s exactly what the Appearance panel can do for you in Adobe Illustrator. This powerhouse panel is designed to help you create the exact look you want for an object in the most efficient way possible. So whether you want to change the basic appearance of an object, such as the color and weight of a stroke, or the color of a fill, or add effects and transparency to the various parts of an object, the Appearance panel is the one place to simply do…
  • Photoshop Blur Gallery: Path Blur

    Mike Rankin
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Authors: Steve CaplinBody: Editor's Note: Don't miss the first article in the Photoshop Blur Gallery series: Spin Blur Path Blur is one of the most useful of Photoshop's new Blur filters. Those of you who have attempted to show object movement in the past had to make do with the old Motion Blur filter, which allowed you to control the length and direction of a blur - but in a somewhat crude, hard-to-perfect way. Path Blur not only allows you to blur along a curve, it also lets you limit the amount of any blur by drawing another blur next to it. And because it works with Smart…
  • How I Work As A Digital Artist: Overview

    Mike Rankin
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Authors: George CoghillBody:  As a full-time professional illustrator, the one type of information I wish I had when I first started — and still enjoy getting my pixel-pushing hands on today — is “how it’s all done.” It’s easy for any self-employed businessperson (and that of course includes artists) to fall into the so-called “Impostor Syndrome” mindset from time to time. Wikipedia describes Impostor Syndrome as: "…a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments. Despite external evidence of their competence, those with…
  • New Type Features in Illustrator CC

    Mike Rankin
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    Authors: Sharon SteuerBody: Excerpted from The Adobe Illustrator WOW! Book for CS6 and CC by Sharon Steuer. Copyright © 2015. Used with permission of Pearson Education, Inc. and Peachpit Press. Convert Point type to Area and vice versa Illustrator CC added a new annotator to the type object’s bounding box. After creating a Point or Area type object, select the object with the Selection tool to see a circle on the right side of the object’s bounding box. Double-click on the circle to convert Point type (hollow circle) to Area type (solid circle) or vice versa. You can also…
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  • 11 Free jQuery CSS3 Navigation Menu Plugins

    20 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Having a good web design will definitely provide a better results and experience for your audience. Here are Free jQuery CSS3 Navigation Menu Plugins.
  • How Should Freelance Designers Manage Time Effectively

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Have you ever prayed for extra hours in a day as you feel 24 hours are less to complete your tasks at hand? If you are facing this problem then this calls for carefully scrutiny of your time to understand where your time is flying by. Time Management is said to be the most important element that speaks for your professional behaviour and helps maintain the balance between personal and professional life.
  • 30 Creative Butterfly Logo Design examples for Inspiration

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:33 am
    In this post we have added 30 best butterfly logo designs for your inspiration. My favorite logo designs are Rijn Makkum, Promone, ana Brasil, Dream, Florem, Greener Gardens and Kupu. Please tell us your favorite logo design.
  • 15+ Best Free Halloween Graphic Design Resources

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Here is a unique list of 15+ Best Free Halloween Graphic Design Resources.
  • Useful Free Apple Watch PSD Mockups

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Technology ever since its evolution has been ruling our world in one way or the other. There is already no dearth of cool gadgets that we see lying on the market shelves. Remember Android Wear? Guess what’s next? Apple Watch! Introduced recently, Apple Watch may be available in the market next year.
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    Next Big Design

  • Key Design Takeaways from the Apple Watch

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

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

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    As the competency of corporate innovation continues to expand and improve, more Chief Innovation Officer roles are appearing in large, corporate organizations. This is a welcome development and recognition of the ongoing value that leadership sees innovation efforts delivering for organizations. This recognition is demonstrated by the focus on the CInO role by several conferences, including The
  • Transform Big Data into Big Decisions at FT’14

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

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    Your brand is not determined by a logo. Your brand is what people perceive or feel when they consume your content or buy your products. Your brand strategy is created by your core products, your mission, and the target audience you are trying to reach. According to Business2Community, here are six steps to creating a comprehensive brand strategy: Strive for Emotional Connections You have
 
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  • No Thanks Needed

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    "Just a quick recording outside my house, please use how you like I don't want any credit (AS I DESERVES NO CREDITS) I mean come on anyone can stand with a microphone and record outside! So go ahead and take it." A big, special thanks to Drewy685 for his recording.
  • Rejected Spaghetti Western Movie Titles

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:42 pm
    "That Stranger Who Showed Up In Town Sure Looks a Lot Like My Dead Father Who Was Murdered Years Ago When I Was Just a Kid But It Couldn't Be Because I Saw Pa Killed With My Own Eyes Though Looks Can Be Deceiving, Especially Since I Lost My Eyesight In That Horrible Fire Last June.
  • George Martini

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    Sir George Martin makes a martini. Via Michael Kauffman.
  • jack daniels

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    Sam's Club is selling barrels of Jack Daniels. JC, can I borrow 10k?
  • Eric Rewitzer

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    Sweet Linocut Prints by Eric Rewitzer. Via Things Mag.
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  • Stackable Candles by Andrej Urem

    swissmiss
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    My friend Jen gifted me this stunning Brooklyn made candle yesterday. It’s the design of Andrej Urem, who hand pours them here in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn. He has several designs that interlock, which means you can stack them. Not sure that’s practical but it sure is fun. Check out the entire collection and don’t let yourself deter you from the low-quality photography on his site. The candles are stunning!
  • ♥ / Elmastudio WordPress Themes

    swissmiss
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    A big thank you to Elmastudio for sponsoring this week of my RSS Feed. Beautifully designed WordPress themes for creatives. Elmastudio is a small WordPress theme shop run by Ellen and Manuel, two designers, typography lovers and WordPress fans, who create minimal theme designs you will just fall in love with. Have a look at their entire theme collection or find inspiration for your own website at Elmastudios theme showcase. (Interested in sponsoring a week of my RSS feed, learn more here.)
  • Friday Link Pack

    swissmiss
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    In this CreativeMornings talk Dallas Clayton shares what he calls ‘kid lessons,’ bite-size lessons that make your life and the lives of the people around you better. - Rainbow tape dispenser. If this doesn’t put a smile on your face I don’t know what will. - I *loved* this conversation at 99u between Jason Fried and Scott Heiferman. - 10 Foreign Words We Need in English - Thinking of switching mobile carriers? Check Sensorly for “unbiased” coverage maps of AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and even smaller companies like Metro PCS and US Cellular. (via Kottke)…
  • 20 under 20

    swissmiss
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Love what Flickr is doing with 20 under 20: They combed Flickr for young artists and worked with a panel of judges to nominate and award 20 as the 20 most talented young photographers on Flickr.
  • Solution

    swissmiss
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:02 pm
    “Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.” —Tina Fey 15 Career Tips from Smart Women.
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    Logo Design Love

  • Beko gets an update

    David Airey
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    Founded in Turkey 1954, Beko specialises in electrical consumer goods. Worldwide, Beko-branded goods are sold every two seconds. Sagi Haviv of Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv has just finished redesigning the company’s wordmark. He kindly answered a few questions about the four-month project. What did you feel was lacking with the old Beko design? We were unhappy with the typography and the lack of balance in the existing wordmark. When you set the word in caps, you inevitably get an unbalanced composition with the very closed B and E on the left and the widely open O on the…
  • Melbourn Squash Club

    David Airey
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:44 am
    Here’s a lovely bit of work by Distil Studio for Melbourn Squash Club. Distil’s creative director, Neil Hedger, shared some details. “The original ‘yes’ moment!” “More sketches — how abstract could we go?” “This sequence formed part of our first presentation, to help the club understand our thinking.” “Something that we strongly believe in is being original and visually different, for the right reasons. Here’s the page from our first presentation to help convince the club to avoid crossed rackets and silhouettes.”…
  • La Chamarilera

    David Airey
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:53 am
    I like this symbol idea, designed by Logroño-based Entre Líneas in 2011 for La Chamarilera, a café and library in one. View more work in the Entre Líneas portfolio.
  • To the contributors

    David Airey
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Five years after the first edition of Logo Design Love was published, the second edition is now available. A huge thank you to the following people and studios. 160over90 (@160over90) 300million Adrian Hanft Andrew Sabatier (@andrewsabatier) Antonio Carusone (@AisleOne) Believe in (@believeindesign) Blair Enns (@blairenns) Bravo Company (@bravo_company) Brian Alexander Gray Bunch (@BunchDesign) David Hyde Gerard Huerta (@gerardhuerta) Glad Creative (@GladCreative) High Tide (@HighTideNY) ico (@icodesign) id29 (@id29) Ivan Chermayeff Jerry Kuyper johnson banks (@johnsonbanks) Jon Large Kevin…
  • Logos on vintage badges

    David Airey
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    Robert Griffin got in touch to share his Flickr set of vintage enamel and metal badges. Many of the badges are accompanied by a logo history, such as these. Spratt’s badge and ephemera, c1960s On Flickr “The much loved dog calligram (a visual device, cleverly made up of the letters ‘Spratts’ in the image of a dog), was designed in 1936 by Max-Field Bush. In order to qualify for a free Spratt’s badge (as this 1960s example shows), pet owners were asked to collect 32 ‘Trade Mark Symbols’ from either Spratt’s Bonio, Weetmeet Nos. 1 & 2, Ovals,…
 
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    Ace Jet 170

  • Wheat Germ

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

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

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

    acejet170
    12 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    I've got this side project on at the moment; a writing project. It's taking me flippin' ages to be honest but it's bringing me into contact with some really interesting people. People I have to interview, about their jobs. So far, I've met a few people in the film industry, a basket maker, a theatre lighting technician, a set designer and last Friday, a joiner working on restoration projects for the National Trust. We met in his workshop. His workshop made of wood, that smells of wood and is full of tools…and wood. Now you may remember, I have carpentry in my blood.
  • Tooled Up

    acejet170
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:43 pm
    You can’t hope to improve, significantly, as a designer by merely practicing design. You’ll get better at Photoshop as you find your way around its hidden depths, your typography might creep forward with exposure to its challenges, you might have a natural grasp of colour, but progress will be slow unless you look further afield for your influences. Latching onto a sage-like mentor of some kind or bathing in the foamy mix of design history are hard to better. Same goes for writing. Writing in isolation is unlikely to lead you along the twisty-turny, bramble-blocked path that the writer…
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    Design is Kinky

  • Trent Whitehead

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

    Andrew
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:55 pm
  • Colab

    Andrew
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:52 pm
    If you like staring into the sun, or happen to be a four-eyes like me, check out the cool sunnies and optical gear at COLAB. They work with some very cool artists to create their shapes.
  • Leif Podhajsky Show

    Andrew
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Long time Design is Kinky fav Leif Podhajsky has a show up at Galerie Hors-Champs in Paris. Check it out if your near.
  • Take Workshops

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

    Jason
    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

    Jason
    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

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

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

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

    Chris Spooner
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Need to make an infographic fast? Access All Areas members can get a head start with this collection of vector infographic elements that has been kindly donated from the Infographic Template Shop. This best seller from the range contains a variety of useful vector elements that can be quickly copied and pasted into your own projects, allowing you to easily compose your own layouts with graphics, icons and charts. 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…
  • 20 Free Realistic Rusty Metal Logo Mockup Textures

    Chris Spooner
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I had to illegally trespass onto an old disused WW2 era Aerodrome in order to bring you my latest pack of free design resources, so this collection of rusty metal logo mockup textures is as authentically vintage as you can get! They’re perfect for mocking up your logos and designs onto worn surfaces to create realistic aged weathered effects. All you have to do is paste your artwork onto the Smart Object layer, then your design will be automatically distorted and distressed to simulate an old painted sign. This free pack of logo mockups contains 20 texture files of grungy old painted…
  • 5 Retro Circular Badges for Access All Areas Members

    Chris Spooner
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This week I’ve teamed up with Design Panoply to share more great design resources with my Access All Areas members. Download this pack of 5 vector retro circular badges and customise them for use in your own projects, giving your designs an instant nostalgic feeling. Inside the download you’ll find a link to a series of free fonts which will preserve the appearance of the badges to give you full control over the wording and layout. Design Panoply is a an extensive library of amazing design resources. All the files can either be purchased separately, or for real value for money,…
  • 8 Free Customizable Vector Vintage Style Logo Designs

    Chris Spooner
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    One of my popular freebies over the past year was the collection of 6 free customisable retro/vintage logos & emblems. It has been great seeing those designs out in the wild, helping promote various businesses and individuals. Those original files were designed in Photoshop, so I thought I’d follow them up with a fresh batch of vector vintage logo designs made specifically for Illustrator. Download these free designs and customise the text to suit your own projects. This pack of vintage logo designs contains 8 vector layouts that can be customised to contain your own wording. Each…
  • 5 HTML Website Themes for Access All Areas Members

    Chris Spooner
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Something completely different has been added for Access All Areas members to download today. So far members can enjoy all kinds of vectors, textures and mockups as part of their subscription, but now a set of HTML website templates is available courtesy of LoveUI.co. This Picnic HTML Themes bundle contains 5 ready made portfolio and app website templates for you to customise for your own projects. LoveUI is a new online store by interface designer Ben Bate. It’s home to a range of lovely UI resources that you can use in your own projects. Keep up to date with the latest developments by…
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  • Energize Your Static Website with this WordPress Conversion Tutorial (Part 1)

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

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

    Dainis Graveris
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Are you unhappy with the lack of clients you are getting as a freelance web designer? We know, we asked, and we understood the need for a great place that connects freelancers with clients but we couldn’t find a good solution to recommend. Existing job boards, crowd sourcing sites and freelance marketplaces all seem to undervalue designers and serve clients with cheap solutions. Then we spoke with a few of our entrepreneur friends and guess what? The hardest part for them is finding talented designers and developers! The world needs a better way to find the perfect designer or developer.
  • The Listed Voyage: 30 Free jQuery Navigation Menus

    Sam Norton
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Nowadays, jQuery navigation menus are more than just plain texts with links on it. In a previous tutorial, I presented to you how you can create a navigation menu with jQuery and CSS3, which is a cool way to display your menus on your site. With the power of jQuery, it can turn the navigation of a website into a dynamic menu. Although CSS3 can now be used to create dynamic navigation, still, jQuery adds more functionality on the menus. Aside from the dynamic functionalities, the design must also be considered. This is simply because your visitors would probably see it for the first time they…
  • The Zen of Relational Database: Learn the Basics Here!

    Sam Norton
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Databases have been a staple topic on every digital business. Thus organizing the tables and fields is necessary. The concept of Relational Database was born way back in 1969 when Edgar F. Codd, a researcher from IBM, wrote the process of outlining a database. From there, the this concept has spread on every computing-involved business and task. According to Wikipedia,   A relational database is a database that has a collection of tables of data items, all of which is formally described and organized according to the relational models. This means that using the relational model, each table…
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  • Ghost Buttons as a New Trend in Web Designing

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

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

    Ben Wilson
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Nothing tells a story in quite the way a video does. And, when it comes to integrate video into your WordPress site is just like putting a cherry on the cake. Videos are a popular tool to enhance your post, make it informative, and visually appealing. Video culture is important to keep the things live and exciting to the users. And WordPress, being one the best content management systems offers top-notch WordPress video plugins that enable you to embed videos into your post and imbue them with best artistic qualities that effectively convey your messages. Anyway, with that in mind, we are…
  • Software Escrow: Best Practice for Small Businesses

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

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

  • 3 Ways of Using Web Design to Create Brand

    Hala Ali
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    Designing a website is an artistic and cultural achievement. Not only you need to successfully and cleverly present the content that you’re getting out to your audience, but you need to find the audience that you’re targeting and create that message for them as well. This is essentially what will create a brand. Not everyone…
  • Break the Boundaries: Daily Tips for Designers

    Shyrose Vastani
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    Have you ever faced "Designers block"? Here is the way to fight with it. Normally our mind stops focusing on new aspects and loses the diversity in style of work. This happens because we stop thinking and keep on following the standard formula that previously worked. Consequently, we forget that designing is the area, where…
  • Elements of Branding through Web Design

    Mitchell Kernot
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    The design world can seem cluttered with all of the continually louder and louder attempts at attracting the attention of viewers around the world. Websites pour on color and stylization and music and everything they can think of in a misguided attempt to force you to stay on their website a second longer. P&Co. :…
  • 5 Celebrity Brand Endorsements Made in Hell

    Hala Ali
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    Brand marketers have always appreciated the value of celebrity endorsements to meet their promotional objectives. Choose a celebrity image that matches the brand product or service and you have a match made in heaven. At least that was the traditional marketing supposition but in this age of social media the supposed ‘stopping power’ companies delved…
  • Stationary Designs are Actually Your Brand Identity

    Hala Ali
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    Are stationery designers the ‘blue collar’ workers of the design industry or are they the underrated gems? I was reading a blog the other day and saw that a design firm had spotlighted a designer who specialized in stationery designs. This was a ‘top designer’ in his field for a specific crowdsourcing company. The blog…
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  • BAT – Bilbao Architecture Team

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

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

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

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

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

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    Asana’s new iOS 8 app now available! Use Asana to organize team tasks and conversations on web and mobile. Sign up free.
  • Getting Started With CSS Audits

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    This week I wrote about conducting CSS audits to organize your code, keeping it clean and performant—resulting in faster sites that are easier to maintain. Now that you understand the hows and whys of auditing, let’s take a look at some more resources that will help you maintain your CSS architecture. Here are some I’ve recently discovered and find helpful. Organizing CSS Harry Roberts has put together a fantastic resource for thinking about how to write large CSS systems, CSS Guidelines. Interested in making the style guide part of the audit easier? This Github repo includes a whole…
  • Client Education and Post-Launch Success

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    What our clients do with their websites is just as important as the websites themselves. We may pride ourselves on building a great product, but it’s ultimately up to the client to see it succeed or fail. Even the best website can become neglected, underused, or messy without a little education and training. Too often, my company used to create amazing tools for clients and then send them out into the world without enough guidance. We’d watch our sites slowly become stale, and we’d see our strategic content overwritten with fluffy filler. It was no one’s fault but our own. As…
  • CSS Audits: Taking Stock of Your Code

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Most people aren’t excited at the prospect of auditing code, but it’s become one of my favorite types of projects. A CSS audit is really detective work. You start with a site’s code and dig deeper: you look at how many stylesheets are being called, how that affects site performance, and how the CSS itself is written. Your goal is to look for ways to improve on what’s there—to sleuth out fixes to make your codebase better and your site faster. I’ll share tips on how to approach your own audit, along with the advantages of taking a full inventory of your CSS and various tools.
  • This week's sponsor: Stack

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Stack is a simple task management system for devs and designers. Fully customizable and flexible to suit your workflow.
 
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    Abduzeedo Design Inspiration - Design Inspiration & Tutorials

  • Wallpaper of the Week by Vinicius Araujo

    abduzeedo
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    The wallpaper of this week is a really cool image created by Vinicius Araujo. The image is a 3D composition he created to study Cinema 4D. We here at Abduzeedo always support personal and side projects and if you have any work you want to share with us for the Wallpaper of the Week just let us know. Desktop Version iPad Version iPhone Version Resolutions: 2880x1800px 2560x1440px 1920x1200px 1680x1050px 1440x900px 1280x800px iPhone iPad Tags: wallpaperwallpaper of the weekiphoneipadAndroidabduzeedo's blog
  • Best of the Week: Tech News, Illustrations, Photography and more

    fabiano
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    It's time for our best news of this week. We have a lot of graphic and web design, a bit of architecture, ads, tech news, awesome reads and other crazy stuff! So take a look at the links we've selected for your inspiration and to keep you updated about what's going on out there! We want to give a big thanks to our sponsors:Shutterstock, Psd2Html and Snapwire. A special mention to Media Temple for the excellent service and support with Abduzeedo! You can keep sending me your suggestions via Twitter twitter.com/FabianoMe and include #abdz_best in the message. Friday 09/19 21 Rules for a…
  • Daily Inspiration #1875

    fabiano
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want to participate and share your graphic design inspiration, You can submit your images and inspiration to RAWZ via http://raw.abduzeedo.com and don't forget to send your Abduzeedo username; or via Twitter sending to http://twitter.com/abduzeedo. aanthoor Aidan Kenny Alejandro Solórzano Alex Chin Blog 1855 brasilquedeuserto Ches Hernandez Chris Brooks CIGA - Agência de Imagem Daniel Yonge Denis Milani Adriano distortthedistorted Gorkem Menekse Half…
  • Funny Mr. Bean Photo-manips by Rodney Pike

    PauloGabriel
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    Now these cracked me up! I was taking a good look at Rodney Pike's work, an awesome set of celebrity photo-manip caricatures, but a bunch of his pieces caught my attention: Mr. Bean inserted in traditional paintings. These are so good! I must say I really enjoy watching Mr. Bean and seeing these just made me laugh. Also, these photo-manipulations by Rodney Pike are really great! As I've said, in his portfolio at DeviantART you'll find great caricatures, so check it out! I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;) Tags: photo manipulationphotoshopPauloGabriel's blog
  • Friday Fresh Free Fonts - Docker, Luthier, Nexa Rust

    paul0v2
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Friday fresh free fonts is a series of free fonts posted every Friday, yes I know it's awesome. I will look forward to bring a lot of great fonts that will sure help you improve your typography work. Check out what I selected for you on this FFFF post and make sure to comeback for more next week. View all FFFF posts Docker by Slava Krivonosov Download Docker Luthier by Adrià Gómez Download Luthier Nexa Rust by Font Fabric Download Nexa Rust Tags: FFFFfree fontsfontsfreebiepaul0v2's blog
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  • Your Services Affect Your Service

    Chris Risdon
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    I recently moved into a new house and was contemplating going with satellite television, instead of traditional cable. I had never had this service, so I sought recommendations from my coworkers and my social networks about two satellite TV service providers. A few recommendations for company #1 rolled in saying they loved the service. (and yes, even using the word “loved”—which is a strong endorsement in my book) Unexpectedly, about double the amount came in warning me to stay away from company #2. The complaints about company #2 were all targeted at installation or service…
  • Olympics, Healthcare, Delivery…OH MY!

    Jamin Hegeman
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    What do the Olympics, healthcare, delivery food, public policy, and financial services have in common? The challenge of designing and delivery great service experiences that people love and really bring value to the business. We’re very excited to bring together such a diverse and amazing lineup of companies and speakers for two days of talks and workshops focused on the practice and value of service experience and design at this year’s Service Experience Conference, November 13-14, in San Francisco. Our speakers will deliver real world insights and stories, both successes and failures…
  • Making it Real

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

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

    Amber Reed
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Who are the people inside Adaptive Path? Starting this month, we will give you an opportunity to get to know our staff by taking a peek at what’s in their toolkit and where they draw their inspiration. This month, we explore what makes Adaptive Path’s Visual Design Lead tick. Amber Reed shares with us the objects that fuel her design process. My tricks for staying creatively inspired: 1. When I’m out of ideas or feel like I’ve been pushing the same elements around the page all day, getting away gives me a fresh perspective and helps me focus on what’s really important.
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    AndySowards.com :: Web Design, Development, Programming

  • A Trio of Social Media Tactics that Can Make a Real Difference

    Andy Sowards
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetIf you feel like every small business owner on the planet has at least one social media page, you would (almost) be correct. Over 80 percent of small and medium businesses use social media, usually for marketing purposes, Mashable notes. Unfortunately, as a Social Media Coach points out, 76 percent of business owners will ultimately fail in their attempts to use this popular platform.For small businesses that are looking to beat the odds and succeed on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more, the following trio of tactics are currently being…
  • 30+ Epic Motorcycle Helmet Designs

    Andy Sowards
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Advertise here with BSATweetWhen we think of custom design, a lot of things can come to mind. It is easy to forget that there are out of the ordinary items and products that people care enough about to go all in and custom make them, or take something and customize it to look like something else. To the regular designer these things seem like a lot of work but to the dedicated they are a project of pure passion. Everyone has seen motorcycles, and everyone has seen motorcycle helmets, but unless you have looked I guarantee you have never seen helmets quite this freaking AWESOME before.I…
  • 5 Unique Careers for Graphic Designers

    Andy Sowards
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetNot all graphic designers work on logos or create websites. If you graduated with a degree in graphic design there are other careers that also target your specific abilities. Since the graphic design industry is competitive, think outside the box during your job search and seek positions that require creativity, artistic knowledge and communication skills. Additionally, specialized services in publishing, advertising and public relations are common in the graphic design industry, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Video Game Artist How to Become a Successful Game…
  • Best Viral Content on ViralSwarm.com

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

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

  • Miracle Paintings: Wild Child Dan Colen Gets (Kind Of) Sober

    Ariane Fairlie
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Dan Colen has been dubbed in the past one of Warhol’s Children, a famous or notorious – depending on which critic you’re asking – New York post-pop prince. His earlier work was made of gum and simulation bird droppings, and although his artwork received heavy criticism for imitating or ridiculing artists and the high-art community, he continued to be successful and his career flourished. It seems there’s always a place for the unaffected artist-rock-star character type. Recently, Colen has taken a more subdued approach to his practice. In light of the death of his good friend and…
  • Seung-Hwan Oh Fuses Art With Microbiology In Bacteria Manipulated Photographs

    Stephanie Chan
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Using homegrown bacteria, photographer Seung-Hwan Oh warps and manipulates his photographs, surrendering his art to a higher ecological order. Oh, who also goes by the name Tonio Oh, explains that his intention is to “explore the impermanence of matter as well as the material limitations of photography.” It brings the artist’s studio into the laboratory, marvelously blending the organic and the artificial. Oh’s website describes the process: “As the microbes consume light-sensitive chemical over the course of months or years, the silver halides destabilize,…
  • Sally Hewett Fills Embroidery Hoops with Butts, Breasts, and More (NSFW)

    Sara Barnes
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Sally Hewett is a UK-based embroider who gives new meaning to a sculptural approach to the craft. Instead of stitching subject matter like flowers, puppies, and generally happy scenes, she fills embroidery hoops with butts, breasts, and genatalia. The circular compositions rise from the surface and Hewett uses well-placed stitches to give form to these bulbous shapes. In addition, she’ll use dangling threads to simulate public hair, both trimmed and natural. In her artist statement, Hewett states that she’s interested in ideas of beauty and the things that people do because of it. She…
  • The World’s Largest Flower Parade Is A Surreal Feast For The Eyes

    Lindsey Rae Gjording
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Corso Zundert, the famous flower parade, takes place every September in Zundert, a small town on the Belgian border. Known as the world’s largest flower parade, participating districts work arduously to out-do the other competitors in creating the most wild and unique float possible. There is no set theme for the parade, but competitors must adhere to two parameters: their floats must be made entirely of dahlia flowers and be smaller than 20 by 10 meters. Included here are photographs of floats from this year and past years as well. With the huge crowds surrounding the floats you…
  • Illuminated Girls – Vasya Kolotusha’s Neon Soaked Retro Illustrations

    Genista
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ukrainian illustrator Vasya Kolotusha has a great eye for pattern, texture and color. Taking inspiration from fashion blogs and models, she captures a playful essence in her sketches and animations. With a clean aesthetic, and a slight 80s twist, her images are cool, stylish, classic and quietly humorous. Illustrating for magazines, bands, and posters, Kolotusha’s lux style is a popular one. Her latest experiments with adding neon light tube details to her sketches are a good match. They are reminiscent of 80s hairdressing signs, a piece of art from a time when sign writing was…
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  • Find New Clients the Creative Way

    behanceteam
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Binoculars designed by Luis Prado for the Noun Project For many creatives, finding new clients can be challenging, and well, a real drag when all we want to do is work on our next masterpiece. Alex Mathers of Red Lemon Club developed a list of 50 ways for creative people to land clients. A creator himself, the list is both practical and creative-centric. Here are a few of his suggestions: 10. Shoot a behind the scenes film of your workspace and share it online. 15. Give a free talk on something that would truly benefit your target prospects and encourage people to connect with you at the end.
  • Jason Fried & Scott Heiferman: Building Businesses That Last

    behanceteam
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    About this presentation There’s a ton of focus on growing quickly and scaling, but there’s beauty in the long, slow, sustained effort. Scott Heiferman has been running Meetup since 2002 and Jason Fried has been at the helm of Basecamp since 1999. In this 99U Interview, the two accomplished founders discuss the long haul: how do we build businesses that become our life’s work?    “Not every business has to be a place where everything is chaotic and everyone’s sweating. Rapid growth and getting big create a lot of tension and turbulence. We’re in this for…
  • 10 Science-Backed Ways to Spark Creativity

    Tanner Christensen
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Child designed by Joey Edwards from the Noun Project Research over the last decade has shown that there are proven methods for sparking creative insights. If you want to be more creative, author and researcher Jonah Lehrer explains at The Wall Street Journal, you’ll simply need to coax your brain into it. Lehrer gives us 10 tips on how to do just that, here are some of our favorites: Get Groggy: According to a study published last month, people at their least alert time of day—think of a night person early in the morning—performed far better on various creative puzzles, sometimes…
  • Werner Herzog: Tackle Your Ideas

    Stephanie Kaptein
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Burglar designed by Designvad from the Noun Project In filmmaker Werner Herzog’s book A Guide for the Perplexed, he describes his ideation process and how he selects which concept to develop first: The problem isn’t coming up with ideas, it is how to contain the invasion. My ideas are like uninvited guests. They don’t knock on the door; they climb in through the windows like burglars who show up in the middle of the night and make a racket in the kitchen as they raid the fridge. I don’t sit and ponder which one I should deal with first. The one to be wrestled to the floor before…
  • Run Your Race, Not Someone Else’s

    Stephanie Kaptein
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Race designed by Takao Umehara from the Noun Project When we see the impressive work of others, it’s tempting to change our game plan to follow theirs in our fear of being left behind. However, Todd Henry, founder of Accidental Creative, has learned that due to unique passions, skills and experience, we each have our own path to follow. Henry advises embracing the motto of one of his runner friends: …the most important mindset principle for success in competitive running, especially in endurance races, is twofold: stay focused on the ground immediately in front of you, and work…
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  • 10 gadgets every digital professional should own

    Paul Boag
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    This week on the Boagworld show we drool over the sexiest and most useful gadgets for any digital professional. Paul Boag: This week on the Boagworld show we drool over the sexiest and most useful gadgets for any web professional. An ultra thin, ultra light laptop (12:16) A super fast document scanner (18:43) A capacity expanding router (24:44) Inductive charging wireless mouse (30:08) A keyboard that can control multiple devices (32:35) Pocket Battery (35:32) An SD card for extra laptop storage (38:53) A docking station for your laptop (41:30) Noise cancelling headphones (45:49) A…
  • The role of your website in raising awareness

    Paul Boag
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Looking to increase awareness for your product, service or cause? Turn to social media first and use your site in a supporting role. We have recently had two clients insist that their websites feature social media icons. Whenever this happens it always makes me nervous. Nervous because these icons can distract from more important primary actions. But in at least one of these two cases, things were different. Raising awareness and social sharing was their primary action. They wanted to encourage people to share their content above anything else. This left me with a dilemma, was social media…
  • 10 ways to make your forms a pleasure to use

    Paul Boag
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    This week on the Boagworld show we tackle one of the most frustrating parts of the online experience — form filling. Order your fields in a logical manner Markup your forms well Never make the user deal with your problems Remember the page state if the user exists Place validation messages next to the appropriate field Jump to the first error message on submit Facilitate easy tabbing Use clear, minimal instructions Don’t ask users to enter field information you can lookup Make every field justify itself Add your suggestions to the comments Paul Boag: Hello and welcome to…
  • Why fixing how you use digital tools will not be enough

    Paul Boag
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    There is a lot of buzz around making better use of the digital tools at our disposal (the web, social media and mobile). But that is not going to be enough to secure the future of your organisation. As I wrote recently digital transformation is not about digital tools. It is about understanding and adapting to the needs and behaviour of the new digital consumer. Take for example poor old British Airways. Instead of writing to BA, a disgruntled customer decided to pay for a promoted tweet to express his frustration. It read: Don’t fly @BritishAirways. Their customer service is…
  • Ten web professionals worth your attention

    Paul Boag
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    This week on the Boagworld Show Paul shares the ten people who have been the biggest inspiration in shaping his view of digital. Paul Boag: This week on the Boagworld Show, I share the 10 people who have been the biggest inspiration in shaping my view of digital. Jeremy Keith (13:52) Carl Smith (18:06) Gerry Mcgovern (21:42) Anna Debenham (24:26) Matt Curry (29:03) Jared Spool (33:08) Mike Kus (37:59) Jeffrey Zeldman, Eric Meyer and Molly Holzschlag (42:12) Sarah Parmenter (45:53) Drew McLellan and Rachel Andrew (49:23) Share the people who inspire you in the comments Hello and welcome to…
 
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    BOOOOOOOM!

  • James Murphy and IBM Turn Data from US Open Tennis Matches into Live Streaming Music

    Jeff
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    I love this idea so much. Recently James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) teamed up with IBM to create nearly 400 hours of live streaming music by interpreting data from US Open tennis matches. I love that you can imagine all the action in the match by listening to the music. Watch the video, which explains a bit of the process, and then check out the music in the embedded playlists below. I’ve included James Murphy’s remixes of the entire US Open in one playlist, and then all the generative music from matches in the other playlists. View the whole post: James Murphy and IBM Turn…
  • Wren McDonald

    Jeff
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    Drawings by Orlando, Florida-based illustrator Wren McDonald. More below. View the whole post: Wren McDonald over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Alex Crétey-Systermans

    Jeff
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:10 am
    Photos by Alex Crétey-Systermans. Paris, France. More below. View the whole post: Alex Crétey-Systermans over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Craftsy: Creating Realistic Water

    Jeff
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:38 am
    Once again, our quality sponsor this week is Craftsy which provides video tutorials and downloadable eGuides for aspiring artists. The resources they provide are aimed at people who want to quickly brush up on some basics. This week they’re offering a free downloadable eGuide on “Creating Realistic Waterscapes”. The eGuide gives you an overview of things like the wet on wet technique, building up colour, using a masking fluid, and describing light and shadow. Not everyone is looking to paint raindrops obviously but there’s some good fundamentals here. If you’re…
  • Dale Rothenberg

    Jeff
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:35 am
    Photos by Cleveland, Ohio-based photographer Dale Rothenberg. More below. View the whole post: Dale Rothenberg over on BOOOOOOOM!.
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    Web Design Raleigh and Fort Myers Web Design | Logo Design

  • Booklet Design for Insurance Agency, “Connected Benefits”

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

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

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

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

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

  • TemplateMonster Giveaway: Win 1 of 3 WordPress Themes

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

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

    Jean
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    W3 Total Cache W3 Total Cache is a performance optimization framework designed to improve user experience and page speed. It improves the user experience of your site by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration. Link: https://wordpress.org/plugins/w3-total-cache/ Disqus Sick of spam, but still want to maintain a positive commenting experience for your readers? Disqus is an external comment system which makes commenting easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving…
  • How to build a fixed menu in 3 easy steps

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

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

  • The Safest Plugins for Handling your WordPress Site During Maintenance

    Jake Rocheleau
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Often times you will need to shutdown a website for updating bug fixes, testing a new theme, and other common reasons. But the process on WordPress can be a hassle since you would need to redirect all the traffic onto a new default page. This can easily be handled using some open source plugins from the WP repository. I want to present a small collection of WordPress plugins for handling downtime on your website. Each of these is open source and easy to install on any website. You can generally activate settings and themes from the backend admin panel. Using a pre-built method will save a lot…
  • Elegant Themes Giveaway: 3 Developer Subscriptions Worth $267 (sponsored)

    Iulian
    21 May 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Based on its long history in the field of WordPress themes and applications, Elegant Themes offers a wide selection of high standard solutions for web developers and even new users. Over 200 thousand customers are already enjoying these products and this is mainly due to the top quality products and the great variety of themes. A bundle of 87 different themes is available for only $69. The main benefit is that you can use them for an unlimited number of domains. A new and fresh approach to page building has been released at the beginning of this year: Divi. The innovations are represented by…
  • How the iPad POS Is Changing the Way Small Businesses Make Payments

    brantwilson
    29 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    The need for an effective Point of Sale (POS) system is an issue that many businesses grapple with, especially small businesses. Traditional POS systems can be large, clunky and expensive. In addition, there is often the need for extensive training on how to use these systems. In addition to these issues, the introduction of Internet shopping hasn’t made things any easier, and many small businesses face the challenges associated with a cost effective solution of selling online. However, many of these issues have been solved with recent developments in payment software and hardware,…
 
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    CrazyLeaf Design Blog RSS Feed

  • Kickstarter: The Art of Sandwiches x CLD Giveaway

    Alex Wang
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    Advertise here with BSAThere are only a few things in life that can get me going and that’s food, and art. Combine them together and I’m all smiles. For Gabrielle and Jeremy, two graphic designers from Sydney, Australia, their love of food and art resulted in a Kickstarter project tastily titled “The Art of Sandwiches”. Perfect for your home, art studio, classroom, café, office or as a gift, the project is a series of delicious A2 posters that’s been inspired by the major art movements in history. “As designers, we are constantly drawing inspiration from…
  • Create Your Own Royalty-free Flat Icons with Flaticons.net

    Alex Wang
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    Advertise here with BSAWe live in a flat world, well, at least it is in the virtual world. Ever since Apple began introducing the flat design, scores of designers took to the trend and ran wild with it. It may not be that hard, in fact, flat is easier to accomplish. For the most part, there are no more gradients, minimal shadows, less curves, and some truly amazing pastel color combos. For web designers like myself, I have my usual palette of icons to work with. And depending on the client, more often than not, basic is good enough. However, ‘basic’ also means there’s not a…
  • PhotoSpin, Beautiful and Affordable Stock Photos for Designers

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:55 am
    Advertise here with BSAThere are many stock photo websites out there but only a handful of them offer interesting subscription and pricing options for their users. One of these companies is PhotoSpin. The really interesting thing about PhotoSpin is that the company was started by designers and photographers and continues to this day to be managed by creative professionals. This way it’s really easy for them to be closer to their clients, the graphic designers, understand their needs and provide a valuable and affordable service. PhotoSpin started their subscription based service for stock…
  • Huge List of Free iPhone 6 Mockup Design Templates (PSD, AI, Wireframes)

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    Advertise here with BSAIn the usual Apple fashion, the latest iPhone releases rocked the world less than a week ago. What does that mean for us as designers? Well for one, it’s time to refresh our mocks and enhance our portfolios with the new, bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Below, we’ve hand-picked a list of gorgeous flat design templates, PSD mockups, AI vector files, and Iphone 6 wireframes from the best of the web. Be sure to watch this page as we’ll be adding more goodies in the coming weeks! 1) Free iPhone 6 and 6 plus PSD Mock-ups 2) Flat iPhone 6 Mockup Vector 3)…
  • Visme – Interactive Online Presentations, Infographics, animations and banners made easy

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Advertise here with BSAProbably everyone at some time in their life needs to express their thoughts and ideas to others in the form of content. You can need this at your work, at school or even in your family life. The forms of content we are talking about are presentations, animations, infographics and others. Most of us already have some sort of software to solve all these, like Powerpoint. The thing is that most of these programs and apps are outdated and don’t take into consideration new technologies, such as HTML5. Visme is a HTML5 based online app you can use to translate your…
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    Creativeoverflow

  • Why Your Blog Sucks and 5 Steps to Fix it!

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

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

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

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

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

    Guest Author
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    I've been coming around to the idea of using Susy (a Sass add-on for grids) lately. I like the idea of grids-on-demand, rather than a strict framework (no matter how simple). We even added support to CodePen. Last week I ran into Eric Suzanne, the creator of Susy, and I told him Zell Liew was working on a guest post for this site. He was "Oh, Zell! Yeah he's awesome, he's like the unofficial promoter and trainer for Susy." And so, here's Zell introducing us to Susy! Susy provides you with the tools to build your own grid layouts that match the needs of your website. She gives you the freedom…
  • The Bézier Game

    Chris Coyier
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    A game to help you master the pen tool. By Mark MacKay. Early in my career I had a job where a good half of it was cutting detailed clipping paths on photos (using the Pen Tool in Photoshop). We had an in-house photography department that shot furniture and electronics and the like, and I had to cut outlines around everything so designers could easily isolate things as needed. I'm sure I did thousands of photos. I'm still not a super expert, but I value my Pen Tool skills and end up using them regularly. Direct Link to Article — Permalink The Bézier Game is a post from CSS-Tricks
  • Getting Started with CSS Shapes

    Chris Coyier
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    I just watched Jen Simmons give a talk Modern Layouts: Getting Out Of Our Ruts and she had some great examples of how easy CSS shapes are to use, even with safe progressive enhancement. If you haven't heard of them, essentially it's a way to wrap content (typically text) around custom SVG-like paths. As serendipity would have it, here's Razvan Caliman with a megapost on how it all works and how to use it with real examples. Direct Link to Article — Permalink Getting Started with CSS Shapes is a post from CSS-Tricks
  • Scroll-Then-Fix Content

    Chris Coyier
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    A reader sent me in a GIF showing off a cool effect they saw on Google on mobile. (Presumably the homepage you see when you launch Chrome on Android?) There is a search input in the middle of the page that scrolls with the page, but as it's about to scroll off the page, it becomes affixed to the header. Let's cover that, because, you know... OH: I'm a mobile web developer, so I basically spend all day getting requests for content to stick to the top after some scrolling — Daniel Wilson (@dancwilson) September 16, 2014 It's a cool effect particularly if used to make UX better and not…
  • A Look at SVG Light Source Filters

    Guest Author
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    The following is a guest post by Joni Trythall. Joni recently finished a Pocket Guide to Writing SVG. I've been excited about SVG for a while now, working with it, learning about it, writing about it... but there is so much to know. It really is another whole universe of the web. So I reached out to Joni to see if she would like to write something for CSS-Tricks on SVG and she agreed! Here's Joni on lighting in SVG, something I know I knew nothing about before reading this. SVG has its own set of filter effects that, when writing SVG, allow the author to combine several of these effects and…
 
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    David Airey, graphic designer

  • Pass it on

    David Airey
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    I’ve got six free copies of the new Logo Design Love book to give away. Cerovski, by Bunch All I ask is that when you’ve finished reading, give the book to someone you think would like it, and ask that person to do the same when he or she has finished. To get a copy, just leave a comment asking me a question you want answered in a followup post. Ask me anything. If I get more than six questions I’ll draw names randomly on Wednesday, then email you for your address.
  • OPENING, by Christopher Willits

    David Airey
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    OPENING is a beautifully immersive audio visual recording by San Francisco-based Christopher Willits. “For years, I’ve imagined the work I do in music, photography, video/film, immersive audio and meditation all coming into one space. Sound and light can transform and inspire our imaginations. It can be used as a tool to awaken our consciousness.” “There are no actors or dialogue in this film. The audience and their perception is the main character, and everyone’s imagination is going to create some meaning that’s relevant to their own experience. My intention is to create…
  • Antisocial media marketing

    David Airey
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    My Logo Design Love Facebook page has been “liked” more than 300,000 times, yet even the most popular newsfeed update (the photo album that’s screen-grabbed below) isn’t shown to everyone who has chosen to see what I share. That number at the bottom of the image is what I’m talking about — “127,104 people reached.” It’s not that the other 60 percent just weren’t using Facebook at the time. It’s that Facebook limits the reach in order to sell me the attention of the page’s supporters. Thing is, a reach of about 40 percent is now way…
  • Drone over Burning Man

    David Airey
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Tycho Awake. A fitting track to pitch with footage of a drone over Burning Man. Filmed by Fest300 on a GoPro Hero 3+. I’ve never visited the “playa” but I think about it every time I see photos.
  • Hiiibrand Awards winners

    David Airey
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Now into its fifth year, the latest Hiiibrand Awards winners were announced just before the summer. It was a pleasure to sit on the judging panel, and here are a few identities that stood out. I was particularly keen on this 2013 project for the children’s department in Copenhagen’s central library. It was designed by Hvass&Hannibal (visitors to Creative Review, Brand New, and The Fox is Black are likely to be familiar with it). Another playful one, created in 2013 for boda, a “forest garden kindergarten.” It was designed by Chengdu Ridunshe Culture & Communication.
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  • Designing Custom iOS App Interface Elements using Photoshop

    Jake Rocheleau
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    Advertise here with BSAFree iPhone GUI PSD kits include a lot of the primary elements needed for app design. But sometimes it’s necessary to build your own custom interface elements. I always preferred the older iOS 5-6 UI above the more flat-looking iOS7. Specifically I fell in love with this Microsoft Word app for iPhone created by the very talented Victor Erixon. In this tutorial I want to demonstrate how to recreate a couple of these same MS Word interface elements from scratch. Building with shapes and paths will allow for an easier process of scaling the graphics to larger sizes. You…
  • 5 Tips for Beating the Cycle of Perfectionism

    Sara Duane-Gladden
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    Advertise here with BSAHave you ever met a designer or developer who wasn’t a perfectionist to some degree or another? It’s understandable that there are probably few of them, as the aim for perfection often differentiates the good designs from the great ones. Making sure that every element is “just so” can keep designers up at night, toiling away. Being a perfectionist has its advantages. It can help you produce amazing works and dazzle clients. It can help you seal the deal with new customers. It can push you to new challenges and new creative heights. Of course, perfectionism also…
  • 40 Examples of White Portfolio Web Designs for Inspiration

    Jake Rocheleau
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    Advertise here with BSAClean minimalist portfolios have been popular for years. Since the goal is to get people focused on your work, minimalism can remove distractions and keep attention where it belongs. Granted more aesthetic features can prove you to be a more competent designer – but they need to be elegant and complementary to the layout. I’ve put together a series of white-colored portfolio websites ranging in theme from minimalist to fanciful. You can find dozens of examples in this post which elucidate the critical features of a great portfolio. Some examples are personal…
  • 15 Web Apps That Top Web Designers Are Using

    iulian
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    Advertise here with BSAHow well does your small web design business or freelance fare? Being part of a fiercely competitive business world poses many challenges, and you need all the help you can get. Hence, you may want to turn your attention to a set of web apps that are engineered to help companies like yours. This is a list of 15 extremely useful apps that vouch to improve your overall project and time management, file sharing, data collection, prototype presentations, and e-mail marketing. Invoicing and Financial Apps Nutcache Top-ranked companies have one thing in common: they all keep…
 
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  • 15 killer crowdsourced flyers and leaflets

    marie
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    In the past if you needed something designed for your company, say a logo or a leaflet for an event, you would have to hire an expensive design company or trust your Paint skills. Today, however, thanks to the advances of technology, mainly the internet, this process has become much easier. Thanks to crowdsourcing sites such as Crowdsite, we instantly have access to thousands of designers with the click of a few buttons. Founded in 2009 the company aims at providing everyone with easy access to designers, not just on a local scale but also on a much more global scale. One thing that makes…
  • This week in design: 23 creative photography logos, templates and much more

    marie
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    The week is coming to an end and that means it is time for us to look back on the week that passed, the best design news, resources and other goodies. This week we look at renderings of the new Apple Watch, cute and silly emoticons, as well as WordPress poll plugins, creative photography logos and much more. 19 Header and Hero Images Packs for Your Projects Today we collected some outstanding hero and header images packs for your current and future projects. Large hero images have become quite popular lately. Companies like Paypal, Ghost, Squarespace, InVision, Square, Magisto, and many…
  • 16 jaw dropping packaging designs

    marie
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    Every day we see hundreds of packaging designs, some we notice and some we don’t. Since we are bombarded with so many different packaging designs, it can sometimes be difficult for designers to come up with a new and original design. In this article we have found 16 jaw dropping packaging designs. Some of these are actual product designs, while some of them are just ideas and suggestions for how the packaging could have been done better. Festina Watches Bzzz Armenian Honey Toscatti Thelma’s Treats Diesel Smirnoff Caipiroska peel able bottle Coke Vintage Packaging Kraft Macaroni and…
  • Top five free online photo editors

    marie
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:48 am
    Imagine this, you are out somewhere without your beloved computer, which also means you are without your beloved Photoshop. Now you need to edit a picture but don’t have access to any installed editors, do you simply scrap the idea of editing the picture? NO, you simply open your web browser and use one of these online editors. Fotor If you feel intimidated by the level of customization offered by Pixlr, then you might want to consider Fotor. As you can see in the image above, the editor comes with a very easy to use interface. The photo editor even comes with the ability to create HDR…
  • This week in design: 52 resources, tutorials and must-reads

    marie
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    The week is coming to an end and that means it is time for us to look back on the week that passed, the best design news, resources and other goodies. This week we look at great food websites, awesome UX Tasks, little SEO mistakes you should avoid at all costs, and much more. 8 Sites For Free Stock Photos That Don’t Look Like Free Stock Photos But before you resolve yourself to either having to whip up your own images or pay top dollar for high quality ones, know that good — free — stock photography actually exists. You just have to know where to look for it! Here are some of the…
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  • The Use of Texture in Web Design

    Carol Francis
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    These days textures in web design are vying with other trends such as transparency and gradients. The days of such textures as wood, grass and chalkboards seem to be fading, but as you will see in this article, they are still around and they still work well. A texture, whether it is used as a background or on elements, can add some interest to an otherwise plain design, and they work well with image-light websites. Take a look through this showcase that we have compiled and see if you think textures in web design are here to stay. Textures in Web Design Bahur78 This freelance web designer…
  • How to Use Storytelling to Design Delightful UX

    Armen Ghazarian
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    Since the beginning of time good storytellers have been the heart and soul of any community. They have enjoyed popularity and sympathy of their fellows, who kept coming for more stories and tales. Little has changed since then. We are still hungry for a really good story. What has changed is the way we reach people and communicate our stories. Storytelling is an art that can be applied to pretty much anything. You don’t necessarily have to be a fiction writer or a travel blogger to make use of good storytelling. And by saying “stories” we no longer mean only words, but a number of media…
  • 30+ Free Useful Retro and Vintage Fonts

    Carol Francis
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:21 am
    Vintage and retro web design is still a popular choice of style among designers and their clients. It is important to use old-style elements within the design, and of course, it is very important to use a font that is reminiscent of the era being recreated. So today we are bringing you a selection of more than 30 vintage and retro fonts from different eras as far back as medieval style. Free Useful Retro and Vintage Fonts Riesling Matchbook Upper East Side Fontleroy Brown Rechtman Bellerose Hardly Worthit Rocket Script Andes Arwen Betty Noir Herald Square Market Deco Chocolate Box HFF Zeldom…
  • Importance of Emotional Design in Web Design

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Barbara Zandvliet
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Global design agency Dragon Rouge embarked on a radical re-design and re-positioning of the iconic Philadelphia Cream Cheese brand, set to launch across Europe over the next few months. The new positioning captures a diverse range of tastes, textures, sensations, colors and ingredients illustrated through a photographic style that celebrates the appeal of effortlessly tasty food that is delicious."The logo has been carefully crafted to work when overlaying the brand photography and across various print and digital channels that range from the recipe booklets to the brand’s Facebook…
  • Oast House Brewers 2-Pack

    Barbara Zandvliet
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Niagara Oast House Brewers collaborated with Insite Design to design a two-pack carrier with rustic appeal for their popular Farmhouse Ales.For inspiration, the Canadian design agency looked no further than the brewery's rural location...An old red barn in Niagara on the Lake Ontario.    "The case was custom designed and engineered to comfortably carry two 750mL bottles, while expressing a compelling extended story of the bucolic brand and it's style of beers. The result is a fun, relaxed farm pop collectible that is irresistible to thirsty urban farmers at the end of a successful…
  • Concepts We Wish Were Real

    Ivan Navarro
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The theme for this week's Concepts We Wish Were Real is illustration. It has become increasingly popular amongst indie brands, who embrace its hand-crafted elements, often using it in bold and artistic ways. The following projects have embraced illustration and coupled it with humor and narrative, creating concepts that are memorable as much for their story-telling as they are for their design.  The DEAD Sea Brine Concept  The DEAD Sea Brine is the kind of drink a dead pirate would drink. Set against a DEAD Sea, the label is beautifully illustrated with pirate insignia and…
  • Skyline Gift Wrap

    Ivan Navarro
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    As a kid I was obsessed - OBSESSED - with skylines.  In the pre internet days, I would research city skylines in encyclopedias and atlases, pouring over the buildings and studying how the collective whole made or broke cities. My favorite was San Francisco for its Transamerica building and it's pyramid shape with jetting facades flanking each side. My least favorite was Detroit.I can now relive my fascination with Skyline Gift Wrap from Suck UK, which creates unique gifts and accessories for the home.   Created by Suck UKCountry: UK…
  • Concept: Pinar Milk & Juice

    Barbara Zandvliet
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Designer Bora Yildirim created a re-usable design concept for Turkish food and dairy retailer Pinar.    Yildirim focused on creating a concept that would appeal to children and parents by incorporating re-use principles and modern aesthetics that would set Pinar's milk and juice beverages apart from its competitors. "In addition to encouraging children to drink milk to help their physical development, this project aims to improve their creative imagination with the product’s functionality as a toy.  The different forms and colors aim to re-vamp the product package…
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  • 25 After Effects Tutorials for Animated UI and UX Design

    Jake Rocheleau
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Advertise here with BSAA popular trend in modern UX design is creating animated GIF images to demonstrate how an interface will behave with user interaction. The interface can relate to sliding menus, buttons, swipe-animated galleries, and a whole lot more. The best tool for creating these animations would be After Effects – a program by Adobe which offers a lot of powerful tools. If you’ve never used After Effects before don’t sweat it! This software can be understood with just a bit of practice and repetition. I’ve cataloged a series of tutorials which display how…
  • 5 Tips for Selling Your Designs or Photographs Online

    Sara Duane-Gladden
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    Advertise here with BSAThe internet offers designers and photographers of all types more and more ways to sell their works online. The web also puts designers in front of customers who might not otherwise have ever seen their artwork. Overall, it’s a win-win situation for both buyers and sellers. If you’re trying to sell your works online, there’s more than one way to approach the process. Some photographers and designers sell the finished piece, which must then be shipped through the mail or parcel delivery service after purchase. Others sell a digital file, like a JPEG or PDF, in…
  • 27 Free Credit Card Icon Sets for Online Web Shops

    Jake Rocheleau
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Advertise here with BSAeCommerce is a booming industry which is only growing larger by the year. Beyond physical products it has become easier than ever to sell digital items like e-books, music, videos, and even website graphics online. But any good eCommerce website also includes a set of its own graphics for a simpler user experience. One of the most common sets of graphics would be payment icons. Credit cards are usually a big part of the online payment cycle, along with digital accounts such as PayPal. This gallery features 27 free icon sets including hundreds of various payment methods.
 
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    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
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  • So what actually is the UK?

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

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:32 am
    Last week, as we swooned over all of the newness — the Apple Watch, the iPhone 6, Apple’s semi-responsive website — we missed the passing of the old. Quietly and without ceremony, the iPod Classic vanished forever from Apple’s online store, and took an era of music-listening with it. The iPod Classic has been heading towards obscurity for some time: with no touch display and no network connectivity, it feels far removed from other iPod models and the world of music streaming; the notion of having to plug a device into your computer to sync with iTunes seems, in 2014, nothing…
  • Goodbye Digest, hello Lagom

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    Earlier this week, I announced the amicable closure of Viewport Industries, the company I’ve run with Keir Whitaker since 2011. The demise of the company means the demise of our one remaining product: the lifestyle magazine Digest. Or does it? Well, yes and no. You see, although Digest is indeed going away after just one issue, we — that is, my wife Samantha and I — are about to publish the first issue of a new magazine called Lagom. The two magazines share origins, and you’ll certainly recognise similar type and grid systems in both, but rather than take sole ownership of Digest and…
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  • Sound of the Wild: T-Shirts and Jumpers

    Franz Jeitz
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    Over the past year I’ve taken a step back from the blogging world and have been focusing a lot on my typography skills instead. The community on Instagram has been instrumental in pushing me forward. It also gave me the fantastic opportunity to collaborate with The Level Collective on my latest apparel design: Sound of the Wild. Sound of the Wild T-Shirt Order the Sound of the Wild T-Shirt Sound of the Wild Jumper Order the Sound of the Wild T-Shirt Behind The Scenes The Level Collective are an independent ethical clothing label based in Sheffield, UK. All of their designs are…
  • 50 Reasons to be Creative

    Franz Jeitz
    4 Jun 2014 | 1:21 pm
    I’m stoked to announce that I’ve teamed up with Reasons to be Creative to give you £50 off your ticket. Reasons to be Creative is a 3-day design conference in Brighton, UK taking place from 1st – 3rd September, 2014. If you are a designer, developer, coder, manager, game developer, artist, animator or a newbie, then you should not miss this event! This is your chance to see over 35+ of the best minds in art, design and code, delivering 3 full days of awe-inspiring sessions, plus workshops that will give you in-depth training from the worlds best speakers! Check out the…
  • Free Typography Wallpapers for iPhone & Android

    Franz Jeitz
    12 Mar 2014 | 8:39 am
    It’s been awfully quiet on the blog and it’s time to finally break the silence. I’m pleased to release my first set of iPhone and Android typography wallpapers of 2014. Those of you who have been following me on Instagram know that I’ve gotten in hand-lettering over the past couple of months. These wallpapers are a snapshot of what I’ve been up to lately and feature some of my favourite typography quotes. All photographs are ming and were taken during an road trip from Denver, CO to Seattle, WA in 2012.  This also marks a new chapter for Fudgegraphics. There…
  • FYI Monday: Beautiful Typography Designs by André Beato

    Franz Jeitz
    9 Sep 2013 | 2:22 am
    This post is part of the For Your Inspiration Monday series showcasing the most inspiring designs out there. Each week a new artist or design style will be presented in order to get your creative juices flowing for the upcoming week. I hope you enjoy the series. André Beato is a Portuguese graphic designer and illustrator currently based in London. He specialises in vector based graphics and illustrated typography. The subtle use of textures and bold colour schemes really make the lettering come to life. For more inspiration make sure to visit andrebeato.com.
  • FYI Monday: Quirky Typography Illustrations by Stephanie Baxter

    Franz Jeitz
    5 Aug 2013 | 6:18 am
    This post is part of the For Your Inspiration Monday series showcasing the most inspiring designs out there. Each week a new artist or design style will be presented in order to get your creative juices flowing for the upcoming week. I hope you enjoy the series. Stephanie Baxter is a freelance illustrator based in Leeds, UK. She specialises in typography and lettering, with all of her illustrations have a quirky nature to them. I’m seriously digging this! For more inspiration visit www.stephsayshello.co.uk.
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  • 5 Alternative Union Jack Flags

    Tara: Freelance Designer
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    A guest post by Alasdair Graham on behalf of Elanders UK Printing The mighty Union Jack has represented the United Kingdom since its official adoption in 1801 and is the product of 3 distinct flags in union (…I know) England represented by the cross of St George. Scotland by the saltire of St Andrew and Ireland – represented by the red saltire of St Patrick. Notice no sign of poor old Wales! This is because Wales was annexed by “The Kingdom of England” in 1282 and has been represented by the flag of England historically. However – this timeless vexillogical…
  • Using Freewriting to get Ideas for Character Design and Illustration Work

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

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

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

    Tara: Freelance Designer
    14 Aug 2013 | 7:33 am
    A guest post by Luke Clum Now that everyone from your favorite author to your dog sitter has some sort of website, most designers have learned that the old, static layouts and pages just don’t cut it anymore. In order to really get the attention of your viewer you have to stay ahead of the trends; a great way to do this is embrace interactivity. Static pages just don’t stand out to visitors anymore, as they are now used to animation, parallax scrolling, and other interactive elements. But don’t fear, interactive pages don’t have to be complicate, as you can see in this…
 
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  • iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: Jim Dalrymple’s initial thoughts

    James
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple, famous for his ‘yep’ or ‘nope’ posts when commenting on the validity of an Apple rumor, has posted his initial thoughts on using the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus for the last week. This is not a full review, but rather a first impression of using each device. I liked his angle on this post. We all know what the iPhone is, and what it can do. There’s really no reason to post all manner of techno-babble like everyone else. Related posts: Watch: Initial thoughts Adobe Creative Suite 5: Initial thoughts Deleting backups on iPod Touch and…
  • Free high-quality mobile computing mockups

    James
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Five great high-quality mobile computing mockups of various Apple mobile computing products (MacBooks and iPhones). All five are fully editable PSDs, at print resolutions, which you can drop your image into to create a high-quality mockup. Related posts: Get a free high-quality stock photo every day Free fonts: 14 high-quality comic fonts Free cloud computing vector art: Part 1
  • What a $99 logo looks like

    James
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Cheap logo design sites are everywhere. They disgust me. It’s not that all the logos look bad—some actually look pretty good. But as this site demonstrates, they all look… well, just take a look. It’s staggeringly ridiculous. Related posts: Rant: Logo-Instant, free Web 2.0 logos 9 rules to creating a logo you can live with and still get paid Logo trends 2006
  • Apple updates iCloud Drive pricing/storage options

    James
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Apple has updated the storage options and pricing for their iCloud Drive service. It’s a lot more reasonable now, though still not competitive in the market on pricing alone. Fortunately, iCloud Drive will have the benefit of working seamlessly with all your Apple devices. No other vendor will be able to offer the accessibility that Apple will with iCloud, and that (in my mind) justifies a little more in cost. Related posts: How does 50GB of free storage sound? MobileMe to iCloud transition: some questions answered Lower iPhone pricing just doesn’t make sense for me or Apple!
  • Watch: Initial thoughts

    James
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Watch is finally here! We can finally put the rumors and speculation behind us, and start reading article after article from the usual suspects about how great it is, what a huge failure it is, and how Samsung had the smart watch first. Good grief. As I watched the keynote video, my initial thought was that it was ugly. But then they showed the various bands that will be available, and the smaller size watch that will also be available. I found at least three that fit my personal style. I think this will be key to the Watch’s success. My only concern with regard to the bands are…
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  • Commuting without spamming

    Jon Hicks
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:17 pm
    I started cycling because of my commute to my new office, although it’s not exactly strenuous. If I go the direct route its barely more than a mile, so I usually extend it a bit, going past the picturesque Cogges Farm Museum (above – a recent location for Downton Abbey doncha know!). I also use my bike for lots of small shopping trips, so even if I’m not ‘out on a proper ride’ I’m usually on my bike every day. I’ve never recorded these little trips on Strava, as it would be like spamming my friends. They don’t want to know about a 1.5 mile trip…
  • Epleslang Packaging

    Jon Hicks
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Gorgeous Apple Juice packaging from Norway, featuring an apple tree illustration by Peter-John de Villiers of byHands. Comment on this
  • Origins of Common UI symbols

    Jon Hicks
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    They are road signs for your daily rituals — the instantly recognized symbols and icons you press, click and ogle countless times a day when you interact with your computer. But how much do you know about their origins? Comment on this
  • Affinity Designer, Sketch and Illustrator

    Jon Hicks
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    Do you fancy trying a new OS X Vector Illustration app? An upstart called Affinity Designer is out and even though it’s a first version beta, it already looks like a good competitor to Adobe Illustrator. From when you first launch Affinity Designer and create a new document you can tell that they’re going after Adobe Creative Cloud with their trio of apps aimed replacing Illustrator, Photoshop (Affinity Photo) and InDesign (Affinity Publisher). Therein, for me, lies the conflict. Sometimes Affinity goes so far in following Illustrator’s path that I can’t help feel its missing an…
  • The 'Icon Design Process' Roadshow

    Jon Hicks
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:51 pm
    For the rest of 2014, I shall be taking my talk “The Icon Design Process” to America, UK and Germany before I retire it and move on! ;) Icons are more than just pretty decorative graphics for sites and applications, they are little miracle workers. They summarise and explain actions, provide direction, offer feedback and even break through language barriers. Whether you design icons yourself or just need to be able to work with them, this session will take you through the whole process of designing and deploying resolution independent icons—from the initial brief, to choosing…
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  • PDF Files: 10 Most-Wanted Tips

    Fahad Khan
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Most of us are frequent users of PDF. Whether we use it for work or for personal matters, it’s a format that is widely used as it’s reliable, trusted, accessible and is also adopted globally making it more convenient for people to share documents. It also works smoothly over multi-platforms, so a user can interact with PDFs on Windows, Mac OS, Android or iOS. But what if you want to know more beyond the printing and simple reading of PDFs? What about if you need to convert it into a different file format or maybe even compress it to make sharing a breeze? In this post, we’ll…
  • Freelance Vs. In-House: Which Produces The Best Designers?

    Addison Duvall
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    One of my favorite things, besides design, food, and writing about design and food, is perturbing my fellow designers with strange questions. You guys should try it sometime; it’s really fun. Anyway, today I was thinking about the dynamic of an in-house work environment, and how it compares to freelancing. I’ve done both, and I definitely have some thoughts on the matter. Does the uncertainty and ever-changing nature of freelancing produce designers with sharper, more adaptable skills? Or does the social, fast-paced, and ordered workflow of an agency or design firm create more…
  • 18 Blatant Product Placements In Movies & TV You Probably Missed

    Azwan Jamaluddin
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    There is advertising everywhere. Commercials on TV, billboards across the highway, page long newspaper ads, the dreaded pop-ups of the Internet. Everywhere you turn you just can’t get away from the stuff. Whatever medium you can think of, chances are it’s covered with Verizon ads selling you its high-speed Internet service (Can I have my money now?). Not even the world of escapism is safe from corporate advertising. Advertisers are quick to use a new medium to push their wares and this is no exception when it comes to TV and movies. In fact, in the process of writing this article,…
  • 20 iOS 8 New Features & Tips You Need To Know

    Hongkiat Lim
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    If you’re an iOS user and have recently upgraded to the latest iOS 8, you may be confused as to what is actually new. You are not alone. Like most of Apple’s previous updates on its operating systems, whether it’s for the desktop or mobile OS, the latest iOS 8 hasn’t really had a major overhaul in terms of its user interface. However, there are still plenty of new features and functions that come in quite handy. We’ve had a go for ourselves and have been playing with this new iOS upgrade for awhile now. The result? We’ve handpicked 20 new features and tips…
  • 4 Creative Photoshop Artists Who Cleverly Manipulate Landscapes [PHOTOS]

    Guest Contributor
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    A lot of artists have different tools that they use to create a particular form of work. Some people use paper as a medium whilst others prefer a more digital art form. Then there are those who utilize Photoshop as a tool in order to make something unique which represents them. Photoshop manipulation is everywhere, commonly used in advertising to deliver a striking message. Or simply to showcase beauty in an alternative form. Or perhaps to make one laugh. Whatever the purpose of Photoshop manipulation, it takes skill as well as dedication to perfect like all other art forms. Here’s 4…
 
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  • Seriously Cool Posters from Gravillis Inc.

    Amanda Aszman
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    At this very moment, design firm Gravillis Inc. is out there in Los Angeles creating some seriously cool posters for companies such as 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Universal, HBO, FX and Netflix. Led by husband-and-wife duo Kenny and DeAnna Gravillis (who, it must be noted, met at Def Jam NYC), the agency has produced movie and television poster design for many huge productions including The Fault In Our Stars, Orange is the New Black, Blackfish and The Internship, just to name a few. Needless to say, Gravillis Inc.’s portfolio is the first place you should look for poster…
  • We’re Wild About BKWLD

    Erin Mays
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s not often that you come across a new-made-old building that has as much quirky charm as its inhabitants, but that is just what the Ebner Hotel in Old Sacramento is to creative agency, BKWLD. The outside of BKWLD’s offices. The Ebner Hotel, pictured above, has a unique story that is older than the building itself. The hotel dates back to 1856 when it was designed and built by the Ebner brothers to house travelers and traders as they used the port the Sacramento River services. To hear BKWLD CEO and Founder, Ryan Vanni, tell it the Ebner brothers were just a couple of…
  • Apple Watch: Designing for Wearable Tech

    Melissa Mazzoleni
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Since it’s announcement, people from all different industries have been weighing in on the Apple Watch. The idea of wearable tech such as this isn’t new, as Samsung and Motorola have made their foray into watches of a similar ilk, but the buzz around Apple brings the conversation front and center. From techies who embrace wearable technology to those that ask for it to do more, to the fashionistas who critique the watch’s style, it’s a conversation worth having. With initial concerns that the watch wouldn’t work for left-handed folks—it will—and the parodies,…
  • 14 Best Business Cards in the Biz

    Amanda Aszman
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Think of all the business cards out there, exchanging hands in serendipitous encounters, potential-client meetings and large industry conferences. All of the best business cards serve a purpose: They provide information about you and your work, and they hopefully encourage the receiver to follow up with you in some way. And as part of your identity, a great business card reflects your personality. We reached out to 14 designers and firms at the top of their game to see what theirbusiness cards look like—and to find out what they believe makes a good business card. Check out…
  • 5 Swiss Style Graphic Design Projects

    Jessica Kuhn
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    It doesn’t get any more international than graphic design from Switzerland, which has been commonly called Swiss graphic design—or international style. This distinct look can embody such attributes as clean geometric shapes, grids and asymmetrical layouts along with a heavy emphasis on typography—predominately a sans-serif. As Richard Hollis points out in his book Swiss Graphic Design: The Origins and Growth of an International Style, 1920-1965, the Swiss Style has crucial elements that are prevalent in the history of Modernism. These attributes remain in today’s graphic…
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  • Advice in Using PayPal Safely When Accepting Client Deposit Payments

    The Logo Smith
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    Paypal DOES provide protection for people providing digital services and goods, in so much as the client cannot, at any time, simply believe they can ‘successfully’ reverse the payment process, if something has made them a little unhappy. What Does this mean to you, the designer? What my experience (explained below), and the positive outcome, does demonstrate: you are safe in continuing to use Paypal, to receive: funds, deposits and payment of invoices, from clients, AS LONG as you: Keep all emails and documentation relating to the project, and all files sent to the client (emails…
  • Is There a Difference Between a Logo and a Symbol?

    The Logo Smith
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    Is There a Difference Between a Logo and a Symbol? In short: It’s OK to use the term ‘logo’, as a day-to-day generalisation, when referring to any style of brand logo design. However, when there is a chance of someone else assuming you meant an ‘icon’ when you meant a ‘logo type’, especially when discussing the requirements of a logo and brand identity job with a client, using the correct terminology becomes far more pressing. *See some examples below, in Thank God for Context. Why stop with logo and symbol though? We have a myriad of terms…
  • 14 Page Logo and Brand Identity Guidelines Template for Download

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

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

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

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    I’m very excited about this upcoming monograph on Ed Emberley from Todd Oldham and Caleb Neelon. I grew up reading and learning from Emberley’s books and his casual approach to systematic drawing. I still marvel at how simple and powerful his books are, and continue to give them as gifts to friends. These simple and straightforward books, first published in the 1970s, have encouraged a generation of kids to take the drawing process step by step. Contemporary working artists today often cite Ed Emberley as a beloved early inspiration in their development as artists. By encouraging…
  • Why You Want a Code of Conduct

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    Erin Kissane expertly outlines why our gatherings need a code of conduct. If you are a member of the web community, or really any community, this is required reading. And if you are a conference organizer, you really shouldn’t be without a strong code of conduct, full stop. I’m writing this in the late summer of 2014, and the last few weeks have been rough ones where I live. From the tech world’s routine accounts of casual harassment to the grind of violence and systemic unfairness that defines some part of every human society, we are surrounded on all sides by news that is…
  • Ode to a Table

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    A large kitchen in your average New York apartment is like a mythical beast. You may muse about their existence from time to time, but chances run high that they aren’t real things. Many kitchens in one-bedroom apartments here are little more than the wall of a non-kitchen room that happens to have some appliances leaning against it. Your living room is usually reserved first for a couch, and space permitting, a table or closet (closets are a whole other thing). Having a dining table in New York is a luxury. My first apartment here was big enough to hold a small table which I could sit at…
  • Ditching Twitter

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    Erin Kissane on ditching Twitter: I called it my rosary, the thing I reached for when I felt anxious, after Metafilter stopped serving that purpose. As Twitter expanded and my own little slice of it grew as well, I called it my front porch and defended its quirks and downsides. But now the magic has turned, in ways that have felt irrevocable. I’m not angry at Twitter for changing, but I’ve been sad to feel that something so oddly entwined with my intellectual and emotional life is now beyond my use. I’ve felt very much the same lately. Friends being flammed and trolled by the…
  • NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual Reissue

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    Hot damn! Unimark’s 1970 NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual is being reissued as a full-size book through an exclusive license from the MTA. In 1967 the New York City Transit Authority hired Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda of the design firm Unimark International to design a signage and wayfinding system that would solve the problem underground. The work they delivered, the 1970 New York City Transit Authority Graphic Standards Manual, succeeded in that goal and, perhaps unintentionally, the Standards Manual became one of the world’s classic examples of modern design. This is…
 
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  • Responsive Email Design Guide: How-To, Examples, Tips & More

    Jacob Cass
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    This article has been contributed by Ajeet. With the torrid growth in the usage of mobile devices, it has become quite crucial to accommodate responsive design in your email marketing strategy. That’s because when an email newsletter, which looks look superb on desktop, fails to render properly on a mobile device, respondents either hit delete or unsubscribe. With responsive email design, you will not only be able to stay ahead in the email marketing game, but also can take the full advantage of the mobile revolution – an unstoppable change. This article is written with the intention…
  • The BBA | Best Brand Awards

    Jacob Cass
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    I’m excited to be apart of the jury of the BBA | Best Brand Awards for 2014. Below is some information about the initiative including how to enter. The BBA | Best Brand Awards has been founded with the aim of rewarding high quality brands designed worldwide, recognizing excellence in visual communication internationally. Award Categories The BBA has two global categories and 6 geographical ones. Global Categories The Best Brand of the World - The brand with the best global score. The Best Brand Designer in the World - The agency/designer with the best score in 4 brands, selected among…
  • Download The All-Inclusive Design Bundle

    Jacob Cass
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Design resources and stock are available all over the web, but to be honest there is a lot of junk out there so when I came across the awesome deals over at DesignCuts I was pleasantly surprised and had to share. The deal they have going on right now is their biggest & most varied design bundle ever and I highly recommend getting it while it’s available. The deal expires on the 15th. The bundle includes best-selling fonts, hundreds of vectors, dozens of textures, brushes, Photoshop actions, stock photos, print effects, hand-drawn items, ebooks, and more. There’s no filler…
  • Finalist for the 2014 Newcastle Young Alumni Award

    Jacob Cass
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    UPDATE 10th September: Winner! I am extremely humbled to announce that I was selected as the recipient of the 2014 Young Alumni Award. Photos to follow in a new post. The University of Newcastle 39th Annual Alumni Awards recognises “innovation, creativity, exceptional leadership and those who inspire others through their local, national and international achievements.” There are 8 separate categories under the Alumni Awards and all of them “celebrate gamechangers – the unconventional thinkers, the challengers, the people who push boundaries and see possibilities.
  • How to Write a Winning Web Design Proposal

    Jacob Cass
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    This article has been contributed by Mike Hanski. When you embarked on your chosen career path as a designer, your decision was probably driven by your right-brain thinking. You are a creative person, so you are naturally drawn to artistic ways of expressing yourself. But what happens when left-brain activities creep into your day-to-day operations? Do you break into a cold sweat when you have to confront a slow-paying client? Does the thought of prospecting for new clients cause you to lose sleep at night? No matter how hard you try to avoid it, analytical thinking and administrative tasks…
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  • Line25 Sites of the Week for September 19th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Garrison Footwear, The Fernway, Be Memorable, David Hellmann and APT CB2. Garrison Footwear View the website The Fernway View the website Be Memorable View the website David Hellmann View the website APT CB2 View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for September 19th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
  • 25 Mockup Templates for the New iPhone 6 & Watch

    Chris Spooner
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    As the world went crazy over the announcement of the iPhone 6 and Watch, designers went straight to work creating mockup templates so their interface designs could be previewed on these new devices. Many of these templates have been made available for free, allowing you to mock up your websites and apps within PSD, Illustrator and Sketch files. Here’s an overview of some of the best free template files, there’s a huge variety of styles, colours and angles so you’re sure to find the perfect layout for your project. iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus Mockups The new iPhone 6 now…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for September 12th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Blue Dolphin Charters, Wallmob, Nymi, Anders Drage and Sparkbox. Blue Dolphin Charters View the website Wallmob View the website Nymi View the website Anders Drage View the website Sparkbox View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for September 12th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
  • 30 Web Designs with Bright Flat Color Backgrounds

    Chris Spooner
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    The flat design style is still going strong in 2014! I originally showcased a range of web designs with solid background colors back in 2012, but there’s been so many new designs launched since then I thought it was worth creating a whole new roundup. Check out this collection of website designs with bright flat colour backgrounds, these designs ditch textures, gradients and patterns in favour of vibrant bold solid colours. Agency Survival Kit Themes Kingdom Stephen Boyle Travis Gertz Adobe Muse CC Sydney ✈ Stockholm PageLanes Thobeck Brad Haynes Blloon Connect Mania webfire One…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for September 5th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Jacks Bar, DiConn Telefonservice, Tile, 31Three and New JUMO Concept. Jacks Bar View the website DiConn Telefonservice View the website Tile View the website 31Three View the website New JUMO Concept View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for September 5th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
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  • Eye Candy for Today: Jean Robie still life

    Charley Parker
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    Flowers and fruit, Jean-Baptiste Robie A stunning tour de force of subtle color, texture, light and dark by the Belgian still life painter. On Google Art Project, high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Art Gallery of New South Wales and measures roughly 64×54 inches (164x137cm). As is often the case, the museum’s reproduction and that on the Google Art Project don’t quite agree. The Google image seems too warm and saturated; the museum’s version looks crisp but cold in comparison, particularly in the color of the metal. Having never…
  • beinArt Collective returns

    Charley Parker
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Founded in 2002 by Jon Beinart as the “beinArt Australian Surreal Art Collective” and expanded internationally in 2006 as the “beinAart International Surreal Art Collective”, the beinArt Collective has long been a web destination, publisher and sponsor of group exhibitions for artists working in the areas of strange, surreal, fantastic, psychedelic, visionary and outsider art. Aficionados of these genres have found the website, and its reserve of artist galleries, missing for a time now, while founder Jon Beinart endeavored to bring the site up to date, reduce the…
  • Eye Candy for Today: Shishkin’s Mast Grove

    Charley Parker
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:52 pm
    The Mast-tree Grove, Ivan Shishkin One of my favorites by the great Russian landscape painter, “Mast-tree Grove”, means a stand of trees suitable for making the masts of large sailing ships. I have to stand back in awe at the way he has handled a subject that could be reduced to sameness in the hands of a lesser painter. As you scan across the painting, Shishkin treats you to a dozen different sets of foreground to background relationships. The entire, complex scene reads clearly and simply at any distance, thanks to his deft control of his compositional elements and lighting…
  • “Solstice”: solo exhibition of Aron Wieseifeld at Arcadia Contemporary Soho

    Charley Parker
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:46 pm
    “Solstice” is the title of a solo exhibition of the work of Aron Wieseifeld at Arcadia Contemporary, Soho, that runs from today to October 3, 2014. There is a book signing at the gallery on Saturday, September 20th at noon, at which Wiesenfeld will be signing copies of his new book, The Well (more here). In addition to his enigmatic, thought-provoking, semi-narrative paintings, the book (and presumably the exhibition) features a number of Wiesenfeld’s recent charcoal drawings, which I personally like very much. For more, see the the gallery’s regular portfolio…
  • Yulia Brodskaya

    Charley Parker
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    Illustrator and gallery artist Yulia Brodskaya uses colored paper — cut and bent into strips and carefully arranged in linear, textural patterns — to create her images. This is a traditional technique called quilling. Brodskaya’s website has galleries of both her illustration and gallery art, though unfortunately reproduced in small images; which is odd, as some of her work is quite large in scale. You can find some larger images of her illustration and typographic work in her News section and on some of the other articles and blog posts linked below. There is a brief…
 
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  • 2014-09-19 | Speak Up Africa

    Jacob Cass
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Speak Up Africa Headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, Speak Up Africa is a creative health communications and advocacy organization dedicated to catalyzing African leadership, enabling policy change, securing  resources and inspiring individual action for the most pressing issue affecting Africa’s future: child health. Credits: DIA Related Logos: 2011-08-23 | Speech & Hearing (1) 2014-02-10 | Rhinos Without Borders (1) 2013-06-07 | Africa IQ (4)
  • 2014-09-18 | Themewich

    Jacob Cass
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    Themewich Wordpress Themes Credits: Andre Gagnon Related Logos: 2015-05-16 | Source (0) 2012-10-31 | Appenstein (1) 2012-07-04 | Google Developers (1)
  • 2014-09-17 | Totalwireframe

    Jacob Cass
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Totalwireframe – provides fine Axure libraries that help you create better wireframes. Credits: Contrast8 Related Logos: 2014-07-29 | Chef’s Table (1) 2014-01-16 | American Table (2) 2013-11-28 | Turkey Mountain (0)
  • 2014-09-16 | Grow

    Jacob Cass
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Grow Contemporary Garden Fair Credits: Iso Related Logos: 2014-09-03 | Creature (1) 2014-06-04 | Holy Village Coffee (0) 2014-05-30 | McMullins (3)
  • 2014-09-05 | Stop Watching Us

    Jacob Cass
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    Stop Watching Us – a rally against mass surveillance. Credits: Paul J. Bartlett Related Logos: 2015-06-26 | Hand and Eye (0) 2014-08-15 | IBM (1) 2014-08-06 | Hand To Hold (1)
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  • The IKEA Time Travel Continues #IKEAtimetravel

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

    Chris Wilson
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    IKEA probably isn’t a brand that you think of when you think of extreme or edgy when it comes to advertising, but their latest campaign exactly that. The brand teamed up with hypnotist Justin Tranz to hypnotize young couples and then guide them through a journey into their future. The whole thing is entertaining and well… a little weird. You’ll have to watch it for yourself and let us know what you think! And be sure to lookout for yoga instructor George the next time you are in IKEA.
  • Interview with 46 Rules of Genius Author Marty Neumeier

    Chris Wilson
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    Marty Neumeier’s professional goal is to bridge the distance between business and design. As an advocate for creative thinking and innovation, Marty has published a must-read collection of quick read “white-board” books on branding, creativity and innovation, starting in 2003 with The Brand Gap, followed by Zag, and then The Designful Company. In 2013, Marty published Metaskills: Five Talents for the Robotic Age, which departed from the quick-read format, diving deeply into the future of workplace creativity. Marty’s latest book, 46 Rules of Genius was written as…
  • Simple Steps to Make Branding Work for You

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

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

    Allison Banko
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    When you're talking about leaders of content marketing, Red Bull is one of the first names that come to mind. Read about how the energy drink company's focus on people and stories, rather than its product, helped turn its customers into fans.
  • Email Marketing: Taking advantage of responsive design [Video]

    David Kirkpatrick
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    Watch this excerpt from a MarketingSherpa Email Summit 2014 panel discussion on responsive email design for tips on how to improve your customer’s user experience on any device — mobile or otherwise.
  • How a Single Source of Data Truth Can Improve Business Decisions

    David Kirkpatrick
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    Reviewing a data management process for a large global enterprise is complicated, especially when the numbers just don't add up. Read this post from a past MarketingSherpa case study to learn how National Instruments, a global B2B company, solved this problem and discovered the value of applying a single data truth to all business decisions.
  • Ecommerce: Going beyond omnichannel for creative customer experiences

    Erin Hogg
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    “Omnichannel” is a phrase that many marketers are now familiar with. But is it an overused buzzword? What does it really mean? Watch this video interview from the MarketingSherpa Media Center at IRCE to learn the answer from Lisa Butler, Head of Enterprise Solutions Enablement, eBay.
  • Value Proposition for Startups: 3 questions every startup must have the courage to answer

    Austin McCraw
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    When creating a value proposition, especially for a startup company, sometimes it’s more important to ask the negative questions and define what you are not, rather than defining what you are. This MarketingSherpa Blog post covers three “no’s” startups should have the courage to say.
 
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  • Lucky shot.

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

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

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

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

    Tim Van Damme
    23 Oct 2013 | 6:48 am
    Brilliant mockup of a visual IVR system. Combining old technology (Interactive Voice response) with new technology (smartphones). I want this so bad.
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    Thoughts From Eric

  • Indescribable

    Eric Meyer
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A thing they don’t tell you before your child dies, because nobody who knows this would go around proclaiming it unprompted (except, apparently, me) and nobody who doesn’t face this situation would ever think to ask and probably nobody who does face this situation has the meta-awareness to go asking after the truth that they will all too soon have to inhabit, is that the pain of it does not consume you like nuclear fire and leave you a hollow, broken, still-burning shell of ash. Not continuously, anyway. It does do that sometimes, much more often in the beginning after the end, but that…
  • Artisanal Bereavement Spam

    Eric Meyer
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    On the last day of shiva, this past June, we got a letter in the mail.  Just by looking at the envelope, I could see that it was a note of condolence, and from a nearby address to boot—yet the name was entirely unfamiliar.  When I opened it, I discovered a handwritten note that started with a perfunctory condolence and then immediately turned to extended proselytizing.  Enclosed was a religious tract specifically about the afterlife. From the actual text, it was clear the person who wrote it didn’t know us at all, didn’t know the first thing about us or what we had just gone…
  • Divergence

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

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

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

  • Fresh And Free Inline Fonts To Try Right Now

    Joan Mae Maguale
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Inline fonts are one of the trendiest designs that are happening in the web. They are often seen in most designs especially in typography. This particular typeface usually has hairline...
  • Amazing Sculptures of Monsters And Animals Made From Tires

    Christie Ann
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:34 am
    We are living in a world surrounded by certain products or materials that are for recycling and preservation, but at the same time, for artists it’s a source for an...
  • Beautiful Seamless Marble Textures For Free Download

    Ebrian Acebedo
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Marble is a type of rock that is composed of crystallized minerals which gives its usual appearance of various color pigments. With this unique characteristic, they serve as a valuable...
  • Create Sweet Designs With Free Ice Cream Brush For Photoshop

    Christie Ann
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Brushes can be a life-saver for designers and their designs. When done right, they can take your design to the next level with attractive effects and catchy elements. Also, you...
  • A Collection: Free Seamless Leather Textures

    Marvi Ocampo
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
    In the world of graphic designing, there is always a special place of importance for textures. With proper use these resources can bring out the magnificence of your design. As...
 
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    Tuts+ Code

  • How to Build Rate Limiting into Your Web App Login

    Jeff Reifman
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    What You'll Be CreatingWhile reports vary, The Washington Post reported that the recent iCloud celebrity photo hacking centered around Find My iPhone's unprotected login point:"...security researchers were said to have found a flaw in iCloud's Find My iPhone feature that didn't cut off brute-force attacks. Apple's statement ... suggests the company doesn't regard that revelation as a problem. And that's a problem, according to security researcher and Washington Post contributor Ashkan Soltani.I agree. I wish Apple had been more…
  • Accessing Native Features with Xamarin.Forms

    Derek Jensen
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    1. Setting the StageWhen it comes to writing mobile applications, it's important to integrate with the platform specific features that are available to you when it makes sense. For instance, if you were writing a navigation app, it would make sense for you to use the geolocation features of the device and platform. If you were creating an app to help people with a vision impairment, you would want to integrate with any text-to-speech features that were available as well.It's the developers that take advantage of these features that set themselves and their apps apart from the rest. These…
  • Custom Layouts and Templates with Magento

    Chirag Dodia
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the first part of this series, we learned the basics of Magento module development including the Magento directory structure, the custom module structure, and we created a basic "Hello World" module in order to understand how controllers work in Magento. In this article, we will learn how to create blocks and layouts files. Specifically, we'll look at how layout files and blocks files work in Magento and we'll look at the rendering of layout files. First, we will see what the layout and block files are and how they are useful in rendering front-end pages in Magento, and then we…
  • Creating Maintainable WordPress Meta Boxes

    Tom McFarlin
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Right now, one the most common design patterns - if not the most common design pattern - employed in web development is that of MVC (or Model/View/Controller), but as popular as it is, it's not the only way that frameworks, foundations, and other libraries for are built.Case in point: WordPress uses the event-driven design pattern to power its hook system. And although design patterns are not mutually exclusive, you're more likely to recognize that particular pattern because it's what makes WordPress as flexible as it is.To be clear, this doesn't mean that other patterns aren't in…
  • New Course: Getting Started With Express

    David Appleyard
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:06 pm
    What You'll LearnExpress is one of the most popular frameworks for building web applications in Node. Recently, version 4 of Express was released, and with it there are a bunch of new features. In this course, expert instructor Andrew Burgess will teach Express from the ground up: not just the new features, but everything. If you haven't had a chance to look into Express before, our new course is a great place to start!Watch the IntroductionStart Learning With a 14 Day Free TrialYou can take our new Express course straight away with a completely free 14 day trial of a…
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    noupe

  • For the Love of Typography: 30 Free Decorative TypeFaces for Graphic Designers

    Nataly Birch
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
       Typography in the world of web design is only still growing in importance, while in the world of print design noone doubts the importance of great type choices and craftsmenship. Every artist understands that this is able to either make or break your design, no matter how lavish or unique it looks. Harmony in design aesthetics is what really matters, and typography plays a crucial role here. There is no more powerful tool than a properly-selected typeface that will help to harmoniously blend text into composition, and at the same time, make its presence felt.
  • Noteworthy: 8 New Incredible Illustrators of the Future

    Tara Hornor
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
       Whether you are an admirer and lover of illustration or in need of a fantastic illustrator who has a fresh look, you may find exactly what you need in one of the following eight illustrators of the future. All are fairly new to the online scene, and most of them are still students. A few have already built up somewhat of a following, even on the small portfolio they currently have. Some even have a couple of mentions on inspirational blogs.
  • 30+ Free GUIs for Website Builders: Late Summer 2014 Edition

    Nataly Birch
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
       Of course could you delve into flat style design digging through informative aka dry articles that cover fundamental principles and basic techniques and let you know all of the principles and theory behind what you are about to do. Or you could go studying real world examples. This will let you get the hang of prototyping flat style projects quickly and effectively. What we found for you today is not only suitable in terms of education, but can also be used to speed up your workflow by giving you predefined and ready-to-use elements for the next-gen user interface you were just…
  • Corporate Design Made Easy: 30 Free Stationery Mockup Templates

    Nataly Birch
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
       Establishing your company in the real as well as the virtual world is an essential step towards success. While websites, profiles in social media, and mobile apps help to conquer the internet, in the real world things are less simple and straightforward. Still you are blessed with a wide selection of choices. You can go for press/television advertisements or various public campaigns, but before that you should take care of creating a corporate identity design that will clearly and attractively stand for what you are standing for. Logotype, tagline and coloring will form your…
  • Exclusive Giveaway: Six Licenses of the Visual MotoPress Content Editor for WordPress (Comment to Win)

    Dieter Petereit
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
       Today we got a fantastic opportunity for our dear readers here at Noupe Magazine. We teamed up with MotoPress and came up with the idea to give away six licenses of their visual editor for WordPress. MotoPress Content Editor for WordPress lets you build your posts and pages in WYSIWYG mode. Forget about TinyMCE and its shortcomings and turn to the easiest and most powerful way to create with WordPress. All you need to do to secure your chance to win is leave a comment below this article. Easy, isn’t it?
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    Reaction!

  • WirePrint

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    Wireframing 2.0 >>> Created by the Hasso Plattner Institute and Cornell University, WirePrint is "a low-fi fabrication technique that prints 3D models as wireframe previews":
  • DWI Modular

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    Created by Felix Luque, DWI Modular is a sculpture system comprised of 10 rhombic dodecahedrons (or "space-filling polyhedra"): [via CreativeApplications.net]
  • TRANSFORM

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:29 am
    Created by the Tangible Media Group at MIT, TRANSFORM is a dynamic tangible tabletop:
  • The Abovemarine

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    The Abovemarine is "a vehicle that enables José, or any other fish, to roam on the land freely":
  • The Dancing Traffic Light

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    A smart idea from smart >>> A dancing traffic light that makes people wait and watch, rather than attempt to cross, during a red light:
 
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    Illusion

  • Amazing Time Slice Photography

    Christopher Smail
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    These images by LA-based motion designer Michael Marker-Moore are time slice photographs, created as a montage of individual pictures of the same location at different times of the day. The subjects for this inspired project are cities across North America (New York, Chicago, Toronto, etc) and they are portrayed through a fresh, visually stimulating lens....
  • Tattoos of the Art Genius Dali, the Grim Reaper, and More

    Adriana de Barros
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Don’t confuse Demon Tattoo studio with the one in England, this one is located in La Seu d’Urgell, a town located north-east of Spain. The shop is owned by Daniel Martos who specializes in photo-realist tattoos like portraits of celebrities, movie characters and clients’ loved ones and pets. You can see an improvement in Martos’...
  • Insane Junk Food Sculptures

    Christopher Smail
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Taking aim at the world’s sweet tooth and the sheer amount of junk food waste that as human beings we produce, photographer James Ostrer has crafted a visually stimulating project full of nightmarish candy fantasies. These photographs and sculpted works are like the twisted, sickly child of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” with melted pink icing and...
  • New York’s Coolest Rising Artists

    Christopher Smail
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Warning: This post contains images with nudity. Viewer discretion is advised. New York, New York. The city has given flight to some of the biggest and most exciting artists and movements that the world has ever known. They say if you can make it there, then you can make it anywhere. Well, the visionary artists...
  • Body Shocking: Top 10 David Cronenberg Movies

    Martyn Conterio
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    Warning: This article contains graphic images that viewers may find disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised. David Cronenberg is among the most original talents the movie industry has ever known. In the early days, he became associated with–even defined by–a type of cinema known as “body-horror” and earned a name for himself as “The Baron of Blood” and...
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    The Social Commerce Social Sourcing Space

  • Google unveils low-cost Android One smartphones

    dave
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    Google has unveiled the first three smartphones that will form part of Android One, the firm’s initiative to bringing affordable handsets to emerging markets. “With Android One, we not only want to help people get online, we want to make sure that when they get there, they can tap into the wealth of information and knowledge the Web holds for everyone,” stated Google senior vice president Sundar Pichai. Manufactured by Spice, Karbonn and Micromax, each of the three handsets will feature a 4.5-inch display with prices starting at $105. The phones will boast a 5MP front-facing camera and…
  • Connecticut cities to have ultra high-speed internet

    dave
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:27 am
    Three Connecticut cities have unveiled plans to bring ultra high-speed internet service into the state by asking potential providers to submit information and qualifications. Officials from Stamford, West Hartford and New Haven joined business leaders and state officials to announce the effort to bring gigabit, or “gig” internet, into the cities. Gig networks provide homeowners, universities and businesses fast internet speeds of up to 1,000 megabits per second at a reduced cost compared to the average internet speeds of 9 Mbps. The requests for qualifications are intended to create a…
  • Minecraft Assimilated into Microsoft for $2.5B

    Craig Agranoff
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Microsoft announced that it’s acquired the popular sandbox game Minecraft by purchasing its Stockholm-based developer Mojang. The Mojang team will join Microsoft Studios. Resistance is futile. The terms of the agreement have Microsoft acquiring Mojang for $2.5 billion and MS believes they will break even on the buy in fiscal year 2015 (GAAP). The acquisition is expected to close later this year after regulators and conditions are satisfied. Minecraft is one of the most popular video games in history, says the Microsoft Blog. With more than 100 million downloads on PC alone, it could…
  • Apple unveils new mobile payment service

    dave
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    Apple has ventured into the world of mobile payments with the launch of their Apple Pay service. Aimed at replacing physical wallets, the service is integrated with the company’s new watch and iPhones. The Cupertino company will use near-field communication (NFC), which is a technology that allows people to pay for items by merely waving their mobile device on a payment terminal. “Apple Pay will forever change the way we buy,” said Chief Executive Tim Cook during the launch of the service. Apple noted that transactions would be more secure compared to the plastic credit cards mostly…
  • Apple to offer smartwatch by early 2015

    dave
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:22 am
    In an effort to diversify its line of products, Apple unveiled its very first line of smartwatches on Tuesday. The new Apple Watch device is available in two sizes: 1.5 inches (38 mm) or 1.65 inches (42 mm). There are three variants known as Edition, Sport and Watch. Buyers can choose from different materials such as 18-karat yellow or rose gold; black or polished stainless steel; and silver or grey anodized aluminium. They can also select from several straps and 11 different faces. The smartwatch is expected to enter the market early next year, but you need to have an iPhone to use it. It…
 
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    Six Revisions

  • Web Design Isn’t Just About Artistry

    Jacob Gube
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Remember when web designers used to be total nerds? Back in the early 2000s, web design was a technical skill; just getting a site to function was considered an achievement in and of itself, and things like interface design, usability, and UX largely fell by the wayside. But times have changed. In the past few years, something magical has happened: Web designers have stopped being just nerds, and have started becoming artisans. We don’t talk about tech specs much anymore, we talk about "handcrafted code" and "beautiful UIs". We describe ourselves as "code…
  • A List of Free Public CDNs for Web Developers

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

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

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

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

  • 45+ Simple Yet Creative And Appealing Logo Designs For Inspiration

    Akhter
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    Here, we have come up with an interesting and fresh collection of logo designs for your inspiration. A logo design is a graphical representation of an organization’s goods and services that it offers. Therefore, a logo design has to be unique and creative so that it can attract target audience. A logo design along with its logotype forms the commercial brand or trademark for the company. With a unique and creative logo design, a company or business can make its own place in the hearts of its target audience. Since logo design needs to be unique, simple yet creative and appealing, the…
  • 12 CSS Effects Libraries For Developers

    Akhter
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Looking for some CSS3 effects libraries? If your answer is yes then look no further, here we have come up with an exciting collection of 12 ultimate CSS3 effects libraries that can truly spice up your designs. The latest CSS3 properties come with new possibilities to create animation and interactive web designs. In this showcase, you can find 12 excellent CSS3 effect libraries that you can use to make your web designs look even more eye catching and attractive. These CSS3 effect libraries let you create interactive designs without the need of Flash, Silverlight or After Effects. Have a look…
  • 40 Killer Fresh WordPress Themes For Free Download

    Akhter
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    This round up will present 40 killer WordPress themes that you all were waiting for. WordPress is a wonderful platform and many people all over the world are using it. With the help of custom themes, you can easily bring yourself into limelight quite quickly. This is the reason why many bloggers pay special attention to themes that they use on their blogs or websites. This particular collection presents some amazing WordPress themes. All these themes are loaded with super glittering looks and awesome functionality, and on top of that they follow the latest standards in terms of design and are…
  • 40 Excellent Free Resources For Web Designers

    Akhter
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    In this collection, we have top 40 excellent resources for web designers that would be very helpful for them. Design community always share useful tips and resources and new ideas as well, and this is what that makes this community really tremendous. There is a huge plethora of different types of resources, tools, tips, tutorials, ready to use templates and so on that not only help the newbies but also save their time and let them learn. So, here is the complete collection of top 40 resources for the web designers. All of these resources are free to use. Here is the list. Enjoy and do share…
  • We Listened And Improved: A New Look of SmashingApps.com Is Welcoming You

    AN Jay
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    This is an amazing journey of covering the best free resources available on internet from completing the day-to-day routine life’s task to professional excellence since 2007. In this span, we have received lots of appreciation, love, suggestions, questions, feedback etc. We always prefer our readers and listen them. So, today we are announcing the new and improved look of SmashingApps.com. We are launching new design in beta version to make this period more engaging to get feedback from the community. You would feel these prominent changes. A breath of fresh air This redesign focused on…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Prototyping For Better Products, Stronger Teams And Happier Clients

    Scott Hurff
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    As mobile designers, we have a stark decision to make: do we spend time learning new tools and changing our design processes to create our own transitional interfaces, or are the tools that we’ve been using good enough? There’s an old writing adage that advises writers, whenever possible, to “show, don’t tell” when bringing characters to life. The goal is to reveal the story through the character’s experiences instead of the author’s. When designing mobile products, we share a similar burden. Dammed up inside our heads are creative waterfalls of fresh…
  • Efficiently Simplifying Navigation, Part 3: Interaction Design

    Anastasios Karafillis
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    Having addressed the information architecture1 and the various systems2 of navigation in the first two articles of this series, the last step is to efficiently simplify the navigation experience — specifically, by carefully designing interaction with the navigation menu. When designing interaction with any type of navigation menu, we have to consider the following six aspects: symbols, target areas, interaction event, layout, levels, functional context. It is possible to design these aspects in different ways. Designers often experiment with new techniques3 to create a more exciting…
  • Why Companies Need Full-Time Product Managers (And What They Do All Day)

    Rian van der Merwe
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    What is a product manager? What do product managers do all day? Most importantly, why do companies need to hire them? Good questions. The first confusion we have to clear up is what we mean by “product.” In the context of software development, a product is the website, application or online service that users interact with. Depending on the size of the company and its products, a product manager could be responsible for an entire system (such as a mobile app) or part of a system (such as the checkout flow on an e-commerce website across all devices). This is confusing because, in most…
  • Essential Visual Feedback Tools For Web Designers

    Lusya Galkina
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    The creative process takes a lot of time, and web designers know it. When you factor in feedback from clients, the process takes even longer: numerous emails, revision notes, chats and meetings — that’s what it normally takes to find out precisely what the client wants. Fortunately, today’s web provides various solutions to optimize the communication process. The first web services that allow users to report bugs on web pages appeared several years ago. Since then, tools and technologies have emerged to make the process more convenient and user-friendly. Today’s market…
  • Making Modal Windows Better For Everyone

    Scott O'Hara
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    To you, modal windows1 might be a blessing of additional screen real estate, providing a way to deliver contextual information, notifications and other actions relevant to the current screen. On the other hand, modals might feel like a hack that you’ve been forced to commit in order to cram extra content on the screen. These are the extreme ends of the spectrum, and users are caught in the middle. Depending on how a user browses the Internet, modal windows can be downright confusing. Modals quickly shift visual focus from one part of a website or application to another area of (hopefully…
 
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  • Cleaning the Cruft

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

    24 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    I've been a product manager for a year and a half. That came to an end this week and I'll be returning to a life of front-end development. Product management at Shopify has been in a bit of limbo for a few months while the CEO considered a possible restructuring. That restructuring happened. But what problem needed to be solved, organizationally? Shopify continues to grow, with many new teams splitting off to specialize in various parts of the Shopify ecosystem. This has been sorely needed. But each new team didn't necessarily require a dedicated product manager. Often, a person within the…
  • Consistency

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    I originally wrote this post about a month ago and never sent it. Things have since changed at Shopify. As a result, I have one more post to follow to wrap things up. I saw this tweet that asked, "When you group PMs, developers and designers by project, how do you maintain a consistent user experience and design?" I've read and heard about how Spotify (ahem, not Shopify, where I work) does it via a presentation on scaling agile. Namely, chapters or guilds where those of a similar discipline get together to share. However, I don't think even the Spotify model necessarily addresses the question…
  • Rethinking the Grid

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

  • Humorous Illustration Series on Irritating Conference Callers

    Speckyboy Editors
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    Now I’m sure that quite a few of you guys will have been in invlolved in conference calls at some point or another, and I’m also sure that at some point or another you would have had to endure some of the characters that designer Micael Butial has portrayed in this character illustration series, that he has accurately entitled ‘Irritating Callers’.I’ve been involved in quite a few conference calls, and yes I have met a few of these characters, I believe I might just be one of them myself. Not telling you which one though :-)Irritating CallersIrritating Callers on…
  • Weekly Web & Mobile Creativity n.82

    Speckyboy Editors
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:32 am
    It’s that time of the week again, a chance for you to sit back and enjoy some of our favorite web and mobile designs from the past week.You may also like to browse the Web & Mobile Creativity Archives.Mike Ingham Design →Webfire →Limoncello Studio →GLCO →Union →Travis Gertz →Your Local Studio →Wallmob →You may also like to browse the Web & Mobile Creativity Archives. The post Weekly Web & Mobile Creativity n.82 appeared first on Speckyboy Web Design Magazine.No related posts.
  • Building Minimum Viable Products at Spotify

    Chris Bank
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    Many companies face the paradox of wanting to build a delightful product without knowing if people actually want the product until it’s released.Spotify’s vision was to give people the right music at the right time while incentivizing artists by paying them based on number of shares their music received. A tall order, no doubt, when you consider how hard it is to build out such a platform, let alone make it profitable. Yet Spotify defied the odds and grew from zero to over 1 million paying subscribers in the US — a market foreign to Spotify’s native Swedish team and one…
  • How Flat Design Increases Conversion Rates

    Giles Thomas
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:18 am
    There are many arguments for and against flat design, so in this article I wanted to take a quick look at how flat design can actually affect your bottom line. When it comes to arguments, nothing speaks louder than actual dollars.I examine three case studies where flat design has increased conversion rates (and in some cases sales!) and how you can apply these to your next project.Read to the end to get my free bonus resource: “25 conversion rate best practices to test in your next design.”Minimalism Increases Conversions by 261%Let’s take look at our first case study and…
  • Weekly News for Designers (N.252)

    Speckyboy Editors
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    This is our popular weekly design news post where we share our favorite design related articles, resources and freebies from the past week.You can sign-up to our awesome weekly newsletter for some more amazing articles, resources and freebies.New Resources & ToolsBriefbox, some practice brief examples for designers & illustrators.scotchPanels.js, a jQuery off canvas menu and panel plugin.Ideal Image Slider, quite simply the ideal image slider in vanilla JavaScript.Dimensions, a Chrome Extension for designers to measure screen dimensions.Accessible HTML5 Video Player, a lightweight…
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  • Origins of the Yankees’ Interlocking NY Logo

    Khoi
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    A 30 Sep item from The New York Times’ City Room blog reveals the origins of the Yankees’ world famous logo: It was designed by Tiffany & Co. as part of a silver shield-shaped Medal of Valor depicting a woman placing a laurel wreath on a policeman’s head. It also contained the by-now-familiar interlocking letters… Advertise on Subtraction.com.
  • MagCozy

    Khoi
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    If you have one or more of Apple’s handy but easily lost MagSafe 2 adapters that allow older Apple laptop power supplies to work with modern MacBooks, then you’ll appreciate the MagCozy—a clever little silicone tether that prevents the adapter from getting lost. When I first came across this product online I filed it away… Advertise on Subtraction.com.
  • What to Do with an Old iPhone

    Khoi
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    I have an old, white iMac Core 2 Duo model that I bought eight years ago that’s still getting good, routine use in my household. It’s a media server, a DVD and Blu-Ray ripper (thanks to an inexpensive external drive), and a station where we check the weather and news in the morning. Every year… Advertise on Subtraction.com.
  • Icon by DKNG

    Khoi
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    These fifty illustrations focus on singular objects—mostly modes of transportation, and primarily cars—that typify famous films or TV shows. A few of them are straightforward, like the Death Star and three versions of the Batmobile, for instance. But the majority of them are cleverly oblique, and manage to capture their subject matter in unexpected, witty… Advertise on Subtraction.com.
  • Women in Comics

    Khoi
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:49 pm
    It’s unlikely that the art form of comics, at least insofar as it has been practiced to date, will be remembered for its sterling treatment of female characters or women creators. The track record is pretty awful, to put it kindly. But two articles this week highlight hidden strains of women trying valiantly to carve… Advertise on Subtraction.com.
 
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  • In one year Tyler went from zero experience to doubling his salary & launching a freelance company

    Faye Bridge
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
        A year ago Tyler was struggling as a fine art photographer, until he discovered an interest in designing and building websites. Through dedicating time to learning — with determination and perseverance — Tyler has since launched over 50 websites; founded a freelance company; and mastered an impressive multitude of web skills. We caught up with Tyler to ask a few questions about his experience over the last year. Here’s Tyler’s story, in his own words. “I’m nearly 23 years old, I didn’t go to college, and I’ve spent the past four…
  • Contributing to Open Source Documentation

    Andrew Chalkley
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Open Source software, languages and frameworks have enriched our lives greatly. In fact we wouldn’t have the web in its current form today without Open Source software. Most of the technologies used for serving, programming and viewing websites are Open Source. Individual contributions may be small but the sum of everyones contributions are what we see when we see things like Apache, Firefox, Ruby, Rails, Node.js and jQuery being released into the world. Open Source is fueled by the work of talented contributors and developers. Without their hard work, often in their free time, we…
  • New Courses: Learn Swift

    Gill Carson
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    We have launched four new courses that will help you learn Swift, the exciting new iOS language. Swift Basics by Amit Bijlani Swift is a new programming language created by Apple to program iOS apps. If you are new to programming or to Swift then this course is for you. Learn about programming concepts like: variables, types, collections and control structures. Towards the end of the course we will learn to program a FizzBuzz generator applying everything we have learned in the course. Swift Functions and Optionals by Amit Bijlani Functions and optionals are used widely in Swift. In this…
  • Practical Typography

    Jason Seifer
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    It’s Tuesday which means that the Treehouse Show is back! In episode 108 of The Treehouse Show, Nick (@nickrp) and Jason (@jseifer) talk about typography, grids, icons, and more. For a free month’s trial, Join Jason and Nick at http://teamtreehouse.com/show. This Week’s Links Butterick’s Practical Typography Shoelace – Visual Bootstrap 3 Grid Builder Creating distraction-free reading experiences — azumbrunnen Rome Pure CSS One Div Weather Animated Icons – CodePen The post Practical Typography appeared first on Treehouse Blog.
  • How to Critique, Give Criticism, and Take Feedback

    Nick Pettit
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    (Photo from Flickr user JD Hancock) I attended a high school that has an amazing visual arts program. We would regularly produce artwork, put it on the wall, and then gather around to say what we liked and didn’t like. More importantly, we would explain why we felt that way. This structured feedback is called critique. The younger students would often take it personally and sometimes cry hysterically, but it was for the best, because after a few years they would start to produce stellar work and provide excellent feedback. At the time, I didn’t really think about the…
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  • Now Read This: Collector’s Edition

    Stephanie Murg
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    At a time when nearly everything is available in bits, bytes, and pixels, print lives on in inspired packaging. Stuart Tolley brings together the most innovative examples in Collector’s Edition, new from Thames and Hudson. The book spans the worlds of music, book publishing, and magazines to reveal extraordinary analog artifacts, from limited-edition box sets and deluxe editions made from specialist materials to handmade packaging and sculptural objects that incorporate digital technologies. Sprinkled among the inspiring work are interviews with the likes of Alec Soth, Dinos Chapman,…
  • Twitter Along with UnBeige

    Stephanie Murg
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Famed literary critic Lionel Trilling once described Henry James as a “social twitterer.” Sure, he meant it as an insult, but it makes us feel better about having jumped on the microblogging bandwagon. Look to the official UnBeige Twitter feed, for up-to-the-minute newsbites, event snippets, links of interest, design trivia, and free candy (OK, we’re still working on the physics of that last one). The Mediabistro tech wizards have added to the sidebar at right a handful of our most recent word bursts, but you can sign up to follow all of our twittering here. New Career…
  • Watch: At Home with Pablo Bronstein

    Stephanie Murg
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:16 am
    Why settle for an ordinary vacation home when you can have a “baroque event”? Frieze recently visited artist Pablo Bronstein—who you may recall from the mythical architectural history of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that he conjured in 2009—on the east coast of Kent, England, where he is embracing a “mid-century, slightly granny” aesthetic and the “pleasurable mess” of baroque architecture. “I think that it has no shame,” he says. “Baroque architecture does everything it possibly can to appeal, to amuse, to impress, to show off, to…
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Infographics (But Were Afraid to Ask)

    Guest
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:37 am
    Ready to respond to requests of “Show me the data!” with more than a sad little bar graph? The Mediabistro mothership is now recruiting would-be data visualizers for an online course in infographics that can “engage an audience in your brand, cause, or mission.” Guided by digital communications pro Amanda McCormick, whose resume includes projects with New York City Ballet, Bitly, and Bertlesmann, students will get up to speed with online tools (we’re looking at you Many Eyes) and develop a robust spec for a data visualization. The infographical fun starts on…
  • Alison Bechdel, Rick Lowe Among 2014 MacArthur Fellows

    Stephanie Murg
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    (Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation) Cartoonist and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel (Fun Home, Are You My Mother?) and artist Rick Lowe (Project Row Houses) are among this year’s MacArthur fellows, the annual mix of thinkers, writers, artists, mathematicians, and materials scientists awarded $500,000 in no-strings-attached “genius grants” over five years. “Those who think creativity is dying should examine the life’s work of these extraordinary innovators who work in diverse fields and in different ways to improve our lives and better our…
 
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  • 23 Interesting Twitter Redesign Concepts

    Tara Hornor
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    As one of the top social media networks in the world, Twitter's design has to appeal to millions of users from multiple cultures, languages, and regions. So far, its design has worked well,... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 12 Tips for Designers Using Pinterest to Drive More Traffic and Exposure to Your Website

    Steven Snell
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    There are all kinds of social networks and websites where you can get involved, gain exposure for your work, and even send traffic back to your website or blog. Probably the most difficult part is... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 68 Easy Ways to Promote Your Design Services for a Steady Flow of New Clients

    Steven Snell
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    With the huge amount of freelance designers, small studios, and agencies out there offering web and graphic design services it can be difficult to maintain a steady flow of new clients. While it... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • How To Wireframe iOS App Interfaces using Photoshop

    Jake Rocheleau
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Much like building a website, mobile app design is a very detailed procedure. Although it may not be sociological rocket surgery(some might say otherwise) but even the best app designers will spend... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 29 Best Podcasts for Freelance Graphic Designers

    Tara Hornor
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    As a freelancer, I don’t get many opportunities to surround myself with similar creative minds to keep me sharp. While attending meet-ups and co-working can be great ways to engage with others, it... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
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    Veerle's blog 3.0

  • Draw a cute lion in Illustrator

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

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

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

    Veerle Pieters
    29 Apr 2014 | 1:53 am
    I had the great fortune to do some illustration and layout work for one of Smashing Magazine's new books called "Digital Adaptation", written by Paul Boag. Yet another fun and creatively challenging project that I would love to share its design process here on my blog, starting with the design of the cover of the book and the creation of the pre-launch website landing page. About the book I haven't hold the book in my hands yet, but from what I have seen so far from photos on the web the printer did a really good job. The book is all about helping traditional businesses and organisations to…
  • Chineasy illustrations by Noma Bar

    Veerle Pieters
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    Chinese is a hard language to master so that is why Taiwanese artist Shao Lan has developed ‘Chineasy’, a method which allows non-chinese readers to learn the written language by understanding the basic letter-form and meaning in a visual manner. The Israeli master of simplistic illustrations that have a double meaning Noma Bar created the visuals to help you understand the Chinese characters. The New Way to Read Chinese Noma Bar has designed a unique set of illustrations that are engaging and delightful, and offer a glimpse into the wonder of the Chinese language and culture. These…
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  • 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 —…
  • Cranking

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

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

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

    Steven Heller
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The current exhibition Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life, curated by Douglas Dodds, Senior Curator, Word and Image Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, London is a essential piece of illustration history and practice. (The exhibition is at BGC Gallery from Sept. 19, 2014–Jan. 11, 2015.) I urge you to see it, and learn more about Nessim. A constant innovator for more than four decades, Barbara Nessim was one of the first professional illustrators to master the computer as an artistic tool. This exhibition examines her sketchbooks, hand-drawn and computer-generated illustrations,…
  • 10 Great Gig Posters + Free Exhibition

    Zac Petit
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    Print readers will know Powerhouse Factories from the brilliant cover they created for our June 2013 Color Issue, alongside their rock posters and brand work. Art and design lovers who have passed through Cincinnati in the last few years will know the 21c Museum Hotel for its contemporary design and fantastic curated exhibitions (also, next time you see Debbie Millman, ask her about the Yellow Penguin).Powerhouse and 21c have teamed up for their second annual “Flooded” exhibition—a free, single-night event that will take place 7–11 p.m. Sept. 19 at 21c. A collaboration between…
  • My Favorite Favoriten

    Steven Heller
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    The year was 1923. The magazine was the Swedish journal Favoriten (Favorite). The covers were so different as to suggest they were completely different magazines, or at least very different art directors. But nej (no), each cover is from the same year’s weekly run. Its either a case study of indecision or a devious plan to confuse readers. We’ll never know. Or will we?Designer Resource: Shadow Type For even more on type, pick up a copy of Shadow Type: Classic Three-Dimensional Lettering by Steven Heller and Louise Fili. This beautiful book includes more than 300 historical…
  • SVA Masters Recipient: Tom Geismar

    Melissa Mazzoleni
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am
    This article from Grids + Guides in Print’s International Design Issue takes a brief look at the SVA 26th Masters Series Award recipient, Tom Geismar. Pick up an issue today for more design news, including advice from Geismar. Plus, take an in-depth look at graffiti across the world, Cuban poster design and more. Subscribe today and never miss another issue. Geismar Gets His DueTom Geismar is a living legend. He’s created more than 100 identity systems for clients such as Mobil, Xerox and Chase Bank, just to name a few. He’s a founding member of the influential Geismar &…
  • Is Copying the Highest Form of Flattery?

    Steven Heller
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Art and Craft, which opens tomorrow at Angelika Film Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York, is a film about an enigmatic art forger who gives (he does not sell) his forgeries to museums, libraries and other institutions throughout the U.S. The star, so to speak, is Mark Landis, who so faithfully copied so many styles, that many years elapsed before one of his fakes was caught by Matthew Leininger, an art registrar, who made it his mission to end Landis’s crusade with a show-all exhibition.This film account is a complex portrait of deceit, compulsion and pleasure. I asked the…
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  • [liff] Outer East Portlandia Wildfire Afternoon

    Samuel Klein
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    3147.As posited in an earlier missive, the 36 Pit and Scroggins Creek Wildfires have, at a remove, given us amazing skies.SE Stark at 117th Avenue, looking west.The smoky cast t the clouds isn't always evident, but it stands right out when the sun peeks through those clouds.Now, we're at SE 114th and Stark, still heading west.Last afternoon the skies out here in Outer East Portlandia were decidedly amber.God Loves the Denny'sAnd the effect overall was not unlike you walking into a room and seeing a filmy pall of the smokers within, clinging to the ceiling overhead.Except that it wasn't nearly…
  • [#RCTID] The Portland Connection To The New MLS Logo

    Samuel Klein
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:37 pm
    3146.As it seems to happen in cases like this, Soccer City USA, RCTID and all, there's also some sort of Rose City connection.Love it or hate it, Major League Soccer has a new 'crest'-style logo meant to evoke a more universal soccer tradition. Divided into upper and lower halves by sinister (it's a heraldic term) diagonal line that extends from outside the shield, the letters MLS rule in the upper left corner supported by three stars, the three supporting 'pillars' of the brand, the three C's … Club, Community, Country.But why those? What caused MLS to create those three concepts as core…
  • [#RCTID] BREAKING: Major League Soccer Unveils New Logo

    Samuel Klein
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    3145.(h/t Jeff Fisher at this tweet hyar) I, for one, didn't see this coming. I've always been charmed with the cleat-and-ball logo that was MLS's identity … but, apparently, MLS wasn't all that down:We are not like other leagues, whether in North American sports or other soccer. Our situation is different, our history is unique, and how we express soccer is decidedly North American. We have goals and aspirations that are distinctly MLS. As a result, our brand and crest visually reflect the type of business we are.As of 2008, the MLS logo appeared thus:It was in colors until 2008; since,…
  • [PDX] The Studios Of Portland: Retro-cool KGW-TV

    Samuel Klein
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    3144.I have said it before, and I'll say it again; TV stations are temples to me.I'm sure it comes from too much Saturday morning TV and game shows and too much TV news when growing up. Once I saw pictures of Portland over the TV … well, it was game over for my sentimental heart.Now that I've been a Portlander for more than half my life, it's surprising to realize that some things never get old to me. Like driving past TV stations … the technology, the energy. TV stations to me are like those purple lights to bugs. Irresistible.I'm fortunate that I've gotten to tour some. Not all the ones…
  • [PDX] Yay, But Just For Green Arrow

    Samuel Klein
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    3143.In Portland, we like our superheroes, true.But only one counts, really:The only superhero we love.Right on … Green Arrow, ONLY!So, you go boy … but just Green Arrow, ya understand?The rest of you are on your own. 
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  • Vintage-Style Illustrations of Female Superheroes in Their Original Costumes

    WhatanART
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    Illustrator Stephen Langmead has created a series of vintage-style illustrations featuring some famous female superheroes in their original outfits from their first appearance. Artist – Stephen Langmead Portfolio (Hat Tip GeekTyrant) View the Rest: 'Vintage-Style Illustrations of Female Superheroes in Their Original Costumes'
  • Artist Turns Strangers in Photographs into Cartoon Characters

    WhatanART
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Artist Robert DeJesus has been working on a project where people can commission him to draw their portraits in a cartoon style of their choice, such as anime / manga, disney, or chibi, using a photograph they submit as the reference. Artist – Robert DeJesus banzchan.deviantart.com (Hat Tip DesignTAXI, Exploring With Intelligence) View the Rest: 'Artist Turns Strangers in Photographs into Cartoon Characters'
  • Mugshots of Walt Disney Characters Reimagined as Thugs and Gangsters

    WhatanART
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    Miami, Florida-based graphic designer Jose Durán has created a fun series of illustrations reimagining some of our beloved Walt Disney characters as thugs and gangsters posing for their mugshots. Artist – Jose Durán mebzart.com | Portfolio View the Rest: 'Mugshots of Walt Disney Characters Reimagined as Thugs and Gangsters'
  • If ‘Tintin’ Characters Were Women, They Would Look Like This

    WhatanART
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    Madrid (Spain)-based concept artist and illustrator Alfonso Pardo Martínez has come up with an interesting piece imagining what the main characters of Tintin would look like if they were all women. Artist – Alfonso Pardo Martínez pardoart.com | Portfolio View the Rest: 'If ‘Tintin’ Characters Were Women, They Would Look Like This'
  • The Expectations Vs. Reality of Various Hair Styling Products

    WhatanART
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
    Artist and graphic design student Cassandra shows the complicated relationship she has with her hair with a series of illustrations that highlight the difference between the expectations and reality of various hair styling products. Artist – Cassandra c-cassandra.tumblr.com Hat Tip Laughing Squid View the Rest: 'The Expectations Vs. Reality of Various Hair Styling Products'
 
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  • PACKAGING THAT TICKLES MY FANCY: VOLUME 12

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

    Semhal Nasreddin
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    Alberto Seveso is an illustrator, photographer, and graphic designer living in Bristol, UK. He was born in Milan, Italy. He is very talented as is evident in his art. He has been featured on the blog before but I had to showcase his latest work as it is so beautiful. These images are from his series titled Digital Vomit… Enjoy!               For more of Alberto Seveso’s amazing artwork check out his Behance profile! Original article: DOPE ARTWORK BY ARTIST ALBERTO SEVESO©2014 SOULTRAVELMULTIMEDIA. All Rights Reserved. No related posts.
  • GRAPHIC DESIGN STAR OF THE MONTH: FANAKALO

    Semhal Nasreddin
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    This month’s graphic design star of the month is technically a studio called Fanakalo. It is a design studio based in Stellenbosch, South Africa and their work is truly beautiful! Hope you are greatly inspired!                     For more of Fanakalo’s work check out their Behance profile Original article: GRAPHIC DESIGN STAR OF THE MONTH: FANAKALO©2014 SOULTRAVELMULTIMEDIA. All Rights Reserved. No related posts.
  • THE PHENOMENAL WORK OF OUTSTANDING FEMALE ARCHITECT ZAHA HADID

    Semhal Nasreddin
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    Zaha Mohammad Hadid is an incredible architect born in Baghdad, Iraq. She is the first woman to have received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. She has a distinctively futuristic, sleek style. She has created magnificent buildings all over the world – Germany, Denmark, Austria,  Japan, China, Russia, U.S, South Korea, the UAE, France, Spain, and many more countries.  I am in true awe of her work and had to share it with you.. Enjoy :-). Al Wakrah Stadium, Qatar Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre, UAE 520 West 28th Street, New York, USA 520 West 28th Street, New York, USA…
  • 31 CRAZY AWESOME AMPERSAND EXAMPLES

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

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Presentation is everything. Especially when it comes to business cards. Here is the scenario. Let’s say you’ve spent the past few hours creating a business card for your client. Now you need to present your design in a professional manner. Are you honestly going to send them a 2D image of the front and back design? I hope not… You should use a mockup instead. By using a mockup you will boost the value of your work while showcasing it in a real life setting. Below you will find twenty-five free business card mockups. Almost every single mockup tends to use smart objects.
  • 19 Header and Hero Images Packs for Your Projects

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Today we collected some outstanding hero and header images packs for your current and future projects. Large hero images have become quite popular lately. Companies like Paypal, Ghost, Squarespace, InVision, Square, Magisto, and many others are embracing this new trend. And honestly I don’t see why not. Their websites look sexy and the end results are gorgeous. Hero images are usually found at the intro area of a website’s home page. They tend to grab your attention right away and present a call to action in a clean and minimal way. I’m sure you’ve heard this a…
  • How to Handle and Manage Different Types of WordPress Web Design Clients

    Jimific
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:24 am
    The client that you choose to take on defines you. Most of the problems in work can be avoided by taking the time to choose a client carefully. This means, you should know what you want out of your client relationships. Psychological approach is an effective strategy that can be used to read your clients’ personality. This is not an easy process when you are starting out. You will hear all kinds of advice about choosing a client but it really takes time and experience to make it good. So in today’s post, you will learn the different types of WordPress Web design clients. I will share my…
  • 8 Great Background Noise Generators

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    When it comes to working and getting things done, traditional belief leads most people to think that silence is key. Noises are what distract individuals from their work and prevent them from accomplishing the things they need to accomplish. However, more and more tests reveal truths quite opposite to this conventional way of thinking. Although too much noise can certainly be distracting, silence is not the answer either. So where does the answer lie? The answer is quite simple: background noise. In fact, the answer is so simple it benefits us in ways we don’t even realize. As the nature of…
  • Find What Matters: Creating a Purpose for Your Life

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:08 pm
    If you find yourself at a crossroads and are unsure of your life’s purpose; do not fret. After all, understanding ourselves is one of the most difficult things in life. It is important to remember that because we are always changing, the path to self-awareness, enlightenment, and acceptance often need to be retaken and reexamined. Life comes with its challenges, and even if you may be having a difficult time, there is always hope. Analyze Yourself The first thing you should do before you strive to find your own purpose is to analyze yourself. Spending time alone is essential. If you are not…
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    ArenaCreative Stock Photos Blog

  • PlanetPlankton.co.uk Watermark Logo Design

    ArenaCreative.com
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Occasionally, I take a break from editing stock photos to do a bit of custom freelance work.  I recently had the privilege of designing a watermark for the photography work of UK based artist Laura Storm.  Check out her amazing underwater and scuba photography at http://planetplankton.co.uk     Do you need a custom watermark designed for your photography business?  Talk to me.  If you are interested in graphic design work of any time, including web banner advertising, corporate identity, logos, etc… please contact me for a quote.  
  • Filet Mignon with Truffle Oil Stock Photo

    ArenaCreative.com
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Please try not to lick your screen, but this dish I was able to recently shoot tasted as good as it looks.  Shot with natural light, Canon 5D Mark II and 24-70 f2.8
  • 2013 Best Photos and Favorite Images

    ArenaCreative.com
    20 Jan 2014 | 9:06 am
    Here is a short video wrap-up of my favorite stock images, photographs, and graphics that I’ve created in the year of 2013. Some of my favorite photoshoots included food, fitness, sports, and travel scenics. It was a very crazy year for me, yet I still felt like I did improve in a few more areas of my photography.  We are all our own worst critics, however.  In the last few months I’ve actually lost a little bit of motivation towards my craft, and I find that spending the time to make this slideshow summary of the previous year has helped me to rebuild a little bit more of my…
  • Amazing XRAY Video of a Person Swallowing Water

    ArenaCreative.com
    7 Jan 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Post by Best Vines. Had to share this crazy video of a person swallowing some water on x-ray.  This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while!  Look at how the esophagus squishes it on down the tube.  Imagine if we all had x-ray vision like this?  The world would look like an entirely different place.  I wonder if there will ever be xray cameras?  Probably too much of a radiation hazard (ouch – the gonads, nvm).
  • Photography Masterclass Review

    ArenaCreative.com
    6 Jan 2014 | 9:02 pm
    So you own a nice camera; but do you want to be a master of the “DSLR domain”?  Read along, grasshopper. Did you just receive a DSLR as a gift, and wish you knew the basics?  You will learn that and so much more, with Photography Masterclass.  Step by step, Evan will guide you through the ropes of your new digital tools so that you can not only become proficient with them, but also excel further than you ever could on your own.  This all-in-one package will take the guess work out of learning your new digital camera, and it will also open your eyes up to the basic photography…
 
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  • New Fonts.com Blog

    Piper Lawson
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    There aren’t as many faces behind Fonts.com as one may think. We are a small, passionate and friendly team that is ready to show that side of ourselves to our user. The challenge was quite simple: we wanted to create a more approachable, usable blog to better express ourselves and products to our users. Updated Color Palette When we started creating the new Fonts.com blog, our first step was creating a new palette. Fonts.com has had a plain color scheme—with a repeated use of a deep blue throughout the site—for years. When we approached choosing new colors, we turned back to our…
  • Magical Magma II

    Sumner Stone
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Natural beauty speaks for itself. When we see a full moon, a ripe peach, or a smooth round pebble on the beach, their simple shapes touch something significant inside us. Man-made objects such as letters can create a similar inner resonance. A perfectly balanced ‘g’ or a subtly crafted ‘O,’ can evoke a delicate but powerful aesthetic experience. Unfortunately, few letter shapes elicit this response. Just to begin to qualify, the letters must have certain fundamental properties. For instance, they must have pleasing proportions between the weight of the stems and the size of the…
  • Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts for August 2014

    Ryan Arruda
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Here’s a listing of the top 100 most used fonts from the Fonts.com Web Fonts service for August 2014: Trade Gothic Neue Helvetica Avenir Next Univers Avenir Proxima Nova Helvetica Frutiger Gill Sans Futura Linotype Univers Klint DIN Next Museo Sans Museo Slab Century Gothic ITC Avant Garde Gothic Neo Sans Chaparral Arial Rockwell Myriad Motoya Birch Eurostile LT Univers Next ITC Legacy Serif ITC Lubalin Graph ITC Caslon No. 224 ITC Century VAG Rounded Soho Gothic ITC Franklin Gothic Optima ITC Legacy Square Serif Trade Gothic Next Neue Frutiger Swiss 721 Soho Swift Neue Helvetica eText…
  • This Morning’s Web Fonts Service Outage

    Matt Brinkerhoff
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
    This morning, from approximately 3am to 9am EST, certain Fonts.com Web Fonts customers experienced an outage in service, affecting delivery of Web fonts as well as the Fonts.com site. The outage was a result of internal server changes, preventing ‘fast.fonts.net’ from resolving. Users employing the Javascript or CSS implementation method experienced outages as a result. Changes were made to fix the problem early this morning and by 9am EST we noticed most users had service restored. Due to the fact that these are DNS changes, it may take some users up to 48 hours to see the fix. In…
  • Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts for July 2014

    Ryan Arruda
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Here’s a listing of the top 100 most used fonts from the Fonts.com Web Fonts service for July 2014: Trade Gothic Neue Helvetica Avenir Next Avenir Univers Proxima Nova Frutiger Helvetica Klint Futura Gill Sans Linotype Univers Museo Sans DIN Next Neo Sans Museo Slab ITC Avant Garde Gothic Century Gothic Chaparral Arial Rockwell Myriad ITC Caslon No. 224 Eurostile LT Motoya Birch Univers Next ITC Legacy Serif ITC Lubalin Graph VAG Rounded ITC Century Soho Gothic ITC Franklin Gothic Optima Linotype Sketch ITC Legacy Square Serif Trade Gothic Next Soho Neue Frutiger Swiss 721 Swift ITC…
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  • 25 Creative Movie Posters Design examples for your inspiration

    admin
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Movie Posters These days, film posters are still an incredibly important part of a film’s marketting technique. They are created to promote films and to intrigue audiences but there is a larger market for collecting film posters and older, original movie posters are in great demand.In this post we have added 25 creative movie poster designs for you. Subscribe with us and be inspired. read more
  • 25 Most Beautiful Aerial Photography examples Around the World

    admin
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Aerial photography offers a drastically different perspective than the one you get from shooting on the ground. The cameras can be portable or mounted, and photographs can be taken by a photographer, triggered remotely or triggered automatically. Platforms for aerial photography include fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, balloons, blimps and dirigibles, rockets, kites, poles, parachutes, vehicle mounted terminals. Aerial photography should not be confused with Air-Air Photography when aircraft are used for both a platform for image and object. read more
  • 25 Incredible and Realistic Pop Out Paintings by Alexa Meade - Inspiring Showcase

    webneel
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Imagine if you are an artist using people as an art on your paintings. The art comes alive with vibrant colours and the painted becomes the painting. It’s more like an 3d effect of one’s self. These pop out art paintings normally have a plain background. The people are the focus point of attraction. It’s a tedious job to blend people as a painting, once it’s done; it’s hard to focus anywhere else. The end results are encaptivating to the viewer. Artist Alexa Meade is well known for these pop out art creations. read more
  • 20 Stunning Beach Art works by Andres Amadors

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Andres Amadors is a famous beach art specialist. He uses the beach as his daily canvas and creates such intricate art. The fragile beach art gets destroyed on contact with the sea water. But his passion for art has not stopped him from creating beach art wonders. He reminds everyone that life is very fragile and makes utmost use of everything at hand. Except for some garden rakes, sketches he doesn’t carry much on him. He creates fractal patterns and his art lives in photographs and videos, as they are washed away very easily. read more
  • 5 in1 Mega Bundle v1 - Logo / Badge Templates

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    This new mega bundle is definitely our biggest logo/badge bundle yet. And with 38 items with 549 logo/badge/insignia templates from 5 premium design shops is this bundle one of the biggest and best quality logo bundle ever! So don’t miss it ;) Take a look at what you can get! read more
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    LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers

  • 3 Ways of Using Web Design to Create Brand

    Hala Ali
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    Designing a website is an artistic and cultural achievement. Not only you need to successfully and cleverly present the content that you’re getting out to your audience, but you need to find the audience that you’re targeting and create that message for them as well. This is essentially what will create a brand. Not everyone…
  • Break the Boundaries: Daily Tips for Designers

    Shyrose Vastani
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    Have you ever faced "Designers block"? Here is the way to fight with it. Normally our mind stops focusing on new aspects and loses the diversity in style of work. This happens because we stop thinking and keep on following the standard formula that previously worked. Consequently, we forget that designing is the area, where…
  • Elements of Branding through Web Design

    Mitchell Kernot
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    The design world can seem cluttered with all of the continually louder and louder attempts at attracting the attention of viewers around the world. Websites pour on color and stylization and music and everything they can think of in a misguided attempt to force you to stay on their website a second longer. P&Co. :…
  • 5 Celebrity Brand Endorsements Made in Hell

    Hala Ali
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    Brand marketers have always appreciated the value of celebrity endorsements to meet their promotional objectives. Choose a celebrity image that matches the brand product or service and you have a match made in heaven. At least that was the traditional marketing supposition but in this age of social media the supposed ‘stopping power’ companies delved…
  • Stationary Designs are Actually Your Brand Identity

    Hala Ali
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    Are stationery designers the ‘blue collar’ workers of the design industry or are they the underrated gems? I was reading a blog the other day and saw that a design firm had spotlighted a designer who specialized in stationery designs. This was a ‘top designer’ in his field for a specific crowdsourcing company. The blog…
 
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  • The Best of DesignCrowd Design Round-Up - Volume 2

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Each week, we round-up some awesome designs submitted by the very talented designers at DesignCrowd. From logo designs to posters and websites, the weekly design round-up aims to inspire creativity and show off the calibre of work produced by designers at DesignCrowd.
  • What if historical figures did the Ice Bucket Challenge?

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Digital Mischief for a Good Cause The Ice Bucket Challenge - a pretty rad fundraising stunt - kicked off in August and Facebook feeds and Twitter streams have been awash (pun unintended) ever since with images or video of celebs, pop stars, CEOs, politicians and ordinary people ti... Read More
  • 10 'Useful' Macbook Stickers

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Apple Catches Up Macbook owners have been slapping decals from their favorite apps, teams and brands all over their Macbook lids for years and in the process turning their once elegant but impersonal machine into a cluttered and colorful wonderland. Now that
  • Six Ways to Rise to the Top in Your Next Design Contest

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:41 pm
    This post was written by Joey Ambrose, DesignCrowd customer, crowdsourcing pro and web design company founder. We asked him to share his top six tips to help designers maximise their chance of winning contests. Clients and project owners who are about to start a design crowdsourcing project wi... Read More
  • The Best of DesignCrowd Design Round-Up - Volume 1

    14 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Each week, we round-up some awesome designs submitted by the very talented designers at DesignCrowd. From logo designs to posters and websites, the weekly design round-up aims to inspire creativity and show off the calibre of work produced by designers at DesignCrowd.
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    The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress

  • Insanely Awesome Star Wars Posters By Eric Tan

    Rik Haynes
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Eric Tan, a creative at Disney Consumer Products and self-proclaimed San Diego “beach bum”, has produced these awesome Star Wars posters for the original movie trilogy… “Like so many The post Insanely Awesome Star Wars Posters By Eric Tan appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • No Printing Dramas For Solopress And Strawberry Words

    Samantha Halley
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    Challenge, motivate and inspire is the ethos for Strawberry Words Arts Education. With their latest training course on the horizon, they’ve had their fair share of printing disasters… until they The post No Printing Dramas For Solopress And Strawberry Words appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Funny Friday: Baconeer & Eggs

    Andy Smith
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Ahoy there me hearties! ‘Tis International Talk Like A Pirate Day, so all ye land-lubbers better laugh at today’s Funny Friday posts or you’ll soon be walking the plank… Arr2-D2
  • Creative And Stylish Burger Packaging

    Danielle Knowles
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    In honour of National Burger Day, we’re taking a look at some of the most creative and stylish burger packaging that’s been crafted by innovative designers.  These bold and imaginative The post Creative And Stylish Burger Packaging appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Top 5 Marketing Tips For Gourmet Burger Restaurants

    Rik Haynes
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    As ravenous Brits look for their next fix of beef stuffed in a bun, gourmet burger restaurants have become a hit across the UK. But how can your bistro be The post Top 5 Marketing Tips For Gourmet Burger Restaurants appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
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    Learn from Graphic Designer Roberto Blake

  • DragonCon 2014 Cosplay Photography Showcase

    Roberto Blake
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    As many of you know I’m really into Cosplay Photography, in fact it is my favorite thing to shoot! Last weekend I got to go to DragonCon in Atlanta with some of my best friends and had a great time networking, meeting celebrities and shooting some of the most amazing Cosplayers I’ve ever seen. While these are not all the shot I took these are what I consider some of the best of the best of the best (with honors).If you were a Cosplayer at DragonCon and don’t see your shot here, don’t worry I’ve posted them over on my Flickr account! Below are some standout shots…
  • Is There a Diversity Problem in Graphic Design?

    Roberto Blake
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    One of the questions I am constantly asked by younger designers has to do with diversity in the industry. Many young designers are concerned that they may have barriers due to their culture or ethnicity throughout their career. Is there a diversity problem in the Graphic Design industry? No, and Yes. I’ll explain that in a moment.I can thankfully and proudly say that Graphic Design and the Creative Services Industry in general is one where your work really carries more weight than anything else. However that doesn’t mean there are not some diversity issues in the industry.
  • Inspiration Tips For New Graphic Designers and Design Students

    Roberto Blake
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    One of the most difficult things Graphic Designers have to do is find inspiration while working on their projects. Sometimes it can be hard to generate new ideas or approaches to doing things, but you have to create the conditions for creativity. Constantly immersing yourself in creative stimulation is an important part of working in this business.Collecting art, magazines, comic books, fiction, movies and music is going to help you expand your creativity, have sources for inspiration and set you in the mindset to want to create and communicate. Graphic Design is visual presentation and…
  • The New Macbook Pro 2014 Is Now the Best Photoshop Laptop

    Roberto Blake
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    I’m officially calling it now… The New Macbook Pro 2014 Is Now the Best Photoshop Laptop and Lightroom. If you have kept up with the blog or my YouTube channel you know I’m no Apple Fan boy, I call it like I see it and I’ve seen the light where the New Macbook Pro is concerned. In the past I have been able to make legitimate arguments about being able to match the hardware and specs based on the price, and while much of that still holds very true, there are some recent developments that have given the 2014 Macbook Pro the edge for now.PCI-E Flash StorageMany people…
  • How to Design Your Graphic Design Portfolio Website

    Roberto Blake
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    Your Portfolio Website is going to be important for getting hired as a graphic designer and allowing employers and clients to evaluate your design work an make an informed decision about you. Many graphic designers who are not web designers struggle with this and either don’t put together a web portfolio at all, relying on traditional methods or put together a website that isn’t effective at showcasing their work and skills.TIPS FOR YOUR PORTFOLIO WEBSITEKeep Your Portfolio Site Clean and Easy To Navigate, Make the Work the Hero.Only Show Your Strongest Work, What You Think Is The…
 
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    Graphic Design Junction

  • Free PSD Files: 26 New PSD Graphics for Designers

    Yasir Jawaid
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Fresh collection of Free Psd Files, PSD graphics, business card templates, flyers, and mockup designs and many useful Photoshop files. All PSD Graphics are free for download. All free PSD files are high-resolution and fully layered and available for commercial use. GDJ is one of the best Graphic Design Website to download free web and graphic design resources like vector graphics, free fonts and free PSD files. In this collection we put to gather free Photoshop graphics PSD files which are very helpful for designers to design beautiful UI with amazing UX. You may be interested in the…
  • Pattern Design – 35 Seamless Free Vector Patterns

    Yasir Jawaid
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Vector pattern design can be used for printing onto fabric, paper, scrap booking or website background. This is a beautiful collection of vector pattern designs you will find heart pattern, floral pattern, retro, stripe and dot shape pattern designs. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. 30 Awe-Inspiring Examples of Digital Illustration Artwork 150+ Free High-Res Low-Poly, Geometric and Polygonal Backgrounds 50 Seamless High Quality Wood Textures Ultimate Collection Of Metal Texture and Pattern Please feel free to join us & follow on…
  • Flat Websites Design – 32 New Examples

    Muhammad Faisal
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Flat UI design websites examples for inspiration. This is a showcase of new Flat Design web design following the latest and trendy FLAT UI Style. This collection only have responsive design, graphic agency, freelancer or corporate business web design. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. 50 Free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Mockups (PSD, AI & Sketch) 25 New Free Fonts for Graphic Designers Best Award Winning Websites Design – 30 Examples HTML5 Websites Design – 28 Inspiring Examples Please feel free to join us & follow on…
  • 5in1 Mega Bundle v.1: Logo/Badge Templates

    Yasir Jawaid
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    This new mega bundle for graphic designers with 38 items with 549 logo, badge, insignia templates from 5 premium design shops is this bundle one of the biggest and best quality logo bundle ever! Whether you’re just starting your freelance career or looking to beef up your own logo library, this Jumbo Deal is just for you! With almost 85% off from already discounted bundles, and available for limited time only, you’ll need to grab this new 5in1 mega bundle while you can. 5in1 Mega Bundle v.1: Logo/Badge Templates contains 549 logo, badge, insignia templates and lot of shapes and elements…
  • 12 Free Great iPhone Apps For Graphic Designers

    Naveed Ahmed
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    The great thing about a iPhone (smartphone) is that you can carry your whole world in it. Your pictures, music, contacts, your social life and even your games. Today I have gathered some great free iPhone apps for Graphic Designers which can helpful for your work. All apps are collected from all around the app store and they’re the best of the best and will serve your purpose very well. So please feel free to download any if you like. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. iOS Mobile UI Patterns – iOS Splash Screens For Design Inspiration 50 Flat Mobile…
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    The Designer Wall

  • 5 Letterhead Design Mockup to Download for 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • Amazing Tips On Making Good Design Decisions

    Think Smart Designs
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    There’s a popular misconception that NASA spent millions in a failed attempt to create a space pen while the Russians just used pencils. The implication is that good design is simple in the sense that it is simplistic or obvious.Simple design is often simple for the user but complicated for the creator. They really do use pens in space. It turns out pencils don’t perform well in space because wood and lead shavings in a zero-gravity, oxygen-rich environment can be dangerous for both fire and as debris. The true story of the space pen is that it was not a failure, wasn’t designed by…
  • Most Creative Black and White Brand Identity Designs

    Think Smart Designs
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    From logos, stationary, letter heads, envelopes, cards, covers, compact disks and other things are what together contribute in making brand identities. For all you designers who have recently got brand identity project or are handling it currently will find this article of ours useful for the reason that we have listed down 25 creative black and white brand identity designs for your inspiration. Each one of these creative brand identity designs listed below demonstrate core identity design principles and are truly inspiring. Take a look! 1. VinoSapiens by Anagrama2. Buro by SocioDesign3. VS…
  • The Best Photoshop Tutorials to Turn you into a Better Designer

    Think Smart Designs
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    have tried collecting a variety of tutorials from different genre in Photoshop. Some are really very simple and I therefore recommend you not to jump and read those tutorial at the first instant. Have a look at their end results first and think of the various ways you know of achieving such results in Photoshop. If you can progress to some extent in your mind, then it is better to try executing the tutorial yourself and match the end results later. But you should read the all the tutorials at least once to ensure you are not missing any information or if there are some better ways to reach…
  • Must Read on Making Good Design Decisions

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

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

  • 5 Elements of Branding that Every Small Business Should Know

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 20 Best WordPress Themes for Google AdSense

    Adrienne Erin
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    One of the most prominent ways to generate revenue from a WordPress powered blog or website is to incorporate Google AdSense. In fact, a lot of bloggers and website administrators rely specifically on income from this platform. However, it’s not enough to just add the necessary code and place ads. To really make money and ... The post 20 Best WordPress Themes for Google AdSense appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 7 Alternatives to Lorem Ipsum for Your Design Projects

    Adrienne Erin
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    When demonstrating the layout or graphic elements of a presentation, it’s important for the text to take a backseat in the audience’s minds. For presenters, this is accomplished by incorporating Lorem Ipsum, a filler text that naturally avoids serving as a distraction by being comprised of gibberish that is largely impossible to be distracted by. ... The post 7 Alternatives to Lorem Ipsum for Your Design Projects appeared first on Design Roast.
  • How to Combine Fonts

    Adrienne Erin
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    Whenever you open up something with text – whether it’s a fashion magazine, a blog about cooking or a flyer from a local aspiring D.J. – we expect certain aesthetics – or at least judge them. While most people don’t consciously realize it (unless you’re a designer), anything with words makes some kind of impression, ... The post How to Combine Fonts appeared first on Design Roast.
  • The 10 Most Artistic & Inspiring Google Doodles Yet

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

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

  • How to Market your Business on a Budget

    Stuart
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    Looking to Discover How to Market your Business on a Budget? Check out these top tips on building an effective marketing strategy for less than you think!The post How to Market your Business on a Budget is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Where to Find the Best Graphic Design Jobs

    Stuart
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    If you trying to find the best graphic design jobs available, there are many opportunities online. Here's a list of the best places to find a job!The post Where to Find the Best Graphic Design Jobs is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Is a Logo Design Competition worth the risk?

    Stuart
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Is a Logo Design Competition worth the risk? Here are a few reasons as to why you should NOT run a logo contest if you are serious about your business.The post Is a Logo Design Competition worth the risk? is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Are Vehicle Graphics Effective?

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

    Stuart
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    What is the Best Invoicing Software for Freelance Graphic Designers? Check out these Accounting Solutions Reviewed for Small Businesses and Freelancers.The post Best Invoicing Software for Freelancers is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
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  • Is Your Homepage Driving Away Visitors?

    5 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
    The back button is the most widely used command on the web, so from the moment a visitor lands on your homepage it needs to be working to help keep visitors on your site. If your website can’t fill users’ needs immediately, they are likely to exit your site without taking the time to look around. However, by avoiding these common mistakes on your homepage, you can create a website that grabs your visitors’ attentions and gives them a reason to stay. Too Busy of a Homepage Graphics can create a visually interesting website, but too much animation or added graphics can make…
  • Hello World Design Selected For Multiple CSS Garden Awards!

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Hello World Design is proud to announce that we have been selected for CSS Garden awards for our work on the websites of Portland-based law firm, ICS-law.org, and certification and inspection tag manufacture, Certags. As part of the awards, these two websites were featured front and center on the CSS Garden homepage. Located in Portland, Ore., ICS Law is a non-profit immigration law firm that is dedicated to serving the needs of the Oregon immigrant communities. ICS has more than three decades of experience providing quality, affordable immigration legal services, including anti-human…
  • Blazin’ Hydrographics Rolls Out New Look

    24 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Hello World Design is pleased to announce the launch of the brand new logo for Blazin’ Hydrographics. The redesigned Blazin’ Hydrographics logo better represents the company image and their dedication to providing high-quality water-transfer prints. Officially unveiled in August, 2014, the new logo will freshen their web presence, including their website and any future social media channels, as well as marketing material and company business cards. We feel the new logo is an exciting step for the future of the business and hope you enjoy the updated look as much as we do. Feel…
  • Hello World Design Launches Custom Website for Main Street Developers

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

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

    Chloe Smith
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:08 am
    I always get excited when the postman brings my subscription of Computer Arts magazine, this month the subject area in question is ‘The Future of Design Education’. Within this issue there was a question that really caught my eye – “What’s wrong with design education today, and how would you fix it” This blog post […]
  • Artist of the Month : Sarah Lamonde

    Chloe Smith
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Meet Sarah Lamonde. Artist of the month is back, and Forty8Creates has the perfect young lady to kick-start AOTM again. Meet Sarah. I will be the first to admit that I probably spend way too much time on Pinterest, but if I found a Sarah every month on my hunt, then I could justify it! […]
  • The Benefits of Professional Identity Design.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Marketers…are you a chief, champion or coach?

    downtheline
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Read a really interesting post on Marketing Week (read it here) that highlights some recent research in respect to the typical personality traits of marketers. The research took in findings from 2,500 marketers. Of which more than half fell into 3 of 16 main character types. (Descriptors here copied from the Marketing Week article.) The Chief – a natural leader, confident, authoritative, direct and goal-orientated. The Champion – built to manage, set targets, marshal resources and make sure the job is done – on time and within budget. The Coach – highly driven, people-focused,…
  • Why print (unfortunately) is not an exact science

    downtheline
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:13 am
    Finding a small number of good, reliable printers is essential to us graphic design agencies. Being able to trust that your printer takes due time and care to check the quality of their work is key, as the end product is part and parcel of delivering a quality job. All good printers will offer advice on the specification of a print job, raise queries early in the process, check colours with their swatch books or previously printed material, and ensure the finishing is ‘just so’. But, print, or rather achieving an exact match when it comes to colour, isn’t often an exact…
  • Why good graphic design is good for your business

    downtheline
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Investing in good, professionally delivered graphic design is worth it. Don’t just take our word for it. The Design Council can help put a figure on it… ‘Every £100 a design-led business invests in design repays £225 in increased sales.’ Quantitative figures like this always help. They provide a decent headline. But how does investing in good graphic design provide such a result? Here are a few ways… Good graphic design can help you stand out from your competition As businesses there’s a great deal more to competing against your rivals than via a beauty…
  • Brand authenticity – The importance of your brand being authentic

    downtheline
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:29 am
    Marketing Week’s article about brand authenticity is really worth a read if you take your brand seriously. It rightly sums up being authentic as: Authenticity is based on being culturally relevant to the target consumer.  We couldn’t agree more. The rules of authenticity I’ve taken from their article over on the right should be a maxim for any brand or marketing manager, or business owner who is looking seriously at how to build their brand. The rules can be applied to all manner of things – brand values, business ethics, marketing activity, sales approach,…
  • Iconography design and infographic design – the rise and rise of iconography!

    downtheline
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:54 am
    Something you’l no doubt have noticed over the last few years is the significant increase in the use of iconography design and infographic design. And as a consequence a reduction in the use of photography. It’s been a subtle shift, but something we’ve seen as pretty significant. Photography used to be one of the main visuals tools in helping communicate, differentiate, and build a design style. But we all know that sourcing unique imagery through the use of the professional photographer can be expensive, certainly by employing a good one who knows how to capture imagery…
 
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