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  • 15 great vintage poster designs

    Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog
    Sabina Hona
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:40 pm
    In today’s blog post, here we have the collection of 15 great vintage poster designs that will make you think for seconds or may be minutes. Let’s have a look at them below! Safety division This poster encourages to stay in safety division and beware of shadowy giants coming out of the sea in the […] The post 15 great vintage poster designs appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Thrift store paintings reviewed with cool illustrations

    Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog
    Mirko
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:07 pm
    On Designer Daily, we already featured the work of another thrift-store painting enhancer, David Irvine. Apparently, this artistic process has a name: NERC (Non-elective Retroactive Collaboration). Another artist based in Portland creates great art based on thrift-store paintings: Mike Wellins. Thanks to him, boring paintings suddenly become lively art with cool stuff happening, like robots […] The post Thrift store paintings reviewed with cool illustrations appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • 10 awesome posters by Gabz

    Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog
    Sabina Hona
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Gabz is a known graphic designer, artist and illustrator who graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań with a Master’s degree in Graphic Arts and Drawing. Gabz is always aimed at keeping his work attractive, fascinating and captivating in terms of technique, colors and concept. The below given 10 awesome posters clearly justify […] The post 10 awesome posters by Gabz appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Randy Ortiz

    Design is Kinky
    AJ
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    Canadian artist and illustrator Randy Ortiz.
  • Optical illusions paintings by Robert Gonsalves

    Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog
    Mirko
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Robert Gonsalves is a talented painter, but you shouldn’t trust him too much. In his paintings, you will start by seeing one thing, then it turns into another thing. Some would call Gonsalves’ painting surreal, but he preferes the more accurate description of “magic realism”. His work was strongly influenced by Magritte, but Robert Gonsalves […] The post Optical illusions paintings by Robert Gonsalves appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
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  • 60-Seconds #319 : Twenty-Five February editions, 300 months, 5,000 articles

    Fred Showker
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    I'm finishing up on the February 2015 edition and it really hit home when I changed the volume number from 24 to 25. This is volume 25 -- Twenty-five years online. It's funny how I can actually remember at least two readers who subscribed in the first couple of months -- STILL reading and now friends on Facebook. You know who you are -- can you believe it's been a quarter of a century? read more
  • Final Call for the 2015 Hillman Prizes in Journalism

    News Department
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    Hurry . . . The Sidney Hillman Foundation is accepting entries for the 2015 Hillman Prizes which honor investigative journalism and commentary in the public interest. But you've got to get nominations in . . . DEADLINE JANUARY 30 read more
  • Promo, Promo Slow Month Blues

    Fred Showker
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:25 am
    Here we are in February, and business is slow. Take this advice for a quick, short, low cost, powerhouse promotion for Valentine's day and your customers will be calling you back! read more
  • Creative Tidbits #186: Valentines Madness

    Fred Showker
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    It's that time of year and just for fun we decided to get some crazy stuff for you to enjoy! The first item is a killer ... please enjoy that one for sure! ... here we go: Top 10 list of the outrageously expensive Valentines Gifts Lots of free vector starter images for Valentine's Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Be My Valentine A Font with emotion : My Valentines Love Adam McIver 16 Valentines Happy Valentine's Day ... and more ! read more
  • CREATIVE Tidbits : Valentine's Do It Yourself

    Fred Showker
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:12 pm
    And now for something totally different . . . for this creative surf, I thought it would be fun just to snoop around and see what kind of creative projects others are doing. We found a few : * Do-It-Yourself: Quick and Easy Valentine's Projects * Cupid's Arrow Valentine Printable Cupcake Wrappers * Do It Yourself Valentines Day Wreath - Posted * Do It Yourself Pixalated Valentines Card * Valentine's Day Cards You Make Yourself * Do-it-yourself Valentine garland * Happy valentines day * Valentines shirts! * Be my Valentine ... and more ! read more
 
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    Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog

  • 15 great vintage poster designs

    Sabina Hona
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:40 pm
    In today’s blog post, here we have the collection of 15 great vintage poster designs that will make you think for seconds or may be minutes. Let’s have a look at them below! Safety division This poster encourages to stay in safety division and beware of shadowy giants coming out of the sea in the […] The post 15 great vintage poster designs appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Spectacular surreal paintings by Jacek Yerka

    Mirko
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Polish artist Jacek Yerka gives you a big picture that turn ordinary landscapes into scary monsters. Think you are living on a nice little island, might just as well be a gigantic monster’s back. If you are ready to take a trip to the land of monsterous beasts, just check out his images here or […] The post Spectacular surreal paintings by Jacek Yerka appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Thrift store paintings reviewed with cool illustrations

    Mirko
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:07 pm
    On Designer Daily, we already featured the work of another thrift-store painting enhancer, David Irvine. Apparently, this artistic process has a name: NERC (Non-elective Retroactive Collaboration). Another artist based in Portland creates great art based on thrift-store paintings: Mike Wellins. Thanks to him, boring paintings suddenly become lively art with cool stuff happening, like robots […] The post Thrift store paintings reviewed with cool illustrations appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • 10 awesome posters by Gabz

    Sabina Hona
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Gabz is a known graphic designer, artist and illustrator who graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań with a Master’s degree in Graphic Arts and Drawing. Gabz is always aimed at keeping his work attractive, fascinating and captivating in terms of technique, colors and concept. The below given 10 awesome posters clearly justify […] The post 10 awesome posters by Gabz appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Optical illusions paintings by Robert Gonsalves

    Mirko
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Robert Gonsalves is a talented painter, but you shouldn’t trust him too much. In his paintings, you will start by seeing one thing, then it turns into another thing. Some would call Gonsalves’ painting surreal, but he preferes the more accurate description of “magic realism”. His work was strongly influenced by Magritte, but Robert Gonsalves […] The post Optical illusions paintings by Robert Gonsalves appeared first on Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog. Download the free transport icons package now!
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    "graphic+design" - Google News

  • A' International Graphic Design Awards Call for Entries - PR Web (press release)

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    A' International Graphic Design Awards Call for EntriesPR Web (press release)The A' Graphics and Visual Communication Design Competition is an open design competition for submission of both concept stage and realized works designed by professional and young graphic designers, graphic design companies, branding experts, ...and more »
  • Visualizing Emotions: 3 Graphic Artists Take on Mental Illness - Paste Magazine

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    Paste MagazineVisualizing Emotions: 3 Graphic Artists Take on Mental IllnessPaste MagazineGraphic design isn't the first medium most artists would go to in order to express mental illness or emotion. There's a disconnect when creating something entirely out of geometric shapes on a screen, one that often impedes the expression of a complex ...
  • These Pun-Heavy Posters About Graphic Design Will Make Creatives Chuckle ... - Adweek

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:09 am
    AdweekThese Pun-Heavy Posters About Graphic Design Will Make Creatives Chuckle AdweekSara Heffernen's "Graphic Design Pun Cards" make gentle sport of designers' compulsive, perfectionist tendencies, while being dad-jokey enough to elicit groans from the rest of us. Having said that, "Bad Kerning Can Never Be Justified" is legit funny
  • Graphic Design Alumni Showcased in Todd Exhibit - Sidelines Online (subscription)

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:52 am
    Sidelines Online (subscription)Graphic Design Alumni Showcased in Todd ExhibitSidelines Online (subscription)Each piece was submitted by a graphic design alumnus who is currently working in the field. “[The exhibit] in a sense, a homecoming, as well as a first of its kind, acknowledging the important contribution of the study of graphic design and its alumni
  • Sarah Fitzgerald Blurs the Line Between Graphic Design and Fine Art - Westword (blog)

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    Westword (blog)Sarah Fitzgerald Blurs the Line Between Graphic Design and Fine ArtWestword (blog)"I went to design school at DAAP, at the University of Cincinnati, where my major was graphic design. They have a five-year co-op program, so I bounced around all over the United States, working in design firms in fun cities like Boston and San Francisco.
 
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    Dexigner

  • alldesign 2015

    Dexigner
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:14 pm
    The 4th alldesign, Creative Industries and Emerging Technologies Fair & International Design Conference, will be held February 19-21 in Istanbul.
  • The Big Rethink 2015: The Age of the Entrepreneurial CMO

    Dexigner
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The 2015 Big Rethink will feature entrepreneurial CMOs from Fortune 1000 companies and innovative startups, as well as visionaries and practitioners from the world's leading advertising and marketing agencies, to explore ways entrepreneurial CMOs are leveraging social, economic and technological upheavals to reinvent marketing for a new age.
  • 62nd Cannes Lions Awards: Call for Entries

    Dexigner
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:47 pm
    The 62nd International Festival of Creativity is calling for entries. The event will take place in Cannes from Sunday 21 to Saturday 27 June 2015. All entries will be shown in the Palais des Festivals.
  • RKS Appoints New Chief Design and Innovation Officer

    Dexigner
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    RKS has added Scott Clear to its roster. As the new Chief Design and Innovation Officer, Scott will contribute to the RKS team and its clients using his unique global background in architecture, transportation design, product design and business/design strategy.
  • World Interiors Day 2015

    Dexigner
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:45 pm
    The 2015 World Interiors Day, an annual event spearheaded by IFI and designed to spotlight Interior Architecture/Design, will be held May 30, 2015.
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    Graphic Design News

  • The N Word: Project Enye Puts the Focus on the 16 Million Young Latinos in the U.S.

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Spanish has birthed one unique letter: n, pronounced " en -yay." The squiggly line above the n is called a tilde.
  • More about Show Your Instagram Love

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    With the tools in your Creative Cloud toolbox, and some inspiration from iconic artists, you can create posters that rock. In spite of having been around for dozens of years, these eight typefaces don't have an expiration date any time soon.
  • Think you can design? Washington Twp schools asks students to create new logo in...

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:50 am
    Washington Township students think you can do better than this? The board of education is launching a contest to design its new logo. ( Michelle Caffrey Advertising companies and graphic designers need not apply, Washington Township's school district is taking its pursuit of a new logo right to its biggest resource.
  • Start-up logo design: 5 mistakes you should avoid

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:25 pm
    No matter whether you are just starting up or in the investment stage, having a good logo is like having a nice face -- people will notice it! But designing a logo for your start-up may get you into trouble if you are not aware of some basic fundamentals. My eight years of experience as a professional graphic designer and co-founder of a creative studio made me the go-to guy among my peers when it comes to designing a logo.
  • How to Take Screen Shots and Edit Them with Gimp on Ubuntu

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:25 pm
    With Ubuntu, you can use to take a screen shot and then use Gimp to crop it. The problem is that Gimp is not always easy to use.
 
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    You The Designer

  • Notegraphy, Graphic Design Meet Note-Taking

    Gian Bautista
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Beautifully designed writing. Most people these days scroll through plain or lifeless text posts in different social media networks like Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter. While this may be normal for some, designers like us just can’t help but crave for something extraordinary — some beautiful design. If you’re tired of staring at black text on white background all day, then this app shall be your new companion and best friend! Coined by the industry as “The Instagram for text”, Notegraphy is a free web and mobile app that instantly transforms your plain text posts…
  • The New Canadian Passport’s “Dark” Secrets Revealed!

    Patrick Ellasos
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Canadian passports have always been top of the line merely due to its innovation. Being a regular participant at the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), Canada is recognized as a front-runner  in technological development in passport design and processing systems. From aesthetics to innovation, they’re always one step ahead compared to other countries. Canadian ePassport issued on July 1, 2013. When the newest version of the Canadian e -passports were made available on July 2013, it showcased impressive new security features like digitally embedded passport photos,…
  • 50 Cool Moleskine Art Samples That’ll Fuel Your Creativity

    Claire Jariss Manlapas
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A blank sheet of paper usually intimidates people because of the immeasurable space. But to graphic designers, it’s a blessing to work with a blank canvas because of the endless possibilities. This is probably why most designers favor Moleskine notebooks for their random jots and doodles. Why doodles look better on Moleskines, we may never really know. What we do know is that this particular notebook has fueled, if not revived, many artists’ love for traditional sketching. Even artists who have long practiced digital art seem to be moved. Looking into some of the most creative…
  • Cheeming Boey’s Artistic Journey with Styrofoam Cups and Sharpie Pens

    Patrick Ellasos
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Malaysian-born artist Cheeming Boey stumbled upon his success and gained his own spot in the international art scene after being recognized for his unusual choice of art medium. This California-based artist, animator, and writer is famous mainly for his disposable styrofoam coffee cup illustrations. He is also popular especially among his fellow Malaysians for his webcomic “I am Boey” and autobiographical novel entitled “When I Was A Kid.” Image via: Youtube Boey accidentally discovered this form of art one day while sitting at a coffee shop. He was itching to jot down…
  • 12 High-Resolution Shattered Glass Photoshop Brushes

    Patrick Ellasos
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Good day, creatives! It’s been a while since the YTD team was able to put out new design freebie out there. So today we are showcasing a set of free, high-quality Photoshop brushes to kick-start our series of design freebies this year. This particular set of brush consists of 12 high-resolution shattered glass brushes that are very useful and easy to customize. You can play with the opacity, blending modes, and even mask out other parts of the brushes to suit your preferences.  The following brushes are 2500px x 2500px in size and the resolution is high enough to showcase the…
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    CreativePro.com - Graphics

  • Mastering Photoshop Smart Objects: Creating a Star Wars Crawl

    Mike Rankin
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    Authors: Bart Van de WieleBody: The Star Wars opening crawl effect is one of the most intstantly recognizable elements in modern movies. True, it wasn't totally original, being inspired by the opening crawls in Flash Gordon movies of the 1940s. But George Lucas and friends made it iconic. And now you can make your own animated crawl effect in Photoshop, with the help of Smart Objects. In the video below, Photoshop Master Jedi Bart Van de Wiele demonstrates how. Check it out, and may the Force be with you. Bart Van de Wiele is a digital publishing trainer and consultant from Belgium…
  • Generating Image Assets in Photoshop CC

    Mike Rankin
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Authors: Chad CheliusBody: In Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe released a powerful new feature called Asset Generator that allows users who produce web comps in Photoshop to automatically generate web assets to specific sizes, formats, and other parameters automatically on-the-fly. It truly is an amazing feature that can save users tons of time and takes a lot of the guesswork out of the process. For web designers this is a very impactful feature, but it can also be useful for print designers. One thing that almost all designers are requested to do at some point, is create images that will…
  • Choosing Which Graphic Design Program to Use

    Roberto Blake
    9 Jan 2015 | 5:09 am
    Authors: Roberto BlakeBody: One of the things a lot of graphic designer struggle with is what tool to use in a specific situation. Too often, folks rely on their default program of choice (usually Adobe Photoshop), although this may not be the best program to use in given situation.   Different situations call for you to use different apps to produce the results that you want. For example, one case where you should use Adobe Illustrator instead of Photoshop is logo design. While it's true that Photoshop is capable of producing vector graphics, this is not its native function.
  • How I Work as a Digital Artist: Choosing Peripherals

    Mike Rankin
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Authors: George CoghillBody:  In part two of this series, I covered the basics to consider when it comes to setting up your digital art computer. Now that the core setup is established, we can get into some more artist-specifc peripherals and accessories: graphics tablets, printers, and scanners. The phrase “digital artist” pretty much conjures up a graphics tablet, so I’ll start there. What Are Graphic Tablets? If you are unfamiliar with a graphics tablet, it is basically an input device for the computer that allows you to use a stylus and manipulate the cursor with what is…
  • How to Apply Textures to Uneven Surfaces with Photoshop

    Mike Rankin
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Authors: Ben RichardsonBody: This tutorial is intended for intermediate Photoshop users, or really patient, focused, and keen beginners. For the purposes of this tutorial I’ve selected a photo of a nebula as a texture and the portrait as the surface that I will apply it to, but you can choose any sort of a texture and apply it to any uneven surface of your choice (e.g. you can apply a grass texture to the photo of a cat) using the same principles. If you decide to apply the texture to a face (like we will do in this tutorial), try finding a photo in which the face has as clear…
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    DesignFloat | Published News | Graphic Design

  • How Important Is To Have An Online Portfolio?

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:32 am
    The skill to drop in an informal way, if you have interest, kindly pay attention at How Important Is To Have An Online Portfolio ?
  • 55+ Best Free Responsive Joomla Templates

    22 Jan 2015 | 3:03 am
    Joomla also provides great database inventories and management systems, and is also widely used for even developing eCommerce websites! A lot of cool reservation systems, communication systems, can also be developed using the same. You can design and develop a new Joomla template/theme/platform, or use the pre-existing Joomla templates or themes from the market store. All you need to do is to download and install any particular theme on your server, where the Joomla has been installed, and then activate it in the Joomla Settings. Then, easily and quickly, customize what exists, and change it…
  • Top 5 Useful Online Resources for Graphic Designers

    18 Jan 2015 | 11:15 pm
    The Noun Project, Typophile, FontShop, Kuler and Fontface Ninja are five popular and useful resources for keen designers who wish to unleash their mojo.
  • 31 Cartoons and Illustrations Made for Victims of the Charlie Hebd

    16 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    While the people in France are grieving for this fatal shooting in their country, some illustrators and cartoonists around the world joined hands to come up with cartoons expressing their feelings more persuasively related to this awful incident. And to give a memorable tribute of this horrific event especially for the victims who never failed to use their pens to express their freedom of speech and had beautifully captured their messages about particular and wider society issues, here are some of the illustrations made passionately for all of you:
  • Essential Tips for Creative Photography Logo Design

    16 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    The Blog talks about few essential elements and vital design tips to come up with creative photography logo designs.
 
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    Next Big Design

  • MUSE Newsletter: Lost in Thought with Heather Swanson

    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    FUSE Muse body {color:#fff; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; background-color:#fff;} a img{border:0; } p { font-size:12px;margin:10px 0;line-height:18px; } a { text-decoration:none; color:#ec008c; font-size:12px; } a:hover { color:#01b2a5; } h1 { margin-top:0;margin-bottom:2px; font-size:17px; color:#262222;text-transform:uppercase; } h1 em{font-family:Baskerville,
  • New Post-It App Combines Print and Virtual Notes for Easier Design Brainstorming

    20 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    Although our lives revolve around screens of all sizes, many of us still find satisfaction in writing something down on a piece of paper. A popular type of paper we all know and love, Post-it Notes are often a key part of individual and collaborative design-focused work sessions. In fact, a designer’s brainstorming process can often include thoughts, designs, inspirations, colors on a lot of
  • Meet the FUSE 2015 Keynotes

    19 Jan 2015 | 7:21 am
    This year, FUSE brings you unprecedented access to the very BEST in brand and design. Without further ado, here’s your 2015 keynote lineup: Morgan Spurlock on Originality Oscar Nominated Documentary Filmmaker and Host of CNN’s Inside Man @MorganSpurlock Peter Borowski on Culture Head of Design at Kraft @kraftfoods Taylor Conroy on Hope Founder of Change Heroes @ChangeHeroes
  • The Sexiest Types of Creativity

    15 Jan 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Ever wondered why the guitar player always seems to have endless admirers? Or why the quarterback always seems to get the girl? It is because research has found that creativity is sexy. A recent study by psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman has actually found that certain types of creativity evoke ‘perceptual, aesthetic, and emotional qualities in the perceiver’, which are deemed attractive to
  • Your Exclusive Savings and Preview of the FUSE 2015 Brochure

    12 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    It's a new year, a fresh start and all those good things that come with it. After working on FUSE for close to 10 years, I'm absolutely thrilled to share with you the most inspirational FUSE I've seen yet. FUSE 2015 will provoke, transform and inspire. FUSE 2015 Ignite Inspiration April 13-15, 2015 Loews Chicago Chicago, Illinois Experience an entirely re-imagined FUSE.  Cheers
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    Cameron Moll / Designer, Speaker, Author

  • Speaking: Squares Conference, March 25–27

    9 Jan 2015 | 10:49 am
    I’ve shared the Authentic Jobs origin story before, but never like this. At Squares Conference 2015 in Grapevine, Texas, I’ll be offering a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like running a startup-like small business—and the challenges that come with it. Here’s a taste of what I’ll be sharing: How one of our employees walked away with $3500 worth of equipment, and how this affected our remote work policy Why we went from using very few legal services to engaging three different law firms simultaneously, and the crazy circumstances that led to it Why we put…
  • Now accepting speaking invitations for my “Cohesive UX” presentation

    9 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    After not speaking at conferences for nearly all of 2014 (with good reason), I’m now accepting invitations for 2015. My presentation is titled “Cohesive UX”. In a nutshell, This presentation examines what’s required to deliver a cohesive, consistent user experience regardless of where the digital experience begins, continues, and ends. The only speaking exception I made last year was for HOW Interactive, and it was to deliver this very presentation. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and you can view the slides on Speaker Deck. (Also, don’t miss "Cohesive UX"…
  • 50% off all job listings, and my feeble attempt at brush lettering.

    2 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Brush lettering is hard. Clearly this is why we have full-time typographers. The tl;dr of it all is that we’re running our annual New Year’s 50% off sale over at Authentic Jobs, and I tasked myself with creating the promotional artwork. (By the way, my discount code for the sale is MOLL2015.) I wasn’t satisfied with how the brush fonts I wish-listed rendered “50”, so I took at stab at doing my own lettering. Super-fat Sharpie “brush” in hand, this was the somewhat feeble result: EPS conversion thanks to VectorMagic and a Stocksy photo¹ in hand, this…
  • The Disease of Being Busy

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    Oh how disease + being busy resonates with me. Every technology or product that pitches “do ______ in less time” inevitably creates more busyness than it eliminates. Clearly the industry of efficiency is not calmness, but industriousness. ¹ I wrote in my journal this morning. Wrote. With a pen and paper. It took me 30 minutes to write what would have taken 10 minutes or less to type.² I am okay with this. Omid Safi has eloquently penned yearnings that I wish were my own and that I intend to make my own if I have any hope of favoring quality of life over quantity: When I ask,…
  • “The first pass should be ugly, the ugliest.”

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Craig Mod, who convincingly argues that app development (and their success) is often completely senseless, drops this astounding wisdom on readers about halfway through the article: The first pass should be ugly, the ugliest. Any brain cycle spent on pretty is self deception. If pretty is the point then please stop. Do not, I repeat, do not spent three months on the radial menu, impressive as it may be. It will not save your company. There is a time for that. That time is not now. Instead, make grand gestures. General gestures. Most importantly, enumerate the unknowns. Make a list. Making…
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  • A Third Way

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    Inquisitive #24: A Third Way, I had a chat with Myke Hurley about Field Notes, The Deck and lots of other stuff today. Thanks for that.
  • Despicable Words

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    So you know. A Dictionary of Despicable Words, by Jen Doll. Awesome. Via Marshall.
  • History of Sex-Ed Movies

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    The Scandalous History of Sex-Ed Movies, an entertaining, comprehensive, illustrated post by Lisa Hix for Collectors Weekly. Plus, Donald Duck.
  • Pokémon as Corporate Identities

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:37 am
    Pokémon as Corporate Identities.
  • Shining Polaroids

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    Polaroids from the set of The Shining, shot by Continuity Supervisor June Randall. Via Meredith Frost.
 
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    swissmiss

  • How to Find Fulfilling Work

    swissmiss
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    The key to finding fulfilling work is to think a lot, analyse one’s fears, understand the market, reflect on capitalism – and to watch this film.
  • Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes

    swissmiss
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
    Woah! This brand new mini site by Squarespace just stopped me in my tracks. (see what I did there?) Squarespace believes that the world is filled with too many restless people in need of rest – that’s why they teamed up with Jeff Bridges who created sleeping tapes with intriguing sounds, noises and other things to help you get a good night’s rest. 100% of the retail price from each album sold goes directly to No Kid Hungry. Sleep better and do good. Well done, Squarespace.
  • The Vipp Shelter

    swissmiss
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    This minimalist prefab called VIPP Shelter is simply breathtaking. Click through to IGNANT for more photos.
  • Frozen Bubbles

    swissmiss
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:50 am
    Photographer Angela Kelly beautifully documents bubbles her son blows in freezing temperatures. Stunning.
  • What cloud services do you use?

    swissmiss
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:33 am
    Here’s a question for you. What subscription based, cloud software do you use and love? I made a list of services I use personally or subscribe to with my companies CreativeMornings and Tattly. I was surprised to see how long the list is: Freshbooks for all my invoicing needs (also does time tracking but I don’t need that at this point in my career) Squarespace for my co-working space website and smaller CreativeMornings related project sites. Helpscout is what we use for all of our Tattly support. Dropbox is where we store all of our files. I would not be able to sleep without…
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    Logo Design Love

  • Pulsating Sonos

    David Airey
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:15 am
    This got a ton of online press last week. If you scroll up and down while viewing the following image, the lines surrounding the Sonos wordmark appear to pulse, kind of like the speakers sold by the home audio company. Created by Bruce Mau Design, the portfolio page unsurprisingly doesn’t mention the effect — it’s a subtle bonus, not the main idea — but I doubt the illusion went unnoticed on during development. — Update: It was spotted about halfway through the process. — Anyway, it didn’t half generate some brand attention (on Gizmodo, The Verge, Quartz, Business…
  • The Canada wordmark

    David Airey
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    Originally designed to promote travel to Canada, the design was adopted as a global identifier of the Government of Canada in 1980. “I designed the Canada logo while working at MacLaren Advertising on a campaign for the Canadian Government Travel Bureau. Other government departments began to use the logo and, eventually, the Government adopted it as their official logo.”— JIM DONOAHUE Designed by Jim Donoahue in 1965, the wordmark seems to be a customisation of Baskerville (I’ll update the post if Jim’s able to send clarification). — Update: Jim kindly replied to say, “The…
  • The origins of Red Bull

    David Airey
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    The following is excerpted from Champions of Design 4, the latest book by jkr that gives an insight into the world’s most successful brands. Red Bull Soapbox Derby, photo credit Under the leadership of Austrian brand owner Dietrich Mateschitz, Red Bull’s epic forays into art, racing, flying and even space have made the brand a global phenomenon. In terms of experience and communication, Mateschitz’s company added incalculable value to the brand. Where they didn’t add value was the design of the original Thai energy drink. And that of course, is what has added value.
  • Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund

    David Airey
    2 Jan 2015 | 3:24 am
    Elmwood designed this logo in partnership with the Maguire family, for the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund. The idea aims “to capture the spirit of aspiration and achievement that is central to the charity’s purpose.” The late Ann Maguire spent more than 40 years working as a teacher. She had a passion for helping students to reach their potential. Tragically, Ann was killed in her classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds in April 2014. Following her death, Ann’s family set up the Ann Maguire Arts Educational Fund to celebrate her life and carry on her legacy. The charity…
  • I DO

    David Airey
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    “We are gathered here today to brand these wedding planners in just two words.” Probably my favourite logo from the website of George Lois, and a good opportunity to share this brief footage from his CreativeMornings talk from a couple of years back.
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  • Physics | Weaponry | Chemistry

    acejet170
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    And with 'Physics' that's the first series complete. The New Illustrated Library of Science and Invention was published by Leisure Arts during the first half of the 1960s. Designed and produced by the astonishingly skilled but scandalously under appreciated (in print) Erik Nitsche, it was released in two series of 12 volumes. They are beautiful books. Striking full bleed image dust jackets contrast with elegently foil-blocked cloth bindings. The typographic layout inside is rigid but quiet, allowing the diligently handled content to sing out: Cleverly positioned cut-outs,…
  • The Penrose Annual 1973 Volume 66

    acejet170
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
      There's a few more photos here.
  • Dipticstagram

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

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

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

  • Conor Langton

    AJ
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Conor Langton is a talented illustrator from Ireland.
  • Larry Niehues

    AJ
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    French born, and now US based, photographer Larry Niehues shoots the American landscape using both film and digital.
  • Randy Ortiz

    AJ
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    Canadian artist and illustrator Randy Ortiz.
  • Comet Substance

    AJ
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    Comet Substance is the graphic design work of Ronny Hunger.
  • Katrin Koenning

    AJ
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Talented photographer, Katrin Koenning has a show opening at James Makin Gallery in Melbourne on 14 Feb (5-7pm) as part of Photobook Melbourne.
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  • How To Create Ropes & Knots with Illustrator Brushes

    Chris Spooner
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I recently received an email from a reader who asked for advice on how to create ropes and knots in Illustrator, which are particularly common with nautical themed designs. A custom Illustrator brush immediately sprung to mind, so I played around and perfected a technique that can be used to make any path look like a twisted, knotted and entangled length of rope. Follow this step by step tutorial to create a knotted length of rope using brushes in Illustrator. We’ll learn how to build a custom pattern brush, then overcome some problems that prevent the rope from weaving under and over…
  • 10 Ink Roller Textures for Access All Areas Members

    Chris Spooner
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Dustin from RetroSupply is back with more quality goodies for Access All Areas members. Dustin has already donated some fantastic resources for members to download, including halftone vectors, 1940s mockups, vector textures and the Emergency Retro Kit, but now members are also being treated to the RetroSupply Standard Issue Ink Roller Textures. This pack contains 10 high resolution textures made by hand with a rubber roller and ink. Use them to create cool stamp and print effects in your artwork. RetroSupply Co’s mission is to bring the awesomeness of handmade goods to digital design. Their…
  • 21 Beautiful Script & Calligraphy Fonts for 97% Off!

    Chris Spooner
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    Script and calligraphy fonts are some of the most sought after resources, so this new bundle of 21 beautiful fonts from Design Cuts is a dream come true for typography fans! Fonts of this quality can be pretty expensive at full price. In fact, if you were to buy this collection at regular price, it would cost you $922. This is a unique chance to own them all for a massive 97% off the regular price, saving you almost $900! These fonts are amongst some of the most popular and best-selling in the world. This bundle is a true hall-of-fame collection. It combines some of the current massive…
  • 30 Creative Beer Bottle Label & Packaging Designs

    Chris Spooner
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Thanks to the increase in popularity of microbreweries the packaging for craft beers has become a new canvas for designers and illustrators to work their magic. Independent brewers rely on the branding of their product to stand out, which results in some really creative designs for us to enjoy. In today’s post I showcase 30 brilliant beer bottle labels and packaging designs that are full of character, with the kinds of cool lettering and illustrations you just don’t see on the mainstream brands. Maven Craft Beer by Rudi de Wet Studio Beer & Cider by Karoly Kiralyfalvi Le Chat…
  • Customizable Inkblot Flyer Template for Members

    Chris Spooner
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    This week Access All Areas members can download a cool flyer template courtesy of Yusof Mining. The design is inspired by the Rorschach test and features 15 unique inkblot patterns made from real ink and paper. The template is A4 in size at 300dpi with 3mm bleed, making it ready for professional printing. Well organised layers, Photoshop smart objects and freely available fonts make this file user friendly and perfect for customising for your own projects. Yusof Mining is an established author on stock resources websites GraphicRiver and Creative Market. He has a passion for dusty retro…
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    Web Design Professionals - 1stWebDesigner

  • 8 Best Freelance Websites To Find Web Design and Graphic Design Jobs

    Dainis Graveris
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Which job search website is the right one for you? Find out now!   You can’t run a freelance business without creating a system to get more clients. Job search websites are a popular tool in that system, but if you’ve used one, you’ve probably had a bad experience. Before we started building our freelance job site, AwesomeWeb, we researched the big players. Their pros. Their cons. What people loved. What people hated. We created accounts, combed forums, and read reviews all so we could bring you the last client-getting tool you’ll ever need. Freelance Job Sites…
  • From Printing Business to Web Design and Marketing Agency [Podcast]

    James Richman
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:16 am
    The Podcast Episode with Jeff Dykema Success Story from Jeff Dykema Earth is already a congested place inhabited by billions of people. The web design industry is not far behind with hundreds of thousands web designers and developers all over the world. Just in 2012 alone, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a total number of 259,500 designers. The number is continually growing as new and young designers hop into the bandwagon filled with exciting and new ideas enough to make you insecure. Looking at the numbers, you might be wondering how you are able to have a breakthrough…
  • From Coding to Starting Business and Hiring a Team [Podcast]

    James Richman
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:44 am
    The Podcast Episode with Ouida Mac Ouida Mac’s Success Story You have a lot of projects going for you and more are waiting in queue. You even have a business. The frustrating thing, however, is that it is not moving into the direction you want and growing into the scale you desire. It’s not that you lack the talent or the technology. In fact, you’ve continuously allow yourself to learn new systems and technologies but why is everything on a standstill? This was the same frustration Ouida Mac faced not a long time ago. Like all average web designers, she was charging $15…
  • How to Grow From Freelancer to Web Design Professional [Podcast]

    Dainis Graveris
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    The Podcast Episode with Lauren Gray Success Story From Lauren Gray Freelancing is a dream-come-true for those who have been part of the rat race for a long time. The idea of controlling your own time and not answering to a manager or supervisor seems to charm a lot of people. Only those who have been in the freelancing business long enough have seen its dark side – cheapskate clients who give little value to your talent and work. Such was the case of Lauren Gray, who used to charge just around $300 for a web project but is now charging 10 times the amount of what she used to charge.
  • Predictions For The Year 2015 – What’s In It For Web Design Professionals?

    James Richman
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:53 am
    “Here’s to becoming even better this year.” James Richman Year 2015 Will Be Fun Some are full of excitement after receiving their new gym membership. While some committed to quit unhealthy habits, and others have made a promise to themselves to spend more time with their loved ones. All in all, it’s that time of the year again when everyone is full of enthusiasm to welcome change in their lives. I hope that you too are full of enthusiasm to really #deliver big time in 2015. We at 1stWebDesigner, are certainly enthusiastic but most of all we want to do it together with you.
 
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    LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers

  • 3 Sports Teams make their Marketing Minimalist

    Hala Ali
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    Sports fans have become more sophisticated and have grown out of the ‘traditional mode’ to enter the 21st century. Sports teams are slow to follow but they will eventually catch up as can be seen by the redesign of various sports logos in 2014 to become more minimalist. The trend in the market is to… The post 3 Sports Teams make their Marketing Minimalist appeared first on LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers.
  • 12 Photography Magazines That Add Visual Weight to Images

    Mehreen Siddiqua
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:12 am
    When digital photography became mainstream, we witnessed the birth of Instagram and other photography apps and tools. The world was struck with a craze for photography. Social media wasn’t spared either. Some of the amateur designers also wanted to give photography a shot. Many magazines and design giants started using digital images for their campaigns and… The post 12 Photography Magazines That Add Visual Weight to Images appeared first on LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers.
  • 7 Photography Tips to Create The Perfect Shot

    Kathleen Burns
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    Taking beautiful and professional-quality photos involves thought, timing, and technique. Think clearly about what you are attempting to capture or create and what you want the viewer to come away with after looking at your photos. Snapping the perfect shot requires timing and technique What makes a great photo is its ability to convey emotion. Emotions in a… The post 7 Photography Tips to Create The Perfect Shot appeared first on LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers.
  • 7 Reasons Why Stock Photography Sucks Your Sales Away

    Kathleen Burns
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:12 am
    People can quickly tell when something is fake. Why would you risk tainting your brand with labels such as cheap or generic by adding stock photography to your visual content? Research shows that regular photos receive a 2.35% click-through-rate while Instagram-style photos received CTRs as high as 8%. Sales mirror that effect with a conversion… The post 7 Reasons Why Stock Photography Sucks Your Sales Away appeared first on LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers.
  • 9 Popular NFL Team Logos: Typographic Evolution

    Shyrose Vastani
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:19 am
    Graphic communication deals with many subjects, where the most beautifully driven idea is of typography. It dates back to ancient epochs and has undergone a number of changes over the period of time. We see a huge inclination of designers on the typographic element in their designs. Different industries adopt and adapt the art of… The post 9 Popular NFL Team Logos: Typographic Evolution appeared first on LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers.
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    Elmanco

  • Alusi Candles

    Stefano Ricci
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:50 am
    Le candele Alusi meritano un’attenzione maggiore di quella che sembrerebbero richiedere a prima vista perché, oltre al design e a una confezione elegante, c’è anche una concezione originale. Tutte le candele Alusi, infatti, sono multi fiamma: questo significa che lo stoppino a un certo punto della combustione si biforca in una seconda direzione. La fiamma si moltiplica per seguire percorsi inaspettati e per farci apprezzare il disegno della candela il cui senso, per assurdo, si svela una volta che è consumata fino in fondo.  Trovo affascinante questo progetto, il cui fine è insegnare…
  • Chiusini Montini

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

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

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

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

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    Thanks to MyFonts for sponsoring A List Apart this week. MyFonts webfonts are flexible, easy to use, and require no monthly fees. Take a look at their list of the 50 most popular fonts on the web right now.
  • Variable Fonts for Responsive Design

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Choosing typefaces for use on the web today is a practice of specifying static fonts with fixed designs. But what if the design of a typeface could be as flexible and responsive as the layout it exists within? The glass floor of responsive typography Except for low-level font hinting and proof-of-concept demos like the one Andrew Johnson published earlier this week, the glyph shapes in modern fonts are restricted to a single, static configuration. Any variation in weight, width, stroke contrast, etc.—no matter how subtle—requires separate font files. This concept may not seem so bad in…
  • This week's sponsor: HipChat

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Thanks to HipChat for sponsoring A List Apart this week. Learn how you can make work more productive with group chat, IM, file sharing, screen sharing, and more from HipChat.
  • : The People are the Work

    22 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Not long ago at the Refresh Pittsburgh meetup, I saw my good friend Ben Callahan give his short talk called Creating Something Timeless. In his talk, he used examples ranging from the Miles Davis sextet to the giant sequoias to try to get at how we—as makers of things that seem innately ephemeral—might make things that stand the test of time. And that talk got me thinking. Very few of the web things I’ve made over the years are still in existence—at least not in their original state. The evolution and flux of these things is something I love about the web. It’s never finished;…
  • Thoughtful Modularity

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    I spent most of the first week of December down at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for the launch of Orion, NASA’s next-generation spacecraft. As part of NASA Social, I was lucky enough to get some behind-the-scenes tours, and to talk with scientists, engineers, astronauts, and even the Administrator himself. The day before launch, there was a two-hour event featuring the leaders of various NASA departments, with the discussion centered on Orion’s future missions—including the first (of hopefully many) crewed journeys to Mars. William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s Associate Administrator for…
 
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    Abduzeedo Design Inspiration - Design Inspiration & Tutorials

  • Daily Inspiration #1985

    fabiano
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:19 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. admin Agnese Locmele Aksa Andreea Niculae Ben Blennerhassett Borys Goncerz carlos-siqueira Constantine-Sith4Brains Corey B Studios cristianacostin7 Denis M. Adriano erreacorreia Ezequiel M. Consoli Felipe…
  • Typography Mania #273

    paul0v2
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    Typography Mania is a weekly post series that comes around once a week with the best of Typography design submitted by our users at typography-mania.com, from type videos to images everything is full of great design and typography inspiration. Submit your typography designs too and be part of this post. Click here to check out all the previous Typography Mania Submit your work to typography-mania.com ilhamherry ilhamherry accidental-typographer Priska Craig Black Melvin Leidelmeijer Melvin Leidelmeijer johnsomers johnsomers johnsomers hashtaglettering Patrick Hafner johnsomers Logan Seibold…
  • Terrific Avengers Illustrations

    PauloGabriel
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:14 am
    The new Avengers movie, the Age of Ultron, is almost here and we are pumped for it! The trailer looks super good and to get you excited as well I went searching for super awesome illustrations featuring Marvel's A team. I've found some terrific artworks by some very talented artists. These are only a handful of their works... for more of it, please visit their portfolios simply by clicking each image. They'll definitely enjoy your attention. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;) Craig Cermak George Kambadais John Staub Ris Nenuiel Hannah Friederichs fudin649 María Pérez Pacheco Vincent Rhafael…
  • Raleigh Heritage Poster by Brian Miller

    abduzeedo
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Today I was checking Dribbble and I saw this incredible illustration work created by Brian Miller for Raleigh Bicycles. He was also super cool to share with us a little bit of the behind process on his website (http://orlincultureshop.com/). The textures, colors, composition... everything works really well which makes this project truly inspirational. In 2014, I had the distinct honor and privilege of doing illustration work for Raleigh USA. The project was to create a series of posters for a new generation while capturing the timeless qualities that make Raleigh and their riders unique.
  • Daily Inspiration #1984

    fabiano
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:34 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. A2HN Adam McBride admin tutorialstorage Amanda Mills cobblestoneandstilettos Cristian Cediel Cris Wicks David eliani-kome Fab5photography Hoang Viet Nguyen i manipulate jaquetx Jared Stanley JD SANTOS…
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    AndySowards.com :: Web Design, Development, Programming

  • Perceptions of Color in Branding

    Katherine Halek
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetColor plays an essential role in how we perceive a company or a brand. When you think of the golden arches from McDonalds, what feelings first come to mind? Now imagine those bright golden arches as a deep shade of blue. Would your feelings about the company change at all? Most would say yes.Companies of all sizes are well aware of this and use color to their advantage when expressing their brand. Picking the proper color to represent your brand is very important for getting the right message across to potential customers. Understanding what a particular color says…
  • Give Your Website a Makeover to Benefit Customers

    Andy Sowards
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetWhen you start your business, getting your website launched is likely a lofty goal. With limited resources initially, and an uncontainable urge to get going, you probably wanted to get something “workable” in place. You may have known from the beginning that it wouldn’t be the most comprehensive or carefully designed site, but you wanted it to go live and serve its functions.There’s nothing wrong with that. But now that a little time has passed, it might be time to reevaluate how your current website is serving or hindering your…
  • Picking the Perfect Colors for Your Brand

    Katherine Halek
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetColor plays a large role in the perception of any brand and should be taken seriously by anyone looking to grow their company’s image. Colors can persuade customers on a subconscious level and even inform them about your company’s culture.Pick the colors that speak for your brand and stay consistent with your message. A company that arbitrarily chooses colors to represent its brand can fall flat with the wrong color scheme — no matter how great the product.Start With Research The Psychology of Color in Marketing and BrandingDo you know what message certain…
  • Importance of Color in Brand Identity

    Katherine Halek
    9 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetMany companies can easily be recognized by the colors they use to represent their brand. From the UPS brown to the Coca-Cola red, color plays an extremely important role in making a first impression that sticks. Countless hours are put into creating the perfect brand image for any given company, and for good reason.What Color Says About Your Brand How to choose a colour scheme for your logo designWhat are you saying about your company just from the colors in your branding? Humans are naturally visual creatures, and because of this we rely mainly on sight to make…
  • 3 Blogging Tips for Conservation Efforts

    Andy Sowards
    9 Jan 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetFor as long as you can remember, you have wanted to do whatever you could to save the Earth. From switching from traditional sources of electricity to solar power and recycling everything possible to relying on hybrid vehicles that have low emissions, you truly live a green lifestyle.Now, in an effort to get other people on board with you and take great care of the planet, you have launched a conservation-themed site. But while you are definitely passionate about this important topic and want to inspire others to feel the same, you also realize that it takes more…
 
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    Beautiful/Decay Artist & Design

  • Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew’s Ethereal Paintings On Mosquito Nets Shimmer In Mid Air

    Stephanie Chan
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew‘s paints both metaphorical and literal depth. As a student at Silapakorn University in Bangkok, Nimmalaikaew began experimenting with painting on mosquito net and tulle, this giving birth to his unusual and striking style. His paintings seem to shimmer in mid-air, changing depending on where the viewer stands, appearing like specters from another dimension. Though the figures in his paintings are caught in a single moment of time, they are still somehow dynamic, conveying a spectrum of emotions and vibrating with life. Nimmalaikaew’s work has garnered quite a…
  • Photographer Pretty Puke Documents The Raunchy Underside Of LA’s Late-Night Youth Culture

    Hayley Evans
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    The work of Miller Rodriguez, a.k.a Pretty Puke, is photographic foray into the raunchy underbelly of LA’s nightlife. An encounter with his work is often an experience of knee-jerk repulsion, followed by a driving curiosity; it is not uncommon to see people urinating in dark alleyways, devouring fast food, vomiting, or expressing themselves in shamelessly hypersexual ways, but you can’t stop looking. And even though his technique may initially seem lo-fi, this is part of his distinct style and brand: to document raw, unedited, unglamorous life by hyperbolically representing the…
  • Seductive Lolitas Comment On Society In Kazuki Takamatsu’s Paintings

    Stephanie Young
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Like a seductive cloud of silky smoke, Kazuki Takamatsu’s lolitas dance on the brink of adolescence and adulthood. Using a technique called depth mapping which is similar to the 3D effect seen in video games such as Zelda, Takamatsu hand paints pixels in a monotone palette of black and white. The effect plays tricks on the eye allowing it to see multiple shadows, similar to holograms in the figures of dainty nubiles. His vision transforms them into living spirits. Takamatsu says his Lolita subjects are all based on the average Japanese girl. In their likeness, he comments on good and…
  • Rocky Davies’ Florescent Mash-ups Feature 1980′s Villains On Fictional Album Covers

    Sara Barnes
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    For fans of pop-culture mash-ups, Rocky Davies has an amusing  throwback for you. The artist takes iconic villains of the 1980’s and fuses them with the music of the same era. Its outcome is a bizarre series of fictional album covers. Using fonts and colors that are reminiscent of the time, Davies creates slick designs that channel a darker version of Lisa Frank art. The stark black backgrounds give way to fluorescent accents, and nearly all of his designs feature his subjects wearing Wayfarer sunglasses. Looking impossibly cool, these characters intermingle with bold, geometric patterns…
  • Gregory Crewdson’s Photographs Look Like Eerie Cinematic Crime Scenes

    Genista
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson is a master of creating creepy scenes that have an air of mystery, violence and drama about them. He sets his images in small town America, but not as we know it. He presents scenes laden with loneliness; scenarios that are surreal; moments that are unnerving. Taking stylistic cues from Steven Spielberg, David Lynch and Diane Arbus, there is a strong narrative to Crewdson’s work. He repeatedly visits certain locations and waits until a particular moment presents itself in his mind’s eye, and then he tries to represent that as accurately as…
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    99U

  • Overcome Anxiety by Creating Your Personal Buffer

    Tanner Christensen
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Photo by Wan Mohd via Flickr Being overwhelmed can create a vicious cycle: as a result of feeling anxious, you then spend all of your energy worrying about your anxiety, which in-turn makes you even more anxious, repeating the cycle endlessly. To break the cycle, we must find or create a place for ourselves where we can go to get away from it all, both mentally and physically. This is particularly true of the modern-day work environment, where we not only worry about criticism from our boss or co-workers, but also have to deal with conflicts and competition, staying in-the-loop with an…
  • Turn Your Obstacles into Secret Weapons

    Stephanie Kaptein
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Golden Wolf As professional snowboarders from the flattest province in Canada (not exactly ideal for a downhill sport), Mark and Craig McMorris understand that creative problem-solving is fundamental to following your passion. In a mini-documentary presented by Red Bull, Craig explains how they made their passion a reality despite the glaring set backs:   We grew up without that traditional path or guys that went before us and became pro snowboarders where we’re from. We didn’t get that, but what we did get was a different set of skills from wake boarding and skateboarding and…
  • How To Navigate Difficult Conversations

    Hamza Khan
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    By João Abraúl Sooner or later you will have a difficult conversation with your team. Research shows that 80% of managers believe that difficult conversations are a part of their job. Yet 53% said that they avoid conversations due to a lack of training. Communications expert Dr. Marcia Reynolds, author of The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations Into Breakthroughs, shares her insights on what it takes to have difficult conversations:  Don’t tell the other person what to do. You’re there to discover what it would take for the person to want the result you…
  • Size Doesn’t Matter

    Stephanie Kaptein
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Aled Lewis Everyone wants the next big idea, but creative writer Scott Berkun knows the power of small ideas. In his blog post Why Small Ideas Can Matter More Than Big Ideas, he explains you should be more concerned about the application of the idea:   Rather than worrying about the size of an idea, which most people do, it’s more productive to think about the possible leverage an idea has. To do this requires thinking not only about the idea itself, but how it will be used. An idea can have a different amount of leverage depending on where, when and how carefully it is applied. For…
  • Step Away from the iPhone: The Case for a Paper Planner

    Allison Stadd
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    By Jonas Löwgren Kat Ascharya, over on 2machines, makes a case for retiring devices and apps when it comes to organizing your schedule and to-do lists. She decided to try out a temporary switch from technological tablet to real notebook, and never changed back: Using paper brought a surprising amount of joy back to my life. The advantages were practical: having a limited amount of space to write forced me to ruthlessly prioritize tasks. The process of checking my planner every morning created a sense of ritual and structure to my day. And the physical act of writing engaged me more — I…
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  • 40 Examples of Flat iPhone App User Interfaces

    Jake Rocheleau
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:28 am
    Advertise here with BSAApple users should already be familiar with the updated iOS 8 operating system. Their flat trend became popular back on iOS 7 and has since been adopted by Google and Microsoft. It seems that flat design is meant to be an easy barrier for designers to climb without a lot of struggle. So if you’re new to interface design it may prove quite beneficial to get started creating mobile applications. Once you learn more about vectors and icon styles it should be no problem segueing into web design. If you need some inspiration to get started these interfaces should prove…
  • Create Non-Destructive Filters using Smart Objects in Photoshop

    Jake Rocheleau
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:54 am
    Advertise here with BSAWe all know about the tremendous benefits of Photoshop. It offers a solution for editing photos, designing logos, mocking up websites, and refining vector graphics all in one location. But while Photoshop can handle a number of different tasks it is most well-renowned for photography editing. Every graphic designer or photographer can find dozens of tools directly related to enhancing and retouching images. For this post I’d like to demonstrate how to create smart filters applied onto any digital image. Smart filters behave just like regular filters but are more…
  • PatterNodes – A Unique Pattern Design Generator

    Jake Rocheleau
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:19 am
    Advertise here with BSAThe process of creating a seamless tileable background is never easy. If you’re not familiar with PatterNodes it certainly wouldn’t come as a surprise – the program is tremendously useful but doesn’t have the same cult following as other design suites due mainly to the fact that it is a brand new product. PatterNodes is a Mac OS X tool for generating vector-quality patterns based on manual input from the designer. It offers controls based on pattern size, spacing, colors, and of course imagery located within the design. The following post covers…
  • The Basics of Photoshop Quick Masking

    Jake Rocheleau
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:50 am
    Advertise here with BSASelecting and rendering objects from their background can be a difficult skill to master. Nobody is inherently born with an understanding of Photoshop – it takes years of practice and lots of screw-ups to become even remotely good. Yet it seems that rendering and selecting an object always remains one of the most difficult tasks to incorporate into regular workflow. In the past I covered a method of selecting objects using the Photoshop pen tool. Although it’s always an option, the pen tool is traditionally considered to be the most complicated method.
  • Best Hosting Companies for WordPress Sites

    iulian
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:26 am
    Advertise here with BSANeed Hosting for your WordPress Site? There are many options and your specific situation will determine your hosting. Many users running there site on WordPress want something specifically tailored to that CMS. We have compiled the top ten hosting companies for your WordPress site. Depending on your visit you could spend anywhere from $1/month to hundreds or thousands . Review our list here and make your decisions. Normally, you only know whether you’ve chosen the best web host when your website has a continuous online presence. What if you could ascertain that…
 
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  • Stakeholder interviews: essential insights for successful projects

    Chris Scott
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Good stakeholder interviews can give you a real sense of what’s at the heart of an organisation. I’ve been doing a lot of stakeholder interviews over recent months and I’ve found that they don’t just shed light on what an organisation is seeking to achieve. They are also an essential element in user research. They help to do the following…
  • Work Smarter: How to reduce your hours and yet get more done.

    Paul Boag
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Working long hours is not a badge of honour. Instead we should be focusing on efficiency, by working smarter and not harder. Many digital professionals I meet have a funny attitude towards work. They love to moan about their long hours and constant pressure. But they almost see it as a badge of honour. They end up seeking ways to increase their profit margin with new and innovative pricing models. In an attempt to reduce their long hours they try things like value-based pricing. Working long hours is not a badge of honour. We should be focusing on efficiency, by working smarter and not…
  • How to help your colleagues understand and use digital

    Paul Boag
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:30 pm
    As digital professionals we can be too concerned with controlling our companies digital assets. We tend to forget the ultimate goal. There is a big move in many organisations to centralise the control of digital. Normally within a digital transformation team. This team seeks to establish a consistent approach in the use of digital, and new working practices for the digital age. The ultimate goal is to transform the entire organisation. Transform it so that it can make better use of digital. Tweet thisBut it is important to remember that the ultimate goal is to transform the entire…
  • Does your site have charisma?

    Leigh Howells
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Over the last couple of years I’ve heard many people bemoan the fact that a lot of websites “are all starting to look the same”. There’s a certain amount of truth in this.
  • An introduction to content marketing and why it matters to you

    Paul Boag
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Whatever type of business you run marketing is an essential component. But marketing is changing and we need to update our thinking. Do you run a web design business or are responsible for your organisation’s digital direction? If so there will inevitably be a marketing component to your job. A freelancer has to build his personal brand and an agency owner needs to keep work coming through the door. Even those running a companies digital presence have to gain more followers and drive more traffic. This all requires a basic understanding of marketing. You may not like the idea of…
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  • Video of the Day: “Road Sage” Wild First-Person POV of Bicycle Messengers

    Jeff
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:22 am
    This footage by Lucas Brunelle is intense. I love riding my bike but underground bike messenger race culture is as reckless as it gets. People will undoubtedly be excited by this and others are going to be completely infuriated by it. I’m not sharing the video below in support of this (I actually find people like this incredibly annoying when I am driving downtown in a car), I just think it’s a compelling portrait of a culture I don’t really understand. Watch, if you dare, “Road Sage” by Benny Zenga, below. View the whole post: Video of the Day: “Road…
  • Adam Daily

    Jeff
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:34 am
    Some new paintings by artist Adam Daily, previously featured here.  View the whole post: Adam Daily over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Music Video: The Staves “Black & White”

    Jeff
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:36 am
    A news anchor finds out her husband, and co-anchor, is cheating on her in this brilliantly edited music video for The Staves. Watch “Black & White” directed by Jack Whiteley, below. View the whole post: Music Video: The Staves “Black & White” over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Kim Dorland

    Zach Tutor
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Paintings that document real life experiences as well as ones that seem dream-like by Canadian artist Kim Dorland. View the whole post: Kim Dorland over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Video of the Day: Cookies Dance Team Incredible Winning Performance

    Jeff
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    This performance by San Diego-based dance team, Cookies, is aaaaaamazing. It landed them first place at VIBE XX 2015, and has to be one of the most powerful dances I’ve ever seen. I agree with the Youtube commenter that called these performers ‘visionary artists'; the choreographers really went beyond beyond (that’s not a typo). I think it’s rare to see artists in full command of their craft like this, where every little expression is so perfectly described. I got a little teary by the end of it. This is the best kind of art. *I just watched it again and I fully…
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  • Juxtaposition

    15 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Progress. A photo posted by Brendan Dawes (@brendandawes) on Jan 15, 2015 at 11:51am PST
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    11 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
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    10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Exploring designs for completely new version of The Accidental News Explorer. The old version no longer works due to the api it used being retired so I'm rewriting it from the ground complete with a more modern design. A photo posted by Brendan Dawes (@brendandawes) on Dec 11, 2014 at 10:23am…
  • When you run out of PLA half-way through a print on the...

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

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    What if there was a physical box that could store your most precious emails? A box that could only be unlocked with a key that you held and once opened would let you explore and print out those moments that your hold dear. Ham is that box – an analog box for digital things. Simply forward that special email to Ham and it will store it inside forever, ready for you to unlock at any time, print, tear-off, hold in your hands and read again. Part of the Six Monkeys project for Mailchimp. See more at brendandawes.com/projects/sixmonkeys/Cast: Brendan DawesTags:
 
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  • Announcing the X Theme 3.0 Giveaway!

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

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

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

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

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

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
    If you ever had to shed some plugins because they were messing your bandwidth, this article is directed at you. It’s time to use a WordPress theme that is packed full of features and also built for speed. The way we see it, X Theme 3.0. is the ultimate WP theme of 2015. It scores points for all major standards. It’s based on clean code and has excellent customer support. It’s responsive, retina-ready, and 100% fluid. It’s easy to customize, and very flexible. It shares a significant amount of plugins for free, and optimizes them for high performance within the X environment. Not only…
  • The 6 Landing Page Mistakes that Kill Conversion Rates

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    There are no ironclad rules when it comes to designing the landing page of a website. However, you do have to steer clear of a few newbie mistakes. As the first point of contact between visitor and your brand, the landing page must deliver enough interest and engagement, else it will miss achieving its target resulting in a great deal of disservice to your prospects. The landing page of your website must firmly grab a user’s attention if you are hoping to achieve a good conversion rate – and you have only a few seconds to do so. If your visitors can’t make out what you do…
  • Valentine’s Day Vectors Cute Labels

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    So next month is cupid’s month. If you’re in a country which celebrates the auspicious day of L.O.V.E like the United States, you’ll be seeing a lot of people exchanging cards, candy, lovey-dovey gifts or flowers with their loved ones. This day of passion we call Valentine’s Day is named after St. Valentine, a Christian martyr who lived waaay back in the 5th century, but has origins in the ancient Roman holiday, Lupercalia. Today, we’ve got an exclusive freebie for all you lovebirds from our good friends at Freepik. Unlike the rest of the population, us designers are…
  • This Week On List of Freebies: Business Card, Minimal CV, HTML5 Template, Fonts & Gradients!

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    Today we’ve got a few freebies for all you busy designers who need resources to help get the job done. We’re sharing some cool stuff from around the web so have a look and tell your mom! If you’ve started your own freelance gig and need a business card (PSD) or to change up that CV (Ai), you’re in luck as we’ve got just the thing. Along with that, our friends over at Pixelhint has provided a clean and modern real estate template that’s fully responsive, aptly called La-Casa! For those looking to spruce up their projects with some naaaice Photoshop gradients, have a…
  • This Week on Designer Round-up: BLOKK, Fontface Ninja, Renderforest and more!

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
    It’s midweek and you’re in full steam at work. On this week’s designer round-up, here are some cool links we’d like to share that will hopefully help with whatever you’re doing. If you’re tired of cutting and pasting dummy copy, try out this new font in your wireframes, BLOKK. On that same note, we’ve got a nifty plugin for font lovers who are obsessed with knowing what each font is, check out Fontface Ninja. We’ve also got some nice tools for you to easily create, chop and share your images and videos like Renderforest and Magisto. For UI/UX designers,…
 
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  • Graphic Design: A Great Way To Make A Living As An Artist

    Guest Author
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    With a rising demand for computer-related skills in job markets around the world, students often put technical know-how on their resumes. This has often left those with artistic inclinations out in the cold when it comes to getting a well-paying job. Fortunately, with new trends in art degrees that combine art with computers, artists may no longer have to sacrifice creative experiences to earn a decent living. A career as a commercial digital graphic designer links the world of art and computers. It’s a career whereby the left brain and right brain are both used to create whole brain…
  • 10 Free Design Resources that are Useful

    Guest Author
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
    Having a bunch of great designing resources at your disposal can save you a lot of time and money. Pre-developed web templates helps you to avoid developing each and every element from scratch and also assists in significantly cutting down project costs. There are a number of such useful design resources that can prove to be a boon for web designers and should be used every now and then while starting with new web projects. Some of the design resources are as follows: 1. Superlative UI kit This UI kit is nothing short of a life saver. Using this UI kit you can sculpt some pretty neat websites…
  • When Launching a New Website: Avoid These Four Simple Website Mistakes

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

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

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

    Guest Author
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:47 am
    The following is a guest post by Ana Tudor. Perhaps you know Ana from her amazing work combining code, math, and art. Here, she shows us how we can change the normal behavior of clipping paths by applying some clever geometry, and then make it work across different technology and browsers. The clip-path property in CSS is used to hide areas of an element outside the path. But we can also cut out an area inside the element this way. The same can be achieved with masking by reversing the fill colors, but what I'm aiming for here is to show how this effect can be achieved with clip-path. The…
  • Weighing SVG Animation Techniques (with Benchmarks)

    Sarah Drasner
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    The following is a guest post by Sarah Drasner (@sarah_edo). Sarah has been researching and giving talks about animation lately. I jumped at the chance to have her share some of that research here, this time focusing on SVG animation and the different tech choices you can make to do it. After working with a number of SVG animation techniques for a few months now, I can give you a basic overview so you can compare them yourself. There are good reasons to use each one of these methods. Hopefully this post can point you to the right tool for the job. We'll go through a basic comparison of…
  • Fun with line-height!

    Chris Coyier
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:26 am
    The line-height property in CSS controls the space between lines of text. It is often set in a unitless value (e.g. line-height: 1.4;) so that it is proportional to the font-size. It's a vital property for typographic control. Too low and lines are awkwardly squished together; too high and lines are awkwardly far apart. Both inhibit readability. But you probably already know that. In this article we'll focus on some trickery. If you know (or can figure out) the exact value of line-height, you can do some neat stuff! Style each line of text a different color There is no ::nth-line(),…
  • “The Escalator”

    Chris Coyier
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Patrick Stirling of The Guardian shows off some new ads formats they are using. The first two look like they are just using some @media queries to shuffle things around and resize them. I wasn't able to find a live one to look under the hood at though. It would be really neat to see SVG be used for these because 1) you could make it nicely accessible with real text 2) The scale-and-maintain-proportions ability (even text) would seem appealing. 3) SVG-as-<img> has its own viewport, so contained @media queries work could be based on how wide the ad is, not how wide the screen is. The third,…
  • “Of” vs “On” the Web

    Chris Coyier
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:14 am
    Jeremy Keith attempts to make this distinction, using Angular and the concept of "enterprise" software as the catalyst. "Of the web": Built of fundamental principles of the web. Universal access. "On the web": The web as a delivery mechanism. The owners dictate use. Jeremy, who has been banging the progressive enhancement drum since forever, is predictably an "of the web" kinda guy. He only takes issue with the fact that other folks might be forced into working against their principals because of an above-their-head software choice. I'm slightly less concerned. It actually makes me feel…
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  • The craft of neon sign-making

    David Airey
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:50 am
    Mike Heist has been working in the neon industry in Portland, Oregon for 30 years. A master in his craft, Mike is responsible for the bending of some of the city’s most iconic signage. 10 SECONDS is a short film by The Pressure about work, happiness, and Mike’s insight into the amazing process of handmade neon signage. I caught this explanation in the Vimeo comment thread: “That part in the end is Mike adding a drop of mercury. The electricity heats the mercury, which turns it into a vapor form (what Mike calls the equivalent of a ‘million tiny mirrors’), and that is what makes…
  • Homelessfonts

    David Airey
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    Homelessfonts is an initiative by Barcelona-based Arrels Foundation that consists of creating a collection of typefaces based on the handwriting of homeless people. The typefaces are then made available for purchase, with profits going toward food, shelter, and social and health care for the 1,400 people supported by the Arrels Foundation (approximately half of all the homeless in Barcelona). What’s not to love about the initiative? More on the Homelessfonts site. Also, every council should have a webpage like this: What to do if you see a person sleeping on the street. Via @issue.
  • Outgoings in design self-employment

    David Airey
    6 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    A question from graphic designer Frankie Forzoni: “What are your initial business costs and annual outgoings?” There are the standard utilities — mortgage, electricity, heating, telephone and broadband. If working from home, you can reclaim a percentage of these bills when filing your tax return. If your studio is away from your home then the full spend is tax deductible. Then there are the workspace basics — a desk, a computer (with MS Office and iWork), a chair, a printer/scanner, ink, paper, a lamp, a bookcase (and books), shelves, sketchpads, pens, pencils, and so on. Be sure to…
  • Designers and their mobile apps

    David Airey
    24 Dec 2014 | 3:03 am
    I asked a few talented designers what phones they use, and if there are any functions or apps (other than emails, calls, and browsing) that help them with their design work. Khoi Vinh, on Twitter (iPhone 6 plus) 1Password, Evernote, Todoist, Reeder, Genius Scan+, “I recently posted about my homescreen, too.” Alix Land, on Twitter (iPhone 5s) 30/30, Pocket, Pedometer++, Nike Running, Daily Yoga, Mindfulness Daily, “The ‘lifestyle’ apps help me take a break and exercise, refreshing me to start designing again.” Brian Hoff, on Twitter (iPhone 6) Sunrise, Dropbox, Google Hangouts,…
  • Site changes

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

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:35 am
    Solar panels can be a great help to sailors, keeping vital lights and appliances functioning, even when batteries run low or a generator malfunctions. They are also a much quieter way of recharging batteries! Learning how to install marine solar panels will be vital for the sailor who wants their advantages, but first he or she must learn which solar panels are best. Three types of solar cells are commonly used in solar panels, each with its own advantages. The sailor needs to learn these advantages and select the solar panels that are best for the need. Types of Solar Panels Solar panels…
  • Heating Your Home With Solar, But Without Panels

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    With rising energy costs and massive stress on our electrical grids, solar is gaining in popularity. Not everyone realizes you can heat your home without buying big panel systems. Heating Your Home With Solar, But Without Panels – Gain You can use solar energy to heat your home through a concept known as gain. While you may associate panel systems with any mention of solar power, they are not a component of this approach. Of course, this makes the installation a heck of a lot cheap than going with traditional panel systems. Solar gain is a concept that has been with us for much of the…
  • Get Great Tips About Solar Energy From Experts Who Know!

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Solar panel installation is a green solution. This is an investment that is important. You have to understand if it will fit into your budget. Continue reading to educate yourself about solar energy so that you can decide whether or not it’s the right choice for you. If you’re prepared to stick with the investment in the long run, solar energy systems are an outstanding means for saving money. Installing solar panels requires a substantial investment, so years may pass before the panels generate sufficient savings to cover your cost. Invest in solar conversion only when you are…
  • Concentrating Solar Power Systems

    15 Jan 2015 | 8:43 pm
    If you have ever seen a field with several mirrors pointing toward the sun you may be looking at a solar power system. These systems work to concentrate the sunlight to one area and use the heat to heat up the liquid that flows along the pipes. This system is called Parabolic-trough system. This type of system heats oil that is flowing through the pipe. The oil is hot and that is why it is used to boil water to power a steam generator which in turns powers electricity. The reason that this system works so well is because the U-shaped mirrors attracts and collects the suns heat which is then…
  • Solar Energy – The Future of Generating Energy for the Home

    5 Jan 2015 | 2:46 am
    Solar energy for residential houses is nothing new. It has just been relegated to the background in lieu of rising cost of real estate; newer more advanced building materials, design and the limitation of resources. Since man started building homes, sunlight played a major influence in the design. In fact, even in the more advanced urban planning method of the Ancient Chinese and Greeks, the orientation of the buildings is as much as possible directed towards where it could capture the most sunlight. The ancients might not be as intellectually sophisticated then to use catch phrases as…
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  • The Year of High Expectations – Taking Web Design to the Next Level

    iulian
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    Advertise here with BSA The last few years have changed the way we look at website design and resources for web design. Our industry has evolved at a fast pace, by first launching trends, then quickly adopting them as standard procedure, and even unifying them in single powerful solutions.Take multiple device responsiveness, for instance. You remember how big of a deal it was just a couple of years ago. Well, right now, no self-respecting creative would have it any other way. Besides, type kits have become more accessible for WordPress users who need to stick to small budgets. And these…
  • Best Debugging Tools & Resources for Testing Website Layouts

    Jake Rocheleau
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:52 am
    Advertise here with BSAOnce a website reaches the stage where its coded and running in a browser the project is almost complete. Party time? Not yet Wayne, because after expelling that heavy sigh of relief you’ll realize there are likely a few missteps or slight errors in the code. It never hurts to debug areas of your HTML, CSS, or JavaScript to ensure full compatibility with all browsers and screen sizes.This article will focus on some handy tools you can use for testing freshly-minted layouts. Modern standards of HTML5 and CSS3 have allowed for greater control over rendering and…
  • 15 WordPress Themes That Will Rock 2015

    iulian
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    Advertise here with BSAE-commerce, portfolio, blog, single app or product presentation, company presentation – these are just a few of the website types you’ll have to get up and running this year. So, in 2015, web designers need to work with the absolute best tools.The goal is to deliver top-notch results easier. Premium WordPress themes can help you cut down on the time you spend honing beautiful websites. In other words, they’ll make you more productive in the long run. You just have to know which themes serve your purposes better. If you’re interested in evaluating your…
  • 33 Interior Design & Decorating Agency Websites

    Jake Rocheleau
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    Advertise here with BSAInterior design agencies provide in-demand services just like digital design or marketing agencies. Business and residential clients often hire professionals to help them decorate and renovate rooms based on architecture and space constraints. Even though this type of work is physical, interior design agencies still need a digital online presence to attract new customers and offer a professional view of the company.This gallery focuses on 33 brilliant examples of interior design & decorating agency website layouts. Some agencies are smaller with a team of 1-2 people…
 
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  • 1001FreeDownloads.com Review

    Marie
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:06 am
    As most graphics designers know, purchasing stock photos, ready graphics and other images can be a very expensive proposition today. In case your budget does not allow you the luxury of purchasing image files, you are left with no other option than to try and find free images – a task that can take huge amounts of time and effort. Even after you have searched and toiled, struggled through clumsy and difficult navigation, suffered distracting advertisements and finally found a free image that suits your requirement and are finally ready to download it, you often find out that it is free only…
  • Top 5 tips to improve mobile UX

    Marie
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:37 am
    As all motorists understand: it’s easier to get around a city in a compact ‘smart’ car, and motorway cruising is more comfortable in a premium estate model. Those looking to improve online website access for smartphones and tablets must likewise appreciate the mobile-user experience (mobile UX) must be customized for this environment. Any attempt to merely recycle material from the desktop domain will be doomed to failure. Here are some key factors to take into consideration. 1. Design For The Environment Research suggests typical mobile users are primarily task-oriented,…
  • Weekly Web Design News Roundup – January 16

    Marie
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:00 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 free pattern generators, how you can easily mess up your website as well as the best Photoshop tutorials from January.  Top 10 Tips To Kick Start Your Graphic Designer Career You have acquired all the graphic design skills after years of experience. Now is the time that you shed dependency on your company or agency for work. With your skills and experience in place, you can easily get work from home, saving your travel…
  • Cool Promo Items That Are Kid Friendly

    Marie
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:38 am
    Are your clients a bit younger than most? Do you want to give away promo items that both parents and kids will love? Because promotional items should be tailored to your target audience, useful, and a real investment, you should not discount purchasing promo items (in some cases) with kids in mind. Here, we will talk about a few cool promotional items that also work as great kids gifts. In most cases, you can purchase such items with your company logo, or even personalize them for each individual client or child. Piggy Banks If you are in the financial sector, then you may feel as if you are…
  • 4 Inspirational Sidebar Designs that Invite Viral Traffic

    Marie
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:22 am
    A sidebar is one of the most important aspects of your website layout. Visitors get an idea about your blog or website through the sidebar, before they make up their minds to stay or quit. So, making sure your website has a great sidebar is of significant importance; your sidebar must encourage visitors to take a closer look at your website. It should act as a trigger for better user engagement and increase the probability of conversions. Before I talk about some of the most inspiring sidebar designs that I have across on the web, I would like to share few words on the criteria for a great…
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  • 5 Don’ts When You Start Your eCommerce Site

    Max Stanworth
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Thrilled that you’re finally starting your own online shop? Here are a few tips that could prove useful to you as you begin to build your business from the ground up: 1. Let go of the assumption that sales would just automatically start to pouring in the minute you put up your site. Having an online site ensures that you have online visibility. This adds to the credibility of your business. Any business that can’t have its own site might even be perceived as shady. That’s why many shoppers are wary to trust businesses that don’t have online presences. With web-based solutions and…
  • Freebie: 36 Flat Simple Entertainment Icons

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

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

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

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

    Armen Ghazarian
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    There is no doubt about the importance of measuring and tracking user experience. Depending on the specifications of a digital product, different sets of performance metrics may be used to evaluate the user experience, such as time on task, success rate and error rate, conversion rate and issue-based metrics. These metrics are based on quantitative data collected during user testing sessions or contextual interviews, at the very least using product analytics data. But not all user data comes in numbers. In fact the most valuable information obtained during user interviews is not at all…
  • Seven Creative Benefits of Working on Side Projects

    Paula Borowska
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    Recently I’ve been hearing more about other creatives’ side projects. A side project is a small, usually personal, project one takes on in spare time. Among designers and developers this is becoming more and more popular. People do it for various reason, as a way to demonstrate their skills and help their resumes or to do something fun on their off hour. Whatever the reason for doing it, there are a number of benefits that come out of working on a side project nonetheless. I was able to come up with at least seven of them. (Though out this post I will share photos of side projects from…
  • Subtle Pastel Color Schemes in Web Design

    Carol Francis
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:01 am
    A few years ago pastel color schemes were seriously trending in web design, but the trend has fallen out of favor somewhat in recent years. The style of design that has retained pastel colors is illustrative, and illustrations are commonly used in infographic-style websites. This round up includes a few such sites, but we have also sourced some other styles of design that are currently bucking the trend and using pastel colors. Websites with Pastel Color Schemes Melonfree This web design and development agency uses very muted, pastel colors in their design. The orange call-to-action button…
  • Web Design Views Best Articles of 2014

    Web Design Views Staff
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:59 am
    We want to thank our readers for your support and wish you all the best for 2015. In this post we are listing some of the best tutorials that Web Design Views has published in 2014. Inspiration White Headline Text in Web Design The current trend of the use of large or fullscreen background images on website landing pages has forced the introduction of another trend – white headline text. Very often background photographs are dark, so it would seem that white is the new black in website design. Stunning and Effective App Website Designs With the massive growth of mobile device usage for…
  • 30 Free High Quality Sans Serif Fonts

    Carol Francis
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Fonts are the life-blood of a designer’s toolkit, and the bigger the font library, the easier it is for a designer to get projects completed in a shorter space of time. Designers can never have too many fonts, and sans serif fonts are particularly in vogue at the moment. Here we are bringing you a selection of 30 free, high quality sans serif fonts. Please check out the license for each font – they are all free for personal use, but may not be so for commercial use. Free High Quality Sans Serif Fonts Champagne & Limousines Harabara Caviar Dreams Geo Sans Light Opificio…
 
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  • Design Focus: What Words Wear

    Sophia Lucero
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    It’s always nice to welcome back this familiar graphic treatment, executed in fresh new ways. Check out how these websites use masked text in their designs. Designs of the Week Build on DIYThemes’ Thesis Framework for rock solid SEO and great layout customization options. Music The links in the hamburger menu are the headers of the 10 sections on the one-pager, color-coded with a nice hover animation. Besides the masked title, there’s lots of video on this site, with boxes of content laid out in interesting ways. Piet Oudolf Almost completely text-based, except for the…
  • Design Focus: Bordered Bento

    Sophia Lucero
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:59 am
    Besides the “ghost buttons” trend, we’re also seeing a lot of bordered boxes as design elements lately, which gives a classic retro feel in displaying and laying out information on websites. Designs of the Week Search Optimized, Turn-Key Designs, Unlimited Everything. Start building with the Genesis Framework today. Chickenbot Gorgeous typography and interesting hover effects. The text is center-focused without resorting to center alignment all the time, and the site uses two major dropdown navigations affixed on the top left and right of the page. Toga Apartments A fresh…
  • Design Focus: The Music of 2014

    Sophia Lucero
    29 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    Say goodbye to 2014 on a musical note: here are some beautifully crafted pages about artists, songs, albums, and lyrics that made their mark this year. Designs of the Week Need help in promoting your site? INeedHits has been in the search engine marketing since 1996! Songs We Love 2014 Love the cassette tape of course, and its pretty immersive layout. It’s all about listening to the playlists and seeing what the NPR writers had to say about each song. This isn’t just a list-type microsite, but a mini webapp itself, remembering your listening history and welcoming you back as you…
  • Design Focus: Christmas ‘Round the Corner

    Sophia Lucero
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:19 am
    Wishing you the happiest of holidays with these beautiful, useful, and fun Christmas-themed treats! Designs of the Week Search Optimized, Turn-Key Designs, Unlimited Everything. Start building with the Genesis Framework today. Merry Christmallax Advent Calendar 2014 The Maggy Christmas List Christmas.am Christmas Gifs The Merry Maker The Christmas Countdown Calendar The Amiable Snowman Social Media Weekly Get solid WordPress themes, plugins, and even design training from iThemes. CSS – How To Write Mobile-first CSS “We know the importance of designing from a mobile-first…
  • Design Focus: Experiments & Visualizations

    Sophia Lucero
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:28 am
    Check out these websites featuring code turned into fun, beautiful explorations—the ultimate interactive treats. Designs of the Week Get solid WordPress themes, plugins, and web design training from iThemes. Offpixel by Martin Pavely You can draw on the webpage, and from the generated dots appears different projects the designer has worked on, all connected to one another in dynamic, 3-dimensional shapes. The more you draw, the more names and vertices get added. Hovering on each shows a pop-up circular thumbnail of the project. Another interesting thing I noticed is some projects are locked…
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  • Packaging 101 - Part I

    Jessica Sanchez
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Packaging design is a stylized form of functionalism. Function focuses on carrying, protecting, and presenting the product. Style creates desire for the product within, delivers on the brand promise, and enriches the user experience at every interaction.  Understanding what goes into laying the foundation for packaging innovation begins by both defining and tightening your design parameters beyond asking How Much, How Many, and When. Before the design process even begins it is critical to define your parameters: goals, requirements, budgets, timelines, and materials.In this 3-part…
  • Sushi Bar by Mastiquespacio

    Elizabeth Freeman
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Spanish creative consultancy Masquespacio introduces their latest showcase, " Nozomi Sushi Bar." The entirety of the project consists of the branding and interior design for a new sushi restaurant created by José Miguel Herrera and Nuria Morell in Valencia. With such a passion for the Japanese culture and cuisine, José and Nuria sought to create an authentic and contemporary space where clients can retire to in time of raw fish deficiency. The theme of water and earth is consistent in the work, in which Koi Fish float atop slender menus, placemats, and chopstick holders  "The…
  • Leon Chocolate

    Elizabeth Freeman
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    These chocolate bars, designed by Jo Ormiston for Leon Restaurants bring life to the party with colorful geometric patterns inspired by traditional Mediterranean tiles. Reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland's "going down the rabbit hole," this design attempts to create an optical illusion that invites people to try a bite of the bittersweet concoction. "At Leon we use the term 'full of sun' in everything we produce, including our food and our branding. The bold colors, shapes, and beautiful foil touches evoke this sense of sunshine and fresh flavor.."  Designed by Leon…
  • Telstra Spectrum Bag

    Elizabeth Freeman
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    "Telstra recently launched their flagship store of the future in George Street, Sydney and as part of the store experience they asked [Interbrand] to create an iconic carrier bag.  Our goal was to bring ‘Spectrum’ (Telstra’s visual language of colour and angularity) to life in three dimensions. The idea was to create an innovative form factor that would be instantly recognisable on the high street and create wow-factor for customers in-store, all whilst being 100% recyclable and flat-packable." "Our research revealed that many high street fashion brands and Telstra’s competitors…
  • Special Neenah category in The Dieline Awards 2015

    Jessica Sanchez
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    The Dieline is proud to be collaborating with Neenah on The Dieline Awards 2015. This year, in partnership with Neenah, we are recognizing the best use of Neenah paper in a packaging project. So, if you haven’t yet entered your work in this year’s competition, please consider this new opportunity for additional recognition.  Neenah Packaging helps designers deliver distinctive product packaging and memorable brand experiences. With, hundreds of colors and finishes, superior foldability, sustainable options, as well as the ability to manufacture custom packaging papers to perfectly…
 
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  • 2015 Belongs to Powerful WP Themes

    iulian
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    Advertise here with BSAAre you wondering what is going to happen with the web design industry this year? You’re not the only one who is. I will go out on a limb here and assume that the trend of using large image or video backgrounds on websites will stick around for a while, and generate some clever new ways to optimize images for fast loading, or responsive re-sizing. Even further, I believe that WP themes are getting stronger than ever, as they work to provide web designers with more and more resources. Think about type kits. Didn’t fancy typefaces and fonts use to go hand in hand with…
  • 15 Top WordPress Themes to Look Forward to This Year

    iulian
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    Advertise here with BSAIf you’ve been creating WordPress websites in 2014, then you must know by now that some premium themes are better than others. Of course, utility is ultimately in the eye of the beholder, so I’m not going to preach about the themes I’ve found, and how heavenly they are in every situation. But I did my share of comparing and analyzing. What I came up with is over a dozen themes that I intend to use for my client projects in the near future. If you’re curious what they are, scroll downwards.   X Theme Without any further ado, let me describe to you in short…
  • 33 Well-Designed Pro Sports Website Layouts

    Jake Rocheleau
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    Advertise here with BSAThe ever-growing market for sports content has only strengthened through support over the Internet. Online interactive communities like forums or fantasy football leagues provide a digital connection to the real world. Nevermind the ability to track game scores, player stats, and a whole lot of other statistical information. In this gallery I’ve put together 33 inspiring sports-related websites. Each design caters to the website’s content ranging from professional athletes, sports teams, television networks, mobile apps, and obviously sporting events. If…
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  • Reality Reborn: Turning inspiration into art with Adobe Illustrator CC

    James
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    In 2006, Don and Ryan Clark formed Invisible Creature, a highly successful creative firm. The firm’s client list includes Target, Nike, Hasbro, Google, Nordstrom, The New York Times, and dozens of others. Adobe asked Don to create an illustration, giving him the words fearless, modern, and reborn as the only direction. In Turning Inspiration Into Art with Adobe Illustrator CC, Don explains first-hand his process and the Adobe Illustrator CC features he used to create “Reality Reborn”, including patterns, the Touch Type tool, multiple-file place, and file packaging. I…
  • Free font: Paint Hand

    James
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Every once in a while you have the need for a really gaudy paint font. For those times, I offer you Paint Hand, by Letters & Numbers. Paint Hand is free for personal use, with a commercial license available for $18 from MyFonts. Related posts: Free Font: Junction Free font: Shattered 3D photo font Zag: Free from MyFonts
  • Why you shouldn’t install MacKeeper

    James
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    But the real problems with MacKeeper that I can see is that it provides questionable value to most users, can destabilize an otherwise stable Mac, and embeds itself so thoroughly into the operating system that removing it is an uncomfortable and weird process. iMore’s Peter Cohen wrote a great article about MacKeeper, a highly-suspect disk utility for the Mac that’s been floating around for quite a long time. He makes a great argument for not installing it. I’ll go one step further than Peter and say that running ANY disk utility is largely placebo, and quite often causes…
  • Download this free Digital Asset Management Best Practices Guide

    James
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Interested in Digital Asset Management (DAM), but not sure where to start? Help find your path into the world of DAM with this free guide from Extensis. It covers: Workflow definition & mapping Asset naming conventions DAM solution selection criteria System evaluation tips Cloud-hosted vs on-premise evaluations Real-world samples ROI & Metadata planning tools Download the free DAM Guide here. Related posts: Free Adobe Creative Suite printing guide available for download Free download: The Guide to Great Logos Adobe CS4 Printing Guide available for download
  • Two of my favorite Adobe apps from the past

    James
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Both apps were rolled in to Adobe Illustrator years ago—but the features still don’t work nearly as well as they did back in the Mac OS 9 days when they were stand-alone apps. Of course, if we’re talking about great apps that Adobe killed off: Adobe Type Manager GoLive LiveMotion PressReady ImageReady There is more, but those are some of the ones I used almost daily back in the day. Related posts: iStockPhoto plugin for Adobe Creative Suite apps makes image searching easy Extension compatibility with Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 apps Dear Adobe: Why I won’t upgrade to the…
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  • Useful Tips for Choosing the Right WordPress Theme

    Guest Contributor
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    It’s ironic that there are so many WordPress themes at large, yet we have such a hard time finding the right one. This article aims to shed some light on questions that plague most web designers, like "what should I look for when choosing a WordPress Theme?" Well, this is the guide you need for identifying top-grade WordPress themes. We’re going to look into the areas that you need to pay attention to, as well as tips on how to spot the WordPress themes that are worth your money and time. Recommended Reading: 20 WordPress Themes To Revamp Your Site For 2015 Look for…
  • How to Retrieve Your Gravatar Image URL

    Thoriq Firdaus
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:01 am
    Having a profile picture also known as “avatar image” is pretty essential online. We upload our best profile picture on websites and social sites for legitimacy, credibility and for people to better recognize our online presence. WordPress has its own service to deliver user profile pictures, and it is called Gravatar. We can also incorporate this into our own customized themes. This post will walk you through a couple of approaches on how you can retrieve the profile image from Gravatar. Using Gravatar Let’s start from the basics. WordPress has a special integrated…
  • 14 Brilliant Video CVs That Will Get The Job

    Nancy Young
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:01 pm
    The competitive nature of the job market these day requires that your resume be as creative and unique as possible to catch the attention of your future potential employer. Creating a video resume to accompany your traditional CV would be a great way to stand out from the crowd. They can provide potential employers with more insight into what an individual has to offer. In this day and age, a video resume is a must-have tool in any job-seekers toolbox. Here I’ve collected 15 real-life examples of creative and funny job application videos from job-hunters from all over the globe to get…
  • 10 Linux Desktop Environments You Probably Don’t Know

    Fahad Khan
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    Unlike Windows and Mac OS, Linux offers a variety of desktop environments for its users. Each desktop environment (interface) has its own appearance, style and features and a user can install any one of these desktop environments on the basis of his/her requirements. Some of these desktop environments are also suited for machines with low hardware configurations. If you’re not sure which Linux desktop environment is the most suitable for you then don’t worry, we’ve put together 10 Linux desktop environments along with their features to assist you in selecting the best one…
  • Materialize – A Material Design CSS Framework

    Agus
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:01 am
    Google’s Material Design is aimed to work well on the Web and also on mobile apps. It’s gaining popularity with developers and if you want to adopt it too, there are many ways to implement Material Design on your site. You can use Polymer or Angular, or you can use Materialize. Materialize is a CSS framework based on Material Design principles with Sass support for better development. It carries default styling for easy use, and has detailed documentation. You can find a lot of useful components within: dialog, modal, date picker, material buttons, parallax, cards and more. It…
 
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  • Custom Typeface in Guardians of the Galaxy

    Amanda Aszman
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Are you registered for the biggest (and, let’s not be modest, the best) gathering of creative professionals anywhere? What are you waiting for!? You’re invited to join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary in Chicago May 4-8 with what is sure to be the most inspiring, informational, educational, and talked-about HOW Design Live yet. Early bird rates end Feb. 3. If you’ve seen Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy, you’re well aware of how effectively those first few seconds grab the viewer. In director James Gunn’s amusing opening sequence, Star-Lord…
  • Beyond Normcore: The Inherent Meaning of Normal Design

    Guest Contributor
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:20 am
    You’re invited to join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary in Chicago May 4-8 with what is sure to be the most inspiring, informational, educational, and talked-about HOW Design Live yet. Editor’s Note: The following piece on normcore fashion and design was contributed by Marc Hohmann, branding expert and partner at global design and brand firm Lippincott. While Normcore is now a mainstream tag for all things boring (see Gap’s unfortunate “Dress Normal” campaign) I, as an unexpected fan of the idea, am interested in digging a bit deeper into its roots—and its fantastic…
  • Interview: Comic Book Artist Kody Chamberlain

    Amanda Aszman
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:17 am
    HOW’s In-House Inspiration issue gives you a peek behind the curtain at NPR, the details on 89 award-winning in-house designs, and steps for preparing for the inevitable—change. Plus: How locking in an iron-clad infrastructure will strengthen your team. HOW has a healthy fascination with illustration—especially comic book illustration. Maybe that’s because you can learn a lot from a good comic book artist, like how to draw inspiration from a variety of sources, and why artists should learn to love each step of their process. We had the pleasure of speaking with comic…
  • Bon Vivant Company: A Designer’s Passion Project

    Carmen Sechrist
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:55 am
    HOW’s In-House Inspiration issue gives you a peek behind the curtain at NPR, the details on 89 award-winning in-house designs, and steps for preparing for the inevitable—change. Plus: How locking in an iron-clad infrastructure will strengthen your team. Prior to launching her passion project, Bon Vivant Company, Tania Leach grew up eating a meat-and-potato diet in England. So when it came time for her to feed her own family, it was only natural that meat serve as an integral ingredient on the graphic designer’s supper table. That wasn’t a problem until Leach started looking for foods…
  • Poster Design Charts Life & Death in Sons of Anarchy

    Amanda Aszman
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    In “The School of Hard Knocks,” Armin Vit offers tips and advice that may change the way you approach the sometimes arduous design process. Learn why you should embrace client revisions, how to overcome the mundane and obnoxious, and why being consistently good enough can make you great.  WARNING: The poster below reveals every “Sons of Anarchy” spoiler. Scroll only if you are up to date with the show.  There’s some pretty cool “Sons of Anarchy” poster design out there, but nothing compares to the incredibly detailed, thoroughly researched and well-crafted poster that…
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  • Free New Blogger Sans Font Designed by Sergiy Tkachenko

    The Logo Smith
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:57 am
    Free New Blogger Sans Font Designed by Sergiy Tkachenko We are being spoilt recently with some very nice and clean free fonts being made available to the masses. In this particular case, we have: Blogger Sans Font, designed by Sergiy Tkachenko Blogger Sans Font was initially designed as the custom typeface for the FirstSiteGuide’s website: The Beginner’s Guide to Successful Blogging, primarily used for headings. >> Download Blogger Sans Font FirstSiteGuide: Blogger Sans draws inspiration from the clarity and legibility of the popular font Dosis with an additional support…
  • Rudecolor 2015 Color Trends Mood Boards for Designers

    The Logo Smith
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:09 am
    Rudecolor 2015 Color Trends Mood Boards for Designers The Rudecolor 2015 Color Trends Mood Boards, is a wonderful color resource that I’ve really enjoyed looking through. Something about the simplicity of the 3 main referenced colours on each page, along with the 3 photographs, provides a useful visual reference to how each hue might/could be used. >> Just fill in the details here and download the PDF. Seeing the colours in various contexts, although not a new idea by any means, is particularly useful, and just far more engaging than a clinical swatch book. Each page is based…
  • Type Hero #8: Panton Font & Icon Family by FontFabric

    The Logo Smith
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:57 am
    Type Hero #8: Panton Font & Icon Family by FontFabric Panton ‘Modern and Geometric Type System’, by FontFabric, is another super font family that I have just purchased over on MyFonts.  The best bit is that the current sale price of Panton is a measly £18,00, compared to it’s usual price of £179.99. FontFabric: “The Panton font family includes 34 weights – 9 uprights with 9 italics and 16 icon sets as a bonus. It is characterized by excellent legibility in both – web & print design areas, well-finished geometric designs, optimized kerning,…
  • Kontrapunkt ‘Bob’ Free Font for Download by Kontrapunkt

    The Logo Smith
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    Kontrapunkt ‘Bob’ Free Font for Download by Kontrapunkt Kontrapunkt ‘Bob’ is a sexy, and quite classy, free slab style font designed by Kontrapunkt, a branding agency based in Denmark and Osaka. I love the name as well, Bob. Reminds me of Black Adder… BoB! BoB? Bob has some seriously smooth lines, fullness of form and some rather unique styling going on with some of the letter forms. Indeed, some of the letters, on their own, look like they could be form an altogether different style of font, like Sans: just look at that capital G for example, love it! As far as…
  • Work In Process: Homes Alive Pets Logo Rebrand

    The Logo Smith
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    Logo Rebrand for Homes Alive Pets Refresh the typeface, look at new colours, incorporate Pets into the brand name then come up with a double tag-line that focuses on the brands new direction. A few things: 1. made the dog a little more fuller in the head, and added some semi-alert ears, as I like the way the dog is literally watching ‘over’ the home which is snuggled nicely in the under neck area. 2. the cat I have made a little softer overall, not quite a kitten, but certainly more cuddly, also looking up expectantly for food or attention. I then played with the idea of adding tails, and…
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    Joel on Software

  • Stack Exchange Raises $40m

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Today Stack Exchange is pleased to announce that we have raised $40 million, mostly from Andreessen Horowitz. Everybody wants to know what we’re going to do with all that money. First of all, of course we’re going to gold-plate the Aeron chairs in the office. Then we’re going to upgrade the game room, and we’re already sending lox platters to our highest-rep users. But I’ll get into that in a minute. First, let me catch everyone up on what’s happening at Stack Exchange. In 2008, Jeff Atwood and I set out to fix a problem for programmers. At the time, getting answers to programming…
  • Trello, Inc.

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Hello? is this thing on? I’m not sure if I even know how to operate this “blog” device any more. It’s been a year since my last post. I’m retired from blogging, remember? Want to hear something funny? The only way I can post blog posts is by remote-desktopping into a carefully preserved Windows 7 machine which we keep in a server closet running a bizarrely messed-up old copy of CityDesk which I somehow hacked together and which only runs on that particular machine. The shame! I do need to fill you in on some exciting Trello News, though. As you no doubt know, Trello is the…
  • Victory Lap for Ask Patents

    22 Jul 2013 | 12:55 pm
    There are a lot of people complaining about lousy software patents these days. I say, stop complaining, and start killing them. It took me about fifteen minutes to stop a crappy Microsoft patent from being approved. Got fifteen minutes? You can do it too. In a minute, I’ll tell you that story. But first, a little background. Software developers don’t actually invent very much. The number of actually novel, non-obvious inventions in the software industry that maybe, in some universe, deserve a government-granted monopoly is, perhaps, two. The other 40,000-odd software patents issued every…
  • Free as in Fortune Cookies

    30 Apr 2013 | 1:42 pm
    Trello has been out for less than two years and it’s been growing like wildfire. We recently hit 1.5 million members, of whom about 1/3 perform some action every month, and our MongoDB database now contains more than 70 million cards on 3.7 million boards. So the obvious question I get all the time is, “How exactly are you supposed to make money with that?” You may have noticed that Trello is free. Not “free trial,” not “freemium,” but just plain old free. Some people have justifiably wondered if it really makes sense to pay a dozen people, nestled in fancy offices with free…
  • The Patent Protection Racket

    2 Apr 2013 | 11:31 am
    The fastest growing industry in the US right now, even during this time of slow economic growth, is probably the patent troll protection racket industry. Lawsuits surrounding software patents have more than tripled since 1999. It’s a great business model. Step one: buy a software patent. There are millions of them, and they’re all quite vague and impossible to understand. Step two: FedEx a carefully crafted letter to a few thousand small software companies, iPhone app developers, and Internet startups. This is where it gets a tiny bit tricky, because the recipients of the letter need to…
 
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    JUST™ Creative

  • Boost Your Brand’s Reputation with Social Media Brand Advocates – Here’s How

    Jacob Cass
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    This article has been contributed by Elizabeth Victor. Social media advocates are consumers who help promote your company by sharing their own excellent experiences with their social networks. Identifying and keeping these folks happy is a vital part of your social media strategy as well as brand reputation. They often not only promote your company to their own network but also will defend your brand if negative comments are made. Consumers are gaining more influence than ever before. This shift in power is a result of social media and online consumer reviews. Why Consumer Advocates are So…
  • 21 Best Selling Script & Calligraphy Fonts – 97% Off

    Jacob Cass
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:29 pm
    I’m such a sucker for these awesome font package deals and I do apologize in advance for burning a hole in your pocket, but these are just too good to pass up. In this pack you will receive 21 best selling script & calligraphy fonts as showcased below, which regularly would cost $922 retail. DesignCuts have got the deal going for $29, available until February 3rd. Lulo Font Lulo is the highlight of the pack for me and this font alone is worth the $29 price tag. Lulo is a font family that comes with 5 different layering options (and different weights), allowing you to create 3D…
  • Free Resources for Designers and Developers – Issue #1

    JuanSarmiento
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Enjoy this list of resources put together by Juan Sarmiento, featuring web and mobile design freebies, articles, tutorials and fonts. Design Freebies A compact collection of elements that will aid you with your next design project. In this section, you will find fresh icons, mock-ups and other graphic design elements for your enjoyment. Have a look! SVG and PNG Material Design Icons (Colored Version) 364 Puffy Minimal 3D Icons Robot Vector Pack: More than 1000 Possibilities! Prettify: 5 Free Photoshop Actions iOS Device Mockups for Sketch Web & Mobile Development Resources A very useful…
  • 10 Top Creative Print Advertisement Campaigns

    Jacob Cass
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:26 pm
    This article has been contributed by Jonny Rowntree. Ever since the creation of advertising, some of the most creative minds have strived to create designs that would appeal to the collective. Good design is judged on universality, which is a requirement in any form of advertising, since the end goal is to convey your message to as many people as possible. Here are 10 examples of renowned print advertisements that showcase the creative minds behind the brands. You can view 192 more creative adshere. Fanta’s “Tastable” Print Advertisement The new Fanta campaign boasts the title as the…
  • Getting Offline – In-Person Networking Tips for Design Students

    Jacob Cass
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    This article was contributed by Gosia Zajdel. A strong digital presence is essential for breaking into the design industry, but students who only focus on virtual networking may miss out on some career opportunities. Expanding your offline social network can be a rewarding process that can lead to insight and even job leads. In the age of social media, how do you get started with old-fashioned networking? 1. Seek out Meetup Groups There are a number of social meetup groups out there that provide an outlet for networking and conversation. Try searching meetup.com for a freelancer or designer…
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  • 14 Mockup Templates for Easy Website Hero Images

    Chris Spooner
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Hero header images containing various office peripherals and everyday objects are becoming increasingly popular, particularly for design agency and portfolio websites. Following this trend can be time consuming and requires some pretty swish photography equipment, but there are some shortcuts in the form of PSD mockup templates. In today’s post I round up a mixture of free and premium templates with ready made tabletop scenes that can be customised to quickly produce a cool hero image for your website design. Free Hero Image Mockup Templates Everybody loves freebies! These mockup…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for January 23rd 2015

    Chris Spooner
    22 Jan 2015 | 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 V7, BrightByte Studio, Amazee Labs, Wild Measure and Adventure Nannies. V7 View the website BrightByte Studio View the website Amazee Labs View the website Wild Measure View the website Adventure Nannies View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for January 23rd 2015 appeared first on Line25.
  • 20 Web Designs with Creative Hand Drawn Typography

    Chris Spooner
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Of all the canvases available to designers and illustrators, websites designs are probably the last place you would expect to find hand drawn typography, seeing as web design at its core is very mathematical with interfaces crafted in code. Rather than make use of web fonts and digital layouts, some designers express their creativity by using hand crafted elements in their work to add character to a design. Today’s post showcases 20 websites that are all made with hand drawn components, particularly hand crafted typography. Hochburg Inesplorato Circles Conference Regis Biron Vintage…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for January 16th 2015

    Chris Spooner
    15 Jan 2015 | 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 Green Chameleon, Go Food, Matt Barnes, Curated and Peak. Green Chameleon View the website Go Food View the website Matt Barnes View the website Curated View the website Peak View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for January 16th 2015 appeared first on Line25.
  • Breaking Up With Your Clients The Mathematical Way

    Casey Ark
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    If you’ve been in the web design game for a while, you’ve probably recognized a few immutable truths: 1) Clients can be exceedingly hard to come by, and 2) Many of the clients you do get are evil on a very basic level. While nearly all clients are a kind, patient, understanding bunch, the few that aren’t can be devastating to your stress level, and your business. If there’s an 80/20 rule for dealing with web design clients, it’s that 20% of your clients will suck 80% of your soul (and then some). Bad clients don’t just take up time, the sheer stress of dealing with unreasonable…
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    Lines and Colors :: a blog about drawing, painting, illustration, comics, concept art and other visual arts

  • Laura Quinn

    Charley Parker
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Laura Quinn is a UK artist who focuses on wildlife art, portraits and pet portraits. She works in Alkyd, a medium closely related to oil, but with a fast drying synthetic resin as the binder instead of linseed oil. Her approach pays particular attention to the textural qualities of her subjects. Many of her pet portraits are composed more like portraits of people than is common for pet portraits, giving them an appealing immediacy.
  • Zac Retz

    Charley Parker
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Zac Retz is an illustrator, color artist and character designer for film, based in Rochester, NY. Though you will find a few color guides and model sheets, most of the work on Retz’s blog and website appear to be personal digital sketches, sometimes sketched from life, but more often flights of fancy. In his personal work, Rets likes to play with light and shadow, often giving his pieces dramatic focus with theatrical lighting effects, juxtaposing light and dark passages as well as setting passages of dense texture against areas in which detail has been supressed.
  • Eye Candy for Today: E. Phillips Fox’s The Ferry

    Charley Parker
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    The Ferry, E. Phillips Fox Link is to zoomable images on Google Art Project; downloadable high-resolution file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Fox was an Australian artist who studied and worked in Paris, adopting the brilliant color and free brushwork of the French Impressionists. Like his counterparts, the American Impressionists, Fox did not share the French painters’ urgent rejection of academic values, and applied his color and style to an underpinning of traditional draftsmanship. His approach reminds me in particular of some of the…
  • Mike Worrall

    Charley Parker
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    Originally from the UK and now living in Australia, painter Mike Worrall is essentially self-taught. His work shows a range of fascinating influences, from Velázquez — particularly evident in Worrall’s fascination with those bizarrely wide gowns seen in portraits of the Spanish royal family — to other 17th century painters, to Surrealists like Paul Delvaux, René Magritte and Max Ernst, and perhaps magic realists like George Tooker and others. In many cases, Worrall makes direct reference to the work of past painters — such as his obvious homage to…
  • Eye Candy for Today: John Everett Millais’ Ophelia

    Charley Parker
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Ophelia, John Everett Millais Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; high resolution downloadable version (22 MB) on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Tate, London. Prompted by yesterday’s post on the mezzotint print by John Stephenson after this painting by Millais, and the fact that I last mentioned the painting back in 2006, I thought it might be enlightening to compare the two more closely. I’ve taken basically the same detail crops I took of the mezzotint print in my images above. I have not yet had the pleasure of seeing the original, though I have seen some…
 
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  • 2015-01-13 | Saverit

    Jacob Cass
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Saverit bookmarking & organizing in the cloud. Credits: Tie A Tie Related Logos: 2013-05-29 | SoundCloud (1) 2012-08-21 | Pie In The Sky (2) 2009-10-05 | Orkney Cloud (5)
  • 2015-01-09 | Nuna

    Jacob Cass
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Nuna Popsicles Credits: Neubau Berlin Related Logos: 2014-05-05 | Los Paleteros (1) 2013-12-12 | Workshop Coffee Co. (0) 2012-11-01 | Diamonds & Dials (2)
  • 2015-01-08 | Your Radio City

    Jacob Cass
    8 Jan 2015 | 1:26 pm
    The Allotment has created a new multi-platform identity for publishing group Bauer Media’s local radio portfolio Bauer Place. Nick Button, marketing director at Bauer Media’s Place Portfolio, says: “It is a multi-platform brand identity that is vibrant, cohesive and really unifies our local radio offering, while maintaining the radio stations’ relationships with their listeners and locations.” via DesignWeek Credits: The Allotment Related Logos: 2014-04-08 | Happy Cactus (1) 2013-11-13 | Multikleur (1) 2013-06-17 | Go Oz Tours (5)
  • 2015-01-05 | Travel Writer

    Jacob Cass
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Travel Writer (See Larger View) Credits: Joe White Related Logos: 2013-03-07 | Buccaneer (1)
  • 2014-12-30 | Willow Tree Coffee

    Jacob Cass
    30 Dec 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Willow Tree Coffee Credits: Isabela Rodrigues Related Logos: 2014-12-23 | Waffee (10) 2014-10-31 | Pumpkin Latte (0) 2014-06-04 | Holy Village Coffee (0)
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    MarketingSherpa Blog

  • Ecommerce: Blurring the lines between online and offline experiences

    Erin Hogg
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    As our world becomes increasingly connected, marketers have had the challenge of providing consistent retail experiences wherever customers are. This omnichannel transformation has led many marketers to evaluate their in-store and online presences and blur the two to provide a seamless brand experience. Watch this video from IRCE featuring Ryan West, CEO, West Music, for his take on blurring the lines between online and offline channels, and get insights from the MarketingSherpa Ecommerce Benchmark Study on how success correlates to sales models.
  • Mobile Interaction: Website or app? Optimize for both

    Taylor Kennedy
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    One great upside when it comes to digital marketing is that it is data-rich and very testable, allowing you to optimize your efforts. A challenge that goes along with this opportunity is that marketers have to choose where to spend their testing and optimization budget to achieve the maximum impact on the bottom line. This MarketingSherpa Blog post explains how focusing on user behavior can help to optimize the customer experience across all devices, from desktop computers to smartphones.
  • Global Ecommerce: The $1.2 trillion opportunity outside North America

    Daniel Burstein
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    More than $1 trillion in ecommerce sales will come from outside North America this year. How can your company grabs its share? To find out, we conducted a video interview Don Davis, Editor-in-Chief, Internet Retailer. Davis shared what he learned from his recent trip to Shanghai and provided tips for ecommerce companies looking to expand internationally.
  • How to Market Your Nonprofit like a Space Program

    Daniel Beulah
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Because space programs, like nonprofits, lack profitability indicators yet at the same time have long term goals, they need to plan their marketing strategy in a detailed schedule, making use of all available resources in the company to achieve their endgame goal. Read on to learn how your nonprofit can benefit from marketing like a space program.
  • Mobile Marketing: How mobile impacts customer awareness

    Taylor Kennedy
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Mobile marketing is a key channel, but because it’s new and still evolving, it can be a challenge. This MarketingSherpa Blog post features some data points that should offer marketers more confidence in engaging in mobile marketing for building customer awareness.
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    Thoughts From Eric

  • Media Queries

    Eric Meyer
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
    Thanks to a combination of my slow process of re-integrating into the web community and the Year in Review explosion at the end of 2014, I actually have some media appearances to tell you about.  (This is at least four times as weird for me as it is for you.) Since I love the written word, I’ll start with the fact that I’ve been published at Slate Magazine.  As the whole Year in Review thing was going crazy viral, an editor at Slate emailed to ask if I’d consider republishing “Inadvertent Algorithmic Cruelty” with them.  I said I’d love to as long as I could revise the piece a…
  • Ramping Up

    Eric Meyer
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:32 am
    We were driving back home from our impromptu surprise family vacation in Tennessee, winding our way through the Appalachian Mountains, when I pointed out a long, steep ramp to nowhere branching off the side of the highway.  “What do you think it’s for?” I asked the kids. Photo by Bidgee (CC BY-SA 3.0 AU) They made some guesses, some quite clever, but none correct.  So I told them about runaway truck ramps and how they work.  I think they were vaguely interested for a few seconds; I got a well-isn’t-that-interesting grunt, which I’ll take as a win.  We swept on past, the kids…
  • Well, That Escalated Quickly

    Eric Meyer
    27 Dec 2014 | 10:16 am
    This post is probably going to be a little bit scattered, because I’m still reeling from the overwhelming, unexpected response to the last post.  I honestly expected “Inadvertent Algorithmic Cruelty” to be read by maybe two or three hundred people over the next couple of weeks, all of them friends, colleagues, and friends who are colleagues.  I hoped that I’d maybe give a few of them something new and interesting to think about, but it was really mostly just me thinking out loud about a shortcoming in our field.  I never expected widespread linking, let alone mainstream media…
  • Inadvertent Algorithmic Cruelty

    Eric Meyer
    24 Dec 2014 | 1:37 pm
    I didn’t go looking for grief this afternoon, but it found me anyway, and I have designers and programmers to thank for it.  In this case, the designers and programmers are somewhere at Facebook. I know they’re probably pretty proud of the work that went into the “Year in Review” app they designed and developed, and deservedly so—a lot of people have used it to share the highlights of their years.  Knowing what kind of year I’d had, though, I avoided making one of my own.  I kept seeing them pop up in my feed, created by others, almost all of them with the default caption,…
  • Finding My Way

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

    Mickey Javier
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:41 am
    We have already gathered a lot of collections of beautiful logo designs for our avid readers and creative designers alike, and we are not done just yet. As inspiration is essential for both designers and non-designers to create excellent works, we will continue to scout through the net to find the best visual designs that you can appreciate and enjoy. Today, we have an array of logo designs you should check out below. In this post, we have gathered Mango Logo Designs that were made in various designs and purposes. Scroll down and check them all out below. Come, take The post Smart Mango Logo…
  • 20 Fantastic Business Cards For Musicians

    Kareen Liez
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Business cards still prove one of the important promotional tools for every businesses and professionals. They can be of great use in delivering a nice first impression to clients, build your branding and identity, and all this in a pocket-friendly price. In order to have these advantages, it is imperative to have the right design that will tell the message you want your clients to see in your business cards. Today, we have compiled some of the business card designs that best suits for musicians. Scroll down and check them all out. Come, take a peek, and choose your pick! The post 20…
  • 40 Amazing Beer Logo Designs To See Right Now

    Ebrian Acebedo
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Beer is one of the most popular beverages in the world. Around the world you can see bars and liquor stores that offers various brewed beers that gives you different tastes of bittersweet, good time. With a lot of these bars open for customers, it is helpful to have impressive logo designs that will enhance their label. In this article, we have collected some of the most creative Beer Logos for you to see below. Scroll down and check out this list and maybe get some ideas that you can apply for your next logo design. Come, take a peek, The post 40 Amazing Beer Logo Designs To See Right Now…
  • 40 Intricate Weave Patterns For Your Creative Design

    Christie Ann
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Weaving has been present since way back history. Along the centuries it has been passed on with impressive designs and patterns made with various colors and materials that gives beautiful works of art to people. And today as it reached the digital age, it is now also being used by graphic designers around the world in creating cool designs. Today, we have gathered some of the most beautiful Weave Patterns that you can download for free. Scroll down and check them all out below. Come, take a peek, and choose your pick! Pink ribbon weave Download No Sleep 2 Download The post 40 Intricate Weave…
  • 20 Folded Business Cards That Will Give You Ideas

    Johnna Eudese Ward
    12 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Inspiration is one of the strongest force that drives every designers to push through on their works and create amazing designs they can be proud of. With the importance this gives to aspiring designers, we will continue to feature impressive works in hopes that they will give inspiration and motivation to our beloved designers. Here we have gathered 20 Folded Business Card Designs for you to check out. Scroll down and have a look on these creative designs below. Come, take a peek, and enjoy! business card Source We Are Designers Business Card Source Easel business card Source business card…
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    Tuts+ Code

  • How To Write a Product Feature Set

    Sven Lenaerts
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    One of the key benefits of a product feature set is that it helps communicate your product vision with others, such as your team or investors. In this article, I'll teach you how to structure your product feature set and what should be covered in such a document. Along the way, I'll try to convince you of the value of writing a product feature set.When you start building a product, you have a vision of what you want to achieve. Through a product feature set, you’re forced to make your vision as specific as possible.1. What & Why?What is a product feature set?A feature set can best…
  • Import and Archive Your Tweets With WordPress

    Jeff Reifman
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    What You'll Be CreatingIn this tutorial, I'll guide you through the installation, configuration and customization of a free, open source Twitter Archive plugin and its accompanying WordPress theme.Why Archive Your Tweets?Google once had a search partnership with Twitter, but after this expired it left the discoverability of your tweet archive a bit to chance. Furthermore, search engine traffic to Twitter.com doesn't build your website's search engine ranking or help you earn revenue.Developer Ozh Richard built a WordPress plugin which will automatically archive your tweets to your…
  • How to Set Up Configurable Products Using Options in OpenCart

    Sajal Soni
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    One of the many useful features provided by OpenCart is "Options". In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use Options to set up different variations of the same product without actually creating different products. More specifically, you'll learn to set up configurable products in the front­-end, so that the user can choose between the different variations available on the product page itself. We'll go through a detailed explanation of Options in the admin section, and we'll end up by setting up a demo of a configurable product.Basic Understanding of OptionsHave you ever run into the need for…
  • iOS 8: How to Build a Simple Action Extension

    Lukas Petr
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    App extensions were introduced during WWDC 14 as a way to extend the functionality of iOS apps to other parts of the system and to allow for better inter-app communication.To name a few, you can use a Today extension to create a widget that will appear in Notification Center, a Sharing extension that will let the user share to their social network, or an Action extension that lets the user act on current content—either view it in a different way or change it. In this hands-on tutorial, we will build an Action extension from scratch.Even though the tutorial doesn't require any additional…
  • CSS Level 4 Selectors to Watch Out For

    Jonathan Cutrell
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:47 am
    It’s about time we started learning some new CSS, isn’t it?We’re all used to new features being introduced to frameworks left and right, but we often forget that new features are constantly being developed in the core web languages we use every day.W3C Editor’s DraftThe CSS Selectors Level 4 draft from the 15th of January outlines a major jump in features for CSS.Before we get started, you should know: the CSS you find in this article, today, will largely fail to work in any browser. Even the newest of the new. The reason for this is that the draft is exactly that–a draft. This is…
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  • PrestaShop: Creating an Online Store in 2015 Has Never Been Easier

    Dieter Petereit
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
       I’ll frankly admit it. I hadn’t heard about PrestaShop before. Though this endeavor got started in 2007 already and even won prices for Best Open-source Business Application in 2010 and 2011, it managed to fly under my radar for all these years. Which is a pity, because had I known PrestaShop earlier, I wouldn’t have broken my wings trying to make a row of competitors work to my satisfaction. But as we all know, it’s never too late. Let me show you that creating an online store in 2015 has never been easier. Learn from my example and look at PrestaShop…
  • Tracing Web Design Trends From 2004 to 2015: This New Interactive Infographic Web Site is All You Need

    Dieter Petereit
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
       If you are a web developer, keeping your finger on the pulse of time is vital to help you stay on top of things. Read a lot, try a lot, dismiss a lot and keep a lot. We call such an approach professional. There are trends that you wouldn’t expect to win through that still do and others who seem no-brainers at first, but lose in the longer run. Whichever way things turn out to be, keeping oneself updated is the entering wedge on your way to success. The following article introduces you to a brand-new interactive website by the guys of TemplateMonster, covering the evolution…
  • Cartoon: If Web Designers Were Car Salesmen [#002]

    Dieter Petereit
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
       People working in the web design and development industry need to become thick-skinned over the years if they intend to survive long term. I am in this business since web design got invented in the early Nineties, and I sure know what I’m talking about when it comes to the hidden secrets of client communication. My remedy these days is laughing. I refuse to get angry anymore. Instead, I make fun of the situations that only a few years ago made me want to hire a professional killer. There are quite a few people out there who are only still alive for the fact I couldn’t…
  • Links of the Week 04/2015: Logotypes, WiFi Signal, Polygons Galore, Prototyping with Sketch and Awesome Remote Jobs

    Dieter Petereit
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
       Besides crafting unique content for our ever-growing readership, we share loads more content through our social channels on a daily basis. Once a week we curate the best of these links to highlight great content further and to make our shares available to all those readers who refuse to partake in social networks, which as we all know is not the dumbest of ideas. Anyway, who am I to judge? Have it your own way. These are our Links of the Week 4 of 2015…
  • A Look into a Web Designer’s Toolbox – Today: John Siebert

    John Siebert
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
       As a web designer, you must be well aware of how even a minuscule designing mistake can result in the failure of your website. One of the ways of avoiding the various pitfalls related to website design is using the right set of tools. The idea is to use such tools to simplify some of the more time consuming tasks related to web design and ensuring that you get them absolutely right. There are plenty of web design tools available on the market and you will be hard-pressed to choose the right one for your needs. This article aims to make your job a bit simpler. It’s a curated…
 
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  • Administrators

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:41 am
    A lovely animation from Roman Klochkov (dealing with the topic of bureaucracy):
  • Transient Materialization

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:33 am
    Created by Shih-Yuan Wang, Yu-Ting Sheng, Dr. Alex Barchiesi and Vyacheslav Kryvosheya, Transient Materialization is a project that explores "the relationship between digital and material-based digital fabrication [via] an n-hedron structure composed mainly of soap foam, which is blown, through a mixture of air and helium, into a foam structure": [via CreativeApplications.net]
  • smrtGRiPs

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:28 am
    smrtGRiPs are the "world's first connected bike grips":
  • Kapture

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:22 am
    Kapture is an audio-recording wristband that - with a tap - allows you to save and share what you just heard:
  • Near Lock

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:57 am
    Near Lock is an app that "turns your iPhone into a personal key for your Mac". When you walk away from your computer, the app will lock it; when you approach, the app will unlock it.
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    Illusion Magazine

  • Bling-Bling Graffiti by Felipe Pantone

    Adriana de Barros
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:28 am
    Of course there is a lot of eye candy here. Felipe Pantone consistently uses shiny white and neon paints in his murals that look influenced from Op Art. His graffiti makes me reminisce the 1980s with bright colored typography, Synthpop music, SMPTE color bars on the TV… but there are also elements (like a Chat icon)...
  • 15 Cool Animal Tattoos by Various Artists

    Adriana de Barros
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:44 am
    It isn’t common to see tattoos of armadillos, but it is common to see birds, cats, dogs, snakes, bears, foxes… and since we’ve all seen these creatures inked on human skin, it is necessary for tattooers to come up with unique compositions to make it appealing to the eye. In continuation with the popular animal...
  • Let the Flowers Fly: Photography by Jenna Martin

    Christopher Smail
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:45 am
    Jenna Martin is an American fine art photographer who has an ethereal and dreamy style. Whether she is releasing hundreds of purple flowers into the air or disappearing into a mirror in the middle of the street, her grand vision is matched by a great technical skill. All images © Jenna Martin Via Flickr
  • The Fascinating (and Bizarre) Photography of Asger Carlsen

    Christopher Smail
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
    Warning: This post contains images with nudity. Viewer discretion is advised. Asger Carlsen is a photographer who approaches his art from a unique and groundbreaking angle. One only has to look at the way he composes his subjects to get a feeling for his way of thinking: surreal portraits of models arranged with duplicate faces...
  • 10 Modern Stock Photos Designers Can Really Get Behind

    Illusion
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
    This is a sponsored post via Syndicate. Text by 500px. Designers find themselves at an interesting crossroads when it comes to buying imagery. Like any buyer, they need something that is high-quality, affordable, and appropriate for the project at hand. But unlike a typical buyer, a designer is as much a creative as the photographer...
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  • HTC to unveil smartphone, smartwatch in March

    dave
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Taiwanese company HTC is expected to unveil its next flagship smartphone in March, offering improved audio and video features. Code-named M9, the marquee phone will be released at the Mobile World Congress to be held in Barcelona, where the largest smartphone makers in the world, including Huawei and Samsung, will showcase their latest products. The new phone, which will be the successor to the HTC One M8, boasts an HTC UltraPixel front camera as well as a 20-megapixel rear camera, revealed a person familiar with the matter. The new handset will be equipped with Qualcomm’s eight-core…
  • Canadian retailers outgunned by US e-commerce giants

    dave
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    With US-based e-commerce giants aggressively wooing Canadian buyers with various promotions, established retailers in Canada are being advised to strengthen their online presence. “I think [Canadian] retailers have been complacent until now. [But] things are changing with the influx of US competition,” said Doug Stephens, a retail analyst. In fact, the pressure is mounting for well-known local retailers like Canadian Tire and Hudson’s Bay Co to improve their online offerings so that they can go head-to-head with US firms. Moreover, US ecommerce companies such as Amazon, which launched a…
  • Prices of major cryptocurrencies tumble

    dave
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Bitcoin’s value continued to fall over the weekend, declining to as low as $265 apiece on Sunday, with other major cryptocurrencies following suit, according to the International Business Times. Similarly, the price of litecoin, peercoin, dogecoin and namecoin dropped between 3 and 7 per cent. In contrast, the value of dogecoin’s more secure and anonymous version (dogecoindark) soared by more than 50 per cent, pushing its market cap beyond US$75,000. Meanwhile, Slovenia-based Bitcoin exchange Bitstamp resumed operations after it went offline for nearly a week following the theft of 19,000…
  • Facebook mulled investing in Xiaomi

    dave
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Mark Zuckerberg reportedly met with Xiaomi Inc CEO Lei Jun to discuss a possible investment by Facebook into the Chinese company ahead of its $1.1 billion funding round in December. The talks were held at a private dinner when the Facebook chief visited Beijing in October 2014. However, sources familiar with the matter revealed that the discussions were never formalised. During the discussions, the two CEOs reportedly weighed up the commercial and political implications of Facebook, which has been banned in China since 2009, buying into the Chinese phone maker. Xiaomi is now valued at $45…
  • A truly splendid Christmas for online retailers

    dave
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    According to Econsultancy, the longer duration of the recently concluded holiday season is a key factor behind the period’s spectacular online sales. The buying rush traditionally starts in the weeks leading to Christmas, but in recent years, it has commenced in November. In fact, Amazon began offering Black Friday deals as early as November 1. With this longer festive season, retailers had more time to advertise their promotions and market their products. This resulted in a 15 per cent gain in online orders from November 1 to December 14 when compared to the same period in 2013. Overall…
 
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  • Use Cutting-Edge CSS with the Help of Myth

    Jacob Gube
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Myth is an open source preprocessor that allows you to use some of the new/proposed/experimental CSS specifications being developed by W3C’s CSS working group. It does this by converting your code to CSS that’s understood by today’s web browsers. Here’s some of the CSS specs which are still in development, that Myth can implement today: CSS variables Custom media queries CSS color functions If you’re interested in this subject, I wrote a Myth tutorial for SitePoint to help developers explore and get started with this unique preprocessor. The tutorial includes a…
  • 9 Tips for WordPress Plugin Development

    Jacob Gube
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    In this article, I would like to share some of my tips for developing WordPress plugins. My Background I’ve developed more than 20 WordPress plugins. Some of them were for clients, some for free release at the WordPress Plugin Directory, others as joint ventures, or for sale on marketplaces such as CodeCanyon. Plugins I’ve worked on have been installed on well over 50,000 sites. I’ve sold over 5,000 copies in the premium market. Throughout this experience, I’ve learned many lessons, and would like to share them with you in this article. 1. Use the Right Hooks Hooks are…
  • A Guide to Design Mockup Fidelity

    Jacob Gube
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a guest post by Jerry Cao, coauthor of The Guide to Mockups. In this article, I will discuss the various levels of UI design mockup fidelity to help you choose the best option. Web designer Brad Frost summarizes the progression of design fidelity best, using an analogy: You start out with a big slab of rock, and slowly chip away to get the rough shape of the form you’re creating. You take another pass at it to get a better sense of the object you’re trying to extract from the stone. You take another pass to start getting a bit more detailed. Eventually, you start honing in…
  • Why I Ditched Angular for React

    Jacob Gube
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    A few years ago, when my code started to get cluttered with jQuery selectors and callbacks, AngularJS came to my rescue. Angular helped me with the maintainability of my dev projects. It came with a lot of functionality out-of-the-box. It was tooled for building large-scale web apps, greatly facilitating rapid development in this genre of applications. I remember how its two-way binding and the philosophy of Model as the single source of truth blew me away. And, in practice, they reduced data-redundancy throughout my applications. Over time though, I discovered some pain points in Angular.
  • Interactive JavaScript Tutorials

    Jacob Gube
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Learning the fundamentals of JavaScript can be easier and more fun through interactive tutorials. Interactive tutorials are immersive, letting you write and experience code immediately. Here are three free interactive JavaScript tutorials that will get you started programming with JavaScript in no time. The online tutorials discussed are suitable for beginning and intermediate JavaScript programmers. They are arranged in a logical sequence, from easiest to hardest. 1. JavaScript Road Trip Code School has a free beginner-level interactive JavaScript tutorial that’s designed to be…
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  • A Collection Of Exciting Tutorials To Help You Mastering The Adobe Photoshop

    Obaid
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:41 am
    All designers want to use Adobe Photoshop like pros and create perfectly perfect images. Photoshop is a most powerful tool to creating powerful works of art by Adobe; and it is the most commonly used and easily accessible software by all the professional designers out there. Mastering the tools of Photoshop is not entirely easy but it has definitely become easier through all the tutorials that are available online. Every tutorial has something new to offer and to be learned from. Some very princely designers have eased the task of creating surreal images for the rest of the designers who are…
  • 35 jQuery Text Effect Libraries For Your Next Project

    Akhter
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    Here in this collection, we are presenting 35 excellent jQuery text effect libraries that you must know. Having a good collection of jQuery text effect libraries always comes handy when you need to create beautiful and strong landing pages. This is the reason many developers spends lots of time in creating their own huge library of useful resources. For now, you do not have to spend hours in creating perfect text effect rather you can make use of these useful text effect libraries to get your work done. Without any delay, here is the full collection of 35 jQuery text effects libraries that…
  • 6 Free Alternatives To GitHub

    Akhter
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:05 am
    If you are looking for some good alternatives to GitHub, then stop looking any further. In this round up, we will unearth 6 best alternatives to GitHub. There is no second opinion that GitHub is a very useful web based hosting service that has been used by many all over the world. It uses the Git revision control system for software development projects, and above all provide free accounts for open source projects. On the other hand, paid plans are also available but only for the private depositaries. Here, we are listing down 6 best alternatives to this wonderful web based application. We…
  • 11 PSD UI Kits For Modern Ecommerce Website

    Akhter
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    People are using eCommerce sites very frequently these days. It’s an amazing tool for home shopping, people are shopping while sitting at their home, it saves their time, their cost. But developing an eCommerce site is a difficult task. But there are some easy to use eCommerce UI packages that will save your time and will help you focus on the overall design and development. These kits will help you to develop your site and manage it with an ease, and will conserve your energy too. We have created a list of 11 eCommerce UI kits which has a wide range of parts that will complete your…
  • 8 Web Apps To Create Animation Gif

    Akhter
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    With the help of GIF, you can easily showcase how you actually feel. At times, GIF is the only answer to your design queries. With GIF, you can make exceptional animation that can give impressive results. In this round up, we are presenting 8 online web applications that can help you make a renovated GIF for your website. Using these online web apps is very easy. You simply have to arrange your photographs and transfer them, do some minor customizations and voila! Here is the complete list after the jump. We hope you enjoy this assortment. Enjoy! Meme Center Make animated GIFs from Youtube…
 
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  • The New Smashing Mystery Riddle: Have You Figured It Out Yet?

    Vitaly Friedman
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    You didn’t really think we’d wrap up our endless1, mischievous2 mystery3 riddles4 just like that, did you? Well, the Mystery continues! To celebrate the launch of the SmashingConf NYC 20155, we’ve prepared a new mystery riddle, and this one will be an exercise in patience and stubborness. No, it’s not going to be an easy one this time either, but the reward is definitely worth the effort. How does it work? Well, you know how it works. Below you’ll find the first of a few animated GIFs that contain a hidden Twitter hashtag. Your job is to discover those hashtags as fast…
  • “When Great Just Isn’t Good Enough” Smashing Conference NYC 2015

    Vitaly Friedman
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    SmashingConf NYC 20151 will challenge you to rethink how you design and build websites today — and how to touch someone’s heart with design. 1 track, 2 conference days, 5 workshops, 16 excellent speakers and just 400 available tickets. With the main focus on practical takeaways from real-life projects, you might never be the same again. To the tickets.2 About The Conference You’ve been around for quite some time, haven’t you? You know your way around front-end, or UX methodologies, or mobile patterns, or even the obscure dark matter of responsive web design. But you might not…
  • Inside Microsoft’s New Rendering Engine For The “Project Spartan”

    Jacob Rossi
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Last week, Microsoft made its biggest announcement for the web since it first introduced Internet Explorer in 1995: a new browser, codenamed “Project Spartan31.” So, what does this mean for us as designers and developers? What rendering engine will Spartan be using, and how will it affect our work? We spoke with Jacob Rossi, the senior engineer at Microsoft’s web platform team, about the new browser, the rendering engine behind it, and whether it’s going to replace Internet Explorer in the long run. This article, written by Jacob, is the result of our conversations, with a few…
  • How And Why To Make Side Projects Work At A Digital Agency

    Danny Bluestone
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:37 am
    It’s no secret that the digital industry is booming. From exciting startups to global brands, companies are reaching out to digital agencies, responding to the new possibilities available. However, the industry is fast becoming overcrowded, heaving with agencies offering similar services — on the surface, at least. Producing creative, fresh projects is the key to standing out. Unique side projects are the best place to innovate, but balancing commercially and creatively lucrative work is tricky. So, this article looks at how to make side projects work and why they’re worthwhile,…
  • AngularJS’ Internals In Depth

    Nicolas Bevacqua
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:03 am
    AngularJS presents a remarkable number of interesting design choices in its code base. Two particularly interesting cases are the way in which scopes work and how directives behave. The first thing anyone is taught when approaching AngularJS for the first time is that directives are meant to interact with the DOM, or whatever manipulates the DOM for you, such as jQuery (get over jQuery already1!). What immediately becomes (and remains) confusing for most, though, is the interaction between scopes, directives and controllers. After the confusion sets in, you start learning about the advanced…
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  • Ten Years in Contrast

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

    2 Jan 2015 | 10:24 pm
    For a couple years now, I’ve wanted to do an online version of the SMACSS Workshop—one that people can buy and download any time they want. I’ve hosted a couple online workshops (thanks e4h!) but I wasn’t happy with the videos that resulted from it. I streamed from home which resulted in poor audio and a crappy backdrop. (Which was all my fault, not e4h!) More recently, I partnered up with Frontend Masters to produce said workshop for the site. They know what they’re doing. I decided that I wanted personal intros and outros for each section of the workshop. I have no idea what I’m…
  • Design Engineering

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

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

    Speckyboy Editors
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:28 am
    All websites should start with a good plan. Focussing on the design process first may be common for smaller sites. For larger sites, when user experience is paramount, creating an initial sitemap or user flow map is an effective way of working out how you want visitors to use and navigate around. UX is key to a successful site. And always remember the 5PS of planning a site – Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. There are many different methods for creating a sitemap, but we don’t want to get into all of those today as they are typically not the best thing to look at from a…
  • Weekly News for Designers (N.269)

    Speckyboy Editors
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:37 am
    This is our popular weekly design news post where we share our favorite design related articles, resources and freebies from the past week. You can sign-up to our awesome weekly newsletter for some more amazing articles, resources and freebies. New Resources & Tools spaceBase, a Sass-based responsive CSS framework. LumX, the first responsive front-end framework based on AngularJS & Material Design specs. RICG Responsive Images, official plugin that brings automatic responsive images to WordPress. Hex Invaders, a fun game that puts your hex code knowledge to the test. Github Cheat…
  • Six Common Freelancing Myths

    Preston Pierce
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:43 am
    Just as the freelance industry is exploding with undiscovered, talented (and some not so talented) people, the myths that come with it are thriving as well. It’s funny how I even get to hear opposite views about this profession. While Nancy believes freelancers make tons of money in no time, Drew says that they are barely able to pay their bills and taxes. Jennifer claims that you have all the time on your hands, but then Ross said that the work and stress never ends. Who to believe? Well, as an experienced freelancer, I believe I have the ability to put those myths to rest once and for…
  • Weekly Inspiration – Blitz, Swink, Danger Brain and more…

    Speckyboy Editors
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:29 am
    It’s that time of the week again, a chance for you to sit back and be inspired by some of our favorite web and mobile designs from the past week. You may also like to browse the Web Inspiration Archives. Blitz → Paulo Goode → Swink → Gianluca Bocchi → BosseTools → Danger Brain → Homunculus Inc → You may also like to browse the Web Inspiration Archives. The post Weekly Inspiration – Blitz, Swink, Danger Brain and more… appeared first on Speckyboy Web Design Magazine. No related posts.
  • Is Minimal Design the Best Strategy for Your Site?

    Katherine Halek
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:24 am
    One of the buzzwords of modern marketing or design work is “understanding your customers.” Before you jump on board with a trend or design style, it’s good to research how consumers or clients in your industry respond to it. One particular trend that has dominated the web for several years is minimalism. So, if you’re considering a minimalist redesign, let’s take a look and see if it’s the best strategy for you and your site. Why Minimalist Design is All the Rage Modern minimalism has been around for over 80 years. Several decades of lavish design and…
 
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  • Tim Cook on the State of the iPad

    Khoi
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Last October I wrote about how I believe that the iPad is at a crossroads, facing a number of significant challenges on a number of fronts. In an analysts’ conference call yesterday, Tim Cook commented on Apple’s most recent quarterly results (summary: great) and had a few interesting comments about the state of the iPad.…
  • Taxonomies of Lost NYC Playgrounds

    Khoi
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Writer James Trainor has a collection of photographs from lost New York City playgrounds. As they became a fixture of urban planning in the last century, playgrounds also became a significant intersection of architecture and social science. These photographs capture the high ambitions at the heart of many of the more adventurous ones dreamed up…
  • Answering Questions at Designer News

    Khoi
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:54 pm
    I’m a big fan of what the Layer Vault team have built in Designer News. It’s not as big a community as its obvious inspiration Hacker News, but it’s quite vibrant on its own, and I’ve found myself spending lots of time there over the past couple of years with rewarding results. This afternoon I…
  • Tommy Johnagin’s Mom Uses iTunes

    Khoi
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    I love my mom. She lives in California, so I love how technology brings us closer together, too. But sometimes helping her cope with her hardware and software can be challenging. Comedian Tommy Johnagin, on his album “Standup Comedy 3,” has a hilarious bit about providing tech support for his own mom. Warning: recently I…
  • How iOS Has Changed

    Khoi
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    I don’t link to a lot of infographics here but I like this one, and I’ve always been fascinated by the incremental, barely noticed way some interfaces can change, even when we look at them all day long. This extensive graphic from 7dayshop.com presents a pretty comprehensive overview of how iOS has evolved. The original…
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  • Want to Get More Out of Python? Join the Community!

    Kenneth Love
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    One of the best things about Python isn’t the language or the huge number of packages waiting to be used, it’s the welcoming nature of the community. If you’re looking for a community that will be accepting, uplifting, and continue to teach you new things, Python is, in my eyes, the best one around. Let’s look at some of the conferences and groups around that make possible. I’m only going to focus on North American conferences and groups (with one exception), but many of these groups are actually worldwide, and your friendly local search engine will be able to…
  • Skeleton, AngularJS, The Fold | The Treehouse Show | Episode 125

    Chris Zabriskie
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a new episode of The Treehouse Show! This week, Nick Pettit and Jason Seifer talk about CSS frameworks, AngularJS, free icons for commercial use, “the fold” (or lack of one), and more! Watch this week’s episode for free now, and tune in every Tuesday for the latest in web design and web development news and tips. This Week’s Links Skeleton: Responsive CSS Boilerplate JonathanZWhite/AngularJS-Resources There is no fold. Lazy-loading Google Maps — Osvaldas Valutis Free Icons – Best Icon Packs for Commercial Web…
  • New at Treehouse: Swift, Python, and Future of Web Apps

    Chris Zabriskie
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s a new week, and that means new courses and more are now available at Treehouse! Build a Playlist Browser with Swift Time for a brand new Swift course! In this project, Pasan Premaratne will teach you how to build a fun playlist browser in Swift, and about two crucial aspects of an iOS app: navigation and how to pass information around. Learn how to work with multiple view controllers and how to transition between them using segues and navigation controllers. By the end of this project, you will have a learned the foundational Master-Detail concepts and can start building a lot of…
  • New Coding Skills Opened Up Opportunities for Jessica at Work & For Her Freelancing Career

    Faye Bridge
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Jessica was a designer with very little coding experience. Finding that it was holding her back from job opportunities, she was determined to learn to code and be confident in her skills. Jessica started learning with Treehouse in between projects at work. A few months later, with the knowledge she’d gained, Jessica found new opportunities opening up to her not only at her full time job, but also for her freelance business. She can now confidently take on more in-depth web design projects and clients, which in turn is stably growing her business. What first encouraged you to join Treehouse…
  • Intelligent Toys: A Guide for Parents

    Joy Kesten
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    Want your child to grow up to be an electrical or mechanical engineer? How about a computer programmer or app developer? In today’s world, everyone is trying to get ahead. While some parents may feel pressured to get their kids a math tutor before pre-K, there are alternatives: toys! However, some toys are better than others when it comes to sparking curiosity. Toys that spark curiosity and build foundational knowledge of programming and problem solving come in the form of robots, circuit boards, and computer kits. These toys not only get kids thinking about complex problems, they are…
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  • 2014’s Takeaway … Punctuated Already in 2015

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

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

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

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

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

    Richard Horgan
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    In the preface of Ryan Holiday’s New York Observer Q&A with Mathew Carpenter, the 22-year-old Australian responsible for flash-in-the-news-pan ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com, the reporter explains that it was all just a pre-meditated media stunt. And that even when Carpenter told some journalists it was a stunt, those journalists chose to ignore that key fact and cover the topic, obliviously. In the Q&A, Carpenter pays Fast Company contributor Nancy L. Miller a nice back-handed compliment, suggesting her coverage was the most impressive. At the other end of the bum’s rush…
  • Media Minutiae

    Chris O'Shea
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    SocialTimes: Those of you who don’t think there’s enough social networks, here’s a new one! TVSpy: Reporting live during hazardous weather is just as glamorous as it sounds. TVNewser: Wolf Blitzer discusses the Holocaust documentary Voices of Aushwitz, which airs tonight at 9 pm on CNN.
  • Taking a Lunch Break…

    Aneya Fernando
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Our intrepid Lunch reporter Diane Clehane skipped her usual rounds at Michael’s today, but have no fear, she’ll be back to dish on the city’s movers and shakers a week from today. In the meantime, here are some recent columns to chew on… Exclusive: Charles Spencer on His ‘Killer’ New Book, Memories of Princess Diana WSJ Alums Fete John Quincy Adams Book Author, Zinczenko’s Latest Best-Seller Memories of ‘Spiritual’ Mario Cuomo; Joanna Coles, Bob Barnett and Mel Karmazin Jennifer Aniston Serves ‘Cake’ to Gayle King, Arianna Huffington and…
  • Joshua Topolsky Discusses Bloomberg Business

    Chris O'Shea
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Bloomberg Business (Bloomberg.com), the new site from Bloomberg, has finally launched. Business features responsive design and bold images. It combines Bloomberg News, Businessweek and Bloomberg TV into one site, and it shows. There’s definitely information overload. Joshua Topolsky, editor of Bloomberg Digital, is not concerned. “What we’ve never done before is harness every one of Bloomberg’s powerful news assets — Bloomberg News, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg TV, our digital video operation, radio, and live events, and channel the best of them into one…
  • Shape Leadership Announced

    Chris O'Shea
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    As we reported early this morning, Meredith has purchased Shape from AMI, and as a result, will fold Fitness. Now the company has announced the new Shape leadership team. Tim O’Connor will serve as Shape’s publisher. O’Connor most recently served as managing director of Meredith’s corporate sales group. Working alongside O’Connor is Eric Schwarzkopf, who will serve as associate publisher. Schwarzkopf was Fitness’ publisher. On the editorial side, Elizabeth Goodman Artis, Shape’s current editor-in-chief, will retain her role. Betty…
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    Vandelay Design

  • 30 Best Free Calendar & Datepicker jQuery Plugins

    Jake Rocheleau
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Some might assume that an Internet loaded with free code would breed indolence. Yet it seems developers are willing to contribute their help to projects more than ever before. JavaScript libraries... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • Is There a Sense of Visual Balance in Your Web Design?

    Steven Snell
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Balance is all about harmony. So, when you see something that looks nice with a sense of consistency and similarity, most likely you observe a perfectly balanced composition. It can be an object in... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • Are Your Web Design Clients Hopelessly Trapped in Old Designs?

    Steven Snell
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    If you've been a web designer for over five years, it's probably time for some of your early web design clients to upgrade their websites. Or you may be contacted by a prospect who already has a... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • How to Choose the Right eCommerce Platform for Your Digital Content

    Catalin Zorzini
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    If you are a blogger, designer, or budding online entrepreneur, you probably have something to sell. And you might not even know it. In this age, digital content is all around us. From eBooks to... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • A Guide to Passive Income for Designers

    Steven Snell
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    There are a number of different ways to earn a living as a designer or developer. Of course, you could work as an employee for a design studio, you could work as an in-house designer for a company,... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
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  • 5 albums from 2014 that helped me get inspired

    Veerle Pieters
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:56 am
    There are two important resources that help me get inspired. The first one is my own Inspiration Stream where I catalog all my findings. The second one is music. Another year has past and it's a tradition around here that I look back at the five albums that helped me get inspired. Inspired by music I treasure the moments of silence too but a day without music is a very rare thing in my daily routine. Music is my preferred way to shut myself off from the *real* world, especially when I'm listening with my headset on. It feels like my mind is transferred to some off-world place or paradise…
  • It’s 2015 - Authentic Jobs 50% Off

    Veerle Pieters
    2 Jan 2015 | 5:44 am
    Another year has past and brought us many experiences, some happy, some sad, all lessons in this grand scheme of things called life. First I like to take this opportunity to thank all my readers and wish them all a healthy and inspirational 2015. Let's start the year with some potential savings you could get if you have a job opening that needs a candidate. It's an annual tradition of my partner in crime Authentic Jobs. Post a job and get 50% off Enjoy our New Year’s sale! Authentic Jobs, the fantastic Jobs Listings service started by Cameron Moll is running their annual New Year’s…
  • Creating an animated gif in Illustrator & Photoshop

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

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

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

  • How To Install Marine Solar Panels

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:35 am
    Solar panels can be a great help to sailors, keeping vital lights and appliances functioning, even when batteries run low or a generator malfunctions. They are also a much quieter way of recharging batteries! Learning how to install marine solar panels will be vital for the sailor who wants their advantages, but first he or she must learn which solar panels are best. Three types of solar cells are commonly used in solar panels, each with its own advantages. The sailor needs to learn these advantages and select the solar panels that are best for the need. Types of Solar Panels Solar panels…
  • Heating Your Home With Solar, But Without Panels

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    With rising energy costs and massive stress on our electrical grids, solar is gaining in popularity. Not everyone realizes you can heat your home without buying big panel systems. Heating Your Home With Solar, But Without Panels – Gain You can use solar energy to heat your home through a concept known as gain. While you may associate panel systems with any mention of solar power, they are not a component of this approach. Of course, this makes the installation a heck of a lot cheap than going with traditional panel systems. Solar gain is a concept that has been with us for much of the…
  • Get Great Tips About Solar Energy From Experts Who Know!

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Solar panel installation is a green solution. This is an investment that is important. You have to understand if it will fit into your budget. Continue reading to educate yourself about solar energy so that you can decide whether or not it’s the right choice for you. If you’re prepared to stick with the investment in the long run, solar energy systems are an outstanding means for saving money. Installing solar panels requires a substantial investment, so years may pass before the panels generate sufficient savings to cover your cost. Invest in solar conversion only when you are…
  • Concentrating Solar Power Systems

    15 Jan 2015 | 8:43 pm
    If you have ever seen a field with several mirrors pointing toward the sun you may be looking at a solar power system. These systems work to concentrate the sunlight to one area and use the heat to heat up the liquid that flows along the pipes. This system is called Parabolic-trough system. This type of system heats oil that is flowing through the pipe. The oil is hot and that is why it is used to boil water to power a steam generator which in turns powers electricity. The reason that this system works so well is because the U-shaped mirrors attracts and collects the suns heat which is then…
  • Solar Energy – The Future of Generating Energy for the Home

    5 Jan 2015 | 2:46 am
    Solar energy for residential houses is nothing new. It has just been relegated to the background in lieu of rising cost of real estate; newer more advanced building materials, design and the limitation of resources. Since man started building homes, sunlight played a major influence in the design. In fact, even in the more advanced urban planning method of the Ancient Chinese and Greeks, the orientation of the buildings is as much as possible directed towards where it could capture the most sunlight. The ancients might not be as intellectually sophisticated then to use catch phrases as…
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    Print Magazine » Imprint: Print Magazine’s Design Blog

  • “Solve the problem. Don’t decorate.” Get to Know DJ Stout

    Zachary Petit
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:59 am
    One of the best parts about recruiting judges for the Regional Design Annual: Getting a chance to browse their brilliant archives. Today, third in a series of six judge profiles, we bring you the words and works of DJ Stout, who will be judging the Southwest region of the RDA this year.   Originally from: I was born in the small town of Alpine, located in the far southwestern region of Texas. That part of the state is called the Big Bend because the Rio Grande river, which forms the Texas/Mexico border, takes a big turn there as it flows from El Paso down to Brownsville. My father,…
  • Designer of the Week: Rachel Abrams

    Amanda Aszman
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    HOW Design Live is the biggest gathering of creative professionals anywhere. You’re invited to join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary in Chicago May 4–8 with what is sure to be the most inspiring, informational, educational, and talked-about HDL yet. Meet Print’s latest Designer of the Week, British-born and New York-based Rachel Abrams, a design strategist, creative place-maker and visual storyteller who aims to simplify complex stories in her many creative roles. Name: Rachel Abrams Name of Firm/Studio: Turnstone Consulting Location: NYC How would you describe your work?
  • Charlie Hebdo: Satire, Censorship & Free Expression

    Michael Dooley
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Very many of us who make our living as visual communicators have been thinking and reading about practically nothing other than Charlie Hebdo these days. My obsession stems from firsthand experiences with cartoon images, and how they can be significantly revelatory and profoundly elevating. And wonderfully entertaining. My design career—my entire worldview, really—began with two satirical publications. The first was a Mad comic book from 60 years ago; the other was an issue of The Realist from 50 years ago. (I briefly spoke about how they both affected me in this interview.) The Artist in…
  • Print’s Legends in Advertising Awards: The Winners

    Print staff
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:52 am
    Congratulations to all of the winners of Print’s Legends in Advertising Awards. The competition was judged by Jon Wyville, executive creative director of Leo Burnett USA, who has worked on projects for Nintendo, Coca-Cola, Hallmark, General Motors, McDonalds, Norton Internet Security, Fifth Third Bank, Secret Deodorant, Tampax and more. He has garnered hundreds of awards himself—from Cannes, One Show, Clio Awards, Radio Mercury Awards, Art Directors Club, D&AD, Communication Arts and more—and his work is featured in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of…
  • Cartoonists on Charlie Hebdo.

    Print staff
    9 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    At Print, we’re heartbroken. Many things can, and should, disappear from the world. A pencil is not one of them. If you have a visual tribute you would like to share, send it our way. Here are some from around the web.                           The post Cartoonists on Charlie Hebdo. appeared first on Print Magazine.
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    What an ART!!! - Graphic Arts Gallery

  • Adorable Collection of Pugs Turned into Heroes, Food & Various Other Things

    WhatanART
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Vancouver-based graphic designer Eugenia Leung has created a collection of adorable illustrations of pugs turned into various food, drinks, and various pop culture characters from comics, movies and video games. Artist – Eugenia Leung Twitter | pugliepug.com (Hat Tip Geek Art Gallery) View the Rest: 'Adorable Collection of Pugs Turned into Heroes, Food & Various Other Things'
  • Artist Comically Illustrates Harsh Truths About Having Long Hair

    WhatanART
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    Canadian artist Cassandra, who previously shown us the expectations vs. reality of various hair styling products, has come up with a new series illustrating some painful truths about what it’s like to have long hair. Artist – Cassandra c-cassandra.tumblr.com (Hat Tip Neatorama) View the Rest: 'Artist Comically Illustrates Harsh Truths About Having Long Hair'
  • Artist Transforms Zodiac Signs into Terrifying Fantasy Creatures

    WhatanART
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    US-based artist Damon Hellandbrand has created a series of awesome fantasy-themed digital illustrations reimagining the 12 signs of the Zodiac as terrifying imaginary creatures. Artist – Damon Hellandbrand dhellandbrand.com | Portfolio (Hat Tip Bored Panda) View the Rest: 'Artist Transforms Zodiac Signs into Terrifying Fantasy Creatures'
  • Strange Animal Designs of Marco Bonatti’s “Things Riding Things”

    WhatanART
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    Italian character designer and illustrator Marco Bonatti has drawn some strange animal designs in his fantastic series of illustrations called “Things riding Things” (“Cosi che cavalcano cose” in Italian). Artist – Marco Bonatti marcobonatti.tumblr.com (Hat Tip Kuvva Blog) View the Rest: 'Strange Animal Designs of Marco Bonatti’s “Things Riding Things”'
  • Hilarious Illustrations Transform ‘Kim Jong-un’ into Various Pop Culture Characters

    WhatanART
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:53 am
    Brazilian illustrator and art director ‘Butcher Billy‘ transforms North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-Un, into various pop culture characters in this hilarious series of illustrations entitled “Kim Jong-Un: Friend Or Foe”. You can see the rest of the series, here. Artist – Butcher Billy Portfolio (Hat Tip Ufunk.net) View the Rest: 'Hilarious Illustrations Transform ‘Kim Jong-un’ into Various Pop Culture Characters'
 
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    inspirationfeed.com

  • Say It with Style: 25 Sexy Hand Lettered Logo Designs

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:49 pm
    What could be more beautiful than a hand-written letter? It’s organic, sexy and personalized. Letters present you a unique opportunity to go crazy and creative since they can be easily shaped, fashioned and linked to one another. The fascinating magic of letters is that you can curve, lengthen and accord them in whichever way you like, in whatever representation or symbolism you want to impart. This is precisely the reason hand-lettered logo designs never go out of style. There’s something quite liberating with designing logos using hand-written letters. These logos are: Organic – They…
  • 20 Innovative Examples of HUDs and GUIs

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Technology is constantly making great leaps and bounds in terms of development and, in the race to be the best of the best, developers are working double time to come up with the most innovative products. One area where great advances and innovations are being made would be in the fields of GUIs (Graphical User Interface) and HUDs (Heads-up Displays). These GUIs and HUDs are crucial in the fields of computer works, design, and gaming. The most innovative ones allow users to work more quickly and efficiently which means the results are killer. Innovative GUIs A graphical user is really quite…
  • 20 Small Items and Gadgets for Your Pockets

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Most people will agree that in their day to day lives, they always need to have the right gadgets and other nifty items that will make their lives easier and their days smoother. There was a time when people had to bring humongous backpacks and suitcases to fit all the things they need but in today’s technologically-advanced world, there are so many compact items and gadgets they can take with them and the best part is they all fit right into our pockets! Such is the wonder of technology and design innovations. These gadgets and items can range from the extremely high-tech to the ones that…
  • 50 Inspiring Quotes from Alan Watts

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:32 pm
    There are times in our lives when we face hardships that seem impossible to overcome; times when we feel like just stopping and giving up — seeing no reason to go on. It is during those times that we need a bit of inspiration. So we can be thankful for the wonderful gift of life and that, despite the trials, there are always reasons for us to keep moving forward. When you find yourself in need of a jolt to keep going, here are some inspiring quotes by Alan Watts to draw some strength from and understand life along with yourself: To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim…
  • 20 Simple Secrets to Taking Better Photos

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Whether you are using an expensive camera, which does not guarantee good pictures, or using your camera on your phone, there are a few things you should keep in mind when taking pictures. To take good pictures you do not need to be a professional either. It is all in how you view the world and the things in it. It is the moments that make pictures great! As a general rule there are 20 guidelines you should follow that can change the way you picture the world right away. 1. Get in good and close. If you think your pictures do not stand out or create the feeling you are looking for, take a few…
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    Fonts.com Blog

  • All the font, without the extra waiting!

    David Harned
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:36 am
    You may remember my last blog post where I discussed improvements in speed that we had made to our patented Web Fonts Dynamic Subsetting Solution. Now I have another breakthrough to talk about—Background Loading. Together, our Dynamic Subsetting and Background Loading technologies work together to bring your site the best fonts—and all their characters—with the best performance available. A real game changer in the world of East Asian Web fonts, let’s explore our Background Loading solution in more detail. As we’ve discussed before, East Asian fonts contain thousands of characters,…
  • Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts for December 2014

    Ryan Arruda
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Want to see which typefaces are in demand on the Web? Here’s an ordered listing of the top 100 most used fonts from the Fonts.com Web Fonts service during December 2014. Be sure to check in next month to see if your favorite typeface moves up the list! Avenir Next Neue Helvetica Trade Gothic Avenir Proxima Nova Univers Futura Linotype Univers Gill Sans Helvetica Frutiger Museo Sans DIN Next Arial Chaparral Klint Neo Sans Neue Frutiger Century Gothic ITC Caslon No. 224 ITC Avant Garde Gothic ITC Century Eurostile LT Myriad Rockwell Motoya Birch VAG Rounded Univers Next Linotype Didot ITC…
  • Demos Next: A New Life at 40

    Allan Haley
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:16 pm
    The Demos® typeface family was one of the first designs created expressly for digital typesetting. That makes it about 40 years old – and in need of a makeover. The Demos Next family is a rekindling of the original design for 21st century imaging devices and typographic needs. The first digital typesetters were hulking machines that could fill a small room. They produced text content on a cathode ray tube (TV screen) from digital masters, and the text was exposed on to photosensitive paper at very high speeds. This technology was roughly akin to making type with a crayon and ruler. The…
  • New Licenses for Apps, eBooks and Servers

    Piper Lawson
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    As many of you already know, we are living in a multi-device world where content is always around us. It’s in our hands, on our desks, providing information and entertainment—and it’s only growing. Companies and designers have a need to ensure that their brand is consistent and beautiful, no matter how or where users are receiving their content. We are pleased to now offer new licenses for mobile apps, eBooks and servers for many of our fonts to make it easy for designers to use beautiful typefaces across a myriad of devices. Licenses Application: Allows the font to be used in iOS,…
  • Design With Typecast, Now At No Cost

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

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Salvador Dali Paintings is one of the most famous surrealist artist. He is a Spanish Catalan surrealist painter, with his velazquez moustache and wildly eccentric behaviour. His full name is Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí Domènech. He was born on 11 May 1904 in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain. His brother, also named Salvador, died as a toddler, nine months before Dali’s birth. His parents told him he was the reincarnation of his older brother, which he also came to believe. read more
  • 35 Stunning and Beautiful Tree Paintings for your inspiration

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Tree Paintings : Trees come in all shapes and sizes, colors and heights. Even two trees of the same species won't be identical, though from a distance they may seem very similar. Up close you'll see branches growing in different directions and lengths, bumps and scars in the bark. Add to the mix light and shadow, changes through the seasons, and you've an exciting element in a landscape. I hope you like these tree paintings. read more
  • 25 Beautiful Digital Paintings and illustrations by Loopy Dave

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Digital Painting : Loopy Dave is a great illustrator who produces all type of digital illustrations, paintings, caricature and vector designs. we are happy to share his works today with everyone. He lives in Australia, which, contrary to popular opinion, DOES NOT mean he walks around upside down or wears a loin cloth made from koala pelts. read more
  • 25 Brilliant Typography Design examples for your inspiration

    admin
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Typography design : Typography is one of the most fascinating elements of graphic design. If it’s web design, album art, posters, or any other type of graphic design, typographical inspiration can be a great resource for designers. Here we have added 28 most beautiful examples of typography design examples for your inspiration. read more
  • 25 Most Popular Johannes Vermeer Paintings - Greatest Dutch Painter

    admin
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Vermeer Paintings : Johan Vermeerwas a Dutch painter who specialized in domestic interior scene paintings of middle-class life. Vermeer was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime. He seems never to have been particularly wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings. The following is a list of paintings by the Dutch Baroque artist Johannes Vermeer. read more
 
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    LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers

  • 3 Sports Teams make their Marketing Minimalist

    Hala Ali
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    Sports fans have become more sophisticated and have grown out of the ‘traditional mode’ to enter the 21st century. Sports teams are slow to follow but they will eventually catch up as can be seen by the redesign of various sports logos in 2014 to become more minimalist. The trend in the market is to… The post 3 Sports Teams make their Marketing Minimalist appeared first on LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers.
  • 12 Photography Magazines That Add Visual Weight to Images

    Mehreen Siddiqua
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:12 am
    When digital photography became mainstream, we witnessed the birth of Instagram and other photography apps and tools. The world was struck with a craze for photography. Social media wasn’t spared either. Some of the amateur designers also wanted to give photography a shot. Many magazines and design giants started using digital images for their campaigns and… The post 12 Photography Magazines That Add Visual Weight to Images appeared first on LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers.
  • 7 Photography Tips to Create The Perfect Shot

    Kathleen Burns
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    Taking beautiful and professional-quality photos involves thought, timing, and technique. Think clearly about what you are attempting to capture or create and what you want the viewer to come away with after looking at your photos. Snapping the perfect shot requires timing and technique What makes a great photo is its ability to convey emotion. Emotions in a… The post 7 Photography Tips to Create The Perfect Shot appeared first on LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers.
  • 7 Reasons Why Stock Photography Sucks Your Sales Away

    Kathleen Burns
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:12 am
    People can quickly tell when something is fake. Why would you risk tainting your brand with labels such as cheap or generic by adding stock photography to your visual content? Research shows that regular photos receive a 2.35% click-through-rate while Instagram-style photos received CTRs as high as 8%. Sales mirror that effect with a conversion… The post 7 Reasons Why Stock Photography Sucks Your Sales Away appeared first on LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers.
  • 9 Popular NFL Team Logos: Typographic Evolution

    Shyrose Vastani
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:19 am
    Graphic communication deals with many subjects, where the most beautifully driven idea is of typography. It dates back to ancient epochs and has undergone a number of changes over the period of time. We see a huge inclination of designers on the typographic element in their designs. Different industries adopt and adapt the art of… The post 9 Popular NFL Team Logos: Typographic Evolution appeared first on LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers.
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  • 50 Beautiful Riveting Red Logos

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Did you know that "red" means "beautiful" in Russian - think Red Square translates to "the Beautiful Square" - or that seeing the color red makes your heart beat faster? This may be why red is so ete... Read More
  • 12 Big Brands Get a Hipster Makeover

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    When you think of big brands like Nike, McDonald's, Mercedes, Twitter, words like personal, small, local don't leap to mind immediately. What if your favorite big brand got a hipster makeover? We asked the top logo designers in DesignCrowd's... Read More
  • How To Create a Company Culture With Only 3 People

    18 Jan 2015 | 6:36 pm
    In a recent article for Venture Beat, I shared my top tips for creating a company culture with only 3 people. These tips apply could also be applied to fast-growing startups who want to proactively manage and enhance team happiness.
  • Is Marketing Losing Its Magic with Big Data?

    18 Jan 2015 | 4:52 pm
    In a recent article for Venture Beat, DesignCrowd's Chief Marketing Officer, Dan Ferguson asked the question '"with Big Data, is marketing losing it's Magic?' . The notion that a brand can bypass the need to present a compelling offer to market and engage honestly with convi... Read More
  • Running Your Own Freelance Design Business - What is a Registered Business Name?

    11 Jan 2015 | 4:48 pm
    As the number of freelance graphic designers grow, so does their need to understand the business side of running a freelance graphic design business. There are varying laws in every country and often states that govern how a freelance designers m... Read More
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    The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress

  • Get Networking!

    Danielle Knowles
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:07 am
    If you’re looking for an effective way to make more business connections and draw more potential customers through your door, you need to get networking!  As great as online marketing and The post Get Networking! appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • The Brothers Grimm’s Wanderings

    Danielle Knowles
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:46 am
    Let your mind wander to a magical world, where the picturesque scenery can put your eyes at rest and let you create your own fairytale.  These are the Brothers Grimm’s Wanderings, the The post The Brothers Grimm’s Wanderings appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Achieve Product Launch Success

    Danielle Knowles
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    Have a fabulous new product in the works that you’re certain your customers will love?  Find product launch success! With these key points, you’ll ensure every aspect of your latest release The post Achieve Product Launch Success appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Funny Friday: The Signs Of The Season

    Danielle Knowles
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    Winter has firmly gripped the vast majority of the UK – and these signs of the season are keeping us warm with laughter! It’s great to see that around the The post Funny Friday: The Signs Of The Season appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • What Is The Internet Of Things?

    Danielle Knowles
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:08 am
    Chances are, you’ve heard it discussed lately; on the news, in a blog, amongst friends. But what exactly IS The Internet Of Things?  A proposed development of the Internet. A The post What Is The Internet Of Things? appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
 
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    Learn from Graphic Designer Roberto Blake

  • How To Become a Graphic Designer in 2015

    Roberto Blake
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    Graphic Design in 2015 is not what it was in 1985, heck it’s not what it was in 2005! The industry has changed in many different ways: education, technology, expectations and even business models. Today’s Graphic Designer has to worry about more than pushing pixels, they have to understand multiple platforms, software and even how to market themselves. It can be a bit overwhelming for those just getting their feet wet in the industry or who just entered into the world of adulthood and careers all together. I will try and provide some helpful advice on things you need to know…
  • Best Entry Level Nikon DSLR Cameras 2015

    Roberto Blake
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:34 am
    Choosing your first DSLR camera can seem intimidating. The long list of complicated specs, the different brands, considering how to handle DSLR video, it can all be a bit much. With this quick guide I try to help you figure out what Entry Level Nikon DSLR Camera best suits your needs. In future post I will be covering Canon Entry Level DSLR Cameras and Sony Entry Level DSLR Cameras. The links I provided will take you to a list I’ve put together on those Camera Brands on Amazon.For those of you looking at getting a Nikon DSLR Camera, this will help you find the right one without being…
  • A New Year Means New Business Cards

    Roberto Blake
    10 Jan 2015 | 2:57 am
    In the digital age business cards are still relevant. I’m not kidding. Business cards are probably even more relevant in the digital age because they act as a gateway media for your website and social media, on top of making you look professional and legitimate.Yes, Business Card Still MatterThe expectation that you have a business card still exist and that is for practical reasons. Not only do the optics of it matter, but you can’t expect everyone to remember your website in a passing conversation. Your business card is also the opportunity to reinforce your brand and demonstrate…
  • Nikon D5500 Touch Screen DSLR Preview

    Roberto Blake
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:21 am
    Nikon announced the Nikon D5500 with Touch Screen at CES 2015. This new camera will be available to buy Feb 5, 2015. You can see my thoughts on this and why it might go into my DSLR camera line up by watching this video Nikon D5500 Preview and Specs Video.This is the first DSLR from Nikon with Touch Screen Capabilities. The new D5500 will have no OLPF which means sharper images.Nikon D5500 Specs Native ISO 100-25,600 39 AF Points, 9 Cross Type AF Points 24 Mega pixel CMOS sensor 3.2 inch Vari Angle Touch Screen No Optical Low Pass Filter Weights 14.8 OuncesNikon D5500 Nikon D5500Nikon…
  • Quality Logo Design Does NOT Cost $5

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

  • 26 Top Digital Art & Illustrations Boards To Follow on Pinterest

    Muhammad Faisal
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Best handpicked Pinterest boards that are covering a range of Digital Art & Illustrations topics. Before you jump in, why not follow Graphic Design Junction on Pinterest? Pinterest is becoming an brilliant source of inspiration for professional designers around the world. Today we’re selected Top Digital Art & Illustrations Pinterest boards you must follow. You may be interested in the following related articles as well. 16 New Responsive HTML5 WordPress Themes 29 Creative Logo Designs for Inspiration #34 18 Free Modern CV / Resume Templates & PSD Mockups New Free PSD Mockup…
  • 16 New Responsive HTML5 WordPress Themes

    Yasir Jawaid
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Professional WordPress themes, fully responsive design One Page & Muti Page themes and templates suitable for any kind of creative or business use. All themes are designed to give your brand or service an air of esteem and confidence, easy theme is fully customizable, built with best frameworks and made with HTML5, CSS3, JS, jQuery & SEO ready and looks amazing on all types of screens and devices. All files are well organized and documented so anyone can use, modify or customize these templates. All themes are included Visual Composer Page Builder which gives you freedom to create…
  • New and Vigorous Logo – Useful Tips

    Muhammad Faisal
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Why need a logo? Well, one can do without a logo, but once the business grows there is a chance that your client base will not identify with your business as there is no brand. The brand works with a name in most cases but a visual impact has a lot more mass appeal. A logo is eligible for copyright protections and the owner could have exclusive rights over that logo. It is excellent for creating a brand value. Why change a logo? Remember how the style of the 70’s gradually got out fashioned. Each decade almost had a different fashion. This is to suit the needs of the new time. Similarly a…
  • Why Create Your Business Website with X Theme

    Naveed Ahmed
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Every business has to stand out in the competitive online landscape. You want a premium WordPress theme that helps you get maximum visibility. Maybe you’re thinking of the best ways to launch your own business website, or working to design them for your clients. In any case, X Theme is the right choice. This theme has completely different designs or Stacks, and you can strike up unique websites that are based on clean code. Shortcodes and 15 plugins make it easy to add any functions, and the planned updates turn X into the ultimate theme of 2015. 1. Which Stack should I choose? It’s…
  • 27 Modern Packaging Design Examples for Inspiration

    Yasir Jawaid
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Beautiful packaging design, concepts, ideas and packaging examples of popular branding, products created by professional designers and students. Creative packaging of product is targeted all ages and more organic packaging design can make a big impact to increase awareness and sales in this modern world. I really enjoy new packaging design concepts because its not just about the design, its about the overall look of the product, how it works and how it will stand out and be different on the shelf sitting next to the other brands. You may be interested in the following related articles as…
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  • Interesting Pacman Packaging and Brochure Design

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

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

    The Designer Wall
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:15 pm
    A very cute piece of stationery has been created by Chiandchi, a Taiwanese design studio. This thing has a double function – as a sticky note pad and a container for coins. The top half consists of sticky notes you can use by peeling them off one by one – you can use such half in your study – and the other half is for containing coins if you are saving money for future beneficial use. By the time the sticky notes totally depleted through continuous use, that would be the precise moment for you to gain access to your savings – a perfect moment to get them and to spend…
  • Outstanding Body Paint Illusions by Trina Merry

    The Designer Wall
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Trina Merry is a body painting artist based in San Francisco. She added a layer of mystifying artistic concept in this kind of art – body paint illusions – by using contorted bodies of yoga experts and circus performers, carefully painting the bodies as to reflect and represent a certain thing or object attached on a mysterious context like hot motorcycles, car, bridges on a cloudy or red-skied background, or a firm tree on a blue and naturally good weather.   Trina Merry instigated the body painting of motorcycles to promote the International Motorcycle Roadshow Tour…
  • Creative Sushi Designs that You will Love

    The Designer Wall
    1 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    Sushi is a famous Japanese dish in the form of rolls or balls consisting of vinegar-flavored rice with raw fish or vegetables. Other people add ginger or egg.  This mouth-watering dish should not be confused with sashimi, the latter pertaining to raw fish, and the former having rice as its main element. To add a beautiful presentation of a sushi, one should know a variety of creative sushi designs.   Sushi designs make your created sushi tempting and attractive which may even reflect the rich and colorful culture of Japan. You can devise your own design as you desire or creatively…
 
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  • 60+ Beautiful and Creative Packaging Designs

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

  • How to Use Google Fonts for Better Website Texture

    mameara
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:58 am
    When it comes to website design, webmasters always focus on the background image, content layout, logo design, sidebar, header and footer. In fact, the customization of font is also important. After all, people who visit your site mainly read the textual content to get what you want them to know, so a proper typeface with right size and clear display can never be ignored, which can improve the reading experience of your visitors greatly. In general, webmasters use Arial, Helvetica, Georgia and Verdana as the web fonts. But what if you want to use something different? Here, we highly recommend…
  • Top 5 Website Design Tips for Personal Blog Site

    mameara
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:49 am
    Having an online presence is popular in today’s digital world. People use it to share their daily activities, to contact with their friends, to showcase their expertise and knowledge, and even to start an e-business. As investigated, there are millions of blog sites published online every day. This huge popularity makes it difficult for you to make new blogs stand out from the crowd. In this case, there are so many tutorials concerning about how to make a blog attractive, among which the overall design tips are the most effective ones. After all, before going through the content, people…
  • 30 Free PSD Website Templates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 93 Outstanding Rack Card Design Examples

    Vladimir Gendelman
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    93 Outstanding Rack Card Design ExamplesIf a business card and a brochure had a baby, that baby would look exactly like a rack card. Rack cards are the best of both worlds, displaying an array of information through a medium that’s portable and fits neatly into the racks found in hotels, travel centers, rest stops, convenience stores, waiting rooms, reception [...]
  • How to Design the Perfect Business Logo (Infographic)

    Vladimir Gendelman
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
    How to Design the Perfect Business Logo (Infographic)A logo is more than just a pretty image for customers to look at while they use a product or service. It’s the face of an entire brand, a symbol that determines how people feel about that particular company. For example, if a restaurant’s logo is cold and unappetizing, potential customers are going to associate [...]
  • Is That Printed Color Background a Bad Idea? Pros and Cons

    Vladimir Gendelman
    23 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Is That Printed Color Background a Bad Idea? Pros and ConsIf you’ve ever done theater or public speaking before, you know that the background behind a subject – even something as simple as a red velvet curtain, as opposed to a plain white wall – can make a big difference. To that end, design clients sometimes pick a colored stock for their marketing materials because [...]
  • Interview: Rade Stjepanovic, Our 2014 Folder Design Contest Winner

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

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

  • The Importance of Great Personal Website Design

    Adrienne
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Consider the fact that recruiters for both large and small companies across virtually every industry are sourcing new talent online and that their doors remained closed to walk-in applications. Because of this, and as more and more freelancers, contractors and job-seekers turn towards the internet for answers when looking for work, first impressions have never ... The post The Importance of Great Personal Website Design appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 7 Places to Read or Submit Design News

    Adrienne
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Whether you’re looking for a way to build a following or an online reputation or just want to learn more about what’s happening in the world of design, hundreds of options are available. Check out the list below for resources designed to allow you to find content and to submit your own. 1. Design Newz Design ... The post 7 Places to Read or Submit Design News appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 7 Ways to Turn Your Instagram Feed Into a Book

    Adrienne
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:35 am
    Living in a digital age is great – the connectedness it provides along with the easy way to send updates on the go cannot be understated. However, sometimes you might be looking for a way to bring it all back to how it was before smartphones and tablets – to tangible items, like books. This ... The post 7 Ways to Turn Your Instagram Feed Into a Book appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 7 New Year’s Resolutions for Graphic Designers

    Adrienne
    29 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    Graphic designers, like many other creative professionals, require a unique set of skills to be successful. Whether you freelance or work in an office, surely there are a few areas in which you could stand to improve in one way or another. Consider the following seven graphic design New Year’s resolutions as you prepare for ... The post 7 New Year’s Resolutions for Graphic Designers appeared first on Design Roast.
  • The Rise of Coworking & How to Make It Work for You

    Adrienne
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:11 am
    Freelancers are accustomed to flexibility. Being able to set their own schedule and wear pajamas at work are just a few benefits that many freelancers have. However, as many of them can attest to, one of the most challenging aspects of freelancing is a lonely working environment. As opposed to the hectic yet stimulating interaction ... The post The Rise of Coworking & How to Make It Work for You appeared first on Design Roast.
 
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    Inkbot Design

  • Ed Ruscha’s Simple Business Cards

    Stuart
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:47 am
    Have you seen Ed Ruscha's Simple Business Cards? These typographic business cards are incredibly simple, yet very creative and informative.The post Ed Ruscha’s Simple Business Cards is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • 10 Mistakes Logo Designers Should Avoid

    Stuart
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:33 am
    All logo designers know and value the importance of a professional logo to any business, large or small. So in order to help designers (both new and experienced) lessen the amount of time, issues and headaches, I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 mistakes logo designers should avoid.The post 10 Mistakes Logo Designers Should Avoid is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Top 10 Band & Music Logos

    Stuart
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    Continuing in the series of my top 10 logos, today we are looking at my favourite band and music logos for some healthy design inspiration on a Monday.The post Top 10 Band & Music Logos is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Who Knew These 7 Celebrities Were Graphic Designers?

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

    Stuart
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:35 am
    Designing Corporate Symbols by David E. Carter is a great Logo Design Book I recommend to all graphic designers for their library, Check out my review!The post Designing Corporate Symbols is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
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    The Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Logo & Website Design

  • Top 4 Web Design Trends For 2015

    Forty8Creates
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
      The face of web design is constantly changing with new trends and styles emerging quicker than ever. Website design is one of those areas that have become extremely important in the last ten years – whether it be for professional or personal use. As the landscape changes website design has to adapt to meet […]The post Top 4 Web Design Trends For 2015 appeared first on The Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Logo & Website Design.
  • Why It’s Important To Set Goals In 2015

    Forty8Creates
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:02 am
    The beginning of a new year is a natural time for reflection and change. Whether that be on a professional or personal level it’s always good to step back and look on your growth, mistakes and endeavours. As small business owners we are always planning and plotting, to give our clients the best of the […]The post Why It’s Important To Set Goals In 2015 appeared first on The Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Logo & Website Design.
  • Illustrator| Emily Carter | Artist of the Month

    Forty8Creates
    6 Jan 2015 | 4:41 am
    Illustrator | Emily Carter If you love beautiful illustrations inspired by nature and animals then Emily is your girl. She takes inspiration from her  countryside home  to create beautiful  and luxurious prints and scarves. Read on to learn more about her!   Tell us a little bit about your background & what it is you […]The post Illustrator| Emily Carter | Artist of the Month appeared first on The Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Logo & Website Design.
  • Top 10 Quirky Christmas Cards

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

    Forty8Creates
    7 Dec 2014 | 3:39 am
    Design Books for Christmas Christmas is upon us and we all know what that means: manic shopping trips to try to find the perfect gift for family and friends. If you are looking for something unique, or just want to treat yourself, take a look at our list of the top ten design books that […]The post Top 8 Design Books For Christmas appeared first on The Graphic Design Agency for Small Businesses | Logo & Website Design.
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  • Portfolio update: Website design for award winning new media agency

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

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

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

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

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

  • Colors – RGB and CMYK

    vlad682000
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:31 am
    This tutorial is primarily related to work with colors and color in digital printing and is related to the work with Photoshop and similar programs for photo editing, and bitmap graphics. The theme color, scientifically speaking, is so extremely complex that only for the basics, we can write a whole book. The phenomenon of colors Celestial phenomenon that we all know: the rainbow. Her colors are known to all of us. But whence come these colors? What the colors actually are? In general, it is a pure physics. Colors are electromagnetic waves of a certain length. Only when we become aware of how…
  • Nanography New Page For Effective And Profitable Printing?

    vlad682000
    25 Dec 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Nanography printing combines the characteristics of offset printing with the flexibility of digital printing. No longer do we have to choose between the versatility of digital printing and a low cost per page and high productivity of offset printing. With nanography we get both. Short evolution of nanography. We are surrounded by different offset printings with annual incomes in the world of approximately 800 billion dollars. Digital printing is fast replacing many traditional printed products. What does this mean for the future? Nowadays digital printing takes a very small percentage of the…
  • Use Of Graphics Standards In The Packaging Industry

    vlad682000
    2 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    The clients and manufacturers of packaging are in a perpetual struggle about proofs and printed products, color intensity, uniformity of the product to the original, colors, etc.. Almost 90% of all complaints in the printing industry refers to the printed color. The main reason are the expectations of buyers and predictability of the results of the final product. The most common problem of printing houses is satisfying the customer’s expectations in terms of color. So often we hear the statement from them that their customers are doing some corrections of ink applying on a printing…
  • Three Ninja Tips for Creating Synergy with Your Pick-and-Pack Fulfillment Process

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

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

    Dam
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:57 am
    When popular logos that we are all so used to seeing, such as the colorful Google label or dark blue Facebook logo, are switched to resemble some other popular logo, the result is curiously very amusing. Our minds simple can’t … Continue reading →The post What Happens When Famous Logos and Designs of Top Brands Are Switched appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
  • How about an “apple” for your business logo design?

    Dam
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    When it comes to designing a logo for your business, you need to design a logo that will stay in people’s minds. If you look at the apple logo history of Apple Incorporated, the only element of the apple logo … Continue reading →The post How about an “apple” for your business logo design? appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
  • Building and construction logo design inspirations

    Dam
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    When you have a construction business that you are trying to get off the ground, you will want to have a logo for the business that stays in people’s minds. Construction logos will generally feature the name of the business … Continue reading →The post Building and construction logo design inspirations appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
  • Inspiring typography logo design for startups

    Dam
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    A startup business owner needs to be very creative when choosing a logo for their company. Typography is an important element to consider when designing your logo because logos are all about styling and formatting written text into a way … Continue reading →The post Inspiring typography logo design for startups appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
  • 2014: A Year in Review for logo123.com

    admin
    25 Dec 2014 | 12:39 am
    2014 has been a busy year for us here at Logo123.com.  We started the year off as a small two-person project that had one goal: making logo creation easy.  Over the course of the past year, we have grown to … Continue reading →The post 2014: A Year in Review for logo123.com appeared first on LOGO123 Blog.
 
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  • Melting Point

    admin
    2 Jan 2015 | 4:37 am
    Every object and material has a specific melting point and this is our presentation of it. Here we present 4 separate objects (umbrella, glasses, violin and ship’s wheel) at their transformation point, from solid to liquid state. This collection comes with 4 dimensions which can be found on the right sidebar. Melting Umbrella Melting Glasses Melting Violin Melting Ship’s Wheel
  • Eternity

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

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

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

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

    Eko S
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Don’t you wish there is an easier way to marketing in Facebook? A simple and buzz way to introduce your brand business products? From coming up with ideas to promoting and marketing. Than luckily for you, in this article I will reveal all that answers. Especially for you who have an franchise business this article will helped you so much because I reveal from top franchise brands with real examples but it’s an easy way to imitate. Since a good marketer is a good imitation that in the imitation they improved and developed. So, to help you out become a good imitate marketer. Let’s…
  • Top 13 Construction Website Templates

    Eko S
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:12 am
    Got a project to build a construction website? Or you own a contruction company and need to have a great website? Since build a brand online is very important today, so your website should look professional and reflect your brand identity. And here, I have collected the best construction website templates to make your job easier. The high-quality Premium WordPress Themes below can help you build a stand out website, bring more clients and make them have more confidence for your business. Top Construction Website Templates Constructo – WP Construction Business Theme by Anps Constructo is…
  • A Showcase of 25 Great Winter Logo Designs

    Eko S
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    The end of the year is near and it is merely associated with winter. We thought about this fact and even though some of our readers live in regions were there aren’t cold temperatures we decided to refresh your inspiration level with a great collection of winter related logos. We published some time ago a similar collection, but this one is fresh so fully deserves your attention. The conclusion extracted from studying these logos is that the preponderantly color used is blue. It is the most loved color by people, it symbolizes confidence, but at the same time is associated with snow,…
  • How To Stand Out at Trade Shows: 4 Tips that Easy to Follow

    Eko S
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:50 pm
    There can be no greater way to reach your target audience than at a trade show or exhibition. Being able to exhibit your products and services offers the perfect opportunity to connect with your existing and potential customer base. A huge and relevant audience all under one roof is in the palm of your hands and all you need to do is make the most of the opportunity. If organised correctly, attendance at industry events can provide cost effective exposure for your business to hundreds of professionals within your industry. As well as providing an excellent service, strong relationships are…
  • What Works Best in Digital Marketing Today (Infographic)

    Eko S
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:02 pm
    The internet users by the end of 2014 reached almost 3 billion. It show us, the importance of digital marketing today for your business brand. But what are the digital marketing techniques that marketers find most effective? This infographic by the team at Smart Insights will show you the trend of user activity using internet, customer lifecycle management and 3 pillars to help you plan, manage and optimize your digital channels in 2015. Please click on the image to enlarge Your turn: How about you? Do you have the other digital marketing techniques to share?
 
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