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  • 60 Spectacular Examples of Long Exposure Photography
    Igor Ovsyannykov
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Long exposure photography involves a long-duration shutter speed. Shutter speed is the length of time your camera’s shutter is open while taking a photo. While you have the shutter open, light hits the film or image sensor. Depending on how long you have your shutter open, the difference can have a dramatic impact on your photo. Let’s say you’re taking an image of a waterfall. A shutter speed of 1 second will be completely different from 1/800 of a second. A shutter speed of 1 second will look like the water is smoothly flowing, making it appear blurry. A shutter speed…
  • A Beginner’s Guide to UX & UI Design

    JUST™ Creative
    Jacob Cass
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    This article has been contributed by Saha William. User experience (UX) is the end result of User Interface design (UI)… If that’s what you wanted to hear, there you have it. Take it and leave it! However, if you landed on this post with a resolve to understand what UX and UI design truly mean and what makes them apart, then read on as I will gladly unfold the mystery before you in as plain English as possible. So, are you with me? Good! First of all, I’d like to purge the wrong misconception, which most people have in their mind about UX and UI, that the two terms are same…
  • The Importance of Side Projects
    Gisele Muller
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Advertise here with BSAHow much importance do you give to your side projects? Do you focus solely on working on your current projects or your job and forget about everything else? These are questions you should be thinking about, specially if you are interested in developing your abilities and getting that cool position you always wanted. In days where the good old college degree + resume are gone, specially in the design/tech industry, you have to keep in mind that side projects are the new resume and are the way you can show your potential to the world. In times where a lot of people talk…
  • How to Turn Creativity Into a Habit

    Tanner Christensen
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    Lightning designed by Adam Whitcroft from the Noun Project Creativity seems like a bolt of lightning that strikes almost completely at random. However, psychologist Robert Sternberg believes that’s not entirely true. On Fast Company, Sternberg explains that creativity can be made into a habit: There are three basic factors that help turn creative thinking into a habit: opportunities to engage in it, encouragement to go after such opportunities, and rewards for doing so. At a pragmatic level, this might mean finding a community of people who support and encourage your creative…
  • Oldest Living Things In the World

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:36 am
    Earlier last week I got my hands on Rachel Sussman‘s Oldest Living Things in The World Book. It is absolutely stunning. Since 2004 Rachel has been researching, working with biologists, and traveling all over the world to photograph continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older. The work spans disciplines, continents, and millennia: it’s part art and part science. (In November of 2010 Rachel told her story at CreativeMornings.) Her book contains 125 photographs, 30 essays on her 30 subjects, original inforgraphics, and contributions by New York Times science columnist Carl…
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  • 21 awesome illustration insights for Spring & Play from the Richard Solomon Agency

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    There is a big difference between good illustration and great illustration. For an illustration to achieve the highest level of communication it must first evoke a mood, then tell a story, and finally leave a lasting message. All of these illustrations achieve that goal. We're truly inspired that Richard Solomon has given us permission to spotlight these illustrators in the Design Center Gallery. The Richard Solomon Artists Representative firm has been around for more than 20 years, and has gathered the best visual talent in the world! So, sit back and enjoy the slide show of spectacular…
  • Creative TidBits #170: Designers Ed Benguiat, Alexander Isley and Michael Bierut

    Fred Showker
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Learning from others is always an effective way to jump-start our creative juices. But the web is raft with images that give inspiration with little or no real substance. It's always a thrill to hear from the legends who truly leave a mark on the graphic design profession. So, today's edition is "Famous legends Day" and here are three you'll enjoy: Ed Benguiat shares some of his stories in a wonderful Vimeo, and we get a brief glimpse into the talent of Alexander Isley, AIGA Medal winner ... and speaking of typography, designer, writer and typographer Michael Bierut shows us Thirteen Ways of…
  • Creative Tidbits #169: Proper punctuation, testing fonts in ID, and Global Design Trends

    Fred Showker
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    If you are a designer or visual communicator in business, then you need to keep up. In this issue we hope to help with a brilliant infographic which illustrates Shutterstock’s 2014 Global Design Trends, our friend David Blatner's quick and easy way to test font choices quickly in InDesign CC, and some musings on the proper punctuation marks from Kathryn SchulzIt's all fun, and you're invited to join us! read more
  • Tutorial: Create a Colorful Ribbon Flag in Adobe Illustrator + Photoshop

    Ainsley Bevis
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Moving into spring, the colors are coming out, and our friend Ainsley Bevis from is on a roll with this great Adobe Illustrator -plus- Photoshop tutorial! You'll enjoy some tricks for illustrating the shapes of a waving flag with stripes, and then the whole piece drops into Photoshop for shadows and highlights, and finishing! read more
  • Creative Tidbits #168: Direct Mail Brilliance, Ellen's Selfies and Jon Sueda

    Fred Showker
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    We're enjoying jumping into April, and with it comes some fresh creative inspiration. This edition has 6 Attention-Grabbing Direct Mail Designs for those who thought that direct mail was dead A wonderful interview with Jon Sueda -- not to be missed, and revisiting the "selfie" and Ellen's now famous Oscar selfie! It's all fun, and you're invited to join us! read more
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    Design daily news

  • 10 awesome Pinterest style WordPress themes

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:27 pm
    As usual with new designs, the popularity of Pinterest also contributed to popularize Pinterest style layouts. WordPress theme creators quickly identified this demand and created Pinterest style WordPress themes that took advantage of the Masonry layouts. In this post, we take a look at the best designed Pinterest style WordPress themes that will prove useful if you try to build a picture board with WordPress. 1. Pinfinity Pinfinity is a theme that clones Pinterest and makes the design even more elegant. Cool features make it even more convenient, like the option to mark posts as favorites,…
  • Freebies wednesday

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    Every wednesday, we share a few freebies that’ll make your designer toolbox a bit more useful. Designers essentials This great freebie designed by Freepik for Designer Daily is still available for anyone who subscribes to Designer Daily. Photoshop font detector Photoshop Font Detector is a free Photoshop plugin which helps designers detect fonts from any flattened image via WhatTheFont service. All you need to do is create a selection area on the image, and the software will do the rest. Layer exporter for Illustrator A panel for Adobe Illustrator which lets you automatically export every…
  • 17th century hip hop artists

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    Amar Stewart, a London based artist, created some unconventionnal paintings where hip-hop artists are painted in a renaissance style. The results are surprisingly good, I’d love to see some vinyl covers with these. The post 17th century hip hop artists appeared first on Design daily news. Download the Designers essentials package now!
  • Europe then and now

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    Photographer Peter Macdiarmid has created a series of then and now photos that show images of World War I in Europe overlaid on the European locales as they appear today. European cities haven’t changed that much apparently. The post Europe then and now appeared first on Design daily news. Download the Designers essentials package now!
  • 3D ice cubes on the rock

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Some 3D milled ice cubes created for an advertising campaign for Suntori. These are real pieces of art designed to last only a few minutes. The post 3D ice cubes on the rock appeared first on Design daily news. Download the Designers essentials package now!
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    You The Designer

  • Defending Comic Sans

    Gian Bautista
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last week, we wrote an article about the common graphic design sins that some designers commit. One point we stated is the use of horrible fonts such as: Papyrus, Curlz MT, and Comic Sans. Today, we’re going to talk about more of probably the most hated font in the world that is Comic Sans. Why is the so-called font bashed very much by typographers and graphic designers alike? There’s even a website dedicated to ban it. Just a brief idea of what we’re talking about, Comic Sans is a font designed by the typographic engineer Vincent Connare for Microsoft and was first…
  • You! Be Reminded! A Week In Graphic Design and More

    Gian Bautista
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Good day everyone! In case you’ve been busy with your everyday lives, we’ll let you catch up with various articles pertaining to different fields of design we’ve featured. In You! Be Reminded!, allow us to freshen up your minds with articles we’ve published the past week such as: some spectacular animated logos; awesome identity design based on one of the most watched TV series today; essential apps for web designers; an article about where architecture meets graphics; a list of common graphic design mistakes; a feature about a beautiful deck of playing cards; and some…
  • Featured Artist: The Amazing Concept Art of Diego Llorens

    Julya Buhain
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:37 am
    Diego Gisbert Llorens is a Concept Artist from Spain. Diego dreams up fantastical worlds in his pieces and can really immerse you into a beautiful imaginary world. Diego has worked for some very big names such as the game Castlevania, Legend of the Cryptids and The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game. We here at YouTheDesigner have had the amazing opportunity to get to know this artist.  You can follow him on DeviantArt to check out his stuff!    YouTheDesigner: Hi, Diego. How are you doing today? Diego: Spring is around the corner, so feeling really good, thanks! YTD: You have such…
  • Ambient Video Backgrounds: Tantalizing New Trend, or Obnoxious UX-Detractor?

    Guest Blogger
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    An emergent design trend that’s capturing imaginations and driving conversations, ambient video backgrounds, can be described in many ways. Vast, complex, and attention grabbing, without being intrusive. It’s a design feature that many a developer is anxious to look into, and implement on their own sites. Yet the trend isn’t especially popular with certain usability-focused developers. Many gripe against the platform citing a lack of functionality, and a decrease in UX because of slower load times. Apparently, just “looking pretty” isn’t enough to sway the no-nonsense types. Yet…
  • You! Be Inspired! – Stunning Mixed Media Artworks in a Moleskine Sketchbook

    Kerby Rosanes
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    While most artists use sketchbooks  for random doodles, scribbles and notes, DeviantART user Kate-FoX took Moleskine sketchbook art to a whole new level. The Russian artist uses her amazing skill in digital painting to color her sketchbook drawings. The resulting artworks are stunning that each of them are looks alive and seemed to pop out of the page spread. The flawless combination of her line art and digital art makes every page of her sketchbook, a visual feast of fantasy scenes in full colors. SEE ALSO: Inspirations from Sketchbooks   Check out the artworks from her Moleskine…
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  • The CreativePro Weekly Top 10, vol. 10

    Mike Rankin
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    Authors: Mike RankinRating: 0/5Body: 1. Ever struggle to recolor artwork in Illustrator? Designer Keri Labuski did, so she reached out to the members of the Illustrator LinkedIn group for help. And Mordy Golding replied with a fantastic video showing how to use the Recolor Artwork feature to achieve the desired results. Check it out below or at Mordy’s Real World Illustrator blog post. 2. Not to be outdone, Deke McClelland offered up the funniest Photoshop video ever. Unless you’re still using Photoshop 1.7. In that case, it’s probably serious cutting-edge material. Nah,…
  • A Dozen Egg-Cellent Paper Crafts for Spring Celebrations

    Mike Rankin
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:54 am
    Authors: Erica GametRating: 5/5Body: Sometimes we need to step away from the computer and get crafty in the analog world. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your desk, remind your family that art school was worth it, or send a non-traditional gift to clients this time of year, have a little fun letting your creativity loose with these springtime paper crafts.   Paper Eggs In case you don’t know what Pappersägg are, instructions are provided in English, as well as Swedish. Craft and Creativity Paper Carrot Boxes If anyone makes these, I would LOVE getting some of them…
  • How to Create Trees in Photoshop, Part 2

    Mike Rankin
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    Authors: Steve CaplinRating: 3.7/5Body: In part 1 of this tutorial, we saw how to use the new Tree feature in the 14.2 update to Photoshop CC to create trees directly within the program, using an enhancement to the Scripted Fill dialog box. The trees created in this way are good physical representations of over 20 different types of tree, right down to the arrangement of the trunk and branches and the shape of the leaves. But they never look quite right in a montage, because they don’t have that degree of realism that makes them truly blend into your chosen background. …
  • How to Create Trees in Photoshop, Part 1

    Mike Rankin
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    Authors: Steve CaplinRating: 4.1/5Body: One of the more surprising features in the latest update to Photoshop CC is its newfound ability to create trees. You’re able to pick from 22 different varieties, and to control many aspects of their appearance including the amount of leaf cover, the color of the leaves and the lighting direction. To a limited extent, you’re also able to set the angle of view. The tree generator is a curious enhancement, with a live preview showing some but by no means all of the available effects. Despite its quirks, it’s an excellent way of adding…
  • The CreativePro Weekly Top 10, vol. 9

    Mike Rankin
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Authors: Mike RankinRating: 5/5Body: 1. Earlier in the week, I posted news of Astute Graphics new (and excellent) Stylism plug-in for Illustrator. The plug-in adds controls to objects on the artboard that you can use to work with graphic effects, so you never have to go hunting through umptynine panels, fields, or dialog boxes. Since the plug-in is brand new, I don’t (yet) have it covered in my course on the other Astute Graphics plug-ins. But, on the Stylism page at you can check out a whopping 28 video tutorials on the plug-in, plus sample…
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    DesignFloat | Published News | Graphic Design

  • 30+ Star Logos That Will Remind About True Reality

    4 Apr 2014 | 2:26 am
    People have been inspired by nature throughout the whole history. Sometimes, once you see the true reality out of the boring borders of human robotized civilization, you understand that this is a thing called life. And you want to share. Once you are a poet, you write a beautiful poem, once you are a chef, you cook a creative dish, once
  • You're A Dork For Design Podcast: An Introduction

    3 Apr 2014 | 2:48 am
    You're a dork for design podcast is a podcast about the creative community. Interviews, latest trends, and open to creative community topics.
  • 5 Web Design Preferences for High versus Low Context Cultures

    2 Apr 2014 | 12:36 am
    As companies grow, they inevitably start to look at markets outside their own. And with the internet providing a seamless link around the world, businesses are beginning to call upon their web designers to create the profitable bridge to these newly targeted consumers.
  • Fonts Which Your Logo is Waiting for

    2 Apr 2014 | 12:36 am
    Logo is a complex composition – it consists of different shreds, which are tailored into the indissoluble entity. If every element is important and without some of the entity of the composition is ruined, this means a good logo. One of the most important things for logo is choosing appropriate fonts. Sometimes you
  • Mystery of the Nature Revealed: X-ray Art

    2 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    As you could know X-ray is electro-magnetic radiation. Yes, radiation is dangerous, however in small dozes it can be cool and its reflection can give us useful illustrations of something hard hidden under something soft. For example, human bones hidden under human flesh. Therefore X-ray is so appropriate for
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    Next Big Design

  • FUSE 2014: Can Better Design Translate into Better Sales for CPG?

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last week, Euromonitor International’s Beverages Analyst Howard Telford attended the FUSE 2014 brand strategy and design conference in Chicago, a premier global conference for the design profession. Below, in an article from Euromonitor International, he shares his thoughts on the growing role of design in the food, beverages and food service sectors. Pepsi’s high profile rebranding of its US
  • You registered. You attended. Were you listening?

    9 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Attending FUSE is an investment. You seek approval to purchase the hefty registration fee, travel and lodging, you shuffle your day-to-day obligations to be away from the office for 3+ days and you tell your family you are heading to FUSE. If your friends and family are like mine, they say, “What the heck is FUSE?” Many professional service industries require yearly continuing education
  • The Power of Realizing Empathy

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    At FUSE 2014 in Chicago this morning, Seung Chan (Slim) Lim, Designer & Researcher, Author, Realizing Empathy, talked to us about the power of realizing empathy and how it translates to brand strategy and design today. Originally, Slim was actually trained as a computer scientist, then he went into human-centered design. Later, he spent almost four years conducting research at an art school,
  • In the moment: FUSE: David Moore: At the speed of retail

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    Dave Moore gives us an authentic look at all the rust, dents and scrapes inside the Ethan Allen brand of retail. The changes happening at the speed of retail were sometimes inconsistent and the impact was becoming apparent to Mr. Moore. He had an epiphany. He wrote a story. The answer was design. Much more so than any of their competitors, Ethan Allen had a design story to tell. And,
  • Design As Narrative

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    On this last morning of FUSE 2014 in Chicago, Anthony Sperduti, Co-Owner & Creative Director, Partners & Spade took the stage to talk to us about design as narrative. Etsy, Google, JCrew, Instagram, Conde Nast, Sephora, and Target are just a few of Partners & Spade’s impressive resume of clients. “Humans are really wired to navigate the world through storytelling,” Sperduti explained. “
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    Cameron Moll / Designer, Speaker, Author

  • “We can update your car, remotely.” Basically.

    28 Mar 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Elon Musk, responding to reports about Model S collisions and car fires: The odds of fire in a Model S, at roughly 1 in 8,000 vehicles, are five times lower than those of an average gasoline car and, when a fire does occur, the actual combustion potential is comparatively small. However, to improve things further, we provided an over-the-air software update a few months ago to increase the default ground clearance of the Model S at highway speeds, substantially reducing the odds of a severe underbody impact. Wait, did you catch that? An over-the-air update that alters the vehicle’s…
  • Yosemite HD II

    27 Mar 2014 | 7:44 am
    Yosemite HD I left me speechless. The second installment is just as remarkable. In contrast to the first, most of the shots in the second were taken during the day: A 200+ mile backpacking experience through Yosemite National Park captured by Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill. This project was filmed over the course of 10 months. We spent a combined 45 days in the park capturing the images in this video. Colin and Sheldon employ the same setup as in the first; that is, a Dynamic Perception motion-controlled dolly and time-lapse photography. More, please. (Is it just me, or does the…
  • “Why didn’t you tell me what you could afford?”

    24 Mar 2014 | 7:21 am
    Mike Monteiro, recalling a trip to the car dealership as a teenager: There are two things I’ll never forget from the following interaction. The first was the look of embarrassment on my father’s face as he realized he needed to tell the salesman he couldn’t afford the car, which, in my father’s eyes was akin to failing as a provider. The second was the salesman’s reply. 'Why didn’t you tell me what you could afford?' … Not everyone knows what their budget is. And that’s ok. It just means we’ll discuss a few options. Some below your price range, some above. It’ll take a…
  • How I begin a project.

    5 Feb 2014 | 11:12 am
    Short answer: It varies. Pretty widely. A close friend asked me to share how I generate ideas for new projects, and I thought it’d be worthwhile to repeat my answer here. Below are few examples. PRINT I don’t do print design that often. Not often at all, in fact (outside of my letterpress posters). When I do, I generally prefer to get an understanding of how many pages there will be if more than one, and the general flow of the content. Above is the page layout for a 24-page booklet documenting my process for the Brooklyn Bridge poster. The booklet was sent to print recently, and…
  • Hi-res blank t-shirt .PSD

    17 Jan 2014 | 7:31 am
    Why are there no decent blank tees for comping t-shirt designs? Update: There are. Looks like I wasn’t looking in the right places. Recently I’ve been designing a t-shirt for a friend, and for the life of me I couldn’t find any nice blank t-shirt artwork. So, I decided to fix that. Using the photos I shot for our 'Eight' t-shirt, I’ve clone-stamped out the design to create a Photoshop .psd blank that I can use for future projects. You’re welcome to use it, too. I only ask that you don’t resell it or redistribute it. (Link back to this page.) Download…
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  • Kim's Calculators

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    We linked and loved Andrew Kim's recent visual ode to The Walkman, so we spent some time in his archives and discovered he is collecting, and has an eye for, calculators. Sweet.
  • Timber

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:54 pm
    It seemed like a good idea at the time.
  • NYC Type Foundries

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    "But I was able to plot out the locations for every foundry that had been active in New York between 1828 (the earliest records I could find with addresses) to 1909 (see below). All of the buildings have been demolished, and in some cases the entire street has since been erased. But a startling picture still emerged: New York once had a neighborhood for typography."
  • A-Z of Dance

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    A-Z of Dance.
  • Detroit Week on Grantland

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Grantland celebrates the city of Detroit .
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  • Oldest Living Things In the World

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:36 am
    Earlier last week I got my hands on Rachel Sussman‘s Oldest Living Things in The World Book. It is absolutely stunning. Since 2004 Rachel has been researching, working with biologists, and traveling all over the world to photograph continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older. The work spans disciplines, continents, and millennia: it’s part art and part science. (In November of 2010 Rachel told her story at CreativeMornings.) Her book contains 125 photographs, 30 essays on her 30 subjects, original inforgraphics, and contributions by New York Times science columnist Carl…
  • Car UX

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:21 am is a fascinating project by user experience designer Min Seung Song: a growing collection of UX image details of contemporary automobiles. This field of UX seems to be undergoing dramatic changes. A few weeks ago I had the change to drive a Tesla and the interior felt like an oversized iPad on wheels. I can’t remember seeing one physical button. The car is basically an app. (via Khoi)
  • ♥ / Little Speaker by LON

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    A big thank you to LON for sponsoring this week’s RSS Feed. LON just launched Little Speaker. This modern 2×2″ bluetooth speaker is designed to produce a full and crisp sound. The five hour battery is charged by USB and works with any mobile phone, tablet, or computer. $38 and includes shipping. Now available exclusively at LON.
  • Surprises

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:54 pm
    A true gem discovered by John Maeda in this PDF; What makes entrepreneurs entrepreneurial? by Saras D. Sarasvathy
  • Inflatable Car Seat by Volvo

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:36 am
    Whenever this little family travels by plane, the thing I dread the most is schlepping our car seats. Thanks Volvo, for making a lot of traveling parents very happy with this inflatable car seat.
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    Logo Design Love

  • Aston Martin logo evolution

    David Airey
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Founded in 1913 by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin as ‘Bamford & Martin Ltd.’ 1914 saw the birth of the name ‘Aston Martin’ following one of Lionel Martin’s successful runs at the Aston Hill Climb in Buckinghamshire, England. 1921-1926 Financial problems plagued the company over the next decade with the business forced to close in 1925 only to be rescued by a group of investors in 1926, forming ‘Aston Martin Motors Ltd.’ One year later, the AM monogram was replaced with the iconic Aston Martin wings. 1927 1930 1932 1939 1947 saw the dawn of the…
  • Islamic Solidarity

    David Airey
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:56 am
    “The Conference of Islamic Solidarity was held in Mecca and sponsored by Saudi Arabia to initiate cultural exchanges between Islamic states. The symbol was formed out of six crescents to represent the six Muslim countries who took part. The configuration is also reminiscent of the band used in Arab headdress.” Classic. Designed by Alan Fletcher in 1968 while part of Crosby Fletcher Forbes, before moving on to co-found Pentagram in 1972. View more from Alan Fletcher (1931-2006) in this excellent archive.
  • New SFA logo axed a few days after launch

    David Airey
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Earlier this month, Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) in Texas unveiled a new logo. It took months to complete, but has already been axed after students and alumni petitioned against it. The new (axed) SFA logo The old (retained) SFA logo Watch a video report on the KLTV website. I can understand why an update was considered because anyone unfamiliar with the original might read it as “9FA” or “SEA.” I always have sympathy for the designers involved when there’s this kind of “trial by social media.” Via Brand New.
  • Jigsaw

    David Airey
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:40 am
    Lovely work by Pentagram partner Emily Oberman for Jigsaw. Jigsaw is the production company of the Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney. “Jigsaw’s name is inspired by the ‘jigsaw’ teaching technique, which makes each student in a class responsible for a different aspect of knowledge of a particular subject. The various perspectives come together to form a full picture and elevate the level of education for all. Gibney uses a similar collaborative strategy in his documentaries, assembling multiple points of view to tell complex stories.” Project…
  • Milton Glaser on the Florence logo

    David Airey
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Earlier this month, Milton Glaser was interviewed by Italian journalist Diana Di Nuzzo about the new logo for the city of Florence. In reference to the similarity with the Prague logo, Milton said, “Not only is [the Florence design] inadequate and doesn’t serve its purpose, but it is also stolen. How embarrassing can you get?” He went on to comment about Florence’s decision to use a design contest to produce the result. “When you had a thousand submissions there was no possibility that the best could be selected. You can’t select the best from a thousand…
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  • Tilden

    2 Apr 2014 | 3:26 pm
    One of the first really interesting things I learned about the discipline of interpretive design was that it has principles – and I love a principle: fundamental, underlying, guiding ideas. The six principles of heritage interpretation were first expressed by Freeman Tilden who is basically the father of interpretive design. He is The Man. A couple of weeks ago I delivered a lecture to first year IMD students, introducing them to the idea of art direction. When I was preparing it; trying to find ways to describe the art of art direction; one of Tilden's principles sprang to mind. All…
  • Patatap

    26 Mar 2014 | 2:58 am
    @fehler just tweeted this (via @xz). Full screen version here.
  • Historic Overlay

    20 Mar 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Just for the record – and in reference to yesterday's post – I found what I was looking for on the marvellous Ordnance Survey Ireland website.
  • Accidental Ohio

    19 Mar 2014 | 1:18 pm
    I mentioned a while back that I'm working in a studio that specialises in interpretive design. There aren't really that many specialists in the UK; in Northern Ireland, Tandem is the only one. I'm there for just a while and the specialism is new to me – but I have to say, it's very interesting work. The discipline of interpretive design is, in itself, interesting and I'll say more about that another time. What's immediately interesting is the material it brings you into contact with – whether by chance or by design (pardon the pun). Earlier today I was trying to…
  • Earley Works

    4 Mar 2014 | 4:37 pm
    We were researching illustrators recently, for a project we might be working on. Can't say much about the actual project but it could be amazing. While I was digging around, I remembered Eyvind Earle. Artist, author and illustrator, you might know Earle's work for Disney from around the 50s; he worked on background illustrations and styling for things like Sleeping Beauty. Earle died in 2000 but he left behind a stunning legacy of artwork. You can see lots of it here and  watch a revealing autobiographical video. I think it's his serigraphs (screen prints) that are the…
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    Design is Kinky

  • Empty Annual On Sale

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    We’re pleased to announce that the Empty Magazine Annual is now on-sale. We have new, way cheaper, shipping rates. Free for Australian orders, and just $5 for International orders. So grab yourself a copy and be inspired by some very talented artists.
  • Julien Mauve

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Enjoy the dark and brooding photography of Julien Mauve.
  • Dan Witz – NY HARDCORE

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Dan Witz has a new solo exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York called NY HARDCORE open until May 3.
  • Rone

    6 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Melbourne based artist Rone has produced what may well be the biggest mural ever in Australia. It’s at 80 Collins St in Melbourne and looks great.
  • Monument Valley

    4 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Ustwo have just released Monument Valley, the most beautiful gaming App I’ve personally ever played. Definitely worth the few dollars for a download.
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  • Then We Were Four

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

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

    27 Nov 2013 | 5:30 am
    A week ago today, my mom passed away in her sleep. For the memorial service on Sunday, I stood by her casket and talked to family and friends about how selflessly devoted she was to her kids. I joked about how she would often tell people that she was the daughter of a used car salesman and how she didn’t take no for an answer. My mom was tough. You wouldn’t believe it from the picture above, but that was after 15 years confined to her home, shriveling up from Hyperkyphosis with a variable sleep schedule that was directed by unbearable back pain. I’m glad to know…
  • Evolution of a Pattern Library

    11 Nov 2013 | 6:33 pm
    This is a repost of my article in Issue 16 of the MailChimp UX Newsletter. Our team publishes a new issue every couple weeks so if you enjoy this, please subscribe! Screenshot from the original “MAiLCHiMP” from 2001. Life in the web industry always seems to clip by at a pace that feels a bit like dog years. While time does fly when you’re having fun, the trends, techniques, and technologies change so fast that a 2 year old site or application design really can feel like it’s a decade old. When I started at MailChimp in early 2010, this is what the application…
  • Running the Numbers

    21 Oct 2013 | 5:18 pm
    December 31, 2013: I updated the charts below after finishing my last run of the year. Despite a hectic couple of months with losing my mom and having a house under construction, I still managed to finish the year pretty strong with a total of 134.4 miles. With a baby on the way in March, I don’t expect to beat that in 2014, but I’ll sure try! Last month I joined an impressively large group of my fellow MailChimp coworkers to run the Kaiser Permanente 5k. It’s usually a good idea to train for a given distance before a race but I barely did so. I managed to finish the 5k in…
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  • How To Create a Realistic Money Effect in Photoshop

    Chris Spooner
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The classic illustration style used on money is something I’ve always wanted to figure out how to replicate in Photoshop. There’s plenty of Photoshop tutorials that show how to create a basic halftone line effect, but they never quite capture that authentic engraved look with plenty of shading and tone. After lots of trial and error I finally managed to figure it out, so here’s an in depth tutorial on how to create a realistic money illustration effect in Photoshop (with some help from Illustrator!).The effect we’ll be creating in today’s tutorial is this vintage…
  • Customizable Vintage Motorcycle Logos for Members

    Chris Spooner
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Expert designer and illustrator Ian Barnard of Vintage Design Co has donated more fantastic resources for Access All Areas members. This pack of vintage motorcycle logos contains 6 customisable logo templates that allow you to quickly create a cool identity for your personal branding or retro t-shirt designs. They’re all brilliantly designed with a hand drawn appearance, but all the text remains editable, making it easy to create authentic vintage style hand illustrated art in seconds.Ian Barnard is a talented logo designer & illustrator who creates and sells amazing hand crafted…
  • 15 Free PSD Templates to Mockup Your T-Shirt Designs

    Chris Spooner
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    T-shirt PSD templates are one of the most sought after types of mockup files, they allow you to preview how your latest illustration or apparel design would look after being freshly screen printed on a garment. I’ve tried and tested each file in this roundup to narrow the collection down to the best freebies available. Each PSD file comes with multiple layers that allow you to change the colour of the shirt and apply your own design to blend with the creases and folds.Pixeden Tshirt Mockup Template PSDGraphicBurger T-Shirt MockUp PSDThreadless Blank Mock-Ups (Shirt_02)Threadless Blank…
  • Blog.SpoonGraphics Turns 7 – Surviving the Apocalypse

    Chris Spooner
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Happy Birthday everyone! April marks that time of year when I celebrate another year of running this blog and take a look back at what has changed over time. Seven years have now ticked by since I started this site in April of 2007. I was a little worried after writing up last year’s 6 year anniversary post because soon after Google Reader was due to be retired, which was the tool 75% of my readers used to browse my content. Thankfully I survived the apocalypse and my blog is doing better than ever! Let’s take a look behind the scenes and see what’s new this year.I always…
  • Retro Text Effects with Illustrator’s Appearance Panel

    Chris Spooner
    30 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    All kinds of cool effects can be created in Illustrator by outlining text into a solid shape then making various permanent alterations, but what if you want to keep your text editable? In today’s Illustrator tutorial we’ll take a look at the Appearance Panel and see how it can be used to build up layers of non-destructive effects that can then be saved as Graphic Styles so the effect can be instantly applied to any elements with just one click.The effect we’ll be creating is this bright and colourful retro style text style. It’s made up from multiple fills and strokes…
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  • News » AQ-V will be moving this spring.

    Amy Collier
    22 Mar 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Hello, Hello. The site will remain in quietude on the front end a bit longer this spring. However, there are a great number of dance steps happening on the back end as I prepare to move AQ-V to a new address and platform soon! –Amy
  • Barbara Hepworth: Select Sculptures, 1944–1973.

    Amy Collier
    16 Jan 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Winged Figure II, 1957 (Bronze with plaster and wire) / Photo © Amy Collier Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I have long admired the work of British sculptor Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975), Britain’s highly regarded female modern artist. I am fortunate to live near a modern art museum in my neighborhood with a handful of Hepworth sculptures from their permanent collection on display. Additionally, there is an outdoor Hepworth sculpture group installed on the campus of a nearby university as well.
  • Skinny laMinx Textiles – Cape Town, South Africa.

    Amy Collier
    15 Jan 2014 | 7:10 pm
    © Skinny laMinx Highlighting a few of my favorite bold modern graphic textiles by illustrator and designer Heather Moore of Skinny laMinx in Cape Town, South Africa. Screen printed fabrics are available to purchase in a variety of products or by the meter to utilize as you wish in your own noncommercial projects. See more >> website + shop online internationally + shop online in ZAR + brick & mortar All designs & images © Skinny laMinx © Skinny laMinx © Skinny laMinx © Skinny laMinx © Skinny laMinx © Skinny laMinx © Skinny laMinx
  • Modern Graphic Album Cover, 1973.

    Amy Collier
    8 Jan 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Photo © Amy Collier A small graphic beauty from 1973—Audio Obstacle Course—Era III—a Shure Brothers trackability test record. Album cover designer not identified.
  • Letters, Numbers, Type.

    Amy Collier
    1 Jan 2014 | 8:35 pm
     Photo © Amy Collier  Photo © J Collier  Photo © Amy Collier  Photo © Amy Collier  Photo © Amy Collier  Photo © Amy Collier  Photo © Amy Collier  Photo © Amy Collier  Photo © Amy Collier  Photo © Amy Collier  Photo © Amy Collier  Photo © Amy Collier  Photo © Amy Collier
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  • Create a Sliding Navigation Menu in CSS3 and jQuery 4 Easy Steps

    Sam Norton
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are many ways to create a navigation menu for the Web. One of the most popular navigation menus is the accordion look drop-down navigation that slides up and down, showing its sub-menus when toggled. In this tutorial, we’re going to build a sliding navigation menu using CSS3, along with some jQuery codes to manage the sliding animation. Let’s get started. The Final Output Download Source Files View Demo Using Font Awesome (Web Icons) For this tutorial, instead of using ordinary .png icons for our sliding navigation, we will be using Font Awesome. There are a lot of…
  • 11 Minimalist Office Setups

    Rudolph Musngi
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Less is more This quote is becoming more sensible, especially for designers who have adapted the minimalist design approach. Over the years, minimalism, or the act of putting away irrelevant things to make space for the relevant ones, has become a regular part of every modern design principle. As web designers, we too, practice the same maxim. In fact, we even want to make this philosophy for living our lives. We strive to achieve such state that we even want our office setups or work space to reflect what we believe in. For one, having a minimalist design in your office setup has its…
  • 30 Stunning WebGL Examples and Demos in Action

    Sam Norton
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    WebGL(Web Graphics Library) was released  on the Web early last year. Its ability to use HTML5 Canvas elements to generate graphics dynamically made it easy for web designers and developers to create smooth 2D and 3D effects. Here are some WebGL examples and demos you should look at. WebGL is a branch of OpenGL based on OpenGL Embedded Systems (ES). It is a JavaScript API for drawing 2D and 3D graphics in a compatible web browser of an HTML5 canvas without the use of plugins. This Javascript API is managed by the consortium of non-profit technology Khronos Group and work together with…
  • Creating a Responsive Email Template

    Sam Norton
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    As smart phones and tablets have become popular, more and more people are have been reading their emails regularly on their small screen devices. According to Campaign Monitor, mobile surpassed web and desktop client usage last July 2012. As the mobile email usage grows, web developers and designer must consider optimizing the look of their email newsletters on phones and tablet. Email clients such as Outlook (Windows), Mail (OSX), etc. use different HTML engines. Many have some rules and regulations. That being said, some CSS might work while some might not. So, in making an email template,…
  • Creating Shapes with SVG : An SVG Tutorial

    Sam Norton
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you tried using the SVG image format? Here is an SVG tutorial to help you delve deeper on how to use this image format to your full advantage. In the past, the only image format that was supported by all browsers was the GIF, an image file developed by CompuServe. Then came the JPEG image file, which offered lousy compression without the loss of details, but the size is really small compared to the GIF file image. After some time, the aim for advance 2-dimensional vector computer graphics on the Web came into being. With so much competing formats that were submitted to W3C, SVG was…
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  • Snow Falling Effect over Picture in Photoshop

    Wijdan Rohail
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    Today we are going to work over some pictures. In this Photoshop Tutorial we are going to give Snow Falling Effect over Picture in Photoshop. This is very short Photoshop Tutorial, you will get the result in very short time. Very simple, easy Photoshop Tutorial, hopefully you will love it. Final Result of Snow Falling Effect over Picture in Photoshop: Here is what we are going to get the result of Picture. Snowfalling Effect over Picture in Photoshop Step 1: New Picture File Start out by creating a new file. Then, insert the photo you want to add the Snow Falling effect on. Step 2: Create a…
  • Fried Egg Design in Photoshop

    Wijdan Rohail
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    This Photoshop Tutorial will teach you some basic tools and commands of Photoshop. This Photoshop Tutorial is about Fried Egg Design in Photoshop. You will learn some tools like Bucket Tool, Ellipse Tool, etc. You will also learn some Layer Styles like Inner Glow, Pattern Overlay, inner Shadow etc. So you will enjoy working on this nice Photoshop Tutorial. Final Preview of Fried Egg Design in Photoshop: This is what we are going to make in Photoshop. Step 1: New File Start out by creating a new file. Use the following settings: Dimensions: 700×500 px Resolution: 72dpi Color Mode RGB color.
  • Cold Blooded Text Effect in Photoshop

    Wijdan Rohail
    23 Mar 2014 | 11:31 am
    A Bit Scary, today we are going to work on Photoshop Tutorial about Text Effect. In this Photoshop Tutorial you will learn how to give Cold Blooded Text Effect in Photoshop. Very nice and useful Tutorial for those who are learning Photoshop and need some techniques about Text Effects. So you will be working on some Tools and Commands in this Tutorial. Final Result of Cold Blooded Text Effect: Step 1: New File Start out by creating a new file. Use the following settings; Dimensions: 900×600 px, Resolution: 72dpi, Color Mode: RGB color, Background: black background. Step 2: Select the…
  • Delicious Pie Design in Photoshop

    Wijdan Rohail
    16 Mar 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Today we are going to work on Delicious Pie Design in Photoshop, in this Photoshop Tutorial we are going to use some of the basic tools and commands. We will be covering Pen tool, Ellipse Tool, Rectangular Marquee Tool, Bucket Tool etc. We will also be studying the use of Inner Glow, Outer Glow, Pattern Overlay etc. So lets start working over Simple but important Photoshop Tutorial. Here is the Final Result of Delicious Pie Design in Photoshop: Step 1: New File Start out by creating a new file. Use the following settings; Dimensions: 600×560px, Resolution: 72dpi, Color Mode RGB color. Then,…
  • Taking Advantage of Customer Feedback

    Mehreen Ali
    18 Feb 2014 | 7:42 pm
    It is so much simpler today to find out what customers want, than it ever was before. Of course, the same things that make it so much easier to find out how best to serve customers can also make these people more difficult to satisfy. Analysis and data can be very helpful, but they simply won’t do the whole job. What is important to remember, and easy to forget, is that customers are real people, not just figurative characters or statistics. Real people have voices, and like to be heard. There is no simpler way to find out what people want than by just asking them. In addition, today,…
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    Limeshot Logo Design & Branding Sydney

  • Logo Design Easter Specials 2014

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Related posts: Happy Easter with painted eggs Just a little chicken egg that I just finished painting...
  • Furious Gryphon Logo Design

    3 Sep 2013 | 8:33 pm
    Heraldry inspired logo design for Furious Gryphon, a software design company based in Australia. The Logo Inspiration and Sketches The Furious Gryphon logo is based on the heraldic depictions of the gryphon, as suggested by the brand name and the client themselves: the process started with a sketch of a gryphon rampant, inclusive of the […] Related posts: Artefact Heritage Consulting Logo Design Logo design for a heritage consulting company based in Australia.... Manifest Identity & Logo Design Brand identity work for an executive coaching firm in Sydney.... Garden in a Bottle…
  • Artefact Heritage Consulting Logo Design

    24 Mar 2013 | 12:57 am
    Logo design for a heritage consulting company based in Australia. Inspiration and Sketches The Furious Gryphon logo is based on the heraldic depictions of the gryphon, as suggested by the brand name and the client themselves: the process started with a sketch of a gryphon rampant, inclusive of the donkey ears, the head, wings and […] Related posts: Furious Gryphon Logo Design Heraldry inspired logo design for Furious Gryphon, a software design... Middlepoint Consulting – Logo Design Logo concept for a negotiations consultancy based in Bucharest, Romania.... Manifest Identity &…
  • Limeshot labels featured on the Today Show

    25 Jan 2013 | 3:31 pm
    The Limeshot free mason jar labels have been featured on the Today Show on the 26th of January. Quite a lovely mention, have a look at the clip below. They mispelled the link, but it seems the lovely crafty people out there have found the way to the website anyway. Here it is: Related posts: Free Printable Mason Jar Labels So lately I find myself drawn again to jars (old... Guest Toiletries: Free Printable Labels Another free label post to help you with your guest... Ralph Lauren’s Mindblowing, Perfumed 4D Show On Wednesday, November 10, thousands of eyes witnessed the Ralph...
  • Guest Toiletries: Free Printable Labels

    23 Aug 2012 | 11:30 pm
    Another free label post to help you with your guest toiletry organisation – my latest obsession, I’m afraid. I’ve been obsession over the jars to put them in, what type of toothbrushes to buy (decided for bamboo, but they aren’t in these photos as they haven’t been delivered yet) and whether to buy bath robes […] Related posts: Free Printable Mason Jar Labels So lately I find myself drawn again to jars (old... Free vector symbols: Art Nouveau card I’ve had this for a while now, it was fun... Limeshot labels featured on the Today Show The Limeshot free…
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  • Alessandro Zambelli

    Stefano Ricci
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:08 am
    Alessandro Zambelli ha creato una collezione di lampade affascinante dal punto vista estetico e innovativa da quello costruttivo grazie alla collaborazione con .Exnovo, azienda che da 25 anni opera nel 3D printing applicato al design. Il nome scelto per le lampade, Afillia, è quello di una pianta priva di foglie e rivela le caratteristiche naturali e minimali del progetto. Il supporto di legno, lavorato a mano secondo le tradizioni artigiane altoatesine, è abbinato a un diffusore in poliammide (più semplicemente, fibra di nylon) sinterizzato attraverso la stampa 3D. Proprio il disegno del…
  • Mario Alessiani – Banchetto 101

    Stefano Ricci
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:54 am
    Il giovane designer Mario Alessiani (nato nel 1989, sto iniziando a sentirmi vecchio…) mi ha inviato la press release del nuovo case per PC che ha disegnato per Microcool Italia. E’ un oggetto molto interessante, pensato sopratutto per i modder, che da dignità a una progettazione che di solito viene trascurata o asservita al mero funzionalismo. Il portfolio di Alessiani è ancora limitato ma la stoffa c’è; sempre in tema di industrial design, consiglio di vedere l’elevatore Faraone. Di seguito pubblico le immagini di Banchetto 101, e la descrizione fornita…
  • Contest Basic Design & Gibamvision

    Stefano Ricci
    12 Mar 2014 | 1:46 am
    Qualche mese fa ho fatto parte della giuria che ha premiato i progetti di un concorso di design organizzato dal Laboratorio di Basic Design dell’Università di Ferrara insieme a Gibam Vision, un’azienda specializzata in arredo e allestimento di attività commerciali. Durante lo svolgimento del Laboratorio gli studenti hanno lavorato sul concept di un espositore da installare all’interno di attività commerciali al dettaglio o assimilabili, nei settori del benessere della persona, alimentazione, erboristeria, cosmetica ecc. Compito degli studenti era individuare la nicchia…
  • Hello Lumio

    Stefano Ricci
    10 Mar 2014 | 1:42 am
    Lumio è uno dei più brillanti progetti di industrial design che ho visto negli ultimi tempi; se ne è già parlato molto nella blogosfera, ma la mia ammirazione è tale che anche ELMANCO ha dovuto scriverci su un articolo. Non stiamo parlando di un progetto rivoluzionario, che risolva chissà quale bisogno nascosto, ma il concept è poetico e nasce da una potente e azzeccata metafora: il libro come fonte di conoscenza che illumina la mente umana. Un’ispirazione più prosaica potrebbe essere il tablet, moderno sistema di lettura che la sera diventa sia fonte d’informazione sia di…
  • Steven Harrington

    Stefano Ricci
    6 Mar 2014 | 12:52 am
    Steven Harrington è uno dei più noti illustratori americani del momento. Steven è attivo dall’inizio degli anni zero, e ha realizzato innumerevoli progetti personali e incarichi professionali per campagne pubblicitarie e brand streetwear, anche attraverso lo studio di cui è cofondatore: National Forest. Le opere di Steven Harrington sono state pubblicate da numerosi blog e riviste specializzate, e dopo tanti anni è giusto che anche Elmanco gli dedichi un po’ di spazio.  Lo stile di questo illustratore si mostra psichedelico e giocoso come quello di altri colleghi contemporanei, ma a…
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    Web Design Blog, Web Designer Resources

  • 25 very Useful Sponge Textures

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Sponge is a kind of soft material that has a porous surface. Mostly sponges are made artificially from polyester and other materials, but some varieties of natural sponge are also available. These materials are porous in nature and thus they act as a great absorbent and are mainly used for cleaning things. Graphic artists have drawn inspiration from the unique surface design of the sponge and thereafter come up with a range of attractive sponge textures in a variety of shades. Since the sponge textures come in solid color and have a uniform pattern all the important components in a webpage…
  • Gridgum – a new home for Responsive Themes

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    There is some debate amongst the experts whether you should create an app for your website or use a responsive theme. Both sides have their arguments.But it really depends on you and what you want to do with your budget. If you are creating an app, you must be aware that different platforms require different apps. So you can’t create a single Android app and then assume it’s going to work on BlackBerry and iPhone too. Those platforms will need different apps and hence your expenditure can skyrocket. This is the advantage that responsive web design has over apps. Once you get a responsive…
  • Welcome To The Professional Website Design Revolution

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    There are many ways to design a website and your approach differs slightly whether it’s a static or a dynamic website. But generally speaking it involves the following simplified stages. Understand the briefing Plan the project Design and show your client the site’s wireframe and prototype Refine the graphics and show them to your client Slice the graphics and write the code Test, validate and debug the code Show the website to your client Repeat the process 2-3 times till the client is happy And finally launch & maintain the website Only someone who had been through this tedious…
  • TOWeb A Responsive Website Creation Software

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    With the advent of technology more and more smartphones and tablets are being manufactured because there is a lot of demand for them in the market. Lots of people are buying these devices and a significant percentage of them are buying them merely as a fashion accessory. Anyways since people are no longer accessing websites through their desktops, website owners must pay heed to this point if they want to run a successful website. Your website must load and perform well on no matter what kind of device the user is using whether that be an Android phone, an iPhone, an iPad, a laptop or just…
  • 20 Amazing Matte Painting Examples of Cities

    27 Mar 2014 | 4:10 am
    The evolution of the concept of matte painting can be traced back to the first decade of the 1900’s, when background scenes were painted on glasses and later on integrated with the videos shot. These were mainly used because it was impossible to reach to distant location for shooting a scene of a movie as the transport system was on a developing stage. Moreover, matte painting was a cost effective option. Before 1980’s all the pictures of the matte paintings were hand drawn by skillful artists and they were proficiently merged with live shots to give a seamless effect. This technique is…
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  • This week's sponsor: Harvest

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    Have you ever billed hourly? A List Apart is brought to you this week by Harvest, a beautifully crafted time tracking tool for creative shops. Start a trial before the year slips away.
  • Style Guides On Parade

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    » Style Guides On ParadeIf you loved this week’s “Creating Style Guides” piece by Susan Robertson, you’ll thrill to Susan’s follow-up posting, on her personal site, of style guide links galore!
  • This week's sponsor: New Relic

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    Thanks to our sponsor, New Relic. New Relic helps web and mobile app developers improve app performance by showing you bottlenecks and making it easy to spot code bugs. Do your apps a favor, try New Relic.
  • Matt Griffin on How We Work: My Life with Email

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    I’d like to take a moment to address something decidedly unsexy. We all do it. And it’s never pretty. You guessed it: I’m talking about email. No, I don’t mean responsive design approaches for email newsletter templates. Nope. Not even that much fun. I’m talking about reading and responding to that everyday, humdrum, never-ending stream of communication that flows through the inscrutable ether to your very own inbox. Staying in control of your life with email is a challenge (look no further than your friends’ triumphant cries of “inbox zero!”). When you run your own…
  • Easy Color Contrast Testing

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    We have plenty of considerations to design for when crafting web sites. Web accessibility is not a new design consideration, but is still very important, no matter the size or speed of device we’re testing on. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) tells us our content should be distinguishable and requires we “[m]ake it easier for users to see and hear content including separating foreground from background.” We know that our color contrast ratio should be 3:1 for non-decorative text, sized larger than 18-point or larger than 14-point if bold. Text smaller than that should…
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    Abduzeedo Design Inspiration - Design Inspiration & Tutorials

  • Animal Logos Construction

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Designing visual identities and logos is all about simplifying the form until you get the basic shapes that represent the form. There are several ways to do that, and it's pretty common to try to create basic geometries to simplify an icon to it's purest form. Tom Anders Watkins has a really cool project illustrating this process called Animal Logos Vol 1. A predominantly personal project, exploring ways in which logos can be formed using only basic shapes and minimalist techniques. For more information visit Tags: logosvisual identityidabduzeedo's…
  • Daily Inspiration #1736

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want to participate and share your graphic design inspiration, You can submit your images and inspiration to RAWZ via and don't forget to send your Abduzeedo username; or via Twitter sending to AoiroStudio designyoutrust Fabio Fabiano SerialThriller Send your suggestions via Twitter to using #abdz in the end of the tweet. FromUpNorth Send your RAWZ suggestions via…
  • Breathtaking 3D Landscapes by Alexm95

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    I really enjoy a nice landscape... it doesn't really matter whether it's a photograph, an illustration or even a render! Alexm95 is a Canadian artist that comes up with amazing 3D landscapes that look so real that you might mistake them by aerial photography. This guy has some seriously mad skills! Here you can see some of his breathtaking renders. For more of these, please visit his portfolio at DeviantART! He'll definitely appreciate it! I hope you like it. Cheers. ;) Tags: computer graphics3dlandscapePauloGabriel's blog
  • Typography Mania #232

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:34 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, 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 ilhamherry Muokkaa mjdaluz a-m-e-n a-m-e-n phonoric phonoric phonoric guyblackhurst Joshua Phillips roberlan Carlos Carlos Sozeartwork Syafiq Zainal janmilsarominesTags: Typography…
  • Weekly Apps: Cameleon, Absences, Earbits and more

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:35 am
    I'm always looking for new apps in the photography area and today I selected two to feature, it's Cameleon ans Scene. Also take a special look at Absences, a simple and useful app to track your attendance on school. Hope you guys like all the whole selection, and stay tuned for the next week! You can keep sending me your suggestions via Twitter and include #abdz_apps in the message. Absences - Simple, intuitive and fast, it helps college students keep track of their attendance. Focus only on important courses. Cameleon - Cameleon’s…
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    Adaptive Path

  • Telling Stories: Mapping the Patient Experience at John Muir Health

    Anel Muller
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Oral storytelling is a universal human trait. Its inception can be linked to the beginning of the human language; it has preserved the traditions of civilizations and traverses religious differences, political views, socio-economic backgrounds, education, and gender. We encounter storytelling throughout our day; from current events shared on the web to our favorite television shows to the conversations we have at the dinner table; it is a unique human quality, which is easily understood and practiced in one way or another by everyone. Storytelling also plays a pivotal role in our visits to…
  • Why I’m Going Back To GDC

    Jesse James Garrett
    12 Mar 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Next week, when I’m not at Adaptive Path’s MX: Managing Experience conference, I’ll be heading to the Game Developers Conference here in San Francisco for the fourth time. It may seem strange for someone outside the game business to attend an event like this. After all, this isn’t one of the big consumer-facing game industry events like PAX. It’s an event by insiders for insiders, talking about the issues insiders care about most. But even as an outsider, I still get enough out of GDC to want to go back. Every time I’ve been to the event, I’ve…
  • The Great Convergence

    Jesse James Garrett
    3 Mar 2014 | 2:25 pm
    This is a photo from the Hubble Space Telescope of two galaxies, NGC 2207 on the left, and IC 2163 on the right. They’re about 80 million light-years from here. And if it looks like they’re running into each other, that’s because they are. Even in the vast emptiness of deep space, galaxies sometimes collide. The interesting thing about galactic collisions is that because galaxies contain so much room between the stars, there’s very little actual colliding going on. The galaxies just sort of flow into one another, individual stars finding new places in the larger system…
  • IBM at MX 2014: Design-centered at Scale

    Todd Wilkens
    27 Feb 2014 | 2:27 pm
    I’ve been going to the MX: Managing Experience conference since it began in 2007 (full disclosure: I used to work for Adaptive Path as a Studio Director — I even spoke at the first MX!). Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of amazing work done to manage and lead in organizations from a design perspective. The war stories, successes, and failures are amazing and have influenced me greatly. One of the things that stood out most from many of them is how important commitment from overall leadership is to putting design and experience at the core of an organization’s activities. Design-led…
  • A Reading List That (Actually) Gets Read

    Brandon Schauer
    26 Feb 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Books can be like New Years’ Resolutions. You have great ambitions to get to them or through them, but eventually what gets read are the ones that were super enjoyable or really, really important for you to read. When I teach a workshop or give a talk, I often get asked for a reading list or for a suggestion on topics I tend to focus on: business strategy, UX, CX, and change. I’ve gotten to the point of recommending the things that I think turn people on, either because they make the point quickly or because they convey what they have to say in such a compelling way that you can make it…
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  • Codelobster Review – Free PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript editor (IDE)

    Andy Sowards
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetThe ever evolving workflow of a developer is more important than ever. In a time where code editors come and go with the setting of the sun, we are always looking for the latest and the greatest, or even just something a little different. We have tried Today we have reviewed Codelobster PHP Edition.What Is Codelobster?Codelobster PHP Edition streamlines and simplifies the PHP development process. You don’t need to keep in mind the names of functions, arguments, tags or their attributes — we’ve implemented all these for you with autocomplete…
  • 50+ Epic Wedding Photography & Engagement Ideas

    Andy Sowards
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:39 am
    Advertise here with BSATweetNothing is quite as beautiful as love. Except maybe photography :). When you find that special someone, you want the memories to last a lifetime – so you want them to be timeless, but also you want them to be FUN (duh). The more creative the better, or just keep it simple so that they are timeless. Whatever your style there are plenty of epic engagement photo ideas here along with some excellent examples of Wedding Photography. Whether you are getting engaged, or married, or trying to help a friend with some ideas – share this post around and spread…
  • How to Make A Slideshow with 3D Animation Effects – Tips & Examples

    Andy Sowards
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetSometimes you just need a quick, easy to make slideshow that looks professional and can be seen easily in a few different mediums, whether you are speaking at an event or need to whip something up for a local business meeting or even something you might not think about, a funeral, or commemorating an anniversary or something you want to be remembered. Needing to create a slideshow on short notice without knowing where to turn can be frustrating so thankfully these days software makes life easier – but there are so many slideshow solutions out there it can be…
  • Textures to improve Webdesign + Free Textures!

    Andy Sowards
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Advertise here with BSATweetA Website and its homepage design is the face of any company today. Creative web design can make your homepage more attractive. It is an art combined with creativity and technology.Web design gives a shape and look to a website and the color scheme sets the mood. But texture plays an important role in designing of the webpage. It gives beautiful look to the webpage. The main object of the texture is to seek the attention of visitors. Texture gives depth to the object. This depth is useful for showcasing the object in three dimensional (3D) views. After attention…
  • How to Choose a Webhost and Shopping Cart Service for Your Website

    Andy Sowards
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:54 am
    Advertise here with BSATweetOnline shopping is now a completely normal part of modern life. Let’s say that you just do not have time this week to visit the local grocery store. Instead, you pop onto the website, choose what you want, add it to your shopping cart and pay for it. The goods will reach you within a few hours, or at a time you choose, or alternatively you can visit the store and simply pick them up and bring them to your car. Whatever option you choose, it’s what’s convenient and easiest for you, and at no time did you have to rearrange your schedule to wedge in…
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  • Lulu’s Mysterious Mission

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:10 am
    Please gather round for a quick announcement! Closer. Closer. That's it, tuck in there. Lots more room in the front here... don't be shy. Yes, I'm talking to you, ma'am. What's your name? Henrietta? Really? That's an unusual name. You don't see a lot of "Henriettas" anymore. No... it's great, it's a good name. I was hoping your name might be Lulu, though. It would have been an excellent segue to my announcement. Well, because the book is called Lulu's Mysterious Mission. Oh, yeah... I've got a portfolio entry with concept art and everything. Dammit — if you're name was Lulu that would…
  • Buckle Expo 2014

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  • A List Apart 393

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:51 am
    Two new illustrations for A List Apart are live! Check out The Z-Axis: Designing for the Future and Creating Style Guides now!
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    5 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    I’ve found the key to staying upbeat is to make long to-do lists filled with incredibly easy tasks! *write vapid tweet*.
  • I’d like to design golfing courses. For golfing balls and such.

    4 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
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    Beautiful/Decay Artist & Design

  • Delicate X-Ray Photographs Offer A Touchingly Intimate Glimpse Into The Everyday

    Ellyn Ruddick-Sunstein
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    The artist Hugh Turvey lives his life in x-ray vision; since her began creating his vivid, colored x-ray photographs, titled xograms, he views the world and its objects as something to be dissected, unveiled, and understood. Turvey’s strange x-rays are made thusly: he begins by positioning his subjects on light-sensitive paper, then overlays them with photographs and adds color so as to enhance depth. X-ray technology, which we so often associated with sterile medicine, healthcare, and the danger of internal injury, finds an oddly tender home in Turvey’s work. Dense objects become visual…
  • Jan Esmann’s Hyper-Realistic Paintings Of Sleeping People For The Voyeur In All Of Us

    Ellyn Ruddick-Sunstein
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    At first glance, the oil paintings of Jan Esmann could easily be confused with photographs; seen in heightened resolution and depth of field, the portraits capture the remarkable tangibility of the human face. Also unlike your typical photographic subject, all of the painter’s characters are sleeping, caught wide-mouthed in their own personal dreamscapes, allowing viewers an uncomfortable and enchanting intimacy with the private imaginings of the unconscious mind. Seen from above and as if lit by candlelight, Esmann’s strange and transfixing portraits evoke narratives like that of the…
  • Bing Wright’s Photographs Of Sunsets Look Like Luminous Stained Glass

    Victoria Casal-Data
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Photographer Bing Wright‘s newest project, Broken Mirror/Evening Sky, is a series of images that capture the reflections of sunsets on shattered mirrors. Its colors, textures and overall composition resembles the appearance of luminous stained glass windows. The cracked glass seemingly generates doubled reflections, disjointed gleams and refracted light into shards of images that instantly reminds the viewers of an abstractive painting. The final prints, recently displayed at the Paula Cooper Gallery in NY, are displayed quite large, measuring nearly 4′ across by 6′ tall. This new…
  • David Redon Combines Famous Musicians With Vintage Advertisements

    Sara Barnes
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    David Redon makes vintage popular culture look new by adding celebrities. The art director at Parisian agency Quai Des Orfèvres combines famous people like Kanye, Beyonce,  and Pharrell with Mid-Century advertisements in a series he calls Ads Libitum. We see them endorsing soap, make up, toothpaste, and drive-in restaurants, all having been Photoshopped to fit in with the look and feel of the past. Redon explains to Adweek why he crafts these remixes, stating, “I like the shift between vintage and modern pop culture, because these days the border between art and commercial is very…
  • Caleb Cole Becomes Other People In His Photo Series ‘Other People’s Clothes’

    Victoria Casal-Data
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Boston-based photographer Caleb Cole creates self-portraits that are not so much about himself. Cole’s curiosity about the live (introspective lives) of others inspired him to come up with Other People’s Clothes, a photographic series in which the artist becomes the stranger, the ‘Other’, in order to further understand his desire to know more about the unknown. “Though I am the physical subject of these images, they are not traditional self-portraits. They are portraits of people I have never met but with whom I feel familiar, as well as documents of the process wherein…
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  • How to Turn Creativity Into a Habit

    Tanner Christensen
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    Lightning designed by Adam Whitcroft from the Noun Project Creativity seems like a bolt of lightning that strikes almost completely at random. However, psychologist Robert Sternberg believes that’s not entirely true. On Fast Company, Sternberg explains that creativity can be made into a habit: There are three basic factors that help turn creative thinking into a habit: opportunities to engage in it, encouragement to go after such opportunities, and rewards for doing so. At a pragmatic level, this might mean finding a community of people who support and encourage your creative…
  • Run Your Meeting Like a Boss: Lessons from Mayer, Musk, and Jobs

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    We spend a lot of time in meetings, but we’re bad at making them effective. In a 2005 survey of Microsoft Office users, Microsoft, found that workers spend 5.6 hours each week in meetings — nearly a full work day. Another study from the London School of Economics found that CEOs are spending around 18 hours a week on meetings.  Meetings are such a fixture in our work lives that we constantly hear the same advice: have an agenda, keep it short, don’t invite too many people. However, despite the commonality of this well-meaning advice, research from Harvard suggests that half of all…
  • When to Quit Your Job

    Tanner Christensen
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    When’s the right time to quit a job if it leaves you feeling hopeless, exhausted, or like you’re wasting your time? How do you separate a day-to-day struggle from a larger problem? According to Chris Coleman, there are three clear stages for when it’s a good time to quit. Coleman tells us not only the stages, but also provides questions to ask yourself to see which stage you’re in, over on the CreativeMornings blog: The turnover rate in creative jobs is much higher than the national average. A lot of this has to do with the “I want it now” mentality. “I deserve…
  • The Importance of the Daily Check-In

    Tanner Christensen
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Question Designed by Rémy Médard for the Noun Project On LinkedIn entrepreneur Joris Toonders shares why taking 15 minutes a day to ask yourself these four questions — two first thing in the morning and two just before bed at night — is exactly what we need to improve ourselves. Here are the first two: 1. What are my goals today? Most people have goals in the long term, but don’t translate them to the short term. If you want to grow your business by 20 percent in the coming year, what are you doing today to reach that long term goal? Are you really doing the right things today…
  • How to Set Goals Like Google

    Tanner Christensen
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    What’s the best way to set goals? Google Ventures Partner Rick Klau says the best goals center aroundh Objectives and Key Results (or OKRs). Over on the Google Ventures blog, Klau explains the pillars for exactly how to set worthwhile goals using OKRs: • Objectives are ambitious, and should feel somewhat uncomfortable • Key Results are measurable; they should be easy to grade with a number (at Google we use a 0 – 1.0 scale to grade each key result at the end of a quarter) • OKRs are public; everyone in the company should be able to see what everyone else is working on (and…
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  • I’m In Love With My Genius: A Tech Perspective on Web Apps

    Joe Wanko
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Since the introduction of the iPhone, the conceptual development of mobile applications has remained largely static. As browsers and devices become more powerful and HTML5 and Javascript APIs allow a user to access more and more device features, creating a web app has become more comparable to creating a native app experience. With more flexibility in the design and development process, streamlined workflows, faster product releases, and simplified testing and iteration – we can make a better product, faster. The two ruling platforms – iOS and Android – have kept the process…
  • Context-aware web design can take your business to the next level

    11 Mar 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Responsive web design isn’t a new concept. Broken down into simple terms, it’s the practice of refactoring a page’s layout based on the size of the screen used to interface with it. As a result the same web page might look very different on a mobile phone and a desktop computer. This is a primitive form of context-aware computing, but I’ve been thinking about the magnificent experiences we could deliver if we pushed it even further. These opportunities are relevant to businesses in a multitude of industries. What if we had a page that resized for the device, like in…
  • Who Actually Broke Twitter on Oscar Sunday?

    7 Mar 2014 | 12:58 pm
    How many celebrities does it take to break Twitter? Ellen DeGeneres sent out an historic tweet Sunday night during the Oscars, racking up over 3 million retweets and possibly even breaking Twitter for 20 social-media-silent minutes. But we wondered who was actually responsible for this monumental celebrity selfie moment. If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014   We analyzed this tweet backwards and forwards, trying to find out where in the world people were retweeting from and who the…
  • How to deal with Twitter Cards

    26 Feb 2014 | 12:24 pm
    When Twitter announced Card Analytics, the Internet of Data-ness got a little more awesome. The new features are an indication of how the world of social and digital are becoming even more connected, and it makes us joyful to know it’s the data that binds us. For a primer on the inner workings of Twitter Cards and their analytics, check out the presentation below. The post How to deal with Twitter Cards appeared first on Big Spaceship.
  • Planning an Oreo moment for the Super Bowl? Please stop

    3 Feb 2014 | 12:22 pm
    A version of this article originally appeared on Countless brands and agency teams are mobilizing this week, hoping to be crowned king of real-time marketing at Super Bowl XLVIII. Looking to Oreo’s blackout tweet as the holy grail, they’re beefing up state-of-the-art war rooms with copywriters, community managers, designers and a direct line to the client, so that every awkward, memorable, meme-worthy moment can be translated into the branded social post to end all posts. If this describes you, I advise you to please, stop. Brands are going to be surrounding the Super…
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  • Two Big iStock Promo Codes – *Updated* April 2014

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Advertise here with BSA *Updated April 2014* This ain’t no April fools joke! These iStock promo codes have been tested and guaranteed to work. Up to 10% Off iStock coupon code for you below. For more iStock promo codes please visit our friends at Vecteezy. Please note that these promo codes only apply to credit packs and not iStock subscriptions. Today we have a little something different for you. Much of our traffic consists of designers looking for stock resources. While we wish we could offer you everything you’re looking for, unfortunately that isn’t always the case.
  • Wooden Backgrounds – Freebie

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Advertise here with BSADo you need some wooden backgrounds? Here you has this awesome vector pack, created by Freepik for BittBox. You can use it for any personal or commercial project, download now!   Download .ZIP
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    Dustin Schmieding
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
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    Dustin Schmieding
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:32 pm
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    1 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    Advertise here with BSAOur Freepik‘s friends share today with us this awesome pack of floral ornaments, exclusive for BittBox and all the readers. You can use it for any personal or commercial project, download now!   Download .ZIP (I) Download .ZIP (II)
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    Boagworld - Web & Digital Advice

  • Sunny coastlines and micro payments

    Paul Boag
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    On the first show of season nine we talk to a web developer working on a council website and discuss online donations.Become a digital leader in your organisation! Paul’s new book Digital Adaptation will empower you to bring about real change in your organisation. Only then will it be in the position to get the most from digital… Learn more.Paul Boag: On the first show of Season 9 we talk to a web developer working for a council website, and discuss online donations. Featured Person — Steve Fuery (Bass Coast Council) Featured Project — CentUp Links mentioned in the show Hello…
  • When it comes to designing websites, distance doesn’t matter

    Paul Boag
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do not base your selection of web design agency on their location. Skills and relationship matter more.Become a digital leader in your organisation! Paul’s new book Digital Adaptation will empower you to bring about real change in your organisation. Only then will it be in the position to get the most from digital… Learn more.One of the main reasons we lose work at Headscape is because prospective clients feel like they need to hire a local agency. Ironically, this is especially true of London clients who are only an hour and a half down the road from us! All the more ironic when…
  • Are you getting the basics of analytics right?

    Paul Boag
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Monitoring website analytics is an important part of evolving your site. Unfortunately many of us aren't monitoring enough and look at the wrong things.Become a digital leader in your organisation! Paul’s new book Digital Adaptation will empower you to bring about real change in your organisation. Only then will it be in the position to get the most from digital… Learn more.I think if we are honest most of us are floundering around when it comes to website analytics. We know they are important, but are not quite sure what to do with the data we collect. After opening the default…
  • Are you taking conversion seriously?

    Paul Boag
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you want to see a return on investment from your website it involves a long term commitment to optimisation.Become a digital leader in your organisation! Paul’s new book Digital Adaptation will empower you to bring about real change in your organisation. Only then will it be in the position to get the most from digital… Learn more.It amazes me how many website owners don’t seem to care about the performance of their website. They say that it should generate a return on investment, but they do nothing to make that happen. They launch their site and walk away. Driving…
  • How much are you willing to invest in design?

    Paul Boag
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Be careful that your tender process does not undermine the design of your website or mobile application.Become a digital leader in your organisation! Paul’s new book Digital Adaptation will empower you to bring about real change in your organisation. Only then will it be in the position to get the most from digital… Learn more.Few tasks take a specific amount of time. You could wash your car in 10 minutes or 2 hours. It depends on how much time you are willing to spend doing it. The longer you spend (within reason) the better the results. The same is true with user interface…
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  • Shen Li

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:46 am
    Photos by Shanghai-based photographer Shen Li. More below. View the whole post: Shen Li over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • “Pizza in the Wild” by Jonpaul Douglass

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    “Pizza in the Wild”, an on-going series by Los Angeles-based photographer Jonpaul Douglass. You should follow him on Instagram and check out a bunch of wild pizzas below. View the whole post: “Pizza in the Wild” by Jonpaul Douglass over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Alex Gibbs

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:14 am
    Paintings by Alex Gibbs. More below. View the whole post: Alex Gibbs over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Hana Knizova

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    Photos by Hana Knizova. London. View the whole post: Hana Knizova over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Motohiro Takeda

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:44 am
    New York-based photographer Motohiro Takeda makes these images using a camera obscura (not really sure how). More images below. View the whole post: Motohiro Takeda over on BOOOOOOOM!.
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  • No More Keynote

    24 Mar 2014 | 5:45 am
    After Keynote decided to magically delete a load of content within a presentation I decided it was about time I made my own presentation tool for the talks I do. I just wanted something that would display text, an image and some video. It's an app you simply drop into a folder. That folder contains other folders, each of which will become a slide. Each folder / slide is made up a text file, an image or video or any combination of those three. Text is placed automatically, images are centered and scaled down if too large. The screen automatically resizes to whatever screen size it needs to be.
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  • 35 Responsive bootstrap templates for only $9!

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    CatsWhoCode long time partners Mighty Deals are currently selling a bargain deal on their site. This collection features more than 35 useful Bootstrap templates to incorporate into your site! From landing pages to blog posts to scrollers, you’ll find everything that you need to finish your site design. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’re getting: Parallax template Details  |  Demo Business blog/ magazine Details  |  Demo Agency scrolling Details  |  Demo BootLander Details  |  Demo BootScroller…
  • 10 fresh JavaScript/jQuery plugins you should definitely check out

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    jQuery Upload File jQuery Upload File plugin provides Multiple file Uploads with progress bar.Works with any server-side platform (Google App Engine, PHP, Python, Ruby on Rails, Java, etc.) that supports standard HTML form file uploads. → Flowtype.js Ideally, the most legible typography contains between 45 and 75 characters per line. This is difficult to accomplish for all screen widths with only CSS media-queries. FlowType.JS eases this difficulty by changing the font-size based on a specific element’s width. →…
  • Mighty Deals giveaway: $250 of prizes to win!

    25 Mar 2014 | 10:22 am
    A word about Mighty Deals offers unbelievable deals and discounts for creative professionals. The deals include products and services that are heavily discounted, exclusively for Mighty Deals customers, usually from 50% to 90% off. Each deal stays on the site for a very limited time so if you want to make sure you never miss a great deal, we recommend going to their site and subscribing. Prizes to win Here’s just a sneak peek of the many available deals you can choose. Just click on the image below to visit Mighty Deals website and view all available deals. Choose any…
  • Manage WordPress comments using SQL

    17 Mar 2014 | 9:37 am
    Some things to note Don’t forget to do a backup of your database before testing any of the queries below. Don’t forget to change the default table prefix wp_ by the one used by your database. Delete all spam comments When you have over 100,000 spam comments in your spam queue, deleting them using the built-in “delete all spam” button might result in a PHP memory error. To avoid this, just use this simple SQL request to delete all spam at once. DELETE from wp_comments WHERE comment_approved = 'spam' Delete all comments between two dates Had a “spam attack”…
  • Easy custom WordPress themes with Ultimatum 2.5

    6 Mar 2014 | 6:40 am
    A word about the Ultimatum theme Ultimatum is more than just a WordPress theme or framework. It’s a total all-in-one WordPress solution written in HTML5 and CSS3. It’s definitely one of the most customizable WordPress solutions on the planet, users can modify everything from specific font elements to the overall layout structure using the super simple and user-friendly admin interface. You’d be hard pressed to find a more flexible and simple WordPress solution. Here’s a short video with a feature overlook: Ultimatum theme features: No Coding NecessaryYou don’t…
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  • iStock Promo Code – Save 10% Off Credit Packs in April

    8 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    Today we have something a little different for you. Our friends over at iStock reached out and let us know about an exclusive promo code they are offering to new users in the month of April. Use the code below to save 10% off any credit pack! If you don’t have an account with iStock, now is the time to open one up! Click below to reveal the coupon code. Enter this iStock promo code at checkout to receive your discount. 10% discount applies to all online purchase at for credit packs only. Discount does not apply to image subscriptions. This offer is open to all new iStock…
  • Six Points to Remember When Designing Additional Web Pages

    21 Mar 2014 | 8:27 am
    A homepage should never be cluttered with a lot of content and images, which is why it is so important for you to make sure that you create additional web pages accordingly. However, there is a thin line between efficient and excessive when it comes to developing these pages, which is why it is so important to consider and remember the following six key points. Add Pages Only as Necessary Don’t rush to add an excessive number of pages that are not necessary right now. Quite a few consumers get trapped with dead links and orphan pages simply because the web designer didn’t keep it clean…
  • WordPress Bootcamp: Lowest Price Ever!

    17 Feb 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If I haven’t introduced you to’s WordPress Bootcamp yet, I would like to today. Here’s what you get: - 42 complete WordPress training videos that you can download and watch again and again. - Two live sessions with our WordPress experts to better understand what you’re learning and ask any questions you might have. - Personal 1-on-1 support from’s experts so you’ll never be alone as you learn. - $250 off if you purchase by Thursday, February 20, 2014 at midnight. If you’d like to quickly become an in-demand…
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  • Easter is Almost Here!

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Easter is almost here and with it comes family, flowers, colored eggs, and candy! Easter is one of my favorite holidays because it is also a sign that Spring is on it's way and warmer days are ahead. With Creative Market's new Photo's category, we have seen a lot of really cute images appear just in time for Peter Cotton Tail. Chocolate Easter Eggs in White Cup by Wiktory   Easter bunny on a bench by Starburst   Easter egg and cheese appetizer with butterfly crackers by Wiktory   Chocolate Easter eggs in white cup by Wiktory Hipster Eggs in…
  • Waves of Watermelon: Fruity Wedding Inspiration
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    What's better on a hot summer day than a slice of juicy watermelon? Pretty much nothing. If you're planning a hot-weather wedding, consider using this delicious fruit to inspire your wedding menu, decor and so much more! Photo by: Aislinn Kate Photography on Every Last Detail via Photo by: Lindsey Gomes on Every Last Detail via Photo by: Faith Teasley Photography on Southern Weddings via Photo by: Nine Photography on Nine Photography via Photo by: Danielle Capito Photography on Wedding Chicks via Photo by:…
  • Betabrand Leggings Contest Update

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    Hi everyone! Just a quick update regarding the Betabrand Leggings Contest!  The crowdfunding was scheduled to begin yestereday, but Betabrand needs a bit more time to make sure everything is perfect for the launch of this exciting next step.  You can look forward to the crowdfunding to begin on April 29th, and it will last for 30 days!
  • Humans and their Relationship with Color

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Humans have a very deep relationship with color, both on an emotional level and cultural level. Emotionally speaking, we think of "cool blues" and "warm yellows". Colors can either make us feel peaceful, or energized. Culturally speaking, for example, purple is a sign of royalty, and the bright colors of spices are often used in Indian food. Understanding the meaning of the different colors is very important in all design. People who use color in advertising and logos go to great lengths to consider the psychology of the colors behind what they are creating.   Let's take a closer look at…
  • The Boldest Bridal Patterns
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Bold graphic prints are one of the hottest trends of the season, and we love this look for a modern wedding. Chevrons, bright stripes, florals and global-inspired prints are right at home at spring fetes. Celebrate the season by incorporating a statement-making pattern into your wedding look. Photo by: Gabriel Ryan Photography on Inspired By This via Photo by: Lizzy B Loves on Lizzy B Loves via Photo by: Jen Huang on Grey Likes Weddings via Photo by: Sunday Romance Photography on Style Unveiled via Photo by: Armando Rafael on TINSEL & TWINE via…
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  • Gridgum – A New Marketplace For Selling Your Themes

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    Advertise here with BSAThere are many marketplaces out there offering theme developers a range of incentives and options. Some developers spend months developing a theme and have the difficult decision of where to submit their theme and what will yield the best results. Sometimes submitting your theme into a crowded theme marketplace can be a difficult decision as your theme can be lost into the thousands of similar themes and templates available. If you have developed a responsive website or template we would recommend trying This is a brand new marketplace which is intended to…
  • How to Design For a Particular Target Audience

    Alvin Sarim
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Advertise here with BSAFoundation of a successful business relies upon a strong and correct target audience which can lead your venture on the verge of triumph or can plunge it in jeopardy; hence it should be foremost consideration to select your right audience. Target your niche Many graphic designers start stepping the wrong ladder from the inception and they end up in fiasco due to the poor selection of target audience which leave them in the middle of nowhere this eventually results in the shutdown of their website, product or service. Well there are few legit techniques to design for…
  • What’s Cool for Designers this Week #47

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Advertise here with BSAThis issue of “What’s Cool for Designers this Week” brings you some exciting design resources and freebies, as usual. We have some great Bootstrap themes for you, an amazing new graphic design blog, a collection of code snippets, a way to sell your products with one line of code, some browser hacks, some jQuery plugins, an amazing iOS and Android mail client and much more. Take a look and the resources below and enjoy! Websites ForPixels ForPixels is a new and exciting graphic design blog and the newest member of our family. My Code Stock At my code…
  • 250 Free Universal Icons Pack

    16 Mar 2014 | 11:32 am
    Advertise here with BSAToday we have another awesome freebie for you, thanks to the guys at Freepik. It’s a free icons pack containing 250 free icons specially designed for our readers. You can use these icons freely in your personal or commercial projects. Be sure to check out our other Freepik icon packs : free spa icons and free journalism icons. The current pack includes 250 universal icons, available in SVG file format. You can preview all the icons in the image below and you can freely download the pack and start using the icons in your projects. Enjoy! Preview Download You can…
  • Giveaway : Win 5 New Colossal Bundles Value $10,063 from Inky Deals

    12 Mar 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Advertise here with BSAGet a pack of 19 premium resources worth $66 for free by entering this contest. The free pack is sent to the email address you use to participate in the competition and comes from the New Colossal Bundle: $10,063 worth of Top-Quality Resources – From $49. This way, you can test the products before you actually win them. About Inky Deals Inky Deals is one of the leading deals websites in the design community, with an extended family of more than 300,000 design enthusiasts. It’s the place to go if you want to buy premium resources at unbeatable prices, whether…
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  • 100 Premium Infographics courtesy of Ingimage only $18 (5 Days Left)

    Jacques van Heerden
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    Infographics can be found on every corner of the web, from the automotive industry to the children’s daycare attendance figures. Infographics take boring data and turn it into fun filled, easy to understand format. A lot of time and money goes into creating feature rich infographics, however Ingimage has taken it a step further and created a bundle of 100 Premium Infographics at a steal of a price that you can’t pass up. So what exactly will you be getting for your purchase? You’ll get 100 high-quality, premium infographics, all provided in EPS format for customization and…
  • What Would be on Your Celebrity Business Card? [Inspiration]

    Editorial Staff
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:41 am
    In our digital day an age, some might assume that the business card is on its way out, however, when you look at the wonderfully broad spectrum of creativity you can have when designing a business card, you soon realize there is more than enough life left in them yet. The thing is, what would you put on your business card, and more to the point, what would you include if you were famous? It may sound unusual, but when you consider how many celebrities have used business cards to help them network, it soon becomes a more than valid question. Before you start putting it all down in final print,…
  • Bosslogic Speed Art Videos (Inspiration)

    Jacques van Heerden
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:15 pm
    I always love looking at speed art videos. It not only inspires you, but shows you exactly how everything came together right from the start. Bosslogic has been a great inspiration to thousands of digital artists all over the world. I interviewed him in 2010 on Creativeoverflow and since then he has not only improved his quality of work, but his output and creativity along with it. I love seeing how people improve their craft overtime and that is why I decided to post these speed art videos compiled by Bosslogic. Have a look below and let me know in the comments what you think. You can find…
  • Become a Full-Time Photographer with the Total Training Course in Commercial Photography

    Jacques van Heerden
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:36 pm
    In order to succeed in becoming a professional photographer, you need to make it your passion, your life’s goal to become the best photographer that you can possibly be. This course offers over 150 modules and 32 hours of video content that will help you become a professional in the commercial photography industry. Click here to see the full Course Commercial photography is one of highest paid areas in the industry. It’s true; rates can run up to $1000, $2000, and even $5000 per day plus expenses. A career in commercial photography can be pretty exciting whether you are…
  • 20 Beautifully Curated Bedroom Layouts for Your Inspiration

    Jacques van Heerden
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I love houses. Sitting here, browsing through different layouts and styles always excite me to start planning a new home. There are just so many options to choose from, whether it’s colors, a bed frame, wooden flooring, bed sheets, kitchen utensils or lighting, the sky is the limits when it comes to you choosing. These chosen photos below are beautiful, but don’t take my word for it. These are curated bedroom inspiration photos. Nothing like the unique houses across the globe that we featured a while back. These photos show the very essence of what I call style in today’s…
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  • How to Deal with Merge Conflicts in Git

    Guest Author
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The following is a guest post by by Tobias Günther. Tobias works for Tower, the Git client for Mac and authored the new (free) book Learn Version Control with Git - A step-by-step guide for the complete beginner. Tobias is going to share a bit of information about a very uncomfortable moment when using Git: the merge conflict. Everybody has a list of things they don't like: an appointment at the dentist, a traffic jam, or a canceled flight. When I was preparing my book, I wasn't surprised that a lot of designers and developers would add merge conflicts to this list without hesitation.
  • Features Are Complicated

    Chris Coyier
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Why can't I edit my tweets?! Twitter should allow that. It's so simple right? CRUD apps (Create, Read, Update, and Delete) are app-building 101! What a gross oversight. But wait. Just as a fun nerdy little exercise, let's think about what a feature like this might take for the Twitter team. I don't work there or have any inside knowledge, so this is all hypothetical for the sake of understanding app development. Should you be able to edit any tweet you've ever tweeted at any time? Or should you just have a few minutes to do it until it locks? Do you offer this to everyone? Opt-in?
  • The decline of the mobile web

    Chris Coyier
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Chris Dixon: Mobile is the future. What wins mobile, wins the Internet. Right now, apps are winning and the web is losing. John Gruber: We shouldn’t think of “the web” as only what renders in web browsers. We should think of the web as anything transmitted using HTTP and HTTPS. Apps and websites are peers, not competitors. They’re all just clients to the same services. Perhaps it's not HTTP and back end web that is in danger, but it's the front end that's in danger. For whatever reason I don't feel particularly worried for the web, even front end. It feels like a safe long-term bet.
  • CSS-Tricks Chronicle XVII

    Chris Coyier
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    I've had the pleasure of being on a couple of podcasts recently other than ShopTalk (where we most recently interviewed Julie Ann Horvath about, among other things, her GitHub exit). I was on How to Hold a Pencil where Reuben Ingber and I chat about what it's like to be a beginner and where to go next. I was on Pencil vs Pixel where Cesar Contreras and I talked about capturing ideas, motivation, and the future. I was on the CDNify podcast as well. Spring is breaking finally here in Wisconsin so it feels good to be back biking around town. I've been doing a good job at going to the gym and…
  • Font Size Idea: px at the Root, rem for Components, em for Text Elements

    Chris Coyier
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    Me, for the last year or so: "rem's are so cool! I'm gonna size everything with them, that way I can adjust the font-size on the root element and everything will scale with it!" It was a nice dream. And it wasn't a disaster. That's what I'm doing right now here on CSS-Tricks and this is how it plays out in a very simple scenario: That comes from essentially: /* Document level adjustments */ html { font-size: 17px; } @media (max-width: 900px) { html { font-size: 15px; } } @media (max-width: 400px) { html { font-size: 13px; } } /* Type will scale with document */ h1 { font-size: 3rem; } h2 {…
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    David Airey, graphic designer

  • D&AD 2014 branding

    David Airey
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    A few identity projects I particularly liked in the branding category of this year’s D&AD Awards. LESS By Landor Associates for LESS. TAMABI By Tama Art University. “Freedom is a matter of the greatest significance, not least because without it there can be no art. Since its inception, Tama Art University has been dedicated to the pursuit of both freedom and art.” Blue Goose By Sid Lee for Blue Goose, with illustrations by Ben Kwok. “Blue Goose started in 1992 with one man’s desire to feed his family clean and nutritious protein, and the belief that if you look…
  • The Geometry of Type

    David Airey
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    A great typographic primer by Stephen Coles, with a foreword from Erik Spiekermann. The Geometry of Type is an intricate look at the construction of 100 traditional and modern typefaces. All of the 100 are given a double-page spread, with certain characters enlarged and annotated to showcase key features, anatomical details, and the finer, often-overlooked elements of type design. Excerpted from the spread above: “Bembo is the most popular of the Renaissance serifs, frequently called upon for setting elegant book text ever since it was cut by Monotype in 1929. The digital version,…
  • A few Adobe alternatives

    David Airey
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    I doubt any of these can do as much as the Adobe option (except Quark), but they might do as much as you need, and it’s something I’m asked about now and again. Image via Fstoppers Photoshop alternatives Acorn (OS X, $49.99) Pixelmator (OS X, £20.99) GIMP (OS X, Windows, Linux, free) Illustrator alternatives Sketch (OS X, £54.99) Inkscape (OS X, Windows, Linux, free) iDraw (OS X, £17.49) InDesign alternatives Quark (OS X, Windows, £799) Scribus (OS X, Windows, Linux, free) Lucidpress (browser-based, free while in beta, subscription to follow) These and a few others mentioned…
  • Haribo Fruity Bears campaign

    David Airey
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:22 pm
    This print-ad campaign for German confectioner Haribo actually made my mouth water. The series was designed by students Valentin René Tillian and Michael Wilde at HAW Hamburg. A nice example of shape as a brand attribute. Via Design made in Germany.
  • New work: Rupp

    David Airey
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:37 pm
    I was brought in to help Austrian cheese manufacturer Rupp with their “vision 2025.” More info and images in the portfolio.
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  • The Importance of Side Projects

    Gisele Muller
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Advertise here with BSAHow much importance do you give to your side projects? Do you focus solely on working on your current projects or your job and forget about everything else? These are questions you should be thinking about, specially if you are interested in developing your abilities and getting that cool position you always wanted. In days where the good old college degree + resume are gone, specially in the design/tech industry, you have to keep in mind that side projects are the new resume and are the way you can show your potential to the world. In times where a lot of people talk…
  • 6 Free Tools for Testing Website Speed

    Gisele Muller
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Advertise here with BSAWebsite speed is something crucial to any page, specially if you consider that users don’t like slow sites and don’t want to wait more than a couple seconds for a page to load. From regular users to high-end ones, no one like to wait too much to see the content they are looking for. And from niche blogs to ecommerce sites, all users have the same expectations, that your page will be fast enough to avoid frustration. To keep your site fast and efficient you need to understand all the details about its performance so you can keep improving things. It is…
  • Best 15 Pro Tools and Platforms for Designing Awesome Websites

    6 Apr 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Advertise here with BSAIt used to be impossible to create a decent-looking website for one of your clients without coding. Thankfully, times have changed. Now, designers can take matters into their own hands, and a large number of platforms stand by to make great things happen. Check out 15 of the most accomplished site creators at this time. IM Creator IM Creator will make you an offer that you just can’t refuse. As long as you keep using the online design studio free of charge, you will be able to take up 50 Mb of storage to create a website that is published as an IM Creator sub-domain.
  • iStock Promo Codes – April 2014

    Brant Wilson
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    Advertise here with BSAWe have something a little different for you today. Our friends over at iStock reached out to us to let us know about a promotion they are running and gave us these promo codes to share with our readers for additional savings off any credit pack. These iStock Promo Codes (or Coupons, Discounts, Vouchers – whatever you call them) will help your money go that extra mile on your next purchase. iStock Promo Codes – Last Updated April 2014 How to use this iStock promo code: Click on the button above to unlock your iStock promo code. Select your desired credit…
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    Design Reviver - Web Design Blog

  • 1 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am

    1 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    This post is a roundup of latest free web design resources released during the month of March. This collection includes patterns, icons, themes, and mockups. All these web elements are free to download and you can use them in both your personal and commercial projects. 1. 10 Seamless Blueprint Patterns 2. Business Card Mockup 3. Golden PSD Theme 4. 12 Flat Web Icons 5. Focal Resume PSD Theme 6. 150 Outlined Icons 7. Branding / Identity MockUp 8. Kappe Portfolio PSD Theme 9. White iPad Mockup 10. Wood Engraved Logo Mockup Hope you enjoyed this roundup of great free web design resources from…
  • Alternative ways of showcasing art

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:05 am
    These days many artists are collaborating with big brands in order to reach a mass market. As well as interiors, artists and designers are lending their talents to product design. For example Lilesadi a small brand founded by two sisters, Dinah and Sarah Smutny, in 2011. The sisters wanted to bring design and minimalist art into people’s homes and as Sarah comes from a marketing background, it’s no surprise that Lilesadi has been a commercial success. Lilesadi have turned their designs into cushions, mugs, tea towels, posters and even children’s clothes. Their playful…
  • 20 yummy sites that will make your mouth water

    25 Mar 2014 | 11:47 am
    Would you like to go to the restaurant? No, no, you don’t need an evening garment. You can leave your dressing gown on. Our trip will be virtual. We will visit some of the best food websites and admire their appetizing designs. During our travel we will try to reveal the secrets of their utmost popularity. Come on, join us, we are going to have a lot of fun and don’t forget about information aspect! Beyond question, it is extremely important for a restaurant/cafe or any eatery, food store or supermarket to have a website showcasing its food, interior and staff. Most restaurant owners…
  • 5 free new PSD themes

    19 Mar 2014 | 10:08 am
    Everyone loves free resources, and if you’re into design, you’ll especially love free high quality PSD themes. They help provide a great starting point for any new web project and can inspire you to make something even bigger and better than you first imagined. This roundup includes a collection of 10 free stunning PSD themes. All these PSD themes are free to download and you can use them in both your personal and commercial projects. 1. Focus PSD Theme 2. La Shoopa PSD Theme 3. Golden PSD Theme 4. Multipurpose PSD Theme 5. Lifetrackr PSD Theme For 5 more amazing PSD themes check out this…
  • Understanding cash flow for a design business

    18 Mar 2014 | 9:30 am
    As a graphic design business owner, cash flow is your lifeline. It’s the equivalent of the caloric intake for your body. A proper balance of in and out is needed to avoid getting yourself into financial trouble. Treating your income like fuel for your business is the key to getting to a proper income balance. Just as with many things, too much going in or coming out can be a sign of trouble. According to the Houston Chronicle, understanding your business’s financial footing can give you the power to make sure that your business survives all the twists, turns, and unforeseen…
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    Design Shard

  • Featured Illustrator: Jacqui Oakley

    Max Stanworth
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    I’m always on the look out for creative Illustrators and Canadian Jacqui Oakley certainly delivers, The colours are vivid and she clearly has her own style down to a T, look at just a selection of my favorites, you can say hi to her on Twitter, visit her website and even take a look at her shop! (personally i’d love to see some Games of Thrones in there at some point!)
  • Featured Artist: The Amazing Liza Corbett

    Max Stanworth
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:25 am
    This week we showcase the incredible artwork of new yorker Liza Corbett. This wonderful and varied style will surely get your creative juices flowing . For more information please visit her website
  • Giveaway: Win 1 of 3 PixelKit Annual Subscriptions

    Max Stanworth
    6 Mar 2014 | 12:45 pm
    The team at PixelKit have agreed to give away a total of 3 complete annual membership subscriptions. 3 lucky readers will win! 3 lucky readers will win an Annual Subscription to completely free of charge. Here are some of the UI Kits and Icon Sets included in the subscription: Swanky Outlines – Outlines Icon Set This is a vector outline icon set that fits perfectly on a flat or metro designed site or application. Modern Touch – Flat UI Kit Functional and fun, this flat UI kit is also highly functional. It offers the perfect balance to give a great look to the site. It…
  • BLISTERS: Sound Sessions poster show is open for submissions!

    Max Stanworth
    14 Feb 2014 | 8:06 am
    The guys over at Print Club London have opened their doors for another year to allow budding illustrators and artist a chance to showcase their work and have a limited run screen print poster printed and sold to any one who takes a fancy to it! We are now open for submissions and want to get the word out there to ANY illustrators / aspiring artists who want to take part. Get the lo-down… The Brief 1. Submit a poster in your own style inspired by your favourite band/song/musician/tour/gig. 2. The catch is, you cannot use the name of the band, song or musician! Use of other text is…
  • Invitations and Other Innovations – How the World of Invitation Creation Is Changing

    Payal Kripalani
    31 Oct 2012 | 4:45 pm
    As in fashion and interior design, invitation styles come and go. Trends in fonts, colors, paper textures, inks, and processes change not just yearly but by the season as well. The bulk of invitations in May, the season of graduations, will of course be different than those during the holiday season of December. Seasonal changes are easy to predict, but what’s to come outside of these variations? How is the world of invitations evolving as a whole? Playful and Personal If recent trends are any indication, then invitations will become even more personalized, offering greater…
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    Web Design Views

  • New for Designers in March 2014

    Carol Francis
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    There is always a lot of news and resources appearing around the internet for designers, and it can be difficult to keep up with everything, especially if you are busy. Here is a collection of some of the resources that became available or were updated in March 2014. This list includes online resources, jQuery plugins and .psd downloads. New Resources in March 2014 Appmethod This single code base platform for creating native apps for different operating systems with minimal effort was launched on 18th March 2014 by developers Embarcadero. The features include: UI – Components that provide a…
  • The What, Why and How of User Personas

    Armen Ghazarian
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:52 am
    One of the few proven ways to be successful in any business is to understand your customer’s needs and deliver quality products or services that satisfy those needs in the best way possible. Yes, it does sound too bookish but the truth is knowing your end user is the kernel of a customer-oriented business model. Though it seems to be a generally acknowledged and elementary principle but oftentimes entrepreneurs get so drawn away by their business idea and the profits it is going to generate that eventually they end up forgetting about the end user and selling what is already built instead…
  • Scrolling Animations: Examples, Tutorials and jQuery Plugins

    Carol Francis
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    In recent years we have seen a lot of scrolling effects and a lot of animation effects taking root in website design. More recently we are seeing the two put together, giving scrolling animations: animations that are triggered by the user scrolling down, up or across the page (or a mixture of all directions). Advancements in HTML and CSS, helped by some amazing jQuery plugins are helping this trend to gather speed. So today we are bringing you a selection of examples of websites featuring scrolling animations, some tutorials and a list of jQuery plugins to help you achieve these effects.
  • 28 Creative Digital Cartoon Illustrations

    Carol Francis
    21 Mar 2014 | 12:42 pm
    We are very used to cartoons from Disney, Warner Bros, etc., but cartoons can be very varied types of art and illustration. A cartoon was originally a preparatory sketch or drawing for a piece of art – particularly paintings and tapestries. Some artists use existing concepts, such as films, TV shows, console games, etc., and some take characters from their own imagination, drawing inspiration from children, pets, fantasy, etc. Many of today’s cartoons are based on existing films, TV shows, console games, etc., however, some are straight from the artist’s imagination or inspired by a…
  • 6 Successful Ways to Manage Your Design Projects

    Gabrielle Gosha
    17 Mar 2014 | 8:55 am
    Did you know that disorganization, lack of resources and scope creep are among the top reasons why your projects fail? Regardless of whether you are a member of the design community or a different field altogether you probably already know that project management is vital to the success of your projects. Designers and developers more often than not take on more than one project at a time. Likewise some are more successful than others when it comes down to getting these tasks actually finished and handed over to the client. Starting and finishing your projects can seem like a daunting task but…
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    Devlounge - Homepage Feed

  • Design Focus: Stylish Scrollbars

    Sophia Lucero
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    A few years ago, WebKit resurrected the ability to style browser scrollbars the way Internet Explorer first did. These days customizing the scrollbar is still not as rampant or recommended, since it’s not that advisable to mess with behavior that users are already used to, but featured below are sites that went ahead anyway. Some of them have pretty striking results. Designs of the Week Build on DIYThemes’ Thesis Framework for rock solid SEO and great layout customization options. Mezcal Buen Viaje The most fabulous and colorful custom scrollbar I’ve seen, designed to match…
  • Get Coupon Codes for The New Colossal Bundle of Inky Deals PLUS a Freebie!

    4 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Being a designer and/or developer entails using a lot of tools to help you create the best results for your projects. Whether your projects are for paid clients or for personal pleasure, the goal is the same: to make something you’re proud of. With some sweat (and sometimes, blood) plus the right resources, you can make your life easier as you reach toward whatever goal you have for the moment. This is where deals site Inky Deals comes into the picture. The web site is one of the biggest deals sites catering to designers – from amateurs to pros – and they always put together…
  • Design Focus: Color Chameleon

    Sophia Lucero
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    Adding a color-changing effect is a neat way to instantly make your site more dynamic and fun. Designs of the Week Need help in promoting your site? INeedHits has been in the search engine marketing since 1996! Metafizzy The default state has an uber long text shadow, which is what changes colors, then when you hover it gets these psychedelic rainbow stripes. Even better is that the headers of the links below also change to match the gradiented streaks with complementary colors. Animate.css This one’s even more subtle and you might miss it if you don’t stay on the page for very…
  • Design Focus: On The Eyes

    Sophia Lucero
    30 Mar 2014 | 6:07 am
    Have you ever wondered about the user experience and interface design of shopping for spectacles and sunnies? This week we’re looking at online shops for the eyeglass- and sunglass-wearing crowd. Designs of the Week Search Optimized, Turn-Key Designs, Unlimited Everything. Start building with the Genesis Framework today. The House of Eyewear No scrolling on this page and you have to go through a few steps to see the products, from Collections and Brands to picking your gender and sun vs. optical. When you finally get to the glasses page, there’s a progress bar at the top that…
  • Design Focus: Infographic Web

    Sophia Lucero
    22 Mar 2014 | 6:55 am
    You’ve gotten a glimpse of infographics making their way to the web in people’s portfolios and causeworthy sites. Here, our featured designs are independent websites that put the fascinating discipline of data visualization front and center. Designs of the Week Create unique, extraordinary websites with Squarespace. No experience necessary! Make Your Money Matter The advantage of websites over single-image infographics is their interactivity, and this one does it better than most. It artfully blends storytelling, scrolling by animation, and important information on one page with…
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    The Dieline

  • Student: Cícero - Flavors of the World

    Jessica Sanchez
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Designed with the idea of eating good, these Sardines are a collection of different world flavors which can be portrayed within each design. This concept is designed by Cátia Oliveira, a graphic design student from The Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave in Portugal."This project was developed on an academic environment and it consists of three packages for a food product chosen by me. I chose the brand of canned sardines Cícero, and then I've created a collection of different world gastronomies called "World Flavors". The gamma was composed by the spiciness of…
  • Wonderwall 2013

    Diane Lindquist
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Winterbureau had designed these stunning artistic labels for Wonderwall 2013, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the central Coast of California."The goal was to create an image that was expressive of the wine, the maker and the process. In order to evoke a sense of the story to the consumer. The image itself was created through the use of close up photography taken at the vineyard and the winery. "  Designed by WinterbureauCountry: United StatesCity: Chicago         Related Posts:Nostos Wines Collector's EditionSerpent Cider 
  • Hatchery

    Jessica Sanchez
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Hatchery is bringing artisanal food to all foodie lovers! With a monthly subscription, you will receive a beautiful Hatchery red box designed by Friedman Creative every month, enclosed with a combination of ingredients that vary from month to month. "Hatchery focuses on natural, small batch production items, the Hatchery team travels the country – sifting through green markets, visiting family farms and traveling dirt roads – in search of the most incredible flavors to share with their members each month. Often times, the small-batch producers we partner with don't offer their…
  • SQUA(RED) Reader

    Diane Lindquist
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Square partnered with AIDS organization (RED) to debut a special edition red credit card reader, which helps raise money for the fight to end AIDS. The (SQUA)RED packaging used a red-tinted plastic front cover to highlight the limited edition reader. Square opted for a durable matte plastic, which would keep its integrity during the shipping process and provide a great tactile experience. Square integrated the (RED) branding, in terms of color and typeface, to ensure the result was something new and fresh for both parties."Our partnership with Square is truly special in that it’s the…
  • Seed and Bean

    Diane Lindquist
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    After their grand debut in Glastonbury Festival, Organic Seed and Bean's design reflects the magic, creativity and passionate personality of the brand and is by far eye catching for the retailer and consumers.  Family (and friends) were chosen to create this new look as specialist in revitalizing brands that need step-change to thrive."It was a perfect brief for us – a product with such good qualities and brand owners with such passion, but with packaging that lacked the visual and verbal tools to be its best salesperson. Our job is to get people to really take notice of Seed and Bean;…
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  • 30 Websites to find Creative Photography Inspiration

    Jake Rocheleau
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Advertise here with BSAI couldn’t possibly overstate the need for digital photography. Graphic designers love to use creative commons photos in digital work, but these same photos can also prove useful to an online journalist or editor. The need for digital photographs has risen tremendously in the past decade. Thankfully modern Internet technologies have been advancing just as quickly. This gallery includes a handful of resources for locating photographs online. Some will provide creative commons licensing while others may be solely for inspiration. Whether you’re a photographer…
  • Exclusive iStock Promo Codes for Our Readers – April 2014

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Advertise here with BSAApril 2014 iStock Promo Codes Believe it or not, iStock promo codes are hard to find but today you’re in luck! Now through April 30, iStock is offering a 10% off all credit packs exclusively for dzineblog readers! This 10% code is for new accounts and only for credit packs (not image subscriptions). How to use this iStock coupon code: Click on the button above to unlock your iStock Promo code. Select your desired credit package (the more credits you buy, the bigger your savings) Enter the promo code at the bottom of the page and click the “Next” button. Review…
  • 28 Powerful WordPress Plugins to Extend your Website’s Functionality

    Jake Rocheleau
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Advertise here with BSAI simply love WordPress as a blogging platform, and as a quickly-advancing content management system. The use of plugins within your WP installation can provide an inordinate amount of support to your website. It could be things like pricing tables, shortcodes, photo slideshows, even additional tools in the backend. Within this showcase I have put together 28 exceptionally beneficial plugins you may want to check out. Each of these examples is a premium plugin released on CodeCanyon. But don’t let that dissuade you – most of these plugins range from $5-$15…
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    Elliot Jay Stocks

  • Advanced web typography: Responsive web typography

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Responsive Web Design is not merely concerned with layout — done properly, there are a number of considerations one should take into account with typography. After all, the web is 99% typography, right? Responsive body type For me, my principle concern around web type in a responsive world is all about measure. After all, when you have viewports that can grow (or shrink) indefinitely, the length of a line can very quickly become uncomfortably long (or short). If I have one major criticism of early-adopting responsive sites, it’s that many of them didn’t take this into…
  • Advanced web typography: Justification & hyphenation

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I’m probably about as biased as it’s possible to be, but in the last issue of my magazine 8 Faces, my Typekit colleague Bram Stein wrote a fantastic piece about justification and hyphenation. And, like the intricacies of kerning, there’s an air of mystery about implementing justification and hyphenation in web type, so I’m going to attempt to distill Bram’s knowledge into this blog post. (The image above is also from the same piece.) Justification There are two major justification algorithms we come into contact with regularly: the Greedy algorithm that analyses…
  • Advanced web typography: Kerning

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Kerning has to be one of the most widely-used terms by the typography enthusiast. How often have you found that you’ve been able to prove your typographic integrity by pointing out poorly-kerned type in public places to your long-suffering partner? And yet it’s one of those typographic controls that remains shrouded in semi-mystery when it comes to web type. Which browsers support kerning? Do you have to manually turn it on? Why are there different way of turning it on? Even as the Creative Director of Adobe Typekit, I personally still often find myself confused. So, for your…
  • Advanced web typography: A recap on OpenType features

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    How time flies! It was now almost two years ago that I wrote my ’Tomorrow’s Web Type Today’ series of blog posts (1, 2, 3, 4) and did a talk based on their content at the Ampersand and TYPO Berlin conferences. (You can still watch the video from the latter event, if you’re interested.) This week I’m in the process of preparing for a new talk at TYPO SF (tickets are still available, by the way) and although I’m focussing on topics such as kerning and responsive typography (accompanying posts will follow in the next couple of days), I thought it was worth…
  • Say hello to Skull Tubes

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve started to talk more and more about my music-making side project that goes by the name of Skull Tubes. This is because I’ve been getting pretty serious about music lately; as well as squeezing recording / mixing sessions into every spare hour I can find, I’ve also been trying to spread the word on social media. Until now, though, I’ve barely said a word on this blog. So, to change that, I’d like to officially introduce Skull Tubes to the world, and I would be absolutely thrilled if you were to…
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  • Improve text appearance with Photoshop’s anti-aliasing

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    One of the most important things you can do to improve the look of your text in Photoshop is adjust the anti-aliasing of the text based on the size the text will be displayed at. Text anti-aliasing can be found in Photoshop’s Control Bar (usually located at the top of the screen) when you have the text tool selected. You’ll find it just to the right of the point size entry box, as seen in the screenshot above. You can adjust the anti-aliasing by selecting the options in the drop-down menu. There are four anti-aliasing options, Smooth, Strong, Crisp and Sharp. Which one you use…
  • Samsung lies. DOUBLES their sales figures for Galaxy Tab

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    I’m shocked. SHOCKED! Samsung are liars? In the Apple vs. Samsung trial, Samsung’s own internal sales documents clearly show they’re not doing nearly as well as they would have you believe. Maybe Steve Jobs was right about that 90% marketshare. Related posts: iPhone 5 more popular than Samsung Galaxy S III on the web Steve Jobs: “That day has come.” If Steve Jobs were here, THIS is what would have happened
  • Free font: Phantasm

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Phantasm – a great futuristic display font from Adil Siddiqui. Free for personal use. Related posts: Free font: Aller Free font: MOD Free font: Carbon
  • Cool and creepy design inspiration

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    German design firm, Foreal, has posted images of their alphabet sculpting project. Images of each letter of the alphabet, created in Cinema4D—some of the letter are ultra cool. Some are downright creepy. All are inspirational. Related posts: Package design inspiration Inspiration: Beer packaging Design survival: Finding design inspiration outside the digital world
  • Tips for public speaking

    1 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you’re making a presentation in front of people you don’t know, it can be a little never-racking, to say the least. Especially if you’re not used to doing it. PublicSpeaking is a site which offers some helpful advice. Check it out. Related posts: Tips for better PowerPoint & Keynote presentations Cool Web Site: Daily Design Advice CSS for beginners: helpful tips!
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  • 20 Creative Mascot Designs That Leave An Impression

    Nancy Young
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    Do you remember the helpful paperclip in Microsoft Word that would help you out with tips? It’s one of the first mascots in design I remember. With the number of websites increasing daily and highly competitive markets, brand new attention-grabbing tricks are required for you to stand out. A logo on your website is no longer enough to make an impact on your visitors. One creative way is to develop a mascot, which will interact with customers and present your company to the outside world. Visual memory is much stronger than text, thus the mascot is a great solution to help people remember…
  • Sync Your Project Files & Manage Team Communication With Fleep

    Azzief Khaliq
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Email is far from being the best way to communicate, especially in a far-from-traditional working environment. If you work with team members remotely, chat and instant messaging services provide a more immediate, real-time communication platform – but they are terrible for sending files back and forth. Here is how Fleep comes in to help you get the best of both worlds. Fleep is an application that combines the best parts about email and instant messaging, offering a chat system with a file uploading system, message pinning and cloud-stored chat history. Let’s check it out and see…
  • 30 Outstanding Resume Designs You Wish You Thought Of

    Nancy Young
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    It’s a competitive job market we hunt jobs in and sorry to say, resumes created in MSWord are just not going to cut it anymore. These days, particularly if you are a creative, you need an outstanding resume to make an impression on potential employers. When a prospective client looks at your resume, everything you put into your resume is doing all the selling for you. Not only do you have to ensure that what you put into your resume convinces them that you are the best candidate for the job, you need to create a resume that not only shows them what you can do, but how you are not afraid…
  • 20 More Free Multi-Purpose Vector Icon Sets for Designers

    Nancy Young
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Any web-related project requires the use of icons. Creating icons for each project you have is not only impractical because it is time-consuming work but also insane! There are already tons of amazing icons sets available for free download, all over the Web. All you have to do is locate those high-quality enough to make it into your project. Well, we’ve gone and done the legwork for you – all you have to do is take your pick. Below, are 20 free vector icon sets that will fit any kind of project you might have in mind. You will be able to find icon sets perfect for business,…
  • Add Contextual Menu on Your Website With HTML5

    Thoriq Firdaus
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    The contextual menu is the menu that is listed when you right-click on your computer screen. The menu usually comprises of shortcuts for some of our favorite repeated actions like creating or sorting folders/files, opening a new application window, or accessing System Preferences to change an option. For years “contextual menu” resides in native applications. Nowadays, contextual menu brings tons of benefits for web apps, for example in cPanel’s File Manager and Gmail. These menus are built with a heavy JavaScript scripting: In the future, we may be able to build contextual…
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  • Share Art with Curiator, a New Online Platform

    Melissa Mazzoleni
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    This may come as no surprise, but I love art and beautiful things. I spend more of my free time than I’m comfortable admitting either looking at images, gifs and the sort online or actively seeking some visual stimuli in galleries, museums and the everyday. I know that a lot of you feel me on that. I’m excited to keep a new site on my radar: Curiator. Much like the name implies, this recently launched online platform allows users to collect and share art online. Unlike other sites, which encourages users to collect and share images on a variety of topics or personal interests,…
  • Prototypo | Streamlining Font Creation

    Erin Mays
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Picking the perfect typeface for your creation can be hard work — there are thousands of fonts out there, each with their own unique look and feel to choose from. Expand your search beyond those readily available online and you’ll find typographers handcrafting unique fonts for each job – some even willing to make unique typefaces based off your own handwriting. Whether you’re a graphic designer, typographer, or a connoisseur of the perfect typeface for your blog, word doc, or other project it’s clear you can appreciate all the hard work goes into creating just the…
  • 3 Adobe Creative Cloud Tips with Rufus Deuchler

    Rufus Deuchler
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Welcome to my second post here on the HOW blog. Did you check out the first one? Before I dive in: Did you know that if you ran any of the free 30-day Adobe Creative Cloud product trials before January 15, 2014, you have the ability to try them again? Simply go to Adobe Creative Cloud to get your free Creative Cloud membership and download the trials for Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Adobe Muse CC and more. This is a great opportunity for you and your colleagues to check out the benefits of a Creative Cloud membership before you make a decision.Creative Cloud is all about…
  • Snøhetta Created Oslo’s Visual Identity for Olympic Bid

    Melissa Mazzoleni
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Hosting the Olympics is definitely bragworthy. And creating the brand identity and logo for a host city is equally impressive. While I’m busy debating whether or not my friend could make it onto the curling team and discussing the visual identity for the most recent Olympics, many designers have been busy creating a city’s application to host the next Games. And one city and firm presented a strong contender, at least for my attention, as it embraces “Nordiac simplicity”: The City of Oslo, Norway. The city commissioned the firm Snøhetta to create the brand design,…
  • Giving Half: verynice!

    Erin Mays
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    verynice founder, Matt ManosIn business turning a profit is the main objective. Of course it is, I mean raise your hand if you like making money. I know I do. Money makes the world go round and it’s the one topic no one likes to talk about; it’s the big elephant in the room that we all just ignore. Nothing in a company is ever done without considering the return on the investment or the profit margins associated with each project, but there’s one design firm that’s turning this paradigm on its head: verynice. verynice has operated since 2008, historically doing half or…
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  • Super Cool Retro NASA Animated Logo ID

    The Logo Smith
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Super Cool Retro NASA Animated Logo ID I absolutely love finding these retro animated NASA logo, video presentations. For a while, before I posted this, I actually thought it was a genuine NASA production, but turns out it was created by a Redditor, going by the user name _Charlie : I designed this retro-futuristic NASA logo animation, thought you guys would like it! If fake NASA logos don’t do it for you, and you want genuine retro NASA animated logos, then check this post out: NASA’s ‘Worm’ Logo Animated in 70′s Groovy Fashion and includes 3 other Retro NASA animated…
  • The So So Clever Fourteen Logo Design by WeAreMash

    The Logo Smith
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Fourteen logo design, by WeAreMash It’s quite something when I am so tempted to say that the Fourteen logo design, by WeAreMash, is one of the sweetest logo designs I have seen, certainly this year. It’s just so so fantastically clever. One one hand, and I remember exactly what I thought when I first saw it was a sense of slight, I was thinking “what is that symbol at the beginning?”, then it just hit me milliseconds, or so later. From that moment on: this (on the surface) simple, but so brilliantly executed F & 14, now feels like a natural letter and number…
  • Advice for Clients: Looking to Hire a Logo Designer on Google?

    The Logo Smith
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    In this post I’ll provide some basic, but useful, advice for clients who are looking to find and hire a logo designer on Google, and the Website in General If there is one thing I know for certain? It’s that it must be a complete nightmare to find a logo designer that ‘ticks all the boxes’, not because there are so few of us logo designers around: it’s actually the complete opposite. There are gazillions of potential logo designer candidates worldwide: all of varying skill levels, some with years of experience and some none at all; some experienced without any…
  • New Work: Puritone Records Logo Design by The Logo Smith

    The Logo Smith
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
      Client: Puritone Records Categories: Vintage, Logomark, Emblem, Badge, Logotype Note: This entire post is taken word-for-word from my Logo Portfolio. A previous client of mine, Pure Storage, approached me to design a reto-cool logo that would be used to brand a fun side project of theirs, called: Puritone Records. This was one of the quickest turnaround logo design I have done, and especially one for such an important client as Pure Storage. I had just 5 days to come up with an idea, and have the files ready, to give them, for April 1st. In fact, I started on Tuesday and had the main…
  • MoleseyCo Logo Evolution-The Less than Perfect Side to a Logo Designs Development

    The Logo Smith
    23 Mar 2014 | 12:58 pm
    MoleseyCo Logo Evolution-The Less than Perfect Side to a Logo Designs Development I just felt the urge to share this quick image that showed the very first digital mock-ups, of what was to become, the MoleseyCo Clothing brand logo mascot, emblem and overall brand icon. One has to start somewhere, and it’s usually a bloody awful start at that. I can laugh about it now, barely. You can see some of the final logo artwork sheets in my portfolio: MoleseyCo Clothing Brand Logo and Identity Design Bear in mind, even this logo sheet shows only a small example of all the variations I would end…
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  • Four Color Process

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    I’ve been reading comic books off and on since I was little. There was a time when I thought I’d like to pursue a career in drawing comics. I enjoy the medium immensely for both its art and storytelling explorations. The art in particular has always held a place in my heart, which is why when I found John Hilgart’s Four Color Process blog I lost most of a morning pouring through the images. I appreciate the technology many of us use to read comics now, but seeing the dots and registration (or lack thereof) has a quiet human charm, not unlike seeing the texture of an artist’s brush…
  • Ask a question

    17 Mar 2014 | 10:07 am
    When I want to find out more about my own work, I ask a question. When someone asks me to look at their work, I ask a question. It’s a silly thing to say, but it took me years to do that. It’s silly because it’s probably obvious to you, or to anyone who’s thought about it for a moment: If you want to get a better understanding of something, asking a question is infinitely more useful than making a statement. It took me years to get there because I fell into the same trap many young designers do when in a critique—I tried to participate by offering answers. Answers are appealing, of…
  • Philadelphia Fade Out

    10 Mar 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I was born and raised in Philadelphia, so when I travel I often get weird looks when I ask for a glass of wooder, and man do I miss good sawff pressle. Last week The New York Times published a great piece on the unique Philly sound: No vowel escapes diphthongery, no hard consonant is safe from a mid-palate dent. Extra syllables pile up so as to avoid inconvenient tongue contact or mouth closure. If you forget to listen closely, the Philadelphia, or Filelfia, accent may sound like mumbled Mandarin without the tonal shifts. That wonderful Philly accent that still says hewm to me is…
  • Take a breath

    18 Feb 2014 | 7:52 am
    Have you ever seen something that someone else made that you just hated? What happened next? Did you rush to Facebook or Twitter to share your disdain with the world? I know I have. See, I try to live as a kind and considerate person—so I hate to admit that I have that side to me. And it’s probably always been there. But in the pre-Internet past, it would have only manifested as some silent quips to myself in my head. I want to be a better person and, just as importantly, I want to be a better member of our community. And I want you to be, too. So here’s my advice to both of us—to…
  • The Winter Olympics Gear Guide

    18 Feb 2014 | 7:29 am
    The New York Times has been doing a great job covering the 2014 Winter Olympics, but also a spectacular job of giving the games a bit more context. Their Interactive Stories help explain the details of the events, especially for ones that can feel a bit more cryptic. I also really enjoyed their gear guide that delves into some of the history of the equipment in different sports and compares them with their modern day counterparts. It’s interesting to see how homegrown some of the gear still remains. And look out for the flying squirrel farther down on the page. Lastly, don’t miss…
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  • A Beginner’s Guide to UX & UI Design

    Jacob Cass
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    This article has been contributed by Saha William. User experience (UX) is the end result of User Interface design (UI)… If that’s what you wanted to hear, there you have it. Take it and leave it! However, if you landed on this post with a resolve to understand what UX and UI design truly mean and what makes them apart, then read on as I will gladly unfold the mystery before you in as plain English as possible. So, are you with me? Good! First of all, I’d like to purge the wrong misconception, which most people have in their mind about UX and UI, that the two terms are same…
  • Top 10 E-mail Etiquette Tips During Your Career Search

    Jacob Cass
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    This article has been contributed by Jeffrey. Currently, for the past several years, email communication has proven an effective solution for many purposes. It saves money, time and allows you to find what you want without intermediaries. For this reason, having the company data to which you wish to apply for a job can be very useful. This may help you get a job in no time. There are still many people who believe that it is preferable to deliver their curriculum in person because they think that email is not an effective channel. Social networks are proving to be one of the most effective…
  • The Secret Process of Writing Magnetic Design Briefs

    Jacob Cass
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:17 pm
    *This is a contributed article by Leslie Anglesey. Writing magnetic and effective design briefs is the difference between a successful project and one that stays in the construction phase way past schedule. Your brief needs to clearly and precisely provide the designer with the information they need to do their job. In this article we’ll go over a process you can follow to write a great design brief. It takes practice of course, like everything else. But, once you get the hang of it your jobs becomes that much more efficient. Step #1: Company Profile Synopsis Just break it down so that…
  • Brand Basics: The Importance of Having a Brand Platform

    Jacob Cass
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:11 pm
    This article has been contributed by Andy. Some business owners overlook the importance of a brand. They think that because they don’t manufacture a unique, ground breaking product, they can’t be considered a “brand”. Any business out there can be a brand though – right through from massive names like Coca Cola and Nike, to Wholefoods and Tesco. To put this in perspective, the majority of the items sold by Wholefoods and Tesco are purchased from other companies and brands, but those two supermarkets are still brands within their own right. Your business can be its very own brand too…
  • 16 Great Websites with Unique & Unusual Navigation

    10 Mar 2014 | 6:56 am
    This article has been contributed by Alex Bulat. Navigation is an essential component of any website. Comfortable, user-friendly and straightforward to use, navigation creates necessary conditions for every visitor to find what he/she is looking for. In this round-up we’d like to show you number of websites with unique and unusual navigation methods. Diesel On this website the navigation within each category is created in a very unique manner. When clicking each bucket, it zooms a bit, while the area around get blurry. What’s more when you are in the single product view, at the bottom of…
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  • 20 Minimal Web Designs That Don’t Rely on Images

    Chris Spooner
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    We usually see websites these days with bright loud photography spanning the full page, but some minimalists can still create great looking designs without any images at all. Today’s showcase presents over 20 designs that don’t rely on pretty pictures, these sites feature no photographic headers or background images, instead you’ll find clear typography and perfect grid based layouts. Alexander Collin Yaron Schoen Patrick Algrim Navigating Medicare Mark Boulton Kyle Penn Minimal Monkey Ten & Bourne Elliot Jay Stocks Nicola Potts The Office of Jason James Studio Källbom…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for April 11th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Grovemade, Elliot Condon, Wifeel, Shapeshift and Made by Few 2014 Conference. Grovemade View the website Elliot Condon View the website Wifeel View the website Shapeshift View the website Made by Few 2014 Conference View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for April 11th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
  • 20 Tasty Website Designs from the Food Industry

    Chris Spooner
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    It’s always interesting to browse different styles of website designs from other industries. We’ve seen large images used in web design before, but the food industry in particular really whets your appetite with enticing photos of delicious meals. These images clearly introduce the nature of the site and make an immediate connection to the hungry viewer. Check out this showcase of 20 website designs for restaurants and services in the food industry. Now, who’s hungry?! Munchery Molly & Me Pecans Blackhouse Lemonade MarketPlace Florentina The Claw Bar Whoa Nelly Catering…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for April 4th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Dropify, Kin HR, WDG, Brand Aid and InVision. Dropify View the website Kin HR View the website WDG View the website Brand Aid View the website InVision View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for April 4th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
  • Roundup of the Best Free Icon Fonts for Web Design

    Chris Spooner
    30 Mar 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Icon fonts are extremely useful resources for web designers. There’s so many benefits to using a icon webfont over traditional image sprites, such as the ability to have the icon infinitely scale and retain perfect quality; easily change the colour of the icon artwork using CSS; and have a whole library of glyphs available within just one file. There’s a bunch of great icon fonts out there, but this post rounds up the best. These are the largest and highest quality collections that are all downloadable for free! Font Awesome (370+ icons) Typicons (330+ icons) Batch (300+ icons)…
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  • Eye Candy for Today: Vermeer’s Delft

    Charley Parker
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    View of Delft, Johannes Vermeer On Wikipedia, original is in the Mauritshuis. Sometimes overlooked among the enigmatic Dutch master’s oeuvre of striking paintings are Vermeer’s three known landscapes (or more properly, cityscapes), only two of which are existing: The Little Street and View of Delft. Aside from the simple fact that View of Delft a beautiful painting, there are several things I particularly enjoy about this work. One is the interesting composition: a straightforward city view in the middle of the scene, but with that wonderful sweeping curve of the water and bank…
  • Zen Pencils (Gavin Aung Than)

    Charley Parker
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    Zen Pencils is an online comics feature by cartoonist Gavin Aung Than, in which he interprets inspirational writings, sayings and quotes from various sources in the form of comics. The main page of the site is arranged as a blog, and the strips are intermixed with supplementary commentary and other material. New readers may want to sample the “10 most popular Zen Pencils comics of 2013” or use the “Archives” drop-down to the right of the main navigation, the Archives page, or some of the recent selections in the right-hand column. Be aware that the strips are loaded as…
  • Still more “not the usual Van Goghs”

    Charley Parker
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Most of these can be found on WikiPaintings. See my previous posts on the subject, below.
  • Eye Candy for Today: Gibson ink drawings

    Charley Parker
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Various drawings, Charles Dana Gibson From the Toronto Public Library. Gibson was one of the great masters of pen and ink and a major early figure in “Golden Age” illustration. Look at the head of the “Gibson Girl” the center, and the variety of lines, from the short, fine pen strokes around the eyes and nose, to the fluid, calligraphic curves at the top of the hair (which I assume are done with a brush). Wonderful.
  • Self-portraits #12

    Charley Parker
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    More “selfies” from the hands of artists from the past. Nary an iPhone among them. Images above (links to my posts): George Hendrik Breitner, Amedeo Modigliani, Arthur Rackham, Marie Bashkirtseff, Cornelis Visscher (with detail), Frédéric Bazille, Lorenzo Lotto, Pieter Claesz (with detail).
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  • Minimal to the Max: Ultra Minimalist Brand Logos

    Katrina Radic
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    As design trends change, so do various experiments with famous brand logos pop up. For instance, when Microsoft unveiled its flat redesign (and maybe started a design revolution as well) a fun set of “Microsofted” logos of famous brands showed us how would it look if everyone embraced the same style. Now, with iOS7 and it’s wonderfully minimalistic design – and the similar design style rapidly spreading – here’s a set of ultra minimalistic famous brand logos, as another variation on the theme. With nothing but lines and brand colors, StockLogos experimented…
  • Create The Perfect Hipster Logo in 6 Easy Steps

    Dorian Cioban
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    A couple of months back, graphic designer Tim Delger has created the “The Hipster Logo Design Guide” which broke down the process of designing an “hipster” logo that can be used in any context. The six-step guide tells you exactly what you need to do: from choosing a badge, to decorating with symbols, adding the right font and extra info to making a rubber stamp to get that vintage-looking logo you are longing for. We’ve decided to feature this guide on our website because we think that this might come in handy for our readers in certain situations when a…
  • Choosing the Right Color for Your Logo

    Dorian Cioban
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:49 am
    While our most recent Logo Nest B&W Edition book features some of the most amazingly well-designed logos which are beautiful in black and white, logos get a whole another dimension when color comes into play. The team behind Muse Design inc. has created this infographic a while back that will always serve its purpose as a quick reference when you can’t decide which color suits best for the logo you are currently designing. Check it out: Infographic: The post Choosing the Right Color for Your Logo appeared first on .
  • Iconic Logos of the 20th Century Get Animated

    Sinisa Komlenic
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:14 am
    Yun-Sik Hong, a Korean-based graphic designer has created an 80-second animation showcasing a set of the most iconic logos of 20th century. Along with intelligently-executed, dynamic and smooth logo transitions, the animation also displays the names of designers and the exact year of creation, serving as an informative tool for all the designers out there. Check out the video below: The post Iconic Logos of the 20th Century Get Animated appeared first on .
  • Western Brands, Chinese Logos

    Dorian Cioban
    19 Mar 2014 | 5:01 am
    If you ever wondered about the usage of Chinese typography and the possibilities of its visual treatment as a brand mark, seek no further. Niek van Wingerden, a Shanghai-based designer together with his creative partner Stephen Wright have provided a creative answer to this very delicate and often avoided subject by western brands. Namely, the duo have adapted six of the most popular western brands’ logos by reinterpreting them with chinese characters and managing to stay true to the overall look and feel of the brand. Can you guess which one is which? Images: Niek van Wingerden /…
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  • 2014-04-11 | Fourteen

    Jacob Cass
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Fourteen Law Firm Credits: WeAreMash *I will also be out next week on vacation so no posts for 10 days.* Related Logos: 2012-02-24 | Bufete Alfonso López (4) 2011-06-21 | Fashion Law Institute (20) 2010-06-20 | Alternative (3)
  • 2014-04-10 | Kerning Conference

    Jacob Cass
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    Kerning: International Conference on Typography Credits: Above Related Logos: 2014-02-04 | Oakland Surf Club (1) 2013-12-04 | Cottesloe Hotel (0) 2013-07-23 | Boom (2)
  • 2014-04-08 | Happy Cactus

    Jacob Cass
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Happy Cactus Agency Credits: Happy Cactus Related Logos: 2014-02-26 | Superlatief (1) 2014-01-15 | Hello Innovation (1) 2013-11-13 | Multikleur (1)
  • 2014-04-03 | Evolution Fresh

    Jacob Cass
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Evolution Fresh Juices Credits: Hornell Anderson Related Logos: 2013-05-16 | The Great Gatsby (1) 2013-03-01 | Hundred Studioo (4) 2013-01-31 | Juliet Nicole (5)
  • 2014-03-31 | AUX

    Jacob Cass
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Aux, is a cooperative company, that provides technical service in the world of entertainment. Credits: FCGrafik Related Logos: 2012-07-16 | Under Armour (3) 2014-02-20 | Bardon Cocktail Bar (0) 2014-01-16 | American Table (2)
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  • Friday Photography #93

    Natalie Turner
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:45 pm
    This post is a part of our weekly photography inspiration series. Each Friday we feature some of the most professional and amazing photographs captured by talented photographers from all around the world. Here are latest photographs for your inspiration. If you like this post feel free to share it on Twitter and Facebook. Photography Quote of the Week: “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” – Ansel Adams &nbspThe post…
  • Using Youtube when Marketing for Photographers

    Natalie Turner
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    0:45 – Video Editing Software 1:35 – Watermark 2:00 – Video Intro and Outro, Logo Sting 3:00 – Verify YouTube Account as a partner 4:00 – Adding a Custom Thumbnail     Marketing Tips For Photographers Using YouTube Blog Post and Video   Youtube Marketing Tips for Photography by Natalie Turner &nbspThe post Using Youtube when Marketing for Photographers appeared first on SEO | Social Media | Blogging | Design | Photographu.
  • Google Hummingbird For Photography Online Marketing

    Natalie Turner
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Photography Online Marketing Optimized for Google Hummingbird. 0.30 What is Google Hummingbird 1.30 How does it impact me as a photographer? 2.00 Google answers questions 2.30 Google Loves Mobile sites Stay up to date with Google Hummingbird For Photography Online Marketing so you know how it effects you.                                 &nbspThe post Google Hummingbird For Photography Online Marketing appeared first on SEO | Social Media | Blogging | Design | Photographu.
  • Linkedin For Photographers

    Natalie Turner
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:21 pm
    How LinkedIn helps photographers. 0.30 Social Media – LinkedIn For Photographers 1.15 Professional Headshots 2.45 Connection to LinkedIn groups. 4.50 LinkedIn Profile 100% up to date   LinkedIn has become vital for Photographers.                             &nbspThe post Linkedin For Photographers appeared first on SEO | Social Media | Blogging | Design | Photographu.
  • How to Back Up Your Photography Website

    Natalie Turner
    22 Nov 2013 | 6:56 am
    Are you Backing up your photography website? 0.44 One Magical File, Full Recovery 1.50 What happens if you don’t backup 2.35 No Backup? This Website is your best friend 3.42 One Plugin saved days of work 5.49 Prevention is better than cure Don’t Lose Everything – Backup your Photography WebsiteThe post How to Back Up Your Photography Website appeared first on SEO | Social Media | Blogging | Design | Photographu.
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  • Is All Press Good Press? Making Reporters Fall in Love with Your Startup

    Ivan Serrano
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:40 pm
    In the world of small business marketing, consumers tend choose one product over another solely because of how recognizable a brand is. While an off-brand product will usually be less expensive, many would rather spend the extra cents (or dollars) for a better known product. So how can you get your own brand to stand up to the competition? It’ll take much more than a bold logo and pretty packaging, as building a brand is essentially developing an identity– one that is not like anyone else’s. In order for a brand to succeed, you need to convey experience, engage with your customers,…
  • Role of Channels in the Customer Journey

    Chris Wilson
    13 Mar 2014 | 6:57 am
    In Experian’s latest 2014 Digital Marketer: Benchmark and Trend Report, they asked marketers to identify how each of 12 channels fits into their customer’s journey, choosing whether each has a “greeter” role (creating awareness), operates as an “influencer” (generating interest) or is a “closer” (getting the sale). Here are some takeaways from their findings: 82% of marketers see the role of social media as a channel to create awareness or generate interest. Only 4% say that social media “gets the sale.” Website and email are seen as the top channels for…
  • A One-Two Step Combo: Five Reasons Why You Should Add a Blog to Your Shopping Cart

    13 Mar 2014 | 6:38 am
    A well-trained boxer or martial artist knows the value of a one-two step combination during a match. A jab-hook or punch-kick combo at a pivotal moment of any battle can easily seal the deal and wrap things up without any further delay. The same principle can easily apply to using your eCommerce shopping cart to seal the deal when converting your customers. However, instead of using a jab-kick, you want to use the blog-shopping cart method for a number of different reasons. Keep the Customers Informed By using quality content throughout your blog, you will be able to keep your customers and…
  • Visual History of Google Algorithm Changes [Infographic]

    Chris Wilson
    11 Mar 2014 | 7:17 am
    When it comes to any subject or craft, it’s important to know the history behind how it got where it is today. HubSpot does a great job of outlining the history of Google’s Algorithm changes. Via: Hubspot
  • Premium Packaging Best Practices For Online Businesses

    11 Mar 2014 | 6:32 am
    A lot of online businesses tend to think that after creating and listing products for sale, the job is done. Realistically however, creating and selling items is only half the story; an impression has to be made. Because packaging items to be shipped is usually the first experience customers receive for a business, a good packaging job can be the difference in brand loyalty and one time purchase. The Ecommerce Packing Survey of U.S. Consumers from last year reveals that retailers adopting premium packaging benefit in marketing, customer loyalty and advertising. And when it is executed as a…
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  • Email Marketing: 4 steps to optimize a mobile experience for better conversion

    Selena Blue
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    Almost half of all emails are opened on mobile devices, according to Litmus research. That’s definitely big – especially since it was just three years ago that Litmus found only 10% of emails were opened on mobile. So what can you do to capitalize on this drastic shift? Read on to learn more from Justine Jordan, Marketing Director, Litmus, who shared tips you can use to optimize subscribers' experience through mobile email for better conversion at MarketingSherpa Email Summit 2014.
  • Social Media: How to turn customers into brand advocates

    John Tackett
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    For many marketers, user-generated content is the upcycling opportunity of a lifetime. It’s free content created by brand advocates with a margin of credibility money can’t buy. Read this MarketingSherpa Blog post to learn about how Evin Catlett, Digital Marketing Manager, Amer Sports, found creative ways to repurpose user-generated content effectively.
  • Social Media Marketing: Adding Reddit to the mix

    David Kirkpatrick
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    One platform that probably isn’t on most marketers' radars is Reddit. Marketing tactics on Reddit are not readily obvious, and the platform’s users are not there to be marketed to and don’t welcome any interaction that feels like marketing. Should you consider Reddit in your social media strategy? If so, how should you approach the platform?
  • E-commerce: 3 test ideas to optimize the customer shopping experience

    Laura Harkness
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    Clearly, there are some important distinctions to be drawn between brick-and-mortar shopping experiences versus shopping online from the comfort of your couch. Continue reading to learn about three test ideas you can use to aid your e-commerce optimization efforts.
  • Content Marketing: Come in with an idea, leave with a blog post

    David Kirkpatrick
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    B2B marketers are regularly told that there is a wealth of great insight and knowledge to be mined for content within the enterprise walls. The challenge is turning that knowledge into content that can be shared. Learn how you can effectively cultivate internal resources for content in this MarketingSherpa Blog post.
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  • All the Way to the End, All of Us Together

    Eric Meyer
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    Our first day here at Disney World, we tried to go on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, but it was closed “for refurbishment”, so we decided to try Splash Mountain instead.  In addition to being a ride that was right there where we were, it promised to cool us off a bit.  Going from 30ºF to 90ºF in the space of a day was a bit rough on everyone. Carolyn and Uncle Jim sat in the front seat of the log boat, and Rebecca sat between me and Kat in the next seat back.  Things started well enough as we splooshed and bobbed around bends, but fairly near the beginning of the ride, you get a…
  • On Writing

    Eric Meyer
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Our situation, and my posts, have been the cause of sleepless nights and fallen tears for a great many people.  In some ways I feel bad about that; it occasionally feels like I’m forcing our pain onto other people, which isn’t exactly a friendly thing to do.  But I know you’re here because you want to be here for us, and here, words are how we commune. But why, I am occasionally asked and occasionally ask myself, am I writing about Rebecca’s cancer instead of doing other things?  There are a number of reasons. Part of it is that I’m creating a precisely timestamped chronicle for…
  • The Evening

    Eric Meyer
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    We had guests for dinner, as we often do, a house full of squealing, laughing children and their grownups, preparing dinner and trying to figure out who would get stuck with setting the table.  We’d all gone up the street to the elementary school to test out their new playground equipment and try to fly a kite in the random spring breeze, running around an open field and trying not to slip in the mud.  Now we were back and ready to eat. Rebecca played and laughed with the other kids, all obvious traces of our conversation earlier that day erased by the simple joy being a five-year-old,…
  • The Truth

    Eric Meyer
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:24 pm
    We asked Rebecca to sit with us on the half-couch situated against the short wall of the child psychologist’s small office.  She clambered up into Kat’s lap, facing toward me, looking at me sidelong with her unique mixture of shyness and impishness.  I was already having trouble drawing my breath, arrested by her affection for and trust in us, and pierced by the knowledge of what we were about to do to her. “Honey, we want to talk to you about something.” Her eyes dropped, her face melting to something wary and withdrawn.  She knows, I thought.  She knows, and we have to say it…
  • Flare Sites

    Eric Meyer
    29 Mar 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Further review by several radiologists of the cranial MRI from last Thursday has identified multiple flare sites throughout Rebecca’s brain.  These are areas of irritation that indicate emerging tumors. So we won’t be going to Philadelphia for surgery.  The recovery time afterward, and the possibility of brain damage from the resection, mean that removing the large tumor might actually reduce the amount of quality life ahead of her.  The odds are overwhelming that there will be no surgery at all. We are meeting with the Cleveland Clinic team on Monday morning to work on finding a…
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  • Routing Overview & Basics in Symfony 2

    Andrew Perkins
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Today we're going to work more with Symfony 2 where we'll explore the basics of building web applications using this awesome framework. Symfony 2 Routing IntroductionIn the last video, I said we'd take a look at controllers next, but I actually feel it may be easier to learn the framework in a slightly different order. Instead, we're going to learn about the basics of Symfony 2 routing, to give our applications clean and pretty URLs and make it easy to manage our applications URLs and links. We're not going to get too detailed, as Symfony's routing can do quite a bit, but we'll at…
  • How to Use New Relic With PHP & WordPress

    Alan Skorkin
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    We've previously covered how to set up New Relic for a Rails app, as well as spent a lot of time looking at how to use the New Relic UI. And while the UI is very similar regardless of the language and framework you're using, actually getting New Relic set up can be radically different. Today, we will look at how to monitor a PHP application using New Relic. More specifically, we will set up a basic WordPress installation and get some performance data about it, in the New Relic dashboards.Getting New Relic set up for Ruby is very much environment agnostic. We simply add the agent gem to our…
  • Alternatives to Prefixr

    Rey Bango
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Awhile ago, the awesome Jeffrey Way created a tool called Prefixr which was meant to help with the onerous task of managing vendor prefixes in your stylesheets. It worked by analyzing your stylesheet and automatically adding the vendor prefixed version of different rules into an output that you could then paste into your file. It was a pretty slick tool. Unfortunately, now that the site has gone the way of the dodo bird and after having several users ping us about it, we wanted to provide some alternatives that can help provide similar capabilities. The Express Prefixr Library The first…
  • Componentizing the Web

    Krasimir Tsonev
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is the story about a project of mine. A big one. A mixture between PHP and Node.js. It's a single page application from one point of view and an SEO optimized website from another. Tons of JavaScript, CSS and HTML was written. In a single word, a spaghetti nightmare for any developer. There were falls and rises. Producing and solving bugs. Fighting with the latest technologies and ending up with a wonderfully simple library, which is the topic of this article. The Beginning As it normally happens, the project was considered not so big. The brief came in, we discussed how the development…
  • Creating an RSS Feed Reader With the MEAN Stack

    Gabriel Cirtea
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    This article is a continuation of Introduction to the MEAN Stack. The previous post covered the installation of the MEAN stack and also presented what we ended up with in terms of its directory structure, after installation. Now it's time for some actual coding! What We'll Be Building We will be building an RSS feed reader using the MEAN stack. The application will allow its user to manage their list of feeds by adding a new feed, deleting an existing one, modifying an existing one and, of course, seeing a list of all the feeds in which the user is interested in. The user has to authenticate…
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  • Create For The Next Big Thing: Free Android Wear UI PSD Mockups

    Nataly Birch
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
       The new year suggests the new undertakings, new hopes and new expectations. In the beginning we are always full of enthusiasm that is bubbling up inside us, pushing us on creating something incredible. However, in order to channel this boundless energy we need a fresh start, something that will “turn on” our imagination. And this something appeared last month. Motorola unveiled the Moto 360 smart watch, a part of the Google smart wear series, that as befits is powered by the Android platform.
  • Exclusive Freebie on Noupe: 50 Funny Icons Out of The Ordinary

    Dieter Petereit
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
       Oops, that shouldn’t have happened. Simply hold your breath for a minute and it will have faded. Yes, we find this hilarious. A few weeks ago, Nasty Icons created ripples, yet we found the set too drastic in some ways. So we contacted Freepik, our friends from Spain, and asked them if they’d be interested in creating a set, inspired by Nasty Icons, but more on the funny side. They agreed immediately and today, we are proud to be able to bring the 50 symbols to you. All of the icons are free to use for any type of project, but you can only get them here…
  • Free Download: Trey Ratcliff’s 500 Best Photos in Full Resolution

    Dieter Petereit
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
       This is definitely worth an article as well as your time. Trey Ratcliff, avid traveller and professional photographer, sat down last night and curated his 500 personal favorites from his great photography portfolio into one album. Then he went over to Google+ and released this album exclusively there. Trey is a heavy user of G+ anyway and the platform didn’t limit him to certain resolutions for his images. Out came a great and really large album of 500 high grade images in their fullest resolution.
  • Glyphter: New Free Service Helps You Build Your Custom Icon Font From Random SVGs In No Time

    Dieter Petereit
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am is one of those services that got me immediately. It is simple to use, it works absolutely flawlessly, it is nicely designed and it keeps all of its promises. It even is free. What more could we want? Read on and build your own custom icon font using any SVG you have at hand while waiting for the bus.
  • Dribbbox: And Your Dribbble Profile Becomes a Website, Hosted on Your Own Space

    Dieter Petereit
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
       Many tools are simple. Only a few are simply good. Dribbbox, created by Belgian designer Benjamin De Cock is both. Benjamin designed a contemporary, responsive portfolio look, which automatically populates from any given Dribbble account you throw at it. While this is already great, even greater is that you can host the whole thing on your own webspace.
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  • New York Noir

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    A "mainly hyperlapse journey through New York City - with a monochrome and selective colour treatment" from Geoff Tompkinson:
  • Street typography

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    Tom Williams captured this short film of two road painters (nay, road artists) at work. (Note the lack of stencils/chalk outlines. They create each letterform by a single take!) [via swissmiss]
  • Realistic Mario: Brick Block

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    In this video(game) promoting The Pete Holmes Show, "stuff" gets real for Mario and Luigi:
  • Volvo's Inflatable Child Seat Concept

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Most child safety seats are bulky, hard to move and tedious to mount...but not Volvo's inflatable child seat:
  • 3D on the Rocks

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    3D Rocks are "beautiful ice creations...forged with the latest 3D technology" from Suntory Whisky:
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  • Polinsky’s Line Art

    Adriana de Barros
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    Over the years Brody Polinsky moved on from tattooing in color to focusing on black and grey. His spontaneous mentality makes him a bit different from other artists who depend on stencils to help visualize their final designs. “I get into it by approaching each project loose to see what will manifest. The energy of the client affects the moment. I feel that spontaneity pushes me away from having a perfect stencil.” [1] This Canadian-raised tattooist is working at AKA in Berlin; and you can read a great interview with him at Sang Bleu. Rochat, Jeanne-Salome. "Interview Between…
  • Announcing the Winners of 2013-14 A’ Design Awards

    Adriana de Barros
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    If you have been waiting for the results of the A’ Design Award and Competition, the wait is now over. From 12,525 entries in 105 categories, the judges have chosen 750 winning projects (see here). Our website Illusion has won a Platinum award for digital and broadcast media, another nod to all the hard work the team has put into this project. But of course other entrants have also spent much time and effort on their concepts and final designs, and I would like to share 10 awarded examples.Top: The Haezer album cover by Chris Slabber. The model rips off his latex make-up during the Hazer…
  • Win these Sony Headphones!

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    DEADLINE: April 24, 2014.We are offering a pair of Sony ZX100 Headphones to one reader. Our give-away is open to entrants worldwide. To enter contest, please “Vote for Illusion” through the link provided on tab below.a Rafflecopter giveawayRead Terms and Conditions(+) View NowThe closing date for entries is April 24, 2014.Anyone from any country may enter. Entrants aged under 18 years old must have the permission of a parent or guardian.Staff members of Illusion and Scene 360, supplier of prizes, and entities directly associated with the drawing are ineligible to enter this…
  • Lush, Gritty Paintings

    Christopher Smail
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Chloe Early is an Irish born, London based artist who uses her canvases to explore the contradictions between the romantic and the gritty. Simultaneously dreamlike and unflinching, her oil paintings are a place where opposites meet, they are full of colour and space and play with abstract and collage effects in interesting ways. Click here to view the embedded video.All images © Chloe Early Via The Verge
  • Strange Mutations

    Adriana de Barros
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    Dutch artist Redmer Hoekstra lets his mind wander to the point of envisioning animals fused with daily objects and human body parts. He draws these strange concepts on paper and it is quite fascinating to see the end results, such as a crocodile nail clipper, a ballerina crab (music) box and much more. Artwork © Redmer Hoekstra Via Behance
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    The Social Commerce Social Sourcing Space

  • PDF Expert from Readdle is top notch

    Craig Agranoff
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:33 am
    If you read a lot of documents, and especially if you edit and engage with those documents, then this is an app you need to check out. PDF Expert is a PDF manipulation app from Readdle that allows you to read, edit, annotate, sign, and even convert to audio just about any PDF you have. From making notes to listening to the PDF with text-to-speech, there’s nothing you cannot do with PDF Expert. This is one of those apps that you think “Well, I’d only use that once in a while”.. until you get it. Then you wonder how you functioned without it. I’ve been using it for…
  • Samsung’s Q1 income to dip by 4 per cent

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:56 am
    The operating income of Korean smartphone maker Samsung is forecasted to dip by four per cent to US$8 billion in Q1 2014 compared to the same period last year. On a quarterly basis, its operating income edged up by one per cent, while sales suffered a decline of 11 per cent over Q4 2013. Samsung’s significant profit decline is attributed to the falling prices of smartphones, which accounts for over two-thirds of its income. In fact, the average price of its handsets is expected to decline this year to US$275, down nine per cent from 2013, according to Nomura Financial Investment analyst…
  • Retailers to ramp up investment in technology this year

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:50 am
    Retailers plan to spend more on technology this year, with mobile, websites and new IT systems sitting at the top of their lists. A survey of the top 60 retailers in the UK showed that shops are confident that technology will help boost sales. More than 80 per cent believe that it will improve business efficiency, while nearly the same number of respondents plan to increase their technology spending this year compared to the amount spent in 2013. Commissioned by law firm TLT, the Retail Growth Strategies Survey 2014 noted that retailers are most enthusiastic about mobile payments. In fact, 25…
  • Dropbox receives over $500M in credit financing

    Craig Agranoff
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:11 am
    Popular file storage and sharing platform Dropbox has obtained more than $500 million worth of debt financing, adding to the $350 million in equity funding it raised two months ago from venture and private equity investment. The new deal is lead by J.P. Morgan. Dropbox may be securing this in order to better compete with Google, who recently dropped their competing Google Drive product’s annual price to just under $24 versus the Dropbox price of $99 for the same amount of storage for that time frame. Dropbox is also launching new products this Wednesday, probably involving new features…
  • Kill switch could lead to $2.6 billion in savings

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    A kill switch that can remotely disable stolen smartphones could save Americans up to US$2.6 billion annually, revealed a study by William Duckworth, Associate Professor of analytics, statistics and data science at Creighton University. He estimated that American consumers currently spend about US$580 million replacing stolen handsets each year and US$4.8 billion on smartphone insurance. If a kill switch is put in place, people would stop buying stolen smartphones because they simply would not work. Therefore, most of the US$580 million spent on replacing stolen handsets would be saved. An…
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    Six Revisions

  • The Future of WordPress

    Jacob Gube
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Starting with just a simple line of code 11 years ago, WordPress has evolved to become the platform of more than 74 million websites. Even with a vast array of competitors offering similar functionality, WordPress still dominates the CMS market with a 21.9% market share. I have had a more detailed look at WordPress than most. I have contributed to 6 releases of WordPress, including work in the XML-RPC API (in 3.4) and WP_Image_Editor class (in 3.5). I have also been involved in an upcoming release (3.9). As we look toward the future of WordPress, it is important to evaluate current practices…
  • How to Make Distributed Design Teams Work

    Jacob Gube
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    With more and more technology companies adopting remote working environments, having team members in different parts of the world is not uncommon any more. Remote working comes with many benefits, but also unique challenges. The biggest perk of working remotely is you are able to give all members the option to live and work where they are most productive. It’s often easier to stay focused without the day-to-day distractions of commuting to work and normal office interruptions. But as we mentioned, many challenges persist. Communication can be difficult. Team-building can be very tough.
  • Wireframes vs. Prototypes: What’s the Difference?

    Jacob Gube
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    A wireframe is not the same as a prototype but even seasoned design professionals can sometimes get the two terms mixed up. It’s time to set things straight once and for all, since (semantics aside) the difference between a wireframe and a prototype is actually quite substantial. Editor’s note: This is an article by Marcin Treder, CEO of UXPin. Wireframe A wireframe is a low-fidelity representation of a product’s design. It has three simple objectives; the clear presentation of: Main groups of information Layout/structure of information Core visualization and descriptions of…
  • 5 CSS Effects Libraries for Supercharging Your Designs

    Jacob Gube
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    CSS3 gives designers many new properties and modules (like the CSS Animations and CSS Transitions modules) that allow them to add fascinating interactivity onto their work. If you want to take advantage of these modern CSS capabilities, one quick way to do that would be to use (or study) CSS effects libraries. Let me talk about a few open source collections of CSS that will help you craft great transitional interfaces. 1. Animate.css Animate.css is a collection of over 60 CSS effects by Daniel Eden, a designer at Dropbox. Daniel Eden’s work on Animate.css is an inspiration to some of…
  • 10 Open Source Blogging Platforms for Developers

    Jacob Gube
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Mainstream blogging platforms like WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, etc. aren’t designed for hackers. They’re encumbered by features developers just don’t need or want. And, out of the box, the popular blogging platforms certainly lack a lot things coders actually would want, such as code syntax highlighting, blog theming capabilities using a standardized templating engine, markup language support besides HTML, and integration with source code repositories, among other things. If you’re looking for a blogging solution that’s programmer-friendly, you’ve come to…
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    Free and Useful Online Resources for Designers and Developers

  • 10 High Quality Free Ribbon Fonts

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    Font plays a vital role in the success of any design. There are abundant types of fonts and they all are beautiful in their own way, but they are not meant for each and every design. Each and every font is suitable for certain type of project and therefore, choosing the right font for the right project always impart the feel they wish to contribute. Here, we are showcasing 10 high quality ribbon fonts for you. These fonts will be suitable for celebration themes and to add a classic touch to your design. Here is the full collection after the jump. We hope that you will find these ribbon fonts…
  • 50 Free Flat UI Kits For User Interface Designers

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Here, you will find 50 useful and free to download flat user interface (UI) kits that can boost your designs. These UI kits will help you get started with your UI design project in no time. The time has gone when people used flashy illustrations, extraneous textures and drop down shadows in web designs. Now, the trend has changed, now people want more user-centric web design style. These UI kits will be of great assistance for the beginners and also for the professionals as they can save their loads of time. These kits usually come in PSD file formats, patterns and a lot of user interface…
  • 9 Interesting Word Cloud Generators

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    If you are looking for some word cloud generators that you can use to map data then you are at the right place. Here we are presenting 9 most amazing word cloud generators that you can use to map data like words and tags in visually engaging manner. Word clouds are used as the graphical representation of word frequency, and are being used in many websites. There are plenty of word cloud generators available online some of them are free while some are paid. Despite the availability of numerous amount of free word cloud generators, it is very difficult to find out a free but easy to use tool…
  • 40 WordPress Plugins To Improve Comment Section

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Comment section is one of the most important parts of any blog, and improving the comment section of your blog both design wise and functionality wise will also pay you off. Improving the comment section becomes even more crucial if you are running a huge blog with many visitors and commentators. In this case, you need to improve the design, ease of use, features and even the security of comment section of your blog. Here, we have listed down 40 top and very useful WordPress plugins that can improve your comment section. And it is once again our pleasure to share with you what we have…
  • 10 CSS Frameworks for Web Developers

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Are you a web developer? Need some top quality CSS framework? If your answer is yes, then look no further. You have come to the right place. In this compilation, we are sharing 10 top quality CSS frameworks for web developers so that you do not have to create everything from the scratch rather get a prearranged set of files and folders of a standard code that they can use for the development of a website. For this reason, many web developers constantly look for high quality frameworks. In this collection also, we are presenting some fine quality and free to use CSS frameworks for web…
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  • Why You Should Get Excited About Emotional Branding

    Rick Sloboda
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
       Globalization, low-cost technologies and saturated markets are making products and services interchangeable and barely distinguishable. As a result, today’s brands must go beyond face value and tap into consumers’ deepest subconscious emotions to win the marketplace. The Role Of Brands Is Changing In recent decades, the economic base has shifted from production to consumption, from needs to wants, from objective to subjective. We’re moving away from the functional and technical characteristics of the industrial era, into a time when consumers are making buying decisions…
  • A Guide To Validating Product Ideas With Quick And Simple Experiments

    Grace Ng
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
       You probably know by now that you should speak with customers and test your idea before building a product. What you probably don’t know is that you might be making some of the most common mistakes when running your experiments. Mistakes include testing the wrong aspect of your business, asking the wrong questions and neglecting to define a criterion for success. This article is your guide to designing quick, effective, low-cost experiments. A Product With No Users After 180 Days Four years ago, I had a great idea. What if there was a more visual way to learn about our world?
  • Building The Web App For Unicef’s Tap Campaign: A Case Study

    Nick Jonas, Francis Villanueva
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
       Since a smartphone landed in almost everyone’s pocket, developers have been faced with the question of whether to go with a mobile website or a native app. Native applications offer the smoothest and most feature-rich user experience in almost every case. They have direct access to the GPU, making layer compositions and pixel movements buttery-smooth. They provide native UI frameworks that end users are familiar with, and they take care of the low-level aspects of UI development that developers don’t have time to deal with. When eschewing an app in favor of a mobile website,…
  • How To Build A Ruby Gem With Bundler, Test-Driven Development, Travis CI And Coveralls, Oh My!

    Mark McDonnell
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:39 am
       Ruby is a great language. It was designed to foster happiness and productivity in developers, all the while providing tools that are effective and yet focused on simplicity. One of the tools available to the Rubyist is the RubyGems package manager. It enables us both to include “gems” (i.e. packaged code) that we can reuse in our own applications and to package our own code as a gem to share with the Ruby community. We’ll be focusing on the latter in this article. I’ve written an open-source gem named Sinderella (available on GitHub), and in this article I’ll go through…
  • Involving Clients In Your Mobile Workflow

    Thomas Joos
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
       A lot of mobile-minded talented folks across the globe produce great work, but yet sometimes you still hear many of them complain about their relationships with their clients. They often mention feeling isolated and not truly understanding what the client really needed. This lack of personal interaction often leads to misunderstanding, as well as less awareness of and appreciation for all your hard work. While involving clients in your mobile workflow can be challenging, really working together will make a big difference. In this article, I’ll share some important things I’ve…
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    Speckyboy Design Magazine

  • 30 Fantastic Examples of Fixed Navigation Menus in Web Design

    Zack Rutherford
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:55 am
    Looking at the navigation bar can give you a snapshot idea of what a site is offering, as well as what it’s expecting in return. It’s an abbreviated definition, a road to multiple destinations, and the outstretched hand of invitation to any and all visitors who have happened upon the site in question.And some manage this complicated little two-step in masterful fashion. This is an article dedicated to those surefooted dancers of web design and development who’ve managed to put a new spin on an ultra-trending trope: The Fixed Navigation.Fixed navigation bars can scroll down a…
  • Stop Worrying About People Stealing Your Ideas

    Addison Duvall
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:08 am
    Ideas: the germs that grow into those great, award-winning designs we all want to have our names attached to. We all get dozens of ideas constantly, which typically range from fairly good to amazingly good. Ideas are an abundant commodity that we all have, as creative people.In fact, most designers have more ideas than they know what to do with. Yet, most jealously hide their ideas, paranoid that someone will “steal” them and do something that will undermine their own fame as a designer. We’re going to explore some important reasons why it’s stupid to worry about or…
  • How to Create Stylish CSS Buttons

    Nick Salloum
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    In this tutorial, I’m going to run through the basics of 4 different style buttons – flat, border, gradient & shadow (skeuomorphic), and press style buttons. I’ll reset all the CSS so that buttons display consistently across devices, and I’ll style each set of buttons with a :hover and :active state. Without further ado, let’s dig into the HTML.Get SourceView DemoGetting Started with the HTMLThe HTML I’m using is straightforward. I have four sections, each with their own class, that will allow me to target the buttons inside that section. Of course, if…
  • Weekly News for Designers (N.230)

    Speckyboy Editors
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:08 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.Reading & Learning7 things I wish every search box did by Nicolas Dessaigne.How I joined Google, the personal story and experience of Sebastien Gabriel.Writing code every day by John Resig.Post flat design by Wells Riley.All the passwords you should change because of Heartbleed, in one handy graphic.Alternatives to Prefixr by Rey Bango.15 Responsive…
  • 25 New Frontend jQuery Plugins

    Speckyboy Editors
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:31 am
    In this post, we have put together some of the most popular frontend jQuery plugins that have been released recently. And, are also very easy to implement and configured within minutes.The jQuery plugins on this page are diverse: there are plugins that let you work with menus and scroll effects, and even some that will help you lazy load images and videos. While we have tried to compile most of the best jQuery plugins here, just in case you need more, be sure to check out our jQuery archives.Frontend jQuery PluginsSlidebarsSlidebars is a lightweight (2kb) plugin for creating an app-style…
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  • New York Numbers

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Advertising copywriter Nick Dilallo takes pictures of interesting numbers he finds throughout New York City and posts them to his Instagram account. Personally, my favorites are all of the aging, weathered sans-serif numbers in the Modernist style. This one is not so vintage, but I think it’s fantastic: I asked Nick what inspired this project;…
  • Weather Underground Redesigns

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    Earlier this week, 19-year old(!) weather site Weather Underground launched its biggest ever redesign. I make note of it here because I’ve been visiting this resource on a daily basis for at least fifteen years; it’s been an integral part of my morning routine for as long as I can remember, and I’m very grateful…
  • Sketch 3 Released

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Following up on my post from a few weeks ago, Sketch 3 was released yesterday. This video from Bohemian Coding provides a pretty comprehensive overview of the app, and it has a winning soundtrack, to boot. Version 3’s debut also occasions a free episode of Rafael Conde’s SketchCasts that focuses on what’s new. And designer…
  • Car UX

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:24 am
    Automotive user experience design is a field that seems poised to change dramatically in the coming decade as the “Internet of things” invades car interiors. To that end, user experience designer Min Seung Song is collecting images of the user experience details of contemporary automobiles. It’s a fascinating survey of the relative sameness of auto…
  • New York City’s Lost Type District

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:26 am
    A nifty bit of detective work from Tobias Frere-Jones. I was able to plot out the locations for every foundry that had been active in New York between 1828 (the earliest records I could find with addresses) to 1909. All of the buildings have been demolished, and in some cases the entire street has since…
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    Treehouse Blog

  • Designer Meng To’s Writing Adventure Stemmed from Denied Visa

    Kibkabe Araya
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    Meng To In 2013, Meng To was enjoying the startup life in Silicon Valley while lending his web design talents to Heyzap, a mobile game developer. Until his request for a new visa was denied. The Cambodian-born web designer and developer from Montreal boasted 12 years of experience, but without a degree in higher education, he couldn’t obtain another visa to stay in the U.S. and work for startups sprouting in San Francisco and New York. So he decided to take his skills on the road, traveling the world and working at a startup in Asia. He eventually compiled everything he learned here and…
  • Really Good Emails, Credit Card Detection, Epic Editor | The Treehouse Show Episode 86

    Jason Seifer
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    It’s Tuesday which means that the Treehouse Show is back! In episode 86 of The Treehouse Show, Nick and Jason (@jseifer) talk about writing good emails, detecting credit cards in JavaScript, and a sweet new JavaScript editor. This Week’s Links Really Good Emails – The Best Email Designs in the Universe (that came into my inbox) Error Handling in Nodejs – Developer Center – Joyent Refills How to correctly detect credit card type Font-To-Width Speaking JavaScript EpicEditor – An embeddable JavaScript Markdown editor Debugging Asynchronous JavaScript with…
  • How to Create Custom HTML Elements

    Matt West
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
    (Photo by Kenny Louie / Flickr) An exciting feature of the HTML specification that’s been getting a bit of hype recently is custom HTML elements. These allow you to create your own HTML elements along with their own JavaScript API. This can be useful when building interfaces with components that are reused throughout an application. Free trial on Treehouse: Do you want to learn more about HTML and front-end programming? Click here to try a free 14-day trial on Treehouse. In this blog post you’re going to learn how to create your own HTML elements and define a JavaScript API for them.
  • Treehouse Supplies the Knowledge You Never Knew You Didn’t Have

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Ethan Ferrari This guest post is by Ethan Ferrari, a Treehouse student, designer and developer from Peoria, Ill. Ferrari, 30, started his own company,, in February. He says he hasn’t had a chance to build the site yet because he has “more work than time. Hopefully I’ll launch that by May 1.” Ferrari, who works with HTML5, CSS3, SCSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, and MySQL, is learning advanced JavaScript, Angular.js, PDO, and Object-Oriented PHP in the next six months. Check out his portfolio at For anyone who’s decided to learn programming,…
  • Moonlighting as a Designer or Developer: Money, Flexibility — and Some Caution

    Mark Henricks
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    (The moon. Flickr photo by Johan J.Ingles-Le Nobel) When Neil Tortorella started his web design business, he already had a full-time job. “I was working for a newspaper doing ad stuff for them and freelancing nights and weekends,” says Tortorella, for the last 28 years the owner of Tortorella Design in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. His wife handled sales, and he’d perform the design work at home after hours, literally moonlighting from his day job. Since then, the author of “Starting Your Career As A Freelance Web Designer” (Allworth Press, 2011) has found moonlighting to be far from…
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  • In Which We Seek Your Design News

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:32 am
    If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times: “I could tell you this Big Design News, but then I’d have to kill you.” Now you can give us the scoop and skip the messy task of plotting murder, thanks to our handy “Anonymous Tips” box nestled in the menu bar at right, below the search box. Simply type in your news—design happenings, movements of the Revolving Door, a bit of gossip, a designer’s hidden talent, or any newsy, design-y morsel—and click “Send.” And for those not inclined to clandestine tipping,…
  • Beatrix Ruf Named Director of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

    Stephanie Murg
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:49 am
    Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum, currently home to exhibitions of the work of Marcel Wanders and Jeff Wall (and book your flights now for September when the Marlene Dumas retrospective will occupy a circuit of 15 rooms), has found a new director in Beatrix Ruf (pictured), the current director of the Kunsthalle Zürich. She succeeds Ann Goldstein, who was artistic director at the Stedelijk for the past four years, and will jointly lead the museum with managing director Karin van Gilst. Ruf will start her involvement with the museum immediately and take up her new role on a full-time basis…
  • Design Jobs: Fab, Child Mind Institute, Smarty Had a Party

    Nadine Cheung
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    This week, Fab is hiring a buyer for its art business, as well as a retoucher/content manager. Child Mind Institute is seeking a creative services manager, and Smarty Had a Party is on the hunt for a creative director. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Buyer – Art Fab (New York, NY) Retoucher/Content Manager Fab (New York, NY) Creative Services Manager Child Mind Institute (Philadelphia, PA) Creative Director Smarty Had a Party (Maryland Heights, MO) Design and Publishing Specialist Bonner and Partners (Baltimore, MD)…
  • Wanted: Designer Who May Already Have Won Ten Million Dollars!

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    While we can’t guarantee it will make you any more likely to receive an early morning visit from the Prize Patrol (and in all likelihood employees are ineligible for company sweepstakes), we did want to alert you to the fact that Publishers Clearing House, they of the plentiful pay-by-installment magazine subscriptions and cash prize promises, is looking for a senior web designer to join its Port Washington, New York office. The winning candidates’ responsibilities will include planning, designing, coding, and executing mobile and web-based material, emails, and interactive…
  • Last Chance to Take Your Shot at Young Guns 9

    Stephanie Murg
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:48 am
    Young(ish) people of the world: only one week remains to enter Young Guns 12, the Art Directors Club‘s international, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based competition to identify the young creative vanguard. By “young,” they mean 30 or under, and by “creatives,” they mean those doing great things in graphic design, photography, illustration, advertising and art direction, environmental design, film, animation, video, interactive design, object design, and/or typography. What’s so special about Young Guns? It recognizes an individual, and considers a body of…
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    Veerle's blog 3.0

  • Chineasy illustrations by Noma Bar

    Veerle Pieters
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    Chinese is a hard language to master so that is why Taiwanese artist Shao Lan has developed ‘Chineasy’, a method which allows non-chinese readers to learn the written language by understanding the basic letter-form and meaning in a visual manner. The Israeli master of simplistic illustrations that have a double meaning Noma Bar created the visuals to help you understand the Chinese characters. The New Way to Read Chinese Noma Bar has designed a unique set of illustrations that are engaging and delightful, and offer a glimpse into the wonder of the Chinese language and culture. These…
  • My t-shirt design for WieMu

    Veerle Pieters
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:02 am
    With the Spring Classics in full swing, this is the perfect moment to share my story about a t-shirt design I recently created for WieMu, "To be or not to be Flandrien"… WieMu WieMu stands for "Wielermuseum Roeselare", which is a cycling museum located in Roeselare, Belgium, in the heart of the province of West Flanders. Apart from the history of the bike, and the unique Flemish cycling culture, the museum presents the story of the so called 'Flandrien' cyclist, who stands for a bad-ass cyclist who excels on the typical heavy terrain found in the region of Flanders. The people of WieMu…
  • The design process of my infographic about Fabian Cancellara for Titanen

    Veerle Pieters
    4 Mar 2014 | 11:23 pm
    We had a very entertaining openingsweekend here in Belgium with 'Omloop het Nieuwsblad' and 'Kuurne Brussel Kuurne'. Perfect timing to launch a new publication that is called 'Titanen'. It's always a pleasure to work on a subject that you are passionate about. I had a small contribution with creating an infographic about the main star. The first edition is completely devoted to a true titan, Fabian Cancellara. Mr. Spartacus Fabian hasn't raced on Belgian soil yet as he is preparing himself for the true classics that are coming up in a few weeks. If I am correctly informed he will ride 'Strade…
  • Creating a geometric star in Illustrator

    Veerle Pieters
    19 Feb 2014 | 6:05 am
    It was some time ago that someone asked me if I knew how this beautiful geometric flower by Paulius Kairevičius was created. I remember that I gave it a try for a few minutes, but didn't succeed in exactly reproducing it. Today it caught my eye again and I thought it would be a cool idea to write a tutorial about these kind of geometric objects. Bare in mind that the creations in my article are inspired by this design on Dribbble, and that I only try to re-create this for educational purposes. Depending on the shape and outcome of the creation, these kind of objects can be ideal for a logo…
  • Mother Volcano illustrations

    Veerle Pieters
    27 Jan 2014 | 7:54 am
    Really well executed illustrations provoke an emotion and if you animate them you add an extra dimension to it all. The following illustrations have grabbed my attention and are definitely share worthy here. Commissioned by Paris based agency Uzful, created by Portuguese studio Mother Volcano and brought to life by AIM. 9 character, 9 animations Their style and personalty is what attracted me in the first place. The subtle bits and pieces in the animations are so well done too, like the tail of the pink cat and the movement of the left boot. It's always a challenge to end up with something…
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    Print Magazine » Imprint: Print Magazine’s Design Blog

  • A Happy Book About Death

    Steven Heller
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:24 pm
    The Rainbow Box was a series of four books written by Joseph Pintauro (b.1930) and illustrated and designed by Norman Laliberté (b.1925). They were published as a boxed set (Harper & Row,1970). Pintauro, a former Catholic priest, poet and a playwright, was on hiatus from his parish in order to work at Young & Rubicam. In the late ’60s he collaborated with Sister Corita Kent to write a trilogy of books about belief of Things, God and Man.The Rainbow Box was a caustic and comic response to the ’60s era concerns, including the Vietnam War. “At times it is rather dark,…
  • Soviet Literary Pulps

    Steven Heller
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Krasnaya Nov (The Red Virgin Land) was the first Soviet literary magazine, established in 1921 under editor-in-chief Alexander Voronsky. The circulation of 15,000 wasn’t insignificant as it published leading Soviet authors, including Maxim Gorky, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and Sergey Yesenin, as well as essays on politics, economics and science by authors like Lenin, Stepanov-Skvortsov, Bukharin, and more.Thanks to Misha Beletsky, I’ve learned that the two covers here belong to supplements of Krasnaya Nov from 1925, “The Peasant’s Sons” (above), and “Fighting…
  • Collage Artist Justin Lieberman Cuts to the Chase

    Michael Dooley
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    For designers who find imaginative, experimental publications sexy, Printed Matter’s second L.A. Art Book Fair was an orgy of visual delights. An international array of over 250 exhibitors displayed thousands of books — from the handprinted to the mass produced — throughout MOCA’s labyrinthian Geffen Contemporary. The four-day event attracted 25,000 visitors and garnered critical praise. Admission was free. Beyond that, Brodovitch’s Ballet could be yours for $25,000. Mostly, though, you could find zines and other independent publishing efforts in all shapes and sizes for 25¢ and…
  • The Interweb of Fine Faces

    Steven Heller
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:31 pm
    When recently, Jonathan Hoefler was telling me about Hoefler & Co’s latest latest font family, Surveyor — an interpretation of engraved map lettering that has been about 17 years in development — he also mentioned his new web font service Cloud.typography,  which draws content from the entire Hoefler & Co font library.The beautiful complex interplay of type and technology that has arisen so quickly since the first bitmap fonts never ceases to amaze me and Hoefler has be one of the pioneers of the font evolution, so I couldn’t help but ask him . . . What makes…
  • Metzl’s Mad Men

    Steven Heller
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    The Advertising Conference by The Goswogii by Richard Henry Little and illustrated by Ervine Metzl was published in 1927 in an edition of 175 by the Holiday Press. While there was a later reprint of the original, the book’s raison d’etre is something of a mystery — Ervine Metzl is not.He was a prolific illustrator and designer. Metzl even helped young Paul Rand find a position designing advertisements for a Manhattan ad agency. Metzl illustrated many Fortune covers and designed ten postage stamps for the United States Postal Service.One of his best known stamp designs was a…
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    Stephanie Orma // Travel + Design Writer

  • HOW Magazine: Live a Double Creative Life

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Employers, clients, you name it – everyone wants a jack-of-all-trades creative (read: someone insanely talented with octopus arms that can do 25 jobs in one afternoon and barely break a sweat). We all know those expectations are absurd and can only lead to the master-of-none malady. On the other hand, nobody wants to be pigeonholed into any one creative role. Plus, having an inquisitive mind and exploring other passions can only feed our creativity and improve our talents. So how exactly do we branch out and avoid becoming the buffet bar sampler with a mash of half-strengths on our plate?
  • Communication Arts: So…How Do Virtual Creative Agencies Work?

    3 Mar 2014 | 6:17 pm
    For an industry built around forward-thinking ideas and a universe of inventive minds, you’d think someone would’ve reimagined the traditional creative firm long ago. Sure, offices have gotten facelifts, spaces are more open and cubicle walls have been lowered. But for the most part, brick-and-mortar design and advertising workplaces have barely evolved. Of course, if ain’t broke…you know the drill. But something’s obviously not jiving. There’s a growing unrest among experienced creatives disillusioned with conventional agency methods, so much so that the desire to create…
  • Entrepreneur Magazine: Eye-Popping Branding

    20 Feb 2014 | 5:35 pm
    How do you communicate quality and craftsmanship through branding when those attributes have been so over-touted (and under-realized) they’ve lost virtually all meaning to consumers? Check out my article below on how San Francisco-based Chen Design Associates helped startup The Brownie and Madam Optical Company project quality, integrity, and a first-rate impression.
  • Travel+Leisure: World’s Best Cities for Romance

    13 Feb 2014 | 6:32 am
    “Everything seems sexier in Paris—the grand buildings, the beautiful Parisians, the language, the food,” muses Alison Drew, a New York-based lawyer who lived in the City of Light and recently returned with her husband for an unforgettable romantic escape. “Just walking around makes you want to be in love.” Paris has proved itself irresistible to T+L readers as well, who again rated it No. 1 for romance in the latest World’s Best Awards survey. For some cities, setting the stage for love seems second nature. (We challenge anyone to dispute Venice’s swoony siren call.) Read…
  • Entrepreneur Magazine: Branding at Work

    19 Jan 2014 | 7:28 pm
    From drab cubicles and cardboard curtains to game rooms and concert stages, startup offices runs the gamut from bare-bones to over-the-top-perks. But if the look doesn’t jibe with your company’s brand, you may be missing out on a valuable opportunity to attract investors, draw the best talent, and boost employee productivity and morale. For the latest issue of Entrepreneur, I chat with Mucho Design and Studio O+A on their spirited designs for Chairish and OpenTable. CHECK OUT MY ARTICLE BELOW!  
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    The ZehnKatzen Times

  • [pdx] Jon Hiner: Now You See 'Im …

    Samuel Klein
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:15 pm
    3061.A while ago we wondered where the ex-Mr. Mattress World, Jon Hiner, had gotten off to. Locals will remember the buzz when he'd suddenly disappeared, rumors of a contentious divorce, and suddenly Sherri Hiner was helming the Mattress World starship until, for a brief time in PDX, it was suddenly too late to sleep like a baby.Mattress World, it will be recalled, collapsed when the state of Washington came after it for $1.7 Megabucks in sales taxes that Washington said it should have been collecting but didn't. All but two MW stores (which happened to be franchises) closed, a bunch of…
  • [pdx] Tri Met Bridge, We Christen Thee … Tilikum Crossing

    Samuel Klein
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:54 pm
    3060.… and that's the new name.The word Tilikum (or Tillicum or, if you want to be really correct about it, TilixƏm) is from the Chinuk Wawa, the inter-tribal trade argot spoken by the people of Cascadia before us white folks got here, and, for a time, by many of the white people who got here. Elements of this jargon are still with us today, as I've pointed out before: if you look up the high mucketymuck or if you buy anything from this surf sports company or wondered about the sasquatch, you're speaking Chinuk, pilgrim. A skookum thing, to be sure.From the TriMet emailTilikum,…
  • [liff] Meanwhile, Down On The Farm.

    Samuel Klein
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    3059.At this remove, we are veggie-enabled. Tomatoes, of course. Three plants; Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes, always a dependable favorite, and two new tries: a variety promising to be big and producing, "Tony's Tomato", and a cherry variety called "Juliet".There will be sweet pepper - the easy-to-love California Wonder.We were thinking of not trying for a jalapeño, since it required a lot of attention and didn't yield much. Wife™, after seeing the cost of jalapeõs in the store, is reconsidering this decision.Tony's Garden Center on SE Holgate is our pusher. Nice little place.
  • [design] This NBC News Graphic Explains Something About Race In America, Somehow.

    Samuel Klein
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    3058.But just what, we're not entirely certain …From this NBCNews tweetWe can see what the problem here is … the graphic is just plain working too hard, and the message is confused and bewildering. Signifying the changing percentages with color bands is taking a risky step to begin with. But when you frame it with the outline of the coterminous 48 and include the state lines, it looks less like a continuum of change and more like, by the year 2060 there's going to be a shift in the national Asian reservation from the northwest corner of Washington to the middle third of Maine.Seriously,…
  • [pdx] 30 Minutes of PDX Sunset in 15 Seconds

    Samuel Klein
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    3057.Another attempt at time-lapse animation. I'm not all that happy with the quality, to be honest. Not nearly as sharp as I wanted. Was done with a series of snaps, one every two minutes, taken over a thirty-minute period from the Pittock Mansion viewpoint. But you can make out the moon rising over Mount Hood, and the hill's shadow creeping over the east side of town, and the sense of mood was very meditative there, and a palimpsest of that is there.Tools were the Canon Powershot S-100, and Photoshop was used to create the animation.
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    What an ART !!! - Graphic art gallery

  • Series of Illustrations Showing The Evolution of ‘The Beatles’ Over The Years

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:34 am
    In his ‘Beatles (R)evolution‘ series of illustrations, Italian illustrator Danilo Agutoli documents how the looks of the band members of The Beatles have changed over the years, from 1962 until the band’s break-up in 1970. Artist – Danilo Agutoli (Hat Tip DesignTAXI) Read Also: Illustrations of Iconic Costumes of Famous Musicians by Frederico Birchal and […]This post was published on What an ART !!!
  • Imaginative Illustrations of Colonies Shaped Like Familiar Objects

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    An awesome collection of imaginary colonies that look like familiar objects, drawn by Thailand-based illustrator working under the moniker ‘3LAND‘. Artist – 3LAND PortfolioThis post was published on What an ART !!!
  • Insanely Detailed Realistic 3D Rendition of a Geek’s Room

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    Titled ‘Geek Room‘, this is an outstanding piece of 3D art created Spain-based CG artist Oscar Perez Ayala. Go through all the close-ups to see how detailed and awesome the image really is. Artist – Oscar Perez Ayala FacebookThis post was published on What an ART !!!
  • Awesome Sci-Fi Soldier Concepts by Konstantin Maystrenko

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Created by Konstantin Maystrenko, a Moscow-based concept artist working in the video game industry, this is a set of Sci-Fi soldier concepts that includes armed cybernetically-enhanced plants, humanoid animals and robots. Artist – Konstantin Maystrenko zoonoid.blogspot.comThis post was published on What an ART !!!
  • ‘Disney Dressing Room’, This is What it Looks Like in The Morning!

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    Italy-based artist who goes by the name ‘Eumenidi‘, has created a humorous illustration that imagines a dressing room for Disney princesses. In addition to all the little details that reflect each Princess’s personality and their movies, the image contains lots of other pop culture references as well. Some of the most obvious ones include, Lilo’s […]This post was published on What an ART !!!
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    Semhal Nasreddin
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hey guys! I’ve created a line of 16 t-shirts centered around my love for animals, and I really need your help in getting them printed. Please check out my Indiegogo campaign page and show your support! Don’t forget to share on Facebook and tweet about it on Twitter. Also tell all your family and friends! Thanks a lot!! :-D. Here are a few examples. For more check out my Indiegogo page! Original article: PLEASE SUPPORT MY INDIEGOGO T-SHIRT FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN!©2014 SOULTRAVELMULTIMEDIA. All Rights Reserved. Related posts: 29 OF MY FAVORITE MINIMAL T-SHIRT DESIGNS I love…

    Semhal Nasreddin
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
      Here are some awesome retro and vintage freebies for you guys! I’ve included retro resources such as Photoshop actions, logo templates, textures, fonts and more. Hope you find them handy. Good luck :-).   10 Free Retro Style Photo Effect Photoshop Actions   6 Free Customizable Retro Vintage Logos Emblems   Porto Font   40 Long Shadows PSD Icons   6 Free High Resolution Colored Background Textures   Freebie Elegant Outline Social Media Icons   Glamor Chic Modern Free Type Family   Fruit Icons   Logo 2   Time Icons 10 Free Vintage…

    Semhal Nasreddin
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    In today’s edition of Packaging that Tickles my Fancy I’m featuring beautiful coffee packaging, ice cream packaging, organic raw food packaging, potato chip packaging , chocolate packaging, and more. Hope you are able to draw some inspiration from these gorgeous examples :-D. Ice Cream Brrr   TruVibe   Molino Filippini   Starbucks Tribute Blend   Brewklyn Grind Coffee Roasters   Plumb   The Secret Keepers   Before After Terra Chips    Marou for La Grande Picerie de Paris  Original article: PACKAGING THAT TICKLES MY FANCY: VOLUME…

    Semhal Nasreddin
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:28 am
    Caroline Blanchet is an incredible graphic designer/artist who is clearly a master of photo manipulation and digital art. Blanchet specializes in sport (NBA, NFL, NHL) and entertainment based art and is from Nantes, France… You will truly love the artwork! Enjoy   Dark Collection Vintage Music   Dark Collection Sport Vintage   Dark Bear   Dark Horse   Cromos Magazine Radamel Falcao   When Sport Meets Art Collection 1   Roger Federer   Eden Hazard   Dark Owl   Vintage NBA Posters Collection 3   Vince Carter Posterizes   Vintage…

    Semhal Nasreddin
    21 Mar 2014 | 10:21 am
    Welcome to this month’s edition of Inspirational Funk, where I showcase the designs and works of art that have inspired me the most. I hope you find lots of inspiration :-).   jessica-hische-penguin-drop-caps   Electronica Barbierattoo   Adobe-Ideas-Illustrations   Dark-collection-Vintage-Music just-like-honey   Vinyl-skins-for-YOUTUBE   Hello Goodbye   Gesture   Snow-Monkeys-Nagano-Japan   Futurae   Original article: INSPIRATIONAL FUNK: VOLUME 2©2014 SOULTRAVELMULTIMEDIA. All Rights Reserved. Related posts: INSPIRATIONAL FUNK :…
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  • How famous products did their branding

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
      Everyday we learn something interesting, funny or educational in our life. The electronic and social media give reference to famous and upcoming brands many times in a day. But do you have some idea how famous products did their branding? Most of the brand name does not describe the product in a direct way because name is just the nomenclature of the product, so check out the historical background and know the interesting truth behind popular brands.  
  • How did we reach the present form of 3D Animation

    28 Mar 2014 | 2:56 am
      Nowadays, we find the 3D animation in television, theaters, mobile phones, billboards, computer and cinemas. With the help of technical skills, a 2D figure of a lifeless figure gets changed into visual full of life 3D animation. The 3D Animated World has some pleasurable stuff that is worth to know. It has comical facts which give a brief but fascinating view of historical development. Let's enjoy this true-life story of modern 3D Animation.  
  • Must know facts and figures about Website Design in 2014

    10 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
      It has been noticed that only a few people are able to comprehend the authenticity of a web design. The reason is lack of experience and interest. There are many noteworthy aspects which are usually ignored by the web owners. If you want to make a striking website which can generates remarkable outcome, you must know facts and figures about website design in 2014.  
  • You think you know all about Graphic Design?

    25 Feb 2014 | 7:50 am
      Graphic design is no doubt an appealing and striking field to demonstrate our creativity. There are numerous amusing facts related to the graphic design. It is the nature of human being to show curiosity and wish to have a deep insight view of historical snippets. I have searched out some funny and motivating facts and hope you will enjoy them. If you think you know all about graphic design, then these interesting facts will definitely give you a surprise.  
  • The history of modern photography

    7 Feb 2014 | 6:51 am
      Nowadays, a photo can be taken within few seconds. I can simply grab my smartphone out of my pocket and click the button… but did you know that in the past years it took even hours to make one single photograph? The history of modern photography is really amazing and shows how the technology has developed with the passage of time. Please read these amazing facts about photography that grabbed my attention and will hopefully grab yours too.  
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  • How to Invest Time in Yourself

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Investing time in yourself is way better than investing money into something or someone else. When you invest in yourself and build valuable skill sets, you will never have to worry about unemployment again. If you were to strip Bill Gates of his assets and put him out on the street, he’d be back to earning a comfortable income in about a week. Why? Because he has tons of human capital. Sometimes the stress of life (bills, cleaning, children, etc.) can really start to take a toll on us, and it’s unfortunate. After sleeping and work, we only get about 8 hours a day to spend on other…
  • 20 Royalty Free Music Resources

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:14 pm
    This is my ultimate guide to royalty free music. So if you’re working on a commercial or personal video, these websites are your best friends. I haven’t made many videos in the past, but I’m getting more interested in them, so I figured I would share some valuable resources I’ve recently stumbled upon. Royalty free means that you can use copyrighted material or intellectual property without the need to pay license fees. So basically after paying a one-time license fee you can use the song as much as you want. For more information about how music licensing works, check out this…
  • 7 Travel Books That Will Change Your Perspective

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:36 pm
    If you’re thinking about traveling the globe, it’s completely worth it, but you might want to consider reading some great literature on the subject before you take off. Having a better understanding will actually help you have a better time in your travels. Below I’ve listed my favorites travel books that will help you get a grip before you take your trip. These books will teach you an abundance of information. You’ll learn about cultural norms, how to find cheap flights, how to pack lightly, how to find work while you travel, and much more. As always, I’m not here to sell you…
  • 60 Spectacular Examples of Long Exposure Photography

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Long exposure photography involves a long-duration shutter speed. Shutter speed is the length of time your camera’s shutter is open while taking a photo. While you have the shutter open, light hits the film or image sensor. Depending on how long you have your shutter open, the difference can have a dramatic impact on your photo. Let’s say you’re taking an image of a waterfall. A shutter speed of 1 second will be completely different from 1/800 of a second. A shutter speed of 1 second will look like the water is smoothly flowing, making it appear blurry. A shutter speed…
  • 35 Adrenaline Photos That Will Make You Cringe

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Are you ready to see people push the boundaries? If so, you clicked on the right link. Today you will witness incredible photos that are bound to make you feel uncomfortable. If you happen to be a skeptic, I can assure you that every single image below is 100% real. Some photos might have had some cosmetic work done, but that’s about it. Enjoy! Sky diving at sunset over Northamptonshire, England Felix Baumgartner Stepping out of his capsule around 128,000 feet. Taken from CNN. Jean-Marc Johannes 10m suspended skate gap in South Africa Just hanging around v2 Skydiving in Australia…
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    Blink Design Studios

  • Email redesign project – before and after

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    We did a small redesign project for a client – we took elements from their website and overall brand as well as the work they had already done to increase the impact of their email marketing. We think it looks rather nice, they did as well.
  • Beautiful photography can really help your email designs

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    We love it when clients come to us with lovely photography and ask us to use it to sell their products. Good photography can make such a difference to the success of a marketing project – be it online or offline marketing materials. A picture does tell a thousand words; But we put some call to actions and other text on there for good measure!
  • Happy St Patrick’s Day people

    17 Mar 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Bit of Geek humour for St Patricks Day from Adobe that made us giggle!
  • Skydive – the aftermath…

    10 Dec 2013 | 3:55 am
    So this year we decided to do a fundraiser for wonderful UK charity Dyslexia Action who help those with learning difficulties get a good start in life and access to help and resources to allow them to achieve their potential throughout. The fundraising was hard work, the skydive was completely terrifying, the results were amazing. Thank you to everyone who donated and helped us reach our goal. We raised £1,500 + GiftAid and became the second highest achieving campaigners for the charity on JustGiving! And for all of those who want to see pictures you can check out our Facebook page for a…
  • John Lewis’ amazing winter window display

    3 Dec 2013 | 3:38 am
    The imagination and variety of the Christmas shop window displays has always been a wonderful outlet for pure creativity in the retail world. And 2013 is no exception. John Lewis and Peter Jones worked for a year to create and craft a range of winter animals from their products to create this amazing display. It’s a brilliant pairing of winter fun and showcasing the shops products. The animals tie in with their recent (and quite lovely) animated TV spot to create a playful but seamless visual for their Christmas activities. The cutlery bird is a personal favourite here –…
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  • Faster Is Better – Especially When Working With Large, Non-Latin Fonts on Your Site.

    David Harned
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    Seems like things on the Web are always getting faster. With customers demanding more speed and an increasing percentage of traffic coming from mobile devices, speed is paramount. Improvements can be made by reducing the size of data that is transferred or by improving the efficiency of a system’s processes. We’ve employed both of these […]
  • Burlingame – Finesse in Font Development

    Allan Haley
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    Carl Crossgrove’s new Burlingame® family is a classic example of the subtlety type designers bring to typeface design. At first glance, Burlingame appears to be square sans design with understated humanistic overtones. A closer look, however, reveals myriad details that define the typeface. One of the primary goals behind the Burlingame design is legibility. “Overall […]
  • Top 100 Web Fonts for March 2014

    Ryan Arruda
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Here’s a listing of the top 100 most used fonts from the Web Fonts service for March 2014: Neue Helvetica Trade Gothic Avenir Next Univers Avenir Proxima Nova Frutiger Gill Sans Futura Helvetica Museo Sans Linotype Univers Museo Slab DIN Next Century Gothic Chaparral Klint ITC Avant Garde Gothic Eurostile LT Arial Rockwell Myriad […]
  • The Big Script Sale is Here!

    Ryan Arruda
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:21 am
    Here at we’re excited to kick off our Big Script Sale, a three-day promo event where you can save up to 80% on leading script typefaces. Running through Friday, we’ve got 60 script designs from a dozen leading foundries, so you’re sure to find a typeface that’s perfect for your next design project. 60 Great […]
  • Silica – and its Forebears

    Allan Haley
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:15 am takes a fresh look at the Silica™ typeface this month. In its honor, we wanted to look back at the family’s typographic heritage. Slab serif, or Egyptian, typefaces first appeared in 1815, developed in response to the fledging advertising industry’s appetite for heavy, attention-getting alphabets. Slab serif designs were intended to be display typefaces […]
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  • 30 Beautiful 3D Drawings - 3D Pencil Drawings and Art works

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    3D Drawing 3D sketches take the art of drawing to a whole new level (pun definitely intended). 3D drawings that appear to jump right off the page through a combination of shading techniques borrowed from airbrushing, flawless perspective, and a few insider techniques (multiple sheets of paper to create more complex images). You can draw like these artists too by using these 3D drawing tips and techniques. In this post we have added best 3d drawings, 3d pencil drawing and art works for your inspiration read more
  • 20 Mind-Blowing Photo Realistic Color Pencil Drawings by adinugroho

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    Color Pencil Drawing These Incredible color pencil drawings created by Indonesian artist A-D-I–N-U-G-R-O-H-O. The artist created the hyper realistic portraits with oloured pencils. The meagerness of the artist’s personal details is more than made up for by the incredible amount of detail to be found in his art work. read more
  • 25 Creative and Awesome Branding and Identity Design examples

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:04 pm
    A logo is not your brand, nor is it your identity. Logo design, identity design and branding all have different roles, that together, form a perceived image for a business or product. There has been some recent discussion on the web about this topic, about your logo not being your brand. Although this may be true, I haven’t seen any clarification of the differences between ‘brand’, ‘identity’ and ‘logo’. I wish to rectify this. What is brand? – The perceived emotional corporate image as a whole. What is identity? read more
  • 25 Mind-Blowing Baby Photography examples for your inspiration

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Baby Photography read more
  • 25 Best Cut out Animation Videos for your inspiration

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Cut Out Animation Cut out animation is a technique for producing animations using flat characters, props and backgrounds cut from materials such as paper, card, stiff fabric or even photographs. More complex figures depicted in cutout animation, such as in silhouette animation, often have joints made with a rivet or pin – or when made on a computer, an anchor. These connections act as mechanical linkage which have the effect of a specific, fixed motion. i hope you like these cut out animation videos,   read more
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    Print Magazine » Imprint: Print Magazine’s Design Blog

  • A Happy Book About Death

    Steven Heller
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:24 pm
    The Rainbow Box was a series of four books written by Joseph Pintauro (b.1930) and illustrated and designed by Norman Laliberté (b.1925). They were published as a boxed set (Harper & Row,1970). Pintauro, a former Catholic priest, poet and a playwright, was on hiatus from his parish in order to work at Young & Rubicam. In the late ’60s he collaborated with Sister Corita Kent to write a trilogy of books about belief of Things, God and Man.The Rainbow Box was a caustic and comic response to the ’60s era concerns, including the Vietnam War. “At times it is rather dark,…
  • Soviet Literary Pulps

    Steven Heller
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Krasnaya Nov (The Red Virgin Land) was the first Soviet literary magazine, established in 1921 under editor-in-chief Alexander Voronsky. The circulation of 15,000 wasn’t insignificant as it published leading Soviet authors, including Maxim Gorky, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and Sergey Yesenin, as well as essays on politics, economics and science by authors like Lenin, Stepanov-Skvortsov, Bukharin, and more.Thanks to Misha Beletsky, I’ve learned that the two covers here belong to supplements of Krasnaya Nov from 1925, “The Peasant’s Sons” (above), and “Fighting…
  • Collage Artist Justin Lieberman Cuts to the Chase

    Michael Dooley
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    For designers who find imaginative, experimental publications sexy, Printed Matter’s second L.A. Art Book Fair was an orgy of visual delights. An international array of over 250 exhibitors displayed thousands of books — from the handprinted to the mass produced — throughout MOCA’s labyrinthian Geffen Contemporary. The four-day event attracted 25,000 visitors and garnered critical praise. Admission was free. Beyond that, Brodovitch’s Ballet could be yours for $25,000. Mostly, though, you could find zines and other independent publishing efforts in all shapes and sizes for 25¢ and…
  • The Interweb of Fine Faces

    Steven Heller
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:31 pm
    When recently, Jonathan Hoefler was telling me about Hoefler & Co’s latest latest font family, Surveyor — an interpretation of engraved map lettering that has been about 17 years in development — he also mentioned his new web font service Cloud.typography,  which draws content from the entire Hoefler & Co font library.The beautiful complex interplay of type and technology that has arisen so quickly since the first bitmap fonts never ceases to amaze me and Hoefler has be one of the pioneers of the font evolution, so I couldn’t help but ask him . . . What makes…
  • Metzl’s Mad Men

    Steven Heller
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    The Advertising Conference by The Goswogii by Richard Henry Little and illustrated by Ervine Metzl was published in 1927 in an edition of 175 by the Holiday Press. While there was a later reprint of the original, the book’s raison d’etre is something of a mystery — Ervine Metzl is not.He was a prolific illustrator and designer. Metzl even helped young Paul Rand find a position designing advertisements for a Manhattan ad agency. Metzl illustrated many Fortune covers and designed ten postage stamps for the United States Postal Service.One of his best known stamp designs was a…
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    Paul Pants

  • 2014 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

    31 Mar 2014 | 9:47 am
    After a one-year hiatus, I’ll be back at the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair this year; it’ll be my fourth appearance at this awesome, home-grown annual event. I always have a kick-ass time at these things, meeting people and shaking hands, hope to see some familiar faces this time around. It’s been way too long since I’ve seen many of my friends from the mean streets of Buffalo. So stoked. Here are the crucial details: When: Sunday April 6th, 11am – 5pm Where: Karpeles Manuscript Library, 453 Porter Avenue Buffalo, NY Cover: FREE Donate: If you’d like…
  • Old & New Project

    25 Mar 2014 | 7:41 am
    Here we go! I’m proud and excited to unveil my piece for the newest round of the Old & New Project. When I was asked to take part in this awesome project and join the ranks of some real kick-ass, top-notch artists; I jumped at the chance. Truly honored to be included. You can read all the fine details of the Old & New Project over on their About Page, lots of great insight into the why’s and how’s of the project. Personally, this part stood out to me the most: Old & New is not an attempt to convert folks or create religious propaganda. In order to take a new…
  • Mountain King

    19 Mar 2014 | 10:27 am
    I’m proud to announce my contribution to the NEStalgia art show at the Dart Gallery in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. The show’s theme is old school video games, so I went all-in on a wicked game from way back in the early 80′s: Mountain King. Here’s some back story: In 1983, my parents picked up ‘Mountain King’ for our ATARI 2600. It immediately made it’s way into my normal rotation of game play, mainly for the cool, creepy music. Music in a video game was a big deal back then. In a strange turn of events, my mother became completely obsessed with the game.
  • NEStalgia Art Show

    13 Mar 2014 | 9:32 am
    I’m stoked to announce my participation in another Dart Gallery art show in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. This time around the theme is old school video games; it’s call NEStalgia. Right up my alley, man. Here’s the full lowdown: NEStalgia is a new art exhibit inspired by vintage video games. Featuring the work of 25+ acclaimed local artists and designers, this exhibit will showcase artwork in a wide variety of mediums – from prints and posters, to paintings, jewelry, and textiles, this exciting new show is sure to inspire, animate, and evoke NEStalgia – bringing…
  • ‘Collect ‘em All’ Furiously Rolling Along

    6 Mar 2014 | 10:03 am
    Back in 2011, I launched the Collect ‘em All Tumblr feed. The general idea was to collect a truckload of inspirational imagery from my childhood all in one convenient place. That way, I could sneak a peek at them anytime, anywhere. Collect ‘em All got off to a decent start, but after a few weeks, I stopped updating it. The time I was spending locating images to resize or scan was too cumbersome, I just didn’t have the time for it. What I didn’t realize, until only recently, was that hadn’t been taking advantage of Tumblr’s sharing capabilities…at all.
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  • DesignCrowd Users Not Affected By Open SSL Bug Heartbleed

    10 Apr 2014 | 3:12 pm
    By Jo Sabin. - Important: DesignCrowd users are not affected by this bug - What's Heartbleed?You may have heard in the news lately about a major security problem affecting millions of internet users, known colloquially as Heartbleed. In a nutshell a programming error was discovered in the encryption of OpenSSL (open source encryption standard) that's meant to securely transmit data (online purchases, IMs, emails etc) for more than 2/3 of the world's websites online. image source: Heartbleed.comVery recently programmers discovered a flaw in the design of this encrytpion framework that tricks…
  • 1 Punch 8 Years Poster Design Wins Herald Safer Sydney Poster Design Contest + 23 Top Designs

    21 Mar 2014 | 8:29 am
    By Jo Sabin Alcohol fuelled violence is not just a challenge that we see in Sydney or Kings Cross, but a global issue that other creative people from around the world and other societies can relate to. Since DesignCrowd, has a talent pool of over 150,000 graphic designers, we thought it would be great to get their input. We knew our talented designers would were up to the job and come up with some great designs for the SMH Safer Sydney contest. Because we regularly run design contests on our site, from poster design, to logo design, and more, we knew Over crowdsourcing this contest would get…
  • 25 Famous Actors Get a Hipster Makeover in Oscars Contest Showcase

    21 Mar 2014 | 4:21 am
    By Jo Sabin and Joel FalconerThe modern hipster is a polarizing force. Whether you’re one of the many who have adopted the subculture’s fashion style or among its equally numerous critics, there’s no denying that the early 2010s popularity of retro haircuts, unusual formal-casual op-shop combinations and a penchant for fixed gear bicycles and organic, fair-trade coffee is going to go down in history in much the same way as the afros and flared jeans of the 70s. In a much shorter period of time, the style has become more iconic — for good or bad — than the hip-hop inspired baggy…
  • Mount Rushmore, Grumpy Cat, Miley Cyrus, Vladmir Putin: 16 Famous Icons Wear Pharrell's Grammy Hat

    5 Mar 2014 | 10:22 am
    By Jo SabinIt might seem strange that a celebrity with the wealth to wear the world's best clothing designs and the stylists to ensure he wears them well would turn up to the Grammy Awards in a hat that seems designed for a head several times larger, no less the fedora style, which has become synonymous with hipster basement-dwellers.But when it comes to taking the spotlight off of the music, those in showbiz ironically know how to get the job done - and Pharrell's hat was the device of choice at this year's Grammy awards. The vintage 1980s Viviene Westwood hat went viral and within in…
  • 20 Cutting Edge Website Designs and Trends for 2014

    20 Feb 2014 | 9:14 am
    Post by Jo SabinIntroductionWebsite design trends are evolving all the time. As a result, easier navigation, simple layouts that also look good on small screens, and creative elements are all a part of websites attempting to remain competitive. This post will showcase 20 hot examples of cutting edge website from the not-for-profit and NGO sector and highlight 7 key trends in website design you can expect to see more of in 2014. We'll discuss flat design (what it is and why it works so well in digital formats), unique typography, long scrolling home pages, fullscreen or large photos,…
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  • Joyful #Cuppaday Coffee Cup Art By Paul Garbett

    Rik Haynes
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    For over a year, Australian graphic designer Paul Garbett has been posting photos of his #cuppaday art – wonderful artwork that he’s made from coffee cups – on Tumblr. Here’s a quick selection of our favourite pieces… Batcup Cupouflage Ghost … Continue reading → The post Joyful #Cuppaday Coffee Cup Art By Paul Garbett appeared first on Solopress.
  • 15 Minimalist Rock Band Icons

    Rik Haynes
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:41 am
    Spanish graphic design studio Tata&Friends have given iconic rock bands a minimalist makeover in this awesomely fun project. See if you can guess the band names that are matched to these icons (answers included below)… 1 2 3 4 5 … Continue reading → The post 15 Minimalist Rock Band Icons appeared first on Solopress.
  • 2014 Cannes Film Festival: Retro Fellini Poster

    Deeana Radley
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:46 am
    The official 2014 poster for the 67th Cannes Film Festival features Fellini – marking the film’s 50th birthday  The poster is an effortlessly cool photogram of Mastroianni in Fellini’s 81/2 film. 81/2 features Marcello Mastroianni as Fellini’s alter ego – … Continue reading → The post 2014 Cannes Film Festival: Retro Fellini Poster appeared first on Solopress.
  • Font of the Day: Risotto Script

    Lauren Clark
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:13 am
    Looking for the best font to liven up your Restaurant Specials Board or a whimsical script typeface to brighten your Menu? Try Risotto Script to get that high-end Bistro or Brasserie feel.     Designed by Felipe Calderón, Risotto Script … Continue reading → The post Font of the Day: Risotto Script appeared first on Solopress.
  • Genesis Of Cookies Illustrated Poster Gets Kickstarter Funding

    Rik Haynes
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    SweeTooth Design’s $15 Genesis of Cookies poster illustrates the origins of today’s most famous cookies… As you munch down on a Gingerbread Man or feast on a Ladyfinger, have you ever wondered who originally invented your favourite cookie or biscuit? … Continue reading → The post Genesis Of Cookies Illustrated Poster Gets Kickstarter Funding appeared first on Solopress.
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  • Vintage Effects & Templates Toolkit only $22

    10 Apr 2014 | 2:37 am
    It is one of the hottest design styles at the moment. Designers are using muted colours and dirty textures to simulate vintage photos and designs. With this amazing mock-ups, textures and templates you can do it in seconds in realistic quality! You can buy it from here The post Vintage Effects & Templates Toolkit only $22 appeared first on somethingdesign.
  • Infinite Slider WP

    27 Mar 2014 | 5:40 am
    Enjoy the benefits of the premium Infinite Slider. With user friendly navigation, fully responsive design, custom slider descriptions, automatic picture resizing and optional design elements it’s a powerful slider plugin. Super easy to install and customize. Let’s bring the best of your website to the surface! Download and use it. You can download from here | You can view live demo here 20 Reasons for Choosing Infinite Slider Unique animated design Built up from special small pictures thumbnail grid Slider built from random blocks of different sized thumbnails to achieve special…
  • Big Bundle Overlays and Logo Mock-ups

    20 Mar 2014 | 3:28 am
    Download from here Big Bundle Overlays and Logo Mock-ups 60 Items – 50% Sale 10 Vintage Overlay Textures Mock-up 10 Broken Glass Textures Mock-up 10 Overlay Textures Mock-up V.1 10 Overlay Textures Mock-up V.2 5 Vintage Overlay Textures Mock-up…
  • Western Party Flyer Print Template

    8 Feb 2014 | 10:17 am
    You can buy from here The post Western Party Flyer Print Template appeared first on somethingdesign.
  • Webdesign Wireframe Kit

    1 Feb 2014 | 9:46 am
    You can buy this from here 1234► The post Webdesign Wireframe Kit appeared first on somethingdesign.
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    Graphic Mania | Graphic Mania

  • Tips to Avoid Creating Redundant Designs

    Graphic Mania Editorial
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    The original post can be found here: Tips to Avoid Creating Redundant DesignsRoutine can be creativity’s biggest enemy. Schedules are great for staying on task and habits are a wonderful way for our brains to save time and work more efficiently. However, when it comes to making distinctive designs repetition can be a dangerous way to slip into making projects that come across as mundane. Routines and creativity are typically not a[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • Innovative Marketing Ads via Social Platforms

    Camille McClane
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:42 am
    The original post can be found here: Innovative Marketing Ads via Social PlatformsMixing business with pleasure is nothing new. In the 1950’s, for example, the concept of “working a room” emerged to bridge the gap between traditional socialization and business networking. It was no surprise that when social media erupted onto the scene early in the millenium, businesses would find a way to migrate onto a platform putatively reserved for friends and[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • How some of the leading brands use Tumblr as an exciting social channel

    26 Mar 2014 | 6:53 am
    The original post can be found here: How some of the leading brands use Tumblr as an exciting social channelTumblr has had some great success and was acquired by Yahoo for around $1.1 billion last year. As of today tumblr hosts 176.7 million blogs with over 80.1 billion posts which is no small feat. With this kind of growth marketers all over the world are going to pay a lot more attention to it.   Simply put Tumblr is[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • 5 steps to get started in your freelance career

    16 Mar 2014 | 7:11 am
    The original post can be found here: 5 steps to get started in your freelance careerThere is a growing market for freelancers, and that opportunity extends to the work of layout editors. It might be baffling for the beginning freelancer to know how to get started. In this article, I will discuss how I got started as a freelance layout editor, and describe some steps a “newbie” freelancer can take in gaining clientele and growing[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • 20 Examples of Subtle, Creative and Unexpected Product Packaging

    Dan Robinson
    7 Mar 2014 | 1:17 am
    The original post can be found here: 20 Examples of Subtle, Creative and Unexpected Product PackagingWhen creating a product, manufacturers know that every detail matters. The entire experience of a product can be improved, or worsened, by every minor detail – including the packaging that it arrives in. Compare Apple with their competitors, for example. They might sell similar products, but Apple puts a real focus on the fit and finish of the packaging that[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
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    NYC Graphic Designer Roberto Blake

  • Adobe Releases Lightroom Mobile for iPad

    Roberto Blake
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    Lightroom Mobile Released for iOSEarlier this week Adobe announced the release of Lightroom Mobile for the iPad. There has been a growing cry from the photography community to bring Lightroom to mobile devices, which would be fantastic for a digital photography workflow. There is however a catch… you have to have an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.This is an interesting move in my opinion. The photography community was particularly vocal in leading the charge against the Creative Cloud subscription model from the beginning. By tying something highly desirable to that community to…
  • The Beauty Industry Needs to Stop Blaming Photoshop

    Roberto Blake
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm
    There has been a lot of buzz around the industry surrounding the topic of retouching photos. Some magazines and beauty related brands have even outright abandoned Photoshop. And that is fine in and of itself.The thing that I like many in the Photoshop community take an issue with is the attack’s from the Beauty Industry on the Photoshop and Retouching community. Ultimately most retouchers are following the direction of the client when doing their work, so if the current trends in beauty advertising are presenting a distorted image of beauty, then it is not a choice that was made by the…
  • Why Logo Designers Use Adobe Illustrator

    Roberto Blake
    29 Mar 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Professional Logo Designers usually use Adobe Illustrator when working on Logo Design projects for many reasons.If you are trying to become a logo designer or improve your logo design skills this video has some useful information for you. If you are on the fence about using Adobe Illustrator in your Logo Design work flow, then this video will help you determine if it is the right fit for you as a Logo Designer and explain why most Professional Logo Designers prefer using Adobe Illustrator in their Logo Design projects.Why Professional Logo Designers Typically Use Adobe IllustratorVector…
  • What We Can Learn From the Target Photoshop Fail

    Roberto Blake
    14 Mar 2014 | 11:43 am
    By now many of you who are Photographers, Retouchers or Photoshop Enthusiast have heard about the Target Photoshop Fail, first noticed by Jezebel. Aside from the obvious implications about female self image, and the ethics of retouching there is a whole other angle that I don’t see being discussed at all about this latest Photoshop Fail: “Why are large brands letting rank amateurs do this type of work and ruing their brands reputation?” (Disclaimer, what follows is largely editorial and is merely an opinion). Given the type of mistakes made in the Target Photoshop Fail, I…
  • Why Graphic Designers Aren’t As Pretentious As You Think

    Roberto Blake
    6 Mar 2014 | 5:01 am
    Let’s start with the reason for me writing this article. I was speaking with someone the other day and they were surprised that I’m a Graphic Designer. When I asked them why that was so surprising they said “Graphic Designers tend to be pretentious and arrogant, you seem very laid back.”I was a bit surprised by this, but then another friend directed me to a section on reddit and a few online forums where people were ranting about how “arrogant, useless and pretentious” Graphic Designers are. I was shocked. As I continued reading it started to become clear…
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  • Modern World Wearable Technology with Android Wear

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Wearable, as you can call smart watches especially, are said to be the next big thing to watch out for since many years. Google announced Android Wear, which is an operating system that is designed specifically for wearables and will be targeted towards smart watches in the initial phase. Android Wear is supposedly an Android powered system that lets developers use current apps into it and use Google services like Now and voice search. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. The Trend of Flat Design to Enhance UX User Experience (UX) & User Interface (UI)…
  • 18 New Free Fonts for Graphic Designers

    Muhammad Faisal
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    Here are best free fonts list gathered for professional graphic designers. These fonts can make your design more attractive and easily get your viewers attention. If you need more high quality free fonts, then you must check our font’s collection, because we have huge library of fonts for graphic designers. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. HTML5 One Page Website Templates with UI/UX Experience PSD Kits: 18 New Flat UI Kits with Modern UX Free PSD Icons: 26 Sets Of Flat Vector Icons for Designers Free PSD Files: 35 New UI Design PSD Files for…
  • Best 15 Website Designing Platforms for Professional Designers

    Naveed Ahmed
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    Web and graphic designers are more than ever before capable to create websites by independently, without sparing any thoughts to coding. But do you know which platform to choose? We’ve made a list of the top 15 solutions that can help designers ace their next site creating project this year. IM Creator Most site building tools can’t hold a candle to IM Creator. You’ll know it from the first seconds of visiting their website. The template collection alone is going to leave you spellbound, because few other platforms keep such high quality standards. The free version allows you to…
  • HTML5 One Page Website Templates with UI/UX Experience

    Yasir Jawaid
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:07 pm
    HTML5 website templates that are fully responsive, multipurpose PSD templates to create a new looking website. With modern trends of UI design, user can enjoy the amazing experience. HTML5 Templates includes different types of home layout, portfolio, 404 page design, blog, shop and others PSD pages. All templates are designed for WordPress, WooCommerce, Joomla, Drual CMS systems and eCommerce themes, Magento, OpenCart, PrestaShop and others sites. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. Free PSD Icons: 26 Sets Of Flat Vector Icons for Designers PSD Kits:…
  • PSD Kits: 18 New Flat UI Kits with Modern UX

    Muhammad Faisal
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:05 pm
    These are some new free PSD Flat UI Kits in Photoshop psd format for web user interface and mobile app interface designing. All Flat UI Kits are best for framework, template and theme design. These user interface kits are completely free for download with customizable and well organized Photoshop PSD files. GDJ is the best place here your can freely download lots of high quality flat UI kits and elements. All PSD UI kits comes with Layered PSD files which gives you very user friendly UI kits, saving your time and at the same time making it easier to work with. You may be…
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  • Sleek Flat Design Postcards by Forma & Co

    Janine Kau
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Flat design has started to be the trend among designers last year as most have adopted it in their work, with giants Microsoft, Apple and Google applying them in their products as well. These days, user interfaces in mobile applications alone display flat elements and components.   Forma & Co, a Barcelona-based studio that specializes in graphic design and illustration, created a minimalistic set of flat design postcards called “Re-Vision”. The illustrations give off a feel of simplicity and sleekness in varying colors and shapes to form figures of pop culture icons such as…
  • Inspiring Paper Doll Photography Concept by Pixus

    Janine Kau
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:12 am
    The miniature paper cutouts we used to play with as kids have been recreated into a concept that was used by Pixus, a French visual arts and communication agency dedicated to rendering post-production, production, photography and graphic design services. “Paperdoll,” known to be the series’ name, has been envisioned and produced by the team in collaboration with Raise Magazine.  The paper doll photography series features models sporting human-size versions of paper clothes in what seem to be parking lot backdrops. According to their blog, the models, clothes and miniatures were…
  • Whimsical Cassette Tape Art by Benoit Jammes

    Janine Kau
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Instead of throwing away vintage cassette tapes lying around his house, French artist Benoit Jammes reinvented the cassettes’ plain blacks, whites and grays into whimsical cassette tape art when he couldn’t play them. The tapes have been wonderfully made by hand where he pieced small objects together in order to represent entities such as cartoon characters and movie posters.   “Cassette Relooking,” as the series is entitled, reflects a fun and nostalgic way of recycling vintage pieces and transforming them into creative cassette tape art in the process. These pop culture…
  • Unbelievable Photography of Animal Portraits by Katerina Plotnikova

    The Designer Wall
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Moscow-based Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova created these stunning images with the help of real live animals!   We know that it is not really sage but these shots were made conceivable with the assistance of expert creature coaches. The bear, held by a lot of people as an image of primal quality and impulse, differentiates particularly well with the exquisite princess it has grasped. Luckily, she has furnished us with a couple of lovable off camera photographs demonstrating how the creatures are postured by their mentors, including a shot where the bear sneaks a nibble from its…
  • Cool Street Fighter Vector Series by Phuwadon Thongnoum

    The Designer Wall
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:52 am
    Street Fighter is a series of fighting games by Capcom. The game’s playable characters originate from around the world, each with his or her own unique fighting style. I know that many of you played this game and loved it. That’s why today, we will showcase you these digital character illustrations of Street Fighter made by a Bangkok based artist Phuwadon Thongnoum.   Scroll down and choose your favorite character of Street Fighter.       Ryu Ken Akuma M. Bison Guile Dhalsim Blanka Please comment the name of this character? E.Honda Cammy   See Also:…
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  • 25 Spectacular Business Card Designs For Your Inspiration

    Think Smart Designs
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Designers are always looking for fresh and new design inspirations for a new client. I put together a great selection of fresh business cards for your inspiration. If you have any other suggestions. Please send us links in the comment section below -- Enjoy! Design Agency business cardKoodoz Design Studio CardIndiana based Gift & Jewelry storeFoldable Piano inspired business cardPainters business card turns into miniture easelCanadian food delivery service business cardBusiness Card for Malmö-based design studioWeb designers creative cardChuck Tingley, Visual ArtistProfessional…
  • 60+ Beautiful and Creative Packaging Designs

    Think Smart Designs
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Mostly 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…
  • 10 Best Rules for Creating Beautiful Presentations

    Think Smart Designs
    14 Feb 2014 | 10:43 am
    Presentations can either drag you to sleep or make you sit up and take notice. In the first case, minutes often look like hours and hours feel like days. But beautifully designed presentations can summarize loads of information into smart and actionable points. They are not only much easier to remember but also leave a deeper impact than simple text articles.So just in case you intend to design a presentation, here are 10 rules that you should keep in mind.Have a Clear ObjectiveBefore you kick off your presentation, make sure you clearly know what you want to achieve through it. A…
  • Amazing Tips On How To Make Your Brand More Impactful With Business Cards

    Think Smart Designs
    3 Jan 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Almost every organization uses business cards in order to get noticed in general public. This is one of the simplest and most inexpensive ways of marketing your business, but some people are unaware of getting maximum benefits out of it. They simply take business cards lightly and fail to compete against global giants.There are numerous advantages of business cards, as they give a professional look. The person who does business with you expects to have your business card after a general conversation or a meeting, so that he can contact you back easily after going through all of the necessary…
  • Best 9 Freelance Tips to Increase Your Creativity

    Think Smart Designs
    5 Dec 2013 | 11:03 am
    We are all creative. We continuously create things, ideas, images etc. However, when discussing creativity, we do not refer only to the basic creation process. Making coffee for instance is a creative process that only requires you to follow some given instructions. The creativity representing the subject of this article requires something more. It mainly requires your capacity to see things differently from other people. It requires a deeper view and analysis of things and people. It requires unusual approaches, sometimes even absurd ones, but these are determining innovation and…
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  • 70 Interesting and Creative Business Cards Ideas

    1 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Today’s technology allows expression of the creativity of an amazing way.This feature is used by a number of creative designers who have created their own countless creations and turned into a real product called creative business cards design. However, we’ve tried to make the best selection of the most creative business cards ideas, and present […] The post 70 Interesting and Creative Business Cards Ideas appeared first on BUSINESScardszone.
  • 19 Animated Logos That Will Boost Your Creativity

    22 Mar 2014 | 9:22 am
    Although we are used to see static logos wherever they are placed, ION a freelancer from Spain which specialty is in video production, managed to create animated logos with hypnotic pace. This concept has managed to create through the ability to animate logos in GIF format. See his creativity: 96 Animated Logo 333 Animated Logo […] The post 19 Animated Logos That Will Boost Your Creativity appeared first on BUSINESScardszone.
  • Business Card Templates and Mockups – February 2014

    1 Mar 2014 | 7:06 am
    It has been proven that benefit from business cards in the business development is huge. A business card signifies the professionalism and the interest any businessman has, they serves to advertise the company or business it represents, and they signifies intent for future contact and for a possible money-making transaction. In order to facilitate the […] The post Business Card Templates and Mockups – February 2014 appeared first on BUSINESScardszone.
  • Things You Should Absolutely Include In Your Business Card

    3 Sep 2013 | 5:51 pm
    Contrary to popular belief, the business card is far from dead. As a matter of fact, most of the decision makers in many industries are now using the business card as a way to segment their contact base into more exclusive tiers. Taking a business card from a top CEO is a little more personal […] The post Things You Should Absolutely Include In Your Business Card appeared first on BUSINESScardszone.
  • Designing An Effective Logo – The Ultimate Beginners Guide

    21 Aug 2013 | 4:50 pm
    A good business logo is essential in securing initial and repeat business from your clientele. Whether you’re on the brink of launching your first business, or your existing business is in desperate need of an appearance update these handy tips will help you in designing an effective logo that ticks all the right boxes. What […] The post Designing An Effective Logo – The Ultimate Beginners Guide appeared first on BUSINESScardszone.
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