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  • Simple Tips For Great Letterhead Design

    The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress
    Danielle Knowles
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Email may be popular, but some moments just call for print. When you need to make formal contact with a business associate or client, great letterhead design is essential. Why The post Simple Tips For Great Letterhead Design appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Why Every Entrepreneur Must Learn Photoshop

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    Vladimir Gendelman
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Why Every Entrepreneur Must Learn PhotoshopSuccessful entrepreneurs often wear many hats: salesperson, spokesperson, marketer, innovator, leader, social media guru and motivational speaker. If you want to dress for success, then it’s time to think about adding a “designer” hat to your wardrobe. Your company’s visual identity defines the way your audience perceives your brand—don’t you think you should have a [...]
  • You can now buy Lagom, our new magazine

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    Elliot Jay Stocks
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Exactly one week ago, after about eight months of hard work, my wife and I unleashed our new magazine into the world and I’m happy to say that — in case you missed the news — Lagom now is available to buy from and a growing list of stockists all over the world. As you can see, it’s taken me a week to write this post. Partly because I’m still experiencing that post-release high that makes concentration hard; partly because we’re both coming down with some sort of flu now that we’ve ‘stopped’; partly because there’s just so much admin to deal with after a…
  • 5 Common Logo Design Mistakes

    Learn from Graphic Designer Roberto Blake
    Roberto Blake
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Unfortunately I will not be providing visual examples of poorly designed logos for this article. There are some issues with this type of article and linking to images owned by others and calling them “bad logos” and it would be too time consuming and painful to design bad logos just to use as an example.Using too Many Colors in a Logo DesignOften you may get a request from a client to use a variety of colors in a logo design. Try to caution simplicity, not everyone is Google and can get away with multiple colors. Too many colors can be distracting, take away from the distinction…
  • 5 Classic Triumphs of Graphic Design

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

  • Halloween inspiration, art, activities and download fun for all

    Fred Showker
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Lots of great art, ideas and inspiration can be found in children's books. This collection brings lots of visual fun for Halloween with a great collection of activities and coloring. Grab some free samples, and take a look at these favorites: Wacky Witches Sticker Activity Book Witches Stained Glass Coloring Book The Little Halloween Activity Book 3-D Coloring Book--Happy Halloween Halloween ABC Coloring Book Halloween Scapes . . . and more! read more
  • 20th Annual Fonts Surf : Signage Lettering trends, cursive fonts, and chic fonts for cheap

    Fred Showker
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Five more pages of surfing for type, lettering, fonts, calligraphy and cool stuff about typography are behind us. As we say goodbye to the 20th annual fonts surf, I'm thinking we may just be back to add yet more. Please send in your favorites to share with all other DT&G Magazine and Design Center readers! Enjoy: [*] Lettering and Signage Trends at the Grocery Stores[*] A cursive font you thought was done by hand [*] Stephen Miggas of Aerotype Arbordale[*] Take this FONT in your lunchbox [*] Uber chic for cheap. . . and more! read more
  • 20th Annual Fonts Surf : Master Gerard Huerta, Kings, OpenType and Vintage Scripts

    Fred Showker
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    This edition was truly one of our favorites! It's always such a thrill to discover new talents -- and visit old friends, like Gerard! There are some great resources out there too -- like the features of Open-Type, which seriously deserves study by all graphic designers! So come along, revisit Mr Huerta, and see some outstanding hand lettering. Enjoy: [*] The Five Best (and most underused) Features of OpenType Fonts[*] Type Talk: Gerard Huerta, Master of Hand Lettering[*] Getting the vintage script perfect : Coco[*] Jill is the real deal in Brandlettering[*] Born to be Kings. . . and more!
  • 20th Annual Fonts Surf : making faces from font faces

    Fred Showker
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    You've seen them before -- faces and portraits composed purely of typography and lettering. Here's we've discovered a new crop of excellent faces that we had to share! It's one of the more difficult creative projects you can attempt with typography -- but these folks do it with real skill and vision! Enjoy: [*] Typography faces of depth and vision[*] An eye for meticulous detail[*] Kerli Typographic Portrait[*] V for Vendetta Typography[*] Hayabussa Typography Face. . . and more! read more
  • 20th Annual Fonts Surf : History, Signs and even a sip of booze fonts

    Fred Showker
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    On a roll with a jaunt through a little history, meeting some old faces, and sip some Gin! This is number six, and continues with : [*] Exploring Printing History at The Newberry Books, Graphic Design[*] Like a brother to the Bourbon family, here comes GIN[*] Signs from other Signs with Ampergram[*] Food... Don't Waste It 1883[*] Cooper Revisited. . . and more! read more
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  • 6 WordPress plugins to create cool image effects

    Sabina Hona
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    As we all know “A picture speaks a thousand words,” it is very essential to pay close attention to images in websites. It has the power to attract your potential customers. That is why today we are here with 6 WordPress plugins to create cool image effects. It’s really simple with these plugins to create […] The post 6 WordPress plugins to create cool image effects appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Illustrations by Jared Muralt

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Stunning illustrations by Jared Muralt, a talented illustrator from Bern, Switzerland. Make sure you don’t miss his shop. The post Illustrations by Jared Muralt appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Amazing wooden tables by Lee Jae-Hyo

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Someone please explain me how these are made technically. Lee Jae-Hyo, a Korean artist, created a set of tables and furnitures made of pieces of wood attached together by some kind of magical technique. He also creates sculptures with the same technique and visual effect, but I’m a bigger fan of the furniture. The post Amazing wooden tables by Lee Jae-Hyo appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Historic photos where guns are replaced by flowers

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Blick, a French creative artist, had fun with old war photos and made a pacific statement by exchanging guns in the pictures with flowers. Some powerful images. The post Historic photos where guns are replaced by flowers appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Guitar Doorbell

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:42 pm
    This made me laugh, and in a way it’s quite ingenuous. The guitar doorbell is there to inform you that someone entered the room with a guitar sound. This product is named Guit Doorbell for obvious reasons and can be found here. The post Guitar Doorbell appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
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  • Pensar Creates 3D Printed Footwear

    12 Oct 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Pensar has developed a 3D printed footwear concept that pushes the boundaries of personalization to create a truly bespoke shoe for every user.
  • Breaking New Ground: Designing Affordable Housing for the Coachella Valley Workforce

    12 Oct 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Breaking New Ground is an international design and ideas competition addressing the urgent affordable housing needs of farmworker and service worker families in the Coachella Valley.
  • Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence 2015

    12 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
    The 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence is now open for entries. The award celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to our nation's cities.
  • Hotel MdR Marina del Rey

    Levent Ozler
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Indidesign recently designed the exterior, lobby, bar, restaurant, and outdoor living space of the newly renovated Hotel MdR Marina del Rey -­ a DoubleTree by Hilton.
  • Dutch Design Week 2014

    Levent Ozler
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The thirteenth edition of the Dutch Design Week will be held October 18-26, 2014 in Eindhoven.
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    Graphic Design News

  • iDEA Media Now Offers Fast CD Replication and DVD Replication Services at Very Competitive Prices

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    The company also offers services like packaging, replication, poly wrap, menu design, authoring, graphic design and many others. The companys professional and experienced team members deliver the best products to their clients, making it a smooth and unique experience for the customer.
  • Artist Spotlight: Boots Bryant

    18 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Boots Bryant is a very busy young man. He has his own Long Beach-based PR firm specializing in adult industry clients, he is an award-winning graphic designer, and he also writes his own product blog.
  • 5 reasons why your kid should collect stamps

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    Even avid collectors will tell you: Stamp collecting is not the flashiest of hobbies. It isn't trendy.
  • More about The 7 Skills Every Design Professional Needs Today

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Learn how one panel in Illustrator gives you the ability to control everything about the appearance of an object, plus the secrets for applying gradient fills and great-looking strokes to live text. Today more designers are finding themselves having to be well rounded with diverse skill-sets, when competing in the job market.
  • Freebie: Touristic Icons

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Icons are a lot like real monuments - they can both be easily recognized. Today's icon set consists of a set of vector icons that represent monuments across the globe, so they can be literally used anywhere.
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    You The Designer

  • 365 Paintings for Ants by Lorraine Loots

    Patrick Ellasos
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Since January 1, 2013, Cape Town-based artist Lorraine Loots got her hands full creating highly detailed paintings for her long running “small” project. 365 Paintings for Ants is a year-long project in which Loots is creating one miniature painting per day with different subjects. She started sharing her creations online. Along the way, her project evolved and people started booking specific dates and making suggestions for a particular subject on that day. Making this project a collaboration between Loots and her visitors online. Photo credit: These works of…
  • 5 Things We Learned About Creative Briefs From Briefly

    Claire Jariss Manlapas
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Every designer has had a problem dealing with a client’s requests. Some clients give too many details while others give too little to work with. Designers need guidelines to help them with their commissioned works. That’s why before a project starts, the client is asked to fill out a creative brief. “Briefly”, a short film on creative briefs by Tom Bassett of Bassett & Partners, was launched online last September 30, 2014 and so far has been receiving great reviews. Creative talents are sure to love this 26-minute film about how the creative brief is constantly…
  • Whimsical Sculptures Created Out of Everyday Objects by French Artist Gilbert Legrand

    Patrick Ellasos
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Childhood was a time when our imaginations were simply limitless. Back then, we saw things in a manner that adults just can’t seem to appreciate. We created this little world of ours where everything seemed to be possible. Fancied by the thought of fantasies being real, surely it left our childhood memories much more happier. The creative adult is the child who survived - Ursula K. Le Guin Well, looks like Gilbert Legrand,  an Illustrator and sculptor in France, really survived the transition period and lived to tell how he sees everyday ordinary objects in a somewhat creative…
  • Live in the Magical 3D World of Vinicius Costa

    Claire Jariss Manlapas
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:08 pm
    When the YTD team first came across these 3D works, we thought they were built by a million tiny creatures. Nope, these worlds were rendered digitally by a 33-year-old art director from New York, Vinicius Costa. He is an ADC Young Guns Award 2012 winner who, according to the press, was owner of “a fantastic and unique world with stunning craftsmanship and imagination.” Hailing from Rio De Janeiro, Costa now resides in New York. Kindly explain to us what it is that you do exactly I am a director and art director. I am a co-founder of a production house (called) Roof Studios.
  • Advanced Hair Selection Using Channels in Photoshop

    Patrick Ellasos
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Masking out images with complex edges from their background in Photoshop can be daunting for some designers and Photoshop users — especially working on images with very detailed edges and textures that even Photoshop’s pen tool, at its finest, can’t handle. Good thing Photoshop never ran out of ways to make things easier for us. In this short tutorial, I will show you an old but reliable method of masking out complex images using Photoshop’s channels. This is a great tip for all the newbies and even for intermediate users out there so heads up! Having said that,…
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  • How to Permanently Delete Cropped Data in a PDF

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Authors: David BlatnerBody: Have you ever tried to crop a PDF file, cutting out part of a page? The frustrating truth is that Acrobat can crop a PDF, but the stuff outside the cropped area doesn’t truly go away. It is just masked, or hidden. Actually, technically, cropping a PDF in Acrobat just changes its “trim” or “crop” rectangle — the original art is all still there. For example, say you have a PDF with a bunch of private, sensitive information. You use Acrobat’s Crop feature to crop it down to just the public data you want visible. But that original data is still…
  • The 7 Skills Every Design Professional Needs Today

    Roberto Blake
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Authors: Roberto BlakeBody: Today more designers are finding themselves having to be well rounded with diverse skill-sets, when competing in the job market. While having a specialty and distinct design style is important, the ability to provide a range of services to employers and clients will give you a competitive advantage. Here is a list of skills every professional designer needs today to remain competitive. Retouching and Masking Designers will find that the highest-paying positions in their field are usually related to advertising. Working in advertising requires a variety of…
  • Adobe's Creative Cloud Libraries

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Authors: Erica GametBody: Adobe recently rolled out Creative Cloud Libraries as part of the late-2014 Creative Cloud release. This cleverly integrated workflow component will allow you to work across applications, platforms, and projects seamlessly by giving you access to your creative assets. A core part of their new family of mobile apps and added to Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC for the desktop, CC Libraries let you store, organize, and retrieve brushes, colors, text styles, images, and vector artwork no matter where you are working. At the core of this integrated system is…
  • Using Adobe's New Capture Apps

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Authors: Erica GametBody: At this year's Adobe MAX Conference, the company was handing out apps like candy on Halloween. And like that favorite house that always gave out Snickers or KitKats, the tastiest treats at MAX were of the mobile flavor. Several of the apps have been around a while but were given updates and a few given new names, while others are completely new to the line-up. All of them have been created to help enhance the mobile creative workflow and to work within the Creative Cloud ecosystem. I am often overwhelmed with all of the apps that Adobe has, especially their…
  • New Touch Workspace for Adobe Illustrator

    10 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Authors: Erica GametBody: Adobe shared so many tasty new goodies at their annual MAX conference in L.A. this week, that my voice is hoarse from squeeing, oohing, and ahhing! I was super-excited with many of the improvements to—and mobile apps that work with—Illustrator. If you've ever seen me teach Illustrator, you know I can't really draw and that I depend on the tools in Illustrator to bring my creations to life. Adobe just made my life even easier in that department. One of the slickest new features has to be the touch workspace that is available when working on a device that…
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  • Depositphotos Stock Photos Deal

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    Depositphotos offers one of the largest stock photo libraries on the Web, and you can nab either 25, 100 or 200 images of your choice for up to 92% off the regular price!
  • 8 Popular Texture Collections from Offset - 240+ Files

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    Offset includes 8 popular texture collections, with more than 240 individual vector and bitmap files! Textures cover everything from concrete to glass to paint and are fully editable, as well as scalable. And if you act now, you can save 85% off the regular price of these bad boys!
  • 17 Best Free Halloween Flyer Templates

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Halloween, one of the most awaited holiday and fun day that is celebrated on the night of October 31 is just around the corner and I am sure you all have been anxiously waiting for this day. None of us is unaware of the fact that the traditional activities on this special day includes trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting haunted houses. All in all, its a fun day to celebrate with family and friends.
  • 20 Best and Fresh Graphic Resources For Web Designers

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    To help everyone find the most amazing graphic resources we have skillfully handpicked the most exquisite and fresh graphic resources and they contain a variety of items to cater to all kinds of needs for websites.
  • 20 New Free Fonts for Designers

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    We have scoured the internet and put together a collection of the latest and most ingeniously designed fonts to add to their arsenal of treasured resources. All the fonts featured in today’s collection are entirely free and are besides of varying designs for varying purposes.
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    Next Big Design

  • Who knows you better than yourself? Amazon and Nike to name a few

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Open up Amazon. Immediately suggested items pop up based on your profile and past purchases. Open up any website. Ads pop up based on your previous Internet searches. Open up an item purchase page, and suggested complementary items are found just below. Years ago, I thought customizing your Nike’s was outlandish, but now, it seems the Internet is being customized for me. It it amazing how
  • Learn to Successfully Implement Trends at FT’14

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    Challenge the status quo and ensure your commercial success at The Foresight and Trends conference. The FT'14 experience is designed to create a clear link between foresight & action. The program incorporates a variety of learning styles that will allow you to maximize your investment. <!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--> <!--[endif]--> Foresight & Trends 2014 November 11-13 SLS Hotel Los
  • Key Design Takeaways from the Apple Watch

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

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

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

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Jones vs. Montiel is live. Layer Tennis, Presented by Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • Alex Buono on New 'SNL' Opening

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    DP Alex Buono on shooting the new Saturday Night Live opening. So many fun setups.
  • The Hard Places

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Trailer for the documentary The Hard Places.
  • Minecraft Megacity

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    The Minecraft megacity that took 2 years and 4.5 million blocks to construct.
  • 50 - 1000 Lens

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    "Hold on a second. I need to take a break from this portrait and shoot some birds that are 6 miles away." The 50 - 1000mm lens should also help you with all of your snap zooms, no problem.
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  • Friday Link Pack

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    Tiffany Pratt, speaker at CreativeMornings/Toronto during the COLOR month. - Not sure how a copy of Symbol landed on my desk, but I wish I would have had it back in the days when I still designed identities for clients. Symbol: The Reference Guide to Abstract and Figurative Trademarks - Stay Awesome Tote - Write a manifesto. - In love with this old-school leather camera bag. - Hey nerdy parents, check out this legit Halloween costume. Scroll to the bottom. (via) - Someone strapped a GoPro to an eagle flying over Paris & mon dieu, it’s magnifique! - Article: Who Gets the Conference…
  • Switch Port: A dry-erase light switch

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    This light switch with a built in dry-erase board is smart and useful. A brainchild of 16 year old Nick Bain. Hat tip! (thanks Zerlina)
  • The Bézier Game

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Here’s a game that helps you master Bézier curves. If you’re a designer, you know what they are. If not, read this.
  • Never forget:

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    Loading View on Instagram A page from 99u’s most recent book: Manage Your Day-to-Day. Such a good read. Made me rethink my daily rituals and work habits.
  • Studio Roller

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    Love the simplicity of studioroller. (via designmilk)
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    Logo Design Love

  • Oregon Scout Badges

    David Airey
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    Here’s a small side project I like, one you could apply to nature in your area — parks, forests, lakes, reserves… “It’s a personal challenge, to step away from the work desk every once in awhile and go exploring this great state — but then to bring back and distill a little bit of the great outdoors into the design world.” Oregon Scout Badges, by designer and illustrator Kevin M. Fitzgerald. Via Quipsologies. It reminds me of Nicole Meyer’s Branding 10,000 Lakes, except this one keeps the same illustrative style, muted palette, “State Park”…
  • A failure to acknowledge work as work

    David Airey
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    I just read an article that isn’t related specifically to logos, but it’s one of the better collections of words in favour of saying no when for-profit companies ask for free work. “This isn’t just about unpaid labor. One reason people, especially young people with creative aspirations, work for free is to form valuable relationships that will push their careers forward. But you can’t form a valuable relationship with a rich person who can afford to but won’t pay you a reasonable wage, because your entire relationship with that rich person is based on their failure to…
  • A few things #3

    David Airey
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:32 am
    Phil Clements and the creation of the Champions League logo, on The Independent, via Emblemetric. Origins of the Yankees’ interlocking NY logo. A nice marketing idea for this juice brand where the bottle logo can be peeled and stuck elsewhere. By London-based Jese Siu, via Graphic Birdwatching. Unit Editions is following up Manuals 1 with Manuals 2. The equally excellent-looking compilation of identity guidelines is available for pre-order on the Unit Editions website. Previously: A few things #2
  • Beko gets an update

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

    David Airey
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:44 am
    Here’s a lovely bit of work by Distil Studio for Melbourn Squash Club. Distil’s creative director, Neil Hedger, shared some details. “The original ‘yes’ moment!” “More sketches — how abstract could we go?” “This sequence formed part of our first presentation, to help the club understand our thinking.” “Something that we strongly believe in is being original and visually different, for the right reasons. Here’s the page from our first presentation to help convince the club to avoid crossed rackets and silhouettes.”…
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    Ace Jet 170

  • Dipticstagram

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

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

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

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

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

  • Lynx Expression giveaway

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The guys at Lynx are not only making your pits smell nice, but they’re working with a bunch of cool artists to make some products under the Expression Series. They’ve kindly given Design is Kinky five t-shirts and five posters by Sheryo & The Yok to give away to our lovely followers. Head over to their Instagram and make an interesting comment, also making sure to include @designiskinky in your post and you might be lucky enough to win.
  • Nowherefamous t-shirts

    9 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Our mates at Nowherefamous have just created a couple new t-shirts, one shown in the image above. They’re still sorting out an online store but if you are keen on more info send an email to for details.
  • Matthew Grabelsky

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Great paintings by Matthew Grabelsky.
  • Trent Whitehead

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

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:55 pm
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  • 3 Simple Photoshop Tips to Create Better Textures

    Chris Spooner
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Textures are valuable design resources that can be used as backgrounds to your work or pasted in as overlays to add distressed tones. Anyone with a camera can collect texture resources, with even the latest smart phone cameras being more than capable of capturing high resolution details. It takes more than just a click of the shutter button to capture a great texture though, the most usable textures are the result of some Photoshop editing. In today’s post I share 3 important tips that will help transform your standard images into better textures resources. Flattening & Equalizing…
  • Infographic Template Vector Kit for Premium Members

    Chris Spooner
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Access All Areas members had a taste of Mats-Peter Forss’ Infographic Template Shop last month with his kind donation of a Vector Infographic Tools Kit for members. Mats is back again with more excellent resources for premium members, this time with a User Experience themed vector Infographic template kit featuring loads of individual resources including graphs, charts & icons. All the products at the Infographic Template Shop are mousemade by Finland based illustrator Mats-Peter Forss. His store contains a range of useful vector tool sets which have helped turn the lifeless…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Cutting Stuff Out in Photoshop

    Chris Spooner
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    No matter what you’re working on, you can be sure that almost every project will require an image to be removed from its background! Sometimes it’s a breeze when professionally lit studio shots are provided, but it can get a little tricky when detailed backgrounds come into play. In today’s post I give an overview of a range of cutting out techniques that I’ve learned over the years and offer advice on when each method is best used. Quick & Dirty Selections Sometimes you just need to quickly remove something from its background with no questions asked. If the final…
  • 26 Hand Drawn Vector Ribbons for Premium Members

    Chris Spooner
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    More vector goodies are being made available to Access All Areas members today, courtesy of Creatticon. This set of hand drawn ribbons contains 26 vector graphics of ribbons and banners in both solid and outline styles. They’re great when paired with some text to finish off a logo, jazz up a heading, or even to create tattoo style art. Being vector graphics means they can be scaled to any size, which makes them suitable for all kinds of applications. Jascha Brinkmann is the Web Designer behind the new web resources site Creatticon, a place where designers can find new high quality,…
  • 25 Free Watercolour Circle Textures in JPG & PNG

    Chris Spooner
    5 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A few weeks back I received an email from a reader who asked if I knew of any circular watercolour textures like those used to create trendy watercolour logos. I couldn’t find any on the web so I set out to create some freebies to share with you all. My sister actually did the hard work for me as she’s much more creative with a paintbrush. I scanned and processed her results and created this free pack of 25 watercolour circle textures, complete in high res 300dpi format for print and PNG versions with alpha transparency. This free pack of watercolour circle textures contains 25…
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  • Light Your Posts: How to Create Featured Posts Section in WordPress

    Sam Norton
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    WordPress is a very powerful CMS. What is great about this is that it can be customized to the way you want it to be. You can add features and edit design and even create featured posts section in just a few minutes. There are features that you can see on the widgets area to display like the categories, the latest posts and archive posts. But what if you want to highlight some posts to your readers on your site? This is commonly known as “Featured Posts Content” or “Featured Posts Section“. It’s not a default feature that you can see on the WordPress…
  • Create Custom WordPress Shortcode and Make Your Site User-Friendly

    Sam Norton
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As WordPress introduced the Shortcode API in Version 2.5, a large number of plugins were released to help users add content to posts and pages in a user-friendly way. Although there are five of them already, the need for more shortcodes still continues as more and more plugin and additions of features are being developed. By that, this article is about how to create custom WordPress shortcode. Shortcodes allow users to add particular styles or features to a site without going to the codes. WordPress have five default shortcodes within the WordPress core, namely: Audio Video Embed Gallery…
  • Energize Your Static Website with This WordPress Conversion Tutorial (Part 2)

    Sam Norton
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Help! That’s the first reaction you might have if you are trying to figure out your WordPress conversion tasks, right? Even if you are just a beginner and not really a web expert, you can definitely create a WordPress theme for as long as you know how WordPress works. If you’ve been using WordPress as your website platform, chances are, you’re tired of using generic WordPress themes for your site. You might even think of just doing your own theme to have your preferred styles and features. Customizing Your WordPress site You can design your ideal site by creating a mockup in…
  • Energize Your Static Website with This WordPress Conversion Tutorial (Part 1)

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

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

  • Your Chance to Get Annual Subscription to PixelKit Premium UI Kits and Design Resources

    Tabinda Noor
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Once again, the fantastic PixelKit team is getting ready to do another giveaway! Three of our lucky readers can nab one of 3 Annual Membership Subscriptions and gain ongoing access to their premium UI kits and design resources. If you are one of the three lucky winners you are going to enjoy an Annual Membership Account through, and all for free. This would mean a year of access to their impressive catalog of graphics that web designers around the world covet – and all 100% customized for UI kits. You would have some truly impressive app screens, navigation controls,…
  • 7 Modern App Development Techniques Adapted By Enterprises

    Lucie Kruger
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    A rapid transformation has been observed in the approaches and tools for developing mobile applications. The advancement in development tools has encouraged developers to follow different techniques. Axiomatically, the emergence of the iPhone has defined the new parameters to the Smartphone realm. And, applications being the cornerstone of Smartphones has garnered enormous attention of the developers across the globe. Hence, it can be said that the evolution of the iPhone has revolutionized the mobile application development. Like other consumer domains, enterprises are also reaping the…
  • Selling Online: What You Need to Know to Succeed

    Adil Raja
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Selling goods online can be a great way to make money and start a business without the overhead of a retail shop. After all, opening a real brick and mortar business can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars when you include rent costs for the first few years. When you open an online-based business, you can skip some of those costs and go right to making money. However, it isn’t always easy to get an online business off the ground. Even if you have a great product or group of products, selling online means that you could get lost in the shuffle. Use this guide to help you differentiate your…
  • Ghost Buttons as a New Trend in Web Designing

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

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

  • Should you be Marketing to Genders or not?

    Hala Ali
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    So you want to design websites for guys and gals? Want to perhaps introduce some things into your design that will specify your website to a female or male audience? Well stop. That’s going to be the big message of this article, stop trying to design for only one gender. The society today is simply…
  • Connection between successful Brands and HELVETICA

    Hala Ali
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Designers have a craze for typefaces, where Helvetica top their list. A simple observation by any sane person can easily highlight that it is impossible to breathe without taking this typeface in. Whether, a contemporary or classic designer, Helvetica has been ubiquitous for everyone. MASSIMO VIGNELLI, the 20th Century designer also loved Helvetica to an…
  • 3 Ways of Using Web Design to Create Brands

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

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

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

  • Eva & Violet Logo Design & Branding

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Logo design & branding for a retailer of cruelty-free health and beauty products based in Australia. Related posts: WIP: Erica Angyal Logo Design & Branding Erica Angyal is a nutritionist, health consultant, speaker, and international... Windfall Logo Design & Branding Identity & branding for a deal origination firm based in... Windfall Logo Design & Branding Concept One Discarded concept for the Windfall branding project; it was not...
  • That’s no way to say goodbye

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Just wanted to say RIP to the passengers of MH17. My heart breaks for the parents, the families, the friends left behind. I’ll leave it to Leonard Cohen to sing to everyone who is saying goodbye today. I am so, so sorry for your loss. Related posts: I never found the girl, I never got rich. Follow me. Mr. Leonard Cohen of course. My favourite singer and songwriter...
  • 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...
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  • Pimp my Tempo – I risultati

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

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

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

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

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

  • A new way for creative studios to manage their business

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:56 am
    We’ve recently heard about Team, the new studio management app from Thrive and thought we’d find out more. Thrive are the brains behind Solo – the multi-award winning project management tool for creative freelancers. Until now, their unique and eye-catching approach to productivity has been the sole preserve of the freelancer. But good news if you manage a creative studio: that’s all about to change. Team is Thrive’s latest app and it’s aimed squarely at multiple users. It’s an an all-in-one management solution for the creative business, combining the main features of…
  • THE Retro/Vintage Design Bundle (200+ Elements) – only $22

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

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

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

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

  • This week's sponsor: Vitamin T

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Vitamin T connects amazing digital creative talent with equally awesome mid-sized companies and ad agencies. Freelancers rejoice!
  • Nishant Kothary on the Human Web: The Politics of Feedback

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    “Were you going for ‘not classy’? Because if you were, that’s cool. This isn’t classy like some of your other work,” said my wife, glancing at a long day’s work on my screen. “Yep. That’s what I was going for!” I responded with forced cheer. I knew she was right, though, and that I’d be back to the drawing board the next morning. This is a fairly typical exchange between us. We quit our jobs last year to bootstrap an app (for lack of a better word) that we’re designing and building ourselves. I’m the front-end guy, she’s the back-end girl. And currently, she’s…
  • Personalizing Git with Aliases

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Part of getting comfortable with the command line is making it your own. Small customizations, shortcuts, and time saving techniques become second nature once you spend enough time fiddling around in your terminal. Since Git is my Version Control System of choice (due partially to its incredible popularity via GitHub), I like to spend lots of time optimizing my experience there. Once you’ve become comfortable enough with Git to push, pull, add, and commit, and you feel like you’d like to pursue more, you can customize it to make it your own. A great way to start doing this is with…
  • This week's sponsor: Pantheon

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Pantheon is the professional website platform developers, marketers, and IT use to build, launch, and run their Drupal and WordPress websites. Get a perfect launch every time.
  • Routines Aren’t the Enemy

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I recently read Greg Smith’s piece on Bocoup’s blog about how they think about time tracking, including all the fascinating data about how your brain works to solve problems. It interested me a lot, since I’ve been thinking about not just how I track projects, but also how I structure my day as a freelancer. In addition, I read David Brook’s piece in the New York Times, where he discusses routine and creative people. I am a creature of routine, so reading that so many creative, smart people are too, gives me a bit of hope. It means that maybe, my routines are helping me…
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    Abduzeedo Design Inspiration - Design Inspiration & Tutorials

  • Daily Inspiration #1900

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:37 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
  • Wallpaper of the Week by Percolate

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    The wallpaper of this week is an amazing image created by Percolate and it's inspired by Google's new Material Design visual language. They sought to create sophistication and depth from a simple set of colors and patterns. The wallpapers also drew from textile design and since we sometimes make T-shirts of our patterns, they had to hold up equally well as fashion as they would a background. For more information visit Percolate blog at Desktop Version iPad Version iPhone Version Resolutions: 2880x1800px 2560x1440px…
  • Best of the Week: Apple Event, Smartwatches, UX and more

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    It's time for our best news of this week. We have a lot of graphic and web design, a bit of architecture, ads, tech news, awesome reads and other crazy stuff! So take a look at the links we've selected for your inspiration and to keep you updated about what's going on out there! We want to give a big thanks to our sponsors:Shutterstock, Psd2Html and Snapwire. A special mention to Media Temple for the excellent service and support with Abduzeedo! You can keep sending me your suggestions via Twitter and include #abdz_best in the message. Friday 10/17 The Future of Wearable…
  • Daily Inspiration #1899

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:24 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
  • Beautiful Houses: Chalet Lac Champlain

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Today we will show you a beautiful chalet in Quebec, Canada, a project by BOOM TOWN. This place looks amazing. Not only the house is modern and elegant, but the surroundings are breathtaking. The way they mixed wood, white elements and glass in the project created a cozy and unique environment.They certainly took advantage of the landscape and created a place that blends with its surroundings while offering inspiring views. Certainly a great place to live. Make sure to check out BOOM TOWN website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :)…
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    Adaptive Path

  • Active Data Logging Doesn’t Work

    Scott Sullivan
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    In October of 2012 I bought my first personal tracker, a Full, an application where you set a monthly goal, (e.g., “Eat salad for lunch 15 days this month”) and you mark if you’ve done it that day with a simple swipe left or swipe right, it couldn’t be any easier – this lasted 7 days. There’s an application spun out of MIT’s Human Dynamics Lab that lets you report on all kinds of health data and makes that data available to your healthcare provider, incredibly useful for all 5 days I used it. If we compare my longevity of data reporting of the active inputs to…
  • The Designer’s Guide to Brooklyn

    Nelly Wollenberg
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Deciding where to take our UX Intensive workshops is usually based on demand, requests from would-be or past participants or suggestions from AP staff. A large majority of our AP staff is either originally from the east coast, studied at east coast schools or worked somewhere along the eastern seaboard. Needless to say, the announcement of Brooklyn as our next UXI location was definitely met with some excitement and an abundance of suggestions of not to miss local hot spots. Since our team is heading out next week and possibly some of you will be going as well, we thought it would be great to…
  • Meanwhile, in the Exciting World of Adaptive Path Events…

    Jessica Blake
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    2014 has been quite a busy year for Adaptive Path Events! Starting with MX in SF, continuing on to UXI in Dublin, Experience Mapping in Austin, Seattle and Chicago, and most recently, coming home for UX Week! We’ve definitely racked up the frequent flyer miles and shared our expertise with thousands of people all over the world. Feel like you missed out? Well do not fret we still have two jaw-dropping San Francisco events on the calendar for 2014. The Service Experience Conference (November 13-14) and UX Intensive (December 2-5). We are feeling especially warm and fuzzy today, so we are…
  • Adaptive Path: Where We’re Going Next

    Jesse James Garrett
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    The truth is, nobody knew if this was going to work. It was, after all, a terrible idea. The idea was this: Sell a service that nobody’s ever heard of. Something that, even when you explain it, comes across as vague and abstract, and of questionable value. Then introduce it to a rapidly shrinking market, as an entire industry goes into free fall. Tough sell. That’s what it was to be one of the seven of us back in 2001, introducing ourselves to the world as Adaptive Path and declaring ourselves “user experience consultants.” It was fun and exhilarating and scary as…
  • Conversations in the Kitchen: The Do’s and Don’ts of Debriefs

    Noel McKenzie-Johnson
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    In our San Francisco studio we’re fortunate to have a large, open kitchen. Not unlike what you might experience at home, we often find ourselves migrating and gathering to this spot throughout the day. Maybe it’s the food. Or, maybe it’s the cold beer. More often than not, it’s just as likely that it’s for the conversation. On this specific occasion, our project team was in the kitchen conversing about the result of a client workshop. The dialogue revolved around common debriefing questions like: • What do you think went well? • What didn’t go so well? • What would we have…
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    Andy Budd::Blogography Articles

  • Craggy Island: The climbing gym that hates boulderers?

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Over that last year I’ve got really into bouldering. I’m not especially good, but I enjoy the mental and physical challenge of solving bouldering problems over the tedium of a regular gym. I tried rope climbing once, but wasn’t keen on all the equipment or the need to climb in pairs. So I much prefer the freedom and flexibility that comes with bouldering. When a work trip took me to Guildford, I decided to head down the evening before and check out Craggy Island. I’ve met a few people who climb there and highly recommend it, so I was looking forward to my bouldering…
  • Could the movies of your childhood be made today?

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:24 pm
    I’ve been thinking a lot about the effect digital technology is having on society of late. I’m especially curious how it’s changing our most formative years, when the stories we tell about ourselves are generated and our identity formed. Looking back, my adolescence seems like a halcyon time, devoid of mobile phones and status updates. Heading into the big city was an adventure into the unknown, and even something as mundane as meeting up with friends was fraught with uncertainty and excitement. A lot of the movie tropes of my childhood, relied on these vagaries. For…
  • My Advice to Young Designers and Developers

    15 Mar 2014 | 5:37 pm
    I meet them on a regular basis, tech-savvy teens who’ve been coding websites from an early age. They’ll often seek my advice about breaking into the industry. Should they continue their studies or jump straight into the labour market? I usually tell them that ability trumps education and I don’t put much faith on the current raft of tech degrees. So I’d prefer to see three years of experience than three years of study. That being said, I’ll also point out that University is about much more than just acquiring a skill. It’s a formative experience that will…
  • Specialism, Ego and The Dunning-Kruger Effect

    19 Feb 2014 | 5:15 am
    Every few weeks I see a discussion emerge that tries to dismiss the need for specialists in our industry, or refute their existence entirely. It usually goes along the lines of “I’m a [insert discipline] and I do my own [insert activity] so [insert specialism] is unnecessary or doesn’t exist”. While it’s great to have people with a broad range of skills and abilities, it’s also a little hurtful to people who have dedicated their careers to being good at a particular thing, as it implies that all their choices and hard work were a waste of time. Sometimes this conversation…
  • Better design through Web Governance

    8 Feb 2014 | 5:16 am
    I meet a lot of in-house designers in the course of my travels and the same frustrations keep bubbling up - “how can I convince the company I work for to take my expertise seriously”. It seems that companies have a pathology of hiring highly talented people but taking away the decision making abilities they need to do their job. Quite often the people at the top of the business know what is broken and are trying desperately to fix it, while the people at the coal face can see the solutions but are unable to act. So what’s going on here? It seems to me that there’s a mid level of…
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  • Retailer Creates Paper Doll Party To Promote Clothing Range

    Shout Digital
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetTesco, the largest supermarket retailer in the UK, worked with digital printing partner, Elanders UK, to provide a campaign which would promote their in store clothing range, Florence and Fred. The brand, which is usually displayed as F&F, offers clothes for women, men and children. Tesco provided the designs and Elanders provided the high quality print and packaging materials to bring the entire campaign to life.The ObjectiveThe UK retailer wanted to create a campaign that would target bloggers who reside in Britain and who are interested in beauty and…
  • How to Sell Your App

    Andy Sowards
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetYou worked hard on your app and, even if you had a fair amount of seed money to help fund the process, now you have to convince people to buy it. Monetizing your app seems like a no brainer. Like most no­brainers, though, coming up with the idea is the easy part. Actually carrying it out is much more difficult. Here are some tips to help you ensure that you monetize your app properly and that it sells well once it is released.Make An Online Presence Key Ingredients To Make Your App Go ViralIt isn’t enough to mention your app on your own website and social media…
  • 25+ Best Free Icon Fonts

    Andy Sowards
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetIcon Fonts are amazing! Let’s just get that out of the way first. There’s no denying that Icons are a big part of web design – apps, websites, and now mobile apps all use Icons for familiarity and to save space and add meaning to quickly establish what something does or how you should proceed. For years online you could find icon packs and sets full of little transparent .png image files that you could download and use in your Photoshop designs for whatever it is that you were making that needed a little icon action. While these were fine it was…
  • A Trio of Social Media Tactics that Can Make a Real Difference

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

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

  • Paul McCarthy Attacked While Installing Christmas Tree (Butt Plug) Sculpture

    Lindsey Rae Gjording
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    Famed Los Angeles artist Paul McCarthy was attacked in Paris on Thursday while finishing the installation of his nearly 80-foot tall sculpture, called Tree, outside the Place Vendôme. Paul McCarthy, who contributed this piece to the FIAC’s “Hors Les Murs” program, was punched in the face multiple times by an unknown assailant who was enraged by the nature of the sculpture. Tree, although ambiguously shaped and rather indistinct, happens to distinctly look like either a Brancusi sculpture or, less poetically, like a butt plug.  The angry assailant, or shall we say “pain in…
  • Luka Fineisen’s Ethereal Bubble Sculptures

    Ariane Fairlie
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Luka Fineisen creates installations that invade gallery spaces using (seemingly) natural elements like bubbles, sand, and ice. Her materials are varied. In the case of her most recent installation, the bubbles are not made of soap solution, but plastic. They imitate the real thing perfectly, creating an ethereal experience for the viewer. Although they’re as tempting to touch as real bubbles, unfortunately, you’d still be in an art gallery, so no such luck! The bubbles are tantalizingly playful and light. It’s a beautifully effortless piece. Most of Fineisen’s artwork functions in the…
  • Hollywood Contact Sheets Reveal The Moments Between Scenes Of Iconic Films

    Sara Barnes
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Rear WIndow, Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Raging Bull, Christine Loss Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Paramount/The Kobal Collection/Howell Conant Giant,© Sid Avery/ In the newly-published book titled Hollywood Frame by Frame, author Karina Longworth examines the contact sheet, a necessity in film making before the advent of digital technology. The prints were used by photographer as a way to review and edit their work, and the sheets contain small thumbnails of multiple shots. They were marked, scribbled on, carefully examined to find the perfect shot later used in…
  • Bryan Lewis Saunders Creates Self-Portraits On Different Drugs

    Leslie Tane
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Psilocybin mushrooms Absinthe Abilify Adderall In 1995, artist Bryan Lewis Saunders decided to create a unique self-portrait every day for the rest of his life. In 2001 he committed to taking a different drug or intoxicant every day before making his daily portrait, calling this sub-series “Under the Influence.” From absinthe and cocaine to cough syrup and computer duster he sniffed, swallowed and smoked his way through interesting art and into mild, but reversible, brain damage. Though these are only a small fraction of the collection of over 8,600 self-portraits, they have received the…
  • Dmitry Morozov Has Created A Music Machine That Plays Off Of Tattoos

    Lindsey Rae Gjording
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Russian artist Dmitry Morozov has found a way to make sound from tattoo ink. Working to unite robotics with his passion for art and sound, he created a machine that makes music based on the reading of a tattoo on ones’ body. This is Morozov’s way of bringing objects and ideas he cares about closer to one another, as opposed to the distance that the natural world places between such distant and distinct genres. “In essence, Morozov, also known as ::vtol::, has created a tattoo capable of producing music when scanned with a special instrument. He has one on his own body…
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  • Use the Restroom Test to Make the Most of Conferences

    Tanner Christensen
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Toilet Paper designed by Collectif Intro from the Noun Project Being shy or introverted doesn’t mean you can’t network like a pro at events. Over at Atomic Spin, Phil Kirkham gives us three tips on how to get the most from a conference or event. Our favorite is The Restroom Test, a way to check how well you’re doing at mixing and mingling with your fellow event-goers: Take a walk to the restroom and back and see how many people that you did not know previously nod in recognition or say Hi. By the second day of the conference, I could count on getting at least 5 nods of recognition…
  • Paul Jarvis: Find Your Rat People

    Stephanie Kaptein
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Illustration of Paul Jarvis’ rats Web designer and author Paul Jarvis wants you to find your “rat people.” These are the people who are passionate about the same things as you, in Jarvis’ case, that’s pet rats. Not everyone is going to have the same interests and that’s perfectly alright. However, stay away from those who insult you because of who you are. The ones who think your work is useless or worse, disgusting don’t truly matter. Their dissension should fall on deaf ears because they’d never support you, pay you or join your secret club. When you give up trying to…
  • Essential Objects: For Commuters & Those Stuck Indoors

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    As you get back to the grindstone and on the road, we rounded up the tools you’ll need to keep your time spent indoors sunny, regardless of the weather, and the long commute home a breeze. Goodlife Key Tags  This key tag provides a good life motto served at the most opportune time: as you leave your house each day. Make your own luck (or be like us and just order it online).  Pickwick Backpack  The Pickwick is your childhood backpack all grown up. The canvas roll-top keeps its shape, and everything safely inside, no matter how much or little you stuff in it.
  • Recover from Failure with a Deep-Tissue Post-Mortem

    Hamza Khan
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Stones by Roberto Notarangelo from The Noun Project Creative professionals who practice rapid iteration believe in the mantra of “fail fast, fail often.” And while quickly bouncing back from mistakes is essential to accelerated progress, not adequately reflecting upon failure can prevent complete recovery. Sometimes, deeper reflection is needed. Founder and CEO of “failure consultancy” Fail Forward, Ashley Good, recommends performing what she calls a “deep-tissue post-mortem” to thoroughly recover from failure: Our tendency in times of failure is to try to figure out what…
  • For Better Ideas, Use Your Blank Space

    Tanner Christensen
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Outline designed by Diogo Trindade from the Noun Project Intentionally leaving part of an idea blank can actually make it more engaging. Over at Harvard Business Review, author Matthew E May describes the benefit leaving intentional spaces in our work creates: When we respect the white space — or when we intentionally create by removing just the right thing in just the right way — we allow others to fill the void, adding their own interpretation and impact. In fact, I’d argue that some of the most engaging ideas have something purposefully missing. Limiting information engages the…
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    Boagworld - Web & Digital Advice

  • 10 ways your website is more than a marketing channel

    Paul Boag
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The web is often reduced to just another marketing channel. In this week’s show we explore 10 ways it can be used to transform your entire business. Paul Boag: The web is so often reduced to just another marketing channel but in this week’s show we explore 10 ways it can be used to transform your entire business. Community management (13:43) Customer support (17:32) Payment management (20:09) Supply chain management (23:44) Recruitment tool (26:30) Product testing environment (28:50) Research tool (32:51) Delivery mechanism (33:48) Comms tool (38:40) Productivity and cost savings tool…
  • Design is functional first

    Paul Boag
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    When most of us think about design we focus on aesthetics. But as any designer will tell you, aesthetics shouldn’t be your primary concern. I have stayed in a lot of hotels recently. Most of those hotels are apart of a chain. Each chain positions itself carefully and uses design to create the right image. From the budget colour scheme of Premier Inns to the modern luxury of W hotels. They consider everything to ensure it communicates the right image. To portray the right brand identity. There is no doubt that aesthetics influence how we feel about something like a hotel room. But, it is the…
  • 10 ways animation can improve your website

    Paul Boag
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This week on the Boagworld Show we highlight the growing role of animation in web design and ask “can it actually improve the user experience?' Paul Boag: This week on the Boagworld Show, we highlight the growing role of animation in wed design and ask can it actually improve the user experience? Highlighting errors Drawing attention to screen elements Confirming success Demonstrating products Reinforcing functionality Making your site memorable Explaining complex concepts Softening jarring transitions Showing progress Providing familiarity Add your own suggestions or view the links…
  • Want to be user centric? You are what you spend.

    Paul Boag
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Almost all organisations claim to be user centric or customer focused. But when you look at where they spend their money, things do not add up. “Your call is important to us. We value your patronage. Customer service is at the heart of what we do. Our customers are our passion.” We have all heard platitudes like this and few of us believe them. Instead we feel more like cash cows, feeding the coffers of multi-national corporations. But here is the rub. There is a good chance you have said similar things about your customers. Of course unlike those other companies you mean it.
  • We are not dead. We were just resting.

    Paul Boag
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    We need your help. We need you to tell the world we are not dead. We were only resting. I have been at a lot of conferences this year. I’ve met a lot of people and a large number of them have told me “I used to listen to your podcast.” The words ‘used to’ fill me with distress every time. Why did they stop? Did it get boring? Where we just old or irrelevant? Could they not stand another one of Marcus’ jokes? Apparently it is none of the above. It was because we stopped making them. We only stopped for 6 months but that was long enough to convince people we…
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  • @Booooooom Instagram Project: #PortraitsandSongs

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    We’ve been getting so many great submissions to our Instagram project this month. In case you missed it, it’s called “Portraits and Songs” and the instructions are simple: Share a portrait you took of someone, pair it with a song title/artist, and tag it #portraitsandsongs. I will be re-gramming submissions to @booooooom all month long!   The images above (clockwise from the top left): “Here Comes The Sun” – The Beatles, Portrait by @saraheiseman “Black Water” – Timber Timbre, Portrait by @brittanycalla “October”…
  • Sigrid Calon

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    Beautiful graphic work by Dutch illustrator/designer Sigrid Calon. More below. View the whole post: Sigrid Calon over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Jack Vanzet

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    Works by Melbourne-based artist/designer Jack Vanzet. More below. View the whole post: Jack Vanzet over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Adela Leibowitz

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    Paintings by New York-based artist Adela Leibowitz. More below. View the whole post: Adela Leibowitz over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Cody Berringer

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    Paintings by artist Cody Berringer. More below. View the whole post: Cody Berringer over on BOOOOOOOM!.
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    Brendan Dawes' Meta Feed

  • Interview with Mike and Maaike

    11 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Great little interview from Design Milk with two of my favourite industrial designers, Mike and Maaike. Their work always has beautifully observed subtle, human touches.
  • Aaron Draplin - The Art of the Side Hustle Pt 1

    11 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I've been lucky enough to spend some time with Draplin and even once commissioned him to create the identity for the now defunct Red Pop. I love how he talks about what he does and the enthusiasm he has for the craft of design. We need more people in the world like Aaron Draplin.
  • When you run out of PLA half-way through a print on the...

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

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

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:38 am
    Makerbot is working overtime this week to print a series of ten prints for an exhibition in September.
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    Web Design Raleigh and Fort Myers Web Design | Logo Design

  • New Health Insurance Website Project for Connected Benefits

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Last week, we completed the design and development of a new website for Connected Benefits, a company providing individual and employer group benefits solutions, based in Naples, Florida and New York.The team at CB came to us (after doing a google search for web design company Naples Florida) seeking a modern branding and web design company that could perform quickly and provide excellent design solutions to help them grow and facilitate their marketing strategy. After a few meetings, we decided on a plan of action, and began working on a 5.5 x 8.5 promotional booklet/brochure design. Once…
  • Booklet Design for Insurance Agency, “Connected Benefits”

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

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

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

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

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:34 am
    Full Throttle Features Royal is code-free and fully responsive; it includes free lifetime updates, and sports an advanced theme panel. You will notice straight away that this theme provides everything a premium theme has, and more. The visual page composer alone is enriched with ultimate add-ons, at no extra cost. Furthermore, this theme is based on Twitter Bootstrap, and has a smooth learning curve. It comes with an easy installation process, aided by video tutorials and an overall comprehensive documentation. You can check out what Royal’s Theme Engine is really capable of, by clicking on…
  • Inky’s Birthday Treat: Get 50% off all deals and an iPhone 5S

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    A Big Cheers to Inky’s 3rd Anniversary Today we’re celebrating Inky’s birthday and so are other 300,000 design enthusiasts that joined them in the last 3 years. And because they’re getting bigger, so are their discounts! Now it’s the perfect time to get your favorite deals at 50% off by using coupon code THREEYEARS at checkout, until 31st October. Inky’s Star Deals We took the liberty of showing top 3 deals they have, so pick your “deal”icious product and get it now: Inky’s Colossal Birthday Bundle: $31,088 worth of Premium Royalty-Free Resources – Only $99 The Super…
  • TemplateMonster Giveaway: Win 1 of 3 WordPress Themes

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

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

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    W3 Total Cache W3 Total Cache is a performance optimization framework designed to improve user experience and page speed. It improves the user experience of your site by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration. Link: Disqus Sick of spam, but still want to maintain a positive commenting experience for your readers? Disqus is an external comment system which makes commenting easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving…
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  • What Every Web Designer and Developer Needs

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Resources! Thats right. You have the skill, the creativity the knowledge. All you need is the perfect resources to match and voila! You are ready to unfurl your wings to talent and give wings to your creativity. To day we have got just the stuff for you. Resources you ‘ll love and can’t stop loving… because they are for free! Yes. For free. Create enticing and pinnable websites or graphics with these array of resources which includes templates, textures, icons to UI kits and widgets! You will love the myriad categories of free repository we have for you. Take a look of whats…
  • The Safest Plugins for Handling your WordPress Site During Maintenance

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

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

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Advertise here with BSAIf you’ve been trying to up your design game, it’s now or never. Creative Market has just released an ultimate toolkit featuring an all new selection of 105 items worth $1,680+. But you can pick it up today for just $39. That’s 97% off! This awesome bundle comes complete with the latest design trends and mockups that’s guaranteed to make your designs pop! This price is only valid for the next 4 days and counting, so you’d better hurry up. Just download and use them right away or access them any time via your Creative Market account.
  • Websites of the Week: Eat, Drink x Be Merry!

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Advertise here with BSAOver my many years as a freelance designer, the one industry that I’ve been asked to design most for is the Food & Beverage industry. This isn’t surprising, just along my street I’ve witnessed several new restaurants and cafes pop up in under 3 years – I can only imagine the worldly statistics. With more restaurants coming up, it certainly means more opportunities for us designers. This week we’ve scoured the internet in search of some inspiration for restaurant, cafes, drink sites, so here’s a list that made the cut. These sites…
  • How JHipster Blends Java x JavaScript for Effective Web Development

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Advertise here with BSAAs one of the most used, highly recommended web programming languages today, companies are switching to Java for building out-of-the-box websites and web applications. Its maturity as a web language allows anyone to create amazing applications that truly stand out from the crowd. Recently, programmers have started blending Java and JavaScript with a notable tool called JHipster. In this post, I’ll be highlighting what JHipster is and how you too, can align your Java and JS skills for your next web application. So first and foremost, what is Jhipster? JHipster is…
  • 10 Spooky Halloween Icons + Glow-in-the-dark Set!

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Advertise here with BSAYup, if you missed yesterday’s post on Halloween icons freebies, have no fear, we’ve got more quality freebies today! This time, it’s a fine contribution from Joseph Wain, a talented icon maker over at Glyphish. So pick up that mouse and feast your eyes on the terror of spiders, aliens, bats and pac man! Available for a limited time, there are 10 terrifying icons with an accompanying glow in the dark set ready for download exclusively for CLD readers! Head over to their main page and scroll down to the spooktacular icon set!    
  • 6 Amazingly Free Halloween Icon Sets 2014

    CrazyLeaf Editorial
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    Advertise here with BSAI was walking around the mall the other day and I already see werewolves, vampires, toilet roll mummies and tomato ketchup drool marks on some folks. It’s mid-October and that means we’re closing down on All Saints day better known as Halloween. For kids it’s a momentous occasion with green jelllo, for adults it’s a party session with green jello. So with all the hype of monsters and demons, here are some of the best Halloween icon sets ever made by crazy talented designers and illustrators. Each set is free to download for use in your ghoulish…
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  • How To Get Started in Web Design

    Chris Coyier
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Here's an answer to how to get started building websites that I fully endorse and isn't vague. This is going to cost a little money, just like learning to play the guitar requires buying a guitar and some accessories. This is also going to require a little time and mostly isn't directly about the coding itself. It's about getting you to a place where you're doing web design for real and you can't help but learn! I'm going to mention specific company names without linking to them, just to be clear this article isn't an affiliate marketing thing. Googling them should bring them right up. 1. Buy…
  • Sponsor: Creative Market – October Big Bundle

    Chris Coyier
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    It's always great to have a personal collection of design resources you know that you can use for whatever you like at your fingertips. Vectors flourishes and illustrations, photos, textures, patterns, fonts, layouts, all that good stuff. No better place to stock up than Creative Market. This week, they have put together a Big Bundle of their best products. From graphics and fonts to photos and Photoshop actions. For only $39, you can fill up your designer's toolkit with 105 resources. This will only be available until October 21st, so be sure to grab it before it's too late. Direct Link to…
  • A Guide to SVG Animations (SMIL)

    Guest Author
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    The following is a guest post by Sara Soueidan. Sara has a knack for digging deep into web features and explaining the heck out of them for the rest of us. Here she digs into SMIL (and friends), and animation syntax built right into SVG, and gives us this epic guide. Overview SVG graphics can be animated using animation elements. The animation elements were initially defined in the SMIL Animation specification; these elements include: <animate> - which allows you to animate scalar attributes and properties over a period of time. <set> - which is a convenient shorthand for animate,…
  • Sponsored: Stack – Task Management for Dev Teams

    Chris Coyier
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    Stack is a powerful new task management system for Devs and Designers. A simple and fully customizable tool that fits your workflow. Manage projects and communicate with your team hassle free and in real time. I really like how Stack approaches this. It's exactly how I would have done it. There are projects - big buckets that tasks go into. Then each project has these columns that you can organize however you want. Each task is actually in a column. Could be different types of tasks or the state the task is in, whatever works. Then each task has it's own little world of people and…
  • Intermediary Pages in a Site Hierarchy

    Chris Coyier
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    I had a reader write in with an interesting question: When one has multi-level navigation, do you think it crucial to have an actual page for the top-level item? For instance, About > Company, Founder, History. There isn't really anything worth putting on the About page that wouldn't be on the three sub-pages. In the nav, should About just redirect to Company? Should there not be a Company page and its content be moved to About? Any best practices you've found over the years? I'm picturing this kind of thing: And the issue is that "About" by itself isn't particularly useful. But it is useful…
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    David Airey, graphic designer

  • Is success luck of the draw?

    David Airey
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    Design Sellout’s Rae Hamilton asked me a few questions for this interview. Photo by OKNOVOKGHT Here’s one. Rae: There are certainly instances where people with (arguably) less talent, become creative icons, and people with incredible skills never make it past that 9-5 Art Director title. Do you believe there is a factor that leads a designer to be successful or not successful, or is it essentially the luck of the draw? Perhaps earning one big client, landing one significant interview, or meeting one right person? Me: All our successes have an element of “right place, right…
  • From the reader #25

    David Airey
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    “Every project starts with a brief. “But very few projects end up with exceptional results. Why?” Briefly — top creative talents share thoughts on the brief. Excellent job, Tom. Deiter Steffmann’s type collection of Blackletter is free to download. Quipped by Doug. Photo by Ampersanden Bob Hoffmann on that shiny old object still going strong, “Radio dominates time spent with all media except live tv among US adults.” Some early entries into the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, on The Atlantic. Hitachi Seaside Park contains 4.5 million Nemophila flowers, by…
  • Ask me anything #1

    David Airey
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    If I misunderstood any of your questions, feel free to pull me up in the comments. Some questions were asked more than once, in which case I’ve quoted the first person who asked. And thanks very much for taking the time. Photo by walknboston 1/ How do you feel the surge of social-media and internet dependence has changed the way we brand? — Duane Doogan Not very much. The principles are the same — create something appropriate, distinctive, memorable, and ideally emotive. 2/ What gave you the courage to work for yourself? — Tracey I brought my old employer along as my first client.
  • Pass it on

    David Airey
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    I’ve got six copies of the new Logo Design Love book to give away. Cerovski, by Bunch All I ask is that when you’ve finished reading, give the book to someone you think would like it, and ask that person to do the same when he or she has finished. To get a copy, just leave a comment asking me a question you want answered in a followup post. Ask me anything. If I get more than six questions I’ll draw names randomly on Wednesday Tuesday, then email you for your address. — Update: 23 September 2014 Thanks very much for all your questions. I’ll get through as many as…
  • OPENING, by Christopher Willits

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

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Advertise here with BSAMy experience with the latest theme from 8theme, Royal, was more than satisfactory. I was quite impressed about this premium, multi-purpose theme, and wish to pass it on to the rest of you. Every designer would enjoy creating WordPress websites through with the help of this theme.A Majestic DifferenceRoyal is a responsive, rock-solid theme based on Twitter Bootstrap. An advanced theme panel is ready to appease even the fussiest creative who happens to chance upon it, and all users are entitled to free updates for the entire duration of their lifetime.Royal has a stellar…
  • 20 Free Device PSD Mockups for Mobile Apps & Websites

    Jake Rocheleau
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Advertise here with BSAPresentation is a big part of the artistic process and this is especially true of freelance work. Mockups have become much more common to showcase what a project will look like once it’s running on a device. These mockups are just photos with a layer mask to superimpose a completed interface onto a smartphone or computer screen.A few years ago this would have required purchasing stock photography or taking your own photos. Thankfully some wonderful designers have released their own device mockups free of charge. Each set in this gallery is dedicated to a certain…
  • 38 Absolute Best Tutorials for Learning Icon Design

    Jake Rocheleau
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Advertise here with BSASimple glyphs and icons communicate a graphical representation for interfaces, branding, and content. Icon design ranges from simple line icons to detailed works of artistic beauty. Every designer has to start somewhere and nobody claims the process will be easy – but it is very rewarding.This gallery focuses on 38 icon design tutorials geared towards beginners or intermediate designers. Each walkthrough focuses on the overall process from a blank page to completed design. Granted there are many different ways, like highways and byways and imaginary triways, to…
  • Need Tools To Create An App? Check Out These Prototyping and Building Ones

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Advertise here with BSA Wireframing for websites, web apps, and mobile apps that you make is as vital as laying the foundations of a tall building before moving on to its walls and roof. Web designers and web developers really need to pay attention during this stage, and perfect the user experience of your app/website with thorough prototype testing tools. I put together a list of cutting edge resources for prototyping and app creation in general, that might come in handy.  ApperIGenApps Inc. released a stellar app building platform, Apper, which ranks highest in my personal…
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  • This Week in Web Design: October 17

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    The week is coming to an end and that means it is time for us to look back on the week that passed, the best design news, resources and other goodies. This week we look at Flat icons, whether or not you should be using Bootstrap, as well as using HTML5 to create fullscreen video backgrounds and much more. 5 High-Quality Free HTML/CSS Templates Each week, we will collect for you a collection of high-quality free HTML/CSS templates. They will follow the latest trends in web design and will be carefully selected from across the web. Each of these free HTML/CSS will be free for use without any…
  • Apple October 16 – Keynote Live Blog

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    Today is the day where Apple is expected to unveil the new iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3. Even though they have already been leaked, by Apple themselves, it will still be interesting to see what other goodies the Cupertino company has for us. Well guys there you have it, a new iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, new iMac and new Mac Mini 11:20 AM – Thanks very much for joining us. 11:20 AM – I would invite all of you to come across the hall to get your eyes on the Retina 5K display. 11:19 AM – I’d like to thank all the teams at Apple that have worked so hard, much of what…
  • 25 Crazy Graffiti Fonts

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Some call it vandalism, some call it art, whatever your opinion is, there is no denying Graffiti fonts can be used in many different situations. Today we have found 30 crazy graffiti fonts that we are sure you will enjoy as much as we have. Most of these are free, however some might require a purchase or donation. Gang Bang Crime Ruthless One Degrassi Aerosol Gangland Most Wasted Urban Decay punk kid font graffiti treat font Sprite Graffiti mawns graffiti filled font You Murderer London Graffiti pwgraffiti font Urban Jungle A Dripping Marker Bring Tha Noize Juice Throwupz From Street Art Thug…
  • 10 Fabulous Prefab Homes

    13 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Even though Design Reviver mainly focuses on Web design, sometimes you just need to give credit where credit is due, and therefore we have decided to share some of the most fabulous Prefab Homes with you. If you are unfamiliar with the term “prefab” it pretty much means any building or structure that consist of factory built components that are then assembled on their final location in order to complete the build. While it used to be that prefab homes meant very modern designs, today this has changed and prefab homes come in all shapes and sizes. We have found 10 fabulous Prefab…
  • This Week in Web Design: Responsive web design, building an app and much more

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    The week is coming to an end and that means it is time for us to look back on the week that passed, the best design news, resources and other goodies. This week we look at responsive web designs, a scientific approach to web design as well as how to create beautiful apps and much more. 11 Latest Tools for Web Designers and Developers Web designing is the process of integrating new stuff into the design to make the web pages more attractive with the use of latest tools and application. The real challenge is to make use of these available resources to save time and effort, but at the same time…
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  • Freebie: 36 Flat Simple Entertainment Icons

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

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

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

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

  • The Poor UX of Social Sharing Buttons and Why You Should Drop Them

    Armen Ghazarian
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    How many times have you compromised the sleek and beautiful design of a website for the sake of social integration? I bet this is not a new dilemma for a web designer. There is always a fight between digital marketers and web designers on reaching a solution that works well enough for both parties. And quite often that solution means having those colorful social media sharing buttons on each and every page of the website. How did we ever get used to this at all? Let’s see. In the early stage of the social media boom these buttons played a significant role in social media marketing. They…
  • The Beauty of Minimal Portfolio Design

    Carol Francis
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    It wasn’t that many years ago when creating a design was a matter of cramming as much as possible onto each page, particularly the landing page – with the view that site owners want their visitors to get an eyeful of what they have to offer right off the bat. That idea has, over the years, been reconsidered to the point where minimal seems to be the trendy way to go now. Designing in the minimal style is not easy – just like creating minimalism in interior design, you have to look at everything you want in the room/on your home page, then de-clutter – then de-clutter again, and…
  • Emotional Design and Animations

    Paula Borowska
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Emotions allow for people to comprehend the world better; it’s how we learn new things. Items that are more aesthetically pleasing are seen in a more positive light; the item appears to be faster, more effective, more fun, all in all better. Because of the simple visual appeal, the person connects with that item on an emotional level and creates a bond with it. The opposite is also true where a person can create a connection of strong dislike if an item is unaesthetic. It’s a concept explained by Don Norman in his book Emotional Design. Emotional design as explained by Don applies to…
  • The UX Challenges of Smart Watches

    Armen Ghazarian
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    Why would you buy a smart watch? This is a question that still remains unanswered for me although dozens of brands keep promising that it’s something truly innovative and “smart”. Well, I don’t see it that way, but today it’s not my buying preferences that I would like to discuss. Smart watches are likely to stay around for a long time, so I think it’s high time to talk about the actual customer experience and usability that these devices have to offer. A wristwatch is first of all a fashion accessory, so it is somewhat difficult to evaluate its usability, but not when it claims…
  • Freebie: 36 Multimedia Icons Set (AI, EPS, PSD)

    Web Design Views Staff
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    Today we are releasing a new freebie for our design community. This set contains 35 original high quality icon files. Multimedia is all around us (literally!), so there’s high demand for icons representing the various media. To satisfy this demand, the guys at Vecteezy came up with this great freebie: 36 Multimedia Icons. For more awesome premium resources check their site. Films, headphones, computers, cameras, batteries, screens, mp3s, iplayers, consoles, joysticks, and other devices, plus stylized icons “talking” about sound and image. You can find them all in this colourful, highly…
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  • Design Focus: Shapely

    Sophia Lucero
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Here’s a collection of website designs that display excellent use of shapes to style and present content, ranging from the quirky to the stunning. Designs of the Week Create unique, extraordinary websites with Squarespace. No experience necessary! This Is Now The mix of drawn portraits, bright colors, and shapes is a very interesting combination (parallaxed, of course), although in some places the text (which are all italics) is difficult to read on top of all of that. Reform This color-changing site is dedicated to the very same topic of exploring shapes. No text except for the about…
  • Design Focus: Rotated Side Text

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

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

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

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

  • Fine Cider

    Elizabeth Freeman
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
     Kellenberger-White has designed Oliver's Fine Cider with a focus on the logo. A gradient of yellow is packaged in a slender bottle, tagged with a large silhouetted apple. Below is a sticker label, with clear formatted type. The design pays tribute to the tradition of cider making with a homemade touch.   OLIVER'S a bit of a HISTORY OF TRADITION "Cider was made on the farm until my grandfather decided with the arrival of mechanization that it was unsafe and the consequent move away from horse and man power left less need for refreshment while on the job. The old stone mill…
  • Tokyo Cafe Rebrand

    Jessica Sanchez
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Tokyo Cafe is a casual Japanese cafe that serves a combination of western and Japanese dishes and desserts. Designed by Marlon Mayugba who's goal with Tokyo Cafe was to create an identity based on simplicity and elegance. The design execution created a modern cafe feel with a fine dining flair.  "My Goal was to create an Identity for Tokyo Cafe based on the core intent for simplicity and elegance, keeping it very basic with soft, earth-toned colors, with a splash of pastel colors in contrast, and that of a hand-crafted, recycled texture feel of the materials to be used to back it…
  • Challengers & Icons: Creativity to Inspire Change

    Elizabeth Freeman
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Challengers & Icons is an exclusive interview series powered by Pearlfisher, featuring the leading business and creative entrepreneurs behind some of the world’s most successful challenger and iconic brands. Recent interviewees for the series include Dave Kyrejko, Co-Founder of NY based Industry City Distillery, James Fairbank, Head of Central and Brand Marketing at Rapha and David Butler, VP Global Innovation at Coca Cola.    Jonathan Ford speaks to Jo MaloneJonathan Ford, Designer and Founding Creative Partner of Pearlfisher, speaks to the…
  • Student Resume: WIM

    Elizabeth Freeman
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    This exceptual resume created by Wilden Ilham Mahibuddin, really changes what a resume should be.When creating a resume, you want it to stand out from a sea of other resumes. So, what better way to do that then to package you portfolio with custom type. Make your prospective employer feel like it's their birthday and they are getting something really special. With this resume, Wildan did just that and beyond. Every detail is concidered with the choice of yellow to highlight key elements in this notebook. Work is displayed against a bright, sunny background that gives the impression that…
  • Concepts We Wish Were Real

    Elizabeth Freeman
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This week's selection of Concepts We Wish Were Real features projects that explore the realms of color and illustration with the effort to stand out from its competitors. Step inside the whismcial world of animated packaging. Check out these projects and share your favorite!  Teach Tea / ConceptDesigner Tina Floersch has created a conceptual line of teas for a cause. Teach Tea uses transparent layers of watercolor to create dimentional technicolored clouds that scallop around the surface of the tin. "Teach tea donates its proceeds to help children in Sri Lanka ages 5-14 get an…
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  • Best Resources For Creating and Prototyping a Mobile App

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Advertise here with BSA  As web designers and web developers, we spend our days wireframing and making prototypes for websites, web apps, and mobile apps. What are the tools you normally work with to deliver your projects on time? Are you curious about what else is out there? If you generally like to keep an eye on the rapidly evolving industry standards, then you have come to the right place. Read on, because here you will find an updated list containing the best creative resources for app building and prototyping. Apper Everyone can be an ‘apper’. As you probably know already,…
  • 30 Inspiring Examples of Dark Minimalist Website Layouts

    Jake Rocheleau
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Advertise here with BSADo you ever notice how familiar web content always seems to catch that twinkle in your eye? Fewer distractions allow for quicker reading material – and in these crazy times with Twitter and Justin Bieber it helps to remove as many distractions as possible. Another element which can help readers achieve deeper focus in a higher contrast between colors on the page. Very dark text on a light background will read much cleaner than colors which are closer in value. But the reverse is also true, putting dark website backgrounds with lighter text colors. In this post…
  • 22 Dark Form PSD Freebies for Web & UI Designers

    Jake Rocheleau
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Advertise here with BSAIf you’re new to Photoshop there is a lot you can learn by dissecting other PSD files. Professional designers work tirelessly creating beautiful graphics and sometimes release that work for free into the community. I especially love PSD freebies for websites because web design is such a broad topic that encompasses many interface features. Those who might study PSDs or even use some for layout mockups will certainly adore this collection. I’ve organized 22 dark interface forms and UI kits released as free PSD files. You can download a copy of every example…
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    Elliot Jay Stocks

  • Break

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
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  • Confessions of an independent publisher

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    A few months ago, Jimmy Wilson got in touch and asked me a bunch of questions about publishing. They were great questions and, as many of them were ones that I get asked a lot, I said I’d publish my answers as a blog post. It’s taken me a while to get round to it (sorry, Jimmy), but — hot on the heels of Lagom’s launch — here they are: Did you know you had an audience large enough to support the magazines right away or did you get just enough positive feedback that you decided it was worth a risk? Did this impact your decision to restrict printing the first issue of 8 Faces to 1000…
  • You can now buy Lagom, our new magazine

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Exactly one week ago, after about eight months of hard work, my wife and I unleashed our new magazine into the world and I’m happy to say that — in case you missed the news — Lagom now is available to buy from and a growing list of stockists all over the world. As you can see, it’s taken me a week to write this post. Partly because I’m still experiencing that post-release high that makes concentration hard; partly because we’re both coming down with some sort of flu now that we’ve ‘stopped’; partly because there’s just so much admin to deal with after a…
  • Generate

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
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  • So what actually is the UK?

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

  • Are you charging enough for your design work?

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    That’s the question I get asked more than any other. There’s no right or wrong answer, but this site offers a nice starting point. Related posts: How much to charge for design work Is OS X Snow Leopard ready for heavy-duty design work? Using Google wildcard feature to answer questions
  • The best iPad case for kids

    10 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you pass down your old iPad to your kid (or the little turd is lucky enough to get a new one), you’ll surely want to protect the investment with a case. Related posts: 16 reasons NOT to buy a new iPad: As written by a complete douchenozzle at ZDNet Gorgeous iPad wallpapers New iPad (retina display) GUI in layered PSD format
  • It’s all in the details: Photoshop fails

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    When manipulating images in Photoshop, it’s all in the details. Related posts: Get better details when sharpening your image in Photoshop Beauty is in the details Using unsharp mask in Photoshop
  • Setting InDesign default fonts and colors

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Setting default fonts and colors seems trivial, but can be a considerable time-savings if you work for an in-house design department where you’re always using the same corporate font and colors for virtually everything you do. The ability to set default fonts and colors in new Adobe InDesign documents has been covered before, but I still see people asking about it, so I thought it worth mentioning here again. To set the default colors: Open InDesign, but do NOT create or open a document Delete any colors from the Swatches panel you don’t want Create any amount of new colors in the…
  • Free “startup” stock photos

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Very limited collection, but great pics and quality. Grab these free pics while they’re still available. Related posts: Looking for free stock photos? Visit the Morgue! Free stock photos from Unsplash Get a free high-quality stock photo every day
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  • 10 Examples Where Movies/TV Got Hacking Wrong

    Azwan Jamaluddin
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Nowadays, TV shows or movies insist on being hip and cool by throwing in a few tech plot points into the mix. However, the thing about Hollywood is that the Rule of Cool must always overwrite reality. Because by a Hollywood executive’s reasoning, if it doesn’t look cool on screen, then it won’t sell tickets. So even if it is technically wrong, it must look like it’s printing money. Just ask Disney about that lemming incident. When it comes to computers, one gets the impression that Hollywood writers don’t know what they are talking about. Every time a character…
  • How to Customize “Howdy” In WordPress Admin Bar [Quick Tip]

    Thoriq Firdaus
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    Every WordPress user should be familiar with the “Howdy” message that appears in the Admin Bar when they are logged in. The problem with “Howdy” is that it’s an informal word and sounds very unprofessional. Perhaps for some reason your client is given access to your WordPress Dashboard. If that’s the case, you might want to change it into a more proper greeting like “Welcome” for example. In this post, we will cover how to do so. To top it off, we’ll also show you how to display a customized greeting for special public holidays like…
  • 15 Android Wear Apps You Should Download

    Azwan Jamaluddin
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Android Wear watches are now in full gear, with the highly anticipated Moto 360 finally being in the hands of consumers and other manufacturers announcing new watches like the LG G Watch R. With this onslaught of new products, developers are seeing the potential of the OS and have released apps that are compatible with it. So now that we have ourselves a fancy new toy to play with, we’re going to want to load as many apps as possible to see what the device is truly capable of. The Play Store is already filled with apps that support Android Wear and here we feature 20 android wear apps…
  • Design Trends: Do We Follow Them Without Realizing It?

    Addison Duvall
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    Quick – what’s the hottest design trend right now? Whether you answered ‘flat design‘ or something similar, it doesn’t really matter. The fact is, we all know what the trends currently are, and we all have opinions about them. The truth is, every designer hops on the current trend bandwagon in some way. Some are more obvious about it than others, but cultural design trends do seep into our consciousness whether we want them to or not. So, designers: are you following the latest trends without even realizing it? I think you are, and today we’re going to…
  • 20 Gorgeous Examples Of Timeline In Web Design For Inspiration

    Nancy Young
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    I’m pretty sure most of you are aware of the use of timeline in design especially since all Facebook profiles now are displayed in this way. Moreover, some smartphone apps like Path or Tweetbot also use timeline based design to showcase their stories. A timeline is one of the best ways to display chronological events in a neat and accurate style. It can be used on a ‘About Us’ page to showcase important moments or to tell a company’s story using dates among other things. Here I’ve put together 20 gorgeous timeline based website designs to inspire your own designs. From…
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    The Logo Smith

  • W.I.P Church Logo Design – Peoples Church of Montreal Designed by The Logo Smith

    The Logo Smith
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    These are a few screenshots of some of the earlier and a more current Church logo design and concepts that I have worked on for the Peoples Church of Montreal. It’s great to see how the logo has transformed over the last few months to something that really is quite unique, and incredibly relevant and appropriate for the Peoples Church of Montreal. The church logo design above is the most recent, and the finished logo is highly likely to be pretty close to what you see now. As the client has mentioned during this more recent phase: We really really liked the concept with the houses…
  • We Know You Can Create Better Logo Designs

    The Logo Smith
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    This year I have heard a similar saying from several clients, and it always intrigues me as to the psychology of it. I don’t know if it’s just me, or if this is a relatively common experience amongst designers? It typically happens midway during a project, or more specifically at a point where the client is clearly feeling a sense of frustration at how I’m seemingly failing them as a designer. Its Just Not Your Usual Quality of Logo Designs The ‘it’ appears to make them feel that they are the one and only client where it looks like that I’ll not be…
  • Advice in Using PayPal Safely When Accepting Client Deposit Payments

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

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

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

  • Learning to Run

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    After 36 years of life, I finally get why people run. I mean, I always understood why people were running in the park or down the street, but this understanding was coupled with internal mockery. “That seems like a painful way to spend time.” My mockery was probably more jealousy than malice. I grew up as a short and scrawny kid, and I loved to run. I was always running—but only for short distances. I only wanted to get from point A to point B quickly, and only if point A and point B weren’t too far from one another. Even when I ran track in school, I was built for sprinting, but…
  • Vintage Halloween Masks

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    A fantastic photo set of vintage Halloween masks and costumes on Flickr. I could look at these all day. Via Coudal.
  • Pendleton Ward Quits Adventure Time?

    6 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Well, sorta. After three years, Pendleton Ward is stepping back to simply be “one of the show’s writers and storyboard artists”. I adore Adventure Time, but also can empathize with him. This is a great interview about what it means to make something and how it can affect you. Reading this left me nodding my head, as I know how I’ve felt from time to time over the last couple of years. Ward’s words certainly ring true: Dealing with people every day wears on you… And: To spend that extra energy and time you don’t have, to make something that’s…
  • Paul Lukas: The Street’s Secret Code

    6 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Image © Paul Lukas When I first moved to New York, I remember seeing these little poker chip things in the street and wondering just what the heck they were. At the time, I thought they were some sort of street art, like Toynbee tiles. It turns out they are pieces of a larger communication system, as Paul Lukas writes in “The Street’s Secret Code”: These markers are called A-tags (short for asphalt tags). They’re more commonly used in other municipalities as “Call Before You Dig” warning markers, but in New York they’ve been adapted to create a recordkeeping and…
  • You’re My Favorite Client

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Mike Monteiro drops the other shoe and follows up his amazing book Design Is a Job with something for that special client in your life, You’re My Favorite Client: Whether you’re a designer or not, you make design decisions every day. Successful design projects require equal participation from both the client and the design team. Yet, for most people who buy design, the process remains a mystery. In his follow-up to Design Is a Job, Mike Monteiro demystifies the design process and helps you prepare for your role. Ensure you’re asking the right questions, giving effective feedback,…
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  • Hidden Symbolism in Logo Design: 40 Creative Examples

    Jacob Cass
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    Personally, I strive to put as much meaning into the logo designs I create for my clients – sometimes overtly, sometimes subtly and there are some great logos out there that do just that. Below is a compilation of 40 creative examples of logos that portray some sort of “hidden message” or symbolism if you will. Have you spotted any of these hidden messages before? I’m sure you will not forget them once you see them! Do you have any others to add to the list? Via AdWeek & compiled by MadebyOomph.
  • 5 Overlooked Social Media Tips to Boost Branding, Clicks & Conversions

    Jacob Cass
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    This article has been contributed by Megan Ritter. With the rise of social media quickly becoming a primary means of communication, there are still plenty of businesses out there struggling to develop an effective social media marketing strategy. With the number of different platforms available, as well as the specific etiquette that goes with them, many businesses find it difficult to find and share content that appeals to their audience. Not only do they need to consider what the audience wants to see, but marketers need to also consider what kind of content will boost overall branding,…
  • 7 Free Product Design e-Books from UXPin’s Library

    Jacob Cass
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    I recently came across this goldmine of free product design e-books from UXPin and just had to share! The information presented in this collection is inspired by examples and ideas from companies including Facebook, Uber, Kickstarter, AirBnB, Dropbox, Spotify, and design/UX experts such as Aarron Walter of MailChimp, Cindy Alvarez of Yammer, and Josh Puckett of DropBox. All of the e-books can be found in their Product Design Library. 1. Web UI Design Patterns 2014 This book takes examples from top companies such as Amazon, Kickstarter, AirBnB, Quora, LinkedIn, Eventbrite, Mailchimp, and Asana…
  • Colossal Birthday Bundle + 50% Off All Deals + Win an iPhone 5S

    Jacob Cass
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Over the past few weeks I have been posting some awesome design bundle deals and based by all the feedback on the social networks, you guys have absolutely loved them. But if you missed out you should check out this colossal deal by InkyDeals. Colossal Design Bundle + 50% Off All Deals It’s Inky’s 3rd birthday and they are celebrating the 300,000 design enthusiasts that have joined them in the last 3 years with a ‘Colossal Birthday Bundle‘ that includes $31,088 worth of premium royalty-free resources for $99. You can get a further 50% off all of their deals by using…
  • How to Use Animal Symbology in Design + Inspirational Showcase

    Jacob Cass
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    This is a guest article contributed by Helga. Learn how animal imagery can influence a person’s emotions and how you can use this to your advantage in your designs. 1. The Bat Let’s begin with the most evil animal symbol. It’s the bat. Bats are regarded as symbols of death, superstition, fear, night, and cult. They are often mixed up with witchcraft and occults in the Western folktales. You will be surprised, but Chinese, on the contrary, believe that a bat is a sign of happiness and good fortune. The Africans and ancient Greeks believed it was a symbol of articulacy. 2. The Bear…
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  • 15 Interesting Infographics Web Designers Will Enjoy

    Chris Spooner
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    The bold visual design of Infographics makes it easy to digest facts and figures about a given subject. There’s some great infographics based on interesting topics related to web design, from articles explaining the benefits of responsive design to interesting statistics about the industry. Today I showcase 15 interesting Infographics that every web designer will enjoy. Give your scrolling finger some exercise as you browse through this lengthy post! What is Responsive Website Design by Verve The Anatomy of an Effective Homepage by KISSmetrics The Pros and Cons of Being a Freelancer The…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for October 17th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    16 Oct 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 Woodsly, Atmospheric, Final, Degordian Academy and Agigen. Woodsly Lookbook Summer 2014 View the website Atmospheric View the website Final View the website Degordian Academy View the website Agigen View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for October 17th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
  • 20 Car Promo Websites from the Automotive Industry

    Chris Spooner
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    It’s pretty difficult to find nice looking websites from the automotive industry! Most of them have the typical dealer-esque interface littered with “book a test drive” and “request a brochure” buttons, but there’s a hand full of automotive companies that commission special web brochures for their top of the range cars. These sites beautifully present the car and its features with stunning imagery and neat layouts, resulting in a much more interesting browsing experience. Today’s showcase features 20 creative promo websites from the automotive…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for October 10th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    9 Oct 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 Mapbox, Educreations, Hem, Andy Wolf Eyewear and Zirtual. Mapbox View the website Educreations View the website Hem View the website Andy Wolf Eyewear View the website Zirtual View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for October 10th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
  • 20 Website Concepts with Stunning Full Page Designs

    Chris Spooner
    5 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    We rarely get the chance to admire the full beauty of website designs when we’re limited to the cropped viewport of our browser windows, but there’s some stunning examples of full page layouts out there. We might only see a finished website at a few thousand pixels at a time as we scroll down the page, but designers take great care to craft beautiful layouts in their design concepts. In today’s post I showcase 20 stunning full page web design concepts with layouts that should really be appreciated. B Yoga Website by Agency Dominion Daniel Simon Website by Lance Culbreth…
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    Lines and Colors :: a blog about drawing, painting, illustration, comics, concept art and other visual arts

  • Eye Candy for Today: Rembrandt self-portrait at the age of 53

    Charley Parker
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Self-portrait, Rembrandt van Rijn Rembrandt painted this remarkable self-portrait in 1659, after he had suffered form personal financial collapse. Much can be read into his expression, but the painting itself is a triumph. As he had done on other occasions, Rembrandt posed himself in the manner of a work by a previous master, in this case, Raphael’s Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione (also here), which had been on display at auction in Amsterdam some years earlier. There is a very high resolution image of this painting on the Google Art Project. There is also a downloadable version on…
  • Christiane Beauregard

    Charley Parker
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    Canadian illustrator Christiane Beauregard apparently takes inspiration from early 20th century Modernist artists like Miro, Léger and Picasso, an possibly other movements like Surrealism and Art Nouveau, and playfully blends them with her own unique vision into a very contemporary vector art style. Using fresh, bold color palettes, lots of eye catching curvilinear forms and nice touches of detail and patterns, she creates whimsical combinations of figures, places and design elements to present each illustration’s theme. I particularly enjoy the way she seems to present multiple…
  • Eye Candy for Today: Cortès Parisian street scene

    Charley Parker
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    La Republique, Edouard-Léon Cortès On Galerie Ary Jan. In their similarity to each other, and those of Antoine Blanchard, Eugene Galien-Laloue and others, you could call these Belle Époque Parisian street scenes formulaic — but it’s a formula, that when well done, I don’t tire of. Often set in the rain or overcast, with blue-gray skies making the contrasting complementary colors of orange and yellow lights in shop windows glow with extra warmth, they are calculated deliberately to be eye candy, but finely crafted eye candy. I love the way Cortez and…
  • Joseph Noel Paton

    Charley Parker
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Joseph Noel Paton was a Scottish painter associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement. He became friends with Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood co-founder John Everett Millais while they were students at the Royal Academy. Though he declined an offer to formally join the Pre-Raphaelites, Paton’s early work, in particular, shows their influence. Paton’s early literary, historical and religious subjects were in keeping with the literary nature of many Pre-Raphaelite works. He is best known for his monumental fairy subjects, most notably The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania (above, top, with…
  • Eye Candy for Today: Wijnand Nuijen landscape

    Charley Parker
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:17 pm
    River Landscape with Ruin, Wijnand Nuijen In the Rijksmuseum. I’m frequently delighted by how painterly, and essentially modern, many early 19th century Dutch landscapes are.
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    Logo Of The Day

  • 2014-10-17 | British Blind Sport

    Jacob Cass
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    British Blind Sport The work of the charity enables blind and partially sighted people to have the same opportunities as sighted people to access and enjoy sport and recreational activities in the UK. Credits: Unknown Related Logos: 2014-09-05 | Stop Watching Us (1) 2014-08-15 | IBM (1) 2014-07-09 | Swiss Metrics (0)
  • 2014-10-16 | Zoo Saint Petersburg

    Jacob Cass
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    “The new zoo in Saint-Petersburg is a brand new approach to communication with animals. There will be no cages in the zoo — the first zoo of this kind in Russia. The animals will be separated from people with natural objects: water ditches, altitude drops, and land forms. This feature is the foundation of the visual communication idea for the brand: “The new zoo in Saint-Petersburg is a communication without barriers.” via ID Credits: Anna Bolshakova and Vladimir Bolshakov. Related Logos: 2014-02-10 | Rhinos Without Borders (2) 2014-02-07 | Ponysaurus Brewing (1) 2014-01-28 |…
  • 2014-10-15 | Dynamic Dust

    Jacob Cass
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    DynamicDust is Prague-based game studio, which just loves developing games for various mobile devices. Our primary motto is ‘creativity, new ideas and invention’. We are fun people who love to make entertaining games, throw around some jokes and never stop smiling. But even though we love enthusiasm and amusement we are mainly professionals. We never make any compromises at the cost of quality. We are also a small team of people, but each of us is working as three. But at the end of the day we are just gamers who love to make games for other gamers and make their days better.”…
  • 2014-10-14 | Form Architects

    Jacob Cass
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    FORM Architects Credits: Tribe Related Logos: 2010-03-26 | Genuine Fusion (19) 2015-07-01 | Michal Nowak (1) 2014-07-08 | Obrenovac Youth (1)
  • 2014-10-10 | Cynthia White

    Jacob Cass
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Cynthia White New York Credits: Unknown. Related Logos: 2013-03-11 | Vera Wang (5) 2010-05-29 | Chanel (9) 2009-06-15 | WebMonster (8)
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    The Fresh Peel // Ripe Brand Strategy. Juicy Insights and Trends.

  • Six Steps to Successfully Promote an Event Using Any Social Media

    Dave Landry
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Social media can be a wonderful tool to plan events, but can also be overwhelming as to where to start. Which site works best? Is this hashtag going to work? Let’s get rid of the chaos and break down each step into manageable pieces that can be applied to any social media site. Image Source:     Step One: Create an Events Page, 3 months before. Think of this as the mothership of the event. All social sites are connected through it, and all information about the event is on it. Contact information, engaging content, as well as bios of all the participants should be…
  • Changing Consumer Behaviors: Michelin’s Road Usage Lab

    6 Oct 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Michelin’s most recent campaign wants you to think differently about winter and driving. In fact, everything you know about driving in the winter elements is wrong. Well maybe not everything you know, but everything you know about your tires in winter weather. With a series of videos and infographics focusing on winter driving myths, Michelin is trying to put the idea of winter tires into the minds of consumers, ultimately changing consumer behaviors. Depending on where you live, there are a lot of ideas on how you should drive in the winter elements. But as Michelin does a good job of…
  • Your Brain on Social

    Dave Landry
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
      This is your brain … AND THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON SOCIAL! Any questions? Who can forget the image of eggs frying in a pan from the public service announcement offered by The Partnership for a Drug Free America. That commercial launched their multi-million dollar advertising campaign back in 1987 and overall it was considered a success even named the number eleven best commercial of all time by TV Guide.   PLEASURE OR ADDICTION? The comparison of something frying in a pan to the effects of narcotics and other drugs on the human brain was meant to bring awareness of the dangers of…
  • The IKEA Time Travel Continues #IKEAtimetravel

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

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

  • Marketing Strategy: What is your “Only Factor”?

    Austin McCraw
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    Your value proposition is the force behind the success or failure of your marketing efforts, and the key to crafting an effective value proposition is determining your “only factor.” This post provides a path on how to find that “only factor” as well as charting some of the challenges behind this endeavor.
  • How Seamless Email Turns Ecommerce Prospects into Buyers

    Andrea Johnson
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    This MarketingSherpa Blog post features a video interview conducted by Daniel Burstein, Director of Editorial Content, MECLABS, with Charles Nicholls, founder and Chief Strategy Officer, SeeWhy, on turning prospects into buyers on ecommerce websites. Email is a channel ecommerce marketers should use to stay in contact with prospects. The key to success for this medium is a seamless experience of email across different devices and form factors.
  • Email Data Hygiene: When you know it’s time to break up

    Jessica Lorenz
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    An email subscriber list filled with old addresses that either never interact with your sends — or even worse, bounce — affects your deliverability and overall email program effectiveness. In this MarketingSherpa Blog post, watch a short video to find out how 3M Canada utilized data hygiene and cut their email list 64%.
  • Content Marketing: Harvard Business School’s Michael Norton discusses surprising consumer behavior research

    Daniel Burstein
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    This MarketingSherpa Blog post features a video interview with Daniel Burstein, Director of Editorial Content, MECLABS, speaking with Michael Norton, Associate Professor, Harvard Business School, on how “showing your work” can actually prove value in the mind of your audience. Michael explains how this idea can be applied to marketing messaging.
  • Do You Know How to Take Advantage of Globalization with Your Marketing?

    Daniel Beulah
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    Unless you are serving very specific geographic area, globalization is likely something that should be on the radar screen of your marketing efforts. This means understanding and addressing different cultures in messaging and other elements of your campaigns. This blog post offers tips on how to accomplish this goal and examples of what has gone right and wrong for several brands.
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  • Welcome to Colon, Magic Capital of the World

    Tim Van Damme
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
  • Lucky shot.

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

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

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

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

  • Gravity Wars Redux

    Eric Meyer
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    Over the past few weeks, I’ve been writing a remake of/homage to a game I last played somewhere around 1990: Gravity Wars.  I gave this personal project a few hours here and there each day, or more usually each evening, slowly resurrecting a little piece of my past and putting my own spin on it.  You can check it out for yourself, if you like: Gravity Wars Redux. There are a few things I changed from the version I played all those years ago, besides the change of colors.  First of all, instead of taking turns, in my version the ships fire simultaneously, meaning a no-survivors tie is…
  • Presence and the Gift

    Eric Meyer
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    There are two aspects of my parenting that have really helped me cope with the illness and death of my daughter.  One was there long before she became ill, was in place before we had any kids; and the other I learned in the months since the first tumor emerged. What I’ve had all along is a strong determination to appreciate each stage of our kids’ lives for themselves.  I’ve heard or read any number of parents saying they wish the next stage of development would hurry up, or that a past stage had lasted longer.  You know: “Oh, I can’t wait for Johnny to start talking, all this…
  • Indescribable

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

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

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

  • Enchanting Hand-Cut Paper Silhouettes In Various Sceneries

    Christie Ann
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Art is mostly demonstrated on one of the versatile materials found on earth – Paper. Paper is a thin material produced by pressing together moist fibers, typically cellulose pulp from woods, rags, grasses, and drying them into flexible sheets. In the world of art, papers are used to make designs, just like in paper cutting. This art has developed distinctly all over the world to blend into different cultural styles. Today we feature two Ukrainian artists, Dmytro and Iuliia, who greatly love creativity and handmade items, together they have created “DreamPapercut”. Their craft is making…
  • Free Sketchy Outlined Fonts To Help You Have Cool Typography

    Mickey Javier
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Fonts have a significant role in adding the right taste of design to any projects that includes letters and words. That is why it is highly advisable for designers, if not necessary, to have as much font styles as possible to become more flexible and creative to your projects. Have a chance to add some cool fonts today as we have gathered some styles that you may want to take hold of. Today we have a collection of Free Sketchy Outlined Fonts that you can download for free. This collection includes cool outlined fonts that have extra sketchy effect that The post Free Sketchy Outlined Fonts To…
  • Provocative Satirical Illustrations That’ll Engage Your Mind

    Christie Ann
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Paintings, drawings, or any illustrations are all about the artists’ self-expression of what they feel. One of the artist’s works is to make a statement of some kind, like satirical illustrations , a tool to bring attention to both particular and wider issues in society. Satire is a genre of literature, sometimes graphics and performing arts, in which vices, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government, society itself, into improvement. Agim Sulaj is a satirist illustrator from Albania whose primary passion is to paint.
  • Useful And Free Long Shadow Icons For Your Designs

    Johnna Eudese Ward
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Flat designs have proved to be one of the neatest and eye-catching designs for a while now. With started some sub-styles which include long shadow designs which give more effect without ruining its minimalist design. They are usually applied to web elements – mostly icons. If you’re looking for these cool-looking icons, then you’re in the right place. Here we have looked for some of the beautiful and Free Long Shadow Icons that you can add to your designs. Most of them are free for personal and commercial use while others licenses can be purchased. Nevertheless, it is always best The…
  • Best Free Seamless Wood Plank Textures To Enhance Your Design

    Ebrian Acebedo
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    For designers, it is essential to have various resources such as brushes, patterns, textures and more to create more attractive designs. These resources give designers greater abilities to add striking effects and elements that may give some zest to their works. Now I know how time-killing it is to look for the right resources for your design, which is why we have collected some useful seamless textures that may help boost your design. Today, we gathered some of the best free seamless wood plank textures that you can use for your next project. These are absolutely free to download so The post…
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    Tuts+ Code

  • Get a Free Year of Learning With Your Hosting Plan

    Nicole Bowes
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:15 pm
    For a limited time only when you purchase an InMotion Hosting plan for just $3.49/mo you'll also receive a free yearly subscription to Tuts+ (worth $180).What Will You Get?Your hosting plan with InMotion includes:24/7 top rated in-house tech supportFree Softaculous one-click auto installer (includes over 310 applications)Free cPanel server management includedUpgrade options available—check out their Reseller & VPS hosting plansYou can host the latest CMS platforms, including WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, PrestaShop, Concrete5, and many more on InMotion’s Shared Hosting…
  • Build a Custom API to Connect WordPress With Ruby on Rails

    Jarkko Laine
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    What You'll Be CreatingOnce upon a time, web applications used to be monoliths that did everything all by themselves. These days, not so much. With web services opening up their APIs, developers are moving to using third party applications to handle parts of the functionality—things such as authentication or emailing users.While the most common case is one where you use an API to connect to one of the popular online services (Google, Twitter, and so on) there are times when both of the applications you want to connect are your own.This happened to me some time ago: I had…
  • Design Patterns: The Facade Pattern

    Avinash Zala
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When it comes to design patterns, you may have questions:Why should we use design patterns in programming? Our code can work just fine without it.To that, my counter question would be: "Would you rather live in a luxurious home, or in a simple establishment with four walls?" After all, both serve our purpose.Generally, we look for a luxurious home because it offers better facilities and requires less maintenance, and maintenance can done with less hassle because the basic groundwork is already there. The same thing applies to programming: Code that employs design patterns is easy to…
  • Building Advanced Email Features With IMAP and PHP

    Jeff Reifman
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    What You'll Be CreatingIn this tutorial, I'll walk you through some real world examples of how you can use PHP and IMAP to build new features for managing your email—features that the big email providers haven't built for us.My interest in this began in 2010 when I wrote Twelve Gmail Ideas to Revolutionize Email (Again), but mostly the ideas I wished for have remained out of reach. For as important as email is, innovation of email as an application has been quite slow.We’re drowning in email, and managing our inboxes remains a heavy burden. Mail services and…
  • Signals and Microinteractions for Smartwatches: Hands-On

    Joshua Newnham
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    In the previous article, I've introduced two design principles aimed at wearables, signals and microinteractions. In this article, we'll create a sample Android Wear project to show how these principles apply in practice.1. ConceptImagine you're in the final hour of a bidding war for a much coveted item. The last thing you want, and what often happens, is being outbid just before the bid closes. In this scenario, there are obvious benefits in having a smartwatch that permits you a convenient way of being able to monitor such a bid and make timely actions without disturbing you, the user,…
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  • Deal of the Week: 90+ Professional Fonts from 18 Unique Font Families Discounted 98 Percent

    Dieter Petereit
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
       Have you ever dreamt of buying a professionally crafted font for 30 cent, then woke up laughing? What one can dream… Today, with our most recent Deal of the Week, that dream can come true. Mighty Deals has exactly that on offer. More than 90 fonts from 18 different font families are up for grabs at two percent of their original price. Secure yourself a large set of professionally crafted Sans and Art fonts with all the benefits of the OTF format. Web fonts are available, too.
  • JotForm’s Latest Product is Hands Down the Best Form Designer You Can Get

    Dieter Petereit
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
       Forms – the inevitable, the unavoidable. Nobody actually loves them, yet no one can do without them. Be it in real life or on the net, forms are a necessary evil. Or should I say were a necessary evil? Today JotForm, the online forms creation service has introduced a new tool dedicated to making forms attractive with ease. This new tool is called "Form Designer" and it does nothing less than bring the fun factor back to form design. Did I say "back"? Hmm, anyway…
  • Make a Dent: 40 of the Best Cinema 4D Tutorials

    Dirk Metzmacher
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
       If you are a 3D artist you are surely aware of the fact that Cinema 4D is a powerful, almost almighty tool. Combine it with Photoshop and you’ll get even more super powers. From creating 3D models to adding textures and animating the result – there is not much we cannot do. In this article we have collected 40 of the best tutorials to help you make a dent – probably not in the universe, but here where your potential customers can see it…
  • Sass-based Grid Systems: How to Split Columns, not Hairs

    Nataly Birch
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
       When it comes to website development there is not a lot better than a semantic, flexible, professionally crafted grid system, forming a “safe and sound” structure. It is the most viable and reliable solution that skillfully and effectively deals with all the dirty issues of today’s designs. For the past decade, the diversity of this kind of instruments has been considerably increased and constantly improved. There are pure CSS grids and mixed ones, simple style sheet files and complex pre-made frameworks, responsive and fixed, well-formatted and poorly…
  • Lifelong Learning: Certified Online Tutorials by Adobe Experts Train Simple for a One-time Payment of 79 Dollars

    Dieter Petereit
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
       Should you expect to get a lifelong membership of Train Simple through this deal, you are totally right. Our Deal of the Week gives you the opportunity to gain lifetime access to the massive portfolio of official Adobe training videos for a friction of the original price. If this is too far into the future for you, buy a year’s membership, still massively discounted. If you find more than 5,400 online training videos covering Adobe’s product portfolio from A to Z attractive, you should definitely read on…
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  • Switch Port

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Created by Nick Bain, Switch Port is a light switch with a built in dry-erase board. (Why? Because "the best place for a whiteboard is not where you might expect".)
  • Programmable materials

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    MIT's Self-Assembly Lab is developing materials that can be programmed to transform their shape autonomously ("from flexible carbon fibre and hybrid plastics to wood grains and textiles").
  • I've fallen, and I can't get up!

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    A nice vfx demo (using Miarmy for Maya) from Dave Fothergill:
  • Sincerity Machine

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    Jesse England's Sincerity Machine is a (hacked) typewriter that produces print in Comic Sans:
  • Cata Sopros

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    Created by Elas Duas, Cata Sopros is "a collective musical instrument made from paper windmills that transform the users' breath into sounds":
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    Illusion Magazine

  • Valentina Ryabova’s (Some Sensual, Some Innocent) Tattoos

    Adriana de Barros
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Warning: This post contains images with nudity. Viewer discretion is advised. A Lolita-like girl in red sunglasses, a nude woman in rope bondage… there is definitely a kinky side to some of these tattoos. There is also great artistry in the compositions, a care for light and shadow in hyperrealist quality. It is just beautiful...
  • Eye-Catching Eye Candy Typography

    Christopher Smail
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    There’s nothing more eye-catching then colourful candy. And you don’t have to be a small child to enjoy this inspiring typographic project by Dutch creative director Patrick Simons. The images published here, which include behind-the-scenes shots of Simons’ process, give a profound insight into this sweet toothed experiment. A little child-like whimsy goes a long...
  • 10 Controversial Sex Scenes in Modern Cinema

    Christopher Smail
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    Warning: This article contains explicit content. Viewer discretion is advised. Cinema is perhaps more than any other the medium of the voyeur. Alone in the dark, it is a place to shut out the noise of the outside world and indulge in the realm of pleasure.  Eroticism is a hard element to get right in film; to...
  • The Dark Art of Kavan the Kid

    Adriana de Barros
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Kavan Cardoza aka “Kavan The Kid” is a music video director and photographer based in Los Angeles. His photographic work is expressive and creepy, like “Monster in the Dark” (shown at top) of an old lady who could steal the show in horror film, “Insidious.” Other images such as “God’s Outcasts,” “A Vanishing Soul” and...
  • Lost Among the Roses: Seductive Photography

    Christopher Smail
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Warning: This article contains images with nudity. Viewer discretion is advised. Istanbul-based photographer Denef Huvaj takes beautiful, dreamy images that subtly play on themes of femininity and sexuality. Her subjects, which range from a line tattoo drawn on a model’s back to another one lying in a bed of flower petals, are drenched in pale shades of...
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    The Social Commerce Social Sourcing Space

  • Businesses lose an average of $12.7M a year to cybercrime

    Craig Agranoff
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:36 pm
    The fifth annual Cost of Cybercrime report from the Ponemon Institute found that businesses lose an average of $12.7 million to cybercrime. This is up 9.7 percent over the previous report’s study, indicating that the cost of cybercrime is on the rise. The report this year was sponsored by Hewlett Packard’s Enterprise Security division and it found that business disruptions account for about three-quarters of those cybercrime losses. The report confirmed, as of previous ones, that business who prioritize cybercrime prevention tend to fare better in terms of losses than do those who…
  • Twitter to unveil mobile payment service

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    In collaboration with France’s biggest bank in terms of client numbers, Groupe BPCE, Twitter will offer a new mobile payment service targeting young users. Dubbed S-Money, the new service is expected to be launched as early as this week and will allow Twitter users to transfer money via tweets. Rival Facebook is also working on a similar type of service, but Twitter appears to have a competitive edge. While young adults are shunning larger social networks in favour of messaging apps, the latter remains popular with young users. In fact, 27 per cent of 7,500 US teens surveyed considered…
  • China pre-ordered 20 million iPhone 6 units last weekend

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    About 20 million units of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were pre-ordered in China between 10th and 13th October, according to a CNET report that cited data from Chinese tech giant Tencent. 9.5 million pre-orders were made through Jingdong Mall (, while Chinese telcos (China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom) accounted for ten million pre-orders. While the new models were launched in the United States and other countries in mid-September, the release in China was delayed because regulatory approval was not obtained until later in the month. As a result, Apple started taking online…
  • Finland Blames Apple for Credit Downgrade

    Craig Agranoff
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    In an interesting twist of politics, the Prime Minister of Finland, Alexander Stubb, told news reporters that Apple killed the nation’s top industry, resulting in an international credit downgrade announcement. Standard and Poor downgraded Finland’s sovereign debt rating to AA+ from AAA on Friday. “..I guess one could say that the iPhone killed Nokia and the iPad killed the Finnish paper industry..” To be fair, Prime Minister Strubb did not really pit the blame on Apple. His point was that the paper industry, which is the most important industry in Finland, has seen…
  • Tech firms promise to safeguard student data

    10 Oct 2014 | 2:51 am
    After California Governor Jerry Brown passed the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA) on 29th September, a group of 14 industry players have promised to adopt its principles across the United States. SOPIPA prohibits companies from selling, using and disclosing students’ photos, text messages, location information and other data for commercial purposes not authorised by schools. Companies such as Microsoft, digital curriculum developer Amplify, publishing house Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edmodo, an online educational network that lets teachers designate homework…
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    Six Revisions

  • A Close Look at CSS Box Shadow

    Jacob Gube
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The CSS box-shadow property can be used to give block elements a drop shadow or an inner shadow. Let’s take a close look at this CSS property. Examples Below are three different examples of applying the CSS box-shadow property on a div. Example 1: Simple Drop Shadow Here’s how you could give a div a subtle gray drop shadow. box-shadow: 0 0 10px gray; Example 2: Inner Shadow An inner shadow can be rendered using the inset property value. box-shadow: inset 0 0 10px; Example 3: Offset Drop Shadow In this example, the box shadow is cast with a bias towards the bottom-right side of the…
  • Installing Node.js on Windows

    Jacob Gube
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Many powerful open source projects have Node.js as a dependency, so often times you’ll need to set it up on your web server. But what if you wanted to develop and test your Node-dependent projects in your Windows PC before putting it up on the server? Setting up Node.js locally is quite simple. In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through the following: Installing Node.js on Windows Running a Node app in your browser Installing Node packaged modules via npm Uninstalling Node from Windows A note on nomenclature: The official name of the project is Node.js or node.js, and many people…
  • Free UI Kit: Icarus

    Jacob Gube
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Icarus is a clean and beautifully simple user interface (UI) kit for web and mobile apps. This UI kit comes to you as a Photoshop PSD file. The Icarus UI kit was designed by Matt Skiles (from DVQ) and commissioned by the team over at Print Express for exclusive publication here on Six Revisions. Other UI kits designed by Matt Skiles are Dijon and Jefferson. Preview Terms of Use You can use this freebie as part of your commercial projects. Examples: Web designs, visuals for ebooks, infographics, PowerPoint presentations, web/mobile app UIs, etc. Attribution is not required (but appreciated).
  • Free Responsive Content Sliders

    Jacob Gube
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Showing off your content in a slider/slideshow can be a wonderfully engaging experience for your users. Where it shines best as a solid UI design pattern is in cases where you want to present a series of content while preserving the continuity of the viewing experience. Your users can simply sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Creating a content slider from scratch is fairly straightforward if you’ve got good experience in HTML, CSS and JS. But, regardless of your skills, you may still want to use a pre-built solution to speed up the implementation on a website. When it comes to…
  • A New Breed of Free Source Code Editors

    Jacob Gube
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Many outstanding free source code editors have come out recently, and they’re giving paid apps a run for their money. Beautiful user interfaces, practical features, and the ability to enhance your setup with extensions are just a few things this fresh crop of code editors are offering. In 2008 and 2009, I wrote about some text editors that can be used for web development. I talked about Notepad++, Vim, Emacs, and 21 other text editors.  Five and a half-ish years later, there is bound to be some good additions and innovations in this realm. And there are. Characteristics that modern…
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  • 37 Free Bootstrap Joomla Themes

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    For today’s round up, we have chosen 37 best Bootstrap Joomla themes that not only will enliven your Bootstrap but will also be useful for your business as well. Creating a theme by yourself without specific knowledge and years of practice is not possible, but this does not mean that you cannot get a custom made theme. There are plenty of established template providers that provide high quality, professional looking custom made themes that you can order. Scroll through our wonderful collection and be inspired as well. Do let us know what you think about this compilation. Feel free to share…
  • 15 Easy-to-Follow Photoshop To HTML/CSS Tutorials

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Here, we are showcasing a useful assortment of 15 very easy to follow tutorials on how to convert PSD files to HTML or CSS which intimidate many new designers or to anyone in general. Well, a basic knowledge of HTML or CSS will not hurt you in any way so it is always wise to learn few basic things so that they can be used at the time of need. Below, you will find a list of 15 tutorials on PSD to HTML or CSS conversion. We hope that you will like this collection and find these tutorials useful for you. Here is the complete list after the jump. Enjoy! Convert Your Product Landing Page From PSD…
  • Useful PHP Classes & Libraries For Fast Development

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:46 pm
    PHP is the most popular scripting language that has been widely used in the web development. You can find loads of resources that include documentations, tutorials, tools and other such resources about PHP on the internet. PHP has made it quite easier for the developers to create a better web environment. PHP is a feature rich language that allows you to accomplish several tasks by default. There are many resources for PHP as well to further help the developers. In this compilation, you will unearth some of useful and of course free to use high quality PHP classes and libraries that will help…
  • A Wonderful Collection Of Free jQuery & CSS3 Image Hover Effects

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    With jQuery and CSS3 image hover effects, adding brilliant effects to your web pages is no more difficult task. jQuery has simplified it to a great extent that now even a beginner can also create an effective and professional looking web designs with some brilliant hover effects. jQuery is basically a cross-platform JavaScript library that simplifies HTML scripting and is very popular among the developers. In this compilation, we are showcasing some of free jQuery CSS3 image hover effects for you. All these hover effects work wonder for the web design. So feel free to choose the one you like…
  • 50 Killer Yet Free Web Resources You May Want To Get Today

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    Finding the freebies always is a pleasure for the web designers not only because they are able to find useful resources for free of cost but also because such resources are very helpful in their projects. This is the reason why majority of the web designers spend loads of time in finding useful goodies and freebies. These are the resources that were released recently and you can use them in your future project. And it is once again our pleasure to share with you what we have gathered from all over the web so to help you with your masterpieces. Click through and feel free to download. Free GUI…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Be A Better Designer By Eating An Elephant

    Alexander Charchar
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    I can’t imagine any other industry in which so much change happens so quickly. If you stop paying attention for a week, it can feel like you’ve not been listening for a year. There’s so much to learn. Falling behind is easy, too. We might be in the middle of a major project, so we put off learning about this newfangled thing called Sass or Node.js or even quickly experimenting with the new Bootstrap or Foundation that everyone is raving about. Before we know it, we have these elephants of missing knowledge wandering around our minds, reminding us of what we should know and do but…
  • Freebie: Touristic Icons (100 Icons, PNG, SVG)

    The Smashing Editorial
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Icons are a lot like real monuments — they can both be easily recognized. Today’s icon set consists of a set of vector icons that represent monuments across the globe, so they can be literally used anywhere. This colorful set was carefully designed by Freepik131 and is completely free to use for commercial as well as your personal projects, including software, online services, templates and themes. This icon set is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported2. You may modify the size, color or shape of the icons. No attribution is required, however, reselling of bundles…
  • CSS-Only Solution For UI Tracking

    Krasimir Tsonev
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    The web is growing up. We are building applications that work entirely in the browser. They are responsive; they have tons of features and work under many devices. We enjoy providing high-quality code that is well structured and tested. But what matters in the end is the impact for clients. Are they getting more products sold or are there more visitors for their campaign sites? The final results usually show if our project is successful. And we rely on statistics as a measuring tool. We all use instruments like Google Analytics1. It is a powerful way to collect data. In this article, we will…
  • Ready For Retina HD: Create Pixel-Perfect Assets For Multiple Scale Factors

    Karsten Bruns
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The 6 Plus is the first iPhone that sports a “Retina HD” display — the sharpest display Apple has ever made. It forces designers to provide an additional set of image resources to developers to match that sharpness. We needed only one set of assets for the original iPhone up to iPhone 3GS. And when iPhone 4 came out with the Retina display, we also needed 2x assets — images twice as detailed. Now, with the display of the 6 Plus being even more detailed than that of the iPhone 4, we will also need to provide 3x assets. The numbers 1x, 2x and 3x are also called “scale…
  • Taking A Closer Look At Tech Conferences: The Nitty Gritty Details (A Study)

    Jan Constantin
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    As I was flying back from the Smashing Conference in New York, I wondered whether it was a success. This wasn’t an original thought. We are always wondering what makes a conference good and what elements will make industry workers stay away. Good and bad are such subjective terms, though, with almost as many expectations as there are attendees. We decided that just looking at the numbers instead might be a good idea. This article will not present best practices for planning a conference1, but rather will look at how it’s actually done most of the time. While this is not a guide to putting…
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    Speckyboy Web Design Magazine

  • Weekly Inspiration – Creative Class, AKQA, Mr Marcel School, and more

    Speckyboy Editors
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
    It’s that time of the week again, a chance for you to sit back and be inspired by some of our favorite web and mobile designs from the past week. You may also like to browse the Web Inspiration Archives. Creative Class → He For She → → AKQA → Mr Marcel School → Hix Snedeker Companies → Michael Bianchi → You may also like to browse the Web Inspiration Archives. The post Weekly Inspiration – Creative Class, AKQA, Mr Marcel School, and more appeared first on Speckyboy Web Design Magazine. No related posts.
  • Creating an Origami Style Vector Swan in Illustrator

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:33 am
    Creating an origami-inspired design is an easy feat when you know the technique. Follow the quick tutorial steps below to learn how to bend your digital paper to create a fantastic design. We’ll be using Adobe Illustrator, but you can adapt these techniques to other vector or vexel programs as needed. Tutorial: Origami Style Vector What You’ll Be Creating Step 1: Trace Your Illustration You’ll need a general idea for your design. Using a stock photo, trace the outline, or the contour, of your object with the Pen Tool (P) to create a basic composition of your design. Set the…
  • Exploring Social Design Patterns For the Web

    Chris Bank
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    Although many people are designing mobile products that are social in nature, few understand what that really means, how it works, or why it’s important. While social features are becoming increasingly important for many reasons, they require careful thinking about the identities and respective communities impacted by them, and how the nature of the product changes with this kind of user interaction. For example, every social network you could possibly link to (i.e. for sharing purposes) is different and serves a different purpose for the users involved. And some information may be…
  • Weekly News for Designers (N.255)

    Speckyboy Editors
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    This is our popular weekly design news post where we share our favorite design related articles, resources and freebies from the past week. You can sign-up to our awesome weekly newsletter for some more amazing articles, resources and freebies. New Resources & Tools Litmus Builder, a code free editor for email design and development. Flexy Boxes, a CSS flexbox playground and code generation tool. Font Family Reunion, a useful tool for checking the compatibility of local fonts. t.js, a lightweight jQuery plugin for typewriter-like text effects. Magneticmediajs, a jQuery based library that…
  • Win a Copy of the Be Multipurpose Theme

    Speckyboy Editors
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:33 am
    I never thought I would say this about any WordPress theme, but Be from Muffin group is larger than life. Indeed, every web designer I know has praised it senseless. In terms of multi-purpose themes, you’d be hard pressed to find a more proficient and generally accessible option. Be Feature-ized Be Theme offers more than 50 gorgeous demos, available for 1-click installation. Anyone who worked with this theme can tell you just how remarkably easy it is to customize with Muffin-specific options and builder, not to mention that you are more than welcome to mess around with the custom CSS…
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  • Illustrating the McLaren F1 Owner’s Manual

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    This charming video features reflections from McLaren Design Operations Manager Mark Roberts on his experience illustrating the elaborate owner’s manual for the McLaren F1. I drive a Kia, so obviously I know nothing about luxury sportscars, but this one from the 1990s is apparently fondly remembered. It’s very endearing to hear Roberts talk about the… Advertise on
  • Audio Cards on Twitter

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Back in August I tackled the question “What is a card?,” and noted that Twitter is starting to add more interactively rich cards to its platform. Today, Twitter announced that they are rolling out another card type: audio cards, starting with SoundCloud. When any tweet includes a link to SoundCloud content, official Twitter clients will… Advertise on
  • The Town without Wi-Fi or Cellular Service

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Did you know that a 13,000 square mile area crossing West Virginia and Virginia is a congressionally mandated “radio quiet zone” in which wireless technologies like cellular service and wi-fi are forbidden—and that there are people actually living there happily? It’s true, according to Ripley’s Believe It or—I mean, according to National Geographic. Via Stephen… Advertise on
  • How Long Is Too Long for the Apple TV?

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    The headline for Apple’s media event tomorrow is “It’s been way too long.” That could mean anything, but what I most want it to mean is that the company will unveil a new Apple TV tomorrow. I don’t see how Apple could use that headline and not address that device. It really has been way… Advertise on
  • A Gun That Folds and Shoots Paper Airplanes

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    This home-brewed device was fabricated with a 3D printer, a bit of ingenuity, and a deeply seated desire to impress the Internet. Mission accomplished. + Advertise on
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    Treehouse Blog

  • When is the Right Solution?

    Zac Gordon
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Personally and professionally I’m a big fan of, the hosted version of WordPress, from the folks at Automattic. With a selection of free and premium themes, a suite of plugins you don’t get with, and a built-in community of millions of people it has some good things going for it. Plus, it feels good to support Automattic in their ventures since they give a lot to the WordPress community and continually demonstrate how to run a successful WordPress-related business. This article doesn’t so much pertain to hardcore WordPress developers, but rather the average…
  • We Are Family – The Whole Team!

    Gill Carson
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Here we are – the Treehouse team. This photo was taken at our recent Lake Tahoe company meet-up. There are 75 of us (give or take a few stragglers). Most of the familiar faces are in there, Nick, Guil, Andrew, Pasan, Kenneth, Dave, Ben, Jason, Joy, Hampton, even Craig our new Java teacher – wait, where are Amit and Zac? And some faces that are not familiar to you too. Those are the people who work their butts off behind the scenes to make Treehouse as spectacular at it is. So, thanks, to everyone! It certainly does take a lot of people to make Treehouse awesome! The post We Are…
  • Responsive Charts

    Jason Seifer
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    It’s Tuesday which means that the Treehouse Show is back! In episode 111 of The Treehouse Show, Nick (@nickrp) and Jason (@jseifer) talk about working with DPI, responsive charts, media queries, and more. For a free month’s trial, Join Jason and Nick at This Week’s Links Designer’s guide to DPI Chartist – Simple responsive charts 7 Habits of Highly Effective Media Queries | Brad Frost Web Victor.js – 2D Vectors for JavaScript Pure CSS parallax scrolling websites | Keith Clark The post Responsive Charts appeared first on…
  • Cutting-Edge CSS Features You Can Use Today

    Guil Hernandez
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    The last wave of new CSS3 features introduced in-browser design features like border-radius, gradients, multiple backgrounds, and box-shadow. CSS continues to evolve and today’s native features are becoming closer to tools we’d normally use in our favorite graphics editor. In this article, we’ll cover three cutting-edge features you can add to your CSS toolkit today: blend modes, masks, and clipping paths. Blend modes The new CSS blend modes feature lets us blend an element’s background layer with another layer. Currently, background-blend-mode is the most supported…
  • After Just 6 Months Learning Nick is a full-time Web Developer

    Faye Bridge
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    23 year old Nick Bryan’s interest in the web came from a desire to learn how something we use everyday, and often take for granted, is both designed and implemented. When Nick then found himself, with a background and degree in Music Production, trying to figure out what he wanted to do with his life, he decided to seize the opportunity and focus on his coding skills. After six short months learning web design and development with Treehouse, Nick was hired as a full-time web developer for a major computing firm, and now looks forward to going to work each day. We caught up with Nick to…
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  • Superior Interiors: NYSID Showcases 90 Years of McMillen

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    McMillen Inc. turns ninety this year, and the New York School of Interior Design is celebrating the august firm with an exhibition that explores its legacy of superior interiors. Writer Nancy Lazarus got a behind-the-scenes look at the country’s oldest continuously operating interior design firm during a recent visit to NYSID. The white gloves worn in the 1920s, when McMillen was founded, are long gone, but the renowned interior design firm carries on many of the traditions that have accounted for its longevity, said Ann Pyne. As McMillen’s co-president and daughter of the founder,…
  • Mark Your Calendar: Michael Graves ‘Past as Prologue’ Symposium

    Stephanie Murg
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    Stock up on Peeps and reserve your ticket to “Past as Prologue,” a just-announced symposium that will be held “in honor of Michael Graves on the occasion of his fiftieth year in practice.” Organized by The Architectural League of New York and hosted by Parsons The New School for Design, the November 22nd confab will consider Graves’ deep influences on the disciplines of architecture and design. Tackling subjects such as architectural pedagogy, drawing, and the design of objects (fingers crossed for a session on “the Hitler teapot”!) will be the likes…
  • Quote of Note | Pete Wells on Keith McNally

    Stephanie Murg
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    “[O]f course, he worries about the interiors. Cherche Midi’s is lovely. Outside is a dystopian intersection. You’d never know it in the dining room, which feels intimate, almost private, although of course every face is on display, bathed in light the color of apricot jam. For three decades, Mr. McNally has been rooting around in the same Lego kit: distressed mirrors, chipped subway tiles, bottles backlighted to look like stained glass. In his hands, these well-worn tricks give restaurants the battered nobility of a vintage Saab. When anyone else tries, they end up with a 1986 Ford…
  • Design Jobs: Kohler, Shutterstock, The Lucky Group

    Nadine Cheung
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    This week, Kohler is hiring a senior art director for its digital department, while Shutterstock needs an image reviewer. The Lucky Group is seeking a photo studio manager, and Prometheus Global Media is on the hunt for a design director for ADWEEK. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Senior Art Director, Digital Kohler (Kohler, WI) Image Reviewer Shutterstock (Telecommute) Photo Studio Manager The Lucky Group (New York, NY) Design Director, ADWEEK Prometheus Global Media (New York, NY) Photo Editor MTV World (New York, NY)…
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Infographics (But Were Afraid to Ask)

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

  • 6 Efficient Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

    Tara Hornor
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    One of the most common fights my husband and I had in the beginning of our marriage involved getting tasks done. Whether it was as small as carrying in groceries or as big a task as moving, he always... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 65 Amazing WordPress Photography Themes on the Market This Month

    Steven Snell
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    WordPress is an excellent content management system for photographers, in part because there are so many outstanding themes available, both free and premium. With so many quality themes/templates... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 5 Reasons Why Every Graphic Designer Should Also Be A Professional Photographer (And How to Get Started If You’re Not)

    Steven Snell
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:04 am
    Many web and graphic designers enjoy photography as a hobby, and some even offer both design and photography services to clients. If you haven't yet taken much interest in photography or attempted to... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 7 Actionable Ways to Build a Strong Client List from Scratch

    Steven Snell
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    You've undergone the army training on Codecademy, you've read every possible article there is on A List Apart, and there isn't a single Photoshop brush that you haven't tried already. You've excelled... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • Five Key Practices To Keep Your Creative Job Engaging and Avoid Burnout

    Tara Hornor
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    In a way, each one of us is creative, and many of us are fortunate enough to be able to have creative careers as well. We are writers, designers, programmers, and creative tactical workers, and we... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
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  • Create a realistic shadow effect in Illustrator using the blend tool

    Veerle Pieters
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    Seems I have some unfinished business with my Re-turned birds illustration. There is one last thing I need to cover, and that's how I created the shadow effect on the bellies of the birds. Just in case you've missed the pervious article about the wood texture, or how to draw these birds, don't forget to check them out too. Today we'll add the finishing touch and use Illustrator's Blend tool. I'll also show you some useful tips on how you can use the Layer panel to duplicate an object in an easy way and make fast and easy selections. So let's get started… Re-turned birds by Discipline…
  • Create a wood texture in Illustrator

    Veerle Pieters
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    As promised, here is a follow-up on my tutorial about using Illustrator's Pathfinder to create symmetrical birds, which was based on these fabulous "Re-turned"-birds. This time we'll give the birds their wooden texture, and we'll keep it all vector-based. We'll create 2 types of wood textures: one wood grain texture which we will apply on the darker brown, and one wood texture that has these typical curvy lines, which we'll apply on the lighter colors. Both will be turned into seamless patterns in no time, thanks to Illustrator's Pattern Maker feature. Re-turned birds by Discipline (designed…
  • Draw a cute lion in Illustrator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Steven Heller
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:36 pm
    When I was a kid, nuclear attack was the gravest fear. Every two weeks the air raid sirens blared and my class and I were ordered to “Duck and Cover.” Obviously, that wasn’t even helpful if a small bomb exploded in the schoolyard, not less a megaton device. On the radio this morning I heard about NYC Board of Education’s precautions for Ebola, a list of practical procedures. Scary as the prospect of the virus is, I’m not sure that “going to the school nurse” if a child has symptoms is the best solution. In any case, I’ve been researching…
  • Weekend Heller: Learn Sign Painting

    Steven Heller
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Sign painter Mike Meyer is bringing his hand-lettering workshop to New York on 29-30 November 2014, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Hosted by local shop Van Zee Sign Co, this workshop will give participants a chance to learn from one of the masters, with brushes, paint and lettering. It follows hot on the heels of Mike’s recent tour of Europe. “Meyer has always been a well-known face in the international sign painting community through his passionate involvement with Letterhead ‘meets’ as far apart as New Zealand and North Wales,” notes a press release. “He has even hosted a…
  • Art, Guns and Power

    Steven Heller
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Henry Brimmer is a graphic designer, photographer, educator and agitator (in the good sense). He teaches Non-linear Creative Thinking Strategies through the Department of Advertising + Public Relations at Michigan State University in East Lansing. For 13 years he was the publisher of PhotoMetro magazine, a San Francisco–based monthly tab on photography that featured well-know and upcoming talent. Now that he has no more clients, he keeps himself on his toes by taking on challenging art projects that take him out of his comfort zone. The most recent is his entry for ArtPrize in Grand…
  • Best Book Covers: Penguin Drop Caps

    Claire Lui
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    In 2009, Jessica Hische (a featured New Visual Artist that year) started her Daily Drop Cap site, where she showcased a different hand-drawn letter each day. The site took off, and Hische’s creative lettering soon became her calling card.Elda Rotor, the editorial director of Penguin Classics, saw Daily Drop Cap and began thinking about creating a line of hardcover editions alphabetized by the authors’ names. Rotor spoke with art director Paul Buckley about designing an “A” to “Z” series of Penguin Classics, and she and Buckley eventually came up with the vision for an entire…
  • Like, OHMIGOD! A Totally Bitchin’ Valley Art Show

    Michael Dooley
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    The San Fernando Valley is a joke. A running joke that had its heyday in the 1970s and ‘80s. There was “beautiful downtown Burbank,” ceaselessly mocked by Johnny Carson. There was the Van Nuys porn industry, most famously ridiculed in Boogie Nights. There was Encino’s “valley girl,” legendarily skewered in the Zappa pop hit. And now comes Valley Vista: Art in the San Fernando Valley ca. 1970–1990, and it’s a major punchline changer for Valley jokes.Valley Vista is a new gallery exhibition at California State University, Northridge, one that reaches beyond all the…
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  • [literature] What Did Not Kill Harlan Ellison Obviously Didn't Try Hard Enough

    Samuel Klein
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:17 pm
    3160.We have been following the news of the travail of a man called, by himself, 'possibly the most contentious human being in the world' with some interest.Above: L: Susan Ellison, R: This mook she married.Photo: Steven BarberHarlan Ellison, we have heard, has suffered a stroke, since about a week now. He's been in the hospital, and we hear, is doing quite well actually. He has, it is reported, lost a bit of use of his right arm and right leg.This will do some damage to his legendary typing speed, though how his right leg entered into it, I'll never know.I've admired his writing…
  • [creativity] Inspiration Pad Dares You To Ride The Wave

    Samuel Klein
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    3159.Of all the interesting ways to challenge your creative brain to keep up, this is one of the most interesting and simple I've seen.Designed my Mark Thomasset, the Inspriation Pad at first seems like just another of the incredible range of paper notebooks we've been seeing all over. About the same form factor, thickness, dimensions. It's a ruled notebook, red margin line, blue writing lines. But you open one and maybe you see this:Or any one of a bunch of different patterns, from other waves, to mazes, to off-kilter registrations of the pattern, to sphereized and pinched lines.The closest…
  • [teh_funnay] Meanwhile, somewhere near Westeros…

    Samuel Klein
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:54 pm
    3158.GRRM hasn't killed all 140 characters … he still uses Twittah …JK Rowling, Joss Whedon, and I walk into a bar... Everyone you've ever cared about dies.— George R.R. Martin (@GRRM) October 3, 2014
  • [art, map] The Story of the Void in Jerry Gretzinger's Map

    Samuel Klein
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    3157.Back last year I posted here about a most singularly delightful thing, Jerry's Map.To recap, the story goes kind of like this: One day, in 1963, during lulls in what is only described as a tedious job, Jerry Gretzinger, a resident of New York State, started drawing a map of an imaginary city. The city reached the edge of the sheet; he attached another, and kept on going. He kept this up for 20 years.In 1983, life offered sufficient distraction to cause him to put the map of Ukrainia on the shelf. Then, after 20 years of sleeping, the land awoke again when Jerry's grandson discovered the…
  • [caturday] Kiki ArtKitty Provides Supervision

    Samuel Klein
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:20 pm
    3156.Whether or not I waste time in the studio, she's watching me. Almost like she's keeping score.Sure, I can screw off, but I'll have to answer to the fluffball.
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  • Artist Combines Scenes of Real World with His Imagination

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Created in a highly realistic manner, this is a collection of paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Matthew Grabelsky in which he combines the scenes of everyday life with imagery from his imagination, dreams, and fairytales. In Grabelsky’s own words; “These paintings are not intended to be viewed as fantasy or as allegory, but rather as […] View the Rest: 'Artist Combines Scenes of Real World with His Imagination'
  • Surreal Illustrations Explore What’s Underneath The Ocean Surface

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    This is a collection of surreal illustrations by Los Angeles-based illustrator Graham Curran that offers a peek into the hidden world underneath the surface the ocean in a whimsical style. Hailing from a small beach community south of Los Angeles, Graham Curran is an illustrator who spent most of his time at the beach growing […] View the Rest: 'Surreal Illustrations Explore What’s Underneath The Ocean Surface'
  • What ‘Mars Bars’ Would Be Called If Martians Made It

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    This is a hilarious illustration by Egypt-based artist Rafik Emil H. that imagines what the famous ‘Mars Bars‘ would be called it they were made by the inhabitant of the planet Mars. Artist – Rafik Emil Portfolio (Hat Tip Neatorama) View the Rest: 'What ‘Mars Bars’ Would Be Called If Martians Made It'
  • Giant Futuristic Robots Invade European Countryside in These Sci-Fi Paintings

    13 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    In this collection of sci-fi inspired paintings, German artist Jakub Rozalski makes a fusion between the elements from the past and the future by inserting giant futuristic mechs and robots into the scenes of traditional European countryside of late 19th or early 20th century. Artist – Jakub Rozalski (Hat Tip Boing Boing via Hi-Fructose) View the Rest: 'Giant Futuristic Robots Invade European Countryside in These Sci-Fi Paintings'
  • Comical Illustrations Show Instagram Selfies of Hercules and Other Disney Characters

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    In her ‘Selfie Fables‘ series of comical illustrations, Italian illustrator and graphic designer Simona Bonafini imagines what would it be like if those popular Disney characters had Instagram accounts. Artist – Simona Bonafini | Portfolio (Hat Tip DesignTAXI) View the Rest: 'Comical Illustrations Show Instagram Selfies of Hercules and Other Disney Characters'
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    Semhal Nasreddin
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Welcome to another edition of Inspirational funk, where I feature graphic art that has caught my eye and really inspired me. This is Volume 5, and  I’ve included examples of gorgeous typography, postures, brochures and more … Enjoy! Hype Alphabetica Type Treatments   Nosferatu   Haandkraft business cards by Jacob Nielsen   Burn Out Dont Fade Away     Hudson River UdeM Manuel de Survie de ltudiant Manimals Sebastian Joes Branding Concept   Sarah J Coleman for Special K   Title Cards by Josh White Barcelona Victionary        …

    Semhal Nasreddin
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    In today’s article I’m presenting 15 cool shape inspired t-shirts. They are all creative tee shirts and I think and hope you’ll enjoy viewing them. Cheers   Segments T-shirt Time and Space T-shirt     Facet 3 T-shirt     Angular One Geodesic T-shirt   Space T-shirt Ugmonk 6th Anniversary T-shirt   Galaxy Diamond T-shirt   Cosmic Inflation T-shirt Stacked T-shirt   Mountains T-shirt   Caveira Geometrica Tee Shirt     Aztec Print Tee Shirt         Rainbow Diamond Chiffon Tee Shirt     Map…

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

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

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

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Abstract architecture photography is different from regular architecture photography. It offers a new perspective. It allows the viewer’s imagination run wild. You no longer see the full picture. Instead, you see a small piece of a much bigger puzzle. I guess you can sort of call this a tease. The artist takes a photo and lets you decide for yourself what you see and feel. This is the exact reason why I love abstract architecture photography. You have no surrounding context to help you formulate an educated thought about the photo at hand. Instead you see what looks like an abstract…
  • iPhone 6 Giveaway

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are here, breaking sales records and quickly becoming one of the most sought-after devices on the market. Wouldn’t it be awesome to win one for free? Now you can, with the Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway in the Inspirationfeed Deals store! They are the largest iPhones ever made, with the iPhone 6 coming in at 4.7 inches and the 6 Plus at a whopping 5.5 inches. Which size is for you? Well with this giveaway, the winner can take their pick of the two sizes, getting a $600 Apple gift card to spend on the iPhone of your choice. Enter to win HERE – and good luck! And if you…
  • 25 Exceptional Vase Designs

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    There was a time when a vase served only two functions: 1) the display of flowers or 2) as a family heirloom to be kept in a crystal cabinet. Those days are over. Now, a creatively designed vase can be so much more. It can be the centerpiece of a room, part of an overall design scheme, a gift to a loved one or the finishing touch on an artful display. The brilliant thing about creative vase designs is that the possibilities are limitless. You can tailor the style to suit your particular tastes and personality. How would someone describe you? Are you a hippy earth child at heart? Think smooth…
  • 30 Home Office Design Ideas to Help You Live a Better Life

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Working from your home can be a challenge, but it’s far better than being stuck in a cubicle. Apart from focusing on your work and not being distracted, the other main problem people run into is having a comfortable home office. It’s true, if your office is dull and boring then getting work done is hard. You want to make your office feel cozy. It’s your office. So why shouldn’t it represent you? Today we gathered thirty beautiful office design ideas that will help you work from home in style. While browsing, keep an eye out for functional, decorative, and creative…
  • 10 Books Guaranteed to Expand Your Mind

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Never in human history have we had the opportunity to read such a wide variety of books. No longer do we have to go to the library or bookstore and reserve a bestseller with a three mile long waitlist, or spend hours searching fruitlessly for a rare copy of a book about an esoteric topic. With the advent of e-readers and online bookshops, the entire world of literature is at our fingertips. It’s easy to fall into reading our same favorite authors or genres but the era of technology practically begs the reader to expand his or her bookshelves to include titles that you might never have come…
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  • Quitador: A Different Kind of Slab Serif

    Allan Haley
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    “Broadly speaking, you can divide slab serifs typefaces into two groups,” says Arne Freytag, the designer of the new Quitador™ family. “They either tend to be have geometric proportions and monoline strokes, like those in ITC Lubalin Graph™, or are more humanist leaning, like the Caecilia® family.” “A strict classifying of Quitador is difficult,” He continues. “I pursued my own interpretation of square serif designs, to develop a family that is somewhere between pure geometric and humanistic styles.” While there are subtle traces of humanistic character traits in the…
  • New Hero Images for September 2014

    Ryan Arruda
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    A favorite aspect of having a brand new blog design is that we can now further showcase some of the great content we regularly offer on If you’re a regular visitor to you know that we prominently feature four large hero images on our homepage each month. These images provide the opportunity for us to work with leading designers and illustrators to show the typefaces we offer in a larger-than-life scale. So going forward, each month we’ll take a moment to profile the new hero images and the talented people behind them. A new release from Stone Type Foundry, the Magma…
  • FontFonts Come to Web Fonts

    Johnathan Zsittnik
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    With an ever-growing collection of more than 20,000 Web fonts, you can bet at any given time we’re preparing another font release; this week we may have hit that release button with a little more excitement. Making their Web Fonts debut are the first families from the heralded FontFont foundry, including the FF Meta, FF Unit and FF Info families. Each family is among FontFont’s most popular faces and each was designed under FontFont founder Erik Spiekermann. What better place to begin with than with those from the man who started it all. “Making their Web Fonts…
  • New Blog

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

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

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Photo manipulation works are fun to create and fun to look at. Using photoshop you can do lots of creative and fun stuff. You can alter photos by photoshop software like you imagine and you can show others what you have in your creative mind. There are lots of posts on internet about photo manipulation but here i have added some of best and amazing examples of photoshopped / photo manipulation works for you. read more
  • 30 Best and Beautiful Diwali Greeting card Designs and backgrounds

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Happy Diwali : We have added some inspiring lamps and light effect backgrounds for making a beautiful diwali greetings for your inspiration. Diwali / Devali / Deepavali, popularly known as the "festival of lights", is an important festival in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, celebrated for different reasons, occurring between mid-October. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. read more
  • 50 Best Logo Design examples from around the world

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Logo Design is an important aspect for any business. The key to successful business is branding. If you want your customers to remember you, create impressive branding and identity designs for your brand. Here we have included 50 Best Logo design examples from around the world. Our Favorite logo designs are LED, Love Clips, LOVE, CMYK, Pharmacy, barcode, numbers, pool, tech vision, cook, more, beer and Fishy.  We hope you will like these creative logo design examples. read more
  • 25 Unbelievable Realistic Pencil Drawings by Dirk Dzimirsky

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Photorealism junkies, you'll be happy to know we've struck gold with Dirk Dzimirsky, a German artist who can render reality like you've never seen before...except in reality. read more
  • 40 Beautiful Diwali Wallpapers for your desktop

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    We have added beautiful diwali wallpapers for decorating your desktop. Diwali / Devali / Deepavali, popularly known as the "festival of lights", is an important festival in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, celebrated for different reasons, occurring between mid-October. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. I hope you like these diwali wallpaper designs. read more
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    LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers

  • Should you be Marketing to Genders or not?

    Hala Ali
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    So you want to design websites for guys and gals? Want to perhaps introduce some things into your design that will specify your website to a female or male audience? Well stop. That’s going to be the big message of this article, stop trying to design for only one gender. The society today is simply…
  • Connection between successful Brands and HELVETICA

    Hala Ali
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Designers have a craze for typefaces, where Helvetica top their list. A simple observation by any sane person can easily highlight that it is impossible to breathe without taking this typeface in. Whether, a contemporary or classic designer, Helvetica has been ubiquitous for everyone. MASSIMO VIGNELLI, the 20th Century designer also loved Helvetica to an…
  • 3 Ways of Using Web Design to Create Brands

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

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

    Mitchell Kernot
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    The design world can seem cluttered with all of the continually louder and louder attempts at attracting the attention of viewers around the world. Websites pour on color and stylization and music and everything they can think of in a misguided attempt to force you to stay on their website a second longer. P&Co. :…
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  • The Best of DesignCrowd Design Round-Up - Volume 4

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Each week, we round-up some awesome designs created by the very talented designers on DesignCrowd. From logo designs to posters and websites, the weekly design round-up aims to inspire creativity and show off the calibre of work produced.To show our appreciation for the great designs submi... Read More
  • How To Create a Visually Inspiring Workplace

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    Company culture is incredibly important when attracting new recruits and keeping current employees happy. Most of us spend a big chunk of our life in an office of some sort, so it’s very important to create a visually appealing, comfortable office that can build and influence better company culture.... Read More
  • Ten Inspiring Work Spaces for Freelancers

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    Freelancing has its perks and downsides. You get to decide when and where you work, and many freelancers decide to work from home. But is this the smart choice? Sometimes, the laundry can seem more important than finishing that logo you promised today. Whether its the TV or other... Read More
  • DesignCrowd Web, Graphic & Logo Design Scholarship for Innovation in Digital Art

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Introduction to DesignCrowd DesignCrowd is the future of graphic design - an online marketplace providing logo design, web design and print design services through crowdsourcing. Design crowdso... Read More
  • 20 Tech & Ecommerce Logos Crowdsourced on DesignCrowd

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    As DesignCrowd is in the business of innovating with technology and we are an online marketplace, we thought it would be fun to roundup a li... Read More
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    The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress

  • Simple Tips For Great Letterhead Design

    Danielle Knowles
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Email may be popular, but some moments just call for print. When you need to make formal contact with a business associate or client, great letterhead design is essential. Why The post Simple Tips For Great Letterhead Design appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Funny Friday: Free Hugs

    Danielle Knowles
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    At the end of this week, we’ve compiled a great collection of giggles designed to get you out of bed, dancing and feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.  Lord Of The The post Funny Friday: Free Hugs appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Game Of Thrones Inspired Pumpkin Carving

    Matthew Miller
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    Learn how to make these cool Game of Thrones inspired pumpkin carvings with our free templates! We’ve got a treat for you this Halloween, free templates of all of your The post Game Of Thrones Inspired Pumpkin Carving appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • A Touch Of Caped Class – Flyers For Dunelfen

    Samantha Halley
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    For Dunelfen, this is the perfect time of year to showcase their range of cape coats. Solopress were delighted to assist with their flyers. For today’s woman seeking elegant style, The post A Touch Of Caped Class – Flyers For Dunelfen appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Video Tutorial: How To Make A Chevron Pattern In Adobe Illustrator

    Matthew Miller
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    Learn how to easily make this cool ’70s retro pattern using simple tools in Adobe Illustrator. Video Tutorial Making Shapes Open Illustrator and start with a basic A4 sized The post Video Tutorial: How To Make A Chevron Pattern In Adobe Illustrator appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
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    Something Design Shop

  • 5in1 Mega Bundle v.5: Illustrations, Graphics & Textures

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Visit here Highest quality Illustrations, Graphics & Textures in one mega bundle! If you’re looking for some new and fresh vector shapes, illustrations, watercolor elements or textures, this Jumbo Deal is just for you! With almost 90% off and available for limited time only, you’ll need to grab this new 5in1 mega bundle while you can. With 22 items and bundles from 5 premium design shops is this bundle one of the biggest and best quality illustrations, graphics & textures bundle ever! So don’t miss it   5in1 Mega Bundle v.5: Illustrations, Graphics & Textures contains…
  • What Buyers Create Using Our Products #01

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

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

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

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

  • Getting Started With Adobe Illustrator [VIDEO]

    Roberto Blake
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Adobe Illustrator is part of the “trinity” of design programs you should learn when beginning as a Graphic Designer, the other two members being Photoshop and InDesign respectively. Many designers tend to over rely on Photoshop to get their work done considering it an end all be all solution. While arguably Photoshop is powerful enough to do all if not most things the typical graphic designer may need, that doesn’t mean it is the best tool for those particular task.Learning Illustrator Doesn’t Have to be HardMany Graphic Designers feel intimidated by learning another…
  • The Apple iPad Air 2- What You Need to Know!

    Roberto Blake
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Before You Buy the iPad Air 2Apple just unleashed a whole new series of products for late 2014 following on the heals of their summer updates to the Macbook Pro product line. The product with the most buzz surrounding the live Apple Event this October had to be the new iPad Air 2. This product is not just an incremental update, at the same time it is not exactly groundbreaking either.The new iPad Air 2 is all about performance and features a new A8x processor that is 40% more powerful than the previous generation. It also features an improved iSight camera that is capable of single image HDR…
  • 5 Common Logo Design Mistakes

    Roberto Blake
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Unfortunately I will not be providing visual examples of poorly designed logos for this article. There are some issues with this type of article and linking to images owned by others and calling them “bad logos” and it would be too time consuming and painful to design bad logos just to use as an example.Using too Many Colors in a Logo DesignOften you may get a request from a client to use a variety of colors in a logo design. Try to caution simplicity, not everyone is Google and can get away with multiple colors. Too many colors can be distracting, take away from the distinction…
  • What Tools and Hardware Do Graphic Designers Need?

    Roberto Blake
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Becoming a Graphic Designer is going to be an investment. There are gong to be quite a few things you need to get started in terms of general art supplies, hardware and software to do your projects and client work. While this list may not cover everything it does cover the essentials you will regularly need throughout your career or time as a graphic design student.Aside from a decent computer and the adobe software where are some other times you will want to definitely consider. Below is a short punch list but if you watch the video below I explain some of these things in a little detail and…
  • DragonCon 2014 Cosplay Photography Showcase

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

  • HTML5 Websites Showcase – 25 Inspiring Examples

    Muhammad Faisal
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Showcase of HTML5 websites, design by professional web design agencies and web designers. These new HTML5 and CSS3 website using modern design techniques. HTML5 websites are amazing, well-structured with a responsive design it is easily usable with any device (Desktop, tablet, mobile phone), without removing any content! Today we are gathered twenty five award winning websites build with HTML5 markup. In this collection you can see the Graphic design, web design, portfolio, fashion and corporate websites design examples for inspiration. You may be interested in the following modern…
  • 25 Custom Font Families In One Mega Bundle

    Yasir Jawaid
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Yet another biggest custom fonts mega bundle for designers. This is 4rd vo of new highest quality & top sellers custom font families in one mega bundle! If you are looking to beef up your custom font library, this deal is just for you! With almost 93% off and available for limited time only, you’ll need to grab this new 5in1 mega bundle while you can. With 25 custom font families from 5 premium design shops is this bundle one of the biggest and best quality premium custom fonts bundle ever! So don’t miss it. With this deal you get: 25 Custom Font Families ( TTF or OTF or both…
  • 35 Most Popular Free Fonts In 2014

    Muhammad Faisal
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Top free fonts for designers, handpicked commercial-use fonts and typefaces specially gather for professional graphic designers. These free fonts are  design friendly which stand in a unique class of their own. In this post we are gathered some of most popular free fonts for designers. Download them instantly and start using in your design. If you need more high quality free fonts, you must check our font’s collection library of 2014. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. 25 Inspiring Examples of Business Cards Design Illustrator Tutorials: 23 New…
  • New HTML5 Responsive Templates with Modern User Interface

    Yasir Jawaid
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Responsive HTML5 website templates built with Bootstrap3.2.0, HTML5 and CSS3 that have well-organized with modern trends of UI design and valid code. HTML5 Templates includes different types of layouts of home page, portfolio, blog, shop, 404 page design and short code pages. All psd 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. 15 New Modern Responsive WordPress Themes 25 Inspiring Examples of Business Cards Design…
  • 25 Inspiring Examples of Business Cards Design

    Muhammad Faisal
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    Today we’re rounded up beautifully designed business cards created by professional designers and printed by best printers. Here you can find variety of creative, corporate and professional business cards examples, including full color, Blind emboss, inkless, foiling and fine printing business cards design for inspiration. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. 15 New Modern Responsive WordPress Themes Creative Examples of Letterpress Business Cards Design 25 Professional Business Card Templates (PSD) Illustrator Tutorials: 23 New Tutorials to Improve…
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    The Designer Wall

  • Download Polya Free Font by Adrien Coquet

    The Designer Wall
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:06 pm
    There is nothing like finding the perfect font to finish off your digital layout! That’s why font designer Adrien Coquet made another free font for us to use in our design projects. Download Download Polya Free Font by Adrien Coquet is a post from: The Designer Wall The post Download Polya Free Font by Adrien Coquet appeared first on The Designer Wall.
  • 5 Letterhead Design Mockup to Download for 2014

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

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

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

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

  • Logo Design Tips for Small Businesses

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why Every Entrepreneur Must Learn Photoshop

    Vladimir Gendelman
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Why Every Entrepreneur Must Learn PhotoshopSuccessful entrepreneurs often wear many hats: salesperson, spokesperson, marketer, innovator, leader, social media guru and motivational speaker. If you want to dress for success, then it’s time to think about adding a “designer” hat to your wardrobe. Your company’s visual identity defines the way your audience perceives your brand—don’t you think you should have a [...]
  • 10 Commandments of Working for Free as a Graphic Designer

    Vladimir Gendelman
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    10 Commandments of Working for Free as a Graphic DesignerIf you ever want to get a bunch of graphic designers riled up, gather them together in a room and ask them this question: “Should graphic designers ever work for free?” It’s been a hot-button issue in creative fields for as long as anybody can remember, and there’s no definite answer that everybody can agree [...]
  • 101 Fabulously Retro Vintage Photoshop Brush Sets

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

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

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

  • The Importance of Kerning…

    Hollee Wood
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:20 pm
  • Kerning Game

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

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

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

    Hollee Wood
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Color schemes are important in design because different colors together look more visually appealing than other combinations.  This post is going to go over the basic color schemes that are […]
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    Design Roast

  • How to Create a Mood Board for Your Creative Projects

    Adrienne Erin
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Want a boost in creativity? Consider creating a mood board for your creative projects to save the things that inspire you. If you don’t know what a mood board is, think of it as a kind of template, the blank slate on which you visualize your ideas. Mood boards can take many forms – from ... The post How to Create a Mood Board for Your Creative Projects appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 13 Creative Gift Ideas for Designers

    Adrienne Erin
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    You might be struggling to think of what to get the designer or other creative person in your life for the holidays. Maybe some expensive, weird looking chair? Actually – like anyone else –designers like useful gifts, we just also appreciate the artistic nature of things. With that in mind, here are a baker’s dozen ... The post 13 Creative Gift Ideas for Designers appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 25 Stunning Tilt-Shift Photography Examples

    Adrienne Erin
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    Tilt-shift photography changes the focus of an image, so the outcome often looks like the subjects in a photo are miniature instead of full size. When the lens is tilted, it’s pointed at a different angle than the usual straight-on approach, and if the lens is shifted, it’s moved either up or down until the ... The post 25 Stunning Tilt-Shift Photography Examples appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 20 Best WordPress Themes for Google AdSense

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

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

  • Top 10 Alcohol & Beer Logos

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:39 am
    What are some of the Best Beers and Alcohol Brands? Here are a Professional Graphic Designers top 10 Alcohol and Beer Logos from around the world in 2015.The post Top 10 Alcohol & Beer Logos is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • How Corporate Clothing Benefits Your Brand Identity

    6 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    How does corporate clothing and company uniforms benefit your Brand Identity? This post looks at the advantages of using branded clothing to push your company message.The post How Corporate Clothing Benefits Your Brand Identity is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • How to Name Your Company

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:39 am
    What must you consider when you have to name your Company? Check out these business naming tips you should keep in mind when picking a great name.The post How to Name Your Company is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Top 10 Airline Logos

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:46 am
    What are the best Airline logos of all time? Here's my top 10 aeroplane related logos reviewed and discussed.The post Top 10 Airline Logos is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • How to Market your Business on a Budget

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

  • I’m on the jury for Logo Lounge book 9!

    Ian Paget
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    I still can’t quite believe it… I’m going to be on the jury for Logo Lounge book 9! This has to be a highlight of my year (even my life) – I’m extremely excited to be part of it, and whats even better… Bill Gardner has kindly allowed me to blog and talk about the experience, so I can give others an insight into what it’s like to be on the jury to select the best 2000 logo designs from over 30,000 submitted.   What’s Logo Lounge? Logo Lounge is both a logo design book series as well as an online database with over 200,000 logos and brand identities from more…
  • The designers goal: To elevate what we see

    Ian Paget
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    I recently attended a talk at the London Design Festival with Paula Scher of Pentagram, a partner in the New York office. Being at the forefront of graphic design for four decades, I knew I could learn something from this discussion with the legendary designer, and I certainly did. During the hour long interview there was a lot of excellent insights into her work, however it was one comment made during the Q&A session which stood out for me, and will play a role in future logo design projects. She said: “The designers goal is to raise the expectation of what design should be. To elevate…
  • Own your brand identity: become a market leader

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

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

    Ian Paget
    21 Jun 2014 | 8:13 am
    Whenever a company redesigns its logo it causes social media and design sites to go mad. Sometimes the redesign is loved, but more often than not the designs are quickly torn to pieces, sometimes quite brutally. Disappointingly a lot of this comes from the design community. Take for example the PayPal redesign back in April. Shortly after posting the news of this on twitter I received a number of instant dismissed comments such as “I don’t like it”, “not a big fan” and “this is just…ugh”   PayPal have released a new logo design as part of its first global brand campaign.
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    A2B Designers Ltd

  • How to make use of artistic energy to barter

    The Design Geeks
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    Latest news from A2B Designers. Here’s the dilemma. Our energy to create is what makes us human. The outcomes of human creativity are throughout us. Those of us who’re fortunate sufficient to make our living by means of our inventive experience make an immense contribution. We routinely make the emotional connection between: firms and prospects, merchandise and people, motion pictures and audiences, music and listeners, ideas and emotions and on and on. Yet we’re additionally routinely under paid. As an instance, a fast Google search reveals that legal professionals are paid…
  • 7.8 Million Link Removal Requests Filed In One Week

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

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

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

    The Design Geeks
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Latest news from A2B Designers. These days it’s not simply sufficient to have an internet site with great graphics and informative content material. You must have a responsive design as well. By having a responsive design, you optimize your web site to make it accessible over not simply the nice outdated desktop, but in addition over a myriad of mobile gadgets. There is little question that responsive design is the way forward for internet designing and each enterprise, massive and small are optimizing their web site to include each mobile system ever launched. The final goal of a…
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    Graphic Design | Logo Design | Website Design | London | Forty8Creates

  • Events In East London For Halloween

    Chloe Smith
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Plan your Halloween by booking tickets to these spooktacular parties in East London!     The Book Club – Wasteland: Survivors Party – 30th October.    The Book Club will be hosting the biggest and most gruesome Halloween party of the year on 30th October. The BC will be transformed into a post apocalyptic wasteland […] The post Events In East London For Halloween appeared first on Graphic Design | Logo Design | Website Design | London | Forty8Creates.
  • Create a Facebook Page for your Small Business & Use it Efficiently

    Chloe Smith
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
     Create a Facebook Page for your Small Business & Use it Efficiently Running a business requires you to advertise your presence and engage with your audience in several different ways. Social media is one of the best platforms to advertise your business, engage with your consumers and keep on top of news and trends within your […] The post Create a Facebook Page for your Small Business & Use it Efficiently appeared first on Graphic Design | Logo Design | Website Design | London | Forty8Creates.
  • Start Up Business Awards

    Chloe Smith
    5 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Best Start up Awards for your small Business.   Starting a business, and getting it to succeed, is a massive feat that requires dedication, passion and resilience. Often the little spark you need to push your business on to the next level is a little encouragement. And what could be more encouraging than a start […] The post Start Up Business Awards appeared first on Graphic Design | Logo Design | Website Design | London | Forty8Creates.
  • Tattoo Artist | Interview | London

    Chloe Smith
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Tattoo Artist Melissa Szeto London  Tell us a little bit about your background & what it is you do now. I’m a Colombian tattoo artist based in Notting Hill, London. I originally studied as an industrial designer, then spent a few years as a shoe designer, but over time I fell in love with tattoos […] The post Tattoo Artist | Interview | London appeared first on Graphic Design | Logo Design | Website Design | London | Forty8Creates.
  • 5 Important Lessons Design Education SHOULD be Teaching.

    Chloe Smith
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:08 am
    I always get excited when the postman brings my subscription of Computer Arts magazine, this month the subject area in question is ‘The Future of Design Education’. Within this issue there was a question that really caught my eye – “What’s wrong with design education today, and how would you fix it” This blog post […] The post 5 Important Lessons Design Education SHOULD be Teaching. appeared first on Graphic Design | Logo Design | Website Design | London | Forty8Creates.
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  • The Pepsi logo. A great example of logo evolution.

    7 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I can’t remember where, but over the weekend I saw an advert for Pepsi. I can’t even remember what it said. There may have been a celebrity in it, to woo the younger market (although obviously they can’t do that on purpose!). What struck me, as I’m not a fizzy pop drinker, was the simplicity of the Pepsi logo. Which got me thinking, I’m sure I remember a logo from my childhood that was a lot different. So I thought I’d have a look. Google delivered.   The Pepsi logo through the ages What’s striking, not just the vast difference between the Pepsi…
  • The ultimate purpose of marketing. It’s simple.

    7 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    For any business owner who takes the marketing of their business seriously really should glimpse through once in a while. Aside from great articles from across different industries that provide nuggets of useful information, there’s often a comment from one of the regular writers that gets to the heart of things. I urge you to therefore read this piece that the writer, in a light-hearted story of his friend’s abattoir business, cuts through the mess that marketing often becomes. What’s the ultimate purpose of marketing he asks? ‘To get…
  • What’s in a logo. Things to consider when you rebrand

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    We have conversations with clients all the time about rebranding and the potential benefits (giving due consideration to their business, its current situation, its aims for the future, etc…as to whether its appropriate to them first). Just a few of the questions that frequently crop up are; Why should we bother to rebrand? What are the benefits of rebranding our business? How can we measure the impact of the rebrand and whether it’s been worth it? Isn’t a rebrand just designing a new logo for us and a few tweaks to our website and literature? What if our customers…
  • Marketers…are you a chief, champion or coach?

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

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

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

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

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    Printing is essentially the process of images and text reproduced through a template or master form. If there is an invention so crucial and vital in the life of humans, it has to be the ability to print. Through printing we are able to produce in huge numbers magazines, newspapers, books, photographs, leaflets and many other publications. It has played the grand and vital role of promoting knowledge and literacy across the divide in basically any part of the world. history of printing East Asia The history of printing is believed to start in East Asia, where the woodblock printing technique…
  • The Importance of Data Breach Prevention

    25 May 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Now more than ever, companies need to focus more on data breach prevention. Companies rely on technology to store their data and private information and no technology is flawless. In 2013, the number of data breaches skyrocketed. Hackers accessed some well-known companies sensitive information, costing them millions of dollars. A data breach can cost around three million dollars on average. Data breaches also causes companies to lose customers because they no longer feel that their information will be safe dealing with that company. Then they will has to work even harder to rebuild their…
  • Xeikon machines

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:13 am
    Xeikonever-expandingrange of applications” Today, the Xeikon machines are present everywhere in the world, both in commercial printing, as well as in the field of printing labels and packaging. With digital presses, Xeikon products and CTP machines for conventional offset plate (basysPrint) and for flexo imager (ThermoFlexX). Reputable global manufacturer of high quality digital presses, a Belgian company Xeikon, has been present on the market since 1988, and just five years later, in 1993  at an IPEX exhibition in Birmingham introduced the first professional digital printing machine. Over…
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