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  • Jim Carrey: Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Fail

    Stephanie Kaptein
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Actor and comedian Jim Carrey delivered a powerful commencement address at Maharishi University on having the courage to make the leap: So many of us chose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect so we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m saying: I’m the proof that you can ask the universe for it. My father could have been a great comedian but he didn’t believe that was possible for him. So he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant and when I was 12 years old, he…
  • Your Attention

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    “We have these brief lives, and our only real choice is how we will fill them. Your attention is precious. Don’t squander it. Don’t throw it away. Don’t let companies and products steal it from you. Don’t let advertisers trick you into lusting after things you don’t need. Don’t let the media convince you to covet the lives of celebrities. Own your attention — it’s all you really have.” - Jonathan Harris
  • Design Matters with Jonathan Harris

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
  • 1 Completely Random Thing You Didn't Know About Your Own Job

    Graphic Design News
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    You surely don't need any convincing to procrastinate for a bit, but why not waste some time acquiring more completely random knowledge? Much like those name-specific keychains at gift stores, you might not actually find yours on this list.
  • 5 Ways Creativity Creates Productivity

    Next Big Design
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Today, business leaders are completely and utterly focused on productivity. Meanwhile, creativity is the spark of a new idea so incredible that it interrupts whatever you’re doing to get it onto paper. Creativity leads to productivity, if that workplace environment is developed and nurtured in a way that allows the two to peacefully co-exist.  According to a recent article by
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    Graphic Design & Publishing Center

  • Design vector elements for infographics, textures, backgrounds, cartoons and devices

    Fred Showker
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    The world of graphic communications has become more complicated than ever in the history of mankind. But one true fact still remains: the understanding of an object, idea or concept is made easier and more complete through the use of simplified visual graphics. Today they're called "infographics" and here are 2,000 vector files you want for generating all kinds of infographics read more
  • Classic Vintage vector design elements, ornaments, cartouches, illustrations and devices

    Fred Showker
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    In the "day" we had many, many restaurant clients. We had restaurants sometimes that would occupy the same building as the previous restaurant. I only wish we had a collection like this one in those days. We had to hand-draw, or clip from the Yanblan Archives, or some of the thousands of pages of Dover Books I had purchased to cut apart. Thank goodness these files are here today in vector format! read more
  • Logo Builder for thousands of quick, profitable, quality logos

    Fred Showker
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    When I combined a sign and screen printing shop as part of the graphic arts production facility, there was a steady stream of clients needing quick, good looking graphics very cheap. What do you do? We were competing with traditional sign shops on price and turn around. There's no time for a company profile design statement interview. He needs 40 styrene, screen printed shelf-talkers by Thursday at 7am, and today is Tuesday. What do you do? read more
  • Summer Reading for fun, learning and graphic inspiration

    Fred Showker
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    Learning happens. We're in the summer travel times and have vetted these books for family fun, learning and a little bit of preoccupation! "When will we get there" is a common question, but when you've got some really great project books like these, you've always got an answer.Roadside Attractions Coloring Book: Weird Wacky Landmarks Across the USA!Creative Haven Art Nouveau Fashions Coloring BookMasterworks: Color Your Own Cezanne PaintingsAnimals of the Forest, Wetlands and DesertTarot Designs Coloring BookButterflies Coloring Book read more
  • MyBrushes Unique Painting Tool for natural media painting! iOS, Mac or PC

    Fred Showker
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    There are any number of natural media software packages -- most costing many times more as this . . . for 'natural media' painters, MyBrushes for Mac, iOS and Windows has a simple and easy interface -- you don't need knowledge of color system such as RGB, HSV and others. Just look at these samples read more
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  • A hammock for your feet

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    The perfect addition for a more comfortable office. If you are sitting all day at work, this should make your position more livable for both working time and resting time. This hammock has an adjustable lenght and can be fixed under your desk for resting your feet. The post A hammock for your feet appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • Sculptures of human-animal hybrids

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:56 pm
    This new project, by American artist Crystal Morey, is titled Habitats Collide. Coming from a small town, she has witnessed the contrast between rural and urban America. With this work, she explores the encounter of humans and nature, with human-animal hybrids that seem to wonder about the future of their natural environment. These delicate ceramic are truly troubling and invite us to meditate on our relationship with nature. The post Sculptures of human-animal hybrids appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
  • 10 awesome designs made of bamboo

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    In Asian countries, designs made of bamboo are common and have been used for centuries. Modern designers are also interested by this strong and flexible material that is perfect for creating great designs. In this post we share some great examples of what you can make with bamboo. 1. Bamboo furniture by the Campana Brotheres Small furniture created by the Campana Brothers for Alessi. 2. Linger bench A spectacular bench made of bamboo by Alvin Tjitrowirjo. 3. Bamboo tricycle A bamboo bike for kids made in VietNam, the wheels are in wood, but nothing was treated chemically. A creation of a21…
  • This week on Pinterest

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    Pinterest has become a great source of inspiration for me. Each week I share my favorite pins of the week. If you don’t want to miss any pin, make sure to follow me on Pinterest. Poster for Sudpol Not the most readable, but a quite spectacular poster design. Via Cryptic Memphis Awesome icons and logos. Via Oddds. Illustration Illustration 12 by Seb Niark1 Feraut. Via InspireFirst. Typographic poster Great typographic poster for “Nuits Sonores 2014″. Via DOMO-A. Kiki’s delivery service Super cute cover. GF Smith branding Clever branding for GF Smith. Via Under…
  • Wall art using plants and moss

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:27 pm
    You’ve probably seen wall plants before, but this is taking this art to a whole new level. It is made by the people at Art We Heart and can be bought there. The plants and moss are very easy to maintain. So if you have a few thousands bucks to spend, why not get yourself some living wall art? The post Wall art using plants and moss appeared first on Design daily news. Download the free transport icons package now!
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  • XIV Andreu World International Design Contest

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:52 pm
    The 14th edition of the Andreu World International Design Contest is open for entries.
  • 2015 D&AD Professional Awards

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:43 pm
    The 53rd D&AD Professional Awards is now open for entries. The competition now includes a number of new sub-category additions in response to the evolving creative landscape.
  • Making a Splash: Graphics that Flow

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Fluid forms are visual analogues for change and endless possibilities.
  • Daylight Spaces 2014

    Levent Ozler
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    The 2014 Daylight Spaces international architectural and design competition aims to highlight the importance of natural light in architecture.
  • Varoom 26: The Style Issue

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    The 'Style' issue of Varoom illustration magazine is out.
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    You The Designer

  • Interesting Art of Max Zorn, You’ll Never Believe What They’re Made Out Of

    George Nacpil
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:03 am
    Amsterdam street artist Max Zorn has a talent that you have never seen before. It’s the talent of making incredible art using stuff in our home and office. His main material? Brown Packaging tape. This idea of using tape instead of a paint came from Max’s friend who was working in a car design. Mark said “These guys often use slim tapes to outline their ideas on large boards. I was surprise to see how fast they could create stunning sketches with it. ” Since then, Mark Zorn started showing his talents making this packaging tape art by decorating old street lamps which you…
  • 5 Infographics You Should Definitely Check Out

    Patrick Jude Ilagan
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The role of infographics is to make information understandable, engaging and highly entertaining. It also comes in various formats, static infographics are the most common of them followed by video and interactive infographics. In this post we are going to show you guys some of the most recently published infographics for some inspiration. 1. A Well-Balanced Blog Click the image to view the full infographic While there are tons of interactive and fancier infographics, A Well-Balanced Blog infographic got into our list because of it’s approach. Instead of going for direct approach with…
  • Featured Artist: Interview with Diorama Artist Clemens Wirth

    George Nacpil
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
    Director and visual artist based in Austria, Clemens Wirth has a passion for macro photography. He definitely amazes people with his lively work from miniatur people, model building and different view of the real world in his eye-pleasing Dioramas. YTD managed an interview and got to know the artist. YTD: Hi Clemens! Welcome to YoutheDesigner. Can you please tell us a little background about you and your creative work? CLEMENS: Hello, nice to meet you. I’ve studied Multimedia Art at the University of Applied Sciences FH-Salzburg and work now as a director and visual artist. I live in…
  • Stretch your Imagination with Li Hongbo’s Paper Sculpture

    George Nacpil
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Chinese sculptor Li Hongbo makes sculpture some unique sculptures. Born and raised by a simple farming family, at a young age Li found himself attached to paper. He discovered the flexible nature of paper from Chinese paper toys and lanterns. At first, I thought these were just the usual stone sculptures, but my perspective suddenly changed once he stretchered it up, pulled and twisted. Li uses stencil to paste and glue narrow strips across large pieces of paper, he then sticks together to form blocks of 500. He stacks the blocks to the desired height. An average bust is over ten blocks or…
  • 23 Free HUD Photoshop Brushes

    Gian Bautista
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Good day creatives! Exercise your Photoshop skills by experimenting on these awesome HUD (heads-up display) brushes. Once again, we asked our resident graphic artist Niño Batitis to create this set of brushes which you may download for free! The pack contains 23 high quality HUD Photoshop brushes that are perfect for your next futuristic design project. Unleash your geekery for aviation, automobiles, and computer gaming by giving this brush set a shot! Click the button bellow to download the Zip file of this brush set! download now Also, here’s a fantastic digital art created by Niño…
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  • Using InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop Together: Colors and Swatches

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Rating: 4.8/5Body: Next to fonts, colors are probably the most important aspect of InDe-Illu-Shop work. But there are so many mysteries about color and the programs almost handle colors similarly—except when they don't. Here is a look at where the programs work perfectly together, and where differ. Syncing Color Settings When Adobe joined its programs into a Creative Suite, one of the first thing they did was make it super-easy to sync all the color settings for printing. This meant that all three programs would work to make colors look as similar as possible. Unfortunately, it's…
  • Bringing Out Shape and Detail in the Darkest of Colors

    Mike Rankin
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Authors: Martha DiMeoRating: 0/5Body: Light Hogs “Is there detail in the blacks?” If you ever asked this question when reviewing photos of dramatically lit interiors, moody landscapes, product shots of black or dark-colored items, or other innumerable possibilities of subject matter, the answer could very well be “absolutely.” It is always challenging to photograph a subject that absorbs practically all of the light shining on it. Add to the mix a slightly under-exposed capture, or a composition that includes both dark and light elements with important detail and you…
  • How an Accordion Controls Photoshop's Levels Command

    Mike Rankin
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    Authors: David BateRating: 0/5Body: The following is an excerpt from Speaking Photoshop CC by Dave Bate. Reprinted, with permission of the publisher, from Speaking Photoshop CC © 2014 David Bate. All rights reserved. For further information, visit Did you ever wonder how the Levels command brings out hidden detail as you darken an overexposed image or brighten an underexposed one? Those Adobe software engineers! You have to give them credit for their creative ingenuity. They seem to have called upon the special capabilities of an accordion to make…
  • Aperture Bites the Dust

    3 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    Authors: Erica GametRating: 1.5/5Body:  Apple recently stopped development of Aperture, the company's professional image-editing application. They announced that the forthcoming Photos app will replace Aperture, as well as the company's consumer-level iPhoto. Apple has demoed the new Photos software, but is keeping tight-lipped on how professional a tool this app will be. The company has said that pro features—such as search, plug-in capability, and advance editing—will remain. One of the biggest concerns is that the new Photos app stores everything in iCloud—a prospect…
  • InDesign Magazine's Guide to Graphics File Formats

    Mike Rankin
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:28 am
    Rating: 5/5Body: by Sandee Cohen and David Blatner This article was originally published in InDesign Magazine issue 57 (December 2014–January 2014). Subscribe now! Some designers who grew up in the days before InDesign were taught to only use EPS or TIFF files. Others, who grew up in the days of the web and smartphone cameras, can’t imagine anything except JPEG or PNG. Is there a best file format to use for everything? Unfortunately, no. Instead, the “right choice” depends on the image, how you’re using it, and a host of other concerns. Fortunately, choosing a file…
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  • Free Textured Business Card Template | Design Crawl

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
    When you hand out your business cards, they should be the best quality possible. They should leverage some form of creativity in order to catch your prospect’s eye. A great way to add a little something extra to your business cards is to use a nice background texture. Textured business cards seem to get more attention than others. Today’s free file is a textured business card template in Photoshop format. You can download this template can use it to create your own business cards of any color or design.
  • Free Vector Adventure Badges - Creative Beacon

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:27 pm
    If you’re a company related to outdoors, a simple vector badge can be really helpful to your business. You can use them as stickers to promote your brand, or you can create iron-on patches for your customers. You can also place vector adventure badges on promotional products, such as flyers and brochures. This week’s free vector file is a collection of free vector adventure badges by Vectorgraphit, a great site dedicated to vector graphics and Adobe Illustrator tips, tricks and tutorials. They also have a lot of other great freebies on their site, too. If you haven’t heard of them, you…
  • 10+ Best Responsive TypeEngine Themes - Tutorial Zone

    20 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    TypeEngine Themes were created in order to offer a reliable alternative to those wanting to publish iOS magazines.In this article we have collected 10 best Responsive TypeEngine themes and templates for your projects.
  • 40 Responsive Magazine Style WordPress Themes | Themesfever

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    WordPress is best open source blogging platform every month new developers created by new wordpress theme. Magazine one of the best wordpress theme in wordpress platform. Every new blogger, designer, developer need to a better design.
  • 25+ Free PSD Business Card Mockup Templates - Tutorial Zone

    19 Jul 2014 | 2:28 am
    Collection of the best free business card mockup templates for showcasing your creations in style. All business card mockup templates are free to download.
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    Next Big Design

  • Uncover Latent Trends: Foresight & Trends Brochure Just Released

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Calling all Brand Strategists, Designers, Futurists, Trend Spotters, Directors of Insight, Foresight, Innovation, Marketing, Market Research, and anyone charged with Future Planning - Uncover latent trends at 19th annual Foresight & Trends (FT'14), taking place November 11-13 in Los Angeles, CA. FT'14 unites the most forward thinking, creative and innovative people from across the globe to
  • Introducing the Foresight & Trends Digital Package – Access to Videos, Presentations and More

    9 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    For the first time ever, IIR is proud to present the Foresight & Trends Digital Package: Unable to attend Foresight & Trends? You can now get access to visionary speakers and innovative knowledge from the 2013 event in the comfort of your own office or home. Geographic and budget restraints no longer need to hinder your personal and company growth. You will receive 9
  • 5 Ways Creativity Creates Productivity

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Today, business leaders are completely and utterly focused on productivity. Meanwhile, creativity is the spark of a new idea so incredible that it interrupts whatever you’re doing to get it onto paper. Creativity leads to productivity, if that workplace environment is developed and nurtured in a way that allows the two to peacefully co-exist.  According to a recent article by
  • Report: Mobile Technology is Transforming the Face of Creativity and Design

    17 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    The New Creatives Report, a U.S. survey of more than 1,000 creative professionals and 500 students in creative disciplines, found that 77 per cent of creatives believe change within the industry is happening rapidly, with two-thirds expecting their role will be significantly different within three years. Additionally, 87 percent of those who create mobile content believe doing so has had a
  • Win a Free Pass to Shopper Insights in Action 2014: Behavior Design

    9 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Are you interested in discovering new shopper segments, retaining shopper loyalty, delivering strategic marketing and selling strategies, become the go-to person/team member for creating a seamless physical journey to purchase? Or using POP to triple basket size? What about the ever-evolving role of the shopper researcher? What about Commerce Everywhere, the Data Slaves Revolution, the Shift 
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    Cameron Moll / Designer, Speaker, Author

  • “The first pass should be ugly, the ugliest.”

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

    27 May 2014 | 8:17 am
    Today the world lost one of the most influential designers of our time, Massimo Vignelli. Michael Bierut, who knew him well, offers a fitting tribute: Massimo died this morning at the age of 83. Up until the end — I saw him on Thursday — he was still curious, still generous, still excited about design. He leaves his wife, Lella; his children, Luca and Valentina; and generations of designers who, like me, are still learning from his example. Thank you, Michael. Grazie mille, Massimo.
  • Brooklyn Bridge: $15 off, a microsite, and a Kickstarter analysis

    14 May 2014 | 6:31 am
    Today’s a big day. The Brooklyn Bridge letterpress poster is now (officially) available to the public, and on sale to boot. Additionally, a few supporting resources have been published. Summer Sale: $15 off → Selected items, including the Brooklyn Bridge poster, are now $15 off. New items include a behind-the-scenes booklet and 9”x12” prints. → Microsite summarizing the project. All HTML/CSS by the incomparable Adam Spooner. The Economics of a Kickstarter Project → In which I detail the expenses of my Kickstarter project and how I hardly broke even.
  • “We can update your car, remotely.” Basically.

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

    27 Mar 2014 | 7:44 am
    Yosemite HD I left me speechless. The second installment is just as remarkable. In contrast to the first, most of the shots in the second were taken during the day: A 200+ mile backpacking experience through Yosemite National Park captured by Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill. This project was filmed over the course of 10 months. We spent a combined 45 days in the park capturing the images in this video. Colin and Sheldon employ the same setup as in the first; that is, a Dynamic Perception motion-controlled dolly and time-lapse photography. More, please. (Is it just me, or does the…
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  • Your Attention

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    “We have these brief lives, and our only real choice is how we will fill them. Your attention is precious. Don’t squander it. Don’t throw it away. Don’t let companies and products steal it from you. Don’t let advertisers trick you into lusting after things you don’t need. Don’t let the media convince you to covet the lives of celebrities. Own your attention — it’s all you really have.” - Jonathan Harris
  • Design Matters with Jonathan Harris

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
  • This World

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    This World print by Wasted Rita. (via Bas)
  • ♥ / Scan beautifully – Doxie Flip and Doxie Go

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    A big thank you to Doxie for sponsoring this week’s RSS Feed. Scan drawings, sketches, notebooks, posters, artwork, receipts, and anything else with Doxie. It scan everything brilliantly with batteries and built-in memory, so there’s no computer required to scan your world. Doxie Flip reimagines the flatbed scanner with a twist – it’s cordless, battery powered, and just about the size of a book. Doxie Flip uniquely flips over to perfectly capture photos, sketches, notes, books, creative ideas, and Field Notes brand pocket notebooks. Doxie Go is the tiny, rechargeable paper…
  • Friday Link Pack

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    Keith Yamashita, founder and chairman of SYPartners, spoke at PSFK Conference 2014 about the need to remain open-minded and receptive to new ideas as a creative person. - Love this Seth Godin post on project management for work that matters - Nick Knight interviews famous models about working with artists and photographers - Focus – A Mac app to block distracting websites - Selfie Toast. - The CIA style guide goes online: now you can learn to write like a spy (via) - Ryan tried to cancel his Comcast service. And he recorded the conversation. Painful. - A TED-Ed Animation Explaining Why…
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    Logo Design Love

  • Airbnb introduces “the Bélo”

    David Airey
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    Airbnb has launched a new identity, one that took London and San Francisco-based DesignStudio a year to complete. “To understand the full scale of this global community, four DesignStudio team members set out to visit 13 cities, staying with 18 hosts, across four continents. All of them equipped with a $100 video camera and the mission to look for local inspiration and insight to drive us to build a better brand.” Quoted from DesignStudio’s process insight. Airbnb’s old logo (above) Images and thoughts from the designers here, with commentary from Rachael Steven on the…
  • Oldest known logos?

    David Airey
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    From the 24/7 Wall St. site, the ten oldest company logos. If the comment thread is anything to go by, the dates aren’t entirely accurate (and Cherri’s aunt makes $68 every hour on the computer). Image via Stephen Magsig In his recent chat about why logos endure, Michael Bierut said he believes the earliest known logo is the Bass triangle. Although there is seemingly no evidence for this, according to Zythophile, the generally accepted story is that after the passing of the Trademark Registration Act of 1875, when applications to apply for trademark registration opened on January…
  • Paula Scher’s “Liquid Identity” Skillshare class

    David Airey
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    In Paula Scher’s first online class, she walks students through “her process of creating a liquid identity — a recognisable, dynamic branding system that can be adapted across mediums.” The Pentagram partner also shares a behind-the-scenes look at how some of her favourite “liquid identities” came to life (including Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Type Directors Club, and Microsoft Windows). The class lasts for 70 minutes and is broken into 10 lessons. Enrollment opens today on the Skillshare website. There’s also a short Q&A with Paula on the Skillshare…
  • Logos relived through scrap bike parts

    David Airey
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    For her “100 Days” project on SVA’s Master’s in Branding, graphic designer and cyclist Jenny Beatty is doing “one hundred days of iconic works of art relived through scrap bike parts.” Throughout the project, Jenny hopes to question what most people consider to be garbage and tap into the raw hands-on artwork she has put on hold for so many years. See what other logos have been recreated on 100 Hoopties. Via Brand New.
  • Michael Bierut on why logos endure

    David Airey
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:36 am
    Skip to 4 minutes 16 seconds for the chat about logos. All interesting, though. From the The Creative Influence documentary series by Sandbox Studio.
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    Ace Jet 170

  • picture

    5 Jul 2014 | 12:54 am
    A non-standard cover…and a man with a girl's name? Or is it a woman that looks like a man?…Yes, that. It's that. I think. (Oh…that'll be John Huston then…I'm SO embarrassed*). * Thanks Sarah and Loïc, lazy blogging!
  • 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.
  • Mortices and Markings

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

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

    4 Jun 2014 | 4:52 pm
    There I was, minding my own business, searching the outer reaches of the digital realm for post-1922/pre-now images of Dublin's O'Connell Bridge and where should I find myself? Only on John Hinde's really quite marvellous postcard archive, that's where. Interpretive design is a great field of work for a graphic designer. By it's nature you're more than likely to be delving into the printed past for artefacts, references or relics. There's almost always some moment in the past (or for that matter, the present) that leads you to some interesting image, design or…
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    Design is Kinky

  • Liz Brizzi

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Los Angeles based painter Liz Brizzi produces darkly beautiful cityscapes.
  • Instagram

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Anyone heard of this new thing called Instagram? Apparently it works on your phone. If you happen to have it why not follow us? We just signed up. User – designiskinky.
  • Archibald prize

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:11 pm
    The winner of the 2014 Archibald Prize has been announced. Fiona Lowry took the top prize for her portrait of Penelope Seidler.
  • Lol Dupre

    17 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Collage artist Lola Dupre currently has a show up in Sydney at ESD Gallery.
  • Cesar Santos

    17 Jul 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Really enjoying the Syncretism series by Cesar Santos.
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  • Eleven Years Ago

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

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

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

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

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

    Chris Spooner
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I recently received a great tutorial suggestion from a reader named Brigid who asked if I could create a guide to creating an origami style illustration. We’ll use Adobe Illustrator to tackle this design for its advanced shape editing abilities and make particular use of Smart Guides to perfectly align our vector paths. Once the outline of our origami inspired design is complete we’ll then bring it to life with vibrant colours, resulting in a modern graphic that would look great as part of a logo design.The design we’ll be building in this tutorial is an origami inspired…
  • Photocopy Noise Textures for Access All Areas Members

    Chris Spooner
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The latest resource for Access All Areas members to enjoy is a best selling item from Simon Birky Hartmann’s The Shop. This pack of Photocopy noise textures includes six high res scans from an old laser copier with a faulty drum and toner combo, resulting in some fantastic dust and noise patterns which are perfect for distressing your digital designs.Simon Birky Hartmann’s The Shop is packed full of best selling design resources. If you’re in need of dirty or grainy textures then look no further than his popular ink, paper and noise packs. Simon not only creates these…
  • 20 Free PSD Templates to Mockup Your Poster Designs

    Chris Spooner
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Creating an artistic poster is one of the most fun projects a designer can work on. It’s especially satisfying when you have your hard work professionally printed into a physical poster, but this can be quite costly. You don’t have to spend all that money to see how your design would look freshly printed and mounted though, there’s a range of PSD mockup templates that simulate your design being presented as a framed print, wrapped canvas or even an outdoor billboard. In this post I round up 20 free Photoshop mockup templates that I’ve personally tried and tested, all…
  • 5 FlyerHeroes Templates for Access All Areas Members

    Chris Spooner
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Access All Areas members can get their hands on some fantastic new resources this week. 5 editable flyer templates have been kindly donated by FlyerHeroes especially for members. Each flyer is composed in an easy to use layered PSD file perfectly set up for print in CMYK 300dpi format, allowing you to easily edit the text and customise the design for your own projects.FlyerHeroes is home to hundreds of print ready flyer templates for Photoshop. Every flyer file comes as a fully editable PSD file so you can easily change the text, images or layout. You’ll find loads of great designs for…
  • Free Wilderness Vector Graphics & Logo Template Kit

    Chris Spooner
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I’ve been busy drawing and tracing various vector graphics in order to create a comprehensive logo & icon kit for my latest free design resource. The Wilderness Survival Kit is a collection of 60+ vector graphics and 7+ ready made editable logo templates based on the popular theme of the great outdoors. Easily build logos, emblems, badges and t-shirt designs for all kinds of outdoor pursuits such as camping, fishing, scouting, hunting and bushcrafting.The Free Wilderness Logo & Icon Survival Kit contains 60+ vector graphics of various outdoors themed items such as:Wild…
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  • Learn Fast with These 15 Apple Swift Tutorials

    Taimur Asghar
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Swift is the Apple’s new programming language that has become so popular among the programming community. Apple announced the release of Swift programming language 4 years ago. It was one of the many experiments done for replacing the next era of Objective-C language. Since then, there are plenty of Apple Swift tutorials that have been released on the Internet by programmers. Although many of them are free, the problem with these tutorials is that most of them are not very good, especially the ones developed during the early stages of Swift. However, you don’t need to worry because we…
  • Life Outside the World Wide Web: How to Make Non-Professional Relationships Last

    Rudolph Musngi
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you are to review your life for the past years and ask yourself what relationships have you forged, what could your answer be? How do you make non-professional relationships last? Probably, your list would include clients, prospective clients, co-collaborators, web design colleagues and basically, professional relationships. But are these the relationships you want to spend your life with? Web Designer Who Is Alone In the course of our careers as web designers and developers, we have focused on forging a lasting professional relationship. This is essential because you should have…
  • Important Photography Guidelines Designers Don’t Care About But Should

    Rudolph Musngi
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You may think that photography is just for people with cameras, that it has nothing to do with web design at all. At times, you heavily rely on illustrations, or, if needed, run to the caring shoulders of stock photos. But I’m telling you right now, photography and web design are closely related. In fact, most web designers ignore the fact that they need photography to make their work look better. Many web designers are oblivious of the truth that some websites look better with photographs rather than illustrations. Why would I want to care about this? Knowing the difference between good…
  • MySQL Guide for Beginners: What You Must Know

    Sam Norton
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    A database is an essential part of most websites. From simple blogs to complex e-commerce websites, everything is being driven by a database. If you are a web developer, you definitely know a lot about MySQL. Is the most popular open source database system Uses SQL (Structured Query Language) to manipulate information inside the database It’s free, very dependable and fast It has several application programming interfaces (APIs) Easy to use to develop software or applications This article is a MySQL guide article that tackles how does the program works and what it can do for both users…
  • Reasons Why Minimalism Popularity Is Growing Steadily

    Rudolph Musngi
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Minimalism popularity has grown steadily in the past years. Long before the emergence of Flat Design, minimalism has been playing a big role in influencing the designs of many artists: sculptors, theater directors, interior designers, graphic designers and of course, web designers. In minimalism, the design is dissected and reduced in a way that only the most essential elements are left. Although difficult to master, minimalism is something you can learn easily. If you want to try out minimalism in any artistic endeavor, you have to strip the work to the barest that it can be. It’s about…
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  • Software Escrow: Best Practice for Small Businesses

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

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

    Adil Raja
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:22 pm
    The creative designers over at are sharing three amazing WordPress themes with some lucky readers. There’s no better way to start the day than with high quality free stuff, right? The best thing about this impressive giveaway is that the winners can take their pick of any of the incredible WordPress themes available at ThemeFuse. There is no cost to compete, and the winners get a theme for free. Anyone who uses WordPress will benefit from this offer because the ThemeFuse themes are some of the most stunning on the web. The winners of the contest will be announced in one week,…
  • When You Have to Grow: Online Shopping Carts for Microbusiness

    Tabinda Noor
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:51 am
    Owning and operating a small business can be a rewarding, satisfying, and profitable experience. It can also be a harrowing one, with you in the hot seat for every decision. Stocking, purchasing, bookkeeping, online shopping carts, banking, and customer service decisions, even if your startup is micro or nano sized, are all big choices. Making them in haste or under pressure could end up costing you time and money to do it over that could be applied with better results elsewhere. Start with one of the most critical decisions you’ll make first – your shopping cart. Planning for…
  • 42 Beautiful Icons from Artful Club Absolutely Free PSD

    James Lynch
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:33 am
    This icon set is designed exclusively for Stunningmesh. This icon set contains 42 icons, you’re free to use the icons in your web design and web applications. You’re free to share this icon set as well, just give credit to Stunningmesh whenever you share. Here is the Preview of Icons Set, so you may find the Download Link at the end of this post. Enjoy using it!!! 42 Beautiful Icons from Artful Club Absolutely Free PSD [Download Source PSD by Clicking here, File Size 388.57KB] Recommended Articles40 Sites to download Icons (1)10 Free Indesign Templates (2)A lot of ICONS for…
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  • Thinking with type di Ellen Lupton

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

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

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

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

    Francesco Zanardo
    6 Jun 2014 | 12:20 am
    La recente esposizione “System”, in mostra a Londra fino allo scorso dicembre, è un ottima occasione per parlare di Dieter Rams, uno dei designer più influenti e citati dal dopoguerra ad oggi. La mostra espone poster con i quali alcuni importanti designer contemporanei hanno voluto omaggiare il lavoro di Rams per Braun e la sua influenza nell’industrial design contemporaneo.  Dieter Rams inizia a lavorare per Braun nel 1955, appena ventitreenne, e trova un azienda in grande trasformazione, dove i fratelli Erwin e Arthur Braun cercano una forte impronta innovativa per far rifiorire…
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  • 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…
  • 30 Awesome and Inspiring Eiffel Tower Wallpapers

    5 Jun 2014 | 12:35 am
    Paris is a common dream destination of most youngsters. Eiffel tower and Louvre are the two most important landmarks of Paris that attract the maximum number of visitors to Paris. This massive iron structure of France was erected in the year 1889 by Gustave Eiffel, after whom the tower is named. Apart from being the tallest structure of France, it is also one of the most beautiful edifices of the world,so much so people from all over the world have started identifying France with this massive structure. The proposition to establish this structure was raised for commemorating hundred years of…
  • Media Temple And Its WordPress Hosting Plan

    21 May 2014 | 6:47 am
    The simplest way and the most secure way to get a website up and running is to be on a self-hosted WordPress blog. Now, there are many other blogging platforms and website creator tools and don’t bore me by listing all of them in the comments below. I am not saying there are no others. But I am saying that if you have no time for research and want to publish a site soon, just select a self-hosted WordPress and you will not be disappointed. You will need a web host for that. Our recommendation is to use (mt) Media Temple. (mt) Media Temple has several hosting plans. Let’s focus on the…
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  • This week's sponsor: Bigstock

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Bigstock is now offering a 7-day free trial. Get 35 free hi-res, royalty-free images. Download now!
  • Laura Kalbag on Freelance Design: I Don’t Like It

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    “I don’t like it”—The most dreaded of all design feedback from your client/boss/co-worker. This isn’t so much a matter of your ego being damaged, it’s just not useful or constructive criticism. In order to do better we need feedback grounded in understanding of user needs. And we need to be sure it’s not coming from solely the client’s aesthetic preferences, which may be impeccable but may not be effective for the product. Aesthetics are a matter of taste. Design is not just aesthetics. I’m always saying it, but it’s worth repeating: there are aesthetic decisions in…
  • Kids 4–6: “The Muddy Middle”

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    I call kids between ages 4 and 6 the “muddy middle,” because they’re stuck right in between the cute, cuddly preschool children and the savvy, sophisticated elementary-schoolers. They’re too old for games designed for toddlers, but they can’t quite read yet, so they struggle with sites and apps geared toward older kids. Unfortunately, you rarely see a digital product designed specifically for this age group, because they’re hard to pin down, but these little guys are full of ideas, knowledge, creativity, and charisma. Like the 2–4s, these children are still in the…
  • This week's sponsor: Applause

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Applause ensures your web and mobile apps work every time, everywhere, for every user! Learn how we can help. Applause has a free ebook for our readers that covers: Overcoming Common QA Challenges: Avoid the frequent hang-ups of functionality, design and more Mobile Web vs. Native Apps: Both mobile, but very different testing challenges Expanded Testing Coverage: The testing matrix covers OS, device, carrier and more Grab the free ebook.
  • Longform Content with Craft Matrix

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Jason Santa Maria recently shared some thoughts about pacing content, and my developer brain couldn’t help but think about how I’d go about building the examples he talked about. The one fool-proof way to achieve heavily art-directed layouts like those is to write the HTML by hand. The problem is that content managers are not always developers, and the code can get complex pretty quickly. That’s why we use content management systems—to give content managers easier and more powerful control over content. There’s a constant tension between that type of longform, art-directed content…
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  • Art Deco Inspiration

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Art deco has to be one of my favorite design styles, mostly because of the geometric and simple forms and the sort of motion that is created. This style had a huge influence in architecture being visible in some of the most iconic buildings in major cities like New York. As I am working on some new ideas for Abduzeedo artwork I decided to share some images that inspired me. Art Deco is an influential visual arts design style that first appeared in France after World War I, flourishing internationally in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s before its popularity waned after World War II. It is an…
  • Daily Inspiration #1818

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want to participate and share your graphic design inspiration, You can submit your images and inspiration to RAWZ via and don't forget to send your Abduzeedo username; or via Twitter sending to AoiroStudio DesignYouTrust Fabio Fabiano Linxspiration The Earth Has Music For Those Who Listen Send your suggestions via Twitter to using #abdz in the end of the tweet.
  • The Perfect Office - Kickflip, Gotenna, Gigabyte Mini PC and Office Ideas

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    We've seen some great gadgets and equipment for designers. So many cool stuff, that we could actually assemble infinite perfect office spaces! Every week we'll assemble a perfect office, and we'd like you to help us. What equipment would the perfect office have? Some pretty neat items for you this week, like the sweet sweet penguim paper clips! Enough with boring clips, man! There also the Kickflip for better notebook ergonomics! If you need better phone signal you may find Gotenna just the thing for you, but there's more! Thanks to our sponsor, The Gadget Flow! Penguin Paper Clips Bring some…
  • Awesome Graffiti Murals

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    These awesome graffiti murals were done for Pow! Wow! Hawaii, an amazing art event that has artists from all over the globe involved to create amazing art. Check them out! Find out more about Pow! Wow! Hawaii at Mural by Kinsey dedicated to his father “Welcome to Paradise” mural by Trav Elvis mural by Madsteez Mural by Reach Mural by Push Painted by Mung Monster and Whomu of MOK Mural by Justin Park Iron Man and owls by Meggs and Bask One half Meggs and one half Phibs Gif-iti wall by Roids and Insa Mural by Inti dedicated to his deceased dog Wooden Wave and formerly…
  • Beautiful Illustrations by Sarah Gonzales

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Sarah Gonzales is an illustrator who's currently a Visual Design Communication student majoring at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Exploring her style through many tributes and personal works, it's exactly the right thing to do. Looking forward to see more of Sarah's work in the future. All Rights to Sarah Gonzales All Rights to Sarah Gonzales All Rights to Sarah Gonzales All Rights to Sarah Gonzales All Rights to Sarah Gonzales All Rights to Sarah Gonzales All Rights to Sarah Gonzales All Rights to Sarah Gonzales All Rights to Sarah Gonzales All Rights to Sarah Gonzales All Rights to…
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  • UX Week Keynote Speaker Denise Jacobs on Making Creativity Happen

    Jesse James Garrett
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Denise Jacobs calls herself a “creativity evangelist”, helping people cultivate the tools and skills necessary for leading a creative life. These skills are important for everyone, but especially for creative professionals such as designers and developers, for whom the creative challenges never really stop. In this interview, I talk with Denise about how her own life inspired her take on creativity, and what it takes to keep creativity flowing. Jesse James Garrett: Denise, you’ve taken an interesting path to get to where you are. Denise Jacobs: Yes. And it’s actually funny…
  • UX Week 2014 Twitter Contest!

    Will Sharick
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Hello UX Week attendees, friends, and community! We are thrilled to announce the first ever UX Week 2014 Twitter Contest! Four UX Week attendees will be selected to have dinner on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7pm with Jesse James Garrett and UX Week keynote Josh Clark of Global Moxie! You can enter by following these 3 easy steps: 1. Register for UX Week (attendees who have already registered skip this step) 2. Follow @uxweek (unless you already do!) 3. Write a Tweet mentioning which UX Week 2014 talk and/or workshop you’re excited for and use hashtag #UXweek. Be sure to post your…
  • UX Week Keynote Speaker Amanda Dameron on Making Design More Human

    Jesse James Garrett
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    If you’re a fan of Dwell magazine, you’re familiar with its unique take on modern architecture and design in the home. Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron is a passionate advocate for the philosophy of design exemplified by the homes, decor, and furnishings showcased in Dwell. In this interview, I talk with Amanda about that philosophy, the changing role of design in our culture, and her keynote at UX Week 2014 in San Francisco this September. Jesse James Garrett: One thing about Dwell that I think makes it distinctive among media entities that cover architecture and design is…
  • ICYMI: Jesse James Garrett and Ken Jennings Talk Maps and Design

    Will Sharick
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:44 pm
    .@jjg and @KenJennings talk #maps and #design. Read the full @uxmag interview here: #UXWeek — UX Week (@uxweek) July 8, 2014 Our friends at UX Magazine published the interview between Jesse James Garrett and Ken Jennings, Maphead author and Jeopardy! winner (of 74 games). The article is a preview for what Jennings, who is a UX Week keynote, will talk about in September. Read the full article here. UX Week 2014 is September 9-12 in San Francisco.
  • UX I/O: Prototyping Interactive Objects Workshop

    Scott Sullivan
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    Adaptive Path Experience Designers Scott Sullivan and Evi K. Hui are teaching this workshop August 16-17, 2014 at our Design Studio on Pier 1 next to the Ferry Building. Click here to register for this workshop. Workshop Details: As we are integrating digital capabilities in to our physical environment, the tools of designers are beginning to shift. In order to understand and prototype these new experiences, a new technological skill set is needed. This two day workshop will give you foundational knowledge of Processing, a programming language for Designers and Artists, as well as Arduino, an…
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  • 30+ Epic True Detective Wallpapers

    Andy Sowards
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetIf you are like me and saw the first season of True Detective, you freaking loved it. It was an amazing show, Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey did a fantastic job and made a great team – it was sad to hear they wouldn’t be in the second season :(. So in order to commemorate their epicness, I decided to do a quick post and put together some of the best True Detective wallpapers out there, so we can get excited about the second season :D. I watched the first season because it sounded so interesting for Woody and Matt to play such roles together as…
  • Responsive Design: Important for Your ROI

    Andy Sowards
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetResponsive design is an approach to web design that aims to create websites that are easily viewed across multiple devices such as desktop computers, smartphones and tablets. The importance of designing websites that can be viewed regardless of the device the visitor owns cannot be overstated; Cognita Digital Solutions reports that 48 percent of users surveyed felt that if a company’s website isn’t optimized for their device, that company simply must not care about their business. The consumers have spoken, but here are some of the other benefits of…
  • 22 Years of Wimbledon Tennis Tournament Posters

    Shout Digital
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetWimbledon is considered the oldest of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments; US Open (1881), French Open (1891) and Australian Open (1905). It started in 1877 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London.Excluding the two breaks Wimbledon has had between 1914 and 1919 for the First World War and 1939 and 1946 for the Second World War, the tournament has taken place every year. Inline with this, the AELTC and Wimbledon have commissioned artists to design a new official poster with the event whilst Transport for London used their own designs…
  • Great App Design Is More Than Just A Pretty Face

    Andy Sowards
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetThere is a trend in some corners of the Internet to disparage design, as if it was just about looking pretty, as if looking pretty was a bad thing. This happens when developers and users of unattractive apps defensively argue that their app is powerful and full of utility, not to be mistaken for some sort of toy. It is as if they believe that an app either has to be ugly with great utility, or beautiful and useless. This kind of thinking demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of what design really is. Aesthetics is just one aspect of design. Iconography,…
  • FREEBIE: 36 Retro Multimedia Icons (AI, EPS, PNG, PSD)

    Andy Sowards
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetToday’s freebie will teleport you back into the good ole days of retro past. Created by Vecteezy, this set of 36 groovy icons includes some really far out designs for your next Hipster project and for your inspiration. It comes with PNG, PSD, AI and EPS files.ABOUT THE SETThis set of icons includes…36 Psychodelic Retro Multimedia IconsA PNG file for your web designs1 AI format1 EPS file1 PSD filePREVIEWDOWNLOAD THE SET FOR FREEYou can download the ZIP file here:Download the Hipster Badges ZIP file (1.4 MB)The icon set is licensed under a Creative Commons…
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  • Gravity-Defying Objects Created With Magnetic Clay

    Justina Bakutyte
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Dutch designer Jolan van der Wiel creates unusual ceramic sculptures using the conflicting properties of metallic clay and magnets. His latest project “Magnetism Meets Architecture” features a number of fantastic gravity-defying architectural models and explores the possibility of using magnetism in architecture. The process of making such sculptures starts by mixing clay with water to create a slip, a mixture with the consistency of cream. Then he adds metallic powder like iron with the ratio typically being 90% clay, 10% metal. The whole blend is then transferred to a…
  • Alberto Sevesos Liquid Nudes

    Ariane Fairlie
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Alberto Sevesos creates turbulent digital images of nude female figures. Colours swirl inside the elusive bodies that appear and disappear with a hint of nipple or goose bumps running down a torso. The movements within the nudes are so compelling it becomes difficult to bring yourself out to view the images as a whole. The viewer’s eye becomes lost in the gestures, especially as you try to make sense of the forms. In parts the figures seem as though they are glass, filled with swirling paints, but then they fade into nothingness where just beside is a definitive form. The positions of the…
  • Big Maze Installation Reveals Its Path The Further You Wander Into It

    Jené Gutierrez
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    International architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has created a life-sized wooden maze reminiscent of European hedge mazes of the 17th and 18th centuries, currently on view at The National Building Museum in Washington D.C. Eighteen feet high and made of baltic birch plywood, this installation offers a glimpse into BIG’s work and their forthcoming exhibition, scheduled to open in early 2015. The thoughtful design of this labyrinth allows visitors to see the entirety of the maze elevated around them once they fully descend to the center of the structure. BIG describes the…
  • Lina Manousogiannaki’s Photos Of Aging Superheroes

    Leslie Tane
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Batman holds a gun to his own head at the edge of an empty swimming pool. Captain and Mrs. America sip mixed drinks under palm fronds. Spiderman naps on the couch. These are our Superheroes, candidly captured in their off hours. But they’re not the Superheroes we’re used to underneath their familiar suits. These Superheroes are aged, white-haired and wrinkled, and somehow completely wrong. The characters we know may die, but although they live for decades they never grow old. Our heroes stay perpetually strong, alluring, and complicated, and always, always young. Lina Manousogiannaki’s…
  • A Giant Immersive Kaleidoscope Built Inside A Shipping Container

    Sara Barnes
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Lately, we’ve seen shipping containers used as repurposed mobile shelters for the homeless. The sculpture featured here serves an arguably less practical purpose but is a nonetheless an inventive and impressive use of the limited space. It was created by designers Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki who created a massive kaleidoscope as part of the Kobe Biennial Art Container Contest. This competition challenged creatives to craft an environment within the confines of an international shipping container. Here, the participants installed this brilliant piece as one that people could walk…
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  • Jim Carrey: Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Fail

    Stephanie Kaptein
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Actor and comedian Jim Carrey delivered a powerful commencement address at Maharishi University on having the courage to make the leap: So many of us chose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect so we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m saying: I’m the proof that you can ask the universe for it. My father could have been a great comedian but he didn’t believe that was possible for him. So he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant and when I was 12 years old, he…
  • Maria Popova: Staying Present and Grounded in the Age of Information Overload

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    How do we answer the grand question of how to live—and more importantly—how to live well? This is the deeply philosophical (and yet eminently pragmatic) inquiry that lies at the core of Maria Popova’s remarkable blog, Brain Pickings. Since she launched Brain Pickings as a passion project back in 2006, it’s grown impressively, becoming an intellectual touchstone for inquiring minds that now draws several million readers a month. In the age of information overload, Popova is the ultimate hunter-gatherer-curator, bringing her intensely curious mind to bear on everything from Susan…
  • Stop Multitasking, Start Monotasking

    Hamza Khan
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Arrows by Juan Pablo Bravo from The Noun Project Multitasking causes a greater decrease in IQ than smoking pot or losing a night’s sleep, found a recent study by the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London.  We need to stop overloading our systems with simultaneous inputs (fortunately, music doesn’t count) and revert to focusing on one thing at a time. Sandra Chapman, author of Make Your Brain Smarter: Increase Your Brain’s Creativity, Energy and Focus, shares three tips for monotasking: Give your brain some down time. You will be more productive if, several times a day,…
  • Weekend Reading: The 10 Habits of the Wealthy

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    As we do every Friday, we’ve collected our best stuff from the past week for your weekend reading pleasure. What we’re reading There are many ways to get rich, but many wealthy people exhibit the same 10 habits toward financial independence. If you have the unfortunate task of laying off staffers, be honest and human. Basically, don’t do this. From 99U Ever take the rest of the day easy because you had a productive morning? Or ate some junk food because you ate well the day before? When we rationalize bad behavior this way it’s called “moral licensing” and…
  • Give Your Intern a Thesis Project

    Hamza Khan
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Coffee by Julia Soderberg from The Noun Project If you’re currently managing interns or planning to hire some this coming fall, it’s imperative to remember that their job isn’t to push paper and make coffee runs. In fact, such menial tasks could potentially be construed as illegal according to the Department of Labor. Ashley Mosley, Community Engagement Manager of InternMatch, shares a handful tips on how to generate a beneficial experience for both you and your interns. One point struck us as the strongest, and most beneficial, for both the intern and their manager: Aside from daily…
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    Boagworld - Web & Digital Advice

  • Focus on legibility over fancy technology or marketing copy

    Paul Boag
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    People often spend too much time on cutting edge technology or ‘clever’ marketing campaigns, when basic things like legibility are not in place. Most web projects are commissioned by one of two types of people — technologists or marketers. In most organisations the web sits under either the CTO or the CMO. When confronted with a poorly performing website, each will respond in a different way. The CTO will look for a technical solution. They will pour thousands into the implementation of a new content management, or customer relationship management system. On the other hand, the CMO…
  • Take a digital health check

    Paul Boag
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    How digitally healthy is your organisation? Is it prepared for the changes digital is bringing? Here are the questions that will give you the answers. This article was originally published on Smashing Magazine. How digitally healthy is your organisation? For those of you who are freelancers or working at an agency, what about the health of your clients? I’m not talking about the latest mobile application or having a responsive website. I’m talking about the organisation that sits behind these digital tools. If the organisation is not digitally healthy, even the best technology and…
  • Comedian Michael McIntyre teaches us about usability

    Paul Boag
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Comedian Michael McIntyre is a funny guy. But when he turns his attention to work you produce, things get uncomfortable. Have you built sites guilty of the frustrations he expresses? As I am away on holiday and unable to write a proper post I thought I would share the following video by comedian Michael McIntyre. It is brilliant observational humour that looks at the challenges of navigating the web. As web professionals we have all been guilty of making users jump through unnecessary hoops. McIntyre certainly thinks so! Many of the issues raised in the video I’ve written about before.
  • If it’s good enough for the CIA, it is good enough for you

    Paul Boag
    24 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    If the CIA can use humour on social media then so can your organisation, no matter how seriously they take themselves. One of the favourite parts of my job is providing training and mentoring to our clients. That said, at times it can be frustrating, especially when talking about social media. So many organisations are uncomfortable with the idea of social media. Marketing departments used to broadcast advertising feel out of control on social media. It terrifies them. This results in social media streams consisting of announcements and press releases. In short most organisations attempt at…
  • Help us create season 10 of the Boagworld Show

    Paul Boag
    20 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    In season 10 of the Boagworld Show we are embracing the top 10 list. Yeah, yeah I know. You hate list posts. But these lists are going to be written by you. To celebrate the tenth season of the Boagworld Show (which launches on the 25th July) we are featuring a different top ten list on every show. From the top ten usability tools to the top ten coding tricks, it will have something for everybody. I know what you are thinking. Lists have a bad reputation. They are lazy writing and pander to the lowest common denominator. But, we are going to change that. That is because we want you to write…
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  • Ultimate List of all the Best Art + Photo Tumblrs to Follow

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
        *Update July 21st – I am gonna update this entire list, get rid of Tumblrs that are no longer updated, and add a whole bunch more. I am starting to compile an extensive curated list of all the art and photography Tumblrs worth following. I would love your help to make this the ultimate list! Please leave a comment below with your suggestions and I will update this list with the quality suggestions. This list will focus as much as possible on Tumblrs that survey works by different people and credit the creators of the images. Please do not submit Tumblrs that only focus on…
  • Video: Epic Japanese School Girl Chase

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    Love the idea for this video featuring Muneomi Senju, the drummer from the Japanese band, The Boredoms. The use of so many jump cuts here gives the whole thing a really weird unpredictable vibe to it. Watch the video below! View the whole post: Video: Epic Japanese School Girl Chase over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Kuvva: Royalty-Free Illustrations

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    A heads up for all you illustrators out there, Kuvva was a wallpaper app but they’ve transformed themselves into a pretty valuable tool for you folks. They’ll sell a non-exclusive license for each of your illustrations for €500 (you get half). Something to consider anyway.  View the whole post: Kuvva: Royalty-Free Illustrations over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Clayton V. Colvin

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:48 am
    Paintings by artist Clayton V. Colvin. More below. View the whole post: Clayton V. Colvin over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Leon Chew

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:36 am
    “Sculpture for Hotels”, by photographer Leon Chew. Sculptures made of tape and tinfoil left behind for hotel staff to discover. More below. View the whole post: Leon Chew over on BOOOOOOOM!.
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  • How to build a fixed menu in 3 easy steps

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

    3 Jun 2014 | 1:01 am
    About TeslaThemes and the prize TeslaThemes is a selected club of Premium WordPress Themes coupled with clean, modern, responsive design and a complete set of advanced features. Click the image below to view the avilable themes: TeslaThemes are giving away 3 standard subscription to our readers. Which means that lucky winners will received access to all themes, future themes, as well as support and an extensive documentation. How to join the giveaway 1. Like and/or share TeslaThemes Facebook Page – 2. Follow and/or tweet on Twitter –…
  • Divi 2.0 release and giveaway: 3 ElegantThemes developer accounts to win

    21 May 2014 | 12:58 pm
    A word about Divi 2.0 At the end of last year, ElegantThemes launched what is arguably the most powerful theme in their collection. After such a great response from customers and the WordPress community at large, they have set their sights on a second release of Divi. This new version of the popular theme embarks lots of powerful options such as the Divi Builder, which push the boundaries of layout possibilities while still retaining a solid user experience, great design, and a flexible editing workflow. Another feature I totally love is the numerous themes options, which give you a plethora…
  • Amazing & fresh WordPress hacks

    28 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    Delete post revisions using your functions.php file Post revisions are super useful sometimes, but from time to time you might want to clean your database. Here’s a super easy way to delete all posts revisions. Open you functions.php file and paste the following code: $wpdb->query( "DELETE FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE post_type = 'revision'" ); Save the file and open your blog homepage to run the code. Once done, there’s no need to keep the code snippet in your functions.php file, as it will always delete all post revisions. So simply remove it. → Source:…
  • 35 Responsive bootstrap templates for only $9!

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

  • How to Incorporate the Color of the Year into Your Site

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    Every year, Pantone announces the Color of the Year. In 2014, the Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. While this may seem like news that only affects fashion designers and paint manufacturers, it also affects web design trends. Trends Are, Well, Trends It is more than likely that the average web designer will have at least one request to design a site that is decked out in Radiant Orchid in 2014. Though using a trendy color for a website may draw attention this year, next year Pantone will announce another color. This means that a website that was cool in 2014 may look dated in a very short…
  • Scribble: One Pen, Any Color

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:14 am
    Ever since I was a small child, I knew that more was better in terms of color options. I showed up to the first day of school so proud of my box of 24 crayons only to be disappointed and extremely jealous when I spotted my classmate's box of 48. There was no way around it, the bigger the box, the cooler the kid. What if you could have absolutely any color in your artist's arsenal? Imagine how large your tool set would have to be to pull off such a feat! The folks behind Scribble will blow your mind with an unconventional answer: one pen. That's all you need to replicate any color you see. How…
  • Harmony 2: A Beautiful Color Palette Game for iOS

    30 May 2014 | 11:13 am
    har•mo•ny 2 is an innovative iOS game that brings together beautiful color palettes and an immersive soundtrack. As you solve puzzles, you unlock awesome wallpapers that you can download for your phone. Check out the video below for a glimpse of the har•mo•ny 2 experience.
  • A Little Vintage Shop

    27 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    I love getting lost in old pictures and paintings of old Europe. A Little Vintage Shop has captured the romance of many of the castles and given the images a beautiful and vintage feel. Check out this fun collection to decorate your walls by illustrator Auriel Aki. Vintage Opera de Paris Have you ever been in Paris? You can move Paris to your home! Imagine this Vintage Hand Drawn View of Opéra National affixed on the wall of your airy verandah. Drinking champagne with friends pretending to sit in a bistrot in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. Opera de Paris at night View of Castles…
  • 6 Vintage Stamp Resources

    20 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    I just love old postcards, letters, and stamps. It makes me think of a more romantic era and the quality of beautiful design that used to go into simple, everyday items. It's fun to play around with these designs and create something beautiful yourself to send to a loved one. Have you ever thought about including some of this vintage inspiration into your design? Vintage vector stamps icons by Marish 66 Vintage Love Stamps by FineScrap 62 Vintage Postage Stamps by FineScrap 6 Postage Stamp Badges + Bonus by konstantinestudio Passport & Postage Stamps and Badges…
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    CrazyLeaf Design Blog RSS Feed

  • Sending The Right Message – Designing The Look Of Your Website

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Advertise here with BSAAchieving the correct balance of visual design and useful content is possibly one of the most difficult elements in the design process. A website must look fantastic if it is to quickly appeal to new readers, while at the same time the design should not obscure the content, which is ultimately what you want your readers to view. For a business it is vital to make sure that the website matches up with the branding and sends the message you are aiming for. Often a business owner will visualize in their mind how they want their website to look, without considering the…
  • Benefits of ERP for Design Companies

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    Advertise here with BSAEnterprise Resource Planning (ERP) has its roots in the traditional manufacturing sector. Gartner Group first coined the term in 1990 to provide a more general term for the specific manufacturing processes of manufacturing resource planning and computer-integrated manufacturing. Today ERP extends far beyond linear production lines and incorporates processes from every part of a business. Many ERP systems have been developed to help manage and optimize accountancy, human resources and maintenance. Until relatively recently, only large companies could afford to implement…
  • 10 awesome features in PrestaShop 1.6

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Advertise here with BSANowadys eCommerce has become huge and it’s replacing more and more traditional commerce. Ten, fifteen years ago doing commerce on the World Wide Web was restricted to the big players, Amazon and eBay and the really expensive scripts that were powering their websites. Making an eCommerce platform back then was insanely expensive and required teams of programmers and designers. Needless to say things are considerably easier now. There are a number of ways you can create an online store. If it were for me to make a classification there are two big categories of eCommerce…
  • 10 Free Infographic Design Kits

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Advertise here with BSAWhen they first appeared infographics were a graphical revolution. I remember I used to think about how much work must be behind the design of an infographic. And it was. Now, with the development of design kits, such as UI kits, wireframes and frameworks, designing an infographic has became easier. And this is done through free infographic design kits. Below we have found for you some of the best infographic design kits. You can use these awesome tools to design your own infographics to promote your brand or product. Free Infographic Design Kits
  • Defensive Web Design, What You Need to Know

    Sarah Parker
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Advertise here with BSADesign plays a vital role in deciding the success or failure of a website. Irrespective of the amount of functionality you’ve incorporated into your site, failure to design the site appropriately can keep you empty handed when it comes to gathering maximum clients. Hence, it is always better to come up with a design that best suits the ‘wrong’ situations during the website development process. A defensive web design signifies the same. As you read through this post, you’ll come to know everything about a Defensive Web Design. So, gear up now to…
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  • 4 Tips For Hiring and Working with an Interior Designer

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

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

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

    Guest Author
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Your resume is usually the only document that you’ll provide while applying for a job. It is crucial for you to have a well-written one as this will have a huge impact on how you will make an impression to recruiters and possibly your chances of getting hired for the job you are applying for. Having a resume is fairly easy but having one that has been creatively written and designed is the tough part. In such cases, most applicants resort to resume templates in order to save themselves from the complexities of designing a resume has better chances of making it to the recruiters’ cut. The…
  • Inky Deals Giveaway: 11” MacBook Air & Design Resources worth $200,480

    Editorial Staff
    18 Jun 2014 | 2:00 pm
    We are happy to announce another massive giveaway from Inky Deals that comes with a free pack of premium resources worth $66. The freebie is sent to the email address you use to enter the contest and is part of The Epic Bundle: $20,048 worth of Top-Quality Resources – From $49. About Inky Deals Inky Deals is the place to go if you want premium resources at unbeatable prices whether you’re a graphic or web designer, developer, or business owner looking to improve yourself and your work. They’re the only ones who offer a 200% money back guarantee on every product. This means that…
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  • Hacks for dealing with specificity

    Chris Coyier
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The overall point here by Harry Roberts is to keep the specificity on your selectors as low as you can. The end result of that effort is: More reusable styles. When you need to override that style, you have opportunities to nudge that specificity a bit higher while still being reusable and not fighting yourself. Direct Link to Article — Permalink Hacks for dealing with specificity is a post from CSS-Tricks
  • Inheriting box-sizing Probably Slightly Better Best-Practice

    Chris Coyier
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    I'm a big fan of resetting box-sizing to border-box, so much that we have a special day of the year around here. But there is a little adjustment to setting it that seems like a pretty good idea. Here's the adjusted version: html { box-sizing: border-box; } *, *:before, *:after { box-sizing: inherit; } Credit on the inheritence idea to Jon Neal here, who says: This will give you the same result, and make it easier to change the box-sizing in plugins or other components that leverage other behavior. Explaining further, let's say you have a component that was just designed to work with the…
  • Authoring Critical Above-the-Fold CSS

    Guest Author
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    The following is a guest post by Ben Edwards. I saw Ben tweet about a simple Sass @mixin that allowed you designate bits of CSS as being "critical" - the idea being to load that critical CSS first and defer the loading of the rest of the CSS until later. A clever idea, and one that is getting very popular in the web performance crowd. I thought I'd get Ben to introduce these ideas in more detail for us. Google PageSpeed Insights and my web pages; it was a match made in heaven, until things changed... PageSpeed started telling me I needed to optimise my CSS delivery, that my CSS files were…
  • CSS Colorguard

    Chris Coyier
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Clever work by Alex Sexton to analyze CSS and find colors that are so close to each other they should probably be combined. You know, for efficiency and consistency. Direct Link to Article — Permalink CSS Colorguard is a post from CSS-Tricks
  • Finding/Fixing Unintended Body Overflow

    Chris Coyier
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Ughck, accidental horizontal scrollbar, amiright? That can be a pain, but you can usually find the offending element by surfing around the ol' DevTools and selecting elements until you find something that extends too far over to to the right (off-page to the left doesn't tend to trigger a scrollbar the same way) and adjusting it. Sometimes I use the "Delete Node" feature of DevTools to remove stuff from the page until the scrollbar goes away. Then I know which element caused it and can drill down from there. Here's a super quick video of that kind of troubleshooting: In some cases, there…
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    David Airey, graphic designer

  • The imai house

    David Airey
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Despite the mixed reviews I’ve read, there’s something about the imai house I find appealing. This was the three-metre-wide plot of land available for the build. And here’s the same plot post-construction. The ground floor is recessed to make room for a sheltered driveway at the front, where a wall slides open to lead into a kitchen and dining room that takes up most of the ground floor. “We adopted a way to construct a house by reinterpreting scale, natural light, and the use of each room,” said the architects. Completed in 2013 in Okazaki, Japan, the house has…
  • Mike Dempsey on “the graphic designer and ethics”

    David Airey
    6 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    “If you are a designer, ask yourself: am I colluding with a food or drinks manufacturer in minimising the bad points of a product through a designed subterfuge to make the product look enticing to children? If the answer is yes, you have some serious thinking to do. A design ‘strategy’ is often little more than a plan of action to hoodwink customers into thinking that a product is good and safe for them and their children when it is not. Photo by duncan c “Or you might be colluding on promotional material to divert attention from the many levels (with still more coming out of the…
  • “The button that keeps us on”

    David Airey
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    Kevin Ashton wrote a short piece called Creative People Say No. Here’s a quick excerpt: “We are not taught to say ‘no.’ We are taught not to say ‘no.’ ‘No’ is rude. ‘No’ is a rebuff, a rebuttal, a minor act of verbal violence. ‘No’ is for drugs and strangers with candy. “‘No’ makes us aloof, boring, impolite, unfriendly, selfish, anti-social, uncaring, lonely and an arsenal of other insults. But ‘no’ is the button that keeps us on.” Photo by iMorpheus It takes a few minutes to read the rest. Back in 2010 I talked about why it pays to say no. It’s…
  • Context is key

    David Airey
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    When Giorgio Armani was first shown Chermayeff & Geismar’s new logo for Armani Exchange (A|X), he rejected it outright. The designers later found out that due to Armani’s infamously busy schedule, the new mark had been presented to him between meetings, on a white piece of paper. The A|X directors of advertising and branding, Tom Jarrold and Matthew Scrivens, then suggested approaching Armani a second time (which they almost never do) with the entire Chermayeff & Geismar presentation, which showed the logo in such applications as magazine ads, storefronts, and billboards. Once…
  • From the reader #23

    David Airey
    14 Jun 2014 | 7:40 am
    “A daily 2014 calendar that reflects the off-road spirit of Land Rover. Colours on each level represent different months and the numbers on the side of each page show the remaining days of the year.” Land Rover topographic calendar. Brilliant. By Zeynep Orbay and TBWA Istanbul. This is a great Jaws book cover. Pejac. My kind of artist. Via Colossal. I’d go for the Lifta desk organiser over the Quirky Space Bar. Via Shoebox Dwelling. 271 years before Pantone, an artist mixed every colour imaginable in an 800-page book. Chapp is a new discussion platform built by the people as…
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  • 35 Mobile Responsive Portfolio Website Layouts

    Jake Rocheleau
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Advertise here with BSAA portfolio is used to showcase your creative work to anyone with Internet access. The goal is to present your talent front & center making it easy to navigate. Responsive layouts will look stunning on any device allowing visitors to can check out your work from their laptop, tablet, or even smartphone. It’s tough to build a naturally responsive layout without a bit of practice. You want to understand which traits work best and how people normally interact with your website. This gallery includes 35 outstanding examples of fully-responsive portfolio website…
  • 200 Portfolio Sites for Web Design Inspiration

    Jake Rocheleau
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Advertise here with BSADesigners and developers are growing in numbers and plenty of these folks have outstanding portfolios. The common advantage of the Internet is that anybody from anywhere in the world can check out your projects during any time of the day! If you wish to land more freelance work then I would recommend taking a peek at your current portfolio to see if anything could be updated. And to help with building ideas for your own website, I have collected 200 various portfolios of graphics designers, developers, writers, and other digital creatives. This is a massive showcase…
  • Top 20 WordPress Theme Creators From 2014

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Advertise here with BSALooking for a great design for your website? Do you also want it to work smoothly and to be easy for you to use and customize? And since you’re at it, with everyone using tablets and mobile phones now, it should also be responsive. Well, lucky for you, there are many great WordPress themes you can find that fulfill all these requirements. You can find below the best 20 WordPress themes creators. Make sure to browse through their galleries of beautifully designed and highly functional themes. There’s surely something there that will catch your eye and suit your…
  • Different Audiences Seeking Different Alternatives to Website Creation

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Advertise here with BSAThe web design industry is advancing at dizzying speed. What used to work just fine two years ago is decidedly obsolete today, and the website creation public adapts to these changes. Websites are brought to life by three categories of creators: pros (who often turn to WordPress), non-pros (who use website builders such as IM Creator), and enterprises (who make their own highly customized systems). Professionals Most web designers are keen on delivering pixel-perfect client projects. They put in a lot of work, and would rarely shy away from the long-drawn out task of…
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  • 4 outstanding CSS transitions

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    One of the biggest differences between websites today and those from the past is the use of CSS. CSS can make a simple website absolutely stunning. CSS Transitions are essentially when a component of a site changes into another component. So as such what happens between the time you drift your mouse over a component and it changes into something else is characterized as the transition. Here are five examples we feel beautifully display the use of CSS transitions. TRUE 212 The TRUE 212 website is a great example of how CSS Transitions can be used on a website, almost all buttons on the…
  • Join the 95K Professional Designers Who Have Embraced Code-Free Web Design With Webydo

    9 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    I taught myself to code at the tender age of 12 and since then, have spent the better part of my adult life writing HTML and CSS for a living. Code has been the sole source of many a sleepless night and sees me tearing my hair out on a regular basis, so imagine my relief when I discovered Webydo’s web design platform, a code-free solution to my stress. Webydo addresses the ever-growing need for a more streamlined design process by completely eliminating code altogether. Aimed at professional web and graphic designers, the platform is a breath of fresh air in an industry dominated by a…
  • 6 inspirational apps for graphic designers

    6 Jul 2014 | 4:13 pm
    When the creative well runs dry, it’s important to know how to replenish it. To become inspired, you now only need to visit your device’s app store. Here are a few of the best apps for graphic designers and artists to kick start their next projects: myPantone: Find the Perfect Color ($7.99) This app is a bit pricey, but its handiness makes it a great tool for any designer. This app places Pantone library access at your fingertips and makes it accessible from your phone. You can build, share and export color palettes as well. One of the most unique features of myPantone allows you…
  • 6 high quality and free vectors related to nature

    30 Jun 2014 | 10:42 am
    Oscar Wilde said we look at nature too much, and live with it too little. In this day and age with more and more technological advancements and more and more people getting glued to their digital screens, Wilde’s statement is truer than ever. Deep philosophies aside, here I have prepared a list of 20 nature based vectors which you can use in your designs and help remind people to care about Mother Nature. Lake landscape This vector is basically a scenery, akin to what most of us have drawn in nursery school. It contains all the elements of a scenery: a clean lake, a fisherman in boat,…
  • Heading south: a designer’s (sunny) kit

    24 Jun 2014 | 10:02 am
    I have a friend who’s seriously thinking about moving. Nothing unusual so far, it’s just that he wants to move to the other side of the world. Literally. He wants to relocate from Dundee, Scotland, to “anywhere” (at the moment) Australia. Or New Zealand. He’s very serious about this. Initially, “more sun” was the main incentive. However, as reality crept in, the list of pros and cons got longer. But I’m not going into the usual ‘taxes-jobs-insurances-family -friends-melancholia-euphoria-etc’ list, because what caught my eye are four special reasons to move there: The…
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  • White Headline Text in Web Design

    Carol Francis
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    The current trend of the use of large or fullscreen background images on website landing pages has forced the introduction of another trend – white headline text. Very often background photographs are dark, so it would seem that white is the new black in website design. Here we have collected a selection of sites making use of this trend – as you will see, it works better on some designs than others, but all of these examples are beautifully effective. The Use of White Headline Text This UK charity software site uses a fullscreen slideshow of photographs, but they have put a…
  • How to Use Neuroscience Findings to Improve UX and Conversions?

    Armen Ghazarian
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    What if you knew the perfect formula for a successful product? Sounds like a marketing pitch for some cheap Hollywood movie, doesn’t it? But the truth is that scientists may soon have the “first draft” of that success recipe or at least will have a list of ingredients. Extensive studies in the field of neuroscience combined with numerous eyetracking researches, brain scans and neuromarketing findings prepare the ground for some very interesting discoveries also from a UX perspective. Neuroscience is basically a scientific study of the human brain and nervous system. It explains how our…
  • Stunning and Effective App Website Designs

    Carol Francis
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    With the massive growth of mobile device usage for connecting to the internet, there are apps for just about anything you can dream of. All of these apps have a website connected to them and the design of that site is almost as important as the app itself. The site has to entice the viewer to buy or download the app on their mobile device, so getting across the right ‘feel’ for the app is of paramount importance. Here we have collected a selection of app websites designs that do just that. Effective App Websites iShows An iPhone app that enables you to manage your favorite TV…
  • An Introduction to HTML Imports

    Paula Borowska
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    HTML imports are an experimental but promising way of embedding content. Imports are used to embed one HTML document into another; when you think about it this should not be something too difficult, but it currently is. Just like the name of this post suggest, I will give you an introduction to HTML imports by learning how they work and what exactly do they do. What’s the Point of HTML Imports? If you want to include an HTML page within another you have to use either an iFrame, AJAX or some other weirder JavaScript based work out. Now, HTML imports are so new that it’s only supported by…
  • New For Designers in June 2014

    Carol Francis
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    Another month, another round-up of free tools and resources for designers, either new or updated during June 2014. New Tools & Resources in June Neon Button PSD A set of brightly colored buttons in a layered .psd file Weather Icons A set of 30 outline weather icons in .ai and .psd formats. Summer Icons More outline icons, this time with a summer theme. Available in .ai and .psd formats Adobe File Type Icons A complete set of icons for all Adobe software and applications in their current, flat style. Available in .psd format. Social Media Icons A huge set of 60 social media icons in 7…
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  • Design Focus: Type Guides

    Sophia Lucero
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Here’s a resource roundup to sharpen your typography skills. This week we’re looking at sites that curate beautiful applications of webfonts, so get inspired! Designs of the Week Build on DIYThemes’ Thesis Framework for rock solid SEO and great layout customization options. Free Faces My favorite of the bunch — the designer’s own application of the glyphs as featured “posters” is just lovely. On the homepage they make one tall abstract painting. Typewolf Pastels seem to abound not only in the base design but the featured ones. Content is set in a…
  • Design Focus: Better Bookmarking UX

    Sophia Lucero
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Here’s another new trend to investigate: the evolution of bookmarking into curated and frictionless user experiences. Designs of the Week Get solid WordPress themes, plugins, and even design training from iThemes. So simple and clever, I’m surprised godfather of modern online bookmarks, Delicious, didn’t come up with it. Here the design to praise is not just its thin, light colors and lines, but a design of a process that makes bookmarking dead-easy: just append “” in front of a URL to save it. Then to add it to a list, just use…
  • Design Focus: Layering

    Sophia Lucero
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:36 am
    This brewing design pattern breaks out of your typical grid layouts and layers images and text on top of one another. It’s quite an interesting approach that makes website elements feel more like objects that you can more easily interact with, like stuff on your physical desk. Designs of the Week Make Headway, make intuitive layouts, make it your WordPress theme of choice! Siena Photos are littered from top to bottom floating over one another with a bit of staggered scrolling, and hovering brings them to full brightness as well as clickable links. Nice nod to the builder’s yellow…
  • Cool Tools for Creative Blog Content

    8 Jun 2014 | 1:27 am
    Creating a blog is fast and easy today. Even with little or no background graphic designing or web developing, one can still be able to make an attractive blog with a great potential to drive traffic moving forward. With the numerous free design tools available online these days, there’s every opportunity to build a blog suited to your personal preference. It just takes a little patience and resourcefulness and soon, you’ll be on your way to creating a great looking and interactive blog. Depending on the type of content you want to add to your blog and blog posts, there are…
  • Design Focus: Animated Logos

    Sophia Lucero
    6 Jun 2014 | 6:04 am
    The next avenue for interactivity are logos that look brilliant in both static and animated states. Get inspired here. Designs of the Week Get solid WordPress themes, plugins, and web design training from iThemes. Of Another A familiar typographic layout whose minimal looks is broken by a colorful dance of shapes. One takeaway from this portfolio would be: it’s a good idea to screencast website design work along with screenshots. Kitchen Prague I enjoy the touch of quirk brought by the hand-drawn icons and words, which are wiggling like the logo. Clicking on the portfolio image once…
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  • Johnny Cupcakes Farms

    Jessica Sanchez
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Johnny Cupcakes has recently launched "Johnny Cupcakes Farms" - a limited and exclusive (as always) T-Shirt design of Johnny's iconic cupcake logo reconfigured as a meat cupcake. Lead designer, Chris DeLorenzo, tells us the idea came about when his old illustration of a meat cupcake resurfaced as they were brainstorming ideas for a new packaged shirt. It was basically "hey, why don't we package this like a meat butcher?" and so they did. They would go on to create the logo for the packaging and brand - "Johnny Cupcakes Farms." By wrapping the shirt in seran-wrap (themselves in their…
  • Nike Free Box: A Shoebox 1/3 the Size of the Original

    Andrew Gibbs
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    When Nike launched its latest Nike Free model: Nike Free 5.0, the most flexible shoe in history, it needed to communicate the completely unique attribute. To do this, Publicis Impetu, a Uraguay based advertising agency, decided to develop a unique package that only the new Nike Free 5.0 could tolerate: the Nike Free Box. The Nike Free Box is a limited edition promotional launch box, and it looks just like a typical Nike box. The difference is, this Nike Free Box is 1/3 of the original size. It was designed to surprise the first Nike Free 5.0 buyers, and to demonstrate the incredible…
  • Etta + Billie Soaps

    Jessica Sanchez
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Alana, the founder of Etta + Billie, has a true passion for natural bath + body products. Wanting to make a difference, she combined her passion of natural products and creativity and developed Etta + Billie. After developing her product, her branding soon followed. Her approach was to communicate simplicity and elegance while still showcasing the qualities of each hand-made soap. Because each soap is hand-made, small batch numbers are added to each package, which shows the customer the work placed in each of her batches.  Alana is also a member of SFMade (, which is a…
  • Top 10: This Week's Top Packaging Projects

    Jessica Sanchez
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    It's Monday! It's time to check out our Top 10 packaging projects for the week of July 13th - 19th! Here we go! 1.  Before & After: Nescafe Unveils New Logo and Global Branding 2. Urban Decay: Limited Edition Pulp Fiction Collection 3. Google's Cardboard Virtual Reality for Android 4. I Love Type Limited Box Set 5. Aeroplay Kites 6. Herbalist & Alchemist 7. TATUN Temporary Art Tattoos 8. O&G Oats 9. Artisan Bee 10. Don Key         Related Posts:Top 10: This Week's Top Packaging Projects 
  • Les Marais Natural Sweet Wine

    Ivan Navarro
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Le Marais Natural Sweet is a dessert wine hailing from Constantia, a suburb of South Africa. Luisa Rheinlander of Manifesto Design was asked to design the wine label. Her label design prominently features an elaborate and decadent illustration of a woman bearing tropical fruits, intertwined with an equally elaborate style.   This sweet wine was long coveted by the French royal courts of the 18th century so the label pays tribute by featuring a woman of the period who would have likely been a fan.  The wine bottle explains the flavor profile in full detail: "A bouquet…
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    Elliot Jay Stocks
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
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    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
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  • Google’s Material Design

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:02 am
    Amongst the flurry of new releases at yesterday’s Google I/O, one stood out to me above all else: the unveiling of the company’s ‘Material Design’ visual language. And not just its announcement, but the fact that Google have put the entire documentation online. The specs are an impressive read to say the least, and with lofty goals. The first: Create a visual language that synthesizes classic principles of good design with the innovation and possibility of technology and science. And the second: Develop a single underlying system that allows for a unified experience across…
  • Typekit updates for CC 2014

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:54 am
    Earlier this week, when Adobe announced the ‘CC 2014’ apps, we rolled out some pretty cool new Typekit features, too. The biggest news is probably our integration with Photoshop: if you open a document that has missing fonts, Photoshop can check to see if they’re in the Typekit Desktop library, and, if so, sync them straight to your computer without you even having to leave the app. This is a pretty awesome feature that will only get more awesome as our Desktop font library continues to grow. We’ve had this feature in Illustrator and InDesign since the previous release, and…
  • Siteleaf

    Elliot Jay Stocks
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:02 am
    Back in June 2010 (bloody hell, that was four years ago!), I moved my site’s backend over from self-hosted WordPress to Harmony, the CMS created by my friend Steve Smith. And although Harmony has continued to be a joy to use and extremely reliable after it was sold to Collective Idea (when Steve joined GitHub), it’s now time for me to move on. So, I’m pleased to announce that this site is now powered by Oak Studios’wonderful CMS Siteleaf. The great thing about Siteleaf is that it generates static files, so it’s extremely fast and the site can live on even if the…
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  • How to Organise your Graphic Design Work

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

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

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

    Tara: Freelance Designer
    24 Jul 2013 | 8:10 am
    A guest post by Paul Kilminster who has worked in the printing industry for several years and has seen how the industry has evolved to meet the challenges of digital marketing. He is currently the Technical Services Director for Print and Digital Associates. From full-on works of art to professional business cards, print is an incredibly versatile medium. Since we know you can’t get enough of looking at beautiful designs, we’ve found ten fabulous examples of striking and innovative prints for you to enjoy. Check them out below! 1. Lumadessa – Night Owl The simple geometric design of…
  • Enter to WIN project management software for creatives

    Tara: Freelance Designer
    3 Jul 2013 | 8:53 am
    We are giving away a 1-year subscription to Planning Pod, the online business and project management software app built for designers and creative firms. Tired of juggling dozens of software apps to manage all your business details? Want a better way to manage all your to-do’s, files, invoices, proposals, legal contracts, timesheets, contacts, leads and more? Planning Pod gives you all the tools you need to run your design business in one convenient place. And since it’s built by creatives, for creatives, it’s got a flair for design and lets you customize your account to…
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  • Word Crimes. Love it!

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    My personal favorite: “I could care less.” Whenever I hear someone say that, I immediately file them in my mental rolodex of idiots to never speak with unless required by law.” Related posts: 30 Mac OS X apps and utilities I love: Part 1 InDesign color swatches panel shortcuts 30 Mac OS X apps and utilities I love: Part 3
  • Adobe releases free multi-language font for Creative Cloud users

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Adobe, in partnership with Google, is pleased to announce the release of Source Han Sans, a new open source Pan-CJK typeface family that is now available on Typekit for desktop use. Source Han Sans, available in seven weights, is a typeface family which provides full support for Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese, all in one font. All told, each font weight in the family has a total of 65,535 glyphs (the maximum supported in the OpenType format), and the entire family rounds out at just under half a million total glyphs. This is awesome for designers who must work…
  • Free cloud computing vector art: Part 3

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    I recently shared part one and part two of a set of cloud computing vector art files. Today I have another exclusive set, courtesy of Vecteezy. Just like the previous two sets, these two pieces of vector art are free to use in your personal or commercial design projects. Here are the previews of the files in set three: Click image to view larger size Click image to view larger size You can download both files here. Be sure to bookmark Vecteezy for the next time you need to source some cool vector art! Related posts: Free cloud computing vector art: Part 1 Free cloud computing vector art: Part…
  • A closer look at Yosemite’s icons

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    Top: Mavericks – Bottom: Yosemite Nick Keppol takes a close look at the icons in the new Mac OS X Yosemite Developer Previews. Great observations! And for the record, I LOVE the new icon consistency. Related posts: Hide those pesky Mac OS X System Preference icons Create your own Adobe CS5 style icons Free icons: Interactive web elements
  • Free cloud computing vector art: Part 2

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Last week I shared two exclusive pieces of cloud computing vector art from Vecteezy. Today, I have two more exclusive free cloud computing vectors for you to add to your collection. Vecteezy is one of my go-to sites for sourcing vector art for Keynote presentations, infographics and other design projects. As with the first two pieces I shared, you are free to use this artwork in any personal or commercial project. Here are the previews of the files in set two, but be sure to come back for another set in the next few days: Click image to view larger size Click image to view larger size You can…
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  • Make Local Web Server Accessible Online With Localtunnel

    Thoriq Firdaus
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    During the development stage, you may deploy the website in a local server. There you can run, develop. and debug the website on a computer, locally. But when your clients need to get access to the website immediately, or if one of the applications you need uses a webhook that has to be online to function, you probably wish that your local server could be accessible online. Making your local server available online is probably the fastest way to cope with this, especially if you have hundreds of files that requires access to. This is where a tool called localtunnel comes in. With localtunnel…
  • 20+ Must-Have Apps For Your New Windows Phone

    Thoriq Firdaus
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Despite the lack of apps, the Windows Phone Store is steadily expanding its arsenal of great apps on a monthly basis. You can now find a number of official apps and alternatives that are similar to or even better than the regular culprits for your mobile needs. The best thing about the Windows Phone Store is that we can try the apps before purchasing any; if it does not work as you expected, or you don’t like it, you can simply hit Uninstall. After exploring the Store, installing, and uninstalling a bunch of apps, here is a list of essential apps you should be installing into your…
  • How to Enable Background Size in Internet Explorer [Quicktip]

    Thoriq Firdaus
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    The new features that come with CSS3 won’t be applicable in Internet Explorer 8-6, and yet we can ignore this disadvantage as the effect will degrade nicely. For example, browsers without the support for CSS3 Box Shadow won’t see the shadow, but this is fine so long as the content remains readable. However, one of the few things that you can’t ignore is when you apply CSS3 Background Size. We are able to control the size of background images added through CSS using the newbackground-size property. We can specify the width and the height in precise units and also let the…
  • 9 Twitter Tips You Need To Know

    Leanne Tan
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    Ever so often, a social media service would update its look and features to keep things running smoothly. Twitter is no different. Recently, Twitter profiles have seen quite a big change with the new layout being implemented with a bigger display picture and cover header (that’s similar to Facebook) among other changes. Love it or hate it, the design change came with some new functions as well. Some are still in the process of being rolled out, so you may not have seen them. Others may not be new but have been hidden unless you’re the type to play around with your settings. If you…
  • 9 Free Tools To Reduce Computer-Related Eye Strain

    Azwan Jamaluddin
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Whether it is a desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile phone, our eyes are fixated at one screen or another, be it for work, study or play. But let this happen long enough and you might suffer from ill effects from being in front of a screen so much e.g. blur vision, headaches or eye problems. Staring at a computer screen can also effect your sleep patterns due to the blue light that is emitted from these screens. There are ways to help lessen the strain on your eyes, mostly by altering the color and dimness of the monitor as well as taking the occasional break now and again. If you are looking…
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  • Survey Says: Design Salaries Up

    Michelle Taute
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    How much do designers make? The 2014 HOW Design Salary Survey shows creative paychecks getting fatter— and the design job market heating back up. Words by Michelle Taute Design by Sally Carmichael We’re not exaggerating when we say the results of the latest HOW graphic design salary survey make us want to jump up and down. And maybe let out a few screams of joy. Then sneak out of work early for an impromptu happy hour with our favorite designers. After some economically rough years, the sun is finally shining bright on designers: The national average salary for designers rose a full…
  • Doug Hucker: Great Logo Design

    Amanda Aszman
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    Back in 2012, Baltimore-based graphic designer and illustrator Doug Hucker was recognized in the HOW Logo Design Competition & Awards for helping to set the bar when it comes to cool logo designs, despite his thinking that he didn’t have a chance at winning. Judge Sunny Bonnell, co-founder and creative director at Motto, had this to say about Hucker’s design: I thought this was an excellent, unified mark. It’s compact, the type is incorporated nicely, and it scales well. It is youthful, fresh, and energetic—perfect for the bike cafe it represents. Doug Hucker’s…
  • Word Play: Just a Note With a Cause

    Erin Mays
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    Iconic designer and branding guru Debbie Millman is perhaps one of the best known designers in the industry sharing the stage with the likes of Paula Scher, Stefan Sagmeister, Milton Glaser, Seymour Chwast, and more. Her role as the President of Design at Sterling Brands has overseen the branding and rebranding of major companies around the world and many here at home like Pepsi, Gillette, Colgate, Kimberly-Clark, Nestle, and Campbells. In addition to her branding work Millman also hosts the Design Observer podcast Design Matters and is a contributing editor to Print. “There is so…
  • Designing Design Education: What the Best Schools Do

    Guest Contributor
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    Editor’s Note: This article, written by Daniel Johnston, design partner at the brand strategy and design firm Lippincott in New York, draws upon his recruiting experience. Johnston explains, from his perspective, what a strong design education does for a candidate and what the best schools have in common. What everyone expects from school is the acquisition of a skill set. Higher order education stresses problem-solving, or the ability to synthesize different types of skills based on context. But what about personality? How do you teach the same thing to all kinds of different people in…
  • Interview: Greg Pizzoli on Children’s Book Design

    John Foster
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    Philadelphia’s Greg Pizzoli has long been one of my favorite illustrator/designers, and I have closely followed his work at every turn. One of the most exciting developments has been his foray into the world of children’s books, which seems to be turning out one charming success after another. Greg was kind enough to pull back the curtain on his working process, as well as a part of the publishing industry that many aspire to enter, but where a precious few manage to make it. Cover and title page for “Number One Sam” by Greg Pizzoli You recently released your second…
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    The Logo Smith

  • The Helvetica Watch by Mondaine

    The Logo Smith
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:38 am
    The Helvetica Watch by Mondaine There really isn’t anything that is safe from being Helverticarised: we’ve had a whole variety of Helvetica themed goodies in the past, from the Helvetica Bike, Helvetica The Perfume: “The Scent of Nothing”, the gorgeous Helvetica Moleskines, Helvetica Wine (designed by WildWildWeb), and a crap load of other Helvetica themed items. The latest item to be branded with Helvetica? The humble wrist watch, although in this case a very non-humble watch by Mondiane—Mondaine is known to many as the official timekeeper of the Swiss…
  • AirBNB’s New Logo Design Gets Mobbed

    The Logo Smith
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    Post Updated with information from the BBC: Airbnb’s new logo faces social media backlash AirBNB’s New Logo Design Gets Mobbed It’s always a shame when something like this happens, mostly because there is some poor soul, or group of poor souls, who are having to just sit through all this media shit about how their new AirBNB logo can be perversely disfigured. Right now I’m feeling a little pity for London-based firm, DesignStudio.I love the new design, and love how it’s been implemented across the brand identity, and I really do massively feel for the flack…
  • Master Client Logo Sheet Template for Download

    The Logo Smith
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:53 am
    >> Download Master Client Logo Sheet The above link will download a ZIP archive of an: Adobe Illustrator CC7 file (without embedded fonts) and a PDF (with embedded fonts), all ready for you to present those finished master logo files nicely to your client. Client Logo Sheet I have settled on this style of Client Logo Sheet for providing, and presenting, my own clients with the finished logo files. Each one has a few bits of useful information, such as: the colour mode used in Illustrator, either RGB or CMYK and list of the actual colours used in the logo.
  • Logo Design Copyright Transfer Form Template for Download

    The Logo Smith
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    >> Download The above link will download a ZIP archive of an: InDesign file CC7 & CS4 (without fonts), and a PDF (with embedded fonts) for the updated: Logo Design Copyright Transfer Form Template, all ready for you and your client. This template download follows on from a recent post: Freelance Logo Design Proposal and Invoice Template. I also previously wrote a brief post on how copyright works in: Logo Design Copyright: How Do I Copyright A Logo Design And Transfer Ownership, specifically when it comes to any form of unique logo…
  • Logo Design Copyright: How Do I Copyright A Logo Design And Transfer Ownership

    The Logo Smith
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:44 am
    This post is just a little primer on Logo Design Copyright, I’ll cover it in more detail in a forthcoming post. The topic of Copyright seems to leave some folk quite baffled, but in actuality, the important basics are pretty straightforward. Not to say copyright in general is straightforward, but it can be a nasty messy business when designs clash, ideas are borrowed etc. Logo Design Copyright: How Do I Copyright A Logo Design And Transfer Ownership The very action of designing something/anything unique means the creator has the copyright; an exception to this is if you copy, steal…
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  • What’s Next

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    In the back of my head is always a thought: What will I do when I stop designing websites? It’s not because I want to stop—I love what I do—it’s that I wonder how long I can expect to do it. I don’t think it’s unrealistic to think that there will be a time when I don’t want to, or can’t—due to fatigue or professional obsolescence—work in this industry anymore. It may not happen, but planning for that possibility isn’t a bad idea either. I think about this stuff because the speed of life and our industry can be humbling and terrifying all at once. It’s not just about…
  • A Lifetime Odyssey

    28 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    Sasha Sagan, daughter of famed astronomer Carl Sagan, wrote a wonderful piece about her father and how life is both terrifying and exciting: When you consider the nearly infinite number of forks in the road that lead to any single person being born, they said, you must be grateful that you’re you at this very second. Think of the enormous number of potential alternate universes where, for example, your great-great-grandparents never meet and you never come to be. Moreover, you have the pleasure of living on a planet where you have evolved to breathe the air, drink the water, and love the…
  • On the Job

    28 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    My grandfather was a carpenter. He built many houses, including his and my grandmother’s, and my family’s home. He always had a pickup truck because that was his means to signal to the world that he was in business. Even after he had retired, he insisted on having a pickup truck so that he would always have the option to work if he needed it. That was a door he never wanted to close. His friends and coworkers would meet at a local diner every morning for breakfast and to have a few laughs. I remember passing the diner on my morning school bus ride and seeing his and his friends’ pickup…
  • Four Color Process

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

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

  • Obligation and Choice

    Jacob Cass
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    This article has been contributed by Tyler Wentzel, looking at the differences between obligation and choice and the effects it can have on us.  All too often people place the majority of their stock into making a living when it comes to choosing a profession. The necessity of earning a living obligates us to find work—any work—that can sustain us and our families. Once employed in a field we didn’t really want, the obligation principle augments further in that our jobs are often characterized by rigid requirements and time constraints. Consequently, actually doing what we wanted to do…
  • Paula Scher on Designing Adaptable Brand Identities

    Jacob Cass
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    Pentagram partner, Paula Scher has just released her first online design class on Skillshare focused on designing flexible and adaptable brand identities. The trailer for her class has some real nuggets of wisdom and I highly recommend watching. Brand Identity: Design Adaptable Branding Systems An Online Skillshare Class by Paula Scher Paula Scher is known for her award-winning work designing brand identities for organizations like The Public Theater, Citibank, The Museum of Modern Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and countless others. In her class, Brand Identity: Design Adaptable…
  • The Creative Class Video Series

    Jacob Cass
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am is an ongoing video series that illustrates how some of the most influential people in the creative industries marry technology with their passion and skills across design, music, art, fashion, and beyond. The series gives a look into the contemporary creative process and the influence technology has on this. Here are the five released so far. Enjoy! Blur & Gorillaz musician Damon Albarn New York-based graphic designer and typographer Stefan Sagmeister Industrial designer Tom Dixon Creator and musician Fred Deakin and Shoe designer Marc Hare The Creative Class…
  • 10 Tips to Keep in Mind When Designing Websites for Startups

    Jacob Cass
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    This article has been contributed by Ezequiel Ortuno. There are times in the lives of designers when they have to craft websites for startups as opposed to creating sites for established names in the business. Websites for startups are a real challenge because very often a startup’s online identity is their sole branding tool, a point of contact with their target audience and a sales outlet all rolled into one. Website designers have a huge responsibility on their hands and cannot afford to take things for granted. At one end they must make sure that the website is a reflection of…
  • Call-to-Action Best Practices, Examples & Inspiration

    30 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    This article has been contributed by Helga Moreno. In this article we look at many different aspects of call-to-actions on websites, like their shapes, colors, designs, positions and many other factors that ensure that a user does not have to think twice on what action to complete. There are many aspects to a call-to-actions (not just buttons) so let’s look at some of the best practices, pitfalls and guidelines as well as some great examples of how to style call-to-actions. Call-To-Action Best Practices & Examples White space around buttons. Bigger type & button sizes result in…
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  • 25 Innovative Websites that Buck the Design Trends

    Chris Spooner
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    I’ve heard a few remarks on recent posts on Line25 that many of the featured website designs have all looked the same. Certain trends have become so mainstream that the majority of modern web designs all have similarities in their layouts and styles. It’s still possible to find unique web designs though, in today’s post I showcase 25 innovative designs that buck the popular trends in favour of experimental ideas. These websites have all been chosen for their unusual navigations, out of the ordinary layouts or clever uses of animations and effects. Airnauts April Zero…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for July 18th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    17 Jul 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 Louder Than Ten, Mod Notebooks, Format, AitThemes and Mateusz Dembek. Louder Than Ten View the website Mod Notebooks View the website Format View the website AitThemes View the website Mateusz Dembek View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for July 18th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
  • 30 Unseen Web Designs Currently Being Developed

    Chris Spooner
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Designers love to share previews of projects they’re working on with their friends and peers on sites like Dribbble, which makes it a great place to browse for web design inspiration. Seeing web design concepts while they’re in development means you get a sneak peek of the latest trends and styles before they go live on the web. In today’s post I round up 30 beautiful web designs I bet you haven’t seen before! These sites are so fresh they’re not even live yet, check them out before they hit the mainstream. New Bright Bright Great Concept by Alex Sheyn Bruno…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for July 11th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    10 Jul 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 Travis Gertz, Geckoboard, Vessyl, Media599 and HybridConf. Travis Gertz View the website Geckoboard View the website Vessyl View the website Media599 View the website HybridConf View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for July 11th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
  • 30 Blocky Website Designs Based on a Square Grid

    Chris Spooner
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Grids give a website design structure and balance, but some grid layouts are more obvious than others. The most basic of grids is the square block, where the page is divided up horizontally and vertical with equally spaced gridlines. The content then fills the grid like a chequerboard pattern, or elements can span multiple blocks to form larger content areas. Today’s showcase features 30 perfectly balanced sites that are all based on a blocky square grid. The Conference
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    Lines and Colors :: a blog about drawing, painting, illustration, comics, concept art and other visual arts

  • Thomas Fuchs

    Charley Parker
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    Thomas Fuchs is an illustrator originally from Germany and now based in New York. Fuchs works in a conceptual vein for much of his illustration, seeking out a mental twist to give his image editorial content, while often reducing the image to graphic simplicity. His website shows the images with a brief description of the context of the article for which they are intended. Rather than creating stand-alone images that merely accompany the article, Fuchs commits his illustrations to adding meaning to the written content. He also has a different, specialized portrait style, but even here he…
  • Eye Candy for Today: Constance Marie Charpentier’s Melancholy

    Charley Parker
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Melancholy, Constance Marie Charpentier On Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Musée de Picardie, Amiens, France. Charpentier is another of those fine French painters from the 18th and 19th centuries about whom we know little, likely because they were female — even though Charpentier won gold and silver medals in the Pais Salons of 1814 and 1821. Charpentier is thought to have been a student of Jacques-Louis David, though that has not been established with certainty. Some of her works were at one time attributed to him. On a side note: a wonderful painting in the Metropolitan…
  • Sylvie Daigneault

    Charley Parker
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Sylvie Daigneault is an illustrator based in Toronto. Her clients include Tetley Tea, The Royal Canadian Mint, Publix, American Express, Bell Canada, MTA, The National Ballet of Canada, UTF University of Toronto, Harlequin, MacMillan/McGraw-Hill and Harper Collins. Daigneault works primarily in colored pencil, with finishes sometimes modified digitally. She uses to advantage that medium’s strengths for creating intricate detail, subtle texture and layers of multiple colors within single passages.
  • Eye Candy for Today: Degas pencil drawing

    Charley Parker
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Dancer Adjusting her Slipper, Edgar Degas Pencil on colored paper, 13×10 inches (33x24cm). In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Degas did numerous studies, drawings, pastels and paintings of dancers preparing; this seemingly simple pencil drawing has always been one of my favorites. Straightforward and direct, we see Degas seeking out his model’s form and gesture, reworking the hand position, adjusting the line of the foot, and — apparently satisfied with the result — squaring up the drawing for transfer. I’m not aware, however, of a finished pastel or painting…
  • Paul Cornoyer

    Charley Parker
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Paul Cornoyer was an American painter who worked in the Barbizon and Impressionist styles. Born in St. Louis, he studied there at the St. Louis School of Art, as well as in Paris at the Académie Julian. He spent much of his later career in New York, where he taught and delighted in painting street scenes and parks, particularly in rain, snow and atmospherically muted conditions. He also spent time painting and teaching in East Gloucester, Massashusetts, where he had a summer home.
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    Logo Of The Day

  • 2014-07-17 | Barba

    Jacob Cass
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Barba Restaurant Credits: Multiple Related Logos: 2015-06-24 | Source (2) 2014-03-28 | SensacionS Catering (2) 2013-10-02 | Sushi Mikasa (1)
  • 2014-07-16 | Expertricity

    Jacob Cass
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    ATTIK has created a new identity and logo for Experticity, a company that provides “joyful expertise” in the form of product advice to consumers and commercial buyers from more than a million experts in the field. Credits: Attik Related Logos: 2010-07-08 | BaltEnergo Trade (2) 2009-05-26 | Avid (21) 2009-03-23 | Bionerge (13)
  • 2014-07-10 | Fatties

    Jacob Cass
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Dot Dash worked with Chloe Timms, the founder of Fatties to develop the name and identity for this new Bakery/Confectionery. Fatties produce their treats from a small bakery at the back of Broadway market, London. Fatties product range consists of things like Cardamon and Pistachio Caramels, bags of passion fruit sherbet with pineapple lollipops and coconut flour brownies. We created the name and design simultaneously with the idea of juxtaposing the connotations of the name with a clean, sophisticated design. This was done by playfully stretching the letters in the logos. Combined with a…
  • 2014-07-09 | Swiss Metrics

    Jacob Cass
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    SwissMetrics – company based in Switzerland dealing with financial analysis. They provide online tools that facilitate financial monitoring and optimization of other companies credit risk. They also provide reports in the form of numerical data, graphs and statistics. Credits: Sebastian Bednarek Related Logos: 2014-02-12 | Kids Club (0) 2013-02-07 | Birdie On The Bay (3) 2012-11-14 | Sushi Maki (2)
  • 2014-07-08 | Obrenovac Youth

    Jacob Cass
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:28 pm
    In the floods in Serbia about a month ago, one whole town (Obrenovac) has been completely destroyed. Lot of people, old and young, lost all they have had. Obrenovac Youth Foundation is caring about those people, with focus on children. They are collecting donations, give psychological help etc. Circle is for “O” as Obrenovac, also symbolising connection between people, that are all in the same mess. Bottom symbol shows young man with hands up, asking for help. It’s “Y” shaped, for Youth. Hand on the top is “F” for Foundation and symbolise care, what…
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    The Fresh Peel // Ripe Brand Strategy. Juicy Insights and Trends.

  • Simple Steps to Make Branding Work for You

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ecommerce: 3 vital marketing resources to explore before your next email send

    John Tackett
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    Email marketing has emerged as a staple in ecommerce as countless companies now utilize the channel to flood inboxes with a galaxy of promotions and product offers. Check out this MarketingSherpa Blog post learn more about three marketing resources you can use to aid your email marketing efforts.
  • Content Marketing: User-generated content tips from Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia

    David Kirkpatrick
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    At the recently held Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition (IRCE) in Chicago, Daniel Burstein, Director of Editorial Content, and Allison Banko, Reporter, both of MECLABS, interviewed event speakers and attendees in the MarketingSherpa Media Center. In this 11-minute video, watch as Daniel spoke with Wikipedia CEO and Founder Jimmy Wales on how to encourage user-generated content. In this 11-minute video, watch as Daniel spoke with Wikipedia CEO and Founder, Jimmy Wales, on how to encourage user-generated content – a powerful element within an overall content marketing strategy. Jimmy…
  • Email Marketing: Don’t let email own the ecommerce showroom floor

    John Tackett
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    Email marketing is one of the most frequent sources of ecommerce traffic for organizations across every revenue range. Read this MarketingSherpa Blog post to learn from Ben Pressley, Head of Worldwide Sales, Magento, about why you shouldn’t let email own the ecommerce showroom floor.
  • Ecommerce: Why going global really means going local

    John Tackett
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    Global ecommerce is growing and the key for brands looking to extend into new markets will be understanding the local culture in those markets. Watch this video from the MarketingSherpa Media Center at IRCE to learn from Rob Garf, Vice President, Industry Strategy, Demandware, on how preserving brand value and relevance across multiple cultures will be vital to delivering a consistent brand experience.
  • Email Marketing: Combining design and content for mobile success

    Selena Blue
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    As email opens significantly increase on mobile devices each year, it’s important to create a mobile experience your subscribers enjoy interacting with. Watch Justine Jordan, Marketing Director, Litmus, discuss mobile email in an exclusive interview and see an example of how Litmus uses responsive design in an Email Summit panel discussion excerpt.
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    Thoughts From Eric

  • The Light of Other Days

    Eric Meyer
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    Every day or three, I upload another batch of photos to Flickr, trying to work my way through the backlog and get caught up with the present.  This is a habit I enforce inconsistently, because I’m bad at maintaining regular habits even at the best of times.  That halfway explains the backlog.  When I do enforce it, my habit is to upload no more than 10 or 15 photos at a time, so that I can properly tag and geolocate them without having to invest hours in the process.  That explains the other half of the backlog.  Right now, as I write this, I’m about six weeks behind. Which means…
  • One Month

    Eric Meyer
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    One month ago today, just thirty days past, Kat and I held our daughter as she took her last breaths. I still have trouble accepting this.  We both still have trouble. Kat says that she often feels like none of this is really happening, that she’s stuck in a nightmare about Rebecca, who is alive and fine and never had cancer.  Sometimes she thinks that Rebecca’s just spending the day with a friend, and we’ll see her for dinner.  She knows this is untrue, but that knowledge doesn’t change the feeling. I have the opposite problem.  Sometimes I feel like she never really existed,…
  • What Not To Say to a Grieving Parent

    Eric Meyer
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    In the face of tragedy and grief, it’s hard to know what to say or do.  And one thing I’ve noticed is that some people—not most, maybe even not many, but more than enough—say and do what they think would help them, without really considering what might be helpful to the person who’s grieving. I don’t really want to get into the doing side of things at this point, but I can definitely talk about the saying.  The most basic rule is:  don’t let your discomfort with tragedy and grief push you into saying whatever comes to mind.  A person’s grief is not a wall against which you…
  • The Silent Hole in the World

    Eric Meyer
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    There is a sound a family makes that only its members can truly appreciate.  The interplay of voices, footfalls, laughter, sobbing, shrieks of joy and frustration and anger, songs sung, catchphrases, the rattle and chirp of beloved toys played with, doors slamming, the rustling of clothing and whispers of breathing, running water and bath splashes and teeth brushed.  The aural fabric of lives entwined.  It forms a curtain around you, altering your perceptions of the world.  It becomes the world. You feel it, usually half-consciously, but if you stop and listen with purpose, you can…
  • rebeccapurple

    Eric Meyer
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:36 am
    I have been made aware of the proposal to add the named color beccapurple (equivalent to #663399) to the CSS specification, and also of the debate that surrounds it. I understand the arguments both for and against the proposal, but obviously I am too close to both the subject and the situation to be able to judge for myself.  Accordingly, I let the editors of the Colors specification know that I will accept whatever the Working Group decides on this issue, pro or con.  The WG is debating the matter now. I did set one condition: that if the proposal is accepted, the official name be…
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    Naldz Graphics

  • Free Seamless Concrete Textures For Your Design Project

    Ebrian Acebedo
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    Pro designers have created a number of design projects, each with different motifs and themes. For them to create impressive designs, they have a lot of resources in their arsenal...
  • Alphabet Typography Creatively Illustrated In 36 Days

    Mickey Javier
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    Alphabet is a set of letter symbols that are generally used in writing one or more languages. These symbols may seem to have similar linear writings, especially for Latin alphabet...
  • Absolutely Free Seamless Grass Textures

    Ebrian Acebedo
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
    Designers can never have enough resources for their arsenal. It’s always an advantage to have a wide variety of resource collections that you can use anytime for your present or...
  • Impressive Caricatures Of Famous Celebrities Drawn In Fine Lines

    Kareen Liez
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    Caricature is a rendered image that usually exaggerates some characteristics of the subject. In this art, we may see bigger-than-usual nose, ears, or anything that best describes the person. Today,...
  • 22 Stunning Shells Brush Sets For Photoshop

    Johnna Eudese Ward
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:02 am
    Going to the beach is one of the frequent activities during the summer season. Everybody loves to cool down in beaches and enjoy the sea, sand, and the sun. Aside...
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    Tuts+ Code

  • An Introduction to Xamarin: Part 3

    Derek Jensen
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    1. Before Getting StartedHopefully to this point, you have been following along with these introductory tutorials on what Xamarin is and how to use it. If you have, then you are primed and ready for the next step in your Xamarin training, cross-platform applications. If not, then head back and take a look at the previous tutorials to get a better grasp on how this fantastic technology works. Once you have that basic knowledge, you can come back and follow along.2. Enter the MisconceptionSeveral years ago, when many of the cross-platform solutions started to…
  • More Responsive Single-Page Applications With AngularJS & Socket.IO: Creating the Library

    Maciej Sopyło
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Neither HTML nor HTTP were created for dynamic web applications. We basically rely on hacks, on top of hacks to give our apps a responsive user interface. AngularJS removes some limitations from HTML, allowing us to create and manage user-interface code easier. Socket.IO, on the other hand helps us send data from the server not only when client requests it, but also when the server needs to. In this article I will show you how to combine these two, to improve the responsiveness of your single-page apps. Introduction In the first part of this tutorial we will create a reusable AngularJS…
  • Taxonomy Archives: List Posts by a Second Taxonomy's Terms

    Rachel McCollin
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    What You'll Be CreatingIf your site uses multiple taxonomies to categorize information, it can be helpful to split up posts in a taxonomy archive by the terms of a second taxonomy. In this tutorial I'll show you how to create a taxonomy archive to do just that.If you've ever worked with multi-relational databases, you'll know that one of their great features is the way you can view data according to multiple taxonomies. For example, if you have a database of clients, you can easily see which clients have hired you for different categories of project, and then sort that further by…
  • From Beginner To Advanced in OpenCart: Installation

    Zaman Riaz
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    In this series, we're going to be taking a look at OpenCart developers who consider themselves beginners to can level-up their skills in order to become more advanced developers.Specifically, this guide is written for the developers who are already familiar with PHP, Object-Oriented Programming and the Model-View-Controller design pattern. In the first part you will be covering the following lessonsWhat is OpenCart?Installing OpenCart on your Local PCUnderstanding the Basic File StructureWhat is OpenCart?In the modern age of Information Technology, nobody can deny how important…
  • Best Practices When Working With Sensitive Data: Securing Your Application

    Maciej Sopyło
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    In my previous article, I showed you how to protect your server from attacks and malicious software. This part will focus completely on the third layer of security - your application itself. So here, I will show you techniques that you can use to protect your application from attacks and intrusions. Using a Database When communicating with a database and in order for your data to remain safe, keep the following key points in mind: Always Escape Queries To stop attackers from using SQL Injection, you have to escape all users' input so they can't inject SQL queries into your application(for…
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  • Vintage Style: 40 Free Retro Fonts Not Only for Hipsters

    Dirk Metzmacher
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
       Hipster supercharged the already running Vintage trend. Thanks to that we have a plethora of note-worthy, production-usable retro fonts at hand. About half of those we are going to show you today allow commercial use, the other half is for private use only. The information is given right alongside each item of the following article. We hope you enjoy our little collection of 40 free retro fonts for the vintage fan.
  • HTML5 Brings Tables Back: Contemporary Grid Layouts with CSS Grids

    Denis Potschien
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
       Back in the days where CSS was a rumour and content and design were not divided, building a website using tables was perfectly common. With the rise of the semantic web tables were redefined to be used only for their original purpose, structuring data, that was meant to be shown in the form of tables. Furthermore, CSS didn’t bring forward an easy way to structure layouts in rows and columns. Now, with the new CSS Grids rasterized layouts return and they resemble the way of table-based designs quite closely.
  • Sky’s The Limit: 40 Fresh and Free Photoshop Text Effects

    Nataly Birch
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
       Text effects in Photoshop are an art not too many know how to achieve. At least not when we are expecting noteworthy effects. Still, a strong typographic logo or eyecatcher of any other kind is granted to draw a good deal of attention to whatever you want to communicate. Text effects with Photoshop are not that easy, but no rocket science either. We have curated 40 fresh and free Photoshop text effects to get you going. Grab your Photoshop and read on…
  • HTML5 Imports: Import HTML Files Into HTML Files

    Denis Potschien
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
       The „link“ element is a blessing. It allows for easy embedding of stylesheets and JavaScripts needed in multiple documents. It didn’t allow the embedding of HTML files, though. To achieve that we were limited to the „iframes“ element or the JavaScript method „XMLHttpRequest()“. Thanks to the new HTML5 Imports, we can now use the „<link>“ element to load one HTML file into another.
  • 20 Free Dashboard UI Mockups: Graphs, Diagrams, Charts and Functional Widgets

    Nataly Birch
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
       Admin panels are one of the bare necessities of modern web sites. Yet, as they are only seen by very few people, designers tend to not put too much effort into them. This is perfectly understandable, while at the same time too narrowly considered. The customer who will have to work with these panels for years to come will be much more likely to stay satisfied if you provide him with a dashboard, that is both beautiful and easy to handle. Keep in mind, that getting existing customers to place the next order is much easier than the acquisition of new ones. So, let’s do…
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  • Snail Mail My Email

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Snail Mail My Email is "a worldwide collaborative art project where volunteers handwrite and artistically interpret strangers' emails and send these physical letters to the intended recipients, free of charge". This video (promoting the launch of the accompanying book) provides the detail:
  • Loop Findr

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    Loop Findr is "a tool that automatically finds loops in videos so you can turn them into seamless gifs":
  • Let's Make a Fingerprint Racoon

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    To celebrate the launch of Marion Deuchars' new notebooks, Animade has "brought some of her fingerprint creatures to life" in a series of short animations:
  • SOLEBOX's Solebot

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Berlin-based sneaker (trainer!) store Solebox has a new robotic assistant: [via HIGHSNOBIETY]
  • JIBO: The World's First Family Robot

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Designed by social robots pioneer and MIT professor Cynthia Breazeal, JIBO is crowdfunding now:
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  • Body of a Photograph, Heart of a Painting

    Christopher Smail
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The images on this page are by the Italian photographer Flora Borsi, and they are from her “IRÉEL” series. She mixes photographic and painting techniques to achieve a hyperrealist finish, which nods to both mediums beautifully. The colour and toning effects used here are masterful. All in all, this set of portraits pleases the mind as much as the eye. All images © Flora Borsi
  • Hollywood Movie Stars Painted in Digital Colours

    Christopher Smail
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Alessandro Pautasso is a graphic designer and illustrator who does a great line in vector art. One only has to look at his colourful images to get to appreciate the level of detail that goes into one of his creations. He depicts famous faces like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe with a fresh insight. There is so much colour and originality here. Artwork © Alessandro Pautasso
  • Drawings of Cats and a Bulldog who Loves to Read

    Adriana de Barros
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    She is known online as “The Calling of Drawing—L.A. Dessin” (that’s a serious title), but her real name is Lorine Angelmann from France. She is dedicated to making beautiful portraits of family pets and exotic animals using mechanical pencils for some, and for others, she does a complete 180 using bright-colored brush pens. All images © Lorine Angelmann, The Call of Drawing—L.A. Dessin Via Drawing Pencil
  • Alberto Seveso’s Painterly Nudes

    Adriana de Barros
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Warning: This post contains images with nudity. Viewer discretion is advised. Alberto Seveso is an Italian artist working in Bristol (UK), who is being represented by Bernstein & Andriulli in the United States and Central Illustration Agency in Europe. Let’s just say he is known. Well, he’s actually one of the top digital artists out there. His distinct creative style has mesmerized so many people worldwide, that it has even been imitated quite a bit; but Seveso is the King of Photoshop when it comes to fluid paint swirl and sperm-shape layered portraits. All images © Alberto Seveso…
  • Breathtaking Illusions and Mirrors by Visual Artists

    Christopher Smail
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    When used ineffectively, mirrors and illusions in any kind of art can seem like cheap tricks. But when used appropriately, it can feel like a dream. The artists selected here are all exciting image-makers at the top of their fields who understand the power that illusions and mirrors can lend their craft. It is a diverse group including conceptualists, graphic designers and photographers who have been specifically chosen for their unique and eye-grabbing talents. Top: Alejandro Maestre Gasteazi and his muddy photographic illusions. “Mirror Fence” by the American artist Alyson…
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    The Social Commerce Social Sourcing Space

  • No, Microsoft is not making a Google Glass killer

    Craig Agranoff
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Microsoft is working on a wearable headband that can communicate with a smart phone and other devices, but contrary to rumor, the Alice Band is not a “Google Glass killer.” The device is, instead, an experiment in cooperation with the United Kingdom’s government to develop a wearable device that helps blind people navigate the urban environment much like a guide dog would. The project will be shown to Queen Elizabeth on Thursday and is part of the UK’s Future Cities Catapult, a non-profit endeavor to build technologies to help people in a city of the near-future. Thus…
  • Samsung forecast slowing smartphone market

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    Electronics giant Samsung expects its operating profit to decline 24.5 per cent to 7.2 trillion won in the second quarter from 9.53 trillion won over the same period last year. It also expects sales to decline 9.4 per cent to around 52 trillion won. The South Korean firm attributed the poor results to the increased competition in the European and Chinese markets, which led to higher inventories of low- and medium-end smartphones. The company also noted that its earnings were affected by increased price competition as well as “weaker demand for 3G products ahead of expected growth of 4G LTE…
  • Google Glass can be used for hacking, says experts

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Devices with video-capturing capabilities, particularly Google Glass, can uncover the PIN code of your tablet or smartphone, according to cyber forensics experts working at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. Using a video clip and software that traces the shadows of your fingertips as they type onto a screen, they demonstrated how easy it is for hackers to steal your access code. The experts tested this hacking method on an iPhone 5, Apple iPad and Google’s Nexus 7 tablet. With camcorders, the thief can be more than 140 feet away, while the face-mounted Google Glass has a range of…
  • In Hong Kong’s subway, your boss is a computer

    Craig Agranoff
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Every night, the Hong Kong subway system undergoes maintenance and engineering repairs, just as does every other subway system in the world. Unlike the others, though, the HK subway’s engineering team has a unique supervisor. The world’s first artificially intelligent computer boss. According to statistics, on a typical night after shutdown (around midnight local time), subway cars are serviced, track is inspected, updates are made, and repairs are conducted. A typical week sees about 10,000 workers carrying out 2,600 engineering tasks across the system. They communicate with a…
  • Smartphones more vital than deodorant and toothbrushes

    4 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    Nearly half of all adults in the United States say they would not be able to endure a single day without using a smartphone, according to a research commissioned by the Bank of America. Americans consider these handsets more vital than coffee and TV, while cars and smartphones have the same level of importance for 91 per cent of the respondents, revealed the study published in Bank of America’s first “Trends in Consumer Mobility” report. Although respondents placed greater importance on the internet and personal hygiene than their smartphone, 91 per cent of them claimed their…
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    Six Revisions

  • How Fonts Affect the User Experience

    Jacob Gube
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Several years ago, researchers at MIT confirmed through a study that fonts can impact how we feel: A bad font can make us frown unconsciously, while a good font can make us feel happy. If fonts can influence our emotions, then they can certainly impact the user experience. A few weeks ago, I decided to find out how much of an impact fonts have on UX. Through a series of split test experiments, I managed to improve my site’s engagement by 38%. I did this by changing nothing but the font styling of the site. Before I go into the details of my experiment, I want to first explain why fonts…
  • Working with JavaScript Dates Using Moment.js

    Jacob Gube
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Date manipulation is one of those development hurdles that we all must jump at one point in our career, and great tools go a long way in taming the beast. The Moment.js library is that tool for JavaScript developers. Since discovering Moment.js, an open source project, I’ve used it religiously to simplify validation, parsing and manipulation of dates on the client-side. In this tutorial, I’ll help you get up and running with this ultra-useful JavaScript date library. What is Moment.js? Moment.js is a free and open source JavaScript library that removes the need to use the native…
  • Getting Started with Meteor

    Jacob Gube
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Meteor is a full-stack development platform that makes it easier than ever before to build real-time web applications. This tutorial will get you up and running with Meteor in no time. What is Meteor? Meteor will enable you to build web applications much faster — even ambitious ones that seem like they were developed by big teams with big budgets — using nothing but JavaScript, CSS and HTML. And, what’s more, with Meteor, you’ll simply have more fun because it’s optimized for developer-happiness. Originally known as "Skybreak" back in 2011, Meteor has…
  • RSS Zero

    Jacob Gube
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Yesterday morning, I did the unimaginable. Something I didn’t think I was ever capable of doing. I unsubscribed to all my RSS feeds. For roughly seven years, way back when the now-defunct Google Reader was still cool, I’ve been on a relentless mission to amass, what felt like, the largest collection of RSS feeds in the entire world. When Google shuttered their feed reader, I didn’t give up, I just moved all my babies into another service. I protected each feed like they were my children, never abandoning them even when times got lean, even when some weren’t publishing…
  • HTML5 Download Attribute Guide

    Jacob Gube
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:55 pm
    The download attribute allows us to force media file downloads onto the user’s computer or mobile device. Example: <a href="htmldoc.html" download>Download HTML document</a> Typically, when we link to an HTML document, PDF, image file, or other media files, they will be opened in the browser when the user clicks on its link. But if the hyperlink has the download attribute, such as in the example above, the browser is instead instructed to download the file, behaving much like a link pointing to a .zip or .exe file. The download attribute will open a…
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  • 35 Free SEO Tools And WordPress SEO Plugins

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Search Engine Optimization or SEO is an integral part of any web project if it wants recognition on the search engines. SEO is a process that helps your website or blog to stand out and show up in search results. This will bring more visitors to your website as your website appears on top ranking on different search engines for particular keywords. Therefore, it is important that you keep your website user friendly as well as search engine friendly as that it can crawl your web pages and rank them. Since, SEO is not an easy job for many they need some sort of assistance either they seek for…
  • Collection Of High Quality Free Fonts For Designers

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    Fonts are life of design as many other elements. In digital world, where there are many interfaces and other features making everything work, fonts make everything readable to actually work in the first place. From designing point-of-view, addition of fonts can make a powerful impression on audience. Considering fonts and typography in digital designing, a whole new meaning becomes to this quite exclusively independent art. With the advent of digital typography, there is, if not infinite, a never ending range of styles and trends, constantly under development due to creative newer font…
  • 10 CSS3 Properties Tutorials

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Are you trying to learn new CSS3 properties but having difficulties in it? Are you in need of some good resources to help you out? If your answer is yes, then you are at the right place. In this compilation, we have 10 excellent and very detailed tutorials about new CSS3 properties. These tutorials provide an insight and some very useful tricks to get all sorts of cools things done with the help of CSS3. So, without any further ado here is the full list for you. Do let us know what you think about this compilation. Your comments are always more than welcome. Annotation Overlay Effect with…
  • 12 Useful Free Html5 WordPress Framework

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Here we have put together a fine collection of some of the best and most useful HTML5 WordPress frameworks that you can use for free. The importance of HTML5 in the field of web development and designing can never be neglected. Many theme users are now looking for such capabilities in their themes as well and for them such WordPress frameworks will come handy. So here is the complete list after the jump. We hope that you will like this collection and find these frameworks useful for you. All these HTML5 WordPress frameworks are so good and contain all the necessary libraries, shortcodes,…
  • 38 Free Web, Mobile UI Kits And Wireframe Templates

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    This collection presents 38 handy and useful smartphone and web UI kits and wireframe templates for you. These UI kits and wireframe templates can be downloaded for free of cost, and can be used to create user friendly user interfaces for web as well as mobile platforms. With the help of these kits and templates, you can make your designs look more beautiful and can also make them look more appealing and interesting as well. So, here is the complete list of 38 Free Web and Mobile UI, Wireframe Kits and Resources for your use. We hope that this collection proves to be the best and will help…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • How Do You Design Interaction?

    Luca Leone
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    If you have to design an interface it’s almost obvious to think to begin the process by drawing. But is this the best way? I once casually started by writing an imagined human-computer conversation, and only afterwards I continued by drawing. This changed my way of thinking and I never went back to drawing first. This article will explain the reasons behind my decision. I have always been a huge admirer of the guys at Basecamp1. Some time ago, I was reading a tweet by Jason Zimdars, one of its designers: Zimdar’s tweet2 “UI design starts with words.” He wasn’t joking. The…
  • The Mystery Is Resolved: Chirpy Birds, Lost Numbers and Pretty Slow Wheels

    Vitaly Friedman
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Experiments and side projects are wonderful ways to challenge yourself and explore areas that you wouldn’t usually consider exploring. That’s what Smashing Mystery Riddles1 are for us: little experiments that challenge us to come up with something new, original and a bit crazy—every single time. The ideas are usually a synthesis of the things we discover, stumble upon or try out ourselves—and oh my, they take quite some time to get right. The most recent riddle2 took quite a lot of time spent fiddling and getting right (and Guillaume, the designer, wasn’t that happy…
  • Useful Adobe Fireworks Resources: Extensions (Part 1)

    Michel Bozgounov
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    Fireworks is an excellent UI design tool; however, Adobe decided to feature-freeze1 it back in 2013 and (at the same time) did not offer any replacement tool to its users. Nevertheless, since Fireworks runs fine today on the latest Mac OS X and Windows OS, and since it still offers a solid UI-design feature set, many designers continue to use it and rely on it daily. For those of you who are searching for a similar tool, Sketch 3.02 seems to be a pretty good alternative to Fireworks, but it’s still not quite there yet; it’s Mac-only, and while its vector tools are very good and it…
  • Scaling Down The BEM Methodology For Small Projects

    Maxim Shirshin
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Front-end development is no longer about individual frameworks. Tools are available — we merely have to choose. To make the right choices for your project, you need to start with a general approach, or methodology. But most methodologies have been created by big companies? Are they still useful for small companies, or do we need to reinvent them at a small scale? You probably already know of BEM121, one of those methodologies developed by a big company — namely, Yandex2. BEM posits that three basic entities (blocks, elements and modifiers) are enough to define how to author HTML…
  • How To Profit From Selling Digital Products (Part 2)

    Nathan Barry
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    This is the second and final article on how to sell and profit from digital products. In part 11, we covered many of the benefits of digital products over physical goods as well as the marketing philosophies to help you build an audience for your products. Today, we will be discussing more of the tactics required for a successful digital product business. There’s also a dark side to this world, which we’ll get into towards the end. Let’s jump in. Sales And Fulfillment Remember how one of the best things about digital products is that you don’t have to ship anything? Your…
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    Speckyboy Design Magazine

  • Weekly News for Designers (N.244)

    Speckyboy Editors
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:36 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 Shoelace – A visual Bootstrap 3 grid builder. Papa Parse – A powerful CSV (delimited text) parser that gracefully handles large files and malformed input. Waves – A library of click effects inspired by Google Material Design. Brickapic – A cool app for turning your profile image into a LEGO brick…
  • 50 Visually Appealing CSS Tutorials & Techniques

    Paul Andrew
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    If you are looking for in-depth articles on the inner workings of flexbox, or a comprehensive explanation for using CSS regions, then this is definitely not the post for you. Instead, we have squarely put our focus on those CSS tutorials that not only make the smaller details of the web visually appealing, but are also really useful. You know what we mean… fantastic text effects, innovative button styles, space-saving navigation systems, subtly animated form elements… that kind of thing. We have organised the tutorials and techniques into the following categories: Typography…
  • The Design Evolution of Official Commonwealth Games Posters (1938 – 2014)

    Speckyboy Editors
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Just as we did a few weeks ago with Wimbledon, today we take a look at the design evolution of the Commonwealth Games posters. The Commonwealth Games as it is known today (as of 1978) has evolved through a range of different identities. From the 1930s to the early 1950s. Initially it was known as the British Empire Games before being rebranded to the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1954 and then rebranded once again in 1970 to the “British Commonwealth Games” The Commonwealth Games is an international sporting event occurring every four years and is the third biggest…
  • Weekly Web & Mobile Creativity n.74

    Speckyboy Editors
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
    It’s that time of the week again, a chance for you to sit back and enjoy some of our favorite web and mobile designs from the past week. You may also like to browse the Web & Mobile Creativity Archives. Digital Telepathy → Spinnakers → Don Guri → Palanga Live → Create Possibilities → #SatchmiVinylDay → Admir Hadzic → Uppercut → You may also like to browse the Web & Mobile Creativity Archives. The post Weekly Web & Mobile Creativity n.74 appeared first on Speckyboy Design Magazine. No related posts.
  • A Nostalgic Collection of Illustrated Vehicles from TV Shows and Movies

    Paul Andrew
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    Ahhh… childhood nostalgia. Do you remember all of those cartoons, movies and tv shows you watched when you were a child? Of course you do. We don’t remember the important stuff that perhaps we should remember, but when we do look back we always seem to recall with complete clarity those few moments watching our favorite characters on TV. If you are a child from the late eighties, or early nineties, you are going to love this gallery post. Ido Yehimovitz, an Israeli designer from Tel Aviv, has created a collection of illustrated vehicles from some of his favorite childhood movies…
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  • Walking City

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    Described as a “slowly evolving video sculpture,” this mesmerizing eight-minute animation tracks the stride of an abstract, golem-like figure as its composition changes from faceted panels to scaffolding to blocks to sand-like grains and more. The elements at play are “the language of materials and patterns seen in radical architecture” and the figure is intended… Advertise on
  • Rejected Emojis

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Here is a sampling of illustrations that I enjoyed immensely from the site Rejected Emojis and I think you will enjoy them too. + Advertise on
  • Google, Roboto and Design PR

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Google’s endeavors in typography are the subject of an article this week at New York Magazine’s Web site called “Google Is Designing the Font of the Future.” Writer Kevin Roose details the company’s recent history of crafting a proprietary typeface for its Android platform, starting with the little-loved Droid typeface, then the moderately more successful… Advertise on
  • Drunk User Testing

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    This witty bookmarklet simulates the effect of looking at your site while inebriated. It uses JavaScript to seesaw any web page back and forth and slightly blurs the text, recreating with reasonable accuracy a feeling that will be familiar to many of you reading this right now. It claims to give designers and developers “insight… Advertise on
  • Calculating the True Cost of a Cheeseburger

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    New York Times columnist Mark Bittman, who has been steadily producing a superb body of work on the hidden implications of the food we eat, details the “true cost of a cheeseburger” in this column. His accounting is based on the economic concept of “externalities,” defined by Wikipedia as a “cost or benefit that affects… Advertise on
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    Treehouse Blog

  • Which Layout? Static, Liquid, Adaptive, or Responsive

    Nick Pettit
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    (Photo from Flickr user Will Scullin) When discussing a page layout, web designers will often use terms like fixed, static, liquid, adaptive, responsive, and a few others. If you’re a web designer, a web developer, or even a project stakeholder or client, it’s important to understand what these terms mean and when each type of layout should be utilized. In short, each page layout name describes how the layout behaves when the page is viewed at different browser widths. The horizontal width of the browser could change because the website is being viewed on different devices…
  • New Course: Ruby on Rails Forms

    Jason Seifer
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    This week we launched a brand new course, Ruby on Rails Forms. The Ruby on Rails framework provides powerful options when creating and working with forms. In this course, you’ll learn how to style forms in Rails, create custom form builders, and use those form builders in an application. There are three badges to achieve, Styling Rails Forms, Form Builders and Rails and Modifying Todo Lists. Check out the full course schedule. The post New Course: Ruby on Rails Forms appeared first on Treehouse Blog.
  • The Web Speech API

    Jason Seifer
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:27 pm
    It’s Tuesday which means that the Treehouse Show is back! The Treehouse Show is your weekly round up of the most important new projects in front end development. In episode 99 of The Treehouse Show, Nick (@nickrp) and Jason (@jseifer) talk about voice elements, a Sketch tutorial, inline anchor styles, and their inevitable hip hop group name. For a free month’s trial of Treehouse, Join Jason and Nick at This Week’s Links Inline Anchor Styles Steady.js voice-elements JS NICE: Statistical renaming, Type inference and Deobfuscation Sketch…
  • Who Does What in the Tech Industry?

    Ryan Carson
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you’ve ever considered a career in the tech industry, building an app or making a website, you’ve probably wondered, how does this whole world fit together? Who does what? What kind of people and skills do I need to build an iPhone app, for example? As co-founder of Treehouse, I’m asked questions like these regularly. So we decided to make a short video answering as many as possible. I hope that it demystifies some of the jargon for you and that you’re inspired to get started learning web technology today! The post Who Does What in the Tech Industry? appeared first…
  • What Are Affordances in Web Design?

    Nick Pettit
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    (Photograph by Flickr user Banzai Hiroaki) Affordances are clues about how an object should be used, typically provided by the object itself or its context. For example, even if you’ve never seen a coffee mug before, its use is fairly natural. The handle is shaped for easy grasping and the vessel has a large opening at the top with an empty well inside. The object “affords” being picked up, meaning that it is able to be picked up. It also affords drinking out of. These are the things it’s designed to do, and that’s also what it looks like it’s designed…
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  • Mark Your Calendar: Bill Cunningham at 92Y

    Stephanie Murg
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    The indefatigable Bill Cunningham has been prowling the streets for stylish types since World War II, child, when his camera of choice was a Brownie. Come September 3, the 85-year-old aesthete will pedal up to the 92nd Street Y—not to snap photos but to join Fern Mallis on stage for a rare interview. The event, announced today, will kick off the fourth year of Mallis’s “Fashion Icons” series, during which she has interviewed everyone from André Leon Talley and Bruce Weber to Tom Ford and Vera Wang with a surgical, this-is-your-life approach that inevitably reveals all…
  • Steven Holl, Martial Raysse Among Praemium Imperiale Laureates

    Stephanie Murg
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:25 pm
    The Japan Art Association has announced the winners of the twenty-sixth Praemium Imperiale, the international arts prize established “in memory of His Imperial Highness Prince Takamatsu to celebrate the human spirit as expressed through the genius of the world’s artists.” The 2014 laureates are Steven Holl (architecture, pictured), Martial Raysse (painting), Giuseppe Penone (sculpture), Arvo Pärt (music), and Athol Fugard (theatre/film). Each winner receives 15 million yen (approximately $150,000 at current exchange rates) and a ticket to Tokyo, where they’ll collect…
  • Twitter Along with UnBeige

    Stephanie Murg
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Famed literary critic Lionel Trilling once described Henry James as a “social twitterer.” Sure, he meant it as an insult, but it makes us feel better about having joined the tweeting masses. Look to the UnBeige Twitter feed for up-to-the-minute newsbites, event snippets, links of interest, design trivia, and our exclusive photo of Rem Koolhaas in mid-ponder—it makes for smashing smartphone wallpaper. New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • Herman Miller to Acquire Design Within Reach for $154 Million

    Stephanie Murg
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Big news in designworld this summer Friday: Herman Miller has agreed to acquire Design Within Reach for $154 million in cash. That sum, enough to buy 26,602 of DWR’s new all-black Eames lounge-and-ottoman combos, will get Herman Miller an 84% interest in the Stamford, Connecticut-based company, which operates 38 retail stores in the U.S. and Canada along with its online and print catalogue presences. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the month. DWR CEO John Edelman and President John McPhee, who hold the remaining ownership stakes, are slated to stick around to run DWR…
  • Wanted: Designer to Blind Them with Science

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    Do you excel at explaining phenomena ranging from plate tectonics to nuclear fission using only a pen and a dinner napkin? Doodle double helices—and their accompanying nucleotides? Then listen up, because the American Association for the Advancement of Science (or “triple-A S,” as the cool kids call it) is looking for a new visual Einstein to join the creative marketing team for its flagship journal, Science, at its Washington, D.C., headquarters. Need you be able to tell xylem from phloem, ventricles from atria, a chupacabra from an exasperated kangaroo? Probably not, but…
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    Vandelay Design

  • The Secret to Telling a Memorable Story With Your Brand

    Tara Hornor
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Good stories leave a lasting impression. Even if the audience can't remember exact details, years down the road, they will still remember if it was "awesome," "horrible," "sad," "funny," and even to... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • When Great Sites Get Penalized: The Eventual Comeback Story

    Joe Sinkwitz
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Joe Sinkwitz (@CygnusSEO), a veteran SEO and Chief of Revenue for  Though I don’t have all the details, I’m pretty sure when Panda 4.0 rolled... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • 43 Brilliant Free jQuery Image Gallery/Slider Plugins (And 14 Tutorials to Make Your Own)

    Steven Snell
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:01 pm
    jQuery image galleries (also known as homepage sliders, slideshows or image carousels) have become more and more common on websites since the inception of jQuery in 2006. Designers and Photographers... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • Win a Free One Month Membership from CrocoBlock

    Steven Snell
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:15 pm
    *Sponsored* We have teamed up with the new WordPress theme club, CrocoBlock to offer six lucky winners the chance to win a one-month membership at CrocoBlock worth $55, $75 or $95. The price depends... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
  • How to Stop Putting Off That Rate Increase and Double Your Income

    Laura Spencer
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:59 pm
    You know that popular story? The one about the brilliant creative genius who lives in a run-down one room apartment because he or she can't afford anything more. That artist is starving, but never... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
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    Veerle's blog 3.0

  • Use Illustrator’s Pathfinder to create symmetrical birds

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

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

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

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

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

    Kyle Neath
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Isaac Asimov on his writing style: I made up my mind long ago to follow one cardinal rule in all my writing—to be ‘clear’. I have given up all thought of writing poetically or symbolically or experimentally, or in any of the other modes that might (if I were good enough) get me a Pulitzer prize. I would write merely clearly and in this way establish a warm relationship between myself and my readers, and the professional critics—Well, they can do whatever they wish.
  • The Ocean Cleanup

    Kyle Neath
    21 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last year, I watched Boyan Slat give a TEDx talk on the subject of plastics in our ocean: How the oceans can clean themselves. The idea was super interesting to me (I love simple solutions), but I had no idea how feasible it would be. On June 3rd, his newly formed foundation The Ocean Cleanup claimed they’ve proven it is indeed feasible. They’re raising $2,000,000 to deploy a large-scale pilot in the next few years. And maybe it won’t work — but it sure feels like a no-brainer to donate some money and give them the chance to try.
  • The Internet With A Human Face

    Kyle Neath
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Maciej Cegłowski, creator of I’ve come to believe that a lot of what’s wrong with the Internet has to do with memory. The Internet somehow contrives to remember too much and too little at the same time, and it maps poorly on our concepts of how memory should work. I can’t begin to explain how insightful and important this phrase is. We’ve been lazy. We haven’t treated backups, privacy, security, and data portability seriously enough as creators of software. It’s time we do. If you build software for the web, you need to read the whole…
  • Claude Shannon on accepting the Kyoto Prize

    Kyle Neath
    1 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Claude Shannon, inventor of information theory: I don’t know how history is taught here in Japan, but in the United States in my college days, most of the time was spent on the study of political leaders and wars—Caesars, Napoleons, and Hitlers. I think this is totally wrong. The important people and events of history are the thinkers and innovators, the Darwins, Newtons, Beethovens whose work continues to grow in influence in a positive fashion. The more I learn of Claude Shannon, the more I like this guy. This is the future I want to build. The entire speech is worth a read.
  • The Revenge of the Nerds

    Kyle Neath
    24 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    Kottke, commenting on Steven Frank’s Dragon Lair story The web has since been overrun by marketers, money, and big business, but for a brief time, the nerds of the world had millions of people gathered around them, boggling at their skill with this seemingly infinite medium. That time has come and gone, my friend. And with two sentences, Kottke summarizes the feelings that have been welling up in me for the past four years. It’s a new world.
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  • Weekend Heller: Multiple Choices

    Steven Heller
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    DESIGNerd, a multiple choice design trivia game app and analog card game, was founded and developed by Australian-based designer and publisher, Kevin Finn, on behalf of design enthusiasts the world over. When asked what inspired DESIGNerd 100+, Finn says simply:“I’m a self-confessed DESIGNerd, passionate about all forms of design. I simply want to share design knowledge with other design enthusiasts, but in a fun and engaging way. And, what could be more engaging than learning what some of our most respected designers think is relevant or interesting to know?”For a free trial app go…
  • 23 Vintage Graphic Design and Printer Ads

    Zac Petit
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    We want to see your advertising designs. Don’t miss a chance to enter Print’s Legends in Advertising Awards.PT Barnum’s favorite typeface! Statmasters! Strawberry paper! Cats!Behold, vintage graphic design and printer ads from the 1950s era of the Print magazine archives. The post 23 Vintage Graphic Design and Printer Ads appeared first on Print Magazine.
  • Portraits in Creativity: Maira Kalman

    Melissa Mazzoleni
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Gael Towey has kept storytelling and innovation at the center of her career. Among her numerous achievements, she launched the Martha Stewart Living magazine and propelled the brand into new directions through her leadership, even taking on the role of chief creative officer of MSLO in 2005. When she left the company in 2012, Towey applied her love of storytelling and design to a personal project: “Portraits in Creativity“. “Portraits in Creativity” are short films Towey directs and produces that highlight artists and their creative process, bringing their stories to…
  • Literary Sci-fi Meets Vintage Travel Posters for Out-of-This-World Design

    Guest Contributor
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Special Advertising Note: The following sponsored content is provided by one of Print’s partners, Blurb.Design inspiration can be found anywhere—even in places that are literally out of this world.For Autun Purser, creator of the book Fantastic Travel Posters, that inspiration comes from two places: classic science fiction and British travel posters from the ‘50s. Purser employs the bold colors and typographical style characteristic of the posters London Tube riders would have seen during that era, except instead of ads for locales like Brighton, Purser highlights destinations like…
  • Start Up Right

    Sagi Haviv
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    In this blog series, Sagi Haviv, co-author of the book Identify, discusses principles of identity design as they manifest in trademarks created by his firm, Chermayeff & Geismar & HavivA designer might hesitate to take on a visual identity assignment for a start-up venture. These often seem like vague ideas or lofty dreams, and in the early stages there is always the very real possibility that they will not materialize. This is why start-up companies often end up with such generic logos, when in fact, they need a clear and focused identity perhaps more than an established brand…
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  • [liff] No Message Other Than This Sunset

    Samuel Klein
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    3122.Have had little in the way of words to share latterly, but much pictures.So be it.This is the sunset tonight over Home Base, with the salmon color I've seen so much of latterly. There seems to be a different quality to it. Or maybe I've just not noticed it before.Sailors' delight, so they say.
  • [liff] Buttermilk Sky Over Outer East Portlandia

    Samuel Klein
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    3121.Inspiration's been hard to come by the last week or so, but all one has to do in this glorious, not-to-be-duplicated Oregon environment, is … well, look up.This is what I call a buttermilk sky, not so much because it looks like buttermilk, but the texture leaves an impression upon the psyche that my latent synesthetic sense converts into a the feeling that I had drinking buttermilk. I get a palimpsest-like impression in the mouth.Funny thing is, I never liked buttermilk much. Wife™ loves the stuff. Never got that, never will, but then, I can't comprehend why some people are…
  • [pdx] Lava Lite Sunrise, Industrial NE Portland

    Samuel Klein
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    3120.Now that we're out of the Easy Bake Oven (103F in our back yard? OUCH) the sunrises from my part of the world look lovely.I'm not 100 per cent pleased with that one above. I had only a few seconds, a few minutes, to get the shot, and I wasn't able to get the skill I needed together to make it happen. That clipped ziggurat on the horizon is Mt. St. Helens, and the sunlight reflecting on the clouds made it look positively Infernal. There were wisps and curlicues in the clouds that are lost. Sad.The electric neon color's a winner, though, sure enough.
  • [liff_in_OR] Newberg's Classic Dairy Queen Sign

    Samuel Klein
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    3119.Newberg is the first town you get into after leaving the Portland Metroplex going south on Oregon State Hwy 99W. It's the vanguard of wine country, the sentinel admitting you to that charming area known as Yamhill County.At the entrance to the center of town, the highway splits into a couplet made up of First Street and Hancock, and this continues for about ten or twelve city blocks. At the west end, the two streets snap back together, cross the railroad tracks, and head on southwest to the land of the eternal traffic jam, Dundee. And, if you didn't look quickly, you'll have missed…
  • [liff] The Scrub Jays Of McMinnville

    Samuel Klein
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:41 am
    3118.There is a bit of property down in McMinnville that we are obliged to maintain, for reasons which are not germane to the following discussion. Suffice to say that we have to do a couple of very hard jobs down that way at least once a year. Money is expended, Gatorade is consumed. It's typically hot work, though this iteration, while it happened on the official first day of summer, happened during weather that was fine yet temperate – occasional clouds, some overcast holding off the heat of the day 'til the mid-afternoon. Best for landscaping a tough job.Over the past several years,…
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    What an ART!!! - Graphic Arts Gallery

  • If Sesame Street’s ‘Bert and Ernie’ Were Human, They Would Look Like This

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:33 am
    This is an awesome oil painting by Brooklyn-based artist Chris Leib (previously) that imagines what Sesame Street‘s famous duo ‘Bert and Ernie‘ would look like if they were actual human beings. Titled ‘Sesame Street West‘, the piece was part of LA-based Gallery 1988‘s 10-year anniversary show ‘The Subtle Art of Pop-Culture‘ that ended a couple […] View the Rest: 'If Sesame Street’s ‘Bert and Ernie’ Were Human, They Would Look Like This'
  • 3D Optical Illusion Calligraphy That Makes Flat Letters Seem to Lift Off the Page

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Tolga Girgin, a Turkish electrical engineer and graphic designer with a focus on ‘Calligraffiti‘ – a form of graffiti-inspired calligraphy – has recently created a number of 3d illusion writings that play with shadow and perspective to make the hand drawn flat letters appear as if they’re lifting off the page. Artist – Tolga Girgin […] View the Rest: '3D Optical Illusion Calligraphy That Makes Flat Letters Seem to Lift Off the Page'
  • ‘X-Ray’ Graffiti Reveals What The Inside of Pac-Man Looks Like

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:35 am
    SHOK-1, the London-based street artist known for his fascinating spray paint ‘X-ray‘ murals, has recently completed another awesome mural called ‘The Consumer‘ in Hamburg, Germany, that offers a look into the inside of the classic game icon, Pac-Man! Artist – SHOK-1 | Flickr | Instagram (Hat Tip L’ACTE GRATUIT) View the Rest: '‘X-Ray’ Graffiti Reveals What The Inside of Pac-Man Looks Like'
  • Fantastic Paintings of Marine Animals Transformed into Giant Flying Ships

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    Created by Los Angeles-based artist Roland Tamayo, this is a collection of fantastic paintings that transform marine mammals such as whales, walruses, and manatees into giant flying ships. Tamayo is a former video game concept artist now working as a freelance illustrator whose work often revolves around the subject of combining elements of nature with […] View the Rest: 'Fantastic Paintings of Marine Animals Transformed into Giant Flying Ships'
  • “Animal World Cup” by Sukanto Debnath

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Hyderabad, India-based artist Sukanto Debnath has imagined what it would be like if there was a football World Cup among the animals. What a cool idea! Artist - Sukanto Debnath Portfolio View the Rest: '“Animal World Cup” by Sukanto Debnath'
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    Semhal Nasreddin
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Welcome to this month’s edition of Packaging That Tickles My Fancy. In today’s post I’ve included really lovely and creative chocolate packaging, ice cream packaging, beef jerky packaging, olive oil, mustard, and more.. I hope you enjoy this post! Unelefante X Chef Jorge llanderal |Artisan Chocolate Bars   Fundacion Capital     Jeffs Jerky   Jeffs Jerky   Demitasse Creamery   Pure   Anthia Products   Cheers Milkshake Concept     Connoisseur Gourmet Ice Cream   Triumph Disaster on the Road Travel Edition    …

    Semhal Nasreddin
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    In today’s article I’ve gathered 20 awesomely distressed, noisy and grungy Photoshop for you to grunge up your artwork and projects.. Hope you find what you’ve been looking for!   Dark Stains Photoshop Brush Set   Concrete Photoshop Brush Set   Perennial Splatters Photoshop Brush Set   Grunge Stamp Borders Multi Pack   Free Grunge Paper Effect Kit   Noise and Dust a Free Photoshop Brush Set     12 Free High Res Dry Brush Stroke Photoshop Brushes   Free Grunge Photoshop Brushes   Grunge 30   Dirt Brush Set Grunge Brushes…

    Semhal Nasreddin
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:49 am
    This month’s Graphic Design Star of the month is Joluvian. Joluvian is a graphic designer/calligrapher/typographer from Madrid, Spain. He specializes in brush lettering and has certainly perfected the art.  Enjoy and be inspired Heres to the Crazy Ones   Milkman Website   Brushpen Lettering Set 03   Brushpen Lettering Set 03   Brushpen Lettering Set 03   Brushpen Lettering Set 03   Brush Lettering Set   Brush Lettering Set     Coca Cola Zero Calligraphy 02     El Ser Creativo   Yorokobu Cover Poster   Zulia Pro Poster 3D…

    Semhal Nasreddin
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:14 am
    Vero Navarro is a freelance illustrator from La Mancha, Spain. She earned her degree in Fine Arts from the University of San Carlos in Valencia in 2006. And she currently lives in Madrid, Spain. She often infuses color pencil artwork with digital art to create the most exquisitely beautiful art. The following artwork is created on Kraft paper… Enjoy and may you be inspired                         For more of Vero Navarro’s artwork check out her Behance profile. Original article: EXQUISITELY BEAUTIFUL COLOR PENCIL ARTWORK…

    Semhal Nasreddin
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:35 am
        Nothing can be as breathtaking as typography well executed. Today’s article is all about amazingly beautiful typography and I’ve included 19 examples that I hope will inspire you lots.. Enjoy Free Typeface Deco Neue   Maria Salinas   Barbierattoo   LA NY   Berlin Berlin   Sweet Nuthin   The Greatest of All Time   Erotic Type   MARIAGE Chalk Lettering   Harley Davidson Apparel   Hand Lettering   Nike We Own The Night   London   Wine Labels   Breakfast at Tiffanys by Daniel Forkin   Toodaloo…
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  • 20 hottest web design tends in 2014

    25 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
      Our culture and prospect is always reflected by designs. If we talk about web designing, there are a variety of ideas and techniques to deliver a message successfully to the audience through web design. Here, I am going to share the 20 hottest web design trends in 2014.      
  • Are you interested to become a web developer today?

    11 Jun 2014 | 4:15 am
      People set future goals in their minds and struggle to achieve the aim. It’s true to say that we live in an era of computers and the online world. The websites are used as a source of advertisement and information and the web developer makes the websites functional to fulfill the current needs of internet. It is a profitable job which does not need a license to work. Are you interested to become a web developer today?  
  • Social media from teens to aged users - facts and stats

    20 May 2014 | 9:43 am
      Initially, when social media started it was mainly considered as something related to teenagers. MySpace was famous in youngsters as they kept on using the social media most of the day. With the passage of time, new social sites were introduced, like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn. The captivating features and variety of online users had attracted the aged users to use this medium for business. In short, that is how social media has grown to its monumental stage.  
  • Is Social Media becoming more important than SEO?

    8 May 2014 | 3:02 pm
      Gone are the days when print media and electronic media were two basic modes of advertisement. The online platform is more affordable, effective and resourceful. The internet business relies on SEO skills to market a product. It is amazing that the use of Social Media has surprised people. Is Social Media becoming more important than SEO? In order to find out the answer, I have given different aspects of the two mediums to categorize their roles.  
  • Search Engine Optimization hype or reality?

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:07 am
      It is proved through a research that more than 88,000,000,000 searches are carried out on Google within a month and more than 50 percent of online users get what they look for on a daily basis.  Though SEO topics are considered boring and uninteresting but I would like to deliver the information in a friendly and easy to go method. Let us have a look whether search engine optimization is a hype or reality?  
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  • 20+ Beautiful Minimal Packaging Designs

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:51 pm
    The saying ‘less is more’, is something of a rule to live by in today’s society. Designers take note – a minimalistic approach now overrules the flashy gaudiness of yesteryear. Today we find even the most simple of ideas the most endearing, and it’s becoming a noticeable trend among consumers who favor clutter-free packaging, dressed-down products, and no-fuss marketing, over which product is the shiniest, and which has the most colorful label. Take a look at these amazing examples of simplistic packaging. They’ve turned down the loud, and obnoxious look and created products…
  • Don’t Commit These 5 Common Grammar Mistakes

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:09 pm
    As a frequent reader of various blogs, I often find myself running into common grammar mistakes. I decided to cover the top 5 mistakes I constantly see being made. I’m not going to lie, the English language is strange. So don’t feel bad if you’ve previously committed these mistakes. Let’s get to it… Affect Versus Effect How do you know when to use the word affect and effect? This is a very common question, and it is one that many people become confused over. Here is an explanation about both words and how to use them. When should the word Affect be used? Affect…
  • 30 Groovy Carpets and Rugs for Your Home

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Are you tired of that old worn out rug on your beautiful hardwood floor? Did you keep it for so long because it was a family heirloom? Well, if you have not shopped for a new rug in a while, you will be amazed at the beautiful new designs that are available. The different sizes, patterns, colors, and designs are too many to count. You can even have one designed to specifically match your furniture, wallpaper, bed linen or your beautifully colored draperies. A new rug can give any room a bright and cheerful appearance, one that you just can’t wait to show off to your friends and family.
  • 15 Thought Provoking Videos That Will Change Your Life

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    As humans, we constantly try to define our meaning and existence on planet Earth. What is this? Why are we here? What’s my purpose? I don’t know about you, but I constantly find myself asking these questions. The curiosity inside me to know what life is about can be overwhelming at times… Every now and then, I tend to experience a rollercoaster of emotions. Some days I feel grateful for my existence, and others I feel like everything is meaningless. Whenever I find myself stuck in the “Everything is meaningless” phase, I try to snap out of it by watching…
  • Everything’s a Copy, But You Should Still Embrace Your Voice

    Igor Ovsyannykov
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Whatever your creative goal – be it to pen a Pulitzer prize winning novel, shoot an Oscar winning movie, or paint a masterpiece – it’s important to remember that you are constantly surrounded by outside influences. You read, you watch movies, and you examine art. Each of these mediums, with their wide variety of style and voice, influence your life and your creativity. When pen meets paper, or fingers meet keyboard, you can sometimes struggle to decisively write something that you feel is original. And thus, you may often find yourself erasing and backspacing the stories you have…
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  • Quire Sans: Universal Design, Different Approach

    Allan Haley
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    “I always start by visualizing the design in my head,” says Jim Ford about how he designs typefaces. “I’ll work out the concept in my mind for several days – or even weeks – before I start to draw anything.” Many type designers first visualize a new typeface in their mind’s eye, but they typically […]
  • Boost Your Plan With Unlimited Desktop Fonts

    Johnathan Zsittnik
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    Just over a year ago, we debuted our Master level Web Fonts plans. These plans offer our broadest range of benefits including millions of pageviews and our Typecast design app. But the keystone is unlimited desktop fonts. This feature was inspired by the knowledge that most of our customers design for both print and […]
  • Top 100 Web Fonts for June 2014

    Ryan Arruda
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Here’s a listing of the top 100 most used fonts from the Web Fonts service for June 2014: Trade Gothic Neue Helvetica Avenir Next Univers Avenir Proxima Nova Frutiger Helvetica Futura Gill Sans Museo Sans DIN Next Linotype Univers Century Gothic Museo Slab Klint Arial ITC Avant Garde Gothic Chaparral Neo Sans Rockwell Eurostile LT […]
  • Top 100 Web Fonts for May 2014

    Ryan Arruda
    2 Jun 2014 | 5:09 am
    Here’s a listing of the top 100 most used fonts from the Web Fonts service for May 2014: Trade Gothic Neue Helvetica Avenir Next Avenir Univers Proxima Nova Frutiger Futura Helvetica Gill Sans DIN Next Linotype Univers Museo Sans ITC Avant Garde Gothic Museo Slab Century Gothic Chaparral Klint Azbuka Arial Rockwell Eurostile LT […]
  • New Additions to a Quintessential Family

    Allan Haley
    13 May 2014 | 7:19 am
    Almost 50 years since it was first announced, the Helvetica Compressed suite of typefaces has been re-envisioned for digital use. Designed in 1966, by Matthew Carter, for phototypesetting, the three original typefaces have been immune to changing style or fads. The remarkable collection of designs continues to be used for advertising, packaging and other venues […]
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  • 40 Creative and Beautiful Web Hosting Logo Design examples

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Web Hosting Logo In this post we have added 40 Beautiful and Creative web hosting logo designs for your inspiration. Our Favorite logo designs are web hosting buzz, Zeleni hosting, Lively Host, Clound Hosting, Cloud Transfer, Hosting Co, name Box, 123 hosted, Acid 3, Slim, Fast Web host, Lones, Spiral, Online Glo and Hosting Monkey. read more
  • 25 Futuristic 3D Robot Designs by Franz Steiner - Relationship with Human

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:27 pm
    3D Robot Design The future is not written yet and who knows whether robots are dangerous or not. What is for sure is that humans, being the curious beings, will develop new advanced generations of robots. It happens so that people and robots go together in this life side by side, in some spheres of life they are even interchangeable and who knows into what this opposition “Human and Robots” will translate. read more
  • 22 Mind Blowing and Realistic Oil Paintings by MaryJaneAnsell

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Oil Paintings Brighton, England’s Mary Jane Ansell is an award winning oil painter specializing in contemporary and figurative portraiture. Her paintings are crisp and immaculate and exude a strong sense of emotion from a display soft colors and tones. Mary Jane graduated from Brighton University in 1994 and is currently represented exclusively by The Fairfax Gallery in London. I hope you will like these oil paintings. read more
  • 25 Best Ads Around the world for your inspiration - Award Winning Ads

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Best Ads Advertising is a form of communication for marketing and used to encourage, persuade, or manipulate an audience to continue or take some new action. Most commonly, the desired result is to drive consumer behavior with respect to a commercial offering. Commercial advertisers often seek to generate increased consumption of their products or services through "branding," which involves associating a product name or image with certain qualities in the minds of consumers. In this post we have added 30 creative, brilliant and Best Ads for your inspiration. read more
  • 26 Unusual Paintings by Ray Caesar - Surreal, Weird and Disturbing

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Surreal Painting Ray Caesar, who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder, uses his art as an outlet to express trauma. Ray Caesar was born in London, England in 1958. He describes his childhood art as “atypical and aberrant” as it was unlike the bright pop art of the 60s and 70s. Drawing inspiration from Classical, Baroque and Romantic era paintings, Caesar creates fantasy scenes that include innocent young girls, sensual young women or ageless divas. read more
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  • Comic Sans Must Die. Long Live Times New Roman.

    Hala Ali
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Did you know that Comic Sans is the doppelgänger for Times New Roman? We can even call Comic Sans, Times New Romans evil twin. To understand why the two are so notorious we have to look back at the creation of Comic Sans. Vincent Connre created Comic Sans for Microsoft as he disliked the use…
  • Color Psychology: Guide to Branding for Startups

    Hala Ali
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:34 am
    Color is the most effective element of branding, especially, for the new business owners as they need to have guaranteed results for initial profitable sales. Branding is dependent upon the kind of color schemes chosen for the dynamic advancement of business. Color choices in small scale businesses are significant in regards to their promotion. Every…
  • Design Sensitivity: Understanding the Cultural Palette

    Hala Ali
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:19 am
    When graphic designers choose colors for their designs they are usually led by personal preferences, color palette combinations, industry or client selections. However, what they tend to ignore is the cultural significance of color. The idea of a cultural palette of color was set forth by students Sandra E. Moriarty and Lisa Rohe, who wrote…
  • Celebrating The Red, White and Blue

    Hala Ali
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:48 am
    I was in Washington DC, the weekend before July 4th and even then, preparations for the celebrations had begun, with tents sprawled outside the Smithsonian and Congress buildings, and people gushing about the day to come. Amidst the joy and exaltation was the repressed but ever present memory of 9/11. We took a Duck Tour…
  • MASSIMO VIGNELLI – The Timeline Legacy Of A 20th Century Designer!

    Hala Ali
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:09 am
    MASSIMO VIGNELLI was a prolific designer of the 20th Century. He was born in the year 1931 and departed from this world in 2014, leaving behind his blend of artistic and creative talents. Some of his fascinating contributions are found in logo, package, furnitureand book cover designs. The most famous designs that made him an…
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    The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress

  • Porigami: The Ultimate Mashup Of Pop-Up Cards And Origami

    Rik Haynes
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    Porigami, combining the paper crafts of pop-up cards and origami, is now being used to recreate the city of Tokyo in an unusual new way… Porigami is the result of The post Porigami: The Ultimate Mashup Of Pop-Up Cards And Origami appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Font Of The Day: Microscopic Organism

    Rik Haynes
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    American freelance illustrator and hand letterer Sasha Prood has been inspired by the imagery seen through a microscope for her latest typography project… Microscopic Organism is a visually striking The post Font Of The Day: Microscopic Organism appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Top 10 Summer Dream Jobs For Teens

    Danielle Knowles
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    To quote Alice Cooper, “school’s out for summer!” In honour of all the kids printing off CVs and seeking employment at high street shops and fast-food chains or spending their time The post Top 10 Summer Dream Jobs For Teens appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Doodle Artist October Jones Makes Good Use Of His Daily Commute

    Deeana Radley
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:21 am
    Is this not the best way to spend your commute to work? Sketch artist October Jones draws his fellow, unsuspecting commuters as superheroes and cartoons. Who really enjoys their Monday morning commute The post Doodle Artist October Jones Makes Good Use Of His Daily Commute appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
  • Snuugle Up With Our Pulp Flyers

    Rik Haynes
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    With a passion for patterns and creative interior design, Snuugle’s impeccably good taste is also evident by their choice of pulp flyers… If you’re looking for totally original wallpaper, The post Snuugle Up With Our Pulp Flyers appeared first on The Latest Print and Design News - Solopress.
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  • 3 New Approaches to Panoramic Photography

    Adrienne Erin
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    The original post can be found here: 3 New Approaches to Panoramic PhotographyIt’s of little wonder why panoramic photography is so fascinating to us. Panoramic photography offers human eyes the opportunity to view the world from an almost supernatural perspective. For as long as photography has been around, photographers have been piecing together shots to form panoramas, offering a 360-degree look at the world around us. Photo Credit: Great Mississippi Flood, Yazoo Flood, Washington[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • 40 Clever logos that combine 2 concepts into one graphic

    Graphic Mania Editorial
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    The original post can be found here: 40 Clever logos that combine 2 concepts into one graphicDesigning a logo can be a difficult task to handle, especially since a logo holds the identity of an entire brand making it a crucial aspect of a company’s design. The most effective logos are the memorable and unique ones, but as designers how can we create an attention grabbing logo that will stay in the minds of our audiences?[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • Efficiency in creative work

    Graphic Mania Editorial
    21 May 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The original post can be found here: Efficiency in creative workOne key element involved in creative work, which many people strive for, is the ability to improve efficiency. The capability to work faster while retaining quality can be an extremely valuable trait, especially to employers. Although efficiency may not be easily obtained, there are many great ways to boost your effectiveness and productivity when working on projects. I believe that[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • 28 Website Designs Which Use Colors Brilliantly

    Graphic Mania Editorial
    30 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    The original post can be found here: 28 Website Designs Which Use Colors BrilliantlyColor is a crucial aspect of design mainly because our subconscious responds heavily to colors since we generally have established feelings associated with colors. Learning the ways people respond to different colors is extremely important to designers since we can alter the way our viewers feel. For example depending on the situation black can provoke ideas associated with mystery, sophistication[...]This blog post was originally posted on Graphic Mania
  • Tips to Avoid Creating Redundant Designs

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

  • Up North

    David Mcmenemy
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    This weekend I ended up back along the North Coast. I love it up there, it’s such a nice part of the world and it’s no more than an hour away from home. I enjoy being in the city, I really do, but every now and then it’s nice to get away from it all, plus there’s something about being at the seaside, isn’t there? We walked it from Portrush into Portstewart and then back again. To be honest, it turned out to be a little further than we had thought but the views were worth it, there’s some lovely scenery up around the North Coast. It was a really nice day,…
  • Noah — Taking God at His word.

    David Mcmenemy
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:25 am
    By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. Hebrews ch 11v7 We’ve all heard of Noah, right? Noah was a man who lived way back in history at a time when the world was in a pretty awful state. Genesis 6v5 describes the scene for us: The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. But listen to how the Bible…
  • Use your voice

    David Mcmenemy
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:44 pm
    One thing I love about social media, and the internet in general, is that it offers everyone a voice—a chance to be heard. We can make public an injustice, lend our voice to a cause or show support for that which we believe in. Instead of relying on the established media to make something known or to draw attention to an issue, we can bypass them and tell the world ourselves. For me that’s part of what makes the internet great—it opens up publishing to the masses. It gives normal people the opportunity to put their ideas and thoughts out there, to share their story and their…
  • How can the church use the internet?

    David Mcmenemy
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    As members of the church we have a message that we have been called to share, we have been given the great commission and told to “go into all the world and preach the Gospel”. Many people have taken advantage of various platforms over the years in their attempt to be faithful and fulfil this command. Billboards, paper, TV and Radio, to name just a few, have been used to share the Gospel message to great effect, but one thing that’s been on my mind for a while now is the question, how can the church use the internet? At the time of writing there are nearly 2.5 billion people…
  • Living in a photoshopped reality.

    David Mcmenemy
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:22 pm
    ↑ The original image Journalist Esther Honig has an intriguing project entitled Before & After. She sent an unedited photo of herself to almost 40 Photoshop artists from all over the world with one request, “Make me beautiful”. What’s really interesting about the responses that she received is how each artist, coming from different a culture, interpreted what it means to be beautiful in their own way. Each response is slightly different, but one thing they all have in common—they have all edited the original. When Esther asked each artist to make her…
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    NYC Graphic Designer Roberto Blake

  • The Logo Design Process in Graphic Design

    Roberto Blake
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:08 am
    Logo Design is serious business because we are talking about your “name”, and when it comes to your company or your career, you’re only as good as your name. That’s why professional logo design is so very important. Your logo is the foundation of your overall branding scheme and will be central to what you communicate in your first impression to clients and customers; in essence “you are your logo”.If you’d like you can watch my video below where I cover this fairly quickly, or you can continue on to the article below.The Logo Design Process in…
  • Adobe Premiere Pro Color Grading Tutorial

    Roberto Blake
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Adobe Premiere Pro Color Grading and Color Correction TutorialIn this Premiere Pro CC Tutorial I will be showing you Basic Color Correction & Color Grading. We will be using the Three Way Color Corrector, Adjustment Layers, RGB Curves and Lumetri Curves.These features are not limited to Adobe Premiere Pro CC you can do this in Adobe Premiere CS6 and some older versions as well.Adobe Premiere Pro CC Color Grading Tutorial Video Three Way Color Corrector allows us to do our primary overall Color Correction and adjust our tonal values as well. We can also adjust…
  • The Difference Between Art and Design

    Roberto Blake
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    The Difference Between Art and DesignMost people think of art and graphic design as being the same, or that graphic design is just another form of art.Art and Graphic Design, or Design in general, are very different. While they have much in common art and design serve different goals and have different goals behind them.The simplest way to explain the difference between them is that Art is Expressive while Design is about Communication. This is why Design used to be referred to as Visual Communication and in truth its still the more correct term. I talk about this further in my youtube video:…
  • Best Laptops for Video Editing

    Roberto Blake
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:14 pm
    The Best Laptops For Video EditingChoosing the right laptop for video editing can be a challenge. Most people don’t know what specs they need, what brands are good and how much they really need to spend. I’ve been doing video editing for nearly half my life (16 years now). I’ve come to understand what a computer does and does not need in order to perform specific video editing task. It actually cost less than you may imagine depending on your priorities and the types of videos you are creating. If you want a brief breakdown you can watch the video below instead of reading…
  • Best Free Software For Graphic Design

    Roberto Blake
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Many beginning Graphic Designers use Free Graphic Design Software when they are starting out. Here is a list of the best free graphic design software to use and their professional equivalents.Best Free Software For Graphic DesignGIMP / Photoshop Alternative- Image Manipulation Inkscape /Illustrator Alternative- Vector Illustration Scribus / InDesign Alternative – Page Layout and Print Komposer / Dreamweaver Alternative – Web b DesignThese are not the only Free Graphic Design Software packages out there but in my opinion they are they best free graphic design programs with a small…
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    Graphic Design Junction

  • One Page Website Designs – 30 Fresh Examples

    Muhammad Faisal
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:57 pm
    One page website design is perfect for showcasing your work in a professional way. Now a day one page websites are using for business, as a portfolio or a personal pages. A Single page websites also know as “One page websites” more info ever need than a multiple pages website. One page website is one that fits on a single page. Single page websites are fully loaded in the initial page load or page zones are replaced with new page fragments loaded from server on demand, making the experience more continuous and fluid for the user. You may be interested in the following modern…
  • 25 Professional Business Card Templates (PSD)

    Yasir Jawaid
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:40 pm
    A beautifully designed Business card templates for your business or company. Print ready business cards with fully editable Photoshop PSD files. All business cards files are well organized, available in CMYK Colors with 300 DPI high resolution, vector shapes, easy to customize color & edit text and 3.75×2.25 with Trim & bleed area. Easy to use smart objects like QR Code, Logo and Icons. A professionally printed card can give the first impression of your business. So, be sure to get it well printed, keeping in mind the quality of paper and the printer that you are using. You may…
  • Responsive Websites Design – 26 Fresh Examples

    Muhammad Faisal
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Responsive web design can give a perfect user experience on all devices. Responsive websites using the latest HTML5 and CSS3 techniques with the latest coding standards. Responsive design is making the web design more powerful, interactive and beautiful. Responsive websites design have many features that allow developers and designers to create apps and websites with the functionality, speed, performance, and create website that fits well in all devices. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. 550+ Free Vector Line Icons for Designers Why Branding Isn’t…
  • 550+ Free Vector Line Icons for Designers

    Muhammad Faisal
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    If you’re building a website or an app, you’ll definitely need to get yourself some useful and professionally designed icons. This amazing free vector icons collection features 10 different line icons sets with 550+ UI icons are available in different formats ( AI, EPS, PSD, SVG, Webfont and transparency PNG formats ) and free to download. All icons are highest-quality design, so you can easily change the line thickness without loosing quality. These sets created by best designers from all over the web. Icons sets features dozens of popular icon categories that any UI…
  • HTML5 CSS3 Websites Design – 27 Inspiring Examples

    Muhammad Faisal
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Professionally & responsive websites design created by using the latest HTML5 and CSS3 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 selected the fresh Award winning websites using HTML5 markup. In this collection you can see the Graphic design, web design, portfolio and corporate web design examples for inspiration. You may be interested in the following modern related articles as well. 30 Free Photoshop PSD Mockups for Graphic Designers…
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    The Designer Wall

  • Amazing Diorama Art Photography by Clemens Wirth

    The Designer Wall
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    One of the best dioramas that I’ve seen so far is from the talented and very creative Clemens Wirth. Where you can see that his dioramas are like from movies. I really love looking and watching his works.   Clemens Wirth is a filmmaker and also specialized in dioramas and miniatures, for five years he’s been shooting macro and he still loving what he’s doing. With the “New Adventure” series, he tried to make iconic scenes that have a warmth and playful, yet artistic touch. Clemens handcrafted each scene out of nature found items, model making stuff and self build…
  • Inspirational Animal Logo Design 2014 by Tom Anders Watkins

    The Designer Wall
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:49 am
    A logo is an essential part of branding your website and marketing it offline and online. Some logo designs feature simple, beautiful typography whilst others more are fun and colorful. However, all logos should be memorable and able to integrate with your website design effortlessly.   One of the best ways of getting inspiration for a logo design is by looking at what other designers have created. That’s why today, we will showcase you animal logos designed by Tom Anders Watkins that we hope will inspire you and give you ideas for creating your own animal logo.     Check…
  • 30 Free Downloadable Thin Fonts by Pham Van Chuong

    The Designer Wall
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Typography is a critical aspect of web and graphic design, but finding the right font can often be a challenge. If you’re looking for a quality thin or light font, this post should be an excellent resource for you.   These thin fonts can help you to create elegant, high-quality designs that feature beautiful typography. When you’re using them to design something for yourself or for a client, they can prove to be extremely useful. If you find yourself looking for fonts frequently, bookmark this page so you can reference it the next time you need to find a thin fonts.   Here…
  • Funny Superheroes Part Time Jobs by Chow Hon Lam

    The Designer Wall
    28 Jun 2014 | 7:31 am
    Who ever think that these superheroes only fight crime and save the world? Chow Hon Lam (aka Flying Mouse) is an illustrator and multi-award winning tee shirt designer from Malaysia. He came up with a very witty ideas of well known superheroes actually doing their part time jobs.   According to Chow the “Part Time Job” project actually started with a batch of six superheroes with their part-time jobs, surprisingly it received very good responses from people. I decided to continue this project and create more “part time jobs” for them. Those superheroes definitely…
  • Unbelievable Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramée

    7 Jun 2014 | 6:59 pm
    For the better part of three decades multidisciplinary artist Guy Laramee has worked as a stage writer, director, composer, a fabricator of musical instruments, a singer, sculptor, painter and writer. Among his sculptural works are two incredible series of carved book landscapes and structures entitled Biblios and The Great Wall, where the dense pages of old books are excavated to reveal serene mountains, plateaus, and ancient structures. Of these works he says:   So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really…
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    Creatives Wall

  • 24 Free Script Fonts

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

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
    If you are planning to design architect logo or even if you are an engineer and need to see some samples to create your own architect logo, then you are in the right place! This post contains 25 architecture logo designs for inspiration that will inspire you to get new ideas! 4th Arch Avenue Architects Logo Source   Mary Anne Da Costa Source   ZSP Cube – a mark for an architect Source Vandelay Architects Source   Vandelay Architects Source   Claudia Gherman Logo Source Silver Lake Source   Kenny Architects Source   Bon Architect Source   Noor…
  • Candy Typography Designs for Inspiration

    5 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    As always we are looking for amazing to amaze you with the new, the typography designs are good idea to use in your design works. It’s make a creative touch and impressive look, we found candy typography designs for inspiration, and we hope you like this collection as we did. Pop Candy View Source   Candy Typography View Source   I Want Candy View Source   Candy’s Dandy View Source   Candy View Source   Furia’ Llicious View Source   Candy View Source   Candy View Source   Sweet Pink Candy View Source   Just Do Nut View Source  …
  • 30 Amazing Text Effects Tutorials

    2 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    All designers interesting in creating text effects, learning text effect is most important for designers it’s the base of most of industrial designs. In this post we are featuring 30 amazing text effects tutorials that designers should see. You will learn new techniques that you will be able to use in your next text effect design works. How to Create Dripping Honey on Toast Text Effect in Photoshop CS Read Tutorial Metallic Rivets on Denim Text Effect Read Tutorial   Create an Easy Glitter Glue Inspired, Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop Read Tutorial   How to Create Very Shiny…
  • 30 Free Amazing PSD Loading and Progress Bar Designs

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    Looking for free free loading or progress bar or even to inspire your self? if your answer is yes then this post will help, we find for you 30 free amazing PSD loading and progress bar designs that can be used in your next  webdesign works, you will find different designs that you could choose. Circular Progress Bars PSD Download   Miniature Progress Bar PSD Download   Pretty Little Progress Bar PSD Download Loading Shape PSD Download Drag 2 Upload-Widget PSD Download   Loading Bar PSD Download Dark Loading Bar PSD Download   Progress Bar PSD Download   Loading Bar…
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    Upper Case » Blog

  • 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.
  • 5 Classic Slogans from Irish Brands

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

    30 Apr 2014 | 3:20 am
    Promotional Products have a long history in advertising brands and services. Their effectiveness and relative simplicity make them a staple of marketing. Marketing studies show that they have one of the lowest cost per impression rates of any advertising method. However, being so ubiquitous and inexpensive, promotional products are often used less effectively than they could be. Many businesses take an ad-hoc approach to promotional product campaigns, implementing them as an afterthought to supplement a separate campaign rather than integrating it from the beginning. For many of the…
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    Company Folders

  • How to Use Our Free Folder Mockup Templates

    Company Folders Staff
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    How to Use Our Free Folder Mockup TemplatesOur 100% free folder mockup templates allow you to create a beautiful, realistic image of how your folder design will look after it’s been printed and constructed. You can use mockup templates to: Test and preview your folder design before sending it to a printer Send a design to a current or potential client for [...]
  • Why JPEG Images Suck for Printing

    Vladimir Gendelman
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Why JPEG Images Suck for PrintingBack when the Internet was still fairly new, the JPEG reigned as king of all image formats. Thanks to its ability to compress complex images into a low file size, JPEGS were the perfect format to use with dial-up modems and floppy disks. But nobody has used those ancient relics in years-so why does the [...]
  • 500+ Free Photoshop Actions to Download in 2014

    Vladimir Gendelman
    24 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    500+ Free Photoshop Actions to Download in 2014If you found a way to cut your design time in half, wouldn’t you use it? Photoshop actions allow designers to save time and stay efficient by “recording” common tasks so that they can be automatically performed on different projects. But that’s not the best feature of actions for Photoshop; they’re also easy to share [...]
  • Folder Case Study: Fracassi & Associates

    Company Folders Staff
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:47 am
    Folder Case Study: Fracassi & AssociatesImagine buying a new car, only to discover that the fender was completely crooked. Chances are that you wouldn’t simply shrug it off and drive it home; you’d want the car that you paid for. Naturally, the same is true of your marketing materials. Company Folders is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of quality [...]
  • The 174 Coolest Brochure Designs for Creative Inspiration

    Vladimir Gendelman
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:58 am
    The 174 Coolest Brochure Designs for Creative InspirationWe bet you five bucks that if you took a minute to look around your office or your home, you’d find a brochure of some type. Whether it’s a memento from an event or trip or even just the recipe booklet that came with your new blender, brochure designs are hiding everywhere. There’s a reason [...]
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    Graphic Fashion

  • Color Schemes

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

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

    Hollee Wood
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:31 pm
    I decided to write this post since this blog has received some negative criticism lately.  I usually ignore negativity because my life does not have room for it, but for […]
  • Helvetica

    Hollee Wood
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:15 am
      You may or may not have heard of the font, “Helvetica,” but Helvetica is easily the most popular font family in use.  A lot of designers think Helvetica is […]
  • How to Make a Lens Flare in Adobe Photoshop

    Hollee Wood
    18 Jun 2014 | 3:02 pm
    In this post, I am going to teach you all how to make a lens flare in Adobe Photoshop.  Okay, let’s be real: this is probably the easiest tutorial ever […]
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    Design Roast

  • Food Photography Tips and Tricks

    Adrienne Erin
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Food photography isn’t as easy as you might think. A big white bowl of fettuccine alfredo might look pretty tasty while steaming in front of you – but it would make a very boring flat photo, unless there were extra color elements added. TV commercials use all kinds of tricks to make food look extra mouth-wateringly ... The post Food Photography Tips and Tricks appeared first on Design Roast.
  • Image Dimensions for Common Social Media Sites

    Adrienne Erin
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    With a plethora of social media sites available, it’s difficult to memorize the optimum image sizes and recommendations for each site. To make your day a little easier, I’ve compiled the basic facts you need to know all in one handy location. Simply scroll to find the site you seek, or scroll down to grab ... The post Image Dimensions for Common Social Media Sites appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 10 Beautiful Free Commercial-Use Calligraphy Fonts

    Adrienne Erin
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    As a graphic designer, you understand the importance of font. You’re familiar with the idea that typeface can be just as important as the words it spells out. Fonts can display meaning and evoke emotions that can be difficult to do otherwise. Calligraphy is a font type that has gained more attention in recent years. ... The post 10 Beautiful Free Commercial-Use Calligraphy Fonts appeared first on Design Roast.
  • 25 Stunning Examples of Pattern Photography

    Adrienne Erin
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    Humans are hard wired to recognize patterns, so perhaps that’s why we’re so drawn to them. Patterns aren’t just visual. Mental and emotional patterns occur as well, which is why we so readily see them. Our minds are just trying to make sense of a world deeply woven with patterns. In daily life, repetition can ... The post 25 Stunning Examples of Pattern Photography appeared first on Design Roast.
  • How to Take the Perfect Employee Photos

    Adrienne Erin
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:46 am
    Ah, picture day. You either love it or hate it. If you’re the one taking photos, though, you may be falling more towards the “hate” side, and that’s completely understandable. Snap a few photos, and you’ll start hearing complaints. “My eyes are closed,” or “I look terrible!” are both pretty common complaints. One thing to ... The post How to Take the Perfect Employee Photos appeared first on Design Roast.
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    Inkbot Design

  • Best Invoicing Software for Freelancers

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    What is the Best Invoicing Software for Freelance Graphic Designers? Check out these Accounting Solutions Reviewed for Small Businesses and Freelancers.The post Best Invoicing Software for Freelancers is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Designing Logos with a Grid System

    26 Jun 2014 | 6:29 am
    Using a grid system seems to be one of the hottest recent ‘trends’ in designing logos, but in reality, grid systems have been used in print publications for centuries. Newspaper and magazines have utilised various grid systems with great effect in highlighting the most important elements of a page. Website designers have been using grids for quite a while and the process has also muscled in on the logo design industry.The post Designing Logos with a Grid System is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Social Media Tips for Brands

    18 Jun 2014 | 8:38 am
    Marketing experts claim that consumers only remember your brand after 6-7 encounters. Clearly then, companies must pay close attention to every brand interaction and ensure that it leaves behind a positive impression.The post Social Media Tips for Brands is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Logotype vs Logomark

    10 Jun 2014 | 2:13 am
    In the field of logo design, you will find that most logos consist of lettering, often called a logotype, and a symbol or icon called a logomark. But what do these terms mean? What are the differences between a logotype and a logomark?The post Logotype vs Logomark is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
  • Minimalism in Design

    2 Jun 2014 | 5:14 am
    What are the Advantages to Minimalism in Design? Here's a few Tips on Working with and Creating a Minimalist Design for your Projects.The post Minimalism in Design is by Stuart and appeared first on Inkbot Design.
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  • Hello World Design Goes Green

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    At Hello World Design, we're stepping up our efforts to lower our carbon footprint and offer greener, environmentally friendly Web hosting services to our clients. Designing and hosting websites, just like any other business, can generate an outstanding amount of carbon dioxide. That is why we decided to do our part to neutralize our emissions. Through recent efforts, Hello World Design has earned the official status of a Green Certified Web Site by, an international advocate for green business standards. We started by conserving the resources we use, which is considered…
  • Hello World Design Receives 2014 Best of Portland Award

    6 Jun 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Hello World Design is excited to announce that we've been selected for the 2014 Best of Portland Award in the Website Designer category by the Portland Award Program. This is the second year in a row that Hello World Design has received this honor. The Portland Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Portland area. Recognition is given to companies that demonstrate the ability to use best business practices and implemented programs to generate a competitive advantage and long-term value. The Portland Award…
  • Is your website colorblind friendly?

    20 May 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Color is a powerful design tool. It can be used for branding your business, to evoke a mood or feeling, and to emphasize aspects of your website. Color is also the first thing most people notice, according to a study on color and branding by, making it valuable for creating brand recognition. But to anyone suffering from a color deficiency (often referred to as colorblindness), your website could be more difficult to access than you think. For people suffering from a color deficiency – which is roughly 8 percent of all men and 0.5 percent of women,…
  • Hello World Design launches custom website for the Inn at the Convention Center

    19 May 2014 | 12:19 am
    We're pleased to announce the launch of the new custom website for the Inn at the Convention Center. Located in Portland, Ore., the Inn at the Convention Center is convenient walking distance to such attractions as the Oregon Convention Center, the Rose Quarter, including the Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and the Lloyd Center mall, among other Portland attractions. The hotel is also situated by both the MAX light rail system and the Eastside Street Car, making it incredible easy to travel around the city of Portland. The Inn at the Convention Center is a five-story, 97 room…
  • Retina Optimization: Not just for Apple users anymore!

    7 May 2014 | 2:16 pm
    With the new generation of Apple Retina displays in popular use, Web images look better than ever on Apple laptops, desktops and mobile devices, such as the iPhone and iPad. While this seems most relevant for Apple users, non-Apple users should be careful to not dismiss the wide use of Retina technology. If you haven’t updated the imagery on your website, this high pixel density technology can make your logo look pixelated on a Retina display. If Retina displays are designed to improve image quality, you might be wondering why your current images will appear a little fuzzy. Retina…
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