Articles by Cameron Chapman

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ConceptShare gives Collaboration that Push

September 24th, 2012
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ConceptShare gives Collaboration that Push

ConceptShare Virtually every designer out there has to collaborate at some point. Whether that's with other designers, other creative pros or clients, you'll need to share your work and get feedback or insight. Too many creatives are still dealing with these situations via email. But email is horribly inefficient, especially if you have multiple people...

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IzzoNet: Create Your Own Shop Easily

September 20th, 2012
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IzzoNet: Create Your Own Shop Easily

Selling things online is something I think a lot of us have considered doing. And even if you haven't considered selling things yourself, it's likely that you've had clients who were interested in doing so. But getting an ecommerce site setup, even for designers and developers, can be a pain. It's often time-consuming, frustrating,...

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45+ Free Lessons In Graphic Design Theory

September 15th, 2011
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45+ Free Lessons In Graphic Design Theory

Considering how many designers are self-taught, either in whole or in part, the importance of a solid foundation in graphic design theory is often overlooked. New designers often want to jump right into creating websites, rather than learning the basics of why some designs work and some don't. But they're putting themselves at...

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What Popular Movies Can Teach Us About Design

September 7th, 2011
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What Popular Movies Can Teach Us About Design

It's a pretty safe bet to say that the vast majority of people like movies. They're usually entertaining and sometimes even informative or thought-provoking. But most designers probably don't pay too much attention to how they might be able to offer inspiration for website or other designs.

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25+ Useful Document and File Comparison Tools

August 26th, 2011
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25+ Useful Document and File Comparison Tools

Figuring out how a document has changed from one version to another isn't always the simplest task. It's further complicated when that document is longer or more complex, like source code.

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Batch Processing: 25 Tools and Techniques for Images and Documents

August 16th, 2011
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Batch Processing: 25 Tools and Techniques for Images and Documents

Converting images or files by hand can be a hugely time-consuming process. But how often do clients send us files in formats that can't be directly used on their website or project? If you're like most designers, your answer is probably "pretty often."

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A Graphic Design Primer, Part 3: Basics of Composition

June 27th, 2011
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A Graphic Design Primer, Part 3: Basics of Composition

In the first two sections of this primer, we covered the basic elements of design, and the basic principles of design. In this section, we'll cover the basic principles of composition.

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A Graphic Design Primer, Part 2: The Principles of Design

June 20th, 2011
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A Graphic Design Primer, Part 2: The Principles of Design

In the last part, we covered the elements that make up most designs. In this part, we’ll cover the principles you can apply to those elements to create a design. All of these principles can be applied to any project, and have a direct impact on the success of that...

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A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

June 13th, 2011
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A Graphic Design Primer, Part 1: The Elements of a Design

There are many elements that make up any visual design, whether it's good or not. Becoming familiar with the parts of a design is necessary before you can start to apply the principles of good design to your own work, in the same way that a doctor needs to...

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A Crash Course in Typography: Pulling It All Together

April 18th, 2011
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A Crash Course in Typography: Pulling It All Together

In the first three parts of this series, we covered a lot of information about the anatomy of a typeface, and what kinds of things to look for when actually combining two fonts. Here, we'll tie it all together.

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A Crash Course in Typography: Principles for Combining Typefaces

April 11th, 2011
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A Crash Course in Typography: Principles for Combining Typefaces

When combining typefaces, there are a couple of important principles you'll need to keep in mind, namely contrast and mood. Effectively combining typefaces is a skill best learned through practice, and trial-and-error. Once you've mastered the principles covered here, you'll have the tools you need to try out combinations while making...

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A Crash Course in Typography: Paragraphs and Special Characters

April 4th, 2011
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A Crash Course in Typography: Paragraphs and Special Characters

Body copy makes up the majority of many websites. Headlines and other bits of typography are often considered more fun to design, or more artistic, but without a good design for your body copy, your overall project will suffer.

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A Crash Course in Typography: The Basics of Type

March 28th, 2011
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A Crash Course in Typography: The Basics of Type

Typography could be considered the most important part of any design. It's definitely among the most important elements of any design project. And yet it's often the part of a design that's left for last, or barely considered at all. Designers are often intimidated by typography, which can result in bland...

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Architecture Sources of Inspiration

March 25th, 2011
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Architecture Sources of Inspiration

Architecture surrounds us everyday, and because of that we sometimes overlook it as a potential source of inspiration. But architecture and interior design can inspire us for virtually any project. There are dozens of architectural styles out there, both formal and informal, to appeal to almost every taste.