Articles by Cameron Chapman

Design

High Quality Patterns Resources

October 25th, 2010
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High Quality Patterns Resources

When used well, patterns can be a great way to add an extra element to your designs that take them to the next level in terms of aesthetics. Creating your own repeating patterns is one way to go about this, but it’s not always something you want to spend a lot of time on, especially if you’re working with a tight budget. And why...

Inspiration

Propaganda Design: Inspiration, Tools, Resources, and Techniques

October 22nd, 2010
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Propaganda Design: Inspiration, Tools, Resources, and Techniques

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Propaganda is often thought of in negative terms. It evokes thoughts of wartime and misinformation campaigns by governments trying to deceive people or bolster support for what might otherwise be unpopular policies. But propaganda and the techniques it uses are prominent throughout our modern lives.

Design

40+ Useful Online Generators For Web Designers

October 11th, 2010
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40+ Useful Online Generators For Web Designers

Generators can be a great way to save time in your web design projects. High-quality generators can create graphics or code or even layouts in a matter of seconds or minutes, things that might take an hour or more if done by hand. Below are some useful generators to help you speed up your web design process. There’s everything from color scheme tools to...

Design

35 Excellent Wireframing Resources

October 5th, 2010
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35 Excellent Wireframing Resources

Wireframing is an important part of the design process, one that shouldn’t be overlooked by even the most experienced designers. Wireframes can save development time by outlining exactly how a site should look and function, in a manner that can be shown to and approved by your clients. But wireframing can be confusing, especially to new designers. What’s the right way to create a...

Inspiration

40+ Awesome Keynote and PowerPoint Templates and Resources

September 15th, 2010
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40+ Awesome Keynote and PowerPoint Templates and Resources

Keynote (part of Apple’s iWork office suite) and PowerPoint (part of Microsoft’s Office suite) are likely the two most commonly used presentation software programs out there. PowerPoint is more likely to be found in the corporate world, whereas Keynote may be more popular in creative fields (due to the proliferation of Macs in the design field). Creating presentations in either program is a similar...

Business Online

Tools and Resources for Grammar, Copywriting, Spelling and More

September 8th, 2010
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Tools and Resources for Grammar, Copywriting, Spelling and More

So much of the web is based around written content that it’s important for anyone who works online to have a good grasp of language, including grammar and spelling. But it’s not always easy to find reputable sources that can teach us these things if we didn’t learn them in school (or retain them for long after). Below are over thirty great resources for...

Tutorials

Print Tutorial: Creating A Magazine Cover

August 31st, 2010
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Print Tutorial: Creating A Magazine Cover

Graphic design in a print environment can be a nice change for someone who normally does web design. It’s a slightly different skillset, but still incorporates a lot of the same concepts. Print projects can be an exciting new challenge, something that lets a designer stretch their creativity a bit and even recharge if they’re getting stressed out by too many web design projects....

Business Online

Some Reasons You Might Not Want To Become A Web Designer

August 17th, 2010
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Some Reasons You Might Not Want To Become A Web Designer

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Web design is often an appealing career choice for artistic and creative people. It's seen as a potentially lucrative opportunity to be creative on a daily basis. But there are drawbacks that many people don't realize going into the field.

Business Online

Better Time Management for Improved Cash Flow

July 30th, 2010
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Better Time Management for Improved Cash Flow

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We've all heard it: time is money. And as much as we sometimes hate to look at it in such base terms, it's mostly true. As service providers (designers and developers), the time we spend on a project is directly proportional to how much we're getting paid. How we spend our...

Design

Better UI Design: Proper Use of Tables

July 26th, 2010
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Better UI Design: Proper Use of Tables

Tables have been part of HTML almost since HTML began. As the internet progressed and as people started doing more things online, designers started using tables to create multi-column website layouts. This was never the intention of those who created HTML standards, but it quickly caught on and table-based layouts became the norm online.