Articles by Dirk Metzmacher

Tutorials

SEO 2013: 20 Most Important Contributions To Content Marketing Strategies

June 18th, 2013
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SEO 2013: 20 Most Important Contributions To Content Marketing Strategies

WP Tags and SEO Google's Penguin called it quits for some SEOs. Over-optimized websites with unnatural link structures and keyword stuffing got punished. New strategies had to be developed. Content marketing became the next big thing - a strategy I would have thought that was patently obvious. High-grade content, be it articles, videos, podcasts or...

Apps

To Hope Beyond Hope: iOS 7 Concepts Jony Ive Should Definitely Draw Inspiration From

June 13th, 2013
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To Hope Beyond Hope: iOS 7 Concepts Jony Ive Should Definitely Draw Inspiration From

ios1 Flat and very, very colorful is Apple's new approach to iOS. Reactions are partly flat, partly very colorful, too. "Love it or leave it" seems to be the only option. Yet, iOS 7 is only a beta version, nothing needs to be carved in stone by now, Jony. We have collected numerous different concepts to show you and...

Design

Better than Photoshop Tutorials: 50 Free, Detailed PSDs with Open Layers (+ Tips)

June 4th, 2013
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Better than Photoshop Tutorials: 50 Free, Detailed PSDs with Open Layers (+ Tips)

psd-datei1 Today we are going to look over the shoulders of quite a few professional designers. Using their original PSDs with open layers, we will be able to exactly reconstruct, what has been done and how. If you are like me, this way of learning by doing proves more effective than working through step-by-step tutorials. The following files come...

Essentials

Icons Galore – 48 Beautiful and Unusual Icon Sets Free for Commercial Use

May 29th, 2013
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Icons Galore – 48 Beautiful and Unusual Icon Sets Free for Commercial Use

iconset1 The smallest, yet very important part of a graphical user interface is the icon. We have curated a large collection of hundreds of symbols in 50 sets. Only two sets are limited to private usage only, the rest is free for commercial use. From minimalistic and flat to photo-realistic and three-dimensional, any shape and color is represented. In...

Essentials

Maximum Quality: 44 Free Fonts for Creative Designers

May 22nd, 2013
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Maximum Quality: 44 Free Fonts for Creative Designers

font1 We did it again. We curated more than 40 high-grade fonts for your designing pleasure. Each one is equipped with additional info as to whether the font is private and commercially usable and in which format it will be delivered. Most fonts contain special characters from several languages, but as our audience is international, we...

Design

40 Entertaining Infographics Plus Some Tips On Creating Your Own Using Photoshop

March 4th, 2013
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40 Entertaining Infographics Plus Some Tips On Creating Your Own Using Photoshop

Photo Credits: Lauren Manning via photopin cc

Infographics are popular. They help reduce complex coherences to simplified illustrations. Information gets visualized. The best infographics are self-explanatory, needing almost no text at all. A picture is worth a thousand words, they say. And it's true. In this collection, we share with you 40 entertaining infographics on popular topics...

Design

40 Matte Paintings To Push You To Real Photoshop Artistry

February 25th, 2013
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40 Matte Paintings To Push You To Real Photoshop Artistry

matte1 Traditionally, matte paintings stem from the movie industry. Used as extensions of a film setting, they provide more depth to the whole scene and removing the limitations of a studio location. Today, with green and blue screen techiques, these paintings are still in heavy use, while - certainly - digitally created backgrounds took over the heritage from their...

Essentials

There Is No Getting Round These 40 Inescapable Fonts In 2013

December 6th, 2012
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There Is No Getting Round These 40 Inescapable Fonts In 2013

We are sure that you will not even try to live without the following collection of inescapable fonts in 2013. All these fonts carry more than the basic character set, though mileage will vary. German readers will find all the special characters, others have to check by themselves. We have included the information, whether the creators of...

Design

40 Amazing Tutorials For Illustrators And Photoshoppers

November 8th, 2012
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40 Amazing Tutorials For Illustrators And Photoshoppers

The following roundup of high-grade and elaborate Illustrator tutorials will not only satisfy the fans of vector-graphics. It is also bound to inspire the Photoshop artist. This is because a lot of the effects shown can be achieved using Photoshop as well, though in slightly different ways. You will definitely have your aha-moments here. The spectrum ranges...