Kendra Gaines

  • Make it Stretch: Full Image and Video Backgrounds in Web Design

    Big is the new trend around the web because nearly everyone wants it. It is imperative that one stays up on trends as a web designer. Never do you want to put yourself in jeopardy of offering someone (or yourself) a web design that is boring and outdated. It seems that almost every year or even every six months, there are new trends springing up across the web. For many the route now is go big or go home.



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  • Stripped: Minimalist Movie Posters and Album Artwork

    As consumers, there are a lot of different products that companies want us to purchase or get into. When you’re in a position to make one choice amongst many products, there is a need for it to stick out; you need to be swayed. Companies do this through things like features and pricing; is it what you need? or is it in your budget? Many times, all the features and prices can be relatively similar, so what do people turn to? The design.



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  • Artistically Designed: Get to Know Andrew Archer

    Art and design are often very subjective fields when it comes to who and what is good. They can also be very subjective in determining where a particular piece fits. Is it art, or is it design? There are, however, basic principles we all tend to agree on; design is generally more calculated while art is more free. Every so often, you stumble upon a piece that gives you the best of both worlds, great design and great art.



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  • Art on Board: Skateboarding and the Artistic Sub-Culture

    When you think of sports, probably the last thing you think about is art or the freedom of expression. You probably think about the high energy. The excitement. The competition. The sweat. The blood. The tears. All of these tend to be associated with sports, from the most physical ones like football, to the least physical ones like golf. But art and sports are not mutually exclusive. Far from it, in fact. Just look at skateboarding.



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  • Just My Type: Super Clean, High-Quality & Free Fonts

    Whatever type of designer you are, you want to be able to offer potential clients a nice variety of styles. In this current day, many designers and clients are looking for really clean, minimalistic design work. One of the main ways one can execute a very clean look is via your choice of fonts. Luckily, there are tons available, especially free fonts.



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  • Selling Art: Creative and Artistic Advertisements

    We live in a world, in a society, where it’s almost impossible to go a day or a couple of hours or even a few of minutes without trying to be sold something. Sometimes an opportunity to purchase can present itself subtly; perhaps a friend has a product you like or perhaps you drove past a billboard on the interstate. Sometimes the opportunity to purchase presents itself directly in the form of a salesperson, or even a blatant advertisement of some sort urging you to buy.



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  • Turn It Up: Musically Inspired Logo Design

    Many artists, whether digital or traditional find much inspiration in music. It often serves as a great mind opener for large amounts of creativity and style to be ushered in. Some artists believe music helps them to see shapes and colors, and often offers up feelings and emotions to help them execute their work more proficiently. Which is why it’s best to try to listen to music that you know will get your mind going.



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  • Fabulous Phoneography: Gallery of Smartphone Photography

    What makes a great photograph? Many believe it’s not just the subject of your picture, but even the composition and the style in which you decide to take your picture. Photography, like many arts, is fairly objective–you may find a picture that you love that your best friend absolutely hates. One certain thing about photography, however, is that the technologies and the styling trends are forever changing.



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  • Immortal Technique: A Quick Look at Minimalism

    There’s a little bit of murmuring going on that the design technique, most affectionally referred to as minimalism, is dying and/or dead. I couldn’t disagree more. I believe that minimalism is not dead, mainly because people don’t quite realize what it is.



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  • Putting Designs on Your Back: A Showcase of T-Shirt Designs

    We all have that one t-shirt that we love; we love the fit, we love the color and we absolutely adore the design. For some, the t-shirt design can be a form of expression or it can simply be a fashion statement. Then there are a few folks who wear t-shirts to show off their great taste in art and creativity. Regardless of the reason one wears a t-shirt, it goes without saying that without great designs, your t-shirt game is probably lacking.



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