Articles by Robert Bowen

Design

20 Free Top Shelf UI Kits for Web Designers

June 6th, 2011
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20 Free Top Shelf UI Kits for Web Designers

When it comes to web design, the UI elements that are included can, at times, make or effectively break (in more ways than one) the overall piece. Compromising the aesthetics and even the functionality of the design rendering it virtually useless. So we have to choose the UI elements carefully.

Design

Inspiration Shift: Tilt-Shift Photos and Effects

May 30th, 2011
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Inspiration Shift: Tilt-Shift Photos and Effects

With all of the various techniques and lenses that photographers use to create over the years in the development of their craft, we see many spring to the forefront of the industry to take hold. Of these that are popular with the public, several have been adopted by graphic artists who attempt to replicate...

Design

Designing the Airwaves: Podcast’s Part in Design

May 27th, 2011
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Designing the Airwaves: Podcast’s Part in Design

One powerful outlet that many designers have been turning to over the recent years, which in turn has allowed for a further evolution of the design community and conversation, is podcasting. This completely accessible, and open format for extending the design dialog is proving a viable solution for many seeking to lend their...

Photography

40+ Inspiring Grunge Ridden Photos of Ruins

May 24th, 2011
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40+ Inspiring Grunge Ridden Photos of Ruins

As we move forward leaving our history behind us, time takes its toll upon that which we have left there. For centuries people have been building structures that have weathered and ruined over time, and in those ruins is more than a rich reminder of our past. There lies an abundance of inspiration...

Business Online

Distraction Management: How To NOT Procrastinate or Get Distracted

May 20th, 2011
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Distraction Management: How To NOT Procrastinate or Get Distracted

Whenever we are working on a design, facing a deadline, it is of the utmost importance that we stay on track and power through til the end. Doing whatever is necessary to keep us walking with progress over stalling with digression.

Business Online

Building Manageable Growth on the Web

May 10th, 2011
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Building Manageable Growth on the Web

One of the greatest things about the web can also prove to be its deadliest of business snares at the same time. That is the opportunity it provides for growing and expanding your business via the internet. Which is one of the main reasons that the web based business market continues to grow at...

Photography

Showcase of Fabulous Foggy Photographs for Your Inspiration

May 4th, 2011
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Showcase of Fabulous Foggy Photographs for Your Inspiration

In the design world, one type of sought after resource centers around that misty natural special effect called fog or smoke. Look around and you will see numerous textures, brushes, and tutorials all focusing on capturing that vaporesque element in our work. So today we thought we might take this fascination one...

Essentials

Typographical Inspiration for the Weekend

April 8th, 2011
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Typographical Inspiration for the Weekend

Those of us who work in creative fields tend to need to return to the wells of inspiration for a bit of a recharge for our imagination. In these times we turn to many, many different areas, looking for anything to spark those creative fires once again so that we can enthusiastically charge back into...

Inspiration

Art Inspiration for the Weekend

April 1st, 2011
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Art Inspiration for the Weekend

In the design field, we tend to take our inspiration pretty seriously, and as a result we search both high and low to find any sparks we can root out. This can make finding some pieces that have not already been soaked up by the masses a bit difficult when trying to gather enough inspirational...

Business Online

How to Say ‘No’ to Other Designers and Developers

March 8th, 2011
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How to Say ‘No’ to Other Designers and Developers

We recently did a post on how to tell your clients “No” which broke down the multiple considerations that need to be weighed when you are approaching this ground under these varied circumstances. Along with this handy online flowchart, Should I Work For Free? has you pretty well covered on that end. Now we bring you the other side of that coin: how to...

Business Online

The Art of Saying “No”

February 22nd, 2011
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The Art of Saying “No”

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For the most part, working in the design and development communities can often leave you feeling like somewhat of a ‘Yes’ person. That person who stands behind the client, nodding in agreement and understanding as the path to the project unfolds before you. For in this business, it pays to wear this agreeable hat. It helps the client...

Business Online

The Price is Right: Breaking Down the Design Process

February 3rd, 2011
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The Price is Right: Breaking Down the Design Process

Like with most creative fields, there are those who operate outside them who do not necessarily understand all of the time and energy that goes into the design process, and as a result, they tend to undervalue our contributions and imaginative creations. The design community is not at all immune to this treatment as we regularly come across a client or potential client who...

Inspiration

Showcase of Creative (But Not Necessarily Usable) Contact Forms

February 2nd, 2011
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Showcase of Creative (But Not Necessarily Usable) Contact Forms

Contact forms are the best way to attract visitors and to interact with them. A creatively designed and inspirational contact form is the most appropriate way to say welcome to your visitors and invite them to use your services. A comprehensive and stylish form persuades the visitors and helps build their confidence in the company behind the site.

Business Online

There is no ‘I’ in Team: The Basics of Teamwork

January 14th, 2011
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There is no ‘I’ in Team: The Basics of Teamwork

In the expansive and dynamic field of web design and development, there are often times when we find ourselves working as part of a team, rather than on a more isolated, lone wolf kind of project. So when we find ourselves playing under these circumstances, then we need to be at our best to ensure that we are in fact being a good team...