Articles by Robert Bowen

Design

For the Love of Logos: Tips, Resources, and More

January 12th, 2011
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For the Love of Logos: Tips, Resources, and More

When it comes to design projects, logo designs tend to be some of the trickiest to work with, simply because of their purpose. All design tends to be conveying a message, this is true, but most designs get to use so much more to make their points accessible to the viewer.

Design

Name One Thing About Web Development You Never Saw Coming

December 2nd, 2010
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Name One Thing About Web Development You Never Saw Coming

Not that this is universally true, but some people look haphazardly into a field before deciding to dive in. We do the odd bit of research, investigating the ins and outs, slowly developing expectations about this new arena of work. Expectations are not necessarily bad to have; they can be a powerful motivator. But sometimes our expectations are shattered by a development that we...

Business Online

Tips for Fighting Freelance Burnout

November 24th, 2010
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Tips for Fighting Freelance Burnout

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Freelancers are somewhat of a singular breed according to some of the outside perceptions held about us. We hear it all the time from friends and family, even at times from near strangers, that they could never work for themselves from home and actually be productive. Without some predetermined...

Inspiration

Inspiration Mix: Showcase of Mixed Media Art

November 16th, 2010
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Inspiration Mix: Showcase of Mixed Media Art

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Collaboration is a beautiful thing. Two or more different approaches harmoniously coming together to create something more than any one of them could have achieved on their own. Such is often the source of the awe that inspires our breath to be snatched away by mixed media artwork. Multiple artistic mediums...

Design

The Ultimate InDesign Toolbox

November 12th, 2010
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The Ultimate InDesign Toolbox

Having recently published the Illustrator toolbox, we thought we would continue down the print design path and follow up with our next toolbox in this same arena. Welcome to the Ultimate InDesign Toolbox for all of those designers and graphic artists who use this valuable tool for all of their print media needs. This expansive addition to the Adobe Creative Suite family is often...

Inspiration

Inspired by the Dark Side of the Force: Darth Vader Variations

November 5th, 2010
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Inspired by the Dark Side of the Force: Darth Vader Variations

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For over thirty years one iconic villain has reigned in the dark corners of so many hearts mdash; and not just of those who proudly parade beneath the banner of sci-fi junkies. Darth Vader has transcended the page and screen to live on in ways most characters...

Inspiration

The Fantasy Artwork of Magic

November 2nd, 2010
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The Fantasy Artwork of Magic

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In the early 90’s, the gaming landscape was forever altered by a revolutionary new card game that hit the community and has been making noticeable waves ever since. With millions of players across the globe, this fantasy role-playing game has inspired so many with the often breathtaking artwork that comprises its gameplay library.

Design

The Ultimate Illustrator Toolbox

November 1st, 2010
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The Ultimate Illustrator Toolbox

In case you have missed them, recently we have been going through the Adobe Creative Suite and putting together posts that would assist our readers in creating their own personal toolbox of resources. We hope we have managed to help you get a handle on the various programs and get the most out of them through hundreds of helpful add-ons. With two down, we...

Business Online

Guidelines for Effective E-mail Management

October 21st, 2010
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Guidelines for Effective E-mail Management

Many of our readers are constantly talking about the burden that weighs on their days stemming from an overflowing inbox. Day in and day out they are receiving such a high volume of e-mails that this communication tool becomes too cumbersome to remain effective, and instead begins to border on frustrating. As this mass of mail becomes unmanaged, we are potentially falling behind on...

Design

The Ultimate Adobe Fireworks Toolbox

October 12th, 2010
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The Ultimate Adobe Fireworks Toolbox

Today we are here to help with the whole getting to know Adobe Fireworks a bit, as we dive deep into the internet to find the most useful sites, resources, tutorials and more to expand your Fireworks knowledge base and skillsets, and we deliver them all right into your readers. Below is an assortment of various links that will help you assemble the ultimate...

Business Online

What is the worst mistake you see other designers make all the time?

September 28th, 2010
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What is the worst mistake you see other designers make all the time?

We recently published a post was aimed at learning from the mistakes of others, and we turned to our friends and followers online and asked them to come clean about the biggest mistake they had made so far in their careers. You might have seen it, What is the Worst Design or Programming Mistake You’ve Ever Made?, was received quite well, and not only...

Essentials

How To Use Typography Effectively in Web Design

September 20th, 2010
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How To Use Typography Effectively in Web Design

Typography is everywhere across the Web, so many different applications and missions all relying on their chosen fonts to cleanly and legibly convey the bulk of our web-based projects over to our readers. However, from time to time, we notice a wrench thrown into the works, gumming things up and interfering with our message transfers. This is something that as designers and developers for...

Design

The Ultimate Photoshop Toolbox

September 7th, 2010
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The Ultimate Photoshop Toolbox

For years now, whenever designers have been asked about their go-to program for image editing and creation, one of the top answers that comes back, is Adobe Photoshop. Its generations of evolution has centered around the growth of any number of digital imaging professionals and has made this software giant a staple in the graphic design...

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The Perfect Brainstorm: A How To

August 19th, 2010
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The Perfect Brainstorm: A How To

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Given our fields of interest and chosen professions, most of us have at least once in our lives had to brainstorm for one reason or another. But for those of us who apply this mental tool in our creative pursuits much more regularly, learning to do so effectively is crucial.