Articles by Tom Ross

Design

A Look at Inspiring Website Designs of Musicians

February 8th, 2012
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A Look at Inspiring Website Designs of Musicians

As with designer's, musician's websites are often some of the most creative, and for good reason. The website designs of musicians should ideally epitomize their sound in a visual medium. It should capture their brand in an online presence.

IMHO

Incredible Hand-Drawn Works (With a Digital Twist)

February 3rd, 2012
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Incredible Hand-Drawn Works (With a Digital Twist)

Within the creative community there seems to be an ongoing divide between the realms of digital art, and traditional (non-digital) art. Often traditional art is viewed as somewhat archaic, conjuring images of the Mona Lisa or a Monet landscape. Whilst these masterpieces, and much of traditional art is of course pivotal to our...

Design

Stunning Digital Art Inspired by Video Games

January 3rd, 2012
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Stunning Digital Art Inspired by Video Games

Since their inception, video games have provided great inspiration for offline artists and digital artists alike. Video games generally adhere to a fantasy theme, which is perhaps what makes them so intriguing visually. Often characters are exaggerated human forms, with bulging bodies, enormous power, or great speed and agility. Many games include characters...

Photography

Jaw Dropping Light Paintings From the Masters

December 6th, 2011
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Jaw Dropping Light Paintings From the Masters

Light painting has always wowed audiences, right from it's inception in the 1930s. Light painting is a photographic technique, whereby exposures are usually taken at night or in a darkened environment, using a moving light source or by moving the camera.

IMHO

How to Improve as a Graphic Designer

November 24th, 2011
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How to Improve as a Graphic Designer

One of the major threats to your career as a graphic designer is to let your work stagnate and your improvement slow down. It's very easy to fall into a comfort zone where you stop exploring new design techniques and simply stick with what you know. This is why most designers experience the...

Design

Stunning Photo Manipulations Inspired by Nature

November 10th, 2011
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Stunning Photo Manipulations Inspired by Nature

Nature is a popular subject amongst the Photoshop community, and subsequently is featured in a lot of photo-manipulation work. Nature is really the perfect subject for photo-manipulations as it's so visually engaging. Think of the four elements, or a beautiful landscape, or a fierce animal. All these things are products of nature, and all...

Essentials

The Ultimate Collection of Professional Free Fonts

October 27th, 2011
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The Ultimate Collection of Professional Free Fonts

As designers we're always looking for new fonts to integrate into our designs. Adding new fonts to your library can often help inspire you, giving a fresh feel to your designs. Unfortunately it can be really hard to locate quality free fonts amidst the thousands of mediocre ones.

Inspiration

A Collection of Innovative and Inspiring Typography

October 21st, 2011
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A Collection of Innovative and Inspiring Typography

Typography is the art or technique of arranging type. It's a broad medium, covering areas such as typeface selection, line length, line spacing, kerning, tracking, and of course wider design features such as color, lighting etc...

Design

A Collection of Inspiring Blog Designs

October 12th, 2011
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A Collection of Inspiring Blog Designs

Since their inception, blogs have often had some of the most innovative, beautiful and creative designs in the web design community. This is perhaps because bloggers are naturally expressive individuals who enjoy visual and written expression.

Design

Traits of Successful Website Welcome Pages

September 6th, 2011
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Traits of Successful Website Welcome Pages

Many websites these days have some form of welcome area on their homepage. Welcome pages generally act as an introduction for new visitors, explain the website and often prompt an action on the part of the user.

Design

The Secrets Behind Great Call To Action Buttons

July 14th, 2011
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The Secrets Behind Great Call To Action Buttons

Within web design 'calls to action' can be defined as any element of the page that prompt an action of the user. However, clearly some actions are more desirable than others. For example, any site owner would prefer users to click on a 'buy now' link than a 'twitter' link.