Articles by Vitaly Friedman

Essentials

10 Free Beautiful Calligraphic Fonts

March 5th, 2010
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10 Free Beautiful Calligraphic Fonts

By Paul Viluda The word “calligraphy” is derived from two Greek words, denoting “beautiful writing”. Calligraphy or the art of writing has thousands of years in its history and development, and indeed calligraphy fonts, which we often use these days on our PCs to create a postcard or a wedding invitation card, are absolutely about aesthetics, refinement, creativity, and pure beauty.

Inspiration

35 Incredible 3D Renders

March 3rd, 2010
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35 Incredible 3D Renders

Unbelievable, magical, miraculous… one can go on using adjectives, but nothing can come close to describing what 3D renders can to. It can transform your imagination into stunning pictures in a way such that it becomes difficult to distinguish between the real photo and the virtual one. Applications like 3D Max, Blender, Cellular Imaging, CAD provide powerful instruments for 3D designers and architects. Today...

Business Online

Designers: How to Search For, Hire, and Work With a Web-Developer

March 2nd, 2010
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Designers: How to Search For, Hire, and Work With a Web-Developer

The market for freelance web design is huge. Being able to design a beautiful site in Photoshop is one thing. Programming a website is a whole other story. So when clients come knocking at your door asking for web design services, what do you, the non-programmer but rockstar designer, tell them? “Sorry, I only design, I don’t code.” No! You take the job, and...

Essentials

Free SEO Icons Set (16 Icons, Private Use Only)

February 27th, 2010
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Free SEO Icons Set (16 Icons, Private Use Only)

Today we are glad to release Free SEO Icons Set, a set with 16 original SEO-icons in .png (64×64px). This set was designed by Andrea Austoni and released for private use for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

Design

The AIDA Marketing Model in Web Design

February 24th, 2010
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The AIDA Marketing Model in Web Design

By Louis Lazaris If you’ve been formally educated in marketing, more than likely you’ve learned about a marketing model called AIDA. AIDA is an acronym that represents the different steps involved in selling a product or service. Very often, the principles of AIDA are applied naturally when a useful product or service is being marketed. Being web designers and app developers, however, our personal...

Inspiration

50 Beautiful Examples of Flower Photography

February 23rd, 2010
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50 Beautiful Examples of Flower Photography

Spring is the perfect time to rejoice and enjoy the beauty of nature; it is the time when beautiful flowers blossom and beautify the whole world around them with their delicate feel. The beautiful season of spring is about to come, so we decided to spark your inspiration with a showcase of flower photos. We hope that you will fall in love with these...

Inspiration

30 Amazing Semi-Photorealistic 3D Cartoon Characters

February 22nd, 2010
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30 Amazing Semi-Photorealistic 3D Cartoon Characters

Since the origin of 3D graphics, designers attempts to create photo-realistic imagery. Although achieving genuine-looking graphics is a difficult challenge, some artists manage to achieve extraordinary results. Photorealism opens up new ways for creativity and innovation. In this collection we bring you some of the inspiring semi-photorealistic 3D cartoon characters from various artists across the globe. You’ll find famous cartoon characters, movie stars, celebrities...

Inspiration

15 Amazing Interactive Installations

February 21st, 2010
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15 Amazing Interactive Installations

By Romain Colin Here is something for a slow lousy Sunday: in this inspirational round-up we feature some outstanding interactive installations that explore the art of interaction between environment, users and machines. Extraordinary artworks. Take a look at 15 beautiful examples of interactive installations: experiments, motions, applications and more.

Development

35 Useful jQuery Plugins for Slideshows, Graphs and Text Effects

February 18th, 2010
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35 Useful jQuery Plugins for Slideshows, Graphs and Text Effects

By Angel Wardriver jQuery can empower a developer with the tools required to create a rich user experience. The way in which we display images, text, charts and graphs can enhance functionality for the wide range of users. Let’s take a look at 35 powerful and effective jQuery plugins and techniques for slideshows, graphs and text effects. Also consider our previous articles: 50 Useful...

Inspiration

40 Amazing Examples of African Digital Artworks

February 15th, 2010
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40 Amazing Examples of African Digital Artworks

African art represents one of the most diverse legacies on Earth. Though many casual observers tend to generalize “traditional” African art, the continent is full of peoples, societies, and civilizations, each with a unique visual special culture. Africa is well known for its wonderful art and culture that we are going to showcase in this post. Here, we’re presenting some of the brilliant pieces...