Inspiration

  • Business Cards that Work for You: Tips and Best Practices

    business card

    Business cards are a quite popular topic and, depending on your method of acquisition, a decidedly important one. The web is full of examples in a wide variety of layouts. Today there’s no shortage of creative business card designs to buy ready-made or get tailored by a designer. Therefore the bigger problem is, how to avoid getting a card design that is nothing special.



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  • Up Close and Personal: A Showcase of Macro Photography

    In the world of photography, one area brings attention to life’s finer details by focusing in a bit tighter on them. Macro photography gets up close and personal on the object before the lens, and delivers some truly moving and inspiring works of photographic art. Whatever effects are added in post, the base of these images is usually what shines through. A closer look at life through the everyday objects around us.



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  • KISS: A Showcase of Beautifully Simple Blog Design

    Simple Blog Design

    As a member of the design community you have probably heard the expression ‘KISS’ before. For those of you who haven’t, it stands for ‘Keep it Simple Stupid’. It’s an established design rule that you should not over-complicate your layouts, but rather focus on the core aims for your page. The trouble is that designing a simple web layout is notoriously difficult. Despite containing less data and less graphics, a successful minimal web design is actually very difficult to produce. There is no hiding behind flashy graphics or other such distractions. Every detail must be just right, and it is these details that can make or break a simple web design. In this article we’ll show you how minimal minimal can be and how beautiful it can get…



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  • Over Troubled Water: Showcase of Bridge Photography

    One photographic centerpiece that most certainly ends up in front of a photographer’s lens are bridges. And for good reason. Bridges capture our attention and often, because of their sheer size, they force us to take note of them. We marvel at their architectural majesty or we wonder over their history and the lives that have touched their surface. This is perhaps one of the secrets behind the popularity of bridge photography.



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  • How to Create a Great Timeline Cover Photo for Your Brand

    Facebook’s latest enhancements for both individuals and brands have changed the way to interact on the network. Besides lots of remarkable features like Timeline for brands, they also introduced Cover Photo, which is the first image a user sees after reaching the page. Cover Photo is the place where, for many, creativity begins. It is kind of a visual status update, which determines the voice and theme of the brand’s page. It is perfect to use this area for announcing new upcomings. You should of course update it frequently to retain the freshness and appeal for your fans. The following article will share some rules for the road to your success…



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  • Ways to embed a Clickable SVG-Logo into Your Website

    Save as SVG with Illustrator

    With the growing number of screen resolutions, devices that support an internet connection (desktop computer, laptops, but also tablets, mobile, TVs, and even your fridge someday), flexibility and scalability has become more and more important for websites. With the new arrival of the Macbook Pro Retina, this went a step further and brought an HiDPI display that was unknown to the market. This means a whole new challenge for web designers who have to find new ways to handle and make images size more flexible to avoid blurry rasterized effects. In this article, we will see how the SVG-format can help us solve this challenge, using an everyday example of a website header with a clickable logo.



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  • Freebie of the Day: Photoshop Action ‘The Wise Watson’

    The nice folks over at Lookfilter.com want to promote their yet to be finished collection of fresh Photoshop actions. Of the announced four actions only one is already available by now. Good for all of us, they give it away for free. Who wouldn’t appreciate a professional photography effect? And that’s exactly what you get for giving away your mail address.



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  • All of Us are Students: Interview With Designer and Podcaster Tim Smith

    For years Tim Smith has been vocal part of the design community. From the various projects and blogs that he has been a part of, to the even more literal interpretation of him being a part of the community as the voice behind the design and development related podcast, The East Wing. His enthusiasm and insights make him a valuable asset to the community, but beyond that, they make him an inspiration to all of those in this ever evolving field of web design. We had the opportunity recently to turn the tables on Tim, and put him on the other side of the interview. He was gracious enough to take time out of his busy schedule to provide some of his insights for noupe’s readers.



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  • Darktable: The free Alternative to Photoshop Lightroom goes Mac OS X

    Photographers considering using a computer based on Linux not seldom have exactly one reason to do so: Darktable. Darktable is an open source project, best compared to Adobe Lightroom. It is a photo editor following the workflow of photographers, thus having them easily feel familiar with the app. Beginners will be overwhelmed by its feature richness. Now there is another option, if you don’t want to use a Linux-system. A few days ago, Darktable has been made available for Mac OS X



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  • Art Inspiration for the Weekend Showcase

    It has been a while since we compiled a mixed bag of art inspiration for our readers, that spans multiple areas and explores numerous themes. So we thought it was about time to re-deliver on that plan and set all of our readers up for the weekend ahead. Which brings us to the fantastic array of artistic pieces that we have assembled for you below.



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