Inspiration

  • Best of GIMP: 40 Professional Tutorials to Level Up your Skills

    The Gimp is where you go, if you don’t go for Photoshop. There is no other free alternative with such a grand feature-set. There is only little that can’t be done using Gimp. The large community behind the project works on getting this little even smaller. Did you know that there are really great tutorials out there, not only to help you get started? In fact, the tutorial scene behind Gimp does not need to hide in any way. We’ve curated the best of the best tutorials in the following article..



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    Street Creativity: The Art of Japanese Manhole Covers

    Of all the complaints you’ll hear from creatives about disrespectful clients, on all of the websites dedicated to crazy, and rude clients, you’ll never see the name of a Japanese creative, complaining about a client. Why is that? Perhaps because in a country that values creativity, that entitles creatives as “living treasures,” clients don’t try to talk jobs worth thousands, down to $50, or come up with excuses to not pay for work done. Before you pack up and move to Japan, enjoy this collection of street art, an outdoor gallery of manhole cover art, and dream of a place where you are worshipped for your creative abilities.



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  • September 2013: 10 Best Free Hi-Res Photos by Unsplash

    A few months ago we introduced you to Unsplash.com, a project by Ooomf. Since then they kept promise and regularly released new images. Quality varies though. That’s why we decided to help separate the wheat from the chaff by publishing only the 10 best images released in September 2013. Have fun and do whatever you want with these gorgeous photos…



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  • There We Go: 25+ Incredible Sites Created Using Website Builders

    It seems that website builders are on the rise lately. These sites boast the capability of helping anyone create a professional website, with no technical experience at all. While not all website builders are all that they claim to be, many do provide everything needed for even those with a blind design eye to end up with a fairly nice-looking website. Some of the more flexible web builders – those with more advanced features – are attracting web designers, since they can create almost any website they imagine without needing to know code.



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  • Photoshop Time Travel: 40 Retro and Vintage Effects For That Aged Look You Don’t Want To See In The Mirror

    Vintage and retro effects, those that make images look dated, are common and beloved, while at the same time simple to create. It only takes a few steps in Adobe Photoshop to design that cool retro poster or that auld frame around the latest photo or to let that all too clean graphic age a few decades. The examples we dug up today will surely inspire, probably even impress you…



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  • Pedal to the Metal: Websites should Drive like a BMW, Not a Barbie Car

    What kid doesn’t lust after his or her own set of wheels? From an early age, kids want to get in the car and go – and for little girls, the ever-so-wonderful pink plastic Barbie car can provide hours of cul-de-sac circling and sidewalk cruising.



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  • 40 Extraordinary Package Designs For Your Inspiration

    Good package design does a great job. It urges customers to buy, it informs, sports a unique look and gives the product a memorable, at least recognizable face. What we are going to show you today are prototypes. Most of these didn’t yet make into your favorite shopping mall, but might do so any day soon. What do you think of these avantgarde designs? They are well worth the inspiration, aren’t they …



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  • And Again: 10 Fresh And Free Hi-Res-Images From Unsplash.com

    A few weeks ago we introduced you to Unsplash.com, a project by Ooomf. Over the weekend our inbox saw another update with 10 more photos by different photographers, we thought we should share with you. If you want to receive regular updates on new photos, subscribe to their mailing list. Yet, if the quality of their contributions stays at the recent quality level, you can expect to see the photos on Noupe, too.



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  • More Free Photos: 10 Fresh Hi-Res-Images From Unsplash.com

    A few weeks ago we introduced you to Unsplash.com, a project by Ooomf. Today our inbox saw another update with 10 more photos by different photographers, we thought we should share with you. If you want to receive regular updates on new photos, subscribe to their mailing list. Yet, if the quality of the contributions stays at the recent quality level, you can expect to see their photos on Noupe, too.



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  • Designer’s Basic Toolset: 10 Awesome Freebies

    Every project is different, yet somehow the same. The latter makes it harder over time to fuel your creativity anew each time a client demands it. Things start to resemble more and more, the longer your designer’s career endures. This is because you are living in the boundaries of your own mindset. Of course you know that and have initiated strategies against it, e.g. surfing other websites for inspiration. Scribbling around on a piece of paper is another alternative. If you are more on the shirtsleeved side of things (read: like me), you will most probably look into collections of freebies. I do frequently, regularly, always…



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