Inspiration

  • 30+ Photo Manipulations That Make Your Jaw Fall Slack

    People with a passion for photography most likely have a passion for photo manipulation also. Professionals say: “You don’t just take a photo, you make it!” It is adventurous, experimental even, playing around with your photos and pushing the boundaries of the possible. Oftentimes these attempts fail miserably, there is a whole plethora of platforms with this kind of material – especially showing off bad filter effects… The following set of images is different. Some are plain beautiful, some really astounded me. See for yourself…



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  • Totally Free: Unsplash.com delivers Hi-Resolution Photos To Your Inbox

    Commercial use photos are always appreciated. In most cases, though, licensing is not as straightforward as you would want it to be. Studying license conditions is not what most of us like to struggle with. Some countries even have legal systems in place, where it is hard for the creator to waive all his legal rights, even if he explicitly wants to. The best way to stay out of trouble is to either shoot each and every photo by yourself or choose pictures with as little license overhead as possible. The new project Unsplash.com by freelancer-platform Ooomf.com promises to deliver exactly this kind of material.



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  • Freerange Stock: Commercial Use Photos Completely Free Of Charge

    Freerange Stock, relatively new to the market, is a stock photo provider sporting a different approach. All their images are freely usable for private and commercial use alike. They don’t even force you to backlink or attribute in any other way. Money isn’t requested, either. Photographers receive a share of the Adsense revenue of the site. There is only one precondition: you need to open a member account…



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  • Steampunk in 3D Design: 40 Fascinating Time Travels

    Today we have true inspiration for 3D designers, or any designer even. We collected 40 Steampunk designs to send your mind on a time travel back to your childhood, when you were dreaming of becoming Han Solo, Darth Vader or – who knows – Chewbacca. Dreams can get hairy, can’t they? The following collection shows how much fantasy can be contained in one single designer. Admirable…



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  • Homepage Construction Kit: 40 Ready-made Elements for Web Design with Photoshop (+ how to create your own)

    It is quite common to prototype web designs in Adobe Photoshop. Although the final product will consist of large amounts of CSS driven looks, it usually turns out to be faster to use an image-editor for the first drafts. Photoshop still is designer’s first choice in many cases. Using very few basic shapes and forms you are able to creative high-grade user logins, buttons, sliders, video-players or even whole web sites.



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  • SEO 2013: 20 Most Important Contributions To Content Marketing Strategies

    WP Tags and SEO

    Google’s Penguin called it quits for some SEOs. Over-optimized websites with unnatural link structures and keyword stuffing got punished. New strategies had to be developed. Content marketing became the next big thing – a strategy I would have thought that was patently obvious. High-grade content, be it articles, videos, podcasts or infographics, proves to be the solution. Content like this needs no unnatural link support, instead builds backlinks automatically – because of the quality of it.



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  • Information Overload: A Great Infographic Is Worth a Thousand Words

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    The web is crammed full of words. There is enough content to keep you reading until you take your last breath, even if that moment is still 100 years from now. So far for the good news ;-) The bad news is, the web grows faster than you could ever possibly keep up with. Sooner or later, any netizen will suffer from information overload. I know I do already. This will become a growing problem for brands and their communication strategies as they will need to cut their messages short or risk to not get noticed. If you ask me, one of the best ways to deal with this necessity is the infographic…



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  • To Eat With Your Eyes: 40+ Delicious Food Typography Designs

    Delicatessen and fabulous fonts are two sources of inspiration for me, and when they are combined, even better! In fact, it’s really very clever to create beautiful typographical designs with food. Designers then have the chance to trigger cravings with the food, which viewers then associate with the typography. Of course, most food typography is purely for artistic purposes, but every once in a while you may come across a title font that would be perfect for that restaurant website you are building. At the very least, the following collection of food typography designs will give you some great inspiration, whether your project is a cooking contest or the creation of a new font.



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  • Back from the Shoe Box: Audio Cassette Revival Art Work by Benoit Jammes

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    Children of the Seventies and the Eighties are likely to be particularly interested in what we want to show you today. French artist Benoit Jammes found a bunch of audio cassettes in his basement, yet did no longer own the appropriate player hardware. So he went ahead and sculptured the former sound sources to something more visual. We had a little talk with Benoit…



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  • Enhance Your Photography: 10 Simple Steps to Mastering Composition

    "Light is Life" by Ian Plant

    What makes a great photograph? Is there any one aspect of the process which separates the merely good from the truly magnificent? Many candidates immediately spring to mind, such as subject matter, light, mood, and moment. One aspect clearly rises above the rest, and is the thread which ties all of these other qualities together. Composition—the artistic arrangement and placement of visual elements within the picture frame—is the most difficult aspect of the art of photography to master, and also the most important.



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