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The Smashing Book #3: A Book Review

May 15th, 2012
by Robert Bowen
6
The Smashing Book #3: A Book Review

Editor's Note - Though Noupe is affiliated with Smashing Magazine, this piece is strictly the opinion of the author. When I was first contacted with a reviewer's copy of The Smashing Book #3 I was both excited, and a little bit terrified. I was extremely excited to get a peek at the book before...

Design

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Detailed Lifebuoy Illustration

May 14th, 2012
by Andrei Marius
9
Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Detailed Lifebuoy Illustration

In the following Adobe Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a semi-realistic lifebuoy graphic. We'll start with a bunch of concentric circles and some basic vector shape building techniques. Once we create the starting shapes we'll continue with some Pathfinder options, several Warp and Gaussian Blur effects plus some basic...

Design

A Collection of Eye Catching Poster Design

May 11th, 2012
by Tom Ross
13
A Collection of Eye Catching Poster Design

Poster design is a true art form. Often the best posters will be bold, eye catching and visually intense, yet minimal and elegant at the same time. As with logo design, often a great poster will be great for what it omits, as well as what it features.

Development

The Smashing Book #3 “Redesign The Web” Is Out!

May 10th, 2012
by Noupe Editorial Team
12
The Smashing Book #3 “Redesign The Web” Is Out!

The new Smashing Books have finally arrived—freshly printed, neatly packed and ready to be shipped to you, our dear reader. We believe this is by far the best book we've produced so far. We are very proud and excited, and the initial verdict has been thoroughly positive, yet in the end it's up to you to decide how valuable and...

IMHO

McMarketing: McDonalds Marketing And Advertising Hits And Pits

May 9th, 2012
by Speider Schneider
13
McMarketing: McDonalds Marketing And Advertising Hits And Pits

It’s not good for you but every now and then, we all hit the drive thru for something quick and easy. The golden arches are the most recognized brand in the United States, if not the world. When my family moved from Brooklyn to St. Louis, my three-year old son saw the...

Inspiration

Faded Glory: A Showcase of Low Saturation Photography

May 8th, 2012
by Angie Bowen
7
Faded Glory: A Showcase of Low Saturation Photography

There are many photographers who aim for vibrant explosions of color in their work. Using these bright hues to connect with and move the viewer. Though there are some who take a different path for reaching their audience, however color still plays a part. They actually process the photos to lower the...

Design

World of Watercolor: Beautiful Watercolor Effects in Web Design and Tutorials

May 7th, 2012
by Nousheen Aquil
8
World of Watercolor: Beautiful Watercolor Effects in Web Design and Tutorials

Using watercolor in web design is not a new thing that designers are implementing, by any means. In fact, it has been used in web design for years. In no small part due to the fact that digital watercolor effects are inspiring and attention-grabbing, and on top of that,...

Design

The Human Touch: Building User Relationships and Trust In Web Design

May 4th, 2012
by Nataly Birch
15
The Human Touch: Building User Relationships and Trust In Web Design

When creating websites you have to consider a great deal of aspects such as usability, visual-appeal, the technical side, and last but not least, brand building. Many successful and profitable businesses have been tackled this brand building with user-centric website design. They do this for different reasons, but the...

Inspiration

Creative Construction: A Collection of Crafty Collage Art

May 3rd, 2012
by Robert Bowen
8
Creative Construction: A Collection of Crafty Collage Art

For so many of us who work in the realms of the digital, our creative processes can often come up a bit lacking in the physical, hands-on area. Which is why it can often be so inspiring to take a virtual tour of traditional artists' works whose processes are often extremely hands-on....

Design

Turn It Up: Musically Inspired Logo Design

May 2nd, 2012
by Kendra Gaines
8
Turn It Up: Musically Inspired Logo Design

Many artists, whether digital or traditional find much inspiration in music. It often serves as a great mind opener for large amounts of creativity and style to be ushered in. Some artists believe music helps them to see shapes and colors, and often offers up feelings and emotions to help them execute their...

Design

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Semi-Realistic Oil Barrel Illustration

May 1st, 2012
by Andrei Marius
11
Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Semi-Realistic Oil Barrel Illustration

In the following Adobe Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a semi-realistic oil barrel illustration. First, we'll use several rectangles along with some professional pixel perfect vector shape building techniques to create the starting shapes. Next, we'll break some of the starting shapes apart as needed using a bunch...

Inspiration

Art in Fractions: Showcase of Sculpted Miniatures

April 30th, 2012
by Angie Bowen
7
Art in Fractions: Showcase of Sculpted Miniatures

There are often times when we look at the world around us seeking inspiration, and that inspiration takes us into grand explorations of larger than life worlds and themes. And then there are some who take their inspiration and go in a different direction. They work on a much smaller scale. One-twelfth to...