Business Online

Building an Online Web Design Portfolio: Tools, Themes, and Templates

May 25th, 2012
by Diana Kole
17
Building an Online Web Design Portfolio: Tools, Themes, and Templates

There many benefits to having an online web design portfolio, but there is something more than beneficial to displaying web design work online, in the arena in which it was intended; it just feels at home. Optimized and ready to show off its full potential. A high-quality portfolio can leverage...

Design

Scratching the Surface: A Showcase of Scratchboard Illustration

May 24th, 2012
by Noupe Editorial Team
5
Scratching the Surface: A Showcase of Scratchboard Illustration

There are some illustrators who take their talents a little bit deeper, while still scratching the surface. Bad pun aside, scratchboard illustration is an amazing artform, one that we our turning our inspirational spotlight on for this new post. By scratching their works from these special surfaces, and at times combining them...

Inspiration

Taste in Design: Collection of Inspired Cake Designs

May 23rd, 2012
by Robert Bowen
10
Taste in Design: Collection of Inspired Cake Designs

As we celebrate various life events, one tasty, sweet centerpiece that often makes an appearance is a cake. Over the years, cake designers have really taken their art to decadent and daring new heights. The artistic approaches to cake design have wrought some spectacular examples that not only spark your imagination, but...

Boilerplates & Other Tools

Collection of the Coolest Uses of the Google Maps API

May 22nd, 2012
by Nathan Francis
7
Collection of the Coolest Uses of the Google Maps API

Without a doubt Google Maps has opened new windows to our world and enabled us to look at ourselves a little differently. The ingenuity of 3rd party developers using the Google Maps API has created a dazzling array of apps and tools that range from the brilliant to the bizarre....

Design

Selling Art: Creative and Artistic Advertisements

May 21st, 2012
by Kendra Gaines
5
Selling Art: Creative and Artistic Advertisements

We live in a world, in a society, where it's almost impossible to go a day or a couple of hours or even a few of minutes without trying to be sold something. Sometimes an opportunity to purchase can present itself subtly; perhaps a friend has a product you like or perhaps you drove...

Design

Websites With Seamless Social Media Integration

May 18th, 2012
by Wes McDowell
18
Websites With Seamless Social Media Integration

Well, its official: social media is here to stay. While it can be difficult to keep up with the ever-changing social landscape, a basic understanding and implementation of the different platforms available can get big results. Companies of all sizes are taking advantage of the free publicity and word-of-mouth that social media can offer...

Inspiration

Analog Art: A Showcase of Fabulous Pencil Drawings

May 17th, 2012
by Angie Bowen
5
Analog Art: A Showcase of Fabulous Pencil Drawings

For most of us, one of the first tools we use for drawing pictures (beyond the crayons and finger paint of our early days) is a pencil. Be it a lead based or colored pencil, these analog artist tools are still a big staple among artists and designers alike. As designers many...

IMHO

The Mobile Web: CSS Image Replacement for Retina Display Devices

May 16th, 2012
by Stephanie Walter
13
The Mobile Web: CSS Image Replacement for Retina Display Devices

I see more and more devices that have a pixel ratio bigger than 1.5, even 2. My Galaxy Nexus for example has a pixel ratio of 2 and so do the latest versions of the iPhone and iPad. Retina display seems to be the next evolution and next challenge for...

IMHO

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...