Sep 20 2011

Josef Müller-Brockmann: Principal Of The Swiss School

Most people think of a yogurt brand when they hear, “Swiss style.” As designers, we may be a bit more familiar with the Swiss school of design. Some call it the evolution of modern design. Others may think of it as just a step to where design style is now. Both may be correct.

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Sep 19 2011

Magnifying Glass Tutorial for Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial we will be learning how to create a Magnifying glass in perspective in Adobe Illustrator. When it comes to creating semi-realistic vector illustrations the most important items are to find the easiest way to create them, make sure to create reliability and to try to keep from creating objects with too many anchor points in order to avoid an obstacle in the printing process.

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Sep 16 2011

Types of Designers Not to Be!

Here we have somewhat of a cautionary tale for all of those in the field, to help guide us away from those behavioral models that we should all avoid. Well, that we should avoid if we do not wish to have the often negative connotations that are associated with these types of designers impacting our reputation as a member of the industry…

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Sep 15 2011

45+ Free Lessons In Graphic Design Theory

Considering how many designers are self-taught, either in whole or in part, the importance of a solid foundation in graphic design theory is often overlooked. New designers often want to jump right into creating websites, rather than learning the basics of why some designs work and some don’t. But they’re putting themselves at a disadvantage to designers who do have formal training or have taken the time to learn the principles behind good design.

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Sep 14 2011

How to Make Images Unique

We all use images — photos and illustrations — in our daily design work. Lots of them. And while the best way to make sure your images are unique is to have custom photography or illustration done for you every time, this is not very realistic. Often, due to time and/or budget constraints, we have to use royalty-free images. And, royalty-free images, by definition, are available to anyone who pays their fee…

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Sep 13 2011

25 Useful Free WordPress Plugins For Multi-Author Blogs

There are successful bloggers who exclusively write all of the content on their blogs however the vast majority of the top blogs on the web have a number of writers producing content for them on a regular basis. When you manage a multi author blog you spend less of your time writing articles and more time reviewing articles, scheduling articles and managing authors.

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Sep 12 2011

Photography in Motion : The Creativity of Cinemagraphs

Animated gifs, while being considered the bane of certain one-time popular social networking sites, have long been criticized by the design community. Seen as mere throwbacks to a less mature stage in the life of the internet, and therefore written off by many in the field. However, a creative duo took these throwbacks in a completely artistic and inspired direction. Using high speed photography and animating masked sections,/strong> of the images…

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Sep 09 2011

Create a St. Patrick’s Day Postcard in Adobe Illustrator

Today we will be creating a design fit for any number of St. Patrick’s Day uses. In this tutorial you will find useful information on how to create a pile of golden coins and a Pilgrim hat. There is one very convenient way to create a hat in Adobe Illustrator. It includes 3D effect Revolve. Revolve is a very handy tool which will create 3D objects in just a few steps. However, it has one flaw. It creates too many anchor points…

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Sep 08 2011

Compilation of Well Designed Donation Pages

As web designers and developers we tend to view the web somewhat differently than most. Our work keeps our focus tuned to the finer points of the field as we browse, even in our time off. We tend to get inspiration from this way of seeing the web. Hints of techniques or approaches to attempt for our next projects emerge from all corners of the web. And given that our next client could emerge from any arena, we need to be prepared for any and everything…

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Sep 07 2011

What Popular Movies Can Teach Us About Design

It’s a pretty safe bet to say that the vast majority of people like movies. They’re usually entertaining and sometimes even informative or thought-provoking. But most designers probably don’t pay too much attention to how they might be able to offer inspiration for website or other designs.

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