Archive | Art & Graphic Design

Tips & Bits: More or Less?

October 17, 2011

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If less is more, does that mean more is less? Discover how keeping things simple can lead to success. An exclusive jeweler in Switzerland that specializes in fine rings, bracelets, and necklaces has a display window that measures about 15 feet wide and 4 feet deep. Instead of creating a comprehensive presentation to demonstrate their [...]

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Free Fridays #13: Infographic Tools, PS Actions and Spooky Halloween Wallpapers!

October 14, 2011

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Who likes Free! I do, I do! Free from oppression, free of the chains that bind you and the freedom of choosing the new paths in your life! Oh yeah… and Free stuff!! So before you head off into a new freedom adventure (even if its just the weekend), finish off your week wtih free [...]

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Learn How to Create Alluring Landing Pages

October 14, 2011

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Most people prefer NOT to be sold something. They want to be wooed. The act of sales-by-seduction can be a fun and exciting experience. Is your landing page up to it? While it’s true that visitors to your landing page want to be educated and get help to make rational purchasing decisions, they yearn to [...]

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Let LinkedIn Help Increase Your Company’s Connections

October 14, 2011

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LinkedIn is an effective vehicle for any company to network with connections in the industry, with vendors and partners. Here are some techniques designed to help you: improve the visibility of your LinkedIn content with search engines improve the visibility of your LinkedIn content within the LinkedIn community increase the exposure of your LinkedIn updates improve [...]

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Graphic Design Roundup #51: Gender and Design

October 12, 2011

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“Girls like dolls and pink. Boys like fire trucks and red.” To the average pre-schooler, the differences are obvious. This just goes to show that gender does matter in design. The ways in which gender is taken into account during the design process is important because it is estimated that women control 85% of spending. [...]

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Art of Design #38: Pushing the Envelope

October 11, 2011

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Art of Design #38: Pushing the Envelope

Direct response is part art and part science. It’s where creativity can be measured in dollars and cents. The envelope gets opened, or it doesn’t. It’s that simple. So for all of you folks on the front lines of creating packages that must be opened and need to stimulate sales, here are some award winning examples from our friends Down Under!

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Free Fridays #12: No Charge For These

October 7, 2011

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Free Fridays #12: No Charge For These

Gotta love Retro Robots!

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Photobomb #47: Tutorials, lessons, education and more!

October 6, 2011

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This edition of the BOMB focuses on educational opportunities. Here you’ll find tutorials on shooting portraits, landscapes, families, children and how to review photography – both your own and that of others. Plus there’s good advice on how to take better pictures and some tips for beginners. Ready, aim, start clicking!

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Design Roundup #50: Top 10 Websites for Designers

October 5, 2011

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Design Roundup #50: Top 10 Websites for Designers

Each month, HOW editors peruse hundreds of websites to find the best of the best—the Top 10 Websites for Designers. In reviewing these websites, the editors are looking for exceptional design as well as functionality.

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Art of Design #37: In Typography, Context is Everything

October 4, 2011

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(Or: How Having a Baby Made One Designer Appreciate Comic Sans.)

Vincent Connare’s simple and innocent type face has long been thought of as one of the low points of good taste in design. People who don’t even know what "sans" means are quite willing to pass judgment on this humble font.

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Paper Ephemera & Collectibles: The Original Swatch

September 30, 2011

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Paper Ephemera & Collectibles: The Original Swatch

The things we take for granted today often become the collectibles of the future. These swatches for fabrics were not intended as either art or artifact, yet they somehow transcend their practical functionality. In fact, they act as snapshots of a time and place. Not only is the typography appealing, these simple frames for a wide variety of textile patterns for clothes and furniture from the past are capsules offer a glimpse back in time.

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Key Trends That Will Shape the Future of Infographics

September 30, 2011

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Key Trends That Will Shape the Future of Infographics

Now that everyone loves them, early adopters and forward thinkers will want to know, “What is next for the infographic?” Is the Infographic still soaring or marked for doom?

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Free Fridays #11: Dress Making Patterns, Dreamweaver, Brochures

September 30, 2011

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Free Fridays #11: Dress Making Patterns, Dreamweaver, Brochures

Can you smell it? Smells like freedom! The freedom of the weekend! Before you go into that sweet dew of the weekend, check out the latest FREE resources for all your design needs and have some fun things to work on when Monday hits!   30+ Free Dress Making Patterns 20 Creative Free Templates for Bloggers [...]

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Photobomb #46: Low Light Photography, the Galaxy, and Why You Fail

September 29, 2011

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Photobomb #46: Low Light Photography, the Galaxy, and Why You Fail

Go on a photowalk to capture some wildlife with low light photography. Then make those HDR photos you took into black and white gems and print them on metal to really make them pop! You can do all this and more by just reading today’s Photobomb! 11 Tips for your next Photowalk   Low Light [...]

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Graphic Design Roundup #49: Question Marks and Exclamation Points Make Their Marks on Design

September 28, 2011

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Graphic Design Roundup #49: Question Marks and Exclamation Points make their marks on design

Question marks and exclamation points are not just used for punctuation. They’re quite versatile and make very nifty design elements, too. Over the years, these handy stops along the keyboard of life have been featured in movie posters, book covers, print ads, outdoor billboards, television commercials and now emails and websites. These samples of some [...]

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