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55 Inspiring Examples of Gradients in Web Design Gradients are a great way to add interest, color, and even depth to a web design. You can use the same color in many shades, many shades of many colors or several other combinations you may think of. You can go linear or radial. The point is that gradients are beautiful and can give your website a very unique style. You can use a cool gradient for the whole website design, or only in the header, footer or just in a couple elements of it, but I’m pretty sure about one thing: combining the right colors and shades will make you a gradient lover! You will start using gradients all over, maybe even at your dinning room wall. So here is our inspirational selection for this week: beautiful gradients in web design. serj.ca Holdfire onehub theserved.com foehn ectomachine socialsnack standrewsmtairy.org Charlie Gentle lionite adworks istudentpro.com reinvigorate four24 newism icebrrg MediaLoot Envato marshillchurch.org gositewave.com Bluedots Design markmeup.co.uk Beehive App Satisfaction Remote playintraffik.com Glitch

An Architect’s Toolbox and Quality Management System Bio Russell Curtis is the founder and director of London-based architectural practice RCKa, a finalist for 2011 Young Architect of the Year. His firm employs Evernote as its main content management and collaboration tool. I use Evernote, Everywhere WindowsiPadAndroid I use Evernote for managing content and collaborating with colleagues at my architectural firm I started using Evernote about four years ago, but in the last twelve months, it’s become a core tool at my firm. Evernote as a central database Besides being a tool that everyone at the firm uses for various projects, Evernote is the universal database for our practice. Working together on the go Evernote is hugely helpful for storing all information related to a building project because we can carry all of this documentation with us everywhere. Evernote has fundamentally changed the way we do business. Whether we’re at the office or on the go, we are constantly adding information to our Shared Notebooks. More ways to use Evernote

Illustrator | BittBox Need vectors? 3200+ Royalty Free Vectors! Need a ton of illustrations in a really short time? How to Plan Your Freelancing Design Income One of the most difficult problems that you will face as a freelance designer is knowing how much money you need to earn each month as a designer. If you don’t get a handle on your income early on, you may find that you can’t continue as a freelancer. In this post, we’ll examine some of the factors that you must take into consideration when planning your monthly earnings. Read More… Illustrator Quick Tip: Align to Key Anchor (point) Today I want to share a quick alignment tip for Illustrator (I’m using CS4).

Designing Style Guidelines For Brands And Websites - Smashing Magazine Advertisement A website is never done. Everyone has worked on a project that changed so much after it launched that they no longer wanted it in their portfolio. Edward Tufte once said: “Great design is not democratic; it comes from great designers. Why Create A Style Guide? You’ll have an easy guide to refer to when handing over the project.Makes you look professional. Branding Guidelines: What To Include? Strategic Brand Overview This should be short and sweet. 1See Kew’s branding guidelines2. Kew uses strong photography in its “brand essence” message, with a few paragraphs that both inspire and define the brand. Logos For print and Web, most brands revolve around the logo. 3See Cunard’s branding guidelines4. Cunard provides many variations on its minimum sizes. 5See Think Brick’s branding guidelines6. Provide logos with different colors, and specify which colours are allowed. Show Examples of What and What Not to Do You’re a professional, and you know better than to mess around with logos.

Animation Trends 2012: Discover the hottest new forms and styles - Feature There’s a buzz around animation at the moment – and not simply because the most recent UK budget contained a government promise that the animation industry would be granted the same tax breaks as film companies already enjoy. Accompanying this is a widespread sense that what is possible within animation is entering ever more exciting territory. If there is one overarching theme, it is that the artificial boundaries between the different genres – CG, motion graphics, handcrafted, stop motion – are being torn down. Creatives are increasingly working in whatever animation medium suits their project, rather than confining themselves to one. From such explorations, unique styles are being born. “It’s not super-new, but there definitely seems to be a trend in mixed-media animation,” says California-based animator Gabe Askew. Brazilian animator Guilherme Marcondes, who is based in New York, agrees. Another thread is that creative tools are becoming even more powerful and accessible. Intro

WeGraphics Create a Quick and Easy 3D Type Effect Clean and modern 3D type is a cool effect, and it’s surprisingly quick and easy to create. With the combination of Photoshop and Illustrator, this effect is can be created in minutes. Let’s take a look at how it’s done. Create a Painted Portrait Effect in Illustrator Using the Bristle Brush In the past, when I wanted to create a paint-like effect, I always opened Photoshop and relied on the trusty old bitmap graphic. Illustrator Quick Tip: Create Decorative Swirls in Minutes Using the Width Tool I’ve always been a huge fan of Si Scott. 5 Simple Tricks to Enhance Your Textures in Photoshop I take a lot of texture photos. Photoshop Quick Tip: Improving Workflow Using Auto-Select There is a tool in Photoshop that I use so often that I don’t even think about it. Create an Easy Stitched Fabric Type Style in Photoshop Stitched fabric type can add a realistic element to your designs. Illustrator Quick Tip: Embellish a Script Font Using the Trim Pathfinder

81 of the best logo design resources I’ve searched my bookmarks and gathered your top tips, culminating in this selection of sites, books, articles and designers. Resource topics Click a topic to jump to that section. Type foundries // Back to resource topics Books Catch a few more recommended reads here: A few good books. Logo history History of popular logo designs, categorised in alphabetical order with a search feature, tooThe Evolution of Tech Company Logos, how famous logos came to be, from NeatoramaThe Evolution of Car Logos, more historical insights over on NeatoramaBranding Firefox, a short insight into the history of the Firefox browser Trends “Logo trends” is a bit of an oxymoron. Articles Design agencies Independent identity designers Awards Blogs Identity Designed, case studies from around the worldIdentityworks, by Tony SpaethBrand New, Armin Vit focuses on corporate and brand identity workSpeak Up on Identity, from the now defunct Speak Up Showcases Style guides and manuals Further resources

3D Printing and the legal system; if you think Napster was tough - Global Toy News 3D printing has arrived. How can you tell; because a consumer products company has filed a lawsuit against a user? What is going to happen next is a bit like what happened to the music and video industries except this one is going to involve the toy industry and anyone else who is in the consumer products business. Jean-Christian Jung, a co-owner of Globe Trotoys (the make of “Deglingos) and soemone who follows 3D printing closely, sent me an article from Wired Magazine entitled “Clive Thompson on 3-D Printing’s Legal Morass.” Here is how Clive Thompson puts it: When I first heard about 3-D printers, I figured the trend wouldn’t go mainstream for decades, if ever. This has all the makings of an epic and surreal legal battle. Thompson goes on to say, however, that in this case, the law is more favorable to the copiers then were the laws regarding music and video. What is going to happen next? As I have been writing for several years now, 3D printing is a disruptive technology that could

Vector Diary Design blogs, 200+ best of There are hundreds of design related blogs out there. So many that it becomes a daunting task to pick up only the handful of blogs you really need to follow. The task of weeding out becomes even more difficult when you take into account that a large quantity of new blogs comes out every day. There is a clear need for some kind of a beginner’s road map don’t you think? We have not chosen only our favorite blogs. General design discussion Ever wonder which blogs do web celebrities read? 1. David Airey is one of the most respected voices in branding. 2. What hasn’t been said about these guys? 3. Tired of reading? 4. Eric Karjaluoto is a Vancouver based designer with incredible expertise on design, branding and user experience. he speaks, reflects and rants just about everything design concerned. 5. 6. This is the best place around to procrastinate productively. 7. Jason is one of the vets designers in the world. 8. 9. 10. Jina Bolton is an internationally renown CSS expert. 11. 13. 14.

Now You Can Become a Micro-Movie Producer and a Toy Manufacturer - Global Toy News Common wisdom is that you create a new product and then you come up with a marketing plan. But maybe, in the 21st Century you do the reverse. That’s according to a very interesting article in Fast Company by Ben Paynter entitled: “Want to Make a Hit Toy like Air Swimmers? The article focuses on Mark Forti, founder and CEO of the William Mark Corporation who drove sales of “Air Swimmers” in the US by creating a series of funny videos which he posted on YouTube. His efforts were so successful that he says it actually reversed the way he thinks about products. Forti has, over the years tried everything from DRTV to QVC to in-store videos to live demonstrations and what he has found is that what is most effective in moving a product is people seeing it in action. The video should be are “pretty low-fi.” Here is what I think: Though what Forti is doing is a breakthrough in conventional thinking it really is not that new. Make your mini-movie and then license to yourself.

Fuel Your Creativity Fireworks vs Photoshop Compression Surprisingly enough, based on the findings from my recent survey there are quite a bit of Fireworks users. Personally, I never used Fireworks. Photoshop is alway my first choice for designing—from image editing to designing mock-ups. But, did you know that Fireworks is way better than Photoshop in term of image compression? I'm not a software engineer, I can't explain why Fireworks can compress better. But I can prove it to you by showing a series of experiments I did. Loading ... PNG Compression For testing purpose, I used an un-compressed image with transparency. GIF Compression Next I exported the image to GIF 256 colors, adaptive, with no dither. JPG Compression Now, I'm going to try the JPG compression with a different image. Please note: Fireworks and Photoshop have different compression technology. 80% compression rate in Fireworks is relevant to Photoshop 60% compression rate. What Is The Big Deal? You're probably thinking: what is the big deal? Conclusion

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