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Finding Inspiration in Uncommon Sources: 12 Places to Look - Smashing Magazine

Finding Inspiration in Uncommon Sources: 12 Places to Look - Smashing Magazine
Advertisement Inspiration can be a fickle thing. Most designers, when lacking ideas, turn to design galleries to find ideas. But there are a few problems with that approach. The most obvious is that when taking inspiration from similar mediums, there’s a fine line between “inspired by” and “copied”. To some extent, looking at established website designs can also be somewhat limiting, especially if you’re looking for a fresh solution to a problem. There are so many things designers could be turning to for inspiration outside of design galleries. Fashion The world of fashion has a long and varied artistic history. Taking inspiration from both modern and historical fashion can be a great way to infuse something new and fresh in your website designs. Look at the overall scale of an outfit and mimic it.Color schemes are one of the easiest areas to adapt.Look at the lines of a garment and emulate them in your designs.Fabric textures and patterns are another easy-to-mimic area. Photography Travel Related:  inspiration n1

The Long Barn Studio by Nicolas Tye Architects Bedfordshire office Nicolas Tye Architects set about building this new studio for themselves when the company outgrew a space in the director's home. Called The Long Barn Studio, the building takes the form of a glass box with larch-clad ends. The south facade features a series of 'pods', also clad in larch, that contain a library, reprographics area, toilets and meeting room. Designed to house a team of up to twelve people, the design features Corten steel detailing and limestone flooring. It also incorporates a wind turbine, rainwater harvesting, reed-bed sewage treatment, compost facilities and a staff vegetable garden. The project was nominate for the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize in 2009. See also: Office in the Woods by Selgascano (June 2009) The following information is from Nicolas Tye Architects: The Long Barn Studio for Nicolas Tye Architects The Long Barn Studio is located within Mid-Bedfordshire, on the outskirts of the village of Maulden. Inclusive Design Key consultants and suppliers

26 Professional Photoshop Retouching Tutorials Adobe Photoshop is the go-to tool for digital artists when it comes to professionally retouching images. Enhancing and retouching photos in Photoshop is an effective way to "work with what you’ve got". There are many tips, tricks, and techniques for improving things like skin tone and imperfections, and enhancing the photo subject’s features. 1. Learn how to improve a poorly taken photograph by reducing its noise in this Photoshop subject-enhancing tutorial. 2. You can learn how to lower the amount of beard stubbles a person has by reading this excellent Photoshop retouching tutorial. 3. This tutorial goes over an easy method for digitally applying makeup on a subject for a beautiful and realistic outcome. 4. You can use Photoshop to change a photo subject’s eye color by reading through this tutorial that shares a simple method for doing so using Quick Mask Mode and Color Balance Image Adjustments. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26.

DesignFloat - Web Design News & Tips 10 Gorgeous Social Media Infographics Infographics make information easy to consume. Mundane Charts vs Info graphics: Although they are essentially driven by the same set of information, our eyes are more attached to the ones that give aesthetic pleasure. Below are 10 that might suit your social media taste buds. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Catch more at webdoctus.

Creative Bookmarks: Best of February 2010 February was a great month full of awesome tutorials, interesting articles and interviews, and stunning showcases for inspiration. Photoshop Tutorials Super Easy Typographic Portrait in Photoshop This tutorial, from Abduzeedo, will show you how to use the Displace filter and some Blend Modes to a great looking typographic portrait. Create a Stylish Grunge Poster with 3D Typography in Photoshop This tutorial shows you how to make a great looking grunge poster in Photohop. How to Create a Somber Composition in Photoshop In this tutorial, from PSDTuts+, you’ll learn how to manipulate stock images and other objects to create this amazing composition. How to Give a Retro Look to Your Photos The tutorial is perfect for Photoshop beginners who are looking to understand how to manipulate colors using adjustment layers and filters. How to Make a Worn Vintage Beach Ad in Photoshop In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a worn out vintage beach ad in Photoshop. Neon with Layer Styles

The Ross Street House by Richard Wittschiebe Hand Architects Carol Richard, founding partner of the Atlanta-based architecture firm Richard Wittschiebe Hand, has designed her own home in Madison, Wisconsin. Full description after the photos…. The Ross Street House by Richard Wittschiebe Hand Architects Carol Richard, founding partner of the Atlanta-based architecture firm Richard Wittschiebe Hand, returned home to Madison, Wisconsin last summer to build her house. The southfacing lot sits among a mix of houses in the Madison neighborhood of Glenway. The 2,700 square foot design is a simple form with cues taken from the southfacing lot. Primary exterior materials are 6” tongue and groove cedar siding with a metal roof. The main level is an open plan with service elements on the west side and living spaces on the east side. Water conservation efforts include dual-flush toilets, low-flow faucets, a tankless water heater, and a rain water retention system for garden irrigation. Photography by Zane Williams

45 Tutoriales de Photoshop para practicar Yo soy de la creencia de que Photoshop es un poco como el deporte, tienes que entrenar y practicar a menudo para estar en un estado de forma correcto para rendir a un buen nivel. En esta entrada quedan 45 fantásticos tutoriales para entrenar con Photoshop y aprender nuevas técnicas que posteriormente podéis aplicar en vuestros trabajos tanto personales como profesionales. Hay un poco de todo, desde tutoriales de efectos especiales hasta de creación de objetos. A practicar se ha dicho. Fuente | Designm.ag Create a Powerful Human Disintegration Effect in Photoshop Create a Futuristic Bicycle Icon in Photoshop Design a Detailed Audio Receiver Icon in Photoshop Create a Medieval Landscape in Photoshop Character Design for the Boomrock Saints Create “Cool” Typography Using Paths in Photoshop How to Create Cityscape Concept Art Use Photoshop to Create a Still-Life Lamp, Nightstand, and Picture Frame Design a Conceptual Album Cover in Photoshop How to Make a Textured 3D Spray Can Nike Hair in Photoshop

Iniciativa Colectiva Art Magazine 25+ Useful Infographics for Web Designers Infographics can be a great way to quickly reference information. Instead of pouring over figures and long reports to decipher data, an infographic can immediately make apparent exactly what a dataset actually means. Below are more than 25 infographics that can be useful to web designers. Some are incredibly practical, some provide information that might be of interest to designers and some just present data that might be interesting to those who design websites all day. If you know of any good ones that we may have missed, please add them in the comments section below. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27.

15 (More!) Creative Bookcases & Book Storage Solutions | Design + Ideas on WU 15 (More!) Creative Bookcases & Book Storage Solutions Article by Steve, filed under Furniture & Decor in the Design category. Books may seem ever more anachronistic as electronics and the Internet continue to supplant their traditional roles, yet there will always be a place for books in our lives – and in our homes. The REK Bookcase (image via: Dezeen) Book storage turning you into a nervous wreck? (image via: Skyscraper City) REK reminds one of the Cafe Wall Illusion made famous by the Australian Customs Service building. The Platzhalter Bookcase (images via: Gizmodo and Shoplet) The Platzhalter bookshelf has a split personality, which happens to be a good thing. Bookman Is On The Case (image via: Declubz) Remember that Seinfeld episode where Jerry’s being harassed by uber-diligent library cop, Lieutenant Bookman over an overdue book? Coast To Coast, Cover To Cover (images via: Neatorama, Visualingual and 770) The Reaction Bookcase (images via: Trends Updates and A.P.C.I) Yin Yang Bookcase

House in Buzen by Suppose Design Office Here's another project from Japanese studio Suppose Design Office, this time a house in Buzen, Japan, where separate structures are connected under a glass canopy. Update: this project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for £12. Called House in Buzen, the wood-clad residence features courtyards and corridors where children can play under the glazed roof. More about Suppose Design Office on Dezeen: Lodge hair Salon (February 2010)Karis cardboard boutique (February 2010)Cloud at Designtide Tokyo (November 2009)Nature Factory (August 2009)House in Minamimachi (July 2009)House in Matsuyama (July 2009)House in Nagoya (July 2009)House in Saijo (July 2009)House in Jigozen (June 2009)House in Sakuragawa (June 2009)House in Kamakura (June 2009) Here are some more details from the designers: House in Buzen Rather than a park or garden that was built to be played in, we wanted to make a house with a courtyard that would become a playground naturally.

Ilustraciones para inspirarse I Quisiera hacer una pequeña lista de ilustradores de distintas zonas del mundo que pueden servirnos de inspiración. Cada uno a su manera y con una técnica y un tendencia distinta consiguen llegar al espectador con sus imágenes de una u otra forma. Utilizando los colores planos, la acuarela, el óleo, el cómic o las ilustración más clásica todos pueden ser de gran ejemplo para cualquier creativo o artista que trabaje con la imagen. Mateusz Kolek es un ilustrador polaco que vive en Cracovia en la actualidad y cuyas ilustraciones recuerdan en cierta manera a la ilustración oriental, aunque no todas siguen esta línea, pero se pueden incluir dentro de la tipología estilo cómic. Os aconsejo que visitéis su página web para disfrutar de su creatividad : www.mateuszkolek.com Un estilo muy peculiar y personal tiene Chris Berens, un artista de los Países Bajos que representa un auténtico universo personal y de ensoñación muy sutil y delicado con gran significado de fondo muy profundo.

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