55 Hi's | A Greetings Collective Two Fish Illustration & Design The Anatomy Of An Infographic: 5 Steps To Create A Powerful Visual Information is very powerful but for the most bit it is bland and unimaginative. Infographics channel information in a visually pleasing, instantly understandable manner, making it not only powerful, but extremely beautiful. Once used predominantly to make maps more approachable, scientific charts less daunting and as key learning tools for children, inforgraphics have now permeated all aspects of the modern world. I designed a couple of infographics back in college, the need arising especially around the time Soccer World Cup fever spiked. Infographics can appear daunting to some with the sheer amount of data they present, but designed in the right manner and step by step, they can actually be one of the most fun things you will ever create. Today I am going to walk you through the anatomy of an infographic, its different levels and sub-levels and a 5-step process to ensure that your infographic is not only conceptually sound, but accurate and easily understood. Anatomy Of An Infographic
What I Made CreamScoop / Front-end Web Development SEO & Web | Memphis Website Design & Development by Deluge Studios Five Minute Upgrade | Build Internet! Add a Mobile Landing Page to Your Site Give mobile visitors a way to quickly access your company phone number, email, or just directions to the office. Five Minute Upgrade – Make Your Workstation (More) Ergonomic If you pile on hour after hour in front of a screen, maybe you should take the time to make sure you’re as comfortable as you could possibly be – which is where ergonomics comes in. Five Minute Upgrade – Writing Blog Post Titles That Grab Attention How are you going to make the perfect elevator pitch for your article? Five Minute Upgrade – Making Your Design Pop Don’t get hung up on a dull design, before jumping ship take a minute to get versed in how to add some extra flair. Five Minute Upgrade – Increase Scannability The average visitor is not going to take the time to read everything you have written, they will glance over it. Five Minute Upgrade – Variety in Title and Body Fonts Are you a one font wonder? Five Minute Upgrade – Header Hierarchy Headings can be tricky business.
50 Amazing Gig Posters Sure to Inspire The gig poster scene isn’t exactly the best kept secret among music fiends like myself. It is a tradition that started in the 60′s and is still going strong. Nowadays, the majority of indie bands have a growing collection of poster art that is just too incredible to simply throw away once the show has ended. Not surprisingly, this has led to the gig poster being something of a collectors item for music fanatics everywhere. The following are 50 hand picked gig posters whose creativity and imagination blew me away. Rilo Kiley Designer: Lure Design Inc Les Savy Fav Designer: Cody Fennell Devendra Banhart Designer: Spike Press The National Broken Social Scene Designer: The Small Stakes My Morning Jacket Designer: Andrio Abero Mates Of State Andrew Bird Designer: Gina Kelly The Decemberists Designer: Little Jacket Animal Collective Designer: Delicious Design League Deerhoof The Shins Designer: Kevin Tong …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Designer: Dave Conrey We Are Scientists Designer: Jonathan Schmitt Stars
Signing on the dotted line... I often get email requests regarding my graphic design contract. First of all, I refer to mine as a "project agreement" - the term sounds a bit friendlier than "contract," but still shows that I mean business. I have found that my agreement has become a great "pre-qualifier" of clients. When sending out one of my promotional packets to potential clients I always include a copy of the document. Just including the agreement will show potential clients there is a seriousness to the possible business relationship. My project agreement is created in a way that I can adapt it to the the specific requirements of a particular project. Client contact name: Business name: Address: City/State/Country/Postal Code: Phone/Email/Fax: (Insert your itemized description of the project here) __ Labor fees (design, art direction, production, copywriting, client services, etc.) are estimated at a total of $_________ or ____ see attached estimate sheet for specifications. __ Additional payment arrangements: Date:
55 Examples of Beautifully Integrated Social Media Links in Web Design I believe that everybody already understands the importance of social media, and incorporating it into a web design. To get the attention of your viewers to your social media links you need to use both strategy and good taste. To design a good call-to-action social media icon/link you need to think about its positioning, its color, approach, style, size, everything. You also need to keep in mind that you want to get the attention of your viewers to the social side of your website without distracting from what’s important, such as the content. In my opinion, a good social media link is one that you have no trouble to finding and when you find it, you like what you see. To give you some ideas of how you might integrate social media links in your next project, I’ve put together a collection of 55 Examples of Well Integrated Social Media Icons in Web Design. What’s Up Cupcake? Jason Howmans Brett Chaney dConstruct2010 The Waiting Room Sky’s Francesco Molezzi veerle’s blog danscotton coolandtheguide