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34 Places to Get Design Inspiration – Online and Off

34 Places to Get Design Inspiration – Online and Off
Envato Studio is an online marketplace for freelance services focused on design and web-development. Services range from designing a logo to WordPress customization, and all service providers have been reviewed and recommended by our expert review team. If you were a user of the FreelanceSwitch Job Board (as either a freelancer or client) we recommend you check out Envato Studio. Also check out the Envato Studio Blog. This is now home to some of the content published on FreelanceSwitch (including the Freelance Freedom Comic) as well as fresh content that may be of interest.

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Wanderlust Gallery and Studio Wanderlust Gallery is a Northampton, UK-based gallery with an online shop devoted to selling prints and books promoting their artists and illustrators. And they have Mark Jessett prints, who I absolutely love (last photo). To celebrate the launch of the Wanderlust Newsletter they are offering a prize draw for a free copy of The Garden of Eye Candy by Ginko Press to all those who sign up this month on their website.

Five Advanced Keyword Research Tools (the following is a post by Elisa Gabbert) Sometimes a basic, free keyword suggestion tool just isn't enough. If you're ready to move beyond the limited functionality of most online tools to do more in-depth keyword research for SEO and pay-per-click campaigns, here are five advanced keyword research tools well worth checking out. SEM Rush SEMRush: SEMRush is a competitive research tool that's useful for both SEO and PPC keyword research and analysis. It has several pricing levels; most of the keyword information is available in the free version, but paid versions return more results.

Is “bespoke” the ultimate branding? Please note that this post was originally published on August 30, 2011. As a result, any external links or videos used may no longer be functional. Once upon a time, every object created by humans was made by hand. List of Freelance Sites Here is a good list of freelance sites. Many people wanted to make money online but have limited knowledge on what to do and where to start. Making money online by doing some freelance services from the comfort of your home is pretty easy and is available for everyone.

How to get rid of Creative Block Creative block (the evil sister of writer’s block and the unwanted daughter of unmotivation) hits us all at some point in our lives, and often in our daily routine. As designers, creative block can be a cancer to our work, spreading and spreading until our mind produces absolutely nothing at all, leaving us to bang our heads aimlessly at the keyboard or stare at the ceiling for several hours on end. For a designer who is put under a time limit by a client, this time waster can be lethal, and doesn’t just mean lack of inspiration and ideas, but also lack of money. So how then, can we get out of the dreaded creative block and stimulate our minds into fifth gear? Well different things work well for different people, and it is all about finding what is right for you and the way your mind works, but I am going to discuss a variety of tips and techniques that I find work well for me, so that you guys can try out their levels of success on yourselves. 1.

Latest Product Designs at Euroshop 2011 EuroShop is the world’s leading retail show with exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. And Expedit will be there too! When? IFTTT Alternatives : Similar automation sites Share some love, will you? Ifttt is a web service which lets user to create tasks which are performed when certain condition is met. We have already covered about Ifttt and some of its best recipes in one of our earlier posts. Whether you like Ifttt or not, you might want to learn some of its alternatives or programs offering similar services. Well, I did find some sites claiming to offer similar services as Ifttt, but take my word, none of them seem as good as Ifttt (maybe because it's very early in their development).

The Role of Education in Entrepreneurship - ReadWriteStart On Wednesday of this week, Flickr and Hunch co-founder Caterina Fake wrote a provocatively titled blog suggesting that wanna-be entrepreneurs should drop out of college. She based this opinion on the amount of successful companies founded by drop-outs, including Facebook, Twitter, Apple and Microsoft, as well as the drop-outs she finds herself investing in as an angel. But should education play such an insignificant role in entrepreneurship? The answer is not as simple as some think. As with many blogs by intellectual authors, the comments they elicit are often as good, if not better reads that the original post itself. As for Fake's post about dropping out of college, this is certainly the case.

How It Works Are you tired of waiting weeks for just a handful of concepts from a design firm, only to find that you aren't happy with any of them? Setup Your Contest We make it easy, fast, and very affordable to get the unique design you're looking for. Beautiful & Creative Book Cover Design Written by: Stanley Poh Before the early nineteenth century, books were hand-bound using heavy materials such as wood, leather, gold, silver and jewels. Over the centuries, book binding had always serve as a protection to expensively printed or hand-made pages, and as embellishments tribute to the cultural authorities. Other than the two most common covers; hardcovers and paperbacks, there are many other alternatives and additions, such as dust jackets, ring-binding and out-dated forms such as the nineteenth-century "paper-boards" and the even more antiquated hand-binding. It is often said; don’t judge a book by its cover, but in this case, the opposite appears to be more true.

Soma Warehouse Loft A magnificent home of absolute class and style rests in a quaint little neighborhood of Soma, San Francisco. The residence takes up 5,000 sqf and creates a spacious enviornment with its multiple levels. The property was transformed from a warehouse structure by its original owner with conjunction of the Martin Building Company. It’s radiant heated hardwood floors were saved from a Los Angeles airplane hanger. The house obtained its unique gandeur as it paid devotion to the original hangar with nearly 30 foot exposed timber and white-washed ceilings. This design’s roof line is embellished with multiple skylights consisting of a 16 x 20 foot retractable center skylight almost bringing in the outside environment.

Resources on Web, Mobile, SEO, Outsourcing and more. 04Sep 2012 WordPress is undeniably one of the most sought-after platforms for bloggers. It is enriched with loads of user-friendly and feature-rich applications that are second to none. Every user loves WordPress for its uniqueness, inclusiveness, and extendibility. Being an excellent open source community, it serves as a gateway for millions of bloggers and readers to share their knowledge and thoughts on a range of informative topics. WordPress Plugins add more functionality and performance-boosting features to your WordPress powered blogs and keep readers glued to your content.

12 Essential Negotiating Strategies For Consultants The following is an excerpt from Success by Design: The Essential Business Reference for Designers by David Sherwin (HOW Books). When first striking out on their own as businesspeople, many consultants and designers don’t know how to bargain or strike a deal. Consider this story from Ted Leonhardt, cofounder of The Leonhardt Group and a consultant for design businesses. What would you do in this situation? My associate, Tim, had the opportunity to redesign one of the great American brands. It hadn’t been updated for years, and the company needed to present a revitalized brand at an upcoming event.

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