Designer's Resources
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# Designer's Resources

News, Inspiration and Resources for graphic & web designers.
Curated by Mark Strozier
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## Illustration Inspiration | Rednose Studio

asnal abbas's comment, December 31, 2012 4:59 AM
creative work
Cherish Flieder's curator insight,

Quality work.

idesign resources's comment, January 25, 2013 9:58 PM
cool
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## Using the Golden Ratio for spot-on composition

The Golden Ratio is a beautifully simple piece of mathematical theory that can help make your designs feel well proportioned and pleasing on the eye. We explain how to use it.
Mark Strozier's insight:

The Golden Ratio, [aka the Fibonacci Sequence] is a composition theory that, when used properly, will create a more natural aesthetic to your design. When I use the principle, I often get the feedback that goes something like this, "I love the design, but I can't put my finger on exactly WHY I like it so much."

Louisette Pink's curator insight,

The Golden Ratio, [aka the Fibonacci Sequence] is a composition theory that, when used properly, will create a more natural aesthetic to your design. When I use the principle, I often get the feedback that goes something like this, "I love the design, but I can't put my finger on exactly WHY I like it so much."

Philippe Trebaul's curator insight,
En utilisant le ratio d'or pour spot-on la composition.
"Le nombre d'or est un morceau magnifiquement simple de la théorie mathématique qui peut aider à faire de vos projets se sentir bien proportionné et agréable à l'œil. Nous expliquons comment l'utiliser".

Using the Golden Ratio for spot-on composition via @brainstormlab http://sco.lt/...
Philippe Trebaul's curator insight,
En utilisant le ratio d'or pour spot-on la composition.

De www.creativebloq.com - Janvier 14, 11:52

"Le nombre d'or est un morceau magnifiquement simple de la théorie mathématique qui peut aider à faire de vos projets se sentir bien proportionné et agréable à l'œil. Nous expliquons comment l'utiliser".
Using the Golden Ratio for spot-on composition | @scoopit http://sco.lt/...

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## Inspiration | Facebook Timeline Cover: 40 (Really) Creative Examples

Just if you didn’t know, Facebook Timeline is the latest feature that was introduced in the recent Facebook Conference, F8.
Mark Strozier's insight:

Great examples of creative Facebook Timeline covers.

Bella Fairchild's curator insight,

Great Ideas!

Philippe Trebaul's curator insight,
Inspiration | Facebook Timeline Cover: 40 (Vraiment) Exemples Creative

Juste si vous ne saviez pas, Facebook Timeline est le dernier long métrage qui a été présenté à la récente Conférence Facebook F8.
Inspiration | Facebook Timeline Cover: 40 (Really) Creative Examples via @brainstormlab http://sco.lt/...
Elsie Whitelock's curator insight,

I just like this stuff..

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## Free Fonts: Ultimate Collection 2012

Here it is the long-awaited panel of free fonts for the year 2012! We have tried to gather a large collection of fonts for all occasions. You can download them for free, and some can even be used for commercial purposes.
Mark Strozier's insight:

I'm a font junkie. I've got +5k fonts stuffed in my computer. Thankfully I've found a great font management tool.

Anyway...

Here is a collection of fonts to freshen up your font collection.

Toresa Slater's curator insight,

Beautiful Free Fonts...

TechWombat's curator insight,

Free fonts for everyone!

Katie Frank's curator insight,

I'll take free fonts everytime! :)

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## The 20 best tools for choosing a colour scheme | Colour | Creative Bloq

Creating a colour scheme is essential to good design. We’ve gathered together 20 fantastic tools to help you perfect your colour choices.

Lawrence Berezin's curator insight,

The color scheme you select for your website or blog really makes a difference. Choose your colors with care!

Shirley Moody's curator insight,

Color for PS, Illustrator, & InDesign

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## Pure Inspiration | Photography of Mikko Lagerstedt

Mikko Lagerstedt uses long night exposures, waves and fog to produce incredibly inspiring images. Seeing these makes me want to get out and shoot a lot more!

Carmelari's curator insight,

Mikko Lagerstedt

Il suo obiettivo è quello di trasmettere la sensazione esatta si sentiva dal momento in cui ogni fotografia è stata scattata.Un fotografo professionista dalla Finlandia le cui opere sono caratterizzate dal lunatico e temi surreali e soprattutto mettere a fuoco soggetti naturali come paesaggi, waterscapes, strade e foreste. Descrivendo il suo lavoro come "atmosferico".

Mi sembra notevole!

wanderingsalsero's curator insight,

I think this is a great photo!.  I wonder if he/she knew it would be that good when he/she came across the vantage point?  Michelle Farley.....like this?

Jonathan Marois's curator insight,

SUBLIME !

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## An easy way to find out if you’re passionate enough to freelance

"It was in that moment (late last night) that I realized there’s definitely, as they say, a fine line between passion and insanity.

So what’s the really easy way to tell if you’re passionate enough about what you do to freelance?"

O-Lady Dil's comment, January 3, 2013 9:10 AM
To yoy Manon
Saïdou's comment, January 3, 2013 9:18 AM
Every freelancer should have a Payoneer card: http://www.scoop.it/t/payoneer
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## 2013 Color of the Year: PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald

Mark: If you want to wow & impress your friends and relatives this holiday season you can let them know that Emerald, specifically Pantone 17-5641, has been chosen as 2013's color of the year. I'm so glad that's finally settled.

"Pantone has selected 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, as the Color of the Year for 2013."

Elsie Whitelock's curator insight,

ahhhh. beautiful....

Bootstraptor's comment, May 12, 2013 6:03 PM
awesome color!
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## Dumb Ways to Die "...use your private parts as piranha bait..."

Public safety campaigns are usually boring and predictable. In contrast, 'Dumb ways to Die' promotes train safety in an amusing Darwin Award style.
BiB92's comment, November 22, 2012 1:08 AM
o yeah
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## Design Icon: Annie Leibovitz

Mark: Annie Leibovitz has been a real inspiration for me since The Rolling Stone was printed on newsprint.

Anna-Lou “Annie” Leibovitz was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on October 2, 1949. She is the third child of U.S. Air force lieutenant colonel Sam Leibovitz.

Her formal career as a photographer started in 1970 when she worked for Rolling Stone magazine. She would then further strengthen her career as a photographer three years later when she was named as chief photographer in the said magazine, a position she had for 10 years.

wanderingsalsero's comment, December 31, 2012 5:18 PM
Pretty photo!
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## The Story Behind 8 Graphic Design Magazines

Graphic design magazines have helped a lot of aspiring designers through the years. And since technology has brought in the convenience of online media and communication, magazines today have their own share of accessibility through the Internet.
Sharon Neveu's curator insight,

great info

Samuel Kwon's curator insight,

Graphic design magazines have helped a lot of aspiring designers through the years. And since technology has brought in the convenience of online media and communication, magazines today have their own share of accessibility through the Internet.

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## You! Be Inspired! – (365) Days of Tumblr

Mark: I saw this in several places today and each time I went to the site I liked the quotes and the incredible graphic desing & photography just a little more each time. For me, truly inspirational work leaves me thinking to myself "Dammit! I shoulda done that..." Then I turn on the TV for emotional comfort. ~~ Kidding, sorta.

"Last week we featured an amazing year-round photography project called 365 Days of Clones by David Eger."

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## 16 creative email newsletter designs | 10Steps.SG

Mark: The Neiman Marcus Minimalist email newsletter design is a true work of art. I like these e-newsletters because their a.) beautiful, b.) simple and c.) they feature a well-focused call to action instead of the usual dry content.

With companies such as Groupon and Thrillist becoming multi million businesses, the use of email newsletter as a way to engage customers has gain in importance.

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## Copyright Protection and Infringement of Web Content

Copyright is a kind of protection that authors have for their original work. This includes works in the domain of literature, drama, music and other artistic and intellectual creations that are published or unpublished.
Mark Strozier's insight:

Copyright law is a tangle. Even copyright attorneys agree that copyright infringement is not only difficult to prove, but it's rarely worth pursuing in the legal system [for a number or reasons].

I'm speaking from experience.

However, having the knowledge this post provides regarding what & what not to do can save you a lot of trouble.

Copyright law is a tangle. Even copyright attorneys agree that copyright infringement is not only difficult to prove, but it's rarely worth pursuing in the legal system [for a number or reasons].

I'm speaking from experience.

However, having the knowledge this post provides regarding what & what not to do can save you a lot of trouble.

Zo Nicholas's curator insight,

Always an issue...

Nedko Aldev's curator insight,

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## FACEBOOK LIKE BOX WITH HOVER EFFECT | Onenaija Blog

Check out this cool Facebook like box that roll over when you put your mouse on the FACEBOOK logo. In case you’re asking yourself why do I need this! Well if you have loaded your blog side bar with stuffs … Continue reading →

Mark Strozier's insight:

This is an elegant solution to adding Facebook like to your site. Excuse the pun, but I like this component. Here's a demo/preview.

Hat tip to Yakubu Momoh for sending me the link.

Philippe Trebaul's curator insight,
Facebook Like BOX AVEC EFFET HOVER | Blog Onenaija.

Check out this frais Facebook comme la boîte qui roulent sur le moment où vous placez votre souris sur le logo FACEBOOK.Dans le cas où vous vous demandez pourquoi ai-je besoin de ça! Eh bien, si vous avez chargé votre barre latérale blog avec des étoffes ... Continuer la lecture →

FACEBOOK LIKE BOX WITH HOVER EFFECT | Onenaija Blog via @brainstormlab http://sco.lt/...

A4Academics's comment, January 14, 2013 7:17 AM
Thanks buddy for the source code and the explanation . I like to do the same in my website , http://a4academics.com
Yakubu Momoh's comment, January 14, 2013 8:50 AM
ok Susan, you are free to use the code
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## Design For Fingers :Touch Screen Friendly Design | Tech Stream

Touchscreens are becoming increasingly popular. By now you should have heard of apple's new iPad & iPad mini if not you must be living in a cave for last few months!
Mark Strozier's insight:

Since smartphones and tables are driving exponential growth in the mobile Internet sector, it's a good idea for UX/UI designers to be proficient with the tools, methods and concepts for designing responsive websites and apps. This article explains and simplifies some of the finer points for designing touch-friendly interfaces.

ps: Thanks for sending the referral Anush!

Bella Fairchild's curator insight,

Think "Finger Food" No Utencils!

Mobile Devices "No Keyboards"

Think Outside The Box!

anush's comment, January 6, 2013 1:01 AM
What do you mean Bella Fairchild's...
Angela Rupert's curator insight,

Since smartphones and tables are driving exponential growth in the mobile Internet sector, it's a good idea for UX/UI designers to be proficient with the tools, methods and concepts for designing responsive websites and apps. This article explains and simplifies some of the finer points for designing touch-friendly interfaces.

ps: Thanks for sending the referral Anush!

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## Tools for Identifying Fonts and Creating a Palette

Typography is a big part of web (or any) design project. It can be a fun, but also challenging process for those who are uncomfortable with the basics of typography.
Mark Strozier's insight:

Frankly, I've never been one who could look at a font and tell you its name, variant and weight. I envy those who can.

Here is a collection on tools that should be helpful identifing any font. This post also gives you insight into developing a font palette as well. This is super helpful when developing a branding solution or a website, then having to write your usage/spec guidline.

maooo's comment, December 23, 2012 8:23 AM
nice font style
Louisette Pink's curator insight,

Quelques pistes pour trouver le nom d'une font

"Frankly, I've never been one who could look at a font and tell you its name, variant and weight. I envy those who can.

Here is a collection on tools that should be helpful identifing any font. This post also gives you insight into developing a font palette as well. This is super helpful when developing a branding solution or a website, then having to write your usage/spec guidline."

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## Inspiration | Letterpress business cards | Print design

Mark: Letterpress business cards add so much punch to the calling card medium, but when matched with an original design, the cards become an functional art. These are beautiful.

"Using the oldest form of printing to create memorable letterpress business cards can help beat off the competition. Here are 20 stunning examples of exactly what letterpress printing can achieve."

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## Create a portfolio website using Behance ProSite | Portfolios | Creative Bloq

Want to become a Behance power user? We explain how to use the portfolio site's ProSite service, which lets you build a website without touching a line of code.
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## The ultimate guide to logo design: 25 expert tips | Graphic design | Creative Bloq

Follow these pro tips and create your best ever logo design. Paul Wyatt reveals everything you need to know to improve your designs.
wanderingsalsero's curator insight,

Great info to have because even if you're not going to do the complete design work yourself, this will give you something to say when the designer says, "Well, what did you have in mind?"

Kira Makogon's comment, January 21, 2013 7:57 AM
great article.
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## Pure Inspiration | Vintage posters

"Want to create a striking poster design? Take a look at these beautiful vintage designs to inspire you..."

wanderingsalsero's curator insight,

I've always liked this kind of photo.  I think there were similar photos of other big 'liners'.  To me this photo always symbolized a suave, stylish lifestyle I'd love to be able to enjoy.

But I will say this too......I've never enjoyed the thought of all the 'monsters' down there in the ocean and the thought that if anything happens to that little raft (and it IS little in comparison to the ocean....that suddenly my ass becomes potential fish food.

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## Ten Most Important Factors to Consider While Designing a Logo

A logo is a symbol or emblem used by commercial enterprises, institutions, and organizations to promote public recognition. In simpler terms, a logo can be defined as the face or brand of a business.
Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight,

How do you detect/prevent  plagarism or straight lifting of your design by a company or person?

Samuel Kwon's curator insight,

A logo is a symbol or emblem used by commercial enterprises, institutions, and organizations to promote public recognition. In simpler terms, a logo can be defined as the face or brand of a business. As every designer needs is their main purpose of designing a logo that would attract people in a modern attraction. But the things must also consider of "old" design of how they gotten so popular for years. For example, Kentucky Fried Chicken, "KFC", has chosen it to be a face figure, the founder of KFC and made it into headlines because of how the logo is shown with the face of the maker and the trust that the chicken you eat from KFC is the best of the world.

Florent Artis's curator insight,

methode logo

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## tl;dr

Mark: So I'm not up on my memes the way I should be. Today I finally found out what "tl;dr" means. It's an acronym for "Too Long; Didn't Read". Along with finding out what the term meant, I found tldr-- an incredible extension for Google Chrome. The extension will summarize a [very] long post/article and distill it into a paragraph or less for you to review and choose to read more if you want.

If you use Chrome, and you cover a lot of content, this is a must have.

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## Stop trying to find new freelance clients

Mark: This article really hits home for me anyways. My push has ALWAYS been to keep a steady churn on new clients instead of finding ways to work/partner on an ongoing basis with my current clients.  Great insight into an issue I never really considered before.

"Instead of making sure to take the best care possible of his current clients, he got tired of the same ol’ same ol’ and decided he needed the “new client rush” again."

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## How to Make an Infographic in Five Steps | Social Media Today

Mark: Infographics are becoming very commonplace now. They're a great way to distill a butt load of data into a [usually] simple and easy to understand graphic.

Social Media Today gives us a great how-to-get-started overview.

Bonus! Here's a link to a well curated Pinterest Board on Infographics: http://bit.ly/zdrnGO

Thanks for the heads up Valentina Miceli!

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