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News, Inspiration and Resources for graphic, web designers, photographers. You know THOSE types of people.
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Designed for Learning!: The Design Thinking Mindset

Designed for Learning!: The Design Thinking Mindset | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it
My latest post on 'The Design Thinking Mindset' http://t.co/GhlW6HYj...

Via Fred Zimny, Alexis Brantes
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Jessica Hische's single-minded responsive site

Jessica Hische's single-minded responsive site | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Mark: Jessica Hische's portfolio website is probably the best example to give to explain what responsive web design is all about.


Her site is beautiful and her hand lettering work is off-the-chain fantastic!


In order to ensure her beautiful portfolio took centre stage, illustrator and typography expert Jessica Hische went mobile-first.

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75 Tools for Creative Thinking - Dexigner

75 Tools for Creative Thinking - Dexigner | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Mark: A neat card set to faciliatate creative thought processes. This would be great for a Outward Bound Team Builder corporate retreat ~~kidding.


Designed by Booreiland, 75 Tools for Creative Thinking is a brand new card set that stimulates your creative thinking in various stages of any process or situation where new ideas are desired.

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Samuel Kwon's curator insight, January 16, 2013 4:26 PM

75 Tools for Creative Thinking is a brand new card set that stimulates your creative thinking in various stages of any process or situation where new ideas are desired. It's interesting how they show the meaning behind every themes and logos they depict from the event of their daily life to world wide events. The stimilation offers some insight of the mind and the creativeness into the pictures they label as art.

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MyPrice · The app every freelancer needs [FREE APP]

MyPrice · The app every freelancer needs [FREE APP] | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Mark: Pricing your creative services fairly and accurately is a tough task.


If you're freelancing you can under price and be smothered with work that's not profitable or you can over price and be listening to crickets while your telephone gathers dust. As an agency, a few bad pricing mistakes and you'll find yourself selling your Herman Miller chair to cover a small part of the power bill.


There are so many fixed and variable factors involved in pricing a project and each project is different. Professional creative services is not a 'one price fits all' proposition.


Recently I found a great [FREE] iPhone app that helps simplify the pricing process. It takes into consideration various 'constants" like your location, skill level and work experience, then it asks you pertinent questions (variables) about the project you are pricing.


The results help you determine your base hourly or project rate and gives you a really good price range for which to base your proposal.


It's a much better way to consistently and professionally price your services rather than just pulling a number out of your nose.


Are you a web or graphic designer? Calculate how much you can charge for your creative services taking under account factors like the project, client, location, as well as your education and experience.

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Free textures! 38 Unique and Realistic Wood Textures

Free textures! 38 Unique and Realistic Wood Textures | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Mark: Assets. You're designer toobox needs access to easy to reach, preferably free or cheap digital assets. Here are 38 links to beautiful wood textures available free for download. Some are really nice, my favorite is the Tree Eddy texture from Oceania.


Today, we bring to you 38 unique and realistic wood textures that you can take advantage of!

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20 things web designers can learn from print design | Creative Bloq

20 things web designers can learn from print design | Creative Bloq | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Mark: As a print designer who got pushed, kicking and screaming, into web design around the turn of the century (love saying that) this post makes me almost weepy.


Meh, weepy is a bit much, but I did take away several good reminders of what it was like Getting it right the first time.


Surely there's nothing that web designers can learn from print! Not so, says award-winning designer Paul Wyatt.

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Vintage Med Stock | The Leading Source of Antique Medical Illustrations

Vintage Med Stock | The Leading Source of Antique Medical Illustrations | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Mark: VintageMedStock.com's recent price drop  has it's prices down to microstock levels. It's a great resource especially if you do a lot of medical work.


VintageMedStock.com is the leading source of original antique medical images, prints, monotypes, wood block prints and illustrations sourced from our collection of 100s of 18th, 19th & 20th Century medical textbooks, manuals and papers.

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Client Advice | Graphic Design Blender

Client Advice | Graphic Design Blender | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Mark: I just found GraphicDesignBlender.com-- quite a find! In particular the Client Advice category.

Freelance design blog for designers who want to start freelancing, run their own business, and become a successful designer.

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Samuel Kwon's curator insight, January 16, 2013 5:20 AM

Like every designer needs to know is that, the logo can be a very sensitive piece of the puzzle that makes up what you want to display for the company you design for. The size, the colors that comes together, the brand presentation, etc. A lot of things on the logo needs to be relfected over so the people needs to be interested not only the product but also needs to know what product or company that supports electronics, food/beverage, etc.

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5 Effective SEO Tactics That Will Bring You More Traffic - Treehouse

5 Effective SEO Tactics That Will Bring You More Traffic - Treehouse | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Mark:

Here a five core search engine optimization tips that are easy to implement. As always, the key to successful SEO is great, consistent content that your audience will want to read and remember.


SEO gets a lot of bad press, but it's an easy science. Learn how to use internal links, back links, bread crumbs, and content so Google loves your site.

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Case Study: Should a Designer be a Good Writer? | Creativeoverflow

Case Study: Should a Designer be a Good Writer? | Creativeoverflow | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it
A designer isn’t by far that person that creates layouts, codes these and uploads the files as it was few years ago. Nowadays, his job is very complex and it requires many hours of intensive work and a very solid background.


Designers need to be great communicators! Given a choice between hiring a designer who can smoke at Photoshop/Illustrator and designer who can write, I'll take the writer over the software guy (or girl) any day. Writers are generally good problem solvers.

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Ampersands!

Ampersands! | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

I think you've been a design geek for too long if you find a particular character that you actually like. A lot. Ampersands do it for me. I've got a couple of sculpture projects waiting in the wings that are nothing but an homage to the good ol' ampersand.


I could stand to get a life.

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CB's comment, August 29, 2012 3:36 PM
With "&" (and) you have more life !!!
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Credit Cards Icons | PSD Freebies

Credit Cards Icons | PSD Freebies | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

When you need them, they're priceless. Otherwise you'll hardly ever use credit card icons, but it's good to have them in your toolbox. Here's a nice looking icon set available for free download.

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What's this?! Even MORE free fonts?! Say it can't be!

What's this?! Even MORE free fonts?! Say it can't be! | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it


Today we bring you 50 amazing free fonts. This collection features some old time classics, as well as plenty of rare new fonts. All of these fonts are super high quality, and really professionalism, so should add a nice touch to your work.


Actually some of the fonts are pretty nice. There's only one or two that I [personally] would use, but it's pretty good selection of free fonts.


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10 Free Fonts Used by The Oatmeal - The Oatmeal

10 Free Fonts Used by The Oatmeal - The Oatmeal | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Mark: Here's the collection of free fonts that, well... make theoatmeal.com THEOAT[frickin']MEAL.com! And no Comic Sans and no Papyrus. Go figure.

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The Ridiculous Business Jargon Dictionary

The Ridiculous Business Jargon Dictionary | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Mark: This sorta reminds me of cross between Walmart Bingo and the Urban Dictionary.. This could make for a great workday drinking game.


Aces in their Places [exp.]
When someone shouts this out, everyone runs to their station and leverages their core competency.


Acluistic [adj.]
The state of being completely 'without a clue.'


Thanks for the heads up Jerry Lynn!

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Adobe Edge Tools & Services - Dexigner

Adobe Edge Tools & Services - Dexigner | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Mark: Adobe rolls out Edge tools and pushes me closer (to the edge--bad pun) to joining their Creative Cloud subscription software service.

Just found out that existing Creative Suite users (CS3 or higher) get a humongous discount on Adobe's Creative Cloud service-- only $29.95 per month with an annual commit.


Adobe's Edge Built for Web designers who code and Web developers who value design, Adobe Edge is now Adobe's key brand for tools and services that can create beautiful, mobile-ready content and apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript for delivery to modern browsers and mobile devices..

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lasse seppala's curator insight, December 17, 2012 6:02 PM

Adobe has acquired some smaller startups (like Fontkit and PhoneGap) to get a fluent servce we wil see soon.

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Moleskine Photo Books!

Moleskine Photo Books! | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Mark: Christmas may seem like 82 Days and 6+ hours away, but now is a good time to start working on those gifts that you give, then brag to all your friends and family about later. One brag-worthy gift worth mentioning is a 60 page Moleskin Photo Book complete with a slipcase and everything.


They'll think it's charming, thoughtful AND they will swear you poot rainbows & glitter.


Just don't forget to remind them that you went to so much trouble for their Christmas gift when your birthday comes around.

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Desk exercises: 3 easy routines for designers to do today! | Creative Bloq

Desk exercises: 3 easy routines for designers to do today! | Creative Bloq | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Mark: Designers are known for spending all day and usually most of the night in front of our computers. So much so that some (most?) of us will hiss at the daylight. We generally have an incredible monitor tan and most of us can do a high number of arm curl reps with a coffee mug in each hand.


This post on desk excercises, while helpful, pointedly reminds me that it's generally best to just go to the gym.


But these tips are helpful--for vampires.


Looking for desk exercises, then sit up straight, and pay attention! Designer boot camp starts now, and we're here to put paid to poor posture, and ensure your remain in tip top condition at your desk.

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SPLHS's curator insight, March 13, 2013 9:17 AM

This topic was really interesting.  It showed different things that would help keep you healthy, even if you are required to sit for the majority of the day.  It is really important to stay stretched and loose in a stressful work environement.  These excercises showed how to do that.  -SM

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7 Movie Color Correction Photoshop Actions

7 Movie Color Correction Photoshop Actions | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Mark: As a photographer, I feel that Instagram & its assorted filtration systems have pushed HDR and heavy Photoshop editing onto the back of a jumping shark. I still love great composition, color, texture and subject, however images dripping in post-production goo turn me off.


(start dramatic voice) Imagine this shot in your minds eye, a black & white photo of a rose but only the rose's petals are red! Gasp! (/start dramatic voice) It's been overdone to the Nth degree! Granted it worked for Schindler's List, but that was forever ago-- back when the idea was fresh.


Anyway...


Here are seven preset Photoshop actions that will help you get your goo on. ...if you're so inclined.

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45 Awesome Free Icon Sets For Your Website | designrfix.com

45 Awesome Free Icon Sets For Your Website | designrfix.com | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Mark: Here's an absolute poop ton of icons ranging from well crafted social media icons to cool mini illustrations. All free and I'm assuming cleared for business use. Great stuff.


Well designed and free icons always come in handy, especially when designing that latest website/blog or app.

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20 pro tips for creating a mobile website | Creative Bloq

20 pro tips for creating a mobile website | Creative Bloq | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Mark: Users accessing the web via mobile devices (smartphones & tablets) have eclipsed desktop users and the number of mobile users is expecting to grew exponentially over the next few years. Is your website mobile-friendly?


Freelance UX designer Anna Dahlström shares the best advice for those starting out in mobile website design.

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MindMeister

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Mindmeister is a powerful mind-mapping tool, but als is also a fine collaboration tool as well. Designers can use this to expound on ideas and concepts. It's a great real-time collaboration tool too. Other benefits include being able to publish, export and sharing your mindmaps as well as storing them with Google Drive.


It works great on the desktop, tablet (iPad especially) and smartphones.

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6 Tips for Estimating Price Quotes | Creativeoverflow

6 Tips for Estimating Price Quotes | Creativeoverflow | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it
For first time freelance web designers, nothing is more intimidating then when their first client asks, “Well, what will it cost?” We all imagine the hardest part of getting a gig will be finding the client, the proposal, or the project itself.


This is a really well thought out post regarding how best to approach pricing your work as a designer. We've been using per hour pricing for the past several years and have finally decided to give project pricing a try.

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Web design training: The top 10 online tools | Creative Bloq

Web design training: The top 10 online tools | Creative Bloq | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it
Want to learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript or web app languages but don't know where to start? Here we present the best places to learn web design online.


I'm kind of surprised that Lynda.com didn't make the list considering their comprehensive tutorials. Not saying there's anything wrong with any of these services, I'm just used to Lynda.

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Free download | Intense Light Effects for Photoshop

Free download |  Intense Light Effects for Photoshop | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it
Intense light effects are one of the key elements of many styles of digital art.


Now these effects are really cool. I think my favorite is the set of 10 Light Wisp Images. Reminds me of a hookah bar I've never been to, probably in Amsterdam.

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