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News, Inspiration and Resources for graphic, web designers, photographers. You know THOSE types of people.
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Free New Twitter PSD Background Template | Fuel Your Creativity

Free New Twitter PSD Background Template | Fuel Your Creativity | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

This is helpful. It's a free Photoshop download to help you customize your Twitter background.


It looks simple enough to use.

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Free and not so free Photoshop web design templates.

Free and not so free Photoshop web design templates. | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it
In this modern phase of business getting a perfect design for the website of your corporate house is really a big issue.


Using a template can often save you the hassle of trying to solve a design problem. Templates is where form takes serious precedence over function. A template may look beautiful, but it does little if anything to specifically address isues you have with your web customers/audience.


Often times templates cause more headaches than help complete a design project sooner or cheaper.


Spoken like a true web designer huh?

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20 Amazing Photoshop Text Effects

20 Amazing Photoshop Text Effects | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it
Photoshop's text tools can create awesome and mind-blowing effects -- well, that's as obvious as "Sun rises in the East".


I think my favorite is the Glass Text Effect. The tutorial for this is can be found here.


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6 painful lessons I learned as a rookie web designer

6 painful lessons I learned as a rookie web designer | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Jonathan Wold outlines several painful lessons I've learned over the past decade+.

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7 Essential Books on Responsive Web Design

7 Essential Books on Responsive Web Design | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

From mobile browsers to netbooks and tablets, users are visiting your sites from an increasing array of devices and browsers. Are your designs ready? Learn how to think beyond the desktop and craft beautiful designs that anticipate and respond to your users’ needs.

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Great source for User Interface Designs | UICloud

Great source for User Interface Designs | UICloud | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Browse through hundreds of user-created, web elements, iPad & iPhone mockups and interface designs.

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Top 10 Web Design / Graphic Design Tutorial Websites

Top 10 Web Design / Graphic Design Tutorial Websites | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it
Tutorials are very important especially if you are a beginner designer.
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Where To Find Free Images for Your WordPress Blog: Dedicated Plugins

Where To Find Free Images for Your WordPress Blog: Dedicated Plugins | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you use WordPress to publish your web site or blog and are often in need of finding good, quality images for your content, here is a good guide to five useful WordPress plugins which can search and find free images for you.


1. Freebie Images: Free Stock Images Plugin

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/freebie-images-free-stock-images-plugin/ 


2. Picasa Image Express

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/picasa-images-express/


3. PicApp

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/picapp/ 


4. Facebook Photo Fetcher

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/facebook-photo-fetcher/


5. Photo Dropper

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/photo-dropper/


Resourceful. 8/10


Find out more about each one and what it can do by reading the full article here: http://www.sarkemedia.com/great-wp-plugins-for-finding-free-images/


(image credit: Carcabin.com)






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File this under "Inspiration" | Stunning works of art using scraps.

File this under "Inspiration" | Stunning works of art using scraps. | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

The work from Derek Gores is a wonderful example of artistic brilliance that creates wonder from the absolute ordinary. His collages are stunning displays of craft and the colors are so vibrant that you cannot help but be drawn in. Each scrap piece is perfect part of the storytelling puzzle because it ads energy, richness, and curiosity. Have a look at his works.

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How To Thrive In The Free-Product Economy

How To Thrive In The Free-Product Economy | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Building technology has never been cheaper than it is today. Or faster.


In the past twelve months, Ruby on Rails programmers built more than a million apps on top of Heroku, a platform that allows coders to save drastic amounts of development time. Historically, the majority of the cost of a typical app comes from maintenance, says Heroku COO Oren Teich; companies like his build layers of technology that deplete those setup and maintenance costs--not to mention experience required--to build software. "Innovation is increasing," Teich says. "This is a huge trend we're seeing day after day."


Moore's Law says computer processing power gets steadily cheaper and faster to produce. This rapid innovation has given rise to new rules for technology pricing, essentially pushing prices down on even brand-new products. On the web, this is something I call the "Law of Free Product Economics," ...

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Google Chrome now optimized for Retina display, gains built-in webcam support, too

Google Chrome now optimized for Retina display, gains built-in webcam support, too | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it
Google's latest stable release of Chrome is out now, and it brings a handful of features with it from previous beta builds. First up is exciting news for MacBook Pro with Retina display owners:...
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Why Great Design Is Becoming A Necessary Ingredient Of Web Marketing | Creativeoverflow

Why Great Design Is Becoming A Necessary Ingredient Of Web Marketing | Creativeoverflow | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it
A majority of businesses now function online. Even those with ground stores are finding it increasingly important to be on the internet.
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33 Unique And Creative Free Fonts | designrfix.com

33 Unique And Creative Free Fonts | designrfix.com | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it
When you create a design project, typography is one of the first things that you take into consideration.


For those of your who still don't have enough fonts in your collection here are 33 more free fonts.

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Infographics & Data Visualization | Visual.ly

Infographics & Data Visualization | Visual.ly | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it
Like infographics and data visualization? Visual.ly is the world's largest community of infographics and data visualization. Come explore, share, and create.


Visual.ly is to infographic designers what Dribble.com is to general designers.


As a side note, I think it's interesting to see how the various aspects of design tend  to niche off into various segments.

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The Bricks – Speeds up your design prototyping process in Photoshop

The Bricks – Speeds up your design prototyping process in Photoshop | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

The Bricks is a free layered Photoshop file (.PSD) you can download from Designmodo.com. The file features editable user interface templates that make comping in Photoshop a little more awesome.

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10 Responsive Web Design Tutorials

10 Responsive Web Design Tutorials | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Responsive Design is the art of developing your site to look good, and be legible at various screen sizes. This site is an example of Responsive Design, if you view it on your smartphone you can actually read the verbiage and see the images without having to squish and squeeze around the small display.

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Amazon launches rental service for paper textbooks

Amazon launches rental service for paper textbooks | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it
Juggernaut Amazon is striking another blow at the traditional textbook industry by offering semester-long rentals of physical books. The listings for a number of textbooks now include a "rent" option...
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45 tools to help you get your twit together.

45 tools to help you get your twit together. | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it
Twitter has progressed so much in past few years and now it has been used almost by everybody - let it be freelancer designer, programmer, social media company, printing company, everybody evaluates T...
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Latest Collection Of Free Icon Sets Available In PSD Format ~ feed2need

Latest Collection Of Free Icon Sets Available In PSD Format ~ feed2need | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

Presenting a fresh collection of some more high quality free icon sets in PSD format that you can download for free of cost. PSD files help designers in their design work and let them complete their work easily and effortlessly.

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Designing Killer Web UI Layouts with Freebies

Designing Killer Web UI Layouts with Freebies | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

MS: A plethora of free user interface/web design templates.


For this guide I’ve paired up some modern user interface design techniques with freebies you can download and play with. It is my hope that this will offer some motivation to those interested in a career in building graphics/web design. Even professional web designers may find a few of these trends helpful for your next project.

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Infrared Photography Brings out the Magic in the Mundane

Infrared Photography Brings out the Magic in the Mundane | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

For many photographers a sunny day at noon is just a nightmare, the light is hard, there are no clouds, skies look uninteresting, it seems nothing can be done. It's a good time to use an infrared filter and try to see what we can do with it. 


An infrared filter will block most (but not all) of the visible light in the scene letting infrared light pass thru. As the cameras have an IR blocking filter you will need longer exposure times and a tripod, depending on how dark your filter is exposure can go from 20 seconds to several minutes!


When you shoot with the infrared filter foliage becomes whitish, water and skies can look black and everything looks different, it’s a great tool to explore another world around you.

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Caption this.

Caption this. | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it

"Who took my bath salts?!"

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5 useful logo design tips | David Airey, graphic designer

5 useful logo design tips | David Airey, graphic designer | Designer's Resources | Scoop.it
Jacob Cass summarizes five of his logo design tips, mentioning a few logo resources too.
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