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August 28 2012

12:43

Circles Conference Giveaway

The awesome folks hosting the Circles Conference are allowing us to giveaway two free tickets for their September 20–21 event. The speaker lineup is sure not to disappoint.

Here’s how to win:

Tweet about this giveaway with a link to this post and the hashtag #circlescon (the hashtag is important as this will be how we’ll be tracking entries).

Here’s a sample tweet: (feel free to copy and paste if you like)

Wow, @CirclesConf looks awesome and @behoff’s giving away 2 free tickets! Details: http://behoff.com/J3cb #circlescon

We’ll be choosing the winners later on tonight so get crackin’!

July 31 2012

14:37

The iconography of Vic Bell

In the midst of company redesign for Brian Hoff Design (yes, you read that right and 3 years of wanting to get around to this) and decided to go ahead with some custom icon work by the talented Vic Bell to represent the ‘We crafted the…’ section of the site.

Super excited to be working with her and if you’re looking for an iconography designer, she’s your woman! Give her most recent work a view over at Dribbble or her portfolio.

July 26 2012

13:15

April 04 2012

00:11

AirParrot: Your Mac’s screen on your AppleTV

I’ve been waiting for an app that let’s you mirror your Mac’s screen and apps on your TV that’s connected to  an AppleTV over wifi. AirParrot does just that. While you’re at it, check out Reflection.app as well. Made by the same folks, it displays your iPhone or iPad screen on your Mac.

00:04

Photoshop CS6 improvements

I’ve been trialing the beta of Photoshop CS6 for almost a week now and I must say, kudos Adobe, you finally have listened to the masses. By far their best release to date, mostly due to features we’ve all been longing for: layer searching, layer styles on groups, copy and paste shape attributes, and paragraph and character styles (finally!!) – to name a few. Check out a more thorough list of CS6 improvements.

The interface brightness (you can make the entire UI various shades of grey) is also a plus. For the first release ever, I can honestly say I am stoked to by the full version when it’s released.

April 03 2012

23:57

Layer Cake: turn PSD elements into images for websites/apps – simply

Seriously this is a serious time saver for only 20 bucks. Here’s how it works:

  1. Name layer groups the same as the file you want to create for them
  2. Drop in your PSD
  3. Done! The extracted files are ready. Save, drag, copy or auto-repeat.

February 28 2012

13:21

Offscreen Magazine Giveaway

Excited to giveaway three (3) free copies of the beautiful Offscreen Magazine. For those unfamiliar, this beautiful magazine designed by Kai Brach, is a “new collectible magazine about the human side of interfaces.”

The first edition boasts lovely layout, beautiful typography and interfaces with Dan Cederholm (Dribbble), Drew Wilson (pictos), Benjamin de Cock, and Andrew Wilkinson to name a few.

The Giveaway: Three free copies of Offscreen Magazine Issue 1

In order to win, tweet about this giveaway with a link to this post and the hashtag #offscreenmag (the hashtag is important as this will be how we’ll be tracking entries).

Here’s a sample tweet: (feel free to copy and paste if you like)

Yippie! @behoff’s giving away 3 free copies of the beautiful, new design magazine: @offscreenmag details: http://behoff.com/EZoP #offscreenmag

I’ll be selecting three people by random at the end of tomorrow (March 1st).

January 31 2012

16:10

A growing collection of the best Google Web Fonts

A lovely growing website featuring the best of Google Web Fonts. I admit, when Google jumped into the web font pool, I was unimpressed by their selection. The quality and selection has much improved. Here’s to more beautiful type across the web.

16:04

How to approach a Responsive Design

Looking to design a responsive website? This is a must-read by the folks that designed the new Boston Globe site.

16:00

Pricing Strategy for Creatives

Not only does my company work with a great CPA specializing in us design and creative folk, but the head dog @JasonMBlumer also offers some great advice on Pricing Strategy.

January 10 2012

12:51

Bunker App Giveaway: Manage projects and invoices

It’s that time again… Giveaway time! I love a good project management software, especially trying out new ones. Recently, one that has caught my attention was Bunker App.

Being the nice folks they are over at Bunker App, they’ve decided to give away eight (8) one-year subscriptions for free.

For those new to Bunker App, it’s a project management software with sleek, minimalist interface. Tasks such as project management, time tracking and invoicing clients is intuitive. I particularly enjoy the unique URLs invoices create to send to clients. It’s also web-based, so everything is on the go and where you need it.

EIGHT (8) FREE, ONE-YEAR SUBSCRIPTIONS

In order to win, tweet about this giveaway with a link to this post and the hashtag #bunkerapp (the hashtag is important as this will be how we’ll be tracking entries).

Here’s a sample tweet: (feel free to copy and paste if you like)

Free project management giveaway: @behoff is giving away 8 free subscriptions to @bunkerapp http://behoff.com/DDXS #bunkerapp

I’ll be selecting eight people by random at the end of tomorrow (January 11th). Jump to it.

December 13 2011

14:33

…And another ‘Solo’ Project Management giveaway!

A few months ago the fine folks over at Thrive gave away 5 free year-long subscriptions to Solo, an all-in-one project application which helps freelancers make “more informed business decisions.”

The last give away was such a hit, we’ve decided to go one more round of 5 free subscriptions! Note, that this competition is intended for new customers only. Unfortunately existing Solo subscribers may not enter.

THE GIVEAWAY: FIVE FREE, ONE-YEAR SUBSCRIPTIONS

In order to win, tweet about this giveaway with a link to this post and the hashtag #thrivesolo (the hashtag is important as this will be how we’ll be tracking entries).

Here’s a sample tweet: (feel free to copy and paste if you like)

Hot damn, @behoff is giving another 5 free subscriptions to @thrivesolo for your freelance management needs http://behoff.com/CYBV #thrivesolo

I’ll be selecting five people by random at the end of tomorrow (December 14th). Happy Holidays to all!

November 22 2011

14:02

Handy Photoshop Actions for download

Here’s a useful list of downloadable Photoshop actions.

November 16 2011

14:37

Downloadable pack of Avatars for mockups

Sarah Parmenter has (along with the faces that contributed) kindly put together a download pack of avatars for your web and PSD mockup use.

Note: “don’t use them on anything controversial, or anything that will cause distress or defamation to their character.”

November 15 2011

13:11

UPrinting Die Cut Business Card Giveaway

Friends over at UPrinting, offering all sorts of custom online printing, have kindly offered and sponsored this months giveaway: 250 die cut business cards for three (3) lucky winners.

The winners can choose from 2 x 3.5″ Rounded corners, 2×2″ rounded corners, 1.75×3.5″ rounded corners, 2×3.5″ Leaf, 2×3.5″ rounded one corner, 2×3.5″ half circle side, 2×3.5″ oval, or 2.5″ circle to their liking.

Paper stock options are 14pt cardstock gloss / matte / high gloss (UV) or 13pt cardstock uncoated with a 6 business day turnaround with free shipping.

The giveaway will last until this Friday, November 18th (see below on how to enter). Ok, let’s get started on how to enter and win:

To enter

All you need to do is one of the following:

+1 UPrinting on Google

or

Tweet about this giveaway

Happy tweeting, +1′ing, and upcoming Thanksgiving!

November 11 2011

01:32

Photoshop’s Eyedropper trick

Had no idea you could do this:

“Just learned a new Photoshop trick. You can click and drag the eyedropper off the document and select any colour on the screen.”  — via @jessebc

October 28 2011

16:13

What should you look for in a UI typeface

A good look of what makes a typeface good for screen use and UI design.

16:10

Pixel Hinting Vectors in Photoshop

Great video tutorial over at Method & Craft for cleaning up those nasty edges.

October 27 2011

13:17

The Manual issue #2 is out

The Manual issue #2 is out! Having already read issue #1, I can’t wait to get my hands (and eyes) on the new one. This issue boasts stories and life / work lessons from six new influential voices within our community: Karen McGrane, Mark Boulton, Josh Brewer, Alex Charchar, Trent Walton, and Cennydd Bowles.

From a design standpoint, issue #1 was a printed masterpiece. Care was spent not only in words, but in production as well, and certainly #2 won’t disappoint in that department as well.

October 10 2011

12:33

Kern Type: The kerning game

Fun, educational and just what the type doctor ordered. Check it out on the iPad for some multitouch love as well.

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