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September 05 2013

06:30

Steal of the Week: Bundle Storm Bundles Loads of Bundles


  

Don’t get bedazzled easily. Our headline, read word by word, might be a tongue breaker, yet tells nothing but the truth. In our Deal of the Week, the Bundle Storm, we have a massive resource with over 60 GB of material for you. As you may tell from the weight, this is not a small package. This is a bundle that bundles bundles (Oops, I did it again). As such it is one of the largest bundle bundles there has ever been. Thousands of high-quality elements for creative designers are waiting for you to be used in private and commercial projects alike.

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December 07 2011

21:00

40+ Creative Contact Forms That Will Inspire You

We have previously posted many collections about inspirational contact forms, but in this post we have collected the most innovative and amazing contact forms which you can bring into play for inspiration in your own designs. Contact forms have developed very much since the days of plain featureless HTML forms. This applies especially correct for portfolio websites and design agencies.

The modern designs are attractive and can be tremendously innovative. In addition to the regular fields that everyone anticipates, forms can be elevated by adding additional features such as maps, social networking data and interesting illustrations. A solid and aesthetically pleasing contact form assures the viewer’s trust in the person or company at the back of the site and improves the entire experience.

Here is the full collection after this jump. Enjoy!

1. Aterlier Detour

Here the contact us form is placed at the bottom of the page when you click Contact button. The design looks different and unique when you compare it with others.

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2. Try Triangle

Here you will find that the contact us form is more like a paper form that is placed on the table.

Try Triangle

3. Asvalia

A post card like contact us form that gives the whole page a very unique and visually calming look.

Asvalia

4. Foto Marcol

Slightly vague but truly creative contact us form that sets itself apart from the identical contact us forms.

Foto Marcol

5. Square 1 Media

Yet another example of beautiful and visually attractive contact us form that encourages your visitors to contact you.

Square 1 Media

6. Stan Gursky

Extremely creative contact us form.

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7. Ctrln

Here, the form has been given a nice look by placing a post box at the end that connotes the communication through written messages.

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8. Denise Chandler

This form holds a different color and that is red which grabs the attention on the first look and signals that this is something you should pay attention to.

Denise Chandler

9. Carsonified

Simple, uncomplicated and easy to complete form that does not ask too many details.

Carsonified

10. David Hellmann

An envelope is placed as the background image with the form in this website giving it a very personal touch.

David Hellmann

11. Step2reality

A cute image is used at the side of contact fields that implies the delivery of written messages.

Step2reality

12. Xruiz

The creative web designer made use of his creativity and designed this visually compelling contact us form.

Xruiz

13. Silly Poems

No big images, no huge typography; just a simple contact form with a nice and simple background surely is enough to grab the attention.

Silly Poems

14. Fseid

This contact us form looks like a notice board where you can post different notices with the help of paper clips and thumb pins.

Fseid

15. La Masa Mimatta

Somewhat mysterious yet appealing form that does not ask for much information to send your query to the webmaster.

La Masa Mimatta

16. Fundo Los Paltos

Contact details are also provided in case if you want to contact them over phone or though fax along with the email.

Fundo Los Paltos

17. Five Cent Stand

A very dynamic contact us page with loads of interactive elements to create user interest in the website.

Five Cent Stand

18. Red Bull Soapbox Racer

A casual and unfussy contact us form that is different from all the other forms in this collection. See the simplicity of this contact us form.

Red Bull Soapbox Racer

19. Camping ilfrutteto

This contact us form is simplicity at its best.

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20. Svn2ftp

A very cool and fresh approach to design a contact us form is apparent in this website. You can see how interactively the designer has used certain elements to bring this web design to life.

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21. Just Dot

A very unusual contact us form that is present at the end of the web page. You simply have to navigate to the bottom of the web page to find this lovely contact form.

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22. In my Bubble

You may feel like as you are writing on a paper but actually you are not. The design really is very marvelous and imaginative.

CSSRemix

23. Harmony Republic

Harmony Republic also designed a very simple and clean contact us form.

Harmony Republic

24. Corvusart

A nature inspired contact us form with a beautiful color combination.

Corvusart

25. Rescueseo

This contact us form is presented in company with SEO packages choices that you can pick for your project. A very unique approach.

Rescueseo

26. Reverend Danger

Simple and uncomplicated contact us form that lets you quickly fill the required fill in order to send your query to the webmaster.

Reverend Danger

27. Webfoo London

New and innovative approach of placing contact us form at the top of the web page emphasizing its importance.

Webfoo London

28. Melonfree

Melonfree makes use of the concept of minimalism for its contact us form and keeps the design simple but appealing.

Melonfree

29. Hit Digital

Quick and efficient contact us form without much complexity and confusion. This is truly helpful for such websites that expect their users to contact them more frequently.

Hit Digital

30. Zeropixel

Zeropixel contact us form is somewhat different from the others with respect to its design and color usage.

Zeropixel

31. 1minus1

1minus1 does not have a separate contact us page but rather the contact us form appears like a pop up window on your screen when you click the contact button present at the top and bottom of the page.

1minus1

32. Syropia

Syropia also uses the concept of mailing envelope to design their contact us form, looks simply ground-breaking.

Syropia

33. Agencyp

Agencyp contact us form appears to be identical to that of others but in actuality it is not. The website will take you to the contact us form in a sliding style once you clicked the Switch Board button.

Agencyp

34. Freestyle Night

Extremely innovative approach to design a contact us form and taking it to the next level by just mixing up some innovation and creativity.

Freestyle Night

35. Ultranoir

Ultranoir has designed its contact us form by keeping the concept of creativity and simplicity intact, and has successfully created this awesome contact us form.

Ultranoir

36. Cplx

Send messages in the clouds; this is what this design speaks about. You will like the originality of the designer with which this form has been created.

Cplx

37. Bio-Bak

The most unusual and innovative contact us form in this collection that was designed with an out of the box approach.

Bio-Bak

38. Lunalunerafestival

Write your message on the piece of paper, fill you name and email address in the envelope and send it to the webmaster. Isn’t it interesting?

Lunalunerafestival

39. ElectricPulp

In addition to the contact us form, other details such as phone number and email address are also provided for the users to contact them directly.

EletricPulp

40. Fabric Adecaricaturas

A somewhat ugly caricature is there with the contact us form, I don’t know for what but somehow it completes the overall look.

Fabric Adecaricaturas

41. Z-Index Media

Again the concept of a letter is being applied to create this contact us form. The design is simple yet speaks volume about itself.

Z-Index Media

42. Social Snack

Social Snack also utilizes another interesting and creative approach to get their contact us page appear different and unique from the rest of the contact us forms.

Social Snack

43. World-Arcade

The contact us form appears when you click on the Contact button asking you name, email address and your message that you want to send.

World-Arcade

44. Hybridworks

In this contact us form, you will see that the letter box is the only graphic element. Despite that the web page looks visually interesting and appealing.

Hybridworks

November 14 2011

05:00

The Theory of Information & Inspiration for creative endeavors

As creatives, we rely heavily on inspiration. There are so many sources for inspiration, and sifting through them all can be a daunting, time consuming task. While inspiration definitely shouldn’t be downplayed, we can miss the mark easily by thinking that immersing ourself in the creative work of others will simply saturate our minds with creative ideas.

It’s important to consider that true creativity, at its source, comes from within. Whether it is influenced by other creative work is irrelevant to the creative quality of the work.

Cybernetics

For the sake of our conversation, cybernetics (Wikipedia link) is the study of working within a constrained system of control. Cybernetics is an interesting study that spans many disciplines, and therefore can be generalized to almost any practice. A subjective definition that illustrates the scope of cybernetics comes from Larry Richards at George Washington University’s American Society for Cybernetics: “a way of thinking about ways of thinking”.

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So how can I use it, practically?

Instead of focusing on what cybernetics is, let’s think about how the theory applies to a creative project.

When we approach a creative project, as we have stated before, we attempt to look for inspiration. But perhaps we are going about this searching in an incomplete way; instead of searching for external inspiration as is our original tendency, a creative cybernetic approach would attempt to search for inspiration within the project itself. Instead of thinking about what the project is (a cool looking website, a great looking poster, a logo), instead we look at what the project does. We look at the form and pattern, control and communication, and we in turn begin to create towards this.

A way that we can leverage this towards inspiration is by introducing artificial constraints within our creative projects. This was the premise behind Roy Ascott’s two-year Groundcourse program. Students would begin by studying illustration with given constraints that were often bizarre. For instance: “If a cough is represented by 5 jagged lines, draw the BBC Time signature“. The bizarre nature of these assignments was far different than traditional art assignments that may focus instead on previously created art (such as a prompt similar to the following: “draw a picture that is influenced by cubism”). The assignments continued to become more involved in the first year, moving towards 3-dimensional sculptures. In the second year, the students were asked to apply the constraints of a system to themselves by literally taking on a different personality than their own. For ten weeks, students would act and respond in opposition to their ingrained “nature”.

The program forced students to understand the power of control and systematic constraints, and the ways in which to work in and out of those systems.

In your next project, begin by examining the function and purpose of the finalized piece of work. What are the possible (both common and uncommon, expected and unexpected, “good” and “bad”) directions? What, if any, are the constraints that are already naturally on the project? What rules exist (both from a media format sense as well as a subjective, imposed sense)? What are some restrictions you could introduce that might provide a more finite sense of control over the project itself?

Conclusion

At the end of the day, inspiration is an elusive beast. We have ontological models of how to become inspired; perhaps we are more creative than we give ourselves credit for, and only when we feel constraint and pressure can we actually release our creativity.

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April 15 2011

05:00

Is Your Search For Inspiration Getting in the Way?

Many of us creative types spend a lot of time seeking out “inspiration”.  In fact, if you’re like me it’s your job to find and write about art or other things that might spark artistic inspiration in the minds of readers.  I’m not here to make light of that either, it’s what I do and I love it.  However, the reason I put quotations around the word inspiration above is because many times in the blogging world we say things like, “we are your source for inspiration” or “check out this inspiring post” etc. as if further consumption of this or that will be the deciding factor in whatever you’re working on.

It’s an easy idea to buy into, especially if a particular post has helped you out on a project in the past.  But before long you can find yourself bouncing from blog to blog, endlessly clicking through your reader, or staring bleary eyed at twitter, facebook, and tumblr waiting for inspiration to strike.  Meanwhile, getting absolutely NOTHING done.  And there’s a good reason for that.  A blog post is not inspiration.  It may contain the spark of inspiration but that spark can only occur because the perfect conditions already exist in your mind.  If you think of inspiration as “a sudden understanding” it gets a bit easier to illustrate.  If you’re looking at design roundups you will find references, but a “sudden understanding” of how to meet your clients needs with your design is something else entirely.  An understanding might be triggered by a reference but not always.  Sometimes the mind simply needs time to connect the dots.  More work or “inspiration” only get in the way.

Archimedes’ Eureka Moment

Take the ancient story of Archimedes for example, the scientist who famously coined the term “Eureka!” when he discovered the physical law behind buoyancy.  His story goes like this: Hiero II, King of Syracuse, was pretty sure he was getting ripped off by a goldsmith.  He thought the goldsmith was carefully replacing pure gold with a gold/silver mix and pocketing the difference.  So the King turned to Archimedes for a solution.  Without catching this goldsmith in the act, how could Archimedes test whether the goldsmith was giving him impure gold?  Archimedes struggled for a long time trying to figure out a solution to this problem but had no success.  After a very long period of intense study, thought, and experimentation Archimedes was convinced to take a break and go home.  When he went home, he filled a bath.  As he soaked in the bath he noticed that an equal weight in water had been displaced in relation to his body and he yelled out, “Eureka!” and ran all the way back to the King, stark naked through streets, to tell him how they could test the goldsmith.  They took a coin of gold they knew to be pure and a coin from the goldsmith comparing the buoyancy of each.  Sure enough, they did not match up and the goldsmith was quickly executed.

An unfortunate story for the goldsmith to be sure, but what I want to point out is that the moment of breakthrough inspiration came to Archimedes only after he got a little distance from what he was working on.  I imagine him soaking in the bath, wrecked from long exercises of strenuous mental activity.  As he moves, he notices the water level change.  Then he tries submerging himself deeper, then he stands, then he sits, testing out a thought he’s having.  Then, Eureka! Sounds familiar right?  Have you ever been riding your bike, off on a run, taking a hike, or taking a shower, and finally…something clicks? Or a brilliant idea or solution pops into your head from seemingly nowhere?  This is what happens when we still our mind, give it a break from stimulation, and allow it to sort through the things we’ve consumed.

More Consumption Does Not Equal More Inspiration

When we hop from blog post to blog post for hours on end, we are not becoming “more inspired”.  We run the risk of over-stimulation, or “brain exhaustion” for lack of a better term.  For instance, would running 100 miles all at once get you in better shape?  No, it would cause serious harm to your body.  At a certain point you pass the threshold of healthy activity and it becomes hurtful.  Likewise we need to allow our brain the space it needs from the stimulating content we consume for it to make the connections it needs to make for true inspiration or “sudden understanding” to take place.  All of this isn’t to say that true inspiration only strikes while we’re on a break either.  It strikes in many times and places, not just those I’ve mentioned.  What I’m getting at though is that it’s probably healthy to establish a habit of alternating mental stimulation with mental rest.  I encourage everyone to give it a shot and see how it goes.  I’d love to hear your stories!

Balancing Mental Stimulation With Mental Rest

Giving your brain a break doesn’t have to be a total life transformation.  There are some really easy things you can do to get started, then figure out what works best for you.

  • In the morning, take at least 20 minutes to drink your coffee in silence.  No technology whatsoever, just you and your coffee.  Let your brain wake up and process whatever it needs to before diving into emails or whatever else.
  • Commuter?  Turn off your radio and let your mind wander (not too much!) while you go to or from work.
  • Exercise.  This doesn’t have to be strenuous.  It can be a 20 minute walk in the morning, evening, or even on your lunch break.
  • While working on something, try to close everything else so as to not tax your brain with distractions while it’s trying to be brilliant.
  • Choose one or two times per day to browse your inspiration sources instead of constantly stimulating your brain throughout the day.
  • Get a hobby.  This can be anything, the important thing is that it needs to be different than your job/art.  Try choosing something mostly physical that doesn’t require strenuous thinking.  Fishing, lawn care, hiking, diy projects/crafts, and the like all work.

March 08 2011

06:09

Mercedes Benz – Left Brain vs. Right Brain Advertising

The Mercedes-Benz. They’re sleek, stylish and sometimes glitzy and powerful. Their recent TV campaigns show big, boastful sedans, ripping donuts around their “legal” team in the middle of the sand. Their print campaign, is a touch different. It draws on emotional ties between the left and right brain. The beautiful illustrated spreads show creativity, free spirit and passion of the right brain vs. the familiar, accurate and linear. The campaign, is beautiful, articulate and creative. The copy is carefully crafted and works with each illustration. The campaign was created by Shalmor Avnon Amichay/Y&R Interactive Tel Aviv, Israel.

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But, all of this aside… The campaign is super creative, well created and technically sound. But, the problem that I keep reeling over is “is this Mercedes-Benz”?

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Mercedes Benz – Left Brain vs. Right Brain Advertising

January 10 2011

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January 09 2011

18:08

Web Design Fan’s Best of 2010

To end the year here at Web Design Fan, we wanted to rundown some of our favorite posts and resources from 2010 and share them with you all.

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November 22 2010

10:00

Get Inspired: 45+ Amazingly Creative Papercut Artwork

Derives from the Greek term for the ancient Egyptian writing material, paper as we call it today is being used for many purposes. From writing a simple note to advertising media, the paper it self become very important in our life. Furthermore, paper can also be used as decorations.

Papercut for example, is a simple paper decoration. Though, when it comes to creative ideas they will no longer look simple. Instead, these stunning papercut artwork will leave you with praise. In today’s post, we have selected 45+ amazingly creative papercut artwork for your inspiration. Make sure to check them all and be amazed on how amazing one paper could be.

1. Hedgerow Birds by Helen Musselwhite

2. Gucc Grafik and Film by Julene

3. Bluness by Stealinghearts

4. Main25 by Aoyama Hina

5. Papillon by Aoyama Hina

6. Altop-p by Aoyama Hina

7. Eros & Thanatos by Kako Ueda

8. Reciprocal Pain by Kako Ueda

9. Autobio by Beatrice Coron

10. Dominik by Beatrice Coron

11. Webtime by Beatrice Coron

12. Welcome by Ufocinque

13. Dark Night by Carolg2007

14. Tree by Carolg2007

15. Rimane by Ufocinque

16. Vernissage by Analu Prestes

17. Tree House by Elsa Mora

18. Por Dentro by Elsa Mora

19. Brain by Elsa Mora

20. Française by Kris Trappeniers

21. Mesmerized by Kris Trappeniers

22. Atomic Jellyfish by Bovey Lee

23. Telaraña by Irene Tobón

24. Papercut Spread by Naomi

25. Tarjeta Jimena y Marcelo by Chiquita Boo

26. Blonda by Chiquita Boo

27. Tsunami Oblivious by Bovey Lee

28. Papercut for “The Scene” by Himmapaan

29. Asphyxiation by Lorraine Nam

30. Gender Role by Lorraine Nam

31. Paper cut out map

32. Anna by V_A_A

33. P1 Fragment by V_A_A

34. Follow Your Dreams by Julene

35. Girl & Storks by Iris-b2007

36. Papercut by LI

37. Wip by Ruth Mergi

38. Etsy Papercutting  Art Works

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40. Papercut by Jam Wu

41. Papercut by Jam Wu

42. Now I Got Worry (StressMonkey) by Patrick Gannon

43. Your Touch, It Does Something To Me by Patrick Gannon

44. Laura by Disaster.Strikes

45. Xinagraf by Christina Graf

46. Rob Ryan – Valentines 2008 by Velda

47. Ceca Sustentável by Uriá Fassina

Make Your Own Papercut

Aren’t they all amazing? It is actually not so difficult to create a papercut artwork, though you will need to be patient and practice on cutting the desired shapes. If you’re really interested on how to create one, check out this tutorial: How To: DIY Papercuts by Skinny Laminx. Don’t forget to tell us which is your favorite piece or if you’re a papercut artist, feel free to show your artwork to us.

October 29 2010

13:55

Take The Initiative and Create Your Own Projects

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During my last job with a large corporation, people started to get laid off. Many fellow creatives came to me, as they had no idea what they would do if they were let go. I had come to that small city from New York and my experience was varied and impressive to those who started their careers with this company. Their parents had hoped for their own children to work there and eventually retire in the same homey place. They were anchored in this town that held no other industries. Like layoffs in a town that has a steel mill, there weren’t many options to those looking for work.

“You’re creative,” I would tell people before my turn came in the next to last round of layoffs (which is some comfort). “You can do so many things that are creative. If you get pushed out the door, make your own projects!” Then advise them where to go and spend the rest of the day creating a book, or painting a series for a gallery show, or create postcards, greeting cards, dolls and websites. This was usually followed by the persons to whom I was speaking to, to ask about something they obviously wanted to explore; leading to a discussion, usually joined by others as well, on how to achieve it. The dividing line is how badly does one want it?

[Offtopic: by the way, did you know that we are publishing a Smashing eBook Series? The brand new eBook #3 is Mastering Photoshop For Web Design, written by our Photoshop-expert Thomas Giannattasio.]

Take The Initiative!

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Tailor (A) gives creative (B) a snappy new “power suit”, SO irresistible that the client (C) hugs the suit (D) causing it to hit paddle (E), smashing expensive vase (G) and wasting a perfectly goof head of cabbage (I). Further destruction reigns havoc (K – P), dousing all competitors with a toxic chemical (Q). Illustration by Rube Goldberg.

I’m a big believer in self-propelled initiatives. It’s how I make a living. Writing for Smashing Magazine is an initiative. Everything is done before Smashing ever sees it. Authors have to come up with the idea, research it for presentation, get the approval and then write it and submit it. It’s initiative. As with what you may perceive as easy to pitch an article, most initiatives are simple!

All of my career I’ve had people come to me to relay that they have written a book and need a cover or images for the inside so they can send it to a publisher. I tell them they don’t need all that. Just send in the manuscript with a self-addressed-stamped-envelope (many publishers have digital submissions on their sites) and the publisher will choose cover designers and illustrators themselves.

Some people smile at the realization that their dreams were an easy step closer. Some didn’t believe me and insisted I design something for them (and draw, because I’m an “artsy-type!”). I look over the pages and tell them it’s an idea that shouldn’t be “set aside lightly”. They smile and then I tell them it should be “thrown with great force” (with apologies to Dorothy Parker). Some people want it to be done for them. Maybe it’s the prompting of a contest or a “might-as-well-take-it” project.

Would you rather be working on a low-paying project that is screwing you up at every turn or invest in yourself with the time put towards your dream project? It’s not hard coming up with an idea and creating the images, code or what-have-you. The difficult part is making yourself do it and then selling it and that’s where most people fail.

One of my recent favorite self-initiative stories was about an injured creative with time on his hands and a need for income. Dave is a designer at the Iconfactory and responsible for the ultimate Twitter icon Ollie the Twitterrific bird; he had broke his foot while playing soccer over the Fourth of July. That meant that the poor guy was relegated to staying off his feet at home. Rather than wallow in self-pity, he decided to use the opportunity to keep himself from going completely Rear Window and offer up his design skills to the large Web community — and successfully so!

Self-initiative is not easy for most people. Working for someone else provides a regular paycheck, security, after a fashion, and someone telling you what to do. No self-motivational projects needed. As one person commented on a past article on crowdsourcing,

“I recently participated in the LG “Design the Future” contest (yeah, I didn’t win)… but rarely do I get the chance to design a cell phone like product… it was a great exercise in creativity and it really let me flex my muscle… and they had some substantial cash prices (first prize was $20,000)… I feel like competitions like that are great for the industry. The rules were pretty relaxed and it really let people go hog wild and show off what they can do. Too often you’re forced to roll with the clients vision. It’s great to have a contest that let’s you be you.”

As I was arguing the pros and cons of crowdsourcing in that article, I just had to reply for his edification:

“I understand your point, but let me play devil’s advocate and explore another option. So you submitted something you really enjoyed designing and it stretched your creativity. You loved your final submission. You didn’t win and the client, I assume, owns it anyway. What if you had designed it but not submitted it and then sought out companies that might purchase the rights to the design? You would have taken a cue to create your own initiative and owned the product rights.”

Was the prize worth giving away all rights to the winner? What would the client have paid a design firm or freelancer to do the work? I’m guessing that the prize cost was considerably less than the one that would have run the company. So, who was the real winner? Which avenue held a better chance for him? The odds of him winning the contest and giving up the idea anyway without winning, or the odds of him being able to sell the design on the open market, or  maybe not, but owning it to try again? I can’t say.

Persistence in selling the idea and protecting it can be daunting. Even though, sometimes even an e-mail comes back right away that says, “I love it!”… and a check eventually arrives. (Note: you shouldn’t participate in such speculative design work as a professional in the first place and here is why — Smashing Editorial)

What Will Get You Started?

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A tidal wave of ideas or bills (A) will motivate another creative nearby to foolishly open an umbrella (E) in a lame attempt to hold back the flood, causing what looks like a giant earring (H) to fall and pull the hammer (J) so it strikes a piece of metal (K), waking up the baby (L) who must be rocked to sleep (N) by a trained and poorly-paid dog (M), causing the attached backscratcher (O) to tear at your flesh until you decide it’s better to get off your rear and do something. Illustration by Rube Goldberg.

Your idea. Your dream. No one will do it for you. Even if you have to work at something non-creative — use the money to live, but make your dream the priority. Crappy job gets in the way of your dream? Find another crappy job! They’re everywhere and except for the slaughterhouse idea, they won’t drain your creativity. Have the idea? Now set your plan. Just like your previous boss who had always made projects go around and around, it’s finally time to make your own plan, knowing it will work better, and make it happen!

First, research who your customer is. Using Web sources or going to stores are the best way to find out some helpful examples of consumer habits (yes, marketing people never leave the office, they rely too much on figures supplied to them). See what people are buying and talk to them. I used to go to stores that carried products made by the company for which I worked for, and watched what people bought or didn’t and asked them why.

I would smile as I approached them, excuse myself and explain what I was working on and gathered their opinions. This is probably why my products sometimes sold very well. Know your consumer base!

Also, figure out costs and how you will cover them. You may need a loan or investors. What website and functionality will you need? Packaging, having stock, shipping, advertising, taxes? Is your dream project for you to start a business or do you want someone else to produce it? If you are producing it yourself, you can get a business loan, but you are about to take many, many risks. Get legal and financial advice next. It’s well worth the money and will give you the final tally of whether or not this will be your dream or nightmare.

If you are creating something to pitch to a company for their purchase or licensing a property (certain photos for calendars and cards, for instance), there are a similar but different set of rules.

Start with the idea and marketing, create a style guide and/or presentation. A friend of mine wanted to publish a graphic novel for a pitch for a property she was trying to sell but couldn’t afford upfront fees for an artist and writer and printer, so I told her to use a WordPress blog to post her promotional material that she already had and that would give her a great presentation — the easy way.

Research which company you think would want to take on the project. Again, go online or to a store and look around. Want to really impress potential clients? Ask the store’s permission to set everything up; take videos of shoppers and their answers. What better way to produce proof of a need and then give clients the means to fulfill it!? Let your imagination run wild! As with the man who was so excited by the contest he entered, stretch yourself creatively.

Found the perfect prospect? Do your research and find the people you need to reach. There are many business networking sites. Search the company and find people and their titles. Get addresses and phone numbers. Call the receptionist and ask her/him who is the head of marketing or if they have an R & D contact person. If they don’t know, ask to speak to the secretary of the VP of marketing. Maybe she/he can get you closer. Also, use your network. Do any of your contacts know someone you are trying to reach?

Sounds difficult? It isn’t really; just keep in mind that it takes a lot of persistence, patience, as well as a good sense of humor. Once you lost one of those, you won’t make it.

A Non-Disclosure Agreement Is Standard

Feeding in Take The Initiative and Create Your Own Projects

While feeding yourself (A), the spoon pulls the string (B), flipping a piece of drilled iron into the head of a parrot (E), who is knocked unconscious and knocks it’s beak into a bowl (G) which spills parrot food into a bucket (H) that sets of fireworks (K) inside your house with a razor sharp sickle (L) attached to it, cutting the string (M) and forcing you to remember the paperwork to enforce your rights by smacking you in the face with a contract repeatedly! Illustration by Rube Goldberg.

It’s standard to either have your own Non-Disclosure Agreement or pick up a copy of Tad Crawford’s book on contracts and forms. Bigger companies will insist on using their own. Bigger corporations, to their own detriment, usually have no access point for outside ideas. They are afraid your idea may be something they are working on and they will be sued down the line. Middle-sized companies will just tell you they happen to be working on the same idea. Document your contacts and submissions well.

I was recently told over a dozen product designs would not be used. I later heard the products were available in every catalog world-wide. Did they think my price would go up if I found out how well the work did? You bet it will! Keep your expectations high (expect the middle to low high) when negotiating. A recent question came in from an artist in Mexico who ran across a sleazy representative in the United States who was basically ripping her off for one of her licensed characters. She had jumped at the chance because it was her first time working in a licensing arrangement. I hope she followed my advice.

As with any business transaction… think! Anyone who rushes your decision is up to something. Do your research and see what you find.

Bless The Web And All Who Surf It!

Extended in Take The Initiative and Create Your Own Projects

Extended and dangerous hook (A) catches old fashion sign (B), causing electrical shorts that start a fire and the boot to swing back, kicking the football (C) over the goal post (D) and into a colander (E) which tips the watering can (G) to soak the creative’s back, pants and shoes, which will lead to misunderstandings and new nicknames. The string (I) pulls open the cage (J) allowing the bird (K) to go to eat the worm (M), as the bird had been starved in retaliation for all the Twitter fails, causing the shade to be pulled down (N), which reminds the creative to mail that proposal in his pocket. Using theiWeb only takes half the steps. Illustration by Rube Goldberg.

The Web holds a billion of possibilities. As I mentioned about my friend who built a blog, rather then going through the costs of print, you can hardly lose with a great idea and the ability to bring it to life on the Web. With e-commerce made so easy, how can you not have a site that sells something? At least most of the people I know have a Cafepress or Zazzle “shop”.

When I first started with web design, back in the days when processors ran on mud and sticks… and fire, which was new, I put up sites for my infamous chili recipe, one for each of my kids, a site for toy collectors, and it went on. Why? The Web was young and there were probably only 73 sites live and forty of them were mine!

Use your down time. Partner with friends and split the rewards. Ever hear of a group of social outcasts who got together and created something called “The Onion?” No? I haven’t either, but I do hear good things and that they crawled their way up to be, I believe, the number one humor site in the world. It must have started with an idea and someone’s dream.

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October 25 2010

16:05

Designious – Design Cocktail Bundle

Design CocktaII, the bundle for creatives has launched with more resources but the same price!
We would like to announce today the release of the second Design Cocktail bundle. This new premium bundle with more quality resources for creative people than before, is worth $829 and the price remains the same, only $29. You save $800 from the start!
The amazing goodies included in this pack are offered by Designious.com (link to http://www.designious.com/), Vectorious.net (link to http://www.vectorious.net/), Tshirt-designs.com (http://www.tshirt-designs.com/), Paternsshop.com (link to http://www.patternsshop.com/), WPwizz.com (link to http://www.wpwizz.com/) and Quickpayscript.com (link to http://www.quickpayscript.com/), so you can be sure that you get only the best quality products.
This is a fantastic opportunity for designers, artists and creatives of all types to get their hands on some really awesome resources for such a low price.
The bundle will only be available for 7 days, from the 25th of October until the 31st of October and be sure that it includes only quality products.
Don’t wait any longer, visit Designious.com (link to http://www.designious.com/), and purchase this amazing bundle now!

Design Cocktail II, the bundle for creatives has launched with more resources but the same price! The new design bundle launches today (October 25th) and runs through the 31st of October. This is the second release in the Design Cocktail bundle. This new premium bundle has more quality resources for creative people that its predecessor. It’s total value is $829 (if you bought the items individually) but, packed in this bundle it’s listed at $29! There are some pretty good resources in this package offered by Designious, Vectorious.net, Tshirt-designs.com, Patternsshop.com, WPwizz.com and Quickpayscript.com.  The bundle will only be available for 7 days, Don’t wait any longer, visit Designious.com and purchase this amazing bundle now!

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October 11 2010

21:00

12 Creative Design Ideas That Went Viral (And The Lessons You Can Learn)

In this post I’ll feature some web designs that went viral on StumbleUpon/Digg/other social media sites and the lessons you can learn from them. As you browse the designs, I’m pretty sure you’ll find some common patterns I overlooked. If you see that, let me know in the comments :) For now, let’s get started.

One more thing before we start. The lessons I’ll share are just principles and observations that come from my 3+ experience in viral marketing and getting over a million people to my websites. Feel free to disagree with some of the principles and let me know why in the comments below. Now, let’s REALLY get started :)

1. Man in The Dark

What can we learn from this: People want control. That’s one of the reasons games are more engaging than videos. This animation makes use of that principle by giving people an incredible control over the flying man. Even if you move your mouse a little bit, you should get him flying immediately. The lesson here is: If you’re making a game or an animation people can control, ask yourself how can you make it so even a small move with the mouse (smallest effort people can possibly take while sitting on a computer) can produce a ‘wow’ results.

2. 10 Common Misonceptions Dispelled (Infographic)

What can we learn from this: Appeal to the general audience. Going niche doesn’t work if you want to go viral (except if the niche is fascinating for the general public, like astronomy). This infographic is a great example of appealing to the overall mass population. The name is ‘10 Common Misconceptions Dispelled’, not ‘10 Common Teeth Whitening’ or ‘10 Common Acne’ misconceptions. In viral, fun and entertainment are a priority over being informative.

3. Horses Singing

What can we learn from this: There are so many principles behind this viral flash ‘game’, but I think what’s most important here is unexpectedness; when horses open their mouth, you expect that awful and loud voice. But these horses can sing; and they can actually sing in chorus! Imagine real horses doing that; one of the most annoying things in the world? :)

4. Different Live Quotes

What can we learn from this: As a general rule of thumb, too much text doesn’t work in viral (see why in the next lesson). That doesn’t mean, however, that text doesn’t work at all. This example shows that. If you combine it with something insightful (like quotes), funny (once someone on Twitter made an account named “shit my dad says”), anything that brings emotions, you should have a good probability most people are going to like it.

5. TheOatMeal

What can we learn from this: I’ve actually known this OatMeal guy before he went viral on Digg. I expected his site to be great success, but never expected it would get viral to this extent! (his site is in the top 2500 most visited sites in the world according to Alexa). He taught me one very important thing with his designs. You see, there is a lot of text in some of his infographics. But it’s all illustrated, like a comics, and the text accompanies the graphic rather than the graphic accompanying the text. This is a very important distinction to make; if the text accompanies the graphic then you try to illustrate as many things as you can with the graphic, while the reverse is true with the graphic accompanying the text (like in this article, for example).

6. TypoOrganism ASCII (or, it’s Obama in ASCII!)

What can we learn from this: Ah, the power of associations. Combining technology + famous people = win. You could argue that we were making all these ‘associations’ in the previous examples as well (connecting pictures with emotions etc). But this is different. In this example, there is a politician, a celebrity. Some will like this and some will not. But they would both agree this is ‘fascinating’. A lesson/idea: You can take a present trend/famous person and make a creative design out of it. Like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.

7. Drawing Example

What can we learn from this: Most people like drawings. If you’re a drawing master, why not try and submit your masterpiece on StumbleUpon? Or alternatively you can find a drawing group on Facebook and post it there and see what happens (just make sure the group/page has enough members!) Drawings go viral on StumbleUpon.

8. ShinyBinary – Oh, It’s So Beautiful!

What can we learn from this: People love beautiful stuff. Now, aren’t different things beautiful to different people? Not really. For example, if you show the 2 pictures above to different people. most will say they’re quite beautiful. Maybe 2 in 30 will say they don’t like the pictures. But the rest 28 will usually say positive stuff. And not surprisingly, beautiful things often go viral ! They appeal to most (remember the second principle, appeal with information? Well this is same just you’re appealing with beautiful stuff).

If you want to see whether something you designed is beautiful or not, try sending it to 5 people (but don’t tell them it’s your design) and hear what they think.

9. Fractal World Gallery

What can we learn from this: Making a showcase of beautiful pictures/designs used to work quite successfully on StumbleUpon. This isn’t the case anymore (they still work, but not so phenomenal like previously), not because of the pictures but other factors. If you show same things to people all the time, they’ll become accustomed to those things and they’ll lose they effectiveness. The things they see will become ordinary and ordinary is the enemy of viral and buzz. So why am I telling you this? Because you can make twists for these showcase posts and make them ‘not-so-ordinary’.

Most people just throw a bunch of pictures for a particular topic, name it ‘x beautiful [theme] pictures’ and that’s it. Boring. Imitation works for getting viral, but not for long. Here are some ideas on twists you can make:

‘10 Remarkably Similar, Yet Very Different [theme] Designs’

‘10 Designs and Their Ugly Counterparts’ (you can show similar designs here, first the ugly one, and then the beautiful one)

10. Iconscrabble

What can we learn from this: Simplicity helps a lot. Especially if you have a site where people are just trying to do 1 thing (like search for something). If you’ve noticed, all the previous examples are kinda simple, they don’t have any extra parts that take your attention. They make you focus on the ‘meat’ and don’t do much fluff.

11. Phong

What can we learn from this: When this animation started, something strange happened to me. I started associating the animation with the essence of life, the stars, the universe…and I bet most people also did that when they saw this. Can you do this with your design? Can you insert an element which will help visitors associate your design with the essence of life? Some objects that can help you accomplish this are: stars, galaxies, planets etc. But it’s not just about what you present, it’s about HOW you present it. Just take a look at this animation and its slow motion. Think on how you can present your static/animation design. Slow motion usually helps a lot in the ‘how to present it’ part.

12. LAB – Freestyle Creativity

What can we learn from this: At the end, it’s important to mention that there are not specific rules for going viral. There is a dose of randomness in the viral formula. The more viral designs you see, the more you can ’steal’ from them and then make your own ones. This is an example of what I call a ‘freestyle creativity’, the guy probably just said ‘I found this fascinating and other people will probably find it too’ and went with that design. There’s no rule that says you can’t do the same too.


September 29 2010

21:00

45 Creative Examples of Illustrated Characters in Website Design

Character IllustrationI am huge fan of website with character illustration, Using characters in your website design not only improves your website visually but also easily connects with the audience in one way or the other. Now-a-days use of character illustration is not limited to just gaming website, people from various background like cooperates, individual & bloggers  are using illustrated characters in their design to gain some extra attention.

Using character illustration in website design can help you in many ways. I have shared some amazing websites that are making effective use of character illustration in their website design for your inspiration.

1.Vunky Blog

2.Naldz Graphics

3.Inspired Monkey

4.CSS Jockey

5.John O’Nolan

6. Smashing Magazine

7.Moxie Design Studios

8.Black Moon Design

9.Get Me Fast

10.Michael Coyle

11.VEBOO Labs

12.Creative Switch

13.Cats Who Blog

14.Iwit

15.Using character for introduction

16.Agencia Mobi

17.Inspiredology

18.Stone Skipper

19.Code Button

20.iii

21.Profsouz

22.Character centric navigation on website (Jason Gray)

23.Crayons Life

24.MultiWays

25.John Shammas

26.Pixel Cookers

27.Real Men

28.Interactive Character Design Website (Meomi)

29.Vision 18

30.Awesome Js

31. Representing 404 with character illustration

32.The Many Faces Of

33.Natrashka

34.Minding Monsters

35.Vincent Mazza

36.Illustrating your services using your character

37.Call-to-action parameter in design using character

38.Indiqo

39.Ephfx

40.Tijuana Flats

41.Single Frame Design

42.Robert Fenech

43.Mochimedia

44.Introducing fun elements in website through character

45.Making your own personal character for personal branding

Tell us in comments if you have created website with character illustration in it or which example from list you like the most.

September 28 2010

21:00

September 20 2010

23:33
21:00

50 Meaningful and Creative Logos with Thoughts Behind Them

When it comes to describing what a good logo is, this old saying comes in handy: “A good logo is a dead logo”… Uhm, well, ok I’m just kidding :). Actually, it’s quite the opposite.

A good logo is a logo that lives.

The collection below features great, creative logos that have a message hidden. They try to convey that message through type, shape, negative space, and by triggering image and/or meaning associations in our minds. Enjoy!

I realize not everyone gets it from the moment they look at it for the first time, so I allowed myself to add a short description to every logo.

1) Doghouse Brewing Co.

Doghouse Brewing Co. logo
This logo utilizes negative space. As in the name, we see a dog house, and the brewing element is incorporated into logo by having a beer mug shaped entry to the dog house (which is accented with the mug’s handle and stand).

2) Matrimony

Matrimony logo
Another use of negative space. The holes between M’s legs are actually people holding hands, which expresses what matrimonial bureaus stand for – helping people find each other and fall in love.

3) Pizza Time

Pizza Time logo
The clock’s board is actually a pizza, so it’s kind of like the clock’s hand says: “It’s time for pizza”.

4) Cloud Corner

Cloud Corner logo
Clouds are round, but corners are edgy; the corner here is nicely separated from this cloud’s round shape. Also, the colors from the name are nicely reflected on the cloud and its corner.

5) Bee

Bee logo
The B’s shape is formed by bee swarm.

6) Beercation

Beercation logo
People associate vacation with traveling, and so this travel bag is actually a beer mug, with handle and wheels – which nicely reflects the logo’s name.

7) Love Clip

Love Clip logo
The logo’s shape is a heart, which stands for the “love” part of the name, and it’s made from a clip, which of course stands for the “clip” part.

8) Fly

Fly logo
This one is really good. Its shape is an “F” letter, rotated in away so that it reminds an air plane up in the air.

9) Fitmiss

Fitmiss logo
Fitmiss logo combines two shapes: barbells and female sex sign. Of course, barbells shape stands for the “fit(ness)” part, and the female sex sign stands for “miss”.

10) Fold It

Fold It logo
The logo’s is a folded “F” letter. Couldn’t be more obvious.

11) Families

Families logo
This one is great: the middle part of the word “families”, the letters “i”, “l”, and “i” are actually very simplified shapes of people. The biggest one is the father, the mid-size is the mother, and the smallest one is a child – a family.

12) The Golf Park

The Golf Park logo
The logo’s shape is a tree, but with a golf stick as a tree’s trunk.

13) Heart Build Foundation

Heart Build Foundation logo
The logo is a shovel (which is associated with building) with a heart at the end. So there you are, heart + building.

14) Invisible Agents

Invisible Agents logo
This one is one of my favourites: those lines look almost the same. Almost, because the middle one is slightly different, it’s tie-shaped. First of all, agents wear ties :). Second of all, good agent can blend in so good that it’s really hard to spot him. And that’s what this subtle middle line difference stands for.

15) Killed Productions

Killed Productions logo
The “i” of the “killed” word lies on the ground. Like it’s, well, killed :).

16) Locks

Locks logo
This one is kind hard to explain. You know locks have those little triggers inside them, and when you turn the key, those trigger rotate, causing it to lock. Now, look at letters “o” and “c”. That ring a bell?

17) Mister Cutts Baber Shop

Mister Cutts Baber Shop logo
Mister Cutts literally IS the logo. It looks like a mister with eyeglasses and mustache, but that’s actually a scissors upside down.

18) Wine Searcher

Wine Searcher logo
The name here reflects nicely in the shape. The shape consists from two wine bottles, but without the inner lines. This make it look like eyeglasses – and you often put eyeglasses on when you’re searching for something.

19) Newcastle Food & Wine Festival

Newcastle Food & Wine Festival logo
Another creative use of negative space. The white shape is a fork, which stands for the “food” part, and the fork teeth are the shapes of wine bottles, which of course stands for the “wine” part.

20) CinemaCafe

CinemaCafe logo
A coffee cup made of a film reel. Yup, a Cinema Cafe cup.

21) Baloon Chef

Baloon Chef logo
The balloon is actually a chef’s hat, and the balloon’s basket is a chef’s apron with kitchen utilities attached to it.

22) Cowbra Productions

Cowbra Productions logo
A game of words. The logo is a cow, but with zebra stripes; a Cow-Bra.

23) CityCliq

CityCliq logo
The city here is actually a hand cursor we see on computers, simulating a “click” on the sun above the city.

24) Dig for Saint Michael’s

Dig for Saint Michael's logo
Another shovel here. Shovel itself stands for the “dig” part. It’s made from two elements people usually associate with saints: a cross, and a stained glass windows you usually see in churches.

25) Iron Duck Clothing

Iron Duck Clothing logo
The “clothing” part is reflected by a hanger. Most hangers are made from iron, plus it has a duck-shaped hook. So it’s an iron duck hanger. So it’s Iron Duck Clothing.

26) MonKey

MonKey logo
A good one, another game of words. “Monkey” has a word “key” in it already, so there couldn’t be a more obvious logo than a key with a monkey-shaped head.

27) Martini House

Martini House logo
Yet another creative use of negative space. We see two martini glasses standing right next to each other – forming the space between them into a house. And there you go, Martini House.

28) Filmurbia

Filmurbia logo
This logo is a nice combinations of concepts from the CinemaCafe and CityCliq logos. The city here, the buildings to be exact, are made from a movie reel too.

29) ChemisTree

ChemisTree logo
One more game of words. The name is a combinations of words “chemistry” and “tree”. And so the logo reflects it in this weird tree – the trunk is actually a test tube, and a cloud of fumes that is often produced in chemical experiments represents the upper branches.

30) Black Cat

Black Cat logo
One of my favourites. When you first look at it, you might say “nothing fancy here”. Just two words, taken out of the name, and rotated 90 degrees. There’s nothing to it, right? Wrong! Look at letters “C” in both words. They are actually cat’s eyes :).

31) Brain Finger

Brain Finger logo
A finger print in a shape of a brain, a brain-finger.

32) uReach Media

uReach Media logo
I like the concept here, this one triggers meaning associations in our minds. The logo is U-shaped, which obviously reflects the “uReach” part of the name. Also, letter “u” is commonly used as a replacement for “you”. The “U” has hands on both ends, which triggers in our minds a meaning association: reaching out for something. So it’s like “you reach out for media” -> uReach Media.

33) Econergy

Econergy logo
Quite obvious one. The logo is “e” shaped power cable with a leaf at the end. “E” stands for “eco”, and the cable for “energy”. Eco-Energy.

34) Rocket Golf

Rocket Golf logo
Awesome use of negative space. The “golf” part is reflected in two tees. The space between those tees looks just like a rocket, which reflects the “rocket” part of the name obviously.

35) Hole

Hole logo
Very simple one. The “O” letter out of the word “hole” is… in the hole :).

36) Optical Strength

Optical Strength logo
A bodybuilder raising a barbell. Only the barbell is not really a barbell, but eyeglasses, which stand for the “optical”.

37) Evolution X

Evolution X logo
Great one here, my favourite from this collection. The name is “Evolution X”, and in the logo we can literally see the “X” evolving from a one short line, to a fully shaped “X”.

38) BarCode

BarCode logo
The beer mug stands for the “bar” part, and it has a barcode pattern on it. Doesn’t get any more obvious than that, does it.

39) Water Empire

Water Empire logo
When you hear “empire”, you hear “king”. And when you hear “king”, you think of a crown. The crown here is made of water, and so it stands for the name: Water Empire.

40) Lost

Lost logo
Another one playing with associations. When someone’s lost, you need something to find them, best if it’s something unique that will point to that person, and that person only. What’s more unique than a finger print?

41) Devil’s Music

Devil's Music logo
You hear “music”, and you immediately think of notes and clefs. The logo here is a clef, with horns on the top. You hear “devil”, and think of horns of course. Plus, the clef is red, which is also commonly associated with devil.

42) SoundDog

SoundDog logo
Very similar. A dog, only with music notes instead of legs; a Sound-Dog.

43) Wiesinger Music Piano Service

Wiesinger Music Piano Service logo
This logo utilizes negative space. Letters “W” and “M” are the first letters of words “Wiesinger” and “Music” from the name. Those two letters form piano keyes, which obviously reflects the “piano service” part.

44) VinoPiano Elegant Taste

VinoPiano Elegant Taste logo
Similar like the one above, only little different. The logo consists from three wine bottles, they reflect the “vino” part. The white space between them with bottles form a piano keys, which stands for the “piano” part.

45) Long Neck Music

Long Neck Music logo
Funny one :). What’s music? Notes! And so here the logo is a note, only the note ends with… a giraffe’s head. Plus, both giraffe and the note share the “neck” part. Long Neck Music.

46) Pelican

Pelican logo
Another negative space usage. Here, both “P” letter and the space inside it, which looks just like pelican, stand for the name – Pelican.

47) Pilot CMS

Pilot CMS logo
A word “pilot”, with cut out airplane-shaped part. Crystal clear :).

48) Shocked Film Group

Shocked Film Group logo
Another funny logo. The “O” out of the “shocked” word looks just like the emoticon we all know – two eyes and widely open mouth. Shocked, jaw-dropped, if you will.

49) Shutterbug

Shutterbug logo
The logo is a ladybug, only she has a shutter-shaped buckler. So there you go, nicely reflected “shutter” and “bug” words.

50) Water Drop

Water Drop logo
Negative space again. The “W” stands for “water”, and the space between the low part of W’s legs is actually a water drop -> W-drop -> Water Drop.

That’s all folks!

I hope you had fun looking at this collection and figuring out what each logo is trying to tell you :). I sure did!

September 10 2010

10:00

60 Brilliantly Blue Web Designs for Your Inspiration

Web design inspiration is something that after years and years is finally taken a bit more seriously. More and more web designers dare to go out there and use elements from other types of design to make new and stunning creations. And fortunately technology supports a lot more advanced and stunning web design than what we saw only a few years back.

This time we’ve spent quite a few hours trying to find some of the really awesome blue web designs out there. The color blue especially saw a new blooming era after Twitter became such a huge hit. These are 60 designs in various tones of blue that we think are great pieces of work. We’ve tried to pick out a variety of different styles and tones.

Enjoy!

1. Festival Creative

2. Box.net

3. Today’s document

4. Icelab

5. Lead Zeppelin

6. Eagle rock yacht club

7. Eric Campbell

8. Los colores olvidados

9. Love freelancing

10. NineFlavors

11. Hull digital live

12. Mighty dream

13. BountyBev

14. Drag city

15. PSD2HTML

16. Iemai

17. Knoxville leadership foundation

18. Yiipu

19. Masswerks

20. Deckpeck

21. Creative Nights

22. Victory church

23. Cbi research center

24. Rockstar new media

25. Edward Dark

26. Steven Little design

27. Talker

28. Reichweite

29. Ben Stock design

30. Fuel brand inc.

31. Behind the web design

32. Alex Swanson

33. Phureal

34. Altitude marketing

35. Three60

36. Sman96

37. Design attik

38. Jai Pandya

39. Indigo media

40. SkyLuke

41. Full thrown magic

42. Blackwave

43. North2

44. Piipe

45. Whitewater

46. Qwert city

47. Polargold

48. OhLife

49. TGC

50. Icebrrg

51. Sean Halpin

52. Posicionados

53. Testlab2

54. Tympanus

55. Vancouver 2010

56. Ek och Gren

57. Jon Leverrier

58. Pony

59. 2AdvancedStudios

60. Hull digital live

We hope you’ve found these websites inspiring. As usual we’re looking forward to your comments. Thanks!

July 06 2010

04:05

Putting the Creative in the Discovery Channel


DiscoveryCreative

The Discovery Channel has some epic HD specials and shows: LifePlanet EarthDeadliest CatchMythbusters are just a few that showcase the earth in its awe inspiring beauty. But, who makes the Discovery Channel beautiful? Discovery Creative. Discovery Creative is the internal agency that “didn’t get the memo” that in-house agencies can’t compete. Because they’re too busy whipping up stellar work and web solutions for their clients. Discovery Creative doesn’t just have a few capabilities in their arsenal, their rockin’ the full spectrum. Equipped with:Motion DesignBroadcast ProductionArt Direction & CopywritingWeb ServicesAccount ManagementPhoto Services and Production Services they are the steam that keeps the Discovery Network pumping out amazing shows with hard hitting creativity. We’ve showcased some of their works, their site content & most of all just their general knack for creativity.

Site Branding

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Sample Works

Mythbusters

Sure Jamie and Adam were hesitant when we proposed decapitation. But once the legal waivers were signed and the hacksaws came out, they were all in. Soon their floating faces were all over gatefold print ads, massive billboards and even online units that let viewers bust myths of their own. Re-attachment was tricky. But the campaign rose to the top.

Mythbusters-1

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Discovery Rebranding – Where It Gets Interesting

Imagine having to rebrand the Discovery Channel in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. That’s Europe, and the Middle East and the whole of Africa, folks! Obviously, a region so vast would need a very big idea to cover it. And with 102 countries and 13 languages, it would also have to be extremely simple. A big, simple idea. Hmmm, this is where it gets interesting.

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Dirty Jobs – Ad Campaign

After trying 200 of the most putrid professions on the planet, Mike was going back to work. So we stirred up print and online ads that offered viewers a fun and filthy history lesson in the kinds of jobs Mike has already done with a promise of more fun to come. Plus, a sweepstakes for viewers to ‘Meet Mike’. His excitement, and a lot more, is written all over his face.

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Deadliest Catch – Photo Exhibit

Welcome to a world where you have no control, the rules don’t apply and everything is out to get you. For the men who fish for crab on Deadliest Catch, there’s no guarantee they’ll survive and no place they’d rather be. Discovery Channel and Original Productions proudly present highlights of the photography shot on location in Alaska since the series began in 2005. Featured photographers are Corey Arnold, Cameron Glendenning, Zac McFarlane, Todd Stanley, Donald Bland, Dave Farkas and John Moody. To order prints, contact Discovery Creative at 240.662.4656.

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For most of us, Discovery Creative isn’t our first rodeo. We’ve worked at places like the Martin Agency, HBO, AOL and even the White House. We have different skills, interests and tastes but we share the same dogged determination, day in and day out, to hit that sweet spot between having a blast and working our friggin’ tails off. And while our group has collected more than a few industry awards, it’s the longstanding and highly productive relationships we have with the departments, people and networks throughout Discovery that we value most…

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Site: creative.discovery.com

Twitter: twitter.com/DiscoCreative

Contact: Discovery World HQ, One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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June 01 2010

21:00

35+ Beautiful Examples of Creative Collage for Your Inspiration

With numerous graphic design software these days, creating aesthetic artworks is just a matter of artist’s or designer’s ideas, creativity, and concepts. The basic idea of design is to unite the concept and to visualize it in order to attract people’s attention and deliver the message and information. Collages are a perfect example for this. A collage may include pieces of related images, several different type of fonts, and a well-organized layout.  This design technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century. Below are samples of graphic and web design work using the collage technique with great concepts for your inspirations.

1. Bram Luyts Website

2. Care Label Website

3. Mmmmm

4. Nokia-5300 Website

5. Elan Chicas Website

6. Elan Snowboards Website

7. Clever Craft

8. Childhood City Website

9. Lanikai Properties

10. Juan Vellavsky Website

11. Katey Nicosia Website

12. Aerodesign Website

13. 7 Styles for Seven Dials

14. Needle Website

15. Bobrovy Log Website

16. Veer

17. UN-touchable Flyer

18. I.d. Fest Poster

19. Orange Bent Lee Poster

20. Play With Typography

21. Gallery Opening Flyer

22. Acolytes Poster

23. Bicentenario Mexico Poster

24. East of Eden

25. Feed the Animals

26. Calistoga Still Normal Ep Album Design

27. Amplitunes Innards CD Cover

28. Bacio 3rd Anniversary

29. 35 Mms Menu

30. Visual Diplomatic

31. Cut & Paste

32. HART Calendar

33. Digital Collage

34. 2008 Design Calendar

35. Nokia N76

36. Hobbyism

37. You’ll Laugh and Cry (The Guardian)

May 11 2010

20:00

40 Creative Twitter Status Designs for Your Inspiration

Twitter has become one of the most popular social media sites by playing a major role in marketing and business for the past few years. People use Twitter for many purposes ranging from product marketing, spreading discount info, sharing interesting news to bizarre photos they found around the internet.

Most of us put up our Twitter status on our website to let the visitor know our latest activities or information. Of course, every website has different layout and to make it more interesting, a different Twitter status design. Below are 40 creative Twitter status designs that will encourage you to create your own Twitter status to match your website’s design.

1. FoodTease

2. Ilovecolors (Elio Rivero)

3. Alex Art (Alexey Abramov)

4. Douglas Menezes

5. Chykalophia (Ari Suardiyanti)

6. BrownBag Film

7. Argee (Rohit Garg)

8. Meagan Fisher

9. Kev Adamson

10. Vikiworks

11. Jeff Sarmiento

12. Nick La

13. Sam Wilson

14. Blogamuki

15. Orman Clark

16. Cultura Positiva

17. Ready Made Designs

18. Digiti Interactive Media

19. Harmony Republic

20. Yodaa

21. Frenzy Lab

22. Komodo Media

23. Sketchen

24. Tori’s Eye

25. Spout Creative

26. Denise

27. Matt Salik

28. Giancarlo Fajardo

29. Robo Cat Applications

30. The Great Bearded Reef

31. Squarefactor

32. Dawghouse Design Studio

33. I Primi Dieci

34. Love Tweet

35. Chi Garden

36. Social Media Mullet

37. Giraffe

38. Guga Fit

39. ShortMoves

40. Tim Marrs

Which one is your favorite? Which Twitter status design do you like the most? Let us know in the comments below.

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