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December 20 2012

08:10

The Top Ten Games Apps of 2012

The iPhone App Store hit the internet back in 2008 and in just four years apps have been well and truly accepted into the mainstream. From getting on top of your finances to managing your personal fitness, there’s an app for it. But the most fun aspect of apps is the possibilities they present for the gaming industry. And things have come a long way in just a few years. It’s now possible to get games with console-style graphics quality on the go; video and animation you’d only expect to find in a games arcade. Here are some of the games that have swallowed our spare time in the past twelve months – our top ten games apps of 2012.

Angry Birds Star Wars

Somewhere in a galaxy far, far away, the ultimate games app just got a whole load better. Star Wars Angry Birds isn’t just the best incarnation of the game, it’s also the best movie spin off we’ve seen in a long time. Yup, you still shoot birds at pigs, but in this game you get to do it with lightsabres and lasers. What’s not to love?

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Fieldrunners 2

The original Fieldrunners was one of the Apple App Store’s first hit games and this version takes to the next level for 2012. It’s a simple premise. Protect your tower and stop the bad guys from getting to the other side of the screen by using a variety of weapons. The more bad guys you kill the more money you get for weapons.

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Toca Tailor

The first app from Swedish interactive toy maker Toca Boca, Toca Tailor is a cool game for the over fours. This game lets users dress a variety of characters in an almost endless choice of clothes and is a brilliant game for encouraging creativity.

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Toca Band

Hailed as one of the best children’s apps of 2012, Toca Band gets kids to create a song through an easy-to-use interface. All they have to do to make their music is drag and drop the colourful characters across the screen – each one has its own unique sound!

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Clash of Clans

Clash of Clans is a cool cross between FarmVille and a war game. Build a village, train your troops and fight with other players. One of the most popular free apps of 2012 on Apple devices.

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New Star Soccer

It might not look like much, but New Star Soccer is utterly addictive. Your aim is simple; score as many goals as possible while more obstacles – such as high walls and winds – are put in your way. You need to upgrade from the free version to the 69p incarnation for the real fun though. This version lets you live like a real player, earning wages and building professional relationships with other players and your club manager. Improve your skills and you make more money. You’ll also have to make lifestyle choices to help improve your fitness or, more importantly, attract your very own WAG.

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SongPop

SongPop is a free music-trivia app that was named app of the week by ABS News back in July. Guess song clips and challenge your friends – and there are thousands of songs on there, ranging from golden oldies to today’s top tracks.
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Rayman Jungle Run

The legendary console platform hero made a successful jump to mobile this year with Rayman Jungle Run. The graphics are gorgeous and the smooth touch-based controls are a pleasure to use. No wonder it was named the App Store’s Game of the Year 2012; it’s an easy game for all ages to get to grips with, but addictively tricky to master.
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Waking Mars

This app was one of the biggest smashes of 2012. The narrative is one of the most engaging we’ve seen on this platform and involves the discovery of alien life on Mars and the subsequent mission of first contact. It’s an intelligent, adrenalin-fueled race against the clock to determine the fate of a sleeping planet.

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Batman: Arkham City

It may only have been launched last week, but Batman: Arkham City is set to be a last-minute big-hitter of 2012. It’s based on the most popular Batman video game on record and sees Batman fight some of the toughest villains ever – including Catwoman. It’s a hefty download, clocking in at 10.67 GB, so make sure your Mac can handle it before you buy.

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This is a guest post contributed by Neeru Pallen who writes on behalf of Print Express UK.

December 20 2011

02:22

Last Minute Gift Guide For The ‘Design Snobs’ In Your Life

Ok ok, we aren’t ALL snobs, but we know what we like and there isn’t anything wrong with that. We enjoy well designed products and we get giddy when we see beautiful & functional accessories. We like things that look good on our desk, next to our bed, travel with us or just look downright damn good on us.

Ok kids, pull out your wallets and don’t forget to tack on some extra for shipping if you need it before the 25th. You know you’re a slacker, that’s why you clicked on this post.

The D.I.Y. Mighty Wallet, $15

The Blank DIY Wallet

Be Creative, Be Mighty! The D.I.Y. Mighty Wallet has a writable surface you can draw on with pens and permanent markers to personalize it and make it your own or to give it to someone special as a one of a kind gift.

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Camera Table Dolly $90
You know that nauseous feeling you get while watching your family’s shaky home videos? The one that you always blame on your parents’ stunning fashion choices?
The Camera Table Dolly is here to make sure your videos don’t come with a side effect of nausea. While it won’t teach your parents how to dress, it will give your videos a smooth, professional look.
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Glif, $20

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The Glif is an iPhone 4/4S accessory with two primary functions: mounting your iPhone onto a tripod and propping up your iPhone at various angles. Our goal was to create something small, simple, and elegant. But out of this simple design emerges countless uses. Mount your iPhone to a tripod for taking great pictures or making movies. Prop your iPhone up for hands-­free FaceTiming or to watch videos.

BUY IT NOW or BUY THE WHOLE SET.

Plus Pack for the Glif, $12

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The +Pack is for those that already own a Glif, but want the Serif and Ligature add-ons. It’s the “+” part in Glif+.

The Serif is designed to keep your iPhone incredibly secure on the tripod. While the Glif is great for normal use, the Serif will keep your phone safe in more extreme situations. And, when you are not using the Serif, it fits snuggly inside the Glif, making it very compact.

BUY IT NOW or BUY THE WHOLE SET.

Places on Earth (print w/pins), $180

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Signed screen printed on black Somerset 280gsm and limited to an edition of 250. Size: 34.5″ x 26.25″

Each print comes with 52 pins, 50 are orange, 1 is red and 1 is blue. Red is for headquarters, blue if for your next target.

Created exclusively for the Royal We by Oliver Jeffers, this limited edition signed print is a hand drawn map of the world. The whole world. With pins. But it isn’t to scale, because that would be very hard to ship. Screen printed in Brooklyn using white ink on black paper.

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Roll Up Travel Charger, $34

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This portable charger minimizes cable clutter and maximizes style by placing multiple charging outlets on a single bar that rolls up into a slip-proof, polyurethane mat. You can refuel up to 4 devices simultaneously while occupying just a single wall outlet.

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iPhone Minidock, $24

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The MiniDock by Blue Lounge keeps your iPod/iPhone off the floor. It plugs right into your original power adapter (not included) to create a wall mounted charger docking station with no trailing cables. Exclusively for the iPhone and iPod.

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PlugBug, $35

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One accessory lets you charge two devices at once.

PlugBug is made exclusively for all MacBook Power Adapters, including current and previous models. Snap PlugBug onto your MacBook Power Adapter and you now have the first ever device that lets you charge your MacBook + iPad or iPhone simultaneously, from one wall outlet.

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Grid-It (Medium), $22

Screen Shot 2011-12-19 at 7.59.46 PMThe Grid-It organization system is a unique weave of rubberized elastic bands made specifically to hold personal objects firmly in place. Designed to provide endless configurations of digital devices and personal effects. Slim design and conveniently sized for your current laptop bag or travel case, lets you easily find what you need. Features rear zippered pocket for additional storage.

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Lux Delux – Cups, $18 each

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Might as well look good while you’re drinking your coffee or tea.

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Mute Watch, $260

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GLOW, SWIPE AND VIBRATE

The Mutewatch is designed to be simple and intuitive. Just tap the flat surface and the touch screen lights up, then swipe through the functions clock, alarm and timer.

You set the time for your alarms by tapping directly on the digits – tap on the top of the digit for a higher number or on the bottom of the digit for a lower one. When you want to erase an alarm, simply pinch the touch screen.

The Mutewatch also features a built-in motion sensor that registers your movement and automatically adjusts the strength of the vibrations. So, whether you’re sleeping, on stage giving a presentation or doing your work out, the Mutewatch will keep you updated on your next step.

BUY IT NOW.

Nixon Watch – The Chalet, (3 color choices) $200

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MOVEMENT: 3 hand Japanese quartz. CASE: Custom 30 meter stainless steel with hardened mineral crystal, real wood, or enamel inlay and double gasket crown. BAND: Custom solid stainless steel with real wood, or enamel inlay and butterfly closure.

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Poster Clips, $10

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Nickel-plated display clips for hanging your posters, art prints and other cherished ephemera with style and ease.

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Incase – Snapcase, Warhol Collection, $40

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As a cutting-edge visual artist, Andy Warhol understood and embraced technology and saw it as the future of contemporary culture and the arts. The Warhol edition Snap Case for iPhone 4 features some of the artist’s most beloved works along with the same reliable protection and easy attachment of our standard Snap Case.

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Burning Love Desk Pad, € 50.00

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Classic Felt deskpad of Burning Love from Wiesbaden. A leather strip on the side brings order to your desk and it looks great. The soft material requires no additional mouse pad. 100% felt and a leather patch with blind embossing on Burning Love 75 x 75 cm.

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Book Holder, € 14.90

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A bookmark for the wall. Beside the bed….Material: steel powder coated. Dimensions: 4.5 x 22.5 cm. Color: black, white.

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Desk-It Weekly Calendar, $10

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The Desk-It is a combination of sticky note and calendar. You can write down your to-dos for the week then tack up the sheet on your computer or wall as a reminder. You can stick it to the refrigerator for weekly menu planning or grocery list. Once you’re done, just tear it off and enjoy your sense of accomplishment.

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Camera Table Dolly, $90

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You know that nauseous feeling you get while watching your family’s shaky home videos? The one that you always blame on your parents’ stunning fashion choices? The Camera Table Dolly is here to make sure your videos don’t come with a side effect of nausea. While it won’t teach your parents how to dress, it will give your videos a smooth, professional look.

BUY IT NOW.

Headphone Stand, $59

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This versatile headphone stand will be your best companion to protect, showcase and organize your favorite headphones. Featuring an adjustable height arm bar, it is suitable for almost any headphones in any size and shape. Its stylish and heavy-duty design is made for daily use for years to come.

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Jawbone Jambox, $150

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Marshall Heaphones – Major, $119

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The Major encloses vast amounts of the massive Marshall legacy. The exterior of the headband is made out of the same vinyl used in Marshall amplifiers and it bears the original Marshall texture. Besides being straight up dazzling.

The Major is a solid workhorse with great stamina, designed with non-stop, all-day listening in mind.

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Fab.com Gift Guide

If you don’t find something that fits your fancy on our list, be sure to grab up some last minute gifts from my favorite store fab.com!

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There’s still time to pick up some amazing design gifts for the holidays. Think whimsical scrubbers, hanging planters, fabulous handbags, futuristic watches, and talking clocks.

CHECK IT OUT.

and…if you’re not sure what to pick….

Who doesn’t need a scrubber ducky?

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May 27 2011

04:16

The Hotlist: Edition 9

PRODUCT

Mountains by UGMONK

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An awesome print from the always talented Ugmonk. (Jeff Sheldon) The majesty of mountains – Ugmonk style.

NEWS

Redesign, Wanderlists, and Facebook power Wanderfly 2.0

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A half-year after our official launch we have overhauled the entire destination page on Wanderfly to help you get going on your next Wanderfly adventure. It is now easier and more fun to browse destinations, share trips, and connect with friends. Powering the redesign is the ability to create and share awesome lists (Wanderlists) of destinations and the option to connect and chat with friends to get advice, offer travel tips, and chat about your favorite places. At Wanderfly, we’ve always wanted you to find inspiration from our recommendations, and now with these improvements, there are plenty of new ways to do just that – make lists and join the conversation at Wanderfly now.

LucidChart Launches Any-Time, Any-Where Access to Web-based Visual Communication App With Full Offline Version

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LucidChart, the top paid app in the Chrome App Store, announced full offline functionality of their web-based visual communication and diagramming app, and I’d like to work with you on a story about this news.

LucidChart offers users a quick and easy way to organize and communication information through attractive and easy-to-understand visual aids, and the new offline functionality allows users to stay productive even when they don’t have web access.

This release is significant in that they’re among the first to offer such a powerful product in full version format that keeps users connected even when they’re not online  - LucidChart is part of the general trend of improvements in web apps that are now outperforming desktop software.

INSPIRATION

4 Things we’d LOVE to see in the next iOS

When we have an idea about something we really like, we simply can’t keep our hands off it. The iPhone is great, but that doesn’t mean it can’t get a little better…..right?

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Play it, Feel it, LOVE it!
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Color Monkey is an Interactive Design Studio with an exciting mix of talented designers in a creative environment in which ideas and products come to life.

Visit us at colormonkey.se

iOS 5 Lion-Style Dashboard Concept

Another concept of widgets — this time to mirror the dashboard setup in Mac OS X. The implementation is similar to my other widget video. However, in this concept, widgets and apps are separated.

Basically, you can consider this layout as having two sides. You have your apps and folders where they have been. But when you slide over to the old Spotlight Search screen, the wallpaper shifts and you’re taken into a Dashboard screen similar to the kind found in Mac OS X. You can have many pages of widgets (exactly the same way as the app home screens, but in the opposite direction). Widgets can come with downloaded applications and can be different sizes. Shown are my designed widgets for Facebook and Twitter.

What 9,000 TV Channel Logos Looks Like

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There are thousands upon thousands of TV channels available to watch worldwide.

Unfortunately it’s nearly impossible to fully grasp the absolutely massive number of television channels out there today because we only ever see them on our TV guides or randomly around the internet. For each channel, there’s a logo design that is easily recognizable and often memorable. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are more than 9,000 TV channel logos.

Of course, because some channels use identical logos across different stations and countries, some duplication has occurred (so we’re just going to round down to 9,000 even). You can even see a high resolution version of these logos starting here, but be warned: the large versions will take some time to load.

MUST READ

Long Live the Redesign by iamFinch

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In a nutshell, the concept he put forward is: Great designers adjust an existing work with little disruption of the foundational design for a goal or purpose. The end result is a modification to the design that improves the user experience. Good designers, on the other hand, recreate existing work focusing on the aesthetic, with a misunderstood notion that it will always improve it. However they end up disrupting and/or damaging the user’s experience making no real impact with the effort.

Design Professionalism by Andy Rutledge

The designer’s guide to taking back your profession.

Each year enthusiastic and passionate design students enter the industry they’ve long admired—one that they’ve worked hard to prepare for and have strived to be worthy of—in time only to meet with disillusionment. Why?…

Sustainable, Not Pixel Perfect

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We were approached by Zappos (read our case study) to reskin their “Zeta” site (basically a living wireframe). Our brief was to redesign the pages without bringing new thinking to the structure of the page, functionality, or interaction. Our job was to interpret what they had already built and to align the design with the Zappos brand; it is something they had struggled to do for several years.

Don’t redesign on spec by Yaron Schoen

Art, by nature, is not utilitarian. It does not concern itself with descriptions but leaves its viewer with the option to develop his/her own interpretation of what he/she sees. Art is its own means to an end, it does not solve problems for its viewer and it is without a specific goal. It is a reaction to an observation made by the artist that is sometimes processed through an emotional filter and sometimes remains in pure documentation form.

WORKSPACE

Office Productivity

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Nice little setup that you could come in daily and grind out some work. I like it.

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The Hotlist: Edition 9

April 01 2011

04:08

The Hotlist – Edition 8

PRODUCT

Miniot iPad 2 wood cover

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Thanks to it’s built-in magnet arrays the Miniot Cover nests firmly on the glass surface, perfectly aligned with your iPad 2. The ultrasuede microfiber lining offers great scratch protection. And at just 100 grams and 3mm thick it’s pleasantly light and slim.

NEWS

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Cloud Player is a free web and Android application. All customers start with 5 GB of free Cloud Drive storage and you can upgrade to 20 GB of Cloud Drive storage with an MP3 album purchase (learn more about this offer). All new Amazon MP3 purchases saved to Cloud Drive do not count against your storage quota. Amazon also offers a variety of Cloud Drive storage plans to meet all of your data storage needs. Find out about Cloud Drive storage plans.

Google +1’s

Our goal at Google is to get you the most relevant results as quickly as possible. But relevance is about relationships as well as words on webpages. That’s why we recentlystarted to include more information from people you know—stuff they’ve shared on Twitter, Flickr and other sites—in Google search results.

INSPIRATION

Elektra LuxxArt of the Title Sequence

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In the title sequence for Sebastian Gutierrez’s Elektra Luxx, a psychedelic melange of bullets, guns, and art deco ornaments materialize around the nude silhouette of the title character. As Elektra teases the audience with her own bawdy burlesque, she reprises her various adult film roles wearing next to nothing.

With our latest entry, Moises Arancibia of SMOG outlines how he and his Chilean supergroup used a bucket of paint and 3D software to make sure that Elektra lived up to her titillating reputation.

Media Queries

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An awesome site that shows how some great looking web designs look across multiple platforms. (Large monitor, small, iPad, iPhone etc.) A beautiful gallery of responsive web design.

Dogboarding

Screen shot 2011-04-01 at 8.49.26 AMA hilarious new take on skateboarding.

Charlie Sheens Brain – Vacation on Wanderfly

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While the town mayor claims “You couldn’t take 5 seconds in Charlie Sheen’s Brain” (because of its, ahem, other-terrestrialness), plenty of travelers are up for the challenge! A town that has a very different constitution to the rest of the country, Charlie Sheen’s Brain truly does have a different mind and heart compared to neighboring towns. Stroll along the canals (like vein…

MUST READ

Worlds Most Influential Designers

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Not only is “influential” difficult to measure, but “design” is also nigh on impossible to define neatly. Nonetheless, we decided to put together a list of some of the design world’s most influential movers and shakers. From design thinkers to hands-on design doers in industries from graphics to industrial to auto design, our chosen 27 luminaries represent a diverse cross-section of design disciplines. But all those selected have one thing in common: They are in some way responsible for shaping the world around us.

Can the Mobile Wallet Beat the Hype? – Teehan+Lax

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Depending on your level of involvement in the digital industry, you might not have heard of near field communication (NFC) or you’ve heard so much of it you’re starting to wonder if it’s all hype.

NFC relies on an underlying technology that wirelessly identifies objects from a short distance through tags that are inserted into pretty much anything. The benefit of NFC over something you’re probably more familiar with like RFID, which is used in key fobs and current forms of electronic payment like PayPass, is that it can send and receive information two ways, where RFID is limited to sending information just one way.

Clueless – Elliot Jay Stocks

To state that the UK government is clueless hardly requires a blog post, but in this particular instance, I refer to startupbritain.org: a site purportedly dispensing advice to entrepreneurs who are looking to start a new business. Besides the fact that the content is essentially one big list of links, some of the advice given is not only poor, it’s also potentially damaging to our industry.

Tim Van Damme – Interview

Tim talks about his role at Gowalla as well as various questions relating to the design & implementation of Gowallas’ beautiful apps and web presence.

KICKSTARTER

Through Their Eyes

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Since the first time I heard Michael speak I was captivated by his story. Now I am traveling to Southern Sudan to document the building of the Jalle School, one of the first schools being built since the Referendum in January. As I prepared for this trip I began thinking about the local people there in Jalle and I decided I really wanted to give them an opportunity to document this important moment for themselves. The idea was conceived out of a desire that my documentation wouldn’t just have my perspective, but be a collaboration of my work and the work of the participants in this project. In addition, I am creating a short documentary film on the experience of this project; how the participants respond to this experiment and being able to capture images.

WORKSPACE

Dark and Moody

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I’m not entirely sure what kind of awesome work you could do in the stellar environment but, when there are high ceilings and light pouring in count me in…

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The Hotlist – Edition 8

March 25 2011

04:09

The Hotlist – Edition 7

PRODUCT

Stadler Form – Q Fan

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If you’re a typography nut, this one is for you. You’ve got 12 type posters on your wall and letterforms on your desk but, do you have a fan? Q is an object and it is a fan! Unmistakably, Q bears the hallmark of the well known Swiss designer and artist, Carlo Borer.

  • Q is a work of art, since it was developed over many years until it became possible to combine the stylistic requirements of the designer with the quality requirements of technology.
  • Intensive research was also required before the complex manufacturing steps were ready for production.

INSPIRATION

Bassano Hard Soda – Lovely Package

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A new, vodka-based refreshment beverage inspired by classic Italian sodas of the 1920s, Bassano Hard Soda was developed to evoke the feel of Prohibition within a contemporary context. dossier created the name, proposition and look to communicate an integrated story that would be disruptive on shelf. The identity pays homage to the classic script logotypes of the era, while the closed 4-pack has a small window to reveal the bottles, alluding to something illicit and underground.

La Bubbly – by Fuzzco

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A labor of love that answers to the name La Bubbly. Working on the La Bubbly project was a blast. We developed the brand, collateral, packaging, tone and copywriting, website and created a series of videos to help launch the venture. The future of La Bubbly is great; look for more where this came from. In the meantime, look out for La Bubbly in watering holes near you, watch the videos and seek out the Sparkle-Goat in you. Special thanks to Ben Jack for cinemato-graphing our moving pictures and to Hello Telescope for collaborating on the moving sounds.

MUST READ

The Virtual Designer

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While watching the show a few weeks ago, I was thinking that it would be super neat if in 150 years my great great grandson would get one of my designs appraised. But after giving it another moment of thought, I realized that this could never really happen. I can count on one hand the number of site designs that have lived more than 10 years without a re-design (which usually completely overwrites the original.) A 150 year old design for the web just seems impossible.

Are you Making Something?

Simple but bold: Only use your computer for work. Real work. The work of making something.

Webbys Go Live on MLB

“If you’re not a big baseball fan you probably don’t know that they have close to a half-billion dollar business enabling people to watch baseball games all year long from anywhere in the country on practically any device,” says IADAS Executive Director David-Michel Davies. “You can watch a game on your iPhone without the streams skipping, which you don’t see anywhere else.”

KICKSTARTER

LetterMPress: A Virtual Letterpress for  your iPad

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LetterMpress™ will be a virtual letterpress environment—released first on the iPad—that will allow anyone to create authentic-looking letterpress designs and prints. The design process is the same as the letterpress process—you place and arrange type and cuts on a press bed, lock the type, ink the type, and print. You will be able to create unlimited designs, with multiple colors, using authentic vintage wood type and art cuts. And you can print your design directly from LetterMpress or save it as an image for import it into other applications.

WORKSPACE

Upstairs Workspace

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This is a pretty slick picture, the grid and composition are amazing. I know it’s not very usable in it’s current state but, the photo screams to me.

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The Hotlist – Edition 7

March 04 2011

05:42

The Hotlist – Edition 6

PRODUCT

iPad 2

iPad2Apple rocked the world yesterday with it’s new iPad announcement. It’s a really slick device now. It received some awesome upgrades. It’s thinner, faster, has new apps and a lot of other stuff packed in. But, who I am kidding… You probably streamed the keynote live on your second display and know more than I do.

Once you pick up iPad 2, it’ll be hard to put down. That’s the idea behind the all-new design. It’s 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter, so it feels even more comfortable in your hands.2 And it makes surfing the web, checking email, watching movies, and reading books so natural, you might forget there’s incredible technology under your fingers.

INSPIRATION

A Matchbook Made in Heaven – Studio On Fire

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We designed this wedding invitation for the lucky couple that won our giveaway with Martha Stewart. It’s only too fitting that the couple we chose to work with will be jumping fires on their wedding night. Besides complimenting our studio name, their scheduled wedding night activities (get your mind out of the gutter) lends perfectly to the orange and white color palette featured by Martha Stewart.

Apple iPad: Year One

There’s never been anything like iPad. It changes the way students learn and teachers teach. It transforms how businesses do business. It helps doctors take better care of patients. And it’s a whole new way to see the world.

FONTS

Type Specimen for iPad

Screen shot 2011-03-03 at 3.09.55 PMType Specimen is the first font viewer for iPad, revolutionizing the way digital fonts are presented today. It’s an ideal tool for people who need to select fonts for projects – be it magazine design, corporate identity design, web applications, or book typesetting. Type Specimen is a quick and easy way to navigate the type foundry, containing over two hundred original font styles. Type Specimen allows you to categorize individual fonts, make comparisons, or see details of specific glyphs. All of this for free of course.

MUST READ

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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For me, the only way to heal is to use the moments that knock us down in the same way as the moments that build us up. Whether it be death or life, it seems to take me in the same direction. It seems to end at the same place- the desire to create. It’s the way I choose to face each of them head on. Some artists look for inspiration in movies, books, etc.. and they are all good ways to achieve the end goal.

KICKSTARTER

Blimpus, an inflatable character

Screen shot 2011-03-03 at 4.25.47 PMAs designers we pretty much want to put graphics on EVERYTHING. We’ve done t-shirts, posters, skateboards, and anything flat and easy to print on. But now we want to explore beyond flatland and into the round, bulbous world of inflatable characters as custom, collectible art. What we’ve created is a blank, inflatable canvas with a big silly head to paint on and feet to stand on. They’re a bit over two feet tall, with stubby legs and they’re made of an ink-receptive PVC vinyl.

WORKSPACE

MFA Studio

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The Hotlist – Edition 6

February 11 2011

15:33

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PRODUCT

Noteslate

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Noteslate is low cost tablet device with true one colour display, real paper look design, long life battery (180h !), together with very handy usage and very simple and helpful interface for pen and paper. This easy, compact and portable gadget is used anywhere you want to make any notes, drafts, sketches, any ideas for future reference. Paper for everyone! Write a note and check it later, save it, or delete it. Maybe send it after. Just one colour is enough to express the basics. Keep your life simple. You will love it.

INSPIRATION

Fav Work

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Favwork is open to anyone who has creative work they want to share. Web designers, logo designers, typographists, illlustrators, artists, and so on. There is no ‘invite only’ pre-requisite or exclusivity for joining, anyone can join and your work will appear on the home page if you get enough likes.

50 and 50 – State Mottos Project

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50 and 50 is a collective, curated project where fifty designers are invited to represent their state by illustrating its motto. A new piece will be posted every week day.

FONTS

Design Trumps Content in launch of first major news tablet

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Founded by the world’s most notorious media magnate, preceded by months of speculation and fanfare, and backed with unusually strong support from Apple, The Daily is the most anticipated digital publication since publications went digital. It claims to be the first daily newspaper designed specifically for the iPad. This is not an adaptation of an existing print publication, but an entirely new operation, built from the ground up within the age of digital delivery. So what does that mean for The Daily’s typography? Let’s take a look.

MUST READ

Profit, Lies, Theft, and Idiocy Andy Rutledge

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“As a student of history, economics, psychology, and a 20-year businessman, I know a few things about how human commerce does and does not work well. In an effort to ward off widespread indulgence in bad business, I want to help educate and offer some advice to my peers.”

Writing vs. Writing

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Shawn writes an awesome post about doing vs. thinking about doing. I also found that you could interchange the word writing for: designing, coding, creating or whatever pertains to you. Well written words we should all try and take to heart.

The Game Just Completely Changed

Screen shot 2011-02-11 at 10.08.13 AMSomething insane is happening in the creative industry and all of you need to know about it. Two recent events have completely changed the career prospects for Web Designers and Developers: 1) Frank Chimero’s Kickstarter project and 2) Natasha Wescoat’s live painting sessions.

KICKSTARTER

The Manual – Project by Andy McMillian

Screen shot 2011-02-11 at 10.16.15 AMThe Manual is a new limited-run print magazine published three times a year. Each issue will have six substantial, beautifully illustrated feature articles, along with additional rich and unexpected bonuses. Challenging, contemplative, playful, and visionary, the articles focus on bringing a greater depth and maturity to our craft and profession: design on the web.

The Shape of Design by Frank Chimero

Screen shot 2011-02-11 at 10.18.54 AMHi. My name’s Frank Chimero. I’ve spent the better part of the last two years writing and speaking on design and thinking about the topics that orbit the practice: storytelling, concept, craft, and improvisation. I want to take all of the ideas I’ve had and connected these past few months and capture them in a book format.

WORKSPACE

Jon Hume

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Super slick minimal desk setup. The mac fanatic in me is jumping up and down. The product design lover in me is loving the clean, screens and silver trim on all the matching products. Well done Jon, well done.

TUTORIAL

Illustrator Eraser Tool Veerle

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Like with any software, if you work in it for many years you develop certain habits and working methods. Sometimes because of this you tend to make the mistake to overlook, or simply neglect some of the new features, not realizing that certain actions can be done in less steps. To give you an example, the Eraser Tool in Illustrator is a tool I never used much, and so because of this, and because of this I never paid much attention to it. Big mistake! Here is why…

SITE DESIGN

Beer Camp SXSW

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Inception in a website. Yes, I know it’s hard to wrap your head around that idea but, visit the site and “just scroll”. All your questions will be answered young grasshoppah’.

DotVita

Screen shot 2011-02-11 at 10.02.05 AM“We strive to de-mystify the wonders of the web and make them enjoyable to everyone. Like in the early days of aviation, we want you to feel at ease when you’re up in the cloud.”

A beautiful site design with some wonderful little touches to play into the airline feel. Have a look around. You won’t be disappointed.

MUSIC

Shiny Toy Guns


Shiny Toy Guns is back, with an amazing teaser for their new album as well as having some previous members back in the group. The video is an awesome calling card for their new album.

VIDEO

Old Spice – Scent Vacation


Old Spice is back again with another amazing commercial. I’m wagering a bet this commercial is one continuous shot like the last one. I’m trying to figure it out in my brain and it hurts.

Chrysler Super Bowl Commercial – Imported from Detroit

With rebuilding, comes challenges… Chrysler has been faced with no shortage of them in the last few years. As a self proclaimed auto connoisseur I love the message and the feeling evoked from this spot. I’ve never been a fan of domestic cars but, this one really hit home with me. Someone did their homework and for that, I applaud you Chrysler. It’s also good to see some star power in the city getting behind a “rebuilding” message. (Their new Chrysler stamp on the car isn’t too shabby either!)

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The Hotlist – Edition 5

January 28 2011

06:37

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NEWS

The Internet’s Top 5 Challenges In The Next 5 Years: IADAS

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As the Internet enters its fourth decade, the IADAS believes the next five years must see improvements in privacy protection, copyright law, net neutrality, the open web and Internet security.

Take a look through our slideshow (below) explaining each of these challenges, their implications, and directions that some have already taken on the road to constructive solutions that promote a vibrant Web. Vote for the issue you find the most pressing, and share your thoughts for creative solutions in the comments.

AD CAMPAIGN

Adios LA

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You can slip out the back Jack or you can put up five 10 x 23 foot billboards in your neighborhood. Adios LA is a visual goodbye to the city Jon Jackson has called home for years as the artist heads east making New York his new home. Not wanting to string LA along, he has decided to firmly break it off through a graphic billboard series posted on the famous streets of his first love. Most take Mr. Simon’s advice when leaving town, but if you want a city with benefits you better do more than make a new plan Stan.

PACKAGING

Stranger & Stranger Christmas Absinthe

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Whats better than ornate lettering? Ornate lettering, stamped in gold and letterpress on an alcohol bottle that’s what. This bottle is a beautiful piece of design work…

MUST READ

The Art of the Design Critique

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“…Despite its value to the outcome of the design process, it’s far too often avoided like a trip to the dentist because we subconsciously feel criticism of our work is not just a reflection on our design, but is a spotlight upon our personal shortcomings. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Proper design criticism focus on goals, outcomes, and the needs of the users. …”

WORKSPACE

Garrett Murray

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Garrett Murray’s ultra clean temporary setup in New Jersey. We need to get our hands on some Herman Miller stuff, STAT!

TYPE

Cool Font Pairings – Fontfuse

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Choosing the right font pairing is an art that requires passion and skill. Introducing FontFuse, the font pairing design resource driven by quality fonts from the best type foundries and your limitless creativity. Take the plunge into FontFuse!

SITE REDESIGN

Apple

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Apple made some site tweaks this week which made came with some oohs, aahs, and GASPS. I would wager that in a few weeks they’ll turn to loves & inspirations.

MUSIC

Foo Fighters Tease

Screen shot 2011-01-28 at 1.28.02 AMThe Foo Fighters have been on our radar for a while with their new album but, they released this fantastic tease that already has 500K plays on soundcloud… This album is going to be on repeat for a long time when it comes out.

VIDEO

House Industries Trailer

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The Hotlist – Edition 4

January 21 2011

07:34

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NEWS

W3C Rocks a new logo

Screen shot 2011-01-21 at 12.32.05 AMThe W3C hopes to rally HTML5 & CSS3 and other things behind the new HTML5 shield.

GEAR

Neve Inspired

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Neve Inspired, an online boutique for innovative children’s clothing by Charleston, S.C. based design team Kris and Bob Galmarini. Each piece is born from their passion to create, do what they love, while working together, and dressing their kids and yours in clothes as fun and hip as they are.

STYLE

On the Scene… Military Shirts, Florence & Milano

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Military shirts are in this year. An awesome photo from The Sartorialist. This guys glasses rock.

FROM GITHUB

The Personal Page

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This simple one-page website from Naz Hamid (weightshift)is a way for people to have a very quick and easy personable website that aggregates your activity and positions a simple logo, a portrait and some description text in a nicely-formatted manner. This is licensed under the MIT and GPL licenses.

WORKSPACE

The Heads of State – From the desk of…

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An awesome inside look a the workspace of The Heads of State. “Our office is on the second floor of an old storefront building in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia. We’re surrounded by Ben Franklin impersonators giving walking tours of the Betsy Ross house and Independence Hall. The studio is pretty jammed packed with our books and paper scraps and ephemera. We have all sorts of design objects around including presidential busts, globes, old books, and a vintage blue collar thermos collection. We also run our online store from this space so our poster and print archive is stored here as well as our mail room. It gets pretty chaotic at times but it has the great organized chaos of a workshop.”

TYPE

Should I Work For Free? Jessica Hische

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An awesome little way to know if you should work for free or not on your next project from the wonderful Jessica Hische.

SITE REDESIGN

IWC Schaffhausen

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The site marks another excellent partnership with our friends at Undercurrent and has resulted in a beautiful experience that aims to set a new standard for luxury online. With rich interactive features, editorial content presented in clean, concise layouts and extraordinary attention to each watch, IWC.com offers fans everything they expect from the brand. Further details on the project are available on odopod.com here.

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The Hotlist – Edition 3

January 07 2011

07:11

The Hotlist – Edition 2

It’s that time again: Friday. This week has been an interesting week. With some heavy hitters being ‘fresh’ into the world and some other just plain awesomeness.

NEWS

Mac Appstore Launches

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You guessed it. The MacApp Store put it all under one roof. Now, you can buy, install, update apps all from one little place in the mac. If you don’t have a mac the iTunes 10 icon everyone complained about is the same for the Mac App Store Icon except it’s replaced with the nice little app symbol. Did we also mention Angry Birds can now be played on your mac? As if we didn’t need more distractions

MUSIC

Tron Legacy Soundtrack – Daft Punk

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It’s not ‘new’ as Tron has been out for several weeks. However, this album has some of the best beats and rhythms to design and create to it’s definitely worth a look for people looking to get in the zone and crank out some work.

WEB SERVICE / APP

Twitter / Tweetie 2 for Mac Available

Screen shot 2011-01-06 at 11.49.59 PMThere once was a little app that was beloved by mac users. It was clean, simple and it worked. Then the creator Loren made Tweetie for iPhone one some awards created Tweetie 2 for iPhone and then went to work with Twitter. The app is now Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for iPad and the rest is history. Twitter / Tweetie 2 for mac was like a rainbow unicorn, that is until this week. Now, it’s here. Fanboys rejoice.

WORKSPACE

OfficePod

Screen shot 2011-01-07 at 1.55.11 AMIt’s an office! It’s a pod! It’s an OfficePod! Whatever it is, it works. This is a slick office setup for the home office or (you could get creative) and make some slick cubicles. Their efficient and have some pretty neat features. I wonder if they need someone to do a quality control check, if so, we’ll give them our address.

TYPE

Ratatan Font by Giuseppe Salerno
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A new font that is extremely light weight and elegant. The site also has a great little flipbook that showcases it in various ‘examples’.

FOLIO

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Gerrel Saunders has some amazing illustration skills… Enough to make a normal person jealous. Checkout some of his slick new work on his folio site.

LOGO

Starbucks Logo Evolution

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There comes a day for some brands when you cross into the big leagues and you’re a powerhouse brand you can just rely on a mark for people to understand who and what you are. Who else has trod this path? Apple, Nike, McDonalds, Shell just to name a few. Starbucks joins the ranks of these other prodigious brands and updates their siren and drops the text. Interestingly enough, the CEO Donald Shultz explains the evolution and states that “it gives them a chance to think beyond coffee”. What will the branch into next?

Supporting Stories:

Starbucks Logo Evolution – Logo Design Love

Starbucks Reveals New Logo – IDSGN

A Quick Word about the Starbucks Logo – Ask Spike

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The Hotlist – Edition 2

December 30 2010

07:11

The Hotlist Edition #1

You’re meant to coast through Friday’s, in other words-enjoy them. Are you thinking about work? No, of course not, just don’t tell your boss you’re focusing on the weekend. (*We know it’s not Friday but it’s almost the New Year so we’re starting today).

So instead of fighting the urge, we’re going with the flow and you should too. Enter, ‘The Hotlist’. A weekly showcase of only the hottest gear, events, apps, websites and maybe even some music. If it’s ‘hot’ that week, it will show up here. After-all we have to ‘Fuel Your Creativity’ and we think this is a great way to jumpstart you and your weekend.

News/Rumor

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State of (cloud) sync – Things/Cultured Code

State of (cloud) sync, a blog post from Cultured Code discusses the progress of adding cloud sync to the much beloved Things platform. The article addresses several things the team has worked through to try and make a true solution for cloud syncing. It even touts that Things has a userbase of about 1 million. Pretty big numbers from our friends at CC.

Tunes

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ISO50 50 songs of 2010: 25-1

Scott Hansen musician and artist has composed several posts that list his top songs of 2010. This has a wide range of music from alternative, electronic and experimental. There are several stellar tracks to listen to in the top 25. If your music is starting to bore you, hop over and check it out.

Gear

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Lacie Starck Mobile USB Drive

What’s better than a 500GB traveling harddrive that’s priced around $100 bucks? A sleek, beautifully designed harddrive around $100. The Starck model from Lacie makes a great travel backup buddy. It’s now available in the faster 3.0 USB (opposed to 2.0) and has a larger desktop counter part that’s available in 1TB and 2TB.

Fashion

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EMI by Helm Handmade

If you’re needing some new leather hotness, look no further than Helm Handmade. With exceptional craftsmanship, beautiful attention to detail and a simple, pleasing online experience you’ll be bound to order from them several times. Plus, you can never go wrong with people who are extremely passionate about making exceptional products.

App/Book/Webapp

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MotoCMS – Flash Content Management System

MotoCMS is a great way to create flash websites that are flexible, rearrangeable, and most of all: easy for clients and others to change, update and delete. MotoCMS allows you to use any font and the CMS converts fonts to make them work fast and effectively.

Workspace

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New Workspace – Supagroova

Font

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Afrobeat

The pounding tribal rhythms of Afrobeat music is expressed through this psychedelic brand new font, Afrobeat. Every letter becomes art as every letter is elegantly placed side by side, like music notes, creating music for the eyes

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