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January 30 2012


Send in the Toons: Collection of Creative Cartoons


For most of us whether it was the Saturday morning programming, the Sunday morning comic strips, more, or all of the above cartoons have been a major part of our adolescent and adult lives. For whatever reason, we seem to be drawn to the often exaggerated drawings of cartoonist’s pens. Be they digital or analog, classic or modern their cartoons call to us. Connect us to other times and places. And of course, they inspire us.

That is what brings us here today. We have sought out a collection of creative cartoons that touch across a range of styles and feels to inspire Noupe’s readers. So whether your tastes tend towards the retro fashions of tooning’s yesteryear, or the more edgey stylings of more modern artists; character studies and creation, or the illustrated landscapes and scenes inspiration awaits.

The Toonage

Greg by Philipp Broemme

Santa Claus, no luck in poker by Max Golubev

Turtle by Nynke Bloembergen

Classical Animation by Ruwan Fernando

Book Cover Illustration by Dan Shefelman

Charming Pirate by Gustavo Rios

Mascot and Character Design by Dirceu Veiga

Doctor Foster (Nursery Rhyme) by Vitalij Sidorovic

micro-macro by ed jankovsky

ADVENTURES by jhon tiven

CE Contest II by Rizky widodo

Mallorca’s Youth stands up to the crisis by Victor Dorado Martorell

Digital Works 2012 by DJ Luongo

Sample Works by Robert Cori

THE ENDLESS ONE by Saul Salazar

Cartoon logos by Scott Evans

Angry Sheep Studio by Ann Marshall

mix of ages by KO+KO architects

Ghost in the Machine by Tom Sparke

Staedtler by Daniel Oldenburg

The dog by Wipawee Juntarawong

Boring Europa by Karolina Pyrcik

CARTOONS by Jmenko Musiyenko

Amy by José María Matia

The tree of hapiness by Alejandro Ovalles

MAGGU by Uzair Baig

Let’s Rock by Jira Jiramakorn

Farytale by Aleksandr Kuskov

MEGAMUERTE by felipe Niño

Local DJ In Love by Ashley Fontones


June 24 2011


Smashing Cartoons: June 2011

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We all have our favorite client stories, embarrassing design flaws and never-ending user requests which are all just a part of what we, as designers and developers, encounter very often in our daily work routine. In this new post series on Smashing Magazine, we’d like to put some of these situations into the spotlight and discuss them with you. The cartoons are all dedicated to Web design and also have a comic twist about everything happening around the Web and latest trends.

The main character of the cartoons is Fleaty, a talented, hard-working designer with big ambitions yet not that much luck when it comes to clients. Hopefully, Fleaty will put a smile on your face and maybe remind all of us of the flaws we have, and help us finally get rid of them. The creative mind behind the Smashing Cartoons is our talented illustrator Ricardo Gimenes.

We’ll be adding a new cartoon every week; the latest cartoon is presented on the Smashing Magazine’s sidebar as well as on the Smashing Cartoons page. There you will also find all previous issues of the Smashing Cartoons series for your convenience.

Fleaty’s experience in June:

Making The Web A Better Place

Fleaty 11 Big in Smashing Cartoons: June 2011

Mobile First

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They Just Don’t Care

Fleaty 09 Big Colour in Smashing Cartoons: June 2011

Users Don’t Read, They Scan

Fleaty 10C in Smashing Cartoons: June 2011

Tell Us Your Story!

Have you experienced something similar to what Fleaty has experienced? What’s your ultimate client story? Share your story with us in the comment section below!

For previous cartoons, feel free to check our Smashing Cartoons Archive.

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February 03 2011


Creating a Cartoon Character for Your Website – Will It Stick?


In today’s market of stiff corporate competition, it’s more important than ever to create an effective online marketing strategy. Often, this involves finding a way to set your website’s image apart from those of your top competitors.

To achieve this, some companies have created cartoon characters to represent their online identities. If executed correctly, this strategy can help retain website traffic and develop a unique corporate identity. The following are 3 examples of companies that have effectively used this cartoon character strategy.

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Fatbugr’s cartooned website portrays a great execution of this cartoon character strategy. The website’s cartoon icon of a fat boy eating a large hamburger makes visitors feel guilty about the fast food they eat and encourages them to dig further into the website’s information.

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Code Button provides another great example of proper cartoon usage. By identifying their target market and taking a comical spin on their identity, Code Button’s developers offer a light spin on the career of coding.

Jason Reed: Web Design


Jason Reed showcases how a cartooned version of oneself can help avoid an entrepreneur from coming across as pretentious by using traditional headshots. Jason Reed’s cartoon allows website visitors to learn more about him while still maintaining a degree of mystery regarding the freelancer’s identity.



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Best Website Cartoon Practices

When considering creating a cartoon character for your website, there are certain best practices you should follow. By doing this, you will avoid the most common mistakes made by other companies and incorporate a successful cartoon identity. Here are the best practices to follow with this type project:

  1. Hire a Professional Designer – Whether you plan to create a cartoon version of yourself for your website or develop a unique character, hire a professional designer to complete the job. Various tutorials exist online regarding how to create a cartoon without any previous experience but the results are often less than desirable.
  2. Make it Appropriate – A major mistake of companies using website cartoon characters is that they become carried away with the cartoon’s identity. Don’t make the character over the top or completely off-base from the products you are selling. An obnoxious cartoon character will, more often than not, drive visitors away from the website rather than encourage them to read more about your services.
  3. Test the Cartoon – Before releasing the new cartoon identity to the general online public, conduct polls with a small segment of customers. This testing phase can indicate the overall response you can expect from the general public regarding the character and whether or not this is a good move for your brand identity.

Building a successful corporate identity is of utmost importance when building an online customer base. If your current corporate identity isn’t achieving the desired results, it may be time for a change. Cartoon character identities, when developed correctly, can invite potential customers into your website to learn more about the products and services you offer. If met with positive public response, you may even decide to adopt this character as your company’s long-term mascot.

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Creating a Cartoon Character for Your Website – Will It Stick?

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