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Are Your Web Graphics Print-Ready? – thnxz to @sixrevisions


Is Your Web Graphics Print-Ready?

As a web designer, masters of the digital realm, you might have never faced the situation where your designs are going to be sent to a print shop.

Or perhaps you’re an Internet business owner in a place right now where you need printed materials for an event (a conference, a meet-up, billboard advertising, and so forth). You might be an online retailer, a SaaS company, a web development agency, etc.

What happens when you’ve only got web graphics at hand? Graphics designed to be displayed on electronic devices like computer monitors and smartphones.

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Design examples “Lo pedís lo tenés” – thnxz @inspiredmag


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10 Must-Have Free Photoshop Actions

Photoshop actions are incredible time-savers for graphic designers, and the best actions yield incredible visual effects and increased productivity. Photoshop actions are the magic toolkits of the graphic design and photo editing industries, allowing graphic designers and photographers to apply amazing effects in no time. And because the graphic design community is so generous, you can download most of the best Photoshop actions absolutely free.

Add these 10 must-have Photoshop actions to your stable, and you’ll instantly become a better, more efficient graphic designer. Each of these Photoshop actions is free to download, so you don’t have to spend a dime to improve your design time. Enjoy!

1. HDR Tools

Want to achieve the look of HDR photography, without the HDR camera? No problem! Simply download this set of free Photoshop actions.

10 Must Have Free Photoshop Actions

 

2. Old Photo Action

Give your photos a high-contrast, vintage, almost grungy effect with this free Photoshop action, which makes your work more dramatic and interesting.

10 Must Have Free Photoshop Actions

 

3. Vivid Blur

Give your portrait subjects a sexy, dreamy halo without sacrificing colors when you use this free Photoshop action in your design. In fact, this action actually enhances the color while it softens edges.

10 Must Have Free Photoshop Actions

 

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Creating Exciting And Unusual Visual Hierarchies // thnxz smashingmagazine.com – @smashingmag


Layout, for both print and screen, is one of the most important aspects of graphic design. Designs that extend across multiple pages or screens, whether containing large or small amounts of type, must be carefully controlled in a way that is enticing and is easy for all to access.

Creating Exciting And Unusual Visual Hierarchies With Typography

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Careful control of visual hierarchy is a key aspect of the design decisions we have to consider. In this article, we will look at how frequently type needs to be broken down into different levels, such as topic, importance and tone of voice.

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How not to design! The Biggest mistakes that designers make | creativebloq.com


All designers make mistakes. Craig Minchington examines the most common howlers, and how to avoid them.

Although we don’t like to admit it later on in our careers, when we start making our way as designers, we make a lot of mistakes. Once you’re working in a creative agency you quickly learn that there are a lot of things you should not do. Here I’ve compiled a list of 10 common design mistakes for you to be aware of. Although I’ve committed most of these crimes myself, I have learned from them and hopefully they can help you too…

01. Not understanding the brief


Get as much detail about what the clients wants and needs, as early on as possible

Without a clear idea of what the client wants you can end up making matters complicated for yourself. A lot of time can be wasted procrastinating, or working up design ideas that may not be relevant to the client’s needs. Instead, you need to read and understand the brief carefully from the start, make notes, brainstorm and try to keep in contact with the client to ensure that what you are working up is heading in the right direction.

02. Not saving files correctly


In general, save your designs as CMYK for print, RGB for web

Knowing how to set up your files correctly from the start is vitally important. There are many things to consider depending on the output of the work.

Print work is generally set up as CMYK and at 300dpi, whereas work for the web should be RGB at 72dpi. Remember to consider bleed, trim and safety areas. Before sending to print, think about your file formats, outlining fonts and colour profiles.

This may all seem like a lot to take in but learning these processes will save you time in the long run, ensuring your work is reproduced correctly and keeping the client happy.    >>>>>    Sigue leyendo

Three Testing Strategies For Sophomore Conversion Testers | by Celine Roque


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Hard boiled conversion optimization and design advice

Change the color of your call-to-action button.  Test a new headline.  Swap this hero image for that hero image.

Been there, done that.

Try these three conversion testing methods for Conversion Testing sophomores.

#1 – Blow it up, start from scratch

Instead of pursuing split tests on specific site elements – such as the headline or call-to-action button – 37signals decided to test two fundamentally different versions of their Highrise homepage. The rationale behind this was that they needed to destroy their assumptions about what may or may not work.

Almost everything was different about each version.

This is an image of the Original Design vs. the Person Design:

  • The Original Design had several smaller customer photos, while the Person Design had one large background photo of just a single customer.
  • There were several customer testimonials in the Original Design, while the Person Design only had a single quote from the featured customer.
  • Only a handful of benefits are listed on the Person Design, while several features and benefits are outlined in the Original Design.
  • The person design has only one prominent call-to-action: “See Highrise Plans and Pricing”. The Original Design had a navigation menu, as well as options to view more testimonials and features.

The result of this difference was that the Person Design led to a 102.5% increase in paid sign-ups.

Key Takeaway: Rather than just testing small elements of your landing page, try to test radically different versions of the page.

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Creative challenge completed: the non traditional solution for a traditional print media


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Sonera express the speed concept of its 4G technology through a mobile game in a traditional and static media. Great!
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Author: DARMA

In many Eastern cultures the Dharma is the mission that is entrusted to each person in the moment of birth. It is said that if we are able of hearing ourselves and act on our essential nature, we will find the meaning of our life. DARMA was born that way, from the vocation and the need to devote our lives to what excites us the most: the graphic design and advertising on the one hand, and the engineering on the other. This blog is a space for our thoughts and for all those things we like and love: design, art, architecture, inspiration, lifestyle…

20+ Tools To Create Your Own Infographics


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A picture is worth a thousand words – based on this, infographics would carry hundreds of thousands of words, yet if you let a reader choose between a full-length 1000-word article and an infographic that needs a few scroll-downs, they’d probably prefer absorbing information straight from the infographic. What’s not to like? Colored charts and illustrations deliver connections better than tables and figures and as users spend time looking back and forth the full infographic, they stay on the site longer. Plus, readers who like what they see are more likely to share visual guides more than articles.

While not everyone can make infographics from scratch, there are tools available on the Web that will help you create your very own infographics. In this article, we’re listing more than 20 such options to help you get your messages across to your readers, visually.Read Also: The Infographic Revolution: Where Do We Go From Here?

What About Me?

“What About Me?” is a personalization tool that produces colorful infographics that display your social media habits automatically from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The tool is provided by Intel. Create an infographic of your digital life and become inspired by the people you know, the things you see, and the experiences you have online.

What About Me?

Vizualize.Me

Vizualize.me allows you to create an online resume format that is beautiful, relevant and fun, all with just one click. It enables you to express your professional accomplishments in a simple yet compelling personal visualization, and will help optimize your LinkedIn Profile
to get a kickass Visual Resume.

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Piktochart

With Piktochart, you get to create an innovative Infographic using a combination of different types of visualizations: themes, icons, vectors, images and chart exporter. Drag-and-drop and click your way through color schemes, shapes and fonts, then export the materials as static or html to easily embed it for use at your site.Piktochart Sigue leyendo

45 Creative Uses of Typography in Web Design | via 1stwebdesigner.com


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Typography is an important and crucial part of any web design. For this reason, almost every designer pays lots of attention to the use of typography. In this round-up, we are showcasing some excellent examples of typography in web design.

The latest trend in web typography is to employ bigger fonts that grab the attention of the viewers. Applying big typographic elements helps visitors in paying attention to the main element of the design.

Now, we shall take a look at some great examples of websites that demonstrate effective use of typography in their design. Enjoy!

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1. Moresoda

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2. Bear Grylls Live

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3. Ryan Keiser

20 Useful Free Photoshop Patterns


20 Useful Free Photoshop Patterns


Patterns actually can be found almost everywhere in print design, web design, graphic design etc. For example if you use pattern in web design, just set CSS repeat-x-y and you’ll get beautiful background, but image will be very small and page load time will be much faster. There are very big varieties how you can use and implement patterns, but the fact is free resources like patterns, brushes, shapes are big time savers. Of course it’s better to create your own stuff, but sometimes you receive project with fast deadline and you need everything to do fast and this is one of the solutions.

This list just features 20 useful free photoshop patterns collections, it was very interesting for me to write this article, I am hoping it will be interesting reading and useful resource for bookmarking.

8 Seamless “Dark Metal Grid” Patterns

Grunge Patterns

Micro Patterns

Pixel Art Patterns 1

20 Seamless Photoshop Grid Patterns

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Showcase of Incredible Design Portfolios From All Over the World


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No matter when or why you find yourself browsing the internet, there is no short of different logos, websites and print designs filling the web. Having experience in the fields helps one to distinguish the visual candy from the beauty of great web design. In this information age the competition remains fierce, always causing the bar to be raised. With so many creative people focused on web design, it takes a log to stand out from the crowds.

Generally speaking, some of the most unusual and amazing websites belong to designers. Of course, there are a lot of designers who have no site or one that doesn’t show off the full power of their skills. As the saying goes, “the cobbler’s children go unshod”.

A designer’s website should be surprising. Looking at a designer’s or web studio’s site should allow a potential customer to draw a conclusion about their talent and technical skills. Portfolios are an extremely important part of a designer’s website, but that doesn’t mean that any other parts can just be thrown together. Think about it. If you were a customer, you wouldn’t choose a designer whose site doesn’t impress you.

Today we’d like to share with you an showcase of incredible design portfolios from all around the world. A lot of effort and time has been invested since the designer’s first sketch was created to the wonderful design you can see now. So take a look, and get inspired.

[Note: Have you already ordered your copy of our Printed Smashing Book #3? The book is a professional guide on how to redesign websites and it also introduces a whole new mindset for progressive Web design, written by experts for you.]

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Domani Web Studio

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Iji Digital Web studio

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Pianofuzz Web studio

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Cafundoe Web Studio

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Carsonified Web Studio

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Ica Lab Web Studio

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XHTML Kitchen web Design and Development Studio

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ONY Web Studio

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Nile Web Studio

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Just Be Nice studio

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Creative People Agency

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Instinct Web Agency

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73dpi Ukrainian Web Studio

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FabWebDesign by Fabrizio Michels (CSS winner)

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Liechtenecker is Germany Web Agency

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SiteSoft Design Studio

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SmallStudio Creative Agency

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StudioBreakfast Design and Web Studio

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Florian Bernard’s Portfolio 13flo

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The Colors of the top 100 Web Brands [Infographic]


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A detailed infographic that reveals powerful colors of the web which are colors implemented by major internet companies in their branding. This great infographic about the most powerful colors in the world comes to us from ColourLovers.com and features colors from the top 100 internet brands worldwide. It reveals some interesting trends in design. Colorlovers had specific goals in mind when they set out to collect the information for the graphic.

Diseños by Sebastien CUYPERS


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Sebastien CUYPERS is a french graphic designer and illustrator based in Paris, France. Born in 1980 and got used to drawing from early childhood on, in his works typography adds to the motif to make it complete but at the same time acts as an autonomous and stand-alone feature of the layout. He handles letters like characters, allowing for their own and strong expression.

CUYPERS designs are not bound to one single medium, he is working as a graphic designer for a communication agency as well as designing for skateboards and customizing vinyl toys. Besides that he has a particular affinity to T-Shirt design which he calls his first love. He likes the way shirts are transmitting a message or a mood according to place and situation and sees an artist designed shirt as a kind of living support for self-expression.

 

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26 Creative Typography Graphic Designs and Illustrations for your inspiration


26 Creative Typography Graphic Designs and Illustrations for your inspiration

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Typography is one of the most fascinating elements of graphic design. If it’s web design, album art, posters, or any other type of graphic design, typographical inspiration can be a great resource for designers. Here we have added 22 most beautiful examples of creative typography designs for your inspiration. Sigue leyendo

30 Beautiful and Creative Brochure Design examples for your inspiration


30 Beautiful and Creative Brochure Design examples for your inspiration

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Purpose of brochure may vary from business to business. Some are designed to display services, whereas others are focused on selling a product.

Print design is becoming quite influential in print design. As I am looking for print design references for a brochure I am working on, I decided to select some nice brochures and print design examples to share with you.

Brochure is very important part of advertisement. Here we have added the following 30 Best and Creative Brochure Designs for Your Inspiration. Sigue leyendo

100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design


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From visual puns to the grid, or what Edward Tufte has to do with the invention of the fine print.

Design history books abound, but they tend to be organized by chronology and focused on concrete -isms. From publisher Laurence King, who brought us the epic Saul Bass monograph, and the prolific design writer Steven Hellerwith design critic Veronique Vienne comes 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design — a thoughtfully curated inventory of abstract concepts that defined and shaped the art and craft of graphic design, each illustrated with exemplary images and historical context.

From concepts like manifestos (#25),pictograms (#45), propaganda (#22), found typography (#38), and the Dieter-Rams-coined philosophy that “less is more” (#73) to favorite creators like Alex SteinweissNoma BarSaul BassPaula Scher, and Stefan Sagmeister, the sum of these carefully constructed parts amounts to an astute lens not only on what design is and does, but also on what it should be and do.

 

Idea # 16: METAPHORIC LETTERING

Trying to Look Good Limits My Life (2004), part of Stefan Sagmeister’s typographic project ’20 Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far.’ Words are formed from natural and industrial materials and composed in situ. Sigue leyendo

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