Back in 2006, end of November to be exact, my design studio was robbed and as you guys might already know the story, I lost my computer and my backup drives with all my files and endeavors in the design field... A long time has passed since then-- 3 years to this date, and today we can fortunately celebrate the day that I lost everything but gained even more in return.

Because of the robbery I created Abduzeedo, and what started as a simple means of backup turned into what is today my main job. The most important thing though is that I got the chance to meet up and interact with so many fascinating people, first with the guys who became contributors and now with of course all of you guys who read the blog everyday.

We love design. We're crazy about it. Eat, sleep, and breathe it. I guess a less cheesy way to put it would be that we're big design enthusiasts over here at Abduzeedo. We believe in good design and we've been doing our best to come up with inspiring posts for you guys every day. In turn, that constant search for inspiration has given us the chance to discover new and incredibly talented artists and designers. And because of that, we thank you all for these three amazing years.

Abduzeedo Anniversary - 3 Inspiring Years

We're going all out and making a big party out of this, and we want to personally extend the invitation to all you guys. Join us in spreading design cheer around the world! We figured there's no better way to party and thank you guys more (and kick-off the holiday season!) than to giveaway some amazing gifts. A very special thanks to James White, Vitaly Friedman, Ryan Cash, Simonas Bastys, Andrew Follett, Simon Page, and our sponsors for all their kindness in helping us make this happen!

Gifts

1 Apple Macbook - http://www.apple.com/macbook/ *

2.26GHz : 250GB, 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB DDR3 memory, 250GB hard drive1, 8x double-layer SuperDrive, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics, Built-in 7-hour battery2, Polycarbonate unibody enclosure

Abduzeedo Anniversary - 3 Inspiring Years

3 Smashingmagazine books http://www.smashingmagazine.com/

The Smashing Book is a printed book about best practices in modern Web design. The book shares technical tips and best practices on coding, usability and optimization and explores how to create successful user interfaces and apply marketing principles to increase conversion rates. It also shows how to get the most out of typography, color and branding so that you end up with intuitive and effective Web designs. And lastly, you will also get a peek behind the curtains of Smashing Magazine.

For more information about Smashingmagazine visit http://www.smashingmagazine.com/

Abduzeedo Anniversary - 3 Inspiring Years

3 James White Posters - http://blog.signalnoise.com

James White has been drawing since the age of 4, scribbling down his favorite characters such as Superman, Batman, the Dukes of Hazzard, etc. Being from a military family, he made 3 big moves through childhood but never strayed from his colored-pencils.

Today, James creates personal posters and art prints for sale on his website, Signalnoise.com, while working with select clients looking to add new creative to their campaigns. He has worked with such clients as Toyota, Armada Skis, VH1 Latin America and MTV, and has been featured internationally in Computer Arts andAdvanced Photoshop magazines.

For more information about James White visit: http://blog.signalnoise.com

Abduzeedo Anniversary - 3 Inspiring Years

3 Billings Copies - http://www.billingsapp.com/

Billings is an excellent example of a highly usable localized application, designed specifically for Mac OS X and small business users. Billings is designed to manage time-tracking and expenses for small business users and produce gorgeous invoices. Billings is built on Cocoa, and integrates with Mail, Google Maps, and iCal. It supports F-Script for invoice design, produces cross-platform PDF invoices using Quartz, and leverages the Address Book framework. Billings is localized in English, French, German, Japanese and Dutch. A companion iPhone app is on the way.

For more information about Billings visit: http://www.billingsapp.com/

Abduzeedo Anniversary - 3 Inspiring Years

3 Copies of Pixelmator - http://www.pixelmator.com/

Pixelmator, the beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editor for Mac OS X has everything you need to create, edit and enhance your images.

For more information about Pixelmator visit http://www.pixelmator.com/

Abduzeedo Anniversary - 3 Inspiring Years

3 Premium Accounts at ConceptFeedback - http://www.conceptfeedback.com/

Designed specifically for small and medium business marketers, graphic designers, and web developers, Concept Feedback provides a simple tool to get quality feedback on marketing concepts

For more information about ConceptFeedback visit: http://www.conceptfeedback.com/

Abduzeedo Anniversary - 3 Inspiring Years

2 International Year of Astronomy 2009 Posters - http://www.astronomy2009.org/

"I initially designed these as self-promotional works but word gets around and last week I received an email from the IYA 09 that they thought the posters were great and would like to use them for their promotional work - this was awesome and I of course said yes." Simon Page

For more information about the International Year of Astronomy visit http://www.astronomy2009.org/ and to see the posters check out this post.

Abduzeedo Anniversary - 3 Inspiring Years

3 Abduzeedo t-shirts - http://abdutees.bigcartel.com/

"Goddess of Abduction" is the first tee for the Abductees Limited Edition Series designed by Draco. The shirt is printed on American Appeal color black, if you have any doubt about your size please check Guys Size Chart and Girls Size Chart

Abduzeedo Anniversary - 3 Inspiring Years

1 PSD to XHTML Conversion by shopHTML

ShopHTML is a team of XHTML/CSS specialists that have provided conversion services and expertise in XHTML/CSS, Wordpress, and Joomla for the past 5 years. The services guarantee (or full refund is issued) w3C validated code for XHTML 1.0 strict and CSS validation which is tested across Internet Explorer 6/7/8, Firefox 2/3, Safari 3/4, and Opera 9. — and they do all of this in a 24 hour turnaround time without compromising quality.

For more information about shopHTML visit http://shophtml.com

Abduzeedo Anniversary - 3 Inspiring Years

Rules

The rules are simple. Our goal is to promote and share design related links (photography, illustration, product design, graphic design, 3d...), so to be in the running for the prizes all you have to do is:

  • 1 - Leave a comment here on this post with the title of the design link you are sharing and you believe it's really cool.
  • 2 - Follow Abduzeedo on twitter - http://twitter.com/abduzeedo
  • 3 - Share the link with the title on Twitter using the hashtag #design at the end.

Example: "50 Beautiful Free Icon Sets For Your Next Design: http://bit.ly/7A3ruO #design

You can leave as many comments you want, but you will have to tweet them as well.

Winners

The winners will be selected at random and the last one to be selected will be the Macbook winner. Of course we'll also check out the shared link to determine whether it's valuable to the design community or not.

We will announce the winners on December 24th, so start looking for good design links to share and let's get abducted by design!

*The winner of the Macbook will be responsible for the taxes and other legal fees. The product will be sent from the US.

About the author of this post

Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop Tutorials and Illustrator Tutorials. Of course there are other softwares conteplated like Pixelmator, Fireworks, and web design tutorials.