We are sharing a cool app by the mighty folks from Unsplash. Having shared their API a couple weeks ago, they created an easy-to-use app for all of us. It's very easy, forget the days where you used to download the wallpaper and playing with your screen settings. Within a few clicks, there you have it with a new/fresh wallpaper. Wanna try it out, get it now. Unsplash Wallpapers for Mac and Android In their words Which is why we’re so consistently awestruck at Unsplash. How do Unsplash contributing photographers capture so much staggering beauty — and with such incredible regularity, too? Are they actual magicians? If you strike up a conversation with one of them (like we are fortunate enough to get to do) you realize it all comes down to a love for capturing moments. Of all the ways that Unsplash photos get used, the biggest one is definitely wallpapers. ‘Black mirrors’ are everywhere so it’s no wonder one of our most popular Unsplash collections is for desktop wallpaper and iOS/Android lock screen art. We wanted to make the process of getting Unsplash wallpaper even easier — skipping the manual labour of downloading photos and playing with your screen settings. More Links Learn more about Unsplash Wallpapers Get the Unsplash Wallpapers via Mac App Store Get the Unsplash Wallpapers via Google Play App Gallery
This November 27th to 29th the Future of Web Apps and Future of Web Design Conference will be in Prague Czech Republic at the Prague Congress Centre and we are giving out a 15% discount to all our Abduzeedo users who would like to go, find out more. Once again we are partnering up with Carsonified and Future Insights to announce one of the best conferences about web design and web apps. Future of Web Apps (FOWA) is a first-class conference for web and mobile developers and entrepreneurs, bringing together visionaries to discuss the technologies and platforms you should use to build the next generation of successful apps. This year, we’re in Prague for the very first time! As if that wasn’t exciting enough, FOWA is also joining forces with Future of Web Design (FOWD) giving you two conferences for the price of one! What is the event about? Coverage of the hottest web design and web apps topics and technologies Packed schedule: workshops, multi-track conference, expo area and more World class speakers and fresh new talent from across the world Unbeatable atmosphere: hundreds of great web folk, afterparties, networking and meet ups Great value: information-packed sessions, one-on-one time with speakers, great networking, and full video package Here is how to convince your boss For more info visit FOWD Prague or FOWA Prague Discount Code For 15% off use our discount code: abduzeedo15 To get your ticket or more info visit futureofwebapps.com/prague-2012/register
2 weeks ago we started a giveaway for a really nice billing application for Macs. It were totally surprised when we got almost 400 people asking for one of those two copies we have avaiable. Well, today you'll get to know whether you won a copy or not. Billings 3 generates the most professional looking invoices anywhere and we've included 30 templates to choose from. Simply add your logo and contact details and you are ready to invoice out of the box. You can get your first invoice out in 5 minutes. With Billings 3 you will be able to: Track time & expenses easily One click invoicing Know who owes you instantly Send statements Non stop invoicing iPhone companion (is not currently available, but it's coming soon) Gorgeous Invoices Publish to iCal Tight with Address Book much more... For more information visit: http://www.billingsapp.com/ Screenshot The Winners And the two really lucky people who got a copy for this handy app are: Thomas G. Jorge Junior It wasn't necessary to have twitter account to win, is just that I found these guys' accounts and linked it. ;) Well, congratulations, guys! We hope you make good use of it! Cheers! ;)
One of the biggest problems I had when I started my design career more specifically when I started doing freelance work was how to manage that. Unfortunately we do not learn how to take care of business in the design courses in college, at least over here. There are lot's of things to worry about that it might be frightening. That is why it is important to have an app to create reports, logs and of everything you do and how long you take. It the best way to know how much to charge for projects. Billings 3 is a great software for that. You can track time and then understand how long you take on certain projects, that will definitely make your life much easier when it comes to quote projects and of course send invoices, which, by the way, are gorgeous in Billings 3. Besides, you can design your own invoice as well. Billings 3 generates the most professional looking invoices anywhere and we've included 30 templates to choose from. Simply add your logo and contact details and you are ready to invoice out of the box. You can get your first invoice out in 5 minutes. With Billings 3 you will be able to: Track time & expenses easily One click invoicing Know who owes you instantly Send statements Non stop invoicing iPhone companion (is not currently available, but it's coming soon) Gorgeous Invoices Publish to iCal Tight with Address Book much more... For more information visit: http://www.billingsapp.com/ We have 2 copies of Billings 3 to give away, just leave a comment to participate. We will announce the winner next week. Screenshot
For the last few weeks I've been working on some projects, but there is one in particular that I think will be really useful for the blog community. It's called Sikbox. Sikbox is a web app that allows you to add a live search to your site, or any site. It uses the Yahoo Boss api and it actually works better than my Drupal default search system. This project was done pretty quickly. I had the honor to work on the logo and web design with my brother, Eduardo Sasso, the Ninja programmer, and Fabiano, the CSS samurai. Anyway, in this post I want to share a bit of the ideas and the design process for the logo creation. Doing the home work The first thing we did was look for references. We visited lots of sites and also used the very helpful http://patterntap.com/. Below are some of the references we had. First ideas The basic idea for the logo was to create a clear association with search. The most common and iconographic symbol for that is the magnifying glass. However we wanted a very subtle element and the first thoughts and sketches we had, tried to avoid that. For the first designs we tried to use the search box result and the cursor for the symbol as you can see below. I'm terrible at drawing but they always help ;) Back to the roots After some sketches and designs we decided to forget about the other symbols and try to go with the magnifying glass (but again something subtle and discreet). The idea we had was to create the "b" with that element. Also we had to rethink our idea for the best font style, we gave up the idea of a serif font. Refining the idea. Our first thought was use shadow to create the 3D effect, but as I always like to do the negative version, the shadows wouldn't work well in that format. We decided to make the effect without the shadow instead. Final design Of course the whole process was much longer and painful :) but we think the end result was really cool and, despite the fact that we didn't want the magnifying glass symbol in the very beginning of the process, it ended up a lot better than we had thought. That's again why I think we have to like the design process otherwise this sort of starting from scratch thing can be very traumatizing, but if you learn to enjoy that everything will flow much better. Site Design with the logo.
Mozilla Labs has a released an awesome new add-on for Firefox that allows you to mash-up web applications. It's incredible! I can't wait to try it out. It's still in the alpha stages so there are kinks that still need to be worked out. But it looks amazing so far. Check out the video for a demonstration. Ubiquity for Firefox from Aza Raskin on Vimeo. Read more about here.
We've seen some cool web apps come out this year, like Aviary, and now I've came to know a new one: Sumopaint. It's simpler than Aviary, but you can still make some cool stuff there. Most of the images in their gallery remind me a lot of the expressionism school, which Van Gogh was part of. I recommend to you all to visit there and play around with it. As our friend Mikko suggested, try out the symmetry tool with the gravity on. I must say, the results are really cool. Cheers!
Last weekend I had a pleasant surprise when I opened my gmail. I've received some invitations to the awesome Aviary tools: Phoenix, the image editor and Peacock the pattern maker. Aviary is a suite of web-based applications (RIAs) for people who create. From image editing to typography, to music, to 3D and vides, we have a tool for artists of all genres. I didn't have time to create anything from scratch, I have just played around with some images. However, I’m really impressed with the images I saw. There are some amazing pieces of work on their forums. Another great feature, perhaps, one of the best features in the Aviary tools is the integration with this online community where you can share projects and open them without saving anything on your machine. Anyway, below I've listed some really cool designs done using Phoenix. Besides that I have 4 invitations to give away. So just leave a comment and you might get your invitation. Winners of the invitationsScarlettNathanielDesigniacGuilherme VillarConstantin Potoac
Do you wish you could transform those boring .pdf files into cool web-based books or even to find some cool books to look at? Well, I've got just the right tool for you: Issuu. "Issuu is an online publishing service and a creative community dedicated to publishing. With Issuu (pronounced 'issue') anyone can convert their PDF documents into interactive online publications. It only takes a minute and it's free. Forever." There, you'll find all sorts of books: from architeture to comics. From art to photography. You may visit the site clicking here. Author: Paulo Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com
I found this tool on Digg a couple of days ago but I couldn’t use its service because of the “Digg Effect”. Everybody, that includes me, was trying to convert some bitmaps to vector with a tool called VectorMagic, the online tool for precision vectorization. VectorMagic is the result of a Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Laboratory research project by James Diebel and Jacob Norda. Vectorization (aka tracing) is the process of converting a raster image to a vector image. Raster images are pixel-based, whereas vector images are represented by geometric shapes such as lines, circles and curve Basically this tool converts bitmaps to vector. However, this might be the best vectorization tool out there, at least that I have used befor. They even created a link showing some comparisons between the VectorMagic, Adobe Live Trace (Illustrator CS2) and Corel PowerTRACE (CorelDRAW X3). I have converted some images to vectors using it with very good results, specially with logos and some photos. Besides that it's really easy to use, with a distinct and clear user-interface, and the best thing is that it's online and free. If you need a vectorization tool, VectorMagic is definitely an excellent choice.
We have a lot of good color resources online, like Colourlovers, however sometimes we need to come up with a custom and unique color palette using an old photo we took or an image found online.Usually I use Photoshop to do that, applying some adjustments and filters to reduce the number of colors, getting the most visible ones. I tried some palette generators before but none of them caught my interest. But I may change my mind, Big Huge Labs Palette Generator does exactly that, automatically create a color palette from a photo, it's very nice despite the number of adSenses on the page, and it works faster than the others. Besides that it has some other cool features such as interaction with Flickr.Choose or upload a photo and a palette of colors based on the colors in the photo will be generated automatically. Use it to help with art projects, website design, or even with decorating your home. It's a very useful tool and definitely worth checking it out.