When I started Abduzeedo, almost 10 years ago, in 2006 I had no idea what it would become. I started blogging as a side project, the whole idea of blogs was something quite new in Brazil but it was already relatively mainstream everywhere else. It was a great time, Web 2.0 was the revolution. Designing for that meant to know web standards, CSS and of course being able to create your Wordpress theme. I chose Drupal for the CMS because it was a more robust tool for my design studio and we using for most of our clients. Today, after all these years, we are proud to launch our newest design. The Abduzeedo design has changed quite a lot over the past 10 years. Our first version was a simple beige theme, classic colors of the Web 2.0, with a nice icon of a UFO abducting our sidebar. The design evolved to brown, then a black theme until 3 years ago when we went to a simple white design. This new version doubles down on simplicity and the white theme. Before I talk a bit more about the behind the scenes, I'd like to highlight some of the design principles behind the new design: Simplicity A more editorial look and feel Focus on content and text Avoid hero images for posts This new version doubles down on simplicity and the white themeI have spent over one year looking for references and inspiration for the new design. I sketched several ideas until I felt comfortable with what we have now. For me, the biggest challenge was to accommodate the advertising units. Despite the fact that most people don't like ads, that is what helps to keep the blog alive, but I also agree with the majority. Ads are not beautiful in general and the vary quite a lot. What I tried to do was create a way we could display them in a more organic way with the other posts. For the post content, we tried to create more typography resources to make posts more robust. Besides images and quotes, we now can add a grid of images, pull quotes, highlight content and feature two different image sizes. We know that there are plenty of amazing tools out there like Medium, which provides a great content creating tool. We considered a lot of options before this new design, but in the end we knew that we built a solid audience and we should keep our focus on them. In addition to the new design, we are changing for 2016 and the new year to come. We are reducing the amount of daily posts as we understand how overloaded we are with content and we didn't want to become too repetitive. We also will be sharing more personal content based on our experiences, sometimes critiques on works we saw and liked, and more varied tutorials in addition to Photoshop. We think prototyping is very important and we might tackle some posts on simple/hacky ways to create quick and dirty prototypes. Good design is honest. It does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept. - Dieter Rams After countless days and nights trying to get this new design done I hope you guys enjoy it and I invite you to participate via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or any other social tool you dig. Below I will share some of the references for the new design. If you find any bugs, let us know. We know there are likely tons of them :)
On last December 8th, we celebrated the 1000th Daily Inspiration on Abduzeedo and for the occasion we have put together an incredible giveaway for you all. We randomly picked the winners among all your comments and here are the lucky winners! Originally, the Daily Inspiration started as a way for us to share images we liked since we were constantly finding good stuff on the web and wanted to bookmark them. People really enjoyed it and slowly the Daily became quite popular. You guys started sharing your inspirations and work with us, and that really made what the Daily Inspiration is today, and for that, we thank you. 2 Abduzeeedo Book Winners Fabi Simoes (fabianasrs(@)gmail.com) and Hafyzza Kamal (hafyzza(@)live.com) Abduzeedo Book 2 Abduzeeedo Retro Posters Winners bechteaa(@)mail.uc.edu and Patrick Suin (suin2d(@)gmail.com) Abduzeedo Retro Poster 1 NoPattern Calendar and 1 T-shirt (of your choice) NoPattern Calendar (tyler(@)vandesandedesign.com)NoPattern T-Shirt (brandoncoxdesign(@)gmail.com) NoPattern Calendar and T-Shirt To the winners, we'll contact you and we'll send your prizes via the mail. Also thanks to everybody for participating and contributing to the Daily Inspiration. If you wanna be featured in the Daily Inspiration, make sure to check out our Abduzeedo Raw Inspiration at Raw.Abduzeedo.com
This month Abduzeedo celebrates our 5th anniversary. It’s been an incredible journey, starting after a terribly demotivating robbery that ended up being the best thing to happen to us. Nothing could be worse, but as the art of war says: when you cannot go back the only thing you can do is to move forward. And that is what we did. During these five years we’ve posted tutorials, inspiration, wallpaper, and interviews. We learned a lot through sharing, and that in turn made us better in our professions and we hope in yours too. “By changing nothing, nothing changes.” -Tony Robbins So in this post, instead of a design tutorial we will share five things we learned during these five years. 1- Admire Designers We believe that the best thing to evolve is to find, admire, and learn from designers. It’s really important to have idols because they help us to try hard in order to reach their level. They push us to overcome our own limits. So instead of envy or getting frustrated because you’re not at the same level, use that as a great motivator and a path to follow. We always admired designers and digital artists such as James White, Chuck Anderson, Scott Hansen, Eduardo Recife, and many others. 2 - Take risks, embrace change “A year from now you will wish you had started today.” -Karen Lamb Most of the time we over-think things and end up doing nothing. With us it was the same, we were running Zee in Brazil and our business was doing fine and that sort of made us afraid of taking some risks and trying new things. After we lost everything we kept doing our job, but it made us less worried about risks and we tried more things like starting Abduzeedo and other web services. Some worked out, some didn’t, but we had an incredible time in terms of evolution in our careers. Traveling and working away was also something we started doing. I started spending 3 months in the USA working on Abduzeedo and Zee miles away from Brazil. That also created new opportunities to meet new designers and learn a new culture. 3 - Don’t be afraid of criticism “You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching” - William W. Purkey With the Internet we all have our own voice, we can always express our opinions and thoughts. However it’s common and easier to criticize as well. People asked me why I didn't have a blog back in 2006 and my answer was always the same: Who wants to read what I say? What will I say? How will I deal with the critics? We were always afraid about what others would say about our work. When we started Abduzeedo our situation made us stop thinking about that. We also decided to write in English and not our native language. Don’t let other people slow down your goals. Criticism is always good but learn how to take only what really matters. Don’t let bad words affect you, make them a motivator. Our first tutorial, December 2006. 4 - Share what you learn Sharing what we do and learn has been our mantra. It was the second most important thing we’ve learned and we have been doing that since. When you share your knowledge it’s like killing two birds with one stone because it helps you to promote yourself or your business through teaching and helping people. As Dan Ariely says in his book Predictably Irrational, when you give something to someone that is not money you enter in the social mode and that creates a much stronger bond with your audience. 5 - Do what you love We know, it’s as cheesy as it sounds but you can always follow your dreams and do what you love. As Gary Vaynerchuk says we live in the Thank You Economy. We have free tools to do anything we want to promote our work and create our audience. It depends only on us and nobody else. Of course it requires a lot of hard work and persistence, but in the end there’s nothing like waking up on a Monday morning and knowing that you will have great things to do. “As soon as anyone starts telling you to be “realistic,” cross that person off your invitation list.” –John Eliot We also have great examples of people that changed their games by doing what they like and have been doing great. Guys like the Envato founders Collis and Cyan Ta'eed, James White and the amazing SignalNoise, Scott Hansen, Shelby White with Designspiration, and our editor Francois Hoang with Montreal Meets. Abduzeedo 5th Anniversary Poster by Alex Beltechi These are just five things we’ve learned, but they are without a doubt the most important ones. We share these ideas pretty much all the time, but we think it’s worth repeating. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and an amazing 2012.
Take a break in your day and come celebrate the 1000th Daily Inspiration! Abduzeedo is thankful for all the support you gave us along the years. To celebrate, we decided to throw a giveaway! Originally, the Daily Inspiration started as a way for us to share images we liked since we were constantly finding good stuff on the web and wanted to bookmark them. People really enjoyed it and slowly the Daily became quite popular. You guys started sharing your inspirations and work with us, and that really made what the Daily Inspiration is today, and for that, we thank you. Giveaway We have 2 Abduzeedo Books, 2 Abduzeedo Retro Posters, 1 NoPattern T-shirt (of your choice) and 1 NoPattern Limited Calendar to giveaway. To participate is very simple, just leave a comment in the comment box below with a valid email so we can contact you. We'll pick in total 6 winners on December 15th, 2011. Best of luck to you all! 2 Abduzeedo Books Abduzeedo Book 2 Abduzeedo Retro Posters Abduzeedo Retro Poster 1 NoPattern Calendar and 1 T-shirt (of your choice) NoPattern Calendar and T-Shirt About NoPattern NoPattern aka Chuck Anderson has been a great contributor and generous enough to include items from his latest store revamp in the mix for the Daily Inspiration 1000th Giveaway. Check out this store at NPandco.com. Check out also his website , be a fan on Facebook or follow him on Twitter. ------------------------------------------------- This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want to participate and share your graphic design inspiration, just send us, via email, the image with the link from where you found it, also use "Daily Inspiration" in the subject, and don't forget to send your Abduzeedo username; or via Twitter sending to http://twitter.com/abduzeedo If possible use the HTML code: <p class="imgC"><a href="Link to the page you found the image"><img src="Link to the Image" /></a></p> Do you want to see all images from all Daily Inspirations? Check out http://daily.abduzeedo.com You can also submit your images and inspiration to RAWZ via http://raw.abduzeedo.com/ AoiroStudio Attilatheone aurora23 Coolvibe Diogo Carneiro Fabio Fabiano Feature Me Florian NICOLLE Giancarlo Clarete Joerg Daiber Mike Archer Sebastian Andaur Shootme Signalnoise Vervex Send your suggestions via Twitter to http://twitter.com/abduzeedo using #abdz in the end of the tweet. @Daniel_Nelson @LetMeBeInspired Send your RAWZ suggestions via Raw.Abduzeedo.com aephotodesign al b sure Aleksei Alex Tass Berrykung Bogdan Sandu Cristian cuddlemeugly cuded Estúdio Happy giftcouture juanalexisc Kevin van Diest |kfDesign Mackenzie Maria Papaefstathiou nenuno Oleg Kremeshnoy pk Profeta999 sutsurikeru thaeger Thomas Clements Victor Ruiz WhatAnART zinkai
One of the most popular posts on Abduzeedo is the Daily Inspiration. A daily dose of inspiration to inspire your day and your creativity. And today we wanna introduce a project that we've been working for a couple of weeks now. It will be a new way to share your work and get featured on Abduzeedo's Daily Inspiration. Introducing Abduzeedo RAW Inspiration! It's basically a page where you can see readers sharing their works from all over the world. To submit your work or what inspired you, it's a really easy process. You log on Raw.Abduzeedo.com, and simply click on 'Submit your Inspiration'. You have a simple browse and fill form and that's it! We will select the best images for the Daily Inspiration. For more information on Abduzeedo RAW Inspiration, check it out more at Raw.Abduzeedo.com. How to Submit your Work
As you probably guessed from the title of this post, Abduzeedo is coming up on its 4th Birthday. Which begs the question, “What are you doing for your birthday Abduzeedo?!” Good question. But before we talk about the future, lets remember the past. The Founding Back in 2006 Fabio Sasso, Co-Founder of Zee (a web design studio), went to lunch. While at lunch everything from the Zee offices was stolen. Yes, everything. From that day on Fabio decided to post everything he was learning about design on a blog so that he would always have a copy “stored in the cloud” in-case something as tragic as the robbery ever happened again. Over time, those tutorials got pretty popular and early readers started asking questions like, “Hey Fabio, what inspires you?” So Fabio started posting that stuff too. He even had to recruit a team of friends and family to help keep up with demand! Fast-forward 4 years, and now, the Abduzeedo Team posts inspiring stuff, strange stuff, fun stuff, educational stuff, all kinds of stuff! In fact, if you have asked for it, we have done our best to make it happen. With good reason too! We have found that throughout the years, if we respond to the needs of our readers, we are always met with good results. Which is why for our birthday we would like to once again, collaborate with you our readers, to take Abduzeedo to a whole other level. The Future From the beginning Abduzeedo has always been about offering up knowledge, inspiration, and community - FOR FREE. And we have no intention of changing that. In fact, we want to make those offerings even better by re-thinking what we already do, and attempting to do it even better. Which brings us to the first of several new beta experiments to come... Introducing, Abducted Deals (beta) This beta is designed to expand the reach and effectiveness of Abduzeedo Giveaways (and maybe once and for all, make all those annoying ads on our front page, a thing of the past). With all the hub-bub around group buying these days we got to wondering if we could provide awesome deals in the range of 50% to 100% off on stuff you want/need as a designer, in a win-win-win model that everyone from the reader, to us, to our partners enjoys. That’s a tall order, but we think it is at least worth a try. I mean, how cool would it be if your new workspace was on us? Or you got a master creative suite from Adobe for 50% off? Or better yet, what if you gave us a wish-list and we tracked down partnerships that got you those things for free or at a heavily discounted price? We think it sounds pretty sweet! But what do you think? This next week leading up to Christmas we will be running a series of Christmas Giveaways where we will test this model and invite you to give us feedback on how we can make it better, or if you even like it at all. If you are interested in learning more and making sure you get a great new deal close to every day next week, head on up to the top right corner and spend a few seconds signing up for an Abduzeedo account. We will be following up with a more in-depth email tomorrow or the day after to give you a teaser of the Christmas Giveaways and explain how the new model will work. Any feedback you can give will be much appreciated and we will definitely take it into account for the next test we run :) Looking forward to your thoughts! - The Abduzeedo Team P.S. Not to be too much of a tease, but signing up for an account now could be a big bonus for you in 2011 - wink, wink... ;) Also! Stay tuned this Saturday for our traditional Anniversary Poster Giveaway! This year's design was done by Rik Oostenbroek
This past July Abduzeedo put on our first offline event. Despite the fact that I was pretty nervous about how it would turn out, it actually went really well. A lot of people showed up and now we're planning to organize another battle in another city, or maybe even another country. The Photoshop Battle consisted of eight designers battling it out to take home the title of Abduzeedo Photoshop Battle World Champion. We'd draw a subject in which the contestants would have to design a wallpaper in 30 minutes. Even though that's a pretty short time to create something cool, the final results were stunning. After almost seven hours of dispute, we had our first Abduzeedo Photoshop Battle World Champion: Cássio Braga. Below you can check out a video by John Arlington with the highlights of the event, (in which John was kind enough to include English subtitles for all you non-Portuguese speakers out there.) Youtube Vimeo Abduzeedo - Battle of Photoshop from Alexandre Guterres on Vimeo. For more information about the event visit http://battleofphotoshop.com.br/
After months of study, designing, and developing, the new Abduzeedo is up. I know it might sound quite dramatic but this probably was the design I put most thought into. I tried to define exactly how the user experience would be and also what I could do to make that happen without losing reference from the previous designs. Now that the site is up, even though I am still fixing some minor issues and I know that will never end, I will share with you here a little bit of my creative process and what directed me to make some of the design decisions I made. Goals The first thing to do on any design project or anything you want to do is to define the goals of the project. For this new version of Abduzeedo I had tons of ideas and things that I wanted to do, but I am only one so I picked up just a few that I considered the most important, so the goals of this new design were: SIMPLICITY SHOW MORE CONTENT EASY TO BROWSE Simplicity The design must be simple in all senses of the word, the UI must be almost invisible in my point of view for a site like Abduzeedo in which the content is what matters and the only way to drive the user’s attention to the content is to make the UI as simple as possible. Show more Content After almost 4 years we have an incredible amount of content, and the best part is that most of this content is atemporal, they are pure inspiration and they will always be, so we needed to find a way to make this content more reachable to the readers like even random articles. Easy to Browse I love some iPad apps like Pulse for example because they are easy to browse through the content. Abduzeedo’s previous layout was very blog style with all the posts piled in a column. It was necessary to scroll down a lot to cover 10 articles. We needed to find a way to make that less of a hassle. Defining Constraints With the goals defined it was important to set some constraints so I would be able to start the labor work. In order to make a site simple my decision was to simply not use any graphics on the interface. The UI would be simply text and some gradients on the navigation to separate it from the rest of the content creating a hierarchy. To be able to show more content the site would have to use more screen area and also be fluid for some resolutions. Another really important thing in my case was the resources I had in terms of who would do what. Basically this was a project I did solo, with some feedbacks from Fabiano Meneghetti and a jQuery help for the User News form from my brother Eduardo Sasso, and I have to work with my available skills and also learn things that were necessary to make it happen, however I couldn’t try to reinvent the wheel because I wouldn’t be able to make it. It’s always good to know your limitations so we know where we can improve ourselves too. The visitors statistics were really important to set some constraints in terms of browser and resolution usages, important areas and what to show to them. Inspiration As I mentioned before tons of things inspired me for the new design. First and foremost I wanted to change the grid style to a more magazine-ish grid style, therefore I could present more content. Below you can see some of the references I took in consideration. Before going to Fireworks I sketched quite a lot especially trying to come up with a fluid grid. I also did something that I think was very good and I will definitely do that more often. Before designing the UI in Fireworks I went straight to HTML first. So I played with solid colors and basic shapes in order to have a look and feel of the real deal and not a static mockup. My first concept was a total fluid layout that would adapt to any resolution and fill the screen with content. I really like that idea, however after testing the HTML I noticed that in certain resolutions the main content was sort of weakened by the amount of content next to it on the sidebar. Once again, that was only possible after testing the HTML, because in my static sketches the idea looked killer but in reality it would be a flaw. Below you can see some of the sketches and the first HTML concept. Click on the image to see the grid in action. Resize your browser window to see what happens. I also tried some jQuery plugins for fluid layouts like the Masonry one, which looked awesome in their demo pages, however once again, as I tested it with the real Abduzeedo content it didn’t work well. I mean, the plugin did what it was intended to do, what happened was that some content would radically change its position depending on the resolution, weakening the consistency of the UI. For example, in my computer the User News is in the top left and in my iPad it’s in the bottom right. That would make the user think too much in order to surf the page and what I want them to do is to get inspired and not to learn how the Abduzeedo UI works. We use this plugin for the User News section. Final Design As you can see the final design is what your looking at right now. Just a few highlights about the design. Header The new header now uses much less of the screen, in the past it was like 250 pixels high, now we shrank it to 110 pixels. Therefore we gain more space for the content. We kept the original black style and added a gradient for the navigation bar so it differentiates itself from the content area. Background I am a huge fan of noisy backgrounds especially dark grey ones, probably because they remind me of the Atari 2660 console which has that rough texture very alike the noise background we have on Abduzeedo now. Home-page and Section pages The posts now have a smaller thumbnail with description and title. They are organized next to each other instead of piled up in a gallery style. We had this sort of style in the previous version but it was a different view option for the home-page and a laboratory for us :) User News and Tutorial of the Week This area is really important because every week we have a cool tutorial and lots of user generated content. In the former design the tutorial of the week was buried a day after it was published, which is really bad. Now it will be visible on every page till a new one comes along. The same applies to the User News...they will be visible on all pages. Random Inspiration This is a little experiment I wanted to do. We want to show you some random inspiration, let the odds show you what's cool and inspiring for you at any given moment :) Footer The tags are now in columns, the end of the tag cloud hehehe, and we have some other blocks with the link to our iPhone App, which wasn’t promoted in the previous design, and of course our magic mug for you to buy us some coffee because we are all human beings in the end and not aliens. Resolutions The site now has 2 layouts for different resolutions, so those with higher resolutions which represents more than 65% of our audience will have less scroll with the same amount of content. Layout for iPads, Mobile Phones, Netbooks based on 1024x760 pixels resolution Layout for resolutions higher than 1024x768 pixels Well there are many more new features like focusing all the sharing features to the Meebo Bar, the new post design with larger images, tons of CSS3 little effects and transitions such as the Not-found page and we are also working on new features while fixing some minor bugs the site might have. I hope you all like the new design and feel free to send us suggestions, opinions and critics about it. Our goal is always to deliver the best content to you and to ourselves because we use the site for inspiration as well, so it's as much mine as it is yours.
As I have mentioned a few times we are working on an iPhone app for Abduzeedo. We had some small issues that delayed the release but now we are on the right track for the launch. First, however, we want to test it more and with more people. The first version of the iPhone app will be about inspiration and it will show all images from the Daily Inspiration series. We have already planned the expansion to all the inspiration content on Abduzeedo. Sneak Peek Here is a short video showing the basic functionality of the app. Our goal is to provide an easy to use interface for inspiring images, so you can save it on your iPhone or iPod Touch; share it with your friends via Twitter or visit the site for more information. Looking for some beta testers We want to release the app as soon as possible, but we want to make sure that it will be running smoothly, that is why we need to test it a little longer. Therefore we are looking for some iPhone/iPod Touch users that would be willing to test it for us. If you are interested leave a comment and we will be contacting you to get the iPhone Device ID.
It's that time of year that everyone got their own wishes and expectations for this Christmas. We are no different, so each team member of abduzeedo wrote a 5 item list of our wishes for this Christmas. It's a super cool list full of crazy things—we ask that you complete the list sending out your 5 items to make this list even bigger. Fabio Sasso Google Nexus One Phone Wacom Cintique 12wx Race Advantage T-Shirt The Alien Abduction Lamp Large Vinyl Bowl Fabiano Meneghetti The Alien Abduction Lamp Rock-77 Poster by James White Led Cinema Display New Office like Parliament Design Mustang Paulo Gabriel Nike+iPod Sport Kit Apple Magic Mouse Ultimate Ears 700 Canon VIXIA HF20 Camcorder GeForce GTX 295 Paulo Canabarro Burton Vapor 163" Disputa pelo Alimento Artwork by Mundano Field Notes "The Kit" Tangerine Apostrophe Chair Agent White Print Headphones by Skullcandy Alexis Papageorgiu USB Christmas Tree Etherwave Theremin Nikon D90 Arrogant But Aufentic Hoodie Loaded Dervish Gisele Muller iPod Nano Nike + iPod Sport Kit Rechargeable Battery - 13-inch MacBook (black) Nintendo Wii Some wide-angle lens for my Canon EOS Rebel XSI Amanda Macedo Sexy Apocalypse Shirt Crosley AV Room Portable USB Turntable "Tie your shoes, pack a good lunch and remember that we're all in this together" Public School Poster Urban Outfitters: Design your bike Fuji Instax Instant Camera What's your list?
As we announced earlier this year we want to open the design market a little. With people from more than 200 countries that visit us every month, the germans are on number 4. So its an act of honour to accommodate them with something. From today we will be available over de.Abduzeedo.com in german. The same inspiration, interviews & tutorials, just in german. Isn't that great? Abduzeedo, founded in december 2006, was never supposed to become that big. You can read the story in our awesome about page. After the Blog gained some insterest the goal of Abduzeedo changed and more authors came. Nowadays there are 8 contributors and lots of guest writers, who made it to one of the top design blogs of all time. 3 years later we crossed the 2.5 million visitor mark. After we launched the site in Brazil we had to add german and soon (don't tell anyone) russian. We worked hard in the last month on the german translation and are more than exciting to present you this project. At the moment we have a small amount of german articles, but we try to catch up with all the great done work on here. Also we want to stay up to date with the actual site. If you'd like to see a special article translated contact me Unfortunately there was someone else who got the Abduzeedo.de domain so we have to stick with de.Abduzeedo.com. Contact For the german reader: Do you have a question about an article, an artist, a website? Do you want to show me your work, an artist you like or just get a date with, then contact me on email@example.com . Also we created a new Twitter account for all the communication friends online. Please add us and tell your friends to get some good design advices.Twitter.com/de_abduzeedo A big thanks to.... We'd like to give a big thanks to all our readers & all the websites who link us. The design community hast made and inspired us. You guys raised and fed us. Our guideline "from the community for the community" still exists. Therefore the Abduzeedo team would like to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who visited our site. Thanks also to Fabio Sasso, who I attacked with tons of messages in the last months. And also a huge thanks to Franz Krekeler who helped me a lot with the translations. Thanks Amigo
After almost a year, we have a new design! As web designers we’re always thinking about what to change in order to make the site more friendly for those who are looking for inspiration and tutorials. Our main goal was to simplify the design and also add more white-space. The images of the articles have and always will be the main asset of the blog so we wanted to drive the user’s attention to the images and text, and less to the interface itself. That’s why we have removed the stars on the header but still kept them on the footer. Also we were very inspired by magazine designs, that explains the text overlapping the images. New Features Among the main changes on the new design we could list: Bigger images Preview image at the top of the articles More white-space Thumbnail view on the home-page Threaded conversations on the comments CSS 3 for effects (sorry IE users) Big preview image with text overlapping Thumbnails view Reply to comments Navigation In terms of navigation, we split the menu in two. The main menu consists of the most important categories on the blog: Tutorials Photoshop Illustrator Pixelmator Fireworks Quick Tips Case Studies InspirationArchitecture Illustration Photography Daily Inspiration Sites of the Week Best of the Week Popular Post Wallpapers Inspiration Meebo Bar Another great feature we added (and that we're really excited about!) is the Meebo Bar! The Meebo Bar allows you to drag and share any images of the site via Twitter, Facebook or email. Also we will be able to chat while navigating on Abduzeedo. That way we might even be able to help you guys on tutorials or any questions you might have regarding posts and so on. Meebo Bar It doesn't just stop there. Abduzeedo is always under development. We try to learn as much as we can from you and we’re always open to suggestions. Our idea is always to make the experience as better and simpler as possible. We still have some features up our sleeves that will be released very soon! One thing I can reveal right now is that our iPhone app is 95% done ;) iPhone app is coming Also we want to mention and thank our hosting (mt) Media Temple for the great support during the redesign process, we were working with the 2 versions and sometimes doing crazy things but they guys over at Media Temple kept Abduzeedo up and running.
"With great power there must come great responsibility". We are well aware of this amazing quote by uncle Ben. For that, we'd like to apologise to all of you who tried to visit Abduzeedo this week and didn't make, because our server was down. For some time now, Abduzeedo has been growing a lot, thanks to all of you guys. But unfortunately, our server needs also grow with us, and sometimes it doesn't follow our pace. That's why Abduzeedo was down for at least 2 days this week. We didn't intend for that, and we are really sorry. Also, we'd like to get your opinions on a nice server, that supports gigantic sites with gigantic traffic, and we will give away an Abduzeedo T-shirt for that. If you know any, let us know! And today, we also would like to announce the winners of the last 2 giveaways that we started running some weeks ago: "Designing for the Web book" and the "500 Postcards by PrintPrintPrint.Biz". So, I'll just cut the little talk and announce it. :) Designing for the Web book Mr. Dies Chad Fenwick 500 Postcards by PrintPrintPrint.Biz jetgirl Congratulations to both! And also, as we've already mentioned, we'd like to give away an Abduzeedo T-shirt from our store at Spreadshirt. All you have to do is leave a comment. We'll choose the winner in the next few days. Cheers! ;)
Abduzeedo is 2 years old already and even though the site has grown, we still receive some emails asking about the meaning of the name, and a few weeks ago we got an email asking how to pronounce it or the right way to say it. That's why we decided to write this post. The word "abduzeedo" was created by me from the portuguese word "abduzido" that means abducted. As the name of my company is Zee, I was always trying to find some words that I could create by mixing with the word zee, such as "crazee", "deduzeendo", "ecstazee", "brazeel", and others. Now about the pronunciation, it will change depending on the language you speak, the country you live and of course the region of the country you are from. That's why we decided that it would be nice to ask the readers how they pronounce "abduzeedo", and below you can see exactly that. Also we really want to hear you saying it, so feel free to leave comments with videos so we can see and learn how to say abduzeedo in different languages. Fabio Sasso - Porto Alegre, Brazil http://fabiosasso.com - http://abduzeedo.com Aloa - Hamburg, Germany Paulo Gabriel - Abduzeedo writer - Porto Alegre, Brazil Sanne Terpstra - The Netherlands http://www.sanneterpstra.com - http://www.twitter.com/sanneterpstra Cameron - Los Angeles, USA http://cameronrad.com/ Marcelo e Gustavo - Porto Alegre, Brazil http://www.seferin.com.br/ Matt Smart - Bournemouth, UK http://techitch34.deviantart.com/ - http://www.muujun.co.uk/matt LaWrEnCe.J http://www.laranz.wordpress.com/ Fabiano Meneghetti - Porto Alegre, Brazil http://fabiano.me/ Eduardo Rodrigues - Salvador-BAHIA, Brazil http://www.kornbrasil.com/ Rafael Almeida - Mogi das Cruzes - SP - Brazil Markusm - Oslo, Norway http://www.markus-design.no/ Adam Georgiou Tom Nussbaum - Austria/dutch http://tomlovesyou.com/ Doug Hogan - Detroit, MI / USA http://www.doughogan.com/ Michael Berg, USA http://hqubed.com/ Neill Horsman - Sydney Australia http://http://www.neillh.com.au/ Eduardo Sasso - Porto Alegre, Brazil http://eduardosasso.com/ Allison - USA http://www.keetee.com/
2008 was one hell of a year. There were literally tons of cool posts, and I had the hard mission to choose my favorites. Well, almost 3 hours later, this post is actually done. I hope you all enjoy my selection!! Fabio chose 60 articles, I managed to choose 72... tons, tons tons!! And since this is my last post until the next year begins (tomorrow, lol), I wish you all an awesome 2009! Cheers!! ;D Typography Addiction The Ultimate Bic Biro Artist 20 Beautiful HDR Pictures The Ultimate 80's Isnpiration Cool Science Fiction Posters Awesome Light Graffiti Pictures Swirl Mania in Illustrator & Photoshop Stunning Lego Creations Light Painting in Fireworks Inspiration: Rye Bread Interview: Cristiano Siqueira My First Band CD Creating a cool website header in fireworks Really cool eclipse effect in photoshop Stunning Girls Illustrations Inspiration: Nibbled Pencil Old Games in the Real World Super Cool Frilly Bits Typography Hulk Eyes Effect - Photoshop Tutorial Grooveshark Design Style in Fireworks Inspiration: Great Universe Collection Cool Pixel Art Illustrations Amazing Toy Art: Munny Inspiration: Tom Krieger Inspiration: Ilustration master Robert Mcginnis Batman Movies Posters DeviantArt Colors: Yellow Awesome 3D Works 7 Beautiful Title & Credit Sequence Designs Hand Drawn Movie Posters Wood in Web Design Web Design: Illustration Awesome Space Wallpapers Amazing Gutter Art Robots Rock Old School Game Cover Arts Web Design: Black Layouts Inspiration: Michael Jackson Video Inspiration: Magic Flashlights Inspiration: Mark Brooks Wallpaper of the Week #20 The Joker Action Figure Create an amazing ad in Photoshop Inspiration: Josh Keyes Wolverine Collection Save Polaroid Garbage Pail Kids The Star Wars Culture Incredible Custom Shoes Designs Amazing Absolut Vodka Inspiration Snes Game Cover Arts Old School B Movies Posters Vintage Halloween Inspiration Inspiration: Awesome T-Shirt Designs Outstanding Illustration in Photos Smoke type in photoshop in 10 steps Reader Tutorial: Typography Wallpaper in Photoshop Elvis is not dead Awesome Horror Movies Awesome Daft Punk Inspiration 30 impressing 3D portraits 14 photography masters 20 Stunning Dragon Illustrations James White "O" Series in Fireworks 20 Great Photo Manipulations 26 awesome 3D Robots, Cyborgs and Armored Suits Beautiful Fluffy Clouds in Photoshop Video of the Week #28 Watchmen Collection 50 Best T-shirt Designs of 2008 Abduzeedo 80's Party Terminator Collection
iLK (www.ilkilkilk.com), is a french graphic designer who has a really unique and creative style. I discovered his work thanks to an article of Computer Arts, and then immediately added his website to my bookmarks! He accepted to share with us his experience. To see more of his artwork, visit his website: www.ilkilkilk.com 1) First, welcome to Abduzeedo iLK! Glad to see you here. Would you tell us a bit of you? Where are you from, when did you start drawing, for example? I was born in 1982, in the Seine Saint Denis (in the northern suburbs of Paris). I have been drawing since I was a child, because of "Club Dorothée" (a french programme of the 90's, where were broadcasted mostly mangas such as Dragon Ball Z, or Ken the Survivor, for instance) 2) How did you find your own style, full of strange characters, monsters, and above all full of bright colors? Do you first draw your pictures before working in your computer? I don't know precisely where all this stuff comes from... From the music I listen to, I think, which is not very cheerful : Metal, Hardcore, Death, Hip Hop... I'm also a great fan of Tim Burton. Probably the one explains the other! Almost all my illustrations are hand drawn with felt-tip and paper!!! Then I scan the drawing and I colorize it with my computer. 3) How do you work? What is your typical day of working? And what websites do you usually visit for daily inspiration? I start working as soon as possible, often about 8 a.m., and i usually stop between midnight and 4 a.m when I'm late in my work. I work with many agencies, in particular Pubicis Net (a huge french communication agency), but also with a lot of different customers. Every day is another adventure! My Netvibes is full of interesting websites, including the excellent www.glltn.com , www.cpluv.com , www.badbadblog.com ... Too long to mention them all! 4) What are your tools of work? A mac, a graphic tablet, and above all paper, felt-tips, rules, etc...!!! The software I use are the well-known Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, ... 5) What is your best / worst memory in your career? I don't have any particularly bad or good memory. Each project is different, with its good and bad sides, its doubts and its successes. But finally, there's only good times. 6) Is your work changing or influencing the way you live, or the way you see the world around you?What is graphic design bringing to you personally? Maybe a kind of serenity, maybe i'm more open-minded. Working with so different people forces you to be tolerant, and to be interested in the project and people who have it, in order to lead the work to his final result in the best way you can. 7) What pieces of advice would you give to someone who want to be a graphic designer? I think working first in an agency is indispensable, to know that the workflow is many more important than they tell you at school... It's the end of your xBox360 afternoons with your friends! Being a freelance is a dream for most of us, but it forces you to be well organized, to take care of the bunch of papers, to pay an accountant for your annual balance sheet : working as a freelance is not always very funny! I advise to the future graphic designer to try to find their own style, and not to try to mimic what they see in the web. With a huge proportion of motivation, and it will be ok. Thanks again for the opportunity to have you here in abduzeedo. And keep the good work! For more information visit his website at www.ilkilkilk.com