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#Happy10Abduzeedo - Our Winners

#Happy10Abduzeedo - Our Winners

This last December, we had the opportunity to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Abduzeedo with you guys. We had an incredible time reading through all the comments and beautiful words from all of you. We must admit that your comments were really helpful and also giving us a boost for what's to come in 2017. Now it's time to announce the winners of all six (6) giveaways with a total of sixteen (16) winners who were randomly picked from our Instagram and Facebook Page. We would like to take this moment to thank our partners who took part into this celebration and everyone who took the time to participate. Fabio Sasso created the blog as a side-project after he lost everything from a robbery back in 2006. It was in his way for him to backup files but also bookmark things he liked and inspired him. Since then his work has been used, shared and featured many times but beyond all, his goal was to inspired us to create and make more. That’s the philosophy and minset of Abduzeedo that will always lives on.   Day One - Winner  Prize: 25$ gift card to shop on Ugmonk John Galliers Day Two - Winners  Five (5) eBook versions of the Sketch Handbook by Christian Krammer tjunkers svantesvantesson Nicky Watson prayagshah versatian Day Three - Winners  Three (3) yearly subscriptions of the Bear App jacopo_ardito Alex Iacobus Garett Day Four - Winners  Three (3) copies of the Book of Ideas by Radim Malinic moustafa.noby m.s.mteir karimzniber Invision Giveaway - Winners  Three (3) lucky winners - three (3) Shirts of their choosing from InVision’s Marketplace. Also 1 LIFETIME License of an individual InVision Pro Plan to one Lucky Person + a Box full of InVision Swag Ian Hoene aditya_garikapati Ruslan Sharifov L O R I N E - You are the grand winner of the lifetime InVision license! Each winner will be contacted through Instagram OR Facebook DM to gather your information. Thank you! I never imagined or planned to get to 10 years. I started the blog after my studio got robbed and I lost everything. After that day I tried to focus on the present more than ever, life is too unpredictable and we can get frustrated if something happens that weren't in our plans. That happened to me, it sucks, but I learned a lot. Sometimes things are much worse in our heads and imagination than in reality. - Fabio Sasso

#Happy10Abduzeedo - InVision Giveaway

#Happy10Abduzeedo - InVision Giveaway

This month, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Abduzeedo. This is very special to us, Fabio Sasso created the blog as a side-project after he lost everything from a robbery back in 2006. It was in his way for him to backup files but also bookmark things he liked and inspired him. Since then his work has been used, shared and featured many times but beyond all, his goal was to inspired us to create and make more. That’s the philosophy and minset of Abduzeedo that will always lives on. To end this anniversary in GRAND, we would like to thank you guys as the kind folks from InVision are treating us with one of the most awesome giveaways we ever shared on the blog. Let's find out and the best of luck! I never imagined or planned to get to 10 years. I started the blog after my studio got robbed and I lost everything. After that day I tried to focus on the present more than ever, life is too unpredictable and we can get frustrated if something happens that weren't in our plans. That happened to me, it sucks, but I learned a lot. Sometimes things are much worse in our heads and imagination than in reality. - Fabio Sasso   First Prizes  To celebrate the 10th ANNIVERSARY of Abduzeedo and the holidays we are giving away to three (3) lucky winners - three (3) Shirts of their choosing from InVision’s Marketplace. This includes the shipping as well: #happy10abduzeedo Second BIG Prize  We are giving 1 LIFETIME License of an individual InVision Pro Plan to one Lucky Person + a Box full of InVision Swag and Design Goodies: #happy10abduzeedo To enter the InVision giveaway, you must do the following: 1. Follow our new Instagram Account @abduzeedos on Instagram. 2. Leave a comment below (on Instagram or Facebook) about who are you? A student? A Designer? A Professional or what else? We would love to hear! This giveaway closes tomorrow at 8am EST, 21th of December, 2016. The winners will be picked at random by the Fabio Sasso (@Abduzeedo) and we’ll announce the winners on the blog. The winners will be also contacted via DM on Instagram. About InVision For those who don't know InVision, well it's a prototyping tool with a lot of incredible features that shaped the way we work everyday. With features like: prototyping, sharing, presentation, feedback, whiteboarding and the list goes on and on. You are in for a complete experience, all in one place. As I quote: We help companies of all sizes unlock the power of design-driven product development. That's why teams at Evernote, Adobe, Airbnb, Salesforce, and many more fire up InVision every day. More Information: InVision.

#Happy10Abduzeedo - Past Tutorials

#Happy10Abduzeedo - Past Tutorials

This month, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Abduzeedo. This is very special to us, Fabio Sasso created the blog as a side-project after he lost everything from a robbery back in 2006. It was in his way for him to backup files but also bookmark things he liked and inspired him. Since then his work has been used, shared and featured many times but beyond all, his goal was to inspired us to create and make more. That’s the philosophy and minset of Abduzeedo that will always lives on. Part of the celebration, we would love to take you guys on a trip down the memory lane about our past tutorials. We've been getting lots of requests to have more tutorials on the blog, we'll work twice as hard in 2017. By the meantime, enjoy this collection of some of the most popular tutorials on Abduzeedo. I never imagined or planned to get to 10 years. I started the blog after my studio got robbed and I lost everything. After that day I tried to focus on the present more than ever, life is too unpredictable and we can get frustrated if something happens that weren't in our plans. That happened to me, it sucks, but I learned a lot. Sometimes things are much worse in our heads and imagination than in reality. - Fabio Sasso Find out more about our tutorials: http://abduzeedo.com/tutorial.

#Happy10Abduzeedo - Interview with our Founder Fabio Sasso

#Happy10Abduzeedo - Interview with our Founder Fabio Sasso

This month, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Abduzeedo. This is very special to us, Fabio Sasso created the blog as a side-project after he lost everything from a robbery back in 2006. It was in his way for him to backup files but also bookmark things he liked and inspired him. Since then his work has been used, shared and featured many times but beyond all, his goal was to inspired us to create and make more. That’s the philosophy and minset of Abduzeedo that will always lives on. Part of the celebration, we would love to share a sit-down we had with Fabio about his life, 10 years of inspiration and more. Hope you will enjoy it! I never imagined or planned to get to 10 years. I started the blog after my studio got robbed and I lost everything. After that day I tried to focus on the present more than ever, life is too unpredictable and we can get frustrated if something happens that weren't in our plans. That happened to me, it sucks, but I learned a lot. Sometimes things are much worse in our heads and imagination than in reality. - Fabio Sasso Tell us about yourself? What do you do for living now?  I am a designer from Brazil currently living in Oakland, California. I moved to the US in 2011 when I got an offer from Google. After almost 6 years a lot of things have happened, I got maried, became a father. I still work for Google, I have a lot of fun and love Google's mission and their products. It' really makes a difference in terms of motivation. How do you feel about reaching this milestone of 10 years of Abdz?  Abduzeedo started as a side project, a way for me to backup files but also bookmark things I liked and inspired me. That was in 2006, iPhone was a rumour, Tablets a sci-fi idea. Things were very different. The Web 2.0 was at reaching its peak of fame, everything was moving towards the web with web apps. Of course everything changed with the introduction of the iPhone, and especially one year after that, when native apps were announced. I never imagined or planned to get to 10 years. I started the blog after my studio got robbed and I lost everything. After that day I tried to focus on the present more than ever, life is too unpredictable and we can get frustrated if something happens that weren't in our plans. That happened to me, it sucks, but I learned a lot. Sometimes things are much worse in our heads and imagination than in reality. What was the biggest Abdz moment so far that you remember?  There were so many fun moments. I used to do a lot of talks around 2008-2010 about the blog. At a particular moment around 2008 I was the person with most Twitter followers in Brazil I believe. I believe, however the biggest moments were always meeting new people. People from all over that I still talk and became friends. Like you Francois :) Do you remember what was your feeling when you posted the first article back in December 21, 2006?  Yes, it was summer in Brazil. I was recovering from the awful loss of my laptop and all backups. I was just posting things to fill the blog and try to create a routine. I posted about designing a web 2.0 blog. It was a project I did for my brother. It's crazy just to go back and see that, it's a lesson of humility because you can see how much you have learned. I hope in 10 years to look back at my work and have the same sensation that I kept learning. What is your ideology behind your work? What's driven you all the time?  There's no ideology, the only thing that drives me to do things like blogging or being a designer is curiosity and desire to learn more about things. I am an introvert, very shy and insecure. I always think I am wrong and that sort of helps me to try more I think. It's not a good thing but it definitely helps a lot. It keep my feet on the ground. Do you get creative satisfaction on your work? How much time do you give yourself for personal work and blogging? Do you have a system?  I love what I do and my job. I love working on product and trying to solve not only the problems we are trying to solve for our users but also how to improve our process. How can we reduce churn and frustrations from all sides, UX and engineers.In terms of blogging, I use Abduzeedo now more as a bookmark/curation tool. There are so many design blogs now doing tutorials and other things that we used to do in the past. I believe the best thing right now due to the overload of information is try to be more like a filter. Try to help featuring new designers and help the community. Who were your creative heroes at the start of your career and how has it changed over the years?  That's a great question. I think my heroes are still the same, the difference though, is that I added many more. I admire more people rather than just designers. For example, engineers, PMs, entrepernours. What is the one thing you learned at the beginning of your career, that you still go by today?  In terms of career, for me, it is always think about not only the design, put the production process. I graduated in Industrial Design and in school our projects were always focus not only on the final design, but how to optimize the manufaturing process. Materials, bugdgeting, supliers, those were things we had to consider. Today when I design I still keep that in mind, it just changes the roles. Now we have to think about engineering work, legacy code, platforms, localization and a bunch of other things. How does Social Media affect your work these days?  Not as much as in the past. I was an avid Social Media user but either I am getting too old and got a bit tired of it or it is definitely slowing down. I also believe that social media became really about showing off, rather than sharing useful things or knowledge. Where do you see Abduzeedo evolving in the next few years?  I have no idea. I believe it will get smaller because blogs are becoming things of the past. I love the idea of keeping something that I can change the design, learn a bit more about coding and also sharing things. With that in mind I think Abduzeedo will be around. On the last note, what is the common mistake that most designers always make these days?  I think I am not the one to judge because I make a bunch of mistakes too. If I could point something, it would be that designers, for some reason, became a bit selfish. They tend to focus only on the design part and forget a bit about the rest. I'd say focus more on understanding how things are build and how people really use products, than following trends. Some Moments I believe it will get smaller because blogs are becoming things of the past. I love the idea of keeping something that I can change the design, learn a bit more about coding and also sharing things. With that in mind I think Abduzeedo will be around. - Fabio Sasso

#Happy10Abduzeedo - Day Four

#Happy10Abduzeedo - Day Four

This month, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Abduzeedo. This is very special to us, Fabio Sasso created the blog as a side-project after he lost everything from a robbery back in 2006. It was in his way for him to backup files but also bookmark things he liked and inspired him. Since then his work has been used, shared and featured many times but beyond all, his goal was to inspired us to create and make more. That’s the philosophy and minset of Abduzeedo that will always lives on. To celebrate this anniversary, we would like to thank you guys with 10 days of giveaway starting today with Day Four. Thank you for your great support and also thank you to the people involved in the #Happy10Abduzeedo. I never imagined or planned to get to 10 years. I started the blog after my studio got robbed and I lost everything. After that day I tried to focus on the present more than ever, life is too unpredictable and we can get frustrated if something happens that weren't in our plans. That happened to me, it sucks, but I learned a lot. Sometimes things are much worse in our heads and imagination than in reality. - Fabio Sasso To celebrate the 10th ANNIVERSARY of Abduzeedo and the holidays we are giving away not one but Three (3) copies of the best-selling book of 2016 on Amazon UK, the Book of Ideas by Radim Malinic: #happy10abduzeedo To enter the Day Four giveaway, you must do the following: 1. Follow our new Instagram Account @abduzeedos on Instagram and follow Radim Instagram account at @brand__nu. 2. Leave a comment below (on Instagram or Facebook) about who was your favourite artist or project that we've featured on Abduzeedo? This giveaway closes tomorrow at 8am EST, 15th of December, 2016. The winners will be picked at random by the Fabio Sasso (@Abduzeedo) and we’ll announce the winners on the blog. The winners will be also contacted via DM on Instagram.   About Radim Malinic Radim is an award winning art director, illustrator and graphic designer based in London, UK. Radim has firmly established himself as one of the most successful commercial illustrators and designers working with my brands like: Acura, Bacardi Canada, Cadbury, Dell, Heineken and more. More Information: http://www.brandnu.co.uk and Radim is offering a 20% discount code for his shop at http://www.novemberuniverse.co.uk/, please use the code UNIVERSE20.

#Happy10Abduzeedo - Day Three

#Happy10Abduzeedo - Day Three

This month, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Abduzeedo. This is very special to us, Fabio Sasso created the blog as a side-project after he lost everything from a robbery back in 2006. It was in his way for him to backup files but also bookmark things he liked and inspired him. Since then his work has been used, shared and featured many times but beyond all, his goal was to inspired us to create and make more. That’s the philosophy and minset of Abduzeedo that will always lives on. To celebrate this anniversary, we would like to thank you guys with 10 days of giveaway starting today with Day Three. Thank you for your great support and also thank you to the people involved in the #Happy10Abduzeedo. I never imagined or planned to get to 10 years. I started the blog after my studio got robbed and I lost everything. After that day I tried to focus on the present more than ever, life is too unpredictable and we can get frustrated if something happens that weren't in our plans. That happened to me, it sucks, but I learned a lot. Sometimes things are much worse in our heads and imagination than in reality. - Fabio Sasso To celebrate the 10th ANNIVERSARY of Abduzeedo and the holidays we are giving away not one but three (3) yearly subscriptions of the App Store Best Mac App of the Year, the Bear App: #happy10abduzeedo To enter the Day Three giveaway, you must do the following: 1. Follow our new Instagram Account @abduzeedos on Instagram 2. Leave a comment below (on Instagram or Facebook) about what was your best tutorial so far on Abduzeedo? This giveaway closes tomorrow at 11am EST, 14th of December, 2016. The winners will be picked at random by the Fabio Sasso (@Abduzeedo) and we’ll announce the winners on the blog. The winners will be also contacted via DM on Instagram.   About Bear App Bear is perfect for everything from quick notes to in-depth essays. A focus mode helps you concentrate, and advanced markup options are an online writer's best friend. Full in-line image support brings your writing to life. Download the Bear App now.

#Happy10Abduzeedo - Day Two

#Happy10Abduzeedo - Day Two

This month, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Abduzeedo. This is very special to us, Fabio Sasso created the blog as a side-project after he lost everything from a robbery back in 2006. It was in his way for him to backup files but also bookmark things he liked and inspired him. Since then his work has been used, shared and featured many times but beyond all, his goal was to inspired us to create and make more. That’s the philosophy and minset of Abduzeedo that will always lives on. To celebrate this anniversary, we would like to thank you guys with 10 days of giveaway starting today with Day Two. Thank you for your great support and also thank you to the people involved in the #Happy10Abduzeedo. I never imagined or planned to get to 10 years. I started the blog after my studio got robbed and I lost everything. After that day I tried to focus on the present more than ever, life is too unpredictable and we can get frustrated if something happens that weren't in our plans. That happened to me, it sucks, but I learned a lot. Sometimes things are much worse in our heads and imagination than in reality. - Fabio Sasso To celebrate the 10th ANNIVERSARY of Abduzeedo and the holidays we are giving away not one but five (5) eBook versions (PDF, ePUB, Amazon Kindle) of the Sketch Handbook by Christian Krammer: #happy10abduzeedo To enter the Day Two giveaway, you must do the following: 1. Follow our new Instagram Account @abduzeedos on Instagram 2. Leave a comment below (on Instagram or Facebook) about what do you like best on Abdz OR what would you like to see back on Abdz? This giveaway closes tomorrow at 8am EST, 13th of December, 2016. The winners will be picked at random by the Fabio Sasso (@Abduzeedo) and we’ll announce the winners on the blog. The winners will be also contacted via DM on Instagram.   About Christian Krammer Chris is a web designer and a Sketch app Pro based in Austria. He is behind the site sketchtips.info now for almost three years and has published countless tips and tricks about Sketch. More about Sketch Handbook by Christian Krammer: http://www.sketch-handbook.com.

#Happy10Abduzeedo - Day One

#Happy10Abduzeedo - Day One

This month, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Abduzeedo. This is very special to us, Fabio Sasso created the blog as a side-project after he lost everything from a robbery back in 2006. It was in his way for him to backup files but also bookmark things he liked and inspired him. Since then his work has been used, shared and featured many times but beyond all, his goal was to inspired us to create and make more. That’s the philosophy and minset of Abduzeedo that will always lives on. To celebrate this anniversary, we would like to thank you guys with 10 days of giveaway starting today with Day One. Thank you for your great support and also thank you to the people involved in the #Happy10Abduzeedo. I never imagined or planned to get to 10 years. I started the blog after my studio got robbed and I lost everything. After that day I tried to focus on the present more than ever, life is too unpredictable and we can get frustrated if something happens that weren't in our plans. That happened to me, it sucks, but I learned a lot. Sometimes things are much worse in our heads and imagination than in reality. - Fabio Sasso To celebrate the 10th ANNIVERSARY of Abduzeedo and the holidays we are giving away one (1) 25$ gift card to shop on Ugmonk: #happy10abduzeedo To enter the Day One giveaway, you must do the following: 1. Follow our new Instagram Account @abduzeedos on Instagram and also @ugmonk 2. Leave a comment below (on Instagram or Facebook) about a memory you have about Abduzeedo OR about where are you from? This giveaway closes tomorrow at 8am EST, 12th of December, 2016. The winner will be picked at random by the Fabio Sasso (@Abduzeedo) and we’ll announce the winners on the blog. The winners will be also contacted via DM on Instagram.   About Ugmonk Based in Downington, USA, Jeff Sheldon is the face behind the brand Ugmonk. What started as a passion and still to this day is now running a brand with hundred of loyal happy customers worldwide. From clothing, prints, everyday carry and workspace, there's something that will make your fall in love with the Ugmonk brand. We do! Enjoy as well a 10% off your order with the code happy10 at checkout. More about Ugmonk: http://shop.ugmonk.com.

Abduzeedo 7th Anniversary Poster in Photoshop

Abduzeedo 7th Anniversary Poster in Photoshop

This December Abduzeedo celebrates its 7th anniversary. In the end of 2006, after the robbery of our design studio, I decided to start a simple blog to share inspiration, experiments and to try to be more active in the community. Today, after 7 years, we have met so many amazing people but most importantly, we have learned so much together with everyone that visits the site. To celebrate the anniversary I created an image to illustrate our journey, a simple idea acknowledging how time flies. We must take action right now because the little we do can, in a gentle way, shake the world. So in this tutorial I will show you the creative process behind the poster. It's a simply walkthrough using Photoshop. Step 1 Create a new document and import a photo of clouds or something almost abstract. The photo I am using is courtesy of Shutterstock and it's titled "a photo of sunset above clouds from airplane window" by menz11stock. Step 2 With the Rectangle Tool U create a square and then with the Direct Select Tool A, select the shape. With the Pen Tool P, delete one of the points to create a triangle. Use the image below for reference. Step 3 Go to Layer>Layer Style>Gradient Overlay. Use Black and White for the color, Linear Dodge for the Blend Mode and 99º for the Angle. Step 4 Change the Opacity to 20%. Step 5 Create another triangle like the previous steps using pretty much the same Layer Styles. Step 6 Invert the gradient of the layer style and use Overlay for the Blend Mode. Also use 50% for the Opacity of this layer. Step 7 Add the third triangle and make sure they are equally spaced. The first triangle in the left will be light, the center will be light and the one in the right will be dark. Step 8 Create a vignette effect using a layer with a simple layer filled with black and a cirlce brush paint in white using the Brush Tool B. Change the Blend Mode to Multiply. Step 9 Create a simple highlight behind the triangle on the right. To do that you just need to create a new layer and use the triangle to create a mask. Then just paint with the Brush Tool B and white color. Repeat the same thing to create a darker area behind the first triangle (the one on the left). Step 10 Add the text you want. In my case I used a quote by Mahatma Gandhi. I also align the Abduzeedo symbol with the the junction of intersection of the triangles. Conclusion The end result is simple an quite beautiful especially with such a straightforward process that it required. The idea behind this image was to illustrate the sense of how time flies, it seems that it was yesterday that we started Abduzeedo and this month we celebrate 7 years sharing inspiration. I hope you enjoy this little tutorial and thanks for visiting the blog.

Abduzeedo 5 Years - 5 Lessons Learned

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.