The last week was full of cool things, John Hicks and the gorilla icon for Silverback, the new BBC beta site, and the very useful 10 Phrases Every Freelancer Should Kick-Out of Their Vocabulary article from Freelanceswitch are just three examples, below we list some of the best articles we read during this past week. If we missed something that you think it's really good, leave a comment and we will check that out 02/29, Friday Smashing Magazine Best of February Confirmed: Live Video On YouTube This Year Fentix Cube Evolution of Dance Tribute jQuery Tutorials for Designers 02/28, Thursday En Bloc Adobe Cards Silverback 10 Phrases Every Freelancer Should Kick-Out of Their Vocabulary Google Docs Gets A Visual Overhaul, Now More Office Like Increase Your Morning Productivity with the 10 O'Clock Rule Idea: A new typography term BBC Kevin Ledo: The Guiding Light 37signals Featured in Wired (March 2008 issue) 02/27, Wednesday Sarah France: Method Aesthetically loyal 02/26, Tuesday Navigation Menus: Trends and Examples Less is More: 10 Methods to Be More Productive, More Profitable, and Happier Arcade Fire Poster, MidAmerican Tour Side 1 6 Adobe AIR Apps to Check Out Shintaro Kago cover for Vice Magazine AIGA 70 of the best logo design resources Write Just One Thing Today, and Write It Well 02/25, Monday Progress
The year has just started and there are lots of things happening in the design world. This looks like this year will be the year of the contests. There was the Veerle Poster Design Contest, there’s the Firefox 3 T-Shirt Contest, and the U-Printing International Poster Design Competition, which I will be one of the Judges, thanks Gino.These contests are a really good way to promote your work and get some worldwide recognition. Besides that there are the prizes. The U-Printing International Poster Design, for example, have some great prizes like: an iPhone, $250 Printing Credit, and 300 iStockPhoto credits for the winner.Power up your computer, grab an energy drink and get your creative juices flowing because the U-Printing International Poster Design Competition is here! Designers will go head to head to try and create the most awe-inspiring posters ever seen!For more information visit the U-Printing Poster Design page, the first round starts on March 1st.
When I visit a site for the very first time, at first I just wanna know what does that company do. Making your visitor look for what your site is meant for, what it sells ou what kind of service you pay is a great step to make him go away before you can even blink once. And that's why you should use slogans, short frases, that explain the main purpose of your site or even instigate the visitor to get to know more about it. Here we'll show you some slogan use references in sites headers. Strong frases, big fonts, straight to the visitors' eyes and some time with some kind of humor. Isn't it good to find something before you even think of looking for it? Author: Fabiano Meneghetti | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com
Men all over the world have a common passion: cars. It doesn't matter how old a car is, because if it's a classic or just a beautiful car, we'll love each part of it... even its mechanical parts. That's what a cut-away brings us: sweet extra information. 1951 BRM Type 15 1959 Volkswagen Bus 1965 Hillman IMP 1992 Mazda Efini RX7 It is astonishing how many parts are in a vehicle. In my view, it represents an ideal examle of what the human mind can accomplish. We take it for granted that each and every component, from a gasket to a piston must be, and is, made by human hands, but more importantly, is manufactured to standards that are sometime difficult to comprehend. As if this was not impressive enough, every single one of these pieces must fit together, and stay together in ways we simply lose sight of. From Cartype 2000 Opel Speedster 2000 2004 Volvo S60R 2005 Bugatti EB16-4 Veyron 2006 Cadillac CTS-V 2007 Pontiac Solstice 2008 Porsche 911 GT2 Author: Paulo Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com
Vintage stuff is always a good source of inspiration. Posters, ads, stamps... but how about matchboxes? While surfing on Flickr, I found these on a group called: "the Mid Century Modern - Sticker, Label + Stamp Club group icon", and I loved it. There are Russian , Hungarian, and other countries' matchboxes from the WW II period. Cool look, sweet design. Man, they sure knew how to design crazy matchboxes. I guess this are pretty good. "Kill a couple enemies, have a smoke." I SO need fire while I'm taking a shower. I guess it reads "Freakish Experimental War Pets" or something close to it. Have a smoke, get cancer, lose weight. Reminds me of Franz Ferdinand. Don't ask me why. Now i'm just getting confused. A kid having a shake? Oh, c'mom. Be creative. That's too obvious. Haha. I don't think these matches are supposed to light regular cigarettes. "Trippin' far far away". Althought my favorite one is a sticker, if it was a matchbox, it would say: "Use these matches... or DIE". You may visit the complete set 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
Getting the most inspiration from most places is an essential step before starting any work. And if you are struggling to find stuff about restaurants, i've come to help you. Here are some great images from a book called "Identités Graphiques & Gratronomiques" or "Graphic & Gastronomic Identities" (check out how to buy it here). Hope you all enjoy it as much as i did. Author: Paulo Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com
A few days ago I was working on a project that needed some Vintage Images, like old ads. I decided to look for them on the web, more precisely at Flickr.com. After like 5 hours I had found so many images that I had to stop or else I would spend the rest of my life viewing them. In this post I will share some of these amazing ads I found, so if you want to create a Vintage design it’s a good start with some crazy old ads. World War II (1942 - 1945) http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/adaccess/browse/war/ Television (1939 - 1957) http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/adaccess/browse/television/ Beauty and Hygiene (1911 - 1956) http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/adaccess/browse/beauty/ Vespa Misc Some Links http://flickr.com/photos/chicagoeye/sets/226503/ http://flickr.com/photos/krizsa/sets/72157600192790608/ http://flickr.com/photos/jbcurio/sets/72057594111613034/ http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/adaccess/browse/ http://flickr.com/photos/jikan/sets/72157601508315141/?page=2 http://flickr.com/photos/jikan/sets/72157594314179905/
Every year we get to see all kinds of logos being made and, besides they're are plenty, most of them follow trends which are most notorious during the period of time when they were designed. It's an endless list of trends. I'd like to present some trends that were really nice during the past years through excellent articles from LogoLounge. Who doesn't like making a logo that follows the latest trend? Being in the center of design hype is most time an assurance of a successful logo. There are different trends: color, shapes, fonts, etc. And by etc i mean that i can't actually name all of them. Too many indeed. So, let's check already trends from past years. 2004 2005 At LogoLounge.com we look at A LOT of logos and see plenty of trends: Some are aesthetic, some conceptual, and some cultural. As the internet's largest database of logos – over 50,000 to date – you can't help notice the evolution of design – and trends. By Bill Gardner 2006 2007 So now i'd like to know from all of you, what do you think will be the trends on 2008. Maybe numbers? Rainbows? Dragons? What do you think? Author: Paulo Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com
Show me a cool t-shirt design and you get my atention pretty good. I'm a major sucker for tees. For some time now i've been searching the internet for cool designs, 'cause i'm just tired of tees that everyone is uses. Malls are great, but everyone gets the same t-shirts over and over, and what we get is a single design fashion show. And that sucks. Big time. So here are just a few that i'm dreaming of lately. I actually hope no one likes it... that way, i'm gonna be the only one with those. Author: Paulo Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com
In a period that people like to say "there's no such thing as bad publicity", I tell you people that if there's no bad publicity, I'm a 100% sure that there's is awesome publicity. US Elections will soon be arriving this year, and we got to see same great publicity from some candidates, but one of 'em deserves a special look: Obama Barack. Let's just get clear here for one second: this is not a political post or anything, 'cause i'd rather vote for Paul. Web 2.0 is all about social networking right? Right! And some of the US Presidential candidates got right the feeling of it and saw a great opportunity of taking the most of it from the beginning, and are using some of the big social networking sites like MySpace, YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, just to mention a few. Paul is a good example of how online community can help grow funds for campaign. Obama got that right too, and his online campaign deserves an A++. His staff created even his own social network. His graphic design is pretty impressive as well... you might compare his site with other candidates such as Rudy Giuliani for example. Barack Obama's website Everywhere from flickr to facebook His logo and its several variations deserve attention as well... it has been under the design spotlight. It was created in partnership between mo/de and Sender LLC, and it changes depending on the subject. Another variation is the use of the american flag element among names of states. Congratulations for the US candidates... we hope to see some good political publicity as well in our home countries too pretty soon. And if you want to take a look at the candidates' websites, visit the Best CSS designs on the web | Presidential Candidates. Author: Paul Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com
When you are a designer, you gotta think about a lot of things: contrast, balance, alignments, imagery, and typography. For me, design itself is all about typography. Not only typefaces, but how you use it and what you may create playing with them. Typography is the art and techniques of type design, modifying type glyphs, and arranging type. Type glyphs (characters) are created and modified using a variety of illustration techniques. The arrangement of type is the selection of typefaces, point size, line length, leading (line spacing) and letter spacing.Wikipedia In this post I will list some amazing examples of experimentation in typography. Custom types, redesigned types, handwriting, and many more styles. You can find these images at Flickr.com. There, you will find lots of very good Typography groups constantly updated.
Nothing like summertime, beaches, girls with bikinis and lots of popsicles. And if you are in Brazil you might have a nicely surprise if you suddenly discover that the popsicle you bought wasn’t exactly what you expected but an iPod. For the 2007/2008 summer, the Kibon decided reshape its traditional promotion of the "Palito Awarded", which has existed for more than twenty years and became the property of the brand. Instead of a "thought, won" with sticks, promotion froze 10 thousand iPods in the exact shape and weight of a picolé. The Bullet, which is developing the idea since March, chatted with Apple to ensure that the devices do not suffer damage, and find a way to adapt the iPod [BB]. Source: Brainstorm9.com.br translated by google. Well I have eaten lots of those and I haven’t found my iPod yet. I hope I can get one until the end of the summer without breaking my teeth.
One of the design styles I like the most is that with vintage images collages, mixed with handwritten texts, stains, spots, and tons of dirty things. It's fantastic the crazy things they come up with, like a person with a bird's head and stuff like that. So that's what I want to show on this post, some examples of this sort of work. There are excellent designers that we can consider masters on this subject. One of them in particular is a brazilian called Eduardo Recife. His work is fantastic and it’s totally worth checking his website out. Besides of that, you can find excellent images on Flickr, there are amazing groups where they are always updating with new works and experiments.
Celebrating the Abduzeedo's first anniversary, I have an interview with Justin Maller, one of the 10 Photoshop Masters I listed a long time ago in an article here on this blog. Justin Maller is a freelance graphic artist based in Melbourne, Australia. He has been creating digital art for over seven years, and has been producing professionally for the last 24 months. In July 2007 he released his first Solo Exhibition, which opened to a warm reception in Windsor, Australia. Justing is also the Creative Director of depthCORE, a world renowned international digital art collective established in june 2002. More information about Justin on his website at http://www.superlover.com.au/ 1- First I'd like to say that I really like your work, it's absolutely fantastic. Now tell me a bit of how did you start and discover that you wanted be a designer? Thank you kindly. I came upon this quite by accident really. I started messing around with scanned photographs in Photoshop back in 1998, and it all kind of snowballed. Art slowly became my primary hobby, depthCORE sprang up and flourished in 2002, but it wasn't really until early 2006 that I considered the possibility of any kind of professional career, when I started getting a little bit of attention outside the community scene and my first batch of jobs came in. Everything has just been very natural and organic since; my skills kind of developed in line with the work I was being commissioned to produce, and everything has kind of culminated in the last year or so. I've spent the bulk of this year freelancing fulltime, which was both a terrifying and joyous process. I recently accepted a role as an art director for a Melbourne based new media company, and I'm just starting to come to grips with the possibilities and opportunities that lay ahead. 2- Tell us about the apps you use? How long have you been using them? Photoshop is my main weapon, and I'm approaching ten years with the application. I'm 100% self taught; back when I began I didn't even have the internet, and there sure as shit weren't any magazines devoted to the subject, so the only way to learn was to experiment and work things out for myself. It still half amuses half annoys me that I managed to make a reasonable living writing tutorials for people who were unwilling or simply too lazy to devote the time it takes to learn for themselves. Aside from that, I've been using Bryce as a render and texture device for five years, and Cinema 4D for three, although my 3D skills don't really extend far beyond making my funky shapes! 3- What about your hardware? I have two computers, and both could really use an upgrade or two. Processor wise they are both quite good; one is a dualcore AMD 3.0Ghz, and the other a quadcore Zeon 2.66 Ghz, but both only have around 1 GB of memory – something I need to rectify immediately! It does go to show though; your capabilities are not restricted by the quality or amount of hardware under the hood, only by the quality or amount of imagination fueling the engine. 4- Tell us a bit of your career? Favorite project you worked on? Toughest project? My favourite projects have all been personal ones, such as the photo based series of collaborations I completed with Holly Bynoe from hbynoe.com or the illustrative set I did with Von from hellovon.com. Working with such talented artists from other disciplines is inspirational and motivating; it is the reason I do what I do. It makes me want to be better in every respect, and make me want to seek out new techniques and methods. It is also what sees me through the tough projects that every freelancer endures. Many will know what I mean, the client who has the smallest budget is the one who demands the most changes. I don't want to point fingers really, but there have been a couple of gigs where I would have made more money working at McDonald's than I did completing the job. It's frustrating, but occasionally unavoidable. 5- How do you come up with those amazing ideas and effects? Tips on how to create those effects? My creative process changes from piece to piece. Sometimes I will know exactly what look and effect I want to achieve before I even open Photoshop; other times I just experiment and let the ideas come to me. I think the main reason the effects I produce are somewhat unusual is that I am constantly trying to find new aesthetics and create pieces with different feels. Repetition is a good way to perfect a craft, but ultimately it gets boring, and without meaning to I seek different creative pastures. There are no tips on how to do this really; sit, play, experiment. Enjoy what you do, or else don't bother. 6- Who are the designers you like and inspire you? And the sites you visit to get inspiration, I'd really like to know ;) Being the Creative Director of the depthCORE.com collective provides me with all the inspiration one man can handle. A lot of people check portals and blogs daily to get fresh doses of inspiration; I just talk with my friends and watch the packs develop. It's honestly all I need; these guys are just amazing. For the sake of giving you a link or two to post, Theo Aartsma from sumeco.net just updated, and his work blows my mind. Jerico from www.jericosantander.com is another guy whose work is just bafflingly amazing, as is David Fuhrer of microbot.ch and Pawel Nolbert from hellocolor.com. All these guys call dC home though, so as I said, there's no other place out there for me! 7- Thanks for the opportunity to talk to one of the Photoshop Masters. Last question, Any advice for designers out there, who, like me are willing to improve their skills and become a master? Ask yourself honestly; is this what you love to do? Every day I wake up and can't believe that I get to go to work and make art all day long. It's even more amazing to me that I get paid for it; I'd be doing this with or without a paycheck – I'd find a way to support myself. If you're in this to be part of a scene or as a famewhore, the results will show in your work. True passion requires no effort, and no conscious thought. If you have it, you don't need advice from me. Your passion will give you patience, and your patience will give you skills. The answers lie within, grasshopper. Some works from his website
My last article I showed some of the coolest designs I saw in 2007. There were really amazing pieces of work in that list, from designers from all parts of the world and various styles. Among all of them there were 4 Brazilian designers, and one of them is called Bruno Fujii. I got to the opportunity to talk to him and we sort of became friends. I really like his style mixing illustration with watercolor paints and vectors, I even wrote a tutorial trying to reproduce his style. Anyway, you can check his website out at http://illustplosion.com/ to see how cool is his work and, as it is Christmas time he’s allowing me to put his 2008 Calendar to be downloaded here. Take a look at the images below and click on them to get the high resolution version. And one more thing, he told me that he’s now working as a freelancer and that he is available for new projects. Download the calendarClick here to download the whole calendar
This last december was a bit odd, I was robbed, they took my laptop and 2 iPods, I had all my backups and all my clients jobs in those, for sure one of the most delicate situations in my life, I didn’t know what to do. So I decided to start a blog and save some of the jobs I done and share them with everyone. This would allow me to promote myself too. In these last 12 months I’ve seen lots of really good designs, they have inspired me and helped me to get over this unfortunate incident. The outcome of that made me think and focus so to celebrate this past year and to welcome the next I decided to post ( in my opinion) 2007 ´s best designs. Enjoy!
Thanks to a new friend I got an invitation to The Behance Network. Basically it’s a network for creative people to promote their work, but much more than that, its a platform for projects and collaboration. As they slogan says "make ideas happen". Represent your work professionally. Build a dynamic portfolio of your latest projects, open to all or shared selectively. Connect and collaborate in "circles." Join or create groups of creative professionals, gathered around interests, to share content and ideas. Discover job opportunities. Behance's GigList features great work opportunities for creative professionals. Creative industry leaders are also able to mine the network for talent. I liked the fact that you could personalize your portfolio, add text, change colors, typefaces, and customize pretty much everything. The problem with that is, at least on my machine, the site seems to be a bit slow Anyway, I have some invitations to give away. So if anyone is interested, just drop a comment below with a valid email for me to send the invitation.