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Great Design Resources

When you have a poster, a flyer or even a website, the dimensions of those documents or the layouts are defined by the customer. So you just enter the sizes in your favorite software, and that's it, you're ready to design. However, there are some projects which are a bit more difficult to work on. Cds, Dvds, cd covers, lettres or postcards have particular standard sizes, even for the web, there are some sizes for banners, screen resolutions, font-sizes, form elements, and much more. Because of that, it's always good to know these standards, and the Designertoolbox is a great place to find them. In this website, you can download for free the templates you need to design all type of printed materials, of any sizes, and any shape. From CD labels, covers, to Foldings, all of them with templates to be downloaded. Now, if you are a web designer, there are very useful things on their site. You can downlad form elements of the major browsers in PSD. Also there are artilces like Standard Online Banner Sizes and Understanding Fonts on the Web. Designertoolbox is definitely a site to have in your bookmarks. Just download the template you've chosen, and begin to work.

Inspiration: depthCORE

Deviantart, Flickr, various portfolios... these are just some examples of places where you might find some superb art work. DepthCORE is one of these places. depthCORE is an international art collective focused on modern and abstract art, incorporating design, photography, animation and audio. Established by Justin Maller and Kevin Stacey in 2002, our membership is comprised of artists of all ages from all locations around the world and all walks of life, united by their love for art, and their passion for innovation. So go on and visit this awesome website, fulfilled with unique pieces of art. Here are some examples of what you will find over there. ;) Alejandro Javier Soto Martinessi Alejandro Javier Soto Martinessi Allan Tangedal Anneli Olander Chris Haines Craig Shields Pete Harrison Pete Harrison and Sheena Aw Erik Schumacher

The Coolest Font Ever

From time to time we run into cool fonts sites, some of these have become a reference to all of us, like dafont. You can see some cool font design there... but what if you find the coolest font in a personal site? This is the case of the "Beard Alphabet", by Tim Yarzhombeck. Trully creative and clever, this guys made a full doodle font, of bearded dudes. Unfortunatelly I didn't find a link to download this master piece, but if any of you find it, please leave a comment!

DesignFlavr - Inspirational Art and Design

There are some sites that are really worth the visit. One of those, is DesignFlavr, a cool site with lots of inspirational links. DesignFlavr is a breed of website that hopes to deliver the latest and freshest art and design straight to you with no frills and no hassle. The concept behind this website is to help support the vast and ever growing number of Designers and Artists that reside here on the World Wide Web.

New Design, lost in space!

After one year using that brownish layout the time for a change has come. Well, actually I’ve been working on this new design since last January, not exactly this one, because I did like 2 other versions before I thought it was ok.Among all these new features there’s the new design. Black, full of stars and lighting effects. We chose to follow the space theme, due to the relation the name has with it, and that subject gives us a lot of freedom to create crazy things.Anyways, we are still adjusting the new layout, so you may find some glitches. Feel free to report us about any problem you might have or if you have suggestions or critics as well. We’d love to hear from you.

Design Movements - Art Deco Inspiration

Art Deco is one of the greatest design movements of all time. It has been a refference of style for a long time, but most people don't realize that Art Deco can be found in most places. From Brazil do the Czech Republic, from Architecture to movies, it's found in places that you probably don't even imagine. When you were a kid, and use to watch those Disney cartoons, you were probably already being surrounded by it. When you walk down the streets of the capital of the world, NY, you are living and breathing true design history. That's how big Art Deco is. So, if you didn't know it yet, get in touch with it!! May this fantastic design movement inspire you as much as any other art. Hope you all like it. Architecture Mario Quintana's House of Culture - Porto Alegre / Brazil  Mario Quintana's House of Culture - Porto Alegre / Brazil Zoroastro Artiaga Museum - Goiânia / Brazil Goiânia / Brazil São Paulo / Brazil São Paulo / Brazil São Paulo / Brazil São Paulo / Brazil Prague / Czech Republic New Yorker Hotel - NY / USA Rockefeller Center - NY / USA Chrysler Building - NY / USA Breakwater Hotel - Miami / USA Catholic church - Marietta / USA Posters More references: Wikipedia article about Art Deco The Shadow (Movie, 2004) Octavine Illustration Author: Paulo Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com

Giving your design a retro style

My last Pixelmator tutorial was inspired by the DVNO clip, which was full of design inspiration from the 80’s. But where does this inspiration come from? How can you give your work that retro feeling? The first thing to do is finding references, images that represent those years. These images will give us an idea of the colors, the typography style, and the graphic elements that were mostly used in that period of time. In my case I chose the video-game influence in that decade. In the early 1980s, the first generation of computer graphics in arcade games produced the popular Space Invaders arcade game (first released in 1978), followed by Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Frogger. Towards the end of the decade, home video game consoles began to outstrip the arcade game. The Japanese Famicom was released to the American public as the Nintendo Entertainment System (also known as the NES) in 1985 and renewed public interest in video games following a brief decline caused by the Video Game Crash of 1983. Wikipedia For my Pixelmator tutorial for example, I've used some of these ideas like the perspective grid and the color palette using red, green, and blue with a dark background. Besides that, it was inspired by the DVNO clip which is full of 80's design. Now if we take a look at the James White’s Atari design, we will see, again, where some of the elements came from and why his work gives us the feeling of the Atari’s era. So the question is where can we find these images and references? Fortunately for us we, there are such sites as Flickr, Youtube, Wikipedia, where we can learn more about that time in history and check some pictures of products, designs, and videos that were produced on those days. Below I list some images I used for reference to my Pixelmator tutorial. More References Colourlovers - 80's colors. Atari Game Manuals Atari Game Catalog, 1981 Old School Activision Video Game Cartridge Catalog Winter/Spring 1984

Superb Animation Video Clips

2 weeks ago I've posted a cool video clip by an indie girl band called Eisley and promissed to post other great animation clips. Today, I bring to you these awesome video clips, which I was hunting down the web since this morning. There are many great bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Moby, Modest Mouse and a whole other bunch. I really hope these get you all inspired during the day. Cheers! Moby - In This World Cansei de Ser Sexy - Alcohol Super Furry Animals - Hello Sunshine Gram - Você pode ir na janela Red Hot Chili Peppers - Love Rollercoaster Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood Frejat - Túnel do Tempo Modest Mouse - Float On Red Hot Chili Peppers - californication Adriana Calcanhoto - Fico assim sem você Tindersticks - Dying Slowly Ludov - Princesa The Beatles - Yellow Submarine As you may notice, not all of these are new stuff, but they're old school for sure! Hope you liked it! ;) Author: Paulo Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com

The Best of the Week #2

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

U-Printing International Poster Design Competition

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.

Slogan, you really should use one.

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

Cool Car Cut-Aways

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

Mid Century Modern Art Inspiration

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

Restaurants Identity Book

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

Inspiration from Vintage Ads

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/

Logo Design Trends

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

9 Great T-Shirt Designs

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