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Wyzowl Promo Video Giveaway + Winner Announced

Promotion is a very important thing when it comes of spreading the word and get more exposure. In association with Wyzowl, a web video company based in New England. We're giving away to one lucky winner, a free app or promo video by Wyzowl playable for Mac, Web iOS and Android. Prize One lucky winner will get either a free app or a promo video by Wyzowl for your site or product. A prize worth of $595. We'll announce the lucky winner next week! Update Our lucky winner is Prachin_siddhi! Congratulations to everyone who participate, and thanks to Wyzowl for offering such cool giveaway! How to Enter (2 Easy Ways) Way 1: Comment - Just leave a comment in the comment box below with your portfolio link so we can pick the best ones for the final selection. Way 2: Tweet Tweet! - Also you can tweet: "I want to get a @wyzowlvideo for @(your app or site) from @abduzeedo promo video giveaway! (http://abduzeedo.com/wyzowl-promo-video-giveaway) #abdzwyzowl" All Rights to Wyzowl About Wyzowl We write a script for your video. This explains how the video is structured and what happens at each point in time. This will help you visualise your video before it is created. Once we have created your script you will have the option to review it and provide any feedback you have. We will make unlimited revisions until you are 100% happy. We will create your video using your website or mobile app content. Your videos are produced to professional 720p HD quality. Once your video is complete you will have the option to review it and provide any feedback you have. We will make unlimited revisions until you are 100% happy. Once you are happy with the video we will provide your video files in standard MP4 format so you can use them as you like. All Rights to Wyzowl Links For more information about Wyzowl, you can visit their website at Wyzowl.com, follow Wyzowl on Twitter @wyzowlvideo.

Future Insights Live

I'm glad to announce that we have partnered up with one of the most anticipating events of the year "Future Insights live" that is happening from April 30th to May 4th in Las Vegas and we have a nice DISCOUNT CODE for you guys. The event will cover everything from web dev, design, mobile, business and more, check it out! To find more info go to futureinsightslive.com Future of Web Apps, Future of Web Design, Future of Mobile, and Future of Web in the Enterprise have joined forces to bring you our most comprehensive event EVER! About Future Insights Live Las Vegas MGM Hotel - April 30th - May 4rth For the first time ever, our top events are finally joining forces under one roof for a week of extreme learning, inspiration and networking. Future of Web Apps, Future of Web Design, Future of Mobile and our newly introduced Future of Web in the Enterprise become one at our mega event: Future Insights Live! Join us in Las Vegas to hear from visionaries, thought leaders, and gurus of web, mobile, design, and development. You'll see the technologies, platforms, and business models you should be using to launch the next big thing. Beyond all the fantastic content, you can expect: Free videos of all the taped sessions Fully catered breakfast, lunch, snacks and plenty of coffee to keep you going Speed networking sessions in our scheduled longer breaks App and Design Clinics - Ask our speakers your toughest questions in these one-on-one opportunities Chill out zone - A place to stop and recharge your internal battery Super discounts with the MGM Vegas, exclusively for attendees Free, super-speed Wifi A chance to meet, share ideas, and collaborate with other designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and agencies Expo - Speak with successful companies about how their products can help you. Feel free to grab some SWAG while you're at it Social events, parties and meet-ups For more info visit futureinsightslive.com/about Speakers With a wide selection of 39 top speakers you can only expect the best from this event. Here are some of the speakers that will rock the event: Aarron Walter - Mailchimp Aral Balkan - Feathers App Bryan Haggerty - Twitter Chris Coyier - Wufoo Hilary Mason - bit.ly Mike Kus - Dreaming Everyday Molly Holzschlag - mollydotcom Paul Boag - HeadScape Ryan Carson - Treehouse Zach Holman - GitHub Steve Fisher - Yellow Pencil To view entire list of speakers futureinsightslive.com/speakers Abduzeedo Discount Code This is for sure one of the best event of the year, and you can now get your tickets with a nice 10% discount using the code: MPD10 (for a 10% discount) Need to convince your boss? Here is a little help http://futureinsightslive.com/downloads/Future-Insights-Live-Convince-Your-Boss.pdf For more info visit futureinsightslive.com any questions just drop a comment.

Tips on How to Become a Better Designer

I've been working and, you could say, living as a designer for over 12 years now. Throughout these years a lot has happened, all of which caused me to grow as a designer and learn new things. In the beginning I had a vague idea of what was necessary to get better and succeed in the design industry, but it took me quite a few years to discover some basic concepts that really made me become a better designer. I will share some with you today. Promote your work "Put yourself out there, being awesome is long tail" - Allan Branch In the beginning I was naive. I thought if you were good enough people would find you. I was never promoting my work until my office got robbed. Then I decided to create Abduzeedo and put my work out there. I made a Flickr account, DeviantArt, Behance... you name it. These services are much more important in promoting yourself than an own site can be. If you use the right tags and produce good work, these sites will make you more visible to the community. Tips Start posting your work on sites like Flickr, DeviantArt, Behance, Carbonmade. Participate in groups on sites such as Flickr. It's an easy and simple way to get your work out there. Eventually create a separate portfolio site as well. It will give you more credibility. Illustration tag on Behance Smashing Network is selecting good blogs to be part of their network, when it comes to Smashing Magazine, we cannot expect anything less than let's say smashing ;) Experiment Your best work is your expression of yourself. Now you may not be the greatest at it, but when you do it, you’re the only expert - Frank Gehry I think one of the main things that I really learned, is that personal projects are the best way to evolve when it comes to techniques and aesthetics. Being our own client and consumer, gives us the freedom and time to do what we want. Every time I see a nice effect in movies, posters, magazines, books, etc., I make a mental note to myself and then go home and try and recreate that effect. Doing that has really increased my arsenal of skills. It gives me more confidence when I have to start a new work for a client. Another great thing about experimenting is that it makes your portfolio bigger, better, and more versatile. Tips Try to recreate effects you see and like just to learn the technique. Experiment with new trends that way you will be able to absorb those details that characterize the trend and apply them to future projects if necessary. "Chocolatopia" - Personal illustration, that I worked on during 2008 in my lazy spare time. with some longer breaks... Basically it's a photo montage, with some strong retouch / paint work and some 3d additions. - Pawel Nolbert Personal project inspired by a scene from the Ironman movie This is a Personal Project to launch my nw website to middle of November. A little preview of the new image and brand of PLAYFUL. A lot of fluorescent colors, shapes, geometries, typography and tones of LOVE. - Pablo Alfieri Encourage Feedback Feedback is really important for designers. Sometimes you might get a lot of criticism, but that's okay, it's part of the game. The secret is to use the criticism as a motivator to evolve and not as a reason to get angry. You might even get some useful tips and advices. Sometimes we get so used to what we're doing that we become oblivious to some details in our work that is pretty clear to everybody else, it's important that we let other designers or really just anybody to take a look at our work. The small details are what will make your work better and unique. Tips Ask questions when posting your work. Respond to the comments and post versions of the images with the suggested adjustments. Never argue or get extremely upset with the criticism, it not only won't help you but it might also ward off others from commenting. Signalnoise Live Broadcast is a great example from James White on how to interact and get feedback from the community Give Feedback “It looks good” is the worst feedback you can get - Whitney Hess When it comes to design, giving feedback is as important as receiving it. Participate in the community expressing your opinion when people ask. Try not to be rude or cocky. The idea is to help, get help, and evolve. The clash of ideas and point of views will really broaden your design skills. Comment on posts and sites where images are shared. Help others by giving valuable tips and ideas. Share The easiest way to promote yourself as a designer is by sharing your skills. Before Abduzeedo, I used to experiment in Photoshop, Illustrator, etc but I used to keep them to myself. Then my office was robbed and I lost everything. So I started Abduzeedo and with it, the tutorials. At first the tutorials were just a way for me to backup my files and have a quick overview of my techniques, but some became really popular which made me realize how important it is to share what we know. I get a lot of emails with people asking me what the point is in making these tutorials and giving the source files away. Well, my answer is simple. I can show someone how to create a light effect or how to use Photoshop filters, but I can't show them how to come up with the idea themselves. The tutorials are about how I use the apps to make the ideas come true. Tips Write quick tutorials showing some techniques you think might be useful to others. Write guest posts for other sites sharing your experiences and thoughts. Reader tutorial by Chanito You can even make money by sharing your skills. Sites like PSDTUTS pay you to write for them Pursue Simplicity “Design is so simple, that’s why it’s so complicated” -Paul Rand Less is more. That was one of the Bauhaus mottos almost 100 years ago and it's still new and true, even more now in the internet age where we live with an overflow of information. It's important to be simple and efficient. Everything that is good is simple, but not everything that is simple is good. Making something simple and good isn't easy. It requires a deep understanding of what we have to do and whom we're doing it for, so we can simplify things. I believe simplicity is all about being confident in the thought that less is more and making decisions to remove unnecessary features and elements. "Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent". — Joe Sparano Like I said, it took me more than 10 years to fully understand these things. I can call it experience because most of them I learned through my own mistakes. Now it's up to you to see if it'll be worthwhile for you. These aren't exactly rules, just thoughts and suggestions. I would love to hear your take on becoming better designers. Magazine cover for Super Interessante based on a tutorial that the client saw and liked.