"How can I get featured on Abduzeedo" is a sentence that we have seen and heard thousands and thousands of time in the course of the last 11 years. There is nothing wrong about that sentence other than we truly like to hear about you guys. We have been building one the first design communities and we are proud of that. We have featured hundreds of designers, illustrators, artists coming from all over the Globe. So do you get featured on ABDZ? It's quite simple actually.
We are about less than 3 weeks before the end of the year, we decided to make our year in review for you guys. We feel now would be the best time before we turn our computers off for the holidays! Let us introduce our picks for Abduzeedo's Best of 2017! This year, we have seen a rise of UI/UX but you guys are still into projects related to illustration, 3D, CGI, graphic design and more. This year, we have featured 900+ projects and made 300+ daily design inspirations. Let's keep going and from the Abduzeedo team; Happy Holidays everyone!
We are about less than 3 weeks before the end of the year, we decided to make our year in review for you guys (Part II comes out tomorrow). We feel now would be the best time before we turn our computers off for the holidays! Let us introduce our picks for Abduzeedo's Best of 2017! This year, we have seen a rise of UI/UX but you guys are still into projects related to illustration, 3D, CGI, graphic design and more. This year, we have featured 900+ projects and made 300+ daily design inspirations. Let's keep going and from the Abduzeedo team; Happy Holidays everyone!
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.
Abduzeedo was created as a personal project. The main goal was to backup work while trying different things not only in the realm of graphic design but also experimenting with new trends in coding and stuff like that. Every year we try to refresh the site with a new design, however this time it took us a bit longer, but alas here it is. It took us a little longer this time because last year we felt it wasn't exactly the right time nor necessary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
"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.
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.
I’ve been working on a new design for the blog since last month, and I think by the end of this month it will be totally updated, I hope so. Meanwhile, as I’ve received some emails of people asking me how I did the header of this site, I decided to make the PSD file available to everyone. Just download it and enjoy. About the new design, we will have new colors, yes the brown will be gone. Besides the colors the site will be more organized, it will have some new features like request a tutorial, and we will try to updated it at least once a day 5 days per week.