Here we go, the last day of another year. I remember writing the first post back in December 2006. Things were much different. I lived in Brazil, it was summer and I was running my own design studio. Fast-forward 12 years and a lot have changed. I live in another country, it’s very cold, I have a full-time job (which I love) and I’m a happy husband with a beautiful little child. But life always throws us some curve balls, and this year was, without a doubt, the most difficult one yet.
Abduzeedo started at the end of 2006. Exactly on December 16th. The reason I started was due to necessity. My design studio had just been robbed. I had lost my computers and had to start over. In the context of losing everything, the blog was forged and as Bob Dylan once said: “if you ain't got nothing you ain't got nothing to lose”. With that mindset, I launched the blog without any business aspirations, but with a way to learn about new technologies, test the web 2.0, ways to monetize and share everything I could.
Abduzeedo celebrates 10 years this week. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact date, the first post seems to be dated December 21st, however there are pages that seem to date back a bit earlier. That doesn’t really matter for me because the most important thing is the fact that it’s been a decade. In the tech world this is really a milestone for a design blog.
Another year has just started with it another set of expectations, goals and dreams to achieve and fulfill. Why this simple change in the calendar represents so much and has an impact so big in our lives? Why don't we do that every other month or every other day perhaps? I ask myself that every new year, however I also set my goals, remember the dreams I have and the most important, feel thankful for everything that happened till this day. Abduzeedo is part of that and has been for the past 8 years.
A new year has just begun and with it a series of resolutions, plans and expectations. Abduzeedo has grown up over the past seven years, passing through several phases of maturity, from the beginning of the web 2.0 to the mobile first and massification of sharing content. Through the years our biggest goal was to share everything that inspired us in the creative industry. We tried to balance the content across disparate areas covering design, architecture, photography and typography to name only a few.
This week Abduzeedo will celebrate its 7th anniversary. Our first blog post was published on the 19th of December 2006. It was a difficult time back then. I had recently lost all my gear and backup disks, the same with my friend and business partner Fabiano Meneghetti. With that unfortunate life event, Abduzeedo was born as a simple blog where we would share our learnings and inspiration. The goal was to join the burgeoning blogosphere. After 7 years, the landscape has changed immensely, Abduzeedo has grown and matured. We have learned by trial and error.
The past week was very interesting, we saw big announcements; we have a new Pope, Samsung revealed the new Galaxy 4 and Google killed Google Reader. The last one of these announcements is the one I would like to talk about because it represents and reflects the changing times we are living in right now. Abduzeedo started in 2006, it was the boom of the Web 2.0. Social sites like Slashdot, Digg and Delicious (del.icio.us), Flikr were the king. Twitter was 2 years away from really becoming mainstream and Facebook was still cool.
Abduzeedo has a new look as you can see, and we spent the last few weeks working not only on the new design but on a series of changes including new server at MediaTemple, upgrading our CMS to Drupal 7 and of course the new design. It was quite stressful for the whole team and I believe for you guys that had to deal with the downtimes. Everything is alright now and we would like to share a little bit of this whole process.There are three important reasons for these changes:
We have been talking about sharing and how it's important for designers to share for quite a long time. However, we didn't believe in that when we first started the blog back in 2006. We thought it wouldn't matter or make any difference. Today after these almost 6 years we are very sure that sharing is one of the most important things not only for designers but any kind of professional in this Internet age. We will share here what we presented at the latest FITC event in Amsterdam on why sharing is important.
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.
Another year has passed, 2010 is about to end and I will try to summarize the year in this post. I think that is a good way to share some experiences so we can learn with each other, as that has been the whole idea of Abduzeedo since the day one. There's also a post at Seth Godin' blog called “#YearInReview What did you ship in 2010?” which motivated me to do the same here in this article. So what did I ship?
This Wednesday, July 28th, DesignChat welcomes Illustrator & Graphic Design Professional Kate Bingaman-Burt — Author of “Obsessive Consumption” and Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Portland State University. Bingaman-Burt’s career continues to light-up the DIY,
In this exclusive interview, the designer from Philly, Brian Hoff talks about the redesign of his blog TDC (The Design Cubicle). It will open your eyes to his goals on the redesign, the process on the making and much more that beyond a pretty interface design.
This post is part of our new series of articles in which we will be answering questions related to design, inspiration and creative process sent by our readers via email. If you have any questions, let us know. Send them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Public Questions as subject. Question What is your top recommendation for avoiding uninspiration in graphic design as a job?
I will start this post off by saying that everybody is creative and for some that might come as a surprise, but I believe in the idea of creativity as a means of solving problems; the easiest and most efficient way possible. When I say easy I'm referring to the timeframe that it takes to complete the task, and efficient to how well received the work is from the target audience.
Lately we've been talking a lot about ways we can get closer to you, the readers and members of our community. A few weeks ago we did our very first livestream, which might have lacked a bit in organization since it was, after all, our first go at it, but hopefully you guys enjoyed it as much as we did.
It’s been almost 4 years since I started Abduzeedo and my life has changed in ways I could never imagine. In particular when it comes to meeting new people and learning new things. Because of the blog and its visibility around the world, I have been invited to talk at many universities and conferences worldwide. I'll be the first to admit that I am far from being a good public speaker, but to get an opportunity like that is really cool. I'm always learning from these experiences, and that in itself is awesome enough.
IdeaFixa is a super cool Brazilian project based on collaboration of visual artists to promote ideas, talents, initiatives and professionals for all the creative fields: Photography, Design, Arts, Illustration, animation, 3D and others. So, IdeaFixa and Inesplorato are launching a new project called Garage Project. About the Project
Another year is closing and a new one is on the way. The start of every new year is filled with planning and goals for the next 365 days that follow. It's not any different for me. I have some crazy resolutions for the next 12 months, and I believe 2010 will be a creative year. One for the books. I was reading some articles online.
Back in 2006, end of November to be exact, my design studio was robbed and as you guys might already know the story, I lost my computer and my backup drives with all my files and endeavors in the design field... A long time has passed since then-- 3 years to this date, and today we can fortunately celebrate the day that I lost everything but gained even more in return. Because of the robbery I created Abduzeedo, and what started as a simple means of backup turned into what is today my main job.