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How to get Featured on Abduzeedo - 5 Things you can do

"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.

A Few Tips for Prototyping with Atomic

Needless to say that there is a wide range of prototyping tools out there and I won't say which one are the best ones because there isn't one. I liked to say it all depends on your workflow and what's your purpose of this tool. That being said, I've been using this prototyping tool called Atomic and what I enjoyed the most about this tool is how fast it is and the fact you can customize with CSS is a must (for me). Here's a few tips that will make your experience with Atomic more accurate and fluid.

Useful Articles for Wordpress Development

Lately I've been up to my neck in a Wordpress personal project, developing a nice website environment to be proud about and I've ran into many issues along the way, from simple things like adding classes to the body tag to more complex ones like security issues and things like that. I thought it would be nice to share with you some of best articles I've found during this time. These are some of the most useful articles I've used and saved for future reference.

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

The book suggestion of this week is titled Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon and it's a New York Times bestseller about tips on being creative. As the author says, it's all about being yourself. You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself.

Tips and Exercises to Master Spray Paint

Hi guys, what's up? Hope everyone enjoyed my last tutorial about stencil art, because today we're going deep on spray can techniques. Not only we're again focusing on alternative techniques, but this time we're going to do this also thru video, check this out. So first of all, let me explain what is the main idea here: Lots of people ask me how could I achieve such interesting results using a media as spray paint. Well, it takes time and dedication, but after three years of hard work, I could come from this crap:

Super Useful Photoshop Tips

For the next few weeks we'll be posting some of the best Photoshop tips from Photoshop Secrets. Some of these tips can greatly optimize your workflow helping you work faster and more precisely. Move Gradients, Patterns and Shadows from the Style Panel When adding gradients, patterns and shadows to a layer, you can drag your canvas to adjust the relative position of the effect.

Tips And Tricks On Creating Stencils #2

Tips And Tricks On Creating Stencils #2 What's up guys? Following my last tutorial, today we're going to proceed with some more techniques using stencils. Just in case you missed the part one, you can see it here. The focus of today exercise it's more complex techniques as multiple layers and color. So, I believe most of you have already done some stencils from our last tutorial, so just in case you may feel this exercises may be quite simple, remember to focus on the technique and not on the result, it's just a sample.

Tips and Tricks on Creating Stencils

Hi everyone, today we're going to go back in time and continue a series of Quick Tips more focused on techniques and less on results. We already featured wheatpaste and spray paint techniques, so today I though about teaching you some cool tips and tricks on making stencils.I hope you guys join us on this exercise, even though most of you are more keen to do digital work please take a look at this as a way expand your graphic abilities and to recognize new ways of thinking.

Public Question: Dealing with Creative Block

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 abduzeedo@abduzeedo.com with Public Questions as subject. Question What is your top recommendation for avoiding uninspiration in graphic design as a job?

What I have learned after almost 4 years of Abduzeedo

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.

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.

Creating a Graphic Portfolio Without a Client

The main problem designers face while beginning their careers is to find a client without having a portfolio to show. It’s hard to find a client to trust you to design him something without having any quality previous work to show him that you can make it. Here you will see and learn many ways that you can find to create a good quality portfolio without having that first client.

Becoming a Professional Creative

If you are considering on becoming a creative professional, you should make an important decision: whether you will admire it or do it. The difference? I always admired great footballers all over the world. But to be a professional soccer player would have meant committing to that lifestyle, including intense training, enduring difficult challenges, and challenging myself physically and mentally. But I decided not to and I'm ok with that. I'm a big fan. I read about it. I follow it. I love to coach my kids and watch lots of games. I don't do it.

The Importance of Being Offline

Designers tend to stay online for a long time during the day, sometimes more than a third of the day, and that can get us really, really tired. Not only that, but our productivity will fall like a meteor. The solution may be outside the office... it may be offline! Taking a time off during your day is something really important to recharge your batteries after a long and sometimes stressfull work process. There are plenty things for you to do that will refresh your mind for the day. Perhaps catching a movie in your local movie theater.

All About Photoshop

What's up, guys? This weekend we had an awesome article brought by Fabiano, with lots of great links, inspiration and all that. And to start the week very well, what about some Photoshop articles and videos to get you all set up? ;) 101 Photoshop Tips in 5 Minutes This got to be a World Record. Deke managed to teach us 101 photoshop tips in just 5 minutes... It's true that he can get a little bit cheesy in this video, but still it's really great to see his joy doing this.

How to Make Good Design Decisions

When it comes to design, working a piece itself is not the complete process. There are lots of planning, researching and a little bit more planning. And it's always good to know what other people say about that process.

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.

Drawing an Awesome Vintage Leaf Font

We don't get to see much of how to make cool fonts from scratch but at Sam Alfano's there's a whole section about it! Pretty cool site, pretty cool tips, like this one. Most of us love vintage stuff. From pictures to movie posters and colors. But how about a cool vintage leaf font? Sure! Too bad we don't get to use fonts like this very often. I would be nice!

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.

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