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30
Sep

12 tools every graphic designer should have in 2017

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Whether you're just getting into graphic design or you're a seasoned pro looking to expand your existing creative kit, here are the essential tools you need to work smarter and more creatively.  Remember, being a good designer isn't about having the latest hardware or software: ideas and execution are far more important than shiny new equipment. But it's worth investing in the best kit you can afford. Here are 12 must-have tools to get you started… Gone are the days when Macs were the only choice for graphic designers (just […]

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30
Sep

The ultimate guide to better service design

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Is service design more than just expensive brainstorming techniques? After all, not everyone has a leadership role in their design or product teams, and service design might sound like something for the stakeholders to philosophise about.  “Better to get on with useful code and design techniques ,” some might understandably suggest. However, brand and product experiences are influenced by outside factors, some of which are beyond the design team’s control.  Therefore, to consider all potential customer touch points and avoid fragmenting into disjointed experiences, design teams can start thinking of themselves […]

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30
Sep

Pumpkins, Spooky Fellows And Fall Inspiration For Your Desktop (October 2017 Edition)

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    Bright, colorful leaves, rainy days, Halloween. That’s October — at least if you’re living in the Northern hemisphere. To provide you with some fresh inspiration even when the weather is gray, artists and designers from across the globe once again challenged their creative skills to design beautiful, one-of-a-kind (and this time around also spooky) wallpapers for you to indulge in. This monthly wallpapers mission has been going on for nine years already, and we are very thankful to everyone who has and still is contributing to it each […]

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29
Sep

Turning Text into a Tweetstorm

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With tongue firmly in cheek, I created this script to take a chunk of text and break it up into a tweetstorm, for “readability”. Sort of like the opposite of something like Mercury Reader. If the irony is lost on you, it’s a gentle ribbing of people who chose Twitter to publish long-form content, instead of, you know, readable paragraphs. See the Pen Turning Text into a Tweetstorm by Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) on CodePen. It might be fun to look at how it works. First, we need to bust up […]

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29
Sep

13 tips for making a VR gaming world

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Tethered is a critically acclaimed third-person strategy game, designed for VR. It launched on PlayStation VR in October last year and was later released on PC with support for all major VR platforms. Most recently, the game has been adapted to support an ultra-glossy non-VR mode boasting a dazzlingly beautiful 4K 60Hz native presentation. Inspiring examples of 3D art You play the role of a Spirit Guardian, a protector of the world. Your quest is to rid the lands of a nocturnal evil, free the other imprisoned Spirit Guardians and […]

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29
Sep

The Atlassian Design System: Creating Design Harmony at Scale

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When Atlassian expanded their focus on design in 2012, Jürgen Spangl was hired as the new Head of Design. One of the first projects he initiated was creating the Atlassian Design Guidelines (ADG) – their new internal design system. At the time, they faced several challenges common to scaling a design practice: Design inconsistency – For example, 45 different types of dropdowns. Insufficient tooling – The team needed more powerful design tools to scale their work across multiple products. Redundant questions – Atlassian designers wanted to spend more time on […]

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29
Sep

3D text tutorial for graphic designers

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If you’re a graphic designer looking to start adding some 3D elements to your designs, you may have dabbled with the 3D capabilities of Photoshop CC or Illustrator. But neither of these compare to the power of using a true 3D application to get the job done. Learning a new software, though, is intimidating. While there are many 3D applications out there, Cinema 4D is great for graphic designers as it's closely tied with the Adobe products. In fact, if you have Adobe Creative Cloud, you have totally free access […]

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29
Sep

70 best tattoo designs

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Getting a tattoo is a big deal. Whether it’s a classic or unique design you simply love or a picture or symbol that marks a meaningful event in your life, bagging the best tattoo design is a long and sometimes difficult process. Here, we’ve pulled together some inspiration that’ll help you choose the tattoo design that’s right for you. To make things simple, we've split the article into themes: flower tattoos (this page), tribal tattoos, mandala tattoos, dragon tattoos, cross tattoos, skull tattoos, geometric tattoos, anchor tattoos, animal tattoos, and […]

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29
Sep

CSS Grid PlayGround

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Really great work by the Mozilla gang. Curious, as they already have MDN for CSS Grid, which isn’t only a straight reference, they have plenty of “guides”. Not that I’m complaining, the design and learning flow of this are fantastic. And of course, I’m a fan of the “View on CodePen” links 😉 There are always lots of ways to learn something. I’m a huge fan of Rachel Andrew’s totally free video series and our own guide. This also seems a bit more playground-like. Direct Link to Article — Permalink […]

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29
Sep

iOS 11 Safari Feature Flags

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I was rooting around in the settings for iOS Safari the other day and stumbled upon its “Experimental Features” which act just like feature flags in any other desktop browser. This is a new feature in iOS 11 and you can find it at: Settings > Safari > Advanced > Experimental Features Here’s what it looks like today: Right now you can toggle on really useful things like Link Preload, CSS Spring Animations and display: contents (which Rachel Andrew wrote about a while ago). All of which could very well […]

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