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Adobe launches Disney emoji competition for students

Posted by | February 22

Are you an arts student looking for your first break in the industry? Well, you're in luck, because Disney (you might've heard of them) has just launched a contest offering five students aged 18-24 the chance to visit its LA campus and discover how the pros create magic using Adobe tools. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning the 'Disney Emoji: As Told By You' competition is create an emoji based on the face of a character from a Disney feature film and submit […]

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Prep your work for 3D printing: 8 top tips

Posted by | February 22

3D printing has become hugely popular. If you want to start printing your own 3D art, there are a few things to look out for to get the best results. Here I will show you how to make the most of your models and avoid disappointing or disastrous results. Follow these tips and your prints should be easy to manage and look great.  01. Work to scale Click image to enlarge Working to scale is important. Although most 3D printers come with software that can adjust scale, transforms and rotations […]

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Getting Past the Limitations of Your Design Skills

Posted by | February 22

Have you ever been looking through design annuals or other publications, keeping up to date on what’s happening in the industry, when you happen upon a bunch of work that’s leaps and bounds more creative and technically proficient than anything you’ve done so far? I don’t mean a little bit better – I’m talking about work in a completely different stratosphere of good. I know I have. More times than I’d care to admit just now. But let’s stop to consider for a minute why this happens. You’re a creative […]

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How To Use Shadows And Blur Effects In Modern UI Design

Posted by | February 22

    When you examine the most successful interaction designs of recent years, the clear winners are those who provide an excellent functionality. While functional aspect of a design is key to product success, aesthetics and visual details are equally important — particularly how they can improve those functional elements. In today’s article, I’ll explain how visual elements, such as shadows and blur effects, can improve the functional elements of a design. The post How To Use Shadows And Blur Effects In Modern UI Design appeared first on Smashing Magazine. Source: Smashing […]

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Don’t Be Forever Branded as a Cheap, Low-End Designer

Posted by | February 21

How many of you know the proper way to approach a diet? Many people don’t, which is why they fail to work. There’s a specific mentality you need to have in order to get through a diet successfully, and it has to do with what you believe about the permanence of your current situation. When starting a design project, whether for yourself or for a client, there will inevitably come a time when it will stop being as fun, and you’ll have to rely on a form of willpower to […]

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Improve team collaboration on responsive web design projects

Posted by | February 21

These days there’s a lot of talk about unicorns in web design. When we’re designing in the browser, creating complex user workflows, and building sites with more breakpoints than you could ever provide comps for,– it sounds like everyone’s expected to be able to do everything well.  But in reality, experts in everything are about as common as … well, actual unicorns. So for those of that can’t do it all, what can we do?  You probably have colleagues with some knowledge in fields outside their area of expertise, and […]

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10 top tips for branding success

Posted by | February 21

The right branding and logo design can make or break a company. Here's a 10-point checklist to help you shape your brand-building process.  01. Empower them Empower your client so they can develop a clear understanding of exactly what they want from the process. Then you can tailor your response accordingly.  02. Measure it Collect quantitative data before you embark on a project. You can then compare this with data collected after launch in order to measure the effectiveness of your work. 03. Research it A rebrand is pointless unless it's formed from […]

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Superheroes become childish idiots in these amazing web comics

Posted by | February 21

We all love superheroes, but don't you just wish that they were a little less strait-laced sometimes? Always tirelessly battling for truth and justice and standing steadfastly against evil; obviously it's nice that someone's doing it, but you wouldn't want to get stuck in a lift with any of them. It's a thought that's clearly occurred to comic artist Kerry Callen, and in response he's created a series of web comics entitled Super Antics, in which classic DC superheroes show off their childish sides to fantastic effect. Oh, Superman. And […]

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HTTP/2 – A Real-World Performance Test and Analysis

Posted by | February 21

Perhaps you’ve heard of HTTP/2? It’s not just an idea, it’s a real technology and slowly but surely, hosting companies and CDN services have been releasing it to their servers. Much has been said about the benefits of using HTTP/2 instead of HTTP1.x, but the proof the the pudding is in the eating. Today we’re going to perform a few real-world tests, perform some timings and see what results we can extract out of all this. Why HTTP/2? If you haven’t read about HTTP/2, may I suggest you have a […]

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A Detailed Introduction To Webpack

Posted by | February 21

    JavaScript module bundling has been around for a while. RequireJS had its first commits in 2009, then Browserify made its debut, and since then several other bundlers have spawned across the Internet. Among that group, webpack has jumped out as one of the best. If you’re not familiar with it, I hope this article will get you started with this powerful tool. The post A Detailed Introduction To Webpack appeared first on Smashing Magazine. Source: Smashing Magazine

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