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New Blog Location

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It took me a while but I finally moved my blog over to my personal domain. If you  currently subscribe to my blog:

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I will be posting regular design posts as well as posts regarding social media and other Internet marketing information.

And finally I just want to give a huge thanks  to all my readers!

You Are Awesome!


Be Amazed by Cinemagraphs (animated GIFs)

First of all, what the heck is a GIF? In a nutshell, a GIF (or Graphics Interchange Format) is a file format that allows for  a series of photos or images to be strung together and cycled through on a set time frame (not unlike a slide show). Generally, they are found running in an endless-loop. They used to be seen most commonly as those horrid smiley faces and words and angels and signs that jumped and waved and tried to get your attention on early websites. Or they were used to bling-up pre-teen MySpace pages. (not that I would know anything about that…)

I am extremely impressed by those who now make  gorgeous, artistic GIFS out of a series of photos. They are simply stunning. And the main names associated with creating wonderfully artistic and beautiful gifs? That would undoubtedly be:
Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg

They coined the term “cinemagraph” to describe these types of photo GIFs. Take a look and be amazed. Then, go check out Jamie’s tumblr (From Me To You) and their cinemagraph site for more! 

animated_gif_dancing

animated_gif_coffee

record_spin_gif
louboutin_sparkle_gif

nyfw_glamor_gif

Have you ever made a GIF? I did for a class but I’m to embarrassed to put it up with these outstanding ones. But if you have any of your own, or want to share any others not done by Jame and Kevin please leave a comment!

Plus tell me which is your favorite! Either on from here or from their site or Jamie’s tumblr.


Simple Posters – Find Simplicity in Design

Sometimes posters – for movies, events, or anything really – are just too cluttered. And I often feel like there is some abuse of photography. Too many poster designs hanging up just throw up a picture and call it good. Movie posters in particular do this. It obviously works considering the amount of posters that are bought, but I wouldn’t call it great design. Great design should capture the essence of its subject by using only what is necessary. Great design, is simple. I’m happy to see a recent trend among designers leaning toward simplicity in design, particularly movie posters. (Apparently I’m not the only one who doesn’t like the current movie poster designs). I’ve collected a few simple poster designs below, movies are the prevailing genre that use posters, but I’ve included a other examples as well.

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I love that all the words are connected and that the lines don't "stop" but appear to keep going beyond the paper. Found originally here.

simple_poster_design_inception

There are a lot of simple Inception posters out there, which is interesting as the idea is considered complex, but this is by far my favorite. The simple showing of three levels with the last falling apart. Simplicity at it's finest. Designed by Christopher Conner

simple poster design of rock music

Each designer was asked to represent a musical genre using one element and one typeface, this is my favorite of the bunch. From edits by edits, found here.

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World by Blake Jones

A great minimalist depiction of Scott Pilgrim vs the world by Blake Jones.


Tea Time with Design

About a year ago I did a post about creatively designed tea infusers. People do a lot of awesome design work with tea pots, infusers, coffee mugs, coffee pots, and a whole mess of over beverage related items. Most recently on my radar are wonderfully and uniquely designed tea bags. If you haven’t seen any, be prepared to be blown away. I think anyone would drink more tea if they had these, sadly I believe all of these are only design concepts and not available for purchase.

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Soothing origami with soothing tea. A perfect combination from Russian designer Natalia Ponomareva.

Tpod-designed-tea-bag-origami-boat

A tea bag that folds out to an origami boat and floats on top of your tea. Adorable. (Found on Swiss Miss)

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The Tbag uses the pronunciation of tea quite literally.

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This is one of my all time favorites. I found it a long time ago and find it incredibly clever. Designed by Soon Mo Kang


Fancy Desktops with Free Wallpaper

I think making your workspace inspiring is important, and your computer is often a big part of that. Having a bland and basic desktop background does not equal inspiring space in the least. And if you are me, you no longer have time to make your own desktops like I used to (that was actually how I first started learning to use Photoshop, hurray for being self-taught!) Fortunately there are a great many fantastic and free downloadable desktop wallpapers around the webisphere. I have collected some here. Hopefully they can contribute to your inspirational work spaces:

Fossil often comes out with fantastic wallpapers and this one of their best

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Lucian Marin is gracious enough to offer up fantastic wallpapers on his website. This one is superb for designers.

free-desktop-wallpaper-micha-lidberg

This is just one of many inventive wallpapers from the Desktop Wallpaper Project.

life-is-beautiful-Christine-Bradway

Smashing Magazine always collects fantastic wallpapers every month from various artists. This one is nice and simple and lovely.

Bad Decisions Make Great Stories Desktop wall paper

This was originally from 55 Hi's but appears the original file is gone. I found it on Chic-Type.

 

 

 

 


Inspired at a Health Food Store

I recently took a trip to the Weatsfield store in Ames, Iowa. As I walked around the new store, I found myself coming across inspiring product designs. I won’t lie, I often buy things based on their packaging and weather I like the design. (Coffee is one particular example) It would seem, after walking through Wheatsfield, that health food and local companies certainly seem to know how to design a product.


Well I hope you were inspired by my findings as well. If you come across any outstanding product designs make sure to share them with me!


Design Quote Posters (Etsy)

I still spend a lot of time searching for really great prints about being creative, and often specifically about design. For Christmas I received this wonderful print from etsy about creativity:

8x10 "Creative Life" Print
Wonderful, yes? But I keep looking for the inspiring poster that are everywhere on the web. I may be looking for creative inspiration, design inspiration, or something that will make me work as hard as I can on my project. Here are a couple of other ones  I’ve come across on Etsy:

Design - Quote Print Limited Edition 3/5
Good for those long nights when you wonder why you started designing in the first place.
MAGIC poster print
Scribbles!
In addition I had to share this great print from The Heads of State. How wonderful is this:
Hegel quote poster
This last is my favorite for now. Hopefully I will have more to share sooner rather than later!

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