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Artist Asks Strangers to Draw a Bicycle From Memory… Then 3D Renders The Results

Posted: October 28th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Design, Really Cool Stuff | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Bicycle Drawings Reimagined In 3D

Do you know what a bicycle looks like? Of course you do. At least you think you do. You’re pretty sure; there’s a couple of wheels, a couple of tubes, some handlebars… on second thought, bicycle drawings are hard.

Do you really know what a bicycle looks like? Could you draw the perfect mountain bikeBMX or a road bike completely from memory? You might think so, but if Italian artist Gianluca Gimini’s genius latest project is anything to go by, there’s a good chance you’re wrong.

Gianluca is an art director, photographer and product designer based in Bologna in Italy. Back in 2009 he ran a project called ‘Velocipedia’; where he would ask people bicycle drawings produced completely from memory and then 3D render the results.

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Six Stunning Style Guides

Posted: October 28th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Design | No Comments »

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Web style guides emerged from the web’s evolution out of text-only webpages. In 1994, developers and early browser makers turned to the then-recently launched World Wide Web Consortium to enact standards for HTML specifications. With the creation of CSS in 1997, design and style on the web moved beyond its early limitations and into a very different (and seemingly limitless) world. But what works for 2015? Here are six stunning and essential style guides to help intone your next design.

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Your Body Text Is Too Small

Posted: October 28th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Design | No Comments »

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Why website body text should be bigger, and ways to optimize it.

Body text is the key component in communicating the main bulk of a message or story, and it’s probably the most important element on a website, even if people sometimes read just the headlines.

Why would we limit the effectiveness of body text by minimizing its size to a browser-default that’s now over 20 years old, even on large displays?

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Engineering the Perfect Pop Book

Posted: October 28th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Design, Really Cool Stuff | Tags: , , , | No Comments »


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Posted: September 8th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Design | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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4 Apps Freelancers Need to Download Today

Posted: August 25th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Articles | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Many people dream of becoming freelancers because they want more freedom in their lives. Working as a freelancer can do that, but it comes with its own set of challenges. Luckily, you can get support from your mobile device. Just make sure you get these four apps freelancers need to download today.

Wunderlist

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Operating system: Android and iOS

Price: Free, but in-app purchases are available

A successful freelancer usually has to juggle jobs from multiple clients. As someone running your own business, you want as much work as possible. That’s how you meet your financial goals and grow your reputation. At times, though, keeping track of your assignments is difficult. Wunderlist is a list-making app that will help you stay organized so you never miss another deadline.

Some helpful extra features include:

  • Alarms that remind you of deadlines
  • Collaboration tools so you can work with clients and colleagues
  • Hashtags so you can organize your lists easily

Productivity Challenge Timer

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Operating system: Android

Price: Free, but in-app purchases are available

Working as a freelancer gives you a lot of freedom to choose projects that interest you and to set your own hours. Sometimes, though, your lazy side will try to undermine your ambitious side. Unfortunately, that can happen when you’re trying to beat a tight deadline.

The Productivity Challenge Timer makes it easier to avoid distractions by encouraging you to focus on work. Productivity Challenge Timer is loosely based on the Pomodoro Technique, which breaks lengthy chores into smaller components so you can remain focused. It’s hard to stay on task when you’re writing a lengthy article that will take three hours. Breaking the assignment into 25-minute chunks, however, makes it relatively easy.

The Productivity Challenge Timer makes Pomodoro more fun by adding wacky alarms and irreverent titles. If you don’t meet your goals, your rating will eventually fall to Unrepentant Slacker.

FreshBooks

Operating system: Android and iOS

Price: Memberships start at $12.95 per month

Just because you’re a great writer, illustrator, or photographer doesn’t necessarily mean you have the accounting skills you need as a freelancer. That’s why you need an app like FreshBooks, which comes with several useful features to help you:

  • Create and send invoices to your clients
  • Accept credit card payments
  • Track your business expenses
  • Determine how much time you spend on certain tasks
  • Generate reports for payments collected, taxes, and other subjects

You’ll need a smartphone with a large, high-definition display to make the most of these features. The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge has a 5.5″ Quad HD Super AMOLED screen that’s perfect for filling out forms accurately.

FreshBooks is clearly designed to make accounting easy for people who don’t want to spend much time going through records or doing math. Much of it is automated, so you can spend your time working on assignments that earn you money instead of wasting effort trying to get paid.

Shake

Operating system: Android and iOS

Price: Personal use is free. Professional accounts start at $10 per month.

Legally binding agreements make it possible for you to hold clients accountable for payment. Hiring a lawyer, however, costs so much that few freelancers will bother taking that step. With Shake, you get the benefit without the expense.

Shake gives its members access to a large library of agreements, contracts, and other legal documents. Freelancers should pay particular attention to documents that:

  • Describe payment terms
  • Name the owner of creative work
  • Create an independent contractor relationship
  • Prevent parties from sharing proprietary information

Shake is free for personal use, which means you get to use its starter forms to create, sign, and send agreements to your clients. Professional memberships start at $10 per month. By upgrading to a pro account, you can:

  • Personalize and brand your agreements
  • Get unlimited access to Shake’s library
  • Attach photos to your agreements

The apps you download to your phone can make your life a lot easier. Whether you’re an established freelancer or you’re trying to start a new career, it’s worth adding these apps to your mobile device.


How to Create Amazing Infographics

Posted: July 23rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Design | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Infographics are a highly popular and effective content marketing tool. While plenty of brands are sharing generic blog content to gain visibility, infographics combine eye-catching graphics with understandable text, to help educate and engage consumers. Thanks to the current surge of internet content and these past few years of technological advancement, average humans now have an attention span shorter than that of a goldfish. This is making visual content even more essential for capturing people’s attention.

It should not come as a shock that high-quality infographics are shared more than any other type of content. So if your goal is to provide quality and value to your audience, rather than generic clickbait, creating infographics might be the way to go.

To successfully market using infographics, you must first come up with a good topic. You can then begin your research, finding the right facts and statistics. Once you’ve gathered a variety of compelling facts and stats, you’re ready to craft them into a powerful narrative. Your text is there to support the visual elements without distracting from them. Once you’ve created a compelling narrative, you can then move onto your design style. It’s important for the design to be clear while still getting the data across.

If you want to get started creating your own amazing infographics, check out the information below and get working!

 

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The Coolest Motion Capture!

Posted: June 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Really Cool Stuff | Tags: , , | No Comments »


Free ebook: The Freelance Web Designer’s Guide

Posted: June 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Business | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »
The revolution has begun, and if you haven’t noticed, you’re missing out on an enormous opportunity.

Freelancing has always been a common “hobby” for creative professionals like designers and writers, but in the last decade or so, creative pros have started leaving the nine-to-five life in droves.

Now, this post isn’t meant to lure you to the “dark side” of freelancing, but to explain why it’s become the fastest growing professional group of our time (and will continue to be).

But if you’ve even thought about taking the leap, now may be the best time in history to do so.

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