Tag: graphicdesign

Comics

I love comics, and am often amazed not only by how funny they can be, but also how much can be learned from them. Growing up I was a regular reader of Calvin & Hobbes, The Far Side and Mad Magazine. As I …

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Firefox Addons for Web Designers & Developers

Mozilla Firefox is a free, open source web browser which aims to provide a simple, light and fast way to browse the web. It is one of the main driving forces in the web today, and the competition it provides is one of the reasons …

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Puma’s New Super-Green Shoebox

http://www.fastcompany.com/1614807/puma-and-yves…

Puma’s “Clever Little Bag” is an interesting approach to the issue of packaging and waste. Rather than having a complete box, which consumers will put into a (usually disposable) bag to carry home, the design combines a cardboard skeleton in a reusable bag made …

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The Numbers Behind China

http://www.onlineschools.org/blog/china/

Interesting facts about China, focusing on industrial output, food production and consumption, and military capability. As this piece is presented from a US perspective, it can be interesting for students to consider how bias comes into play when using statistics to tell a story. …

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Come Back Home: Eco Coke Bottle design

http://designfabulous.blogspot.com/2010/03/eco-coke-bottle-design.html

An interesting study into the environmental impact of square drinks containers…

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CSS Remix

http://cssremix.com/

This is one of the best web design showcase sites. A perfect source for inspiring designers to improve their own work.…

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Graphics: Isolating An Image From Its Background

As part of a UWS “Interactive PowerPoint for Teaching” workshop I helped out at today, I was asked by quite a few people how to remove the background from a picture so that it could be integrated into a presentation more cleanly. I showed a …

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BgPatterns

http://bgpatterns.com/

Using a simple array of controls and templates, this site lets visitors build background tiles for use in website design. Such tiles are a source of much disharmony in bad designs, but when used correctly can be hugely beneficial to a site’s design.…

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Favicon Generator

http://tools.dynamicdrive.com/favicon/

A favicon (portmanteau of “favourite” and “icon”) is the small icon that appears next to the address of a website in most browsers. Seemingly insignificant, a favicon is often a sign that a website designer has been thorough, and has taken every possible opportunity …

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Preloaders.net

http://preloaders.net/

Preloaders are small animations that are shown to a user when they must wait for something to happen. Using a preloader provides secondary feedback, letting the user know that, yes, the system is doing something and they should be patient. Another little way to …

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