Rules to follow when designing a logo

June 29th, 2009

“A logo is a powerful asset to your client’s brand, however, creating an effective visual representation of a brand requires much more than just graphic design. Like any line of work that involves a set of specific skills, logo design requires plenty of practice and experience for it to be successful; knowledge is definitely power for any graphic designer.”

Web Designer Depot outlined 12 essential rules to follow.
01. Preliminary works is a must
02. Create balance
03. Size matters
04. Clever use of color
05. Design should suit the company
06. Typography matters
07. Goal is recognition
08. Dare to be different – stand out for the crowd
09. Keep it simple – simpler the logo, the more recognizable
10. Go easy on effects – simplicity is the key
11. Develop your own design process
12. Use other designs for inspiration only
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Creative typography art

June 25th, 2009

Brown Fox

Unsure if I’m in love with Typography or not, but I notice every time I look at typography image and video on blogs, I could not wait to write post on my blog to share with others.
View the typography art on Six Revisions

Texture Experience

First Flash supported Android device

June 24th, 2009

HTC
Demonstration by Adrian Ludwig
Adobe announced the first Android device to be shipped with the Flash plug-in is the HTC Hero. The device supports Flash Lite 3.1 and not the previously announced full Flash Player 10, which means ActionScript 3.0 would not be supported, only up to Flash Player 9 movies made in ActionScript 2.0 will be playable. Adobe claims that this means that up to 85% of Flash on the Internet will be supported. “The new phone delivers a more complete Web browsing experience and provides access to a broad variety of Flash technology based content available on the Web today.”
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HTC
“As a top of the range device it sports multi-touch HVGA, accelerometers, GPS, Compass, WIFI, a 5MP Camera and the incredible Android Webkit Browser. With Flash the web browsing experience on the device is fantastic, rich and gives you access to a more complete Internet. In this mobile optimized runtime we also have support for streaming audio. You’ll be able to interact with games and rich Internet sites, widgets and of course the HTC Hero is a touch device with a huge HVGA (320×480 px) screen.”
Full article on Flash Mobile Blog

German court rules against Rapidshare

June 24th, 2009

RapidShare
File hosting service Rapidshare has long been distributing copyrighted content. In recent years, Rapidshare has become much more vigilant about protecting copyright, quickly removing content on request of copyright holders. This, however, wasn’t enough for GEMA (German collecting society, responsible for collecting copyright-related fees and distributing the money to the artists), which sued Rapidshare for copyright infringement. The German court has ruled in GEMA’s favor, ordering Rapidshare to pay a 34 million dollar fine to GEMA, and to start actively filtering and removing the files it hosts for copyrighted content.

Official GEMA statement: “The judgment states that the hosting service itself is now responsible for making sure that none of the music tracks concerned are distributed via its platform in the future. This means that the copyright holder is no longer required to perform the ongoing and complex checks.”
Read full article @ Billboard Biz.

German Music Industry To Shut Down RapidShare? @ Mashable

Infographics for Web Designers

June 21st, 2009

Article on Web Designer Depot

“Infographics can be a great way to quickly reference information. Instead of pouring over figures and long reports to decipher data, an infographic can immediately make apparent exactly what a dataset actually means. Below are more than 25 infographics that can be useful to web designers. Some are incredibly practical, some provide information that might be of interest to designers and some just present data that might be interesting to those who design websites all day.”
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global internet traffic
An infographic on Global Traffic Map 2008 @ Telegeography. The traffic flows between countries in TeleGeography’s updated and redesigned Global Traffic Map 2008. Information about the switched voice market drawn from their annual TeleGeography study of the international voice market.

Main projection of the map

WordPress 2.8 Features

June 19th, 2009

Article by Andrew Turner on Net Tuts+

New features in Wordpress 2.8 make blogging more easier.
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01. Dashboard Columns
02. Password Reminder
03. Theme Installer
04. Theme/Plugin Editor – Syntax Highlighter & Function Reference
05. Widgets Interface
06. Widgets API
07. Timezones and DST
08. Custom Taxonomies
09. Faster Administration Pages
10. Plugin Management Updated
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Typography Inspiration

June 17th, 2009

Article on by Steven Snell @ DesignM.ag

“Typography is one of the favorite parts of design for many of us, and finding new and helpful sources of typographical inspiration can often help to improve the use of type in our own work.”
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I Love Typography
Focuses on all things related to type and fonts…
I love Typography

Typographer
Provides typography news and reviews of fonts…
Typographer.org

10 Web Design Rules That You Can Break

June 16th, 2009

Article on Smashing Magazine

“As web design and design in general have evolved, rules have been established to ensure consistent and usable designs. Some of these rules were created simply because website creators abused certain principles without regard for their users. But these rules are not enforced by anyone and should be broken when necessary, especially when breaking them would lead to a stunning design.”
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01. Do Not Display the Horizontal Scroll Bar
02. Use a Minimal Number of Font Faces
03. Do Not Use Too Many Colors
04. Make Your Site’s Goal Obvious
05. Navigation Should Be Easy To Figure Out
06. Use Different Colors for the Text and Background
07. Don’t Put Animation in the Way of Your Content
08. Stick to Web-Safe Fonts
09. Don’t Have a Splash/Landing Page
10. Don’t use Tables
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CSS3 compatibility

June 15th, 2009

Cascading Style Sheets has been introduced for more than 10 years, it brings efficiency for web designers to build a web-based presentation. It’s time to start making your design with CSS3, new version browser like IE9, Firefox 3.5 and Safari 4 more support CSS3 but there’s a bunch of browser don’t fully support CSS3, so make sure you use the proper style sheet to create a website or build an online application. New functions and features are being brought up for CSS3, check out the examples @ css3.info

text shadow

Check out the following links for related articles
Introduction to CSS3 @ W3C
CSS3 compatibility @ css3.info
Take Your Design To The Next Level With CSS3 @ Smashing Magazine
Text shadow @ Kremalicious

Wordpress 2.8 is now available

June 14th, 2009

wordpress 2.8

Wordpress version 2.8 is named for noted trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker, was release on June 10th. 2.8 is way faster to use, lots of feature and improvement on themes, widgets, taxonomies, and overall speed. Full list of over 180 new features, changes, upgrades, and improvements on Wordpress Codex. Article Extensive Wordpress 2.8 Getting Started Guide @ Tripwire Magazine.

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Inspirational typography videos

June 12th, 2009

Article by Topher Welsh on ae tuts+

Topher Welsh is a post production artist working motion graphics and visual effects – a freelancer out of Tacoma, Washington, who believes typography is sexy! “Great typography comes in all shapes and flavors and for this week’s roundup Topher gathered some amazing typography pieces that ranges from grungy to stop motion to found typography in nature.” In this post he showcased 17 typography video, most of them look really great and how he called it sexy!
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Typolution

Opening sequence for TED’s anniversary conference
Pop! Tech 2009 Opening – Scarcity & Abundance
Superfad – New Museum

Creative business cards

June 10th, 2009

“A business card creates a physical connection and bond between you or your business and your customers. Just like in a website, business cards can become great interactive elements, but with the added ability to have real textures, different materials and shapes.” @ Web Designer Depot

business card

CG tuts+ released

June 9th, 2009

cg tuts+

You know this site is gonna launch someday and now is up on the web. CG tuts+ – tutorials for CG lovers, using Maya, 3Ds Max, Cinema 4D, Zbrush, Blender and other 3D programs.

“Whether you want to learn how to create awesome 3D models and characters for next-gen games, breathtaking CG art, gorgeous animations, or simply get started with 3D, we’ve got you covered!”

Swift 3D v6 is released

June 8th, 2009

swift 3d v6

Swift 3D – software for creating 3d graphic to use in Adobe Flash. Swift 3D v6 introduces Boolean primitive to modeler, which allows you to combine or punch holes through objects using other 3D objects in your scene. It’s all non-destructive, allowing easy editing and unlimited possibilities.

Adobe Browser Lab

June 7th, 2009

An online tool for testing websites on multiple browsers and platforms. Using the tool you can simply input the URL of any website to view the way that webpage would appear on a number of browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari on Windows and Mac.

browser lab

Learn more on Browser Lab

Convert TrueFont to sIFR

June 2nd, 2009

Scalable Inman Flash Replacement (sIFR) is an open source JavaScript and Adobe Flash dynamic web fonts implementation, enabling the replacement of text elements on HTML web pages with Flash equivalents.

Few days ago I found a much more easier way to convert fonts on local computer to sIFR flash file, it’s awesome!!! Basically all you need to do is visit this website, fill in your name and email address then browse the fonts you want to convert. Once you click on the button, you will receive the SWF file less than a second.

Of course you can open Flash application to change the font on the text field and export a flash movie, but it saves more time if someone can convert the file for you. For my understanding, this sIFR only work in CS3. I know they already updated the flash file few months ago to make it work in CS4 but it still crashed every time you open the FLA file. You must have CS3 and CS4 installed on the computer to make this thing happen.