What Every Designer Should Know About Spec Work

What Every Designer Should Know About Spec Work

Buried in the terms and conditions of a typical design competition will be clause stating that you surrender all your rights in any design you submit. So suppose that 1000 people enter a design competition. One of these folks is going to win, and they’ll probably receive some token payment for their effort, but 999 other designers are going to be turned away cold and hungry. (more…)

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Design Better Data Tables

Design Better Data Tables

After being the bread and butter of the web for most of its early history, tables were cast aside by many designers for newer, trendier layouts. But while they might be making fewer appearances on the web these days, data tables still collect and organize much of the information we interact with on a day-to-day basis. (more…)

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Hover is dead. Long live hover.

Hover is dead. Long live hover.

Two and a half years ago, I was doing user research sessions on a desktop web product that allowed readers to comment on a news article inline. We’d observed tons of people of all ages and kinds who would scan large bodies of text by hovering over each line with their mouse cursor or even by highlighting the text they’d already completed. With this in mind, we decided make our product invisible until a person hovered over any given paragraph. (more…)

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40 Awesome Cartoon Character Design Tutorials

40 Awesome Cartoon Character Design Tutorials

There are numerous tutorials around the web explaining how to create different characters step by step. That’s why in this list we have here, there are 40 cool tutorials to help you create lovable cartoon characters – some familiar, some new. Also included are tutorials on character poses, character sprite sheet and comic character sheets.

These simple will teach you the ins and outs of character design and you can see works of other designers from around the globe in the comments under each tutorial.

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Collection of Minimalist Poster Design

One of the reasons I got to design was because of posters, especially movie posters. It was part of my childhood going to the movies and while waiting checking the posters of the upcoming movies. I see a lot of that style for poster design coming back now because the 80s are again very trendy, the new Netflix show Stranger Things is a great example. (more…)

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PNG optimisation

Exporting an identical image from different design tools results in different file sizes. Why? What can be done to optimise them to reduce downloading time and disk space? To test, we can use an image that is a single pixel. A 1×1 white pixel PNG shows the efficiency of how various tools package their exports, and if metadata or additonal data chunks are included. (more…)

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Basic Guidelines to Product Sketching

To be skillful in something, it requires a lot of effort and time which is not an exception when it comes to product sketching. The most important thing to know before you start sketching is to actually understand whether you are really interested in this subject. You have to feel excitement and joy once a pen/pencil is in your hands. (more…)

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Adobe Photoshop turns twenty

Over its 20-year history, Photoshop has evolved significantly from a simple original display program to a wildly popular application that has over 10 million users worldwide. With each release, Adobe has introduced technological innovations that defy the impossible. Layers, introduced in Photoshop 3.0, gave designers the ability to create complex compositions easier than ever before. (more…)

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Pixel Bender Developer Center archive

Adobe Pixel Bender technology delivers a common image and video processing infrastructure which provides automatic runtime optimization on heterogeneous hardware. You can use the Pixel Bender kernel language to implement image processing algorithms (filters or effects) in a hardware-independent manner. (more…)

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