15 incredible photos of Disney characters in real-world settings

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Here at Creative Bloq we’re fascinated by the artistic possibilities of miniatures – most recently, this brilliant street art on the theme of homelessness. And being big fans of the House of Mouse as well, we can’t get enough of these specially commissioned shots by macro photographer Kurt Moses.







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Ace Hotel NYC’s Artists-in-Residence Sleep / Walk: Four rooms turned into studios for work to be debuted during Fashion Week

Ace Hotel NYC's Artists-in-Residence Sleep / Walk


For weeks before opening its doors in 2009, the Ace Hotel New York was filled with artists-in-residence and walls were being graced with the work they’d leave—all of which still stands today. Visionary founder Alex…

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The Wii U is actually worth buying now

My colleague Dieter Bohn is wondering whether to buy a Wii U. I’m here to convince him that he should.

Nintendo’s Wii U launch was the company’s biggest disaster since the Virtual Boy. The console was slow and clunky, with very little to play upon release and a barren line-up of games for the next several months. It’s a cliché, but after I bought mine upon its Japanese launch, it quite literally gathered dust for the best part of a year. (It does that pretty easily because it is glossy and black.)

Just look at the chart above — the Wii U has posted terrible retail figures ever since its initial burst of sales, and there’s little chance of that changing even with blockbuster titles like Mario Kart 8. Many third-party publishers…

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Minimalist posters on design vocabulary

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10 posters from the 10 keywords taken from Philippe Daverio’s history of design lectures at Politecnico di Milano. A collaborative project by Matteo Morelli and Giovanni Manzini.

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Free Photo Realistic PSD Mockups to Enhance Your Designs. Sure-Fire WOW Effect

A bunch of photo realistic free psd mockups for effective presentation of your design projects.
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House Industries for Richard Sachs Cyclocross: The graphic design house teams up with the American frame-building legend for a retrospective in partnership with Rapha

House Industries for Richard Sachs Cyclocross


In American cycling, few figures rival the legacy of frame-builder, designer and longtime racer Richard Sachs. With roughly 42 years experience in making, designing and racing bikes—not to mention playing a pivotal role in popularizing cyclocross…

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12 websites that use big typography beautifully

Big typography for web design has been very popular and trendy for a few years already. Its main advantage is the powerful impact it can have on the readers, and the efficiency in getting simple messages accross.

In this post we showcase some of the best examples of big typography in web design, an inspiration if you are thinking about creating your own.

1. The Pete Design

Website – A multi-disciplinary designer that uses narrow headline fonts to shout important keywords to the readers.

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2. Austin East Ciders

Website – A gorgeous website that uses the style of its labels, rough script type, for beautiful titles on its front page.

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3. Visualbox

Website – A minimalist title for this website, with tight kerning and quick directions to important links.

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4. Carsonified

Website – Big rounded type for one of the most popular web design companies.

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5. Von Dutch

Website – Big type and an animated scrolling, a gorgeous website.

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6. Trent Walton

Website – The web designer’s website uses huge type for titles, and big type for body text. An excellent idea that makes the site extremely readable.

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7. La Bubbly

Website – Beautiful and well-decorated typography for this website’s titles.

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8. Lorenzo Ciglioni

Website – The key selling points of this designers are the first thing you will see, the second is a neat effect on scrolling.

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9. Polargold

Website – The big words have the lower part cutted, and a cool effect on hover.

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10. Fluid Type

Website – A beautiful layout for an article about fluid type in web design. Published on Trent Walton’s website (also featured above).

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11. Rule of Three

Website – When you sell words, it’s good to make these words beautiful on your website. That’s exactly what Rule of Three did.

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12. Tictail

Website – An online store creation tool that goes straight to the point on its website.

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Did you use big typography on your website?

If you did, share your website in the comments, we’d be happy to check it out.

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5 Things You Can Do When Someone Steals Your Idea

Theft of ideas happens all the time in the creative industry. When you come up with something fresh and exciting that attracts attention, it’s inevitable that you will be ripped off at some point by others looking to ride on the coattails of your success. And yes, it sucks.

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Contrary to popular belief, imitation is not the highest form of flattery – it’s simply annoying and makes things that much harder for the up and coming designer to distinguish him or herself from the hordes of copycats.

I could tell you to just suck it up and move on when it happens to you (and it will, if you’re popular enough), but that’s not very helpful when you’re feeling cheated and robbed, and the thief is off getting paid for your hard work. This is a common problem with a few unconventional solutions, which we will now explore.

1. Let Them Take The Fall

If your idea wasn’t very good in the first place, you’ll soon know from the response your competitor will get. They’ll try to get validation from others, either clients or fans. They’ll be roundly criticized for presenting such a bad idea, or, if they’re really unlucky, others will point out publicly that they stole the original idea from you (which, if it’s bad, is not a good thing).

If your idea doesn’t work for your thief, you now know what to do better. You can tweak your own work and avoid the mistakes they made. If it does work… you now know what to do better. You come up with an even better idea and execute it in a way that leaves people with no doubt as to who the better designer is.

2. Kick Their Ass

Stealing an idea is easy but actually making a design do what it’s supposed to (solve a problem) is hard. When you get ripped off by an inferior designer, it can feel like being hit in the stomach. How dare that hack think he can copy your genius and get away with it? Doesn’t he know how hard you work to develop the perfect design solutions and earn the highest praise from your viewing audience?

You can hit back by being a thousand times better than anyone who would steal your idea. If you’re really committed to making this idea of yours work, you owe it to yourself, and your client or viewers to go above and beyond anything the other party would even think to do.

You’re the better designer, after all. Send them home with their tail between their legs.

3. You’re The Architect

Just because someone “stole” your “idea” doesn’t mean they know what to do with it or how you arrived at the idea in the first place. You’re the architect of your idea, not your copycat. That means you have the blueprint from which to generate a new one (there’s more where that came from). If you have the framework in place for generating even better ideas (which you should), you have nothing to worry about.

Even if you don’t have the framework for generating ideas, you have an entirely different and more fundamental problem than someone stealing your ideas. I’d recommend going back to the drawing board and developing new ways of brainstorming and cataloguing your ideas so that you get the best ones flowing to you when you need them.

4. Keep Your Mouth Shut Next Time

Even if you’re just “talking shop” with another designer, you never know when they’re going to decide that they can steal your idea and get credit for it behind your back (or even right in front of you). Not only does keeping quiet about your ideas until they’re done prevent anyone from stealing them during a crucial moment, it also helps ensure that you’ll actually get them done.

Another thing to consider is the psychology of talking about your ideas to others. Besides simply getting ripped off, there’s another, more dangerous reason that blabbing too much is a bad idea: it decreases the likelihood that you will ever do anything with it yourself.

The more you talk about an idea, the less likely you are to actually finish it, because your brain sees your bragging about it and takes it as a sign that it’s already done. Therefore, it will give the signal that it’s okay to slack off, or give something else a higher priority, and your brilliant idea will end up languishing in the corner, forgotten.

5. A Note About Legal IP Theft

If the person stealing the idea is a client who didn’t pay or a large company taking advantage of your small status, you may have legal recourse if you filed for copyright or trademark protection of your work. If the idea is significantly developed, it might even be worth it to file a patent to protect yourself. See your local IP laws as they vary from country to country.

Just remember that suing people takes money, quite possibly more than the idea is worth at this point in time. Unless you can pay for the legal fees, or you can clearly see that you’re getting robbed of significant profits that are rightfully yours, it’s probably better to just follow steps 1 to 4.

What Do You Think?

Have you ever had an idea stolen by unscrupulous competitors? What did you do about it? Do you think stolen ideas are worth getting upset over, or do you simply let it go with the confidence that you can come up with something even better?









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How to create type effects in Illustrator and Photoshop

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In part one of this two-part series of articles, I walked through how to create type effects in InDesign. One might justifiably think that everything you want to do with vectors can now be done in InDesign CC, so why use Illustrator CC?







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Pipcorn’s The Chili Lab Popcorn: A spicy, zesty take on the hulless snack favorite

Pipcorn's The Chili Lab Popcorn


For over two years, Pipsnacks’ Pipcorn has won over everyone from attendees of Williamsburg’s Smorgasburg to even Oprah—and for just cause. The tiny, hulless popcorn kernels are really tasty, non-GMO,…

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