When artists (and real life couple) Wade Jeffree and Leta Sobierajski decided they wanted to collaborate, an idea arose that allowed them to explore their symbiotic relationship. Having long…
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We are all familiar with the characters from Harry Potter right? Of course we are. This small personal project by Makani re-imagines the characters as if they were originally created by Disney and well they're amazing. Makani has managed to capture everything about the original characters and the style of Disney perfectly. Makes you wish they […]
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Ever wondered how you could repurpose some old suitcases? In this post you can see some examples that are much better than simply throwing it away.
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Sometimes it seems like every time you jump online, you read about a talented new designer who’s making it big with their latest project. There are a lot of wonderful designers out there, and the constant showcasing of others’ skills makes it feel all the more like you’re lost in the crowd. It’s not enough anymore to have a solid portfolio and work experience; if you really want to stand out in today’s market, going the extra mile in marketing yourself can make all the difference in landing the perfect job, or getting some great freelance projects going.
When you’re considering all the ways that you could market yourself, the most important thing to take into account is how much of a time commitment you can realistically make. Don’t overstretch yourself with a daily blog entry or illustration unless you think you’ll be able to do a great job on it. There are many different levels of requirement for projects that can make a difference in your career; choose what works for you.
Start a Personal Project
The best thing about embarking on your own personal project is that you have free reign to make something that exactly suits your talents and interests, all at your own pace. In fact, the only drawback is that people might not see your project. So make sure that if you do this, you post it on several major portfolio showcase sites, and also email your favorite blogs, politely asking them to feature your project.
For personal projects that have taken off, they sometimes even define the career of a designer. Take Nicholas Felton, whose Annual Reports got him so much attention that he now works at Facebook. There’s a world of other ideas out there besides infographics.
Daily Dishonesty by Lauren Hom has garnered a large following, and the designer now sells prints of her hilarious designs.
Teeth and Hair by Eirian Chapman is a beautiful example of the oddball ideas you might find to inspire you in your project.
Tyler Deeb created a great design for a pack of cards, and used Kickstarter to fund his project.
These are less common than purely artistic projects, so there’s more room for creativity and recognition. A good example can be found in Comic Sans Criminal by Matt Dempsey, which has become wildly popular since its release in 2011.
Apparently the site received over 250,000 visitors and 25,000 Facebook likes within 48 hours of its launch. So you can see that there’s enormous potential out there for a creative idea that’s been executed cleverly. You could also try a meatier topic that’s more about education than entertainment; this guide to cloud computing is a great example of the plethora of useful topics that could be covered.
Build Your Personal Brand
One of the best things about really spending time on your personal brand is that you can then ask for exposure online, in the same way that you would for a personal project. And at the same time, you’re doing work that you can use for job interviews and a host of other interactions.
Personal branding, more than any other type of project, determines how people view your style of work and your level of expertise.
Personal branding, more than any other type of project, determines how people view your style of work and your level of expertise, so it’s important to lavish a lot of care and thought into it. Both of these designers took a unique, handmade approach that has helped them to stand out:
Tommy Perez’s Business Cards
Daniel Renda’s Identity System
Write a Blog
One of the best ways to get recognition and work opportunities is to write a blog. It’s a good way for people to get to know your personality, understand the motivations behind your design decisions, and see that you have a passion and enthusiasm for design that goes beyond your 9 to 5.
Your blog doesn’t have to be specifically about design to be a great marketing tool; the same great goals can be accomplished by covering other topics. But if you approach your blog with a designer’s eye and mind, it’ll be all the more relatable to your career goals.
There are a lot of things to take into account when deciding to start your own blog. It’s best to get your own domain name, and find a good CMS, such as WordPress, that has all the features you might need to add in the future as your popularity grows. Consider whether you have:
- A unique perspective or expertise in a particular area
- A passion for your topic
- Ideas for recurring columns and features
- Enough time to write, and the ability to write well
- The capacity to stay on a regular posting schedule
- The ability to push through initial disappointment
If you feel like you have all those things, starting a blog might be the perfect way to develop new relationships and find opportunities for furthering yourself in your field. There are three major topics that you might want to consider tackling:
- Inspiration: Everyone loves looking at curated designs with intelligent commentary.
- Freebies: Sharing high-quality typefaces, icon packs, or other resources you’ve created makes people appreciate your generosity.
- Tutorials: These are really just another kind of freebie, and as such are also a great way to get links and demonstrate your expertise.
Showcase Your Portfolio
Another way to make your presence known in the design community is to join some of the many sites that are dedicated to showcasing creative work. Some of the most popular ones include:
All of these sites make it easy to display your work, as well as find other portfolios for sources of inspiration. You can also get eyes on your portfolio by entering awards competitions, of which there are many, including AIGA’s 365/Design Effectiveness Competition, and the American Design Awards.
Don’t Forget the Basics
In addition to all these ideas, it’s important to remember traditional networking techniques. Sometimes it’s difficult to put yourself out there, but there’s nothing like good old-fashioned networking for making the right kind of connections. There are so many events and opportunities for interaction within the design world, and as a rule, experienced designers are happy to give a leg up to eager, deserving beginners.
Join AIGA and go to events; there’s usually a full roster of interesting AIGA-sponsored activities and workshops in every major city, and each event is full of opportunities to make connections. Enter into the discussions in the comments section of your favorite blogs; you might spark a connection with another commenter.
Once you’ve had some interaction with another designer, look them up on LinkedIn and request a connection. Then, stay in touch in a casual, approachable manner. Maybe drop them a line from time to time about some new work that you’ve posted on your online portfolio, or a great design resource that you thought they’d be interested in seeing.
Make sure to not seem overly pushy or intrusive; you want to stay in their minds as a possible resource, not as a burden. These efforts, in combination with a creative project or two, are the perfect combination for finding all sorts of opportunities opening up to you.
Here we are presenting a beautiful collection of 17 truly elegant and stylish wood logo designs for your inspiration. Logo designs that are designed with creativity and convey the message in the right way are the real asset for any organization. For this collection, we have compiled exclusive wood logo designs that portray elegance, style and class which are the perfect qualities that must be apparent from a logo design.
Here is the complete collection for you. Enjoy looking into this collection and be inspired to create your own elegant wood logo designs. Feel free to share your opinions with us. Your comments are always more than welcome!
The same fundamental principles lie behind the success of every project. Abbie Walsh of design consultancy Fjord reveals what they are and how to put them into practice.
The web is constantly evolving. New and creative websites are being created every day, pushing the limitations of HTML in every direction. HTML4 has been around for nearly a decade and now its time to move forward. To give authors more flexibility and interoperability, HTML5 is proposed as the next major revision of HTML.
It works on just about every platform, is compatible with older browsers, and handles errors gracefully. You can create powerful, easy-to-maintain, future-proof web pages. Many common tasks are now simplified, putting more power in your hands.
In this presentation, you’ll find a variety of highly-creative, beautiful and most importantly inspirational designs that are coded in HTML5.
The main purpose here is to stimulate your creativity and to inspire your imagination to create awesome designs because your website represents you and your brand.
Please feel free to join us and you are always welcome to share your thoughts that our readers may like.
What is HTML5
For the casual reader who isn’t familiar with latest developments, HTML5 is the latest revision of the HTML standard. It offers faster page loading, better interactivity and new ways to display content.
HTML5 introduces many new syntactical features including
<header> elements. The canvas element can be used for rendering visuals without having to use a plug-in whilst the video element removes the necessity to use plugins such as Adobe Quick Time and Flash
For those, who don’t know what is HTML5? And what it can do? Then follow the link below for detail introduction.
Creative Examples of Websites Built Using HTML5
Throughout history, great artists always found new ways to show their creativity to express themselves and create new trends and techniques to remark their work apart from the rest of the crowd. The Definition of design is more critical in modern terms as now design is a way of communication; and, more specifically, Web design is a well define platform for showcasing your skills. There is no ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ in design. It always defined as ‘Different’.
The Style Junkies
Built by Buffalo
Survey of the States
Diesel 3D Evolution
2013 by Nanozoom
REI 1440 Project
The Kitchen Project
Who is Wildlifela
Dumb Ways to Die
UKHOM Creative Studio
When Mylene Met Andy
Groupe De Blanzy
Footlocker converse Street Ready
Life and Thyme
Honda Battle of the Bands
We are Grand
Protect the Football
Find Something Missing?
While compiling this showcase, it’s always a possibility that we missed some other great HTML5 design. Feel free to share it with us.
From the Colosseum to the Chrysler building, get a dose of inspiration from 20 of the most famous buildings from around the world.
We certainly love to sleep – to some of us, sleep is a luxury, to others, it may even be a hobby or a favorite pastime. A common problem for almost everyone you know in this generation would probably be to wake up in time! Be it for work, class, meetings, or the day’s activities, the alarm clock is a must-have item in the bedroom. But if you’re bored with the mundane ringing, hand-sized clocks that you can easily throw out the window to shut up, then you are going to love this list.
(Image Source: Nootropic Design)
Heavy sleepers and late night gamers, pick your challenge from the alarm clocks below. No matter what has been keeping you up late at night, we have for you 20 creative alarm clocks that will help jolt you out of dreamland in very unorthodox ways. Some of these clocks can be found online while others are merely concepts at this point. Loads of evilness after the jump!
Recommended Reading: 35 Tech-Inspired Pillows For Geeks
Nixie Ramos Alarm Clock
The Nixie Ramos alarm clock will ring for ten seconds, then give you one full minute to figure out the code (hint: it is the date) before the alarm goes all out with the task it’s made to deliver. The defuse panel can be placed anywhere, so it’s best to put it far from the bed. No more deactivating of alarm clocks straight from the comforts of your bed. [$ 350]
Clocky Robotic Alarm
What better way to wake your sleephead up than to make you run around after a small, fast, noisy thing like this little gem. Clocky, with its all-terrain features, will escape from your night stand, and run around your room while making the annoying beep-beep sound until you catch it and turn it off – or kill it with fire. For the heavy sleeper, you’d probably need more than one. [$ 49.99 – $ 59.99]
Flying Alarm Clock
Here’s one to make you at least open one eye at the sound of the alarm. Why? You need to watch where the key to the alarm clock is propelled to, silly! Flying alarm clock is committed to wake you up by making its propeller fly off the alarm. With the frightening alarm sounds blaring throughout your room, and possibly your flat too, you have to quickly retrieve the propeller (the key) to lodge it back to the clock to make the sound stop. [$ 19.99]
Shape Up Alarm Clock
Ladies, this Shape Up alarm clock is absolutely the best gift for your lazy partner. Work out while you try to wake up by swinging this heavy little friend up down 30 times to stop the alarm. I’m not sure how long this one will continue being your daily alarm clock before ending up thrown out the window. [$ 14.13]
Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock
If you think that you can still out-sleep most of the alarm clocks above, you’d probably have to crank the sound up a notch or two. The Sonic Bomb alarm clock is intentionally designed for mega-heavy sleepers because if 113 decibels (louder than a rock concert) isn’t able to wake you up, nothing will. Note that regular exposure to these levels of loudness can make you permanently deaf so you might want to go further down the list for a better alternative. [$ 49.99]
Here’s another creative way to wake up. The Banclock will only stop ringing if you put a coin in it. It’s the perfect way to make sure that you save some money every single day. Honestly, I don’t know how this could wake you up but it is a great alarm clock for kids who are finding it hard to save their pocket money. [$ 81.22]
Target Alarm Clock
If you are a sucker for shooting games, you must try this Target alarm clock. The rules are easy: the clock will sound the alarm based on the time you set, and you need to stop it by using the laser target gun to shoot the bullseye. To help make you aim better, you should try putting your ex’s photo there. Just a thought. [$ 17.13]
Defusable Alarm Clock
One of the conversation-inducing alarm cocks on the list, if a friend were to find this baby on your desk, you’d have some explaining to do. It’s not as difficult to disarm as a real life bomb (I suppose) but the defusable alarm clock does tick down to ‘explosion’ within 10 seconds. And even then the beeps are not really earth-shattering but seriously, that’s one nice decoration piece to put on your desk. [$ 32.95]
DangerBomb Alarm Clock
That bomb alarm too easy for you? Then try this DangerBomb alarm clock. Cut the right wire to stop the alarm, or else your mornings will be announced with a kaboom sound. The wires are changed randomly every morning so you best be alert to cut the right wire. Don’t look at me, the manual for this thing is in Japanese language.
Mr Bump Off The Wall Alarm Clock
Bored of buying tons and tons of alarm clocks that you keep smashing against the walls? Then, get Mr Bump Off The Wall alarm clock, Just throw the alarming clock at the wall to silence it and go back to sleep… no, wait, that can’t be right, isn’t the alarm clock supposed to wake you up? [$ 16.00]
Finger Dance Alarm Clock
Say hello to dance dance revolution for the finger! The Finger Dance alarm clock wants you to play with it until the music stops! It’s probably a really fun way to wake you up, but make sure that you don’t treat it like Mr Bump Off The Wall clock if you cannot follow the steps. [$ 26.78]
Money Shredding Alarm Clock
Oh gosh, make it stop, make it stop! This is too much to take. Shredding a hundred-dollar bill in an effort to wake up is seriously only for the hardcore sleeper. Thank the stars that this is only a concept alarm clock, and the best part is nobody knows who thought of this crazy idea. Mind you, destroying cash intentionally is a federal crime for countries like the US of A. Hmm, it actually adds to the urgency of the alarm now, doesn’t it? (Image Source: acidcow)
If shredding bills is not feasible, maybe having your online bank account connected to an organization you absolutely despise can help you avoid that snooze button. Get this SnūzNLūz alarm clock, connect via Wi-Fi and never ever sleep in again. Think of it, the longer you stay in bed, the more that organization you hate benefits from you, financially. Think this is too horrific to be real? Yeah, it’s actually an April Fools’ joke!
Bacon Alarm Clock
If anything can pull one out of slumber, it would probably be the mouth-watering aroma of food. In this case, it’s bacon. The Bacon Alarm Clock hasn’t turned into a product yet, but it could possibly be the best-selling clock of the year if it did! Rather than wake you up with a noisy alarm sound, it lets the smell of bacon do the work.
Coffee Time Alarm Clock
Not a fan of bacon? Try coffee instead with this Coffee Time alarm clock. Wake up to the sound of coffee drips, the strong aroma of coffee beans and if the alarm doesn’t wake you up, just let the coffee do the rest. Too bad it’s just a concept alarm clock. For now.
No Snooze Alarm Clock
Once this alarm clock rings, you have to lift the strap and twirl the strap for 90 seconds, managing two rotations for each second. The No Snooze Alarm Clock will not stop if you go too slow or if you stop completely halfway through. In fact, you have to make the full run again if you fail halfway. No snooze button included. This is a cruel one.
Sfera Alarm Clock
Want an alarm clock that allows you to snooze then get this Sfera alarm clock. When the time has come, you can tap the alarm to stop sounding. If you go bak to sleep, the clock will start to rise up towards the ceiling; steal an extra 5 or 10 more minutes, and you’d need to prepare yourself a ladder so to reach the ceiling, because that’s where the alarm clock will be! Drag it back down to your bed to fully deactivate the alarm clock.
IQ Alarm Clock
Here’s one for Mensa group members; the IQ Alarm Clock doesn’t take a snooze for an answer. To make it stop ringing, solve an IQ question, and this is not the riddle me this type, it’s a standard IQ test. I would love to hate this clock, but the design is so sleek that I wouldn’t mind to have one in my bedroom – without batteries of course.
Water Spray Alarm Clock
Trying to sleep in for 10 more minutes? Expect the Water Spray alarm clock to launch a water attack on you then. It not only does ranged damage but splash damage as well, so either wake up at the sound of the alarm, or prepare to towel off the pools of water all over your room. Beats being woken up with a pail of water, I guess.
Chirp Alarm Clock
Here’s an interesting one. If you are a light sleeper, and you sleep with a roommate or bedmate, then waking up is a pretty sensitive issue. While the other alarm clocks in the list would send your roommate smashing them to pieces if you don’t wake up before they do, this one, can selectively wake its owner by vibrating his or her pillow until they are up. Put the clip back into the alarm clock to make it stop and your roommate will not be the wiser. It even beats the conventional alarm clock system.