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Adorable Cartoon Illustrations Follow the Journey of a Hedgehog and His Cactus Friend

Cartoon IllustrationsIf you are a fan of cute characters then you will love this collection of cartoon illustrations by Bibo X, featuring a journey of a Hedgehog called Keeny and his tiny cactus friend. The story is about Keeny, who is from outer space and was once very lonely until he met the tiny cactus called […]
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10 Tumblr Blogs To Follow For Great Writing Tips

Few websites are friendlier to creatives than Tumblr, a place to scroll through, like, and reblog posts like there’s no tomorrow. It’s not surprising, then, that hundreds of writing blogs have popped up all over that site faster than you can say “dashboard”.

With so many to choose from, it can get a bit daunting when trying to figure out which you should pay attention to. Therefore, I’ve gathered here 10 of the best must-follow Tumblr blogs for writers. Whether it’s helpful feedback or just some inspiration that you need, these sites can help you keep on writing.

1. The Right Writing

“A tip a day keeps writer’s block away.” This, in a nutshell, is The Right Writing‘s tagline (if it had one). Unlike most writing blogs, TRW does its best to give more than generic writing advice such as “Set a daily writing quota” or “Just keep hammering away at your keyboard”. Instead, it gives specific, actionable tips on how to craft a first line, how to describe a character, how to craft an eye-catching title, etc. The blog also occasionally posts interesting, writing-related links.

2. Quotes From Books

Whether you need life advice from the world’s greatest writers, or inspiration for writing awesome lines, Quotes from Books is the blog to follow. The site also provides book recommendations, in case you’re looking for something new to read. After all, writers need to read as much – if not more than – they write, right?

3. Writing Quotes

If “writer’s block” is bugging you (again), check out this site. Writing Quotes dishes out tips straight from the greats themselves on how to write, how not to write, how to read, and “all sorts of wordy things”, as the blogger put it. Pro-Tip: You can reblog the quotes that resonate the most with you, and tag them “writing quotes”, so you can refer back to them later when you need them. More Tumblr tips here.

4. WordStuck

One of a writer’s greatest weapons is an expansive vocabulary, and WordStuck does a wonderful job of filling that need. The site regularly posts about words from around the world and their respective meanings, framed in beautiful graphics created by the blogger. It’s especially fun when the site posts words that have no direct English translation – and you’re a native speaker of the language that uses that word!

5. Yeah Write

Yeah Write doesn’t just dish out writing advice, post daily prompts, and write about industry news, it also encourages writers to come together as a community through their “workshopper” program, where people can publicly offer their editing / proofreading / workshopping services. Whether you need any of these services or not, Yeah Write is a must-follow site.

6. Writing Problems

Ever felt that you’re the only one who suffers from (insert writing problem here)? Don’t worry; Writing Problems is here to let you know that, yes, you’re not the only one who types a word, presses “Backspace”, types that word again, and presses “Backspace” again. Scroll through their posts for a dose of side-splitting, “Hey, I can relate to this!” humor, and feel your writing-related stress melt away.

7. Fix Your Writing Habits

Writers have a nasty habit of doing everything except – irony of ironies – writing. Douglas Adams, for instance, was notorious for missing deadlines, and had to be locked up in hotel rooms to have any of his work done. (In case his name doesn’t ring a bell, he’s the man behind The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.)

As the blog’s title implies, Fix Your Writing Habits tries to give you the best advice possible for getting you back on track, as well as vanquishing the Procrasti-Monster forever. The site is run by multiple authors, who put their money where their mouth is by posting on the blog regularly.

8. Reference For Writers

If you’re a writer who constantly works under tight deadlines, Reference For Writers is for you. The site posts comprehensive lists and links to research materials that would have taken you hours to find on your own. Occasionally, it posts the usual writing-blog material: tips, ideas, and inspiration for wordsmiths.

9. The Writing Café

Don’t want to clutter your dashboard with too many writing blogs? Just follow this one, then. The Writing Café is your all-in-one resource for writing advice, writing resources, links to research materials, etc. The blogger is friendly enough to answer questions, and patient enough to direct you to existing links if you ask a question that’s already been answered.

10. Your Favorite Author’s Tumblr Blogs

It’s difficult to link to just one author, since there are so many of them, and each of them caters to a specific taste. Personally, I follow Neil Gaiman for updates on his work, as well as Joe Hill, the eldest son of Stephen King and a formidable horror author in his own right. You can find more author blogs when you click “Find Blogs” on your dashboard, and click “Writers” in the Spotlight tab.

Conclusion

These blogs are just the tip of the iceberg. As writing keeps evolving as a craft, it’s inevitable for new writing blogs to mushroom all over the web (not just on Tumblr). If you know other writing blogs that haven’t been listed here, please do share them in the comments section.





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Weekly Inspiration – The Webby Awards, Kraftwerk, Follow Bubble, and more


It’s that time of the week again, a chance for you to sit back and be inspired by some of our favorite web and mobile designs from the past week.

You may also like to browse the Web Inspiration Archives.

The Webby Awards →
The Webby Awards

Kraftwerk →
Kraftwerk

Rumble Labs →
Rumble Labs

Follow Bubble →
Follow Bubble

Toga Group →
Toga Group

IMM →
IMM

Exit Music →
Exit Music

Flavien Guilbaud →
Flavien Guilbaud

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Executing FAQ Pages: 10 Examples You Can Follow

If you have a website that deals with clients, customers or the public in general, there is bound to be a need for the FAQ page. The FAQ page deals with questions that are asked repeatedly. These common questions are roped together and placed in this particular section where visitors can go to, to find answers they need.

Many sites out there put effort into making their FAQ page design as welcoming, clearcut, and as organized as possible so as to not overwhelm the reader. In this post, we take a look at how those features are executed by the following 10 sites, some with creative results. Note that for many of the examples, you will need to go to the site to experience the interactions yourself.

40/40 Creative

The 40/40 Creative FAQ page pokes fun at the infamous phrase, "there are no stupid questions" courtesy of Lloyd and Harry here. The page applies the use of humor in the questions posed, and the single-page design pretty much covers the most common of questions asked, though not in the exact same words.

It also takes the opportunity to embed a few Call-To-Actions near the end of the page, bringing traffic to their contact email, blog, Project Planner and newsletter.

TGI Fridays

TGI Fridays is America’s most iconic bar and grill based in Manhattan. Pay attention to details as this FAQ page has a few interactions you can play with. First, if you mouse over the words ‘eat’, ‘drink’, ‘socialize’ and ‘find’ at the top, they switch into cool icons.

Moreover, the banners at the footer aren’t just ordinary ads. The banners expand while you click on them to show you more details about propositions displayed.

McDonald’s Canada

McDonald’s Canada FAQ page has a highly responsive design which uses both videos and drop-down windows to show answers to your favorite questions. Also, if you want, you may change the windows grid layout on the page into the line layout by switching the yellow icon found at the far right on the Ingredients bar.

You can search or ask questions with the search bar then sort questions by videos, images and brief text answers. At the end of the search bar is an FAQ button; click that and you are taken to another section…

… with questions that when clicked will release drop-down windows and force all the other windows to shift positions to accommodate the textbox.

99designs

99designs is a design contest marketplace where designers share their work and clients come to buy the best of them. The use of a collage featuring some of their designs as a large background image puts you in the same room with them, providing subtle familiarity and comfort.

This FAQ page section itself is further broken down into 2 subsections, one for clients and the other for designers. Both subsections carry a mix of general and specialized questions, which makes it easier for you to find the answers you want.

Pinterest

Pinterest’s FAQ page is sleek, minimalistic and stylish. All three links lead to the same help center page which is quite easy to navigate with a topical sidebar on the left. All the answers go with detailed descriptions and screenshots to help Pinterest dummies become gurus.

Mint

The Mint FAQ page looks ordinary at first glance, but is quite stylish and cool. It has tabbed sections that divide your most frequently asked questions about the Basics, Bank Accounts, Features and Apps Mint has to offer.

The questions are written in tutorial style with proper links to the pages you might need to solve your issue. And if you can’t find answers to your questions, just visit their community forum for more help.

Spotify

Spotify’s FAQ section do not only feature the what, but also the how. Their FAQ section is actually quite comprehensive and highly organized, yet does not overwhelm users as they can breeze through the guidelines quite easily. Drop-down menus are heavily used.

And you’ll find actual step-by-step tutorials along with screenshots to help you figure out the steps you need to take.

The guidelines are even broken down into the type of device you are on, regardless if it’s Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phones or other platforms (where applicable). When all fails, reach out for Community help in the right side of the page.

SoundCloud

SoundCloud made their FAQ page in 2 parts: the first one consists of the most commonly asked questions along with answers, and the second part has questions separated into blocks. If you have not found the answer at the first section, go straight to the second one.

I love the way the blocks are displayed: a simple use of cool orange and black icons (which are SoundCloud’s main logo colors) along with brief descriptions of every section. The design looks minimalistic, pleasant to the eye, and user-friendly.

SmugMug

When you look at it, you can see the SmugMug Help center page emphasizes the human touch. Yes, the beautiful image header is full of real people and the large font is present, but notice that they also have the search bar up front, their ‘Email Us’ button is placed at the top right, a ‘Getting Started’ video is situated on the left while their ‘Help Topics’ is listed out on the right.

Click into any of the topics and you will see a clean sheet of Q&A with the questions in color and a few font sizes larger than snippets of the answers.

Clicking into the questions will bring you to a page with a step-by-step tutorial on how to solve your problem, complete with screenshots.

Vimeo

Vimeo has a highly organized FAQ page. You may use search bar on the top or at the bottom to find the answer, or browse through the section to find what you want. Click on each section name to go to the pages where you can find more detailed answers.

You’ll appreciate the simplistic approach Vimeo uses when you find out that under ‘Sharing Videos’, even the ‘Embedding Videos’ section alone carries 20 frequently asked questions.





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15 Inspirational Typographers To Follow on Instagram

2Whilst Instagram thrives with hipster iPhonography, it also boasts a very large collection of beautiful design work and in this article I am going to be focusing on 15 typographers that I think deserve your follow on Instagram. The 15 artists that I have selected consistantly publish both work in progress shots and finished pieces that are sure […]
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Design Trends: Do We Follow Them Without Realizing It?

Quick – what’s the hottest design trend right now? Whether you answered ‘flat design‘ or something similar, it doesn’t really matter. The fact is, we all know what the trends currently are, and we all have opinions about them. The truth is, every designer hops on the current trend bandwagon in some way.

Some are more obvious about it than others, but cultural design trends do seep into our consciousness whether we want them to or not. So, designers: are you following the latest trends without even realizing it? I think you are, and today we’re going to explore some reasons why.

A Product Of The Times

Take a look through any design annual from before the turn of the century, and you may notice something interesting. The designs featured there, though they may all be different and unique, still have a certain type of aesthetic. For example, designs from the 1990s were heavily influenced by the New Wave and grunge styles, and thus overwhelmingly feature distressed looks and bold, unusual type treatments. The same goes for design work produced in any period, whether it’s baroque, psychedelic, Dada, Bauhaus, and the list goes on.

Even if the designers didn’t associate with one another at all, their work can still look alike. This is because of the shared ideals of a particular generation. People living in a particular time and place are influenced by the socio-economic realities of that era. If there’s a war going on, or if there was a devastating natural disaster that is still fresh in people’s minds, these things will come out in their work. Even music, television and film, paintings, sculpture, and every other kind of creative work will share this kind of collective commonality.

Faster Trend Cycles Today

It seems like we go through trends much faster than people did in the past. A design style can be around for mere months before everyone is tired of it and moving on to something new. This is largely because of the Internet and the increased speed of communication. When ideas spread at lightning speed, it becomes much harder to hold on to a trend and to make it stick.

But what does this mean for design? It means that designers are all aware of this faster cycling, and will adjust their work to keep up with the bandwagon. They may not want to, or they may even deny that it’s happening, but they still do it. When those likes on Dribbble or Behance start to dry up, designers may grudgingly adapt to keep their popularity strong.

Do You Have To Be Conscious Of It?

In a word, no. As we saw, designers can have no connection whatsoever to one another or to any particular style, but they will still echo the current events that are happening in their part of the world through their design in a similar way. We humans are very adaptable – any time something changes in the world, we unconsciously adjust our worldview to deal with it.

Take me, for example. I completely ignored the coming of “flat” design – didn’t care about it at all until last year’s iOS 7 update for the iPhone forced me to notice its predominance. Yet my work still echoes that of others who were consciously embracing it all along. I didn’t intend for that to happen, but I was still exposed to the same environmental influences that others of my generation were. It’s odd, but that’s just the way it happens.

What Goes Around…

So, what do you do when people start comparing you to designers you’ve never heard of? Do you correct them and insist that your ideas came to you independently? Do you change your style, or is it better to just stick it out and wait for the trend wheel to come full circle? What if the person everyone is comparing you to actually came after you, and they’ve got it backwards? Is it appropriate to point that out, or will that just make your reputation worse?

I think that, if your work is genuinely good, it doesn’t matter whether it’s “in” or not, or whether people know who influenced whom. The work will always be new to someone, after all. If your clients are happy, and you are happy, there’s no need to worry about what others are thinking. If you like, you can lay out your own creative “family tree,” as explained by Austin Kleon in the book Steal Like An Artist. Kleon advocates making a public note of your influences, as well as those creatives who are doing anything similar to your own work.

What Do You Think?

Do you pay attention to trends? Is your work suggestive of the trends of your generation anyway? (Yes. The answer is yes.) Tell us your trendy thoughts in the comments.





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20 web designers to follow on Behance

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Behance is a great place to find new work and creative inspiration from top web designers and agencies. But with so many of them to browse through, it can be difficult to know where to start. So to make things easy for you, we’ve done the hard work and picked 20 of the top web design portfolios that are definitely worth a look…




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20 graphic designers to follow on Instagram

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With over 200 million monthly active users, Instagram has fast become the coolest social media network. The image-based platform lets you capture and share the world around you and get a sneaky peek into what others are up to, too including your favourite graphic designers. To help you find them all, we’ve compiled a quick list of some of the most funny, interesting and just down-right cool creatives for you to follow.




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Blogs to Follow in 2015

As you must already know, the year slowly draws to an end. There are just a few months left of the year 2014, and the next one is already around
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10 inspiring photographers to follow on Instagram

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If you’re looking for visual inspiration then Instagram is an obvious place to head. With more than five million photos being uploaded every hour, there’s no shortage of images to choose from. But that enormous variety also presents its own problem. How do you sort through the billions of average images to find the gems in the rough? Well, one you thing can do is to follow the right Instagram users. Here we’ve selected a few great accounts to follow to get you started…




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