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Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien From the Eyes of Designers

The past couple of weeks, the media has been in a frenzy. When news that Conan O'Brien was getting the boot from NBC, there suddenly was an uproar. Everyone was defending Conan, including designers. Last week, my Twitter stream was filled with "Save Coco" or "We Love Conan." Personally, I never really watched him and I don't really feel sorry for him (he's making millions from this), but because of all the hoopla surrounding this debacle, I decided to look around and see what designers have done. Usually, if there's something big in the news, you can be sure that designers have already fired up Photoshop or have taken their pens and papers and have already started designing and creating something dealing with the issue.


20 Indispensable Browser Based Apps

There’s nothing better than a good browser based app. Browser based apps require no downloading and no installation, so you can start using them whenever and wherever you like. What’s more, each one of these apps is accessible from any computer in the world, provided that it’s connected to the internet, so there’s no need to take expensive and heavy hardware with you when you’re out of the office. Some of these apps can be used on your mobile phone too!

There are browser based alternatives to almost every traditional piece of software you frequently use, whether it’s for word processing, image editing, listening to music, screen sharing, storing files and folders, or even making to-do lists. Here, we bring you 20 indispensable web apps, which once you’ve tried, you’ll never want to live without again. Most of the apps explored below are free, so there’s nothing stopping you from giving them a go.


Help Haiti: Designers Getting Involved

On January 13, 2010, the world was shocked to hear the news about the devastation that took place in Haiti. An earthquake with the magnitude of 7.0 hit the country hard. A few days later, we were informed of the hundreds of thousands of people that were killed due to this horrific event. When the people around the world heard of this tragedy, lots of them immediately took action. Millions of dollars have been raised thus far to help out the Haitians.

While I was reading Twitter on that day, it seemed like many designers got involved as well. Hundreds of tweets filled my stream saying tht they have donated money to the cause of reviving and salvaging what's left of Haiti. Today, I just want to showcase some of the designs that were created by designers who got involved and wanted to spread the word about helping the country of Haiti. Also, many designers have decided to blog about it and to donate proceeds from their work to help out those suffering in Haiti.


Create a Cute Little Tiger in Illustrator

The tiger is one of the coolest animals in the earth. It's a very powerful, dangerous, yet fascinating animal. In this tutorial, we will be drawing the tiger, but we will be doing it a little bit different. Instead of portraying the tiger as a savage and mean creature, I will teach you how to draw a cute little tiger that you will be able to use in your projects, as a desktop wallpaper, etc. You will also learn lots of Illustrator techniques as well. This is the perfect tutorial for year 2010, the year of the tiger. So what are we waiting for? Let's begin, r-r-r-r...


Principles of Great Design: Craftsmanship

I love beautiful things. There's very little in the world that takes my breath away quite like an object that was lovingly crafted, built with care and passion, and presented with the sort of pride that befits a marvelously well-made item.

That which is beautiful is increasingly difficult to come by in a world where a premium is placed on speed, and things are made to be disposable. We often sacrifice real craftsmanship at the altar of expediency. While we are still capable of recognizing the value of something that has been expertly constructed, we often choose the cheap and easy option instead.


Impressive Tumblr Customizations

We all know how popular WordPress is. Hundreds of blogs that we visit daily use WordPress to publish their content. Over the past year, there have been a few different services that have popped up that allows you to post content online a lot faster than WordPress would. Two of the most popular ones are Tumblr and Posterous.

While posting content through these services is incredibly easy, the hard part is choosing which one to use. They both have their pros and cons. I actually asked around Twitter for people's opinion on which they liked best: Tumblr or Posterous?


Wallpaper of the Week – Colourful Universe

I can't believe it's already the eight edition of Wallpaper of the Week. The wallpaper for this week is entitled Colourful Universe. The wallpaper was designed by UK based graphic designer, Simon Page. He is a self-taught graphic designer who loves many aspects of design but his main passions are typography art, illustration and geometric design.

Please check out the wallpaper in full-view to really see the beauty of Simon's work. The circle is incredibly filled with smaller circles and amazing colors.


Lorem Ipsum is Killing Your Designs

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In Defense of the King (Content)

By now you should have heard the meme that content is king; you've probably heard it frequently, in fact. This is because there is a remarkable amount of truth behind it. The copy, images, video and other miscellaneous content are the reason that your visitors are both going to and remaining on your site. Sites like Craigslist prove this to us time and again.


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