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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.

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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?

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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.

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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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Ask the Expert – Design Discussion with James White

Ask the Expert is a popular series here on Design Informer. "design discussion" is the theme for this interview. The renowned designer, James White is this week's expert.

James White is a graphic designer from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. His personal art and design ambitions has landed him in many worldwide creative publications such as Computer Arts magazine, Computer Arts Projects, Advanced Photoshop magazine, Wired UK and the spanish DT Platinum magazine where he was included in their ‘21 People of the Century’ article. Additionally, James was also named as the Best Visual Artist in The Coast’s ‘Best of Halifax 2009’ readers poll.

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Did You Accept the Daily Design Challenge?

A little over a week ago, an article that I wrote was published on Smashing Magazine entitled, Design Something Every Day!

This post was a challenge for all designers to design something daily for the entire 2010. The post actually generated a lot of great response from the design community and there are a lot of people who have decided to make it part of their New Year's resolution.

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Web Design Iterations and Algorithms

If you were to ask me what's the best way to showcase your creativity, then I would definitely say that it is in designing a website. I would not be exaggerating if I said that the sky's the limit when it comes to creative possibilities in web design. Needless to say, we all want to come up with beautiful, usable, and creative designs to make a name for ourselves in the web design community.

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