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Out of This World Tutorials

As promised, here are some amazing outer-space tutorials for your learning. This is part 2 of the "Out of This World" series. I'm sure that you have seen some of these tutorials before, but hopefully, you will find a few that are totally new. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and choose a few of these tutorials and try them out for yourself.

Part I: Out of This World Typography
Part II: Out of This World Tutorials

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Gloss’d – A Free Icon Set

Today, we have an awesome icon set to giveaway to our readers. The icon set is called Gloss'd. The set comes with five, high-quality, ready to download icons for you to use in your next project.

By the way, the set includes the best looking Twitter icon I have ever seen. Go ahead and grab the free stuff before others start downloading it and they crash our servers, thereby preventing you from downloading anything. :)

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The Benefits of Experimentation

"The true method of knowledge is experiment." - William Blake

I spend a fair amount of time working on web design. After a full day at the office, it’s not uncommon for me to come home and work on my own site, blog or other personal projects. It’s also not uncommon for people to ask me how I “find the time” to do this type of personal work. My response, especially to other Web designers, is this. How can you not find the time to do this type of work?

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Out of This World Typography

On the last type-inspiration post, we showcased some incredible black and white typography. We've also gathered the ultimate collection of nature-inspired typography.

Today, we will be showcasing outer space typography. This is probably my favorite style of design. There is so much that you can do with the outer space, galaxy style. While it is not really appropriate to use in most client projects, it is a very fun effect to implement on your own personal projects.

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Ask the Expert: Typography Talk with Brian Hoff

Ask the Expert is a weekly series here on Design Informer. For this week's theme, we will be talking about typography. Brian Hoff is this week's expert.

Brian is a graphic designer from the always-sunny Philadelphia. He collaborates mostly on corporate identity and branding, but is also experienced in building all kinds of quality, strategic design, both in print and on the web.

In addition to his design services, he also writes for the popular graphic design and creative business blog, The Design Cubicle. The blog not only teaches, inspires and helps other designers, but also focuses on client education and design awareness, while showcasing his work, creative processes, and personal practices.

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Where Do You Work?

Assuming that you have a choice available with no outside factors involved - choosing whether to work from home or a rented space/studio is a decision every freelancer should spend time thinking about. Importantly, it's a question that one should probably ask themselves at regular intervals of their freelancing life... There is no right or wrong answer; it is ultimately a personal decision for the lone freelancer.

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Incredible Black and White Typography

I love the use of different colors in design. Designs that use vibrant colors really attract my attention. I've definitely done my part in showcasing colorful designs.

Today, we will be focusing on black and white. In the world of design, black and white definitely have their place. Using black and white can definitely add a touch of class as well as a classical element to a design. Just take for instance, black and white movies. Because of the lack of color, these movies automatically generate a classic feel.

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Some People Actually Read: Sparing a Thought for ‘Readers’ in the Design Community

The ever burgeoning web design community has received numerous plaudits for its incessant dedication towards collaborative information sharing. Tutorials, CSS website showcases and open source web development projects are some of the many treats available to the knowledge-seeking design enthusiast. Social media networks too have been thoroughly utilised in promoting the vast amount of material available for designers, amongst other like-minded visual arts aficionados. But what is there in store for the ‘reader’? – The normal thumb-twiddling average Joe who has a keen appreciation of visual aesthetics but is first and foremost a reader.

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