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Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’.

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Ask the Expert – Maintaining Multiple Websites with Nick La

Ask the Expert is a weekly series here on Design Informer. Maintaining multiple websites is the theme for this week. Nick La is this week's expert.

Nick La is a Toronto based freelance illustrator and web designer. His main focuses are designing stock icons, illustrations, and beautiful CSS websites. Nick's work has been featured in many online portals and design publications such as: Computer Arts, Web Designer Magazine, Practical Web Design (.Net magazine), DIGIT, and Web Design Index.

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What an Animal – Illustrations of Turkeys

This is part 3 of the "What an Animal" series here on Design Informer. Since Thanksgiving is in a couple of days, today's showcase will feature turkeys.

The turkey has always been associated with Thanksgiving. If you want to know why, don't ask me. Just look it up on Wikipedia or something. Let's take a peek at 20 fantastic and bizarre illustrations of turkeys.

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Ask the Expert: Designing a Logo with David Airey

Ask the Expert is a weekly series here on Design Informer. Designing a logo is the theme for this week. David Airey is this week's expert.

David Airey is a brand identity designer and consultant. He creates visual identities for companies of all sizes, from Yellow Pages to one-person start-ups. He has helped clients in Japan, Nigeria, South Africa, Canada, England, the United States, and many other locations across the globe.

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20 Stunning Illustrations of US Soldiers

What happened yesterday in Fort Hood, Texas was devastating. A madman went on a shooting rampage inside an Army base and after all was said in done, 12 people were killed and 31 others were wounded. This is really a sad moment in our country. I for one am devastated just thinking about it. One of my cousins is in Iraq right now, serving our country.

Well, I wanted to honor those who died and I was thinking of something that I could do, so I decided to blog about it. Here are 20 stunning illustrations of US Soldiers. Hopefully, while viewing these illustrations, we can remind ourselves of the great and ultimate sacrifice that these soldiers have given us. Let us also spend a moment to think about all those families who have just lost a loved one.

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The Beauty of London in Design

“There is no specific London style.” At least that's what the ‘Super Contemporary’ show at London’s Design Museum proclaims. During an exploration of London's art and design scene in September 2009, what did emerge was a city with a unique sense of its own personality and history, a fertile hub of international thinkers, and a community working towards a future that is designed to be interactive, environmentally responsible, and prosperous.

Here is a look at the visual personality of London, based on visits to the city's major art museums, attendance at the 2009 London Design Festival, and interviews with artists and designers who call the great city home.

Art Director: Neville Brody

London magazines including The Face, i-D, Blitz, and Arena became major influences on international design during the eighties and nineties. The Face was known as a showcase of London street style and experimental graphic design during Neville Brody’s tenure as Art Director from 1982-86. Brody incorporated hand-drawn typefaces and custom graphic symbols into his page layouts.

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The Favorite Colors of Our Favorite Designers

Using the right color is very important to any design. It can literally make or break your design. While there are a lot of good colors and color combinations to use when designing, we often tend to stick with our favorite color(s).

I wanted to find out from the top web designers what their favorite colors were so I contacted these 10 awesome designers and asked them the following question.

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Invoice Like A Pro: Examples and Best Practices

Your invoice should be prim and proper, so that you can get paid by your clients efficiently. While invoicing is not a fun task, it's a necessary one: by keeping clients informed of your expectations, you will get paid punctually and reinforce your professionalism. After going over some best practices for creating invoices, we'll review some great (and not so great) online invoicing tools, so that you can spend less time creating invoices and more time doing the things you love!

nancy roy's invoice

Their details and yours. This is Mickey Mouse stuff, but you can't afford to forget it. In addition to the client's address, make sure to include the name of the client's contact person who handles your account! A company with three employees can figure out what you're doing; but in big companies, invoices get misplaced, especially if there's confusion over who belongs to which project.

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Ask the Expert – Starting a Design Blog with Grant Friedman of Colorburned

Ask the Expert is a new series here on Design Informer. Every two weeks, we will ask an expert about a special topic in regards to web design, graphic design, technology, and development. Starting a Design Blog is the current theme. Our expert for this topic is Grant Friedman from Colorburned.

Grant Friedman is a designer, author, and blogger. In addition to being the founder of the popular blog, Colorburned, he is also an interactive and graphic designer with 10 years of experience.

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50 Beautiful and Creative Blog Designs

The most recent collection of creative blog designs was featured here on Smashing Magazine back in July. Only three months have passed and we’ve got a new dose of inspiration for you. Beautiful and sophisticated designs are constantly appearing on the Web; creative activity is in non-stop mode, despite global economic shocks and unfortunate events; and this is surely a positive sign.

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Today, we showcase 60 fresh, beautiful, inventive and, hopefully, inspiring blog designs. The variety of styles represented in this collection is considerable, so everyone will be able to find a tasty piece of inspiration for their own creative aspirations. Notice that every screenshot is clickable and leads to the website itself.

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