September 2011

How to design a Magazine Cover that will stand out.

With all the competition online, it’s getting tougher to sell magazines these days. You get one shot at attracting the reader, and that’s usually the cover. The magazine industry has been honing their skills for many years, and there are some tips and tricks that seem to work. Check out the guide at NaldzGraphics.

August 2011

Photoshop Color Gradient Sets for Designers.

Gradients are one of the fundamental building blocks of graphic design. Default gradients are neatly nested among Photoshop’s tools, or they can be created quickly and easily. Gradient Sets created by others are useful when you’re stuck, need some inspiration or simply don’t have time. You’ll find a bunch of freebies at NerdTreasure.

Comic Book Colors: Then and Now.

As any regular reader knows, I’m quite passionate about comics. I’m delighted that in the 2012 Pantone View Home + Interiors, you will find a color palette based on The Comics. Colors in this palette reference the bright, vivid colors of modern comics. But what of the colors of the limited palettes available prior to the 1980s? Check out this splendid article at EisemanColorBlog.  Juicy!

July 2011

A Collection of Retro and Vintage Design Resources.

Dive right in to this collection at Noupe that is positively overflowing with vintage styled design goodies just waiting to be added into your next design project. From PS brushes to patterns to icons and so much more, this post has got it all!

50 wonderfully designed Wedding Invitations.

Wedding invitation design is one of the most creative areas of print design today. Talented designers really pull out all the stops and create some amazingly inspirational pieces. Check out the fifty astounding examples of wedding invitation design at DesignShack.

June 2011

Infographics: Overview, history and creative examples.

Infographics present complex information quickly and clearly, such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education. With an information graphic, computer scientists, mathematicians, and statisticians develop and communicate concepts using a single symbol to process information. DjDesignerLab reveals all you need to know about these wonderful graphic tools.

Creative Album Covers.

There’s so much we designers can get inspired by, and one thing that isn’t too common to see around the net are album covers. In this compilation, Insfired has had a look through thousands of CD covers to pick out some that they think show great creativity and can serve as inspiration to designers.

May 2011

Stunning Wing Tattoo Designs.

Wing tattoo designs holds a special place in tattoo lovers hearts as it gives them a sense of freedom. However, wing tattoos can be very detailed so you should be ready physically, mentally and financially to visit your local tattoo parlor couple of times. Slodive have collected some awesome wing tattoo designs for your inspiration.

Creative and beautiful Wedding Invitations.

One of the most important aspects of a wedding is the invitation. It completely sets the mood for the whole wedding. Your invitation is the first thing that your guests will see to have an idea of what your wedding will be like and what they will experience. PixelCurse has 10 Creative and Beautiful Wedding Invitations that are sure to inspire.

Original Retro Style Illustrations.

DzineBlog looks at some excellent examples of retro-style illustration: those belonging to Dan Page.  He is an illustrator who has managed to combine the simple, descriptive graphics of the retro style with illustration concepts that span from surrealism to extremely intelligent puns. I seriously cannot get enough of this dude, his work is simply amazing.