Graphic design is very useful thing to know and it can open up new horizons and maybe a new career path. You might want to start learning it as a hobby or maybe your desired job’s description requires it.
If you’ve decided that graphic design is something you want to study but have yet to go searching for a book at the library, take a look at these online resources to help you this amazing journey you are about to undertake.
I’m sure you’ve visited this website more than once and that you are quite familiar with it. But did you know that it’s also a great source for tutorials for all fields?
If there is a particular task in your course material you have having problem with, Youtube is a perfect place to go for help. It offers tutorials showing anything and everything: from the small things like adding an extra layer to your image file or installing the software needed, to more complex challenges…there are few things you can’t find a video tutorial for on this site.
When visiting Youtube, viewer discretion is advised. Try to watch the educational videos and stay away from *that* part of Youtube. If you’re easily distracted, you might end up watching videos of cats for minutes, even hours on end.
This website is a well-known online video tutorial & training platform. Some of their work is also present on the previously mentioned site (Youtube), but for the full experience you will want to sign up with them and get access to their full content. They offer a wide variety of tutorials, from beginner to advanced level on everything you’ve ever wanted to know.
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The evolution of transport technology resulted for us in the advanced system that gives an opportunity to get ourselves to any part of the Earth without considerable efforts from our side – we just need some money. And the forecasts are even more optimistic: if the nuclear holocaust doesn’t occur in the near future, our opportunities for travelling will become even more easy, comfortable and reliable. I believe you remember some retrofuturistic fantasies about vacuum tunnels between big cities. Well, there are rumors about a building of such transport system between Los Angeles and San-Francisco. Will see.
But let’s return to the present reality and to its factors of comfort. One of it is a guarantee for booking. Information technology is so cool that now most people do it through the internet. So, in this case the problem of putting the best booking system appears before web developer. Today I want to help you to solve the problem in regards to WordPRess CMS, which is one of the most wide used platforms. Meet 10 effective booking plugins for WordPress.
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Bookings is very multi-functional. It will be suitable for those who need the maximum from the booking plugin.
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This plugin adds to the website an efficient calendar, which will be an auxiliary booking map for your visitors.
Many words have been already said about web design color trends of this year. But they change so fast that it won’t do you any wrong to update your knowledge base on the topic one more time. Today we decided to plunge into cool waters of the color blue. Why? The answer is obvious – users like blue hues. Blue color in web design is always trendy. According to recent Instagram research, blue images receive 24 percent more likes than photos with high concentrations of reds and oranges. Today we will try to understand what psychological nuances trigger this mechanism of blues special appeal.
Let’s start with the definition
The word “blue” has derived from the Old French word “bleu”. Blue is a color of spectrum with wavelength of 440–490nm. It is considered one of the additive primary colors. On the optical spectrum, blue is located between violet and green. Surveys in the U.S. and Europe show that blue is the color most commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, and confidence. In U.S. and European public opinion polls it is overwhelmingly the most popular color, chosen by almost half of both men and women as their favorite color. Impressive, isn’t it?
As a rule, we use the word “blue” to refer to any color from navy blue to cyan.
But let’s sort out shades and variations of blue more attentively
Blue is the color of light between violet and green on the visible spectrum. Hues of blue include indigo and ultramarine, closer to violet; pure blue, without any mixture of other colors; Cyan, which is midway on the spectrum between blue and green, and the other blue-greens turquoise, teal, and aquamarine.
Blues vary in shade or tint as well. Darker shades of blue contain black or grey, while lighter tints contain white. Darker shades of blue include ultramarine, cobalt blue, navy blue, and Prussian blue; while lighter tints include sky blue, azure, and Egyptian blue. (As you understand this list is not complete, for more info you can click here).
Do you know what blue pigments were originally made from? Usually they were made of minerals such as lapis lazuli, cobalt and azurite. Blue dyes were made from plants like woad in Europe, and Indigofera tinctoria, or True indigo, in Asia and Africa. We are sure that you won’t be surprised if we tell you that at present most blue pigments and dyes are made by chemical process.
However, we still don’t know the answer why do so many people like blue…
We offer you to reason. What are your personal associations with blue? Blue is the color of the sky and sea. Both are constant elements we’ve got used to since childhood. Plenty of positive emotions are connected with cloudless sky and warm, tranquil sea.
Maybe that’s why blue is so often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.
Did you know that blue is beneficial to the mind and body? It slows human metabolism and makes us calm as cucumbers. Blue is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness. If you are interested in heraldry, you should know that blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity.
But what about blue color in web design? Where blues are simply indispensable?
CSS3 technique raised in the mid of 2000’s and still it’s widely used throughout the web. It’s not surprising, because in spite of quite simple usage CSS3 gives a great variety of opportunities for web designing. As everything popular Cascading Style Sheets gain a certain amount of clichés and therefore nowadays in most cases it is quite common for users and considered as something regular on the web.
However, you should know that all simple things become fantasy if you attach some lighthearted creativeness.CSS3 jobs are not the exception and sometimes we can meet such elements that truly can be named masterpieces. As you could guess this post is totally about such type of internet art: take a look 10 examples of nonstandard navigation menus with CSS3 I have gathered for your inspiration and improvement.
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It’s wonderfully designed websites that presents scary film Cabin in the Woods. The menu supports the creepy atmosphere of the website by flashing, splashing and other spooky effects.
When designing a website, a lot of attention is paid to details like color combination, layout, design, images, user-interface, and navigation. The one thing that often gets ignored is font. To my mind, that seems a tad bit unfair, since choosing the right font can spell the difference between engaging your readers and sending them away with a bad headache.
“What’s the big deal? Why make such brouhaha about it? Fonts are just fonts, right? What do they have to do with anything? Just pick any and go with it. Or better still, stick to the more common ones and you are good!”
My dear friends, you dismiss fonts in that casual, offhand manner and you are going to have some big trouble on your hands. Fonts appeal to your readers at a psychological level. Don’t believe me? Well, I come bearing hard facts to back up my statement. In fact, I present to you the psychological experiment that was done by two researchers from the University of Michigan – Hyunjin Song and Norbet Schwartz.
In two separate studies, Song and Schwartz were able to discover a connection between fonts and how they affected human perception. In the first experiment, one group of test subjects was given directions written in a simple font, while the second group received the same directions written in a fancy font.
Astoundingly enough, test subjects with the simple-font directions declared it would take them 8.2 minutes to complete the task as compared to the 15-minute estimate that was given by the other group. Isn’t it amazing? The simpler font made people think that the task was a breeze to accomplish. Hey, if it’s easier to read, then it’s easier to do, right?
But does that mean fancy fonts are useless?
Most probably you have met this picture on the web:
It’s definitely cool and shows the exact difference between JPEG and PNG formats: JPEG is lossy and PNG is lossless. Nevertheless, the image is quite unidirectional: after looking at it you can decide that you should always use PNG to have your pictures nice and clean. However, this view is very superficial, because there is no universally better format. Everything depends on the situation: in some cases JPEG is more suitable, in other cases PNG will be the only proper choice. So, answering the question strictly: JPG vs PNG – which is better to choose? – I would say: none of them. Below I reviewed pluses and minuses of both illustration formats for the web and outlined the ways of their relevant usage.
To get a feature-rich Drupal website, consider this pre-configured Free Drupal Open Framework Theme. Feel free to download this theme and make the power of Drupal, Stanford and Open Framework work for your project.
This free template is based on Open Framework – responsive Drupal theme based on Twitter Bootstrap 2.3. By the way, it will be switched to Bootstrap 3 soon. It should be also mentioned that this framework works only with Drupal 7 and it’s not compatible with the older versions. Follow the links to read more about this framework:
Open framework is the core of this theme, and its layout is designed in correspondence to Stanford branding identity (the chosen colors and set fonts). Why Stanford? Because Stanford framework theme is a sub-theme of Open Framework and for today there are 5 Stanford’s Drupal themes available for today. The sixth one is the free template from this post. Its clean elegant layout will perfectly work for a variety of websites (business, communications, education, etc.). Click the link below to see this simple and user-friendly design in action. And get its source files to set up a site on its basis.
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It’s powerful enough to embody the core ethics of your business, draw people towards your product, and say everything about the consumer base itself. It’s the medium which becomes the message and endeavours to set itself ahead of the game. It’s the brand identity which becomes the key marketing device and imprints itself in both the commercial and social market, forging itself into the minds and imaginations of the cultures within which it operates. Designing a powerful brand doesn’t just have to be catchy – it has to be unforgettable, revealing, and indispensable.
Reasons that popular apps like the Logo game place the most popular logos on the easier levels isn’t simply because the companies are commonplace household or roadside names. It’s because they have become ingrained in the historical psyche of society and the brands are reflective of this. Whether or not the logo has changed its shape and nature multiple times – aka Pepsi – the brand that is successful is always recognizable.
Everyone knows about Photoshop: this product from Adobe is so widely known and used that it can be definitely called legen…WAIT WAIT…dary. However, its extra popularity can put a shadow on other Adobe products.
For example, there is a utility called ImageReady, which gives a opportunity to work with bitmap formats. It has been a faithful companion for Photoshop for almost 10 years. And finally, lacking the users’ attention, it was discontinued in 2007. Nevertheless, Adobe ImageReady is still used by people who know its benefits for creating animations. Below I would like to present some helpful Adobe ImageReady tutorials from such skillful people. Welcome the world of ImageReady.
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It’s a very informative tutorial that teaches different aspects of working with ImageReady. It is divided into 5 pages, each of them includes step-by-step guide.
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This is very interactive tut from famous Newgrounds community. Just click and watch the next step.