2011 Graphic Designer Survey – Win Macbook Pro

macbookpro-survey-promoUPDATE: The winner for the 2011 Graphic Designer Survey has been announced, her name is Kim Getker (http://kimgetker.com/). Thanks to other participants.

Design Float Blog together with Uprinting invite you to take a short 3 minute survey you can find at the bottom of this post. The aim is to keep you updated about the latest graphic design practices, trends and technology by collecting relevant data from actual designers. Collected data will be analyzed to create a timely study about the graphic design profession.

The great thing about current survey is the prize that you can win – awesome brand new 13″ Apple Macbook Pro is waiting for its owner. According to the terms of this promo, it is internationally open and entrants should be age of maturity in their jurisdiction of residence upon time of entry. Only respondents who will submit on or before 11:59 PDT of November 18, 2011 will be included in the Macbook Pro Raffle. The winner will be anounced on November 25 2011 and will be determined by using the third party electronic random number generator. For complete details please check FAQ and Terms and Conditions link.

Elaborate Pin & Thread Art by Debbie Smyth

Drawing in thread is something very delicate to reproduce. It always challenges people to ask themselves ‘how it is being done?’ Today we’ll try to show you by example of Debbie Smyth – the British artist most identifiable by her intriguing thread drawings. Debbie manages to capture the charm of mundane scenes and bring them to life with simple materials – pins & threads. Working on flat surface, she plots out the design with hundreds of thin pins on a canvas and then fills them with threads to create spectacular pictures that float off the surface. Such elaborate drawings resemble of pencil sketches, yet appear very soft and dreamy contrasting with sharp angles. Basically, this is the old pin-and-thread technique that has been made more contemporary with an original approach of Debbie’s. Close to the end of the showcase you’ll see an interview with this skillful textile master and a short time-lapse of one of her creations. We invite you to browse!

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Django Tutorials and Resources

This post is for those who are familiar with Django or just start with it – the high-level Python Web Framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design. As you know, Django was worked out for building intensive Web applications on journalism deadlines, and today we are going to present you the general information that you need to work effectively with this framework. This compilation of Django Tutorials and Resources will provide you with the answers for whatever questions you have concerning Django. You will learn basic information starting from installation of Django, and will move forward the more experienced use of this framework.

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Creating a Custom Authentication Backend

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Django 1.3 – JQuery Tutorial – Making a Flashcard Game (Part 1)

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Dreamlike Illustrations by Gabriel Moreno

Pen and brush are the main materials that are used by Gabriel Moreno for creating his wonderful illustrations. Being black and white at first, his images gain colors and the prints of some places on the layers above them. In such a way, the artist works and presents us his dreamlike illustrations. Within one image you can find the silhouettes of people, flowers, birds, towers, buildings and other elements that are overlayed with colors. Today Gabriel Moreno lives in Madrid. After he graduated of Fine Arts in the University of Sevilla in 98, he worked in different design studios and ad agencies. At present time he works with a number of major national agencies.

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Maria

Illustrations by Gabriel Moreno
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Vogele Shoes

Illustrations by Gabriel Moreno
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Top 10 Scary Halloween Movie Posters

All Saints Day has come and you all know what does it mean. It is time for crazy parties, original costumes and scary pranks of course. Today we’ve decided to give our honour to this awesome and extremely popular holdiay by presenting to you a list of Top 10 Scary Halloween Movie Posters. These are cult horror movies that also have brillinatly performed posters that deserve to be featured in out top 10 list. Despite the fact that tastes differ we assume that you’ll agree with all items from our list and of course don’t forget to let us know about your favorite horror movie poster at the comments section. Well, it is time to have a good time and we wish you to do that. Have a spooky Halloween eve, folks!

The Silence of the Lambs

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Signs

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Most Useful Drupal Resources. Roundup from DesignFloat

This robust platform is in high demand for today due to its powerful blend of features. Drupal suits eCommerce sites, personal blogs, corporate and social media projects. At first sight, you may think that it is a complicated task to learn it, but it’s partially true. While working with it, it becomes clear that it is one of the most flexible open-source CMS. Besides, you can find a large number of attractive looking Drupal websites. We’ve hand-picked in this roudup not only free Drupal themes, but also Most Useful Drupal Resources for you to learn more about Drupal.

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Showcasing 55 Best Drupal Powered Websites

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Seriously Useful eCommerce Modules for Drupal

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14 Awesome Free HTML5 WordPress Themes

Today we’ve prepared for you a great collection which consists of excellent free HTML5 WordPress themes. These wonderful design freebies will be useful for WordPress fans who want to feel the power of HTML5 markup combined with awesome functionality of the most popular blogging software. The following themes are universal by their design and you can use them for any type of the web project. Also few of these are armed with great jQuery features that you may find really useful for your blogging activities. If you have any free HTML5 WordPress themes that we might have missed than please feel to share them with us. Now we wish you to have a great day and hope that you’ll use one of these great freebies.

Spectacular

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Constellation

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Free Halloween Icons, Brushes, Textures for Your Creepy Designs

It has become a good tradition to post some useful Halloween stuff on the threshold of this cool holiday. This time I have compiled the collection of Free Halloween Icons, Brushes, Textures that can ideally fit your creepy designs. Using them, you can add the desired spooky tone to all your works like wallpapers, headers, backgrounds. Old castles, creepy crawlers, bats and flying ghosts and more other cool stuff is waiting for you in this collection. You can download it for free by following the link above. Don’t hesitate and get ready for the forthcoming Halloween!

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Halloween Icons by arrioch

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Halloween Avatars by deleket

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Illustrations by Tom French. Contemporary and Classic Art

What do you think about such interesting art experiments as mixing the traditional fine art with the urban? Such experiments become successful only when they are done by the talented artists. One of such artists will be in the focus of our attention today, and his name is Tom French. His talent grew while he was studying at the Newcastle school of Art & Design and then blossomed in Graphic Design from the Sheffield Institute of Art and Design. He experimented with the styles and techniques, practiced painting and creating illustrations, stencils, collages. All this have merged into one original style peculiar to this young artist. His works can be defined as classic and contemporary with the mixture of techniques and excellent execution. You can enjoy the depth and intensity of these works of art in this post!

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Amphibious Futures

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Cowboy Balance

Illustrations by Tom French
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10 Extremely Useful CSS3 Cheat Sheets

CSS3 along with HTML5 are in the forefront of the top web design trends 2011. Beyond all doubt CSS3 demonstrates great dynamics in its evolution and many web developers achieve awesome results by using more CSS3 properties in their work. So if you are one of those CSS3 loving lads, here are some really time saving resources. If you want to have useful and simple resources that contain various data concerning CSS3 styling language than this collection is a perfect one for you. The following CSS3 cheat sheets contain detailed information about selectors, colors, browser support and many more. Enjoy!

CSS3 Help Sheet

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WebKit CSS3 Cheat Sheet

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