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Web design for the world
One of the joys of designing for the web is that your work has an immediate global audience. It’s exciting to think that your designs can be seen as easily half way round the world as in your own home town. As well as being an exciting aspect of the web, this global reach also poses a challenge to designers. You need to be aware that different cultures view and consume the web in different ways.
You can overcome these cultural differences and build more accessible websites by considering a few important factors.
Content is the most important element of any website. Your visitors may find elegant design pleasing to the eye, but what they are really interested in is the quality of the content and how useful it is to them.
Providing content which is well-written and relevant to your target audience will be a big help to ensure cross-cultural accessibility for your websites. Remember that 75% of the world’s population do not speak English as their first language. It’s likely that your content will need to be translated at some point. Developing good quality content from the outset will make for a smoother translation process. For example, try to avoid slang, colloquialisms and abbreviations. Metaphors may also have different meanings in different countries.
When using images, video and other visual content, always be culturally sensitive. For instance, photos of scantily dressed models may be perfectly acceptable in Western cultures, but may be highly offensive in other parts of the world.
Nice to see you guys! This week was rich for great posts submitted from various blogs. Plenty of interesting information was covered in them and then enjoyed by our visitors. The time to sum up has come and today we present you the roundup of the most popular posts of this week. Let’s browse them!
Want to change the wallpaper on your desktop? No problem. “35 Beautiful Examples of Car Wallpapers” from Graphic category offers you the most powerful examples of car designs.
What do we find in the Photography category? The amazing post that deals with 33 Examples of Monochromatic Photography and shows us the beauty of the unique images.
New category “Promo” is set at our website and you are welcome to submit your posts in it. If you start any kind of promos (freebies, giveaways, contests and so on), don’t forget to place it in this new category and in such a way tell everyone about it. Don’t miss this free and easy way to promote your projects. You are welcome!
Tilt-shift miniature faking is now the popular and fashionable method of making big objects look like tiny models. All you need to start is essentially a camera equipped with a tilt-shift lens which simulates a shallow depth of field. For this effect is usually achieved through creative technique in which a photographer manipulates the angle of a tilt-shift lens to distort the focus of a life-sized scene captured by the camera, thereby creating an illusive depth of field usually produced by macro lenses. Most faked tilt-shift photos are taken at quite good height to further imitate the effect of looking down on a miniature. In this post, we showcase a number of fantastic examples of tilt-shift photos. All examples are linked to their original sources and you’re recommended to check out other amazing works of their authors.
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Photo by alastair mitchell
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Photo by darktiger4u
The secret of the Asian beauty is hidden in its unsurpassed fleur that is so special and wonderful. This fleur is its important part that makes it stronger and gives the sharpened form. Beauty without fleur lacks something catchy and it is really hard to replace this fleur with anything else. When they go together, we perceive the beauty in all its fullness and fill our hearts with this fine feeling. The magnetic fleur of Asian beauty is brilliantly pictured in CG illustrations from this post. We hope that they will become a good source of inspiration and you will admire them.
Chinese Girl by diudiudiudiu
The Actress of Peking Opera by diudiudiudiu
Sensuality, fragility and beauty touched by magic are combined in the works of the talented digital artist Mario Wibisono. His style is all about the versatile female beauty and all its semitones. The incredible tenderness, slight eroticism, fantasy elements – all wrapped up in these artworks and features the harmonious unity. Mario Wibisono shows the essence of beauty in all its fullness and in such a way he manifests its magical origin and brilliance. One more interesting fact about his artworks is the ability to present the fantasy scenes quite realistically and this is a true sign of his professionalism. The sharpness of the minor details, the vibrant color palette and the transparent shadows help him to achieve the inspiring atmosphere of his digital illustrations.
So, you are welcome to enjoy the fantasy realism by Mario Wibisono and browse this collection of his breathtaking digital illustrations.
Shanghai World Expo 2010 is a tremendous social event that has gathered over 190 countries and over 50 international organizations. Over 100 pavilions have been created and all of them are real masterpieces. This is an unforgettable mix of cultures, styles and world views. We’ve chosen what we think are the most notable pavilion designs and today we are glad to presenting this small collection to you.
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The aesthetics, creative ideas, unusual design solutions – all rolled into a lamp design. The lamp itself is not only a source of lighting, it can be used as a nice decorating element in the design of your apartments. It can support the architectural complex and introduce an element of novelty into it. The art of artificial lighting is rich for awesome items that draw attention to themselves due to their unforgettable design concepts. Modern lamps come in various forms and sizes, even the most unusual, but all possess one common thing: they are undoubtedly stylish and stunning.
Let us demonstrate you some nice examples of lamps that feature the creative contemporary design.
Lamp by Marcus Tremonto
Lamp by nicolotaliani.com
High Dynamic Range-technique (HDR) has become really popular nowadays and we can enjoy stunning photos that are made up in HDR. We’ve gathered excellent HDR sunset shots that are worth being admired. This fancy collection shows that modern art can unite digital technologies and genuine nature beauty creating real masterpieces. Original play of light and shadows together with HDR modifying gives absolutely awesome results.
Photo by PatsSoxfan
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Photo by neoporcupine
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If you have some old stuff at your house, don’t be in a hurry to throw it away. It can come in handy as a nice stuff for your creative work. Sometimes even the most ordinary things can become a part of the artwork. Rich imagination and talent of the artists help to create the stunning things just from nothing. Everything they need is their creativity and, of course, some simple stuff. Look, for example, at the creative art sculptures by Robert Bradford that are presented in today’s post. They are really splendid and amusing, let’s enjoy them!