Eternal Inspiration In Woman’s Body

Posted by: Anastasia on March 9th, 2009 in General

Since the beginning of the world and arts, artists, painters and poets have been inspired by women when creating their works of arts, some only once and others devoted all their life to monumentalizing the soft curves of the woman’s body. Thanks to the new techniques and technical progress today we can see multiple approaches to “drawing” the woman’s body. Every artist sees it is his own way and there’s an eternal beauty in every line. Today we are glad to present you a small collection of amazing and so natural paintings/drawings/sketches and illustrations of the woman’s body that all differ in style, vision and technique. We will be happy to see your comments about this art direction and if you have your own works to add to this post feel free to let us know.

Painting and Drawings, Sketches

Ben Tour

http://www.thetourshow.com/
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Ian Francis

http://www.ifrancis.co.uk
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Stella Im Hultberg

http://www.stellaimhultberg.com/
stella

Will Cotton

http://www.willcotton.com/
will

Juan Francisco Casas

http://www.juanfranciscocasas.com/
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20 Lovely cows for a lovely day :)

Posted by: Anastasia on March 5th, 2009 in General

The cows from our post are not the greatest works of art developed by world-known design studios. These are just the lovely graphic designs, illustrations and drawings produced by participants of the Cow contest held by British Higher School of Art and Design and by Powerclip. Enjoy some of the loveliest works 🙂

Lovely cow 1.

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Lovely cow 2.

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Lovely cow 3.

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Lovely cow 4.

cow4

Lovely cow 5.

Created by Readiris, Copyright IRIS 2005

Lovely cow 6.

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5 webdesign trends that will stay for 2009

Posted by: Mirko on February 24th, 2009 in Website Templates

Web 2.0 is still here and hasn’t been renamed yet, but it seems that its design has evolved for the better. From soft gradient and glossy buttons it has gotten more handmade looking. Following are some trends that we’ve started to see more in 2008, and that will be all the rage in 2009.

1. Grungy & Rusty
Grungy designs are quite common for music band, they’ve also been around for quite a while in graphic design. However, a few talented designers have brought this trend to blog design. Dirty lines and lavished backgrounds are becoming common and will be even more in a near future.

bartjanverhoef screenshot

2. Watercolour
With its irregular gradients, watercolour is one of the most enjoyed type of paintings. Webdesigners using this effect will add a soft touch to their designs and a kind of dreamy effect.

vigetinspire screenshot

3. Collage
Before Photoshop, collage used to be a commonly used technique to mix elements together. It is also a good way to put colorful elements together and will often turn to joyful designs.

freepeople screenshot

4. Vintage
Stylized old school drawings or photos will add a charming touch to any blog design. While not appropriate for every niche, vintage blog designs will definitly keep on being trendy.

jeffsarmiento screenshot

5. Sketches
The first impression I get when confronted to a webdesign sketchy background is that there is some work in progress. Sketchy webdesign can definitly be a good choice if you want to make your blog or website a more lively place.

satsu screenshot

This article was written by Mirko Humbert, a swiss designer running a popular graphic design blog.

Seductive France

Posted by: Anastasia on February 17th, 2009 in General

Do you know what I like about France? It’s passionate approach in everything. Sophisticated temptation, lust, willingness to attract. The works of French photographers, graphical designer and illustrators are full of these emotions and you can feel it in the air when you check their portfolios. I adore them and I adore their culture. Some of these people truly impressed me with their amazing works of art and today I’ll try to post the best of what I’ve seen and enjoyed.

Arn0

Website: www.arn0.com
Illustration and graphic design

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My Valentine’s Day: Love Is All Around

Posted by: Anastasia on February 13th, 2009 in General

Valentine Coffee

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Valentine Cookie

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Valentine Bath

bath_1

bath_2

Preparing Valentine Presents

love_2

love_6

love_7

Decorating my Desktop and Website

Valentine Wallpapers

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wallpaper_3

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Valentine Icons
valentine_love

Sharing My Love

love_website

Looking out of the window

British Airways  Ad

airways

Ducati Ad

ducati

Playing With My Cat

Sheba Ad

sheba

My Fruit Valentines Lunch

love_17

love_18

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Meeting My Love

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My Valentine Dinner

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Resources used:
Ads of the world, Flickr, Dryicons, Kitdashit.

Shake Your Brain: Smart Fish Ads

Posted by: Anastasia on February 10th, 2009 in General

Have you ever thought what makes an ad a success? That’s simple, this is just the product itself, the approach and the emotions that you have when you look at the ad. The most successful ads make us smile, feel sorrow or just think (usually the Greenpeace ads). The fun ads are probably the best ones as no matter whether you will buy the product or not, you’ll remember it and share it with your friends. This way the word of mouth will find find the potential customer. Besides smiling makes our lives longer and makes us feel better, so why not to enjoy the ads just as a fun thing not just yet another call to buy something. We hope that our small collection of smart and fun fish ads today will make you happier at least for a few seconds.

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WWF: Fish

Text on ad: Stop climate change before it changes you.

fish_1

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Common Elements of Luxury Web Design in Top Luxury Brands

Posted by: Anastasia on February 5th, 2009 in General, Website Design

What is luxury? Is it diamonds, expensive stylish clothing, the best cars, expensive watches and accessories? Or is luxury the feeling these things bring you — the feeling of wealth, certainty, or style? When it comes to website design, is there some definite style that gives the feeling of luxury — something that we could call the luxury style? We’ve done a bit of research looking into Web design for luxury brands, but we’ll leave the judgments up to you. Which website do you feel best represents the luxury lifestyle?

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Let’s start with the best 10 luxurious jewelry brands. The research was conducted by the Luxury Institute, and we’ll study the websites of just a few brands.

Number 1

Harry Wilson Jewelry — Website: www.harrywinston.com

This site features simple, strict and minimalist black, white, and gray design elements with a “rich” beautiful font. Light flash effects enhance the beauty of the showcased jewelry and you can almost smell the luxury. Even if you replace the jewelry photos with something else, the luxurious feeling will stay with you.

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10 Simple CSS Tips and Tricks for Better Web Design and Usability

Posted by: Mirko on October 30th, 2008 in Website Templates

If your website doesn’t achieve the success you’re hoping for, it might be due to a very simple reason: bad design. While professional templates are hard to achieve for a non-designer, these simple CSS tweaks can dramatically improve your design, make it more accessible, and make it more efficient.

1. Nice Pull Quotes
Using the blockquote HTML tag is a good practice that many web writers use to differentiate quoted text from the rest. However, you can improve the rendering of these by tuning it with CSS. Adding nice typographic quotes and a background color will make your citations really stand out.
Tutorial on SitePoint

2. Background Images for Bullets
Bulleted lists are a nice way to display links, archives, or categories but they do look very common and fail to blend into your site’s design if to stick to displaying default bullet points. Did you know that you can replace these bullets with custom images? Doing this, you’ll have a more coherent design.
Tutorial on MaxDesignTutorial on MacWorld

3. Rounded Corners
When creating a box in your design using basic HTML and CSS, it will look very square with hard corners. You can smooth those out and make them look less aggressive using one of these two easy techniques.
Tutorial using imagesTutorial without images

4. Styling Your Forms With CSS and Labels
Unfortunately, it is still very common to see people use tables to align their forms. It is actually easier and more accessible to use CSS and labels to achieve this.
Tutorial on Pete Freitag’s blog

5. Styling hCard with CSS
hCard is a simple, open, distributed format for representing people, companies or organizations using a 1:1 representation of vCard properties and values in semantic HTML or XHTML. It is a nice way to display your contact information and it is easy to set up using the hcard creator.
Tutorial on 24Ways

6. Creating Your Print Stylesheet
If your article is long, chances are that people will want to print it out to read it. Improving the layout of the printed version is quite quick to do, so why don’t you do it?
Documentation on CSS discuss

7. Link Labeling
Ever clicked a linked and been taken to a PDF, DOC or MP3 file? Remember how annoying it was? Knowing this, you should be kind to your visitors and give them a way to know what kind of file a link will open. This can be done by adding a little application icon using the following technique.
Tutorial on Maratz.com

8. Removing Dotted Outlines
Ever notice this dotted outline coming around focused or active anchor links? It makes your site look less professional, so you should get rid of it using the following technique.
Tutorial on CSS tricks

9. Image Replacement for Submit Buttons
There are three ways to deal with submit buttons when designing: leave the default browser button, customize the background and border with CSS, or replace the button with an image. The last solution is the one that will blend in with the rest of the design the best.
Tutorial on Ampsoft

10. Styling Tables with CSS
Even though you should avoid using HTML tables for layout purposes, there are still cases where it’s the best solution, such as for presenting tabular data.
Tutorial for zebra table with CSS on A List ApartHow to style tables with CSS

This article was written by Mirko Humbert, a Swiss designer running a popular design blog.

Corporate Blogging Gives Birth To Innovation!

Posted by: Hasan on September 29th, 2008 in Internet Marketing

Today’s virtual and globalized working environment finds company CEOs looking at employee engagement as a key challenge. Reaching out to its people in a distributed working environment is done through the global phenomenon – the internet.

The World Wide Web brings closer the physical distances and bridges these distances between people in the communities and the society as a whole. While this method of communication is not yet all pervasive, it is certain to become the basic standard for communication in the future.

Blogs, an abbreviation for “weblogs” are microsites on the web that stand by themselves or are part of traditional websites. A corporate blog is either published by or with the support of an organization in order to reach the organizational goals. External blogs help strengthen relationships with target groups and position the organization as industry experts. Internal blogs on the other hand are used as tools for knowledge management and collaboration.

From politicians to novelists, business pros and aspiring businessmen, everyone seems to be starting a blog. Many large corporations already use blogs to communicate internally to their employees on a regular basis. This helps the organizational heads to cut across hierarchies and deliver their views without the concern of misinterpretation. Blogs are also considered to be a less formal way of communicating with the existing customers, prospective customers and investors. While many of the blogs are authored by individuals, group blogs are also becoming popular in a company setting. Read the rest of this entry »

Ten Ways Of Getting New Product Ideas!

Posted by: Hasan on August 21st, 2008 in Internet Marketing

That’s all you hear all the time. Gotta have a GREAT product. That’s how you get the big bucks. Okay, but how?

For an internet marketer, one of the most difficult things to do is coming up with product ideas. For people who are new to internet marketing, it becomes even more difficult as they have no idea where to begin or even if their idea is going to be a success.

There is nothing better than creating your own product. Let us see how you can go about getting new products into the market. Once you come up with an idea that you like, make sure it is implemented immediately. This is where a newbie remains new for a long time. Because they are unsure of themselves and of their product, they do not implement many of their ideas.

“Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act.”
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