The History of Graphic Design

This great deck shows a broad history of Graphic Design from its coinage to the practices of responsive design going on today. Graphic design is the art or profession of combining text, pictures, and ideas in advertisements, publication, or website. At its widest definition, it therefore includes the whole history of art, although painting and other aspects of the subject are more usually treated as art history.

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Combine Two Animals With Photoshop

In this free Photoshop tutorial we’ll be covering the techniques used to extract and apply textures from one animal to another – combining two animals with photoshop.

Using just a few key tools and the Overlay blend mode, you’ll see how simple it can be to combine your own favorite animals. You won’t be limited to only creating zebra-elephant hybrids, as the methods used in this tutorial will work across a multitude of animal types and even objects.

Elephant Zebra Hybrid Image

 

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Craft Photoshop Text Effect Tutorial

In this text effect tutorial Enrique Flouret shows us how to create a Craft photoshop font style reminiscent of a Wired Magazine headline introduced on the September 2008 issue. Although the effect is a bit different, all credit should be given to Mario Hugo.

Here´s the finished Papercraft Text Effect. Try it with different fonts and with different colors. Post your results on the comments section at the end of this article.

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10 Reasons to not Date a Designer

Here are ten reasons why you should not date a designer.

  1. They analyze everything…
  2. They know who did everything design…
  3. Nothing can be normal…
  4. They are never “actually” there…
  5.  They constantly talk about other designers…
  6.  They can’t stop tinkering…
  7. They can’t stop buying “cool” stuff…
  8. They are impossible to buy gifts for…
  9.  Everything has to look great. Always…
  10. They have to dress the part…

Absolute Vertical & Horizontal Centering with CSS

We’ve all seen margin: 0 auto; for horizontal centering, but margin: auto; has refused to work for vertical centering… until now! But actually (spoiler alert!) absolute centering only requires a declared height* and these styles:

.Absolute-Center {
margin: auto;
position: absolute;
top: 0; left: 0; bottom: 0; right: 0;
}

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How to Hire Designers

There has been a fantastic response to the post on the Dribbblisation of Design, many people agreeing with the premise and adding to it, some disagreeing and offering counter points. I want to respond to people’s commentary, explain the original motivation for the post which wasn’t about Dribbble specifically, and talk about how we hire designers.

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Powerful Workflow Tips, Tools And Tricks For Web Designers

Designing and developing can be time-consuming without a workflow, especially when the project involves a new challenge, putting the team or freelancer into unknown territory. Moreover, time is a key factor in productivity. Working efficiently enables us to deliver better value at a competitive price.

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Dear Web Font Providers

When you buy something, I bet you want it to work. Heck, even if you use something for free — maybe borrowed from a friend — I bet you want it to work. No one prefers hiking boots that are too tight (or too loose), a car that shimmies when you drive faster than 40 miles an hour, or a kitchen knife that can’t cut a tomato. And Web designers don’t prefer a web font that doesn’t fit a project, fall apart in different browsers or can’t be used in a mock-up.

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