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40 Beautiful Examples of Black and White Photography

By / Dec 14, 2009 / Inspiration

Color plays an important role in how we perceive the world around us. So when you choose to shoot a photograph in black and white, it drastically changes what’s in front of the lens. Without color, other elements of the photograph take on a bigger role in telling the story. Notice how lighting, contrast, and…

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The CSS Awards: Honoring the Best of the Web

By / Dec 12, 2009 / Inspiration

The CSS Awards is a design gallery that showcases only the most prestigious CSS websites. Like most galleries, you can find plenty of design inspiration, but The CSS Awards offers much more. What I think makes it so great is that submissions are judged by a panel of people, and scores are broken down into…

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A Showcase of Clever Negative Space in Logo Design

By / Dec 8, 2009 / Inspiration

Negative space is the space around and between the main objects in a design. This space often goes unnoticed, unless a creative designer is able to turn the negative space into a key element of the design. Logo designers often use negative space in a way that it becomes just as important as the positive…

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20 Super Impressive Examples of Papervision3D in Action

By / Dec 2, 2009 / Inspiration

For those not familiar with Papervision3D, it’s a real-time 3D engine for Adobe Flash. In the past couple of years Papervision3D’s popularity has been growing and we’ve seen and an ever increasing adoption by Flash developers, and it’s no surprise as to why. By coupling Flash’s interactive nature and the power of a 3D engine,…

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Subtle Details: Taking Web Designs to Another Level

By / Dec 1, 2009 / Inspiration

Have you ever looked at a web site and immediately been impressed with it’s design? Then you take a closer look and discover what really makes it amazing. It’s the subtle details. Some designers are great at including this in their designs. These types of designers are border line perfectionists and aren’t afraid to make…

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45 Advertisements You Will Never Forget

By / Nov 30, 2009 / Inspiration

Advertisements are everywhere. Consumers have a need and advertisements direct the consumer to the company that has a solution for their need. For years, we have tried in vain to escape advertisements, but aggressive advertisement companies have stepped up their creativity. These days, instead of relying on the simple goodness of lemonade and children’s laughter,…

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A Showcase of Effective Minimalism in Web Design

By / Nov 27, 2009 / Inspiration

Minimalism in web design is all about stripping things down to only the necessities – so there is nothing in the way of the content. You’ll find that minimal designs have a focus on typography, simple layouts, and a lack of fancy design elements. So what makes an effective minimal web design? Effective minimalism happens…

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40 of the Best Horizontal Scrolling Websites

By / Nov 17, 2009 / Inspiration

Horizontal websites have become an underground phenomenon. A horizontal website is a lot like your artsy younger sister who dresses weirdly and doesn’t seem to acknowledge a world outside of her own imagination. Since horizontal websites are not universally embraced by the web design community, those who design in this genre must live with a…

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The Design Evolution of Popular Websites

By / Nov 9, 2009 / Inspiration

It seems like only yesterday I was designing my first website. The year was 1997 and apparently I had an affinity to blue lightning bolts and animated gifs of my initials. When the project was complete, I had created the most beautiful design I’d ever seen. At least that’s what I believed at the time….

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A Showcase of Fresh Logo Designs to Inspire You

By / Oct 30, 2009 / Inspiration

In past articles, we’ve shown you beautiful logos for inspiration and tutorials on designing logos. Since we believe you can’t have too much design inspiration, here is another set of awesome logo designs to spark your creativity.