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New Site Launch: Five Niche Galleries

By / Jun 9, 2009 / Inspiration

Steven Snell of Vandelay Design and DesignM.ag announced the launch of five new galleries that focus on specific niches. We all know the value of gallery sites for the design community. They give us inspiration and allow our work to be seen by thousands, but sometimes typical web design galleries can be overwhelming when looking…

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13 Beautifully Designed Mac and iPhone App Websites

By / Jun 2, 2009 / Inspiration

The Apple brand is synonymous with good design. It also seems that a lot of applications made for Macs and the iPhone seem to possess a little something extra when it comes to aesthetics. The designers of these apps do a great job in carrying over that same high level of quality in branding. This…

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15 Boldly Colored Business Cards

By / May 15, 2009 / Inspiration

Running Card Observer allows me to see lots of business cards, and many of them are absolutely stunning. That’s why I like to share them here as well. I’ve already shown you letterpress cards and minimal cards, but now lets look at some that sport bold colors. The designers of these cards took a chance…

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15 Impressive and Beautiful Uses of WordPress

By / Apr 29, 2009 / Inspiration

WordPress is no longer just used to power blogs. It has become the CMS of choice for many web designers. It’s always interesting to see how it’s flexibility provides web designers with the freedom to design sites with no limitations. Here are 15 beautiful web sites all powered by WordPress.

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15 Beautifully Minimal Business Cards

By / Apr 16, 2009 / Inspiration

Following yesterday’s business card giveaway kick-off, I thought it would be appropriate to show some more beautiful cards from Card Observer. This time we’re going to look at those cards that are both minimal in color scheme and design elements. This minimalism in design is what makes these business cards so beautiful and effective. But…

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Business Cards Produced Using Unusual Materials

By / Apr 6, 2009 / Inspiration

As many of you know, I also run Card Observer, which is a site that showcases beautiful business cards. A few weeks ago, I showed you some of the best Letterpress cards that have been featured on the site, but lately I have been noticing

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10 Blog Designs with Innovative Layouts

By / Mar 6, 2009 / Inspiration

It seems that the majority of blogs all follow a standard layout: a long list of posts on the left and a sidebar on the right containing such things as recent comments, popular posts, etc. For this reason, when designing a blog, it is so important to do something innovative with the layout to help…

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10 Beautiful Letterpress Business Cards

By / Feb 8, 2009 / Inspiration

Like many other creative types out there, I am fascinated with great looking business cards. That is why we recently launched a new site called Card Observer. In the two weeks of being live, Card Observer has received tons of great submissions, of which many have been letterpress printed cards.

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Stunning Examples of Light On Dark Web Design

By / Jan 19, 2009 / Inspiration

Deciding when to use light text on a dark background in web design should always be about enhancing the content and the user experience. Here are some stunning examples of light on dark designs where the designers achieved this while maintaining excellent contrast and readability.

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33 Amazing Typography Posters and Illustrations

By / Dec 16, 2008 / Inspiration

Typography on the web can be limiting. That’s why it is a good idea to turn to other mediums for typography inspiration. Here is a showcase of some of the most amazing typography focused posters and illustrations.