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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.

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Interface Design: Login/SignUp

By / Dec 1, 2008 / Inspiration

Interface design in websites focuses on the user’s experience and interaction. Where as traditional graphic design seeks to make the object or application physically attractive.

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10 Amazing Designers that Influence the Community

By / Nov 6, 2008 / Inspiration

I come from a print background of 9+ years. The last 4-5 I have been designing for the web. I have been following these 10 amazing designers that have influenced and taught me plenty through their books, websites & even recent portfolios.

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Is Minimalistic Design more Effective?

By / Oct 25, 2008 / Inspiration

Let me preface by saying, yes – most of the time I think so. Minimalism is a style or technique in design that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity. I believe it’s more effective in Web Design – especially in a designer’s portfolio. When content is king – clean, spacious and concise gets my…

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20 Wonderfully Warm Designs

By / Oct 24, 2008 / Inspiration

Warm colors are known to create excitement and even anger. Shades of orange, yellow, and brown can bring on cheerful thoughts while their cool counter parts such as greens and blues have a calming effect. Warm colors even appear larger than cool colors. That’s why a web design with a well selected warm color palette…