feed.stefanherz.com’s Saved Items http://feed.stefanherz.com Shaun Inman’s Fever http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Logo and Badge Templates from GraphicBurger]]> Get some stylish templates of logos and vintage inspired badges for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Raul Taciu of GraphicBurger has created this set of 10 well designed logo and badge templates. Included as both AI and PSD files, you can use this set of fully editable vector graphics for diverse branding projects, authentic labels, apparel design, typographic work, and much more. Please note, the files require Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. You can get their latest version from the Adobe Creative Cloud website, just check it out here. The collection is available for low budget on Creative Market, just click on the following link.

Feel free to download the set here.

Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Graphics for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

This is what you get.

The set includes 10 high quality logo and badge templates for Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Thanks to the use of vector graphics, everything is fully editable. Only free fonts have been used. Download links are provided in the Fonts.pdf file. The graphics are well organized using layers, groups, and folders. All textures used for the presentations are available for free download. For those who want to purchase this amazing collection, just follow the link below.

You can get the set on Creative Market.

Fully editable vector graphics.
Fully editable vector graphics.
Only free fonts were used.
Only free fonts were used.
Well organized layers, groups and folders.
Well organized layers, groups and folders.
Create stylish logos, logotypes, and vintage badges.
Create stylish logos, logotypes, and vintage badges in no time.

Feel free to purchase the set for low budget on Creative Market.

Find more graphic resources in our popular Templates category.

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<![CDATA[FF Unit Pro Font Family from FontFont]]> FF Unit, a professional sans serif font family with advanced typographical support.

Designed by German graphic design and font guru Erik Spiekermann in cooperation with American type designer Christian Schwartz, FF Unit is a versatile font family that comes with 14 weights ranging from Thin to Ultra including true Italics for each weight. Directly after its first publication by foundry FontFont, the family has been honored with the TDC2 award in 2004. FF Unit is well suited for plenty of work including advertising and packaging design, editorial and publishing, branding and logo design, small text sections, signage, public wayfinding systems and any form of screen design. The FF Unit Pro font family is equipped with lots of typographic features for highest professional needs such as elegant ligatures, alternate characters, small capitals, case-sensitive forms, fractions, super and subscript characters. The family also includes an extensive range of figure set options – oldstyle and lining figures, each are available in tabular and proportional widths. In addition to all Latin-based languages, the family also supports Cyrillic and Greek writing systems.

The whole FF Unit super family also includes FF Unit Rounded and FF Unit Slab. For additional information on all options and features, feel free to follow the link below.

You can purchase the type family on MyFonts.

FF Unit Pro font family from FontFont.
The FF Unit Pro font family from foundry FontFont is a true workhorse for plenty of typographic applications. It comes with a wide range of styles and typographic features.

The family is available for purchase on MyFonts.

Do not hesitate to find more exceptional typefaces on WE AND THE COLOR. Our recommended Fonts category includes a wide range of styles such as geometric sans serifs as well as classic serifs or even hand drawn scripts. WE AND THE COLOR is the perfect place to discover timeless fonts for highest professional needs. In addition, we present you outstanding graphic resources in our popular Templates category.

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<![CDATA[Resource: Web Design UI/UX Tool Kit – Download]]> Resource, an amazing web design UI/UX tool kit for highest professional needs!

Designed and published by Ruslan Latypov and his skilled team, Resource is an extensive collection of well designed UI/UX web elements. Whether personal or commercial projects, this tool kit is the perfect companion for both beginners and professional web designers. Equipped with plenty of elements as well as simple flow charts and pixel perfect vector icons, the Resource collection will help you to create websites for any purpose in no time. Read more about the key features below the following image.

You can purchase the set for low budget on Creative Market.

Resource - Web Design UI/UX tool kit
Resource – Web Design UI/UX tool kit developed by Ruslan Latypov.

These are some of the key features.

The Resource web designer’s tool kit includes flowcharts (light and dark version) for almost each UI/UX component. This way, you can easily create structure maps before working on elaborate details. Using free Google fonts, the set comes with two type versions: Catamaran and Maven Pro. The 150 components are organized in 20 sections. They have been designed using a 12 column, 1440 px Bootstrap grid. Furthermore, the Resource web designer’s tool kit is equipped with a huge collection of pixel perfect vector icons. The set was made for Sketch as well as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe XD, you can get their latest versions here. For additional information on this great collection, just follow the link below.

Feel free to download the collection for low budget on Creative Market.

Structure maps and flow charts.
Easily create structure maps with this huge collection of flow charts. Ruslan Latypov and his team have built flowcharts for almost each component that you can quickly create a structure maps before working on elaborate details.
Features
Only free Google fonts have been used. The components are based on a 12 column, 1440 px Bootstrap grid. This web designer’s tool kit comes with a huge collection of pixel perfect vector icons.
Features
The structure map creator consists of simple flowcharts for each components. The 150 web components are organized in 20 sections. You can choose from two font versions: Catamaran and Maven Pro. The flowcharts come as dark and light version.
Web elements.
The set is equipped with lots of well designed web elements for multipurpose.
Project management.
In addition to websites for any purpose, you can use this collection to create project management tools.
UI components.
The countless UI components make it so easy to create stunning website elements.
Graphics and charts.
The set also includes a bunch of well designed graphics and charts for professional websites.

You can get this web design tool kit on Creative Market.

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<![CDATA[User Interface Designs by Balraj Chana]]> Stunning user interface designs created by Balraj Chana.

Balraj Chana is a freelance designer who lives and works in London, UK. With an experience of several years, he’s working for a wide range of clients. He is bringing visions to life from simple sketches on a napkin to final apps and websites. His portfolio includes an amazing collection of user interface designs and animations. A few examples of his latest UI work can be found below. For more, please visit his website or check out his Dribbble account.

Balraj Chana's new portfolio website
Balraj Chana’s new portfolio website. “I’ve redesigned my portfolio site to include in-depth case studies from recent projects that I’ve been working on. Also included is a brief overview of my design process as well as side projects.” – Balraj Chana
Animated Weather Widgets
Animated Weather Widgets. You can see the app in action here. “Lately I’ve been prototyping an IoT app that displays the weather using motion. Each of the 5 screens have a subtle animation for various weather seasons.” – Balraj Chana
Nike90 Store
Nike90 Store. “I’ve been experimenting with different styles lately and wanted to explore futuristic concepts whilst incorporating and combining principles of material design (elevation, shadow depth, direction) metro/modern UI (tiles, typography, visual data) and flat design.” – Balraj Chana
Audioristic UI
Audioristic UI. From left to right: 1. Music player , 2. Audio Listener (Snooping), 3. Audio Mixer, 4. Sound recorder
Floatable website
Floatable website. “I’ve been experimenting with new and unusual layouts & styles lately. The idea was to distribute content without restricting it’s size based on its container. The grid is flexible and can easily be adjusted from fixed-width to full-width. The content is modular and includes elements that float off the page.” – Balraj Chana

All images © by Balraj Chana. Feel free to find more inspiring user interface design in our popular Web Design category.

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<![CDATA[Logofolio by Vivien Bertin]]> Have a look at Vivien Bertin’s amazing logofolio with graphic works created from 2013 – 2017.

Based in Paris, France, Vivien Bertin is an art director, illustrator, and graphic designer with outstanding creative skills. His work is often characterized by the presence of drawing and typography, somehow between illustration and graphic design. After 4 years working in a French studio, designing visual identities and illustrations, he is currently working as a freelance graphic designer. The following logos have been created for a variety of clients including Atelier Rennais, Frac Normandie Caen, Parc National des Ecrins, Région Normandie, The Illegal Factory, Mathieu Belen, Clinique Vestimentaire, HelloYes, Chambaret, Motion design school, Les Papeteries image factory, and Redko. The animations have been realized by Yaroslav Kononov of studio HelloYes.

In addition to his impressive logofolio, you can see more of Vivien Bertin’s work on his website or follow him on Instagram.

Mathieu Belen
Mathieu Belen – architect and designer.
The Illegal Factory
The Illegal Factory – Production company 100% digital.
Chambaret
Fashion designer Chambaret.
Clinique Vestimentaire.
Clinique Vestimentaire – design studio, research and innovation.
Atelier Rennais
Atelier Rennais – Architectural studio.
Les Papeteries Image Factory
Les Papeteries Image Factory – Co-working space for startups and creatives.
Redko
Redko – IllustratorAlberto Perera
100 ans de l'Industrie Aéronautique en Normandie
100 ans de l’Industrie Aéronautique en Normandie
Frac Normandie Caen.
Frac Normandie Caen – Contemporary Art Center.
HelloYes
Creative agency HelloYes
Grand Tour des Ecrins
Grand Tour des Ecrins – Ecotourism destination brand.
Motion design school
Motion design school – School of motion design in Ukraine.
Logofolio by Vivien Bertin.
Logofolio by Vivien Bertin.

All images © by Vivien Bertin. Find more creative inspiration in our Graphic Design and Branding categories.

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<![CDATA[5 Apps to Increase Your Design Team’s Productivity in 2017]]>

If you’re like most web design professionals, you spend a portion of your time looking for ways to do things faster and better. You’re quite aware that increases in productivity has a way of translating into increased income. However, the tools you use to influence your productivity can either increase it, or place constraints on it.

Tips & Tools to Improve Your Design Team’s Productivity

Tips & Tools to Improve Your Design Team’s Productivity

A productive team is also usually well-managed. The two keywords you see here are "productive" and "managed" so…Read more

Some top-tier productivity apps are presented here; mostly in slightly different ways. Some speed up prototyping, and can boost your entire design process, while others automate project management tasks, and by doing so, they free up time you can use for design work.

Similarly, time tracking apps help freelancers and small businesses to work more efficiently, as well the apps that encourage active collaboration can boost the productivity of an entire team.

Active Collab

If you need a low-maintenance project management tool that’s easy to learn and use, you should try out Active Collab. This productivity app does not have to be constantly hand-fed with data to keep the status of your projects up to date. With its numerous integrations, it accepts data from different sources and tools that you and your team use.

active collab

Active Collab has a very flexible project overview that allows you to lay your projects out on a Gantt-like timeline, and then organizes your tasks like cards on a Kanban board. This software solution also lets you centralize all your team collaboration in one place, making it easier for everyone to stay up-to-date.

Team members and other project stakeholders can be kept up to speed on project status and happenings. Clients can be brought into the loop as well. Moreover, you can restrict client access, as well as hide information you don’t want them to see.

Active Collab is worth looking into, and you can try free for 30 days!

Wake

With Wake, you can seamlessly share your design process with your team. Keep a pulse on what your colleagues are creating within one, beautiful app. You can share sketches, screenshots, or other assets with team members or clients and get feedback on the spot.

wake

If you have designs in your notebook or on your whiteboard you want to publish, Wake’s iOS app lets you snap a photo and send it off in seconds. The app allows you to stay up-to-date on project happenings and provide quick feedback from anywhere.

This ability to share work without interrupting workflow makes the entire design process seamless for your entire team, even those outside of design. With Wake, work can be shared publicly, so everyone knows what everyone is working on; or shared privately with selected individuals or stakeholders.

To see how wake can streamline your design team’s process, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial.

Proto.io

The initial step a web designer often takes when building an awesome product is to build an awesome prototype. That’s exactly what the Proto.io app does. It makes it possible for you to create a prototype that’s hard to distinguish from the real deal; and without having to write a single line of code.

proto.io

You can use Proto.io’s iOS or Android components to design your prototype within the “Proto.io editor”, or import your files directly from Sketch or Photoshop. It makes it easy to take your static designs, and by creating beautiful interactions, popular gestures, and stunning animations, turn them into interactive prototypes.

You can add any touch or mouse-driven event to your prototypes as well, and it’s ready-made Interaction design patterns can be applied to your prototypes easily and effortlessly. Preview the completed prototype on either your browser or a real device, and share the real experience you’ve created with stakeholders.

You can try out the free version of Proto.io for 15 days.

MeisterTask

MeisterTask can be your go-to project management tool, as it allows you to adjust its flexible project boards to fit your workflows.

meistertask

MeisterTask can track as many team members’ tasks as you want, and thanks to its customizable dashboard, you can see what has been happening in your absence, get a quick check on open tasks, and decide the priorities for the rest of the day and on.

Minterapp

It is a time tracking app highly suited for freelancers and small businesses. The time Minterapp tracks on a project, can automatically be converted to custom invoices, which can then be delivered to clients online.

minsterapp

Estimates based on projected task or project times to completion, can also be delivered online. Minterapp perfectly ties into Mailchimp, Basecamp, and PayPal, and can accommodate an unlimited number of users.

Salesmate

Any small business that is large enough to have a sales department will appreciate Salesmate’s sales management features. Salesmate is an all-in-one sales management, process automation, and business acceleration software solution.

salesmate

This productivity app not only provides a real-time picture of a business’s sales funnel, but tracks and evaluates the sales team’s performance as well.

Tips for better productivity

1. Plan your day

Don’t be afraid to plan your day’s activities in detail, for fear of placing yourself in a straightjacket. After all, it’s your plan, and failing to work to a plan is an excellent way to fail!

By looking ahead, you should easily be able to create a plan that helps you avoid time crunches, or getting snowed under. If you find yourself looking for a quick solution, without first understanding the problem, it’s a good sign that you need to be working to a plan.

Plan the next day’s activities at the end of your work day. Check your plan over the next morning. If it still makes sense – follow it.

2. Pick up keyboard shortcuts

Useful keyboard shortcuts may only save you a few seconds, but they quickly add up to minutes saved, and even hours saved on some projects. You’ll quickly discover that “Ctrl + something” is much faster than searching for a series of icons to click on. Taking the time to learn these shortcuts will be time well spent, and it will make you a more productive person.

3. Standardize naming conventions and tag assignments

Standardized naming conventions can save you a ton of time, and will also save time for anyone you collaborate with or submit your design files to. You’ll find it much easier to stay organized, and if you tag your files, you’ll realize savings in computer search time.

4. Take advantage of what time tracking can teach you

Start tracking the time you spend on various tasks, and you quickly begin to find out more about yourself and your work habits. Time tracking will help you uncover unnecessary or wasteful efforts, and can highlight any time you spend procrastinating. It will also make you want to improve and streamline your work habits.

5. Customize your workspace

While a productivity tool or app can have an immediate impact on your work performance, give some thought as to whether you might be able to customize your workspace to increase productivity even more. Preset workspaces in Adobe applications, for example, are typically designed to make things easier for you. It is also often possible to customized them to make things speedier for your particular workflow.

5 Time-Tracking Tools for Better Productivity – Best Of

5 Time-Tracking Tools for Better Productivity – Best Of

Time is money. Especially for freelancers, time is the element that determines how much you can get done…Read more

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<![CDATA[Erstellen und Exportieren von iCal-Dateien (.ics) mit Hilfe von PHP]]>

Termin- oder Veranstaltungskalender sind schon lange keine Seltenheit mehr im Internet. Mit Hilfe von PHP können diese Termindaten auch als iCal-Datei (*.ics) auf Websites zum Download angeboten werden, ohne dass man von Hand eine solche Datei erstellen muss. Die Benutzer der Website können sich somit komfortabel diese Termine in ihren eigenen elektronischen Kalender importieren. In diesem Beitrag findet ihr das passende PHP-Snippet, um auch euren Benutzern ein iCal-Export zur Verfügung zu stellen.

Daten auslesen und in Variablen speichern

Um eure iCal-Datei mit den richtigen Daten zu füllen, erstellt ihr als erstes einige Variablen mit euren Daten. Diese werden später an das Skript übergeben. In diesem Beispiel handelt es sich um folgende Angaben:

  • Start des Termins (Datum und Zeitpunkt)
  • Ende des Termins (Datum und Zeitpunkt)
  • Erstellung des Termins (Datum und Zeitpunkt)
  • Titel der Veranstaltung
  • Veranstaltungsort
  • Beschreibung der Veranstaltung
  • Link zur Veranstaltung
  • Dateiname der iCal-Datei

Hierbei ist es wichtig, dass die Datums- und Zeitangaben im Format »YYYYMMDDTHHMMSS« vorliegt. Angaben wie der Titel, die Beschreibung und der Veranstaltungsort werden mit Hilfe von PHP so formatiert, dass sie später auch korrekt angezeigt werden. Der Dateiname sollte webfreundlich, d. h. ohne Sonderzeichen oder Leerzeichen angegeben werden.

$kb_start = '20161028T130000';
$kb_end = '20161028T143000';
$kb_current_time = '20161026T130000';
$kb_title = html_entity_decode('Titel des Termins', ENT_COMPAT, 'UTF-8');
$kb_location = preg_replace('/([\,;])/','\\\$1','Location');
$kb_description = html_entity_decode('Beschreibung zum Termin', ENT_COMPAT, 'UTF-8');
$kb_url = 'https://kulturbanause.de';
$kb_file_name = 'name-der-datei';

iCal-Datei erstellen

Das Erstellen der iCal-Datei funktioniert in drei Schritten. Als erstes wird die Datei mitels fopen() geöffnet, anschließend mittels fwrite() der Inhalt eingefügt und zuletzt die Datei mittels fclose() geschlossen. Das alles passiert, sobald jemand die Seite aufruft, auf der das folgende Code-Snippet eingebunden ist. Sobald ein zweiter Seitenaufruf stattfindet, wird diese Datei aktualisiert. Der Pfad eures Verzeichnisses muss im Code an die Stelle des Wortes »VERZEICHNIS« geschrieben werden. Sollte aus irgendeinem Grund (z. B. falsche Schreibrechte eures Verzeichnisses) die Datei nicht geöffnet werden können, bricht das Script ab und es erscheint der Satz »Datei kann nicht gespeichert werden!«.

<?php
$kb_ical = fopen('VERZEICHNIS/'.$kb_file_name.'.ics', 'w') or die('Datei kann nicht gespeichert werden!');

$kb_ics_content = '
BEGIN:VCALENDAR
VERSION:2.0
CALSCALE:GREGORIAN
BEGIN:VEVENT
DTSTART:'.$kb_start.'
DTEND:'.$kb_end.'
LOCATION:'.$kb_location.'
DTSTAMP:'.$kb_current_time.'
SUMMARY:'.$kb_title.'
URL;VALUE=URI:'.$kb_url.'
DESCRIPTION:'.$kb_description.'
END:VEVENT
END:VCALENDAR';
fwrite($kb_ical, $kb_ics_content);

fclose($kb_ical);
?>

Datei zum Download bereitstellen

Um die Datei nun zum Download anzubieten, könnt ihr einen ganz gewöhnlichen Link erstellen. Gebt hier ebenfalls den von euch gewählten Verzeichnispfad und den von euch gewählten Dateinamen an.

<a href="http://blog.kulturbanause.de/./VERZEICHNIS/<?php echo $kb_file_name; ?>.ics" title="»<?php echo $kb_title; ?>« exportieren">Termin in Kalender speichern</a>

Anpassung der .htaccess-Datei

Sollte euer Browser die Datei anzeigen anstatt den Download zu starten, müsst ihr gegebenenfalls eure .htaccess-Datei anpassen. Um sicher zu stellen, dass die von euch erstellte Datei als Download-Datei erkannt wird und nicht direkt im Browser geöffnet wird, schreibt folgende Zeile in eure .htaccess-Datei. Erstellt allerdings vorher unbedingt ein Backup der alten .htaccess, da Fehler in dieser Datei die Website beschädigen können.

AddType text/calendar .ics

Live-Beispiel

Das folgende Live-Beispiel zeigt die o.g. Funktionalität. Per Klick ladet ihr eine *.ics-Datei herunter, die ein Event des heutigen Tages beinhaltet.

Beispiel anschauen

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<![CDATA[Photoshop in 60 Seconds: How to Create a Scatter Photo Effect]]> Final product image
What You'll Be Creating

Welcome to our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn a Photoshop skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!

Scatter Photo Effect

You can create an explosive scatter effect for your favorite photos in Adobe Photoshop. The key to this effect is using a combination of Layer Masks, Custom Brushes and more to uniquely reveal a hidden duplicate of your subject. Take your time with this look in order to build a dynamic scene full of movement and power.

To learn how to create this effect, check out this quick video below. 

A Bit More Detail

Learn more about Adobe Photoshop on Envato Tuts+:

Try out this look with one of these Scatter Brushes from Envato Market. And download this free Dancer stock via Pixabay.

60 Seconds?!

This is part of a series of quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+ in which we introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you'd like to see explained in 60 seconds!

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<![CDATA[20 Magazine Templates With Creative Print Layout Designs]]> In this era of inbound marketing, one could be forgiven for thinking that print is dead. After all, landing pages, social media, emails and websites are a core part of any successful small business's marketing game plan.

Believe it or not, there’s still impact and influence in traditional, old-school marketing. Print is alive and well, with the Content Marketing Institute declaring that print can complement your digital-marketing strategy.

Small businesses, creatives and agencies can pleasantly surprise their leads by presenting them with longer content that they can turn over in their hands and take their time with. Certainly, this is a great alternative to today’s obsession with 140-character limits and multiple Facebook updates each day.

Those looking for a marketing format that their leads can really sink their teeth into should check out our best Magazine Templates on Envato Market.

Best Magazine Template Designs
Best Selling Magazine Templates - available for sale on Envato Market (Graphic River)

You can use them for your next marketing campaign or to start your own publication. Then distribute them through print or digitally as PDFs. They are professionally designed and setup for quick customization to your project needs.

Unlimited Magazine Templates on Envato Elements

If you need a variety of different options to choose from, you can find some fantastic magazine templates on Envato Elements—and you can download as many as you want for a single monthly fee.

Magazine Templates on Envato Elements

For example, check out this professional and clean InDesign magazine template. It's ready to use and includes 25 pages for articles, interviews, etc.

Magazine template on Envato Elements

On the other hand, if you're just looking for a single magazine template, check out the fantastic selection below from Envato Market.

Creative Magazine Templates

Here are our 20 best-selling, recently released, InDesign magazine templates with creative layout designs:

1. Pure Magazine - Creative InDesign Template

Taking a minimalist approach to print design, this magazine template is ideal for any small business that favors a bare-bones approach to its print marketing. With a lot of room for feature articles, interviews, Q&As and striking images, this template can become the centerpiece of your print-marketing strategy. 

It comes with InDesign INDD graphic files and features Montserrat, Varela Round and Bebas Neue font styles. Overall, it’s 44 pages of canvas for your content-marketing or creative print magazine vision.

Pure Magazine - InDesign Template

2. 50 Pages Creative Magazine Layout

Great value abounds in this magazine template that comes with 50 unique pages overall. That’s enough capacity to create a high-quality magazine to deliver to your leads and clients, complete with stories, features, interviews and more! 

With single and dual-column alignment, the template also showcases a card-based layout for easy reading and legibility. It comes with three, premade cover templates and is print-ready for immediate use.

Creative Magazine Layout Design

3. Minimal Modern Clean Magazine Design

Readability is very important for any magazine template, and this modern and clean magazine doesn’t disappoint. Featuring a lot of strategically placed white space to guide readers’ eyes to your most vital content, it offers a dual-column design that brings your marketing message across with no uncertainty. Its 28 pages are very easy to customize to your brand. It comes in both Letter and A4 sizes in InDesign.

Minimal Modern Clean Magazine Design

4. Magazine Template Bundle - InDesign Layout V3

Multipurpose design use is valued by everyone from creatives and agencies to small businesses, and this InDesign magazine template doesn’t disappoint. Ideal for any industry, this template features a clean, cutting-edge and crisp layout that brings your business’ marketing message straight into the hands of your leads and customers. With full customization and Adobe InDesign CS6, CS5 and CS4 formats, it lets you tell your brand story with total control.

Magazine Template Bundle - InDesign Layout V3

5. Simplify - Clean Magazine Layouts Vol. 2

When it comes to print marketing, the simplest and most minimalistic is sometimes the most effective. This magazine template epitomizes this design approach to a tee. 

It features generous white space and copious room for fonts and images to complement each other on any page. It comes with InDesign INDD files and a 24-page layout. It’s great for agencies and small businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Simple Clean Magazine Layouts INDD

6. A4 InDesign Letter Magazine Template

Multipurpose magazine templates like this one are ideal for small businesses of all kinds. Take control of your marketing message and impress your client base by giving them a print magazine in their hands, which allows them to stay longer with your marketing message. 

Print-ready and available in A4 and Letter sizes, this fantastic template comes with 40 pages overall. Each part of the layout designs can be customized to your brand message.

A4 InDesign Letter Magazine Template

7. Multipurpose Magazine Template (INDD)

Featuring attractive-to-the-eye grid and column layouts, this magazine template is well-suited for agencies, small businesses and creatives looking to deliver a print-based marketing message into their customers’ hands. 

Its neat organization and clean design ensures that your can put high-quality information on paper. The template comes with InDesign INDD files, a fully customizable layout, and 25 unique pages.

Multipurpose Magazine Template INDD

8. Vibrant Magazine Template Design

No matter what creative agency or small business you run, you can make excellent use of this fresh and multipurpose magazine template. It features various free fonts, automatic page numbering, and a column-based layout for easy absorption of your brand storytelling. 

Energetic magazine layout templates like this allow you to put something more substantial in your clients’ hands. Print-ready with full-bleed, it also offers 30 unique page designs.

Vibrant Magazine Template Design

9. Clean InDesign Magazine Template

Small business owners can’t go wrong with this clean column-based and paragraph-styled template that uses print marketing to maximum value. Your readers will thoroughly enjoy the generous word spacing; easy-to-read, chunked paragraphs; and beautiful typeface. 

Fully customizable to your brand’s marketing message, this magazine template is ideal for agencies that want to show off a clean and minimalistic brand story. Print-ready, it features 30 pages and 12 InDesign CS4 and CS6 files to work with.

Clean InDesign Magazine Template

10. Cool Retro Vintage Magazine Design

This attractive throwback to the magazine layout templates of a bygone era can hook and inspire your leads. Featuring a vintage look that evokes memories of a 1960s print magazine, this unique template is also clean and simply designed, so your marketing message can be clearly conveyed. With 33 pages and different image-display options, it's print-ready and fully customizable for your creative or agency purposes.

Cool Retro Vintage InDesign Magazine

11. The Relevant Magazine - Elegant Layout Design

Perfect for creatives and agencies looking to show off their unique approach, this template is characterized by a stylish layout. Adorned with graphic-design touches galore, this magazine template demonstrates how effective a layout can be if it combines simplicity with creativity. You’ll be thankful for its easy customization and multipurpose applications! It’s ready to go with Adobe InDesign CS4, CS5, CS5.5 and CS6 compatibility.

The Magazine Elegant Layout Design

12. 40 Pages Minimal Design Magazine INDD

Superb value and clean, easy-to-read minimalism combine in this amazing magazine template. With InDesign INDD graphics files included, it’s ready to be used as a complement to any well-structured content-marketing strategy. 

Put a juicy, long-form marketing message into your customers’ hands, as this format is perfect for in-depth stories, interviews and feature articles. Fully customizable, the template features Raleway, Bebas Neue and Tall Films fonts.

40 Pages Minimal Design Magazine INDD

13. Magazine Template - InDesign 40 Page Layout V7

A great value among our magazine templates, this design features rich and creative content that’s going to make an impression on your reading audience. With readable typeface, a clean and well-organized grid layout, and attention-grabbing headlines, this magazine can make your marketing message come to life in your prospects’ hands. Thanks to Adobe InDesign graphics files, it’s a cinch to edit and customize to your needs!

Magazine Template - InDesign 40 Page Layout V7

14. InDesign A4 Print Magazine Template 2

55 pages and four, unique covers combine to create a magazine template that’s bound to put rich, high-quality content into the hands of your leads and customers. 

This template provides your readers with a well-designed, chunked paragraph layout that makes it easy for them to understand your brand story. It comes in A4 size and features Salome Regular, Roboto and Cheddar Jack font styles.

InDesign A4 Print Magazine Template 2

15. Fashionable InDesign Magazine Template

Print-ready and bursting with style, this multipurpose magazine template can help small businesses complement their content-marketing efforts with ease. Ideal for use in any industry’s promotional materials, it features 30 pages that are all fully customizable. This puts you in total control of your brand story and marketing message. The template also features free fonts, paragraph styles and an A4 size.

Fashionable InDesign Magazine Template

16. Cultura Minimal Magazine Template

Words that best describe this magazine template are “stylish,” “elegant” and “creative.” Treat your audience to a 38-page read that can efficiently support your overall marketing endeavors. 

Whether it’s to sell your brand story or promote new products, putting a beautifully designed magazine into your customers’ hands is a recipe for success. This template comes with five different fonts, easy customization, a minimalistic design, and is print-ready out of the box.

Cultura Minimal Magazine Template

17. Flexible Magazine Template - Creative Layouts

Whatever industry you’re in, this template will serve your overall marketing needs very nicely. Not all magazine layout templates are as flexible and multipurpose as this one is, which makes it a stunning complement to any well-thought out content-marketing strategy! 

Small business owners will have an easy time using its column-based layout to design the most readable magazine for their clients. With full customization features, this template is print-ready and comes with 28 pages.

Flexible Magazine Template Creative Layouts

18. Simple, Creative Magazine Template Design

Few magazine templates use minimalism as effectively and decisively as this gorgeous design. Featuring a center-alignment format and plenty of generous room for high-quality, professional images, this template is easy to pick up and read. 

Your customers will enjoy its legibility, as they read through your marketing messages with clarity. Boasting 26 InDesign pages in total.

Creative Magazine Template Design

19. Modern Magazine - Multiple Print Design Layouts

Clear paragraph styles, clean layouts, and copious amounts of white space make for an effective magazine template. This design is characterized by a forward-looking modernity that makes its content a pleasure to read. 

Give your leads and prospects some heavy-duty content that they can dig into. This template is ideal for creatives and small businesses. It is print-ready and compatible with InDesign CS4 and up.

modern magazine template designs

20. Stylish Multipurpose Magazine Vol. 3

Magazine templates like this brochure design are too good to pass up. Creatives, agencies and small businesses can breathe easy knowing that its multipurpose design makes it an ideal complement to any industry’s content-marketing tactics. 

All you have to do is just drop in your text and images, and it’s all print-ready! It’s 28 pages long and comes in both A4 and Letter sizes in InDesign format.

Stylish Multipurpose Magazine Vol 3

How to Design a Print Magazine

Anyone who seriously believes that print is dead is simply not paying attention! In an era of digital marketing and short attentions spans, print is a breath of fresh air and a pleasant surprise that your audience will appreciate. They’ll appreciate longer-form content that’s palpable and gives them more in-depth info than a simple landing page or tweet.

Even though our deep selection of Magazine Templates on Envato Market will let you effortlessly complement your inbound marketing with print advertising, you still need to know how to design a readable magazine. Here are some pointers:

  1. Take care of typography design. You’ll want to pay close attention to both the text size and how your typography is set. Magazines aimed at a younger demographic can get away with smaller typefaces, yet a print magazine generally tends to offer better legibility and readability when you’re using serif fonts.
  2. Make your content readable and legible. This is a biggie! Without presenting your magazine’s articles and other content clearly, you risk losing readers and your audience because they’ll get frustrated with a format that’s illegible. To make it easy to read, design your magazine text to be frequently broken up by attractive and high-quality images. At the same time, ensure that your text is chunked into shorter paragraphs.
  3. Do a final check before printing. Before you’re ready to print your magazine template, ensure that it’s totally perfect. This means going over everything—from the text, to the images, to the cover—with a fine-toothed comb. There’s nothing worse than printing your magazine, only to discover a glaring error that needs to be corrected.

Here are more design tips to make an impact with your magazine: 

Get Yourself a Magazine Template!

Don’t let the chance to buy magazine templates pass you by! They will help your content-marketing strategy by giving your audience richer and more in-depth content they can really sink their teeth into. Browse through our huge selection of creative Magazine Template Designs today, and find just the right one for your business.

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<![CDATA[Faszinierende Photoshop-Plugins für den großen und kleinen Preis – Teil 2]]> Plugins beschleunigen Abläufe in Photoshop und vereinfachen komplexe Abläufe für den Einsteiger, um schneller qualitativ hochwertige Ergebnisse zu erreichen.

In diesem zweiten Teil (hier ist der erste Teil) geht es mit weiteren Plugins für Fotografen, Bildbearbeiter und Webdesigner weiter.

Color Efex Pro

Anbieter: google.com
Downloadgröße: 425 MB
Zielgruppe: Fotografen
Preis: 119,00 Dollar

Color Efex bietet uns zahlreiche Filter für Farbkorrekturen, die Retusche und kreative Effekte an. Die verschiedenen Vorgaben können leicht kombiniert werden, so dass schnell ganz eigene Bildlooks entstehen.

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Portraiture

Anbieter: Imagenomic
Downloadgröße: 4,2 MB
Zielgruppe: Fotografen
Preis: 199,95 Dollar

Mit Portraiture erhalten wir einen Retuscheprofi: Hier geht es speziell um die Verschönerung der Haut, wobei Falten reduziert, Unreinheiten entfernt und Farben kontrolliert werden. Wir erhalten dabei eine recht komplexe Software, die viel Handarbeit erspart und einen Test wert ist.

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Machine Wash Deluxe

Anbieter: misterretro.com
Downloadgröße: 272 MB
Zielgruppe: Fotografen, Webdesigner
Preis: Kostenlos, 99,00 Dollar

Mr.Retro ist der Vintage-Meister. Hier werden Bilder auf Knopfdruck älter umgesetzt. Perfekt für abgeblätterte Farbe und Texturen, die sich kreativ überlagern. Dabei sind übrigens einige grundlegende Features kostenlos.

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Pixel Dropr

Anbieter: pixeldropr.com
Downloadgröße: 2 MB
Zielgruppe: Webdesigner
Preis: 22,61 Dollar

Mit dem Pixeldropper können schnell eigene Bild-Kollektionen angelegt werden, wobei der Schwerpunkt dabei auf Icons, Interface-Elemente und andere Grafiken für das Netz liegt. Aber auch Illustratoren finden hier eine Option, einzelne Bestandteile schnell zusammen zu setzen.

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Renamy 3.0

Anbieter: klaia.com
Downloadgröße: 800 KB
Zielgruppe: Fotografen, Webdesigner
Preis: 9,99 Dollar

Viele von uns kennen wohl das Problem, dass wir etwas unstetig bei der Benennung der Ebenen sind. Und so steht da oft “Ebene 3 Kopie 2″, wo eigentlich “Hautretusche” oder “Formularbutton” stehen sollte. Renamy hilft uns dabei, Ebenen in Massen umzubenennen.

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Subtle Patterns

Anbieter: subtlepatterns.com
Downloadgröße: 1 MB
Zielgruppe: Fotografen, Webdesigner
Preis: 11,99 Dollar

Mit nur einem Klick können hier aus einer großen Kollektion verschiedenste Muster ausgewählt und als Hintergrund eingesetzt werden. Und für die schönsten Kacheln können wir noch eigene Kollektionen anlegen, um den Überblick zu bewahren.

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Fluid Mask 3

Anbieter: Vertus LLP.
Downloadgröße: 36,1 MB
Zielgruppe: Fotografen
Preis: 149,00 Dollar

Mit Fluid Mask ist es leichter möglich, auch komplexe Bildbereiche auszuwählen. Dabei geht es besonders um die ansonsten recht aufwendige Selektion von Haaren oder anderen feinen Strukturen. Die Beispiele auf der Website sprechen für sich.

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Magic Bullet PhotoLooks 2.0

Anbieter: redgiant.com
Downloadgröße:
Zielgruppe: Fotografen
Preis: 399,00 Dollar

Mit knapp 400,00 Dollar müssen wir zwar recht viel Geld locker machen, erhalten dafür aber sehr hochwertige Bildlooks. Und das sind wahre Zeitsparer für den Fotografen, wenn die Fotos der Hochzeit oder der Porträts noch schöner werden.

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<![CDATA[Apple Maps Connect in Deutschland: Firmeneinträge anlegen und bearbeiten]]> maps-connect-iconApple Maps Connect steht jetzt auch in Deutschland zur Verfügung. Das Portal ermöglicht das Hinzufügen von Firmeneinträgen zu Apples Kartenangebot. Inhaber von Kleinunternehmen können nach Anmeldung mit ihrer Apple ID einen neuen Unternehmenseintrag anlegen oder bereits vorhandene Bearbeiten. Dazu gehört neben der Adresse, dem Geschäftsbereich und ... | Weiter → ]]> http://www.ifun.de/apple-maps-connect-fuer-deutschland-unternehmenseintraege-anlegen-und-bearbeiten-73366/ 54868@feed.stefanherz.com Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:32:02 GMT <![CDATA[Bell Lamp]]> Normann Copenhagen’s Bell Lamp is a luminous nod to industrial design. Available in four sizes and two color combinations, the lamp is both a sculpturally beautiful and functionally present piece. At the core of its design, is its simplicity. Made from aluminium and hanging from a 4m textile cord, the Bell Lamp is encompassing of the designer’s passion, to challenge the conventional design rules.

Designers Andreas Lund and Jacob Rudbeck believe their designs should be based on passing on the Scandinavian design tradition and create everyday objects that have personality without being loud. A statement that speaks worlds. Based in Copenhagen, the duo are responsible for envisioning carefully articulated designs that add character and emphasize quality and stripped back minimalist thinking. The Bell Lamp is testament to that.

Photography courtesy of Normann Copenhagen.

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<![CDATA[5 Things You Can Do With HTML Meta Tag]]>

Meta Tag is used to store a piece of information on a web page. Essentially, it is information about data. Its purpose is for browsers and search engines to understand and know the page better.

As web developers, we’re used to setting the page description, author, or keyword via meta tag. However, there are a number of meta tag capabilities that most of us probably aren’t aware of. Here I’ve put together 5 meta tag features that you may have not heard of before.

1. Controlling Browser Cache

When you visit a web page, it stores the web page in cache to make it load faster in subsequent visits. You may have come across an instance where your page is not updated with the changes that you’ve made. This is because the browser shows you the cached page. To prevents this, you can disable browser cache by using meta tag. To disable browser cache, you can use:

 <meta http-equiv="Cache-Control" content="no-store" /> 

This meta tag is recognized in Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer. Even more so in IE, where you can use more values and specifications to disable caching, as follows.

 <meta http-equiv="Cache-Control" content="no-cache" /> <meta http-equiv="Pragma" content="no-cache" /> 

You can also set an expiration date to ensure that the browser will show the file that’s fresh from the server, rather than from the cache.

 <meta http-equiv="expires" content="Fri, 18 Jul 2014 1:00:00 GMT" /> 

The meta data above means that document is considered expired after the specified date and time. If you set it to “0“, the browser will check for a fresh new document on each visit.

2. Setting Cookies

Similar to cache, cookies is a small piece of data that is stored in the browser by the websites you’ve visited. Websites may reuse the cookies to tailor some website functionalities. A real everyday example is when you shop in an online store. If you’ve added a few items to the basket, as long as you have not yet checked out, the items will remain in the basket even though you have left the browser for several days.

To set cookies on meta-tag you can use:

 <meta http-equiv="Set-Cookie" content="name=data; path=path; expires=Day, DD-MMM-YY HH:MM:SS ZONE"> 

name=data is the name of the cookies which determines the values set in it. path is the path of document. Whereas, the value of expired indicates the time and date when cookies are deleted from your computer. If you leave the expired date empty, the cookies will be deleted once you quit the browser.

As an example, if we want the cookies to expire on 31 January, 2015 we can set:

 <meta http-equiv="Set-Cookie" content="name=data; path=path; expires=Thursday, 01-Jan-2015 00:00:00 GMT"> 

3. Refreshing Web Pages

You can set a page to refresh after a certain period. meta http-equiv="refresh" specifies a delay in seconds for the browser to refresh the page automatically. This meta-tag specification below will make the browser reload the page every 5 seconds.

 <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="5"> 

Below, you can see that the page is automatically refreshed by the browser.

4. Redirecting

We can also use the refresh meta tag to redirect a page to a specific destination. This following example will lead us to example.com after we view the page for 5 seconds.

 <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="5; url=http://example.com/"> 

You can see it live below.

To redirect the page immediately, set it to 0, as follows:

 <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0; url=http://example.com/"> 

5. Page Transition

You can also apply transitions to your web pages with meta-tag in a way that is similar to PowerPoint. The syntax of page transition with meta tag looks like below:

 <meta http-equiv="page-enter" content="revealtrans(duration=seconds,transition=num)" /> 
 <meta http-equiv="page-exit" content="revealtrans(duration=seconds,transition=num)" /> 
 <meta http-equiv="page-enter" content="blendTrans(duration=sec)" /> 

Note that this only works on ancient Internet Explorer since page-enter and page-exit are Microsoft’s proprietary meta tag specifications. You can specify how long the transition will run for using duration. The Transition should be filled by a number/integer between 0 – 23 that refers to the transition type provided by Microsoft. Whereas, <meta http-equiv="page-enter" content="blendTrans(duration=sec)" /> is another value that comes without a transition type.








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<![CDATA[Yosemite: Nach 5 Tagen Spotlight-Suche zurück zur Launchbar]]> lbImmer dann, wenn hier ein neues Mac-Betriebssystem installiert wird, versuchen wir zusätzliche Software-Installationen zu minimieren. Nicht das wir uns im Mac App Store nicht mit beiden Händen bedienen würden – auf Anwendungen die ab Werk vorhandene Funktionen doppelt implementieren, verzichten wir wo möglich jedoch konsequent. [...]]]> http://www.ifun.de/yosemite-nach-5-tagen-spotlight-suche-zurueck-zur-launchbar-68441/ 46757@feed.stefanherz.com Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:30:13 GMT <![CDATA[“Chugplug” Zusatzakku für MacBooks in Deutschland verfügbar]]> icon32Der zu Jahresbeginn vorgestellte MacBook-Zusatzakku Chugplug von Lenmar ist jetzt auch in Deutschland verfügbar. Der 530 Gramm schwere Powerklotz lässt sich zum Preis von 160 Euro über Amazon bestellen. Apple bietet nun ja seit einiger Zeit schon MacBooks ohne Wechselakku an. In der Regel lässt sich der mobile Tag dank der [...]]]> http://www.ifun.de/chugplug-zusatzakku-fuer-macbooks-in-deutschland-verfuegbar-68008/ 46075@feed.stefanherz.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:06:02 GMT <![CDATA[How to Create a Simple Spider Web Illustration in Adobe Illustrator]]> Final product image
What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a simple spider web illustration in Adobe Illustrator. You'll start by creating the group of paths that will make up your spider web, using three paths and a basic blend, along with some Transform and Warp effects. Next, using the Appearance and Stroke panels and some basic blending techniques, you will add color and subtle highlights for your paths. Moving on, you will learn how to add a dark, subtly textured background and how to easily use a built-in symbol. Finally, you'll learn how to add a few more subtle details and how to darken your entire illustration.

1. Create a New Document and Set Up a Grid

Hit Control-N to create a new document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, enter 600 in the Width box and 540 in the Height box, then click on the Advanced button. Select RGB, Screen (72 ppi) and make sure that the Align New Objects to Pixel Grid box is unchecked before you click OK.

Enable the Grid (View > Show Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). You will need a grid every 10 px, so simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides > Grid, enter 10 in the Gridline every box and 1 in the Subdivisions box. Try not to get discouraged by all that grid: it will make your work easier. Keep in mind that you can easily enable or disable it using the Control-" keyboard shortcut.

You should also open the Info panel (Window > Info) for a live preview with the size and position of your shapes. Don't forget to set the unit of measurement to Pixels from Edit > Preferences > Units > General. All these options will significantly increase your work speed.

setup grid

2. Create the Group of Black Paths

Step 1

Pick the Pen Tool (P) and focus on your Toolbar. Remove the color from the fill, then select the stroke and set its color at black (R=0 G=0 B=0.) Move to your artboard and simply create a 150 px vertical path. The Snap to Grid option should make this easier.

create black paths

Step 2

Make sure that your black path is selected and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Set the Angle at 30 degrees, enter 11 in the Copies box, check the middle, bottom reference point, and then click the OK button.

create black paths

Step 3

Reselect your vertical path and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Make sure that the resulting group of paths stays selected and go to Object > Transform > Rotate. Set the Angle at 15 degrees and then click the OK button. Move to the Layers panel, open the existing layer, make sure that the your group is still selected, and hit the Shift-Control-G keyboard shortcut twice to Ungroup it. You will end up with a column of twelve simple paths.

create black paths

3. Create the Group of Blue Paths

Step 1

Return to your Toolbar and replace the existing stroke color with R=39 G=170 B=225. Focus on the top side of your black paths and grab the Pen Tool (P). Create a 80 px horizontal path and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Once again, the Snap to Grid option will make things easier. Using the same tool, create a 20 px horizontal path and place it exactly as shown in the second image.

create blue paths

Step 2

Disable Snap to Grid (Control-") and enable the Smart Guides (Control-U). Focus on your top blue path and grab the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the left anchor point, hold the Shift button from your keyboard and simply drag that point to the right until you get the "intersect" smart guide. This smart guide lets you know that your selected anchor point intersects with the black path that lies underneath. Move to the right anchor point, select it, and drag it to the left until you get that same "intersect" smart guide. In the end your entire path should match the second image.

create blue paths

Step 3

Focus on your bottom blue shape and make sure that the Direct Selection Tool (A) is still active. Once again, use that "intersect" smart guide to squeeze your path as shown in the second image.

create blue paths

Step 4

Select both blue paths and go to Effect > Warp > Arc Lower. Enter the properties shown in the following image and click OK.

create blue paths

Step 5

Focus on your Toolbar and click on the Blend Tool to open the Blend Options window. Select Specified Steps from the Spacing drop-down menu, enter 3 in that white box, and click OK. Reselect the two blue paths and hit Alt-Control-B (or go to Object > Blend > Make) to create a simple blend.

create blue paths

Step 6

Disable the Smart Guides (Control-U) and enable the Snap to Grid (Control-"). Focus on your Toolbar and replace the existing stroke color with a random red. Using the Pen Tool (P), create a 150 px vertical path and place it as shown in the following image. Select this new path along with the existing blend and simply Group them (Control-G).

create blue paths

Step 7

Make sure that the group with the red and blue paths is selected and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Again, set the Angle at 30 degrees, enter 11 in the Copies box, check the middle bottom reference point and then click OK

create blue paths

Step 8

Make sure that your group with red and blue paths is still selected and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Move to the Layers panel, select the resulting group, and Ungroup it (Shift-Control-G). This time you will have to hit this keyboard shortcut four times. Return to your artboard, select one of your red paths, and go to Select > Same > Stroke Color which will select the rest of the same with similar stroke color. Now that all your red paths are selected simply hit the Delete button from your keyboard to get rid of them.

create blue paths

4. Create the Background

Step 1

Focus on your Toolbar, remove the color from the stroke, and then select the fill and set the color at R=114 G=102 B=88. Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), and click on your artboard to open the Rectangle window. Enter 620 in the Width box and 560 in the Height box and click OK. Make sure that the resulting shape stays selected and send it to the back (Shift-Control-[ ). Move to the Layers panel, double-click on the name of this new path, and rename it "Background".

Next, you will need to center your "Background" shape, so open the Align panel (Window > Align). Set the aligning to Artboard (open the fly out menu and go to Show Options if you can't see the Align To section as shown in the following image), make sure that your shape is selected, and then simply click the Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Center buttons. In the end your rectangle should cover the entire artboard.

create background

Step 2

Making sure that your "Background" shape stays selected, focus on the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance) and add a second fill using the Add New Fill button. Focus on this new fill, set the color at black, and click on the Opacity piece of text to open the Transparency fly-out panel. Change the Blending Mode to Multiply, lower the Opacity to 10% and return to the Appearance panel. Make sure that your black fill is still selected and go to Effect > Artistic > Film Grain. Enter the properties shown in the following image and click OK.

Once you're done, move to the Layers panel and lock your "Background" shape to make sure that you don't accidentally select/move it.

create background

Step 3

Focus on your Toolbar and replace the existing fill color with white (R=255 G=255 B=255). Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 250 x 560 px rectangle and place it as shown in the first image. Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A) and focus on the top side of this new rectangle. Select the left anchor point and drag it 190 px down, as shown in the second image. Make sure that this white shape stays selected, lower its Opacity to 20% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

Move to the Layers panel, lock the white shape made in this step and simply drag it in the bottom of the panel, right above your "Background".

create background

Step 4

Focus on your Toolbar and replace the existing fill color with a black. Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 620 x 190 px rectangle and place it as shown in the first image. Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A) and focus on the right side of this new rectangle. Select the bottom anchor point and drag it 250 px to the left as shown in the second image. Making sure that this black shape stays selected, lower its Opacity to 20% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

Move to the Layers panel, lock the black shape made in this step, and drag it to the bottom of the panel, right above your "Background".

create background

5. Add Transparent Strokes for Your Group of Paths

Step 1

Using the same Select > Same > Stroke Color option we used earlier, select all your black paths and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the stroke, replace the existing color with white, lower its Opacity to 15%, and click on Stroke to open the Stroke fly-out panel. Increase the Weight to 2 px and select Width Profile 2 from the Profile drop-down menu.

add transparent strokes

Step 2

Make sure that the set of paths edited in the previous step are still selected, and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the existing stroke and duplicate it using the Duplicate Selected Item button. Select the newly added stroke, increase its Opacity to 30% and decrease the Weight to 1 px. Once your're done, simply hit the Control-G keyboard shortcut to Group all these paths.

add transparent strokes

Step 3

Using that same Select > Same > Stroke Color option, select all your blue paths and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the stroke, replace the existing color with white, lower its Opacity to 20%, and then open the Stroke fly-out panel. Focus on the Profile drop-down menu and select Width Profile 1.

add transparent strokes

Step 4

Make sure that the set of paths edited in the previous step are still selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the existing stroke and duplicate it using that same Duplicate Selected Item button. Select the newly added stroke and decrease its Weight to 0.5 px. Once you're done, Group all the paths edited in this step (Control-G).

add transparent strokes

6. Distort Your Spider Web and Add Subtle Shading and Highlights

Step 1

Select the two groups of paths that make up your spider web and Group them (Control-G). Move to the Layers panel and rename this new group "spiderWeb". Make sure that this group stays selected and go to Effect > Warp > Bulge. Enter the properties shown in the following image, click OK and go to Effect > Warp > Fish. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and click OK.

distort shading highlights

Step 2

Make sure that your "spiderWeb" group is still selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the properties shown in the following image and click OK.

distort shading highlights

Step 3

Reselect your "spiderWeb" group and make a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F). Select this new group and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the existing Drop Shadow effect and simply remove it using the Delete Selected Item button.

Make sure that your group copy is still selected, go to Object > Expand Appearance and then open the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder) and click the Unite button. Fill the resulting shape with a random orange and make sure that it doesn't have a color set for the stroke.

distort shading highlights

Step 4

Make sure that your orange shape is selected, open the Gradient panel (Window > Gradient), and click on the gradient thumbnail to replace the existing fill color with the default black-to-white linear gradient.

Keep focusing on your Gradient panel, set the angle at 45 degrees, and then move to the gradient colors. Select the left slider and make sure that the color is set at white. Then select the right slider, set the color at white, and lower its Opacity to 0%. Keep in mind that the yellow zero from the Gradient image stands for Opacity percentage. Make sure that this shape stays selected, and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the existing fill, lower its Opacity to 50% and go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -0.5 px Offset and click OK.

distort shading highlights

7. Add a Vertical Spider Web and the Spider

Step 1

Using the Pen Tool (P), create a 190 px vertical path and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that this new path stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Add a 2 px white stroke and make sure that there's no color set for the fill.

spider

Step 2

Make sure that your vertical path is still selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the existing stroke, lower its Opacity to 15% then open the Stroke fly‑out panel and select Width Profile 2 from the Profile drop-down menu.

spider

Step 3

Make sure that your vertical path stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the existing stroke and duplicate it using that same Duplicate Selected Item button. Select the newly added stroke, increase its Opacity 30% and decrease the Weight to 1 px.

spider

Step 4

Make sure that your vertical path stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the bottom stroke and duplicate it using that same Duplicate Selected Item button.

Keep focusing on the Appearance panel and select the bottom 2 px stroke. Replace the existing color with black, lower its Opacity to 10% and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the properties shown in the following image (make sure that you check the top left reference point), click OK and go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 1 px Radius and click OK.

spider

Step 5

Disable the Snap to Grid (Control-") and open the Symbols panel (Window > Symbols). Open the fly-out menu of this panel, go to Open Symbol Library > Nature, and a new window with a bunch of symbols will open. Select the one called "Taratula" and simply drag it on your artboard. Rotate and resize this symbol then place it roughly as shown in the following image.

spider

Step 6

Make sure that your "Tarantula" symbol stays selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the properties shown in the top left window (in the following image), click OK, and add the other four Drop Shadow effects shown in the following image.

spider

8. Add Several Subtle Details and Darken Your Illustration

Step 1

Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) and click on your artboard to open the Ellipse window. Enter 4 in the Width box and 2 in the Height box, and then click the OK button. Make sure that the resulting shape stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Set the fill color at white, lower its Opacity to 40%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light and then go to Effect > Stylize > Outer Glow. Enter the properties shown in the following image and click OK.

details darken

Step 2

Multiply the tiny, squeezed circle made in the previous step (Control-C, Control-F) and spread the copies across your spider web roughly as shown in the following image.

details darken

Step 3

Enable the Snap to Grid option (Control-"). Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a new 620 x 560 px rectangle and center it using the Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Center buttons from the Align panel.

Select this new shape and fill it with the radial gradient shown below. Use the Gradient Tool (G) to stretch your gradient as shown in the following image, and don't forget that the yellow zero from the Gradient image stands for Opacity percentage. Make sure that the rectangle made in this step stays selected, and focus on the Appearance panel. Simply select the existing fill, lower its Opacity to 70% and change the Blending Mode to Multiply.

details darken

Congratulations! You're Done!

Here is how it should look. I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and can apply these techniques in your future projects.

final result
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<![CDATA[OS X 10.10 Yosemite Clean Install: Bootfähigen USB-Stick erstellen]]> OS X 10.10 Yosemite wird es allein als Download im Mac App Store geben. Wer im Anschluss eine saubere Neuinstallation (Clean Install) vornehmen möchte, der muss einen bootfähigen USB-Stick erstellen. Wir zeigen hierfür drei Möglichkeiten.

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<![CDATA[10 Cool Photoshop Tutorials For Creating Your Own Cinemagraph]]>

Cinemagraphs were originally coined by American photographers, Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck of Ann Street Studio, who used this trick for their news and fashion photos back in 2011. It’s kind of a hybrid between a still photograph and a video. The whole image remains still except for a particular movement that is repeated over and over again in just one section. These are usually saved in a GIF format.

You can create a cinemagraph using editing software which would compose the photographs or the video frames into a seamless loop of sequential frames. It may take a bit of time but I believe cinemagraph is a form of art worth giving a chance. To help you along with the learning process, I’d like to share 10 ultra-cool cinemagraph Photoshop tutorials to assist you in creating your very own cinemagraph. Feel free to share your cinemagraphs in the comment field below too.

Create Cinemagraphs Easily Using Cliplets. This awesome image which showcases a moving skateboard wheel can be mimicked in no time with this tutorial. It uses Cliplets to help you create this cinemagraph.

How To Make a Cool Cinemagraph Image in Photoshop. This tutorial teaches you to play around with Photoshop action tools so that you can have your own cute shopping cinemagraph image like the shopping montage of the 90s.

How To Make A Cinemagraph for Photoshop Newbies. All you need for this particular tutorial is basic Photoshop skills, a tripod, a video camera, Photoshop (of course) and Quicktime player. If you’re armed with that, you’re good to go.

Create an awesome cinemagraph in Photoshop. In this lesson you learn how to use Photoshop frames to process footage, and how to tweak your sequence in order to find the ideal loop for export.

Creating a Cinemagraph in Photoshop. This cool video guide will walk you through the process of creating a cinemagraph in Photoshop and also tells you all the niceties of using this method including how to save the file in the correct format.

Cinemagraph tutorial. In just 6 easy steps, this tutorial can show you how to create a wonderful cinemagraph in Photoshop.

Create a Cinemagraph (or Cinegraph) Using Photoshop CS6. Use the latest Photoshop version CS6 to create a cinemagraph that’s bound to make everyone else green with envy!

How to Create a Cinemagraph Using Adobe Photoshop CS5. Hair fluttering in the wind or blinking eyes are the perfect parts of the photo to animate as they are subtle. Watch this short video to learn how to do it yourself.

Tutorial: Como hacer un cinemagraph con Photoshop. For all of you more comfortable with the Spanish language, here’s a handy cinemagraph tutorial in Spanish.

Cinemagraph: How to. Why not bring one of your favorite movie scenes to life in a different way? This guide will show you how to make a cinemagraph from a Vimeo video without having to take pictures.

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<![CDATA[Aperture zu Lightroom: Adobe buhlt um Aperture-Nutzer]]>
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Das baldige Ende von Apples EBV-Lösung Aperture nimmt Adobe zum Anlass, Nutzer zum Umstieg auf die hauseigene Anwendung Lightroom zu bewegen. Den komplizierten Vorgang erklärt ein Umstiegsführer.

Den nicht ganz unkomplizierten Umstieg von Aperture auf Lightroom beschreibt Adobe nun in einem sechsseitigen, nur englischsprachigen PDF-Dokument. Die Anleitung zeigt Schritt für Schritt, wie man bislang mit Aperture verwaltete Bilder mitsamt Metadaten und Einstellungen exportiert und in Lightrooms Obhut übergibt. Einige Informationen wie Gesichtserkennung, örtliche Zuordnung oder Farbetiketten bleiben hierbei allerdings auf der Strecke, ebenfalls werden Diaschauen, Fotobücher und Webseiten nicht…

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<![CDATA[Design a CD Cover in Low-Polygonal Grungy Style in Adobe Illustrator]]> Final product image
What You'll Be Creating

Ever wanted to make your own stylish CD cover? In this tutorial, we’ll go through a process of creation of a stylish CD cover, with simple yet modern styled graphics.

We will use the popular low-polygonal style, and give our cover a unique grungy look with the help of Adobe Illustrator artistic brushes. Together, these elements will help our CD cover have a modern look and stand out among the crowd of other albums.

Let’s start!

1. Create a Low-Polygonal Base for the Elephant’s Head

Step 1

For this tutorial, I’ve used one of my old pictures (which you can download directly below by right-clicking on the image) that I File > Place on the Artboard as a reference. Lock the layer with your reference image and create a New Layer above the locked one. 

elephant

Step 2

I make the reference image a bit brighter, and started drawing small triangles above it using the Pen Tool (P).

triangles

Step 3

Continue covering the reference image with triangles of various sizes. You don’t have to be very precise here. Don’t waste your time trying to make the triangles match, because later we’ll do an easy trick in a few clicks.

add extra triangles

Step 4

If your image is more or less symmetrical, try using the Reflect Tool (O) to mirror some repeating parts to the other side of your image. Here, for example, I select a group of triangles around the eye-area and reflect it over the vertical axis. Use the Copy button to make a reflected copy of the selected area.

reflect tool

Continue rendering your image. Make the triangles larger to emphasize the large pieces, such as the wide upper part of the elephant’s trunk. Use smaller triangles to highlight the minor details such as eyes and tusks. 

larger and smaller triangles

Step 5

Finish up with the elephant’s trunk by covering it with a set of varying triangles.

triangled head

Step 6

Move on to the ears by putting some triangles over the left ear. Make the sides of the triangles longer to indicate that the shapes here are more extended and protruded.

triangle ears

When you are finished with one of the ears, use the Reflect Tool (O) again to copy the reflected objects to the other side of our image. Edit some triangles by changing their size and position if they are off the area.

reflect ears

Step 7

The base for our low-poly illustration is ready! I’ve changed the Stroke Color of the triangles to bright red, to see them more clearly.

outlined triangles

Step 8

Now the fun part! Find a group of triangles which you need to merge, so that they would fit nicely to each other. Select the corners of these triangles by dragging the Direct Selection Tool (A) over the anchor points or by using the Lasso Tool (Q). Focus on the Align Panel (Window > Align) and choose the Align to Selection option. Finally, click on the middle positions in Align Anchor Points and Distribute Anchor Points fields in order to combine the triangle corners.

merge triangles

Step 9

Move on to the next group of corners which you need to combine.

do it again

Step 10

If it happens so that your triangle don’t combine, like in the example below, just go ahead and add an additional triangle by dividing the big one into two separate shapes, and align the anchor points in the same way.

add extra triangles

Edit the shapes on the elephant’s face.

edit shapes

2. Color the Elephant Using the Live Paint Bucket

Step 1

When all the triangles are aligned nicely to each other, select everything and go to Object > Live Paint > Make.

Live paint

Step 2

Use the Eyedropper Tool (I) to pick the color from the reference image and then fill the shape with the selected color, using the Live Paint Bucket (K). Use the Alt key to switch between these two tools, thus speeding up your work.

paint in triangles

Step 3

Here is how the fully colored image looks at this stage. Some triangles are made much darker than the others to emphasize the shadows and to make our illustration more dimensional. The brightest shapes mark the highlights on the most protruded and bulged shapes.

colored elephant

Step 4

Remove your reference image and set the Stroke Color to None after you’ve finished coloring all the shapes. Fill in the blank missing parts if there are any. 

no reference image

You may notice that some of the triangle’s sides do not match. This may happen while using the Pen Tool (P), if you accidently click and drag, thus making a rounded smooth corner instead of a sharp corner. Don’t hesitate and edit the anchor points with the Convert Anchor Point Tool (Shift-C) by clicking on the anchor points in order to convert them to sharp corner.  

fix mis-matches

Step 5

As long as you are satisfied with the result, select several random shapes with Direct Selection Tool (A) and change their color to lighter and darker gray in order to make our image more intricate and stylish.

add grey

3. Design the Front Part of Your CD Cover

Step 1

Create a New Layer below the layer with the elephant’s head. Place the completed head over the blank CD-cover template. Keep the elephant’s head on a separate layer, so that you are able to add new objects behind it.

CD cover template

Step 2

Let’s create a nice grungy background. We don't want it to be too distracting, but at the same time still want it to highlight the main object, making the cover look trendy and minimalistic. Stick to gray monochromatic tones, so that the elephant’s head will remain the only bright and eye-catching object of our composition.

We’ll use some default Adobe Illustrator brushes, which you can find in the Brush Libraries Menu > Artistic > Artistic Watercolor and other from the same section. See the list of the brushes which I’ve used on the screenshot below.

brushes

Select some watercolor brushes to your liking and make several strokes with the Paintbrush Tool (B) in different directions.

strokes

Step 3

If some of the lines are off your drawing area, you can always hide the unneeded parts by duplicating the basic cover shape, placing it above the brush strokes and making a Clipping Mask.

hide lines that are off drawing area

Step 4

Continue filling up the background by using various ink splash and splatter brushes, varying their darkness.

add ink splashes

Step 5

Move from the center of the cover to the edges, adding smaller details and filling up blank spaces.

add smaller details

Step 6

I added a thick charcoal stroke at the bottom of the cover, assuming it as a good spot for some text.

text splash

Step 7

Add more details by using other brushes from the list. Choose lighter shades of gray in order to make the overall composition airy and light.

add more details

Step 8

Create a New Layer above the layer containing the elephant’s head. Make a few strokes with artistic brushes and switch the Blending Mode to Color Burn to add a nice touch of blue to our elephant.

color burn

Use the Clipping Mask again to hide the unneeded parts.

clipping mask

Step 8

Inspired by Indian and military facial warpaint, I decided to add a big stroke across the elephant’s eyes. Object > Expand Appearance, converting your stroke into a separate object, and switch it to Multiply Mode, lowering the Opacity down to 20%.

eye stroke

Step 9

The last but not the least thing to do here is to add a gentle shadow under the elephant’s head in order to make it more dimensional and to separate it from the background. Go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow and play with the settings to your liking. You can find my settings on the screenshot below.

shadow

Fantastic Job!

Congratulations, you’ve just completed designing the front part of our CD cover! I hope it was a useful experience for you. Good luck with making your own unique CD cover design!

finished cover
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<![CDATA[Frische Pixel: 18 schöne Wallpaper für Mac, PC, iPhone und iPad]]>
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<![CDATA[Adcade]]> http://www.cssdesignawards.com/sites/adcade/23856/ 17195@feed.stefanherz.com Tue, 05 Nov 2013 08:07:04 GMT <![CDATA[GODE]]> http://www.cssdesignawards.com/css-web-design-award-winner.php?id=22768 12712@feed.stefanherz.com Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:19:36 GMT <![CDATA[Fluida Lamp]]> The delicate and versatile Fluida desk lamp has been created by Marco De Santi and Alessandro Paoletti of Studio Natural for Italian brand Martinelli Luce. The piece, as the name suggests, can be fluidly adjusted to changing lighting needs and uses of the desk A thin flexible strip, fitted with LEDs, is attached to two metal bases. These bases connect via magnets in multiple positions and allow to change direction of the light.

The Fluida lamp is the winner of the Young & Design Award 2013. Watch the video to see the piece in action.

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<![CDATA[House in Nanjo]]> House in Nanjo is a modern gem located in the Okinawa Prefecture, a series of islands in the southernmost region of Japan. The natural landscape of the island is breathtaking; it is only fitting that this home was built to be equally stunning. Designed by local firm Matsuyama Architect and Associates, this house rivals the surrounding environment with scale and palette. The structure is monumental: a massive rectangular form which contains vast interior dwelling spaces. The grey and white exterior ensures this building sits distinctly apart from the green lawn and blue sky.

The juxtaposition this home creates between the natural and built environment gives it a refreshing, bold quality. The building is not fighting with nature; it is having a conversation. House in Nanjo unequivocally approaches the trees, grass, and sky and says, Look at me, I’m spectacular too. 

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<![CDATA[Die Lieblingsseiten der t3n-Redaktion: Sébastien Bonset]]>

Ihr wollt wissen, was die t3n-Redaktion beruflich und privat liest? Welche Blogs die t3n-Entwickler regelmäßig frequentieren oder womit sich der t3n-Vertrieb privat im Web beschäftigt? In unserer neuen Serie stellt wöchentlich ein Mitarbeiter aus dem t3n-Team eine Auswahl seiner Lieblingsseiten vor. Den Anfang macht t3n-Redakteur Sébastien Bonset.

Um Dopplungen zu vermeiden und da wahrscheinlich die meisten Leser diese Seiten ohnehin kennen, möchte ich Websites wie zum Beispiel The Verge oder TechCrunch – die eigentlich in eine derartige Auflistung gehören – gar nicht erst vorstellen. Auch meine persönliche Spon-Alternative Zeit Online für den täglichen News-Kick dürfte jedem bekannt sein.

Affekt

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Das Affekt-Blog ist thematisch ziemlich gemischt. Der gemeinsame Nenner der behandelten Themen: Kultur. Artikel über Filme und Musik finden sich hier ebenso wie Texte über Literatur und Theater. Darüber hinaus behandeln die beiden Blogger Sabine Schaper und Malte Metag auch Kunst, Design, Gesellschaft und Netzkultur. Dort finde ich immer wieder interessante Dinge, von denen ich davor noch nichts gehört hatte.

Boing Boing

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Boing Boing gehört zu den Urgesteinen im Netz und begleitet mich online schon seit vielen Jahren. Egal ob Tech-Interessierter, Comic-Fan, Gaming-Enthusiast oder Wissenschaftsfreak – auf Boing Boing finden Nerds in jeglicher Ausprägung Interessantes und Unterhaltsames. Besonders vorbildlich: Alle Bloginhalte stehen unter einer Creative-Commons-Lizenz, die eine nicht-kommerzielle Verwendung bei Namensnennung ausdrücklich erlaubt.

Cryptome

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Cryptome gab es schon lange vor Wikileaks. Die Website ging bereits 1994 online und hat sich bedingungslos der uneingeschränkten Meinungs- und Informationsfreiheit verschrieben. Auf Cryptome.org findet man neben Dokumenten zu Kryptologie, Überwachung und Meinungsfreiheit jede Menge Fotos und Dokumente, die in unterschiedlichen Ländern der strikten Geheimhaltung unterliegen. Damit ist die Website eine mehr als geeignete Ergänzung zu klassischen Online-Medien für Politik, Wirtschaft und mehr. So fanden sich auf Cryptome beispielsweise die ersten Bilder aus Fukushima (aufgenommen von einer US-Drohne), die das Ausmaß der Zerstörung des Kernkraftwerks zeigten. Auch mit Microsoft hat sich Cryptome bereits angelegt, als auf der Website ein internes Arbeitspapier veröffentlicht wurde, das zeigte, wie Microsoft mit unterschiedlichen Strafverfolgungsbehörden kooperiert.

Digital Photography Review

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Digital Photography Review, kurz DPReview, ist meine primäre Anlaufstelle im Bereich Foto-Hardware. Die Reviews sind oft sehr detailliert, und besonders der Bereich für Objektive ist für alle zu empfehlen, die auf der Suche nach einer neuen Linse und noch unentschlossen sind. Auch in den Foren habe ich schon oft nützliche Informationen erhalten. Die Datenbank von DPReview rund um Digitalkameras, Objektive, Drucker und vieles mehr ist sehr beeindruckend.

Etailment

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Im Bereich E-Commerce schätze ich unter anderem Etailment. Besonders zum Start in den Tag gehört die Lektüre der Kategorie „Kurz vor 9“ für mich dazu. Olaf Kolbrück und sein Team machen in diesem Blog einen wirklich guten Job.

Minimal Mac

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Mit einem zum Thema passenden minimalen Design dreht sich bei Minimal Mac alles um den minimalistischen Umgang mit Technologie und Arbeitsabläufen. In dem Blog finden sich beispielsweise Texte über Menschen, die Smartphones bewusst aus ihrem Leben verbannen, Tipps für den Umgang mit einer überfüllten Inbox, aber auch Empfehlungen für Software oder Bilder von Arbeitsplätzen im minimalistischen Design. Könnte ich nur die Hälfte der inspirierenden Themen umsetzen, wäre ich stolz auf mich. ;)

Pocket Tactics

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Neben dem NeoGaf Forum, in dem viele Entwickler, Branchen-Teilnehmer und Journalisten großer Gaming-Websites aktiv sind, besuche ich regelmäßig Pocket Tactics, um mich über Gaming-Neuigkeiten auf dem Laufenden zu halten. Dieses recht junge Blog widmet sich Taktik-Titeln, Strategiespielen und RPGs für iOS und Android. Ich schätze besonders den Stil der Artikel, der zumindest für mich auch ein wenig als Vorbild für Apfel-Spieler – ein Blog zu iOS-Games, das ich mit den t3n-Kollegen Jan Tißler, David Maciejewski und Luca Carraciolo betreibe – dient.

Smashing Magazine

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Englischsprachiges Design-Blog aus deutschen Landen – das Smashing Magazine hat sich auch über Deutschland hinaus einen Ruf bei Webdesignern und Webentwicklern erarbeitet, und das zu Recht. Zu den Themen gehören unter anderem die Vorstellung von Software und Tools, Tutorials und How-Tos sowie Artikel zur Inspiration. Darüber hinaus gibt es bei Smashing auch kostenlose Fonts, Templates und Icons. Besonders schätze ich die monatliche Wallpaper-Kategorie. Seit mittlerweile fünf Jahren gibt es auf Smashing jeden Monat eine Menge schicker, neuer Desktop-Wallpapers, die von unterschiedlichen Designern eingereicht werden.

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<![CDATA[iPhone-Audioplayer Ecoute lädt Covergrafiken automatisch]]> ecouteDer Music-Player Ecoute (2,69 Euro) hat als durchdachte und schicke Alternative zu Apples Musik-App für iOS seinen festen Platz bei uns. Übers Wochenende wurde die für iPhone und iPod touch optimierte App in Version 1.2 veröffentlicht. Die interessanteste Neuerung ist sicherlich die Möglichkeit, fehlende Covergrafiken automatisch zu laden [...]


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<![CDATA[Cennydd Bowles on UX & Design: Hellish Other People]]> Childish, inaccurate, bizarre, and condescending? Perhaps—but you can’t just ignore articles like that. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic’s Seven Rules for Managing Creative People1 has caused some serious ripples. The article sets lofty standards for missing the point, misrepresenting creative industries to the point of infantilization. At its nadir—“Creatives enjoy making simple things complex, rather than vice versa”—it ranks among the most baffling things ever written about creativity.

Commenters have heaped scorn on poor Chamorro-Premuzic, to the extent that I must almost apologize for adding to the criticism. But I’m intrigued by the views that prop up articles like this. Why do these misconceptions about creative work persist in an era of supposed innovative enlightenment?

The premise that underpins this and many similar articles is that creativity is a binary property: some people are blessed (or cursed) with it, others aren’t. This establishes a subtle, unwelcome construct. Creative types are “The Other”: fundamentally irregular people who don’t quite gel with the rest of society (“The Same”). Indeed, what it means to be Same is usually defined in part by not being Other.

While the language of Otherness is sometimes a deliberate tool of oppression, more often it reflects the unthinking bias of the speaker and era. Chamorro-Premuzic’s framing of creative people as The Other is no doubt unintentional. But the archetype is clear nonetheless.

On this stage, Chamorro-Premuzic plays the role of ethnographer. Having observed creative people in their natural environments, he uses the article to MBAsplain their aberrant behavior. Rather than recognizing the diverse individuality of creative workers, the author describes them as a homogenous group primarily defined by weakness—a motif that echoes throughout the history of Otherness.

Chamorro-Premuzic’s creative Other is self-centered and unable to play well with peers. He is “moody, erratic, eccentric, and arrogant.” He is unable to properly explain his process. His motivations are bizarre: money doesn’t matter to him, which at least gives you an opportunity to stiff him on pay. His neuroticism and narcissism make him a poor leader: that’s best left to the Sames.

Thankfully, the premise is flawed. Creativity is not a binary ability but a muscle that needs exercise. There is no Same and Other, no us and them; everyone has creative capacity. Personality, environment, and other pressures of life mean that some people do have less creative experience, but with simple tools—a pencil, a guitar, a hobby—it’s not hard to reverse the atrophy.

Modern creative work demands diverse perspectives. To suggest instead that it emanates from the abracadabras of an eccentric elite does a disservice to all parties. The article argues that companies should pass “trivial or meaningless work” to the clock-watchers who lack intrinsic motivation. In other words, some people are best handling the drudgery, while the unmanageables get the rewarding work to keep them quiet.

This situation, dare I say, could use some creative thinking. It can’t be healthy to encourage a cycle of disinterested employees and futile effort. Better to look closely at user needs, explore ideas that address them, and build a team that is inspired by those goals. Then no work should be meaningless.

So how can we counter the assertion that creative workers think and behave the same? By highlighting the diversity of our personalities and methods.

Both Mark Boulton and Chris Coyier have recently written about their introversion and how it affects their creative approaches. These are important, refreshing viewpoints, and no doubt many readers will identify with them. I too have noticed the subtle assumptions some people make about creative workers. Extraversion and arrogance are often presupposed.

Earlier in my career, bosses and peers encouraged me to use collaborative, extravert-friendly tools like design games. I never felt particularly comfortable with them, but persisted, believing them to be techniques that designers were meant to enjoy.

I’ve since realized these aren’t the right tools for me, at least for today. I’m more comfortable working with trusted teammates in managed environments, delving into people’s expectations, and exploring initial concepts alone. It was a relief to free myself from the process expectations of others, and I believe my results testify for my new approach.

After the lashing the article received in the comments, perhaps Chamorro-Premuzic will pause to reflect on his opinions. Perhaps the Harvard Business Review will also look more closely at its editorial policy, and consider whether it fell a little out of step with its audience. But there will be plenty more articles that treat creativity like a disorder, and more executives who brand creative workers as vain and immature.

With diversity issues rightly making headlines in our industry, we should also rejoice in the multitude of personalities and approaches that make up our disciplines. We are, of course, the best placed people of all to counter harmful stereotypes. Only variety can break us out of the Otherness box.

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