As a designer I sometimes find myself immersed in the technicalities of how and forget about the practicalities of why. The goal of most websites is to connect with the end user in a meaningful way. Whoa, that sounds a little intimate, but it is true. We all become emotional about decisions and purchases that we have to make on and offline. It is our job as designers to not only create something that looks great, but also an experience strips away barriers between end user and the goal.Inspiration, Resources
It’s Friday, so let’s talk about something fun. Recently I was talking with someone not familiar with Cinemagr.am and I was a little surprised he had not heard of it. So, this is for everyone that has never seen Cinemagr.am before.Free Stuff, Inspiration
Imagine a world where you can play a game on any device within a browser free of plugins. Imagine being able to control all of your media or use applications without ever downloading some app to do it. Cloud based computing is an old promise and one that many of us have dreamed about. With the death of IE6 / 7, private party browser plugins (still happening) and bandwidth becoming less of an issue (unless telcos screw that up) cloud computing looks like it is finally becoming a reality. Below are 17 examples of effects, games and applications showing off the power of WebGL and HTML5. You will need a modern browser to see these. A decent processor and video card certainly will not hurt either.Inspiration
Dana Tanamachi is a graphic designer living in New York and working primarily with chalk. Tanamachi’s chalk lettering has earned the attention of many large corporations and celebrities.
After graduating in 2007 with a BFA in Communication Design from The University of North Texas, Dana moved to New York City to design Broadway show posters at Spotco—a leader in arts and live entertainment branding. In early 2010, she took a job working under Louise Fili at Louise Fili Ltd, specializing in the design of restaurants and food packaging.
The Blind Barber, yes I just typed that correctly, has a killer website designed by Gin Lane Media. This website relies heavily on large, fullscreen background photos and a solid video to tell the story.Inspiration
Now that responsive web design is all the rage, theme shops are launching responsive eCommerce WordPress themes. One area that I see great potential for responsive design is in eCommerce. Before we get any further, let me cover what responsive web design is and why it is important.Inspiration, Themes, WordPress
UI designer Mike Matas has designed many interfaces that you have most likely used if you are on Facebook or own an iPhone.Inspiration
The Wormworld Saga is a digital graphic novel by Daniel Lieske. Chapter 2 of the saga was released a few days ago and features some fantastic illustration.Inspiration
Liam Brazier has some phenomenal super hero and sci-fi illustrations. Liam is a freelance illustrator and animator and has had work featured in Dazed & Confused, Creative Review, Design Week, Glastonbury, the Museum of London, London tube platforms, international film festivals, Virgin TV, and nationwide cinemas.Inspiration
Photographer Denis Smith has an inspiring story and does great light paintings.Inspiration