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The designer's guide to printing a poster

The designer's guide to printing a poster | Best of Design Art, Inspirational Ideas for Designers and The Rest of Us | Scoop.it
Make sure what you designed on screen is accurately reproduced on paper, with our pro's guide to poster printing.

Taking digital designs to the real world can be fraught with gotchas and gremlins along the way. We’re oh-so-used to the world being digital that we’ve mostly forgotten how to prep our work for poster printing.

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Ever wondered if why what you see on your screen isn't what's printed on paper? This guide explains it all, and how to achieve picture-perfect colors in your printed works, walking you through color, resolution, size and printing options. 

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11 Vibrant Vector Websites That Will Inspire New Life In Your Web Designs

11 Vibrant Vector Websites That Will Inspire New Life In Your Web Designs | Best of Design Art, Inspirational Ideas for Designers and The Rest of Us | Scoop.it

"For today’s assortment, we have put together some interesting and creatively designed websites that are all created solely by using vector graphics. With vector graphics, you can enhance your existing site designs and take them to the next level. You can even blend different colors to create a unique shade that will bring your creation to life. So check out these exceptional examples of vector website designs. We hope this assortment will inspire you to create your own vector-based website."

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If you're looking for a little more spring in your step, design-wise, this curated set of inspirations will definitely get you on the right track. With videos, screenshots and graphics from some of the hippest new sites online, you're bound to get a little jealous!

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Graphic Design Inspiration - Animals from History

Graphic Design Inspiration - Animals from History | Best of Design Art, Inspirational Ideas for Designers and The Rest of Us | Scoop.it

"This week’s graphic design inspiration highlights the work of Christina Hess and her Animals From History illustration series. Christina studied illustration at the University of the Arts and since then, has worked as an illustrator and designer. She likes to draw and paint ornate things, which meant eventually she would have stumbled on the Animals from History idea displayed below and we’re glad that she did."

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These illustrations show cats and dogs as they would have appeared in art history. Dogs dressed up as pirates and cats as queens makes for an adorable series that are somehow both realistic and silly all at once. 

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The theme for today is "Be Inspired."

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Map: Signature Cocktails According To Each US State

Map: Signature Cocktails According To Each US State | Best of Design Art, Inspirational Ideas for Designers and The Rest of Us | Scoop.it
Put together by Hannah Gregg from Buzzfeed, this alcoholic map points out the signature cocktails from each US state.
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A little design inspiration from Taxi! A Buzzfeed staff member created this graphic showing the most popular coctails in each state. Meet the United States of Alcoholics and find out if your favorite drink matches your state!

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Week in Review: Leading by Example

Week in Review: Leading by Example | Best of Design Art, Inspirational Ideas for Designers and The Rest of Us | Scoop.it

This week, we brought you inspiration from almost every medium so no matter what project you're working on, there's bound to be something for you. 


We started with vectors and illustrations by amazing designers from all over the world. Simple scenes of animals in situations you can laugh at and find adorable all at once:


http://graphicdesignjunction.com/2013/10/vector-illustrations-design/


Next up comes a flash from the past with an art history inspiration from the master Albrecht Durer. His six pillows remind us of all the different ways we can wake up in the morning:


http://theastonishingpost.tumblr.com/post/73409796760/vastandgrand-albrecht-durer-six-pillows


Photography saw a light when artist Cody William Smith brought round mirrors into the frame, using the reflections to shed light on what's behind the lens:


http://www.photographytuts.com/reflection-and-landscape-photography/


And finally iPhone photography landed on the map with the Swedish artist Danijel Ivic, whose simple settings and snowy scenes make us glad its still winter:


http://photogrist.com/iphoneography-by-danijel-ivic/


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The designer's guide to dealing with procrastination

The designer's guide to dealing with procrastination | Best of Design Art, Inspirational Ideas for Designers and The Rest of Us | Scoop.it

"Director and motion graphics designer Ninian Doff reveals how to get on with your job if you're a freelancer.

How to avoid procrasination? In many ways, I think procrastination is an important part of the initial creative process. I have all my best ideas whilst riding my bike, so I often justify cycling to get a coffee as part of working."

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Working from home leads to some pretty weird work habits and procrastination can run rampant. And this designer's guide to getting stuff done on time is something every work-from-homer can use. 

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Albrecht Dürer's six pillows

Albrecht Dürer's six pillows | Best of Design Art, Inspirational Ideas for Designers and The Rest of Us | Scoop.it
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Albrecht Dürer, six pillows
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Renowned artist Albrecht Durer could find inspiration in the most mundane of circumstances, even pillows. Here are six sketches of what appears to be the same pillow, crumpled in different ways as a test of his ability to shade, cross-hatch, and create volume. 

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Simply Breath-taking Reflection and Landscape Photography Using a Mirror

Simply Breath-taking Reflection and Landscape Photography Using a Mirror | Best of Design Art, Inspirational Ideas for Designers and The Rest of Us | Scoop.it
“A Moment’s Reflection” by Cody William Smith feels like a gateway to the most beautiful places that are not down in any maps. Using a round mirror, he sets up, a little bit buried on different areas like the sand, dirt… various settings.

Via Jean-Jacques Roland
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Photographer Cody William Smith captures double the beauty by innovatively placing mirrors within each of his scenes. It lets the viewer see even more of the landscape, while comparing what the photographer decided to place in front of the lens with what's behind it. 

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Week in Review: New Year Inspirations

Each New Year comes with its own hopes and aspirations, but by the end of January things don't seem as bright as they did at the beginning. So this week, we brought you everything we have to look forward to all year, and the motivation and inspiration you need to get in on the fun:

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This dynamic article on Medium talks about bringing design to life in 2014, with graphics that move and grab your attention without letting go:


https://medium.com/design-life-1/df5c5c44729c?ref=heydesigner


One designer is looking even further into the future to make sure that the next generation grows up with a love of design -- particularly in typography. This dad wrote a book just for toddlers about all the differences in the ways letters can look:


http://designtaxi.com/news/363095/Typeface-Designer-Creates-Book-That-Teaches-Toddlers-About-Typography/


This sketchbook of creativity was written by an artist and reads just like you'd expect an artist's notebook to. So the next time you're running low on creative juices you'll know where to go to recharge:


http://designtaxi.com/news/363074/A-Little-Sketchbook-Of-Ideas-To-Inspire-Creativity/


Finally, this infographic gives us all the visual design trends we're sure to see in 2014, including everything from multi-ethnic models to the upcoming World Cup:


http://freestache.tumblr.com/post/73036312038/rustygeorgecreative-visual-web-and-graphic


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Visual web and graphics in 2014

Visual web and graphics in 2014 | Best of Design Art, Inspirational Ideas for Designers and The Rest of Us | Scoop.it
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“ Visual web and graphic design trends to look out for in 2014 from iStock. Check out the interactive diagram here.
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Where are we headed this year in design? This infographic answers all that question, counting through all the visuals we have to look forward to in 2014.  

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Typeface Designer Creates Book That Teaches Toddlers About Typography

Typeface Designer Creates Book That Teaches Toddlers About Typography | Best of Design Art, Inspirational Ideas for Designers and The Rest of Us | Scoop.it
As a typeface designer, it is only natural that Jeremy Dooley would want his son Will to learn about and understand how typography works.
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Jeremy Dooley really went above and beyond as a typeface designer, creating an entire book about typography, simple enough for toddlers to understand. He wanted to teach his son Will what he does all day, and now toddlers everywhere can learn what makes Helvetica different from Comic Sans.

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NY artist draws picture stories to make us think - The Times of Israel

NY artist draws picture stories to make us think - The Times of Israel | Best of Design Art, Inspirational Ideas for Designers and The Rest of Us | Scoop.it
The Times of Israel NY artist draws picture stories to make us think The Times of Israel He has since written and drawn a graphic novel titled, “The Jew of New York,” a collection of stories “The Cardboard Valise,” and written several works for...
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Comic strips aren't just funnies anymore. NY artist Ben Katchor has turned them into works of art. His offbeat "picture stories" poignently recounts life as a Jewish man in today's New York, and even though they're definitely funny, there's more sarcasm and depth to behold. 

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Juergen Mayer H. Makes Pipapo Bench from Caesarstone

Juergen Mayer H. Makes Pipapo Bench from Caesarstone | Best of Design Art, Inspirational Ideas for Designers and The Rest of Us | Scoop.it
the 'pipapo' sculpture by german studio j. mayer h. architects has a lattice-like formation, delicately milled using a natural stone pattern.
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A German studio handcrafted this bench out of caesarstone and presented it at Art Basel Miami Beach this year. With an intricate design and sled-like shape it's anything but just a bench.

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A new kind of gallery in the public space: Art on BART

We want to replace the ads in BART cars with art instead, creating galleries on the move in the public space.
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Art on BART's goal is to reach one million people in the Bay Area -- surrounding them with art instead of ads. Six ads will be replaced by six works by local artists, and the Kickstarter is offering postcards, posters, prints and even the actual ad copy to backers who help them cover the cost of the space. Talk about public art! 

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Week in Review: Pets as Inspiration

Week in Review: Pets as Inspiration | Best of Design Art, Inspirational Ideas for Designers and The Rest of Us | Scoop.it
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This week we brought you all sorts of design inspiration, but our favorites involved our furry best friends: cats and dogs. 


But first, we got into some geographical design inspiration with Buzzfeed's map of the USA's favorite cocktails:


http://designtaxi.com/news/363328/Map-Signature-Cocktails-According-To-Each-US-State/


Next up, our furry favorites! These sculptures depict all sorts of dog breeds but they're all made out of bicycle chains. Somehow they still manage to look realistic:


http://designtaxi.com/news/363344/Amazingly-Realistic-Dog-Sculptures-Created-From-Bicycle-Chains/


And our favorite of the week, dogs and cats take a tour through art history in this illustration series. Steve Jobs becomes a cat and dogs fight in the Crusades.


http://blog.smartpress.com/graphic-design-inspiration-animals-from-history


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Amazingly Realistic Dog Sculptures Created From Bicycle Chains

Amazingly Realistic Dog Sculptures Created From Bicycle Chains | Best of Design Art, Inspirational Ideas for Designers and The Rest of Us | Scoop.it

"Israeli sculptress Nirit Levav Packer creates amazingly realistic dog sculptures out of bicycle parts. 

Using bicycle chains, she fashions remarkably detailed sculptures of dog breeds such as Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles, Afghan Hounds, and Dalmatians that are just as cute and cuddly as their real life counterparts." 

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Bicycle chains don't look exactly like dog's fur, but Israeli artist Nirit Levav Packer must have thought the two had something in common. She creates beautiful sculptures of dogs using the bicycle's parts, and they look remarkably realistic despite their uncommon material.  

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Random High Quality Examples for Graphic Design Inspiration

Random High Quality Examples for Graphic Design Inspiration | Best of Design Art, Inspirational Ideas for Designers and The Rest of Us | Scoop.it

"Searching for design inspiration takes a lot of time if you browse galleries because you will not find only high quality design works, but also some that are simply average, or below. Having a few sites who create articles by curating the design galleries is a must. You will save time that you can use to create that beautiful design your client wants."

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Looking for a little design inspiration? This curated set of high-quality examples is sure to get your mind spinning with ideas. Mostly typography related, these selections are modern, minimalist and favor function over flash.

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Magical Realist Images of her Sons Captured by Photographer Mom from Russia

Magical Realist Images of her Sons Captured by Photographer Mom from Russia | Best of Design Art, Inspirational Ideas for Designers and The Rest of Us | Scoop.it

"Using her two sons (Yaroslav and Vanya) and their dear animals as her photography project, Elena Shumilova brings out magic in every little moment.

Whether its one of her sons hugging their lovable dog or both of her little boys spending time together, she makes the most special shots from the ordinary scenes. Each piece of image tells an intimate story of being young, being a child… the innocence and purity."


Via Jean-Jacques Roland
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One Russian mom is making the best of her children's childhood by using her photography skills to capture them in pure, still moments. Each photo is relatable to everyone who remembers growing up, and altogether they create the image of perfect innocence -- the perfect inspiration for your own art this Sunday!

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Designing for mobile: Tips to ensure success

Designing for mobile: Tips to ensure success | Best of Design Art, Inspirational Ideas for Designers and The Rest of Us | Scoop.it
More and more people are using mobile devices than ever before, and the number just keeps on growing.
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Anyone designing online nowadays has to keep mobile in mind. With these three tips from KYHRYT, you'll be able to achieve the most user-friendly design you can, so that everyone can access your content on the go. 

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Vector Illustrations Design

Vector Illustrations Design | Best of Design Art, Inspirational Ideas for Designers and The Rest of Us | Scoop.it
Randyotter is a creative graphic designer and illustrator from Southampton, UK.
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With 45 simply beautiful vector illustrations, this article is bound to get your creative juices flowing. Cute and witty at the same time, these illustrations show every kind of animal in ever-adorable circumstances. 

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iPhoneography by Danijel Ivic

iPhoneography by Danijel Ivic | Best of Design Art, Inspirational Ideas for Designers and The Rest of Us | Scoop.it
Amazing landscapes taken with iPhone by Danijel Ivic, talented iphoneographer based in Växjö, Sweden.

Via Jean-Jacques Roland
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Mobile photographer Danijel Ivic captures the serene landscpaes of his hometown in Sweden with his iPhone. Turns out you don't need a mega-expensive DSLR to take jaw-dropping photos!

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Make, Do.

This is for everyone who wants to achieve greatness, tries too hard, and ends up driving their efforts right into the ground.
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Looking for a little inspiration this New Year? When we take on feats too big, we can often lose steam or miss a deadline, but this amazing story from a creative just like you gives insight on how to just. keep. going. No matter what. 

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A Little Sketchbook Of Ideas To Inspire Creativity

A Little Sketchbook Of Ideas To Inspire Creativity | Best of Design Art, Inspirational Ideas for Designers and The Rest of Us | Scoop.it
"Ideas and Thoughts is a charming little sketchbook created by Dutch multi-disciplinary artist Helmut Smits that is meant to provide a dose of inspiration to creatives. 
It contains nuggets of wisdom such as “Idea for a show: Fill the holes in the wall from the previous exhibition with plaster mixed with different pigment colors. This is now the exhibition.” 
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Do your creative juices ever get clogged? Artist Helmut Smits creates a book just for you -- a little something to pick up everytime you get stuck in your art, regardless of what it is. With ideas for art exhibitions, artworks and more, you're guaranteed to find something to spark that creative fire again. 

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Rare Photos Of The Magnificent Rooms In A Deserted Louvre Museum

Rare Photos Of The Magnificent Rooms In A Deserted Louvre Museum | Best of Design Art, Inspirational Ideas for Designers and The Rest of Us | Scoop.it
If you have ever been to the famous Louvre Museum in Paris, you would probably have looked at the precious artworks in it alongside scores of other visitors—unsurprisingly, the most visited museum in the world is almost always filled with people.
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The Louvre is one of the most visited and well-known cultural institutions on Earth, so seeing the rooms completely empty is kind of a bizarre experience. But in this new photo series, it's just you and the art and the architecture alone together. 

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2014: Bringing design to life

I’m incredibly excited for 2014 and wanted to share a few macro and micro trends I’ve noticed bubbling up and being ceme… (Bringing design to life...
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Design is headed towards movement and interaction this coming year, which is why just creating stagnant images won't cut it anymore online. Thanks to the GIF, photos don't have to stand still anymore, which is making design work both more difficult and interesting. 

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