For those who don’t know what Layers is- it’s an awesome online magazine that provide information for all the adobe programs.  There are great tutorials, blogs, reviews, and even tv webisodes.  It’s slightly hard to describe the site other than that you should check it out : layersmagazine.com.

Here is a specific tutorial example that I thought was pretty neat.— http://layersmagazine.com/photoshop-cs4-a-picture-worth-a-thousand-words.html

In this tutorial, it shows you how to mask an image using text, a really cool effect.  It was done by Dave Cross and here are the start and finish results:

1x Photos

May 10, 2011

I came across this site – 1x.com  and thought it was pretty cool.  To me, it seemed kind of like stumble, but for photography and the pictures are amazing.  On this site people display their photographs and it’s in a random order, unless you search work or artists.  One of the feature that I thought was cool is that there is a section where you can upload a picture for critiquing.  There are also tutorials, books, and the option to buy – which leads me to assume that when you join you can sell your own work.  It’s really a very clean site that looks very simplistic, so give it a look especially if you are in to photography.— 1x.com

Unfortunately I can’t figure out how to post a sample photo from the site  but it really is worth looking at.

Dafont Website

May 10, 2011

Im sure there are a few good sites like this one, but it’s alway nice to have options.  Dafont is a site that basically allows you to search and download different fonts.  Also, if you’re a typographer out there you can submit your own.  The site is cool because it lets you search for fonts by most popular, theme, your favorite authors, etc.  Some authors dictate that their typefaces are to be used for only personal use, and others don’t care.  Below is an example of one of the sites popular font’s called Ink in the Meat, it was designed by Billy Argel.

Lastly, if you like a certain work the artist has links to their personal websites.  In this case billyargel.com
information from dafont.com

Portfolio Websites

May 4, 2011

I recommend redbubble.com to anyone who hasn’t looked at it before.  It’s a fun portfolio site where you can upload many different mediums of art from drawings to t-shirts and they have fun contests.  It also has the unique option to sell your work, where they will print off the image you uploaded- so you need to make sure your work is high enough resolution.  You can choose your % mark up for each work, though I’m not sure it’s the most popular place to sell art- it’s still a cool option.  I have actually had my own portfolio on redbubble for a while now- though it’s not exactly up-to-date.  Below is a photoshop image that I made for a photoshop cs5 contest.  I didn’t win and I’ve never sold anything, but it’s still a fun site.  Check it out.

Self Promotion

May 3, 2011

I found this example of self promotion to be interesting.  The design is simple, to the point, and humorous.  It was done by a man named Graham Smith, who I believe is an independent designer (mainly for logos).  Either if you like or dislike this self promotion, you should check out his website/ company at imjustcreative.com – he has many more examples of logo designs.

An information design that I thought was both clever and efficient in providing information was this design on the largest bankruptcies in history.  It is a witty way to show “bankruptcy” as capsizing ships, yet works as a strong and readable information design.  I’ve done some research, and from what I understand this design was done as a collaborative work by GOOD and Always With Honor.  There are many more cool designs like this at their site.

Check them out at alwayswithhonor.com

WWF Panda

May 3, 2011

I chose the WWF Panda logo as an interesting example of positive and negative space.  It is quite obvious to the normal eye that the shapes form a panda, but if you actually look at the image it is really just a few black blobs.  A panda is really the perfect logo for positive and negative space, because the human brain has been trained to put together the white and black whenever we see one.  WWF is an organization committed to saving endangered species and preserving our planet’s condition.  The first WWF panda logo was designed by Sir Peter Scott, in 1961.

check out more at panda.org