Typography: Modular Scales

There’s always a need for varying sizes of typography within design. Headings, call outs, and paragraphs of content all need different text treatment. It’s fairly obvious you don’t want to have a heading looking the same as the rest of your content. You want that heading to be bolder, bigger and more attention grabbing. You […]

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The Life of a Designer is a Life of Fight

“The life of a designer is a life of fight: fight against the ugliness.” – Massimo Vignell This quote is so true! We spend our entire careers fighting the bad and the ugly. As creative people, we notice bad design first. It’s the good design that we walk by with a smile on our face and think […]

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Typography Basics

Working with typography on websites can be fun but can also be a headache if you don’t know at least some basics. We’ll go over some terminology and then basic set up. Basic Web Typography Terms: Typeface: A specific font and weight being used. Eg. Futura Book Font: An entire group of a typeface including […]

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Responsive Web Design: What Does It Mean For Your Website?

You may have heard a new term being used when looking into having a new website built or revamping an old one, it’s called responsive web design (RWD). It is a fairly new concept in the world of web design and development but one that is quickly becoming an industry standard among the top level […]

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Understanding the Digital Illustration Process – Pt. 4 – Highlights and Shading, the Finishing Touches

In part three of Understanding the Digital Illustration Process, I discussed the creation of line art and flats to block out the form of the final illustration. At this point in the process the illustration will look almost finished – and in some cases (depending on the style you wish to achieve) you could consider […]

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Understanding the Digital Illustration Process – Part 3 – Line Art and Flats

In the previous article, I provided you with the basics of the sketching process. In this post I will explain the general concept of how to take a finished sketch and transform it into the basic lines and colours that will be used to create the final piece of art. To begin, the sketch is […]

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Understanding the Digital Illustration Process – Part 2 – Sketching

The best illustrations are created by first taking an idea and refining it through the process of sketching. By experimenting with variations of the concept the artist becomes more familiar with the subject they are drawing and therefore opens up more opportunities for further creative development. When designing an illustrated mascot for example, sketches are […]

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Understanding the Digital illustration Process – Part 1 – A Quick Primer

Over the past decade digital illustration has evolved and improved in many ways with the introduction of computer peripherals, tablet PCs, and mobile touch devices. Gone are the days where artists and designers were bound by paper and pencil, but has the process really changed all that much? Sure, artists are no longer required to […]

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The Power of Scrolling

As the internet has grown, the technology involved with developing a website has grown alongside it. The minds of developers today are becoming more creative in the ways of developing a website, with the biggest new trend being the Parallax Scroll effect.  The parallax effect has taken scrolling on the web to a whole new […]

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Responsive Web Design

As web trends change, designers and developers need to respond accordingly. With the increasing usage of mobile phones, tablets, and net books we need to rethink the way we create a website and display its contents.  It can become very time consuming to create unique websites for all of these platforms, so why not create […]

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