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Paul Andrew (645 Posts)

About: Paul Andrew is the editor and founder of Speckyboy Design Magazine.

20 Visually Stunning Music Videos from Japan

Obvious but true: inspiration is crucial for visual designers. You get new ideas, you positively influence your style, and your imagination feels energized and revitalized. Not often explored, but music videos are a great source of inspiration: The moving imagery and graphics can give fresh design inspiration in ways that still-image can’t do. It’s like getting inspired by nature, watching…

15 Responsive CSS Frameworks Worth Considering

Taking the next step of our responsive layout coverage (we recently published the articles Responsive WordPress Themes and jQuery Plugins to help with Responsive Layouts), today we are taking a look at responsive CSS frameworks that we feel are worth your consideration. Just like most CSS frameworks, all of the frameworks below will help you rapidly develop sites by eliminating…

20 Awesome & Inspiring Ads from Sony

Inspiration is very importation for visual designers. You get new ideas, your style can get shaped and influenced, and you cab become energized and increasingly more passionate towards your visual art. Well, why not use Sony as a source of inspiration? Sony is known for being stylish, and that translates into many of their ads. So for some sweet design…

Adobe Fireworks Wireframing Resources and Tutorials

Adobe Fireworks is one of the most popular application choices amongst web designers for wireframing and prototyping. There are many reasons as for prototyping with Fireworks over any other graphic editor, but we won’t go into them with this post (perhaps you could try this one: A Case for Adobe Fireworks against Photoshop and Illustrator). What this post will offer…

An Infographic on the History of the Modem

Once upon a time, transferring just a few kilobytes of data between computers in different locations was considered near science fiction fantasy, or at least a cutting edge military computer science experiment. As our technology has evolved, the transfer of data has underpinned the backbone of our society. Let’s not forget then that those little boxes we call modems, routers…

25 jQuery Plugins to help with Responsive Layouts

The most popular topic of discussion at the moment is undoubtedly responsive layouts in web design. Without going into it too much, a responsive layout allows you to offer a specific and optimised screen size based on whatever device (mobile, tablet…) the visitor uses. You would typically use Media Queries to resize the overall layout, but what about all of…

30 Useful Infographics for Web Designers

Typically when it comes to learning something new within web design you have to refer to either the accompanied detailed documentation, the read-me or, if you are lucky, to a quick reference cheatsheet. Each of these options are really useful, but none have the ability to give you a super-easy method to quickly understand what is going on like a…

30 Minimal WordPress Themes from 2011

Minimal is the timeless web design trend of basic styling a web page and stripping out all non-essential elements allowing the reader to focus solely on the content with absolutely no distractions. Achieving the balance between content and minimal design is not easy, but in the hands of a skilled designer or a competent writer, the minimal style can truly…