Recent Playstation advertising has been described, by some circles, as being creative, effective and memorable. By others, down right controversial. In the beginning, the advertising for the original Playstation was reasonably conservative, and demonstrated with ease the product they were selling, without trying to shock or mind blow anyone. Nice and simple. With the arrival of the PS2, and perhaps realizing that the vast majority of the PS2 sales were for adults, the advertising took a downward turn into controversy that generally angered their targeted market. The trend has continued to a lesser extent with the PS3, were perhaps Sony took heed from the feedback of the PS2 advertising and toned down there aggressive and controversial style of advertising. After all, it is just a gaming console.
This is our weekly selection of our favorite web designs.
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Spending months and months building an effective and useful web application or service is only half the battle that any developer must face. It might be potentially the most powerful and useful app ever created, but will users like it? Will they understand how to use it? And most importantly, will they come back and use it again? These are the three questions developers must ask themselves before they launch any app.
Natural imagination is the key to creating Fantasy art. It could be a depiction of a magical and mysterious scene, a mythical or supernatural fairy, or even a horrendous blood soaked fiend. Whatever the ingredients of the fantasy scene are, the results are always the same, beautiful, mysterious and thought provoking. The real beauty is that it could be anything that your imagination can muster. Unlike natural imagination, having the skills and knowing the techniques to reflect your imagination on screen or in print needs work, it has to be taught.
Yes, Google has got the most popular search engine on the planet, and yes it has quite a few useful features. For me though, it does lack one important feature, and that is the ability to visually preview a site before actually clicking to enter. A thumbnail preview if you like.
Web typography is the most undervalued and misunderstood aspect of web design. There are many reasons for this, probably, the most common factor is it is ignored purely for simplicity. Why over complicate something that works fine as it is? Web typography is all theories and opinions, that is the point. The evolution of web design relies on opinions and theories, otherwise we would be stuck with the repulsive web designs we had 10 years. So, yes, web typography is very important and you cannot afford to ignore it any more.
A selection of web sites that caught the eye this week, keep your recommendations coming, I can’t get enough of them. Anyone know of any well designed FLEX sites?
The list of cool digital photography techniques and tutorials is endless, you can even find 10 completley different methods to achieve the same effect. Which is the best? It really depends on the photographer and there level of expertise. In this post we have listed our own personal favorites photography techniques with tips tutorials to help you recreate the effect. You will find tecniques for the currently in vogue HDR, Tilt-Shifting and Lomography to the less common and diverse Sabatier and Escher effects. Which ever effect you use, your images are going to look cool and unique.
In this post we have a selection of jQuery plugins and tutorials for enhancing and aiding in the development of the dreaded form area. There are the always important validation plugins, plugins that will give the form added functionality (stretching text-areas, auto-tabbing…) and also plugins that will help you to style the form exactly as you need…and more.
Most Twitter “Follow Me” buttons and icons are boring (look at mine, very dull),soulless and clichéd. How about something with some creativity, originality and a little bit of character. In this post that is exactly what you will find, 35 Original and Creative Twitter Icon Sets.
In this weeks selection CSS is back! I am loving the Smoking Cow and the DUEL PURPOSE designs, they are the best I have seen in a little while. Incidentally, I seem to grade every site against Good Magazine, the pinnacle of this years web design. Marvelous site.