Guinness, the world famous dry Irish stout, owes its fame not only to its distinctive taste, nor to its simple, old fashioned black-and-white logo, but to its modern, creative, humorous and almost always surreal advertising. Everyone has seen the amazing TV ads, as for the print ads… judge for yourself.
There are many theories to what constitutes good typography, its not as simple as choosing an appropriate font and setting it in the style of a particular project, that would be too easy. Theories and tutorials are one thing, putting typography into perfect practice is another, and is perhaps the hardest part of any design. Every designer you ask will give you a different answer to what constitutes good type, where is the benchmark?
Wee Planets, Tiny Planets or the Polar Panorama effect, whatever name you prefer, is the technique of taking a 360° panorama image and using Photoshop (or any other decent image editor) and creating a circular or round image that wrap the panorama around to make it appear like a tiny/wee planet.
Inkscape is a free vector graphic design alternative software similar to Adobe Illustrator and CorelDraw, only it doesn’t cost you a penny. It is maybe not as powerful as its higher priced rivals, but certainly powerful enough to design high quality vector graphics.
The WWF is best known for tackling issues such as conservation, restoration of the environment and research, and what a marvelous job they do. It is not, however, as well known for its creative advertising.
Gmail is perhaps the greatest web app ever developed, it is very popular (over 100 million users), has 2GB of free storage (very few will ever use this), and very, very easy to use. It is certainly powerful, but is it powerful enough? With Firefox Addons you can take your inbox even further…
Graphic and image editors can help you create beautiful graphics and give your digital images amazing effects, but they can be expensive. What if all you wanted to do was create something simple and basic, would you pay hundreds of dollars just to do that? No, you would not.
So far, 2009 has been a great year for vector tutorials. Vector art is gaining more and more popularity and as a result the quality in tutorials and art is greatly increasing.
Joomla, the free open source CMS, is still number one when it comes to building a big, robust and professional websites (WP must be catching up quickly with its great progress). It has a pretty solid reputation as a CMS. The only downside, the community never really had a great resource of free templates, until now.