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First look: OmniFocus for iPad

omnifocusOmniFocus offers a way to create to-do lists on steroids. You can brainstorm out ideas, then start organizing and classifying them into separate projects, tasks, and “contexts”; contexts allow you to make tasks relevant to where and when you are working on things.

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Amazing & Brilliantly Designed Party Posters

PostersLets look at some of the most amazing and inspirational party poster designs. The idea behind these posters is so strong that these posters attract me to share with our readers. The use of typography and fonts, awesome textures and stunning graphics make these posters a good piece of artwork .

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Close Look at Visual Identities

logoVisual Identity is the visible elements of a brand, it expresses the values and ambitions of an organization, its business, and its characteristics. Here you take a close look at some really cool visual identities with a few snaps of the process on the making.

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Fresh and Cool Fonts for Designers

free fontsFinding the appropriate font for your design purpose is important. Simple designs can become extraordinary with the correct font choice. Though a wide variety of fonts are available to download online, there is always a demand for fresh varieties to express text or copy in a brand new way.

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Designing Awesome Brochures

design maniaA Brochure, also referred as a pamphlet, is an effective marketing tool either to showcase the product your business is going to throw in the market or to express your future projects and ideas. Brochures are also being used in huge amount by the non-profit organizations for collecting funds.

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Mind blowing Print Media Advertisements

design maniaNowadays we’re usually tired of advertisements, but there’s still some ads that make as smile. To create eye catching ads and get the first attention is not easy task. If your ad doesn’t convey the message what it is for, then it’s useless. To really stand out among others, the idea should be unique and out of box.

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Coca Cola – A bottle can be iconic

design maniaCoca Cola has been an example for good branding practices throughout the years because of it’s consistency over the years especially if you compare it to Pepsi. Coke’s bottle silhouette might be one of the most iconic symbols in the world next to the like of a Nike swoosh.

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How to Handle Information Overload

design maniaThe Internet holds a wealth of information on virtually any topic one could think of. With a simple search, you can gain access to knowledge about almost any subject out there. In fact, you can often get so much information returned that it’s a little intimidating even knowing where to start.

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Download 100+ Design & Software Icons

design maniaDownload Free Icons for your next design. Theses icons are design by Omer Cetin. A talented iconist and web designer from Izmir, Turkey. Omer Design design high quality icons, web interfaces and these icons are pretty good example of his brilliant work and he is offering free download under Creative Commons License.

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Will jailbreaking your iPhone void your warranty?

design maniaApple points to a knowledgebase article here, indicating how much instability you might expect after jailbreaking your iPhone. Of course, now that jailbreaking is legal, Apple can’t really go after anyone doing it, but that doesn’t mean they have to support your functionality habit, either.

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Amazing Eye-Popping Colorful Logos

Design maniaIn this showcase, we’ll have a look at some logos that are using multiple colors in their designs. If you’re designing a logo, adding a number of colors can make or break your design. These artists, for sure, have succeeded in making memorable and inspiring logos.

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Estimated reading time in web design

design maniaUsers don’t read (more than 18%). About 2 years ago Jakob Nielsen wrote an “Alertbox” titled How little do users read?. His research suggests that users will read only 18% of your content. Given that I spend a few minutes editing each sentence I write, that’s pretty deflating.

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Top 10 HDR Mistakes and How to Fix Them eBook Giveaway

design maniaif you want to learn details about how to fix HDR mistakes… you better learn from the best! :) And this is exactly why we will giveaway 3 Top 10 HDR Mistakes and How to Fix Them eBooks to our readers. To participate just leave a comment telling us the importance about learning with our own mistakes… and good luck.

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Designing Style Guidelines For Brands And Websites

design maniaEveryone has worked on a project that changed so much after it launched that they no longer wanted it in their portfolio. One way to help those who take over your projects is to produce a style guide. Edward Tufte once said: “Great design is not democratic; it comes from great designers. If the standard is lousy, then develop another standard.”

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Sexy Fashion Photography of Handbags & Purses

design maniaTime to share some stunning and sexy fashion photography with our readers. This time we specify the fashion with the handbags and purses. A Woman’s companion and a container for her accessories and many secrets, woman love these handbags and companies who sold these bags want to present the product with style and fashion to attract the customers

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Short Deadlines Make You Think Straight

design maniaChristoph Niemann  has an impressive knack for distilling complex concepts into images that are as striking as they are simple. His iconic illustrations – recognizable for their crisp execution and undeniable wit – regularly appear in the pages of the New Yorker, WIRED, and the New York Times Book Review.

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40 iPad tools, tips for designer

design maniaiPad tools, tips and tutorials in this review will help you to optimize your website for iPad. You’ll learn things to consider while developing iPad applications. It also provides links to iPad wireframe elements for easy prototyping both on paper and screen as well as GUI elements for design mockups of iPad apps.

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Showcase of Amazing Retro-Vintage Styled Web Interfaces

Want to design a web interface with retro or vintage look and need some inspiration? Have a look at this post because we compile for you some of the best and very well designed web interfaces and website designs with an old retro styled touch. The stunning use of  vintage look components, illustrations and backgrounds, these web interfaces will give you an excellent idea and inspiration if you want to design some good looking old styled sexy website.

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Demos Showing Advanced jQuery Effects

Since the introduction of the iPad, with its lack of the Flash Player, there’s an acceleration in the web development world to use alternative technologies to Flash, such as jQuery, Ajax and others.Here are 21 online demos that show the power of jQuery for creating advanced effects and interactivity that can rival Flash.

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How to be Insanely Productive and Still Keep Smiling

Do you want to be more productive? Maybe you do, but I’m sure you don’t want to feel stressed, overwhelmed, or unhappy – which happens to many super-productive people. But there is good news:You can be insanely productive – and still smell the freesias, savor a Pinot Noir, or enjoy a languid hug.

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iOS 4 and iPhone 3G

Do you have an iPhone 3G?  Have you updated it to iOS 4 yet? If the veins are popping out of your neck and your skin is turning green, you probably have. If your iPhone 3G hasn’t been updated to iOS 4 yet, then do your iPhone, yourself, and your sanity a favor: DON’T UPDATE YOUR iPHONE 3G TO iOS 4!

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CSS3 Ads Versus Flash Ads

The CSS3 Ads run way smoother than the Flash versions. This working draft of Arne’s CSS3 ads works in newer WebKit browsers (Safari 4, Chrome 5, Mobile Safari) and degrades gracefully in Firefox and IE7+, displaying only the last frame of the animation.

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Magnificient iPad Wallpapers

iPad is one of the newest product of Apple and it has taken over the public like a storm. Apple has sold over 5 million iPads. iPad is supposed to revolutionize the way we do things. iPad is a cool device and it is important to represent who you are from your iPad. The best way to express yourself is through wallpapers

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Aloha: The HTML5 Editor

Aloha Editor is an easy to use WYSIWYG HTML editor, featuring fast editing, floating menu, and support for HTML5 ContentEditable. It provides WYSIWYG editor to any website content instantaneously, enabling content editors to see the changes the moment they type.

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well-designed examples of block quotes and pull quotes

A collection of well designed examples of block quotes and pull quotes from websites.

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Examples of Single Page Websites

Single page websites are still a big hit this year, and we see new examples of this trend popping up everyday. To put this list together I was able to find many great examples on One Page Love, which is a great source for those who like to stay tuned in on the single page world. So enjoy the list…

[via webdesign ledger and One Page Love]

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Fresh and Fancy Fonts

These font are fancy, like cartoon, comic, old school or western type of fonts. So these fonts can be very handy if you want to design some cool vintage poster or need some typography illustrations or artwork. Both for commercial and personal use, download them now and enjoy.

[via lava360]

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iPad 3G helps Michael Bay direct Transformers 3

Here’s an interesting one… That famous movie-directing-guy, Michael Bay, uses his iPad 3G to help direct his cast. Have you heard of Transformers?

[via 9to5mac]

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iPhone DSLR Video

Here’s video from an iPhone using a SLR lens.

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For the past two months, i was thinking about writing a blog. Didn’t happen because I was busy with my projects.

This article is not for the GREAT designers but the BEST designers who started their career. I just want to share one main problem they face, “compare the Designs with other designs“.  yah.. thats the thing. This thing happens mostly when you work under a boss who is not a designer, who doesn’t  know the creative emotional pain. But my advice is ,Don’t worry about that. we know we are creative and we do cool designs like other designers. Everybody has their own design style and there is no machine to measure creativity. when we don’t like any art form that doesn’t mean its bad. its good for some people. GREAT things happen when u get a freedom to work and get a chance to take a risk.

i would like to share some experience which i got in my career. When i started my career i was working under an art director who has completed his diploma from NID. He taught me so many things and given a best base for my design career. But he never allowed his designers to experiment the designs.  I was really disappointed. i wanted to use more colors and love typography. He only loves blue color and FUTURA font. What to do :( . After some days, I got an idea. I started completing the work within minutes because its easy. And started working on other personal  design experiments (wallpapers and funky things) and send to ma friends. Their comments and feedback inspired me a lot to do. so I started a new way of working. I keep convincing my boss with his taste and did experiments my own.. :) Thats it.

After some years, i joined  another MNC. They are in to Web designing. They are getting works from middle east and europe. i was in the creative team. One day, our boss  came  up with a web design prototype and he started praising the work. we didn’t see any thing extra ordinary on that. it was not a trendy design :) he said this is awesome and we follow it. What to do. I will tell u guys, the GREAT designer took 8 months for a simple website. He designed it in Corel draw… Hooops… He made 8 updated design versions for the website. Where we could fix it in max 3 versions. But our boss was saying he is amazing and all bla bla.. Am not underestimating the designer who did it. He is Good and experienced that doesn’t mean others doing bad design/job. Am talking about the mentality of people (Boss) Who blindly believe in, compare and forcing others to follow him without knowing whats on the market.

Am about to conclude this Article. When you introduce yourself, just tell about the work and the clients you work with. Others always estimate you only when u have good portfolio and good client list. I was not aware about this in my career. Now i have the privilege (Am lucky? ) to say that i worked with 2adpro Media Solutions Inc. which is working with mcClatchy (The third largest newspaper company in the US) interactive, HP and so many great clients.

So what am trying to say in this article is don’t underestimate yourself with others comments. Always improve your design skills and experiment your own style.

Thanks for reading. Please share your experience. It will be inspire others.

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A Collection of Rusted Textures

A Collection of Rusted Textures is compiled in this next post as a cool resource for designers of all ages. Feel free to download the texture of your choice and create amazing designs with these resources.

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CSS3-Enable Internet Explorer With PIE

PIE makes Internet Explorer 6-8 capable of rendering several of the most useful CSS3 decoration features.

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Inspiring Creative ads

Creative ads keeping to providing you with the world’s most creative and sophisticated ads. All the collected ads follow the concept of SIMPLE (Simple, Involving, Memerable, Purchase Intention, Linkage with brand, Enjoyable), so that they will, absolutely, intoxicate rather than revolt you.

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My TV Remote for iPhone

Speaking of Apple  remote controls, what’s not to like about some of the ideas in this video clip for an App remote control?

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7 Personality Types of Clients Today

Designers and developers form two parts of the design trinity: the client completes it. You can have the technology to build something and the design to make it magnificent, but if someone doesn’t fund the project, it usually falls flat.

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30+ Creative Resume Ideas to Present Yourself

Your CV or Resume is still in the old format? Well its very bad because we are going to show you some of the most brilliantly design CV & Resumes for your inspiration. Stunning and the most creativeways to represent yourself in front of the employers and  to get the job with smart and creative move.

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65 Mind Blowing Photo Manipulations Art

Photo manipulation is an art in itself, that requires a skill and precision as we know, it is one of the most creative artforms to come out of the digital age.

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The Consumer Reports/iPhone 4 antenna non-issue goes mainstream

Here’s the thing: If Apple came out and said three weeks ago that there was an antenna problem and it could be fixed with a free bumper or a piece of uber-cool Apple tape, we wouldn’t be talking about it right now.

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