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What The Great Artists Saw

  Image by katsrcool. The vibrant colours of ‘Water Lilies’ by Claude Monet, and the diaphanous tutus in ‘The Dance Class’ painted by Edgar Degas, are two famous examples of French impressionism. But did you know that both Degas and Monet painted with degenerative eye conditions? Michael Marmor, an Opthamologist from Stanford University, made it his mission to show the …

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Free Online Art Galleries

For art lovers, the Internet is an incredible resource. For both people who create their own and those who just appreciate it, endless websites have been made to accommodate the artistically inclined. Even for people who want to get the art gallery experience without the gallery. Knowing well the frustration of being unable to visit every gallery in the world, …

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What Are the Most Common Web Design Mistakes?

Let’s imagine that you have put your heart, soul, time and money into building the perfect website for your company. You’ve carried out a diligent search engine optimisation (SEO) campaign focussing on such elements of your site’s written content and link profile, and you’ve even employed web development professionals who have made the updating and maintenance of your website a …

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Graphic Design, Web Graphics

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Give Your Print Some LIFE

Many believe that since the dawn of email, online editorials, and social networks, print has been on a sharp decline in almost all of its forms from journalism to promotional material and further fields. Some would even go so far as to say that print is dead. I, on the other hand, believe that print is still very much alive. …

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Graphic Design

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It’s all in the Mind of the Beholder

It’s really easy to get lost in how pretty things look when designing things. While aesthetics are important in design, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that we need to communicate a message first and foremost. I will illustrate this concept by quoting here some comments I made for recent makeover projects on About Desktop Publishing. Other designers have …

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Graphic Design

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The August Wallpapers from Smashing Magazine

For those who get tired of their wallpapers very fast, Smashing Magazine posts a collection of handpicked wallpapers every month. There are wallpapers for all tastes, from grunge to sleek, from illustrations to 3D rendered graphics. You don’t only choose from a wide range of sizes, you can also choose whether you want the monthly calendar, in this case for …

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Cyberculture

Function Comes First

I was travelling to work by train, as usual. I guess I am not in the best of moods when I am still fresh from bed, but I was getting really irritated by the doors between compartments. I don’t know how many times I have had to help elderly people get through them because those doors are really heavy. Surely …

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Graphic Design

Tip O’ The Day: Simple Is Best

Today I was messing around with a page for a monthly magazine I design. It was supposed to be a quick thing—just a bunch of boxes with ads—but in my quest to make the page interesting, I got lost and I just couldn’t achieve a satisfying result, with my headache as accessory. I kept changing things around, you know—this title …

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Tip Of The Day