Graphic Design Blender’s best of 2009 + a big thanks

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I love the end of the year. I feel rejuvenated after the holiday break and excited to move forward in whatever next year’s endeavor’s bring. Before closing out the year, I would like say thank you to all of you readers here at GDB for making this blog what it is. I appreciate your participation, your comments, subscriptions, and willingness to share and make me a better designer. It has been a truly great year. I would also like to

Time management tips for designers

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Whether you work in a corporate office, small production house, or as a freelance designer, chances are you have a lot to do. As designers, we many times have multiple projects to work on, clients to find, bills to manage, research to do, meetings to go to, and more. If we aren’t careful, time can get away from us and we can find ourselves not accomplishing all that we hope to during the day. This article is a collection of

51 New Year resolutions for graphic and web designers

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The traditional New Year Resolution: some dread it and some embrace it. Of course, it’s not always easy to sit down and decide what we hope to accomplish over the next year. Below you will find a few ideas that I hope will be helpful in making you a more successful graphic or web designer next year and for the rest of your career. If you have more suggestions please add to the list. Graphic Designers, Code your first web

Impressive Design Time Lapse Videos

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Web site design time lapse by Tim Potter Web Design Time Lapse by Xif.com Web Site Redesign Time Lapse by SKDC.com T-Shirt Design Time Lapse by David Lozeau Logo Design Time Lapse by MMagic.net Page Layout Time Lapse Video Title Animation Time Lapse from wmc-ap.org Choosing a Typeface Time Lapse by Brian Hoff MacWorld Magazine Cover Design Time Lapse by peterbelanger.com

8 ways web design is changing the graphic design industry

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In the last ten or more years, web design has become one of the most prevalent design professions and skills in the world. It’s nearly impossible to be hired as a new graphic designer these days without having some sort of background in web design. Dare I say, the world will one day reach the point where print design is being influenced more by web design than the other way around. Web design techniques are turning traditional print design on

Crowdsourcing behind the scenes: an interview with Adam Schilling from 99Designs

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UPDATE: Adam has kindly informed me that he resigned from his position at 99Designs.com. Although the opinions expressed in this interview were given during Adam’s employment with 99 Designs, he no longer represents the company. Thanks, Adam, for the update. Best of luck to you. Crowdsourcing has been a hot topic lately in the design community. With a lot of designers who enjoy getting paid to do crowdsourcing work, and a lot of designers who classify it as merely spec work,

Top designers discuss why they blog

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This post contains three great resources to help you understand the importance of blogging as a designer: 1. A list of reasons why all designers should blog. [jump there] 2. Opinions from top designers on why they blog. [jump there] 3. Resources to help you start crafting your first blog or make your current blog better. [jump there] The Story Recently I sat down to lunch with a friend of mine who I hadn’t seen in a while. Rob Johnson

Build your first wordpress theme with 4 easy-to-follow tutorials

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The wordpress theme used here at Graphic Design Blender is the first theme I ever attempted to create from scratch (patience with glitches are therefore appreciated).  I’m no web programmer. Designer, yes, but when it comes to coding, I have a lot to learn. Assuming there are a lot of designers in the same boat, I would like to present to you 4 easy-to-follow tutorials that will help you build your first wordpress theme.  After reading through these tutorials, please