Blogs on Website Design, Graphic Design and Advertising

Scotch is made by dudes in skirts, says rum

Blogs on AdvertisingPublished February 11, 2011

A Caribbean liquor has managed to turn the timeless ridicule of the Scots into an international incident.

Skirts-ad

Volkswagen’s kiddie Darth Vader unmasked

Blogs on AdvertisingPublished February 11, 2011

His name is Max Page. And the Deutsch spot, probably the best of the Super Bowl, was his first national ad.

Max-Page

5 car spots that sputtered at the Super Bowl

Blogs on AdvertisingPublished February 11, 2011

Automakers had some big hits on Super Bowl night. But they also rolled out some of the most baffling and disliked spots of the evening.

Flat-tire

Doritos ‘Pug Attack’ director wins $1 million

Blogs on AdvertisingPublished February 11, 2011

The spot, part of the brand’s "Crash the Super Bowl" contest, tied for first on USA Today’s Super Bowl ad meter.

Doritos-pug-attack

Mastering Photoshop: Noise, Textures, Gradients and Rounded Rectangles

Blogs On DesignPublished February 10, 2011

Often, it’s the little details that turn a good layout into a great design; details such as subtle textures, shading and smooth shapes. Photoshop contains a vast array of tools for embellishing a design, but choosing the right one isn’t always easy. Being the obsessive-compulsives that we are, we’ve conducted a huge range of experiments to determine the benefits and disadvantages of each technique. Here, then, is an obsessive-compulsive’s guide to some frequently used tools and techniques for Web and UI design in Photoshop.

Screenshot

Subtle noise or texture on UI elements can look great, but what’s the best way to add it? Our goal is to find the best method that maintains quality when scaled but that is also easy to implement and edit. To find out which is best, we’ll judge each method using the following criteria.

Build-killbots in Mastering Photoshop: Noise, Textures, Gradients and Rounded Rectangles

Working with Visual Weight in Your Designs

Blogs On DesignPublished February 10, 2011

In design, visual weight is the notion that design elements have varied weights; that is, some objects, even on a two-dimensional medium, can appear to be heavier than others. Visual weight is a powerful concept that allows us to create visual hierarchy, symmetry, balance, and harmony in designs. When applied strategically, the concept of visual [...]

The Benefits of Wireframing a Design

Blogs On DesignPublished February 9, 2011

Wireframing is an extremely important phase of the web development process. While it’s tempting to skip this step and proceed from the design brief and information architecture directly into design, it pays huge dividends to create wireframes somewhere in between of conceptual site planning and actual development of a site. Wireframing will allow you to [...]

The Benefits of Wireframing a Design

Karma as a Social Interaction Design Pattern in Websites

Blogs On DesignPublished February 9, 2011

The principles of karma are understood worldwide. We all like to believe that the good deeds and actions we do will be returned to us in one way or another. At its core, karma encourages us to help others. Most of us were introduced to systems that promote good behavior as early as elementary school. [...]

Karma as a Social Interaction Design Pattern in Websites

10 Tips for Providing Great Customer Service to Your Clients

Blogs On DesignPublished February 9, 2011

The way your customers feel towards you is important. The more you show you care about them, the more they’ll likely want to continue working with you. With that in mind, providing good customer service to your clients should naturally be a major priority in your day-to-day schedule. This article lists tips and suggestions for [...]

10 Tips for Providing Great Customer Service to Your Clients

Your Call Is Very Important – by Tom Fishburne

Blogs on AdvertisingPublished February 7, 2011

I sketched this cartoon while on hold with United Airlines last week. I spent a total of two hours and 12 minutes with United over four separate phone calls trying to get home from New York after the storm, so I had a lot of time to think about service. After all of those calls and bogus assurances they’d gotten [...]

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