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The Top 2014 WordPress Themes for Photographers

In this article you can find some of the greatest photography themes available from Creative Market. They are suitable for a photography based website or blog and all are extremely easy to use and customize to your specific needs.

I hope you will enjoy them!

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9 Awesome Templates for Designers

Below i have compiled a list with 9 very useful templates for graphic & web designers. It includes portfolio presentations, resume template, design proposals, creative brief templates & invoices templates that will immediately improve your image and help you achieve more.

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Contemporary Poster Design #2

Hello and welcome to our contemporary poster design series! Today we have a stunning selection of 24 posters coming to us from Atelier Martino&Jaña, Diego L. Rodríguez, Francois Hoang & Grzegorz Domaradzki! So lets enjoy their works!

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Did you know?

By the 1890s, the technique had spread throughout Europe. A number of noted French artists created poster art in this period, foremost amongst them Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jules Chéret, Eugène Grasset, Adolphe Willette, Pierre Bonnard, Louis Anguetin, Georges de Feure and Henri Gabriel Ibels. Chéret is considered to be the “father” of advertisement placards. He was a pencil artist and a scene decorator, who founded a small lithography office in Paris in 1866. He used striking characters, contrast and bright colours, and created over 1000 advertisements, primarily for exhibitions, theatres, and products. The industry soon attracted the service of many aspiring painters who needed a source of revenue to support themselves.

Hope you enjoyed the selected designs! Looking forward to hear which were your favourites! See you next time!

( Posters are presented here because they are licensed as Creative Commons – Attribution [CC BY-NC-ND 3.0] works and for the sole purpose of promoting design and the designer’s works)

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Contemporary Poster Design #1

Hello and welcome to our contemporary poster design series!

Today we have a stunning selection of 22 posters coming to us from the designers Anthony Neil Dart & Áron Jancsó! So lets enjoy their works!

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Did you know?

Posters, in the form of placards and posted bills, have been used since earliest times, primarily for advertising and announcements. Purely textual posters have a long history: they advertised the plays of Shakespeare and made citizens aware of government proclamations for centuries. However, the great revolution in posters was the development of printing techniques that allowed for cheap mass production and printing, including notably the technique lithography which was invented in 1796 by the German Alois Senefelder. The invention of lithography was soon followed by chromolithography, which allowed for mass editions of posters illustrated in vibrant colours to be printed.

Hope you enjoyed this article and I am looking forward in hearing your opinion on the selected designs! See you next time!

( Posters are presented here because they are licensed as Creative Commons – Attribution [CC BY-NC-ND 3.0] works and for the sole purpose of promoting design and the designer’s works)

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Top Creativity Books for Graphic & Web Designers

Many people consider creativity something mystical or unique, that some people have while others don’t. In reality though creativity is simply a process that you can develop and improve. It is also a innate talent of all human beings and essentially is the ability to use our imagination and create new things. As everything the more you practice it the better you get. The more you search for ideas the more easy it will become for you to generate great ideas.

That being said, there dozen techniques and ideas to help you develop your creativity and idea generation capacity. Below you can find a  list with my favorite books on creativity. So check them out and also feel free to comment with your own tips and suggestions! Let’s dive in!

 

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1. The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great IdeasTop Creativity Books for Graphic & Web Designers
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How to get past the most common myths about creativity to design truly innovative strategies
We tend to think of creativity in terms reminiscent of the ancient muses: divinely-inspired, unpredictable, and bestowed upon a lucky few. But when our jobs challenge us to be creative on demand, we must develop novel, useful ideas that will keep our organizations competitive.

The Myths of Creativity demystifies the processes that drive innovation. Based on the latest research into how creative individuals and firms succeed, David Burkus highlights the mistaken ideas that hold us back and shows us how anyone can embrace a practical approach, grounded in reality, to finding the best new ideas, projects, processes, and programs.

Answers questions such as:

  • What causes us to be creative in one moment and void in the next?
  • What makes someone more or less creative than his or her peers?
  • Where do our flashes of creative insight come from, and how can we generate more of them?
  • Debunks 10 common myths, including: the Eureka Myth; the Lone Creator Myth; the Incentive Myth; and The Brainstorming Myth

Written by David Burkus, founder of popular leadership blog LDRLB. For anyone who struggles with creativity, or who makes excuses for delaying the work of innovation, The Myths of Creativity will help you overcome your obstacles to finding new ideas.

2. Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater CreativityTop Creativity Books for Graphic & Web Designers
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A science-backed method to maximize creative potential in any sphere of life
With the prevalence of computer technology and outsourcing, new jobs and fulfilling lives will rely heavily on creativity and innovation. Keith Sawyer draws from his expansive research of the creative journey, exceptional creators, creative abilities, and world-changing innovations to create an accessible, eight-step program to increasing anyone’s creative potential. Sawyer reveals the surprising secrets of highly creative people (such as learning to ask better questions when faced with a problem), demonstrates how to come up with better ideas, and explains how to carry those ideas to fruition most effectively.

This science-backed, step-by step method can maximize our creative potential in any sphere of life.

Offers a proven method for developing new ideas and creative problem-solving no matter what your profession
Includes an eight-step method, 30 practices, and more than 100 techniques that can be launched at any point in a creative journey
Psychologist, jazz pianist, and author Keith Sawyer studied with world-famous creativity expert Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Sawyer’s book offers a wealth of easy to apply strategies and ideas for anyone who wants to tap into their creative power.

3. inGenius: A Crash Course on CreativityTop Creativity Books for Graphic & Web Designers
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Imaginative. Innovative. Ingenious. These words describe the visionaries we all respect and admire. And they can describe you, too. Contrary to common belief, creativity is not a gift some of us are born with.

It is a skill that all of us can learn. International bestselling author and award-winning Stanford University educator Tina Seelig has worked with some of the business world’s best and brightest, who are now among the decision-makers at companies such as Google, Genentech, IBM, and Cisco. In inGenius she expertly demystifies creativity, offering a set of tools and guidelines that anyone can use. A fantastic resource for everyone wanting to achieve their ambitions, and for readers of Jason Fried’s Rework, and Seth Godin’s Poke the Box.

4. Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and InventionTop Creativity Books for Graphic & Web Designers
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The classic study of the creative process from the national bestselling author of Flow. Creativity is about capturing those moments that make life worth living. Legendary psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi reveals what leads to these moments—be it the excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab—so that this knowledge can be used to enrich people’s lives. Drawing on nearly one hundred interviews with exceptional people, from biologists and physicists, to politicians and business leaders, to poets and artists, as well as his thirty years of research on the subject, Csikszentmihalyi uses his famous flow theory to explore the creative process.

He discusses such ideas as why creative individuals are often seen as selfish and arrogant, and why the “tortured genius” is largely a myth. Most important, he explains why creativity needs to be cultivated and is necessary for the future of our country, if not the world.

5. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being CreativeTop Creativity Books for Graphic & Web Designers
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You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create Steal Like an Artist, the book. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, col- lect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring—the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination.

6. Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us AllTop Creativity Books for Graphic & Web Designers
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IDEO founder and Stanford d.school creator David Kelley and his brother Tom Kelley, IDEO partner and the author of the bestselling The Art of Innovation, have written a powerful and compelling book on unleashing the creativity that lies within each and every one of us.

Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the “creative types.” But two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every one of us is creative. In an incredibly entertaining and inspiring narrative that draws on countless stories from their work at IDEO, the Stanford d.school, and with many of the world’s top companies, David and Tom Kelley identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential in our work lives, and in our personal lives, and allow us to innovate in terms of how we approach and solve problems. It is a book that will help each of us be more productive and successful in our lives and in our careers.

7. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative BattlesTop Creativity Books for Graphic & Web Designers
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A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul. hat keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece? Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identif ies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success.

The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself. Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.

8. Creativity Workout: 62 Exercises to Unlock Your Most Creative IdeasTop Creativity Books for Graphic & Web Designers
Top Creativity Books for Graphic & Web Designers    Top Creativity Books for Graphic & Web Designers    Creativity was once thought to be a talent bestowed upon a lucky few. Today it is understood as a skill that we can all learn, develop and apply. And in today’s economy–with information available to everyone and support services outsourced overseas–creativity is the most valuable asset you can possess and the best way to get ahead.

Learn to unlock these abilities with Creativity Workout. In 62 excercises designed by Edward de Bono, the world’s leading creativity expert, you’ll discover how to tap into your most original thinking. Each exercise is fun and simple and will get you in the creative state of mind necessary to think yourself to success.
You’ll learn to:

  • make connections
  • think beyond your peers
  • recognize possibilities
  • create opportunities

9. Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative GeniusTop Creativity Books for Graphic & Web Designers
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In this trailblazing book, internationally renowned business creativity expert Michael Michalko shows how creative people think—and how to put their secrets to work for you.

To create this book, Michalko researched and analyzed hundreds of history’s greatest thinkers—from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso—and then brought their techniques into the modern home and workplace.

The follow-up to the popular THINKERTOYS, which sold over 80,000 copies.

10. Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques (2nd Edition)Top Creativity Books for Graphic & Web Designers
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Rethink the Way You Think

In hindsight, every great idea seems obvious. But how can you be the person who comes up with those ideas?
In this revised and expanded edition of his groundbreaking Thinkertoys, creativity expert Michael Michalko reveals life-changing tools that will help you think like a genius. From the linear to the intuitive, this comprehensive handbook details ingenious creative-thinking techniques for approaching problems in unconventional ways.

Through fun and thought-provoking exercises, you’ll learn how to create original ideas that will improve your personal life and your business life. Michalko’s techniques show you how to look at the same information as everyone else and see something different.

With hundreds of hints, tricks, tips, tales, and puzzles, Thinkertoys will open your mind to a world of innovative solutions to everyday and not-so-everyday problems.

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And before you go don’t forget out to check out these articles on creativity as well:

 

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Time Management Fundamentals for the Busy Freelancer

I was a bit bored to write a design article today, so instead i will talk about the most useful skill i ever learned as a designer: Time management.

Sad as it is a week has only 168 hours. And if you find yourself wondering more than once were they have gone, well you are not the only one. As our daily life become more and more demanding from us utilizing efficient time management is more crucial than ever. This is truer if you are a freelancer or work from home. Your work hours and your free time can blend to a point where you no longer are able to draw the line.

There are many people who avoid using time management techniques, claiming they find it restricting or going against being spontaneous. In reality though, they most likely have tried it at least once, and quickly abandoned their time management system because it couldn’t work.

The main problem behind time management systems that fail are most often that they are unrealistic. Time is like money, you can’t spend more than you have. If you try squeeze more activities than your time budget allows, most likely you will become exhausted, or alienate friends and family, and eventually lose every interest in managing your time, since it won’t be working as you expect.

In addition to that people most often forget that time management is to help them have more free time while still doing more things than before. Going to the other side and allocating every second of your newfound free time for work would lead to an unbalanced life eventually, and again cause your time management system to fail.

If you need effort to manage your time you are doing it wrong.

Every journey begins with the first step…

For the purpose of this short guide we’ll start with a time study. To start planning your time, you must first know how you are spending currently your time. Dedicate a week in recording your daily life; observe where and how you spend more time. Resist the urge to judge yourself just observe and record for now. Try to keep track of everything you did during the day even the most mundane things like eating, or taking your newspaper break, or randomly meeting an old friend and talk in the bus stop. And the most repetitive things you do routinely like, surfing the internet or watching TV, going to work or for shopping etc.

You can use an Excel Sheet to track your time or a special app in your smartphone. Personally I am using Google Calendar since I can access it and update it from both my desktop computer and mobile devices.

Whatever method you choose to use by the end of the week you should have a clear idea of where you have been spending most of your daily time. You might find for example that your 5 hours daily gaming in Facebook can be a real time sinkhole. Or you waste too much time on meetings, or maybe with transportations to go from place to place. The more accurate and detailed are your records of your previous week the more accurate you can assess where your time have gone.

Now you can evaluate what you have learned.  It would be easier if you grouped logically these activities. For example meetings, appointments, daily tasks, work, study, unexpected events and so forth. Try the following questions to help you get started with your evaluation:

Are there things that take too much time? If so what you could change to reduce the time spend in that area?

Are things that you thought were taking you less time, but actually take more? Why is that and what you can do to fix it.

Are you spending time in unnecessary things that you could have avoid doing, and instead have used this extra time with your loved ones or to furthering your goals?

Ok, if by that point you wondering: Goals? What goals? Who needs them anyway? The answer is you need them. Keep reading to find out why.

Without a compass you might get lost in the jungle…

Before we get down to planning our time, there is another extremely important factor you need to think and consider. What would you like to make with this extra time? How will it help you accomplish your Goals? And most importantly what are your Goals?

Sounds like logical questions to begin right? Strangely though, most people are not setting any goals. There several reasons for that. They either think that it’s not something important. Or they might be afraid that they will fail, and so maybe thinking better not to even try than try and fail.

So let’s see why it’s important having goals. Goals are like your roadmap in life or a compass, if you don’t know where you want to go, you can never get there. They can give you a clear sense of direction. A sense of meaning and purpose in everything you do. And every step toward them will make you happier and more confident in yourself and what you can do. They are not meant to dictate how you live or what you do in your life.

Do not confuse the sense of direction, with narrow-mindness. Just because you decided you want to go somewhere today, doesn’t mean you should feel the same way tomorrow. And neither should mean you should shut off your eyes to any other opportunity.

Also try not to confuse goals with day dreaming.

What are the key elements that define a Goal?

Let’s examine some key elements that describe a successfully goal. You must probably have heard at one point or another that goals need to be SMART. This is an acronym that can take different meanings for different people. But however you translate the initials that form the word SMART the bottom line is this:

  1. Goals must be clear, specific and written down. Make lots of money or meet the love of your life is not a goal but a dream.
  2. Goals must be measurable. We must always be able to track if our goal is progressing well or not, and adjust our plan accordingly.
  3. Goals must have a deadline. Setting a deadline can help you determine the realism of your goal and to adjust it accordingly if ends up feeling unrealistic.
  4. Goals must be challenging. Always try to aim high (but also be reasonable), know what you can do now, but try to take it a step further day by day.
  5. Your goals should be balanced among several important aspects of your life, like career, family, health etc. Pursuing one thing and ignoring everything else won’t do you any good in the long run.
  6. Best practice is to have a major goal for every life aspect and sub-goals that support the major one.

How we can set a Goal?

So now that we clarify how a goal should be like, let’s see how we can set one:

  1. Make sure it’s something you really want for yourself intensively, and not something that someone else wants for you. You can never be excited for something someone else wants for you, nor work as hard as it might require.
  2. You must absolutely believe in your heart that your goal is achievable. That translates that is something you can do if you work hard enough. By achieving small but challenging goals one at time will help you build confidence and determination.
  3. I mentioned before that a goal must be detailed, clear and written; you should be reviewing your goals at least weekly. That will ensure they are still something you want to achieve and will also help you refuel your determination.
  4. Wonder why you haven’t already accomplished that goal, these obstacles or barriers might still be in place so you must think of actionable steps to overcome them. That might include additional skills, or help from other people etc.
  5. Determine where you are now and where you want to go. Write down all requirements and resources that you will need. That includes time, effort, money and probably some other unique to the goal, requirements.
  6. Determine if it something you can do and you are still willing to pay the “price” of the requirements.
  7. Make the plan that will help you achieve your goal. Write down the objectives you need to accomplish and the actions you will need to make to achieve those objectives along with their deadlines. Also think of how you will measure if the goal has been successful or not.
  8. Don’t give up no matter the odds, repeat the steps and re-evaluate your goal at any point you think its necessary.

It’s time for action

To start out scheduling and planning your daily life in accordance to your goals, you will need some sort of a calendar. Whichever you choose the important thing to look for, is for it to have hours in the daily format. If it doesn’t have hours you will be having to adding them yourself, so not very good thing to do on daily basis. Your calendar need to be accessible at all times, so if you don’t use the traditional paper planner but a digital one, make sure that it can sync across all your devices.

Here are the basics to get you up and running quickly:

  1. I assume you already have figured out your goals and the objectives you need to accomplish to get to them. So it’s important to start working on those objectives immediately. Set a time every day to do just that. And work on your objectives. Even if it’s for a bit, eventually it will add up.
  2. Set some time aside for unexpected events, and I think the name is a bit oxymoron, since we should always expect them to happen! That contingency time is best to be 1 or 2 hours daily. Of course if nothing unexpected happens you can always put something from your task list there. But it’s far better practice as you will see to have a contingency spot, than fill your whole calendar up, and when the unexpected comes all your tasks will left behind and stack up.
  3. To better organize your casual tasks for the week or day you can divide them in four categories A, B, C & now.
    • A-tasks are those you must absolutely do, either because they’ll be due soon, or because they further your objectives, or because they return you the biggest reward with the least effort. Put A-tasks on top of your todo list.
    • B-tasks are those that still need to be done, but can wait to do them later. They don’t have major consequences and are not going to be due any time soon. Put B-tasks below A-tasks in your todo list.
    • C-tasks are those that if you won’t do neither you nor anyone else would care that much, or tasks you wait some action from someone else. Put C-tasks in a drawer, and remember to check it out every week or so.
    • As you complete the A-tasks, B-tasks become A-tasks & C-tasks become either B-tasks or remain in the drawer.
    • Now-tasks are tasks with duration to complete less than 1 to 5minutes, so simply do them now.
    • When you schedule appointments take into account the time you will need to transport to the appointment place as well.
    • Always set deadlines and time-boxes for your tasks.
    • Finally remember that your daily schedule is a living thing, you might need to relocate times, extend or contract tasks duration, and add items if your contingency spots remains unfilled and all your other scheduled tasks are completed.

Know thy enemy

Time management won’t do you any good if you keep up on postponing the difficult or boring tasks that are essential to achieve your goals or are crucial to finish.

The term most commonly used is procrastination, which derives from Latin procrastinationem (“a putting off from day to day,”). In other words do it tomorrow or the day after or never.

Trust me, tomorrow the task will be looking more daunting, because the requirements remain the same, your time to accomplish it has shortened significantly, you are stressed and you feel guilty for putting it off. Congratulations, by postponing the task you made your life more difficult and killed your creativity.

So why people keep evading things they really must do, by escaping to Facebook or Pinterest? Why we keep procrastinating knowing the consequences in stress and the futility of our evasion.

Let’s see the common reasons and some advices for to counter them.

1. You are not really committed on the task at hand

You might think that it’s not something you should be doing. Or that is a waste of time. Or that you have more important things to do.

The real question is why you do have to complete this task in the first place? What will you gain if you do? And what will you lose if you don’t? That train of thought might give you some important insights or motivation to actually go ahead and complete the task. If you still can’t find motivation or reasons to do it, then don’t! Just remove it from your task list permanently and consciously.

2. You are afraid of the task

You might be afraid that you will fail. So you think it’s better not to even try at all.

Or you might be afraid that you will succeed, and then the boss will keep giving you this boring assignment or everyone will be having more expectations for you and so on.

Finally you might just be afraid reaching the end result, not knowing what will happen next, or what should you do after finishing this task.

Remember that everyone is afraid, and fear never goes away. Give it a name & embrace it like an old friend. After all being brave is not the lack of fear, since that would make bravery insignificant. It’s moving forward despite your fear.

3. You don’t know how to do the task

If you feel that you lack the training or the information to work on task at hand then simply get the information or the training. Break the task in smaller more easy to finish tasks. If you are not willing to do so and meet the requirements, then you are not committed to the task so read again advice 1.

Sometimes you actually know how to the task even if you don’t consciously believe it. The advice in this case is “fake it till you make it”. Start working on the task pretending to yourself that you know what you are doing, the results will surprise you in most cases.

4. You put the task low priority and always end up postponing it

That usually happens when the task is boring or when you prefer doing something else instead. Well you would do the task if you were pressed, and eventually you will do it. So you think: why do it now? Let’s leave it for tomorrow or if there is time after everything else is done.

Try to redefine the task in terms of benefits and losses as discussed in 1. If you still find no need to give it higher priority over and over then the task is obviously unimportant for you. Consider removing it from your list, or finding someone else to do it for you.

5. You find it difficult to concentrate

You think I’ll get to the task, but maybe I can check Pinterest a bit first? Hmm let’s also read one more Facebook update! That video is so nice! Let’s watch that too. Oh! That reminded me of a lol-cat photo that I wanted to post for so long in Google+. Let’s tweet it too! Oh and looks like I have new mentions, lets chat a bit! And before you know it, the day has passed…

Take the initiative to confront your concentration issues. Set time reminders, and use a stricter time policy in using the social media. If you really can’t resist, Google for a service that blocks the procrastinate-friendly sites at specified time intervals. Or make this distractions your reward for completing a difficult and boring task.

Nike had it right all along. Just do it!

There are many systems that can help you prioritize and organize tasks, like GTD , The ABC analysis, Eisenhower Method, Pareto analysis, POSEC method and countless others plus their combinations. All can work as easily as not work. Don’t let procrastination stop you.

The key point to remember is this simple truth: having a task list is to prioritize things to DO, so as long they are done the method you follow is irrelevant. For most people, the best method is the one working for them and they consistently use. Searching for the perfect system to organize your life, reading every article on time management like this one, won’t do the tasks for you.

So stop searching for the one perfect system or app that will get you organized and start doing things today! But before that take a few moments to comment below with your own tips, tricks and tools to stay organized and get things done!

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Historical Poster Designs

According to French historian Max Gallo, “for over two hundred years, posters have been displayed in public places all over the world. Visually striking, they have been designed to attract the attention of passers-by, making us aware of a political viewpoint, enticing us to attend specific events, or encouraging us to purchase a particular product or service.” Read more

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5 Useful Tips for Choosing the Right Blinds for Your Conservatory

Your conservatory is designed to let in light. This makes decorating a conservatory quite easy to do. You never have to worry about what goes on the walls or doors.

A conservatory is a great place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. It’s also an ideal place to host a late-night gathering for friends and family. At this point, the windows will be closed with blinds.

Too many homes fail to take into account what the conservatory will look like with blinds. The key to proper interior design is to think about what a room will feel and look like throughout the day and night.

We give you five useful tips for choosing the right blinds for your conservatory.

1. The Practical Side

Blinds that set of this part of your home are only useful if they’re practical. They aren’t there just to look good. They’re there to have a real practical use.

You need to decide what your conservatory is for. Is it for the children to play in, or a place for you to work in peace?

Additionally, you need to decide how your conservatory faces the rest of the house. Do you want to be able to see everyone in the living room from the conservatory?

Believe it or not, different blind types have different uses. Here are the four main ones:

  • Roller blinds. These offer protection from strong sunlight.
  • Vertical blinds give you better control over the amount of light let in.
  • Pleated blinds are safe for very young children to play with. They don’t have any potential choking hazards.
  • Venetian blinds are at the height of style.

2. Coloring In

The color can make or break a room. You have to decide how much you trust your own interior decorating skills.

One choice is to stick with neutral colors. Whites, beiges, and browns will work with practically any style and any home. They’re quite boring, though. They don’t do much to catch the eyes.

Light pastel colors generally make a room seem bigger than it actually is. They rely mainly on natural light from outside to flourish. If you’re looking for calmness and coolness, opt for pastel blues or greens.

Darker colors work to create a more private and intimate space. It’s why old-fashioned studies opt for dark wooden paneling and heavy red drapes. They make a room cozier and more enclosed.

Some ideas for darker colors include navy blue, dark browns, and rich reds.

Stay away from niche colors like purple. If you ever come to sell your home, you’ll need to have a more neutral color scheme to appear to every eye.

Get some inspiration from the Internet. Social networks like Pinterest have plenty of people showing off their own interior design creations.

3. The Rest of the Home

A conservatory’s style should match the style throughout your home. Your conservatory isn’t a separate outbuilding. It’s an extension to your existing home.

It’s all well and good having a modern pair of Venetian blinds. What’s the point of having ultra-modern blinds when your home is decked in original period decorations?

All that will happen is your conservatory will stick out badly. You’ll make your home a confusing and disjointed place to be.

What about if your conservatory is an outbuilding?

Some bigger homes do have a conservatory separated from the home. You can get away with a different style here. It’s easy to pass off this room as some sort of private retreat. Either way, we would still recommend having matching styles.

4. What about the Maintenance?

In the long-term, your wonderful style could take hours to maintain. A lot of people simply don’t have this amount of time. They need something that’s quick and easy to clean.

Just because you spend long hours out of your home doesn’t mean you can’t have stylish blinds. There are lots of options for people who only spend a limited amount of time in their conservatories.

Vertical blinds, for example, are ideal. They don’t retain as much dust because there are no platforms for it to settle on. A light dusting every so often is the extent of any maintenance.

5. Try and Test

Fashion changes all the time. What’s at the height of fashion now might be a faux pas in less than a year. Avoid keeping up with the fashions, unless you’re particularly interested in them.

In the meantime, don’t be afraid to try and test different blinds. Pick up a cheap alternative to a desired pair of blinds and see how they work. It’s difficult to imagine what something will look like until you put it up.

Interior decorating doesn’t always have to result in getting the right blinds straight away. Be willing to mix and match your blind choices and see what happens!

Featured Image: Creative Commons – Attribution by Ed Bierman

By: Efi Kalaitzidis

Contemporary Bathroom Styles – Three Tips

There are millions of different ways to create a contemporary paradise in your home nowadays, from designer furniture and wall-mounted flat screens in your lounge to stylish islands and gadgets galore in the kitchen.

It’s never been easier to design your own modern utopia, but most of us think that the bathroom has to serve function first and form second. This isn’t strictly untrue, but there are some amazing modern design choices out on the market today that do a superb job of combining the two so you don’t have to forfeit one for the other. You no longer have to put up with a bog-standard bog, as it were.

There are some amazing little touches you can give your bathroom – and some large ones too – that are both useful and attractive and can transform even the most dull and dreary of toilets into something that would look right at home in the Guggenheim.

Okay perhaps that’s pushing it a bit so please excuse my hyperbole, but there is a lot of choice out there for the modern bathroom stylist now. It’s not like you have to be a movie star to be able to afford them either.

Here are three features that will bring your bathroom into the here and now.

Freestanding Baths

Space is a valuable asset in your bathroom and most of us don’t have all that much to play around with. For that reason you might think that a freestanding bath is just a pipe dream, but they now come in such a variety of different shapes and sizes that this may not be so.

Add this to the fact that you can save space by planning out your bathroom to the finest detail and you could realise your freestanding baths fantasy more easily than you might have previously thought.

Obviously if you’re planning on placing a bath in the middle of your bathroom floor you will have to think about how you will supply it with water. Freestanding bath taps will do the trick – not the most imaginative name perhaps, but it’s pretty self-explanatory. These large yet graceful looking taps fit to the floor and add something a little bit different to the standard bathroom.

Vertical Radiators

There are some components that can’t be chosen solely because of their aesthetic appeal. A bathroom radiator is one such component. Fortunately there are a range of modern radiators that cast off the traditional radiator design shackles and possess a look more akin to wall art.

Vertical radiators have another string to their bow too. They not only aid in giving your bathroom a minimal look but save crucial space by using the vertical wall space giving you more room for additional fittings at floor height. Many recent designs also hug the wall closer without surrendering their ability to heat the room properly either.

Counter Top Basins

Counter top basins are another great combination of beautiful modern design, functionality and convenience. The fact that they fit on top of a counter rather than attach to the floor like their pedestal design brethren means you have a bit more storage space at your disposal should  you need it.

The basins themselves come in various different forms too, some with sharp edges and shallow bottoms, others with deep bowls and gentle curves. No matter which design you plump for, they will certainly catch the eye. You shouldn’t have to worry about people washing their hands before dinner anymore, at least.

Featured Image: Creative Commons – Attribution by Efi Kalaitzidis

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Serenity Spa & Salon – Branding project by Extend Graphics

On today’s inspiration article we feature Serenity Spa & Salon brand identity and collateral designed by Extend Graphics. Extend graphics is a Greece based design agency providing worldwide design services since 2010. I won’t get into much detail, since I do work there after all, and you can always find more about our work on our website. I hope you will enjoy our project!

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Winter X Games – Promo Campaign by Golden Wolf

Golden Wolf, is a passionate and diverse animation production company based in Shoreditch, London. Founded in 2013 as a sister company to design studio ‘I Love Dust’, they specialise in imaginative animation and motion graphics.

Their Shoreditch studio is purpose-built with creativity in mind and it is home to a talented team hailing from all over the world, providing them with a unique and inspiring perspective. Their clients include Cartoon Network, Warner Bros, Sprite, MTV, Adidas, ESPN, Ray Ban, Red Bull, Disney, Vans, Nike and Target. Read Less. In this article we’ll enjoy their Winter X Games promo campaign.

The cool guys and gals over at W+K NYC asked us to collaborate with them on the promo campaign for the 2012 Winter X Games in Aspen. Being extreme sports fans/nerds this was a dream project to work on. We created a set of TV spots, posters and a map of the event. Here are some work in progress stuff from the project.

~ Golden Wolf

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Coffee Illustration Labels – Packaging project by Charlie Davis

Charlie Davis is an Illustrator/Designer based in London. In this article we have some awesome coffee label illustrations from Charlie’s Behance project Packaging – Coffee Illustration Labels.

A series of Illustrations produced for ‘Joffreys Coffee and Tea Company’ with Dunn & Co. I was approached to illustrate the individual variants, bringing out the specific qualities of each blend. It was great to be given the freedom to develop the characters and give each pack it’s own unique personality. 

~Charlie Davis

I hope you will enjoy them, and as always you can find more about Charlie and his work at his Behance portfolio!

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(These artworks are presented here because they are licensed as Creative Commons – Attribution works and for the sole purpose of promoting design and the designer’s work)

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Electra 2013 – Book Design project by Baillat Cardell & Fils

Baillat Cardell & Fils is a fine design studio established in Montreal in 2008. In this article we present their book design project Elektra 2013.

To commemorate our sucessful Anti / Matter campaign for Elektra festival 2013, we decided to make a limited edition book. The 178 pages entirely present the campaign, including the 100 generative posters that we have designed for the festival. Each of the 40 copies of the book have a unique cover.

~ Baillat Cardel & Fils

I hope you will enjoy the project! You can find more about the design studio and their work at their Behance portfolio!

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(These artworks are presented here because they are licensed as Creative Commons – Attribution works and for the sole purpose of promoting design and the designers’ work)