Product Catalog Template - A5 Landscape by Spyros Thalassinos (8)

Designer’s Toolkit: Product Catalog Template (A5 Landscape)

Product Catalogue – A5 Landscape

Present your products with this elegant catalog template. Suitable for most products and ready to use in 3 refreshing colors!

Features

  • A5 Landscape // CMYK & Print Ready
  • 3 Modern Predefined Colors
  • 22 Pages & Cover
  • About page // Table of contents
  • 5 Layout Styles for Product Categories
  • Each of the 5 unique category layouts consists of 4 pages
  • Easily change the entire color scheme by changing the 3 basic color swatches!

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Product Catalog Template - A5 Landscape by Spyros Thalassinos (8)

Product Catalog Template - A5 Landscape by Spyros Thalassinos (9)

Product Catalog Template - A5 Landscape by Spyros Thalassinos (10)

 

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Contents:

  • 3x .INDD file (compatible with Adobe InDesign CC)
  • 3x .IDML file (compatible with Adobe InDesign CS4)
  • 3x .PDF Preview

Fonts Used:

Other Notes:

To change the color scheme simply change the 3 main colors to the ones you like without having any object selected!

To update the table of contents:

  1. Change the category style in the respective pages
  2. Select the “Contents” text frame
  3. From the Layout menu choose “Update Layout Contents”

* Mockups & Images are not included & are used for preview purposes only

Article publié pour la première fois le 10/04/2015

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Case studies of effective advertising

Nobody likes an attention seeker… unless you’re talking about advertising that is.

In an age where advertising space can be bought on everything from internet banners to half time at the Super Bowl, how do you set your business apart and make your advertisements stand out from the crowd? Balancing cost effectiveness with brand visibility has been the challenge facing marketing managers for decades. How do you create eye catching and informative advertisements without breaking the budget?

No matter what industry you’re in, choosing the right promotional strategy is a key ingredient in the success of your business. There are a number of options to choose from when considering your businesses specific needs.

Banners, signs and flags

Promotional signage is a powerful tool in market advertising that balances brand visibility with cost effectiveness. Promotional banners are versatile, portable and can be used at trade shows, conferences, field days or outdoor events. With so many designs to choose from, there’s bound to be a promotional banner to meet your businesses specific needs.

Double sided banners and signs are great for trade shows, outdoor events and on-street advertising. With two individually printed panels, your business’ advertisement can be seen from all angles. Double sided teardrop, fin, surf, paddle, vertical and sail banners are especially designed with a ballast base that you can fill with sand to keep them upright in all conditions. Lantern banners are another novel way to draw attention to your business. These 3D diamond shaped signs offer three advertising panels that rotate in the wind.

International sporting events such as the formula one racing events are the perfect example of how advertising banners can be used to effectively market a product.

Marquees and shade cloths

Create the perfect backdrop for your businesses event with a custom designed folding frame banner wall or relax in the shade with a specially designed pop up marquee. These portable shade tents and banner walls come in a range of different sizes and are a great way to advertise your business at outdoor fairs, markets or event days.

Rip Curl is one brand that has successfully utilised this form of promotional advertising. Their black, white and red tents are easily recognisable and can be found at almost any surfing event around the world.  

Vehicle graphics

Get up to speed with the very latest in brand advertising with vehicle graphics. These moving advertisements are perfect for achieving brand exposure in the right places.  Target particular demographics or position your brand at a particular event. Whether your organisation has a single car, a dozen vans or a fleet of lorries, custom vehicle graphics will turn heads at all hours of the day and night, building brand awareness with every trip.

Red Bull is possibly the most easily recognisable case study for the success of vehicle graphics. Their instantly recognisable cars have been a part of their successful marketing strategy for many years and have significantly impacted on their brand exposure and sales figures.

With so many different ways to advertise, it is easy to make sure your business stands above the rest.

Images provided/licensed by the author

Article by Katherine Flowers

Katherine Flowers is passionate about industrial concepts and creative designs. She writes for SignWave about experiences, encounters and advice connected to the graphic industry.

Article publié pour la première fois le 28/03/2013

Business Plan Template - A4 Portrait by Spyros Thalassinos (13)

Designer’s Toolkit: 3 Business Plan Templates (Bundle)

3 Business Plan Templates Bundle

This Bundle contains three Business Plan Templates for Indesign CS4 & later, to choose the one you need (or give your clients more design choices).

These items are also sold separately in GraphicRiver:

General Specs

  • 42 Pages & Cover
  • Table of contents // Paragraph Styles & Master Pages
  • Clean & Modern Design
  • Sections, tables and space allocation are based on real business plans
  • Plenty of white-space to print it in your home printer (the amount varies in each version)
  • Easily change the entire color scheme by changing the basic color swatches!

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Business Plan Template Lite A4 & US Letter

  • Letter & A4 // CMYK & Print Ready // 1/8 inches Bleed
  • 42 Pages & Cover
  • Table of contents // Paragraph Styles & Master Pages
  • Minimal Clean Design
  • Sections, tables and space allocation are based on real business plans
  • Plenty of whitespace to print it in your home printer
  • Easily change the entire color scheme by changing the 2 basic color swatches!

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Changelog

  • v1.0 (7 August 14) Original Release – US Letter only
  • v1.1 (15 October 14) Added A4 size

Contents:

  • 2x .INDD files (compatible with Adobe InDesign CC)
  • 2x .IDML files (compatible with Adobe InDesign CS4)
  • 2x .PDF files (for preview)

Fonts Used:

  • FontAwesome ( Download for free at http://fortawesome.github.io/Font-Awesome/)
  • Univers LT Std [65 Bold, 45 Light & 45 Light Oblique] (Buy at http://www.fonts.com/font/linotype/univers/complete-family-pack)

Preview the US Letter version

Other Notes:

To change the color scheme simply change the 2 main colors to the ones you like without having any object selected!


Business Plan Template 2in1 US Letter

  • CMYK & Print Ready US Letter format (Bleed: 1/8in)
  • Clean & Modern Design
  • Paragraph & Character Styles for easy formatting
  • Sections, Tables & Text allocation based on real business plans
  • 2 Predefined Versions
  • Version 1 is suitable for commercial printing & booklet binding!
  • Version 2 is optimized for home printing & use up much less ink!
  • In both versions you can easily customize the color scheme & fonts with a few clicks

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Contents:

  • .INDD files (compatible with Adobe InDesign CC)
  • .IDML files (compatible with Adobe InDesign CS4)
  • .PDF files (for preview)

Preview Version 1

Preview Version 2

Fonts Used:

  • FontAwesome ( Download for free at http://fortawesome.github.io/Font-Awesome/)
  • Open Sans ( Download for free at: http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/open-sans)

Other Notes:

To change the color scheme simply change the main colors to the one you like without having any object selected!

To change the fonts use Type->Find Fonts & replace to the fonts of your choice, or edit the paragraph styles!


Business Plan Template A4 Pro

  • A4 Portrait // CMYK & Print Ready // 1/8 inches Bleed
  • 42 Pages & Cover
  • Table of contents // Paragraph Styles & Master Pages
  • Minimal Clean Design
  • Sections, tables and space allocation are based on real business plans
  • Plenty of whitespace to print it in your home printer
  • Easily change the entire color scheme by changing the basic color swatches!

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Contents:

  • .INDD files (compatible with Adobe InDesign CC)
  • .IDML files (compatible with Adobe InDesign CS4)
  • .PDF files (for preview)

Preview on Issuu

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Fonts Used:

  • FontAwesome ( Download for free at http://fortawesome.github.io/Font-Awesome/ )
  • Open Sans ( Download for free at: http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/open-sans )

 

(update 16/4/15: the bundle offer is no longer available, but you can still get each business plan separately 😉 )

Article publié pour la première fois le 02/04/2015

Anatomy-of-Internet-Ad-Design-(Infographic)

Anatomy of Internet Ad Design (Infographic)

Today we have a cool infographic about internet ad design. Internet ads have elements that help them perform well when used in optimized online advertising campaigns. These critical organs make up the anatomy of well-designed banners, emails, and landing pages. In this infographic these elements are examined and analyzed.

Anatomy of Internet Ad Design

 

Hope you found this infographic useful and informative! If you want to know more about designing infographics, check out our past articles: 9 tips for designing awesome infographics & Choosing the right infographic for your business !

Article publié pour la première fois le 06/12/2013

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Turn Your Old Doors into Unique Wall Art

Modern art, especially in the home, is very much anything-goes these days. There is a burgeoning trend towards using vintage finds and old relics to re-work and transform them into unique and eclectic pieces of wall art. One interesting and versatile way to add creative inspiration to your home is to turn old doors into wall art. Here are some tips to show you how.

Why door wall art?

At first consideration, it might appear a pretty unusual exercise to turn an old door into a piece of art, but it’s an excellent way to repurpose a seemingly useless door into something unique and beautiful for your home. There are lots of doors in a home and when one needs replacing, often it’s hard to know what to do with the door you no longer require. And, we’re not just talking interior or exterior doors, but also cupboard doors and cabinet doors, too.

Many doors that need replacing may still hold aesthetic appeal, but perhaps need replacing because they don’t function as well as they used to do. It would seem a shame to throw an old but beautiful door away, and so turning it into artwork can give it a new purpose. One of the great things about using doors as wall art, is that you can either recycle your old doors, find them in skips or salvage yards, or ask friends or family for any of their unwanted pieces.

Credit: http://dustyluinteriors.blogspot.co.uk

Once you’ve found a door that you want to transform, consider whether it is capable of hanging from a wall before you begin decorating. Lay the door flat on the ground and sand it down. Consider adding a primer to the door if you want to paint it lighter or if the door is bare wood or stained wood. Carefully paint the door in your choice of colour or colours, and remember to always go with the grain of wood. When you’ve finished decorating your door, allow it to dry.

Hammer two nails into the wall where you want to hang the door to ensure it can cope with the weight of the door. Use hanging wire to hold the door. Locate two points on the door, on each side and screw clips into the points. Feed the wire through the clips and loop it around the eyes twice. Make sure the wire is left a little bit loose so it can bend to hold the weight of the door.

Carefully lift the door onto the nails. If it’s heavy, then grab another pair of hands to help you do this.

What are your options?

Turn to interiors or homes magazines or the internet for some door-art inspiration. There are lots of ideas out there, so use your creative ability to make something unique for your home.

Think about the type of material you use. Doors can be wooden, plastic, metal or glass – so play around with the different options. Wooden doors hung as wall art look great and add a classic, vintage feel to a room. Don’t just think you need to hang the door vertically, either. Consider hanging the door horizontally. If the door has sections in it, consider adding a mirror for decoration or, if using in a kitchen, a chalkboard could be incorporated into the door as a useful reminder board.

Doors which have lots of segments in them can be used to add photos or other small decorative items. Consider functional uses for door art, such as adding hooks or small shelves to them.

Don’t just think you have to paint your doors, either. Why not add mosaics or stencils?  Or, even a collection of treasured photos montaged together makes an interesting, unique and personal piece of art.

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Article by Amy Elliott

This article was written by A. Elliott for Vibrant Doors, leading UK suppliers of external and internal doors. You can find out more about them at http://www.vibrantdoors.co.uk/.

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 25/04/2013

By Tom Hughes-Croucher

The Novices Guide to Web Development Mistakes

‘Mistakes happen’, nowhere is this phrase truer than in the case of web development. It is a long drawn out and complicated process, that has enough complexities in it, which make mistakes happen. But at times, the real mistakes happen before and after the actual process of web application development.  These mistakes are typically made by novices who aren’t experienced enough to make the necessary preparations that are need for developing cutting edge high performance applications.

This article will take readers through the different mistakes that web developers, especially beginners are prone to making in the domain of web development.

1. Not listening actively to the client’s brief

There is active listening and passive listening. The latter is when you keep nodding your head about everything your client is telling you without making any contributions to the brief. In the former, you are not just nodding your heads when clients are explaining their project brief to you, but are giving your inputs to the discussion as well. Professional web development begins with understanding the clients brief thoroughly and a developer giving his suggestions for enhancing or modifying the needs and requirements of the client. Newbies must understand that they need to proactively listen to what the client is saying and make suggestions whenever necessary.  As a developer, it is you who will know to what extent the client’s brief is feasible. If you think a certain client expectation cannot be satisfied, you will need to tell him that there are then. For this to happen, you must be an active listener and not a passive one.

2. Not checking project feasibility

Clients are always right, but in case they aren’t, it is your duty as a developer to convince him, that some of their expectations cannot be satisfied. At times, a client might have a specific requirement that you will not be able to satisfy. This could be because of varied reasons including lack of available technology, lack of experience and expertise in your part, or the fact that a particular requirement will interfere in the project’s seamless functioning. Newbie developers fall into the trap of not taking the web application development projects through a comprehensive feasibility study. In such cases, they are unable to identify the problem areas of the projects, which in turn lead to faulty development. This is something to be avoided at all costs.

3. Improper Planning

In order to handle a web development project professionally, you will need to begin by planning its development lifecycle. Developers who have just started their web development journey sometimes make the mistake of not identifying the various stages of development. This means they are also unable to identify the right resources that will help successfully develop the project. Unplanned development and improper requirement gathering, leads to various problems during the development process. This can lead to project delays which can create a bad impression in the minds of clients.

4. Web standard ignorance

Successful web application development results from an adherence to the best web standards for development. Every developer learns these as a part of the process of becoming qualified developers but plenty of newbies ignore them when they start working on live projects; because of this they make some elementary mistakes. Some of them forget to use inappropriate DOCTYPEs; they do not use the new HTML methods; some do no validate their code and even if they use a validator they ignore the results offered. These and many other mistakes are a result of newbies ignoring web standards, something they regret when the project is completed and they find that it is inherently flawed.

5. Compromising quality for affordability

There is no doubt beginners need to focus on affordable web development if they want to make a mark. There is tough competition in this domain, and if somebody wants to get work, they need to offer their services at really cost effective rates. After a beginner starts getting successful projects off the ground, they can rework their services cost to suit their experience and expertise. But, in the beginning their services must be affordably priced. The problem here is that many of them start compromising on the quality of their web development just because they are offering web development at cost effective rates. This is a cardinal mistake and if you don’t sort it out quickly, chances are that you will earn a negative reputation on the market, which will be very difficult to dispel. So, it’s important that beginners start offering their services at affordable rates, but never ever compromise on the quality.

6. Lack of Browser Testing

Your web application needs to work on all the latest browsers and if possible on their older versions as well. This is only possible if you keep testing your application on all the browsers during project development. Many newbie developers plan on fixing browser issues, once they finish with the development process, but when they actually finish developing the project, they realize that their project has plenty of bugs while working across different browser. In such cases, especially with the project deadline looming in front of them, they do not make the required efforts to rectify the various issues across browsers. They implement quick fixes that might or might not work. Invariably, this leads to the development of a project that is very low on quality.

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These are not the only mistakes that novices need to keep in mind while handling web application development projects. There are plenty of others that they must be aware of, in order to ensure that they go about developing an application in the right manner. The key is to keeping yourself updated about the latest happenings the world of web development and also taking tips of experts to ensure that your web development process isn’t flawed and you are not making the kind of mistakes that will lead to the development of a web project that doesn’t meet the needs and requirements of clients.

Featured Image: Creative Commons – Attribution by Tom Hughes-Croucher

Article publié pour la première fois le 07/06/2013

Decorating a Country Villa

Are you looking for the perfect country retreat? A country villa can be a peaceful haven for you to relax and regroup after the pressures of a long work week in the city. But how do you decorate your new villa so that you achieve this feeling of remoteness and calm? Here are some tips to help.

Embrace the simple life

For many people, country life represents a return to simpler times. Therefore, decorate with a minimalist’s eye. Choose only the furniture you know you will need and use a lot. Choose furniture based on functionality rather than something with a sleek, modern look. Or, when choosing a sofa, choose something with soft lines and a comfortable feel, such as an overstuffed variety. Save the sleek edgy one for your apartment down-town.

A calming colour scheme

If you’re looking for a sanctuary in which to unwind, choose a calming colour scheme that will promote peace and relaxation. Therefore, you want furniture made of darker wood. You’ll also want to look for “earth tones,” such as browns, yellows, greens and reds, which are associated with calm.

A retro look

Harken back to simpler times with a few retro items and antiques displayed around the villa. These can include a record player, a typewriter, an antique phone, or any other kitschy items that will make you think of bygone eras when life was simpler. You can also display retro artwork like old movie posters or album art from old records. To find these items, spend some time browsing thrift shops, consignment shops, antique dealerships, or online.

Appreciate the fresh air

You can also take your time in the countryside as an opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and experience nature. Set up a table in the garden to enjoy alfresco dining in the peace and quiet of the countryside. You can also add other places to relax such as a hammock, a comfortable bench, or a few deck chairs for tanning during the summer months. Best of all, you can spend time outdoors without having to hear what’s going on in the neighbours’ garden.

An eye to sustainability

Finally, when you decorate your dream villa, think about sustainability. Since you will be enjoying the natural environment, why not take steps to preserve it? Therefore, look into energy and water-saving alternatives such as a low-flow shower-head, energy-efficient lights and ceiling fans instead of air conditioning.

No matter how you choose to decorate, though, your country villa should be your sanctuary. Show off your personal style and decorate as you wish!

Featured Image: Creative Commons – Attribution by Graeme Churchard

Article by Sam

Sam is an interior designer with a focus on minimal designs and luxury bathroom trends.

Article publié pour la première fois le 22/05/2013

10 Exclusive Home Décor Tips

Shifting to an empty home is just like starting drawing on a blank paper. You have an open ended question and countless answers to respond. For having a successful result you should be wise and decisive, so that you could opt for suitability yet beauty for your home premises. Presently the trend of interior designing is becoming increasingly popular. This emerging interest is encouraging many designers to write tips and ideas for having an exclusive home décor.

Different articles along with illustrations are making it easier for everyone to approach new styles and designs for decorating home environment.  For sharing more regarding this here I am going to describe 10 exclusive additions to your home décor.

1. Creative candles:

Small candles with creative stands look amazing in your dwelling. The empty shelves over your fireplace can be filled with these little candles. Depending upon your selected theme you can choose them in any style. They are available in different shapes like a wide range of spring flowers candles are visible in different stores.

2. Draped panels:

Sometimes little is more than enough same is the case with draped panels over curtains. By hanging a plain contrasting color fabric over your room curtains you can create a formal yet exciting feel. This is an inexpensive and admirable idea.

3. Beads as separators:

Without spending much on expensive screens you can also create fabulous beads separators. Take colorful beads and fill them in a string, make several strings and then hang them between the door spaces. This will cover the space like a curtain and with give a beautiful glance along with soothing voice on every touch.

4. Textured walls:

Plain walls are becoming outdated; presently the trend of textured walls is prevailing all around. For having variety you can treat with any single wall of each room in a same style but with different colors. This will create harmony in your dwelling. It’s not always necessary that you opt for expensive patterns you can also paste cheap wall papers.

5. Unique lampshades:

Carved lampshades tinted in different contrasting colors are amazing artifacts. You can cover corner spaces by placing creative lamps. This will serve you in a multiple way.

6. Display kids art:

Kid’s room is also an important portion of your house. While decorating other portions you cannot leave this part as it is. For adding interesting feel you can display your kid’s art work through variety of ways. By hanging a colorful bulletin board, you can create a focal point in their sleep corner this will help you in displaying their cute drawings.

7. Framed old memories:

For adding more emotional attachment in you for your dwelling, you can select few of your memorable family pictures. Mount them with an attractive frame and hang them against the wall. Few framed photos will add up life in your space.

8. Striking table tops:

Empty table tops look informal and often untidy. To give them a nice looks, place small braided table clothes over them. This will look more pleasant and tidy.

9. Exclusive cushions:

Cushions covered with amazing styles along with interesting shapes look very attractive. Stitch small eye catching sofa cushions for your sofa beds and even for your bed to rise up its beauty.

10. Rugs:

Small rugs with traditional designs are much more fascinating. Cover your empty spaces with them and enhance the attractiveness of your plain floor.

These were the 10 cheap and exclusive ideas for your home décor. Add them in your house and enjoy the best surrounding. Hope you like it.

Featured Image: Creative Commons – Attribution by Reiner Kraft

Article publié pour la première fois le 13/06/2013

By: Efi Kalaitzidis

Redesign Your Bathroom With These 5 Easy Tips

When you think of a bathroom design, you probably place design appeal just as highly as functionality on your list. Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice one to achieve the other if you master a few decor tips. Even if you don’t have a lot of time or a big budget to work with, these five ways to redesign your bathroom are within your reach. Keep reading to find out how to make your bathroom space beautiful.

Start with light. The lighting in your bathroom can either allow you to better display all your hard work or obscure a super stylish space. Choose light fixtures that amp up your wattage, such as vanity lights around the mirror or sea gull lights that shine directly onto your countertop. Also, it is a good idea to have light fixtures in more than one area; for example, lighting by the sink should be accompanied by lighting above or near the shower.

Grab a paint roller. This is the easiest and most immediate way to change the look of any room. Open up the layout of your bathroom with an accent wall or brighten the entire room with a lighter colour. If you want to add texture, you can also try to install new wallpaper.

Get Organized. If you feel like your bathroom’s too cluttered, there’s a good chance that you just need to rearrange some items. Pick up a chest of drawers made from a material that can withstand humidity so that you can keep most of your personal care items and cleaning materials out of sight. This will free up counter space and allow you to add decorative elements while also making your bathroom more functional.

Install tiling. This is a great tip not just for the floors but also for the walls and the shower. Tile is easier to clean and looks much sleeker when compared to linoleum. It will also give the effect of multiplying light as it bounces off of the tile’s surface.

Make your mirror work. Reflective surfaces can do wonders when it comes to brightening up a bathroom or even reinforcing your chosen design motif. To instantly make your bathroom look bigger, simply install a bigger mirror. If you already have a large mirror, make sure to secure it stylishly with washers (they’re cleaner and sleeker) or to surround the edges of it with adhesive moulding.

Featured Image: Creative Commons – Attribution by Efi Kalaitzidis

Article by Sam

Sam is known for designing beautiful room makeovers and creating stunning spaces.

Article publié pour la première fois le 23/05/2013

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The 5 Coolest Applications of 3d Printing So Far

3d Printing has taken the world by storm, and recently we’ve seen some very cool new innovations emerge out of the fledgling industry. While building small plastic replacement parts or sculptures was the most obvious application of this new medium, it was inevitable that more creative people would test the limits of their new printers to bring us new ideas that might revolutionize entire industries (or in other cases, just taste good or look awesome, either way they are here to stay).

Creative Commons - Attribution Photo by John AbellaChocolate Printing

Whoever first thought to use chocolate as a printing medium rather than the usual resins is a true genius. While we’ve been molding chocolate into bunnies, Santa Clauses, and various delicious textures for centuries we’ve finally reached the age where you can create a truly grand and intricate work of art that you can eat when you get bored of it.

Printed Clothing

While 3d printed shoes have been around since people started making sculptures (so the beginning basically), they’ve gotten increasingly wearable and led to much more complex constructions, such as linked cloth-like materials printed out to form other dresses, bags, and jewelry.

Phone Glove

A phone that comes in the form of  a glove probably won’t catch on as a mass-market product for the average consumers. We simply don’t need to have a phone permanently strapped to our hands when we can just as easily use a Bluetooth device and keep our hands free that way. That being said, the fact that it was made using a 3d printer is very interesting. Someone building one of these under their own expertise and power is a great example of how 3d printing is breaking down barriers to innovation by private individuals and small businesses. The phone glove might not be that exciting on its own, but it’s paving the way for the decentralization of electronics.

Creative Commons - Attribution photo by Shapeways on Flickr

Prosthetic Limbs

Out of everything that I found when digging around in the 3d printing world, this was the one that I found most exciting. Prosthetic limbs are usually very expensive, and developing a printable model that’s naturally fully customizable in terms of scale in pre-production eliminates a lot of middle men, and will make it much cheaper to both produce them and to develop new and better designs, since users of those limbs could theoretically contribute directly by modifying the 3d model design of their own prosthetics for future replacements.

Metal Printing

3d Printing is billed as a revolutionary innovation for a variety of reasons, and possibly the best reason is metal printing. The biggest problem with 3d printing up to this point was that plastics are a finite resource that’s already under a lot of stress due to our heavy global crude oil consumption. Metal printing is changing all of that. Selective laser sintering has existed for decades, but its full potential was never realized because of the lack of supporting technology at the time. Now it’s being used to push the limits of 3d printing to the next level.

Images License:

  • Creative Commons – Attribution photo by Shapeways on Flickr – source
  • Creative Commons – Attribution photo by cskk on Flickr – source
  • Creative Commons – Attribution Photo by John Abella – source

Article by Kyle Hurst

Kyle Hurst has a background in 3d modeling and B2B marketing. He’s currently pursuing his education further and writing about 3D plastic printing in his free time.

 

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 15/04/2013

Simple Steps to Create Actionable Content Plans

Starting out on any endeavour without a solid and actionable plan is inarguably a fool’s errand. And many times, planning has been responsible for all the difference between wandering lost in a vast wilderness and a fun hiking in the woods. In short, planning has been an integral step towards success. And luckily, web content and content plans have not been of any exemption. Indeed for content development projects, when it comes to the delivery of results as well as traffic for all your web clients, actionable planning has been the secret to success.

Simple Steps to Create Actionable Content Plans

Selection of target market and audience would be the first simple step towards creation of a content plan. And often, more traffic has not been the best traffic. This means that selecting your target market would be an actionable content plan strategy and also a way of slicing and dicing web performances for a more equitable and customizable web approach. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why currently, many web strategists are using the keyword research approach to ensure that the used word choices fit the people they are seeking to address.

The design of fictitious reader profiles as well as persona has been a significant approach in the content planning process. This is because such profiles have been the guiding stone for successful development of any web content by simplifying the decisions needed to establish which content make sense to design. And since time and budget are often in short supplies when it comes to do this, it is also recommendable to gain a powerful portfolio of finances for a timely approach in content plan creation.

Keyword analysis falls as our next simple step to create actionable content plans. This is because keyword research and analysis tools help to collect competitive data and hence aiding you in efficiently exploring areas of great concern. Additionally, keyword analysis has become an integral tool towards satisfying the need for an optimal content and web page. And anytime, you should know that understanding which keywords convert into actionable content plans is a key prospect for all your web contents.

The next phase of our content developmental process will involve brainstorming content types and content topics. Picking a professional team of web experts in efforts to flesh out a plan with content ideas will go a long way towards creating actionable content plans. Indeed, this has awarded efforts to gather up content ideas as well as marching them up with persona profiles and content types.

Finally, putting down on paper and then developing an equitable schedule is the other simple step of creating actionable content plans. This is because ideas need to be traced, captured, mapped and scheduled to minimize loss and misuse. And anytime when doing this, you should remember to assign writing resources as well as budget to any particular contents. However for international payment solutions, phone number for PayPal can be used to achieve payment solutions to these independent content people. And with each piece of the content, this independent content owner should be available for any resources as well as meeting the deadline for the delivery.

With such simple steps, you can now come up with an actionable content plan. Indeed, with the ever-changing face of technology and online niche, there has been a growing need to learn content planning as well as strategies as they are functional for any online and web success.

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Article publié pour la première fois le 20/06/2013

Web Designers: The most well-Paid and Creative Professionals of the Decade

Web designers are the most sought after people in any industry with the advent of all companies turning to the internet to make their services online through their websites. Web designers are the designing gods who create and manage the life-saving websites of most entrepreneurs helping them to regain the lost business or help flourish the stale productivity. Web designers are responsible for the overall design and content of the website. The success of the website depends not only on the design, content and ideas used in the website, but also on the navigation and ease of access as well. The best website is the one that is easily found, accessible and tops the list consisting of companies of the associated industry.

Guide to become a good designer:

Web designers need to be constantly concerned with the need for innovative ideas and the demands from the clients. They need to take care of various elements such as:

  • The font used in the content, heading and subheadings.
  • The images used to give ideas.
  • The graphics used to show the data.
  • The management of content.
  • The layout and overall design of the page.
  • The color schemes used and the level of contrast.
  • Navigation and access.
  • Optimization of search engine.

These elements need to be in regular check to keep the popularity of the website always intact. For all these services they are paid fairly good amounts making web designing an interesting job. It is interesting also because a person gets to put all is creativity and ideas while making a website. A web designer while creating a website must also keep in mind the industry to which the client belongs to and also make changes according to the shifts in the working pattern of the industry. In short the website must be updated at all times.

Web designing as a job:

Web designing as a job is very attractive and is also well-paid. The job profile consists of an educational qualification in web designing, adequate knowledge in it and also ample creativity and the potential to come up with novel ideas. There are many short-term certificate courses that educate people on web designing. Web designing could be understood as a difficult, but enthralling job from the above mentioned information, but it has its own risks too. One needs to prove that he is well qualified to be given a job with the help of a portfolio or a record of past above the level of satisfactory works. Experience matters a lot in this industry too. The more you know the better. Also having a folder of works done for leading companies can vouch for your ability.

The industry:

Web designing is a very important deal today invites a lot of people in the industry in the hopes of getting an excellent paid job. Since they get a large number of orders they do not seem to be out of business. In any case as the competition and the use of the internet space widens they are sure to get even more opportunities. They are paid not just for the designing and launching of the website, but also for its maintenance work and frequent update. This does not make the job boring, but in fact competitive as they are in constant competition with the other web designers who create the websites for the client’s rivals. The industry requires frequent changes in style, pattern and designs and also cutthroat competition for the best individual result.

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Article by Ryan Holman

Ryan Holman, a well-known web designer believes that the most important responsibility of a designer is to get the right web fonts and color for the website. With more and more free web fonts available there is an array of fonts from which a designer can select the most appropriate ones.

Article publié pour la première fois le 29/04/2013

Fashion Magazine Template by Spyros Thalassinos (8)

Designer’s Toolkit: Fashion Magazine Template

24 pages Fashion Magazine Template

Ever wanted to have your own fashion magazine? But didn’t know how to design one? Now you can with this stunning fashion magazine template! Extremely easy to use and customize. It also includes paragraph, character & object styles, to help you format any extra text or objects you will add.

  • 8.25”x11’’ Magazine Template // CMYK & Print Ready // 0.125’’ Bleed
  • 24 Pages & Cover with Spine
  • Table of contents // Editorial
  • 2 News styles
  • 4 Article styles
  • 3 Product review styles
  • Nested Paragraph styles, Character styles & Object Styles
  • Easily change the entire color scheme by changing the 2 basic color swatches!

Fashion Magazine Template by Spyros Thalassinos (1)

Fashion Magazine Template by Spyros Thalassinos (2)

Fashion Magazine Template by Spyros Thalassinos (3)

Fashion Magazine Template by Spyros Thalassinos (4)

Fashion Magazine Template by Spyros Thalassinos (5)

Fashion Magazine Template by Spyros Thalassinos (6)

Fashion Magazine Template by Spyros Thalassinos (7)

Fashion Magazine Template by Spyros Thalassinos (8)

 

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Contents:

  • .INDD file (compatible with Adobe InDesign CC)
  • IDML file (compatible with Adobe InDesign CS4)

Fonts Used:

  • FontAwesome ( Download for free at http://fortawesome.github.io/Font-Awesome/ )
  • Open Sans (Download for free at http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/open-sans )
  • Braxton (Get it at http://fontfabric.com/braxton-free-font/ )

Other Notes:

  • To change the color scheme simply change the 2 main colors to the ones you like without having any object selected!
  • To update the table of contents:
    1. Change the h1 text in the respective pages
    2. Select the “Contents” text frame
    3. From the Layout menu choose “Update Layout Contents”

* Mockups & Images are not included & are used for preview purposes only

Article publié pour la première fois le 08/04/2015

Custom Web Design Advantages over Website Templates

Businesses an companies looking at cost cutting often face a dilemma. They reach a stage where they need to choose between a custom designed website or a website template. When money is an issue, using a template and creating a website in a jiffy sounds like a great idea. Just that, it isn’t.

Importance of a custom designed website

These days, a website is the face of a company. There is no way a company can get away without having to build a great looking and effective website. A website that doesn’t stand out from the rest of them in terms of design, interactivity and usability will soon be forgotten just like millions of other websites that are forgotten.

In order to ensure that a company will succeed in its enterprise, a company must brag about a website that is different from the rest. The website should be an extension of a company’s beliefs, personality and character. With that in mind, a custom designed website is certainly a better option for even smaller companies that may not have huge budgets.

Here are the major benefits of custom web design:

  1. A website that is custom designed offers individuality and uniqueness.
  2. Designers can discuss with clients what they exactly ant and what they have in mind. Specific requests can be considered and a unique website can be built based on client’s requirements.
  3. Careful consideration can be given to user experience, visual graphics, layout, color scheme and overall personality of the website.
  4. A custom designed website gives complete control to the website owner with regard to the way they are represented to visitors.
  5. Custom websites offer future growth, further customizations, fluidity for change and versatility in coding.

Why hand-me-down templates are not good for business:

  1. The template will never represent the company in the true sense.
  2. It will be used and shared by many others, and thus robs the company f its individual face online.
  3. It may be cheaper, but in the long run, causes losses in terms of stagnancy and lack of profits.
  4. A template design can easily be recognized. People may just go to the next attractive website just because the template looked ‘cheap’.
  5. Templates may not support future changes in technology and trends on the Internet.

As any web design firm worth its salt would tell clients, choosing custom web design over website templates should be attempted even if the company is small or has limited budget. Though it may seem like a difficult thing to spend money on, in the long run it will companies to offset losses that occur due to loss of identity and uniqueness on the Internet. Professional custom web designers may even help companies to reduce costs by helping them to make certain decisions which may prove to be surprisingly economical. Templates may seem attractively affordable, but in the long run, the investment made on custom web design pays off.

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Article by Smith

Smith is a professional web developer who has ghostwritten several books on web design and Internet trends. His web design firm conducts workshops for upcoming web designers and helps them make important professional decisions.

Article publié pour la première fois le 10/05/2013