I can’t think of any site with more inspiration or resources than deviantArt. It is a must for everyone interested in design. The one feature I like the most is the favourite-service. Not only can you add artworks to your favourites, but you can sort them into different collections. I’ve compiled a list of the 14 greatest collections on deviantArt. The themes vary from typography, advertising to photography. There should be something for everyone. Assuming that each collection contains about 40 designs you’ll get 500+ (no guarantee) inspirational artworks. Enjoy!
Typography Collection by CHIN2OFF.
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The amazing work of Daniele De Nigris has already been featured on fudgegraphics. DND was kind enough to give me permission to distribute one of his wallpapers for free. The wallpaper comes in 3 different resolutions which should cover most conventional screens. Make sure to visit his flickr stream which is filled with more gorgeous art.
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Every once in a while you need the screen capture function, maybe it’s because you can’t download an image from flickr but still want it in your library or you need to record your workflow for a tutorial. Whatever the reason, Mac OSX offers two simple shortcuts to grab a screenshot. The first one makes a simple fullscreen shot. Just use the combination “apple+shift+3“. It should save it as png on your desktop. At least those were my default settings. It even makes a nice shutter sound.
The second shortcut is what makes it interesting. Clicking “apple+shift+4” gives you a little crosshair which lets you draw a rectangle of the screen portion you want grab. It works exactly like the Marquee tool in Photoshop. Once you’ve started your selection you can release the keys (not the mouse click) and
- hold ALT to draw from center
- hold SHIFT to constrain height or width (depending on your next mouse movement)
- hold SPACE to move the current selection
Once you’ve released the mouse you’ve got a perfectly cropped picture. This technique saved me already quite some time and we all know how precious time is in a designer’s life.
It took some self-convincing but I finally gave in and joined Twitter. I’m not sure how much I will use it and whether it’s really worth it or just another social site to waste time on. If I believed what I read about it I’ll be hooked in about 2 weeks time. Only time will tell. Anyways, you can follow me here. Having an addictive personality (coffee, tea, cigarettes, …) I’m sure I’ll be abusing the service soon.
BittBox has just undergone a complete re-design and it looks great. Since my coding skills are anything but good I am always looking at other blogs and what themes they used/modified. That’s how I discovered WP Themer Kit. All you need to know is CSS to create your own awesome theme. It comes with 6 templates with different widths and number of columns. I just downloaded the WP Themer Kit and it really looks easy to use, even for a noob like me. I will probably re-code fudgegraphics using it. Hopefully that will get rid of some bugs in my current theme.
If you followed fudgegraphics for a while you will have noticed that I love to feature the works of fellow designers. If you want your designs to gain some free exposure please send me a mail at info[a]fudgegraphics[dot]com or leave a comment on this post. I will gladly take a look and if I like what I see I’ll write about it. You don’t even have to be the artist. I encourage everyone to suggest graphic designers who deserve to get exposure on fudgegraphics.
Nelson Balaban is only 19 years old which makes his art that more impressive. This Brazil based graphic designer works as a freelancer under the alias of XTRABOLD. Visit his portfolio for more inspiration.
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