A Month In The Creative Community: A November Roundup

The year is drawing nearer to a close and that means that our November’s roundup is ready to go! It was a fantastic month in the creative community, with so many great contributions to the online design blogosphere there was no way we could reasonably shine a spotlight on them all. But below we have a few of the favorites that graced the interface of our RSS readers and we felt that everyone should have another look at, whether you are seeing them for the first time or not. So take a look down through our feature of a few of the month’s finest finds!

Inspiration

wallpapers 65 Stunning Dual-Monitor Wallpapers

The Dual-Screen (Multi-Monitor) is known as the use of multiple output devices to display programs that are running on single computer. The output devices can be a computer monitor, television and projectors. This post includes amazing dual-screen wallpapers to download and share.

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portfolios 70 Absolutely Stunning Portfolio Designs

A huge collection of portfolio sites for your inspiration.

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bokeh 40 Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography

I’m sure most of you have heard of the term bokeh. Basically it is referring to the aesthetic quality of the blur produced from a shot with shallow depth of field. Determining factors of bokeh are things like lens aberrations and shape of lens aperture.

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ads 28 Creative Tech Advertising

This showcase is an inspiration dose for creative designers and copywriters. Each advertisement is creatively molded to make an impact and also give the message is it supposed to. No doubt creative works like these involve hell of brain storming and sometimes great research work but it’s worth when are able to pull off work like this.

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printads 25 Print Ads Featuring Excellent Use Of Typography

Today we’re showcasing 25 excellent print ads that feature great typography. What most of these ads have in common is that they use typography in a very interesting manner in order to get their message across. Of course typography alone is great, but here we’re featuring some ads that combine type and images to convey a strong and influencing message.

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Interviews

gracesmith An Interview With Grace Smith

Today WebM.ag is speaking with Grace Smith, Grace is A freelance web designer from Northern Ireland where she runs her own successful design studio. Grace has been talked about as one of the most influential female designers in the world and a role model for new designers.

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bradcolbow Interview with Brad Colbow

Brad Colbow is a web designer, illustrator, and comic creator from Cleveland, Ohio. He’s known for creating vector style illustrations and working this style into his web design. He talks about information style comics, networking, and numerous other awesome topics in this interview. Let’s take a step into Brad’s brain!

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vlad Design Interview: Vladimir Tomin

Born in Russia, Vladimir Tomin is the true definition of a graphic illustrator and designer. He has worked professionally with the likes of MTV Worldwide, Reebok, and Adidas, to name a few. From motion graphics to digital art, he does it all!

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mhark Interview with Awesome Graphic Designer and Photoshopper Mhark De Guzman

Mhark De Guzman, an awesome graphic designer I came arcoss while browsing on Flickr. I was really amazed about the design of the works and the creativity behind them, not to mention the awesome effects in those works.

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Design

illustrator An Overview of Brushes In Illustrator

I’ve found that there’s a bit of confusion and uncertainty when it comes to the use of brushes in Illustrator. I think that a lot of this confusion probably stems from the fact that the same name is used for a completely different sort of tool in Photoshop.

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smashing The death of the boring blog post?

Barring the text and images, each one generally has the exact same layout. We see little originality from one post to the next. Of course, consistency and branding are extremely important to consider when designing a website or blog, but what about individuality?

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Development

wordpresshacks 10 Must Have Hacks For WordPress Development

Building your own wordpress themes will open your eyes to a lot of things, mainly the fact that you’ll be retyping a lot of code over and over and over again. So in this post I am going to show you ten wordpress code hacks that you can add to your arsenal that will not only save you a lot of time, but they will also set your themes apart from others who don’t come pre built with these types of features.

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ui 5 Damn Easy Ways To Improve User Experience

It’s no secret that in order to build a successful website or web community you have to design with the users in mind. Of course you can’t forget about optimizing for search engines, but let’s focus on the visitors since they’re the ones who are using your site and interacting with it.

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Freelancing

freelance2 Quick Guide for Freelancers to do Well in Recession

During the current recession, many of people may find themselves out of the game and lose their jobs any time, especially with the big recession when companies are losing clients and looking for reducing employees. This article tries to give a solution to find another better way to get more money and more clients, and gives tips to start your freelance career and give resources sites that can help you get more jobs and clients.

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freelance Competing Against The Agency – The Freelancer’s Epic Battle

As a ‘noob’ to the freelance design industry, I found myself confronted with one monumental competitor that seemed like Goliath; leaving me feeling like David (without his slingshot).. However, I soon found that the structure of the powerhouses that are graphic/web/media studios and agencies, actually makes my life somewhat easier.

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Angie is a freelance web and graphic designer who brings her love of community to the online design collective as co-editor of Fuel Your Creativity. You can view her online portfolio at Arbenting or follow her on Twitter

 

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