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Infographics (or information graphics) are a graphic visual representation of information, knowledge or data. These special graphics are known to present, clearly and quickly, complex information like signs, technical writing, journalism, maps and education. Scientists, statisticians and mathematicians use infographics to develop and communicate certain concepts by using only one symbol to process the information.
Student Bullying infographic

Information design is close and strongly related to the field of information graphics. Infographics actually represent a certain discipli
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ne within the field of information design. Richard Wurman, the founder and author of the TED is considered to be the father of the phrase “information architect” and you may have seen that many of his books helped propel the notion of “information design”, turning it from a concept to an actual job category.
In short, what is an infographic and what is its use?

- it helps you understand the information faster;
- it is a creative visual explanation which helps you understand, do or find something more easily;
- it is a visual design and, when necessary, it integrates pictures and words in a dynamic, fluid way;
- it is an universally understandable graphic;
- it is a stand alone graphic and it is completely self explanatory;
- it can reveal information that was previously hidden or submerged.
Regular vs. Royal Weddings

Click on the title to go to the source or on the image to see the whole infographic
Which are the elements of an information graphic?

As the name states, the basic element of an information graphic is the information, data or knowledge that the specified graphic wishes to present.
- When it comes to data, the graphic designer or creator may use some automated tools like graphic software in order to represent the data with boxes, lines, arrows and other pictograms and symbols.
- Infographics sometimes feature a key which defines the visual elements of the graphic in plain English.
- In creating information graphics, scales and labels are also pretty common.
The elements included in an info graphic don’t have to be a realistic or exact representation of the data, it can be a simplified version.
Home Improvement Trends in 2011

Click on the title to go to the source or on the image to see the whole infographic
What makes a good info graphic?
Design – One of the most important aspects of an infographic is the design, because it’s all about the visual perspective. It must look nice from the first glance, to capture your attention. You should choose carefully the fonts and the colors you plan to use in your info graphic. Even if the overall look is based on a certain subject, the info graphic should be easy to read – so choose fonts that are easy to read, complementary colors, a font point that is big enough to read without needing a magnifying glasses.
10 Reasons You Should Vacation in Vail Infographic

Click on the title to go to the source or on the image to see the whole infographic
Data – This element is as important as the design, so the info graphic should be grounded in hard data. When adding information to an info graphic, you need to do have good sources to review and you need to get your facts and statistics from a reliable source.
One more thing: if the data you found is older than 18 months, you should really dig for some new data sources  – if that doesn’t work out, you should think of conducting your own research and you can start by gathering some proprietary data. The newer your data is, the better it will be perceived by viewers.
Christmas Tree Facts Infographic

Click on the title to go to the source or on the image to see the whole infographic
Clever Visualizations – In order to impress you, an infographic needs to get out of the box, meaning it must present data and information in a way that surprises you but in the same time it makes perfect sense. So you must push the design beyond pie charts and bar graphs – be creative and clever!
Point of view – It’s not enough to do some research and to compile an info graphic based on that info. The purpose is to create a great info graphic, which has a strong point of view (a thesis) and can educate and persuade people. If you have a great quality design and you back that up with a great point of view you are sure to have an exceptional piece of work.
The anatomy of an infographic – Solving Global Warming

 
Shareability – It’s not just about creating the ultimate info graphic, you also have to share it with every one and earn some exposure. Viral content is considered too interesting not to share. You need to make people say “This is awesome, I need to share this with my friends!”. So make it happen! Embed badges, codes, Facebook and Twitter buttons or anything else you can think of to make sharing the info graphic as easy as possible.
The success of an info graphic comes from the number of views it has, so you need to make sure as many people as possible are exposed to your work.
Infographics about Internet
The Internet can be a source of interesting and revealing facts and statistics. Graphic designers and creatives of all types tried to give us an idea with their info graphics about how big is the Internet and how fantastic statistics can be. The info graphics presented below are executed quite well, having an easy to understand presentation and a creative manner.

The Internet: Infographic

How Bigger The Internet Would Become By 2020


Social Media Infographics
Social media has known an increasing impact on communicating information in the past few years. In the same manner, info graphics have become a preferred method of communicating facts, data, figure and statistics about a certain topic of interest. Social media helped their popularity and growth and now we can find a large number of info graphics targeted at social media itself.
Nowadays you can find infographics analyzing the growth and the history of social networks or a certain social network or infographics with various social network related statistics and comparisons – all that information you could need on this subject in an easy to read and comprehend format, how great is that?
The Boom of Social Sites


Social Media Demographics: Who’s Using Which Sites?

The CMO’s Guide To The Social Media Landscape

If you want to read about how you can create a visually powerful infographic, check out this awesome post by Sneh Roy.
Your turn now.
Do you know any other great infographics?



Infographics – Enter the World of Clever Representation of Information is a post from Pixel77 – Graphic design blog with tutorials, resources and inspiration.
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I came across the amazing works of Can Soner while searching for some awesome inspiration. I found his work so fabulous and I was surprised to see that he can design warriors and monsters as well as children illustrations! And I said wow, this guy is really talented and he must really enjoy doing both type of illustrations. I wanted to know more about Can and his work, so I interviewed him, check it out.

When did you start your career as illustrator?
I made some freelance illustrations when I was in high school but I started my career as a professional when I came to İstan
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bul in 2000, where I worked as an illustrator in an agency from the first year of university.

What is your educational background?
I went to high school of fine arts in Ankara. Then I came to İstanbul in 2000 for Mimar Sinan University Of Fine Arts and I graduated in 2006.

You have surely worked on several projects so far. What would be the most relevant ones? Which one did you love working on and you considered important to you?
Yes I’m working on so many projects as a freelance illustrator for 12 years such as concept illustrations, comics, storyboards, character designs etc. I love working in most of them but if I have to choose the most important ones I have to say the children books that I’m making for my publishing house in Australia. The reason is I love being a kid when I’m working on them. The books are sold everywhere in the world from Brazil to China, Europe to America and it’s a great satisfaction that thousands of children from all around the world are dreaming with your illustrations.

Can you name 3 designs from your portfolio you like the most?
I can say the cold battle, dwarven king and orc warrior because I’m a big world of warcraft fan :)

Our readers would definitely love to know what hardware and software you use when you create your designs?
Im using Corel Painter and Photoshop.

What are the things that inspire you? Can you name a few websites you use for inspiration?
I try to follow other illustrators website, especially from my country such as Emrah Elmasli. And other portfolio sites such as Deviantart and CGSociety.

When you began your journey as a graphic designer you probably had a few role models, would you name two of your favorite artists?
Im a big Conan fan so first of all John Buscema. And others Frank Frazetta, Alex Ross, Ashley Wood, Hajime Soroyama.

Designing has its ups and downs, what is the most difficult problem you ever faced as a designer?
Sometimes I’m fading out to work. When I have this feeling I leave everything away for a while and clear my head.

How do you get your work out there? Do you promote yourself online in any way?
I don’t have too much time to promote myself. I can’t even update my own website often. I need to improve myself in this matter.

Looking a bit into the future, what do you see yourself doing in 5 years from now?
Well I love being a freelance illustrator but I’m trying to organize some of my friends to open a design agency. Maybe we can make it happen in 5 years.

What advice would you give to the newbie designers?
I’m not a master designer or anything but I can give this advice, focus on one thing that you love doing and improve yourself on it.

What do you think your greatest achievement is so far?
To reach thousands of children with my illustrations.

How much free time you have in a week and how do you usually spend that?
I’m trying to create free time for myself. I don’t draw or anything like that in my free time. I usually go out and have fun with my friends. I love sports. And I’m living in Istanbul, one of the most beautiful cities in the world so I love walking on its streets.

What is your favorite PC game and how many hours you spend playing it?
World Of Warcraft but I quit playing it a couple of years ago because it never ends and it takes too much time from my life. Now I’m playing Pes or fps games occasionally.

I really liked this design. What was your drive to create it?

It was for a chocolate company. I designed characters and 4 islands with different themes. This one is one of them, it’s called Chocolatefall Island :)

Check out more of Can Soner‘s artworks by visiting his website.
Interview with Graphic Designer Can Soner is a post from Pixel77 – Graphic design blog with tutorials, resources and inspiration.
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Typography is believed to date back to the 15th century, so it is as old as the earliest writing systems, but it sky rocketed in last couple of years, becoming an important element in website design and not only.
Although typography has developed since then in a specialized field, it’s only recent that creative users of typeface in web design were able to go beyond the limitations of their operating systems. Today, designers, with the help of the new and improved systems, get the chance to go further than the standard system fonts.

Before we talk about this important qual
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ity of typography in web design – creativity, I would like to go through a couple of reasons why typography plays a big role in web design and some basic short tips on choosing the right type for a website.
The Importance of Typography in Web Design
As Robert Bringhurst states in his book, “The Elements of Typographic Style“,
“Typography exists to honor content.”
Typography is very important in visual communication – it is one of the elements that plays a huge role in the perception, quality and usability of a website design. It’s an integral part of web design that shouldn’t be taken for granted at any cost because the correct use of typography has the power of creating or breaking the whole feel of the web design.

Although excellent typography can be defined as attractive but at the same time completely functional, the real beauty of typography is that it creates a communication bridge with the visitors, providing them with the information they came to the website for. So it’s just not all about graphics – although it plays an important role in web design – it’s also about implementing the right typography in order to create effective results.
Choosing the right type, although it depends mostly on the designer, is essential because it is in a close relationship with the services or the products being marketed and with the message the website is trying to send.

Using a professional type in your design will create the perspective of a more legible and organized website.
Making use of creative fonts and styles will most certainly help get some attention and position in the mind of the users with the impression of a unique website.

The aesthetics of your web design must go hand in hand with its functionality so be careful how you approach typefaces in your design because it may diminish or it can enhance the visual impact of the website. So remember, looks are as important as functionality!
Tips to Consider When Using Typefaces
Limit the number of fonts you use - It’s not a good idea to use too many fonts throughout your website – you can try to make some small adjustments to the existing font or only use two types of font. This helps maintaining a sense of continuity in your design.
Choose the right size for your fonts - The size of the fonts must be in correlation to the theme and the style of the website design – note that some typefaces are designed to be used as small fonts and they don’t have the same effect if they are too big. Moreover, take in consideration that the text size on your website should be readable on different browsers and technologies.

Make your typography legible - When designing a website, you must have the user in mind, after all, the website’s purpose is to communicate information. Your goal is to encourage people to go through the information on your website with ease.

Choose wisely the color of your text - the color of the text must be chosen according to the color of the overall design. Remember that the color of the text shouldn’t overwhelm your design and, on the other hand, it shouldn’t be consumed by it.

Spacing for more readability - make sure you edit effectively the text by giving it line spacing/leading because the placement of space between the words can impact the readability of the copy.

Apply Font-Smoothing - Consider that many of your users may have a windows operating system lower than Vista and that means that it does not apply “font-smoothing” as a default setting. This is important because it can really make a difference on how the viewers see your text.
Creative Typography in Web Design
Although I’ve stated above a series of tips on how to choose the appropriate typography for your website, there are always some exceptions. There is always someone who bends the rules, who wants to be unique, creative or out of the box.

We all know that there is a list of the most used fonts in web design and you can find information all over the web about these “safe” fonts. The most beautiful part about web design nowadays is that you have the chance of personalizing your website design, making it fit your needs – starting with its design and the typography used.

A mix of vividly created graphics or images and typography has the power of taking web design to the highest level of attractiveness and creativity.

Some of the most creative website designs are the ones of graphic designers, illustrators or other types of creatives. The thing is that creative people like to use various techniques to establish themselves as creative voices on their websites – and that seems natural.

That’s why, creative web designs will most often include hand-drawn illustrations, personalized fonts, organic shapes, full bold colors and other unique elements of design – all destined to leave you with a strong impression of creativity.

The only thing to add here is that the custom handwritten font must be restricted to only a few key areas of text. If you set all of your content in your personalized handwritten font, you may affect the readability of your content. The purpose is to create a design which combines illustrations and typography that will send a message – the message intended by the artist. And that message should reach you, the viewer, and it should give you the sense of high creative energy.

Just think that each one of the elements used contributes to the impact the design has on the viewer’s perception. For example, the colors you use in your design always influences the way people interpret something and the typeface you use brings a meaning to the design through its style, weight, connotation and context.

Nevertheless, it’s not that easy to create a new font type that is decorative, unique and in the same time practical. A creative font used in your design can give the feeling of the website and an insight to the designer’s style or the personality of the owner. It certainly adds character to the website and it can help create a theme for the website – so nothing must be done random, every element of the web design should work in harmony to create one great symphony of meaning.

And although creative fonts have the power to compliment the design and the content of the website, they can also be used too much and can even become annoying or at least distracting – that’s why you should restrict the use of these type of fonts to a maximum of 3 in your design.

Big Typography
Although web design trends are shifting from year to year and it’s overwhelmed with ideas, big typography remains a trend preferred by web designers throughout the last couple of years. The important thing about big typography is that, when used correctly, it helps visitors to pay attention to the part where you want them to focus.

Big typography will also place emphasis on the hierarchy of the content  – there will be a visual contrast between it and the smaller text around it.

Remember that words are one of the most powerful elements you creatives work with – sometimes they are even stronger than the color or imagery. Words can implant information in ones mind, they can create mental pictures and ideas. As a designer, you have the great task of shaping those words to achieve the greatest possible effect.
Your turn now
I gave you only a few examples of creative typography in website designs. Do you know other web designs with creative typography? Please share them with us.
 
 
Creative Typography in Web Design – Breaking the Rules is a post from Pixel77 – Graphic design blog with tutorials, resources and inspiration.
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This is a weekly post where we share our favorite design related articles from the week that just passed. We received advice from Noupe on how to stay on track and not get distracted when designing, we feasted our eyes with new free fonts from Webdesignledger, we got some insights on creating compelling headline copy from 1stwebdesigner, Smashing Magazine enlightened us with a detailed article about how we can optimize emotional engagement in web design, Sixrevisions gave us some ideas for expanding our web design business, we got some advice from Instantshift on how to manage design criticism
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effectively and much more!
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Noupe – Distraction Management: How To NOT Procrastinate / Get Distracted When Designing


Webdesignledger – 7 Brand New Free Fonts for Your Designs


1stwebdesigner – 20 Great Examples of Compelling Headline Copy


Smashing Magazine – Optimizing Emotional Engagement In Web Design Through Metrics


Six Revisions – Ideas for Expanding Your Web Design Business


Instantshift – Design Criticism: How to Manage it Effectively


Speckyboy – 40 Most Creative Resume Design Ever Seen


Inspirationfeed – Branding for Beginners: Where to Start

Inspiredology – Potent Graphic Design to Leverage Companies

Design Informer – Why Can’t We(bbies) Be Friends?

Inspiredm – YouTube: 6 Years and Counting [Infographic]

Designbeep – Ultimate Collection of Free Wooden Icons for Web Designers and Developers

10 File Management Tips for Designers

Which article from the ones above you find most interesting?
 
Favorite Design Related Articles of this Week is a post from Pixel77 – Graphic design blog with tutorials, resources and inspiration.
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We teamed up with Allbusinesscards.com to bring you a fantastic giveaway. They are throwing in 500 business cards to each of 3 lucky winners. The winners will have the choice of creating their own custom business cards from thousands of templates and the shipment of the business cards is supported by the giveaway sponsor – so you’ll get a set of 500 business cards absolutely for free.

Allbusinesscards.com is a great website where you can choose from thousands of templates for your business card, where they use environmentally friendly ink, all of their products are super
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ior quality and they are delivered in a really short time.
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- leave a comment telling us what giveaways would you like to see on Pixel77 in the future
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Please note that you must use a real email address in the comment so that we can contact you in case you win and that this giveaway is only available for US and Canadian residents.
The comments will be closed on Thursday the 26th of May. We will announce the 3 lucky winners on Friday.
Good luck to everyone!
 
1500 Business Cards Giveaway from All Business Cards! is a post from Pixel77 – Graphic design blog with tutorials, resources and inspiration.
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Although CSS3 has not been supported by some browsers yet and many people are unenthusiastic to use it, many other people have enjoyed using it with its features to create many fabulous stuffs. However, there many features that can be gotten by using CSS3 in building a website. We can use the features of JavaScript and images to create website in good performance with features like navigations menu. Below are some great tutorials from the professional designers and developers that maybe useful for you to create awesome menu using CSS3.


How to Build a Kick-Butt CSS3 Mega Drop-D
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own Menu
This tutorial is really worth seeing for someone who want to create a great looking drop down menu by using pure CSS3. You can see this type of drop down menu is often used on e-commerce or large scale websites to save webpage space. This menu is compatible with all browsers handle hover on non-anchor tags.

Create an Advanced CSS3 Menu
The CSS3 will enable you to make good menu without using code and much time. Just get the explanations about how to build buttons using CSS3. The technique will not only support you to create some website menu but also other special features easily such as the nice navigation menu, submit buttons, call to action buttons, and many other buttons you need to have in the website.  

jQuery Style Vertical Menu with CSS3 – No Javascript
Besides, in this tutorial you can also learn about creating animated sliding vertical menu that also uses CSS3 features, such as ‘webkit-transition’ that is useful to animate hover state of the unordered list. You can also apply some shape and depth menu that is completed by background image for every list by design the styling with the ‘webkit-border-radius and webkit-box-shadow’. The styling will make the images as if come from beneath the edge.   

 
CSS3 Dropdown Menu
In this tutorial section, you will be taught about making the menu of Mac-like multi-level dropdown using the border radius, box shadow, and text shadow of CSS3. It will be well supported with Safari, Chrome and Firefox. Other browsers that are non compatible with CSS3 can also work with the dropdown like IE7+, yet the shadow and rounded corners will not be provided.  

 
Create a Slick Menu using CSS3
This tutorial is used by the developer to imitate navigation menu of the website of Dragon Interactive by using CSS without any images and JavaScript. The tutorial is in the form of experimental using CSS3 so that you can see the making directly. You should have the newest webkit browser to see the effects such as the Firefox 3.6 gradients; but not the transitions of fade in and fade out. 

Recreating the OS X Dock with CSS
This tutorial is made by a great person at Zurb that has created many tutorials such as Super Awesome Buttons, Radiocative Buttons, Polaroid Images with Only CSS3 and many more. By experiencing it, you will know that you can get special features from the CSS3 tutorial. They have used newest properties of CSS3 and the basic links list and then make it becomes nice icons OS X dock. This feature will work well with Safari and Chrome but it will not be so good with Firefox.   

Apple’s Navigation Bar Using only CSS
It will teach you about building top level navigation of Apple website that is popular currently. However, it will not be featured by any images; there is only pure CSS 100%.

CSS3-Only Horizontal Drop Line Tab Menu
This tutorial will show you another way to make a dropdown menu with CSS3; the same effective result like recently has been made by WebDesignerWall and showed in the interesting tutorial.  

Accordion Using Only CSS3
By using CSS3: target pseudo class, the accordion effect can be gotten without a need of using JavaScript. Every part of accordion is completed by ID, content region and also heading. A link will come from the header and match with the ID, even as the display will be controlled by a container where the content is wrapped.  

Sweet Tabbed Navigation Bar using CSS3
By using some CSS3 properties, you will be taught about creating Sweet tabbed navigation bar. The properties are such as rgba; opacity, pseudo selectors, text shadow, gradients, rounded corners and also box shadow. This tutorial is the only place where you can learn about the using of many latest CSS3 properties in one time.  

Use CSS3 to Create a Dynamic Stack of Index Cards
This tutorial will teach you about creating the index cards dynamic stack that can be used as menu, it will use CSS3 and HTML. For the dynamic effects, it uses CSS3 features for transforming and transitioning, and also use @font-face, border radius and box shadow for the styling.   

Create the Accordion Effect Using CSS3
This tutorial will teach you about creating accordion effect in another way and variation using webkits CSS transitions. The feature used is the CSS3 target pseudo class. It will be useful to know the item that will be shown rooted in the URL fragment identifier.  

Simple CSS3 Dropdown Menu
CSS3 has many features that can support us making nice user interface. One of the features is box shadow that is useful to make shadow effect. You should understand the using of the dropdown menu with some shadow effect. This tutorial will teach about the making of the effect by using pure CSS.   

Create a Fun Animated Navigation Menu With Pure CSS
Even though the CSS3 provides guide to the basic animations using CSS without scripting, this tutorial will teach about using CSS3 to make unique and fun navigation menu by using the features transforms, @font face, and transitions.   

CSS3 Minimalistic Navigation Menu
This tutorial will teach about practical using of CSS3 animated navigation menu that will work well to be used with the most recent browsers.   

Nicer Navigation with CSS Transitions
The using of CSS Transitions will enable you to reduce the using of JavaScript to make some effects. The properties that support the transition are the webkit-transition, webkit transition duration, and also webkit transition timing function. Moreover, the property that unites the three properties is the webkit transition. This tutorial will teach you about creating the dropdown navigation menu using transitions and traditional CSS.   

CSS3-Only Tabbed Area
This tutorial is about the CSS tricks that deal with the traditional JavaScript tabs. The CSS pseudo selector; target used with ID selector, is the feature used with the major empowering concept. The URL with hash tag of exact ID will be matched by the selector. The features will work well in all browsers and the IE will need a small amount of tweaking.  

CSS3 Transition Tutorial – Slide effect menu with the Apple-Style
This tutorial will teach about the using of gradient via CSS, border radius, and transition. The making of slide effect without JavaScript and graphics will be possible with CSS3.  

 
How to Create a Drop-down Nav Menu with HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery

Build a Chunky CSS3 Menu

 
So, those are the tutorial articles that can be accessed and learned about all about CSS3 and how to make a good looking website with it. Are you in plan to make a nice website by yourself? The tutorials will make you enjoy the website building for the features you can get and apply to make a nice looking website. What do you think about many special features of the CSS3 and the tutorial? Hopefully the tutorials will help you much in making nice website


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Usually, at the end of year, evaluations, plans, tops or analyses are made and, as in any field, these are also made in the one of logo design. To analyze your own activity or the one of a company, it is quite simple to sort out information, in order to realize something concrete and in accordance with reality. Furthermore, a good analysis of one’s previous activity can tremendously contribute to the fulfillment of a plan in the following year.
This year has been a very good one for logo designers, the biggest proof being represented by the increased number of logos posted in diverse webs
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ite galleries or on websites that allow the presentation of personal artworks. This richness is determined by the fact that the public has become more aware that a logo is a necessary thing in the making of a successful brand but also by the launching of HTML5 and CSS3, bringing a breath of fresh air in design and development. Making a top with the most interesting and beautiful logos of 2010 is a very difficult job, especially because there is an impressive number of special accomplishments, not to mention the numerous websites where logo designers can present their works of art but also because of the author’s subjectivity.
Here, you will find the best logos of 2010 and it is very probable to have omitted logos which are at least as interesting but these which are presented here are 100% impressive. I genuinely appreciate any link that sends the person clicking on it to a very beautiful logo (please use the comment box for that). I hope that you will enjoy yourself!


1.Recycling worx

Definitely, one of the hottest colors of the year 2010 was green and, due to the global movement for a health nature, the trend will keep on in 2011. This logo is created for a company which has connections with the idea of a clean environment so the decision of making everything green is wise.
2. Logo to the 30 anniversary of Zenith Sankt Petersburg

A strong logo for a strong team; this has been made for the 30th anniversary of the Zenith Sankt Petersburg football team. The blue color offers an air of freshness but it is also a sign of a positive attitude, things which are very necessary whereas this sport is concerned.
3.Dark Room

2010 represents a turning point in the evolution of television, given the fact that more and more companies in the field have announced their plans concerning television and television sets. It seems that the moment in which 3D television will be accessible at a global level is coming near. This logo has been built with this idea in mind but it has been included in the top also because of the way it was made.
4.Activa

Normally, a logo should not be made using gradients but the effect making of this logo cannot be so easily surpassed. A lot of design rules can be sometimes neglected if the final product is well built or very original and this is a good example.
5.Maximum

A logo is as funny as it is well made. The simplicity of this logo is doubled by a minimalist design which seems to target persons involved in house-related activities. It is very interesting how the elephant plays a double part: his power is compared to the cleaning power but the hilarious construction sends a warm message.
6.Kitten and chickens

The idea of this logo is brilliant, the design allowing any viewer to see two images, the face of a cat but two kittens as well. Did you see it?
7. Auto Detailer

The metallic accents of this logo give a clue regarding the activity domain of the firm which owns it; this logo has been built for a company that is active in the auto industry. The things through which this logo impresses are the complexity of the details and the 3D effect, which is very well done.
8.Black cat

Black cat is another logo which impresses at the hidden sense chapter. The creator writes black cat but the “c” in both words are the eyes of a cat. The imagination of the designer is amazing, a really good work.
9. Plexus puzzles

The richness of colors is amazing; starting with the idea of a puzzle, this logo is based on this concept. The originality of this format is enriched by the unusual font with which plexus puzzles is written. The background which is settling for the eyes is the element that guarantees the success of the logo; you can try to imagine a background which has a very light shade, it would be a disaster, speaking from a coloristic point of view.
10.Airtwist

This is a logo based on two shades, blue and black, the very simple yet futuristic look places it in this top. The sphere shape which is not completely defined and the concentric lines deliver a mobile character, the idea of mobility being also the basic idea of the graphic construction.
11. Connected home

The black and white logos are usually simple but hard to create. Such a logo, because of the simplicity of design, has to have a strong message or one that is interesting in order to be successful. Connected home is a blend between the image of a home and a connector, two notions which apparently have no connection whatsoever.
12.Techie Talk


A superb logo created with a lot of imagination, few letters, a Berlin Sans FB Demi font and few hours spent in Illustrator, this being the perfect recipe for the making of a logo. The color scheme, black and orange, is very appropriate with the design, complementing it perfectly.
13. Matchwing

This is probably the logo with the most obvious futuristic shade from the entire collection. The color scheme, the background or the font used totally confirm that this logo could be easily customized for Captain Picard from the Enterprise ship.
14.Tullamore

This logo clearly expresses the idea of dynamism and variety. The horse, a symbol of speed and elegance, is the vector of speed and the multitude of colors the representative of variety. However, this would all be for nothing, without the talent and the work of a very good designer
15.XIII

Sometimes number 13 can be lucky, sometimes it brings bad luck, however very few people could have considered that 13 is funny. The designer obviously emphasizes the elements of folklore, in some parts of the planet a black cat being a sign of bad luck, so a double effect is obtained.
16.Fast top

On the website on which this logo has been posted, an impressive number of comments have been left, varying from very nice to stunning or even perfect; these come from logo designers so these praises are actually confirmations of a high quality work. This has been built for a search engine; I would probably give it a try even if it’s just for this logo.
17.Silfver Creations

I personally consider this logo to be the most elegant from this collection; it impresses through simplicity, discretion, refinement and especially elegance. The first thing that takes it to this position is the color scheme, black being decisive and the blue and white tones amplifying this effect. The font that is used is in accordance with the design, the result being superb.
18. Human resources

This logo should be built for a very active company that is involved in human resources because they let us know this. The logo accentuates the idea that the ones who own it are very attached to their job, so that they will try, through every possible method, to do their job, including using methods that are not at all conventional.
19.Be the star you are

“Be the star you are” and a black background are not apparently a very successful combination but this logo manages to destroy this preconceived idea. As a matter of fact, black is present only to accent to richness of colors, with which the words “Be the star you are” are written, under the shape of a star.
20.Lion bird

What did you see there? A lion or a bird? I saw a truly awesome logo…
21. Step to end poverty

A very mysterious logo but full of meanings, very touching. The designer scores points when it comes to being original but the most important things of this logo is the powerful message, transmitted through a very simple message, without a sophisticated combination of colors or fonts.
22.Lift

I usually don’t drink coffee but, seeing this logo, it instantly made me want to savor one. The 3D effect is very interesting and the color is the one that redeems the essence of this logo.
23. Portrait photos

A logo, despite the fact that it is not a very complex construction, requires a lot of time to be conceived. This very interesting logo has been made in ten minutes (this is what the author declares) but a lot of designers have praised it. This fact comes to complete the idea that a logo is a graphic construction which has a definite purpose the expressing of an idea and not just being present on the header of a website.
24.Ecobox

Ecobox is a logo which can be characterized in three expressions: clean, well done and eco. As I originally said, green was a shade which was trendy this year and the future only seems even greener.
25.Golf night

Very creative, the designer of this logo builds a moon out of a golf ball. Very well done, carefully finished details, so it deserves its place in this top.
26. Carakale

Very elegant and distinctive, this logo inspires quality and seriousness. This has been built to represent the image of a beerhouse; I honestly consider this logo to be more elegant and it would seem more suitable for a company which is active in the financial or real estate field; anyway, it is very beautiful.
27.Harmony Veterinary Clinic

This logo is based on a few symbols which are somehow opposed but the final result is unitary and with a clear message: the not-so friendly relationship between cats and dogs is well known, however by putting them together near a cross, a symbol of tolerance and trust, the effect is impressive. “Harmony Veterinary Clinic” is another example that shows that the idea of a logo can overshadow the way in which the logo actually looks.
28.FFW

If the logo above invokes tolerance, understanding, peace, this one is the exactly opposite. The clearly delimited lines, resembling the ones of a sword or knife are the one that demonstrate the war-like attitude. FFW is the acronym of Free Fight Wear, so its existence is 100% justified.
29. Legoriza

The author of the logo has declared that the biggest challenge in the making of a logo has been the fact of not making something which is industrial and I personally consider that he has succeeded in achieving his objectives.
30.Free Design

Most of the times, variety is associated with freedom and this logo is based on this fact. The same shape but in different positions and with various colors represents a superb way to express such concepts. On the other hand, the graphic realization is amazing as well.
31.Design Fresh

Shewa, the author of this logo, has conceived this logo with the thought of bringing forward the idea of freshness and light blue is the most suitable shade.
32.Royal

This logo is my favorite; elegance, refinement and simplicity are probably the ideal features of a logo which should represent a bank but this incorporates all of them. Everything is a superlative in this logo and any comment is something on the plus side.
33.Amazing Seven

A logo built with a common font but the final result is special. It has made this top especially because of the idea to replace “e” with “ii” in the word “seven”. In this way, the joining of “vii” is actually number seven in the roman numbers system.
34.Happy Holidays

At the end of the year, we could not have inserted a logo that has this theme. It is interesting that it tries to show a side of the holidays which is less happy, the black background being decisive. Overall, Happy Holidays is a very interesting logo.
35.Leaf

With these two leaves, this logo would not be anything else but a boring text with a Sans Serif font, without any sense, black and white colors emphasizing this feeling. The big attraction of this logo is represented by the two leaves which are strategically placed.
36.SA

Elegance and sobriety are the central elements of a logo but the graphic realization of this logo shows the true talent of the maker. It really impresses with the richness and attention with which the details have been worked.
37.Logo Box

This logo, built in dark shades, white-black and grey, has a sense of mystery but at the same time it seems quite futuristic. However, the central combination of these two elements has a very beautiful result.
38.Hot and cold

The connection between the logo and its name is very interesting: “Hot and cold” represented graphically by two parallelograms which intercross, one being yellow-colored, signifying heat and the other one blue-colored, signifying coldness. It is simple and insightful.
39.Second world

A simple logo but one that seems to say a lot.
40.She loves green

If we started this collection with a green-colored logo, it is only natural to finish with the same trend and, by doing that, try to suggest a possible trend in logo design for 2011: the green color.


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Most of us are happy and contented using “Wordpress”; the so very popular blogging platform, as, it is fulfilling almost all our blogging requirements, but how long? Only till keep your WordPress blog secured from hackers or the worms of today that affect your blog. Why do I call them worms of today? There’s a reason for this. Where the worms were mischievous: like defacing your site, today, they attack without any prior signs and screw up your sites and even tend to eradicate you from Google list!!

It’s not that I am scaring the hell out of you; it has happened and may happen over
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and over again, if, you do not take precautions.
A stitch in time saves nine!! So, if you do not wish to drench yourself later, here are some tips to secure your blog from such worms and to block the holes that may occur during installation or after installing WordPress.

1. Update the software

There is no as such software system which is completely impervious to bugs and susceptibilities. If you are thinking that something can go wrong with your site, soon you will be facing problems. There are frequent attempts to exploit all kinds of software by people who are experts in doing this, those, whom we call ‘HACKERS”!!A good way to fight them is to keep your software up- to- date.
This lesson was well clear to the WordPress users when in September 2009, a wave of attacks spread across sites which did not use the latest version of the software. I guess you won’t wish that to happen with you. Moreover, when it’s so simple to keep your WordPress site up-to- date, why should you take a risk? The best part is that for the latest versions, you have the option to install automatic updates. You also receive notifications for every new upgrade. Then why keep your blog away from it?
If you aren’t using the latest version of WordPress, get it soon, as; sticking to the old one can invite the hackers with doors open.
2. Password considerations

Your user password keeps a hold of your blogging experience. So, a very important question is how to keep it protected. First of all, you should constantly keep changing your password to something that is out of the reach of one’s mind. What would make your password unique? Try avoiding common phrases and consider using numbers in your password. Having lower and upper case letters will confuse and make it different and the hacker will have to break his mind behind it.
When I ask you to constantly keep changing the password-I mean that change it at least once in six months. Another plus point for you is when you are using a program like ‘1 password for Mac or Windows’. It helps you to store your password secured in the browser and also find out strong and unique passwords, thereby, making it easy for you to change it.
3. Secret keys for WP-Config
The WP –Config PHP file in WordPress is an asset for you, as, it has all the database information which is needed by WordPress to connect its circuit-so to-speak. Not securing this file may lead to insecurity for the name, address, password of the MySQL database that stores all of your user info, blog posts and other valuable content. You may very well imagine now as to why it becomes necessary to use a secret key to prevent others from accessing your account. Now if you ask what a secret key is? It is a password with elements making it difficult to generate enough options to break through your security barriers.
How to install this secret key function: Go to- https://api.wordpress.org/secret-key/1.1/ and copy the results into this section of your wp-config.php file. And then you are ready to use a secret key for this section of your wp-config.php file.
4. Htaccess File in Check
This I consider as one of the most effective ideas. Once you have started using an htaccess file, you can lockdown your WP-admin directory by IP address. In more simple words, this will make sure that, only the IP addresses you specify, can access your admin dashboard URLs. Meaning, you are putting a ‘No Entry’ board for anyone else to try and hack your WordPress backend. To do this, simply create a file called .htaccess and add the following code to your file, replacing xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx with your IP address:

AuthUserFile /dev/null
AuthGroupFile /dev/null
AuthName "Access Control"
AuthType Basic
order deny,allow
deny from all
#IP address to Whitelist
allow from xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

Also remember that you can add multiple “allow from” lines. So, make sure that you add any IP addresses you plan on accessing your site from (ie Home, Office, etc). Keep in mind that most ISP use dynamic IPs and so your IP address might change on occasion. In case, you get locked out, just update your .htaccess file or delete it all together.
However, this obviously is not a good tip if you allow open registrations as you need to allow your users access to WP-admin.
5. Know Your File Permissions

Do you leave files or folders with liberal permissions? Now, this brings in chances that the hackers will be able to gain access to your site which obviously will irritate you. It is your WordPress installation method or the default practices from your webhost, on which the permission for files depends and at times may not be apt.
To know and understand as to what permissions are acceptable you can read it on WordPress Codex. You should also know that File and directory permissions can be changed either via an FTP client or within the administrative page from your web host.
6. Avoid using admin account
Using an admin account is like inviting the hackers for a battle and that too when you have no weapons with you. Actually, admin account is the default user account which is created with every WordPress installation. Knowing this; the hackers can, without too much thoughts, launch a dictionary in your site and surmise your password. So play a safe part and change or delete the username of admin account.
Imply them:
Now, when you have so many easy and effective options, will you still be carefree with your WordPress blogs? I don’t think so. Anyways, these are just few ways of securing your blogs from the irritating bugs. You can also make use of certain WordPress plugins like WP Security Scan, Secure WordPress and few other popular ones which provide protection to your blogs. Make use of them and these tips, because, ‘prevention is always better than cure’.
This post was written by Andrew Paul, BDM with WordPressIntegration, company with a team of experts specialized in PSD to WordPress conversion and integration. You can connect with the author @andrewpaul123


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For a designer creativity and inspiration are the most important tools. No human being can work for hours at a time with the same efficiency doing multiple tasks; it is a well known fact that some parts of the day turn out better work whiles others less or in the worst cases efficiency is close to zero.
On the other hand clients don’t have time to wait for you to regain your inspiration…meet the deadline or you won’t receive the money. Because the Universe respects Murphy’s rules a designer or developer will always receive more projects at those exact moments when inspiration and creativi
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ty are down and out. The natural question that arises is: “How to avoid these moments of less inspiration?”


Inspiration is an inner state and thus nobody can claim to posses the key to its improvement or the remedy for its lacking. This post is a sum of tips that were successfully tried out by many freelancers, so there is a great probability that they shall work for you too.
1. Have a positive attitude

It sounds as a generic piece of advice, but it’s scientifically demonstrated that it’s true. An optimistic behavior not only avoids less inspirational moments but it builds up a work appetite and this boosts your entire creation process. So don’t be sad!
2. Schedule your activity

It is not only beneficial for your inspiration, but it is recommended for your career and entire evolution to have a super-well organized way of work. Maybe it sounds a little bit too harsh, but it is quite impossible to become a successful freelancer if you aren’t disciplined. Beginners usually don’t have a good schedule, but perseveration is the road to perfection.
On the other hand, we are living in a perpetual changing world and it is impossible to only follow your schedule: what are you to do, reject a new project because you scheduled to read a design related book at that moment? Of course, NOT! Try to be flexible, which is also very important, but don’t forget your schedule.
3. Diversify your work and projects

A sure fact that really hurts inspiration is working on grisly projects or projects which are given by very unpleasant clients. Unfortunately the bills are paid by accomplishing all the tasks and projects finished, so it’s difficult, from a financial standpoint to give some up and only do those we like.
A solution is to diversify your daily activities – try to combine what you like with what is required. I believe all freelancers have faced “semi-hated” clients or difficult projects, but they handled these and received their payment, so apply rule number one, be optimistic!
4. Read blogs, magazines and articles related to your domain

A documented and updated freelancer who is up to date with the latest novelties in his domain has more chances of being hired by well paying clients. Inspiration and experience are interconnected, so never forget to read as much as you can. The Internet is full of blogs that present quality articles, tutorials or rounds-up (as a personal opinion, I believe there are too many blogs related to web design, developing or freelancing). The best opportunity to read and enjoy them is when simply you fell that the energy and inspiration level tend to zero out, this could be considered as an active break. The rounds up on the Internet are covering a large spectrum of fields so it is hard not to find your inspiration while looking at these.
5. Avoid routine by taking small and regular breaks

Even though we don’t like it, we aren’t some sort of perpetual mobile (neither superior will power machines). We are humans and none of us can work efficiently for long periods of time; it’s quite normal that after a few hours of constant work to need a walk or everything that implies a departure from the office. I personally tried a similar system which works best for me: I work for maximum 2 hours and after this time, I take an active break of 10-20 minutes and read my latest emails or some rounds up or articles; in this way I avoid monotony and routine, which are the worst enemies of inspiration. Please don’t consider it as a piece of advice from a lazy person, but breaks are as important as the work periods.
6. Establish deadlines and check points

Efficiency can be regarded as a characteristic value of inspiration, it is more than obvious that higher efficiency requires a superior inspiration, so it is easily deduced that someone who quantifies his efficiency could also determine the ”level of inspiration”. A good method to evaluate ones efficiency is to establish small deadlines or check points, usually one or two per day. This way by respecting these ones has the feeling of fruition and why not, happiness; moreover it is very good to be able to measure your daily work and progress, it really helps in making an objective opinion about your personal evolution.
7.Try to do small changes every day in your work room or office

A minor change in the design of my working room has a powerful influence on my state and improves my inspiration, even new wallpapers could bring me new ideas or an optimistic feeling. It would probably be even better to change my office furniture daily or weekly, but, as all people, I am conditioned by financial situation and can’t do this. What we should keep in mind is the fact that any changes in the design of a work place have, in most cases, a positive influence.
Forget about your PC!

There comes a time when all these tips don’t work, when everything you do it is hell…everything is boring and nobody understands you. Nope, you aren’t crazy! It is the time when your body and brain ask for some release or a much longer vacation… you should definitely take it! It is better to let all your clients know you are not available and that’s that, no more details. Shut down the PC and forget about your phone…you should take your family and go wherever else…farther is better.
It would be great if all of these tips worked for everyone who needs them. I will be grateful if someone shares other tips that really help in avoiding less inspirational moment and don’t worry if you are passing through such an unpleasant situation, it is normal, what is abnormal is to not fight against it.


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