Friday, September 30, 2016

Westworld review: Do we love HBO’s newcomer?

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With the end of Game of Thrones less than two years away, HBO is hoping to keep as much of its geeky subscriber base around as possible by getting us hooked on a […] Read more

Azzarello and Risso’s Moonshine rises to the top of our pull lists

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Image has a habit of attracting the best creators in the industry. Writers, artists, colorists, etc. that have made a name for themselves at the ‘big two’ seem to produce their best work […] Read more

MovieBob Reviews: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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I won’t lie: This is a tough one. There’s a lot about this film that just doesn’t work, and it feels like something that really needed a few more passes through editing or a […] Read more

Attract the Right Audience With Seductive Typography


Ever wondered what type can best be matched to your target audience? This article will guide you through the different font styles and teach you how to pick a font that will speak to the viewers.

Serif Fonts

The Serif fonts have the ability to entangle many characteristics in one. This font type is composed of thin lines with embellished ends. The serifs are known to give content a touch of classical traditionalism and a dash of adventure.

Serif font types and audiences that match this style

  • Old Serif types are a derivative of the first Roman type. They can be distinguished with an elegant slant and bracketed letter structure. The Old Serif sometimes have a special diagonal cross stroke on lowercase that’s inspired by the old Venetian style. It’s often used in magazines and classical literature.
  • The Transitional Serif has a straight posture and a slightly increased weight contrast. This font style is created by the English typographer John Baskerville and creates a style transition between the Old type and the Neoclassical type. Just like the Old Serif, the Transitional Serif is convenient for print magazines and websites that go for an elegant and traditional look.
  • Neoclassicals have little or no bracketing and curved ends. They add a touch of playfulness to the otherwise heavily traditional look of the serif type. Can be matched perfectly with a sans serif font and be used for woman magazines and headings of everything home and lifestyle related.
  • Slab Serifs have an edgy feel that’s ideal for headings and can be easily matched with sans serif paragraph. It’s convenient for the tech-savvy audience. The geometric bracketing can easily give your heavily technical content some swag.
  • Glyphic Serifs are the best choice for web and print content that targets adventure seekers. At its core, it has a traditional feel. Yet, the elegant flaring of the character ends gives the Glyphic serif type a modern finish. This makes it one of the top preferred fonts in the gaming industry.

Sans Serif Fonts

The Sans Serif fonts have a clean and legible structure. Their contemporary style makes them ideal for tech and marketing content, sports, news, architecture magazines and more.

Sans serif fonts and what type of content it matches

  • The Grotesque Sans Serif is a modern type style that delicately combines circular and square geometric shapes. This font style family is best known for Helvetica. The Grotesque Sans Serif fonts are universal and can be flawlessly combined with almost any other font style. They are liberally used in modern print and web graphic productions and give every content a contemporary look.
  • Square Sans Serifs are similar to the Grotesque Sans Serif font with the only difference being it’s clearly squared structure. This font type is frequently used for sports news, men magazines. The square shape gives the font a stiff look while the curved ends make it more elegant and relaxed.
  • The Geometric fonts can be easily distinguished by the almost perfectly rounded “o” letter. In fact, this font type uses a combination of straight lines and circular strokes that give it a modern appearance. When bolded up, this font type works great for headings. The Geometric fonts are great for presentation headings, marketing, and tech content.
  • Humanistic Sans Serifs are based on the structure of the Roman inscriptional letters. This font style is claimed to be one of the most easy-to-read. The Humanistic Sans Serif is a combination of sans serif and serif features. It’s also often inspired by calligraphic fonts. This font style is a definite winner when it comes to ancient literature, traditional and historical writing.

Script Fonts

Script fonts are divided into five separate categories: Formal, Calligraphic, Blackletter, Casual, and Decorative. They can vary from heavily ornamented and classical to childish, playful and decorated.

Script fonts

  • Formal script fonts are mostly used in official letters or documents. They are not easy to read so they are usually used for a short snippet of text.
  • Calligraphy is well-known among designers for its beautiful and stylish appearance. This font type goes well for quotes, short headings, and accent words.
  • Blackletter fonts are heavily detailed and ornamented. They have a strong classical feel but are extremely hard. This is why they are mostly used for initials.
  • Casual script fonts are what’s also called freestyle writing. They are natural and playful and can be used for products and copy that targets kings and youngsters.
  • The Decorative script fonts have many forms and often have little or no similarities between each other. They are unique and feature detailed decoration that can represent different textures and themes. This font style can be successfully used for child animations, comics, teen magazines, gaming content and everything else that can tolerate a playful and decorated appearance.

Takeaways

Always think of your audience’s prospect response to a given font or design style before applying it in your project. Try making a target persona and match the fonts and design materials you have with the interests and views of your viewers.

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Fan-made Indiana Jones sequence really needs its own cartoon

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It’s only one minute and 15 seconds long, but a fully animated Indiana Jones fan film and passion project that was uploaded to YouTube on Thursday pays a more sincere tribute to the franchise than, arguably, Indiana […] Read more

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AER wants you to throw your GoPro instead of buying a drone

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Cameras capable of capturing HD images and video are now the norm. If you want to capture some action outside, then the go-to brand is GoPro. The camera alone can be expensive, but […] Read more

Nintendo tweaks the Mini-NES for Japan with Famicom look, different games

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On November 11, Nintendo is releasing the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System, or Mini-NES for short. It will include 30 pre-loaded games and is has a range of display options that allow […] Read more

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Help this guy fund a used Jerry Orbach tribute car

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There are very few people who love actor and Broadway star Jerry Orbach as much as artist Brandon Bird. Bird has so much respect for Orbach that he’s launched a Kickstarter project to […] Read more

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Collectibubble: Check out the gashapon toys I picked up in Japan

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I recently went to Japan on vacation, because I am a giant nerd who likes anime and video games and toys and whatnot. I brought back two suitcases full of collectibles from Glorious […] Read more

Adventure Time to end in 2018 after nine seasons

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It was a landmark show for a number of reasons, and now it’s coming to an end. Cartoon Network announced Thursday that Adventure Time will be ending in 2018 after nine seasons. In […] Read more

American Horror Story: when Kathy met Gaga

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Three episodes into American Horror Story’s shortened sixth season and we’re finally starting to get some answers. Not to our most burning questions of course, but we finally have a better idea of […] Read more

Endangered Pangolin gets the international trade ban it so desperately needed

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In recent years, the pangolin has become the world’s most trafficked mammal. In recognition of this unfortunate distinction, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has […] Read more

The inevitable happened: iPhone 7 gets a headphone jack case

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Apple likes to talk about how magical, amazing, and “the best ever” its latest gadgets are, but with the iPhone 7 it’s turning out to be one of the most frustrating, infuriating, control-grabbing […] Read more

Dan Brown is writing another Robert Langdon novel called Origin

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Love him or loathe him, Dan Brown has become a very successful author who’s books are guaranteed to fly off the shelves every time a new one appears. And a big part of […] Read more

10 Best Online Resources for Web Designers Today


Let’s face it, no matter how brilliant and outside the box your designs are you can’t possibly create a stand-out web design if you don’t have the right tools and resources. You need the hardware, design software, current e-books, and a few subscriptions to top-notch educational resources in order to make a website and stay current. And let’s not forget stock images, vectors, premium fonts, icons, brushes, and so on.

That can get really expensive, right? The costs for designers to keep the lights on can be staggering and discouraging too.

Well don’t throw in the towel just yet. We’re here to share a handful of the very best free online resources that can make your life easier without breaking the bank or compromising on quality.

1. The Pixel Perfect Precision Handbook The Pixel Perfect Precision Handbook was created by ustwo, a digital design agency. The popular e-book was first published in 2010 and has been updated every year since then. It teaches you all the nitty gritty details of how to use Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as covers pixel perfect design principles, including Users, Motion, and Prototyping.

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2. EnvatoTuts+ Envato is a hugely popular educational website for web developers and designers. And for good reason too. You can find everything from video footage to plugins to WordPress themes. They even have a hiring platform for freelance designers. Need a design tutorial? They have more than 21,000 from which to choose!

3. InVision Need a prototyping and collaboration tool? InVision has your back with a powerful commenting system that allows team members, stakeholders, or clients to collaborate more easily using notifications and most importantly, version control.

4. Adobe Edge Web Fonts We are not going to tell you how important good typography is to web designers. That would be preaching to the choir. What we will say is Adobe Edge Web Fonts should be high up on the list of where to get free fonts on the web. With 503 pages of fonts, you are sure to find the one that has just the right mix of personality, alignment, kerning, tracking, size, and more.

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5. Pexels In a perfect world every designer would use unique, custom-made images on all their projects. Imagery so stunning that visitors wouldn’t be able to look away. Sadly, we live in the real world where there simply is not always time (or money) to create those images. Enter Pexels, a free stock image site which offers high-quality images with different attribution categories.

6. Unsplash This Montreal-based company started off as a side project that was put together using a cheap Tumblr theme and some extra shots from a photoshoot. However, it quickly grew to becoming one of the most popular sources for high quality, open source photographs available on the web.

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7. DryIcons Need to add a unique touch to your call to action or list? You’re going to want to bookmark DryIcons for use on your next project. You will find that it is very easy to use.

8. Brusheezy Before you leave that bookmark menu, don’t forget to add Brusheezy to your list for free Photoshop brushes and PSDs!

9. Awwwards Every designer feels a little creatively tapped out now and again. The best cure for that is to have a place to go for inspiration. You know, to get those creative juices flowing again before your deadline approaches. Awwards regularly showcase some of the most unique and interesting design work you will ever see. They also score highly for creativity, usability, and overall content.

10. Behance No list would be complete without Behance. They have been showcasing creative designers of all fields since 2006. Just like Awwwards, you can share your work with other awesome creative folks, as well as get yourself hired by any number of companies that come there looking for the very best in design. If you want to stand out in the crowd of designers fighting for jobs,

Behance is the place to go to find inspiration.

Not enough for you?

The fine folks at Elegant Themes has compiled a list of the 55 Web Design Blogs to Follow in 2016, which you should totally bookmark if you are looking for a giant list of exquisite design sources to follow. We highly recommend keeping the resource pinned in your bookmarks for easy referencing.

Conclusion

After you have invested in the very best software and hardware, you need to work your creative magic (like Photoshop). There’s no need to spend your hard earned cash on expensive design resources when there are so many free places to choose from.Not all free online resources for designers are worth your time, but these 10 should be an excellent start as you’re building a list of places to mine for good design elements.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Show off your film prowess with these textless movie posters

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Movie posters are a lost art. Most of the responsibilities nowadays have gone to computers and marketing companies, with some notable exceptions. To have an iconic movie poster is something only reserved for […] Read more

10 Best Characters from Saga

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Saga, the hit Image Comics series, by writer Brian K. Vaughn and artist Fiona Staples, debuted in March of 2012 to amazing reviews. To call it weird seems an understatement and the only […] Read more

Takashi Miike is making a live action JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure movie, and we are losing our minds

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May the anime lords in the heavens hear our praise: Holy cannoli, Takashi Miike is going to make a live action JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure! Our pure otaku hearts are full to bursting with […] Read more

The final Fantastic Beasts trailer teases the series’ villains

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Details have been scarce on the plot for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. However, the latest trailer not only reveals more about the action and characters in the Harry Potter spinoff, but […] Read more

Where the Water Taste Like Wine is the interactive end of the American Dream

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We check up with the creators behind this Americana storytelling game and drop some exclusive news. Read more