Thursday, December 15, 2016

Rogue One Fan Art to Inspire the Rebellion

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We have a new Star Wars and the world rejoiced. Our new hero is Jyn Erso, and we are pretty familiar with her mission if you’ve seen all the original Star Wars. If […]

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Geek Deals: Save Over 90% on StackSocial’s Machine Learning Bundle

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Machine learning is rapidly becoming one of the most important fields. It’s fueling the best self-driving cars, new facial recognition programs, and even stock trading algorithms. If you’re at all curious about where […]

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Fallout is Coming to Minecraft

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Considering how popular both Fallout and Minecraft are, it’s surprising that an official crossover between the two franchises hasn’t happened before. Bethesda and Mojang are about to rectified this oversight soon, as Minecraft […]

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Chestnuts Roasting by a Baby Groot and All the Marvel Fireplaces

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Ever wanted to cozy up in  Guardians of the Galaxy’s spaceship’s warmest areas in the middle of this cold, cold winter? Now you can, thanks to Coca-Cola’s partnership with Marvel. The Up Close […]

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Christopher Nolan’s WWII Epic ‘Dunkirk’ Gets its First Trailer

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We haven’t seen much of Christopher Nolan’s latest film Dunkirk, but in the first trailer, we see that it’s like many other Nolan titles: dark and suspenseful with a lot of shots of […]

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Casts ‘Walking Dead’ Actress As its Lead

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Star Trek: Discovery stayed true to its promise of casting a female lead and including more actors of color in the announcement of its star. Sonequa Martin-Green, currently on The Walking Dead, will […]

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6 Online Tools for Graphic Design To Keep an Eye on in 2017


The online design sphere is constantly advancing and welcoming new platforms to its previously humble list of tools. The demand for quick and intuitive design on the go has inspired the creation of many browser-based online design tools. In this article, we’ll examine some of the newest additions to the online design tools family and discuss what surprises may the industry hold for us in the upcoming year.

Keep an Eye on These Online Design Tools in 2017

Desygner

Desygner is yet another alternative to DesignBold and Canva that has deserved some special attention throughout the last year. Since it’s still new, the tool is not the first thing that crosses people’s mind when it comes to designing an image online. Yet, you should definitely consider it if you’re looking for a new online graphic design environment to create your projects in. Desygner has a premium version that gives users access to a special design library. But despite having some limited functionalities in the free plan, Desygner allows effortless switching between art board dimensions. Something, Canva locks away only for its premium plan. Desygner is another developing online design tool that may surprise us with an even extended set of functionalities in the following months, so stay tuned.

Vectr

Vectr is a free, cross-platform online design tool that allows users to design in a vector environment. It’s incredibly intuitive and provides users with an abundance of convenient features, like preset shapes, smart object snapping, advanced vector drawing options and more. Vectr also has a clean and neatly arranged dashboard. Instead of being hidden in complex, multi-layered menus, all the necessary metric info and properties are displayed right at your sight. Vectr is still under development but its already getting the crowd going. The tool’s strong start and the support of some huge investors suggest we could expect even more awesome features in the upcoming year.

Figma

Figma describes its product as a multiplayer design and editing tool. Besides being incredibly reliable, bug-free and highly intuitive, Figma does the hard job of creating a synchronized platform for creatives to collaborate in a real-time design environment. Figma allows users to quickly integrate with Slack and add up new team members. Work is constantly saved with version history that allows users to restore previous versions of their work. It also works with Sketch files and has a dozen of convenient additions that make collaborative design a breeze.

DesignBold

There’s something enchanting in the way DesignBold works and you can feel it immediately after starting your first project on the site. In a way, DesignBold’s layout and idea remind of Canva. What makes it different from the popular online design giant is its editorial approach to design. DesignBold has an available set of pre-made templates that, compared to other tools in the branch, have a rather professional and sophisticated feel which strays away from clutter and freehand typography. This makes DesignBold ideal for business purposes as it guides the user toward creating a high-quality design with a corporate feel, suitable for presentations, classy magazines, sleek invitation designs, etc. DesignBold has much more to offer and with new templates constantly added to the platform, there’s a lot to expect from this online design tool in 2017.

Stencil

If you’re new to design and you’re looking for an easy-to-use online design tool for creating your social media posts, Stencil might offer just what you need. Although it provides plenty of functionalities, Stencil’s dashboard is very simple. The tool is focused mainly on social media post design so the features it presents are all oriented around this topic. The popular quotes integration is a unique function that will help you in designing a compelling SM post. There’s a lot this tool can add to its features and we should be looking forward to seeing its functionalities being developed even further in 2017.

Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is where the Adobe product family meets online graphic design. The tool gives users the opportunity to create social media post designs, such as quotes, announcements, memes, and more. But that’s not all. Spark also offers designers the tools necessary to create a presentational web page layout or an animated video. This is where Adobe Spark goes beyond other popular tools. It combines graphic design, web design and video design in a single cloud. Although being an incredibly convenient and easy-to-use tool, Adobe Spark doesn’t seem to be getting the attention it deserves. Yet, with more layouts and features coming in the next year, we hope to see this one rise as the other Adobe design products.

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Latest Nintendo Switch Rumors Reveal the System’s Power and VR Capabilities

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Nintendo hasn’t been forthcoming regarding information about its upcoming next-generation system, the Nintendo Switch. Since we won’t get solid details about the console’s specs until January 12, the resulting information vacuum has been […]

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Watch the Geek.com Gifted and Talented Program Live on Facebook 12/15!

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Five hours of nonsense and holiday gift ideas streaming live on Facebook Thursday 12/15 starting at noon!

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Seeing Doom 2 On A Single Optimus Keyboard Key Will Hurt You Plenty

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You’ve seen Doom played on an old bank machine. You’ve seen it on a smartwatch, an inkjet printer, the Macbook Touch Bar, and even a freakin’ oscilloscope. Now you can add “single keyboard […]

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