Archive for July, 2009

Socialize Part 2 Icon Set | DryIcons.com #free #graphic #resources

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David Letterman Says Twitter is a Waste of Time

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Fireworks PNG Template | 12-col Typographic Grid #webdesign #resources


Just wanted to share this template I set up in Fireworks in the hopes it will be used to help you design site mock-ups using a standard CSS based grid. It includes a layer (you have to open it up with Fireworks CS3+ to see them) with a 12-column grid and horizontal grids for setting type (base on the writings of Richard Rutter of clearleft and Mark Boulton of markboulton-design). The column grids are from 960.gs whlle the horizontal gridlines are from CSS Trick‘s “Typographic Grid”
The principles of good design and typography apply to the web as much as it does in print.
I encourage you to save these links as references in your online bookshelf (i.e. social bookmarks). If anyone is interested, bureau149 has a profile on delicious and we’ve amassed quite a bit of material since we started it less than a year ago. It won’t take long for you to get familiar with how to use the site. Feel free to peruse and save our bookmarks as your own if you wish.
Richard Rutter
Mark Boulton
To get the Fireworks template, visit my drop at http://bit.ly/cMLbG

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Fireworks PNG Template | 12-col Typographic Grid #webdesign #resources

Just wanted to share this template I set up in Fireworks in the hopes it will be used to help you design site mock-ups using a standard CSS based grid. It includes a layer (you have to open it up with Fireworks CS3+ to see them) with a 12-column grid and horizontal grids for setting type (base on the writings of Richard Rutter of clearleft and Mark Boulton of markboulton-design). The column grids are from 960.gs whlle the horizontal gridlines are from CSS Trick‘s “Typographic Grid”
The principles of good design and typography apply to the web as much as it does in print.
I encourage you to save these links as references in your online bookshelf (i.e. social bookmarks). If anyone is interested, bureau149 has a profile on delicious and we’ve amassed quite a bit of material since we started it less than a year ago. It won’t take long for you to get familiar with how to use the site. Feel free to peruse and save our bookmarks as your own if you wish.
Richard Rutter
Mark Boulton
To get the Fireworks template, visit my drop at http://bit.ly/cMLbG

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Playing with Dolls Never Looked So Cool | The Eerily Seductive Photography of Isabelle Ribeiro #art #photography

Playing with Dolls Never Looked So Cool
It’s not everyday I come across a site that grips my attention, holds it hostage and transforms mild interest into a seductive trance. The photography portfolio of Isabelle Ribeiro is a clear exception. While doing research for inspiration for photography-based websites, I stumbled upon this young and talented artist’s site. 
“I’m amazed by the lifelike expressions and poses of these mini-mannequins.”
The images here are what quietly blared out from the pages through my oculars and straight into the part of me that secretly loves the dark, eery and mysterious. I’m amazed by the lifelike expressions and poses of these mini-mannequins. Isabelle demonstrates a very intimate connection to her subjects as seen by the camera angles, lighting, and cropping. This is by far one of the best pieces of photographic artistry I’ve seen in a long while. 
You can get in touch with Isabelle here and read her blog.

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BEWARE the SEA PIG!

Um…yeah. Either you like him or you don’t. He has a lot of subscribers and haters but that’s Phillip Defranco for you.
 

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Blog Trends: Hashtags Will Dominate Blog Post Titles

A few days ago, Mashable’s Adam Ostrow posted an article touting the marketing savvy of Moonfruit, a company offering the same services as Squarespace – you can design your website in a web browser using WYSIWIG interface and it already comes with hosting. The company is also mimicing a promotional campaign Squarespace launched a few weeks ago to promote it’s services using Twitter. The article claims that Moonfruit’s effort is smarter and contrasts it with Squarespace’s. You could argue that it’s due to the fact that Moonfruit is offering a bigger-ticket item — a free MacBook Pro whereas Squarespace was only offering a free iPhone.
 
That’s not where the genius lies.
 
The genius lies in the use of the hashtag “#moonfruit” in the title of the Mashable article.
 
As an avid user of Twitter, WordPress and feed readers, I have feeds from Mashable going directly to my company’s Twitter account (http://twitter.com/bureau149 ). I noticed one day a post with a hashtag already appended to the Tweet — #moonfruit. At first I was befuddled because I didn’t recall ever setting my feeds to use that term. When I checked the tinyurl, I realized that the tag came from within the article’s title itself.
 
Adam’s insertion in the title was genius on four fronts. First, it was what the article was about so readers who use Twitter would hone in on it. Secondly, he knew it would post automatically to both his and Mashable’s Twitter streams. Third, it would be indexed by Google as tons of people aware of the promotion would no doubt use the hashtag and therefore cause it to trend (it’s currently the top trend on Twitter). And finally, it would of course pit him in the running to win a MacBook. Duh! You think he wrote that article just to throw props to Moonfruit?
 
My forecast? We’ll see a growing trend in hashtagged post titles (since there are tons of WP2Twitter plugins) and then modified versions of these plugins that will auto append blog tags or categories as hashtags to Tweets.
 
We’ll also start to see copycats in other industries attempting to use this format if it proves successful.
 
I’m already thinking of developing a plugin that will search for tags in a blogpost and auto append them to the titles in Tweets. Now how much do you wanna bet someone else will also think of that idea or see this post and try to make it happen?
 
Gotta love the web and the “me first” mentality.
 
This post was written by Arnold Dela Cruz | Follow him on Twitter @arnoldDC71 @standup4design and @bureau149

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