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A big thank you to Bigstock for sponsoring my RSS feed this week.
With a collection of over 11 million royalty free images at affordable prices, Bigstock is offering 6 Free Images just for signing up. It’s both a great deal and a great time to try them out!
No matter how challenging or esoteric your stock photo needs may seem – “a cat eating ice cream?” or “a skeleton wearing headphones?” – Bigstock has something to fit the bill. Their website is a super-easy-to-use marketplace full of photos, vectors and illustrations to fit any project. Bigstock even offers different pricing plans depending on how often or how little you might need them, so there’s no need to worry about wasted subscription costs or minimum purchase requirements.
My personal highlight of this year’s ICFF was meeting the folks behind Flat Vernacular. They are a Brooklyn-based design company that specializes in original hand-drawn, hand-printed wallpapers. At ICFF they showed me their brand-new glow-in-the-dark wallpaper. It made me squeal! I couldn’t find it on their site but I think to remember they said it will be up soon!
And get this, if your budget allows, they will make you custom, one-of-a-kind wallpaper. Consider this is on my personal wishlist! Also they told me that everything’s designed in Brooklyn and printed upstate. That makes me happy!
The Wander Postcard Project folks asked some of their favorite illustrators to imagine a postcard from everywhere and nowhere at once. The designs are available to download as high-res iPad or iPhone wallpaper. Don’t be shy, take one for the road.
“Fix your communities. Stop allowing and excusing destructive and pointless conversations to be the fuel for your business. Advertisers, hold sites accountable if your advertising appears next to this hateful stuff. Take accountability for this medium so we can save it from the vilification that it still faces in our culture. Because if your website is full of a**holes, it’s your fault. And if you have the power to fix it and don’t do something about it, you’re one of them.” – Anil Dash
I linked to Anil’s article once before, last year. Worth re-reading.
Stem, released yesterday, is a citrus spritzer designed and developed by Quirky’s online community. It enables you to evenly spray juice directly from a citrus fruit. This just seems too good to be true. Really, this things works?
A big thank you to The Manual for sponsoring this week’s RSS feed!
The Manual is a beautifully crafted journal with a focus on designing for the web and who we are as designers. The Manual is not about tutorials, tips, tricks or trends, but rather — through six illustrated articles and six personal lessons — aims to give a home to deeper explorations of our work through stories around the why of web design.
To date The Manual has published contributions from the likes of Frank Chimero, Liz Danzico, Mark Boulton, Karen McGrane, Ethan Marcotte, Duane King, Jeremy Keith, and more.
Mailchimp’s latest app, TinyLetter, makes it ridiculously easy to start your own mailing list and email newsletter. It’s a matter of minutes and you’re set to go. Pick a username and boom, you have your sign-up-page ready.
Mailchmp is fantastic service for maintaining business newsletters, but has too many bells and whistles for an individual that just wants to maintain a simple mailing list and send text email newsletter. That’s exactly what TinyLetter does best.
As Ben Chestnut, CEO of Mailchimp puts it: “You could think of TinyLetter as a “MailChimp Lite.” A more directionally accurate analogy would be, “Gmail on steroids.”