Lessons in Graphic Design Theory

50 Totally Free Lessons in Graphic Design Theory, by Danny Outlaw

James Earl Jones recites the alphabet

Here, James Earl Jones recites the alphabet. This one is like the one on “Sesame Street: old school” DVD where he counts from one to ten. The pronounciation of every letter is crystal clear.

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Academic Earth


Time to get brainy: Thousands of video lectures from the world’s top scholars: academicearth.org.

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Creative Tip: InDesign Guides and Easy Math

In this short 3-minute clip, Jason Hoppe shows you how to place guides precisely in InDesign the fast way. Let InDesign’s control panel do the math for you!

Letter Boxes


These oversized kraft boxes reintroduce the alphabet not as 26 distinct letters, but as the result of combining geometric parts. The 4-inch cubes may be viewed and stacked from any direction, creating unexpected shapes and letterforms. Letterboxes by The Design Office

(thank you Nate who found it here)

The 50 Most Popular Web Design Blog Posts, Resources & Cheat Sheets of 2007

The 50 Most Popular Web Design Blog Posts, Resources & Cheat Sheets of 2007

Some personal highlights:

The Importance of White space – One of the oldest principals of design is white space, and knowing how to use it properly could mean wonders for your design. Popular site A List Apart tackles the subject.

35 Designers x 5 Questions – What better way to learn technique then to speak to those who know it best? 35 of some of the brightest minds in web design get put on the spot and share some insightful expert advice.

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that’s a wrap


The Japanese Ministry of the Environment has come up with a great guide on how you should wrap things using a traditional furoshiki (wrapping cloth). Fantastic find Reuben / MocoLoco!

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Remove unwanted people from public photos.


This tip comes in handy for graphic designers who need a quick way to get pedestrian-free photographs of their signage or environmental projects. There is a classic digital photography technique for removing unwanted people: Take several shots of the same scene using a tripod — then layer those photos in Photoshop. People move around between shots, so you can use parts of one photo to erase an unwanted person from another. A good tutorial is available for this technique: How to remove tourists from your photos.

Creativetechs‘ twist is to use Photoshop CS3’s improved Photomerge feature to automate this task. Simply shoot a collection of photos, erase the unwanted people in Photoshop, and let Photomerge stitch together a finished image.

There are 12 Kinds of Ads in the World

Slate presents Donald Gunn’s list of the twelve types of ads. Read the accompanying article (by Seth Stevenson) here.

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Unclutterer mosquito solution

The unclutterer links to an interesting article on using plants as a mosquito repellent solution. G, worth looking into?

How to Make a Perfect Seamless Vector Pattern


How to Make a Perfect Seamless Vector Pattern

how to moonwalk

Do you know how to moonwalk?

free university lectures

Check out these free university lectures. A few that stood out to me:

Buddhist Psychology

Digital Image Processing

User Interface Design and Implementation

Transmission of Information

tips on storytelling by Ira Glass

“The Power of the anecdote is so great…No matter how boring the material is, if it is in story form…there is suspense in it, it feels like something’s going to happen. The reason why is because literally it’s a sequence of events…you can feel through its form [that it’s] inherently like being on a train that has a destination…and that you’re going to find something…” — Ira Glass

Ira Glass: Tips on storytelling

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Use Photoshop’s Background Eraser Tool.


If you find yourself needing to quickly remove the background from an image in Photoshop, take a moment to play with the background eraser tool. (Click-and-hold on the eraser in Photoshop’s tool pallet to choose this tool). The background eraser samples the color in the center of the brush. It deletes that color and softens the edges so that color halos are not visible if the foreground object is later pasted into another image.

Watch the short two-minute video tutorial demonstrating this technique in action. Over at CreativeTechs.

want to improve your writing skills?

How to write good.

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creating a page curl in photoshop


Creating a page curl in Photoshop

black and white portrait tips

Black & White portrait head shots Photo Secrets

how to…

How to fix a dented ping pong ball.

smarter google searches

Ten Tips for Smarter Google Searches

getting your work out there

Getting Your Work Out There Interesting article by Grace Bonney from Design*Sponge

the rise of flash video | part 3

If you haven’t done it before, preparing high-quality, low file-size video for the web looks daunting. What are the shortcuts and gotchas? How do you navigate your way through the new terminology and the myriad options in software? Flash video expert Tom Green guides you step-by-step, from the moment someone hands you a video, to putting the final product online. In part three of his series, The Rise of Flash Video, Tom provides the sort of tips that will make your work look professional from the start. Read more

Picture_12_1DigitalWeb Magazine has a wealth of interesting articles. Here, pick your article by topic.

got mice?

How to catch a mouse without a mousetrap

how to hack a soda machine

Apparently, if the soda machine has an LED screen, you can hack it using a combination of buttons and find out all kinds of fun facts, including how much money is in the machine, the inside temperature and how popular each variety of pop is. All I can say is, I know what I’m doing tomorrow at work.

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