More Design Blogs Than You’ll Ever Need

ProofHQ has put together the biggest ever list of design blogs that their team follows. After a day of putting together their resources, they ended up with more than 160 blogs that have anything and everything to do with design, freelancing and programs such as Photoshop.

This list is massive, so if you’re interested at all in design, you should be occupied for weeks. I’ll be going through the list and checking out their RSS feeds so I can add my favorite blogs to Google Reader.

The New Little Red Riding Hood

A design student at Sweden’s Linköping University had to do a class project and he choose to recreate the childhood story everyone knows, Little Red Riding Hood.

This new interpretation is just too cool.

The way everything is dissected was a really fun idea for this video. For example, how Granny has a nutritional facts label. That was a great idea.

Or how about when Little Red Riding Hood notices the wolf in Grannys bed by observing the eyes, ears and mouth?

I really like the music choice too. Check out the video below and learn more about it at Very Short List.

Slagsmålsklubben – Sponsored by destiny from Tomas Nilsson on Vimeo.

Smashing Your Alarm Clock is Fun


Has your alarm taken a beating because you hate to wake up in the morning?

Now there’s a new alarm clock designed for you to beat the hell out of it. When it goes off, you have to smash the top of it with your fist to turn it off.

When you smash the top in, it deforms to the force you’ve applied to it.

I haven’t found a place to buy this yet, but I can’t wait til it hits store shelves. I hate waking up in the morning, but if I have to, I’d like to do it by punching something.

Visit the website of Matthias Lange, the creator, for more info.

Design Your Own Hoodie

hoodie remix

Champion has thought up a really fun way to get people to buy more hoodies, as if you needed another reason since hoodies are so awesome already, by thinking up Hoodie Remix.

You can design your very own hoodie, complete with crazy designs on every panel of the sweater and have the chance to have your design chosen by Champion to be produced and a $500 prize.

You have until March 31st to submit your design, but if you’re too late, you can still check out all the great designs that other people have created.

On April 23, 2009 twelve quarterfinalists will be chosen, which will then be posted in a gallery for voting until May 6th where six will be chosen as finalists and will be voted on again, where one lucky person will win.

Get a Free Design Book

If you have any interest in the web design world, you’ve likely heard of Sitepoint. They have lots of great books which you can find at places like Borders or you can buy them directly from their website. They also have some very helpful forums on their site where you can ask questions about design, Internet marketing or anything else related to the web and creativity.

I actually own several of the books that have been released under the Sitepoint name and they really helped me out in my beginning days of becoming an SEO. They are usually my go-to guys when it comes to web design books and I bet their Internet marketing books are just as good, although everyhing I learned as an SEO was from experience.

Anyway, this post isn’t all about kissing Sitepoint’s ass, but about letting you know that they are giving away one of their books for free to anyone who sends them their email address or follows them on Twitter. I would recommend Twitter because Twitter is just so freakin’ awesome 🙂

The book is titled The Art & Science of CSS and you get the book for free for the next 14 days. The book is only in PDF format though, but what do you expect for free. Visit that link above for details or follow Sitepoint on Twitter.

By the way, this entire post was written on my iphone and took quite a long time. It wouldn’t have been so bad if the iphone had copy & paste functionality though. Typing up URLs is just a painful experience.

It’s that time again

Where has the time gone? If you think about all the huge and significant events that has happened within the last four and eight years, it seems that that amount of time just isn’t large enough to fit it all in. And once again, it’s that time; time to vote. Make a positive change.

Let me apologize ahead of time to all the McCain followers, for this entry is not for you… Design for Obama is a site illustrating different Pro Obama posters designed by 30 graphic designers. You’re able to print the design to proudly display in your cubical, office, home, where ever. There’s also a flickr group created for this site that you’re able to visit and submit your own design. Happy printing! And voting!

Conglomerfont: The Community Font has just set up a community driven font creation project which is underway as I’m writing this. The Conglomerfont project calls out to all those who are creative and would like to take part in a massive, possibly worldwide, font creation project. There are already several people working on it and you’re free to join if you choose.

I think the alphabet that comes out of this is going to be awesome, so head on over to the Bittbox site and pick a letter, get your design juices flowing and help the creation grow. I’m actually not very creative, but I’m still thinking about creating a letter for the project. I think this could be a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to use the font once the project is complete.

Tequila Tequila!

Yes, I too flip through a magazine while in the bathroom. And in doing so, I stumbled upon a little tequila contest, called Tequila 1800. If you’re a creative person who loves the now and again (or now, now, now, again, and later) shot of tequila, this is certainly a contest that you can thrive for.

Register online here, and create a few pieces of art. With each entry, your design is entered into the contest with the chance to win $10,000 and your work showcased in an ad campaign. Be sure to read the rules; I’m sure when you enter your design, it then belongs to the company, so read the fine print (Though I didn’t. …Should probably take a look at that!)

If you want to create a design for the tequila contest, but aren’t sure exactly where to start, here are some tips to get your ideas off the ground.

1. Focus on one theme. – The tequila bottle is quite small, so you don’t want to clutter it with a lot of unnecessary details. Maybe a woman, a motorcycle, a toy to name a few examples.

2. Get your Photoshop and Illustrator up and running. -Using both programs gives you the best of both worlds. If you haven’t forked over (I’ll assumed that you paid for the creative suite…) the couple hundred for the programs, you can use a free alternative here.

3. If you can’t draw very well, find an image online and manipulate it using one or both of the programs listed above. Add a filter or filters to it, vectorize it, saturate it- play with it until you get the results you want.

4. Play with color. – Playing with two or three colors that contrast one another gives a more interesting look than using seven or eight different colors.

5. Look at some different artwork to inspire you- here is a good site.

Designers, Here Is Your Goldmine

Skout Wallpaper

If you are a designer in any shape or form, there’s one site out there that you need to keep in your arsenal. Skout’s tagline is “resources + for designers + by designers” and they aren’t kidding either. Skout has links to tons of websites that can help any person who works or has a hobby in a creative field.

Here’s a list of the categories they offer sources in:

  • Fonts (free and commercial)
  • Color tools
  • Icons
  • Stock Photography
  • Stock Illustrations
  • Photograpers
  • Patterns
  • Textures
  • Print Tutorials
  • Web Tutorials
  • Text Generators
  • Web Tools
  • Frameworks / Web
  • Libraries / Web
  • Sounds
  • Typography
  • Photoshop Brushes
  • Magazines
  • Downloads / Misc.
  • Wallpapers
  • Inspiration

How’s that list for ya? You’re probably saying “holy crap” by now, just like I did, and you’re getting ready to add the site to your bookmarks. Even if you don’t do design work, there are so many great resources here, you might just want to consider it because anything you need is being handed right to you. Have fun!

Where Do You Get Inspiration?

Form Forty Five
I love design related articles, even if I’m not a great designer, which is the exact reason I need resources like this article titled “33 New Places to Get Design Inspiration,” and it’s not all just about design either, but content too. From logos and images to body content and typography, you’ll be able to keep your site interesting for years to come. I definitely recommend at least having a look. Pick one site and I’m sure you’ll find your next blog post.