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20 Slick Web Designs that use Wood Textures

When you think of web design, using traditional materials for impact doesn’t come to mind first — instead people usually think of gradients, glossy icons, and drop shadows. While those design elements are very Web 2.0 (ugh, that term), more and more designers are incorporating textures and typically physical materials into their sites, bringing the level of diversity up while keeping a modern look to their ideas. Here we’re showcasing 20 slick web designs that use wood textures, mixing a traditional feel with the digital age. 2pitch Alex Buga Carrot Creative Chama Digital David Hellmann Jon Rawlinson Ronin Snowboards Sky Guide Service Go Glamping Happily Create The Hippo House Julius Mattsson lifeinmono Lounge Lizard Opera Ma-Gé Outlaw Design Blog Respiro Media rzmota thethingswemake Tyrrells Potato...

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Full Spectrum Infographs

Information Graphics (infographs) are one of the most difficult disciplines in the graphic design field — the collection and organization of multiple points of data, translated into an easy to understand design. To take the concept to a higher level, incorporating several colors into a classy look presents a different challenge. These infographs have beautifully pulled off both: all the information required and a full color...

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15 Awe-Inspiring Handcrafted Typography

There’s something to be said for a good piece of typography that has been painstakingly rendered by hand. These experiments not only apply to text that has been drawn or painted, but those that have been assembled from random objects, cut from different materials, or even formed from grains of sugar. Minuscule movements, tedious work, precision, and patience are more than just virtues when it comes to creating typography by hand — it’s a...

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Minimalist Web Designs

With the trends of Web 2.0 design style, negative space has become so underrated. It takes more than a logo and navigation slapped to a plain white background to create a successful minimalist web design. A clear understanding of composition, typography, and decorative elements will result in a stunning design while maintaining a simple approach. Maximum output through minimalism — that’s where it’s...

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20 Fabulous Web Designs with Paper Textures

Textures have been creeping into web design for the past few years, yet it’s not a trend that has caught on and stuck with the community. Of course, it’s not appropriate for all design approaches, but it’s surprising when it works in an unexpected realm. With video games like Little Big Planet 2 and Kirby’s Epic Yarn coming out this year, now’s the time to review some stellar examples of paper styles in web sites. barneyfunk.com Carbonica Chirp >> The Twitter Developer Conference Corvus Design Studio David Hellmann duplos fajnechlopaki.com FeedStitch frisk web Gary Knock harmonyrepublic.com Hull Digital Live Huxley Prairie Festival i-avion monkeyworks illustration sketch.odopod.com swiths.com thinkup.org titofelix tori’s...

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15 Incredible 3D Typography Examples

When it comes to the world of typography, sky’s the limit, but a lot of people stop exploring when it comes to going past two dimensions. Thanks to digital technology, experiments with 3D type are making their way onto the scene, with stunning results. Here are 15 incredible 3D typography examples, either rendered or illustrated in the digital realm. A Pyramid Bang Big Mouth Cupcake East Hip Hop Fall Flickr Ink Milk Robot Earth Social Media UPS Verdana DPI Wake Up What Will You...

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10 Solid Examples of Kinetic Typography

We’ve all seem them: words flying across the screen, stacked type, motion blurs, and alternating depth of field. But what really defines good Kinetic Typography? It takes more than just timing the text, size and font. It’s all about how you can creatively display that emotion within the sampled audio. There are a lot of examples out there, but sometimes it’s hard to distinguish the good from the bad to the stunning. Here are some of the best non-commercial studies for your viewing pleasure. Who’s on First Duck and Cover Pulp Fiction: Say What Again, I Dare You http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HePWBNcugf8 Ocean’s Eleven Wedding Crashers: Perfect Girl Blink182: Josie Jet: Are You Gonna Be My Girl James Brown: Superbad Lowell Fulson: Tramp Portal: Still...

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Desktopography Inspiration

Need some inspiration on your screen while you’re stuck in a cube? Browse through Desktopography for free and gorgeous nature themed wallpapers. Desktopography is a non-profit project operating since 2005, offering beautiful and creative wallpapers by selected designers. Although each year’s collection is based on an invite-only basis, if you think you have the skills in Photoshop for the 2010 wallpapers, you can submit your work for review. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect from every year: 2005 2006 2007 2008...

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Saul Bass: Mr. Original AfterEffects

Kinetic typography may seem like a really trendy and ultra-modern idea; however, in reality, it’s been around a lot longer than you think. Saul Bass had been animating type since 1955, paving the way for actual graphic design in movie title sequences. His use of solid shapes, colors and simple geometric design completely defined his style for nearly a decade, still renowned to this day. AfterEffects made this process infinitely easier these days, and this design legend deserves props for inspiring a generation of typography nerds. Check out some of his most popular pieces: The Man with the Golden Arm Seven Year Itch Anatomy of Murder Psycho Ocean’s Eleven It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad...

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Creative Cardboard

Going Green is the super-trendy thing to do for big companies these days, recently highlighted by Puma’s 3-year development for their sustainable packaging shoe box. Materials for recycling are also a hot button issue this year, and cardboard seems like the perfect solution for several companies and designers, as demonstrated by the box that can shape into anything. But not everything that ends up looking awesome needs to have that gross amount of research and production time. Aldo, French-Canadian shoe company, took a much simpler approach to redesigning their shoe box without spending a large sum on reproduction and development. It’s easy, adjust the die-cut of the box, the cotton string is installed by employees at the store, and voila! — your shoe box becomes your bag. David Graas makes a whole line of products available for purchase that are made entirely out of cardboard. The idea of “flat packaging” may have been trademarked by Ikea, but this Dutch designer took that idea to another level. His line of corrugated cardboard furniture is trendy and sleek, as are his prism lamps with die-cut negative space to create a pattern from casting light. Home items such as hangers are a one-of-a-kind flat design that you can fold on your own, although it’s not your average origami feat. Once you’ve got your shirt hung up, go ahead and change into gardening clothes. Planting your own organic garden is a breeze with this mat designed by Chris Chapman. All you do is till your soil, then roll out the nutrient enriched corrugated cardboard with seeds already implanted. Don’t forget to water! Tired after your day in the sun, what better way to cool yourself off from a hard day’s labor in the yard than with beer in a box by Thomas Hussey? The concept is quite genius actually, since the pressure from the bag inside the box design keeps the beer’s CO2 from going flat. It also holds more beer than a similar sized pitcher...

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