With soulful lyrics and rich imagery, Florence + the Machine has made her mark on the world. Here is a couple of color palette's inspired by her deep sense of color and meaningful music videos.
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Have you always wanted to turn that shot that you have from the top of the Eiffel tower into a miniature version (yeah because who would not want to do that). Anyway if you are like me and have contemplated that very thought, then here is a easy way that you can fake a miniature scene.
How about creating your own trendy gadget icons? Sound like something you would be interested in? Well I have just the pefect tutorial that is actually too easy to follow.
Monday, 29 August 2011
Going old school is sometimes the best remedy for a creative block. Here is a list of the must have items to create that perfect retro chic look and feel on your next design project.
I have to decided to inspire you again by playing with a bit of contrasting color palettes from two music videos that I found the other day. The first color scheme comes from Dance in the Dark by DEV and the second is Rihanna's Only Girl, which is reminiscent of Matisse and his colorful movement.
Sunday, 28 August 2011
This is a spin off article from the interview that I did with Chanel Rossouw. She runs, along with her boyfriend Joel Kanar, a quirky blog called 'OnceUponAMilkshake' . They started this blog with the simple goal 'to find 'the best milkshakes out there'. This is the story behind the blog and it's design.
I have decided to share with you an informal interview that I conducted on a designer, photographer and milkshake connoisseur that stuck out for me, I found while perusing around Deviantart.com. Her name is Chanel Rossouw and her work is really quite something.
Saturday, 27 August 2011
South Africa's web design industry is still in it's early stages of infancy, when compared to the caliber of work coming out of Europe and Asia, but that it is slowly changing. The main folly of South African designers are that they either follow a trend too religiously or they completely ignore timeless trends completely. Either way their designs seem dated. I have selected just a few of, in my opinion, the best work South Africa has to offer.
The queen of shock and roll may take some getting used to, but her undeniable sense of color and her reputation for breaking the mould is something designers could really use. Inspiration is our game in the web design industry and this article is no exception, we will be taking a closer look at some of the palettes, hues and shades from the mother of all things strange herself.
Thursday, 25 August 2011
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Monday, 22 August 2011
Decided to spoil my followers, I will be releasing a font set very soon. Susan's apple pie is more than a font it is a statement, it tells everyone exactly what you think and who you are. Check out our product's page soon for the full release. As always subscribe to our blog and remember to spread the wordTweet
Sunday, 21 August 2011
Once in a while, we all get into a creative rut which is about a mile deep and nothing we try seems to help to get us out of it. Here is a couple of tried-and-trusted methods of loosening the old creative block:
Browsing around the interwebz, namely ColorLovers.com - http://goo.gl/eT7R and I came across this stunning color palette that could surely be used as web design inspiration.
The Reel Catch, such a great name and even a better example of how something so simple can be raised to a godlike status. Their package design, check it out at theDieline.com - http://goo.gl/KUoqD which by the by is student work, is so easy on the eye.
Saturday, 20 August 2011
I was busy jamming to the Pretty Reckless (check out their seriously cool and clean website - http://goo.gl/GJJKi) and I thought that I would share with you some web design inspiration from the glittering music industry on Vandelay Design - http://goo.gl/KQGN (which should by this time be a bookmark that you refer back to time and time again) has a wicked showcase of 35 websites that should serve as some stunning inspiration for you web designers.Check it out here (http://goo.gl/N9yI).
Ahoj loyal blog subscribers, I have officially complied my first textures packs. Check out my recently updated products page to buy them. If you are not yet convinced of their awesomeness, I have given you are freebie texture sample, click the link below, and see for yourself exactly how these textures can improve your web design skill set. In total their will be 4 textures packs, all from Lion's Head and Signal Hill and all created by yours truly. If you want to see exactly what you are downloading, visit our Facebook page. As usual spread the word about Monday's Postal, and let me know what you think.
Friday, 19 August 2011
Geniuses in motion
LogoMoose (http://goo.gl/Tra2), one of the big names in logo design inspiration, is as I have said a great source of inspiration when designing a logo or a corporate identity (business cards, letter heads etc.)
Thursday, 18 August 2011
Find your inspiration
Radio station web design scene has a great variety, in terms of the quality of their websites. Some radio stations have clean websites whereas others, majority of them, have sites that are cluttered, overly colorful and just generally overpower the visitor.
Ain't no school, like old school
Chris Spooner has miracled a great set of 80's inspired, fully scaleable vectors that are totally with it...and that is not even the best part, this is a set of 11 web design freebies that cost absolutely nothing and will totally compliment your next 80's themed blog post or heaven forbid website. Head over to his blog, here (http://goo.gl/f8Yi) or click this link (http://goo.gl/cska) to directly go to the download page, but please browse around(and bookmark) Chris' blog because it has some awesome freebies, articles and premium templates.
Things in life are never free, or so goes that damn adage. Well this month's web design freebie is a minimalist one page blog template called JustPeachy. Head over to our Facebook page to see a screenshot of JustPeachy or click the button below to directly download the PSD. Hope is creates inspiration for you and as always let me know what you think.
Color in motionAre you looking for the perfect shade for your website design project or the best hue for your blog? Head over to a powerful web design tool in your web arsenal, at Colorlovers (http://goo.gl/eT7R).
Some people are just too clever for words
You just have to sit back sometimes and really admire some people's creativity. I came across a collection of seriously impressive print adverts, on a website called Webdesigner Depot (http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/).
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
I came across this great blog (http://goo.gl/DweQn) that can be used to improve (or bolster) your current creative portfolio. It has a couple of great sample design briefs that cover a range of topics (from fire extinguishers to garden centres) that can be used to jolt the creative juices into motion. By the by http://goo.gl/tOr4v also has some great articles about illustrations, advertising and logo design.
My theory is that for the best inspiration, when stuck in a creative rut, is to immerse yourself in the product (There are exceptions, naturally), so that you can get a lay of the land. In this case, this theory works like a charm. I came across with amazing recipe (http://goo.gl/eG8gH), and thought that I should share one of the most impressive and unique chocolate website on the internet today.
Let me introduce you to the Chocolate Research Facility (http://goo.gl/Q6zwM). Their website is really something different. I won't say anything more, saunter over there now and check it out for yourself. With crazy chocolate flavours (like Cheese chocolate???) and a simple flash based showcase of them, this site should inspire you to create something rich and decadent as your next project.
And yet another great piece of package design inspiration from theDieline.com (http://www.thedieline.com/blog/2011/2/24/divine-dairy.html).
Another screenshot of the mysterious project that I have been working on. A nice featured post section with a dark background for emphasis, basic information about the recipe etc. The sidebar, I suspect would become sticky, so that if one was to scroll down to view the other, older blog posts, the general information about the blog would remain with you. Then again that is not my decision, it was merely a suggestion, as creativity is in the eye of the beholder. I am polishing off this project and it should be ready to ship within the next two weeks. Let me know what you think (have any suggestions about Kitchen Creative or about this blog?)
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Let me introduce you to theDieline.com, a brilliant website if you are interested in package design inspiration across a wide range of faculties, from wine bottles to cereal boxes. Starting off in 2009 with a simple mantra of showcasing the progress of the package design industry, theDieline Awards has grown into a powerhouse of creative ideas
Here is a rough screenshot of a PSD layout that I will be releasing soon. It can be easily sliced and diced, converted into a stunning Wordpress template/theme or beaten into a usable home page of your next 'foody' website. The inspiration behind this particular layout was, admittedly boredom yes, but also the beautiful open spaces that your typical, minimal magazine layout offers. The final product, with her screenshots, should be ready within a few days.
Let me know what you guys think of it.
Let me know what you guys think of it.