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Search engine optimization, or SEO, is and always will be a bit of a mystery. Google, the king of search engines and what everyone shoots to be at the top of, is constantly changing their algorithm to avoid being “gamed”. However, there are a few simple best practices that are proven to improve search engine […]

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You know how much I love you guys? I’m writing this on my birthday. Shouldn’t it be a personal stat holiday or something? Regardless, my impending oldness is no match for the gems found out in the design world this week. We have a great article on why the mobile web isn’t the next big […]

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Every day I get up, have coffee and breakfast, and sit down at my computer for my day’s work. I’m pretty much glued to my screen, and during that 8 (10…12… depends on the day) hour day, I use a large variety of software. Because a large part of the livelihood of the graphic and/or […]

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That’s right, this week we have a special edition of Found Fridays, with a focus on Edmonton-based products and articles that designers like you and I dig. We have some awesomely illustrated planners, a free design/art/music/lifestyle magazine, a shop with a variety of prints and novels for sale, a great post detailing the logo design […]

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Recently, we were asked to submit a bid for a decently large-scale design job. The job entailed design work for 2 campaigns for the University of Alberta – two campaigns focused on sustainability. These campaigns needed branding as well as a variety of print and digital design. The question we had was how to properly […]

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Welcome to September! My birth month, as well as the intro to winter. Time to update your desktop wallpapers and get with the now – download and install the September 2010 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper below! The one and only September 2010 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper is available in 2560X1600, 1920X1200, 1680X1050, 1440X900 and 1280X800. Enjoy & please share!

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The print-only freelance designer is a dying breed. There, I said it. If you’re a freelance designer who doesn’t have web-related skills, you best add that arrow to your quiver or you’re going to be left in the dust. Now, it’s worth noting that I’m not saying “print design is dead” or “identity design is […]

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Volume 23 this week. Michael Jordan. It’s gorgeous outside and I want to go for a bike ride, so that’s as good an intro as you’re going to get. This week: Twitter background designs & best practices, a great typography mug, 10 places that can turn your designs into actual things, a cool office that’s […]

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This week’s Found Friday is a healthy mix of good value stuff and well-designed stuff. Stuff, stuff, stuff. All related in some way to design, we have the following which caught my eye this week: a great bamboo water bottle (gorgeous AND great for the environment), a site that converts YouTube videos to MP3s (think […]

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Ah, the faceless/detail-free silhouette: a simple and clean design element that can be used across a variety of mediums. It can be time-consuming to create a new silhouette vector graphic every time one is required for a design, and it can be plain inefficient to do so if the graphic that is required doesn’t need […]

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