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I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “Well, that Jeff guy is handsome, but he’s not so smart. Trees can’t float!”. But the joke is on YOU! Because this wallpaper is of a Floating Tree in an alternate dimension where trees float and clouds hang out on the ground. True story. Anyway, enjoy, share and subscribe […]

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Graphic design has an amazing community. Comprised of both the vets from the pre-computer era to the newbies who were raised on the internet and computer-editing applications, there is a huge gamut of people sharing their work and expertise online. I know when I was starting out in design, I found tons of inspiration and […]

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Today’s Free Friday Wallpaper is both a play on words AND elegant. So when your friend hacks into your computer, they’ll see this wallpaper and think to themselves “Well, lookit Frank here. He’s both witty and elegant. Should I really change his Facebook status to something his parents will see and find awkward/overly revealing?” He […]

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I was in the mall the other day, and amidst the mass hysteria of the H1N1 immunizations happening there, I saw Christmas advertisements. Yes, it’s that time of year already. Now, if you have a graphic designer in your family, you might be wondering what to get them. CS4 is too expensive. A pencil is […]

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Welcome to what I believe to be the final installment of the typography-based series of free Friday Wallpapers. Don’t worry, I’ll still do free wallpapers, but I’m not sure entirely what kind next. I’m thinking a calendar one, once a month, come January – but as for weekly, I have no idea. Too many deadlines […]

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Ah, the world wide web. It’s kind of like a cyber-world tour pass – we can go virtually anywhere, at anytime, with a good internet connection. Luckily for us designers, that means the amount of potential clients has increased exponentially. I’ve written about how to get local design clients before; now, I’d like to focus […]

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I profiled Blackout in my 10 Free & Amazing Display Fonts article, and decided to use it for this week’s Free Friday Design Wallpaper. Why? Because I’m predictable like that. Anyway, hope you enjoy this week’s version – the thought process was Black = dark, and Blackout = a city without power. Dig it! Click […]

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Google’s applications, such as Gmail, Calendar, and Google Reader have gained huge popularity for their usefulness. Same goes for Twitter – it still seems odd to me to hear 60 year-old news anchors saying “follow me on Twitter”, but I digress. However, what these applications have in usefulness, they sometimes lack in design aesthetic. That’s […]

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Zapfino. Weird name, classy font. It sounds like a 70’s era Batman-punch sound effect. You know – he goes up to the bad guy, and ZAPFINO! knocks him out cold. Speaking of cold, I think I’m coming down with one, so that would explain why I make no sense. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this […]

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There are a lot of free fonts out there on the internet these days – but tracking down the well-designed ones can be quite the task. Since I’m such a nice guy, I thought I would round up the top ten free display fonts for you! Top ten in my opinion, of course. All these […]

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