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As soon as I learned about the @font-face CSS declaration, my life as a designer changed permanently. A whole world of possibilities are opened up by this feature – no more relying on Arial, Verdana, Georgia and all the other “web safe” fonts. Not that there is anything inherently wrong with those fonts, but after […]

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Welcome to February, all! Hopefully the coldest of the bitter cold in your town is gone. It might be gone here in Edmonton, but who knows? It was minus 40C before it was even officially winter this year. GO CANADA. Anyway, as promised, here is the second installment of our Monthly Calendar Wallpapers. This image […]

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Ampersands are cool. Each typeface’s ampersand says a lot about its personality; it says a lot about how the typeface should be used. Some are smooth & classy; others are bold and blocky. Whenever I can’t really form an opinion on the quality of a typeface, I’ll look at a couple things – the letter […]

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After the explosion in popularity of the Color Theory Reference Poster (and wallpaper), this Free Friday wallpaper has a tough act to follow. I’ve been dealing a lot with muted colors, so I think that’s why Mr. Bokeh here is super bright – needed to get that out of my system. Bokeh has been proving […]

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It’s always good to be able to articulate design choices to your clients; why you put something where, why you chose the color scheme you did, etc. This knowledge is one of the biggest differences between a designer and a non-designer. But there is a lot to remember when it comes to the realm of […]

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It’s Friday! The start of the weekend, when we can remove ourselves from our desks and be free! To commemorate this occasion, here is the Paper Bird wallpaper. He lives on your desktop, but on the weekends he’s free to fly away and go see his brother Rob down in Texas. Enjoy and share! Click […]

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I’ve always liked the word “build”. To me, it has obvious connotations of creativity, but also of hard work – and there’s something ultimately rewarding in creating something that took a lot of work. I also enjoyed the scene in Napoleon Dynamite where they used the phrase “build a cake”. Thus, this week’s Free Friday […]

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This post is based on an old version of WordPress. Here at Paper Leaf, we do a decent amount of WordPress blog design & implementation for our clients. While WordPress is super easy to learn, you can’t just build your clients a blog, send them the login information and then disappear off of the face […]

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Welcome to 2010, people! Weren’t we supposed to be in flying cars and eating meals in pill form by now, a la the Jetsons? Alas, these things have yet to come to fruition. However, it’s a new decade, and time for a new tradition. Allow me to present to you the first in a new […]

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Every once in a while, a design calls for a somewhat sketchy, hand-drawn font. Perhaps it’s a gig poster; perhaps it’s for an !!ENERGY DRINK!! company; perhaps it’s something completely different. As a designer, chances are you usually have a ton of work on your plate and can’t always hand-style lettering unique to each project. […]

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