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Filled with inspiration from DesignThinkers 2009

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Yeah, I’m pretty exhausted but in a good, super inspired kind of way! I’ve spent the week getting recharged and pumped about design both creatively and professionally during DesignThinkers 2009. The week of events was kicked off with a screening of Art & Copy on Monday evening, two jam-packed days of amazing speakers and studio tours on Thursday. I’m still kind of processing the past few days but I just wanted to share a few shots.

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Now is the time to build a brand that is bold and unique

Nubby has completed her 2009 media kit, “What is Nubby” and I’m so happy that she’s sharing it. It’s definitely a beautiful, compelling package! Most times I have this perception that designers are quite protective of their own branding/marketing that I’m amazed when Nubby has the balls to let everyone in on her process and design. I follow a lot of tutorials and guides on putting together your own marketing package but the process itself becomes clearer when someone actually shows you the work.

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Tip of the hat to you Nubby!

Source: nubbystwiglet.com

ColorZilla for Firefox

This is a must have tool to add to your arsenal as a web designer because it’s small, fast and convenient. ColorZilla is an extension for Firefox featuring an advanced eyedropper, colour picker, palette viewer and more!

I’ve used this extension to instantly select colours from websites/images then grab the colour code and paste into my CSS directly. Or I can paste into an online colour palette generator and build a custom palette faster than it would take to load up Photoshop and do the same. I love it because it’s unobtrusive and always ready to go.

Eyedropper: I see an colour I like on some random website, I want it and looky, I got it!

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Main Menu: Quickly call up my menu and get the colour code and voila, ready to paste!

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Palette List View: I can even save my colour selections.

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Webpage Colour Analyzer: Curious to know all the colours used on a website? Don’t grab it one pixel at time, let ColorZilla analyze it for you!

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Yep, this one is a fantastic extension to have on hand and I highly recommend that it be part of your workflow. I’ll continue to post about the tools, resources and websites that have helped me when I’m designing and developing websites. Do you have any extensions that have made designing easier for you? Let me know and see you in the comments.

The Magic of Logo Design

A great deal of people have already written about what makes a great logo and many more have put together collections, showcases, studies of great/bad logos that I don’t feel it necessary to further flood the interweb with my own thoughts on the matter. Others have fully and eloquently expressed the process better than I ever could, so from them, I will learn and pass that knowledge on.

Some day soon, I will share with you my own process of branding myself but right now, I am still trying to figure that out. Go figure, as a designer it is my privilege to help create logos for other people and to my own detriment, I have yet to design my own but I digress. Without further adieu, the following are my personal resources on logos.

Showcases

Tips, Guides and Branding

And this article ain’t complete without the amazing Make My Logo Bigger!!! cream.

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The Best Online Colour Tools and Guides for Web Design

The following is a collection of colour resources that have been helpful in generating colour palettes and transition from print to web.

  1. Color Schemer Online
    A simple and easy guide to make a quick colour palette.

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  2. COPASO by COLOURlovers
    An advanced colour palette tool to create colour schemes and themes. You can extract colours from an image, colour picker and use the colour wheel for more ideas.

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  3. Kuler by Adobe
    A collection of colour palettes with the ability to share and download palettes from the community.

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  4. Colorotate
    Browse colour palettes or create your own with the ability to adjust, mix and blend in a 3D format. Simple but fun.

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  5. Color Explorer
    A formidable online tool for generating your own color palette. It features the following abilities: create a palette from an image, colour picker, colour libraries including W3C named colours, web and websafe colours, TOYO, RAL, TRUEMATCH and FOCALTONE, colour-matching with various algorithms and even an analysis and conversion tool for different colour systems. This tool is a real gem.

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  6. myColor myIdea by Pantone
    More of an inspirational, colour explosion than a tool but it does allow you to see the Pantone colours beautifully.

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  7. Color Scheme Designer
    Ad advanced color scheme generator, practically has all you need to make wise palettes without the colour theory knowledge.
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  8. Color Palette Generator by DeGraeve.com
    This one is for the times when just want to use an existing image and extract a colour palette from it. So, so easy!

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  9. Converting Pantone Colors to RGB
    A must-have quick guide for translating colours from print to screen. This is especially useful when you are maintaining consistency of corporate identity through various mediums.

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  10. Conversion from Pantone to RGB and Hex HTML
    Similar to the one above, just another guide to help out.

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From the Beginning: Desiging for Yourself

As a full-time employed designer for a studio, I have found myself lacking motivation and inspiration to continue my own designs and artwork. I recognized this a long time ago, though my work has kept me engaged with design, it has not allowed me to completely explore my own creative flavour.

Now is the time for me to kick myself into gear and finally put together a website for myself, one that fully encourages and encompasses my own imagination without limits. I need it to be my portfolio and personal platform to share my thoughts, advice about the things I’ve learned so far and goals for the future.

Follow me on my journey of self-improvement and quest for creative fulfillment. I will go through obstacles and bouts of procrastination but I will do my best to overcome these, because it is time to stop letting my own self-doubt and fear keep me from achieving greatness on my own terms.