Colorpicker Pen

Here is a great tool for designers who still use pen and paper to kick off a creative session.

This pen lets you scan any color from the real world and automatically detect the color. Using RGB ink cartridges in the pen, you can immediately draw with the selected color.

Hat tip to The Next Web for this.

Not all ads are moving online

Great installation ad from Columbus, Ohio:

Thanks ColumbusAlive

The Biggest Ever List of Graphic Design Blogs?

So we sat down this morning and decided that we would put together a list of all the graphic design blogs that we follow as a team. We said that we would spend a single working day on it, no more, no less.

By the end of the day we have a list of over 160 blogs covering design, freelancing and Photoshop/Illustrator.

See the full list after the jump

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Agency Web Designers Take Note

It has always baffled me why so many agencies have long and pointless Flash intros on their websites.

This sums it up… Do I need a Flash Intro?

Great agency blog from Calliope

Many agency blogs are not kept up to date and don’t really contain anything of value or substance.  One of the best agency blogs that we have come across recently is from Calliope.  Check out their blog here.

 It’s a great mix of “how to’s”, industry news and advice. Here’s one on Creating a Publication Blueprint.


Design: Art vs. Process

Successful design has two halves: innovative art and smart processes.

Process?  For design?

Many designers shy away from the idea of developing processes for their work because they feel it will restrict their creativity. They think that if they go about producing a design the same way every time, everything they turn out will be uniform, mechanical, and boring.It’s true that too much process and not enough art can result in design with no new innovation. But having processes can also free up the huge part of your brain that focuses on the mundane day-to-day aspects of design to focus on what you really love to do – art.

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Outside the Box: Countless revisions

Business Card Design Inspiration

Tony Naccarato at 325studio has a really useful post pointing to some great resources for business card designs.

Only a few days to go until SXSWi, so we need to get our own cards organised

Outside the box: It won’t fit


Free Photoshop Course

The folks at Creative Tech Tips have put together a fantastic 10-week Photoshop course ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Jason Hoppe, their Adobe Certified Instructor, has designed a comprehensive course that covers Photoshop CS4 in detail. If you’ve been meaning to improve your Photoshop skills, now is the perfect opportunity:

Week 1, Feb 26 – Interface, Tools, and Shortcuts
Week 2, Mar 5 – Photoshop Layers
Week 3, Mar 12 – Selections
Week 4, Mar 19 – Advanced Selections
Week 5, Mar 26 – Masks
Week 6, Apr 2 – Pen Tool / Shape Layers
Week 7, Apr 9 -Drawing Tools / Brushes
Week 8, Apr 16 – Retouching
Week 9, Apr 23 – Color Correction pt 1
Week 10, Apr 29 – Color Correction pt 2

If you want to enroll? Sign-up here: Free Photoshop CS4 Course Enrollment.