Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Design Forums and Design Niche Social Media Sites you always wanted for

As a designer, you surely need to find something fresh to enrich your creativity or simply get interact with other designer in a solid community. If you're an author of design blog niche and having your online portfolio inside it, promoting it is a must do. For those reason, Design Forums and Design Niche Social Media Sites are a great solution. Today, I will share short overview of several new design forums and design niche socio bookmarking sites, well not all of them are new, but they are just great to join with and probably what you always wanted for.


ShareBrain.info


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ShareBrain forum, has enormous numbers of resources which are updated almost everyday. You can find the them by categories that scope design area topics such as CMS, CSS, Free Templates, Photoshop, Typo & Fonts, Wordpress and many more. It is currently running on Wordpress platform. Since every resources URLs was carefully selected by the admin, you can count on its quality and credibility. Only free resources listed here, and as you can see now ShareBrain currently servings 1777 links, I must say this web directory is well developed. It has easy navigation to access specific categories that you may need.
Thomas who is a web-worker from Germany does the admin job together with his talented developer friend, Rico. He wanted to create ShareBrain.info as a best resource for a web-worker, where all this interesting and helpful sites listed can be shared, discussed and rated.
If you think it can be helpful to others, you can help ShareBrain with linking back. The admins provide variation of banner size to display on your site or blog, and you can contact them to build a banner or button if you need different format and color for your website.


Estetica Design Forum

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Estetica Design Forum
, has received more than 25.000 unique visitors in month. This forum has wide range of forum topics related to design. At the start of 2008 Estetica Design Forum is offering Graphic Design & Web Design blogs to add their live RSS feeds to the Graphic Design Blog section. This means when you post an article on your blog, it will automatically posts it as a forum post with a link back to your blog meaning if the post is interesting enough, traffic will be driven towards your blog. This dynamic change sends you good quality of traffics and I love how this intuitive system is actually saving your effective schedule to promote each of your post.
To add your Feed, sign up at the forum and use the contact form to tell the admin team why you feel your blog would be of interest to the readers. This is a great way to boost readers on your blog and also be part of a growing Graphic Design & Web Design Community.



The Designers Forum


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This forum has reached more than 250 registered visitors now. Interesting features mainly consist of general discussion of graphic and web design topics in a friendly format. It is also a good spot for the Web Developer to discuss web design and development, the apps, the techniques, and the code. If you are a junior designer like me, and need a critique or inspirational design reference, you can discuss with other professionals in Feedback Forum Category.
From About The Designers Forum page:
The Designers Forum is the meeting place of a small, growing, group of graphic and web designers. We aim is to provide advice, feedback and help to each other. We cater for both professionals and those just starting out.



DeviantART

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:D DeviantART could be the only community that receives most frequent design submission. They show the submission live count and see how fast the number of added submission changes in speed. The deviant’s design galleries are something that I never want to miss. Many of them are remarkable and exceptional to enjoy. Chat Room and Resources Lover link are just favorite spots to visit when you feel like you get trapped in a gloomy day to start with your own design from scratch. Graphic Identity is also a deviant geek, add me to your friend list if you like.



Creativebits.org


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The creativeibits community blog is a place where several professionals write small bits of useful or interesting bits about graphic design under the preferred choice of hardware, Macintosh.
When you’re registered at Creativebits.org, you can go to forum topic, design critique category, and submit a weblink. Weblink feature allows you to post any useful links that may interest the community members. While at Critique category, you can upload your work to get constructive criticism, personal opinion and suggestions from fellow members on how to improve it.


Graphic Design Links

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Graphic Design Links
is a Design Niche Socio Bookmark site with voting tool that is running on pligg platform.
This site also has the ability to add your RSS feeds from your blog to automatically add your blog post link to the sections for people to comment and vote on. This will also add a free link back to your blog.
I get decent quality of traffics referred by Graphic Design Links. Unlike other general socio media sites which almost hoaxed me up with high bounce rate and short point of traffic jump, I will highly recommend you to submit your links here as an alternative to promote each of your post!


Design Float

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Design Float could be one of the breakthroughs in continually popping out niche social media sites which is built on the Pligg system. Andrew Egenes, the owner of Design Float recently interviewed by Vandelay Website Design. He pointed out where Digg has many weaknesses for design community.
I’ve always been a fan of Digg and the concept of community generated and moderated content, which they helped pioneer. But as Digg became larger and more mainstream, the quality content became diluted with irrelevant and often pointless submissions. It continually became more difficult to find content worth checking out, let alone Digging. Digg’s lack of category and subcategory depth left the door wide open for clones that take the social media model to smaller and more focused niches. Design happens to be the niche that I’m most passionate about and I felt that a Digg clone aimed at the design community would be extremely helpful for designers everywhere.

What makes Design Float special is because you can set Design “Float It” Button on your website. You can get easy integration to your blog with several cute designs of icons. If you like this article you can also float it by clicking the tiny little blue “float it” icon at the post footer :D


Which one of those design forums and Design Niche Social Media Sites that you always wanted for? If you're already registered there, kindly share your opinion about it by posting a comment.


UPDATE:

  • This post has been approved and submitted for Graphic Design Group Writing Project at JustCreativeDesign.com. You can also join this cool project by submitting your own article about Graphic Design before 4th of March.
  • Monday, February 25, 2008

    Finally, a Social Networking Moment with Graphic Identity

    In the last week of February, I won’t publish any post about tutorial or creating another photoshop goodies to download. I think it is about time for Graphic Identity Blog to step outside, to see what’s going on in the internet world. Yes, nothing would be so much pleasurable, when you meet new people, sharing inspirational thoughts, and learning to reduce your own mistakes from other bloggers. For that reason, I took chances to spend a moment to build a strong social networking with great bloggers. Blog promotion comes as another benefit when you unite in a social networking event. It could be a moment to take this blog for re-evaluation and reviews to present better content for Graphic Identity Blog readers in advance.

    The social networking events that I’ve been very excited to join with or soon will participate as well are:


    Social Media Mega Project on InspirationBit.com


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    Vivien of InspirationBit.com has been setting a new deadline for the submissions to the Social Media Mega Project and giving everyone another full month of trying out different social networking sites and sharing your experience with the rest of us.

    Take a look and see which social media site you’re interested in and would like to submit your entry to. Together the project covering 19 social networking sites, so you’re bound to find something that appeals to you.

    Re-newed project timeline

    • Start Date: Monday, January 21st

    • End Date: Saturday, March 22nd

    • Results Publication Date: Monday, March 24th

    • Final Collaborative Results will be published on Inspiration Bit on Friday, March 28th

    • End Date: Saturday, March 22nd




    Bloghology on Search for Blogging.com

    What Bloghology is all about? Bloghology is a collection of unique and remarkable bloggers and their profiles from all around the internet world compiled in PDF files to download. Mert Erkal http://www.searchforblogging.com/ invented the term of Bloghology and he is taking part to develop Peopleized.com.

    Graphic Identity Blog apparently gets the opportunity to be featured in 2nd Edition of Bloghology.

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    If you want to be part of this Bloghology movement, sign up at www.bloghology.org to get your blogger profile featured. It will continue every quarter in 2008 and open to all bloggers. The number of downloads for Bloghology PDF files exceeded 4500 until February 19, 2008. The numbers keep growing on and on.

    Bloghology is something insightful and powerful feature to promote your blog in a very exceptional way.




    Graphic Design Group Writing Project on JustCreativeDesign.com


    Connect to JustCreativeDesign.com Group Writing Project & Win $5000 PRIZE GIVEAWAY

    Jacob Cass includes me to be one of the sponsors for this project. The entries for this group writing project keeps flowing in and it will end in Tuesday 4th of March. This project is open for everyone, even though you’re not a graphic designer. There are lots of link love for the participants and great prizes to win!


    Community Contest on FeedFlare.ca

    Social Networking Moment with Graphic Identity

    It's been so wonderful when I meet Collin, who offers me to do the sponsorship for the FeedFlare’s upcoming contest. It would be held on March and I’m going to design a pack of new blog branding identity that will include a blog header, blog logo, favico, and 125x125px multi-purpose banner.


    Thus for you who is interested to join it, just be connected to Graphic Identity blog for next updates about this contest!


    Consider to experiment actively at those widespread blogging activities that I’ve mentioned above, be nice to give everyone favors and that what make all of your effort to build strong social network stand-out!

    Wednesday, February 20, 2008

    What is Graphic Design Poster Competition on Veerle's Blog

    I could have posted this design competition announcement earlier, too bad I found about it late after digging links to some design forums when the submission deadline was only two days left to go. Veerle never provides email subscription to her blog, I got a little upset to my self, why I didn't subscribe to any feed reader before.

    The basic concept of this contest is to come up with something creative or witty that visualises the question 'What is Graphic Design?'. Veerle is the only judge and jury for the contest and she gathered attractive prizes to win from sponsors like Adobe Creative Suite CS3, Expression Engine CMS and much more.

    Veerle put forward her own poster design, and got interesting comments by other Flickr users. :D She used the same color scheme as shown on her blog, but the design visualized what Graphic Design is in different typos.

    Veerle on "What is Graphic Design"


    The closing date was 15 February 2008, and the contest got the mass attention nearly up to 600 design submissions. As some of you probably know that Veerle's Blog gets PR 8, so this should not be a surprising thing if you find enormous numbers of great poster design entries. You can surf down to enjoy each entries in a Flickr pool group called: What is Graphic Design Poster Competition.

    This was my final shot only in 24 hours before the deadline ;p "Feeling Red" LOL it could have been more worst than this one. Check out and please comment and give your critique if you wish.

    What is Graphic Design Poster Competition on Veerle's Blog


    You can also put your comment to the group pool by login to Flickr or register first if you still don't have Flickr account.

    I will add the updates for the winner announcement as soon as Veerle gets the judge result! Stay tune guys :D

    UPDATE:

  • Veerle has featured some of the contestant entries for What is Graphic Design poster competition and they really are outstanding in every aspect of design. She said that her readers are creative bees!
    Here is my favorite one, designed by gravitymachine, this poster just captured my eyes right away.

    What is Graphic Design Poster Competition on Veerle's Blog

    Take a look of these bees now :D

  • The 1st winner of "What is Graphic Design Poster Competition" on Veerle's Blog is:

    Juanma & Gabriele

    What is Graphic Design Poster Competition on Veerle's Blog

    See the other winners and please give their wonderful designs a comment!

  • Th 10th Prize winner looks like adopting traditional Balinese mask, I love the cultural touch in it. Designed by Gage Batubara who said
    Graphic Design is MASKING your ideas

    What is Graphic Design Poster Competition on Veerle's Blog

  • Gravitymachine gets the runner up prize, as I have previously shared you their design entry and I'm so happy that my favourite choice turned out to be one of the winner. Not bad at all guys :D, congratulation to all the winners!



  • Related Links:
  • Winners of the What is Graphic design poster competition
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2008

    Connect to JustCreativeDesign.com Group Writing Project & Win $5000 PRIZE GIVEAWAY

    This month, I’ve committed my self to enhance my network by sponsoring several blog contests and a Group Writing Project held by JustCreativeDesign.com.  Jacob Cass is the man behind this wonderful project. He is exclusively running the contest to bring all the design freaks, graphic design blogs and people who subscribe to them a bit closer together with $5000+ worth of prizes to give away.

    Connect to JustCreativeDesign.com Group Writing Project & Win $5000 PRIZE GIVEAWAY

    I must say that winning the contest could be sounds so much fun, but then again what I love the most about this project is the opportunity to enhance your network, to link and be linked in with other participants. Your blog would have been nothing if you hold yourself away from the crowd. Participate to meet new people, to link love, to surf the submissions, leave comments and make connections with other fellow graphic designers & subscribers alike would dazzle the fun into hilarity to this group writing project.

    My part in this contest is listed in Bonus Prize Sponsors. You could be the one who win A Blog Header design that is created by Graphic Identity team ;p.

    I should add few more the updates regarding to the contest, that Jacob Cass will still accepting late sponsor up until the prize draw date. Sponsors are able to enter the contest; however you can not win your own prize.

    The entries deadline will be on Tuesday 4th of March.


    How to participate in this Group Writing Project?

    This contest is open to all of you, even if you’re not a graphic designer. All you have to do is to write a new post on the subject of Graphic Design, and re-posting old article for this project is not OK.

    As Jacob Cass, mentioned earlier:
    By ‘Graphic Design’ I mean some sort of a post that gives advice, tips, resources lists or a tutorial on how to do something. What it’s about is totally up to you.

    ……You could write an easy tutorial or something that a designer may find useful (eg. 10 reasons why I subscribe to these design blogs). Be as creative as you’d like - take it in any direction you want - it can be on any topic on design in general (keep it clean and ‘family friendly’ please). It can be any length, it can be serious, funny, it can be a list post, a rant, an essay, a pictorial or video post… etc

    Hi yaaaaa, you can also post your article in your own first language! :D

    Read the rest of the Graphic Design Group Writing Project rules for the details before you start your entry submission.

    Give your self a try and get “Connected” to JustCreativeDesign.com Group Writing Project!
    Have fun by collecting much entry points as much as possible to win $5000 prizes give away!

    Thursday, February 14, 2008

    EzMoneyOn.Net First Contest

    Diana and Simonne collaborate to start a blog about how to make money online called EzMoneyOn.Net. This blog present you great writing articles about tips and tricks to make living from internet. There are a lot of make money online blogs, we know that. Some of them are quite successful in making money, many of them have some articles and that's it. But on how many "make money online" blogs do you really learn how you can make money online? I still find on many forums bloggers who ask that. The EzMoneyOn.Net blog authors present you the case studies, so you can choose what way suits better to your blog.

    This brand new blog held the first contest since February 11th, 2008, and incredible prizes are waiting for you to participate to the contest. You can always have the opportunity to win first prize $100 cash, 1000 Entrecard credits for the second run winner and free banner design since this is a draw prize contest for the third prize.

    Find out how to join this contest and remember the closing date to submit your entry should be on 11 March 2008.

    NEW BLOG COMMUNITIES to Promote Your Design Blog Topic

    There are so many ways to promote your design blog niche. If you're still doing promotion to some specific design forums, there's nothing wrong to try general blog community for more campaign activity to your blog. A general blog community should always include design category or art category inside. Accordingly, there would be easier for the viewers to find your blog inside the community.

    Here are 8 new blog communities for you to start with:

    1. Blog Competition

    NEW BLOG COMMUNITIES to Promote Your Design Blog Topic

    BlogCompetition is a digg like competition, win upto $2500, with monthly prizes, and a weekly featured article.

    Members can vote to various posts which are submitted under certain category.
    Blog Competition is powered by: Pligg


    2. Focial

    NEW BLOG COMMUNITIES to Promote Your Design Blog Topic

    Paid listings are done as you would any other auction except that it is used for advertising, sponsored reviews and paid guest posting.

    Simply find an opportunity you like and make a bid.


    3. Peopleized

    NEW BLOG COMMUNITIES to Promote Your Design Blog Topic

    Promote yourself by doing and giving interviews. Gain interview content and spread your message. You will have a chance to meet another great bloggers and sending direct invitation to do interview at Peopleized


    4. Dot Dash Create

    NEW BLOG COMMUNITIES to Promote Your Design Blog Topic

    Personally, I love this community because one of the features could be useful to accommodate what designers need to promote their skill. Dot Dash Create have a cool feature that allows you to list recent project that you've currently working on, which is very good service to promote your design portfolio online in a community.

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    Monday, February 11, 2008

    Free 125x125 Advertising Button in PSD

    I designed 6 diferent theme buttons. They are in .PSD format, so it should be easy for you to edit the fonts or the layer elements inside.

    125x125 advertising buttons could be useful for Entrecard or any other advertisement program that you run to your blog

    You can download these pack for free and exploit them as your wish (commercial or personal), UNDER THESE CONDITIONS:
    1. Comment to this post with your nick name (no annonymous please), and
    2. Subscribe to Graphic Identity by email

    Free 125x125 Advertising Button in PSD

    free 125x125 buttons.rar (247.84 KB)
    Free 125x125 Advertising Button in PSD

    Wednesday, February 6, 2008

    Design Style Tutorial: GRUNGE URBAN ART

    Being around with several simple tutorials about typography and general design using Photoshop, we will now move to specific design styles in a series that will continue for some time now, to start with Grunge Urban Art Style.

    Before we step further, you will need sorts of design elements to create such design style. You don't have to worry, because all those design elements are actually available for free on the internet. I have great listings of Grunge Urban Art design resources just to help you to figure out what they're look like. When you use one of those resources, please credit the original designers for appreciation and read his or her design copyright before you apply them to your design.

    There are certain design elements which are essential to establish a grungy vibes to your design. However, you don't need to use them all together at once, because these are just sorts of technique hints. They are:

    1. Fonts and typography.
    The best font type I suggest would be typewriter fonts or grunge fonts that have heavily texturized effect. Every kind of graffiti typography and industrial print alike are perfect example font styles.

    2. Building or architectural background
    Grunge style frequently related to urban style in particular. Urban life in the crowded city, with graffiti walls around. High rise building a photograph or the cityscape around your neighborhood will do for this purpose. Hence, you can pick: electricity towers, building construction works, or even a factory building as background or silhouette to your grunge design.

    3. Color schemes
    Mood in a grunge design often associated with black color. Black is a hint of power and superiority of a metropolitan society. Another dominant color that plays the role is dark grey, which is a sophisticated connotation of stone and concrete. You can find the complete color schemes suggestion in the resources lists.

    4. Dirt noise textures
    Creating grunge design is always been fun, because it's always associates with irregularity and erratic method. The best textures to use are splatters, blood, water colors, noise and scratch. You can apply these textures using Photoshop brush tool, or Photoshop pattern.

    5. Miscellaneous vectors shape and image style
    I've seen some grunge design styles that are also quite psychedelic. The common trends could have been light beams background shapes. A grunge floral vector that has erratic texture will work as well. If you need a photo or model to display, I recommend you to use pop art or line art Photoshop retouch effect.

    Ow, by the way, this tutorial is just another way to create "grunge urban" design. You can find other similar Photoshop tutorials, photoshop goodies (brushes, patterns, and shapes), fonts, and vectors from other sites. If I missed something, you can just comment or even show me your own design to improve it :).

    In this tutorial, I will show you how to create grungy wallpaper. One of my good friends, Abhinav Sood was so generous to let his photo being edited for this tutorial ;p. Thank you Abhi!

    Design Style Tutorial: GRUNGE URBAN ART


    OK, Lets begin with the tutorial:

    Step 1 - Choosing colors
    Depends on what kind of design that you want to create, it is very crucial for you to pick several colors (4-6 hues in a colors scheme) before you add another elements. Too much variation of colors will diffuse the design emphasis. You can take a look of the color scheme option in the resources list and pick 6 maximum of them that you think would be the best color combination.

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