Thursday
Oct172013

Fun Infographic – A Brief History of Print

We live in the Information Age and the level of technology that we’ve come to rely on opens up loads of possibilities. But what of the things we now take for granted? For instance, what do we know about printing? UPrinting.com compiled a fascinating infographic which tells us that the practice dates back to well over 2.700 years before the first pyramids of Egypt were built. The first printed book that we know of was the “Diamond Sutra” (868 CE, China), and everyone feels sure that the inception of book printing goes a lot deeper into the obscure pits of history for experts to ascertain. What is more, butterfly binding, or the established method of sealing printed pages together at one of their margins, was initially enacted in 1000 AD. Food for thought: the time when Confucius walked the earth is closer by far to the time when internet was invented, than to perceived records of the first ever printings. In fact, the first woodblock printing was done in East Asia (China or Korea) sometime around 100 A.D. And block printing made it to Europe much, much later, namely in the 13th century, because paper wasn’t available in the continent prior to that time… Here, we have Johannes Gutenberg to thank to for taking that big plunge. Ever since then, the bright minds of our Western Civilization have been working to lift the art of printing to immeasurable heights.

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Wednesday
Sep252013

Seven Free Industrial Grunge Textures

These heavy grunge textures will surely give your design work a hefty dose of textured goodness. If you'd like to tone down the grunge a little bit, try using them in a Screen or Soft Light blending layer in photoshop. Either way, they're a great addition to your texture collection and something every designer should keep on hand. This texture set was created by Dustin Schmieding, you can kind more of his textures at Valleys in the Vinyl

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Seven Black and White Stone Textures

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Seven Free Colored Haze Textures

Who says blurry can't be beautiful? Use these colored haze textures in various blending layers in Photoshop to give your work a wonderfully subtle textures feeling. Definitely a great addition to your texture collection. This texture set was created by Dustin Schmieding, you can kind more of his textures at Valleys in the Vinyl

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Seven Black and White Stone Textures

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Tuesday
Sep102013

Giveaway: Three Joomla Templates from TemplateMonster.com

Open source has been a big hit since it was introduced as a business model and ended up saving a lot of money for consumers: up to $60 billion per year, according to a report from 2008. It’s something everybody wants to be a part of, be it on the development side or on the user side. Why does it matter now? 

TemplateMonster is having a giveaway for one of the premiere Open Source content managing systems: Joomla. One of three premium Joomla templates can be yours to win, without having to jump through the regular hoops any regular contest might require.

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Monday
Aug262013

7 Fresh Subtle Grunge Textures

Subtle grunge textures need no introduction. They've become a staple in nearly every designers collection of resources and have proven to be some of the most prominent design elements in recent years. Today we have a set of seven fresh subtle grunge textures to add to your collection. Download them today and put them to use in your next project. This texture set was created by Dustin Schmieding, you can kind more of his textures at Valleys in the Vinyl

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Seven Black and White Stone Textures

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