PostBidWin.com

PostBidWin.com, an online marketplace that enables advertisers and design-seekers to fulfill design projects, is now offering its project posting services for free.

From their press release on xtvworld.com:
Anyone seeking creative services can define their project requirements using PostBidWin???s unique project posting software and receive quotes from a team of unparalleled design professionals. The services??? dedication to solving business problems is creating a buzz in the industry and helping people to save both time and money on visual advertisement projects.


Kick ass forum...

Came across a helpful little forum. Good place to check out contests for graphic designers, etc. Here is an example of a popular thread:
What use is a graphic designer?
Imagine if you were on a plane, it crashed on an island (yawn, i know… stick with me here for just little while) and your professional trade was useless.


KobOne T-shirt Contest

To celebrate its 6000 member, the KobOne site organizes its second T-shirt Contest, of November 15 2005 to January 15,2006. The topic is: “free creation”. Imagine a logo, a style or a fresco for t-shirt. No limitation of field or subject. Any type of subject can be treated or diverted (company, world, sport, voyage, mode, topicality…). 1000 Euros up for grabs folks.

Check out some of the current entries…


Creating Patterns and Color Schemes in Adobe Illustrator

“Using reference clippings from architectural and decorating magazines, Lisa Henderling was inspired to create patterns and a color scheme for the fabric furnishings and decorative items of her illustration. After drawing most of the elements on separate layers with the Pen tool… ”

Read the full article… via [Graphics.com]


Skeletoons

Check out the skeletal origins of some of your favorite cartoons characters. Michael Paulus took some time select few of these popular characters and render their skeletal systems as he imagined they might resemble if one truly had eye sockets half the size of its head, or fingerless-hands, or feet comprising 60% of its body mass.

via [Draw.ca]


Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar Beta

Download the freely available Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar, and add the following capabilities to your browser (from the site):

:: Explore and modify the document object model (DOM) of a Web page.
:: Locate and select specific elements on a Web page through a variety of techniques.
:: Selectively disable Internet Explorer settings.
:: View HTML object class names, ID’s, and details such as link paths, tab index values, and access keys.
:: Outline tables, table cells, images, or selected tags.
:: Validate HTML, CSS, WAI, and RSS Web feed links.
:: Display image dimensions, file sizes, path information, and alternate (ALT) text.Read more


XO Create! Wins National American Graphic Design Awards

For their second consecutive year XO Create! wins the national American Graphic Design Awards. The team is proud to be honored in the 2005 awards for their entry in the self-promotions category. The unique entry was conceptualized as a ???gift of time??? and appropriately titled ???Take 5???.
Read entire press release…


Judge Chip Kidd by His Covers

Does this guy look like a rock star? Well in the world of high-end graphic design he is considered just that.

“Regarded as the world’s foremost book jacket designer, Chip Kidd’s work covers a wide array of authors: Michael Crichton, Allan Gurganus, Anne Rice, and John Updike, to name only a few. The recent books of Texas authors Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry all have Kidd covers. In his 14 years at Alfred A. Knopf, the venerable New York publishing house, Kidd has created more than 1,500 book jacket designs.”

Read the full article by Cary L.Roberts…


Adobe and Macromedia shareholders approve deal?

Design software publisher Adobe has announced that its stockholders have approved the recent acquisition, by Adobe, of web graphics company Macromedia. According to Adobe, the stockholders of both companies have voted in favour of the merger.

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Things looking up for Graphic Designers

A recent survey of 3600 designers by the The American Institute of Graphic Arts shows there could be an upswing in salaries.

“We expect to see design salaries remaining firm this next year, with modest increases and growth in employment among designers who have been underemployed over the past several years.”, said Richard Gref??, Executive Director of AIGA in a recent letter to members.

via [Fotolia.com]