When I say “stock photography,” what do you think of?  Do you conjure up a vision of rows upon rows of ordinary, generic, uninspiring images?

Sadly, stock photos have gotten a bad rap.  Not all sites are terrible and not all images are sterile.  Some sources of stock photography are actually filled with variety.  And if used properly, stock photos can really enhance the design of a site.

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Christmas has just past, but you’ll always have a reason to buy gifts for your designer friends! I’ve always found my web designer friend notoriously difficult to buy gifts for – it must be that innate sense of perfection they have inside they web-design brains of theirs! I once bought a friend of mine a vintage poster – but he didn’t like the typography so it was returned within days!

 

But, don’t worry – help is at hand! There are a few fail safe gifts for those designers in your life – and the following I have found have always worked a treat!

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Who knew 3D printers could make music? That’s exactly what Olaf Diegel set out to show the world when he designed guitar bodies for 3D printing.  As a professor of mechatronics at Massey University’s School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Diegel is an expert in the industry of additive manufacturing. This is the term used to define 3D printing, since it is a process that builds upon layers of a material to produce something instead of the traditional “subtractive” manufacturing, which removes parts of a material to produce something.

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Dieter Rams and the 10 Commandments of Good Design

 

Famous for his phrase “Weniger, aber besser” (Less, but better), Dieter Rams was influential industrial designer. A number of the products he designed while at Braun A.C. went on to become consumer classics and, though we’ve moved on from turntables and tape recorders, many of these have been honored with a place in museums. While he worked almost exclusively with office and consumer products, his ten rules for good design speak to designers of all sorts.

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