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TEMPLATES vs. CUSTOM: THE RAGING DEBATE

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Stock website templates seem to be everywhere these days! Readily available for lower and lower costs, they’re driving the debate of whether or not it’s hurting the design industry and the careers of coders and designers alike. We broke it down with the PROS and CONS of templated designs and added our two cents to the debate at hand.

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PANTONE FOOD ART

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While looking for some inspiration, we came across these really great photos from Minneapolis-based illustrator and designer David Schwen and wanted to share them with you. His fun and artistic designs are truly inspiring … as seen throughout his online portfolio of work. If you haven’t seen this Pantone food series already, make sure to check out the rest of the images, and his other designs, on his site. Cheers!

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AIGA NY Mixer

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A huge thank you to the AIGA NY team and The Pencil Factory for sponsoring the mixer event last night at The Wooly. It was great to meet new designers in the city … and who doesn’t like free Peter Pan donuts and gift bags full of design goods!

WE’RE FROM WHERE?

So … we came across this awesome and very funny, yet “true” NYTimes online questionnaire asking you about the way you would pronounce and refer to certain words. After you answer all the questions, it summarizes the top (3) cities that it thinks you are from based on your responses. Our creative team answered the questions and here are our results.


Questionnaire “Top City” Result: Rochester, New York
Actually From: Connecticut

Questionnaire “Top City” Result: Pembroke Pines, Florida
Actually From: Great Neck, New York

Questionnaire “Top City” Result: Omaha
Actually From: Cleveland, Ohio

TYPEFIGHT

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For all those typography lovers out there … if you haven’t heard of Typefight or checked out their site it is pretty neat! Every week two designers are given a random character and an assigned color palette and duke it out to see who can create the best letter design. The designs are then opened up to the public to vote on.

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RESPONSIVE DESIGN

What the heck is responsive design anyway? It’s maybe the word most tossed around this year in web design – but what does it actually mean? And what can it do for you? Whether you’re already a responsive guru or scratching your head at this whole thing, check out our insider’s guide on what’s currently cooking and where exactly we see it headed.

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