Thanks For All the Fish

Today is my B-day and I am very happy to turn another year older and maybe a bit wiser. Some of the best gifts I have received today have been a couple of comments and emails from readers encouraging me, giving compliments about the site and my work.

I wanted to say thanks for all your support and I promise it will get better :)

Free Download Just Today! Image Compare 3.0

Scans your entire collection of images, analyzes their contents and locates files that look alike.

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Image Comparer analyzes your digital images and automatically selects the best shot out of the many duplicates, allowing you to move or delete duplicate images in a couple of mouse clicks. Image Comparer uses content based image search also known as content based image retrieval.

Unlike similar products, Image Comparer does not just look for exact duplicates. Instead, it analyzes and recognizes an image’s content, and groups pictures that look alike. You can specify the level of visual similarity that is sufficient to consider pictures to be duplicates. View them in pairs or see the top ten similar images and keep the best one!

Image Comparer is extremely useful to professional photographers, designers, and webmasters, who have “image-heavy” sites to maintain. The program is incredibly fast; after a minute or two one can see how many duplicate images are stored and how much disk space will be saved by removing the duplicates. The “dupes” can then be removed all at once with one click. Alternatively, a user can specify which images need to be deleted, moved or copied.

The list of supported image file formats includes RAW, JPEG, J2K, BMP, GIF, PNG, TIFF, TGA and other.

10 Inspirational Music Videos

Video killed the radio star and brought a whole new way to inspire us. Music videos and the environment generated by MTV has expanded the visual innovation and creativity to further limits where creativity, art, design and music collide in the most splendid, eye-catching and absurd ways.

It would certainly be impossible to talk about hundreds of videos which could be an example of that; however, I decided to share with you some of my favorite ones hoping that they could be a source of inspiration.

Let me know what you think, and share your favorite ones with us. I hope to come up with a categorized selection of videos with elevated design components where your picks could come in handy.


15 Free Online Image Editors

When it comes to image editing, there are times when it can be a really entertaining activity for some. But what happens when you need to modify a picture and you’re not at your place with your fancy computer and much loved editing software?

Well, I’ve never been in the situation but my wondering about it led to search for some solutions to that problem. I came across a lot of free online image editors and decided to take a look at the most talked-about ones.

Some are pretty basic (some might say primitive) but work very well for those essential editing tasks. Some have better-looking interfaces and more advanced features, if at times a little cluttered.

I’m not going to recommend to you which one to use because we, designers, are picky and like to try things on our own. However, I decided to give you 15 options for you to try and choose.

Check them out and share your thoughts about them!


40 Best Open Source Graphic Programs

Following the great success of the 45 Best Freeware Design Programs and attending requests of more open source apps, here is a new extensive list of Open Source Graphic Programs that you may take into consideration for production use. There is a lot of technicalities when we talk about The Open Source movement, and we are not covering them here in detail, so please forgive me if I am not being formal enough with all the terminology.

You will find the name of the project, a lovely screenshot (who doesn’t love screenshots?), the Development Status (I’ve included from Beta to mature ones) and the supported platforms. Please notice that some of the projects may have restricted license use; before using a particular software, check first if the intended use is allowed. Most of this list allows commercial use, but that may or may not change in the future, so check first with the site before using it.

As I said before, maybe they won’t replace your commercial apps, but some of them are worth keeping and eye on since they are in constant evolution. Which is the great thing about open source: due to their nature, everyone can contribute to its growth.

I know I know we are designers and most of us don’t do code (have met only a few who code and design beautifully blessed ones) but many of us have great can’t-chose-even-the-right-font coders friends that might be interested


12 Gems of Freeware Design Programs

“45 Best Freeware Design Programs” was a handpicked selection of the best the web has to offer in freeware design programs. Some of them were true gems and some came with unpleasant virus surprises (a.k.a. Alch Icon Suite). Also, some Mac users were a little unhappy because of the lack of Mac software (promise to make it up for you guys next time).

Now, based on that list I’m going to make two -even more hand picked- sub lists: the “12 Gems of Freeware Design” and the “Coolest Freeware Design Programs”.



6 iPhone Wallpapers to Show Your iPhone-Pride

You can run but you can’t hide from the iPhone hype. :) The world is now divided into iPhone owners and the iPhone Envious. I am on the envious poor side my self.

Many things have been said about why you might want to have an iPhone and why not, but the truth is that even for people who swore not be part of Mr. Jobs’ game, as soon as the guy at the next desk showed off his brand new iPhone, even they–you–started to crave it.


45 Best Freeware Design Programs

In a previous post I gave you a list of 85+ Free Killer Resources Every Designer Should Know, which had a great response. Now, in the same line, I have brought together 45 Freeware Design Programs among literally thousands and thousands. It was a great quest, and it was worth it.

No, it won’t replace your fancy CS3, nor Flash, nor 3D Studio Max.
(Remember, we are getting something for nothing here. :)

Some of them are pretty decent alternatives, not only for those who are not willing to spend the big bucks, but also for those who need some specific tasks done, like resizing a batch of picture without needing to run the almighty Photoshop.

Personally, I also find them quite useful when friends & family or clients (or any non-graphically skilled person) ask to do minor/boring tasks (like reducing a red eye). Well, you can hand them one of these apps that can do the trick with a minor learning curve so they will be pleased and you will be relieved.

Hope you can find some gems among them.


3 Free Vector Business Silhouettes

We all love those trendy designs with foliage, paint splatters and grunge textures. But we can’t forget our corporate friends.

We can’t always do edgy-looking pieces, sometimes we need to do business designs, too. But that doesn’t mean we have to use the classic handshake pictures.

To help you with that I came up with 3 business silhouettes for you to use in your works. (Don’t worry, the next ones will be business women.)




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Dark Provocators

Last provocators were white themed. And as Rodrigo Cesár commented, they were peace versus power. Now it`s the other side..



Provocators in White

With this post, I’ll be starting a series of frequent (hopefully daily) posts. The idea is to provoke/inspire us.”provocation”

To make it short, I will tag as “provocation” stimuli not directly related to graphic design: architecture, industrial design, photography, textile, etc. And as inspiration, more graphic design related items: movie posters, album art, logos, magazine covers, etc.


Hunting inspiration? What about provocation?

Inspiration Inspiration INSPIRATION! It can be elusive, sometimes mean and many times just blocked! And you start to wonder: where are those infamous muses? And you spend hours trying to catch them, watching with puppy eyes other guy’s work.

And then two feelings fill your heart: despair and the can’t-keep-your-mouth-closed (or jaw dropped) feeling.

The first one, because we think, not in a million years will we craft such beauty; and the second one, well, hypnotized by those design wonders.

Been there?


5 Ways to Burst Your Creativity You Might Not Have Tried.

Every one of us would like to have Leonardo Da Vinci‘s creative mind and come up with fancy innovations with a snap of a finger.

Creativity (or creativeness) is a mental process involving the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new associations between existing ideas or concepts.

From a scientific point of view, the products of creative thought (sometimes referred to as divergent thought) are usually considered to have both originality and appropriateness. An alternative, more everyday conception of creativity is that it is simply the act of making something new.

All of us can be as creative.

We just need the discipline, the right approach and techniques to achieve it:

Catch the Beauty

In this post I will show several creativity techniques that I personally have found incredibly useful. I’d like to mention this one first – a pen and a notepad – which I personally call The Beauty catchers.


“It’s my own conviction that we do not get our ideas. They are given to us, bubbling up out of our own subconscious minds as if from some dark and murky ferment. When the conditions are right, it is neither more nor less than the natural condition of things for a writer’s imagination to produce those ideas which constitute the raw material of his fiction.”
Lawrence Block .


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