What Graphic Design has to thanks to Fidel Castro.

Back in 1958 Fidel Castro with a modest rebel army gains the power over Cuba.

Despite of his efforts to have an independent line he must conceal with the Russian influence on the new order. The Political posters from those years testifies that.

By 1965, in a time with tense relations with the Soviet Union, the Cubans came with more local flavor styles as a result of their own reality. A period of great artistic expression grows. The talented Cuban artists design cheerful, imaginative and stylish posters of traditional topics as a celebration of the revolution.

Such expressions became immortal like the memorable Che Guevara icon and his dreams about a world revolution.

In the 70’s artist freedom became suffocated as the relationship with the Soviet Union became closer tightening the revolutionary morality.

A brightful and innovate episode of the political poster’s era reached its end.

But its design legacy is still alive.

Let them inspire you.

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30 Free Vector RSS Icons

Bored with the good old orange RSS button?

How about a nice little button in 30 color variations and in vector format? Now you will more to choose from. Also working on date buttons and badges.

To use them open/import it on your vectorial/bitmap editor of choice [Photophop, Illustrator, CorelDraw]

**Update 11/1/07**
Check out the second pack of RSS Vector Icons now with 3D translucent look.

**Update 11/2/07**
Added PNG files to the .zip

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Let Vintage Wallpaper Spice Up Your Designs

You are looking at some new trendy webpage and get impressed by those rich floral textures and backgrounds, and wonder: where does that inspiration come from?

Inspiration is everywhere

Just have look around you and you will find precious sources. This time, it comes from the walls.

Antique wallpaper is an impressive source of inspiration. You can see them quietly embellishing the background of music videos, photos, prints and, of course, the web.

They go from geometric to lovely floral patterns. Suitable for a wide arrange of design pieces, not only because of their designs but also because of their harmonic color schemes.

Let them inspire you.

Floral Wallpaper

Floral Wallpaper

Floral Wallpaper

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85+ Free Killer Resources Every Designer Should Know

What makes a web-designer a great web-designer? Guts and information – and bit of talent.

All designers have to defeat the same monsters.

  • Inspiration blocks;
  • Lack of material, like and unvectorized logo;
  • Poor quality images or their non-existence;
  • Low or no budget;
  • Unhelpful clients;

May I continue?

Well the good news is that you just need courage to persist and the light of information to scare those monsters away.

You got the courage. I got the Info.

Here I’ll give the info that could take you ages to find by yourself or another designer to tell (maybe because of lack of time or selfishness). I tried to cover most of the aspects that will help you in your journey, in a total of 15 aspects. Let’s start with some healthy tips for images.

Images

It is 3 AM; you are pretty tired, your stomach can’t bear another dose of caffeine and you still need that Pretty Business type picture to use in your project, but you don’t have the budget to afford a stock image from gettyimage. Been there? Well, don’t panic. You can get it in HI-RES for free from some great sites – plenty of royalty photos to share, that you can use on your personal and commercial projects, depending on the type of license.

Now you will spend until 4AM trying to decide which photo to use.

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This is my site of choice, I’ve been using it using for years, god pretty usable navigation; lots of great quality photos, many ways to sort them.

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