Business Spotlight & Giveaway: IMakeMyCase.com

Business Spotlight & Giveaway: IMakeMyCase.com


There are plenty of companies out there providing a way for you to get a cool case for all your devices be it the iPhone, iTouch, Blackberry and so on. IMakeMyCase, a side job of case-mate.com,  is no exception in that they are also a provider of cool cases, yet their concept is wildly unique - they collaborate with world-class artists and musicians to produce some pretty rock'n designs.

Not only does IMakeMyCase provide case designs from top artists in both the music and art industries, but they provide a unique experience where you can use design pieces of a particular artist's collection of style to be the designer yourself.

How it works:

I decide to go with the work of Chuck Anderson of NoPattern.com.

After I pick the artist I want to go with, the animation zooms me down to Chuck Anderson's Design Studio where you can either make a custom design based on Chuck's artwork and inspirational style or I can simply buy a pre-made Chuck Anderson case (pre-designed by Chuck - "what would chuck do?").

  1. 1) Start with a Background
  2. 2) Add design Elements
  3. 3) Mess around with design elements like mirroring them, changing colors or totally warping the design elements with the kaleidoscope tool.

When you first start designing you might feel limited with some of the artwork and tools, but actually the secret lies in laying a few things out and then completely mauling it with the Mirror, Colors and Kaleidoscope tools - many times over.

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FlorisDesign: Broadening & Practicing Your Creative Skills

FlorisDesign: Broadening & Practicing Your Creative Skills


Floris Voorveld of FlorisDesign, is one of my new favorite artists in the freelance designers world. I originally discovered his work on logopond.com and became fascinated with his take on practicing creativity. Floris grew up in the Netherlands but currently resides in Spain. He creates some really nice, minimal designs.

Don't hate Design Contests, use them to your advantage...

Something that Floris does stood out to me. Being a designer myself over the past ten years, I have witnessed the flood of design contests online. This is a subject of strong opinion going both ways. Some designers feel that it can take value away from the proper design process and hard work, it cheapens the industry, etc. I think more and more designers are learning to see some value to the fact that the contests exist and are not going away any time in this millennium.

Floris has a great view about these contests on this blog post, Logo Contests. Part of what I want to re-state is third party by way of Floris stating from another source, but I like his thoughts on the topic.

"if you pay peanuts you get monkeys"

...although most of the time that is true, it's not always like that. The problem is that people who pay peanuts don't know squat about monkeys. They wouldn't know a good logo if it would hit them in the face, that's the problem.thoughts from Floris on Logo Contests

Ultimately, view design contests as a means to slim out the clients who really have no idea what good design will cost, what a good design is or how to handle the creative process of design. So really, the contests are doing you, the designer, a favor.

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Group Feature: HAIKU- Where Poets Create with Colors and Words

Group Feature: HAIKU- Where Poets Create with Colors and Words


Of the many word-based games played on ColourLovers, one of the newest is HAIKU PALETTES & POETIC PATTERNS where Lovers create palettes and poems at the same time from the words in the color names. The group began in January 2011 and quickly grew to 20 members in its first few days. Membership has more than doubled in less than the three to four months since the group was launched.

The Autumn Queen HPP

by Luna Rose

Upon rainbow throne
Bright and bold - The Autumn Queen
A sight to behold


April is National Poetry Month - A note from the editor

The month of April has many national celebrations, one of those being National Poetry Month. Before we draw this month to a close, we want to feature one of our most recent, popular groups, the HPP, managed by ketisse, a COLOURlover who is very passionate about writing and poetry. I personally think that it is amazing how she has invented a way for COLOURlovers to work with color, pattern and palettes to create poetry - the process is truly intriguing!

Today, the group currently boasts:

  • 178 COLORS
  • 179 PALETTES
  • 184 PATTERNS
  • 67 LOVERS

I hope you enjoy learning about the group itself and learning how to create a Haiku through palettes. ketisse has put together a very through guest post about her group and the creation process.

- Molly Bermea / Community Curator & Blog Editor

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Earth Day Book Giveaway & Recycled T-Shirt Flower Pin Tutorial

Earth Day Book Giveaway & Recycled T-Shirt Flower Pin Tutorial


To celebrate Earth Day today we have, Tiffany Threadgould of RePlayground.com and Terracycle.net, here to teach us how to re-purpose an old t-shirt to make these adorable flower pins. Tiffany just launched her first book, ReMake It! (by Sterling Publishing). It's super adorable and is a pretty fun book to have on hand whether you have kids or you just love to re-purpose. We'll be doing a giveaway for 3 of these books at the tail end of the tutorial with a BONUS PRIZE, so stay tuned!

T-Shirt Scrap Flower Pin

MATERIALS:

  • T-shirt
  • ruler
  • washable marker or pencil
  • fabric scissors
  • twist tie
  • button with two holes
  • pin back or safety pin

Use one T-shirt to make a single color flower, or mix it up and use strips from a few different shirts for a flower with different colors.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Measure and cut ¾-inch wide strips from the bottom of a T-shirt. From those strips, cut eight 8-inch long pieces.

2. Pull on the ends of each strip and stretch them until their edges curl. Snip three holes into each strip—one in the middle and two more, each ½ inch from the ends. Be careful not to cut across the whole strip, just to make small holes.

3. Slip the ends of the twist tie through a button, and pull it through so it is snug across the front of the button. Twist the ends of the twist tie together tightly until they are completely twisted at the back of the button.

4. Thread the end of the twist tie through the hole at the center of one of the T-shirt strips. Then, thread the twist tie through the holes on the ends of the T-shirt strip. Repeat this for all the rest of the strips

5. Holding the T-shirt strips and button together, untwist the twist tie ends. Insert them through the holes in pin back or wrap them around the safety pin (whichever pin you decide to use). Adjust the twist tie until the flower and pin are held firmly in place on the pin back. Remake a whole bouquet of flower pins and grow a garden on your shirt!

More About The Author

Tiffany Threadgould is a design junkie who gives scrap materials a second life. She's the head of design atTerraCycle, a company that collects and creates products from waste. She also keeps up her own green biz,RePlayGround, where you can find ReMake It recycling kits and oodles of DIY projects. Tiffany thinks that garbage has feelings too and can sometimes be found talking to her pile of junk at her design studio in Brooklyn, N.Y.


THE GIVEAWAY!

Tiffany was so kind to send us three (3) books to give to you! We are going to do another random pick from the user comments on this one. So if you'd like a cool copy of ReMake It! You must do the following:

Leave a comment telling us what your favorite art/craft style is be that a link out to your most favorite craft blogger(s) or just list your top 1-5+ most favorite things to work with be that modge podge, sewing, quilting, re-purposing, scrapbooking (traditional or digital), card making, painting, etc. The sky is the limit in the craft world!

BONUS PRIZE!

Bonus Prize is a $25 Gift Card at COLOURlovers partner, Spoonflower.com.

I will be posting this article on the COLOURlovers Facebook wall. All you have to do is:

  1. 1) LIKE the COLOURlovers Facebook Page
  2. 2) SHARE the article on your facebook wall
  3. 3) Leave a comment on the article I posted on our fb wall which should include your COLOURlovers USERNAME.

We will be conducting a random drawing from the facebook post commentary. As long as you followed the steps, you will be included.

If you have already LIKED our facebook page, then that step is done. You won't be able to see the SHARE or COMMENT on the COLOURlovers facebook wall until you have LIKED our page.

I've posted THIS (the above image shows what it will look like) blog article to our facebook wall. Re-Post it to your wall by clicking the link on it, SHARE (see red arrows in the image). And then make a COMMENT letting me know you shared it, and let me know your username on COLOURlovers. The facebook contest is ONLY for the $25 at Spoonflower.com. If you want the book you must ALSO comment on the blog post here.


You may play and qualify for BOTH prizes (ReMake It! book AND the $25 at Spoonflower.com). The contest will run from today, April 22nd, 2011, until Thursday, April 28th with winners announced Friday, April 29th, 2011. You must be a COLOURlovers user to qualify for either prize. So register if you need to!

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More Webby Love: Best Community Nominee x5!

More Webby Love: Best Community Nominee x5!


Can you believe it? COLOURlovers is up for a Best Community nomination AGAIN! This makes 5-years running, a record for Webby Nominations (pending confirmation from the Webby people). The Webby Awards are billed as the Oscars of the internet, and being nominated this many years in a row just keeps emphasizing how much love we get from our community. You are all truly great lovers!

We Need Your Vote + Love!

The Webby website can be a little overwhelming so don't turn tail and run the first moment you check out where to vote! Plus, you are allowed ONLY ONE VOTE per category (i.e. can only pick one community to win).

Step 1: Register to Vote

Yep, to vote you must be a registered voter. It's pretty quick and painless: www.webby.aol.com

 

Step 2: Find COLOURlovers Under the COMMUNITY Category

From the main menu hover over WEBSITES and find the COMMUNITY category. Remember to be logged in as a REGISTERED USER.

 

Step 3: The Ballot

When you get to the COMMUNITY page, you'll notice a bunch of categories above and below it. Of course ignore those and get straight to your vote! HERE IS A DIRECT LINK TO THE BALLOT

 

Bonus Step: Tell Them Why We Rock!

Chances are we won't win a popularity contest with Twitter, which has more than 200 Million users... But we can show them how passionate and supportive our smaller community is by leaving a comment of what you love about COLOURlovers. Once you've cast your vote, you can click the COLOURlovers name to view our entry page... and at the bottom is the comment area for you to share the love.

 

Help Spread the COLOURlove

We will be tweeting and facebooking this DAILY, so Re-Tweets, Shares and more will be much appreciated - You can TWEET or SHARE this article on your Twitter/Facebook too!

Tell your friends and family, leave fliers on cars at your local grocers, facebook it, Twitter it, rent a billboard to shout it to the world! You can also add a nifty little badge to your blog and/or website and anywhere else that accepts an HTML badge.

COPY either badge code below and PASTE to your blog/site:

Vote for COLOURlovers for the Webby Awards!

Vote for COLOURlovers for the Webby Awards!

 

An Awesomely Supportive Community - That's You!

We love our color community and appreciate all the support you give us day in and day out. COLOURlovers is ever growing in numbers and functionality. We wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for each and every lover on COLOURlovers. What once was a whim, a weekend idea from our uber-cool founder Darius (aka COLOURlover), is now a thriving, loving community. You just don't see this much passion in other communities. So thank you times a million and stay awesome!

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Site Updates: LOVES, FAVS, Templates

Site Updates: LOVES, FAVS, Templates


Many of you have been using the latest COLOURlovers.com updates for over a week now. Maybe you didn't even notice the update. Whatever the case may be, I'm going to do a quick run-down to showcase what's going on with LOVES, FAVS and TEMPLATES.

The Magical Profile

Updates were made to your profile to make it easier to view and manage your LOVES, FAVS and pattern TEMPLATES. If you haven't noticed, go to your profile...

You will notice three new items otherwise known as LOVES, FAVS and TEMPLATES - on your profile dashboard.

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Pattern From Hell: Winners Announced!

Pattern From Hell: Winners Announced!


Thanks to the COLOURlovers who contributed to the Clients From Hell book giveaway and Pattern From Hell Challenge! We got some pretty cool patterns as well as some funny low-key patterns. Give yourselves a pat on the back!

The basic rule was to create a pattern (not necessarily from Hell) using a minimal color palette.
Clients_From_Hell

The Winners!

I'm wishing I had four books to give away because there was a tiebreaker...and number four was still a great contributor. Alas, I only have three...so let's see who gets them!

The most LOVED pattern was contributed by mooberri.  Using some well placed basic shapes and a minimal color palette it turned out quite nice I think! Congrats!

Mooberri's personal Client From Hell experience:

"Well my friend is the CD at one if the best design firms in Canada and i know how to use Photoshop so i know a lot about design." - This was said as the client pulled out hideous fliers he had designed.

Just_say_No.


Next up, we have a TIE between anonymuse and hepvintage. Both excellent pieces and quite different. Neither of them posted anything about clients, but great patterns.

§1:_Client_is_kingkiss_me_darling


Best Runner up!

I wanted to give a shout and pat on the back to sec9586 for her funny contribution of "It needs to POP!" She came in just behind the tie (above).

She posted that her favorite ClientFromHell.net quote was:

CLIENT: “Don’t worry, my daughter is very artsy, so I’m used to dealing with you people and your train of thought.” - story of my life lol - says sec9586

The pattern description is very funny too so don't miss that.

"If I hear one more client tell me that my design needs to POP, I'm going to POP their little head right off."

It_needs_to_POP!


Overall, thanks to everyone again for contributing in both patterns, comments and votes. It was a fun contest and we had some laughs about some pretty crazy clients we've all had!

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New Site Features: Profile Identities

New Site Features: Profile Identities


Another simple but useful feature has been granted an update on COLOURlovers. If you haven't discovered it already, check out your Identities under your Profile.

Login to COLOURlovers.com and Go to: Account (located on the top bar next to your mail icon). Your Account page defaults to the Profile section of your Account.

Scroll down the Profile section past the General Information. Your identity section consists of an avatar, main picture and Identities and IM Screen Names. These have been updated to easily link out to your social networks and other types of sharing networks as well as your chat contact if you so choose. Hey, Spoonflower is even on there!

Big thanks to the COLOURlovers code geniuses!


...but wait there's more!

How the Identity Feature Works (in detail):

When you put your identities in to most sites, they make you copy/paste the exact link of your profile from whatever source for your identities. The problem here is that most sites grow over time and change happens in their code and the way things function. If the code isn't dealt with nicely, your identities may link to a dead Error Page and that's no good at all!

What we have done for the COLOURlovers Identities is made it simple - but might seem a little confusing at first. All you have to do is include your username or in some cases, your screen name for sites you are associated with that you want to include identities for.  Some examples:

facebook:

Facebook might be a little confusing, so I'll cover it first.

  • - Go to Facebook.com and log in if you are not already so.
  • - When you are logged in and go facebook.com, you will land on the main page for the News Feed of your friends and pages you are connected to. Click on YOUR name (top LEFT right next to your avatar/mini profile photo).

  • - You will then be viewing just YOUR updates on YOUR Wall and YOUR personal information to the public. Look at the top link in the browser, it will have changed to either your custom set URL on the tail-end or a numbered one. For example, my full facebook profile link reads facebook.com/mollybermea and I will ONLY need to use the green highlighted area, "mollybermea" in the COLOURlovers Identity field for facebook.


twitter:

Twitter is pretty simple. Your username on twitter is your Identity - this can be tricky because some people change their screen name to something different. If you want to double check, just go to your twitter page in a web browser... see my image (below). The green highlight is your account username name and what you will put in to the COLOURlovers Identity field for your twitter account.


flickr:

Flickr.com is pretty simple too. After logging in, you will see on the TOP RIGHT who you are logged in as... or you can view the browser link (see below image, green highlights) by going to YOUR Photostream.


I could go on, but I just wanted to show a variety of ways to do a few. If you are having trouble finding the correct username to use for a certain Identity, please feel free to send me a love note and I will help. We will have this information also available in our soon to come, FAQ with EACH Identity addressed.

If there is an identity you would like added to the drop-down list, make sure you let us know.


header pattern:
Cheap_Mustache

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Threadless + Steven Alan Pattern Design Challenge: Using Seamless

Threadless + Steven Alan Pattern Design Challenge: Using Seamless


Threadless, well known for it's community-designed, community-picked (aka "scored") t-shirt designs, is partnering up with Steven Alan for a fun, Fall Pattern Design Challenge. We LOVE Threadless because they empower artists and create portholes of success, no matter who you are or where you are at in your art career/hobby. In turn, this produces a wide range of awesomely unique clothing for the rest of us to wear.

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WINNERS: Smashing Book #2 Giveaway

WINNERS: Smashing Book #2 Giveaway


If you've been waiting ALL DAY today for the results to who won copies of the Smashing Book #2 Giveaway, they're in!

And the winners are...

CaffeinatedLifeForm

I am a student as well as a freelance web and print designer. I love looking through design books for inspiration on any topics I may be working on at any given time. The vast amount of information that can be contained in a book has always endeared them to me (not just the pretty pictures:). - comment from CaffeinatedLifeForm

Dextro

I'm a college student that's starting in the wonderful and magical world of freelance web design mostly because I've been doing it for fun over the last few years (and might as well do it for profit then).Also I'm just starting and haven't been able to scrape together the cash for either of the Smashing Books which saddens me. Does it help if I throw in a picture of a cute kitten? - comment from Dextro

andyardener

I am a web developer, that needs a little more insight into web design to merge them blurry lines into one. I also do some freelance work which leans heavy on web design, and i need to streamline my workflow a little.. so the wire framing section in particular sounds great. - comment from andyardener

***Winners will be sent love notes. You will have seven (7) days to claim your winnings or I will draw another from the batch of contestants*** 


What a successful contest! I truly wish that we had a book for each and every person who made an effort to write down what they do and why you want the book. You all deserve a free copy!!

Stay tuned (via RSS) for future giveaways and contests which should be happening more regularly on the blog. Speaking of which, head on over to our latest contest:

Contest & Book Feature: Clients From Hell

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