More Design Inspiration

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“Chronicling the most curious, creative, and notable projects, stories, and events of the graphic design industry on a daily basis” is how Underconsideration’s Quipsologies is describing what they’re doing. Recent entries sure to inspire more great designs include products like a crumplable and waterproof maps, magazine title and logo designs, designs that sprung from the former Soviet Union, Susan Kare’s signed prints classic Apple icons, CMYK soft drinks, profiles of the Google Doodlers, different ways to think of six-pack abs, defunct airline designs, Drawing Exercises in Excel, and so on. Great way to wake up and inspire your designer brain!

Flash-based User Interface Components Written in ActionScript 3.0

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Flash and ActionScript 3.0 user interface components can take lots of time to create, so why not use some ready-made, open source starter components, like the ones on ? The components on this site are lightweight, but extremely small and easy to use. In fact, the site is created purely with Minimal Components and comes in at about 60kb for the whole site! Choose from sliders, calendars, bar charts, numeric steppers, draggable windows, VSliders, HSliders, text areas, knobs and more. You can find more info on MinimalComps on Keith Peters’ blog at .

Creativity and Innovation Techniques – from A to Z

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Have a most vexing design problem and are running out of ideas and time? Put your brain into learning mode and run through a myriad of creativity and innovation techniques described at myoted.com. Look at dozens of techniques like reverse brainstorming (love this one!), using crazy ideas without censoring yourself, analogies and the cherry split.

If you’re already in the ‘tearing your hair out’ phase of your project – and we’ve all been there – try this all time favorite: “If you need to ‘see,’ look at something else” meaning you take a break from your current project and literally walk away and put your brain into a completely different environment. For example, if you’ve been stuck working at a desk, get out and ride a roller coaster, walk through a museum (modern art or classic) or strike up a conversation with a complete stranger. The idea is to get unstuck and open up your brain for new impressions, the food of creativity!

Keywords Within Text

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If you need to find which keywords are dominant within a body of text before you publish it, or that isn’t available online, copy and paste your text into PrioritySubmit’s keyword count tool. It’s a simple tool that can be very useful when checking an article for dominant keywords before posting it to your own website, or before publishing a press release for example. This tool also lets you exclude short words like it, he, etc.

Finding Keyword From Questions

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Another useful tool for finding keywords from questions is at Wordtracker. Wordtracker upped the research data they include from three months to a year, which makes this tool useful for discovering trends as well. You get data of what questions people type into search engines related to a specific topic. To get the most results, only type a single word related to your niche. You can also use the results you get as a starting point for blog post ideas. Since each keyword research tool provides different data depending on what sources they use to track data, using different tools is essential to finding as many keywords as possible within a niche. More keyword tools.