Inspiration

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Packaging has become more than just a way to wrap up a product, it has become a way of establishing a recognizable identity for a company and product. Having creative packaging that stands out is a must in today’s world, especially with the amount of companies competing against each other selling the same product. Making sales then goes beyond the product and moves to on the shelf advertising, having a product that catches the consumers attention is a major selling point.

Below we’ve gathered 16 creative packaging examples from companies/designers that are doing it right.

1. Mandarin Oranges by Koh Siok Yee

Mandarin Oranges Packaging by Koh Siok Yee

2. True Air Fresheners by Good!

True Air Fresheners Packaging by Good!

3. The Original Peppermint by Cory Etzkorn

The Original Peppermint Packaging by Cory Etzkorn

4. Smirnoff Caipiroska by JWT

Smirnoff Caipiroska Packaging by JWT

5. Zing! by Stuart McQuarrie

Zing! Packaging by Stuart McQuarrie

6. Anti-Theft Lunch Bags by Sherwood and Mihoko

Anti-Theft Lunch Bags Packaging by Sherwood and Mihoko

7. Fast Food Packaging by Ian Gilley

Fast Food Packaging by Ian Gilley

8. Tea Bag Hangers by Soon Mo Kang

Tea Bag Hangers by Soon Mo Kang

9.Royal Tea Bags by Donkey Products

Royal Tea Bags by Donkey Products

10. Gnome by Lo Siento

Gnome Bread by Lo Siento

11. NYC Spaghetti by Alex Creamer

NYC Spaghetti by Alex Creamer

12. Butter! Better! by Yeong Keun Jeong

Butter! Better! by Yeong Keun Jeong

13. Sandwich Book by Pawel Piotrowski

Sandwich Book by Pawel Piotrowski

14. Paintbrushes by Simon Laliberté

Paintbrushes by Simon Laliberté

15. Ricola by Julien Canavezes

Ricola by Julien Canavezes

16. Waldo Trommler Paints by Reynolds and Reyner

Waldo Trommler Paints by Reynolds and Reyner

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Over the past few decades the art of photography has shifted it’s definition to being more of a mix of both photography and design thanks to the release of Photoshop back in 1989. Since then photos have become more of a work of art, being able to be manipulated in ways we would have never thought possible for use on the web, magazines, TV, etc.

This brings us to my main point, a great design, whether it be web, graphic, or print, is only as good as the photograph that is used in it. That is why it is important, when creating a design around a photo, to have an excellent photograph to base it off of. I’ve always been a fan of vehicle photography, (me being a car enthusiast) I even tried my hand at it for awhile. So I figured it’s only appropriate to create an article showcasing some of the most incredible vehicle photographs and their photographers out there. If you love any of the photos below let them know your appreciation by visiting their portfolios. Enjoy…

1. Ford Mustang GT by Frederic Schlosser

Ford Mustang GT by Frederic Schlosser

2. Nissan 240sx by Andrew Thompson

Nissan 240sx by Andrew Thompson

3. Lotus Exige by Andrew Thompson

Lotus Exige by Andrew Thompson

4. Suzuki GSXR by Andrew Thompson

Suzuki GSXR by Andrew Thompson

5. Nissan 350z by Jim Davis

Nissan 350z by Jim Davis

6. Audi RS5 by Jim Davis

Audi RS5 by Jim Davis

7. GTR by Sean Klingelhoefer

GTR by Sean Klingelhoefer

 8. Falken Porsche by Sean Klingelhoefer

Falken Porsche by Sean Klingelhoefer

9. Ferrari by Dejan Sokolovski

Ferrari by Dejan Sokolovski

10. Range Rover by Paul Barshon

Range Rover by Paul Barshon

11. BMW by Erik Chmil

BMW by Erik Chmil

12. Porsche by Erik Chmil

Porsche by Erik Chmil

13. Photo by Ripley & Ripley

Photo by Ripley & Ripley

14. Jeep by Tomek Olszowski

Jeep by Tomek Olszowski

15. Maserati by Tomek Olszowski

Maserati by Tomek Olszowski

16. Nissan GTR by Wynn Ruji

Nissan GTR by Wynn Ruji

17. Audi RS5 by Markus Wendler

Audi RS5 by Markus Wendler

18. Ford Shelby GT500 by Webb Bland

Ford Shelby GT500 by Webb Bland

19. Ford GT by Webb Bland

Ford GT by Webb Bland

20. Redbull Racecar by Joe Windsor-Williams

Redbull Racecar by Joe Windsor-Williams

 **These photos are the sole property of the mentioned creator, please do not steal these or use them without their permission**

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Just days after Apple’s newest mobile operating system, iOS 7, was announced at the 2013 Apple World Wide Developers Conference (wwdc) designers across the world are already redesigning it. Critics are upset with how the new iOS was designed, being a mix of flat with a dash of something else.

One of the more odd changes was to the icons,changing the overall size from 114px to 120px and increasing the border radius from 20px to 27px . So here we will look at just a few of the hundreds of redesigns already on the internet. You can view Apple’s Original iOS 7 design here.

iOS 7 Reimagined by Zane David

iOS 7 Reimagined by Zane David

iOS 7 Reimagined by Zane David

iOS 7 by Dmitry Kovalenko (design team lead @Readdle)

iOS 7 by Dmitry Kovalenko

iOS 7 Icons Redesign by Ida Swarczewskaja

iOS 7 Icons Redesign by Ida Swarczewskaja

iOS 7 Redesign by Leo Drapeau

iOS 7 Redesign by Leo Drapeau

iOS 7 Icons by Jackie Tran Anh

iOS 7 Icons by Jackie Tran Anh

iOS 7 Icons by Jackie Tran Anh

iOS  7 Springboard Redesign by Doney Den Ouden

iOS  7 Springboard Redesign by Doney Den Ouden

iOS 7 Icons by Matthew Skiles

iOS 7 Icons by Matthew Skiles

iOS 7 Redesign by Michael Boswell

iOS 7 Redesign by Michael Boswell

iOS 7 Redesign by Michael Boswell

iOS 7 Icons by ididi

iOS 7 Icons by ididi

iOS  7 Control Center Redesign by Sam Nissinen

iOS  7 Control Center Redesign by Sam Nissinen

iOS 7 Control Center Redesign by Clement Ng

iOS 7 Control Center Redesign by Clement Ng

iOS 7 Safari Icon Redesign by Tim Poot

iOS 7 Safari Icon Redesign by Tim Poot

iOS 7 Safari by Apostol Voicu

iOS 7 Safari by Apostol Voicu

Safari by Anon Wuttowsky

Safari ios 7 icon by Anon Wuttowsky

iOS 7 Maps by Gabriel Ghnassia

iOS 7 Maps by Gabriel Ghnassia

*Note that all of these redesigns were done for fun*

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It can take years for a blog to become well established and recognized by the design community and it takes that long to build a good following. There are hundreds of Web and Graphic design blogs are all over the internet, finding which one’s are trustworthy and contain well written (and informing) articles can be hard these days.

I decided to compile a list of 15 web and graphic design blogs that I personally follow and find trustworthy (as far as original content goes). Please keep in mind that these are in no particular order.

1. Webdesigner Depot

I’ve personally been following this blog since I started in design a few years ago. There is always great, trustworthy content coming from Webdesigner Depot and they cover everything from Photoshop tutorials to WordPress plugins.

Webdesigner Depot

2. CSS-Tricks

My favorite thing about being a Front-End Web Developer is the fact that I get to work in CSS everyday. So it’s no surprise that I would follow Chris Coyier and his blog, CSS-Tricks. Chris is a CSS genius and I feel confident I am getting good information when I read his blog and his various articles he puts out daily.

 CSS-Tricks

3. Tuts+

Tuts+ not only covers Web Design and Graphic Design, but they also go as far as covering individual topics such as Vector Tuts, Craft Tuts, AE Tuts, Photo Tuts, WordPress Tuts, and many more. What I love about Tuts+ is the amazing how to videos, tutorials, and screen casts. You can get the full list of Tuts+ sites from their main website, tutsplus.com.

Tuts+

4. Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine publishes great articles and houses an awesome marketplace full of great tutorial books, one of my favorite being Smashing WordPress. They cover everything from coding to graphic design.

Smashing Magazine

5. SitePoint

SitePoint is great site for learning new things related to web and graphic design. They sell tons of great books, quite a few of which I have, that offer great information on any web related topic. The site also has a web forum, so you can sign up for that and post any questions you may have or just talk with others who share your same interests.

SitePoint

6. Creative Bloq

Creative Bloq is a branch off of the creatives magazine net mag and they cover everything from Web Design to Photography to 3D and Animation. They do mostly showcase articles for inspiration but they do cover how to articles. They publish multiple articles daily and are always on top of things, the only thing that gets to me about creative bloq’s website is the insane amount of advertisements and the lack of responsive design.

Creative Bloq

7. Designmodo

Designmodo is a great website for inspiration and how to articles. The site layout is very clean and easy to navigate through (it’s not all cluttered with advertisements), plus it’s responsive. Designmodo also posts various free resources for graphic and web designers.

Designmodo

8. Noupe

Noupe is another “cover it all” blog. They do everything from inspiration showcases and how to articles to web development and photography. Based out of Germany and created by Michael Dobler, Noupe offers a great place for designers and developers to stay in the now.

Noupe

9. Onextrapixel

Onextrapixel is fairly new to me, I just started following them recently. From what I have read over the past couple of weeks though, it seems to be a great blog to get trustworthy information from. Onextrapixel covers you from inspiration showcases to development articles as well as some great tutorial and how to articles.

Onextrapixel

10. Web Design Ledger

Web Design Ledger is a blog written by web designers for web designers. It covers various web design related tips and tutorials and has a great inspiration and freebie section.

Web Design Ledger

11. Six Revisions

Launched in 2008 by Jason Gube, Six Revisions is a great resource for Web designers and Web developers. They provide great tips and tutorials for developers and designers written by a talented, trustworthy group of designers and developers.

Six Revisions

12. Abduzeedo

Abduzeedo is an inspiration blog founded by Fabio Sasso geared more toward graphic designers and photographers. They cover quite a few tutorials for Photoshop and Illustrator as well as case studies and interviews with various designers.

Abduzeedo

13. Line25

Although it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing website to visit, Line25 does have some great articles. I always find myself stumbling across Line25 when searching for something web related.

Line25

14. Speckyboy

Speckyboy is another blog I just recently started following. Speckyboy was launched in 2007 by Paul Andrew and covers a variety of things including graphic design, development, mobile, and photography. It has a good sized following and a great selection of articles.

Speckboy

15. Enfuzed

Of course I have to list Enfuzed on here :). In all seriousness though, Enfuzed is growing fast and I hope to have it be one of the well known design inspiration blogs on the web, listed with some of the above blogs someday. I am dedicated to bringing you the best and in a different way than most other blogs, strictly focusing on the showcase and visuals, letting them do the work, while limiting the amount of text in each article (except I may have went overboard with text in this article).

Enfuzed

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Pinterest is one of the biggest social media networks on the web right now and for good reason. With millions of photos from across the web comes millions of pieces of inspiration for people of all ages, sexes, and interests. Pinterest houses great design and art boards that are constantly getting new additions.

Here at Enfuzed we’ve compiled a list of 15 must follow design related pinners that are sure to provide inspiration. These Pinterest accounts post new high quality design images regularly.

1. Enfuzed

Enfuzed Pinterest

2. Creative Bloq

Creative Bloq Pinterest

3. Web Designer Depot

Web Designer Depot Pinterest

4. Designmodo

Designmodo Pinterest

5. Carolina Beiertz

Carolina Beiertz Pinterest

6. Behance

Behance Pinterest

7. Sean Booth

Sean Booth Pinterest

8. Mike Jones

Mike Jones Pinterest

9. Chad Syme

Chad Syme Pinterest

10. Design Quixotic

Design Quixotic Pinterest

11. Inspirationfeed

Inspirationfeed Pinterest

12. Studio North

Studio North Pinterest

13. Kingsley Harris

Kingsley Harris Pinterest

14. The Next Web

The Next Web Pinterest

15. Awwwards

Awwwards Pinterest

The Proverbs Project by Michael Masinga

Earlier this year we did an article on 20 magnificent examples of typography (view here) and at number 18 on the list was Proverbs 10:13 by Michael Masinga. I liked his project so much I thought it should get a feature. So June Artist of the Month goes to Michael Masinga for The Proverbs Project.

For those of you who don’t know, Proverbs is a book in the bible filled with old proverbs that provides insight on life and the way one should behave and act to live a good life. You can follow Michael on Behance, Twitter, and Facebook.

Proverbs 1:7

Proverbs 1:7

Proverbs 3:3

Proverbs 3:3

Proverbs 3:13

Proverbs 3:13

Proverbs 3:27

Proverbs 3:27

Proverbs 5:20

Proverbs 5:20

Proverbs 8:12

Proverbs 8:12

Proverbs 10:8

Proverbs 10:8

Proverbs 10:9

Proverbs 10:9

Proverbs 10:13

Proverbs 10:13

Proverbs 10:19

Proverbs 10:19

Proverbs 10:24

Proverbs 10:24

Proverbs 11:2

Proverbs 11:2

Proverbs 12:17

Proverbs 12:17

Proverbs 13:10

Proverbs 13:10

Proverbs 15:12

Proverbs 15:12

Proverbs 17:21

Proverbs 17:21

Proverbs 19:8

Proverbs 19:8

Proverbs 19:15

Proverbs 19:15

Proverbs 19:18

Proverbs 19:18

Proverbs 20:28

Proverbs 20:28

Proverbs 23:4

Proverbs 23:4

Proverbs 23:23

Proverbs 23:23

Proverbs 24:5-6

Proverbs 24:5-6

Proverbs 26:4

Proverbs 26:4

Proverbs 26:15

Proverbs 26:15

Proverbs 31:27

Proverbs 31:27

Proverbs 31:30

Proverbs 31:30