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Superhero part-time jobs by Chow Hon Lam

Chow Hon Lam, a 38 year old illustrator from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is November’s artist of the month. Hon, still residing in Kuala Lumpur, has been designing for about 18 years. He says that he got into designing because he likes to draw, and thinks it’s the main reason he became a designer, and why he is still doing it today.

Hon is the owner of Flying Mouse 365, a t-shirt and print store in which he sells his designs. You can view more of his work there or check out the links below to see more of Hon’s designs.

Hon was kind enough to answer some questions for us in this quick interview which you can see below.

Where did you land your first design related job?

My first design job was working as a part timer in a small design house, I still remember my salary was about $1.50 per hour.

Tell us a little about Flying Mouse:

I started designing tee shirts in 2007, and I used Flying Mouse as my nick name in this industry. The name Flying Mouse was inspired by one of my favorite childhood cartoons called Mighty Mouse, he is a mouse that can fly and has super powers. Mighty Mouse brought me some good times, I hope Flying Mouse can bring the same thing to other people too.

What made you decide to start this “Part-time Job” project?

The “Part Time Job” project actually started with a batch of 6 superheroes with their Part Time Jobs, surprisingly it received very good responses from people. I decided to continue this project and create more “Part Time Jobs” for them. Those superheroes definitely can do more jobs with their abilities beside save the world.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy movies, the gym, food, and spending time with friend and family.

Who/Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Everything around can inspire me because I believe everything has a story behind it, and I’m trying to create a story for them.

What does your office look like?

Currently I work from home. It is a small room, which is good enough for me.

Chow Hon Lam Workspace

What design tools/software do you use?

My work mostly is digital art, I use a tablet, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

Chrome, Firefox, or Safari?

Currently I’m using Firefox.

What are some of your future plans/goals as a Designer?

Trying to let more people know about my brand “Flying Mouse 365”, it is a tee shirt with a story, I call it “Story Tee”.

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The main reason I chose Chow Hon Lam as artist of the month was because of his unique designs. My favorite project of his is the part-time job project. The part-time job project illustrates various superheroes doing jobs other than saving the world. If superheroes were forced to get a part-time job to pay the bills, this is what that job would be.

The project was very interesting and creative and I’m sure you will all enjoy it very much.

Iron Man

Iron Man’s part-time job would be ironing.

Iron Man's Part-time Job is Ironing

Captain America

Captain America’s part-time job would be serving at a restaurant using his shield as a serving tray.

Captain America's part-time job is serving at a restaurant

The Wolverine

The Wolverine’s part-time job would be slicing meat at a meat shop.

The Wolverine's part-time job is slicing meat at a meat shop

Thor

Thor’s part-time job would be hammering steel at a metal factory.

Thor's part-time job is hammering steel at a metal factory

Superman

Superman’s part-time job would be delivering mail.

Superman's part-time job is delivering mail

Spiderman

Spiderman’s part-time job would be netting rackets at a sport shop.

Spiderman's part-time job is netting rackets

Mr. Fantastic

Mr. Fantastic’s part-time job would be picking apples at a apple farm.

Mr. Fantastic's part-time job is picking apples

The Human Torch

The Human Torch’s part-time job would be roasting chicken.

The Human Torch's part-time job is roasting chicken

Flash

Flash’s part-time job would be delivering pizzas.

Flash's part-time job is delivering pizzas

Batman

Batman wouldn’t have a part-time job.

Batman wouldn't have a part-time job

Cat Woman

Cat Woman’s part-time job would be a rat catcher.

Cat Woman Part-time Job is a Rat Catcher

Invisible Woman

Invisible Woman’s part time job would be at a magic show.

Invisible Woman Part time job is at a magic show

Cyclops

Cyclops’ part time job would be a road worker.

Cyclops part-time job is a road worker

Aqua Man

Aqua Man’s part time job would be an Aquarium worker.

Aqua Man part time job is an Aquarium worker

Storm

Storm’s part time job would be a veggie farmer.

Storm's part time job is a veggie farmer

Iceman

Iceman’s part time job would be an ice cube manufacturer.

Iceman's part time job is a ice cube manufacturer

Conclusion

I’m sure Hon will continue working on more of these creative graphics so be sure to follow him on his various social media accounts. Which superhero part-time job was your favorite or did you think was the most creative?

365 Illustrations by Enfuzed artist of the month Jag Nagra

October artist of the month goes to designer Jag Nagra. Jag, 29 years old, was born and raised in the suburbs of Vancouver, Canada and has been designing since her graduation from design school in Spring of 2006.

Jag is most known for her 365 design project (which we will cover below) in which from January 29, 2012 to January 28, 2013 she created an illustration a day (365 days, 365 illustrations).

You can view/follow more from Jag Nagra via the links below

Before we get to her awesome designs, Jag was kind enough to answer a few questions for us in a small interview which you’ll see below.

Where are you currently residing?

I live in a different suburb of Vancouver, where I just purchased my first home this summer!

What made you want to become a Designer?

My older brother had taken some design classes in University, and one project in particular required that he photograph my hand, and insert it into a typographic layout. I think that was the moment that I realized that this was an actual profession. People got paid to do this kind of thing? That’s when I really started thinking I wanted to do this. Before that point, I had no idea that Graphic Design even existed. I was oblivious.

What University did you attend and what’s your degree in?

After high school, I spent 2 years taking general studies at a post-secondary institute. Throughout my entire childhood, I just thought you went to University after high school, and then got a career. I didn’t understand how it worked. And so after I walked away with this diploma in my hand, I was no closer to a career than before I had started. I then applied for a Graphic Design program at the Art Institute of Vancouver without really knowing what that entailed, and ended up falling in love with it.

Where did you land your first Design related job?

My very first paid design job was working at a small greeting card manufacturer that created Christmas cards for corporate clients throughout Canada. My job was to input their pre-chosen messages to the inside of the card. It really wasn’t the most stimulating job, but I was only there for a few months since it was seasonal.

Tell us a little about Page 84 Design:

Page 84 Design started as a creative outlet for me outside of my day job. It’s a way for me to experiment, and push myself into new realms. Last year, I began a 365-day illustration project so that I could teach myself how to illustrate. That lead to getting noticed by design blogs, which then lead to people hiring me as an illustrator. So I guess at the moment, I’m calling myself an Illustrator.

I’m excited to see where I’ll go with it next, but it’s cool because it’s all up to me. I don’t need anyone’s approval before I post something or experiment with something.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

You mean when I’m not snuggling with my dogs? I have a huge passion and respect for photography. You could say that was my first love. These days, I gladly forgo my Canon camera equipment for the ease of use of the iPhone, and the ability to instantly share photos through Instagram. I’m obsessed!

Who/Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I love all things retro and mid-century modern.

What does your office look like?

I found this old solid wood desk on Craigslist that belonged to a retired doctor. It’s from the 1960’s and it’s so cool. They were moving to a new office space, and luckily I swooped it up for FREE before it ended up in the landfill. The donkey is an illustration of mine that I got printed on canvas.

Jag Nagra Office Picture

What design tools/software do you use?

I use a 17″ Macbook Pro, and I would say 80% of all the work I do in in Adobe InDesign..even illustrations.

Chrome, Firefox, or Safari?

Safari

What are some of your future plans/goals as a Designer?

I continually want to create things that will exist outside of a computer screen. A few years ago, I had this panicky realization that one day I would die, and my entire career would exist only in my computer files and I would stop existing as a designer. The thought of that is what lights a fire under me every day. I want to leave things behind for people to hold in their hands.

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Now the exciting part, Jag’s designs! Obviously we won’t be able to include all 365 illustrations she created for her 365 project, but we will include a few among other projects she has done. You can view all 365 illustrations on Jag Nagra’s Behance portfolio here or view them in her Vimeo video below.

These illustrations are truly awesome and I like the simplistic approach, you may recognize some of these illustrations as popular celebrities, as well as animals and a variety of other types of people and characters.

Mr. T

Mr. T Illustration by Jag Nagra

Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan Illustration by Jag Nagra

Danny Devito

Danny Devito Illustration by Jag Nagra

Elton John

Elton John Illustration by Jag Nagra

Mr. Miyagi

Mr. Miyagi Illustration by Jag Nagra

ET

ET Illustration by Jag Nagra

Colonel Sanders

Colonel Sanders Illustration by Jag Nagra

Snoop Dog

Snoop Dog Illustration by Jag Nagra

Barack Obama

Barack Obama Illustration by Jag Nagra

Larry King

Larry King Illustration by Jag Nagra

Kanya West

Kanya West Illustration by Jag Nagra

John Travolta

John Travolta Illustration by Jag Nagra

CeeLo Green

CeeLo Green Illustration by Jag Nagra

Jason

Jason Illustration by Jag Nagra

Wolverine

Wolverine Illustration by Jag Nagra

Movember Prints

Jag created these Movember prints for the Mustache Gentleman’s Alliance, you can purchase these prints here. All proceeds go to the Mustache Gentleman’s Alliance.

Movember Print created by Jag Nagra for Mustache Gentleman's Alliance

Hugo’s Hot Sauce

Jag Nagra did the branding, illustration and packaging design of a new line of hot sauce called Hugo’s Hot Sauce.

Hugo's Hot Sauce by Jag Nagra

Hugo's Hot Sauce Business Card by Jag Nagra

There you have Enfuzed’s artist of the month for October, Jag Nagra. Be sure to follow her on the social media links we listed above so you can view all of her past and current work.

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The Anatomy of a Graphic Designer infographic by Glantz Design

You may remember the infographic we posted awhile back comparing web designers vs web developers, making fun of the stereotypes of each of them. This infographic from Glantz Design is similar to that, except that this one is making fun of graphic designer stereotypes. These stereotypes include Apple die hard, black rimmed glasses, skinny jeans, coffee addict, hip sneakers and more.

For the most part some of these are true, obviously everyone is different and has a different style, but this style seems to be a trend among designers in general. It’s always fun to laugh at ourselves once in awhile so hopefully you get a good laugh out of this.

Created by Glantz

The Anatomy of a Graphic Designer infographic by Glantz Design

Minimal Classic Children Story Posters

We are super late for artist of the month this month, but we didn’t miss it! Artist of the month for September 2013 goes to graphic designer Christian Jackson. Christian, born in Wisconsin and currently residing in the west suburbs, St. Charles, IL (Chicago); has been doing graphic design for 10 years now.

I chose Christian as September artist of the month because of his minimalism graphic design project, Classic Children’s Stories. Minimalism has been very popular recently and so have the re-designing of movie posters in minimalist form. These poster designs by Christian have encompassed the barest possible design while still being able to let you recognize which story they represent.

You can view/follow more of Christian via the links below:

Before we get to the posters though, I wanted to share with you some of the questions I had a chance to ask Christian in a quick interview.

How old are you?

Just turned 31 on September 15th.

What made you want to become a Graphic Designer?

I grew up in a very creative home. I’ve illustrated all my life. However my brain is just as much technical as it is creative. The organization of design really appealed to me, and it was a way to make my creativity lucrative and inevitably do what I love for the rest of my life – create!

What University(s) did you attend and what is your degree in?

Ha! No universities, just a terrible technical school that I don’t want to credit by even mentioning its name. I got my degree in print design, but now I work in interactive. Outside the basic fundamentals of design, I’m completely self-taught.

Where did you land your first Design related job?

Well I did small design jobs here and there on the side of a lame full-time job for years, but my first official full-time design gig was with VSA Partners.

Tell us a little about Sinch Art & Design:

Sinch started in 2007. Back then it was known as Square Inch Design. It’s my freelance alias for art and design. Online it’s a place where I post my latest work whether it’s a new art print for sale or a new interface for a client, and I also share a plethora of inspiration from other designers on my blog.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Spare time? What’s that? My time is always filled with something if it’s not client work, then it’s personal side projects, like the children’s book I’m currently illustrating (http://imaginemaggie.com). And when I’m not working I have two, tiny, crazy, little girls that keep me plenty of busy… and entertained.

Who/Where do you draw your inspiration from?

There is a thriving design community out there, which of course you already know. You’re blog in a great part of it. I’m plugged in all the time. Design in constantly in my vision. And though I draw a lot of inspiration from it, I’d have to say that my biggest source of inspiration is derived from ugliness. Things that are poorly designed really get my creative mojo going. I can’t help but try and come up with ways to make it better.

What does your office look like?

It’s the exact opposite of inspiring, which is just how I like it. I put a small desk in the corner of my loft. It has wonderful light and that’s all I need. I freelance and most of my creative thinking happens away from my desk. If I’m at my computer I’m working. So, the fewer distracting frills the better.

What design tools/software do you use?

I tend to stick to Photoshop and Illustrator for my design work. There aren’t very many print jobs these days so InDesign remains neglected which is just the way I like it. I also do a lot of illustration work, and for the digital stuff there is nothing better the Sketchbook Pro. It’s the most real-to-life drawing and painting app I’ve ever used. Hardware wise, I’m still rockin’ my iMac from 2009, and a Bamboo Wacom Tablet from 2007. You don’t need the latest tools to do the job right I guess.

Chrome, Firefox, or Safari?

It use to be Chrome across the board but since iOS 7 I’m diggin’ Safari on mobile and I keep Chrome for my desktop.

What are some of your future goals as a Graphic Designer?

To not be one… or at least not in the traditional sense. The only downside to my job is having clients, and if any of my clients are reading this right now, well… it’s true and I’m not sorry. I love designing, and I love creating things. My ultimate goal is to do it at my own discretion without the restrictions of what the client wants. I want to use my design abilities as an art-form and make things based on my own interests and inspirations. If people like it and want to buy it, then great! No client strings attached. It’s selfish and far fetched I know, but the heart wants what it wants.

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Now the fun part, his graphic design project! Here are just a few of the classic children’s stories posters by Christian, you can view all of them on his website here. These children story posters were done using the minimalist approach. You can also order any of these from Christian’s website to be put on a poster, iPhone case, T-Shirt, card, pillow, and more.

Goldilocks & The Three Bears

Goldilocks & The Three Bears Poster by Christian Jackson

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz Poster by Christian Jackson

Pinocchio

Pinocchio Poster by Christian Jackson

Rapunzel

Rapunzel Poster by Christian Jackson

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood Poster by Christian Jackson

Snow White

Snow White Poster by Christian Jackson

The Three Little Pigs

The Three Little Pigs Poster by Christian Jackson

Beauty & The Beast

Beauty & The Beast Poster by Christian Jackson

Cinderella

Cinderella Poster by Christian Jackson

Jack & The Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk Poster by Christian Jackson

Chicken Little

Chicken Little Poster by Christian Jackson

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland Poster by Christian Jackson

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What Classifies as Flat Design Featured Image

What classifies as flat design? As this trend has quickly risen in popularity, so has the abundance of people claiming “flat” and “not flat” on various designs.

About a week ago I came across a Twitter post by a design blog that had to do with the new GoDaddy redesign, asking people what their thoughts were on it. Curious to see what it looked like, I went over to GoDaddy to check it out. It’s nothing special, just a simple redesign using some flat elements. What I did like, and what was most noticeable, was the amount of clutter they got rid of (the old GoDaddy website was a mess).

After seeing the new design, I went back over to Twitter to give my thoughts on it. Before doing so however, I decided to read some of the comments others had on it. A few of the users exclaimed that the new design was “not flat”, citing “too much white” and “bad font choice” as the reason. This had me scratching my head, are people confused on what flat is?

That really got to me (enough so that I have decided to write an article about it) because, to me, flat can be considered many things. The term “flat” is somewhat politically incorrect because there is such a broad base on what could be considered “flat”. As designers we need to find some common ground and agree on what exactly defines a flat design.

I want to start by looking at the dictionary definition of flat, which is defined as “smooth and even”. Even by the definition, flat could be considered a multitude of things because it’s definition is so broad. So what I did was made a little list here of some elements that are usually included (or not included) in a design that make it “Flat” :

  • Uses solid colors
  • Has less gradients
  • Looks two dimensional
  • Has squared or sharp Edges
  • No bevels
  • No textures
  • Sometimes without shadows (some include long shadows)
  • No skeuomorphic details that give it that realistic or three dimensional look
  • Utilizes function and simplicity
  • Has minimal design elements

I’m sure the list is missing a few things, but after reading it and reading the above definition of flat, I hope to give you an idea of what flat design is. Now it’s time to do some comparisons so we can see what classifies as flat and what does not.

Flat vs Not Flat

The app icons in this design are a great example for comparison between the skeuomorphic design of iOS 6 and this flat concept design of iOS 7 by SimplyZesty. Notice how the icons in iOS 6 have the glare across them with various gradients and much detail giving it the ‘pop’. Just the opposite, the iOS 7 concept icons are simple with solid colors, squared edges, and a flat look.

iOS 7 Concept Designs by SimplyZesty

Flat

Awhile back we did a company spotlight on Fostr, a creative project app, so I will use their website as perfect example of flat web design. Notice how simple it is, no flash involved and it incorporates flat design elements perfectly. It even shows off some flat vector style graphics on the landing page.

Fostr The Creative Project App for Designers

Flat vs Not Flat

Here is another great example of flat design versus “not flat” design, the clock app icon for apple iOS devices. As you can see the new clock app icon for iOS 7 (left) is much more simplistic and easier on the eyes than the iOS 6 clock app icon (right).

iOS 6 app icon compared to iOS 7 app icon

Flat

What better way to show what flat design is that with the company that helped bring this trend to life, Microsoft. Defining it as “Metro”, Microsoft gave a fresh breath to the flat design trend with their Windows 8 UI and it’s simplistic design.

Microsoft Website 2013 Screenshot

Flat vs Not Flat

Staying with Microsoft, when they launched their new logo in 2012 they incorporated the metro look to it. Check out this comparison of the old Microsoft logo (left) versus the new flat Microsoft logo (right)…

Old Microsoft Logo versus New Microsoft Logo comparison

Flat

Taasky, an up and coming task management app, has a great example of flat design for their website. It is simple and incorporates the popular flat colors and minimal design.

Taasky Task Management App

Flat vs Not Flat

Jay Kwong, a web and graphic designer from Hong Kong, designed the app icons for Lightly. As you can see in the image below, she has the app icon for iOS 6 (left) next to the newly designed icon for iOS 7 (right). This is a perfect example of Flat vs Not Flat design and how much simpler the flat trend makes designs.

Lightly iOS6 vs iOS7 app icons

Flat

The Cubicle Ninjas website is a great example of being flat, but being subtle about it. It doesn’t flaunt the usual flat color palette and vector style graphics, it uses flat as a means to make the website more minimal and give the user an easy yet appealing experience.

Cubicle Ninjas Website

Flat vs Not Flat

Some of you may have come across it by now, the new Google logo is what I’m talking about. This comes a a great recent example of a flat redesign. The old logo (pictured on top) incorporated a bevel on all of the letters giving it dimension and a “pop”. As you can see below, the new logo (bottom) has removed the bevel giving it a flatter look that is worlds better.

Old Google Logo versus New Google Logo 2013

Flat vs More Flat

Some designs that are flat, like the new iOS7 for example, are not as flat as they could be. I’ll show you what I mean by using this iOS7 redesign by Wellgraphic. They created this side by side comparison of the new iOS7 (left) and their version of iOS7 (right) in a redesign. Notice how much flatter and more minimal Wellgraphic made the icons in their design.

iOS7 Redesign by Wellgraphic

Conclusion

As you can see, some flat designs are different from others. It’s not to say that the new iOS7 design by Apple is not flat, parts of it are because it encompasses some of the qualities of a flat design that I listed above. It’s just not the greatest example of what a flat design could be in my opinion.

The point I’m trying to make with this article is that there are many different takes on flat design, some designs are an obvious flat, while others are sleepers and don’t really come off as flat. As I knew (and was hoping it would), this article is going start some controversy, good controversy I hope, that can help us figure out what this trend really is. So feel free to comment your take and opinions on the matter of flat design below.

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Waffle App Icon

Seeing app icons has essentially become part of our daily lives. With this comes the struggle for designers to create icons that will stand out from all other app icons. There are a lot of designers who have managed to make this task look incredibly easy, designing some stunning and creative app icons (see our past article: 25 Clever Mobile App Icons).

After following some of the designers that create these amazing app icons, I began to notice a trend, a lot of these icons are food related. I began stumbling across more and more icons that looked so tasty that I wanted to take a bite out of my computer screen. So I decided to create an article showcasing some of these food related app icons that are sure to get your mouth watering.

1. Waffle by Eddie Lobanovskiy

Waffle App Icon by Eddie Lobanovskiy

2. Steak by Eddie Lobanovskiy

Steak App Icon by Eddie Lobanovskiy

3. Bacon by Eddie Lobanovskiy

Bacon App Icon by Eddie Lobanovskiy

4. Cinnamon Roll by CreativeDash

Cinnamon Roll App Icon by CreativeDash

5. Donut by CreativeDash

Donut App Icon by CreativeDash

6. Pancakes by CreativeDash

Pancakes App Icon by CreativeDash

7. Burger Bun by CreativeDash

Burger Bun App Icon by CreativeDash

8. Sushi by CreativeDash

Sushi App Icon by CreativeDash

9. Fried Egg by CreativeDash

Fried Egg App Icon by CreativeDash

10. Chuck by Marc Clancy

Beef Chuck App Icon by Marc Clancy

11. Sandwich by Ryan Ford

Sandwich App Icon by Ryan Ford

12. Fries by Ryan Ford

Fries App Icon by Ryan Ford

13. Oreo by Julian Burford

Oreo App Icon by Julian Burford

14. Burger by Julian Burford

Burger App Icon by Julian Burford

15. Donut by Konstantin Datz

Donut App Icon by Konstantin Datz

16. Jelly Cake by Erfan Nuriyev

Jelly Cake App Icon by Erfan Nuriyev

17. Hamburger by Erfan Nuriyev

Hamburger App Icon by Erfan Nuriyev

18. Candy by Ramotion

Candy App Icon by Ramotion

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