Martin Sweeny

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The future of branding? The third dimension

Hey Helvetica, why don’t you slap on this stereoscopic headset?<p>That’s a nice typeface. Does it come in three dimensions?<p>As fonts make their way into augmented and virtual worlds, designers are posed with creating type that doesn’t just live in the X and Y world, but in Z-space, too. At least that’s …

Design Process: How to Create Illustrations for IT Blog or Landing Page

There are numerous goals which can be achieved with custom illustrations. Title images for blog articles are one of them getting more and more …

9 Things You Should Never Say to Your Kids (If You Want Them to Be Happy and Successful)

Experts warn these common phrases could be harming your kids.<p>When I was growing up, my father would always tell the story of how, in his pre-child days, he vowed never to tell his kids "Because I said so." Having hated the phrase himself, he promised himself he would never use it.<p>Nevertheless, one …

13 design tools and websites that are godsends for UI/UX designers

The continuous improvement of design tools has had a positive impact on usability and user experience. This has provided great convenience not only …

Is The Internet Killing Creativity?

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Web Design

Design a portfolio that packs a punch

I look at many creative resumes and portfolios every day in my job at Fantasy, spanning a wide range of disciplines and talents. Because there's so …

70 best free fonts for designers

Free fonts: quick links<p>In this freshly updated free fonts for designers post, we bring you the world's best free fonts. We've filtered out the jewels …

Typography

Eight Career Skills You Need To Be Competitive In 2016

The mix of hard and soft skills it takes to get hired change as quickly as business does. Here’s what it will take this year.<p>Good help is hard to find. At least that’s what one-third of hiring managers say, and the talent shortage isn’t just in technical fields. Good sales reps, managers, …

15 Web Design Trends to Look for in 2016

Yay, we’re here! 2016! The beginning of the year is always the perfect time to talk trends. <b>Web design trends</b> in particular.<p>The year 2015 has surely …

DESIGN DISRUPTORS

The future of business is being written by companies and products that—intentionally or not— shake billion dollar industries. In Design Disruptors, …

10 Paradoxical Traits Of Creative People

Creative people are humble and proud. Creative people tend to be both extroverted and introverted. Creative people are rebellious and conservative. How creative are you?<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>I frequently find myself …

16 Web & Graphic Design Trends To Watch In 2016

<i>This just in! Check the</i> <i>all-new Web & Graphic Design Trends post for 2017</i><i>!</i><p>As a web & graphic design agency with an accent in visual storytelling, my …

The unicorn workflow: design to code with Atomic Design and Sketch

Walk with me<p>Brad Frost, the stunning human being in the video above, is largely responsible for the system this article is about. Atomic Design was …

UX Design

The Undeniable Benefits of Being Weird

All my life I’ve heard the same refrain, “Why can’t you be… Normal?” But, everything in life has its risks including (and especially) being ‘Normal.’ …

Pop Culture

Why I Chose To Be a Modern Stay-at-Home Mom

In this era of high-powered women who run countries and businesses, a new breed of stay-at-home moms is rising. Gone are the days when they are are …

Developing Your Brand in 7 Simple Steps

This article is not just focused on getting high rank with search engines like Google and having a lot of traffic to your site, but rather, it’s …

10 Things I Learned Starting My First Side Business As a Work at Home Mom

Before my son was born I was in awe of the idea of work at home moms (WAHMS). They had the best of both worlds, being with their families and still having a career. It sounded really simple to me. Then I tried it for myself and soon discovered that the dream lifestyle could easily become a …

Luxurious Eco-Friendly Mansion Exists Entirely Below Ground

For those wanting to lessen their negative impact on the environment, the best place to build is down. Known as “underground homes” or “low-impact houses,” these structures minimize the amount of green space used by containing entire buildings below the Earth's surface. Two English firms–NC Homes …

Swimming Pools

5 underground homes and hotels for desert dwellers and tourists

Some advocates of eco architecture say that for preserving the urban space the higher up you build, the better. But with an astonishing amount of …

The invisible £4.5m home: underground Hampstead Heath house up for sale

At first glance, it looks like a grey paved parking space, discreetly hidden behind a mansion block in North London.<p>But beneath the unassuming exterior of the patch of land near Hampstead Heath lies a prime piece of London property.<p>Venture through the door of what looks like a wooden garden fence, …

6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

When it comes to cool eco architecture, some people feel like the higher up you build, the better. But don't forget to look down once in a while! …

Architecture