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T Shirt designT-shirt is one of the easiest and most comfortable articles of clothing one can put on and nowadays there are so many options available from many different colors, prints, cuts and lengths. But if you can’t find a design that suits  your needs or wants then why not design and print your own t-shirt?

Nowadays there are special technologies invented that are able to print over basically anything and therefore also t-shirts. That is a great way how to show off your personality or your preferences, likes or hobbies, because you can print word, pictures, symbols or anything else on your t-shirt that represents who you are.

T-shirt design also is a great way for brands, firms and companies to show off their logos or brand names and popularize them. They can give the t-shirts for their workers to wear or give out at events or to their clients as a gift, that way they not only seem more pleasant and giving but the more t-shirts are worn by people the more free advertising your company or brand gets.

Moreover you can even make a custom t-shirt and give it as a gift to somebody. Put on a picture of you and your friend, friend’s favorite quote,something funny or memorable, or simply something that you know will serve as reminder of your friendship.That way your friend will be able to remember you or an event. And because it is a t-shirt it will be worn often and every time your friend will wear it he or she will remember you.

And you can also print your favorite sports team logo, colors or any other thing that you know represent the team. This way you won’t have to purchase the t-shirts that are sold in events and are usually way too expensive. But you will still be able to support your favorite team during a game or in everyday.

Making your own t-shirt designs by printing on it pictures, words, quotes, sayings or anything else is a simple, nice and also pretty inexpensive way how to take a plain t-shirt and make it into something very cool.

Unique place, where to put your designed commericals

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Commercial design is one of the most important part of successful advertisement. Every advertisement has to tell a message, and one of the most used ways to tell that story is by creating attractive and good looking commercials. Design of commercial is important, but also important is the place you put your designed advertisement. Different commercials need to be placed in different places. For example, you want to put car commercial on spot, which is easy visible for drivers, while driving. You can put food commercials on the stores. You can place electronic device commercials on the internet. There are a lot of examples that commercials works best in environment that is related to your selling product niche. But there are also exception areas, where you can successfully put your designed commercial. These special areas usually stand out of the rest, and people pay attention to them. And one place, where you can place your advertisements are zorbing balls or human hamster balls.

Human hamster ball is unique looking large plastic ball. These balls are made even 3 meters tall. Zorbing is new sports and not many people have tried it and a lot of people have not even seen a human hamster ball in real life. And because of that, you can be sure that person, who sees the large human hamster ball for the first time will be surprised and will stop to see, what it is and what it does. So basically, this is a great place to put your designed commercial. And that is one of the reasons, beside riding the ball and using it for sports activities, how zorbing balls are used. Zorbing balls are used on adventure parks, are rented to companies for cooperative parties, and people buy them for personal usage.

Zorb balls are made from plastic and it is easy to put your product picture or company logo on the zorbing ball. Whatever service, product or anything else you are selling or promoting, you can put picture of it and some contact information of your company, like telephone number or e-mail, and you can be pretty sure, that people will notice your product on the large zorbing ball. Another way you can use zorbing balls for advertising your product or service is by finding a company that rents zorbing balls to people and other companies, and try to make a deal with them, that you can place your designed advertisement on the zorb ball and pay some fee to that company. They will rent zorbing ball to other companies and you can be sure that you designed advertisement will be noticed by people, which will use the large human hamster ball. You can also go to adventure parks, where zorbing balls are used, and ask them if they are willing to put your commercial on the zorbing ball for some fee. This way you can reach a lot of people from different groups, which are visiting the adventure park and riding the human hamster ball. If you want to buy a zorb ball for your company, you can put your advertisement on the zorb and bring it to holiday parties or on different events, and be sure, that many people will be surprised, when they will first see the large human hamster ball and will definitely notice your advertisement on the zorbing ball.

All in all, there are many ways you can promote your company, product, service or commercial on the human hamster ball and reach many people, by putting commercial on human hamster ball on adventure parks, on rentable zorb balls or you can buy your own human hamster ball and put commercial on it. You can be sure that people will pay attention to the large plastic ball and will see your placed commercial on the gigant zorbing ball.

PET bottle design

cxxzczxEvery day we use PET plastic bottles for transporting liquids like water and soft drinks but also other liquid substances. PET bottles are usually blow molded from a single plastic mold in a process where the plastic is heated and then air is pusher trough the opening so the sides become enlarged and expand throughout the cooled metal mold. This process is quick and cheap but it has some limitations to the shape and form that those bottles can be created in and that is the reason why most beverage bottles look similar to one another and there are not crazy shapes.

Because of this process in which the plastic bottles are made, designers are very limited to the design that can be created for all these PET bottles. IF you have ever looked closely at those designs that are available then you can see that almost all of them are equal with just some minor changes in the ridges on the sides and sometimes there are some minor changes on the bottom where the bottle meets the ground as this is usually the weakest point where most PET bottles break when they get damaged. But if we really think about this problem of great design in the bottle industry I bet we could come up with a better apparatus for creating beautiful and stylish bottles. Even using the same blow molding mechanism why is no one making rectangular shapes or some handles that would allow the user to hold these bottles more efficiently and create better liquid holding abilities in the same form factor rectangle comparing it with today’s round bottles.

Of course the round double bend shape gives additional strength to the structure as the same shape is used on dam’s and glass structures to increase their strength, but is this strength really so necessary? If we take the regular non carbonated water then I think the overall strength of the bottle does not need to be that great and even carbonated beverages if not shaken rapidly will not need structures that can only have those double bend angles.

My hope is to give your attention to this bottle design and when you buy your next drink examine how is this bottle made and how is it different from similar beverages but the most important part is to think how you could improve that design!

Image Formats and Where to Use them

When creating a website, sending images to a friend or uploading them on your favorite picture sharing platform you have many options to chose from when it goes to image standards or formats. Each of these formats is a little bit different and you have probably heard about some or all of them but they are all basically algorithms that somehow compress those images as they are simply made from pixels and each individual pixel needs a different color. This means a lot of information has to go inside one individual image but on the web the best thing is smaller size as everything need to be downloaded and we need some mechanisms to compress these images, so here come in these image formats or standards. There are three main image formats and I will try to briefly explain what they are:

GIF

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GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format and it is a file format specially designed for images on the WEB. This format uses only 256 colors and that means that it will hugely decrease your typical image size. GIF format is one of the most popular image standards on the web and it has a great bonus that allows you to create transparent images or rather it keeps the transparency when you convert to GIF format.

JPG

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Joint Photographic Experts Group is one of the best file formats to use for photographs and other images that need to retain the full color spectrum as JPG uses RGB color scale and that means millions of colors can be used. JPG is still a web format and that means it uses a algorithm that selectively combines pixels and their colors to reduce the overall file size. Because JPG is a very widely used format when transforming your images in this format you can use various compression algorithms by selecting the quality of your image and if you select lower quality more of that file reduction will be done and your image will become increasingly smaller in size.

PNG

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PNG or Portable Network Graphics is a file format that was specially created for the world wide web and it is a somewhat in-between format between JPG and GIF as it also has a transparency option but it allows to create images in million of colors. PNG images are smaller than JPG and they can have the same quality but another benefit is that transparency that can come in handy in various different websites and other usages.

Future smartphone design

We have all thought about the future in one way or another and how cool will the technologies of tomorrow will be. But have you thought about mobile phone future? I thing that we will still need phones and if we will not have glasses that can be used like phones then mobile devices will still exist and here are some concept phones for the future:

Philips Fluid Flexible Concept

This concept phone uses a liquid battery and an OLED display to give you a flexible bracelet like device that can be dismantled and created into a bracelet that you can put around your wrist. This phone concept looks stunning and that full body display makes it look really great.

Philips Fluid

Nokia 888 Concept

Nokia has created this concept phone as one of the best looking flexible devices you could have in the future. 888 has a flexible OLED touch screen and a liquid battery that can be bent and will still work. Nokia 888 has a full touch screen on the front but a padded back side that will keep it in hand and create a better grip.

Nokia 888

Kambala Ear-Phone

This is a beautiful design where a Smartphone has been designed to work as an earphone in the sense that you can flip it open and put it on your ear. This concept also uses liquid battery technology and a touch screen but it also has a lot of sensors on both sides for interaction and various different functions.

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Nokia Morph

Our last concept is the coolest of them all and that is the Nokia Morph Smartphone that uses nanotechnology to deliver a flexible multiple shape device that can be shaped in many different positions and with the help of nanotechnology transform into radically different device like earphone or cell phone but also a tablet and a lot more.

Nokie Morph

Mobile phone accessories evolution

Same as with evolution of mobile phones, mobile phone accessories has also evaluated pretty much in since mobile phones become available for anyone. In the beginning of mobile phone production, when phones were used for military purposes, no one could think that big, brick looking like mobile phone could one day have many hundreds of different accessories that will make them more attractive, stronger, more convenient, sound better or even take better photographs. Today, our mobile phones or smartphones have lots of accessories to choose from, and you will be able to find an accessory for practically any iPhone or Android smartphone that is manufactured today. iPhones have different cases, covers, protectors and speakers. Android accessories range is even more larger. Some most popular examples are colorful smartphone covers that will make a smartphones design more appealing. Android docking stations and speaker docks that connects to a smartphone, streams and plays music or radio on quality speakers. Protective cases that will protect a smartphone from any types of impacts and damages and helps to save android device in good condition for longer time. But how all these useful accessories developed over time?

docking station for smartphones

90s phone accessories

cell phone accessoriesFirst mobile phone accessories started to appear in beginning of 90s. As mobile phones started to get smaller, thinner and lighter, it was also more easier to break them. So there needed to be a solution to protect mobile phone from external impacts and damages. The best way to do this was to get some sort of cover for your mobile phone. This is when the first mobile phone accessories were invented – mobile phone cases. These cases were made from leather or similar materials and had transparent plastic cover in front of the screen, to protect it from scratches. These mobile phones cases were made large phones even more larger, so you will not see these kinds of mobile phone cases today, as every smartphone needs to be as thin and light as possible.

Design changes for phone accessories

After first smaller mobile phones came out, without antennas and huge battery in back of the phone, new types of accessories also were made, like mobile phone covers. These were very popular those days, and anyone with a mobile phone wanted a cool cover, so their phone could look different and individual form other people’s phones. There were not a lot of phones you could get, and not lots of customization possibilities, so colorful mobile phone cover was a way to make your mobile phones design look different from similar phones design.

Smartphone accessories

When first colored screen mobile phones with cameras came out, there was new range of accessories, like external mobile phone cameras, different earphones, bluetooth microphones smaller and lighter cases and also a lot more covers for mobile phones.

The next turnpoint of mobile accessories design were introduction of smartphones. Thanks to the fast growing count of smartphones, a lot more new accessories were developed for all types of smartphones, from iPhone, to Android phones, to Windows phone, Blackberry and others. Now, you can customize how your phone looks, sounds, enhance durability of the phone and make other adjustments to improve usage of your phone.

Mobile Phone Design Evolution

Mobile phones are one of electronic devices that has evolved the fastest. And not only in technological ways, but also in design. And this of course is pretty obvious, as development and evolution is also pushing design of mobile phones. Some of us may remember the first cell phones that were introduced to mass production several decades ago, and since then ways how we communicate with each other pretty much changed.

First Mobile phones

90s mobile phoneOld mobile phones were really large and looked more like bricks with antennas than something mobile, that you can carry with you all the time in pocket or purse. Mobile phones as many other technologies we use today, were first developed and used for military needs. And as you may know, there is no need for beautifully designed mobile phones in army. The essential need is to be able to communicate with other mobile phones, when it is needed, and to be durable enough to stand war conditions. When mobile phones got to mass production and everyone could buy them (well not everyone of course, but those, who had lots of money those days), the design of mobile phones changes pretty fast. First companies were made that started to produce mobile phones for masses. And if they wanted to be successful in rapidly growing mobile phone market, they needed to put huge attention to the design of mobile phones. In couple of years mobile phone design evaluated fast, and phones got multiple times smaller, thinner and lighter, but of course much larger and heavier than we see now. Antennas were shrinked 10 times smaller as radio communication technologies improved. In beginning of 90s some larger cell phone manufacturers were on top of mobile phone market, like Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola and others, that dictated the mobile phone designs. New types of mobile phone forms and corpuses were introduced, like phones with openable case, and phones with sliding corpus. Prices of mobile phones at this time were more friendlier to regular people, and not only the rich people could afford a new mobile phone.

Late 90s and 20s Mobile Phones

Next breakthrough in mobile phone design were colored displays and different sound format supporting mobile phones. This changed design of phones, because younger generation started to interest in mobile phones because of those new, cool technologies. More new manufacturers started mass production of mobile phones like Samsung and Sony. Smartphone design were a lot more fun and appealing. Black tones were replaced by colorful and bright tones. Mobile phones had changeable covers, so anyone could get a personalized mobile phone cover. Technologies and design of mobile phone evolved by months, and new inventions of mobiles phones were introduced to market.

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Smartphones

todays smartphonesThe last huge turning point for mobile phone design and development is the one that we are seeing now – smartphones. Thanks to Apple first iPhone, touch screens were introduced to mobile phones, because of internet and other possibilities new mobile phones could do, mobile phones now are being called smartphones. This changed mobile phone design 180 degrees around.Large displays, flat designs, thinner and lighter phones with front and rear facing cameras were just few inventions that smartphone had over previous types of mobile phones. Now we can see each year that smartphones are getting larger, thinner, displays are getting larger, and we are seeing less none display surfaces on our smartphones, sides of display are getting thinner to save weight and size of the phone.From design point, new materials are used for smartphone manufacturing like Aluminum body that looks and feels much better and more expensive than plastic. Smartphone covers are not as colorful as 10 years ago, but you can get different accessories for you smartphones, so you can customize the look and design of you smartphone as you want.

 

Product design development process

Today it is important to create a sustainable design for any products. There is a strong connection between a successful product design and companies execution. To create and develop a design, communication and cooperation between entrepreneurs and designers is needed. Both sides need to understand the essence of product design, development of product and manufacturing of product. Here are the main parts of product design development process.

product desing development

Task clarification process – This process includes identification of project needs. It sustains of market and competitor analysis, product requirements. In the result of this analysis, product designer will acquire a product draft. This gives the designer team a document with goals that need to be completed to create a successful product design. Afterwards, the product specification can be developed, if it is needed for designer team. This product designing phase is managed by marketing department.

Conceptual design creation – In this process, specification and requirements are being developed in multiple examples. This phase usually sustains of sketches, early technical and visual models, developments of different ideas about the product design, development of alternative concepts to reach the goal. In this step, designers have the most freedom to express their creativity, and at the, a conceptual design is created. It can be in form of a drawing or a model.

The introduction process – In introduction process, all the developed concepts are being tested, and life size models are created. This way company can test how product will look into the market. This process ends with design schemes or multiple product design drawings.

Detailed design process – This process means that drawings and models are transformed into production product design. Product concept is detailed and materials and manufacturing process gets described into details. Products capacity, safety and usability is considered. This process ends with detailed component descriptions and production of the design. This information is used to organize production processes and the development of product.

After production and testing process  - After product has been developed, produced, tested, it gets launched into the market. The time from product development to launch in the market can be from few weeks for simple products, to couple of years for more complicated products. The first phases of product development, like task clarification process, are the most important processes that determines, whether the product will have successful design and future development. This is way designers are involved not only in products design creation phase, but also in products concept development processes.

To make a successful product, it is important for all sides from product designers to company directors, to understand the design, marketing and development phases of product production.

 

Car Design

Automotive design is a profession or field of design that primary deals with motor vehicles such as cars, trucks, motorcycles and other land vehicles. The design of these vehicles is done not only on the outer shell but also on the whole concept and usually is done by professional art school graduates as well as engineers but most often both sides play a big role in the development testing and improving the car from the start concept to the end product.

Especially this automotive design is seen in cars as these are the most common vehicles on our roads and there are even smaller sub-categories that include interior design, exterior design and for newer cars also software and hardware design as most often newer cars are using some kind of computers in the dashboard that control various parts of these vehicles.

From the early days of Henry ford and the first commercially available cars this industry has only expanded as at first no one ever thought about style and design and everyone thought about functionality but as the years gone by people started to enjoy more colorful and different cars as no one wanted the same car as his neighbors. It all started with the Model-T from Ford but when this car had run its course more and more companies started to provide custom body panels and different design and this is where the car design industry really was born.

ford model t

This industry has went through a century of innovation and change and as technology advances and cars become more and more complex so does the design industry as it did not matter for the first cars how lightweight and aerodynamic they were but not everything revolves around efficiency and decreased fuel consumption as well as lightweight materials and beautiful but simple shapes. Through the years there were bulky car panels, wedge shaped designs, jet-set designs, and rounded edge styles but now every company is on its own and some huge trends are very hard to predict or see but that is only logical as now cars need to be super efficient but also look cool to the newer generation of auto buyers and models like Tesla, Aston Martin and Ford Mustang pave the way in the future of car design.

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If you would like to understand more about this complex trend then start by examining a couple of cars from each decade since 1950′s and start to examine some trends and comparable things that will eventually lead you to more i dept subjects that are covered on different blogs.

Actualities in Web design

Technologies have progressed a lot in past few years, and web is one of the most fastest growing computer technology industry. We have seen progress not only on technical side of websites, but also on their looks and design. Few new design concepts have become viral in past few years, because of the fastly increasing popularity of mobile devices. Now everyone that makes websites, no matter what you are – a programmer or a designer, you must adapt webpage you develop for all sorts of screens, starting from Large Smart TVs to Desktop PC, Laptops, Tablets, Pad phones, Smartphones, and smart watches are just around the corner. So what are the new web design tendencies and what is hot right now for web designers and developers?

Responsive design

One of the most important and noticeable trends of web design in past years have become responsive design. Responsive design means that designers makes websites design for different device screen size. That is why, when you visit some of your favorite web pages from your smartphone or tablet, they look different than when you visit them from your laptop, but everything looks right for your mobile devices screen size. This is possible because of responsive design. Web developers need to code the website in such way, that browser changes elements of web page based on browser size. This means that resizing your web browser in different sizes will show website information and elements in different forms, adapting them to browsers screen size. Each company developing a website for their business needs to consider this practice, as smartphone and tablet users grows each day, and you do not want your potential customers to leave your companies website, because it just does not look right on their mobile devices, and information is not easily readable.

responsive web design

Full screen

Full screen design has also become popular in past years. Full screen websites are usually developed for companies, that needs to place emphasis on single product or service. Full screen websites usually have a large image in the background and less information in their website, so all the attention gets to that picture of product or service they are selling. This technique is being used by large number of new companies on their websites. These full screen webpages are made responsive, so you can get the same effect not only on larger computer screens, but also on smartphones and tablets.

Flat design

Flat design is another trend that has become mainstream now, because large companies like Microsoft and Apple have used this design pattern in their newest operating systems. Some years ago spheric website elements were popular, and everyone wanted their website to have some kind of 3d style objects, same as with overwhelming flash animations and effects in websites that we saw five and more years ago, and cannot see in new webpages. Flat design means that every element of website, starting from buttons to text boxes, images, icons and other type of graphics are made flat and converges with other elements of website. Also it is important, what type of information you present on your website, as web users these days are very impatient and want to find and read the most important information as fast as they can. That is why websites design must be as simple and flat as possible, to bring more emphasis on text of the website, or product or service that your company sells. Flat design also is more easier to adopt for mobile devices and looks good on smaller size screens. Flat designs are used by almost all larger tech and newspaper websites, as they have lots of information and design of website must be as inconspicuous as possible.