Instagram is a great service for artists, designers, and others with a creative eye. Not only is it free, but it requires minimal gadgetry (you don’t need a fancy camera or expensive editing equipment – just a smartphone!) and it’s a social network that directly rewards your creative efforts with engagement. If you don’t have a presence on Instagram yet, you’re missing out on a fun social network that can sharpen your artistic skills. If you do have an account, read on for some ideas on how to build yourself a steady following!
Be Proud, Be Public
If you want to build a following, it is important to make sure you’re sharing your photos publicly! You’re barking up the wrong tree if you want to keep your photos private. Obviously this means that anything you post will be, duh, public – so don’t post anything illegal or that could make a future employer wary of hiring you.
To make sure your photos are public, go into Instagram settings and make sure the “Photos Are Private” slider is set to OFF.
Connect, Connect, Connect
While you’re in settings, take a detour into “Share Settings” and connect away! There is no point for you to log into Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr just to post a single photo. Instagram allows you to connect with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Foursquare, so be sure to take full advantage of this feature. Each time you upload a photo, you’ll be given the option to select what social network you wish to share it with.
Be Selective: Don’t Share Crap
As an artistic social network, Instagram’s members collectively value artistic merit. However if your photos are complete and utter crap, no one’s going to want to follow you or engage with your uploads. Though the square format can present some challenges to people trained in traditional photography, it’s actually a pretty easy format to pick up as a beginner. Practice makes perfect.
If you need a little photography 101, Inspiration Feed has some great guides. Whether you’re just starting out and need some beginner photography tips, or if your challenges lie with photographing food or taking pictures in the snow, there are guides. Use them.
And remember, you can take photos with the app without sharing them – just go back to the camera after adding your effects. Wait until you have something awesome before flooding your feed.
Consistency is Key
Speaking of flooding your feed – don’t do it. Just a few photos a day, tops. Since Instagram is still a relatively small network compared to the big players like Facebook and Twitter, chances are that some of the people who might follow you actually follow a relatively small number of people. That means if you’re spamming their feed, that’s all they might see for hours, or even days. Don’t do that – it’s annoying.
The best thing you could do is share one or two photos a day, be sure to space them out as well. Either save them to share at a later time, or just refrain from Instagramming until enough time has passed. Try not to miss too many days in between though – constantly posting is key.
If you’re looking for quality retro graphics, then you came to the right place. Whether you’re working on a project or just practicing, the following resources are bound to save you time. Today we collected forty-five free vintage design resources consisting of icons, patterns, graphics, vectors, PSD files, posters, badges, characters, and more. All downloads are open for personal use, however please double check if you’re planning to use them commercially.
Retro Icons by Claudio Gomboli
Retro Furniture by Matej Loncko
10 Free retro badges by Blugraphic
This stylish mouse pad is made with anodized aluminum surface to ensure durability. Aluminum Pad supports all optical and laser mice for precise movements. The sleek design complements Mac desktops and laptops perfectly and also adds a clean and modern look to your work space. Non-slip feet keep Aluminum Pad stay securely on your desk.
What if instead of throwing your pencil stubs away you could plant them and have them grow into something delicious, beautiful, and fun? What if pencils could grow?
Sprout is a high quality cedar pencil with a water-activated seed capsule at the tip. When the seed capsule is exposed to moisture it begins to degrade, releasing the seed within Sprout and starting its germination. You can leave the pencil in the soil as a helpful planting label, or pull it out. You can plant Sprout wherever you like, though we recommend an area that gets plenty of sunlight.
Tarantino XX contains eight films chosen by Tarantino to illustrate the first 20 years of his career, featuring the films that helped define his early success, including Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds. To complete the stunning high definition 10-disc set, the Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection also features two discs with five hours of all-new bonus material, highlighted by a critics’ retrospective on Tarantino’s groundbreaking catalog of films and “20 Years of Filmmaking” that contains interviews with critics, stars and other masters of cinema.
Mexico-based designer Alan Betacourt has created some wonderful logotypes for legendary scientists, including Newton, Feynman, Darwin, Galileo, and Einstein.
The Casa tissue box cover by Umbra cleverly disguises the less-then-attractive paper boxes of most facial tissues. Constructed of easy-to-clean molded polypropylene in a range of hip colors, the house-shaped cover dispenses each tissue through its “chimney,” like a whimsical puff of smoke. Casa measures 6-3/4 by 5 by 5-inch and fits standard boutique (cube-shaped) tissue boxes. Designed by Mauricio Affonso for Umbra- the worldwide leader in casual, contemporary and affordable design for the home.
Starting your own entrepreneurial venture could be easily compared to sailing on a ship. You have to strategically plan out your goals by envisioning and picturing yourself on the island of success, acquire valuable tools and resources along for the trip, hire or partner up with trustworthy and equally passionate people, and finally, be ready to work your ass off until you reach your desired destination. The tricky part is that there isn’t a perfect map that’s guaranteed to get you there. Trial and error becomes you best friend until you get it right.
Anyone can be an entrepreneur, but it takes bravery and hard work to be a success entrepreneur. Without motivation carving out your own path isn’t easy. Wisdom is learning from other people’s mistakes. By analyzing the challenges that others faced, you’re able to use their methods to overcome treacherous obstacles.
Roberto Bernardi was born in Todi, Italy. At a young age, he started to paint his first works while learning different pictorial techniques. After leaving his school examinations in 1993, Robert moved to Rome where he worked as a restorer in the church of San Francesco a Ripa. He began experimenting with landscapes and portraits, until he stumbled upon photorealism. This new medium fascinated his attention and the rest is history.
In September 1994 Bernardi had his first solo exhibition, obtaining public and crucial recognition of the critics. Since 1997 his works have been included in private, public and corporate collections in the United States, England, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, Malta, Mexico, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and the United Arab Emirates. In May 2010 Art and Antiques, one of the most prestigious art magazine in the U.S.A., dedicated the front cover to Roberto Bernardi and in the same year, the american art magazine, Poets and Artists, also dedicated the front cover to Roberto Berrnardi and his art dealer Frank Bernarducci.
Imagine if Capitalism reaches the point where the big brands start to sponsor superheroes? How would this influence their images? Roberto Santos, an Art Director from Milan, Italy, decided to pursue this scary yet interesting idea. While experimenting, Robert selected proper brands that would fit perfectly with the famous comics heroes. The results are full of awesomeness.
From devouring a 10 pack of crayons, to turning his diaper into a Jackson Pollack, Scott Scheidly’s creativity stated early. At the age of seventeen Scott started to utilize his art skills for lunch money and at the age of twenty he graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Currently Scott lives in Florida where he enjoys floundering about and painting pretty pictures.
I ran into Scott’s work while scrolling down vigorously in my Tumblr dashboard. His sense of humor caught my eye urging me to share this with you. His ‘Pink’ series features portraits of infamous male leaders, villains and a pope, all drawn in a childish feminine style. His oil based paintings aren’t just proactive, but also well executed.
As you might have heard before, laughter is the best medicine. From my personal research, I’ve learned that laughter provides numerous physical and mental benefits. Laughing on a daily basis will enable you to relieve the built up stress accumulated throughout the day. What else can laughter do?
Reduces certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline.
Increases the response of tumor- and disease-killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells.
Defends against respiratory infections–even reducing the frequency of colds–by immunoglobulon in saliva.
Increases memory and learning; in a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased test scores.
Improves alertness, creativity, and memory.
Lowers blood pressure.
Increases vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood.
Gives a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles.
Today we collected humorous workplace ecards will help you keep your head up and stay positive. Created by Brook Lundy and Duncan Mitchell, Someecards are a source of sarcastic and honest opinions that we all think but don’t necessarily say. This roundup consists of the best workplace related ecards we could find. We hope they’ll brighten up your day.
Yulia Brodskaya is a Russian artist that has swiftly earned an international reputation for her innovative paper illustrations. Born in Moscow Russia, Yulia was always interested in diverse creative practices ranging from Textile Painting, Origami, Collage, and traditional Fine Art practices. After receiving an MA in Graphic Communications from the University of Hertfordshire, she continued to experiment and evaluate her burning interests like typography, paper, and highly detailed hand-made craft objects.
Recently featured in Aspen Sojourner Magazine, this high-end 10,000 square feet residence on Red Mountain is nestled into the mountainside and opens to views in all directions. The contemporary materials create a nurturing environment for the family. The stunning views from the living room bring peace, security, and affinity to the mind. Big windows allow ample natural light to take advantage of the open layout. Charles Cunniffe Architects did a prestige job and we hope you’ll feel the same after viewing this impressive pad.
Jose Guizar is a Mexican graphic designer living in New York City. He strives to create clever and playful messages that allow his viewers to communicate. Like every designer, Jose has restless eyes that never stop observing the intricate shapes of reality. His “Windows of New York” project is a weekly illustrated fix for an obsession that has increasingly grown in him since arriving to NYC. The simplicity of this project allows you to absorb the disparity of different window designs spread across the city.