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Weekly inspirations: September 2, 2013

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:


Beyond responsive design: discover ‘Context First’

These days everyone talks about responsive design like it is the greatest thing in digital design but I don’t agree. Responsive design a production technique that helps users consume your content on different devices but the key part of that thought is – content. I think the future of digital design and online branding is an experiences ability to curate and deliver content based on a number of criteria. This article is a great look at some of the possible criteria that could drive designs in the near future to deliver content in completely new ways. Read the article here.

iPhone 5 Templates

If you are like me then you are constantly looking for mobile device templates that will let you  show off your latest designs in your portfolio or Behance but quality templates are really hard to come by. This article does a great job of collecting the 5 best free iPhone templates all in one place for easy downloading. Get all the iPhone templates here.

Canva’s simple and collaborative Web-based platform aims to turn anyone into a designer

Canva is a new service that aims to democratize the design process by making it easy for anyone to design. The site’s integrated design process puts everything at a user’s fingertips — including professional stock images, fonts, design layouts and other tools — and uses a simple drag and drop process. It will let you create flyers, presentations, Facebook covers, blog graphics, business cards, posters and invitations. Canva is free to use, but the company will make money from stock photos, which are priced at $1 each. Users only pay if they publish a design using a stock images, meaning that they can experiment with images for free. It is still in beta but you can reserve your username and find out more about Canva here.

BKWLD’s Jeff Toll: designers should “show passion & get weird”

Californian design agency BKWLD has a stellar reputation among both clients and designers. Creative director Jeff Toll explains where it all went so right. Read the interview here.

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 Extremely honored to have been chosen by @ghoshal and @erondu to join 25 design leaders from AirBnB, Uber, Facebook, Slack, Google Ventures, IDEO and more for High Resolution, a 25 episode video series on design. Look for my episode focusing on creativity and leadership coming soon. @highrespodcast #creativity #leadership #design #podcast  Spent the morning with @the_chris_buck new book Uneasy which is a fantastic look at the work of one of the most creative people I know. Get your copy at #chrisbuck #photography #photographer #portraitphotography #portrait #portraits  Some days I feel like I should wear this @huckgee armor to work. #huckgee #urbanvinyl #mech #armor #toy #kidrobot #dunny  If you listen to The #CrazyOne podcast you have @lukewessman to thank for it. He gave me the push to finally launch it and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. He is a constant inspiration, someone who makes me want to be a better man and I always feel lucky to count him as one of my friends. Thanks for the support brother. #crazyones #lukewessman #tattooartist #lag #crazyone  @nychos under scaffolding in Haight Ashbury #streetart #streetartist #nychos #streetartofficial #streetartsf
 A pile of pugs and a @steelers blanket - what else do you need on a day off? #pug #pugs #pugsofinstagram #steelers #yinz #burghproud #herewegosteelers  FYI - it's pronounced 'art' not 'toy'. These @huckgee pieces are hand made and can take up to a year to produce. #huckgee #robotech #mech #robot #urbanvinyl  Happy Valentines Day to @thechiclibrary - love of my life fierce and true. #chic #nyfw #fashion #love  Because of Snowmaggeddon in NYC I'm having to do my meetings from home today and apparently everyone thinks they are a Creative Director in this house. #pug #pugsofinstagram #design #creativedirector #puglife #designer #dogismycopilot  @huckgee amazing work in progress #urbanvinyl #huckgeeskullhead #huckgee
 @visionaireworld X @louisvuitton from back in the day when Kidrobot actually made art toys #louisvuitton #lv #kidrobot #visionaire #visionaireworld #monogram #louisvuittonmonogram #murakami #takashimurakami  Got a vintage @huckgee Skullleader as a new addition to the collection #urbanvinyl #huckgee #mech #robotech #robot  @thechiclibrary in full effect at New York Fashion week for the photographers tonight in @ika_editions @blackscale and @tomford #nyfw #newyorkfashionweek  Forgot to mention I got to see @huckgee new Skullhead mech work in progress which I think is one of the best pieces he has ever done. I already put in dibs on at least one. #huckgee #huckgeeskullhead #urbanvinyl  All work and no play make Steve a dull boy so loved the chance to grab some time to catching up with @huckgee at his studio today #huckgee #huckgeeskullhead #urbanvinyl

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