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Product Photography - DIY
Make your trinkets look legit in photos--that you happen to take yourself. With just a few tools (that you already own), you can take professional-looking product photos of just about anything that's small. I found this DIY hack on LifeHack.org. You can read the full article here if you'd like. Photo credit: Canon/Little Visuals via littlevisuals.co What you need: Camera Laptop Shiny black surface (like a tablet that's not turned on) Piece of white paper Small light 2 Binder clips (And any item you want to photograph, like a perfume bottle) Get Started 1. Google search for "bokeh" in images. Find an interesting picture you'd like to use as your background. Download the image and open to fill the screen. 2. Lay the item with the shiny black surface, (like a tablet) over your keyboard 3. Angle the screen at a slightly forward to prevent a glare. 4. If need be, lower the brightness setting on your laptop so it's not too bright. 5. Place object (you want to photograph) on the shiny surface in front of the screen. 6. Clip the sheet of paper at two ends using binder clips. 7. Placement of the paper should be at the left corner of your laptop keyboard. 8. Using a small lamp, shine the light through the paper to the object. 9. Face camera straight on in front of laptop. 10. Take photo. This is what your ordinary perfume bottle looks like when you're finished. Photo editing software no longer needed. TIP Make sure your shiny black surface is clean and free of debris, finger prints and lint. A compressed can of air can eliminate dust and lint very well.
Graphic Design Tip: How to Brainstorm an Effective Logo
Before I started going to art school, my parents (as a lot of parents do) really overestimated my own abilities. During my high school years, they launched their own non-profit organization for breast cancer advocacy, where the entire group was essentially run out of a room of our house. My father was in charge of building the website and making sure that it ran smoothly. My mother was the spokesperson, often attending various conventions and symposiums to address those in the medical field about breast cancer and HER2+, a more aggressive expression. Launching the group was running quite smoothly until my parents approached me with a favor. They wanted me to design their logo. Andddd it didn't go so well. They gave up and found a professional. Fast forward to my life after art school, and I'm looking back at my high school years wishing I could have helped teenage me come up with a great logo design. While creating a logo is not as easy as it looks, it really is perhaps one of my favorite design challenges. There is a lot to consider when you're making a logo, and I've decided that it might be helpful to make a simplified list for all of you Vingle designers so that you can go out into the branding world and create beautiful things! 1. Keep it simple. As fun as it is to be given the opportunity to really utilize your creative side, it really isn't the appropriate time to start busting out all of those fancy and elaborate tricks you might have learned doing other projects. Creating a visually 'busy' logo is just not effective marketing. 2. Keep in mind that you're creating a symbol to represent a company. It can be pretty direct symbolism, ie: the apple logo for Apple or the red cross for American Red Cross, or it can be more abstract, similar to the Nike swoosh. Another popular logo option is to reduce down to a strictly typographic design. Disney or Kellogg's is a good example of effective typographic logos. Get creative, but keep it simple. My favorite example of balance between creativity and minimalism is the FedEx logo. Have you ever noticed there's an arrow between the E and the X? 3. Do your research. Before thumbnailing your own logo ideas, think of all of the logos you've seen that really caught your attention. Even try drawing them out freehand. Look up interviews with the advertising designers behind some of the world's most famous logos. I would recommend "To Inform and Delight", a documentary about Milton Glaser, the artist who designed the I♥NY logo. 4. When you're finally ready, begin making a list of all the descriptive words you associate with the company and how you want your audience to feel when looking at your logo, like 'friendly' or 'sophisticated'. Then think about your nouns. When you think about your company, what images come to mind? If you were creating a logo for Tropicana Orange Juice, for example, maybe the first thing you think of is a tree or an orange or a glass. Try to think of as many nouns as possible, as these will definitely help you when you start putting pencil to paper. 4. USE YOUR SKETCHBOOK. I can't stress the importance of this. I feel like a lot of artists go straight to their laptops and begin working on Photoshop or Illustrator over working on actual thumbnails first. Technology can really stifle the creative process that is so important in the early stages of design. Draw at least 100 thumbnails in your sketchbook. It will really help you push your own boundaries and give you a number of ideas to choose from. 5. When considering which thumbnail you want to use, think about the different ways your logo will be translated for pamphlets, packages, and other promotional materials. Does your logo translate well to color AND black and white? How does it look on a dark background versus a light background? How does the logo look with text and without text? Is it as visually effective when you adjust the scale? Manipulate your logo over and over, and if it is still recognizable, you probably have yourself a really iconic logo! I hope this can help some of you designers and marketers, especially those of you who might be in the middle of branding or rebranding a company. The logo is always the first start! Happy designing!
Top 10 Watches Under $200
These are great watches under $200 that you can buy for yourself or for girls to buy for their boyfriends or family. 1. ROTARY MEN'S VINTAGE SKELETON MECHANICAL WATCH This is an amazing watch. It has a beautiful design as well as color. The quality if the leather is high and it has a strong feel. It requires no battery which makes it convenient. It's an excellent watch and I would recommend it for any man buying a watch or any lady getting a man a watch. Its just perfect! You can buy this at: http://www.watchshop.com/mens-rotary-vintage-skeleton-mechanical-watch-gs02522-01-p99942505.html 2. URBAN OUTFITTERS FIELD WATCH The price point can't be beat and the military-meets-preppy mash-up is a nice update to the traditional field watch. Urban Outfitters is a great resource for an affordable watch. $40, available at http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=20824538&color=001&color=001&itemdescription=true&navAction=jump&search=true&isProduct=true&parentid=SEARCH+RESULTS 3. BULOVA MEN'S DRESS WATCH WITH CHAMPAIGNE A handsome accessory. This mens Bulova dress watch will accent any outfit. It has a leather band with a champagne dial tone. The watch is water-resistant up to 100 ft. $150, available at http://www.sears.com/bulova-mens-dress-watch-with-champaigne/p-04444919000P?prdNo=47&blockNo=47&blockType=G47 4. SEIKO BLACK DIAL It's hard to find a style that subtly crosses into both sporty and dress territories, but this Seiko one does an excellent job and the black face helps to modernize the traditional shape. $78, http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNE039-Solar-Black-Watch/dp/B0043ZT04K 5. SWATCH COBALT REBEL Cobalt is a big accent color for spring and this number from Swatch will help keep him ahead of the color curve. It's got personality, sure, but the slim profile and clean face keep it from going over the top. $70, available at http://www.dillards.com/product/Swatch-Cobalt-Rebel-Watch_301_-1_301_502830895 6. CITIZEN ECO-DRIVE STRAP This watch looks like it should cost a grand, but in reality you'll only spend about one-tenth of that. The tank style and gold face nicely complement the rich brown strap—this'll work around the clock, from the office to off-hours. $150, available at http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/citizen-watch-mens-brown-leather-strap-bw0072-07p?ID=137551&PseudoCat=se-xx-xx-xx.esn_results 7. NIXON THE TIME TELLER Exceptionally designed, Nixon's blacked-out option is sleek, simple, and gimmick-free. The modern design-meets-durable polycarbonate construction makes this a watch that'll get noticed. $60, available at http://www.nixonnow.com/watches/mens/the-time-teller-p-A119.html 8. PULSAR GOLD-TONE DRESS WATCH Gold watches can easily veer into Vegas territory, but this one is just the right shade of light gold—dress it up or down to give your look some subtle swagger. $125, available at http://www.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6.aspx?GrpTyp=PRD&ItemID=1661aba&submit%20search.y=0&Ntt=pulsar+gold&SearchString=pulsar+gold&Ne=4+840+877+878+5+961+6+29+3+579+963+1014+1031+8+587+15+12+1011+598+11+506+10+23+585+969+596+1022+586+1007+879+968+1027+18+904+903+833+949&hdnOnGo=true&NOffset=0&submit%20search.x=0&Nao=0&N=4294959029&SO=0&PSO=0&CmCatId=searchresults 9. TIMEX FOR J.CREW VINTAGE FIELD ARMY WATCH The watch for commitment-phobes. This military-style field watch allows wearers to change straps on a whim and J.Crew offers multiple fabric and color options to suit anyone's mood. Give it a punch of bold color—we're loving the red strap these days. $150 (additional strap colors, $20), available at 10. BOS BLACK ROUND LEATHER STRAP The design of this Boss option is simple but solid, with a steel case, black numberless dial, and black leather strap that's dressy without being overly precious. $195, available at http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-black-round-leather-strap-watch/3232226?cm_cat=datafeed&cm_ite=boss_black_round_leather_strap_watch:500186&cm_pla=jewelry:men:watch&cm_ven=Froogle&mr:referralID=NA&mr:trackingCode=41AC242C-1E0B-E111-8116-001517B1882A 10. ROTARY MEN'S VINTAGE SKELETON MECHANICAL WATCH This is an amazing watch. It has a beautiful design as well as color. The quality if the leather is high and it has a strong feel. It requires no battery which makes it convenient. It's an excellent watch and I would recommend it for any man buying a watch or any lady getting a man a watch. Its just perfect! You can buy this at: http://www.watchshop.com/mens-rotary-vintage-skeleton-mechanical-watch-gs02522-01-p99942505.html Reference: GQ.com