Business Cards: A Guide, Inspiration and Tutorials

May 31st, 2010 | 3 Comments | Posted in Graphics, Inspiration, Resources, Tutorials

Many designers and freelancers underestimate the power of good business-cards these days. These tiny cards can be very important bricks in marketing your business – as long as you know how to take advantage of them.

Today we’re gonna have a look at what a business-card is, some tips and tricks, some examples for inspiration and some of the best tutorials to make your own cards! Enjoy 🙂

So, – what is a business card?

Picture by Ilco

The definition of a business card has loosened a bit compared to ten-fifteen years ago. Then, it was all about simple and informative in a very preset way. Usually the cards were plain black and white containing straigth forward contact info. Today it’s only your imagination that will set the limits with the possibility of using your own color-schemes, different layouts and shapes and more.

The card is meant to provide your contact information to all your different kinds of contacts, make people remember you and notice you. In a way it is almost like a mini-flyer that has your advertisement on it.
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The Ten Blessings of a Freelancer

May 25th, 2010 | 4 Comments | Posted in Various, Web Design

A lot of designers today work as full- or part-time freelancers. It’s quite easy to find lots of articles on how hard freelancing can be, but this time I’ve decided to write an article dedicated to all the positive things.
Yes, freelancing is hard work – harder than you can imagine, but it also has many benefits. The flexibility you get is the most important thing that you will notice right away. Remember to use it the right way.
Here are 10 of the best things you will experience from being a freelancer!

1. Doing what you love

Picture by Billy Alexander

Even though you have to prepare to do many extra things, like book-keeping and such, being a freelancer in a self chosen niche means you will get to do what you love a lot. Being able to support yourself by doing something you really love isn’t reserved for just anyone, it takes passion, but this thing alone can make many a hard day worth it. Continue reading “The Ten Blessings of a Freelancer” »

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50+ Awesome Tutorials to Create Your Favorite Gadgets

May 24th, 2010 | 1 Comment | Posted in Gadgets, Graphics, Tutorials

Over the time I’ve had several people ask me if I knew of any good tutorials on how to recreate various gadgets like iPhones, TVs, cellphones, Psp’s and so on. So this time I decided to have a good look through all the links that I’ve collected over the last couple of years, and make a good round-up where you get a whole bunch of these in one place. Most of these are Photoshop tutorials and some also include Illustrator.
Not only can these tutorials be fun to do, they can inspire, help you with some new techniques and so on. Once you master this you can use it for website designs, logos, posters, personal projects, ads and more. Don’t forget that practice makes you a better designer. Maybe you can even use some of these techniques to make your own versions of other favorite gadgets you have? These are definitely wort a look! Enjoy!

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Design

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WordCamp Raleigh

May 21st, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in Inspiration

The [Re]encoded.com staff is pleased to announce that we will be attending WordCamp Raleigh this weekend.

Next Week look for pictures and maybe a video or two from our trip.

Hope to catch you there!


Ryan, Blake, and the staff

Design Contest – Win an iPad

May 20th, 2010 | 5 Comments | Posted in Web Design

Here’s your chance to be featured on [Re]encoded.com

[Re]encoded.com is hosting a re-design contest and you the community get to pick the winner!  It’s your chance to stretch your design muscles and show us what you’ve got.

1st Place: winner receives an Apple iPad and will be featured in the sponsors sidebar for 1 month

2nd Place: winner receives a $200 Amazon Gift Card

3rd Place: winner receives a $100 Amazon Gift Card

Image copyright Apple.com

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