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Jarritos Flavor City

Jarritos, a popular soda pop in Latin America and Hispanic communities in the US, is holding a contest looking for artists using any medium to create and ad for Jarritos and their “DRINK OUT LOUD” slogan. Submission deadline is June 25th and the winner will have their artwork formally displayed at the popular Downtown Los Angeles Artwalk.


FREE Photos for Blog Use is an awesome site! Often times when posting onto this blog I find it hard to find a free image to use. Recently Graphic- posted about a site called PicApp which has tons of free images for blog use, the only catch is that there is a small ad placed at the bottom right corner of the photo, it links back to the PicApp Gallery it came from. The small ad doesn’t at all take away from the photo, in fact I was testing the site and didn’t really notice it. Be sure to check both those sites out.

iPad and Designing

If you haven’t heard, last week Apple announced it’s “revolutionary” iPad last week. Basically an iPhone, Kindle-sized. Apple claims it’s filling the gap between an iPhone and a MacBook, though I, among others, am not sure that gap needed to be filled. I’ve already seen lots of accessories for the device, including kickstands and keyboards, which makes me question again, why anyone would really buy this instead of a laptop. Apple has thousands of loyal consumers, me included, but this seems very unnecessary.

Ok now that my opinions of the iPad are out of the way, Graphic Design Blender has a cool little write up about how the iPad will change the way sites are designed, from vertical and horizontal style sheets to bigger navigation buttons, since navigating is done with fingers rather than mouse pointers. Only time will tell if the iPad is a success for Apple, and if it is, I’m sure that many sites cater to the device, until then, we’ll see.

Web Designer Tools

As the economy keeps going down, it’s important to have the approach every client with the mentality that you’re going to land the project.  There are many steps you can take to make sure your chances of landing that project are the highest they can be. If clients look, they’ll likely find someone who is willing comprise price (and most likely quality), so it’s important to show them you provide quality work at a fair price.  Specky Boy is a great blog we read here regularly, and they’ve compiled a list of proposals, tools and resources for anyone, whether a design firm or a freelancer. Check out  Specky Boy.

Modern Movie Posters

You the Designer is a great blog dedicated to design, a couple weeks ago we posted about Amazing Vintage Posters, but You the Designer has an equally inspiring post with 38 Awesome Movie Posters that are a little more modern, be sure to check out the post and blog, good reads!

1800 Tequila Artist Series

1800 Artist Series

1800 Artist Series

1800 Tequila has a wonderful new project going on right now, they’ve commissioned 1800 artists of all styles and have come up with an artist series that displays art in a not-so-typical medium. Also if you sign up  at their website you can upload your own artwork or photos and have people vote on them.

50 Free Lessons in Graphic Design

Have you always wanted to be a graphic designer, or looked at something and thought “I could have made that.” Well PSDTUTS is offering 50 100% free lessons in graphic design, the topics cover a wide range indepth including Typography and Color Theory. Be sure to check it out, you’ll definately learn something.

Graphic Design Contests Blog

I came across a really neat blog for all you aspiring designers out there or anyone who like a challange or competions.  Graphic Competitions is a blog that posts all the contests out on the web. Be sure to check it out, they also have an RSS feed so you can get the updates as soon as they’re available.

I Heart Blogging Contest

The people of WordPress have teamed up with the skin company Infectious to come up with an exciting new contest which calls on all designers to design a new skin for the iPhone and laptop which signifies the love of blogging. The contest runs until March 31st and the grand prize includes 5% of the sale of your skin. For more info Check out I ❤ Blogging.

Shepard Fairey Designs Wine Labels

Shepard Fairy Wine Label

Shepard Fairy Wine Label

Kenwood Vineyards, a California winery, has been collaborating with artists since 1978 with their Artist Series wine labels, and on their 30th Anniversary they’ve commissioned Shepard Fairey to design this years label. Fairey’s “Peace Woman” adorns the wine label and is selling for $70 per bottle, MSRP. Be sure to get one if you can, as there were only 2,146 cases manufactured.

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