Web & Graphic Design

Monthly Archives: February 2010


Eco-friendly compact fluorescent light bulb free vector download

A long, simple compact fluorescent lamp composed of one u-turn shaped white tube. The energy saving light bulb has a green recycling sign on the white plastic where the electronic ballast resides. The eco-friendly household item is featured against a green seamless background pattern made from the repeating image of a maple leaf. This is a rework of a previous illustration which had a more  complicated structure, employing mostly basic visual effects of a considerable number of shapes. For this [...] Continue

Tips for choosing the right prize while running a design contest

Just because most designers fancy themselves somewhere in the back of their minds as promising artists, doesn’t mean they should have to work the way struggling painters of past centuries used to. Unlike a musician or poet, who could turn their problems into great songs, a graphic artist seldom finds working for scraps as a good environment for creativity. Great innovative ideas come when you’re able to distance yourself from the mundane and focus solely on the task at hand. [...] Continue


Bald mexican with sombrero sleeping on hammock in the desert

A partially bald, fat Mexican man dressed in a plain white costume and wearing black boots is sleeping on a hammock tied between two cactus plants in the desert. His right arm is almost touching the ground, casting long shadows along with the plants. He has a large nose, thick eyebrows, a swirly mustache, a ponytail and has his mouth open. A large sombrero is balancing on the man’s belly, with a black scorpion crawling over it. In the background there are some barren rocky peaks, with the [...] Continue

Running a design contest – tips for first timers

The outcome of every design contest, from the client’s point of view, is picking the most appropriate solution from a significant amount of submissions. It also doesn’t hurt if you can get it at a noticeably lower price than what an advertising agency or high priced design bureau would normally charge. There are two ways to approach this situation: either as a boss or as a businessman. In the first scenario, you would unload all of your everyday frustrations and nastiness on a bunch [...] Continue


Moorish fleuron ornaments and leafy swirls – free vector graphics

Groups  of floral ornaments inspired mainly by the lavishly ornate mihrab from the Great Mosque of Cordoba. The set consists of over 20 symbols with all sorts of Moorish themed designs ranging from simple leafy swirls to intricate curly fleurons.  It also  includes three seamless background patterns made by combining some of the graphics. All the elements are saved as swatches for ease of use. You can simply drag and drop them into your files, either as they are or tweaked to your own needs. [...] Continue


15 grunge mug coffee stains – free vector graphics

15 different coffee stains vector graphic marks made by different mugs, teacups and glasses with round bottoms. This is based on a previous set of  just five models which i’ve decided to update. You’ll be able to find anything from very thin full circle symbols to very thick ones which are only partially visible. Along some of them there are also punctual stains dripping from the base, similar to those left by ink drops. Although they appear to have roughly the same size, the [...] Continue


Shiny spoon, fork and knife on napkin – free vector download

Simple tableware set consisting of four items, namely a teaspoon, spoon, fork and knife on a cream colored paper napkin with red lipstick marks spread all over it. The silver cutlery shines,  having  all sorts of diffused reflections due to the relatively soft light coming from the side, which also helps create some soft shadows. Beneath the shiny metallic items there is a table cloth with a repeating diagonal pattern consisting of  green rhombuses, each with one of three stylized icons [...] Continue

Pros and cons of participating in design contests

The very few times when i think about the meaning and purpose of contests in general, i picture them as one-off events where you give your all  for a chance to achieve something you truly desire. They help mobilize your strength and creativity to defeat all other competitors. It’s more or less a battle, which in a perfect world would be entertained with fair-play, but in reality it’s either as cut throat as you can imagine or just plain rigged. Now, have you ever wondered how it [...] Continue


Ornate fleur de lis symbols – free vector graphics download

Set consisting of twelve fleur de lis symbols in one-color designs. Six of them are simple monocromatic shapes while the remaining ones have different hollow ornaments on the inside as well. They all feature various types of curls, fleurons and the spade like shape in the middle. Inspiration came from various history and architecture books, which pictured details from medieval castle facades or from extended ornaments built around a certain coat of arms. You can use them straight up after [...] Continue