position: absolute - Stuff for Creative Freaks

A collection of useful design resources for webdesigners and graphic artists.

1. Let The Jobs Come To You

Need a job, but you’re not up for the hassle of looking through the papers? Well then, you could always set up a nice site and have people suggest the best jobs around. Throw in a free iPod nano and you’re set. Just like Belgium-based Tijs Vrolix did. Quite an innovative way of getting the [...]
Sat, Mar 24, 2007 23:57

2. Ten Things They Don’t Teach You in Design School

The Design Observer has reprinted an article by Michael McDonough, called “The Top 10 Things They Never Taught Me in Design School“. Michael goes in to some uncomfortable truths surrounding design work, clears up myths and misconceptions and gives some rock solid, slam-hard advice. He produces valuable insight for each of the following points: Talent is one-third [...]
Thu, Mar 22, 2007 17:37

3. I Want You…

…to help improve position: absolute! p:a has now been running for almost 2 years and I can say I am proud and honored to be in so many of your daily bookmarks and feed readers. I try to provide you with the best information on webdesign and inspiration that I can find, but as [...]
Mon, Mar 19, 2007 11:52

4. eCommerce With Style

Designing a small niche online shop can offer you, as a designer, a lot more creative freedom than an behemoth site such as Amazon ever could. You are creating a design for a fairly defined target group, in contrast to a neutral one-size-fits-all solution that needs to work for anyone of any age group. Let’s [...]
Sun, Mar 18, 2007 23:17

5. Meta Font “Free for All” Through Second Life?

It appears that both Mac and PC TrueType versions of Erik Spiekermann’s FF Meta Book and FF Meta Bold are being freely delivered along with the official Second Life client. The fonts’ .ttf files can be copied and used without system restrictions. This begs the question whether the font was intended for free distribution among currently [...]
Wed, Mar 14, 2007 9:27

6. SXSW Web Awards Winners 2007

The SXSW (”South By Southwest Festivals”) has announced this year’s Web Awards Finalists. Go have a look, some pretty impressive stuff there. Personally, I’m not surprised ISO50 by Scott Hansen has received an award. Great site, great design, great (self-produced) music, one of my favorites. Congrats! (Thanks, neckCNS)
Tue, Mar 13, 2007 10:14

7. CSS Quicktip: Borders Inherit Colors

Here’s a quick little something you may not have known about CSS borders. The border shorthand can be used without providing a color value. This is completely valid CSS: border: 1px solid; Now that’s not so interesting in itself, right? What makes this interesting is the fact that when you don’t provide a border color value, it inherits [...]
Fri, Mar 9, 2007 14:52

8. CMYK (for Those Who Do RGB)

I think for most of us screen-only designers, CMYK and all the color management considerations surrounding print are a world of complex mysteries. Knowing this from experience, Dave Shea (creator of the famous CSS Zen Garden) has written up a good CMYK / Spot Color primer tailored for our peculiar species. Also read the comments, [...]
Fri, Mar 9, 2007 11:14

9. Influences

I usually try not to have two videos on the front page at the same time, but this one I just couldn’t leave out. Quoteth Phil Hansen: 30 different people that influenced my life were painted one on top of another on my torso. I either painted a picture of the person or an object that [...]
Tue, Mar 6, 2007 12:40

10. Win Your Art on Canvas

Ever wanted to have your digital art printed onto real canvas? Well, here’s your chance. Our friends over at StyleSpion have teamed up with Digiprinz to launch the Socialize Design Contest. Just do an artwork based on your thoughts about “socializing” and send it to StyleSpion. The 3 winners - rated by the audience - will [...]
Tue, Mar 6, 2007 1:49

11. Pulp Fiction in Typography

Jarratt Moody has put together a nice little experiment in typography. “Say What Again” merges the audio of a scene in the movie “Pulp Fiction” with rapidly animated words, capturing the momentum of the scene perfectly and giving it a little extra kick. Contains profanity, for those concerned. (YouTube direct link) Here’s another take on the scene.
Sun, Mar 4, 2007 14:13

12. Excommunicate Yourself

Excommunicate.Net is a long-going project of my good friend JackDirt and the definitive source for any and all information on excommunication, both literal and metaphoric in a sense of personal enlightenment. Within its vaults you will also find infos on — among others — demons, the occult, freemasonry, hypnogogia and a variety of downloadable books. [...]
Sat, Mar 3, 2007 18:21

13. The World’s Most Photorealistic Vector Art

The gradient mesh tool is one of the most powerful and yet least used tools in Adobe Illustrator. Care to see what it is capable of? Basang Panaginip has put together an impressive collection of some of the most realistic vector art around, along with the respective outlines. Makes you want to crack your knuckles [...]
Thu, Mar 1, 2007 21:59

14. Adobe Photoshop to be Web-Based and Free

In an interview with CNET, Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen announced that Adobe will be taking Photoshop online. The web-based client will be a limited version of Photoshop and ad-supported, similar to their online video editor Adobe Remix, a simple version of Premier Elements that will be provided freely to Photobucket users. The new client is [...]
Thu, Mar 1, 2007 11:03

15. Paper Artwork

Artist Jen Stark takes regular multi-colored construction paper to the third dimension in a portfolio of stunningly beautiful layered paper cut artwork. If she ever does a gallery here in Germany I need to know! (via)
Wed, Feb 28, 2007 8:30