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The Smashing Idea Book
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Preface xiii PART I: FINDING INSPIRATION 1 Chapter 1: Types of Inspiration 3 Abstract Inspiration 4 Color 4 Shape 6 Textures 7 Patterns 8 Negative Space 9 Where to Find Abstract Inspiration 10 Direct Inspiration 10 Headers, Footers, and Sidebars 11 General Layout 14 Color Scheme 17 Patterns and Textures 17 Typography 19 Other Graphical Elements 21 Don't Copy 22 Chapter 2: What Makes a Good Design? 23 Visual Balance 24 Color 26 Traditional Color Schemes 26 Proportion 30 Priority 31 Rhythm 32 Unity 34 Purpose 35 How to Look at Designs 35 PART II: INSPIRING IMAGES 37 Chapter 3: Website Designs 39 Drawing Inspiration from Website Styles 40 Minimal and Clean 40 Grunge and Retro 51 Bright and Colorful 57 Organic and Handmade 63 Drawing Inspiration by Website Type 74 Blogs and Magazine Sites 74 E-commerce Sites 80 Company and Corporate Sites 90 Portfolios 101 Event and Community Sites 112 Personal and Professional 118 Drawing Inspiration by Industry 128 Hospitality 128 Arts and Entertainment 138 Apps and Soft ware 148 Technology 159 Fashion 166 Literature and Books 176 Conclusion 187 Chapter 4: Other Designs 189 Graphic Design 190 Print Design 190 Product Packaging 202 Architecture and Interior Design 208 Exterior Architecture 208 Interior Architecture 216 Interior Design 224 Furnishings and Accessories 233 Product Design 242 Toys 242 Everyday Items 248 Technology 254 Textiles 260 Conclusion 268 Chapter 5: Photography 269 Black and White 270 Eff ects 280 HDR 280 Lomography 291 Other Eff ects 300 Classic Photography 308 People 308 Landscapes 317 Macro 328 Conclusion 340 PART III: USING INSPIRATION 341 Chapter 6: Creating Something New from Direct Inspiration 343 Dissecting a Design 344 Adapting Individual Elements 350 Conclusion 356 Chapter 7: Creating Something New from Abstract Inspiration 357 Dissecting an Image 358 Adapting Elements 364 Conclusion 367 Bonus Chapter: Finding Inspiration in Everyday Life 369 Index 393

About the Author

Cameron Chapman (Orleans, VT) is a freelance designer and writes on the subject of design for Smashing Magazine, Mashable, Webdesigner Depot, Six Revisions, and other prominent design blogs.

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