Freelance Round-Up: This month in design - February

Winter Olympic Games Posters from 1924 to 2010

12th February saw the start of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. I'm so pleased that I came across the above post, which is a visual journey through the design trends of Olympic posters starting all the way back in 1924 and the first games in Chamonix, France. A few personal favourites have to be Oslo, Sapporo and Vancouver.

Email Newsletter Design: Guidelines And Examples

One of the best ways to keep in touch with your users and to ensure return visits to your website is through email newsletters. It's an incredibly effective marketing and communication tool, so getting the most out of each campaign you send is vital. The key rule for sending out a newsletter is to make sure it's interesting, relevant and enjoyable to read. Otherwise why else would people want to sign up to your mailing list? Smashing Magazine have published a great post featuring both good and bad examples of newsletter design to help you make the right decisions and avoid any pitfalls leading to mass unsubscribes.

Flash Websites: the Pros and Cons

Flash is undoubtedly a great tool for designing and building very impressive websites. Clients often come to me with an excited look in their eye asking for a complete all-singing all-dancing website built entirely in Flash - a site they can update themselves and that is search engine friendly. Well, their excitement soon fades when I explain it may not actually be that simple. The following post outlines a few of the basic pros and cons when it comes to using flash as a complete website solution.

One page portfolios

Who says that a portfolio website has be spread across many pages? The following post from Vandalay Design is a showcase of absolutely fantastic portfolio sites all with one thing in common - each of them are displayed on a single page. By limiting yourself to a single page you can focus all your creative energy into the design and layout without having to worry about navigation, links and pages. You can then really splash out on big background images, oversized type, images lightboxes and modular content. Now there's no excuse not to have the time to design an online portfolio if all you really need is one page.

World Press Photo 2010

The winners of the World Press Photo awards were announced recently. The annual competition is a unique opportunity to see some of the most powerful imagery from around the world over the past year and gain a mesmerising insight into recent global events and stories. Pietro Masturzo's photograph of a group of women shouting from a Tehran rooftop in protest at the Iranian presidential results took Photo of the Year. I highly recommend having a look at the other winners but please be aware that some of the images are upsetting.

Five days in Dubai

This four-minute timelapse video from Phillip Bloom, was filmed in Dubai over five days and five nights, shot using a Canon 7D and a Panasonic GF1. Dubai is a unique and fascinating city and this short film really makes the most of the astounding architecture, with footage taken from both the ground and from the top of the tallest building in the world.


Alex Peterson, Pixel Air, a web design studio in Cheshire.

Alex's Freelance Alliance profile.



16th February 2010

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