20 Smashing Examples Of Customized Printed Wedding Invitations

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20 Smashing Examples Of Customized Printed Wedding Invitations

20 Smashing Examples Of Customized Printed Wedding Invitations

Posted: 21 Jan 2014 07:01 AM PST

The wedding day is definitely one of the most important days in our lives. Everything has to be perfect — the dress, the reception, the cake, the wedding video, wedding portraits, etc. When it comes to wedding invitations though, it’s almost always "outsourced" when in fact, it can be one of the most personal and heartfelt part of the upcoming wedding.

In this post, we would like to share with you 20 amazingly designed printed wedding invitations. In the invitations below, you can see how the designers (possibly the bride and/or groom) play around with the colors, typography, wordings, and placements to add their personal touch. Be it classy, sassy, formal, or fun, you will find great examples for each here.

K+M Wedding Invitations by Keith Evans

Wedding Stationery “Image with Bogart” / Red Orange by Pan Lis

Barber Wedding Invitations by Sergey Grigoryan

Wedding Invitation by Creative Caffeine IN

Typographic Wedding Invitations by Denis Forzi

Wedding Invitation by Uğur Altun

Wedding Invite Final 2 by Zach Graham

“I Do!” Printed. by Allison Grayce

Wedding Invite by Jose Canales

Wedding Invitation by Serena Vittoria Nitti

Wedding Invitation Adriana & Carlos by Hesor

Festive Wedding Suite by Elizabeth Baddeley Design

Love City Life by Huilin Dai

Final Invite and Save the Date Printed Pieces by Karli Ingersoll

Trenna & Kyle’s Wedding Invitations! by Cambrin Loepker

Sweet Kiss: Wedding Invitation by Ramona Rizk

Letterpress Invitations by Cheryln Read

Matt & Emy’s Wedding Invitation by Anders Hanson

Southwestern Wedding Set by Nikki Clark (Hampson)

Wallace Wedding Invitations by Amy Reynolds


10 Co-Founders Of Tech Companies Who Began As Designers

Posted: 21 Jan 2014 05:01 AM PST

The number of designers has been increasing over the last few years. While some designers have been sticking to their original career goals, there are also some that have decided to switch to a different path and become entrepreneurs instead.

David Karp

It is said that with dedication, effort, and commitment, designers can achieve new heights and start businesses bigger than themselves. And indeed, there has been a number of designer-turned-entrepreneurs that have founded successful tech companies.

Here are 10 inspiring designers who turned into entrepreneurs and co-founders of successful tech companies.

1. Stewart Butterfield

With a string of remarkable achievements under his belt, Stewart Butterfield is widely known as the co-founder of Flickr. Early in his career, Stewart devoted a portion of his time to designing and gaming, which then gave him the flexibility and passion to develop Flickr with his then-wife, Caterina Fake. His early achievement soon caught the eye of multinational Internet corporation Yahoo, which went on to acquire Flickr in 2005. By then, Flickr already had more than 80 million users.

Stewart Butterfield

2. Evan Sharp

Hailing from an architecture background, Evan Sharp once worked for Facebook; the experience made him a wise, diligent designer who is able to incorporate thoughts and ideas and putting them into practice. He has a good career as both designer and entrepreneur. However, the founding of Pinterest with his mates, overshadows his prior achievements. Pinterest has been growing rapidly since its launch in 2010, and now has over 70 million users.

Evan Sharp

3. Christina Brodbeck

Christina Brodbeck was part of Youtube’s founding team and the first User Interface designer to work for the company. But I bet now she would take more pride in being the co-founder of theicebreak and PickV. Theicebreak is a social network for couples to improve their relationship from different angles. She is also an angel investor of startups such as Viddy, Vayable, GameCrunch and Vufind.

Christina Brodbeck

4. David Karp

Tumblr was the brainchild of a young web developer, David Karp, who generated buzz all over the tech world last year with Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr for $1.1 billion in May 2013. Karp is a tech lover who dropped out of school when he was just 14 to pursue his dreams and had since devoted much of his time to Tumblr.

David Karp

5. Dave Morin

Dave Morin was a designer who previously worked for Facebook. His contributions include the now famous Facebook Timeline and Facebook Connect. Outside of Facebook, Dave’s achievements also include co-founding Path, a social networking app that helps you connect better with your closest friends and family. Path has been experiencing a rapid growth with 20 million users as of September 2013.

Dave Morin

6. Chad Hurley

You most definitely know YouTube, but do you know who Chad Hurley is? Chad Hurley is a smart entrepreneur with a design background; one of his notable works is the design of the original PayPal logo. After working for eBay, he decided to take his career to the next level by founding YouTube with two of his PayPal co-workers. In 2006, YouTube was sold to Google for $1.65 billion.

Chad Hurley

7. Daniel Burka

Before co-founding Milk, Daniel Burka worked alongside Kevin Rose and Jeff Hodsdon (the other co-founders of Milk) as a creative designer for brands such as Digg, Tiny Speck, Silverorange and Mozilla. He also co-founded Pownce, a social networking and microblogging website that was later bought and terminated by Six Apart. In December 2012, the "Milk Crew" decided to join Google.

 Daniel Burk

8. Charles Adler

Charles Adler is a graphic designer who possesses a brief architecture background. He is widely known as a co-founder of Kickstarter, along with Perry Chen and Yancey Strickler. Kickstarter is seen as the perfect place to take any creative project off the ground. The site has been experiencing rapid growth from all angles.

Charles Adler

9. Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey is a web developer who is best known as a co-founder of Twitter, where he served in several positions, namely CEO, head of the board of directors, and executive chairman. Besides Twitter, Jack also co-founded Square (with Jim McKelvey), a digital payment company that helps users accept credit cards from any part of the world. Jack was also listed as one of the top 35 innovators below the age of 35 by MIT’s Technology Review magazine in 2008.

Jack Dorsey

10. Scott Belsky

In his book Making Ideas Happen, Scott Belsky talks at length about how to make implementation of ideas a much more achievable task. Scott, a former designer, is a co-founder of Behance, a popular design platform. Scott was also featured on the list of 100 most creative business people by Fast Company.

Scott Belsky


How To Better Handle Writing Deadlines

Posted: 20 Jan 2014 11:14 PM PST

The writing process is a creative process, for the most part, and when it comes to having too much freedom to work with, sometimes time is not of the essence. Do this often enough and you might just develop a habit of writing as and when your muse visits you. This, however, isn’t how it works when it comes to meeting a client’s deadline.

We all love to work with professionals and if you want to be a pro writer, you too need to exhibit the professionalism required of you. Missing deadlines is the best and easiest way to convince them that you might not be taking things as serious as they’d like you to.

Also note that your deadline is probably just one of a string of deadlines our client has to make sure is on time. If your writing causes a delay, the domino effect will ensure that everyone else’s deadlines will be sorely affected as well. Don’t be the bad guy; be the professional writer with these few simple steps.

1. Get and Stay Organized

Perhaps the biggest secret of achieving deadlines is being organized. Being organized helps projects flow smoothly and progress quickly. The organized writer is ready to start quickly and dive into the work, without having to stop to find something important to work. Part of being organized is knowing where everything is e.g. the calendar, the files, the memos and reminders, the equipment, etc.

The other part is to have a process or system set up to answer your most immediate requests e.g. when I write, I have a dictionary and a thesaurus ready and open in tabs. Everything I need (even a quick, energizing snack or drink) is within arm’s reach to prevent me from becoming distracted on an unnecessary break (disclaimer: I still need to grab toilet breaks).

2. Eliminate Distractions

Aside from answering nature’s call, all other forms of distractions can be detrimental to the writing process. Thus, before you begin your important project, eliminate all of the minor distractions that always crop up during a deadline race.

Inform your family that you are only to be disturbed during dire emergencies that involve spurting blood or the dead rising (flesh eating zombies count). Put your phone on silent, disable your notifications, hold all incoming mail, lock yourself away from the rest of the family – you get the idea.

3. Check Your Writing Speed Limits

Those who have ever been on a swim team in school know that the speed from which you leave the starting block is half the race. Just as the title, opening sentence, first paragraph, and first subtitle are the most important part of a post or article, your first efforts in a writing project will often dictate the pace of the rest of the project.

However, each writer works at their personal pace, and for some, content and speed mix like they are oil and water. If you are fine with sprinting, a good start is half a race won, but if you are like me, a marathon runner, not a sprinter, then you should know when to reject a project with a ridiculous deadline.

4. Develop a System that Works for You

Every professional freelancer has a system or process that they adhere to because it works for them. This process is a little different for everyone. Speak to some content writers about their system, do some research, or go the old-fashioned way, through trial and error.

My system goes something like this, depending upon the type of project I take on:

  • Evaluate the project and make note of the clients particular needs
  • Highlight important points in an outline of the project
  • Research each point thoroughly and determine the order
  • Re-write title and subtitles
  • Pre-write filler for each subtitle using bullet lists and infographs where necessary
  • Edit the pre-write
  • Write the project injecting SEO/CRO
  • Edit the Write cutting at least 20%

When you can find your own process, you will be able to time yourself properly and get a proper estimate of the kind of timeframe you can work in.

5. Courage under Fire

Many a deadline has been needlessly missed because a less-than-professional writer would not go to the client when they realized the deadline is a sure loss. Honesty is definitely the best policy in this situation. If you realize that you are going to miss a deadline, go to the client, advertiser, or sponsor as soon as possible.

It is always better to tell the client before the deadline is missed than to be worried about losing the account. The client may have a plan B that could very well save the day and minimize the impact of the missed deadline, and as for you, well, you might still be able to salvage this relationship.

6. When All Hell Breaks Loose

If you ever find yourself in the frying pan, and every available option is a flame hotter and bigger than the last, then you are reduced to three possible options:

Give A More Feasible Date

So we have established that clients with ridiculous deadlines should be avoided like the plague but sometimes turning down a client isn’t something you can do. When faced with this situation, assess the project and present the client with a more realistic date; you might be surprised with the kind of extensions that can suddenly turn up in the schedule.

If, in the end, the client still doesn’t (or can’t) budge, politely decline the job offer, citing your reasons clearly, then send the client on their way.

Pace Yourself

Let’s say, the good news is you have a really cool client who won’t let anyone else but you handle the project (even after Step 5 above), but the bad news is that you are not getting an extension. Step 1, negotiate for a higher pay. Step 2, try to not write for 15, 20 hours straight, no matter how young you think you are, at heart.

Set realistic goals for yourself. Write only so many words in one sitting or set the number of hours you are willing to endure in front of your computer at one time. If you hit your deadline, you did great. If not, you gave it your best.

Reach Out

There is no shame in reaching out for help if you see that you will not make an important deadline. Even if you need a fellow writer, or an editor, you can save valuable time and split the pay based on the workload. The point is that if you stand to lose credibility in the eyes of your client (more importantly, a new one who is testing you out), ask for help to maintain that perfect streak of delivered jobs.


How To Solve "Disk Could Not Be Partitioned" Error On Boot Camp Assistant [Quicktip]

Posted: 20 Jan 2014 09:01 PM PST

Getting an error message that says, "Your disk could not be partitioned" when trying to install Windows with Boot Camp Assistant on your Mac? If you try to partition it manually with Disk Utility, you might also receive a similar error message.

Bootcamp Error

This error normally happens when you attempt to partition an old hard drive. Fret not, we’ve got a quick and easy way to overcome this error.

First, you have to shut down your Mac. Then, turn it on and immediately hold down Command + S to enter Single User Mode. Now, type in the following code into the command prompt interface:

/sbin/fsck -fy

Then, press Enter on your keyboard. That command checks and repairs inconsistencies in file systems that might prevent you from partitioning your drive. Once that has been completed, type in this code:


Hit Enter and your Mac will restart as usual.

Now, try running Boot Camp Assistant again to install Windows. You should not receive the previous error and will be able to run the installation without any hiccup.



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