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26. Brad Woodard Interview

Brave the Woods interview on grainedt.com

 

It’s hard not to get lost in the vibrant landscapes of Brad Woodard’s work. His colorful illustrations beckon a response of thought and feeling and invite us to view the world in a more gentle and naive way. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he migrated south to Austin (via Boston) where along with his wife, he set up shop as Brave the Woods – a small but dynamic creative studio. With a burgeoning product line and an impressive client list that includes Target and Old Navy, the gifted duo have established themselves as an emerging force in design. In today’s interview we chat with Brad about the software that drives his workflow, his passions outside of design and more. Enjoy!

 

Lets start off with a little bit about your background. Where are you from originally? When and how did you become interested in illustration and design?
Originally I was born in West Virginia, but moved to Seattle when I was still very young. Though, even after the move to Washington, I would still spend many of my summers back in WV at my grandparent’s farmhouse. They owned acres of land, including the forested hills that their home nestled against. My love for outdoor adventuring started there, and only grew more intense as I continued to grow up in the Great Northwest.

I was raised by an artist mom. And she was the type of mom who sat me on porch, handed me a giant sketchpad and pencil, and said, “Draw that tree over there.”. I guess my getting into the arts in some ways was inevitable. So growing up I was really into anything fine art related, but mostly drawing and painting. My youth consisted of outdoor adventures, ham radios, sports, and art. I always knew I would be an artist, I just never knew what kind. When I got to college I quickly realized that my dreams to be a painter would stay that way. I was out of my league and I didn’t see how I personally could make a living out of it. Enter, graphic design. Initially I had ruled out graphic design because I took a mislabeled class in high school that was supposed to be graphic design, but ended up being an AutoCad class where we made engine gaskets. Luckily, I forced myself to try it out again in college and I was hooked.

Brave the Woods interview on grainedt.com

When did “Brave the Woods” come into being and what is the story behind the name?
Before Brave the Woods it was just Brad Woodard Design. In 2012 my wife and I decided we wanted to merge our talents into one studio. With her background as a writer/editor, and skills in social media marketing, it was a great fit.

The name comes from the etymology of our surname, Woodard. It means “guardian of the woods”. So we chose Brave the Woods because it fit with our name, and we loved that it was a call to action. And for our studio, it is a call to be be adventurous and curious.

Brad Woodard interview on grainedit.com

Could you describe your creative process? Please include the tools you frequently work with.
Whether I am designing or illustrating, my process remains pretty much the same. First, I gather information and references so I have a good grasp on what what problem I am solving. Then I make word lists of everything associated with the subject I am working on. It helps me make more unconventional connections, or just gain a better understanding of the subject. From there I start most all of my projects by choosing the color palette I am going to be working in. The colors actually play a huge role in setting the feel for the work I do, so it helps to be working in those colors from the beginning. Not to mention it makes anything I am working on much more exciting when I have a fun color palette to work with :)

The times I create physical sketches, or go straight to the computer, is probably split right down the middle. It just depends on the project. When I am illustrating I use my Cintiq 22HD Pen Display. But regardless of the medium, I like to first work with the main shapes and where they live in the composition. The details of adding a texture, patterns or line work, all comes last.

I am a big advocate of experimenting with making your own textures and brushes. Though a lot of the time I don’t get the opportunity because I have a myriad of looming deadlines from clients. When this happens, I find myself purchasing the textures I need, but I am very picky. I want to make sure the quality meets the standards I would put on my work. And for that reason I love using products from companies like RetroSupply.

Brave the Woods on grainedit.com

 

We would love to highlight one of your projects. Could you walk us through the creation of  the Brave the Woods Tees?
Recently we have been trying to strengthen our brand by starting a lot more self-initiated projects like our children’s book, prints, toys, and now some apparel. For these Brave the Woods Tees I wanted to make something relevant to the brand without just slapping our logo on it. Since our name is a call to action, we wanted to showcase that while surrounding it with bold and playful forest-themed shapes. It is a prime example of the way we mix both design and illustration into each project.

Brave the Woods interview on grainedit.com

What RetroSupply filters did you use for this project and why?
For some finishing touches I used the RetroSauce texture actions. Even easier than masking your own textures, is having an action that does it for you. The texture was subtle and easy to apply so I could really play around with a lot of options without taking up a lot of time.

 

Brad Woodard interview on grainedit.com

In what ways did the initial concepts differ from the finished work?
Initially the idea was to have the trees overlap a bit and go into a bit more detail. But the further I got along in the project, the more I wanted to pull back and keep it simple. That happens a lot in my creative process. I start off with these detailed, busy concepts that I inevitably end up simplifying in the end. It is easier for me to go too far then pull back, then the other way around.

Brad Woodard interview on grainedit.com

What are your passions outside of design?
When I am not drawing or designing, I like to do a lot of things outdoors like backpacking, kayaking, paddle boarding, camping, tennis, etc. But one my wife and I’s favorite thing to do is take our little boy and puppy out on a road trip. We couldn’t have asked for two better traveling buddies, and we love to experience new places. Now if we ever get some real money, we will extend these trips outside the US more often :)

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We would like to thank Brad Woodard for taking time to share with us. You can see more of his work at bravethewoods.com. Prints and letterpressed goodies are available in his shop.  He also has a snazzy newsletter if you would like to be notified of upcoming products and the soon-to-be released Brave the Woods shirts

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27. MAAN Design Studio: World Cup Stamps

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In the spirit of the World Cup games, MAAN Design Studio has created this eye catching stamp collection.  Featuring bold geometric abstractions of the participating teams’ flags, the 32 piece set is lovingly housed in a series of custom envelopes. See the stunning results after the jump.

 

 

 

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28. Simon Bent aka Volume2a

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I love this campaign Volume2a developed for Kubik -  a pop up music venue / art installation held in Melbourne. Working with a modular system they created a layered design that captures the fun and excitement of the event.

 

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29. Bendik Kaltenborn

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Bendik Kaltenborn is an illustrator and designer living in Oslo. In addition, he is the co-founder of the Norwegian comic collective Dongery and has received recognition for his cartoons including the prestigious Ministry of Cultures ”Tegneserieprisen” award.

 

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31. Ayaka Ito

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Born and raised in Japan, Ayaka Ito is talented designer that now calls New York her home. Her  portfolio is a refreshing mix of identity work and hand drawn typography, but I especially appreciate her quirky yet playful illustrations.

 

 

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32. Inventory Magazine

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I really admire this stationery system created by Anthony Hooper and the in-house design team at Inventory. Its sophistication and attention to detail wonderfully reflects the values instilled in the magazine.

 

 

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Inventory Magazine on grainedit.com

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33. Variety Show Studio

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Variety Show is the latest venture from the husband-and-wife duo of Amber and Mike Asay. Pulling inspiration from a variety of sources the design studio/online shop is focused on creating memorable work with a purpose.

 

 

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Variety Show Studio on grainedit.com

Variety Show Studio on grainedit.com

Variety Show Studio on grainedit.com

 

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34. Vita Magazine

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Design by Emiliano Ponzi

Milan-based Vita magazine recently launched a blog to highlight the artwork created for the journal. Of special interest is the Ventivita category which features a series of posters that celebrate Vita’s 20th anniversary.

 

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Giacomo Bagnara

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Sergio Membrillas

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Stefano Marra

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Marco Goran Romano

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35. Schaffter Sahli

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Schafter Shali is a graphic design studio based in Geneva with focus on crafting minimal yet elegant work for cultural institutions – both public and private.

 

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37. Christina Magnussen AKA Gala

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 Christina Magnussen is an Oslo-based illustrator and designer. Along with Hans Christian Oren, she was a founding member of the prolific and much-loved Oh Yeah Studio. In 2013 she went on to establish Gala, an illustration agency that that uses analog and digital techniques to thoughtfully push the boundaries of the medium.

Prints are available of her work at Society6 and the Oh Yeah Studio shop.

 

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38. Deanna Halsall

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I’m excited to discover the work of UK-based artist and illustrator Deanna Halsall. Inspired by her love of nature and nostalgia, she composes charming imagery brimming with color and texture.

 

 

 

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39. Instagram: Finds From the Field

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From books and ephemera to lettering and signage, see all our latest finds from the field on Instagram.

 

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 Juni-Festwochen Zurich Program designed by Josef Muller-Brockmann (L) and International Society for Contemporary Music Festival 1962 designed by George Daulby (R)

 

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 Alchemy Bottle Shop identity work by Caava Design

 

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Heilemanns Ice Cream packaging

 

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El Al Airlines Masada booklet

 

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Maynard Ferguson Record

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Tom Kamifuji Poster

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    41. Lo Siento

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    Lo Siento is a small Barcelona-based studio that enjoys exploring the intersections where graphic and industrial design meet.

     

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    42. Timothy Hunt

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     Timothy Hunt is a UK-based animator and illustrator with a penchant for the bold and the absurd. Bursting with color and whimsy, his print and editorial driven portfolio highlights his deceptively simple yet humorous style.

     

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    43. Sign Painters Film Now Available

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    Sign Painters is a documentary showcasing the past, present and future of the hand painted sign in the USA . Directed by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon the film serves as a companion to Princeton Architectural Press’s 2012 book release of the same name. The film features legends such as Keith Knecht and Bob Dewhurst and is now available online at signpaintersfilm.comAmazon Instant Video and iTunes. The producers of the film have graciously offered grain edit readers a dollar off coupon for instant streaming and HD downloads.  To redeem the coupon, visit signpaintersfilm.com and enter promo code “typography”.

     

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    44. Tom Haugomat

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    The amazingly talented Tom Haugomat is a Paris-based illustrator with a strong sense of composition and an envious portfolio of work. Individually and as a member of the design collective MessieursDame he crafts stunning imagery swelling with color and light.

     

     

     

     

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    45. From the Job Board

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    Public Access Design Fellow - The Center of Urban Pedagogy (Broooklyn, NY)

    The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is looking for designers to join its Public Access Design program as 2014-2015 Design Fellows. They’re looking for NYC-based visual thinkers working in print, ux/ui design, motion graphics, animation, and illustration who are interested in bringing playful visual solutions to the challenges of design for social change.

    Visit our job board to learn more.

    You can subscribe to our job listings via RSSEmail or follow at Twitterand Facebook.

     

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    46. Oliver Munday

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    Oliver Munday is a graphic designer living and working in New York City.  His work is consistently clever, smart and engaging. Along with his studio, he co-founded “Piece”, a socially based design collaborative that believes that designers can play a significant role in positive change and social justice.

     

     

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    47. Recently Received

    Design Books on grainedit.com

    Here’s the latest round of books and goods to hit our shelves. This week’s entries include items from Nobrow, Chronicle Books, Lars Muller, The Walt Disney Family Foundation Press and Princeton Architectural Press.

     

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    Magic, Color, Flair: The World of Mary Blair
    By John Canemaker / Published by the Walt Disney Family Foundation
    176 pages / Hardcover / 10″ x 12.25″

    By John Canemaker, the companion catalog to The Walt Disney Family Museum’s 2014 special exhibition with the same name Magic Color Flair the world of Mary Blair. The authoritative collection of Blair’s lifework, including her precocious early paintings, concept art from her Disney days, and the wildly wonderful artistic innovations of her later life. With an introductory essay by exhibition curator and Academy Award-winning John Canemaker, this indispensable book is a bold, lively look into the work of an equally bold and lively artist, whose invaluable influence and keen eye helped shape some of the world’s favorite Disney experiences.

    Available at Amazon and The Walt Disney Family Museum Shop.

    Also be sure to visit the exhibition on view now through Sept.7th 2014.

     

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    Rolf Muller on grainedit.com

    Rolf Muller: Stories, Systems, Marks
    Edited by Jens Muller  / Published by Lars Muller
    128 pages / 5 ¾ x 8 ¼ in

    This book is the first monograph dedicated to the designer Rolf Müller who is known above all for his design of the visual identity of the Munich Olympic Games in 1972. Shortly after graduating from the famous Ulm School of Design, his former professor Otl Aicher entrusted him with this work, which set new standards in international design. In parallel, he established his design firm Büro Rolf Müller in Munich. On the basis of selected projects, the book attempts to sketch the mentality and methods of his design

    Available at Amazon, Lars Muller and your local book shop.

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    HfG Ulm: Concise History of the Ulm School of Design
    Edited by Jens Muller / Published by Lars Muller
    128 Pages / 5 ¾ x 8 ¼ in

    The Ulm School of Design (HfG Ulm) ranks among the world’s most important institutions of the 20th century in modernist design. Its founders Inge Aicher-Scholl, Otl Aicher and Max Bill wanted to contribute to the shaping of a new and better world after the terrible experiences of the Nazi regime and the Second World War. The meaning of design today cannot be understood without considering the developments at HfG. That applies not only to the design of appliances and communications, but also to the profession of designer, design education, methodology and design theory—ranging from the relationship between design and science up to the question of what relationship design should adopt with art and crafts, or business and society. This massive impact of the HfG is all the more astounding, considering that it existed for only 15 years, from 1953 to 1968. This book provides a contextual and broadly illustrated history of the HfG Ulm.

    Available at Amazon, Lars Muller and your local book shop.

     

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     Nobrow 9: It’s oh so Quiet
    Published by Nobrow
    128 pages 

    This year’s Nobrow magazine, Nobrow 9: It’s Oh So Quiet, deals with the concept of silence. How is silence expressed? Can it be visual?

    As we hurtle along at breakneck speed accompanied by the great cacophony of modern life, we rarely experience a moment of silence. Silence, with its implication of stillness and absolute purity, becomes an impossibility. So how does an artist approach such a theme? World-renowned creators turn their hand to unifying the senses in this unique, international showcase containing 60 pages of illustration and 60 pages of ground-breaking comics in unique four spot colour.

    Within the stack of these weighty pages is work by artists such as Bianca Bagnarelli, Will Morris,  Joe Todd Stanton, Lisa Perrin, Jim Stoten, Jamie Coe, Ella Bailey, Joseph Lambert, Natalie Andrewsen and many, many more.

    Available at Amazon, Nobrow and your local book shop.

     

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    Big Meals for Little Hands on grainedit.com

    Big Meals for Little Hands
    By Sebastien Guenard, Aladjidi Virginie, Caroline Pelissier and Marion Billet
    Published by Flying Eye Books
    56 pages

    Big Meals for Little Hands is filled with super-delicious, easy-to-make French recipes!  This gorgeous new cook-book teaches all about seasonal cooking, for a healthy and more environmentally conscious cuisine.

    Charming illustrations of animal characters by illustrator Marion Billet will attract kids to the healthy recipes of Michelin starred chef Sébastien Guénard. This book is just the tool for parents looking for fun projects to do with their kids while teaching them how to cook and eat healthily and sustainably.

    Available at Amazon, Flying Eye Books and your local book shop.

     

    Type on Screen on grainedit.com

    Type on Screen on grainedit.com

    Type on Screen: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Developers, and Students
    By Ellen Lupton / Published by Princeton Architectural Press
    208 pages / 7″ x 8.5″

    Type on Screen is the definitive guide to using classic typographic concepts of form and structure to make dynamic compositions for screen-based applications. Covering a broad range of technologies, from electronic publications and websites to videos and mobile devices, this hands-on primer presents the latest information available to help designers make critical creative decisions, including how to choose typefaces for the screen, how to style beautiful, functional text and navigation, how to apply principles of animation to text, and how to generate new forms and experiences with code-based operations.

    Available at Amazon, PA Press, and your local book shop.

     

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    James Gulliver Hancock on grainedit.com

    Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers: Portraits of 50 Famous Folks & All Their Weird Stuff
    By James Gulliver Hancock / Published by Chronicle Books
    112 pages / 7 1/4″  x 9 1/4″

    This cultural who’s-who illuminates 50 famous figures, from Leonardo da Vinci to Coco Chanel, through the fascinating trivia of their lives. Artist James Gulliver Hancock depicts historical icons in quirky annotated portraits surrounded by their associated possessions, baggage, and foibles. Hemingway’s hobbies, Amelia Earhart’s preferred dessert, Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite TV show—each portrait reveals the ordinary quirks of these extraordinary people and captures their personalities in the process.

    Available at Amazon, Chronicle Books and your local book shop.

     

    Hand Lettering Ledger on grainedit.com

    Hand Lettering Ledger on grainedit.com

     Hand-Lettering Ledger: A Practical Guide to Creating Serif, Script, Illustrated, Ornate, and Other Totally Original Hand-Drawn Styles
    By Mary Kate McDevitt / Published by Chronicle books
    192 pages / 8 3/4″ x 8″

    This workbook features step-by-step lessons on a range of styles plus more than 120 practice pages, making it the ideal place to learn and perfect this in-demand design skill.

    Available at Amazon, Chronicle Books and your local book shop.

     

    James Jean notebooks on grainedit.com

    Schema Notebook Collection
    Published by Chronicle Books
    6″ x 8″

    Each center-sewn, foil-stamped notebook in this stunning trio features brand new cover artwork by James Jean and a dotted grid interior.

    Available at  Amazon, Chronicle Books and your local book shop.

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    48. Sponsor // The Secret Of Parallax Scrolling Revealed by Webydo’s Code-Free Design Platform

    Few things can make a website stand out from the masses like creating a Parallax Scrolling website into. But what is Parallax? Parallax allows background, middle ground, and foreground elements on a web page to move at a separate rate from one another, which when done properly, creates a 3D effect as the end user scrolls down the page. Long a tool of animators, it took the web design world by storm when it first gained mass attention with in 2011 Nike’s Better World website, and since then has become the go to trending design structure in the arsenal of web designers who need an extra bit of flair to make their sites shine.

    Still, despite its evolution from 2D cartoon images and into the mainstream world of web design, Parallax scrolling is something that needs to be used in the proper context in order to really be effective. When utilized as a storytelling device, to engage users interactively, or as a method to enhance the presentation of a product, Parallax Scrolling is a powerful option to create a site and share your brand story.

     

     

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    Of course, employing it can be a bit tricky due to the level of code involved and hours on manually writing it to produce such a site. This is why the folks at Webydo, the industry’s leading code-free design platform, are now the only ones to have incorporated Parallax Scrolling into its platform as yet another professional feature at the disposal of the designers creating their clients website on the robust platform.

    With that in mind, let’s look at some great examples of Parallax sites, and what makes their design so unique.

     

    1. New York Times Tunnel Creek story

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    There’s something to be said for saving the best for last, but this is the internet, where attention spans rival those of goldfish, and so I believe in putting your best foot forward. So let me say that this is the most beautiful example of Parallax scrolling that I have yet to come across. In telling the story of an avalanche in Tunnel Creek, a section of the Cascade Mountains in Washington.

    Rather than a traditional long form retelling of the harrowing tale with just pictures and block quotes to break up the text, the Times takes you on a journey through the mountains themselves with GIFs, videos, and motion maps, resulting in a one-of-a-kind experience as the read makes his way through the story.

    This is, quite simply, the most effective and charismatic use of Parallax-enhanced storytelling I have ever seen.

     

    2. The Story of Jess and Russ

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    This is one of my favorite uses of Parallax scrolling, because not only does it make for a perfect example of storytelling, but it also uses the scrolling itself as a method of animation (see how the girl floats down through the picture frame near the top).

    On top of that, it’s the perfect medium for Parallax scrolling, because it’s a site that’s done purely as a piece of art for personal friends and family of the couple, thus nullifying one of the biggest drawbacks of using the technique – loss of SEO value due to the absence of click-through pages and meta tags. Jess and Russ don’t care if they’re not coming up on the first page of Google, because they have a perfect memento of their relationship to share with their loved ones.

     

    3. Puma Mobium

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    This Puma site is one of the more well-known examples of Parallax scrolling, and for good reason. With photography of a runner making his way through a testing facility, the user can stop along the way to learn more about the product, or to simply marvel at the creativity of the design. Bonus points here for being one of the few examples of horizontal Parallax scrolling, though that guy with the lighter and the aerosol can should probably be a little more careful.

     

    4. Sony

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    Finally, in the interest of ending on a high note, I leave you with one of the most amazing and unique Parallax scrolling sites out there. Sony’s site promises artistry in addition to engineering, and you’d be hard pressed to argue that this isn’t a perfect example of both. The user is treated to a veritable journey through Sony’s products, design process, and creativity as you move down the page. But frankly, words just can’t do this one justice; you really need to just go and experience it for yourself.

     

    Wrap Up
    As you can see, Parallax Scrolling can do more than just add dimension and depth to your site. When used properly, it becomes a vital way to share your client’s story that allows you to truly branch out in awe-inspiring ways, engaging your users in the process and giving them a web experience that they’ll want to come back to again and again.

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    Along with the rest of their innovative techniques,Webydo’s addition of the Parallax animator into its platform means that its users are now better equipped than ever to create the most beautiful and innovative sites on the web. And with a development team that is never satisfied, you can bet that even more features are coming down the pipeline soon.

    This article is presented by Webydo’s community of professional designers.

     

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    49. CCRZ

    CCRZ on grainedit.com

    Beautiful work from CCRZ, a Swiss design studio with a broad range of capabilities.

     

    CCRZ on grainedit.com

    CCRZ on grainedit.com

    CCRZ on grainedit.com

    CCRZ on grainedit.com

    CCRZ on grainedit.com

    CCRZ on grainedit.com

     

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    50. Sponsor // LG UltraWide QHD Monitor

    LG UltraWide Monitor

     

    For designers looking for a large monitor with the screen real estate to match, LG has the solution. Their recently released UltraWide monitor is the world’s first 34-inch 21:9 UltraWide QHD monitor. With a pixel area that is 1.8 times larger than an UltraWide Full HD, the QHD is a joy to work with and a real time saver. The extra space translates into a more efficient workflow allowing for less down time due to scrolling and switching between windows. In addition, Mac users will be delighted to know that the monitor incorporates Thunderbolt 2 technology and a sleek design.  See all the details here.

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