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Everything posted by drdougfresh

  1. Is that... wait, actual design critique? I didn't know that was a thing anymore. I thought we are just supposed to declare our hatred for it (or the people who designed it) and move on? Agreed, though - slight changes that help modernize it a bit. The old one feels very "90's tech company" when looking at them side by side now; not something I would've thought before the update. Extra bonus: they kept the core concept of their logo and modernized it without using sans-serif lower case type (which is a win now, sadly)!
  2. It's a hoppin' place on Saturday nights... they have a restaurant in there too, so I think they stay pretty busy. Definitely worth checking out, though! Had no idea you were in SD!
  3. Mentioned briefly earlier, but after visiting their taproom this spring, I learned that their labels are all painted by a local guy in San Diego. Thought that was pretty cool. They're wonderfully detailed and really stand out on the shelves. I could do with something more original than Brothers for the font choice, but it beats the hell out of what they used to put on their bottles). The beer's pretty damned tasty, too. Personal recommendation... if you like porters and coffee, snag this one if you can find it:
  4. 2 more Dribbble invites up for grabs. If anyone wants one, send me a link to your portfolio.
  5. @TheOneAndOnlyMau is back at it again this week with some more amazing work -- puck heads rejoice! In just two weeks, you now have 4 new PSDs to play with In the pipeline - some new Elite 51 mockups, more hockey, and some baseball (from myself, @derschwigg, and @Bmac). Shoot me a DM if you want to contribute!
  6. Here's what I would say to this, and it's not to be an ass, I genuinely hope people follow this advice: push yourself to learn Inkscape or Illustrator. It's part of the reason I started the site: being pushed by others here in my early days to improve my work, and thus, skill in the necessary software, is the only reason I have the working knowledge I do today. Without that push, Mockup Arena probably never comes to life Could I create paint versions of the vector templates? Sure. Would it inspire people or push them to continue growing and learning? Probably not. In the spirit of the origin of the site, I'd love to keep it at the PSD/vector level.
  7. For those on the hunt for a hockey mockup, just added the WCH presentation PSD to the site: http://mockuparena.com/mockup-posts/adidas-hockey-sweater-mockup/
  8. Instead of creating a bunch of posts, figured I'd just post everything that was contributed this week. Head to mockuparena.com/library to download all this good stuff for free (for personal use only, obviously)! Big shoutout to raysox and 1andOnlyMau for their great work! If you want to get involved, shoot me a PM. On the docket: Nike's baseball promo shots, and something for hockey. Just not sure what yet Raysox's NuSoccer templates:
  9. This one led me here... which, YAASSS: http://news.nike.com/news/baseball-vapor-elite-uniform (adding to my to do list). Good lookin' out. For everyone's reference, in my humble opinion, the best photorealistic source images are typically larger than 2MB. Some of Nike's football images, for example, are over 10MB. Larger photos = more room for close up manipulation and molding it into a template, which results in a better looking final product.
  10. Welp, it's about neither of those. But thanks for stopping by!
  11. Best guess would be they're on another Nike file. There's not another place the cleats are housed, I believe we just mixed/matched by team for the guide.
  12. It's one of the best, happy to feature it! Sure thing, just send links through the form on the site.
  13. Great - if you can find very high resolution source images, definitely something we can work with.
  14. Source image availability is definitely a factor here. Nike, adidas, and UA promote the hell out of their new uniforms with creative photoshoots. Not the same with hockey, baseball, or basketball, really.
  15. Thanks for the kind words, gents! To answer a few questions: Templates: if you have them and own them, send me our way. There's a submit button on the menu that makes this easy. Tutorials: probably a mixture of template making and template utilization. Things like creating a vector template off a photo, or setting a logo on a helmet so that it looks like a vinyl sticker (with the clear border, etc.) Tutorials might take a bit, as I've got a lot on the freelance plate right now. But I will definitely post here as they come up!
  16. Howdy, concepts section. Been a hot minute. Scottysprings and I hatched this brainchild a month or so ago, but I've always wanted to provide the community something like this. Basically, I've created a repository of amazing templates and mockups on a website called Mockup Arena. What can you find here? Great work from esteemed community members like BrandMooreArt, derschwigg, scottysprings, dmhtfld, davidson, jayjackson, myself, and soon, raysox (I think that's everyone so far). The purpose of Mockup Arena is to provide the community with professional-level templates and mockups for free, so you can continue growing as a designer and present your work in the best way possible. Remember, these are for personal use only. Don't be an a-hole with this gift to the community. The library will be driven by community submissions, so if you have anything to contribute, feel free to submit it through the site. It's run by myself only right now, so patience as we get off the ground would be much appreciated . And if you're a social media person, tag us on Twitter (@mockuparena) or hashtag #mockuparena on the other sites. GO CHECK IT OUT! As a bit of an intro, and to whet your appetite, here are the three mockups I contributed to the launch:
  17. The work looks very clean, nice job setting this up. One strategy piece to consider: I know you put a lot of time into it, but I guarantee you'd be making a lot more with a lower price point. Consider your market: $45 is a lot to shell out for a hobbyist. Most presentation template sites are gonna charge $10-15 for a set of mockups at most. Low price generally leads to a higher volume on stuff like this. Just my two cents
  18. It appears this is the only thing the Lions will be winning this year
  19. I know I've said it before, but you can always search "invitation" on Dribbble and submit entries to people offering them!
  20. Brandon Moore (brandmooreart), Adam Walsh (missouritigers), Matt Kauzlarich (GFB), CJ Zilligen (CJWorks), Matt Willcox, Chris Clement, Greg Hahn (jaha32) all come to mind. I'm sure there's more.
  21. Awesome. I have a medal to defend Thanks for coordinating this again, pollux!
  22. I think you've finally uncovered something for me -- why I'm not usually very fond of Red Wings updates. It's not because of my fandom, or the tradition I hold in such a high regard, it's the modernization of the wheel. Something about it throws off the elegance of the logo -- totally a matter of opinion here, but I'd love to see an update of the old wheel. The new feathers look great, IMO.
  23. I would try to do more with the shadows to distance yourself from the Mercury Cougar logo: Feels like the eye is too far forward/ears are too far back, too. Focus on tightening things up and using fewer individual shapes and colors -- you could be on to something here.