Cameron Chapman
Cameron Chapman is the author of The Smashing Idea Book: From Inspiration to Application and a regular contributor to a number of web design and technology blogs.
  • Web Design
    Making the Most of MondaysPreview
    Let's face it: Mondays are a drag for a lot of us. We're still recovering from the weekend (aren't those supposed to leave us feeling rested?) which means we're often working at less-than-ideal productivity levels. But whether you work as a freelance designer or in the corporate world, you probably can't get away with not working on Mondays. Besides, that would just give us all a reason to hate Tuesday!Read More…
  • Web Design
    Streamlining Your Freelance Design WorkflowPreview
    Becoming more productive is key to having more free time and/or making more money as a freelancer. There are only so many hours in the day, and it's all too easy to waste them on inefficient processes that could easily be improved.Read More…
  • Web Design
    40+ Well Designed Apps for Running Your Freelance BusinessPreview
    There are hundreds of business apps out there for running virtually any kind of small business online. And a lot of those apps are well-suited, functionally, for designers. But there's something a lot of them are lacking: good design!Read More…
  • Web Design
    Elements of a Great Web Design PortfolioPreview2
    It's sad to say, but a lot of designers neglect their own portfolio sites. They spend all of their time working on client projects rather than their own business (which is admirable, for sure). The problem with that is that they're likely losing business, and potentially losing out on some of the best clients they might have.Read More…
  • Web Design
    Financial Best Practices for Web Design FreelancersPreview
    A lot of web designers start their careers as employees for larger design firms. However, it seems inevitable that most designers will at least consider going out on their own as freelancers, either for side jobs or full time. One major key to any successful freelancing career, though, is to stay on top of your finances.Read More…
  • Code
    Mobile Development Toolbox: A Complete Kit for Getting StartedMobile dev toolbox
    Mobile app development is a booming business, and one that's predicted to grow even larger in the immediate future. But there's still plenty of room for new developers on virtually every mobile platform out there, partly due to the high barriers to entry: app development is often time-consuming and often requires extensive programming knowledge.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Inspiration: 75 Superb Examples of Bottle PackagingPreview
    Packaging design is a specialized area of graphic design, one that carries its own guidelines and best practices. The goal of a package is to make the product stand out among its competition, and better compete in the marketplace. Package design projects might consist of something as basic as a label to a complete packaging solution, with custom materials.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Running Like Clockwork: Steampunk Art to Inspire YouPreview
    The Steampunk style has been a part of fantasy and science fiction artwork and literature for a few years now. Some proponents insist on keeping it entirely science-based, while others like to throw in healthy doses of fantasy. The question they all seem to be asking, though, is "what if X ran on steam?" X can be anything from computers to cars to personal jetpacks. Working prototypes of steampunk-esque machines have even been made (and used). It's an entire subculture, defined by a propensity toward Victorian aesthetics, practicality, and steam-powered anything. Below are 80 fantastic steampunk artworks to get your gears turning and start you on your way to designing your own steampunk creations.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Inspiration: 35 Amazing Vector LandscapesPreview
    Landscapes aren't necessarily the first thing that come to mind when one thinks of vector artwork. After all, landscapes are often very nuanced and hold a wide variety of shapes, colors, and patterns that can be difficult to mimic in a vector image. But that doesn't mean there aren't some incredibly talented vector artists out there creating beautiful landscapes, some of which are almost photo-realistic (especially if viewed from a distance).Read More…
  • Photo & Video
    50 Beautiful Examples of City Skyline PhotographyPreview2
    Today we're taking a look at fifty beautiful examples of city skyline architecture. Some images are captured at night, some in the day, and some in twilight. There's plenty of inspiration for any urban, city photograph project!Read More…
  • Photo & Video
    60 Fascinating Alien Lichen LandscapesPreview
    Lichens are one of the most beautiful flora nature has to offer. They're like alien landscapes in miniature. And the sheer variety of shapes, colors, and textures is enough to keep a photographer busy for quite a while!Read More…
  • Code
    Color Inspiration: Awesome Red WebsitesPreview
    Red is a very powerful and strong color. It's associated with a variety of things, from courage and bravery to warnings and danger. It's also, of course, strongly tied to love and passion. It's a popular color in website design, though, due to its boldness, is most commonly used as an accent color. With that said, there's no reason why it can't take on a more prominent role in a website's overall design, as demonstrated in these twenty-five awesome red websites.Read More…