Serendipity Generates Your Fantasies

“The hale enchantress poses ‘pon husky columns, her placid covering violet of tincture… crimson oculars flashing with innocence and auditories pricked atop her powerful physique.” You think I could have written that?  Ha, fat chance.  No poet of magic-dealing furry slash fiction am I.  In fact, I don’t even know what that last sentence means. Posing dashingly on the ruined sludge fields of the internet, Serendipity’s text generators kick holes in your writer’s block with multiple genres of automatic gibberish.  Need a fantasy story plot?  How about: “In this story, witches and merfolk clash with a retired elf stuck in the middle.”  Bam! It’s the next Harry Potter I tell ya. Or say you find yourself working a dead-end job as M. Night Shamalon’s assistant and he wants three plot twists by 5 pm.  No problem: At this juncture a hungover police officer arrives and serves dinner. Suddenly a mysterious boy […]

Raw Materials: HYPE framework for Flash

I have been shying away from Flash lately as its not supported by many mobile devices and comparable open technologies like jQuery, Raphaël, and Canvas get better each day. And I don’t know Actionscript 3.0. HYPE might make me dust off my copy of Flash. In a style similar to Processing, HYPE does the heavy lifting for Flash coding. Making this fun again. From HYPE’s site: HYPE is a creative coding framework built on top of ActionScript 3. A major goal of HYPE is to allow newcomers to Flash and ActionScript to creatively play and express themselves while they are learning how to program. To get started, the user needs only the most basic knowledge of programming – variables, conditionals, loops, and functions, for example. As the user learns more about programming they can extend HYPE and thus grow their skills, while at the same time inspiring the next generation. […]

Raw Materials: Free Stock Photos & Textures

The Internet is full of places for finding those stock photos of overly happy women working customer support and businessmen striking a deal for serious business. However, maybe you need an image or texture for your blog, reference, design work, or art work. Fortunately there are plenty of places online for free stock images and textures. Always make sure to check licensing as perhaps an image is free but might require permission or may not be available for commercial use. stock.xchng One of the oldest resources for free stock images. Relatively recently acquired by Getty Images many budding would be stock photographers cut their camera and illustration chops here. Openphoto A growing gallery of images some with restrictions and some without. Many of the images are out of focus or require some Photoshop tuning, but the range is stunning. Morguefile A great collection of images for reference, remixing, or backgrounds. […]

Free Band Names

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Raw Materials: Social Networking Bookmark Icons

Scouring the web it was hard to find social networking icons that were not 3D Boxes, bottled shaped, or otherwise irregular. So as the cliché goes sometimes if you want a job done you have to do it yourself. These basic logo icons for Facebook, Digg, Reddit, Twitter, and Delicious are suitable to use as is or modify for a more custom look. The file is a vector EPS version 3.0 file so it should open in most graphics programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Inkscape and many more. They will be used as part of a redesign of this very site (coming soon). If you find these icon logos useful let us know!

Raw Materials: Venetian Renaissance Scans

Click here for a gallery of ancient hand-cut fonts, illustrations and borders, all free and clear to alter and reuse. I found this book for a dollar at a garage sale and it looked too good to keep to myself.  Great for design projects that require a medieval touch.  Ten scans up currently, more on the way.  Angels, saints, branches, lions and giant fancy letters. Link to any projects you use these on in the comments.  Someone want to whip up a font?