Inspiration: 2014 iPhone Photography Awards

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With the advent of ever-improving smartphone camera technology, the digital SLR’s exclusive dominance in the world of quality photography is slowly crumbling. Smartphone users around the world are proving that a good photographer’s eye is far more important for taking a good photograph than your photographic hardware, so the IPPAWARDS (iPhone Photography Awards) were created to recognize their efforts.

The photos in this competition, which was organized by Apple, need to have been taken with an iPhone, iPod or iPad and cannot have been edited on any way by desktop software (device-based apps are allowed).

Take a look at the winners – maybe they’ll inspire you to take an amazing photo with your own smartphone!

Inspiration: 22 Powerful animal ad campaigns to make you think

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These advertisements address different types of issues, but they’re all about giving a voice to the voiceless. Most of us love animals, and yet we remain ignorant of or apathetic towards the abuse of domestic or circus animals or the extinction, poaching and over-harvesting of wild populations. If you’re an animal lover, consider putting your time or your money behind one of these noble campaigns!

There are lots of powerful animal ads out there, so if you’ve seen one that we missed, share it with us at the bottom of this post!

Font of the week: Fabrica by Alvin Kwan

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Fabrica is a deceptively simple sans serif typeface optimized for screen display on handheld devices. With its optimal quality and legibility, Fabrica proves to be highly efficient for small screens. Its details are drawn from the more systematic constructed Neo-Grotesques, giving it a neutral tone of voice. Above all, Fabrica’s beauty is found in its functionality.

Branding: Daughters of the Empire branding

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Based in Vancouver, Canada, Daughters of the Empire is a clothing boutique representing a passion and love for quality pieces that last a lifetime. It features up-and-coming, innovative and independent designers from around the world in search for the finest, quality goods and garment. DOE is passionate about the lines they carry as well as the inspiring people behind these lines, which are handpicked to represent the shop.

Font of the week: Pakenham

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Founder of Typodermic Fonts and type designer Ray Larabie is behind today’s font of choice Pakenham Regular. Available fromHypeForType, and inspired by Paul Renner’s 1950s creation, Steile Futura, Pakenham is described as having ‘an upright, modern look with gently turned corners and generously proportioned loops’.

Part of larger font family, Pakenham Regular is available as a free download for both personal and commercial use over onHypeForType.

Font of the week: Alek by Emil Bertell

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Alek is a classy and elegant yet playful upright script family of two weights and an ornament set Alek is equipped with plenty of OpenType features: To activate the alternates click on Swash, Contextual, Stylistic or Titling Alternates or Discretionary Ligatures, Tabular or OldStyle Lining in any OpenType savvy program or manually select the characters from Glyph Palette. Always enable Standard Ligatures for the best outcome.