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Find and download hundreds of free Japanese fonts

Find and download hundreds of free Japanese fonts

Today I would like to introduce a small side project I’m working on right now, Free Japanese Font, a convenient site to find the good quality free Japanese fonts on the Internet. I had been running these site for six months and now it has more than hundreds of fonts!

The fonts were categorised in several font styles, for example: handwriting, calligraphy, rounded, display fonts and lots more. Feel free to visit the website and look for your favorite Japanese font!

Screenshots of fonts showcased in Free Japanese Font

Create Instagram slideshows with Fliptastic app

Create Instagram slideshows with Fliptastic app

Today, I proudly announce that Fliptastic, a slideshow maker app for Instagram was launched in iTunes App Store! I’m the user interface and icon designer for this app. I’m super excited!

With this app, you can create wonderful slideshows from your Instagram photos, or you can also choose photos from camera roll or even take a photo on the spot within the app. Then you can arrange them into the sequence you like, and also you can crop the photo and even add text on it!

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7 sites for typography and webfont inspirations

7 sites for your typography and webfont inspirations

In our daily life, we read newspapers and magazines, we walk on the streets, we purchase stuff and we surf the net. Almost all the things that we do involving type. Type is something we can’t live without and good typography can create everlasting good impression and increasing in brand identity.

In this post, I will show you 7 websites where you get your typography inspiration fix. From these sites, you can get not just about good looking type, but also examples of good font combination, nice web fonts and also colors used to further enhance the type and the message. Continue reading to check them out!

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6 illustration collections of a subject matter

6 illustration collections of a subject matter

When I studied in Graphic Design course back in the college days, lecturers always encourage me and my classmates to go collect something and sketch them in the sketchbook and observe the details and differences between them. It was a fun experience and I really like collecting stuff.

Many artists and designers love to do exactly the same thing, taking a subject matter and illustrate them into a series of different illustrations. Here, I’m going to show you 6 projects of illustration collections of a subject matter. Read on to find out!

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Web design trends in 2013

Web design trends in 2013

Every year we see the web design world shifts. New design idea coming up and quickly adopted by the trendy designers over the world. Besides that, we also see some approach that were experimental back then, getting matured this year. In this post, I’m going share with you some design patterns that are trending this year.

I categorized this years trend into 7 main categories from the famous flat design to video as background. Continue reading to find out all of them.

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Some websites and blogs I started to follow recently

Some websites and blogs I started to follow recently

I believe as a modern designer, be it graphic, web or hybrid, need to get inspired by great designs from time to time, in order to keep themselves resourceful and fuelled with fresh ideas. There are a lot of good sites out there to serve these purposes but today, I’m going to introduce a couple more websites that you can get not only inspiration, but thoughts and personal development as well.

Well, as a designer with several years of experience, I do feel that when you are into the design industry for couple of years, and sometimes you just want to take a step back and look at the design at a different perspective. One good way to spark this is to actually read what other people think of certain thing.

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The UX Roadmap: Object Animator in Animata! app

The UX Roadmap: Object Animator in Animata! app

I had been working on an app called “Animata!” for a year plus now and finally it has been released on iTunes App Store. In this app, I handled the user interface and also taking care of the app’s experience design. In this post, I will talk about the roadmap of the object animator, which is the core function of the app.

When the developer Ting approached me with the idea and prototype design of the app, I find it is a very interesting app and is very unique, because there are not much animator apps on the market that can do such animation with unlimited animation possibilities. But there is one problem: the prototype of the object animator is extremely difficult to use.

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Beautiful free fonts by Yosuke Masaki

Beautiful free fonts by Yosuke Masaki

Today I stumbled upon these three beautiful fonts, created by Yosuke Masaki, a young font designer, illustrator and web designer from Osaka Japan. These fonts are high quality and with very strong art sense. You can actually download the fonts for free and can be used in both personal and commercial projects!

Please continue to read to find out these three fonts!

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User Interfaces (UI) in action

User Interface (UI) in actions

We all talked about the good user interface produces good user experience. It is indeed important to have good looking, functional and intuitive interface that helped the users to achieve certain task and making their life easier and enriched. But good user experience and interface is not just about beautiful static graphics.

Animations.. and transitions are also the vital part of producing good interface, not only it makes the interfaces more interesting, it will also creates wonderful experience! In this post, I’m going to show you three websites that showcase the good examples of animated user interfaces.

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Japan Art and Design blog that you should read

Japan Art and Design blog that you should read

Japan is a place where art and design is deeply fused with everyday life. From the traditional art to the modern art, illustration, graphic design and many other medium, you can find creativity breathing at a lively pace in Japan. I strongly felt that when I was in Tokyo 4 years ago and attended two art events that were flooded with people.

Japanese art and design has its unique identity, but with the imagination from different artists, the great diversity can be spotted too. Well, it’s kind of hard to find information on this topic but today, I will introduce 5 dedicated website where you can find and read about Japanese art and design. Please continue reading to find out more.

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