Tara Hornor has a degree in English and has found her niche writing about marketing, advertising, branding, web and graphic design, and desktop publishing. She writes for, a company that offers color printing services for business cards, catalogs, posters, brochures, postcard services, and more printed marketing media. In addition to her writing career, Tara also enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. Connect with @TaraHornor on Twitter.

Digitally, 3D has been around for many years now, and we have seen graphic designers use 3D graphics for everything from animated film to website design or even for printing a unique poster design. But 3D did not stop with digital graphics. Although 3D printing has been around since the late 1970s and 80s, the…


It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a roundup of super hero posters! I love illustration in general, but super heroes are an awe-inspiring genre of design that gets my creative energies up to their super power levels. These posters focus on various genres of super hero designs – illustrations, photography, and compositions. I…


High Dynamic Range photography produces stunning and unique pictures, perfect for making a design for the web or printed postcards appear irresistible. When photographers want to create an HDR image, they actually take several pictures (at least three) at different exposure levels, and then they use photo-editing software to combine the best parts of all…


30 Amazing Typographical Posters and Print Ads

Typography is a critical part of most designs, whether the text is meant to help connect the point of the design with the reader or even integrate fully with the design itself, such as with illustrations made of text. This collection of typographic posters and print ads are some of the best of the best…

June 1st, 2012 | Illustration, Inspiration, Typography | 3 Comments

Why and How Designers Should Build a Strong Network

The “why” of building a strong network is simple: your future as a designer is dependent upon your ability to build a strong community of clients around you. But many designers fail on the most fundamental aspect of building a network – namely, they build networks of other designers, not customers nor even networks that…

March 29th, 2012 | Articles, Graphic Design | 6 Comments

5 Tips for Avoiding Stale Commercial Designs

As designers we’ve all seen it happen. In fact, it’s probably happened to you at some point or another. It’s that moment you step back from a commercial design and realize it’s bland, boring, or just absolute crap. So what happened? Maybe the quadruple-colored, content-crammed design for postcard printing that your customer wanted was destined…

February 17th, 2012 | Articles | No Comments

25 Winter Backgrounds for Design Inspiration

Working on a winter design project and not feeling the “wonderland” part so much? White, gray, freaking cold — that’s winter. At least that’s how you feel after staring through the screen for too long. Have no fear. With a little inspiration you can find your winter wonderland again. Winter has many visually beautiful elements…

December 19th, 2011 | Illustration, Inspiration, Photography | 2 Comments