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Sage advice

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

— Plato

Work less, play more.
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1976: The year I had swine flu, the chicken pox and the FONZ!

Things were so much simpler…and scarier then.

In 1976 was the same age my daughter is now (to all you algebra majors out there, this means “NEAL = OLD”). While this commercial would scare the my kids to death, it is no scarier than them seeing 800 promos on PBS for the looming global pandemic in between shows like Word Girl and Martha Speaks.

So, I had them take a test to see if they had the swine flu. It is a very easy test and just takes a few seconds. All you have to do is click the button to see if you have it. This test right now is 99.9999% accurate as of this post and is touted as the most realistic Swine Flu test on the web today.

Take the test here – Do you have Swine Flu?

Good luck…I hope you pass.

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We’ve got that “New Blog Scent!”

Welcome to the re-launch of the BG Lounge; a collection of news, tips, tricks, thoughts, ideas, offers and incentives to share some of our observations and bring a bit more of a voice to Bauer Graphics.


For many of you, this might be old news, but for our new readers, It is our sincerest hope that you can find some usefulness in our ranting.


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35 tutorials to create amazing vector graphics with Inkscape

Inkscape is a free vector graphic design alternative software similar to Adobe Illustrator and CorelDraw, only it doesn’t cost you a penny. It is maybe not as powerful as its higher priced rivals, but certainly powerful enough to design high quality vector graphics. Here are some tutorials to check out if you’re thinking about using Inkscape.

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Foreword: Bauer Graphics was recently asked by Oregon Creative Industries to design the OCI logo. We are honored to have the opportunity to help grow the creative landscape here in our beautiful state of Oregon.

As Oregon celebrates its 150th birthday this year, we are reminded just how far we have come. This little west coast state has broken all of the molds set by stereotypes of the past, and has expanded its reputation from that of downtrodden loggers & beaver trapping brawny that occupied the minds of ignorant Americans for years prior.


It isn’t much of a surprise to most native Oregonians, let alone those at the front lines of creativity that Oregon has got it going on! We have climbed the ranks, and earned our stripes as one of the world’s most talented, innovative, culturally-diverse, liberal, sustainable & above all CREATIVE states.

Oregon has a long tradition of creative-ness. We have managed to shimmy our way into the spotlight as a top-tier town with a knack for turning heads with our innovative beat brought through some of the top companies in the world. Perhaps you’ve heard of a small company called Nike? How about Columbia Sportswear? Or one of the thousands of other creative firms that call Oregon home.

One organization that understands the magnitude of originality that the region offers is Oregon Creative Industries (OCI). A labor of love from networking mavericks, Steve Gehlen & Tad Lukasik, OCI was born in August 2008, from a discussion at Cre8Camp Portland in July. The desire is to unify the entire Oregon creative community, and hopefully brand Oregon as a creative metropolis.


Creative Industries is defined as a set of interlocking industry sectors that focus on creating unique property, content or design that previously did not exist. In 2008, Oregon employed approximately 60,000 people in the creative industries. This number includes not only arts-related industries, but also the software industry.

The main vision behind OCI is to provide a backbone that provides networking, promotion and advocacy to a variety of creative industries-related organizations–both structured and unstructured–in order to increase business opportunities and revenue for the community.

In December 2008, The Oregonian described OCI as more than an organization, but rather a movement. Bauer Graphics believes that this hunch couldn’t have been more accurate. This new insignia, we believe, will serve as a proclamation to just how incredibly inter-dependendent the entire creative industry can be, as well as always has been.

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30 Creative Examples of Using Paper in Web Designs

In this showcase, you’ll see some of the best web designs that involve the use of paper elements and textures – for your inspiration.

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Ten Graphic Design Paradoxes

Some good insights, here is one of my faves: “If we want to make money as a graphic designer, we must concentrate on the work — not the money: Whenever I’ve taken on design projects “just for the money,” disaster has invariably ensued. When we put money first and work second, we end up with bad work & an even worse balance sheet”.

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Think Different

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

- Apple Computer in 1997

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43 Really Useful Photoshop Tutorials For Excellent 3d Effect

Designers love all of those tutorials that can help them to learn more and more everyday and give them direction to design more beautiful and attractive creative works. Today, we are going to list down 43 Brilliant Photoshop Tutorials For Excellent 3d Effects. We hope you all will like this collection.

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30 high-quality free fonts for professional designs

Designers need high quality fonts or typefaces. This round up post brings what you need! A very useful post ;)

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