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cookbook The story of one illustration: 404 error page for Iconfinder

Denis Kortunov, 13 July 2010 Comments (0)

Master-class

Every site has a 404 error page. Its purpose is to tell the user that he landed in the wrong place. It is unnecessary to scare the user by some alarming page, though the message should be clear to all. Some time ago we created a character for the icon search engine conveniently named Iconfinder, now it was the time to create an illustration for its 404 page.

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cookbook The graphics style of the 1972 Munich Olympics

Denis Kortunov, 23 June 2010 Comments (0)

Reviews Visual style

One day I spotted a rather unusual poster. It looked very special and I was won by the pleasant mix of colors and simplicity.

It turned out that this was one of the posters made for the Olympics of 1972 in Munich. I was surprised by how fresh and contemporary the work looked realizing that the poster was created almost 40 years ago. I decided to study the style of this event more carefully and started web surfing.

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cookbook These could be the new LiveJournal’s icons

Denis Kortunov, 16 June 2010 Comments (41)

Case Studies Icon design

Long time ago three designers from Samara got acquainted with each other through LiveJournal. This led to talks and discussion over their own portfolios and works of others. And so Turbomilk was born. Clearly, when the competition for new icons for LiveJournal was unveiled, we got excited and went straight to work.

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journal Robotodo

Slava Kislyakov, 18 May 2010 Comments (0)

I like robots and all the things related to them. Robots represent the modern technology and symbolize the future and all the advance stuff. And in the future we will be meeting robots on every corner and someday they will become our friends! That’s probably why I enjoy drawing them.

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journal Report on Creative Future 2010 Conference

Denis Kortunov, 30 April 2010 Comments (0)

Not very long ago the delegation of Turbomilkers visited a conference for creative professionals called Creative Future 2010. There are not that many events targeting designers held in Russia, so we went to Moscow without much hesitation. The conference’s venue was a great choice – Oktiabr cinema on New Arbat.

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cookbook Quick review of Wacom Cintiq 21UX Intuos 4

Evgeniya Rodina, 29 April 2010 Comments (0)

Reviews Tools

One of the goals I had for the visit to the recent Creativefuture 2010 conference was a “conversation” with the outstanding new Wacom Cintiq pad. Each professional is very careful about his working tools, therefore I went straight to the Wacom’s stand. There was a thick crowd of curious people and I had very limited time for the test drive – others were lining up behind me. I waited diligently in the line and started the “tasting” process.

I picked Cintiq 21UX Intuos4. Why going cheap? :)

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journal We have moved into a new office

Denis Kortunov, 13 April 2010 Comments (32)

Our company has gradually expanded so that we could not all fit into our old office space. So we moved into a new office, which is twice the size of the previous location. Now we are seated on the 18th floor of a high building of glass and concrete in a business center of Samara.

So our address has changed accordingly to: 1806-1807, Scala Hall Business Center, Building 2, 4a Moskovskoye shosse, Samara, 443013

journal Tips from Iconfinder

Dmitri Joukov, 23 March 2010 Comments (0)

Айконфайндер советует
Our article “10 mistakes in icondesign”, the one that survived the digg effect and the visit by Jakob Nielsen, even two years down the line continues to inspire and lead icon designers from all over the World. Our friend Martin from Iconfinder took the article and a presentation by Jon Hicks and with his colleague Shawn put together a marvellous post a with all kinds of tips for using icons in interface design.

journal Zoomeyes are back!

Denis Kortunov, 16 March 2010 Comments (0)

Zoomeyes are back!

When a man works on a computer he looks into the monitor and sees various applications. We thought: “What if the applications could look back at the man with their large clear eyes?!” This idea lead to the creation of a free set of goggled Zoomeyes 2 icons meant to replace the default application icons.

cookbook Wacom Bamboo Fun M Pen&Touch

Denis Kortunov, 9 February 2010 Comments (2)

Reviews Tools

Nearly every computer in our company has a graphics tablet connected to it. This fact is easy to explain, since we are all designers. Today yet another “pet” was adopted by our office: Wacom Bamboo Fun M Pen&Touch. I want to take this chance to share my personal impressions on this tablet.

Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen&Touch

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journal Basecamp turns 6

Denis Kortunov, 5 February 2010 Comments (0)

In our day-to-day work we use a very handy yet powerful tool Basecamp, the leading web-based project collaboration tool. We use it from the moment of its appearance and it seems like it happened quite recently, but in fact Basecamp is now celebrating its 6th anniversary.

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journal Portfolio Alternative Navigation

Denis Kortunov, 11 January 2010 Comments (0)

We have decided to slightly revise the concept of our site. Now we will be concentrating more on the portfolio, rather than on our blog. This makes sense considering the fact that we deliver services related to graphic design and we need cool clients. Moreover, our portfolio has become large and very attractive.

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cookbook Tutorial: drawing a 3D character from a plain logo

Evgeniya Rodina, 7 December 2009 Comments (2)

Adobe Photoshop Master-class

Turbomilkers dig Twitter and most of us are thrilled by their ability to share their deep thoughts though this web service. When we faced the need to share the twits with twitter users from other countries, we developed a convenient service that will be translating our twits from Russian into any other language (a whole selection of languages) and post them in Twitter automatically.

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cookbook 7 tricks for your corporate twitter

Dmitri Joukov, 27 November 2009 Comments (0)

Marketing Master-class

Our twitter @turbomilk is one of the most popular corporate twitters in Russia. The password to the twitter is available to all our staff but there is just a few of us posting. And, as it happens, most of the posts are coming from me. After more than a year of observations and experiments involving real people I came up with a range of plain tricks on how to make twitter more interesting and popular.

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journal Best software products of 2009 by PC Magazine/RE

Denis Kortunov, 25 November 2009 Comments (0)


PC Magazine/RE has summarized the results of IT year and picked the best software products of 2009. We have carefully studied this list and gladly discovered two of our projects in it:

journal Iconza enlargement

Denis Kortunov, 17 November 2009 Comments (0)

Good news from Iconza — now it features 42 more icons! Painting these icons in difference colors and changing their sizes will give you thousands of alternatives! They are free as always. Stay healthy, munch on carrot and use Iconza’s icons.

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journal 404 Festival really rocked!

Denis Kortunov, 1 October 2009 Comments (0)

Festival 404

Recently Samara hosted a grandiose event – 404 web developers’ festival! The event took place in the luxurious interiors of Holiday Inn hotel. We have enjoyed many reports, talks and conversations, master classes and acquaintances. This time around our company was helping the guys from Dominion in setting up the event. First, we were getting ready, then we worried a lot and later shuttled back and forth at the conference. Only now, that the festival is over, we are resting pleased and relaxed.

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journal Turboflag

Denis Kortunov, 22 September 2009 Comments (0)

Turboflag

The walls of our cozy office are decorated with many different flags and banners. So where do they come from? The answer is simple: if any of our Turbomilkers goes somewhere, he comes back with a flag of that place. Today we failed to follow this tradition and added yet another flag without having someone travel for it. Now we have our own corporate banner or Turboflag. Hurrah?!

journal Renewed site running WordPress

Dmitri Joukov, 15 September 2009 Comments (2)

Yesterday we launched the renewed version of our site. Although the main upgrade is concealed from the eyes of regular users: we changed the site’s platform. We used to have MovableType and now we moved to WordPress. We also renewed our home page to feature larger and more vivid pictures and slightly updated the portfolio section.

Please keep us posted on any bugs and/or errors at ufo@turbomilk.com or through the contact form at the top.

journal Pig Radio

Dmitri Joukov, 25 August 2009 Comments (0)

Pig Radio

We honestly loved Seven Skies radio for a long time, but it bothered us. Too much jazz and abstruse music. We need something simple and morden. Meet, today we’re listening to a great Pig Radio (audio-stream).

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