April 2015.

All of you reading the My Dream Store blog will know that we held the Clash of Titans contest in the Month of April. In about 20 days, over 700 campaigns have been launched from all over the country. Everyone from Students to Entrepreneurs, from NGOs to Marketing Enthusiasts, from Facebook pages to Hobby clubs have participated and won! Thank you for all your efforts!

For us too in the My Dream Store HQ, it was a super fun and busy time for each and every team. Our designers worked hard to give the contest a different flavour by creating a special theme with doodles and quirky characters. Our young account managers have been reaching out to you to help you launch your campaigns. We have been communicating with you on all forums and loving it! We hope to continue this relationship.

And now without further ado, Here are the winners! Congratulations everyone!!

From time to time all artists whether you are a graphic artist, a writer or a painter will come face to face with a creative block and be seemingly sapped of creative ideas.

If you are struggling with a creative block and need some design inspiration – First, don’t feel bad. Remember, it happens to all artists and creative folk, no matter which medium. Instead, learn to get your ideas flowing.

Take a deep breath and look at how graphic designers from the past have dealt with the same situation. This doesn’t mean that you should copy someone else’s work – you just need to generate some new ideas of your own which can be sparked by leafing through other creative work. This is the number one way to ignite your own ideas.

Follow these 6 other tips to ensure that you are never at a loss for great ideas!

A whole lot of Tech conversations take place within the My Dream Store team and we would like to bring these conversations here, so that we can include the larger tech community in our conversations and learn from each other.

Here Harsha M, our Developer, talks about the inner workings of our design studio.

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Bug fixes are usually a couple of lines of code. It’s rare for a feature to be the result of a line. Of course a line is meaningless without its surrounding code.

You see that line makes the callback hell vanish for saving a design using design-tool  !

For saving a particular design the following steps have to happen in order.

1. Save Front side
1.1 Freeze Front side
1.2 Freeze Design area
1.2.1 Freeze Text
1.2.2 Freeze Filters

2. Save Back side
1.1 Freeze Back side
1.2 Freeze Design area
1.2.1 Freeze Text
1.2.2 Freeze Filters

3. Capture Goal Information

That’s a minimum of 10 callbacks, all deeply nested. At this point the various promise libraries didn’t seem to keep up.

Now Mutexes are complicated enough. That line gives you (quasi) Mutexes with arbitrary nesting unlike the original. I am not competent enough to call them Nested Mutexes, but fiddle out and let me know 🙂

@harsha_mudi

Watch this space for more such Tech Conversations!

At My Dream Store, we take great pride in crafting each T-shirt for you. We choose the fabric of the T-shirt with utmost care. With high level Quality Check, we are also able to keep a close watch on each T-shirt that we make and ship to you.

Attention to the Stitch

• In order to ensure durability, we double stitch the seams


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Fabric is Foremost

• The T-shirt fabric we select is made from the best of the cotton yarn
• The fabric is Honeycombed and made super-smooth without any pilling
• We use the Soft flow dyeing to ensure that the colour spreads through the T-shirt uniformly
• We use expert compacting technique to make sure that stretch and recovery is limited and shrinkage is under control. This way we make T-shirts without any deformation.
• The T-shirt goes through a Bio-washed finish to get that soft and fluffy feeling
• The T-shirt is fit for rough use and humid Indian conditions. With this fabric absorbing sweat fast and drying sweat even faster; it is the perfect Indian T-shirt.

Sharp Print is our motto

During our on-going CLASH OF TITANS contest, we wanted to come up with a series of animated videos, encouraging our campaigners to promote and those interested to take part in the contest. However, regular animated videos cost about 300-600 per second. This was too expensive for us and we decided to try something else. We decided on Stop-motion animation (also called stop frame animation) and we wanted to do this on our own!

What is Stop-motion?

Stop-motion animation that is captured one frame at time, with physical objects that are moved between frames. When you play back the sequence of images rapidly, it creates the illusion of movement. It is a lot like early 2D drawn animation (Think of early Disney) works, stop motion is similar, except using physical objects instead of drawings.

The Objective

We wanted to make this video to promote CLASH OF TITANS. We decided to have an animated war between the quirky characters we created for this contest. Our characters are fighting with each other to design and sell t-shirts using their cute, little creative weapon – a pencil! We were going to use stiff paper cut-outs.

The Limitations

We are delighted to bring to all our designer friends, some free resources that will help you with designing. Please take a look at the links provided below and tell us in the comments section which are your favourites and why.

FREE IMAGE OPTIMIZERS

TinyJPG | TinyPNG Compress images.

Compressor.io: Optimize and compress your images online.

Kraken: Optimize your images & accelerate your websites.

ImageOptimizer: Resize, compress and optimize your image files.

ImageOptim: Makes images take up less disk space & load faster.

Smush.it: Image optimizer WordPress plugin.

 

FREE IMAGE EDITORS

Canva: Amazingly simple graphic design for bloggers.

Pixlr: Pixlr Editor is a robust browser photo editor.

Skitch: Get your point across with fewer words.

Easel.ly: Empowers anyone to create & share powerful visuals.

Social Image Resizer Tool: Create optimized images for social media.

Placeit: Free product mockups & templates.

Recite: Turn a quote into a visual masterpiece.

Meme Generator: The first online meme generator.

Graphic design has a learning curve and we would like to help you get better with some tips and tricks. Here are 5 basic rules to keep in mind.

1. Use contrast to make your designs pop

Juxtaposing contrasting elements in your design will help it stand out. Use contrasting colours for the background and the foreground. A simple rule is that on a lighter coloured background you should use darker fonts and vice-versa.

 2. Choose your fonts with care

Follow the same rule while choosing the fonts for a particular design. Use contrasting fonts for the heading and the subtitle or body. You could pick a font that is grand for the heading, and choose for the subtitle and body, simpler fonts. Make sure the fonts you choose are easy to read!

 3. Pick a colour scheme

Just like you’ve now chosen a font palette, you’ll also want to pick a colour scheme. Start with 2-3 main colours and usually the tool you are using will suggest the rest of the palette.

 4. No naked images

Use appropriate images in your designs to help it stand out. However, if you choose to simply place the images on the background, it will not be as appealing as if you place it within a frame. This is a simple trick which will give your design a professional edge.

5. Keep it simple

Lastly remember, a cluttered design is will overwhelm the senses and not appeal to the viewer. Use every design element frugally and keep the number of fonts, colours, shapes and frames to a minimum.

Click on this link to check out free design resources from all over the Internet!

 

At My Dream Store we are always eager to connect with our fun potential campaigners. We are super pleased to launch our first hangout session on April 3rd, Friday at 4 pm. We would like to spend Friday evening chatting with you and getting feedback from you as well as answer all your queries regarding My Dream Store and our contest CLASH OF TITANS, which starts tomorrow. We are mega excited to have you join us and launch campaigns and fight it out with other campaigners.

This hangout will be brief from our side with the floor open for a Q&A session.

This is a step towards our endeavour to build sturdy communication channels between you and us. Our aim is to streamline the customer service process, so as to be able to serve you better. We truly believe a dialogue with you will help us build a better company!