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Ross Berens’ Planets.

I’ve always been a sucker for things about space, the planets and space exploration. I think it goes back to growing up during the Space Race, and the euphoria that surrounded the Apollo program in the late 1960’s. This morning I found this series of posters by Ross Berens for the planets in the solar system, and was completely smitten.

This series of posters is so well designed. Each one combining minimal photography, solid typography, great use of texture. and layout. The design work shown here is really solid, and reflects the emerging skills of this young designer. If you look through his entire portfolio, you see the work of someone who has a very bright future in the field of visual design.

Lorem Pixum

One of the things that can be frustrating when designing a website, or any project for that matter is waiting for the finished art to show up so you can add it to your page layout. For years we have all been using dummy Lorem Ipsom text to help figure out page and copy flow, but there hasn’t been anything for images. Now there is.

Lorem Pixum is a website that allows you to put in your image requirements, and it auto generates an image for you that meets all your criteria. Size, style, subject matter, etc. Lorem Pixum allows you to generate these placeholder images dynamically by simply putting a custom url in your code. Refresh the page and the image below will change.

<“img src=http://lorempixum.com/400/200″/>

They have a great selection of photos and the service is free. This is a site that I am going to be using on a regular basis.