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Constructed Series by Pawel Nolbert

Constructed Series by Pawel Nolbert

On Abduzeedo, we love Pawel Nolbert's work. We've featured his series and work many times and again he doesn't cease to inspire us all over again. For this  Constructed series, Pawel create his own reality while being on travel and as I quote: "We construct our reality in our own way. We do that everyday on our Instagrams, blogs and other carefully curated outlets. Knowing that the world around us doesn't look like this, we somehow want to believe that all those often extremely filtered and post-processed images in our IG stream are actually the real thing." I do agree with what he's saying, we'll leave it to you and be the judge of your own World. Series of photos on the topic of perception of reality an the creation of subjective, distorted reality on social media. I took my travel photos and just like we all do before posting it, I messed around with them a bit... trying to create my perfect version of reality... (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); About Pawel Nolbert Pawel is a Designer, Illustrator and Creative Director based in Warsaw. With his skillset, Pawel had the opportunity to work with: Google, Verizon, Adobe, Nike, Sony, Polaroid, Mercedes-Benz and just to name a few. Where visual matters. For more information: http://www.nolbert.com

Exploring the World with Drones

Exploring the World with Drones

Drones equipped with cameras are commonly known as cool gadgets to have. Instead of flying them through your neighborhood or your backyard, some people will take them on their voyage. Insightful and exhilarating at the same time, watching these footages would forcely demand your need of travelling. Enjoy!

Hit the Road with Us: Travel sites inspiration

Hit the Road with Us: Travel sites inspiration

Do you like to travel? What kind of recreation do you prefer? Are you a desperate vagabond looking for every possibility to escape from the smoggy city into the wild with your old rucksack and tent? Or do you prefer comfortable stay at the luxury hotel where everything and everybody is to your service, where rooms are furnished with royal richness and you can enjoy the roaring sound and salty breeze coming from the ocean having delicious breakfast on the balcony lit with tender morning sun? It doesn’t really matter what makes your heart melt: a palace with complaisant servants facing the crystal bay or impassable jungle swarming with insects and beasts busy with their own business and secretly spying upon you from behind the thick trees. From our viewpoint, the most important thing about travelling is changing the habitual environments, breaking the routine circle. Exactly these factors help us restore our life energy, optimism and inspiration. Now, when the weather is nasty and cold we especially miss the blue cloudless sky, the hot sun and the caressing, transparent waves. We would like to carry you away from your boring office or apartment and take to the most exotic places in the world. (Some of them even don’t exist in reality). Yes, you are absolutely right, the collection of most beautiful, unusual and attractive travel website designs are waiting for you today. We promise that it will be difficult to draw the sight from some of them, so magnificent they are. However, we live in the real world and remember that all content should be not only eye-candy, but also effective. That’s why below you will find some brief tips on good travel sites design. Did you know the depressive statistics that only nearly 30% of consumers consider that travel websites are easy to use? What should you do with it? Please read herein under. Travel websites design guides 1. Easy search. Nothing can be more frustrating for the users than complicated search forms with multiple fields and unclear paths leading nowhere at the end. (According to analytical data, a search function that allows the user to search a date range rather than just one day of travel is much more preferable). 2. Visual appeal of website pages is extremely important. But don’t try too hard. Keep them simple and well-structured, which enables quick scanning. Give preference to light colors (blue, yellow, green) and avoid the dark ones. 3. Make sure that every page of your website has direct purpose and focus. This way your visitors will understand what they are required to do. 4. Take care of speed download time of your website. Internet is getting faster every day and nobody will wait until all elements of you website become visible. 5. SEO optimize your website. Nowadays high search engine rankings are utterly important for your business success as a rare tourist will persistently browse the pages looking for the website, which is somewhere in the outskirts of the web. 6. Navigation onsite should be as simple and understandable as possible. Choosing a tour of your dream is not an easy task, so let your clients focus on it instead of solving the brain-twisters hidden in site navigation. 7. Don’t be too verbose. Your text should be concise and straight to the point. (Mention only important factors such as location clarity, that is, how near the hotel is to the beach, airport, city center, type of holiday, whether children are welcome, etc.). 8. You website should work equally well in all browsers and on all popular mobile devices. Mobile transactions are becoming mainstream (EyeforTravel’s consumer research states that 20% of bookings made today in the USA are made via mobile and this number is still increasing). The utmost accessibility of your website shows how much you care about users’ comfort. And don’t forget about customers with motor impairments and reading difficulties as they also like travelling and can turn into your loyal paying clients. 9. Frequently analyze users’ activity on your website in order to make amendments if necessary. 10. Don’t overburden your home page with super- complex design, animation or intro. All these won’t make it look cool, on the contrary your website will acquire an amateur, cluttered look that cause nothing but users’ irritation! 11. Engage social media tools that your customers use. Some of them like to share their vacation photos, post travel videos or reviews. (We can recommend you to concentrate on Instagram and Pinterest as potential platforms because they are more suitable for visual content sharing). You can also include a travel blog into your site and post useful travel tips, advice and interesting tour info. All this stuff works for your benefit! 12. Touch users’ emotions. In travel site designs user interaction can play the decisive role. If your website stirs positive feelings about the location or travel service you offer, the user will never abandon it straight away. How can you reach this? Of course through HD photos (the larger and the more choice – the better) and welcoming design. Here visual explanation of your message is the shortest way to customers’ hearts, decision-making and their wallets. 13. Be ready to work out a great marketing plan. A gorgeous website design is just the tip of an iceberg. As soon as it is done, switch on the mechanism of your marketing plan to draw traffic to it. 14. Partner with other travel websites. Exchanging links and ad postings with websites that are in similar business gives you additional advertising, which strengthens your online positions. And don’t forget about travel forums for online travel marketing. 15. Offer competitive prices. A holiday is rather expensive purchase, so it’s absolutely natural that lower price will put you ahead of competitors. 16. Good reviews from other holiday makers provided on your site will save your customers from surfing elsewhere for additional information. Olery reports that 81% of travelers find travel reviews important and 49% won’t book a property without sighting reviews. So, encourage your clients to leave reviews on review sites like Trip Advisor and Expedia, on social networking sites and on your blog. 17. Update your content frequently. Firstly, search engines like fresh content, secondly, your visitors will be interested in dropping in more often to be in the course of latest website propositions. 18. Set up a Youtube channel for your travel business. In this case a video costs a thousand words. It brings a destination to life and makes deeper impression on the user. Youtube has a bunch of useful tools that can improve your video popularity. Get creative with your videos; run video contests through your database and award a prize for best travel video. This practice won’t cost you a lot of money, just time investments. 19. Offer users to subscribe to your newsletter, making them tempting hints on great deals, exclusive offers and giveaways, carried out on regular bases only for subscribers. 20. Go creative with your packages – bundle up other components to value add them and make unique on the travel market. 21. The properly selected widgets can improve your website’s design, provide useful information and give your website a more professional look. But don’t be carried away by them: make sure that your widgets are useful, relevant to the topic and complement your website design. Conclusion If your travel agency still doesn’t have an online presence, it’s a good time to get the one. Do you need more arguments? According to Econsultancy’s research almost 85% of holiday purchases by consumers involved the internet (53% booked online, and a further 30% did their research online before booking offline). So making the online offering right has crucial significance for travel agents who want to survive in this market. The key to a successful travel website lies in consistent marketing efforts. You might have a great idea, but it will have no success if your brand is not associated with reliability and trustworthiness. We wish you good luck in your travel business and offer to make a short tour through the most creative, user-friendly, exotic and nontrivial websites on the market. Amaze Vayable Skyscanner Kuoni Winshape Camps Keurig Let’s Travel Somewhere The Hobbit Absolute Travel Elite Traveler Unknown Rovinj. Croatia Pedaling Nowhere Anchor Travel Rob Lutter Gogobot Rome 2 Rio Lastminute Hipmunk We Love 2 Ski Spotted by Locals Bald Hiker The Everywhereist The Most Perfect View Sonicomed Ankommen im Sein Explore Corner Ibis Bay Summer in Tennessee Bed and Breakfast Miglino Pakata Grand Hotel Don Juan Royal Bike Riders Gramercy Park Hotel About the Author Helga Moreno is a learning junkie, requiring a new dose of fresh information every day. She is always keeping her notepad at hand in order not to miss a single thrilling event happening in cyberspace. She diligently puts down all her thoughts in order to share the most interesting of them with web community in general and TemplateMonster.com readers in particular. Want to know more about her? Visit her Google+ profile.

Cool Hotels: Hotel Zetta San Francisco

We're as excited to write this post as we are that a new hotel has finally cropped up in San Francisco's SoMa district. Hotel Zetta, the newest sibling to the Viceroy Group's Urban Retreat collection, boasts everything the modern day creative class could ever ask for and beyond. Sustainable architecture at the forefront, you'll also find wireless streaming via Obsess G-Link Connect in all guest rooms and a mezzanine level "playroom" replete with a shuffleboard table and the latest innovations in gaming. The most enticing asset, the mezzanine offers up the perfect spot for locals and visitors to mix and mingle in a creative and inspiring atmosphere. To add a little San Francisco touch, look no further than the ornate chandeliers crafted from recycled eyeglasses. We see your next vacation and it's at Hotel Zetta. Pun absolutely intended. "Effortlessly fusing sophisticated and cutting-edge aesthetics with state-of-the-art amenities, Hotel Zetta is an urban retreat, ideally located for connection authentically with San Francisco's leading cultural, entrepreneurial and tech-savvy communities." - Hotel Zetta For more information or to book your visit check out: http://www.viceroyhotelgroup.com/en/zetta/overview

Dreamy Fashion Photography by Guy Aroch

How absolutely gorgeous are these fashion/lifestyle photos shot by Guy Aroch in Venice for the Free People August catalog? I have never wanted to pick up and leave for Italy more than after seeing these. It's on my bucket list so I'll surely be getting around to it one of these days. In the meantime, I'll keep staring at this photoshoot and daydreaming. Speaking of bucket lists, what's on yours? Let me know on twitter!

The Never-Ending Adventures of Abduzeedo and Amlight

Your favorite cousins are together again and this time the road leads west! Whip out those calendars and get these dates down. From October 16th to 20th, Fabio will be roaming the streets of the city that never sleeps. Show him a good time, New York! Then from October 21st to November 2nd we will be in sunny California - from Los Angeles to San Francisco and everywhere in between! Oh and don't worry, we haven't forgotten about you, Sin City… We will also be in Las Vegas sometime between October 21st and November 2nd. Yep, that's right, folks, our first non-summer adventure. We're so excited that we want to have you all along for the ride! We propose an Abduzeedo meet-up in Los Angeles, California, date still undecided, but you're all invited! It will probably be on a weekend, so for those of you who don't live in California… perfect excuse for a roadtrip! We want all of you guys to come out and hang out with us. Not only in LA, but also in anywhere and everywhere we'll be around! This is actually one very rare occasion since almost the whole team will be there and we're never in the same country at the same time, so this is your chance to get acquainted with us - have some beers, share some laughs, and talk about everything from design to the weather! We will announce the official date of the meet-up and exactly when we'll be in what city on twitter so follow me (@amlight), @abduzeedo, @gismullr, and @eduardosasso to make sure you don't miss out! Hope to see you guys soon! :D But of course this wouldn't be Abduzeedo without some images to inspire your day, so here comes a collection of photographs of California that we can't wait to experience close up! army.arch Ma? (on and off) Henryleonghw Wiggum03 2composers Karin Elizabeth {Reading & Reviewing} James Herman avaloncm (nz)dave mrperry mike_s_etc Alberto Cueto Jaynonymous edbot2000 rianklong Rosa Pastel

A World in HDR by Trey Ratcliff

Owner of the number #1 Travel Photography Blog on the internet, Trey Ratcliff also know as Stuck in Customs travels the world taking the most stunning hdr photos one has ever seen, and also shares all his photo travel experiences on his personal blog. His work has been featured on national television a couple times and it has been nominated for numerous awards. Represented by Getty, Trey lives the life a lot of photographers dreamed about. With a non-stoppable traveling schedule his collection of hdr photos is an enormous font of inspiration. The post-processing work used to transform his photos into hdr is what make his work very unique and famous. Here you can see a great collection of over 30 photos of The World in HDR. For more visit StuckinCustoms.com Also check out the HDR Tutorial Created by Trey that has helped thousands of people to learn how to use this effect like him. The Book A World in HDR by Trey Ratcliff Inside the Book The rich cover and interiors have been designed by the great French designer Fabien Barral, who also did the graphic design for the website. We have spared no expense in bringing you the highest quality book! More photos of the interior and other tidbits will be revealed in the next few months as we get closer to release. Besides new and extended descriptions with various tips, the book will also feature 10 unpublished photos that will remain exclusive to the book. Because I like to teach by example, the book will feature over 100 photos that I consider to be some excellent examples of "HDR done right". Whenever possible, I include tips and tricks and discuss the conditions of the shot. Often times, I also talk freely about various subjects that are related and help describe more about the way I think about these things. There are many thoughts and questions around human nature, the arts, science, religion, and more. This style has sprung up from the wonderful congenial and conversational style that has helped make this community so fun and exciting. I thank you all for your involvement, your passion, and your feedback. I appreciate it very much. Pre-Order Available

The Adventures of Abduzeedo and Amlight

These past two months, my cousin Fabio (abduzeedo) has been hanging out with me here in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sunday at 3:30 am he returned to Brazil leaving me here with memories from our wonderful summer. HOLD! You should really listen to this song while you read this post! It will enhance the experience. ;) I thought it would be cool to share with you guys a little bit of our adventures in America so you can see what we got up to and give you a taste of what our lives are like. Everytime Fabio said something stupid I'd write it down, so what better way to show you what our lives are like than to share with you some of the funniest quotes from the man himself. Oh, and I promise he's not as disgusting and mean as he sounds ;) Fabio: I'd give anything to take a shit right now. Fabio: Oohh, they left the virgin margarita.. let's get drunk! Fabio: Your birthday is 27... July... June! Amanda: You said July.... Fabio: That's because my English sucks F: I'm gonna fart really loud now. That deserves a quote. F: If I knew English my jokes would make so much more sense F: For the one year daily inspiration we're gonna post 365 images... it's gonna crash computers all over the world..... haaaaa I'm so diabolical F: I'm a ninja F: Sunny D is good but it gave me heartburn... more like hell in my heart. Like heartburn in my ass. Don't quote that. A: He's Jewish F: Marry him. Don't marry because of love, marry for money. Money is more romantic. A: He used to do a lot of drugs... F: And? F: I'm like a machine of beautiful quotes F: That was too much for your little peanut brain F: Nothing like some good old KFC fried in the oil of death. F: I'm like an oyster of quotes... pearls after pearls F: Your taste in men is weird. A: My taste? Your taste is anything living. F: That's a good definition of my taste. You nailed it. I have an appreciation for all female forms in the world. The least I can do is love them all. F: Not even the greatest chefs in the world would be able to assemble such a beautiful gnocci mountain F: If there's something I can cook it's greasy sauce. Delicious greasy sauce might I add. F: You know, people call me Mano because my retarded brother couldn't say Fabio. How bad is that? we went on a roadtrip first stop: wawa eventually we made it to philadelphia and then new york we relaxed a bit and then hit up the streets of brooklyn we got blisters from walking so much so we had a drink ;) then we went to dc walked up to lincoln's memorial goofed around came back to raleigh and went to ihop made key lime pie had lots of barbecues and drank way too much caipirinha actually this is what our fridge looked like most of the time we also kept making the same facial expressions without realizing we watched the fireworks on the 4th at a lake it was nice fabio dropped his lens in that lake actually we built ikea furniture (took us a couple days haha) and we made our own 3d glasses ...which we used to look at dinosaurs :) he got me a palm pre (thanks, cuz! :D) we compared phones... and feet? one day we woke up and bought a dozen donuts another day we made grilled banana s'mores :D we had a garage sale but he kept playing on his phone we went to outback! we goofed around in stores and we painted a blackboard in the kitchen where we drew silly pictures obama came to raleigh the same day we were going to florida. we thought we were gonna miss our flight we didnt... and luckily the flight was empty! he practiced his speech one last time we ate a lot of plane peanuts. can somebody explain to me why plane peanuts are so good? the clouds were awesome that day know what else was awesome? the view from our hotel room we waited for dan denney then we went surfing next day we went to busch gardens and i convinced him to go on the water rides :D his socks got wet... enough goofing off, time for the conference! we met a lot of cool guys then we had to set up took him a while ;) we came back to raleigh and bought gum at the farmers market, oh and fudge! we tested out a new lens for my camera we worked sometimes too.... ;) we saw coldplay! and then drew about it when we got home he decided to shave all his beard off this is where we ran everyday it was nice we went to red robin on his last night we got some really big burgers i got him a balloon! he tied it to my car... we went to walmart where he found a monitor he wanted we wanted to buy these as well (glow in the dark underwear!!)

Lost in America eating Wendy's

It’s going to be a week since I arrived in the US. I’m still getting used to my new routine and trying to keep up the with updates and new blog features. However I’ve been experiencing a new culture that is totally different from mine. I’m now in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and probably on July 8th I will be arriving in NYC where I will spend a few days. After that I will head to California: San Diego and LA. Maybe I will visit San Francisco as well. Smokestack, fatback, many miles of railroad track All night radio, keep on runnin' through your rock 'n' roll soul All night diners keep you awake, hey, on black coffee and a hard roll You might have to walk the fine line, you might take the hard line But everybody's working overtime - James Brown, Living in America Meanwhile I have written some Photoshop Tutorials and I’ve been playing around with my G9 camera, learning how to use it. I will post photos from the places I visit here on the blog, and if there is anyone from these cities that want to meet up for a coffee or something, let me know. Tips are welcome as well.