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Smashing Magazine

Design Accessibly, See Differently: Color Contrast Tips And Tools

Posted 10 hours ago

When you browse your favorite website or check the latest version of your product on your device of choice, take a moment to look at it differently. Step back from the screen. Close your eyes slightly so that your vision is a bit clouded by your eyelashes. Can you still see and use the website? Are you able to read … [Link]

Hybrid Mobile Apps: Providing A Native Experience With Web Technologies

Posted 33 hours ago

According to a recent report1, HTML is the most widely used language for mobile app developers. The main reasons among developers for selecting web technologies2 are cross-platform portability of code and the low cost of development. We’ve also heard that hybrid apps tend to be sluggish and poorly designed. Let’s prove whether it’s possible to deliver the native look and … [Link]

Improving Your Information Architecture With Card Sorting: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted 2 days ago

Information architecture (IA) is one of those buzzwords you’ve probably heard before. It refers to the organization of the information on your website and how it all fits together. When planning your IA, involve users of your website in the process as soon as you can. In this article, we’ll discuss card sorting, a tried and true technique for doing … [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters

Target: SkinnyGirl Indeed

Posted 10 hours ago

Looks like Target hasn’t sprung for any decent graphic designers since that last thigh gap debacle. For those of you keeping score at home, this is par for the course over at Previously we’ve outed them for this one, this one, this one, and let’s not forget this little beauty, and that’s just off the top of my head. … [Link]

Garnier Brasil: What’s The Damage?

Posted 33 hours ago

Garnier Brasil really got their fans’ tongues wagging when they posted this image to their Facebook page. Aside from that improbably-coiffed hair, this model’s arm/hand seems a bit off, right? Then they posted an uncropped version: The plot thickens. What do you think, is this a strange angle, or more shenanigans? Thanks for sending this in, André! The post Garnier … [Link]

French Politicians: Shake It Off

Posted 2 days ago

Here we see French Minister of Education Najat Vallaud Belkacem doing a little meet & greet. Fancy, eh? Found here. Thanks, Pipa! The post French Politicians: Shake It Off appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

Webdesigner Depot

The secret of grid layouts, and the mistake you’re probably making

Posted 16 hours ago

I mentioned the “Swiss School” and “the grid” layout in another article and while most comments were positive about the article, there were a number of people who asked if the grid was even still alive. I assure you the grid layout is alive, well, and used all the time. Those who never learned it just don’t realize the rules of … [Link]

What’s new for designers, October 2014

Posted 40 hours ago

what's new for designers october 2014The October edition of what’s new for web designers and developers includes new web apps, content management systems, iOS apps, email resources, social media tools, project management apps, CSS tools, and some really great new fonts. Many of the resources below are free or very low cost, and are sure to be useful to a lot of designers and developers out … [Link]

How to use UI design patterns

Posted 3 days ago

Design patterns are optimal solutions to common design problems. As common problems are tossed around a community and are resolved, common solutions often emerge. Eventually, the best of these rise above the din, self-identify, and become refined until they reach the status of a design pattern. I wouldn’t call a design patern a trend in web design, design patterns seem to … [Link]

Fuel Your Creativity

Is Crowdsourcing Crowding the Freelance Graphic Designer?

Posted 4 months ago

Over the past few years the demand for crowdsourcing services has skyrocketed. This is particularly true for the design industry where crowdsourcing platforms such as DesignCrowd offer a cost effective way for small to medium businesses, start-ups and even individuals to get graphic design services done with very little effort. The processes are managed completely online and the platform provides … [Link]

The Traditional Online Logo Design Service Can’t Keep Up! Crowdsourcing Steams Ahead

Posted 5 months ago

By Clancy Clarke The Traditional online logo design service is dead! There are no two ways about it – crowdsourcing design has disrupted the market, both from an agency point of view and for all those logo template sites. In 2014, using a design agency to create a bespoke logo for your company is outrageous! Just think about it, think … [Link]

How To: Create a Logo Contest and Be Amazed by the Results

Posted 5 months ago

By Clancy Clarke Getting a logo designed for your business can be a dauntingg task. There are a million factors to think about: Who do you get to design your logo? How do you want your logo to look and feel? What personality should the logo convey about your brand? Where will the logo be used? However, compared to the … [Link]

Graphic Design Forums: A friendly forum for UK designers

Monitor For Gaming & Graphics

Posted 5 hours ago

hi all. I am looking for advice upon a monitor but the most important thing on the list is i will be connecting up my macbook for graphic design work on illustrator and photoshop, indesign etc. I will also be gaming sometimes with games like BF3, Fallout3, Skyrim etc. Also i LOVE LOVE LOVE my films and tv so it stands … [Link]

Future PC Build Specs- Advice

Posted 6 hours ago

Hi all New here to the forums. So i have a list of the parts i think will go great for a PC build i wish to do someday. I have a macbook pro but i felt i needed a desktop PC for longer pieces of work for Uni. Also i enjoy gaming so i could use it for that if … [Link]

Sense Creative not playing ball. Advice Please.

Posted 7 hours ago

Hello, I'm new to the forum world and I've come here for a bit of advice about an online printer called Sense Creative. I'm trying to get a refund for some printing that was verrrryyyyy late and was returned to sender by my client, who missed the event the printing was for. I've had to refund my client and I'm now … [Link]

Six Revisions

Font Combinations: 10 Sites for Inspiration

Posted 14 hours ago

Combining different fonts in a pleasing and harmonious way is a challenging aspect of producing good typography. A lot of it has to do with good taste: When you actually see the fonts in action, you will instinctively know whether or not they work well together. There are many sites you can visit to get ideas and inspiration for good … [Link]

Freebie: Touch Gesture Icons

Posted 3 days ago

This freebie contains 30 different visuals of common touchscreen gestures used in mobile device interfaces. Gestures in this set of icons include "tap", "pinch", "slide", and more. These icons are useful additions to any mobile user interface. They can be used for visual queues, documentation of the app’s features, or for educating new users about the app’s UI. This freebie … [Link]

A Close Look at CSS Box Shadow

Posted 6 days ago

The CSS box-shadow property can be used to give block elements a drop shadow or an inner shadow. Let’s take a close look at this CSS property. Examples Below are three different examples of applying the CSS box-shadow property on a div. Example 1: Simple Drop Shadow Here’s how you could give a div a subtle gray drop shadow. box-shadow: … [Link]

Abduzeedo Design Inspiration – Design Inspiration & Tutorials

Outstanding Surreal Sculptures by Ellen June

Posted 11 hours ago

Surreal artworks are pretty impressive, whether it's a painting or even a sculpture. Artists gotta be super creative to come up with crazy, yet beautiful designs and pieces, such as these sculptures by Canadian artist Ellen June! Here you can see her fantastic surreal sculptures. I really enjoy seeing each one of these… it's all so creative and beautiful. For more … [Link]

Typography Mania #259

Posted 11 hours ago

Typography Mania is a weekly post series that comes around once a week with the best of Typography design submitted by our users at, from type videos to images everything is full of great design and typography inspiration. Submit your typography designs too and be part of this post. Click here to check out all the previous Typography Mania Submit … [Link]

Functional and visual redesign of Google News

Posted 18 hours ago

I believe most of you guys have seen the Google News personal project that George Kvasnikov put together. In my opinion, it was a great exercise on how to apply the Material Design concepts to a real product. These kinds of projects always give us freedom to do what we think is right, however we don't have the constraints of the … [Link]

Web Design Ledger

Why It’s Always a Good Idea to Use Social Sharing Plugins Like Monarch

Posted 5 hours ago

Advertise here with BSAIt’s amazing how much time people have come to spend socializing online. Nowadays, the average person in the U.S. will engage one or several social networks throughout every single day. These statistics hardly come as a surprise, if you think about the setbacks that most of us must now contend with: being far away from friends and family, … [Link]

30 Fantastic Examples of Parallax Scrolling Websites

Posted 2 days ago

Advertise here with BSAWith HTML5 and CSS3 it becomes possible to create more interesting and eye-catchy effects in browsers. Parallax illusion is one of these effects that hit the world of website design. Parallax scrolling involves the background which is moving slower than the foreground creating an amazing 3D effect while you scroll down the page. The very first website with … [Link]

5 Quick Design Tips to Get More Website Visitors

Posted 6 days ago

Advertise here with BSACreating content for web users is always a challenge, but making them engaged with it is even more challenging. People create websites to share information, so your major goal is to make the process of finding the necessary data as easy as it’s possible. Ensuring your visitors are happy with site design is just the first step. Competitive … [Link]

You The Designer

The Dollar Redesigned: 9 Awesome US Dollar Redesign Concepts

Posted 10 hours ago

The internet was set abuzz by Norway’s kroner redesign that were literally works of art which got us thinking: Why don’t we have those with the Dollar? The US Dollar is in dire need of a redesign, not only for rebranding but also for the possible restoration and strengthening of confidence on the US economy. Or, because designing currency is … [Link]

Zombie Effect Tutorial in Photoshop

Posted 34 hours ago

Good day, artists! In light of the Halloween season, we are here to present you a terrifying zombie effect Photoshop tutorial. Let us turn an image of a beautiful woman into a horrifying walking dead in 15 simple steps. Before we start, click the Download button below to access the resource folder that contains everything you’ll need for this tutorial. … [Link]

Freebie: 5 Halloween-Themed Labels

Posted 2 days ago

Halloween is nigh! Are you folks ready? We sure are! Anyway, last time we gave you lovely folks the 14 Flat Halloween Vector Set — perfect for children’s Halloween parties or making whimsical designs. This time though, we have decided to make something more scary serious. Below are 5 Halloween-themed labels that you can use for your design needs. The … [Link]

I Love Typography

Better UI for Better Typography

Posted 10 hours ago

Designers ask Adobe for a better user interface for typeThe introduction of OpenType fonts in 2000 offered designers a rich and sophisticated typographic repertoire. The number of fonts that support these typographic features has grown exponentially over the years. And yet, we – the designers, producers, and users of digital type – have observed with growing despair how software applications … [Link]

The First Female Typographer

Posted 8 days ago

In the fifteenth century women had few career opportunities. Few, bar those in the higher social classes were even sent to school, and women were not admitted to universities (Oxford university didn’t permit women to matriculate or graduate until 1920). Their options were very limited and pessimistically and perhaps a little exaggeratedly summed up by Sherrill Cohen, who wrote that … [Link]

This Week in Fonts

Posted 10 days ago

A contemporary family from Commercial Type, a connected script by Lián Types, an ambitious sans from Hoftype, a roughed up family by Fontfabric, a hard-working serif from House Industries, a sophisticated sans by Typetanic, a historical stencil face from Storm, and an expressive family by Andinistas.Commercial Type: DarbyDesigned by Dan Milne & Paul Barnes A contemporary family of two related sans … [Link] – Web Design & Development

Monarch: The Leader of a New Generation of Social Plugins

Posted 66 minutes ago

Advertise here with BSAEach and every one of us comes across interesting pieces of information in our daily news feed, or as we are casually surfing the web. At times, we even feel the urge to share some of those articles, videos, images, etc with the people we know. We can either act on it or not, and if we … [Link]

Examples of Websites Created With the Royal Theme

Posted 7 days ago

Advertise here with BSAMy experience with the latest theme from 8theme, Royal, was more than satisfactory. I was quite impressed about this premium, multi-purpose theme, and wish to pass it on to the rest of you. Every designer would enjoy creating WordPress websites through with the help of this theme.A Majestic DifferenceRoyal is a responsive, rock-solid theme based on Twitter … [Link]

20 Free Device PSD Mockups for Mobile Apps & Websites

Posted 8 days ago

Advertise here with BSAPresentation is a big part of the artistic process and this is especially true of freelance work. Mockups have become much more common to showcase what a project will look like once it’s running on a device. These mockups are just photos with a layer mask to superimpose a completed interface onto a smartphone or computer screen.A … [Link]

Vandelay Design

The Ultimate Guide to Parallax Scrolling: Best Practices, Examples and Tutorials

Posted 4 hours ago

The idea of parallax design is simply an awareness of movement. More specifically, the word 'parallax' is used to describe the perception of distance between objects while moving along a line of… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

6 Efficient Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Posted 6 days ago

One of the most common fights my husband and I had in the beginning of our marriage involved getting tasks done. Whether it was as small as carrying in groceries or as big a task as moving, he always… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

65 Amazing WordPress Photography Themes on the Market This Month

Posted 9 days ago

WordPress is an excellent content management system for photographers, in part because there are so many outstanding themes available, both free and premium. With so many quality themes/templates… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]


15 Interesting Infographics Web Designers Will Enjoy

Posted 3 days ago

The bold visual design of Infographics makes it easy to digest facts and figures about a given subject. There’s some great infographics based on interesting topics related to web design, from articles explaining the benefits of responsive design to interesting statistics about the industry. Today I showcase 15 interesting Infographics that every web designer will enjoy. Give your scrolling finger … [Link]

Line25 Sites of the Week for October 17th 2014

Posted 6 days ago

Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Woodsly, Atmospheric, Final, Degordian Academy and Agigen. Woodsly Lookbook Summer 2014 View the website Atmospheric View the website Final View the website Degordian Academy View the website Agigen … [Link]

20 Car Promo Websites from the Automotive Industry

Posted 10 days ago

It’s pretty difficult to find nice looking websites from the automotive industry! Most of them have the typical dealer-esque interface littered with “book a test drive” and “request a brochure” buttons, but there’s a hand full of automotive companies that commission special web brochures for their top of the range cars. These sites beautifully present the car and its features … [Link]


3 Simple Photoshop Tips to Create Better Textures

Posted 3 days ago

Textures are valuable design resources that can be used as backgrounds to your work or pasted in as overlays to add distressed tones. Anyone with a camera can collect texture resources, with even the latest smart phone cameras being more than capable of capturing high resolution details. It takes more than just a click of the shutter button to capture … [Link]

Infographic Template Vector Kit for Premium Members

Posted 6 days ago

Access All Areas members had a taste of Mats-Peter Forss’ Infographic Template Shop last month with his kind donation of a Vector Infographic Tools Kit for members. Mats is back again with more excellent resources for premium members, this time with a User Experience themed vector Infographic template kit featuring loads of individual resources including graphs, charts & icons. All … [Link]

The Ultimate Guide to Cutting Stuff Out in Photoshop

Posted 10 days ago

No matter what you’re working on, you can be sure that almost every project will require an image to be removed from its background! Sometimes it’s a breeze when professionally lit studio shots are provided, but it can get a little tricky when detailed backgrounds come into play. In today’s post I give an overview of a range of cutting … [Link]

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20 Professional Free Business Card Templates and Mockups

Posted 7 hours ago

Business cards are very important in any kind of business and a good design will make your company stand out from the crowd. Business cards templates are great if you want to promote your business and need a quick and cheap design. To make things easier for you, we selected 20 free business card templates and mockups for you to … [Link]

20 Best Ecommerce Plugins for WooCommerce Websites

Posted 28 hours ago

In case you didn’t know, WooCommerce is a popular WordPress eCommerce plugin and it’s available for free. WooCommerce is packed with many great features and will make e-commerce easy! To power up your WooCommerce website, you may need to install some extra plugins and give your theme some extra features. We selected 20 of the best ecommerce plugins for WooCommerce … [Link]

20 Newest Personal WordPress Themes with Clean and Sharp Designs

Posted 2 days ago

WordPress is such an amazing blogging platform! There are tons and tons of both free and premium WordPress templates you can install and start your website in just minutes! Personal blogs are among the most popular types of blogs on the web. If you want your blog to stand out from the crowd, then you will not only have to … [Link]


Lean UX – How to Apply Lean Principles to User Experience Design

Posted 8 months ago

Advertise here with BSAThe process of putting together a good user experience design has always been talked about as a deliverables-based practice where bureaucracy, specification documents, wireframes, mockups and site maps took the center stage. This deliverable based practice, meaning that everything, each step of the process, has to be delivered with proper timing and documentation, witch often demands a lot … [Link]

40 Brilliant Examples of Digital CG Concept Artwork

Posted 8 months ago

Advertise here with BSAConcept artwork is typically related to video game design. But it can also be very useful in other forms of media. There are many Hollywood movies, TV shows, video advertisements, and other projects which often hire concept artists. CG is typically thought of as 2D art while CGI is usually computer generated 3D effects. This gallery focuses around … [Link]

17 Themes for Your Wedding Day

Posted 8 months ago

Advertise here with BSAA growing trend for people in the digital age is to provide an online destination to feature their wedding. In doing so, you can provide your loved ones with a card that cannot be lost, and a scrapbook that can last a lifetime. In this post, I’ll share with you 17 wedding themes that will make your big … [Link]

Outlaw Design Blog

Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis

Posted 18 months ago

Dribbble - Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis Dribbble – Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis. [Link]

Western Youths

Posted 18 months ago

Western Youths. [Link]

Inky Email App

Posted 18 months ago

Inky. [Link]

JUST™ Creative

Web Design and Checkout Abandonment – Tips & Insights

Posted 28 hours ago

For companies with e-commerce as a priority income stream — the design, branding and layout of a website has never been so important in encouraging sales. Just as the science behind store layouts help retailers get the most from every customer that walks through the door, the effective layout and presentation of a website is paramount to getting the most … [Link]

Hidden Symbolism in Logo Design: 40 Creative Examples

Posted 5 days ago

Personally, I strive to put as much meaning into the logo designs I create for my clients – sometimes overtly, sometimes subtly and there are some great logos out there that do just that. Below is a compilation of 40 creative examples of logos that portray some sort of “hidden message” or symbolism if you will. Have you spotted any … [Link]

5 Overlooked Social Media Tips to Boost Branding, Clicks & Conversions

Posted 6 days ago

This article has been contributed by Megan Ritter. With the rise of social media quickly becoming a primary means of communication, there are still plenty of businesses out there struggling to develop an effective social media marketing strategy. With the number of different platforms available, as well as the specific etiquette that goes with them, many businesses find it difficult … [Link]


Convert a Path to a Shape Layer in Photoshop

Posted 2 days ago

Advertise here with BSAAmong many powerful tools in Photoshop is the king of kings: the pen tool. This tool is shrouded by personal anecdotes of confusion and frustration. Although creating paths with the pen tool is difficult at first, the process becomes easier with practice and is well worth the effort. Every path is vector-based which means you can scale it … [Link]

PhotoSpin Review: Finally – Quality Photos at an Affordable Price

Posted 2 days ago

Advertise here with BSAPhotoSpin launched the first subscription based services for stock images back in 1999 and has been around ever since. The company was developed by, and continues to be managed by, creative professionals; photographers and graphic designers who believe in offering good quality images for reasonable prices. Their library currently consists of millions of quality photos and illustrations and … [Link]

The Importance of Unique Icons in Web Design

Posted 2 days ago

Advertise here with BSACrafting your layout around iconic symbolism offers a method of communication beyond just text. Symbols quickly explain the function of a button or link. Symbols become recognizable logos for companies. And symbols let us know when we’ve meandered our way into the wrong bathroom. Well, symbols and the lamenting screams of horrified women(or men?). Keep in mind that … [Link]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials Theme Released

Posted 4 weeks ago

I'm pleased to announce that the theme has been released as a premium theme — Corporate (see theme demo), available on Themify shop. The Corporate theme is a simple, clean, professional looking theme that is suitable for general business sites. With the drag & drag Builder, it is very easy to design any type […] [Link]

4 Fantastic Years of Themify + Giveaways

Posted 10 weeks ago

Four years ago, Darcy Clarke and I started Themify with a framework coded from scratch along with a few WordPress themes. Today, I'm happy to see Themify grew from a few themes to a large collection of responsive themes such as the Music theme, Fullpane, Event, Flatshop, Parallax, Magazine, Elemin, and the popular Builder plugin. […] [Link]

50 Business Cards That Are Way Too Creative To Ever Throw Away

Posted 10 weeks ago

Business cards used to be nothing more than plain and simple (and quite frankly, boring) pieces of card with a few contact details on. That was before creatives got involved, though, and completely changed the game. People started to realise the fantastic branding potential behind these little cards. We’ve already seen a number of beautiful […] [Link]


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