John Gordon Ross

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How to Learn Angular

Posted 5 months ago

AngularJS (commonly known as Angular) is an exceptionally powerful front-end development framework for building sophisticated JavaScript apps. Though learning Angular will be immensely rewarding, I’m certain many prospective initiates to Angular have had their desires of Angular mastery nipped in the bud due to the terrifyingly intimidating and complicated Angular documentation. That’s a shame, because Angular has so much to … [Link]

The Excuses for Not Having a Website (Infographic)

Posted 5 months ago

With 84% of American adults using the Internet, it’s surprising to think that many organizations today, particularly small businesses, still choose not to invest a bit of time and resources towards building their own website. The following infographic reveals common excuses why 46% of small businesses still don’t have a website, with counter-arguments for each excuse. If you need to … [Link]

How to Build an Award-Winning Web Design Team

Posted 5 months ago

As Art Director over at Vintage, I have had the opportunity to build and grow an outstanding web design team. Together, our team has managed to work on plenty of innovative, award-winning projects. I would like to share some of my tips and techniques for hiring, helping cultivate the skills of team members, and creating a productive team culture. Hiring … [Link]

You The Designer


Posted 6 months ago

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Selfie Fables — Disney Alternative Art Illustrations by Simona Bonafini

Posted 21 months ago

What if Disney stories had Instagram? Probably not a good idea Instagram has been a huge part of the social media sphere ever since its introduction in 2010. Created by software engineers Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, it gained rapid popularity with over 300 million active users at the end of 2014. It was so popular that social media giant … [Link]

These Japanese Barcodes Are So Kawaii!

Posted 21 months ago

In today’s commercial world, barcodes are almost everywhere. Present in every product packaging that we use today, barcodes have become universal with their use in automating supermarket checkout systems. Recently, innovations in barcode technology have made it possible to do more than tagging products. They can also be used to encode music, images, URLs and emails. Barcodes encode data by … [Link]

I Love Typography

The Prints and the Pauper

Posted 5 months ago

In 1450, Johannes Gutenberg entered into an agreement with one Johann Fust, a Mainzer goldsmith and guildsman, to borrow a staggering 800 Rheingulden at 6 percent interest. Gutenberg’s sales pitch must have been convincing, for Fust would later testify that he himself had borrowed money in order to fund the loan. Gutenberg sank the money into his workshop and promptly … [Link]

Making Fonts: Proza Libre

Posted 6 months ago

When I started the development of Proza, I didn’t want to deal with the limitations of a low-resolution rasterizer. As a result, Proza is completely stuffed with diagonal and curved lines, and tiny details that help to bring the texture alive in print, but that are something of a nightmare for a low-resolution rasterizer. As soon as Proza was done, … [Link]

Making Grifo

Posted 7 months ago

Grifo, the Portuguese word for griffin, a mythical creature with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. We can imagine how threatening this creature might appear, and would probably want to stay well clear of its sharp claws and beak. Grifo the typeface also has sharp serifs and terminals. It’s full of talon shapes, like … [Link] – Web Design & Development

29 Best Video Tutorials for Learning InDesign

Posted 16 months ago

Written content dominates the vast majority of e-learning materials on the web. But YouTube videos and premium courses are catching up as video content becomes easier to produce. Because of this fluctuation it’s now easier than ever to teach yourself a piece of software or new skillset by watching other professionals from the comfort of your home office. InDesign is … [Link]

Large Creative September Font Pack for Designers

Posted 16 months ago

So far today, I have spent one hour perfecting the design of one of my client’s new media packs, and honestly I am very happy with it. To tell you the truth, I am super happy that I managed to get it looking so great, within such a short space of time. What I am not happy with however, is … [Link]

Insights, Tips, and Recommended Themes to Create an Excellent eCommerce Experience

Posted 17 months ago

Attractive product packaging, useful product-related information, and a streamlined checkout process can combine to give your online store’s customers a shopping experience that encourages repeat visits, and visits by word-of-mouth customers as well. Follow the insights and tips offered here, and give careful consideration to our WordPress theme recommendations, and you could easily become the proud owner of an eCommerce … [Link]

Vandelay Design

20 Stunning Matte Painting Tutorials

Posted 3 hours ago

Traditionally, matte painting was a hyperrealistic art effect used in photography and film. This allowed photographers and filmmakers to create cityscapes, armies, and machines by painting directly… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Sidebar vs. No Sidebar: The Pros & Cons For Different Layouts

Posted 27 hours ago

Websites have featured sidebars dating back to the mid 90s. Early websites were primitive but usable, and here we are over two decades later with many tremendous advancements in web design. Yet… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

5 Creative Ways to Make Every Contract More Profitable

Posted 3 days ago

There are two primary ways creative agencies and freelancers typically boost their profits. First, you can acquire more clients. While this is a reliable method, it has plenty of drawbacks. Finding… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]


20 Best Automotive WordPress Themes

Posted 16 hours ago

Take a look at these excellent automotive WordPress themes that you can use for just about any car related services. The templates can be perfect for garages, vehicle diagnostics, auto centers, car repair shops, mechanics, auto painting, body shops, auto inspections, car service, and other similar businesses. You can rapidly edit each template and insert your own information. These themes … [Link]

20 Excellent Web Design Feedback Tools

Posted 38 hours ago

Take a look at these 20 excellent web design feedback tools that were specifically created to enrich user experience and make your products better. Improve the performance of your web design projects by listening to the users. You can use these smart web design testing tools for web pages, wireframes, sketches, mockups, or just about any other type of design. … [Link]

20 Monochrome WordPress Themes

Posted 3 days ago

WordPress is very popular when it comes to pre-designed themes with professional layouts, created by experienced designers. Starting a website from an existing template can save you a lot of time and money. Here you have 20 monochrome WordPress themes with stylish designs that can be easily customized to fit your every need. These are perfect for minimalism lovers and … [Link]

Spoon Graphics

1000s of Premium Vectors, Without the Premium Price Tag!

Posted 24 hours ago

The reason premium vector design resources tend to cost so much is that a considerable amount of time has been put into crafting them to ensure they’re premium quality. Artists and Illustrators spend hours painting and drawing each graphic by hand, or sourcing them from rare materials most of us just don’t have available to us. Typically a vector graphics … [Link]

10 Free Black Grunge Textures Made From The Ashes of Hell!

Posted 3 days ago

My new collection of 10 free black grunge textures feature dark and grimy tones from the ashes of hell, which is really just a metaphor for my bathroom… Although I have to point out, my bathroom is not the kind of filth ridden place you would expect to find such surfaces (nor is it a fiery pit of desolation and … [Link]

Art Nouveau Design Templates for Access All Areas Members

Posted 6 days ago

Access All Areas members are being treated to a brilliant set of design resources from Wing’s Art and Design Studio this week. This collection of 8 Art Nouveau backgrounds and frames are fully customisable templates that take their inspiration from the classical architecture and shop fronts of Paris. Pre-set text paths, fully editable vector elements, and a ‘building block’ approach … [Link]

JUST™ Creative

2017 Best Book Cover Designs: An Inspiration for the New Year

Posted 27 hours ago

This article was contributed by Meena Azzollini. A great way to start 2017 is to remember and be inspired by 10 fantastic book covers, designers and cover artists of 2016. Book cover designs are art on a book. As you hold the book in your hand and even before you read the blurb, the cover design will transport you to … [Link]

Logo Design Grid Systems Deconstructed [Video Class]

Posted 42 hours ago

Learn how to design a modern, minimalistic logo from start to finish, and then add that extra punch of perfection to make it stand the test of time. In this 30-minute class, graphic designer George Bokhua walks us through his process of incorporating grids and geometric shapes into logos so that you can unlock that feeling of timelessness in your … [Link]

The Logo Design Process of Top Designers [Infographic]

Posted 3 days ago

Discover the design process of top professional logo designers in the infographic below. There are so many aspects that need to be considered while designing a brand’s logo, some of which include memorability, simplicity and versatility. Fundamentally, before any aspects can be considered, there must be a structure in place. Following a step by step procedure will allow you to … [Link]

Web Design Blog | Magazine for Designers

20 Free WooCommerce Plugins for Adding New Features to Your Shop

Posted 16 hours ago

WooCommerce is a great platform with excellent features that you can use to easily build your online store on any WordPress website. Here you will find a neat collection of free WooCommerce plugins which will add useful features to your shop. These free WooCommerce plugins can be used for various purposes such as adding product tabs, for managing, EU VAT … [Link]

20 Free Email Templates with Responsive Designs

Posted 38 hours ago

With the increased use of mobile devices, having a responsive email template has become a necessity. Responsiveness allows you to perfectly view an email on any device, making sure that all the information is read and viewed exactly as you designed it. If you don’t want to start from scratch, you can use one of these pre-designed free email templates … [Link]

20 Professional Free Marketing Stock Photos

Posted 3 days ago

There will always be a high demand for high-quality professional stock photos that can be used on websites, graphic design projects and social media. Free stock photos are the easiest, most affordable option used by both designers and business owners, to illustrate their projects. Free stock photos can sometimes be difficult to find especially those at a high-resolution. That is … [Link]

Fuel Your Creativity

Exclusive DesignCrowd Discount Coupon Code

Posted 2 years ago

It’s that time of the year again! The team over at DesignCrowd are offering great savings on custom logo design, web design and graphic design via their new DesignCrowd coupon page. Browse through the many deals and offers available and choose a discount that best suits you. You can save on flyer design, logo design and more! DesignCrowd is a … [Link]

Is Crowdsourcing Crowding the Freelance Graphic Designer?

Posted 2 years 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]

DesignCrowd are having a MASSIVE DESIGN SALE – June Only

Posted 2 years ago

We know that many businesses will be looking to start this financial year with a kick! Start fresh and jump onboard with DesignCrowd. Perhaps you’re thinking of rebranding or making some visual changes to modernise your business? If so, the good folks over at DesignCrowd, the design crowdsourcing platform are having a MASSIVE DESIGN SALE – For 1 week only, … [Link]


Premium Black Business Cards: A Whole New Echelon

Posted 12 weeks ago

Premium Black Business Cards at Jukebox Print produce many different feelings, even with their entire absence of light. The black color is an iconic hue, both pure and bold, both sophisticated and elegant that makes your corporate identity stand out. The unique aspect about the color black is its ability to produce many different sensations from its own scarcity of … [Link]

Milky Way Mirrored on Salt Flats

Posted 5 months ago

Via MyModernMet via The post Milky Way Mirrored on Salt Flats appeared first on Inspiredology. [Link]

Graphic Design Through the Decades: The ’90s

Posted 8 months ago

Compiling graphic design for the 1950s, the ’60s, the ’70s and the ’80s was easy. Just mention any of those decades, and iconic images pop into your head: cartoon-style housewives, bell bottoms, blocky, disco typography and neon lettering. But when it came to coming up with graphic design representative of the 1990’s, I was at a loss – nothing came … [Link]

Abduzeedo – Design Inspiration and Tutorials

Everyday Miniature life by Tatsuya Tanaka

Posted 37 minutes ago

Everyday Miniature life by Tatsuya Tanaka GisMullr Jan 19, 2017 Do you like photography and miniature scenes? You have come to the right place. And you will certainly enjoy Japanese artist Tatsuya Tanaka's work. He creates inspiring and intricate everyday life scenes in a miniature world. A place where broccoli becomes a huge tree. A world where tiny men operate … [Link]

Daily Design Inspiration

Posted 12 hours ago

Daily Design Inspiration AoiroStudio Jan 18, 2017 Part of the Daily Design Inspiration series that started it all on Abduzeedo. This is where you'll find the most interesting things/finds/work curated by one of us to simply inspire your day. Furthermore, it's an opportunity to feature work from more designers, photographers, and artists in general that we haven't had the chance … [Link]

Digital Photography: Tokyo-1 Series

Posted 17 hours ago

Digital Photography: Tokyo-1 Series AoiroStudio Jan 18, 2017 Lately, I’ve seen many of my friends going to Tokyo, I can understand its enthusiastic feeling for them but I would say that isn’t mutual from my end (hah!). Tokyo is a place that I would recommend to anyone that would love to experience what urban life could be like in the … [Link]


Best Website Locations to Place Your Brand’s Logo

Posted 9 days ago

Are you a web owner or a business owner trying to decide where to place the logo on your website? If so, you’re not alone. Many business owners and site managers grapple with the idea of logo placement for optimal effect. The Need to Innovate Business owners want to be different. We get that. But in this case, you won’t … [Link]

100+ Minimal and Typographic Package Designs

Posted 21 days ago

Time for a little inspiration. Package design can be tricky, but as you can see here, sometimes it can be relatively simple and still come across as being elegant. Sometimes, less is more….. Here are over 100 examples of package design that either has a minimal style, or a typographic based solution. If you like these and you’d like to … [Link]

How To: Create a Seamless Diagonal Pattern in Illustrator

Posted 10 weeks ago

Over the years, I’ve gotten plenty of emails about how to create a seamless diagonal pattern in Illustrator, so here we go! Illustrator comes with some default pattern brushes, but no diagonal love. Diagonal patterns are a bit more tricky to make than a simple horizontal, or vertical pattern, but with some rock solid alignment, and some manual input into … [Link]

Webdesigner Depot

Build a beautiful home online with Squarespace

Posted 12 hours ago

Anyone can be a designer: we all know how to match a jacket with a shirt, or pick out a color for a new car, or even just how to stack a burger. Making something look good, is something we all know how to do. What we sometimes lack, is the specialist know-how to make our design vision a reality; … [Link]

8 simple steps to better icon design

Posted 39 hours ago

Icons are everywhere. From app icons on home screens to graphic representations that lead users through a design, icon design is a big deal. There’s a fine art to good icon design. Not only does the element have to render recognizably at the smallest of sizes, good vector-based icons can be scaled to use in oversized proportions as well. Some … [Link]

The best new portfolio sites, January 2017

Posted 3 days ago

Hello WDD readers! Start the year right by ignoring your resolutions, and focusing on this latest installment of awesome portfolios. This month, we have a fairly eclectic collection to look at, with no one overriding theme. I have also discovered that website animation can sometimes look kind of blurry on Windows Remote Desktop, even when everything else looks sharp, so… … [Link]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials

Common WordPress Errors & How to Fix Them

Posted 37 hours ago

WordPress is an amazingly stable platform thanks to the dedication and talent of the hundreds of professionals contributing to it, and the strict code standards they follow. Even so, the huge variety of themes, plugins and server environments out there make it difficult to guarantee nothing will ever go wrong. This guide will help you […] The post Common WordPress … [Link]

Common WordPress Errors & How to Fix Them

Posted 41 hours ago

WordPress is an amazingly stable platform thanks to the dedication and talent of the hundreds of professionals contributing to it, and the strict code standards they follow. Even so, the huge variety of themes, plugins and server environments out there make it difficult to guarantee nothing will ever go wrong. This guide will help you […] The post Common WordPress … [Link]

Master CSS Flexbox in 5 Simple Steps

Posted 7 days ago

CSS flexbox is an incredibly useful tool for layout without using floats or positioning. Currently almost all current browser version support flexbox, making it a go-to standard for web design. It can solve a number of problems efficiently, such as vertical alignment, space distribution, ordering of elements and sizing. It offers more freedom to arrange […] The post Master CSS … [Link]

Web Design Ledger

Create Dots Along Spiral Path in Illustrator

Posted 5 months ago

In this tutorial, we’re going to learn how to create progressively larger dots along a spiral path in Adobe Illustrator. The Steps (1-9) 1. Create a new document 800×800 pixels. 2. Left-click and Hold on the Line Segment Tool to reveal the dropdown menu and select the Spiral Tool. 3. Left-click anywhere on the artboard to draw a spiral shape, using … [Link]

eCommerce Themes That Are Perfect For Building a Shop

Posted 5 months ago

You can choose a multipurpose theme that has all the features you need to build an online store, or you can select a theme that is specifically oriented toward the eCommerce genre. You’ll find both types here, and all are premium themes. No matter which theme you may choose, you can’t just sit back and let it do all of the … [Link]

Data-Driven Web Design

Posted 5 months ago

The vast majority of websites are designed in the hopes that visitors will complete an action. Buying, subscribing, commenting… from massive social media juggernauts like Facebook, to small artisan websites selling local, hand-made crafts, this is true. Marketing has always been about understanding the subtle ways which presentation, repetition, and other visual or sensory artifacts can influence the decision-making patterns of … [Link]

Smashing Magazine

Useful Tips To Get Started With WordPress Hooks

Posted 12 months ago

Even though hooks in WordPress are amazing and everyone uses them knowingly or unknowingly, I get the impression that some advanced users and especially front-end developers still seem to avoid them. If you feel like you’ve been holding back on hooks, too, then this article will get you started. I am also going to reveal some interesting details to anyone who … [Link]

Designing The Most Desirable Product: Exploration of Banknotes Design

Posted 13 months ago

As digital technologies are implanted deeper in the world, making more and more aspects of life intangible, it’s hard to imagine the world without any kind of banknotes, or paper money. In the dramatic history of our world, money became not just generic objects of payment, but also symbols of societies. Designing The Most Desirable Product Of All Time: Paper Money Combining utility and exclusivity, money is one of the challenging … [Link]

Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: January 2016

Posted 13 months ago

The new year is an occasion to start things fresh, to rethink current practices and habits. So why not start small? Clean up your desktop and give it an inspiring new background. We might have something for you: desktop wallpapers created by artists and designers from across the globe as a part of our monthly desktop wallpapers challenge. This post features … [Link]

Outlaw Design Blog

Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis

Posted 2 years ago

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

Western Youths

Posted 2 years ago

Western Youths. [Link]

Inky Email App

Posted 2 years ago

Inky. [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters

Goodbye: A Farewell Message

Posted 16 months ago

After nine years and countless Photoshop disasters, we are closing our virtual doors. We’d like to thank all of our fans for sending us such fantastic Photoshop fails over the years, and for keeping us laughing with your comments. So long, and thanks for all the clicks! All the best, The Photoshop Disasters Team The post Goodbye: A Farewell Message … [Link]

Groupon: Old MacDonald Had A PSD

Posted 16 months ago

That little tractor is saying it all with his eyes. Ugh. Found here. Thanks for sending this in, Andrew! The post Groupon: Old MacDonald Had A PSD appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

Royal Caribbean: We Didn’t Want Ice Anyway

Posted 16 months ago

And this is where we’d put the ice bucket… if we HAD one. Grand Suite Cat. GSLiberty of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International Found here. Thanks for sending this in, Ross! The post Royal Caribbean: We Didn’t Want Ice Anyway appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

Graphic Design Forums: A friendly forum for UK designers

Junior designer – 16 page magazine design quote? Please help!

Posted 14 months ago

Hi everyone! I'm brand new to this forum and I wanted some help/advice. I have just started working freelance and have been asked to design a 16 page full colour A5 magazine, including front cover (no advertising). They will then send my work off to the printers. I have never done freelance work before so i have no idea on what … [Link]

Junior designer – 16 page magazine design quote? Please help!

Posted 14 months ago

Hi everyone! I'm brand new to this forum and I wanted some help/advice. I have just started working freelance and have been asked to design a 16 page full colour A5 magazine, including front cover (no advertising). They will then send my work off to the printers. I have never done freelance work before so i have no idea on what … [Link]

Monitor help please!

Posted 14 months ago

Hi all, I did look for a hardware forum and did a search for "monitor" but didn't find much. I'm coming from a Samsung 2343nw (tn panel) which was about £130 some years ago so it's definitely time to upgrade. Naturally I'm looking for an IPS 1440 panel at 27". I'm liking this Asus Asus PA279Q 27-inch IPS Professional Monitor (2560 … [Link]


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